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Toffee

Toffee is a confection made by caramelizing sugar or molasses along with butter, flour. The mixture is heated until its temperature reaches the hard crack stage of 149 to 154 °C. While being prepared, toffee is sometimes mixed with raisins; the process of making toffee requires the boiling of ingredients until the mix is stiff enough to be pulled into a shape which holds and has a glossy surface. The resulting mixture will be poured into a shallow tray and allowed to cool to form a slab. Different mixes and most temperatures, will result in different textures and hardnesses, from soft and sticky to a hard, brittle material. A brown color, smoky taste, is imparted to the toffee by the caramelization of the sugars. A popular variant in the US is English toffee, a buttery toffee made with almonds, it is available in both hard versions. Heath bars are a brand of confection made with an English toffee core. Although named English toffee it bears little resemblance to the wide range of confectionery known as toffee available in the United Kingdom.

However, one can still find this product in the UK under the name "butter crunch." Conversely, in Italy they are known as "mou candies". Another variant is honeycomb toffee, an aerated version with bubbles introduced by adding baking soda and vinegar while mixing; these react to form carbon dioxide, trapped in the viscous mixture. In the UK and Canada, the best known honeycomb confection is the Crunchie bar. A similar Australian chocolate bar is the Violet Crumble. In New Zealand, vanilla ice cream with pieces of honeycomb in it is called hokey pokey. A particular application of toffee is in toffee apples, sometimes called candy apples, which are apples coated with hard toffee mounted on sticks. Toffee apples are similar to taffy apples and caramel apples. Toffee used in confectionery can be mixed with many different ingredients to produce a variety of flavors: rum and butter, chocolate covered and chocolate, rum and raisin and honeycomb; the origins of the word are unknown. Food writer Harold McGee claims it to be "from the Creole for a mixture of sugar and molasses", but which creole language is not specified.

The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first publication of the word to 1825 and identifies it as a variation of taffy, both of which are first recorded as English dialectical words

Macrostomum rostratum

Macrostomum rostratum is a free-living, hermaphroditic flatworm in the family Macrostomidae, found in freshwater and brackish environments. Macrostomum rostratum is between 0.2 and 2 mm in length. There are a pair of small eyes at the anterior end and a longitudinal-slit mouth on the ventral surface just behind these. A short pharynx leads from the mouth to a simple gut. On the ventral surface, the female gonopore, shaped like a rosette, is in front of the male gonopore and penis which are half way along the flatworm; the posterior end of the worm bears an adhesive plate and can spread out to stick to a surface, the edge of this region bears rodlike rhabdites in the tissues. Macrostomum rostratum occurs sporadically in the European coastline in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean in the splash zone in both fresh and salt water, it is present in rock pools at Oxwich Bay and Port Erin in Wales, in these locations it is found on sea lettuce. Further afield, it has been recorded from a brackish coastal wetland in Peru.

Another place where it occurs is the heated Konin Lakes, water bodies in central Poland where the water temperature is raised by the water being discharged from power stations. Nematodes have been found parasitizing Macrostomum rostratum; the structure of the male copulatory device with its curved stylet may indicate that this species exhibits a hypodermic mating system

Botanical garden Ecoherbes Park

Botanical Garden Ecoherbes Park is a botanical garden of medicinal plants located in the town of L'Ampolla known as "Porta del Delta de l'Ebre" because of its proximity to the Ebro Delta in the region of Baix Ebre, an area declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The ecological medicinal Ecoherbes park was inaugurated on the 20th of June 2015 and opened its doors to the public on the 21st of June, at the summer solstice, it is a project, born and is being developed with the objective of providing, in situ, knowledge of the plants and their use in current medicine and traditions. Visitors can walk through the gardens or explore it with a guide; the garden houses more than 400 species of medicinal and culinary plants from different parts of the world. Together with the plants, there is a large biodiversity of native trees and shrubs surrounded by a combination of farmlands and the Mediterranean and natural park of the Ebro Delta in the background; the 2 hectare botanic garden is situated in a 10 hectare archaeological park.

In its construction, all the morphology of the land has remained, such as the centenary dry stone walls and many trees that are still alive, such as the Aleppo pine, the olive tree some of which are thousands of years old and the carob tree, over 300 years old. The garden is structured by paths that provide many routes and where the plants are distributed micro-climatologically, taking into account the exposure to the sun and humidity; the flower beds facilitate drainage and soil aeration, leading to an optimum structure for the root system of the plants. All the different species are planted individually in their own flower beds, making is easier to adjust the substrate and to attend to the plant with any specific needs; each plant has a placard explaining the properties of each species, what it is used for, its common and scientific name and where is originates from. The garden has the following collections: Rosmarinus, Salvia, Albahaca, Echinacea, Tanacetum, Kalanchoe, Cymbopogon, Satureja, Leonorus and other medicinal plants from different continents.

Within the enclosure, forming part of the garden, is the so-called Witches' Corner, where toxic and psychotropic plants are located. This area is restricted for underage visitors; the garden is a reservation area for species that are in danger of extinction. There is a seed bank or gymnosperm which has its own reproduction nursery where many of the species are experimented on for climate adaption. Official Website Artículo Diario de Tarragona Espacio Terra TV3 Viu l'Ebre

RetroCode

RetroCode is a universal mobile content converter created by Retro Ringtones LLC. RetroCode is able to write most common sample based ringtone formats including meta-data. RetroCode writes many common mobile sample content file formats. RetroCode takes measures for making sure that meta-data is maintained and converted between the formats, it features filters for adapting audio content to the abilities of small handheld devices. RetroCode includes a ringback-signal synthesizer allowing to mix audio content with standard ITU ringback signals. RetroCode supports the following formats RetroCode depends on a variety of open source libraries as well as some ISO reference implementations. Id3lib Version 3.8.3 faac faad2 mp4ff part of faad2, patched for 3GPP compatibility zlib amrnb amrwb mp3lame mad avformat avcodec avutil qscl mpeg4ip Project home page

Arthur K. Snyder

Arthur Kress Snyder known as Art Snyder, was an American lawyer and restaurateur. He served on the Los Angeles, City Council between 1967 and 1985 and engaged in a private law practice. Snyder was born in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles on November 10, 1932, went to school in Los Angeles, he was a graduate of Los Angeles City College, with a major in speech, of Pepperdine College, where he earned a bachelor of arts in political science. He "Worked his way through college as hod carrier, ditch digger, brick factory worker, sawmill worker, recreation director and private investigator." He earned a law degree at the University of Southern California while at the same time doing public relations work for the American Institute of Architects. A Baptist, he was married on March 5, 1954, to his first wife, Mary Frances Neely, a teacher, active in Highland Park and Eagle Rock civic affairs, they had two children, Neely Arthur, born 1960, Miles John, born 1963. He was married to Michele Noval, "who fought the councilman in a bitter divorce and child custody case."Snyder was a captain in the U.

S Marines between 1952 and 1955, when he was a legal officer. He was a licensed real estate broker from 1959 to 1967 and was field deputy for City Councilman John C. Holland before being elected himself, he was a director of the Southside Chamber of Commerce in 1957-58 and of the United Northeast Economic Development Association in 1966-68. He was president of the Small Property Owners' League of Los Angeles County in 1957-59, he was active in the American Legion. He opened a law firm specializing in immigration, international trade and personal injury in 1982. See List of Los Angeles municipal election returns, 1967 and after. Snyder, field deputy for longtime Councilman John C. Holland, was elected in 1967 to represent Los Angeles City Council District 14 as the successor to Holland, who retired. In that era the district began "in the East Los Angeles Mexican-American barrios of El Sereno and Lincoln Heights extends westward across the Pasadena Freeway to Anglo middle-class homes in Glassell Park, Highland Park and Eagle Rock through Griffith Park.

Around the western edge of the district is the Los Feliz District, with some of the city's more expensive homes."He was reelected in 1971 and 1975 and had no opposition in 1981. In 1984, however, he faced a recall election based on the fact that the district had shifted toward being Hispanic in population but because Snyder had suffered through a string of "political disasters." He was called "a grating symbol to those seeking to elect a Latino to the City Council for the first time in more than 20 years." It was said that he won because of high turnout in Anglo areas. Snyder resigned in a "dramatic fashion" from the City Council in January 1985, but the resignation was not to take effect until July 1. In a press conference that included his current wife, Delia, 34, Snyder said that she was expecting a child in August and "it is my conclusion that on the advice of her doctor that she deserves a more peaceful and productive life than I have been able to give her in the past two years." Snyder became a lobbyist.

Snyder was convicted of campaign finance violations, his license to practice law was suspended for six months. In 2008, Snyder was a semi retired lawyer and real estate investor with holdings in Las Vegas and Texas, he maintained his Eagle Rock home as a Law office, serving former clients part-time. In 2007, his firm Marisol, LLC, owned. Driving record. Snyder's driving record was called into question when it was reported that he had seven minor traffic accidents while driving city automobiles between 1972 and 1980, His first trial on a misdemeanor drunk driving charge ended in a hung jury in October 1980; the District Attorney's office refiled and he was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving. Campaign finances; the councilman was accused by auditors of the California Franchise Tax Board of "personally receiving more than $12,000 in interest from his campaign war chest in 1979 without publicly disclosing it." Via Marisol. In 1978 Snyder "renamed venerable Hermon Avenue'Via Marisol' for his 3-year-old daughter, Erin-Marisol....

Locals were outraged. But there were only about 2,500 of them at the time and their tiny number didn't carry much weight at City Hall." Criminal investigation. Snyder was investigated in 1985 by authorities for alleged molestation of his young daughter, but the district attorney's office decided not to prosecute. Access to some Los Angeles Times links may require the use of a library card. Snyder's grateful constituents - a plaque in his honor

2015 Syrian Air Force An-26 crash

On 18 January 2015, an Antonov An-26 operated by the Syrian Air Force crashed with no survivors while attempting to land at the besieged Abu al-Duhur military airport in Idlib Governorate, Syria. The plane was carrying troops as well as military ammunition. There were 35 people on 30 Syrian soldiers and 5 Iranian military experts. Syrian state media and the SOHR said that the crash was due to heavy fog or "technical issues" and that the plane hit an electricity pylon. However, Al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Nusra Front claimed. Syrian media provided a list with the names of the 30 Syrian soldiers; the commander of the Syrian army division, Colonel Hussein Al-Yousif, was among those listed killed. Per SOHR, 13 Syrian officers were among the fatalities