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Arrest made in connection with explosion near Borussia Dortmund team bus - USA TODAY

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hans-Joachim Watzke said (per BBC). "We play for everyone -- no matter whether Borussia, Bayer or Schalke supporters. And of course we play for Marc Bartra, who wants to see his team win."Show ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide...

The Beers and the Bees: Pollinators Provide a Different Kind of Brewer's Yeast - Scientific American

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

North America totally unnoticed,” Dunn said. “People don’t like them because they jump at you out of the dark.”The team estimated that 700 million of these thumb-sized crickets might exist across the eastern United States alone—which may ultimately work in our favor. They found new kinds of bacteria from the guts of these crickets can break down a waste product of the paper industry and turn it into energy.Few labs are equipped to find such microbes and bugs in such random environs, so if anyone could find a beer-making germ in the wild, it was Dunn’s team.But where to start?Dang, this yeast smells goodBeer, wine and other booze is made with yeast—single-celled microorganisms from the fungus kingdom. More than 1,500 yeast species are known around the world, and yet humans have essentially relied on only two types of alcohol-producing yeast—ale yeast and lager yeast—since the earliest days of brewing 9,000 years ago.That’s because our partnership with beer-making yeast likely began by accident and evolved through happenstance. Scientists didn’t even realize yeast were living organisms until the 1830s, and it took Louis Pasteur another 20 years to discover how the microbes take sugars and chemically transform—ferment—them into alcohol.Yeast microbiologists believe the earliest brewers were flying blind, driven by the sweet smells made when yeast ferment a wet pile of sugar-rich grains or a piece of fruit rotting in an orchard.“It’s easy to imagine people thinking this smells just right to make a good bread. It smells just right to make a good beer, I’m going to save it,” Dunn said. And from that came bread, sourdough and beer recipes, passed down through generations.Those smells arise from an ancient relationship between yeast and insect pollinators, Madden said.Yeast live in flower nectar, where the microbes feast on boatloads of sugar. The yeast produce alcohol, along with those sweet aromas that tickle our noses, which in turn attract the buzzing bugs. Bees sometimes get drunk off this fermented nectar.But flowers and fruits wilt in the cold of winter, which would kill the yeast too, meaning the microbes need a place to escape.“So the question remains, where are yeasts in the winter, where are yeasts hiding in the world?,” Madden asked. “Yeasts are particularly bad at moving themselves from place to place. They don’t have a lot of the skillsets that other microbes or other larger organisms have.”So the yeasts hitch rides on the insect pollinators, as they move from flower to flower. She said researchers had found winery yeasts in the winter on the bodies of hibernating wasps, which visit these sugar sources during the summer.“We actually think, based on some work from colleagues in Italy, it’s very likely that those first beers and breads were relying on yeasts from insects too,” Dunn said. Madden and Dunn began with a plan: to intercept yeast as they rode on bees or wasps, in hopes of finding one to make alcohol.But wild animals are filthy, covered or filled with thousands of microbes. You can’t just drop a bee into juice and hope for fermentation. Madden would need to combine her senses and modern microbiology.She started in North Carolina fields, where she caught a single paper wasp—a bug known to harbor large communities of yeast. She then transferred every microbe from its body to a petri dish. A couple days later, a forest of microbes appear on the dish.First, she looked to separate the yeast from other fungi or bacteria on the plate. “It’s about understanding when something glistens in a certain way,” Madden said. “It has got a different color than others. It’s slightly less slimy.” Nex...

