Live updates: Rams too much for 49ers, who lose 39-10

first_imgJoin us for scoring updates, news and analysis on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. as the 49ers take on the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium.With former Marin Catholic High and Cal star Jared Goff at the helm, the 6-0 Rams offense provide a stern test for the struggling 49ers defense. Goff, who has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,928 yards and 12 touchdowns in six games, had pedestrian numbers in a … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Scientists Equate Evolution to “Stuff Happens”

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Researchers generalize findings that evolution depends on rare chance events.A press release from the University of Chicago posted by Newswise confirms that evolution reduces to the “Stuff Happens Law,” although they do not use that term.  Using “molecular time travel,” they concluded that the function of a particular protein depended on two prior unlikely mutations.  They did not hesitate to generalize their findings to the whole of evolutionary theory:“This very important protein exists only because of a twist of fate,” said study senior author Joe Thornton, PhD, professor of ecology & evolution and human genetics at the University of Chicago. “If our results are general – and we think they probably are – then many of our body’s systems work as they do because of very unlikely chance events that happened in our deep evolutionary past,” he added.Indeed, they could say no less, if Darwinian evolution is limited to unguided, natural processes.  To say otherwise would bring in deterministic teleology or intelligent design, both of which are anathema to modern secular biology.The authors go on to emphasize that contingency goes down to the atomic level, not just the biological level.  Contingency accounts for the diversity of life, they say.While most prior discussions of historical contingency in evolution have focused on external events such as asteroid impacts, mass extinctions, climate change, Thornton and Harms showed that the intrinsic complexity of proteins as physical objects also makes evolution depend profoundly on low-probability chance events.In this belief, Thornton and team at the U of Chicago concur with Gould that replaying the tape of life would produce different results.Thus some leading Darwinists confirm our accusation that evolution equates to the Stuff Happens Law, the antithesis of scientific explanation.  So let’s ask: if their own minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes, how can they know anything, including the notion that their minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes?  Since their belief implodes, we are left with determinism and intelligent design.  But determinism also implodes, because a mind built by determinism cannot think freely about whether their theory might be true; they are just saying what their atoms make them say.  Intelligent design is thus confirmed, not only by default as the last one standing, but by abundant positive evidence of irreducible complexity, complex specified information, and fit of function to structure.Recommended reading: John Woodmorappe reviewed Eugene Koonin’s book The Logic of Chance on read more

Diski Dance: rhythm of SA 2010

first_img24 December 2009In less than six months, the event that has focused South Africa’s energy for over five years will kick off, and the country will find itself in the global spotlight as never before. It was with this in mind that South African Tourism set out to capture the nation’s spirit in a dance. And so the Diski Dance was born.‘Our own township football style’“Diski” is common South African slang for the game of football, and the Diski Dance is a uniform routine that showcases the country’s passion for the sport. The dance is based on what Wendy Ramokgadi, the choreographer of the Diski Dance, calls “our own township football style”.“The whole idea was that we needed to come up with something that is truly South African,” says Ramokgadi. “Our country’s football is rhythmic, and so all the moves that we use in the dance are those same moves that are used on the South African football pitch, moves you can only find in our country.“The Diski Dance is one of the things I am most proud of, I really am excited about it,” says Ramokgadi. ‘When these people come to our country, let them come and feel the rhythm of Africa. We must just work, wear, eat, sleep the Diski Dance.”Getting the country dancingFor Sugen Pillay of South African Tourism, the Diski Dance is about preparing to host the world next year.“The concept of the Diski Dance is to show our welcoming spirit as a nation,” said Pillay.The aim is to mobilise the country through the dance, from corporate organisations and schools to government and the general public.The Diski Dance featured large at Football Fridays’ launch in Tshwane/Pretoria on 30 Oct 2009. Lesego Madumo chats to choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi about South Africa’s signature 2010 dance – watches the Deputy President try out the moves – then gets on the other end of the camera!During the friendly international between Bafana Bafana, the South African national football team, and Jamaica in Mangaung/Bloemfontein in November, the Diski Dance was taught to the whole stadium during half time.Bafana Bafana have learnt the dance, Cabinet ministers have learnt the dance and, most recently, one of South Africa’s most popular musical acts, Goldfish, performed the Diski.Goldfish; viral advertisingThe live electronica act, incorporating Dominic Peters and David Poole, have opened for stars like Fatboy Slim, Mr Scruff and Stereo MCs, and hence are no strangers to the best of dancefloor culture.“We travel the world, excite and unite millions, but for us the biggest fish of all is showcasing South Africa, its people and its dynamism,” says Peters. “We challenge all SA to learn the Diski Dance, showcase their pride and shout to the world ‘bring it on’”.Through a viral advertising campaign, the Diski Dance has sparked a revolution, as people from all over the country are starting learning to do the Diski – and are finding the experience intoxicating.“It rocks,” says Colleen Dacruz, an advertising sales executive. “It captures the essence of Africa, and gets deep into its spirit and soul.”Chantal Lourens, who works in real estate, thinks the dance is fantastic. “When I first saw the Diski Dance, it made me very proud. It’s very contagious, l can see people trying to do it all over.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Kubota unveils third phase of hay tools

