Lady Panther Classic returns

first_imgFour local girls basketball teams will get their first up-close looks at each other this weekend as the 39th annual Lady Panther Classic begins today at McKinleyville High.St. Bernard’s will get the weekend started with a first-round clash against Redding Christian at 5 p.m. and Fortuna will finish the night up with a contest against Yreka at 8 p.m. while the tournament’s host team, McKinleyville, will face Hoopa in its first-round matchup today at 6:30 p.m.The best offense is a…Good …last_img read more

Ramon Laureano taking at bats, running every other day as return date nears

first_imgKANSAS CITY — It’s been five weeks since Ramon Laureano fell on the 10-day IL with a stress reaction in his shin. Doctors told him back then he’d need a 4-to-6 week recovery period.It looks like Laureano could return to the lineup well within that frame. He’s taking at bats and running every other day, a routine that could be enough to prevent a trip to Stockton or Las Vegas for a rehab assignment.“We’d consider this the rehab assignment, facing pitchers,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They’re …last_img read more

Giving wildlife a sporting chance

first_imgLions and other regional carnivores now have added protection through the efforts of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Golden Lions Rugby Union.(Image: Luke Harwood) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayley Komen  Communications manager, EWT  +27 11 486 1102• Krystle Geach  PR and media manager, GLRU  +27 11 402 2960 x130 RELATED ARTICLES • EWT making tracks in conservation • West African lion linked to Asiatic cat • Raggies to help shark conservation • World’s largest nature area, in Africa • Lions return to Great KarooLyndon JafthaThe Gauteng-based Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) has teamed up with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to boost conservation efforts in 2012. This makes the Lions the first professional rugby team to formally enter into a conservation project.According to GLRU public relations manager Krystle Geach, the main focus will be on saving South Africa’s carnivores, but the team will also give prominence to the protection of rhinos.The venture, announced in October, is expected to give extra impetus to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) efforts, and bring the concept of conservation to a whole new audience.The GLRU, which also undertakes social responsibility projects such as developing rugby facilities in townships, was approached by the EWT and wasted no time in agreeing to the partnership.Vanessa du Plessis of the EWT said that the project would communicate the NGO’s mission and vision powerfully and efficiently, and because there are so many sports fans in South Africa, the message will be spread far and wide.It is hoped that the partnership will increase conservation awareness through the GLRU’s website, its social network sites Facebook and Twitter, and the newsletter that is sent out fortnightly during the rugby seasons.In addition, the EWT will keep fans up to date on their projects and events via the Lions magazine, which is distributed five times a year to ticket holders and is also available in various retail outlets.And to drive the message home, EWT news will appear in match day programmes, while announcements and images will also be displayed on the big screen in stadiums on match days.Sustaining our diversityThe EWT was established in 1973 with the aim of promoting a healthy planet and a world that values and is able to sustain its diversity of life. The organisation’s mission is to protect threatened species and ecosystems in the Southern African region.Through some 80 projects across the region, the EWT is helping to preserve wetland ecosystems, reduce conflicts between humans and wildlife, and more.Current projects include the Airport Wildlife Programme which aims to increase aviation safety by reducing bird strikes; and the Healthy Rivers Programme, which focuses on the conservation of freshwater species and ecosystems throughout Southern Africa.One of its most important projects is currently on many minds locally and abroad – the rhino poaching crisis. In addition to working in the field and with like-minded organisations, the EWT, through its partner Afrika Force, has produced a fashionable beaded bracelet that is sold at a number of retail stores around South Africa.The bracelets provide an easy way for people to support rhino conservation, and bring in an income for the men and women who make them.There is also the precarious situation of endangered carnivores, such as the African wild dog, whose population in South Africa now numbers less than 400 individuals. At the same time, the lawful and unlawful trading of leopard and cheetah is negatively impacting on the existence of these big cats.The EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme aims to conserve predators by securing new habitats, conducting vital research, and addressing important problems such as the trade and illegal killing of these threatened animals.last_img read more

