Rookie scores first NHL goal in Sharks’ win over Kings

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SAN JOSE — Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored the 557th goal of his NHL career in Friday’s afternoon game against the Los Angeles Kings. A short while later, Sharks rookie Noah Gregor scored his first.The Sharks have been looking for more offensive production from a wider array of players recently and found it in a 4-1 win over the Kings in rare matinee game.Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture also scored and Martin …last_img read more

Robotic Pothole Crew Keeps Your Genetic Highways in Good Repair

first_imgWhat a thought – a repair crew of molecular machines roaming the strands of your DNA, fixing errors 24 x 7.  It happens.  New techniques are showing the machines jumping from strand to strand like fleas, stopping at suspicious points, and fixing errors, reported Science Daily.  Dr. Bennett Van Houten (U of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute) had an earthy way of illustrating what goes on.  “How this system works is an important unanswered question in this field,” he said.  “It has to be able to identify very small mistakes in a 3-dimensional morass of gene strands.  It’s akin to spotting potholes on every street all over the country and getting them fixed before the next rush hour.”    A bacterium has about 40 team members on its pothole crew.  That allows its entire genome to be scanned for errors in 20 minutes, the typical doubling time.  The machines were observed jumping and sliding at random, but engaged sometimes in paused motion that “seemed slower and purposeful,” the scientists said, as if they were scrutinizing a pothole (i.e., a structural abnormality or defect) needing repair.  These smart machines can apparently also interact with other damage control teams if they cannot fix the problem on the spot.Strange story.  None of the scientists said anything about evolution.  Weren’t they supposed to tell us how these smart robots evolved?  We were told nothing made sense in biology except in the light of evolution.  Are they going to leave us here in the dark?  Someone, please shed light on evolution before the I.D. bogeymen get here!(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Confed Cup ticket sales accelerate

first_img28 May 2009Ticket sales for the 2009 Confederations Cup are fast approaching the 400 000 mark, with just three weeks left before the kickoff of Fifa’s “Tournament of Continental Champions”.Some 383 506 tickets, or 63% of the total 640 000 tickets available, had been sold by 21 May, according to Fifa. Of those sold, 25 000 had been bought over the counter since the opening of ticketing centres in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg.Johannesburg is in the lead, with 33 509 tickets purchased and collected at its ticketing centre at the Sandton Isle, in Sandton.According to Fifa, tickets for several matches in various categories are sold out:Match 1 (South Africa vs Iraq): category 3 and 4;Match 3 (Brasil vs Egypt): category 4;Match 4 (USA vs Italy): category 4;Match 7 (USA vs Brasil): category 2, 3 and 4;Match 11 (Brasil vs Italy): all categories;Match 14 (semifinal, Johannesburg): category 4; andMatch 16 (final, Johannesburg); category 4Category four tickets are the cheapest tickets and are available exclusively to South African residents in rands. For the group matches and the third place match, category four tickets go for R70 only. Categories one to three tickets are available in American dollars to football fans living outside the country.Category one tickets are for seats alongside the pitch, between the goal lines. Category two tickets are for seats next to category one seats, in the corners; and categories three and four tickets are for seats behind the goals or in the corners.TeamsNew Zealand, Iraq and Spain and host nation South Africa will slug it out for top spot in Group A, while the United States, Egypt, Brazil and Italy will fight it out in Group B.The opening and final matches of the tournament, which kicks off on 14 June, will be played at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium, while Tshwane’s Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Mangaung’s Free State Stadium, and Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace will host group and semifinal matches.People can still apply for tickets through FNB branches. At bank branches, buyers must:Collect official ticket application forms from any FNB branch across the country;Fill out the application form, subject to the household limitations on ticket purchases – a maximum of four tickets per household, up to a maximum of seven matches. You must also choose which games you would like to attend, as well as supply personal details of the main applicant and guests;Return the ticket application form to an FNB teller, keeping the ticket purchase card as proof of payment;Wait to receive an SMS confirming the outcome of your application;Pay for tickets when advised that the request for tickets was successful; andCollect your tickets using your card at various points in the four host citiesTickets can also be bought online:On the Fifa website, register your request for tickets;Monitor the outcome or status of your ticket application online;Go online when advised that your ticket application was successful; andCollect tickets using your Visa payment card from various points in the four host citiesTickets can also be bought over the counter at ticketing centres in each host city. Simply walk into a ticketing centre with cash, credit or debit cards and buy tickets over the counter or through vending machines. The vending machines, which take only credit and ticket purchase cards, give customers step-by-step instructions on buying tickets, which are printed out.Once ticket applications have been approved, the tickets can be collected from inside FNB branches during normal FNB trading hours, as well as other designated collection points available at each host city.At all locations, customers need to bring along:Their payment card, if they used the card to buy their tickets via the Fifa website;Their ticket purchase card from their hard ticket application form, if they used the paper application form to buy their tickets; andProof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsSource: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Play Your Part episode 19: get involved

