Whitewater Memorial to close for deer reduction

first_imgLIBERTY, Ind. – Whitewater Memorial State Park will close temporarily to allow controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks. The dates for the closings are Monday, Nov. 17-18 and Monday, Dec. 1-2.The reduction program includes seventeen other state parks and participation is limited to hunters that were drawn last September.Whitewater Memorial will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.Information on 2015 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.In.gov/fishwild. The application deadline is usually at the end of August.last_img read more

Mason City’s mayor talks about partial reopenings of City Hall & Library but says his proclamation on public gatherings stands

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City mayor Bill Schickel says while some parts of city government are looking to open back up, his proclamation about public gatherings continues to be in effect.He says, “Regarding the state easing some restrictions, my Mason City emergency proclamation of March 17th prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people on public property remains in effect in Mason City. Also, all of our current restrictions and guidelines on parks and play areas remain in effect in Mason City.”Schickel says the Public Library is making plans to reopen.   “Although no date has been set for it, the Mason City Public Library is working on plans for limited reopening under social distancing guidelines. Also, online programming is being increased at the library. Thank you to Mary Markwalter our librarian and the staff there. The library website is just a great source for ebooks, music, research and much more. Staff is also available at the library to answer your telephone calls. That number is 421-3668.”Schickel says planning is also underway to allow public access to City Hall.  “We’re also developing plans for a limited reopening of City Hall with social distance provisions. No date has been set for that yet. Staff is available at City Hall to answer your questions at 421-3601.”Schickel says Southbridge Mall is also tentatively scheduled to reopen on Friday with social distancing provisions and limited hours being 11-to-6 Monday through Saturday and 12-to-5 on Sundays.last_img read more

Maribor v Chelsea: Drogba starts, Costa among the substitutes

first_imgDidier Drogba starts up front for Chelsea in their Champions League game in Slovenia, while Kurt Zouma is at centre-back alongside skipper John Terry and Petr Cech is in goal.Diego Costa is on the Blues bench, as are Gary Cahill and the fit-again Ramires.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Willian, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Courtois, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Salah, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

CattleWomen’s Corner: Santa Fe corn chili

first_imgThis recipe for Santa Fe corn chili is from Thirty Meals in 30 Minutes, at beefitswhatsfordinner.com.1 pound ground beef1 large clove garlic, minced1 can (15 1/2 ounces) red kidney beans, drained 1 can (15 1/4 ounces) sweet corn, drained1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained1 package (1 1/4 ounces) chili seasoning mixSauce: 3/4 cup dairy sour cream1 1/2 teaspoons green hot pepper sauceInstructions1. …last_img

