Ottawa Hills Elementary Holds Book Drive for Kids in Liberia

first_imgOTTAWA HILLS, OH (WTOL) – For the next two weeks, Ottawa Hills Elementary students will be collecting books and money donations to give to kids in Liberia. “There’s one person over there who wishes they had a book, and you know that you’re going to help them soon and they’re going to get that book,” said Will Berschback, 6th grader and student council co-president. Over the years the 4th, 5th and 6th grade student council members have used the school’s book fair as a way to collect books to send to kids in other countries. First it was Guatemala; then Haiti. And this year it’s Liberia. This week and next week they’re asking people to donate new or gently used books for any and all ages. They’re also accepting money donations to help with the shipping costs. Each 55 pound barrel can hold up to about 100 books, but it costs $150 per barrel to send them. The student council members say they were upset when they found out that a lot of students in Liberia don’t have books to read. But this book drive is changing all that. “It’s important because I think that all kids should be able to read. And that maybe they want to do something, but they don’t have the information to know how to do it or how to become someone that they want to. And I think if we give them books, they can fulfill what they want to do,” said Teddy Perozek, 6th grader and student council co-president. (Source this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fed regulation eyed for risky mortgages

first_imgAny new laws from Congress are far from certain, however. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., says increased regulatory oversight and voluntary actions by lenders are preferable to a government bailout. Dodd announced this week that several major participants in the mortgage market, including Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and HSBC Holdings Corp., agreed to adopt a set of principles for dealing with homeowners who face possible foreclosure. Kurt Pfotenhauer, senior vice president for government affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association, called Dodd’s approach “responsible, thoughtful and forceful.” A taxpayer-financed bailout plan doesn’t make sense, he said, because “the mortgage finance industry is already stepping up to help those borrowers.” Determining what Congress should do is complicated by a lack of consensus about how much impact the subprime market’s troubles may have on the economy. Steven Wieting, senior economist with Citigroup, said tighter lending standards should result in lower levels of home sales in the coming years. He does not believe the mortgage market’s troubles will hamper the economy in the short term. As defaults rise, credit agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s have in recent weeks downgraded or placed under review bonds backed by risky mortgages, particularly second mortgages that borrowers have used to finance 100 percent of a home’s value. Moody’s predicted last week that investor losses on subprime mortgage bonds issued last year would likely be bigger than expected, as many borrowers will soon face higher – and unaffordable – rates at the end of their initial fixed-rate periods on adjustable-rate loans. Christopher Thornberg, principal with Beacon Economics in Los Angeles, said the credit-rating agencies should have been far more skeptical. “These things should have been rated as risky a long time ago,” he said. At the state level, lawmakers and government officials have been responding quickly to the mortgage market’s troubles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As state lawmakers rush to reform lending practices that have contributed to a recent surge of mortgage defaults and foreclosures, some consumer advocates say these efforts fall short of what is truly needed: a federal law protecting homebuyers. The number of foreclosures nationally jumped by 47 percent in March from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac Inc., a problem concentrated in the subprime lending market for borrowers with shaky credit who took higher-priced and adjustable-rate loans. Amid fears that distress in the subprime lending market could spill over into the broader economy, some members of Congress are demanding reforms. But industry officials counter that increased scrutiny from regulators and investors has already triggered self-corrective measures, such as demands for more income verification and larger down payments from buyers. On Thursday, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced a bill to require tougher federal standards for mortgage lenders. They also proposed greater public and private financing of consumer-education programs aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. last_img read more


first_imgKate Slevin from Biddy O’Barnes famous pub is on a mission.She’s hoping to identify all the men in this picture from 1959.Thanks to friends on Facebook, she needs just two more names – and is hoping’s massive worldwide readership will help to finish off the job! Let us know on if you can help.MEN IN A RAILCAR 1959: CAN YOU IDENTIFY THEM was last modified: June 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:biddy o’barnesrailway menlast_img read more


first_imgJim McGuinness will explore his ancestry and their links to the 1916 Rising in a new four part documentary for RTE television.Jim McGuinnessThe series, called Ireland’s Rising’ begins on Sunday night next at 8.30pm on RTE One.The Glenties man is one of a number of well-known faces who traces his roots and how the took part in the Rising. He will also explore how Donegal life played out during the time.JIM McGUINNESS TO TAKE PART IN RISING DOCUMENTARY was last modified: November 25th, 2015 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:1916 RisingdonegalJim McGuinnesslast_img read more