Learn something new on International EarthCache Day

first_imgOn Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, earn a new souvenir by learning about the Earth! All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache during the weekend of International EarthCache Day 2017!Finding an EarthCache is a great way to learn about the Earth. These geocaches do not have physical containers, but instead bring you to unique locations to teach you a geological science lesson.Feeling inspired to learn something new? Here are six fun facts we’ve learned from EarthCaches found around the world: Imperiosus Visum (GC206DF), Arizona, USAMany know the Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River, but did you know that uplift from tectonic plates aided in the creation of the one mile deep canyon we see today?Photo by geovi. Hot Springs, Bath (GC185X3), South West England, United KingdomOriginating as rain water from 20-80,000 years ago, the water is heated by geothermal action. Rising up to the surface, the springs in Bath [England] are the highest spring water temperature in the UK!Photo by kiki-64. Dry Falls EarthCache (GC154BY), Washington, USADuring the Ice Age, parts of Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana were severely flooded as rivers forged new paths around ice dams. This EarthCache is located near a 3.5 miles wide and 400 foot tall cliff, which was, at the time, the largest waterfall in the world.Photo by HockeyHiker19. Laguna Madre (GC1EHC6), Texas, USAThere are only six hypersaline (saltier than the ocean) lagoons in the world. One is the Laguna Madre (Spanish for “Mother Lagoon”) in Texas! Photo by thardt. Geysir – Powerful hot spring (GC1G4XZ), IcelandLocated in Iceland’s Haukadalur valley and discovered in 1294, this is the oldest known geyser on the planet. Photo by bedla tygrovana. Namib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63), Namibia, AfricaAt 43 million years old, the Namib Desert is not only named the oldest desert in the world, but is also home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world: the Sossusvlei.Photo by DivanOli4.What’s the coolest (or hottest, highest, oldest) fact you’ve learned from an EarthCache?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related7 Continents, 7 EarthCachesOctober 3, 2017In “Community”Petra Al Khazneh (GC1V4ZY) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 5, 2016In “Community”The Creator of EarthCaching talks about the 10th AnniversaryJanuary 10, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Cliqset Transforms Social Media Feeds Into Standardized, Real-Time Data

first_imgWe’re highlighting one article about the real-time web from off-site every day, leading up to the October 15th ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit. Data normalization, Activity Streams, filtering and APIs are going to be big topics of conversation there. We hope you’ll join us for those conversations. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Portability#Lifestreaming#NYT#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Social media aggregator Cliqset today announced a new beta version of its platform that aggregates activity feeds from 70 different social media sites, transforms them into normalized Activity Streams standard data and then pushes them out in real time.The company’s offers multiple ways to access the data through its API but also hopes that more users will stick with its own, now much improved, user interface. The first 200 ReadWriteWeb readers to click this link will gain access to the new beta version of the site.What does Cliqset offer that the Facebook-acquired FriendFeed doesn’t? According to Cliqset: “We’re much more standards compliant, we allow broader sharing, granular filters, a different permissions model, a much more open API and we have more services tied to ours (70 vs. FriendFeed’s 50).”The most important thing Cliqset is doing is probably transforming all these different update feeds into the standardized format called Activity Streams. That format is already being supported by Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live and Opera.Michael Calore explains what Cliqset is doing with Activity Streams as follows:A huge bonus is that Cliqset is using the emerging Activity Streams data specification to make all this happen. Activity Streams is an open-source XML-based format that uses a common actor-verb-asset model to report an activity on a social website. For example, “Amy shared a video” or “Mike rated this photo.” It’s a simple organizing principle that allows social web services to more easily talk to each other about what their users are doing.But if not everyone is reporting their users’ activity data using a common model, it becomes harder to get two services to talk to each other. And only a handful of sites are supporting Activity Streams right now.As Cliqset co-founder Darren Bounds tells Webmonkey, Cliqset is actually re-writing all the aggregated data streams into the Activity Streams format, physically cleaning up the social web’s mess as it goes.Cliqset tells us that it’s working on making a streaming API for this data available and let us in on some secret projects to bring real-time cross-platform data flowing to places around the web that it’s not available today.Right now you cannot easily pull Activity Streams feeds through Cliqset for people who have not signed up for the service themselves. It would be great if Cliqset began consuming the Webfinger protocol, for example and let me point at all my Google Contacts, discover their social media sites from around the web and then transform those into Activity Streams for consumption in other apps. That future isn’t here and it may never be, but a web user can hope.For now the company is using the long polling method and this newly normalized data to do some impressive things with its own user interface. Michael Calore goes into depth about that part of the project on Wired.com’s WebMonkey blog. We’d like to recommend his post as our Real-Time Web Article of the Day, in fact. Check it out for a closer look at the innovative effort underway at Cliqset. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Making the Most of Meal Times

