Ellsworth Elks Soccer Shoot to be held Saturday

first_imgELLSWORTH — This year’s Ellsworth Elks Soccer Shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24.The event pits youth soccer players of all ages against one another in a shooting contest that provides a stern test of each player’s accuracy and power. More than 500,000 youth soccer players are expected to participate this year as Elks lodges across the country host qualifying tournaments in the coming weeks.Competitions are divided into boys’ and girls’ divisions with U8, U10, U12 and U14 classifications provided for each. The winners from each classification will advance to a district competition, where they will have a chance to reach the state and then regional championships.Hancock County had one particularly noteworthy contestant last year as Jacob Bagley of Hancock won the local, district and state crowns at the U12 level. The wins earned Bagley the chance to compete in the regional championships in Colonie, N.Y., last November.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s Del Luce Stadium. There is no charge for entry.last_img read more

Johnny Cueto’s first start a reminder of what Giants have missed, what they desperately need

first_imgPart baseball player and part performer, Cueto returned to the mound at Oracle Park on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow 13 months ago.The injury robbed the Giants of … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s not doing justice to Johnny Cueto to simply label him as a pitcher.“He’s an artist,” catcher Stephen Vogt said.“He likes to entertain,” manager Bruce Bochy said.last_img read more

Evolutionary Psychology “Wrong in Almost Every Detail”

first_imgSeems like Darwinism can’t get anything right about the human psyche.  Sharon Begley, writing in the Wall Street Journal, discussed David J. Buller’s new book, Adapting Minds (MIT Press, 2005), and found it “the most persuasive critique of evo psych I have encountered.”  Buller details why evolutionary psychology, despite its bravado, fails to explain rape, child abuse, and even normal sexual attraction.  Begley was so convinced, she said, “After ‘Adapting Minds,’ it is impossible to ever again think that human behavior is the Stone Age artifact that evolutionary psychology claims.”The Darwinian explanatory edifice is being dismantled before the eyes of the watching world, one crumbling mud brick at a time.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

20 years??

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseI recently had a rare couple of free hours and some jobs to do around the house. I got my laptop out and clicked on my music list to enjoy some tunes while I worked. Things were going great. I was rocking out and getting stuff done for about three songs before it happened.I am not especially tech savvy, and a few weeks prior I had plugged my phone into my computer to transfer a file and I unknowingly transferred many of the audio interviews I have done in my career over to my laptop. They intermingled with my music. As a result, my randomly selected mix of songs now includes randomly selected interviews I had conducted with countless farmers and agribusiness professionals from years gone by.The first interview started playing over my laptop speaker and I sort of groaned. I stopped what I was doing (I think it was caulking the shower) and went to skip to the next song so I could resume rocking out and tackling more chores. It wasn’t more than two songs later that another interview came on, and I repeated the process. This time though, there were three interviews in a row in the random queue that I needed to skip before finding a song.I repeated this process a couple more times and was weeding the front flowerbed when another interview came on. I started to stop what I was doing to skip the interview and get to the next song.“Ha! This one is pretty good,” I said out loud to myself.In the audio file that was playing, I was talking with Quinton Keeran                                                                                     a few years back when he worked at the Ohio Pork Council. We were chatting about the wonders of bacon. I let it play.Next on the playlist were back-to-back interviews I had done with Between the Rows farmers who were reporting on the weather at the time. One was too wet and planting was stalled. The next was a report of strong yields during harvest in northwest Ohio. I kept weeding the garden and listened, fondly remembering the great conversations I’d had and the friends I had made with each new interview that played.I took out the trash, emptied the dishwasher, Gorilla Glued a broken toy, cleaned the garage, and changed the oil in the lawnmower all while letting the audio — interview or song — play. Each new interview I heard took me back to the time and situation it was conducted. Some were during great times of incredible commodity prices. Others were more somber when times were lean on the farm. They included great victories and great challenges within Ohio’s agriculture. All of the interviews were different, but they were all the same in that they involved someone using their valuable time to share their insights with me. So many of Ohio’s farmers have shared their stories, their farms and their legacies with me. So many others have taken their time to read the words I have written based on those interviews.How incredibly humbling…It does not quite seem like yesterday (maybe more like last week) when I started my job as assistant editor for Ohio’s Country Journal 20 years ago this month: June of 1999. The current managing editor Kim Lemmon and I started within days of each other and still work together today. It is a wonder she has tolerated me all of these years. Bart and Sheryl Johnson very kindly took a chance on both of us way back then and we have been through some incredible changes over two decades. We went from 12 issues a year, to 18 issues a year to 24 issues a year. The covers were glossy when we started. They are newsprint now. We lost our leader, a pioneer in agricultural communication, Ed Johnson, in 2001, but we have worked hard to maintain his vision and passion for showcasing Ohio’s agriculture.Back when I started this job, print was my sole focus. Today the instant news and constant potential for updates on the Internet dominates much of my time. We didn’t even have a website when I started in 1999. There are now more mediums for us to be “Ohio’s Source for Ag Information” than ever before and it creates new challenges, but also incredible (and fun) opportunities to reach readers and listeners.Soon I was lost in thought about the incredible journey over the last 20 years so many of you have shared with me. I stood at the sink, half-heartedly trying to fix the wobbly handle, listening to an interview I’d done with a young hog showman. My fingers were a bit sticky from the Gorilla Glue and my eyes were a bit misty as that interview wrapped up. Thanks to the many, many fantastic people who have played a role in my time here at Ohio’s Country Journal. It has been a truly incredible 20 years — a dream come true. I’m looking forward to many more great interviews for OCJ moving forward.A raucous rock song came up next on my playlist. I stopped what I was doing and walked over to my computer to skip it.last_img read more

Can Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem?

first_imgI recently read a New York Times article on the coal problem. In the future, the article notes, we won’t be able to burn coal at our current rate, so there is an obvious need to make a transition to alternative sources of energy. According to the Times article, the most likely replacement for coal is solar energy.Because most industrial economies currently depend heavily on coal, the Times notes that the economic effects of this transition will be perilous. On the bright side, the article cites recent “revolutionary” technical improvements in solar technology that will ease our transition to a solar future, noting that engineers have developed solar power plants that can produce over 7 watts per square foot of collector. “The new power is as exhaustless as the sun itself,” the Times gushed.Here’s the kicker: the article was published on September 10, 1868. That’s right — over 145 years ago. I came across the article by chance, when I entered the word “solar” into the search box on the New York Times web site, and then (on a whim) clicked “oldest to newest.”The article (“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”) is so interesting that I have reprinted a good chunk of it on this page (see the sidebar below).“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”[Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the September 10, 1868 issue of The New York Times.]About two years ago, a very earnest discussion, as our readers will remember, sprang up in England on the prospective exhaustion of the coal-beds of Great Britain and Europe. Not only the scientific Press, but the literary and social — the Saturday Review, the Spectator, the Times, the magazines — took it up. Sir Wm. Armstrong and other scientific men attempted estimates of the duration of the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more