Kaepernick tweets Frederick Douglass speech: “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine”

first_imgColin Kaepernick has shown time and time again that he is not interested in a purely celebratory version of patriotism.On Thursday morning, the former 49ers quarterback shared a video on Twitter featuring quotes from Frederick Douglass’ famous July 5, 1852 speech delivered in Rochester, New York. Douglass, who was born into slavery, had been asked to speak on July 4 but declined, and his speech explains why.“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Douglass asked in his hour-plus …last_img read more

Giants complete stunning sweep at Coors, control their own destiny before trade deadline

first_imgDENVER — When the San Francisco Giants return home to Oracle Park on Thursday, ace Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for what could be one of his last two starts before he’s dealt to a contending club.It could also be another normal outing for a pitcher who suddenly finds himself playing for the hottest team in baseball.For months, the Giants appeared destined to control the July 31 trade deadline by sending out their most valuable assets in return for the top prospects belonging to …last_img read more

SKA to ‘transform perceptions of Africa’

first_img27 March 2014 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will transform perceptions of Africa, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s launch of the first antenna of South Africa’s SKA precursor, the MeerKAT. “With SKA, things will definitely change. Africa will no longer be the receiver but a major contributor to technology, and hopefully young scientists on the continent will benefit,” Henekom said. The minister was speaking to the media in Pretoria after the first ministerial meeting of the nine SKA African partner countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The SKA will be a mega telescope about 100 times more sensitive than the biggest existing radio telescope. It will include 500 000 antennas scattered across southern Africa and Australia. Phase 1 of the SKA will be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia, while Phase 2 will see the eight countries partnering with South Africa. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and conclude in 2024, at an estimated cost to the SKA member countries of €1.5-billion. At Wednesday’s meeting, the nine African countries signed a SKA readiness strategy and joint implementation plan stipulating the resources in time, funds and human capital to be made available by each country by 2015. “We encourage each partner country to work towards establishing relevant human capital development programmes and instruments aimed at building a new pipeline of researchers, scientists and engineers, technical skills and expertise for the successful implementation and substainability of the SKA and other radio astronomy programmes and initiatives,” a communique issued after the meeting reads. Towards an African telescope network The nine countries also plan to mobilise the funding and technical resources needed to realize Africa’s own vision for radio astronomy, which includes the creation of an African-owned network of radio telescopes – capable of supporting an African very long baseline interferometry network – in the nine SKA partner countries. Very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is an astronomical technique that uses widely separated radio telescopes in unison to simulate a single telescope hundreds or thousands of kilometres in diameter, producing the clearest, highest resolution images of some of the most distant objects in the universe. The greater the distance between the telescopes, the greater the resolution of the images produced in this way. Africa’s large north-south geographical spread would therefore make for a powerful VLBI network. The African VLBI Network project aims both to fill a major gap in the global VLBI network and, by boosting engineering and science skills development across the continent, to pave the way for the arrival of the SKA. In June 2012, the board of the African Renaissance Fund, which is located in South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, approved R120-million in funding for initial work on the project, which will involve recycling disused telecommunications dishes spread out over a number of countries. South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has added another R21-million in funding for the project, which is being driven by SKA South Africa and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg. To keep the wheels turning, Hanekom said South Africa was already providing training for seven Ghanaians who will operate and maintain the soon-to-be radio telescope at Kutunse in Ghana. In all, 90 students from other African countries had been trained in South Africa, and it was hoped that more people from the partner countries would be trained over the next few years. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Plant survival in flooded conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to large rain events this spring, many fields have been flooded.While both corn and soybeans can survive flooding/ponding for a period of time, several factors determine the length of time plants can survive. Young corn plants can usually survive two to four days in flooded conditions. Death of corn plants is more likely prior to the V6 stage of development because the growing point is still below the soil surface.Soybeans can usually survive two to four days completely submersed. If weather is cool (mid 60s or cooler) plants are more likely to survive several days of flooding. If temperatures are warm (mid 70s or warmer) plants may not survive 24 hours under flooded conditions. Ponding of six or more days can result in significant stand losses and death of all plants where ponding has occurred. Although ponding/flooding has the potential to impact stands, crops have the ability to survive under the right conditions.For more information on impacts of ponding and assessing crop damage, CLICK HERE.last_img read more

