Warriors’ Steph Curry breaks left hand after collision with Suns’ Baynes

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Warriors’ Steph Curry breaks left hand after collision with Suns’ Baynes

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors guard Stephen Curry exited Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns in the third quarter with a broken left hand.The Warriors confirmed the news on Twitter after performing X-rays on Curry.Three-and-a-half minutes into the quarter, Curry drove for a layup and was fouled by Suns center Aron Baynes when he fell head first into the restricted area. The 6-foot-10, 260 pound Baynes fell with him, and landed on Curry.Here’s the play where Steph Curry hurt his wrist. He …last_img read more

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Rookie Sharks defenseman out vs. Nashville Predators

first_imgSAN JOSE — Still feeling the effects of a hit he took two days prior, Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro missed Saturday night’s game with the Nashville Predators at SAP Center.Ferraro was injured in the second period of Thursday’s game against Minnesota after he landed awkwardly against the boards following a hit from Wild defenseman Matt Dumba. He did not play in the third period. Friday, Ferraro said he was still sore, “but recovering.”Tim Heed, a scratch for the last two games before …last_img read more

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“Evolutionary” – A Useless Adjective

first_imgTake the word “evolutionary” out of most science articles. It serves no purpose but to twist data and mislead readers.What has Darwin done for you lately? Probably very little, and possibly a lot of harm. Science writers and researchers have a bad habit of inserting “evolutionary” into their writing. It’s not history; it’s evolutionary history. She’s not a biologist; she’s an evolutionary biologist. It’s not paleontology, it’s evolutionary paleontology. Enough already! Show some actual value that evolution has contributed to the writing, or else delete the word.New evolutionary insights into the early development of songbirds (Science Daily). People want insights, but why “evolutionary insights”? The sophoxymoronic phrase is a contradiction in terms. If it’s evolutionary, it’s not insight. If it’s insight, it’s not evolutionary, otherwise it would be blind and unguided insight, which is not insight at all. The work was done by “evolutionary biologists.” Why not just biologists? They talked about germline restricted chromosomes (GRCs) in birds, which are important for preventing “somatic cells from possible negative effects.” So why must they desire to speculate about the “evolutionary history” of GRCs? The moment they insert the useless word, the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises as the scientific value falls.Divers of the past: Plesiosaur research reveals rapid increase of blood cell size (Phys.org). Plesiosaurs appear in the fossil record as capable swimmers and hunters in a variety of forms, without ancestors. Looking for an evolutionary tale to spin, German researchers from Duisburg-Essen University analyzed thin sections of bone from plesiosaurs and think they found slight increases in blood cell size over time. They say,From an evolutionary perspective, this change is obviously still useful. Today`s whales, seals and penguins also have unusually large red blood cells, but their close relatives on land and in freshwater do not. “This supports our assumption that this is a significant adaption of warm-blooded marine life,” says Kai Caspar.From a “biological perspective” is adequate. Better, “from a design perspective.” Evolution had nothing to do with it. The data are too ambiguous, for one thing, and Caspar did not rule out other, more plausible reasons for the inferred cell diameters than the Stuff Happens Law. He certainly did not trace chance mutations that might have gotten selected blindly. That would clearly be difficult or impossible. The word “evolutionary,” therefore, serves no purpose. It’s distracting and misleading.How the earliest mammals thrived alongside dinosaurs (Nature, News Feature). This article basically undermines an old Darwinian tale, which alleged that mammals were unimportant, small things seeking safety under the feet of dinosaurs. Wrong! At first appearance, they already possessed a variety of specialized abilities in a wide variety of habitats, successfully living alongside dinosaurs. And yet the e-word evolution saturates this article.The fossils have revealed that early mammals were ecologically diverse and experimenting in gliding, swimming, burrowing and climbing. The discoveries are also starting to reveal the evolutionary origins of many of the key traits of mammals — such as lactation, large brains and superbly keen senses.Why must the article speculate the “evolutionary origins” of the traits instead of, simply, their origins? Those traits are irreducibly complex mechanisms, engineered for success. Notice how opposite this quote is from the expectations of Darwinian evolution, and yet the scientist attributes it to the Stuff Happens Law:Much of the constellation of features we think of as defining mammals — complex teeth, excellent senses, lactation, small litter size — might actually have evolved before true mammals, and quite quickly. “More and more it looks like it all came out in a very short burst of evolutionary experimentation,” Luo says. By the time mammal-like creatures were roaming around in the Mesozoic, he says, “the lineage has already acquired its modern look and modern biological adaptations”.“Evolutionary experimentation” is another one of those sophoxymoronic phrases that make no sense. Get rid of it. The article drones on, speaking of evolutionary trees, and evolutionary histories that, from the standpoint of the actual data, contradict evolution.Your turn. Find the word “evolutionary” in these articles and clean out the useless, speculative fluff. Practice makes perfect.Humans co-evolved with immune-related diseases—and it’s still happening (Medical Xpress).Researchers show how feathers propel birds through air and history (Phys.org).Striking variation in mechanisms that drive sex selection in frogs (Science Daily).What survives, thrives and dominates over a thousand generations? The answer might be even more complex than thought (Harvard University via Phys.org)The rise of the greedy-brained ape (Nature, book review).Now that you’re getting good at this, do your part to help clean up science media of this useless word.(Visited 260 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享1last_img

