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Seed Consultants 3/21/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 21, 2013 Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter FinancialCypriot concerns hang over stocks with the Dow down 90, S&P 13 and NASDAQ 32DAX off .9 %Cyprus is a little island but its problems are symptomatic of the Euro zones debt sickness. And the there are the Russians WTI crude was off $1.05Gold $1613 up $6 Dollar steady at 82.83 at its high and subduing export sales as evidenced in this mornings report where wheat, corn and soybeans were all sub parThe euro fell to 1.289ECB demanded action from Cyprus by Monday LivestockCash cattle $125 off $2Boxed beef more active but steady to lowerCongress is fiddling around searching for a solution to the looming meat inspector’s furloughsApril cattle closed just barely betterJune hogs rallied a buck on short covering out of an oversold conditionConsumer dollar that would normally go for food are reduced by the higher payroll taxes and delayed tax refunds Grain and soybeansCorn was flat at the end in May but profit taking was in evidence on the old crop new crop spreadWheat exports exports were one half of last weeks so the May went down 7 centsMay beans rallied 26 cents on short covering as fundamentals were bearish with exports poor (China hardly buying any) and China indicated that they were selling 1-1.5 Mt of soybeans out of reserves to keep crushers busyBrazilian shipping delays were sited but China bought small amounts of US beans again this weekThe IGC sees global wheat production at a 4 year highIraqi wheat tender uncertainHRW look dry out ahead and the Midwest needs regular moisture11:41 updateObama appeals for new Mid East peace talks as missiles fall in Southern IsraelIran refreshes Israeli threatDow off 50Philly Fed manufacturing index shows expansionHome prices at three year high but misses forecastDollar index is at 82.71 with the high at 84.10 restricting exports as we have seen in the last few weeksLight short covering in meatsMixed grains and oilseeds9:48 updateDow off 66, S&P down 7 and NADAQ 19 lowerMeats mixed with hogs off $.35Two Republican senators warn of higher pre summer gas prices driven by ethanolLocal gas in northwest Indiana is $3.96 and well over $4 in ChicagoMarket Opening CommentsFinancialDow high has hit 14,546 and closed at 14.511S&P high also close at hand and so is NASDAQJP Morgan downgraded by regulatorsFed Ex and CAT overseas earning slideJobless claims hold at 5 year lowFed sees no bubble threat, but economic growth will remain slowECB gives Cyprus until Monday to strike a bail out dealDAX and FTSE are both .8% lowerFlash PMI off .2$ in USBig Chinese solar collapse pendingGerman growth 51 from 53.3, France 41.9 and China 51.9 from 50.4WTI crude $93.38 down $ .14Gold $1614 up $7Dollar index 82.73 off 4Livestock$ 124-125 clean up trades in cattle down $2-3Boxed beef down $ .66 on choice after strong weekExpense of beef drives consumers to other meats$140 breakeven in cattle61 loads of pork with Carcass down $1.68, loins $2.59 and hams priced for Easter $4.40 lowerSpring delayed its 16 degrees this morning in Chicago last year it was 82Beef exports back to normal at 15.3 MTGrain and soybeansShort covering in beans and easier in the grains over nightEthanol production off 10% versus 11.7% for the yearRailcar shortage is an issue at some ethanol plantsCorn plantings expected at 97 m and soybeans at 78Corn stocks 5 b and soybeans 940 mReport is on the 28thWeekly export sales: poor across the board with wheat at 484,000 tons and 88,000 of new crop, corn 92,000 and 183,000 with soybeans at 108,000 and 234,000. China buying just 127,000 and 225,000 Seed Consultants 3/21/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi Home Indiana Agriculture News Seed Consultants 3/21/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi Previous articleDuPont Pioneer Expands in Two Indiana CountiesNext articleHouse Passes Continuing Resolution Funding FSIS Inspectors Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Interior minister auxiliaries beat Spanish news photographer outside parliament

