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NYC nurses picket for better staffing ratios

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first_imgThe New York State Nurses Association held informational picket lines in front of 13 New York City hospitals on Feb. 13, six weeks after their 2015-18 contract expired on Dec. 31. The contract is with the New York City Hospital Alliance, a bargaining group that includes Montefiore, Mount Sinai and New York-Presbyterian, as well as three independent NYC hospitals. On top of wanting a raise, the nurses are demanding adequate staffing ratios and caseloads, which presently are “overwhelmingly high in both volume and acuity.” Statistics were compiled from nearly 3,800 official “protests of assignment” signed by over 20,000 nurses from January to December 2018. (nysna.org, Feb. 13)  The union says this situation “challenge[s] the dedicated registered nurses who work tirelessly to protect and advocate for the patients, families and communities they serve.”The union has not yet held a strike vote.Meanwhile, the NYSNA-supported Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act, with a proposed nurse-to-patient ratio of 2 to 1 in intensive-care units, failed to pass the state Legislature in 2018. (Crain’s NY Business, Feb. 13) Stay tuned. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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From reopenings to masks, how Georgia Gov. Kemp has handled the coronavirus pandemic

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first_imgCGinspiration/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Since officials announced Georgia’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 2, the state has drawn national attention over the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the first states in the country to begin reopening its economy, and has since joined others in pausing its phased approach amid rising numbers of new cases and hospitalizations.Most recently, its Republican governor, Brian Kemp, has become engaged in a legal dispute with the mayor of Atlanta over mask mandates, which more states and cities have been issuing as coronavirus cases rise. As of Monday, Georgia had 145,575 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,176 deaths, according to state data. Hospitalizations have also steadily increased since mid-June. The state reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 4,689.Here’s a look at some of the key moments in Kemp’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic so far:Feb. 28With COVID-19 spreading around the globe, including in the United States, Kemp announces the creation of a coronavirus task force to assess the state’s preparedness in addressing the virus.March 2In a late-night press conference, Kemp announces Georgia’s first cases of COVID-19, involving two residents of Fulton County in the same household, one of whom had recently returned from Italy. The state health department later determines that Georgia had cases as early as Feb. 1.March 12The governor directs state agencies to implement teleworking policies and suspend nonessential travel for most state employees. The same day, the state reports its first death from COVID-19 — a 63-year-old man who had underlying medical conditions. Later, the health department updates its data to report that the first death was on March 5.March 14With 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, Kemp declares a public health state of emergency. He also authorizes up to 2,000 National Guard troops to assist in the emergency response.March 16Kemp signs an executive order closing all elementary, secondary and post-secondary public schools from March 18 to March 31.March 19Per federal and state health officials, Kemp urges that the state start prioritizing COVID-19 tests “for our most vulnerable populations,” first responders and healthcare workers, in an effort to conserve hard-to-find medical supplies.March 24An executive order goes into effect closing all bars and nightclubs, banning gatherings of 10 or more people unless social distancing is in place, and requiring at-risk populations to shelter in place for two weeks.April 1Schools are closed through the end of the school year. At a coronavirus press briefing, Kemp draws ridicule after saying that he only recently became aware that asymptomatic people could spread the virus.April 3A statewide shelter-in-place order goes into effect, issued as the state reports more than 4,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases.April 8Kemp signs executive orders extending Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13 and activating 1,000 more National Guard troops. He also extends the statewide shelter-in-place order through the end of the month.April 13The state expands testing criteria to include symptomatic critical infrastructure workers and asymptomatic people who have had direct contact with positive COVID-19 patients. In a statement, Kemp says, “Our testing numbers in Georgia continue to lag.”The governor also signs an order suspending enforcement of Georgia’s anti-mask statute “so people can follow the guidance of public health officials without fear of prosecution,” Kemp says, adding, “I want to thank Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for raising awareness about this issue.”April 17Kemp announces the completion of a 200-bed alternate care facility at the Georgia World Congress Center to provide treatment to non-critical COVID-19 patients.April 20In the wake of new reopening guidelines released by the White House, Kemp announces that he will let his shelter-in-place order expire on April 30 and allow some nonessential businesses to reopen, starting with gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and other similar businesses on April 24 and restaurant dine-in service on April 27. The move draws criticism, including from President Donald Trump, who says, “I think it’s too soon.”April 30On the day the statewide shelter-in-place order expires, Kemp extends the public health state of emergency through June 12 “to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region.” Vulnerable populations are also ordered to continue to shelter in place through June 12.May 28The governor renews the state of emergency for a third time, through July 12. On the same day, he loosens public gathering restrictions up to 25 people and announces more reopenings, including bars and nightclubs starting June 1 and amusement parks and water parks starting June 12.June 11Kemp rolls out more reopenings, including live performance venues starting July 1, and increases limitations on gatherings to up to 50 people with social distancing in place.June 29Kemp extends the public health emergency through Aug. 11 as the state “has seen an increase in new cases reported and current hospitalizations.” An ABC News analysis finds that Georgia has recently seen record numbers of new cases.July 10The governor announces he is reactivating the Georgia World Congress Center, which had discharged its last patient in early May. That day, the state reports a record number of new coronavirus cases, with 4,484.July 13Three days after Bottoms announces that Atlanta is reverting to “Phase One” due to rising cases in the city, Kemp releases a statement that the action is “non-binding and legally unenforceable” and asks residents to follow his orders.July 15Kemp voids at least 15 local mask mandates, including those in Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and Rome, instead encouraging voluntary mask wearing in the state.July 16Kemp sues the city of Atlanta over its requirement to wear masks in public.“Governor Kemp must be allowed, as the chief executive of this state, to manage the public health emergency without Mayor Bottoms issuing void and unenforceable orders which only serve to confuse the public,” the lawsuit states. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Trail Mix | March 2017

