Photo: Earthrise 2007

first_imgThe Japanese Kaguya spacecraft has taken a series of “Earthrise” photos from lunar orbit, including this sequence.  The complete set of new hi-resolution photos is available at Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.  (Due to the orbital path of the spacecraft, Antarctica is at the top.)    “Earth-rise is a phenomenon seen only from satellites that travel around the Moon, such as the KAGUYA and the Apollo space ship,” the caption explained.  “The Earth-rise cannot be observed by a person who is on the Moon as they can always see the Earth at the same position.”    The first set of Earthrise images in December 1968 from Apollo 8 had a dramatic impact on the inhabitants of Spaceship Earth.  Borman, Lovell and Anders called it their Christmas present to the inhabitants of the “good Earth” as they celebrated by reading the opening verses from Genesis (see NASA article).  The recent movie In the Shadow of the Moon retold the story (see CNN).    As an encore, ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft zipped by Earth yesterday and took some stunning images of our planet from the night side.  Rosetta is on a long flight itinerary to land on a comet in 2014.  Viewers may want to compare these Blue Planet images with the latest from the Red Planet taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.    This time, perhaps, these new Earthrise images can be thought of as another holiday gift to Spaceship Earth: a symbolic cornucopia for Thanksgiving.Who could not be thankful at the sight of such a perfect blue sphere out there, loaded with life and beauty?  The contrast with the lifeless and sterile moon makes the scene all the more thought-provoking.  What poetry or Scripture would come to mind as you look at these stunning images?  What deep questions about the universe, Earth, life, humanity, politics, ethics, meaning and destiny arise in your soul?  Take a moment to jot down your thoughts after a good, long gaze at this image.    It’s sad to consider that if astronauts today, 39 years after Apollo 8, tried to read inspirational words from the Bible, they would be promptly sued by the ACLU, and roundly condemned by leading politicians, scientists and educators.  Your thoughts do not have to reflect their thoughts; they can be aligned with God’s thoughts.  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so our my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Purple wheat?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some farmers in northwest Ohio have noted purple-reddish leaves on their wheat crop (see picture). If your wheat plants turned purple, here are a couple of things to note.Environmental: Was the shift in color fairly sudden and widespread in the field? If so, the purple leaves may be weather related. With the abnormally warmer temperatures we experienced this fall, the shift to colder temperatures may have been sudden enough to slow the wheat growth and cause the leaves to turn purple. If this is the case, make a note and watch what develops. Also, planting too shallow, late planting date, abnormally dry compaction soils can accentuate the appearance of the wheat as it adapts from warm to cold temperatures. There is nothing you can do at this time and new growth should shift back to green when warmer temperatures return in the spring.Some of the purpling may be due to a build-up of sugars (sucrose) in the leaf tissue. The switch from warm to cool temperatures can affect the rate of sugar transport in the plant, which may trigger anthocyanin formation. Anthocyanins are reddish-purple pigments that form in stem and leaf tissue, and can help absorb excess light energy and divert it away from photosynthetic centers. These pigments act as a sort of “sunblock” to help the plant handle the sunny and cool environmental conditions while minimizing permanent damage to the leaves.Fertility: If your wheat has been purple for a longer period of time, it may be indication of a phosphorus deficiency. For wheat production, soil phosphorus should be at least 25 ppm Bray P, according to the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendation. We are currently re-evaluating P requirements of wheat through on-farm research to validate that wheat P needs are higher than corn and soybean. Between 2013-2015, we conducted statewide soil testing and found 41% of the soils tested had soil phosphorus levels < 35 ppm Mehlich P. If you haven’t had your fields tested recently, we suggest taking a soil sample to evaluate soil fertility.Disease: Purple leaf discoloration may also be caused by diseases, particularly, barley yellow dwarf virus (BRDV). Indeed, BYDV could have been one of the possible causes of this problem, since conditions remained warm for several weeks after planting, favoring survival of the aphids that transmit this virus. However, contrary to what is being reported, plants with BYDV are usually not found uniformly distributed across the field or associated with tile lines. Due to the fact that this virus is transmitted by aphids, affected plant are commonly found in patches, often close to the edge of the field where aphids usually land and feed. In addition, on plants with typical symptoms of BYDV, only the tips of some of the leaves usually become discolored, not the entre leaf or the entire plant. So, based on what is being reported, it is unlikely that BYDV is the problem, however if it is, there is nothing you can do about it at this time, we will just have to wait and see what happens in the spring.last_img read more