first_img Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Reporters Without Borders condemns a physical attack by police auxiliaries on Rafael Marchante, a Spanish photographer employed by the British news agency Reuters, while he was covering a demonstration by jobless university graduates outside parliament in Rabat on 21 May.“This is not the first time the security forces have attacked a journalist while dispersing demonstrators,” the press freedom organisation said. “The fact that this time it happened outside parliament makes it all the more unacceptable. We regard this incident as serious, especially as it comes amid a decline in press freedom in Morocco, and we urge the interior ministry to do whatever is necessary to ensure it does not recur.”Marchante, who has worked in Morocco for Reuters for nearly two years, was attacked by five members of an auxiliary security service attached to the interior ministry while covering one of the regular protests by unemployed graduates outside the parliament building.“These demonstrations are held each week outside parliament,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “This week I appeared to be the only person covering it. “The auxiliaries were beating the demonstrators violently, including young women, kicking them in the face. Five or six auxiliaries came up to me, grabbed one of my cameras and beat me. I produced my information ministry accreditation but one of them, who appeared to be their superior, tore it up and then punched me twice in the face.”Three Moroccan journalists were roughed up by police while covering a protest against food price increases outside parliament last month. Hassan Fatih, the correspondent of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, was attacked while covering a demonstration by relatives of prisoners outside the justice ministry two years ago. Lahcen Aouad of Assahifa was beaten up by members of the Rapid Intervention Brigade as he was about to photograph a jobless graduate simulating an act of suicide outside the gates of the parliament building in December 2004.Journalist Mostapha Hurmatallah meanwhile continues to serve a seven-month prison sentence in Casablanca’s Okacha prison. Reporters Without Borders wrote to King Mohammed VI on 6 May to express its support for his family’s request for a royal pardon. Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa to go furthercenter_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts News May 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interior minister auxiliaries beat Spanish news photographer outside parliamentlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016

first_imgDavid Lopez711361218%44%$384,858 Peter Eurton32510516%63%$223,160 ASHLEY’S SASSY TAKES TO TURF IN FILLY & MARE SPRINTAshley’s Sassy makes her grass debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs, and if breeding means anything, the chestnut filly should take a liking to the greensward.“It’s her first time down the hill and she seems to like grass,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the 4-year-old daughter of Decarchy out of the Urgent Request dam Ashley’s Folly.“She’s from an all-grass family, that’s for sure, with her mother and Decarchy.”The field: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Heaven’s Stairway, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Light One, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; and also-eligibles Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1 and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 30-1. Jeff Mullins1133027%55%$95,980 Mark Glatt3442112%21%$133,420 Martin Garcia4755711%36%$349,884 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kristin Mulhall1642125%44%$154,310 Steve Knapp1431221%43%$97,570 Tyler Baze9711171111%40%$556,202 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Bob Baffert4276817%50%$463,740 J. Eric Kruljac2032515%50%$75,200 RUN LIKE THE BOSS SHOULD FANCY TURFJoe Talamo has ridden Run Like the Boss twice, winning once, and hopes to add to his success in Saturday’s $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks for three-year-old fillies scheduled for one mile on turf.“She won first time out and ran third at Del Mar coming off a layoff,” said Talamo, who has been working the gray daughter of Scat Daddy at San Luis Rey Downs for Peter Miller, trainer of  Run Like the Boss for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison.“I think she’ll love the distance, and even though she hasn’t run on turf, her breeding indicates she can handle it,” Talamo said. “All the Scat Daddys seem to like it.”The Oaks lineup: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 4-1; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and $25,000 supplemental nominee Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1. Philip D’Amato47981019%57%$558,210 Robertino Diodoro1234125%67%$96,090 William Spawr1664138%69%$146,914 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 John Sadler323539%34%$176,470 DRINKS ON BOOZER IN $250,000 TURF CLASSIC?SUNDAY RULES VS. MALES IN VALPREDO SPRINTTOUGH IT OUT SET FOR RICH CAL CUP DERBYTALAMO’S FILLY ‘REAL BOSS’ IN CAL CUP OAKSASHLEY’S SASSY IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINTMOR SPIRIT DRILLS FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES Patrick Gallagher1642225%50%$265,008 ‘GOOD TRIP’ CRUCIAL FOR BOOZER IN TURF CLASSICBoozer makes his second attempt to win the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank Saturday when the son of Unusual Heat trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Saundra Kirkwood runs in the mile-and-an-eighth race for four-year-olds and up.The six-year-old gelding is usually on the pace or close to it. Last year, he missed winning the Classic by a neck after leading most of the way under Gary Stevens, who is back aboard Saturday.