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Due to long wait, Kansas Rewards Card will be given out Friday; new traditional schedule released

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School and Middle School have completed their official enrollment days, but the distribution for the Kansas Star Rewards Card will live on to see another day.School and lottery officials have expanded the distributing of the $100 VISA prepaid cards to the parents of USD 353 K-12  students for Friday at the WHS building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.On Thursday, people stood in line for almost an hour, getting their rewards cards. The line on the south end of the commons stretched to the south entrance doors. So if the line is anything like today, prepare to take up a chunk of your time.As far as registration for classes and fees are concerned, WHS Principal Dale Adams said fees have remained the same as in years past. But a few people grumbled to Sumner Newscow that the fees seemed exorbitantly high nevertheless.Said one Newscow reader:“I had to cough up a small fortune for school fees and after talking to people at other school districts, I just have to wonder why our fees are so high, what they are specifically for ($5 for English class?), and why if we pay the taxes we do and buy all if these school supplies like copy paper and tissues, why are we also paying outrageous school fees? Do the schools actually get this money?”Adams said fees at registration goes to offset the expenses of conducting the class. For example, the fees to play in the band, or participate in sports range around $20 than say an English class that costs $5.“I think next year we will go with a flat registration fee,” Adams said.•••••Traditional schedule The new high school schedule is being implemented this fall which is actually a return of an old schedule from yesteryear.WHS has returned to traditional scheduling and will include an eight-period days five days a week. This is a schedule common in smaller schools, and many bigger schools that are returning back to the traditional schedule setting.Wellington has had block scheduling since the late 1990s in which courses were taught 85 minutes on every other day. Traditional scheduling has classes everyday in almost half the time frame.Adams said the new schedule is not costing parents anymore money. They are paying for eight classes, as they did last year.As far as the specific scheduling is concerned, there are two classes which will stretch over a two-period time.There is one PSQ class, i.e. weights and conditioning, which will stretch over two periods as will an “Intro to Carpentry” class.Every other class will be taught during one period including chemistry, physics and vocational agriculture. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (23) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down WHS Grad · 366 weeks ago If this is a return of an old schedule from yesteryear, which year was it? There were seven class periods, daily homework assignments and a study hall 20 plus years ago. The block and new schedule do have the same number of classes to offer for credit if one does not count a study hall. Where did the daily study hall go? How is MTSS being utilized in the eight period day? How will interventions be implemented to reach students that need additional assistance during the school day? Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 366 weeks ago Waaaa waaaa waaaa….i had to stand in line for my free money. Report Reply 1 reply · active 366 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 366 weeks ago And schools in Texas don’t charge school fees…. Report Reply 4 replies · active 365 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down didn’t waste my hour · 366 weeks ago it said on usd 353 website they were going to be giving out thursday and friday anyway. said that last week. Report Reply 3 replies · active 365 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down BeccaSue · 366 weeks ago According to the Mulvane School District website this is an alternative date to pick up your Student Reward card at the Casino itself. You can go to the Box office at the Casino. This is what the site says: *Make-Up Days for Reward Card Distribution Who: Teachers or parents of K-12 students, in Mulvane or Sumner County school districts, who are not able to pick up their $100 Universal Visa® Prepaid card when we are visiting your district. When: Wednesday, August 14th * 8:00am – 6:00pm Thursday, August 15th * 10:00am – 7:00pm Friday, August 16th * 3:00 – 8:00pm Where: Box Office at Kansas Star Casino, which is located inside the Southeast entrance. This is inside the casino facility but off of the casino floor, so it’s OK if minors are accompanying the parents during card pick-up as long as the Southeast or hotel entrance is used. How: Only a parent or legal guardian on file is allowed to pick up a student’s reward card. If a parent/guardian is not able to make it to card distribution in their district, or to any of these make-up days, the parent/guardian can choose to designate someone to pick up the card on their behalf. To do so, the parent/guardian must prepare a written authorization to pick up the card to include a photocopy of the parent’s/guardian’s legal ID, and the name of the designee. This process also applies to teachers who need to designate a friend or colleague. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Greedy up north · 365 weeks ago Damn the casino anyways why cant they just give out $100.00 CASH and make it easier on all of us. Report Reply 5 replies · active 365 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down BrokeMom · 365 weeks ago I am grateful for the casino gift cards, they help offset the ridiculous school fees. Regardless, the school fees are too high. Maybe some people are ok with paying high taxes, supplying administrative supplies, paying book rental fees and a fee for classes like English and Math, but I have to take a step back and wonder why are we paying so much? I’ve talked to family in other states and they can’t believe how much we pay. It’s public school, and I am not counting on the casino cards being around forever. I too have lived in other states, that have excellent schools and no school fees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Love Slots · 365 weeks ago Kansas Star has a 15 yr contract with the Racing and Gaming commission that says they will provide them cards now when it is renegotiated after 15 years it might end but we all have to remember any thing can change at any time depending on our Legislative branch and what rules they change on gambling. Who knows next year they may open up the bill and change it to allow slots at horse racing venues. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 365 weeks ago Anybody remember when I a child needed going to school was a big chief tablet and pencils and the school system took care of the rest. Also the kids actually learned something. 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Life Masters Physics

first_imgLiving things, especially cells, have mastered the forces of advanced physics in ingenious ways.  This ingenuity sometimes inspires physicists to try to copy it.  Here are some recent examples:Photosynthesis and quantum mechanics:  Nature reported that plants take advantage of quantum mechanics in photosynthesis.1  “The photosynthetic apparatus of cryptophyte algae is odd – its pigments are farther apart than is expected for efficient functioning.  A study into how this apparatus works so well finds quantum effects at play.”  Grondelle and Novoderezhkin continued, showing that plants exceed humans at this skill:It is common knowledge that plants, algae and certain bacteria use photosynthesis to convert solar energy into a form that can be used by the organisms to live and reproduce.  But what is less well known is that the efficiency of photosynthesis might depend in part on quantum-mechanical processes.  On page 644 of this issue, Collini et al.2 report evidence suggesting that a process known as quantum coherence ‘wires’ together distant molecules in the light-harvesting apparatus of marine cryptophyte algae.  This is the first time that this phenomenon has been observed in photosynthetic proteins at room temperature, rather than at much lower temperatures, bolstering the idea that quantum coherence influences light harvesting in vivo.Collini et al appeared surprised by their discovery: “Intriguingly, recent work has documented that light-absorbing molecules in some photosynthetic proteins capture and transfer energy according to quantum-mechanical probability laws instead of classical laws at temperatures up to 180 K,” they said.  “This contrasts with the long-held view that long-range quantum coherence between molecules cannot be sustained in complex biological systems, even at low temperatures.”  The plants’ ability to use “counter-intuitive design” employ quantum mechanical laws boosts the efficiency of light harvesting.  Grondelle and Novoderezhkin titled their article, “Quantum design for a light trap.”Smart grid technology:  Continuing on the theme of photosynthesis, a commentary in PNAS by David M. Kramer (Washington State U)3 describes how plants and other phototrophs (light-loving organisms) employ a “smart grid” system to dissipate excess energy and prevent damage:To deal with the Promethean consequences of harvesting light, phototrophs have evolved a photonic “smart grid” that balances the delivery of light energy to its two photosystems—photosystem I (PSI) and photosystem II (PSII)—to prevent overexcitation and subsequent production of reactive oxygen species.  Like human-engineered electrical systems, the photonic smart grid can regulate energy transfer at several levels.  Unlike its engineered counterparts that have controllable power plants, phototrophs cannot down-regulate the sun.  Instead, when light capture exceeds the capacity of the system to process it, it must be dissipated or rerouted to avoid photodamage.  Chloroplasts deal with this problem by adjusting the properties of the photosynthetic antennae under photodamaging conditions.Kramer went on to describe how the power plant has a fail-safe mechanism.  The default state of the conformation of molecules in the photosystem is probably in the quenched mode – the safe mode.  “In this way, several different stimuli can result in similar down-regulation of the photonic smart grid.”Adhesion by cohesion:  We know that post-it notes work by creating cohesive forces with tiny droplets on paper.  Beetles employ a similar trick to stick to leaves.  They are so good at it, they can cling to leaves with a force 100 times their own weight, and then instantly detach themselves.  They achieve this by controlling thousands of tiny liquid droplets in their feet.  