first_imgBy Dora Doss, M.S., SLP-CCCImage from Photospin.com by Angel Nieto, CC0As a speech and language pathologist (SLP) and mother of three children ages 14, 11, and 3, I enjoy family mealtimes for the social, language, and bonding opportunities they provide.  Yet when my boys were 3 and 1, I worked full time while my spouse was deployed and dinnertime was our most challenging time of day. Often, one child wanted to play and the other cried while I cooked and served dinner – certainly not the most conducive setting for quality mealtime interactions.  As an early childhood professional, I was keenly aware of the value of family mealtimes and I wanted to capitalize on this after being away from my kids all day, and yet it was still very difficult.So, I decided to try something a little different.  Instead of trying to force quality time at the end of a long day, I turned my attention towards making our weekend breakfast meals the quality family mealtime I had tried so hard to foster during the week.  In order to achieve this, I did two things. First, I let go of the pressure to have a sit-down meal with my boys; often I served, ate, and cleaned up simultaneously.  Even though I was up and moving during meal time, I was still able to engage in meaningful ways with them.  Second, I had a friend who was experiencing the same challenge with her children.  Collaboratively we had meals together once a week (sometimes more) when our husbands were away due to work obligations. These somewhat simple changes made a big difference in the quality of my family’s meal time interactions during this stressful period of raising children as a military spouse.Interestingly, research has found that more complex language structures occur during family mealtimes[i] than during play time and book reading.[ii]  Simple things such as labeling “apple,” requesting “more apples,” and commenting “my apple” all promote the use of a variety of communicative functions. Caregivers may expand on the child’s utterances by using self-talk, such as, “I’m taking a bite of my apple,” and parallel talk such as, “You took a bite of your green apple,” which provide exposure to meaningful language without the need for the child to imitate or respond.  Mealtimes are also rich with narratives and turn taking, not to mention the cultural and social connections that are fostered.Sometimes families or professionals may wonder if mealtimes can be equally beneficial for a child with a more severe communication deficit or a child who does not receive nutrition orally.  I would suggest that, yes, family meals are just as important, if not more so.  A child who does not receive nutrition orally can benefit from the sensory aspect of smells and also from the sharing of language, cultural, and social experiences with family members surrounding food.  A child who has a severe communication deficit can be exposed to the language rich environment of mealtime while communication opportunities can be modified to meet their needs.  All children, regardless of communication ability, benefit from the structure and routine of a shared mealtime.Providers should consider a family’s unique schedule to optimize suggestions for family mealtimes, that would promote a positive atmosphere[iii] and caregivers who are warm and engaged.  As I mentioned earlier, in my own personal experience, this was more likely to occur around our family breakfast table on Saturdays and Sundays than on our rushed weeknights.  Be creative to help each family determine what mealtimes might work best for them and their unique circumstances.  Additionally, Luther and Lantendresse (2005) found positive outcomes for mealtime interactions with only one caregiver present.[iv]   The connection established during a shared meal or snack[v] between the caregiver and the child is what is most important.Communicative mealtime interactions lay the foundation for continued family meals[i] later which can foster growth and development throughout childhood.  Therefore, establishing this routine early in life is important.  Now that my children are older, I’m glad I persevered to establish a mealtime routine when they were young.  Having added a third child to our family in the last few years, we have dinner 4-5 times a week together, and these family meals have become a cherished routine for us.  It is fun to see my 3-year-old daughter’s language grow to keep pace with her big brothers, and we all enjoy the humor in the many wonderful things she chooses to discuss with us.[i] Anderson, J., & Trumbull, D. (2014). The benefits of the family table [Blog Post]. [ii] Snow, C. E., & Beals, D. E. (2006). Mealtime talk that supports literacy development. New directions for child and adolescent development, 2006(111), 51-66.[iii] Fishel, A. (2015, January 12) The most important thing you can do you’re your kids? Eat dinner with them. {Blog Post].[iv] Luthar, S. S., & Latendresse, S. J. (2005). Children of the affluent: Challenges to well-being. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14(1), 49-53. DOI: 10.1111/j.0963-7214.2005.00333.x[v] Story, M., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2005). A perspective on family meals: do they matter?. Nutrition Today, 40(6), 261-266.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more

