Farhan Zaidi’s first offseason with Giants frustrated fans, prioritized flexibility

first_imgSAN DIEGO–A certain percentage of the Giants’ fan base believes a rebuild is worth stomaching.A rather significant portion would prefer the front office do everything in its power to field a club capable of contending deep into the postseason on an annual basis.A fan’s desires, however, do not always align with an executive’s instincts. The direction new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi took the Giants this offseason managed to frustrate diehards on both sides of the aisle.Those …last_img read more

49ers 24, Steelers 20: Studs and duds from fourth-quarter comeback

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Four turnovers on their first five series was a horrendous way for the 49ers to launch their home opener Sunday. Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.Watch: 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on his team’s win versus the Steelers. Surrendering a fourth-quarter lead and then committing a fifth turnover had the 49ers all set to blow their undefeated start to the season.Then came a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy …last_img

The Problem with Males: Y-Chromosome Degeneration

first_imgby Jerry Bergman, PhDA good example about how much we do not know about the chromosomes is admitted in an article in Science Daily that proclaimed:Decoding Y chromosomes is difficult even with latest sequencing technologies. The question [of] which genes lie on the chromosome and where they came from is hotly debated.[i]The authors then claim that “genetic material in fruit flies is often transferred to the Y chromosome from other chromosomes. Although largely a result of ‘accidents’, some of these transfers create functional genes.”A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences referenced in the article described the significance of their finding, which was “gene traffic onto the Drosophila Y chromosome is 10 times more frequent than previously thought and includes the first Y-linked retrocopies discovered in these taxa. All 25 identified Y-linked gene transfers … appear to be pseudogenes…. Our method provides compelling evidence that the Drosophila Y chromosome is a highly challenging and dynamic genetic environment.”[ii] This article not only documents a potential major source of variety that differentiates males from females, at least in fruit flies, which they conclude also applies to other species including humans, but also a new important source of mutations.Y-chromosomes could not survive millions of years of genetic entropy.The ‘male mutation problem’ is that males only possess one Y chromosome, but females possess two X chromosomes. For males, therefore, there is no counterpart for recombination as is true of females. Consequently, “the deletion of harmful mutations on the Y chromosome [causes] more difficult than in other chromosomes. As a result, genes on the Y chromosome usually undergo a process of degeneration.” Genetic degeneration is a major problem in life that is evidently a greater problem for males. This fact may explain the finding that many diseases are much more common in males than females. Obvious examples include sex-related diseases in males, such as prostate cancer and diseases of the male reproductive system.Furthermore, abdominal aortic aneurysms are six times more common in men than women, and autism is approximately 4 times more prevalent. Psychologists are more likely to diagnose men with mental retardation, antisocial personality disorder, substance-abuse disorders and other mental problems.Also, many diseases in males are caused by X-linked recessive inheritance disorders, such as baldness, color blindness and hemophilia.[iii] Males do not have a second X to block the problem of damage on their single X as do females. Thus, most all defective genes on their lone X are expressed or show up on their somatotype.Evolutionists teach that mutations provide the raw material for evolution,[iv]  but mutations are also widely recognized as a major cause of many diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Fully an estimated 99.9% of all mutations are, in the long run, harmful. In a review of the mechanisms that drive genetic degeneration, Charlesworth and Charlesworth conclude that “most mutations with observable phenotypic effects are deleterious.”[v] Estimates vary greatly, but generally around one new mutation occurs in “each round of cell division, even in cells with unimpaired DNA repair and in the absence of external mutagens.”[vi]As a result, for germline mutations, “every child is born with an estimated 100 to 200 new mutations that were not present in the parents.”[vii] Cornell University Professor John Sanford puts the number of point mutations at about 200 new ones for each child compared to their parents, and for all new mutation types the number is closer to 1,000 in each generation.