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‘Chicago Fire’ Season 9 Will Finally Tackle Brett, Casey’s Relationship

first_imgFor more from Haas and for even more exclusive TV news and interviews, subscribe to the “Watch With Us” podcast.Chicago Fire season 9 premieres on NBC Wednesday, November 11, at 9 p.m. ET. “I think we’ve extended the ‘will they or won’t they?’ as far as it possibly could go,” cocreator Derek Haas said during the Tuesday, November 2, episode of the “Watch With Us” podcast. “That ‘will they or won’t they?’ will be answered in the first couple of episodes.”Chicago Fire Season 9 Will Finally Give an Answer on Brett and Casey's Relationship Kara Killmer Jesse SpencerKara Killmer as Sylvie Brett and Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey on Chicago Fire. Adrian Burrows/NBCThe characters, who are both part of Firehouse 51, have been through a lot and have grown closer through the years. Fans have wondered for quite some time if their friendship will turn into more. Whichever way it goes, Haas added, “I always want everyone to be happy,” even though he knows that doesn’t make the best TV.The showrunner also noted during the interview that romance scenes will be done “in the same way that we’ve always done them,” despite the coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!Things are heating up on Chicago Fire in more ways than one. When the NBC drama returns with its ninth season on Wednesday, November 11, the writers aren’t wasting any time before diving into Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) relationship.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I’m crazy nervous about it, but we are testing like crazy, and we would never ask actors to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with. That’s been our policy for nine years,” he told Us. “If we ever have an issue, we’ll adjust accordingly. We’re all figuring it out together, and I do trust my cast. I can’t say enough about how great our cast and crew are.”Earlier this year, Spencer, 41, revealed to Us exclusively that he hopes the Brett and Casey coworker relationship grows into something romantic.“I would like to see them get together because what they’re building right now is a friendship and it feels organic. They had different situations, but they’re quite similar, and they both have a bit of an ugly past,” the Australia native told Us in January, noting that their tough histories — his ex-wife left him and her boyfriend (his ex-wife’s brother) broke her heart — brought them closer together. “They’re healing and healing together. I think it’s an organic way for it to happen.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

 

Ghana-Kenya friendly called off

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has cancelled next month’s international friendly against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.The Black Stars, who are scheduled to take on Sudan in a June 7 World Cup qualifier-had planned to use the friendly match against Kenya as part of their preparations.But the change in date of the qualifier has altered the plans of Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah.“The proposed friendly between our team and Ghana has been called off,” said John Karioko, spokesperson of the Kenyan Football Federation.“According to the Ghana FA, their coach says he will not be able to have his players in camp early enough as he had arranged.“The world cup between Ghana and Sudan has been pushed forward to a later date so the coach says he will not be to assemble the players before the game.” The Black Stars will now regroup on May 30 before flying over to Nairobi for the training tour before the double-header World Cup qualifier against Sudan and June.last_img read more

 

Vandal(s) spray paint several businesses in downtown Wellington area

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 340 weeks ago I hope the lil punks are caught and made to scrub the business’ outsides for a year or more…then take a stick to their butts…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David · 340 weeks ago Adad? Another day Another Dollar? I don’t get it Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Duane Newell · 340 weeks ago Why use the word ” artist ” in connection with this person? Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 340 weeks ago FTP – Future Thespians of Peoria Report Reply 1 reply · active 340 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 340 weeks ago Funny, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what the vandal meant with F.T.P. More like F*** The Police would be my guess. Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 340 weeks ago “Vandal” would be a better term than “graffiti artist.” Some graffiti could be considered art, but certainly not this…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 340 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Between Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31, an unknown graffiti artist(s) struck the Wellington downtown area with various “signs and symbols” some vulgar and racially insensitive being spray painted on various businesses around town.Business owners began notifying the Wellington Police Department shortly after 8 a.m. about the graffiti.There are no suspects.“It would appear as if there may be more than one person involved because of the various number of colors used,” said Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. “But I don’t know that to be certain.”As of 5 p.m. the Wellington Police have taken 18 reports. “Although, the estimated damage is minimal, the amount of time that will be devoted to cleaning up this graffiti is significant,” Heath said.Citizens who may have information are asked to contact the WFD and/or Sumner County Crimestoppers at 620-326-3135 or 800-222-TIPS.Editor’s note: The following are pictures of a few of the vandalism incidences. Please be aware that these pictures of the spray paint images can be considered vulgar and racially insensitive. We will leave a white gap so you have to scroll down to view them. If you don’t want to see it, click out of the story now….last_img read more