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2016 Hay Tools Product Introductions Include Disc Mowers, Disc Mower Conditioners, Rakes and New Variances in Round BalersKubota Tractor Corporation continues to expand its hay offerings for a third consecutive year, solidifying the manufacturer’s position as a full-line hay and forage equipment provider. The expanded hay tools line brings to market new disc mowers, disc mower conditioners, rakes and new variances in its popular round baler line.The introduction of the new hay tools illustrates Kubota’s commitment to the agricultural market and positions the company as a full-line hay product supplier. “Our entrance into the hay market two years ago was deliberate with an all-in commitment from Kubota. The response we’ve received from our dealers, as well as customers, has been overwhelmingly positive as we continue to engineer equipment that provides agricultural market solutions,” said Dave Palmer, senior product manager of Kubota hay tools. “Kubota has built its business on its reputation for high-quality equipment, and our hay tool offerings are no exception. Kubota is committed to the agricultural market; this is our third year with significant product introductions in the segment, and you can count on this momentum continuing for years to come.”Hay Tools Heritage Meets Innovation and Continued QualityKubota completed a full-ownership acquisition of Kverneland Group in 2013, which helped make the first phase of Kubota hay implements possible, including disc mowers, a rotary rake and a tedder. In 2015, Kubota introduced round balers and disc mower conditioners as well as expanded offerings in the disc mower, rake and tedder lines.“We are starting 2016 strong, with an unwavering dedication to the agricultural market. Kubota founded its reputation for quality in the compact tractor segment, and we are taking the same approach with the hay segment. Quality and engineering are always our first priorities, as well as listening to customers who tell us what they need in terms of products and day-to-day solutions,” added Palmer.Two New Disc Mowers Move Kubota into Large Hay OperationsKubota’s two new disc mower introductions, the DM3087 and the DM4032, come equipped with Kubota’s fully-welded cutterbar. The DM3087 is a center-suspended disc mower that is an ideal combination of low weight and wide working width. At only 3,000 lbs., and large working width measuring 28 ft. 7 in. wide, the “butterfly” formation offers ideal weight distribution. In addition, the DM3087 allows farmers to effectively cut extensive areas with a minimum of 140 PTO horsepower (standard: 97/68/EC). The second mower introduction, the DM4032, distinguishes itself through its excellent cutting performance and its unique ability to adapt to a variety of terrain. Both mowers offer outstanding suspension: the DM3087 center suspension system ensures optimal tracking and precise ground contour following, while the DM4032 allows the operator to set the height of the tractor linkage and adjust ground pressure by tightening the suspension springs.New Disc Mower Conditioner Fills Gap and Completes Range of Kubota OfferingsRounding out the Kubota DMC8000 Series of trailed disc mower conditioners is the new DM8028R. The new DM8028R features full-width roller conditioning and Kubota’s 3-bladed cutterbar technology designed to allow the cutterbar and conditioning unit to float separately from the main chassis, creating an outstanding ability to follow a variety of terrain. Equipped with features such as a fully-welded, highly durable cutterbar; SemiSwing or chevron roller conditioners; independent active suspension; the series offers a machine to meet a variety of environmental conditions with exceptional performance.Continued Expansion of FarmLine RakesSmall but mighty, the new RA2072 is Kubota’s most compact double rotor center delivery rake, and is perfect for all operations and those in need of added flexibility. Operators can work comfortably in tight fields, producing consistent windrows with hydraulically-controlled working widths ranging between 20 ft. 4 in. and 23 ft. 7 in. Kubota’s FarmLine double rotor, center swath rakes are engineered for professional operations and serve as entry models into the twin rotor segment. These rakes feature oil-immersed cam discs, guide rollers and tine bearings, helping ensure longevity and easy maintenance. All rakes in the line offer curved tine arms, to ensure a regular and even swath formation.Round Baler Line Adds Three New Variances Featuring Net Binding SystemsAs a direct response to customer feedback, Kubota brings three new variances to its popular baler line in 2016. New offerings include the BV4160 and BV4180 PremNet models, and the BV5160 Net model. These new variances offer a net only binding system that ensures trouble-free and reliable operation while the efficient fork feeder makes quick work of silage, hay and straw for superb in-field performance. The BV4180 PremNet model is packed full of premium productivity with a bale diameter of 4 ft. wide by 6 ft. high with 79 in. pickup capacity. These balers precisely craft softer cores with stronger exteriors for better weathering. Operators can depend on the newly patented PowerBind net wrap system for trouble-free and reliable operation as well as the efficient fork feeder intake system for a faster, more efficient baling process. The PremNet models are compatible with all brands of nets and feature a direct injection system for a sure start every time.The BV5160 Net model features a bale size of 4 ft. wide by 5 ft. high with an 86 in. wide pickup capacity for fast and efficient pickup. An Intelligent Hay Density system allows the operator to pre-select between three different bale densities from inside the tractor cab. The 14-knife chopping system provides a fast and efficient flow in to the baler. With a chopping length of 2.75 in., it is the ideal solution for producing dense and airtight bales.For more product information, please visit the Kubota Hay Tools new product pages on read more

India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs England

first_imgIndia maybe trailing the five-Test series against England 2-0 but they found time to practice only four days after crashing to an innings defeat at Lord’s. The second match got over on Sunday but the Indian team left London for Nottingham on Wednesday and made it to the ground on Thursday, two days before the crucial third Test.A lot rides on this Test – a defeat here will mean India cannot win the series. But victory looks like a distant dream even before a ball has been bowled at Trent Bridge. Barring Virat Kohli, the other batsmen have been abysmal. Murai Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik have been woefully out of form.Hardik Pandya, the specialist all-rounder in the side, has been so unimpressive that Harbhajan Singh wants the all-rounder’s tag to be removed from Pandya. Besides, former cricketers have been scathing in their criticism of the Indian team’s attitude.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wondered why India did not play more practice matches before the Test series. The team went on a five-day vacation after the ODI series got over and played just one-warm match which was reduced to a three-day affair by the Indians because it was too hot. And then after losing so convincingly at Lord’s, the Indian team decided to stay back in London instead of heading out to Nottingham early to get some valuable practice. Virat Kohli during India’s practice session at the Trent Bridge (Reuters Photo)”I can understand they have taken the day off today.. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementFocus on cricket: Hardik Pandya trolled after posting travel day photoFormer chief selector Sandip Patil wondered why the Indian team chose to rest instead of training hard for an important Test series. And he took a dig at Kohli, who had in his pre-departure press conference rather lightly said he would enjoy the coffee in England.”We all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, “We have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee,” Patil said in his column for The Quint. “Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions.”READ – Upset with Lord’s defeat, BCCI likely to question Virat Kohli and Ravi ShastriIndia will most likely also train on Friday but is this enough preparation for a team which is trying to fight is way back in a tough Test series?Considering the way Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have struggled against the English attack, it is anybody’s guess whether two days of practice will be enough for the third Test.The final two Tests in Southampton and London are slated for August 30-September 3 and September 7-September 11. There is an eight-day gap between the third and fourth Test but the Indian team is not scheduled to play any practice matches. in that gap..Here is what the cricketing fraternity has had to say about India’s performance in the Test series so far:SUNIL GAVASKARI can understand they have taken the day off today (August 12).. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow (Tuesday).But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down.You don’t just need net practice but practice matches also. One should strive for practice games between third and fourth Test as well when there is space. There may possibly be some new players coming in after third Test and they need some practice time as well. These things have to be thought about. I have been saying this since January when the South Africa tour was lost. But perhaps we are old fashioned, who don’t understand modern day cricket.advertisement Indian players and staff observed a one minute of silence in tribute of former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar (AP Photo)SANDIP PATILWe all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, we have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee. Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions.In earlier days, it was grilled in our minds that we needed to watch, improve, practice hard, follow the senior players, learn from them and take their advice. But instead of taking the advice of players who have been on multiple tours of England, and have succeeded, Virat Kohli’s team seems happy to be enjoying the country’s coffee. Ravichandran Ashwin has been impressive with the ball so far in the series (AP Photo)NASSER HUSSAINEngland are arguably the best in the world in these conditions but the real eye has to be on India – they have to be wary of the wheels completely falling off. India are No.1 in the world and it was meant to be a gun, tight series but at the moment it is men against boys. Their curve is going in the wrong direction.READ – Nasser Hussain says England-India Test series is men vs boys at the momentGEOFFREY BOYCOTTSo far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down. The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless. Trying to work straight outswingers through midwicket and then being surprised when you get bowled or nick it to the slips is brainless. Playing the ball on the up in front of your pad is a no-no.These are elementary things you do not do against any decent swing bowler in English conditions. To try to do it to James Anderson, who is one of the great master craftsmen in those conditions, tells me the Indian batsmen have not done their homework. They have not sat down, talked or practiced in the nets and got their heads around how they are going to bat differently in England.India have come to England complacently and arrogantly thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day. Any time you do not plan and work at your cricket, the game will kick you up the backside, and India deserve the thrashing they are getting.HARBHAJAN SINGHThe coach has to come on record, today or tomorrow he has to speak up. He is answerable to everyone. If India loses the series, then he might have to eat his words and admit that conditions do make a lot of difference. We haven’t showed any intent to fight back. The willingness to win is missing and that is most disheartening. We are losing without posing any challenge to the opponent. It is extremely disappointing.advertisementApart from all the harsh criticism that they have received from various cricket, Shastri is also under BCCI’s scanner after the debacle at Lord’s.”The COA has already mentioned this to Ravi Shastri, that after having sent the team so much in advance, allowing adequate preparation time (in English conditions), this kind of performance from the top order is not encouraging at all.”The Committee has also mentioned in its communication that they need to discuss this with the head coach. When the team returns, the CoA will have a meeting with the selectors at the first opportunity to discuss some of the procedures,” sources told The Indian Express. India vs England: Murali Vijay has been woefully out of form (Reuters Photo)”The Indian team can’t complain that they were not given enough time to prepare. When we lost the South Africa series, the players spoke about tight scheduling and lack of practice games. It was after speaking to them that we decided that white ball matches will be held before the Tests,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Virat Kohli, ahead of the South Africa tour in January, had hit out at the scheduling and said that “as usual cramped for time”. This time when they were leaving for England, they had made it a point to mention that they have enough time to get acclimatised with the conditions and prepare accordingly. However, the results have not shown that practice and in fact, the batsmen have given their wickets cheaply. The Indian batsmen have faced the fiery pace bowling of Anderson extremely meekly and that’s surely not how one expects to see the world No.1 Test side.India will once more go into the match with just two days of practice and only time will tell if those two days were enough to correct their fault on the tour.last_img read more