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BYU Men’s Basketball’s Haws, Worthington, Named to All-WCC Academic Team

first_imgHaws has a 3.48 GPA in finance and Worthington sports a 3.42 GPA in family life. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN BRUNO, Calif.-Wednesday, the West Coast Conference announced BYU men’s basketball standouts TJ Haws and Luke Worthington have been named to the 2018-19 West Coast Conference men’s basketball all-academic team. Written by The Cougars are next in action Thursday in a crucial home game against the San Francisco Dons at the Marriott Center. February 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball’s Haws, Worthington, Named to All-WCC Academic Teamcenter_img Haws, a junior out of Alpine, Utah, is one of four student-athletes to repeat on the team while Worthington, a senior out of Mequon, Wis., was honorable mention on the WCC’s all-academic team last season. Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Luke Worthington/Marriott Center/San Francisco Dons/TJ Haws/WCC Academic Team Brad Jameslast_img read more

Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chapter

first_img Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chapter July 1, 2004 Regular News Asian Pacific American Bar opens South Florida chaptercenter_img South Florida’s multi-cultural legal community has a new diversity bar association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida.APABA is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.Founded in March, APABA will speak for the legal needs and interests of the burgeoning South Florida Asian Pacific American community. It will also provide resources and networking opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and legal educators.“South Florida’s legal community has been very supportive,” said Jay Kim, APABA’s president. “APABA could not have formed without the backing of Steel Hector & Davis, Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin, and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Those firms really encouraged the participation of their attorneys, and gave APABA the financial and legal assistance needed to get the ball rolling.”Kim said APABA seeks to build coalitions within the legal profession and the community to address issues vital to people of all colors and creeds, such as equal opportunity, civil rights, ethnic and religious tolerance, and increasing diversity in the federal and state judiciaries. APABA will also monitor state and local legislative developments that affect South Florida’s minority populations.“Our goal is to build an organization that will serve as a voice for the hundreds of Asian Pacific American legal professionals in South Florida, and as an advocate for the tens of thousands of Asian Pacific Americans who call South Florida their home,” said Mimi McAndrews, the first Asian Pacific American woman elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and member of the APABA Board of Directors.APABA will also serve as a vehicle for Asian Pacific American legal professionals to interact socially.“Asian Pacific Americans are still just a small portion of The Florida Bar, and it is easy to feel culturally isolated,” said William Simonitsch, APABA’s secretary. “While there is significant cultural diversity among Asian Pacific Americans, we have many shared experiences that bind us. Through APABA, we can explore common ground.”For membership information contact Alice Sum or Eugenia Chu, at (305) 379-9000.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals And Lady Indians Split VB Games

first_imgThe St. Louis 8th Grade Volleyball team defeated Milan 25-15, 25-17.Leading servers for STL were: Alexa Miles. 9/13 9 points 8 Aces. Grace Laudick 8/10 6 points 3 Aces. Harlee Masavage 6/10 6 points 2 Aces.Leading attackers for STL were:  Grace Laudick 3/3 and Harlee Masavage 2/3.Next match is this Thursday at home against Sunman.Courtesy of Lady Cardinals Coach Julie Laudick.The Lady Indians won the 7th Grade battle over The Lady Cardinals 25-19, 25-21.Courtesy of Lady Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.STL vs. Milan MS VB (8-17)Courtesy of Lady Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img

Quick start powers Knights to 6-4 victory over Leafs

first_imgThree first period goals, including one by former Leaf Tanner Burns, sparked the North Okanagan Knights to a 6-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Knights, leaders of the Doug Birks Division with a 9-2-0-1 record, scored a power play goal four minutes into the contest and never looked back.Marty Saharchuk, scoring with the man advantage, Steven Pantazopoulos and Burns, with seven seconds left in the opening frame, gave the Knights a lead Okanagan squad would not relinquish.Down 3-0 after one,  Nelson tried to fight back, outscoring the Knights 3-2 in the second on two goals by captain Colton Schell and a single from Bryce Nielsen.However, the early hole was took big to climb out as the Knights matched the Leafs goal for goal.Owen Barker, Derek Andrews and Mat Lambert also scored for North Okanagan. Matthew Naka, finishing the game with two points, had the other Nelson goal. Schell led Nelson with three points.The Leafs peppered Knights goalie Dustin Nikkel with 30 shots while Cody Boeckman faced 21 in a losing cause.Nelson, losers of two straight, will try to bounce back Saturday as the Leafs host the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Bruins have one win in 14 games.Sunday, the Leafs travel to Spokane to meet the Braves.Nelson defeated Spokane in the only previous meeting between the two clubs, a 7-4 win October 6 at home.last_img read more

