Giants broadcasters Krukow, Kuiper reflect on death of mentor

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Hank Greenwald stopped broadcasting for the Giants in 1996, but his voice echoes still.You heard him over the course of three World Series victories since 2010. You heard him over the course of these past two dismal seasons.You heard him whether you knew it or not. Because Hank Greenwald, who died Monday at age 83, lives on in the two smart aleck ex-ballplayers he mentored into becoming top-notch broadcasters.“Every time we saw him, we always thanked him for being the guy who …last_img

Privileged Planet Confirmed!

first_imgDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Dr Bergman’s latest book has just been released today: Fossil Forensics: Separating Fact from Fantasy in Paleontology. Order now… available in print and Kindle editions.(Visited 637 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanThe cover story by professor Howard Smith in the latest issue of the journal titled American Scientist asked “Are There Other Earths?” The answer was “Recent Astronomical Discoveries show Our Planet is Far from Average”.[i] New planets outside of our solar system, called exoplanets–planets that orbit another star– were first discovered in 1996. As of 2017, the total exoplanet tally now stands at about 3,200, and the vast majority are very un-Earthlike. Those that resemble earth so-far show no signs of intelligent life.The article title, “Questioning Copernican Mediocrity,” refers to the famed 20th century Cornell University astronomer, Carl Sagan, who proclaimed “We live on an insignificant planet, of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe” which he presumed is also humdrum as well.[ii] The source of this worldview that Sagan describes, Smith writes, is “implied by Darwin’s theory of natural selection, that humanity is the meaningless product of evolutionary processes.”[iii] Smith then notes that one of the dramatic developments in modern astronomy, namely the discovery of many planets around other stars, “suggest that we may not be so ordinary after all,” and may “be special in some way” after all.[iv]Around the turn of the last century many scientists assumed that life must be common in the universe. The leading American astronomer, Percival Lowell, wrote in a book published in 1908 that “From all that we have learned” life is “as inevitable … as is quartz or feldspar or nitrogenous soil. Each and all of them are only manifestations of chemical affinity.”[v] Today we know that this conclusion is naïve in the extreme. The SETI (search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) research project, using the most sophisticated modern search technology, has found no clear sign of extraterrestrial intelligence in its 50 years of searching.[vi] Smith then stresses that all of the evidence we have now is that we live on a rare planet and we must protect “our rare planet and its precious inhabitants”[vii]The idea that our planet’s traits are rare in the universe has produced a spat of books that eloquently document the same conclusion. One example is Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe.[viii] In this book, paleontologist Peter Ward and astronomer Donald Brownlee claim that Earth’s planet type is rare, and advanced life is also rare. The reason, they document, is  that complex intelligent life requires an exceptionally unlikely set of circumstances, and therefore is likely to be extremely uncommon in the universe. One of the most recent books, Lucky Planet: Why Earth is Exceptional—and What That Means for Life in the Universe[ix] by David Waltham used more recent data and research to arrive at the same conclusion.Ironically, one of the most popular books in this area, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery,[x] by astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez and philosophy professor Jay Richards and the movie[xi] by the same title, resulted in the termination of professor Gonzalez at Iowa State University. This case is documented in the film Expelled[xii] and in Chapter 12 of Slaughter of the Dissidents.[xiii] Several Iowa State University faculty stated that Gonzalez was denied tenure because the university feared that granting Gonzalez tenure would cause the university to become associated with the idea that life is the result of intelligent design of a Privileged Planet.The Gonzalez case illustrates the fact that many atheists and university professors want to ensure that the idea that humans, and all life, are not special does not lose support. This is shown by the fact that, if life is found in many places throughout the universe, this fact proves that life can evolve purely as a result of the laws of physics without the need for an intelligent creator. The article and the books discussed above strongly argue against this worldview. And this is the reason why Gonzalez and other like-minded scientists have been denied tenure or fired. And the number is not small.[xiv][i] Howard A. Smith. 2017. Questioning Copernican Mediocrity. American Scientist. 105(4):232-239.July-August.[ii] Smith. 2017. p. 232.[iii] Smith. 2017. p. 232.[iv] Smith. 2017. p. 232.[v] Smith. 2017. p. 233.[vi] Smith. 2017. p. 236.[vii] Smith, 2017. p. 239.[viii] Copernicus Publishers. New York. 2000.[ix] New York: Basic Books. 2014.[x]  Regnery Publishing, Washington, DC. 2004[xi] The Privileged Planet. Illustra Media. 2010.[xii] Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Starring Ben Stein and directed by Nathan Frankowski. Premise Media Corporation. 2008.[xiii] Leafcutter Press Southworth, WA. 2nd edition. 2012. Chapter 12 pp. 229-259.[xiv] 8000 dissidents | Search Results | iSoullast_img read more