Evolutionists Rattled Over Battle for Earliest Animal

first_imgIf the latest salvo in a long-standing Darwin debate hits, then the idea of evolution growing more complex with time suffers a big blow.Sponges or Comb Jellies?Sponges look simpler than other Cambrian animals. Thinking Darwinly, evolutionists would expect they were the earliest animals. Perhaps sponges sparked the Cambrian explosion, resulting in all those starfish, worms, and corals that burst on the scene, they imagine. That Darwinian thought may be under attack itself, says Live Science, when Laura Geggel asks, what animal represents the oldest branch on Darwin’s tree?The sponge has long been a crowd favorite because its body is extremely simple when compared with other animals. But a new, detailed genetic analysis revealed that the delicate predator the comb jelly (a ctenophore) evolved first, the researchers in the new study said.Vanderbilt University pipes in: “Forget sponges: the earliest animals were marine jellies,” reports David Salisbury.Now, a team of evolutionary biologists from Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have devised a new approach designed specifically to settle contentious phylogenetic tree-of-life issues like this. The new approach comes down squarely on the side of comb jellies.The method and its application to this and 17 other controversial phylogenetic relationships were published online April 10 by the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.This counterattack follows close on the heels of the advance of the sponge-bobs, who last month declared in Current Biology that sponges were first. Amy Maxmen in Nature, reporting on the “Battle of the Branches” from the battlefield, says that the sponge-bobs declared sponges the winners by “using an unprecedented array of genetic data to deduce that they were the first to branch off from the animal tree of life.” Both sides seem unwilling to admit defeat.The Vanderbilt press release claims that 95% of phylogenetic cases resolve well. Looking into the uncooperative 5% with their ‘new approach,’ the genetic detectives led by Antonis Rokas came to this conclusion:In this fashion they determined that comb jellies have considerably more genes which support their “first to diverge” status in the animal lineage than do sponges.The Problem With Comb Jelly AncestorsMaxmen gives one prominent reason why evolutionists don’t want comb jellies first in line:This arrangement rattled evolutionary biologists because it upended the idea that animal complexity increased over time. It implied that nerves and other characteristics evolved independently in different lineages, and were subsequently lost in sponges. Since then, studies have supported or contradicted the rearrangement, but all have been plagued by problems.According to their paper, the Rokas team used their new approach to try to resolve other contentious phylogenetic relationships. The press release explains:Another contentious relationship the researchers addressed was whether crocodiles are more closely related to birds or turtles. They found that 74 percent of the shared genes favor the hypothesis that crocodiles and birds are sister lineages while turtles are close cousins.In the course of their study, they also discovered that in a number of contentious cases, one or two “strongly opinionated genes” among all the genes being analyzed appear to be causing the problem because the statistical methods that evolutionary biologists have been using are highly susceptible to their influence.In some cases, such as controversies regarding the origins of flowering plants and modern birds, they determined that the removal of even a single opinionated gene can flip the results of an analysis from one candidate to another. In cases like this, the researchers were forced to conclude that the available data is either inadequate to support a definitive conclusion or it indicates that the diversification occurred too rapidly to resolve.“We believe that our approach can help resolve many of these long-standing controversies and raise the game of phylogenetic reconstruction to a new level,” Rokas said.—a new level of hostility, perhaps. If relationships can flip over a single ‘strongly-opinionated gene’, all indications are that the battle will wage on. The strongly-opinionated rivals can always argue about which gene needs flipping.Notice the revealing term Rokas used: “the game of phylogenetic reconstruction.” Evolutionists are fond of using game theory to show how evolution works, so let’s follow their example. Our game theory: the rival teams of evolutionists need to continue their battleship games to avoid boredom.Games of chance never really resolve to “the truth” about something. That’s why neo-Darwinism, the incarnation of the Stuff Happens Law, provides endless fun for the gamers. Notice what one of the jelly-first evolutionists says in the Nature article: “’By chance, lineages accumulate genetic similarities not due to a shared history but due to random change,’ explains Michaël Manuel, an evolutionary biologist at the Institute of Biology Paris-Seine, and the study’s senior author.”Keep rollin’ those dice. Give them to Popeye (4/01/17); maybe he will come up with snake eyes. (Visited 111 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA go-ahead for Grand Inga hydropower project

first_img22 August 2014The Cabinet has approved the ratification of the treaty on the Grand Inga hydropower project between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), paving the way for the next phase of what could eventually become the largest hydroelectric project in the world, with the potential to power half the continent.Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe made the announcement in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s latest fortnightly meeting, which took place in Cape Town on Wednesday.The Grand Inga project will seek to harness the power potential of the Congo River, sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest waterway. Once all seven of its planned phases are complete, it is expected to generate a massive 40 000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power.Two existing dams, Inga 1 and 2, have been in operation since 1972 and 1982 respectively, together generating nearly 1 800 MW. The next phase of the Grand Inga project, Inga 3, is expected to cost in the region of US$12-billion and produce around 4 800 MW of electricity.Subsequent phases, adding up to an eventual total capacity of 40 000 MW, will allow countries in southern Africa, north-east Africa and parts of west Africa to benefit from production at the site.The Grand Inga treaty, signed by South Africa and the DRC in October, will now be tabled in Parliament. The treaty provides the framework for the facilitation of power generation from the Grand Inga project and its delivery to the border between the DRC and Zambia.According to Radebe, the ratification of the treaty paves the way for the development of Inga 3, which will provide 2 500 MW of electricity to South Africa and contribute to regional integration, energy security and economic growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.“The project has the potential to supply clean and affordable imported hydroelectric power to meet the needs of the DRC, South Africa and surrounding countries,” Radebe said.“The project holds the potential to fast-track SADC development, alleviate energy poverty, stimulate economic growth and facilitate infrastructure development.“This represents one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken on the African continent, and one which will long be a resounding symbol of the rise of Africa and her people.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Hardik, 59 others booked for rioting