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first_img 3:15 Just To Watch Maria Dance (Unreleased Writer Demo) Guy Clark American Cinematography Cindy Lee Berryhill Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 2:39 3:23 Better Bad Idea Sunny Sweeney 3:33 Chains Rose Cousins Pick Up The Pieces Curse Of Lono 3:08 Shadows Through A Canyon Fort Defiance Count Me Out Toma 4:04 A Brand New Deal Bill Scorzari All With You Ha Ha Tonka Knock-Kneed Ballerina The Kernal 3:13 Take Five Ned Luberecki What You Did To The Boy Aint Right Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Embed 3:13 Eight More Miles To Louisville Danny Barnes Predator Will Johnson 3:16 Please, don’t be the kid that kills Colin Hay.It might be hard to believe that I offered those very words to my oldest son, but it’s absolutely true. It was sage advive given to John Patrick, four years ago, when he was tasked with driving a golf cart carrying Colin Hay, singer of Australian rock icons Men At Work, from one stage to another during a music festival we were working.Be careful. Get him there safely. You don’t want to be the kid who killed Colin Hay.John Patrick drove well for a thirteen year old, Colin was delivered safely, and his second set went off without a hitch. Now, Hay is set to release Fierce Mercy, his thirteenth solo record.I am thrilled to include “A Thousand Million Reasons” on this month’s edition of Trail Mix.Another track that is particularly exciting this month is “Take Five” from banjo master Ned Luberecki. Dave Brubeck’s piano driven masterpiece of the same name has long been one of my favorite jazz tunes, and Luberecki’s rendition is stellar.This month’s mix features the return of a couple of Trail Mix favorites, including banjo savant Danny Barnes, and Guy Clark, one of my favorite songwriters, who passed away last year. This month, Dualtone is releasing a compilation of Clark’s best recordings during his time with the label. Showcased on the mix is an intimate, previously unreleased demo of “Just To Watch Maria Dance.”Dig deep into this month’s mix and check out brand new tunes from Toma, Cindy Lee Berryhill, The Kernal, Will Johnson, Fort Defiance, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Bill Scorzari, Curse Of Lono, Rose Cousins, Sunny Sweeney, Taarka, The Cairo Gang, and Natalie Cressman.Lots of great stuff in store on the Trail Mix blog this month, too. Be looking for chats with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Ha Ha Tonka, Ryan Montbleau, and a visit to the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia.And, of course, my monthly plea . . . . get out and buy some of this music. Go see these artists when they come through town. Visit your local record shop and grab a disc or two. These fabulous artists would appreciate it.You can download this March edition of Trail Mix here. Bright Side Ryan Montbleau What Can You Do? The Cairo Gang 5:01 Athena Taarka 4:01 3:12 3:25 Audio PlayerCindy Lee BerryhillAmerican CinematographyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:23 2:13 3:13 4:03 A Thousand Million Reasons Colin Hay Fight for Love Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors 3:08 3:39 3:49 3:48 Radio Silence Natalie Cressmanlast_img read more

