By craft baker Christophe BlondIn France, January is the month bakers make a traditional ’Galette des Rois’, using some puff pastry dough and “almond cream”. The ’Galette’ is sold with a crown, given to the person who discovers a figurine, which the baker has placed inside the Galette.The shelf-life of this easy-to-make product is excellent. Your customers can eat it warm or cold and it is absolutely delicious!== Almond cream ==Ingredients AmountAlmond powder 1,000gSugar 1,000gMargarine or butter 1,000gEggs 16Flour 100gRum 100ml== Method ==1. Mix 240g puff pastry for 10 minutes with a planetary mixer. With a pastry brake, pin the puff pastry dough down to number 4.2. Then, cut two 25cm discs of dough and pipe the almond cream on the top of one of them, leaving an edge of pastry, a 1.5cm wide, all around.3. Remember to place a figurine inside the cream. Then egg wash the pastry around the cream and stick the other pastry disc on top of the cream, crimping the edges firmly together. Egg wash the top of the Galette, then, with a knife, make a criss-cross pattern in the pastry on top.4. Leave the Galette to rest for at least half an hour, then bake it on a tray for 20 minutes at 220°C.5. Next, take the Galette out of the oven and, using a brush, coat the top with a sugar syrup. Then bake it again for a further 5-10 minutes.
By David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Drought conditions have deepened in much of Georgia. The piedmont and mountain regions north of a line from Troup County, on the western border, to Franklin County, in northeast Georgia, are now in moderate drought, as are southeast and south-central Georgia. The rest of the state remains in a mild drought.Rainfall has been much below normal and the temperature above normal over the past several months. This combination has led to very dry soils, record to near-record low stream flows, low reservoir and farm pond levels and dropping groundwater levels.Rainfall deficits for Jan. 1 through April 3 include Athens at 4.00 inches, Savannah 4.27, Augusta 5.39, Brunswick 6.11, Columbus 6.32, Macon 6.45, Plains 6.77, Alma 6.98, Tiger 7.11, Atlanta 7.74, Tifton 7.84, Blairsville 9.64 and LaFayette 11.21.Much of the rain deficit is due to having had little rain since March 1. The deficits from March 1 through April 3 include Athens at 1.32 inches, Tiger 1.76, Savannah 2.12, Augusta 2.64, Brunswick 2.92, Columbus 3.15, Plains 3.25, Alma 3.28, Macon 3.52, Tifton 3.92, Blairsville 4.01, Atlanta 4.26 and LaFayette 4.47.Little reliefMuch of north and central Georgia received rain on the morning of April 4. Outside of the mountains and the northwest piedmont, most places reported less than a quarter of an inch.Some areas had more than half an inch in the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. April 4. These include Helen at 0.52 inches, Irwinton 0.53, Fort Oglethorpe 0.57, Cedartown 0.65, LaFayette 0.74, Chatsworth 0.80, Marietta 0.81, Cartersville 0.98, Allatoona Dam 1.10, Dallas 1.30 and Blairsville 1.87.The U.S. Climate Prediction Center’s model shows soil moisture levels north of a line from Troup to Franklin counties and across southeast and south-central Georgia to be at or below the 10th percentile. At this level, the soils would have more moisture than they have now in nine out of 10 years.Across the northwest corner of Georgia, the soil moisture is at or below the 5th percentile. In other words, the soils there would have more moisture than they now have in 19 out of 20 years.Streams lowStream flows statewide are abnormally low for early April, too. Most rivers and streams are at or below the 10th percentile for the date.The U.S. Geological Survey reports record low daily flows for April 4 on the Flint River near Carsonville and Oakfield and at Albany and Bainbridge, the Middle Oconee near Athens, the Ocmulgee near Jackson and at Lumber City, the Altamaha at Baxley and Doctortown and the Little Satilla near Offerman.Stream flows across northwest and northeast Georgia are slightly better than the state as a whole. There, flows are between the 5th and 15th percentile for the date.Over the past two weeks, water levels on the state’s major reservoirs have generally remained constant or have fallen. Levels have fallen to below desired levels for early April at Hartwell and Clarks Hill. They’re steady but below the desired level at Lanier.Water levels have risen slightly but are still below the desired level for early April at Allatoona and Russell. Both West Point and Walter F. George have levels above the guidance for early April.Farm ponds across much of the state are low.The state had less than desirable groundwater recharge this winter, and levels are dropping statewide.Little rain in sightLittle if any relief from the drought is anticipated in the foreseeable future.The spring and early summer following an El Nino winter are typically warm and dry across Georgia. So far, the pattern is holding true and is expected to continue.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.Updated drought information is at the state drought Web site (www.georgiadrought.org). The site includes updated climatic conditions and information on how to deal with the drought.The entire state remains under the level-1 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor watering is allowed only from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. It’s banned all day on Fridays.Local water authorities may further restrict outdoor watering.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Manchester City will hope their defensive frailties don’t resurface when Watford visit the Etihad. Tottenham welcome second-bottom Hull to White Hart Lane, Elsewhere, West Ham face Burnley, Southampton travel to Stoke, and West Brom take on Swansea. Chelsea could open up a six-point lead at the top of the table tonight. They’ll be seeking a tenth consecutive victory when they travel to Sunderland. Liverpool go in search of a first win in three when they go to Middlesbrough.
