Some 1,190 Japanese customers queued in Tokyo for more than two hours last week to get into a new café-style eatery, serving sandwiches and croissants with vegetable soups from McDonald’s.The premises in the capital’s Shibuya ward is one of 15 McCafés set to open in Japan – some of them within McDonald’s traditional burger restaurants – serving breads, desserts and nine kinds of coffee. McCafé also offers 15 kinds of pastry priced at ¥100 (43p) and heats the bread for those eating in.Eiko Harada, CEO of McDonald’s Holding Company (Japan), said he hoped the new stores would reach out to older customers as well as the chain’s target clientele of families.McDonald’s has 3,800 hamburger branches in Japan and is the leader in the Japanese foodservice industry. Its rivals are Starbucks and the Doutor Coffee Company.
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaWe passed the time by listening to Jerry and J.L. tell stories. Both could tell some tales, and I didn’t know which was lying and which wasn’t. Heck, they may have both been lying!But if you’re going to be sitting and waiting, you might as well be entertained.Jerry Payne, a retired entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, had come as part of a team from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to J.L. Anderson’s property to see and photograph a particular bluebird: a black bluebird.Bluebirds are sky blue, not black. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, at Cornell University, a leading authority on birds, has no record of a black bluebird ever being reported — ever!Bluebird countryJ.L.’s property was ideal for bluebirds: open space, with areas of cover. In other words, in the country. You can expect to see them in farming areas, in suburban developments bordered by wild spaces, near golf courses and cemeteries, playgrounds and parks. And along rivers and streams.The only bluebird you can expect to see here in the east is, appropriately, the eastern bluebird.Bluebirds are insect eaters. But when insects become scarce, the birds add berries and small fruit to their diet. They’re also cavity nesters, which means they look for a natural hole in a tree or a birdhouse for raising their families.As soon as we arrived at J.L.’s property and the nesting site, J.L. told us he hadn’t seen the male or the female bluebird that morning. Jerry reached up and put his hand inside the bluebird nest to check for young birds in the nest.Baby birds”There are baby birds in here,” Jerry said, “I can feel the tops of their heads.”So we hid ourselves from the nest and waited — and listened to Jerry and J.L.’s stories.It wasn’t long before someone said, “There’s an incoming bird,” and all eyes searched for the bird. It was the male bluebird, and it was blue. It landed on a dead tree branch near the nest and looked around for danger before entering the nest with an insect in its beak.In just a few seconds, the male shot out of the nest like a bullet and disappeared in search of more insects.”We’ve got an incoming bird,” someone said again. Only this time a black bird landed on the dead tree branch. “That’s it. That’s the female bluebird.” And sure enough, she was black! She had a huge moth or grasshopper with its wings expanded in her beak.Black bluebirdThe black bluebird sat for several minutes on the tree branch. And then she did something I hadn’t expected: she ate the insect herself. The whole thing!Then she flew off without entering the nest.But she returned shortly with another insect. This time she entered the nest to feed the young birds, and like the male bird earlier, flew out and disappeared.Needless to say, several cameras were clicking away. Who knows? It was a National Geographic moment. I just don’t know if we had any National Geographic photographers in the bunch.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The Danish parliament has approved a climate act that, among others, will pave the way for the establishment of two energy islands and an offshore wind farm of around 1 GW.The climate act sees the energy islands connecting 5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, up from the 4 GW announced in May, and housing power-to-x technologies in the long term.One of the two islands is the natural land mass of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, which has been selected to connect 2 GW. The other one will be an artificial structure in the North Sea with the capacity for 3 GW and at least 10 GW in the long term.The parliament has also given the green light to the development of an offshore wind project in the Hesselo zone in the Kattegat area between Denmark and Sweden. The project, the second of three offshore wind schemes envisioned in the 2018 Energy Agreement, is slated to be connected by 2027.The climate act, approved by a landslide, also includes plans for more charging stations for electric vehicles, energy efficiency improvements in the industrial sector, green power and more biogas, the Danish climate, energy and utilities ministry said.Denmark has a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 70% in 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and work towards reaching net-zero by 2050. Under the climate act, the government will be setting milestone targets every five years, each legally binding and with a ten-year perspective. An indicative milestone target will be defined for 2025 in the upcoming Climate Action Plan.[Sladjana Djunisic]More: Denmark cements plans for 5 GW of energy islands, 1 GW offshore wind Danish government approves plans for massive offshore wind build-out by 2030
