first_imgBy Anderson Gabino/Diálogo October 02, 2020 Between January and August 2020, the Brazilian Federal Highway Police (PRF, in Portuguese) seized 331 tons of marijuana nationwide, representing more than the total seized in 2019.Agents of the Brazilian Federal Highway Police count the 5,805 kg of marijuana, seized from a truck’s load of wheat flour. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Highway Police)On August 23, PRF agents intercepted a truck in Mato Grosso do Sul state and found more than 3 tons of marijuana.According to the Mato Grosso do Sul PRF, “these seizures indicate a historical record on the state’s federal highways. The total is 227 percent greater than what the institution registered during the same period last year.”On July 26, as part of its operations on federal highways, the PRF made the greatest drug seizure of 2020 in a single operation. The PRF found marijuana hidden inside a shipment of wheat flour in a truck that left the state of Paraná for Paraíba. The bags contained hundreds of packages of marijuana totaling almost 6 tons.Joint police operations against narcotraffickingAuthorities found more than 3 tons of marijuana in a truck, in Mato Grosso do Sul, on August 23, 2020. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Highway Police)On June 22, the Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) and the PRF launched the first phase of Operation Carcará to curb the production and trafficking of narcotics, including its transportation and distribution in northeastern states.According to the PRF, “The use of qualified policing, guided by the intelligence in Operation Carcará, aims to curb narcotrafficking and related crimes, from breaking the production cycle of marijuana to its transportation and distribution, especially in the northeastern states that make up the marijuana polygon.”According to the PF, the joint operations of the police resulted in the elimination of 179 crops by burning 538,000 marijuana plants, equivalent to 180 tons of the drug that would have otherwise been produced and commercialized, resulting in a loss of millions of dollars for criminal organizations.last_img read more

first_imgJust over two weeks ago, doctors discovered a blood clot in the vice president’s leg. They said at the time that he likely would have to be treated with blood-thinning medication for several months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney went to the hospital Tuesday after experiencing discomfort in his left lower leg, where a blood clot was recently discovered. After consulting with his doctors, Cheney was asked to return to George Washington University Hospital for repeat ultrasound imaging of the deep venous thrombosis, or clot, in that leg, spokeswoman Megan McGinn said. “The ultrasound revealed no extension or complication of the clot,” she said. “His blood thinning medication was found to be therapeutic. These results are expected and reassuring, and the current course of treatment will continue.” Cheney returned to the White House to resume his normal schedule, she said. last_img read more

first_imgCar owners have been asked to refrain from parking their cars outside Glenveagh National Park’s main road. It comes after an overflow of traffic in the vicinity due to cars being abandoned on either side of the road.Scores of people flooded to the Ireland’s second biggest national park in Donegal on Monday as temperatures soared to 20C. But now local authorities has urged car owners to cease from parking in areas outside the legal parking bays.Concerns after traffic overflow on main road outside Glenveagh National Park was last modified: April 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgAn essay by Edna Devore of the SETI Institute on Space.com encourages churches to join in Mike Zimmerman’s “Evolution Sunday” celebrations.  Zimmerman, with his Clergy Letter Project (see also New Scientist), has gotten over 10,000 pastors to sign a statement affirming evolution as an essential part of science and religion (02/11/2006).  Devore thinks this is a wonderful opportunity for scientists and people of faith to join in dialogue.1    Devore’s advertisement, dripping with praise for Charles Darwin but without a single mention of God, includes this paragraph about why the SETI Institute is promoting Evolution Sunday:Why is SETI Institute concerned with Darwin and evolution?  Understanding the evolution of the universe—galaxies, stars, planets, and life—is at the heart of our research.  In Darwin’s autobiography he states, “Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws.”  Discovering these “fixed laws” that govern the origin, nature and distribution of life is the core mission of the SETI Institute, and exploring change over time is the powerful theme that unifies all of our work, from laboratory to classroom.  The work of our scientists working on the NASA Astrobiology Institute research team focuses on the co-evolution of life and its planetary context, in projects that range from studies of life’s emergence on early Earth to the habitability of planets orbiting relatively cool M-stars.  This project will directly impact the Institute’s search for evidence of life that, like us, is sufficiently complex to reflect upon its own origins.  The evolution of complexity and intelligence is a challenging research area, but one that can be probed scientifically, and Institute research seeks to tease important insights out of both the fossil record and animal communication systems.  Darwin would no doubt be fascinated!Regarding “fixed laws” in biology, however, an essay in Nature this week questioned whether biology has any laws in the sense that physics employs.2   In “A battle of two cultures,” Evelyn Keller argued from philosophy and history that physics and biology cannot be compared on the basis of scientific laws:How appropriate is it to look for all-encompassing laws to describe the properties of biological systems?  