Bagelman launches flagship store

first_imgBagelman is launching a flagship store along with a website and franchise opportunities.The long-established bagel bakery is opening another store in Brighton train station – a different move from the company’s town centre stores. Open from early morning to evening, it will serve hot and cold freshly baked bagels, house specials, coffee, soft drinks and snacks as well as newest product bagel chips.The interior is bright and colourful with contemporary industrial lamps and chrome fittings.A franchise model is also launching to give entrepreneurs the chance to run their own Bagelman store.“We worked with Brighton-based Chalk Architects to create a more contemporary feel,” said Anthony Prior, owner and director.“In early discussions my main aim was to retain and enhance the idea that BAGELMAN is a fun place to visit as well as making amazing fresh food. When I heard that there was due to be a major refurbishment at the station I realised this would be the time to act – two and a half years later, here we are.”The website has also been given a makeover and customers can now see the full menu online and will be able to order buffets and deliveries.last_img read more

Luxury unit once owned by Queensland richlister Clive Berghofer has sold for $1.65m

first_imgThis unit at 4704/71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, has sold for $1.65m. Picture: realestate.com.auAgent Drew Davies of McGrath Estate Agents New Farm marketed the property as “possibly the best two-bedroom apartment Brisbane CBD has to offer”.Mr Davies said the apartment had been completely remodelled and sold in 40 days. This unit at 4704/71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, has sold for $1.65m. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Berghofer paid $1.215 million for the unit five years ago.He currently owns the neighbouring three-bedroom apartment in the building, which he bought for $2.1 million in 2013. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThis unit at 4704/71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, has sold for $1.65m. Picture: realestate.com.auThe local buyer, who spends a lot of time overseas, will use it as a “lock and leave” for when he returns to Brisbane. The sale of the 212 sqm unit at 4704/71 Eagle Street has fallen short of its original listing price of $1.75 million.center_img A Brisbane unit formerly owned by Queensland richlister Clive Berghofer has sold. Picture: Lyndon MechielsenA LUXURY Brisbane apartment once owned by Queensland richlister Clive Berghofer has sold for $1.65 million.The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the Harry Seidler-designed Riparian Plaza in the CBD has been snapped up by a local buyer who pipped two offers from Sydney-based buyers.last_img read more

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper says he’s ‘just scratching the surface’

first_imgIt took less than a full season in Dallas for Amari Cooper to make a lasting impression.But his statistics are the only numbers he’s looking to discuss, as the Cowboys wide receiver reiterated he doesn’t care to talk about his finances and isn’t striving to become one of the league’s highest-paid players. Cowboys’ Amari Cooper lobbies for teammate Dak Prescott to get paid “If you play good football, you’re going to be around for a long time. I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time. I love the organization. I love everything we have going on.”Cooper expressed patience for the process and acknowledged his contract extension will come in time, though he clarified the meaning behind his earlier comments and said he wants to prove that he’s earned a new deal first. Dak Prescott says there’s no ceiling on what Cowboys can do Jalen Ramsey restrains himself from ripping opposing QBs Cooper, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, told reporters Monday he’s not worried about his status.”It really doesn’t matter to me — not even thinking about that,” Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I’m just more focused on how I play and how I approach the game, the type of work that I put in. I really want to play well. I think everything starts with that. Related News “I think I’m just scratching the surface,” Cooper said. “I think people haven’t seen half of what I can do out there on the field. I have so much more great plays in me, so much more good football ahead of me. My best football is ahead of me.”I just turned 25 years old. A lot of the great receivers in this game are older than I am. I think I just have so much in store. That’s what I meant by ‘not now.'”Cooper led Dallas with 725 yards on 53 catches and had six touchdowns in nine games last season after being acquired from the Raiders in October.last_img read more

