first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set San Miguel governor Robert Non said in a that these members “cannot just act on a whim.”READ: PBA board opts not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissionerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“What they are doing is not in accordance with our by-laws and constitution.” said Non, who spoke in behalf of the five team governors who were a no-show on Thursday’s special board meeting.“All five teams – San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Kia and Globalport – stand behind Commissioner Narvasa. He enjoys our full support and we have prevailed upon him to stay and do what is right,” Non said. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe San Miguel bloc has put its foot down and backed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa amid move to oust the league’s chief.The SMC group, namely San Miguel, Ginebra, and Star, together with GlobalPort and Kia expressed their support for the beleaguered executive after seven members of the PBA Board of Governors voted not to renew the tenure of Narvasaa after a special board meeting earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT View comments READ: PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade“This includes as well the misrepresentation of NLEX board member Ramon Fernandez as PBA chairman, when in fact, the sitting chairman is still GlobalPort’s Mikee Romero.”Non said that moves like this could set a precedent, cheapening the position of the commissioner going forward.“If we allow that to happen, then this will weaken the Commissioner’s Office and turn it into a puppet of whoever is the most powerful among the team owners,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Non also branded the seven governors as a “renegade bloc,” noting that the group seeking Narvasa’s ouster “is unauthorized and not binding under the league’s by-laws and constitution.”READ: TNT management blasts Narvasa: ‘He is biased’ “These officials do not constitute the majority needed to remove or appoint the commissioner and thereafter, make any changes in the PBA structure,” the team executive said.Non argued that under PBA rules, a majority in board is two-thirds of its current membership, which constitutes to eight of the current 12 members. He also said that NLEX”s Ramon Fernandez is not yet the PBA chairman.“So without this clear majority, all changes being made by these renegade members are not allowed, including the appointment of Rickie Santos as officer-in-charge, and would not be binding on the whole board membership,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turf Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Speaking to reporters after the Lakers’ victory against the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend, Ball’s eccentric father, LaVar, urged his son to beat the funk by taking more shots.“You’ve got to shoot the ball,” Lavar, who witnessed his son tally 6 points, 5 boards and 7 assists, told Bleacher Report. “You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Ball patriarch also made it known that he wants more consistent minutes in the rotation for his eldest son.“Let him play the whole fourth quarter and bet you’ll always win. He’ll get into a better flow,” he said. “The in and out, sitting out six to 10 minutes? He’s not going to take no shots because he’s not in the flow. He don’t want to hurt the team by shooting.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ball, meanwhile, has proven his ability to score in the grand stage, where he poured in 29 points in his second regular-season against the Phoenix Suns.Since then, the 20-year-old point guard has struggled to crack double digits in the scoring department, punctuated by a scoreless game against the Portland Trailblazers where he only took two shots.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Coach Luke Walton: It ‘would be silly’ to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting styleADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, passes the ball past Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93.  AP/Kyusung GongThe youthful Los Angeles Lakers currently hold a 5-5 record, thanks to their uptempo offense led in part by the team’s sensational facilitator, Lonzo Ball.But as much as the former UCLA Bruin has dazzled distributing the rock, this year’s second overall pick has mightily struggled to make a basket—shooting a drastic 29.9 percent from the field in his first 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Danny Seigle named as Alab team consultant Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img The first serve will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, and Pascua believes that the shellacking they took in Game 1 gave them the experience to turn things around.“This game will be a test of character, whichever team commits less errors will win it,” said Pascua, whose wards had 34 boo-boos compared to the 21 of the Lady Spikers in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLa Salle will be coming into the game on a nine-match winning streak and coach Ramil de Jesus told his team to go for the title in Game 2 “because it’s going to be very difficult if the series reaches Game 3.”La Salle will be shooting to win a third straight championship and its seventh in the last 10 years. LATEST STORIES Despite coming off a straight sets defeat and facing a truly tough foe for the second time in five days, Far Eastern University coach George Pascua remains defiant.“It’s not over yet; we’ll keep fighting,” Pascua said on the eve of Game 2 of their matchup with powerhouse defending champion La Salle for the UAAP women’s volleyball title.ADVERTISEMENT First-choice import finally suits up as NLEX tests Rain or Shine’s early success Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