The adhesion created by surface tension in any one drop is small, but the large number of droplet contacts adds up.    Inspired by the success of the beetles, engineers at Cornell, with funding from the National Science Foundation and DARPA, have created a prototype adhesive that works on the same principle.  It controls the droplets with electric fields.  By reversing the fields, it can detach the device easily.  Their main problem is figuring out how to keep the droplets from coalescing, but they are making progress.  Science Daily reported that their palm-size device that employs water surface tension might make it possible for future Spider-man mimics to walk on walls.Acoustical nanomechanics:  “NASA Studies Nanomechanics of Inner Ear,” announced PhysOrg.  We often take our balance for granted, but it depends on sophisticated responses of tiny hair cells to the environment (see also a second PhysOrg article on this subject).  But how do the hair cells maintain enhanced sensitivity to very small movements without being overwhelmed by large movements?  The article describes how the amplifier can be instantly switched on or off by the organism.The inner ear organs are designed and precisely attuned to changes in the environment: for the hearing organ, a change in the sound pressure, such as caused by a car horn, can deform the ear drum and rapidly lead to the recognition and location of the sound.  For the balance organ, movement of the head, such as unexpectedly stepping off the curb, is sensed and rapidly leads to motor reflexes to maintain equilibrium.  The more sensitive our ability is to detect these changes, the more acute our sensation.  This remarkable tuning and amplification to detect the slightest stimuli, allows us to adjust our posture.NASA wants to understand these mechanisms so as to help astronauts avoid vertigo in space.  They are studying the hair cells in toadfish.  “Fossil evidence, dating from at least the Devonian Period 400 million years ago, shows that the elaborate sensory structures used to sense the organism’s movement are remarkably conserved among vertebrata.  The results demonstrate an active process in the hair cells of an ancient bony fish, thus suggesting that the mechanism is ancestral, and may underlie the broad appearance of active hair cell processes in amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including humans.”  For a picture of one of the hair cells, see Science Daily.Cilia got rhythm:  A paper in Nature last month tackled the problem of how cilia and flagella beat with regular oscillations.4  To understand it, the researchers came up with a mathematical model that employed “opposed motors and springs.”  In particular, they studied the oscillation of the flagellum in sperm cells to come up with a “sperm equation.”  This excerpt sounds like something out of an engineering textbook:Any oscillation can be described as a sum of sinusoidal oscillations of increasing frequency, called Fourier modes; sideways oscillations can be described by the temporal Fourier modes of tangent angles.  Power-spectrum analysis showed that experimentally observed oscillations in tangent angles were well approximated using only the first (fundamental) Fourier mode, so the sperm equation could be analytically solved using values of this mode.  Tangent angles quantify the curvature of the axoneme at a given position, and the curvature is geometrically related to the sliding distance between doublets at that position.  The sperm equation thus relates time-dependent angular movement at each position to the extent and rate of inter-doublet sliding at that position, and to the local forces that either oppose or promote further sliding.    The model contains two adjustable parameters – stiffness and friction of the active material inside the axoneme that deforms and exerts force during bending.  It also contains several fixed parameters that J�licher and colleagues independently measured and fed into the equation.  These include the hydrodynamic drag of the moving flagellum and its ordinary stiffness, both of which oppose active deformation, and the beat frequency.  The authors obtained an excellent fit to the data, with both internal stiffness and friction taking the negative values expected for an active material.  Importantly, a microscopic model of dynein behaviour, incorporating the force-dependent detachment concept illustrated in Figure 2, predicted negative values for stiffness and friction similar to those obtained by fitting the sperm equation.The authors went on to describe physics concepts like beat frequency, force-detachment relationships, piston-like movement of doublets at the base of the cilia, and sliding friction.  Your life depended on a sperm cell understanding the physics of beating its way to an egg cell – and still depends on trillions of other cilia and flagella being good physicists in the cells of your body today.Bacterial flagellar switch:  A paper in Science discussed how the flagella of a bacteria can cooperate by using a stochastic switch.5  Several of the authors work in the Department of Physics at Oxford – not just the biology department.  “The elements of protein signaling networks are often complexes that change their activity in response to binding specific ligands,” their paper began.  “Multisubunit protein complexes often show cooperativity, with either binding or activity showing a switchlike sigmoidal dependence upon ligand concentration.”    