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Wife of Giants CEO Larry Baer issues statement in aftermath of ugly scene

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Pam Baer, the wife of Giants Chief Executive Larry Baer, issued a statement Saturday through her attorney in relation to their public altercation 24 hours earlier..The statement: “My husband and I had an argument in public about which we are quite embarrassed. I took his cellphone. He wanted it back and I did not want to give it back. I started to get up and the chair I was sitting in began to tip.“Due to an injury I …last_img

‘He’s an MVP candidate, he really is’: Despite roster chaos, Marcus Semien continues to excel at the plate

first_imgKANSAS CITY — Babies, beanballs and lengthy IL stints had the A’s in a bit of a roster jumble.The A’s beat the Royals on Thursday, 9-8. It secured a nice little 3-1 series win to bounce off of into a gut-check three-game series in Yankee Stadium. The Royals are in last place in the AL Central, they aren’t contenders. They aren’t that good, though they put up a good fight after Monday’s rout.But the A’s are without Ramon Laureano, Stephen Piscotty. Wednesday they lost Khris Davis to paternity …last_img

SA gears for a nano future

first_img27 November 2007South Africa has launched two new innovation centres to help the country compete globally in the fast-developing fields of nanotechnology and nanoscience.The National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials (NCNSM) is based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus in Pretoria, while the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre is based in Johannesburg.Speaking at the launch in Pretoria on Monday, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said nanotechnology could be used to address some of South Africa’s social and economic challenges.“We therefore have to create an environment conducive to harnessing the potential benefits of this promising field,” he said, adding that the scientists working at the new centres would be engaged in research “with identified, tangible measurables.“They will have to be at the forefront, the tone-setters and catalysts of the country’s research and development programme in nanotechnology.”According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, nanotechnology refers broadly to a field of applied science and technology whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale, normally 1 to 100 nanometers, and the fabrication of devices within that size range. A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre.The initial focus of research at the centre in Pretoria will be on the fabrication of novel nano-structured materials, the synthesis of polymer nano-composites, and materials modelling and simulation.The DST/Mintek centre will focus on the application of nanotechnology in the areas of water, health, mining and minerals. Besides the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Mintek, the centre pulls together the Medical Research Council, the Water Research Commission and the universities of Johannesburg, the Western Cape and Rhodes.Both centres will also have a strong focus on human capital development by training and developing young scientists.“We are still in the initial wave of nanotechnology, in which most of the nanotechnology-based products on the market are linked to defence and national security applications or to sporting goods and consumer-convenience items,” said NCNSM chief researcher Suprakas Ray.Within five to 10 years, said Ray, sophisticated electronic devices using nanoscale circuitry and memory could be expected, and within 10 to 15 years the technology could expand into pharmaceutical products, drug delivery systems and health-monitoring devices.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Barnard: surgeon with heart

