Will it be as ugly as it could be Sunday at the Coliseum?Even without Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt in attendance after this news emerged Friday, it’s not like uber youth Patrick Mahomes will lack for offensive weaponry against the league’s 26th-ranked defense.Even if Gareon Conley is starting to look like the first-round draft pick he was, all Kansas City has to utter is one name — Tyreek Hill — to make Raider Nation shutter.Our guys? They’re realists. This is a mismatch of the highest …
Osemele was a cut candidate considering his hefty 2019 … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Raiders are trading starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and a 2019 sixth-round pick to the New York Jets for a 2019 fifth-round pick, according to a source.The sixth-round pick the Raiders are sending to the Jets was from the Bears, acquired in the Khalil Mack trade.The deal can’t become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday.
If Steven Zobac didn’t nail a two-run home run to supply the visitors their only runs of the night, we’d likely be talking about Friday’s game between the Humboldt Crabs and the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists in the context of possibly the best pitching performance witnessed at the Arcata Ball Park this summer, or any summer in recent memory.As is, the Crabs starting pitcher Davonte Butler delivered a stellar eight inning, four-hit 12 strikeout performance as the Crabs downed the P.U.F. …
Our amazing feathered friends range from tiny hummingbirds to fast-running ostriches, from penguins to pigeons. In both living and fossil forms, they provide endless opportunities for study and fascination. Here are a few recent examples of news for the birds, in both good and bad connotations of the phrase.Star Wars goshawks: Fast-moving goshawks and some other species zip through the forest like the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field or speeder bikes in the forests of Endor, never crashing into tree trunks. According to New Scientist, a team at MIT has calculated a theoretical speed limit at which they are guaranteed to crash. “The team believe that birds avoid this fate by gauging the density of their environment and adjusting their speed accordingly, knowing that they can always find a gap to fly through,” the article states. Like skiers looking for the openings in front of them, “This allows a bird to fly much faster than if it just relied on the limits of its vision.” Researcher Emilio Frazzoli believes mimicking this strategy would allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly faster through obstacles without having to add more sensors.Don’t pass up the stunning video clip on Live Science. It’s a literal bird’s-eye view of a goshawk, “the master of maneuverability,” flying through the forest at high speed. The bird banks left and right, pulls in its wings, spreads its tail and flies effortlessly between tree trunks, threading the smallest gaps in a split second. “No aircraft invented comes anywhere close.”Optical illusion bowerbirds: Male great bowerbirds spend a good deal of their 30-year lifetimes building elaborate ground nests called bowers to attract hens. Two Australian scientists have figured out that the winning males are the ones who create the best optical illusions of a type called forced perspective. The bowers have a tunnel-like entry that leads to the nuptial chamber. Live Science reported that the male bowerbirds adorn the entryway with shells and pieces of bone, and “arrange items in such a way that the court appears uniform and small to a female viewing it from within the avenue, which makes the male appear much larger and more impressive than he really is.” They put the large pieces at the end of the tunnel farther apart to make the tunnel look uniform. If the pattern is disturbed, they will put things back the way they were. The best illusionists got the best sex. According to the researchers, this is the only known case of an animal using an optical illusion to attract mates.The study by Kelley and Endler was published in Science magazine (20 January 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6066 pp. 335-338, doi: 10.1126/science.1212443). Barton Anderson in the same issue of Science (pp. 292-293) was not ready to concede that the link between bower illusions and mating success has been proved: “Have male bowerbirds mastered the laws of perspective and learned to manipulate them to achieve lascivious ends?” he asked. “Although this possibility is intriguing, the current data are not yet sufficiently rich to sustain this remarkable hypothesis.” In the Live Science article, John Endler commented, “it’s amusing to think that forced perspective was invented by bowerbirds millions of years before humans. Bird art has a bigger history than human art.” He did not explain why the females didn’t figure out the trick in those alleged millions of years. The BBC News article has a good photo of a bower and the bird, but reporter Ella Davies made the odd comment that “Although this is the first time such a display has been positively linked to mating success, Dr Kelley believes the trick could be employed across the animal kingdom.” In all the studies on sexual selection since Darwin, no one ever examined this idea before? We already know this capability can be found in humans. Look at the movies; John Wayne had movie sets built to a smaller scale