Humboldt State football kicks off season with international friendly vs. CETYS Universidad

first_imgArcata >> Rob Smith has never been in this kind of position before as a head coach.Smith’s Humboldt State football team takes the field for the first time against CETYS University at 6 p.m. tonight at the Redwood Bowl. Although, when it comes to this one counting in the win-loss column, it won’t, with the Jacks playing the first-ever exhibition game of Smith’s coaching tenure in Arcata.It’s an international friendly, sure, but it’s also the one and only in-game tune-up for HSU before it opens …last_img read more

Handy Motor Found in Virus

first_imgYour job today is to stuff a delicate chain into a barrel without breaking it and make it wrap neatly inside.  A tiny virus does this with helping hands, reported Purdue University.  A research team uncovered the mechanism of a “powerful molecular motor” that crams the viral DNA tightly into the capsid with the help of five moving parts.    These are not real hands, of course; the captioned artist rendering whimsically shows five gp17 protein structures drawn to look like hands.  These structures are protein subdomains embedded in the ring-shaped motor mechanism.  The capsid, or viral container, acts like a hard plastic shell, protecting the DNA inside (see 05/07/2004).  Two rings on the opening hold the motor in place.  The gp17 subdomains take turns grasping the DNA and shoving it in.  Another analogy is that they work like pistons operating in sequence.  Using ATP energy pellets, they take advantage of electrostatic forces to gently but firmly transfer the DNA strand into the interior, where it coils in an orderly fashion.  The mechanism generates 20 times the force used by myosin, the motor in muscle.  The article claims that proportional to its size, the motor is twice as powerful as an automotive engine.    The virus they studied is a bacteriophage – a virus that infects and destroys bacteria.  The cutaway diagram of the capsid shows the DNA wound neatly into a fabric-like pattern.  The researchers hope some day not only to understand viruses better, but to use their tricks for nanotechnology.  Someday man-made motors like these could deliver medicines to patients or power nano-sized machines.  First, though, they need to do basic research on how the viral motor works.  “This particular motor is very fast and powerful,” they said.  See also the 03/20/2007 and 10/18/2001 entries for earlier research on capsid motors.Even viruses, which are not even alive by the definition of being able to reproduce independently, show incredible design.  They are too well designed to be accidents.  Why do so many viruses cause disease and death?  Actually, only a small fraction are harmful; most cause no harm and some are beneficial.    Some creationists speculate that they all had a beneficial function originally: keeping bacteria in check or delivering genetic instructions to animals encountering a new environment.  After the Fall, they either were allowed to mutate into machines gone wild, turning on their customers, or were recast as agents of judgment on a world sentenced to death and hardship.  Can they prove this?  No; but what is the alternative for evolutionists?  First, they have to believe in miracles – that super-efficient, compact, powerful motors like this just appeared, arose or emerged (favorite Darwinian miracle-words) from nowhere.  Second, they have to deny that anything is evil or out of order.  In Darwin’s world, whatever is, is right.  A logical consequence is that it is vain to seek cures for disease.  So what if millions of humans die in a pandemic?  It just shows that viruses are more fit.    If miracles and apathy don’t motivate you to swallow the evolutionary line, then look at the mechanism from a design perspective and figure out what it’s there for.  Basic research can reveal the mechanism.  Philosophy and theology can elucidate its purpose.  Engineering can look for applications.  Who needs Darwin, the guy who sits around telling miracle stories?    The Purdue team obviously didn’t act like “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  They had no need of that hypothesis.  The E-word failed to materialize in the press release or any of the writeups on other sites.  “Viruses, start your engines!” EurekAlert began its version.  “Researchers find what drives one of nature’s powerful, nanoscale motors.”    If design is what you observe, then design will lead to the right explanation, which may lie outside the capabilities of science.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Afrique du Sud : Le paradis de l’aventure

