Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, August 25

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United could eventually pay a staggering £72million for Angel Di Maria. The Real Madrid winger should complete his move to Old Trafford by Tuesday. (Daily Mirror)After finalising a deal for Di Maria, Louis van Gaal will then step up his efforts to sign Nigel de Jong from AC Milan, while the United boss is also chasing another Dutch star, Daley Blind. (Daily Mirror)Arsene Wenger has made a check on Wolfsburg’s Brazilian midfield star Luiz Gustavo. Wolfsburg are keen on Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski – and that could even raise the chance of a player-plus-cash deal. (Daily Mirror)Juventus will also hold talks with Arsenal over Lukas Podolski. The Serie A champions want the Germany international on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer, but Arsenal would favour selling him. (Daily Telegraph)Sami Khedira, reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, will not be leaving Real Madrid according to their manager, Carlo Ancelotti. (Guardian)Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out the possibility of Everton signing either Samuel Eto’o or Danny Welbeck in the final week of the transfer window, but admitted that finances will dictate whether or not he can add one of the two forwards to his squad. (The Times)Fernando Torres will not leave Chelsea unless they pay up his £8.5million-a-year contract in full. Italian side Roma are leading the race to sign the out-of-favour Chelsea striker. (The Sun)Hull boss Steve Bruce hopes to make it third time lucky with a £12million-plus bid for Blackburn hot shot Jordan Rhodes. (Daily Mirror)Harry Redknapp is closing in on a deal for Reading’s £6million-rated keeper Alex McCarthy. (Daily Mirror)Ronald Koeman is ready to revive his interest in Nathan Redmond. The Southampton boss has had a £3.5million bid for the Norwich winger rejected, but is set to make a fresh move. (The Sun)Sunderland have held talks with Lille winger Salomon Kalou. The negotiations are believed to have been positive, with Kalou understood to be keen on a move to the Stadium of Light this summer. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Balotelli will make Liverpool title contenders, claims BrownDi Maria will be a ‘big plus’ for Man United, insists ex-Old Trafford coachExclusive – Bruce could tempt Welbeck to Hull, claims BrownExclusive – Move for Tottenham star is close, reveals Hull boss Bruce‘Raging’ Hull boss Bruce calls for video replays after controversial Stoke drawlast_img read more

