SANTA CLARA — Greg Papa is in as voice of the 49ers, signaling an end Wednesday to Ted Robinson’s 10-year run.Papa was ousted as the Raiders legendary emcee prior to this past season, and he promptly switched Bay Area allegiances by serving as the pre- and post-game host of 49ers games this past season on NBC Sports Bay Area.“Being in the Bay Area all these years and watching what the 49ers have done, this is a tremendous day for me and I’m honored and thrilled to continue the great history …
LANDOVER, Md. — Their white jerseys muddied amid Sunday’s steady rain, the 49ers celebrated their 9-0 win over Washington by doing head-first slides all over FedEx Field, with Nick Bosa leading the way after his game-ending sack.“I looked back and saw the guys sliding. It was a pretty good ending,” Bosa said.Coach Kyle Shanahan enjoyed it, too, and even considered joining the slip-and-slide celebration after the 49ers’ first shutout since the 2016 season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. …
(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Pollute, freeze, zap. Goal: “to better understand how life arose on Earth.”With pride instead of shame, Science Daily promoted the idea that modern scientists in high-tech labs, brewing organic molecules on ice and zapping them with lasers, are poised to announce to the world “How Life Arose On Earth.” They can’t be faulted with inventing the story, because it came right out of a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory that was promptly picked up the NASA astrobiology publicity crew at NASA-Ames in their Astrobiology Magazine.The convoluted tale goes something like this:In a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, the research team provides the first direct look at the organic chemistry that takes place on icy particles in the frigid reaches of our solar system, and in the even chillier places between stars. Scientists think that the basic ingredients of life, including water and organics, began their journey to Earth on these lonesome ice particles. The ice and organics would have found their way into comets and asteroids, which then fell to Earth, delivering “prebiotic” ingredients that could have jump-started life.The number of personifications in that story is astonishing: carbon soot molecules “found their way” onto comets, which fell to earth “delivering” ingredients that could have “jump-started life.” While true that organic (carbon-based) molecules have been found in comets and meteorites and interstellar dust, they are as far from life as alphabet letters from software.The remainder of the scenario provides neither necessary nor sufficient conditions for life. It also contradicts all the other scenarios from many others in the origin-of-life field about where the molecules came from (e.g., volcanoes, deep sea vents, shallow pools); only a minority consider special delivery from space a valid option. Nevertheless, that paragraph was followed by an understatement of the year, spun as a float in the scientific parade of progress:The various steps needed to go from icy organics to slime molds are not clear, but the new findings help explain how the process works.What is the empirical basis, if any, for the experiments? The “organic molecules” hyped are nothing more than poisons:The organics looked at in the study are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs for short. These carbon-rich molecules can be found on Earth as combustion products: for example, in barbecue pits, candle soot and even streaming out of the tail pipe of your car.PAHs were described as “strong, stubborn molecules” later in the press release. It appears they are doing their best not to come alive, but by zapping them with lasers, the evolutionists coaxed some of them to break up and become other non-living carbon molecules. The article never did get around to explaining what any of this has to do with the origin of life.NASA-JPL and NASA-Ames are well known for pushing the poison-to-life myth – a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. What have they learned in the 60 years since MIller and Urey entranced the logically illiterate with visions of Frankenstein sparks creating the “building blocks of life” in a completely unrealistic apparatus with unrealistic ingredients leading to irrelevant products? (5/02/2003) Nothing! How much more time do these modern alchemists deserve to be on the public dole?If you don’t believe it, listen to Robert Hazen wax eloquent about the vision in the Teaching Company’s lecture series, “Origins of Life.” Hazen’s skill as a teacher and his enthusiasm for the subject cannot rescue him from the obvious conclusion after the last lecture that evolutionists remain absolutely clueless how life got here. He describes several competing groups whose theories each falsify one another, none of them confirming one another. A circular firing squad does not lead to progress.What the purveyors of the OOL follies consistently fail to address in their haste to find the “building blocks” is the specified complexity these ingredients must produce. To visualize the problem, imagine jetliners dropping tons and tons of children’s ABC blocks into a hurricane. Building blocks (a misleading phrase pregnant with personification) are nothing without a builder. A builder can take a pile of building blocks and make something meaningful out of them. Random chance and natural law cannot. The meaning (semantics) of a sentence made out of ABC blocks is not inherent in the blocks; the sentence could just as well be written with chalk or with electrons on a cathode-ray tube. Without semantics, all this effort zapping icy soot with lasers is quite literally MEANINGLESS.In the new book The Magician’s Twin about C. S. Lewis’s ideas on evolution (highly recommended; you can download chapter 7 for free), Lewis comments on the logic of causes. He argues that the cause for a railroad train like England’s Rocket requires a greater cause than itself: “You have to go outside the sequence of engines, into the world of men, to find the real originator of the Rocket. Is it not equally reasonable to look outside Nature for the real Originator of the natural order?” As applied to OOL, one has to look not at the ingredients of life, but for the superior cause outside the ingredients that organized them into life. Otherwise, one has explained nothing at all – except the ability of human minds to use their intelligently-designed bodies to zap ice with intelligently-designed lasers.