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Visiting Church delegation honours Regional Chairman for contribution to sports, youth development

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first_imgREGIONAL Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region Ten, Renis Morian, has been honoured for his contributions to youth and sport.He was recognised with the award by a visiting Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America delegation.The delegation, which is here to effect a 10-day service to the communities within Region Ten, was organised by the Bethel Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, Linden, Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region 10).At a simple handing-over ceremony held at the Regional Chairman’s office, Linden, the visiting delegation said that they had sought to publicly recognise Morian who has been contributing significantly to the youths of the community through sports and community development.As such, they urged him to continue contributing adding that they are appealing to others to emulate his efforts. “Despite being in the USA we continue to hear about the enormous and significant work that Mr Morian has been doing over the years and today we would like to salute him for his enormous work and contributions and to urge him to continue his efforts.“The contributions by Morian have been felt by many far and wide and to acknowledge his noble efforts we present him with this plaque as an indication that we are proud of him as a resident and more so as someone who is genuinely interested in youth and community development through sports and other areas,” Reverend Clavis Duke said.Duke, who pastors the church in Linden said that his congregation continues to be very impressive with the significant and consistent contributions that Mr Morian has been making over the years, adding that through his efforts they continue to see a number of young people turning away from negative ills within society.The visiting 22-member delegation is made up of Guyanese, Jamaicans, Trinidadians and persons from the USA.They indicated that while they have been around for the past 19 years they have visited Guyana a number of times and intend to continue visiting.They plan to execute a number of youth and sports-related programmes and projects. The group urged youths and organisations to collaborate while training the youths, so that they can contribute in a very positive way.last_img read more

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SG Gaming partners with Paddy Power

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first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Scientific Games Corporation has announced that the Company’s UK division, SG Gaming, has rolled out its , new Equinox 2.4 terminals across Paddy Power in a 30 shop trial. The Equinox 2.4 features three 24” HD screens with silver bezel design, an immersive sound system and integrated barcode reader for scanning free bet rewards directly from a smartphone. The terminal also offers ‘Privacy Mode’ – a unique industry innovation which provides discreet gameplay on the fully interactive 15.6” V-Deck+ button panel.Phil Horne, Chief Executive Officer of SG Gaming UK, commented; “We are thrilled that Paddy Power is trialing our complete server-based gaming solution along with our industry leading gaming content. The superb breadth of specially developed content for the Equinox terminals will help Paddy Power elevate its omni-channel offering for its customers and introduce them to our innovative and unique privacy enabled content. “We are excited to be working closely alongside the team at Paddy Power as we demonstrate our aptitude as a business through our analytics and superior platform capabilities, helping them to maximise revenue potential through our complete gaming solution.”David Newton, Managing Director of Retail, UK & Ireland at Paddy Power added: “We are pleased to be trialing with SG Gaming across 30 of our shops. The Equinox is an exciting new gaming machine and offers a range of innovative new features such as the new ‘Privacy Mode’. This will provide our customers with an exciting new proposition, and we look forward to seeing how these machines perform in our 30 trial shops.”The Paddy Power partnership follows on from SG Gaming recently announcing that it would also install its new Equinox range across 100 Ladbrokes and Coral stores nationwide, with the parties having worked together for the previous 12 months in preparation.last_img read more

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Why the Lakers have considered Brandon Ingram untouchable in trade talks

