Worker killed in Moscow shooting

first_imgMOSCOW – Agunman opened fire on the headquarters of Russia’s FSB security service here onThursday in a rare shooting incident that the FSB said had left at least one ofits employees dead. The attackhappened shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual newsconference and while he was speaking at a Kremlin event designed to celebratethe work of the security services.    The FSB,Russia’s domestic security service, said it had “neutralized” the gunman andwas working to establish his identity, the Interfax news agency reported. Itwas not immediately clear what his motive was.(Reuters)center_img Police officers are seen near the Federal Security Service building after a shooting incident in Moscow, Russia on Dec. 19. REUTERS/SHAMIL ZHUMATOVlast_img read more

Women’s soccer hosts first round of NCAA tourney

first_imgFreshman midfielder Savannah DeMelo handles the ball down the sidelines in a game against UCLA at McAlister Field. Photo by Mohammad Alsubaie | Daily TrojanThe No. 9 women’s soccer team will play Eastern Washington (14-3-1) in the first round of the NCAA playoffs in a rematch on Saturday at McAlister Field.The Eagles — the champions of the Big Sky conference — had a successful season this year, finishing as the Big Sky regular season champions, besting their closest competitor by 7 points and winning the conference postseason championship, defeating Northern Colorado 3-0 in the final.Eastern Washington is led on offense by senior forward Chloe Williams (11 goals and eight assists) and junior midfielder Jenny Chavez (8 goals), with both starting every game this season. But entire team is prolific in the final third of the field. This season, the Eagles have accumulated 47 goals or 2.14 per game. They are also outperforming their opponents by a margin of just over 2-1 in both shots and shots on target.  In addition to these statistics, Eastern Washington are constantly finding space to take shots, with the team averaging 17.5 per game. It is not only the offense that has been strong this season, but the defense as well has been stout for Eastern Washington. The Eagles’ backline is led by senior defender M’Kenna Hayes, who has started every game she has appeared in this season, and junior defender Megan Spataro. The Eastern Washington defense has held its opponents to 24 goals this season, or 1.09 per game and 8.4 shots per game.  In comparison, the USC defense has held its opponents to 9.1 shots per game and 0.83 goals per game. This first round matchup will be a rematch of the Trojans’ first-round matchup last year, a game that the Trojans won comfortably 3-1, outshooting the Eagles 35-8 (17-4 on target), forcing the Eastern Washington goalkeeper into making 13 saves. This game also saw senior midfielder Nicole Molen score her fifth goal of the season on a header. Although prior history would suggest that this game would be smooth sailing for the Trojans, head coach Keidane McAlpine did not share that same sentiment.“Obviously there is a little confidence, but at the same time it’s got to be reserved,” McAlpine said. “Because every year is a little different, we’re a lot different, they are going to be different. The experience that they gained last year should pay dividends for them to be able to take the trip and know where they are staying and all the routine of coming down here to play.”Senior forward Sydney Johnson echoed the idea, warning about being overconfident coming into the game. “[Eastern Washington is] going to come out with a lot of energy,” Johnson said. “Every team is coming at us especially since we’re defending champs.”With a win this weekend, the Trojans will start strong in their defense of their national championship title. If the Trojans win this weekend, they will most likely host Rice or Baylor on either Nov. 17 or 19.last_img read more

Is a Darwinian Tree Visible in the Genes?