[viii]  Genetic degeneration is the problem that leads to genetic meltdown and eventually, the extinction of a species. The new mechanism that causes new mutations documented by the study noted above appears to be one more additional source of genetic deterioration. It is also one more evidence that Adam was perfect and new mutations have been accumulating ever since then. So far over 5,000 diseases are caused by mutations in humans.[i] New genes on ‘deteriorating’ Y chromosome. Science Daily. October 25, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171025103107.htm[ii] Ray Tobler, Viola Nolte, Christian Schlötterer. High rate of translocation-based gene birth on the Drosophila Y chromosome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017; 201706502 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706502114.[iii] Ngo, ST; Steyn, FJ; McCombe, PA (August 2014). “Gender differences in autoimmune disease.” Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 35 (3): 347–69.[iv] Nei, Masatoshi. 2014. Mutation-Driven Evolution. New York: Oxford University Press.[v] Charlesworth, Brian and Deborah Charlesworth.  1998. “Some Evolutionary Consequences of Deleterious Mutations.”  Genetica, 102/103:3-19. P. 3[vi] Meisenberg, Gerhard and William H. Simmons. 2006. Principles of Medical Biochemistry.  2nd Edition.  Mosby/Elsevier. p. 153.[vii] Meisenberg, Gerhard and William H. Simmons. 2006. Principles of Medical Biochemistry.  2nd Edition.  Mosby/Elsevier. p. 153.[viii] Sanford, John. 2015. Genetic Entropy & The Mystery of the Genome. Revised edition Lima, NY: Ivan Press.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.After reading Sanford’s Genetic Entropy, try Dr Bergman’s eye-opening book, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin.(Visited 878 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New Challenger 1000 Series offers new category of powerful, intelligent tractors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Challenger®, a global brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), introduces an entirely new category of tractors to North American agribusiness operations. Challenger 1000 Series tractors are the industry’s most versatile standard tractor and the ‘must-see’ innovation for 2016. Designed to deliver lower cost of ownership per acre, advanced connectivity and world-class Challenger performance, they are available in four powerful models ranging from 396 to 517 engine horsepower. Producers will get their first look at the tractors during the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, Aug. 30-Sept.1.“The needs of producers in North America continue to evolve as operations become larger and require more efficiency,” says Josh Keeney, tactical marketing manager at AGCO. “The Challenger 1000 Series tractors bring an entirely new solution to the market. These tractors combine the power of a small-frame, articulated 4-wheel drive with the flexibility and speed of a lighter-weight, fixed-frame row crop machine.“Using what we call the new Accu™ platform, the 1000 Series tractors are built to be smarter, more intuitive and efficient, to help producers reduce input costs, increase productivity and ultimately be more profitable,” Keeney adds. “This approach is a logical next step in Challenger’s evolution after our work perfecting the track tractor.”Key to the new Series is the entirely new AccuDrive™ powertrain concept and an upgraded stepless CVT transmission, which provide the tractors with both their power and flexibility. Add to this the tractor’s full suite of on-board technology and an all-new, comfort-focused cab, and these tractors are a single solution for today’s high horsepower needs, from planting and heavy tillage or row crop work to harvesting and on-road hauling up to 31 mph.Redefining productivity through precision All Challenger 1000 Series models are equipped with the ISO-compliant AccuTerminal™ for intuitive, one-stop control of all tractor and implement functions. In addition, the AccuTerminal fully integrates with AGCO’s entire suite of Fuse® Technologies and Fuse Connected Services, bringing a new level of precision and productivity to professional farming operations, to help optimize yields and save on operating inputs and time.A comfortable step up Owners and operators will appreciate the new fit and finish of the spacious, comfortable cabs on the Challenger 1000 tractors. The cabs offer a variety of amenities from air-ride suspension and deluxe leather seat to the ergonomic and intuitive placement of the tractor controls, making a long day in the field feel almost effortless.Debuting at fall farm shows The Challenger 1000 Series tractors will make their public debut at farm shows this fall, including the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa; Big Iron in West Fargo, N. D. and at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. For more information about these new tractors or to find a dealer near you and arrange a demonstration, visithttp://go.agcocorp.com/e/71092/2016-06-30/3qz6mk/223391222.last_img read more

No dome. No doom. No rally.