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter the Lakers drafted Ingram at No. 2 in 2016, he made the league’s all-rookie second team while finishing seventh in his class in points per game (9.4) and 21st in field-goal percentage (40.2). Still, Ingram started in 40 out of 79 appearances and logged a league-leading 28.8 minutes among rookies last season because of how he exerted his influence.“When you work as hard as he does and he has the talent that he has, eventually you’re going to figure it out,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We’ve been seeing that all year.”• Lakers podcast: Brandon Ingram interviewThe Lakers saw that in various ways.Johnson praised Ingram for his positional versatility with his 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame, ball-handling, developing shot and defensive hustle. Johnson also credited Ingram for his persistent training even when “he was supposed to have days off.” Ingram inspired the Lakers with his dominance in one Summer League game before sitting out to rest a cramp. He impressed the Lakers with his subsequent off-court leadership and Johnson publicly thanked him in a recent press conference. Johnson later said, “those are the type of guys we have to keep.” The phones stayed attached to their hands or ears. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka hoped one of their many calls would turn into a franchise-changing trade.Instead, the Lakers often heard something that made them hang up. Johnson said “everybody” inquired about second-year forward Brandon Ingram.“Anybody that called us wanted him,” Johnson said. “We said, ‘No thank you.’”The Lakers have considered Ingram untouchable, as they have placed higher value in his long-term trajectory and work habits than his statistics.center_img “The guy only cares about winning and basketball,” Johnson said. “He’s quiet and doesn’t do anything else. He is a very intelligent young man and is our hardest worker.”As he sat down in a restaurant of the team hotel during Summer League, Ingram expressed appreciation for the Lakers’ unflinching commitment. He also seemed determined to ensure the Lakers do not regret their investment.“It’s definitely a good compliment,” Ingram said. “I definitely want to show that I’m going to be a reliable guy to put in the work. I’ll do everything I can to reach my potential.”MATCHING EXPECTATIONSLakers governor Jeanie Buss overhauled the front office five months ago, replacing her brother, Jim, and longtime General Manager Mitch Kupchak with Johnson and Pelinka. Despite their differing philosophies, both front offices valued Ingram.The Lakers declined to make Ingram available in trade talks with Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins. Instead, the Lakers made offers that included D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, according to sources. After replacing Jim Buss two days before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, Johnson also stayed firm on retaining Ingram.In the offseason, the Lakers then dealt Russell to Brooklyn while dumping Timofey Mozgov’s contract (three years, $48 million), acquiring Brook Lopez and collecting the No. 27 pick. In their failed pursuit for Paul George, the Lakers presented Clarkson or Julius Randle in various proposals to Indiana while declining inquires for their No. 2 pick and Ingram. Though the Lakers made the Brooklyn trade mostly to collect assets and shed salary, Russell had mixed support within the organization regarding his maturity and work habits.“It really gave him peace of mind, knowing you’re not going to be on the trading block,” said Donald Ingram, Brandon’s father. “With them having a willingness to trade everybody else around you and hold onto you, that speaks volumes on how they feel about you. That gives you a sense of relaxation.”Not too much, though.“He should feel pressure,” said former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse, who has mentored Brandon Ingram since his childhood. “It’s cool and feels good to hear you’re untouchable. But it’s a red flag to me. Now they have a real expectation for you. Now you have to follow through and make good on it.”Johnson specifically outlined what he wants next season.“I expect him to lead us in scoring, be out there and be the man. It’s his team,” Johnson said of Ingram. “It would be disappointing if he didn’t score up toward 20 points a game.”Johnson said he has repeated that message to Ingram, who expressed feeling empowered with the Lakers’ confidence in him.“My standard is higher than anyone else can set. So with things like that, I just take it all in, ” Ingram said. “I’ve been in this league for one year, so I don’t know what to expect my second year or my third year. But I just know I’m going to work the hardest.”CHARTING HIS GROWTHIngram also set high standards last year when he aspired to win the NBA’s rookie of the year award. Instead, Ingram lamented “how badly I played” and argued he could’ve landed on the NBA’s All-Rookie third team if not for “a few good months at the end of the season.”“If I had the same mentality that I have right now that I came in with my rookie year, I think I definitely would’ve had first team,” Ingram said. “But I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t think I was disciplined and as ready as I am right now.”The Lakers noticed. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. observed Ingram “was still trying to feel his way out” as he assumed a reserve role with varying responsibilities as a wing player and ball-handling guard. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson mused, “when he first came in, he would go to the basket all frail” as Ingram shied away from physical contact.The Lakers still credited Ingram for trying, and stayed encouraged with his growth.Ingram often went to the Lakers’ practice facility to work only to realize their Development League affiliate had a game. After practices and before games, Ingram worked on his ball handling, footwork and finishing with Lakers assistant coach Brian Keefe. Ingram soon referred to Keefe as “Pops” because “everybody says he’s my dad away from home.”Ingram’s close family and friends also shielded him from the infinite distractions available in Los Angeles.While Donald Ingram visited intermittently throughout the season, Brandon’s older brother, Bo, lived with him full time. Stackhouse’s nephew also stayed with Brandon and ran various errands for him, including getting groceries and driving him to practices and games. Ingram will have a similar arrangement next season, too.“He kept me out of a lot of trouble,” Brandon Ingram said of Stackhouse’s nephew. “He made it easier on me where I can just focus on basketball.”That focus sharpened when Ingram remarked to Keefe midway through the season, “I’m ready for the summer” when he would train extensively. Keefe countered, “after the All-Star break, I think you can make a big jump.” The feedback became clairvoyant.Walton made Ingram’s starting job permanent. Early in that role during a late February practice, Johnson advised Ingram to attack the basket more off of pick-and-rolls. Ingram listened.After averaging 8.0 points on 38.6 percent shooting before the NBA All-Star break, Ingram posted 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting on 51.7 percent over 11 starts in March. Nance noticed Ingram “was making the league adjust to him” as he increased his assertiveness in the post and in attacking the basket. Ingram harbored the same attitude toward teammates.“We’d be talking (trash) to him sometimes,” Clarkson said. “He didn’t take any of that. He came back with it.”Despite regretting his previous passiveness, Ingram still won equity for working without complaint.“I’m glad it happened. It made me hungrier this summer,” Ingram said.” I learned how to be patient. I learned how to have a great attitude. When something is not going my way, I learned how to have a different mentality and learned different ways to affect the game.”THE NEXT STEPIngram displayed that different mentality in the Lakers’ Summer League opener. Then, Ingram posted a team-high 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting with three assists, three steals and two blocks. While appearing more aggressive and developed in his footwork, Ingram also added an unspecified amount of weight in muscle. All of which he hopes serves as a sneak preview for the regular season. “I’m going into every single game with the ability to compete against every basketball player on the floor,” Ingram said. “I’m trying to be the best basketball player on the floor every single night. I’m trying to lead my team to more victories.” Ingram has also tried to assume that role by speaking louder. Lakers second-center Ivica Zubac mused that Ingram is “talking too much,” though Ingram contends he does to Zubac because “sometimes he can get a little complacent.” Meanwhile, Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball and others praised Ingram for his positive reinforcement. “He was definitely pretty vocal and giving out help with his leadership,” Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma said. “If he saw something, he definitely would speak his mind.” Ingram did that even when the Lakers shut him down for the remainder of summer league. He trained with the team, sat on the bench and became what Kuzma called “a cheerleader.” “That showed me the type of leader that he is and he’s going to become,” Johnson said during Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s press conference where Ingram and several teammates attended. “This guy is going to have a season where we’re all going to be shaking our heads.” Those in Ingram’s inner circle are keeping him humbled, though. “There’s a reason why you’re cramping,” Stackhouse told Ingram. “It has to do with the hydration and it has to do with nutrition.” While Ingram has pledged to improve his diet, he has also focused on other areas. He continued ongoing drills with Stackhouse that tested his ability to hold his position in the post. Ingram also changed his shooting mechanics. While moving his elbow in and tweaking the release point on his shot, Ingram also has devoted more of his shooting sessions toward taking 3-pointers. “I got a lot stronger,” Ingram said. “I don’t have to feel like I’m pushing the shot. I feel like it’s my regular shot.” Ingram wants to diversify his scoring with drills on spot-up shooting drills, as well as working off pick-and-rolls, from the elbows and from the block. After offering positive reviews with the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coaches both past (Tim DiFrancesco) and present (Gunnar Peterson), Ingram plans to add more unspecified amount of strength through continuous weight training. And Ingram remained committed to his anticipated workout with former Lakers star Kobe Bryant that will focus on learning how he watches film, scouts teams and studies player tendencies. “Everything we do on the basketball court is mental,” Ingram said. “It’s nothing physical.” The Lakers are left encouraged with what makes Ingram tick. “‘I want to get better. I want to get better. I want to be an All-Star,’” Johnson said about Ingram’s mindset. “He’s driven with team success and individual success.” And as a result, the Lakers have remained adamant about keeping him even if other teams try to convince them otherwise.“I don’t worry about that stuff. I just come in and try to be myself, hard working and be a great player,” Ingram said. “Whatever happens in the front office is whatever. If I come in and put the work in, I think I’ll be fine.”last_img read more

