Hansle Parchment – Athletics

first_imgFor his achievement in earning the silver medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Parchment clocked a season-best time of 13.03 seconds and in the process became the first Jamaican to earn a silver medal in global competition in the 110m hurdles.last_img

Men’s Basketball Hosts Indiana State In Next-To-Last MVC Home Game

first_imgIn its last outing, Drake defeated UNI, 71-64, in front of 5,121 fans at the Knapp Center to improve to 8-6 and third place in the MVC standings. The Bulldogs’ eight wins are the second most by the program in the last 10 seasons. Drake Game Notes With it being Valentine’s Day in the Knapp Center, fans that arrive early will receive a Valentine’s Day card from a secret Bulldog admirer and fans can submit Valentine’s Day messages to be displayed on the video board during the game. Submissions are due by 9 a.m. Wednesday by clicking here.The Bulldogs are going for a season sweep of the Sycamores after defeating Indiana State, 75-72, in Terre Haute earlier this season. Drake last swept Indiana State during the 2012-13 season. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs swept Bradley for the program’s first sweep of an MVC foe since 2014-15. Buy Tickets Live Video The Drake University men’s basketball team hosts Indiana State Wednesday evening in the Bulldogs’ next-to-last regular season home game of the 2017-18 season. Tipoff between the Bulldogs and Sycamores is set for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3. Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats Live Audio The Sycamores have dropped five of their last six contests and are 6-8 in the MVC standings. Jordan Barnes leads the team with 17.2 points per game and scored 14 points in the first meeting between the two teams this season. Drake has been led as of late by junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.), who has led the team in scoring in two of the last three games and is averaging 15.7 points per game in those outings. On the season, he is averaging 13.4 points per game against MVC competition, nearly three times his offensive production from a season ago. In the first meeting with the Sycamores, he scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Following Wednesday’s contest, the Bulldogs hit the road for a Sunday afternoon contest at Missouri State on ESPNU. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gardai warn Donegal students as €2 million ‘Money mule’ fraud investigation launched

first_imgGardai have launched an investigation into a €2m money laundering fraud involving so-called money mule accounts.The “money mule” practice involves criminals recruiting people to help launder stolen or illegal money using their bank account, often unwittingly. Gardaí have said students are often targeted by the practice.The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau is examining transactions of up to €35,000 on over 200 accounts around the country. The accounts were used for single transactions of between £5,000 and £35,000 to a financial institution abroad.Over 1,600 of these cases were reported by the banks to gardaí last year.Detective Inspector Catharina Gunne from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said that if you act as a money mule, knowingly or unknowingly, you are committing the offence of money laundering.“Money laundering is a serious offence which on convictions carries a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment,” she said. “This will have a serious impact on your future travel plans, career opportunities, vetting and credit ratings.”Gardai warn Donegal students as €2 million ‘Money mule’ fraud investigation launched was last modified: April 14th, 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

