Kurtenbach: Derek Carr looked great in Week 4, but there’s one thing still holding him back

first_imgHis struggles in the … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceHeading into the Raiders’ Week 4 game with the Browns, I questioned if the Derek Carr’s early season struggles — or, more specifically, the mixed messages coming from Jon Gruden about his quarterback’s play — were an example of the to-be-expected growing pains of a new offense or a harbinger of bad things to come.Carr provided an emphatic answer to that question against Cleveland:last_img read more

Stumph steals game one for Mack

first_imgA pass-ball proved to be the difference in an otherwise — unsurprisingly — close ball game between the Big 5 Conference’s two top teams, Eureka High and McKinleyville.In the seventh inning with no outs and men on first and third, McKinleyville’s Corbin Eichin stepped to the plate looking to delivered a game-winning at bat.Instead, his fellow Panther T-Ryan Stumph stole home on a pass-ball during the at-bat to break a 5-5 tie and give McKinleyville a key 6-5 win in game one of a three-game …last_img read more

Who Needs Embryonic Stem Cells?

first_imgCells can be “reprogrammed” to act just like embryonic stem cells, a Nature stem cell blog called The Niche reported.  This eliminates the need to use viruses or inserted DNA to induce the cells to become pluripotent.  The resulting cells are “morphologically indistinguishable” from embryonic stem cells, the article said.    The prior week, Nature News reported that work is going “fast and furious” on induced pluripotent stem cells, in which adult cells can be made like embryonic stem cells without the need to create and destroy human embryos.  Martin Pera wrote for Nature last week that these induced stem cells from adult tissue are safer than embryonic cells: “New techniques circumvent a roadblock to the production of embryonic-stem-cell-like lines from adult tissue.  Such reprogrammed cell lines should be much safer to use for therapy.”1  Science Daily reported on Canadian researchers who produced a large number of laboratory stem cells from a small number of blood cells obtained from bone marrow.    Another discovery may remove the need to use stem cells from any source.  Science Daily reported that a Stanford team succeeded in turning skin cells into muscle cells, and vice versa, bypassing the need for stem cells.    Despite these advances, some researchers continue to press for more funding and freedom to tinker with human embryos.  The FASEB journal editor thought the Stanford study would “complement” the use of embryonic stem cells.  And Nature News seemed delighted that Japan is cutting the red tape for scientists to work on ES cells.  By only getting permission from their local institution, Japanese scientists will now be able to do almost any experiment on human embryos – including cloning.  Starting this month, “the ministry will also free up the previously forbidden creation of cloned human embryos, although only for basic research into serious diseases.”    In the United States, scientists continue to be “smitten” with President Obama’s relaxed policies on stem cells, increased funding, policies on global warming, and trust in scientific institutions.  Jeff Mervis wrote for Science May 1, “Obama Courts a Smitten Audience at the National Academy.”2  NAS President Ralph Cicerone expressed the mood of the meeting by saying, “the speech was inspiring and credible.  We are extremely lucky to have him in the White House.”  The biggest applause line was not about the new Apollo-benchmark funding levels, but his promise that “under this Administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.”    Meanwhile, the President is working to reverse former President Bush’s environmental policies, reported PhysOrg.  Neither Nature nor Science seems to have any criticism of Obama.  President Bush, since the day he took office, was routinely railed in these journals for allegedly mixing ideology with science.  Bush had sought the guidance of leading scientists and ethicists when formulating his policy on stem cells.  When Obama swept those restrictions aside with the stroke of an executive-order pen, “the big question became how far scientists could go,” reported PhysOrg.1.  Martin F. Pera, “Stem cells: Low-risk reprogramming,” Nature 458, 715-716 (9 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458715a.2.  Jeff Mervis, “Obama Courts a Smitten Audience at the National Academy,” Science, 1 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5927, pp. 576-577, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_576a.How to spot a liberal: look for someone in a dream world who thinks everybody else is dreaming but them.  Liberals think they have no ideology; only conservatives do.  Liberals believe they have no religious motivation; only conservatives do.  Liberals think they uphold scientific integrity but call conservatives ideologues.  Liberals think of themselves as children of the Enlightenment but consign conservatives to the Dark Ages.  Liberals are positivists; conservatives are constitutionalists.  Liberals equate science with its institutions; conservatives equate science with evidence.  Liberals look for the scientific consensus; conservatives look for the one who can prove his case with facts.  Liberals believe science should rule the state; conservatives believe science should serve the people.  Conservatives believe in the power of the vote; liberals look to the power of judges or presidents that can hand them what they want by decree.  Conservatives want open debate to air both sides of each question; liberals think letting the public hear only their side is “fair” – they try to shut up conservatives by calling opposing views “politically incorrect” or “religiously motivated.”  Liberals praise tolerance but are intolerant of conservatives.  Liberals denounce hate, but scream vile epithets at conservatives.  Liberals impose uniformity of thought but praise diversity as the highest good.  Liberals started the Free Speech movement but now enforce speech codes on campus.  Liberals exalt their favorite atheists but consider themselves non-religious.  Liberals worship idols (like life-emergent molecules and Charles Darwin) but call their religion “secular.”  Now apply this picture to the creation-evolution issue and everything becomes clear.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New sites for humankind’s cradle

