Honorable Mention: Logan Berlof, Lamar; Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State; Nathan Pilutti, Southeastern Louisiana. Hitter of the Week – Brandon Bena, Houston Baptist – Junior – Outfielder – Omaha, Neb.After going 2-for-4 and accounting for four runs in a 13-7 win over UTRGV, Bena recorded two more base hits and knocked in half of HBU’s output in a 21-6 loss in the series opener against ACU. The Belle Chasse, La., native faced the minimum through the first two frames and struck out the side in the third and fourth innings. Already at eight punchouts through four innings, Turpin struck out a pair in each of the next three innings before handing the ball over to Reeves Martin for the save. Turpin forced a Sunday afternoon rubber match between New Orleans and McNeese, picking up his team-leading fourth win in a 2-0 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday. The Privateers finished the week 2-2, dropping an extra-inning contest to Southern on Wednesday before a 2-1 series loss to McNeese over the weekend. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Brandon Bena is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and New Orleans hurler Chris Turpin earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Bena extended his hitting streak to 15 games and his multi-hit streak to five games with four-straight two-hit performances as the Huskies picked up a midweek win over UTRGV before taking two-of-three from Abilene Christian over the weekend. He hit .471 on the week and tallied nine RBI and four runs scored. Pitcher of the Week – Chris Turpin, New Orleans – Junior – Pitcher – Belle Chasse, La.Turpin tossed eight innings of scoreless baseball in game two of the weekend series with McNeese, allowing just four hits and one walk to the Cowboys. The junior struck out 14 batters, the most by a Privateer pitcher since Bryan Warzek sat down 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi batters on strikes on March 30, 2018. New Orleans (17-19, 5-13 SLC) looks to get back on track against Tulane at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before visiting Missouri State for a three-game slate beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. He was responsible for the game-winning run with an RBI single to put the Huskies ahead 2-0 in a 5-1 game two triumph. In the finale, Bena’s three-run home run in the first inning gave HBU the lead for good en route to taking the series. Honorable Mention: Kyle Gruller, Houston Baptist; Cullen McDonald, Northwestern State; Noah Sills, Lamar. Houston Baptist (12-23, 5-10 SLC) begins a five-game roadtrip with a matchup against Texas State at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, followed by a three-game series against Incarnate Word, which opens with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Thursday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Guyana is this March expected to have a larger presence at Expo ANTAD 2018, one of Mexico’s largest trade shows for foods and beverages.The Embassy of Mexico has teamed up with the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and COPA Airlines to ensure “Guyana has a bigger presence at Expo ANTAD 2018”, Mexican Ambassador Ivan Roberto Sierra Medel told PrimeFlashback: The first shipment of rice to Mexico being loaded on to the Chamchuri Naree Minister Moses Nagamootoo in a letter.According to the Department of Public Information, the initiative is part of fostering closer trade links between Mexico and Guyana, with a focus on rice and paddy. Last year, Guyana exported 88,000 tons of paddy to Mexico, the single largest destination of Guyanese grain exports.The GRDB was part of a business mission to Mexico’s Expo ANTAD 2017, facilitated by the Mexican Embassy. Expo ANTAD is the largest trade fair in Latin America. It is held in Guadalajara, Mexico. This year’s fair is scheduled for March 6-8, 2018. Meanwhile, the Government of Mexico has recommitted to making scholarships available to Guyanese. Ambassador Sierra noted that three Guyanese will begin their degree programmes in Geoscience studies at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) in August 2018.As of 2017, four Guyanese have been granted scholarships to pursue their studies in Mexico. The areas of study included Biology, specifically in the area of genetic enhancement of coconut; Advanced Agriculture, and Civil Engineering at the Mexican Institute for Petroleum (IMP).In March 2017, Mexico’s IMP and the Ministry of Natural Resources signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build capacity in Guyana’s oil and gas industry.
