Asda has initiated a roll-out of a new cafe format called Express Diner with four outlets open so far. It opened last week in Strelley, Nottingham and another seven are in the planning stage, according to British Baker’s sister title The Grocer.The first opened in Leicester in November and replaced the existing Asda Cafe, Colne in Lancashire and Grantham in Lincolnshire followed in December.The concept has been developed as a premium offer with good value for money. everything costs just £1 bar the 16-inch pizza, which puts customers back £5. Soft drinks refills are free.Snacks such as soup with a granary roll, jacket potatoes, pizza slices, filter coffee, Yorkshire tea and fruit toast are on the menu, which displays calorie counts next to each item.New decor and seating has been employed to give the cafes a modern feel and the menu is screened digitally.It is not yet known when or where the seven will open.
51; Evolutionists try to portray intelligent design as something outside of science that threatens science. Actually, the techniques of intelligent design are hard at work within science, and have been for some time. Examples are not hard to find on a variety of fronts.Archaeology: “The ability to tell the difference between crystals that formed naturally and those formed by human activity can be important to archaeologists in the field,” began an article on PhysOrg. Scientists at Duke University have “developed a process that can tell in a matter of minutes the origin of samples thousands of years old.” Merely from the way that the calcite crystals are organized, they can detect whether a rock is natural or comes from man-made plaster. Incidentally, the technique was recently tested “at an ancient site in central Israel at Tel Safit, close to where David is thought to have slain Goliath,” the article said. On a related note, Science Daily reported on a team at Monash University in Australia that claims to have found the “world’s oldest ground-edge implement.” This indicates the ability to distinguish natural structures from those worked by human hands on purpose – by design.Biomimetics: The science of imitating natural designs is a form of intelligent design science in practice (11/04/2010, 10/30/2010). PhysOrg reported on work by Newcastle University students who engineered bacteria to form a sealer for repairing cracks in concrete. They make the bacteria swim into the cracks, where the microbes “glue” the sides together with their secretions. This may make it possible “to prolong the life of structures which are environmentally costly to build.” Similarly, Science Daily said that a researcher at Delft University in the Netherlands trained bacteria to convert biowaste into plastic. And then there’s this: New Scientist reported that students in Tokyo got E. coli bacteria to solve Sudoku puzzles.Code in the nose: Codes and information are stock-in-trade of intelligent design: conveying messages from one entity to another. Did you know you have a code in your nose? (06/26/2005, 02/01/2008). It’s a sophisticated one, too: “Odor Coding in Mammals Is More Complex Than Previously Thought,” reported Science Daily. “A new study in the Journal of General Physiology (JGP) shows that the contribution of odorant receptors (ORs) to olfactory response in mammals is much more complex than previously thought, with important consequences for odorant encoding and information transfer about odorants to the brain.” The patterns that researchers at Rockefeller University studied “may contribute heretofore unsuspected information used by the olfactory system in categorizing odorants.” Another recent story on coding can be found on PNAS, where scientists at Johns Hopkins University found another molecule that is part of the “histone code” in genetics (09/25/2010, bullet 3; 07/26/2006).Other examples of current scientific practice using intelligent design techniques include SETI (10/16/2010), forensics, paleoanthropology (e.g., determining when self-cognition arose), computer science, information science, cryptography, steganography, operations research, cognitive neuroscience, some theories of psychology, sociology, political science, artificial intelligence, robotics, optimization, historiography, linguistics, philology – and, in biology, arguably biophysics, genetics and systems biology.Intelligence is real. Design is real. Information is real. Intelligent causes are real. The question is not whether the researchers in the above fields believe in evolution or I.D. Many of the above probably believe fervently in evolution. The point is that they use techniques predicated on the assumption that design is detectable. Even a hiker can tell that three stones on top of one another were put there on purpose to convey a message. Some websites like eSkeptic use gymnastic circumlocutions to deny this, calling I.D.’s comparison of SETI with intelligent design a “category error,” or the use of design detection as a “point of departure,” or claiming that the secular researcher knows