“It looks like there’s speed in the race and hopefully he’ll relax behind it,” Glatt said. “If he gets a good trip, he’ll be close and we’ll see if we can hang on this year.”The Turf Classic, one of five stakes races worth a total of $1 million for California-bred or sired horses on Sunshine Millions Day: Tamarando, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; G.G. Ryder, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Unusually Green, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 15-1; defending champion Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 12-1; $25,000 supplemental nominee What a View; Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Something Unusual, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Poshky, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Awesome Return, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; and also-eligible Cowboy, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1. Edwin Maldonado66126818%39%$392,460 Agapito Delgadillo2945314%41%$119,554 Mike Smith444369%30%$466,320 Brice Blanc222069%36%$214,020 Mario Gutierrez80915911%41%$481,444 Abel Lezcano3031210%20%$133,620 Alex Solis930233%56%$174,634 Richard Baltas4475316%34%$463,934 Karen Headley530060%60%$127,700 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 24) Joseph Talamo8010121013%40%$489,564 Tiago Pereira442525%20%$156,962 Martin Pedroza3952113%21%$94,440 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer5545107%35%$292,022 Drayden Van Dyke5267612%37%$368,634 Peter Miller4873415%29%$256,720 Kent Desormeaux3447512%47%$330,220 Doug O’Neill67891212%43%$407,902 Brayan Pena1520013%13%$36,170 Fernando Perez70841111%33%$424,876 Vladimir Cerin1441229%50%$112,690 TOUGH IT OUT READY TO GO IN CAL CUP DERBYTrainer Phil D’Amato also has Tough It Out entered in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.A gray son of Grazen, Tough It Out was third behind Found Money in the one-mile King Glorious for state-breds last Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos.“He’s doing really well,” D’Amato said. “He lost a lot of ground in the King Glorious. He ran an extra sixteenth of a mile. Saturday, we’ve got the rail and (leading rider) Santiago (Gonzalez). The horse is ready to go.”The Derby field: Tough It Out, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Record Highs, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Demonslayer, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 4-1; Xingontothebone, Martin Pedroza, 8-1;and Loyalist, Flavien Prat, 12-1. Victor Espinoza302617%30%$276,880 Alonso Quinonez403738%33%$162,860 J. Keith Desormeaux2040620%50%$101,170 Steven Miyadi2336413%57%$120,184 Jack Carava1432121%43%$70,360 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 George Papaprodromou1932216%37%$79,030 Gary Stevens2342017%26%$496,930 SUNDAY RULES TACKLES MALES IN CAL CUP SPRINTSunday Rules has been entered to face males in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for older horses at six furlongs.It would mark a first for the five-year-old Tribal Rule mare trained by Phil D’Amato for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.“She’s one-for-one on grass and four-for-four on the main track at Santa Anita, so it’s hard to ignore her dirt record,” said D’Amato, the meet’s leading trainer through 19 days with nine victories from 47 starts. He also has eight seconds and 10 thirds.“The field was coming up on the smaller side, so I hoped we’d draw well and sure enough we drew the outside. It’s a good post, she’s ready to go and we’ll give it a shot.”The Sprint field: San Onofre, Alex Solis, 4-5; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 9-5; and Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1. Flavien Prat721141315%39%$556,488 FINISH LINES: California General and VIP packages are available at santaanita.com/events for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions & Wine Festival, which will offer food from some of the best local wineries and food vendors. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . Mor Spirit worked five furlongs in company Thursday morning in 1:00.20 for his three-year-old debut a week from Saturday in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. The winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity had jockey Martin Garcia aboard for the drill. Stablemate Latest Craze was clocked in 1:01.60 . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, prepping for the Grade II Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 13, worked five furlongs for Dan Hendricks with Gary Stevens in the irons in 1:00.80 . . . Champion Songbird continued to advance for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6 with a seven furlong workout Wednesday in 1:26.60 . . . The first offspring of stakes-winning turf sprinter Lakerville was born Jan. 25 at Harris Ranch in Coalinga. A chestnut filly out of the mare Craven Cottage owned and bred by Bob Huston and Barry Abrams is a half-sister to stakes winners of more than $1.5 million. Appropriately, she was named The First One . . . Jockey Abel Lezcano has been suspended three days (Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 4) for causing interference aboard Mr. Count On Me in Saturday’s sixth race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from first to third, while Edwin Maldonado has been banned the same days for failure to maintain a straight course on Xerxes after the start of Saturday’s third race . . . Also given “days” were jockeys Abel Lezcano (Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 4) for causing interference on Silent Movies in Saturday’s fourth race, and Bruno Panicucci (Feb. 7, 11 and 12) for interference on Icona in Sunday’s second race . . . Joe Carr, whose British-based Duralock Equestrian is the manufacturer of Santa Anita’s newly installed temporary rail, was a race-day visitor on Thursday. Duralock Performance Fencing, renowned for safety and for its ease of installation and movement, is currently in use at racetracks and equestrian venues throughout the world, including New York’s Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course…Horse player and Thoroughbred owner Bob Carper and Dudley Osborne, agent for jockey Agapito Delgadillo, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 10:50 a.m.; Saturday and 11:20 a.m. on Sunday. Santiago Gonzalez10722141021%43%$801,468last_img read more

McKinleyville edges Del Norte to keep pace in Big 5

first_imgCrescent City >> A.J. Stubbs scored a game-high 15 points, as the McKinleyville Panthers got off to a blazing start and ultimately held on for a 53-50 victory over the Del Norte Warriors in Big 5 basketball action at Crescent City Friday evening.From the opening tip of the contest it appeared as though the fans at Thunen Gymnasium were going to be treated to an indoor track meet rather than a basketball game, as both teams came out of the gates at a blistering pace on both ends of the court.Th …last_img

Human Face Book Is Customized

first_imgMake a face.  How do you make a face?  We are all made with faces that can make unique facial expressions, thanks to unique combinations of subcutaneous muscles.  Nature News said that humans have unique faceprints of 16 common expression-making muscles.    We all have the same 5 subcutaneous muscles that can make us look angry, happy, surprised, afraid, sad and disgusted.  But we have different combinations of 11 more muscles that allow us each to have our own idiosyncratic facial expressions.  This was announced by researchers who examined 18 Caucasian cadavers.  It means that all humans can express shared emotions important for social communication, but each of us can add our own nuance.    One of the researchers speculated that this can be explained in evolutionary terms.  Humans have been selected to communicate the same basic emotions, he said, but have differences to allow for creating relationships within social groups.  He did not explain why this strategy never occurred to social bees, ants, schooling fish and flocks of birds.We’ll just ignore that little evolutionary fable with an expression of disgust and move right along.  Facial expression is one of many unique traits among humans who were created like animals in many ways but with special features to express an inner spirit made in the image of God: intellect, emotions, will, love, personality, and faith.  To communicate our rationality, we needed a voice apparatus appropriate for the sophisticated nuances of human language.  For combined spiritual and physical intimacy, we needed skin instead of hair.  For face-to-face communication and stewardship, we needed upright posture.  For work, we needed hands with opposable thumbs.  None of these is quite the window of the spirit as a person’s unique countenance.    We have the most versatile bodies and faces in nature appropriate for accountable souls.  Think of the importance of facial expressions in comedy sitcoms, vocal solos, plays and movies; visualize the clown or mime using faces to get a laugh.  Perhaps you have taken a silly family photo with everyone making funny faces.  Even humor is a gift of God.  Chimpanzees and dogs and parrots can seem to comprehend fun, but try to tell them a joke, and no comprendo.  