first_img18 July 2005The Taung fossil site in North West province and Mokapane’s Valley in Limpopo have been incorporated into South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, which includes the fossil hominid sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs in Gauteng.Together, the sites have been key to tracing humankind’s journey from its beginnings to the present day.The extension was granted at the 29th session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee, which ended in Durban on Sunday.Humankind’s cradle – The world’s richest hominid site, home to 40% of human ancestor fossils.The committee seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of “outstanding value to humanity”.Earlier last week, the Vredefort Dome, the world’s oldest and largest meteorite impact crater, was inscribed as South Africa’s seventh World Heritage site.The Taung childThe incorporation of the Taung site comes from the significance of the Taung skull, the fossilised partial cranium of a juvenile hominid Australopethicus africanus discovered there in 1924 and identified by anthropologist Raymond Dart.The Taung skull is an important link in human evolution. Australopethicus africanus – meaning “southern ape of Africa” – was a species of small hominids who lived 2.5 to 2.6-million years ago.Probable ancestors of modern people, the little humans had an erect, bipedal or two-legged stance and gait, small canine teeth, and hands incapable of ape-like knuckle-walking but capable of a precision grip.The discovery of the fossil was at first ignored due to the supposed significance of the Piltdown Man skull. When that find was later proved to be a forgery, the Taung fossil took its rightful place as proof that human evolution began in Africa, not Asia.The Taung site exhibits the same characteristics as the other Cradle of Humankind fossil sites.Mokapane’s ValleyMokapane’s Valley in Limpopo has outstanding universal value because its many ancient caves and sites contain a long and unprecedented record of human occupation, from the first australopithecines over 3.5-million years ago to the present.It also captures a technological record from the Early and Middle Stone Age to the Iron Age.Animal fossils include those of extinct sabre-toothed cats, giant porcupines and hyraxes. Fossiled pollen grains and indigenous crops have also been found in the valley.“We are pleased with the outcome following our application for extensions to the Sterkfontein Site,” said Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan. “They will leave a lasting legacy for many generations to come.“We, as humanity and the progeny of this land, have a genealogy with which we can trace our origins and humanity’s journey from our very beginnings through to our evolution to modern times.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Thumbs up for Vodafone deal

