Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain, & More To Perform WinterWonderGrass Tahoe

first_imgWinterWonderGrass Tahoe is going down March 31-April 2, 2017 at the base of Squaw Valley in California. The lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, and Fruition. Also included in the stacked lineup are Mandolin Orange, Lil’ Smokies, Peter Rowan, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters, Dustbowl Revival, and so many more. Everyone Orchestra is also listed, without specific details as to whom will be included, along with The Bluegrass Generals, featuring Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall, Brad Parsons Band, and Pickin’ on The Dead.The festival surrounds music, brews, and mountains, and is shaping up to be a beautiful entrance celebration to spring in California. The location is a gorgeous result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, in particular, is a stunning 180 degree panorama that vividly narrates the impact of that ancient earth shaping.The festival sold out both previous years. Early Bird Tickets are currently on sale, and we recommend that you get them here.[Photo via WinterWonderGrass Facebook]last_img read more

US fast-tracking antimalarials to treat coronavirus

first_imgThe US is fast-tracking antimalarial drugs for use as a treatment against the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Thursday, following encouraging early results in France and China.Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have not been given a formal green light in the US to fight the pandemic, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would work with domestic makers to expand production as it studied their efficacy.The news came as Senate Republicans unveiled a $1 trillion emergency relief package to combat the economic turmoil caused by the virus — which must now be examined by so-far skeptical Democrats, who want to include direct financial aid to individuals, before a date can be set for a vote. Encouraging Several clinical trials are also underway in China, where authorities have announced positive results, but not yet published their data.Karine Le Roch, a professor of cell biology at the University of California, Riverside told AFP she was encouraged by recent work in France and China.”I will say there is a very small number of patients, but if the results are correct, it seems to indeed decrease the viral loads of infected patients,” she said.”It’s encouraging but we have to make sure the results are accurate and then confirm that with a larger number of patients.”Scientists understand how these alkaloid compounds work at the cellular level to fight malaria parasites — but it’s not yet known how they are fighting the coronavirus, Le Roch added.”It’s highly possible that this compound is changing the acidity of the cells infected with the virus,” she told AFP.”And then the enzymes that are needed for the virus to replicate cannot work as efficiently as they would work without the drug.”But not everyone is convinced.Writing in the journal Antiviral Research, French scientists Franck Touret and Xavierde de Lamballerie urged caution, noting that chloroquine had been proposed several times for the treatment of acute viral diseases in humans without success, including HIV.They added that finding the right dose was crucial because “chloroquine poisoning has been associated with cardiovascular disorders that can be life-threatening.” Topics : “As an example, many Americans have read studies and heard media reports about this drug chloroquine, which is an anti-malarial drug. “That’s a drug that the president directed us to take a closer look at, as to whether an expanded use approach to that could be done to actually see if that benefits patients.Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are synthetic forms of quinine, which is found in the barks of cinchona trees of Latin America and has been used to treat malaria for centuries.Some in the wider scientific community have cautioned more research is needed to prove that they really work and are safe for COVID-19. But French drug maker Sanofi said on Wednesday it was ready to offer the French government millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine, sold under its brand name Plaquenil, in light of a “promising” study carried out by scientist Didier Raoult of the IHU Mediterranee Infection in Marseille.Raoult reported this week that after treating 24 patients for six days with Plaquenil, the virus had disappeared in all but a quarter of them. The research has not yet been peer reviewed or published, and Raoult had come under fire by some scientists and officials in his native France for potentially raising false hopes.”I’m just doing my duty, and I am happy to see that now eight or nine countries recommend chloroquine treatment for patients with this new coronavirus,” he told AFP. The two drugs mentioned Thursday are already approved for malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and doctors in the US may prescribe any drug they believe is appropriate medically.”We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately, and that’s where the FDA has been so great,” Trump told reporters, referring to both compounds.The US has recorded more than 14,000 cases of new coronavirus infection, 205 of them fatal, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. But authorities expect the number to rise steeply in the coming days because of increased levels of testing after initial delays.”If there is an experimental drug that is potentially available, a doctor could ask for that drug to be used in a patient. We have criteria for that and very speedy approval for that,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (October 7-12)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report  (October 7-12)Congratulations to Southwestern, Milan and Rising Sun on their 2019 ORVC Girls Varsity Volleyball Championships!Congratulations to Milan and South Ripley on their 2019 ORVC Girls Reserve Volleyball Championships!Congratulations to Jac-Cen-Del on their 2019 IHSAA Class A Boys Soccer Championship!  Good luck in the Regional!This is the first time in the history of the ORVC that 3 teams have shared the Volleyball title!  Volleyball became a recognized conference sport in 1977-78.Players of the Week.Volleyball: Jennifer Barker – MilanORVC Report(October 7-12)2019Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img read more

