SANTA ANITA PARK SET TO RESUME RACING FRIDAY UNDER STRONGEST MEDICATION REGULATIONS IN U.S. RACING

first_imgRIDING CROP BAN UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY CHRB PENDING 45-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODArcadia, CA (March 28, 2019) — Santa Anita Park will resume live racing on Friday, March 29, under rules which modernize the sport of horse racing and provide the strongest medication regulations in the United States.  Approval for a complete revision of the medication rules, which were agreed upon by The Stronach Group, parent company of Santa Anita, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), was passed this afternoon by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) at their monthly meeting.Additionally, the CHRB unanimously voted to approve an amendment that limits a jockey’s cushion crop use as a corrective safety measure only, modernizing the centuries-old practice of striking a horse to make it run faster.  As is California regulation, the rule must go out for a 45-day public comment period before it can be enacted by the Board.  Jockeys racing at Santa Anita on Friday will do so under the current crop rules.“Today was a watershed moment. We extend our thanks to the California Horse Racing Board for their swift and decisive action to evolve the great sport of horse racing not just for today, but to grow it for future generations,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group.  “We commend not only the CHRB and Chairman Chuck Winner, but all of our industry partners, including the TOC and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, for taking these unified steps to lead the nation for the health and safety of our equine and human athletes.  TSG continues to be committed to the principles of safe horse racing and are proud to lead the way in California.  We are looking forward to working with our stakeholders in other jurisdictions and expediting these reforms at our all of our racetracks to put the horses first.”Effective Friday, horses racing at the two tracks will do so with medication rules consistent with, or more restrictive than, the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards, which are the world’s benchmark for equine safety and welfare.  This means that horses will race with no race day medication with the exception of the diuretic Lasix, which will still be permitted, but at a maximum of 50% of the previous levels.  Additionally, all horses born in or after 2018 will race at Santa Anita and Golden Gate will do so with no race day medication, including Lasix.  This means all two-year-old horses starting in 2020 and after will be racing medication free.Two weeks ago, Stronach published an Open Letter addressing the Future of Thoroughbred Racing in California calling for sweeping changes to modernize the sport and raise the standards of how racing and training is conducted.  In addition to today’s CHRB decisions, Santa Anita has implemented a number of enhanced protocols and procedures to help ensure racing and training safety and integrity.  These include transparency of veterinary records, approval for workouts, and a commitment to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to aid trainers and veterinarians in identifying pre-existing conditions before they become injuries.  This also includes a continued commitment to engage independent racetrack surface experts to continually review both the dirt and turf courses for consistency, composition and compaction.“Change is never easy,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group.  “There were a lot of people who came together in a very short period of time to make this happen.  The horses are the one thing that unifies us all.  We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Santa Anita tomorrow.”last_img read more

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Perkins tows Cignal HD to Game 1 blowout in D-League Finals

first_imgAlbay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Perkins was smoking hot from the get-go, unfurling eight of his 16 points in the first quarter to go with 11 rebounds.“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team. It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “The challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players, especially Jason.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Byron Villarias also shot 6-of-8 from the field to top his crew with 17 markers, on top of seven boards,  while Mark Bringas registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went Cignal’s way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, late in the second quarter, it was able to stifle the rally and cruise to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship duel. The blowout put the Hawkeyes a win away from completing a back-to-back title romp after winning the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup last conference, a feat which only NLEX and Phoenix have been able to accomplish.Game 2 is on Thursday at 5 p.m., still at Ynares Sports Arena.But Fernandez is keeping his players’ feet on the ground as he expects a tough fightback in the possible clincher.“Again, it’s not yet over until it’s over. We know CEU is capable of coming back and I’m sure that they’ll find a way. So the challenge for us is to be ready for them on Thursday,” he said.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo paced CEU with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, but failed to get much support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Rich Guinitaran also had 10 markers in the losing effort.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 78 – Villarias 17, Perkins 16, Bringas 13, Sumalinog 11, Batino 8, Uyloan 6, Sara 4, Raymundo 3, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Arong 0, Belencion 0, Cahilig 0.CEU 56 – Ebondo 27, Guinitaran 10, Aquino 6, Manlangit 4, Jeruta 3, Arim 2, Saber 2, Uri 2, Casiño 0, Cruz 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0, Wamar 0.Quarters: 24-11, 39-25, 59-43, 78-56.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins took matters tino his own hands as he led Cignal HD to a dominant 78-56 Game 1 victory over Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The former La Salle forward set the tone for the Hawkeyes as they came hot off the gates and established a commanding 24-6 lead.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedolast_img read more