BURNABY, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service released updated numbers today on accidental overdoses in B.C.From January to May of this year, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. This total is up a whopping 75% from the same time periods in 2015.Data shows that the drug fentanyl caused or was found in 56% of cases in the first 4 months of 2016.- Advertisement -Previous years were at the following rates:2012 = 5%2013 = 15%2014 = 25%2015 = 31%Also from January to May of this year there were on average 60.1 deaths a month. Up from 40.3 in 2015.January of this year showed the most deaths ever recorded in a single month for the examined period. There were 77 deaths.Advertisement
A faulty Christmas snowman decoration almost burned a house to the ground in Letterkenny.Terrified Hillary Russell is counting her blessings after escaping her home on the outskirts of the town last night.Hillary was sitting relaxing on her sofa watching television when she noticed a burning smell. She looked into her conservatory at her home in Carnamuggagh and it was ablaze.Terrified Hillary, who was alone in the house around 9pm, immediately called the emergency services who were on the scene in minutes and managed to control the fire.However a major amount of damage has been caused throughout the house with considerable smoke and scorch damage.Windows were also cracked with the intense heat while a television was also destroyed. Hillary, whose husband Sammy was at work at the time, revealed she had a gut feeling something was not right in her home just minutes before the blaze broke out.“I would usually sit watching television and I would nearly always fall asleep.“But there was fear in me on Wednesday night because something was telling me that something was not right.“The sitting room is just off the conservatory and only for I was in there I might not have been so lucky.“I don’t want to even think about what could have happened,” she said. Hillary says she thinks the fire started after a fibre-optic snowman decoration caught fire.“There’s a lot of smoke damage and the place is destroyed but the main thing is that nobody was hurt. My husband came up the road and he could see the flames coming form the house. It was awful to watch.“But the fire service were on the scene very quickly and they saved the house from burning to the ground.“It looks like it was the snowman decoration which started the fire and I would ask people to make sure all their Christmas decorations are working properly. “We are lucky but I would hate to think what would have happened if I had have fallen asleep,” she said.Family and friends have rallied around the Russells to make sure their Christmas is not ruined.“All my family are her washing walls and cleaning up but I am still very shaken by what has happened. I realise how lucky I was.“People have ben very good and have ben calling with all sorts of offers of help,” she said.Garda forensic officers have been at the couple’s home to determine the cause of the fire.Donegal’s Acting Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer Glenn Hamilton has issued an appeal for homeowners to be extra vigilant in the run-up to Christmas.He told Donegal Daily “Thankfully nobody was injured in this fire last night, as the consequences could’ve been much worse.“The timing of the incident helped, if the family had been in bed then it could have been really bad.“If this alerts people now to become more vigilant and prevents any accidents then that’s great.“I’d appeal for everyone to be vigilant, if you’re buying lights make sure they’re manufactured with a European CE marking.“This ensures it meets the European standard and the product can be trusted. People take a huge risk purchasing a product that doesn’t have the CE symbol on it.“Before you go to bed, ensure all appliances are turned off, and make sure smoke detectors are working and check them regularly.“At Christmas time people have a habit of taking batteries out of detectors to use for the toys that Santa has brought and don’t replace them.“That could be potentially fatal, so just be aware, be vigilant and be safe this Christmas,” he said.FAULTY CHRISTMAS DECORATION SUSPECTED FOR BLAZE WHICH ALMOST BURNED FAMILY HOME TO GROUND was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Carnamuggaghdonegalfireletterkennysnowman
BRADENTON, Fla.– As the 49ers began three consecutive days of practice here at IMG Academy’s sprawling campus, they didn’t look like a team down on their luck in the win column or injury department.Instead, they looked lively, refreshed and happy to work Wednesday in the Florida sunshine and 67-degree weather.The 49ers (10-2) hope this week’s stay gives them just the reboot needed for Sunday’s visit to the New Orleans Saints (10-2), and just the response needed after last Sunday’s 20-17 loss …
Under the peaceful summer sun, plants deal with a life-or-death situation: too much sun. Those of us with legs can take cover, but a poor spinach plant out in the furrow must deal with the excess energy or die. Since it usually doesn’t die, what’s its secret? A process called photosynthetic feedback de-excitation quenching, if you care to know. Scientists at Berkeley Labs discovered one key molecule in the process that helps ferry away the excess energy safely. You can read the details in the press release, but Graham Fleming, one of the researchers, was impressed. “This defense mechanism is so sensitive to changing light conditions, it will even respond to the passing of clouds overhead,” he commented (emphasis added in all quotes) “It is one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.” Some of the steps in the multi-step process respond in a million billionth of a second. It took special ultrafast equipment in their work on spinach leaves to discover what the molecule, a carotenoid named zeaxanthin, was doing. Science Now has a picture of the crystalline molecule under the microscope, calling it a “unique safety valve.” Those who want all the technical details can find the team’s report in Science.11Holt et al., ”Carotenoid Cation Formation and the Regulation of Photosynthetic Light Harvesting,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5708, 433-436 , 21 January 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105833].Think about this when you eat spinach. You are consuming a supreme example of nanoscale engineering. A can of spinach may not help you punch Brutus to kingdom come, but might help you appreciate the King who came.