first_imgRoma McLaughlinIreland Women’s Under 19’s secured a third straight win in the UEFA European Championships by beating Sweden 2-1 tonight to reach the semi-finals.Known as ‘The History Girls’, they produced another remarkable display at the UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway thanks to goals from Savannah McCarthy and Megan Connolly to follow up on the wins over Spain and England.Roma McLaughlin, from Greencastle – who is still just 16 and the youngest player in the entire tournament – didn’t play tonight but was cheering on from the sidelines. It wasn’t a great start for Dave Connell’s team as Sweden took the lead after just eight minutes when captain Julia Wahlberg ran onto a through pass and fired in from a tight angle.Typical of this Ireland team though, they set about responding straight away. With Chloe Mustaki leading by example in midfield, the momentum started to swing towards the girls in green.Clever running off the ball from Katie McCabe, Sarah Rowe, and Amy O’Connor pulled Sweden away from their central base, while Grace Wright and Keeva Keenan got forward from full-back.The only thing missing was a measured pass and Connolly provided it on 21 minutes. A free-kick inside her own half didn’t look like being a threat but she picked out McCarthy to head in. Sweden goalkeeper Zecira Musovic couldn’t get to McCarthy’s looping header, but she did well to deny McCabe two minutes later when the Raheny United attacker unleashed a shot at goal.With temperatures soaring at pitch level, referee Zuzana Kovacova called for a cooling break on the half hour but it was more of the same from Ireland once play resumed.A shot from distance from Julia Anna Ekholm tested the alertness of keeper Brooke Dunne, although Connell’s team finished the first half on top. And they set about building on it in the second period.Sweden, who needed a win by a two-goal margin, tried to score again with Ekholm firing at Dunne again, however Ireland’s organisation held their opponents off and they used the ball well.A second goal was next on the wishlist and Connolly supplied it on 80 minutes. After McCabe earned a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, the Cork native curled in an effort via the underside of the crossbar. Ireland then held on to record a huge win and they will be back in action on Thursday, where they will be prepared to write another chapter in history as the final is only one more game away,REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Dunne; Keenan, O’Connell, McCarthy, Wright; Connolly, Mustaki, Dwyer; Rowe (Shine 58), O’Connor, McCabe (Carson 88).SWEDEN: Musovic; Ekholm, Bjorn, E Karlsson, N Karlsson; Andersson (Angeldal 76), Hurtig, Wahlberg, Curmark (Okvist h-t); Blackstenius, Olme (Jansson 70).REFEREE: Zuzana Kovacova (Slovakia) DONEGAL’S ROMA McLAUGHLIN SAVOURS REACHING EUROPEAN SEMI-FINAL WITH IRELAND was last modified: July 21st, 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:GreencastleIrelandroma mclaughlinU19sWomenlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Donegal Rally weekend is almost here. This video by Digipics Studios shows rally cars from The Donegal Rally in 1999, leaving the Market Square area of Letterkenny.The drivers include Bertie Fisher, Austin McHale and James Cullen. Cars now leave from outside An Grianan Theatre on the Port Road.The other clips were recorded, we believe, in Ramelton also in County Donegal. Look out for mark 1 and mark 2 Ford Escorts, Hillman Hunter’s and Hillman Avengers, Porsches and Hillman Imp’s. Pat Dunnion’s car and The Swilly Inn car driven by Eamon Harvey can also be seen.  DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY: VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM 1999 was last modified: June 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY: VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM 1999last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Whittier City Council’s regular meeting scheduled Tuesday has been canceled. The next regular council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the council’s chambers at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. For more information, call (562) 945-8200. Powers to serve in city posts LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The city has hired Justin Powers, a former Anaheim city employee, as the new community development director/assistant city manager. Powers for the last six years has been working in the Planning, Community Service and Public Works departments for Anaheim. He has a master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in political science/public service from UC Riverside. Arts committee seeking volunteers PICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Arts and Culture Committee has several volunteer opportunities for Pico Rivera residents who would like to assist in organizing social and cultural events, programs and trips. The committee meets monthly and helps sponsor numerous cultural and social events throughout the year, including Concerts in the Park, Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and Family Arts Day. It also plans trips to museums, theaters and art studios. Anyone interested in joining the committee should call (562) 801-4430. Dance classes set in La Mirada LA MIRADA – The city is offering lessons in salsa, meringue and cha-cha from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 2 for the cost of $77. The six-week classes will teach basic partner turns and combinations. A partner is not required. For registration information, call the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Parenting tips class scheduled MONTEBELLO – Community members seeking to become better parents will have the opportunity to learn new and effective strategies and techniques beginning Jan.12. Designed especially for parents of teens, this free 10-week class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Montebello United Methodist Church, 1220 W. Whittier Blvd. The class is free and open to all parents, guardians, grandparents and foster parents. A materials fee of $25 is payable at the first class. Classes are available in English and Spanish and free childcare will be provided. To register or for more information, call (323) 728-8170. Applications taken for city funding WHITTIER – The Whittier Social Services Funding Commission is accepting applications for its 2006-07 funding process from citizens and local organizations that provide social services to local residents. A new application, available for download at, must be used when completing a funding request. Hard copies of the application are available, but they must be submitted either typed or computer-generated. Applications are due at 5p.m. Jan. 13 at the Community Services Department, 13230 Penn St. All winning applicants will be notified by late spring for funding that begins July 1. For more information, call (562) 464-3360. Medical profession classes offered WHITTIER – The Whittier Adult School will offer winter courses in medical transcription, medical billing, medical clerk and medical receptionist. Daytime classes are from 8a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Evening classes are from 5:30 to 9:30p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Classes begin Jan. 4 for daytime and Jan. 5 for evening. Registration for day classes is $40; $35 for evening. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1301. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

