7 super SF Bay Area things to do this weekend,

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceThe rain is a distant memory (for now) but many around these parts are getting ready for the ice — as in the big NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. But there’s plenty of ways to have fun around these parts whether you’re a hockey fan or not. Here are seven great ways to spend this weekend in the S.F. Bay Area and beyond, from watching Richard Nixon (well, a fake Richard Nixon) duke it out with a perky TV host to a host of …last_img read more

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Findings vs Surmisings in Evolutionary Biology

first_img51; What part of the following story is a finding, and what is a supposition?  Science Daily told about work by Julie Baker (Stanford) and a graduate student who set out to discover the evolutionary origin of the mammalian placenta.  They evaluated differences between placentas and eggs of a number of different animals, and told stories about how they came to be – but the article spoke of all the above as “findings.”    Consider, for instance, the paragraphs right before the statement that refers to them as these findings:They found that the placenta develops in two distinct stages.  In the first stage, which runs from the beginning of pregnancy through mid-gestation, the placental cells primarily activate genes that mammals have in common with birds and reptiles.  This suggests that the placenta initially evolved through repurposing genes the early mammals inherited from their immediate ancestors when they arose more than 120 million years ago.    In the second stage, cells of the mammalian placenta switch to a new wave of species-specific genes.  Mice activate newly evolved mouse genes and humans activate human genes.    It makes sense that each animal would need a different set of genes, Baker said.  “A pregnant orca has different needs than a mouse and so they had to come up with different hormonal solutions to solve their problems,” she said.  For example, an elephant’s placenta nourishes a single animal for 660 days.  A pregnant mouse gestates an average of 12 offspring for 20 days.  Clearly, those two pregnancies would require very different placentas.The shift between descriptions of observable organs in living animals and evolutionary stories about their relationships is seamless.  Clearly Baker never watched one animal’s placenta evolve into another type of placenta.  She also spoke in Lamarckian terms, suggesting that an animal’s need was sufficient to produce the effect.  Yet all the research was labeled as findings.    Charles Q. Choi on Live Science took the evolution angle further.  He said the placenta is “rather reptilian” in its ancestry, “new research suggests.”  He also used the word findings for suppositions: “These findings suggest the placenta initially evolved when early mammals found new uses for genes they inherited from their reptile-like ancestors.”  Yet he admitted repeatedly that much remains unknown, and had just quoted Baker saying, “The placenta is this amazing, complex structure and it’s unique to mammals, but we’ve had no idea what its evolutionary origins are.”  He himself said in the opening paragraph, “Scientists have no clue, either, at least insofar as evolution is concerned.”  How cluelessness can be called a finding was left unexplained.  Yet in spite of the admitted ignorance, Choi did not hesitate to title his entry, “Gooey origin of human placenta revealed.”Baker found living, functional, designed placentas that meet the needs of each animal perfectly.  She did not find evolution.  She did not find anything about evolution.  Instead, she lost something: common sense.    Evolutionists get away with murder.  They murder rationality in their mythoids but no science reporter takes them to court.  Except here.  Repurposing genes – did you catch that little infraction?(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Love Life; Gift Life calls for organ donors