(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers do more with modern agricultural equipment than just harvest crops; they also collect massive amounts of data — 500 bytes per corn plant during a growing season. Storing, managing and interpreting that data, however, is an enormous challenge, experts say.Scott Shearer, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and of chair of the college’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is helping farmers with the undertaking through the creation of a new Agricultural Data Cooperative, an independent nonprofit organization that will be managed by Ohio State.The cooperative is part of the growing use of precision agriculture — the use of mobile technologies, sensor networks, cloud computing, spatial analysis and vast multidimensional datasets to help farmers feed the growing global population with higher yields while using fewer resources.“We’re learning how to use data to manage agricultural production,” Shearer said, noting the industry’s move toward an analytic process in which data collected about soil, climate and other factors produce individualized “prescriptions” for fields.Such a prescription might recommend multiple hybrids in a field, for example, or the changing of seeding rates from 28,000 to 36,000 seeds per acre, depending on the data analysis.There is often a disconnect, however, between the farmers collecting the information and businesses and institutions that could use it to create new products and knowledge, Shearer said.“We have this data stream and a lot of people thinking about how to generate value from this data stream,” he said. “We want to support that and enhance it to the fullest extent possible.”The cooperative is a three-way partnership between farmers, agribusiness and land grant institutions. It will allow farmers to maintain control of their data while also helping to accelerate data aggregation.Shearer estimates that only 10% to 15% of farmers are sharing their data with agribusiness companies, due to apprehension over how the information will be used.“Farmers can move all their data to where they would like,” he said, and, through the cooperative, “we want to give them the confidence to do so.”Use of the data in university research could be substantial as well, as entomologists, plant pathologists and others come up with new methods for managing issues that cause devastating crop losses, such as soybean cyst nematode or harmful algae blooms.Ohio State’s Discovery Themes initiative, which is increasing the number of faculty working in global food security and translational data analytics, will be important to the cooperative’s success.Shearer looks forward to the value new data analytics faculty will add to the university’s already-rich expertise.“If you can aggregate a data set and have people with the analytical skills to extract value from it,” he said, “you can return that value to the people actively engaged in agricultural enterprises.“That’s a win-win for everybody.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County, Ohio State University ExtensionCold winter weather presents some additional challenges to keeping dairy calves healthy, comfortable and growing. The biggest challenge is the increased nutritional requirement for body maintenance, especially for dairy calves in unheated facilities. Nutritional maintenance is what is required to keep all body systems functioning normally while maintaining a healthy body temperature and neither gaining nor losing weight. Cold weather nutrition requires understanding the concept of lower critical temperature. Lower critical temperature is the lower boundary below which the animal needs additional nutrients, primarily energy, to meet maintenance requirements. If the nutrient level is not increased, then the animal must burn fat reserves to meet the need. The lower critical temperature for calves from birth to 7 days of age is 55 degrees F. Between 7 and 30 days of age, the lower critical temperature is in the 48- to 50-degree F range. For older calves, the lower critical temperature increases to 32 degrees F.Cold weather nutrition for young calves is critical for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that calves are born with only two to four percent of their body weight as fat. This means that if diets are not meeting maintenance needs, the calf can quickly burn up fat reserves. Calves stop growing and worse, the immune system of the calf becomes compromised leading to sickness. Livestock depend upon an insulating hair coat to provide protection from the cold and to moderate that lower critical temperature. That is one reason that the lower critical temperature for older calves is higher as compared to younger calves, but it takes time and energy to grow and develop that hair coat. Breed of calf will also influence cold weather nutritional requirements because small breed calves, for example, Jerseys, have approximately 20% larger surface area per unit of body weight than a large breed calf, such as a Holstein.A rule of thumb for feeding calves housed in unheated conditions in cold weather is that for every 10 degrees F below 32 degrees F, the calf needs 10% more milk to meet its nutritional needs. At 0 degrees F, this requires 32% more milk. The best strategy to meet this need is to add an additional feeding. For example, if normally the calf is fed 3 quarts twice a day, add an additional 