Why the Warriors need to keep a close eye on the Anthony Davis trade saga

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAnthony Davis wants out of New Orleans and the Golden State Warriors are always keen to acquire top talent.Normally, I’d say to let your imagination run wild — but anyone who expects the Brow to be heading to NorCal anytime soon is in for a big disappointment.The timing simply isn’t right for the Dubs. If the Warriors were ever to trade for Davis, they’d have to do so before the NBA’s trade deadline in nine …last_img read more

Why You Have Snail Shells in Your Ears

first_imgThe inner ear has a part, the cochlea, that resembles a snail shell.  Why is that?  First, let’s talk about iPods and stereos.  In recent years, manufacturers have hyped “mega-bass” and other buzzwords that boast about how their devices beef up the bass frequency for that sound that rocks.  Scientists have wondered if the cochlea was coiled up just to save space, but no: there’s a reason.  It pumps up the bass.  That’s what a team of scientists found, reported Science last week.1  A mathematical analysis demonstrated that the spiral shape effectively makes the outer edge of the basilar membrane twist and jive, pumping up the bass by up to 20 decibels.  Puzzle solved: the cochlea is our megabass feature.    Another story in Science Daily said that our ears provide an “optimal code” for sound transmission.  Scientists at Carnegie Mellon went beyond the usual Fourier transforms, and found that a highly efficient “spike code” is at work in the ear, yielding “the most efficient way to process the sounds we hear.”  The researchers are all excited about the possibilities of adapting this new code, detected in the ear, for improving digital stereos and cochlear implants.1Adrian Cho, “Math Clears Up an Inner-Ear Mystery: Spiral Shape Pumps Up the Bass,” Science, 24 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5764, p. 1087, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5764.1087a.Neither of these articles mentioned evolution.  The Darwinists run scared from stories like this because they have “design” written all over them.  Not only were the researchers astonished at the design of the ear, they were excited to learn more so that they could produce intelligently-designed products to improve our lives.  Need we say more?  Yes; see next story.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wet weather and soybean stand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Laura Lindsey, Alexander Lindsey, Ohio State University ExtensionSaturated soils after soybean planting can cause uneven emergence and stand reductions of varying extent depending on the stage of the soybean plant and other environmental factors including temperature and duration of saturated conditions. Additionally, increased disease incidence may further reduce plant stand.Saturated soil prior to germination: While soil moisture is necessary for germination, soybean seeds will not germinate when soils are saturated because oxygen is limiting.Saturated soil during germination: Saturated soils during soybean germination may cause uneven emergence. In a laboratory study, soybean germination was reduced by ~15% after only one hour of flood conditions (Wuebker et al., 2001). After 48 hours of flood conditions, soybean germination was reduced 33% to 70% depending on when imbibition (seed taking up water) began relative to the flooding conditions. Practically, for Ohio, this means if soybean seeds were further along in the germination process when flooding occurred, the seeds will be more susceptible to flooding stress.Saturated soil during vegetative stage: Warmer temperatures will cause soybean plants to die faster. At temperatures, 80 degrees and greater, submerged soybean plants will likely due in 24 to 48 hours. However, cool, cloudy days (…and we’ve had plenty this year) and clear nights increase the survival potential of a flooded soybean crop. Flooded plants may also exhibit poor nodulation, resulting in yellow, stunted plants.Evaluate stand: To quickly estimate stand, count the number of plants in 69 feet 8 inches of the row for 7.5-inch row spacing, 34 feet 10 inches for 15-inch row spacing, or 17 feet 5 inches of the row for 30-inch row spacing. These counts represent 1/1000th of an acre (i.e., 120 plants in 7.5-inch row spacing = 120,000 plants/acre).Keep in mind, the effect of plant population on yield is very small over the normal range of seeding rates. For soybeans planted in May, final populations of 100,000 to 120,000 plants per acre are generally adequate for maximum economic return. For example, in our seeding rate trials in Clark County, 100% yield (77 bushels per acre) was achieved with a final plant stand of 125,000 plants/acre. However, a 95% yield (73 bushels per acre) was achieved with only 77,000 plants per acre. (This trial was planted the second half of May in 15-inch row width.)last_img read more

