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3 farmer's markets in March, classes & other events | Food and Dining

Posted on 27 February 2013.

dining bugDavidson Farmer?s Market is back again Saturday for the first of three winter tailgate markets during March, including an extra market added at the month?s end. Meanwhile, the dining calendar is busy in March, with wine dinners, beer tastings and live music at Ass Clown Brewery, a Russian food and music festival at Davidson College, and a big two-day St. Patrick?s Day celebration at Galway Hooker. Read on for the details.

WINTER FARMER?S MARKETS

Davidson Farmer?s Market will have another in its series of winter tailgate markets this Saturday, March 2, from 9am to noon next to Town Hall in downtown Davidson. The market also is open March 16, and they?ve added a third date this month, March 30.

This weekend, farmers and other vendors will have a variety of seasonal vegetables and foods, including kale, spinach, carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, collards, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, farm-fresh eggs, goat and cow cheeses, butter, honey, flowers, pastured beef and chicken, chicken sausage, pork, and NC seafood. There also will be baked goods, including donuts, artisan breads, sweets, croissants, brioche and empanadas, and locally made soaps.
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Meanwhile, the market needs volunteers to help with setup and takedown of tents and tables. Are you available to help out? Set up starts at 7:45am, and takedown is at noon. To sign up, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/volunteers1071? Find our more about the market at davidsonfarmersmarket.org

CLASS: A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN SIX GLASSES

Have you heard about DavidsonLearns? The lifelong learning program is accepting registration through March 11 for a variety of classes, including this one for lovers of food and drink: ?A History of the World in Six Glasses.? Davidson resident and DavidsonLearns president Joey Schnople will teach this course based on the book of the same name by Tom Standage.

Here?s how the author describes the idea: ?Just as archaeologists divide history into different periods based on the use of different materials ? the stone age, the bronze age, the iron age, and so on ? it is also possible to divide world history into periods dominated by different drinks. Six drinks in particular ? beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola ? chart the flow of world history. Three contain alcohol and three contain caffeine, but what they all have in common is that each drink was the defining drink during a pivotal historical period, from antiquity to the present day.?

The course will meet Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm, on March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1. It has a maximum enrollment of 20 students, and registration is $72. You can learn more about the course and the instructor and register at www.davidsonlearns.org.

DINING CALENDAR

  • Wine Dinners at Lake Norman Cottage, Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 6-9pm, Lake Norman Cottage, 200 A North Harbor Place, Davidson ? If you haven?t been to one of these wine dinners, it?s worth a visit. Cost is $25 per person includes a light 3-course meal. Friday night will feature wines from Argentina, Oregon, and California. Saturday night wines are from California, Germany and Washington State. Call for a reservation: 704-237-3629.
  • Lake Norman Bar Crawl, Friday, March 1, registration 6:30-7:30pm at Harvey?s Bar and Grill, 19707 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius ? The Lake Norman Bar Crawl offers party bus transportation to five locations around Cornelius. Free beer on the bus, plus drink specials, no cover charges and giveaways. Tickets $10 per person, or $15 for two. Information and tickets at lknfun.com
  • Beer and live music at Ass Clown Brewery, Saturday, March 2, 6-9pm, Ass Clown Brewery, 10620 Bailey Road, Suite E, Cornelius ? The local brewery?s tasting room is open with live music by Carolina Bound. Info: www.assclownbrewery.com or 704-995-7767.
  • Russian Food & Music Festival, Wednesday, March 13, 5-7:15pm, Davidson College Vail Commons dining hall ? Russian Maslenitsa Food & Music Festival, a festival of Russian food, trivia with prizes, live dancing and music by guitar virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov. Free for students on the meal plan, $12.25 for others. For more information, email amewington@davidson.edu.
  • St. Paddy?s Day at Galway Hooker, Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17, 11am until ?? Galway Hooker Irish Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Kenton Place, Cornelius ? Galway Hooker presents a two-day celebration of St. Patrick?s Day, with music, food and drink. Eight bars inside and out, bagpipers and dancers and other live bands, drawings and games. Saturday lineup: Thistledown Tinkers, Natty Boh, and Joystick. Sunday: Early Ray, Lipstick on a Pig. Info: galwayhookerpub.com
  • DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net will host a Davidson Beer Crawl on Saturday afternoon, March 23, at five venues in Davidson. Cost is $35 per person, including a beer glass and tastings. If you?d like an invitation with details, send an email to David Boraks at editor@corneliusnews.net.

BAD DADDY?S ADDS AN EDAMAME CASHEW BURGER

Bad Daddy?s Burger Bar restaurants in the Charlotte area have added a new veggie option to their menus: the Edamame Cashew Burger. Bad Daddy?s owner Frank Scibelli says: ?We have a lot of vegetarians at our restaurant and we?re always looking at new proteins for our customers. We started with edamame and added the cashews for a nutritional crunch, then created the homemade Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce to add creaminess.? Other menu additions recently include Irish Nachos, Bacon Blue Cheese Fries, Truffle Parmesan Fries, Salt & Vinegar Fries and a Strawberry Greek Yogurt Crunch Shake. Founded in 2007 by Mr. Scibelli and Dennis Thompson, Bad Daddy?s has locations on East Boulevard in Charlotte, Ballantyne, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Birkdale in Huntersville.

COOKING CLASSES AT WOODEN STONE

Wooden Stone Gallery and the Town of Davidson are offering another series of hands-on cooking classes in April, one focusing on Indian food and the other Thai food. Whether you?re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you?ll have fun in these 2 1/2 hour Sunday classes. Participants will help prepare five to six dishes, then sit down and enjoy a meal with a glass of wine. Classes are for ages 18 and up and require pre-registration.