first_imgChris Barnard won the praise of the worldfor his astonishing medical achievement.(Image: SA History) Barnard and former South Africanpresident Nelson Mandela.(Image: Karoo Hartfees 2008) The patient, Louis Washkansky, with hisphysician, Chris Barnard.(Image: Cape Gateway) Barnard mobbed by admirers during a visitto the University of Frankfurt-Hoechst.(Image: Max Scheler)Janine ErasmusDecember marks the anniversary of the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant, performed in 1967 by the late South African Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard – one of an eminent group of physicians renowned for their role in advancement of medicine.Barnard put South Africa on the medical map with his pioneering work in the field of organ transplants. Today such operations are routine, but 41 years ago Barnard was venturing into unknown territory.The Charles Saint theatre suite at Cape Town’s world-famous Groote Schuur Hospital was the scene of medical history when Barnard and his team successfully placed the still-beating heart of a fatally injured young accident victim into the body of 55-year-old Louis Washkansky.At the time huge strides were being made internationally in the field of cardiac surgery, and it was also the collective work of a number of others around the world that contributed to Barnard’s extraordinary feat. There was increasing success in correcting congenital heart conditions and operating on the human heart, and new technologies such as the heart-lung machine were allowing surgeons to reach greater heights than ever before.Extensive research had been carried out into the surgical techniques of heart transplantation, and much work on animals was being done by specialists in several countries. The time was right for the unthinkable – that of a human-to-human heart transplant.Barnard had successfully performed South Africa’s first kidney transplant, his only such operation, earlier in 1967 and was convinced that the Cape Town team had the knowledge, expertise and facilities to do the same with the heart. However, he was not the only one.A race for victoryIn fact, there was something of a global race to see who would perform the daring operation, with teams at around the world standing by. While recipients were plentiful, it was the need for just the right donor that was delaying matters. For two teams, it all suddenly came together. Barnard performed his operation just days before Dr Adrian Kantrowitz in Brooklyn, New York, but sadly the infant American patient died mere hours after the transplant and the surgical team admitted defeat.For months both Barnard and Kantrowicz had been on the point of achieving the breakthrough, but because of various factors, such as South Africa’s apartheid laws, which forbade the transplantation of a heart from a non-white into a white person, they were neck-and-neck until conditions gave Barnard the edge.Before the historic moment Barnard was asked by friends if such a transplant would make headlines around the world. “There will probably be a ripple in the medical world,” the physician is reported to have replied, somewhat dryly.Living on borrowed timeWashkansky had taken the brave step of agreeing to the operation, but he had little choice. His heart was badly diseased, he had suffered three heart attacks, and by that stage he was living one day at a time. Barnard had examined him the year before at the request of his own physician and had come to the conclusion that nothing could be done. A year later he was fighting for his life and when the surgeon offered him the unprecedented chance to improve his health he took it.But while the world rejoiced, the family of donor Denise Darvall mourned. The 25-year-old was crossing a road in the suburb Observatory, with her mother, Myrtle, when they were hit by a car. Darvall’s mother died at the scene and the young woman was rushed to nearby Groote Schuur with extensive head injuries. Realising that she could not survive on her own, her father consented to the removal of her heart in the hope that it would save Washkansky’s life.Barnard’s team sprang into action to remove the precious organ. Darvall’s body was taken into operating theatre A, next to theatre B in which Washkansky lay waiting. Shortly after midnight on 3 December 1967, her heart was removed and connected to a small heart-lung machine where it was simultaneously chilled. Her kidneys were also removed, to be transplanted into a 10-year-old coloured boy. This gave rise to some controversy at the time because of apartheid laws.Although their blood types were not the same and the chances of rejection were unknown, Darvall was O-negative – the universal donor – and so the team decided to go ahead. Because of the urgency of the situation, hospital authorities were not alerted until the operation was over. Afterwards a number of ethical questions arose and it was said by some that the team had rushed into the operation without knowing enough about immune system repression.The operation began at around 1am. The team of some 30 doctors, among them Barnard’s brother Marius, took five hours and five stages to complete their historic task. After stitching the donor heart into position, Barnard connected first the left auricle and then the right, followed by the aorta, the pulmonary artery, and the veins, and when the heart-lung machine was removed Darvall’s heart took over strongly.Although Washkansky died almost three weeks later because his immune system had been compromised by anti-rejection drugs to such an extent that he succumbed to double pneumonia, his 