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  • DONEGAL MINORS AND SENIORS ARE CROKE PARK BOUND

    first_imgBoth the Donegal minors and seniors are playing on Saturday 29th July in Croke park the GAA have confirmed.Sean Paul Barrett’s minors will take on Cork at 2 pm on Saturday week, the 30th of July. Donegal seniors also face Cork with a later throw in time of 4 pm.Donegal minors defeated Derry yesterday to win Ulster so they now meet the Munster losers, Cork. The senior team take on a Cork team that have been progressing through the qualifier system. In what will be a tough encounter for both squads, Gallagher and Barrett will be hoping to defeat the rebels to progress into the quarter final and semi final respectively. DONEGAL MINORS AND SENIORS ARE CROKE PARK BOUND was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CorkdonegalMinorsSeniorslast_img read more

  • A’s clobber White Sox with 7-run first inning

    first_imgOAKLAND — Franklin Barreto’s three-run homer capped a seven-run first inning and the A’s cruised to a 13-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.The A’s (52-41) have homered in 14 consecutive games, their season high.Matt Chapman went 3-for-4 with two doubles, including one that plated Matt Olson in the first. Olson went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a four-run fourth inning.The Matts were stellar, but production came from the entire lineup. Chris Herrmann, Robbie Grossman, Khris Davis and Mark Canha …last_img read more

  • News for the Birds

    first_img(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Our human readers are allowed to peek in on these headlines for and about our feathered intellectual friends.The genius of birds:  Illustra Media’s recent documentary is titled Flight: The Genius of Birds.  New Scientist‘s recent book review is titled “Bird brainiacs: the genius of pigeons.”  Although the introductory part of the article pays homage to Charles Darwin for his pigeon breeding, the pigeon is a fine specimen to support intelligent design, Timothy Standish argues in the film.  “I believe that intelligent design is the best explanation for the origin of flight [in birds], because it’s the best explanation for every other kind of flight,” he says.  “So why would I change the rules when moving from a 747 to a pigeon?”  We do these birds wrong by calling them “flying rats” and treating them as nuisances, Kirsten Weir says in her article.  “They can count, solve Aristotle’s logic puzzles and appreciate Impressionist art.”  Many humans can’t do as much, to say nothing of navigating home with the earth’s magnetic field under controlled, powered flight.  Experimenters mentioned in Science Magazine found a “surprisingly simple strategy for such sophisticated behavior” as avoiding obstacles: pigeons look for the biggest gaps, not the nearest ones.  They found this with 3-D imaging of pigeons outfitted with LEDs.  The findings shed light on “how they steer through small-scale, cluttered environments like forests and city streets.”Smart turkey eggs:  Nature reports that the eggs of Australian brush turkeys take advantage of decaying compost to stay warm.  Why, then, don’t they get infected with bacteria in the soil?  The eggs have a special layer of calcium phosphate nanoparticles that keeps out most bacteria.  Since this also makes the eggshells difficult to crack, engineers are looking at this design for more durable materials.  The design in the eggs also makes them super-hydrophobic (water resisting), almost as much as lotus leaves.  PhysOrg has pictures of the nanoparticles.  Reference: Journal of Experimental Biology.The early bird gets the digestive system:  Yanornis is called an ancestor of birds, but PhysOrg reported on April 18 that a fossil found in China shows that “the digestive system of the ancestors to modern birds was essentially modern in all aspects.”  A specialized digestive system is one of the things Illustra’s film discusses as a requirement for powered flight.  This article agrees:Compared to other groups of vertebrates, the digestive system of living birds is unique and highly modified. Compared to mammals the digestive system is proportionately shorter; the oesophagus (throat) is large and flexible with an accessory organ called the crop and two stomachs are present. These specializations are inferred to have evolved in order to produce a highly efficient digestive system capable of meeting the metabolic demands of powered flight within the physical constraints of aerial locomotion, which requires the system to be lightweight.But if it was already “essentially modern” in the ancestors, and already integrated with the flight systems, where is the time for natural selection to have supposedly produced it?Tiny migrants:  Large birds like geese are well known for their visible V-patterns in the sky, but what about small birds?  “In one of the greatest feats of endurance in the biological world, millions of tiny songbirds — many weighing less than an ounce — migrate thousands of miles to Central and South America each year,” a press release from Cornell University begins.  “Now scientists are finding out how these featherweights do it: using elliptical routes that take advantage of prevailing wind patterns to save calories.”Glowing birds:  According to the British Ecological Society, some of the birds living around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor appear to be adapting to the high levels of ionizing radiation present after the 1986 disaster.  The “region represents an accidental ecological experiment to study the effects of ionising radiation on wild animals,” the BES figured.  This kind of adaptation has been seen in the lab before, but not in the wild.  The researchers measured higher production of antioxidants that can mitigate the damage caused by radiation.  It’s an adjustment to an existing biochemical process, therefore – not a new emergent trait.Latest on starling murmurations:  The Italy group that did the STARFLAG study animated in the Illustra film (watch it on bottom of this page) has a new paper out in PNAS, “Social interactions dominate speed control in poising natural flocks near criticality.”  Their updated model still hinges on the effect stemming from each bird watching its nearest neighbors, but finds that the flock can propagate information rapidly throughout the whole flock without loss, because the flock maintains a critical balance point known in statistical mechanics.  Did the birds learn this in physics class?The coherent flight of bird flocks is one of nature’s most impressive aerial displays. Beyond the fact that thousands of birds fly, on average, with the same velocity, quantitative observations show that small deviations of individual birds from this average are correlated across the entire flock. By learning minimally structured models from field data, we show that these long-ranged correlations are consistent with local interactions among neighboring birds, but only because the parameters of the flock are tuned to special values, mathematically equivalent to a critical point in statistical mechanics. Being in this critical regime allows information to propagate almost without loss throughout the flock, while keeping the variance of individual velocities small.Windmill death penalty:  “Green energy” is not without cost; windmills have killed many a bat and bird.  As windmill installations grow, bird deaths rise accordingly—including federally protected species like the golden eagle.  National Geographic, worried that “Turbines kill thousands of birds and bats annually,” looked into whether newer designs that add flashing lights, sound, bright colors, or changes to blade elevation work.  The “jury’s still out” on whether any of these measures are effective.  Some have actually increased the death count.  Why are birds so susceptible?  Contrary to intuition, birds are typically looking down at the ground, not forward, as they fly, the article explains.  Unfortunately, federal regulations tend to be lenient for those who grab the subsidies, because the government is eager to expand “green energy.”  It’s not a solution to blame cats and glass windows for many more bird deaths than those caused by the windmills; “Comparing our numbers to total bird numbers, they might seem small,” Scott Loss (Oklahoma U) says, “but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t focus on local impacts on specific species, especially long-lived species like raptors or waterbirds.”  There are no quick, easy fixes, the article ends.Darwinists are at a complete loss to explain birds.  They can’t explain their origins from land dinosaurs; they can’t explain their systems, like the digestive system; they can’t explain how all their systems came together in powered flight.  Beyond just trying to get a basic bird form, they should be astonished at each species they observe more closely, whether a bush turkey, a starling, or a fossil with a “modern” digestive system near the beginning.Scientists should always be thinking of the “best explanation.”  With birds, it is clearly intelligent design.  Did a 747 evolve by unguided natural processes?  Then why change the rules when moving from a 747 to a pigeon?  Let go of Darwin’s quaint Victorian myth, biologists.  He’s hindering your work.  The guiding word for 21st century biology is design.last_img read more

