first_imgMcKinleyville >> The Big 5 league opener for both the Fortuna and McKinleyville volleyball teams turned out to look more like a playoff game.The Panthers forced a fifth set after overcoming a two-frame deficit, but it was the Huskies that came out on top, winning 3-2 (28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 21-25 and 15-7) Thursday at McKinleyville High School.The win marks the first time Fortuna has beat McKinleyville in four years and for head coach Lynsey Adams it means a lot.“Any win for our team is a big …last_img read more

first_img … Watch: 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo talks about their win versus the Steelers.Despite four turnovers early the San Francisco 49ers were able to rebound and defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo contributed to two of those turnovers but made up for it with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dante Pettis for the win. The 49ers will have a bye this week before receiving the Cleveland Browns.The 49ers are now off to a 3-0 start to the season.last_img

first_img51; It’s been fifty years since the first scientific paper suggested listening in on the stellar radio dial for signs of intelligence.1  Nature celebrated the occasion with two articles and an Editorial that said,2 “Despite the long odds against success, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has come a long way.”    SETI sure has come a long way in hardware and software.  The new Allen Telescope Array, described in another Nature article,3 can sweep hundreds of millions of radio frequencies simultaneously – a huge advance over the first eavesdropping attempt in 1960 that listened to only one radio channel.  But hardware alone cannot justify a scientific endeavor.  Alchemists used the best techniques and equipment available for centuries.  Surprisingly, Nature noted that SETI is “arguably not a falsifiable experiment,” and has long been “on the edge of mainstream astronomy,” because “no matter how scientifically rigorous its practitioners try to be, SETI can’t escape an association with UFO believers and other such crackpots.”  The justification for continuing the search, Nature’s editors suggested, lies elsewhere – in “the enormous implications if it did succeed.”  The implications of SETI are greater than those of astrobiology (which would be content to find unicellular life).  A SETI success would bring to us all the implications of “finding other thinking creatures like ourselves.”  (Presumably, evidence for thinking beings like God or angels, no matter how well founded, is automatically excluded.)    In another Nature op-ed piece, Fred Kaplan recounted the history of SETI.4  (He used the unfortunate word “cohabitants” for the other sentient beings we might discover.)  The glorious 50 years of technical advances are told against the seemingly-futile ambitions of the early searches – with snippets of the Drake equation, famous science fiction novels, and the founding of the SETI Institute – but a callout quote keeps the reader near reality: “In the 50 years since the search began, nothing has been heard.”  Could he justify the search as science, then?  He passed that hot potato to Jill Tarter: “She likens the nay-sayers to someone who dips an eight-ounce glass into the ocean, brings it up empty, and concludes that the oceans have no fish.”    Understandable as that logic sounds, it still does not offer a basis for calling SETI a scientific quest.  There needs to be some foundation for expecting success, and a metric for falsification.  How many eight-ounce glass dips into the ocean would be sufficient?  A well-chosen sample might answer the question about fish in one attempt.  With hundreds of millions of samples collected from space already, is a final answer within reach, or will continued attempts amount to trying to explain away the negatives endlessly?1.  Giuseppe Cocconi and Phillip Morrison, “Searching for Interstellar Communications,” Nature 19 Sept. 1959.2.  Editorial, “SETI at 50,” Nature 461, 316 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461316a.3.  Eric Hand, “Ear to the universe starts listening,” Nature 461, 324 (Sept 16, 2009) | doi:10.1038/461324a.4.  Fred Kaplan, “An alien concept,” Nature 461, 345-346 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461345a.Alchemists eventually had to give up, partly because of centuries of failure, and partly because new discoveries about chemistry redirected their energies in more productive paths.  We suggest that astrobiologists and SETI researchers channel their intelligence and energy into more productive paths, too.  They can begin by reading Signature in the Cell and getting excited about the amazing possibilities available by working out the implications of intelligent design at the very core of life.  Maybe they’ll realize that their approach has been using intelligent design concepts anyway (12/03/2005).  