 

Former Hawks All-Star Lou Hudson dies at 69

first_imgIn this April 15, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, reaches for the ball held by Seattle Supersonics Marvin Webster, center, as Lakers’ Lou Hudson (23), right, defends during an NBA playoff game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)ATLANTA (AP) — Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson.Wilkins says they’ll discover “Sweet Lou” was one of the best shooting guards in NBA history.Hudson, the smooth-shooting Hawks star who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, died Friday. He was 69.He died in Atlanta, where he was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke, the Hawks said.Hudson was a six-time All-Star while with the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta, often playing away from the national spotlight.FILE – In this Jan. 31, 1967 file photo, St. Louis Hawks rookie forward Lou Hudson (23) goes to the basket against Philadelphia’s Bill Melchionni, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/File)“Young people today don’t know how good Lou Hudson really was,” Wilkins, a Hall of Famer, told The Associated Press. “He was a hell of a player. The guy could score with the best in history. He was a phenomenal basketball player.“He should be a Hall of Famer and it’s amazing to me he’s not. He was one of the best (shooting) guards and that’s a fact. You go back and look at his career and look at the numbers and see what he did and you understand.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Hudson “represented the Hawks franchise with style and grace.”“A six-time All-Star, Hudson left an indelible mark on the Hawks and the NBA, both as a player and a person,” Silver said. “On behalf of the NBA, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Lou’s family and friends.”Moments of silence were observed for Hudson before Atlanta’s game at New Jersey and Houston’s game at Minnesota on Friday night.Hudson was the first face of the Hawks in Atlanta.“At the beginning of my career, he became a very close friend,” Wilkins said. “He gave me a lot of positive advice about how to play the game. One thing he told me early on, he said you work very hard when you’re trying to score points. He said look at the game like this: ‘If you score three buckets a quarter, how many points is that?’ I said 24. He said, ‘That’s right and you haven’t even worked hard yet to get to the free throw line. That’s the way you should look at the game.’“He said, ‘The game should be easy for you because of the way you play the game with your ability,’ and that stuck with me my whole career.”Hudson, who at 6-foot-5 could play guard and forward, averaged 20.2 points inr his career. He spent 11 seasons with the Hawks and finished with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979.His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks, joining Bob Pettit and Wilkins as the only other Hawks players so honored.“His jersey is not retired for nothing,” Wilkins said. “Only three jerseys are up there, so you know he had to be a heck of a player to have his jersey hanging in that building.”His No. 14 was retired by the University of Minnesota, where he was one of the school’s first Black players.Houston coach Kevin McHale, also from Minnesota, said every time he saw Hudson the two “talked Gopher basketball.”“Lou could really shoot the ball,” McHale said. “Really good guy. Great guy. Great shooter. Had a good career.”Minnesota coach Rick Adelman, who played against Hudson, called the former All-Star “a great shooter, great all-around player.”Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon said he grew up watching Hudson play.“Lou Hudson holds a special place in the Hawks family, in the hearts of our fans and in the history of our club,” Gearon said. “As a fan growing up with this team, I’m fortunate to say I was able to see almost every game Sweet Lou played as a member of the Hawks.“He was an integral part of successful Hawks teams for over a decade, and is deservedly recognized with the ultimate symbol of his significance to the franchise with the number 23 hanging inside Philips Arena.”Beginning with the 1969-70 season, Hudson averaged at least 24 points in five straight seasons. In his years with the Hawks, he averaged at least 20 points seven times. He set a career high with his 27.1 points per game in 1972-73.He scored 57 points against Chicago on Nov. 10, 1969, matching the franchise record also set by Pettit and Wilkins.Hudson was a first-round pick by St. Louis in 1966 and made the NBA all-rookie team. He missed part of his second season while serving in the Army.Following the team’s move from St. Louis, he scored the first points for the new Atlanta team in 1968. He helped lead the Hawks to the 1970 Western Division championship.Hudson, a native of Greensboro, N.C., is also a member of the North Carolina, Georgia and Atlanta sports halls of fame. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1966 even though he didn’t play college football.Hudson suffered his first stroke in 2005 and later campaigned for the “Power to End Stroke” organization.He is survived by his wife, Madeline (Mardi), his daughter, Adrienne, and his former wife, Bernadette.Funeral arrangements have not been announced.___AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more

 