  • President Trump to address Farm Bureau members in January at Annual Convention in Nashville

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will address farm and ranch families from across the nation at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention, Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tenn.“The American Farm Bureau Federation is honored to host our nation’s president,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall, a beef and poultry farmer from Georgia. “President Trump has said all along that he would make sure agriculture has a seat at the table when it comes to the top issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. Now, it is our privilege to reserve a spot for him at our podium.”Duvall considers President Trump’s announced speech as a sign of the high regard in which the nation’s chief executive holds America’s farm and ranch families.“Farmers and ranchers and our rural communities are the bedrock of our nation. President Trump knows that, and his willingness to devote his time to talk directly with Farm Bureau members will be a memorable occasion,” Duvall said.After three consecutive years of decline in farm sector profits, President Trump will speak to Farm Bureau members during a period of prolonged economic challenge across farm country. Profits have fallen and many farmers have seen declines in equity. Though the Agriculture Department forecasts that farm profits will be relatively stable in 2017, action on key issues on the president’s agenda could help farmers turn the corner as they head into the new year.“President Trump is fully aware of the economic difficulties farmers and ranchers have gone through these past few years,” Duvall said. “The economic issues he has outlined, including reform of our nation’s tax and regulatory systems, match many of the issues on Farm Bureau’s agenda.”President Trump’s executive order establishing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, highlights the importance his administration places on rural America, according to Duvall.“President Trump has assigned his team to focus on important pocketbook and quality-of-life issues to strengthen rural America, and those issues are front and center on his to-do list,” Duvall said. “We look forward to hearing the strategies that he and Secretary Perdue share for taking agriculture and rural America down the road toward renewed prosperity.”last_img read more

  • Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 23, 2019

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The forecast gets no better this morning we now have rain in our forecast over at least part of Ohio every day from today through Memorial Day. After that, we shift to more of an every other day kind of pattern, with more rain still in the forecast. And, we are adding rain to the extended period as well. Here is this morning’s somewhat depressing breakdown (although we should note that Ohio still is looking to be in the best shape of any corn belt state in this forecast…much heavier rains are going to fall farther west). Today we have rain working through the entire state. Moisture totals will be from a few hundredths to .5” with 60% coverage. Tomorrow, we have afternoon showers working into western Ohio bringing a few hundredths to .25″ with coverage at 40%. The holiday weekend remains damp, but rains do wait to show up a little bit on Saturday. Sun will be followed by clouds, and then showers develop in the evening and overnight from I-70 north. We can see a few hundredths to .3″ and 60% coverage there. Then on Sunday we see showers with totals from a few hundredths to .6” and 75% statewide coverage. For Memorial Day on Monday, we can’t rule out showers, but have our lowest potential. We expect a mix of clouds and sun, but cant rule out a few hundredths to a tenth or two with 30% coverage. We actually get a dry day for next Tuesday, with mostly sunny skies!!! However, our joy will be short lived, as showers return for Wednesday. WE end up a few hundredths to .35″ over 70% of the state from I-70 northward. However, from I-70 southward, we should be able to turn out partly sunny for next Wednesday, especially in the afternoon. On Thursday, we are mostly sunny. Friday showers are back statewide, yielding .1”-.75” and 90% coverage. We finish the 10 day period with partly sunny skies from I-70 north next Saturday, but scattered showers over the southern part of the state can bring up to .25” from I-70 southward. That morphs into a statewide rain event overnight next Saturday night into Sunday (1st into early the 2nd). The map at right shows 10 day cumulative rainfall potential. For the extended period, Clouds give way to sun for midday and afternoon Sunday the 2nd, an we will see some on an off sun through Tuesday the 4th. There may be an increase in clouds the afternoon of Monday the third and a few scattered showers overnight the 3rd, but nothing well organized. Then, we finish the extended 11-16 day period with showers three days straight, for Wednesday the 5th through Friday the 7th. Combined rain totals from those showers will be at least .25”-.75” with 70% coverage.  This forecast produces absolutely no net drying for the upcoming 2 week period.last_img read more

  • Sports Betting and Gambling: What Financial Practitioners Need to Know

    first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduOne of the most far-reaching events of 2018 with implications for the personal finances of millions of people was the legalization of sports betting nationwide. Sports betting is the process of placing bets on the outcome and/or features (e.g., how many shots a basketball player takes in a game) of sports events such as football and baseball games. In May 2018, a Supreme Court ruling allowed states to legalize sports betting. By November, eight states had legalized sports betting and others were drafting legislation to authorize it.This is not to say that sports betting did not exist previously. Prior to 2018, a handful of states (DE, MT, NV, OR) had sports lotteries because they were grandfathered under a federal law. In addition, many underground sports betting venues exist at home and abroad. Perhaps the most famous U.S. sports betting scandal was the 1919 World Series, where a professional gambler paid eight Chicago White Sox players to “fix” the game.Legalized sports betting winnings, like those from state lotteries or casinos, are taxable income. Losses up to the amount of winnings are deductible if taxpayers itemize deductions. However, many taxpayers now have a larger standard deduction than itemized deductions following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Only about 10% of taxpayers can itemize now so most gamblers will no longer benefit from gambling expense write-offs.Pixabay.com, CC0What does this have to do with financial education and counseling? A lot. As many practitioners know firsthand, gambling strains finances and relationships. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), about 2 million Americans are problem gamblers and average gamblers may have debts up to $90,000. Simply put, sports betting provides gamblers with more opportunities to lose money. Those who avoided illegal sports betting venues in the past now have a legal opportunity to place bets, often on mobile phones. Residents of states without legalized sports betting can simply drive to a state that allows it and place bets online. Americans lost $107 billion in regulated bets in 2017 and more through unregulated “black market” betting.What do financial practitioners need to know about sports betting? Four things: 1. What it is and how it takes place (see above), 2. Warning signs of a problem gambling addiction, 3. Recommended strategies to reduce financial damage resulting from gambling, and 4. Local resources to assist problem gamblers.According to debt.org, “red flags” that someone has a gambling problem include:Talking constantly about gambling opportunitiesTaking time off from work to gambleTrying to hide gambling habits from family and friendsAsking for loans to cover gambling lossesLying about money lost or time spent gamblingBetting larger amounts of money to overcome previous gambling lossesSelling possessions or stealing money or property to finance a gambling habitAttempting to hide a gambling habit by shifting money around various accountsRecommended strategies for families to reduce financial damage resulting from a problem gambler from the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health include: throwing away credit card applications that come in the mail, canceling overdrafts on bank accounts, setting up separate bank accounts, removing family members’ names from shared accounts, not sharing passwords and PINs, and not leaving credit cards lying around.Other recommended strategies include putting valuables in a safe deposit box, asking financial institutions to cut off access to additional credit, warning friends and family not to lend the gambler any money, and arranging for the gambler’s pay to be direct deposited into a family member’s account and giving the gambler a weekly “allowance.” In addition, credit counseling and/or a support group for problem gamblers may be useful.For additional information, review the 53-page NEFE publication Problem Gamblers and Their Finances.Please make plans to join us October 22 as Dr. Lori Rugle presents Gambling Disorders: Special Considerations for Service Members. 1.5 continuing education credits are available to AFC and CPFC-credentialed participants. Free. RSVP: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22045/last_img read more

