Women’s Soccer Holds Minnesota To 0-0 Draw

first_imgBox Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team held the Minnesota Gophers scoreless for a 0-0 draw, that was played in three, 30-minute periods on Saturday evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the Bulldogs’ final exhibition game. “We spent a large portion of the game on defense, but I think we did a really good job if one person got beat everyone else recovered for them,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “I thought we were organized and were hard to break down. Overall, we got better as the game wore on and gained valuable game fitness.” The Bulldogs open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 when they travel to North Dakota State. “North Dakota State always does well in its conference so it will be a good even match to start the season and one that we will have to be prepared for,” said Horner. The Bulldogs had one last chance to score the game-winning goal in the final minute but Ali Smith’s header off an excellent corner kick by Hurt went just wide. The Bulldogs had one of their chances to get on the board in the 47th-minute but MU’s Tarah Hobbs saved a shot from Mariah Northrop.After 60 minutes of action the game remained scoreless with a combined three shots taken in the second period.  Print Friendly Version The Gophers came out aggressive, tallying six corner kick and four shot, but the Bulldog defense handled the pressure extremely well to end the first period scoreless, 0-0. Drake’s lone shot of the period came from Kasey Hurt which ended up going wide. In the final period, the Gophers managed to put more pressure back on the Bulldogs’ defense. Brooke Dennis came up with five saves to keep Minnesota off the board.last_img read more

On the occasion of his father’s induction into the basketball Hall of Fame, a son pays tribute

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — Al Attles is synonymous with the Golden State Warriors, and Friday night he will be immortalized here as a member of the basketball Hall Of Fame.Many people see only his accomplishments as a player, coach, and executive. All my life, my family and I have seen a Hall of Fame man. HIs wise counsel, his unwavering loyalty, his great sense of humor, his deep compassion for others.“One half of one percent of …last_img read more

Epigenetics Rising in Consciousness of Geneticists, Embryologists

first_imgThe old story of genetics was that all the information is in genes, and when sperm and egg unite, it’s only the combination of genes from parents that affect the offspring.  That view has been under challenge for years now as geneticists and embryologists find more and more evidence for additional heritable factors that affect development of the embryo and the life of the offspring.    It should have been obvious that more than genes unite at conception.  Both egg and sperm are much more than sets of naked genes.  Nature reported that human sperm contains protein factors that guide and direct the embryo.1  Researchers primarily at Howard Hughes Medical Institute found that distinctive chromatin packages genes for embryo development.  Prior to this, they said, “the epigenetic contributions of sperm chromatin to embryo development have been considered highly limited.”  They found numerous heritable factors:Here we show that the retained nucleosomes are significantly enriched at loci of developmental importance, including imprinted gene clusters, microRNA clusters, HOX gene clusters, and the promoters of stand-alone developmental transcription and signalling factors.  Notably, histone modifications localize to particular developmental loci.  Dimethylated lysine 4 on histone H3 (H3K4me2) is enriched at certain developmental promoters, whereas large blocks of H3K4me3 localize to a subset of developmental promoters, regions in HOX clusters, certain noncoding RNAs, and generally to paternally expressed imprinted loci, but not paternally repressed loci.  Notably, trimethylated H3K27 (H3K27me3) is significantly enriched at developmental promoters that are repressed in early embryos, including many bivalent (H3K4me3/H3K27me3) promoters in embryonic stem cells.  Furthermore, developmental promoters are generally DNA hypomethylated in sperm, but acquire methylation during differentiation.  Taken together, epigenetic marking in sperm is extensive, and correlated with developmental regulators.So it’s not just the gift of DNA; it’s the packaging.  “We provide several lines of evidence that the parental genome is packaged and covalently modified in a manner consistent with influencing embryo development.”  The factors in both egg and sperm affect “developmental decisions and imprinting patterns.”    In a related topic, Science Daily said that the rise in awareness of epigenetics among researchers is blurring the line in the old nature-nurture debate.  For instance, doctors used to think that having a certain mutation guaranteed a patient will have a genetic disease.  Other factors, though, such as a mother’s diet, can affect the outcome: “epigenetic factors play a surprisingly large role in the disease risk that gets passed down through the generations,” the article said.  While permanent genetic mutations are the largest factor, “what is not often explained is that less permanent changes to our DNA also significantly influence our risk for disease,” said Mark Johnston, editor of Genetics.  “We tend to view disease risk as a tug of war between nature and nurture, but this study shows that nature and nurture are more closely related than we had imagined.”1.  Hammoud et al, “Distinctive chromatin in human sperm packages genes for embryo development,” Nature 460, 473-478 (23 July 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08162.It should be noted that nature vs nurture is an example of the either-or fallacy.  Some evolutionary psychologists agree (see PhysOrg): they called for “tossing out the nature-nurture debate, which they say has prevailed for centuries in part out of convenience and intellectual laziness.”  Can you think of other factors that should be added to the equation?  How about intelligence and choice?  Without those, it renders human beings as mere determined products of physical and environmental factors.  Your genetics and environment are not forcing you to read these words right now.  Think about that.  There – you made another choice.    Epigenetics is poised to mount another major assault on evolutionary theory.  One of the points made in the upcoming film Darwin’s Dilemma* is that epigenetic factors pile difficulty upon difficulty for Darwin, because evolutionary theory needs to account not only for genetic information in DNA, but the epigenetic information that controls development.  There are many factors beyond the gene library that determine a body plan.  What orchestrates and choreographs the orderly localization of cell types in a developing embryo?  What manages their differentiation?  What commits them to the roles they will play?  We are only beginning to understand these higher-order programs.  If neo-Darwinists were hard-pressed to explain the genetic code by the accumulation of mutations filtered by natural selection, wait till they have to account for the epigenetic code.*Scheduled for release in mid-September: see Illustra Media.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

