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Sweet bakery goods enjoy buoyant exports

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first_imgUK exports of cakes and sweet biscuits increased significantly in 2008, according to the latest report by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as the low value of the pound made UK products more competitive overseas. The data, supplied by Leatherhead Food International, showed exports of UK biscuits shot up 15.3% to £203.9m and cakes were also buoyant, up 12% to £156.5m.Canada, Australia and The Netherlands were some of the biggest importers of sweet biscuits, seeing export growth of 35.7%, 38.9% and 26.7% respectively. Fifty-seven per cent of all UK cake exports were to Ireland, up 5.8%, and cake exports to The Netherlands and France rose by 25.5% and 34.7% respectively.Following an upturn in its exports in 2008, United Biscuits has launched its McVitie’s Digestives brand in France for the first time. Four products will be available – McVitie’s Original, McVitie’s Chocolate, McVitie’s HobNobs, McVitie’s Caramel – and marketing support will kick off this month. The brand saw the most growth in Saudi Arabia (+25%), Greece (+23%) and Australia (+18%), achieved through a variety of measures, including customising the McVitie’s range for individual overseas retailers, raising awareness through TV advertising and successful promotions, said a spokesperson for the firm.Berkshire-based Handmade Cake Company has also noticed its export orders have been ramping up. “Exports are an increasingly important part of our business – we have certainly noticed that the recent decline of sterling versus the euro has made our cakes an even more attractive proposition to potential customers within the euro zone,” said sales director Simon Law. “In the past month, we have made our first delivery to one of Europe’s largest catering companies, based in France.”Bulgaria and Poland have also both significantly increased their imports of bakery, cakes and biscuits, by 302.2% and 225.7% (£3.6m) respectively.last_img read more

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Time for the Bengals to aim for Tua Tagovailoa, out-tank the Dolphins

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first_imgThe Bengals are one of six winless teams left in the NFL heading into their Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals (0-3-1), and first-year coach Zac Taylor is the second Cincinnati rookie coach to start 0-4 with the team. Sam Wyche went 0-5 in 1984, but the Bengals ended up 8-8. That path won’t help this year’s team.In fact, the 2019 Bengals need to go in the other direction. It’s time to tank for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Bengals have two choices: Either aim for Tagovailoa now, or wait for Lawrence in 2021. The problem with the latter is that more teams likely will be in the hunt for the Clemson QB.If the Bengals do what they’ve been doing and let another opportunity to draft a star QB pass them by, they will continue to be a bystander in the division for the next decade.Draft Tagovailoa and be in the mix, instead. Tua is worth itThere has been a lot of nit-picking of Tagovailoa since Alabama’s 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game last year, but he will be the best QB prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft if he decides to leave college.​Tagovialoa has 6,320 yards with 77 TDs and 8 interceptions and a career passer rating of 202.8 with the Crimson Tide. Granted, that’s with a first-class group of receivers, but at least he has reps throwing to future NFL players.​Tagovailoa’s completion percentage has shot up to 76.4, and he is an improvisational playmaker out of the pocket. He can work well with the skill-position players Cincinnati already has.There is no reason for the Bengals not to take the chance on Tagovailoa if they have the opportunity.A real Bengals rebuildThe Bengals have lacked direction since their 18-16 loss to the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game on Jan. 9, 2016. Cincinnati is 19-32-1 since; the only teams that have been worse are the Cardinals (18-32-2), 49ers (15-36), Jets (14-37) and Browns (10-41-1).Those other teams have QB plans now with first-round picks such as Murray, Darnold and Baker Mayfield. After trading for Jimmy Garoppolo a couple years ago, San Francisco is the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFC. The Bengals got a first-hand look at that in their 41-17 loss to the 49ers in Week 2.NFL POWER RANKINGS:Bengals have competition for No. 1 pickIt’s time for Cincinnati to make the same move. Drafting a first-round QB would incentivize its need to rebuild the offensive line. The Bengals’ last Super Bowl team in 1988 was anchored by Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz and All-Pro guard Max Montoya. Boomer Esiason was a three-time Pro Bowl selection behind a solid offensive line.The Bengals drafted David Klinger with the No. 6 pick in 1992, and the Steelers sacked him 10 times in his debut that season, not unlike their 8 sacks of Dalton last week. You need to protect the QB, especially a first-round pick.So keep Dalton for another year, groom Tagovailoa and rebuild the offensive line. It can be done. That would set a real course for what Taylor wants to do as coach — if he is the right coach for the Bengals. It will not just be a continuation of the end of the Marvin Lewis era.Impact on the AFC NorthTagovailoa is among the Heisman Trophy front-runners this season, and he could join past winners in Mayfield and Lamar Jackson in the AFC North. More importantly, the Bengals drafting Tagovailoa would block the Steelers from getting a chance at him. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a first-round pick in 2020 right now, but this is the same, aggressive franchise that traded up to get Devin Bush in 2019.center_img NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Bengals miss out on Tua, draft different QBYes, Cincinnati has other areas that need addressed, namely an offensive line that has allowed 4.8 sacks per game this season. QB Andy Dalton has taken 19 sacks, and the only QB who has taken more, Kyler Murray (20), will be on the other sideline this weekend. If the Bengals lose to the Cardinals, then 8-8 isn’t going to happen.But landing Tagovailoa could happen. Here are all the reasons that should be Cincinnati’s goal.Most other winless teams don’t need TuaThe Cardinals, Redskins and Broncos drafted QBs within the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Jets have Sam Darnold.The Dolphins are the Bengals’ biggest competition for Tagovailoa at this point, and that’s the team Sporting News has taking the Alabama QB in our latest mock draft.That might depend on whether Josh Rosen improves this season, or if Miami is willing to wait another year and make a run at Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.The end of the Dalton eraDalton will be a free agent in 2021, so the Bengals could do what the Giants did with Eli Manning and Daniel Jones this year. They would keep Dalton in 2020 and shift to the next QB either during the season or by 2021.The Bengals pulled that off in 2003 after they took Carson Palmer with the No. 1 pick. He sat behind Jon Kitna the entire 2003 season (another 8-8 year) before taking over the starting job in 2004. By 2005, Cincinnati was 11-5 and winner of the AFC North.Dalton has been the starting QB for the Bengals for nine seasons, and he has led five playoff runs, one of which was cut short by a season-ending thumb injury. Dalton has a 68-54-2 record as starter, but he has been stuck in QB purgatory for a few seasons.It’s time for the Bengals to move on.last_img read more

