Raw deal

first_imgAfter a few injury-plagued seasons running around the backfield as if he were a chicken with his head cut off, ungrateful cold winds began to blow over the football yard. The powers-that-be and the scouting gods decided that Parker had seen his best days so they looked high and low, up and down and from side to side at the combines, pro workout days and shazam! low and behold they snatched a running back from the jaws of obscurity and the clutches of the Cowboys and Bears, two teams that were looking for a running back but politely passed on choosing Pittsburgh’s first pick “Sir” Rashard Mendenhall. For Mendenhall to have been chosen in the first round by the Steelers with a “fast” Willie on the sidelines was more than lucky for the young running back. To put it mildly, God must have made him a special bling-bling chain with a horseshoe, rabbit’s foot, a four leaf clover, a “mudbone” (mojo) and all of the other good luck charms that the football gods answer the requests of the petitioner when their omnipotent power is needed. But “Sir” Rashard had better beware of the “Ides of March.” The same welcome mat that you clean your feet off on your way to a romantic dinner will be the same mat that trips you as you fall down the stairs as your date’s father tosses you out the door. And, if Mendenhall sustains one too many injuries or fumbles one too many times, he will be speed skating on the fast track outta the Steel City—faster than Dale Earnhart Jr. can complete a practice lap at the Indy 500.Willie Parker is a victim of the Kordell Stewart syndrome. Let’s look closely at reality. When Stewart was “slashing” and dashing around Three Rivers Stadium and Heinz Field he was basically on his own. In less than four years Mr. Stewart lost his two starting wide receivers in Yancey Thigpen and Charles Johnson. He also was forced to forego the services of his best O-lineman, Leon Searcy. All were forced to follow the yellow brick road to St. Elsewhere and ply their trade (at least temporarily) where they were welcomed and wanted. Compound that with the sizzling hot, here we go round the mulberry bush-like revolving door that put three offensive coordinators in Stewart’s ear. But unlike the moves they made for Tommy Maddox and Big Ben Roethlisberger, Stewart was often seen running for his life, attempting to avoid decapitation because the players around him were forced to adjust to new O-coordinators and different systems year after year. On top of that, finger-pointing at Stewart developed into an art form in Pittsburgh and the perverted form of yellow sports journalism that comes with it along with a misinformed and misled fan base that continues to this day. More nasty, sword-tongued rumors about Stewart came from the Steelers nation fan base than the ‘National Enquirer could ever dream up.Parker was forced to line up behind a discombobulated offensive line where acceptable run and pass blocking was the exception rather than the rule. If you don’t believe me, ask Big Ben who at times was on his back so frequently that he had to be thinking that sacks were a macabre part of the Black and Gold’s playbook.According to ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley, Parker has been banged up the past couple seasons, but he was a prolific runner earlier in his career. He and Redskins starter Clinton Portis are at about the same stages in their careers, but Parker has more speed and quickness.It appears as if the Redskins are getting their O-line ready for “fast” Willie or another running back because Washington agreed to a three-year contract with Vikings guard Artis Hicks on Saturday and really don’t have any “in-house” running backs at this point. Signing Parker wouldn’t preclude the Redskins from selecting a running back in next month’s draft, but it may allow them to wait until the later rounds.Willie Parker deserved more than he got from his former head coach who preaches unity in public but when he takes the pulpit inside the locker room, clearly does not utilize the entire football bible as a basis for his sermons but only preaches from his favorite books.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] Also talk and listen to Aubrey Bruce on PressPass on: www.blogtalkradio.com on Thursdays from 6-7PM along with John Harris from the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review.) There are all types of jibber-jabber about Willie “the quick” Parker having worn out the welcome sign over at Heinz Field. You know the guy I’m talking about. The same guy who helped rescue the Steelers in Super Bowl XL as they were staring down the gun barrel of defeat when they faced the Seattle Seahawks. Parker put away the toenail clippers as the Black and Gold fidgeted, fussed and played around with Seattle. Just after the second half began in Super Bowl XL, Mr. Parker unveiled the Steelers version of a guillotine. He proceeded to scamper 75 yards untouched (the longest running play from scrimmage for a running back in Super Bowl history) and thus sent the “hawks” with their wings clipped packing, back to the West Coast, headless and still in search of their first Lombardi. last_img read more