Pensioner attacked, robbed over $6M by masked bandits

first_imgMasked bandits in the wee hours of Wednesday morning attacked and robbed a 71-year-old pensioner while she was asleep in her Rosa Drive, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.The incident occurred sometime between 02:30h to 04:00h. The victim has since been identified as Joy Proctor who occupies the upper flat of her two-storey wooden and concrete home.According to reports, the two suspects gained entry into the woman’s home by removing several louvre window panes from the back of the house. Proctor recalled that she was asleep when she was awakened by the feeling of being choked. She recalled seeing two masked men, one of whom had his hands wrapped around her neck. He then began to threaten her, demanding that she hand over her money and jewellery.Two bandits then proceeded to ransack the house in search of valuables. After about 15 minutes in Proctor’s home, the bandits made good their escape with the woman’s silver-grey Dualis motorcar, bearing registration number PWW 2862, in an unknown direction.They also escaped with a Sony flat screen television, one laptop, three tablets, two Samsung cellphones, a quantity of gold jewellery valued t $500,000 and $22,000 in cash. In all, the elderly woman estimated that over $6 million in items were stolen.The Police were summoned and detectives have processed the scene. However, no arrest has been made thus far.last_img read more

 

Have Scientists Found the Secret of Aging?

first_imgThere’s a tragic disease that speeds up aging.  Known as progeria (Huntington-Gilford progeria syndrome, HGPS), it is caused by a single point mutation in exon 11 of the NMLA gene.  Children afflicted with this disease look old beyond their years and often die at 13 of heart attack and stroke – essentially, of old age.    A team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), publishing in PNAS,1 investigated the results of this mutation.2  They found that the gene builds a mutant lamin-A protein named progerin/LA-delta-50 that lacks the cleavage site to remove a string of RNA during protein synthesis.  As a result, when it comes time for the cell to divide, “During interphase, irreversibly farnesylated progerin/LA-delta-50 anchors to the nuclear membrane and causes characteristic nuclear blebbing” [i.e., bulging].  This causes “abnormal chromosome segregation and binucleation.”    The NIH team followed up on a recent study that small amounts of the mutant protein are found in normal fibroblasts (cells that give rise to connective tissues, like collagen).  They wondered if this is implicated in the normal aging process.  We all have a tiny amount of this mutant protein, the studies suggest.  Fortunately, anti-progerin antibodies monitor our connective tissues looking for giant nuclei and cells with two nuclei, and induce them to self-destruct (apoptosis).    What appears to go wrong, though, is that some of the mutant cells get through the defenses.  The team believes that there is some kind of “irreversible switch” in late-passage cells, allowing the cryptic splice to proceed, “initiating a series of events that lead to mitotic defects and ultimate senescence.”  If this is true, we all have progeria.  The unfortunate victims of HGPS just have a faster version.  Here’s their conclusion:In summary, our studies demonstrate the abnormal membrane association and dynamic behavior of progerin/LA-delta-50 during mitosis, which lead to aberrant chromosome segregation in both HGPS and normal cells.  These observations further implicate progerin/LA-delta-50 in the normal aging process, suggesting that the same molecular mechanisms responsible for the mitotic defects in HGPS may also act at a low level in normal cells at higher passage.  Taken together with results of previous studies, these data add increasing confidence to the long-held assumption that the study of genetic forms of premature aging can shed important light on the normal process of aging.One of the co-authors of the paper is Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Project.  Dr. Collins is a church-going, born-again Christian whose recent book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, expounded his own theistic-evolution position on origins.1Cao, Capell, Erdos, Djabali, and Collins, “A lamin A protein isoform overexpressed in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome interferes with mitosis in progeria and normal cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0611640104, published online before print March 14, 2007.2“This mutation does not cause an amino acid change (G608G), but partially activates a cryptic splice donor site and leads to the in-frame deletion of 150 bp within the prelamin A mRNA.  This truncated prelamin A mRNA is then translated into a protein recently named progerin/LA-delta-50. The Zmpste24/FACE1 cleavage site is missing in progerin/LA-delta-50 because of the internal 50-aa [amino acid] deletion, so that progerin/LA-delta-50 retains the C-terminal farnesylation.”Though we reject Collins’ position on theistic evolution, we respect his epochal work on the human genome and this study that may shed light on normal aging while helping children afflicted with HGPS.  The idea that God somehow front-loaded all the design into the beginning and let it all evolve from there has three problems.  First, it won’t keep the Darwinists from criticizing him, because it does not contain the chance element essential to Darwinian philosophy.  Second, it cannot be true, because it would require either a strict determinism that runs counter to our knowledge of quantum physics or else would require 24×7 intervention by God to guide the evolutionary process.  Third, the evidence is against it.  Fossil and molecular evidence both fail to illustrate a gradual unfolding of complexity.  But we digress; these issues have been taken up in vibrant debates in the creation and ID community during Collins’ recent book tours and interviews by the press (see example of Evolution News).    Think about this finding.  Though it would be reckless to conclude too much about aging at this point in our knowledge, nothing so far is inconsistent with the Biblical view that death is an abnormality.  