MMH holding blood drive

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Blood banks need blood to save lives.You can help next Thursday by donating at Margaret Mary Health.The blood drive will be held at the hospital from 8 – 5.All donors must be 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.To schedule your appointment call 800-830-1091.Remember, one pint of blood can save up to three lives.last_img

Video: Sharks’ DeBoer on double-OT win vs. Golden Knights, Martin Jones’ performance

first_imgThe San Jose Sharks outlasted the Vegas Golden Knights in double overtime to win Game 6 of their first-round series, 2-1. With a sudden-death goal by Tomas Hertl, the Sharks forced a Game 7 on Tuesday at SAP Center.After falling behind 3-1 in the series with the Golden Knights, the Sharks have battled back to even the series at three games apiece. Prior to Sunday’s game, Hertl said his team would force a winner-take-all Game 7, and he was the one to deliver in the end.Here is what Sharks …last_img read more

Mutations and Duplications: Pools of Innovation?

first_imgCreationists looked in what evolutionists called “junk DNA” and found gems.   Evolutionists are still looking for their gems in junk mutations.Like gift wrapping, headlines of science articles do not always reveal what’s inside.  Some people send dead flowers in pretty boxes to make a statement.  Evolutionists are still looking for something beautiful in mutations, as evidenced by this title on PhysOrg: “Insects show how DNA mistakes become evolutionary innovation.”  As if to avoid embarrassment, the subtitle quickly added, “One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything useful.”  That’s a clever parlay; the problem is yours, not Darwin’s! (see “Shifting the Burden of Proof” fallacy.)What did reporter Faye Flam offer as proof for this “notion”?  Two papers that claim mutated copies of a gene allowed insects to avoid death when ingesting toxins called cardenolides (old news; see 7/25/2012).  The “innovation,” therefore, is not a new organ or capability that didn’t exist before, but a reduced vulnerability.  The article celebrated this as an “evolutionary trick” that produced “convergent evolution” in different insect lineages.  Evolution, though, should produce new species (like Darwin titled his book, The Origin of Species).  Flam could not claim that the varieties able to ingest the toxins were new species; in fact, the article confessed at the end, “The way new species are born is another longstanding puzzle in evolution that DNA is helping scientists to solve.”  Come back later for the promised proof of innovation.Speaking of Darwin, another press release from the Vienna University of Evolutionary Medicine echoed on Science Daily promised to help Darwin out by showing “New Understandings of How Populations Change Over Time.”  The article set the stage with a low drum roll portending disaster (note the ominous reference to “climate change”):Since 1859, when Darwin’s classic work “On the Origin of Species” was published, we have known that populations change over the course of time. The ability to adapt to changing surroundings is the basis for evolution and is crucial for animals and plants to come to terms with new environmental conditions, for example as a consequence of climate change. Despite the obvious importance of the process, however, we still do not understand the underlying mechanisms. It is clear that organisms change their DNA in response to selection pressures. But how?First off, readers may be puzzled why the “But how?” question has not been answered since 1859, since that was the main thing Darwin’s best-seller was supposed to have solved.  And second, observers have known long before Darwin that populations change over time.  But anyway, where’s the gem in this mutational junkpile?  Has Christian Schlötterer rescued Darwin by showing how a random genetic change is linked to genetic changes?Well, yes and no.  Schlötterer cruelly subjected fruit flies to cold temperatures and shouted “Evolve or perish!” so to speak.  He did find some genetic changes, but didn’t associate them with adaptive benefits.  “It will be intriguing to try to find out whether the two categories of gene affect distinct groups of traits,” he said.One of the biggest studies of gene duplication was reported in Science this week.  The title is catchy: “Real-Time Evolution of New Genes by Innovation, Amplification, and Divergence” (Näsvall et al., Science 19 October 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6105 pp. 384-387, DOI: 10.1126/science.1226521).  There must be gems in this pile!  Alas, Elisabeth Pennisi in her review in the same issue was not so sanguine, despite her hopeful title, “Evolution: Gene Duplication’s Role in Evolution Gets Richer, More Complex” (Science 19 October 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6105 pp. 316-317, DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6105.316).  The phrase “More complex” is code for “harder to understand.”  It’s not a simple victory for Darwin.She discussed Susumi Ohno’s 1970 theory that gene duplication lets the copy evolve, then Michael Lynch’s late-1990s theory that genes with two functions can duplicate and divide the work (subfunctionalization).  Nice ideas, but they didn’t satisfy everyone, and are now seen as simplistic.  And there were problems: “Given natural selection’s tendency to purge unnecessary genes, how would the gene copy stick around long enough to take on a new or subfunction?”  Hold it; wasn’t that the claim behind junk DNA?The details about how Näsvall et al. coaxed a bacteria to make tryptophan from precursors when a gene for making it was disabled, and how it had to wait for the right mutation to arrive by promoting duplication, are described in Pennisi’s article.  The point of the experiment, though was to show innovation, not just getting back to where the bacterium was before a gene was broken. The researchers stated that two mutations were required to produce the “innovation” (which was actually more like a “restoration” of a deleted function).Other scientists called this “a nice, elegant experimental system” (sounding like faint praise), but were not convinced it’s a general principle applicable outside the bacterial world.  “No matter what, Näsvall’s experiment will encourage more experimental tests of gene-duplication scenarios,” someone said (translation: send more funding).Empty promises, endless promissory notes, why do we trust these guys?  Where is the really big innovation attributable to mutations?  Duplications are a form of mutation, but just because you get a second copy of a text message on your smartphone, it doesn’t mean the second one will evolve into a new, helpful message when cosmic rays hit it.  This is all wishful thinking in dreamland, hyped by ideologues with power.  Darwin was supposed to explain the big things– the trunk on the elephant, the wing on the bird, the brain in the Einstein.  All we get are tiny, questionable instances of possible adaptive changes in bacteria (remember that bacteria can swap information through lateral gene transfer, and may have designed mechanisms to control their own mutations).  These get wildly extrapolated into vast scenarios of evolution, completely unwarranted by the meager data that is often subject to interpretation.  But they KNOW that there’s enough innovation in that junkpile of mistakes to explain elephants, birds and humans, why?  Because EVOLUTION IS A FACT!   Now you know why living in Darwinland is like being trapped in a cult compound. 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Recycling dos and don’ts

first_imgNot all paper, plastics, glass and metals are created equal. Most products made from these materials can be recycled but some can’t, so here’s a general guide to which products you can and can’t recycle and how to prepare packaging for recycling.Preparing items for recyclingAs a general rule, clean all containers – whatever they are made from – of food or liquids before recycling. Remove staples or any other non-paper materials such as plastic binders when recycling paper.Recycling paperWhen recycling paper, in general, dyed or waxed papers cannot be recycled while boxes, office paper and books can. Check the table below to see what types of paper you should and should not recycle.RecycleDon’t recycleComputer paperPaper cups and platesUsed photocopy paperYoghurt cartonsWindowless envelopesSweet wrappers and chip packetsOld booksBlueprint paperPale coloured paper, such as invoicesCigarette endsNewspapersTissues and paper towelsMagazinesCarbon paperFlattened cardboard and corrugated cardboard such as boxesPost-it notesTelephone booksWaxed cartons or boxesPaperboard boxes, such as cereal and other packaged foodWaxed paperMixed metal and paperOffice and school paperFood-contaminated paperEgg cartonsNappies Food and seed bags Tissue paper or foil gift wrap Hardback booksRecycling glassRecycling glass has significant cost- and energy-saving benefits; glass can be repeatedly recycled with no loss of quality, and for every 10% of recycled glass used to make new glass containers, energy costs drop by 2% to 3%. Every ton of glass containers recycled saves over a ton of natural resources, and the energy saved by recycling one glass bottle can light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours, or run a computer for 30 minutes. Here’s what glass you can and can’t recycle:RecycleDon’t recycleClear, brown and green glass jars and drinks bottlesBroken glass Mirror or window glass Glass plates Light bulbs Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex Ceramics such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items Recycling plasticOver one million tons of plastic are thrown away in South Africa each year, and because the material is not biodegradable, the polluting effects on the environment are cumulative. The good news is that a significant portion of all plastic packaging can be recycled; here’s a guideline:RecycleDon’t recycleCold drink and water bottlesPlastic without a recycling symbolMilk, juice, and oil jugsPesticide and chemical containersDish, shampoo, lotion, and soap bottlesAnti-freeze and motor oil containersBleach, detergent, and other household cleaning containersToysButter and ice cream tubsLaundry baskets and unsanitary containersYoghurt cups and microwave traysPolystyrene drinking cups and platesClean plastic flower pots Prescription pill bottles Thin plastic, such as grocery store bags, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, newspaper sleeve Polystyrene Recycling metalsExtracting metals is a dirty, energy-heavy business. Recycling metals such as aluminium cans, which can be recycled indefinitely without losing quality,  drastically reduces the need to continue mining new metal ore, saving energy and reducing the damage mining causes to the environment.RecycleDon’t recycleAluminium cans, such as food, drink and pet food cansPaint and aerosol containersAluminium foil, pie tins, traysPesticide and chemical containersJar lidsSyringes and needles Oil filters and batteriesPlease do not recycle:StyrofoamMedical waste, toxic and biohazard wastelast_img read more

Forget The Suns Goran Dragic Needs Teammates Who Will Give Him The

The Phoenix Suns are in a bit of a bind. The NBA’s trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday (Eastern time), so Suns general manager Ryan McDonough must quickly pursue trades that would send 2014 All-NBA guard — and potential free-agent-to-be1Goran Dragic has the option to extend his deal with Phoenix for the 2015-16 season at a price of $7.5 million, but he can also opt out in search of a longer-term contract. — Goran Dragic to a team he’s interested in for the long haul, lest Dragic walk away in the summer without Phoenix receiving any reimbursement. (Dragic reportedly told the Suns on Tuesday that he does not plan to re-sign with the club after the season.)How did things reach this point? Dragic was once looked to as the Suns’ franchise player.People close to the situation told USA Today’s Sam Amick that Dragic has chafed under the three-guard system created when the Suns executed a sign-and-trade deal for Isaiah Thomas last summer. Thomas was brought to Phoenix, in part, as insurance against the departure of Eric Bledsoe, whose restricted free agency hung over the team all summer. But the Suns found themselves with three top-flight (ball-dominant) guards once the Bledsoe drama was resolved in September. Naturally, sacrifices have been required: Dragic’s usage rate this season is the lowest it’s been since 2009-10, his second year in the NBA.The hope would be that, as a player bears less responsibility in his team’s offense, he would be freed up to perform with greater efficiency. This idea of a trade-off between usage rate and efficiency was advanced by Dean Oliver (the current Sacramento Kings director of player personnel and analytics), who called it the “skill curve” effect more than a decade ago. And it has been demonstrated empirically across the entire population of NBA players. However, the devil is always in the details, and those details are why Dragic’s wins above replacement (WAR) tally has fallen; it was 8.8 a season ago but is on pace for 3.72Pro-rated to 82 team games. this year.Although a general trade-off might hold for the average player, changes in a player’s efficiency also depend heavily on his teammates and overall style of play. When Dragic was at his best — he ranked as the NBA’s ninth-best guard by value over replacement player (VORP) between 2011-12 and 2013-14 — he had the ball in his hands a lot, penetrating and dishing. But a full season alongside Bledsoe (the duo only suited up for 38 games together in 2013-14) and the addition of Thomas have taken a toll on Dragic’s stats. His assist percentage is 19.5 percent this season, down from 28.1 percent a season ago and a high of 35.7 percent in 2012-13; his free-throw attempt rate is down to .191 from .381 last year; his true shooting percentage is down to .573 from .604 last season.Using the player-tracking numbers at NBA.com, we see that Dragic’s touches per 36 minutes are down to 67.3 from 80.1 last season, and his drives per 36 minutes are down to 7.8 from 9.8 a year ago. Perhaps most telling, Dragic is only creating 10.3 points per 36 minutes with his passing, down from 15.1 last season. And according to Synergy numbers, isolations and pick-and-roll plays went from composing 49.4 percent of Dragic’s offensive game a year ago to 34.2 percent this season. Although skill curve theory might predict an uptick in efficiency with such a change, the reality is that Dragic’s effectiveness has cratered on the plays that were once his bread-and-butter. In 2013-14, he ranked in Synergy’s 91st percentile on pick-and-rolls and isolations; this season he ranks in the 43rd percentile.In retrospect, there were signs that Dragic would need to adapt his playing style even if Thomas hadn’t joined the fold. Looking at his numbers with and without Bledsoe last season, Dragic’s usage rate, assist percentage, shooting efficiency and fouls drawn per possession were significantly higher when he wasn’t sharing the floor — and the ball — with Bledsoe. It was possible that some degree of regression in Dragic’s numbers was inevitable.(And for what it’s worth, Thomas is still working out his place in the Suns’ puzzle. His offensive box plus/minus and assist percentage are down from a year ago, although he’s retained his shooting efficiency and even improved his foul-drawing numbers.)An overlooked aspect of NBA perimeter play is whether a player can function with the ball in his hands or, conversely, whether he can adapt to contribute without constant touches. Most players’ skills are better suited to one category or the other, and a player will naturally be less effective when asked to play outside that role. Something to watch this week will be whether Dragic’s possible trade destinations would allow him to play on-ball the way the Suns did before this season, when he was at peak production. read more

Tropical Storm Ida Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Tropical Storm Ida continues to bobble about in the Atlantic Basin; she is expected to maintain that strength into the new week. Elsewhere, the tropics are quiet. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:tropical storm ida Tropical watchlast_img

Emery discusses Arsenals fast start against Liverpool

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed his delight at his team’s fast start to the game against Liverpool last weekend.One criticism leveled at the Gunners of late has been their slow start to football games and, since that was addressed during the club’s 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side and Emery wants that to continue this weekend and beyond.“Against Liverpool I think we had more in the 90 minutes of the game,” he said, according to BT Sport.“Our idea is to repeat matches with this pace over 90 minutes. It’s not easy because other teams have their moments in the matches. But our idea is to continue improving this.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It is about the progress in the team. The progress is about continuing to create confidence and creating also tactically different ways to improve.”“The first thing we must do to improve is to continue with our way, with our positioning and our aggressiveness, with the ball and without the ball, and then taking confidence to do these things better every match.”“The confidence can come, firstly, from winning matches and then also from when you feel it on the pitch you have a capacity to battle against teams with the potential of (a team like) Liverpool.”last_img read more