Raiders mailbag: 2019 home, draft options and more

first_img1. @garthgerman: What do you think was the nadir of the season, and what helped turn it around to get more … It’s been a good run, mailbag family. We’ve reached the end of the regular season, and I thank you for all your great questions this year.(We’ll have semi-regular mailbags during the offseason, so we’re not breaking up for good)Here are the answers to 21 of your questions before the Raiders play the Chiefs on Sunday, though not one question was about that game!Happy reading.last_img

Are Humans Still Evolving?

first_imgScience Now asks the question, “are humans still evolving?”  Comparisons of genes and chromosomes between different people groups from Asia, Europe and Africa are challenging the view that there is one human genome.  Some long stretches of DNA are inverted in some groups, and women so affected seem to have more children on average, even though the section isn’t related to fertility.  Oxford statistician Peter Donnelly says of these surprising findings, “This could be the tip of several icebergs.”So “The Human Genome” may be a myth.  Perhaps DNA storage is more dynamic than we expected.  The story does not establish any connection to evolution by natural selection except by assuming evolution and its commonly-accepted time scale.  Notice this non-sequitur: at the end, Donnelly says, “If such inversions are common, then there isn’t just one version of the human genome… this shows natural selection is still acting on us.”  Come again?  We’re here, we have differences, therefore we evolved?  Get a grip, Pete.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Spar looks to expand in Africa

first_img14 July 2011South African wholesaler The Spar Group, which already has stores in Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, is considering further business opportunities in Africa, Business Report reported on Wednesday.The group would tailor its business model to expand into other territories, but any expansion outside South Africa would be done cautiously, chief executive of the JSE-listed group, Wayne Hook, said.“We will expand elsewhere in Africa, but we will take it step by step. We are not going to rush it.“Our model for expansion in Africa needs to be tailored, so it may not be true wholesale.”He said that the group was looking at a few countries, but as a wholesaler it could not invest R300-million to R400-million in a distribution centre without the store base to supply.The Spar Group is a wholesaler that distributes to independent retailers who own and operate about 850 Spar stores in South Africa and southern Africa, and who are part of a voluntary trading association.Outside South Africa the group has stores in Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland and owns a 35 percent stake in a Zimbabwean business that operates 68 Spar stores. It recently opened a Spar and a Build-It in Mozambique.Hook said the group would continue with its expansion in southern Africa before it looked further north.It was considering Angola, but “we need to find someone there we can work with”.South African Press Associationlast_img read more

Outcomes from the WCF

first_img15 March 2016During the 2016 World Communication Forum (WCF) in Davos, Switzerland, BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed to establish a BRICS Communicators Forum.The focus of the BRICS group would be on defining the communication strategy of the world’s five fastest growing economies, said acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko.Liphoko was part of the South African delegation at the WCF, which ran from 7 to 10 March. The 2016 conference was the seventh annual forum.“The WCF was a major success in that it provided South Africa with a platform to engage with communicators from other parts of the world, but the major highlight is that we were able to agree as BRICS countries to establish a BRICS Communicators Forum on the sidelines of the Davos WCF that is going to focus on defining the BRICS communication strategy as well as positioning the geo-political group,” he said.Listen to what Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had to say:South Africa’s ubuntuThe participation of countries such as South Africa in WCF was crucial, said Dr Jon-Hans Coetzer, the executive dean for undergraduate programmes at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.“We all know the history of South Africa and now you just have to look at what South Africa has produced, what the country has brought to humanity in terms of great leadership, what it has brought to the international community in terms of big changes such as the promotion of equality for all, social justice and education in the world today.”“What I like more about South Africa is this concept of Ubuntu, which is so much part of the DNA of all South Africans. This concept is also relevant in global communication because we all need each other – business, the media, communication, education and public relations.”Coetzer said he taught ubuntu as a management concept, emphasizing to his class that without their customers and community they were nothing.About WCFThe annual meeting in Davos brings together industry leaders in public relations, marketing, media, political and business communications and corporate finances, as well as a large number of media representatives and international partner associations and organisations.According to the official website, the goal is to “unite trend-makers and influencers from the global communications elite and provide a platform for discussion focused on the future development of communications and their role in business, society and politics; to provoke in-depth analysis of the form and content of interaction between business, media, and society, on the one hand, and the state, on the other.”Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Put these Geocaches on your Bucket List…

first_img SharePrint RelatedCelebrate Some of the World’s Best GeocachesAugust 25, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Find a Geocache of the Week Near YouJanuary 6, 2016In “Community”What a Red Geocaching Wrench Means to YouApril 23, 2013In “Community” Loading… Share with your Friends:Morelast_img

