An ex-offender has opened a second branch of her Manchester artisan bakery, The Barker Baker.As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Francesca Barker’s new bakery is located in Northern Quarter shopping emporium Afflecks. It opened just six months after her first site in Littleborough, Manchester, and sells a range of artisan breads, brownies and sandwiches.Barker narrowly avoided prison over two years ago after being convicted of fraud and instead discovered a passion for bakery while on a probation course. She now tries to give others a second chance by employing a number of ex-convicts and runs bakery workshops and food education classes in partnership with probation services and women’s centres.She is also laying down plans to take the business further by opening a café in Hare Hill House, Littleborough, which volunteers are turning into a community, arts and micro-business centre.Barker said: “I love Afflecks and, as much as I love Littleborough, it’s great to have a totally different clientele. It’s a bit younger and it has challenged me to think outside the box a bit.“Things are getting bigger and better every day and it just goes to show that just making bread whilst on probation can change your life.”
Galileo called mathematics the “language with which God wrote the universe.” He described a picture-language, and now that language has a new dimension.The Harvard trio of Arthur Jaffe, the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science, postdoctoral fellow Zhengwei Liu, and researcher Alex Wozniakowski has developed a 3-D picture-language for mathematics with potential as a tool across a range of topics, from pure math to physics.Though not the first pictorial language of mathematics, the new one, called quon, holds promise for being able to transmit not only complex concepts, but also vast amounts of detail in relatively simple images. The language is described in a February 2017 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“It’s a big deal,” said Jacob Biamonte of the Quantum Complexity Science Initiative after reading the research. “The paper will set a new foundation for a vast topic.”“This paper is the result of work we’ve been doing for the past year and a half, and we regard this as the start of something new and exciting,” Jaffe said. “It seems to be the tip of an iceberg. We invented our language to solve a problem in quantum information, but we have already found that this language led us to the discovery of new mathematical results in other areas of mathematics. We expect that it will also have interesting applications in physics.”When it comes to the “language” of mathematics, humans start with the basics — by learning their numbers. As we get older, however, things become more complex. “We learn to use algebra, and we use letters to represent variables or other values that might be altered,” Liu said. “Now, when we look at research work, we see fewer numbers and more letters and formulas. One of our aims is to replace ‘symbol proof’ by ‘picture proof.’”The new language relies on images to convey the same information that is found in traditional algebraic equations — and in some cases, even more.“An image can contain information that is very hard to describe algebraically,” Liu said. “It is very easy to transmit meaning through an image, and easy for people to understand what they see in an image, so we visualize these concepts and instead of words or letters can communicate via pictures.”“So this pictorial language for mathematics can give you insights and a way of thinking that you don’t see in the usual, algebraic way of approaching mathematics,” Jaffe said. “For centuries there has been a great deal of interaction between mathematics and physics because people were thinking about the same things, but from different points of view. When we put the two subjects together, we found many new insights, and this new language can take that into another dimension.”In their most recent work, the researchers moved their language into a more literal realm, creating 3-D images that, when manipulated, can trigger mathematical insights.“Where before we had been working in two dimensions, we now see that it’s valuable to have a language that’s Lego-like, and in three dimensions,” Jaffe said. “By pushing these pictures around, or working with them like an object you can deform, the images can have different mathematical meanings, and in that way we can create equations.”Among their pictorial feats, Jaffe said, are the complex equations used to describe quantum teleportation. The researchers have pictures for the Pauli matrices, which are fundamental components of quantum information protocols. This shows that the standard protocols are topological, and also leads to discovery of new protocols.“It turns out one picture is worth 1,000 symbols,” Jaffe said.“We could describe this algebraically, and it might require an entire page of equations,” Liu added. “But we can do that in one picture, so it can capture a lot of information.”Having found a fit with quantum information, the researchers are now exploring how their language might also be useful in a number of other subjects in mathematics and physics.“We don’t want to make claims at this point,” Jaffe said, “but we believe and are thinking about quite a few other areas where this picture-language could be important.” Advance in high-pressure physics Harvard scientists announce they’ve created metallic hydrogen, which has been just a theory Related
Green Mountain Power has received a Certificate of Public Good from the state of Vermont to build a nearly 1,000-panel solar array on property it owns in Berlin, Vermont. The project will generate 200 kilowatts of electricity, and is the largest permitted solar project in Vermont, GMP officials said.”This project is an important part of our overall energy and climate strategy to increase the amount of renewable energy generation in our state,” said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. “Using renewables benefits our customers by supplying them with low-carbon emission, low-cost and highly reliable energy sources.”As part of this strategy, Green Mountain Power will soon file for approval of its Kingdom Community Wind project which will generate up to 63 megawatts of renewable wind power in Lowell, Vermont.The Berlin project will bring Green Mountain Power closer to its goal of helping to install 10,000 solar panels in 1,000 days — a commitment it made in November 2008. Through its own projects, and by providing incentives for customers to install panels, a total of 7,800 solar panels have been installed to date. With the addition of the 952 panel Berlin project, Green Mountain Power is nearly 90 percent of the way towards reaching its goal.The Berlin solar array will be Green Mountain Power’s third solar installation. In early 2009, the company completed a 58-kilowatt array that provides power for its Westminster service center. It also has a 4-kilowatt solar array at its Colchester headquarters, which powers its two plug-in hybrid vehicles.The solar panels will be installed on a fixed, ground-mounted system, covering approximately one acre of land. Work is expected to begin in the next few weeks and be completed by the end of this summer. The location is ideal for a solar installation, with open space to allow for a good sun resource. At full output, the array will generate enough power to serve 100 average homes.”We’re excited to bring this project to our customers. It’s good for Vermont, good for our environment and it gives us one more reason to be happy when the sun shines,” Powell said.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – May 17, 2010) –