in advance that the intelligent agent found will be human (in the case of archaeology). Come now. One cannot define science in such a way that rules out intelligent causes and then say that intelligent design is not science. To do that, one would have to judge much of the history of science as unscientific, because Newton, Kepler, John Ray, Linnaeus and many other scientists performed world-class science to seek understanding of the Designer’s mind. The skeptics cannot, furthermore, disqualify science based on the motives or beliefs of the scientists, or what their evidence might imply. There are no demarcation criteria that can rule out intelligent design a priori in science. Science is supposed to represent an authentic, honest effort to follow the evidence where it leads. If one rules out intelligent causes at the outset, one can miss the true nature of reality. And honesty in science already presupposes an intelligent cause for its existence. The biomimetics researcher knows he has a good design to mimic. The biochemist studying the histone code knows that a functional message is embedded in the structure. The SETI researcher knows a message will imply purpose and intent – and in the particular case of SETI, the seeker has advance knowledge the intelligence will be non-human; it could even be robotic, angelic or demonic–how would anyone tell? The comparisons between intelligent design and these other active sciences are obvious and real. No amount of dancing with words can cover for ignoring the obvious, unless one is committed to malevolent intelligent design – which the devils also believe, and cause trouble.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Discover the secrets of color matching and vintage color grading in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.Let’s take a look at the basics of color grading in Final Cut Pro X using the color board and matching shots with drastically different color. As you’ll see in the video below, it’s a fast and simple process.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and execute some vivid color-grading goodness! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you free assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Color Grading Assets How to Create a Retro Vintage Color GradeStep 1: Add Color Correction EffectOpen up the Effects Browser and Inspector. Add the Color Correction effect to your clip. In the Inspector, you can adjust the Global, Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights settings.Step Two: Adjust Exposure SettingsFor a retro vintage look, start by opening the Exposure settings and pulling down the Midtones. Then raise the Shadows a bit. Finally, lower the Highlights.Step 3: Adjust Color SettingsNext, open up the Color tab. You will want to cool your shadows by adding more blue. Simply drag the Shadows icon toward the blue in the color spectrum. Next you’ll want to warm up the highlights. Move the Highlights tab towards the yellows, oranges, and reds.Step 4: Adjust Saturation SettingsNext, boost the saturation in the Saturation tab. Adjust the Global settings to increase the saturation uniformly across the Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights.Step 5: Add Film GrainIn the Effects browser, add a Film Grain preset. In the Inspector, adjust the Film Grain Style to Realistic Grain.Step 6: Save and ApplyFinally, save your custom grade by pressing the Save Effects Preset tab. Now apply your new retro vintage grade to your other clips. Fine tune each clip separately to get a uniform look.Match ColorMatch Color is an awesome Final Cut Pro X color grading tool that instantly color grades a clip to match the color on another clip. You can quickly create a cohesive look by matching all of your shots using this technique.Select the clip you want to change. Under the Enhancements menu, select Match Color as seen above. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Option+Command+M. Next, scrub through the clip you want to match and click the layer. Final Cut Pro X will give you an instant color grading preview. If everything looks great, then click Apply Match.For more exclusive Final Cut Pro tutorials, be sure to check out the PremiumBeat FCPX page.
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the 66 kilograms category at the London Olympics. He was outclassed by reignnig world champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia 3-0. Yogeshwar will now keep his fingers crossed for his conquerer to reach the final as it will give him a chance to fight for the bronze medal in the repechage ronuds. Earlier, Yogeshwar had qualified for the men’s 60kg pre-quarterfinals by beating Bulgarian Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the first round.The Indian made a brilliant comeback after losing the first period to win the bout 3-1. Guidea won the first period 1-0 but Yogeshwar did well in the second period, bagging it 2-0. Yogeshwar then completely dominated the third and the final period to win it 5-2.
