Look out music fans–tonight, Colorado-based afrobeat-funk force The Motet is embarking on a 20+ date nationwide fall tour in support of their latest release, Totem.Live For Live Music will be following the Motet every step of the way as they head out on tour, bringing you exclusive behind-the-scenes video, playlists, band member interviews and more along the way. As the band gets the ball rolling tonight in Hartford, CT, enjoy this newly released video of their headlining Red Rocks performance from this past summer, which featured support from Medeski, Martin, & Wood and Vulfpeck. The tour will see the band play dates throughout the Northeast during the first half of October, including a highly anticipated performance with the funky METERS at Port Chester, NY’s beloved Capitol Theatre this Saturday, October 8th. “We’re having a real hard time containing our excitement for the next two months,” says vocalist Lyle Divinsky, “We can’t think of a better way to start off than by funkifying the fall foliage in the northeast as we play alongside some of our heroes in the funky METERS, as well as our family in Mammal Dap, Sophistafunk, and The Funky Dawgz Brass Band. Also, for the first time, The Motet will play to my hometown, Portland, Maine (and yes, there will be a lobster bake involved), and we just can’t wait to see so many old and soon-to-be friends along the whole run.”Following the Northeast run, the band will head south for a run of Halloween shows under this year’s “Mixtape 1979” theme, continuing their tradition of special themed Halloween performances that dates back more than 15 years. “We’ve been digging in the crates for months on end, and cannot wait to get turnt on a time-warp back to the age of platform shoes and undeniable grooves” says an excited Divinsky, “We have so much in store for you, so pay attention, because more will be revealed!!!” The “Mixtape 1979” shows will see the Motet perform sets of hits from the music-rich year of 1979 for audiences in Dallas, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, and Asheville (on Halloween night), as well as a much-anticipated showing with Big Gigantic at this year’s Suwannee Hulaween at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on October 30th.The tour continues from there with performances in Carrboro, NC, Richmond, VA, and Ardmore, PA (right outside Philadelphia) before heading to the Big Apple for two shows at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl. From there, the band heads west, with two hometown shows in Denver and a three-night, three-city run in Oregon to round out November. Finally, the band will play a one-off in Grand Junction, CO on December 10th, before their 4-night New Years run takes them from Minneapolis to Milwaukee to Chicago (with Umphrey’s McGee) to Atlanta to close out 2016 with a bang.Catch the Motet on the road this fall, coming to a city near you, and check back as the tour goes on for exciting content and updates from the road. You can check out the full list of dates below. Tickets are available for all dates via the band’s website.
March 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Genetic elements that confer multidrug resistance (MDR) in both plague and foodborne bacteria have a common origin and may represent a significant public health threat, according to a study published Mar 20 in the journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science One).The MDR strain of Yersina pestis (IP275) was identified in 1995 in a single patient in Madagascar who had bubonic plague, the disease that caused the “Black Death” in Europe in the mid 1300s and continues to crop up in small outbreaks today. IP275 exhibited high-level resistance to at least eight drugs used for treating plague, including streptomycin, tetracycline, chloramphenicol, and sulfonamides. An additional strain of MDR plague has since been described in another patient.In the Madagascar case, antibiotic resistance was found to arise from a self-transmissible plasmid, a small ring of DNA that can move between bacteria. Transmission of plasmids is one way bacteria acquire new genetic material, including genes that confer resistance to drugs. Increased drug resistance can also arise from indiscriminate use of antimicrobials in people and in agriculture, according to many infectious disease experts.In the PLoS article, an international team of researchers report finding common elements in the sequences of MDR plasmids from plague, a Salmonella species, and a related Yersinia species, an unexpected result that heightens concern about the spread of antibiotic resistance and re-emergence of plague. The first author of the report is Timothy J. Welch, an aquaculture researcher with the US Department of Agriculture.Related MDR plasmids in multiple speciesThe investigators analyzed and compared the sequences of large, nearly identical MDR plasmids from Y pestis strain IP275; Salmonella enterica serotype Newport, a foodborne pathogen; and Y ruckeri, a fish pathogen. Comparisons of plasmid gene sequences demonstrated that they were closely related and had a common origin, the report says.Sequence analysis of plasmids revealed nearly identical “backbones,” consisting of 135 genes located at similar positions, and resistance genes