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Draft wrapup: 49ers pros and cons

first_imgSANTA CLARA — With the stipulation that nobody truly knows how draft picks will play out in both the near and distant future, some observations on the 49ers’ class of 2019:ProsHelp for Jimmy Garoppolo: All the 49ers need is for one of their two picks to deliver at wide receiver — second-round pick Deebo Samuel of South Carolina (second round, No. 36) or Jalen Hurd of Baylor (third round. 67) and they’ve given quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo some much needed help in the passing game to go along …last_img

Taxpayers Fund Anti-Science Materialist Myths

first_imgNASA and the NSF give tons of money to materialists to promote lies about chemistry and the origin of life.“Was the Secret Spice in Primal Gene Soup a Thickener?” a press release from Georgia Tech teases. “More evidence that life could have evolved with relative ease: New research supports ancestors of genes self-copying in a mushy puddle.”What follows reaches beyond falsehood into mythology. The perhapsimaybecouldness index is off the charts.The original recipe for gene soup may have been simple — rain, a jumble of common molecules, warm sunshine, and nighttime cooling. Then add a pinch of thickener.That last ingredient may have helped gene-like strands to copy themselves in puddles for the first time ever, billions of years ago when Earth was devoid of life, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found. Their novel discoveries add to a growing body of evidence that suggests first life may have evolved with relative ease, here and possibly elsewhere in the universe.Nick Hud’s barbiturate team (see 5/10/16) created a completely unrealistic scenario to promote a materialist view of life’s origin. He knows that RNA and DNA strands “snap together” into useless forms too fast, so he added a thickener, glycholine, which his team admits “was not likely present on pre-biotic Earth.”His team also completely ignored the information problem of sequencing nucleotides or amino acids into meaningful, functional molecules. But for his completely irrelevant work, he gets government money:The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the NASA Astrobiology Program under the NASA/NSF Center for Chemical Evolution (grant number CHE-1504217) and by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (grant number DGE-1148903).The research didn’t even work. He had to use an enzyme from living cells. Using an existing enzyme begs the question of how such a complex molecular machine could have arisen from a messy molecular soup by chance. He is also aware that competing cross-reactions would have inhibited any progress toward a self-replicating, living cell. But now, the team is calling for even more money:The enzymes would not have been present on a prebiotic Earth, and although there are chemical procedure for ligating RNA, “no one has developed a chemistry so robust yet that it could replace the enzyme,” Grover said.Finding one that could have worked on a prebiotic Earth would be a worthy aim for further research.Do the taxpayers even know or care how this money is being spent?That’s why we need Illustra Media’s new film ORIGIN. Visit the website and buy up copies to distribute. Don’t let the OoL Follies continue their campaign of misinformation. Fight lies with the truth! (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

King to serve as OSU CFAES dean

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 15, Lonnie King will step in as acting dean and vice president for agricultural administration for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.He will assume the roles presently held by Ronald L. Hendrick, who will leave Ohio State in June to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.King will serve in this capacity while Bruce McPheron serves as interim provost for the university.King’s extensive leadership experience and numerous scientific contributions align well with CFAES’s teaching and learning, research and innovation, and outreach and engagement missions, McPheron said.In addition to serving as dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 2009-2015, King served as a dean at Michigan State from 1996-2006. He also served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases and led initiatives in public health, disease prevention, policy development and research.King also worked in global trade agreements and has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues of emerging diseases in his role as the nation’s chief veterinarian. Among his many distinctive honors, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.last_img read more

