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  • 49ers defense sparks scuffle in final practice with Broncos

    first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colo. – John Lynch could sense the 49ers defense was on the verge of fighting the Denver Broncos offense. Everyone could sense it, not just the 49ers general manager who once played here with similar, white-hot intensity.Two days of joint practices revealed how intense and vocal this 49ers defense is, and how dominant it can be with a fierce pass rush aiding a suspect secondary.The only fight of these … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

  • Second-Guessing Aliens

    first_imgIf we haven’t yet communicated with aliens, can we know anything about their character?  Astrophysicist Gregory Benford of UC Irvine thinks we can surmise one thing: they are frugal.  Why?  “Whatever the life form, evolution selects for economy of resources,” he said.  Broadcasting is expensive, and transmitting signals across light-years would require considerable resources.”    For this reason, Benford and his twin brother James envision the aliens avoiding broadcasts continuously blasted in all directions.  Frugal aliens will use short, targeted blips known as “Benford beacons.”  He calls searching for such signals a “common-sense” approach.     Charles Q. Choi on Space.com also quoted Benford’s line, “This approach is more like Twitter and less like ’War and Peace’.”  They don’t send e-books; they send tweets.  As support for his speculations about alien frugal twittering, he compared it to the cost of METI – Messages to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.  To send twitters to aliens would cost a billionaire a lot of money: $1.3 billion for the installation and $200 million a year in operating costs.    At New Scientist Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute downplayed the risks of METI.  It’s too late to worry about it, he said, despite the concerns of Stephen Hawking (04/26/2010).    Hazel Muir in another article on New Scientist got in on the mudslinging at aliens, saying, “Stingy aliens may call us on cheap rates only.”  With fewer signals available to find, it may take the luck of the Irish to find the thrifty Space Scots.“Evolution selects for economy of resources.”  That’s why it created supersaurus, microbes, ants, kudzu, and humans at hot dog eating contests.  When the Benfords can correctly second-guess Darwin’s menagerie (12/19/2007), maybe they will then be prepared to start second-guessing creatures that may not exist.  Without data, aliens belong in the class of gnomes, leprechauns, unicorns and other fantasies borne out of human imagination.  Benford recalled his grandfather saying, “Talk is cheap, but whiskey costs money.”  Darwhiskey is a cheap liquor that lubricates the imagination and sets the tongue a-flapping.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Help make South Africa a success: Zuma

    first_img30 April 2012 South Africans celebrate Freedom Day in order to ensure that the present does not erase the past, and in order to protect the future, President Jacob Zuma said as the country marked its 18th year of freedom on Friday, calling on all citizens to work together to make the country a success. “We must put the country first in everything we do, and work together to make a success of the second phase of struggle, that of working towards a prosperous South Africa.” The President was addressing the national Freedom Day celebrations held at the Union Buildings. The day commemorates the first democratic elections held in the country on 27 April 1994. “Together we have built from the ashes of apartheid a country that is dedicated to patriotism, nation-building and reconciliation,” Zuma said, adding that South Africa had been able to tackle its socio-economic development challenges through the creation of a stable democratic system. “It has been a short but very meaningful road from a pariah state to a peaceful, stable, vibrant non-racial, non-sexist, democratic country that is working hard to achieve prosperity for all,” Zuma said. “On Freedom Day we celebrate our victory over racial bigotry.” He the government was working towards eradicating unemployment, inequity and poverty. “The challenge has been to ensure that more of our people benefit from economic growth whilst maintaining and indeed building on the strength of our economy.” South Africa was recovering from the effects of the global financial crisis of 2008-09, with the past 18 months having seen a substantial economic recovery, Zuma said. “The challenge now is to accelerate our gains, to ensure above all that growth supports increased inclusion, employment and equity.” The proportion of the population living below the R422 a month poverty line had decreased from 50% in 1994 to 34.5% in 2009, Zuma said, while in 2011, 75.8% of the country’s households had access to electricity compared to 51% in 1994. “Most importantly, primary health care is now accessible to all South Africans regardless of race, background and nationality,” said Zuma. Efforts to improve social conditions in the country include an R8.2-billion allocation for school infrastructure, while 43 regional bulk projects for water infrastructure will be completed by 2014, benefiting 3.2-million people. South Africa was also working to support unemployed young people through the expansion of public employment programmes, Zuma said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • Second five-star hotel for Eastern Cape

