ALAMEDA — Paul Guenther tried to stop Bengals opponents for 13 seasons. On Sunday, he’ll try and stop his longest-tenured employer for the first time.Guenther served as a defensive assistant in Cincinnati from 2005-13, then as defensive coordinator from 2014-17 before joining Jon Gruden’s staff in 2018. He’ll return to his old home for the first time this weekend when the Raiders (3-10) visit the Bengals (5-8), the only difference his black outfit accompanied by a splash of silver instead of …
PHOENIX — During a home game on May 14 against the Toronto Blue Jays, the San Francisco Giants joined the revolution.The organization wanted rookie right-hander Tyler Beede to cover four-to-five innings against Toronto, but did not name Beede the starting pitcher. Instead, Beede was tabbed as the “bulk innings” reliever who would pitch behind “opener” Nick Vincent.Manager Bruce Bochy was a critic of the alternative pitching strategy that became common across the major leagues in 2018, but …
The octopus was glad to see fish evolve, but needed a bigger brain to catch them, so it evolved one of the most complex brains in the animal kingdom. Is that the gist of this story in the Science blog Origins? Greg Miller wrote in the style of a children’s storybook: Cephalopods—octopuses, squid, and their relatives—ruled the seas in the Cambrian era, some 500 million years ago. But their world changed in a big way with the Cambrian Explosion, a rapid diversification of life on Earth that included the origin of fish. Suddenly, cephalopods had new opportunities—delicious fish!—and their first serious competition and potential predators. They had to get smart in a hurry. So it’s no wonder then that modern cephalopods have the most complex brains of any invertebrates. An octopus brain (lower, right) has 50 to 75 lobes and at least as many neurons (about 100 million) as a mouse brain…. And that’s not counting the smaller “brains” in each arm and the still smaller “brains” (ganglia, technically) associated with each sucker. All this neural circuitry gives octopuses exquisite control over their bodies, including some nifty tricks for evading predators, and it has even prompted speculation about cephalopod consciousness. Although the octopus brain rivals the size and complexity of many vertebrate brains, its architecture differs dramatically. “Short of martians showing up and offering themselves up to science, cephalopods are the only example outside of vertebrates of how to build a complex, clever brain,” says neuroscientist Cliff Ragsdale of the University of Chicago in Illinois. For that reason, Ragsdale says, these creatures have much to teach us about brain evolution.Among the nifty tricks exhibited by octopi is instant camouflage. As shown in the video God of Wonders (see 10/24/2009 Resource of the Week), an octopus can swim to a rock and blend in with its colors and textures in milliseconds (06/06/2007). This involves coordination between the eye, brain, and every point on its skin surface. Some octopi can mimic almost any other marine creature (08/30/2001, 03/24/2005, bullet 2, and 04/20/2006, bullet 1). Robot designers study octopi to see how they keep from tying their tentacles in knots (11/27/2001) and achieve precise point-to-point control (02/09/2005).“Origins” is a blog published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in celebration of the Darwin Bicentennial.All we have to do is hand the microphone to some Darwinists and they will proceed to wrap the cord around their necks and hang themselves from the rafters. If you have a better example of Darwinist stupidity in the news, send it in. To accept this miracle story, first you have to believe that brainless octopi exploded into existence in the Cambrian seas without ancestors (see 03/19/2009 and watch the film Darwin’s Dilemma). Then fish exploded onto the scene without ancestors (01/30/2003), and the octopus figured out, without a complex brain, that fish are good to eat. So it said to itself, “Wow! Fish taste great, but I need a complex brain to be able to catch them. Waiter! One complex brain, well done, on the double!” Then it thought to itself (without a brain yet) and said, “Wait a second, there; there is no Waiter. Guess I’ll have to cook up this one myself! Now where can I buy some neural circuits….” Help defeat Darwinism. How? Laugh out loud. Would anyone like to publish a cartoon book of your favorite SEQOTW winners over the last 9 years? Remember, this stuff is being published by the leading scientific journals in the world. That makes it even more funny.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Heathrow’s Terminal 2. United Airlines inaugurated a new era at Heathrow International Airport on Wednesday, June 4 when it became the first carrier to arrive at the newly opened £2.5 billion Terminal 2. The aircraft, a United Boeing 767-300ER operating Flight 958 from Chicago, unloaded the first of what Heathrow officials project will be up to 20 million passengers a year to pass through the brand new terminal. The US carrier is the first to move into the terminal and will eventually operate 17 arriving and departing flights throughout the day as it gradually consolidates its entire Heathrow operations to Terminal 2. United Airlines will be joined by 25 other airlines in phases over the next 6 months comprised of 23 members of the Star Alliance along with Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Virgin Atlantic Little Red. When at full capacity, Terminal 2 will have 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations. Originally built in 1955 and famously incorporating the iconic Queen’s Building, Terminal 2 was designed for 1.2 million passengers. However, by 2009, over 8 million passengers squeezed through annually prompting the site’s closure, demolition and ambitious re-development. The terminal features a number of world firsts including the airport debut of British high-street favorite John Lewis along with more than 30 high end retailers and 17 gourmet food and drink outlets including a Fuller’s Pub serving London Pride and the Gorgeous Kitchen – a restaurant founded by four local female chefs. The new facility has been named ‘The Queen’s Terminal” in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who will perform the official opening ceremony on June 23 accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. Heathrow officials hope the intervening time between the arrival of the first flights and the official opening will provide ample time to tackle any early operating issues. The airport is ever mindful of the 2008 fiasco that followed the opening of Terminal 5 in which over 42,000 bags went astray and over 500 flights were cancelled. To avoid a repeat, the airport has performed 180 trials involving over 14,000 volunteers to iron out potential bugs. The trials included passing more than 100,000 bags through the terminal’s baggage system, and stressing it by handling 4000 bags per hour compared to an expected peak load of 2,500 bags per hour. To facilitate a smooth start, every employee at Terminal 2 has also been required to participate in familiarization and training sessions.