See flowers in bloom on scenic garden tour

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This garden, overseen by Tom and Martha Tykodi, will be one of the stops on the upcoming scenic garden tour.(Photo: Submitted photo)PATASKALA - Do you have a green thumb and enjoy gardening? If so, then an upcoming event may appeal to you.  West Licking Historical Society is holding its annual scenic garden tour from 1 to 5 p.m. July 8.   This year's fourth annual tour will stop at five local gardens, giving attendees a glimpse at some of the area's more colorful front, back and side yards.Martha Tykodi, a member of the historical society, said people can expect to see different gardening styles displayed on the tour. "One of the gardens is all annuals," Tykodi said. "Others are only perennials, and one of them is a complete vegetable garden, but only in containers, not in the ground."Some of the gardens have incorporated fountains, wooded areas and hanging baskets. One even features a "Block O" composed of flowers. Tykodi's home is one of the stops on the tour. Her great-great-great grandfather purchased the property in 1822, and some of the trees and other features date back to the late 1800s. "It's an evolution of a farm into a yard," Tykodi s...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=C0E1D7FFD6E945DF84BCF66F7B27519E&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.newarkadvocate.com%2fstory%2fnews%2flocal%2fpataskala%2f2017%2f06%2f30%2fsee-flowers-bloom-scenic-garden-tour%2f409364001%2f&c=13430554398219070280&mkt=en-us

See flowers in bloom on scenic garden tour - The Newark Advocate

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This garden, overseen by Tom and Martha Tykodi, will be one of the stops on the upcoming scenic garden tour.(Photo: Submitted photo)PATASKALA - Do you have a green thumb and enjoy gardening? If so, then an upcoming event may appeal to you.  West Licking Historical Society is holding its annual scenic garden tour from 1 to 5 p.m. July 8.   This year's fourth annual tour will stop at five local gardens, giving attendees a glimpse at some of the area's more colorful front, back and side yards.Martha Tykodi, a member of the historical society, said people can expect to see different gardening styles displayed on the tour. "One of the gardens is all annuals," Tykodi said. "Others are only perennials, and one of them is a complete vegetable garden, but only in containers, not in the ground."Some of the gardens have incorporated fountains, wooded areas and hanging baskets. One even features a "Block O" composed of flowers. Tykodi's home is one of the stops on the tour. Her great-great-great grandfather purchased the property in 1822, and some of the trees and other features date back to the late 1800s. "It's an evolution of a farm into a yard," Tykodi s...http://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/local/pataskala/2017/06/30/see-flowers-bloom-scenic-garden-tour/409364001/

Best European Christmas markets - National Geographic

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dresden's market may be the oldest in Germany, with the first event approved by Frederick II, Elector of Saxony, in 1434. Eventually these seasonal markets turned their focus on Christmas celebrations, as known today. Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Europe for a holiday treat. View Images The Strasbourg market lights up the Place de la Cathédrale. Photograph by Frederic Maigrot, REA/Redux Strasbourg: French classic The largest and oldest in France, the Strasbourg Christmas Market dates back to the 16th century. Hundreds of market stands spread across the Grande Île–an island in the historic center of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Try delicacies from thi...https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/best-christmas-markets/

Death of German fuels fears of far-right violence in Köthen - DW (English)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The mood in the suburban playground in Köthen on Monday morning was a mixture of sadness, tension and hostility toward the press. A small number of locals in the town in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt came by, some with flowers to add to those that had collected around a tree near an empty climbing frame. This was the spot where a fight broke out on Saturday between two Afghan men and Markus B., which resulted in the 22-year-old German's death in hospital. By the evening, the area was a hive of activity. Köthen's police force, reinforced from across Germany, had much to contend with, when three gatherings took place within a few hundred meters of each other. First, the church in the central square held a small memorial prayer for Markus B., though Pastor Martin Olejnicki also used a brief sermon to call for peace in the city on what promised to be a nervy evening. That sentiment was shared by Saxony-Anhalt State Premier Reiner Haseloff, who attended the service along with about a hundred Köthen residents, who lined up to light a candle for the dead man. Outside the church, Haseloff told reporters that "I hope it will be a peaceful evening tonight, and that th...https://www.dw.com/en/death-of-german-fuels-fears-of-far-right-violence-in-k%C3%B6then/a-45434251

