Giants playing their best baseball in 12 months, beat first place Brewers at home

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A June swoon, you ask?Not around the foggy confines of China Basin, where the Giants are playing their best baseball in a full year.For the second time this month, the Giants have won three in a row as they took down the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on the strength of three home runs, a solid night from starter Drew Pomeranz and four innings of one-run ball from a quartet of relievers.Pablo Sandoval, Kevin Pillar and Mike Yastrzemski all homered for the Giants as they turned the …last_img read more

Darwin Can’t Find His Tree of Life

first_imgThe “tree of life,” a branching pattern of evolutionary diversification, was the only illustration in Darwin’s Origin of Species.  In 1859, it only existed in his imagination as he speculated, with only circumstantial evidence based on similarities, that all living things descended from a common ancestor.  The fossil record did not show such a tree.  Darwin expected the record would be filled in by subsequent discoveries (but cf. 04/23/2006).  He could not have anticipated the revolution in genomics of the 20th century.  Neo-Darwinists met these discoveries with great anticipation that Darwin’s tree of life would now become visible in the genetic codes impressed in the cell of every organism.  Richard Dawkins predicted in A Devil’s Chaplain (2003, p. 272),…there is, after all, one true tree of life, the unique pattern of evolutionary branchings that actually happened.  It exists.  It is in principle knowable.  We don’t know it all yet.  By 2050 we should – or if we do not, we shall have been defeated only at the terminal twigs, by the sheer number of species.We are now at a stage where enough data have been published, including complete genomes of dozens of plants and animals, such that an assessment is now possible to see if a tree is coming into focus.  In addition, we have decades of comparative studies of proteins from different organisms.  A status report of sorts was published this week by Antonis Rokas and Sean B. Carroll in PLoS Biology.1  Though they began with Dawkins’ optimistic prophecy, the news is not good.  They see multiple bushes, not a tree.  These two evolutionary biologists admit that not only is a tree pattern indecipherable, it may never become visible, even as more data are added:Genome analyses are delivering unprecedented amounts of data from an abundance of organisms, raising expectations that in the near future, resolving the tree of life (TOL) will simply be a matter of data collection.  However, recent analyses of some key clades in life’s history have produced bushes and not resolved trees.  The patterns observed in these clades are both important signals of biological history and symptoms of fundamental challenges that must be confronted.  Here we examine how the combination of the spacing of cladogenetic events and the high frequency of independently evolved characters (homoplasy) limit the resolution of ancient divergences.  Because some histories may not be resolvable by even vast increases in amounts of conventional data, the identification of new molecular characters will be crucial to future progress.This frank admission by two believers in common ancestry demonstrates that molecular genetics has not delivered the hoped-for pattern: “Obtaining an accurate depiction of the evolutionary history of all living organisms has been and remains one of biology’s great challenges.”    In addition to the problem of homoplasy (convergent evolution, or the independent origin of similar traits), the authors point to unexpected groupings that came out of molecular studies.  One study resulted in a grouping of “strikingly different mammals including elephants, aardvarks, manatees, and golden moles” in the same clade.  The pace of change presents another problem: some molecular events were explosively rapid, while others remained undisturbed (conserved) for hundreds of millions of years.  Opposite conclusions are sometimes reached depending on the method used.  Rokas and Carroll give an example of two papers within the same issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution that confirmed and falsified the existence of a certain group.  It’s not simply a matter that some methods are more accurate than others.  “The observed conflicts are not dependent on the optimality criterion used,” they said.  The problem is real, and it’s pervasive.    It’s hard to tell if this paper is an admission of failure and hopelessness, or a call for a brief time out before an optimistic new charge:Here we discuss how and why certain critical parts of the TOL [tree of life] may be difficult to resolve, regardless of the quantity of conventional data available.  We do not mean this essay to be a comprehensive review of molecular systematics.  Rather, we have focused on the emerging evidence from genome-scale studies on several branches of the TOL that sharply contrasts with viewpoints—such as that in the opening quotation—which imply that the assembly of all branches of the TOL will simply be a matter of data collection.  We view this difficulty in obtaining full resolution of particular clades—when given substantial data—as both biologically informative and a pressing methodological challenge.  The recurring discovery of persistently unresolved clades (bushes) should force a re-evaluation of several widely held assumptions of molecular systematics.  Now, as the field is transformed from a data-limited to an analysis-limited discipline, it is an opportune time to do so.Most of the paper is taken up with examples.  For instance, despite what the media have often claimed, there is conflicting evidence linking humans to chimpanzees: “Specifically, analyses of almost 100 genes (under two different optimality criteria) show that ~55% of genes support a human-chimpanzee clade, 40% are evenly split among the two alternative topologies, with the remaining genes being uninformative” – and this is for two species considered so closely related, some political activists are advocating granting human rights to chimpanzees.    To exhibit the scale of the problems, they list four notable “bushes” in the tree of life.  