Honeybees Fly with Mental Maps

first_imgYou can tell a honeybee to get lost, but it can’t.  You can even take it off its flight path, but it will find its way back.  Scientists writing in PNAS1 this week described experiments by a European team that wanted to test their navigating abilities.  They marked bees at feeding stations, then took them way out of the path dictated by the “waggle dance” back at the hive.  (The waggle dance, performed by a scout, provides them with information about the direction to the food relative to the sun, the distance, and the food quality.)  How did a bee behave when put in strange country?  The team watched them with harmonic radar:A sequence of behavioral routines become apparent: (i) initial straight flights in which they fly the course that they were on when captured (foraging bees) or that they learned during dance communication (recruited bees); (ii) slow search flights with frequent changes of direction in which they attempt to “get their bearings”; and (iii) straight and rapid flights directed either to the hive or first to the feeding station and then to the hive.  These straight homing flights start at locations all around the hive and at distances far out of the visual catchment area around the hive or the feeding station.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)That’s pretty amazing navigation for a fingernail-sized creature.  The scientists figured that the bees must form a map in their head to be able to choose between two goals after getting reoriented.  “This finding suggests a rich, map-like organization of spatial memory in navigating honey bees,” they concluded.1Menzel et al., “Honey bees navigate according to a map-like spatial memory,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0408550102, published online before print February 14, 2005.Look at how much ability is stored in a tiny bee brain.  If insects weren’t so small (most of them) we would certainly consider them some of the most awe-inspiring creatures on earth (see Bob Jensen Photography for incredibly beautiful insect photos).  Too bad some of them went bad after the initially harmonized creation.    We rely on honeybees, our good friends.  Be nice to them.  They usually won’t resort to stinging unless they feel threatened, because for them it is a last resort.  Don’t swat at them if they are hovering over your picnic.  Relax and don’t panic; they are not after you.  Just wave your arms gently and continuously over the food, and eventually they will go somewhere else.  Let them be free to go pollinate flowers and get their own natural food.    This article could stimulate a science project for an enterprising and fearless youngster, under proper care and supervision.  How long does it take the bee to realize it is off track?  How long does it take to find home?  What senses might it be using to re-orient itself?  Required introductory research should include the Moody Science classic, City of the Bees.  See also our 05/31/2001 entry about bee navigation.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

