Warriors 121, Hornets 110: Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins makes more progress

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Even as he fights through layers of rust and imposing offenses, DeMarcus Cousins has proven one thing. He still remains one of the NBA’s best centers.In the Warriors’ 121-110 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, Cousins had season-highs in points (24) and playing time (31 minutes) while shooting 9-of-15 from the field. It marked a breakthrough after Cousins both had sluggish performances …last_img read more

Genetic Study Points to Three Ancestral Families of Humans

first_imgIn a paper just published in Nature,1 scientists mapped the DNA of 270 people from four people groups: European, African, Chinese, and Japanese.  The scientists were looking for sections of DNA that are either missing or duplicated.  Many sections of our DNA appear over and over again.  The number of extra copies varies between individuals and between people groups.  The number of copies is called the Copy Number Variation (CNV).    The major excitement in their study was the finding of a link between locations within chromosomes of DNA that are missing or duplicated and the locations on the chromosomes of many diseases.  DNA code that scientists used to call useless junk, left over from the random process of evolution, are now turning out to contain mechanisms that determine many physical characteristics and control much of our body chemistry.  A whole new field of research is opening up:Our map of copy number variation in the human genome demonstrates the ubiquity and complexity of this form of genomic variation.  The abundance of functional sequences of all types both within and flanking areas of copy number variation suggests that the contribution of CNVs to phenotypic variation is likely to be appreciable.  This prediction is underscored by the impact of copy number variation on variation in gene expression.Buried in the report was the observation that although their samples came from four geographical areas, the samples divided themselves neatly into three distinct groups.  The Chinese and Japanese fell into the same group, with the Europeans and Africans being the other two:“In contrast to other classes of human genetic variation, the population genetics of copy number variation remains unexplored.  The distribution of copy number variation within and among different populations is shaped by mutation, selection and demographic history….To demonstrate the utility of copy number variation genotypes for population genetic inference we performed population clustering on 67 genotyped biallelic CNVs.  We obtained the optimal clustering with the assumption of three ancestral populations, with the African, European and Asian populations clearly differentiated.Click here for a striking graph of how sharply the three groups are separated.  The legend on the graph denotes people groups: Nigeria (YRI), Europe (CEU), Japan (JPT) and China (CHB).1Redon et al, “Global variation in copy number in the human genome,” Nature 444, 444-454 (23 November 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05329.See also: BBC News, National Geographic and News@Nature.Although this study considered only a limited sample, this is either a remarkable coincidence or confirmation of the biblical account in Genesis 9 to 11 describing all the peoples of the earth coming from the three sons of Noah.  Further studies should confirm with larger numbers of samples from more locations that all the world’s population can be separated into three groups.    How will this affect the popular “Out of Africa” theory of man’s origin?  Further research could create quite a lot of stress among anthropologists whose careers are based on the “Out of Africa” story.  What new tale will evolutionists come up with to account for three ancestral populations?    Not surprisingly, the major news media, such as the BBC, had practically nothing to say about there being only three ancestral populations, focusing rather on the medical aspects of the paper.  A review of the paper by Physorg, however, jumps to the defense:Evolution is another area that will come under new scrutiny.  The “Out of Africa” scenario, by which Homo sapiens emerged from east Africa and spread around the globe, will not be challenged, though.  Our origins are so recent that the vast majority of CNVs, around 89 percent, was found to be shared among the 269 people who volunteered blood as samples for the study.  These individuals included Japanese from Tokyo, Han Chinese from Beijing, Yoruba from Nigeria and Americans of Northern and Western European ancestry.  All the same, there are widespread differences in CNVs according to the three geographical origins of the samples.  This implies that, over the last 200,000 years or so, subtle variants have arisen in the genome to allow different populations of humans adapt to their different environments, Wellcome Trust Sanger said in a press release.So it sounds like “Out of Africa” is safe.  All we are asked to believe is that in the course of 200,000 imaginary years, or perhaps 10,000 generations, there has been so little mixing of the gene pool that we still see three very distinct groups.  This could be a problem.  We are still left with the requirement that at some point in the past, say about 200,000 imaginary years ago (or perhaps only 3400 years ago) there was a time when the human population, for some unexplained reason, shrank to the point that it was able to form three distinct genetic groups.  Sorry, but this is still sounding a lot like the three sons of Noah.—DK(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

