Hummingbird celebration announced in Connersville

first_imgConnersville, In. — The Indiana Audubon will be hosting the inaugural Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, August 11.  This inaugural event will draw hummingbird enthusiasts from around the Midwest to Connersville, IN for a one-day celebration of all things birds and hummingbirds.  Participants can expect an assortment of activities on the beautiful Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary grounds.Included in this year’s event will include a native plant sale specializing on native species that benefits hummingbirds and butterflies around your property.  Some of the species that will be available at discounted prices include cardinal flowers, lobelia, purple coneflower, royal catchfly, firepink, and many species of early fall aster.  Indiana based Ecologic is supplying this year’s plant selection.The Indiana Audubon Hummingbird Migration Celebration is a festival for the tiny gem, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Multiple sponsors and partners provide an opportunity for all to learn about these amazing little birds, how to attract them, and how to keep them coming year after year. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available online for $10, with walk-in tickets also available at the event for $15 for adults.  Children under 17 are free.To learn more about the Hummingbird Migration Celebration or Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web.last_img read more

Roberto Martinez: Everton defender Phil Jagielka out for up to nine weeks

first_img England international Jagielka, 33, picked up the injury in the 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Saturday and although Martinez was pleased his knee cartilage and cruciate ligament remain unaffected, the Spaniard could be without his centre-back for the next two months. “I wouldn’t expect anything longer than eight to nine weeks,” Martinez said when asked about the defender’s recovery timetable. Everton defender Phil Jagielka could miss up to nine weeks with medial knee ligament damage, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed. The injury will ensure England manager Roy Hodgson is unable to select Jagielka for the November friendlies with Spain and France while the defender’s club side could be without their skipper for the remainder of the calendar year. However, Martinez was upbeat about the severity of the problem amid initial concerns Jagielka could have been out for an even longer period of time following the challenge from his international colleague Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “After the game we expected the worse, especially in the way that the injury happened and rotating that knee – it could have been anything,” Martinez added. “We had the scan and his medial ligament is affected, it’s an injury that is quite straightforward from that point of view, but there is no other damage in the knee. The meniscus, the cartilage and the cruciates are very, very strong. It’s the least (damage) that it could be.” Jagielka and striker Romelu Lukaku are the only players to have started every game in all competitions this season, but the former will need to replaced in the line-up for Norwich’s visit to Goodison Park in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. Martinez confirmed Joel Robles will start in goal in place of Tim Howard, as he did in the last round, while Gareth Barry’s late dismissal against the Gunners rules him out through suspension – meaning three of the squad’s most experienced members will not play on Tuesday. “It’s a huge miss,” Martinez said of Jagielka’s absence. “This campaign we’ve had to cope with many injuries already, especially in the back four. You rely on certain leaders to allow young players to come in and be able to perform. Phil Jagielka’s role in that has been immense and probably that’s what will be missed. Press Association “You don’t want to lose your captain, you don’t want to lose an influential player, but that happens in a season – you get injuries, you get suspensions and you have to cope with that. “As a team we’ve got other senior players who can take over that role and that influence and that’s what we need to show on Tuesday.” Jagielka’s injury will likely open the door for Ramiro Funes Mori to partner John Stones at the heart of defence for an extended period, with the Argentinian having made just two starts since joining from River Plate this summer. Martinez is confident the 24-year-old can grasp the opportunity Jagielka’s injury has presented him. “He’s had a good period now to settle in, to understand the team-mates, the way we want to play and the league itself,” Martinez said. “I thought he was so impressive in all the roles he had to take from playing in the League Cup, from having to perform in a Merseyside derby, from having to come on in a difficult moment against the league leaders. I’ve been very, very impressed with him. “I think he’s ready. He’s someone with an incredible, brave attitude – very commanding.” last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup to Include Trump campaign officials

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The registration deadline for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Roundup planned for Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27 is quickly approaching and those interested in attending are encouraged to make plans to attend. The 2016 Roundup will be held at theOARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station located at 019 Standpipe Road, Jackson, OH 45640.OCA is pleased to announce an addition to the Roundup’s Saturday, August 27 morning program. Speaking on behalf of the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign will be Charles W. Herbster, the national chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee for the campaign.  Herbster, a noted Angus breeder and businessman from Nebraska, will be joined by Sam Clovis, national Chief Policy Advisor to the Trump campaign and Governor David Heineman, the longest serving governor of the state of Nebraska. They will present information on Donald Trump’s agricultural platform and answer questions.Friday, August 26 will feature the annual OARDC Jackson Agricultural Research Station’s Beef and Forage Field Night. Managing the young cow for profitability will be the primary focus of the program. Friday evening registration will occur from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) representatives will be present to talk with cattlemen. Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. Following dinner at 6 p.m., the program will feature speakers from The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences and the OSU Extension Beef Team.At the conclusion of the program Friday, all attendees are invited to attend the Roundup Social at Rowdy’s Smokehouse in Jackson, Ohio. The social will include music, food, drinks, and a shuttle service. The Friday evening social is sponsored by: United Producers, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim and Frazier Farms.Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the nearby Jackson South View Elementary. Purina Animal Nutrition will sponsor breakfast for Roundup attendees and Saturday’s program is sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.Representatives from The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences will start things off with a department update and introduce new faculty that are focusing on beef cattle research and outreach programs for cattlemen. Attendees will also hear an update on plans for the new OSU beef facilities.A Washington, D.C. policy update will be provided by Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He will provide an election update and discuss the importance of trade and the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the beef industry and other issues important to cattle producers.An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Saturday morning and will feature Ohio State football tickets and Coach Urban Meyer signed items.A ribeye steak sandwich lunch will be served by the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association and is sponsored by Union Stock Yards. Following lunch, attendees will load the buses for the farm tours. The first tour stop will be the Spurlock farm, located near Oak Hill, and operated by father and son, Bob and Tyson Spurlock and their families. The second and final tour stop will be the Sonny Russ Farm, a family cattle backgrounding operation started in 1970. At approximately 4:30 p.m., attendees will return to OARDC and depart for home. August 15 is the registration deadline for the Roundup. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the OCA office at (614) 873-6736 or email [email protected] A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Armstrong Ag & Supply, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Farm Credit Mid-America, Frazier Farms, Purina Animal Nutrition, Union Stock Yards and United Producers, Inc.last_img read more

Perlas’ bid for gold ends in loss to Malaysia

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Irving will wear no. 11 with Celtics Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pang Hui Pin split from the line for Malaysia with 16.2 seconds left but Allana Lim kept Perlas in the game with a layup four seconds after.Unfortunately, Saw Wei Yin was cool from the stripe as she drilled two pressure packed free throws to seal the win for hosts.Lim topped Perlas with 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Analyn Almazan added 11 markers and five boards in the losing effort.Afril Bernardino, France Mae Cabinbin, and Abaca all had seven points apiece.Silver is the highest the Filipinos can get with their 3-2 record, as they hope that Indonesia falls to Thailand and Singapore in the coming gamedays.ADVERTISEMENT There weren’t any comebacks this time. ADVERTISEMENT Perlas Pilipinas kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye in women’s basketball after a heartbreaking 60-56 defeat to Malaysia in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.Just like how they fought back late Wednesday against Thailand, the Filipinos again staged a huge rally in the fourth quarter. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter trailing by as much as 16, 43-27, midway through the third frame, Perlas tied the game at 54 with an off-the-glass three from Ara Abaca with 2:38 remaining.Perlas, though, failed to grab the lead and committed two turnovers in the last two minutes while Malaysia got a huge undergoal stab from Eugene Ting off an assist from Chong Yin Yin with 50.0 ticks to play to push Malaysia up, 57-54. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Perlas Pilipinas wraps up its schedule against Vietnam on Friday.Chong paced Malaysia in the win with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Yap Fook Yee had 10.The Scores:MALAYSIA 60 – Chong 12, Yap 10, Pang 9, Low 8, Rajintiran 8, Ting 8, Saw 4, Yaakob 1.PERLAS PILIPINAS 56 – Lim 17, Almazan 11, Abaca 7, Bernardino 7, Cabinbin 7, Dy 6, Resultay 1, Animam 0, Castro 0, Pontejos 0, Sambile 0, Tongco 0.Quarters: 13-12, 34-23, 47-38, 60-56. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medicalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is travelling to Hong Kong today in order to undergo a medical with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. Spurs accepted an offer from the Chinese Super League club last week, reportedly worth £9m.Dembele, 31, would have become a free agent at the end of the season.The Belgian made 249 appearances in his six-and-a-half year spell in north London. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Barcoding brain cancer cells helps untangle complexity points to treatment targets