first_imgThe new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.A few days ago, we reported the discovery of melanin from a fossil bird found in the Liaoning Province, China, that was dated at 120 million years (early Cretaceous) in the evolutionary scheme. Now, another discovery from the Jehol strata of China is said to be 10 million years older: 130 million years.The discovery by Pan et al., “Molecular evidence of keratin and melanosomes in feathers of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis,” is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Once again, Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State is listed as a co-author. A laymen’s writeup is on Science Daily, taken from an NC State press release. Schweitzer has been in the thick of reports about soft tissue in dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era fossils.New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils.Eoconfuciusornis, crow-sized primitive birds that lived in what is now China around 130 million years ago, are the earliest birds to have a keratinous beak and no teeth, like modern birds. Previous studies argued that the feathers of these and other ancient birds and dinosaurs preserved small, round structures interpreted to be melanosomes – pigment-containing organelles that, along with other pigments, give feathers their color.Electron micrographs and gold-tipped antibodies that bind to melanin were used to make the identification. Another technique clinched the identity of original protein:Finally, they mapped copper and sulfur to these feathers at high resolution. Sulfur was broadly distributed, reflecting its presence in both keratin and melanin molecules in modern feathers. However copper, which is only found in modern melanosomes, and not part of keratin, was only observed in the fossil melanosomes. These findings both support the identity of the melanosomes and indicate that there was no mixing or leaching during decomposition and fossilization.The paper describes how they avoided contamination. The antibody tests confirm that the proteinaceous is original. In modern feathers, melanosomes are “always surrounded by and embedded in keratin.” The scientists demonstrate this was true in the fossil as well.Our work represents the oldest ultrastructural and immunological recognition of avian beta-keratin from an Early Cretaceous (∼130-Ma) bird. We apply immunogold to identify protein epitopes at high resolution, by localizing antibody–antigen complexes to specific fossil ultrastructures. Retention of original keratinous proteins in the matrix surrounding electron-opaque microbodies supports their assignment as melanosomes and adds to the criteria employable to distinguish melanosomes from microbial bodies. Our work sheds new light on molecular preservation within normally labile tissues preserved in fossils.Confuciusornis was clearly a strong flyer. Artist renditions of Eoconfuciusornis (“dawn Confuciusornis“) show it also equipped for flying.So how did “normally labile tissues” last for 130 million years? The researches speculate about needle-like crystals of calcium they found on the fossil:These Ca-concentrated needle-shaped structures are absent in extant feathers. Thus, we hypothesize that precipitation of calcium, possibly mediated by microbes during the fossilization process, facilitated ultrastructural and molecular preservation of the feathers by stabilizing them at the molecular level before they could completely degrade. It has long been known that the association with mineral substrates greatly enhances the preservation potential of biomolecules. Furthermore, it has been proposed that calcium may incorporate into molecular fragments, conferring stability, and that this process may be microbially mediated. Because the surrounding sediments of this Eoconfuciusornis specimen consist mainly of Al silicates, with little or no calcium detected, the source of the calcium observed in these feathers remains unknown.So while the presence of calcium crystals could “possibly” stabilize the proteins (for support, the team references a 1999 paper by Schweitzer), they don’t know where it came from. They propose another stabilizing influence:Another factor that may contribute to the unique biomaterial properties of feathers is the epidermal differentiation cysteine-rich protein. This molecule has the same gene structure as beta-keratins, and is coexpressed with them at certain stages of development in most keratinized tissues of living birds. However, it is only in feathers that this protein continues to be detected throughout life. The greatly elevated cysteine levels in this protein facilitate intramolecular cross-linking, and contribute to the stability and resistance of feathers to degradation. Further molecular recovery of ancient feather materials may allow direct testing of these hypotheses. It should be possible to measure degradation rates of feather keratin and melanosomes due to the presence of calcium or cysteine. But if either of these processes are so efficient, it would seem original feather material should be common in bird fossils, and we should find preserved fossils over a wide range, from recent kills all the way back. 130 million years is a long, long time to have to account for the preservation of original protein material.Creationists are winning this case. Why? (1) Evolutionists did not predict this, and (2) they are scrambling to explain it away. You just heard them call these proteins “normally labile tissues.” Labile means easily altered, broken down or degraded. But the team hollered, It tastes like chicken!Indeed, if both microbodies and matrix are preserved, tests can be conducted to chemically characterize the composition of each. If these bodies are melanosomes, they should be contained within a keratinous matrix; if they are microbial in origin, this matrix should consist of exopolymeric substances secreted by the microbes and subsequently mineralized. To distinguish between these alternative hypotheses, we applied multiple methods, well-established for molecular and chemical characterization of modern materials, to chicken (Gallus gallus) feathers and to preserved feathers of a new specimen of the bird Eoconfuciusornis [Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) 7-144] (Pygostylia: Confuciusornithiformes) (Fig. 1A) from the 130-Ma Protopteryx horizon of the Huajiying Formation in Fengning, northern Hebei, China. Our results are consistent with the retention of original organic components derived from both keratin and melanin, thus supporting a melanosome origin for these ancient microstructures.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Facial recognition tech makes it official: There is no privacy anymore