Crime in Donegal: Sex offences drop, burglaries and drink driving on the rise

first_imgThe latest Garda crime data has revealed that the number of reported sex offences has decreased this year in Donegal.However, drink driving offences have almost doubled and burglary offences have increased by 33%.Gardaí in Donegal dealt with 2,387 offences in the first three months of 2019. This represents a rise of 345 crimes, compared to the same period in 2018 when 2042 offences were recorded. The crime stats, released under reservation by the CSO today, reveal that 30 sexual offences were recorded in Donegal between January and March 2019. Twenty five of those crimes were related to rape and sexual assault. The figure is down from 41 sexual offences at the same time in 2018.Ninety-three cases of drink driving were recorded, up from 64. There were eight drug driving offences, compared to one in the first quarter of last year.Other notable statistics show a rise in burglaries. Sixty burglary offences were recorded, up from 45.There was also a 27% rise in public order offences, from 255 in Q1 2018 to 326 in Q1 2019. Garda crime data from Donegal goes against the national averages, as today’s CSO report found an increase in fraud and sexual offences across Ireland, while burglary and criminal damage offences continue to fall.Crime in Donegal: Sex offences drop, burglaries and drink driving on the rise was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:crimeCSOGardalast_img read more

Orchid Deception: Is It Evolution?