  • What is Bitcoin? And Should Anyone Be Buying it?

    first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionMichaelWuensch/Pixabay.com, CC0What is Bitcoin?Bitcoin is a currency system that is 100% “virtual” or computer-based. It is decentralized, meaning that no one bank or government controls it, and it is also anonymous and completely global. Transfers are made via computer through a very complex system, and do involve transaction fees. Some businesses (not many) accept bitcoin as payment.Recently, bitcoin prices have been rising astronomically, creating a lot of buzz and excitement around this currency. You or those you work with may have heard that “if only” they had invested just a small amount in bitcoin some years back, they would be very wealthy now. So, what’s the catch?Why is Bitcoin Risky?Bitcoin is a risky investment in part due to the risk that it can be hacked. Hacking is obviously a significant issue whenever we talk about a computer-based currency. Though innovators are working hard to come up with solutions to keep the “keys” that secure bitcoin more safe and to make it more and more difficult to hack the system, the problem is far from solved.It’s also true that if you lose the “keys” that unlock your bitcoin, you have a problem. Again, technology is working to solve this problem. For instance, it’s possible to buy hardware-based “wallets” whose information can be recovered even if they are physically lost.Scammers also have taken advantage of the allure and mystique of virtual currencies and have managed to cheat people into purchasing completely fake cryptocurrency.Another reason bitcoin is risky is that the government still hasn’t really figured out how to regulate it. Bitcoin’s anonymous nature has meant that it has been a favored currency of some unsavory characters, which has caused some general concern. The concept of bitcoin is also still so new that the government is unsure what it really “is” and how to handle it. It is possible that new laws could drastically regulate bitcoin in unfavorable ways or even shut the bitcoin market down, which would be a major problem for anyone holding it.Bitcoin is also risky due to its historical price volatility. Over its short existence, it has been 5 times more volatile than the S&P 500. Historically, prices for bitcoin have tended to go up spectacularly and then crash. One-day drops have been as much as 80%. Keep this in mind when you see dizzying figures.It’s important to understand that bitcoin and other virtual currencies are not backed by any bank or government. If you have a problem with bitcoin, you may not be able to get help from anybody; there may not be any customer support. In the past, some companies holding bitcoin have been unreliable, difficult to deal with, and have even lost customer funds. Who (if Anyone) Should Invest in Bitcoin?Over and over again, experts make these same statements about investing in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies:Only invest after you have paid off consumer debt, secured your retirement, and put away money for any children’s college funds—basically, only if you have “money to play with.”Be absolutely sure you know how to keep any investment safe. This requires a high degree of tech savvy.Only invest money you would be perfectly okay with losing.This is a pretty high bar, and one most of us are not likely to be able to meet. However, it is fair to add that people have made money off of cryptocurrency, and many are highly optimistic about its future. Others say it’s a bubble, and predict a huge crash.Bitcoin is the type of opportunity that may be likely to appeal to some service members due to the intrigue that surrounds the concept, as well as the excitement of an opportunity that some see as “the next big thing.” You may also see or hear of people offering affiliate links that give others a discount on their first bitcoin purchase. These discounts are tiny compared to the risk involved.Be aware that bitcoin is not the only cryptocurrency out there, though it is still the most well-known. Ethereum and Litecoin are the two most well-known alternatives, but thousands of other cryptocurrencies exist. In generally, even less is known about these currencies than bitcoin.Finally, don’t forget that bitcoin gains are taxable. Just like gains from the stock market, gains from bitcoin sales must be reported at tax time. You can find out more here.Here is some info from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about bitcoin and virtual currencies:Risks to consumers posed by virtual currenciesWhat are virtual currencies and what should I know if I’m interesting in using one?References:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (2014). Risks to consumers posed by virtual currencies. Retrieved from http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201408_cfpb_consumer-advisory_virtual-currencies.pdfConsumer Financial Protection Bureau. (2016). What are virtual currencies and what should I know if I’m interested in using one? Retrieved from https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-are-virtual-currencies-and-what-should-i-know-if-im-interested-in-using-one-en-1893/ By Carol ChurchHas anyone you know been talking about bitcoin lately? If your life is like mine, perhaps someone you know can’t STOP talking about it! It’s enough to make a financially minded person either very curious or very skeptical. https://pixabay.com/photos/bitcoin-cryptocurrency-digital-2007769/last_img read more

