A’s Billy Beane keeps Kyler Murray on roster… in fantasy football

first_imgBeane and the A’s selected Murray … SAN DIEGO — Billy Beane was always going to find a way to put Kyler Murray on his team.Even when Murray opted to play for the Arizona Cardinals instead of Beane’s A’s, Oakland’s vice president of baseball operations wouldn’t be denied.Beane might not have Murray in his farm system, but he does start him on his fantasy football team.“He’s just an amazing athlete,” Beane said at the Winter Meetings on Monday. “Too good of an athlete, unfortunately.”last_img

Darwin’s Finches: Researchers Tweak the Beak

first_imgEvery once in awhile, a new angle on Darwin’s finches (an icon of evolution) appears in print.  Peter and Rosemary Grant, who have devoted their life to studying everything possible about these related species of birds that inhabit the Galápagos Islands – only to find that evolutionary changes are reversible (see 04/26/2002 headline) – have a new molecular story to tell.  In an effort to tie the evolution of beak shape to embryonic development, they and three Harvard geneticists searched for the actual proteins that build beaks in the egg, and found one named Bmp4 (bone morphogenetic protein #4) that appears to singlehandedly influence beak width and stubbiness.  Their results are printed in the Sept. 3 issue of Science.1    In the same issue,2 USC scientists Ping Wu et al. studied the same protein in chickens and ducks.  They studied Bmp4 expression in the growth zones of developing beaks, and found that “By ‘tinkering’ with BMP4 in beak prominences, the shapes of the chicken beak can be modulated.”  It was not clear, however, whether BMP4, a signalling molecule, is solely responsible or affects other upstream factors in the developmental process.    Each article assumes these studies are important to evolutionary theory.  The Grants say, “Darwin’s finches are a classic example of species diversification by natural selection.”  Ping Wu et al. generalize, “Beak shape is a classic example of evolutionary diversification.”  Elizabeth Pennisi, Science writer who usually makes evolutionary stories grist for her mill, writes in the same issue,3 “Darwin’s finches are to evolutionary biology what Newton’s apple is to physics.”  (Did she mean the obvious comparison, considering that the story of an apple hitting Newton led to his theory of gravitation is a myth?)  “Today,” she continues, “these songbirds are often cited as a perfect example of how new species arise by exploiting ecological niches.” (Emphasis added).  Yet the classification of these birds into separate species is controversial, since apparently most of them (at least) are interfertile.    Though the scientists Pennisi quotes are impressed with the studies, and find the evidence convincing that BMP4 shapes beaks, one cautions that “Other genes and molecules will also be involved.”  Indeed, Pennisi admits, “neither group knows what makes the BMP4 gene more active in birds with bigger bills.”  And neither study explains “why some birds, such as the finches, rapidly form new species—with the different lifestyles that are possible because of changes in their shapes—while others living in the same place, for example, warblers, do not.”  Nevertheless, Pennisi is confident, “Darwin would be pleased.”1Abzhanov, Protas, Tabin, Peter and Rosemary Grant, “Bmp4 and Morphological Variation of Beaks in Darwin’s Finches,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1462-1465, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098095].2Ping Wu et al., “Molecular Shaping of the Beak,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1465-1466, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098109].3Elizabeth Pennisi, “Bonemaking Protein Shapes Beaks of Darwin’s Finches,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1383, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5689.1383].The findings are really no help to evolutionary theory.  Neither of these studies account for the origin of BMP4 and the many other complex proteins that interact with it; they just show you can get freaks by tweaking the beaks.  We already knew that with humans.  Failures in the complex developmental pathways of any embryo can produce grotesque or useless deformities.  These studies only tinkered with expression of existing genes, not with the origin of new genes or their “improvement.”  The studies were not tied to adaptation, which is what Darwinism purports to explain.    Picture the highly specialized beaks of hummingbirds, spoonbills, pelicans, owls, hornbills, woodpeckers, eagles, ducks, and the other thousands of species of birds.  To explain these, an evolutionist is going to need a lot more than just differences in the local expression of BMP4.  He or she is going to need millions of transitional forms, and proof of heritable adaptive changes in all the developmental pathways that affect beak morphology.  Even if the Grants can tie finch beak changes to this molecule, and show that beak changes are adaptive for various ecological niches on the islands, they have not explained the origin of BMP4, the beak, or the finch itself.    Creationists and evolutionists both are comfortable with slight morphological changes in existing species.  It is very probable that a tougher beak will aid a finch in a drought, so that it can crack the nuts and get to the seeds better than a cousin with a thinner beak.  But when the rains return, and seeds are plentiful, the change is no longer adaptive and the populations can revert back.  Over time, no one has shown that these slight changes to Darwin’s finches have led to any long-term morphological change.  Certainly they have not shown that they came from, or are leading to, anything other than finches.    If the Grants want to spend their lives measuring beaks to fractions of a millimeter, and weighing the little birds to fractions of a gram, and studying the ways their eggs grow and what genes and proteins are expressed, that’s fine and wonderful and praiseworthy.  But if anyone claims their work has defended Chairman Charlie’s wild speculation that humans had bacteria ancestors, beak airful.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 qualification race hots up

first_img4 September 2009World Cup qualification action is heating up in football-loving countries all over the world as the field for South Africa 2010 begins to take shape.Over 75 qualifiers will take place between 5 and 10 September, and they are as large in number as they are high in temperature with South American derbies, Asian play-offs, European tussles and African duels dishing up exciting fare for fans of the beautiful game.Many football enthusiasts will be keeping an eye on giants like Brazil, England, Germany and Spain to see whether or not they will join the six countries that have already qualified for Africa’s first World Cup.Already qualifiedThe Netherlands, North Korea, South Korea, Australia and Japan have already qualified. Italy, as the defending champions, and South Africa, as the hosts, have earned automatic places in the elite field.The 32 teams who will take part in the World Cup will be known before the end of October.All eyes will be on Europe and South America over the next week as Brazil, Argentina and Chile lock horns in the fight for a spot in South Africa.The 2009 Confederations Cup champions Brazil will play their archrivals Argentina, coached by the legendary Diego Maradona, on Saturday in Rosario.South American standingsIf Brazil wins this round, as well as the match against Chile on Wednesday next week, they will have a great chance of qualifying as they lead the South American zone with 27 points. They are closely followed by Chile with 26 points. Argentina is in fourth position with 22 points and trails Paraguay with by two points.The top four teams from the South American zone will qualify for the World Cup. The fifth placed team will play against the fourth place team from the North, Central America and Caribbean zone. At the moment, this team is Ecuador.All the South American teams, who play two qualifying matches between 5 and 10 September, have four qualifiers to play ahead of the World Cup draw, which takes place in Cape Town on 4 December.EuropeMeanwhile, tension is high in Europe as one of the continental giants, The Netherlands, has already qualified, leaving rivals such as Spain, England, France, Germany, Russia and Portugal to battle it out.Spain, Germany, and England are anticipated to join the Dutch, but only if they manage to win their two September clashes.Spain are favourites to advance from Group Five, having won all their qualifiers so far. The European champions will play Belgium on Saturday and clash with struggling Estonia on Wednesday.England, under coach Fabio Capello, lead Group Six with 21 points. They are expected to seal their qualification when they take on Croatia on Wednesday next week.Bafana BafanaMeanwhile, the host of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, Germany, is top of Group Four with 19 points, and on Wednesday they play Azerbaijan. Germany will also lock horns with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in an international friendly at home on Saturday.Other European teams expected to qualify to the World Cup include Denmark, Greece, Slovakia and Serbia, as they’re all sitting pretty at the top of their respective groups.Pressure in Africa is swelling as some of the powerhouses of African football, such as Cameroon, Morocco and Nigeria, are expected to come back to prove their critics wrong, despite criticism from their fans.AfricaGabon, Tunisia, Algeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast are currently leading their groups, but they have a lot of hard work ahead of them. Strong performances are expected from giants Egypt and Nigeria as they fight for a spot in South Africa.Gabon is playing a double-header with star-studded Cameroon on Saturday and Wednesday. The Indomitable Lions will feature stars like Samuel Eto’o of AC Milan and Alexendre Song of Arsenal and need some good results to get their qualifying campaign back on track. It’s an ideal opportunity for Cameroon to make up ground; Gabon is currently top of Group A, while Cameroon is bottom.Meanwhile, the Asian Zone four teams, Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Korea DPR, have already qualified. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will clash in two play-off matches on Saturday and Wednesday to fight for the fifth position.OceaniaNew Zealand won the Oceania Zone qualifying section, and will have to go up against the side which finishes fifth in the Asian Zone.It is crunch time in the North, Central America and Caribbean Zone as the final ‘hexagonal’ round is about to end. The region’s heavyweights all have their sights squarely on the three-and-a-half places left in the World Cup.Regional champions the United States, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago are also in the fight for the top three places. Mexico, the USA and Costa Rica to make it to South Africa.Source: Bua Newslast_img read more

3 Tech Companies That Raised Funding Today – Which Moves You the Most? (Poll)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Polls#Venture Funding#web leela cyd ross Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Every day behind the scenes, investors and startups are putting their heads together to make new bets on what they hope will become the technologies of the future. Today three very different kinds of tech companies, each related to the topics we cover here at ReadWriteWeb, revealed new investments.One wants to make the battery power on devices we use to access the Web last longer. The second is a company that helps others navigate the world of Facebook advertising. The third is a stealthy provider of anti-malware services that models its Web traffic analysis software off of the workings of biological science. These three companies just got a boost to keep working to bring their technologies to market. As we often like to do in rounding up funding news, we’d like to ask in a poll: which of these companies intrigues you the most, readers? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

