Olson’s big night, Fiers’ first-pitch tricks key to A’s win

first_imgANAHEIM — Matt Olson and Mike Fiers were more than enough for the Oakland A’s on Friday night.Olson matched his career highs with two home runs and five RBIs, and Fiers allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings as the A’s evened the four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels with a 7-2 win at Angel Stadium.Olson has three home runs in the series and four in the past four games, and Fiers (8-3) has won his past six decisions to match his career high.In a grooveAfter the first three hitters for …last_img read more

Did Darwinism Build the Nuclear Pore Complex?

first_imgAfter nine years of work, three universities including a team at Rockefeller University completed a beautiful new model of the nuclear pore complex. The story is told by Science Daily. The article attributed the origin of this exquisite gatekeeper of the nucleus to evolution: “their findings provide a glimpse into how the nucleus itself first evolved,” the article says. How can this be? The article claims that eukaryotic cells split off from the prokaryotes “when they developed a nucleus and other specialized organelles that allowed them to compartmentalize different aspects of cellular metabolism.” This language suggests some kind of plan or intention – certainly not what neo-Darwinian theory allows. Nevertheless, Michael Rout of Rockefeller continued the language of planning and purpose as he described himself visualizing an evolutionary progress from earlier structures: “We think that once the cells gained this coating complex, they ran with it and started to duplicate it and specialize it.” As for a mechanism that could generate complexity from simplicity, Rout invoked a kind of copying and tinkering algorithm: “Evolution is a process of duplication and divergence,” he said. Because the nuclear pore complex contains multiple copies of similar structures arranged like a wheel, he thinks this is evidence they must have formed by gene duplication, even though wheels are usually built by intelligent agents:He and his colleagues saw clear evidence of this when they color-coded the proteins in the pore. One method of color coding revealed alternating stripes, like spokes on a wheel: For every protein, there was another one that looked quite similar. Color coding a different way showed the same pattern in the pore’s outer and inner rings, one of which appears to be a slightly modified duplication of the other. These are evidence of duplication events, Rout says, showing that the evolution of the complicated nuclear pore was a more straightforward affair than previously thought. “It’s made of many different variations of a theme of just one unit.”In music, “Theme and Variations” pieces are usually ascribed to intelligent composers. Strangely, as Rout continued describing the nuclear pore complex, his language shifted. He began talking less about unguided processes, and more about engineering and detective work:The nuclear pore is the communication device that the nucleus uses to communicate with the rest of the cell. And if you don’t understand how that works, you don’t understand a key part of how the cell works. And if you don’t understand that, you can’t completely understand how cancers work or how a single cell turns into a human being, or how a single grain of wheat turns into a whole crop. You have to see the cell as a machine and understand all of its parts.No attempt was made in the article to reconcile the apparently contradictory forms of description.We need a new word to describe evolutionary biologists who talk like intelligent fools. Everything they observe requires intelligent design and looks like intelligent design, but they glibly describe them as coming about from stupid, blind processes. Somebody provide us a one-word concoction that encapsulates the apostle Paul’s description, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Wait: there is such a word – “sophomore.” (Apologies to all second-year students.) How about sophoxymoroniac? Perfect.Sophoxymoroniac, definition: a sophomoric (wise-fool) scientist with a mania for speaking in oxymorons (wise-foolish statements), like evolutionary design and Darwinian rationality. Now, we can expand our code language when describing Darwinists: you know, those sophoxymoroniacs with the fability to howl ev-illusionary mythoids in fogma. (To decode the message, see commentaries from 05/14/2007, 05/29/2003, 07/27/2007, 12/20/2007, 01/16/2007, 05/14/2007.) Believing that blind duplication can produce machinery as elaborate as a nuclear pore complex (06/02/2003, 08/06/2004, 11/13/2007, 12/02/2007, bullet 2) is like believing that swirling snowflakes can produce a living snowman without a kid and a fairy godmother. For a detailed response to the claim that gene duplication can produce new complex designs, see Jerry Bergman’s article “Does gene duplication provide the engine for evolution?” on CMI, and read Michael Behe’s latest book The Edge of Evolution – drastic measures, we know, but shock treatment is the only known cure for sophoxymoronia.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Major merger announced between Bayer and Monsanto

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bayer and Monsanto today announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for a whopping $66 billion.That number combines $128 per Monsanto share (putting the St. Louis-based company’s equity at about $56 billion) and roughly $10 billion in debt Bayer is taking on with the merger. The next hurtle will be getting the massive deal approved by regulators, which some experts feel will not happen. If regulators prevent the deal, Bayer must to pay $2 billion to Monsanto.Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have unanimously approved the agreement.“Today’s announcement is a testament to everything we’ve achieved and the value that we have created for our stakeholders at Monsanto. We believe that this combination with Bayer represents the most compelling value for our shareowners, with the most certainty through the all-cash consideration,” said Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto.Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016, the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto, the offer represents a premium of 44% to that price.“We are pleased to announce the combination of our two great organizations. This represents a major step forward for our Crop Science business and reinforces Bayer’s leadership position as a global innovation driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, delivering substantial value to shareholders, our customers, employees and society at large,” said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG.In a combined press statement Bayer and Monsanto said the transaction brings together two different, but highly complementary businesses. The combined business will benefit from Monsanto’s leadership in Seeds & Traits and Climate Corporation platform along with Bayer’s broad Crop Protection product line across a comprehensive range of indications and crops in all key geographies. As a result, they say farmers will benefit from a broad set of solutions to meet their current and future needs, including enhanced solutions in seeds and traits, digital agriculture, and crop protection.The combination also brings together both companies’ leading innovation capabilities and R&D technology platforms. Over the mid to long-term, the combined business will be able to accelerate innovation and provide customers with enhanced solutions and an optimized product suite based on analytical agronomic insight supported by Digital Farming applications.“The agriculture industry is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges of our time: how to feed an additional 3 billion people in the world by 2050 in an environmentally sustainable way. It has been both companies’ belief that this challenge requires a new approach that more systematically integrates expertise across Seeds, Traits and Crop Protection including Biologicals with a deep commitment to innovation and sustainable agriculture practices,” said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and head of the Crop Science Division.The combined agriculture business will have its global Seeds & Traits and North American commercial headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, its global Crop Protection and overall Crop Science headquarters in Monheim, Germany, and an important presence in Durham, North Carolina, as well as many other locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Digital Farming activities for the combined business will be based in San Francisco, California.“This combination is a great opportunity for employees, who will be at the forefront of innovation in our sector. This transaction also enhances Bayer’s strong commitment to the U.S., building on our 150-year history with operations across 25 states employing more than 12,000 people in the country. I am convinced that Monsanto will flourish as part of one of the most respected and trusted companies in the world,” Baumann said.There are, of course, significant concerns with a merger of this size in the agricultural industry. The National Corn Growers is taking a closer look at the potential ramifications of the merger.“The National Corn Growers Association is committed to protecting the best interests of our nation’s corn farmers. Our primary concern with respect to any merger is how it may affect input costs — particularly given the current farm economy. With respect to a previously announced merger, we completed a thorough analysis that informed the comments and information we provided to the U.S. Department of Justice during their investigation into the merger,” said Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the NCGA. “We would anticipate following a similar path with respect to this merger so that we can truly understand the merger’s impact on agricultural research, innovation, and competitive pricing of farm inputs.”John Colley is a professor at the United Kingdom-based Warwick Business School in the Strategy & International Business group who researches large takeovers. He said mergers such as this potentially create a number of challenges.“Apart from Monsanto’s shareholders, who have hit the jackpot, this looks like a lose-lose bid. Bayer has been forced into paying too much and face major integration and competition authority risks,” Colley said. “By the time the competition authorities have finished with their demands Bayer may regret setting a German record. The farmers will lose out as product ranges are rationalized and attempts are made to increase prices. Bayer may have won the bid now, but could regret the move at their leisure. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann may be cursing his luck. Bayer’s shareholders may be cursing him.”last_img read more

2018 Soybean Harvest Cab Cam – Chris Schlumbohm, Logan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Will Ohio’s 2018 soybean crop be a bin-busting record take-in, as USDA predicts? If harvest continues like it started for Chris Schlumbohm of Logan County, the answer is yes. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins went to take a look for himself with the first soybean harvest Cab Cam of 2018, brought to you by Fennig Equipment.last_img