  • Trip to India, Sunday, April 14, 2-4:30pm, Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 S. Main St., Davidson ? Menu includes Potato Samosas, Butternut Squash Jasmine Rice, Spinach with Paneer (Saag Paneer), Indian Vegetable Stew, Chicken Tikka Masala, Indian Ground Beef with Peas, and (Kheema), Mango Lassi. Register: https://townofdavidson.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/
  • Tasty Thai, Sunday, April 28, 2-4pm, Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 S. Main St., Davidson ? Menu includes Vegetable & Black Bean Egg Rolls; Hot & Sour Vegetable Salad; Tom Yum Soup with Fish; Thai Tofu, Swiss Chard, and Sweet Potato Curry; Green Pork Stir-Fry with Noodles & Peanuts; Red Chicken Curry. Register: https://townofdavidson.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/

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Source: http://corneliusnews.net/foodanddining/2013/02/27/3-farmers-markets-in-march-food-classes-and-other-events/

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Billboard turns desert air into pure water

Billboards provide parched drivers cruising down the highway in Lima, Peru with ample ideas for ways to quench their thirst, from soda to beer, but only one turns the desert air to drinkable water right there.

The billboard is a marketing campaign created by ad agency Mayo DraftFCB intended to inspire would-be engineers to apply for admission to the University of Engineering and Technology.

Lima is located in a desert and receives less than an inch of rain a year, causing many residents to rely on polluted wells for their drinking water. But the coastal city also experiences high levels of humidity ? about 98 percent, which got the ad agency and the university thinking about the billboard.

The working billboard houses generators that capture humidity and send it through a reverse osmosis system to generate water, a video about the project (above) from the ad agency explains. The water is filtered and stored in tanks. A tap at the base supplies water to local residents.

The billboard can generate up to 25 gallons of water a day. Time will tell how many students it inspires to apply to school, gain engineering skills and change the world.

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John Roach is a contributing writer for NBC News. To learn more about him, check out his website. For more of our Future of Technology series, watch the featured video below.

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/billboard-turns-desert-air-pure-water-1C8543843

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Budget Hotels Near Victoria Station

There are many budget hotels in London that provide bed and breakfast accommodation to the travellers. They have courteous and friendly staff that is dedicated to make your stay comfortable. These are located close to Victoria station, making it convenient for the travellers to visit different places easily.

If you are visiting London, it is a good idea to look for a hotel near Victoria station London. It is the capital of the country part of England and the United Kingdom. The city lies on the River Thames in south-east England on the island of Great Britain. London is one of the most important cultural, financial and commercial centres of the world and thus has the status of a world city. It is visited by numerous people daily for several purposes, ranging from tourism to education. Thus, there is always an extreme demand for accommodation options. The Victoria Station is a prominent area in London and has a lot of excellent hotels which can be perfect for you.

The best thing about the hotels in the Victoria Station area is the location. The station is a landmark and is connected to all parts of London. Also, you can travel to other parts of UK and other countries too by taking trains from the station. If you travel to London by a flight, you can reach the station very easily too. You can take a express train from the airport to reach the station directly. Another important reason which makes the hotels in this area so popular is the rents. The hotels in this area are rather cheap and travellers can choose from a lot of highly affordable options.

If you are a tourist, then there can be no better location of accommodation for you than the Victoria Station region. This is because some of the most interesting and popular tourist attractions of London are near the station. If you stay at a hotel near Victoria station London, you can reach the Big Ben very easily. The Big Ben is a bell situated in the tower of the Houses of Parliament. You can walk to the Big Ben easily from the Victoria Station. It would be a folly to visit London and miss this spectacular attraction. With a diameter of 25 feet, the Big Ben has been running accurately since its establishment in 1923 and alerts entire London of the time through its chimes.

Another excellent tourist attraction near the Victoria station is the Buckingham palace. On certain days, the tourists are allowed to see the beautiful Queen Elizabeth's state rooms. You can simply walk from your hotel to the Victoria Memorial and check out the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens. Apart from these, there are a lot of other major tourist attractions in London which can be reached very easily from hotels near the Victoria Station. These include the National Gallery, the Tower of London, the British Museum and the London Eye. Thus, by staying at a hotel in this region, you can access all parts of the city and can cover all the important tourist attractions within a very short span of time. So, if you want to make the most of your London trip, plan the details in advance and book a hotel near the Victoria station London.

About the Author:
The author of this article is associated with The Tudor Inn Hotel Victoria, a well-known budget hotel providing bed and breakfast accommodation to London visitors.

Source: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Budget-Hotels-Near-Victoria-Station/4454428

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Bishop Gorman head coach Sheryl Krmpotich calls a play during their Division I state championship game against Reno Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Orleans. Reno won 52-39.

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Bishop Gorman head coach Sheryl Krmpotich calls a play during their Division I state championship game against Reno Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Orleans. Reno won 52-39.

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Harvard Nap Room Under Consideration After Student's Petition Finds Support

The Harvard administration is considering creating a nap room on campus after sophomore Yuqi Hou started a petition that received 191 yes votes, The Boston Globe reports. It's one of three petitions that gained formal consideration last month by Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds.

Hou found in an online survey, which 432 undergraduates responded to, that just 21 percent of Harvard undergrads felt like they got enough sleep, and that nearly 60 percent were in favor of establishing a nap room, The Harvard Crimson reports.

"Most students operate daily on a sleep deficit, to the detriment of their health and productivity," Hou, 19, told The Globe. "For those getting insufficient sleep at night, naps can provide alertness and help students take a break from their hectic schedules."

Harvard's own research shows the benefits of power naps. Robert Stickgold, associate professor of psychiatry, said in the Harvard Health Letter that napping can improve people's problem-solving skills. A November 2009 issue of the Harvard Health Letter recommended 20- to 30-minute naps and endorsed the idea of having an ideal spot to rest: "You don't want to waste a lot of time getting to sleep. Reducing light and noise helps most people nod off faster. Cool temperatures are helpful, too."

The University of Colorado-Boulder started its own nap center in 2009 called "Siesta," the Daily Camera reported.

Some students say they notice that libraries are doubling as mega nap rooms.

"I see, every so often, people fall asleep in the library, and it's sort of inconvenient," Harvard senior Sam Singer told NBC Boston affiliate WHDH on Thursday. "And if you live far away from the yard you live far away from places where your classes might be to go back in the middle of the day. I know people often talk about taking a nap."

The University of Texas and the University of California-Davis both created their own nap maps to plot the best spots to snooze on campus. Hou told the Globe she plans to create her own nap map until a siesta center is set up on campus.