Human laughter and a hearty smile is a joy of life that only spirits operating physical equipment can fully understand and appreciate.    We have more equipment than needed to just eat and survive because we have a special role in God’s creation: to be His stewards, to love Him, and to love one another.  Facial expression is an intrinsic part of our unique ability to relate to one another visually and verbally.  That we each have unique faces and combinations of facial muscles fits the description of humans being unique individuals with a special role in the world.  Look at one penguin and you’ve seen them all.  Same for prairie dogs, antelope, honeybees, wildebeest, flamingos and any other wild social animal.  Though specialists can tell them apart, other primates have limited diversity and expressivity on their faces.  They can curl their lips into funny ways, and bare their teeth and scream, but have you ever seen a chimpanzee with an expression of altruistic love, faith, thoughtful contemplation, solemnity, gratitude or inner joy?    The variety of human faces, though, is astonishing: just look at the faces of any crowd on the street or in a public event.  And the number of expressions you can contort your face into in front of a mirror is equally astonishing.  We often remember a face when we cannot remember a name.  We can pick easily out faces we know from hundreds of strangers in a yearbook.  Faces are put on “Wanted” posters.   We normally take pictures of ourselves that emphasize our faces.  Magazines and newspapers (except for certain kinds) concentrate on the faces of people in the news.  We normally take pictures of people to emphasize their faces.  This makes sense if we are individual created souls distinct from the animals.  It makes no sense in evolutionary terms, or else you would see extreme facial diversity and expressivity all over the animal kingdom.  What other animal invented FaceBook?  The face is the interface for rational and emotional communication.  “Face it, we’re all different” said the Nature News article.  Yes indeed, Nature, face up to it.  We can make faces because He made our faces.  Go smile at someone and start a spiritual communication.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nose Has Gain Control

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sound engineers know how to use gain control to avoid “redlining” or saturating the signal while amplifying weak but important signals.  Your nose knows that trick, too.The sense of smell is complex because of the tremendous variety of odorant molecules that must be interpreted.  Molecules that trigger signals in the initial neurons trigger a cascade of responses that pass through a chain of olfactory organs and neurons before reaching the brain.  Some of these organs “format” the signal for the brain, explained Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy in a Harvard press release, “Sniff mechanics,” posted also on Science Daily.  Murthy’s team achieved a new level of precision to identify the functions in the olfactory pathway.Reaching that level of precision was critical, Murthy explained, because while the olfactory bulb contains many “principal” neurons that are responsible for sending signals to other the parts of the brain, it is also packed with interneurons, which appear to play a role in formatting olfactory information as it comes into the brain.But the complexity doesn’t stop there.  There’s not only formatting, but feedback:“The image of the brain as a linear processor is a convenient one, but almost all brains, and certainly mammalian brains, do not rely on that kind of pure feed-forward system,” Murthy said. “On the contrary, it now appears that the higher regions of the brain, which are responsible for interpreting olfactory information, are communicating with lower parts of the brain on a near-constant basis.”Using advanced techniques, Murthy’s team identified that the interneurons receive messages back from the brain – feedback.  This feedback serves as a method of gain control:“If you make a system that is very good at detecting weak signals, it becomes saturated as the signal gets stronger, and eventually it’s impossible to differentiate between strong signals,” Murthy said. “To avoid that problem, brain circuits use a process called gain control. By inhibiting certain neurons, it ensures that you stay within the detection range, so you don’t miss the weak things, but you don’t miss the very strong things either.”The brain can effectively turn down the gain knob on certain neurons, like a sound engineer at a mixing console subduing an input that is too loud, while simultaneously turning up the gain for inputs that are too weak.  The brain can say, “I heard you” to one input while switching attention to weaker signals.  Other senses use gain control, but “the extent of the olfactory feedback was surprising,” the press release said.There’s also gain control at the receiving end.  