Physical aging appears linked to the accumulation of defects.  It was not, therefore, part of the original perfect design.  Normally, these defects would be prevented by all the elaborate quality-control mechanisms in the body.  Something has gone wrong.  This is not the way God originally designed the world.    When the first man and woman sinned, according to Genesis, they were expelled from the Garden and the Tree of Life.  God had warned them that the day they disobeyed they would surely die.  Theologically, they became separated from God at once (spiritual death).  Physically, though, all God had to do was loosen the quality control in the genes, or prevent the constant physical renewal that might have occurred prior to the curse, either as a result of the direct fellowship with God (who is Life), or with a secondary source of renewal He provided (the Tree of Life).  The curse, then was denial of access to the ongoing source of life.  To be dead is to be disconnected from the source of life.  Pick a flower and it dies immediately, though it continue to show its outward beauty for a few days.  The human body was left to “coast” with its own internal repair mechanisms.  Incredibly reliable and sophisticated as these are, they cannot stop all the ravages of decay.  Physical death was only a matter of time.    The good news is that God has turned the curse into an opportunity to bless us even more than before.  Think of how tragic it would be to live forever in a fallen physical state, separated from God for eternity.  The Creator came into this world to suffer the curse of death, that He might redeem us from death – we who are dead in sin, and enemies (read Ephesians).  As Judge of the universe, He could have killed the rebels immediately.  Why did he give us time?  Because He is patient and merciful, He gives each individual a measure of time unknown to anyone but Himself.  Were we each to know our time, most would postpone repentance till the last minute.  Not knowing, we can never escape the possibility every moment that this could be the day our soul is required of us.    Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15).  These Christian doctrines will be celebrated by millions during the upcoming Easter season.  By faith we can accept His sacrifice on our behalf.  He promises to those who come to Him that we will live again with Him in a new creation, where there is no more curse.  Our bodies will age and die, but as the apostle Paul said, for the Christian “death is swallowed up in victory.”  Our bodies go to the grave, like seeds in the earth, only to sprout into a new creation by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.    Having died and rose again, Christ has become the first fruits of a harvest that will share in that resurrection.  With this blessed hope, we can work on earth with steadfastness and joy, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Cor. 15:58).  The most stark difference of all between Biblical creationists and secular evolutionists is right here.  Where are we going?  And how should we live?  To the secularist, there is only aging, death, decay and the ultimate cessation of all activity in a pointless universe that generated life for nothing.  For the Christian, the outlook is totally different.  It is filled with joy and purpose.  In the new creation (Revelation 21), there is no more curse, sorrow, aging, or death, but access to the Tree of Life forever in the city of God.  This gives purpose and joy and direction to life.  In the Lord, our labor is not in vain.    If you are an evolutionist and have been reading these pages, perhaps you have been struggling with the increasing evidence that the case for evolution is going poorly, and that the universe and life really do appear designed for a purpose.  Defend materialism as you might during your healthy days, none of the intellectual arguments will matter much when the aging process catches up with you.  While there is time, while there is hope, will you not think seriously about these things?  Consider again the evidence of design (e.g., this article).  Maybe you’ve been reading our pages for years, and maybe you are finding the evidence compelling, but the reality of God has not gotten from your head to your heart.  The Bible tells that the all-wise Creator who alone can explain the complexity and design in the world has revealed Himself in His word and in person, in His Son Jesus Christ – the Lord.  Christ died for you.  2000 years ago, He walked this earth, was crucified in Jerusalem, a city with geographical coordinates we know.  After His resurrection, He appeared in Jerusalem, Emmaus, and Galilee, at places you can visit.    This is not some fable.  Evolutionists tell just-so stories that can never be checked by observation, but the Bible can be corroborated historically (see, for example, the video clips from Lee Strobel on The Bible and Christ).  History shows that a band of frightened fishermen and commoners in Jerusalem were transformed and changed the world.  How?  What made the apostles willing to travel the world, suffer torture and persecution, each one dying as a martyr without flinching to the death?  The only answer that makes sense is that they saw the risen Christ and became changed men.  The followers of Christ, both men and women, received the power of his Holy Spirit, as He had promised, to become His witnesses to all people, nations, tribes and languages (Acts 1).    That same risen Lord Jesus Christ is alive today.  Patiently He waits for you to accept His offer of pardon and new life.  Why delay any longer?  Today could be your passage from inevitable death to eternal life.    For further help, here is a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation, and here is where to find more help at Christian Answers.  The most detailed Biblical passages on God’s plan of redemption are Paul’s letter to the Romans and the epistle to the Hebrews; a shorter, simpler explanation can be read in I John.  If you have decided to follow Christ, we would like to hear from you confidentially at our feedback line.  Take your knowledge to the point of commitment – do it today.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