first_imgRevenue fell to $394.8 million compared to $462.3 million in 2005. Katzenberg was optimistic about the company’s 2007 and 2008 release slate. The company is releasing the third installment in its “Shrek” franchise in May and “Bee Movie” in the fall. Next year, the company is planning on releasing “Kung Fu Panda,” starring Jack Black, and a sequel to “Madagascar.” “For the first time since going public, we will be executing on the business model that we first envisioned, releasing one original film and one sequel,” Katzenberg said. The company went public in October 2004.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! About half of the sales were driven by the release of “Over the Hedge” into the home video market. However, costs associated with sales – including the write-off – more than doubled at the same time to $219.9 million, offsetting revenue growth. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected a loss of 42 cents per share on revenue of $158.9 million. Speaking during a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg summed up the company’s 2006 performance as mixed. “While both of our overall home video performance and the theatrical success of `Over The Hedge’ were positive this year, our second release, `Flushed Away,’ did not live up to our expectations,” Katzenberg said. For the full year, the company reported net income of $15.1 million, or 15 cents per share, compared with $104.6 million, or $1.01 per share in the same prior-year period. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. said Tuesday it swung to a loss in the fourth quarter as the film animation studio took a partial write-off due to lackluster box office receipts for its film “Flushed Away.” For the three months ended Dec. 31, the Glendale-based company reported a net loss of $21.3 million, or 20 cents per share. The company posted net income of $63.2 million, or 61 cents per share, in the same quarter in 2005, which included a tax benefit and strong performance from the studio’s “Madagascar” DVD. The fourth-quarter results included a pre-tax charge of $109 million for the film “Flushed Away,” which did not perform well at the box office. The write-off of film costs reduced fourth-quarter earnings by 80 cents per share. Revenue rose to $204.3 million from $172.9 million in the prior-year period. last_img

first_imgFort St. John RCMP has some tips on keeping Halloween, which is next Saturday night, safe and fun.Before your and your child go out, it is important that parents be aware of the route that their children plan to follow.If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, an older sibling or babysitter to do the honours for you.Ensuring your child is wearing a watch also allows you to establish an agreed upon curfew.Teach your children to recognize the places along his/her route where they can obtain help.Stay on the sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic.Don’t jaywalk. Use crosswalks whenever possible: Visit houses on one side of the street at a time and cross the street only at intersections or at marked crosswalks.Stop and check for cars before crossing the street.Discuss with your children what they should do to call home in case of emergency.Safety in numbers: Walk in groups and stay together.Stay on the outside: Never enter a house; only accept treats at the front door.RCMP say being visible in your costume is important:Wear a light-coloured or bright costume.Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider completing your costume with make-up rather than amask.Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume.Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child’s visibility. Accessorize with a flashlight.Are swords, knives and guns part of your costume? Make sure they look fake but remember, some people still may not be able to tell the difference.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgRe: “Union takes protest to steps of City Hall” (Dec. 14): It is going to be very interesting to see how our mayor handles all these upcoming labor contract renewals. Since ex-Mayor James Hahn basically gave away the store to the Department of Water and Power trying to curry union votes for re-election, every other union head now wants the same deal. Even though L.A. politicians will never be regarded as the sharpest knives in the drawer, you would think that watching screwballs like Gray Davis and Hahn send the state and city into the red for a few thousand votes – while angering millions in a failed attempt to stay in office – would sink in. Mayor, offer fair increases for the unions. Your job, the one you were elected to, is to improve the city. Otherwise you, like Hahn, will be a one-term bungler. – George Timko West Hills AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Underground economy Re: “L.A.’s underground cash” (Dec. 14): City officials should not be surprised that L.A. has an underground economy, since it is they who created it. There are six day labor centers funded by the city of Los Angeles at a yearly expense of more than $1 million. These centers have a “don’t ask – don’t tell” policy. Neither contractors nor day laborers pay taxes, making it easy for them to cheat and break the law for profit. These centers are also havens for deadbeat dads. I asked one nonimmigrant U.S. citizen why he didn’t get a regular steady job. He told me that his wages were being garnished for child support – and since he didn’t have to report his earnings by working at the city’s day labor center, he could keep everything he earned. – Hal