Scott Israel Files Federal Lawsuit to Be Reinstated as Broward’s Sheriff

first_imgFormer Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has filed a federal complaint against Governor Ron DeSantis, after the Florida Senate voted last month not to reinstate him as sheriff.The lawsuit seeks Israel’s reinstatement on the grounds that the state Senate’s removal decision was purely a partisan action.According to the lawsuit, the Senate “changed the rules” to allow a “trial by ambush.” In addition, the lawsuit claims that DeSantis failed to prove any allegations of neglect of duty or incompetence to justify Israel’s removal. Ben Kuehne, one of Israel’s lawyers, “The Senate charade was nothing more than a carefully scripted scheme to subvert Due Process by creating new allegations and presenting false facts to remove this Democrat from Sheriff of Broward County as preparations for the 2020 election are underway. The harm done to the Constitution by taking away the power of the people to elect their officials is frightening.” Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis issued an order to have Israel removed as Broward’s sheriff.In April, a Broward Circuit judge ruled that DeSantis had acted within his authority. However, Florida Senate special master Dudley Goodlette recommended in September that Israel be reinstated.Israel also filed paperwork last July to run for re-election as sheriff in next year’s Democratic primary.last_img read more

Florida man arrested for customizing car to impersonate an officer

first_imgPolice in Fort Myers have arrested a 30-year-old man who reportedly customized his 2009 Bentley to resemble a police vehicle and then began impersonating a cop.Christopher Ted Duluk was arrested Tuesday following an investigation into allegations and complaints that Duluk was using his vehicle in a “reckless manner.”The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says witnesses came forward to say that Duluk used a police siren and lights to maneuver around traffic and to intimidate others in the community. He was also said to have pulled over another driver using the lights and siren but sped away from the scene as the driver began to pull over.During their investigation into Duluk, authorities found that Duluk’s vehicle was equipped with police-style antennas, a speed measurement device similar to the ones used by law enforcement and a yellow State of Florida license plate with several LED police-style lights, despite not being a state employee.Authorities were granted a warrant and arrested Duluk at his residence on Little Gem Circle in Fort Myers. He has since been charged with Falsely Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer. Deputies also seized the vehicle for forfeiture.last_img read more

Florida inmates sew cloth pouches for orphaned kangaroos

first_imgInmates at a Florida jail are sewing cloth pouches for kangaroos and koalas orphaned by wildfires in Australia.The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that inmates are using old uniforms to sew up pouches for orphaned kangaroos and koalas. Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has killed more than a billion wild animals.Seminole sheriff’s spokesman Bob Kealing said the jail had been working with Wildcare Australia.Wilcare Australia made a statement on January 18th saying they have received “more than enough” pouches, however, if you already have pouches sewn, you can still send them.“They’ve told us to finish the batch we’ve been working on and send them along,” Kealing said in an email. “From that point we’ll wait for if/when they say they need some more.”last_img read more

Proposal to Ban Assault Weapons in Florida Fails to Make Ballot

first_imgFlorida voters will not have the opportunity to vote in this year’s election on whether assault weapons should be banned.A proposed ban did not receive the 766,200 signatures it needed to be placed on the ballot.Supporters of the measure say they are now focusing their efforts on putting the question to voters in the 2022 election. The group that is pushing the petition — Ban Assault Weapons Now — collected 145,000 verified signatures during the past year. The deadline for the signature requirement was February 1.“Despite the best efforts of the NRA and politicians in Tallahassee to place obstacles in our path, we will continue our fight to save lives by working hard to ensure voters have the final say over their safety in 2022,” Gail Schwartz, Ban Assault Weapons Now’s chairwoman, says in a prepared statement.The proposal calls for banning the sale of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 bullets. That policy would include weapons like the AR-15 rifle.The statewide campaign formed following the 2018 Parkland shooting.However, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has been unwilling to hear bills that would ban the weapons.last_img read more

Call to “close” two Donegal islands over health and safety fears

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has called for the closure of two Donegal islands in the interests of health and safety fears. Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said damage to roads and walkways on Gola and Owey Island was going to cause serious harm to visitors if emergency funding was not allocated in the next week.The issue was raised at a meeting of Glenties Municipal District on Tuesday. It is understood that funding has not been sanctioned from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the islands in 2019.In 2017, over €600,000 was allocated to all of the islands, while last year €359,000 had been allocated – a 25% reduction in funding.However, Mac Giolla Easbuig said while the government spent money promoting the islands every year, the lack of proper infrastructure being implemented was ‘alarming’.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “Not one red cent has been allocated for roads on any of the Donegal islands this year. “And recognising that money has been sanctioned in the past, which is fine, but I now have roads that are not safe to walk on never mind drive.”He added: “There is a huge contradiction here because the government will promote the Wild Atlantic Way and the Islands’ but fails to put any proper infrastructure in place.“So, without money being allocated very soon, some of the smaller islands need to be closed in the interest of health and safety.“Gola and Owey Island are not fit for purpose, you cannot even walk on the island, it is that dangerous.“And the last floods in August have done a lot of damage. “I have been out on the Islands’ recently and we need to get the government to announce proper funding so that we can fix the roads up to an acceptable level.“We have businesses that are doing a huge amount of work to promote our islands, the likes of Selkie Sailing, Ian Miller, Rapid Kayaking.“They are doing a colossal amount of work and the islanders themselves try to better their own community, but we are at a stage now were two of the islands that I mentioned are unfit to walk on. That is not even an exaggeration,” he added.“How can the state be telling people to come and visit the beautiful islands’ of west Donegal if they are not fit for purpose? “If a tourist asked me about going on Owey Island, I would tell them not too because it is not safe. It’s sad.“People can get seriously hurt because there are holes on the ground.“There are literal holes on the ground and someone could break a leg very easily.“We should be making these islands accessible to people of all abilities because a lot happens on them.“Even over the summer, there were summer camps and festivals and the state continues to fail it.“These issues shouldn’t have to be highlighted like this, it should be done because the community deserve better.”Call to “close” two Donegal islands over health and safety fears was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:callclosuregola islandMicheal Mac Giolla EasbuigOwey Islandlast_img read more

Chelsea facing a fight to sign duo – reports

first_imgChelsea have fallen behind Inter Milan in the battle to sign Chilean defender Igor Lichnovsky, the Daily Mirror say.The 18-year-old Universidad de Chile centre-back has been tracked by the Blues for some time but Inter sources believe they have sealed a £2m dealThe Sun say Chelsea and Tottenham face a battle to sign Milos Krasic from Juventus after Fenerbahce tabled a £10m bid for the Serbian winger.Click here for the Chelsea v Tottenham quizJohnson played under Roy Hodgson at Craven Cottage.West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson is prepared to cash in on Peter Odemwingie in order to make way for Andy Johnson, according to the Mirror.Johnson’s Fulham contract expires in the summer and former Whites boss Hodgson is believed to be keen to take him to The Hawthorns.The Sun run the same story and say Hodgson is confident of beating off competition from Aston Villa to sign Johnson.Meanwhile, The Sun pick up on German club Wolfsburg’s apparent interest in signing Adel Taarabt from QPR.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Grebe Left Imaginary Dinosaur Feathers in Amber

first_img“Dinosaur feathers” are all over the news again, thanks to a paper in Science revealing feathers in amber found in Canada.  But whose feathers are they?  Inferences from other sources, not from the amber, were brought into the interpretation, even though the discoverers admitted, “There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area.”  And modern-looking feathers of diving birds like grebes were also found in the same amber, leading to numerous questions about what can rightly be inferred from the fossils themselves.  No matter; most of the media loved the evolutionary implications and trotted out their headlines that feather evolution from dinosaur to bird has been proven.McKeller, Chatterton, Wolfe and Currie combed through 4000 amber samples in two Canadian museums taken from around Grassy Lake, Alberta.  The strata are said to be late Cretaceous and dated at 80 million years old, way into the period in the evolutionary timeline when birds already were flying like modern birds.  The amber samples were already well known for their diverse insect inclusions, but for the first time, feathers were found, in a variety of forms.“Although amber offers unparalleled preservation of feathers, only isolated specimens of uncertain affinity have been reported from the Late Cretaceous,” the authors began their paper in Science.1  “This contrasts with the rich Early Cretaceous compression assemblage from northeastern China leaving a substantial temporal gap in our understanding of feather evolution,” to say nothing of a geographical gap (the only other alleged dinosaur-to-bird “transitional form” being Archaeopteryx from Germany – but see 7/21/2011 and PhysOrg reinterpretation and new questions).  Considering these two substantial gaps, how could the authors claim they were watching feather evolution in action, from dinosaur to bird?For one thing, they found a variety of feathers and feather parts that they fit into the “currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers.”  Evolution was, therefore, assumed from the outset.  They found single filaments (stage I in the model), tufts (stage II), simple feathers (stage III), barbed feathers (stage IV), and advanced veined feathers (stage V) suitable for flight or for diving (as found in grebes).  It didn’t bother them that all of these stages can also be found on modern birds, or can represent degenerate structures from modern feathers in fossils.For another thing, “Although neither avian nor dinosaurian skeletal material has been found in direct association with amber at the Grassy Lake locality, fossils of both groups are present in adjacent stratigraphic units,” they said.  “Hadrosaur footprints are found in close association with the amber, and younger (late Campanian and Maastrichtian) strata of western Canada contain diverse nonavian dinosaur and avian remains.”  By interpretation, they meant plain old dinosaurs (nonavian) and plain old birds (avian).  None of these feathers were found on dinosaurs, and no one doubts that dinosaurs and birds coexisted; the question is whether dinosaurs evolved into birds.  Despite these questions, they gunned the inference engine:There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area. However, the discovery of end-members of the evolutionary-developmental spectrum in this time interval, and the overlap with structures found only in nonavian dinosaur compression fossils, strongly suggests that the protofeathers described here are from dinosaurs and not birds. Given that stage I filaments were present in densities relevant for thermoregulation and protection, and that comparable structures are preserved as coronae surrounding compression fossils, it becomes apparent that protofeathers had important nonornamental functions. Specialized barbule morphologies, including basal coiling, suggest that Campanian feather-bearers had already evolved highly specialized structures similar to those of modern grebes to enhance diving efficiency.This remarkable paragraph indicates that they were already assuming that simple filaments and tufts were protofeathers; i.e., dinosaur integumentary structures evolving into true feathers.  The prefix “proto-” turns on the power of suggestion that these structures were evolving upward instead of devolving downward.  It also reveals that they were assuming that feathers first evolved on dinosaurs for “nonornamental functions” such as thermoregulation – yet many modern birds, like geese, also use some of their feathers (down feathers) for thermoregulation.  Moreover, the pieces of amber could not show where on the body of any animal, whether bird or dinosaur, they came from.  Clearly these authors were eager to fit their data into a dinosaur-to-bird sequence. But since these feathers appear so late in the geologic column, the most that can be claimed by believers in dinosaur-to-bird evolution from these amber pieces is that early primitive dinosaur feathers, if they existed, hung on for a long time, even after modern flight feathers had already evolved.Nevertheless, Mark Norell in the same issue of Science was ecstatic.2  Co-author of an annual review on feather evolution with famous Chinese “feathered dinosaur” hunter Xing Xu, he bragged about all the fossil evidence birds evolved from dinosaurs, and said, “Feathered animals abound and extend deep into nonavian history—even, perhaps, to the base of dinosaurs themselves.”  The press flew into a frenzy, with the BBC News leading the flap with its headline, “Dinosaur feather evolution trapped in Canadian amber.”  Science Daily flew into formation with, “Tree Resin Captures Evolution of Feathers On Dinosaurs and Birds.” New Scientist showed a little more scientific restraint in its headline (but not in the body of the article) with, “Advanced birds lived alongside ‘hairy’ dinosaurs.”Only Live Science took “a closer look” at the data and asked other paleontologists for alternative interpretations:The fossil record of this evolution from simple to complex feathers is spotty. Researchers actually have older records of more modern feathers than they do of the simple dinosaur protofeathers….