Trees Communicate with Aspirin

first_imgTrees talk to each other in a chemical language (02/21/2006), but till now, no one realized they sound an alarm with aspirin.  Trees emit a vaporous form of aspirin when under stress, reported Science Daily, that talks on the ecological network.  This was an unexpected finding.    Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research theorized that the methyl salicylate vapor, one of hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by plants, is a distress signal.  It may put the plant or tree into a kind of high-alert mode, stimulating immune responses, and it may also signal neighboring plants to be on guard against a climactic or invasive threat.    Scientists knew that methyl salicylate was produced by plants, but did not realize till now that plants emit significant quantities of it into the atmosphere, and use it for signaling.  The team detected the aspirin when studying VOCs in a California walnut grove.  “These findings show tangible proof that plant-to-plant communication occurs on the ecosystem level,” a co-author of the study said.  “It appears that plants have the ability to communicate through the atmosphere.”    If farmers can learn to read the chemical signals in vapors emitted by plants, they may gain a new way to quickly gauge the health of their crops before damage becomes visible.The article did not mention evolution.  Here is another amazing fact, right under biologists’ noses, that was unknown till now.  If an observable, measurable phenomenon in the present can escape detection for so long, how can biologists speak so glibly about factors in mythical worlds millions of years ago?  How could a communication network among brainless plants evolve?  This was discovered by good old-fashioned field work.  Taxpayers donated funds for the research.  Darwin donated nothing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ag reacts to Obama’s budget proposal with big crop insurance cuts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, President Obama released his spending blueprint for fiscal 2017, a $4 trillion proposal congressional Republicans immediately declared dead on arrival. Agricultural leaders expressed a number of concerns as well.“A global glut of food production has sent U.S. farm revenues down sharply. With farm income down 56% in the past two years alone, America’s farmers and ranchers face difficult times. Yet, the president’s just-released budget would cut 27 USDA programs, including a 10-year, $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance programs so important to farmers. And all this happens as farm income is projected to decline another 3% in 2016,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “The president’s budget would also harm farm and ranch families through capital gains taxes and special provisions that would force new generations to pay much higher taxes on any land and assets they inherit. Such treatment is a recipe for farm fragmentation and an unnecessary obstacle for agriculture’s next generation.“There is some positive in his proposal; the president’s budget does include increases for food and agricultural research — a critical need in a world in which hunger remains a problem in many countries — as well as increases for research into antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock. Each of these needs to be addressed in serious ways, and we appreciate the support for such research.”In the budget, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would see a 7% decrease in funding, the fourth-largest spending cut among all departments. Despite the cut, certain programs, including the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and the one for small, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, would see budget increases. AFRI has helped to fund valuable agricultural research endeavors.The savings in the president’s agricultural budget largely would come from the $1.3 billion cut in the crop insurance program in fiscal 2017 and an $18 billion decrease over 10 years. The American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed strong opposition to the proposed cut to crop insurance and a lack of funding for infrastructure improvements. ASA noted the budget contains funding for multiple soybean farmer priorities, including increased resources for oversight at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and full funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program.“We once again find ourselves fighting attempts to cut crop insurance,” said Richard Wilkins, ASA president and a farmer from Greenwood, Del. “Our policy has always been that we will strongly and absolutely oppose any attempt to target farm bill programs for additional cuts, and it goes without saying that we will continue to fight proposed cuts to the farm safety net. All it takes is a quick glance around the farm economy to see that we need a stronger safety net for our farmers, not a weaker one.”Wilkins also pointed out the association’s disapproval in the budget’s 22% cut to funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the maintenance and construction of locks and dams on the nation’s waterways. Specifically, the budget cuts more than 41% from the Corps’ construction account, $2.7 billion from the operations and maintenance account, and fails to fund the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), a priority for ASA.“We’re disappointed with this budget’s neglect of investments in waterways infrastructure, which is vital to rural economies as it is a means of efficient transportation of soybeans and a key component of our global competitiveness in export markets,” said Wilkins. “Infrastructure investments should not be limited to highways, mass transit, and high speed rail, but should include those aspects important to rural America too. ASA will continue to work with industry partners and Congress to build on the successful increases in investments achieved in FY16 Appropriations for our ports and waterways operations & maintenance and infrastructure improvements.”While noting the association’s displeasure in the infrastructure and crop insurance provisions in the budget, Wilkins did point out several areas in which the budget addressed and increased funding for farmer priorities.“Clearly we absolutely oppose any cut to crop insurance, and the proposed hobbling of the Corps funding, but there is plenty in the president’s budget that we support, including $330 million in funding for commodity market oversight at the CFTC,” Wilkins said. “Market integrity is not front-of-mind until something goes wrong, and adequate resources for oversight of futures markets are an important priority for farmers.”The budget’s continued funding for programs that promote trade with both emerged and developing markets is also something ASA welcomed, and Wilkins said the association will fight for in future budgets.“The MAP and FMD programs are an essential part of our industry’s work to establish and expand the beachhead for American soybeans in foreign markets,” he said. “That money helps to fund valuable research and market development work by the U.S. Soybean Export Council, which translates directly into increased exports and revenue for American soybean farmers.”From a legislative standpoint, the president’s budget is a non-starter in an election year and with a Republican-controlled Congress, however Wilkins said the release of the budget can start a productive conversation on the importance of funding many of the programs critical for soybean farmers.“Every year, we bring the same funding fight down to the wire in November and December. Party leaders hold one another’s feet to the fire, and at the eleventh hour we manage to eke out funding for programs that are essential to farmer success,” Wilkins said. “Regardless of the long-term prospects of this specific proposal, let’s use it to at least start a discussion about how important these programs are to farmers, and how we get them funded for the coming year.”“That work has to start with farmers. We need to turn up our volume and increase our face-time with lawmakers so that they understand these programs aren’t simply line items on a budget, but real, working tools that help us operate more successfully.”last_img read more

Time To Plug In, Retailers: Smartphone Use To Double In Two Years [Infographic]

first_imgHow big is the smartphone market? Try these numbers on for size: from 1997 to 2012, there were 1.038 billion smartphones in use, enough for 1 for for every 6.7 people on the planet. But (and here’s the real mind blower), while it took 16 years to get the first billion smartphones online, the next one billion smartphones will be sold in the next two years.That’s one of many cool little factoids put together in an infographic published by NowSourcing on behalf of mobile developer Moovweb.There’s a lot to take in here, but one of my favorite bits of info justifies a position that many in the media have been pounding on for quite some time: sometime in 2013, according to a graph from Morgan Stanley Research embedded in the infographic, the number of mobile Internet users is expected to surpass the number of desktop Internet users.The days of the desktop user as the dominant Internet force are about to end.That can translate into big dollars, too. In 2011, for instance, global mobile transactions totaled about $241 billion. By 2015, that figure is projected to jump to more than $1 trillion.Clearly, Moovweb is making the argument that retailers had better get off their collective butts and get into this exploding marketplace. (The “52% of surveyed retailers do not yet have a mobile optimized website” is a bit of a giveaway on the booga-booga tactics.) Self-interest aside, they have a point: smartphones are the wallets of the future, and commercial organizations need to figure out a way to tap into this new source of revenue, fast.Check out the rest of the infographic to see what stats jump out at you. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#retail brian proffittlast_img read more