Amid a throng of local residents, festive decorations, and even a professional alpine horn player, Michael and Fereda Falk said they’d been looking forward to the Allston opening of Swissbäker for almost a year.“We’ve been counting the days until it opened,” Fereda Falk said as her daughter, Madison, munched on a raspberry Berliner. “We’re big foodies. We like to find unique and different things, so this was exciting.”Originally, Michael Falk said he was perplexed as to where the family-owned bakery and café would be located, as the space was formerly a car dealership and service center.“I kept driving around and thinking: Where are they going to put this?” he said, shaking his head in amazement. “But the space is open and welcoming; it’s very nice. I think it will fit in great here.”The Falks’ young daughter agreed. Her face dotted with sugar, she gave the bakery two thumbs up.Serving Swiss breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, sandwiches and coffee, Swissbäkers is the newest of several businesses that are helping to foster vibrant shared spaces for campus and community in the area. The new café seats about 100 people.“Swissbäkers will contribute to the vibrancy of Barry’s Corner, along with the Ed Portal, i-lab, and Stone Hearth Pizza, as well as the new ceramics location at 224 Western Ave., the planned residential and retail commons at the intersection of Western Avenue and North Harvard Street, and the Science Center,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for Public Affairs and Communications. “These kinds of street-level, neighborhood-friendly establishments in key Barry’s Corner locations represent another step toward achieving Harvard and, we hope, the community’s goals for the area.”For Swissbäkers’ Thomas Stohr, who runs the shop with his wife, Helene, opening their second storefront was a dream come true.“This is the best [kind of] business in the world,” he said, beaming at the crowd. “We have immediate reward: A grumpy guest comes in, and a happy guest goes out. What’s better than that?”Thomas and Helene Stohr, owners and chefs at Swissbakers, chat with community members at the bakery’s grand opening in Allston.While Stohr has a passion for food, however, he says baking isn’t just a job with sweet benefits; it’s about building community.“The lifestyle of the Swiss is that everything is tied very closely together,” he said. “We all can text and email, but communication is the key to life, and that happens at the table, with food. It’s the neighborhood, the human factor, connecting with our guests with food and with hugs, helping to connect Harvard to Allston. We think we can be a big part of that.”Since 2010, Harvard has signed 21 new leases in the Allston community, creating more than 300 jobs. Lisa Hogarty, vice president for campus services, whose department helped arrange the lease with Swissbäkers, said that Barry’s Corner is a vital part of the Allston/Harvard community.“This area is a nice balance to Harvard Square,” she said. “And working in complete concert with the Allston community, we hope to really tie together in creative ways where the university meets the community and build a central meeting space.”Over time, that space will include School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) researchers, faculty, and staff in the Science Center. SEAS will be an anchoring presence in Allston, with the substantial majority of the school’s activities moving to the Science Center in the coming years. That development, along with the planned commons in Barry’s Corner, will bring more people and activity along the Western Avenue corridor, and even more customers for area businesses.“If you think about Cambridge and Harvard Square, it’s the perfect melding of those businesses and institutions that make it a wonderful space to live and work,” Hogarty said. “Improving the public realm and quality of life are the keys to our long-term sustainability and the community’s engagement with us.“As the horn player struck up one more refrain, Fereda Falk said the opening had lived up to a year’s anticipation.“This is a lot of fun,” she said. “We’ll definitely be back.”Violet Huang, 5, of Allston, samples a pretzel ball.