Day One, Confirming Aspirations for the 100th Street Design Charette

first_imgEarly in the week engineering specialists will share multiple concept options to a final preferred concept, and then a final plan which will be presented on the last day. • Morning – walking tour &workshop with key stakeholders• Afternoon – working session:confirm vision and explore options• Evening – Public Lecture – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm(Aspirations) & Open House FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, the 100th Street Design Charette starts as a way to engage and consult with the public regarding the redesign, reconfiguration and reconstruction of this important street.This multi-day event is in order to transform information heard from the public through the May 7th, 2019 Open House and online survey into design concepts during this process.Day 1; Confirming Aspirations – Advertisement -By using the 100 Street Greenway Charrette to gather information, a charrette is an engagement technique designed to engage the community over a short period of time to gather feedback on topics such as urban design, zoning regulations, transportation, environment, and economic considerations.As one of the 10 Big Moves in the Downtown Action Plan, it was identified to redevelop and energize downtown. The Charrette will build and integrate key aspects of both the Downtown Action Plan and the Transportation Master plan which were adopted by Council in 2015.“We know we must replace the underground utilities, which will be both costly and disruptive. This charette process will provide the best way to complete the project with the least amount of disruption to the businesses and community and plan for the look and feel once the project is complete,” stated Mayor Lori AckermanAdvertisement To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE To view the overview and draft vision; CLICK HERE Tuesday, June 11, 2019 100th Street underground infrastructure is ageing and needing replacement, the City feels this is a good time to get input from residents on the future of the Street.last_img read more

New TrailGazers project to explore potential in Donegal’s walks and trails

first_imgDonegal will benefit from €600,00 from the TrailGazers project, which will look at new and innovative ways that walks and recreational trails can better link with the surrounding local and rural communities to enhance economic and social development. An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan launched the new €2.7m TrailGazers project on Monday last in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. Donegal County Council will lead the project, with  approximately €600K going toward local development.Funded under the Atlantic Area Programme, this project will see Donegal County Council working with nine partners from different regions in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and France. Speaking at the launch Cllr. Crossan said “walking and hiking have increased in popularity and attract more and more visitors to the county to explore and experience all that Donegal and the region has to offer”.He added “walking and recreational trails are also important assets in our communities in that they help improve both our physical and mental wellbeing, they allow people to socialise much more easily and they also offer us an opportunity to get back in touch with nature providing sustainable access to special areas of conversation, wildlife sanctuaries and ancient woodlands and so on.”Anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of visitors to these walks and trails have increased in recent years, with people travelling further afield to participate in walking festivals, coastal and mountain challenges and sponsored walks.TrailGazers offers an opportunity for key stakeholders to come together to examine how best to engage with these new visitors and encourage them off the trails to explore what the wider area has to offer including for example cafes, craft shops, artisan foods, hotels and pubs and encourage them to stay longer.   This is the essence of what Trail Gazers is setting out to achieve – by examining how walks and recreational trails can be used as catalysts for the economic and social development of small rural economies and communities in an environmentally sustainable way The TrailGazers Project is funded under the Atlantic Area Programme and will be managed by Donegal County Council’s Research and Policy Unit along with nine partners from different regions in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and France.  All of the project partners bring with them a vast amount of experience and knowledge that will help develop and enhance the opportunities presented in this growing sector.New TrailGazers project to explore potential in Donegal’s walks and trails was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TrailGazerslast_img read more

