Bankers are considering United Biscuit’s business options, with the potential sale of its £500m salty snacks division on the table, according to the Financial Times.The owners of United Biscuits, home to brands such as McVitie’s, Penguin and McCoy’s, have been looking at separating the salty snacks business from the larger biscuit business, with the help of Credit Suisse, it has been reported.United Biscuits is owned by US private equity group Blackstone, and French buy-out firm, PAI Partners.In July 2010, British Baker reported that the biscuit and snack manufacturer was looking for a new owner, with the business rumoured to be worth around £2bn.
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Anthony Foley’s men stormed out of the blocks but had nothing to show for some terrific build-up play until young flanker Jack O’Donoghue crossed in the 28th minute. Hooker Eusebio Guinazu added a second before the break for a 12-0 lead. Glasgow looked a shell of the side that had surged to the league’s summit, missing 23 players due to a combination of Scotland commitments, injuries and suspensions. They launched a stirring second half fight-back, though, setting up prop Rossouw de Klerk for a fine 59th minute try. Munster responded immediately with a superb Keith Earls score and CJ Stander’s maul try registered the bonus point. Early turnover ball sent Munster’s influential captain Denis Hurley breaking into the Glasgow 22 but John Ryan’s subsequent offload to Duncan Williams went to ground. Peter Murchie and Niko Matawalu then did well to close down the options for man-of-the-match Earls as the Munster centre surged up the left wing. Earls glided through on the right soon after, but Connor Braid crucially got back to intercept a pass from Andrew Conway. Despite their first quarter dominance, Munster remained scoreless with Ian Keatley drifting a 39-metre penalty wide. Matawalu showed brilliant pace and footwork as Glasgow sliced open the home defence on the right, however Munster finally opened the scoring from a clever attack near the half hour mark. JJ Hanrahan took the ball on from a quickly-taken lineout, Keatley swept out to the left where he dummied his way into the 22 and his pass back inside released O’Donoghue on a well-timed run to the line. O’Donoghue’s third successive PRO12 try went unconverted but Keatley added the extras to Guinazu’s 37th-minute effort, as the Argentina international scored off a lineout maul near the left corner. Glasgow found their rhythm on the restart, Braid landing the second of two penalty attempts and from a better return in the scrum and lineout, Ali Kellock and Josh Strauss became more prominent. The gap was suddenly down to just two points after tighthead de Klerk took a great line onto a Braid pass. He barged past Williams and crashed over under the posts with Braid converting. That concession seemed to refocus Munster and Earls, chasing down a pinpoint Keatley kick, delighted the home crowd by using his right instep to flick the ball up into his arms and dive over in the right corner. Keatley was having an off-night from the kicking tee, missing the conversion and also failing to add the extras to Stander’s touchdown. Glasgow rallied in search of a losing bonus point but their luck was out when Lee Jones had a foot in touch before grounding the ball in the 75th minute. Munster moved above Glasgow to the top of the Guinness PRO12 after defeating the under-strength Scots in Cork in a 22-10 bonus point win. Press Association
Police have won all their last two league games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC vs Maroons FCStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Sunday, 04-11-2018 @04:00pmLUGOGO – Police FC will be hoping to continue their fine run of form when they host Maroons at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Sunday afternoon.After a poor start to the league which saw them win none of their first four fixtures, Abdallah Mubiru’s side have now won all their last two.The Cops defeated Ndejje University 2-1 and then overcame Nyamityobora with the same scoreline in their last outing.Both of those victories came on the road and returning at home, the Cop’s will be anticipating their first points after losing the initial two fixtures at Lugogo.“We are very much aware of the situation as we are still without points at home, said Police FC coach Abdallah Mubiru ahead of the game.“It is not something that is a huge concern but also not a situation we want because after all, every team wants to win games at their home.“The game against Maroons will not be easy because they are a good side with a good coach.“Hopefully we can keep our momentum going and win our first game at home.Police who switched from Namboole to Lugogo at the start of the season were beaten by both Express and Bul in their first two games.The biggest positive for them is that they have been scoring goals since the start of the season, scoring in all of their fixtures including two goals in as many home matches.The game on Sunday looks easy for Police on paper as they come up against Maroons FC who along with SC Villa are the only sides yet to win a game this season.George ‘Best’ Nsimbe’s side have also lost a league high four games so far. The only game in which they got something from was the 1-1 draw at home to URA on match day four.Match Stats:This will be the eighth meeting between these two sides since 2011.In that period, only three victories have been registered by either sides (Police 2, Maroons 1).As Maroons try to find their first point this season, they have not defeated Police away from home since 2011, drawing all the four fixtures in that period.The reverse fixture ended 2-2 last season.The Cops head into the fixture having won only four of their last 12 league games (D1 L7).At home, Mubiru’s side have lost three of their past five league games (W1 D1).For Maroons, they are in sorry form of late having not tested victory in any of their last 15 league games (D8 L7). The last time the Prison side won a league fixtures was in March in the 2-1 victory away to Mbarara City.Away from home, they have not won any of their last seven (D4 L3). Their first two visits have all ended in defeat this season.Comments Tags: Maroons FCpolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop
Donegal Daily Motoring Columnist Brian McDaid reminisces on just how good F1 once was.Just when you are about to write off this year’s F1 season the penultimate round in Brazil on Sunday last has brought back memories of just how good F1 once was.Maybe it was because the Drivers’ Championship and Constructors’ silverware are respectively in the trophy cabinets of Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team that strategies change to that of a passionate type. We finally got real racing, compared to the cat and mouse moves both in qualifying and in race day that seem to have overtaken the sport over the last few seasons. Advertisement And maybe it was just Brazil and the passion that this country has to the sport and its drivers and the teams. Or maybe the 25th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest formula one drivers Ayrton Senna still a native hero in his home Brazil has produced one of the best weekends racing of the entire 2019 championship.The late Ayrton Senna in the Honda powered McLaren which was considered to be one of the most successful F1 racing carsChampion’s mixed yearThe Silver Arrows won the championship with a healthy lead in the points table but both the Mercedes team and their number one driver Lewis Hamilton, now on his 6th World championship title didn’t have things easy on their way to victory. The death of Niki Lauda in June was unsettling for Hamilton. Lauda, a three times champion himself was the biggest factor in bringing Hamilton to Mercedes and was clearly shaken by the Austrian’s passing.Hamilton also had a faster Ferrari to deal with all season and if that wasn’t enough, he has, at the very least, two up and coming world champion contenders in the making snapping at his heels with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Advertisement Lucozade In the quarter of a century that has past since the death of the great Ayrton Senna, I’ve been thinking how much sponsorship has changed and reshaped Formula 1. In the early 90’s it was Lucazade that was the biggest energy drink of the day and the nearest it got to cars was when the orange wrapping on the old bottle was stuck over headlights in foggy weather to produce a makeshift fog light.The only energy drink before Redbull came along and changed everythingSince then it wasn’t good enough for a company to sponsor teams now they wanted to own them completely. Red Bull bought what originally started out as Stewart Grand Prix which evolved into Jaguar before Red Bull bought the controlling share. In the early days of that racing team it was a Northern Ireland man Gary Anderson who was one of the car designers.Although the like of Redbull in one way for their investment into the sport I do feel that there teams DNA has become very diluted, pardon the pun from what a traditional F1 team once was.If you consider that Redbull have used Costhworth, Ferrari, Renault and Honda engines since it was formed in 2005 it’s not that easy for the purest of motorsport fans to follow and support this sponsor driven team. If you compare them to the likes of Ferrari team it’s a completely different type of supporter and sometimes it’s as much about the car and its heritage as it is about its drivers. Jordan and “Big D”Ireland’s own Eddie Jordan Racing team had more heritage to it than the present day teams have and even became a F1 team when drivers like future world champions like Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna and even Michael Schumacher drove for Eddie Jordan and his fledgling team. They made it way up through the ranks, and tracing his career before that, when Eddie Jordan was a racing driver himself, it was Donegal’s Derek Mc Mahon Racing team that Eddie was a part of.Eddie Jordan in the lead in one of Derek Mc Mahon Racing team cars in the seventies.Eddie Jordan would be the first to tell you if it wasn’t for “Big D” in the early days promoting and supporting drivers there might never have been a Jordan F1 Team which had traces of the DNA of that old Derek Mc Mahon Racing Team in is blood from all them years ago.The Late Derek Mc Mahon with one of his drivers, Eddie Jordan who was part of the Derek Mc Mahon Racing team.A card from Eddie Jordan to the Late Derek Mc Mahon affectionally known as “Big D” thanking him for for his help in putting Eddie’s motoring racing career on track.All about the undercut. All this season it has been about the undercut and double stacking which all happened in the pits. Red Bull are on 1. 8 seconds to change a set of four wheels, Hamilton a little longer, when we arrive in the pits unannounced, minus part of his from wing.And the default setting deep within former world champion Vettel tripped again at the weekend when his young team mate Leclerc passed him for position after the restart with the end result of the two Ferrari trying to swap a front and back wheel on both car and both of the team ending up out of the race in the final laps.Vettel and Leclerc on track tyre change battle which came unstuck putting them both out of the race.On the 25th anniversary of the great Ayrton Senna’s death it was Honda that powered the first three cars to the podium at the weekend. When the dust settled the same weekend that Martin Brundle got a chance to drive Senna’s old Honda powered McLaren, the MP4/4 considered to one of the most successful cars in F1 around an emotional home track of that great Brazilian driver.Brundle described how the gear lever on Senna’s Old car was manually connected deep into the gear box as was the throttle cable was manually connected to the turbo, the sound of that V6 turbo going around the track had the fans in tears as memories of that great driver fired up great memories.Happy Motoring folks.DD Motoring: F1 lights up in Brazil was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
More surprises about the body come to light, including the ability to regrow cartilage.Adult Humans Can Regenerate Cartilage (The Scientist). Many animals can regenerate their limbs: salamanders in particular. Some animals, like flatworms and hydras, can grow their entire body back from a few cells. Why can’t humans do that? We obviously can’t regrow a whole arm or leg. But actually, there’s more to tissue regeneration in our bodies than scientists had thought. We do have something in common with salamanders.Humans, unlike some lucky members of the animal kingdom, have a very limited ability to regrow damaged or missing body parts. But a study published yesterday (October 9) in Science Advances finds that we can generate new proteins in joint cartilage, and this ability is more pronounced in joints farther from the center of the body, such as the ankles, than in those nearer in, such as the hips. The mechanism for this ability resembles that used by animals such as salamanders and axolotls to regrow lost limbs.On a related subject, Phys.org reported new findings about limb regeneration in salamanders.Monkeys outperform humans when it comes to cognitive flexibility (Science Daily). The title of this article sounds like monkeys are better than humans. But really, upon reading further, monkeys appear more scatterbrained. That’s what they dub “cognitive flexibility.” If monkeys “outperformed” humans by thinking “outside the box” more, we would be hiring them as national security advisors. Humans do tend to stick to learned routines, scientists found, but sometimes wise reasoning in humans takes more time and deliberation. There are also other factors not considered, like the human tendency to doubt what a scientist is trying to make them do.Linking the need to sleep with synaptic function (Science). What’s going on as we sleep? We know we need it, even though it would seem better not to give up a third of each day so we could get more work done. As we sleep, important work is being done:Although our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that track the need for sleep remains incomplete, a clear message from the studies of Noya et al. and Brüning et al. is that a good place to start looking is the synapse. This conclusion is supported by recent findings of a quantitative phosphoproteomic study performed in whole mouse brain. By using two different models of high sleep pressure, the average phosphorylation status of 80 proteins could track changes in sleep need; strikingly, most were synaptic proteins involved in neurotransmitter release and synaptic plasticity. Brüning et al. also found that most of these proteins had specific sites with increased phosphorylation at times of high sleep pressure. By looking across the entire 24-hour period, however, they could also identify many other sites with increased phosphorylation during sleep time.It’s not the skull shape that matters. It’s the contents.Changes in the brain occurred independently of braincase evolution (Phys.org). This article is 150 years too late. If early Darwinians had known that skull size is not related to intelligence, that knowledge might have prevented a great deal of Social Darwinist racism. It’s been far too long to have Darwinians clueless about what really goes on inside the skull.The human brain is about three times the size of the brains of great apes. This has to do, among other things, with the evolution of novel brain structures that enabled complex behaviors such as language and tool production. A study by anthropologists at the University of Zurich now shows that changes in the brain occurred independent of evolutionary rearrangements of the braincase.The human brain is like a fish in an aquarium, floating inside the liquid-filled braincase—but filling it out almost completely. The relationship between the brain and the braincase, and how they interacted during human evolution, has been occupying the minds of researchers for almost a century. They addressed this question by studying brain-braincase relationships in our own species, and in our closest living relatives, the great apes.Despite their undying optimism that their research is not for naught, they end by saying they have to start over after a century of going the wrong way.“The brain followed its own evolutionary path of neural innovation while freely floating in the braincase,” summarizes Alatorre Warren. “The position and size of braincase bones thus don’t enable us to draw conclusions about evolutionary changes in the size or rearrangement of adjacent brain regions.” Co-authors Marcia Ponce de León and Christoph Zollikofer believe their study’s data provide an important point of reference for future research: “Having answered the brain-braincase question for humans and great apes, we can now take a fresh look at the braincases of fossil hominids.”This implies that a lot of hominid research based on skull shape, size and capacity had nothing to do with the gray matter operating inside. The paper by Warren et al., “Evidence for independent brain and neurocranial reorganization during hominin evolution,” is published in PNAS.Men are harder competitors: study (Phys.org). Here’s just one more study showing that men and women are different. Men are naturally more competitive and apt to see threats. If that’s what evolution produced, who is a sociologist to train men out of their nature? Anyway, this article had nothing to say about transgenders and gender fluidity. And it’s doubtful that you can treat men and women in a limited sample like lab rats and speak for billions of others in different nations and cultures.Mitochondria work much like Tesla battery packs, study finds (Phys.org). Here’s another instance of “nature had it first” and “what they thought was wrong.” Mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles, do not pack their machines inefficiently.For years, scientists assumed that mitochondria—the energy-generating centers of living cells—worked much like household batteries, generating energy from a chemical reaction inside a single chamber or cell. Now, UCLA researchers have shown that mitochondria are instead made up of many individual bioelectric units that generate energy in an array, similar to a Tesla electric car battery that packs thousands of battery cells to manage energy safely and provide fast access to very high current.This is a case of anachronous biomimetics. The Tesla battery designers probably didn’t realize that the batteries in their own cells were arranged in a similar efficient manner that they thought they had invented.As usual, the Creator designed it first. Our designs are cheap imitations, mere echoes of His handiwork.Don’t pollute your office, though. An article on Science Daily asks, “How much are you polluting your office air just by existing?” Scientists measured volatile compounds in offices. Because of make-up, deodorant, hairspray and other “health” products, “Our preliminary results,” Purdue scientists said, “suggest that people are the dominant source of volatile organic compounds in a modern office environment.” With proper ventilation, that can be OK; but remember, B.O. and sweat are all natural… and, cleanliness is a virtue. (Visited 422 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Citation: New uses for exhausted electric vehicle batteries proposed (2011, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-exhausted-electric-vehicle-batteries.html (PhysOrg.com) — In a move with far and wide consequences for the automobile industry, many groups are banding together to study the two-pronged problem of high initial costs for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles, and then what to do with those batteries once they lose their ability to hold a strong enough charge to keep motorists moving. Most proposed solutions center around reusing the batteries in applications that don’t require a battery to be fully chargeable, such as battery backups for an electrical grid; thus allowing the initial cost of the batteries to be spread out over a much longer lifespan. Currently, customers who are looking to buy an electric car are told that they can expect the battery pack in their new car to last eight to ten years; at which time, they’ll have to replace it at a significant cost to them; no plan has yet been put in place however, regarding what to do with the removed battery packs from the millions of cars that will likely someday be traversing the roads of the world.Governments, public companies and private environmental groups have all jumped into the fray, each with a different agenda it seems. Governments seek to find alternatives to burning gasoline to relieve their constituents from the vagaries of relying on foreign oil, public companies (particularly those who make cars) want to sell cars (or batteries) at prices customers can afford, and environmental groups want gasoline cars off the road, but at the same time shudder at the thought of mountains of dead batteries littering the landscape.To deal with this issue, General Motors has forged an agreement with ABB, an energy technology company while Nissan has joined forces with 4R Energy; both hope to find solutions to both problems.Also the U.S. Department of Energy’s, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is teaming up with various academic groups (one of which is the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE)) to find so-called “second life” opportunities for not yet dead batteries. Current possibilities include using them to provide backup support for an electrical grid, or to use them as accessories in capturing power from alternative energy sources such as wind or solar arrays. In such a scenario, it’s suggested that consumers could perhaps lease the batteries in their cars from the manufacture’s, which would mean they’d only have to pay for the useful time they had then; the manufacturer’s could then sell the batteries to utility companies once they’ve been removed from such automobiles, all of which should, in theory, reduce costs for both parties.Of course in all this, there does exist the possibility that a new battery could be developed; one that might last much longer and would be much cheaper; or another technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells could emerge which would make the whole exercise moot. Regardless of how the current type of batteries are used, however, there will still come a time when they will eventually become useless to anyone, which will mean tearing them apart to recycle the viable pieces for recycling purposes; yet another piece of the puzzle that will need to be worked out as the numbers of dead batteries begins to climb. © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.nrel.gov/vehiclesandfuels/ … ge/publications.html Image credit: Jeremy Neubauer Explore further Lithium-air batteries’ high energy density could extend range of electric vehicles