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LeBron James hails ill Anthony Davis’ ‘monster game’ in Lakers win

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first_imgLeBron James hailed a “monster game” from Anthony Davis, who battled through illness to help the Lakers return to their winning ways against the Nuggets.Davis required intravenous fluids at halftime of Tuesday’s 105-96 road victory after being one of several Lakers players to suffer from flu-like symptoms. The 26-year-old put on a fine all-round display, though, contributing 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers recovered from their recent loss to the Mavericks. MORE: Could James Harden chase down Kobe’s 81?James said Davis’ contribution was just par for the course since he joined the Lakers in the offseason.”He’s been doing it all year,” said James, who himself contributed 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. “Playing through injuries, playing through illness like he did tonight. [He’s the] Defensive Player of the Year, and he showed tonight once again playing one-on-one versus ‘Joker’ [Nikola Jokic] in the post. When there were switches, going on with Jamal Murray.”He got stop after stop after stop. It was just a monster game for him.”AD’s crunch-time defense on Jokic and Murray 😳 pic.twitter.com/aQrTlnf8nw— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) December 4, 2019For his part, Davis insists his illness had no bearing on the way he tried to play.”I just tried to fight and do whatever I can to help the team win,” Davis said. “I felt like I could give it a go, and I was able to contribute as much as I can and get the win. [The sickness] didn’t factor in. I was trying just to make the right play. Not trying to force anything. I think the shots that I had were good shots. But I was kind of overthinking it a little bit. “Not because of illness, but the way they were playing me. And then just trying to be aggressive in the second through fourth quarters. Just trying to get my team going, get them some looks and get myself some looks. So, the illness didn’t really play a big part that I thought it would, especially playing in Denver in the altitude.” Lakers coach Frank Vogel described Davis’ performance as “something special.””He just felt lousy the last two days. He comes in and has a Defensive Player of the Year type of performance,” Vogel said. “He’s guarding their two best players, Jokic, single coverage, everybody’s staying home and Jamal Murray taking him to the basket and he’s making defensive play after defensive play.”And he was outstanding. For him to play through illness and have that kind of performance was something special.”last_img read more

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Tonight is prom at WHS …

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first_imgSumner Newscow report — It is prom weekend in Wellington. The day has already began as girls are fixing their hair and the boys are getting their cars ready.The schedule for tonight is as follows:5:30 p.m. – Drive-in at Wellington High School.6 p.m. – Walk-in.6:30 p.m. – Meal. 7:30 p.m. – Entertainment.8 p.m. – Dance.Midnight – After prom (doors close at that time).Sumner Newscow will provide live updates and pictures throughout the evening.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 276 weeks ago well do they go home at midnight or hang out all night like we did back in the 60’s then go home at dawn. Lot of fun things going on back in the 60’s, but of course we had the drive-in to go to and breakfast at the VFW, not to mentions some of the parties. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down lol · 276 weeks ago they have after prom to go to. so ya they hang all night… Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: WE WERE ROBBED, SAYS LENNON