The announcement comes in the wake of a string of high-profile E coli outbreaks in recent months that were clearly or possibly linked to fresh produce. A September outbreak traced to fresh spinach sickened more than 200 people, and lettuce was suspected in separate outbreaks linked to Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants later in the fall. Determine the potential for E coli to be internalized into lettuce or spinach A scientific advisory panel assembled by the company has chosen five research priorities and will evaluate research proposals and disseminate findings, the company said in a Jan 17 news release. The panel is chaired by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. Other members are Dr. Jeff Farrar, California Department of Health Services; Dr. Bob Buchanan, US Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Bob Gravani, Cornell University; and Dr. Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota. Jan 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Fresh Express, a California company that produces bagged salads and other produce products, announced this week it would provide up to $2 million for research on how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 out of fresh produce. The scientific advisory panel, composed of unpaid volunteers, has been meeting since May 2006 to pick the most important research gaps concerning the “source, mode of action and life cycle” of E coli O157:H7 in fresh produce, Fresh Express said. Identify new strategies and technologies to reduce the potential for E coli to contaminate leafy green produce Fresh Express said none of its products have ever been shown to have caused an illness outbreak, but the company decided to fund the research and share the results in the hope of benefiting both the produce industry and consumers. Determine the ability of E coli to survive composting processes “We systematically used our individual areas of expertise to scrutinize the entire supply chain and ultimately uncover the areas where we collectively agreed more research was necessary,” Osterholm commented in the news release. “From this process, the five critical research priorities began to emerge fairly constantly.” The chosen research priorities are as follows: Determine the ability of E coli to multiply in the presence of normal background flora following the harvest of produce such as lettuce and spinach Conduct field studies to identify sources, vehicles, and factors that affect the extent of E coli contamination of leafy green produce “Funding is available immediately, and all proposals will be reviewed against guidelines established independently by this scientific advisory panel,” the company said. “The panel is empowered, without restriction by Fresh Express, to review proposals, make funding decisions and monitor and disseminate research results.” See also: Jan 17 Fresh Express news releasehttp://freshexpress.biz/assets/news/freshnews/pr070118a.pdf
NHL free agency: Complete list of signings, best players availableThe 22-year-old winger was a force for the Leafs last season, leading the way with 94 points (26 goals, 68 assists). He’s been a consistent 60-plus point player over his three seasons in the NHL, and thanks to his speed, hockey IQ and creative style, he’s likely to continue to improve as he gets older. Given his performance, he’s expected to get a pay raise to anywhere upwards of $8 million per year. Many teams have spoken w Marner’s agent about a possible offer sheet, and, yes, CBJ are among them. But I see no indication Marner wants to leave TML. Also, #CBJ convinced Leafs would/could match any offer sheet, perhaps by trading Nylander.See where the summer goes. https://t.co/gcn092r1dm— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 12, 2019Columbus hasn’t had the strongest offseason, seeing the departure of not only star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but mainly losing a lot of forward depth; star winger Artemi Panarin left for the New York Rangers to kick off free agency, and midseason acquisitions Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel also found new destinations. While the Blue Jackets added Gustav Nyquist and still have Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois carrying the offense, they still have the need for more depth on the top-6. That’s where Marner could potentially come into play. As restricted free agent Mitch Marner continues contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs, several teams are waiting in the shadows and considering presenting him with an offer sheet. And according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of those clubs. Columbus does have the cap space to make an offer with about $15.75 million to work with. Toronto, on the other hand, is in a salary cap crunch and has just about $3.77 million in space after having addressed other offseason needs thus far. Marner is the Leafs’ only remaining RFA (and he’s not arbitration-eligible).Given the situation, it does seem that some teams can easily make an offer out of Toronto’s ballpark, which could force general manager Kyle Dubas’s hand. He warned that Toronto won’t automatically just match any offer sheet, however, given Marner’s importance to the team and his presence on the top line, losing him wouldn’t help — especially after the departure of Nazem Kadri and Connor Brown.The Blue Jackets wouldn’t necessarily see Marner join their young core and fill the void on offense left by their star forwards, but it could put things in motion and also give them a chance at acquiring a big name via free agency, something they need if they want to return to the playoffs and make a bid for a longer run this time around.