first_imgAhmedabad police on Monday booked the Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and 59 others in a “rioting” case following a complaint by a local BJP councilor in Ramol area of the city. Mr. Hardik Patel and his supporters are accused of vandalising BJP councilor’s house in the city. Following this, the police arrested 11 people after filing an FIR. “They have filed a case against Hardik and others in connection with a complaint by a local BJP leader. This is meant to harass us because the BJP government is using the state machinery to break the agitation ahead of the assembly polls in Gujarat,” said Varun Patel, a media convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). The Patel quota agitation leader, who is already facing two sedition cases in Ahmedabad and Surat and is currently out on bail, allegedly trespassed into the house of Paresh Patel, BJP’s municipal councilor in Vastral, in the city, at around 2 am along with 59 others, as per the complaint filed by Mr. Patel. According to the police, Mr. Hardik and his group were upset as one of their members, Kunal Patel, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly posting an objectionable message on the social media. An FIR was filed against Mr. Hardik and others under sections 147 (rioting), 142, 143, 149 (unlawful assembly), 435(mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The quota agitation, launched in 2015 to seek quota for the Patidar community, is spearheaded by the 23-year-old Hardik, who was earlier arrested and spent several months in jail before he was granted bail. His agitation had turned violent in August 2015 during which over a dozen persons were killed in police firing, forcing the state authorities to call in army to restore law and order situation in the state.last_img read more

HC dismisses plea challenging cancellation of ‘atheist’ certificate

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a petition of a youth from Haryana who challenged the cancellation of his “atheist” certificate by the State government after it had been issued to him by a local official earlier. Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa, while dismissing the petition, observed that if the petitioner has chosen a path of an atheist and doesn’t believe in any caste or class, there would be no requirement in law for him to be issued a certificate to such effect.The court held that undoubtedly, the freedom of conscience under Article 25 of the Constitution encompasses in itself a freedom to an individual to take a view that he does not belong to any religion.Individual rights“The freedom conferred by Article 25 of the Constitution would also include a right of an individual to claim that he is an ‘atheist’. Just as a freedom of conscience confers a fundamental right to a citizen to entertain a particular religious belief, it equally confers a right on any other individual-citizen to express an opinion that he does not belong to any religion,” said the court.The petitioner, Ravi Kumar Atheist, had approached the court challenging the cancellation of the “atheist” certificate which was issued to him by the Naib Tehsildar, Tohana of district Fatehabad in Haryana. The certificate issued on April 29, 2019 certified that the petitioner was an atheist and does not belong to any caste, religion and does not believe in God. However, on May 4, 2019 the certificate was cancelled.The court said that even if any such certificate had been issued by the Naib Tehsildar concerned and the same was subsequently cancelled, it would be of no consequence.last_img read more

