As San Francisco Giants ponder the future, rotation concerns come into focus

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Amid all the chatter surrounding Madison Bumgarner and Max Muncy’s confrontation in the first inning on Sunday, a key element of Bumgarner’s performance was easily overlooked.There was discussion as to whether Bumgarner shows too much emotion on the field, talk of whether his actions toward Muncy were over the top and per usual, debate over how the left-hander’s outing impacted his trade value.There’s plenty of ongoing dialogue as to where Bumgarner will pitch next and how …last_img

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Watch the Birdie Develop

first_imgDuring a bird’s development, feathers first arise in a row along the middle of the back (the dorsal midline), with rows of new feather buds added sequentially in a spreading wave.Chick hatching as development is completed. Credit: Illustra Media.You can watch this pattern emerging in a 5-second video animation in the article. The secret is in complex feedback loops between molecular machines (enzymes) and signal molecules.Scientists have revealed how bird feathers form in a wave-like motion, creating a regular pattern in the skin. The team has identified chemical signals that are switched on and off in the birds’ skin as feathers are arranged sequentially. The findings could help design strategies to reduce feather density in farmed birds that can be prone to overheating, which is a major welfare concern in tropical climates, researchers say.A Defect is BornThe scientists note that, “Intriguingly, the researchers found that, in contrast to chickens and ducks, these waves and the precise hexagonal array of their feather patterning have been lost via different developmental routes in the flightless emu and ostrich.” In the paper on PLoS Biology, the authors say, “the evolutionary loss of emu feather tract patterning in the dorsal skin is a result of a mesenchymal defect, with the emu epidermis being competent to participate in feather development.”This fits the thesis of Michael Behe’s new book Darwin Devolves (being published this week), where he says that adaptation comes from breaking things. Some deleterious mutations, he says, can help an animal survive, such as developing resistance to a threat, but that comes at a cost. And destructive mutations, he argues, are far more likely to spread through a population rapidly than constructive mutations. He doubts that any such constructive mutations occur. So in emus and ostriches, a previously functional patterning mechanism has been degraded. Behe describes his thesis with examples in a podcast on ID the Future, and in the article link above.Here we see a single step in bird development, the feather follicle pattern, that shows precise timing through a number of molecular machines working in concert. It’s is exactly what Timothy Standish, Paul Nelson and Ann Gauger said in the Illustra film about an “elaborate dance” where machines do jobs and cells commit themselves to pathways that have a goal and a purpose: a living bird. The one step of patterning the follicles is arguably simpler than building the feathers that will come later. And what about all the prior and subsequent steps: assembling a beating heart with circulatory system previously built for it, designing the eyes and beak and limbs, and all the rest. How can anyone say that this orchestrated performance is the result of a long chain of accidents? Mutations break things; they don’t build things.Share this video on social media.* The evidence for an intelligent Designer speaks for itself.*Click the paper airplane icon for options on how to share the clip.(Visited 417 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What’s more common than a chicken? What’s more phenomenal than a chicken? Watch the birdie in the video.A Bird Is BornIllustra Media has packaged its stunning clip from Flight: The Genius of Birds about an egg hatching into a new standalone short film. It’s called, “A Bird Is Born.” Watch all the choreographed steps that must occur on time and in the right sequence in order to get a living chick out of an egg:This short film is easy to share on social media. It and many other short films can be viewed on TheJohn1010Project.com.A Feather Pattern Is BornOne of the steps in the development just got more scientific research. In “How bird feather patterns form,” Phys.org shows a photo of what looks like a plucked chicken in a butcher shop, but it’s actually an ostrich embryo before the feathers emerge. Something stands out as you look at it: the orderly arrangement of follicles in a hexagonal pattern. How does that come about?According to a new study published February 21 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, led by Dr. William Ho and Denis Headon of the University of Edinburgh, and collaborative colleagues, the patterning of bird feathers relies on signaling through ectodysplasin (EDA) and its receptor EDAR—the same signaling pathway known to be crucial for the formation of hair follicles, teeth and scales in fish, lizards and mammals.last_img read more