Evolutionists 98% Wrong on Desert Pupfish

first_imgSmall fish living in Devil’s Hole became isolated just hundreds of years ago, not thousands.Talk about a radical revision in science; evolutionists have been telling the public that fish in an isolated habitat called Devil’s Hole in Nevada became separated from their parent population over 10,000 years ago, and have evolved as a new species ever since. But now, just centuries?Devil’s Hole is a water reservoir 100 meters deep in a cavern that opens to the surface. The water is almost 90° F, enough to kill most other fish in hours, but the small blue desert pupfish swim unharmed in this unique environment. Evolutionists had said they’ve been stuck there since prehistoric times. Now, based on a genetic analysis, Nature “rewrites the story” of this fish species trapped in a single hole:Many researchers thought that the fish species had been isolated in its cavern from around 13,000 years ago — the last time major flooding occurred in the region. But Christopher Martin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his colleagues say that genetic sequencing suggests that the pupfish became trapped in Devils Hole somewhere between 105 and 830 years ago — and since then has continued to exchange genes with neighbouring populations of pupfish species.“That was the big surprise,” says Martin.  “Every few hundred years there’s a fish or two that’s moving between the desert springs.” The fish either somehow move over land, he says, or are transported as eggs stuck to the feet of water birds.This implies that the morphological changes that characterize this species also occurred rapidly. The differences are slight; the article only lists “reduced aggression, larger eyes and missing pelvic fins” — but these are variations, not speciation traits, especially if these fish continue to exchange genes with neighboring populations.“This is a very interesting paper, and it deals with a fascinating study system. The short timeframe of evolution is really remarkable,” says Simon Ho, a computational evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney, Australia. Ho says that the study adds to a growing body of evidence that some species might be much younger than earlier genetic comparisons had suggested, because DNA mutation rates can be very high over a short period of time.Random mutations would certainly be mostly deleterious, however. It would seem that genetic variations in this case were pre-programmed for robustness in harsh environments. “It’s amazing the fish can survive in there for a day,” lead researcher Christopher Martin [UNC Chapel Hill] commented. Other species of pupfish survive in highly saline pools, remnants of Lake Manly that once filled Death Valley almost 600 feet deep.The BBC News has photos of Devil’s Hole and the pupfish. The article quotes Martin giving his best guess that the fish arrived during a flood in historic times. “The ages we’ve come up with for the Devils Hole fish do overlap with the great flood of 1862, which was the largest rainfall event ever recorded for California/Nevada.” He suggests other possible means of transport, including eggs transferred on vegetation stuck to birds’ feet or directly by Native Americans.New Scientist gives additional reasons why the story of this fish’s long evolutionary history is untenable.“Devil’s Hole is one of the most ridiculous fish habitats I’ve seen,” says Martin. “The water temperature would kill most fish within hours.”The fish’s continued existence puzzled him, because genetic theory predicts that such tiny populations ought to go extinct within a few hundred years because of inbreeding or bad luck [e.g., deleterious mutations or local catastrophes -Ed.].Since they’re there, they must share genes or not be that old. And if they’re not that old, this relaxes the need to conserve them. If indeed they’ve only been isolated for an estimated 255 years, and if other fish came and went in Devil’s Hole, these fish could be “reincarnated” if they died out (from another headline on New Scientist quoting a different Dr. Martin):If so, conservationists’ primary aim should be to preserve this process, rather than the species that is there now, says Andrew Martin, a conservation biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder.The study suggests that protecting the connectivity of this region will be essential for this cycle of rebirth to continue.Devil’s Hole is formally part of Death Valley National Park, but access is restricted to scientific research. The Nature article includes a photo of scuba divers deep in this cavern that gets no direct sunlight for two months of the year. It also mentions some of the reasoning that caused earlier scientists to expect a long isolation period:[Christopher] Martin and his colleagues built up a family tree of pupfish species by examining differences in their DNA. To calibrate the dates of splits in this family tree, they relied partly on geological evidence from Lake Chichancanab basin in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. That basin now contains several pupfish species, but it was dry 8,000 years ago, so the species there now are likely to have diverged from the common ancestor they share with other pupfish only after that drought.That reasoning has been falsified by the new genetic evidence. Another expert on pupfish thinks that pupfish, “among the hardiest of animals,” could have survived in isolated patches of surface water in the Yucatan basin. If so, “the forming of the basin may not have marked such a definite splitting point in the pupfish family tree.” As usual, further study will be needed, he says. Either way, “the Devils Hole pupfish are incredible fish,” Nature concludes.The design of these incredible, hardy animals is more interesting than minor details about their pelvic fins, larger eyes or reduced aggression. Pupfish are incredible for their complex systems that could never have arisen by unguided processes. Moreover, the Creator designed creatures for robustness so that they could fill the Earth even as the environment changed. Rapid morphological adaptions to isolated environments, based on their inherent variability, exhibit forethought in a great design plan—not “selection” of random mistakes in the genes over long periods of time.Just three years ago, an evolutionist called the Devil’s Hole pupfish “one of the most comprehensive snapshots of natural selection in the wild” (1/23/13). (Note: two years earlier, another evolutionist spoke of it as an evolutionary “burst of fireworks”—5/11/11). Once again, we see evolutionary notions of slow, gradual change over long ages to be wrong. It’s funny to think of an Indian dropping some fish in this hole while Boston patriots were getting fed up about King George’s rule in 1761, or even as recently as the year IBM incorporated in 1911. (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Household, consumer spending grows