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NPA MD Bags African Business Leadership Award

first_imgNPA MD, Mr. Williams – Advertisement – An award for the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Mr. David F. Williams, will be conferred on him tomorrow by the African Business Leadership magazine in London, United Kingdom.A statement issued by the NPA yesterday said Mr. Williams’ leadership has transformed the NPA to be regarded as the gateway to Liberia, for which he is being recognized by the magazine.Mr. Williams won the African Business Excellence Award of 2017 after a rigorous screening process, according to the release.The magazine’s Advisory Board said the award celebrates outstanding business leaders and institutions in Africa, particularly those who have contributed to the continent’s growth and development. The Board confirmed Mr. Williams’ selection for his leadership in public service.The African Business Leadership Award is a prestigious award in its 8th edition that attracts over 250 businesses and professionals, as it provides a powerful networking opportunity for African businesses and business leaders with business leaders from Europe and other parts of the world.Mr. Williams started at the NPA as Deputy Managing Director for Operations in September 2014 and became Managing Director on December 1, 2015.Since taking over, Mr. Williams has overseen the transformation of the Freeport of Monrovia into a 24-hour contingency fuel unloading facility, leading the oversight of APM Terminals Phase 2 Project, including the renovation of the Greenville Port, and has concluded the Kuwaiti Loan Agreement, among others.Under Mr. Williams’ watch, the port has also witnessed the erection of a new corporate building; the competitive tender of Greenville Port to include specialized quay for oil palm, specialized quay for iron ore and dredging, and currently working toward an Integrated Port System with rail connectivity and the building of a dry and inland port.Past award recipients include Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia; Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; John Kuffour, former President of Ghana; Dr. Joyce Aryee, former CEO of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Cal Bank Limited and the African Development Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt Minister questions effectiveness of SOCU

first_imgThe Government’s failure to obtain any convictions based on the findings of the forensic audits it initiated has caused Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma, to question whether this may be because of an ineffective Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Sharma was at the time addressing concerns raised by Opposition parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall. Dharamlall recalled that Sharma had previously professed frustration at the non-existent rate of prosecution. Sharma readily admitted to this.“I’m annoyed that there are no prosecutions. I’m saying I want to know why there are no prosecutions. Is SOCU not doing its work? Is the legislation weak? What really happened? I know there are issues. Our auditors do not have the authority to summon people to give statements.“They don’t have the authority to go in people’s accounts,” Sharma pointed out. “They can’t arrest people. The auditors did their assessments based on paperwork. The Police are the ones who have the authority.”SOCU was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and was intended to be a Police unit operating under the authority of the Police Commissioner but with a close relationship with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).When Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had introduced an amendment to the Guyana Police Force’s Standing Order No 62, it had outlined SOCU’s responsibilities to investigate beyond terrorism and money laundering; it was tasked to probe participation in an organised criminal group and racketeering; trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling and sexual exploitation, including the sexual exploitation of children.It also has to investigate illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances; illicit arms and ammunition trafficking; corruption and bribery; fraud; counterfeiting and piracy of products; environmental crimes; murder; grievous bodily harm; kidnapping, illegal restraint and hostage taking; robbery or theft; smuggling; extortion; forgery; piracy; insider trading and market manipulation; tax evasion and gold smuggling.While SOCU had arrested and questioned several members of the previous Administration, its exploits against money launderers are not as well-known. SOCU has, however, been benefiting from the services of a United Kingdom (UK)-sponsored white collar crime adviser, Dr Sam Sittlington.The Financial Action Task Force/CFATF conducts peer reviews of member countries to assess levels of implementation of their Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) recommendations. These mutual evaluations provide in-depth data and analysis of each country’s system for preventing criminal abuse of the financial system.At a press conference in April, Attorney General Basil Williams had revealed that Guyana would not exit the fourth round of evaluations by the CFATF unless convictions could be secured.On Thursday, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarians called for the resignation of Dr Sittlington, accusing him of turning a blind eye to the many instances of Government corruption.This call was made at an anti-bribery and corruption forum organised for members of the National Assembly on Wednesday that was held in the Parliament Chambers.last_img read more