18 days of improved quality of life offered new hope to others suffering from incurable heart disease.The discovery in 1972 of the drug cyclosporine, which helps the body to withstand rejection of donor organs and protects against infection, has since opened up the field of organ transplantation.Overnight sensationThe world’s reaction to the event was dramatic and unexpected. Barnard became a celebrity overnight and was soon rubbing shoulders with the likes of Princess Grace of Monaco, actress Sophia Loren, and Princess Diana. The constant jet-setting and playboy image took its toll on his first marriage, but Barnard married again in 1970 and then again in 1989, fathering five children over the years. All three marriages ended in divorce.His second patient was Cape Town dentist Philip Blaiberg, who was operated on in January 1968 and died in August 1969, while Dorothy Fisher lived for 24 years and Dirk van Zyl lived for a further 23 years. Barnard was also the first to carry out the piggyback technique of transplantation, where the original heart is left in place and works alongside the transplanted heart for a time, and the first to do a heart-lung transplant.The great healer carried out more than 420 heart transplants but was eventually forced to give up surgery because of rheumatoid arthritis. However, he continued to work in medicine in other ways, establishing the Christiaan Barnard Foundation for children with heart problems, acting as a consultant, and taking up a position as director of a hospital in Greece.The distinguished career of this giant of medical science came to an end in September 2001 when he died while holidaying in Cyprus, reportedly of an asthma attack. In accordance with his wish, his ashes were laid to rest in the rose garden in front of the old Beaufort West rectory where he grew up, with the inscription “I came back home” on his tombstone.Destined for greatnessBarnard was born in 1922 in Beaufort West on the Western Cape’s Great Karoo plateau. His father, a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, and his mother, a school teacher, had five sons, of whom Barnard was the fourth. He always wanted to be a doctor and after a happy but poor upbringing, during which he excelled at school, his parents managed to get him into Cape Town University’s medical school. He was later awarded a three-year scholarship.After qualifying as a physician in 1946, Barnard took up an internship at Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital. Founded in 1938, the teaching hospital is the primary academic facility of the university medical school and is also internationally acclaimed as a research institution. As of November 2007 more than 516 heart transplants had taken place, with the longest-lived patient still doing well 28 years later, according to the hospital.With its reputation for providing world class academic training, Groote Schuur receives many medical students, specialists and residents from all over the world, who come to gain experience in various fields. Groote Schuur (Dutch, meaning “big barn”) is named after the original Groote Schuur estate established by Dutch settlers in the 17th century.Rising to the top of his professionBarnard then did a stint as a general practitioner in Ceres, and married during this time, but found no challenge in being a country doctor and returned to Cape Town in 1951. He continued to study while working, completing his Masters degree in medicine in 1953.During his tenure in Ceres one of his patients delivered a baby with an untreatable heart defect. The baby’s death made Barnard think about remedial surgery for damaged hearts, and gave him a direction for his future career.In 1956 the physician received a scholarship to study in the US. He chose to study cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota under Prof Wagensteen, renowned as a teacher of experimental surgery. Barnard received his doctorate at the end of his course, which he finished in two years instead of the usual six. In 1958 he went back to Cape Town, bringing with him the country’s first heart-lung machine.He continued to break the boundaries as he introduced open-heart surgery to his South African colleagues, designed an artificial heart valve, and began to carry out heart transplants on animals. Later he assisted with the development of the artificial heart. It was just a matter of time before he would accomplish something historic.Barnard was named Professor of Surgical Science in the Department of Surgery at Cape Town University in 1972, and received the title of Professor Emeritus in 1984. He has been hailed as a brilliant and compassionate doctor, one who cared for his patients with unmatched dedication. He was creative and courageous, and was not afraid to try out new ideas – and many thousands of people today owe their lives to him.Among the international honours bestowed on Barnard over the years are 71 fellowships, honorary degrees, decorations and awards from societies, academic and charitable institutions, and governments of several countries.Barnard was put forward for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1968, but did not win. In a 1997 interview with Frontline, an Indian national magazine, he speculated that he was probably not chosen by the Nobel committee because he was a white South African and it would have been an unpopular choice.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksHeart of Cape Town museumUniversity of Cape TownTime magazine reports on the operationKaroo Hartfees in honour of Prof Chris BarnardBeaufort Westlast_img read more

