Takeaways: Talk of a Sharks’ goalie controversy ends with blowout loss in Vegas

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.LAS VEGAS — A 53-second stretch in the second period told the entire story.Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0 late in the period, Evander Kane received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute penalty for abuse of officials and a game misconduct after he argued with the referees over a tripping call. Less than a minute later, head coach Pete DeBoer got tossed from the game, as well.In the third, Barclay Goodrow …last_img read more

Elite Geneticist Says Darwin Was an Ideological Figurehead (Video)

first_imgSubmitted by Sal CordovaDr John C. Sanford, an elite scientist and inventor of 40 years at Cornell, an Ivy League School, made American history by inventing the Gene Gun in the mid 1980’s. This invention has been used for a highly substantial proportion of all the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on planet Earth, allowing food genes to be intelligently re-designed. As a result, millions of individuals have been able to avoid starvation.  His invention also increased our ability to study genomes and thus further scientific understanding. For these accomplishments, one of his inventions became part of the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.Early in his scientific career, Sanford accepted evolution, but after becoming a Christian, and after reading Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box, Sanford began a painful journey of rejecting all his former understanding and acceptance of evolution and realizing he had wasted so much of his life believing something untrue.  He tells part of his story in the opening pages of his bookGenetic Entropy.Dr Sanford granted a rare 30 minute Skype interview with the Ratio Christi television program, “Truth Matters” (Ratio Christi is a campus organization seeking to provide college students with avenues to hear rational arguments for the gospel of Christ).  The episode was entitled: “Darwin Was An Ideological Figurehead, Not A Scientist (Ep. 11)”. It articulates many of the reasons he eventually rejected Darwinian evolution. (Visited 724 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wear slippers to help make dreams come true

first_imgYoung girls smile, enjoying last year’s successful Reach for dream Slipper Day. (Image: Reach for a Dream)For one day people can swap stilettos, brogues or sneakers for cosy slippers in the name of helping a gravely ill child.Reach for a Dream Foundation’s Slipper Day calls on ordinary citizens to make a difference by just donating R10 for a sticker to allow people to go to work on 5 August 2016 wearing slippers.This nationwide campaign has grown quickly since its inception in 2011. At first it was a provincial campaign when it amassed R175 000 in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2012 it went national and managed to raise R1.3-million. In 2015 it collected a staggering R3.5-million.According to Reach for a Dream’s website Slipper Day is a “fun initiative that creates awareness for the foundation, whilst raising funds to make more dreams a reality for children fighting life-threatening illnesses”.Bronwyn Feldwick-Davis, the foundation’s marketing manager said Slipper Day is successful because it gets all South Africans involved for as little as R10.“The thought of a child battling for their life when they should be enjoying the most magical time of their lives, their childhood, is something that most citizens feel compassion and empathy towards.”Julia Sotirianakos, CEO at the foundation said Slipper Day provides people an easy way to do something good and support children fighting life-threatening illnesses.“Even during tough economic times you can make a difference with just R10 and doing something fun with your feet,” she said.“By wearing your slippers on Slipper Day, you can help to bring dreams to life and if we can make dreams come true, we can instil hope in a child which will help them to continue fighting.”This year the foundation hopes to sell 650 000 stickers, which will almost double its fundraising total from 2015.Stickers can be bought at Reach for a Dream branches, as well as in Wimpy or Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide.Reach for a Dream has been helping children and teens battling life-threatening illnesses since 1988. Whether it’s a surprise birthday party, a laptop, shopping sprees or meeting their favourite personality, the foundation has been making dreams come true.last_img read more

