Antonio Brown’s return has Raiders teammates looking forward

first_imgALAMEDA — If there were any teammates who were upset Friday about the return of wide receiver Antonio Brown, it was well hidden behind a desire move forward and beat the Denver Broncos to open the season.Brown didn’t practice with the the team Thursday the day after an on-field shouting match with general manager Mike Mayock over fines incurred for two unexcused absences during training camp. There were reports of impending suspensions and possibly the Raiders severing ties with Brown.Instea …last_img read more

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The Blue and Red States of OOL

first_imgWhen it comes to the origin of life (OOL), some scientists color it blue; some color it red.  New Scientist votes for the blue state.  “LIFE may really have been created by a spark, one that came as a bolt from the deep blue.”  Inspired by visions sent from Ryuhei Nakamura at the University of Tokyo, reporter Jon Evans looked deep into the deep blue ocean and envisioned electrical currents down in dark, hydrothermal vents.  “The team thinks that the chimney walls catalyse the conversion of sulphides into elemental sulphur as the hot vent fluid travels through them,” Evans wrote.  “The reaction releases electrons which pass through the wall to the salt water outside, where they convert dissolved oxygen into hydrogen peroxide.  Nakamura postulates that this electrical current could provide a source of energy for bacteria.”    Unfortunately for this notion, even Nick Lane, who makes OOL sound simple, points out that there was hardly any oxygen at the time.  Nakamura quickly substituted carbon dioxide.  “If this was the case, then the CO2 would have been converted directly into carbon-based molecules, making complex organic molecules on the early Earth’s sea floors – perhaps the chemical precursors of life.”    Others find a red state in the deep of space.  Space.com opined, “Icy Red Objects at Solar System’s Edge May Point to Life’s Building Blocks.”  Indeed, “The reddish hue of many objects in our solar system’s frigid outer reaches may be evidence of complex organic molecules, perhaps even the building blocks of life, new research suggests.”  John Cooper (NASA) quickly backpedaled, “We’re not saying that life is produced in the Kuiper Belt,” just that “the basic chemistry may start there, as could also happen in similar Kuiper Belt environments elsewhere in the universe, and that is a natural path which could lead toward the chemical evolution of life.”  Cooking by radiation could produce delicious morsels like formaldehyde, acetylene and ethane.  Cooper hoped for more: “In some cases you may be able to produce the components of life – not just organic materials, but biological molecules such as amino acids.”  In this, he failed to clarify that amino acids have no meaning without ribosomes and a genetic code.    The second article tried to be patriotic.  “About 1,000 Kuiper Belt objects have been directly imaged so far, and these bodies appear to be a wide range of colors, from red to blue to white, researchers said.”OOL fools are like politicians.  They wave the colors and deceive the gullible with the building blocks of lie (03/19/2008).(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dictionaries for all 11 languages

first_img10 June 2005It’s official: there are now bilingual dictionaries for all of South Africa’s 11 official languages.The chief executive officer of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), Cynthia Marivate, told Parliament’s portfolio committee on arts and culture on Tuesday that the “minority languages” of isiNdebele, siSwati, Xitsonga and Tshivenda now had their own bilingual dictionaries.“Ten years down the line, all official languages have a formal dictionary,” Marivate said.Previously, only the more widely spoken indigenous languages of isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho and Setswana had bilingual dictionaries. English and Afrikaans have long had both monolingual and bilingual dictionaries.Marivate said that producing comprehensive monolingual dictionaries, a key aim of PanSALB’s national lexicography units, remains an ambition for the department, but added that by 2050 multilingual dictionaries for the indigenous languages would have doubled in size.She also said that electronic dictionaries – or e-dictionaries – of South Africa’s indigenous languages will soon be available for schools to download.Khoe and San languagesMarivate told the parliamentary committee that, due to capacity problems, the Khoe and San languages were under-represented on PanSALB’s national language bodies – but said one key achievement was the recording of the N|u language of the Khomani San.According to PanSALB’s Angie Netshiheni, Khoe speakers insisted, during research conducted in 2001-2002, that the word be spelt “Khoe” and not “Khoi” as was previously the case.One of the world’s most endangered languages, N|u was recorded from one of the last surviving N|u speakers in the Northern Cape.Marivate said the related Khoe and San languages of !Xam and Koranna still needed to be recorded.No to tsotsitaalFinally, Marivate responded to a concern raised by a committee member that some young South Africans, encouraged by a popular radio station, were touting for a youthful slang known as tsotsitaal (gangster language) or isicamto to be recognised as an official language.Marivate said there was “no way” that PanSALB would ever approve of tsotsitaal becoming South Africa’s 12th official language.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South African opera star sings for the queen