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first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: It’s a familiar claim from a beaten team – We Were Robbed – but that is what Neil Lennon believes after losing to Athletico Madrid at Parkhead 1-0 tonight.Arda Turan’s speculative strike after 30 minutes won it for the Spaniards..in bizarre fashion.Celtic captain Beram Kayal ducked to avoid Turan’s strike and it sailed past Forster into the back of the net. But Lennon insisted his players were equal to the Spanish visitors.“I thought we matched Atletico for the majority of the game – if not bettered them,” said Lennon.“It was an excellent performance, and I thought we deserved better from it.”Gary Hooper had a goal disallowed for Celtic during the second half of the match when Anthony Stokes helped set it up with his arm. The Spanish giants are through to the knock-out stages while Celtic must travel to Udinese and win….something Celtic don’t do..win away in Europe!“It’s a tall order – Udinese are an excellent side,” said Lennon.“We haven’t won away from home in a long while, but we’ll give it everything we’ve got.Lennon didn’t want to blame Kayal for the goal either!“He mis-judged the flight of the ball and Fraser didn’t see it until late, so he couldn’t really do much about it,” said Lennon. “He did his best, which was a split-second reaction.“I’m not going to be over-critical of the goal – they defended the corner well. It just got through a ruck of bodies and he didn’t see it until late.“Up until that, it was the only difference between the sides. We created more chances tonight than we did against Rennes and we didn’t win the game.“We played well against a top quality side, and, if anything, I think it’ll give us more determination. “There were some brilliant performances out there tonight – [Georgios] Samaras and Kayal didn’t look out of place – I thought they were among the best players on the pitch.“But for a bit of luck, we would have won the game.”Ever the optimist our Neil!THE HOOPS REPORT: WE WERE ROBBED, SAYS LENNON was last modified: December 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Celtichoops reportlast_img read more

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Matter waves and quantum splinters

