Celtics clobber Cavs in Game 5, inch closer to NBA Finals

first_imgOne of them will be in Boston.“Our focus — LeBron’s focus — is to win,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “That’s the only thing that matters.”The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.Reserves Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13.FADING STARJames had one basket on four shots in the fourth quarter, and afterward conceded that he was worn down. He finished 1 for 6 from 3-point range in the game; the Cavaliers made just 9 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent overall.“I had my moments, but I think everybody at this point is tired, worn down whatever the case may be,” he said. “I was still trying to make plays, put our team in position to win.”GOONING IT UPBoston went on a 15-3 run in the first quarter to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. The Celtics scored nine in a row at the end of the first quarter and into the second to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game.That’s when the Cavaliers fought back. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re looking forward to having an opportunity to force a Game 7,” said James, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds but also had six turnovers. “It’s up to us to see if we can come back here for one more.”Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and 21-year-old Jaylen Brown had 17 points for Boston. Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing a single vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.“The sky’s the limit” for Tatum , Brown said. “He’s going to continue to get better. He’s my workout partner. I expect it in myself and I expect it in him.”Kevin Love scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.To extend that streak, he’ll need to win two in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) goes to the basket over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Golden State’s Iguodala still struggling with bruised knee MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After a hard defensive play by Morris sent Larry Nance Jr. into the first row of seats, Morris appeared to wander over and say something. Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.Aron Baynes and Brown came in to break it up, and Terry Rozier put a body on Nance. After a review, the referees called technicals on Rozier, Nance and Morris. Kyle Korver made the foul shot to make it 36-20 and Cleveland went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points, 36-28.But Morris made a long 3-pointer to stop the scoring drought, and soon hit another to cap an 8-2 run that made it a double-digit lead.Smart said the Celtics wanted to more aggressive at home.“At their place, they were the aggressor,” he said. “That showed and they came up with the victory. We just wanted to be that team tonight.”TIP-INSTeams that win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series win 83 percent of the time. … James had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists at the half. Tatum had 13 points, and Horford had 10 points and seven boards at the break. … Baynes made his first start of the series, subbing for Morris. … It took until midway through the third quarter for a Cavs starter other than James or Love to make a basket. J.R. Smith sank a floater to make it 63-50, and George Hill followed with a jumper of his own. … The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986. … Horford had his 7th double-double of the postseason, matching a career high he set in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain perfect at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.“I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games. That’s when I have the most fun,” said Tatum, who needs one more 20-point game to tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s rookie record of 10 in a postseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I can’t say it enough: We’re one win away from being in the finals,” Tatum said. “The playoffs bring the best out of people.”Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has given his seal of approval to Donegal Daily. The Minister called into our offices at the CoLab Building on the LYIT Campus to see for himself how we keep Donegal people at home and abroad in touch with the news.The Minister agreed that there is a rapid shift from traditional media onto on-line news and complimented the 35,000 visitors Donegal Daily is getting everyday.The Minister was accompanied by Senator Jimmy Harte and Mayor Frank McBrearty. Mayor McBrearty paid tribute to Donegal Daily’s service which he said was now a vital link to the Donegal diaspora around the globe.“Donegal Daily is at the heart of life in Donegal and is helping to keep Donegal people around the globe in touch with what is happening here.“It is important that people who have been unfortunate enough to find themselves having to emigrate be able to remain in touch with home and their families.“Donegal Daily is doing that and we should not underestimate the role such media is playing in keeping those links alive,” he said. MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS GIVES DONEGAL DAILY A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE! was last modified: March 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal man is one of three people who have pleaded not guilty today to charges relating to Anglo Irish Bank.William McAteer, 63, from Auburn Villas, Rathgar in Dublin and originally from Rathmullan appeared at the Central Criminal Court this morning.Mr McAteer (pictured) is charged with 16 counts of providing unlawful assistance to 16 individuals in July 2008 to buy shares in the former Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Plc. He replied ‘not guilty’ to each of the charges when they were put to him.Sean FitzPatrick, 65, from Whitshed Road Greystones in Co Wicklow and Pat Whelan, 51, of Coast Road, Malahide  in Dublin, face the same charges. They also pleaded not guilty. Mr Whelan also denied a further seven charges.Fifteen jurors are being selected today for a trial expected to last several months.Twelve jurors will hear the case, with three reserve jurors also selected in the event one of the 12 is unable to continue.DONEGAL MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ANGLO BANK CHARGES was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGLO IRISH BANKchargeswilliam mcateerlast_img read more


first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 5, 11, 13 and 29 117. There was one winner of Match 3 Numbers; PaAntonie O’Haraul McCrudden, Killybegs. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €4,000 and Match 3 is €60. You can now do the Killotto online. Visit www.locallotto.ie and go to the Killybegs page. There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prize went to Tizzy O’ Carroll, Largy, Killybegs. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,100 on 45 calls.  The seniors and reserves are playing Glenfin in league on Sunday in Fintra at 1.30pm and 3pm. Club Membership is now due. You can pay Rita Nolan or Kathleen McCabe. Family – €50 Single – €30Student – €15 Minor – €10GAA: KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegs GAA Club noteslast_img read more

