Scottish independence: let the cupcakes decide

first_imgCupcakes don’t just look pretty and taste good – they are also a barometer of political opinion judging by an unexpected twist in the Scottish independence referendum.Edinburgh’s Cuckoo’s bakery has been selling Opinion Poll cupcakes adorned with either a Union Jack, Scottish flag or a question mark since March and has monitored sales to get a steer on the outcome of today’s highly anticipated Scottish referendum.As it stands the ‘no’ cakes have outsold the cakes striving for independence, though not by much. Of thousands of cakes bought and eaten 47.7% were ‘no’, 43.5% were ‘yes’ and the remaining 8.8% were question marks as people failed to commit – or just wanted a cake. The cakes are raspberry and white chocolate-flavoured and cost £2.50 to take away or £3 to eat in.Co-founder Graham Savage told Edinburgh Evening News: “We have seen an increase in sales generally and some big orders have come in from both sides.“Our poll has been conducted professionally throughout the campaign and we are delighted that the results have shown to be so similar to the official results.“We have calculated that since the campaign was launched, we have sold 80,000 cupcakes from our full range, including the Opinion Poll cupcake.”Today’s referendum, bang in the middle of National Cupcake Week, will reveal whether the cupcakes were right.last_img read more

BUKU Music + Art Project 2018 Announces Phase 2 Lineup

first_imgBUKU Music + Art Project is an annual New Orleans celebration that hosts a number of big-name musical acts each year. In 2018, the festival will return to N’awlins on March 9th and 10th, taking over Mardi Gras World in downtown New Orleans. While the final phase of talent for the rest of the festival will be revealed after the new year, today, BUKU has announced its second phase of line up additions.Topping the new artists include Atlanta trip-hop trio Migos, in addition to some favorites such as Little Dragon, Bonobo, Jai Wolf, The Russ Liquid Test, Jay Electronica, and an exciting collaboration between Ganja White and Boogie T. These additions join previously announced acts such as Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, Sylvan Esso, and more. You can check out the full lineup thus far below, and snag tickets on BUKU’s website here.last_img read more

Gordon Brown: UK and US must coordinate economic policy

first_imgIn his first major speech since losing the election in May, the former Prime Minister called for the establishment of a global financial constitution that sets out clear rules for banks, and urged that major powers begin to co-ordinate global economic policy.“The question is where are the jobs going to come from and where’s the growth going to come from,” Mr Brown said in the Malcolm Wiener Lecture in Political Economy at Harvard University on Thursday…Read more herelast_img

American Academy inducts 17 faculty

first_imgA group of Harvard faculty members has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 230th class of fellows, which totaled 210 new fellows and 18 foreign honorary members.The 17 fellows from Harvard, officially recognized in an Oct. 9 ceremony, were celebrated for their cutting-edge research and scholarship, artistic accomplishment, and exemplary service to society.“The induction ceremony celebrates the academy’s mission and the accomplishments of its newly elected members,” said American Academy President Leslie Berlowitz. “Through three centuries of service, the academy and its fellows have been dedicated to intellectual leadership and constructive action in America and the world.”The fellows from Harvard follow:Harvey Cantor, Baruj Benacerraf Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical SchoolHarvey G. Cox Jr., Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, Harvard Divinity SchoolRonald A. DePinho, professor of medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolEdward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics; director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government; director, Rappaport Institute for Greater BostonJack L. Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law SchoolDavid Haig, George Putnam Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyEvelyn L. Hu, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineeringlast_img read more

Tobacco Intentions.

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaU.S. tobacco companies recently announced they will buy less tobacco in 2003 than they did in 2002. But Georgia farmers will probably plant more of the crop, says a University of Georgia expert.The companies said they intend to buy 283.3 million pounds of tobacco in 2003, around 26.6 million pounds, or 9.4 percent, less than their 2002 intention.Cigarette makers are required to report each year to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture how much flue-cured tobacco they intend to buy from U.S. auction markets and producers.Less Quota?The intentions could reduce the U.S. tobacco quota, the amount of tobacco that farmers can grow and get government support prices for, by as much as 6 percent to 9 percent, said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco agronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The USDA includes the companies’ buying intentions in a formula that calculates the U.S. tobacco quota each year. The formula also considers the U.S. export average over three years and the reserve supply of the Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative, the farmer-owned co-op that runs the federal tobacco program.The formulas and business of tobacco can get complicated, Moore said. But the announcement doesn’t necessarily mean less tobacco in Georgia next year. In fact, due to poor growing conditions in 2002, tobacco acreage could increase in Georgia in 2003.Missed QuotaDrought, insects and disease devastated the 2002 Georgia tobacco crop. So Georgia farmers didn’t grow all the quota pounds they were allowed to grow in 2002.Georgia growers could have sold 60.7 million pounds in 2002. But they were only able to grow and sell 52.4 million pounds, or 86 percent of their quota, Moore said. Under the current tobacco program, Georgia farmers could make up the 14 percent difference with the 2003 crop.”Without the underproduction in 2002, growers would be looking at a smaller crop next year,” he said.Georgia farmers planted about 28,000 acres of tobacco in 2002. Their gross tobacco farm-gate income was $96.5 million, about $15 million less than in 2001. Growers got about $1.84 per pound, or about 2 cents below the 2001 average.Catch up Quota”Because growers in Georgia will be trying to play catch-up again this year, they will be producing a slightly larger effective quota in 2003 than in 2002,” he said. But how much larger isn’t certain.As part of the tobacco quota formula, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman has the statutory discretion to raise or lower the quota by as much as 3 percent.The future of the federal tobacco program is in question, Moore said. Industry officials are debating a quota buyout, which would end the program. But Moore said he doesn’t see this happening before the 2003 crop is planted.Over the past two years, growers have increasingly contracted and sold directly to tobacco companies and bypassed the traditional tobacco auctions. This calls for adjustments in how tobacco is handled in the U.S. market.”It’s pretty negative out there now,” Moore said. “Nobody knows for sure where the industry is going.”last_img read more