for multiple antimicrobial agents. The common backbone also contained a gene conferring resistance to sulfonamides and four locations that had inserted antimicrobial resistance genes. All plasmids also had another area that can act as a “hot spot” for insertion of foreign DNA.The presence of closely related antibiotic-resistance plasmids in different species of bacteria is not a new finding, but this example suggests that all these organisms had recently acquired plasmids from a common source, the authors say. They base this belief on the presence of resistance to sulfonamides, drugs first introduced into clinical use in the 1930s. The authors acknowledge that the exact timing of the plasmid introduction remains unknown, however. They suggest that one possible mechanism for plasmid transfer to Y pestis may have been coinfection of a mammalian host or in the midgut of the flea.”The fact that we found a plasmid usually found in Salmonella in Y pestis is a big problem,” said Jacques Ravel of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), senior author of the study. “It also raises a question about how this happened, how it went from one to the other.” Ravel was quoted in a news release from TIGR.MDR plasmids found in foodborne pathogensAlthough MDR plasmids in Y pestis and Y ruckeri are rare, antimicrobial resistance in other bacteria such as foodborne Salmonella is more common. Surveillance data from many countries indicate that the incidence of MDR Salmonella has been increasing, and the authors sought to determine the type of MDR resistance in foodborne pathogens and compare it with MDR resistance found in plague.The research team used gene sequencing techniques to analyze the occurrence and distribution of the common plasmid background in three sets of samples: 125 MDR Salmonella strains recovered from retail meats from 2002 to 2005 through the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a small collection of E coli strains recovered from food samples, and Klebsiella isolates from ground turkey meat from Iowa.The authors detected the common MDR plasmid backbone in multiple Salmonella serotypes, nine samples of Klebsiella from ground turkey, and E coli isolated from a calf and from ground turkey. The discovery of these MDR plasmids in evolutionarily distinct bacteria indicates recent genetic exchange, either directly between species or through bacterial intermediates, according to the authors. They suggest that the overlapping ranges of these organisms may have aided past transmission, and perhaps may facilitate future transmission between organisms, a potentially dangerous occurrence.Resistance transferred experimentallyThe researchers also conducted transfer experiments with the plasmids found in 70 MDR-positive foodborne organisms to assess the potential for interspecies transfer. The investigators were able to transfer related-resistance plasmids from 30 of the foodborne pathogens to Y ruckeri, a plague-related pathogen. These experiments demonstrate a potential for Y pestis and other animal pathogens to acquire resistance, although the authors acknowledge that other factors such as additional genes and host protective systems may also influence plasmid transfer.The potential for transfer should not be underestimated, however, the authors state. Elisabeth Carniel of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, a co-author of the report, said in the press release, “When we identified the first Y pestis strain resistant to multiple antibiotics, we warned that if this type of strain spreads or emerges again, it would pose a serious health problem. The discovery that the multidrug resistance plasmid acquired by the plague bacillus is widespread in the environmental bacteria reinforces this warning.”The authors suggest that antimicrobial resistance monitoring should be expanded, especially in areas such as Africa, Asia, and the southwestern United States, where both Y pestis and MDR Salmonella are found and are likely to come into direct contact. The investigators also say their methodology can provide the means to monitor such plasmids in pathogens recovered from diverse environments.Antibiotic overuse may promote resistance transferOlaf Schneewind, MD, PhD, a microbiologist who has studied how plague affects the immune system, commented that the discovery of transfer of antibiotic resistance between bacterial species is not new, but agreed that the authors’ findings suggest a possible public health threat. He told CIDRAP News that overuse of antibiotics, particularly in agriculture, increases the likelihood of transfer of drug resistance to virulent organisms.”Widespread use of antimicrobials leads to drug resistance in organisms we would not usually expect, and that creates a potential public health risk,” said Schneewind, chairman of the department of microbiology in the biological sciences division at the University of Chicago. Schneewind has examined mechanisms and strategies of pathogenic bacteria, including plague, and plague vaccine candidates.Schneewind noted that as a zoonotic disease, plague exists in the background in many areas, needing only the right circumstances to cause outbreaks. An outbreak of MDR plague in an area well-connected to the rest of the world could pose a serious public health problem, he said.Welch TJ, Fricke WF, McDermott PF, et al. Multiple antimicrobial resistance in plague: an emerging public health threat. PLoS One 2007 Mar 20;2(3):e309 [Full text]See also:Mar 20 news release from TIGRhttp://www.jcvi.org/cms/press/press-releases/full-text/article/antibiotic-resistance-in-plague/Galimand M, Carniel E, Courvalin P. Resistance of Yersinia pestis to antimicrobial agents. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2006 Oct;50(10):3233-36 [Full text]CIDRAP plague overview
