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first_imgBALTIMORE — Running back Matt Breida and left tackle Joe Staley will miss their third straight game as the 49ers (10-1) take on the Ravens (9-2) amid light, steady rain today.Both veterans figure to return next Sunday when the 49ers visit the New Orleans Saints (10-2) in a matchup that will weigh heavier in the NFC playoff chase. The Saints won 26-18 Thursday night at the Atlanta Falcons.Daniel Brunskill will start in place of Staley at left tackle. It’s Brunskill’s first start there after a …last_img


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first_imgNational Geographic News published a story about a real sea monster.  A fossil pliosaur nearly 50 feet in length, the largest marine reptile ever found, was discovered in permafrost just 800 miles from the North Pole, on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.  Scientists estimate it had such strong teeth and muscles it could have bitten a small car in half.    The article about the huge creature, with a skull nearly 7 feet long and flippers 10 feet long, includes a photo gallery.  Plesiosaurs often had long necks, but pliosaurs had massive heads and short necks.  Page 2 of the article claims that the large concentration of marine reptiles in the area, “one of the richest accumulations of marine reptiles in the world” with 40 known specimens so far, resulted when the large animals “swam in temperate seas and sank to the ocean floor after they died, where their bodies were preserved in soft mud.”    The Burgess Shale, now high in the Canadian Rockies, once hosted a rich marine biota.  For a century it has been known for the exceptional preservation of its Cambrian fossils.  A new theory reported in Live Science says that an undersea landslide was responsible for burying the animals quickly and suddenly so that even the impressions of soft parts of worms were preserved.  The Cambrian Explosion was mentioned in the article:Today, the Burgess Shale represents a frozen sliver of life from a time when Earth and its life were completely different.    “It dates from very early in the history of complex multi-cellular life,” [Jan] Zalasiewicz [U of Leicester] told LiveScience.  “For quite a while, it was the main window we had on the diversity of life at this time.  It’s very significant because one of the great enigmas about Cambrian life is that it seems to have started very suddenly.”    Life existed for 3 billion years before the Cambrian Period, but almost all of it was simple life composed of single cells.    “Then very suddenly at the beginning of the Cambrian, a whole host of life, all the major groups of animals, appeared,” Zalasiewicz said.  “That is called the Cambrian explosion.  It’s still a mystery as to how and why this great flowering of multi-cellular life took place.”A different surprise has appeared among the living.  Shrimp-like crustaceans called krill had been thought to inhabit the upper ocean.  What are they doing 3000 meters down under the Antarctic Peninsula?  Sure enough, Science Daily reported, Antarctic krill were found by a deep-diving remotely operated vehicle in the dark depths, actively feeding and spawning as if this is a perfectly normal place to call home.  “The discovery completely changes scientists’ understanding of the major food source for fish, squid, penguins, seals and whales.”Zalasiewicz said that there were no trees or higher animals when the Burgess Shale was buried by an undersea landslide.  How would he know that?  One would not expect there to be such creatures in that environment.  Separate the interpretation based on worldview from the actual observations.  The observations show that Darwinism could not be true.  The 3-billion-year dates are part of the evolutionary tale.  Just look at the fossils: all the major animal phyla appear suddenly at the beginning of the Cambrian.  “Appear” is the operative word: they were not evolving.  There were not primitive forms of these creatures in the rocks below.  Boom!  There they are, complete with eyes, complex appendages and a functioning ecology.  That is not evolution.  It’s also true of the pliosaurs, plesiosaurs, and ichthyosaurs found at Spitsbergen.  They appear in the record suddenly and fully operational.  Extinct animals were usually larger and more diverse than their counterparts today.  If this is evolution, it is going in reverse.    Kids, consider marine biology or paleontology as a career.  There are still remarkable discoveries to be made under the sea.  You don’t have to follow the Darwin script or swallow the evolutionary tales to discover amazing things and have an adventurous life.  Imagine making a living finding fossils of sea monsters.  Imagine finding new kinds of life in the depths of the sea.  Wouldn’t that be totally cool?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img30 April 2012Nelson Mandela turns 94 on 18 July. A new project aims to honour the great man, and help realise his long-held dream of a proper education for every South African child, by coming to the aid of 94 schools in dire need of new or radically upgraded infrastructure.The 94+ Schools Infrastructure Project was launched last week by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Brand South Africa.It will form part of Mandela Day, which is marked across the world on 18 July each year to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.Mobilising resources and supportThe project aims to mobilise resources and support from various sectors of society to tackle the huge infrastructure backlog facing schools that serve South Africa’s poorer children.“President Mandela forged invaluable partnerships with the private sector towards the building of schools, particularly in poor communities across South Africa – an initiative that the education sector can build on,” the department said in a statement last week.Interested organisations are invited to pledge their support for the project by e-mailing taylor.l@dbe.gov.za.