World Cup: two million tickets sold

first_img11 February 2010Two million 2010 Fifa World Cup tickets were sold in the first three sales phases, according to Fifa.“We are content with the ticket sales results so far. We still have two more ticketing phases to sell out the event,” said Horst Schmidt, chairman of Fifa’s World Cup ticketing sub-committee.The announcement comes after the fourth phase of ticket sales kicked off on Tuesday. A minimum of 400 000 tickets for a total of 53 matches have been made available until 7 April.‘First come, first serve’However, Fifa has warned that these tickets will be allocated on a “first come, first serve” basis subject to availability.“It is important for football fans to note that time is very important when one applies for a ticket. The first come first served principle means that if you do not apply on time, you run the risk of not getting a ticket,” said Schmidt.Tickets for all matches in Mangaung, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Pretoria are available, as well as for matches at Nelson Mandela Bay (except Slovenia vs England) and Rustenburg (except England vs United States).Tickets for 11 matches out of the 64 will not be available at this stage.More tickets ‘possible’The football body said a few tickets could still be made available for all matches at a later stage as some tickets, initially allocated to teams or commercial partners, might be returned to the general public sales process.Applications can be made on the Fifa website or at FNB branches (South African residents only).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Maple Days 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New food safety laws, sap collection systems, syrup grading systems and more will be featured at this year’s Ohio Maple Days, which are Jan. 21 in Morrow County, Jan. 22 in Wayne County and Jan. 23 in Geauga County.The annual events, which are the same at each location, offer educational sessions for commercial and hobby maple producers.“They’re timed to help producers get ready for the coming season,” said organizer Gary Graham, maple syrup specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the program’s speakers.Ohio’s maple syrup season usually starts sometime in February.Graham, who coordinates OSU Extension’s Maple Syrup Program, will present “Marketing: Sweet Signs for a Sweet Product” as a featured speaker at the events.“With the flatline bulk prices in today’s marketplace, it’s essential for producers to market their products,” Graham said.He’ll give tips on reaching younger, wider audiences.“The marketing efforts of old don’t have the same impact as in the past, as our society moves to more digital-hungry consumers,” he said. How to meet food safety lawsAlso featured will be Dan Milo, food safety supervisor with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety, and Steve Childs, maple specialist at New York’s Cornell University.Milo will speak on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 and on Ohio’s new laws governing syrup sales and inspections.“Dan is a hobby maple producer himself and has been working with the federal rulings under the act,” Graham said. How to size tubing, make candyChilds will give sessions on tubing and vacuum systems, on making maple candy as a value-added product, and on Cornell’s latest maple research.“Cornell’s maple research station has been working on many topics to help producers properly size and lay out a tubing collection system as well as get the most out of their vacuum system,” Graham said.The station also has done research on consumer preferences in maple candy.“(Childs) will talk about the methods and equipment you can use to make maple candy, from strictly handmade to the water-jacketed candy cream machine and the new mold popper,” Graham said. Trade show, hydrometer testingEach event also will have a trade show; reports from OSU Extension and the Ohio Maple Producers Association; free testing of hydrometers and Vermont Temporary Maple Syrup Grading Kits, which attendees are encouraged to bring; and a session called “Maple Nuggets” for sharing questions, ideas and information.A complete list of the events’ topics and speakers is at go.osu.edu/2016OhioMapleDays.The events’ three locations are:Jan. 21, Morrow County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial Camp, 2790 State Route 61, Fulton.Jan. 22, Wayne County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mennonite Christian Assembly Church, 10664 Fredericksburg.Jan. 23, Geauga County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Joe J.S. Miller’s Window Shop, 15020 Shedd Road, Burton.The Geauga County event will have an additional trade show from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 22 in the same location. How to registerThe preregistration is $30 deadline is Jan. 12 and includes lunch. Payment at the door is $35 and doesn’t include lunch. The Jan. 22 Geauga County trade show is $3 at the door.To register, send your name, contact information, the location you wish to attend, and check or money order (made payable to OSU Extension) to OSU Extension, Holmes County, 75 E. Clinton St., Millersburg, OH 44654For more information, contact Graham at [email protected] or 330-674-3015, or download the program and registration form at go.osu.edu/2016OhioMapleDays.The events are being sponsored by OSU Extension’s Maple Syrup Program and by the college’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.last_img read more