Indirect poll for civic body heads in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Rajasthan Cabinet on Monday decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities in the State.“The Cabinet today (Monday) took a decision for indirect election of mayor and chairperson. Ward councillors will now elect them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters after the meeting. First direct elections of mayor and chairperson were conducted in the State in 2009.“A mayor or chairperson elected by public usually ignores councillors and development works get affected. When a directly elected mayor or chairperson is from one party and the majority in the corporation or municipality is of the other party, it also stalls development,” he said. BJP blamedAccusing the BJP of creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, Mr. Dhariwal said that it was necessary to return to the old mode of indirect elections of mayors and chairpersons to counter the divisive policies of the BJP.last_img read more

PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic plans to compete at Rio Games despite Zika threat

first_imgTop-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic says canceling the Olympics “is unthinkable” and, “for the moment,” he is still planning to compete at the Rio de Janiero Games, despite worries about the Zika virus.Speaking at the French Open on Saturday, Djokovic added that people should not only be concerned about those who are going to Rio for the Olympics, but also the Brazilians themselves – “not talking about them too much.”Earlier Saturday, the World Health Organization rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Aug. 5-21 Olympics.Says Djokovic: “Honestly, I don’t know what to think anymore.”The No. 1 women’s tennis player, Serena Williams, says Zika has “been on my mind” and she will have to head to Rio “super-protected, maybe.”last_img read more

Vine: Dante Fowler Danced With The Rowdy Reptiles During Today’s Basketball Game

first_imgDante Fowler celebrating during a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 05: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators celebrates a fumble recovery during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)University of Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Dante Fowler is forgoing his final year of eligibility so he can enter the 2015 NFL Draft, where he is a projected top-10 pick. Even though he is leaving Gainesville a year early, Fowler has shown he has a lot of love for Gator fans and he did so again today.During UF’s 57-56 win over Arkansas, Fowler hung out with the Rowdy Reptiles, Florida’s student section. He waved pom-poms and even showed off his dance moves.  After the game, Fowler showed love to the fans via his Instagram account:Had fun with them #RowdyReptilesA photo posted by Dante Fowler (@6ixxgod) on Jan 31, 2015 at 12:15pm PSTIt’s always good to see college athletes have fun and support fellow student-athletes. Fowler is an excellent example of that.[ @ThomasGoldkamp ]last_img read more

Exporters Urged to Continue Investing in Their Operations

first_img Chief among these is the National Export Strategy (NES) Several pieces of legislation have been advanced to support an enabling business environment Story Highlights Exporters urged to invest in continuously upgrading their operations, as well as accessing various legislative and policy provisions Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is urging exporters to invest in continuously upgrading their operations, as well as accessing various legislative and policy provisions being piloted by the Government in order to ensure that their outputs are deemed export-ready.Speaking at Tuesday’s (September 3) launch of the Jamaica Exporters Association’s (JEA) CARICOM market access website, at the JEA’s Winchester Road offices in Kingston, Mr. Hylton contended that while the government facilitates the environment for business, exporters must determine their state of readiness.“The role and goal of government is to ensure that the most enabling business environment is in place by providing the most appropriate legal and policy framework to support businesses. The export community must (however) be introspective and ask the question- ‘are we ready to compete on the global platform?’ – and if not, ‘how do we propose to re-tool and re-organize with the end game of increased competitiveness and integration into the global economy?’. In other words, ‘how do we make ourselves more export-ready?’” he said.The Minister cited several pieces of legislation, which have been advanced to support an enabling business environment.Chief among these is the National Export Strategy (NES), the review of which he said the Ministry is “advancing”, through its agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO).He said “an early exchange” with the JEA on a process is anticipated, arguing that it is long overdue.Major initiatives under the NES, which Mr. Hylton said are geared towards capacity building for exporters, include the Inter-American Investment Corporation’s the FINPYME Export Plus Programme, coordinated by JAMPRO in collaboration with the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and JEA.“The Export Plus programme is geared towards improving access to export markets for small and medium size enterprises, and to develop trade related skills and infrastructure, all in conjunction with the World Trade Organization’s Aid-for-Trade goals. This is done through the offering of technical assistance in areas such as certification, operations and management, geared towards improving international competitiveness in the global export sector,” he explained.The Minister pointed out that Jamaica is among a select number of countries in which the FINPYME Programme has been established, and is the only one, to date, that has implemented the undertaking’s six initiatives.Another initiative, he informed, is the Enterprise Development Programme, also called export-max. This focuses on developing of a cluster of export-ready clients, facilitating market opportunities, and increased export earnings.“The first phase of the programme assisted 15 companies, and the second phase has earmarked some $54.9 million for technical assistance to an additional 10 companies,” he stated.Mr. Hylton also cited the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), which he chairs, as another significant initiative, noting that it facilitates companies conducting businesses easily, and trading across borders.He pointed out that the Council has developed a “comprehensive” reform agenda, which outlines key initiatives to be implemented by 2015. This is in order to increase the ease of doing business in and with Jamaica and, ultimately, shoring up the country’s ranking in key benchmarking reports such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Report.He asserted, however, that the reforms “must go beyond the report”, to address fundamental issues affecting Jamaica’s businesses, the business environment, and their readiness to support the business community.“There are too many areas in which our exporters find themselves severely handicapped in their attempt to penetrate and to maintain an advantageous presence in overseas markets. (In addition to) operating at global standards…. we must also strengthen our capacity-building programmes, fix the business environment, and improve market access,” he contended.The Minister also argued that removing bureaucratic impediments and improving the business environment remains a key focus of the Council, “which constantly seeks to implement reforms to foster a more investor and export-friendly business environment to support the growth agenda.”The CARICOM market access website is the result of a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ)/JEA workshop, done in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank, which represents an attempt to provide exporters with accurate information on the country’s export process, and guidelines foe exporting within CARICOM.last_img read more