Netkin North Hollywood Can’t see the signals Re: “Car, bus collide in Orange Line crash” (Dec. 14): Just how many collision accidents and deaths is it going to take to get the city to open its eyes? The new-style traffic lights are just not working and have some major flaws. At a distance, you can’t see the green until you’re in the intersection, but once in the intersection, you can’t see if it has turned red. If not for the older traffic lights remaining at these intersections, you wouldn’t know whether to stop or go. Just how many Orange Line bus accidents is it going to take before someone realizes it’s not only the color of these buses that is the problem, it’s also that you can’t see the lights that tell you it’s safe to go or not until it’s too late. It’s no longer safe to drive on the city streets, and the city is responsible for this. – Debbie Garces Reseda Different red lights Re: “Car, bus collide in Orange Line crash” (Dec. 14): It is possible that some drivers do not understand that a right-turn red arrow is not the same as a red signal light. Since one can make a right turn on a red signal after stopping and determining that it is safe to turn right, some drivers may assume that a red right turn arrow allows the same right turn when safe. Perhaps a sign above each red arrow signal stating “ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TURN ON RED ARROW” would clarify the law and help prevent accidents. I also feel that the silver buses, while beautiful, should be repainted. Keeping the basic silver, but adding bright orange, would make the buses more visible. – Charlotte Gussin-Root Tarzana Lights, horns, action Re: “Car, bus collide in Orange Line crash” (Dec. 14): I think that if an amber bar light like the ones they use for tow trucks were installed on the buses and an air horn, like trains use, would get the attention of those idiot drivers that aren’t paying attention that a bus is coming. I also suggested that instead of the bus drivers just slowing down to 10 mph at intersections that they should come to a complete stop just to make sure that it is clear for them to proceed. Putting up more lights and signs is just waste of time and effort. There have been seven accidents so far. How many more do there need to be before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wakes up? Something needs to be done before someone gets killed. – Carl Copelof Sylmar On a charitable note Re: “Bush takes blame for prewar miscues” (Dec. 15): When Bush says, “I’d do it again!” he admits that none of the disproved (WMD, etc.) “justifications” were his real reason. Otherwise he still disregards the facts given to him by: Richard Clarke, Gen. Shinseki, numerous CIA agents, German intelligence (“Curveball”), French intelligence (pre 9-11, showing that Iraq was not seeking to acquire yellow cake uranium), Joe Wilson’s report and that the “evil” complained of was pre-Desert Storm. The most charitable assessment of Bush’s latest infomercial sale is that he lied about being against “nation-building.” – Bill Pratt Northridge Pure fiction Re: “Syriana is just a movie” (Their Opinions, Dec. 14): After seeing the movie, I was frightened by the possibility that the story it told could be the way things really were. But with a little thought, I realized how foolish I was. To pull off such an international scheme with all the players from the CIA, the oil companies, the Arabs, etc., it would require some real organization and brain power. There’s the hitch. This administration? Their inability to get anything accomplished that requires those traits makes such a conspiracy practically impossible. I’d say, try again. A better film could be made about stupidity and ineptitude, particularly internationally, being our country’s biggest problem. – George J. Kramer Northridge Divided loyalties When my grandparents came to this country and became citizens, they gave their complete allegiance to the United States. They knew that a citizen cannot be loyal to two countries without compromising one. We now have an elected official, the governor, who has divided loyalties. He is a citizen of the United States and Austria. Because Schwarzenegger upheld the law of California and a prisoner was executed, Austria is angry and threatening him with the loss of his Austrian citizenship and a removal of his name from a stadium or monument of some sort. I say to Arnold and all dual citizens, choose which country you will serve. And to the legislators of the United States, both in the House and Senate, rescind the law of dual citizenship. – Carol Milton Woodland Hills Pryor’s legacy? Re: “Comic Pryor prevailed against all life’s odds” (Their Opinions, Dec. 13): OK, Richard Pryor was a funny guy. Multiple sclerosis is a terrible disease. Rest in peace. But this excessive wailing and deifying of the man is way over the top. Much is made of his “legacy.” What legacy? He broke barriers long ago tumbled by Redd Foxx. Pryor left us with a bitter hatred of one race for another. Whatever racial harmony Bill Cosby and Flip Wilson built, Richard Pryor mocked. Is there a white comedian working the mainstream who is openly hostile to blacks? Hard to imagine, but if there were, and if he died, would the media get all choked up with eulogies? – Gary Brandner Northridge Help from our friends Re: “Bad analogy” (Your Opinions, Dec. 14): Chuck Heinold flippantly spouts off about the American Revolution and gets it wrong. “A little help from France” was Adm. De Grasse’s fleet, and a 10,000-man army under Count Rochambeau, heavy cannon to lay siege to Yorktown and a bankrupted royal treasury that Lewis lost his head over. Lest we forget, Gen. Von Stueben, who trained our men, Spain’s contribution of