During the week ending June 4, the Georgia Ag Statistics Service reports that 59 percent of the Georgia corn crop is in fair, good or excellent condition. But only 22 percent of farmers report adequate soil moisture.A critical time Despite the summer drought, the Georgia corn crop could still make good yields, said a University of Georgia scientist.”It all depends on where the rain falls,” said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension Service grains scientist. “Overall, the potential for a good crop yield is still there.” J. Cannon, UGA CAES “Corn is in the critical water-need stage of silking and grain fill,” Lee said. At this stage, corn needs about a third of an inch of water every day. Without water now, the kernels won’t fill out properly.Georgia’s corn value Lee estimates Georgia farmers planted about 340,000 acres of corn this year. Last year’s 265,000 harvested acres was valued at $54 million. About 35 percent of Georgia’s corn acreage, 120,000 acres, is irrigated. Lee said farmers with irrigation need to make sure their systems work properly throughout the season so the crop gets the water it needs.Problems other than water A CRITICAL TIME for corn in Georgia is when silking begins. University of Georgia scientists say corn needs about one-third an inch of water daily to ensure grain fill and a full crop. In spite of a recent lack of water, the ‘potential is still there’ for the Georgia crop. But farmers who use irrigation face problems besides a lack of water. With water come diseases. Lee said common rust is showing up, particularly in irrigated fields. “But I’m sure the farmers would rather deal with rust than dry stalks,” he said. Though common rust has some farmers concerned, Lee said as average daily temperatures rise, it will be less of a problem. On the remaining 210,000 acres of dryland corn, Lee said hit-and-miss rain showers make all the difference. “I’ve seen some dryland corn that looks really good,” he said. “Other fields, well, they’re just about burned up.”Need more corn Whatever the crop outcome, Lee said Georgia is still a corn deficit state. Georgia farmers could grow four times what they do and just barely have enough to provide feed for the poultry and hog industries. “Georgia’s poultry industry uses far more (corn) than we produce,” said George Shumaker, a UGA Extension Service economist. “We have the actual acres, but other crops, particularly cotton and peanuts, are more profitable. And farmers won’t stop growing those to grow corn.” Feed processors import corn and other grains from the Midwest to fulfill the livestock feed demands.
Is digital transformation homogenizing financial services and undermining what sets credit unions apart? It’s an important question.A digital transformation does make it harder to differentiate a financial institution, concedes Jim Burson, managing director of CUES Supplier member and strategic partner for technology services and strategic planning Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Arizona. Realistically, the technology largely comes from a catalog of vendor products.“Few CUs have the resources to build their own technology,” he points out. And the financial services being digitized are pretty generic. “A remote check deposit app is a remote check deposit app.”But that doesn’t mean CUs can’t still differentiate in a digital environment.“Engagement is still possible—still critical—but it has to be a different kind of engagement in the digital world,” Burson explains. “The CU still has to engage the member in a personal, timely, relevant dialog, but do it more with the thoughtful use of data analytics and proactive outreach. Without that outreach, a digital-first strategy tends to differentiate based on price, and that is hard to sustain.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
QPR forward Loic Remy, rated at £8million, is a potential target, having spent last season on loan at Newcastle, along with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Wenger is set to return to club duties following the World Cup final, when Arsenal will press on with their pre-season plans, which include a trip to New York at the end of the month. The Gunners will host the Emirates Cup at the start of August, before tackling Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed to radio reporters during Tuesday night’s World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte, where he was working as a pundit for French television, that the Emirates Stadium club were close to a deal for Sanchez. Sources in Spain now suggest Barcelona have agreed to an improved fee in the region of £28million for the 25-year-old, with their main summer transfer target, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, expected to head to the Nou Camp in the coming days. Press Association Sport understands constructive talks with Sanchez’s representatives are continuing, although any official announcement from Arsenal is not expected until all formal processes have been completed. Confirmation over Debuchy’s £10million switch from Newcastle, however, could come sooner, as Arsenal aim to bring in a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who left on a free transfer to Manchester City. Ramsey, meanwhile, was one of several players not involved in World Cup duty to return for the start of pre-season training at London Colney this week. The 23-year-old took part in a question and answer session on the official Twitter channel of club sponsor Emirates airline on Wednesday afternoon, and spoke of his determination to build on last season’s success. “I think now that we’ve won the FA Cup this team has become hungrier to win things. I’m sure we’ll give it a good go,” said Ramsey, whose goal in extra-time secured a 3-2 win over Hull and ended Arsenal’s nine-season trophy drought. “(I am looking forward to) just getting back into it and playing every week. “Hopefully we can have a successful year and win a few things” While bringing in Sanchez, who also had interest from Liverpool and Juventus, would present something of a personal coup for Wenger – said to have spoken to the player face-to-face while in Brazil – Arsenal also need other reinforcements. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey feels there is a ‘hunger’ about Arsenal to build on their FA Cup success next season, when the Gunners look set to be bolstered by Chile winger Alexis Sanchez and France defender Mathieu Debuchy. Press Association
Young people are been given the chance to learn how to play Golf for free over Easter.The Junior Golf Camp, which is being run by Core Pro Fitness Institute, will give boys and girls from 8-18 the chance to experience the many fun, social and health benefits of playing golf.Speaking about the camp, which will be held at Core Pro Fitness Institute next Tuesday the 26th of April, Tommy Gallagher, Director of Golf Fitness at Core PFI said: “As all our One and Three day camps sold out, we decided to offer young people who do not play the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. “Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by all age groups and studies have shown that players who start at a young age are more likely to play the game into adulthood.”The participants will learn the fundamentals of the swing, including stance, alignment, and grip.They will have the use of all the facilities at Core Pro Fitness Institute including the Golf Analysis Suite, which houses the TrackMan Indoor Driving Range.Talking about his decision to develop the course for younger players, Tommy explained “technical ability, physical fitness and mental agility have become the mainstay of any serious golfer in the modern era, and there is a general recognition in all sports that these disciplines need to be worked on from an early age.” He added: “This camp, which is run by our own Titleist Performance Institute and PGA Professionals, aims to develop these skills and who knows, it may act as a stepping stone for the next Brian McElhinney or Rory McIlroy.”Booking is essential as places are limited.It runs on Tuesday 26th April and is open to 8-18 year olds. Call (074) 9168788 to reserve your place and for further information or email [email protected] GOLF COURSES FOR KIDS LAUNCHED was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalfree kids golf campsletterkenny
Now that “human ancestors” from 300,000 years ago show comparable mental acuity to ours, the gradual upward slope to man looks more like a cliff.Neanderthal chieftan: The big news from Clive Finlayson’s team this week is that Neanderthal cave sites have feathers – not just by chance, but by design. The BBC News said that the cave’s inhabitants used feathers as “personal ornaments,” indicating that “Neanderthal thinking ability was similar to our own” (see original open-access paper by Finlayson et al., “Birds of a Feather: Neanderthal Exploitation of Raptors and Corvids,” PLoS ONE 7(9): e45927. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045927). “The earliest observation of this behaviour in Gibraltar preceded the arrival of Modern Humans in Europe by several thousand years,” they said; “There is therefore no possibility that the practice was acquired from Modern Humans.”Many modern human groups, such as American Indians, have used feathers for decoration, rank, or status. It’s an “exclusively human trait.” The practice presupposes a mental appreciation for the beauty of feathers as well as the ability to obtain them in the first place. Paleoanthropologists have assumed, based on the lack of cave paintings, beads and figurines at Neanderthal sites, that they had no appreciation for art. Finlayson’s team inspected nearly 1700 sites for evidence, and found numerous bird bones from which the Neanderthals apparently extracted feathers for decoration. These findings fly in the face of “The prevailing paradigm among Palaeolithic archaeologists today,” they said – the notion that birds were too hard for dumb Neanderthals to catch:The large number of bones, the variety of species processed and the different temporal periods when the behaviour is observed, indicate that this was a systematic, geographically and temporally broad, activity that the Neanderthals undertook. Our results, providing clear evidence that Neanderthal cognitive capacities were comparable to those of Modern Humans, constitute a major advance in the study of human evolution.Retreat might be a better word. The BBC News article shows an early 20th century drawing of a stooped over, hairy, ape-like Neanderthal with the caption, “Our views of Neanderthals have come a long way since this representation was painted in 1909.” But again, this is a retreat “a long way” back to the prior paradigm: namely, that humans have always been uniquely endowed with reason and aesthetics, unlike