Clips of the Week: Ski the Rainforest, Emus Attack, Winter SUP, Explore Park, Freebord

first_imgOur favorite outdoor videos from around the web for the week that was:1. Ski the RainforestValhalla, the latest ski flick from the brilliant minds at Sweetgrass Productions, features some weird/awesome cinematography, but none more so than this clip of some bros who ski the rainforest, during the summer. SPOILER: To read about how the pulled it off, click here.Forest Ski Segment From Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions on Vimeo.2. Emu vs. Weasel BallThese emus, and one ostrich, absolutely bug out when they come in contact with a weasel ball. What does this have to do with the outdoors? Nothing.3. PocoshockWinter whitewater stand up paddleboarding in Virginia? Sure, why not.Pocoshock from Hunter on Vimeo.4. Explore ParkSome winter riding at Explore Park outside Roanoke, Va. Explore Park has some awesome trails, and these guys do a nice job mixing up the POV camera angles. Good wreck at 1:14.5. Shredding ConcreteThis is a video featuring Freebord, which is essentially a snowboard for the streets. These guys are really good. We have one in the office so look for a review soon.Go Freebord! from Freebord Mfg. on Vimeo.last_img read more

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High school volleyball roundup

first_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 MDI 3, Bucksport 0On Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Bucksport, the Trojans rolled to a dominating 3-0 win over the Golden Bucks, posting game scores of 25-14, 25-8 and 25-9.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWith the win, the 9-1 Trojans sit solidly in second place in the Maine Principals’ Association state Class A standings.Sumner 3, Jonesport-Beals 1The Tigers recorded their third win of the season on Monday in Jonesport, taking three of four games from the host Royals.Game scores for the Tigers were 25-18, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-11.For Sumner, Amie O’Hara had two aces and eight digs, Tianah Johnson had seven tips and five digs and Kiandra Barnes had 10 aces and four digs. The Mount Desert Island High School Volleyball team downed the Bucksport Golden Bucks in three straight matches on Wednesday, Oct. 1. MDI, which was scheduled to play Washington Academy last night, Wednesday, Oct. 8, is now 9-1 on the season.ELLSWORTH — In a week that saw only limited high school volleyball action, the Bucksport Golden Bucks lost twice — to the Mount Desert Island Trojans and the Machias Bulldogs — and the Sumner Tigers defeated the Jonesport-Beals Royals. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Bio Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Postslast_img read more

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Meier charges Sharks win in return from injury

first_imgSAN JOSE — Timo Meier rejoined the Sharks lineup and offered a quick reminder of why he’s so important to the Sharks forward group.Meier scored a goal and picked up two assists as the Sharks earned a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center Wednesday night.With Meier sidelined for three games with an upper-body injury last week, the Sharks produced a 1-2 record, scoring just four five-on-five goals. On Tuesday, the Sharks found the net three times in five-on-five situations, …last_img