17 September 2010When Nomvula Malinga was growing up, she used to swim in the Isipingo River – something that years of pollution and degradation have since made impossible. In February 2009, Malinga, together with other women from Durban’s Umlazi area, began cleaning up the river themselves.Malinga says the river had become a disgusting sight with people using it as a “rubbish dump filled with sewage, dead animals and overgrown weeds”.Zodwa Elizabeth Ndlovu agrees, saying the river was “absolutely filthy; even the water was receding … There was a foul smell coming from the river, and most children in the area started developing asthma”.“As women of the area, we decided to get together to see what we could do,” says Malinga. “And in 2008, about 100 of us started discussing how we could contribute to ensuring that the river was in the state that it was in those many years ago.”In February 2009, the women started to clean the river without being paid.The Adopt-a-River ProjectLast month, Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi officially launched the Isipingo Adopt-a-River Project, with an allocation of R1.7-million.Adopt-a-River aims to create awareness among communities about the importance of protecting water resources. Local women are paid a monthly stipend, and receive training in water resource management.A similar project is running in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, where a group of 100 women are cleaning up the Luvuvhu River.In the case of the Isipingo River, the project “was initiated by the women themselves,” says Mabudafhasi’s spokesman, Peter Mbelengwa. “They did not wait for the department to approach them. Therefore we know that it is a sustainable project.“The women didn’t just take the initiative to clean rivers, but also grow vegetable gardens and help themselves,” says Mbelengwa. “They are making such a huge difference to their lives and communities.”The 100 women from the Umlazi area, including Malinga and Ndlovu, will continue cleaning the river for a period of 12 months.“We were volunteering our services and doing it for the betterment of our community,” says Ndlovu. “It was tough when we started, because we did not have the necessary equipment.”Spirit of ubuntuThe spirit of unbuntu is thriving among the women, who help each other out in different ways.“I remember a day when a man walked past us and saw what we were doing. He asked us if we had food and of course we didn’t, but he pulled out a R20 and told us to get food,” says Ndlovu. “Many of the women who work on this project cannot afford certain things, so we try to help each other out in terms of bringing lunch when we are working.”Pangas and sickles are used to cut away weeds and alien vegetation. “We also pick up the rubbish in the river,” says Malinga. “We wear overalls, boots, and gloves to ensure that we do not get sick, and use black refuse bags to collect the refuse. We work from 8am to 12pm daily.”The women also plant crops in the cleared areas.“We also have our own vegetable gardens in the areas where we have cleared weeds and refuse,” says Ndlovu. “We also want to have a nursery and a park that we will name. We want to give back to our community.‘Be considerate in your actions’Malinga urges South Africans to be considerate about their actions.“In everything that you do, ensure that it won’t adversely affect your community. Our families get ill because of the things that we throw away in our rivers, streets, etc. Our municipalities provide us with black bags to throw away our refuse. Use those,” she says.Women need not wait for government grants, said Ndlovu. The mother of two feels that South African women need to stand up and think for themselves.“Go out in your community and look at how you can help. Because of this project, we were able to have our own vegetable gardens, and we have also been able to use water from the river.”The women have now received training, and intend to use the information to educate their communities.“We know that we can make an impact in our communities by doing this,” says Malinga. “I have also taught my three kids about the work that I do, and my daughter and I often go around in our community teaching other women and their daughters about keeping their environment clean.“When I started this, I did not have previous knowledge about rivers, so the work that the other women and I have been doing has helped us learn new things.”Eventually, the women aim to start their own market to sell the produce from their vegetable gardens.Ndlovu is setting a great example for her 15- and 21-year-old daughters, who also have vegetable gardens. “I want them to carry on my legacy and help their communities where they can and make a meaningful contribution.”Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lea Kimley and Matt ReeseWork ethic, a positive attitude, patience, and focus — those involved with showing livestock have long understood there are many positive character traits young people can develop through working with animals.In 2018 the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program took the opportunity to formally recognize some of these character traits and the young people who display them throughout the show season. The 2018 BEST Character Trait awards highlighted attitude, focus and patience. Throughout the winter and spring show series, any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents could nominate other cattlemen, breeders or exhibitors for any of the Character Trait Awards.