first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaAn unusually cool spring is delaying two of Georgia’s sweetest farm crops: Vidalia onions and watermelons.Officially, the 2005 Vidalia onion marketing season starts today. This is the first year for a regulated opening selling day for the state’s official vegetable.Late onionsVidalia onion farmers usually begin selling their crop around April 20. But the growth of this year’s crop is about two weeks behind normal, said Reid Torrance, coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service office in Tattnall County.About 75 percent of Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop is grown in Tattnall and Toombs counties in east Georgia.”The fluctuating weather and cold snaps this spring have slowed the maturity of the crop,” Torrance said.The average daily temperature for Vidalia, Ga., has been 61 degrees since April 1, about 4 degrees below the average for the same time last year. The soil temperature 2 inches deep has been 65 degrees, about 4 degrees below last year’s average, according to data collected by the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.Despite some extreme weather, the onions out in the fields now look good, Torrance said. Heavy rain since March has made the early onions taste milder. Farmers will probably harvest around 18,000 pounds per acre, “which is a good yield,” he said.Farmers planted 13,000 acres this year. But one farmer in Tattnall County lost about 1,000 acres to hail in March. They planted 16,000 acres last year and harvested 26,000 pounds per acre in a record-setting crop, Torrance said.Two new diseases were discovered on Vidalia onion plants in the fall of 2003. Iris yellow spot virus has hurt onions in South America and the Pacific Northwest. Tomato spotted wilt virus has hurt other Georgia crops such as tobacco, peanuts and some vegetables.The onions appear to have more of both viruses this year, he said. And signs of the viruses’ effect on plant foliage have continued into March and April, later than last year. The viruses may have caused some plants not to develop well early, making them more susceptible to harsh weather.”But so far, we’re not seeing any dramatic effect on the crop from these two diseases,” Torrance said.Weathered melonsWatermelons around Cordele, Ga., where Georgia’s annual watermelon festival takes place, “aren’t looking too sporty,” said Ken Lewis, UGA Extension Service coordinator in Crisp County.Farmers began planting melons in mid-March, mostly in south-central Georgia. Several severe storms since then have brought 40-plus mile-per-hour winds to the area and left young vines sandblasted and twisted, he said.The vines should be about 3 feet long by now. But cool spring temperatures have stunted their growth to only 1 foot in most fields. Crisp County’s average daily high temperature since mid-March has been 72 degrees, about 5 degrees below the historic average, according to the GAEMN.Hail has beaten down vines in some fields. “Overall, the crop is off to a rocky start,” Lewis said.Farmers planted 4,000 acres of watermelons, mostly seedless, in the Crisp County area, he said. No official acreage number has been released for watermelons this year. Georgia farmers usually plant about 35,000 acres each year.Once the weather consistently warms up, he said, the watermelon vines should recover. But the harvest will probably be pushed back this year. Georgia farmers target the Fourth of July holiday market, with peak harvest usually starting in mid-June.The cool wet spring has stunted Georgia’s corn crop, too. The state’s farmers have started planting cotton now and will begin a flurry of peanut planting later next month.last_img read more


first_imgFIELD OF EIGHT SOPHOMORES SET TO START DOWN ROAD TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY    APRIL 4                 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2015)–Second in two consecutive Grade I races, trainer Peter Miller’s 3-year-old Calculator seeks his first win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at a flat mile. A field of eight sophomores has been engaged, as they head down the road to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.Second behind top rated 3-year-old American Pharoah in both the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3 and the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 27, the Florida-bred colt by In Summation has two seconds and a third from four starts. In his first try around two turns, Calculator was attentive to the pace when finishing 3 ¼ lengths behind American Pharoah in the FrontRunner.Owned by Richard C. Pell, Calculator is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Back to Basics and is easily the leading Sham Stakes money earner with $133,500.Miller will also saddle Rock Shandy, who comes off a third place finish in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 30. A maiden special weight winner going a mile on grass two starts back on Nov. 7, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Lemon Drop Kid will be making his fourth start and his first on dirt. He’s owned by Donegal Racing.Finishing just a nose behind stablemate Rock Shandy in the DeMille, Miller’s third entrant is St. Joe Bay, who was a close third two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong (polytrack) Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 15. A Florida-bred colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan, he