Sakley’s The Mountain CafeIf you can’t escape to the hills, then head to Sakley’s The Mountain Cafe in GK 1, M Block market. We pick its Kimberly Cold Coffee and Ice Cream (Rs 245) and Sakley’s signature Old Style Cold Coffee (Rs 320) from its wide range of smoothies and cold concoctions, for our caffeine fix. Both hit all the right sports, as they aren’t as sweet as expected, and can kick-start your day pleasantly. We finish with the Rainy Hill Chocolate Truffle Pastry (Rs 250), a melt-in-your-mouth dream-like chocolate cake, a chocolate heaven, ideal for that time of the month. The Hamilton Brownie with ice cream (Rs 235) looks like Christmas on a plate, and tastes even better, with the ice cream balancing out the chocolate bits of the brownie. – Karishma KuenzangBlue TokaiBlue Tokai also offers a good variety of munchies.The coffee at Blue Tokai.There is the lingering smell of coffee in the easy-to-miss Blue Tokai Roasters in Saidulajab. ‘Tokai’, in ancient Malabari, means the plume of the peacock. The French Press and Arabica beans at Blue Tokai are imported from the Malabar region in south India and roasted at the cafe on select days. The best glass of cold coffee they have is named Nitro Coffee (Rs 160). The coffee is steeped overnight and is infused with nitrogen for a creamy mouth feel. It tastes a bit sour but is chilled and can even be had without sugar. You also have milk options — almond, soy and lactose free. With the cold coffee, choose to have the light yet hearty meal of scrambled eggs with garlic, celery and parmesan on toast with thyme roasted potatoes (Rs 235). Choose a side of chicken sausage, pork bacon/sausage/ham or smoked salmon for an additional price. There are also the usual suspects like Iced Mocha, Iced Americano, Iced Latte and Coffee Tonic if you aren’t big on risks. You can also purchase a wide variety of coffee here.advertisement- Adila MatraThe Chocolate RoomThe coffee at The Chocolate Room.The Choco Crunch Mocha (Rs 189) at The Chocolate Room in Shivalik is a brain, heart and mind cooler. Though there are other drinks to quench your summer thirst, this one stands out with crushed biscotti and chocolate crunchies. The coffee is smooth — not too sweet and not too bitter. One mug will fill your tummy and leave you refreshed. Pair it with a plate of Nachos Grande (Rs 209). The large platter of tortilla chips covered with hearty beans, warm nacho cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and olives is the best accompaniment.-Adila MatraSmoke House Deli Offering a range of ice teas and an immensely agreeable cold coffee, along with scrumptious snacks to munch on, Smoke House Deli, is the best bet to cool down with a dose of your favourite caffeine in the summer. We start with its cold coffee, which is strong, yet a tad too sweet for us. Next, we order the Cardamom and Cinnamon Ice Tea (Rs 195) and the Peach and Rosemary Ice Tea (Rs 195) from its Signature Herb and fruit infused Iced Tea section. While the former is heavy on the cinnamon and sweet with a bitter aftertaste, the refreshing peach option has an almost overpowering taste of the fruit. We decide to munch on the cheese platter and sausages. The SHD Sausage Platter comes with five types of sausages — three chicken variants and two pork ones, served with home-made mustard mayonnaise. While the chicken variants disappoint, the pork ones make up for the rest of the platter.- Karishma Kuenzang Chaayos They say that you should never let your tea grow cold. But Chaayos, a cafe chain built around the popularity of the beverage, offers several case in contrast. Among its selections of desi chai, cutting chai and even aam papad chai, there are also spots reserved for iced tea (kala khatta and lemon, for example) and thandi chai. The latter is an interesting concept. Unlike iced tea, thandi chai is literally tea gone cold (it’s described as masala chai frappe in their menu). There’s saunf, elaichi, masala and cinnamon flavours to choose from — for Rs 79 each — but the best flavour is the cinnamon one. The cinnamon is just the right amount and the entire drink is light enough to leave space for the thepla tacos with paneer that goes well with it.-Srijani Ganguly
