IT’S D-DAY! NOW WE MUST ALL BELIEVE!

first_imgThese three men won’t be found wanting at Croke Park today!It’s a small word but one which Jim McGuinness uses over and over again.BELIEVE!That’s what every man, woman and child in our county must do today as Donegal face Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. If the bookies were to be believed, Michael Murphy and co would be better off staying on the team bus rather than even togging out.But, as they say in the advert, “up here it’s different.”For we know the work, the sacrifices, the commitment and the dedication this team have put in.We know what it’s like to be underdogs. We know what it’s like to live in isolation and to be the ‘forgotten county.’Today we have the chance to show the rest of the country once again that Donegal can win against all the odds.They laughed at us when we dared to dream back in 1992 and again in 2012.And when the ball is thrown in at 3.30pm, we can do it all again.More than 30,000 Donegal fans are set to descend on Croker today and we need our voices to be heard. We need to let Jim and the boys hear our belief and to let them know that we are 100% behind them.Forget Coppers. Forget The Hill. Forget Bernard Brogan. Forget they’re champions.One word can get us across the line and into the final – believe.See you all in The Diamond! IT’S D-DAY! NOW WE MUST ALL BELIEVE! was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:All-Ireland semi-finalCroke ParkdonegaldublinJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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

E-I-E-I-O in Old McDarwin’s Animal Farm

first_imgOne would think that if all animals are related according to Darwin’s theory of common descent, this should be clearly evident in the genes.  It would also seem that the more genomes we sequence, the clearer the evolutionary pattern should be.  At least that’s how Raible and Arendt lay their foundation in a paper in the Feb. 3 issue of Current Biology:1It is a truism that the plausibility of an evolutionary inference increases with the amount of data on which it is based, and the ever-quickening provision of full genome sequences is providing a huge amount of grist for the evolutionary biologist’s mill.Ah, but that would make for a predictable plot if no conflict were inserted.  The thrust of their paper is that comparative genomics has produced many evolutionary surprises.  Particularly, humans share some genes with the earliest metazoans that are not present in fruit flies, worms, and other branches of more advanced metazoans.  In one study, those groups have lost 10% of early metazoan genes while humans have only lost 1%.  They cite several studies with similar findings.  Somehow, humans have retained many genes that other groups have lost.  We seem to have more in common with flatworms than fruit flies in terms of retained genes.    The authors take up another truism:  “Genes do not evolve on hold: whenever a gene appeared on the animal evolutionary tree, it was functional.  This ancestral function should be close to the consensus function present in today’s animals that have retained that gene.”  In other words, the genes we retain from earliest ancestors have had to function all that time, not wait for us to appear and decide to use them in recent times.    In their analysis of several “striking” studies on the branch that led to us, the authors conclude that advanced functions appeared early, and remained intact for many millions of years, during which time other advanced organisms managed to get by without those functions.  “These findings imply that the Urbilateria [earliest ancestors] were genetically more complex than previously thought to be the case.”  Elsewhere they say, “Taken together, these new analyses of gene loss frequencies and of sequence divergences suggest that the human genome – and thus those of the entire vertebrate lineage – has diverged much less from the ancestral genome of our urbilaterian ancestors than have the Drosophila and C. elegans [roundworm] genomes.”  This can only mean, in their thinking, that the fly and worm lines learned how to evolve a lot faster than the vertebrate line.    Even more striking is the similarity between Darwin and George Orwell:Vertebrates, lophotrochozoans and anthozoans are a good choice for such comparative evolutionary research, because they appear to share a surprisingly large part of the ancestral gene inventory that has been lost in other groups.  In a certain sense, therefore, these animals, like some of those on Orwell’s Animal Farm, are more equal than others, and thus should be most revealing about our complex past.1Florian Raible and Detlev Arendt, “Metazoan Evolution: Some Animals Are More Equal than Others,” Current Biology Vol 14, R106-R108, 3 February 2004.We beg to differ with their opening truism.  Based on our empirical research, reading hundreds of papers on evolution, the amount of actual data available for study is inversely proportional to the amount and credibility of Darwinian storytelling (see 11/16/2002 entry and the following story, for instance).  Their truism is a mythoid.    These authors seem to feel that if the data don’t fit, they really ought to (see quote, top right box).  One thing we have learned about this Animal Farm.  The pigs are the members of the Darwin Party.  They rewrote the constitution of science (see 12/22/03 commentary) to keep themselves in power, because some beliefs about origins are more equal than others.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: legacy stories

