Dave Kaval lays out vision for gondolas to new A’s ballpark

first_imgOAKLAND — The shovel has yet to hit the ground at Howard Terminal, but the A’s are already planning innovative ways to get people to and from the proposed new stadium.Before Saturday’s A’s FanFest got underway on the waterfront at Jack London Square, Team President Dave Kaval held a news conference to detail the plans for the gondola system he’d like to get built in the city. A station would be built in downtown Oakland at tenth and Washington street in Oakland, a short walk from the 12th …last_img

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Steph Curry has joyful message for haters after Warriors beat 0-4 Pelicans

first_imgBulletin: The Warriors won a game Monday night. A surprise outcome was guaranteed given that the Warriors had opened the season 0-2 for the first time since Don Nelson last knotted up a fish tie. Then again, the New Orleans Pelicans had lost their first three games. Both teams’ rosters had been ravaged during … The following messages are brought to you by the Council of Pithy Asides.Winning is fun.Fun is good.Without the aforementioned tenets listed above, sports would not exist.last_img

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Fossil Fish Pushes Evolutionary Time

first_imgQuick!  When was the Age of Fishes?  If you said “Devonian,” you were correct according to the textbooks and museums, but where’s your evidence?  Look at this diorama in the Smithsonian depicting the seas of the Silurian, the period preceding the Devonian: crinoids, trilobites, corals and nautiloids, but no fish.  It may be time to change the artwork and the textbooks.  A fully-finned fish, jaws and all, has been found in Silurian rock in China.    Prior to the announcement in Nature,1 the only tentative fossil evidence of a gnathostome (jawed) fish in the late Silurian consisted of head fragments dated 416 million years ago (Mya).  Now, a nearly complete fossil of a jawed fish the discoverers named Guiyu oneiros pushes the date three million years earlier, well into the Silurian.  The fact that it is already fully a boned fish means its non-fish predecessors had to have evolved, according to Darwin’s theory, much earlier than that.  “As the oldest articulated sarcopterygian, the new taxon offers insights into the origin and early divergence of osteichthyans [bony fish], and indicates that the minimum date for the actinopterygian�sarcopterygian split was no later than 419 million years ago,” the authors said.  “No later than” translates to “probably a lot earlier than.”    This puts pressure on the whole fish family tree.  Prior to the division between actinopterygians (which includes most familiar fish species) and sarcopterygians (lungfish, Coelacanth, and all four-footed animals, including us), there was supposed to be some branching points within the osteichthyes (bony fish) and chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish), and between jawed and non-jawed vertebrates.  How well documented have these major branching points been in the fossil record?Osteichthyans, which fall into two major monophyletic groups, namely actinopterygians (bichirs, sturgeons, gars, bowfins and teleosts) and sarcopterygians (coelacanths, lungfishes and tetrapods), make up 98% of recognized living vertebrate species.  The rise of osteichthyans from other primitive gnathostomes is a key transition in vertebrate evolution, yet this transition is poorly documented by the fossil discoveries of the last century.  Major morphological gaps existed between actinopterygians and sarcopterygians, and between osteichthyans and non-osteichthyan gnathostomes (chondrichthyans, acanthodians and placoderms).  The past decade has seen the gap narrowing with fossil discoveries such as Psarolepis, Ligulalepis and Dialipina, which show fascinating combinations of osteichthyan and non-osteichthyan gnathostome characters, providing new opportunities for studying the polarity and evolution of these characters.  However, the basal osteichthyan phylogeny remains uncertain owing to the large number of unknown character states in these early forms and the provisional assignment of disarticulated remains to a single taxon.  A better understanding of these fishes is therefore crucial in reconstructing the part of phylogeny close to the split between actinopterygians and sarcopterygians.That’s where Guiyu comes in.  It is unquestionably sarcopteryginian.  Before now, evolutionary paleontologists drew their phylogenetic trees of the Silurian in the absence of evidence about jawed vertebrates.  The three specimens mentioned above are all well in the Devonian, except for Psarolepis, “an indeterminable osteichthyan” tentatively dated to the late Silurian.  Now, Guiyu puts one of the major branching points well into the Silurian.  Whatever led to the evolution of the sarcopterygians had to happen earlier, and more rapidly, than previously believed.    Michael I. Coates (U of Chicago) commented on this find in the same issue of Nature.2  “Discovery of an unusually intact and ancient fossil fish provides further evidence that the search for modern vertebrate origins requires breaking out of the Devonian and into the preceding period,” he began.  