The olfactory bulb can turn up the gain for weak but important signals:Even more surprising, Murthy said, was evidence that the olfactory bulb’s principal neurons were also receiving feedback signals — albeit weak ones — that appeared to prime them for incoming signals.“These weak connections help the principal neuron get over the top when it’s listening to weak inputs,” Murthy said. “If there’s a weak smell coming in, but it’s not able to drive the principal neuron over the threshold to signal the rest of the brain, but say you’re in an environment where you’re primed to smell that weak smell — we believe this feedback from this higher area of the brain is sort of tickling these principal neurons, so when there’s a weak input you’re able to smell it.Murthy recognized that the sense of smell is very important for many animals.  A weak smell may signal danger, but it must not be overpowered by other strong odors in the environment.  That’s where gain control is essential, Murthy explained:  “We are hypothesizing that this mechanism, where the cortex is talking back to the olfactory bulb and suppressing neurons, through this feedback they may be able to detect that weak signal.”Isn’t it wonderful what the blind, impersonal forces of nature evolved.  Without any foresight, millions of mutations brought forth a finely-tuned mechanism, like a mixing console, and a brain to operate it.  In the imagination of the evolutionist, all things are possible.  Close your eyes and speculate.Something about that mindset has a foul odor.  It must be Darwin of the Gaps.Fortunately, in this press release there was no mention of evolution.  Hats off to Murthy for sparing us the foul odor and giving us another wonder of the human body that has the sweet smell of intelligent design, even without the sight of those words in print.last_img read more

Women’s monument unveiled in Tshwane

first_img10 August 2016The Women’s Living Heritage Monument, unveiled by President Jacob Zuma onWomen’s Day 9 August 2016, commemorates the story of women’s contribution tothe liberation struggle and features four statues of the heroic stalwarts, LillianNgoyi, Sophia Williams-de Bruyn, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.2. TheWomen’s Living Heritage Monument at Lillian Ngoyi Square in PTA #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/CG0TDX8HEQ—#ThankYouLimpopo (@ANCLimpopo) August 9,2016The four women led a peaceful protest march to the Union Buildings in 1956,with thousands of women from all parts of the country. The women delivered apetition to the then Prime Minister, JG Strijdom, against carrying a pass book,referred to as a dom pass in Afrikaans, meaning “dumb pass”. They also marched against the degradation of African women. This Women’s Day marked the 60th anniversary of the march.The monument also includes a leadership development and training centre, anddedicated walls for murals, artworks and artefacts that tell the stories of women’sstruggles throughout the South Africa’s history.Susan Shabangu, the Minister of Women in the Presidency, said the event wasan emotional reflection on what women have done to take the country from whereit was to where it is today.“Women once more are gathered here to witness the opening of the livingmonument, where people can see the contribution of women across colour lines,”the minister said in her presentation.Shabangu asked women, particularly young women, to visit the monument inorder to reflect and inform their destiny, adding that “the women of the 1956 marchplayed their role and today we have a Constitution which includes what womenfought for”.She said it is up to the young South African women of today to protect theConstitution and ensure human rights, especially women’s rights, are not violated.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, African Union Commission chairpersonNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the last surviving march leader De Bruyn, wereamong those who attended the unveiling and toured the monument.Sophie De Bruyn standing next to her statue unveiled at Lillian NgoyiSquare #TellHerStory #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/xpYIflHZK4— SAGov News (@SAgovnews) August 9,2016De Bruyn told EWN News that the monument and recognition of the struggle ofwomen during apartheid gave her great joy, particularly seeing how far womenhave come in advancing their rights since 1956.“Today when I see what they’ve achieved, they’ve achieved a lot. They canchoose their own professions, they can choose anything they want to do, and I oftensay to them that it’s no longer a case of the sky being the limit. But you can gobeyond the sky because you can even become an astronaut.”