Snapr is a mobile application for sharing geo-tagged images. Its goal is to create a “live map of the world’s photos.” It also has an API that enables developers to add location information and Instagram-like social photo feeds to your own mobile photo apps. You can also use Snapr’s API to give users the ability to send photos to multiple services from one application. Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes The API is core to Snapr’s strategy. Snapr is more focused being the ecosystem than competing directly with services like Instagram. According to the company’s blog post about the API: “In fact we love our API so much that it has more functionality than our currently available app and website!” Tags:#APIs#hack klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?
Even though full enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead-safe rules for renovations and repairs has been in place for almost a year, many contractors are still grappling with how to remain competitive while following the rules, according to an online survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).For those who do continue to work on buildings constructed before 1978, the cost of compliance with the rules can boost bid prices significantly above those from noncompliant contractors, contractors responding to the survey said. And in comments in mid-May following the EPA’s first enforcement action regarding its lead-safe rules, some contractors worried that once they’ve completed a job on a pre-’78 building, its occupants could decide to sue later on, claiming illness due to lead exposure and contractor negligence.The survey also fielded reactions to a proposed rule that would require contractors on pre-’78 projects to submit dust-wipe samples – after the work is finished but before the building is reoccupied – that would be tested for lead levels, adding an estimated $100 to $500 to the overall job cost. A recent Wall Street Journal blog about the survey noted that, among its almost 1,500 respondents, 74% do not normally conduct dust-wipe sampling, while 26% say they do.A hedge against future claims?The majority of respondents said the added cost of dust-wipe testing would further encourage homeowners to do the repair or renovation work themselves or to hire noncompliant contractors to do it, thereby increasing the risk of occupant exposure to lead. It also could be argued, however, that tests verifying that lead and lead-dust levels are below hazardous thresholds might help defuse occupant complaints based on claims of lead exposure.No question, compliance for some jobs could get expensive, because, as the EPA explains, “for a subset of jobs involving demolition or removal of plaster through destructive means or the disturbance of paint using machines designed to remove paint through high-speed operation, such as power sanders or abrasive blasters, this proposal would also require the renovation firm to demonstrate, through dust wipe testing, that dust-lead levels remaining in the work area are below regulatory levels.”In describing the proposed new rule’s potential benefits, the EPA said it would “benefit 809,000 children under the age of 6 and 7,547,000 individuals age 6 and older (including 96,000 pregnant women) per year by minimizing their exposure to lead dust generated by renovations.” The EPA estimates annual compliance costs will range from $272 million to $336 million, depending on the lead-level threshold the agency adopts for dust-wipe results.The comment period on the proposed rule ended July 6, 2010, and a final ruling is expected on July 15, so it remains to be seen whether documented compliance with the proposed new rule would give contractors a short-term headache but also, in a few cases, longer-term peace of mind.