first_imgEntrepreneurs Sydney Madibo and Putco Mafani, as well as school principal Youssef Atcha, are guests on episode 19 of Play Your Part. Get involved with them, here:Sydney Madibo, an entrepreneur and public speaker, is a contestant on the reality TV show, One Day Leader. Madibo is a guest on episode 19 of Play Your Part, broadcast on 27 January 2018. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSydney Madibo, the president of the student representative council at North-West University, is one of the guests on episode 19 of the Play Your Part TV series.The episode is aired on Saturday, 27 January 2018 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Madibo and the other guests on the show:Sydney MadiboMadibo was a mentor on the youth TV show, Future Leaders, following his win on the reality show, One Day Leader: Season 5.Contact detailsTwitter: @sydneymadiboFacebook: Sydney MadiboYoussef AtchaYoussef AtchaAtcha is the principal of The Leadership College in Manenberg, Cape Town. A private school, it is completely free for its learners, who are accepted on merit. Programmes for learners include community service, leadership development and entrepreneurial training.Contact detailsFacebook: The Leadership CollegeWebsite: [email protected] MafaniPutco MafaniMafani is the station manager of Rhythm FM in the Eastern Cape. He is also the founder of public relations and events company Putcomafani Consulting. Over the years, the company has helped initiatives such as the Thamsanqa Project in Motherwell and the Cancer Association of South Africa, with fundraising and donations.Contact detailsTwitter: @putcomafani and @pmc_businessFacebook: Putcomafani ConsultingWebsite: www.putcomafani.comPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

ODA issues stop-sale order for Thrifty propane deliveries

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued a stop-sale order for propane deliveries from propane trucks owned and operated by Thrifty Propane. The order prohibits the use of any and all Thrifty Propane trucks throughout the State of Ohio for commercial (sales or delivery) purposes unless approved by the Department.Following up on complaints that Thrifty Propane overcharged customers for the quantity of propane actually sold and that the company was operating trucks that were not properly licensed or inspected, the department’s Division of Weights and Measures ordered the company to bring all of their propane trucks for testing and recertification in January. After the company failed to submit their trucks for testing for two months, the stop-sale order was issued on April 5, 2016.The state’s metered truck testing and licensing laws, overseen by the department’s Division of Weights and Measures, help ensure that consumers are always receiving the amount of product they are paying for.  Consumers who have concerns about deliveries before or after the stop-sale order issued on April 5 should contact the department’s Division of Enforcement at 614-728-6240.last_img read more

BJP likely to go ‘local’ in Jharkhand polls

first_imgWith the announcement of a five-phase Jharkhand Assembly elections from November 30 to December 20, the BJP is girding itself for not only a campaign that will be akin to a man-to-man marking but also one that will reflect the impact of the recent Maharashtra and Haryana polls. In Haryana and Maharashtra, the BJP projected national issues such as the abrogation of Article 370 and plans to implement a nationwide National Registry of Citizenship (NRC) to weed out illegal immigrants, but fell short of the majority mark in both the States. And that strategy is under review now. Unlike what commentators had said, BJP leaders believe that their tally in both the States would have been lower had Prime Minister Narendra Modi and issues related to nationalism not been pressed into service. The local anti-incumbency, especially in Haryana, would have taken a bigger toll on the party’s prospects. Whatever be the case, the conclusion at the party headquarters is that local anti-incumbency and issues related to the State government have to be addressed before the polls go any further. Advantage BJPThe five-phase polls in Jharkhand is being seen as an advantage, as it would allow changes in strategy vis a vis specific parts of the State, and the resource-heavy BJP having an advantage over other parties when it comes to a long-drawn-out campaign. The BJP in Jharkhand is anxious to counter the tribal versus non-tribal narrative that has built up over the years, with the BJP being accused of neglecting the tribal communities. The Raghubar Das government’s attempts to amend the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Tenancy Act saw the build-up of a movement against it. The backgrounding of former Chief Minister Arjun Munda in favour of Mr. Das, a non-tribal, was also being seen as part of this undermining. To repair this damage, the BJP will be deploying Mr. Munda in the campaign, as also the fact that senior State leaders like Sukhdeo Bhagat from the Congress have been brought over to the BJP. “We are in touch with former ADG of police Reji Dungdung who, having taken VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) is exploring political options with the Congress and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) as well,” said a senior office-bearer of the BJP in the know of things. State in-charge Om Mathur is likely to visit the Jharkhand next week, and some campaign pointers may be firmed up. “Political instability had been seen as the bane of the State politics, and the fact that the BJP gave a five-year stable government under the same Chief Minister is a selling point, as is the lack of any huge corruption scam being pointed at the government,” said the source. The lessons from Haryana and Maharashtra of not papering over local anti-incumbency is being taken on board.last_img read more