[Zhonghe] Zhou [Chinese Academy of Sciences] also noted that some of the feathers were more difficult to classify based on type, so scientists can’t really be sure if they are bird or dinosaur feathers, or somewhere in between. Mike Benton of the University of Bristol had the same reservations.“Modern feathers are diverse in morphology,” Benton told LiveScience in an email. “Many degenerated [feathers that have turned back the evolutionary clock and become more simplified] or specialized feathers are comparable in morphology to the protofeathers.”This means that the so-called protofeathers could have been bird feathers devolving into simpler structures, rather than being dinosaur structures evolving into bird feathers.  The authors of the paper added two other caveats:None of the additional morphotypes observed in compression fossils of nonavian dinosaurs or amber were found here, suggesting that some morphotypes may not represent distinct evolutionary stages, or may not have persisted into the Late Cretaceous.The snapshot of Campanian feather diversity from Canadian amber is biased toward smaller feathers, subcomponents of feathers, feathers that are molted frequently, and feathers in body positions that increase their likelihood of contacting resin on tree trunks.All they could offer, therefore, was a “snapshot” – not an evolutionary sequence – of a few feather types that were around a particular lake at a particular time in Canada.  But they were certain that, “Despite these limitations, the assemblage demonstrates that numerous evolutionary stages were present in the Late Cretaceous, and that plumage already served a range of functions in both dinosaurs and birds.”  Did the amber really say that?Update 2/17/2012:  In Science,3, Dove and Straker criticized the paper, saying that the tiny inclusions classified as dinosaur-like could actually be plant material or mammal hair.  McKeller et al. stuck to their guns,4 but admitted there’s no way to be sure without destroying the amber samples to get at the material.  Since they collected 100,000 pieces, analyzed 4,000 of them, and only found inclusions in 11 of them, they consider them too rare to break open.1. McKeller et al., “A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber,” Science, 16 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6049 pp. 1619-1622, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203344.2. Mark Norell, “Paleontology: Fossilized Feathers,” http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6049/1590.summary,  6 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6049 pp. 1590-1591, DOI: 10.1126/science.1212049.3. Carla Dove and Lorian Straker,  “Comment on ‘A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber’,” Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 p. 796, doi:10.1126/science.1216208.4. McKeller et al., “Response to Comment on ‘A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber’,” Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 p. 796, doi: 10.1126/science.1216484.Look now.  Perhaps some dinosaurs did have feathers.  Perhaps someday the evidence will be so overwhelming, so overpowering, that no one could ever question it (evolutionists already believe it is).  Perhaps there will be a T. rex or Velociraptor found in situ, dragged up from under tons of strata, with no possibility it was tampered with, that will show it sitting on a fossilized nest in a fossilized tree, covered with feathers, with a fossilized fish it just caught like an eagle and brought to its fossilized chicks.  Even so, there seems little justification for the wild stories being told about feather evolution based on this amber.  What is so overwhelming, so overpowering, that no one should question it, is the desire on the part of evolutionists to force any data they find into an evolutionary story.So let’s ask a few questions that most reporters are not asking (thank Live Science for bringing a little sobriety to the party).  Did they find any dinosaur in the Grassy Lake strata with feathers on it?  No.  Did they find any dinosaur with feathers anywhere in Canada?  No. Did they find any dinosaur with feathers anywhere in the western hemisphere?  No.  Did they find a succession of feathers, increasing in complexity, from deep strata to shallower strata?  No.  Did any of the feathers have a tag on them, saying, “Property of Susie, the T. Rex”?  No.  Are simple filaments and tufts diagnostic of dinosaurs?  No.Do some birds have simple filaments like these?  Yes.  Do some birds have all five stages of feathers described in the “currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers”?  Yes.  Is the currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers a case of circular reasoning?  Yes.  Is the motivation to force data into an evolutionary model strong?  Yes.  Are the only non-avian theropod “feathered dinosaurs” found in China (land of the Archaeoraptor hoax that dragged National Geographic to the confessional), brought to you courtesy of Xing Xu, the scientific wunderkind who has a knack for finding them in collector shops?  Yes (7/21/2011).  Is it odd to think that feathered dinosaurs flew from China to Canada, leaving no trace?  Yes.  Are reporters loaded like catapults to launch headlines into cyberspace at any hint of a vindication for Charlie?  Yes.  Are reporters too lazy to check the data and do their own analysis?  Yes, with few exceptions (like here, and once again, thanks to Live Science for showing some restraint).  Are you, the reader, savvy enough to discern the situation, filter out what is going on in the media feeding frenzy, and make up your own mind whether the data warrant the evolutionary interpretation?  Fill in the blank.(Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more