first_img13 January 2006South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has approved a R21-billion bid by British telecommunications group Vodafone to increase its stake in local cellular company Vodacom by 15%, paving the way for the second-largest foreign direct investment in SA since 1994, following the R30-billion paid by Barclays Bank for a majority stake in Absa in 2005.Vodafone, which currently owns 35% of Vodacom, aims to lift this to 50% through its offer to locally listed investment group VenFin – which owns 15% of Vodacom – of R47.25 per share.State company Telkom, currently the fixed line monopoly holder in South Africa, owns the remaining 50% of Vodacom.If Vodafone’s offer is accepted – it has extended the closing date to 12pm on 27 January – it will then sell VenFin’s other assets, including stakes in free-to-air television station e.tv, investment holding company Alexander Forbes and technology group Dimension Data, for around R5-billion.Gateway to AfricaThe deal is seen as an endorsement of South Africa’s solid economic fundamentals, and more specifically of the huge growth potential in the local – and Africa-wide – telecommunications sector.South Africa’s cellphone penetration is estimated to be around 57%; most European and East Asian markets in which Vodafone competes are close to saturation.Vodacom’s customer base grew 39% in the six months to end-June 2005, giving it 17.2-million customers, including 14.3-million in South Africa.The deal would give Vodafone increased access to cellular markets in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania.South Africa’s three mobile phone providers – Vodacom, MTN and Cell C – are fast expanding their footprint on the continent as cellular phones become Africans’ communications tool of choice.According to the International Telecommunication Union, 43 of Africa’s 53 countries have more mobile than fixed-line subscribers, and 70% of African telephone users are mobile phone subscribers.‘Highly attractive opportunities’“Vodacom has been a highly successful investment for Vodafone,” Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin said when the company first made its offer in November. “The company is the established number one mobile operator in South Africa.“This transaction enables us to enhance and protect our position by increasing our stake in a high growth business with good cash returns,” Sarin said. “There are highly attractive opportunities throughout Africa, and this move gives us greater opportunity for further expansion in the region.”Should the deal go through, Vodacom is expected to be relieved of a shareholder restriction on trading north of the Equator. This restriction had been enforced by Vodafone, who did not want to compete against a company it only partly owned.While the South African company’s growth into the African market has been stymied by the restriction, many analysts expect Vodafone to defer to Vodacom’s experience in expanding into new African territories.Vodafone, the world’s largest communications group, has cellular interests in 27 countries spread across five continents.Just days before the announcement of the Vodacom offer, Vodafone bought a 10% stake in Bharti, India’s largest cellular operator, for £820-million.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Natalie wins SA’s first Paralympic gold