Usually, the earliest fossils are scrappy and indistinct, concocted into “conjectural species” from fragments, but this one is remarkably well preserved.  Coates agrees that it comes from a “poorly resolved patch of vertebrate evolution.  Crucially, this piscine offshoot of our own distant past is both unusually intact and exceptionally old.”    What does this find indicate about our knowledge of past eras?  After discussing other remarkable recent finds, some of which have surprising mosaics of features, he said that “The straightforward message is that the origin of modern gnathostomes is not a Devonian phenomenon, after all.”  Add some fish to that Silurian diorama.  In fact, in his article he showed a 1940s-era artwork of a fishless Silurian sea, and said, “What else might be absent?  Evidence of early actinopterygians (ray-finned fishes) and chondrichthyans (sharks and chimaeras) must be lurking out there, somewhere in the Silurian sediments.”  Here’s another straightforward message by Coates: “By pushing a whole series of branching points in gnathostome evolution out of the Devonian and into the Silurian, the discovery of Guiyu also signals that a significant part of early vertebrate evolution is unknown.”  He encouraged paleontologists to take a new look at their Silurian fossils and dig up evidence that must be there.1.  Zhu, Zhao, Jia, Lu, Qiao and Qu, “The oldest articulated osteichthyan reveals mosaic gnathostome characters,” Nature 458, 469-474 (26 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07855.2.  Michael I. Coates, “Palaeontology: Beyond the Age of Fishes,” Nature 458, 413-414 (26 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/458413a.The collapse of a mythology – the fishless Silurian sea – occurring before our eyes.  Evolutionists like to quote the maxim “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” when they are confronted with the lack of transitional forms.  That maxim cuts both ways.  They jeer creationists about the lack of any “Precambrian rabbit” fossils, but notice two things about that: (1) use the same maxim against the evolutionists, and (2) the evolutionists have rigged the names and dates of the strata to prevent such a thing from being found.  We’ve seen them reclassify a stratum from one end of the geological column to the other when it suited their purposes (01/03/2007).  Finding a rabbit in a Precambrian bed would not make them abandon Darwin Daddy.  They would just say, “Well, what do you know; this bed is Pleistocene.”    When you find anomalies like this within their own dating scheme, the case for falsification is more convincing.  Notice that the “earliest” fossils are not transitional.  They neither show primitive features nor clear-cut lineages.  Prior to Guiyu, they said the earliest specimens like Psarolepis had a mosaic of features.  This means it did not clearly fall into a single lineage.  Now, an even earlier specimen is unquestionably sarcopterygian and 100% fish.  The artist conception shows a fish you could catch and eat.  It’s got teeth, gills, scales, fins, eyes and all the equipment a fish could want.  It wasn’t becoming a fish from something else, and it wasn’t evolving into something else.  Think how many lucky mutations must have been required to get all these parts working together from some non-fish predecessor.  Since vertebrates have now been found all the way back to the early Cambrian (01/30/2003), it’s not that big a stretch to imagine finding a mammal in Cambrian or Precambrian strata some day.  After all, the skeletal system, immune system, digestive system, circulatory system, central nervous system had already “emerged” by then, so what’s the big deal shaping the outward morphology a little?    Another case of the “absence of evidence” maxim bears repeating.  The world is full of “living fossils” – species alive today that left no trace for supposed tens or hundreds of millions of years (see list on CreationWiki).  There are two possible lessons here.  One is that Precambrian rabbits could conceivably be found.  If you accept the evolutionary timeline, you would have to believe that the tuatara, coelacanth and Wollemi Pine lived through tens of millions of years, catastrophes and all, without leaving a trace in the fossil record – because they are still alive today.  There you go – “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”.  Secondly, living fossils argue against the evolutionary timeline altogether.  Is it plausible to think that these organisms survived unchanged for all that time?  Where is the evolution?  Just maybe those millions of years are fiction.  It would make more sense to believe that not much time has passed between the fossil and living representatives.  Whichever way you take it, today’s entry should shame the Darwinists into admitting they don’t know what they claim in their museum dioramas.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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WEF Africa 2016: connecting Africa’s resources through digital transformation