so that he would “appear much larger and more impressive than he really is.” Whether that was the cause of his having four children has not been established.Pigeon-monkey IQ competition: Birds can do math, Live Science reported last month. “Pigeons may not be so bird-brained after all, as scientists have found the birds’ ability to understand numbers is on par with that of primates.” Pigeons are not alone in IQ power; crows can make tools by several steps (4/20/2010), and Clark’s nutcrackers can remember thousands of places where they have stashed seeds (2/17/2004). Damien Scarf’s work on pigeons shows that the birds can use numerical rules to count up to nine. It was a puzzle to him how such distantly related animals as pigeons and rhesus monkeys could have evolved this capability independently. “What’s the origin of the ability?” he asked.Pigeon puzzle: “What we found through this study is that birds that are only distantly related to each other can have very similar traits, and others that are very closely related to each other can look quite different in terms of their traits.” That’s what biologist Michael Shapiro [U of Utah] is trying to figure out with pigeons, according to Science Daily. The traits don’t always match the genetics. Why? He notes that Charles Darwin was fascinated with pigeon breeding, and that the variations achieved by artificial selection were formative in his notions of natural selection: “pigeons have an important place in the history of evolutionary thought,” he said. Pigeons are among the most diverse animals known; they “differ in color, color pattern, body size, beak size and shape, structure of the skeleton, posture, vocalizations, feather placement and flight behavior.” Shapiro’s genetic findings could help humans understand alleged racial characteristics, too: “the race categories we use are quite imperfect and there is a lot of overlap genetically between populations,” he said. “So there would be many instances in which a black person would be more similar to some white people than to other black people.” Science Daily echoed these sentiments.Black Archaeopteryx: One would think by now that everything that could be said about one of the world’s most famous fossils, Archaeopteryx, has been said already in the 150 years since its discovery. Opinion has swung back and forth about whether this feathered creature could fly. Now, PhysOrg reported, Ryan Carney and colleagues at Brown University, using a scanning electron microscope on a fossilized feather found in 1861, have determined that the flight feathers were black, and were “identical to modern bird feathers down to the smallest detail” (see Carney say this in the embedded video interview). The melanosomes in the feathers that give the black color provide clues to answer one of the main questions about this creature: “The color and parts of cells that would have supplied pigment are evidence the wing feathers were rigid and durable, traits that would have helped Archaeopteryx to fly.”Both PhysOrg and Live Science insisted on calling these birds “winged dinosaurs,” even though it would require believing that “that completely modern bird feathers evolved as early as 150 million years ago” as if out of nowhere. Carey believes the feathers “would have been advantageous during this early evolutionary stage of dinosaur flight,” even though he admitted in the video clip that the “origin of birds and flight is something scientists have been debating for centuries.” He admits being fascinated by Archaeopteryx as a child, learning to view the fossil as a “missing link” or “transitional form” between dinosaurs and birds, but now his own research on the feathers shows them being identical to those on modern flying birds.Like bacteria in milk or bird droppings on the windshield, these otherwise fascinating scientific stories about birds are defiled by evolution-ese. Look at this sentence from the PhysOrg article on Archaeopteryx: “The team also learned from its examination that Archaeopteryx’s feather structure is identical to that of living birds, a discovery that shows modern wing feathers had evolved as early as 150 million years ago in the Jurassic period.” Does everyone see how crazy that sentence is? It makes absolutely no sense unless one is drunk on Dar-wine. They are asking us rational, reasonable, common-sense members of the public to believe that modern feathers popped into existence 150 million years ago, and either were not used for flying (incredible that evolution would produce a complex flight feather for running along the ground) or were used for flying (incredible, considering all the hardware and software required to go along with flight), and didn’t evolve ever since in terms of basic structural plan.Do you realize how complex feathers are, with precisely-interlocking barbs, barbules and hooks, providing lightweight yet strong surfaces for flight? Feathers are completely different from reptile scales. We must stop letting the evolutionists spew forth their opinions as scientific facts and use some basic logic. Carey and his Dar-wino friends did not watch feathers evolve 150 million years ago. They found a perfectly modern flight feather in German limestone. That is the science; the rest are bald assertions of Darwinism (B.A.D.). Common sense requires filtering scientific evidence from corrupt interpretations drawn out of (or in spite of) the evidence. Now, watch that video of the goshawk speeding through the trees again and enjoy it free of polluting notions.