first_imgCurrent Biology1 has an article on the status of searching for Darwin’s “tree of life” via comparative genomics.  The expected simple picture has become complex and difficult to decipher:The traditional view of animal evolution is one of gradually increasing complexity.  The earliest-branching flatworms lack the body cavity known as a coelom, which is a characteristic feature of the two traditional groups of ‘higher’ animals: deuterostomes, including echinoderms and chordates, and protostomes, such as annelids, molluscs and arthropods.  Between these two extremes, according to the traditional view, lie the pseudoceolomate worms such as the nematodes, the body cavities of which lack the refinements of a true coelom.  This hierarchical view was shaken in the mid 1990s by a phylogenetic study of small subunit ribosomal (r)RNA genes.  This work elevated the acoelomate flatworms to a close relationship with the coelomate annelids and molluscs, in a group called the Lophotrochozoa, and pseudocoelomate nematodes moved close to the coelomate arthropods, creating a group called the Ecdysozoa.    Opposing the ‘new animal phylogeny’, as this new scheme has been called, are several analyses of huge numbers of genes – close to 800 in the most recent – sampled from the few animals with completely sequenced genomes: fruitfly, nematode and various vertebrates.  These multigene analyses are unanimous in grouping coelomate arthropods and vertebrates to the exclusion of the pseudocoelomate nematodes, so reverting to traditional views of their relationships.    The overwhelming number of genes supporting the old scheme might suggest that the new animal phylogeny was finished – an artefact of a small data set.  New work, however, suggests this conclusion is premature, and that the multigene result might itself be based on an artefact called long branch attraction.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Long branch attraction is a “pernicious effect” they say.  When “some species in a phylogenetic analysis have evolved much faster than others,” it makes them long branch species and confuses the tree.  What is the net effect?  “The result of this relatively common phenomenon is a tendency for all methods of tree reconstruction to group the long-branch species together regardless of their true relationship.”    They provide examples of how the choice of “outgroup” (the distant species) and the tree-building method can produce radically different or counterintuitive results.  For example,In common with previous studies Philippe et al. found that, using yeast as an outgroup, nematodes are located at the base of the tree with high statistical support.  The flatworms are long branched too, and they are also found at the base of the tree.  The change when short-branched Hydra is used instead of yeast is dramatic: both nematodes and flatworms jump up from the root of the tree to a position adjacent to the arthropods, strongly suggesting it was long branch attraction that placed them at the base.    But this result is troubling, as there is now an unexpected close association between nematodes – which, as presumed ecdysozoans are appropriately close to the arthropods – and flatworms which, according to the new animal phylogeny ought to be grouped with annelids and molluscs in the Lophotrochozoa.The authors describe efforts to counteract the effects of long branch attraction, some of which appear hopeful.  But much more data will need to be analyzed before any conclusions can be drawn.  Of the 28 animal phyla to be placed in the tree, only eight so far have genetic sequences available for analysis.1Maximilian J. Telford, and Richard R. Copley, “Animal Phylogeny: Fatal Attraction,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 8, 26 April 2005, Pages R296-R299, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.04.001.What if the pieces of this huge puzzle don’t fit the picture Darwin drew on the box?  The very term “long branch attraction” comes from evolutionary assumptions.  When the organism should be on a certain branch in their a priori evolutionary mindset but the software puts it farther up, they can just assume it “evolved much faster” than its relatives.  But what if it did not evolve significantly at all?  What if animals are not related by common descent from a single cell?  It could be a complete exercise in futility.    Science needs freedom to explore many possible avenues, some of which may become dead ends.  At what point do they give up and go the other direction?  What if complete representative genomes from all 28 animal phyla still don’t match expectations and produce “troubling” results for Charlie?  If a driver cannot read the dead-end sign, he might drive the wrong way forever.  Evolutionists know how to translate any warning sign into Darwinese.  It allows them to ignore No Trespassing signs and wander endlessly in storyland.    This article illustrates how phylogenomics is like a perpetual metaphysical research programme.  Every parameter is tweakable except the notion of Darwinian common ancestry.  Notice the evolutionary assumptions embedded in their phrase, “a tendency for all methods of tree reconstruction to group the long-branch species together regardless of their true relationship.”  Phylogeny is the art of forcing uncooperative data into the “true relationship” received from Pope Charlie’s scriptures (see 02/13/2004 commentary).  And you thought only religious people operated under dogma.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Livestock Predator Workshop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA-Wildlife Services, the Scioto County Soil and Water Conservation District, and The Ohio State University Extension will be hosting a Livestock Predator Workshop on February 17, 2018 at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, Ohio. Intended for livestock producers, this will be an all-inclusive workshop where attendees will learn how to use lethal and non-lethal wildlife damage techniques to manage black vultures and coyotes, appropriate laws, the migratory bird depredation permit process (black vultures), as well as various demonstrations.Registration is limited to the first 100 people with registration details on found this flyer, or contact Scioto SWCD (740-259-9231 x 4) for details.last_img read more