By its very nature, life is both contingent and particular, each organism the product of eons of tinkering, of building on what had accumulated over the course of a particular evolutionary trajectory.  Of course, the laws of physics and chemistry are crucial.  But, beyond such laws, biological generalizations (with the possible exception of natural selection) may need to be provisional because of evolution, and because of the historical contingencies on which both the emergence of life and its elaboration depended.    Perhaps it is time to face the issues head on, and ask just when it is useful to simplify, to generalize, to search for unifying principles, and when it is not.Keller did not elaborate on why she thought natural selection could possibly be exempted from the provisional nature of biology.  She ended by stating that the influx of physical scientists into the emerging discipline of “systems biology” will require some guidelines – maybe even abandoning the their “traditional holy grail of universal ‘laws’.”    That debate aside, Edna Devore ended with the all-encompassing questions any worldview must ask.  But strangely, for someone asking churches to come on board, she said nothing about how God might be at least a partial source of information.  No; the only personages to look to for answers, according to Devore, are: self, and Charles Darwin.What might be found can best be understood from a basis of self-knowledge.  Where did we come from?  Where are we going?  What else is out there, and how did it evolve?  What will we become?  Big questions to ponder on the birthday of a man who helped us shape them.1Zimmerman calls it “Evolution Sunday” instead of “Darwin Sunday” because he claims only creationists refer to evolutionary theory as “Darwinism.”  Why he chose his special day to fall on the Sunday before Charles Darwin’s birthday he did not explain.  Devore seems to understand the centrality of Darwin to evolution; her short essay contains 18 references to Charles Darwin, but none to other evolutionary theorists.  Her essay begins with a quote from Darwin and ends with praise for “the man who helped us shape” the answers to life’s biggest questions.2Evelyn Fox Keller, “Connections: A clash of two cultures,” Nature 445, 603 (8 February 2007) | doi:10.1038/445603a.Devore’s essay is so silly and shallow and uninformed, it’s easy to dismiss it as complete poppycock.  But Christians should be merciful, so let’s meet her halfway, and suggest ways we might make Evolution Sunday a meaningful occasion.  Here is a suggested Order of Worship for Evolution Sunday:Begin with a moment of silence for the 148 million who died under the regimes Darwin’s philosophy inspired (11/30/2005).Scripture Reading: Psalm 1 (the danger of walking in the counsel of the ungodly, instead of delighting in the law of the Lord).Opening hymn: This Is My Father’s World.Sunday School Lesson: the art of Baloney Detecting.Testimonies: people who trusted their self-knowledge and ruined their lives till they got back to the Word of God, or who embraced evolutionism uncritically till they studied the evidence.Prayer: each class prays for a communist country that is still trying to impose atheism, justifying it with Darwin’s theory.  Pray for the pastors and Christians being persecuted (see Persecution.com).  Also pray that social evils will end that are rationalized by evolution: abortion, embryonic stem cell killing, cloning.Choir: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (02/09/2007).Sermon: Matthew 7 (Sermon on the Mount) about building on the rock of Jesus’ word instead of the shifting sands of human opinion.  Give illustrations of the many ways evolutionary theory has shifted with each new falsifying evidence (e.g., 12/14/2004 and the 12/27/2006 commentary).  Describe how evolutionary ideas did not begin with Charles Darwin, but illustrate the Long War Against God.Option Two:  The contrast between Darwin’s Tree of Life (02/01/2007) and the Tree of Life described in Genesis and Revelation.  Key text: Proverbs 3:13-24.  Secondary text: Matthew 7:13-20 (a tree is known by its fruit).  Other references to “tree of life” can be found on BibleGateway.Hymn: How Firm a Foundation, about God’s excellent Word.Challenge: Every member gets a packet of materials to use in witnessing to Darwinists: a copy of ICR’s Acts and Facts newsletter with encouragement to get on the mailing list, a card listing URLs for creation websites (like this one), a package of gospel tracts aimed at flaws in evolutionary theory such as these from CMI, and a copy of the DVD The Case for a Creator.We hope Edna appreciates our attempts to help make Evolution Sunday a rich and meaningful opportunity to reflect on “the development of evolutionary theory from before Darwin to the present and the rich and complex historical interaction of evolution and Christianity.”(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers throughout Ohio have been experiencing colder temperatures these last few days which has resulted in some frost damage in soybean and wheat fields. In this video Beck’s new PFR agronomist, Alexandra Knight, is at the London, OH PFR site evaluating wheat and soybean frost damage and what to look for on your own crops.last_img