Dalit man beaten and forced to drink urine

first_imgFour persons have been arrested in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on the charges of beating a Dalit man and forcing him to drink urine after he refused to work on their fields, the police said on Tuesday.The station house officer of Hazratpur police station, Rajesh Kashyap, was also suspended for negligence in failing to lodge a case on the victim’s initial complaint.Sitaram Valmiki, in his complaint, said that some influential men in his village beat him with shoes and slippers and abused him after he refused to harvest their crops. Mr. Valmiki said he wanted to work on his own field first. He said the accused started hitting him when they found him gathering fodder in his field. He was then tied to a neem tree and beaten with slippers and shoes, he claimed.“They also pulled my moustache and forced me to drink urine,” Mr. Valmiki told reporters. Though the incident took place last week, it came to light only after the newly appointed U.P. SC/ST Commission Chairman Brij Lal wrote to the police to take action.last_img read more

Barca extend lead with comfortable Levante win

first_imgBarcelona 3 Levante 0: Messi equals Muller record ahead of Coutinho’s arrival Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:14 1/8/18 Lionel Messi Getty Images Barcelona’s unbeaten league season continued with a comfortable win over Levante, which saw Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paulinho strike. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paulinho were on target as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 home win against Levante on Sunday which saw LaLiga’s leaders stretch their advantage over Atletico Madrid back to nine points.Barcelona ended 2017 with a crushing Clasico win at Real Madrid – who are now 17 points off the pace, albeit with two games in hand – and they continued the club-record start to a season with ease, although there was no sign of Philippe Coutinho.A deal worth a reported £142million was announced by Barca on Saturday, but Ernesto Valverde’s men had more than enough to beat Levante prior to the Brazil international’s formal arrival at Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho’s predecessor as Barca’s record signing, Ousmane Dembele, made his first start since September after recovering from a torn hamstring in another positive development for Valverde.Messi drew level with Gerd Muller as the most prolific player for a single club in Europe’s top five leagues by scoring his 365th LaLiga goal on his 400th appearance in the Spanish top flight, neatly volleying in an early opener.And Suarez’s strike was also a milestone goal, a powerful volley before half-time his 132nd for the club, moving him above Samuel Eto’o to become Barca’s seventh-most prolific goalscorer.Barca had beaten Levante 4-1, 5-0 and 7-0 on their three previous league Camp Nou trips but the visitors battled hard to keep the score down as captain Andres Iniesta made his 650th appearance for the hosts, although Paulinho added late gross by finishing off Messi’s magical assist.Planet Messi400 games in #LaLiga… 365 GOALS! #BarçaLevante pic.twitter.com/YgCRl8J55K— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 7, 2018No Levante player has scored in LaLiga since November 19 and although the visitors made a bright start at a wet and half-empty Camp Nou, Barca opened their 2018 LaLiga account through talisman Messi after just 12 minutes.Jordi Alba headed Messi’s chipped pass back into the path of the Argentina international, who cushioned a bouncing volley across Oier Olazabal and in off the post.Jefferson Lerma miscued a shot wide and Ivi’s effort deflected off target as a lively Levante sought an immediate response.Dembele then stung the palms of Oier with a 20-yard shot after a driving run at the other end, Suarez turning the rebound over when he should have hit the target.Suarez made amends after 38 minutes, however, collecting a Sergi Roberto pass and lashing in an unstoppable volley to score for the fifth successive LaLiga game.With that strike @LuisSuarez9 moves past @setoo9 to go 7th on the all time scoring list at FC Barcelona with 132 goals  #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/wzB85K3hmz— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 7, 2018Levante started the second half as well as they did the first, Marc-Andre ter Stegen making a fine save high to his left to tip over Ivi’s strike.With Barca surprisingly sloppy in possession and open at the back, Jason set up Shaquell Moore for a fine chance but Ter Stegen saved again to maintain his fourth consecutive LaLiga clean sheet.Suarez wasted a couple of chances to make Barca’s victory more comfortable and forward Jose Arnaiz was handed a league debut in the last five minutes.But it was Paulinho who wrapped up the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time, Coutinho’s compatriot tapping in from six yards after Suarez dummied a cross from Messi, who beat three defenders in typically stunning fashion before delivering a superb low cross. Leo #Messi in @LaLiga  400 games 365 goals 144 assists#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/WoPV51UsxQ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 7, 2018 Key Opta facts:- Only Xavi (505) and Andres Iniesta (427) have made more league appearances for Barcelona than Lionel Messi.- Jordi Alba has provided five assists to Messi, more than any other Barcelona player this season (all competitions).- Of the teams Messi has played 16 or more times in all competitions, Levante are the only team Messi has not lost against  (W14 D2).- Luis Suarez has scored in six of his last seven league games for Barcelona (eight goals) – he had only found the net in two of his previous seven (two goals).  read morelast_img read more