We can't say we disagree with Hou's idea. We have nap rooms here at The Huffington Post, and they're often overbooked.

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/22/harvard-nap-room_n_2741391.html

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Activation of cortical type 2 cannabinoid receptors ameliorates ischemic brain injury

Activation of cortical type 2 cannabinoid receptors ameliorates ischemic brain injury

Friday, February 22, 2013

A new study published in the March issue of The American Journal of Pathology suggests that cortical type 2 cannabinoid (CB2) receptors might serve as potential therapeutic targets for cerebral ischemia.

Researchers found that the cannabinoid trans-caryophyllene (TC) protected brain cells from the effects of ischemia in both in vivo and in vitro animal models. In rats, post-ischemic treatment with TC decreased cerebral infarct size and edema. In cell cultures composed of rat cortical neurons and glia exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGD/R), TC decreased neuronal injury and mitochondrial depolarization, specifically through type 2 cannabinoid receptor (CB2R) pathways.

"To our knowledge, novel data presented in this study provide evidence for the first time supporting a previously unappreciated role of cortical CB2R, especially neuronal CB2Rs, in ischemia," says lead investigator Won-Ki Kim, PhD, of the Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine, Korea University in Seoul. "This study suggests that further investigation is warranted to establish the clinical usefulness of TC as a preventative and therapeutic agent for treatment of stroke."

Results presented in the study shed light on the anatomy and mechanism of action of CB2R-mediated neuroprotection. In the in vivo study, which was performed in rats, the right middle cerebral artery was occluded for 1.5 hours to mimic an ischemic stroke; blood flow was allowed to return for the next 24 hours. Three hours after the occlusion began, the animals were treated with TC; some animals also received AM630, a CB2R antagonist. The next day, the brains were removed, and the volume of the infarct and extent of cerebral edema were measured.

Using immunocytochemistry, the investigators found evidence of CB2Rs in the cortex of both control and ischemic brains, mostly in cortical neurons but also to a lesser extent in some glial cells. This finding in itself is important because the question of whether CB2Rs are present in the cortex has long been a matter of debate, say the authors.

Post-ischemic treatment with TC reduced infarct size by 53.8% and reduced edema by 51.9%. However, co-administration of the CB2R antagonist AM630 completely blocked the protective effect of TC. Further analysis indicated that CB2R activation is involved in the ability of TC to induce cAMP responsive element-binding protein (CREB) phosphorylation and increase the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in ischemic tissue.

Cell-culture studies of embryonic rat cortical neurons and glia exposed to OGD/R to simulate ischemic insult confirmed some of the findings of the in vivo studies and contributed to further understanding about cellular effects of ischemia and TC treatment. In the cultures, TC decreased neuronal injury, intracellular oxidative stress, and mitochondrial depolarization following OGD/R, and the effects were reversed by AM630 but not by a CB1R antagonist, AM251. Western blot analysis demonstrated that TC enhanced the phosphorylation of AMP protein kinase (AMPK) and CREB, while selective AMPK and CREB inhibitors blocked TC's neuroprotection. Other findings indicated that the anti-ischemic effect of TC was not mediated by NMDA receptor antagonism or antioxidant activity.

TC is a major cannabinoid derived from the essential oil of the flowering plant Cannabis sativa, but has a fundamentally different structure from classical cannabinoids. Unlike agents which activate CB1 receptors, selective CB2R receptor agonists do not have psychoactive side effects. TC appears to maintain CB2R agonist activity when administered orally and is a common ingredient found in many food additives and folk medicines. The intriguing results of the present study suggest that the anti-ischemic benefits of TC deserve further exploration.

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Chesapeake fourth-quarter profit tops Street, expenses fall

(Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp reported fourth-quarter profit that topped Wall Street estimates on Thursday, helped by lower-than-expected expenses and more profitable oil production.

The earnings report came a day after Chesapeake said an internal investigation of the financial dealings of outgoing Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon found no "intentional" wrongdoing.

McClendon is stepping down on April 1 following a tumultuous year during which the company faced a liquidity crunch and a governance crisis. Now Chesapeake's board and big shareholders are trying to rein in spending, pay down debt and increase production of more profitable oil.

McClendon, who co-founded the company in 1989, was not quoted in the earnings release and did not participate in the company's conference call with analysts for the first time in 80 quarters.

Phil Weiss, an analyst with Argus Research, said expenses in a number of areas came in below his projections while cash flow was higher than he anticipated.

General and administrative expenses fell to $99 million in the quarter from $138 million a year earlier and drilling and completion costs declined about 30 percent from a year ago.

"Costs are moving in the right direction on both general and administrative and production expense," analysts at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co said in a note to clients.

BACKING AWAY FROM DEBT TARGET?

While the results improved, Chesapeake is still battling low natural gas prices this year. The company also estimates its funding shortfall - the difference between total capital expenditures and expected cash flow - at about $4 billion in 2013. The gap will need to be filled with up to $7 billion in asset sales.

Analysts on the conference call repeatedly pressed for details about planned asset sales, but Chief Financial Officer Domenic Dell'Osso declined to provide specifics.

A deal involving its acreage in the Mississippi Lime formation is expected soon, but Dell'Osso told analysts, "We don't want to discuss a pending transaction."

The company reiterated its commitment to pay down debt, but at the end of the quarter, it still had $12 billion in long-term liabilities. Previously, Chesapeake said it would reduce debt to $9.5 billion.

"It appears that management may be backing away from that target," analysts at Credit Suisse wrote in a note to clients.

Low natural gas prices also left nearly one-third of Chesapeake's undeveloped reserves in the Haynesville shale formation in Louisiana and the Barnett formation in north Texas unprofitable to produce. The company proved reserves fell 17 percent from a year ago to 15.7 trillion cubic feet equivalent.

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, company said profit fell to $257 million, or 39 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $429 million, or 63 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Excluding items, Chesapeake's profit came to 26 cents per share. Analysts, on average, had expected 14 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Chesapeake said production of crude oil and natural gas liquids rose 39 percent to 147,500 barrels per day, while overall output rose 9 percent.