Warriors come back to beat Wizards; Green, Beal ejected

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion READ: Green, Beal ejected after fight during Warriors-Wizards gameStephen Curry added 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds, hitting two 3s and two free throws in the final minute of the third quarter to get Golden State within 97-87 heading into the final 12 minutes. Then Klay Thompson and Durant made 3s early in the fourth for a four-point game. Thompson scored 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant’s jumper with 1:20 to go put Golden State up by five, but the Warriors still needed his two free throws with 9.4 seconds left. John Wall missed an off-balance 3 then Washington couldn’t capitalize on one final chance.David West made two straight baskets for the Warriors midway through the fourth but Otto Porter Jr. hit consecutive 3-pointers for the Wizards, answering a 3 by Durant with a baseline dagger on the way to 29 points for the Wizards. 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?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wizards: Washington shot 15 for 33 on 3s. … C Ian Mahinmi played almost 13 minutes after he had been questionable with a sprained left ankle.Warriors: Key reserve Shaun Livingston was out for personal reasons to attend a funeral. … Rookie Jordan Bell was inactive for the first time as C JaVale McGee became available after sitting out Wednesday against Toronto. “Some guys are guaranteed minutes every night, some aren’t,” Kerr said of his plans in the season’s early stages.UP NEXTWizards: At Sacramento on Sunday.Warriors: Host Pistons on Sunday seeking an eighth consecutive home victory in the series. Formula One: Retirement not on Hamilton mind as fourth title beckons Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, argues with a referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State lost its emotional leader when Draymond Green was ejected shortly before halftime. The defending champs were sloppy again, even forgetting several plays after one timeout and still somehow won — but it has hardly been easy so far.Kevin Durant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to help rally the Warriors from 18 points down and beat the Wizards 120-117 on Friday night, a game marred by a fight between Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal that led to both being tossed.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES The Warriors are still trying to figure things out, having given up 17 offensive rebounds two nights earlier in holding off the Raptors and also committing 17 turnovers — which they did again Friday.Golden State began 1 for 10 from 3-point range while committing seven turnovers and allowing six 3s by early in the second quarter. But the Warriors did enough to win a fourth straight at home against the Wizards.“We’re not ready, we’re still not ready,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’re not locked in.”Wall had 20 points and 14 assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 19 and Marcin Gortat had 18 for the Wizards, whose three-game winning streak to open the season was snapped in embarrassing fashion with a 102-99 overtime loss at the Lakers on Wednesday.AL ATTLES NIGHTThe Warriors honored beloved Al Attles, who missed his tribute night because he’s in the hospital. The 80-year-old Attles is in his 58th year with the franchise as a player, coach of the 1975 title team, a GM and now ambassador.Kerr wore an itchy, “100 percent polyester” retro suit for the occasion, while Warriors players wore shooting shirts featuring his likeness and a bobblehead was the giveaway.His wife, Wilhelmina Attles, son, Alvin Attles III, and Hall of Famer Rick Barry represented him during an on-court tribute after the first quarter.“Great to honor him,” Kerr said. “I know our fans who have been following us for a long time know about Al’s influence, but 57 years with the organization, obviously he won the championship with the team in ’75, was GM, drafted Chris Mullin, one of the best players early on in the Warriors history. He’s pretty much done it all. Fitting tonight we will honor him and his family. We know he’ll be watching on TV. I hope he’s not offended by my suit.”TIP-INS QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments With 19.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Beal held the front of Green’s jersey with his left hand while grabbing Green around the jaw with his right. That enraged Green, who threw his right arm in frustration and wrapped arms with Beal as if hugging, then other players joined the scrum.“It was a scuffle. I’m not going to go into details about it. I’ll do that with the league tomorrow,” Beal said. “We just got into it and things got out of hand and we both got ejected. I told my teammates I can’t put myself in a situation like that to leave them out there to battle out against a tough team without me out there.”Green had to be pulled away from the skirmish by Andre Iguodala and Warriors security personnel. Green was tossed after getting his second technical foul. The back of his uniform was torn from near his right shoulder down to his waist.“I thought Draymond defended himself and bit the bullet of being ejected for the game,” West said.Green was hit with his first technical at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter for arguing an offensive foul call. He had six assists, three points, three rebounds and three blocks before his early exit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Dean Smith happy with Tammy Abrahams current form

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith has expressed delight with Striker Tammy Abraham’s form“He’s got a love for Villa at the moment,” Smith said after his four goals in midweek via Birmingham MailOn his chances with England National team, Smith said:“Tammy Abraham is playing for England U21s at the moment”“Whether he gets to go and play for the full team or gets a call up, who knows?Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“All he can do is keep working hard and do what he is doing with us.“He has made people sit up and take note by scoring seven goals in four games.”Aston Villa have already held discussions with Chelsea about Tammy Abraham’s loan situation – and are hoping the season-long agreement stands.National reports today suggest that Abraham’s parent club are considering recalling the in-form striker in January, an option they can take up if they wish.However, assistant boss John Terry has spoken with officials at Stamford Bridge already this season, and head coach Dean Smith has also kept updated with the situation.last_img read more