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud offre 3000 kilometres de cote et des montagnes a vous couper le souffle, souvent tres proches. Le terrain varie du pays, associe a un climat ideal pour les activites en exterieur, en fait un terrain de chasse riche pour les chercheurs de sensations fortes.L’Afrique du Sud propose de l’escalade, du surf, de la plongee, des randonnees, des safaris a dos de cheval, du mountain bike, du rafting de niveau mondial et toutes les autres activites extremes que vous pourriez citer, toutes encadrees par des organisateurs devoues.L’Afrique du Sud offre les lieux d’escalade les meilleurs et les plus varies du monde. Les falaises sont enormes, sauvages et restent a decouvrir. Le Cap est particulierement bien dote mais l’action est loin de se limiter a la region du Western Cape.Les voyages fluviaux vont d’une balade agreable a un veritable passage en machine a laver en eau douce de niveau 5. L’art du canyoning, connu sous le nom de kloofing en Afrique du Sud, est une autre proposition excitante et appreciee que ce soit seul ou avec un guide.Il existe plus d’une centaine de sites de parapente ou de deltaplane, et beaucoup d’autres moins connus, avec des ecoles dans chaque centre. Toujours dans les airs, vous aurez de nombreuses occasions de faire de l’helicoptere, de la montgolfiere, des acrobaties aeriennes, du parachutisme ou du vol en ULM.Des milliers de kilometres de sentiers de randonnee traversent le pays par le desert, la foret, la montagne ou la zone cotiere, la plupart offre des pistes de mountain bike.Il existe des sentiers pour de merveilleuses balades a cheval a travers les vignes, sur la plage ou dans les montagnes et, pour les plus audacieux, des safaris a dos de cheval dans les reserves naturelles du pays.Et si vous recherchez l’altitude, le pont de Bloukrans de 216 metres de haut a la frontiere entre les provinces d’Eastern Cape et Western Cape qui est le lieu de saut a l’elastique commercial le plus haut du monde.Vous pouvez aussi descendre en rappel au dessus des brisants a la pointe oust de Knysna, vous suspendre a un kilometre au dessus du Cap, associer la descente en rappel et le canyoning dans les gorges du fleuve Storms, ou faire du saut en rappel le long des immeubles a Durban ou Johannesburg. La gravite gagne du terrain de façon spectaculaire en Afrique du Sud.SAinfo reporter, incluant des documents de l’Office du Tourisme d’Afrique du Sudlast_img read more

R52bn for public works projects

first_img17 February 2010 While a number of jobs are expected to be created, Gordhan cautioned that employment would be created in line with the growth of the economy – a lot of jobs were created in South Africa in the period between 2004 and 2008, the same period the country experienced enormous growth with surpluses recorded in the Budget. Gordhan said most of the projects would not be directly financed from the fiscus. South Africa has budgeted about R52-billion over the next three years to fund public works projects across the country, with the aim of creating up to 1.2-million new job opportunities. The projection has been driven by a number of projects associated with the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The event is expected to contribute about 0.5% of GDP growth in 2010. To date, the government has spent about R33-billion on preparations for the tournament. Many of the projects will continue beyond 2010 and are not linked to the tournament but are investments meant to contribute to the growth of the economy. Over the next three years, the public sector aims to spend R846-billion on its infrastructure programme, with a significant portion of the work to be undertaken by state-owned entities. “Public sector investment is a crucial component of development as it provides the infrastructure through which we transport goods, power the economy and connect households and business to services and markets,” Gordhan said. These include the new multi-product pipeline between Durban and Johannesburg, the construction of the container terminal at Ngqura in the Coega Development Zone, and the construction of Medupi and Kusile power stations as part of Eskom’s expansion programme. Gordhan said this was an indication that the country’s employment was directly linked to economic growth. Source: BuaNews Employment ‘linked to growth’ Infrastructure expansion programme The government’s Expanded Public Works programme created 1.6-million short-term jobs during its first phase from 2004 to 2009, exceeding its target of one million jobs. A projected 642 000 job opportunities will be created in 2010/11, rising to 1.2-million in 2012/13. Tabling his Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said an additional R2.5-billion would be allocated to labour-intensive projects in the social, non-governmental and environmental sectors, mainly targeting people in the country’s rural areas.last_img read more