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Life Keeps Quality Time

first_imgSeveral recent findings describe how living organisms keep accurate time in surprising ways.Your UV clock:  Stem cells in the skin keep time to protect us from damaging ultraviolet radiation.  “Circadian Rhythms in Skin Stem Cells Protect Us Against UV Rays,” Science Daily announced. A researcher explained, “Our study shows that human skin stem cells posses an internal clock that allows them to very accurately know the time of day and helps them know when it is best to perform the correct function.”  The stem cells “turn on” the UV protection genes.  See also Nature News.Your birthday clock:  Our genes also keep time in mysterious ways involved in aging, Medical Xpress reported with the headline, “Biological clock able to measure age of most human tissues.”  The timekeeping is apparently an epigenetic phenomenon.  This biological clock does not tick at a constant rate, but changes up to about age 20, when it stabilizes.  A UCLA researcher wants to understand it so that diseases associated with aging can be treated.RNA regulator:  Current Biology reported a “novel layer of regulation for the clock” in mammals, in the form of micro-RNAs.  Researchers from Florida State described the biological clock thus: “As in other organisms, the timekeeping mechanism in mammals depends on a self-sustaining transcriptional negative feedback loop with a built-in time delay in feedback inhibition.”  The miRNA molecules are responsible for the built-in time delay.The sugar clock in plants:  According to Science Daily, “Plants use sugars to tell the time of day.”  The sugars are produced in photosynthesis.  The “sugar levels within a plant play a vital role in synchronizing circadian rhythms with its surrounding environment.”  The accumulation of sugar is “a bit like the resetting of a stopwatch,” a researcher at the University of York explained.  Expanding on circadian rhythms generally, the article states,Plants, like animals, have a 24 hour ‘body-clock’ known as the circadian rhythm. This biological timer gives plants an innate ability to measure time, even when there is no light — they don’t simply respond to sunrise, for example, they know it is coming and adjust their biology accordingly. This ability to keep time provides an important competitive advantage and is vital in biological processes such as flowering, fragrance emission and leaf movement.Multiple independent clocks:  European researchers were surprised to find additional timekeeping mechanisms in some marine animals that work independently.  The bristle worm, for instance, in addition to the diurnal clock, has a separate clock that tracks the lunar phases (see similar finding about a crustacean in Current Biology).   Nature News described the finding: “Some marine invertebrates have at least two internal clocks, which follow different times and have different mechanisms, according to two new studies,” adding, “Multiple timepieces might prove common among animals.”  National Geographic provided more examples: mice with a 12-hour clock, and marine organisms that watch the tides.  There’s also, of course, the monthly menstrual cycle in women.  The uncanny ability of some crabs, fish, and worms to time their spawning to the moon has fascinated biologists for many years.  Now, researchers are just beginning to understand the mechanisms at the cellular level.Wasn’t there a story long ago about finding a watch, and considering what it implied?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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New risk management options for Ohio apple, grape and tomato growers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options for fruit and nut producers. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are now available to cover fresh fruit in select Ohio counties beginning with the 2016 crop year.“In a number of counties in Ohio producers are growing apples, grapes and tomatoes and are wondering if they will have the same opportunity to manage their risk as corn and soybean producers. I am pleased to say they will have that opportunity. We are extending in 12 counties in Ohio for apples, three counties for grapes and 11 counties for tomatoes the opportunity to sign up for the SCO for coverage,” said Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary. “This allows them to go above and beyond traditional crop insurance coverage option and gives them more production.”This is in addition to the alfalfa seed, canola, cultivated wild rice, dry peas, forage production, grass seed, mint, oats, onions, and rye that were recently made available for 2016 as well. Currently, SCO covers corn, cotton, cottonseed, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, spring barley, spring wheat, and winter wheat in selected counties.SCO is an area-based policy endorsement that can be purchased to supplement an underlying crop insurance policy. It covers a portion of losses not covered by the same crop’s underlying policy. USDA’s Risk Management Agency, which administers the federal crop insurance program, has posted information on the expanded program, including where SCO is available by crop and county. Visit www.rma.usda.gov/news/currentissues/sco/index.html to learn more.In addition, producers of apples, tomatoes, and grapes, peaches, potatoes, prunes, safflower, tomatoes, and walnuts in select counties will have the option to elect the APH Yield Exclusion for the 2016 crop year.“We are announcing for apples, tomatoes and grapes the opportunity in several Ohio counties to expand the annual production history exclusion. That allows the to drop a poor year out of the calculations so they can provide better protection for their crop,” Vilsack said. “The announcement we are making are for the 2016 crop year for these crops so they have plenty of time to plan and evaluate for next year.”Alfalfa seed, cultivated wild rice, dry peas, forage production, oats, onions, rye and winter wheat are also eligible in certain counties beginning with the 2016 crop year. These are in addition to barley, canola, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, peanuts, popcorn, rice, soybeans, sunflowers and spring wheat, which were offered beginning in the 2015 crop year.The APH Yield Exclusion allows farmers, with qualifying crops in eligible counties, to exclude low yields in exceptionally bad years (such as a year in which a natural disaster or other extreme weather occurs) from their production history when calculating yields used to establish their crop insurance coverage. Crop years are eligible when the average per planted acreage yield for the county was at least 50% below the simple average for the previous 10 consecutive crop years. It will allow eligible producers to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program.Producers also have access to new online tools designed to help them determine the options that work best for their operations. The Crop Insurance Decision Tool and the SCO/APH Yield Exclusion mapping tool, available online, provide farmers with information on APH Yield Exclusion and SCO eligible crops, crop years, and counties where they may elect the programs. This user-friendly resource can help producers quickly explore and understand available coverage options. Users will get general estimates to help them make purchasing decisions. Producers should consult their crop insurance agent for detailed information, sales closing dates and an actual premium quote.A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the Risk Management Agency’s agent locator. Growers can use the agency’s cost estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Visit the Risk Management Agency at www.rma.usda.gov/news/currentissues/aphye/index.html to learn more about SCO and APH Yield Exclusion.APH Yield Exclusion and SCO are made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.last_img read more

