Soil Still Dry Rainfall late last week and early this week has brought some temporary relief to drought conditions across Georgia. But the state needs much more rain to break the drought. Total rainfall between June 8 and June 14 in the state’s peanut region ranged from 0.3 inches at Statesboro to 1.98 inches at Tifton. Most stations reported between 0.75 and 1.75 inches. Across the rest of the state, rainfall ranged from 0.1 at Dearing and 0.27 at Eatonton. Some stations had more than 1.5 inches, included Attapulgus and Dixie in southwest; Tifton in south central; Vidalia in southeast; Griffin, Pine Mountain and Williamson in west central; Blairsville in the north Georgia mountains; and Clark Atlanta University in downtown Atlanta. (The rainfall figures are from the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. Daily updates are available on the Web site.) With last week’s rain, conditions in central Georgia improved from extreme to severe drought, while southwest Georgia improved from severe to moderate drought. Except for the northwest (moderate), the rest of the state is in severe drought. Rainfall needed to end the drought ranges from 4 inches in the northwest to more than 11 inches in the southeast. The eastern two-thirds of the state needs more than 9 inches to end the drought. Drought Still On The Georgia Agricultural Statistical Service reports that soil moisture is very short to short in 70 percent of the state. The topsoil in the central, east central and all of south Georgia is excessively dry, and yield prospects are reduced. West-central Georgia soils are abnormally dry, and prospects are deteriorating. Across the rest of the state, the soil moisture is rated as short. Regional drought and soil moisture conditions are calculated by the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center and updated weekly. Agriculture remains stressed across the state. GASS rates almost half of the corn and pastures very poor to poor. Almost a third of the cotton crop is rated very poor to poor. You can find daily updates on the drought at the UGA drought Web site. Or contact your county extension agent.
Greensburg, IN – UPDATE: The issue has been resolved, the area is back open to traffic, and the police have a man in custody.—A first responder tells WRBI News that the public should avoid the 200-block of North East Street in Greensburg, where there is reportedly an armed man barricaded in a home.
A 21-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing deaths following a Bundoran car crash last August.Joseph Gilroy from Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, appeared at Donegal Town District Court this morning. RTE reports that Gilroy was charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer on 19th August 2018 at Eastend, Bundoran. He was also charged with causing serious bodily harm to another crash victim, Rachel Elliott.Gilroy was remanded on bail to allow for the preparation of the book of evidence. He will appear in Ballyshannon court in June.Man charged in fatal Bundoran crash was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Roger Hanlon has studied octopi, squid and cuttlefish for decades. He stands in awe of their ability to camouflage themselves. In a Primer article for Current Biology,1 he detailed some of their sleight-of-skin magic tricks. His article has frames from a movie clip that show an octopus changing its skin from plain to mottled in milliseconds, then to almost pure white in two seconds. It’s not just the color that changes. Cephalopods also have the ability to change the texture of their skin from smooth to dimpled. They can also change the pattern from plain to mottled to what Hanlon calls “disruptive” – bold patterns that would include stripes and “light and dark patches of varying shapes, scales and orientations, and some patches [that] are usually of high contrast.” For such mechanisms to work, the octopus or cuttlefish has to have (1) eyes that can sense what kind of background they’re against, (2) brains that can process the information and send the appropriate signals to the skin, and (3) skin cells tied to neurons that can respond quickly and draw from a large suite of possible patterns. These cells include chromatophores (color cells), iridophores (reflecting cells) and papillae (skin cells that produce bumps). Putting it all together,Rapidity of visual change is accomplished by direct neural control of chromatophore organs, which are cytoelastic sacs of pigment with radial muscles attached around the periphery. Each muscle is innervated by motoneurons that originate in the lower motor centers of the brain, and they travel without any synapse to each chromatophore organ. Third, camouflage benefits from both optical and physical three-dimensional effects, the latter being due chiefly to the changeable skin papillae. Note in Figure 2 how the three-dimensionality of the skin is also under fine motor control. Curiously, although papillae expression is regulated by visual input, neither this nor the biomechanics of how the papillae operate as a muscular hydrostat in the skin has been studied in any detail.So here is a field of study ripe for investigation by biophysicists, neurologists, optical specialists, and specialists in a variety of fields. New techniques with underwater computers and spectrometers have just begun, he said. Hanlon’s team has performed experiments for five years with cuttlefish. They put them against all kinds of background patterns and watched how their camouflage systems responded. Surprisingly, it appears they are color blind! Yet “Their color matches to natural visual backgrounds appear to be excellent,” he said. How do