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NCS Playoffs: Fortuna advances to second straight D-1 title game with 4-1 win over Arcata

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first_imgFORTUNA >> The Huskies’ unblemished 2016 season now has one final step before reaching a perfect ending.The fourth-seeded Fortuna boys soccer team advanced to its second straight North Coast Section Division I championship game with a 4-1 win over its arch-rival and No. 8 seed Arcata at Husky Field on Wednesday night.Twelve months after having to log hundreds upon hundreds of miles to even play for a section title, the Huskies were able to get a welcome change this time around — clinching …last_img

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Nature Potpourri

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first_imgArticles of interest from Nature have been piling up in the CEH queues.  Perhaps a brief mention is better than nothing, before they fall into archive oblivion.Carbon 14:  In the Sept 14 issue, there was a give & take between critics of a carbon-14-dated study and the author.  The critics pointed out, “We appreciate that Mellars’ review was restricted to radiocarbon dating, principally of bone, but it is recommended practice that multiple methods and materials should be investigated to avoid any possible pitfalls that might be associated with a single technique or sample type.”  They decried the need for “much-needed rigour to radiocarbon chronologies.”Bossa Supernova:  Also in the Sept 14 issue, David Branch reported a “champagne supernova” in a star not known to go boom.  “Thermonuclear supernovae were thought to occur only when white-dwarf stars of a certain mass explode,” he said.  “The discovery of a supernova that is way over the mass limit might require a reworking of the model.”  See also the press release from Berkeley Lab.Twinkle, huge star:  Showing that the best proof of a theory in science is existence, an international team said in the Sept 28 issue (pp 427-429), “Theory predicts and observations confirm that low-mass stars (like the Sun) in their early life grow by accreting gas from the surrounding material.  But for stars approx ~10 times more massive than the Sun (approx > 10 solar masses), the powerful stellar radiation is expected to inhibit accretion and thus limit the growth of their mass.  Clearly, stars with masses >10 solar masses exist, so there must be a way for them to form.”  They presented a theory based on non-spherical accretion.Political science:  Environmental activists are another thorn in Big Science’s side.  In the Oct 5 issue, an Editorial began, “Not everyone’s opinion is equally valuable.”  Eco-terrorists who blow up science labs are just the most outspoken of a larger base of support.  Nature advocated dialog with these folks: “signs of paternalism or scepticism about emotional arguments will quickly alienate a section of public opinion whose views, although logically fuzzy, are very firmly held.”  They didn’t say what to do about critics of Big Science whose views are logically sound and very firmly held.Hanging by a string:  The Oct 5 issue had several articles for and against string theory.  The Editors were for it, George Ellis was against it, and Geoff Brumfiel reported the war of words in several new books like Not Even Wrong and The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next.  Ellis reviewed the latter and began, “String theorists are setting a worrying trend by downplaying the need for experimental evidence.”History of science and art:  The Oct 5 issue mentioned an exhibition of the science and art of Leonardo da Vinci touring Europe.Geo-lithium:  How sure are we of the science under our feet?  The Oct 5 issue had a news item beginning, “Lithium isotopes provide a fingerprint of recycled material in Earth’s upper mantle.  But this fingerprint is different from what had been expected.  So do we need to reassess our ideas about how the upper mantle evolves?”Kryptonite-proof superbacteria:  The Oct 5 issue investigated how the tiny germ Deinococcus radiodurans can withstand radiation hundreds of times greater than that required to kill ‘normal’ bacteria.  The secret is in its super-fast and efficient DNA repair mechanisms.  See the Scientific American write-up on this germ.Useful junk:  Two French scientists in the Oct 5 issue (pp 521-524) think junk DNA is an “evolutionary force.”  They said, “Transposable elements were long dismissed as useless, but they are emerging as major players in evolution.  Their interactions with the genome and the environment affect how genes are translated into physical traits.”  It seems odd that a major player in evolution would elude discovery this late in the game.  “But it is an open question whether the variation in genome size is indirectly associated with host population size, or whether it is directly promoted by environmental stress or by the novel environmental conditions that populations encounter when they invade a new habitat,” they said.  “The answer will bear on our understanding of, for example, how ancestral humans adapted after they migrated out of Africa.”  Seems a tall order for junk DNA to explain.Give and take:  Co-evolution was the theme of two articles in the Oct. 5 issue, one by Gavin Sherlock commenting on another paper by Jensen et al.  They considered cell division, discussing the odd observation that while the genes are highly conserved (unevolved) throughout the living world, the expression of these genes is not.  This adds greatly to the complexity of theorizing how the cell cycle evolved, because now the genes and their regulators had to co-evolve; in fact, Jensen et al say, “Our current results raise the intriguing possibility that all three levels of regulation have co-evolved.”  In addition, they discuss the remarkable phenomenon called “just-in-time assembly” in which certain protein complexes only go into action when key proteins are expressed only at the point in the cycle when they are needed.    “It is tempting to speculate on the driving force that leads to the co-evolution,” they said in this paper that, while admiring the complexity observable today, was heavy on speculation about how it got that way.  “Together, our results provide a first global view of the evolutionary dynamics of the transcriptional and post-translational regulation of a large and complex biological system,” they said in conclusion.  But how much can be inferred about evolution?  Not much: “They clearly indicate that although the same general underlying principles, namely just-in-time assembly and multi-layer regulation of functional modules, are widely conserved in eukaryotes, the detailed regulation of individual genes and proteins varies greatly and thus generally cannot be inferred from distantly related organisms.”Zygote to adult:  A book review of Eric Davidson’s The Regulatory Genome by Michael Karin in the Oct. 5 issue dealt with a related problem: “All living organisms deploy similar evolutionarily conserved mechanisms to generate energy, replicate their genomes, use genetic information and synthesize basic building-blocks for their cells,” he began.  “Yet the myriad shapes and forms of both plants and animals are overwhelming in their variety and extremes.  What is even more amazing is that most plants and animals start their life as a single diploid cell (a zygote) created by the union of a sperm and an egg.  How these simple cells give rise to such complex creatures with diverse body shapes is a major preoccupation of developmental biologists.”TRON revisited:  Can life live in a computer?  A German team in the Oct 5 issue investigated biological models in silico.  They recognized that this is not a field for initiatives, and that some traditional biologists are skeptical, they said, “Suspicion towards simulations should dissipate as the limitations and advantages of their application are better appreciated, opening the door to their permanent adoption in everyday research.”  Surprisingly, at the end, “By discovering design principles, identifying biological modules, and quantitatively understanding how they operate through experiments and simulations, we hope to elucidate biological function,” they said.Readers interested in these subjects may wish to pursue the original sources.This illustrates how the reporting here has to be selective just due to constraints of time and space.  Every week, scores of sources and articles from the scientific journals and science news outlets are perused for consideration.  For every article that gets mentioned, dozens more have to be passed over.  We hope you appreciate getting at least a daily digest of interesting and important happenings in a wide variety of subjects related to origins.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio Crop Progress — September 24, 2018

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hot, Dry Weather Encouraged HarvestProducers avoided delays and got harvest underway last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 23. Rain received last week mostly fell in southern and eastern Ohio. Harvest moved along well. The decrease in soil moisture levels made for better harvesting conditions. Corn for silage was coming off at a good pace. Corn for grain and soybean harvests began slowly in some areas. Field conditions allowed some produces to plant winter wheat. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 22 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.Click here to see the full report.last_img read more

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A chat with Dorothy Pelanda, Ohio’s new Director of Agriculture

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel Penhorwood and Matt Reese sit down with Dorothy Pelanda, the newly appointed director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Director Pelanda brings her experience as a lawyer and legislator to the job. The three chat about her background in agriculture and the topics she will be facing in her time at ODA.last_img

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