2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Day 3

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For a closer look, click on the picturesSee results from Day #1 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourSee results from Day #2 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourSee results from Day #4 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourFinal Pro Farmer Results for Illinois Corn: 192.63 bushels per acreSoybeans: 1,328.91 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot squareBy Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetI have lucked out today. Pro Farmer had to rearrange some scouts and drivers this morning and they put me in a truck with Logan County farmer Bill Bayliss. I have known Bill for many years and he is always great to ride around with. He has some great stories about time in his part of Ohio and from his travels all over the world representing American agriculture. He is telling some tales now to our international scouts from Singapore and Brazil. I wanted to show them how great America is, so I bought a large Coke. They were impressed! A little brisk this morning here with an overnight low of 52. Our route starts two hours from Bloomington, so our first stop will be posted later this morning. I will take a few shots of what we see as we make our way to Henry County, IllinoisCedar County, IowaI knew as I was getting beat up by big ears of corn walking though this field it was going to be a good one. Very healthy from the ear up and pollination issues we have seen earlier did not occur here. Our 30 foot row did have a few skips, otherwise our number would have been higher. Our yield calc here is 208. More heavily podded beans in this part of Iowa and we are getting back to seeing a field of green carpet as we drive closer to central Iowa. Our pod count in a 3 foot square is 1568.Cedar County, IowaCedar County, IowaCedar County, IowaCedar County, IowaScott County, Iowa #2I scouted this corn field and it is feeling more like Iowa. By that I mean the leaves are getting pretty tough and the dirt is getting really dark. We walked through another patch of broken stalks in this field and although the pop count was manageable here, the ears left a lot to be desired. Our yield count was 124. We are still hitting a good stretch for soybean pod counts. Our lowest, so far, was at 1300. That would have been above average for my first two days of routes. This count in a 3 foot square was 1643.Scott County, IowaScott County, IowaScott County, IowaScott County, IowaScott County, IowaThe Hawkeye State redeemed itself on this stop. The field is about 50% brown and the rest will not be far behind. This is the closest field to black layer that I have seen so far this week. An average population but every ear was filled just about perfectly. Our yield is 193. Not great for Iowa, but much better than our previous stop. We are sitting here waiting on the soybean scouts to finish counting these pods. One of them had 149 of them. Once they finished up we calculated a pod count of 2088 in the 3 by 3 foot square.Scott County, IowaScott County, IowaScott County, IowaScott County, IowaClinton County, IowaAs you get into Iowa you would think God’s country wouldn’t have any failures. This field was rough. As you will see, the yield our samples show isn’t the worst by any means, but there were stalks and ears all over the ground. Stalk quality was terrible after heavy disease and too much moisture in this area. Our yield guess is 183. This was the yellowest field of beans so far this week, but the excessive water here didn’t hurt the pod count, which was 1553 in a 3 x 3 foot square.Clinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaHenry County, Illinois #2This stop in Henry County was much better. Our population was higher and it was hard to get through the rows to get to our sampling spot. Ears were set about 6 and half feet high and our foreign scouts noticed how heavy these ears were. Our yield here is 222. By the way, it is hard to count soybean pods when the guy next to you is counting his pods in Spanish. Just a new observation from my years of being on this tour. Nice beans here and our 3 x 3 foot squared pod count was 1300.Henry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisThis field looked pretty nice from the road and once inside the field the ears were set high, but many were just not fully pollinated. I sampled this one and the ears I plucked are pretty representative of the field as a whole. Our yield check here is 126.75. Looks like an application error on the first swath of soybeans from the road, but all in all, these beans were tall, healthy and full of pods. Our pod count here is 1645 in a 3 foot square.Henry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisIllinois ObservationsI visited with an agronomist from Central Illinois last night. I told him we saw tip back in about half of our fields yesterday in Illinois. He wasn’t surprised, but says overall it was a decent growing season. There is no lack of rain here for the month of August, which is great for the soybeans (more on them later), but this agronomist was worried that too much moisture could do some damage to this corn crop. It is pretty much made at this point, but keep it in place until harvest is the biggest concern. In my opinion, Ohio corn is better than Eastern Illinois corn. Many scouts have agreed with that statement. How many times has Ohio been able to say that?Soybean scouting is boring this year. Every field is uniform, free of weeds and fully developed. I have noticed the tallness of this year’s crop and the word lodging was used more than a few times at last night’s meeting.I have had Uncle Bill slam on the breaks two times already as some things how caught our eye in Stark County, Illinois. One field was a 2-4 bean that was maturing and the other was a field that has lodging issues throughout. Beans in this part of the state are struggling compare to the first two days of tour, from what we have seen. More weeds and uneveness here.Stark County, IllinoisStark County, IllinoisStark County, IllinoisStark County, Illinoislast_img read more