Nine 49ers notes to spice up your Monday morning

first_imgA week from tonight, the 49ers take the field as the NFC’s only remaining undefeated team, and they’ll put their 3-0 record up against the visiting Cleveland Browns (2-2). Here are other Monday morning morsels to digest:1. The 49ers will practice today from roughly 11 a.m. to noon, and another light session will follow Tuesday. These “bonus” practices are intended to get them back into the groove after last weekend’s bye, and, after Wednesday’s day off, full-time practices resume Thursday. …last_img

Experts Were Wrong About Killer Bees

first_imgAnother doomsday scenario has been debunked: killer bees have calmed down and become nice. How, and why?We remember the catastrophic predictions a decade ago: killer bees, those mean-spirited Africanized bees that escaped a lab in Puerto Rico during a hurricane were on the march northward. Deaths would skyrocket from terror swarms of hyperactive “killer bees” attacking people who happened to disturb them innocently. Beekeepers would have tough times controlling them. And as the swarms of killer bees dominated the more docile European bees introduced into America, crops would suffer because of their less effective pollination. Scientists watched helplessly as they migrated north and west at a measurable rate. There was nothing we could do to stop them. North America was doomed.News of the bees’ advance was intermingled with tales of their legendary aggression. The truth didn’t need much embellishment. When European bees are provoked, about 10 per cent of hive members will attack, but these hybrid bees often retaliate en masse, emptying the hive in swarms of up to 800,000 individuals. They will give chase for up to half a kilometre and are content to wait it out if their target attempts to hide underwater, continuing the barrage of stings when the victim resurfaces for air. Some people have died in such attacks, not because the bees’ venom is particularly potent, but due to the sheer number of stings.Hollywood followed suit with horror films about killer bees. Here we are, a decade later, and you rarely hear about them. What happened? New Scientist says the “killer bees” evolved into “chiller bees” in just one decade! Therein lies a test case for theories about evolution and design (and expert’s warnings about doomsday scenarios).Surprised EvolutionistsFirst, let’s examine the reactions of evolutionists. If this is evolution, it’s not making much of a buzz. For one thing, it happened a lot quicker than a mutation-selection mechanism would expect. For another thing, it represents a reversal to a mean. Africanized bees presumably became aggressive where they lived; multiple environmental factors from other animals threatened their hives, requiring overwhelming response. Once they broke loose in the western hemisphere, threats diminished, and their behavior “evolved” accordingly. Finally, Africanized bees, a subspecies of Apis mellifera (the European honeybee), hybridize easily with European honeybees and are physiologically indistinguishable from them. Some evolution.Ben Turner writes about the surprise of one bee zoologist (apiarist), Tugrul Giray, who collected Africanized bees in Puerto Rico, expecting the bee version of a terrorism attack:“The weird thing is that we were going up these trees expecting some kind of a fight on our hands,” he says. “We wanted to collect the baddest bees. But they were really just as sweet as can be.” This wasn’t the exception – Giray kept finding hive after docile hive everywhere he looked. Wondering whether the insects might be remnants of the island’s European bees, he decided to carry out some genetic tests. “Even the nicest colonies turned out to be of mixed African and European descent,” he says. “It was a total surprise.” ….Giray’s bafflement grew. “We tried to scientifically measure their aggressiveness by kicking the hive or throwing a brick at it,” he says. “Some of them even had zero response. They didn’t want to sting at all.” These insects looked like hybrid bees, but they didn’t act like them. Giray was forced to conclude that, sometime during the decade since their arrival, the once-vicious killers had evolved into bees as docile as their European cousins.The evolutionists appeal to multiple factors that might have contributed to this rapid evolution: (1) Human selection: people destroyed the most aggressive hives. (2) Hurricane selection: winds favored the bees that didn’t waste time attacking but stayed in the hive. (3) Habitat: with scarcer resources in Puerto Rico, bees had to concentrate on foraging instead of terror.None of these explanations, singly or in combination, represent Darwinian evolution by mutation and natural selection. One can almost see providence in the outcome, which is so much better than the doomsday predictions:The likelihood is that all these factors played a part. What is truly amazing is that the bees have evolved incredibly rapidly, yet have retained an enormous amount of genetic variation even though their numbers have crashed on several occasions…. The result is a remarkable creature that isn’t just docile, but resistant to disease and good at producing honey.That was in Puerto Rico, where the trouble had started. In America, apiarists were struggling with “colony collapse disorder” caused by the varroa mite and its pathogens. Now, Americans wanted to import