Mornings at The Great Race Place really started to heat up this Friday as workouts resumed on the dirt track. Among the returning stars were Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah and 2015 Pacific Classic winning mare, Beholder.Check out XpressBet TV’s coverage of these morning workouts, then get set for LIVE racing action at Santa Anita Park starting September 26th. CLICK HERE to visit our Events page for all we have in store for the Autumn meet.American PharoahBeholder
Inver man Martin Meehan has donated more than €3000 to the Donegal Community Hospital in Donegal Town.Meehan, who donated the money to the Patient Comfort Fund, raised a total of €3505.90 following his 50th birthday celebrations.The staff at the community hospital would like to place their thanks to Martin for his generosity. Inver man raises over €3000 for Donegal Community Hospital was last modified: August 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Item: some fragments of bone were found from a road cut in Pennsylvania. Conclusion: Darwinian evolution from slime to humans has been demonstrated again. Sound far fetched? Not if you are a science reporter for a typical news organization; this is common practice. The bone this time is a humerus of a presumed “early” tetrapod, described by Neil Shubin and team (University of Chicago) in the Apr. 2 issue of Science.1 Their diagram shows a few scattered fragments of bone, not a whole skeleton. That’s the data; now the interpretation. According to the authors, the fragments of bone from this late Devonian creature represent a “novel mix of primitive and derived characters,” that “provides the basis for new interpretations of structural and functional stages in the origin of the tetrapod limb.” Since only a few bone fragments were found, their identification of the fossil is “based on the presence of multiple shared derived features” compared with other assumed early tetrapods. The shape of the bone, they think, indicates it supported bigger muscles. It might have been, therefore, evolving into something that could support the body of the animal underwater and perhaps was used for a kind of hopping locomotion. Admitting that “Many of the changes seen in these Devonian taxa are also seen in modern fish,” they “argue that this function represents the intermediate condition between primitive steering and braking functions in fins.” Jennifer Clack, a veteran tetrapod-evolution researcher (see 08/09/2003 entry), writing in the same issue of Science,2 agrees with the interpretation and thinks that Shubin’s conclusions “reveal how even fragmentary finds can be used to draw inferences about the nature and sequence of changes that must have taken place during the evolution of terrestrial locomotion by tetrapods.” In other words, no one saw this creature walking on its fins; inferences were drawn based on what they envision must have happened sometime in the evolution from fish to four-footed walker. Even though Clack admits this bone “hints at a wide diversity of tetrapods existing in close proximity” in Pennsylvania where it was found, she illustrated her article with the new bone arranged into a hypothetical progression from fin to foot. Here are examples of how this interpretation was reported in the media:Astrobiology Magazine pictured a contemplative chimpanzee pondering its origins, and began, “The Darwinian picture of the first fish venturing out of a muddy pond to become a lizard, has always had a certain simplistic appeal, but recent findings suggest this transitional puzzle has new fossil evidence. A 365-million year old humerus bone hints at a fish that tried to prop itself up underwater, long before its offspring could have appeared as eventual amphibians.” Charles Darwin, in pictures and quotes, is featured in the story, along with an illustration of limbs reverting back to fins in the evolution of whales.MSNBC News carried the story with the title, “How did fins evolve into feet? Fossils document gradual change in the bones of ancient fish”. The first paragraph is even more daring, connecting the story to us humans: “There is something fishy going on in your arms and legs – and it’s a good thing. With the discovery of the world’s oldest known arm bone, scientists conclude that many of the physical features we associate with life on land, including the bone structures and muscles necessary for walking and doing pushups, have their evolutionary roots in fish.”New Scientist claimed that this “Primitive fossil arm performed push-ups” and “has revealed important insights into how animals colonised the land.”National Geographic gave Shubin’s team uncontested coverage, even though among the positive affirmations, they quoted one of the