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Winning weekend for Tracker Flyers

first_imgWith the game knotted at 2-2 and time winding down in regulation, it was an exciting final minute of the third. With only 52 seconds remaining in the third, Jordan Harder scored the game-winning goal, with Braylan Eklund and Jade McMullen earning assists on the play.Despite a close game on the scoreboard, Derouin only had to make 13 saves to earn the win in net for the Tracker Flyers.With back-to-back wins over the weekend, the Tracker Flyers have taken sole possession of first place in the NAMHL’s North Black Division. The team sits in first with a record of 15-6-5 with 35 points. Grande Prairie sits in second with 33 points. Friday’s game against the Strike Energy Storm started perfectly for the Tracker Flyers. The team scored three goals in the opening frame thanks to Harder, Daneluk and Ryan McCallum. The Storm, on the other hand, only scored once in the first, concluding the period with a 3-1 Tracker Flyers’ lead.Each team would exchange single goals in the second and third, with the Tracker Flyers second period goal, scored by Braylan Eklund, eventually being the game-winning-goal.Tracker Flyers goalie Michael Chute earned the win in net, making 26 saves in the 5-3 victory.- Advertisement -The following day, Saturday, Jan.22, the Tracker Flyers and Peace River Royals met in Fort St. John, in what was a much closer game. It was an opposite start to the Flyers’ second game of the weekend, as Peace River scored the lone first period goal, concluding the first period with the Tracker Flyers down 1-0.However, their explosive offence made its appearance in the second period, as the Flyers scored the only goal of the second, thanks to the league’s leading scorer, Jade McMullen, who scored the Tracker Flyers’ first goal, tying the game at 1-1.Roughly 12 minutes into the third, the Royals slipped one past Tracker Flyers’ starting goalie, Daimon Derouin, taking a 2-1 lead. However, the goal seemed to spark the Flyers, who tied the game four minutes later, thanks to a goal from Logan Daneluk.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Outfielder Kevin Pillar wins Giants’ Willie Mac Award after beginning year with Blue Jays

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Pillar started the season with the Toronto Blue Jays.He ended it as the San Francisco Giants’ most inspirational player.Pillar, 30, was named the 2019 winner of the Willie Mac Award and received a plaque engraved with the words “Competitive Spirt, Ability and Leadership” to characterize the qualities Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey exemplified.“Looking out on this field, there’s been some really good baseball players to win the award, but some even better …last_img

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The Information Packed Into a Bird Egg