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 April 2007The European Union (EU) is finalising an agreement that will see it contribute more than R9-billion toward its development programme in South Africa over the next six years.According to Foreign Affairs Director-General Ayanda Ntsaluba, the development programme will take place between 2007 and 2013, and will focus on areas such as skills development, small business support and strengthening the capacity of institutions in the country.Ntsaluba met with the European Union director-general for development Stefan Manservisi last week to negotiate the renewal of the Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) between South African and the EU.The agreement seeks to build partnerships between SA and the EU in the areas of political dialogue, trade, development and economic cooperation.According to Manservisi, the EU remains committed to assisting South Africa with its development, and the new financial assistance would make SA one of the top five recipients of European assistance.Ntsaluba pointed out that the EU was a vital trading partner, accounting for around 40% of SA’s imports and exports, and that last year alone the EU’s foreign direct investment into South Africa amounted to over R44.5-billion.He explained that when the agreement was conceived, all parties had agreed to include a compulsory mid-term review after five years of implementation.“We have already made substantial progress in negotiations regarding texts and trust that the TDCA will soon reflect the depth of relations that has led us to begin discussing the establishment of a strategic partnership between the EU and South Africa,” Ntsaluba said.He added that both parties had identified the potential for broadening their co-operation through the review of the TDCA and had therefore seized the opportunity to discuss issues of global concern, including the Millennium Development Goals.“We will, after this session, discuss issues involving the African agenda, non-proliferation and development co-operation,” Ntsaluba said, adding that they were preparing for a meeting of the ministerial troika of the EU with South Africa to be held in May.Manservisi explained that at the end of the current implementation of the agreement, 95% of South African goods would enter the EU duty free and around 80% of the EU’s goods would be exempt from duties when entering South Africa.“We are already well advanced and I am confident that our relations can be strengthened and further opportunities created for the region,” he said.Source: BuaNews
The seven dishes of the Kat7 array, nowcomplete, form the first phase of the MeerKAT radio telescope in the Karoo The SKA will extend over much of Southern Africa, and involve extensive regionalcooperation. (Images: SKA South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert Southern Science +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • SKA on the African horizon • MeerKAT in demand among scientists • SA space agency to launch soon • Space science thriving in SA • A trek to the start of timeJanine ErasmusAccording to SKA South Africa, the proposed site in the Karoo for the core of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is one of the quietest places on the planet.The low levels of radio frequency interference (RFI) found in the area, confirmed during a recent investigation by the SKA international consortium, make it an ideal location for the sensitive instrumentation.“South Africa was short-listed in 2006 as an SKA host because our Karoo site already met the science, technology and infrastructure requirements determined by the international astronomy community,” said Adrian Tiplady, SKA South Africa’s RFI and site characterisation manager.He said that at that time the low occurrence of RFI was a big advantage for the South African bid, and that improvements have been made since then to address a couple of issues that were raised.Initially the team picked up some interference from existing communications infrastructure, but this has since been dealt with.There is no likelihood of new problems after the enactment of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007, which requires that the whole of the Northern Cape province remains advantageous for astronomy and that infrastructure development is regulated. The Sol Plaatje Municipality and its main town of Kimberley is the only exception within this area.Cooperation between SKA South Africa and the country’s communications and broadcasting sector will ensure that new technology will comply with the act.The proposed SKA site also counts a mild climate with little chance of atmospheric disturbances among its advantages, as well as a well-established connection to the national grid. This system has been designed to eliminate RFI while providing reliable and cost-effective power.Stamp of approvalMeanwhile an international group of radio astronomers has just given the MeerKAT, also located in the Karoo, the stamp of approval.The precursor to the SKA, the MeerKAT is a 64-dish array that, when complete, will be the most advanced radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, only to be surpassed by the SKA itself when it becomes fully functional in 2024.The astronomers, from Australia, the UK, US, Netherlands and Chile, gave the MeerKAT a glowing preliminary design review, following its successful initial concept review in mid-2010.The review group gathered in Cape Town in July 2011 for the latest assessment, which encompassed the design of the array, its risk potential, compliance with user requirements, and the system engineering development process.They commended the South African team for its thorough approach to the MeerKAT’s infrastructure design.SKA South Africa director Bernie Fanaroff said that the positive review is confirmation of the quality of the country’s scientists and engineers, and associated industries.Choosing the SKA siteThe site selection process is now well under way, and the long-awaited decision is due in early 2012. South Africa and Australia are the two short-listed candidates.The international SKA board of directors revealed the final timeline for the selection process.