“Fundamental Assumption” in Zircon Dating Called into Question

first_img(Visited 129 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A commonly-used dating method has been threatened by new findings that undermine assumptions.Crystals of zircon often contain uranium and have been used for a long time to date rocks into the millions-of-years range. The assumption has been that the parent (U) and daughter (lead, Pb) remain locked in the tight crystal lattices of zircon, so that mineralogists can accurately measure ratios of the elements resulting from radioactive decay. That assumption has been called into question by a new paper just published in Nature Communications. First, the impact:Our findings have important implications for the use of zircon as a geochronometer, and highlight the importance of deformation on trace element redistribution in minerals and engineering materials.Now, the reasons for the concern:Trace elements diffuse negligible distances through the pristine crystal lattice in minerals: this is a fundamental assumption when using them to decipher geological processes. For example, the reliable use of the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) as a U-Th-Pb geochronometer and trace element monitor requires minimal radiogenic isotope and trace element mobility. Here, using atom probe tomography, we document the effects of crystal–plastic deformation on atomic-scale elemental distributions in zircon revealing sub-micrometre-scale mechanisms of trace element mobility. Dislocations that move through the lattice accumulate U and other trace elements. Pipe diffusion along dislocation arrays connected to a chemical or structural sink results in continuous removal of selected elements (for example, Pb), even after deformation has ceased. However, in disconnected dislocations, trace elements remain locked.This means that parent and daughter elements in the radioactive decay chain are not locked into the crystal: they can move.Our results demonstrate the importance of deformation processes and microstructures on the localized trace element concentrations and continuous redistribution from the nanometre to micrometre scale in the mineral zircon. Dislocation movement through the zircon lattice can effectively sweep up and concentrate solute atoms at geological strain rates. Dislocation arrays can act as fast pathways for the diffusion of incompatible elements such as Pb across distances of >10 μm if they are connected to a chemical or structural sink. Hence, nominally immobile elements can become locally extremely mobile. Not only does our study confirm recent speculation that an understanding of the deformation microstructures within zircon grains is a necessity for subsequent, robust geochronological analyses but it also sheds light on potential pit-falls when utilizing element concentrations and ratios for geological studies. Our results have far-reaching implications for the interpretation of local elemental variations in not only deformed minerals but also a range of engineering materials.The authors do not provide any specific examples of rock dates being misinterpreted either as older or younger, or by how much the error could be. They only show that a “fundamental assumption” in the dating method is not true; the elements can move quickly and become “extremely mobile.” For this reason, they warn, “when interpreting local elemental and isotopic variations in both deforming and deformed crystalline materials, a thorough characterization of deformation-related dislocation structures is essential.”This is not the first time zircons have been called into question as geochronometers. See “Geological Theories Are Not Set in Stone” (1/07/16), “Major Scientific Revolutions Are Still Possible” (11/24/15), “How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are” (4/08/15), “The Trouble with Zircons” (3/25/13), “Uranium-Lead Dating Fraught With Discordance” (1/08/13), and “Discovery Upsets Geological Dating” (11/17/11).We do not know the degree of impact this paper will have on interpretations of rock ages other than the authors’ warnings that the implications could be “far-reaching”. Creation geologists may wish to dig into the details of this open-access paper and offer comments below. Perhaps the consequences will be minimal; perhaps not. It depends on how it affects standard methods of measuring elemental ratios.Even if the impact of these findings is low, there will still be problems with other assumptions. Creationists may remember the findings of ICR’s RATE project that showed unexpected helium retention in zircons under high heat in deep wells (see explanation by D. Russell Humphreys at ICR). This new paper appears to present a possible significant challenge to another leading assumption about zircon dating that would reinforce the RATE finding. For if lead can diffuse around in the crystal, how much more the slippery, lightweight noble gas helium?If nothing else, this paper points out that long-age dates are not “set in stone” like some kind of sealed time capsule. You have to make assumptions to interpret a measurement, and assumptions are subject to change. So what other dating methods will have their assumptions questioned in the future? Be careful when scientists offer “proof” of long ages.last_img read more