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian-led international research team is using a “barcoding” system to investigate the growth patterns of individual cells that make up the deadliest form of brain cancer, with the hopes of improving treatment.Known as a glioblastoma, it’s considered among the “nastiest” of human cancers and is the kind of brain tumour diagnosed last year in Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.Each year in Canada, about 1,500 adults and 150 children are diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive tumour that is notorious for its complex genetic makeup and poor response to treatment. Glioblastoma has an average five-year survival rate of only about 10 per cent, and most people succumb to the disease within roughly 15 months of diagnosis.But research led by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. is taking a novel approach to better understanding how individual cells in the tumour contribute to its growth and what types of drugs might best target this highly invasive brain cancer.“What we did here was we took human tumours, broke them up into individual cells and then we infected those with a short DNA sequence,” said co-principal investigator Dr. Peter Dirks, a neurosurgeon and researcher at Sick Kids.In the lab, every cell was tagged with a different DNA barcode, giving them a unique identifying marker, Dirks explained.“So now we have thousands of barcodes in thousands of different cells.“That gets integrated into the DNA of that cell, and as that cell divides, all the daughter cells of that labelled cell share the same barcode. It’s a very powerful way of just tracing the potential of each cell in the tumour.”These human glioblastoma cells were then put into the brains of specially bred lab mice and allowed to continue dividing to form tumours. When the tumours were removed, DNA from each cell was sequenced and their barcodes identified.“What that sequencing was able to do was tell us what are the barcodes that are there and what are the frequency of the barcodes,” said Dirks. “So it’s telling us did every cell go on and form a tumour or did only some of the barcodes get seen in the tumour later.”Using this cell-tracking strategy, the researchers found that only a small proportion of the barcoded cells could give rise to long-term tumour growth, suggesting that a large proportion of patient tumours contain cells that cannot multiply to make tumours grow.They found that glioblastoma is made up of many different clones — mini-cancers comprised of clumps of genetically identical cells within the tumour — and most followed a growth pattern consistent with the stem cell model of cancer, in which a minority of stem cells are responsible for tumour growth.Mini-cancers that followed this predictable growth pattern were dubbed Group A, while rarer and more aggressive clones that didn’t were labelled Group B.“Consider it like a marathon race, where all the competitors are together in the race,” said Dirks. “The whole pack tends to move along, but there are some sprinters that go way beyond the pack.“So we think there are some of those that are like rogue clones that really are bursting ahead of the others — those are the Bs.”What’s key about these findings, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is they suggest a different way of targeting the brain tumour, which has a high rate of recurrence, despite treatment.“A few years ago I was thinking, ‘Oh, glioblastoma, it’s genetically different from cell to cell, all these clones are mixing,” he said. “If we just kill clone X, we’ll leave behind Y and Z and they’ll just keep going.”But the researchers have identified two existing cancer drugs that were shown to slow the proliferation of glioblastoma cells in lab mice, one that acts on Group A cells and the other against Group B.“It’s about promoting different types of therapies for cancer,” said Dirks. “It’s another step in cancer treatment, not targeting the one mutation but targeting the processes that facilitate the stem cell behaviour of cancer cells.“It gives me hope that with this disease we’re not going to need 20 different drugs to treat it, maybe we’ll just need several that target the specific behaviour of these cancers within the cancer.”Co-author Connie Eaves of the B.C. Cancer Agency, who focuses on stem cell research related to leukemia and breast cancer, said barcoding has been used in studying other cancers, “but this is one of the first times that a method has been used to individually track the cells that propagate tumours and respond to different types of therapies.”Better understanding of the complexity of different kinds of cancer is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment, said Dr. Alan Bernstein, president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), who was not involved in the research.“This paper brings a new approach and applies it to understanding the cellular composition of glioblastomas,” Bernstein said in a statement. “This is an important advance … and it holds promise for finding new ways to diagnose and treat a very serious human cancer.”Dirks cautioned, however, that there’s still much more research needed before it’s known whether these findings could lead to an effective therapy for patients with the devastating brain tumour.“I don’t feel as disillusioned as I used to,” he said. “These kind of studies are still a ways away from the clinic, but it’s given me new optimism.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitterlast_img read more