The 116th Congress, divided between a Democrat-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate, will more than likely continue to be driven by party rivalry, but reforming the broken National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) could, and should, be one area where bipartisanship is possible. Flooding disasters ignore political boundaries, impacting both red and blue communities. And for communities not directly impacted, flooding is still a financial drain since the federal government has spent billions of taxpayer dollars to help communities recover after flooding, including bailing out the NFIP. The new Congress must not continue to dither and delay on reform; its predecessor kicked the can on reform 10 times since September 2017. The NFIP expires May 31, 2019. The 116th Congress should use the next five months to make the NFIP the cornerstone of United States’ post-flood recovery efforts, because in its current form the NFIP is a liability. As climate change continues to expose more Americans to devastating flooding, the new Congress must make NFIP reform a priority.RELATED ARTICLESFlood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformHome Buyers Face Stacked Deck to Learn of Past FloodsResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterClimate Change Resilience Could Save Trillions Major flooding disasters are occurring more frequently, and will continue to increase in frequency for the foreseeable future due to climate change and population growth, causing greater damage to people and property. To better help people mitigate, or even better, avoid flooding impacts, Congress should do the following: Help more homeowners access voluntary buyouts Through the NFIP, Congress should provide more assistance to help homeowners, who so desire, move out of harm’s way. Currently, the NFIP places significant emphasis on rebuilding flooded properties — often multiple times — instead of helping homeowners voluntarily relocate out of high-flood risk areas. Nationwide, the NFIP has paid to repair or rebuild more than 30,000 properties an average of five times. As the climate changes and flooding disasters occur more often, the number of families whose properties have flooded and are repeatedly rebuilt by the program is growing. Provide greater access to flood risk and NFIP data Prospective home buyers, as well as renters, are often kept in the dark about a property’s flood history and risk of flooding in the future. NRDC: How States Stack Up on Flood Disclosure. The key to the color bar at the bottom reads as follows: “None [red] / Inadequate [yellow] / Adequate [light green] / Better [medium green] / Best [dark green].” For example, in 21 states, there are no statutory or regulatory requirements that a seller disclose a property’s flood vulnerability to a buyer. The other 29 states have varying degrees of disclosure requirements, creating a hodgepodge of state and local laws. Additionally, very little information collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the NFIP, like the number of repetitively flooded properties that are located in a community (an indicator of flood risk) is made publicly available. This information deficit distorts market signals and hinders fully informed decision-making about how to best avoid or mitigate damaging floods, putting people, property, and the NFIP at greater risk. As part of NFIP reform, the new Congress should mandate greater disclosure and transparency of flood risk data. Such reforms should include: Nationwide disclosure requirements of flood risk information upon the sale or lease of a property. As a condition of participation in the NFIP, states should be required to enact disclosure laws that provide the following information about flood risk: Whether the home has ever been damaged by a flood and the cost of the damage; Whether the home is located in a 100-year or 500-year floodplain; Whether the seller and/or previous owners ever received federal disaster aid that would require all future owners to obtain and maintain flood insurance on the property. A public right-to-know provision. FEMA should be required to create a centralized, free, open-to-the-public data system to share information related to flood damage claims, number of repeatedly flooded properties, and whether communities are properly enforcing local building and zoning codes required under the NFIP. A homeowner right-to-know provision. Upon request, FEMA should be required to provide homeowners a “right to know” about their property’s past history of flood insurance coverage, damage claims paid, and whether there is a legal requirement to purchase flood insurance because of past owners’ receipt of federal disaster aid. The House of Representatives earlier provided for such reforms in the “21st Century Flood Reform Act” (HR. 2874), which passed in 2017. But a new Congress will have to start with a new bill, which should also include these measures to ensure that homeowners and communities have a right to know about past floods and the potential for flooding in the future. Improve the flood mapping program The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for mapping the nation’s hazardous flood areas, including coastal areas susceptible to storm surge. Federal, state, and local governments, property developers, and community planners rely on the risk information in FEMA flood maps to decide what to build, where to build, and how to build. Additionally, FEMA’s minimum floodplain building and land use requirements only apply in areas that are mapped to the 100-year flood level. However, a 2017 investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General revealed that 58% of all FEMA flood maps are considered inaccurate or out-of-date. Inaccurate and out-of-date flood maps put communities at risk. Moreover, flood maps produced by FEMA fail to account for escalating flood risks in the future that are attributable to sea level rise, increasing incidents of severe weather, and