first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – 34 Raceway will kick off the 2018 season with new owner Brad Stevens and his co-promoter Jessi Mynatt at the annual 34 Raceway Car Show on Sunday, March 18.This year’s show will be held at Deery Brothers in West Burlington from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.More than 20 race cars and drivers from a variety of classes will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos with fans. There will be kids’ activities, food and beverage for purchase, and don’t forget to grab your 2018 schedule.This event is free to the public so come out and see what family friend, fast racing fun will look like at 34 Raceway this season.last_img read more

first_imgWigan boss Roberto Martinez claimed his “magnificent” team had been denied victory against Tottenham by a wrongly-awarded free-kick. Press Association The 18th-placed Latics, who would have moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone had they hung on for all three points, instead had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Spurs at the DW Stadium after the ball bobbled off the unfortunate Emmerson Boyce into his own net in the 90th minute. It had hit Boyce from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick that resulted from a coming-together between Spurs full-back Kyle Walker and his opposite number Jean Beausejour, and Martinez said: “If you see the replays, it puts extra salt in the wounds. It was not a free-kick – it should never have been a free-kick.” center_img He added: “Kyle Walker is pulling Jean Beausejour and he is too honest, staying on his feet. We need to accept that – sometimes when you are down there, the results or the lucky breaks don’t go your way.” Despite his disappointment at the way it finished, Martinez was keen to praise his players’ efforts during a contest in which an early defensive blunder by the hosts had allowed Champions League-chasing Tottenham to open the scoring. A hesitant exchange of passes between Latics defender Maynor Figueroa and goalkeeper Joel Robles in the ninth minute led to the latter cannoning an attempted clearance against the outstretched leg of the approaching Gareth Bale, and the ball rebounded straight into the net. Wigan equalised within two minutes through a header from Boyce, whose late own-goal subsequently cancelled out the Callum McManaman thunderbolt that had put them 2-1 up four minutes into the second half. Tottenham remain fifth with four matches to go, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and a point behind third-placed Arsenal. Sunday’s fixtures see Chelsea play Swansea at home and Arsenal host champions Manchester United. Asked whether he regarded the result as two points dropped or a point gained in the pursuit of Champions League football, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: “It depends on the results of our opponents. It is intimately related to that. “We can still be in control of our own destiny or not after [Sunday’s] results. Normally away from home a point is important at this stage of the season. When everybody needs three points, I think it is a difficult situation for teams. It all depends on what happens [on Sunday].” last_img read more

first_imgSporting legends Shay Given and Martin O’Neill have sent a Donegal school messages of support in a project aimed at giving racism the boot.Busy students from 5th and 6th class in St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe are getting set to reveal a fantastic piece of art on Tuesday when they unveil their “Show Racism the Red Card” mosaic.The 6’x4’ artwork is based on a picture by 5th class student Gemma McGlynn, but the amazing project involved every class member The busy children scanned and enlarged Gemma’s picture and then sent out small cards asking people to support their campaign, which were then stuck back on the board to form the picture again.And all the students in the class wrote letters and were involved in putting the pieces back on the board as the picture came together again over the past few weeks.As well as sports stars and personalities, they also wrote to many more people including journalists, clergy and politicians and were delighted with the response.Among the replies received was a hand-written letter from Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill saying he was delighted to support them, while Shay Given also returned his signed card and sent the class posters and a dvd. Donegal stars Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh are also among the many who have signed while local clergy, sports club members and parents of the children have also added their names to the impressive artwork.The children are getting set to put the final pieces on the board today and tomorrow morning before the big reveal at 2pm in the school hall on Tuesday when everyone is welcome to come along.© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on LEGENDS HELP RAPHOE STUDENTS GIVE RACISM THE RED CARD was last modified: March 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RaphoeShow Racism the Red CardSt Eunan’s NAtional Schoollast_img read more