first_imgHis breaststroke time of 36.89 was comfortably the fastest split and lifted him up to third place. Busy programmeNow 28 years of age, Du Toit has said that London will be her last Paralympics. She added she has enjoyed what the city has to offer, but with her busy programme, now that the swimming events have started, she will have little time to concentrate on anything but the action in the pool. Natalie du Toit opened South Africa’s account at the London Paralympic Games when she added another gold medal to the 10 she won in Athens and Beijing. “Six, seven, eight hours a day training, it’s impossible to study. That’s one thing on the cards, and work. And just give back in a little way as well. He was fourth after the butterfly leg, close to two seconds behind the Brazilian Andre Brasil, who took the race out very swiftly. Reflecting on her decision to retire, Du Toit explained: “I decided as a little girl that 28 would be old enough and young enough to still know that I’ve achieved everything possible. But I could also go out there and study, and achieve different things. “It’s the last time I’ll swim the 100m butterfly, so that’s the third race and three golds [won in the event in three Paralympic Games]. Kevin PaulAfter setting an African record of 2:14.97 in the heats, Kevin Paul swam in the final of the 200m individual medley in the SM10 class. Canada’s Benoit Huot took gold in a world record of 2:10.01, with Brasil in second and Pendleton in third. Apart from the 100m backstroke on Friday, she will also participate in the 100m breaststroke and will defend her titles in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, as well as the 200m individual medley. BasketballThe South African men’s basketball team was thoroughly outplayed by defending champions Australia, going down heavily 39-93. Afterwards, Du Toit admitted to being a little disappointed with her time. “I think I am just relieved really. I am not really happy with the time, but it’s great to have that one over,” she told a press conference. South Africa finished sixth on the medals table at the 2008 Paralympics. Competing in the 50 metres butterfly in the S9 class, Du Toit was pushed all the way by Spain’s Sarai Gascon and America’s Elizabeth Stone. “Tomorrow’s the 100m backstroke, which I think is more of a challenge. I have to concentrate on that one now.” The South African’s backstroke split of 37.77 was the slowest in the field, which dropped him back to seventh place at the halfway mark. Paul, however, is the Paralympic record holder in the 100m breaststroke in the SB9 class and he made a strong move on the third leg. Unfortunately for the South African, he was overhauled by Australia’s Rick Pendleton over the final 50 metres and had to settle for fourth place in 2:15.26. After a total haul of 30 medals in Beijing, 21 of which were gold, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has targeted a total of 40 medals in London. 31 August 2012 At the halfway mark, Stone led, touching the wall in 32.60. Du Toit was seven-hundredths of a second behind her and Gascon a further four-hundredths off the pace. “I’m going to put it all together in a package and we’ll see what happens next year.” GoldThe South African star then pulled out a narrow advantage over the second 50 metres to capture gold in 1:09.30. Gascon was second in 1:09.79, which was a European record, and third went to Stone in 1:10.10. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA tops at Show Dance World Champs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 4 December 2012 After winning a total of seven medals on Sunday, South Africa completed the 2012 International Dance Organisation (IDO) Show Dance World Championships in Riesa, Germany as the top nation, edging out Slovenia and last year’s winners, Russia, who finished second and third respectively. Three gold, two silver and two bronze medals to the South African adult dancers (16 years and over) on the final day of the global showpiece left the country top of the medal table, moving up from 2011’s second place finish behind Russia. Over the six-day championship, which has categories for three divisions – Children (11 and under), Junior (12-15 years) and Adult (16 and over) – South Africa earned a total of 12 medals, five gold, four silver and three bronze.Most medals South Africa also won more medals in total than any other country, with Russia (11) and Slovenia (9) the next most prolific. Shannon Weir, competing in her first World Championships, impressed the judges with her “Global Warming Kills” routine to secure the gold medal in the solo women’s category. It marked the second year in succession that a South African had won the title after Chante Groenewald claimed it in 2011. South African teams dominated the Small Group final with “The Drowning”, comprising Bradley Peter, Kingsley Beukes, Xola Willie, Robyn Versveld, Shannon Weir and Fayme Hattingh, claiming the gold and “Medusa”, comprising Given Mkhize, Bradley Theron, Carl Davids, Gemma Passmore, Kristi Gresse and Leigh Meredith securing the silver.Podium places In the Duos, both South African teams that reached the final won medals, but were unable to topple the Slovenian couple, Klara Lainscek and Jan Ravnik, who claimed the gold. Bradley Peter and Coralle Versfeld, who performed “The Deer Hunter”, secured the silver medal, while Xola Willie and Kingsley Beukes, dancing “Brotherhood”, rounded out the podium places with bronze. Showing immense depth, three South Africans qualified for the six-place men’s solo final with Xola Willie claiming the bronze medal with his “Becoming a man” routine. Bradley Peter finished fourth and Kingsley Beukes sixth. The South African team in the Formation, performing “Private Investigation”, captured South Africa’s final gold medal, beating the Czech Republic (silver) and Italy (bronze) to the top step of the podium. It was also the final event of the championships and the team was asked to repeat its performance after the prize giving, with dancers from their rival teams seated around the perimeter of the arena floor. The World Championship-winning South African Formation team comprised Tracy Ackermann, Kingsley Beukes, Nicole D’Artnall, Carl Davids, Kylie Duvenhage, Lauren Edwards, Jenna Fieldgate, Micayla Green, Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Andrea Haddon, Fayme Hattingh, Faith Heigers, Micaella Jones, Porcia Kietzmann, Bronwyn Kruger, Leigh Meredith, Given Mkhize, Miche Orsmond, Gemma Passmore, Bradley Peter, Bradley Theron, Robynne Versfeld, Shannon Weir and Xola Willie.Choreography A decision by the South African Dance Teachers Association (Sadta) to commission Slovenian choreographer Mitja Popovsky to choreograph routines for the South African Small Group and Formation routines paid off handsomely, contributing six medals to country’s total medal count. The IDO is a World Dance and Dance Sport Federation with a membership of over 90 nations, representing more than 250 000 dancers from six continents. MEDAL TABLE1. South Africa: 5 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze, total 122. Slovenia: 4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze, total 93. Russia: 3 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze, total 114. Canada: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, total 35. Italy: 1 gold, 1 bronze, total 26. Germany: 1 gold, total 17. Montenegro: 1 gold, total 18. Czech Republic: 3 silver, 2 bronze, total 59. Hungary: 1 silver, total 110. Poland: 2 bronze, total 2 South African medal winners GoldKalon Badenhorst, “No Escape from Reality” – Junior Male Solo Team South Africa, “The Composer” – Junior Small Group Shannon Weir, “Global Warming Kills” – Adult Female Solo Team South Africa, “The Drowning” – Adult Small Group Team South Africa “Private Investigation” – Adult Formation SilverKalon Badenhorst, Courtney Minnaar “Royal Sibling Rivalry” – Junior Duo Team South Africa “Tailor made” – Junior Formation Bradley Peter, Coralle Versfeld “The Deer Hunter” – Adult Duo Team South Africa “Medusa” – Adult Small Group BronzeTeam South Africa “The Picnic” – Children Small Group Xola Willie, Kingsley Beukes “Brotherhood” – Adult Duo Xola Willie “Becoming a man” – Adult Solo Male SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Unlocking the Promise of Enterprise IoT

first_imgThe promise of IoT is enormous, from reducing operational costs to improving workplace safety; yet many organizations face hurdles when it comes to delivering on this potential. New findings from a recent survey IoT World conducted of IoT business decision makers, “What’s Keeping IoT Executives Up At Night in 2019”, found that the top two concerns for IoT leaders in 2019 are implementation and cybersecurity. The good news is that addressing these challenges is often about doing the little things right.IoT World is the leading IoT conference and expo with over 12,500 attendees including top names such as: Amazon, Boeing, Bank of America, Dell, Chevron, CVS Health, Exxon Mobile, Ford, Google, NASA, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, and more. From working with and hearing from this wide range of organizations, we have learned that IoT implementation and security go hand in hand.Employee TrainingBefore any organization can implement new IoT technology, they must do their due diligence on potential security risks, their staff’s readiness to support the new technology and how to properly deploy it. At the front end of this challenge, our research shows that 45% of companies are deploying IoT devices on a dedicated network to mitigate security risk. Additionally, 46% say they are introducing internal training systems for their entire workforce. As new technology transforms day-to-day tasks, regular training is becoming a central aspect of IoT deployment and implementation. When employees are comfortable with the technology, businesses effectively improve both device efficacy and limit ecosystem vulnerability due to an oversite.Maintaining Cyber HygieneCyber threats come from so many different directions in today’s modern enterprise. Often times, the difference between being compromised and being secure is having the discipline to go through the checklist of best practices. Thankfully, our research shows that IoT executives are very aware of this and are taking precautionary steps to mitigate risks. Over two-thirds (68%) of companies say they are regularly updating firmware and software, 43% are checking devices to see if physical access makes them vulnerable to hacking, 35% are making data decryption a default and 26% are shutting down IoT devices when they are not in use – all small, yet often critical steps to protecting an organization. Tech Expertise is NeededOf course, it’s not enough to have a secure environment. The other aspect of implementation is ensuring an organization is in a position to leverage all the data gathered by its devices. An IoT ecosystem is only as valuable as an organization’s ability to translate all the data gathered and inform the business. Although there are tools and platforms that can help manage the data, the first and most important step to addressing this challenge is having the right employees on staff. Our research shows that companies are addressing this in two different ways, 64% of companies say they are planning to train current staff to fill more technical roles and 62% say they are planning to hire additional employees like data analysts or a different tech-focused position. Enterprise IoT shouldn’t need to keep anyone up at night. If enterprises really key in on ensuring they have the right expertise on staff, are regularly training their workforce when new technology is deployed and are disciplined with completing their security checklist – they will be well on their way to realizing the incredible potential IoT ecosystem has to offer.These topics and more will be discussed at IoT World 2019 in Santa Clara, California, May 13-16. For more info, please visit: www.iotworldevent.com Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Zach Butler CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from…center_img Related Posts Zach is an experienced Event Portfolio Director, with eight years’ experience in validating B2B technology markets to design, develop and produce commercial conferences and exhibitions. For the past four years, Zach has specialized in the evolving markets surround the Internet of Things by leading the Internet of Things World Series flagship event in Santa Clara, CA, as well as a series of regional events in Europe, Asia and South Africa. A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucaslast_img read more