Mystery Bird Brings Mistletoe

first_imgA UGA colleague stopped by my office to see if he could come out and gather somemistletoe.Our house is partly surrounded by trees. Out beyond the borders of the tended area arewoods, bushy areas and fields. We have lots of mistletoe in the water oaks near the house,so I said, “Come on.”This got me to speculating as to why mistletoe is so often close to houses and otherbuildings.Where do you see the most mistletoe? In the middle of the woods? Or in front yards,backyards and the courthouse square? Our yard has lots of mistletoe, but our woods havelittle or none.American mistletoe is a parasitic plant that lives on branches. It will live on 100kinds of trees in the Southeast. But water oak, Quercus niger, is perhaps itsfavorite Georgia host.When we built our house 18 years ago, mistletoe was scarce in our yard. Since then ithas taken over to the point that our water oaks are suffering.I’ve noticed that certain birds — one species in particular — move the mistletoe fromtree to tree and branch to branch.Birds eat mistletoe berries. Then, after digesting most of the soft parts, they passtheir lacquer-like droppings, which stick the seeds to the branches.Thus held to the branch, the seeds germinate, and the new plant penetrates the bark.The branch grows around the new plant, and the newly established mistletoe sends out newleaves and twigs.Mistletoe plants often become so numerous that they may deform and eventually kill thetree.Georgia has well over 300 kinds of birds, but only a few berry-eating species are herein the winter to eat mistletoe berries. One of those, a highly valued bird of Southernsong and story, is the No. 1 spreader of backyard mistletoe.The culprit is the mockingbird.Mockingbirds are fruit-eating birds. But their habits are unlike those of robins andcedar waxwings, which roam in flocks throughout the countryside, eating berries wheneverthey find them.Flocks of cedar waxwings and robins often don’t linger long. They’re here today, gonetomorrow. They don’t have the mockingbird’s love of backyards and courthouse squares.The mockingbird is with us day after day, week after week, all winter long, to leavehis sticky, seed-laden droppings on the branches of our trees. It’s as if he’s planninghis own future food supply.Mockingbirds sometimes appear in wild places, especially near concentrations of fruit.But they’re most common near people. They seem to find just the right habitat in ourbackyards.I haven’t seen any research to support this idea. But I’ll bet if ornithologists studythe relationships between peoples’ yards, mockingbirds and mistletoe, they’ll findmockingbirds are the primary deliverers of mistletoe.For mockingbird lovers, I guess this is a reason to like mistletoe. More mistletoemeans better winter habitat for mockers. Mistletoe is also the larval food plant of thegreat blue hairstreak, one of the Southeast’s most beautiful butterflies.If you have trees heavily infested with mistletoe, maybe this winter you can plant somemistletoe-resistant trees. Then when your current trees die, your new trees will be wellon their way.last_img read more