first_imgThere’s more in a bird’s egg than can be accounted for by the Reverse Humpty Dumpty Hypothesis (i.e., Darwinism).Hummingbird eggs, by David CoppedgeA Closer Look at a Bird EggIn 27 June 2017, we quoted Thomas Higginson who in 1862 wagered that a bird’s egg should be voted “the most perfect thing in the universe.” His opinion received support recently from researchers from Montreal, Canada, who took a closer look at eggshells. Publishing their work in the open-access journal Science Advances, they found that eggshells are dynamic structures, that begin hard to prevent breakage while the mother bird incubates them, but gradually soften near hatching time so that the chick can peck its way out. The science was advanced online by Nature, and Phys.org included a video clip from the research that reveals the fine structure of the eggshell.The results also provide insight into the biology and development of chicken embryos in fertilized and incubated eggs. Eggs are sufficiently hard when laid and during brooding to protect them from breaking. As the chick grows inside the eggshell, it needs calcium to form its bones. During egg incubation, the inner portion of the shell dissolves to provide this mineral ion supply, while at the same time weakening the shell enough to be broken by the hatching chick. Using atomic force microscopy, and electron and X-ray imaging methods, Professor McKee’s team of collaborators found that this dual-function relationship is possible thanks to minute changes in the shell’s nanostructure that occurs during egg incubation.World Magazine carried the story with its intelligent design implications, as did Evolution News & Science Today. The discovery may have biomimetic implications, too. World says, “The scientists hope their discovery will allow human engineers to design new, synthetic nanocomposite materials with novel properties.” Unfortunately, co-author Marc McKee gives the credit to blind chance, saying in The Guardian,When you think about it, we should be making materials that are inspired by nature and by biology because, boy, it is really hard to beat hundreds of millions of years of evolution in perfecting something.Apparently he wasn’t thinking about it with sufficient depth of logic.What Comes Out of the EggCheck hatching on Day 21. Credit: Illustra Media.Inside that egg was a growing embryo, which was once a single cell. Inside that cell were genetic and epigenetic instructions to grow an adult bird, as Illustra Media beautifully animated in its film Flight: The Genius of Birds. All the instructions for the complete bird were there in the zygote, including the ability to learn as an adult from its environment. This means that the zygote is more complex than the egg, which is more complex than the adult bird. To fathom the amount of information in an egg, let’s look at some adult birds that hatched out of those incredible incubating chambers.How birds can detect Earth’s magnetic field (Science Daily). Inside that egg was the potential to build navigation equipment that can use input from the magnetosphere. Scientists have been searching for years for the location of that sense. Researchers at Lund University believe they have found it in Cry4, a member of a group of proteins called cryptochromes (‘hidden colors’).The receptors that sense the Earth’s magnetic field are probably located in the birds’ eyes. Now, researchers at Lund University have studied different proteins in the eyes of zebra finches and discovered that one of them differs from the others: only the Cry4 protein maintains a constant level throughout the day and in different lighting conditions.Other cryptochromes vary according to the biological clock, but Cry4 does not. Although work remains to be done to see how Cry4 reads magnetic information and responds to it, this is another clue to a long-standing puzzle. The team believes that all animals may have this ability. Do humans? Whatever is determined, there is another potential use for it: “this knowledge may be of use when developing new navigation systems.” See also the write-up on Phys.org.Birds show astonishing diversity in sizes, colors and habitats, but all develop from eggs in a similar way. Credit: Illustra Media (most images).New Bird of Paradise Species Has Smooth Dance Moves (National Geographic). Take a look at the photo in this article. Would you think it’s a space alien? This jet-black bird of paradise from West Papua New Guinea, with two bright blue eyes and open beak, sporting a glistening aqua neck pouch, is doing its mating dance. Whether it is really a new species or just a variety is a debate for taxonomists, but the embedded video will likely impress anyone. Peacock spiders (ENV) may be the only animals that out-dazzle the mating dances of birds, except, perhaps, peacocks themselves.How birds focus even with eyes on opposite sides of their heads (New Scientist). Bird eyes look sideways, so how can they get stereo vision? This article, unfortunately behind a paywall, says that scientists have proposed three ways they might stay focused. Earlier studies showed that head-bobbing in some birds is accompanied by brain ‘software’ that maximizes the time an image remains still, so that the bird can maintain focus and not lose sight of a subject of interest in its field of vision (12 April 2005).Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons maneuver to catch agile prey (Science Daily). The world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon, can catch its prey during high-speed dives even when the prey is rapidly changing directions. It’s a “risky behavior” that “surely places extraordinary physical and cognitive demands on the falcon.” The team used computer simulations to imitate the hunting strategy, using data from videocams attached to falcons. “The research team found that optimal tuning of the mathematical laws that control steering in the simulation corresponded closely to measurements of steering for real falcons.” Details can be found in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology. The Science Daily article mentions a kind of reverse biomimetics, where humans invented something only to learn that nature had it first. “Detailed computer simulations reveal why falcons dive at their prey using the same steering laws as human-made missiles.” For the falcon, that precision guidance system had to be present inside the egg, and programmed inside the zygote.We need a corollary for the law of nature we discovered in science media, which states, ‘The more detail in a science paper, the less talk about evolution.’ The corollary should say, ‘…and the more absurd that evolution-talk becomes.’ (See the SEQOTW above for example.) Darwinians are so silly (e.g., 16 April 2018). They believe in the Reverse Humpty-Dumpty Hypothesis (i.e., Darwinian evolution). By faith, they believe that random biomolecules can leap up and assemble themselves into an egg, given billions of years. Time is not going to help that kind of credulity.(Visited 426 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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More Evidence Our Moon Is Young