other impacts of climate change. Development decisions that would appear safe today, will still face a serious risk of flooding in the future. FEMA flood maps must not only be accurate and up-to-date, but also forward-looking to better protect people and property, and ensure long-term sustainability of the NFIP. A Federal advisory committee, established to review and make recommendations to FEMA on how to improve the mapping program, specifically recommended such an approach. Congress must ensure FEMA’s flood maps are current and are set on a glide path to include projections of future conditions to accurately depict flood risk. Fully funding the mapping program and encouraging states and NFIP communities to develop more granular flood maps, including future conditions projections, in exchange for greater grant funding should be included in any NFIP reform package. Continue to move the program toward risk-based rates Congress should continue to move the NFIP toward full risk-based rates to impress upon homeowners their true risk of flooding. Subsidization of policy premiums masks flood risk, distorting market signals that may normally discourage investment in flood vulnerable areas. In contrast, according to the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process center, insurance premiums based on risk “provide individuals with accurate signals to the degree of hazard they face.” However, a transition to full risk-based rates raises potential equity concerns. As policy premiums transition to full risk-based rates, low- to moderate-income households could be priced out, choosing either to continue to forgo coverage or drop existing coverage if the cost becomes too burdensome. Unfortunately, simply providing affordable insurance will not stop flooding from happening. If inexpensive insurance is the only assistance a low-income household receives, they can become trapped in a cycle of flooding and rebuilding. NRDC highlighted this growing problem in the Seeking Higher Ground report. Any reforms aimed at providing affordable flood insurance must also be coupled with assistance that helps people reduce or eliminate their vulnerability to flooding in the future. Congress should create a means-tested affordability mechanism to assist low- to moderate-income NFIP policyholders to obtain and/or maintain coverage, and also couple that assistance with greater access to mitigation assistance. Possible mitigation assistance could include: Provide qualifying NFIP policyholders the option of a voluntary buyout as an alternative to an insurance payout if the property is substantially damaged. Provide qualifying NFIP policyholders a higher amount of Increased Cost of Compliance assistance to cover the costs of elevation, relocation, or floodproofing. Provide qualifying NFIP policyholders access to grants or low interest loans to fund mitigation projects. Climate change impacts will exacerbate flooding Climate change is exposing, and will continue to expose, the vulnerability of the flood insurance program. As sea levels rise and heavy rains become more common, coastal and riverine communities can expect increasing vulnerability to flooding. Absent reform, the NFIP will only become more vulnerable. One only needs to look to the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons as examples of what may come and the inadequacy of the NFIP to address rising disaster costs. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused $9.8 billion in NFIP damages, and Hurricanes Florence and Michael are projected to have caused another $5 billion and $3 billion, respectively. And these are just the costs to the NFIP. The federal government will likely spend tens of billions of dollars more in disaster aid. Democrat or Republican, no one will be immune from a future of more intense and costly flooding. The 116th Congress has the power to enact meaningful reforms to the NFIP. There are Democrats and Republicans in both houses who see the same problems and agree on the same solutions; now leadership just needs to set aside politics and actually make reforms that have bipartisan support. Joel Scata is a water and climate attorney with the Healthy People & Thriving Communities program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fortunately, these last two outings have delivered nothing but good news for Blackwater, with huge victories over San Miguel and Kia giving it a much-needed shot in the arm going into its final two games against NLEX and Phoenix.“Those wins were huge because we gained confidence. We’ve been playing well, our teamwork is there, we’re getting balanced scoring, and everyone is contributing,” he said. “We’ll just give our all in our final games.”The Elite take on the Road Warriors on Sunday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Belo didn’t show any signs of unease when he suited up in the Elite’s 95-76 win over Kia on Friday.The sophomore forward poured eight points, three rebounds, and two steals in his 15 minutes on the floor, efforts which helped to boost his side’s belated run to the playoffs in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Blackwater at 4-5, Belo knows how crucial these last few games are for them as they seek to claim those last spots in the quarterfinals.“Every game is a must-win for us. That’s our mindset because we have an opportunity if we win our last games, we have a chance to get to the playoffs,” he said. MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH 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 Arellano withstands San Beda, moves one win away from title Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMac Belo allayed fears of another long-term injury, saying that he no longer feels any discomfort on his left knee.“I no longer feel any pain. I don’t feel much tightness anymore,” said Belo, who is recovering from an ITB injury which caused him to miss Blackwater’s last game against San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT
A worker sweeps a pavement in Gurgaon on Monday as the city prepares for the Queen’s Baton relay to be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.Leaving all controversies aside, the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) promises to be a gala event showcasing the flavours of India. The main attraction of the October 3 ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium remains the aerostat. The oval-shaped 80 metres x 40 metres aerostat, which has been designed by Mark Fisher, will be placed at a height of 25 metres. Tethered at eight locations, it will remain suspended with the help of Helium. Top of the line lighting, projection and audio specifically created for the show will be part of the extravaganza. The music will be given by Ranjit Barot, Hariharan and Taufiq Qureshi. Musician A.R. Rahman will give two performances, including a powerhouse segment on Mahatma Gandhi. Around 7,000 performers will be ready to enthrall audiences for two and a half hours. They will be joined by 800 dancers, who will present classical dance performances choreographed by Sonal Mansingh, Pt Birju Maharaj, Raja and Radha Reddy. The folk dance segment will be performed by 750 dancers from all over India. A troupe of 100 dancers, choreographed by Santosh Shetty, Devendra Shilav, Bansi Kaul, Kalpesh and Shiamik Dawar, too will put up a performance. There will also be a pulsating rhythm performance by 800 drummers. While the costumes for the ceremony have been done by Anna Singh, Serath Narendra and Ashima and Leena, the props have been put together by Dan Quatra and Umang Kumar. The yoga segment will be orchestrated by Patanjali. The opening ceremony has been planned by a core creative group led by Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Prasoon Joshi, Bharat Bala and Wizcraft, keeping the Indian culture and heritage in mind.advertisement
Why Blogging is Like the Wizard of Oz… social media engagement Always have a plan. 3. 5. Present: InboundMarketing.com Jennifer’s guest post on Brian Solis’ blog discusses how the true experts out there can differentiate themselves from the wannabes and prove themselves worthy, specifically by offering proof of experience and demonstrated results (e.g. case studies), demonstrating business leadership (not necessarily thought leadership) and making themselves visible online through promotion and personal branding. get the ball rolling If you make an offer, you better have something worth offering, and it better be awesome. Originally published Oct 9, 2009 7:00:00 AM, updated July 18 2013 that maybe their five-star rating system isn’t really the best way to vote on videos. Starting Your Social Media Case ChrisBrogan.com to learn how to get your company started with social media. TechCrunch MG Siegler describe a “try before you buy” pilot that tests these methods find a case study that matches the organization’s interests on Outline Problogger Photo by Jonny Keelty Lesson: As with any other new initiative, making your boss or organization believe that the company would benefit from Lucky for you, in this week’s top inbound marketing story on Wired, , Chris Brogan offers a nice little outlined plan to help you Social Media Consultants: A Call to Action Starting to feel slightly overwhelmed by the number of tweeps you’re following? (The average Twitter user follows 100.) Looks like Twitter is finally coming out with a tool to help get you organized. lists are definitely a much needed and natural enhancement. Do your homework: YouTube’s recent revelation Do you consider yourself a ‘social media consultant’? If so, you’re one of the many out there. So if you’re actually legit, how do you separate yourself from all the so-called fakers out there? Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing. may take some convincing. Author: 1. YouTube Comes to a 5-Star Realization: Its Ratings are Useless : highlight the main goal, approach, resources/tools required, cost, etc. Taming Twitter Overload: ‘Lists’ to the Rescue Using an incredibly interesting Dorothy-Wizard of Oz analogy, Kelly’s post introduces the idea of the Red Shoes Blogger, which she admittedly made up. … Author: Lesson: of Lesson: Author: map out what people are saying about you, your competitors, the space, and where they are John C Abell 4. Lesson: on Stay aware of new features and tools to help manage Web information overload. Suggest: Download the free webinar comments on PR 2.0 Research: With most ratings coming in at either a five (best) or a one (worst), it looks as though votes are only representative of viewers who absolutely love or hate videos. YouTube’s proposed solution, a thumbs up/thumbs down voting system, may make a better solution. Jennifer Leggio organize a brief meeting for management to listen to these parts before they provide feedback Twitter is currently trying out a way to sub-categorize the people you follow into lists to help you systematically organize and recommend feeds you follow. While right now the new feature is being tested by a select few, it is expected to be be rolled out to the public relatively soon. As put by Author: Kelly’s Red Shoes Blogger isn’t someone who pulls out all the stops promoting some measly little piece of content that no one cares about and has no message. No. A Red Shoes Blogger has a mission, something to offer. Kelly’s post encourages us, (as content creators, bloggers, what have you) to avoid turn-key blogging and execution unsparked by ideas by creating remarkable content. “Please.” of Wired.com Author: Crowdsourcing tactics may need modification. Use results and experience to legitimize your personal brand. Lesson: TechCrunch Kelly Diels Crowdsourcing has become a common problem solving tactic by many, but does it always work? This article published by on Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss Chris Brogan Chris Brogan’s plan to convince your boss to consider social media includes five simple steps: 2. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack