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Report: Raiders working out Kyler Murray, Ohio State QB this week, but why?

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first_imgA ruse? A trick play? Due diligence? An April fool’s joke?Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer has reported the Raiders are holding a private workout with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray at Oklahoma on Monday. The Raiders’ brief roadie will conclude in Ohio State on Tuesday when they work out quarterback Dwayne Haskins.The question is, why?The Raiders have and apparently like Derek Carr, who has started 78 of the team’s 80 games since he was drafted. Just last week, coach Jon …last_img

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Nature Potpourri

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first_imgArticles of interest from Nature have been piling up in the CEH queues.  Perhaps a brief mention is better than nothing, before they fall into archive oblivion.Carbon 14:  In the Sept 14 issue, there was a give & take between critics of a carbon-14-dated study and the author.  The critics pointed out, “We appreciate that Mellars’ review was restricted to radiocarbon dating, principally of bone, but it is recommended practice that multiple methods and materials should be investigated to avoid any possible pitfalls that might be associated with a single technique or sample type.”  They decried the need for “much-needed rigour to radiocarbon chronologies.”Bossa Supernova:  Also in the Sept 14 issue, David Branch reported a “champagne supernova” in a star not known to go boom.  “Thermonuclear supernovae were thought to occur only when white-dwarf stars of a certain mass explode,” he said.  “The discovery of a supernova that is way over the mass limit might require a reworking of the model.”  See also the press release from Berkeley Lab.Twinkle, huge star:  Showing that the best proof of a theory in science is existence, an international team said in the Sept 28 issue (pp 427-429), “Theory predicts and observations confirm that low-mass stars (like the Sun) in their early life grow by accreting gas from the surrounding material.  But for stars approx ~10 times more massive than the Sun (approx > 10 solar masses), the powerful stellar radiation is expected to inhibit accretion and thus limit the growth of their mass.  Clearly, stars with masses >10 solar masses exist, so there must be a way for them to form.”  They presented a theory based on non-spherical accretion.Political science:  Environmental activists are another thorn in Big Science’s side.  In the Oct 5 issue, an Editorial began, “Not everyone’s opinion is equally valuable.”  Eco-terrorists who blow up science labs are just the most outspoken of a larger base of support.  Nature advocated dialog with these folks: “signs of paternalism or scepticism about emotional arguments will quickly alienate a section of public opinion whose views, although logically fuzzy, are very firmly held.”  They didn’t say what to do about critics of Big Science whose views are logically sound and very firmly held.Hanging by a string:  The Oct 5 issue had several articles for and against string theory.  The Editors were for it, George Ellis was against it, and Geoff Brumfiel reported the war of words in several new books like Not Even Wrong and The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next.  Ellis reviewed the latter and began, “String theorists are setting a worrying trend by downplaying the need for experimental evidence.”History of science and art:  The Oct 5 issue mentioned an exhibition of the science and art of Leonardo da Vinci touring Europe.Geo-lithium:  How sure are we of the science under our feet?  The Oct 5 issue had a news item beginning, “Lithium isotopes provide a fingerprint of recycled material in Earth’s upper mantle.  But this fingerprint is different from what had been expected.  So do we need to reassess our ideas about how the upper mantle evolves?”Kryptonite-proof superbacteria:  The Oct 5 issue investigated how the tiny germ Deinococcus radiodurans can withstand radiation hundreds of times greater than that required to kill ‘normal’ bacteria.  The secret is in its super-fast and efficient DNA repair mechanisms.  See the Scientific American write-up on this germ.Useful junk:  Two French scientists in the Oct 5 issue (pp 521-524) think junk DNA is an “evolutionary force.”  They said, “Transposable elements were long dismissed as useless, but they are emerging as major players in evolution.  Their interactions with the genome and the environment affect how genes are translated into physical traits.”  It seems odd that a major player in evolution would elude discovery this late in the game.  “But it is an open question whether the variation in genome size is indirectly associated with host population size, or whether it is directly promoted by environmental stress or by the novel environmental conditions that populations encounter when they invade a new habitat,” they said.  “The answer will bear on our understanding of, for example, how ancestral humans adapted after they migrated out of Africa.”  Seems a tall order for junk DNA to explain.Give and take:  Co-evolution was the theme of two articles in the Oct. 5 issue, one by Gavin Sherlock commenting on another paper by Jensen et al.  They considered cell division, discussing the odd observation that while the genes are highly conserved (unevolved) throughout the living world, the expression of these genes is not.  This adds greatly to the complexity of theorizing how the cell cycle evolved, because now the genes and their regulators had to co-evolve; in fact, Jensen et al say, “Our current results raise the intriguing possibility that all three levels of regulation have co-evolved.”  In addition, they discuss the remarkable phenomenon called “just-in-time assembly” in which certain protein complexes only go into action when key proteins are expressed only at the point in the cycle when they are needed.    “It is tempting to speculate on the driving force that leads to the co-evolution,” they said in this paper that, while admiring the complexity observable today, was heavy on speculation about how it got that way.  “Together, our results provide a first global view of the evolutionary dynamics of the transcriptional and post-translational regulation of a large and complex biological system,” they said in conclusion.  But how much can be inferred about evolution?  Not much: “They clearly indicate that although the same general underlying principles, namely just-in-time assembly and multi-layer regulation of functional modules, are widely conserved in eukaryotes, the detailed regulation of individual genes and proteins varies greatly and thus generally cannot be inferred from distantly related organisms.”Zygote to adult:  A book review of Eric Davidson’s The Regulatory Genome by Michael Karin in the Oct. 5 issue dealt with a related problem: “All living organisms deploy similar evolutionarily conserved mechanisms to generate energy, replicate their genomes, use genetic information and synthesize basic building-blocks for their cells,” he began.  “Yet the myriad shapes and forms of both plants and animals are overwhelming in their variety and extremes.  What is even more amazing is that most plants and animals start their life as a single diploid cell (a zygote) created by the union of a sperm and an egg.  How these simple cells give rise to such complex creatures with diverse body shapes is a major preoccupation of developmental biologists.”TRON revisited:  Can life live in a computer?  A German team in the Oct 5 issue investigated biological models in silico.  They recognized that this is not a field for initiatives, and that some traditional biologists are skeptical, they said, “Suspicion towards simulations should dissipate as the limitations and advantages of their application are better appreciated, opening the door to their permanent adoption in everyday research.”  Surprisingly, at the end, “By discovering design principles, identifying biological modules, and quantitatively understanding how they operate through experiments and simulations, we hope to elucidate biological function,” they said.Readers interested in these subjects may wish to pursue the original sources.This illustrates how the reporting here has to be selective just due to constraints of time and space.  Every week, scores of sources and articles from the scientific journals and science news outlets are perused for consideration.  For every article that gets mentioned, dozens more have to be passed over.  We hope you appreciate getting at least a daily digest of interesting and important happenings in a wide variety of subjects related to origins.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA roots in literature: new reviews