“The 94 Schools Project originates in the former President’s strong view on the importance of education, and his world-acclaimed efforts to build an equitable system of education in South Africa,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said at the launch in Johannesburg.Progress, but still huge shortfallsSouth Africa has made considerable progress in improving school infrastructure over the last decade. Since 2000, according to the department, 1 206 schools and a further 38 664 classrooms have been built, while 5 214 schools have been equipped with running water and 2 847 schools given electricity.Massive shortfalls remain, however, with the department estimating that R66-billion is needed to bring all schools in the country to a level of optimal functionality.At the current rate of resource allocation, it will take the department 30 years to clear this backlog.‘Innovation, partnerships needed’Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, also speaking at the launch, said the project was a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country.“We have to find new ways to build human capital in our country,” Matola said. “Our approach requires innovation and partnerships to deal with the challenges.”Basic education director-general Bobby Soobrayan said that with the project, the department aimed to create an environment that was conducive to quality teaching, learning and improved performance in the targeted schools.“Public-private partnerships are one of the most effective ways to meet infrastructure backlogs,” Soobrayan said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_img26 June 2014Local Umhlanga surfer Beyrick De Vries is counting the days until some 84 international surfers arrive to compete at one of his local breaks in the Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) Mr Price Pro Ballito from 30 June to 6 July.It will be a dream come true for De Vries, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of elite ASP World Tour athletes and fellow Durban surfers Jordy Smith and Travis Logie.‘A blessing’“It is such a blessing for the South African surfers to have an event like the Mr Price Pro Ballito in our country,” De Vries said. “The event offers double the prize money and ratings points of other star-rated Qualifying Series stops, so it’s a real foot in the door for those of us wanting to make it on the international stage.”Rated 28th on the ASP Qualification Series (QS) rankings, De Vries has climbed almost 100 places up the ratings ladder since this time last year, making him a firm favourite to not only bring the trophy back to South Africa, but also to gain further ground towards qualifying for the 2015 ASP World Tour.‘Really important’“The Mr Price Pro is really important for me to further my rankings,” he said. “Last year I reached the Round of 16 here and after a disappointing result in Mexico this week (De Vries was eliminated in round two), I will be looking to make up some lost ground at this event.”Competing in the familiar waves of Ballito, just 20 minutes away from his home, is an advantage that few surfers are afforded, so it is one De Vries wants to make the most of while he has the chance.Competing at home“I can’t even explain how much of an impact competing at home has on your surfing. It’s the opportunity to compete without the stress of travel, jet lag or finding the right nutrition and all the other factors you have worry about when you are overseas.“I surf the way I am feeling and, at the end of the day, it all comes down to confidence. That’s how my surfing comes out. I perform my best when the stress is off.”De Vries said he was proud to call the KwaDukuza region home and enjoyed giving his fellow international rivals a warm African welcome.‘They love Ballito’“It is epic to have the world’s best surfers in Ballito because I know how fun home is, how good the waves are and how rich the culture is. They love Ballito, and it’s great to have one of their favourite destinations be the one you call home.”A fierce competitor with no shortage of variety and flair in his repertoire, De Vries says working with his new shaper, Elton Fursman of Hurricane Surfboards, has given him a fresh approach and was the move he hoped would take his surfing to the next level.“It’s really important for me to work closely with my shaper. When my previous shaper Clayton moved to Australia at the start of the year, I started working with Elton. Hurricane are 100 percent behind me achieving my dream of qualifying for the World Championship Tour.”Podium dreamA top-three finish at the Mr Price Pro Ballito could make all the difference in De Vries’ campaign, which means he will have his sights set on the podium from the moment he hits the water in round one on Monday.“I will not rest until I win the Mr Price Pro Ballito. This is the event I have my heart set on,” he said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgYour engineering team has spent weeks working on the design of the latest product concept.  The concept design has been made using high-end CAD modeling tools that allow sophisticated 3D renderings.  The problem now is how to share the new design with the rest of the enterprise.  How can the concept design model be distributed for comment without requiring the original expensive authoring application be installed on everyone’s desk that may want to take a look at the current product direction?Screenshots.  A live presentation or webinar.  These are some workarounds to disseminate the data, but they don’t offer any degree of interactivity for controlling how the model is to be visualized.The problem gets more complex in larger organizations where different groups have adopted different sets of authoring tools.  In those cases, sharing files and data for collaboration is limited because people may have access to data files but they don’t have access to the authoring application to view them.Another problem associated with complex authoring applications is that these feature-rich tools often require highly trained users.  