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Indian riders barred from Asian Games

first_imgThe Indian equestrian team has not made it to Guangzhou for the Asian Games and nobody in the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) is willing to comment as to who is responsible for this mess.As Mail Today has been reporting since last month, the EFI never followed proper quarantine protocol, as a result of which two horses were removed. The first belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Pattu and the second to Sunil Kumar.The EFI’s version was that Pattu’s horse was sick and Sunil’s horse tested positive for dope. After that, it was all chaos as the whole selection process came under scrutiny. However, with the EFI sticking to their claim that they had a transparent selection process and all the remaining horses were safe in quarantine, they managed to get the clearance from the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry for the Asian Games.On Friday, it came to light that the dressage and three-day eventing teams were still stuck in India. On Wednesday, the horses were taken to the Bangalore airport from the quarantine stable. However, the Chinese authorities informed the EFI that as it was “too late” for the dressage horses to enter Guangzhou, they leave the horses behind. Apparently, the message was that only eventing horses would be allowed to fly to Guangzhou. Given the heartburn and jealousy among the riders, an unofficial decision was taken not to send any team to the Asian Games.While the EFI can now blame the Chinese authorities for this mess, the truth is the Chinese veterinary doctors who had come to India were never going to clear the horses that easily. As Mail Today had written time and again, the quarantine and blood testing procedures on the horses were under the Chinese scanner. Apparently, the Chinese vets were not willing to go by results of blood tests ostensibly conducted at a lab in Hissar. The latest one hears is that the riders in India have been told not to talk to the media.advertisementIt is now up to the sports ministry to investigate how this mess happened. As the EFI had made statements that “all is well” why were horses not allowed to fly out of Bangalore on three occasions within a week? People in the equestrian fraternity in India say that the EFI is solely responsible for the situation. In the past, riders and horses would reach the host city almost a fortnight in advance.It is learnt that Kapilesh Bhate, a show jumping rider, will be the sole Indian representative in Guangzhou. Sources say he will be allowed to compete as his horse was in quarantine in Germany. One should not be surprised if EFI secretary SS Ahlawat makes it to Guangzhou as the manager, even if only one rider ends up representing India at the Asian Games! For the record, in the last edition of the Asian Games, India won a team bronze in the threeday event.last_img read more

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Past and present NRL players unite ahead of Play NRL Round

first_img The website also covers information on joining an NRL Club as a member; education resources for teachers and students; and course information available for coaches, sports trainers, referees and others – all aimed at improving levels within the game. Fans are encouraged to visit www.playnrl.com to search for a local team, sign up and find out season times.  “I still love running around the backyard with my kids and kicking the footy.  They play in a local touch football competition and footy provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get outside, keep fit and active and enjoy time with their friends in a relaxed and fun environment.” Play NRL Round is focussed on encouraging people of all ages – from six to sixty and beyond, to sign up to enjoy their local footy – whether it be playing; coaching; volunteering; or refereeing. “Whether it is touch, tag, or tackle – male, female or mixed teams – there is a team and an opportunity for everyone to be included in our game,” Mr Kimmorley said. “Play NRL round is all about celebrating everyone involved with a team at any level and at any age, whether it is touch, tag or tackle.  “The first two rounds have produced some exciting football on the field and plenty of fun for families attending off the field,” Mr Greenberg said. “For those not involved with a team, this is a great opportunity to head online to our Play NRL website and find your local team to join.”center_img Mr Greenberg encouraged fans to enjoy a live match experience over the round, with all home teams planning activities and special offers before, during and after matches. A host of past and present players including Paul Gallen, Matt King, Brett Kimmorley and Anthony Minichiello, joined NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg today to help celebrate the upcoming Play NRL Round (round three). They were joined, at a NSW Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League event, by NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, Shadow Minister for Sport Lynda Voltz and a group of Parliamentary colleagues. 1.4 million Australians enjoyed playing a form of touch, tag or tackle in 2015. Kimmorley, who has played, coached and volunteered at a senior level, said the round was a great opportunity for people who were thinking about playing football to sign up ahead of local footy seasons starting soon. Related LinksPlay NRL Roundlast_img read more