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeoTours Deliver More Fun With FavoritesJune 29, 2015In “GeoTours”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News”GeoTour Spotlight: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)March 23, 2017In “GeoTours” Are you ready to participate in one of the first GeoTours in continental Europe? Do you want to discover a territory in a fun and unique way?  The Southwest Vendéen GeoTour might just be your next geocaching destination. Thanks to 150 new GeoTour geocaches you’re able to discover the region through a dozen geocaching loops.You’ll discover the watery wonder of the Marais Poitevin, the Côte de Lumière, the countryside, lakes, rivers, cultural and historical heritage. The circuits are designed to be made on foot along a loop and some are designed for biking.Join the teams that will participate in the inauguration of the GeoTour during the long weekend of the Ascension, on the 29th May through to the 1st of June. Keep your eyes on the global GeoTour directory to see the new pin appear on the map. No fewer than six events are spread over four days to discover this little corner of paradise.Want to see a little more? Visit the YouTube channel of ExploCacheurs, follow them on Twitter @explocacheurs and Facebook.A special commemorative Geocoin will be in play for the first visitors finishing the circuits.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgBy S S RamaswamyMumbai, Nov 26 (PTI) Her maiden entry into the quarter -finals of a WTA series event here, the USD 125,000 L&T Mumbai Open, has given a huge boost to her confidence going ahead, feels Indias top woman tennis player Ankita Raina.Ankita also wished that her coach Hemant Bendrey could travel with her on the WTA circuit overseas, going by the way his presence at the Cricket Club of India here helped her iron out some mid-tournament shortcomings.”I am happy it helped me with my confidence and made me believe that I could be at the top level and I could achieve that,” the 24-year-old Ankita told PTI a day after losing to Frances higher ranked player Amandine Hesse in the quarter-finals after blowing away quite a few chances to take the match at least into the deciding third set.The Ahmedabad-born, Pune-based Ankita ? ranked 293 which is bound to go up when the next weeks list is released – went down 3-6 6-7 to Hesse, but should have taken at least a set off the Frenchwoman, ranked 265.Had the Indian won, it would have given her a chance to line up against the fast-rising 19-year-old top seed Aryna Sabalenka, at 96 the only top-100 player in the draw, in the semi-finals.She had earlier got past Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and P Plipuech to reach the last eight.This, however, was not the first time Ankita, for long the countrys number one singles player, won a round in a WTA series event, having done it previously two years ago in China.advertisement”It was in the China 125K that I got in directly into the main draw with my ranking and won the first round,” she said, adding, “It was around similar quality tournament. The Chinese players were there along with other top players.”She had also played at bigger WTA events, including the USD 7,00,000 event in Birmingham, which is a warm-up event for Wimbledon, and had won a round there in the qualifiers.”I have played much bigger WTA qualifying events and won one or two rounds, but it was never splashed in India as I was playing abroad. In Birmingham, it was a USD 7,00,000 tournament, the warm-up before Wimbledon.”I won the first round, was the only Indian there (in singles). Sania (Mirza) was there in doubles. It was something. I did it in Stuttgart last year and in the Tashkent Open made the final qualifiers, as well as in Hong Kong. (But) this is the best performance,” she noted.Talking about travelling coaches, Ankita said everyone saw how the presence of her coach Bendrey helped her here.”Playing in your home country makes a lot of difference. The courts suited me, weather was in my favour and my family and coach were there to support me and look after me. Otherwise when you are travelling you have to arrange everything – from practice to recovery.”The coach was there to immediately rectify what I was doing wrong. As soon as he told me, we did a few drills. That makes lot of difference and everyone saw it.””This is the one thing I have been saying for a long time. If I can take my coach along with me that will really help. I play 25-30 weeks of tournaments in a year and I hardly get time to come back and train with my coach.”If not for so many weeks, but if he can come along for a few weeks it will make a world of a difference and now I am sure, having seen it happening,” she said.”You have seen other players travelling with the coaches. Even the top seed (Sabalenka) is travelling with her coach, added Ankita, whose career-best ranking of 222 had been achieved in 2015.On the improvement needed in her game, she mentioned power, fitness and recovery process after games.”Apart from power and fitness, I would mention my recovery after matches. You have to recover faster if you have to go deep in the draw as you have to play 4-5 matches to go to final.”She also did not forget to mention the huge financial support she is getting from the Sports Authority of Gujarat and thanked the organisers of the WTA event here, MSLTA backed by the Maharashtra government, for holding the big event and offering a golden chance to her to figure in the main draw.”I am very thankful for the support of the Sports Authority of Gujarat. Till now I have travelled it was with their support. It?s very crucial, their support.advertisement”The 125K is a great opportunity for which I want to thank all. It happened last in 2012. This was very much needed. I am thankful I got the opportunity and glad I could reach to some extent in the draw,” she concluded. PTI SSR RSYlast_img read more