first_imgAnother kind of crime detection?The use cases of facial recognition tech seem subject only to the imagination. Today we’ve seen the use of a French education provider utilizing the tech to determine if students are paying attention during remote learning. Recently six machines were recently installed in Beijing at Temple of Heaven Park to police the toilet paper.  The tourist attraction is reportedly frequented by visitors who take large amounts of toilet paper home and the subsequently the machines scan visitors’ faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of paper.Kuharenko commented:“Given the population of China, monitoring the use of toilet paper can actually lead to significant savings. Jokes aside, this example presents the commoditization of technology and for this exact reason — testing the concepts of facial recognition applications in non-standard scenarios — we created our cloud solution.”While the increasing use of facial recognition in crime prevention and detection in public spaces is controversial, its’ good arguably outweighs the lack of privacy. Yet facial recognition tech for marketing and retail purposes is less compelling, especially as we don’t know how advanced the AI could get in the future. As Sarhan comments:“This is not a criticism of technology…. Rather, this is an opportunity to have a discussion about how we protect and preserve our freedom to remain untracked and anonymous when on public property.” Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Security vs. privacy vs. personalized realityThe crux of the issue seems to be how to balance the different use cases and of facial recognition tech and their potential consequences. People overwhelmingly want the option to consent to the use of the tech (even though cameras are widespread in most public places), including restaurants and shopping malls.  Kuharenko commented when asked about the issue of increased public surveillance (including in Moscow where over 150,000 CCTV cameras have been installed:” We prefer to talk about the implementation of a total system of video surveillance and face recognition from the point of view that it will help the police to find a terrorist faster and more efficiently, identify a maniac and prevent a crime. The problem of total surveillance is not a matter of introducing technologies, but the issue of control over their use, the powers of law enforcement bodies and their control over society.” Tags:#AI#CCTV cameras#connected billboard#Facial Recognition#featured#marketing#privacy#security#top Cate Lawrence Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Recent weeks have brought controversy over electronic billboards in restaurants and shopping precincts that utilize advanced facial recognition techniques to not only provide personalized advertisements but also measure and record the consumer and their response, ostensibly to enable retailers to provide more targeted marketing and services.In Oslo, the restaurant Peppe’s Pizza had its usage of such billboards exposed due to a crashed digital advertisement that revealed the coding behind its facial recognition system. The billboard includes a camera and facial recognition software that can register gender, whether the watcher is young or an adult, facial expression, whether they wear glasses. and duration of time spent at the billboard.See also: Workplace wearables raise new privacy concerns for employees and employersIn response, Dublin-based designer Youssef Sarhan did a little digging in his home time of Dublin and also discovered similar billboards in operation. His thoughts doubt reflect those of many:“Your attention (and the meta-data associated with it) is being relayed to advertisers without your permission or awareness, and there is no way to opt–out. This is the crux of the problem. There’s no transparency, there is no obvious notice, and there’s no way to opt–out. This is an erosion of our privacy. I feel this is unacceptable.”In wanting to gain insight into the thinking behind the use of AI and facial recognition software in marketing, I spoke to Artem Kuharenko, founder of facial recognition company,  NTechLab. They developed a facial recognition algorithm based on neural networks which won Washington University’s Megaface facial recognition challenge in November 2015, beating 90 other teams including Google’s Facenet.It was later used to power FindFace, allowing anyone to snap a photo with their smartphone, upload it to the service and find that person’s social media account in less than a second. It helps Twitter users to protect their identities, find long-lost friends and relatives, and identify new potential connections. FindFace can also search the largest social network of Eastern Europe, VK, where it has already been used to solve cold cases and identify criminals.They’ve recently announced that their technology can now detect emotions, age, and gender. They believe this will have “big implications for our projects in retail and security, including allowing  CCTV cameras to detect potential criminals and fugitives by marking them as suspicious if they express emotions like fear, hatred, or nervousness.”I asked Kuharenko his thoughts about the use of electronic billboards embedded with facial recognition tech. He commented:” I think that there is nothing wrong with the fact that the business is trying to better understand the perception of its marketing message to customers. They study the demand and the business has been doing this for the whole history of mankind. Right now, using information from beacons and WiFi routers they aggregate huge amounts of information about you: where you live, buzz, what places you visit. By analyzing your online profile large aggregators collect all the information about your preferences and hobbies. Thus, the analysis of the emotional-demographic profile is the norm for the modern world.”I was interested thus in learning about how much control a startup (or any business) would have over the use cases of their tech. Kuharenko explained to me that their facial recognition services were already being used in some shopping malls to monitor the emotions of people entering and leaving the mall. He further stated:“Our mission is to make the world a safer and a more comfortable place. Our product strategy and all projects implemented using our technology are aimed at achieving this purpose. Any technology can be used for both harm and good. We believe that the positive effect of global implementation will exceed the number of controversial cases by millions of times. It is strange to expect that in the era of private space flights, virtual augmented reality and the digital economy, the information transparency of a person will remain at the level of 50 years ago. People need to rebuild their minds and rethink the notion of privacy.” Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