Chesapeake said much of its crude growth came from its properties in the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas. Oil from that area typically fetches more favorable prices from Gulf Coast buyers.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining McClendon's financial transactions, while the Department of Justice and the attorney general in Michigan are investigating whether Chesapeake violated antitrust laws.

A series of Reuters investigations last year triggered civil and criminal probes into the second-largest U.S. producer of natural gas. Big shareholders Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management took control of the board in June after McClendon was stripped of the chairman job.

Chesapeake said on the call that the board's search for McClendon's replacement is expected to be completed by the time he steps down.

Shares of Chesapeake climbed as much as 3.2 percent after it reported earnings, then sold off along with the broader market. In mid-afternoon trading, the stock fell 1.1 percent at $20.01 on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/chesapeake-energy-posts-lower-quarterly-profit-122221528--finance.html

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Oakland, California: FBI Foils Another Fake Terror Plot

Oakland, California: FBI foils another fake terror plot

By Karl Eisner; 20 February 2013 - WSWS
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/02/20/oakl-f20

On February 8, federal authorities arrested a San Jose man for attempting to set off a car bomb outside a bank in Oakland, California. The charges filed against Matthew Llaneza, 28, stem from a months-long operation staged by the FBI?s South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force. The event is the latest in a long series of bogus terror plots hatched or otherwise encouraged by the federal government.

According to the sparse criminal complaint submitted 10 days ago, the government?s involvement with the Arizona native ? a recent Muslim convert ? dates back to November of last year, when undercover FBI agent Christopher Monika met with and convinced Llaneza that he was ?connected with the Taliban and the mujahedin in Afghanistan.?

How or why Llaneza first became a target of the FBI goes unmentioned in the official narrative, but over the next several months Monika and Llaneza allegedly met several times to organize the bombing of an Oakland Bank of America branch ? supposedly chosen because ?the name of the bank and Oakland?s location as a center of protests made it an appropriate target.? The operation came to an end on February 8, when Llaneza tried to detonate an inoperable car bomb and was promptly arrested.

At no point did the plot pose a ?threat to the public,? notes a press release from the US attorney?s office. Like a number of high-profile, supposed terror operations foiled by the US government over the past decade, every stage of the sham conspiracy had been created and carefully managed by the FBI. Virtually all of the key elements in the plot were in fact supplied by the federal government: a rented storage unit in Hayward, an SUV to deliver the would-be car bomb, the fake explosives and the expertise needed to assemble them.

According to the affidavit, Llaneza?s greatest tangible contribution to the scheme was the purchase of two cellphones and a nine-volt battery (on an outing with his undercover FBI handler, no less) that were later assembled by the authorities into a phony trigger device. Until February 8, when Llaneza took the lead and tried to detonate the inert explosives in Oakland, most of his involvement seems to have consisted of tagging along with his government sponsor.

There have been no allegations that Llaneza, depicted by the government?s criminal complaint as a calculating and committed pro-Taliban terrorist, had any ties to Al Qaeda or the Taliban. Absent any co-conspirators, any evidence of involvement with a terrorist organization, or even any evidence of independently trying to establish that involvement, undercover agent Monika was Llaneza?s sole connection to, and undoubtedly the driving force behind, the entire operation.

By all accounts, Matthew Llaneza is a mentally ill individual. Santa Clara county court documents from 2011 describe the man as psychotic and suffering from bipolar disorder, a record that was almost certainly known to the FBI before it began its sting operation in November of last year. Llaneza was involuntarily hospitalized and placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold by authorities in April 2011, after acting strangely and becoming combative at his father?s San Jose home. Police records show Llaneza claimed to be suicidal, with a history of substance abuse and mental health problems.

When police later discovered Llaneza?s ownership of an AK-47 assault rifle, brought from Arizona and illegal under California?s gun laws, he was convicted on weapons charges and sentenced to a brief jail term. ?You would not have to spend more than a few minutes with him without it being painfully obvious that there were some severe psychological issues,? said Cameron Bowman, Llaneza?s former defense attorney. Legal proceedings against the accused are currently on hold until March 8, pending a possible review of his mental state and legal competency.

In light of the circumstances surrounding past government-manufactured terror plots, the FBI ? known for its mass surveillance of and fishing expeditions for ?radicals? among the Muslim population ? most likely found in Llaneza another easy mark: a mentally unstable, suggestible figure who could be counted on to play his assigned part in a terror farce first created, and then thwarted, by the state security services.

With the help of a servile corporate media, these staged terrorist conspiracies are designed to put flesh on the bones of the Obama administration?s ?war on terror? propaganda. When a genuine Al Qaeda plot to blow up a California bank is nowhere to be found, the Obama Justice Department simply invents one ? all to keep alive a supposedly ubiquitous terrorist threat, cited for more than a decade to justify a permanent state of war abroad and police-state measures at home.

Source: http://mostlywater.org/oakland_california_fbi_foils_another_fake_terror_plot

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Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ...


You may have heard that the private Finnish copyright enforcement agency CIAPC (the same creeps who confiscated a 9 year old girl's Winnie the Pooh laptop because she downloaded a song from an artist whose CD, t-shirt and concert tickets she went on to buy) have ripped off the sourcecode for The Pirate Bay in order to launch a website opposed to The Pirate Bay. In response, The Pirate Bay has reported CIAPC to the economics crimes unit of the Finnish police.

The ?parody? defense doesn?t apply under Finnish law, TPB argues, citing a recent case in Finland.

?In a similar case, the prosecution and the Helsinki Court of Appeals have found that a parody site can violate the moral rights of the original author. Changing the logo or making slight edits to the text are not enough to remove this liability,? they informed the police...

?While The Pirate Bay may have a positive view on copying, it will not stand by and watch copyright enforcing organizations disrespect copyright,? Pirate Bay?s Winston says in a comment.

?CIAPC is like an ugly high school bully without friends. It?s time to take a stand. Cyber bullying is a serious matter to us all,? Winston continues.

Should The Pirate Bay be awarded damages they won?t keep that money for themselves. Instead, the money will go to the 9-year old girl who was ?harassed? last year.

But, even if they ?lose? it wouldn?t be a big deal, as that?s a win for the right to parody.

