Arbutus blooms in Cork

first_imgTwo weeks ago, one of Ireland’s leading proponents of artisan breads moved to a new and much larger bakery in Cork city, which he hopes will allow him to continue expanding.Declan Ryan, owner of the Arbutus Breads bakery, has shifted from his previous premises in the smart Cork suburb of Montenotte to a brand new 230sq m (2,500 sq ft) unit on an industrial estate at Mayfield, about 10 minutes drive away. Arbutus Breads was originally set up in September 1999, after the upmarket Arbutus Lodge hotel in Montenotte, which Mr Ryan ran with his family, was sold. He recalls that it closed its doors on a Saturday and that, the following Monday morning, his new bakery was already up and running. The original Arbutus Breads started life in a converted two-car garage on Mr Ryan’s own estate in Montenotte. At that time, it had one employee and deliveries were carried out in Mr Ryan’s jeep after baking. He was in a good position to establish a bakery. Having originally trained as a chef, he also studied at the L’École Française de Boulangerie d’Aurillac in 1996. And, during his time in the hotel, he was renowned for his innovative dishes.Now, he is deeply involved with the artisan bread movement in Ireland and is a strong advocate for craft baking; he is on the academic council at the National Bakery School in Dublin and is also a member of the artisan forum at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Arbutus Breads makes a variety of products, including West Cork soda bread, rye and wholemeal, New York-style sourdough, white sourdough, spelt yeast breads and several continental styles. Speciality breads include a walnut and red wine variety. Mostly, traditional French flour is used, but the bakery also uses organic flour and traditional stone-ground Irish flours. Oatmeal comes from Macroom Mills in Co Cork, which roasts the husks before milling to give a unique flavour.Growing customer baseIn all, the bakery supplies about 25 regular customers, from deli owners and market-based retailers to catering outlets. But now the move to the new premises is complete, Mr Ryan hopes to broaden that customer base. About 50% of sales go through delicatessen outlets in the Cork area, a further 25% through the restaurant trade and the remaining 25% through markets, which give a much wider geographical coverage. Arbutus now supplies weekly markets in places such as Kenmare, Co Kerry and Ennis, Co Clare. And one of the best fresh food markets in Ireland – the English Market in Cork city centre, which is the biggest single customer of the bakery – is almost on his doorstep. Arbutus also supplies the Neal’s Dairy Yard shops in London. Good connectionsSo far, Arbutus has developed its customer base without having a website for the bakery and Mr Ryan has no immediate plans to change that situation. But having good connections with many food writers, in Ireland and internationally, does help. Demand for the products has grown so much, that the bakery now employs four full-time bakers and two full-time van delivery people. “There’s no longer any room for me in the bakery,” he quips.The maximum daily output in the present bakery is 900 loaves a day. Of his breads, leading Irish food critics John and Sally McKenna have said that Mr Ryan bakes “probably the best bread in Ireland”. In their estimation, his top bread line is the wholemeal sourdough loaf, closely followed by a rye and caraway sourdough. “We’ve set up the bakery to do artisan breads. We want it to be like a small French-style bakery rather than an industrial bakery,” says Mr Ryan. Virtually all the equipment that has gone into the Mayfield bakery is new and any equipment being transferred from the old bakery is almost new, as he has always had a policy of trading-up to new machinery whenever possible. One of the ideas that Mr Ryan wants to try in the new bakery is baking boxes of mixed rolls for restaurants, so that they can get a selection of three, four or five different kinds of roll all in the same box. He also says he will probably start doing par-baked rolls for restaurants and hotels.On May 10, the brand new E150 million terminal at Cork Airport is due to open and Arbutus Breads has won a contract to supply artisan breads there. The airport management has planned to build a shopping area in the new terminal that will recreate the atmosphere of Cork’s English Market. So Mr Ryan and his team have worked flat out to get the new bakery up and running in good time.last_img

Pipers signs pie deal at Lord’s

first_imgDevon-based Pipers Farm has signed a deal potentially worth £20,000 to supply a range of bespoke pies to Lord’s Cricket Ground.The pies, which retail for £4.95 each, are made from scratch in the company’s Cullompton kitchen with meat from local farms that has been hung to improve flavour and texture.Available through the cricket ground’s public bars, the range includes Red Ruby Steak & Mushroom, Pipers Farm Lamb & Mint, Pipers Farm Chicken & Saddleback Ham and, Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese & Spinach. The deal was secured following several visits from Lords’ chefs to the farm. “We believe there is an exciting potential to build a substantial relationship with Lords based on the USPs of our two very prestigious brands,” said Peter Greig, owner of Pipers Farm.last_img

