Strange critter

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaIt was one of the strangest animals I’d ever seen. And I didn’tknow what to call it except a worm. But it was unlike any wormI’d seen before.That was many, many years ago. I haven’t seen one since. I hadn’teven thought of it again — until today.Today, a caller from Hogansville said, “Mike, I was out in myyard and I found some kind of earthworm with a head!””Earthworms don’t have heads,” I said. “Are you sure it’s anearthworm?””Well, no, I’m not sure it’s an earthworm,” she answered. “Myneighbor said it was some kind of a snake. But it doesn’t looklike a snake to me. It looks like an earthworm with a head.”Oh, yeah, the ‘worm’Suddenly, I recalled the “worm” I’d found under a large, flatrock near Hillabahatchee Creek many years ago. “Does it have twodark streaks running down its back? And is it covered in slime?”I asked.”Yes, it has two streaks and it’s very slimy.””And does it have a flat head, kind of like a shovel, that itwaves back and forth?””Yes, it does!” she answered.”Then I know what it is,” I said. “It’s a type of flatworm.”Land planariansThese free-living flatworms are known as land planarians(Bipalium kewense Moseley). They’re of no economicimportance, which basically means they’re just out there. Theydon’t hurt anybody.They feed on earthworms and other small animals, alive or dead,including other land planarians. And they avoid light. They’reattracted to moist areas like under rocks and debris.It’s a strange little creature, according to University ofFlorida scientist Paul Choate in a university publication and Website. The planarian’s mouth has to double as its anus, since itdoesn’t have an anus. You think I’m kidding, right? But it’strue. I imagine that might make it a bit ill-tempered.It reproduces mainly by pinching off the tip of its tail, whichforms a new head in a week or so. But it lays eggs, too. I’m notmaking this stuff up.Own worst enemyIts slimy secretions apparently don’t taste good. Hardly anyother animals eat them. In fact, about the only thing that willeat it is another planarian. So it really is its own worst enemy.The waving head, which makes it look like a tiny cobra in frontof a snake charmer — well, that’s the way the planarian teststhe environment. It has chemical sensors under its head.What’s it testing for?Darned if I know.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

The challenges facing small credit union CEOs

first_imgAs the CEO of a small credit union, it’s easy—and often essential—to get caught up in the day-to-day operations, says Sandi Carangi, CEO of $75 million asset Mercer County Community Federal Credit Union in Hermitage, Pa., and a member of the CUNA CEO Council Executive Committee.“It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it takes up a lot of time,” she says, which makes it hard to carve out time for strategic planning and other high-level initiatives.“Stepping away and being able to do some of the strategic initiatives that you have for your institution,” Carangi says, “is one of the biggest challenges for CEOs at small credit unions. Time management is such a huge part of every day because you get pulled in all different directions. A lot of time is spent putting out fires.”One way she tackles this problem is by setting aside time specifically for high-level issues. Another is by delegating. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Balotelli not surprised by Mancini exit

first_img Press Association Balotelli, who was signed by Mancini for City before being sold to AC Milan in January, insisted his fellow Italian is a “great manager”. Asked about Mancini being sacked, Balotelli told CNN: “I am not really surprised but when I was with him he was a great manager and we had one of the best teams I have played with, the best players. I don’t know why they didn’t win. But obviously there were some problems inside. I am here [Milan] so I don’t know.” Mario Balotelli is not surprised that Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City because of internal problems between his former manager and the club.center_img City said on Monday that Mancini had been sacked after failing to meet all “stated targets” apart from qualifying for next season’s Champions League. The club added: “This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013-14 season and beyond.” Reports in Spain said Malaga have opened the way for Manuel Pellegrini, whose representatives have already held talks with City, to move on at the end of the season and he is favourite to replace Mancini. The Malaga Hoy newspaper said the Qatari-owned Spanish club has waived the release fee in the Chilean’s contract which would allow him to leave when it expires on July 1, and that he has already agreed a two-year deal with City. However the club are unlikely to announce any appointment before next week’s short end-of-season tour to the USA where Brian Kidd will remain in charge of the team. last_img read more