WWE Superstar Sheamus Fights Bullying

first_imgDoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, and Be a STAR, an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and global entertainment company WWE, are teaming up for The Bully Text: Superstar Edition, a campaign that uses an SMS text message game to get young people to take action around bullying.Video: The Bully Text: Superstar Edition – SheamusBeginning today, young people will be able to participate in the SMS text message experience that virtually walks them through a day in the life of a student giving them a chance to take action around bullying. For example, young people receive a text in the experience with the following scenario: “Seth teases Amy, ur lab partner, about her stutter & everyone laughs. Do u A) wait & comfort her after class or B) tell them to quit it.” Each scenario is designed to make young people think about what they would do in the face of bullying alongside some of their favorite WWE Superstars.“Both DoSomething.org and Be a STAR are committed to giving young people the tools they need to combat bullying,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer, DoSomething.org. “Through DoSomething.org’s expertise in using innovative SMS games to tackle important issues and WWE’s global reach and passionate fan base, this partnership is a no-brainer.”WWE Superstar Sheamus has joined forces to record a public service announcement to encourage participation in The Bully Text.“We are proud to partner with DoSomething.org and their successful Bully Text Campaign, which has already provided thousands of young people with the education and resources they need to stop bullying in their communities,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “Utilizing WWE’s global platforms will provide additional exposure for The Bully Text as well as new opportunities for young people to take a stand against bullying.”“Bullying is the unfortunate great equalizer. The Bully Text Campaign provides a direct and positive resource to the younger generation,” said Robin Bronk, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Coalition. “Be a STAR aims to provide students with the best assets that help combat the bullying epidemic, and the Bully Text Campaign is something we want in every student’s anti-bullying toolbox.”To play the Bully Text, click here or text STAR to 38383.last_img read more

Maggie Q Honored At StarStudded WildAid Event

first_imgLast week, WildAid celebrated its international ambassadors at a special event in Los Angeles.Josh Duhamel and Fergie at WildAid’s LA Gala; photo in background by Nick Brandt/Big Life FoundationCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidThe event, hosted by the Montage Beverly Hills, raised over $2.5 million to support WildAid’s programs throughout the world.Actress Maggie Q was honored with WildAid’s 2015 Wildlife Champion Award. A WildAid ambassador since 2012, Maggie stars in the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign, which in part educates consumers about the myths of rhino horn’s medicinal properties, as well as the “I’m FINished with Fins” campaign against shark fin soup. She has filmed several PSAs, and has participated in multiple photo shoots and media interviews to help raise awareness of the plight of animals around the world.John Corbett and Bo DerekCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidJoining Maggie at Saturday’s gala were Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Paula Abdul, Chevy & Jayni Chase, Tanzanian music artist Alikiba, Kristin Bauer, Michael Cudlitz, Bo Derek and John Corbett, Junior Nyong’o, Amy Tan and many more devoted WildAid supporters.Source:WildAidlast_img read more