researchers as “unable to discern whether the humerus belongs to Hynerpeton, Densignathus, or an entirely new tetrapod species.”BBC News reported the story in slightly more tentative language, “Fossil may be earliest arm bone,” though offering no alternative to an evolutionary interpretation. When they wrote, “It suggests the earliest limbed animals were fish navigating shallow rivers, but its place in the evolutionary tree is the subject of some controversy,” the controversy they speak of is not whether evolution from fins to feet occurred, but where this particular fossil fits in the scheme: they end with another scientist mentioning that this bone “isn’t like any of the later humeri that you encounter in the later Carboniferous.”Nature Science Update claimed “Strong-arm tactics drove creatures from the pond,” and stated, “The discovery of an ancient arm bone has helped scientists understand what happened as water-dwelling creatures evolved into land animals.” The end of the article admits that “Details are sketchy, however. We do not know, for example, how developed these creatures became underwater before crawling ashore, but the new find should add to the current picture.”These articles can probably be considered representative of how the interpretation of one bone in a scientific journal was reported in the popular media.1Shubin et al., “The Early Evolution of the Tetrapod Humerus,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5667, 90-93, 2 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1094295].2Jennifer Clack, “Enhanced: From Fins to Fingers,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5667, 57-58, 2 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1096415].If this article doesn’t make you mad, you have been hoodwinked as a victim of bad high school science teaching. These reporters have taken an inch of data and stretched it into a light-year in both directions, fitting it into an all-encompassing myth of their own making, without considering alternative explanations or even coming close to supporting their case. No muscles were found, no dates were stamped on the bones, no creatures were seen doing push-ups, and no transition from fins to feet was observed. In fact, this bone brings as many puzzles into the evolutionary tale as “insights” (oh, how they love to claim that such and such a discovery “may provide insight into evolution”). Where is any science reporter wise and bold enough to stand up and call this kind of grandstanding unjustifiable, misleading and worthless? Darwinists have commandeered the news media by installing gutless lackeys as reporters who dare not question the fanciful interpretations of the Darwin Party. As a result, they can weave their tall tales with reckless abandon. If this were a court of law, the opposing attorney would cry “Objection!”, and demand proof. If a politician made a claim on such flimsy evidence, the reporters would hammer him with hard-hitting follow-up questions and turn his reputation into a laughingstock. If it were a logic class, the teacher would use it as an illustration of a of logical fallacy of extrapolation while the students would respond to the claimed evidence by rolling their eyes and rotating their fingers around their ears. But no; the Darwin Party is a totalitarian regime, suppressing freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of thought. Only the official party line can be debated. That’s why Creation-Evolution Headlines, the alternative media, exists. Spread the word. For a more detailed response to prior claims by Clack and Shubin, be sure to read our 08/09/2003 entry. You won’t get it in the mainstream media.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Founder: The Future FactoryWhy is Anne a Community Builder?At the age of 37, Anne Siroky was South Africa’s number one beach volleyball player. After sustaining a back injury in 2001 – just one year after her coveted title was earned – Anne retired from the sport and translated her passion for playing volleyball into a compulsion to coach the sport and mentor the youth.This was how The Future Factory was born. Starting off in a couple of schools in the Western Cape, The Future Factory has now grown to over 30 schools in the province – without any outside funding, operating only from Anne’s car and cellphone.Anne’s vision for The Future Factory is to keep young South Africans entertained and, ultimately, off the streets.In her own words .“It’s not just about sports. It’s about teaching them the necessary life skills that will help them to understand that education is very, very important to their life.”Fast FactsAnne’s programmes focuses on life skills and sports development, including volleyball coaching, teambuilding, HIV/Aids education, feeding programmes, camp facilitation for the Novalis Institute, and holiday programmes for Cape Town communities.Anne also runs a jazz dance academy and teambuilding workshops and does motivational speaking throughout the Western Cape.Anne is very aware of what is happening in the South African communities; she recently spent the night under a bridge with homeless people as part of a radio station campaign to experience life as “the other half” live it.Anne was named the Shoprite Checkers SABC2 Woman of the Year for Sport in 2007. To date, Anne has helped more than 100 000 kids in the Western Cape region.How can I help?To find out more about The Future Factory programme, to volunteer or to make a donation, e-mail [email protected] published on SAinfo on 20 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Friday will be a bit of a transition day, as clouds try and work in over the state, especially this afternoon. These clouds will be ahead of a batch of moisture that comes through overnight through the day tomorrow. We had been concerned about some snow, but now think temps are such that we stay mostly rain. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals will be from .1″-.8″ with coverage at 60%. The biggest rain potential will be far south and southeast OH. Everything should be done by mid afternoon at the latest.We go drier for the balance of Saturday night and Sunday. Expect a mix of clouds and sun those days, and full sun will be allusive. Clouds increase again on Monday. Another disturbance works into the eastern united states overnight Monday night through Tuesday. However, it still looks to stay mostly south. We will keep an eye out for scattered light precipitation through the overnight and Tuesday, but liquid equivalent precipitation totals will be .4″ or less. Coverage will be 60%. The map at right shows precipitation totals (liquid equivalent) through next Tuesday.Dry the rest of the week next week. WE stay chilly for Wednesday, but start to see temps moderate on Thursday. Friday through the weekend we see a classic warm vs. cold air battle. Warm air in the center of the country tries to come in, but we are seeing a new surge of arctic air come blasting into ghe great lakes. Right now we think the colder air eventually wins. But, the dry weather will hold through the period.
App Revenue SourcesAnother change from 2010 to 2011 is the shift in app revenue sources. In 2010, the majority of revenue (47%) came from downloads of paid apps. The rest of the revenue was generated by ads (11%), in-app purchases (8%) and upgrades (0.3%). 33.3% of developers surveyed reported they did not monetize their app.However, in 2011, the revenue generated by downloads will decrease, although it will still be largest source at 38%. Other methods including ads (17%), in-app purchases (31%) and upgrades (2%) will increase. Only 13% of developers reported they would not monetize their apps. But when looking at the developers’ 2011 plans, things began to change. Out of 221 responses, 90% said they would be developing for iOS, 73.8% said Android, and both BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 saw major increases, at 22.2% and 24.4%, respectively. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Downloads are also used as a measure of an app’s success, according to 64% of developers. Others measure success by app usage (60%), revenue earned (44%), app store ranking (34%) and the un-install rate (4%). Other data in the report looks at Urban Airship’s platform specifically, asking developers if they used push notifications now, and what they wanted to see the company offer in 2011. For that data and more, you can read the report in its entirety here. Tags:#mobile#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Portland-based mobile services platform Urban Airship recently released the results of its year-end survey, which asked hundreds of developers about their current efforts and future plans, in order to measure trends in the mobile application development space.According to the developers’ answers, there were some surprising findings. For example, iOS development is expected to drop slightly in to 2011, from 99.5% to 90%, while Android increases from 44% to 74%. Another interesting stat regarding in-app purchases showed a huge jump in developer usage – from 8% in 2010 to 31% in 2011.Development PlatformsThe survey involved 318 mobile application developers, only half of whom use Urban Airship’s mobile platform. Not surprisingly, out of 219 responses, there was a clear developer preference for both the iOS (99.5%) and Android (43.8%) platforms this year. BlackBerry (11.0%), meanwhile, was a distant third. Related Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Touch Football Australia (TFA), as part of our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular Strategic objective to ‘Substantially Increase Participation to 500 000 verifiable and contactable members’ by 2015.As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website – www.austouch.com.au. Relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. The information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis.The constitution deems participants as a person who regularly participates, including but not only officials, coaches, players or referees in a Touch Football competition controlled, organised or sanctioned by the Association.In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme.Recently TFA have updated the membership declaration of the Member Registration Forms, to be current with federal and state legislation.For more information, please click on the memo attached below. Related Files1-_touch_football_australia_membership_registration_procedure_2012-pdfRelated LinksMembership Registration Procedure