first_imgYou can find a list of legacy stories related to the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa, here:One of the developments as a result of the 2010 Fifa World Cup is the brand new infrastrusture, like the stadiums for sport like soccer. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will continue to be felt by South Africa and the continent for years to come. Here are just some of the legacy stories that have flowed from the event:World Cup Legacy Trust unveiledSouth Africa and football governing body Fifa have unveiled a Legacy Trust aimed at boosting education, health, humanitarian activities and football development in the country following the successful hosting of the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.World Cup ‘worth every cent’: surveyOver 309 000 tourists, together spending around R3.6-billion, more than 95% saying they would visit again – a study of the impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on South Africa’s tourism industry shows that the event was worth every cent invested in it.FNB pours R40m into local footballFirst National Bank, one of South Africa’s four major banks, is to invest R40-million (US$5.8-million) in developing the country’s young footballers over the next few years as part of its 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy programme.Football for Hope in MaliHerekoura, literally translated, means “new happiness” in Bambara, the principle language of Mali, and this is how the locals felt about the recent opening of the Football for Hope centre in Baguineda – the fourth of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Mbombela Stadium welcomes Black AcesLoyal soccer fans in Mpumalanga are in for a treat thanks to a deal that will see their home team, Black Aces, playing five Premier Soccer League fixtures at Mbombela Stadium, one of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup venues.Bright future for FNB StadiumThe FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South Africa for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.Unpacking the World Cup legacyUp to one percentage point of extra GDP growth; a catalyst for creating jobs and skills while expanding infrastructure; invaluable lessons in how to deliver on major projects; a massive international image boost; new unity and self-belief at home … Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unpacks some of the 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy.World Cup surveys highlight successThe successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has done wonders for South Africans’ national confidence and the country’s image abroad, according to pre- and post-tournament surveys commissioned by Fifa.Football for Hope in WindhoekKatutura township, in the heart of Namibia’s capital of Windhoek, came alive as locals gathered to witness the opening of the Katutura Football for Hope Centre – the third of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.World Cup ambulances redistributedSeventy-three new Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz ambulances bought specifically for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been redistributed among state hospitals in South Africa’s North West province.KZN counts World Cup benefitsAn estimated R3-billion was injected into the KwaZulu-Natal provincial economy by South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the long-term benefits expected to exceed this by far as the “intangible” effects of the tournament kick in over the coming years.World Cup spirit lives on in Youth ZonesThe energy and spirit of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup is being harnessed for sustainable social development in Africa through the Youth Zones initiative, which combines football, computer literacy and life-skills training to create an enabling environment for young people in disadvantaged communities.Football for Hope in NairobiIn the dusty streets of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya, dreams were nurtured as the young people of the township celebrated the opening of the Mathare Football for Hope Centre – the second of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Cape Town stadium looks forwardCape Town’s Green Point stadium, visited by over half-a-million football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, had cost about 25% less than its council-approved operating budget over the last 18 months, its operator said while outlining future plans for the venue on Wednesday.SA to ride World Cup ‘tailwind’: OECDSuccessfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has earned South Africa “a lot of respect” and “will bring business opportunities and hopefully will open markets,” says the Organization for Co-Operation and Development.Innovation legacy of World CupSouth Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup will leave its mark, experts say, not only in the many humanitarian initiatives which have sprung up around it, but also in lasting improvements in infrastructure and technology in the country.South Africa’s World Cup wins heartsThe aftermath of hosting what has been hailed by one and all as a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup will no doubt leave South Africans with a massive hangover. However, the tournament has given them a new sense of pride, confidence and optimism, and opened a new chapter not only for the hosts but for the African continent.1Goal: education ‘the greatest legacy’Addressing heads of state during the “1Goal: Education for All” summit in Pretoria on Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said there was no greater legacy that hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup could leave than that of education.Rugby, football – and a nation unitedIn 1994, when South Africa shed the shackles of apartheid, it did not mean the country was automatically set on a path of unity. Sport – starting with the 1995 Rugby World Cup, followed up by the 1996 African Nations Cup, and continuing with the 2010 Fifa World Cup – played and continues to play a major unifying role.SA’s World Cup exposure ‘priceless’The positive global media coverage South Africa has received during the 2010 Fifa World Cup has exceeded all expectations and will benefit the country for years to come, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, adding: “The goodwill that has been unlocked cannot be measured in monetary terms.”Counting the World Cup benefitsThe social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will continue to benefit South Africa long after the final whistle has blown, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.World Cup has inspired Africans: ZumaAs the 2010 Fifa World Cup enters the home stretch, South African President Jacob Zuma says he believes the legacy of hosting the tournament will benefit the African continent for decades.New beginning for 2010 host citiesAfter years of preparation, development, planning and excitement, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Mangaung/Bloemfontein look to the future and what they can take from their experience of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event now that their World Cup duties are over.Football for Hope centres on trackFootball body Fifa says it is on track to roll out 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa after the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The ambitious project is one of the major legacies Fifa wants to leave after staging the first World Cup on the continent.New transport era for JoburgJohannesburg’s new Bus Rapid Transit system, one of many transport projects that was accelerated for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has proven popular among fans travelling to matches, and all indications are that it will become a well-used mode of transport long after the World Cup has left the country’s shores.South Africa’s 2010 tourism harvestSouth Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country’s offerings – and the energy and warmth of its people – with surprise and delight.World Cup ‘turning point’ for South AfricaAs the 2010 Fifa World Cup unfolds in South Africa, the international community is not only watching the action on the pitch; they are also witnessing a South Africa that is continuing to emerge as a competitive 21st century economy, says consulting firm Deloitte.Cup visitors enchanted by South AfricaThe world’s attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country.2010: South Africa’s great leap forwardJust as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a lingering legacy of racial inequality, writes John Battersby.Infrastructure drive ‘has only just begun’Many of the construction workers retrenched after the completion of World Cup projects will be employed over the next three years as the country spends up to R700-billion on new roads, bridges and dams, says Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele.SA’s image ‘about to change forever’The 2010 Fifa World Cup will forever change the world’s perception of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the 2010 Tourism Indaba trade show in Durban.Source: MoneyWeb.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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SA firms on Brazil investment trip

first_img12 March 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo is leading 45 South African companies on a mission to Brazil this week, on the lookout for trade and investment opportunities – and partnerships on 2014 Fifa World Cup projects. The Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) will span three 2014 Fifa World Cup host cities, namely Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre, focusing on South Africa’s World Cup legacy while giving emerging exporters insight into the Brazilian market. The companies – from the built environment, construction, aerospace, rail and marine, manufacturing, agro-processing, services and electro-technical sectors – will take part in trade and investment seminars, targeted business-to-business meetings and site visits. Tobias-Pokolo said the mission would profile South Africa’s expertise in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, while exploring potential partnerships between South African and Brazilian companies in tendering for 2014 World Cup projects. “Investment and Trade Initiatives (ITIs) create an excellent platform to showcase South Africa’s manufacturing and export capabilities as well as investment prospects in the markets in which the ITIs are held, which are targeted high-growth markets,” Tobias-Pokolo said in a statement on the weekend. She added that the ITI would build on relations that were established during similar missions undertaken in 2009 and 2010. Airports Company South Africa is part of a consortium that recently won a bid for the expansion, maintenance and operation of Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bravo’s Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess

first_imgYet, like any caricature or stereotype, there will be elements of truth to be found within “Silicon Valley.” Yes, startup founders really are full of their own self-importance. They can be arrogant, pretentious and pushy. They work long hours and are often razor-focused on their own mission, to the exclusion of the larger world around them.They are also real people with emotions, moments of strength, moments of weakness and distinct visions for the future of the world. They often live in a semi-state of poverty, waiting for that first funding round to be able to eat, pay themselves and hire a team (this particular aspect of startup life is not something we will likely see in the show considering its posh setting). Entrepreneurial TruthsI have met startup founders and employees in San Francisco, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., among other locations. Each city’s community has its own distinct sense of self but, by and large, they all share many of  of the characteristics listed above. The difference in Silicon Valley is that, because of the sheer volume of startups and the surplus of cash in the region, these characteristics are often magnified.  This is basically just a disaster waiting to happen.These people are crazy.They don’t represent the true Silicon Valley. dan rowinski What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture The first two points are hard to argue with. As for the third, well, yes they do and no they do not. Reality TV Isn’tThe first thing to remember when thinking about “Silicon Valley” is that it is over-produced reality television.I am acquainted with some of the people featured in the show and have been to the mansion in San Francisco where they live and much of the program is shot. I also know people who have appeared on other Bravo reality shows, like Top Chef. Tags:#film#Internet TV#start#startups How to Get Started in China and Have Success Related Posts Sometimes I fear for the future of entrepreneurship in America. A stock market crash is a breath away from draining the cash hoards of popular venture capitalists, the Securities Exchange Commission could easily change its rules to cripple the startup ecosystem and we are one serious privacy breach away from Congress enacting Draconian laws that could cripple a world they know nothing about. But judging by the online chatter, the biggest danger to startups in the United States is reality television.I, of course, am kidding. Reality television will not be the death of startups in the U.S.But in early November, cable channel Bravo will debut a new reality program titled “Silicon Valley” that will chronicle the lives and struggles of startup entrepreneurs in San Francisco. Bravo’s trailer for the show hit the Web earlier this week and response from the entrepreneurial community and blogs has been predictable. The reaction went along three main lines: You know those spontaneous moments or dramatic shots that seem so off the cuff that they must real? Well, many of those scenes are shot half a dozen times before the producers are satisfied that they’re spontaneous enough.One such moment in “Silicon Valley” comes when one of the characters is riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend crossing the bridges in San Francisco. They went over the bridge once and then the producers had them do it a couple more times to get the shots right. So, take “reality” for what it is worth in the lexicon of Bravo programming. It’s A Caricature“Silicon Valley” will be a purposely designed caricature of startup life. We will see lots of over-sized personalities, drama for the sake of drama, borderline alcoholism and an endless stream of bad buzzwords and catchphrases. The show will be the quintessential guide to the Silicon Valley Echo Chamber, where things that nobody cares about outside of San Francisco become huge crises of conscience within that insulated environment.  That magnification is what the show “Silicon Valley” will likely try to capture, in all the splendor and bullshit that comes with reality television. The entrepreneurs of San Francisco and elsewhere might be wary of how Bravo will portray their world, but they cannot deny that, regardless of the tawdry presentation, “Silicon Valley” will also reveal some elements of truth.Kitchen and skyline images by Dan Rowinski. Other images and video from Bravo. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