Register to vote on 9 and 10 April

first_imgThe final voter registration drive before this year’s local government elections will be held on the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016. All adult South Africans are urged to get their names on the voters’ roll, so they can use their democratic right to choose the municipal leaders they want.You can register to vote if you:are a South African citizenare at least 16 years old (you can only vote from the age of 18, though)have a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a temporary ID certificateYou can register at the voting station in your community. Dial *120*432# to find your voting station or use the voting station finder on the Electoral Commission website. All voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm on 9 and 10 April.If you can’t register on that weekend, make an appointment at your local Electoral Commission office to register there.If you don’t have an ID, you can apply for one at your local Home Affairs branch.Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration details.Follow the Electoral Commission on Twitter – @IECSouthAfrica – and like them on Facebook – IECSouthAfrica – to get updates and more information.More about the 2016 municipal electionsLocal government elections are held every five years, nationwide, to elect councillors to govern municipalities for the next five years.Municipal councils’ current term of office ends on 18 May 2016.Councillors serve on town, city, metropolitan or district councils. It is their job to deliver services to citizens living in their areas – including water, electricity and sanitation.The exact date of the 2016 Municipal Elections will only be known when the election is proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.In terms of the Constitution the election must be held between 18 May and 16 August 2016.So get ready to have your say in the 2016 municipal elections. Your vote is your voice. Use it!last_img read more