Perhaps they will also find that what they have been looking for – a signature of cosmic intelligence – is nearer than they currently imagine.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) is pleased to announce Speedway LLC (Speedway) as the first recipient of The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program. Speedway, based in Enon, Ohio, will use the grant to increase ethanol availability in Franklin, Hancock, Lake, Cuyahoga, Warren and Clark counties.The grant program creates the opportunity for fuel retailers to significantly expand the reach of ethanol in Ohio through financial support for the purchase and installation of dispensing equipment that is compatible with ethanol-blended fuels.“Over 722,000 Ohio motorists are driving flex fuel vehicles, and they deserve access to efficient and clean burning ethanol,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn Marketing Program. “We are proud of our farmers’ dedication to ethanol demand expansion, as they continue to invest significant corn checkoff dollars to improving ethanol availability.”OCMP is working in partnership with Guardian Energy to financially support the program. Guardian Energy operates an ethanol plant in Lima, Ohio. The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States assist in administering the grants. Additional grants for fuel retailers are still available for a limited time.The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program details include:•           Funding structure to aid in the purchase of ethanol compatible fuel dispensing equipment and site work (i.e. tanks) to accommodate installation•           Priority given to fuel retailers looking to install in multiple locations•           Simple application process with assistance available for completing appropriate paperwork•           Quick reimbursement when projects are completed.Please contact Brad Moffitt at 740.201.8088 or [email protected] of OCMP for detailed participation information. For questions about the grant application process, contact John DeRosa, environmental programs director for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest at 217.787.5864 or [email protected] Information is also available at www.CleanAirChoice.org.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since last Monday we’ve had 7.5 inches of rain. Every day since then we have gotten a pretty good shot of rain and there is a 50% chance tomorrow and an 80% chance on Wednesday. We got hammered pretty good and then there was an EF0 tornado that went through about a quarter mile east of our farm. It almost wiped out a new house that I bought.I bought the house at 3 on Friday and signed the paperwork and at 6:55 that night a tornado went through the north side of the lot. It threw a branch at one side of the house but it didn’t really hurt much. There were a bunch of limbs down but it messed up some corn. The corn was flat. There was green snap but since we’d had all that rain, the wind just pushed most of the plants over.The corn has goosenecked and stood back up and it is looking better. Our neighbors took it a little harder than we did. Their corn was maybe shoulder high and after that it was maybe two feet tall. We had 5 or 6 acres of damage and maybe total there were 55 or 60 acres that got wind damage. I think there will be corn there but it may be kind of a bugger to combine this fall.The National Weather Service was at my new house all day Saturday. Just two or three miles away it was barely windy enough to move the leaves. We didn’t have a tornado warning or severe storm warning or anything. It looked like it tap danced in our field. It moved northwest and most tornados move to the northeast. The whole low-pressure system we had last week was counter clockwise rotation. It was wild. We were lucky.In the wetter areas the beans are a little yellow. I think they will bounce back pretty quickly. Last week we were one more big rain away from having a mess and we never got that next big rain. The ditch banks never came out but they were full to the brim. If we’d have caught one more big rain the ditches would’ve been out and we’d still be getting rid of the water. Most of the surface water is gone and most of the outlets are running about half full.Wheat around here is standing good. There could be some disease pressure. We are wet right now, too wet to get a combine out there. If we don’t get more rain they could maybe get out there late this week.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ingram sisters love a good challenge, whether it’s out on the Touch field, or keeping their house in Canberra spider-free.Tash, Amanda and Mel Ingram are all at this year’s NTL playing in the ACT Womens Open team. It’s the first time the three sisters have played together at the NTL, with Amanda and Mel playing Womens Open in 2005 and Tash playing Mixed Open.For about the past six years they have enjoyed playing for the Tuggeranong Vikings together in Canberra, and enjoy being involved playing Touch as a family affair.“We also play in a social side with our other sister, Cassandra, we just got her playing too,” said Mel.In early 2005 Mel was lucky enough to represent Australia at the Youth World Cup on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Her sisters were lucky enough to go and watch her play for her country.“It was really exciting, all our family, even our aunties and uncles traveled to watch Mel play,” said Amanda.“Watching Mel play for Australia made all the family really proud, we found it really inspiring also,” added Tash.For Mel, the experience of being at an international tournament was enhanced by the fact that her family was all there supporting her.“It was really nice having a lot of support, I didn’t know my teammates that well when I arrived at the tournament, so it was a comfort knowing my family was there,” she said.At the 2006 NTL, the Ingram sisters will be hoping that their sisterly intuition will help their team, the ACT Womens Open on the field“I think we have a pretty good understanding of each other, and often we can pick what the other is going to do,” said Mel.Playing together at a club level will also be beneficial.“We’re looking to introduce some moves that we have learnt playing club level Touch, into our game here. And hopefully we can take what we have learnt playing here back to improve our game at club level,” said Amanda.They admit to being blatantly honest with each other both on and off the field. But also think sometimes it can be a negative thing.“Sometimes we can be a bit too honest with each other,” said Tash.“We say some things that we’d probably hold off saying if we weren’t sisters.”“It’s good that we do always tell each other things we can improve on, and are more comfortable taking criticism from someone we know,” said Mel.Not every team can come to an NTL and take home a title, and the girls are realistic about their goals for the tournament, both individually and as a team.“We hope to improve our overall placing at the event, and really stick it to the teams we know we can beat. We hope to be competitive in all the games we play,” said Amanda.Through hard off-season training, the ACT Women as a team have become one metre faster over 15 metres.So in the coming years, not only watch out for the ACT Womens Open team to continue improving, but watch for the three who look amazingly similar- they will be the Ingrams.last_img read more

first_imgKenya BarrisBlack-ish (ABC); Grown-ish (Freeform) Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKennaCrazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Login/Register With: Advertisement David Benioff and D.B. WeissGame of Thrones (HBO) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBOWith its brief seven-episode return for summer 2017, GoT reaffirmed its status as the biggest TV series in the world, pulling an average 31 million U.S. viewers alone. Benioff, 47, and Weiss, 46, head into the final run with a controversial follow-up gestating at HBO (revisionist history slave drama Confederate) and the continued adoration of their peers. Their show tops the list of most discussed series in other showrunners’ writers rooms.Best thing I saw this year Weiss: “The ‘Ricklantis Mixup’ episode of Rick and Morty. Benioff: “The ‘Pickle Rick’ episode of Rick and Morty.” Aziz Ansari and Alan YangMaster of None (Netflix) Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What does it take for a television show without dragons, zombies or Sterling K. Brown to get a little attention?More than 400 U.S. scripted series are set to air in 2017 — thanks for the sobering stats, John Landgraf — and getting lost in the logjam is the new normal. So in highlighting the most impactful writer-producers working in TV right now, THR focused on a few key factors. Lisa Joy and Bryan Fuller – Photo by Coral Von Zumwalt THR unveils the writer-producers of TV’s Golden Age — from ‘Game of Thrones’ masterminds David Benioff and Dan Weiss to ‘Atlanta’ creator Donald Glover — with the sharpest pens, the wildest visions and the richest deals. Their Netflix series, more of an experiment in tone than a traditional comedy, continues to earn raves and Emmy adoration (eight noms in 2017 and a key writing win for Ansari, 34, and rising star Lena Waithe). Yang, 35, and much of the writing staff now turn their attention to a buzzy Amazon vehicle for Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph — part of Yang’s own deal with Universal TV.Best thing I saw this year Yang: “Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders, and Logan, by James Mangold.”Dream casting goal Yang: “Aziz and I are both continuing to say Hugh Jackman constantly until he responds in some way.”Most invaluable person in my career Yang: “My loving wife of over 40 years, Dame Helen Mirren.”Most-discussed series in our writers room Yang: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, specifically the episode where Uncle Phil is revealed to be a pool shark when he says to his butler Geoffrey, ‘Geoffrey, break out Lucille.’ Lucille is the name of Uncle Phil’s custom pool cue that Geoffrey keeps stored in his pants.” Advertisement These 50 power showrunners rise above the churn with unprecedented deals (ka-ching, Shonda Rhimes), surging output, cultural cachet and legit “hits.”Most have paid their dues (witness the reunions of two pairs of past collaborators), a few struck gold early (hear from Stranger Things‘ Duffer brothers ahead of their sure-to-be-scrutinized sophomore season) and all have a few choice words to say about the challenges of making TV today.METHODOLOGY Eligible showrunners had at least one current scripted (not animated) series air new episodes between August 2016 and July 2017 (sorry, Seth MacFarlane!). Greg BerlantiArrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning (The CW); Blindspot (NBC); Deception (ABC); You (Lifetime) Advertisement Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic Heading into season four, Black-ish is considered the gold standard for broadcast comedy — with an average 2.1 rating among adults 18-to-49, two Emmy noms and a Golden Globe for star Tracee Ellis Ross. Barris, 43, has diversified his portfolio by setting younger-skewing spinoff Grown-ish(starring breakout Yara Shahidi) at Freeform. Oh, and he wrote a little summer film called Girls Trip.Most discussed series in our writers room Game of ThronesDream casting goal Eddie MurphyRight now, TV viewers need … “Perspective outside of their own.” Amanda Edwards/WireImage Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in MediaWith each having locked her own big deal with CBS Studios and now developing separate projects, the duo have a third season of their critically beloved musical comedy arriving on The CW. Ratings pressure is low — good thing, because it’s broadcast’s least watched series — but the show remains a favorite of network boss Mark Pedowitz. Bloom, 30, is now a bona fide CBS star, featured at the net’s telecast of the Tonys and Emmys.You know a pitch isn’t going well when … McKenna: “They say, ‘Thank you for coming in,’ at the end.”READ MORE The undisputed king of TV, at least in terms of volume, Berlanti, 45, essentially owns The CW with more than half of its primetime lineup this season, plus dramas at NBC (Blindspot) and ABC (Deception) and soon a cable entry with the Lifetime thriller You.Best thing I saw this year “The second season of Master of None.”You know a pitch isn’t going well when … “They tell you they love it but don’t say in the room that they want to buy it.”Right now, TV viewers need … “To watch more shows live.”Most invaluable person in my career “Peter Roth.”last_img read more

Ohio State senior right tackle Isaiah Prince answers questions from the media at Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Aug. 28, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team sat in silence. It had just suffered its first loss of the season, a 49-20 loss on the road at Purdue on Oct. 20. As a captain on the offensive line, Ohio State senior left tackle Isaiah Prince put it on himself to send his teammates into the bye week with a few words of encouragement. “We lost and at Ohio State, we are not used to losing, but I mean, that’s a part of life,” Prince said. “The adversity, you are going to get hit, you gotta get back up. There’s no point in pouting about it, crying about it. You got hit, you lost. We can’t go back in time and change it, so the only thing we can do is fix the mistakes and focus on what you do in the future.” But as Prince leads Ohio State into its Nov. 3 game against Nebraska, he’s not forgetting the loss to Purdue: It is what is driving him. Prince is a self-proclaimed sore loser, a mentality, he said, that comes out in every aspect of life, from video games to bench press reps. He doesn’t like losing. But as a senior lineman used to blocking for a running quarterback, Prince has had to take some losses on the line this season as Ohio State runs a run-pass option with a pocket-passing quarterback. With this offensive approach for the unit as a whole, Prince knows what his job is. “Obviously, we don’t have a running quarterback anymore. We have a quarterback who stands in the pocket and throws, so that’s just what happens on RPOs,” Prince said. “It’s a run first, so my job description is to run block first. He pulled the ball and threw it and I was downfield. That’s our offense now.” But Prince said the problem is when Ohio State is running an RPO, he doesn’t know what the backfield is doing while blocking. With the run block-first mentality, Prince has gotten beat a few times in big ways, including allowing two sacks to Minnesota junior defensive end Carter Coughlin on Oct. 13. For Prince, the mistake was easy to identify. He was run blocking, Coughlin was pass rushing, allowing him to easily get past Prince and get to redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, something