Managing manure so everyone wins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Manure is (and always has been) part of livestock production, but in recent years it has been increasingly viewed as an asset instead of a liability. Experts emphasize, however, that to get the full benefits and minimize the drawbacks of manure application for the benefit of all parties involved, planning and preparation are extremely important.“It has to be a sustainable operation for the applicator, the livestock producers and the crop producers,” said Eric Dresbach, president of W.D. Farms, LLC, during a presentation at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring. “Everybody has to win and nobody can win big.”W.D. Farms handles manure management, including agitation and pumping, transportation and application, consulting and brokering, manure crises management, and trucking in a 200-mile radius around the Pickaway County operation. The goal for every job is to make sure everyone wins and Dresbach offered some tips on how to make that happen.“Communication solves problems. If you don’t talk about it we’re not going to fix it. Make sure biosecurity is being addressed. Is agitation needed? All of these things need to be figured out in March not in May when everyone is running 100 miles per hour,” he said. “What do I need as an applicator? How many gallons? What fields? When will manure storage be full? Who is paying? Cropping schedule? I need a current soil sample. That is another challenge. I need to identify roads and driveways that are to be used and talk about any concerns you may have ahead of time. Some places won’t let us work on weekends. Some places only want you to drive 15 miles per hour in the driveway. Are there tile blowouts? What tillage has been done? This is not just satisfying the regulatory people. It is about doing things right.”When W.D. Farms rolls onto a farm, a goal is to be as close to invisible as possible, but that takes extensive preparation ahead of time.“As an applicator you want to be invisible to the farm. Cities like me because I do my job and they hardly ever see me — no odors, no complaints,” Dresbach said. “We do not interfere with day-to-day operations of the farm. The crop farmer needs the applicator to provide even application, do no harm by not causing compaction, don’t make neighbors mad, and be low maintenance. Everyone needs to have realistic expectations and express them. We have a written contract and written responsibilities. Black and white beats ‘I think’ every single day. Don’t assume. The phones work in both directions. With communication and respect we can all be successful.”Once the basic plan is in place, the success of the job then depends on getting an accurate assessment of the situation, said Kevin Elder, chief of the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting with Ohio Department of Agriculture.“Every manure is different. It agitates differently and different additives change the characteristics of the manure. We only require one sample a year per storage structure, but I would recommend a lot more than that to be efficient with the value of that manure. If you don’t have a good test, everything else will be junk. You’ll either underestimate and have yield losses or you could very easily over apply and have application violations,” Elder said. “Make sure you know what the crops and soils need as far as nutrients. That means soil tests and manure tests. If you don’t have a good idea what the soil and plants need and what you are applying, you are behind the 8-ball to start. Assumptions are not good. You should always use the Tri-State Fertility agronomic range for the crop.”The specifics of the application situation then become a priority.“Make sure you know the weather forecast is, what the soil condition is, and the available water holding capacity if it is a liquid manure,” Elder said. “A lot of times your limits may be the water-holding capacityEric Dresbach, president of W.D. Farms, LLC, gave a presentation bout manure management at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring.of the soil at the time of application. A lot of our spills or discharges are because our soil is not able to hold onto what has been applied. There are charts in the NRCS 590 Conservation Practice Standard that tell you how much capacity the soil has to hold onto additional water. It gets down pretty quickly to around 5,000 gallons. You need to understand what those limits are. This is probably one of the most common sources of surface runoff or transmission to the tile.“You also need to know the setbacks and restrictions to apply the manure properly. Knowing setbacks and following them is one of the most important things to do to prevent discharge. Make sure you are aware of cracks in the soil and know if it is tiled and where the outlets are so you can look at those. You don’t want it running through macropores to the tile and you don’t want it running off the surface. It is not going to be using the nutrients the crops need if it is getting away from you. Usually, if you can keep the nutrients in place you’re not going to have problems with violating the law and penalties.”Once the manure application process is underway, the situation needs to be carefully monitored to ensure what is supposed to be happening is actually happening.“One example is double applying with a dragline when going around corners. You need to be aware of that. Maybe you need to change directions so you’re not running close to surface water when you’re making the turns,” Elder said. “We want to get the crop farmer, the livestock producers and the custom applicator to prepare and think through the process of what they need to do and what can go wrong.”Incorporation is a very useful practice for keeping the nutrients in the manure where they are supposed to be, Elder said.“What is incorporation? It means placement and mixing with the soil. If there is no surface movement of residue you can’t call it incorporation,” he said. “Manure is naturally very soluble. If water runs off it will carry that solution. If it is incorporated, it binds with the soil. Make sure it is incorporated.”And, Elder stressed, do not apply manure on frozen, snow covered ground.“Frozen snow covered ground — just don’t do it,” he said. “Application on a surface that cannot absorb those nutrients, which frozen snow covered ground is — that is probably the most likely chance of losing the nutrients and causing water pollution.”While there are plenty of challenges in appropriate, legal and efficient manure application, the benefits are worth the extra effort and there are plenty of positive examples of the right way to manage manure. Elder pointed out that there have been tremendous improvements across the board in Ohio’s manure management in recent years.“We have had a lot fewer problems, a lot fewer discharges, and a lot fewer complaints as we have gone through the years of training and improving manure management. We don’t have the same the situation we had 15 years ago. There is a lot better management,” he said. “But no one is going to be perfect. There will always be accidents. We try to take those things into account. That is part of why we train people to be prepared for those situations — repair any blowholes and use some common sense. Do something to stop it so the problem doesn’t continue. It is a lot easier to fix things first than to capture manure as it floats down the river. It is awful hard to contain that situation once it’s loose.”If anyone has questions concerning how to handle a situation or an emergency, Elder encourages people to contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture or email him [email protected]last_img read more