This right to parody is part of a new copyright law proposal in Finland, crowd-sourced by the public. Besides parody exceptions the Common Sense in Copyright campaign also aims to get rid of harsh punishments for non-commercial file-sharers.

I love that even if they lose, it will establish the case for a parody exception to Finnish copyright law, which The Pirate Bay supports and which CIAPC vehemently opposes.

The Pirate Bay Reports Anti-Piracy Outfit to the Police [TorrentFreak/Ernesto]

Source: http://boingboing.net/2013/02/18/pirate-bay-calls-cops-on-finni.html

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An ingenious kitty has come up with a use for that aging DVD drive: It makes a great cat toy. At least, one feline found it to be utterly fascinating.

Check out this adorable tabby fighting a one-sided war against a manually opening and closing disk drive. (The video so far has had some 315,000 views on YouTube.) As the owner?s hand pushes the button on the tower-style computer, the drive slides open, and the tech-savvy cat prepares to strike: It eyeballs its prey, slowly moves forward, and then expertly jumps up and swats at the drive with its paw.

Sometimes one whack does the trick, but other times, it takes a triple kung fu karate chop to get the drive to slide shut.

DVD drive, you?ve been warned: Streaming video?preferably of cats?is where it?s at.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/cat-vs-cd-drive-smackdown-215642563.html

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Milk Virtual Goats For Womens? Rights In This New Facebook Game

radhika-gameInstead of spending to grow virtual crops faster, Facebook gamers can turn those purchases into donations for cattle donations and fistula operations in the developing world. A new Facebook game coming to the platform in a few weeks is all about womens’ rights. Based on The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book about women, it’s called Half the Sky Movement: The Game and it is the fruit of a collaboration between a non-profit Games For Change and Canada’s Frima Studios, which is one of the bigger independent developers in the country. While there have been a few early projects in gaming for social causes like Darfur is Dying and social entrepreneurship game Urgent Evoke, it’s still a pretty new genre. Games For Change’s co-president Asi Burak says that non-profits often turn to dinners and galas to raise money and awareness of humanitarian issues. And yet, games can have a much farther reach with millions of players. Games For Change put out a $1 million request for proposal and invited different game developers to suggest concepts. They raised the funds from institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation, Intel, United Nations Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Frima’s bid won. “Our vision has always been to think about games not only as entertainment, but as a way to modify behavior or teach things,” said Frima’s CEO Steve Couture. In their game, a young woman named Radhika has to go through the everyday struggles that women in the developing world confront. She realizes her daughter is very sick, but her husband doesn’t have money to take her to a doctor. Radhika has to find a way to make the money for medical treatment. “There’s a range of stories. Every time, she becomes more successful and more independent,” Burak says. She buys a virtual goat, start to sell the milk and through that, starts her own small business. Eventually, that brings her on a journey around the world through India, Kenya, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the U.S. “The real worlds and virtual worlds are intertwined,” Burak says. For example, when Radhika buys a goat, a player can make a donation to Heifer International. Or when she gets her daughter treated, the player can make a vaccine donation to the UN. Bigger partners like Pearson and Johnson & Johnson have offered to do book or surgical operation donations if enough players trigger

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Rumor: Sony to Unveil Game Streaming Capabilities on PlayStation 4

PlayStation Feb. 20 Event

Let the rumors continue! With the impending (likely) announcement of Sony's new PlayStation console but a few days away, a new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Sony will also be unveiling new streaming capabilities for the device this coming Wednesday.

Specifically, unknown sources have suggested that Sony's PlayStation 4 will be able to stream games via players' Internet connections. It's thought that the service will focus on Sony's library of PlayStation 3 titles, which could be a way for Sony to address issues of backwards compatibility without having to specifically configure the hardware of its upcoming console to support such a move.

Since the PlayStation 4 ? as of the last batch of rumors ? is likely to run an AMD-based chip instead of the PS3's Cell microprocessor, it's been presumed that backwards compatibility might be a bit of an issue (if not an impossibility) for those looking to play PS3 games on Sony's to-be-announced console. These issues have also been hinted at by game developers as of just a few days ago.

"An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible," said Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen in a Q&A at this weeks' Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.

While the technical details of Sony's rumored streaming service are unclear ? as is the price, regarding whether game streaming would be free for PS4 owners or require some kind of ancillary fee (or perhaps a PlayStation Plus membership) ? it's not as if Sony is breaking brand-new ground with this one. The much-talked-about gaming service OnLive launched its own home game-streaming service in mid-2010, only to face massive layoffs and a buyout just over two years later.

Making recent headlines in the game-streaming space has been Nvidia's Project Shield, the handheld gaming device debuted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that combines a controller, a five-inch multitouch display, and the capability to stream games from one's Nvidia-powered PC to the Shield device at will.

Nvidia's Grid service has also been getting a bit of attention as of late. The cloud-computing platform would take care of the bulk of a game's processing and stream the resulting (and ideally, lag-free) video to a user's device ? whatever that device might happen to be. While these devices would benefit if they're also running Nvidia hardware in some aspect, the thought is that Grid will allow gamers on smartphones, tablets, and low-powered PCs to tap into the same capabilities that their more hardcore gamer friends enjoy on their beefier setups.

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Horse slaughtering legal in US, but public won't bite - U.S. News

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News

The discovery of horse DNA in food products sold throughout Europe has set off a scandal, shaking confidence in Europe's food industry and angering consumers.

But believe it or not, it?s actually legal to slaughter horses for human consumption in the U.S. In November 2011, Congress quietly lifted a five-year ban on funding for horse processing inspections.

Since the ban was lifted, no horse slaughterhouses have successfully opened, according to Holly Hazard, a senior vice president at the Humane Society of the United States who tracks equine rights issues.

?We have yet to have a new [horse processing] facility open in this country,? Hazard said, adding that attempts to open slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Missouri last year were scrapped due to public outrage.

Related:?'Criminal conspiracy' blamed for European horse-in-burger scandal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said that if a horse slaughtering plant were to open, the agency would perform inspections to ensure it complied with federal laws.