first_imgFounders of Love Life; Gift Life and lung transplant recipients (l to r) Shaylene Perry, Fawn Rogers and Siobhan Scallan have a second lease on life through organ donation. The fourth founder, Alice Voigt, is absent.Four women who have had organ transplants are on a mission to educate people about the importance of donating their organs when they die.Fawn Rogers, Siobhan Scallan, Shaylene Perry and Alice Voigt founded Love Life; Gift Life to heighten the level of organ donor awareness in South Africa.“We have all had transplants, lung transplants to be specific,” Rogers said. “I think when you go through something so life-changing you want to give back and we are giving back by raising awareness of organ donation.”According to Perry, thousands of people in South Africa are waiting for life-saving organ transplants yet not even 1% of the population is registered as organ donors.“This may seem at odds with the number of deaths reported daily in South Africa, but many potential donors go unrecognised by medical staff or donor families may deny consent if they are not aware of their loved ones’ wishes,” she said.It was important your relatives knew you wanted to donate your organs following your death.“A donor’s family ultimately has the final say regarding organ donation, so it’s imperative that the public make their next-of-kin aware of their wishes to be an organ donor,” Perry explained.Rogers echoed her words: “This is why our campaign focuses on getting the public registered as organ donors and for them to ultimately let their loved ones know of their wishes should they pass away.”Personal journeysThe four women who founded Love Life; Gift Life needed lung transplants for various reasons. Getting donor lungs and starting recovery has been a joyful experience.Rogers was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age and had not been able to live a normal life until she got a donor in 2013.“The recovery was difficult but since I’ve been out I’ve had a completely new life. I have gone from being bedridden with tubes, relying on my mom, to working full-time,” she said.“I enjoy mundane things like going out for coffee and relaxing with friends and family. They also seem very happy to be able to do that with me.”Perry, who fell ill when she was 27, said: “My joy comes from now being able to be a mother and wife. There were years that going up the stairs was a mission and my daughter always knew mommy as being sick. Now I can be a mother to her.”Save 7 LivesOn 7 July, the foursome led the Save 7 Lives campaign on International Save 7 Lives Day to much success on social media. The campaign trended globally on Twitter.For the campaign, Love Life; Gift Life encouraged family and friends of transplant recipients to show their support for organ donation by posting a picture of themselves holding up a sign of support.Thousands of signs popped up on every social media platform and from all over the world.“This message is very important as it serves as a reminder to the public that being an organ donor affects more than just the organ recipient; it affects their entire family and friend circle,” Rogers said.“One organ donor can save up to seven lives but they can also positively affect hundreds of people and that is what our social media campaign is emphasising – the impact organ donation has on every day South Africans.”Campaigning aheadThe organisation will keep using social media to promote its cause but will also seek to do roadshows encouraging South Africans to register to be donors and reiterating that they need to tell their families their wishes.“Our campaigns are about hope,” Scallan said, “hope for the family, friends and the person who needs a donor. We are telling registered organ donors that they give hope to those in need of organs.”Follow Love Life; Gift Life on Facebook and Twitter and learn about its next campaign, taking place during August, National Organ Donor Awareness Month and Woman’s Month in South Africa.last_img read more

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UST stops Cignal-Ateneo, maintains perfect record in PBA D-League

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Generika snaps 6-game skid, nips Foton in 5 sets LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Mark Nonoy, who has see action in the collegiate ranks,  led UST’s charge with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Rhenz Abando sniped away with 21 points, anchored on 6-of-9 three pointers.  He also finished with a steal and a shot block.Big man Soulemane Chabi Yo muscled his way inside with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Growling Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Our mindset for this game was to see where we are right now,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.“Ateneo is one of the best collegiate teams in our country so we want to measure ourselves on how we can play against them.” Gian Mamuyac had 18 points to lead the Blue Eagles who played without center Angelo Kouame and head coach Tab Baldwin. / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers maintained its perfect record in the 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup after preying on Cignal-Ateneo, 112-98 Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.The Growling Tigers charged to a 3-0 win-loss record while the Blue Eagles dropped to second spot with a 2-1 card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 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 Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READlast_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policy

first_imgWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists they’re committed to providing the right investment for the first team.United announced a record revenue of £627.1million on Tuesday, with the release of their annual financial figures.“We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager,” said Woodward.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BoC rate hike means higher costs for variablerate loans but better returns

