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Less than a minute later, after … Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.SAN JOSE – Midway through the first quarter of Friday’s 119-105 exhibition loss to the Lakers, Warriors center Damian Jones locked eyes with Stephen Curry on a fastbreak and pointed to the rafters.Curry, more than 35 feet away, threw a long alley-oop pass behind Jones’ head. No matter for Jones, who reached behind and slammed the ball into the basket.
SAN DIEGO–Tom Murphy didn’t have much of a chance to crack the Giants’ Opening Day roster.Barring an injury or surprise decision to keep three catchers on the team, Murphy was destined to hit the waiver wire shortly after the Giants found him there on Monday.The Giants announced Tuesday that Murphy would not make the club, but a tenure in San Francisco that lasted fewer than 48 hours was not completely insignificant. After acquiring Murphy for free, the Giants announced Friday that he was …
(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists are putting the rise of oxygen 700 million years earlier than thought, requiring the origin of photosynthesis that much earlier, too.A co-author of a paper in Nature commented on the implications of putting oxygen back nearly a billion years earlier: “These findings imply that it took a very long time for geological and biological processes to conspire and produce the oxygen rich atmosphere we now enjoy” (press release, Univ. of British Columbia).Trouble is, it puts the rise of the complex process of photosynthesis back that far, too: “This study now suggests that the process began very early in Earth’s history, supporting a much greater antiquity for oxygen producing photosynthesis and aerobic life,” lead author Sean Crowe said – specifically, about 3 billion years ago, according to the abstract of the paper. They claim this on the basis of some South African rocks. Even if the oxygen was far below current levels, the amount they deduced implies that photosynthesis had already arrived.After ruling out geological methods for producing the excess oxygen, they said: “This would imply that cyanobacteria may have evolved by this time, indicating a much deeper history, by 300–400 Myr, for oxygenic photosynthesis than previously realized.” To Crowe, though, this is not a problem, as quoted by the BBC News:“Oxygenic photosynthesis is a very complicated metabolism and it makes sense that the evolution of such a metabolism would take perhaps two billion years – that we might not see its manifestation until the Great Oxidation Event. But now that we see oxygen much earlier in the atmosphere, it tells us that even really complex metabolisms can evolve very fast,” said team-member Dr Sean Crowe from the University of British Columbia, Canada.Crowe did not elaborate on how photosynthesis evolved, nor what “makes sense” means for an unguided, mindless world.If geology and biology conspired to give us our beautiful blue skies we enjoy, did they do it by intelligent design? That may have been just a figure of speech, but Crowe’s comment was no joke, at least to him. First he says that photosynthesis is so complicated, it “makes sense” that it would have taken 2 billion years. Then he turns around and claims, based on indirect theory-laden assumptions about a few samples in one location on Earth, that a rock “tells us that even really complex metabolisms can evolve very fast.” Instead of crying in his coffee about how wrong he was to think such a thing, instead of repenting for his folly, he just turns up the evolutionary speed dial, telling the world that irreducibly complex biological machines, in a system so complex our best engineers cannot understand it fully after years of study, “can evolve very fast.” Such reasoning is hopeless. What will philosophers of the future think of the reasoning power of evolutionists in 2013? And to think that Nature accepted and printed this stuff, and all the secular science sites reproduced it uncritically – that does not bode well for the reasoning power of modern culture. It’s what you get when you rule out of bounds anything but DODO. The integrity of science – indeed, the integrity of reason itself – needs Darwin skeptics. Tear down this wall!
23 June 2003A creative initiative called Dance for All is giving children from underprivileged backgrounds in the Western Cape a constructive outlet after school. Not only are these children having fun learning to dance, they are also being provided with valuable opportunities for employment in the performing arts.The project, to help underprivileged children by keeping them off the streets and giving them a stab at employment, was launched in 1991 as Ballet for All by former principal dancer with Capab ballet, Philip Boyd and his prima ballerina wife, Phyllis Spira.Today the Dance for All programme, which is a member of the Proudly South African campaign, includes other dance forms. Classes are attended by around 200 boys and girls, and the project includes both a general programme and a youth training programme. Boyd heads the Dance for All as artistic director.Running the programme in the Western Cape townships of Gugulethu, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, and in Athlone in Cape Town, costs Dance for All about R50 000 a month. Although the youngsters cannot pay full dance fees, they are expected to pay R2 a class.The children not only learn to dance – their self-esteem is boosted and they are taught valuable life skills like self-discipline. Dance provides a more rewarding after-school activity than getting involved in gangs and drugs. Cultural bridges are built through the project, and children can grow intellectually and healthily.The youth training programme has a junior and senior division. Former Bolshoi ballet dancer Nadia Krylova, and Margie Sim, an internationally experienced teacher, run the junior youth training programme, while Spira heads the senior division.A former student of Dance for All, Hope Nonqunga, heads the African dance section, and Pauline van Buitenen, a classical and jazz ballet teacher from Amsterdam, the opera and musical theatre section.Students perform and tour regularly to great acclaim, and the local end-of-year performances are a big hit in the community.Theo Ndindwa was the first male student to graduate through the programme, winning a scholarship to the Rambert School of Ballet in London, where he graduated and is now at the Central School of Ballet. Many more have followed and are finding employment in the performing arts.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