first_imgOrchids comprise the most exotic and diverse group of flowering plants.  Some 30,000 species strong, this group contains members with unusual sex organs.  Some have organs that look and smell like the female of the insect species that pollinate them.  They seduce the males without giving them a reward of nectar for their stopover.  How could such a strategy of deceptive seduction evolve?    Heidi Ledford explored this question in Nature last week.1  About a third of orchids seduce pollinators without giving them nectar.  The orchids that deliver nectar typically have better reproductive success, at least in terms of numbers of offspring.  Darwin thought that the insect pollinators would eventually learn the trick and avoid the flowers, driving them extinct.  Ledford explained how evolutionary theorists believe, however, that “dishonesty gives them the evolutionary edge.”    This might work, for instance, by reducing inbreeding.  A pollen-dusted but disgusted visitor may fly to more distant plants, where they are less likely to visit the orchid’s kinfolk.  An evolutionary biologist explained, “To be deceptive means that the orchids have less sex, but the sex is better because it’s not with a close relative.”  From the insect’s point of view, though, how do biologists answer Darwin’s enigma?  Why don’t male bees catch onto the trick?  Some suggest that young males are profligate, not picky, among the scarce females.  One researcher puts himself into the bee brain, saying, “Hey, I will go for anything that looks like a female because I can’t afford not to.”    Does this explanation hold up?  Does it explain the origin of the elaborate reproductive organs of the flowers, and their amazing ability to mimic the pheromones of female insects?  Further digging in the article shows problems.  Researchers mentioned in the article are looking for evidence of “sympatric speciation,” a controversial idea that has lacked firm evidence despite decades of investigation.2  Evidence that this has actually occurred in the case of orchids is only tentative at best.    Additionally, today’s oddball orchids may represent degenerates of more complex ancestors.  Ledford comments that “plants produce hundreds of volatile compounds to repel predators and microbes”; one of the pheromone mimics, in fact, a complex chemical concoction, consists of “14 different compounds that are also common components of the waxy cuticle that protects the surface of many plants.”  Elaborating on how this might have happened, she said,They showed that the same combination of compounds is present in the volatile sex pheromone that a female bee uses to attract a mate, and that a blend of these chemicals could make bees mate with dummy flowers.  The finding also revealed how sexual deception could have evolved in this species by gradual modification of systems the plant was already using to make its own compounds.  Each tweak in the ratio of compounds that increased pollinator visitation would have given the orchid a reproductive advantage.Yet it seems hardly a law of nature that some species would opt for deception, luring pollinators without a reward, while others would stick with the standard strategy of rewarding visitors with nectar.  The former get less sex with better quality while the latter get more sex (and more offspring) yet with risk of inbreeding.  Plausible as this sounds, the same theory is being used to explain opposite strategies among very similar plants.  This seems hardly a deterministic explanation.    The most promising evidence for the evolutionary view in Ledford’s article was that a certain Australian species appears to have invented its pollinator’s pheromone from scratch: The team found evidence to back this idea [that plants attract pollinators by adjusting their chemical bouquet] in the orchid blooms of Australia. They repeated the experiment [matching plant compounds with pollinator odor receptors] on the orchid Chiloglottis trapeziformis, which tricks the male thynnine wasp (Neozeleboria cryptoides).  Analysis of C. trapeziformis scent revealed a surprise – rather than adapting existing mechanisms, the orchid was producing an entirely different chemical compound they named chiloglottone, which is also a pheromone made by female wasps. They also found that another Ophrys species, O. speculum, concocts a different wasp pheromone by developing several novel compounds. In this case, the orchid mimic worked so well that, when offered a choice between a female or an orchid, male wasps courted the orchid.The article did not elaborate, however, on how the botanists knew that the ability to produce these compounds was not already present in the ancestor.  Some species produce the chiloglottone, while others do not.  To call a compound “novel” would require knowledge of the genetic history of today’s species.  It would require knowing whether the haves evolved from the have-nots rather than vice versa.    Nevertheless, the plants and their pollinators show remarkable specificity today.  Insect pollinators such as wasps and bees are often picky about the flowers they visit, and the flowers often show exotic adaptations to succeed in attracting the right insects.  The article left the question of sympatric speciation unresolved.  Ledford did not address, furthermore, the larger questions of how these flowers and insects arose in the first place.1Heidi Ledford, “News Feature: Plant biology: The flower of seduction,” Nature 445, 816-817 (22 February 2007) | doi:10.1038/445816a. 2Sympatric speciation (as opposed to allopatric speciation) suggests that species can split into two without members becoming geographically isolated.  See 01/15/2003.Nothing in this article contradicts the view that today’s highly-specialized exotic plants and their pollinators represent degenerations of original complex ancestors.  By degenerations, we mean that they contain less genetic information than the parents.  If the parents already possessed the genetic information and machinery to produce hundreds of volatile compounds, it is plausible to presume that they eventually lost the information that was not needed for survival in specialized environments.  This is not evolution in the macroevolutionary sense – the sense needed for propping up the Charlie idol.    Think of a well-equipped soldier landing in Iraq with all-purpose gear and deciding he can shuck his snow parka.  He is now better adapted to his new desert environment.  Does that mean he is more highly evolved?  Of course not.  As with the case of blind cave fish (02/16/2007), natural selection (a conservative process) eliminates the excess baggage and only retains and exaggerates what aids survival.  None of this requires new genetic information.  The Darwinians cannot make a case here that orchids and wasps evolved from bacteria.    That being said, this article shows that the study of microevolutionary adaptations is a legitimate area for research.  Learning more about how orchids and bees have become adapted to their unique ecosystems can help explore the processes of horizontal change over time.  It’s interesting, also, that even the evolutionary biologists themselves admitted that these adaptations could occur rapidly.  One researcher was quoted saying, “We think that speciation can occur fairly quickly in that system.  The plants need only to change their odour bouquet to attract a new pollinator.”  These horizontal sorting-out adaptations do not require millions of years.    Keep in mind, furthermore, that the concept of “species” is artificial and controversial.  The simplistic high-school definition that a species is a group of organisms able to produce fertile offspring has problems when investigated in detail; what about asexual organisms?  What about fossils?  Philosophers debate over to what extent the word species represents something real in nature instead of an artificial construct we impose on nature.  And for those who think the scientific-sounding word species is more intellectual than the Genesis word kind, we remind them that species comes from the Latin word for kind.  We add that the father of taxonomy, Carolus Linnaeus, was motivated to classify living things in order to explore the limits of the Genesis “kinds”.  As a footnote, his method of classifying plants was by their reproductive organs.  Not all botanists have agreed with his criteria for classifying species; nevertheless, Linnaeus considered the pistils and stamens of flowers exquisitely designed structures for both function and beauty.    Orchids surely are among the most beautiful, prosperous, diverse life forms adorning our world.  It’s no wonder they are flowers of choice for corsages on that special date.  Yes, they have diversified into a splendid array of fascinating varieties.  Calling this evolution, however, risks confusing the larger issues with Darwinian materialism (see 02/25/2007 commentary) that reduces sex to selfish strategizing and nihilism (05/01/2002, 02/14/2007).  Evolutionists are in no position to claim they understand the origin of sex (e.g., 05/16/2004, 05/12/2004) in all its bewildering complexity and diverse manifestations.  If materialism cannot deal with the origin of sex, much less can it address questions of human mores and aesthetics.  Why we find orchids beautiful, and why we should be honest and faithful to our soulmates, are not questions for Darwin.    It’s forever important to reason properly and avoid logical pitfalls.  Confusing microevolutionary adaptive sorting with macroevolutionary innovation is the fallacy of equivocation.  Envisioning plants strategizing for reproductive success, and being capable of dishonesty and deception, is the fallacy of personification.  And taking observable evidence from the present and stretching it to absurd lengths into the unobservable past is the fallacy of extrapolation.  Be reasonable (adj., not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive).  After that requirement is met, reward your soul: take time to smell the orchids.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MTN appoints new CEO

