Instagram accidentally hid likes for some users

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Instagram New Instagram feature will restrict messaging between adults and teens March 17, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram until 2023 June 7, 2021 Instagram to let users filter out abusive messages April 22, 2021 AdvertisementWhile followers wouldn’t be able to see the total number of likes a post received, the owner of the account still could, Instagram said at the time. Users could click to see a full list of the accounts who liked the post, but they wouldn’t be able to see a number highlighting how many people liked it.Instagram framed the move as a way to help reduce pressure to rack up likes on the platform. Likes, which appear as hearts on Instagram, are often used as a measure of popularity.— CNN Business’ Kaya Yurieff contributed to this report. (CNN) — An Instagram bug briefly hid likes from some of its users on Tuesday, after the company accidentally expanded a long-running test of the feature.“We’ve been testing a new experience to hide likes on… posts,” a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, told CNN Business. “We unintentionally added more people to the test today, which was a bug — we’re fixing this issue and restoring like counts to those people as soon as possible.”Several users reported seeing the change on their profiles Tuesday, with the number of likes replaced with the phrase “and others.”Instagram has been running limited tests of that change for years — in 2019, the company said it would start removing the number of likes from a limited number of accounts in Canada. Instagram has not provided a timeline for when it expects the hidden likes to roll out widely. Advertisement Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Instagram tests feature that lets users choose if they want to see likes April 15, 2021last_img read more

Paddy Purcell speaks on enjoyment coming back into Laois hurling and fulfilling potential

first_img Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp Paddy Purcell speaks on enjoyment coming back into Laois hurling and fulfilling potential Community Previous articleMural celebrating history of Laois set to be unveiled this weekNext articleLaois Ladies name youthful panel for 2019 campaign Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Council By Siun Lennon – 23rd January 2019 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening TAGSLaois senior hurlersLaois senior hurling teamPaddy Purcell Facebook Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Community He outlined how he felt on receiving the call to be captain.“It’s a massive honour. I wouldn’t be known to be a speaker or whatever but it’s a huge honour for myself and my family as well like – they’re delighted for me. Hopefully we can drive on for the rest of the year now.”The Errill native spoke about how he feels enjoyment is coming back into the camp after a few trying years for the inter-county setup.“We’ve really enjoyed it to be honest. Maybe over the last couple of years maybe that was something that wasn’t going on, maybe players weren’t enjoying it but definitely the enjoyment’s back now with the players and we’re really driving on now.“Tommy [Fitzgerald, selector] was saying even since Christmas in training we’ve reached a new level. We’re trying to improve every night we go out like as well, trying to anet new targets and new standards and that’s all we can do and see where it takes us.”In terms of the league, Purcell spoke of an urge to not settle with just putting in a performance against bigger teams, such as upcoming opponents Galway.“We’re trying new things like, that’s the only way to improve is to try new things – it’s the only way to win. With Galway next week, with myself personally – we’ve never really beat a big team and sooner or later that has to change in this county if we’re to really drive on and fulfill our potential.”There is very much a feeling of neighbouring rivalries in division one, as Laois is set to face Offaly and Carlow, with former having been promoted to the division last yrear.“Carlow have bet us now for the last few years now so I’m mad to get one over on them,” admitted Purcell.As for a main aim for the year? Purcell echoes the thoughts of manager Brennan.“Obviously our main aim is the Joe McDonagh Cup and getting to Croke Park  but the way the league is set out it’s so important to stay in division one as well – it’s kind of two mini championships for us really.“We’re kind of only looking at the league so far and winning game-on-game. Being in division one is so important. All we can do is stay working hard in the training field and keep the intensity up.”Laois hurlers take on Galway in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, January 27 at 12.30pm.SEE ALSO – Four new faces join Laois hurling panel ahead of league opener with Galway Home Sport GAA Paddy Purcell speaks on enjoyment coming back into Laois hurling and fulfilling… SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Pinterest Last Friday night the new Laois hurling captain and vice-captain were revealed.Rathdowney-Errill talisman Paddy Purcell was selected as captain, while the role of vice-captain went to reliable Camross defender Joe Phelan.The captain’s role seems like a natural fit for the skillful Purcell, who has played for Laois since 2014. Twitterlast_img read more