those chilled-out killer bees from Puerto Rico.Who knows what the next chapter of this story will bring. But when the protagonist is an insect that has transformed from a killer to a potential saviour in the blink of an evolutionary eye, anything seems possible.The so-called “killer bees” are still a problem in some areas. A California woman was stung 200 times in 2018, reports CNN. Yet such attacks are significant for their rarity, given the hype from decades ago. Africanized bees are not more venomous than other bees; they just tend to attack in larger numbers with more persistence. Given the experience in Puerto Rico, it appears that through hybridization and environmental differences, the behavior of this strain will quiet down in due time.Darwin StorytellingFor the remainder of the article, Ben Turner struggles with various explanations for the unexpected rapid evolution of the killer bee. Hybridization with more docile bees is certainly a factor, but that ran contrary to predictions. The killer bee trait was supposed to be dominant.This combination of haplodiploidy and high mutation rates creates enormous genetic diversity in colonial insects. It is this that allows the colony to respond rapidly, and with nuance, to subtle alterations in the environment – as if it were a single organism. In Puerto Rico, the environment seems to have favoured active foragers over aggressive individuals and the drive to change was so strong that it happened in just a few years.Those interested in learning about the “haplodiploid” sex “strategy” for surviving can read Turner’s explanation. But any explanation dependent on the Stuff Happens Law turns into a case of special pleading: things turned out the way they did because evolution works in a variety of ways (see Darwin Flubber). Turner turns the environment into an intelligent agent and ratches up the perhapsimaybecouldness index: “the environment seems to have favoured active foragers,” he says. And in this special case, “the drive was so strong that it happened in just a few years.” In short, evolution is fast, except when it is slow. The environment is a selector, except when it drives a species extinct.Engineered AdaptabilityRandy Guliuzza has another idea. In his series on “Engineered Adaptability” at ICR, he has been developing design arguments from engineering principles. A good engineer, he argues, plans ahead for unforeseen eventualities. A good part of robotics involves planning for contingencies. If you build a Mars rover, for instance, you want it to be able to keep its solar panels aimed at the sun if it gets turned around or goes into shadow. The rover needs to recognize cliffs and avoid them, and so on. In countless ways, plants and animals encounter environmental changes that, if not planned for ahead of time, would drive them extinct.The environment has no power to “select” random mutations so that an animal or plant can adapt to a change, Guliuzza explains. That ability needs to be preprogrammed by a guiding intelligence. Guliuzza gives many examples in addition to modeling theoretically how this could be done, drawing on well-known engineering principles such as optimization and robustness. His series uses strictly arguments from intelligent design, although it works well with Biblical creationism.In a related vein, Dr Marcos Eberlin, a Brazilian chemist and world expert on mass spectrometry, identifies numerous examples throughout nature, from the fine-tuning of molecules to human physiology that show evidence of foresight and planning. One example that sounds gross—diarrhea—can actually be seen as a “power wash” of the intestines when invaded by bad bacteria. That system had to be designed in advance for a situation likely to happen in a changing environment. But a consequence of diarrhea is that good bacteria get flushed out, too. That was foreseen also with the design of the appendix, which resupplies the gut with good bacteria required for digestion. His book Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose, explains the thesis as an argument for intelligent design, with many examples.The design arguments of Guliuzza and Eberlin can account for many adaptations visible in the world through design, not natural selection. It explains why similar flowers have different colors or traits depending on elevation. It accounts for pattern changes on butterflies, coat colors and fur lengths on mammals, and sizes and shapes of similar animals. Probably most of the animals alive today don’t look exactly like the created kinds (many, in fact, are smaller). Michael Behe argues in his new book Darwin Devolves, however, that adaptable changes appear limited to the genus and species; the “edge of evolution” (the limit to what it can accomplish) is at the family level. That’s “small change,” he argues, compared to the massive changes Darwinism would have to account for on the march from bacteria to man. He compares genus and species changes to the cents columns in transactions of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even the IRS, he quips, allows you to round off the cents. So don’t be surprised at variations at the genus and species level. The real hard work for Darwinism is evolving the higher levels: family, order, class, phylum, kingdom and domain.Published March 1, 2019 (Visited 865 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Oil production in South Africa