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornSome estimates indicate crop yields could be record-breaking this year. Good weather combined with technological advances in seed genetics and traits makes this a possibility. Record yields would put tremendous pressure on the market, potentially pushing prices under $3 for the first time since Sep 2009 in the long run.In the last six months beans, wheat and oats have traded at or below 2009 lows. It may be corn’s turn to test the lows. Fundamentally it is the perfect set up — potential record yields, huge carryout and pressure from competing feed grains.I’m hoping for a rally in the near term to give me a couple more selling opportunities. It looks like this market could trade sideways for a very long time. BeansIf beans have record yields, it would ease shortage concerns. Add this to the rumors that China is slowing imports and prices could tumble under $9. Weather can still affect beans for another couple of weeks, but each day drought concerns are less likely. Looking ahead what will farmers plant in 2017? Corn, beans, or wheat?Considering the rallies earlier this spring in beans, I expect bean acres to increase. Farmers will assume that chances at huge rallies could repeat. However, will it be at the expense of corn or wheat. Will corn and wheat acres switch to smaller crops such as cotton, milo, oats, barley or sunflowers? Right now the ratio still favors planting corn over beans in most areas of the U.S. next year. What will weather be like in South America? Could we finally see the lows this fall in all of the markets? What to storeClients frequently ask which crops they should store at home. Obviously my first answer is to store all of their crops at home. Sadly, the vast majority of farmers don’t or won’t. So, following is my recommended crop prioritization for storing only some of my crop at home. Essentially the potential for carry is the driving factor. 1) Specialty crops — The market pays farmers to store specialty crops because they are needed throughout the year. It’s not efficient for a large commercial elevator to store small batches of grain and worry about cross contamination. Additionally the inability for the market to hedge these crops make them the ideal candidate for storage as the market can be less defined. 2) Wheat — Next should be wheat. Most farmers will move their wheat out to make room for their corn, which is the biggest mistake most farmers will make all year. Wheat has a carry of more than 60 cents this year, while corn only has 20 cents (maybe eventually 30 cents). I don’t understand why every wheat farmer doesn’t build storage. The carry will pay for the interest on the grain AND the bin payment. 3) Corn — Corn is the farmer’s favorite commodity to store. It’s a good choice. When you factor in the moisture discount savings and the market carry along with basis appreciation corn will be a better choice than beans, but not quite as good as wheat. 4) Beans — If I didn’t have enough storage for all of my corn I would move all of my beans off the farm. It doesn’t even matter if a farmer hasn’t presold them. Beans are cheaper to re-own on the futures market than they are to own in the bin. How do you capture carry?1) You have to sell your crop by harvest against the harvest futures contract — July or Sep for wheat, Nov for beans and Dec for corn. 2) When the carry spreads increase, which usually is strong during harvest, you buy back your harvest sales and replace them with sales for summer delivery. 3) You’ll need to also consider factoring in basis, which is a different trade altogether. Also one has to look at how much of premium there is for the spread to summer. Which direction could basis levels go throughout the year can affect your carry profits as well. But I don’t like the futures price today, so I don’t want to sellWell, yes I can understand not liking futures below $3.50. That is why I have sold futures throughout rallies earlier in the year. Just like every other farmer, I wish I had more grain sold at this point. But, I’m glad I have a large percentage already sold. Farmers with no grain sold by harvest have less of a chance at the carry and thus put themselves potentially further behind. This is why it’s so important to have a plan in place and sell rallies when they are available.The market tells a farmer what to store and for how long to store it. Farmers need to learn to how to use carry to help reduce risk while gaining profits. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

New York Times Launches Times Skimmer: A New Way to Read the Paper Online

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web The New York Times just launched a new way to read the paper’s stories online. With Times Skimmer, which first launched as a prototype application earlier this year, the New York Times is trying to bring the feeling and serendipity of reading the physical newspaper to its online presence. Users can choose from seven different layouts. Most of these are based on a grid-based design, though some also mimic the feel of an RSS reader with stories organized in chronological order, or ranked according to the the recommendations of the New York Times’ editorial team.Besides the different layout options, the New York Times made some major changes to the prototype we looked at in February. The navigation menu has moved to the right, for example, and clicking on a headline now opens the article in a pop-up window that is nicely integrated with the rest of the application. The app feels somewhat similar to the paid Times Reader application – especially if you use an application like Fluid or Prism to pack it into a standalone app. frederic lardinois One nice feature of the app is that it smartly rearranges stories according to the size of the browser window. Times Skimmer also features keyboard shortcuts.Times Skimmer features a separate section for blogs, as well as a section for collections of articles about special topics, e.g. swine flu, credit crisis and bacon. According to Denise Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer at the New York Times Media Group and general manager of NYTimes.com, Times Skimmer is meant to give “online readers another way to view the latest news and updates in a choice of formats that best suit their preferences.” Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb has an existing syndication arrangement with The New York Times. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Punjab Warriors release marquee player Dwyer