Transmission works Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage Dam site area – north bank and south bank • Transmission line stringing is taking place on the eastern half of the transmission line. Activities will include helicopter work. There may be short delays on Jackfish Lake Road and 400 Road. • Road construction will continue in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas. Equipment • Construction at Lynx Creek will begin. This includes clearing, vegetation removal, excavation, hauling of materials, and construction of gravel causeways in the Peace River. • Construction at the Cache Creek East embankment continues. This includes vegetation removal, excavation of existing soils, placement and grading of granular materials and site drainage. The contractor will soon be demobilizing for the winter. • Fencing is being installed along the conveyor corridor. Noise and vibration • Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. • Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B. • Contractors will continue to mobilize equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road. 85th Avenue Conveyor • Visit the website for more Highway 29 schedules, maps and construction updates. • Transmission line construction will continue. This includes the construction of stringing sites, helical pile foundation installation, tower assembly and lifting and placing on foundations. • Road building and clearing continue on the south bank of the eastern reservoir and both banks of the middle reservoirs including islands in the Peace River, east of Halfway River. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area. Helicopters will be used. • Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations continue. • Merchantable timber will be hauled to local mills. • Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. • Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks. • Portage Mountain Quarry operations will continue but are reduced for the winter. Activity will be limited to maintenance of access roads and pick-up and hauling of rip rap. • Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor. • Burning is taking place between the dam site and Halfway River along the Peace River. Burning is based on ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions. Merchantable timber will be hauled to local mills. • Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Other areas • Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel fish habitat enhancements. • Highway 29: Construction-related equipment will travel along Highway 29. Learn more at drivebc.ca. Highway 29 Advertisement • Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas. • Old Fort Road • Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Boating • Burning is taking place along the transmission line corridor. Burning is based on ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions. Waste wood may also be chipped, mulched or bucked into logs. Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for December 9th – 22nd, 2019. – Advertisement -• Large sections of the penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires occasional overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries. • Jackfish Lake Road and 400 Road: There may be short delays due to transmission line work. • Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Reservoir area Advertisement New: BC Hydro has applied for approvals for the Dry Creek and Lynx Creek Highway 29 crossings under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. This approval application is posted on the project website. • Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas: main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. Activities include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. Tower and mobile cranes will be used. Deliveries of the turbine generator components will begin in December 2019 and continue for the next three years. Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River. Advertisement • Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic. • Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings.