the apes from which Darwinians believe humans evolved.Finlayson thinks this find is just the tip of the iceberg. “It is showing that Neanderthals simply expressed themselves in media other than cave walls. The last bastion of defence in favour of our superiority was cognition,” he said; now, despite their differences, it must be acknowledged that “their processes of thinking were obviously very similar” to ours.We have shown that Neanderthals were associated with raptors and corvids of particular characteristics (dark remiges, scavenging or colonial cliff nesters) across the entire geographical space of the Palearctic and they directly processed their bones for their feathers. In this respect they were distinctly human. The absence of parietal art in caves occupied by Neanderthals, and also of bone and shell ornaments, is a key argument cited in support of the superior cognitive capacities of Modern Humans. Our results put this long-standing contention in doubt, by providing strong evidence that Neanderthals simply used media, other than cave walls, to express themselves.The point of the spear: Another indication of mental acuity is the ability to fashion materials for organized hunting. Who would have expected to find modern-looking spear points in coal dated 300,000 years old? That’s what has been described in a press release from the University of Tübingen – the “oldest known weapons anywhere” – indicating that the designers were skilled hunters. These were not flaked rocks for cutting up dead animals, but rather designed instruments for hunting live prey. “Tools preserved in lignite show capacity for abstract thought, Tübingen researchers say.”What’s also interesting about the discovery is the site: a coal mine that till recently was soaked in water:The bones of large mammals – elephants, rhinoceroses, horses and lions – as well as the remains of amphibians, reptiles, shells and even beetles have been preserved in the brown coal. Pines, firs, and black alder trees are preserved complete with pine cones, as have the leaves, pollen and seeds of surrounding flora. Until the mining started 30 years ago, these finds were below the water table. The archeologists say they are now carrying out “underwater archaeology without the water.”More finds are expected from this extraordinary site in north-central Germany. Already, they have found “a water buffalo in the context of human habitation, an almost completely preserved aurochs (one of the oldest in central Europe), and several concentrations of stone artifacts, bones and wood.” The press release did not explain how any of these artifacts could be so well preserved in the presence of water for 300,000 years.Now, the evolutionary tale: How are evolutionists going to explain the abrupt appearance of human traits farther back than they previously thought possible? One theory appeared on the BBC News: a highly speculative idea by veteran paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall that harks back to old social-Darwinian notions of advance through conflict. “Conflict and ‘boom-bust’ explain humans’ rapid evolution,” the headline blared. Tattersall knows that recent findings are problematic. Speaking at a conference at Gibraltar, he said,“However you slice it, evolution within this [human family] has been very rapid indeed,” Prof Tatersall, from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, told the conference. “I think it’s fair to say that our species Homo sapiens and its antecedents have come much farther, much faster than any other mammalian group that has been documented in this very tight time-frame.” This phenomenon of accelerated evolution is known as “tachytely“.Giving something a name, though, is not the same as explaining it. It’s hard to convince doubters that mere inter-group conflict, and coming down out of the trees, could “drive” human evolution at such a rapid pace. If that were a law of nature, it would seem many other animals would have evolved bigger brains, art and cognition by now. It also begs the question of who was the driver: was changing habitat and starting conflicts a cause or effect of cognitive ability? Apparently someone at the conference thought about that. “At the conference, Richard Wrangham from Harvard University offered an alternative view, questioning the role of conflict as a driver. He pointed out that human hunter-gatherers had similar rates of inter-group aggression to chimpanzees.”In PLoS ONE, “The Pace of Cultural Evolution,” (7(9): e45150. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045150), Charles Perreault of the Santa Fe Institute argued that cultural evolution is faster than biological evolution “because of its Lamarckian nature and because cultural information is transmitted through different routes than genetic information.” He compared rates of biological evolution with archaeological data. His hypothesis, however, reasons in a circle: it assumes evolution to establish evolution. It also begs the question of when the light of cognition turned on. What, furthermore, was the source of genetic information and cultural information? His ideas, thereby, would never convince a Darwin skeptic, who might point to the very evidence by Finlayson and the University of Tübingen cited above to argue that the evidence shows – in contrast to what evolutionists believed and taught for decades – that humans have always been humans, and apes apes.We need evolutionary paleoanthropologists like ambassadors need terrorists. Don’t let them near the dynamite of scientific explanation. They keep setting it off in the wrong place at the wrong time. Explanation is powerful but dangerous. It needs intelligent design for proper application. It needs a real mind – not an evolved ape brain hit by cosmic rays – to understand the risks. And it needs real morality – not game theory – to use the power for good and not harm. Evolutionary anthropologists never catch on that their Darwinian explanation is like a suicide vest. It destroys their own mind while flinging mental shrapnel around the classroom, the civilization, and the world. 