#WomensDay2016 These women were among the thousands whomarched on August 9 1956. DB. pic.twitter.com/4XLKns6dUl—EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 9,2016Also in attendance were a number of women who were part of the original 1956march.Mita Motlolometsi marched 60 years ago and had come to witness the unveilingof the monument.She said the day was an emotional one for her because she had witnessedhistory unfold around her over the last six decades, particularly since 1994. She feltproud that she had been a small part of bringing change to the country.However, while commending the interventions made by democracy to empower black people, Motlolometsi said that women and, especially elderly women, were not fully liberated yet.Motlolometsi hopes there will be more efforts made by the country to unite,respect and liberate the nation’s women.Source: South African Government News Agency Southafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or Shine Even de Ocampo’s former longtime teammate with TNT, Jimmy Alapag made fun out of it. Aside from the video that was shared by top websites in the US, a photo taken by the Inquirer’s Sherwin Vardeleon also made rounds on social media.Almost got it Del!!😂 @jutaca33 https://t.co/ZzfkDS0Ltg— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) September 2, 2017The picture appears to show de Ocampo mirroring James from behind as the three-time NBA champion went for lift off.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonRanidel de Ocampo is already a household name in basketball crazy Philippines.Then he went global over the weekend after taking part in LeBron James’ highlight video during his Strive For Greatness Show in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments “If you look at it, I made a lot of people laugh. I’m sure my face was able to reach different places in the world and I think I made LeBron popular,” De Ocampo added in jest. In the video that went viral, de Ocampo was seen trying to give James a dose of his own medicine as he attempted a chasedown block on the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s patented Statue-of-Liberty dunk during an exhibition game.“Actually, I really wanted to challenge him, but I had already jumped when I realized that I won’t be able to get to him. But at the same time, I was okay to be included on his poster,” said the veteran forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

No grand slam talk this time for all-Filipino champions

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “This conference, there are much better imports, more skillful. It’s just another challenge for me,” said Rhodes in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, and Pagcor.“I feel like every game is going to be competitive,” he said. “I just want to help the team. I don’t want to think toward the Finals. I know if we play hard and have a lot of love, we’ll be in the Finals, and then we’ll go from there.”That Rhodes-powered title was the closest the Beermen came to a Grand Slam, before they were ambushed in the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup by sister team Ginebra.“We know the consequences of thinking about the Grand Slam, and that means you’re pressuring yourself,” said Austria. “After winning seven championships, why would I pressure myself?”San Miguel is actually celebrating the 30th anniversary of its 1989 Grand Slam behind a team composed of four-time MVP Ramon Fernandez, Samboy Lim, Hector Calma, former MVP Ricky Brown and current team assistant coach Ato Agustin, among others.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Taiwan Open draws best in region; Jay Bayron only Filipino enteredcenter_img The return of Rhodes gave Austria the confidence San Miguel will be in the running for back-to-back championships.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s a question San Miguel Beer never had problems dealing with in the past. As the Philippine Cup champions of the PBA, the Beermen had been—for the last five seasons—the only squad with a shot at a Grand Slam.And with their talent-rich roster, the Beermen have looked capable of pulling off a triple crown for the past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning a fifth straight All-Filipino crown—a league record that tightened the Beermen’s stranglehold on the league’s prized jewel—San Miguel isn’t talking Grand Slam anymore.“What we’re thinking about is (winning) the next conference,” said coach Leo Austria in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Everybody wants a grand slam, but we have to win another championship in the second conference,” added Austria.Charles Rhodes, the former Best Import awardee who steered the franchise on top of the Commissioner’s Cup in 2017, will shoulder a lot of the burden this conference—and he looks up to the task. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more