they do it? Stay tuned: “we continue to search for mechanisms that help them achieve color-blind camouflage.” One of the most intriguing effects the octopus can achieve is the ability to send hidden messages. Hanlon explains:Other features of the cephalopod dynamic camouflage system have yet to be studied in detail. The skin, for example, is a marvelous example of rapid, highly coordinated optical malleability: pigmentary and structural coloration are combined in many ways to achieve vastly different appearances, both from close-up and distant viewing. The directional structural reflectors known as iridophores (which in most animals are passive reflectors) are not only under active control by cephalopods, but they produce polarized signals that pass unaffected through the overlying pigmented chromatophores. This raises the possibility that a dynamically camouflaged cephalopod could be simultaneously sending a ‘hidden’ signal to a conspecific, because cephalopods can perceive polarized light while most of their predators cannot, while remaining well camouflaged using pigmented chromatophores.(cf. 12/15/2006). If true, this indicates that cephalopods already mastered another human trick: hiding in plain sight. Cryptologists have considered it a challenging puzzle to communicate a secret message in the presence of an adversary, like two jailmates communicating a secret to one another while an active warden is watching them. Called steganography, the art of concealing a message in plain sight is a lively subject in computer technology. You can find software programs that will hide or detect secret messages embedded in pictures or sound files, for instance. Here, it appears that octopi, squid and cuttlefish have known this trick all along. Lastly, an octopus can alter its whole shape to mimic something else. Camouflage works well when you are hovering still, but what about when you need to move about for foraging or finding a mate? Hanlon shows a picture of an octopus shaping its body like a flounder. It not only imitates the overall shape, but mimics the fins, the behavior and speed of the fish. The “mimic octopus” of Indonesia has even more tricks up its sleeve. It can look like a lionfish or sea snake, among other things (see MarineBio.com and picture of it looking somewhat like a rabbit). Some of these tricks are illustrated in motion in the film series Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution. One episode also shows the cuttlefish with rapid-fire lighting effects that can hypnotize its prey.2 1Roger Hanlon, “Primer: Cephalopod dynamic camouflage,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 11, 5 June 2007, Pages R400-R404, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.03.034.2For the record, Roger Hanlon is an evolutionist with no connection to these films.Sadly, we now have to switch from the Amazing Facts thought pattern to the Dumb Ideas thought pattern. Roger’s excellent article was marred by repeated references to evolution having accomplished these things. Nowhere did he explain how a blind process could achieve them, just that they did. Notice how he puts have evolved in past tense as a matter of assumed fact, right alongside incredible wonders of design:Cephalopods have evolved a different life history tactic: with their keen vision and sophisticated skin – with direct neural control for rapid change and fine-tuned optical diversity – they move where they wish and can adapt their body pattern for appropriate camouflage against a staggering array of visual backgrounds….How many camouflage patterns are there, and how many visual tricks have evolved to deceive visual predators?While evolution has produced body colorations and patterns of bewildering diversity, we may be observing a trend in which certain effective pattern types are conserved across phyla and ecological habitat.We do not yet understand the type of mimicry involved (for example, Batesian or Mullerian), the evolution of this form of camouflage, or the visual stimulation that may evoke it.Future studies on fish vision would help us understand not only the anatomical organization of cephalopod pigments and structural reflectors, but the details of the whole-animal patterns that have evolved in response to the wide array of predator visual systems.The worst example is right at the end of the article. Evolutionists are the worst offenders at question-begging among educated people. Read the following paragraph and ask yourself how any intelligent person could say such a thing, linking art, science, high technology and system-wide complexity to Darwin’s theory of blind chance – unless he had been brainwashed aforethought that miracles are possible in Charlie’s web of belief:The subtle ways in which edges, shadows, outlines, patterns, colors, contrast and papillae are used by animals for camouflage or communication also seem to have much in common with art, photography, landscape architecture and related fields, because light and dimensionality are being manipulated in similar fashion. When watching the video from Figure 1, the aphorism “truth is stranger than fiction” comes to mind, especially when compared to the ‘invisibility cloaks’ that have recently received so much attention in the popular media. The speed and fluidity with which cephalopods simultaneously maintain predator awareness, search for prey, and coordinate a camouflage body pattern with each microhabitat offers insight into how a complex biological organism works as an intact system. There are great challenges yet to confront in understanding the sensory and behavioral interactions between visual predators and prey, and it is humbling yet intriguing to think that such an ancient lineage as the mollusks has evolved such a sophisticated system with which to test camouflage.Thus an otherwise stimulating paragraph was deflated by those two little words, “has evolved.” For extreme intellectual schizophrenia and the worst case of begging the question in recent memory, this paragraph easily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