Notice how these are spread all over the evolutionary time scale:(A) The human/chimpanzee/gorilla tree (5-8 million years ago).(B) The elephant/sirenian/hyrax bush (57-65 million years ago).(C) The tetrapod/coelacanth/lungfish bush (370-390 million years ago).(D) The metazoan superbush (>550 million years ago).They did not select these to be isolated examples.  These cases, despite getting the most detailed analysis by molecular phylogenists, are representative of the problems pervading the entire record.  Notice their use of words like “majority” and “large fraction” to indicate the scale of the challenge to Darwinian expectations:Three observations generally hold true across metazoan datasets that indicate the pervasive influence of homoplasy at these evolutionary depths.  First, a large fraction of single genes produce phylogenies of poor quality.  For example, Wolf and colleagues omitted 35% of single genes from their data matrix, because those genes produced phylogenies at odds with conventional wisdom (Figure 2D).  Second, in all studies, a large fraction of characters—genes, PICs or RGCs2—disagree with the optimal phylogeny, indicating the existence of serious conflict in the DNA record.  For example, the majority of PICs conflict with the optimal topology in the Dopazo and Dopazo study.  Third, the conflict among these and other studies in metazoan phylogenetics is occurring at very “high” taxonomic levels—above or at the phylum level.If the best techniques applied to the most detailed data sets show these conflicts, it cannot be expected that poorer methods on smaller data sets will do any better.  Clearly, this is not a crisis that is going to go away with more data.    So are molecular phylogenists “barking up the wrong trees,” they ask?  Is there “systematic bias” in tree-building efforts to date, that can “positively mislead phylogenetic inference”?  (see 06/08/2006).  Some sources of bias, like long-branch attraction, are understood.  If not careful, researchers can create trees out of wishful thinking: “Thus, a priori expectations of obtaining fully resolved topologies combined with the use of large amounts of data (which generate high support values) can make trees out of bushes.”  Researchers might just be engaged in self-fulfilling prophecy.  If this were the only source of bias, it might be possible to account for it, but Rokas and Carroll have shown that no method is consistently resolving one tree out of the bushes.    Now for the recommendations.  Is there any hope?  If so, it is not in more data:“Can we realistically hope to resolve diversification events spanning a few or even tens of millions of years that occurred in deep time?  It is widely accepted that nucleotide data are of limited use for resolving deep divergences because of mutational saturation and homoplasy.  Until the recent expansion in available data, it has not been possible to fully explore what the limits of the protein record might be.  Like others in the field, we also had expectations that scaling up dataset size would be sufficient to resolve interesting groups.  The evidence presented here suggests that large amounts of conventional characters will not always suffice, even if analyzed by state-of-the-art methodology.  Just as it would be futile to use radioisotopes with modest half lives to date ancient rocks, it appears unrealistic to expect conventional linear, homoplasy-sensitive sequences to reliably resolve series of events that transpired in a small fraction of deep time.  Although we have known this from theory, we are now confronted with the actual pattern of molecular evolution.The recommendations are: (1) the “prevalence and causes of homoplasy need to be better understood” and (2) “molecular systematics must now move beyond conventional characters and mine genomic data for new, less-homoplastic characters such as RGCs” [rare genomic changes].  This second plan, though is subject to confusion because of the widespread incidence of horizontal gene transfer and lineage sorting.  Earlier in the paper, Rokas and Carroll expressed frustration that the very stems in the tree of most interest to evolutionists are the very ones with the most problems:Thus, absolutely or relatively short stems present distinct challenges that could be described as the bane of the molecular systematist.  Yet, it is precisely these stems—associated with some of the most interesting episodes in life’s history—that most intrigue the evolutionist.  Analyses of large molecular datasets from clades at different time depths of the TOL illustrate how short stems, whether placed just 6 million or 600 million years in the past, can confound phylogenetic resolution.What to do?  When the tree of life is a lemon tree, make lemonade.  The authors ended by asking, “What’s wrong with bushes?”  Nothing, if you are willing to be called a heretic:A bush in which series of cladogenetic events lie crammed and unresolved within a small section of a larger tree does harbour historical information.  Although it may be heresy to say so, it could be argued that knowing that strikingly different groups form a clade and that the time spans between the branching of these groups must have been very short, makes the knowledge of the branching order among groups potentially a secondary concern.    For example, the lack of phylogenetic resolution at the base of the tetrapod/lungfish/coelacanth clade has not hampered in the least evolutionary research on the anatomical changes that occurred early on in the evolution of the tetrapod lineage.  Similarly, if the origin of most bilaterian phyla was compressed in time, more than 550 million years later it may matter little to know the exact relationships between most phyla to understand the evolution of the molecular tool kit that enabled the evolution of the body plans of the 35 or so animal phyla.    We submit that if the current efforts to assemble the TOL have, by 2050 (if not much sooner), assembled an arborescent bush of life, Dawkins’ prediction will have come to fruition.Translated, this may either mean that evolutionary thinking can proceed without evidence for a tree of life, or that there is still hope that somewhere hidden in the foliage there is a single trunk waiting to be found: the disparate bushes will become a single “arborescent bush of life.”  