Hunter Pence’s farewell to the Giants and their fans will have you dabbing at your eyes

first_imgThere’s no crying in baseball? Yeah, and Yogi Berra is a cartoon character.You’re darn tootin’ there’s crying in baseball. Exhibit A: Hunter Pence’s glorious farewell to the Giants, their fans and the greater Bay Area. Published Thursday on the The Players Tribune, it is titled “Gr8ful.”Before we begin, you need to grab a fistful of tissues, or a monogrammed handkerchief — heck, an old rally towel will do.He begins: “I definitely wish some of the great times in our lives could go on forever …last_img

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Animals from Junk by Chance

first_imgHow to build an animal: throw junk DNA at it.  That seems to be the latest idea on where higher animals came from.  A press release from University of Bristol posted on Science Daily and EurekAlert announced, “‘Junk DNA’ Can Explain Origin And Complexity Of Vertebrates, Study Suggests.”    The basic idea, coming from scientists at Dartmouth College and University of Bristol, is that a proliferation of micro-RNAs appeared in early vertebrates like lampreys that was “unparalleled in evolutionary history.”  The scientists compared genomes of living fish (sharks and lampreys) and invertebrates like the sea squirt.    Because micro-RNAs are implicated in higher organisms, the circumstantial evidence convinced them of a correlation: “Most of these new genes are required for the growth of organs that are unique to vertebrates, such as the liver, pancreas and brain,” said Philip Donoghue of Bristol.  “Therefore, the origin of vertebrates and the origin of these genes is no coincidence.”    Dr. Kevin Peterson of Dartmouth put the discovery into a larger context: “This study not only points the way to understanding the evolutionary origin of our own lineage, but it also helps us to understand how our own genome was assembled in deep time.”There you have it: the Darwin Party buzzwords necessary to make the eyes glaze over: deep time, understanding, evolutionary origin, zzzz.  While you were sleeping you didn’t see the magic tricks.  They threw junk at a sea squirt and poof!  A pancreas emerged!  then a liver!  then a brain!    So happy Darwin Day.  Stop thinking so hard.  Join the party.  Have some fun.  Get involved in this game – blind man’s bluff.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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BT unveils R27m empowerment deal

first_img7 November 2008UK-based multinational telecoms company BT has unveiled an empowerment deal under which Sekunjalo Investments will acquire a 30% stake in the company’s South African business for R27-million in cash.According to BT, the company has been operating in South Africa for more than 16 years, and the deal, for which it is providing vendor financing, demonstrates the company’s commitment to black economic empowerment.Its local business currently serves over 300 clients, including several locally based multinational companies.“We are delighted to be able to partner with such a high-profile empowerment group as Sekunjalo,” BT Middle East and Africa vice-president Brian Armstrong said in a statement this week.“This clearly represents another milestone in BT’s development in South Africa and opens a whole raft of new business possibilities for BT.”Top empowerment companyThe JSE-listed Sekunjalo was established in May 1996 as a black-controlled economic empowerment group to benefit previously disadvantaged individuals and community organisations – who make up over 80% of the company’s shareholder base.In 2006, Sekunjalo was recognised as South Africa’s Top Empowerment Company by the authoritative Financial Mail/Empowerdex Survey of Top 200 listed companies. The following year, the company was selected as one of the top 125 New Champions Global Growth Companies by the World Economic Forum.“We are extremely excited to partner with BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services,” said Sekunjalo Investments CEO Mo Kajee. “BT has a long track record of success not only in South Africa, but Africa as a whole, and we are excited about the new opportunities this partnership brings to both BT and Sekunjalo.”Following the transaction, which is subject to South African Reserve Bank approval, Sekunjalo will be able to appoint two representatives to BT’s South African board, with the remaining five members being BT-appointed representatives.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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A New Strategy for Drought-Stressed Cities