The Flashback Sequence Effects Tool Kit

first_imgDiffused GlowAs I noted in this article on diffusion filters, a diffused glow is a fantastic aesthetic that suggests a scene is taking place in the past. It mirrors an old technique when cinematographers would put netting behind the lens to smooth the skin of Hollywood starlets. It’s a subtle but effective technique. Since the glow creates an ethereal essence, it’s also an excellent way to indicate flashbacks, such as the scene below from Rocky V.You can very quickly create a diffused glow in any NLE or compositor by following these steps.Bring your footage into a new composition.Create a copy of your footage and place it on a new layer, directly above the original.Add a blur of 5-10 percent to the top layer.Change the blend mode of the top layer to lighten. Cross ProcessingCross processing footage to signify a flashback is a great approach. Cross processing involves lab technicians or photographers deliberately using the incorrect chemical solution for processing a film stock. As a result, the film would process with an unnatural color and with high contrast.You can see the effect put to good use in Tarantino’s Django Unchained.Don’t worry; you don’t have to rush out and buy film stock and chemicals to achieve this effect. You can easily pull this off with any color grading application. DaVinci Resolve guru Denver Riddle shows you how to achieve the look in the following tutorial. Color TintIf you look again at the example from Rocky V, you can see there’s also a cool tint to the image. This is another common effect you see in flashback sequences, especially procedural dramas like CSI. If you’re cutting back and forth between the present and the past at the same location, as in the Rocky V scene, this tint creates just enough differentiation between the timelines to prevent confusion.You can quickly add a color tint to an already-graded piece of footage by adding a solid color to your composition, changing the blend mode to overlay, then lowering the opacity down to 50-75 percent.AudioFlashbacks always include an audio effect to accompany visual cues. Typically, when storylines transition into flashbacks using the bloom or something similar, we also hear a swoosh (you can find a host of swoosh sound effects in the PremiumBeat SFX library). Secondly, when a flashback scene uncovers a hidden mystery, you will usually hear reverberated audio.You’ll need to choose the reverb effect that suits your project best, but a clever technique is to reverse the audio track, apply a reverb, then reverse the track once more so it reverts to normal. Then apply another reverb. The following clip demonstrates the before and after of this technique.’s no one way to produce a flashback sequence. Filmmakers are creating new techniques all the time, and you can always choose not to use an effect at all. My favorite technique is the fluid distortion applied to the flashback/memory scene in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2.What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments.center_img This guide breaks down everything you need to know about producing and editing effective flashback sequences.Cover Image via Warner Brothers.Everyone knows a flashback when they see one — it’s a tried-and-true narrative tool. Really, there are two types of flashbacks. While their names come from the literary world, we can borrow them for film. There is an internal analepsis, which returns to a scene established in the narrative, and an external analepsis, which takes the story back to a time before the audience joined the narrative.Some critics believe an internal flashback undermines the strength of the story. The argument is that your film language hasn’t been clear enough if you need to return to an earlier scene to highlight something that the audience may have missed — unless this was intentional.If you prefer to tell your story with flashbacks, you need to know the different visual and audio cues that signify a flashback instead of a new scene in a linear progression.Let’s look at some of the effects you can use.Slower Shutter SpeedBefore we jump into the digital domain, let’s have a look at what you can do in-camera. By decreasing the shutter speed of your camera lower than the 180-degree standard shutter angle, each frame gets exposed a little bit longer. As a result, the footage becomes a myriad of fading blurs. This technique is perfect for dreamlike sequences — or when the character is intoxicated. It’s also great for short flashbacks.This will mean that you will have to film the scene twice if it’s an internal flashback. However, it’s a great technique if you want to show the scene from a unique perspective.Bloom TransitionThe bloom transition is a very popular technique used in TV, and it usually indicates a new scene, rather than a flashback to an established scene. This might occur when a suspect is telling the police how he committed his crime, or when a character is thinking about their past, and we transition to see that moment. For example, see the flashback below from The CW‘s Arrow, S01E01.This is the easiest and simplest effect to use, as you’re only applying the effect on a small area of the clip, rather than the entire flashback layer.Thankfully, there’s no need to follow an instruction list or video tutorial on how to create this effect, as the great Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot has already made a preset you can download for free. On the VideoCopilot blog, there’s also an instructional video how on to adjust the effect if you find yourself confused.White DissolveSimilar to the bloom transition, but less extravagant, involves dissolving in and out of a white solid. There are two ways you can do this.In your NLE, simply create a solid white layer, and place it above the two adjoining clips, two seconds of white solid on either side will work well.At the start point decrease the opacity to 0, set a keyframe, and set the opacity at 100 when it reaches the edit point. Then reduce the opacity back down to 0 to at end of the layer.Alternatively, if you are using an NLE like Premiere Pro CC, there is already a transition called Dip To White, which does the same thing, if not better.You can also improve this effect if you pan or tilt toward a highlight in the scene, such as a window or house fire. Both methods will produce a flashback transition like you see in the video below.last_img read more

Coach’s choking gesture fires up Pons in win over NU

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua responded by choking himself with one of the warmers that was draped on his bench.READ: FEU ends NU’s streak, gets share of second spotFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That could’ve been a crucial point for us,” said Pascua in Filpino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “It’s okay if we lost on kills, just not on service errors. So that was my reaction, and I didn’t even see it on TV.”Although Pascua didn’t see his antics on the replay monitor, Pons saw her mentor commit the gesture live. “I saw it because I was the one who committed the mistake,” said Pons laughing. “That was a crucial one because we were already in the 20s, and the service error really shifts the momentum. NU didn’t even give an effort to score, so when that happened I had the drive to get that point back.”Pons made up for her mistake as she  led the Lady Tamaraws to the 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20 triumph which put them at a 4-2 record and snapped the Lady Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak.FEU gained a share of the second spot with Ateneo and De La Salle while NU stayed in first place with a 5-1 card.Pons finished with a game-high 18 points, five more than NU star Jaja Santiago, and 11 excellent receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Carlos, Molde relish scoring roles for Lady Maroons Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a gesture borne out of frustration, but Bernadeth Pons saw her head coach’s antics as fuel to lead Far Eastern University in a four set win over erstwhile unbeaten National University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.FEU trailed NU 22-20 in the second set when Bernadeth Pons threw away a point with a service error and gave the Lady Tamaraws enough momentum to get the period, 27-25, and tie the sets at one apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Ayodhya site cannot be divided: RSS