    first_img5 December 2012 South Africa’s Eastern Cape province will get its second five-star hotel when Sun International opens The Boardwalk Hotel and Spa in Port Elizabeth in December. “Port Elizabeth is ideally located on the famous Garden Route and represents a great starting point to explore and discover the wonders of the area,” Lorenzo Giani, Sun International’s representative in North America, said in a statement last week announcing the hotel’s scheduled opening. “Facing the Indian Ocean, this majestic Victorian building is set to become one of Port Elizabeth’s most iconic hotels,” Giani said. The hotel is part of Sun International’s R1-billion investment to upgrade and expand the Eastern Cape’s biggest entertainment complex, The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World. The Boardwalk Hotel and Spa’s 140 rooms include eight luxury suites and a presidential suite. The hotel will have one restaurant and two bars, where Sun International’s famous buffets will be available for breakfast and dinner. “The cuisine will be Asian inspired, offering a blend of spices and other aromatic flavors to accompany fine local seafood,” the company said. “Visitors to The Boardwalk Hotel and Spa will be able to enjoy everything the Indian Ocean has to offer: sun-drenched beaches, warm clear waters, stunning sunsets and water activities such as swimming, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing.” The Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth, managed by the Rezidor Hotel Group, is currently the only five-star hotel in the province. Business Day reported Rezidor on Monday as saying that the hotel was profitable and that it wanted to keep it going despite the recent liquidation of its owner, Auspex Hotels and Leisure. Rezidor, one of the fastest-growing hotel companies worldwide, has two Radisson Blu hotels in Cape Town. According to Business Day, the group announced in September that it would open a Park Inn by Radisson in Newlands, Cape Town in the first quarter of 2014. Sun International, meanwhile, will also be opening its new business hotel, The Maslow Hotel, in Sandton, Johannesburg in January following a US$28-million (about R250-million) refurbishment of the hotel formally known as The Grayston. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • New medical school for Eastern Cape

    first_imgWith just three doctors to every 100 000 people in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the province desperately needs qualified medical practitioners.Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz is very impressed by the widespread support for the medical facility. (Image: NMMU)Melissa Jane CookWith just three doctors to every 100 000 people in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the province desperately needs qualified medical practitioners.To address the problem, the local Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) medical school is introducing a number of undergraduate healthcare qualifications. The move comes ahead of the government’s National Health Insurance initiative being implemented.The university has already revamped its Faculty of Health Sciences into four new schools, and introduced a new BSc Dietetics degree and a pharmacy assistant’s qualification. It is working closely with the Ministry of Health; the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA); the Council for Higher Education (CHE); provincial government; and Walter Sisulu University; to ensure that an undergraduate degree for medical doctors is in place by 2018.A welcome addition to healthcare needsVice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz says on the NMMU website that “There is widespread support from healthcare professionals in the city and region for the creation of a medical school at NMMU, in addition to the expansion of healthcare training programmes, to address urgent needs to support the nation’s healthcare demands.”Prof Vic Exner, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, believes the medical facility will develop a new type of health professional. (Image: NMMU)He adds; “PE (Port Elizabeth) and the region already have a large number of public and private hospitals and clinics, which could benefit from, and contribute significantly to, a new medical school.“NMMU is located, principally, in a major city with all its locational advantages – a strong administrative base, and a rapidly growing Faculty of Health Sciences – on the basis of which a future medical school would be a natural evolutionary step. Naturally, we will have to consult widely, including with other universities, as well as also the Ministries of Health and Higher Education”.In the interim, the university’s academic governing body has approved a three-year clinical associate degree programme – B(CMP) – to start in 2015. The Senate has also approved the course, which awaits final approval by the CHE, HPCSA and the Minister of Health. Clinical associates are qualified to assess patients, make diagnoses, prescribe treatment and do minor surgery under a doctor’s supervision.Other long-term plans include introducing a new four-year degree for emergency medical care practitioners – B(EMC) – for 2014; and new four-year degrees in Radiography (BHS (Radio)); Medical Laboratory Sciences (BHS (Med Lab Sc));and Nursing (BNursing Sc) for 2014.Environmental Health (BHS (EH)) and Biokinetics (BHSc (Biokinetics) degrees are planned for 2015 with new postgraduate degrees including a master’s degree in Dietetics for 2014 and a master’s degree for specialist pharmacists for 2015.The university will take a more trans-disciplinary approach to its training by introducing modules common to all health disciplines. The curriculum will address real workplace needs and that the country needs a new type of doctor, especially when it comes to primary health care.A new type of health professionalNursing, radiography, emergency medical care and clinical associates, for example, will share at least 11 modules. Such an approach will allow for training across a broad community-based platform and provide greater access for accomplished applicants whose schooling may not have been ideal.“It will allow us to develop a new type of health professional and eventually a doctor who chooses to work in the communities most in need,” says Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Prof Vic Exner.NMMU also plans to offer a range of paramedical and healthcare programmes, such as emergency medical care, pharmacy technicians and mid-level healthcare professionals. (Image: NMMU)“Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is excited about the prospect of a medical school – and so it seems is the larger community, as we have already received had many inquiries about the way forward and the new programmes on offer. A team of experts is meeting on 23 October to work on a blueprint for the medical school. From here on, it’s going to be exciting times ahead,” said NMMU senior manager of communications, Debbie Derry.The university aims to have a fully fledged medical school by 2020.Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) opened on 1 January 2005, after PE Technikon, the University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University (Vista PE) merged. The university has some 27 000 students and 2 500 staff members, and is based on six campuses in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolis, and in George, 300 km south of Port Elizabeth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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  • Understanding R-Value