Calastone to launch blockchain powered global funds marketplace

first_img James Langton Related news The system could reduce the overall global cost of fund distribution by as much as US$4.2 billion, it says.Also readThe Blockchain Effect“Funds remain a vital investment vehicle, though remain hampered by continually rising costs and threat of competition, ultimately rendering the current system economically and operationally unsustainable, says Julien Hammerson, CEO of Calastone, in a statement.Leveraging blockchain technology, would transform “the way in which funds are traded, enabling an investment management community that can meet the changing needs of investors,” adds Hammerson. London, U.K.-Calastone is migrating its fund processing operations to a blockchain-based system to reduce the costs of fund distribution, the global funds transaction network has announced.Calastone, which serves more than 1,700 financial organizations across 40 markets, will shift to a blockchain-based system in May 2019, the company says in a news release. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund IG Wealth amends product shelf fintech and blockchain icons on financial technology background monsitj/123RF Keywords Mutual funds,  Blockchain Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Why promising results from a large clinical trial into vitamin D and COVID-19 may not be all that they seem

first_imgWhy promising results from a large clinical trial into vitamin D and COVID-19 may not be all that they seem Queen Mary University of LondonOn 13th February David Davis MP tweeted: “The findings of this large and well conducted study should result in this therapy being administered to every Covid patient in every hospital in the temperate latitudes.”The therapy in question was vitamin D and the Spanish study was a randomised trial purporting to show a 60 per cent drop in death rates amongst hospitalised patients. The story was covered in other media, but an avalanche of responses on twitter and directly to the website where the study details were posted, indicated that not everyone agreed with David Davis’ assessment, and the study was eventually removed from the website. So, what was wrong with this study?Over the past year, everyone has become increasingly familiar with clinical trials. The backbone of clinical research, clinical trials are based on the idea that to see if a treatment works we take a group of individuals who might benefit from the treatment if it does work, give the treatment to half of them and not to the other half and then compare what happens to the individuals in the two halves.Yes, trials can be more complicated but this is the essence. Furthermore, two things are key as we construct this comparison. First, there must be a large enough number of people involved in the comparison. Second, the comparison must be “fair”. Putting all older people in one group and younger in another group would obviously negate any findings, and if the government had tried to pursue policies for treatment of COVID-19 based on trials of, say, eight patients, no-one, no matter what their background, would have trusted them.Understanding how to get large enough numbers is fairly straightforward. To make the comparison as fair as possible, we use randomisation, a statistical technique for deciding whether individuals get the treatment or not. Though everything is done by computer nowadays, the easiest way to understand randomisation is to think of tossing a coin for every individual – heads you go in the treatment group, tails you go in the non-treatment group. It’s accepted as the best way of making sure the two groups end up being comparable.So, was this Spanish study large enough and did it use randomisation? With over 900 patients and described by the authors as a randomised trial, on the face of it, yes. However, dig a little deeper, like many of those who tweeted in response to David Davis, and things begin to fall apart. This study has a remarkably large number of flaws. Here I outline two, which, unfortunately, leave the purported results in tatters.Cluster randomised trialsFirst, although the study is described by the authors as a randomised controlled trial, it wasn’t the 900 plus individuals in the trial who were randomised, it was hospital wards, eight of them. Five of them were selected randomly to give vitamin D to their patients, and the other three wards did not receive vitamin D. Randomising entities other than actual patients is a perfectly legitimate clinical trial design; in this particular case, earning the trial the designation of a “cluster” randomised trial. However, eight is rather a small number.What if the wards have very different characteristics and, when randomised, just by chance the two groups aren’t very comparable? There might, for example, be one very large pioneering ward amongst the eight; whichever group that ward is randomised into will have an unfair advantage showing improved patient benefit. This is not quite the same as having only eight patients in a trial, which most people might consider suspect, but it has similarities. It doesn’t necessarily invalidate the trial, but some account of the variation between wards does need to be made in the trial analysis. This was not done in this trial, and this means the results presented are too precise.So, let’s solve this. Let’s give the trial data to some statisticians who know how to make the appropriate adjustments, and see how the results pan out. Unfortunately, a further fatal flaw in this trial means that that won’t rectify things. This flaw is in the way the patients themselves were assigned to the wards. It appears (though the publication is not very clear on this) that they were recruited to the trial by hospital staff who knew which wards were treatment wards and which were non-treatment wards.It doesn’t take very much thought to realise that this may have influenced the doctors’ decision on which patients to recruit into the trial, and which ward they were sent to. There were no safeguards to ensure that patients in the treated and non-treated groups were comparable in any way. Though some statistical techniques can go partway to account for this problem, sadly they cannot do so with absolute certainty; this is a case of unknown unknowns.With a bit of thought and the expertise of those versed in trial design this trial could have been conducted without these flaws. As it is, David Davis and others have been, sadly, misled. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:authors, avalanche, clinical trials, covid-19, death, Government, hospital, Media, older people, Queen Mary University of London, research, spanish, study, technique, treatment, trial, university, websitelast_img read more