money, supplies and a Caribbean fleet keeping the British busy. Dutch banks gave liberally to the cause and Dutch warships took on the Imperial Navy. America didn’t achieve independence on her own; a coalition of the willing was there to help. – Donovan Weir Chatsworth No long goodbye Concerning the demise of Stanley Tookie Williams, most people would probably like to paraphrase a remark attributed to Bette Davis: I’ve always been told to speak good of the dead. Stanley Williams is dead. Good! – Stephen Pettine Canoga Park160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgVolunteers from across the county slept out on Friday last in Letterkenny to help raise much-needed awareness and funds for North West Simon Community.Over 30 volunteers turned out for the annual event with €2,408 raised during the collection on the night.North West Simon Community work to prevent and resolve homelessness throughout Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. In 2018, the cause provided supported housing, tenancy support, and settlement services, to a total of 371 people.On behalf of North West Simon Community, Collette Ferguson, Donegal Development Officer, expressed her deepest gratitude to each and every one of the 35 volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zones for one night only so, others don’t have to.She said: “From the onset, the Volunteers who participated were extremely positive and motivated to create much-needed awareness and funds for the North West Simon Community.”Collette also thanked the Brewery Bar, Four Lanterns and Pats Pizza for their kindness and hospitality during the night and for the ongoing support over the years. Collette went on to say, that they were wonderful ambassadors for the cause and shared a positive message to many businesses who supported and or sponsored them on the night, to include:AIB LetterkennyBD Recovery, CarndonaghCiara PT FitnessCrana Stables, BuncranaCentury Complex, LetterkennyDuds & Suds Dry CleanersFood for Thought, BuncranaFriers Rest Chip Shop,Guildea Butchers, LetterkennyHarte InsuranceJD Doherty & Sons, MalinMenarys, Letterkenny,Optum, LetterkennyStateside American Restaurant, LetterkennyShe added: “Thank you to each and everyone who gave so generously and thank you to all the Bars and Hotels for permitting access to carry out the collection, it means so much.Collette would also thank the Brewery Bar, Four Lanterns and Pats Pizza for their kindness and hospitality during the night and for the ongoing support over the years.“Thank you, Cllr. John O’Donnell for launching the night and for his kind words of encouragement to the Volunteers and North West Simon Community.“Finally, thanks to the Garda for the noticeable presence throughout the night and for keeping a watchful eye on the Volunteers. “Thank you, one and all and be sure to save the date for next year!”Incredible success at North West Simon Community Annual Sleep Out – Pic Special was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:North West Simon Communitylast_img read more

first_imgUSF’s successful basketball coach Kyle Smith is headed to Washington State, according to reports Wednesday.The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Smith, 49, signed a six-year deal worth $1.4 million annually. He would replace Ernie Kent, who led the Cougars to an 11-21 record in his fifth season before being fired.Smith went 63-40 in three seasons at USF after leading Columbia University for six years. Smith built his reputation as Randy Bennett’s trusted assistant at Saint Mary’s from …last_img read more

first_imgWherever biologists and microbiologists look, they find organisms solving problems in remarkably clever ways.Cell CalculusCells respond to surface curvature in clever ways (Science Daily). Did you know microbes act like A-students in Calculus-III class? Calc III tends to focus on problems in 3-dimensional curved surfaces. This article, based on work at the University of Pennsylvania, shows how cells respond to changing curvatures like math champs. Who taught them?Last year, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania revealed surprising insights into how cells respond to surface curvature. Specifically, they investigated how cells respond to cylindrical surfaces, which are common in biology. They found that cells change the static configurations of their shapes and internal structures.“We think of it as the cells doing calculus; the cells sense and respond to the underlying curvature,” says Kathleen Stebe of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.Now, the researchers, led by Stebe and recent engineering graduate Nathan Bade in collaboration with Randall Kamien of the School of Arts and Sciences and Richard Assoian of the Perelman School of Medicine, have published a follow up study that Stebe likens to “calc III” for cells, investigating how cells respond to more complex geometries.Sea Turtle MagnetsSea turtle hatchling in open ocean (Illustra Media, this and next photo).Evidence that Magnetic Navigation and Geomagnetic Imprinting Shape Spatial Genetic Variation in Sea Turtles (Current Biology). This open-access paper (a bit rare for this journal) continues amplifying knowledge that the Illustra film Living Waters showed: how sea turtles find their way through the trackless seas over thousands of miles. There’s enough variation in magnetic field intensity at each beach, the authors say, for the hatchlings to “imprint” on the magnetic coordinates of their native beach and find their way back years later. What they found may also help explain other animals that use geomagnetic navigation, such as the salmon shown in the Illustra film.Here, we present evidence for an additional, novel process that we