First Female Administrator Takes Helm in Colts Neck

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiCOLTS NECK — Kathleen Capristo of Spring Lake Heights will make history on Sept. 28 when she assumes her new position as the township’s first female administrator.Capristo, former municipal clerk in Spring Lake, will also be the township’s first new administrator in 25 years following the lengthy tenure of Robert Bowden, who retired in May.Bowden was in attendance at Capristo’s Sept. 9 unanimous formal appointment during a Colts Neck Township Committee meeting, along with Capristo’s former bosses Spring Lake Borough Administrator W. Bryan Dempsey, and Fair Haven Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande.Capristo’s two-year employment agreement with the township stipulates she will receive an annual pro-rated salary of $95,000 for 2015 and $109,250 for 2016, according to Beth Kara, Colts Neck’s deputy clerk who was elevated to municipal clerk the same evening. Capristo will also serve as the township’s deputy municipal clerk, recycling coordinator and clean communities coordinator.“We saw 51 people and had many more resumes than that,” said Mayor James Schatzle. “All five of us on the township committee and (acting administrator) Thomas Antus feel her skills will make her a perfect fit for the township. We are confident in our choice of Ms. Capristo.”A nationwide search commenced when Bowden announced his pending retirement earlier this year. Ben Stentz, recreation director for Princeton Borough, was chosen to succeed Bowden, but decided to remain in his current position and the search had to begin again. Antus, formerly administrator in Freehold Township, was tapped to serve as Colts Neck’s administrator in the interim.In addition to Spring Lake Heights, Capristo also served as municipal clerk in Jamesburg. Prior to entering the public sector, she had a 2-year career in corporate human resources. Her experience includes senior level management, compensation and benefits administration, employee relations, strategic planning, budgeting, and contract negotiation experience, Kara said. Of her one-time assistant, Casagrande said, “Kathleen is one of the most effective and efficient people I have ever worked with.” Casagrande, currently borough administrator in Fair Haven, formerly held that position in Spring Lake Heights.“My experience during the assessment and selection process solidified that the committee persons are committed to Colts Neck and its ongoing improvement and that’s important to me,” Capristo told the Two River Times.last_img read more

Govt funding available for West Donegal fire victims

first_imgA Donegal councillor has said that the government have pledged funding for the victims of the gorse fire in West Donegal on Friday. Two houses were destroyed as dozens of firefighters alongside the community tried to tackle the blaze in Annargy.Eight units of the Donegal fire service attended the scene of the fire which was stretched out over a large area. Dozens of local people joined the cause yesterday afternoon, helping firefighters to bring the blaze under control.Speaking on Saturday, Fine Gael representative, Evelyn Sweeney said: “Help is available to families affected by yesterday’s fires.“I’ve been in touch with Minister Regina Doherty’s team and Urgent Needs Payments are now available to cover costs of food and clothing for anyone who lost their home.“There are also a range of other supports including accommodation. I’ve been in touch with Donegal County Council about this too. “I’ve reached out to some of those involved – I’m happy to help anyone who needs it.”There were no reports of anybody being injured after the two properties were destroyed.The disaster comes just a day after the local council warned people about gorse fires as temperatures soar up to 23 degrees over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.Donegal County Council urged landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.The council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires – especially to those heading outdoors to take extra care with camping stoves, cigarettes and throw-away barbecues. Govt funding available for West Donegal fire victims was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

How I Read Books Now: An Update

first_imgI like hardcover books better than soft cover books, eBooks, and audiobooks. A hardcover book reads differently, and the tactile nature of the book radically improves the experience. If I believe a book is important enough to read and study, I always buy it in multiple formats, as each one provides a different experience, and they build upon each other.I read the hardcover book first, mostly because I seem to gain more from the first reading than when I read the Kindle or listen to the audiobook first (even though I sometimes listen to a book before reading it, mostly because I am traveling in a plane or a car, and because I can listen when I am doing something that doesn’t require my full attention). I tend to mark passages with a pencil, with a single dot at the beginning of an important passage, and another to mark the end. This note-taking device is mostly a habit that allowed me to type notes later and refer back to important ideas.When I am far enough into the book, I like to start the audiobook and listen to what I have read, trailing behind my reading of the book. Hearing the concepts again is helpful. Going over the ground a second time deepens my understanding and my retention. I prefer books where the author reads their work, as they are almost always better than when someone else reads for them (with the exception of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, impeccably read by Peter Coyote, whose voices make the content even more powerful).If I am reading to deepen my understanding, I read the book on Kindle or on the Kindle App on the iPad, highlighting and exporting the passages I want to respond to using a system called Zettlekasten, which is sort of like taking notes on index cards, with my notes on single ideas or passages captured electronically. The Kindle app allows you to copy the text directly into another program, in my case, the Ulysses app, which prevents meekest from having to type my notes, something that takes time better spent writing my notes and ideas and responses to what I have read.Why go to all this trouble?As I have written here before, there is no better deal on Earth when it comes to education than a book. For 6 hours and $25, you get access to ideas and insights from someone who invested tens of thousands of hours in attaining them.At one time in my life, I read a book a day. For many years, I read a book a week, but with little to no application and too little retention. Now I prefer depth to breadth, reading widely until I find something worth studying, and then going very deep. If it takes a couple of weeks to draw out the marrow from the bone, the effort is worth the additional time and effort. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “I would rather he did not,” White said, as relayed by MMA Fighting. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands.”McGregor’s transition from the octagon to the boxing might open some doors for other MMA fighters to do so as well, but White made it clear that this was a special case.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” he said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”McGregor looked comfortable in the early minutes of the fight, but was visibly slowing down in rounds 4 and 5. Conor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Although his fighter took a painful loss, UFC President Dana White is extremely proud of his Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor after going toe-to-toe with iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds.With the Irish sensation showing promise in the ring despite the defeat, the UFC head honcho was asked if he’d be ok if McGregor returns to the boxing ring again.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streakcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected,” White told the news outlet. “When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”Regardless of the result, White still has full support of his fighter and is not rushing him for a comeback to the octagon anytime soon.“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—reportADVERTISEMENT UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo blanks La Salle, FEU trumps UST

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Ateneo capped off the first round of eliminations with an emphatic of subduing De La Salle 25-16, 28-26, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles, who are gunning for a fourth straight title, ended the first half of the season with a 6-1 record and are tied with Far Eastern University atop the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The Green Spikers dropped to 3-4 but are still holding on to the fourth spot with fellow 3-4 team University of Santo Tomas.Ateneo’s lone loss of the season was against the Tamaraws in the season opener of Feb. 3, and Blue Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro said the setback has been a constant reminder for the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We talk about it because we can’t not talk about it,” said Almadro in Filipino. “But I’d rather focus on the things I have control of. I can’t do anything about that loss any more, so we’ll just have to improve on our strengths.”Marck Espejo had 21 points to lead Ateneo while Chumasonn Njigha and Ron Medalla combined for 16 points. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ Raymark Woo and John Onia had a combined 21 points to lead the Green Spikers.In the first game, the Tamaraws sent the Tiger Spikers to their third straight loss, 27-25, 22-25, 25-23, 36-34.Jude Garcia led FEU’s charge with 19 points while Christian Detablan and John Paul Bugaoan had 16 and 13 points, respectively.Arnold Bautista and Joshua Umandal had 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead UST.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Curry bucks ankle tweak to lead Warriors past Hawks Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