Ford’s Wired Fleet: WiFi Hotspots on Four Wheels

first_imgFord is making a serious bid for geeks’ business. Scott Monty, the auto company’s Internet-famous social media head, wrote to us tonight with some of the most exciting car-related news an Internet-dependent nerd could wish for.The next generation of Ford’s SYNC-enabled vehicles will not only be rolling communications and entertainment systems. They’ll also be rolling WiFi hotspots. Passengers will be able to connect to the Internet anywhere, anytime. Our crystal ball is showing a lot more Ford-enabled conference roadtrips.The way it works is a lot like many devices available from wireless networks. For example, Sprint’s MiFi, which we tested earlier this year, allows for multiple devices to connect to the Internet from a small, card-shaped device without a physical connection to any hardware. Other devices we’ve tested allow for single- and multi-device connections via USB.Ford’s solution is allowing for USB modems connecting to the vehicle’s SYNC system and enabling Internet connectivity for multiple devices. These vehicles can also connect to other USB devices. In essence, the user’s vehicle becomes one with the user’s hardware.The WiFi signal is broadcast throughout the vehicle, and password protection will guard against piggybacking.Currently, SYNC vehicles feature hands-free calling, navigation systems, emergency assistance, music searches, news and weather feeds, business search, traffic data and audible text messages.Without built-in hardware, it’s a lot like many other devices we’ve seen. Users will have to work with their carriers to get the hardware and network coverage to make the magic happen.Nevertheless, Internet connectivity in a moving vehicle is something we’ve waited a long time to see, and we’re glad to see Ford recognizing that need. Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces jolie odell What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Chirpify: Buy, Sell, Donate With Your Twitter Account

first_imgIt was only a matter of time. Tweets are now transactions.A new service called Chirpify has opened Twitter to e-commerce, enabling people to buy, sell, donate, pay and otherwise transact in-stream with their Twitter accounts.It’s a storefront upload that’s already being adopted by big companies like Hewlett-Packard, PowerBar and VH1.Here’s how it works: Brands, small businesses and musicians tweet offers using a product image. Shoppers reply to the post with the word “buy.” And that’s it.Seriously. It’s that easy. Payment is made via PayPal, with Chirpify taking a 4% flat fee. Boom. Done. The potential to turn followers into instant customers is beyond staggering. The question of the dollar value of a Twitter follower has just been taken to a whole new level.In April, Chirpify, based in Portland, Ore., raised north of $1 million in funding, with investments coming from HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes, BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu, and former Facebook exec Rudy Gadre. In early July, the company hired former American Express director Rayburn Chan to lead its social-payment platform. Chan spent a decade at AmEx, where he helped develop that company’s mobile-wallet platform. Right now the startup is looking to expand to allow linking to debit and credit accounts, and even expand beyond Twitter. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook, an area in which Chirpify has reportedly expressed no interest. Keep your eye on this company. With strong management and a new twist on e-commerce, they might just lead the way in Twitter’s evolving advertising ecosystem.Global Twitter ad sales were $288 million in fiscal 2012, up from about $140 million in 2011. These numbers could keep going up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other startups follow in Chirpify’s footsteps to create similar business models. Is this the future of e-commerce sales on Twitter? The end of the promoted tweet and the beginning of the purchase tweet? Could well be.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce#web last_img read more

How does outdoor recreation help communities increase capacity to help military service members and their families navigate transitions?