It’s Back! Layar’s Mobile AR Browser Relaunches On iPhone

first_imgTags:#Augmented Reality#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts chris cameron 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App In December of last year, augmented reality (AR) browser makers Layar chose to pull its iPhone app from the App Store due to frequent crashes reported by users. They thought it was better for their brand to remove the application than to promote a faulty product. As we’ve mentioned in the past, Layar had hinted that a revamped iPhone app would be out near the end of February, and earlier this week they released just that.With the relaunch of their iPhone app, Layar rejoins acrossair, Wikitude and others now vying for elbow room in the mobile AR space. Layar boasts one of the largest collections of points-of-interest (POI) data sets and now that library is available again on the iPhone. The usual suspects can be found on Layar, such as Flickr photos, Google search, YouTube videos and Wikipedia articles, but one of the more unique layers on the app is Foursquare integration. Users can use the Layar AR viewfinder to find nearby Foursquare locations and by linking the app to their account can check in without leaving Layar. There is also a feature in each layer to view entries on a map, or in list view. The map is especially handy for Foursquare integration because Foursquare’s own app disappointingly doesn’t support a map view. An equally interesting layer to investigate is the Recovery.org layer which shows you which U.S. organizations in your area received funding (and the amount they received) from the Recovery Act.“The new Layar Reality Browser has a re-engineered engine under the hood. This new engine makes the application light, stable and very quick,” the company said on its blog. “It is ready to handle all the current layers and it is a good base to realize all of our exciting future plans.” Layar’s return to the iPhone platform comes just in time for the company’s new layer marketplace which will allow developers to charge users for their content; in other words, an App Store for mobile AR. If Subway wants to create a layer with all of their locations and charge $.99 for it’s use, they or any other company will easily be able to do that. One could assume that Layar will make use of Apple’s in-app purchase functionality on the iPhone, but it would be sad to see Layar lose a percentage of their cut on the purchases to Apple. If anything, that could raise prices on the layers themselves, but that’s a whole other argument.This could be a huge step forward for the mobile AR space. As these applications become more useful, more refined and more popular, companies will be excited to participate in providing branded content in an AR experience. Expect an announcement from Layar in the next few weeks about the launch of this exciting new platform, but in the meantime, iPhone users (3GS only) can go snag Layar’s free app (iTunes link) in the App Store. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Australian players giving back to touch

first_imgWhile they weren’t taking to the field, they were coaching the next generation of Australian players. Women’s Open player Louise Winchester and Men’s Open player Steve Roberts are the coaches for the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges Girls and Boys teams respectively. And they aren’t the only ones, with Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson coaching the QSST Girls, and Mixed Open’s player Amy Hope coaching the SQBD Sharks. To see an interview with Louise Winchester, click on the following link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img