President Motlanthe’s new cabinet

first_imgSouth Africa’s Houses of Parliament. (Image: South African Tourism) South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. (Image: Passia)Mary AlexanderKgalema Motlanthe was sworn in as South Africa’s third post-apartheid president yesterday, after receiving 269 of the 360 votes cast by members of parliament. The opposition Democratic Alliance’s candidate Joe Seremane received 50 votes, while 41 ballots were spoiled. Former speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete was appointed deputy president.Motlanthe then announced his new cabinet, with 10 ministers appointed to new posts. Significantly, Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel was reappointed to his position following his resignation on Tuesday. Manuel’s retention is seen as a clear indication that the new administration has no plans to change its economic policies.Grabbing more headlines was the replacement of controversial former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang with Barbara Hogan, with the former being appointed minister in the presidency. Tshabalala-Msimang has been widely slammed for her failure to adequately respond to South Africa’s HIV/Aids pandemic, while Hogan has been an outspoken critic of the health ministry’s policies on the disease. Hogan is also said to be a close confidante of Motlanthe.In his first speech to parliament as president, Motlanthe gave the assurance that his administration would not deviate from existing ANC policies.“The policies of this government are clear,” he said.“They are based on the 2004 Manifesto of the African National Congress, enhanced by the decisions of both the ANC’s Policy Conference as well as its 52nd National Conference held in Polokwane in December 2007.“Mine is not the desire to deviate from what is working. It is not for me to reinvent policy. Nor do I intend to reshape either Cabinet or the public service.“We will not allow that the work of government be interrupted. We will not allow the stability of our democratic order to be compromised.”Motlanthe’s election comes after former president Thabo Mbeki resigned on Sunday 21 September, following a request by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) that he do so the day before. The new president will lead the South Africa until the next elections, scheduled for April 2009.The 10 new Cabinet ministers are:Defence: Charles NqakulaJustice and Constitutional Development: Enver SurtyHealth: Barbara HoganSafety and Security: Nathi MthethwaPublic Enterprises: Brigitte MabandlaPublic Works: Geoff DoidgeIntelligence: Siyabonga CweleThe Presidency: Manto Tshabalala-MsimangProvincial and Local Government: Sicelo ShicekaPublic Service and Administration: Richard BaloyiThose who retained their positions are:Finance: Trevor ManuelSocial Development: Zola SkweyiyaEducation: Naledi PandorLabour: Membathisi MdladlanaCorrectional Services: Ngconde BalfourHousing: Lindiwe SisuluArts and Culture: Pallo JordanSport and Recreation: Makhenkesi StofileEnvironmental Affairs and Tourism: Marthinus van SchalkwykWater Affairs and Forestry: Lindiwe HendricksMinerals and Energy: Buyelwa SonjicaHome Affairs: Noziviwe Mapisa-NqakulaForeign Affairs: Nkosazana-Dlamini ZumaTransport: Jeff RadebeCommunications: Ivy Matsepe-CasaburriTrade and Industry: Mandisi MphalwaScience and Technology: Mosibudi MangenaAgriculture and Land Affairs: Lulu XingwanaDo you have queries or comments about his article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesMotlanthe to be acting presidentMbeki resigns as SA presidentGovernment in South AfricaSouth Africa’s ConstitutionSouth Africa’s political partiesUseful linksPresidency of South Africa Parliament of South AfricaSouth African Government Onlinelast_img read more