first_img(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Someone didn’t think this one through.“Human brawn may be the key to why human brains are so big, according to a new hypothesis linking exercise to the evolution of our oversize noggins,” begins an article on Live Science by Stephanie Pappas, “Did Exercise Make the Human Brain So Buff?”The article presents the speculations of a team led by David Raichlen, an anthropologist at the University of Arizona.  “The idea has yet to be thoroughly tested,” Pappas cautioned, but it goes like this:Now, Raichlen and his colleagues have a new idea to add to the mix: Perhaps human brains didn’t just grow because our species was facing more mental challenges. Maybe, instead, the shift to an increasingly aerobic hunter-gatherer lifestyle about 1.8 million years ago boosted our species’ athletic prowess. Because of links between exercise and the brain, this natural selection for faster, more agile humans might have resulted in smarter, bigger brains.The bigger brains may have been a crucial piece of this puzzle, given that more cognitive ability would allow one to hunt and gather farther afield than those who came before, Raichlen said. Or, humanity’s cognitive capacity may be a simple side effect, a neurobiological change that sort of got “dragged along” with aerobic capacity.From here, Pappas went on to describe experiments with mice that showed they were smarter if they got more exercise.  Elderly people who remain active suffer less atrophy in their brains, while children with more physical activity have more brain volume than couch potatoes.  “Thus, natural selection for fitness in human ancestors could have triggered an increase in actual brain juice, prompting growth and development.”The authors did admit a few problems with this idea.  “Unfortunately, Raichlen and his colleagues wrote, little is known about the aerobic fitness of humans’ closest ancestors, given that they’re not around to jump on a treadmill today.”  For primates and fossil hominids, there are only inferences from inner ear development and hind limb length to use as proxies for aerobic activity.In the final sentences of the article, Pappas lets the researchers hedge their bets:None of this evidence proves the hypothesis, Raichlen warned. More work, particularly selective-breeding studies on animals, is needed. Nor do the researchers think exercise explains the entirety of Homo sapiens‘ evolution in brain growth.“The evolution of the human brain is probably the result of a lot of complex selection pressures interacting with each other,” Raichlen said. “I don’t think we’re going to find just one pressure that drove all of human brain evolution.“Apparently the research team wrote in a Royal Society journal that the idea is “worth a deeper look.”OK, let’s give it a deeper look.  It won’t take long, because their hypothesis is so shallow.If this notion were correct, cheetahs, not humans, would be writing philosophy books.  Usain Bolt, not Stephen Hawking, would be solving cosmology equations in his head.  There are so many flaws in this simplistic generality that it’s hard to know where to start.  Does brain size alone mean intelligence?  Then whales win.  How can inner ear development indicate fitness?  If hunting and gathering far afield means smarts, why aren’t grizzly bears and lions the smartest animals on earth?  Why do their prey often outsmart them or outrun them?Three criticisms are even worse, as if the hypothesis needs the overkill. (1) Circular reasoning: they assumed natural selection only to use it as the explanation.  (2) They themselves provided the grounds for disbelieving their hypothesis, by admitting that there “complex selection pressures” involved.  This is the problem with composite explanations in science.  Which factor is the critical one, and by how much?  If you can’t establish that aerobic fitness was crucial for intelligence, you’ve contributed no explanation at all.   Notice how many escape words they employed: may, could, might, etc.  (3) The hypothesis is self-refuting.  If intelligence just got “dragged along” as a side effect when hominids went on a fitness program, these researchers have no grounds for trusting their own reasoning, including the reasoning that natural selection produced bigger brains.This is how you need to critique these evolutionary claims.  It’s deplorable that such silliness gets dished out by Lie Seance and all the other monolithically-Darwinian secular “science” sites.  Why doesn’t Stephanie Pappas use her own head and ask these kinds of obvious questions?  Why doesn’t she quote anyone who can give scientific reasons why the brain is designed?  The answer is simple: if she did, the Darwin Politburo would see to it she got expelled pronto lest she help people think clearly.last_img read more

first_imgThe cast of Izulu Lami includes award-winningactress Sobahle Mkhabase (right), who playsThembi, and Tshepang Mohlomi (left), whoplays Chili-Bite. Izulu Lami will make its debut on SouthAfrican screens at the Durban InternationalFilm Festival in July 2009.(Images: Ster-Kinekor)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using materialA South African movie has earned top honours in Spain by scooping two prestigious awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarfia, on the Spanish south coast. The festival ran from 22 to 31 May 2009.The film, Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), won the Audience Award and Best Actress Award for its 11-year-old star, Sobahle Mkhabase.“When I chose Sobahle from the thousands of school children I auditioned, I knew she was a rough diamond, although she did not yet realise it herself,” the film’s director, Madoda Ncayiyana said.“For a Zulu girl from a township, who was 10-years-old when the film was shot, to win an international award against professional adult actors proves how talented our little local treasure really is,” he said.