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South Africa must honour heroes: Zuma

first_img11 April 2013 South Africa needs to honour the men and women who helped the country attain freedom and democracy, says President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was speaking in Pretoria on Wednesday at the official renaming ceremony of the Department of Correctional Services’ Pretoria Management Area to Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area. “As South Africans from all walks of life, regardless of the role we played in history or what we believed in then, we have a responsibility to respect and acknowledge the past, celebrate the present and build the future together,” Zuma said. The event also served as the official launch of Freedom Month. South Africa attained its democracy in April 1994 when South Africans of all races voted for their government for the first time. Kgosi Mampuru, a traditional leader who resisted colonial rule, was hanged in Pretoria prison on 22 November 1883, something Zuma said made it fitting to name the management area after him. “The new name should create a general feeling of belonging, because it captures our history and creates a context of relevance. We are pleased therefore, to launch Freedom Month with such a historic event. “This renaming today also marks a historical milestone in our correctional heritage. To be effective, and relevant, the field of corrections, as well as its facilities, must talk to the history that has gone before it, shaping it and drawing inspirations from it.” Zuma added that the government had an extensive ongoing heritage programme that included the upgrading and declaration of historic sites to ensure a more representative and inclusive South African history and heritage. He said the building and maintenance of new monuments and historic sites had great potential to stimulate economic activity and create jobs in communities where these sites were located. These sites would also contribute towards cultural tourism both domestically and internationally. “We will work together with the people of South Africa and the world to ensure that we preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage,” Zuma said. “We regard this work as central towards transformation, nation building, national identity and building a socially cohesive South African society that is non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Growing the Cape’s IT skills

first_imgWhen Luvuyo Rani opened his first internet café in 2006 in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, he never imagined that his business would be at the forefront of delivering IT skills to poorer communities.Born in 1974 in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Rani is the owner and director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a one-stop-shop IT company that provides computer access; MICT SETA (Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority)-accredited computer training; computer hardware and software; and computer sales and repairs in the Western and Eastern Cape.“We offer courses which are needed by the communities; such as end-user computing with social media and the element of mobile,” said Rani. “Our prices are affordable for people to attend our classes and they can pay the fees over a six-month period.”Rani believes that technology is critical in the growth and development of any economy.“Everything needs technology and people need to be skilled enough to embrace and use technology. There is a huge gap in many rural areas where people do not even know how to touch a mouse,” said Rani.“We also offer training to the pastors free of charge for them to manage their administration and also give training to the many women who run educare centres,” he said.Rani completed his studies in Bachelor of Technology in business administration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2002, while teaching at Kwamfundo High School in Khayelitsha.When the government introduced new curriculum standards that required high schools to teach computer skills to pupils, Rani immediately saw an opportunity; he quit his job and applied for a loan to buy second-hand computers from a supplier in Cape Town. He started selling the computers to local teachers. His move surprised colleagues, who thought he was making a mistake, but Rani, who grew up helping his mother in her shebeen, was not about to give up without a fight.The academy now offers courses in basic and advanced computer skills, using email and the internet, and even typing. It also offers advanced courses such as web design, graphic design, office administration and video editing (Images: Silulo Ulutho Facebook page)SILULO’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGSRani says, “I started the business from the boot of the car and I had no offices, and people questioned me about the location of my business. Some even thought I was stealing computers from the schools and selling them back to the teachers.”He encouraged the teachers to start a stokvel (a savings scheme, sometimes with revolving credit) and to contribute R400 a month. Within six months, he says, all of them had computers.But while selling the computers, Rani realised the teachers didn’t know how to use them.“They would buy the computers and display them in their homes and their children would laugh at their ignorance.”He soon started training teachers to use the computers and, by 2006, had saved up enough money to open the first internet café in Khayelitsha. With the help of his brother,Lonwabo, he started off with just 10 computers and dial-up internet access. His business soon grew, with a demand for additional services such as printing business cards and faxing documents. But customers also lacked computer skills.“I started training my customers on how to use a computer in the internet café before opening an academy which changed our business and allowed it to grow,” he says.The academy now offers courses in basic and advanced computer skills, using email and the internet, and even typing. It also offers advanced courses such as web design, graphic design, office administration and video editing.Currently, Silulo has 107 employees and its revenue has grown from less than R50 000 in 2004 to a multi-million rand business in 2013. Rani plans to open more centres in Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Eastern Cape.“We want to make sure that we have Silulo in every township in South Africa. We can do that by franchising and also by owning some of our stores.”Rani attributes his success to the skills learnt while helping his mother run a shebeen. “I think that’s where I learnt so much on how to be an entrepreneur,” he says.PLAYING HIS PARTThorough hard work, dedication and perseverance, Rani has shown that there are many opportunities for young South Africans out there also have an option to become entrepreneurs rather than looking for employment elsewhere. He has Played his Part toward building a better South Africa by creating an organisation that not only provides employment for others, but also helps educate people in the communities in which its stores are based by providing them with computer literacy skills.Silulo and Rani have won a number of prestigious awards; in 2007, Rani was awarded the Cape Times/ KPMG Editors Award for Business Excellence and was selected as an Endeavour Global Entrepreneur by Endeavor South Africa in 2011.In 2008, Silulo won the Western Cape regional for South African Breweries’s SAB Kickstart entrepreneur competition, and in 2012, clinched a gold in the Productivity SA National Productivity Awards as an Emerging Sector leader.{loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more