DowDuPont, Inc. is now the world’s largest chemical company

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As of the close of the stock market on Aug. 31, Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. have merged.The largest two U.S. chemical makers received all necessary regulatory approvals and shares of DowDuPont Inc. begin trading Sept. 1, 2017. The value of the new agribusiness behemoth — now the world’s largest chemical company — is near $150 billion.DowDuPont plans to split into three separate companies focused on agriculture, specialty products and materials. Yesterday’s closing is a result of a late 2015 decision by the Dow Chemical Company and DuPont boards of directors that unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals.“This transaction is a game-changer for our industry and reflects the culmination of a vision we have had for more than a decade to bring together these two powerful innovation and material science leaders,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer in 2015 after the merger plans were announced. “Over the last decade our entire industry has experienced tectonic shifts as an evolving world presented complex challenges and opportunities — requiring each company to exercise foresight, agility and focus on execution. This transaction is a major accelerator in Dow’s ongoing transformation, and through this we are creating significant value and three powerful new companies. This merger of equals significantly enhances the growth profile for both companies, while driving value for all of our shareholders and our customers.”The transition to three separate companies will take place over the next 18 months.“This is an extraordinary opportunity to deliver long-term, sustainable shareholder value through the combination of two highly complementary global leaders and the creation of three strong, focused, industry-leading businesses. Each of these businesses will be able to allocate capital more effectively, apply its powerful innovation more productively, and extend its value-added products and solutions to more customers worldwide,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “For DuPont, this is a definitive leap forward on our path to higher growth and higher value. This merger of equals will create significant near-term value through substantial cost synergies and additional upside from growth synergies. Longer term, the three-way split we intend to pursue is expected to unlock even greater value for shareholders and customers and more opportunity for employees as each business will be a leader in attractive segments where global challenges are driving demand for these businesses’ distinctive offerings.” Of course, there are concerns about this, and other, massive mergers among agriculturally focused corporations.“While farmers need not analyze the minutia of the proposed unions, it is important to consider what impact these mergers might have on their farms. Net farm income for 2017, when adjusted for inflation, is likely to fall to a 15-year low,” said Leisa Boley-Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney from Celina. “Anything that puts added strain on finances is a problem. Additional concentration in an industry rarely leads to savings. Some producers and farm groups fear that higher prices are likely.”The continued consolidation of major input suppliers is a growing concern for many in agriculture, said Barbara Patterson, National Farmers Union government relations director.“We’ve seen a massive trend towards consolidation with all of the ag inputs and processing sectors. We have long been concerned about that, but this year with the down farm economy we have seen a number of mergers announced and working their way through various regulatory processes. We’re really concerned about the already highly consolidated big six seed and chemical companies turning into the big four and what that means for farmers in terms of higher costs, reduced choices, and less innovation down the road,” Patterson said. “There needs to be more innovation coming up and not less. We are really concerned about that and we continue to work on the consolidation issues on the poultry and livestock processing side too. We are working to increase competitive markets.”Patterson said farmers need to share their consolidation concerns with legislators.“Use your voice to call your member of Congress and tell them that you are concerned about these mergers,” she said. “Get the word out about these issues because consolidation is here, it is getting worse and it has reverberating impacts across the rural economy.”Following the European Union approval of the merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. in March, the NFU called on the Trump Administration to block the deal.“The reduction in competition that would be wrought by a Dow-DuPont merger will result in less innovation, higher prices, and less choice for farmers,” said Roger Johnson, NFU President in a letter to President Trump. “Given the damaging and lasting effects this merger will have on family farmers and rural America, we urge you to oppose this merger.”The National Corn Growers Association has also expressed potential concerns with the Dow-DuPont merger citing the likely increased seed market concentration that will result. NCGA also recognizes, though, that mergers can also offer benefits to farmers including increased synergy and more efficient innovation due to stiff competition moving forward between the remaining, large evenly-matched companies after the mergers. With the high costs and abundant regulatory requirements to bring new technology to the market, large companies with deep pockets are necessary.“As we evaluate farmer access to seeds and traits, we do see additional potential benefits arising from this merger. Dow’s seed products have been delivered primarily through a retailer network. DuPont‐ Pioneer has relied, extensively, upon its farmer‐dealer network for seed delivery. Again, by merging Dow’s trait development expertise with Pioneer’s germplasm — and by taking advantage of the existing dual system for delivering seeds to farmers — farmers could see greater access to a broader range of seed products coming from the new company,” said the NCGA in a letter last summer. “…Our analysis notes that the complementary product lines of Dow and DuPont within the crop protection chemical market — actually will create stronger competition within this market. Bayer and Syngenta dominate the global market today. A broader offering from a new Dow‐DuPont company could actually provide greater access to, and a broader portfolio delivered from, the domestic agrochemical retail market. This enhanced competition at the retail level could result in more favorable farmer pricing of crop protection chemical products.”last_img read more

Beach Touch Nominations Now Open

first_imgYou will find everything you need to know about Beach Touch at www.beachtouch.com.au.  Beach Touch is an exciting new event that will be hitting Maroubra Beach in January 2012, it will cater for Juniors, Men’s, Mixed and Women’s teams. Every team will play a minimum of four games. Teams will receive a limited edition Beach Touch Ball and the players will receive two exclusive Beach Touch playing singlets and a bag that contains promotional material from various partners and sponsors. There will be music and family entertainment, plus a presentation where the winning teams will receive merchandise and products for winning. The competitions will be conducted throughout early 2012 on Saturdays:·         21st January ·         4th February ·         25th February Beach Touch will also be conducting two special events ·         Saturday, 17 March 2012 will be a Corporate Beach Touch Cup ·         Sunday, 1 April will be a Schools Competition – Men and Women (under 18’s,16’s and 14’s) To enter your team of seven sun lovers make sure you don’t miss out with team entries closing on Monday, 9 January 2012. Log on to www.beachtouch.com.au and click on the register now button. Alternatively you can contact Christopher Jonson on 0405 221 239 to register your team. The event has been endorsed by Randwick Council, New South Wales Touch Association and Touch Football Australia.Related Filesbeach_touch_flyer_01-pdflast_img read more

Australian Trans Tasman Teams Announced

first_imgMen’s Open Kristin BossCharlotte CaslickEmilee CherryJenna HitchKristy JuddJessica McCallNicole McHughBianca MounseyLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh Quinlan Alicia Quirk Peta RogersonMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterKelly WoodsPeter Bell – CoachShelley Matcham – Manager Mixed Open Jamie ChanMichael ChapmanMichael LawCameron NichollsRoy PrasadSebe ReyMichael SinghDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaPeter WatkinsKristy BrennanGemma EtheridgeNikki EtheridgeKylie HilderSarah PeattieSarah Spacie Micheal Lovett – Coach Manu Wakely – Assistant CoachMathew Gilbertson – Manager The following Australian referees have been named to officiate in the series:David BaggioDale Lawrence Michael Medlin Luke McKenzieAnthony Smith Related Files2012_trans_tasman_australian_teams_announced-pdf Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams have been announced today following a training camp in Sydney earlier this month. 16 players will debut for Australia at an Open level in the series which will be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012. The three-test series sees the fierce rivals meet for the first time since the 2011 World Cup finals, which saw Australia narrowly defeat New Zealand in each of the three Open divisions. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever following the reintroduction of the Trans Tasman Series three years ago, with the teams meeting annually since 2009. Australia took a clean sweep of the three divisions in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series and will be hoping to continue its impressive record in Mudgee, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset to the Australian teams in their own backyard. The following players have been named in the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open sides: Daniel BartonWillie BishopStuart BriertyScott BuckleyTerry DeeganNick GoodDylan HennesseyTroy MalcolmBen MoylanRobert NakhlaJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt Tope Dan Withers Anthony ZiadeTony Trad – CoachPaul Sfeir – Assistant CoachGary Rose – Manager Women’s Open last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Pochettino will struggle to reject Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock: Pochettino will struggle to reject Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would struggle to turn down Manchester United.The Argentine continues to be linked with the United job.Warnock said, “The grass is not always greener,” Warnock said. “Sir Alex [Ferguson] knew when he left that the place was not the same. They’d lost a lot and no one has been able to put that back.“It is still a big test for him [Pochettino]. Does he want that sort of challenge when he has got a new stadium and a squad he knows inside out?“But Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and you don’t get that opportunity very often.” last_img read more