These kinds of applications are often not very approachable by casual users or those who may just need to view an existing data model.  In these cases, even if the application is available to a user, it may not be of much use.A better solution is to use a Universal Viewer.  A Universal Viewer is a single low-cost application that presents a consistent and easy-to-use interface for viewing most commonly used file formats.In collaboration with Spicer, Formtek has created the Formtek View application.  View is a true Universal Viewer that is web-based.  It is able to view most CAD, graphics and Office documents.  In all, more than 200 file formats are supported.  View’s tight integration with the Formtek | Orion data repository allows an organization to tightly secure and correctly disseminate documents and files on an Intranet or the Internet; and across the enterprise and with partners.Universal viewing with Formtek | View is cost-effective and convenient.  Web-based access allows users access from any networked client without a requirement for having supporting applications already installed on the workstation where the data is viewed.Formtek | View is very flexible and customizable.  View comes with an out-of-the-box configuration using high-frequency industry-standard viewing operations that are called out for use from an easy-to-access toolbar.  The core of View is a set of programmable ActiveX components.  By changing the usage of the ActiveX components, it’s possible to fairly easily customize your own viewer application, exposing the operations most commonly needed for your business processes.teen pornolast_img read more


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first_img“Amit Shah [BJP president] also did not attend the NDA’s dinner meeting in Patna…why is nobody asking about his absence there?”, asked Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha on Friday after reaching Patna. On Thursday Mr. Kushwaha skipped the crucial NDA meet meant to put up a “united front” amid discordant voices from alliance partners.Speaking to the media at the airport, Mr. Kushwaha expressed surprise over why so much importance was given to his absence at the event, when it was for the party leaders and workers.“It was due to some personal reasons I could not attend the event but my party leaders did,” said Mr. Kushwaha. Before leaving for his Parliamentary constituency Karakat in Rohtas district, he also asserted that there was no discontent in the NDA in Bihar.Also read: BJP’s ally troubles — Upendra Kushwaha skips NDA dinner meeting“I’m not unhappy or displeased with the NDA as is being speculated…NDA is united and intact,” he said. Though, he also confirmed that he would not be attending the iftar party hosted by senior Bihar BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Mr. Kushwaha evaded a question on his party’s senior leader Nagamani’s statement ahead of the NDA meeting that the alliance should declare him (Kushwaha) as its leader in the Assembly poll in 2020. “You should pose this question to Mr. Nagamani,” Mr. Kushwaha said.Mr. Nagamani, who is national working president of the RLSP, had said that his party chief “represents a caste group which comprised 10% of Bihar’s total population which is next only to the Yadavs and hence his projection as the NDA’s leader would benefit the coalition.”Meanwhile, taking a dig at Mr. Kushwaha’s absence, RJD Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “What is happening in the NDA shows there is a tectonic shift in Indian politics as the common man sees himself pitted against the arrogant BJP… leaders like Mr. Kushwaha have begun to do a rethink over their alliance with the BJP and many more would follow suit in the near future.”RJD alliance partner and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi invited Mr. Kushwaha to join the RJD-led Grand Alliance but not with his demand “to be the CM candidate as this position is already reserved for Tejashwi Yadav.”Mr. Kushwaha had met RJD chief Lalu Prasad when he was admitted in the AIIMS in Delhi and the meeting had triggered speculation about Mr. Kushwaha’s future moves.last_img read more


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first_imgBJP Rajasthan unit president Madan Lal Saini died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Monday after a brief illness. He was shifted from Jaipur to Delhi on Saturday for treatment of blood-related ailment in Haematology Department after being diagnosed with infection in lungs.Mr. Saini, also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75. He was appointed the BJP State chief in June last year, after the party remained headless for about three months following the resignation of Ashok Parnami. Mr. Saini had emerged as a “consensus candidate” after differences emerged over the selection of certain other leaders.He was shifted to the intensive care unit in AIIMS when his condition deteriorated. He breathed his last on Monday evening, the party sources said here.A large number of BJP workers, led by former BJP State president Arun Chaturvedi, gathered at the party’s State headquarters here and paid tributes to the departed leader. Mr. Saini was active in politics for several decades after joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1952.He was elected an MLA from Gudha in Jhunjhunu district in 1990 and had later unsuccessfully fought the Lok Sabha election twice from Jhunjhunu in 1991 and 1998. He was elected a Rajya Sabha member from the State in March 2018.According to the party sources, Mr. Saini’s body will be brought here on Tuesday morning and taken for cremation in his native village, Patan, in Sikar district in the afternoon.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over Mr. Saini’s death and said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear about his passing away. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mr. Saini’s death was a “major loss for the BJP family.”last_img read more