Ready, Set, Go: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race!

first_imgBin of Trackables entered into The Great Geocaching Block Party Travel Bug RaceUnd so fängt alles an – Das Große Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug®–Rennen! Heute entlassen wir die bei der Block Party 2012 gesammelten Trackables in den Geocaching.com–HQ–Cache. Diese Trackables müssen mindestens 2013 Meilen reisen, um ihr Travel Bug–Ziel zu erreichen und eine große Geschenktüte voll mit Geocaching.com–Artikeln zu gewinnen. Außerdem müssen sie vor der Geocaching Block Party 2013 zum Geocaching.com–HQ in Seattle zurückkehren. Die Trackables treten außerdem in diesen Disziplinen gegeneinander an:Als Schnellster TB zurück zum HQ (nach zurücklegen der Mindestentfernung)TB mit den meisten MeilenTB mit den meisten bereisten LändernTB mit dem besten BildTB mit dem besten LogeintragTB, der von den meisten Geocachern transportiert wurdeTB mit dem kreativsten “Hitchhiker” (am TB befestigter Gegenstand)Lackeys [Geocaching.com–Mitarbeiter] nehmen auch am großen Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug®–Rennen teil, jedoch ohne Anspruch auf Preise. Verfolge diesen Blogbeitrag, um diese Power–Rennteilnehmer in Aktion zu sehen. Wir wünschen Deinem Travel Bug viel Erfolg und möge das Glück stets mit Dir sein.Die Gewinner werden bei der Block Party 2013 bekanntgegeben. Wenn Du nächstes Jahr am Wettbewerb teilnehmen willst, musst Du Deinen Trackable persönlich bei der Block Party am 17. August 2013 in Seattle, WA abgeben.Ein besonderes Lob geht an Narilka für ihren Beitrag zu diesem großartigen Trackable–Logbuch. SharePrint RelatedThe Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 17, 2012In “Community”Coming Down the Homestretch: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 14, 2013In “Community”Announcing the Victors of The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug RaceAugust 27, 2013In “Community” Geocacher Division:Geocacher–Abteilung:Lackey Division:Lackey–Abteilung:ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:Shareyour Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and covetedMoun10bike Trackable.Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win the rare and coveted Moun10bike coinTeile jetzt Deine Trackable-Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anCheck out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrunden… und er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)Watch the 4 videos that will show your everything-you-ever-needed-to-know-about-Trackables.Entdecke die Grundlagen der Trackables… von der Aktivierung bis zum auf die Reise schicken. Share with your Friends:More One of the Travel Bug RacersAnd so it begins – The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug® Race! Today we will release Trackables collected at the 2012 Geocaching Block Party into the Geocaching.com HQ cache. To fulfill their Travel Bug destiny and win a great grab bag of Geocaching.com swag and merchandise, these trackables must travel a minimum of 2013 miles and return to Geocaching.com HQ in Seattle prior to the 2013 Geocaching Block Party. Additionally, these TBs will compete in the following categories:Fastest TB back to HQ (after traveling the minimum mileage)TB with the most mileageTB to travel to the most countriesTB with the best pictureTB with the best log entryTB with the most geocachers who moved the TBTB with the most creative Hitchhiker (item the TB is attached to)Lackeys will be competing in the The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug® Race as well, but not eligible for prizes. Keep an eye on this blog post to check out these power racers in action. Best of luck to your Travel Bug and may the odds be ever in your favor.The winners will be announced at the 2013 Block Party. If you would like to enter next year’s competition, you must present your trackable in-person at the 2013 Block Party, which will be held in Seattle, WA  on August 17, 2013.last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: Location, Location, Location, and More…