First Nation basketball tournament bans player because of bloodlines

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation basketball tournament in British Columbia is being criticized for not allowing a player to compete.It has nothing to do with his age or team.Josiah Wilson was born in Haiti and adopted by a First Nations family.Chris Stewart brings us his story. [email protected]last_img

A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

first_imgBall-and-stick model of carbon dioxide. Credit: Wikipedia Citation: A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel (2016, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-electrocatalyst-carbon-dioxide-liquid-fuel.html More information: Partially oxidized atomic cobalt layers for carbon dioxide electroreduction to liquid fuel, Nature 529, 68–71 (07 January 2016) DOI: 10.1038/nature16455Electroreduction of CO2 into useful fuels, especially if driven by renewable energy, represents a potentially ‘clean’ strategy for replacing fossil feedstocks and dealing with increasing CO2 emissions and their adverse effects on climate. The critical bottleneck lies in activating CO2 into the CO2− radical anion or other intermediates that can be converted further, as the activation usually requires impractically high overpotentials. Recently, electrocatalysts based on oxide-derived metal nanostructures have been shown to enable CO2 reduction at low overpotentials. However, it remains unclear how the electrocatalytic activity of these metals is influenced by their native oxides, mainly because microstructural features such as interfaces and defects influence CO2 reduction activity yet are difficult to control. To evaluate the role of the two different catalytic sites, here we fabricate two kinds of four-atom-thick layers: pure cobalt metal, and co-existing domains of cobalt metal and cobalt oxide. Cobalt mainly produces formate (HCOO−) during CO2 electroreduction; we find that surface cobalt atoms of the atomically thin layers have higher intrinsic activity and selectivity towards formate production, at lower overpotentials, than do surface cobalt atoms on bulk samples. Partial oxidation of the atomic layers further increases their intrinsic activity, allowing us to realize stable current densities of about 10 milliamperes per square centimetre over 40 hours, with approximately 90 per cent formate selectivity at an overpotential of only 0.24 volts, which outperforms previously reported metal or metal oxide electrodes evaluated under comparable conditions. The correct morphology and oxidation state can thus transform a material from one considered nearly non-catalytic for the CO2 electroreduction reaction into an active catalyst. These findings point to new opportunities for manipulating and improving the CO2 electroreduction properties of metal systems, especially once the influence of both the atomic-scale structure and the presence of oxide are mechanistically better understood. Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power plants This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Science and Technology of China has developed a new and potentially better electrocatalyst for use in converting carbon dioxide into methanoic acid, which could be used as a liquid fuel. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their new process and suggests that it may provide a path to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and thus help to slow global warming. Journal information: Nature © 2016 Phys.org As the planet continues to warm due in large part to carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants, researchers around the world are working furiously to find a way to pull out the carbon dioxide from emissions before they are allowed to pass into the atmosphere, and to use them in some other way—one that is economically feasible. Many would like to see the carbon dioxide converted to something useful, such as a type of fuel that could be burned and used as a clean power source—that would make the process far more financially palatable. But thus far, such efforts and have not panned out, due to the huge costs involved.To convert carbon dioxide to something potentially useful currently requires subjecting it to electricity and a catalyst, a process known as electroreduction, but finding the right catalyst has been problematic, though progress has recently been made by using oxide derived nanostructures. In this new effort, the researchers tried a new approach, a four-atom thick layer of either mixed or pure cobalt and cobalt oxide. They found that the cobalt, which is not normally catalytically active for carbon dioxide, became active when arranged in a certain oxidized state.In testing their catalyst, the team found it able convert carbon dioxide to methanoic acid and that it provided better catalytic activity than other known metal or metal oxides. They are not suggesting, however, that their technique could be used in power plants right now, more that they believe they have opened the door to the idea of using metal based carbon dioxide electroreduction catalysts as a possibility for doing so. If their expectations pan out, it could mean coal fired powers plants could finally be on the path towards less harmful emissions.last_img read more