For now, it’s an article of faith foundering on confusing and contradictory evidence.1 Antonis Rokas, Sean B. Carroll, “Bushes in the Tree of Life,” Public Library of Science Biology, 4(11): e352. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040352.2Abbreviations: TOL, tree of life; PIC, parsimony-informative character; RGC, rare genomic change.Folks, do you have any idea how damaging this paper is?  Darwinism has been falsified.  It’s over.  We may as well dance on the grave of Charlie D, because both of the greatest hopes for confirming his tall tale have falsified it: the fossil record and the genetic record.  For Rokas and Carroll to have any hope now is as pathetic as watching a Las Vegas gambler continue on after being told the slot machine is broken and there is no money in it.    Incredibly, these evolutionists do continue on in spite of the lack of evidence.  They do exactly what Charlie himself did: trust their imaginations.  Dawkins believes that the magical tree exists.  He accepts this myth, and the other evolutionists have so devoted their lies, their distortions, and their sacrilegious dishonor so much to it, that no amount of falsification will stop them.  The search must go on, till 2050 or beyond (after they are long dead), so that Charlie’s Myth can inspire a new generation of dreamers.  And Dawkins has the audacity to claim that creationists are the ones believing in fairy tales.    You realize that a series of bushes does not look like evolution; it looks like creation.  The universality of the genetic code ensures that the phyla did not evolve independently.  Since they cannot connect the dots from a universal common ancestor to the plethora of organisms alive today, the dots are imaginary – no better than a Kipling tale.  The evidence is very consistent, by contrast, with a single Creator who made separate groupings of plants and animals that reproduce after their kind (with variability), while still exhibiting a common underlying plan.    The only claim to authority and public trust that the evolutionary biologist can appeal to is empirical evidence.  This is what the Darwinists think makes their beliefs superior to religion.  For example, if you go to a new BBC Education site for kids, it will continue to propound the idea that religious truth is based on faith, while scientific truth is based on empirical evidence.This same site also has a section on Evolution that blatantly presents known falsehoods about evolutionary evidence, including peppered moths, finch beaks and the horse series, while claiming that the fossil record proves evolution.  Each of these icons has been refuted in scientific journals and scholarly books, often written by believers in evolution.  Are the webmasters of Bite-Size Science merely uninformed about this, or are they deliberately deceiving students to promote an agenda?The assumption of empirical support has been the main thing the Darwin Party has preached gives them superiority in truth claims and the right to rule the schools.  Only their myth gets exclusivity in “science” class.  Everyone else’s view must be consigned to the funny farm known as “religious studies.”    That was then.  This is now.  Their assumed empirical evidence has vanished, leaving them with nothing but vivid imaginations to keep their creation myth intact.  Read what Rokas and Carroll have said, and then re-read what Marshall said about the fossil record in the 04/23/2006 entry (ignoring the spin, just examining the evidence).  We no longer need to claim Darwinian evolution has been falsified; they did it for us.  Q.E.D.  Mission accomplished.  Fait accompli.  Done deal.  Way to go.  High five.  Glory to God.  Now, let’s get back on the road to the real Tree of Life.  But this time, let’s follow the Manufacturer’s directions.Boy, was that a bad detour, or what? 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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 24, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our forecast pattern is taking a little better shape today, however it still may not be the exact pattern that some of us want to hear. We are going to put together 2 dry days for today and tomorrow, but we have a significant rain event for this weekend and a big weather event next week too. Today and tomorrow should be partly to mostly sunny over all of Ohio.Saturday clouds increase. WE will start the day cloudy in the south, but may end up with a bit of sun up north. Rain moves into the state from S to north, and will be arrive sooner west vs. east too. However, rain spreads over the entire state through Saturday, Saturday night and at least through Sunday early afternoon. Rain totals will end up being 1″-3″ with 100% coverage over the state. Models have finally come into agreement on timing and system strength…and we hope they can agree eventually on rains to the lower end of the range. The heaviest rains will be near the Ohio River.We can see some sun before Sunday is done in western Ohio, but likely do not have as good of a chance of that farther east and northeast. Still, we should see dry weather with good sunshine for Monday and Tuesday of next week.10 day moisture potentialWednesday scattered showers return. The moisture lasts through Wednesday night and may try and end as snow in far western parts of Ohio. Generally, the better threat of snow is in western/NW Indiana, and then especially through IL. But, the cold air is coming, and so we wont completely rule out some sloppy wet snowflakes here as moisture tries to end. Liquid totals over Ohio will be from .3″-1″ with coverage at 90%. We shift to a much colder pattern behind that system for Thursday and Friday, so even through we expect good sun to return, drying will be slow, and it will be chilly.The extended window does not feature a whole host of changes. We keep the dry pattern to start for The 3rd and 4th, with the only threat of scattered showers on the third coming in far SW parts of Ohio. Tuesday the 5th features scattered showers with potential for .1″-.5″ liquid, but only 60% coverage in OH. We finish the 11-16 day window with sun followed by clouds for Wednesday through Friday the 6th-8th, and we cant rule out a few scattered showers late on Friday the 8th.last_img read more