first_imgAfter Delhi Waveriders, it was the turn of Jaypee Punjab Warriors to release their marquee player Jamie Dwyer for the fourth and fifth seasons of the Hockey India League. The two-time finalist released another key player in drag flicker Sandeep Singh. Punjab have retained Australian trio – Christopher Ciriello, Mark Knowles and Jacob Whetton – and India’s experienced forward player SV Sunil along with promising youngsters Satbir Singh and Varun Kumar.In the last three seasons, Australian great Dwyer has played an important role in guiding the team to finals in 2014 and 2015. He forged a lethal combination with compatriots Kieran Govers and Simon Orchard along with Jaap Stockmann (The Netherlands) and Lucas Ray (Argentina).Among those retained, Australia’s drag flicker Ciriello is among the core group of players who have been with the team since the first season. The penalty corner specialist scored three goals in the first season and two in the second season. Ciriello displayed his best performance in the HIL 2015 where he scored four goals through penalty corners. His fellow countrymen Mark Knowles is a key member of the defence.Among the Indian players, forward SV Sunil has been a regular member of the team.”The players, which we have retained for the next two seasons, belong to the core group of the team and their experience is invaluable to us. We will build a new team around them and their presence will help the new players to adjust with our style of game. Everyone can expect a good performance from the Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the upcoming season,” said Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ coach Jagbir Singh.advertisementlast_img read more

Streak stopped

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Undefeated Ateneo looking to take care of business Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy chipped in 25 and 16, while Jackson Corpuz 18 off the bench in the gritty stand that put the Dyip right in the middle of the draw with a 4-4 record.“We talked about our problems, our issues. I told them that it’s all part of the game,” coach Johnedel Cardel told reporters after the game. “We had to challenge [ourselves]. The only way to [solve our problems] was to win this game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!center_img LATEST STORIES Kiefer Ravena fired 16 points off the bench and to lead the NLEX locals in scoring. Jericho Cruz, Poy Erram, and JR Quiñahan all tossed in 10 or more.The KaTropa were led by KJ McDaniels, who nearly had a triple-double in 42 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.Roger Pogoy added 35 points for TNT.Columbian snapped its two-game slide at the expense of undermanned Phoenix Fuel, 106-104, earlier.Import Khapri Alston had an all-around performance, firing 30 points and plucking 18 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Import Manny Harris unloaded 20 of his 40 points in the third quarter to give NLEX control of a match against a squad that had looked peerless through its first seven games.“There’s a reason TNT’s undefeated up to this point. We just made sure we were ready for them,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, whose wards improved to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe victory came on a day the league office approved a trade that sent Blackwater gunner Allein Maliksi and seldom-used big man Reymar Jose to Meralco in exchange for Mike Tolomia, KG Canaleta and a pair of second-round draft picks.The swap comes on the heels of NorthPort acquiring San Miguel Beer big man Christian Standhardinger and TNT getting Elite sniper Mike DiGregorio. NLEX put an end to TNT’s impressive run to start the PBA Governors’ Cup and booked a playoff berth while doing so.While teams continued to bolster their rosters in preparation for a playoff run, the Road Warriors clinched their spot in the next round with a decisive 126-113 victory over the KaTropa on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

India needs larger pool of skilled football coaches

first_imgMumbai, Sep 11 (PTI) For India to grow substantially in football, it needs a larger pool of skilled coaches and coach educators, says Jeremy Weeks, head coach of Premier Skills, an initiative of English Premier League. “There is a passion and enthusiasm for the sport of football evident in India, more so after the onset of the Indian Super League here. There is a different set of skills required to be a good grassroots community coach. And thats what we have set out to achieve over the last few days,” said Weeks at the concluding ceremony of the week-long ISL-Premier Skills training programme at the Cooperage ground here today. “We arent here to tell the coaches what to do. This is about our Premier League clubs sharing our knowledge and skills with the Indian coaches. Its amazing to see coaches enthusiastic about learning and developing themselves. If we need more youth to play, we will need more coaches to develop and help players improve their skills,” he added. Weeks stressed the importance of creating a vast talent pool of coaches and coach educators in India, who further need to work in the communities in encouraging young players. Premier Skills has partnered with the ISL and All India Football Federation to launch its football skills enhancing programme in India. Phase 1 of three-phase course ended today. Fifty grassroots and youth coaches from the eight ISL clubs and community football coaches from NGOs received expert training and valuable insights in football skills from Weeks and his qualified team of coaches at Premier Skills. Weeks was supported by Robert Parrett, Development Manager at Crystal Palace Football Club and Katie Bottom, Women and Girls Development Officer at West Ham United Football Club. (More) PTI SSR KRK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more