Winter Meetings are a mere week away, the Hot Stove is warming and 2020 is near. It’s time for an Oakland A’s mailbag.From @DankHungary: Odds on locking Marcus up?The A’s future with Marcus Semien is getting murkier by the day. It’s hard to assess the odds that the MVP finalist and the A’s might settle on an extension this year. There are a few angles to gauge the situation. An extension, a trade and an arbitration settlement all seem to be on the table.MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted that …
(Visited 244 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There is no exotic dark matter, according to the most sensitive search to date. The ramifications for cosmology are enormous.A lot of time, money, and effort has gone into looking for something that doesn’t exist. Cosmologists need cold dark matter to make their theories of the big bang work. They need something that doesn’t shine, doesn’t interact with normal matter, but has gravity. And they need lots of it: according to current theory, it outclasses normal matter ten to one. Astrophysicists have pondered what it might be: exotic entities like “weakly interacting massive particles” (WIMPS), axions, and other made-up names for Mysterious Unknown Stuff.Now, the most sensitive detector has turned up nothing. Space.com reports, “Dark Matter Still a Mystery: Most Sensitive Search Yet Comes Up Empty.”The incredibly sensitive LUX dark-matter detector, buried under a mile of rock, has come up empty on its 20-month search for dark matter — further narrowing down the possible characteristics of the strange substance.Researchers presented the results today (July 21) at the 11th Identification of Dark Matter Conference (IDM2016) in Sheffield, U.K., which gathers together researchers seeking to understand dark matter, the mysterious material that appears to make up more than four-fifths of the universe’s mass, but which scientists have not observed directly.Nature is apparently not cooperative with current theory. The null result comes even after collaborative efforts “pushed the sensitivity of the instrument to a final performance level that is four times better than the original project goals.” If WIMPs existed, scientists should have seen a flash from detectors monitoring 1/3 of a ton of liquid xenon surrounded by 72,000 gallons of purified water deep in a South Dakota gold mine.“It would have been marvelous if the improved sensitivity had also delivered a clear dark-matter signal,” Gaitskell said. “However, what we have observed is consistent with background alone.“Another lambasted Nature’s rudeness for being so uncooperative:“Though a positive signal would have been welcome, nature was not so kind!” Cham Ghag, a physicist at University College London and collaborator on LUX, said in another statement. “Nonetheless, a null result is significant as it changes the landscape of the field by constraining models for what dark matter could be beyond anything that existed previously.”But does a non-detection of ghosts “constrain models” for what they could be? Maybe it’s time for a major change to theories that demand something that isn’t there. But no; the search will go “Onward,” Space.com says. A next-generation LUX detector may achieve 70 times the sensitivity of the current LUX.Dark energy: The other major “mysterious unknown stuff” of the universe is dark energy. Science Daily says the Royal Society is accelerating the search for it, but existing tests produce conflicting results. Philosophers of science take note: “Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.”Radio bursts: What is the “most perplexing mystery in astronomy“? The answer, according to Nature, is the source of ultra-powerful radio bursts. No theorists predicted these, but they may be common. One of these bursts can emit the energy of 500 million suns in just 5 milliseconds, suggesting that they come from very compact objects. About 20 have been observed so far.Whatever these objects are, recent observations suggest that they are common, with one flashing in the sky as often as every 10 seconds. Yet they still defy explanation. Theorists have proposed sources such as evaporating black holes, colliding neutron stars and enormous magnetic eruptions. But even the best model fails to account for all the observations, says Edo Berger, an astronomer at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who describes the situation as “a lot of swirling confusion”.The power of these objects must be unbelievable if they come from cosmological distances. Astronomers hope that some day they might be used as probes of dark matter and dark energy.There’s still a lot to learn about astronomy. In general, scientists cannot appeal to unobservable reality forever. The historical examples of phlogiston and caloric show that wrong paradigms can prevail among top experts for decades or centuries. Sooner or later, though, scientists need to consider the possibility they have been engaged in a snipe hunt, and need to find reality elsewhere.