Small Florida Homes With Solar Features

first_imgSolar Hot Water and PV Make Them Near-Zero-EnergyCAPE CORAL, FL — Greencastle, a green builder in Cape Coral, Florida, is aiming at the small-home market with three new designs for near-zero-energy homes. Called the MicroModern, the MicroFlorida, and the MicroTuscany, each of the three models measures under 1,600 square feet. According to Greencastle president Shawn Harvey, the homes are “not too big, not too small, but just right.”The energy-efficient homes have low-e double-glazed windows (0.30 solar heat gain coefficient), Icynene-insulated attics, and above-grade walls made with insulating concrete forms (ICFs). The tight, well insulated envelopes “should reduce the cooling demand to probably one ton,” said Harvey. The homes will include metal roofing, hard-surface flooring (Travertine tile and hardwood), and LED lighting.Greencastle will build one of the homes on your lot for about $300,000, a price which includes a solar hot water system and a 3-kW photovoltaic array. Although the PV array isn’t big enough to provide all of the electricity for a typical family, it should make a big dent in the average utility bill. “I would love for these homes to be true zero-energy homes,” said Harvey. “But really, what I am selling is a near-zero design. The hot water demand has been almost eliminated and lighting demand is reduced dramatically. I know that the 3-kW array should more than meet the demand of the air conditioning system.”According to Harvey, Florida builders are facing a tough economic climate. “If I told you the market was challenging, that would be an understatement,” he said. “There are tens of thousands of foreclosed properties around here. A year ago when we developed the concept for these homes, it was clear that things were going to get tougher. We decided we were going to do our best to create demand. We believe that good design will sell if priced right. Based on the reaction we have had to these houses, we believe there is a market for this niche, and that this niche has been totally unserved. Certainly, there are days when there is no good news at all and you have to work at keeping your chin up and moving forward in the belief that things will improve.”For more information, visit www.greencastleinc.com.last_img read more

Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters

first_imgCloud computing is all about “abstracting servers,” turning actual hardware into virtual machines and moving them out of your organization so you don’t have to worry about them. Big data’s non-relational databases and Hadoop clusters perform a similar level of abstraction on database administration. Software-defined networks (SDNs) may do the same thing with networking.SDN promises to make high-capacity networks cheaper to build and especially to re-configure on the fly – as well as potentially faster and more efficient. As more and more computing moves to the cloud, those network improvements will be critical to keeping everything affordable and available.It won’t be just cloud environments that will get SDN benefits, either. SDN could enable corporate networks to be reconfigured on-the-fly. Imagine being able to plug in a multimedia-intensive device in a conference room and the network adapting to effortlessly handle the sudden new load without grinding the rest of the building’s network traffic to a staggering halt. Or re-arranging cellular networks during a disaster to deliver connectivity when and where it matters most. That’s no doubt why analysts like IDG are predicting the business of SDN hitting $2 billion by the year 2016. But Software Defined Networks are incredibly complicated, so even as many networking professionals look forward to SDNs as the best thing since sliced bread, others are scratching their heads and wondering if the IT hype machine has gone completely off the rails.Who’s right? To answer that question we need to look at exactly what is a software-defined network, and how do you create them?Here’s The SDN TheoryThink about a traditional network and everything that entails. You have your routers, your switches, and lots and lots of CAT5 and CAT6 cable strung around: all physical hardware that, when connected in a certain way, defines the flow of data in the organization. Like laying down a network of highways, planning a network takes time; it has to be done right the first time because shuffling things around afterward is expensive.A network has to do two big things: deliver data and manage the flow of that data. If I am downloading a video from California, the network knows to get it to me here in Indiana. Shunting the data through India and Europe would not be the most efficient way to do it – unless, of course, some big physical failure occured between here and the West Coast that required the signal to be sent the long way around the planet.Inside a company, the same thing happens on a smaller scale. Data is passed back and forth, and that traffic is usually managed by software inside the physical devices – software that knows how to manage the day-to-day operations of the workplace.With cloud computing, the physical servers that hold the virtual machines are still networked together with the same routers and switches that are used in a workplace network. But the demands on that physical network can be much, much greater – at times – than anything your employees can dish out. (Which, really, is the whole point of using the cloud in the first place.)What SDN does is this: Assume you have the network cable laid out between every physical server in the cloud environment and all of the optimized routers and switches. The SDN layer essentially acts a virtual software switch or router in place of (or in conjunction with) the physical network devices.So instead of software embedded in the routers and switches managing the traffic, software from outside the devices takes over the job. The network layout, or topography, is no longer rooted in the physical. Instead, it’s flexible and adjustable to the systems’ needs on the fly.Properly implemented, this means an application running inside the cloud itself can take over the job of directing networking traffic. Or a third-party cloud-management application could do the job. That could make it easier to perform tasks such as load balancing devices across servers and automatically adjusting the network architecture to deliver the fastest and most efficient data paths at the right time.Rules Of The SDN RoadThere are risks involved in this kind of networking – namely those stemming from how complicated these kinds of operations can be.Traditionally, networking “decisions” have been left in the hands of the the devices on which the network actually runs. That’s what they are meant to do. Taking the control away from these specialized devices and the embedded software that runs them could be the prelude to a networking disaster, unless everything is done exactly right.Done improperly, this would be akin to letting every driver in Cleveland have independent control of all the traffic lights in town. Chaos. This is why there’s a gap between theorizing about SDN and actually implementing it.Right now, the Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow protocol and the Linux Foundation’s new OpenDaylight project are two open source projects working to establish a set of SDN traffic rules that applications can use to prevent such chaos.These protocols would also vastly simplify the work of application developers, who would not have to learn the nuances of networking control, but rather just call on one of these tools to handle the heavy lifting for planning the right path through a network, based on an application’s need.Think of it like getting a police escort through a strange city. You don’t have to know anything about the city or worry about stops – you just get in your car and follow the vehicles with the flashing lights, trusting that they know what they’re doing and where they’re going.SDN Benefits Could Be WidespreadBecause of its complexity, SDN won’t take off right away. But once SDN is implemented, the benefits will be immediately apparent. Cloud computing environments controlled by SDN will see significant increases in speed and efficiency, since their networks will be optimized for the applications running in that cloud environment. Corporate and mobile networks are also likely to gain benefits from SDN implementations.IT will have to lay down the rules of the road first, but no one can deny there is big potential in software-defined networks to bring more adaptable networking resources to businesses and consumers alike.  Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#networking#software defined networking How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffittlast_img read more

Is Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?