Census data on language show tip of statistical iceberg about Canadas diversity

first_imgOTTAWA – Reis Pagtakhan emphasizes the plural when he talks about the Filipino grocery stores, restaurants, newspapers and radio programs that now populate Winnipeg, decades after his family first came to the city.This week, Pagtakhan’s observations about the rise of Tagalog in Winnipeg are expected to get some statistical backing when the latest tranche of census data details Canada’s linguistic diversity. It is anticipated that the language heard in those Filipino stores and restaurants and on radio shows — Tagalog — will be among the fastest-growing since 2011.For Pagtakhan, the change around Winnipeg is a far cry from when his parents arrived in Canada in the 1960s and there were only a few hundred Filipino families in the region.Now, “you have tens of thousands of people from the Philippines who are here, many of whom speak Tagalog. … It’s just spoken widespread,” said Pagtakhan, an immigration lawyer.Wednesday’s release about the languages that Canadians report as their mother tongue or being spoken at home will provide a peek at Canada’s ethnocultural diversity, which the national statistics office will fully reveal this fall with data from the recently returned long-form census.In February, census data showed that the national population would have been potentially far below 35.15 million if not for an influx of immigrants that Statistics Canada said accounted for about two-thirds of the population increase between 2011 and 2016. Immigration will be the dominant source of growth by 2056, Statistics Canada predicts, as natural, fertility-fuelled growth declines due to an aging population — for the first time, there are more seniors than children 14 and under — and a declining birth rate.The figures coming this week are expected to show some 200 languages are spoken in Canada, with seven million people — or more — saying their mother tongue is neither English nor French.“Once you start to see all the different languages that are spoken, it really speaks to the profound diversity of our Canadian population,” said Michael Haan, an associate professor in the school of sociology at Western University in London, Ont.The figures will add another dimension to the portrait of Canada the five-year census began painting earlier this year. Additional layers will be added later this year, including income data in September, immigration and Indigenous Peoples numbers in October, and figures detailing education, jobs and work patterns in November.The latest release will also include data about families, revealing changes in marriage rates, how much longer Canadians are waiting to start families, and how many families live under different roofs — be it because one parent is working in another part of the country, or because they are older parents choosing to live apart.The statistics will show the varying and ever complex definition of family in Canada, which — like language — seems certain to prompt governments and service providers to rethink their policies and offerings to meet demographic dynamics.The number of people reporting a mother tongue other than English or French has been gradually going up over time, as too have the number of different languages being spoken, says Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics. The census data will also show how many of those households speak English, French or both on a regular basis along with their mother tongue.“More and more homes in Canada are speaking more than one language on what they say is a regular basis and that’s simply driven by immigration,” said Norris, who spent three decades at Statistics Canada.Federal data show the Philippines was the top source for immigrants last year, and a major source for immigrants since the last census in 2011. It’s why Roman Catholic churches around Winnipeg are providing masses in Tagalog, and why Canada’s first senator of Filipino decent has found Tagalog speakers as far as Iqaluit.“Filipinos speak English and will do so proudly in their everyday use. However, when a large group of Filipinos are together, or when no other non-Filipino speakers are around, Tagalog is often spoken,” Sen. Tobias Enverga says.“This is an important way for Filipinos to maintain their own heritage and language while also embracing Canadian culture and values.”Statistics Canada estimated earlier this year that the Filipino community could be among the fastest growing group in Canada by 2036, although not as fast as the Arab community, which is projected to see its numbers jump by 200 per cent or more depending on immigration levels over that time.Language ties the Arab community together because all don’t share the same ethnicity, said May Telmissany, an associate professor of Arabic studies at the University of Ottawa.“You will find that most immigrants coming from the Arab world, the only thing that they will hold on to as far as culture is concerned, is the language and this is why they tend to speak it at home, but also encourage their kids to learn it and speak it,” Telmissany said.The seeds of an immigrant language in Canada have been sown by what Haan described as pioneer immigrants, who share their language with their children while also assimilating into the broader culture. Over time with new waves of immigrants reinforcing the language, communities reach a threshold where they develop cultural institutions like grocery stores and restaurants that become mechanisms to reinforce and maintain use of the language.But just as easily as a language can thrive, it can also decline. Norris said there are likely to be drops in the proportion of Canadians listing some European languages like Italian, German and Greek as their mother tongue as these populations age and there is little new intake to reinforce numbers.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Unilever agrees to buy GSK business in India

first_imgLONDON — Unilever has agreed to buy GlaxoSmithKline’s health food drinks business in India and Bangladesh, including popular Horlicks brand products, for 3.3 billion euros ($3.8 billion).The purchase expands the company’s footprint in rapidly growing emerging markets.Unilever says the deal includes the merger of its local unit with GSK Consumer Healthcare India and the purchase of GSK Bangladesh Ltd. The takeover is expected to be completed within 12 months.Nitin Paranjpe, president of Unilever’s food and refreshment unit, says the transaction will give the company brands with “leading market positions … in one of the world’s most exciting and fast-growing markets.”GSK CEO Emma Walmsley says proceeds will be used to support the group’s strategic priorities, “including investing in our pharmaceutical business.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man injured in early morning shooting in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grande Prairie were called out to a shooting early Tuesday morning at Evergreen Park.Upon arrival, police located a man inside a trailer suffering from a single gunshot wound.The 62-year-old man was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. Police believe this was not a random act and that there is no additional risk to public safety.The RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the incident.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or call your local police detachment. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img