the senior offensive lineman is not proud of. “I’m a guy with a lot of pride. I don’t want to give up any sacks. My goal was to have a no-sack season,” Prince said. “In that situation, there’s nothing I can do. That’s just part of the offense. I mean, the quarterback has to get rid of the ball fast. If he don’t, I mean there’s a reason why he didn’t. You can’t fault him for that. That’s just part of the offense.” As Ohio State prepares for the Cornhuskers, the running game is on the forefront of Prince’s mind, trying to figure out how the five players up front can help make space for sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, both former 1,000-yard running backs. Prince said it could take more downhill running plays, knowing what to do on scheduled rushes to create space, create holes, making it more of a traditional running game. But Prince did say that he will do whatever the coaches tell him to do, whether it’s continuing to play the guess game in RPO blocking or if it’s more of a traditional blocking approach in some cases. For him and his unit, the senior offensive lineman is just eager to perform. “I think everybody on the offensive line is very eager,” Prince said. “That is what we pride ourselves on, it’s toughness. Our program is based on toughness. That’s something we are very excited to get back to.”Instead of leading a quiet locker room, Prince plans to lead an Ohio State offensive line he describes as “pissed off.” However, for a player self-described as one who doesn’t like to talk about himself, Prince seems to want to prove something personally too. He’s pissed off, and he doesn’t like to lose. read more

first_imgInfrastructure Malta is developing a new bridge at Triq Dom Mintoff, formerly known as Corradino Hill. This will help safer pedestrian, cycling and public transport commutes between Corradino, the MCAST Campus and Paola.This overpass will reconnect the Corradino residential area with the central part of Paola. It also opens up a new pedestrian and cycling route through the adjacent Mediterranean Gardens to provide a quicker and safer route for the students who walk, cycle or use public transport to get to the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and to the Mariam Al Batool School further up the road.The bridge will also improve access to the Corradino Industrial Zone as well as the mosque and the church in the same area, as currently, pedestrians need to cross several arterial roads, including the Corradino roundabout a few metres away.The Corradino end of the proposed overpass will rise from a small plot of disused land wedged between Triq Dom Mintoff and the service road leading to the main MCAST Campus entrance and to the Corradino residential area.The four-metre wide steel bridge will extend 20 metres across the road, to the Mediterranean Gardens. It will have gently-sloping ramps for cyclists and pedestrians at both ends, and meets applicable National Commission for Persons with Disability guidelines, so that it can be accessible to all. At the MCAST end, the overpass will also have an elevator.Infrastructure Malta also plans to embellish the areas at the two ends of the bridge, including part of the Mediterranean Gardens. The agency will replace a derelict area within this garden to open up a new pedestrian and cycling pathway that links the overpass with the existing bus lay-bys in Paola Hill, the road leading to the centre of this locality. It will also include adequate lighting systems and CCTV surveillance on the bridge deck and the rest of the new pathway, to improve its safety at all times. The main bus lay-bys in the area will be modified for improved connections with the new bridge and pathway as well.This project is the third pedestrian overpass the agency will be developing in 2019. This summer, it is starting construction of an overpass for cyclists and pedestrians in Aviation Avenue, close to the Institute of Tourism Studies and the Malta International Airport, between Luqa and Gudja. Works to build another pedestrian and cycling overpass connecting Hamrun, Blata l-Bajda and the Floriana Park and Ride facilities will also start soon.Infrastructure Malta is also investing in other new infrastructure for alternative, more sustainable modes of travel as part of the ongoing Marsa Junction Project and the reconstruction of Buqana Road, between Mtarfa and Mosta, Luqa Road, Santa Lucija and Qormi Road, between Qormi and Luqa.Similar infrastructure is included in the upcoming Central Link Project, Pembroke-St Julian’s Connections project, the new Santa Lucija roundabout tunnels project and the Msida Creek Project. These major arterial road upgrades will include other pedestrian bridges, new bus laybys and kilometres of new cycle lanes and footpath, including Malta’s longest segregated bi-directional cycle track, connecting Mriehel, Birkirkara, Balzan, Attard and Ta’ Qali. WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more