first_imgRecently, the MFLN Community Capacity building concentration area partnered with the Family Transitions concentration area to conduct a webinar focused on outdoor recreation and its usefulness to military service members and their families in transition. But what does outdoor recreation have to do with Community Capacity Building?  That’s a good question, and the one we will address today in this blog post.It all starts with how you define community. A common definition is “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common,” or similarly, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” But for conservationist Aldo Leopold, those definitions weren’t good enough. Leopold developed a philosophical perspective on the way humans interact with the rest of the natural world called the land ethic, and argued that we should enlarge the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land (Leopold, 1949).So, if we enlarged the boundaries of the community to include the land, the landscapes and inhabitants within and beyond our traditionally defined communities, then perhaps we could envision that one measure of a community’s capacity to help military service members and their families navigate transitions is its ability to provide recreation, restoration, and conservation venues and activities.   It follows that perhaps a higher capacity community might have more to offer in this domain than a lower capacity community.Now, let’s see how that compares to what experts in the field of community capacity in the military families context say. Community capacity for military service members and their families as a concept to order our concentration area’s work is understood to be composed of two essential elements. These elements are, first, shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community and its members, and second, collective competence, demonstrating an ability to take advantage of opportunities for addressing community needs and for confronting situations that threaten the safety and well-being of community members (Bowen, Martin, Mancini, & Nelson, 2000).The first element, shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community, seems to be a natural fit with Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Extending that shared responsibility to include stewardship of landscapes and creatures is a fundamental tenant of many conservation and recreation organizations (see for example Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club Outdoors, and others). And there is plenty of evidence that recreation opportunities are important to community well-being and public health.The second element, collective competence, demonstrating an ability to take advantage of opportunities for addressing community needs and for confronting situations that threaten the safety and well-being of community members seems to link directly to the land ethic and its expanded community, and more so to recreation and conservation activities that are focused on improving or protecting the community. We have been inspired by programs that move military family members and veterans from an interest in fishing for trout to involvement in cold water fisheries restoration, or interest in scuba diving to becoming engaged in replanting coral fragments.As the Community Capacity Building concentration area matures and develops, you can be sure we will continue to explore how expanding the community to include landscapes and other creatures helps communities strengthen their capacity to demonstrate “readiness and performance in the face of opportunity, adversity, and positive challenges” (Huebner, Mancini, Bowen, & Orthner 2009). And we are very interested in hearing about your experiences of how outdoor recreation and/or the natural environment have been a part of your community capacity building efforts with military service members and their families.  We invite you to please share with us those experiences here in the comments section below. For examples of outdoor recreation opportunities, go here, and get outside!Additional ReadingBowen, G. L., Martin, J. A., Mancini, J. A., & Nelson, J. P. (2000). Community capacity: Antecedents and consequences. Journal of Community Practice, 8(2), 1 – 21.Bowen, G. L., Martin, J. A., Mancini, J. A., & Nelson, J. P. (2001). Civic engagement and sense of community in the military. Journal of Community Practice, 9(2), 71 – 93.Leopold, Aldo. (1949). A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Oxford University Press, New York.Huebner, A. L., Mancini, J. A., Bowen, G. L., & Orthner, D. K. (2009). Shadowed by War: Building Community Capacity to Support Military Families. Family Relations Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 58:216-228.Suggested Additional reading about Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethiclast_img read more