If BC doesnt back down Canada should cut their funds says Alberta

first_imgB.C. Premier John Horgan says he will do whatever it takes to keep the pipeline from being built and has threatened to use regulations to stop additional oil from flowing through the line even if it is built.The Vancouver Board of Trade also said today Trudeau has to sit down with Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley immediately to solve the impasse or exert Canada’s jurisdiction through other means.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada will consider financial, legal and regulatory options, but insists the government has approved the pipeline in the national interest and, one way or another, he says it will be built. OTTAWA, O.N. — Pressure is mounting on the federal government to use money or the Constitution to back up its claims that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will be built, no matter what.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is in Ottawa today for an emergency meeting following news that Kinder Morgan is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t fall apart amid strong opposition from the British Columbia government.Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative party, says since Trudeau had no qualms withholding more than $60 million from Saskatchewan for not joining the Liberal carbon tax plan, he should follow suit by withholding transfers to B.C. for blocking a pipeline it has no jurisdiction over.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP searching for missing woman

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who hasn’t been seen in nearly two months. 45-year-old Leona Lee Hommy was last seen in Grande Prairie on March 11th. Hommy is described as Caucasian, standing 5’5” tall, weighing 140 lbs., with red hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a hat, coat, and pants, though police do not know the colour of her clothing.There is a concern for Hommy’s well-being, and the RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.  Anyone with information about Hommy or her whereabouts asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at Photo by RCMPlast_img read more

Revision to the City Cemeteries Bylaw was asked to get a second

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of FSJ seeks to amend the Cemeteries Bylaw and Council asked for the City to consult with the local Funeral provider for input on the desired changes and return with a report.The City presented a request for a change to Bylaw 2433 at the Committee of the Whole meeting with a presentation developed from a 2016 Master Study and comparison to other communities.The City seeks to change the Bylaw in several areas which included, the Cemeteries operational hours, prices, ornamentation and the language used in the Bylaw. Councillors were concerned with the requested time change. Current hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm and want them changed to the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. The concern is that the new hours could put additional financial stress on a grieving family if there were to be a reduction in working hours causing overtime charges when dealing with interment.During the City Council meeting, Council directed the staff to consult with the local funeral provider for their input on the presented changes and to bring back a report that also includes a better outline for cost recovery, timeframes for an increase per year based on other communities and the Master study.last_img read more

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government remains committed to putting the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion back in private hands as he unveiled four principles for including Indigenous groups in those discussions.But he says timing and details of the sale of the pipeline depends on when it is “de-risked” and therefore can’t be determined until consultations now underway with affected Indigenous groups are completed.The minister says discussions of potential Indigenous ownership could proceed if the communities would have “meaningful economic participation”, if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and on a commercial basis. Morneau is in Calgary to promote last week’s federal budget. His next stops are in Vancouver and Edmonton.Chanting and honking horns could be heard from a large gathering of pro-pipeline picketers across the street from the Fairmont Palliser hotel while Morneau spoke to the Economic Club of Canada.In his speech, he said Ottawa realizes that resource-dependent provinces like Alberta have different economic challenges than others and vowed to continue to implement measures that encourage confidence and optimism.“We’ve been very clear that we see the importance of getting our resources to international markets. We’ve also been very clear that the only way these projects can get done is if they’re done in the right way,” he said.“I hope and expect that Albertans will see that we’re comporting ourselves in the way we need to in the face of getting a project done.”last_img read more