Lead Actresses Emry and Stevi say the characters they are playing are very real women and the most realistic women they have ever played.The show runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the North Peace Cultural Centre and tickets can be purchased at npcc.bc.ca. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $20 per Student/Senior.There will be a special Question and Answer period offered after curtain call with the audience. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North Theatre Society presents their performance of Between the Sheets at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Between the Sheets is a story of a mother with a special needs son, who goes into an un-scheduled parent-teacher interview with her son’s teacher that she suspects is having more of a relationship with her husband then she would like.This play that is written by Jori Mand and directed by Rob Laventure is a drama and is performed in real-time and just one-act. The subject matter is based on adult content and suggested a 16+ audience.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police claimed to have arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad cadre Sajjad Ahmed Khan (27), a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudasir Khan, from near Red Fort in Delhi. Special Cell which made the arrest on March 21 said that Sajjad was living in Delhi under the guise of a shawl vendor.The police said that Sajjad, a resident of Tral in Pulwama, is also suspected to be involved in the conspiracy of Pulwama terror attacks. Police said that NIA had registered a case on March 15 under section 120-B & 121-A IPC & 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20, 38 & 39 UA (P) Act and named Sajjad Ahmad Khan as one of the accused along with Mudassir Khan and others. “Accused has been specially sent to Delhi to carry out reconnaissance of important targets and to set up a hideout in Delhi. This has been done to select specific targets and also to radicalise and recruit Muslim youth of UP and other states, provide them weapon training, explosives and field craft, raising funds and collecting weapons,” said DCP Special Cell, Pramod Kushwah. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Police Sajjad and his two brothers were initially engaged in stone pelting incidents. On February 15, Sajjad’s brother Ishfaq was arrested under PSA (Public Safety Act) for stone pelting and remained in Srinagar Jail for about 9 months. Ishfaq Ahmed Khan died in exchange of fire with security forces on April 25, 2018 in Lam, Tral, Pulwama along with two Pakistani militants. After the death of Ishfaq, his friend Mudasir Ahmad Khan used to frequently visit his residence in Pulwama and motivated Showkat and Sajjad Ahmad Khan to join the JeM. By the end of June 2018, Showkat also joined the JeM. Showkat Ahmad Khan also subsequently died in an exchange of fire with the security forces in September 2018. Mudasir instructed Sajjad to spot young Kashmiri youths for fidayeen attacks. Sajjad then motivated and recruited. “On the day of Pulawama terror attack (Feb 14, 2019), Mudasir contacted Sajjad on WhatsApp and informed that they carried out attack on CRPF convoy. Mudasir then sent him the video of Adil Dar (fidayeen), which he deleted from his phone,” said DCP Pramod Kushwah.
After the successful completion of Chintels Serenity Phase I, Chintels Group, one of the fastest growing Real Estate developers in Delhi and NCR region, recently announced the launch of its second chapter –Chintels Serenity Phase II in Sector 109, Chintels Metropolis on Dwarka Expressway Gurugram. Redefining the concept of luxury and harmony, Chintels Serenity Phase II consists of 6 high-rise towers having a total of 324 apartments. The project consists of three and four bedroom apartments across five categories, in the range of 1590, 1955, 2100, 2375 and 2925 sq ft respectively. The construction of the project has begun in October 2018 and the expected time of delivery of the project is December 31 2023. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving total saleable area of 4,85,660 square feet, Chintels Serenity Phase II will consist of 6 High-rise towers. One of the unique attributes of this project is the low density of the project with just 324 apartments spread across six towers out of which three towers will have four apartments per floor and rest three towers will have only two apartments per floor. The design, which has been conceptualised by Design Forum India, is a mix of contemporary architecture, cutting-edge design, state of art security and innovative use of spaces and elements to create a landscape harmonious with nature. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardUnveiling on the project, Prashant Solomon, Managing Director, Chintels India Ltd and Treasurer, CREDAI NCR said, “Chintels Serenity (Phase I & II) is a luxurious 9,49,660 square foot high-rise complex which consists of 444 apartments in 9.75 acres in the heart of New Gurgaon. We are extremely excited and proud to launch Phase II which aims at providing the best quality in real estate at best locations in Delhi NCR. We have worked hard on product design and customised financial plans to make home-ownership a dream come true for a new segment of customers. Despite the delays in the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the area has becoming immensely popular and witnessing incremental demand over the years.” Chintels Serenity Phase II is part of Chintels Metropolis, a self-sustained area development by Chintels, which will provide quality housing and living environment spread across 3 premium sectors of Gurgaon.