Tourism Ireland puts Donegal in the spotlight ‘Down Under’

first_imgTravel agents from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland have been visiting Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way. The travel agents all won the opportunity to travel here during a recent Tourism Ireland sales mission to Australia and New Zealand.The group travelled to some well-known places around Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Glencolmcille Folk Village and Sliabh Liag. The travel agents enjoyed lunch at Leo’s Tavern, which was followed by an Irish coffee-making demo. They also enjoyed a live traditional music session at The Reel Inn and an overnight stay at the Central Hotel in Donegal town. Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination. In 2018, they welcomed 228,500 arrivals from Australia and New Zealand to Ireland. Sofia Hasson, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Australia commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Donegal and Ireland to these travel agents from Australia and New Zealand. There is really no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand.” REPRO FREE17/05/2019, Sliabh Liag, Co Donegal – Travel agents from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Auckland have been visiting Ireland. The travel agents all won the opportunity to travel here during a recent Tourism Ireland sales mission to Australia and New Zealand.PIC SHOWS: Travel agents from Australia and New Zealand with Erika Stewart, Tourism Ireland (centre), at Sliabh Liag.Pic – John McConnell (no repro fee)Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087-685 9027  Tourism Ireland puts Donegal in the spotlight ‘Down Under’ was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evolution vs Science