first_imgWith Africa’s economy under pressure, the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, will look at how the continent’s technology industry can help overcome its challenges.Rwanda’s capital, Kigali will host this year’s WEF Africa. (Image: Flickr, Lori Howe)Africa’s positive economic outlook is under pressure – mainly due to adverse changes in the global economy – and is expected to remain just below 5% in 2016.As many countries in the region improve their investment climate and undertake macroeconomic policy reforms, foreign direct investment flows are expected to continue to grow, although at a slower pace.Low global prices for major commodity exports, currency devaluations and debt sustainability considerations, as well as geosecurity threats that have weakened growth in some countries underscore the urgent need for economic diversification for sustained inclusive growth.In this context, Africa’s leaders need to pursue new approaches to ignite structural transformation, particularly in the face of rapid technological changes that have the potential to create new industries and reduce inequality.Under the theme Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, being held in Kigali, Rwanda, between 11-13 May, will bring together regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society.They will discuss digital economy catalysts that can drive radical structural transformation, strengthen public-private collaboration on key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions that can deliver shared prosperity across the continent.Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has dramatically transformed since the 1994 genocide. The country is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and boasts one of sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest GDP growth rates. It is one of the continent’s most competitive economies and a top reformer in improving the business environment.This remarkable progress showcases the country’s rapid evolution as a knowledge economy, powered by smart policies and investments. Nonetheless, further reforms and alliances are called for to accelerate development by leveraging digital transformation to expand socio-economic opportunities.South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.last_img read more

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Herbicide plots on display at FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The field appears as a checkerboard: thriving green crops beside squares of shriveling beige stalks.This was not a farmer’s bad luck. Instead the field was intentionally sprayed with 13 different weed killers to show their effects on various crops as well as the consequences of herbicides that drift from their intended target.“Would a farmer do this to a field? Absolutely not,” said Harold Watters, an agronomy field specialist with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.“The purpose is to share what can happen when things don’t go as planned.”For farmers, weeds are an increasingly vexing problem as the herbicides that used to kill them no longer work. Just about every year at least one weed in Ohio is shown to survive a herbicide that used to destroy it, Watters said.The increased use of a herbicide often causes the target weed to become resistant to it, in much the same way that increased use of antibiotics has led to some of them no longer being effective against certain bacterial infections.At least seven different types of weeds common in Ohio are resistant to one or more herbicides that previously killed them, said Mark Loux, an OSU Extension weed specialist. Waterhemp, one of the more rapidly spreading weeds in Ohio, is particularly troublesome because of its resistance to so many weed killers including glyphosate, a popular herbicide.Watters and Loux will be among a team of OSU Extension experts who will discuss issues relevant to farmers, including herbicides, cover crops and nutrient management, during the 56th annual Farm Science Review Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.Besides illustrating the effects of various herbicides, the demonstration plots at the Review will show how nutrient levels within a field can differ significantly.“I can look across a field and see waves of differences,” Watters said.One portion of a field might be low in phosphorus, while another section has enough of it, information a farmer needs to ensure that no portion of a field is treated with too much of the key nutrient. Those differences underscore the need for a farmer to apply different rates of fertilizer or manure to different parts of a field growing the same crop to prevent the potential for runoff of those nutrients into an above ground water source, Watters said.last_img read more