first_imgAutofocus has long been a part of documentary filmmaking, at every budget level, but what about the rest of the industry?I’ve used the Canon C200 for a couple of years now, and I have always relied on the Dual Pixel Autofocus. It can recognize and track faces, keeping them sharp at low f-stops such as f/1.6 and lower.While autofocus has been integral to documentary filmmaking, in narrative filmmaking, things are different. Filmmakers distrust autofocus and see it as an amateur videographer’s tool, even though it has progressed significantly as technology in the last few years. The reasons for this go beyond the camera itself.The most basic reason filmmakers don’t trust autofocus is because it isn’t 100 percent accurate, and probably never will be. Any time the camera loses sight of two eyes and a mouth, it can become confused and hunt for other targets. You can mitigate this by turning the camera into “face only” mode or recalibrate how long after losing a target the camera waits before looking for another, but it will not replace a trained focus puller.There are times when autofocus will outperform a human operator, like smoothly tracking an object moving toward the camera with a razor-thin focus plan. Computers are much better at performing the rapid micro adjustments needed for that kind of task. Despite this, there are deeper reasons why it hasn’t become a standard tool on set.Image via “The GH5’s Autofocus: A Disaster or Simply Misunderstood?“The second AC, whose responsibility it is to pull focus on set, does much more than just focus. He or she usually serves as a second pair of hands for the camera operator — sometimes the DP — and watches out for potential problems and checks reasoning, much like a co-pilot on an airplane. They’re the one person on set who’s solely tasked with making sure the image is sharp. It’s not a position that you can easily remove from a crew.A third reason for the industry’s delay in adopting autofocus is that not all shots will benefit from autofocus (like a slow focus pull between subjects). Stills lenses that have the autofocus function aren’t suitable for manual focus because of the lack of gears and short focus throw. It’s impractical to swap between stills and cine lenses, depending on the demands of the shot.Image via “How to Autofocus Your DSLR in 3 Easy Steps.”One hybrid system that Canon cameras have integrated into their cameras and lenses is called “focus assist.” This is a display on the focus monitor that uses the autofocus function to show how in or out of focus a face or object is — and which way the focus puller needs to adjust to correct it. Having used it, I can tell you it’s an invaluable technology that not only makes great focus pullers out of casual DPs (such as myself) but also makes good focus pullers excellent, even in low light or high-contrast situations. I believe that this’ll show up on more and more professional sets, as more lenses come to support it.Perhaps new cameras and lenses will bring AI-controlled autofocus that will sense where the operator is looking and keep that face sharp. Until then, we have something at our disposal to keep our cinematography tack sharp.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Budgets.5 Essentials Tools for your Documentary Camera PackageWhy We’re in The Golden Age of Documentary Filmmaking5 Tips on How to Create a Great Short Documentary Film Documentary Tips: Capturing the Who, What, When, Where, and Whylast_img read more

Govt to buy potatoes from farmers to stop suicides

first_imgA day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide after suffering heavy losses, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government will purchase 28,000 tonnes of potatoes, required for Anganwadi centres and midday meal programme, directly from farmers. Her announcement comes at a time when potato farmers across the State are facing a severe crisis — at least two of them have committed suicide — due to the sharp drop in prices following this years’ bumper crop.Krishak Dibas“We have decided to buy 28,000 tonnes of potatoes directly from the farmers which we need every month for the Anganwadi centres and the midday meal programme. The government will buy potatoes at ₹4.60 per kg,” she said. Ms. Banerjee was speaking at a government programme on Krishak Dibas (Farmers’ Day) observed by the Trinamool Congress government on March 14 to pay tribute to those who died during the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur in Hooghly district and Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district. As per the projected estimates of the State government, the number of schools (up to Class VIII) to be covered under the midday meal scheme is 83,673 and the number of students is about 1 crore. According to potato merchants, this is the first time that the TMC government is directly purchasing potatoes from farmers.The development comes a day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide due to losses in farming in the Anandapur area of Paschim Medinipur district’s Keshpur block. According to his family, Swapan Hajra (45) committed suicide after sustaining “heavy losses” in potato farming. ‘Heavy debt’“He incurred a large debt for cultivating potatoes in four bighas (1.60 acres) of land,” Mr. Hajra’s son Indrajit told journalists.The Opposition, however, is sceptical whether the move will be beneficial for the potato farmers. “This is nothing but a face saving move. If the TMC government is really bothered about the farmers they would have purchased potato from them at a much higher rate,” said CPI-M district secretary of Paschim Medinipur Tarun Roy.last_img read more

Morrison delivers promise to win gold for his grandmother

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Samuel Morrison knew that he could be fighting in his last Southeast Asian Games of his career.That’s why he was overcome with emotions after capturing the gold medal in the -74-kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img READ: Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss“I made a promise to my grandmother to win,” said Morrison, 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHis maternal grandmother died during the time he was trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics last year. He didn’t make it to the Games.“That’s why I went to her grave before I flew here,” said Morrison, who was born in Olongapo to an American serviceman and Filipino mother. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony His family migrated to Maryland but transferred to the Philippines for good when he was seven.The 2015 SEA Games gold medalist in featherweight graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.He was also a bronze medalist in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014.“I’m already 27 now, so if I can still can I will still fight in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila,” said the 6-foot-1 Morrison.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more