    first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. R-value measurements are subject to a fair amount of ridicule, especially by marketers of radiant barriers. As it turns out, however, the ridicule is mostly unwarranted.R-value is a measure of a material’s resistance to heat transfer. Before 1945, resistance to heat flow was measured by referring to a material’s U-factor. The lower a material’s U-factor, the better the material is at resisting the flow of heat. Because many people assume that high numbers on a scale are “better” than low numbers, insulation manufacturers found it hard to market insulation by bragging about low U-factors. So the R-value — which is simply the inverse of U-factor — was proposed by Everett Shuman, the director of Penn State’s Building Research Institute. Since R = 1/U, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation.Some manufacturers of radiant barriers falsely claim that R-value measures only conductive heat flow while ignoring the other two heat-flow mechanisms, convection and radiation. In fact, R-values include all three heat-transfer mechanisms.The usual procedure for testing a material’s R-value is ASTM C518, Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Heat Flow Meter Apparatus. The test method requires a technician to measure the thermal resistance of a specimen placed between a cold plate and a hot plate.When a fiberglass batt is tested, heat flows from the hot side of the batt to the cold side. Wherever individual fibers of insulation touch each other, heat is transferred from fiber to fiber by conduction. Where fibers are separated by air, the heat is transferred from a hot fiber to a cooler fiber by radiation and by conduction through the air. Finally, the effects of any convective loops within the insulation are also captured by the test procedure.Since a material’s R-value is the… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

  • Azkals eye Mid East training

    first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Can Sen. Pacquiao outfox the sly Bob Arum? “I think, to be safe, 12 points should see us through to the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “It also depends on the other games, but for us the objective is to win all of our games which will give us a lot of confidence going to the finals of the Asian Cup.”After the Yemen match in Qatar, the Azkals still have two matches left in the third round—an away game against Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14 and a home duel with Tajikistan on March 27.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 shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BACOLOD CITY—Regardless of the result of the clash against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualifying Tuesday night, the Philippines is already planning another training camp in the Middle East next month to prepare for the return leg against the Yemenis who play home matches in Doha, Qatar.Azkals manager Dan Palami believes a more intensive buildup will be key against Yemen in their Oct. 10 match. The Filipinos currently sit on top of Group F with six points from their first two matches.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

  • a month agoRoma striker Dzeko delighted for Mkhitaryan after goalscoring debut

    first_imgRoma striker Dzeko delighted for Mkhitaryan after goalscoring debutby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma striker Edin Dzeko was delighted for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.On-loan Arsenal midfielder Mkhitaryan scored on his debut.Dzeko said, “He is a top level player. “I told him, you scored twice against Bosnia for Armenia, now you need to get a goal here too! And he did. When he gets settled in, he’ll do even better.”Dzeko was also on the scoresheet for the win. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Argentina confirm longterm deal with coach Scaloni

    first_imgBuenos Aires: The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has confirmed that national men’s head coach Lionel Scaloni will remain in the position until at least till the 2022 World Cup. Albiceleste team director Cesar Menotti told reporters earlier this month that a verbal agreement had been reached with Scaloni to extend the terms of his contract, which had been due to expire in December. But the former Deportivo La Coruna full-back’s new three and a half-year deal was only confirmed in a statement on the AFA’s official website on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “The AFA’s executive committee decided to continue with (Scaloni) for the upcoming qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that will begin next year,” the entity said. Scaloni, 41, replaced Jorge Sampaoli after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Albiceleste were eliminated in the last 16 by eventual champions France. He guided Argentina to third place at this year’s Copa America in Brazil. The two-time World Cup winners are due to face Chile in their next match in Los Angeles on September 5 followed by another friendly with Mexico in San Antonio five days later.last_img read more

  • Today is a good day Officials announce First Nation to get its

    first_img(The ferry like the one above will become a thing of the past for Shoal Lake 40 after several levels of government announced funding Thursday for an all-weather road.)APTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Tears are flowing at the Manitoba legislature as an isolated reserve under one of the country’s longest boil-water advisories receives a lifeline to the outside world.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says Ottawa is joining other levels of government to build an all-weather road connecting the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the mainland.“(It’s) both long overdue and the right thing to do,” said Bennett in a statement. “When completed, Freedom Road will provide the First Nation’s residents with increased mobility and help unlock economic opportunities for the community.”The reserve on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary was cut off a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that carries fresh water to Winnipeg.The community has been under a boil-water advisory for 18 years.Chief Erwin Redsky says the $30-million road means his people will be able to get home safely and will make a water treatment plant affordable.“We welcome the Government of Canada to our partnership with the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to finally secure the access we have lacked for so long. Our situation is unique and requires creative problem-solving,” said Redsky in a statement. “We thank the governments of Canada, Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg for their commitments and their willingness to collaborate with our community.” APTN is covering the announcement and will have more on tonight’s newscast. – With files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more