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I Am an Entrepreneur highlights women in business

first_imgThe panel at I Am an Entrepreneur in Tshwane includes Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media as well as soft services entrepreneurs, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U. (Image: I am an Entrepreneur) The latest instalment of the I Am an Entrepreneur series takes place in Tshwane on Saturday, 10 September with a special focus on the role of women in entrepreneurship.Hosted by My Start Up SA and Ignite SA, the project’s facilitators invite members of the public to join the conversation and share their thoughts with esteemed members of the panel. Topics include the opportunities and challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in both South African and global economies.With a growing awareness of the role women play in the country’s economy, it is understood that there is still a lot to be done in order to fully harness their potential.Lynette Ntuli, chief executive of Innate Investment Solutions and founder of Ignite SA, will host the programme. Joining her as guest speakers will be Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U.The workshop aims to provide crucial insights for leaders, policymakers and aspiring female entrepreneurs, and help them find strategies to enable women-owned businesses to thrive.Media partner Power FM 98.7 will join other partners MTN Business, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Brand South Africa and Renault South Africa in Tshwane.MORE ABOUT I AM AN ENTREPRENEURSince 2013, I Am an Entrepreneur has hosted events in nine cities across eight of South Africa’s provinces.To date the project has brought more than 6 000 young entrepreneurs into contact with well-established business leaders, giving them an opportunity to learn more from those who have already managed to succeed in business.Additionally, the project introduced exciting mentorship sessions that help entrepreneurs with funding, market access and other industry-related developments.MORE ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKERSDhlomo began her media career as an award-winning television news and lifestyle anchor. She later had an eight-year stint as editor of the women’s magazine True Love where she doubled the publication’s readership and circulation.In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media by The Media magazine.Following this, she spent the best part of two years in Paris, France, as head of South African Tourism before completing an MBA at Harvard Business School in the US.Upon her return to South Africa she launched Ndalo Media, a multi-platform company that publishes Destiny and Destiny Man magazines, websites and social media platforms with the aim of producing compelling, unique and useful business and lifestyle content.In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was later named one of Forbes magazine’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa aged under 40.Mkhombo is the founder and current chief executive of Masana, a contract cleaning company that she founded in 2004.Since then she has managed to grow the business from only seven employees to more than 2 000 today.However, Mkhombo’s true brilliance shines through in the way she has prioritised the satisfaction of her employees in an industry where there can be exploitation.Through various empowerment initiatives, some of the employees who started out as cleaners at Masana now hold managerial positions in the business.She has also offered bursaries to ten children of staff members to further their education at South African universities.In May 2016 Mkhombo invested in a new start-up called SiCy Accessories after recognising the potential of a young designer she crossed paths with.Shibambo could not further her studies after completing matric and had to find employment to raise funds to pay for her own studies. She started as a domestic worker and managed to amass the funds she needed to further her studies.Having experienced her own struggles she realised the need for skills development and job creation in her own community.She believed that through empowerment and training of others she could impact positively on the economy at large, and so founded Maids 4 U, a company focused on recruitment, training, placement and compliance of domestic workers, cleaners, au pairs and home-based workers.Maids 4 U is now a franchised business, impacting communities across South Africa.JOIN THE CONVERSATIONI Am an Entrepreneur in Tshwane will be held at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History. Registration starts at 8am and tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite/ Checkers at R100 each. Seats are limited.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 15, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171215High pressure drifts across the state from NW to SE today, ending up in central WV tonight. That track for high pressure also means we see colder air holding over the north. With west winds, developing, we can’t rule out some lake effect snow in NE Ohio later today, and then going into tomorrow, that can stretch back west to include the entire south shore of Lake Erie for Saturday morning. While all that is going on in the north (no lake snow makes it south of US 30, and may even stay farther north than that in many places), southwest winds begin to moderate temperatures later today and especially tomorrow. This moderation continues through Sunday, as our next system arrives.Rains do not move into the state until late Sunday afternoon and evening. They work through from west to east rather quickly, and all action will be done by Sunrise Monday morning. With the timing of the precipitation’s move across the state, we can see some mix of rain and wet snow in northern areas and particularly eastern areas. Snow will not be able to accumulate substantially because of the high water content…but there will be some sloppy wet snow to deal with. Farther south, we look for all rain. Liquid equivalent precipitation will from .2”-.4” over the entire state. Clouds linger overnight through the rest of Monday, though, and that will lead to a somewhat damp feel, even a bit of drizzle in there behind the system.Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday look dry, with a good deal of sun in for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temps will be normal to above normal for the period, as southwest winds hold through the period. Thursday will feature some cloud increase, particularly in the afternoon ahead of a front for overnight Friday the 22nd. That front is not loaded with moisture, but still will be worth a few hundredths to .25” of rain over 70% of the state. It will all be liquid (rain) We will see very, very strong winds develop as the front passes and behind it. Those winds behind the front will be out of the west-northwest and will average 20-40 mph. This is a very strong circulation that so far, has looked to be unable to tap into any moisture source. That is what we will be watching through the week next week, because if it is able to gain access to any moisture, say – off of the Gulf – it will be a much wetter event. For now, just wind and a little rain.Much, much, much colder air is in behind that system for the balance of Friday night into the 23rd. This cold air holds through Christmas Eve too. Northwest winds may create some lake effect snows in northeast Ohio, but generally, we are not looking for as significant of spread of lake snows and lake clouds as what we have seen over the past week. The map above shows total precipitation combined from today through Christmas Eve. Even though its still an active pattern, there is not a lot of true moisture coming.There’s a significant storm complex developing in and around Christmas. Right now, models suggest it waits to make its grand entry into the state until Christmas night and the day after Christmas. This storm comes out of the southern plains, skims the gulf coast and then heads northeast through the mid and lower Mississippi valley around the 25th. That track allows for ample moisture to be available. Cold air should solidly be in place too, meaning this could be a recipe for some significant winter weather for that week in-between Christmas and New Year’s. However, at this time, we think the track is too far south for us to be in the main firing line of heaviest moisture. That being said…there is plenty of time for the track to move and change, so it is definitely worth keeping an eye on. The rest of the 11-16 day forecast window has two strong, cold high pressure domes moving in from NW to SE right on through the turn of the year, meaning we finish 2017 cold…perhaps well below normal.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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PBA D-League: Family Mart-Enderun stuns AMA for breakthrough win