first_imgThere’s a broad perception in South Africa that the country does not produce oil. The recent success of the Sable Mining Company is about to change all that.An ultra-deepwater drill rig off the shores of Cape Town. (Image: Michael Elleray)Brand South Africa reporterOn August 7 this year, oil started flowing from the Sable oil field, located 95 kilometres off South Africa’s southern coast and 150 kilometres southwest of Mossel Bay.The opening of the Sable oil wells has effectively tripled the country’s oil production. Added to Sasol’s coal-to-petroleum contribution, 45 000 barrels per day from Mossgas and 15 000 from PetroSA’s two existing oilfields – Oribi and Oryx – it means that South Africa now produces about half its petroleum needs.An oil rig being upgraded in Cape Town Harbour. (Image: Derek Keats)South Africa requires roughly 570 000 barrels of oil every day.The Sable oil field is expected to produce 20 to 25 million barrels of oil in the next three years. Initially, approximately 40 000 of the crude will be produced every day, replacing about 7% of South Africa’s import requirements for crude oil.And from October, almost one in every 10 litres of petrol South Africans buy will have come from the giant storage tanks of Sable’s radically modified Glas Dowr vessel.Rishi Singh, lead production technician on the vessel, told the Sunday Times newspaper: “Now, at certain stations, we’ll all be able to fill up with 100% South African. It’s a great feeling to be involved.”The Sable field is managed and 60% owned by PetroSA, with US-based Pioneer Natural Resources holding a 40% interest. In a rationalisation of the state’s commercial interests in the oil and gas sector, Mossgas and Soekor were merged into PetroSA in 2001.PetroSA chief executive Mpumelelo Tshume said: “A significant step has been taken by PetroSA towards realising stability as far as crude supplies are concerned for all South Africans, through Sable.”Pioneer’s general manager in South Africa, Marek Ranoszek, told the Sunday Times: “Having ploughed US$200 million into it, we were very pleased – and relieved – I can tell you. Sable further demonstrates that South Africans are capable of tackling complex projects.”The oil refinery in Durban processes most of the oil consumed in South Africa. (Image: John Karwocki)The oil will be sold to local refineries, including Caltex, BP and Shell, with the profits destined for the state’s coffers.Originally an oil tanker, the 105 000-ton Glas Dowr was refitted in Cape Town harbour at a cost of R300-million, and dropped its anchors over the field in April.The upgrade work on the ship was an economic boon for South Africa. More than 20 South African contractors, including black economic empowerment companies, performed the work.“We’ve been producing oil since May 1997, yet there is a wide perception that South Africa does not produce oil. I hope Sable will help to change that,” Frank van Baarsel, capital projects manager for PetroSA, told the Sunday Times.Source: South African Ministry for Trade and Industry, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2010 National Communication Partnership Annual Conference