My sister is not interested in politics: Naveen Patnaik

first_imgEnding rumours about writer Gita Mehta being sent to Rajya Sabha by BJD from Odisha, her brother Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said she is not interested in politics.“My sister is not interested in any political positioning, not in the Rajya Sabha nor any other place,” Patnaik told reporters as the media was agog with the speculation that Mehta will be sent to the Rajya Sabha.The rumour mill worked overtime when BJD’s Rajya Sabnha MP Bishnu Charan Das, elected barely nine months ago, resigned from the post after being made the deputy chairman of the state Planning Board and also convenor of the party’s Dalit Cell.Patnaik chose to give the clarification on his elder sister’s stand, particularly after a group of senior leaders of the party welcomed her (Gita’s) entry into the politics.Senior party MP from Bhubaneswar Prasanna Patasani described Mehta as “a great lady of wisdom”. “Odisha will immensely benefit from her knowledge if she goes to Rajya Sabha,” he said, even though BJD’s senior leader and spokesman S.N. Patro in a statement two days ago had said the rumor on her joining politics was not true.BJD spokesperson Pratap Kumar Jena and MLA Debashis Samantaray added, “She (Mehta) is a learned lady and litterateur of an international repute. If she comes to Odisha, it will be a boon for all of us.” The rumor about Mehta, who is approching 80 years, picked up when BJD MP Baijayant Panda indicated her entry into Odisha politics in a newspaper article.Without mentioning Mehta’s name, Panda in a message for the Chief Minister said “Your (Patnaik’s) father always stood against promoting family politics. We hope you (Naveen) would also uphold the same principle.”last_img read more

Umpire Harper accuses Dhoni of intimidating him

first_imgUmpire Daryl Harper, who was involved in a controversy in the recent first Test match between India and the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday, accused India captain MS Dhoni of trying to intimidate him during the match.Retired Umpire Daryl HarperHarper said Dhoni should have been penalized for his comments on poor umpiring, adding that he was forced to break his silence following the International Cricket Council’s ( ICC) inaction.According to the now-retired umpire, Dhoni approached him after Praveen Kumar was warned for running on the pitch, and said “we’ve had problems with you before, Daryl,” which the umpire interpreted as an attempt to intimidate.”I decided what he meant was that I was one umpired not influenced by any personalities or teams or boards. He hadn’t been able to intimidate me, I think that was part of it,” Harper said.Harper also said that Dhoni should have been punished for his comments at the post-match conference, where the India skipper had said: “If the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.””That was my opinion (that he should have been censured), those were inappropriate comments. I think that’s definitely inappropriate,” Harper said.Harper also hit back at his critics and the ICC for not supporting him. He said he withdrew with from the third Test in Dominica because he didn’t want all the focus to shift to him from the players and the contest.advertisement”It would have been all about my performance in my 96th Test. I’m not sure if any more scrutiny was actually possible,” he said. “I loved my role but I didn’t want to see the focus switch to me when it should centre on the players and the contest.”The ICC had reacted to Dhoni’s criticism of Harper by saying: “The reality of the situation is that Daryl’s statistics show his correct decision percentage in Tests involving India is 96 per cent, which is considerably higher than the international average for top-level umpires.” Harper said it would have been better if the ICC management had shown the same support before he stepped down from the third Test.”If this type of support had been forthcoming before the horse had bolted, I would have stayed and officiated in my 96th Test match,” he said. “If it happened on my watch, I’d take action. If it happens after my watch, after the game is over, I expected the ICC, the controlling body, to do some controlling.”The Australian, however, admits to making two mistakes against India in the Test, as per the ICC Incident Log, compiled by the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe and regional umpire’s performance manager Barry Dudleston.last_img read more