“As the Raven Flies” GC1E3QC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 9/20/2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedChimney Top Cache GCVTH7 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 23, 2012April 23, 2012In “Community”Lair GC5D2D GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 21, 2012May 21, 2012In “Community”Happy Independence Day! – Granite Rushmore (GC33JW4) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 3, 2013In “Community” View of Raven Glacier from near the cache site“As the Raven Flies” (GC1E3Qc) takes geocachers into the wilds of Chugach National Forest in Alaska, USA.   Kmags & Ak4me placed the cache in July of 2008.  It’s rated a 1.5 difficulty with a four terrain.  Adventurers must to hike to Crow Pass with an elevation of 3500 feet to find the small-sized cache.The location offers a bird’s-eye view of Raven Glacier. It’s rated a four for a reason.  The hike is challenging.Only ten geocachers have logged a smiley for this geocache.  The logs are a testament to the power of the view and the location of this cache.One log reads, “Awesome view. I have hiked this trail many times and have never seen the glacier, always socked in with clouds. Today was awesome with partly cloudy skies and enough of a breeze to keep the bugs at bay. We had lunch right by the cache and soaked in some rays.”Not far from “As the Raven Flies”Your exploration doesn’t have to stop here. There are now more than 3800 geocaches in Alaska and nearly 1.2 million geocaches around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Salespeople Are Becoming More Valuable

first_imgToday, Andy points us to this idea.And my inbox today contains an email that says, “I am one of four salesmen in an organization that hates the thought that we might come close to coming across as ‘salesy.’ As a result of these good intentions, we neutered the sales-team to a passive, customer-service oriented team that has seen no revenue growth in two years.”No one wants to sell. No one wants to be a salesman. Or a saleswoman. Everyone is frightened to death of being perceived as “salesy.” (The word “salesy” isn’t even a real word. I checked.) No one wants to ask anyone for anything, least of all a commitment to buy.Neutered. Passive. Conflict averse. Order-takers. Flat lines.What Selling Is NotI might know three salespeople with the knowledge, experience, and chops to successfully pull off a hard sell. And there is a reason why this skill set is now so rare: it is unnecessary and it hasn’t been effective for decades.Selling doesn’t require that you manipulate others. It doesn’t require that you ask anybody to buy anything that doesn’t benefit them. Selling doesn’t require pressure tactics or closing techniques. It does requires influence, but only the influence that comes from being known and being known as someone who can be counted on to create value.What Selling IsSelling is helping someone achieve an outcome that they cannot easily obtain without you.Selling is helping someone come to the decision to buy by helping them with your experience, your ideas, and your recommendations.Selling is helping someone through their decision-making process.All of these ideas represent one part of selling, the collaborative part. But selling also comes with conflict.Selling is asking people to make a series of commitments that help both of you to come to a good decision. People that you can—and should help—sometimes resist making these commitments.Selling is asking people to make certain investments. Many of the people you can help will resist making the necessary investments, and some will make no decision because they are afraid.You don’t have to make people uncomfortable or trick them into making commitments. But you do have to gain those commitments. And you may have to make them uncomfortable with the status quo. You don’t have to “separate people from their wallets.” In fact, doing so will only make you something less than a salesperson. But you do have to help them spend enough money to get what they really need.Your intentions matter most of all. If you are self-oriented, you will make selling more difficult than it has to be, and you won’t be as successful as you might be otherwise.But if you are willing to be a salesperson, if you are willing to call yourself a salesperson, if you are willing to embrace and wear that mantle, if you are willing to acquire the chops necessary to help other people get an outcome they can’t get without you, and if your intentions are good, you are becoming more valuable by the day.Your skill set is growing more rare. But your willingness to be what you are is becoming something so rare as to be considered precious.QuestionsWhy do some people resist the idea of selling?Why do some people have trouble calling themselves a salesperson?What do salespeople really do?Why do your intentions matter? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter

first_img Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice reading • Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter See All Dell HP Lenovo Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Lenovo grabbed the top PC shipping spot in the fourth quarter. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The global PC market returned to its familiar downward slope in the fourth quarter, according to preliminary numbers from market analysts.PC makers shipped 68.6 million personal computers in the final quarter of 2018, a decline of 4.3 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, market researcher Gartner reported Thursday. IDC reported similar results, tallying 68.1 million PC shipments for the quarter, a 3.7 percent decline.The market was largely flat the previous two quarters, leading to mild optimism that it could be stabilizing after six years of uninterrupted declines. The drop was largely due to a shortage of parts, Gartner said.”Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs (central processing units) created supply chain issues,” Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. “The impact from the CPU shortage affected vendors’ ability to fulfill demand created by business PC upgrades.”Also weighing on the market were political and economic uncertainties among small- and midsize businesses.”The ongoing economic tensions between China and the United States continue to create a lot of uncertainty in the business environment in China,” IDC Research Manager Maciek Gornicki said in a statement. Lenovo was the top PC maker in the quarter, capturing 14.2 percent of the market with 16.6 million units shipped, Gartner said. While Lenovo’s shipments in the quarter grew 5.9 percent, HP managed to grab the No. 2 spot with 22.4 percent market share despite shipping 15.3 million PCs, a 4.4 percent decline. Third-place Dell grew its business 1.4 percent on 10.9 million units shipped, giving it 15.9 percent of the market.Apple’s market share of 7.2 percent was a distant fourth, declining 3.8 percent on 4.9 million units shipped.IDC, which ranked the top four PC makers in the same order, recorded similar shipping and market share figures. But there’s a touch of optimism in the near-year forecast. “While the processor supply challenges are expected to continue into the first two quarters of 2019, PC makers are likely to see the situation improve before the back-to-school season begins during the latter half of the year,” IDC Senior Research Analyst Neha Mahajan said in a statement.Gartner’s preliminary worldwide PC vendor unit shipment estimates:pcs-gartner-q42018 Gartner Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. ‘Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. • Apple 0 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment Computers Tech Industrylast_img read more

Adani Power plans to invest Rs 18000 crore in Karnataka

first_imgAhmedabad-based energy conglomerate Adani Power Ltd. announced on Thursday that it was planning to invest around Rs 18,400 crore in Karnataka. The company would reportedly set up a 1,600 MW thermal power plant and another 1,000 MW solar power project in the state.”We would like to submit that Udupi Power Corporation Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company has entered into memorandum of understanding with the government of Karnataka to set up 2×800 MW Coal-based supercritical power plant in Karnataka with investment of Rs 11,400 crore,” Adani Power said in its filing to the National Stock Exchange.The company further said that its subsidiary, Adani Green Energy Ltd., has shown interest in setting up the 1,000 MW solar power plant in the state with an investment of Rs 7,000 crore, the Press Trust of India reports.Earlier, the stock exchange had sought response from the company after the media reported about its investment plans in Karnataka.Last month, it was reported that the company may sign a deal worth $2.2 billion to build coal-based power plants in Jharkhand as part of its plans to double its power generation capacity in India to 20,000 MW by the end of 2020.Adani Power also has thermal power projects in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Two more thermal power projects of the company is expected to come up in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh soon. The company also has a 40 MW solar power project in Gujarat’s Kutch district.The company’s stock was trading at Rs 23.40 at around 11.16 a.m. on Friday, down 3.11 percent.last_img read more