“This past year was our first year doing this and we worked with some of the leadership programs with Weaver Leather Livestock. They are a sponsoring partner for the BEST program and we worked with them to recognize the character traits. Everyone can nominate throughout the season and then the final decisions go to a selection committee,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Youth Programs. “I think it is exciting to see the kids get recognized in places other than the show ring. I really enjoy the component that others can nominate their fellow contestants. It also provides another way for people to get involved in the program.”Jacob LeBrun, Scioto County was recognized for having an outstanding attitude; Jordan Johnson, Gallia County, was recognized for his extreme focus; and Collin Britton, Wood County was awarded for his exceptional patience.“They are very exemplary for the areas they have been recognized in and the dedication they put forth every day,” Sindel said. “There is only one person who wins a show on a given weekend, but there is dedication and commitment that comes through all the time. All of those kids have also been very successful in the BEST Program and this is just another area of recognition. At the end of the day, what we are trying to do is to create the next generation of leaders and highlight those folks.”This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows across the state with over 523 youth participants showing 749 head of market animals and heifers. Collin Britton, Wood CountyAnyone who has worked much with cattle understands that patience is an important virtue in the endeavor. When little sisters are involved, even more patience is required — just ask 15-year-old Collin Britton.“I helped my little sister (Sara Britton) a lot and that takes a lot of patience. We also work the cows here and it can get frustrating so you have to be patient with that too,” Collin said. “We’re probably going to 35 shows in a year and for a lot of those there are two rings so you show twice. We go to Denver, we go to NAILE, Junior Nationals and most of the BEST Shows and we go state fairs and beef expos. We’ve had a lot of success from last year to this year. We won our division there at Denver and had Champion Simmental overall in Ohio BEST. My sister had third overall Shorthorn in BEST. She had third overall in showmanship at Junior Nationals. We had two class winners and a second at Junior Nationals too. She also had the Champion Shorthorn Junior Breeding Heifer at the Ohio State Fair. She has done unbelievably well for her first year showing calves. I couldn’t be more proud.”Collin has been showing in the BEST Program for three years and he is also proud to be recognized for his patience by his peers through the BEST Character Trait awards.“I think it is an awesome thing they have started to do. It is a truly great program overall with all of the shows you go to and the people you meet,” he said. “The BEST experience gets you ready for all of the other shows you go to. I look forward to seeing all of the people I show with all winter at the BEST shows. Going through all of the states and sight seeing is pretty fun also.” Jacob LeBrun, Scioto CountyJacob LeBrun, 15, of Scioto County won the positive attitude Character Trait award in this year’s BEST circuit.“I always try to keep a smile on my face and encourage others,” he said. “It’s important to always be happy in order to be a light to others.”LeBrun can typically be found in the barn trying to lift up others, no matter the mood. He believes the new program will give deserved credit to the behind-the-scenes kids and he acknowledges he would not have received this award without the help of his family and the Grimes family of Hillsboro.“I only see it getting better throughout the next few years,” LeBrun said of the first year of the Character Trait program.LeBrun’s father showed cattle when he was a boy and this encouraged LeBrun to start showing as well. They began raising a few calves for him to show each year and have built their herd off of past show heifers.The BEST program requires a lot of time, money, and work. This is LeBrun’s fourth year completing the circuit and sixth year showing cattle.“Showing cattle keeps me going,” he said. “I have had a passion for it since I started.”Showing cattle has helped LeBrun make lifelong friends and learn the value of hard work. Seeing the friends he made through the BEST program and spending quality time with them is what he was most looking forward to heading into the Ohio State Fair this year.In the BEST Program this year, along with being recognized for his character, LeBrun received 6th overall Angus heifer and 7th overall intermediate showman. He also showed his heifer at the Ohio State Fair. Jordan Johnson, Gallia CountyJordan Johnson, 19, of Gallia County received the BEST focus Character Trait award. Johnson has been showing for 10 years. Additionally, he runs a small herd and sells calves to several people. He enjoys giving back to his customers and puts in plenty of effort toward helping them.“I am grateful to have won this award and am excited to see the progress the program makes throughout the years,” Johnson said.Through the hours of hard work and determination to be the best, Johnson has also learned about responsibility. In addition, the BEST program has taught Johnson how to communicate with others, the value of teamwork, and helped build friendships.Everyone has to start somewhere. Johnson’s parents both showed livestock growing up, but took a break until Johnson was in 4-H. They weren’t very competitive at the beginning, but after a taste of victory when winning grand champion feeder calf at the county fair, they never looked back.“My favorite part of the process is selecting the cattle and choosing the genetics, then putting in as much work as possible to get the full potential and quality out of the cattle,” Johnson said.Johnson is dedicated to leaving his mark and helping the next generation of showman. Johnson just finished his last Ohio State Fair as a junior exhibitor and he is hoping all the hard work he’s put in through the years will pay off in the future. Johnson is currently attending the University of Rio Grande majoring in business and minoring in marketing. Johnson hopes to stay in the livestock business on the marketing side and continue to raise cattle.