“People love him because he has proved that it is possible to succeed even from this country as it is,” his friend Jasmin Ligata, 32, told AFP.“Because he always stayed there with his heart and with his soul.”Dzeko is one of Sarajevo’s ‘war children’.The day after scoring what would prove to be a crucial away goal at Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Dzeko posted on Facebook, not about the match but about the anniversary of the start of the siege of his home town, which began on April 5, 1992, when he had just turned six.The siege lasted almost four years.“In a city where you didn’t know if you were going to see your best friend tomorrow, whether you’d hug your father or your mother again, whether you’d open your eyes or even go out to play with your friends, I spent every one of those 1,425 days under siege,” Dzeko wrote.Bombs rained down, Serbian snipers spared no-one. Of the estimated 11,000 deaths, between 1,500 and 1,600 were children.– ‘I survived’ –“I was lucky and I survived, while many of my peers were wounded or are no longer with us,” he added. “To them in remembrance, I dedicate my goal against Barcelona in the Champions League.”Dzeko’s parents still live in Sarajevo, a city even now dealing with the shadow of the siege.The Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege opened in a city park in 2010 carrying the engraved names of victims that relatives come and touch. The War Childhood Museum opened in the town last year.Even amid the violence, the young Dzeko went out to play in their neighbourhood of Otoka.“When he went out to play football,” his mother Belma recalled in 2010, “I was very scared.“I did not forbid him to go out to play, even if it was crazy. He was playing all the time, the war meant nothing to him.”One day, she did say no.“He was crying, it hurt me.” But, she said, “a shell fell exactly where Edin played with other children, there were dead, wounded”.Although he’s gone on to play in some of Europe’s biggest football league’s, Dzeko has never forgotten his humble beginnings.“Edin was often there when we needed him the most,” said Ligata, a Bosnian sports press advisor who ran through a list of the times when Dzeko showed an uncanny ability to make unlikely triumphs possible.There was the 92nd minute equaliser against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 that made possible the 3-2 victory that won Manchester City’s first English title since 1968. There were the 26 goals in 2008/09 that propelled Wolfsburg to their only Bundesliga title.– ‘Great moments’ –Even though Sergio Aguero and Grafite might have caught the eye in those teams, Ligata says Dzeko “is somehow predestined for great moments”.Few moments have been greater than Roma’s quarter-final comeback against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at the start of April, when the Italians kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico trailing by three goals on aggregate, as they will against Liverpool on Wednesday.Dzeko had given his team hope by scoring an 80th minute away goal at the Camp Nou before fanning the flames of an unlikely comeback with a sixth-minute opener in the second leg.He won a penalty converted by Danielo De Rossi on 58 minutes before Kostas Manolas completed the remarkable turnaround eight minutes from time.Dzeko also started Roma’s fightback from five goals down at Anfield last week with an 81st minute strike.At Zeljeznicar, the Sarajevo club where Dzeko started, his signature is on a wall and his name on a seat plaque, recognitions of donations to the renovation of a stadium which, during the war, was on the front line.His first coach at Zeljeznicar, Jusuf Sehovic, remembers a little boy “interested only in going for goal… who kept calling for the ball” and was driven by “the will to work and the ambition to succeed”.An old friend, Mirza Trbonja, 32, remembers the day in 2005 when he drove Dzeko to the airport to leave for Czech club Teplice.“He was the same man then that he is today,” said Trbonja.These days, though, when Dzeko flies back to his home town, he returns as a star.Edin Dzeko scored twice and won a crucial penalty in the Champions League against Barcelona © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTO“When he comes, you need a lasoo to catch 10 minutes with him,” added Trbonja. “When someone asks him for a photo or autograph, he never refuses.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edin Dzeko gave Roma some hope when he scored at Anfield © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFSARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 1 – Roma supporters may harbour only slim hopes their team can once again overturn a three-goal Champions League deficit, but Bosnian fans of Edin Dzeko are convinced their hero will once again rise to the challenge.In Bosnia, Roma striker Dzeko is known as the “Dijamant” — diamond.