first_img22 March 2016The Pretoria-born opera singer, Simphiwe Simon Shibambu, performed a dazzling version of the evocative isiXhosa Click Song in front of Queen Elizabeth II at a Celebration of the Commonwealth service held in London’s Westminster Abbey on 17 March 2016.Priveleged to be at today’s Commonwealth Service. Great performance from @ABRSM scholar Simphiwe Simon Shibambu. pic.twitter.com/8az4PlOKXU— David Roper (@davidroper_pwc) March 14, 2016The Commonwealth service is the UK’s largest multi-faith celebration, and Shibambu, the 28-year-old bass-baritone, was the sole South African representative at the event.His performance of the Click Song, also known as Qongqothwane, the traditional isiXhosa song customarily sung at weddings to bring about good fortune, was a moving experience for the audience, including the queen, who took a moment after the performance to talk to Shibambu.Shibambu has been singing since he was young, and began his love of opera in high school. “Singing opera is not only about your voice; it’s about many other things, like connecting with the music, understanding what the composer wants in the music, acting and putting a lot of effort into your work,” he writes on his website.TUT’s Simphiwe Shibambu, won a 1s & Audience Prize, at the Clonter Opera Competition in England. pic.twitter.com/8VQsneeY4X— Official TUT (@Official_TUT) April 30, 2015Following an undergraduate degree in vocal arts at Tshwane University of Technology, Shibambu moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music for a Master’s in vocal performance and opera. He has won several international competitions along the way.Photo Westminster Abbey https://t.co/ccwfId7i5hQueen attended The Commonwealth Service Westminster Abbey 14 March pic.twitter.com/uxgbgkACcU— Simon Shibambu (@SimonShibambu) March 18, 2016Shibambu is also part of the Young Singers Project for the Salzburg Festival 2016 in Austria, which brings together new and exciting opera singers from around the world to add new life to the opera format.He won first prize in the Amazwi Omzansi Africa national opera singing competition in Durban in 2013; in 2015, he won first prize and the audience choice award at the Clonter Opera singing competition in the UK.He has also featured in several opera productions in London and at home, including key performances in Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte and Don Giovanni, as well as in Gounod’s Faust.In a review of his latest performance in Handel’s Ariodante this month, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper wrote: “(Shibambu) sang the (part of) King with authority, anguish and a huge, resonant tone.”Handel’s Ariodante from London Handel Festival & Royal College of [email protected] – photo Chris Christodoulou pic.twitter.com/zbt5VQooSG— Simon Shibambu (@SimonShibambu) March 11, 2016Source: SA Peoplelast_img read more

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2019 Ohio Beef Expo Photo Highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Check back throughout the weekend to see the latest highlights from the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo. Click on the image to see a larger version. Young people prepare for the judging contest Friday morning. Shows prepare to get started in Cooper Arena. Junior Showmanship Junior Showmanship Ridge Wendling from Richland County competes in Beginner Showmanship. Russell Fox from Seneca County in Beginner Showmanship Hereford Sale Hereford Sale There was a large crowd gathered for the Angus Sale. The Genetic Pathway was a popular attraction again this year. Drew Carpenter works with this Hereford from Elegance Show Cattle in New Concord. The trade show was packed on Saturday. Gerald Haines from Coshocton County leads his crossbred. Nathan Beaber from Tuscarawas County with his crossbred Annabelle Johnson from Preble County loves showing her mini Herefords. Shorthorn heifer class in the junior show Exhibitors show their ShorthornPlus cattle in the junior show Riley Rismiller from Darke County gets her MaineTainer heifer just right in the junior show. Mekenzie Jolliff from Hardin County leads her MaineTainer heifer. Garrett Agle from Clark County showed his Shorthorn at the 2018 Beef Expo. Ross Michael from Montgomery County focuses on the judge.last_img read more

