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first_imgNFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned a fraction of his $44 million salary this week at a Super Bowl news conference and disinformation jamboree in Atlanta.If you blinked, you missed it.According to TMZ, Goodell was addressing reporters and a few NFL owners when he was asked about Colin Kaepernick’s enforced idleness. Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who in 2016 founded the silent take-a-knee protest — which created consternation up to and including the highest office in the land — …last_img read more

first_imgFull-body imprints of amphibians claimed to be 330 million years old have been reported from Pennsylvania.  “The imprints show the unmistakably webbed feet and bodies of three previously unknown, foot-long salamander-like critters that lived 100 million years before the first dinosaurs.”    The story in a press release from the Geological Society of America contains a photo and drawing of the unusual fossils.  Spencer Lucas, paleontologist from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, said, “Body impressions like this are wholly unheard of.”    Other interesting things were found in the same formation, including a monster in time for Halloween:Also found in rocks from the same formation and of the same age are footprints of other relatively large animals and fossils of insects and plants, Lucas explained.  There is even a saucer-sized footprint of an unknown vertebrate that suggests larger four-footed beasts lived far earlier than ever before suspected.The impressions were not found in the field.  They were found when examining specimens that had been sitting for decades in the Reading Public Museum Collection.Sound familiar?  Larger, advanced creatures living much earlier than previously believed, in exquisitely preserved rock that they just “know” is hundreds of millions of years old.  Sounds like a broken record in more than one sense (09/18/2007 commentary).(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img14 December 2012 People in Gauteng province can take the opportunity to reflect on South Africa’s liberation struggles on Reconciliation Day, 16 December, by visiting Freedom Park, a remarkable museum and memorial that tells South Africa’s rich, diverse history in a visual and interactive way. Founded on the values of human dignity, rights and freedom, the park is a reflection of the sacrifices the nation has made, its reconciliation process and the advancement of human rights entrenched in the Constitution. According to Freedom Park Trust executive chairman Mongane Wally Serote, Freedom Park is “a permanent reminder for us, now and for future generations, that South Africans did take a step forward to put closure to the past while not forgetting it. “By doing so, we give ourselves a chance to address issues of the present and future, and commit ourselves as a generation to handing over an intact, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and powerful nation to our children.”Vision for the future Situated on Salvokop on the outskirts of Pretoria, the 52-hectare site portrays a vision for the future embedded in the African Renaissance. A product of the government’s efforts to create and foster a new national consciousness of the common legacy that binds South Africans, the park addresses gaps, distortions and biases to provide new perspectives on South Africa’s past. Comprising a memorial, interactive museum and garden of remembrance, the park accommodates all of the country’s unfolding experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story of the struggle of humanity for freedom in South Africa – the struggle for survival, land and resources and how they shaped the social, economic, political, cultural and historical landscape of the country. Situated on the eastern side of the hill is Isivivane, a monument that demonstrates the link between all South Africans, irrespective of age or background using a circle of rocks – with one rock for each of the nine provinces. “Along with the boulder representing the national government and a boulder representing the international community, these boulders are used to construct the Lesaka – the symbolic burial ground for heroes and heroines to rest,” Serote explains. To emphasise cleansing and purity, the centre is shrouded in mist that is created using a sprinkler system. “It is a sacred space for individual and group spiritual upliftment. “The garden inspires relaxation and enjoyment of the natural environment.”Wall of names On the crest of the monument, subtly flowing and blending into the curves of the hill, nestles Sikhumbuto, a major memorial that comprises the Wall of Names, the Amphitheatre, Eternal Flame, the Gallery of Leaders, the Sanctuary as well as the ascending reeds embracing the memorial. The Wall of Names is a breathtaking 697-metre physical structure, inscribed with the names of those who paid the ultimate price during eight conflicts that shaped South Africa’s history. The Wall can accommodate 136 000 names with additional information, such as biographical information, available on touch screens. According to the Trust, to date, over 75 000 names of our fallen country men and women have been verified for inscription. Sheltered by the Wall of Names is the Amphitheatre that serves as a multi-purpose space where major national events or celebrations will be hosted. The Sanctuary on the other side provides a serene environment in which visitors can interact with the spirits of loved ones that have passed on, while the Internal Flame within the Sanctuary calls on visitors to remember those unknown and unsung heroes and heroines who lost their lives in the struggle for humanity and freedom. The Gallery of Leaders portrays South African, continental and international leaders for their contributions in the road to humanity and freedom. The gallery showcases those leaders whose contributions stand out in human memory, seeking to inspire visitors to follow their examples.Monument to democracy The spiral path, known as Mveledzo, links all the above elements into one unified whole that stands as a monument to democracy, founded on the values of human dignity, human rights and freedom. Another aspect of the park includes the Tiva – a still body of water symbolising peace and tranquillity. Then there is the Pan African Archives, a collection of materials on the themes reflected in the park and museum. It is a centre of research, documentation and electronic archiving of audio, visual and text forms of a growing body of knowledge. The park will also soon boast a high-level hospitality suite, Moshate, which will be used for presidential and diplomatic functions, as well as a VIP retreat for negotiations, discussions and the signing of agreements and accords. Built along African lines, inspired by the designs of South Africa’s various chieftaincies, construction on Moshate has been completed, and it is currently being used as a temporary exhibition space. Freedom Park seeks to help South Africans, Africans, and people in general to glimpse the origins of the earth and life, and to commune with ancestors and gods as native and as various as the people who visit the monument. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Backyard also does one other little thing – it has actual people confirm things like price and hours of happy hours, Taco Tuesdays and other sorts of things, meaning that when you get these search results, you can be sure that when you ask for a happy hour right now, it isn’t a happy hour that used to exist three years ago. And when you click through to an individual business’s page, you can see an aggregate of Yelp reviews, this verified contact, pricing and hour data, and even add it to your Foursquare to-do list.Beyond that, Backyard really might be just another “Where’s a good bar/salon/restaurant” app like any other, but the idea of cartering search results according to my demographics sets it apart. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Recently, I’ve answered the question “What do you write about?” with “Not coupons.” It’s not that I don’t like a deal (who doesn’t?), but that coupons are coupons and aren’t technologically interesting. Backyard, a self-described “scrappy young startup” showed today at the Launch conference and gives their users “relevant & valuable information about deals in their area.” Normally, this is the sort of thing that would fall into the realm of what I don’t write about, but CEO Steve Espinosa showed me that Backyard has something different to offer. By working with Facebook Connect, the site immediately works to use demographic data to cater not only the look of the site, but also determine what sort of results you see. Consider it a personalized sort of Yelp search engine.Right now, Backyard sticks with two primary realms – deals like happy hours, sushi specials, lunch specials and taco Tuesdays and services like manicures, pedicures, haircuts and tanning services. The company discussed more realms, but that’s not the interesting part. Espinosa differentiated the site from Yelp, showing that if you search for a place for a bar on Yelp (especially in a city like San Francisco), all you’ll see is a page of five-star reviews. Backyard differentiates search results according to demographics it gathers from your Facebook profile and caters the search results accordingly. It also takes into account what places your friends on Facebook like, taking that into account when it returns search results.“If you like rap, we’ll likely direct you to a club,” said Espinosa. “If you like rock, we’ll probably send you somewhere else.”Backyard helps the user interpret results, showing a percentage on each that indicates how much higher or lower the price for the service there is compared to the average of all results. Where does Backyard get its results? A combination of sources, from Yahoo Local to Yelp reviews to Facebook data. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe BJP-led NDA in Bihar, which has been ruling the State for about a decade and a half, owes an apology to the people of Patna, who have been reeling from inundation following heavy rain, Union minister Giriraj Singh said here on Wednesday.The firebrand BJP leader also attacked the Nitish Kumar government, saying an alert had been sounded ahead of the downpour, but it failed to ensure attentiveness in the administrative machinery, which could have lessened the severity of the crisis.“It is not a failure of the people of Patna. It is our failure. Residents of the city have reposed so much of trust in the NDA, especially the BJP. We owe an apology to them,” said Mr. Singh who is the Lok Sabha MP of Begusarai in Bihar.Mr. Singh, a former member of the Nitish Kumar cabinet, is a known detractor of the Chief Minister and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader.“The government issued an alert asking the people to be on guard. But was it on guard itself? Had it been so, people would not have been compelled to suffer so much of misery,” he said.On Tuesday also, the BJP leader accused the State government of corruption in flood relief and claimed that “floods seem to have become an occasion for celebration for the State administration”. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi from his residence Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17  Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna.  Patna has been a BJP stronghold since the 1980s when Lalu Prasad’s RJD held sway over Bihar. In the 2015 Assembly polls, which the BJP-led coalition lost badly to the Grand Alliance then comprising Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), RJD and Congress, all the four seats that cover the city were bagged by the saffron party.BJP legislators who have won from the city include State minister Nand Kishore Yadav, while Sushil Modi who is now a Legislative Council member, was a four-term MLA from the now-abolished Patna Central constituency. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. center_img Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna.  The State capital was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall between September 27 and 30, as against the State average of 255 mm, an official release said.At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in the entire State during the period following torrential showers.last_img read more

first_imgWhile preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.In the run-up to the Assembly byelections on October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. The byelections are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” The Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Sunday alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.last_img read more