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A climate made for sport

first_img20 May 2004Many factors need to combine to produce peak performances from athletes. Some things can be controlled, others are beyond human control. Weather is one of those things.Having the right training equipment, having the right facilities, having the right mental approach to sport helps athletes to excel. Having ideal conditions for sport is another huge factor in determining how successful an athlete will be.South Africans have a great advantage because the country’s climate is a wonderful advertisement for the outdoor lifestyle. In recent years, top athletes from far afield have begun to discover how good it is, too.Athletics stars like Maria Mutola, Kelly Holmes, Gabriela Szabo, Michael Johnson, Tim Montgomery and Frank Fredericks have used the country as a winter training base, and it has served them well.The country’s climate encourages its people to get outside, to be active, to participate in some sort of sporting challenge.And the list of available sports goes well beyond the country’s “big three” (rugby, soccer and cricket): try archery, angling, baseball, biathlon, bowls, canoeing, climbing, cycling, duathlon, equestrianism, freediving, inflatable boating, lifesaving, orienteering, polocrosse, rowing, snow sports, softball, swimming, triathlon, volleyball, waterskiing … the list goes on.There’s enough variation in South Africa’s climate to allow for cold weather sports to be practised. The real winner, though, is definitely the country’s sunshine.Some years back, when Alex Braun was media liaison manager for the Springboks, I managed to sit down with him and have a long chat. Braun is an Australian, and at that time Australia was, it seemed, winning nearly everything worldwide in a wide variety of sports.I asked Braun why this was; his answer was that it lay in the sunny conditions Down Under. It made the people tough and hardnosed, he said, perfect attributes for top sportspeople.Recently, while researching golf tourism in the country, I telephoned people at golf clubs around the country to find out what was attracting golfers to South Africa’s shores. One answer was given without fail: the country’s weather.Golf estates have taken off in recent times, and especially in the coastal regions foreigners have been quick to snap up prime properties located alongside top class courses.Top sports stars have got in on the act too. Golfing superstars Ernie Els and Nick Price own properties on the southern Cape coast, while Mount Edgcombe in Kwazulu-Natal is well known as home to many of rugby’s Sharks players.It’s obvious: sport and the South African climate go hand-in-hand. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa gears up for National Health