“When I heard that I won the best actress prize, I was over the moon and my mom was even crying,” Mkhabase said.Izulu Lami also won the coveted Dikalo Best Feature Film prize in Cannes in April 2009.CastingThe film features a cast of mainly young, unprofessional child actors, discovered through extensive casting by the director. The children were discovered in the townships, informal settlements and rural areas of the KwaZulu-Natal province.Written by Julie Frederikse and Ncayiyana, the film was produced by Dv8 Films and co-produced by Vuleka Productions.It is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ster-Kinekor Distribution, the Department of Trade and Industry and the French film fund, Fonds Images Afrique.Dv8 Films producer Jeremy Nathan said, “The Audience Award is very special as it is given by the public and this will help in generating awareness for its [the film’s] South African and global releases.”“We’re thrilled to see Izulu Lami being awarded,” said Ryan Haidarian, NFVF head of new ventures.“It is very exciting for the national broadcaster to be part of such authentic, beautiful work,” said Kethiwe Ngcobo, head of drama at SABC. “It’s wonderful to see that the world appreciates this work too.”StorylineThe film follows the story of two young children, 10-year-old Thembi (played by Mkhabase) and eight-year-old Khwezi (played by Sibonelo Malinga), who journey to the city from their rural homestead after their mother’s death. When the children arrive in the city they are spotted by a streetwise 12-year-old, Chili-Bite, and his gang.He offers them a place to sleep on the street and tells Thembi of a friend who knows a priest. The “priest”, however, turns out to be a disreputable pimp who aims to sell the girl’s virginity as a cure for HIV/Aids.When the siblings become separated, Thembi is filled with the grief that has been welling up since her mother’s death. In time, though, she discovers her own dream and talent, and is able to reconcile with her new friends on the street and her little brother.SA screeningIzulu Lami will screen at the Durban International Film Festival in July, and be distributed by Ster-Kinekor Distribution nationwide in South Africa in August 2009.The film will be available on DVD shortly thereafter. It will be broadcast on SABC towards the end of the year.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesAfrican film awards honour SA Gavin Hood: from Tsotsi to X-MenChanging SA one heart at a timeUseful linksNational Film and Video TonightSA Vibeslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterWICHITA (DTN) — Crop scouts produced an average estimated yield of 47.6 bushels per acre (bpa), up from 35.2 bpa last year, on the second day of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour.Scouts stopped at 200 fields in southwestern and south-central Kansas.Tuesday, the tour explored central and northern Kansas, and estimated an average yield of 46.9 bpa. Wednesday, scouts explored wheat fields showing some dry topsoil conditions, disease and nutrient deficiencies.Nonetheless, scouts found fields with yield potential well above last year, when most of the state saw significant drought conditions. Most routes’ yield estimates came in 10 to 15 bushels above 2018.With wheat prices as low as they are, acre abandonment remains a serious question, however. Many scouts reported seeing wheat fields sprayed out with glyphosate in western and south-central Kansas, in preparation for planting to a different spring crop. “That’s an indication that harvest area may be considerably lower than planted acres,” said Kansas State Extension wheat and forages specialist Romulo Lollato.The same could be true in other wheat states. Mark Hodges, of Plains Grains Inc., said Oklahoma’s winter wheat crop is expected to yield an average of 37.4 bpa, with a projected total production of 119 million bushels.“Abandoned acres are projected to reach 8% to 10%, but that could easily go higher,” Hodges said. “With the price of wheat the way it is today, we are concerned it will get hayed, grazed out or go to cotton. Some of it is being actively sprayed out right now.”The effects of late planting this past fall were still visible in Kansas, with scouts seeing crop stages ranging anywhere from jointing to boot stage. The lingering effects of dry conditions earlier in the spring appeared in some boot stage plants, starting in west-central counties, said Lollato. “When we were opening the heads, sometimes we would see many bottom spikelets were gone,” he said. “These regions didn’t get as much rain as the rest of the state. So we will see some fields with smaller heads than usual.”In other parts of the state, however, regular rainfall and moderate conditions have left wheat vulnerable to disease, said Erick DeWolf, Kansas State University Extension plant pathologist.“We’re just beginning to see the first signs of rust infections taking hold in south-central Kansas,” he said. Both leaf and stripe rust pustules were spotted by scouts touring this region of the state, though most infections were light.Wheat streak mosaic was also on crop scouts’ radar, as the past two years have produced significant infestations in the western Kansas wheat crop. But the viral disease, which is spread by the wheat curl mite, was not very visible on the tour. Education efforts on controlling volunteer wheat, which hosts the mite, as well as variety resistance has helped the curb the disease’s spread this year, said Gary Millershaski, a farmer in southwest Kansas and Kansas Wheat commissioner.