Before Congress defunded inspections in 2007, there were just three equine processing plants in the continental U.S. -- two in Texas, one in Illinois. All three facilities were shuttered when the slaughtering ban took effect, the Associated Press reported.

At the peak of their production powers, these slaughterhouses primarily exported horsemeat to Mexico and Canada for human consumption, Hazard said.?

One advocate of selling horse meat said that the removal of the ban allows the horse processing industry to regain a foothold in the market.

"Eighty percent of a $102 billion-a-year industry was directly affected when they took slaughter away," said David Duquette, president of the United Horsemen, a group that lobbied to lift the ban.?

Duquette added that there are ongoing efforts to revive the horse meat processing industry, but declined to provide additional information about those attempts.

Animal rights activists, meanwhile, are confident that widespread repulsion at the thought of eating horse meat will keep it out of the mainstream.

"There are certainly communities that have considered [reviving horse slaughtering]," said Nancy Perry, a senior vice president at the ASPCA. But the vast majority of Americans -- a staggering 80 percent, according to a recent ASPCA poll -- oppose the practice, Perry said.

'Companions and partners, not food'
Polling data and public opinion suggest it's highly unlikely horse meat will move to the center of American culinary culture. After all, they?re the stars of beloved children?s literature, Hollywood movies, and Wild West folklore.

?We believe horses are iconic figures in American culture,? Hazard said. ?The vast majority of Americans think they?re companions and partners, not food.?

Hazard said she?s not aware of any attempts to introduce horse meat on restaurant menus. The one exception: a proposal, in September of last year, to serve Canadian-bred horse tartare -- also known as raw horse meat -- at a museum restaurant in New York City.

However, M. Wells Dinette's prospective menu item at MoMA PS1?was scuttled after animal rights activists and public health officials cried foul.

The restaurant?s chef and co-owner, Hugue Dufour, released a statement after the controversy subsided defending his exotic dish.

?We thought about serving it because we like to offer customers new things,? the statement said. ?Whatever else horses are ? draft animals, companions, transport ? their meat is also delicious and affordable.?

Nevertheless, most Americans still consider horse meat off-limits, although that hasn't always been the case.

At the close of World War II, when beef was in short supply, many Americans got their protein boosts from horse meat. Republicans blamed the meat scarcity on President Truman, giving him the nickname ?Horsemeat Harry.?

During the early 1970s, beef prices went through the roof, forcing cash-strapped shoppers to buy cheap horse meat instead. The custom was so common it showed up as a subplot on a 1973 episode of the sitcom ?All in the Family.?

Harvard University?s Faculty Club reportedly served horse meat for more than 100 years before it dropped the menu item in the 1980s.

Related:

'Fraud on a massive scale': Europe's horse meat scandal keeps on growing

Source: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/16/16962395-horse-slaughtering-legal-in-us-but-public-wont-bite

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Spy planes check their vision on these parking lot-sized focus charts

When you go to the eye doctor, you look at a chart and tell them what you can see. It's the same way for the cameras on spy planes ? but their charts have to be big enough to see from 20,000 feet.

There are an unknown number of these striking focus charts scattered around the U.S., reports the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI). They have been in use since they were first put together in the 1950s and '60s ? when the development of spy planes like the SR-71 Blackbird and U-2 necessitated careful calibration of their onboard cameras.

The charts differ from one another, but all share some characteristics: large white bars painted at known sizes and distances, sometimes parallel, sometimes perpendicular to each other.

The result is an easy way to tell whether a camera can make out the details it's supposed to from high in the air, or whether adjustment is necessary. Other countries have them as well ? something which attracted the notice of satellite imagery buffs several months ago.

However, the digital cameras in today's drones and planes can be easily adjusted on the fly, making these charts somewhat unnecessary ? but a few are still maintained, possibly for adjusting legacy equipment.

One notable exception is the Curiosity Mars rover, which has one of these bar charts on its body (as well as a penny) for checking the focus of its MAHLI camera.

There are several more examples of these interesting patterns at the CLUI post, as well as a bit more history on the military project and technical details of the charts.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/spy-planes-check-their-vision-these-parking-lot-sized-focus-1C8400482

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Gymnastics Hosts Bulldog Invitational, Celebrates Seniors - Yale ...

February 16, 2013

NEW HAVEN, Conn. ? After last weekend's competition at the Big Red Invitational was postponed due to Winter Storm Nemo, the Yale gymnastics team is ready to get back into action this weekend as Yale hosts Bridgeport, Springfield and West Chester on Saturday for the Bulldog Invitational.? The Bulldogs have shown steady improvement this season, having beaten the previous weekend's score in every meet.

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The Bulldogs posted a score of 191.225 in their last meet, against New Hampshire and George Washington, their highest score of the year.? In fact, though it was just the fourth meet of the year, that 191.225 was higher than Yale scored in any meet last season, except for the 2012 ECAC Championship, where Yale scored a 191.45.? Yale was led against GW and UNH by sophomores Joyce Li and Morgan Traina, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in a very competitive all-around field.?? Senior Tara Feld and freshman Brittney Sooksengdao also turned in impressive performances two weekends ago.

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Yale faced both Bridgeport and Springfield in last year's Bulldog Invitational, where Yale finished second with a 190.400, ahead of Springfield's 185.625 and behind Bridgeport's 193.075.? Feld finished second in that meet's all-around competition with a 38.500.? The Bulldogs also beat Springfield in the 2012 season opener, posting a score of 189.475 to Springfield's 184.550.

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Yale will be celebrating Senior Day on Saturday, honoring Lindsay Andsager, Feld, and Stephanie Goldstein, the Bulldog's three seniors. Saturday is also Youth Day, as the team will be signing autographs for young fans following the ceremony.? The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M.

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Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.