View comments His first four trips to the finals pitted him against Cleveland, not far from Akron, Ohio — where he and LeBron James both were born. Toronto has even more direct ties than Cleveland does for Curry; his wife Ayesha was born and raised in Toronto until she was 14, and his father Dell Curry played for the Raptors. So Stephen Curry lived in Toronto for a bit, and went to school there.“A lot of family history,” Stephen Curry said.The finals will be aired in 215 countries, three Canadian networks will air the series live (one of them in French), and broadcasters speaking in 50 different languages will work the games. There are a half-dozen networks from Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong and New Zealand airing the finals for the first time.More of what to know going into this series:FAREWELL, ORACLEADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss This year’s playoff pool was $21,676,510, which all 16 postseason teams shared. No playoff team got less than $323,506. Milwaukee got the most, by far, of any non-finals team — after finishing with the NBA’s best record and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Bucks will share $2,516,774.SECOND TO ONEGolden State is in the finals for the fifth consecutive year. That’s the second-longest such streak in NBA history, only to Boston’s run of 10 consecutive appearances from 1957 through 1966.Boston (this time in 1984 through 1987, separate from the 10-straight streak), Miami (2011-2014), Cleveland (2015-2018) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1985) had all reached the finals in four consecutive seasons.FINISHING STRONGEven with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, the Raptors finished the regular season with a flourish — winning seven of their last eight games.This was why.A 58-24 record meant the Raptors finished a game ahead of Golden State’s 57-25 mark, and that’s why Game 1 of this series is in Toronto.A good omen for the Raptors: Under the current playoff format, teams with home-court advantage in the NBA Finals have ultimately prevailed 26 out of 35 times.‘NOVA NATION Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam smiles during practice for the NBA Finals in Toronto on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors is Thursday in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Sometime in the next couple weeks, either the Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors will proclaim themselves to be world champions.They won’t be true “world” champions, of course.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA D-League: Even with just 7 players, CEU stuns Go for Gold to enter semis PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue So the 2019 finals started earlier than has been the norm.That doesn’t mean they’ll be over early. If they go the distance, they’ll end on June 17 — nine days later than last season’s final game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting But these NBA Finals have a very distinct international feel.Game 1 of the series on Thursday night is in Canada, the first time a finals game will be played outside the U.S. Raptors President Masai Ujiri was born in Nigeria. There are players from eight different countries — the U.S., along with Canada (Chris Boucher), Spain (Marc Gasol), Britain (OG Anunoby), Cameroon (Pascal Siakam), Congo (Serge Ibaka), Australia (Andrew Bogut) and Sweden (Jonas Jerebko).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It says a lot that the first NBA Finals outside of America is being played here,” Ujiri said. “Maybe one day it will be real ‘world champions’ or something, but this is what we dream of.”It’s even a homecoming of sorts for Warriors guard Stephen Curry, again. MOST READ Game 4 or Game 6 of this series will be the last time the Warriors call Oracle Arena home. The team is moving from Oakland to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.The Warriors have played more than 2,000 games at Oracle, and since this run of NBA Finals appearances began when Steve Kerr took over as coach five years ago they are a staggering 218-40 in their soon-to-be-former home building.“You cannot tell the story of professional basketball without including Oracle,” said ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, a former Warriors coach. “Those fans have been incredibly loyal from the beginning to the end. … As a former coach, as a former player coming into that building, as an analyst, it’s as good as it gets.”STILL WAITINGWith Toronto now in the finals for the first time, that means there are only six active franchises that still haven’t been to the championship series.The Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies are still waiting for their first trip to the NBA Finals.MONEY MATTERSThe Warriors and the Raptors are playing for a little bit of money — $1,295,117, to be exact.That’s the difference between winning the finals and losing the finals, at least in terms of the take from the NBA playoff pool.The Warriors are already guaranteed $4,435,312 from the playoff pool; the Raptors have clinched $4,325,888. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It’s been a long time since a Villanova player won a championship ring, and even longer since a Villanova player actually played in a series where his team won the title.Kyle Lowry is looking to change all that.The Raptors’ point guard — who played for Jay Wright at Villanova — is in the NBA Finals for the first time. He’s looking to be the first Villanova player to win a ring since John Celestand got one with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000; Celestand didn’t appear in any playoff games that season. The last player from Villanova to actually play in a victorious NBA Finals was Chris Ford with Boston in 1981.Lowry spoke on the eve of Game 1 about the lessons he learned from Wright that still apply.“If you make a mistake, apologize, kind of just accept everything,” Lowry said. “Accept everything as a man and bounce back from it. If anything negative, just bounce back, take it and keep going. I think those are the things that stick with me today. I never shy from anything, I never shy from negative criticism, constructive criticism, I take it all, I understand it, learn from it, digest it and move on.”RECORD CHASINGStephen Curry already has the NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers made in a career, with 98. He enters this series with 247 attempted 3s in his finals appearances, four shy of tying LeBron James for the most in NBA history.And while not a record, here is an odd stat: If Shaun Livingston makes his first shot of these finals, he’ll pass Wilt Chamberlain and move into fourth place on the NBA Finals all-time shooting percentage list.STARTING EARLYThe May 30 start date for these finals is the earliest for the NBA’s title series since 1986, when the Houston-Boston matchup began on May 26. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
England pace bowler James Anderson has described as “ridiculous” accusations that he was involved in tampering with the ball during the drawn fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne last week.England pacer James Anderson denied the fact that he was involved in tampering with the ball during the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne that ended in a draw.The veteran dismissed the accusations as “ridiculous” and said that he was just getting dirt off the ball.”It escalated quite quickly, didn’t it?” Anderson said in comments published by Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper. “Ridiculous, but what we’ve come to expect.”(I was) getting dirt off the ball. They’d watered the square so the footholes on the old wickets had mud.”We went to the umpires to make sure they were happy with it.”WATCHAnderson was shown on t.v. trying to scuff up the ball with his thumbnail on the penultimate day of the Boxing Day Test — following which some commentators jumped on the footage and brought the issue up.Earlier, England coach Trevor Bayliss, however, labelled the accusations as ‘Pommie bashing’.Anderson’s comments echoed those of Bayliss, who said the umpires had told him on Saturday the accusations were a ‘beat-up’.Both the sides were warned by the umpires during the match about trying to tamper with the wall or even think about it as the pitch offered little or no assistance to either of the sides in a match that was moving towards a draw.advertisementAustralia had already regained the urn before the Melbourne game after they took a 3-0 lead in the five match series following victory by an innings and 41 runs in Perth.In Melbourne, however, England dominated for much of the match, led by Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 244 and were thwarted by rain that washed out much of the fourth day’s play.Anderson, undoubtedly on his last Ashes tour of Australia, said his side were looking ahead to try to grab a face-saving victory in the fifth Test in Sydney, which starts on Thursday.”We have played well at times in all four Tests,” Anderson said.”It would be nice if we can carry that on and have one last push at Sydney and try to get a win.”It would mean a lot to the lads and all the English support we’ve had over here. You see them just non-stop and it means a lot to us that sort of support.”(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal director Venkatesham plays down January transfers: It must be tacticalby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has played down the likelihood of the club making moves in the January transfer window.The Gunners were active in the summer market, signing Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.But Venkatesham says any more signings in January will only come out of necessity.He told Bloomberg: “Well listen, we’ve just been through the transfer period in the summer, that’s what we always call the main transfer window. “We were very aggressive in that transfer window, signing a number of new players that we’re very excited about, predominately targeting young players that we believe can grow and develop with us over future years. “When we look forward to January, we’ll see when January comes. I’d say that we always treat the summer window as being the more strategic window.The January window is the one where you need to be a bit more tactical, maybe responding to an injury or another demand. But really our work is done in the summer and we’re really pleased with what we did in the summer.’Asked whether the defence would be strengthened again, he continued: “Listen, as I’ve said, we’ve been really focused over the summer, we made some defensive reinforcements signing David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.”We’re looking forward to seeing how those players progress and how they do over the course of the season. “The players that we look for are the players we believe will make the biggest impact on the pitch from a sporting perspective.”