The Latest: Italian fans could be back in stadiums in Sept. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control. Spadafora says “obviously the stadium can’t be filled like before but rather a series of measures currently being studied will need to be respected.”The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September.___The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. July 24, 2020 The league says fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players” from July 31.Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.___South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Associated Press Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August.Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)If it’s possible for the world champion Warriors to be upstaged on their own court by a halftime act, Monday night may be the time.In the culmination of one of the cooler feel-good stories around, popular acrobat Red Panda will be able to fully perform her jaw-dropping juggling stunts, thanks to the Warriors’ generosity.Almost nine months after her custom-made unicycle was stolen from the San Francisco Airport, …
For a long time, geologists have used microscopic crystals called zircons as “time capsules” for dating rock strata. The tiny crystals are so durable it was believed they were virtually impermeable. Now, however, inclusions inside the zircons appear to be vastly different in age. This could have drastic effects on how certain formations are dated. According to Science Magazine News, Earth’s time capsules “may be flawed.” An Australian team took a look at about 7,000 zircons from the Jack Hills of western Australia, a conglomerate formation containing pebbles that have undergone heavy bouts of metamorphism. The zircons were thought to be between 2.65 and 3.05 billion years old. A few had inclusions, and some of the inclusions that were dated using radiometric means came out as young as 800 million years – the assumed date of the surrounding metamorphic rock. This means that zircons are not as protected from outside influence as thought. The scientists could find no way in for younger radioactive material to get inside some of the “young” inclusions – no hairline fractures, for instance. If carried in by fluids, “the fluids may have traveled along defects in the zircon’s crystal structure caused by radioactive decay or along pathways that are either too small to see or oriented such that they’re invisible.” Reporter Sid Perkins described how this finding may “stir people up”: In recent years, some researchers have used analyses of zircons and their inclusions—and in particular, the temperatures and pressures they’ve been exposed to since their formation—to infer the presence of oceans or of modern-style plate tectonics on Earth more than 4 billion years ago, well before previously suspected, Rasmussen says. But based on the team’s new findings, which will be reported next month in Geology, those conclusions are suspect, he notes. Another geologist was even more worried. “The results ‘suggest that analyses of zircon inclusions can’t be trusted much at all,’ adds Jonathan Patchett, an isotope geochemist at the University of Arizona in Tucson.” Another geologist was not so pessimistic but warned that use of zircon dating information will have to be done more carefully from now on. How careful is careful enough? The pathways into the zircons are invisible. Geologists have had a habit of using the data they like for their preconceived timeline, and tossing out the anomalies. Well, the RATE team at ICR found plenty of anomalies for them that date these rocks at thousands, not millions of years old (let alone billions). It’s all published online; go look at it at ICR.org/rate. If the secular geologists weren’t so wedded to Darwin, they would have to take these anomalies seriously, even if they disagree with the world view of the creation scientists. (Don’t imagine for a moment that there is such a thing as a scientist without a world view).(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
1 September 2005South Africa’s new School of Tourism and Hospitality, housed in a R47-million custom-built, state-of-the-art facility, aims to train world-class restaurateurs and hospitality “high-flyers” for the country’s burgeoning tourism industry.The new school, situated on the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Campus, boasts ultra-modern kitchens, lecture rooms with hi-tech facilities, computer laboratories and a 150-seater auditorium.The school will combine practical training with a strong commercial component, including two public restaurants, a bar and a wine cellar.The building will also house the SA Chefs Association, the SA Culinary Institute and the Gauteng branch of the Cape Wine Academy.Tourism is a priority sector for South Africa, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said at the launch of the school on Tuesday.“There needs to be a balance between high quality service, customer care and the attitude of those who serve you, together with the facilities the establishment offers, in order create an unforgettable experience for the tourist,” she said.Kerzner International chairman Sol Kerzner said the school was committed to the highest standards of training, and would ensure that students came away with the ability to make people feel really welcome.Kerzner and his company donated R20-million towards construction of the school, and will be helping the school to link up with the New York School of Hospitality Management and other international institutions in order to benchmark itself against the best hospitality education in the world.“We’re putting our money where our mouths are to help build tourism and hospitality in South Africa”, Kerzner told the Saturday Star. He added, however, that this was no “sentimental gesture”, with a tourism industry “set to burgeon in South Africa”.“I have always been a great believer in tourism potential, and I am confident that this new initiative will elevate the Hotel School to university status and place it on a par with other international hotel schools.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews
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