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SharePrint Related”Creative Geocaches” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 14, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”Vytah – GC3A6Y9 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 20, 2012August 20, 2012In “Community”Geocaching.com Presents: “The Rock”November 3, 2011In “Community” Near GC1EJ4WGeocaching can be a voyage to uncover forgotten history. “Fireboat” (GC1EJ4W) brings geocachers to an example of Hong Kong’s shipbuilding prowess in the 1950s—the fireboat Alexander Grantham.Sir Alexander Grantham was a British administrator who governed Hong Kong and Fiji in the 40’s and 50’s.AirQ placed the cache back in 2008. More than 30 geocachers have logged a smiley on the micro cache.Geocacher Iain Morris even posted this video on the Geocaching.com Facebook page about his journey to find “Fireboat.” Watch Iain’s adventure in the video player below.There are no spoilers in the video, but there are spoilers for frustrated geocachers on the cache page. This difficulty 1.5, terrain one cache is only available when the boat is open for public tours.On deck the “Alexander Grantham”Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More
Updated 7/4/17 3:09pmOne person was injured in a stabbing Monday night on the city’s near northside.Sioux City Police were dispatched to 14th and Grandview around 9:45pm where they found a 27 year old male victim who had been stabbed multiple times.The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center.His name has not been released and police say his wounds were not life threatening.Investigators say the man had been at a nearby convenience store where he got into an altercation with up to four people.One of those men stabbed the victim, who then ran away from the suspects.Police say they have identified some of the suspects and are looking to determine the identity of two others, who are described as Native American or Hispanic males in their 20’s.The incident remains under investigation.—————————————————One person was injured in a stabbing Monday night on the city’s near northside.Sioux City Police were dispatched to 14th and Grandview around 9:45pm where they found a male victim in a nearby alley.The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center.His name and condition were not available.The incident remains under investigation.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Burnley striker Ntumba Massanka joins Racing White Daring Molenbeekby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley striker Ntumba Massanka has joined Belgian third-tier side Racing White Daring Molenbeek on loan until June 30th.The 22-year old had spent the first half of season in the National League on loan at Dover Athletic, before returning to Turf Moor in January.The former Manchester United youngster has also had loan stints with Morecambe, Wrexham and York City since signing a professional contract at Turf Moor in 2015.R.W.D currently sit seventh in the Belgian First Amateur League and play their home games at Edmond Machtens Stadium on the outskirts of Brussels.The striker will be available for the Les Coalises’ match this weekend against RFC Leige.
Daniel James: Every Man Utd teammate has been greatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James already feels at home with Manchester United.James says his new United teammates have helped make his move from Swansea City as easy as possible.He said: “They’ve all been great. I haven’t been here for long but I’ve made some great friends already and I think that’s so important when coming to a new club because you feel a bit intimated at the start, playing at such a big club.“Everyone has been great with me and I really thank them for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Georgia sophomore cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was arrested by university police Saturday night for two traffic-related charges. The Bulldogs’ defensive back was charged with not having a license and not wearing his seatbelt. He made his $1K bail and was released. The arrest did not sit well with former Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus, who played with Briscoe last season. Ganus didn’t think what happened was worthy of an arrest. He called out the university police on Twitter before deleting his tweet. Saturday Down South captured a screenshot of it. SDS.The charges are pretty light, but it’s still not a good look to call out a police force for doing its job. Georgia’s football program has yet to comment on the arrest. Briscoe’s arrest was the fifth by a Bulldogs’ player since Kirby Smart was hired. UGA opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. [SDS]