Twitter/@Follow24HodgeOn Monday, N.C. State received a commitment from three-star forward Shaun King. It did not take long for Kentucky to muddle up this recruitment, offering King shortly after his decision. King did not sign anything tying him to the Wolfpack, and is reportedly weighing his options.Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge is not happy about this develop, and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He doesn’t specifically call out John Calipari, and denies that he is referring to Kentucky, but that is pretty clearly the target here.I remember when there was a time when coaches respected already “committed” athletes. I only had ONE not do so…seems old dogs=old tricks.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015CBB recruiting is a vicious part of the business. It’s the guy trying to get a woman’s phone # and she says “I have a bf” and he says “so?”.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Why is #BBN on my back? I made no mention of Coach Cal in my tweets. Seems to me Cinderella’s shoe must fit huh? http://t.co/qQebzKBWs2 #WPN— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015College basketball is about the perfect fit. Choose the morally hollowed/sexier pick? Don’t be mad when they cheat on you/over recruit.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, [email protected] this argument NEVER gets old.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015“@shacker56: I am not 1 of the fans that trash plyrs 4 who they pick.Trashing a coach is not cool** which coach YOU THINK fit the narrative?— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Hodge has a point, and generally, college basketball recruiting does not get as cutthroat as college football does after commitments occur. However, it is up to Kirk to make the decision that is right for him, and if Kentucky causes him to reevaluate things, so be it.
Jamaica and the Republic of South Africa are to sign a Commercial Agreement that will see businesses in both countries collaborating on nutraceuticals, research and development.This was stated by Charge d’Affaires at the South African High Commission Phillip Riley, while addressing a National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) Symposium held on November 30 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.The agreement will be signed in a few days during a visit to South Africa by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley; and Director General at NCST, Professor Errol Morrison.Mr. Riley informed that the Commercial Agreement will supplement the current partnership in place for bilateral scientific research on nutraceuticals, which came into effect in 2015.“The agreement will allow bush medicine to transition into the modern economy,” Mr. Riley stated.He said that this new bilateral agreement between both countries will be looking at how “these plants can feed us better, give us better nutrition, and how we can take those ingredients and commercialise them and turn them into businesses”.Mr. Riley added that the agreement will also involve academia, researchers and business persons.The symposium was held in collaboration with the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), and was aimed at exposing science and technology to the youth.It was also held as part of activities to highlight Science and Technology Month, which is observed in November.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh looks on after the last touchdown during the game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorMichigan football coach Jim Harbaugh had some strong words for the media following his team’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to Ohio State on Saturday. During post-game interviews, the Toledo native had harsh criticisms for the officiating. The comments resulted in a $10,000 fine imposed by the Big Ten Conference on Michigan.A public reprimand was also issued to the Wolverines’ coach, with no further punishment announced at this time. The comments made by Harbaugh were stretched throughout the presser, and he failed to answer many of the reporters’ questions, instead speaking about the officiating rather than his team.“I’m bitterly disappointed in the officiating,” Harbaugh said on Saturday. “I could have been watching the game instead of being concerned (with sideline behavior.)”Although he is known for his tirades, Harbaugh had never been directly reprimanded by the Big Ten. The statement on the subject reads as follows.“The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Michigan’s game against Ohio State on Nov. 26, 2016. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.”