first_imgThursday 16 August 2007What was said at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference, 15 August 2007“Indeed, Africa’s time has come – and as communicators and we are ready to tell our own stories, as Africans we will tell stories of a developing African continent. It is our responsibility not anybody else responsibility. It is our assignment not anybody else assignment. We are delegated by history to communicate about Africa’s stories of success; the world cup is one of those stories to be told” – Mr Nkenke Kekana, Chairperson: 2010 National Communication Partnership “There is a clarion call to communicators to seize the moment Africa has been given. Africa’s time has come to tell the story of Africa in different voices; to tell our story in tenor and alto and bass, but to tell our story of Africa” – Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnership “Nobody is going to change Africa for us. Nobody is going to project Africa for us. No one knows Africa better than us. No one else knows how we want to project Africa to the world” – Rev Dr Makhenkesi Stofile, Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa“Uninformed commentators, even in the 21st century, those, who are by no means superior but are fortunate to possess the measuring rod, still regard Africa as one big country where all forms of crime, criminality and barbarism are the rule. It is a challenge for Africa…to use the opportunity of the 2010 World Cup to counter the wrong perceptions of Africa and project the positive image and values of the continent” – Mr Ben Egbuna, President of the African Union of Broadcasting and Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria“We have to tell the world our story. It is easy to write off the media and say they only tell the negative story. It is time for us to take control of the story” – Ms Yvonne Johnston, CEO: International Marketing Council “[What we are seeking] is an African solidarity by communicators that will henceforth seek means and ways of promoting a positive image of our continent…. This solidarity will ultimately [be] embodied in the establishment of a continental network of communicators with a defined mandate and objectives beyond 2010” – Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnership “All over Africa you find that Africa’s time has come – to celebrate to sing and dance but also to deliver excellence, efficiency and to be global players. Africa’s time has come not just to be looking for charity but for challenge” – Mr Danny Jordaan, CEO: 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa [We must] stand shoulder to shoulder united as one people to say ‘Africa’s time has come’ – Mr Tim Modise, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa “Africa’s time has come to do her thingAfrica’s time has come to tell her storyAfrica’s time has come to bring the world togetherAfrica’s time has come to host the football spectacularAfrica’s time has come to showcase her beauty and richnessAfrica’s time has come to create and bequeath a living legacy”– Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnershiplast_img read more