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Moisture Sources, Relative Humidity, and Mold

first_imgCooking (dinner, family of 4)1.2 (1.5 with gas cooktop) SourceEstimated Amount of Water (pints) 75504.41.870 65503.01.470 5-minute shower.5 Temperature (ËšF)Starting Relative Humidity (%)Starting water content of apartment air (pints)Add this much water to the apartment air (pints)Resulting Relative Humidity (%) 70503.61.670 5 – 7 house plantsAbout 1 per day Evaporation – new construction materials10+ per day Unvented kerosene space heater7.6 per gallon of kerosene burned A little water goes a long way We hear a lot about how moisture can be an indoor pollutant in tight houses. But just how much moisture can be a problem; how does boiling a pot of water compare to a 15-minute shower? This keeps some of us mold worrywarts up at night, so I thought it would be a good idea to run some numbers. In the table below, look at how little water it takes to raise the relative humidity (RH) from a reasonable 50% interior RH to a mold-marginal 70%: MOISTURE CONTENT: 800-square-foot apartment (6,400 cubic feet of interior space) Indoor line-drying of clothes4 – 6 per load Washing dishes (dinner, family of 4).7 Respiration/perspiration.4 per hour Source: Nathan Yost, 3-D Building Solutions An interior RH of 70% will make just about everyone uncomfortable (see “Comfort Comes with Green Building“). It also means that cooler surfaces in the home can approach the dew point, a condition that mold and dust mites just love. Moisture sources in the home The table above tells us that adding less than a quart of water (2 pints) to this apartment’s air can be a problem; but just how much water is that? Time for table number 2: Common Moisture Sources in the Home (family of 4) 1 cord green firewood stored indoors over 6-month period400 – 800 Source: Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota Yikes! For a family of four, cooking dinner, eating, and then washing the dishes adds enough moisture to raise RH to levels that spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Turns out that there are lots of ways to dump what ends up to be quite a lot of water into the air. Admittedly, this is a rather small dwelling unit, and there is no air exchange accounted for in the first table. But that is really the point. Every home, but especially an energy-efficient airtight one, needs dedicated air exchange, particularly in high-moisture areas like the kitchen and baths. So keep your eye on moisture sources in the home, ventilate for moisture control, and spring for a hygrometer from Radio Shack for about $20 to keep track of interior RH.last_img read more

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You Need A Theory for Why Your Dream Client Should Change

first_imgOne of the reasons prospecting is so difficult is because most of us swim in Red Oceans, crowded markets with fierce competition (read my new column on Forbes for more on Red Ocean strategy). In the Red Ocean, success requires that you displace your competitor, taking their clients from them while working to protect yours from being taken from you. When your dream client already has a partner, they often believe there is little cause to meet with another salesperson.Even if you have clear and compelling differentiation, unless your dream client believes that is true—or that it is even a possibility—gaining the Commitment for Time is difficult. Unless you know something that will benefit your dream client, it’s can be a real challenge to move your dream client to meet with you. To trade enough value in exchange for the time you are asking your prospective client to give you, you need to have some theory as to why they should change, even if you are less direct in your approach.What’s Changed?At some point in the past, your dream client changed from one partner to another partner. They didn’t go to the trouble to change for no reason. They changed partners because they were compelled by something—and someone—to do something to produce a better result. If your prospect is not already engaged in the process of changing, you have to provide the reason they should change for them. One of the places you might start this conversation is what has changed since they started working with their current partner.What has changed in your dream client’s industry that may be challenging them or providing them with opportunities?What has changed in your industry that has caused you to make changes to better serve your clients?When you look at the clients you have won this year, what were the factors that influenced their decision to do something different—and with you as their new partner?What you know here provides you with a potential theory why your dream client should change what they are doing—and who they have as a partner in those results.What Is Changing and Why?The truth about competitive displacements is that they take a lot of time and effort, both of which tend to be worthwhile investments because the clients you win tend to be large, strategic, and partner-oriented, all of which allows you to do your best work. When this is true, the time you spend working on being known as someone with ideas worth pursuing allows you to get way out in front of any opportunity for a displacement by nurturing the relationships you need. The time it takes provides you with an opportunity to share what is changing and why, building the case for change.What are the changes that are just visible now but with implications for your client’s future results?Why are these changes going to have a negative impact on what your dream client is doing now or how will they provide a new opportunity?Answering these questions provides you with a theory as to why your dream client needs to change now—or soon will. If you are calling them with the intention of displacing your competitor, your product, services, or solution isn’t likely to be enough to cause them to fire their longtime partner. If you don’t have a better reason for your prospective client to change, they aren’t likely to have one either. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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