It is right that regular employeesreceive a windfall, said Mayor, because the provincial government reaped manyawards this year – a reflection of the good performance of employees./PN Civilian and military personnel in theexecutive department would each receive an SRI not exceeding P10,000. In four capitol offices ranked 1 to 4,each employee would be receiving a PBB of 65 percent of their month salary, Panay News learned. The release of the Service RecognitionIncentive (SRI) was ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte via AdministrativeOrder (AO) 19. This is a one-time incentive “to recognize and further encouragethe unwavering commitment and dedication of government employees in performingtheir work, their continued support and collaborative efforts in the deliveryof services to the public, as well as their diligence in the effective andefficient performance of their respective functions.” The second bonus is the ProductivityEnhancement Incentive (PEI) of P5,000 and third is the performance-based bonus(PBB) the value of which depends on office performance (for hear 2017). They would be receiving three bonuses,according to Joecil Mayor, president of the Association of Iloilo ProvincialGovernment Employees (AIPGE). On the other hand, employees ofcapitol offices ranked between 5 to 14 would each be receiving a PBB of 57.75percent of their monthly salaries. ILOILO – The holidays would surely bemerry and bright for some 2,200 regular employees of the provincial government. According to Mayor, the PBB was forthe 2017 performance only. It was in 2017 when they applied with the Departmentof Interior and Local Government for the PBB, but it was only recently that theprovincial government received confirmation that the PBB was approved, heexplained. For employees of offices rankedbetween 15 to 40, the PBB would be 50 percent of their monthly salaries. Therefore, said Mayor, employeesappointed in 2018 and 2019 were not eligible for the PBB.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments Redemption was sweet for Wayne Morgan.The highly touted SU recruit got burned for a touchdown on his first play in the Carrier Dome, but early in the fourth quarter, the Downstate right cornerback cracked Upstate quarterback Tyler Johnson to force a crucial turnover.Morgan put his helmet directly on the football, jarring it out of Johnson’s right arm and flying into the air. Teammate Marquis Burrell recovered to set up the game-winning drive and from there Downstate held on for its third straight victory in Sunday’s Upstate-Downstate Football Classic, an annual New York high school all-star game.‘It feels real good just to keep the trend going,’ Morgan said. ‘We’ve won three years in a row, so it just feels good to keep the trend going and not be the first loser.’Morgan was one of three incoming Syracuse freshmen who kept the trend going, along with right tackle Omari Palmer and running back Devante McFarlane. Morgan and Palmer factored heavily into Downstate’s 27-23 victory Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, while McFarlane suffered a right shoulder injury on the opening drive and spent the remainder of the game with his arm in a sling.Upstate defensive end Pancho Barnwell, who will attend Nassau Community College in the fall to improve his grades and potentially join the Downstate trio at SU in 2013, recorded 2.5 sacks and four tackles.‘It’s tough,’ Downstate head coach C.T. Chatham said. ‘They haven’t played a football game since what, late fall? It’s always a challenge, but I think our kids rose to the challenge at the end and I think it’s great for New York football that the game was so close. Quite frankly, that’s the kind of game you want.’McFarlane and Palmer gave Orange fans a potential glimpse of the future SU running game on the opening possession. McFarlane took a carry right side, and used a Palmer lead block to pick up 15 yards.While that was it for McFarlane – who Chatham said is ‘going to play a lot of football – Palmer kept opening up holes for all 48 minutes. He can be credited in large part for Downstate’s 185 total rushing yards, despite frequently matching up with Barnwell, Upstate’s starting left defensive end.‘(Barnwell) had to have been the better – I’ll just say it the best d-end I’ve gone against in a while,’ Palmer said. ‘… Right now it really seems like he wants to go (to Syracuse). We were talking – I was talking to him during the week – and it seems like he’s going to be there in two years.’With an early 6-0 lead, Palmer pancaked Upstate defenders on three consecutive plays. First, on a sprint right, Palmer got to the second level and cleared out a linebacker. Then, the 6-foot-3, 330-pounder pulled to lead a counter left, discarding another Downstate player. And finally, Palmer pushed his man straight over on a draw right.Three plays later, his second push powered quarterback Rich Czeczotka into the end zone for another Downstate touchdown.‘I haven’t won a championship in my whole life in anything,’ Palmer said. ‘It feels good to finally win.’The rest of the game didn’t go as smoothly as the first quarter. Upstate went on a 17-0 run in the second quarter, starting with a blunder from Morgan.Sidelined for the opening 12 minutes after missing practice from Wednesday-Friday, Morgan trotted onto the field oozing confidence. Wearing a red cleat on his left foot and a black one on his right, a full white sleeve on his right arm and a red skull wrap underneath his helmet, he swaged his shoulders and turned inward lining up at right cornerback.Across from him stood standout wide receiver Marcus McGill. McGill sprinted ahead 10 yards before turning back to the ball. Morgan hopped the route, but the throw never came. McGill took off downfield and hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass, so far ahead of Morgan that he was able to turn around and wait for the late pass in the end zone.‘I was focused on No. 7 (McGill) when I saw he kept running the stop (routes),’ Morgan said. ‘So I tried to break on the ball, but it was a great move. He did a hell of a job so I tip my hat to him.’But Morgan got the last laugh.His forced fumble ended an Upstate drive deep in Downstate territory. Then, with Downstate leading 27-23 and Upstate trying to put together a last-minute comeback, Morgan waved his arms to pump up the crowd.The Upstate offense stalled as Johnson threw three straight incompletions, and Downstate prevailed.‘When I’m playing football I’m just so focused on the game,’ Morgan said. ‘I want the crowd to feel just like me. Once the crowd feels how I feel, I’m going to make the play.’[email protected]