“Selection of the host site for the SKA will be made in terms of characteristics for the best science,” said SKA director Richard Schilizzi, “as well as the capability and cost of supporting a very large infrastructure, taking the political and working environment into account.”Because factors to be considered in the selection of the site include RFI levels, the long-term sustainability of a radio quiet zone, and the site’s physical aspects, South Africa is thought to have an edge in this regard.Between March and September 2011 the two rivals will submit information to the SKA’s head office in Manchester, UK, after which a team of independent analysts will scrutinise the data.In November and December 2011 the SKA site advisory committee will evaluate the results and make a recommendation, which will be received by the SKA board of directors in January 2012.The successful host will be announced the following month.Marina Joubert
12 February 2014Bafana Bafana will face a star-studded line-up when they take on World Cup hosts Brazil in a friendly international at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 5 March.Brazil’s 16-man squad, announced on Tuesday, is made up entirely of players with European clubs, but will later be added to with further players from Brazil. Coach Luis Felipe Scolari has indicated that he will add at least two strikers and a goalkeeper to his squad.Four players from Chelsea were included, namely defender David Luiz and midfielders Willian, Oscar and Ramires.Dante and Rafinha, who ply their trade with German powerhouse Bayern Munich, also cracked the nod, as did the Barcelona duo of Dani Alves and Neymar.GoalkeeperQueens Park Rangers’ Julio Cesar will look after the goalkeeping duties, even though he was not the first-choice at the English League Championship club and has since been loaned out to Toronto FC, who campaign in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS).Scolari said he hoped Julio Cesar would be able play the pre-season with the Canadian club and then play about a dozen matches before the World Cup.Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain) and Marcelo (Real Madrid) were the other defenders named.The midfield includes Luis Gustavo (Vfl Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).Up front, Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) and Bernard (Shaktar Donetsk) join Neymar.OmittedLiverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho failed to crack the nod, while other notable absentees were AC Milan’s Kaka and Robinho, Inter Milan defender Hernanes, and Roma defender Maicon.The match against South Africa will be Brazil’s third-last outing before they kick off the World Cup against Croatia on 12 June.Past matchesBrazil has played Bafana Bafana four times previously, winning all four games, but only by a goal on each occasion.The teams shared a memorable clash in Johannesburg in 1996, when Brazil were world champions and Bafana the champions of Africa. Incredibly, South Africa led 2-0 at the break after goals from Phil Masinga and Doctor Khumalo.Brazil pulled one back in the 56th minute through Flavio and 12 minutes later the teams were level at 2-2 thanks to a goal from Rivaldo. Just four minutes from time, Bebeto found a winner for the world champions. In 1997 the teams again met in Johannesburg, with Brazil taking the honours 2-1.Almost 12 years later the teams clashed in the semi-finals of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, once more in Johannesburg. A very tight clash was finally settled in the 88th minute when substitute Dani Alves netted for the Brazilians with a stunning free kick.The most recent meeting between the teams occurred in September 2012 when, in coach Gordon Igesund’s first match in charge of Bafana Bafana, Brazil won 1-0 in Sao Paulo.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Will Rogers said, “If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.” Spending time rehashing the past is not one of my favorite things, but 2015 had some important agricultural legal developments that are worth noting.Due to the algae problems in Lake Erie and its western basin, the Ohio Legislature passed new manure regulations for parts of Ohio, effective on June 21, 2015. New restrictions include prohibitions for hauling on frozen or wet ground. A crucial component of the law is the provision that provides the planting of cover crops to increase manure handling options. These or similar restrictions will likely be law for all of the state in the future.A federal court in Idaho ruled that Idaho’s “ag gag” law was unconstitutional as it violated the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution. These laws that restrict photographing livestock and other forms of speech were passed as a reaction to undercover activists recording alleged animal abuses and then releasing the films to the media. Temple Grandin, the expert on animal handling for the agricultural industry, gave a fascinating presentation in Celina in 2015. While she did not approve of the activists’ activities, Grandin stressed that prohibiting speech just causes the general public to question what farmers are doing.Class action lawsuits have started over Syngenta’s release of a corn variety in 2014 that contained a genetic trait to control armyworms, MR162. While these seeds were U.S. approved in 2010, they did not gain clearance in China until 2014. China, however, found traces of the genetic material in U.S. corn shipments in 2013 and rejected them. Consequently, in 2015, a class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of farmers who did not plant the corn variety with MR162 against Syngenta for disruption of the U.S. corn market. Syngenta countered that at the time China was not a major buyer of U.S. corn, and there is no evidence that the release of MR162 impacted the corn market. These suits are in the early stages, so it is too early to guess an outcome. Plaintiff lawyers love class actions because if they are successful, their attorney fees are typically paid by the Defendant, a rare occurrence in our legal system.Proposed federal regulations for use of drones in agriculture were released in early 2015, and the comment period closed in April 2015. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is planning to release the final regulations this year. Drones have many potential applications in agriculture, so this could be fascinating.Thanks to an Iowa case, there is a determination that the EPA is not required to regulate CAFO air emissions. In 2013, a group of Iowa plaintiffs filed a citizen suit under the Clean Air Act to force EPA to regulate air emissions from CAFOs. (Obviously these people have too much free time on their hands.) The federal district court held that EPA was not required to regulate air emissions from sources till EPA determines the sources meet the requirements under the Clean Air Act. In this case, EPA had not made that determination so the court could not force EPA to act. In 2015, the DC Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision. More importantly, in November 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari ending this case.Other federal action in 2015 involved the Waters of the U.S. Rule. The EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers proposed a revised definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act in 2014. The final version of the rule was announced in May 2015 and effective as law on August 28, 2015. In October of last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay from EPA enforcing the rule. To date, Congress has been unsuccessful in passing bills, which would overturn the new language. This may be interesting to watch this year.That is about as much looking back at 2015 as I can handle. It is time to put the crop disaster, low prices and heavy rains in the past. Will Rogers wisely advised, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
There is an updated release to the Formtek | Orion 5 SDK available this week that affects both the Java API and the Web Services modules of the SDK. It is version 184.108.40.206.The release includes a number of bug fixes, but there is also an important enhancement that was requested by some customers who use multiple Orion repositories. With the 220.127.116.11 release, a single installed instance of the API or Web Service code is now able to serve requests directed towards multiple repositories. Database connection pools, each associated with a separate respository, can now be initialized and handled in parallel. This means that a single installed SDK instance can support multiple Orion applications, each using a different repository, or a single application could be written that aggregates information from across multiple repositories.
A 17-year-old boy, who was allegedly set on fire in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district two days ago for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, the police said. Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Saiyad Raja town, around 350 km southeast of Lucknow, had alleged that he was kidnapped on Sunday by four men, who poured kerosene and set him on fire for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, a charge denied by the police. Khalid, who sustained nearly 50% burn injuries, was admitted to a nearby hospital and then referred to government hospital in Varanasi. He died in the morning, the police said.The deceased’s father also alleged that his son was set afire for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Police denies allegationChandauli Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh, however, had denied the allegation and said the teenager changed his statements three times. “When the police recorded his statement in the district hospital, he gave contradictory replies. He also gave different statements to different people,” Mr. Singh said. “It seems that he had been tutored to mould the issue to get attention,” the SP claimed, adding that the police had checked the CCTV footage and an investigation was on.