The logistics of high yields, damaged beans and trade wars

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFarmers will be the first to tell you that things will go your way almost as many times as they don’t. That thought may have never be more true after an ideal growing season and anticipated record corn and soybean yields have turned into a slow and wet harvest, causing some of those high yielding soybeans to succumb to damage caused by insects and disease right before being harvested.That is presenting challenges on the farm and at the elevator.“When you have high moisture and high damage you are going to have more challenges throughout the year of keeping quality, so we are trying to get the right beans into the right space so that we can store them for a longer term,” said Don Camden, Regional Commercial Lead for Cargill. “I think that is also going to be an issue for the producer, unfortunately this year, as a lot of beans have found their way to the farm and maybe stored in some unconventional space. People really need to keep an eye on that moisture and damage because this year’s crop is going to be very hard to hold the quality in.”Camden said most of the beans with damage are coming in from the southern third of Ohio. And those farmers are also hauling in a large share of high quality beans as well.“It’s kind of interesting to watch because we have beans that are really good quality this year and we have beans that are in the 5 to 10% damage range, with a limited amount that is higher,” Camden said. “We try to put them in the right channels, so with the lower recent export numbers we can handle moisture better than we can handle damage in our system because of drying capabilities.”On the crush side, according to Camden, the moisture is more of a hurdle because most people in the soy crush industry would have more limited drying capacity and you have to dry the beans to process them. The damage is more of a concern around both meal quality and oil quality and making sure the right specifications are delivered that have been contracted.Adding insult to injury when it comes to the logistics of a heavy soybean take-in is a loss of major markets due to tariffs and trade wars.“We are more limited on export channels than we used to be. That pushes beans back up into the system and that has weighed on basis levels this year and in Ohio, specifically, we are probably 30 cents lower on the basis levels than we have been historically,” Camden said. “The futures are also lower so the farmer doesn’t want to move as many beans and we frankly just don’t have as much demand to be able to handle a big export program on the river system. It has presented several challenges for us from a price perspective, logistics, managing quality, and all of those types of things.”Credit: Kelsey BrodmanFarmers in southwest Ohio like Mike Clark, who farms just south of Dayton, are having the soybean crop of a lifetime. But with that kind of volume comes something else Clark has never seen in his 61 years of farming.“It’s becoming very difficult to find an elevator that is open for deliveries,” Clark said. “One of them closed for 3 days last week through the weekend, one closed last night and another one first thing this morning. I have never seen anything like that and without the soybean market access in China right now there is no use sending soybeans down to the river with a sizeable basis difference there.”Clark and nearby farmers are noticing a trend when it comes to soybean quality that will not make that trip to a seldom open elevator any easier.“If you sprayed a fungicide, the soybeans are alright,” Clark said. “I also do some custom work and I haul for some neighbors and they didn’t spray and they are seeing heavy frogeye and some purpling that is adding 15 to 25% damage. Local elevators won’t take them unless they were around 9 to 10% damage and that was with a dockage of 60 cents to a $1.65, depending on the elevator.”Because of that, Clark is using two of his storage facilities to isolate some of his neighbor’s heaviest damaged soybeans and blending them with some of the better quality loads to get the damage to a more manageable level.“I just took a blended load in yesterday and we got in at fewer than 2% damage,” Clark said. “If a farmer doesn’t have additional storage or a way to put the more heavily damaged beans aside, their load is going to be rejected and nobody will be willing to take them.”Courtesy: Michael Wyrick (Facebook)As far as marketing his 2018 crop, Clark has all of his beans on HTA (hedge-to-arrive) contracts and waits until January through March to haul out to better utilize some of his labor. He says his frustrations will be about what basis levels will be at that time, especially if the hands of the elevators are still tied do to a lack of global soybean markets.“I’m still in favor of the tariffs and I am in favor of what we have to do in order to level the playing field with China,” Clark said. “I think we will get some things done on that front and if we don’t get back the 30% market share that we had in China, we will build other markets around the world that will make up not all of that 30%, but a good chunk of it which will still affect market prices.“It also wouldn’t take much of a weather thing to turn supply and demand around either. We have seen the markets fall quickly and we have seen them go the other way just as fast in years past. We just have to watch and figure and listen and hope that we do our best. It’s just a different world and a changing world and that is just a part of progress.”last_img read more

Google Releases API for Website Optimizer: A/B & Multivariate Testing for All

first_imgTags:#Google#web According to a post by Googlers Gary Ka?mar?ík and Erika Rice Scherpelz, “Creating experiments with Website Optimizer usually involves a lot of back and forth between your website and the Website Optimizer interface. Using the API, you can integrate Website Optimizer into your platform. In short, you can create and launch experiments from whatever tool you use to edit your site.”The GWO API does not provide access to testing results. To see the experiment results, users must visit the experiment report page.In addition to simplifying the site optimization process, the API might also make it simpler for companies to conduct in-house testing, reducing both the cost and time of optimization. Site owners and others can register for the GWO API webinar, which will take place on October 28th at 10 a.m. PDT. During the webinar, Website Optimizer engineers will walk users through how the API works, and two platforms that have already integrated GWO using the API will demonstrate their products. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google Website Optimizer, a powerful tool that allows website owners to split traffic and test the effectiveness and conversion rates for an array of variables, has traditionally required a lot of back-and-forth between any given site and the Website Optimizer interface.With the release of a new API, announced today, Google is allowing site owners to conduct multivariate and A/B testing from their own platforms. Part of Google Analytics, Google Website Optimizer (GWO) is a free tool that “handles splitting a website’s traffic, serving different variations and crunching the numbers to find statistical significance.” For site owners, these minute variations can widen conversion funnels and lead to exponentially greater engagement and profit if changes are executed correctly.For an overview of how GWO and A/B or multivariate testing work, take a look at this Google-produced video explaining the product and the process: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odelllast_img read more