Uber for snow removal New app inspired by Winnipegs winter weather

first_imgWINNIPEG — When the first big snow dump covered Winnipeg this week, the developers of a new phone app put their technology to the test.“You can think of it as Uber for snow removal,” said OnTheStep founder Buhle Mwanza, referring to the ride-hailing app.Mwanza spent months developing the on-demand snow clearing app, which connects homeowners with shovellers — called steppers — to get their driveways and walkways cleared.Looking around at snow-covered driveways on Thursday, the University of Manitoba computer science student said he was inspired by Winnipeg’s nickname of Winterpeg.“I was just thinking why not make a problem all of us have to go through as innovative and fun as possible and really embrace that Winterpeg identity?”Homeowners can download the app for free and set up a profile, including location, size of driveway and how many cars park there. When the snow starts to fall, as it always does in large quantities in Winnipeg, they can request shovelling services from their phone.Once a price is set, a shovelling notification goes out to all the steppers in the area and one — or a team, depending on the size of the job — will get to work.Homeowners get notifications of each aspect of the job: when the stepper arrives, when the work is done, and when the money goes through.The app launched earlier this month, but the city had yet to see much snow. As Environment Canada put out a special weather statement for the incoming winter storm on Wednesday, Mwanza became excited to see if people would want the service and how it would all work. He went to the first shovel request himself and the homeowner was so excited, they took photos together. But soon after, more and more requests started to come in.OnTheStep recently partnered with Hire-A-Refugee, a local organization that connects refugees with jobs, but the demand for services was outpacing the supply of shovellers.So Mwanza, along with the other OnTheStep team members — Tyrel Praymayer, Alex Shao and Tristen Wong — pulled out their shovels and got to work. From the first request Wednesday afternoon until around 3 a.m. Thursday, the group trudged up and down driveways with shovels.“I feel like snow and Winnipeg is sort of like a bonding experience. We all have to deal with it,” said Praymayer, OnTheStep’s marketing manager and student at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.“Winnipeg is great inspiration for this app. It’s a beautiful way of incorporating Winnipeg into innovation.”Despite a night and morning of shovelling, team members said they are excited by the demand of the first big snowfall.“Snow definitely has a different identity in our mindsets now,” Mwanza said.Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

For Ohio State football greatness might literally be 2 steps away

Urban Meyer didn’t necessarily stare into the souls of his players, but it was close. “I watched — I don’t know, out of the blue — I started watching guys’ faces and how easy it is to be average,” the first-year Ohio State football coach said. “It’s just so easy. I mean it is. I mean, think about it, for all of us. It’s so easy to be an average whatever. It’s so easy to just be an average guy.” Not that he quite knows why, Meyer says he was just watching his players’ faces, just thinking of them. “I was just looking in their helmets and I saw the guys,” he says. Meyer’s says his gaze then turned to junior safety C.J. Barnett. In that moment, he says, he realized something. “C.J. Barnett is a guy that just does not accept to be average,” Meyer says. “And then I looked at a couple guys next to him and they do accept it.” He says it’s his job, his duty as a coach and motivator, to break average and instill a yearning for greatness in its place. Great teams, Meyer says, play through the whistle. They take two extra steps, run two extra yards. At the message’s core, great teams, do more than that’s expected of them. It’s an in-house philosophy Meyer has brought to Columbus. “Our whole thing is that if we ask you to go 10, go 12. If we ask you to go six, go eight,” he says. “You hear the whistle blow, you don’t anticipate (it)-a lot of times you see teams play slow because they anticipate a whistle.” Meyer says he wants his players to run through that whistle-even it’s for two steps. “It’s all two steps,” Meyer says. “Keep going two steps.” The former Florida coach says he “had some teams play like that.” The OSU squad he inherited in November, though, is another story, Meyer says. “This team right now doesn’t play like that,” says Meyer, who won two national titles in five years in Gainesville. The remedy? Meyer says it’s a combination of the two-step and relentless effort of going from “Point A to Point B.” “There’s a kid named Jamal Marcus. He doesn’t know which way up is right now,” Meyer says. “But he knows from Point A to Point B and he’ll run over anything in his way to get Point B.” The Marcus, of course, that Meyer is referring to is a freshman linebacker who was an All-State defensive end in North Carolina before arriving at OSU. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said going from Point A to Point B “very, very, very” fast is one of the team’s core values. The trick, the former Buckeyes interim head coach says, is getting guys to go that hard under control. Fickell says he’ll take that, though. “I can assure you I’d rather teach a guy how to control himself than try to teach him how to go very hard.” Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of those players who Fickell expects to run from Point A to Point B as fast as he can. Shazier says Meyer anticipates that sort of effort, too. But not just from him. “He looks for it in me, he looks it in everybody, he just wants everybody to get to the ball. From Point A to Point B, four to six seconds, you want everybody as hard as they can,” says Shazier, who amassed 57 tackles last season-the most by any true freshman in the last 15 years. Ask any OSU football player or coach, and the phrases “Point A to be Point B” or “four to six  seconds” seem to roll off the tongue. Arguably, it’s symptomatic of a first-year coach changing the culture of a program in line with what he sees fit. And it would seem that breaking any sort of contentment with “average” is one of those alterations. Though, Meyer says he won’t limit what exactly defines it per se. “Greatness (means) we’re going to try to push you to maximize who you are,” he says. “If you’re a 2.0 student — that’s what you are,” he says. “We’re going to push you to be a 2.0 student. If you’re a 2.0 student but you really should be a 3.0 student, we’re going to grind you.” It’s the same thing on the football field, he says. And while Meyer says he wouldn’t mind the greatness in terms of having top-shelf, elite talent at OSU, that’s not what it’s necessarily all about. “Greatness isn’t exactly a first-rounder.” read more