“We used to have bad wheat streak mosaic problems in the west,” he explained. “But the wheat variety Joe is resistant to wheat streak mosaic, and that has really changed the potential of wheat in the west.”Nitrogen and other nutrient deficiencies surfaced in many fields and are likely to be the result of denitrification, cold temperatures and lack of input use due to low wheat prices. “We have seen some issues this year due to the economic situation, so some people have not topdressed,” Millershaski said.Sulfur deficiency symptoms also jumped out at Lollato as he piloted a car through the south-central counties Wednesday. “At the levels we were seeing, it is already taking a toll on yield,” Lollato said. “If it warms up, the organic matter in the soils will start to mineralize or decompose, and that will release some sulfur and alleviate it a little bit, but some affected plants are already smaller and have fewer tillers.”Although scouts saw some signs of mild freeze damage, the state has mostly escaped a damaging late-season freeze so far — although that could change. “We really hold our breath at this time of the year because we are entering the stage of wheat when heads can be very damaged by just a few hours of very cold temperatures, which adds all sorts of volatility to yield potential,” DeWolf said.Thursday, the tour will briefly explore southeastern Kansas before heading back to Manhattan for a final discussion of the wheat crop’s estimated yield potential and crop production projections.Follow Emily Unglesbee on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee for live coverage of the tour.She can be reached at [email protected](PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgWhen working with military wives, whether on-base or in the community, it is important to consider the concerns of clients. As the above table indicates, military wives’ concerns about not getting treatment, lack of time for consultation, locating an appropriate clinician, trust, and feeling understood could be impediments to developing the necessary relationship for quality mental health care.References[1] Lewy, C. S., Oliver, C. M., & McFarland, B. H. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, 65(9), 1170-1173. doi: 10.1176/ post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDLewy, Oliver, and McFarland (2014) [1] recently published research on barriers to mental health treatment, comparing military wives and a similar sample from the general population. Results from the survey indicated that the perceived barriers faced by military wives when seeking treatment for mental illnesses were significantly different than those perceived by the civilian population.[Flickr, Not listening by minxlj, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015To compare military wives with spouses in the general population, Internet-based surveys were used to gather a national sample of women married to military service members. The researchers screened potential participants for depression, non-specific psychological distress, and health status using established measures. Data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)provided a comparison group of similar women in the civilian population. The comparison samples totaled 569 military wives and 567 married women from the NSDUH survey.Results of the surveys indicated that military wives believed that they faced a number of barriers to receiving mental health treatment that differed from the civilian population. The table below summarizes the comparative results:Lewy, C. S., Oliver, C. M., & McFarland, B. H. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, 65(9), 1170-1173. doi: 10.1176/ read more

first_imgMichigan Stadium on a rainy day.InstagramMichigan freshman Ahmir Mitchell transferring after suspension.Ahmir Mitchell enrolled at Michigan early, but it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to play a down for the Wolverines. Wednesday, just days after it was announced by head coach Jim Harbaugh that the freshman wide receiver would be suspended indefinitely, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he’d be leaving the program.“It’s been all love from the fans, community, and the people of Michigan. I’ve made bonds and friendships with people here that will last a lifetime. I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first. Therefore I will like to announce that I am hereby reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.”Mitchell specifically stated that he’s “reopening’ his recruitment. But since he’s been enrolled at Michigan since January, this would have to be considered a transfer.All love for the people of Michigan and U of M ??— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 24, 2016Mitchell is a class of 2016 player who was rated as a four-star composite. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound star is from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.Reasons for Mitchell’s suspension have not been released. Harbaugh became frustrated with the press when asked about it last week.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe crisis in Attawapiskat made headlines around the world.And the stories moved some Canadians to take action in a number of ways.Some held fundraisers, while others went straight to the prime minister.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img