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first_img26 November 2004“I am an African . I owe my being to the Khoi and the San . the migrants who left Europe . the Malay slaves from the East . those transported from India and China . the grandchild of the warrior men and women . taught never to dishonour the cause of freedom.” – Thabo Mbeki, opening of the new SA Constitution, 1996.The dawn of the new South Africa spawned a new quest for ancestral roots and the “real” story of how the Rainbow Nation got here – topics covered in an increasingly wide range of literature.Here are quick reviews of a selection of new books from South African writers in search of the holistic truth espoused by President Thabo Mbeki.What’s in a (South African) name? – Despite generations of official efforts to keep South Africans apart, racial mingling goes back to the very first years when white and black met at the Cape of Good Hope.Dan Sleigh’s epic tale of the Khoe woman Eva/Krotoa, who grew up in Jan van Riebeeck’s household and married a Danish colleague, is complemented by Theresa Benade’s romantic version of events at the early Cape, seen through the eyes of Anna De Koning, acquaintance of Eva and product of an unsolemnised slave/European union.Jackie Loos gives deeper insight into the unromantic shenanigans of slaves who didn’t make it out of bondage, while Michael Morris puts the course of events and early relationships which shaped the Cape, and later the whole of South Africa, into perspective.Stephen Taylor’s exploration of the 1782 survivors throws a whole new light on “the other side of the frontier” and accounts for some interesting “mixed marriage” origins previously only hinted at. Ingest and enjoy! IslandsBy Dan Sleigh (Secker and Warburg, 2004)Translated from the original Afrikaans version by Andre Brink, this sumptuous testimony to everyday events at the Cape soon after Van Riebeeck’s arrival has been described as “the great South African novel” everyone has been waiting for.Drawing on the early Dutch East Indies Company journals, archival researcher Dan Sleigh reads between the lines of official entries and creates a fictional voice for Krotoa, the Khoe woman who was taken into Van Riebeeck’s employ and married Danish surgeon and explorer Pieter Meerhoff, and her daughter Pieternella.By dissecting Pieternella’s life into the perspectives of seven men closely associated with her, from birth through her education in Mauritius, return to South Africa and marriage to Dutch farmer Daniel Zaaiman, Sleigh also provides an intimate account of the lives of the free burghers, slaves and kingpins at the Castle in the Cape’s formative years.Though hard-core critics are wary of deviating into speculative testimonies, there can be little doubt that Sleigh’s reconstruction of the soap opera of early Cape relationships and politics is firmly rooted in fact. While indulging in his own romantic love affair with Pieternella, he takes great pains, gleaned over years of non-fiction research and writing, to present documented background.Orders, reviews, further information:Amazon.comKalahari.net Exclusive Books Kites of Good FortuneBy Theresa Benade (New Africa Books, 2004)A descendant of Angela of Bengal, a slave in the employ of Jan van Riebeeck, Theresa Benade traces the life of her daughter, Anna de Koning, who married Swede Olof Bergh and experienced comparative luxury for one born into slavery.Using archival and museum research from the reign of the Van der Stels and before, Benade weaves the happenings at the early Cape into a tale of romance and heartbreak, the aim of which is to define an elusive South African identity somewhere between Europe and the East.Besides its poignance for all South Africans with mixed roots, it provides a background of social and political factors at play and an insight into slave/European relations before De Koning’s death in 1734. An easy, fulfilling read.Orders, further information:Kalahari.net  Echoes of SlaveryBy Jackie Loos (New Africa Books, 2004)Timeously published for Unesco Year of the Slave, Cape Town historian Jackie Loos documents intimate accounts of conditions of slaves at the Cape before emancipation in 1834.Using scant testimonies of slaves, who were usually not allowed to testify in court, Loos gets behind the scenes of the forces at work on European estates and the Slave Lodge which played no small part in shaping apartheid.From beatings and sexual exploitation by harsh masters to heinous executions and occasional happy tales, her candid commentary, much of it published in weekly Argus columns, opens the doors for more in-depth research.A veritable feast for anyone with slave ancestors, or those oblivious to the real conditions that didn’t make the text books.Orders, further information:Kalahari.net  Every Step of the WayBy Michael Morris (HSRC Press, 2004)A much-needed textbook for the new SA, Argus reporter and historian Michael Morris’s “Every Step of the Way”, commissioned by the Department of Education, is a far cry from the Great Trek and Anglo-Boer War offerings that 1980s students were force-fed.A balanced look at the real forces that shaped South African politics from the time the Dutch arrived at the Cape in 1652, the book analyses the factors that preceded and created apartheid, with Morris’s philosophical insights into what makes history providing solid groundwork for aspiring historians.It’s refreshing, simple without being over-simplified, and draws on alternative sources which provide a deeper background to early history than the official pre-apartheid version. From the Eva/Krotoa story to Makana and the repatriation of Sara Baartman, there’s food for thought for any South African who’s ever wanted to trace their ancestral roots.Though the Voortrekkers are given their due, their background is placed in a much broader context where it is revealed, among other interesting facts, that the great great granddaughter of Shayk Yusuf, regarded as the founder of Islam in South Africa, married into the family of slain Voortrekker hero Piet Retief.As Morris says, “The real puzzle of our history lies in its apparent ordinariness, in the seemingly habitual way of doing things”. This book makes those realities accessible to all.Orders, further information:HSRC PublishersKalahari.net  The Caliban ShoreBy Stephen Taylor (Faber and Faber, 2004)Though he does not set out specifically with this purpose, South African-born author Stephen Taylor offers a startling insight into undocumented “mixed marriages” in the 19th century along the area known as the Wild Coast because of its notorious ability to lure ships to their grave.Drawing on published records of the ill-fated Grosvenor, which ran aground north of Port St Johns on 4 August 1782, a testimony given by one of its 19 survivors and new research findings, Taylor documents the journey of the ship from India to the trek of the six men who reached a Dutch farm outside Port Elizabeth – and, finally, the discovery of the wreck in 1999.A harrowing account of a sequence of errors, misunderstandings and fraudulent claims by treasure-seekers keen to cash in on the claim that the wreck carried a rare Persian treasure, the book also offers convincing proof that descendants of at least one of the three British women who became a Tshomane chief’s wife still live in the area.While he didn’t get to find anyone who could prove direct descent, Taylor did meet members of the abeLunge, who, with paler complexion and aquiline features, are brought up knowing they are descended from the ship people. Read it and believe!Orders, further information:Amazon.comBarnes&Noble.com Kalahari.net Exclusive Books  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Awesome Resources for Edit Suite Design