How to Choose Targets That Are Not Price Driven

first_imgIt can be difficult to tell whether your prospects and dream clients are price-driven or results-driven. You want to spend your time with prospects that want you to capture part of the value that you create.Some of your prospective clients will lead you to believe that they want to pay for results, even though price will be their main consideration. Others may appear to be price shopping, and you will later discover that they are willing to pay for results.It’s sometimes difficult to tell how important price is to your prospects until you are engaged in your sales process. But there are some clues that allow you to make an educated guess.Look At Their Business ModelOne of the fastest ways to determine if your prospective client is going to be a price-driven buyer is to look at their business model. If your prospect is the low price leader in their space (a strategic choice called operational efficiency), their business model depends on acquiring what they buy at the lowest possible price. They pass the savings off to their clients. It’s a tough business model, and the companies that operate this model effectively are sophisticated buyers with a laser focus on price.If your prospective clients operate a different business model, like industry innovator (think Apple) or the customer intimacy model (think most of us in the service industries), they won’t necessarily have to buy on price alone. Their model allows them pay more so they can create and capture more value themselves.You can make some assumptions about your targets by looking at their business model. Just know it’s not a perfect method. If you can create enough value, even a prospect with the operational efficiency model can be a good prospect. And you are still going to be asked about your price by your dream clients operating some other strategic business model. But model is a good starting point.Look At What You Already KnowYou know some things about some of your prospects. If you know a prospect only buys based on lowest price, then there isn’t any reason to pretend otherwise. If you can’t acquire their business at a price that allows you to capture some of the value you create, your time is better spent elsewhere. You know these clients; you have called on them in the past and watched them chase the bottom.It’s just my experience, but I have found that even when most price-driven buyers reach the end of their rope and are finally willing to pay for results, they aren’t willing to pay much more. You can end up wasting a lot of time pursuing prospective clients who need the better results you can provide, but whose idea of paying more doesn’t come close to what you need in the way of pricing.Look At How Much Value You Can CreateYour price is going to be accepted (or rejected) based on the value that you create.The smaller and more easily solved your prospective client’s problems are, the less value you can create. The less value you create, the less you can charge your prospective client. This is why it is imperative for sales organizations and salespeople to climb the levels of value creation, becoming their client’s strategic partner. If you only provide a good product or service, you are going to have a tough time differentiating yourself and your offering.The larger, more complicated, and more strategic the problems you solve, the more value you can create. This is where higher profit margins are found. Targets with strategic level problems that you can solve aren’t price-driven; they are results-driven. They’ll happily pay for the results that need. And they’ll let you capture some of the value you create.It can be difficult to tell if your prospect or dream client is price-driven or results-driven, but you can make an educated guess. And when you aren’t sure, ask questions early enough in the process to get agreement on what the right investment needs to look like to return the results your prospects or dream clients need.QuestionsHow can you tell whether your prospective client is a price-driven or results-driven buyer?How much do business models drive pricing decisions?Do you know the prospects in your territory that have demonstrated that they will only buy the lowest price? What would need to change for them to be willing to pay more for greater results?Why is worth more to solve bigger, more strategic level problems? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survival

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We need miracle for survivalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez has admitted Newcastle will need a “miracle” to avoid relegation this season. Toon are currently 15th on the table, five points ahead of the drop zone.Benitez said: “We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season.”For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.”It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, ‘Oh, you finished 10th…’, but with a couple fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle.”If we do the same this year with teams spending even more money than last year, it will be a miracle.” last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton draw

first_imgWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham’s two goal Marko Arnautovic praised their team spirit after drawing 2-2 with Brighton.But the 29-year-old was disappointed he and his teammates could not take the win in Wednesday’s match but was satisfied with how the side fought back from going behind. “I’m very pleased that we’ve come back from two goals down,” Arnautovic said. “I think we didn’t play the football we wanted to play and we know that Brighton are a threat from set-pieces. We lost two goals from set-pieces but we kept believing. After those two goals, it was a good performance. “I don’t know what we started so late but we started to play good football, started to attack and press them high, and scored two goals. I think we had some chances to win the game but we couldn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more