 

The sauntering skunk

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exuding a potent musk that stifles the breath and curls the nose, the skunk does not rank high on most people’s favorite animal list. This animal lacks fanfare. Beyond the lovable “Flower” in Disney’s Bambi, or the laughable Looney Toons caricature Pepè le Pew, the skunk rarely graces the silver screen. Nobody wants to be “skunked” when fishing or playing a game. To be called a skunk implies that one possesses a sort of maleficent odor lingering about his essence.Further, as author Alyce Miller rightly points out, the skunk is a very unglamorous animal. Skunk meat is not a feature of fine restaurants, the animals are rarely pursued by sportsmen and they are not beloved literary symbols or pleasant companion animals.Animals and humans alike avoid this smelly resident of farms and woodlots with its characteristic black and white striped body and wedge-shaped head — and for good reason. Anyone who has been a subject of defensive spray of the skunk knows this well. The skunk’s spray is stored in two walnut-sized glands inside the anus and when it feels threatened, the skunk is capable of squirting this oily, yellowish liquid from vents under its tail up to 15 feet. Additionally, possessing a “six-shooter,” the skunk can fire this liquid off up to six times before reloading.Prior to dousing its victim with its foul smelling mist, the skunk does give off a warning.If a skunk:1. Bushes out its fur2. Stamps the ground with its forefeet3. Growls4. Turns its head and spits5. Then, turns its body into a U-Shape or does a handstand on its front legs…RUN!! The polecat is set to go off!If one fails to heed the skunk’s warning the skunk will leave a lasting impression. The victim will be left with a choking sulfuric odor that tears the eyes and lasts for days, with little hope of quick relief — scent on the skin can linger for a month or more.Though it is only the size of a house cat — eight to 19 inches long with a five- to 15-inch striped tail — the skunk is a formidable force to be reckoned with in the countryside, and it seems to know it. American wildlife expert Marty Stouffer playfully observes that the skunk is a “four-legged fumigator which has mastered chemical warfare…so sure in its noxious defense, it will wander almost anywhere.”The skunk has reason to walk with some swagger. It has few enemies. Most predators will avoid tangling with a skunk unless driven to desperate measures due to extreme hunger. And when humans encounter skunks, they briskly walk the other way. But every critter must have its Kryptonite, and the skunk’s primary adversary is the Great Horned Owl, that, conveniently, has virtually no sense of smell.The skunk’s spray serves as a deterrent from open conflict with other animals but the skunk has other defenses as well. Territorial battles between male skunks reveal them to be vicious, tenacious fighters capable of holding their own in claw-and-fang primal contests. Accustomed to their own spray, skunks do not use “chemical warfare” when fighting amongst themselves, but instead duke it out in fierce, hour-long combats that can result in death. A skunk fight is a bloody, rascally, and violent affair.As this description of their primitive ferocity suggests, perhaps there are some aspects of the skunk worthy of admiration. Many a naturalist and outdoorsman have come to respect this often overlooked creature, despite its stinky reputation.In her book, “Skunk,” Alyce Miller reconsiders the smell of the skunk and stereotypical attitudes toward the skunk.“Skunks may win the prize for the most misunderstood mammals of North America…skunk has an understated presence in the New World,” Miller writes, adding that they have “a rich, earthy scent that brings us closer to the wild…Mostly solitary and peace-loving, skunks readily adapt from forest and meadow to urban and suburban landscapes. Skunks conduct themselves with a certain grace, aplomb, and rectitude.”Early twentieth century naturalist and author Ernest Thompson Seton even viewed the skunk in patriotic terms, as illustrated in his essay, “The Well-Meaning Skunk.”“I have a profound admiration for the Skunk. Indeed, I once maintained that this animal was the proper emblem of America. It is, first of all peculiar to this continent. It has stars on its head and stripes on its body. It is an ideal citizen; minds its own business, harms no one, as long as it is left alone; but it will face any one or any number when aroused,” Seton said.According to Marty Stouffer, skunks are “not fully understood and have received a distorted and often times negative image. Each species plays a critical role in the grand scheme of things. The skunk’s benefits outweigh its shortcomings. One of its redeeming qualities is as an asset in controlling rodent populations.”The skunk certainly does perform an important role in agricultural ecosystems. Capable of eating two times their body weight several times a week, skunks eat huge quantities of agricultural pests. Though they are omnivores, 70% of their diet consists of animal matter during the spring and summer when insects and rodents are plentiful. Chiefly nocturnal, the skunk’s black and white striping makes perfect camouflage for hunting and scavenging at night. Using cat-like hunting strategies to catch their prey, skunks capture and consume a vast variety of creatures: grasshoppers, bees, wasps, beetles, crickets, worms, snails, toads, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, minnows, mice, voles, rats, bats, moles, shrews, ground squirrels, and chipmunks.In Ohio, chances are, there is a skunk making its home nearby. A habitat generalist that is naturally occurring in all 88 counties, the skunk is highly adaptive. They prefer open fields and forest edges to thicker woods and can just adjust to the realities of suburbia. Skunks like to den in wood and rock piles, under abandoned farmsteads and buildings, and the old ground burrows of other animals.According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Skunks  seldom cause damage to property other than raiding garbage or eating pet food. They sometimes reside under buildings or in rock and wood piles.ODNR recommends discouraging unwanted visits by taking appropriate precautions:In confined spaces skunks may be driven away by placing an ammonia-soaked towel in the den.Install a one-way door until sure the animal(s) have left, then permanently seal the entrance.An animal that becomes trapped in a window well will climb out if you place a rough board in the well that extends to the top.If an animal gets into the house, open a door and calmly allow it to exit.• Never chase or excite a skunk.Those who catch a glimpse — or a whiff — of a skunk, should not take it for granted. Firstly, they might get sprayed! Secondly, a study of “them stinkin’ polecats” reveals them to be much more than mere stink-spraying nuisances. A proud creature that saunters the hillside with an air of confidence, the skunk projects to the world, “Don’t mess with me, and I won’t mess with you.” The skunk is a wild and free individualist whose musky, feisty aura contributes to its self preservation, meriting a begrudging respect from all with which it comes in contact.last_img read more

