Klay Thompson ‘unlikely’ to return this season

first_imgThe Warriors are preparing to play the entire season without injured guard Klay Thompson.Thompson, who tore his left ACL in June, had hoped to return in time for a potential playoff run. The organization previously said Thompson would not play until after the All-Star break in February but, in a recent conversation with NBC Sports Bay Area, coach Steve Kerr said he isn’t expecting the all-star guard back at all this season.“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Kerr told NBC …last_img read more

Mars Madness Hits

first_imgBedrock at this site added to a puzzle about ancient Mars by indicating that a lake was present, but that little carbon dioxide was in the air to help keep a lake unfrozen.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, Feb 6, 2017The dilemma has been building for years, the Mars rover scientists say. From the photos, scientists see evidence of river channels and lakebeds on Mars, but chemically, the rocks don’t match. Dissolved CO2 in water helps minerals like iron and magnesium precipitate into carbonate rock. Orbiters and rovers have been unable to find carbonates above a low threshold.“We’ve been particularly struck with the absence of carbonate minerals in sedimentary rock the rover has examined,” said Thomas Bristow of NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. “It would be really hard to get liquid water even if there were a hundred times more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than what the mineral evidence in the rock tells us.” Bristow is the principal investigator for the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on Curiosity and lead author of the study being published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.So far, no scenario rescues the disparate observations. It doesn’t appear the liquid water was under frozen lakes, or underground.“Curiosity’s traverse through streambeds, deltas, and hundreds of vertical feet of mud deposited in ancient lakes calls out for a vigorous hydrological system supplying the water and sediment to create the rocks we’re finding,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “Carbon dioxide, mixed with other gases like hydrogen, has been the leading candidate for the warming influence needed for such a system. This surprising result would seem to take it out of the running.“The article leaves the dilemma unanswered. The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week.Let the scientists explain the geology before they launch into speculations about life. Remember, too, that the scientists were baffled and discouraged by widespread evidence of life-hindering salts and perchlorates on the surface (10/02/15). Why would lakebeds persist for billions of years on a planet frequently disturbed by global duststorms? If the moyboys would cure their obsession with millions of years and billions of years, maybe it would lead to new avenues of explanation. The Curiosity rover is sending back photos of things mission scientists are struggling to understand.It looks like there was standing water on Mars, but geologists can’t picture any circumstances where large amounts of water could have survived for long. The sun should have been cooler, for one thing, in the early years of the solar system. Another curiosity is that Curiosity (the name of the Mars Science Mission rover), has failed to find evidence of carbonates on the surface, yet those would be expected if Mars had more carbon dioxide in the past to act as a greenhouse gas to keep the surface warm enough for liquid water. These paradoxes, NASA’s Curiosity page says, make “climate modelers struggle to produce scenarios that get the surface of Mars warm enough for keeping water unfrozen.” (Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Open-access research data for SA

first_imgNow that SciELO-SA is a full member of the global SciELO network, usage and citations of local published work is expected to rise. (Image: SciELO-SA) Journals are considered for inclusion in SciELO once they receive a favourable evaluation from ASSAf’s journal quality peer-review panel.(Image: Pretoria University) MEDIA CONTACTS • SciELO-SA  Academy of Science of South Africa  +27 12 349 6600 RELATED ARTICLES • Research output rises, papers double • Boost for knowledge economy • Tusker research goes social • Global award for SA business school • SA academic gets top science award Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom has launched the South African version of the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO-SA). It’s a searchable full-text journal database that is completely open-access – that is, free to access and free to publish.SciELO is a boon for the local and international research community, and is expected to strengthen the scholarly journal evaluation, editing, publishing and accreditation systems in the country, according to the project’s website.The database comprises 26 peer-reviewed journals at the moment, but is expected to eventually feature at least 180 of South Africa’s 300 journals. It is part of the Brazilian SciELO project, which is driven by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (The Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo, in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Centre on Health Sciences Information.The project is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, maintained by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training.South Africa joined SciELO in 2009, becoming part of a group that includes Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile. The project is in development in Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru. Over 1 000 journals – that’s more than 433 000 articles – are available at the main SciELO portal.Each centre follows the same methodology and uses the same technology, which was developed by SciELO Brazil, the origin of the project. All sites, South Africa included, have a Portuguese, Spanish and English interface.In April 2013 SciELO-SA received certification as a fully operational collection indexed in the global SciELO portal.Over the past four years SciELO-SA had achieved the “mandatory quality criteria” needed to become a full member, said Susan Veldsman, director of ASSAf’s scholarly publishing unit.It complies with criteria such as publishing standards, periodicity, data curation and management, bandwidth and intellectual property rights, among others.Making research data more widely availableJournals are considered for inclusion in SciELO, according to the website, once they receive a favourable evaluation from ASSAf’s journal quality peer-review panel. For more information or to submit a journal for consideration, contact scielo@assaf.org.za  Some of the publications freely accessible on SciELO-SA include Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (25 issues); the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (five issues); the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology (eight issues); the South African Journal of Science (36 issues); and Water SA (24 issues).The South African Journal of Science was the first journal to make its appearance on SciELO-SA, back in 2009. However, said Veldsman, other journals from around Africa could also be hosted on the platform, provided that they too receive a favourable evaluation from the panel.“This [platform] will result in much wider stakeholder usage and collaboration among the South African, regional and global scientific communities,” she said.Searching and sharingJournals may be searched or browsed via an alphabetic list of titles, a subject list or a search form by entering the title of the serial, publisher name, city of publication and/or subject.The interface also provides access to the full text of articles via author index or subject index, or by a search form for various elements such as author names, subject, words from the title, words from the full text, and publication year.Abstracts and full article text may be printed or shared. The sites provide usage statistics based on the number of article downloads, and impact indicators based on citations – this allows tracking of not only individual journals’ performance, but each collection as a whole. The information gathered from tracking will in turn improve the process of evaluating scholarly articles.SciELO provides dissemination tools such as the ability to send the article via email, or post a link to social media.last_img read more

5 Startup Lessons From The Great Recession

first_imgThe Great Recession wiped out countless companies and startups, even some from the most seasoned business leaders. So why did some startups manage to not only survive, but also grow? And what business lessons have these entrepreneurs picked up along the way?Now that things are looking up again, we asked five successful entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) how their businesses overcame the economic low, how it’s impacted their prospects, and what lessons they gleaned from recovering.1. Move From Recovery to Expansion When we started the business in 2008, no one wanted to give us money given the economic environment and the risk of investing in a “China” business. At 26, I had two choices: Go pursue an MBA degree or push forward in starting the business.A high-quality MBA would cost more than $120,000, which was expensive given that I could start a business with less. So, with the help of friends and family, I was able to raise money to get the business off the ground.Now when we meet investors, they are much more comfortable investing with us. And not because the environment is better, but because we had four years of real-world experience and consistent growth—even though I didn’t have an MBA. —Derek Capo, Next Step China5. Have a Great Recession Operating Mentality Most of the investors I have pitched to have seen the value in the projects I am working on specifically because they see that my ideas require very little funding, have the opportunity for high returns and are very saleable.For example, Tunebash is a music app I am working on that will offer artists an intelligence platform to better connect with fans. The platform allows free streaming and targets large, untapped markets. My real estate software makes use of an antiquated real estate process of foreclosures and allows an investor to make smart decisions on the fly.If investors see you are solving a problem that would actually make money in a down economy and that you are passionate about it and know the space, then there is no reason not to invest. —Joseph Ricard, Tunebash3. Market More Strategically scott gerber AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Yodle serves small businesses, many of whom were impacted by the recession. When the economy slows down, small business owners can struggle to keep the lights on, so affording online marketing can feel like a stretch.But as the economy recovers, consumers begin to search for more services online. This results in couple of things: better search results for small businesses and bigger advertising budgets.After the effects of the recession began to wane, Yodle saw an increase in the number of small business owners who wanted to invest in online marketing for the first time or increase their online marketing and advertising to capitalize on the larger consumer search volumes. Small businesses clearly began to focus on recovery and expansion. —Ben Rubenstein, Yodle2. Show You Can Thrive in Economic Lows Our business is providing financial support to early-stage startups. When startups are failing and new businesses aren’t being formed, that’s bad for our business.In a bit of bad timing, we started our business right after the Great Recession began, and so for the first two years, all we knew was how to operate within that environment.As time has gone by, the business environment has become less challenging. Many more companies are now looking for our services, and we are seeing a much larger number of potential clients. However, the operating mentality that we formed in the early days still exists, and the lessons we learned from that experience continue to serve as a huge benefit for us. —David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services The recession was actually was great for business in our industry. But things have changed quite a bit since then.Three or four years ago, it was a lot easier for us to make sales and cut through the clutter, and our market was eager to buy because our products help them grow their own revenues, which of course was something everyone wanted to do during the recession.Now, as things are looking better, more competition has popped up (while old competitors were filtered out by the recession), our marketing competes with more messages in more places, and our customer (small businesses) are kinda holding onto their pocketbooks because their confidence isn’t back up yet. So we’ve had to focus more on thinking smarter and being more strategic with our marketing. —Trevor Mauch, Automize4. Value Experience Over an MBA Tags:#startups Related Posts How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

10 Sikkim Democratic Front MLAs join BJP

first_imgTen MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) joined the BJP on Tuesday, making the latter the main Opposition party in the Sikkim, where it failed to win a single seat in the recent Assembly polls. The MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of its national general secretary Ram Madhav, who is in-charge of the party’s affairs in the northeast, and later met party working president J.P. Nadda.Mr. Madhav told reporters that the SDF had a strength of 13 MLAs and its legislature party had decided to merge with the BJP.The BJP is running governments as the main party or in alliance with regional parties in all the northeastern States except Sikkim. With this development, the BJP will become the principal Opposition party in Sikkim.The party won 15 seats while its rival, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), won 17 in the 32-member Assembly. Since two of the SDF MLAs had won from two seats, they resigned from one seat each, reducing the party’s strength to 13 in the House. The SDF was an NDA ally, but now the SKM has replaced it as a member of the BJP-headed North East Democratic Alliance.The MLAs who joined the BJP include Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, who has served as a Minister thrice in the Chamling government and is a five-term MLA, and three-term MLA Ugen Gyatso.Lone rangerThe SDF tried to put up a brave front saying that people of Sikkim were not used to national parties and one had to wait and watch to see how far this “new experiment” went.The SDF is now left with only one MLA —Mr. Chamling himself. “We are certainly facing the most challenging times,” SDF spokesperson P.D. Rai told The Hindu.(With inputs from Shiv Sahay Singh)last_img read more

Pirates bundle out Bulldogs; Tigers annihilate Cardinals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win gave Lyceum a 6-1 card to pace Group B while ousting the Bulldogs from further contention with a 2-3 record.Miguel Oczon led NU with 14 points while Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente each scored 13.FEATURED 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“We weren’t really trying to take the top position of Group B,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson. “We’re just trying to improve every game.”Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas ran roughshod over Mapua, 91-67, after dropping 12 triples on the Cardinals and forcing the enemy to 21 turnovers. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The Growling Tigers used a stifling press that had them breaking away from a 32-31 game at halftime to lead by as large as 30 points on the way to improving to 2-4.“This year, I have the players to implement what we want. But we are not yet there. We still have to work on a lot of things, but we are getting there,” said UST coach Aldin Ayo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Alvin Baetiong scores for Lyceum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLyceum of the Philippines showed National University the door in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup following a 71-68 victory Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaycee Marcelino and Ralph Tansingco led the Pirates, who played without African center Mike Nzeusseu, with 11 points each while Niño Ibañez added 10.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Record 31 teams gun for Lakandula Cuplast_img read more

Sunderland suspend Gibson

first_imgChampionship Sunderland suspend Gibson after drink-driving charge Ryan Benson 19:45 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy gibson-cropped Getty Images Championship Sunderland The former Manchester United midfielder was charged with “driving with excess alcohol” after his involvement in a road traffic accident Championship strugglers Sunderland have announced that they have suspended midfielder Darron Gibson after he was charged for “driving with excess alcohol” on Saturday.Gibson, who came through the ranks at Manchester United and also played for Everton, was involved in a road traffic accident and later charged for being under the influence.The Republic of Ireland international had only recently been allowed back on the road following a 20-month driving ban for hitting a cyclist while driving, also with “excess alcohol” in his system on that occasion. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Gibson, 30, has played 15 times in the Championship this season, but is unlikely to feature again soon as Sunderland have opted to suspend him and investigate.Club statement regarding Darron Gibsonhttps://t.co/oYCdnc969p— Sunderland AFC  (@SunderlandAFC) March 18, 2018Club chief executive Martin Blain said: “We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players and should any individual fall short of those standards then robust action must be taken.”last_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles pic.twitter.com/tvkRuRavtE— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more

Irani felicitates states districts for improving sex ratio at birth in 5

first_imgNew Delhi: Celebrating the success of Modi government’s one of the popular schemes – ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, Women and Child Development ministry felicitated on Friday five states and ten districts across the country for improving Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) in five years.WCD minister Smriti Irani awarded the representatives, like District Commissioners for their commendable work in spreading awareness among the masses. Irani specifically hailed the performance of East Kamang in Arunachal Pradesh, which has shown a drastic change in sex ratio. In 2014-15, it was 807, which has now risen to 1039. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have been conferred the award among states. Among the districts, Purvi Kawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Mahendragarh in Haryana, Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand, Nammakal in Tamil Nadu, Bhiwani in Haryana, Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Ettawa in Uttar Pradesh, Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, Rewa in Madhya Pradesh and Jodhpur in Rajasthan have been awarded. There has been a 13-point improvement in the sex ratio from 918 in 2014-15 to 931 in 2018-19 and the states should aim to double it in the coming years, the minister added. Urging states to engage in convergent practices, Irani gave the example of Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, where a campaign called “coffee with collector” has been launched under which the district collector holds a conversation with villagers on improving sex ratio at birth. “Since the launch of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, central and state governments with Janbhagidari has consistently strived to ensure the potential of our daughters is celebrated. These efforts have led to the national improvement of 13 points in sex ratio at birth,” Irani said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBesides, spreading for awareness about the scheme Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir, Gadag in Karnataka, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Wokha in Nagaland, Farukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaur in Rajasthan have been awarded. While addressing the event, the Secretary of WCD ministry, Shankar Aggarwal said that the declining sex ratio is a matter of concern for the government. ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme aims at securing the rights of the girl child, to be born, live with dignity and achieve her full potential. It is further a measure of gender justice. The scheme also aims to enable their education. Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the scheme during his maiden regime on January 22, 2015, from Panipat, Haryana. The scheme was initially started from 100 districts then have now expanded to all 640 districts. It aims to empower women, right from birth. It is a tri-ministerial scheme, where three ministries – Women and Child, Human Resource and Health Family Welfare provide impetus to the scheme. The junior WCD minister Debasree Chaudhuri was also present on this occasion.last_img read more