first_imgGraywater Systems Multiple usesIn drought-stricken regions, households and businesses have already started to reuse graywater, and some builders are installing dual plumbing systems in new developments to supply treated graywater for toilet flushing and possibly other nonpotable uses, such as watering gardens. Rather than being sent down the drain, water from showers or sinks is stored in dedicated tanks and treated depending on how it will be used on site. Many regions of the United States are struggling with water shortages. Large areas of the West are contending with moderate to severe drought, while California is now in the fifth year of one of the most extreme droughts in its history. Even non-arid regions, such as the Southeast, are not exempt from water shortages. At the same time, rapid population growth is increasing water demand in many of the nation’s most water-scarce regions, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and Florida.In these conditions, some state and local governments are looking for innovative ways to save water. One strategy gaining increasing attention is using graywater – water from bathroom sinks, showers, bathtubs, clothes washers, and laundry sinks, but not from toilets or kitchens – for purposes other than drinking, such as flushing toilets.The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently published a report that analyzes the potential of graywater reuse, available treatment technologies, and the human health and environmental risks associated with graywater reuse. The study’s committee, on which I served, concluded that reusing graywater can improve water conservation by expanding local water supplies and providing a drought-resistant year-round local water source. A need for guidanceGraywater contains bacteria and pathogens, so it needs to be treated for all indoor uses. Treatment would include disinfection at minimum, and sometimes also removal of dissolved organic matter. Systems for indoor graywater reuse require special plumbing features, including backflow prevention, and graywater treatment processes are complex. These systems must be installed by a certified plumber, and maintenance is critical.However, many states and localities have not adopted treatment guidelines or regulations for indoor graywater use. Los Angeles just released guidelines for indoor use of alternative water sources, such as graywater, early this year. San Francisco also developed a Non-Potable Water Program in 2012 that includes use of graywater for indoor demand.Treatment strategies are available to remove contaminants from graywater, but the lack of widely accepted treatment guidance for various uses limits broader adoption of graywater for indoor use. Developing rigorous, risk-based guidelines for communities that lack them could improve safety and build public confidence while reducing costs of unnecessary treatment.A common standard of treatment could also enable companies to develop treatment systems that can be broadly applied, thereby reducing costs to consumers. The Water Environment Research Federation is currently sponsoring a National Water Research Institute expert panel to develop guidelines for indoor use of alternative water supplies such as graywater.However, treatment guidance alone is not sufficient to protect public health. Graywater reuse to meet indoor demand is most practical at the neighborhood or mult-unit iresidential scale where there is an existing system in place to oversee operations and maintenance.It is important to ensure that systems operate as they were designed to work, so that humans are not exposed to health risks from improperly treated graywater. But overseeing them can create additional burdens for public health departments that may already be stretched thin. Local enforcement agencies would benefit from additional expert guidance on appropriate, cost-effective maintenance, monitoring, and reporting strategies.With appropriate treatment and maintenance of reuse systems, graywater could provide a safe and reliable local water supply for water-scarce cities. Gray WaterHow to Install a Branched-Drain Graywater SystemGraywater: A Precious ResourceUsing a Roof for Rainwater HarvestingCalifornia City Pushes Water ConservationEco-Friendly Palo Alto Ups the Ante Graywater reuse is not a new strategy, but for many years plumbing codes required graywater to be combined with blackwater (wastewater from toilets) and treated through the same system as sewage. In the past decade, however, many states have revised their laws, reflecting the growing interest in graywater reuse. As of 2014, 26 states allowed some form of graywater reuse.Simply reusing graywater to flush toilets can reduce home indoor water use by 24%, on average. Using treated graywater to meet water demand for toilet flushing and laundry has the potential to reduce demand by nearly 36%. Graywater reuse in new multi-unit residential buildings offers clear economies of scale, but we need more data on the cost of such systems.In arid regions such as Southern California, our report showed that household-scale graywater reuse provides larger potential water savings (up to 13% of total water use) than household-scale capture of rainwater from roof runoff using a large cistern (up to 5%). That’s because graywater provides a steady water source during summer months when little or no rainfall occurs.Homeowners often install graywater systems to achieve water and energy efficiency and maintain a reliable supply of water to sustain minimal irrigation during droughts. However, graywater reuse for some applications might not actually save water.Pilot studies of graywater reuse for irrigation in “Laundry to Landscape” programs in Long Beach and San Francisco, California, have shown that it may actually lead to increased water use. This may happen because homeowners expand their landscaped areas or use more water for other purposes when they have graywater available.If water conservation is the primary goal, the first step should be reducing outdoor water use, not using graywater to preserve landscaping that is inappropriate for local climate conditions. For example, in arid regions, water-efficient landscaping provides much larger reductions in water demand than graywater reuse.Graywater reuse for toilet flushing and other indoor uses offers the greatest opportunities for water conservation and does not reduce the amount of water available to downstream water users, as use for outdoor irrigation can. This is a particular value in many western states, where water laws restrict some uses of alternative water supplies to protect the availability of water to downstream water rights holders. Sybil Sharvelle is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Stephanie Johnson, senior staff officer with the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, contributed to this article. This originally appeared at The Conversation. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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NAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens

first_imgPart of Sigma’s flagship “Art” class of lenses, the Sigma 14-24mm is a true ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for both photographers and videographers. Designed for 50-megapixel cameras, the Sigma 14-24mm operates with almost no distortion at infinity focus optimized for real-world use.Cinematic UsesImages taken with Sigma 14-24mm.For filmmakers, the lens is a powerful option for both ultra-wide full-frame filmmaking and cropped sensor setups. Here’s a great sample of the Sigma 14-24mm being used with a Canon 5D Mark IV recording 4K (at its 1.74x crop). With a fixed aperture throughout its zoom range, Sigma’s 14-24mm lens is great for documentary and narrative filmmaking (and run-and-gunners will appreciate the dust- and splash-proof construction). It also pairs well with a wide array of mounts, focus and zoom rings, and cover connections.VR FriendlyImage via Sigma.While videography and photography may be the lens’s prime directives, the Sigma 14-24mm is also VR-friendly and built with multi-camera VR videography in mind. Sigma even offers a new “Front Conversion Service” to convert to a round hood for specialized VR applications.Here are some more specifics:Minimum aperture: f22Minimum focusing distance: 26-28cmMaximum magnifications: 1:5:4Angle of view: 114.2°-84.1°Mount options: Nikon, Canon, SigmaPrice: $1,299For more NAB 2018 articles from Las Vegas, check out some of these links:NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus MonitorsNAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an Update At NAB this week, Sigma announced its new artistic lens: a fast, wide-angle offering. And it’s turning more than a few heads. Cover image via Sigma.While NAB 2018 may be making headlines with camera reveals and innovative new gear, some of the big brands use the conference in Las Vegas to show off some crazy-cool new lenses for filmmakers and videographers to drool over. One great example is the Sigma Corporation’s booth, which showcases the widely anticipated new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens. Here’s everything you need to know about this ultra-wide-angle new offering.Wide Angle Art LensImage via Todd Blankenship.last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles thump Lady Bulldogs, end 1st round at no. 1

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bea De Leon was stellar for Ateneo in the fourth set scoring three straight points to give the Lady Eagles a 19-14 lead after NU threatened to cut the deficit with a 6-1 run to get to as close as 15-14.Not done with showing her clutch genes, De Leon scored on another quick kill for the Lady Eagles’ 21-16 lead.An NU error put Ateneo at the 24-17 match point before Deanna Wong tossed over the winning point.Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro said even though they’re atop the standings after the first round he knows that the second round is another landscape.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Eagles ended the first round atop the standings with a 6-1 record while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 after losing two of their last three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “The first round is really a tough one for us and we really learned a lot from here and I’m telling the players that going into the second round is a lot tougher,” said Almadro. “It won’t be easy for us going into the second round.”Maddie Madayag led Ateneo’s offense with 17 points with De Leon adding in 13 while Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino pitching in 10 points apiece.Princess Robles had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo shrugged off a first set defeat and recovered to take down National University,  23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 for its sixth straight win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Rockets survive last-place Suns as James Harden drops 41last_img read more

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