Douglas Rushkoff’s Open Source Economy: A ReadWriteWeb Interview

first_imgTags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Douglas Rushkoff — author, documentarian, and teacher — is a man on a mission. As a step towards getting “people to see the software-like code lying underneath how they interact,” his latest book, Life, Inc., explores the nature of money, our economic system, and how a corporate mindset has shaped who we are as people in modern society. As a media theorist who’s written about some of the most influential ideas of the digital age, Rushkoff is second to none. In Life Inc., he describes not just corporations, but how we all can change to an “open source economy” that favors decentralized value creation over banking and central currency. We spoke with him to ask more about what this new economy would look like and how the Web is involved. How The Web Broke The EconomyReadWriteWeb: I was particularly struck by how you position the Web as a way for individuals to create things of value for each other, as the door to an open source economy. Can you describe what an open source economy looks like, and what role software and the Web have to play in that?Douglas Rushkoff: This program written by central banking and corporatist monopolies was created to favor people who had money and wanted to make money without creating value. Technology broke the monopoly centralized banking had on value creation by allowing people to develop things at low cost. The gift economy that really the real Internet was built on is anathema to the GNP.RWW: Will enterprise software follow the same trend? What role is there for business-to-business transactions in the decentralized economy you’ve laid out?R: When I’m at the supermarket, every once in a while the cash register crashes and they restart it and they see Windows. I get the feeling that the manager and the cashier and everyone in there thinks that this shouldn’t be running Windows. They’re thinking, oh my god, they’re using amateur-level software. You want to think that these are proprietary perfect registers. My feeling is that businesses and the IT of business are going to want a higher order of quality. They are going to proprietary super-pro enterprise OS’s. I feel business is going to want something like the business-only IBM computer, and I think that’s not a bad thing. Localized Currencies & TechnologyRWW: You tell a fascinating story about investing in a local restaurant called Comfort, where you created “comfort dollars” that gave the owner cheaper capital and your community more food. Do you see that kind of special currencies as being viable for technology investment? Can the Internet be used for localized currency?R: I certainly hope so. The great thing about software is that you don’t need a bank. But you do see every transaction, software is just really really good for that. You can see how money if flowing, how transactions are flowing. The problem with our economy is that when speculators are extracting currency, money comes first. In a distributed system money is the result of transactions. The main thing standing in the way of it is that people don’t believe its possible. It’s not they can’t do it, it’s that they can’t see it. It’s like when you show someone Linux for the first time. A New, Collaborative MindsetRWW: In the book, you make a connection between the Renaissance, with both social change and the art and science that focused on the ideal of a master painter or scientist, and the individualistic mindset that allows modern capitalism to function. Do you see social networks and collaborative software has having a comparable effect on our mindset?R: Renaissances tend to reverse whatever the last one created. This one is towards decentralized partner collaboration and the sharing of value. So for sure, and we’re going to get different kinds of discoveries. I think that the computer may be the most central thing to making all of this happen.A Word for Developers & EntrepreneursRWW: What message would you give to people who are going to be building the software to run this open source economy?Rushkoff: My biggest message to them is this…There’s this prevalent notion that the reason you get involved is that you create a business that you then sell. I would argue that is not the path to greatest fulfillment, that it’s not the path to the greatest technology. The less you borrow, the less you will be required to grow, and the closer you can stay to those growth metrics that are more appropriately scaled. Life, Inc. is in bookstores now. If you’re seeking a primer on the book and Rushkoff’s conception of what corporatism means, be sure to watch the short Life, Inc. The Movie below Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Fajardo shrugs off limited minutes in Finals, proud of Beermen’s efforts

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Cebuano giant played only close to 14 minutes and chipped in a Finals-low performance of two points, four rebounds, and two assists on Sunday.But those numbers were the least of Fajardo’s concerns, as his extended time off the bench allowed the Beermen to fully take advantage of their speed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCharles Rhodes and Arwind Santos manned the paint for San Miguel, allowing the terror three-man combo of Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot, Best Player of the Conference Chris Ross, and sharp-shooter Marcio Lassiter to waylay the hapless TNT squad.“I don’t mind (being saddled on the bench),” Fajardo said in Filipino. “My teammates have been playing well and that combination of coach worked for us. Also, my time on the bench kept their import on the bench, so it was huge in helping us get this win.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera NCAA to be more lenient on technical fouls China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong But make no mistake, Grand Slam is definitely on the Beermen’s minds.“We really want that Grand Slam,” said Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSacrifice has been the word most often thrown around after San Miguel claimed 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.And in the championship-clinching Game 6, there was no one else who perfectly exhibited that trait other than three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fajardo shared that he couldn’t be more proud with the way his teammates played, as the Beermen sealed their fifth title in three years.“I’m happy that they stepped up. They showed the heart of a champion,” he said.With two titles this conference in the bag, San Miguel is now in the running to achieve the rare Grand Slam with a championship in the Governors’ Cup.But Fajardo knows that everything is a process and he’d rather take this moment first to enjoy this championship before preparing back to war.“We want to cherish this moment first and rest. We’ll think about that when we get there. We know teams are getting stronger and even though the imports are smaller, they’re still going to be running hard against us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0 goes on sale for Rs 17,825

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0 has been spotted on Flipkart for Rs 17,825.Available in black and white colours, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is yet to be listed on its official online store in India.Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series having three tablets–Tab4 7.0, Galaxy Tab4 8.0 and Tab4 10.1–was announced in April this year.The Tab4 7.0 comes with a 7-inch screen having 1280×800 resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and sports a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel snapper. Its internal storage stands at 8GB and has a microSD slot for memory expansion. It packs a 4,000 mAh battery.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 comes with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.last_img