Increasing Demand for Medical Cannabis is set to Grow Globally

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Government of Canada. The Company also has production operations in Dresden, Saxony, Germany and Regensdorf, Switzerland. Maricann is currently undertaking an expansion of its cultivation and support facilities in Canada in a 942,000 sq. ft. (87,515 sq. m) and will continue to pursue new opportunities in Europe. Emblem Corp. (OTCQX: EMMBF) is a fully integrated licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis and cannabis derivatives in Canada under the ACMPR. The Company and Natura Naturals Holdings Inc. announced the termination of their letter of intent as of 5 p.m. EST on September 13th, 2018. In addition, as previously announced, Emblem recently provided USD 2 Million of advanced funding to Natura for the expansion of its facility. The Funding is comprised of a one-year convertible debenture for an aggregate principal amount of up to USD 2 Million, with an interest rate similar to Natura's other funding obligations and can be pre-paid at any time during the term. Emblem looks forward to maintaining its strong business relationship with the Natura team as both a shareholder and in connection with our existing 3,000 kg supply agreement in the coming years, said Nick Dean, CEO of Emblem Corp. The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTCQX: SPRWF) is a Canadian publicly traded company committed to providing premium brands and products that proudly reflect its consumers, people and uniquely innovative culture. The Company's portfolio includes its wholly-owned subsidiary and flagship brand 7ACRES. The Supreme Cannabis Company recently announced that the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, 7ACRES, has entered into a supply agreement to provide dried cannabis to Tilray Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Tilray Inc., a global leader in cannabis research, cultivation, processing and distribution currently serving tens of thousands of patients in 11 countries spanning 5 continents. The value of this initial supply agreement is estimated to be in excess of CAD 2 Million. Dried cannabis provided to Tilray by 7ACRES will be used primarily to support medical cannabis patients in Canada, including Tilray's robust patient population. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTCQX: LXRP) has developed and out-licenses its disruptive delivery technology that promotes healthier ingestion methods, lower overall dosing and higher effectiveness of lipophilic active molecules. The Company recently announced strategic additions to its patent portfolio. Three new Australian patents were granted to Lexaria by the Australian Patent Office, bringing the Company's worldwide patent portfolio to eight issued patents: four each in the US and Australia. All eight patents are within Lexaria's...https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/increasing-demand-for-medical-cannabis-is-set-to-grow-globally-857967577.html

How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bundestag, Germany's parliament, which oversees annual government spending of 350 billion euros ($411 billion). A Turning Point The AfD was the strongest party in the eastern state of Saxony in the last Bundestag elections, and across the east, it has now become such a force that the CDU has been compelled to express what would have been unfathomable not too long ago: the possibility of governing together with the far-left Left Party. The unrest in Chemnitz in August marked a turning point for the AfD. There, the party joined a phalanx of agitators and neo-Nazis, with the AfD's Thuringia state chapter leader Björn Höcke marching side-by-side with an activist from Pegida -- the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant group -- who has multiple criminal convictions on his record. For years, politics in Germany had been shaped by the old polarity between left and right. But those days are over. The question of identity now seems to be more important, which seemingly scrambles the party system. Sahra Wagenknecht of the Left Party is creating a new movement called "Aufstehen," German for "Stand Up," that she hopes will be a magnet for voters who would like to see a bigger welfare state and fewer immigrants. The move places additional pressure on the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has fluctuated between a culture of welcoming refugees and warnings of a loss of control since the refugee crisis. The business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), meanwhile, has morphed into a law and order party. And the only thing still holding the CDU and Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU's Bavarian sister party, together is the fear of losing power. The only parties that seem to be profiting from the new political complexities are the Greens and the AfD. So, how to deal with a party that fulminates against the mainstream with such abandon while at the spreading its own tentacles further into the center of society, into gov...http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/how-the-alternative-for-germany-has-transformed-the-country-a-1227360.html