Drug money funds terror acts in India

first_imgA nexus among Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Maoists and insurgent groups of North-East is using money earned from drug trafficking to fund terror activities in India, official sources have said.Major drug seizures on the India- Nepal border in the past four months have put a spotlight on this revenue generation strategy adopted by terror groups. Intelligence sources say that the ISI, Maoists and north- eastern groups are hand in glove.In the last four months, Custom officials have seized more than 10 kg of heroin worth Rs 60 crore in international market from the India- Nepal border in Bihar’s Araria district. Apart from this, 1,000 kg of marijuana and four kg of charas were also seized in the same area.”The amount of seizure made in the last four months from the Indo- Nepal border drastically exceeds the seizure made in years from across the country. In the past, not more than three- four kg of heroin was recovered during the entire year,” said a Custom official, who is a part of the team probing the seizures.While only two arrests have been made in the five cases, counter- terror agencies suspect that the terror nexus is behind this international drug racket.”This is definitely the most lucrative method of generating funds…The Maoists have managed to procure hi- tech weapons from the US and China. Where is the money coming from?” an intelligence official said . The information about the big seizures has been shared by other agencies. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence ( DRI) and the Intelligence Bureau have also been roped in. A detailed dossier, with all information on the drug syndicate and its links with terror outfits, is also being prepared.The DRI has already prepared a detailed note on the ongoing probe and forwarded it to intelligence agencies.Even the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) – probing the arms procurement of the Maoists – is looking into the financial aspect.Sources say the entire machinery is well- organised.The procurement is being done by the ISI, while the stocking and distribution are done by the Maoists and N- E insurgents.Many smugglers are former Maoists who facilitate the drug trade. The drugs being procured are from two blocks – the golden triangle: Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq; and the golden crescent: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.What has shocked agencies is that unlike in the past, drugs are also being used in India. “Traditionally India was only a transit route, but now the demand for various drugs is increasing within the country,” said an official from the Narcotics Control Bureau.advertisementlast_img read more

John Legend Bruno Mars GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations

first_imgThe Recording Academy earned five nominations this year for our musical TV centerpieces. The 60th GRAMMY Awards telecast live from New York earned nods for Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Variety Special (Live), and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special.Meanwhile, the Academy’s TV tribute to the indelible music of an icon, “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute,” earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the special’s music director Davey Johnstone.Bruno Mars also earned a nod for Outstanding Music Direction for his Bruno “Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo” while Super Bowl music director Adam Wayne Blackstone earned recognition in the same category for this year’s halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake. For his role in the breakout hit live TV musical “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” John Legend received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie. Already a GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner, if Legend wins his Emmy this year, he would join the elite EGOT-winning crew alongside entertainers such as Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg. See The Music That Earned 2018 Emmy Nods john-legend-bruno-mars-grammy-shows-earn-2018-emmy-nominations News Celebrating the best in TV, the annual Emmy Awards have announced this year’s round of awards candidates Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2018 – 1:42 pm Emmy nominations for 2018 — the 70th year of celebrating the best in TV over the course of the previous year — are out and here’s how the music world stacked up. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” also earned several additional nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Outstanding Variety Special (Live).Other familiar musical faces made the Emmy nominations list for their acting work. Donald Glover — aka Childish Gambino — earned several nods for his work on the hit comedy series “Atlanta,” including Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. One-time “Glee” actor/singer Darren Criss is up for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for his role as Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”In the musical categories, a number of composers earned nominations for their music works. This includes the GRAMMY-winning composers behind the score to La La Land Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who earned a Emmy nod for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics  “In The Market For A Miracle” from “A Christmas Story Live!” Steve Martin earned a nomination in the same category for “The Buddy Song” from “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter center_img NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Facebook John Legend, Bruno Mars, GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations Email last_img read more

RMZ waiting for clarity on dividend distribution tax before IPO

first_imgRMZ Corp, real estate developer and investor, would wait for signals from the government on dividend distribution tax (DDT) before finalising its initial public offering (IPO), a senior company executive said on Thursday.”We are looking for clarity on the dividend distribution tax and stamp duty in the (upcoming) Union Budget based on which we will decide on how and when to get listed,” the executive told IB Times Media on the condition of anonymity.”India is our first priority for listing and if it does not work out, we will look at Singapore,” he added.In India, dividend is tax-free at the hands of shareholders but the company that distributes dividend is liable to pay tax to the government. “This comprises DDT of 15 percent along with a surcharge of 12 percent and education cess of 3 percent (inclusive of surcharge). Provisions exist to remove the cascading effect of DDT in a holding company-subsidiary relationship,” according to a KPMG note.The Budget session of Parliament will begin from 23 February and end on 13 May, 2016. The railway budget will be presented on 25 February and the union budget on 29 February. The economic survey will presented on 26 February.Bengaluru-based RMZ hopes to close FY2016 with lease rentals of $200 million and is currently outperforming the market in terms of rentals.”Rentals are growing in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent every year overall, but we are growing at a rate of 10 percent to 12 percent,” the executive said, attributing it to “premier” locations of the company’s office properties and better asset management.The executive said further that the company would be investing about $500 million in the next 12 to 18 months to take its current 20 million sq ft office property portfolio to 80 million sq ft by 2021.Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has an investment of about $300 million and Barings Private Equity Partners has invested about $100 million in RMZ Corp.RMZ Corp’s office properties are located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi.The company recently purchased Essar Group’s Equinox Business Park in Mumbai for about $360 million, according to a Business Standard.last_img read more