first_img19 March 2012 Boosted by increases in consumption by households and the government, South Africa’s real gross domestic expenditure rose to 5.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Reserve Bank reports. This was up from a revised 4.8% in the previous three months. “This rate of growth, the highest since the third quarter of 2010, primarily resulted from increases in real final consumption expenditure by the household sector and general government, alongside sustained firm growth in real gross fixed capital formation,” the Bank said in its latest quarterly bulletin on Monday. Consumer spending expanded at a robust rate in the fourth quarter, to 4.6%, after increasing by 3.8% in the third quarter.More disposable income According to the central bank, the faster pace of spending was consistent with added increases in disposable income of households. “This faster pace of spending was consistent with a further increase in disposable income of households and positive wealth effects,” the Bank said. Growth in real disposable income of households accelerated from an annualised rate of 3.9% in the third quarter of 2011 to 4.7% in the fourth quarter, reflecting improved employment levels during this period. “The sustained growth in real spending by households was evident across all expenditure categories, with spending on services in particular regaining momentum.” For 2011, real expenditure by households advanced by 5%. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Naomi Ruele: Botswana’s Olympic medal swimming hopeful

first_img15 July 2016Meet Naomi Ruele, #Botswana’s first Olympic swimmer #TeamBotswana #Rio2016 ?? pic.twitter.com/33kwCaIH0B— Botswana (@Botswana) July 13, 2016Botswana is going Olympics-mad over its new swimming sensation, Naomi Ruele. The 19-year-old is the first swimmer from Botswana to qualify for the Olympics.Ruele, who currently swims for Florida International University in the US, qualified for the Rio Games in March this year, setting a personal best of 26.07 seconds in the 50m freestyle qualifier.During her time in the US, Ruele has won seven gold medals at the most recent C-USA Championships, the country’s top collegiate swimming competition. She set two records and was the top swimmer of the event.Ruele was recently named the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year by the Botswana National Sports Council. It noted her remarkable achievements in the pool as well inspiring young Batswana to take an interest in the sport.Swimming Sensation Naomi Ruele Bags 7 Medals! –> https://t.co/0I9jOSAbGG #BotswanaYouthMagazine pic.twitter.com/yEjsX5VOIu— Botswana Youth Mag (@BotswanaYouth) March 17, 2016She will join the rest of the Botswana Olympic team made up of current African Games 400m champion Isaac Makwala and London Olympics 2012 800m silver medallist Nijel Amos.For the first time Botswana will have more than one female in their Olympic team. Track athletes Lydia Jele and Christine Botlogetswe will also join Ruele in Rio de Janeiro. Until now, 400m sprinter Amantle Montsho had been the only female Batswana Olympian, competing at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.Heats for the Rio 2016 50m freestyle event begin on 11 August 2016 at the Barra da TijucaAquatics Stadium.Source: This is AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Planter in-cab display terminology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The planting operation is arguably the most important field operation since it establishes maximum yield potential of a seed when placed in the soil. In terms of planting performance, four factors of focus to maximize yield potential and are at the control of the planter operator are 1) population, 2) uniform spacing, 3) uniform emergence, and 4) planting timing and field capacity. Three of these four important factors, population, seed spacing uniformity, and field capacity (ac/ar) can be directly monitored during the planting operation from the in-cab display.This and other information is provided by new in-cab displays providing the operator real-time feedback. Precision planter technology can help monitor and ensure population and spacing expectations are being met during field operations. This real-time feedback also provides opportunity to the operator to make timely adjustments or most importantly make sure seed is being placed properly to maximize yield potential. Many planter displays today provide additional meter, planter and tractor parameters that can be valuable feedback to the operator along with data (e.g. as-planted data) for post-planting analyses.One issue with in-cab planter displays is determining what all this information means and how it can be utilized to its potential. Each planter or in-cab display manufacturer uses different terminology. To help with understanding the information being provided by today’s displays, a group of university and industry professionals are working on a publication that lists the terms and associated definitions so users can better understand all this data being displayed and collected. The first list of terms is currently being reviewed by the group and should be published later this year.Here are a selected few terms and definitions related to the four factors of attention at planting:Plant population (also referred to as population, planted population or target population): A general term that indicates the target or actual number of seeds planted per acre.Live population (also referred to as emerged population or live stand): A general term indicating the population or number of seeds per acre that emerge. Live population and planted population are used to determine the percent of seeds emerged which is commonly referred to as “Emergence percent.”Singulation: the percentage of seeds properly singulated by a seed meter. The singulation value takes into consideration seed skips and multiples. The higher the singulation value the better and it is typical to have singulation values of 97% or higher for precision planters.Spacing (seed spacing): the distance between two successive seeds in the row. The spacing is measured for an individual row using a seed tube sensor during field operation. Seed spacing is commonly used to evaluate planter performance by the operator as it represents the ability of the meter and delivery system to consistently deliver seed at a preferred spacing to the seed furrow. Variability in seed spacing expressed as standard deviation or Coefficient of Variation (CV) is typically used to monitor planter performance.Seed spacing standard deviation: computed as the variation in spacing between consecutive seeds. This variation can be used to evaluate planter performance. A standard deviation of two inches or less represents an attainable variation in spacing by most planters. But one should remember a standard deviation of two inches is different for varying populations.Plant spacing: the distance between two successive emerged plants in a row. This is typically measured over a known distance to determine final mean plant spacing and evaluate plant spacing uniformity expressed as standard deviation or Coefficient of Variation (CV).Ride quality (also referred to as ride dynamic or good ride): indicates the level of vertical movement (e.g. bouncing) by a row unit. Displayed commonly as a percentage of time when ride quality is sufficient to not impact seed spacing. A 100% good ride (e.g. no vertical movement thereby a smooth operation) represents optimum row unit ride quality and 0% represents the poorest ride quality.Applied down force: the amount of weight applied by the planter row unit and downforce system, either pneumatic or hydraulic, onto the row unit for coulter or pair of disc to achieve right depth and gauge wheel to carry enough load for desired soil compaction during the planter operation in the field.Down force margin: margin represents the amount of extra down force applied to row units, over and above what is required for opener disks to penetrate the soil and achieve full planting depth. The extra down force comes from the weight of the row unit and meter, weight of seed in the seed hoppers, and the down force system.Once the publication is reviewed, it will be provided online through the Ohio State precision agriculture website, www.OhioStatePrecisionAg.com. Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at 614-292-6625, or fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Q&A with #MFLNMC: How is Medicaid affected by the Affordable Care Act?