first_img22 February 2012 South Africa has moved one step closer to a National Health Insurance scheme, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing a R121-billion health budget for 2012/13, aimed at improving hospitals and strengthening public health ahead of the scheme’s introduction. The National Health Insurance scheme (NHI), which will be phased in over a period of 14 years, starting this year, aims to provide equitable health protection for all South Africans. Delivering his Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan allocated R1-billion to the scheme’s pilot projects in 2012/13.Nursing college, hospital upgrades Gordhan also announced that R450-million had been put aside to upgrade about 30 nursing colleges, with a further R426-million allocated for initial work on rebuilding five major tertiary hospitals. These are the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, Durban’s King Edward VII Hospital, the Dr George Mukhari hospital in North West province, the Limpopo Academic Hosptial, and the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Gordhan’s Budget also makes R968-million available over the next three years for the provision of HIV drugs. The move is expected to bring up the number of recipients of free antiretroviral treatment up from 1.5-million in 2011 to about 3-million by 2015.Paving the way for the NHI The Department of Health will this year complete an audit of all health facilities in the country, and is working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Development Bank of Southern Africa to develop a targeted response to the infrastructure needs of the sector. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi acknowledged on Wednesday that it would take some work to finally get the NHI to where the government wants it to be. “That is why we are giving ourselves a period of 14 years, but we do acknowledge that we have to start somewhere, and I must emphasise that by piloting we are putting down the bricks and we getting everything ready,” Motsoaledi told journalists in Cape Town. There were two “preconditions” for making the NHI work in South Africa, namely an overhaul to create a quality health care system, and strict regulation of the sector to make it more affordable to all South Africans. “When we say we want to regulate pricing, it does not mean we are unfair to the private sector,” Motsoaledi said. “What we saying is that you can’t discriminate against people based on price just because the public health system is so poor.” In the interim, general taxes will remain the primary financing of NHI projects, while new funding resources will be explored over the long term depending on the progress of institutional reforms and health delivery capacity. Preliminary modelling suggests that full implementation of the system may be realised by 2025, but this will require financing to rise from 4% to 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). A discussion paper on revenue options and associated transitional issues, including the role of medical schemes, will be released later this year. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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MTN launches cloud services for SMEs

first_img11 April 2013 Mobile telecommunications operator MTN went live in Ghana and Nigeria on Wednesday with a range of cloud computing services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with launches in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Uganda to follow later this year. Cloud computing involves the delivery of computing resources over the internet. Users access cloud-based applications through their web browsers or mobile apps, while software and data are stored on remote servers. MTN launched cloud pilot projects in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa in December, becoming the first mobile network operator in Africa to adopt the cloud service brokerage model, in which access to services is centralised, with MTN in this case acting as the single point of contact for customers. “The focus is on convenience, as centralising access to services eases the administrative burden for businesses, where instead of dealing with multiple service providers, they now deal with one,” MTN said in a statement on Tuesday. “What the pilot project confirmed is that our offerings are on the mark,” said Farhad Khan, executive for MTN’s group enterprise business unit. “There is great appetite for ICT solutions that are relevant, customised and affordable. SMEs are looking to technology service providers such as MTN to bring them world-class tools that improve their business efficiencies. MTN Cloud offers exactly that.” MTN Cloud offers an impressive list of services. As part of the trial, participating companies were offered access to Office Desktop, a cost-effective e-mail and collaborative software; Mozypro, a back-up service for the effective management of files and servers; and Dialcom, an on-demand video conferencing offering. Also on offer were McAfee, a popular anti-virus and anti-spam security software; Averiware, used for companies’ HR, accounting, finance and sales force automation needs; and Microsoft SharePoint, a staff and cross functional collaborative tool. This is in addition to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a customer relations management tool. According to MTN, the most popular solutions during the trial were Averiware, MozyPro Online Backup, and McAfee SaaS. Companies that participated in the pilot ranged from SMEs in the IT, manufacturing and hospitality sectors in Ghana to those in media and advertising in Nigeria. “MTN is optimistic about the uptake of MTN Cloud,” Khan said. “Our focus as MTN is to contribute to the development of enterprises and the sustainable growth of economies, and SMEs are key economic growth drivers in most of our markets.” MTN said that business customers would receive a 30-day trial of MTN Cloud. Customers who subscribed to MTN Cloud through MTN Business would also be able to pay for services using airtime. “Plans are also under way to enable businesses to use MTN Mobile Money to pay for MTN Cloud services, with payment being effected in the local currency of the participating market,” the company said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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