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Sunil Chhetri – India mustn’t face Ghana with a defensive mindset Goal Last updated 2 years ago 07:01 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sunil Chhetri India Macau 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers AIFF Media U17 World Cup Ghana U17 v India U17 India U17 Ghana U17 The Bengaluru FC striker urged the India U-17 players to give their all in their final group game against Ghana… Sunil Chhetri, who scored one of the goals in India’s 4-1 triumph over Macau on Wednesday, believes that India Under-17 team must take the game to Ghana in their final Group A fixture of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.“It’s Ghana next and it’s important to take the game to them. The moment you do it, as you did against Colombia, you get the fans involved; and once you do that, it spurs you up. You need to feel you are playing in India and let them feel that we are playing in our own country. Every second counts. No matter what the result turns out to be, 1.3 billion people love you.“In football you have to defend as much as you have to attack. But irrespective of playing against Ghana, we shouldn’t go into the match with a purely defensive mind set. You need to snatch it, seize the opportunity and counter them. If we could do it against Colombia, there’s no reason we can’t do it against Ghana,” he wrote in a column. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He mentioned of his unbridled joy when Jeakson Singh scored against Colombia, a memory which would remain fresh for almost every Indian football fan.“Perhaps no other strike in football has made me happier than Jeakson Singh’s goal the other day, and I mean it. I was jumping, so was the entire national team in Bengaluru. India was desperately waiting for that moment for so long and when it actually happened it was like a dream. The delivery was excellent and the header was ­ BOOM (sad we conceded the next minute).“Football is not a game; it is always a lesson.”last_img read more

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was predicted by many analysts to be the first quarterback selected in Thursday’s NFL draft, but surprisingly, the Buffalo Bills selected E.J. Manuel over Smith with the 16th overall pick.“There was a lot of confirmation going on for me, so it was more so a matter of when they were going to take me in the draft,” Manuel said. “I’m going to enjoy tonight. I’m going to enjoy my family, but I know there’s work to be done.”Manuel, who was the only quarterback to be taken in the first round, will now become the new face of the Bills franchise, which has not made the playoffs in 13 years.Manuel was 25-6 in his four years with the Florida State Seminoles. He has a strong arm, throwing 263 completions out of 387 passes for 3,397 yards. In addition, he passed for 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 starts during his senior season.However, many believed that Smith was the overall best quarterback in draft, but  he left disappointed Thursday night before the last two picks in the first round.Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who knows the feeling of being alone in the green room on draft night, offered words of encouragement to Smith via Twitter. Rodgers told Smith to hang in there; good things come to those who wait.Rodgers slipped all the way to No. 24 before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue called his name in the 2005 NFL draft.ESPN initially reported that Smith decided to leave New York and not return for the second day of the draft. But ESPN insider Adam Schefter tweeted Friday morning that Smith had decided to attend the draft tonight at Radio City Music Hall.If Smith finally hears his named called, he will have the opportunity to walk across the stage in his tailored suit  and hold up a jersey for his prospective team. read more

first_img February 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The winter storms and flooding in San Diego last week forced mobile blood drives across the county to cancel and that has impacted our blood supply, according to the San Diego Blood Bank.“It’s hard to get out and about when it’s raining that hard,” said Michele Corbett, Vice President of Marketing for San Diego Blood Bank. “We don’t want to say ‘Hey, get out and drive around even more in the rain,’ so we definitely saw a drop in the blood supply this last week.”Corbett said they even had to cancel a high school drive expected to collect 70 pints of blood.“You can’t make blood in a lab,” said Corbett. “You have to have people behind that blood donation coming in on a regular basis.”There’s 8 different blood types and they have unique properties. The different components of blood, like the red blood cells, platelets and plasma, can help treat different conditions.The rarest blood type is O negative, which is also known as the “universal donor” type. It’s the only blood type that can give red blood cells to all the others, so it’s always in high demand, especially in emergency situations.“Those are often used for trauma patients when the doctors don’t have time to test their blood type or it’s used with babies in the NICU,” said Corbett.O positive is the most common, but there’s still a high need for it in our community because more people are coming in for this type. It can give red blood cells to any positive blood types.An A positive blood type is also really important. It’s the second most common and Corbett said it’s ideal for it’s platelets.“Platelets are the the part of the blood that help cancer patients,” said Corbett. “Usually when they’re going through chemotherapy, the chemotherapy kills the platelets and they need that replenished.”You have a unique gift as an AB positive or negative donor because of your plasma, which helps treat clotting disorders, burn and shock victims.“If you’re and AB blood type, you’re actually a universal plasma donor and plasma is often used with burn victims and people who need that rejuvenation while they’re in the hospital,” said Corbett.There’s also A negative, B positive, and B negative, but Corbett said regardless of your blood type, every type is needed and every type can save lives.“Each of those lives is someone in our community, someone may be our family member,” said Corbett. “I know my mom would not have met her grand kids had it not been for a blood donor.”The drives that were canceled because of the storms will be rescheduled.If you want more information on how or where to donate, visit the San Diego Blood Bank’s website.https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/ , San Diego’s heavy rainfall impacts number of blood donorscenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 18, 2019last_img read more