West and Central African populations ofthe continent’s iconic big cat have beenfound to be genetically closer to Asiaticlions than to their Southern Africancousins – this discovery has implicationsfor the conservation of the species.(Image: Luke Harwood)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sarel van der MerweChairperson, African Lion Working Group+27 53 22 7158 or +27 83 607 0986RELATED ARTICLES• Lions return to Great Karoo• Call of the wild in Sabi Sand• Kruger’s animal populations growing• Game park facelift to boost tourism• African tusker now two speciesChristel JordaanNew DNA evidence is suggesting that lions in Africa’s Western and Central regions are more closely related genetically to the Asiatic lion than to their East and Southern African cousins.A team of researchers from the Leiden Institute of Biology in the Netherlands conducted the study and published their results in the peer-reviewed Journal of Biogeography. The article, titled Genetic diversity, evolutionary history and implications for conservation of the lion (Panthera leo) in West and Central Africa, appeared in the journal’s July issue.The team concluded that genetically, Western and Central lions resemble the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) rather than the African lion (Panthera leo leo).An in-depth knowledge of genetic variation within a species is crucial when planning effective strategies to manage wild populations as well as captive breeding stock, and this discovery will be of value to conservationists.Africa’s lions, while protected in many areas, are under threat. According to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the total lion population has declined by about 30% over the past 20 years, and today a mere 1 700 individuals roam the West and Central African regions.Lions face a diminishing habitat and food supply, as well as fragmentation of populations. They are also targeted by farmers and killed in retaliation for livestock theft, as well as by hunters seeking trophies. The Red List classifies West African lions as “regionally endangered”.Saving the big catDuring the study, researchers analysed the mitochondrial DNA of lions found across Africa and India.They also tested the genetic material of extinct species such as the Barbary or Atlas lion, which roamed the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and became extinct in the wild in the 1920s. Specimens in captivity were also believed to have died out, but scientists have recently identified possible Barbary individuals in a number of circuses and zoos.Although the differences in genetic make-up between African and Asiatic lions are not as marked as those found in different human racial groups, the research team maintains that the subspecies are distinct enough that one could distinguish one from the other if one knew what to look for.African lions are bigger and heavier – the average male lion weighs in at a hefty 185 kg, and has a weight range between 150 kg and 230 kg. Asiatic males weigh between 160 kg and 190 kg, while the females of both subspecies weigh roughly the same.Asiatic males have smaller, sparser manes which tend to leave their ears visible at all times. African males have fuller manes which are also generally lighter in colour. A lion’s mane gives other lions – both competitors and potential mating partners – an indication of the overall strength and fitness of that particular individual.Pride and prey sizes also differ between the two subspecies. In Africa’s vast savannah, prides often consist of between four and six females and up to four males. The faster, more agile females generally do the hunting and the stronger, larger males patrol and defend their territory against trespassers.The larger pride size offers an advantage in terms of hunting, as it means a greater chance of success when attempting to bring down bigger prey such as zebra or wildebeest.Asiatic prides usually consist of two to four females, and males are often solitary. Since the Asiatic lion is confined to the Gir Forest in the Indian state of Gujarat, it’s restricted to smaller prey, most commonly the Chital deer which only weighs around 50 kg. This makes larger pride sizes unnecessary.The genetic link between Western and Central African lions and their Asiatic counterparts can partly be attributed to natural phenomena such as Central Africa’s rain forest and the Rift Valley in East Africa. These structures have formed natural barriers which effectively inhibit lion populations from overlapping.Another factor to consider is the region’s climatological history. Scientists estimate that the local population of lions became extinct during the Pleistocene period of 8 000 and 40 000 years ago, as a result of a drought. The survivors would have roamed far in search of food and water, and may have wandered into the Middle East and Asia.Eventually some of these Middle Eastern animals may have recolonised the African region, which explains the close genetic relationship between these lions.