 

BlockChalk Starting to Look Like Delicious Meets Foursquare Meets Technorati

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Location#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market BlockChalk, an unusual location based service that has yet to launch publicly but will focus on allowing users to post messages to their neighbors, announced today that it has hired Ian Kallen, an engineer who helped build high-profile blog search engine Technorati for 5 years.Kallen said of the BlockChalk team, “their vision coincided with my long-standing interests in virtual communities and bringing them to real communities.” The small startup was founded in late 2009 and includes former Delicious engineers Josh Whiting and Stephen Hood and was funded by Delicious founder Joshua Schachter, among others.Technorati was once one of the most important companies in the emergence of social media: indexing, searching, categorizing and ranking the wildly disruptive world of blogs. Kallen helped build that system from 2004 through 2009, when it began to go downhill fast. The former blog search marvel is now mostly an advertising network.BlockChalk has been closely watched not just because of its founding team and backers, but also because it has been quite public pre-launch about the general outline of its work, including a discussion this Summer about lessons the company learned in raising funds.The company calls itself “a bulletin board in your pocket” and though public reaction to simple early tests has so far been lukewarm, the company must have some interesting things being prepared behind the scenes in order to continue making such interesting hires.last_img read more

 

10 months agoMourinho tells Benfica to move on from him

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho tells Benfica to move on from himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told Benfica to move on from him.Record says Mourinho was sounded out about a return to his homeland following the sacking of Rui Vitoria.He was approached but despite not giving them an outright ‘no’ he indicated returning to Benfica is not in his plans at the moment.Even the high wages of Mourinho was not considered a problem for Benfica bosses – who believed his benefits far outweigh the outlay.Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager in December. last_img read more