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Fake Grimlock: Win Like Stupid

first_img(See also Here Fake Grimlock Interview and Here Secret Fake Grimlock Video About Minimum Viable Personality.) Guest author Fake Grimlock claims to be a giant robot dinosaur on a one-dino mission to “destroy suck on the Internet,” replacing it with awesome. In his own words, “This mostly involve punch startups in face with truth until fail beaten out of them.” This post  is an excerpt from his upcoming The Book Of Awesome. LIFE FULL OF STUPID PEOPLE. STUPID PEOPLE THAT WIN WHEN YOU NOT.WHY THIS HAPPEN? UNIVERSE HATE SMART PEOPLE LIKE YOU?NO. IT HAPPEN BECAUSE STUPID WINS.ME, FAKEGRIMLOCK, FAMOUS ROBOT STARTUP DINOSAUR, AM PRETTY STUPID.ME SHOW YOU HOW TO BE TOO. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. fake grimlock Tags:#humor#startups SMART ENOUGH FOR STUPIDEVERY SMART PERSON TERRIFIED EVERYONE THINK THEM IDIOT.STUPID PERSON ALREADY IS ONE, NOT MIND IF PEOPLE KNOW.WORLD SMART. IT HARD TO OUTSMART WORLD. BE IDIOT. OUTSTUPID WORLD INSTEAD.BE TOO STUPID FOR FEAR. TOO STUPID TO STOP. TOO STUPID TO FAIL.BE SMART ENOUGH TO BE STUPID.BE STUPID ENOUGH TO WIN. How to Get Started in China and Have Successcenter_img TOO STUPID FOR BOREDSMART PERSON EVENTUALLY FIND SOMETHING THAT WORK. ONCE FIND, IT KIND OF BORING. LOTS OF SMART PEOPLE FIND WAY TO WIN, THROW IT AWAY FOR EXCITING NEW WAY TO LOSE.STUPID PERSON NEVER GET BORED WITH WINNING. PULL LEVER MAKE MONEY? THEM PULL THAT LEVER FOREVER.THAT WHY YEARS LATER STUPID PERSON RICH, YOU JUST INTERESTING AND POOR.STOP BEING BORED. BE STUPID! DO WHAT WORKS. OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER. TOO STUPID FOR CAN’TTHERE LOTS OF DUMB IDEAS. SOME DUMB ENOUGH THEM CHANGE WORLD.SMART PEOPLE HATE DUMB IDEAS. ONLY THINK OF WAYS IDEA CAN’T WIN.STUPID PEOPLE NOT THINK ABOUT CAN’T WIN AT ALL. THEM JUST DO IDEAS UNTIL ONE CAN.NO LET STUPID PEOPLE HOG ALL THE DUMB IDEAS! GET SMART BRAIN OUT OF WAY. ONE DAY EACH WEEK, TAKE DUMBEST IDEA YOU HAVE. MAKE IT AWESOME.REPEAT UNTIL WIN. TOO STUPID FOR FEARCHANCE OF ANYTHING FAIL 90%. UNLESS STARTUP. THEN IT 110%.STUPID PEOPLE TOO DUMB FOR ODDS. THEM JUST ASSUME NEXT THING WILL WORK.STOP BEING WHINY BABY, CRY ABOUT FAIL. BE STUPID! ASSUME NEXT TIME YOU WIN!EVEN IF FAILED LAST TIME. AND TIME BEFORE. AND TIME BEFORE THAT.EVEN IF CHANCE OF WIN ALMOST NOTHING.CHANCE IF NOT TRY EXACTLY NOTHING. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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PH’s Carlo Biado falls to German foe in World 9-Ball final

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Carlo Biado during the WPA World 9-Ball competition. Photo from @WPAPoolFilipino bet Carlo Biado failed to defend his crown after bowing to Germany’s Joshua Filler, 13-10, in final of the 2018 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar late Thursday.The La Union native ran out of steam as the 21-year-old Filler scored six straight racks to take over the lead for good, 11-7, in the championship match at Al Arabi Sports Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Biado managed to get within one, 11-10, but a scratch in the ensuing rack doomed his bid for a back-to-back crown.He settled for a runner-up prize of $20,000 while Filler savored his first World 9-ball crown and $40,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBiado, though, was still satisfied with his performance in the tournament, especially being the final for the second year in a row.“I played well but the table was a bit bouncy and I was getting frustrated,” Biado told wpa-pool.com. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Go USTe! Former Tigresses, ex-coach in one photo Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid MOST READ View comments “I was thinking too much about the table and it kind of affected me. But overall I’m ok with how I played. I only made two or three mistakes and my play was very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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