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Backing companies with ‘tunnel vision’Regions will naturally have varying degrees of success, but for one area to take the lead in a given sector, it needs to be capable of thinking beyond its geographical boundaries. When Juicero raised $120 million for its Wi-Fi-powered juicer, everyone outside the tech hive mind was baffled. The product was deemed cool by California’s elite, but even that group couldn’t keep the company going; Juicero closed shop in September. Cities, conversely, are presented with the opportunity to prioritize home-grown entrepreneurs over existing hub creep: While Toronto bids for Amazon’s second headquarters, business leaders are advocating the city not overlook the valuable startup talent already on its doorstep. If investors make their pools of capital flexible and transparent, like public financial markets, more people would trust the industry, which would lead to stronger growth for everyone in California and far beyond. When Finance Minister Bill Morneau claimed Canada doesn’t have a competitiveness problem, influential economist David Rosenberg responded, “The data are the data.” Only now — with the turbulence brought about by the Trump administration — are the tides starting to turn. And more and more entrepreneurs and investors are finding is that a Bay Area ZIP code is not actually a prerequisite for success. Draining our other tech hubsThere’s a troubling trend that the concentration of tech companies has created: brain drain in the rest of America’s (and Canada’s) ecosystems. While landing a role at a Silicon Valley company may be the holy grail for many programmers and developers, this spells trouble for other large tech sectors, like New York, Boston, and Austin, that may struggle to find the same talent. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Detroit is still the car center of America because automakers don’t just produce cars for people driving in Michigan. Wall Street and London remain the financial centers of the Western world because they don’t focus solely on the economies of their host regions. Even Canada, backed by unique venture capital markets, has become a hub for mining, cannabis, and blockchain. Silicon Valley can be the tech center of the world if it wants, but it needs to focus on developments that have meaning beyond the Golden State’s borders to avoid more disasters like Juicero. Tags:#startups#tech investing Brady Fletcher is the managing director of TSX Venture Exchange, a public venture market. The views provided in this article reflect those of the individual author. This article is not endorsed by TMX Group or its affiliated companies. How to Get Started in China and Have Success What We Stand to Lose With Insular Thinking What We Stand to Gain From More Than One ValleyReactive, nondiversified investing isn’t a cardinal sin. However, it isn’t often a successful investment strategy, either. Here in Canada, we’ve long struggled with highly educated and talented individuals taking jobs down south rather than sticking around to build their careers — and companies — on home turf. WIND Mobile founder Anthony Lacavera sees this trend at work in Canada’s eagerness to welcome American tech giants, a move he considers to be shortsighted: “The star performers that should be rising to the top in our country — the best Canadians marketers, developers, engineers — are going to end up getting pulled by a logical career path to the U.S.” However, Silicon Valley has, for all its successes, been accused of insularity: There’s the idea that startups rise not on their own merit, but rather on investments that follow investments. In other words, one venture capitalist backs a company, then his or her friend backs the next round, and so on. This notion of a “VC inner circle” may not be totally founded, but it does bring to the foreground an interesting question: how inclusive are our startup communities, and how can VCs ensure they’re not driving valuations too high, leaving a mess of valuable but overvalued companies in their wake?The United States has started to crack down on foreign investments in California, which could direct investors elsewhere. This is good news for both investors and startups, and we see disruptive ideas come from Austin, Texas; Waterloo, Ontario; and beyond. Increasingly, funding is directed at areas outside of Silicon Valley, supporting other burgeoning areas of the country and continent where equally deserving entrepreneurs are getting their companies off the ground. Even if Blackberry is a shadow of its former figure, the talent it attracted north of the border continues to pay dividends within the Canadian ecosystem. So how do we achieve productive change in the short term? For the good of investors, startups, and everyone in between, investors must consider the merits of opportunities in other regions to reintroduce the kind of competition that will keep all parties accountable. This shift might be slow, but at the end of the day, it benefits both Silicon Valley and other innovation hubs. As VCs stop driving public interest solely to Silicon Valley startups, companies both in the Valley and around the globe will increasingly grow on the merit of their ideas and the market demand for their products. Brady FletcherManaging Director at TSX Venture Exchange What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts For one thing, the problems that entrepreneurs are working to solve outside of central hubs may have a larger addressable market. By supporting tech initiatives in far-flung locations, investors have the opportunity to reap the benefits of diverse perspectives and myriad approaches to complex issues. Spreading the wealth also relieves the pressures associated with major tech hubs, including rising housing prices and population squeeze. We all know by now that “Silicon Valley” has become more or less synonymous with “innovation.” The United States now has more than 100 unicorns (startups that reach $1 billion valuations), and while research from Stanford suggests some of these companies might not be all they seem — with an average valuation of 48 percent above true value — these numbers point to the impressive growth and support in the United States’ startup scene. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … And then, there’s collaboration: Think of the drugs that are developed cross-nationally or agricultural solutions that are applicable in multiple situations. Technology has paved the way for broader collaboration internally, meaning companies can lean on everything from videoconference calling to robotic surgery from remote locations to get the job done. Innovation is no longer limited by geography. These advancements — and more — present a compelling argument for a wider investment strategy.Silicon Valley may have paved the path, but there’s no reason why other cities can’t iterate and produce successful tech centers of their own. To make smarter profits, investors who have previously focused on Silicon Valley must consider opportunities more critically — even if that sends them outside of their area code. They need to start prioritizing the best companies and talent over Silicon connections.