first_imgAre you a military service provider or caregiver to a family member whose medical coverage falls under Medicaid? Are you unsure how their coverage may be affected by the Affordable Care Act? In today’s caregiving post we take a brief look at the impact the Affordable Care Act has on Medicaid.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand Medicaid based on the percentage of the federal poverty level. About half of the U.S. has opted to do this as of early 2015. These states have expanded Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.The ACA also creates incentives for states to further develop Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and to incorporate the programs into their state Medicaid programs, making services more widely available. HCBS are provided under federal waivers that allow states to provide services to qualified individuals. As a result, the scope of services may be limited, the populations served may be specified, and the approval to operate the waiver time may be limited.  Medicaid is and remains a federal-state program that is administered by state governments.To learn more about Medicaid check out our Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction training.Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! We want to hear from you.last_img read more

18-month-old boy falls into 60-ft borewell in Haryana; rescue operations on

first_imgAn 18-month-old child fell into a 60-feet-deep borewell in Haryana’s Balsamand village on Thursday and a massive operation is underway to rescue him, officials said. The child is safe, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Hisar, Joginder Singh, said. Oxygen tubes have been dropped to help the child breathe, the officials said, adding that biscuits and juices have also been sent down the borewell. Nadim, fell into the borewell when he was playing with his friends outside his house, according to a villager.“The rescue operations are on. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel and experts from the army, assisted by local authorities are on the job. As of now, the child is safe,” he said. Earthmovers and other equipment have been pressed into service to rescue the child, and a medical team is also at the site, the officials said. On how long could it take to rescue the boy, the DSP said, “Massive operation is on, but these are technical issues and hence, no definite time-line can be given.”Police were informed about the incident by the boy’s family members and villagers. The child’s father is a labourer. Hisar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Meena said legal action will be taken against the person who dug the borewell without taking permission from the department concerned. The accident has again brought to the fore the dangers posed by uncovered borewells, which have turned into death traps for children.last_img read more