Negative for corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The report was negative with soybean and corn production in Brazil higher than last month. Soybean production was above the average trade estimate. Corn production was right at the high end of trade estimates.U.S. corn ending stocks were 2.32 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean ending stocks were 435 million bushels, up 15 million bushels. U.S. corn exports were unchanged, corn used for ethanol was up 50 million bushels. US soybean exports were down 25 million bushels, crush was up 10 million bushels.Brazil soybean production was estimated at 108 million tons, up 4 million tons. Argentina soybean production was pegged at 55.5 million tons, unchanged from last month. Brazil corn production was estimated at 91.5 million tons, up 5 million tons from last month. Argentina corn production was 37.5 million tons, up 1 million ton.Just before the report corn was down 1 cent, soybeans were down 2 cents, and wheat was down 1 cent. Shortly after the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 10 cents,  and wheat was up 1 cent.The bear camp has been clearly in control this week for corn and soybeans. Earlier today May CBOT corn was unchanged at $3.72, the high for the week was $3.83. The 50 moving average for May CBOT corn is $3.71 ½ while the 200 day moving average is $3.71 ¾. May CBOT soybeans this morning were at $10.16, down 6 cents for the day. They were high earlier this week at $10.36.Demand numbers, especially U.S. exports for corn and soybeans will be closely watched. While many  expected ending stocks for 2016-17 corn and soybeans to be reduced, others were already looking at South America exports of corn and soybeans to increase with record production. That in turn could reduce our exports and allow ending stocks to increase. Short story, there are always two sides of the equation.Traders were looking for small declines in US ending stocks of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Last month USDA had the 2016-17 US corn ending stocks at 2.32 billion bushels, soybean ending stocks were 420 million bushels, and wheat ending stocks were 1.139 billion bushels.World ending stocks for corn and soybeans were expected to increase slightly. World ending stocks for wheat were expected to be unchanged. A jump in Brazil soybean and corn production was expected. Last month USDA estimated Brazil’s soybean production at 104 million tons. Earlier this week, CONFAB in Brazil estimated soybean production at 107.6 million tons. They also estimated corn production in Brazil at 88.9 million tons. Both seem destined to increase based on great soybean harvest yields to date along with higher corn acres this year.Producers have been active the past two weeks looking at their crop insurance coverages to finalize any changes they want to put in place for 2017. So far, few changes are taking place, at least in our office. The deadline for changes on 2017 corn and soybeans is March 15, 2017.Later this month USDA will release their U.S. planting intentions report for U.S. grains on Friday, March 30. Many label that report as one of the most important reports that USDA will publish this year.  On that date traders will focus lots of attention to U.S. soybean acres. Some analysts are already suggesting U.S. soybean acres could climb above 90 million acres. Bear in mind that while we will see planting intentions on March 30, there will be a lag in seeing those acres numbers contained in the supply and demand tables for 2017-18. Those are not published until the May report on May 10 when USDA releases the first supply and demand reports for 2017-18 crops.last_img read more

Gmail Makes Voice & Video Chat Easier

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins Related Posts center_img Google today announced that it has made video, voice and group chat easier to access from within Gmail. One change is the presence of an icon for the voice and video chat plugin. If the person you’re chatting with from within Gmail doesn’t have that plugin, you can one-click the icon to issue them an invitation. Extant features such as “Go off the record,” “Block”, and “Send SMS” are available above the chat window. Unfortunately, these functions don’t seem to extend to the Gtalk client. Unlike Skype’s recent beta there is no group video chat. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more