POWERADE ISOTONIC SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND TOUCH LEAGUE ROUND TWO WRAP

first_imgRound Two of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) produced some close and exciting results at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s White Hill Reserve Complex on Friday 15 June 2007.In balmy conditions, teams across all six divisions settled into the second week of the season well to conjure quality performances across the board.In the Premier Men’s Open division, University-Rebels (Uni-Rebels) and Dodgers played out a tense 2-2 draw on field one in the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Match of the Round.2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup hero Nathan Jones was outstanding for Dodgers, whilst veteran Graham White produced an inspirational game for the Rebels boys.In the 8.10pm game on field seven, Colts continued on their winning way with an impressive 5 –2 victory over the Southern Storm. Colts, with Barry Denduck leading the way, had too much firepower for a willing Storm side that was spearheaded by Queensland Men’s Open Origin player Ryan Pollock, who did not deserve to be on a losing team.In the late game at 9.00pm on Field One Country Club United (CCU) disposed of Tigers 5-1 in emphatic fashion. Young gun Michael Baartz stood out for CCU, whilst Josh Cattell never stopped trying for Tigers.In the second Round of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open competition, Uni-Rebels, Crushers, and CCU emerged victorious from some absorbing contests.In the early game at 7.20pm on field seven, Uni-Rebels got home 3-0 over Colts in a very willing contest.The scores were locked at 0-0 at half time, but defending champions Uni-Rebels did best to finish off their second half opportunities to claim the three premiership points.Lauren Mc Donald and Australian Women’s Open star Teena Mc Ilveen were best for Uni-Rebels, whilst Colts 2007 World Cup representatives Peta and Hayley Rogerson and youngster Savannah Pratten gave their all for Colts.In the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Match of the Round on field one at 8.10pm, Crushers defeated Dodgers 6-3 in an entertaining encounter.Crushers, inspired by an outstanding performance by current Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Amanda Judd, banded together to produce a great team effort to claim their first victory of the season.Judd was in scintillating form with the football in hand, and led the way defensively with several big plays to pilot her team to victory.National Youth Squad member Bindi Hammett, Sharon Searston, and Melissa Cragg also played strongly for Crushers whilst Michelle Gilpen, Rachel Stevenson, and Emma Giarola tried hard to lift Dodgers.In the late game on Field Seven at 9.00am CCU got home 4-3 in a tense battle over former archrivals Southern Storm.These two great clubs battled in eight consecutive Grand Finals from 1997-2004 and history demands that these games are always keenly contested.CCU, with a strong list of players on their roster were always going to be tough to toss once they clicked, and their victory over a talented Southern Storm combination adds further weight to this contention. Queensland Open Schoolgirls star Lizzie Campbell was the standout for CCU, whilst National Youth Squad star Ali Brigginshaw was the Storm’s most dangerous player.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open Round Three action on Friday 22 June 2007, Southern Storm confront Tigers on Field One at 7.20pm.Dodgers and CCU will meet in the 2006 Grand Final rematch on Field Seven at 8.10pm, whilst Uni-Rebels will tackle Colts on Field One at 9.00pm to complete the round.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round Three fixtures, competition front-runners Uni-Rebels will look to continue on their winning way against a confident CCU outfit on Field Seven at 7.20pm.Southern Storm will meet Crushers at 8.10pm on Field One, and Colts with an edict from Coach Craig Morrow to improve their ball control and rucking intensity, will battle with Dodgers in the late game at 9.00pm on Field Seven.Round Three PowerAde Isotonic action also continues in the Men’s and Women’s Two and Three A/B divisions on Friday night with first games commencing at 6.30pm.For full results and fixture schedule please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association web-site at: www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

22 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers: Henderson suspension cost Liverpool title

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers: Henderson suspension cost Liverpool titleby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has suggested it was Jordan Henderson’s suspension and not a slip from Steven Gerrard that cost Liverpool the 2013/14 Premier League title.Rodgers’ Liverpool side won 12 of their last 14 Premier League games at the end of the 2013-14 season.But a loss to Chelsea – in which the infamous Gerrard slip occurred – and a draw at Crystal Palace saw Manchester City claim the title.Speaking ahead of a reunion with his former club this weekend, Rodgers says it was the loss of Henderson which caused them to drop points.”The story that went unnoticed was Jordan [Henderson] was unavailable for three of the last four games because of a last-minute sending off against City,'” he told The Telegraph.”He was a huge miss for us that day (against Chelsea). “But as time goes on and you see the images and you realise how well we played that season so I don’t lose sleep about it.” last_img read more