first_imgIf evolution were subject to falsification, it would have been abandoned 160 years ago. The facts keep attacking Darwinism.Darwinism gets a favored status in academia and the media it doesn’t deserve. Facts have been lodged it against it repeatedly, yet it survives a strong consensus. Why is that?Senescence: Still an Unsolved Problem of Biology (bioRxiv). Peter Medawar (1915-1987), a Nobel laureate and evolutionist, smeared Darwin doubters by saying, “For a biologist the alternative to thinking in evolutionary terms is not to think at all.” And yet a problem he raised within Darwinian theory remains unsolved. How much more time do they get?Peter Medawar’s ‘An Unsolved Problem of Biology’ was one of several formal attempts to provide an explanation for the evolution of senescence, the increasing risk of mortality and decline in reproduction with age after achieving maturity. Despite ca. seven decades of theoretical elaboration aiming to explain the problem since Medawar first outlined it, we argue that this fundamental problem of biology remains unsolved.Horizontal gene transfer overrides mutation in Escherichia coli colonizing the mammalian gut (PNAS). Gut bacteria should be a lab for evolution, because the germs reproduce fast and adapt to their environment. In this study, however, scientists found that bacteria change by sharing existing genetic information (horizontal gene transfer) rather than by the mutation-selection theory predicted by Darwin. The first assertion in the Abstract contradicts the findings:Bacteria evolve by mutation accumulation in laboratory experiments, but tempo and mode of evolution in natural environments are largely unknown. Here, we study the ubiquitous natural process of host colonization by commensal bacteria. We show, by experimental evolution of Escherichia coli in the mouse intestine, that the ecology of the gut controls the pace and mode of evolution of a new invading bacterial strain. If a resident E. coli strain is present in the gut, the invading strain evolves by rapid horizontal gene transfer (HGT), which precedes and outweighs evolution by accumulation of mutations.Probing an evolutionary riddle (Science Magazine). This article was mentioned in yesterday’s post, but fits here as well: Evolutionists cannot explain the tendency of humans to harm themselves. Elizabeth Culotta explores various theory-rescues to explain the “evolution of suicide”—which even Darwin considered contradictory to his theory—but ends up confused.Evolutionary psychiatrist Randolph Nesse of Arizona State University in Tempe says he’s “intrigued, but by no means convinced,” by Soper’s idea that humans have been shaped by tendencies to avoid suicide. Nesse emphasizes that suicide “is a behavior that can have many possible causes and motives,” so no unified evolutionary theory can adequately explain it.Exceptional preservation of mid-Cretaceous marine arthropods and the evolution of novel forms via heterochrony (Science Magazine). This headline sounds like evolution is scoring points, but whenever you hear the phrase “exceptional preservation,” Darwin gets nervous. An unusual crab fossil is making these Darwinians grab theory rescue devices out of their bag of tricks, including convergent evolution and “heterochrony,” a fancy word for tweaking evolutionary developmental rates to save the theory. Even so, it doesn’t help rescue Darwin’s idea of mutation and natural selection.Evolutionary origins of novel forms are often obscure because early and transitional fossils tend to be rare, poorly preserved, or lack proper phylogenetic contexts. We describe a new, exceptionally preserved enigmatic crab from the mid-Cretaceous of Colombia and the United States, whose completeness illuminates the early disparity of the group and the origins of novel forms. Its large and unprotected compound eyes, small fusiform body, and leg-like mouthparts suggest larval trait retention into adulthood via heterochronic development (pedomorphosis), while its large oar-like legs represent the earliest known adaptations in crabs for active swimming. Our phylogenetic analyses, including representatives of all major lineages of fossil and extant crabs, challenge conventional views of their evolution by revealing multiple convergent losses of a typical “crab-like” body plan since the Early Cretaceous.So the thing lost traits and kept its baby parts. How novel. Darwin won’t get humans from bacteria with that kind of evolution.Oldest completely preserved lily discovered in Brazil (Phys.org). Another exceptionally-preserved fossil challenges Darwinism. Complete with supporting leaves, petals and pistils, this lily was 100% lily at 115 million Darwin Years old—the oldest lily ever found. “Already 115 million years ago, tropical flowering plants were apparently very diverse and showed all typical characteristics.” In addition, the same fossil bed contains diverse angiosperms including “water lilies, aron rods, drought-resistant magnolias and relatives of pepper and laurel.” So where is the evolution? Did flowering plants just pop into existence, like Popeye? (see 17 August 2019).Plants obey (and disobey) the island rule (PNAS). Here’s an illustration of the proverb, “Evolution works, except when it doesn’t.” There are very few rules in the Stuff Happens Law. One of them was supposed to be the Island Rule: animals evolve toward a medium size on islands. It’s not so simple. Watch theory rescue at work (‘evolution works in strange ways’) in the light of contradictory observations:The island rule predicts that small animals evolve to become larger on islands, while large animals evolve to become smaller. It has been studied for over half a century, and its validity is fiercely debated. Here, we provide a perspective on the debate by conducting a test of the island rule in plants. Results from an extensive dataset on islands in the southwest Pacific illustrate that plant stature and leaf area obey the island rule, but seed size does not. Our results indicate that the island rule may be more pervasive than previously thought and that support for its predictions varies among functional traits.Rapid evolution: New findings on its molecular mechanisms (Science Daily). There may be change in this story one could “call” evolution, but it is not Darwinian. It does not involve mutation and selection. It also contradicts a Darwinian prediction that speciation occurs after geographic separation (allopatric speciation). Lastly, it’s a case of microevolution that is not controversial, even among creationists. The kind of microevolutionary “sympatric” speciation described here involves changes in microRNA regulation—an epigenetic heritable change that does an end run around Darwin’s mechanism.Genetic diversity couldn’t save Darwin’s finches (Univ. of Cincinnati). Darwin’s finches are well-known icons of evolution, but they shouldn’t be. They are very similar birds exhibiting microevolution. Now, however, a new study may turn them into icons of non-Darwinism. “A study by the University of Cincinnati found that Charles Darwin’s famous finches defy what has long been considered a key to evolutionary success: genetic diversity.” There’s plenty of genetic diversity within and between populations of these birds, but it is not saving them from the risk of extinction. Was Darwin wrong?Yes, Darwin was wrong. As reported earlier (5 August 2019), Yale professor David Gelernter has abandoned Darwinian evolution for its many contradictions to reason and evidence. As more and more prominent scientists become brave enough to risk their careers and reputations by becoming Darwin skeptics, they pave the way for others to do so. Some will get tired of the just-so storytelling habit and continual theory rescues required to force observations into Darwin’s ideology. When a tipping point is reached, the collapse of Darwinism could be rapid.We had to stop the list of Science vs Darwin cases here in order to keep the article short, but these are far from the only examples. Consider the Cambrian explosion, sudden appearance and stasis in the fossil record, living fossils, non-Darwinian mechanisms, and lack of explanations for all the complexity and beauty of the living world, to say nothing of the origin of life, the origin of consciousness, and all the astronomical and cosmological evidences of fine tuning. Darwin’s days are numbered. Will we live to see the day he is finally laughed off the stage for the charlatan he was? ‘Stuff Happens’—good grief. The most elegant theory in the history of science, Dawkins calls it. Yes, that deserves a round of laughter, mixed with boos and hisses.Humpty Darwin sits on a wall of foam bricks held together by decayed mortar. Cartoon by Brett Miller commissioned for CEH. All rights reserved. (Visited 546 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享48last_img read more

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) collaborates with Brand South Africa to host an international student send-off programme

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 14th August 2019 – As the official marketing agency of South Africa tasked with building the country’s brand reputation and improve its global competitiveness, Brand South Africa has collaborated with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to host an international student bursar’s orientation and send-off programme.The programme, enabled by the cooperation between the South African Government and the Hungarian, Russian and Chinese Governments, is significant to the education and skills development agenda as reflected in Vision 2030. We believe that a programme of this nature empowers these bright young minds to represent the country well and upon completion of their post-graduate programmes, to contribute to a better South Africa.This four-day pre-departure programme commences on the 12th August till the 15th August 2019. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to inspire pride and patriotism amongst the departing students, empower them to represent the country positively and remind them of the crucial role they will play in shaping perceptions about South Africa.One hundred and ten South African students are recipients of this bursary programme and will head to Russia, China and Hungary. “It is key that we remind students that we are behind them every step of the way. They have a mammoth task ahead of them and we urge them to come back home one day to implement skills and insights they will have learnt”; said Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s, Strategic Relationship Manager.Representatives of the media are invited to join the send-off reception that will take place at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria on Thursday, at 11:00-12:00.Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.RSVPS/Enquiries      :      Ntombi NtanziEmail: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number: 064 890 6819 Follow the conversation on  @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved  Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Watch: Nelson Mandela’s first television interview

first_imgIn 1961 Nelson Mandela was a younger man of 42, on the run from the police for organising strike action in protest against South Africa’s independence from British rule. The decision to make the country a “republic” had been determined by a referendum in which only white people could vote. As freedom from British rule meant the freedom to implement apartheid, most white voters chose freedom from British rule.Mandela organised a labour strike to protest the new racist republic, and by doing so made himself a marked man. His increasingly militant solutions to the problem of apartheid also made him a target for the police. He was on the run. Yet, despite apartheid lunacy, way back then – over 60 years ago – Mandela remained outspokenly committed to racial tolerance and peace.Watch Mandela explain his views in his very first televised interview, in 1961.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 15, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air came blasting back into the state late yesterday…an unwelcome intruder once again. This morning we are seeing temps down at 35 degrees or below over a large chunk of northern Ohio, and even were getting reports of some sloppy wet snowflakes in NE Ohio. Moisture this morning lingers over the eastern half of the state but is trying to push off to the east. We think it will be slow transition to dry weather in the east today, but we eventually get there. Clouds will be giving way to sun in the west this morning, and we should see that continue across the state through the day. Don’t be surprised to see some spits or sprinkles in the east this morning and midday (even a few flurries in NE Ohio), but it will not last all day. High pressure is working across southern Indiana today, but that does mean we will spend basically the entire day in strong north and northwest flow coming around the front and topside of the high. We will transition to south flow around the backside of the high tomorrow into midweek. So, today (this morning) will likely be the coolest of the week, but we should be able to build our temps some from here. Tomorrow turns out partly to mostly sunny and warmer thanks to that south flow. Temps should be normal to above normal over most of the state. Wednesday also looks mild, but sun will give way to clouds through the day. We won’t rule out a few sprinkles later Wednesday afternoon and evening, but really nothing of consequence until Thursday. On Thursday we have rain and thunderstorms spreading across the state with the potential for some strong to severe weather Thursday night. Right now, we expect rain totals Thursday of .25”-1.5” with 100% coverage. The higher rain totals will come via thunderstorms, but the line of potential action looks significant, so a large part of the state has the potential to get the heavier rains. Showers linger through Friday and Saturday, but with much lighter intensity and lower coverage. On Friday, lingering showers can bring a few hundredths to .15” to 60% of the state, while Saturdays action triggers a few hundredths to .25” over 70% of the state, particularly from I-70 northward. The map at right shows rain potential for the week, ending midnight Sunday night. With rain potential over 3 days…that means we see no drying there. The cold today limits good drying, so for the week, between now and Saturday, we may see only 1.5-2 days of good, solid drying potential. We turn out partly sunny on Sunday and see a mix of clouds and sun on Monday, with temps near normal. Rains return next Tuesday with showers and thunderstorms arriving from NW to SE. We end up with 75% coverage over the state for Tuesday with rains of .25”-1”. Then Wednesday we see rains concentrate more on the southern half of the state, with a few hundredths to .4”, mostly from I-70 south. Again, no significant drying there. The extended period starts off with potentially our longest dry stretch in some time. Currently, we see no significant rain threat from next Thursday (25th) through Sunday (28th). Temps look to be near normal, and this may be our first good drying period for the month. Evaporation rates should be near maximum of .25” of liquid per day. But, given the rains between now and then, we have to ask: “is it enough?” Rains are back for Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th, with at least .25”-.75” of liquid potential.last_img read more

U.S. government set to announce surge of help for Ebola epidemic

first_imgA week after sharp criticism met the U.S. military’s announcement that it planned to help Liberia combat its Ebola epidemic with a “deployable hospital” that has a mere 25 beds, U.S. President Barack Obama tomorrow plans to unveil dramatic new efforts to assist the West African countries besieged by the disease. (Update: The White House on Tuesday morning released a fact sheet outlining its planned response. It will be coordinated by a U.S. Army general stationed at a new command center in Monrovia with an estimated 3000 troops. The Department of Defense has asked to “reprogram” $500 million toward the effort.)Obama will be visiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to discuss the U.S. response, At about the same time, a U.S. Senate hearing on Ebola will also take place with testimony from key public officials and Ebola survivor Ken Brantly.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke with ScienceInsider on Friday and said she expected there would be “a substantial surge” in the U.S. government’s assistance. She particularly wants to see more attention paid to providing infected people with good care. “There’s a very, very wide variability in what’s being delivered as clinical care,” says Lurie, noting that case fatality rates differ dramatically  in different locations. “We know that simple interventions are likely to save the most lives.”Lurie stresses that in the absence of proper, basic care it becomes exceedingly difficult to determine whether any biomedical interventions actually work. ZMapp, an experimental cocktail of Ebola antibodies, has been given to seven people (two of whom died) and received enormous attention despite a complete absence of clinical data that suggests the treatment helped. A researcher familiar with blood tests from two of the five surviving ZMapp recipients who spoke with ScienceInsider, but asked not to be identified, said the drops in their levels of Ebola virus mirrored what was seen in monkey experiments with the antibody cocktail. But without being able to compare the clinical care they received—leaving aside the fact that there was no untreated control group—the data have little meaning.Michael Callahan, a clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital in in Boston who consults with HHS about Ebola and has responded to past outbreaks, said that “many” people die from Ebola even though their natural immune responses are driving down levels of the virus. Callahan notes that they do not die from Ebolavirus itself, but succumb to what he refers to as “secondary events,” such as low levels of potassium, wasting from vomiting and diarrhea, and bacterial infections. And many clinics in West Africa do not have the simple devices that exist and can safely monitor blood electrolytes, organ dysfunction, and acid-base balances. “The point is critically important for the current outbreak,” says Callahan, who believes proper care will drive reported case fatality rates of as high as 75% “down into the low 40% range.”What Lurie says will be a “substantial surge” in the U.S. government’s response likely will also include sending staff to train more people how to safely care for Ebola patients. One idea being considered is to teach people who survived an Ebola infection to help with caregiving as they presumably will be immune to a second infection. “It’s a very important question and something we’ve had lots of discussion about,” says Lurie, who said she spoke with a Liberian public health worker who is putting together a registry of survivors. “It’s very challenging for them to go back to their communities,” Lurie says. “I’m very intrigued by the idea of putting together a training program with people who are otherwise having a hard time.” She notes that jobs are also difficult to find in Liberia, and this could give otherwise underemployed people additional skills.In a widely discussed op-ed The New York Times ran on 11 September, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, argued that on top of more support, the global response to the Ebola epidemic required far better coordination. “Many countries are pledging medical resources, but donations will not result in an effective treatment system if no single group is responsible for coordinating them,” wrote Osterholm, who formerly was a bioterrorism adviser to HHS.Osterholm suggested in the op-ed that the United Nations coordinate the response, but he told ScienceInsider he was just floating one idea and hoped the global community would find a leader who understood not just the medical issues, but supply chain, and tactical and logistical movement. “I don’t want the world’s best treatment doctor for Ebola,” Osterholm says. “You need to have someone in charge who can make command decisions and be the spokesperson to really say what’s needed and not needed.”Osterholm says that at the moment, the U.S. government and every other well-meaning country or nongovernmental organization trying to help operates without a master battle plan. “We don’t need 50 sergeants in the room trying to run D-Day,” Osterholm says. “Right now, everything moves with the speed of water in a Minnesota winter. That’s exactly what we can’t do. We need to be able to move quickly and at the same time pace ourselves. This is a fast marathon. That’s been missing completely.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.*Update, 16 September, 11:45 a.m.: This item was updated to provide a link to the White House fact sheet.last_img read more