Introducing Dunkertons Organic Cider – Herefordshire, England

first_img Previous articlePurple Heart Wines Releases 2014 Vintage at Annual Purple Heart Foundation GalaNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 15 Press Release Pinterest AdvertisementIllinois-based importer Winesellers, Ltd. Expands Cider Portfolio with U.K. BrandWinesellers, Ltd. is pleased to introduce a new selection of premium organic ciders from Dunkertons Organic Cider.  Produced in the historic county of Herefordshire, England, the ciders will be available for the first time in the US market this September. Winesellers, Ltd. will initially import two organic craft ciders and a perry, a sparkling, cider-like beverage produced from pears.“We are very excited to be working with the Winesellers team to launch our ciders in the US,” said Jeremy Benson, Managing Director of Dunkertons.  “Our cider is crafted from traditional cider varieties grown in organic orchards in Herefordshire and we’re thrilled to have this fantastic opportunity to share the unique flavor of our cider with our new friends in the US.”The Dunkerton Cider Mill is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge in the English countryside (West Country), where owners Ivor and Susie Dunkerton have been producing cider since 1980.  Dunkertons’ unique blending method uses traditional varieties of organic apples and pears, grown in estate orchards as well as local organic orchards with longstanding ties to the cider mill.  The careful selection of fruit pressed and fermented on site gives the beverages their award-winning characteristics.“Following our introduction of artisan French and Spanish ciders to the US market, it was a natural fit to expand our European offerings with a top quality, craft producer from the U.K.,“ explained Jordan Sager, Vice President of Winesellers, Ltd. “Dunkertons is a true gem and perfect example of the very best of real English ciders.”The Dunkertons brand includes the medium-dry Black Fox Cider ($8 SRP), Dry Cider ($8 SRP) and Perry ($9 SRP). All three are certified organic by Soil Association Organic.  The three varieties will be initially available in 500ml bottles nationwide through the Winesellers, Ltd. wholesaler network.About Dunkertons Organic CiderThe Dunkerton Cider Mill is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge, an area of farmland, woods and hedgerows, where medieval half-timbered villages meet the stone market towns of Wales. Dunkertons history reaches back to 1980 when Ivor and Susie Dunkerton made the decision to escape London and buy a small holding in Herefordshire. The unique blending method uses traditional varieties of organic cider apples and pears grown on estate owned orchards. Only the finest tasting traditional varieties of certified organic apples and pears are sourced. It is this careful selection of fruit that gives our drinks the delicate and aromatic characteristics required to be award winning.  For more information, visit Winesellers, Ltd.Founded in 1978 by Yale Sager, Winesellers, Ltd. is a second generation, family-owned and globally recognized importer and marketer of fine wines to the U.S. market. The company’s portfolio represents the finest quality of wines in their respective price category and has widespread distribution in all 50 U.S. states.   The Winesellers, Ltd. portfolio includes producers and brands from Argentina, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and other countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Advertisement Email Share ReddIt Linkedin TAGSConsumerDunkertons Organic CiderWinesellers Ltd. Home Industry News Releases Introducing Dunkertons Organic Cider – Herefordshire, EnglandIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessIntroducing Dunkertons Organic Cider – Herefordshire, EnglandBy Press Release – August 15, 2016 128 0 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Debt Management Unit to be restructured