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10 months agoGetafe president Torres: Real Madrid players are giving up

first_imgGetafe president Torres: Real Madrid players are giving upby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGetafe president Angel Torres says it’s clear Real Madrid are in crisis.Just as Barcelona were winning at Getafe, Real Madrid were being beaten at home to Real Sociedad.Torres addressed Real’s problems after his own team’s defeat and said: “Something is happening, something does not work, but I have enough with Getafe, but the league is deteriorating with the hole that Barcelona has opened.”Florentino (Perez) has to fix it. The money of three Champions Leagues, Madrid cannot spend a lot of time without winning the league, I’ve seen today’s game and people have lowered their arms, I hope they fix it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Recordsetting womens hockey team to take on winless St Cloud State in

The Ohio State women’s hockey team looks to get back on track and set some records this weekend as it heads to St. Cloud, Minn., to face St. Cloud State. The Buckeyes are 12-12-2 and hoping to better that record against the winless Huskies in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup. “On the ice we’re just trying our best and working hard, and I think our hard work is just paying off and as a result we’re getting success in not only our points but in our team succeeding as well,” said junior forward Natalie Spooner. Several Buckeyes have been leaving their mark on the program and their names in the record books. Spooner and junior forward Laura McIntosh have both joined the 100-point club at OSU this year, albeit in different ways. Spooner has 63 career goals, and McIntosh has 88 career assists. Points are calculated by combining assists and goals. “It’s a good feeling, we don’t really think about it. Neither of us think about it but I mean to get recognized and noticed, it’s an accomplishment,” McIntosh said. “We got to keep pushing forward and see if we can keep going with that.” They are two of only seven Buckeyes ever to reach this mark and they both did it faster than the rest — McIntosh in 80 games and Spooner in 81. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for 100 points, and to be able to get that in my career at Ohio State is an accomplishment,” Spooner said. “Hopefully I can get a few more.” Last weekend against No. 5 Minnesota, Spooner contributed on all three Buckeye goals, with two assists Friday and one goal Saturday. OSU was swept 4-2 and 8-1. Spooner’s goal was her 20th of the season, something she has accomplished in all three of her years at OSU. She is only the second Buckeye to do so, joining forward Jeni Creary, who played from 2002–05. Spooner could move into second place in career goals this weekend. She is just five from tying forward Jana Harrigan, 2003-06. Jeni Creary tops the list with 86 career goals. McIntosh’s 88 assists leave her four behind all-time leader Harrigan. When the Buckeyes last faced the Huskies, Oct. 15–16, McIntosh scored a hat trick to help complete a sweep in Columbus. Freshman goalie Lisa Steffes has also made a splash on the team this year, leading the NCAA with 762 saves and 1550:36 minutes played. Next on the minutes played list is Victoria Vigilanti, a sophomore goalie for Quinnipiac with 1447:31. Only three other goalies have more than 700 saves on the season. Steffes has also won WCHA Rookie of the Week twice this season. “It’s tough as a freshman to come in and be expected to play the number of games she’s had,” coach Jackie Barto said. “I think she’s learned a lot this year and hoping for her to have a good rebound after Saturday night.” Steffes allowed six goals against Minnesota on Saturday but hopes to bounce back against a struggling St. Cloud State squad that is 0-24-1 and has been shut out in its last two games. The series begins at 2 p.m. Friday and continues at 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Hockey Center. “We’ve had a good week of practice; energy has been good,” Barto said. “We talked about keeping the game a little bit simpler, and the girls have done that this week. Our captains have done a great job of leading, of setting the example.” read more

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