Film Study: Breaking Down the Play of Mason Rudolph

first_imgCMPATTYDSCMP%YPATDINT 143231203961.98.83132 Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has had an exceptional season so far, but he hasn’t been completely perfect. The Cowboys are headed into the back half of a tough Big 12 schedule featuring an undefeated West Virginia at home and Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma all on the road.Rudolph’s play will be one of the most important factors in all of these games, so in anticipation for an excellent back half of the season, let’s take a look at how Rudolph has performed thus far.Rudolph has shown the ability to make the tough throws time and time again. There have been plenty of plays where he fit the ball in a small window down the field:sl_postAnd he’s proven that he can effectively lead his receivers on the deep ball to the sideline:outsideWhere Rudolph has struggled is in the short and intermediate game. Oftentimes, especially on RPO (run-pass option) throws, Rudolph’s high throws result in either killing any possible YAC for the receiver:high4Or sailing over the receiver’s head:highHe has also, on occasion, missed some wide-open receivers downfield:miss_deepOSU head coach Mike Gundy said that Rudolph’s physical limitations contributed to his lack of intermediate accuracy. “He got hit in the Texas game and wasn’t very effective, in my opinion, on some throws in the next game because he just couldn’t really rotate his body a little bit,” Gundy said. “And that caused some issues with him.”There were rumors that he was banged up in a few early games as well.Hopefully Rudolph has used the bye week to fully recover, because once he cleans up his missed throws in the short game, he becomes an elite quarterback. Rudolph is seventh in the nation in passing yards per game and he’s one of only two players in the FBS who have over 200 pass attempts and only two interceptions. Rudolph’s stats aren’t eye-popping but they are efficient. The problem is that stats aren’t everything. If you took a person who just watched the game and another person who just looked at the stats and asked them both to tell you how Rudolph did, they would likely have very different answers.Ideally, his performance will soon start to match his stats, and when that happens, he will solidify himself as one of the best quarterbacks not only in the Big 12, but in the country as well. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Interesting Facts About Kansas As Oklahoma State Heads To Lawrence

first_imgHere are a few facts you might not know about KU as OSU heads to Lawrence on Saturday.• Homecoming Unis. KU will suit up in their “limestone” edition uniforms for the Homecoming game this Saturday and Coach Gundy will be reunited with original staff member and former OSU special teams coach Joe Deforrest (or “Defo”). Defo did an incredible job with OSU special teams coaching the likes of Ray Guy winner Matt Fodge and all-time great Dan Bailey among others.• Near Miss on Russell. In July of 2011, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell was committed to play quarterback from the Kansas Jayhawks. He de-committed after then coach Turner Gil was fired and decided to look a little closer to his home in Garland, Texas eventually winding up in Waco.• Famous alums. Include Bill James (sabermetrician discussed in the movie Moneyball), actor Paul Ruud, most famous basketball coaches (Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Phog Allen, Ralph Miller) and• Broken Arrow Punter. KU Punter Cole Moos was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his monstrous 50.4 yard per punt average last week against Baylor, including an unreal 82 yard punt where he had one foot in one endzone and the ball was downed at the opposing three yard line. While Cowboy fans are very much contented with Zach Sinor, Moos hails from close by Broken Arrow.• Academic Advantage. As conference expansion was recently on the minds of the Big 12, KU with a struggling football program is at times considered to be an odd man out but something KU has working in their favor is they are an AAU (Association of American Universities) member.This indicates a stellar academic reputation (among other research requirements) that only 60 schools in the country have, but is essentially a must have if you want to join the Big 10 conference. Rutgers and KU football games would be… must-not-see football.• Rock Chalk. The famous “Rock Chalk” chant was started by a chemistry teacher on campus in 1886 for the science club. Originally “Rah, Rah Jayhawk, KU”, “Rock Chalk” was substituted as a tip of the cap to all of the limestone around campus that is often referred to as chalk rock. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more