Production Tip: Why Reducing Light Is as Important as Adding It

first_imgKnowing when to reduce light on set is just as important as knowing how to set it up. Let’s take a look at smart ways to shape light.Cover image via Shutterstock.Adding light to a scene is a powerful way to tell a story. However, sometimes it’s even more powerful to take light away. This can create a richer mood, a more cinematic image, and a more intriguing story than you first imagined. In this article, let’s take a look at how to strategically remove some light after you’ve set up your initial lighting rig. Negative FillNegative fill can be a cinematographer’s best friend. We often talk about lights and tools to add more light to a scene. However, we often don’t talk about how to control that lighting — or even take it away, if necessary. Negative Fill is a powerful way to take away light and create more contrast to enhance the mood of your film.We can achieve negative fill using a black solid flag. These flags come in all sort of sizes and varieties. They can range from an 18×24 all the way up to a 48×48 floppy, which converts to a 48×96. These solids allow you to shape light and create mood. Think of a solid as the exact opposite of a reflector. Instead of adding light into a scene, they can simply take it away and reshape your talent’s features or remove light from the background.NetsNets are another powerful way to control light, but less intense than a black solid. Nets, are just that: nets. They’re netted fabric that comes in two different strengths: single and double. Much like scrims for lighting fixtures, these nets carry one of two labels: red for a double and green for a single. A double (red) takes away one stop of lighting, while a single (green) takes away half a stop. So if you’re looking to lose a stop of exposure on your background to make your talent stand out a bit more, then a double would be just what you need.DiffusionDiffusion is really more about shaping your light for a desired look than about taking it away. However, I like to think that when filming day exteriors, various diffusion materials act in different ways to reduce light in a scene. Taking away light from a day exterior scene is an important step to reducing contrast and making the image more pleasing to the eye.Image via Shutterstock.For example, if you were to set up an 8×8 solid and completely block the sun from your talent, this would create a much softer lighting. The reason why is that the ground and the surrounding environment have now becomes the sources of reflected lighting, not direct sunlight. If you were to set up two double nets to cut down the sun on your talent, they would still have the same harsh lighting as before. Knowing and understanding how each of your tools works is important because cutting down and taking away the harshness and intensity of the sun is key to creating a cinematic outdoor image.Looking for more on lighting? Check out these articles.What You Need to Know About High Key vs. Low Key LightingCinematography Tip: Lighting Your Production with the Inverse Square LawLearn How to Enhance Your Film with Ambient LightThree Ways To Light A Tent Scene On a Low BudgetHow to Shoot Interior Locations with Limited Lightinglast_img read more