call isolation by navigation, in which the navigational mechanism used by a long-distance migrant influences population structure independently of isolation by either distance or environment. Specifically, we investigated the population structure of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), which return to nest on their natal beaches by seeking out unique magnetic signatures along the coast—a behavior known as geomagnetic imprinting. Results reveal that spatial variation in Earth’s magnetic field strongly predicts genetic differentiation between nesting beaches, even when environmental similarities and geographic proximity are taken into account. The findings provide genetic corroboration of geomagnetic imprinting. Moreover, they provide strong evidence that geomagnetic imprinting and magnetic navigation help shape the population structure of sea turtles and perhaps numerous other long-distance migrants that return to their natal areas to reproduce.Plant SunblockHow does plant DNA avoid the ravages of UV radiation? (Science Daily). “If the ultraviolet radiation from the sun damages human DNA to cause health problems, does UV radiation also damage plant DNA? The answer is yes, but because plants can’t come in from the sun or slather on sunblock, they have a super robust DNA repair kit.” A genetic repair toolkit called nucleotide excision repair is especially robust in plants. Not only that, it responds to the day-night cycle (the diurnal circadian clock), becoming more active when needed in sunlight.Credit: University of BristolSeaweed OpalNew type of opal formed by common seaweed discovered (University of Bristol). In this example of a clever trick, the researchers at U Bristol are not exactly sure why the organism does it, but the common brown alga seaweed manufactures biological opals. Opals are known for the iridescent colors produced at different angles. The seaweed not only imitates the gemstone, it can switch it on and off. The scientists like the trick so much they want to imitate it.Such structures arise from nanosized spheres packed tightly in a regular way and are known to optics experts to reflect different colours from incoming white light into different directions. These types of structures are also seen naturally in gem stone opals, which comprise a nanostructure of tiny spheres of glass formed within hard stone deep below the earth’s surface that naturally pack together in such a way that they diffract light into different directions giving the opal it’s well-known opalescence….In a process unknown to present nanotechnology, the seaweed’s chloroplasts-containing cells (which aid photosynthesis) self-assembles the oil droplets into a regular packing. Surprisingly, these seaweeds can switch this self-assembly on and off, creating changing opals which react to the changing sunlight in tidal rockpools. Even more remarkable is how the seaweed performs the dynamic self-assembly, over a timescale of just hours, is a true mystery to the research team.Hikers on rough terrain. Licensed from Corel Professional Photos (this and next photo).Human Gaze GaitingGaze and the Control of Foot Placement When Walking in Natural Terrain (Current Biology). We don’t want to leave out people as cleverly-equipped organisms, too. This open-access paper explores how the brains, eyes, legs and feet of us upright walkers solve the problem of keeping ahead of the terrain. A hiker negotiating a rocky trail has to maintain a balance between watching her feet and looking ahead. Most of us learn to do this trick without much thought, but it is very complex. The scientists outfitted hikers with headsets that allowed measurements of where they were gazing as they walked on level ground and proceeded onto rocky terrain.Human locomotion through natural environments requires precise coordination between the biomechanics of the bipedal gait cycle and the eye movements that gather the information needed to guide foot placement. However, little is known about how the visual and locomotor systems work together to support movement through the world. We developed a system to simultaneously record gaze and full-body kinematics during locomotion over different outdoor terrains. We found that not only do walkers tune their gaze behavior to the specific information needed to traverse paths of varying complexity but that they do so while maintaining a constant temporal look-ahead window across all terrains. This strategy allows walkers to use gaze to tailor their energetically optimal preferred gait cycle to the upcoming path in order to balance between the drive to move efficiently and the need to place the feet in stable locations. Eye movements and locomotion are intimately linked in a way that reflects the integration of energetic costs, environmental uncertainty, and momentary informational demands of the locomotor task. Thus, the relationship between gaze and gait reveals the structure of the sensorimotor decisions that support successful performance in the face of the varying demands of the natural world.The research highlighted four major findings:Gaze and full-body kinematics were recorded during real-world locomotionWalkers show distinct gaze strategies appropriate for the demands of each terrainNevertheless, walkers also adopted a constant look-ahead time across all terrainsWalkers tune gaze behavior to sustain consistent locomotor strategy in all terrainsOutdoors humans. Credit: Corel Pro Photos. (Visited 424 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 So there you have it. You may not have even known about the optimizing strategy your mind and body utilize in the simple act of walking down a path. You are a wonder walking through a world of wonders. Give thanks to our Creator, and study His marvelous designs in creation.last_img read more