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Will StatusNet Be Another Open-Source Star in the Enterprise?Drupal Founder Critical of SaaS and its Proprietary NatureReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Watch Out, iPhone Devs: One-Man Android App Nets $13K MonthlyNetflix on the iPhone? Yes, Please!Can We Kick Our Keyboard Addiction by 2013?More Mobile Web coverageHistoric Conversation in NYC: Ai Weiwei, Jack Dorsey & Richard MacManus On March 15, at the prestigious Paley Center in New York City, a conversation will take place between Chinese digital activist and artist Ai Weiwei, Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey, and yours truly, Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb founder and editor in chief. The moderator will be Orville Schell, the director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York.The topic of the event is the emergence of digital activism for fostering positive social change. The onsite event is invitation only, but it will be live streamed exclusively on ReadWriteWeb on Monday, March 15, at 6:30 PM EST (-5 GMT), from the Paley Center for Media, New York City.Internet of Things Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Startup Bus: Is This How Outsiders See Startup Culture?Picnik CEO to Startups: The M&As Are Out ThereAre Crowdsourcing and Outsourcing No-Nos For Startups?ReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Our top story this week was location – location-based networks, services, advertising and even “feelings”. Read on for our coverage and analysis. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010, including Real-Time Web, Mobile Web and Internet of Things.Note: We’ve refreshed the format for our longest running feature, the Weekly Wrapup. It now focuses more explicitly on the key trends that ReadWriteWeb is tracking in 2010, as well as giving you the highlights from the leading story of the week. Let us know your thoughts on the new format.Story of the Week: Location Steve Ballmer: Microsoft’s Future Is in the CloudWeekly Poll: What is the Top Threat to Cloud Computing?How Many Enterprise Workers Will Work in the Mobile Cloud? Try 130 MillionThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Can Brightkite Beat Foursquare & Gowalla With a Universal Check-in?Google Patents Location-Based Advertising2 Services for DIY Mobile Social NetworksGoogle Chrome Becomes Location AwareCan Geosense for Windows Help Kickstart the Development of Location-Aware Apps for Windows 7?Glow: Location-Based “Feelings” for iPhoneMore coverage and analysis of location-based technologyAnnouncing the ReadWriteWeb Mobile SummitJoin us for the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit on May 7 in Mountain View, California as we explore the latest mobile development trends, both the technology and the emerging business applications. Be a part of the discussion on geo-location services, augmented reality, native app vs. browser-based, commerce and marketing, mobile social networking and the Internet of Things. Sponsorship enquiries: [email protected],Register now for the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit and get early bird rates – only $295.Mobile Web ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. Related Posts McKinsey: Get Ready For Sensor-Driven Business ModelsAds with Eyes: Keeping Digital Signage in CheckGoogle Wants Your Lamp to Tell You How Much Power It’s UsingMore Internet of Things coverageReal-Time WebGoogle Index to Go Real Time10.5 Million WordPress Blogs Get PubSubHubbubBeyond Twitter Search: Semantic Analysis of the Real-Time WebMore Real-Time Web coverage. Don’t miss the next wave of opportunity on the Web supported by real-time technology! Get ReadWriteWeb’s report, The Real-Time Web and its Future.Check Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. ReadWrite Sponsors Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups last_img read more

In Preparation for the iPhone, Verizon Plans to Throttle Its Heaviest Data Users

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img audrey watters Some early reviews are in for the Verizon iPhone 4, which is available for pre-sale today. Many of these tout the ability to actually make a phone call – something AT&T customers have famously struggled with. But for those who plan to take advantage of the iPhone for its data and not its voice capabilities, the news isn’t so good. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, for example, notes the device has much slower data speeds on Verizon’s network than on AT&T’s.If that’s not enough to give you pause about the storied Verizon iPhone, then perhaps this news from Verizon itself might: the company has announced that it plans to start throttling the data of customers who “use an extraordinary amount of data.”In a PDF memo on the Verizon website, the company states that it “may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.”Verizon says it will only do this if you fall in the top 5% of the company’s data users, calling this step “proactive management” to make sure its network can handle the influx of new subscribers and new smartphone users.Throttling data isn’t the only step Verizon is taking. The company says is is “implementing optimization and transcoding technologies” that will make data transmission more efficient. This will include caching less data, using less capacity, and resizing video – a major culprit in data usage – so that it’s more appropriate for mobile devices. Verizon says these steps won’t impact the quality of the text and video files although it may “minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device.”It should be noted, lest iPhone users shoulder the blame for Verizon’s announcement today, that some reports peg Android phones as the bigger data hog. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more