Analyzing Raiders roster after cutdown to 53 players

first_imgALAMEDA — A look at each position group as the Raiders reduced their roster to 53 players on Saturday. There will be additional moves to come as well as the forming of a 10-man practice squad.“I was cut three times and you have no idea how I empathize with these kids,” general manager Mike Mayock said. “Every cut was brutal. I had tears in my eyes with several of these kids. Every one of them handled it with class and distinction.”Players who were let go Friday are also included.QUARTERBACK …last_img read more

Using Aliens to Titillate the Public

first_imgGeologists cannot even figure out our own planet (next headline), but some of them claim to know a lot about other planets – their geological history, and even their prospects for life.  Is it fair to tease the public with the L-word life when so much remains to be understood on the ground under our feet?Mars life:  A new study reported by PhysOrg from a JPL press release claims that Mars had a nearly global wet era 4 billion years ago.  Talk about water on Mars has gone back and forth for decades; was it really necessary to evolve life there by just adding water?  “The new findings suggest that the formation of water-related minerals, and thus at least part of the wet period that may have been most favorable to life, occurred between that early giant impact and the later time when younger sediments formed an overlying mantle.”  (Nobody saw that impact, by the way.)Mars hands:  “If there’s life on Mars, it could be right-handed,” teased a headline on New Scientist.  The article was about chiral molecules, but it made Mars a lively place.  Some astrobiologists have never been able to forgive the 1976 Viking landers for not finding life.  One experiment gave ambiguous results that are the basis for ongoing hopes.  They keep trying to find other explanations for the gas that Viking measured coming out of a prepared broth when Martian soil was added.  Jeffrey Bada, astrobiologist at Scripps, still thinks non-biological explanations can explain this.  “No matter how you construct an experiment, Mars is likely to throw you a curve ball,” he said.Europa bones:  An Arizona planetologist has an easier way to look for life on Europa.  PhysOrg reported how he feels one could find evidence of it on the surface without having to drill through the ice.  It might not even be microbes, Richard Greenberg (U of Arizona) said: “there’s always the possibility that we could find structures – something analogous to skeletal remains.”Starry avatars:  A JPL press release seemed to play on the public’s fascination with the recent 3-D alien movie by starting, “Many scientists speculate that our galaxy could be full of places like Pandora from the movie ‘Avatar’ — Earth-like worlds in solar systems besides our own.”  So have they found any?  Nope; just looking.  “Once considered the stuff of science fiction, it may not be long before Earth-like planets, or, in the case of Pandora, Earth-like moons of giant planets, are found to exist other places besides the silver screen.”  That was in a paragraph captioned, “Pandora, up close and personal.”  Incidentally, the real Pandora is a small moon of Saturn.  Here it is, up close and personal from Cassini.  Not quite like the movies.For SETI fans, Space.com announced that Frank Drake is retiring as director of the SETI Institute, and is turning the job of “Chief Alien Life Hunter” to long-time astrobiologist David Morrison.  Even though NASA doesn’t do SETI work, Morrison revealed an inside secret: “The SETI Institute has partnered with scientists at NASA Ames in a teaming arrangement that has greatly benefited both organizations.  The Institute played an especially important role in the development of the new multidisciplinary field of astrobiology.”  The two fields are closely allied, if for no other reason than the fact that neither has any evidence to support its reason for being.This has all the appearance of a cult (see CMI essay).  Only in this case, we have a cult funded by taxpayer dollars and preached by the mainstream media.  It’s not science if you have no evidence.  Whatever happened to separation of search and state?(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zenani Campaign: safer roads for kids

first_img2 May 2012A campaign to reduce the number of children killed and injured in road accidents, while honouring the memory of Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter Zenani, was launched in New York on Wednesday.Zenani Mandela was tragically killed in a car crash ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, just two days after her 13th birthday.The Zenani Campaign, led by her mother Zoleka Mandela and grandmother Zindzi Mandela, will contribute to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, which aims to improve the level of protection for children on roads mainly in developing countries.The campaign will also form part of Mandela Day, which is marked across the world on 18 July each year to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.Road casualties ‘not just a tragic fact’At the launch in New York City on Wednesday, the Mandela family was joined by South African Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.“In common with many people, I used to think that road casualties were just a tragic fact of life, about which nothing could be done,” Zindzi Mandela said. “I did not ask how we can prevent this, what actions can we take. But so much can be done to save young lives.“We can, and we must do much more to protect our children,” Mandela said. “Support the Zenani Campaign. Demand protection for children on the roads, and let us ensure that in future, other families do not have to suffer the pain that my family has suffered.”‘Think Pedestrian’Also speaking at the launch, Ndebele said that, at the current rate, road crashes would be the number one killer of children aged between 5 and 14 in Africa by 2015, outstripping Malaria and HIV.“Pedestrians alone account for nearly 40 percent of road fatalities in our country annually,” he said.Two weeks ago, the South African Department of Transport, in partnership with Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the UN, officially launched the “Think Pedestrian” campaign, aimed at intensive road safety awareness and education programmes.Mayor Bloomberg said that almost 1.3-million people were killed and millions more injured on the world’s roads every year, and that many of those victims were children.“There’s a strong and growing network of organisations working around the world to implement proven interventions including tougher speeding, seat-belt and helmet rules, and an increase in safe school crossings and more footpaths,” Bloomberg said.“This campaign is yet another positive step forward in efforts to address this leading cause of death and save more lives.”‘We’ll never get Zenani back’Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who had a close relationship with Zenani, said: “There are far too many children being killed – 1 000 every day. The family will never get over the pain of her loss, and we’ll never get Zenani back.“But she was such a positive little girl that she would have wanted to make a difference,” Campbell said. “In memory of Zenani Mandela, I support this campaign. Lives can be saved, and we need action right now.”F1 star Lewis Hamilton also gave his support: “Every three minutes a young child dies on the world’s roads. I’m supporting the Zenani Campaign and the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, because we need action now to prevent more tragedies.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Adityanath cracks whip on latecomers