Socialtext Launches Virtual Appliance for VMware

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Socialtext announced today that it will release a virtual appliance that can be deployed as part of an on-premise or in the public cloud using VMware. The virtual appliance will provide all the features of the Socialtext software-as-a-service and its managed appliance.There’s mounting in interest in private, hybrid and “virtual private” clouds as companies look to take advantage of cloud elasticity without relinquishing too much control of mission critical systems. Socialtext cites Gartner researching finding that “76 percent of IT departments are planning to invest in private cloud strategies by 2012.”Previously, we’ve cited HP’s Daniel Bowers’ definition of cloud computing when considering the definition of a private cloud. According to Bowers, all clouds have:A pool of resources that can be allocated and modified elastically.A means for requesting and granting access to resources.Optionally, a means to measure and bill for those resources.It doesn’t matter if these resources are in a public data center or a private data center.Although we believe that the public cloud can be just as safe as the private cloud, many companies remain more comfortable with private clouds. Cloud computing blogger Chirag Mehta and Constellation Research Group principal analyst R “Ray” Wang have predicted that private clouds will serve as stepping stones to the public cloud this year.We looked at Socialtext’s physical appliance as part of our round-up of enterprise 2.0 appliances. Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It’s very heartwarming because without naming names, we’re getting a lot of volunteers from the PBA, especially from those who have already played 3×3 here and abroad. We at SBP pride ourselves that everyone who played 3×3 have improved when they returned to their mother teams,” he said.While this year’s World Cup is not a qualifier for any major tournaments, it is a good test for Filipinos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where 3×3 basketballl will be played for the first time. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img LATEST STORIES “We’re looking at being able to field the best team we can field. The 3×3 game is very different from the 5-on-5, so we expect to do well in this coming tournament,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in the event launch Thursday at Bonifacio High Street.“We still don’t have a team. We will have to sit down. We have been talking about this for the past week also. Coach Eric Altamirano has been the one in charge of the 3×3 program of our national team. But coach Chot Reyes, as the overall national team head coaches’ leader, will be part of the discussion,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, the Philippines finished 11th in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France with the team represented by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Jeron Teng.Barrios said that this early, players have already expressed their intentions to be part of the 3×3 team. Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Officials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonThe Philippines is looking to make waves by parading the best team possible when it hosts the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup on June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena.With still a few months to go before tournament, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is already in the process of coming up with a competitive roster.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in 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’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “We had to deal with a lot of adversities in this game and we really needed to get a win, especially after coming off a loss,” added the multi-titled coach, who didn’t mind playing his remaining players extended minutes with an 18-day break coming their way.Garvo Lanete fired 14 points in the third period and finished with 27, effectively plugging the holes created by the absence of Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia as the Bolts completed a rally from as big as 15 points down to rise to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAmer, a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player of the year award who has stepped up to become the team’s best point guard, and Tolomia, whom Black described as his second best point guard, are both in Kuala Lumpur playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.Aside from his two guards, Black also missed his best defender in Cliff Hodge, which meant that the Bolts were “not strong defensively,” allowing Phoenix to nearly get away with a victory. LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Brown, though, missed the potential game-tying basket as time expired.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Game: Active PH Volcanoes ready to eruptcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The next Meralco game will be on Sept. 6 against sister team TNT KaTropa, and that game would mean a seat in the playoffs should the Bolts escape with a win.“Good thing is that all three of them will be back for our next game,” Black said as Allen Durham chipped in his share with 33 points 16 rebounds and seven assists. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan also finished in twin digits with a combined 33.Phoenix paraded a new import in Brandon Brown and almost hammered out a victory.But the Fuel Masters, who broke in Jeff Chan after acquiring the left-handed gunslinger from Rain or Shine just over a week ago, couldn’t hold on to a 77-62 lead late in the third quarter and went down for the fourth straight game after a 2-0 start.Brown, playing in lieu of the injured Eugene Phelps, finished with 38 points, while Chan wound up with 27 in his biggest offensive game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESShort on personnel but long in determination, Meralco rebounded from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night by pulling off what coach Norman Black feels is as the Bolts’ most satisfying win yet.“It was just an incredible effort from my guys tonight,” Black said after the Bolts—with three aces out of the roster—carved out a come-from-behind 107-104 win over Phoenix Petroleum to creep closer to a playoff berth at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more