Mike Gordon To Join Phil Lesh & Friends At Terrapin Crossroads For ‘Big Bass Bash’

first_imgSan Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads has announced that Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Phil Lesh & Friends for a special “Big Bass Bash” at the venue on Sunday, July 17th. The show will take place on the Back Porch Stage, and will see Gordon and Lesh joined by Jackie Greene, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, and John Molo.Mike Gordon Talks Prince, New Phish Album, Dead & Company And MoreTaking on support duties for the event will be The Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm and Midnight North. Gordon will be playing on a Phish off day as the group will have just finished a three-night run at The Gorge before beginning another three-night stint at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Monday, July 18th. Gordon is no stranger to Terrapin Crossroads, as the bassist has played the venue back in 2013 and 2014.Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Mike Gordon w/ Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads “U.S. Blues” Live 10/26/14, courtesy of jshensa:last_img

Sperm Of A Feather Flock Together

first_imgMales compete for females’ attention. It’s a pattern seen throughout the animal kingdom. But new research shows that kind of male-male competition persists even after animals have mated.Biologist Heidi Fisher of Harvard University sees that competition in deer mice. As it turns out, female deer mice are promiscuous. They will frequently have multiple mates when they go into heat…Read more here (National Public Radio)last_img

Turn off the Lights

first_imgA sustainability music video produced by Harvard University students Akshay Sharma ’14, Maura Church ’14 and Molly O’Laughlin ’11 in anticipation of Earth Day 2011. It was presented at Harvard’s second annual Green Carpet Awards sustainability celebration and recognition event. Miranda J. Morrison ’14 also assisted with writing the lyrics.last_img

Training leaders for malaria fight

first_imgDiscussing efforts to eradicate malaria globally, Ryan Williams of the World Health Organization (WHO) said: “Once you get started, you better not stop, or it will be worse than before.”Success would put malaria in a very exclusive club of human diseases. Only smallpox has been eliminated, though efforts are under way to rid the world of polio and guinea worm disease.A failed effort at eradication 50 years ago resulted in greater resistance to antimalarial drugs by the malaria parasite and increased resistance to pesticides by the mosquitoes that carry it, said Williams, who was among more than 60 mid-career officials who attended a 12-day leadership development course at Harvard Business School (HBS) focused on the eradication of malaria.The course, to run through June 11, is sponsored by Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Participants represent a wide array of organizations, including national ministries of health, hospitals, universities, and international organizations such as WHO and the United Nations.Malaria killed 655,000 in 2010, mainly children in Africa. Worldwide, there were some 216 million cases thought to have a major impact on economies and education systems. Harvard School of Public Health Assistant Professor of International Health Economics Günther Fink told participants in the course that the average adult in countries where malaria is common loses some 20 days of work a year due to the disease. The anemia that’s commonly associated with the ailment lingers after they return to their jobs, causing a 10 percent loss in productivity.Program organizer Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Disease at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, said the course grew out of a 2011 conference that brought interested parties together to examine progress toward malaria eradication and assess what it would take for the effort to be successful.Wirth said universities such as Harvard can aid international efforts by providing scientific expertise on topics such as the complex biology of the disease, which involves not just a parasite, but also mosquitoes and humans. Harvard can also help by offering guidance in areas where members of other faculties specialize, such as business and government policy. It can also train those in the field, through courses like the one at HBS.Part of the failure in the last eradication effort, said Wirth, was that when resistance to drugs developed, there was no research effort from which to draw new tools for those in the field. This time around, she said, it’s important that universities stay engaged for the decades it may take for the effort to succeed.“This time around, we’re really trying to say that the academic community will stay engaged,” Wirth said. “We need research. We need to monitor. … We have a responsibility to train the next generation and the next generation after that.”Participants in the course heard talks and participated in discussions on a variety of topics, including the history of eradication efforts, the science of malaria, the economics behind the disease, case studies from Zanzibar, Mesoamerica, and the Pacific Islands, supply chain issues, the role of the private sector, environmental issues, vaccines, and treatment drugs.Wirth said the course was designed to bring an array of perspectives to participants, beyond the usual disciplines — public health and medicine. On Wednesday, Michael Chu, senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School, talked about the potential of the private sector in delivering public health around the world. He argued that traditional, government-sponsored public health systems may have accomplished all they can.Chu offered examples from Mexico and India, where private companies offer relatively high quality health services at low cost.The first: Farmacias Similares, a low-cost chain of pharmacies with thousands of outlets across Mexico. The chain is very successful, Chu said, despite government health care that offers free clinics and medicine to the poor. Key reasons, according to Chu: People typically have to wait five to six hours to see a doctor at the clinics, and government pharmacies are out of stock 85 percent of the time.Farmacias Similares has spearheaded the push of generic medicines into Mexico, allowing it to undercut other private pharmacy prices by about 30 percent. Farmacias Similares also has affiliated clinics, at a cost of $2 a visit, where wait times average about 15 minutes. Together they provide an efficient alternative that draws 12 million pharmacy visits monthly and 3.5 million clinic visits. Together, even before the health benefits of treatment are considered, the two practices save the poor roughly $400 million in the cost of medicines and another $400 million in the cost of lost time, Chu said.Aravind read more

Tucker Collins

first_imgIt is with very mixed emotions that we write this Memorial Minute in honor of Dr. Tucker Collins — joyful because we are celebrating the distinguished accomplishments of a good colleague, collaborator, and friend; and, at the same time, deeply saddened by his untimely death at the age of but 54 years due to an aggressive brain tumor.Tucker received his BA from Amherst College in 1975, and completed his M.D., Ph.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his residency training in Anatomical Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1986 under his mentor Dr. Ramzi S. Cotran.  Tucker then became one of the first research fellows in the newly established Vascular Research Division, headed by Dr. Michael Gimbrone.  He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jordan Pober, where he performed some of the earliest studies of the induction of major histocompatibility antigens in the human endothelial cell, providing novel insights into the active role played by the blood vessel wall in immunological reactions. This work was among the first to apply the tools of molecular biology to the study of endothelium, and was followed by his successful efforts to clone PDGF A and B chain cDNAs from endothelial-derived libraries.Tucker rose to the rank of Professor of Pathology in 1992.  In 2001, he was named the S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology and the Chief of Pathology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Under his leadership, the department underwent unparalled growth in its clinical services.  Tucker was also deeply committed to consolidating and expanding the department’s Research Division, already instituting important improvements.  Among many of his professional accomplishments, Tucker was a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Research, a founding member of the North American Vascular Biology Association, and an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association.  He was also a Scholar in the Academy at Harvard Medical School, and past President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology and of the New England Society of Pathologists.   Tucker received many distinguished awards in his too brief career, including a MERIT Award from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award in Experimental Pathology (FASEB), and the Partners in Excellence Individual Award from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.To remember Tucker is to remember his three great passions: teaching, research, and his family — notwithstanding his legendary love for sailing at the helm on the high seas!In the Harvard Medical School community, Tucker was deservedly recognized as a vibrant teacher and committed mentor (1). He served for more than a decade as the Associate Master of the Peabody Society, interacting with medical school students on a daily basis, providing academic guidance and personal support to literally hundreds of individuals during the critical formative stages of their career development. He was a passionate advocate of Pathology as an academic discipline, and provided dynamic leadership as a Course Director in the core undergraduate medical curriculum. His impact as an educator was further amplified by his role as a coeditor of the sixth edition of Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease, as well as the author of numerous definitive reviews and book chapters. Tucker led by example in the laboratory—the first one at the bench in the in the wee hours of the morning.  Tucker is remembered as voracious reader of the literature who always developed a comprehensive understanding of any problem.  His colleagues would ask him to review papers prior to submission because no one was a tougher critic than Tucker, and if the papers passed him, it was likely to pass review.  His energy was seemingly boundless, bolstered by a bottomless cup of coffee, and his enthusiasm for doing science infectious. His numerous trainees and collaborators benefited from his personal generosity of spirit.  Many have gone on to populate academia and industry—a truly living legacy of his scientific endeavors.In his research, it is probably a little appreciated fact, known perhaps only to his friend in college and medical school days, Dr. Berk (a member of this committee) that Tucker’s research career began at Rochester.  At that time, the two…”came up with the crazy idea to study microtubule structures in Tetrahymena.” According to Dr. Berk, they made “beautiful electron micrographs of these microtubules, and sent [their] data to a long-forgotten journal, which promptly rejected it as lacking novelty.”  We’re not sure how that could be!Nevertheless, Tucker was regarded as a trailblazer in the molecular biology of vascular endothelium almost from the get-go (1). His seminal contributions included elucidation of the transcriptional mechanisms underlying the “activation” of the endothelium by pro-inflammatory cytokines, as well as the first description of read more