first_imgRay Maota The Ayoba marketing campaign was used by MTN for the summer of 2009/2010 in South Africa. (Image: Flickr) The newly appointed CEO and president of MTN, Sifiso Dabengwa, will commence his duties in April 2011. (Image: MyBroadband.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maphamola Lebelo MTN Group Communications +27 83 212 9918 RELATED ARTICLES • Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal • Eskom build programme powers ahead • MTN launches R8.1bn shares scheme • Telkom mobile to launch soonOn 20 December African telecommunications giant MTN announced the appointment of its new CEO and president, Sifiso Dabengwa, who will commence his duties from April 2011. Dabengwa replaces outgoing CEO Phuthuma Nhleko, who leaves in March 2011 after nine years at the helm.Dabengwa is the current group chief operating officer, a position which will soon be replaced with that of chief executive of its international operations.“Given the strong growth and development of MTN International (MTNI), it has been decided to abolish the position of COO and instead to appoint a CEO for the company to focus more intensely on opportunities,” said MTN in a statement.The incoming CEOSifiso Dabengwa is an engineering graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and was chief operating officer of MTN Group and chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria – simultaneously – before his new appointment. He holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and was also head of power utility Eskom’s distribution division, where he controlled a multibillion-rand budget before joining MTN in 1999.He started his career at MTN as MD of the group’s South African operations. In 2004 he assumed his two concurrent positions, with the goal of overseeing growth and consolidation into Nigeria’s mobile market.He has worked closely with Nhleko since returning to South Africa in 2006 and according to analysts his appointment was widely expected, as this would provide continuity for the company.Telecoms analyst Spiwe Chireka said: “Whoever would take over from Phuthuma Nhleko would definitely need to have the African experience as their first strong point.”“He’s been with Phuthuma for a while and so far MTN’s vision and strategy have worked well and you want someone who can continue with that,” added Chireka.However, analysts have also expressed caution. Fund manager Pallavi Ambekar warned that Dabengwa will be faced with the same challenges as Nhleko – these include regulatory problems and increased competition in major markets.Ambekar said: “The focus on capex and cost efficiency and continued focus on growing key markets are expected to be some of the priorities.”The outgoing CEOPhuthuma Nhleko is also chairman and a founding member of Worldwide African Investment Holdings, an investment company with interests in the petroleum, telecommunications and IT industries.Nhleko holds a BSc from the University of Ohio State and an MBA in finance from the University of Atlanta.He holds directorships in a number of major companies including Johnnic Holdings; Nedbank Group; Old Mutual SA; Network Communications Solutions; Nixia Trading; Worldwide Capital and Commerce One.Nhleko wanted to leave MTN on a high note – in 2010 the company attempted to buy Egyptian operator Orascom and to clinch a deal with India’s Bharti Airtel but both deals fell through.Although Nhleko did not seal those two deals, his tenure at MTN was a success and he will now take up the position of group non-executive chairman.Multinational mobile networkMTN is a telecoms company operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.It is the second largest mobile network in South Africa and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The group has 134.4-million subscribers across its territories.MTN operates in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.In South Africa, the telecoms company supports football; cycling; cricket; music and beauty pageants. It sponsors local football teams Golden Arrows, Ajax Cape Town and Black Leopards. It’s the sponsor of one of South Africa’s largest cycling clubs, Club 100. In terms of music, it hosts one of the country’s biggest music events, the MTN South African Music Awards. In 2010 it hosted the premier Crowning Miss Soweto beauty pageant.last_img read more