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first_img Rice University research scientist Jason Nguyen FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Rice University physicists Randy Hulet, Jason Nguyen and De Luo Three panel illustration of BECs, Faraday waves and granulation Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University physicists and colleagues in Austria and Brazil have shown that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates (top) can cause them to either divide into the uniform segments characteristic of Faraday waves (center) or shatter into unpredictable splinters (bottom). The frequency of the shaking determines the outcome. (Image courtesy of Jason Nguyen/Rice University)But the team also noticed something unexpected: When the modulation was strong and the frequency was far below a Faraday resonance, the BEC broke into “grains” of varying size. Rice research scientist Jason Nguyen, lead co-author of the study, found the grain sizes were broadly distributed and persisted for times even longer than the modulation time.“Granulation is usually a random process that is observed in solids such as breaking glass, or the pulverizing of a stone into grains of different sizes,” said study co-author Axel Lode, who holds joint appointments at both TU Wien and the Wolfgang Pauli Institute at the University of Vienna.Images of the quantum state of the BEC were identical in each Faraday wave experiment. But in the granulation experiments the pictures looked completely different each time, even though the experiments were performed under identical conditions.Lode said the variation in the granulation experiments arose from quantum correlations — complicated relationships between quantum particles that are difficult to describe mathematically.“A theoretical description of the observations proved challenging because standard approaches were unable to reproduce the observations, particularly the broad distribution of grain sizes,” Lode said. His team helped interpret the experimental results using a sophisticated theoretical method, and its implementation in software, which accounted for quantum fluctuations and correlations that typical theories do not address.center_img Share1David [email protected] [email protected] waves and quantum splintersPhysicists shatter Bose-Einstein condensate, get different pieces every time HOUSTON — (March 25, 2019) — Physicists in the United States, Austria and Brazil have shown that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) can cause them to either divide into uniform segments or shatter into unpredictable splinters, depending on the frequency of the shaking. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University research scientist Jason Nguyen found that BECs sometimes shattered like a glass or pulverized rock, producing different sizes and distributions of grains each time the experiment was conducted. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Hulet, Rice’s Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and a member of the Rice Center for Quantum Materials (RCQM), said the results have important implications for investigations of turbulence in quantum fluids, an unsolved problem in physics.Additional co-authors include De Luo of Rice and Mario Tsatsos, Gustavo Telles and Vanderlei Bagnato, all of the University of São Paulo at São Carlos. The research was supported by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation, the Austrian Science Foundation, the Vienna Science Research and Technology Fund and the São Paulo Research Foundation.RCQM leverages global partnerships and the strengths of more than 20 Rice research groups to address questions related to quantum materials. RCQM is supported by Rice’s offices of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the Brown School of Engineering, the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science and NanoEngineering.-30-Links:atomcool.rice.eduultracold.orgrcqm.rice.eduphysics.rice.edunaturalsciences.rice.eduThe DOI of the Physical Review X paper is: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.011052A copy of the paper is available at: https://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.9.011052High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/03/0311_SHATTER-rhjndl18-lg-2kyqp0h.jpgCAPTION: Rice University physicists (from left) Randy Hulet, Jason Nguyen and De Luo and colleagues in Austria and Brazil found that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates could cause them to either divide into uniform segments or shatter into unpredictable splinters, depending on the frequency of the shaking. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/03/0311_SHATTER-jn24-lb-1qbdb8c.jpgCAPTION: Rice University research scientist Jason Nguyen found that Bose-Einstein condensates sometimes shattered like a glass or pulverized rock, producing different sizes and distributions of grains each time the experiment was conducted. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/03/0311_SHATTER-ScB3j-lg-1b3du57.jpgCAPTION: Rice University physicists and colleagues in Austria and Brazil have shown that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates (top) can cause them to either divide into the uniform segments characteristic of Faraday waves (center) or shatter into unpredictable splinters (bottom). The frequency and amplitude of the shaking determines the outcome. (Image courtesy of Gustavo Telles/University of São Paulo at São Carlos and Jason Nguyen/Rice University)Related research from Rice:Ultracold atoms used to verify 1963 prediction about 1D electrons — Sept. 4, 2018http://news.rice.edu/2018/09/04/ultracold-atoms-used-to-verify-1963-prediction-about-1d-electrons/Ultracold atom waves may shed light on rogue ocean killers — April 28, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/04/28/ultracold-atom-waves-may-shed-light-on-rogue-ocean-killers/Simulating superconducting materials with ultracold atoms — Feb. 23, 2015http://news.rice.edu/2015/02/23/simulating-superconducting-materials-with-ultracold-atoms/Ultracold disappearing act — Nov. 2, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/11/02/ultracold-disappearing-act/One-dimensional window on superconductivity, magnetism — Sept. 29, 2010http://news.rice.edu/2010/09/29/one-dimensional-window-on-superconductivity-magnetism-2/Rice physicists find reappearing quantum trios — Dec. 11, 2009http://news.rice.edu/2009/12/11/rice-physicists-find-reappearing-quantum-trios-2/Rice awarded $5M for light-based crystal simulator — Sept. 23, 2009http://news.rice.edu/2009/09/23/rice-awarded-5m-for-light-based-crystal-simulator/Ultracold test produces long-sought quantum mix — Dec. 22, 2005http://news.rice.edu/2005/12/22/ultracold-test-produces-long-sought-quantum-mix/Rice physicists observe new ‘atom wave’ phenomena — May 1, 2002https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-05/ru-rpo043002.phpLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University physicists (from left) Randy Hulet, Jason Nguyen and De Luo and colleagues in Austria and Brazil found that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) could cause them to either divide into uniform segments or shatter into unpredictable splinters, depending on the frequency of the shaking. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“It’s remarkable that the same quantum system can give rise to such different phenomena,” said Rice University physicist Randy Hulet, co-author of a study about the work published online today in the journal Physical Review X. Hulet’s lab conducted the study’s experiments using  lithium BECs, tiny clouds of ultracold atoms that march in lockstep as if they are a single entity, or matter wave. “The relationship between these states can teach us a great deal about complex quantum many-body phenomena.”The research was conducted in collaboration with physicists at Austria’s Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and Brazil’s University of São Paulo at São Carlos.The experiments harken to Michael Faraday‘s 1831 discovery that patterns of ripples were created on the surface of a fluid in a bucket that was shaken vertically at certain critical frequencies. The patterns, known as Faraday waves, are similar to resonant modes created on drumheads and vibrating plates.To investigate Faraday waves, the team confined BECs to a linear one-dimensional waveguide, resulting in a cigar-shaped BEC. The researchers then shook the BECs using a weak, slowly oscillating magnetic field to modulate the strength of interactions between atoms in the 1D waveguide. The Faraday pattern emerged when the frequency of modulation was tuned near a collective mode resonance.last_img read more

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