Hamilton wins German GP as rival Vettel crashes late on

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)HOCKENHEIM, Germany — Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One championship lead in unexpected and dramatic fashion on Sunday, winning the German Grand Prix after race leader Sebastian Vettel crashed and then surviving an investigation into his own driving.Hamilton was summoned to speak to stewards to explain a move late in the race, where he went to the pits and then aborted his move. He escaped with a reprimand and so kept his win, his fourth this season and 66th overall.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Raikkonen was the first of the front-runners to change tires, on Lap 15, coming out just ahead of Hamilton.Losing speed, Hamilton changed tires on lap 43.When he came back out, the heavy rain started falling.Raikkonen lost position to Bottas, and Vettel lost control of the title race.Vettel needs to bounce back strongly at the Hungarian GP next weekend, or Hamilton will take the momentum into the summer break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been the most emotional day, up and down. No one ever wants to go see the stewards because they have the hardest job,” a relieved Hamilton said. “I was just 100 percent open with them. They could see how confusing it was.”The incident came while the safety car was deployed following Vettel’s sudden crash. Hamilton decided against pitting at the last second and crossed the grass to rejoin the track — which is prohibited.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I just slowed down and trundled over some grass, and tried to join the track as safely as I could,” said Hamilton, who finished ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.Governing body FIA said it cleared Hamilton — who faced a 5-second time penalty which would have handed Bottas the victory — because “driver and the team candidly admitted the mistake” and “at no time was there any danger to any other competitor.” “You’ve always got to believe,” said Hamilton, adding defiantly: “For those who don’t know me, now you do.”Bottas started and finished second, with Kimi Raikkonen taking third for Ferrari.Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull, but teammate Daniel Ricciardo retired after rising from last on the grid to seventh.Vettel’s incident led to a safety car coming out for several laps, prompting confusion at Mercedes.Hamilton was told to come into the pits, but ignored his mechanic screaming “In, in, in, in!” at him.“They were all panicking in the pit wall,” said Hamilton, who started to move into the pit lane before doubling back and landing himself in trouble with stewards.“It was the most confusing thing,” Hamilton said, recounting his team’s orders. “They were shouting ’No, (go) left! No, (go) right!”When the race resumed, with about 10 laps left, Bottas almost overtook Hamilton.Shortly after, Bottas was firmly told on team radio to “hold position” and not challenge Hamilton.“Taking positives as a team, perfect result for us,” said Bottas, who added — seemingly half-heartedly — that he “understood” the call. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Spieth’s title defense at British Open ends without a bang MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Ferrari made a call, too, at Raikkonen’s expense.With a little more than 20 of the 67 laps to go, he was leading Vettel, who complained of his tires overheating.Ferrari’s senior performance engineer, Jock Clear, told Raikkonen not to hold up Vettel.Raikkonen replied: “I’m sorry but can you be direct? What do you want?” After another indirect message, Raikkonen added “So you want me to let him (past)? Please. Just tell me.”He eventually did, ending the Finnish driver’s hopes of a first win since the season-opening Australian GP in 2013.Asked about the instructions, Raikkonen said “it wasn’t clear, I had the speed.”Hamilton’s win moved him level with F1 great Michael Schumacher on four German GP wins.Vettel had won once before in Germany — at the Nuerburgring — but has never won at Hockenheim. He grew up less than 30 minutes away, in Heppenheim, and may never get a better chance amid doubts over future F1 races.The German GP turned the tables on Ferrari, which also conceded top spot to Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.Things started well, though, with Vettel getting away cleanly and setting fastest laps DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Earlier, heavy rain played havoc at the Hockenheimring as Vettel misjudged a basic entry into a turn and slid over the gravel into the barriers with 15 laps to go.The four-time Formula One champion started from pole position and seemed in control. He kicked the gravel in frustration as he stepped out his car.“I threw it away. It was my mistake,” Vettel said. “I was a tiny bit too late on the brakes, locked the rears and I couldn’t turn. It wasn’t the biggest mistake I’ve done, but one of the most costly ones.”His mishap opened the door wide open for Hamilton, who is 17 points clear of Vettel after trailing by eight beforehand.The British driver was fourth at the time of Vettel’s sudden lapse, having started from 14th on the grid because of a hydraulic problem in qualifying.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer beats Arcata 2-0 to stay perfect on the season

first_imgARCATA >> Patience proved to be quite the virtue for the Fortuna boys soccer team on Wednesday evening.Following 50-plus minutes of trying to break down an Arcata defense that was more than just a little stingy, Fortuna was finally able to get the reward it was looking for. Goals from Carlos Martinez and Julian Urbina within a three-minute span allowed the Huskies to claim a 2-0 win over the rival Tigers and improve to 7-0 on the season.“I think (Arcata) had a good game plan and we just …last_img

Select Blocks of Ruby Code in Vim with rubyblock

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Neil also notes a limitation:Some text objects in Vim respond to a count. For example, the `a{` text object will select _all_ of the current `{}` delimited block, but if you prefix it with the number 2 (e.g. `v2i{`) then it will select all of the block that contains the current block. The rubyblock text object does not respond in this way if you prefix a count. This is due to a limitation in vimscript #2100. However, you can achieve a similar effect by repeating the rubyblock text-object manually. So if you press `var` to select the current ruby block, you can expand your selection outwards by repeating `ar`, or contract your selection inwards by repeating `ir`. Tags:#hack#Tools klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes rubyblock is a custom text object for Vim for selecting Ruby blocks. Drew Neil, the developer, explains: “In Ruby, a block is always closed with the end keyword. Ruby blocks may be opened using one of several keywords, including module, class, def if and do. The rubyblock plugin is aware of each of these.”last_img