A Field Guide to the Canon 5D Mark IV’s Built-in Wi-Fi

first_imgFollow these five simple steps to get your Canon 5D Mark IV synced up to Wi-Fi and connected to your smartphone or laptop.All images via Jourdan Aldredge.In a hyper-connected world, it may come as no surprise that digital cameras have been quick to adopt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for syncing with other devices and smartphones. The Canon 5D Mark IV, like past iterations, is no exception. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to get your Canon 5D Mark IV synced, connected, and remotely accessed.Turn on WifiFirst, you’ll want to turn on your camera’s Wi-Fi, which you can find by navigating through your camera’s menu screen. Scroll through until you get to the settings tab (which is the yellow wrench). From there, you’ll go to the fourth tab, and scroll down to click on “communication settings.” I say scroll, but with the Canon 5D Mark IV, you can use the touchscreen as well to navigate.From there, click through to the “Built-in wireless settings” and then the “Wi-Fi/NFC” option to enable Wi-Fi (if it already says enabled, and the rest of the options below are available, you’re good to go but may need to clear settings at the bottom in case your camera has already been synced to another device in the past).You can then create a nickname for your camera. For this example, we’ll just use the default, which is “EOS5D4,” but feel free to make it whatever you’d like.Download Canon AppBefore we move on to connecting your Canon 5D Mark IV to your smartphone or device of choice, you’ll need to make sure you have the Canon App already downloaded and set up on your device. For this example, we’ll be using an iPhone 6s, but the app should be the same across all smartphones and devices. To download the app, go to your app store to find the “Canon Camera Connect” app. Once the app is downloaded and set up, you can connect your camera using the following steps.Connect to SmartphoneOnce you have the Canon App, you’ll go back to your 5D and choose the “Wi-Fi Function” option under the “Built-in wireless settings.” You’ll choose the icon for your smartphone (or other device of choice). Choose “Easy connection” over “Select a network,” and you’ll find yourself at a screen with info about your Camera’s SSID and an “Encryption key” to sync your camera to your smartphone.You’ll then go to your smartphone and navigate to your wireless settings and find your Wi-Fi connections. You should see a Wi-Fi signal with your Canon 5D SSID (set to your camera’s nickname). You’ll simply choose that Wi-Fi and put in your “Encryption code” as your Wi-Fi password. Give your camera and smartphone a few seconds to connect. After you go back to your camera, you’ll be asked to confirm your connection, and from there you’ll be connected and synced!Open in Canon AppIf you go into your Canon App now, you will see a page confirming your two devices are connected and synced. If not, you can manually connect them in the app in the same way. The Canon Camera Connect app has lots of functionalities of its own, a few you’ll notice right away are your ability to view and transfer your images and video files directly on the app.Remote Smartphone ControlsFrom within the app, you can sync and manage different aspects of your camera remotely. Some of the most notable controls allow you to change things like ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, and exposure. For video purposes, you can start and stop recording; change other more advanced controls like your white balance and frame rate (and change between MOV and MP4); and keep tabs on recording time and battery life — and even monitor audio levels.For film and video professionals, this opens lots of doors when shooting solo and you need to set a camera and monitor remotely. It’s also helpful when vlogging or filming yourself, as you won’t need to jump back and forth between in front of and behind your camera. You can also use this to get your camera into tight or hard-to-reach spaces where you can’t monitor the viewfinder directly.For more Canon 5D (and other camera) tips and tricks, check out these articles below.Should You Upgrade the Canon 7D to the 5D Mark IV?Using Canon 5D Mark IV’s Auto-Focus While Shooting VideoCanon Log Upgrade: Should You Send in Your Canon 5D Mark IV?The Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionUtilizing Remote Grades in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Clippers game postponed by rain team set to play Mothers Day doubleheader

After the fans were able to watch the live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on the scoreboard at Huntington Park, Saturday night’s game between the Columbus Clippers and Lehigh Valley IronPigs was unable to get out of the starting gate as thunderstorms moved in. The two teams will play a doubleheader Sunday, consisting of two seven-inning games beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the first concludes.   Saturday’s scheduled starting pitcher, left-hander David Huff (3-0, 3.19 ERA) will pitch the first game and face right-hander Eddie Bonine (2-3, 3.38 ERA).  Columbus has won 14 of its past 15 games, and is currently atop the International League West Division with a record of 22-6. read more

Luis Suarez could miss Barca trip to Valencia

first_imgBarcelona star striker Luis Suarez could miss weekend’s showdown against Valencia after picking up a minor knee injury in a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.Although the 31-year-old Uruguayan barely notched three goals in ten outings this season, his influence on the game was quite obvious at the Wembley Stadium.Now, according to the Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, the former Liverpool man left London with a pain in his knee, which would require further assessment.Since Suarez might not be ready for Barca’s trip to Valencia, Munir El Haddadi, who scored a late equalizer versus Athletic Bilbao, could get another chance to impress.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Blaugrana will face-off against the Bats at the Estadio Mestalla this weekend, hoping to end a 3-game winless streak in La Liga.A positive thing for Ernesto Valverde is that international break will provide Barcelona medical team with more time to perform all additional tests to make Suarez ready for El Classico, which will take place immediately after players return to their respective clubs.last_img read more