Source: http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-gym/2012-13/releases/20130214r9excl

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Exotic French Wine Tours Knowing & Tasting The Local Wines

France is known as the wine cradle of the world. Its a place blessed with beautiful scenic countrysides, wineyards, rivers, canals & much more. Every year millions of tourists visit France to explore its rich cultural heritage, monuments, gastronomic culture & to experience the exotic French wine tours. Apart from the wine lovers, the wine country tours also interest other travelers as well. The French wine country tour mainly refers to visiting all the places where the vineyards are cultivated. It not only attracts the wine lovers but other travelers also from across the world. Whereas it is a great opportunity for the wine lovers to increase their knowledge about the different varieties of French wines, it is also a fun & interesting experience for the other travelers as well.
Many travel agencies in France offer specialized wine tour packages wherein the tourists are made to visit the various regions in France where the exotic vineyards are cultivated. The agencies provide different kind of tour packages namely, luxury French wine country tours, corporate wine tours. The corporate wine tours are specialized tours for the corporate companies already dealing in wines but want to have more knowledge about a particular variety of wine, when planning to invest in it. The other type is the private wine tours which are highly expensive & are meant for the real wine aficionados. Apart, the travel agencies also provide custom wine tours that are not much expensive like the private tours.
The wine tour packages feature a guide who can explain & make you know about the different wine ingredients and their growing, fermenting, and aging processes which are all involved in the wine making process. Significantly, the information & knowledge conveyed by a wine guide can be of great help for pairing complementary foods and cuisines with complementing wines for maximum sensory enjoyment. It helps in innovating new Food & wine combos.

Some vineyards offer wine tasting of their various wines to the visitors for free. Sometimes, the visitors can also enjoy conversations with the wine experts for getting expert knowledge. The wine tours are usually costly but those who cannot afford can straightaway head to the French wine country & villages. Many villages have tasting rooms where varieties of wine samples are kept. Sometimes, the tasting is free & sometimes it can cost a charge.

In actual, rather than going straightaway, its recommendable to opt for the wine tours as the tour guide removes the language barrier & provide you access to other places in the wineries which is not open otherwise for the individuals. The best time to visit the French wine country is from April to May. The harvest season continuing from mid to late September is also a good time to visit. If you are planning for luxury French wine country tours & looking for a good travel agency then France Cruises is the name. To have more information about the custom French Wine tours visit http://francecruises.com/

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UFC on FUEL TV 7 open workout videos for 'Barao vs. McDonald' from London

Have you ever had the desire to see UFC welterweight Matt Riddle shadowbox to the epic stylings of Wu-Tang Clan? If so, I have some great news for you...

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continued its pre-fight festivities for this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 7: "Barao vs. McDonald" event, which takes place this Saturday afternoon (Feb. 16, 2013) from the Wembley Arena in London, England.

Above is a sneak peek of select main card fighters strutting their stuff to some 90's hip-hop.

UFC on FUEL TV 7 main event will Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao trying to keep his place in line against champion Dominick Cruz, who is on the sidelines with a bum knee. If he hopes to welcome the "Dominator" back to the Octagon and unify the division titles, he'll first have to get through Michael McDonald this weekend across the pond.

"Mayday," understandably, has other plans.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire card on fight day (Sat., Feb. 16, 2013), starting with the Facebook Prelims, which are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET, as well as the six-fight main card, which is slated to air at 3 p.m. ET on FUEL TV.

For more news and notes on this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 7 event click here.

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Valentine's Day Career Advice: How Job Hunting is Like Dating ...

Lindsey Pollak, February 14, 2013

It?s February 14th and you are sitting across from your beloved at a romantic, dimly lit restaurant. Your significant other pulls out a small box, wrapped in gold paper and a bright red ribbon. You slowly unwrap the box, and inside you find the gift you?ve always wanted?your dream job!

Okay, maybe that?s a little fantastical, but dating and job hunting aren?t as unrelated as you might think. In fact, many of the ?rules? of successful dating can prove helpful in your career planning and job hunting:

1. ?There are plenty of fish in the sea.?
We?ve all become smitten with a person or job opportunity that seemed to be absolutely perfect for us. Well, as a job seeker in a challenging job market, it?s actually quite dangerous to set your sights on one absolutely perfect position. You?re likely to be disappointed, and you?ll be ignoring all of the good positions that might have great potential. Smart job seekers cast a wide (but focused) net. Here?s how:

  • Start by searching LinkedIn Jobs for what you consider to be your ?perfect? position, let?s say Communications Manager for ABC Technologies.
  • If that job is actually available, apply for it immediately and then scroll down on that job posting to the section called ?People Who Viewed This Job Also Viewed.? In that section, check out all of the jobs that appeal to you, even a little bit. Then apply for each of these ?almost perfect? positions, and scroll down on those job postings to the ?People Who Viewed This Job Also Viewed? section to find additional possibilities.
  • Next, go to the LinkedIn Company Page for your dream employer, in this case ABC Technologies. Click the Insights tab and check the sections ?People Also Viewed? and ?Where Employees Came From.? Then go back to LinkedIn Jobs and search for your dream title (in this case Communications Manager) at each of the companies you discovered, which are likely to be similar in some way to your dream employer.
  • If you are offered a position that is not-quite-perfect, or even just okay, think long and hard about ways you could turn that opportunity into your dream job (e.g., by proposing additional tasks or special projects that appeal to you) or how that position could be a great stepping stone to your ultimate career goal. Remember, lots of mediocre first dates turn into happy marriages!

2. ?Opposites attract.?
We all know couples with totally different personalities, and yet somehow those two very different parts make one terrific whole. When it comes to job hunting, opposites attract as well. What they attract are opportunities. If you?re feeling stuck in a career rut or your job search has stalled, perhaps the problem is that your professional connections are too similar to you.

To refresh your job search and uncover new prospects, you need to diversify the people who are referring opportunities to you. I recommend joining a few LinkedIn groups that appeal to you but are outside your ?normal? interest areas. For instance, if you are an engineer but lately you?re intrigued by all of the changes happening in the media industry, visit the LinkedIn Groups Directory and join a media-related group or two.

Once inside the group, pay attention to the issues people are discussing, the companies that group members work for and any ways you can help fellow group members by sharing your different perspective. As you come across people you?d like to network with, perhaps fellow job seekers, send a brief message that reads something like this:

Hi Miguel,
Thanks for posting such an interesting discussion topic. I?m an engineer by trade, but I?m really fascinated by the way traditional print newspapers are trying to evolve in the digital age. I noticed in your profile headline that, like me, you are job hunting in the Houston area. Since we are looking in totally different industries, perhaps we can help each other. Would you be open to a phone chat sometime soon?
Thanks and best of luck,
Lindsey

3. ?Love is patient, love is kind.?
This is a Biblical quotation that has crossed over into the secular world, spoken at many weddings and anniversary celebrations. It is a simple and powerful statement that absolutely applies to job hunting as well.

Because the web makes it so easy to reach out to people without a lot of thought or planning, recruiters frequently tell me how much they appreciate job applicants who are prepared, polite and thoughtful in their communications. Here are some good rules of etiquette to follow:

  • Remember that recruiters are, first and foremost, human beings. When contacting them on LinkedIn, always customize your message with their name (spelled correctly!), use courteous language (?please? and ?thank you? go a long way) and allow a week or two for them to respond to a job application, connection request or InMail.
  • Never badmouth a previous employer or a company that does not hire you. Any recruiter who sees such negativity on your LinkedIn profile, in a group discussion or while talking to you one-on-one will worry that one day you?ll badmouth his or her company as well. Always take the high road.
  • In general, be as positive, helpful and caring in your professional interactions as you are with your loved ones. As Mark McCormack famously wrote in What They Don?t Teach at Harvard Business School, ?All things being equal, people will do business with a friend; all things being unequal, people will still do business with a friend.?

Good luck and Happy Valentine?s Day!

Source: http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/02/14/valentines-day-career-advice-how-job-hunting-is-like-dating/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=valentines-day-career-advice-how-job-hunting-is-like-dating

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Food & Drink Innovation Network ? NESCAF? LAUNCHES NEW ...

February 14th, 2013

nescafe gold cremaNescafe Gold Blend is back on screens with a media campaign designed to drive trial and awareness of the range as well as the latest addition to its portfolio ? Nescafe Gold Crema.

The brand will be aiming to reinforce its coffee credentials with a TV advert focusing on both Nescafe Gold Blend?and Nescafe Gold Crema, which also hopes to help to drive incremental sales.

Airing until the end of March, the 30 second advert introduces Nescafe Gold Crema?- a new smoother coffee for consumers to enjoy at any time of the day.

The new product delivers a layer of ?coffee crema?

The new product delivers a layer of ?coffee crema?

The new product delivers a layer of ?coffee crema?.

Graham Walker, Nestle UK Trade Communications Manager, said:

?The advert aims to remind shoppers that Nescafe Gold Blend?is the perfect addition to their day.

?Although Nescafe Gold Blend?is such an iconic brand that shoppers are already familiar with, we wanted to remind them that the range is just what they need during the day.

?Now with our latest variety ? Nescafe Gold Crema?? shoppers can delight their taste buds with this exciting new, deliciously smooth and velvety coffee.?

As part of the ?2.8million campaign, Nescafe will be featuring outdoor posters on the road side and at railway stations across the UK to ensure that the brand is front of shoppers? minds.

In addition the brand will be sampling the range to over 25,000 people at shopping centres nationwide, encouraging purchase.

Graham continued:

?We?re always keen to continue developing and investing in our brands and we?re confident that our multi-media campaign is the best way to engage shoppers and build on their emotional connection with the brand.

?With this in mind, retailers can capitalise on this activity by ensuring the Nescafe Gold Blend?range, particularly Nescafe Gold Crema, is displayed in a prominent position on the hot beverage fixture so that they can see their sales perk up from this range as well as the wider category.?

Source: http://www.fdin.org.uk/2013/02/nescafe-launches-new-variant-into-gold-blend-range/

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Asia stocks up on strong US corporate earnings

BANGKOK (AP) ? Asian stock markets rose Wednesday after strong U.S. corporate earnings sent the Dow close to its record high. Japanese shares faltered, however, as the yen rebounded against the dollar.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei index tumbled as the yen strengthened against the dollar following a pledge by finance ministers from the world's major advanced economies to refrain from intentionally weakening their currencies. The Nikkei 225 was down 1.1 percent to 11,239.56.

Australian stocks hit their highest intraday level in nearly three years before ceding some gains. The S&P/ASX 200 was up 1 percent to 5,006.20 after the release of strong earnings from Commonwealth Bank of Australia and construction company Leighton Holdings.

South Korea's Kospi advanced 1.4 percent to 1,973.48. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines also rose.

Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for Lunar New Year holidays.

Finance ministers from the Group of Seven nations said in a statement following a meeting in Brussels that they remained committed to exchange rates driven by the market, not government or central bank policies.

Traders interpreted the statement as a message directed at Japan, where the yen has plummeted against the dollar since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office and pushed the central bank for ultra-loose monetary policy.

Central bank governor Masaaki Shirakawa, who has appeared at odds with Abe's views on monetary policy, is resigning next month, giving the government an opportunity to find a successor more sympathetic to its aims.

Glenn Levine, senior economist at Moody's Analytics, said Japan's steps to boost its economy, including asset purchases by the Bank of Japan and raising the inflation target to 2 percent, offer promise but come with the risk of sparking a currency war.

He noted that the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of England have taken even more aggressive steps but have been "less vocal, and have thus avoided setting off currency alarms."

"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe merely vocalized what everyone already knew, that a cheaper currency is beneficial to growth," Levine said.

The Bank of Japan begins a two-day policy meeting Wednesday but analysts said no new initiatives were expected in light of the impending leadership change.

Among individual stocks, Commonwealth Bank of Australia rose 2.4 percent after reporting a record first-half profit of 3.66 billion Australian dollars ($3.76 billion) profit.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose to its highest close of the year after positive results from two big U.S. consumer brands, beauty products maker Avon and luxury clothing and accessories company Michael Kors. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity in the U.S.

The Dow rose 0.3 percent to 14,018.70, within 1 percent of its record of 14,164 it set in October 2007. The S&P 500 gained 0.2 percent to 1,519.43. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.2 percent to 3,186.49.

Benchmark oil for March delivery was up 8 cents to $97.59 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 48 cents to finish at $97.51 on the Nymex on Tuesday.

In currencies, the euro rose to $1.3449 from $1.3444 late Tuesday in New York. The dollar fell to 92.92 yen from 93.52 yen.

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