The authors introduced the concept of “conformational spread” to explain the switching behavior between clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW) rotation.  The description went on to discuss physical properties of the system: elasticity, a two-state Poisson process, stochastic coupling, and more.  The fact that these cellular machines can be described with the tools of mechanics not only emphasizes the physics in biophysics, but shows how human engineers envy the techniques that living things have mastered.Thermodynamics: Maxwell’s demon found:  The 19th-century physicist James Clerk Maxwell knew that entropy must increase in a system, but envisioned a way to overcome it: putting an intelligent selector in the system.  A “demon” could, in principle, isolate hot and cold molecules into different compartments, for instance.  PNAS reported that bacteria could be employed to harness random Brownian motion to turn gears.6The laws of thermodynamics prohibit extraction of useful work from the Brownian motion of molecules or particles in systems at equilibrium (nonexistence of a perpetuum mobile of the second kind or Maxwell demon).  When, however, such randomly moving objects interact with certain types of time-varying external potentials or with asymmetric geometrical obstacles under nonequilibrium conditions, their motions can be “rectified” and made directional.  This phenomenon, first considered by Smoluchowski and then analyzed in detail by Feynman, underlies the operation of so-called Brownian ratchets and motors.  The examples of biological “Brownian motors” include kinesin and myosin proteins converting chemical energy into directed motion on microtubules, and bacteria propelling themselves in viscous fluid owing to the “asymmetry”/chirality of flagellar rotation.The authors suggest that human engineers could employee flagella as Maxwell demons to turn nanoscopic gears.  It should be noted that all the instances they listed of Brownian ratchets are found in living systems or were produced by human engineers.Network engineering:  To build a better distribution network, make like a leaf.  PhysOrg announced that “Leaf veins inspire a new model for distribution networks.” Following the straight and narrow may be good moral advice, but it’s not a great design principle for a distribution network.  In new research, a team of biophysicists describe a complex netting of interconnected looping veins that evolution devised to distribute water in leaves.  The work, which bucks decades of thinking, may compel engineers to revisit some common assumptions that have informed the building of many human-built distribution networks.The netted patterns seen in leaves may not only be the most efficient way to get cargo from here to there; it may also provide the best safety net.  The “tree network” most commonly deployed lacks the redundancy of leaf networks.  “By contrast, in the leaves of most complex plants, evolution has devised a system to distribute water that is more supple in at least two key ways,” responding to fluctuating demand and re-routing around damaged parts of the network.  Videos in the article show how water is distributed in different kinds of leaves.  The article also pointed out that the loopy network design is also found in corals and insect wings.  “These findings could seriously shake things up,” a researcher said.  “People will have to take another look at how they design these kinds of systems.”  One of the researchers is further studying how the design handles fluctuating loads, “guided by nature’s own solution in the leaf.”The last entry talked about evolution numerous times: e.g., “evolution has devised a system” to do this or that, personifying evolution as some kind of engineer directing mutations toward a goal – an invalid notion in evolutionary theory.  As evidence, the article pointed to the ginkgo tree as a “primitive” (less evolved) plant with a simpler distribution of veins.  The article did not point explain, though, if its leaves were primitive, why it survived as a “living fossil” from ancient times all the way to the present, nor why corals, more ancient than ginkgo, already were outfitted with the more-advanced loop network design.1.  Grondelle and Novoderezhkin, “Photosynthesis: Quantum design for a light trap,” Nature 463, 614-615 (4 February 2010); doi:10.1038/463614a.2.  Collini et al, “Coherently wired light-harvesting in photosynthetic marine algae at ambient temperature,” Nature 463, 644-647 (4 February 2010); doi:10.1038/nature08811.3.  David M. Kramer, “The photonic ‘smart grid’ of the chloroplast in action,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online February 5, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914429107. 4.  T. J. Mitchison and H. M. Mitchison, “Cell biology: How cilia beat,” Nature 463, 308-309 (21 January 2010); doi:10.1038/463308a.5.  Bai, Branch et al, “Conformational Spread as a Mechanism for Cooperativity in the Bacterial Flagellar Switch,” Science, 5 February 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5966, pp. 685-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.1182105. 6.  Sokolov et al, “Swimming bacteria power microscopic gears,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 19, 2010 vol. 107 no. 3 969-974, 10.1073/pnas.0913015107.Don’t you get sick of the constant credit evolution gets for engineering design?  It’s sickening because it is nonsensical.  Evolution is not an engineer.  