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Canada’s latest interest rate hike means higher borrowing costs for consumers with variable-rate mortgages, loans or lines of credit, but it is also good news for savers and future homeowners.The decision to increase its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 per cent on Wednesday prompted all of Canada’s Big Six banks to raise their prime rates, thereby passing the rate increase along to their customers.Those with variable-rate mortgages will now face higher interest payments, a concern for many Canadian households that are already saddled with hefty debt loads, said Samantha Brookes, chief executive officer of brokerage Mortgages of Canada.“Increasing rates just really limit how much they have available to them on a monthly basis,” she said.The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans. Wednesday’s rate hike was the central bank’s first interest rate move in six months and lifted the trend-setting rate to 1.5 per cent, up from 1.25 per cent. It also marked the bank’s fourth increase over the last 12 months and the first time the rate has been this high since December 2008.The central bank’s move was driven by the strength of Canada’s economy, which it expects will remain resilient despite headwinds from trade tensions with the U.S.After the central bank’s announcement, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank all said they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase raises the cost of borrowing for customers with variable-rate loans, but people with money socked away in savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates will benefit, said Scott Hannah, the president and chief executive of the Credit Counselling Society.“It helps seniors who depend on interest income to help fund their retirement expenses,” he said. “And the rate hikes are keeping Canadians focused on the need to curb their appetite for debt and pay down the debt they have.”Higher interest rates, along with stricter mortgage rules, have also helped to cool down the country’s real estate markets, helping future homeowners, Hannah said. It’s unwelcome news, however, for those looking to renew their mortgages this year, he added.Overall, the impact of the latest rate hike will be modest for consumers, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities Inc. The rate hike is in reaction to a healthy Canadian economy, which is beneficial, he added.Rates are slowly on the way up, but remain relatively low historically, Grauman added.“On balance, it’s still probably a positive for the average household, for the average business.”last_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___Report: Moonves obstructed sexual misconduct investigationNEW YORK (AP) — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package.___Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weaponInternal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark. The document cache shows Facebook considered charging developers for data access and restricting others it considered a threat. The committee seized the documents from an app developer that sued Facebook over its policies.___Trump’s push for tariffs squeezes a weakening global economyNEW YORK (AP) — The global economy was already girding for a slowdown when a flurry of tweets by President Donald Trump about his love of tariffs sent a chill through financial markets. Trump’s rattling of the global economy came at a precarious moment, with the economic outlook for 2019 dimming and concerns about a potential recession — if not next year then soon thereafter — rising.___China promises action on US trade deal but gives no detailsBEIJING (AP) — There is still confusion about what President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, committed to when they met in Argentina, even though China has now promised to carry out a trade agreement with Washington. China’s Commerce Ministry said the two sides have a “clear timetable and road map” for talks, but gave no details. China has yet to confirm Trump’s claim that Beijing committed to cut auto tariffs and buy more American farm exports.___White House intensifies confusion and fear on US-China dealWASHINGTON (AP) — The disarray surrounding the China deal coincides with a global economy that faces other challenges: Britain is struggling to negotiate its exit from the European Union. Italy’s government is seeking to spend and borrow more, which could elevate interest rates and stifle growth.___Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming outDETROIT (AP) — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz tells the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom. He says Toyota will remain in the market and should pick up sales as other companies get out of selling car models.___French unions join protests, piling new pressure on MacronPARIS (AP) — French trade unions and farmers are pledging to join nationwide demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government are failing to stem the momentum of the most violent protests France has seen in a decade. The “yellow vest” protests began over a plan to raise fuel taxes, after three weeks of violence protesters are demanding much more economic relief. The government on Tuesday suspended the new gas tax.___Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil dealNEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate. Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.___The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Sindhu Srikanth enter second round of Malaysia Open

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open World Tour Super 750 tournament here Wednesday. Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu staved off a spirited challenge from World no 20 Aya Ohori 22-20 21-12 to record her sixth win over the Japanese, while India Open finalist Srikanth beat Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-18 21-16 in 38 minutes. Fifth seed Sindhu will now look to avenge her All England loss against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, whom she faces next, while Srikanth will meet Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh HS Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals last week at New Delhi, however, bowed out after losing 12-21 21-16 21-14 to Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand following a hard-fought battle. With Sameer Verma too crashing out in the opening round, Srikanth is the only Indian in the fray in men’s singles. Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had entered the semifinals in India Open, also failed to cross the opening hurdle, going down 16-21 6-21 to seventh seeds Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the women’s singles match, World no 6 Sindhu fell back in the opening game after an initial 5-2 lead as Ohori jumped to a 12-7 advantage. The Indian then clawed back, grabbing a slender 13-12 lead but the Japanese once again moved ahead to held a game point. Sindhu then reeled off three points to secure the opening game. In the second game, Sindhu changed her strategy and reduced her errors to zoom to a 12-5 lead and continued to surge ahead even as Ohori crumbled.last_img read more

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Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube quits

first_imgMumbai: Grounded carrier Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube has resigned from the post Tuesday, a day after its deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Amit Agarwal quit the company.An Indian-American, Dube had joined Jet Airways in August 2016 after serving various roles at Delta Airlines, Sabre Inc and American Airlines in the US, Europe and Asia. “We wish to inform that Vinay Dube, chief executive officer has resigned from services of the company with immediate effect due to personal reasons,” Jet Airways said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. Dube had stepped in the position after almost 15 months of the departure of the then chief executive Crammer Ball. During the period Agarwal officiated the position as acting CEO. Earlier in the day, Jet Airways informed exchanges of Agarwal’s resignation from the company on personal grounds.last_img read more

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Netherlands 5000 Complaints Against Wilders For Racist Statements Against Moroccans

first_imgAmsterdam – Around 5000 complaints were lodged against populist leader Geert Wilders following his racist and provoking statements on Moroccan expatriates in the Netherlands, the public ministry announced on Wednesday.Over the past weeks, thousands of Moroccans living in Holland, in addition to some Dutch people, headed for police departments across the country to file complaints against the leader of the far right party, known for his hostility to immigrants.These complaints will be followed-up but it might take some time due to their huge number, the ministry said in a statement. Geert Wilders faced an unprecedented storm of protest after he told supporters he would ensure there were “fewer Moroccans” in the country.He was criticized by government members and politicians, including from his own party who distanced themselves from these remarks. Several MPs from Wilders’ Populist Party resigned to protest the statement.last_img read more

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