“Showing and raising cattle is my passion, I live and breathe it every day,” Johnson said. Those interested in learning more about participating in the BEST program can visit www.ohiocattle.org and follow OCA on their social media platforms. The BEST program will be celebrating 20 years of recognizing Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program concludes with a celebration of all BEST participants along with their families on the first Saturday in May of 2019.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates with center Bam Adebayo (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. The Heat won 102-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Dwyane Wade fondly remembers his dominant first game in New Orleans as an emerging college star with Marquette. He won’t forget what was likely his final performance as a pro in the Big Easy, either.Wade walked off the court to chants of “D-Wade! D-Wade!” from fans converging on the tunnel to the visitors’ locker room after his 19 points — highlighted by tough shots over Anthony Davis at the end of each half — helped the Miami Heat beat the Pelicans 102-96 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his matchup with Davis.Davis had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but curiously did not take his first shot of the second half until hitting a 3-pointer with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter.“Every time he got the ball they were running two guys at him. Once again, A.D. is not going to force shots,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He did what he was supposed to do and he had seven assists — probably could have easily had double figures. We did not make some (open) shots.”Both teams shot worse than 42 percent and Miami missed 25 3s, but the difference in the game was Miami’s rebounding. The Heat outrebounded the Pelicans 57-38, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds and converting them into 25 second-chance pointsTyler Johnson added 15 points off the bench for Miami, whose reserves outscored New Orleans’ bench 58-20.Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, but limped to the locker room with 6:49 to go after rolling his right ankle during a lost scrap for a rebound. Holiday had 22 points.TIP-INSHeat: Reserve wing player Derrick Jones Jr. scored 11 points in 21 minutes. … Guard Goran Dragic sat out for the fourth time in five games with right knee soreness. … Starting forward Justise Winslow left the game in the first half with right ankle soreness and did not return.Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic missed his second straight game with a right ankle injury. … Forward Darius Miller missed eight of nine shots, including seven of eight from 3-point range, where he normally hits 38 percent.MEMORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wade, who turns 37 in January and plans to retire after this season, said the efforts of fans around the country to see him play one last time is “definitely not lost on me.”So when a sore back sidelined him for Miami’s previous game at Memphis, he was determined to do what he could to loosen up in time to give it a go in New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I definitely understand the sacrifices people make to be at our games,” Wade said. “I just wanted to make sure tonight I was able to get out there. And then I started feeling pretty good as it went on, got a couple shots to fall and the rest is history.”Wade received an enthusiastic ovation when he first checked in and then made his first three 3-point attempts, the last of which he banked in with Davis guarding him closely in the final seconds of the first half. Wade stopped short of saying he meant to use the glass, but recalled thinking that was the only chance the shot had to fall when he released the ball over Davis’ long arms. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Wade said Marquette’s visit to Tulane in January 2003 was the first time he was aware of NBA scouts in attendance for one of his games. He scored 35 points in an 85-73 win. He returned to New Orleans that season for the Final Four in the Superdome. Then as an NBA rookie, his first playoff series was against New Orleans, which was then in the Eastern Conference, and Miami won that series.“I’ve had a lot of great moments here,” Wade said. “I was glad I was able to get out there today and kind of finish it off the last time being here.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Houston on Thursday night.Pelicans: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ “I decided to ask God to put it in for me — just prayed on it,” Wade said with a laugh.The Pelicans were as close as 96-90 after Davis’ 3 with 2:32 to go. But Miami, which led nearly the entire game — and by as much as 17 — squashed any hope of a late comeback with Wade’s driving floater over Davis to make it 100-92 with 51 seconds left.Wary of the pressure Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was putting on Heat ball handlers, Wade said he acted decisively to explode past Holiday toward the hoop.“And then when I got down there I saw the big fella coming, so the only chance I had to get the shot off, I had to throw it high, kind of like the 3, but just in the paint,” Wade said. “It was kind of the icing on the cake.”Josh Richardson scored 22 points for Miami, which closed out a six-game road swing with its fourth victory on the trip.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nuggets beat Raptors in matchup of conference leaders Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion