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first_imgA protest took place on Cornmarket last Sunday in support of the demonstrators in Turkey. About 100 protestors attended the Oxford rally, which was organised by Oxford students.The Oxford protest was held in solidarity with the thousands of people who took to Istanbul’s Taksim Square in criticism of the Turkish government. There have been similar supportive protests across the globe.Taksim’s last remaining public park, Gezi Park, was set to be demolished by the Turkish government and replaced by a luxury residence and shopping centre. The protests in Istanbul began with a peaceful demonstration against the demolition but the excessive police suppression of the campaigners has led to a national movement against the government, exacerbated by the lack of coverage of the issue in the Turkish media. However on Wednesday the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bulent Arinc, apologised for the “use of excessive force” against the original protests at the demolition of Gezi Park.One member of Oxford University Turkish Socciety told Cherwell, “We think it is important to protest these incidents since basic human rights and political rights have been violated in Turkey. The lack of objective news coverage in the media is also another reason why we think it is important to raise awareness.”They added, “The turnout in the Oxford protests was higher than we expected. Our aim was to inform especially non-Turkish people about the situation in Turkey and raise awareness. I think it served the purpose and people were quite keen to talk to us and seek more information.She continued, “We are trying to inform the university at the moment but there has not been any response from any of the governing bodies or the colleges. Expression of support and dissemination of the news about the real situation in Turkey is all we ask for.”At the time of going to print, Oxford University was unavailable to comment.Anil Kirmizitas, another Turkish student who took part in the protest, emphasised the ways in which protests have the potential to influence events around the world.She explained to Cherwell, “After I posted a picture of the protest in Oxford on the Occupy Gezi-Oxford website I got a response from a protester in Ankara thanking us for the support. I have not even heard the name of this person in my life before.”She also commented on the situation in Turkey, adding, “I lived in Turkey for 9 months last year and could not believe that it was worse than I thought.“I was being warned by people not to post anything on Facebook against the Prime Minister or talk about him because it could mean losing my job.” An OUSU spokesperson told Cherwell, “At present, OUSU Council has no policy relating to the Gezi protests, although students are of course welcome to submit an emergency motion on the subject to OUSU Council.”last_img read more

first_imgGinsters’ recent TV advertising campaign for its savouries featured the ’Man Plea’ a man clutching a Ginsters’ pasty and begging his “sweetheart” to serve it for dinner. His argument was that the product is made with prime ingredients, including “vegetables”, and that he should no longer have to keep his out-of-home pasty habit a dirty little secret.The campaign might not win any prizes for services to feminism. But it does show that savouries suppliers are bidding to extend their market reach. So what are the challenges facing the sector, and, aside from grovelling, how do you conquer new markets?Data from market research companies suggest that pies and savoury sales are fairly sluggish. On the retail side, figures for Kantar Worldpanel show that the total market for pies and savouries is in marginal growth, up 1.1% to £774.7m in the year to 17 April. Growth in the sector is being driven by sausage rolls, up 3.9% to £139m in value. However, pasty sales are 3.9% down on value to £77.8m and 2.6% on volume.On the food-to-go side, market research company NPD Group has tracked out-of-home eating occasions in the year to March 2011, and found that the total meat or vegetable pies eaten out of home declined sharply. This is the second consecutive year of decline.Its report also finds that consumers of pies tend to be older; some 40% of all out-of-home pie sales source to consumers aged 50-plus, it says. Price points are key, as consumers tend to be price-conscious, it adds. And it concludes that there is an opportunity for products to be re-engineered and marketed to appeal to younger consumers, while maintaining their traditional appeal. Indeed, whether it is by introducing new products, new retail concepts or pressing new marketing messages on consumers, pie and savouries suppliers are following the routes it suggests.New ideasPukka Pies recently launched a range of microwaveable pies into the foodservice and wholesale markets. Unlike other Pukka Pies, which are made using puff pastry, these are made with a microwaveable shortcrust pastry, developed by Pukka Pies’ research team. MD Tim Storer says: “Creating a microwaveable pie such as this has been something of a holy grail for the industry. We are delighted with how they have been received in the market. Sometimes, preparing pies in a conventional oven is not an option.”Supplier Wrights recently introduced its own landmark piece of innovation, the Wrights Burger Bar. This is a puff pastry savoury slice comprising 95% lean beef pâté with a smoky cheese sauce and tomato relish topping. It was in development for two years, says MD Martin Watson. “We wanted to take our ’food to go’ offer to the next level by developing a three-layered savoury product, which had the familiar flavour of a burger,” he explains. Ensuring the consistency and integrity of the fillings meant designing and building a new depositor system. The product has since enjoyed huge success, he says. Even in an economic downturn, consumers demand quality, rather than choosing the cheapest option, adds Watson, who says: “We have seen a significant upturn in demand for our beef-based premium pies and savoury products across the frozen unbaked and baked categories.”A question of provenanceFor Nick Ringer, MD of foodservice and retail supplier Crantock Bakery, the key to the future is marketing products on the back of their provenance. He also argues that increasingly people are seeking better quality. Crantock has seen considerable success in the production of ’seasonal ranges’, appealing to what he calls the growing consumer desire to eat with the seasons. Crantock’s recent spring selection of pasties was received well, he says. The menu included Lamb & Rosemary, Chicken & Tarragon Pasty, and Rhubarb & Custard pasties. Ringer also suggests that the recent award of EU Protected Geographical Indication status to the Cornish Pasty, which means the product can only now be produced in Cornwall, has spurred consumer interest.Supplier Peter’s is also a believer in provenance. It is calling for the corned beef pasty to be recognised as the national dish of Wales. Marketing controller Clare Morgan says: “Making this product a national dish would benefit a huge number of local producers.” The company is to attempt to win political backing at the Welsh Assembly for its bid.However, Mark Muncey, marketing director of Proper Cornish and the newly appointed chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, fears that margins remain under threat, even as retailers promote premium products. He explains: “The convenience-driven blurring of the line between foodservice and retail presents a great opportunity for our industry, but it comes at a price. Service stations and supermarkets alike are responding to consumer demand for premium-quality foods, but without a premium price tag.”Protecting marginsSupplier Country Choice, meanwhile, has found a way to address margin erosion. It has created an ’ambient’ savoury pastries category, which it says allows retailers to gain extra sales and protect margins without experiencing any steal from their hot products range. Regulations allow retailers to sell certain savoury pastries at room temperature, where the product is baked in the normal way and allowed to cool. These ambient savouries do not incur VAT, allowing improved margins.New product concepts from Country Choice to liven up the sector include a ’Potato Dog’ a frankfurter sausage wrapped in potato rosti which has become one of its top 10 sellers.Meanwhile, Ian Toal MD of Delice de France UK and Ireland is taking a softly softly approach. He says that while new product development is vital, appealing to traditional values also remains key. He says: “Demand for traditional English fare remains strong and, as a result, we have made a definite response to this trend with the launch of a broad selection of classic English hot pie and savoury products over the last year that offer great value for money.” New launches from Delice also include a Jumbo ’Demi’ Sausage, designed to increase morning sales and a limited-edition Pork and Chilli Roll.Andy Valentine, head of brand marketing at Ginsters, says new product development helps in keeping sales up and attracting new consumers. New products from Ginsters include the ’love child’ of the sandwich and the pasty the Cornish Bara, with fillings including Flame Grilled Chicken, Hog Roast and Spicy Meatball sealed inside a baked bread dough. The sealed bread dough cuts down on the mess, which is often a drawback of on-the-go snacking, Ginsters says.So the ’Man Plea’ approach to ’er indoors who does the cooking is not the only weapon in the Ginsters artillery.last_img read more

first_imgScott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer at Notre Dame, was recently elected to the board of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), according to a University press release. The foundation’s goal is to enhance investment returns of U.S. non-profit organizations, the release stated. TIFF currently manages more than $9.5 billion for more than 750 endowed charities. TIFF Chief Investment Officer Richard Flannery said Malpass’s work at Notre Dame made him highly qualified for a position on the foundation’s board. “The Notre Dame Investment Office has a long and distinguished record as one of the premier endowment management organizations in the country,” Flannery said. “We are honored to have the leader of that office join our board. We are delighted that Scott answered our call to service and grateful to the University of Notre Dame for sharing him with us.” Malpass will serve on the board of directors of TIFF Advisory Services, Inc. (TAS), the regulated investment advisor that, along with its affiliates, administers investment vehicles bearing the TIFF name. Malpass, the University’s chief investment officer since 1989, manages the investment of the University’s endowment, working capital and pension and life income assets of $7 billion. Under Malpass’s leadership, that endowment has become the 14th largest in American higher education and the largest at a Catholic university. Through the work of the Investment Office, Notre Dame has experienced a 12.1 percent annualized return on the endowment pool, the release stated. The University has been recognized as an innovator in international, private capital and alternative investing. Also elected to the TIFF board were Ashvin Chhabra, chief investment officer for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and Sandra Robertson, chief investment officer and chief executive officer of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd., in Oxford, U.K.last_img read more

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Deciding to retire is a monumental, life-changing event for many CEOs. Some sit on the fence for a few years or have a set target date, while others stay in the role and may or may not be effective. One credit union board chair recently said, “Our CEO has a set date of April 15, 2018.” Another chair had a different story: “We don’t know when he will leave yet; it might be in the next 2–5 years.” The latter response, a clear indication of uncertainty, sets off my risk-alert bell.Boards of directors provide oversight for overall enterprise risk management. A plan for steering the ship is needed even  before the CEO announces her “by when” date. Not preparing a plan and community strategy leaves the organization at potential risk for lack of strategic direction and employee morale.Flight risk for the executive team is also a concern; they want to feel safe in knowing the plan and how they fit into it. Greater uncertainty surrounding the CEO exit date correlates to an organization at risk.Practical and Proactive Steps to Managing Risk of Lost Leadership continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Wednesday, January 30, 2013•4:01 a.m. Jeremy L. Walker, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 60 mph in a 50 mph zone.  (radar)•7:57 a.m. Victoria N. Walcher, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired tag.•3:30 p.m. Jason M. Metz, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration.(expired tag)•3:58 p.m. Officers investigated a child in need of care in the 100 block of S. F.•8:48 p.m. Brandon Shore, 30, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for disobeying a stop light and no proof of insurance.•9:04 p.m. Officers investigated a non-injury accident in the 900 block of W 8th St. involving vehicles operated by Michael L. Fouch, 26, Wellington and Chance P. Evans, 18, Wellington.•9:40 p.m. Michael L. Fouch, 26, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failure to yield, driving on a suspended driver’s license and endangering a child under the age of 14 years old.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich is looking to send Fernando Torres out on loan and sign either Radamel Falcao or Diego Costa, reports in Italy claim.Tuttosport suggest Torres could end up at Inter Milan on loan if Chelsea are able to capture one of their transfer targets in the summer.Monaco striker Falcao has long been of interest to the Blues, while Torres has also been linked with a return to his former club Atletico Madrid as part of an exchange deal involving Costa.Tuttosport also reports that Samuel Eto’o would welcome a return to Inter, where he had a two-year spell before leaving Italy in 2011.The veteran forward, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season, has this week been linked with a possible move back to the San Siro.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img(Visited 253 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 How can scientists and reporters write articles on “evolution” when evidence shows organisms died or didn’t change?What’s going on here? Frequently, evolutionists classify papers and articles as being about “evolution” when the evidence is opposite of evolution. Darwin needs life to evolve from bacteria to human beings. He doesn’t need them to stay the same or die out. What’s evolution got to do with it?Deep Macroevolutionary Impact of Humans on New Zealand’s Unique Avifauna (Current Biology). Humans have devastated birds on the New Zealand islands. Three Darwinists talk about it, and prognosticate about how long it would take for the island nation to recover. Phys.org summarizes their thoughts:Using computers to simulate a range of human-induced extinction scenarios, the researchers found that it would take approximately 50 million years to recover the number of species lost since human’s first arrived in New Zealand. If all species currently under threat are allowed to go extinct, they report, it would require about 10 million years of evolutionary time to return to the species numbers of today.Now, wait a cotton-pickin’ minute here: the only data these evolutionists have is the number of birds that have gone extinct since the first humans landed on the shore. What do they mean it would take 50 million years to recover, and another 10 million years if the endangered species go extinct? Oh, that’s it: that’s how much “evolutionary time” would have to pass for Charlie to invent new birds to fill in the gaps left by the dead. Well, ain’t that convenient! These Darwinians will be long gone before anyone can hold them accountable for telling a fib (see confabulation and confibulation in the Darwin dictionary).Extinction and the temporal distribution of macroevolutionary bursts (bioRxiv). This preprint mentions “macroevolutionary bursts” in the title, but the actual evidence talks about extinction and the “paradox of stasis.” Readers shouldn’t care about “microevolution,” because that is not controversial to creationists. They want Darwinians to come up with evidence of macroevolution – large-scale change. They want organisms to climb tall “adaptive peaks” on the fitness landscape, and turn into wondrous new things. They want to see the evolution of new phyla, orders, classes and families. Where is it?Phenotypic evolution through deep time is slower than expected from microevolutionary rates. This is the paradox of stasis. Previous models suggest stasis occurs because populations track adaptive peaks that typically move on million-year intervals, raising the equally perplexing question of why peaks shifts are so rare. Here, we consider the possibility that peaks can move more rapidly than populations can adapt, resulting in extinction. We model peak movement with explicit population dynamics, parameterized with published microevolutionary parameters. Allowing extinction greatly increases the parameter space of peak movements that yield the appearance of stasis observed in real data through deep time. Our work highlights population ecology as an important contributor to macroevolutionary dynamics, presenting an alternative perspective on the paradox of stasis where apparent constraint on phenotypic evolution in deep time reflects our restricted view of the subset of earth’s lineages that were fortunate enough to reside on relatively stable peaks.Did anyone see macroevolution pass by in this paragraph? No; Darwin floated by like a will-o’-the-wisp, a ghost, an imaginary figure threading through a forest of stasis and extinction. Oh, but in unobservable “deep time,” Stuff Happens.Death is on Our Side: Paleontological Data Drastically Modify Phylogenetic Hypotheses (bioRxiv). Here’s another preprint by Darwinians that glorifies death as a means of evolution. Two authors, Koch and Parry, think that their fellow Darwinians have tried to trace Darwinian progress by looking at the living. They need to study the dead. But actually, how clearly do dead things show macroevolution?Fossils are the only remaining evidence of the majority of species that have ever existed, providing a direct window into events in evolutionary history that shaped the diversification of life on Earth. Phylogenies underpin our ability to make sense of evolution but are routinely inferred only from data available from living organisms. Although extinct taxa have been shown to add crucial information for inferring macroevolutionary patterns and processes including ancestral states, paleobiogeography and diversification dynamics, the role that fossils play in inferring the tree of life itself is controversial. Since the early years of phylogenetic systematics, different studies have dismissed the impact of fossils due to their incompleteness, championed their ability to overturn phylogenetic hypotheses or concluded that their behavior is indistinguishable from that of extant taxa.So far they have discredited the ability to fossils to inform evolution! Can Darwinism be rescued from this evidence?Here we show paleontological data has a remarkable effect in phylogenetic inference. Fossils often have higher levels of topological influence than extant taxa, while inducing unique topological rearrangements. Previous studies have proposed a suite of explanations for the topological behavior of fossils, such as their retention of unique morphologies or their ability to break long branches. We develop predictive models that demonstrate that the possession of distinctive character state combinations is the primary predictor of the degree of induced topological change, and that the relative impact of taxa (fossil and extant) can be predicted to some extent before any analysis. Our results bolster the consensus of recent empirical studies by showing the unique role of paleontological data in phylogenetic inference, and provide the first quantitative assessment of its determinants, with broad consequences for the design of taxon sampling in both morphological and total-evidence analyses.Well, if you expect their promises to be fulfilled, you will be shocked that macroevolution is only mentioned one more time in the paper– and that just in passing, with no evidence to back it up. They say nothing about fitness, novelty, innovation or any other notion of positive selection leading to something new and different. Like most Darwinians, they just assume evolution occurred from all the things that went extinct. In the end, they only hope that more analysis of fossils might help solve the contradictions between molecular and paleontological tree-making (phylogenetic inference). By the way, when they say “Death is on Our Side,” to what side are they referring? Apparently, the side of Darwin storytellers.Causes and Consequences of Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinctions as Revealed from Rancho La Brea Mammals (Current Biology). This paper does not discuss macroevolution specifically, but it does try to explain why some predators died out (i.e., saber-tooth cats) and others survived (like coyotes). It does, however, discuss “adaptation” (often a synonym for Darwinian evolution), and extinction is once again the hero of the evolutionary plot. The press release about Larisa DeSantis from Vanderbilt University explains.It’s likely that those giant predators went extinct due to climate change, the arrival of humans to their environment or a combination of the two, she said, and her team is working to clarify the cause of the extinction with multiple colleagues across six institutions as part of a separate on-going study.What they know is predators alive today in the Americas were better able to adapt their diets. Instead of only feeding on large prey, they could effectively hunt small mammals, scavenge what they could from carcasses or do both.DeSantis conveniently leaves her options open. Extinction occurred because of climate change, or the arrival of humans, or a combination of the two. Cats preferred the forest, but wolves and coyotes preferred the plains, but their hunting grounds did overlap. Coyotes lasted because they learned to be opportunistic, surviving on predation and scavenging, or on human pets and trash cans. But wait; there are still mountain lions in California. DeSantis performs micro-divination on tooth samples to come up with a story that is little better than a post-hoc rationalization for the observable facts: some survived, others went extinct.Specifically, the cougar (Puma concolor), which survived the extinction event, consumed both flesh and bones with clear evidence of scavenging, in stark contrast to the extinct American lion (Panthera atrox) that had ∼30% broken canines and primarily ate tough flesh; the cougar’s opportunistic diet may have been key to its survival.The dire wolf (Canis dirus), the most abundant carnivoran at La Brea, ranged from Canada to South America during the Pleistocene before becoming extinct. However, the coyote (Canis latrans), a smaller canid, survived the late Pleistocene extinction event, as did gray wolves, cougars, bobcats, and other smaller carnivorans. As coyotes are highly opportunistic today, eating smaller prey (e.g., rodents and lagomorphs) and also scavenging larger prey, such as deer, their “key to success” may have been similar to the La Brea cougars. Alternatively, coyotes—in contrast to cougars—may have opportunistically altered their diet following the extinction of numerous large predators and prey species, only recently becoming true opportunists.But wait. Why couldn’t Darwinism help the unlucky ones develop opportunistic diets? If the big cats and dogs were too big, why didn’t natural selection make them smaller? Out of all the dire wolves from Canada to South America, did none of them adapt in those ways? When you raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index, phrases like “may have” can save you from falsification.By the way, nothing evolved. Certain animals went extinct. Others survived.last_img read more

first_imgThis video was created by MacBreakStudio. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for animating logos in Motion?Share in the comments below. The following video tutorial demonstrates a solid workflow for creating an animated logo in Motion.Apple Motion is a powerful motion graphic design software specially designed for functionality with Final Cut Pro. While arguably not as powerful as software such as Adobe After Effects or The Foundry’s Nuke, Motion still serves as a great tool for people who desire to make professional quality motion graphics or composites.Is most of your motion graphics work for corporate clients? If so,  knowing how to create awesome motion logos is imperative. In the following video, the guys from MacBreak Studio show you how to use Motion to create an animated logo. The video covers:Layers and animationZoomingUsing shape layersEditing gradient layersDuplicating layersUsing the replicatorRoundness parametersUsing the font editorlast_img read more

first_imgPercepio has announced a major update of Tracealyzer, its tool for visual software tracing of RTOS-based embedded systems and IoT devices. Tracealyzer version 4 has been redesigned from the bottom up, spanning from much faster data processing to a fresh modern user interface with live visualization. It also sports a host of new features aimed at empowering embedded developers and enabling them to get their products to market faster with fewer bugs.New features are:Unlimited tracing – Monitor your application over long test runs, spanning hours, days or even weeks, and see analysis results, such as task execution times, immediately. Find interesting spots in the new trace preview and drill down into the details using the full power of Tracealyzer.Advanced live visualization – View the trace live while recording. Pause individual views to zoom in and inspect details while recording continues in the background. This way you can spot issues in the trace directly as they occur.Tracealyzer 4 provides better support for tracing Internet-of-Things devices and other connected applications with new awareness of network and I/O events. This allows for visualizing communication data rates over time, as well as the runtime interactions between tasks and communication interfaces like TCP sockets.Adapt Tracealyzer to your specific use case and see what really matters to you. Tracealyzer 4 allows you to define custom intervals that highlight and report the time between selected software events. Moreover, with user-defined state machines you can visualize any state information in the trace, from software state variables or logged hardware states, either as state transition graphs or shown on a time line, much like in a logic analyzer.Tracealyzer version 4 will be on display in Percepio’s booth at Embedded World in Nuremberg next week. It will then be generally available in early March for Keil RTX5, FreeRTOS and Amazon FreeRTOS. Support for other RTOSs will be added during the first half of 2018.In the UK, Tracealyzer is available from high reliability and safety-critical tools specialist, Phaedrus Systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Red Pitaya: ‘Swiss Army PenKnife for engineers’ company to exhibit at embedded worldNext Microsemi: third-party IP offerings for PolarFire FPGAs at embedded worldlast_img read more