was a 10 ½ length gate to wire maiden $75,000 winner going a flat mile at Santa Anita in his second start on Oct. 17.Owned by Altimira Racing Stable and David Bernson, St. Joe Bay’s speed and proven ability to route on natural dirt stamp him a “live” contender in the Sham.Florida invader Rockinatten could be the speed of the field as he pressed the pace and was a runaway 8 ¾ length maiden special weight winner going seven furlons at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 26. Trained by Ralph Nicks, the Florida-bred gelding by the Dixie Union stallion High Cotton will try two turns for the first time in his fourth overall start. He’s owned by Nicks and Niall J. Brennan.Trainer Jeff Mullins will be represented by a pair in the Sham–one mile turf maiden winner Papacoolpapacool and Hero Ten All, an impressive maiden special weight winner going one mile at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7.Papacoolpapacool ran evenly when sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in the DeMille at Del Mar Nov. 30 and was a close third as a maiden in his second start, the one mile Oak Tree Juvenile turf Sept. 3. Owned by John Snedegar and Ali Nilforushan, the Kentucky-bred gelding by Temple City has made $60,850 from four starts.Second, beaten 4 ¾ lengths by eventual Grade I winner Dortmund going 6 ½ furlongs in his debut on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, Hero Ten All will make his third start in the Sham. He’s owned by E.K. Gaylord, II.A gate to wire maiden special weight winner going a mile on polytrack two starts back at Del Mar on Nov. 20, trainer Mark Casse’s Pioneerof the West was well beaten in the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes Dec. 27, but enjoys a seasoning advantage, as he’ll make his sixth overall start on Saturday. Owned by John Oxley, the bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile is among four Florida-breds in the Sham lineup.Fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths as the even money favorite in the one mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 6 at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Michael “Whitey” McCarthy’s Unblunted will hope to rebound in the Sham, which will be his fourth overall start. A Kentucky-bred colt by Sharp Humor, Unblunted broke his maiden two starts back going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 18 and is owned by Slam Dunk Racing.With all horses assigned 118 pounds, the complete field for the Sham Stakes, to be run as the sixth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: St. Joe Bay, Martin Pedroza; Pioneerof the West, Corey Nakatani; Rockinatten, Rafael Bejarano; Unblunted, Joe Talamo; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza; Papacoolpapacool, Fernando Perez; Calculator, Elvis Trujillo, and Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgWhat tunes up an embryo’s ears before it hears its first sound?  A new study suggests that support cells in the cochlea, long thought to be inert, have a role in tuning up the hair cells during development.  Experiments by Dr. Dwight Bergles and a team at Johns Hopkins suggest that cells in a tissue called Kolliker’s organ produce artificial tones that the developing hair cells use to get ready for a lifetime of hearing.  According to Science Daily,Bergles acknowledges that his experiments beg the question of why a human or any animal would need to “hear” before birth.  He speculates that the ability to hear subtle differences, like the inflection in one’s voice, “requires a lot of fine-tuning based on where in the brain the nerves connect.  It could be that brief bursts of electrical activity in just a few nerve cells at a time help do that fine-tuning so the system works well.”The work was reported in Nature Nov. 1.1  Ian D. Forsythe, commenting on the paper in the same issue,2 said, “In the silence that precedes the onset of hearing in the developing auditory system, it seems that the cells of a transient structure known as K�lliker’s organ are capable of generating their own ‘virtual’ music.”    Kolliker’s organ runs alongside the organ of Corti, which contains the hair cells that respond to sound waves in the cochlear fluid.  Apparently, the cells of this organ are able to pump ATP into the hair cells which bind to glutamate receptors, – the same receptors used in hearing.  This effectively mimics the effects of sound waves with “artificial” chemical tones.    Forsythe explained that this is not random noise.  The tones are produced in a coordinated, controlled manner, to help the nerve cells develop a tone map in the brain before birth.  A more detailed explanation of this process is provided in footnote 3.3  See also EurekAlert.  David Tyler commented on the significance of this paper at Access Research Network.1.  Tritsch, Yi, Gale, Glowatzki and Bergles, “The origin of spontaneous activity in the developing auditory system,” Nature 450, 50-55 (1 November 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06233.2.  Ian D. Forsythe, “Hearing: A fantasia on K�lliker’s organ,” Nature 450, 43-44 (1 November 2007) | doi:10.1038/450043a.3.  Forsythe, Ibid., “So what do these results mean for our understanding of hearing?  A prerequisite for experience-dependent adaptation is that the spontaneous activity should be elicited in a coherent or simultaneous manner, thereby defining a related population of nerve fibres.  The observed synchronized activity in IHCs across a distance of around 60 micrometres, or 6�10 IHCs [inner hair cells] (and desynchronization between more distant IHCs), supports the idea that this activity may have a signalling function in defining the association between adjacent regions of the organ of Corti (tonotopy).  Inevitably, this activity would cascade onto each subsequent higher level of auditory processing, moulding the development of the central auditory pathways and refining connectivity between the nerve-cell junctions, or synapses.    This process is important because in sensory regions of the brain, the afferent nerve fibres and their contacts with their target neurons maintain a topographic relationship with the peripheral sense organ through chemoaffinity mechanisms, which involve guidance molecules, and experience-dependent refinement.How would this be explained in Darwinian terms?  The reproducing adults would have only carried on this trait had it been a lucky mutation in the embryo.  But the embryo had no knowledge of the outside world yet, nor the type of sounds that would be necessary to detect for survival.  Evolution cannot look forward nor backward.  It can only respond to immediate stimuli.  To the embryo, an ATP leak into a hair cell would seem a mistake, like an alarm instead of a tuning fork.  And the adult of reproductive age, years later, could not have selected for this trait – it had to already be functional to provide a survival advantage.    Coming up with Darwinian stories after the fact is forced and superfluous.  Here is another observation of fine-tuning that rings out “design!”(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard: Arrogant to claim I’ll succeed Klopp at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has dismissed claims he is guaranteed to succeed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager.The former Reds captain has been able to revive Rangers in his first season in charge.And he says: “It’s not because you’ve been a brilliant player that you have a divine right to become the next coach. It is not because you are popular with fans that you are the right man to replace Klopp, if and when he leaves. “It’s really presumptuous. I cannot wait to succeed with the Rangers. I understood the importance of the club and the expectations of its supporters, who want success. I committed myself to it. “I give everything and focus on my work, which focuses all my attention.” last_img read more


first_imgTom Arnold claps for Iowa football.Twitter/@frzachk After a number of middling years recently, Hawkeyes fandom is paying off for the thousands of diehards that pack Kinnick Stadium every week. Iowa is 10-0, and just wins over sub-.500 Purdue and Nebraska teams away from heading into the post-season with an unblemished record. Iowa fans have plenty to be proud of, and one of the most notable—actor Tom Arnold—hopped on with ESPN‘s Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell to discuss how he became an Iowa fan, and his thoughts on the season. VIDEO: @TomArnold talks about his love for @TheIowaHawkeyes https://t.co/rU1B8luilO— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) November 20, 2015Most Iowa fans can probably relate to how he’s feeling right now.[ESPN, Saturday Tradition]last_img read more


first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN pic.twitter.com/EzWnyCV5a3— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council awarded the tender for new signal lights and upgrades for the curling club and the North Peace Cultural Centre.The 2019 Capital Roadworks tender was awarded to Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. of Fort St. John, totalling $408,738.75 and the funds are allocated from the one-time extra payment from the Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund. For the signalization of the intersection of 98 Street and 100 Avenue and modification of the existing traffic signals and lane markings at the intersection of 102 St and 100 AveThis project was identified at the 100 Street Charrette process as a first step in improving traffic flow around the phased construction projects related to infrastructure and surface works upgrading. To read more; CLICK HERE Tender for the 2019 Curling Club and Cultural Centre – Facility Improvements was awarded to Hegge Construction Ltd., from Dawson Creek, BC, for $422,750.00 plus applicable taxes.From the IRC Facility Audit recommendations, the Curling Club and Cultural Centre will receive improvements.The Curling Club will receive exterior improvements to lower walls, some interior painting, replacement of the overhead door, some added insulation to the exterior walls and some new exterior doors.The Cultural Centre will receive interior improvements to office spaces, some new carpeting and some new interior doors, the exterior concrete will be repaired and new exterior doors will also be replaced.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old biker died Thursday midnight after a metal wire broke off from the Signature Bridge and pierced through his chest in north Delhi, police said on Friday. A passerby informed the police at 12.15 a.m. on Thursday night when he found Pranav Mishra lying near the divider. Mishra was returning to his home in Wazirabad. “We have registered a case of death due to negligence,” Deputy Commissioner of Police A.K. Thakur said. The wire could have become loose due to the ongoing construction work on one of the pillars of the bridge, he added.last_img read more