first_imgFollowing reports of Noida Authority staff allegedly not reaching office on time, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday sought the employee details of both Noida and Greater Noida Authorities.Mr. Adityanath also ordered that 73 employees of the Noida Authority, who had not been marking themselves present on biometric machine, be marked absent for the corresponding days. He also ordered that their salaries be deducted.Noida and Greater Noida Authority CEO Deepak Agarwal confirmed this. “The Chief Minister has asked for details such as the employees’ income, assets, ranks, tenure, departments, etc. While 40% of the staff members in the Greater Noida Authority have submitted their details, employees of the Noida Authority are yet to file the same,” said Mr. Agarwal.Plugging corruptionSoon after assuming office on March 19, Mr. Adityanath had directed Ministers and top officials to provide details of their income and assets within 15 days. He had said rooting out corruption in government offices was his main agenda. However, a majority of the officials failed to adhere to the deadline of April 7.Mr. Agarwal further said that to improve work culture in the authorities, he had asked the employees to mark their attendance on biometric machines. Failure to comply with the order would amount to strict action, he added.The Noida Authority had on March 23 installed biometric machines to crack down on employees who would reach office late. The Noida Authority’s offices are located in sectors 6, 5, 19 and 39. According to rules, the employees must reach office by 9:30 a.m. and not leave before 5 p.m. The two authorities work for five days a week. ‘30% staff absent’“During an inspection, I found that around 30% of the staff was absent. Whoever reaches office after 9:30 a.m. will be marked absent,” said Mr. Agarwal.Earlier, every employee had to sign on an attendance sheet. However, many would sign the sheet in the month-end. With the introduction of biometric attendance, the flaw was exposed. Explanation sought“We have also sought an explanation from those who were not present at 9:30 a.m.,” the CEO said.“If they will fail to furnish a satisfactory reply, we will take action against them. If absent employees are repeatedly absent, we will take departmental action against them,” he added.last_img read more

Ben Simmons ready to play for Australia’s Boomers

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Warriors ride Stephen Curry’s hot hand, take Game 1 vs Trail Blazers View comments Simmons was criticized in Philadelphia for his lack of impact in the playoffs.pic.twitter.com/Rld2p2XEEYFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) May 15, 2019 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) passes the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and teammate Fred VanVleet (23) look on during first half NBA Eastern Conference semifinal action in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)SYDNEY — Ben Simmons is set to play for Australia after confirming in an online video “I’m going to be a Boomer for the upcoming events.”Simmons’ NBA season ended when his Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7-ending buzzer-beater for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The NBA All-Star didn’t specify his list of upcoming events in the video he posted on Twitter — telling his followers to stay tuned — but it’s widely expected he’ll join the likes of Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova in Australia’s squad for the FIBA World Cup which starts Aug. 31 in China.Australia’s Boomers have never finished higher than fourth in the World Cup or Olympics but are growing in confidence with an increasing number of players in the NBA.The Boomers are scheduled to play two warmups against the World Cup champion U.S. team in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 22 and 24.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Virat Kohli calls Mumbai ‘home of cricket in India’, fans gratified

first_imgMumbai’s redemption with Virat Kohli is complete. Three seasons after they booed him for being a ‘I mean business’ opponent against Mumbai Indians in an IPL game at the Wankhede, fans are now going gaga over the Indian skipper for making them proud. (Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”We are proud to have a captain who is the best in the world. I will never forget the shots he played against England in this match,” said Nitin, a Test match regular in Mumbai.The local merchandise sellers could not thank Kohli enough for boosting their business. “Generally for a Test match we don’t sell much. But this time everyone wanted to buy a Virat Kohli t-shirt before going in for the match,” said one. (Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli)We spotted a couple of English fans wearing Kohli jerseys and when asked if they had switched sides, one of them replied: “We are England fans but we are soaking in the atmosphere. You have the best batsman in the world. On a track England found difficult to survive on, he scored 235 without any trouble.”Kohli on his part, has done enough to win fans over from this part of the country by paying them the ultimate compliment.At the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “The way the crowd came out and supported us, it gave us the energy to push through the tough moments in what is the home of cricket in India.” (Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)advertisementKohli remembered how his team had let their supporters down in Mumbai twice before against England in 2006 and 2012. “I was telling Ashwin while taking the victory lap, this is the ground, where the last time we played England, that we lost our momentum and lost the series mentally,” he said.Close to capacity crowds came in to watch Kohli bat through the course of his eight-hour gem. By taking a victory lap around the ground acknowledging their support, Team India has more than made up for the losses in the past.And Virat Kohli with his batting artistry and heartfelt gratitude, has forged his own special bond with the city.last_img read more