LeBron’s late defense helps Cavs edge Heat without Love

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Cleveland shot just 35 percent and got outrebounded, but for the first time in a long time, the defense was solid. The Cavs hadn’t held a team under 90 points since Nov. 20.“The way we’ve been playing defense lately, we probably would have lost by 30, but we just stayed in the moment,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I thought guys stayed in tune.”Goran Dragic scored 18 and Josh Richardson had 15 to lead the Heat.FINALLY FEBRUARYThe Cavs are happy to see the calendar turn after going 6-8 to start 2018.“I’m happy January is over,” Dwyane Wade said. “Move on to February, which hopefully is a better month. In this league, you have to have a short memory.”DRAMA KINGSThe Cavs have been enveloped in theatrics all season. There have been injuries, blowout losses, persistent trade rumors and more story lines than a day-time soap opera.“As The Land Turns,” Lue said with a sigh following his pregame media availability.TROUBLED THOMASPlaying his first back-to-back games this season, Cavs guard Isaiah Thomas went 2 of 15 from the floor. He was 0 for 6 on 3-pointers but made all nine free throws.He’s still struggling because of a serious hip injury, but felt good about finishing January on the floor.“My body felt good,” he said. “My legs (are) not there and it’s obvious. But my body is good, my hip felt good and those are positive steps for me mentally to be able to practice back-to-back days and then play in back-to-back games, so it has been a positive month in that aspect.”MIAMI MISSES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Heat were ice cold, and nearly won anyway.“That’s why we really wanted to get this game,” Spoelstra said. “This would have been such a great game to win when we played horribly offensively. To be there at the end, shooting what we did from the 3-point line, free throw line and turnovers on top of that, these are the real gratifying wins if you can find a way — but we didn’t.”TIP-INSHeat: The tragic death of former NBA player Rasual Butler devastated Spoelstra and forward Udonis Haslem. Butler was drafted by Miami and played three seasons there. “It’s horrible, horrible news for all of us,” said Spoelstra, who got emotional talking about Butler, who was killed along with his wife in a single-vehicle rollover in Los Angeles. “He’s one of our favorite people that’s come through the organization.” Haslem is the only player left with the Heat who played with Butler. “Blindsided me,” he said. “I immediately took to Rasual when I got here. Another competitor, guy like myself, fearless.” … Miami fell to 17-6 when holding opponents under 100 points.Cavaliers: James committed six of his seven turnovers in the first half and didn’t get his first assist until 11:16 remained in the third quarter. … Lue started Crowder because he wanted to match up with Johnson, but Cleveland’s lineup could change on a game-to-game basis. … James has scored in double digits in 841 consecutive games — 25 shy of Michael Jordan’s record.UP NEXTHeat: Continue a four-game trip Friday in Philadelphia.Cavaliers: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH D-League: Che’Lu-San Sebastian bucks slow start, stuns AMA LeBron James scored 24 points and turned away Miami’s James Johnson before he could get off a shot in the final seconds as Cleveland began a long stretch without injured All-Star Kevin Love by holding off the Heat 91-89 on Wednesday night.“I was going downhill against him. I liked what I was doing. The only thing is, he’s LeBron,” Johnson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Cavs clinging to a two-point lead after Kyle Korver made one of two free throws, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Johnson drove the right side for a potential game-tying shot, but was stopped in his tracks by James on the baseline. Johnson then fumbled the ball away as the horn sounded.“I don’t know if there’s anybody else back there that would have stopped J.J. from getting to the rim,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’ve seen it before. LeBron met him and was able to stop him basically in the paint. I don’t think there’s anybody else in the league who could do that.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives past Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 91-89. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — A dramatic, disturbing month for the Cavaliers ended with a defensive stop.Go figure.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jae Crowder made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:21 left for the Cavs, who came in as the NBA’s worst defensive team. Cleveland, though, buckled down in big spots and held the Heat to 3-of-28 shooting on 3-pointers.“To win a game on the defensive side with the struggles we’ve had, that’s pretty impressive,” James said. “And versus this team, who’s had one of the best records in the NBA in January. It was a big win for us.”The Cavs rebounded from a troubling loss Tuesday at Detroit — the undermanned Pistons scored 125 points — and prevented the Heat from overtaking them for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.It was Cleveland’s first game since Love broke his left hand. The five-time All-Star is consulting with surgeons in New York, and it’s possible he’ll undergo an operation as early as Thursday. Love, who could miss two months, already has screws in the hand from a previous procedure after he broke it in 2009 with Minnesota.While he’s out, the Cavs have to hold themselves together.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City View commentslast_img read more

16 days agoJuventus midfielder Pjanic: Back on top where we belong

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Pjanic: Back on top where we belongby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic says they’ve re-established their authority with victory over Inter Milan.The Bianconeri beat Inter 2-1 at San Siro to retake the leadership of Serie A.”We deserved to beat Inter 2-1 and finally got back into first place. I think our team is certainly the best in Italy and since Sunday we’ve been on top, which is where we belong,” Pjanic told Radio Sarajevo.“Our aim is to win every trophy, as that is the objective of Juve, one of the top three or four clubs in the world. We don’t just aim high this season, but every year, and this term is no different.“My own dream is to win the Champions League and lift that trophy to the sky. I hope to achieve that this season.” last_img read more

Vine: Frank Martin Dropped Multiple F-Bombs While Screaming At Duane Notice

first_imgFrank Martin drops F-bomb on Duane Notice.VineLast year, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin was suspended after screaming obscenities at guard Duane Notice. Martin apologized for the incident, and said there was “no place” for language like that directed towards players, but clearly that is easier said than done. During today’s game against Kentucky, Martin lashed out at Notice once again, dropping at least four f-bombs during a rant that was caught on camera.Players know what they’re getting into when signing up to play for Martin, and we have to imagine Notice is used to it, but it will be interesting to see if this sparks another controversy.[@LostLettermen]last_img read more