It is not a person.  It cannot organize parts for a goal; it is completely a random, instantaneous response to immediate circumstances.  Evolutionists commit two fallacies with sickening frequency.  For one, they use evolution as an active verb, saying, for instance, that hearts evolved to pump blood.  That phrase evolved to is the fallacy: it implies goal-directed behavior.  Only intelligent agents direct things toward functional goals.  Matter in motion does not – nor do non-sentient living things.  The apparent goal-directed behavior of bacteria toward a chemical gradient or moths toward a light is an artifact of their design.  The organisms are not “deciding” to set goals and work toward achieving them.  When you see evolved to, or find design and evolution in the same sentence, red flags should go up.  The science and philosophy referees need to call a foul.    The second fallacy evolutionists commit is kind of like the anthropic principle in cosmology: “If the universe were not finely tuned for life, we wouldn’t be here to worry about the question.”  That’s a dodge, not an explanation.  It doesn’t explain why the universe is designed or how it got that way; it is an appeal to a counterfactual.  Similarly, natural selection theory implies that if the bird did not evolve a wing, it wouldn’t be flying; if the plant did not employ quantum mechanical light traps, it wouldn’t be harvesting light.  It does not follow that the bird did evolve the wing.  That would be the logical consequence only if evolution is assumed a priori to be the only option.  But it is not.  One cannot assume what needs to be proved (circular reasoning).  Since our uniform experience is that intelligent agents do engineering, intelligent design should be the default inference to the best explanation for wings, hearts and photosynthetic systems.    The item about Maxwell’s demon (#7 above) is noteworthy.  As the Second Law of Thermodynamics is sometimes defined, all natural systems increase in entropy.  We know that humans can overcome the law of increasing entropy (locally and temporarily) by exerting goal-directed work, such as in harnessing the chemical energy of gasoline (from sunlight) in a well-designed piston engine.  Is that natural?  If humans are natural products of evolution, then everything they do should be defined as natural.  That would mean, however, that decreasing entropy is also natural – a contradiction with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a law of nature if there ever was one.  And what about the real-world Maxwell demons like ATP synthase motors, flagella and other Brownian ratchets that harness random thermal energy to perform useful work?  Are they natural?  It is only by making the word natural a self-contradictory concept, or by abandoning the universality of laws of nature, that a materialist can deny intelligent causes are at work in the universe and played a role in its origin.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2014 guide to school and public holidays

first_img27 January 2014The school terms of state schools in South Africa are set by the Department of Basic Education. This year, all government schools in South Africa have the same school calendar, which includes an extended break at the end of April. In addition to the official public holidays on 27 April (Freedom Day) and 1 May (Workers Day), the department has granted 29, 30 April and 2 May as extra school holidays.SCHOOL TERMSNote: these dates are applicable to both primary and high schools in South Africa.TERM ONE: 15 January to 28 MarchThere are 52 days of school and one public holiday in the first term:Friday, 21 March – Human Rights DayTERM TWO: 7 April to 27 JuneAlthough at 60 days this looks like a long term, the Department of Education has included an extra three school holidays, reducing the number of actual school days to 52. The second term looks like this:Friday, 18 April – Good FridayMonday, 21 April – Easter Monday/ Family DaySunday, 27 April – Freedom DayMonday 28 April – Public holiday (Freedom Day rolled over to Monday. In South Africa, if a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following becomes a public holiday.)Tuesday, 29 April – School holidayWednesday, 30 April – School holidayThursday, 1 May – Worker’s DayFriday, 2 May – School holidayMonday, 16 June – Youth DayTERM THREE: 21 July to 3 OctoberThere are 54 school days and two public holiday in the third term, although only one falls within the school week:Saturday, 9 August – Women’s DayWednesday, 24 September – Heritage DayTERM FOUR: 13 October – 4 DecemberAt 43 actual school days, this is the shortest term of the year. There are no public holidays that fall within the fourth term.STATE SCHOOL TERMS First term 15 January – 28 March Second term 7 April – 27 June Third term 21 July – 3 October Fourth term 13 October – 10 DecemberPUBLIC AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 1 January New Year’s Day 21 March Human Rights Day 18 April Good Friday 21 April Family Day27 AprilFreedom Day 28 April Public Holiday 29 April School Holiday30 April School Holiday1 May Workers’ Day 2 May School Holiday 16 June Youth Day 9 August Women’s Day24 September Heritage Day 16 December Day of Reconciliation25 December Christmas Day 26 December Day of GoodwillINDEPENDENT SCHOOL TERMSAccording to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa, only the provinces that fall under the “central region” grouping – ie Gauteng, Free State, North West and Northern Cape – publish a term date calendar. Schools in the other regions either follow the provincial state calendar or their own specific calendars. Contact the school for details.Website: www.isasa.orgDownload a copy of the 2014 Central Regional CalendarSource: National Education Policy Act: 2014 school calendar for public schools [PDF] and the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africalast_img read more