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first_imgTwo industry pros sound off about edit suite design. A must read for any video editor looking to update their workspace!Edit suites are changing. In recent years the introduction of smaller and lower cost equipment allows for greater flexibility in your edit suite design.Recently going through an upgrade myself, I know there’s a lot to take into consideration when creating your edit suite design. Will you be having clients in on edit sessions? How many video monitors will you need? Is it soundproof? Editors hoping to improve their workspaces will benefit from two posts by post-production pros Walter Biscardi and Oliver Peters.DIY EDIT SUITE DESIGN POINTERSOliver Peters has been a longtime proponent of effective facility design and his most recent post on designing an edit suite provides a great overview of things to consider. A few takeaways on creating a professional grade suite:• Use an APC unit for power back up and to shield against surges (extends the life of your electronic equipment and will give you enough time to save your work if the power goes out).• Always keep ergonomics in mind.  Comfort should be one of the main priorities in your suite design. You need the right desk and the right chair.• Great tips for insulating walls and ceilings – including double dry wall and using spray foam insulation in the wall.• Don’t purchase a VTR! With the ongoing shift away from tape in favor of file based workflows this is an important consideration. Oliver suggests saving the money (and space in your suite) by instead using an outside vendor in the rare cases that you may have to capture or lay to tape.Read all of Oliver Peters’ edit suite design tips.ANATOMY OF AN EDIT SUITEMany post pros may recognize Walter Biscardi, as he frequently shares his video editing knowledge on Creative Cow and Twitter. In his extensive post on the Anatomy of an Edit Suite, Walter breaks down the construction and components in his own edit workspace. Highlights from his EXTENSIVE overview:• Make the chair your number one priority. You’re going to be sitting it in it all day, everyday. Monitors are raised and on swing arms for a proper viewing position. The keyboard shelf height is adjustable. Keep the emphasis on ergonomics.• Recommendations for specific broadcast reference monitors. Buy reasonably priced reference monitors for all suites (his recommendation: Flanders Scientific). This way, all suites are finish suites – a more efficient setup.• Raise your audio monitors and use bass pads to prevent rattling. Walter shares how he created his own stands from easy to find galvanized pipe.• Put a client computer in your edit suite. When a client’s not in house it can double as a work computer (upload and download files), keeping your edit machine cleaner.Visit BiscardiCreative.com for additional information on their suite design.Additional note: Biscardi Creative recently migrated from being a Final Cut Pro 7 centered shop to Avid Media Composer. Walter shares his rationale for the switch in this post – a good read for any pro trying to determine their FCP alternative.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