first_imgFile photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.Asserting that the disputed land in Ayodhya was the birthplace of Ram and could not be divided, saffron leaders including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said no power on earth could stop the construction of a grand temple at the site.”The land of Ram Janam Bhumi cannot be divided and the Mandir movement will reach its conclusion only with the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya,” the RSS chief said at a function here to mark the 75th birth anniversary of Yug Purush Swami Paramanand Maharaj.”It has now been established that a Ram Temple existed in Ayodhya. Majority of Hindus have been longing to see a majestic Ram temple at the site ever since the temple was demolished,” Bhagwat said.Maintaining that the temple in Ayodhya was demolished in order to demoralise the countrymen, he expressed the resolve to build a temple at the site and said it was time to begin efforts in that direction.Blaming politicians and fundamentalists for putting up hurdles in the path of the temple movement, he said, “The temple could not be constructed since spoil sport was played by fundamentalists and politicians,” he said.Speaking on the occasion, VHP General Secretary Parveen Togadia rejected the idea of a mosque at the site and said a temple will be built there with the blessings of saints.”With the blessings of saints, Ram Temple will be constructed in Ayodhya and Mosque is not acceptable,” he said.advertisementHe also demanded a total ban on cow slaughter.Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International President Ashok Singhal, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, were among others who complimented Swami Paramanand on the occasion.”Guru-Shishya Parampara established by Swami Ram Krishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda is being kept up by Yug Purus Swami Paramananad Maharaj and Sadhwi Ritambhara,” said Modi.Swami Paramanand is playing a vital role in inspiring the youth towards spirituality, he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Close Shave

first_imgLasith MalingaPakistan pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are relieved. When Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who demolished Kenya with a career best 6-38, said he had learnt his skills by watching the duo’s devastating armoury of yorkers, Akram and Younis were happy thanking their stars. Imagine if he said something like this after doing to Pakistan what he did to Kenya. Fortunately, Malinga did not play against Pakistan.last_img

PBA: TNT fends off Columbian to inch closer to no. 2

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Barangay Ginebra is the other only team left to challenge ElastoPainters for the second spot, having three games more left to play in the first round.“Our focus now is to win our last game this Sunday. The rest? We have no control over it. Whatever happens, happens,” Ravena said.TNT closes out its elimination round campaign against ousted NorthPort this Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.Columbian ended the conference with a 4-7 record but is still set to play yet another game—a waiting one—as its bid for a playoff berth now lies on the results of Magnolia, Alaska, and NLEX’s last two games.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Jayson Castro leads TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — TNT grabbed the lead early and held off Columbian’s last-ditch rally for the 101-98 win Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.“We knew how important our last two games our. So we stuck to the plan,” KaTropa coach Bong Ravena said. “There were lapses.”ADVERTISEMENT “Knowing the game, [situations like these happen] … I hope it just doesn’t happen again,” Ravena, in Filipino, said of TNT’s near meltdown. “Fortunately we had a cushion.”The Dyip managed to narrow the gap to just three points in the final 48 seconds of the game behind Rashawn McCarthy, but Columbian’s skipper missed a chance to send the game to overtime as his attempt from top of the rainbow only hit the rim’s front iron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTNT drew 20 points from its grizzled playmaker Jayson Castro, while Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario each pumped in 19 markers. Two more members of KaTropa posted 12 or more points.The victory propelled TNT—now 7-3—closer to idle Rain or Shine, which half a game ahead at no. 2, to stay in the hunt for the last twice-to-beat incentive. Zion Williamson in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event TNT 101 – Castro 20, Reyes 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 14, Williams 12, Heruela 8, Taha 4, Carey 2, Semerad 2, Washington 1, Cruz 0, Trollano 0, Miranda 0.Columbian 98 – Perez 22, McCarthy 17, Camson 14, Corpuz 13, Calvo 13, Khobuntin 11, Faundo 4, Reyes 3, Celda 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 20-19, 47-37, 80-67, 101-98.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more