first_imgMoonquakes are still occurring. Why didn’t geological activity cease billions of years ago?“Study Finds New Wrinkles on Earth’s Moon,” says a JPL press release on May 13. Moonquakes have been known since the Apollo astronauts left seismographs on the moon. What’s new is evidence of young “wrinkle ridges” in lunar basins, discovered by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). These features disprove an assumption long believed by lunar geologists, namely, that the lunar basins stopped contracting 1.2 billion years ago. The press release, despite the moyboy language, starts with a big surprise:Billions of years ago, Earth’s Moon formed vast basins called “mare” (pronounced MAR-ay). Scientists have long assumed these basins were dead, still places where the last geologic activity occurred long before dinosaurs roamed Earth.But a survey of more than 12,000 images reveals that at least one lunar mare has been cracking and shifting as much as other parts of the Moon – and may even be doing so today. The study adds to a growing understanding that the Moon is an actively changing world.The scientists still believe the moon is billions of years old. Now, though, they have to stretch out the time that the moon has been cooling and shrinking. If the moon did not cease activity 1.2 billion years ago, it means their previous beliefs were off by about 27% of the assumed age of the solar system.The wrinkle ridges, thought to form as the moon contracts, are associated with “very young surface features called lobate thrust fault scarps.” The ridges, which can rise a thousand feet above the surface, cut through fresh-looking, unfilled craters. This is another strong indication that they formed recently. A video clip at Space.com zooms in on the ridges to show what they look like.At The Conversation, George Rothery of the Open University, writes about the stunning news that a study suggests that “The moon is still geologically active.” With a Tontological introduction, he rushes to correct wrong beliefs that have dominated the scientific establishment:Earth’s moon from Cassini, 1999 (NASA)We tend to think [Who’s “we,” paleface?] of the moon as the archetypal “dead” world. Not only is there no life, almost all its volcanic activity died out billions of years ago. Even the youngest lunar lava is old enough to have become scarred by numerous impact craters that have been collected over the aeons as cosmic debris crashed into the ground.Hints that the moon is not quite geologically dead though have been around since the Apollo era, 50 years ago. Apollo missions 12, 14, 15 and 16 left working “moonquake detectors” (seismometers) on the lunar surface. These transmitted recorded data to Earth until 1977, showing vibrations caused by internal “moonquakes”. But no one was sure whether any of these were associated with actual moving faults breaking the surface of the moon or purely internal movements that could also cause tremors. Now a new study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests the moon may indeed have active faults today.The paper in Nature Geoscience states,We conclude that the proximity of moonquakes to the young thrust faults together with evidence of regolith disturbance and boulder movements on and near the fault scarps strongly suggest the Moon is tectonically active.How many quakes? Space.com says one quake per day is detected. Mindy Waisberger of Live Science says there are “tons of quakes” going on (even though energetic activity is measured in joules, not tons). The fault scarps, she says, are “no more than 50 million years old” (about 10% of the assumed age of the moon). Impacts can cause moonquakes; that’s what scientists assumed were causing the ones measured by Apollo-era detectors. Now, the LRO scientists believe that 25% of the quakes are caused by geological activity at these ‘young’ fault scarps, because many of the epicenters of the quakes lie within a few miles of the ridges.When geologists and planetary scientists are wrong, they can always put on the Greek happy mask. Then they can use it to ask for money.“You don’t often get to see active tectonics anywhere but Earth, so it’s very exciting to think these faults may still be producing moonquakes,” study co-author Nicholas Schmerr, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Maryland, said in a statement.Though there is still much to be discovered from the Apollo data, these and other tantalizing findings emphasize the importance of visiting the moon again, Schmerr added.More Crater Count WoesAnother paper has concluded that the crater-count dating method is flawed, and cannot be corrected by mathematical tricks. Some scientists thought it would be possible to distinguish secondary craters (caused by fallback debris) from primary craters (caused by impacts from outside) using a mathematical relationship between crater diameter and largest boulders around the crater. In Icarus, a team says that the method doesn’t work:To distinguish secondary craters from primary craters is very important in lunar studies that involve such tasks as dating the lunar surface and investigating the meteoritic flux. However, this is usually difficult since distant secondary craters generally have an appearance similar to primary ones. Bart and Melosh, 2007a, Bart and Melosh, 2007b proposed a method to distinguish the two types of craters based on the relationship between the crater diameter (D) and the size of the largest boulder (B) around the crater: B=KD2/3, where K is the fitting coefficient. They concluded that secondary craters have a 60% larger fitting coefficient (K) than primary craters. However, because of the poor quality of the available data and an insufficient number of crater samples, their results need further substantiation, as they have suggested. This research aims to examine their results with recently obtained very high resolution data and many more sampled craters. Our results indicate that the criterion proposed by Bart and Melosh, 2007a, Bart and Melosh, 2007b is actually not applicable, i.e., the fitted coefficient (K), in cases of primary and secondary craters, cannot be confidently distinguished.Et tu, Mars?Mars InSight Lander, Nov. 2018Leaders of the Mars InSight Mission hope to use the seismometer installed by the lander to learn about geological activity on the red planet. They believe they have already detected their first Marsquake. “The way a quake’s seismic waves travel inside a planet can tell geologists about how rocky bodies are layered,” JPL says. “That, in turn, can deepen our understanding of how Earth, its Moon and Mars first formed” – and, additionally, how old it might be.Who is always surprised by evidences of youth in the solar system? Evolutionists. Who is not surprised by evidences of youth in the solar system? Creationists. Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin was one of those. His favorite Bible verses were Psalm 121: 1-2, which he quoted on the moon, heard by earthlings in the live broadcasts: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin in “Moon Rovers” by Alan Bean (used by permission)(Visited 449 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Precision grain marketing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While planting last week I looked at all the technology in the tractor cab, as auto-steer guided me down the field. It amazed me how sophisticated precision planting is. Farmers now use technology that puts the ideal number of seeds based upon field conditions with such precision to optimize yield. Despite how complex and complicated the technology is, it has become quite popular as more farmers are using it.It made me think about the basic principles of our farm’s grain marketing strategy. It has a lot of similarities to precision planting that I should be calling it “precision grain marketing.”Precision planting takes historical data that matches up many variables (i.e. the right hybrid, seed trait, seed count, etc) to maximize farmers’ yield potential. Why don’t farmers extend this level of attention to maximize their grain marketing profits too?Within grain marketing there are three basic facets that work independently of each other — futures prices, basis and market carry. Maximizing the potential of each one means more profits for farmers (just like precision planting increases bushels and yield).“But, I think I do a good job with my marketing already, so I don’t see a need to change what I’m doing.”I hear this statement all the time from farmers. To some extent, they may be right. These farmers may have done well with futures pricing in the past. But, they don’t realize that thinking this way is like using planting technology from 10 years ago. It does a good enough job. A farmer can still raise a crop this way. But, will you be maximizing your yield to its full potential? No. Few farmers would say that yields or cost savings with and without precision planting technology are basically the same anymore. So, why say that about your grain marketing?Basis and market carry are the “precision technology” components to grain marketing. It’s fine tuning the entire process to take advantage of all possible potential.So as you finish planting, and you hit the auto-steer button, think about the increased yield you receive with this technology. Is it around a 10% bump in profits? It’s hard to know the exact figure (and it will vary year to year), but farmers know it does maximize their potential yield. Farmers who use basis and market carry to optimize their grain marketing strategy can expect a similar type of bump in profits as well. Sometimes more. Precision marketing will add profits to every farmer’s marketing program, regardless of how good you are at picking futures prices.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE.  Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process.  After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits.  A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations. Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons.  All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit.  Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction.  The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs.  All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision.  The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative.  The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