New corn disease found in Indiana

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue Extension plant pathologists have identified tar spot, a corn disease not previously reported in the United States, in plant samples collected from a field in north central Indiana.The specific fungal disease found in the state has had minimal impact on yield in other areas where it is endemic, including Mexico and Central America, and experts say no action is needed to manage it this late in the growing season.“We are still determining the impact, if any, that the disease may have in Indiana,” said Kiersten Wise and Gail Ruhl in an article published in the latest issue of Purdue’s Pest and Crop online newsletter. “However, it is important to alert Extension specialists if you observe the disease to accurately document its distribution in the state.”The disease was diagnosed at the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed in September by a U.S. Department of Agriculture national fungal identifier located in Beltsville, Maryland.Initial symptoms of tar spot are brownish lesions on the leaves. Black, spore-producing structures called ascomata appear later, protruding from the leaf surface and giving the leaf a rough or bumpy feel.“The structures can densely cover the leaf and may resemble mature, black pustules present on leaves due to infection by rust fungi,” the authors said. “Lesions with these ascomata may coalesce to cause large areas of blighted leaf tissue, which can be mistaken for saprophytic growth on dead leaf tissue.”Symptoms and signs of tar spot might also appear on leaf sheaths and husks.Tar spThe authors say tar spot can be caused by two different fungi — Phyllachora maydis and Monographella maydis.“To date, only Phllachora maydis has been found in Indiana,” according to the authors. “In areas where this disease is commonly found, infection by Phyllachora maydis is not considered to significantly impact yield, but infections by Monographella maydis can cause economic damage.”The source of initial inoculum for both fungi has not yet been determined. The disease they cause is occurs in the cooler and higher elevations of Mexico and Central and South America, and the West Indies, so their ability to spread over land through other climatic zones may be limited.Not known to be seedborne or to infect other species, Phyllachora maydis could be transported on fresh or dry maize leaves or husks, or products made from them, from which ascospores would have to be produced and carried by wind or rain splash to maize.Wise and Ruhl said Purdue experts will work to determine how the disease got to Indiana and what steps need to be taken, if any, to prevent future outbreaks.For more information on tar spot, download the USDA diagnostic fact sheet at read more

8 tips to write a great log (according to cache owners)

first_imgDon’t leave a generic log: We’ve all seen them, the generic TFTC (Thanks for the cache) log. To a geocache owner, writing a thoughtful log conveys that you had a memorable experience and it wasn’t just another find.Appreciate the thought and work that went into the geocache: A lot of work goes into hiding a geocache, especially the ones that are extra special. Take the extra time to tell a cache owner what you appreciate about finding the geocache!Write about the experience to get to the geocache: Sometimes it’s all about the journey. Cache owners have many reasons for choosing a location for a geocache. Tell them about your adventure leading up to the find.Leave a photo: A photo is worth a thousand words, or so they say. Visually showing part of your experience is fun for a cache owner to see. But don’t make the mistake of posting a spoiler photo that gives away the hide!Give details about the geocache: Did you spot the geocache right away? Is the geocache in good condition? Is the logbook full? Good or bad, cache owners appreciate knowing the status of their geocaches. Share what you left behind. Did you trade any SWAG or move any trackables? Let the cache owner know!Consider leaving a Favorite point. Did the geocache stand out to you for any reason? If so, consider leaving a Favorite point* and writing about it in the log.Describe what made the geocache fun to find. Whether the cache leads you to an amazing view, a clever container, or a creative puzzle to solve, leaving a great log can be very validating to the cache owner. Future seekers who read the logs can also get a better idea of whether they would also enjoy the cache. Leaving thoughtful logs doesn’t just give back to the cache owner, it also inspires them for future hides. What tips do you have for writing a great log? SharePrint RelatedSnooping near Snoopy — Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 16, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”Three ways to thank a geocache ownerJuly 12, 2019In “Learn” Writing a great log can take a little extra time but is well worth the effort. It takes dedication, planning, and creativity to hide a geocache. Writing a personal and detailed log is a way to make a cache owner’s day. Here are 8 tips to make a log great according to cache owners. *Favorite points are a Premium only feature Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more