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Quiznos Subs files for bankruptcy

24 March 2014 - 08:40 AM

Quiznos files for bankruptcy




Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy protection, five days after the Sbarro pizza chain did the same.

Executives at the restaurant chain, known for its toasted sandwiches, agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt by more than $400 million, the company said in a statement Friday.

All but seven of Quizno's 2,100 restaurants in the United States and 30 other countries are independently owned franchises, and will remain open and operating as usual.

Quiznos once had more than 5,000 stores and could have threatened rival Subway's hold on the sub market. But now, Subway has nearly 20 times the number of stores, with about 40,000 locations in 100 countries.

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Quiznos CEO Stuart Mathis said the company will take action to help increase sales and profits for its franchise owners going forward. It will look to reduce food costs, invest in local advertising and, in some circumstances, make loans available for restaurant improvements.

The Denver-based company said it has lined up $15 million from investors to help keep the business running during the bankruptcy.


Scientists discover 43,000 year old Wooly Mammoth

14 March 2014 - 02:39 PM




Scientists have claimed they have a "good chance" of cloning a woolly mammoth which has been frozen for the past 43,000 years.

The international team of scientists at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Siberia, believe they can extract DNA taken from the blood of the animal to mix it with that of an elephant.

The team, made up of scientists from several countries including Russia, US, UK, South Korea and Denmark, said the DNA taken from the autopsy could provide the perfect material for cloning.

Radik Khayrullin, vice president of the Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists, added the team must be responsible if they decide to in effect bring the woolly mammoth back to life.

"The data we are about to receive will give us a high chance to clone the mammoth," he told the Siberian Times.

"We must have a reason to do this, as it is one thing to clone it for scientific purpose, and another to clone for the sake of curiosity."

He added that if the process was successful, the animal would be different to the mammal which became extinct around 4,000 to 10,000 years ago.

"It will be a different mammoth to the one living 43,000 years ago, specially taking into account that there will be interbreeding with a female elephant."

The team are said to be looking for a female Asian elephant whose egg they can inject the cloned material from the woolly mammoth with.

Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North Eastern Federal University, said the cloning process may prove difficult as the evolutionary paths of the elephant and mammoth split many years ago.

Viktoria Egorova, chief of the Research and Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory of the Medical Clinic of North-Eastern Federal University, described her surprise at how well-preserved the body was after tens of thousands of years.

"We have dissected the soft tissues of the mammoth - and I must say that we didn't expect such results," she said.

"The carcass that is more than 43,000 years old has preserved better than a body of a human buried for six months.

"The tissue cut clearly shows blood vessels with strong walls. Inside the vessels there is haemolysed blood, where for the first time we have found erythrocytes. Muscle and adipose tissues are well preserved.

"We have also obtained very well-visualised migrating cells of the lymphoid tissue, which is another great discovery."

The mammoth was discovered in May 2013 on the Mally Lyakhovsky Island, off the northern coast of Siberia.

Getting back into fantasy baseball

10 March 2014 - 01:59 PM

Anyone interested in starting up a 10-12 league on Draft Kings? :popcorn:

Surfing Croc shuts down beach

25 February 2014 - 12:55 PM

wait, what?



The "dominant" male crocodile, which experts say was nearly 4m long, shut down Broome's Cable Beach on Saturday as it surfed and lurked in knee-deep water.

Onlookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the reptile that stayed in about the same location all day. By Sunday, it had moved on.

Broome woman Sharon Scoble said she was amazed by its size.

"He was a big boy - his head was huge," she said.

"It would be all over red rover if he got hold of you."

Man accused of setting fire after masturbation complaints

06 February 2014 - 03:46 AM




A Florida man is facing an arson charge after police say he set fire to a Tampa apartment complex to get back at the management for requesting that he no longer masturbate in front of the windows or the open door, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The fire occurred Monday at the Mar Plaza Apartments in the unit where 58-year-old Kenneth Haskins lived. The fire was started in both the kitchen and the bedroom and was spread using a flammable liquid, the newspaper reports.

Haskins, who's disfigured from when he shot himself in the face, is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Click here to read more on this story at TampaBay.com.