NEW DELHI: A week before the Lok Sabha election in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took the poll battle to unite the trader community of Delhi. “You have always voted for the BJP but this time I will urge traders to be with us and I promise that I will fight for your causes in every possible way. Modi’s nationalism is fake and do not fall in this trap again” said CM Kejriwal.A large number of Delhi voters belong to the trader community and this has always been a strong voter base of the BJP. However, from the ground reports due to the effect of sealing drive, the community faced troubles with their business. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe BJP, which used to be traders’ party, has “broken the backbone” of the community, he alleged, adding thousands of notices are being sent to traders and all this is being done with the intention of “extorting” money from them. “The Modi government has unleashed ‘tax terrorism’ on traders,” CM Kejriwal said. “The policies of the Modi government have ruined traders. In a single stroke, demonetisation brought endless miseries to traders. When the traders’ community had barely recovered from this rude shock, the Modi government hastily brought in the GST, which nobody could understand since it was implemented without any proper planning,” he alleged. After note ban, the next jolt came in the form of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which led to the closure of many shops and factories, causing loss of numerous jobs and heaped miseries on traders, the AAP leader claimed, adding under the Modi government, the traders’ community is feeling “orphaned”. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”I want to appeal to the traders of Delhi that so far you were with Modi, what did you get? Now build a relationship with Kejriwal, he will honour the relationship with you till his last breath,” he said. Referring to the violence in Mayapuri on April 13, Kejriwal claimed that the AAP intervened and stopped sealing drive. “Give all the seven Lok Sabha seats (of Delhi) to us, I will ensure that there is no sealing in the national capital. You (traders) strengthen our hands, we will ensure justice,” he said. Around 14 officials were injured after clashes broke out between the security personnel and scrap dealers during the sealing drive in Mayapuri on April 13.
Nap Lajoie1901, 1904, 1906451916 Frank Bolling1964231961 *Inverse rank is a player’s ranking from the bottom of the league (i.e., No. 1 represents the worst player in baseball by WAR)Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Tris Speaker1912, 1914, 1916471907 Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels is the most feared hitter of his generation — one of the greatest ever to step into a batter’s box. He ranks eighth all-time in home runs, seventh in extra-base hits and 10th in total bases. At his peak, he won three MVP awards and was also the best position player in baseball — according to wins above replacement (WAR)1Taking the average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs.com’s versions of WAR. — three times (in 2006, 2008 and 2009). Pujols’s resume makes him a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.But this season, a new title can be assigned to Pujols: He’s the worst player in baseball.Pujols has flat-out stunk up Angel Stadium. He’s hitting .230 (79 points below his previous career average) with an on-base plus slugging 26 percent worse than league average. Even in an age of ineffective designated hitters, Pujols has easily been the worst hitter at the position that provides the least defensive value (i.e., zero value). As a result, no player has been less valuable than Pujols this year: His -1.99 WAR ranks dead last among all players (including pitchers).If he finishes the season in last place — which seems quite possible, as L.A. continues to pencil him into its starting lineup, day after day, despite his poor numbers — Pujols will become the first modern2Since MLB’s two-league era began in 1901. position player ever to be both baseball’s best and worst player at various points in his career. The worst finish by a former No. 1 player previously belonged to the delightfully named New York Yankees second baseman Snuffy Stirnweiss. Snuffy was baseball’s top position player in 1945, when many of the league’s best (such as Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio) were serving in the military. But he was also the league’s second-worst player in 1950, a miserable season that saw him hit .216 and get traded from the 98-win Yankees to the 58-win St. Louis Browns.Here are the worst finishes by WAR for position players who were also the best in baseball at some point in their career: From the penthouse to the outhouseWorst ranks (from the bottom of MLB) in wins above replacement for players who were best in the league for at least one season, 1901–2017 Bill McKechnie1913321914 WORST SEASON PLAYERNO. 