2-quart feeding. If milk replacer is used, it should contain at least 20% protein or in the 26% to 28% range for accelerated growth programs. The fat content should be at least 15%, and higher fat content milk replacers of up to 20% fat are preferred as temperatures decline. The solids content of liquid milk replacer can be increased in cold weather from a typical 12.5% to 16%, but be careful in going above this content as diarrhea can result, and recognize that the calf may not be receiving enough water. Always offer calves clean, fresh water in addition to milk or milk replacer. Another key to feeding calves in cold weather is to provide all liquids at 105 degrees F target temperature for consumption. With regard to free-choice water, this means offering water several times per day in cold weather. Beginning a few days after birth, offer calves free access to a calf starter grain mix with a minimum protein content of 18%.There are a couple of other management practices that help to increase calf comfort and aid in keeping calves growing and healthy in cold weather and these involve bedding, providing extra layers of cold protection and ventilation. Straw is the best bedding choice for calves. To provide the most effective thermal insulation, it has to be deep and dry. Calves can nestle down into the straw during cold weather. The goal is to provide enough bedding so that when the calf is nestled down, you don’t see its legs. Dryness is important to keeping the calf warm. Test the dryness of the bedding by kneeling down into it. If your knees get wet, more bedding is needed. Calf jackets offer a good option to add another layer of insulation and cold protection for calves, especially calves under a month of age. Calf jackets should have a water repellent outer shell, an insulation that wicks moisture away from the calf, fit the calf well, be easy to wash and dry, and constructed to withstand outdoor environments. Do not forget about ventilation during winter months in closed structures. The goal is to provide adequate air turnover to prevent ammonia accumulation while avoiding any direct drafts on the calf. A general recommendation for winter weather is four air exchanges per hour.Cold weather calf care requires more time and labor, but it is necessary to keep calves comfortable, healthy, and growing.
Science’s news team hit the Windy City last week to cover the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. While in Chicago, we hosted three special editions of ScienceLIVE. ScienceLIVE will return to its regular weekly schedule next Thursday.Is Solitary Confinement Torture?The United States keeps as many as 80,000 prisoners in solitary confinement, sometimes for years or decades on end. Research suggests that this form of punishment can cause severe psychiatric and neurological damage to inmates, and evidence for its effectiveness in reducing crime or recidivism is scant. In light of studies of prisoners of war and the impact of sensory and social deprivation on the brain, does such punishment qualify as cruel and unusual punishment according to the U.S. Constitution and national and international human rights conventions? 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Of the more than 9 billion humans projected to live on Earth by 2050, an estimated 70% of them will be urban dwellers. But what will their cities look like? A dense, well-planned urban center can run like a well-oiled machine, cutting down on waste, reducing vehicle travel, and helping people stay connected. But cities can also lead to urban sprawl, and can reinforce inequalities, leaving poor and minority residents isolated even in the midst of a metropolis.Can Science and Religion Coexist?For centuries, science and religion have been pitted against each other as incompatible quests for truth. But are they really at odds? A new survey of 10,000 religious people and scientists is shedding new light on this question. How do religious communities view scientists, and how do scientists view religious communities? How can both groups work together to build bridges and increase mutual understanding? And when it comes to engaging with religious communities, what do scientists need to know?
It’s the question that keeps anthropologists up at night: Who had sex with whom, and when? Now, an ancient femur bone (pictured above) is helping them get closer to the answers. Uncovered from an eroding riverbank near the village of Ust-Ishim in western Siberia, the femur belonged to a man who lived 45,000 years ago. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record, the team reports online today in Nature, following up on a meeting report in March. Now for the sex: Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the Ust-Ishim man has about 2% Neandertal DNA. But his Neandertal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material, as Science reported from the meeting. The Nature paper uses further analysis of the length of the strings to propose specific dates: The Ust-Ishim man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neandertals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That’s a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago. But what does the Ust-Ishim man tell us about post-Neandertal sex—I mean, population dynamics? He’s equally related to two other ancient skeletons: a 24,000-year-old boy from Mal’ta, also in Siberia, and an 8000-year-old man from La Braña, Spain. That means he probably belonged to the population of modern humans that first moved out of Africa and spread across Europe and Asia. However, among present-day populations, the Ust-Ishim man is more closely related to East Asians than to Europeans. This adds support to the idea that living Europeans inherited some of their genes from a different, unknown source, presumably a population that left Africa later in a separate wave. Whom they had sex with once they arrived is a question that scientists are only beginning to answer.