24 October 2011Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka have been replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma.The Cabinet reshuffle, which sees two ministers being replaced and two new members of Cabinet being brought in, was announced by Zuma during a special press briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Thembelani Nxesi has been appointed as the new Public Works Minister, while current Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi has been appointed as the new Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister.“Roy Padayachie, the Minister of Communications, is to take over the Public Service and Administration portfolio,” Zuma said.“Dina Pule, currently the Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, has been appointed Minister of Communications.”Deputy Communications Minister Obed Bapela will now be the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. His position in the Communications Department will be taken up by ANC Member of Parliament Thembisa Stella Ndabeni.“Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, the Deputy Minister of Public Works, will be the Deputy Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disability,” Zuma said.Lechesa Tsenoli, chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, has been appointed as Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister.“I wish all the new ministers and deputy ministers well in their portfolios,” Zuma said. “We also extend our gratitude to the ministers and deputy ministers who have vacated their portfolios, for their contribution to building a better life for all.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Historical changes between projected and harvest prices are used to derive a distribution of possible harvest prices for corn in 2016. This analysis suggests about a 20% chance of harvest prices less than $3 per bushel. Given the chance of low prices, farmers should maintain high coverage levels when purchasing crop insurance. Arriving at a possible 2016 harvest priceHistorical projected and harvest prices for corn are shown in Table 1 for the years from 1972 to 2015. Projected prices are used to set crop insurance guarantees. For Midwest states, the projected price is the average of settlement prices of the December CME corn contract during the month of February. An indicator of the projected price in 2016 is the current price level of the December 2016 contract. In this first week of January, the price of the December corn contract was near $3.80 per bushel.Harvest prices are used to calculate crop insurance payments. The harvest price for corn in Midwest states is the average of the settlement prices of the December contract during the month of October.If futures markets are efficient, over time the average of harvest prices should equal the average of projected prices. Between 1972 and 2015, the average of projected prices is $3.02 per bushel. The average of the harvest prices is $2.94 per bushel, only 8 cents per bushel lower than the average of the projected price, suggesting that the projected price is a good indicator of the harvest price. Stated alternatively, if you could repeat 2016 many times, the average of the resulting harvest prices would be near the projected price.Of course, the harvest price will differ from the projected price in any given year, with the difference being large in some years. In this article, historical variability is used to provide a range of possible 2016 harvest prices. To do this, the percent change between the projected and harvest price are calculated for each year (see the fourth column of Table 1). The largest positive change is 77%, occurring in 1973 (a $1.39 projected price and a $2.46 harvest price). The largest negative change is -27.6%, occurring in 2004 ($2.83 projected price and $2.05 harvest price).The percentage changes then are applied to the likely projected price for 2016. A $3.80 per bushel is used, close to the current price of the 2016 December CME corn contract. To illustrate, in 1972 the projected and harvest prices are $1.24 and $1.35, respectively (see Table 1). The harvest price is 8.9% higher than the projected price (.089 = 1.35 / 1.24 – 1). And the possible harvest price associated with 1972 is $4.14 ($3.80 x (1 + .089)). Possible harvest prices resulting from the above procedure to all years from 1972 through 2015 are shown in the final column of Table 1.Possible 2016 harvest pricesWhile centered near $3.80, historical changes suggest a large range of possible harvest prices in 2016. They highest resulting price is $6.73 per bushel coming from the 77.0% change occurring in 1973. The lowest resulting price is $2.75 per bushel coming from the -27.6% change occurring in 2004.Figure 1 further summarized the 2016 possible prices by showing a histogram of possible price ranges. As can be seen in Figure 1, 21% of the possible prices fall below $3 per bushel. These historical price changes suggest that there is roughly a 20% chance of prices being below $3.Similarly, there is a chance of higher harvest prices. Four of the historical price changes resulting in 2016 harvest price being above $5, suggesting a roughly 7% chance of prices higher than $5 per bushel. Two of those years are 1988 and 2012, both years of much lower yields due to drought. The other two years with a price over $5 are 2010 and 1973. CommentaryHistory suggests a wide range of possible prices, with a significant chance of the harvest price being below $3. Some farmers may be considering lowering coverage levels on crop insurance in order to lower premium costs. This may not be prudent as history suggests there still is a large risk of low prices.
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Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Contracts for Java is a new open source tool from Google that makes it easier to implement contracts in Java. According to Google’s announcement, this new tool is based on Modern Jass by Johannes Rieken and inspired by the programming language Eiffel. It was created by two Google engineers – David Morgan, Andreas Leitner – using their 20% time, and was expanded as part of an internship by Nhat Minh Le.According to Wikipedia, Design by Contract is: An approach to designing computer software. It prescribes that software designers should define formal, precise and verifiable interface specifications for software components, which extend the ordinary definition of abstract data types with preconditions, postconditions and invariants. These specifications are referred to as “contracts”, in accordance with a conceptual metaphor with the conditions and obligations of business contracts.According to Google’s announcement:Traditionally, Java programmers enforced preconditions using explicit parameter validation code in public methods, and assertions in non-public methods. Likewise, they enforced invariants and postconditions using assertions. This approach is described in detail here. Since then, new features in Java 5 have enabled a more convenient and expressive implementation of contracts. klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Tags:#hack#Tools Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…