1 SEASONSINV. RANK*YEAR Adam Dunn2011232004 Jim Rice1978341989 Pete Rose198341973 Fred Lynn1979501990 George Sisler1918311926 Mel Ott193871946 Albert Pujols2006, 2008, 200912017 Obviously, it isn’t good to take two wins away from a club’s ledger, relative to what it could’ve gotten from a minimum-salary scrub. That’s especially true for the Angels, who are a single game in back of the Minnesota Twins for the American League’s final wild-card berth and fighting for their postseason lives. But in a funny way, Pujols’ last-place ranking this year is also a kind of testament to how good he’s been over the course of his long, storied career.The bottom of the WAR leaderboard provides a good lesson in the difference between “ability” and “value”. Ability-wise, Pujols isn’t actually MLB’s worst baseball player — that distinction would probably go to a fringe player who was called up at midseason and rarely plays — but he has been its least valuable, in no small part because of the ample opportunities he’s received.3Pujols is third on the team in plate appearances. Simply being bad isn’t enough; in order to even get the chance to finish last in WAR, a player needs to have earned the confidence from management to let him play through a prolonged slump.That’s why, even though no former No. 1 player has sunk as low as Pujols this season, the list of league-worst players by WAR includes plenty of guys who were, at one point, extremely good at baseball. Most notably, the worst player in 1983 was the all-time hit king, Pete Rose, who — unlike Pujols — was eventually benched by the Phillies because of his poor play. PLAYERLAST-PLACE SEASONRANKYEAR(S) Rickey Henderson1985, 1989, 1990321979 Ted Simmons1984101978 Billy Urbanski1935321934 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs Ernie Banks1959381971 Albert Pujols201712006, 2008, 2009 Bobby Byrne1908121910 Alex Rodriguez2000, 2005, 2007102016 Alexei Ramirez2016252010 Lou Gehrig1934, 1936501939 Al Rosen1953331949 Jimmie Foxx1932, 1933491944 Lee Magee1917231918 Willie Keeler1907151904 Milt Stock1924151919 Snuffy Stirnweiss194521950 Even the worst players used to be goodBest ranks (from the top of MLB) in wins above replacement for players who ranked last in WAR in a season, 1901–2017 George Scott1968131973 Derek Jeter1999422013 Marquis Grissom2005101994 Ken Griffey1996222010 In addition to Pujols, there are a few other names on this year’s worst-players list who peaked as stars not too long ago. Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, the second-worst player this season, ranked as high as No. 15 in 2010. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fell from 10th-best in 2009 all the way to sixth-worst this season. And Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, who clocks in as baseball’s 26th-worst player by WAR this year, ranked third-best as recently as 2011. It takes a great reputation to be afforded such a bad season.Since signing a massive contract with the Angels before the 2012 season, Pujols has had a few solid renaissance seasons, and he was an above-average hitter as recently as last season. So it wasn’t unreasonable for the Angels to expect him to eventually snap out of his funk at some point this season. And he may well end up with 100 runs batted in despite the poor sabermetric numbers — though it would be one of the least valuable 100-RBI seasons ever. Either way, he’s just the most glaring example of a phenomenon that probably won’t go away anytime soon. As long as there are managers dreaming of a turnaround — and ones who lack any better options4Pujols’ contract, which will pay him another $28.5 million per year for the next four seasons, may also play a role. — once-great players like Pujols will always get the chance to play themselves to the bottom of the WAR charts. BEST SEASON Mickey Doolin1918251910