first_imgValandre Chauca put up 24 points, all from beyond the arc, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Titans, who snapped a seven-game slide in the Aspirants Group.Titans head coach Pipo Noundou said the previous losses just proved talent and hunger are within the team.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“We never doubted that we’re going to get at least one win,” said Noundou. “All the losses we had were just by single digits. It means we’re close but with the lack of experience, we just had to adjust, and we took the challenge.”Richard Escoto proved his worth underneath coming away with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Family Mart-Enderun while John Vidal and Mark Gatdula had 17 and 14 points, respectively. 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 Family Mart-Enderun broke away from a close 81-78 game to end the with third with a 35-point explosion in the fourth.Joshua Munzon had 30 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists but couldn’t lift AMA as his team dropped to a 2-6 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MANILA, Philippines—Family Mart-Enderun pulled off a stunner and blasted AMA Online Education, 116-94, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: NU Bulldogs clinch back-to-back UAAP men’s volleyball titles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

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Apologies to Kirk Herbstreit

first_imgLast night I posted what I thought was something from Kirk Herbstreit’s Instagram account. You can go here and see the most recent post on OSU for this account.I studied the account a little bit, saw some photos that had to have been taken by him (behind the desk at Gameday?) and went with it. In retrospect it was quite the whiff. The language in his post really should have kind of been all I needed to know it was fake but I just stared right through it.Turns out somebody is just ripping all the photos he posts to Twitter and posting them on Instagram as him — same name and photo and everything. I have no idea why somebody would go to all this trouble to impersonate Kirk Herbstreit but…yeah.Kirk verified this via Twitter:Someone has created a fake Instagram account posing to be me. My twitter account is verified & real. Please disregard the Instagram account.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 13, 2013So that was my bad. I wasn’t trying to post fake stuff for more attention. I wasn’t trying to make stuff up. I wasn’t trying to do any of that. I should have looked into it further and I own that — no excuses from me on this one. You expect better than that and you deserve better than that and I hope I’ve shown over time that I deliver better than that.And yes, I totally see the irony.I still hope he cancelled his SI subscription.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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