January 2 = BYOD’s Big Day: How Will IT And The Cloud Keep Up?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… mat youngcenter_img Guest author Mat Young is senior technical director at Fusion-io.Many enterprise employees no doubt received new tablets this Holiday season. And many are likely to bring them to work on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 – perhaps the biggest day ever for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.Will corporate IT be prepared for the challenge?Managing BYOD devices like tablets poses many security and compliance challenges. Forrester has predicted that that tablets would become the primary computing devices in 2013, so it will be instructive to watch how corporate IT policies evolve to support or discourage BYOD with tablets. (Of course, some lucky workers will end up with tablets provided to them by their employers!)Recent research has noted that – not surprisingly – many tablet users use their devices for email. With traditional data-storage infrastructure, the added workload of all these new tablets connecting into corporate networks could create quite a strain on applications like Microsoft Exchange. If organizations are running virtualized infrastructure or virtual desktops (VDI), delivering consistent performance gets even more complicated.Easy-to-use apps with data served from the cloud make tablets especially attractive to mobile workers. This has led to a boom in mobile applications. It will also be interesting to track how download and adoption rates for mobile apps delivered through the cloud are impacted by the BYOD influx in 2013.Keeping on top of network performance will be a critical requirement for IT teams watching to see how the BYOD influx affects their infrastructure. One possibility is to boost the use of flash memory on the server side as well as on the device side.From cell phones to tablets, NAND flash powers just about every mobile device. But investing in flash on the server-side as well can help improve performance of specific applications and remove overall bottlenecks.As BYOD brings ever-more mobile devices into corporate environments, IT faces a very real challenge to keep up. The proud owners of all those new tablets will demand nothing less.  Tags:#BYOD Related Posts last_img read more

Coaches are aiding doping at the camps: Kripa Shankar

first_imgArjuna award winning wrestler Kripa Shankar has come out with a startling revelation and claims that Jagminder Singh and Ravinder Mann are the two coaches who have been encouraging the national grapplers to take banned substances for months.Speaking to MAIL TODAY on Tuesday, Kripa, who was amongst the CWG probables (but had to pull out following an injury to his nose), said that both Jagminder and Ravinder have been abetting dope for some time now. “They both have been doing this in all the national camps for the last six months,” he said.What makes the situation worse is that Ravinder Mann is not even a qualified coach. “He does not even have an NIS diploma in coaching. Nor was he a wrestler of repute. Can someone please tell me what he is doing as a coach in the Commonwealth Games team,” queried Kripa.He also said that Ravinder Mann was nobody in the wrestling fraternity one year back. “Nobody even knew who he was a year ago. About eight months back, he was grafted as a coach. That too replacing a good coach like Rishi Pal. He is very close to the top brass of the WFI and has been pampered by them,” That Ravinder Mann does not have the right credentials to be a coach was corroborated by one of the leading coaches of the sport.Speaking on condition of anonymity the coach said that, “I won’t say more than one thing and that is Ravinder cannot be termed a coach by any stretch of imagination. The rest is for you to interpret,” he said.advertisementWhen queried, Kartar Singh, secretary of the WFI agreed that Ravinder Mann was not a qualified coach. “I fully agree that he (Mann) is not a qualified coach. We have never claimed that he is a coach,” he went on to add.But then he went on to defend the decision of appointment of Ravinder Mann on the basis of his reputation as a wrestler who has represented the country in many international meets.”Ravinder has played many international tournaments. And in wrestling, we have a precedent of appointing a wrestler of repute as a coach. So the appointment of Ravinder as a coach should not come as a surprise,” he said.But when asked to name the tournaments where Ravinder represented the country, Kartar drew a blank.”Right now, I am in Jalandhar and I cannot recall the tournaments in which he has played. I am coming to Delhi on Wednesday and will get back to you on which all international tournaments he has participated in,” he said.As regards the charges that both Jagminder and Ravinder were helping the wrestlers to take banned substances in the camps, Kartar said that these were all baseless allegations.”The WFI will not like to comment on these baseless allegations regarding these two coaches. Their credentials are beyond question,” he said.’B’ SAMPLE RESULTS TO BE OUT TODAYThe ‘B’ sample results of two swimmers and two athletes, who are under provisional suspension for failing a dope test, will be out on Wednesday.Swimmers Richa Mishra, Jyotsana Pansare and shot putter Saurav Vij were part of the national team’s Commonwealth Games squad but were found positive for methylhexanamine, a stimulant that was added to the list of banned substances by WADA this year.Discus thrower Akash Antil is the fourth athlete who flunked the dope test while swimmer Amar Muralitharan is yet to appear for his ‘B’ sample test.The six wrestlers, who also tested positive for the same drug, came up with the same result in their ‘B’ sample test and the sanctions to be imposed upon them will be decided by a three-member anti-doping disciplinary panel.The chairman of the disciplinary panel – Dinesh Dayal – has called the other two members of the committee on Thursday when the date for the hearing of the six wrestlers will be decided.last_img read more