first_imgDebt Management Unit to be restructured Office of the Prime MinisterApril 23, 2011 RelatedDebt Management Unit to be restructured By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Cabinet has given approval for the restructuring of the Debt Management Unit in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Speaking at April 20 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz informed that the Unit will be fully operational by the middle of the financial year. He said the restructuring exercise will enable the body to execute the core functions of a debt management office; enhance analytical reporting on the Government’s debt; and enhance capacity building in the area of debt management. “The disbursement of functions currently performed by the Loan Administration Monitoring and Disbursement Unit is to be subsumed into the Debt Management Unit; and there will be recruitment of personnel with the requisite skills set to enhance the capacity of the Debt Management Unit,” he said. The Debt Management Unit is charged with responsibility for the management of the public and publicly-guaranteed debt of the Government of Jamaica. Currently, the Unit is organised by funding source, specifically domestic and external debt, and not along the functional lines as is the practise in modern debt offices. RelatedDebt Management Unit to be restructured RelatedDebt Management Unit to be restructured Advertisementslast_img read more

Airy Castle Community Gets $3.8M Computer Centre

first_imgRelatedGASPRO ‘Street Style Cook-Up’ Helping to Empower Communities RelatedKidney Support Foundation and Blind Society to Benefit from Tag Drive FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsA 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for schoolwork.It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service. RelatedUSF Equips Computer Centre in Eastern St. Thomascenter_img Airy Castle Community Gets $3.8M Computer Centre CommunityNovember 18, 2014Written by: Rodger Hutchinson Advertisements A 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for schoolwork.It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who spoke at the official opening of the Airy Castle Community Computer Centre on November 13, said that the Government is ensuring that all Jamaicans have access to information technology.“We are making sure that our people have the latest in technology and that our youngsters and seniors become a part of this information age. It excites me because I know that this is going to make this a better community, a better society and a better country,” he said.Minister Paulwell informed that the centre will operate as a community access point with full Wi-Fi capabilities.“So now you can bring your own devices. The Government has removed duties on computers and smartphones, so you can bring them and log on to the world of the Internet,” he noted.The Airy Castle facility comprises 16 new computers, a server, local area network, printers, furniture, projection equipment, power support, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.Chief Executive Officer of the USF, Hugh Cross, encouraged students and community members to take ownership of the facility and ensure its proper use, and to guard the equipment provided.“So, you don’t have to go to Morant Bay anymore. You can pay your bills, transact business and even apply for your American visa.  I’m encouraging you to use it and to encourage your other community members to use it and use it wisely,” he urged.last_img read more

Elon Musk’s new tunnel ‘a little rough around the edges’

first_imgHomeFeaturedElon Musk’s new tunnel ‘a little rough around the edges’ Dec. 20, 2018 at 4:59 amFeaturedNewsElon Musk’s new tunnel ‘a little rough around the edges’Associated Press2 years agoapelon muskNewsElon Musk. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated PressElon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.”Guests boarded Musk’s Tesla Model X and rode along Los Angeles-area surface streets about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away to what’s known as O’Leary Station. The station, smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood — “basically in someone’s backyard,” Musk says — consists of a wall-less elevator that slowly took the car down a wide shaft, roughly 30 feet (9 meters) below the surface.The sky slowly fell away and the surprisingly narrow tunnel emerged.“We’re clear,” said the driver, who sped up and zipped into the tunnel when a red track light turned green, making the tube look like something from space or a dance club.The car jostled significantly during the ride, which was bumpy enough to give one reporter motion sickness while another yelled, “Woo!”Musk described his first ride as “epic.”“For me it was a eureka moment,” he told a room full of reporters. “I was like, ‘This thing is going to damn well work.’”He said the rides are bumpy now because “we kind of ran out of time” and there were some problems with the speed of his paving machine.“It’ll be smooth as glass,” he said of future systems. “This is just a prototype. That’s why it’s a little rough around the edges.”Later in the day, Musk emerged from the tunnel himself inside one of his cars. He high-fived guests and pumped his fists in the air before delivering a speech in the green glow of the tunnel about the technology and why it makes sense.The demo rides were considerably slower — 40 mph (64 kph) — than what Musk says the future system will run at: 150 mph (241 kph). Still, it took only three minutes to go just over a mile from the beginning to the end of the tunnel, the same amount of time it took to accomplish a right-hand turn out of the parking lot and onto a surface street even before the height of Los Angeles’ notorious rush-hour traffic.The tunnel is just a test to prove the technology works and could one day cure traffic.Tuesday’s reveal comes almost two years to the day since Musk announced on Twitter that “traffic is driving me nuts” and he was “going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging.”“I am actually going to do this,” he added in response to initial skepticism. Soon after, he began The Boring Company, tongue in cheek intentional.Since then, Musk has only revealed a handful of photos and videos of the tunnel’s progress.On Tuesday, he explained for the first time in detail just how the system, which he simply calls “loop,” could work on a larger scale beneath cities across the globe. Autonomous, electric vehicles could be lowered into the system on wall-less elevators the size of two cars or spiral ramps. The elevators could be placed almost anywhere cars can go.A number of autonomous cars would remain inside the tunnel system just for pedestrians and bicyclists. Once on the main arteries of the system, every car could run at top speed except when entering and exiting.“It’s much more like an underground highway than it is a subway,” Musk said.Cars would have to be fitted with specially designed side wheels that pop out perpendicular to the car’s regular tires and run along the tunnel’s track. They would run about $200 or $300 a car, Musk said.The cars would have to be autonomous to work in the system but not Teslas specifically, and they would have to be electric because of the fumes from gas, Musk said.He said tunnels are the safest place to be in earthquakes — sort of how a submarine during a hurricane is safest beneath the surface — and addressed other concerns such as the noise and disruption of building the tunnels, which he completely dismissed. When workers bored through the end of the test tunnel, for instance, the people in the home 20 feet (6 meters) away “didn’t even stop watching TV.”Musk said it took about $10 million to build the test tunnel, a far cry from the $1 billion per mile his company says most tunnels take to build.Musk has cut costs by improving the speed of construction with smarter tools, eliminating middlemen, building more powerful boring machines, and instead of hauling out all the dirt being excavated, Musk is turning them into bricks and selling them for 10 cents.“I really think this is incredibly profound,” he said. “Hopefully that is coming across.”He reiterated the simplicity of all his ideas.“No Nobel Prize is needed here,” he said. “It’s very simple.”And he’s not doing it for the money, he said, adding that it’s for the greater good. In his 16 years in Los Angeles, he said, traffic went from “the seventh level of hell to the eighth level of hell.”“Traffic is soul-destroying. It’s like acid on the soul,” he said to party guests who snacked on marshmallow treats and hot dogs and hoped for a turn in the tunnel.The tunnel will not be open to the public for the foreseeable future, just for invited VIPs, Musk said, adding that regulations wouldn’t allow for it to open widely for demo rides just yet.Steve Davis, head of The Boring Company, said the interest in the tunnel systems has been significant — anywhere from five to 20 calls a week from various municipalities and stakeholders.One project Musk is planning on, known as the Dugout Loop, would take Los Angeles baseball fans to Dodger Stadium from one of three subway stations. Another would take travelers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport. Both projects are in the environmental review phase.Musk said he thinks the Chicago project has the most potential to open soonest and that he’s hoping an extensive network opens in Los Angeles before the city hosts the 2028 Olympics.“Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could travel around LA, New York, D.C., Chicago, Paris, London — anywhere — at 150 mph?” Musk said. “That’d be phenomenal.”The Boring Company canceled its plans for another test tunnel on Los Angeles’ west side last month after a neighborhood coalition filed a lawsuit expressing concerns about increased traffic during construction.Musk’s vision for the underground tunnels is not to be confused with another of his transportation concepts known as hyperloop. That would involve a network of nearly airless tubes that would speed special capsules over long distances at up to 750 mph (1,200) kph), using a thin cushion of air, magnetism and solar power.___Follow Amanda Lee Myers on Twitter at Tags :apelon muskNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAP Investigation: Migrant kids held in mass sheltersNeed some milk? Driverless cars start delivering groceriesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Spicing It Up in Whitefish

first_imgIf the saying is true, and friendship is the spice of life, then Lesley Thompson and Jen Cronin have taken it to a new level, where friendship and spice have combined to create a sparkling business.Thompson and Cronin are the owners and founders of Glacier Ginger Brew, a new company that creates fresh, organic, non-alcoholic ginger beers by hand. Their line includes the classic spicy-sweet ginger beer, along with variations on that brew depending on which fruits and berries are in season.Currently, the lineup includes blackberry, strawberry rhubarb, and Flathead cherry, giving the spicy brews extra sweetness and depth.They sell them by the growler (64 oz.) and by the Boston round (32 oz.) and various kegs at their location in Whitefish, which is the kitchen of the same building that houses Paddlefish Sports and Fresh Tracks Coffee and Snacks at the intersection of Edgewood Place and Wisconsin Avenue on the north end of the viaduct.Though Glacier Ginger only started up in April and “got serious” in May, the non-alcoholic brews are on tap at Tupelo in Whitefish, the Belton Chalet in West Glacier, and at the Glacier Distilling Company in Coram.They will soon be available at Crush Lounge in Whitefish and Truby’s at the Meadow Lake Resort in Columbia Falls.Glacier Ginger was also a staple at this summer’s Whitefish Farmers Markets, where Cronin and Thompson said the lines were always long and the following grew each week.That was where they wanted to focus their energy, Thompson said, and their addition to drink menus throughout the valley happened because those businesses pursued the ginger brews.“We’re blown away,” Thompson said. “It’s so cool to live in Whitefish, Montana and the Flathead Valley.”Glacier Ginger began as many good ideas do: during a conversation between friends on the last day of skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Thompson and Cronin were enjoying some Moscow mules – a drink that has gained considerable popularity and consists of ginger beer, vodka and lime – and realized they could make the drinks themselves.Friends for 18 years and neighbors, Cronin and Thompson are both dedicated to organic, healthy living. If they can make a dish or a drink with basic organic ingredients, that’s what they’ll choose to do.“We like to make things from scratch with organic, healthy things,” Thompson said.The basic ginger beer has five ingredients: organic Peruvian ginger, water, organic Madagascar vanilla, organic sugar, and lemon. Thompson and Cronin developed the recipe after about a month of trying it out, and decided to start the business.With Fresh Tracks using the kitchen from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thompson and Cronin have spent many long evenings there, getting to work after getting their families fed and settled for the evening.Some nights go into the next morning, they said, but they have learned plenty in these late hours. The ginger they use is fresh – “You’re drinking organic, raw ginger,” Thompson said – and hand-peeled and juiced.Given the variable spiciness of each box of ginger, some batches taste a bit different than others, but that’s part of working with fresh ingredients, Cronin said.They also don’t skimp on the extra ingredients for their flavored selections; all of the berries or stone fruit are boiled down in pots, and no extracts or syrups are used.“It’s a ton of work,” Cronin said.But it’s also fun, they said, especially working with a friend who has the same goals and standards. The brews’ popularity has gained them fans among high school students and non-alcohol drinkers, as well as adults looking for something fresh and local for a mixer.People from all over the valley and beyond, from Browning to Ninepipes, have stopped by to fill up their growlers. It’s $20 for 64 oz., and $10 for 32 oz., with additional charges if the customer is buying glassware or a stainless-steel fun keg from Glacier Ginger.Even though they’ve just got their feet under them and can finally breathe after a hectic summer, Thompson and Cronin are looking to the future, and are developing a kombucha that can come out of a keg, as well as other craft mixers.“We’re having a great time,” Cronin said.For more information, visit Glacier Ginger Brew’s Facebook page or stop by the shop at 105 Wisconsin Ave. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Hundreds of homes without water at Bridgend

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Pinterest Hundreds of homes without water at Bridgend WhatsApp Facebook A large area in Bridgend is expected to be without water for most of the day after a suspected pipe burst. The notorious line serving Bonamaine suffers frequent outages with ongoing calls for extensive upgrade works.Hundreds of homes and a local school are in the area affected.Crews are carrying out repair works this morning with the supply expected to be restored this evening.Cllr Jack Murray says residents are at their wits end:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Twitter WhatsApp Previous article10 more Coronavirus cases confirmed in IrelandNext articlePolice in Strabane issue warning over cold callers News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Facebook By News Highland – March 11, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more