Topping off Smith Campus Center

first_imgThe Harvard community celebrated the halfway point of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center construction project on Aug. 16 with a traditional topping-off ceremony. The ceremony featured the signing of a beam that will be installed inside.The renovations are expected to be finished during the fall of 2018.“This is a transformative renovation project, and we are pleased it is proceeding smoothly,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “The Smith Campus Center will be a welcome addition to the Harvard University campus, providing a much-needed central convening space for both the University community and our neighbors in Cambridge.”Part of the Harvard Common Spaces initiative, the renovations include creation of indoor and outdoor community spaces, lounge and study areas, and event and meeting rooms. Planned sustainable elements consist of interior green wall landscaping and roof gardens, while the redesigned entrance on Massachusetts Avenue will feature a plaza with café seating, trees, and chess tables.Construction workers, architects, and building planners watch as the final beam, complete with a pine tree and an American flag, is raised to the building’s roof. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe building was designed in the late 1950s by Graduate School of Design Dean Josep Lluís Sert and was renamed in honor of renovation donors Richard A. and Susan F. Smith during the 2013 groundbreaking ceremony.In an interview with the Harvard Gazette, Richard Smith shared his hope for the building’s role in campus and community life.“Other universities … have great campus centers, and they do a wonderful job in enabling students and the whole community to associate with each other in activities and to make friends and to find a place to spend an hour between classes,” Smith said. “Of all the institutions one can think of, Harvard has been the leading developer of the future leadership of this country, if not the world. To be associated with it has been a great privilege, and to support it in a meaningful way … will be a capstone in my relationship with Harvard.”last_img

On the blogs: German study sees viable transition to renewable power generation in Kosovo

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Germanwatch.org:Not only is an energy transition technically possible, given the country’s great potentials in wind and solar, as well as excellent options for connections to Albanian hydropower. An energy transition even is a necessity in order to reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and open up economic and social opportunities for Europe’s youngest country.The study shows that there are solutions for all kinds of technical challenges connected to a phase-in of renewables. Economically, the key challenge will be to lower the high financing costs for renewables projects in Kosovo. Additionally, the legal basis has to be adjusted to ensure a long-term planning perspective for investors. All in all, the study shows that the greatest obstacle for the Kosovan energy transition will be the political mindset: Up till now, there is a political bias in favour of lignite as opposed to renewables. Yet renewables would pose a sustainable and promising solution for a well interconnected western Balkan, since the countries’ potentials complement each other well in terms of fluctuating wind and solar energy, as well as the controllable generation of power generation from hydro.Security of supply and resources at hand are the key arguments for an ongoing and intense use of coal and, basically, against a fast energy transition. But in times of decreasing costs for renewables generation and the massive pull-out of investors and insurance companies from fossil fuel projects, Kosovo will most likely be suspected to “stranded investments” if it keeps clinging to lignite. As the 2017 SEERMAP Study shows, conventional power plants will lose their ability to compete, once an effective CO2 price has been established. A scenario which is very likely during the investment cycle of a power plant.The study emphasizes an apparent challenge for the Balkans on the whole. The region’s energy sector is heavily reliant on coal – in 2017, 37 power plant blocs were active in five countries and 13 new plants are being planned throughout the region of south-eastern Europe, many of them with Chinese investment. Kosovo in particular is the “lignite champion” in the region, generating 97% of its electricity through lignite. At the same time, Kosovo faces diverse social, economic and political challenges, which are symptomatic for the region: Unemployment rates reach 30% and 56% amongst young citizens, respectively; energy efficiency is insufficient (30% in the energy transmission grid alone); and the country is not officially recognized by Serbia, one of its most important neighbors. Thus, a successful and regionally integrated Kosovo energy transition can serve as a best practice example for the entire region.More: Kosovo: Energy transition feasible despite 97% lignite fired-generation? On the blogs: German study sees viable transition to renewable power generation in Kosovolast_img

Honduras and OAS Secretary General discuss security cooperation

first_imgBy Dialogo March 23, 2012 On March 22, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza welcomed Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales to discuss the spike of violence in the country, as a consequence of organized crime. “Honduras’s efforts in the area of security, justice, and human rights should continue to be supported by the international community,” Insulza said in a statement released by his office. According to the United Nations, organized crime and drug trafficking have made Central America the most violent region in the world, and Honduras has the highest homicide rate. The OAS will sign an agreement with Honduras to cooperate with the recently created Public Safety Reform Commission, tasked with purging the police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the judicial branch. “It’s very important for us to continue to be able to rely on the support of the OAS, as an impartial observer, to assure that the processes are effective and transparent,” Foreign Minister Corrales said. On March 21, the OAS submitted a report to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo with 54 recommendations for improving the institutions responsible for security and justice in the country, the statement indicated.last_img