Enterprise Community Event and C2C Event Platform Bevy Raises $6.4 Million

first_imgTags:#Bevy#Bevylabs Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Bevy, an enterprise community event platform, announced today it has raised $6.4 Million Dollars from investors: Upfront Ventures, renowned author and Stanford Professor Steve Blank, Ryan Smith and Jared Smith, co-founders of Qualtrics, and Aaron Skonnard, SEO of Pluralsight. Bevy raised funds to increase their growth rate and expand the team.The Bevy Platform was originally created by the founder and CEO of Startup Grind. Bevy gave birth as a separate entity as a result of the frustrations that were occurring in trying to carry out the Startup Grind community events.Startup Grind has been building its name and brand by helping to promote director’s who are running their own private businesses. Startup Grind is these directors’ side hustle. Operating in over 400 cities across 120 countries globally. The SG Director’s have to be able to plan and execute business events for Startup Grind. This process of holding events helps these startup owners build, learn and incorporate valuable insights into their own business ventures – while building a full community in their cities.These Startup Grind events occur each month in at least 250 locations. Logistics of these operations and the intense planning — dealing with the procurement of the site used, the provision of foods and services, and the stage set-ups for these events – needs a process and back-up from Startup Grind. Events like this don’t just happen by themselves. They require support.The details of the business and other operations, such as the speakers, ticketing and signage – all take a high level of implementation coordination. Hence the support from the HQ at Startup Grind. Every single detail creates an obstacle to be fixed. The ticketing isn’t working. Help! The speaker didn’t show up. Help! The food is awful – can I cancel on the fly? Help! Soon the full-time SG staff were working on the details.Support, support and more support. More people were hired at SG headquarters for support. Then it was devs, devs and more devs — trying to keep up with the never-ending needs of the director’s. Each director was thinking that their problems were unique. However, with the reports showed that many issues that come up are common — on a regular basis.Derek Andersen began keeping track of all the information and realized that no one anywhere in the world was taking care of these specific issues. Then, as a true entrepreneur, Andersen quickly saw that his work could build out another full company. Andersen and his cofounders in Startup Grind, Joel Fernandes (CTO) and Alex Bendig (CIO) began building a new company – Bevy.Building a Customer to Customer (C2C) marketing company is a whole new category of marketing that Bevy has developed and built with the goal to continue to iterate to perfection. The Bevy C2C Marketing will be a huge growth-hacking benefit for companies as they build their customers and their brand through scaling their own community events.Founders want to build solid, personal relationships with their own customers. As companies follow the guidance, service and support of Bevy — all events can be accomplished completely and powerfully through the Bevy platform.C2C marketing is most powerful through events on a massive scale that are run by customers but powered by the brand owner. The marketing team can’t be everywhere at once but customers actually are. The magic is around bringing people physically together where the brand is the glue that binds them,” said Kobie Fuller, General Partner, at Upfront Ventures. “It becomes electric when done correctly and helps bring more people outside of the customer base-in. Combine this with the fact that millennials and GenZ are prioritizing experiences more than anything else gives brands the opportunity to get ahead should they invest in these tactics. Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

#KicksStalker: LeBron uncorks ‘Silver Bullet’

first_imgPhoto from Nike.comAs LeBron James sets to leave the Philippines, so does one shoe from the Nike inventory. The Zoom Soldier 11 “Silver Bullet” will be released in limited quantities Sunday exclusively at Nike Park Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Astros return to Houston for 1st game since Harvey WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Each pair is worth P7,195 and will be sold to customers at a first-come, first-served basis. The shoe is the third and last pair linked to James’ visit to Manila after a special colorway of the Nike Air Force One SF and Nike Zoom and the first edition of the Nike Air Zoom Generation released on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron James rocks the Zoom Soldier 11 “Silver Bullet” during his Strive For Greatness Show at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames’ third Manila shoe took inspiration from the Air Max 97 colorway of the same name with reflective accents, a metallic silver upper together with some hints of red, white, and black on the collar, heel, midsole and outsole.The “Silver Bullet” was the same shoe James wore during his special training session with Gilas Pilipinas players and the media and also during the exhibition game of his Strive for Greatness Tour at Mall of Asia Arena. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders

first_imgTNT actually has a third player in Troy Rosario serving flag and country as he plays with a different Gilas crew that will be trying to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.The Gilas five, which Castro and Pogoy are part of, was to play Lebanon for fifth place in the classification phase of the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut at press time.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 opening“I hope so,” TNT coach Nash Racela said when it was pointed out that Rice has sparkling credentials as a scorer. “We will see in this [Rain or Shine] game. It will be a test for the whole team.”Rice had a good collegiate career with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets before playing briefly for the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES He was MVP in the NBAD-League in the 2013 season after averaging 25 points and almost 10 rebounds in the playoffs for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.The Texters will be coming off a 107-106 decision of Alaska more than a week ago.Meanwhile, GlobalPort tries to add to KIA Picanto’s woes in the 4:30 p.m. contest and start getting back in the playoff hunt.The Batang Pier will continue to be without the electrifying Terrence Romeo as they try to pin a sixth straight loss on the Picanto and push them closer to elimination.ADVERTISEMENT Can Team PH go beyond 50 golds? Glen Rice Jr. AP FILE PHOTOGoing for more offense with the twice-to-beat privilege in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs as the main objective, TNT KaTropa unveils Glen Rice Jr. against Rain or Shine on Sunday in an effort to keep the elimination round leaders in sight at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Texters suit up the son of former NBA All-Star Glen Rice in the 6:45 p.m. contest, who will try to plug the holes created by the absence of Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy as they shoot for a second straight victory to stay in the upper half of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

a month agoCeltic boss Lennon opens door to Spurs outcast Wanyama

first_imgCeltic boss Lennon opens door to Spurs outcast Wanyamaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic boss Neil Lennon has opened the door to signing Victor Wanyama in January.The Tottenham midfielder was linked with Celtic over the summer and Lennon remains keen.”There was interest, but it never really got going,” said the Hoops manager.”Could we take a look at it in January? We will wait and see…”Wanyama, 28, was also interesting Club Brugge over the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canadas federal budget and you what matters whats noise

first_imgThe 2019 federal budget arrives a little more than six months before an election. So, of course, it comes with lots of shiny promises. But of all the theoretical money the Liberals handed out yesterday, what matters? To Canada? To the upcoming campaign? And most importantly to real Canadians, right now? What does this budget mean on the ground? What does it mean for you?There’s more at stake in the bigger picture, of course, as Justin Trudeau aims to move his party past the SNC-Lavalin scandal by offering all sorts of things the opposition will find it hard to criticize. But how does this budget position the Liberals for the summer and beyond? And what does it say about their priorities?GUEST: John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean’sAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03202019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

If There Are Questions About Ray Rice Former Honey

Remember the “Honey Badger,” the LSU safety who seemingly ruined his NFL career because he could not stop smoking marijuana? Remember how he was ridiculed when he was kicked off the No. 1 team in the country, how he seemed to be the sad example of talent wasted?Well, look at him now. Tyrann Mathieu is a star safety for the Arizona Cardinals, one of the league’s top defenders. He missed the Atlanta Falcons game last week because of injury, one reason the Falcons were able to pass the ball so well.Mathieu could miss a few more games with the broken thumb. But he’s already established himself in his second season as a force on the field and reliable off of it.He goes by his name now, not the moniker because, while catchy, it symbolizes a time in his life that he regrets.It took losing his college career and the threat of a pro career for Mathieu to smarten up.“I didn’t have everything together back in college,” he said to SI.com when he arrived in Arizona. “I had everything together as far as football, but when it came to my social life, my personal life, I didn’t have everything intact. I didn’t have my emotions intact. Spiritually, I wasn’t intact.“Once you take football away, you are able to work on the person. These last six months, that is all I had was Tyrann the person. I attacked the person, I attacked my issues. . . Back when I was the Honey Badger, I didn’t have everything intact. Going forward, I am going to focus on being Tyrann Mathieu and that is the person I want to control right now.”Coach Bruce Arians said: “He’s a good kid. . . he knew his mistakes, owned up to his mistakes and he was just looking for an opportunity. The football part spoke for itself, and he’s been nothing but a dream to coach ever since.”Mathieu’s case of taking advantage of his opportunity comes at a time when Ray Rice is seeking a second chance, too. The cases are different but the same in this way: They are talented athletes who made mistakes. Mathieu’s errors hurt him; Rice’s actions hurt his wife, making some feel he should not set foot on an NFL field again as a player.Mathieu shows that a second chance can be a real life-saver. . . if handled properly. He went into rehab, moved by himself to Florida where he cleared his head and lungs and committed himself to a better life.That better life meant no drugs, understanding that if he stayed true to that personal mandate, the NFL was his to be had. To this point, Mathieu has been on point. He’s the playmaker scouts projected him to be.Rice is a proven football commodity who surely has been scared straight. He’s paid a penance. And for those looking for examples of second-chancers who kept it together, look to Mathieu. That’s something few would have even considered less than two years ago. read more