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SMB Tech Roundup: Twitter Grows Among Businesses, Plus a A Few New Productivity Tools

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts We took a look at a few new online tools geared toward SMBs this week, including SmartSheet for managing projects on the iPad, Noteleaf for automated business preparation (yes, really), and Wishpond, a tool designed to simplify online marketing management. Xobni, a popular email plugin for Outlook that adds informative profiles of your contacts alongside each email, finally launched for Gmail on Friday. Like its competitors Gist and Rapportive, Xobni adds context to emails by showing you more information about the person with whom you’re communicating, such as job title, social media profile links, and even data about your past correspondence with them. The first 100 ReadWriteWeb users to sign up with the access code XOBNI-RWW will get early access.On Thursday, we wrote about the Grasshopper Group’s upcoming BarCamp Tour. The company, which creates Web-based tools for businesses, is teaming up with MailChimp and Wufoo to help support a series of upcoming BarCamps across the United States this year, starting next month with BarCamp Boston. john paul titlow Keeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.As tablet adoption grows, so too does the amount of sensitive data people transmit using the devices. Almost half (48%) of tablet owners have transmitting sensitive data from the device, according to a survey we wrote about on Monday. Twitter usage doubled among small businesses last year, according to data released by the company. Nearly one-in-five small businesses now use the microblogging platform as part of their online marketing strategy. As our own Audrey Watters writes: It should be no surprise then that Twitter’s increasing popularity has led to expanded efforts by small businesses to use Twitter as part of their local marketing efforts. According to a recent report from BIA/Kelsey and ConStat, Twitter usage by small businesses more than doubled between the third quarter of 2009 and the end of 2010. Usage of traditional print yellow pages, the survey points out, remains unchanged.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#biz#Reviews 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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