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first_imgRead Next Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday.center_img PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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New York Post Under Scrutiny For Ridiculous Article Title

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first_imgNew York Post article says Johnny Manziel receiver admits to randomly killing jogger.new york post title johnny manzielIt’s become common practice for online publications to beef up article titles in an attempt to lure in readers. What you’ll see below is a little beyond the realm of what’s considered acceptable, however.Monday, reports surfaced that former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson – who played for the Aggies for one year – had admitted to murdering a man in Dallas on a jogging trail. Tuesday morning, the New York Post went with a very questionable title for its version of the story.I mean, come on @nypost. pic.twitter.com/DEsvuU9DyU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 13, 2015Johnny Manziel, obviously, has nothing to do with the story.So far, the publication hasn’t backed down and changed its title. But it hasn’t been getting a very favorable response on social media.last_img read more

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Report: Leonard Fournette’s Family May Have Broken NCAA Rules

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first_imgLeonard Fournette talks during an interview.YouTube/LSU Tiger TV YouTube/LSU Tiger TVYouTube/LSU Tiger TVLSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year, given the fact that he’s rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games. But according to USA TODAY, his family could be in a bit of trouble with the NCAA regarding a website that was launched back ahead of the 2014 season.According to the publication, a website dedicated to “BUGA Nation” – which stands for “Being United Generates Attitude” – was launched with the intent to sell tee shirts and hats to the public. Fournette “helped develop” the acronym. Here’s more:Paul Price, described by Fournette’s mother as the family’s manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back’s popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he has yet to be paid in full.The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette.Clearly, the issue here is that players and their families are not allowed to profit off of an athlete’s likeness, image or name.Will this lead to NCAA issues for LSU and Fournette? At this point, it’s hard to say. You can read the entire article over at USA TODAY.last_img read more

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF JUL-07-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (65 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (3-page PDF) Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERECREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?Register & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE————FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A Advertisementlast_img read more

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