first_img“I am humbled.” Thuli Madonsela said of her inclusion on the Time magazine list of the most influential people in the world. (Image: GCIS)Sulaiman PhilipPublic Protector Thuli Madonsela is one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014, according to Time magazine. She is, as Lamido Sanusi, former governor of the Bank of Nigeria said “… an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be”.’The Time> list of”the activism and innovation of thinkers, artists, visionaries, philosophers and scientists”; people who, according to the magazine, are “using their ideas, their visions and their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people”.Madonselas office released a statement in which she acknowledged the accolade; “Like several other accolades that have been bestowed on me, I regard my inclusion in the Time 100 as an acknowledgement of the selfless efforts of the Public Protector team at large.”She went on to say she hoped the award would “… alert governments of the potential of this institution as a partner in promoting good governance, thus strengthening constitutional democracy” …Since her unopposed appointment as Public Protector in 2009, Madonsela has reputation for resolve, and has the authority of her office to build the life promised in the Constitution.Madonsela is a pebble in the shoe. To millions of South Africans she is a breathe of fresh air; a civil servant wanting to take on the powerful and corrupt without favor.On a visit to Soweto, on one of the 14 000 investigations her office conducts, she recalled that things were different back when she was growing up in Soweto; “… I don’t remember it being this bad.”But Madonsela cannot be accused of being nostalgic for a “… better time” before democracy. She is a former teacher and accomplished union lawyer who turned down a Harvard scholarship to remain in South Africa to help craft the country’s post-apartheid constitution.About the Office of the Public ProtectorAccording to its website, “… The mandate of the Public Protector is to strengthen constitutional democracy by investigating and redressing improper and prejudicial conduct, maladministration and abuse of power in state affairs.” The office began operating on 1 October 1995, after multi-party negotiations before the 1994 elections included an agreement to create it.The Public Protector “… has jurisdiction over all organs of state, any institution in which the state is the majority or controlling shareholder and any public entity as defined in Section 1 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999″…The duties and powers of the Office of the Public Protector were reaffirmed in a Supreme Court of Appeal judgement in a case between former public protector, Lawrence Mushwana, and the Mail and Guardian. The newspaper described Mushwana’s report on an investigation into oil contract funds being diverted into African National Congress (ANC) coffers as a “… whitewash”. Mushwana laid a charge of defamation against the newspaper, but Justice Robert Nugent dismissed his appeal, after the case dragged through the courts for five years, and ordered he reinstate the investigation.Nugent said, “… The office of the public protector is an important institution. It provides what will often be a last defence against bureaucratic oppression, and against corruption and malfeasance in public offices that are capable of insidiously destroying the nation. If that institution falters, or finds itself undermined, the nation loses an indispensable constitutional guarantee.”The Public Protector’s office has no power to enforce the recommendations made in her reports. However she has often made the point that her office remains important to the functioning of democracy in South Africa; “We don’t have coercive powers, but we do have persuasive powers that encourage implementation of our recommendations. We have a responsibility to strengthen constitutional democracy and we do that by ensuring that ordinary people get to speak truth to power.”Despite threats to her safety and that of her staff, Madonsela has continued to work, unearthing the secret corruptions that her targets would rather remain hidden, but she assures that her office does not seek to harm the young democracy she had a hand in birthing.As she told the Mail and Guardian>; “… It was important for me not to attack the ANC but to clarify so that people out there who know me are not left with the impression that ‘… Thuli does not want the ANC to win the elections’. In the past, we always felt that the government had our back when we undertook our work. But the current events have created a climate in which we are no longer sure that the government has our back to investigate and fight maladministration.”Madonsela sees her office as a permanent commission of einquiry that should be free from threats to undermine it, so it can investigate any issue without favor. Expressing a personal opinion, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said it is for this reason Madonsela should develop a thicker skin; “The public protector is free to investigate anything so there should be no holy cows. And in return people are free to also defend their rights, so she mustn’t feel too sensitive … They have a right to raise their voice as she has a right to investigate.”Madonsela is a staunch advocate for gender equality; she is a member of the member of South African Women Lawyers Association and Business Women’s Association of South Africa; and has authored and co-authored a number of publications on gender management, a handbook for family law, and a bench book for the equality courts.last_img read more