  • A Follow-up to the 2019 MFLN Virtual Conference

    first_imgThis image was purchased from iStock.com under member ID 18347305 Return to article. Long DescriptionIt has been just a little over a month since our annual MFLN Virtual Conference entitled “Relationships for Readiness”. The 2019 three-day conference was a great opportunity to showcase  the innovative ways that service providers and educators can rethink their work with military families.The primary focus of this year’s conference was on the Department of Defense’s Family Readiness System. Explained in full detail in this article from Military One Source, the Family Readiness System is all about the network of programs and services that increase the quality of life for service members and their families, as well as promoting collaboration within this network. It is in this spirit of collaboration that we as helping professionals can bridge the gap and work across disciplines, making resources more readily available for military families.The MFLN 2019 VC opening session provided the foundation of the what the Family Readiness System is and featured several panelists from various backgrounds for an in depth discussion on how the Family Readiness System can work for you. The remaining sessions over the three-day conference focused on issues such as: networking, problem solving by utilizing creative visual language (doodling), how to collaborate across boundaries, financial health and issues related to human services, and how to create a network that works for you. Each day’s sessions were also followed up with Q & A sessions to discuss questions and insights throughout the day’s events.A really great tool that was shared for the VC was our printable Idea-Catcher Journal! This pdf printable journal was provided for those who wanted to have a space to doodle and capture their thoughts in a visually represented way. Our Family Development team utilized this journal and it helped us to map out our professional networks. Here is the link to the Idea-Catcher Journal should you choose to use it when watching the archived recordings of the 2019 VC.If you happened to miss out on these great sessions, follow this VC 2019 link to the virtual conference main page. Click the titles for session descriptions and the archived recordings for each session, as well as recordings of the Making Connections Q & A sessions that took place daily. Also, there are multiple types of continuing education credits that are provided for all six sessions; follow this CE credits link for more info and requirements.ReferencesMilitary One Source (2018). Family Readiness System. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/family-life/keeping-your-family-strong/family-readiness-systemThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

  • Centre to give ‘befitting’ response on ceasefire violations : Jitendra Singh

    first_imgFollowing ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that people should trust the Modi government that it will give a “befitting” response to such acts.“The concerned agencies will take into cognisance the chain of events that has taken place and you should trust the Modi government to give a befitting response”, Singh told reporters here replying to questions about ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces.In a second instance of ceasefire violation in less than 24 hours, Pakistani troops today had resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, which prompted the army to retaliate.“Indian government and security agencies are capable of meeting any kind of challenge and you will see the results in days to come”, Singh, a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), said.The minister chose not answer questions about handing over of two boys from PoK to Pakistani authorities after the NIA dropped charges of conspiracy in the Uri terror strike.“I am not able to reply to such sensitive issues which has security ramifications and concerned agencies has to deal with this,” Singh said.Under detention for nearly six months, the two boys were handed over to Pakistani authorities after the probe agency NIA came to a conclusion that the two had strayed into the Indian side after tiff with their parents due to pressure of studies.last_img read more

  • Militant, solider killed in Pulwama encounter

    first_imgOne militant and a soldier were killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday.A police spokesman said firing between militants and security forces erupted in Pulwama’s Ratnipora area during a cordon and search operation, which was launched in the intervening night jointly by the police, army and CRPF.”The search party was fired at by militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and the body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” said the police. The slain militant’s identity and affiliation is being ascertained, the police added.Two Army personnel also sustained gunshot wounds. “One of the injured,Baljeet Singh, succumbed to his injuries,” said the police. The condition of another injured solider is stated to be “critical”.Meanwhile, clashes erupted in parts of Pulwama following the encounter. Internet connections have been snapped.last_img read more