Farmer without arms an inspiration for others

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag NetAndy Detwiler farms corn, soybeans and livestock alongside his family in Champaign County. He goes about daily work in all four seasons in what is an otherwise normal scene, except for one thing — Andy does all the things a normal farmer does without the use of arms.“When I was two years old, I fell into a grain auger, I reached in for some wheat and it took my arms off,” he said, recounting the origin of his current situation. “About two weeks after that they said I started using my feet for stuff in the hospital. Now that’s what I’m doing. I’ve been using my feet for 45 years now.”And use them he does. Earlier this year, Detwiler was featured in an Ohio Ag Net planting cab cam video. He easily opened the door to his tractor and planted the field with the full-sized machine. Is there anything he can’t do?“Basic things like climb a straight ladder like up the side of a bin — there’s various things. But you know there’s always things that everybody can’t do, so we just take that with a grain of salt and we go on with it and we figure things out,” he said. “When you want to do something, you’re going to figure something out, and that’s what I’ve done all my life is figured stuff out. When this happened to me in 1972, nobody could teach you how to do what I’m doing.”Andy’s no nonsense perspective on life has earned him a reputation in his local community and beyond as someone who doesn’t let less-than-stellar circumstances get in the way of going about living.“It takes me a little longer to do a few things but no, I don’t let it slow me down,” Andy said with a smile. “Auto steer is great, especially for me. I’ve got time to do other things and pay attention and I don’t have to be steering the steering wheel while I’m doing it. I’m doing everything with one foot here so it works out very well for me.”Its been a story his friends and neighbors have known all their life, but now, with a bit of help from his wife Corkey and daughter Kylie, Andy has started sharing it with the world through his YouTube channel the “Harmless Farmer,” making him a bit of a star in the process.“We make YouTube videos just showing people the way I do things — just everyday farming things, working on equipment, driving tractors — whatever comes up. We try to put up one a week, maybe two every now and then,” Detwiler said.The response to his videos has been nothing short of amazing. At the time of this writing, he holds over 34,000 subscribers and averages tens of thousands of views for each video. The comment sections are full of questions and insights into what Andy brings to people’s lives.“People want to know how long it’s taken to learn to do this. I’m still learning every day different ways to do things — handier ways to do things,” he said. “People tell me its inspirational and I never really thought of it that way. I’m just going about doing things like I always have.”Andy started his YouTube page in mid-2018 and said he originally didn’t mean to talk much about his handicap, but rather just show people how he goes about work on the farm.“Even then, I didn’t really say anything about my disability and I just put it out there. As the questions came in, I started to talk about it a bit more,” Detwiler said. “I like helping people, and I think that makes it easier on me. If I’m inspiring people to get out there and do different things, it makes easier to talk about it.”Andy said the videos have created a conversation of inspiration, something he said he hadn’t realized he could offer before.“People are just they can’t believe what I do. To hear that I’ve changed people’s lives and stuff, that’s really pretty powerful,” he said. “They give reasons that they lost a hand and broke a finger or something, then they see me and see my videos and it inspires them.”As members of his community will tell you, part of Andy is his fun attitude toward life, which he brings to the disability talk as well.“Oh yeah. When I go through the drive-thru, that’s always funny to see the kids working at the McDonalds. Driving down the road with the tractor, you can definitely see that I have my foot on the steering wheel when I’m driving down the road and I get all kinds of looks,” Detwiler said. “It’s fun, we have a lot of fun with it and make a lot of jokes with it, and we just have a good time with it. This is the way I am so we just take it the way it goes.”Another common question — how does he use a cell phone?“I usually have it in my shirt pocket or on the ground. I can use my lip or what-not to dial it. I like to use speakerphone a lot, that’s a lot handier for me,” he said. “It works out just fine.”Does he haul grain with a semi?“Yes, it just has to be an automatic.”It’s even common to see him at the local antique tractor show, putting around on his old John Deere, with a hand-clutch no less. Andy seems to have found a way to overcome most all challenges in his way.“Everyone always wants to know to learn how to be like this. I’m still learning,” he said. “Just like everybody else I just do it a little bit of a different way.”Still, his disability isn’t something he wants to be repeated and actively uses his circumstances to talk about safety on the farm.“Take your time, pay attention,” Detwiler said. “Your loved ones will love you for it.”last_img read more

New Features and Enhancements in Premiere Pro Creative Cloud

first_imgSwitching between video and audio waveforms quickly in the Source MonitorBeing able to see your audio waveform in the Source Monitor is helpful when editing a sound bite into a video editing sequence.Previously you had to go into “Settings” (the wrench icon) to switch your view to audio waveforms. Now, clicking the “Drag Audio Only” icon will switch you to waveform view. Clicking “Drag Video Only” icon again will switch you back to the video.Out of sync indicators for unlinked clipsIn previous versions of Premiere Pro you didn’t receive any kind of  “out of sync” warning when you unlinked video and audio. Now when video/audio are unlinked (Shortcut: Command+L on Mac or Control + L on PC) and you move one of them, you see the sync indicators. See the red numbers in the example shot below.The clips have to overlap for this to work (this setting can be turned on/off in General Preferences): Increase/decrease Track Size with Middle mouse buttonYou can now modify your video track side when sliding the middle mouse button. I loved this feature in Adobe Audition, and am glad that it is now in Premiere Pro. I use this often to dynamically change my track size and find it a big time saver.Bonus: Holding down shift while using the middle mouse button lets you increase/decrease all your video or audio tracks at once.Timeline Display SettingsYou can now access Display Settings from the wrench icon in your video editing sequence. You can choose what to see/not see,  which allows a good bit of customization. You could also make shortcuts for any of these that you use often.You can save track presets, which is handy if you want different track heights on different types of editing projects (for instance, you could have one preset for music videos, another for documentary work, etc).You can also access additional timeline options, like how to view thumbnails, from the Timeline Panel Menu:Additional ShortcutsIf you like to edit using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse, there are some helpful updates in Premiere Pro CC.  The Premiere Pro shortcuts I particularly like are the nudge (move a clip up, down, left or right), and track targeting (move sources/targets up/down).I generally go to the Keyboard Shortcuts setting, type in what I want to do, and see if there is a shortcut for it.  If no shortcut exists by default, I create my own.Additional GPU SupportPremiere Pro Creative Cloud has GPU support for both AMD & NVIDIA cards. This is a big one for a lot of Mac users (the announced Mac Pro will have 2 AMD GPU’s). Premiere Pro can also take advantage of 2 GPU’s when exporting which will speed up output.Here is a link to Adobe’s list of supported cards. I guess I need to start saving up for the yet unannounced Mac Pro release!If you have any favorite new features in Premiere Pro CC, be sure to share them in the comments below! In this post, we take a look at smaller, but helpful, new features and enhancements in Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud!With the Creative Cloud update Adobe added many big new features in Premiere Pro like Link & Locate, Cloud Sync Settings, and the Audio Clip Mixer.  In a previous blog post I looked at 10 features in Premiere Pro Next (before the product was announced).Now that Premiere Pro Creative Cloud is out, let’s take a look at some additional, smaller features that improve the video editing experience even more.Audio Plugins ManagerPremiere Pro supports third-party VST3 plug-ins (and Audio Units on a Mac). These are common plugin formats, so If you are already own third-party plug-ins you can now use them in Premiere Pro.Just like video plugins, there are audio plugins that perform specific tasks like noise reduction or EQ quicker or better than the default plugins in Premiere Pro. I can now use Waves Vocal Rider in Premiere Pro to automatically ride my levels (even out my audio in a natural sounding way), which can be a big time saver.Adobe has a link for third party video and audio plugins, and hopefully will add more audio ones in the future (currently only Izotope).You access the Plug-ins Manger from Preferences > Audio, or from the Audio Track Mixer panel menu.last_img read more

NRC wins consensus, but not Citizenship Bill

first_imgThere has been political consensus in Assam that an updated National Register of Citizens, as mandated by the Supreme Court, will help identification of Bangladeshi migrants, who are staying illegally in Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971, and their expulsion in accordance with the Assam Accord. However, the actual number of illegal migrants in the State will not be known till the claims and objections of all those excluded in the final draft are settled by the NRC authorities.Migration after marriageThe verification of the NRC for the subsequent draft will also decide on the applications from 29 lakh women, who have submitted certificates issued by Gaon (gram panchayat) secretaries and executive magistrates to support their claim of residency after migration post-marriage. The Supreme Court allowed these documents after setting aside an order of the Gauhati High Court which declared these documents “invalid” and “ineffective in the process of the verification of claims for inclusion in NRC”.Also Read Congress seeks transparency on NRC revision process  The Supreme court, however, clarified: “The certificate issued by the G.P. secretary, by no means, is proof of citizenship. Such proof will come only if the link between the claimant and the legacy person (who has to be a citizen) is established. The certificate has to be verified at two stages. The first is the authenticity of the certificate itself; and the second is the authenticity of the contents thereof. The latter process of verification is bound to be an exhaustive process in the course of which the source of information of the facts and all other details recorded in the certificate will be ascertained after giving an opportunity to the holder of the certificate.”The publication of the first draft of the NRC came close on the heels of ruling coalition partner Asom Gana Parishad threatening to snap ties with the ruling BJP if the Centre pushed for passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis, who have entered Assam illegally post-1971.All Opposition parties, including the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front, and student and youth organisations have opposed identification of illegal migrants on the basis of religion. They have demanded withdrawal of the Bill on the ground that if made into an Act, it would render the updated NRC and the entire process of updating the citizenship register infructuous.With the BJP pushing for passage of the Bill,the question of identification of foreigners in accordance with the Assam Accord may not be answered even after the final draft is published.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova claims in memoir Serena Williams had nasty words against her

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers However, in the locker room she heard “guttural sobs.”“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon,” wrote Sharapova. “But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard that she told a friend—who then told me—‘I will never lose to that little b…. again.’”She blames that moment for her dismal record against Williams, which is two wins in their 19 matches.Sharapova also opens up about testing positive for the banned substance mildronate at the Australian Open in 2016, earning her a suspension. The Russian said she needed it for health reasons and that “in Russia, millions take it, even my grandmother!”ADVERTISEMENT WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img In this March 7, 2016, file photo, tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Following the controversy, Williams said she “showed a lot of courage” for being honest about the drug test.In one of the excerpts, she cites that the media called her “a cheater and a liar” and that she was “overjoyed” when her suspension was reduced from two years to 15 months. She wrote, “Before I was thinking only about how I would make my exit. Now I think only about playing.”  Niña V. Guno  /raRELATED STORIES:Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980sTennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or notSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side She and the American went head to head in 2004 when at 17, Sharapova defeated Williams in Wimbledon.At the time, Williams was still recovering from a left-knee injury she had endured since 2003.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn her autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner shared that both of them “should be friends…but we are not.”She states that after the finals, Williams hugged her and said “good job.” Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapova’s memoir “Unstoppable: My Life So Far” gives an inside look on her personal life and career.Image: Twitter/@mariasharapovaBefore the book’s release, the 30-year-old athlete shared excerpts with People magazine. One of the highlights is her relationship with top-ranking player Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Irish Continental Group Agrees New Financing Deals

first_imgzoom Ireland’s maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) revealed it has concluded a new suite of financing agreements.As explained, the deals have been inked after the group’s existing debt facilities matured.These include a five-year multicurrency revolving credit facility provided by Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland, extendable by up to 2 years, comprising a committed EUR 75 million (around USD 89 million) drawing limit together with an additional uncommitted limit of EUR 50 million.Another newly announced financing is a 12-year amortizing term loan provided by the European Investment Bank comprising a committed EUR 75 million drawing limit, available on delivery of the new vessel W.B. Yeats.In addition, ICG informed about multicurrency private loan note shelf agreements with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Pricoa Capital Group comprising total uncommitted drawing limits of USD 275 million and tenors of up to 15 years.The aforementioned facilities have been supplemented with an overdraft and guarantee facility of EUR 16 million provided by Allied Irish Banks.On November 30, 2017, the group issued its first series of loan notes under the shelf agreements amounting to EUR 50 million on a seven-year bullet repayment term with a fixed coupon of 1.4% per annum. Following this issuance, the aggregate committed finance facilities amount to EUR 216 million, with uncommitted facilities of EUR 222 million approximately.These facilities will be used to support the long-term investment opportunities available to the group the most imminent being the delivery of the cruise ferry W.B. Yeats in June 2018 when the remaining 80% of the EUR 144 million contracted cost of this ship is due to be paid.Furthermore, the group said that Westpac Express, a high speed craft, has been redelivered to ICG.The 2001-built ship was purchased by ICG for USD 13.25 million and delivered to the group in June 2016.Since then, the vessel had been chartered to Sealift LLC. Under the terms of the 12-month charter agreement, the charterer had the option to further extend the charter. However, Westpac Express was redelivered to ICG at the end of November 2017.“The vessel will undergo a refurbishment programme to bring it up to Irish Ferries passenger service standards,” ICG said.The group added it is currently finalizing its fleet operational requirements for 2018 and a decision on whether to charter externally or deploy this vessel within the Irish Ferries services, in lieu of the existing vessel Jonathan Swift, will be announced in due course.last_img read more