Farm Bureau approves Strategic Action Plan for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Federation today released highlights of its 2016 strategic action plan, which addresses public policy issues in the coming year. The plan is a result of deliberations of delegates to the AFBF’s 97th Annual Convention in Orlando.The board-approved plan focuses the organization’s attention on a number of key issues including:Creating a more-positive dialogue with consumers about modern agricultural practices;Protecting farmers’ ability to use biotech plant varieties and other innovative technologies;Opposing unlawful expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act; andMoving forward with congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“We will continue to work hard to protect the business of American agriculture on all fronts. This plan is an important roadmap to key issue areas that AFBF and our grassroots members will address in 2016,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said.The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the U.S. rule remains among the most pressing issues in agriculture. Although presented as a water issue, the measure in fact would unlawfully regulate land in violation of the Clean Water Act itself. The rule takes over local and state authority while threatening private property rights and normal farming activity nationwide.“EPA’s blatant overreach is nothing short of a federal land grab,” Duvall said. “The administration has refused to listen to business owners, local governments and lawmakers. The courts have ordered this rule temporarily stopped. The Government Accountability Office found EPA’s actions illegal, and Congress—which originally gave EPA its authority under the Clean Water Act—called for an end to this rule. We won’t give up until it’s gone and farmers are free to care for their own land.”AFBF’s action plan also supports agricultural biotechnology that promises great benefits for agriculture, consumers and the environment.“Farmers and ranchers need better tools to be more productive and efficient. We will continue to defend farmers’ and ranchers’ access to biotechnology and protect their right to use other promising new technologies, from data services to drones,” Duvall said.The AFBF board reaffirmed its commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“TPP promises to open up markets around the Pacific Rim. These are some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and America’s farmers and ranchers are ready to expand business there,” Duvall said. “We’re ready to work with Congress to move this agreement forward for the overall good of U.S. agriculture.”The action plan also places a special focus on food safety and security issues.“Consumers should have the confidence that their food is safe and wholesome. As farmers, we want the best for our families and yours. We’ve made great strides in opening up the dialogue to help consumers understand more about modern agriculture, but there’s a long way to go,” Duvall said. “All consumers deserve access to safe, affordable food, and we will continue to protect agriculture’s ability to meet that need.”The AFBF board approved an additional list of issues that will require close monitoring as they develop over the course of 2016. Those issue areas include advancing legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and short-term labor needs, implementing business tax reform, monitoring the overall farm economy, and energy availability and affordability.last_img read more

Paes-Bhupathi pair clinches Miami title, become World No.1

first_imgAdding to the joy of India’s cricket World Cup triumph, veteran tennis players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won their second title of the season by clinching the Sony Ericsson Open here to become number one in the ATP World Tour Doubles Team Rankings.Third seeded Bhupathi and Paes rallied to beat second seeded Belarusian-Canadian pair of Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-7(5) 6-2 10-5.Paes had, in fact won the title even last year with Lukas Dlouhy but for Bhupathi it was his first career title at Crandon Park.”The key (to us winning) was just fighting as a team. Like Leander said, we didn’t play our best match of the week. All four of us were tentative in the beginning,” Bhupathi told ‘sonyericssonopen.com’.The Indian Express duo were up 6-5 in the first set but let it slip by conceding a break and never had a lead in the tie-break.”We had a chance to win that set but we didn’t take it — threw away the breaker pretty much,” Bhupathi said.Bhupathi and Paes found their rhythm in the second set and were also helped by a double fault by Nestor in the fourth game. That enabled the Indians to take a 3-1 lead and they never looked back after that.”My level dropped after the first set. We didn’t get enough balls in play and they served better as the match went on. Max played well, so I feel bad about that. But we played against a tough team today,” Nestor admitted.advertisementThe win takes the Indians ahead of World number one Bob and Mike Bryan for first place in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings and in the battle to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.It is Paes and Bhupathi’s second team title of the year, following the Chennai Open at the start of the season.”It’s still early for us. The season is broken down into four segments — this is just the first of them. If we’re still No. 1 after the US Open, then we’ll start getting excited,” said Bhupathi.Paes finished runner-up to Nestor and Zimonjic with Lukas Dlouhy last year at the French Open, after he and the Czech won it in 2009.”We love playing on the dirt. We got a month off now to get ourselves physically fit and get ready for a lot of long matches on the clay,” Paes said.”The clay definitely helps us because we train so hard for it over the years but at the same time there are a lot of singles guys who play well on the dirt too. At the French Open, I think it’s one of the hardest slams to win, but if we’re physically right, I think it will be good,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Recharged Hotshots go for kill vs Painters in Game 6

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Their backs are against the wall and we have to have that same mentality. We have to give more energy than them,” said Barroca, who turned 32 Thursday. “We’re happy we won but we can’t be overconfident heading into Game 6.”“We will try [to make it four straight]. The goal is to win four games to win the series and we will try to close it out on Friday. We’ll try our best because we know Rain or Shine can come back,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With lasting legacy within reach, Santos and Beermen vow not to let it slip away PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Physically and mentally reinvigorated, Magnolia has regained its old self after the Lenten break and is now on the cusp of entering the Philippine Cup finals.The Hotshots on Wednesday beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for the third straight time after the dropping the first two games of their best-of-seven semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT They go for the jugular Friday night but despite all the momentum on their side, they expect Game 6 to be their toughest game yet.“We won but we don’t have any reason to celebrate yet because there had been a lot of teams that lost despite being up 3-2 in the series,” said Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in Filipino. “We don’t want that to happen to us. The complexion of the series changes if they get Game 6 so our mentality is we’re really going to try our best to take Game 6 on Friday.”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“Game 6 will be very tough because the closing out a series is always the hardest,” he added.Barroca, who led his team with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 82-74 win in Game 5 Wednesday night, knows Magnolia can’t leave anything to chance in Game 6 and let Rain or Shine fight another day. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Report: Southampton 0 Burnley 0

first_imgSouthampton produced a toothless display as they stuttered to a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley in their opening game of the 2018-19 Premier League season on Sunday.Mark Hughes’ men struggled last term before narrowly avoiding relegation and there was little in their performance to suggest they will be much better this year, as Burnley – who were in Europa League action in Istanbul on Thursday – secured a point.Burnley were easily the better of the two teams in the first period, with Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy making several stops to keep the hosts level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Southampton did look more threatening in the second half and troubled Joe Hart a few times late on, though their efforts were not enough to break the deadlock.In a first half that generally lacked quality, Burnley looked the more likely to score, starting well and going close through a Chris Wood header, before Jack Cork saw a goal disallowed for straying offside.McCarthy then had to be alert to deny Aaron Lennon from close range, rushing out to crucially block the winger’s effort 11 minutes in.Saints gradually improved as the half progressed, though they were lucky to go into the break level – McCarthy producing a smart save from James Tarkowski after Ben Mee’s overhead kick fell kindly to him at the back post.Burnley initially took control again in the second half, but they had a lucky escape just after the hour – Ashley Westwood clearing off the line when Mee looked destined to score an own goal.Hart then did well to keep Dale Stephens at bay 18 minutes from time, before Mario Lemina went close with another header, but otherwise Burnley looked good value to at least leave with a point.#saintsfc pic.twitter.com/fHKW5qTfXa— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 12, 2018 What it means: Southampton in for another difficult seasonSaints’ transfer dealings were hardly the stuff of fantasy and, on the evidence of Sunday’s game, the likes of Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi – who both appeared sharp off the bench in the second half – have a lot to do if they are going to really improve Hughes’ side.Ings did at least look hungry, chasing down lost causes and heading over from a corner with 12 minutes left.But their squad is not particularly deep and there was not much inspiration from those who did start. Pat on the back: McCarthy stands firmIn a match of few standout performers, Southampton’s goalkeeper was steady between the posts and made several good saves, particularly when denying Lennon and Tarkowski in the first half. Saints signed Angus Gunn for a reported £15million in pre-season, but on this showing the former Manchester City youngster will find it hard to get a game. Boot up the backside: Charlie Austin underwhelmsAustin will certainly have grievances with the service to him, but at the same time the burly striker’s hold-up play was poor and he often looked entirely disinterested. Saints did not really look potent in attack until Ings’ introduction in the second half. Key Opta stats:- Southampton are winless in their last five opening day matches in the Premier League (D4 L1), last winning in August 2013 away at West Brom (1-0).- Burnley have drawn on the opening weekend of a Premier League season for the very first time, after losing three and winning one of their first four such matches.- Southampton have never won an opening Premier League fixture when played on a Sunday, drawing three and losing three of their six matches.- Burnley have won two and drawn two of their last four Premier League matches against Southampton, this after losing back-to-back games between March 2015 and October 2016.- Southampton boss Mark Hughes has won just two of his 13 opening day matches as a Premier League manager (D3 L8), the fewest number of wins of any manager to take charge of at least 13 such matches.FULL TIME: #SaintsFC 0-0 #BurnleyFCIt’s a point on the opening day for Mark Hughes’s team. pic.twitter.com/gNfl25GVIO— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 12, 2018 What’s next:Saints’ first away trip of season on Saturday sees them travel to Goodison Park to face Everton, while Burnley will host Watford a day later following Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Istanbul Basaksehir. read morelast_img read more

Board of Supervision Rolls Out Disaster Preparedness Plan

first_img The Board of Supervision (BOS), an agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has boosted its disaster preparedness plans, aimed at improving the care and protection of the nation’s homeless for the hurricane season.Homelessness Co-ordinator at the BOS, Damion Campbell, tells JIS News that the increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homeless, through its many intervention programmes.The measures include: a review of the National Disaster Action Plan, which outlines the roles and responsibilities that the various stakeholders must play at the parish level, which takes into consideration the provision of food, shelter and medical care.In addition, a series of workshops and training exercises are being conducted in an effort to sensitize persons about how to effectively deal with the homeless, in case of a natural disaster.“In terms of feedback from the various training exercises that were conducted, we have discovered that on a regional basis, individuals are better aware of the roles that they have to play, as it relates to the different case that exists, in dealing with street persons,” the Co-ordinator tells JIS News.Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing, developing public awareness programmes, implementing additional projects at the parish level, and building and strengthening partnerships among diverse stakeholders.“We have to play our part, because homeless persons are in need of care and protection, whether or not there is a hurricane. Our aim is to make persons aware of the services that currently exist, so that assistance can be acquired from the various organisations islandwide,” he said.Mr. Campbell informs JIS News that currently there are six homeless shelters in operation islandwide, where persons can go in case of an emergency.These are the Marie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston; Portland Rehabilitation Centre and Open Arms Drop-In Centre, Portland; Refuge of Hope in St. James; Westmoreland Association for Street People (WASP) in Savanna-la-mar; and the Ebenezer Home in Manchester.He points out that information on shelters for the homeless can be accessed through the various parish council offices, and poor relief departments islandwide.Mr. Campbell adds that while funding remains a challenge to effectively provide for this sector of society, the BOS remains committed to safeguarding the welfare of the nation’s homeless, in collaboration with its stakeholders.He emphasizes that the Government alone cannot do it, and is encouraging private sector companies and individuals to get on board.Some of the stakeholders are: Ministry of Health (MOH), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Food for the Poor, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Community Mental Health Services, Jamaica Red Cross and the Salvation Army.The Board of Supervision is a statutory body that was established under the Poor Relief Act, to supervise and monitor the delivery of the poor relief service, performed by the Parish Councils and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing Story Highlightscenter_img The increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homelesslast_img read more