PORTLAND, Ore –The Warriors might feel good about their chances to close out the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. They are less certain about whether veteran Andre Iguodala will help that cause.On Sunday, the Warriors listed Iguodala as questionable for Game 4 despite a clean MRI on the left calf limited him to 18 minutes in Game 3 Saturday.While the Warriors have a film session and … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — One mistake. That’s all it took to spoil an otherwise dazzling major-league starting debut from A’s right-hander Tanner Anderson on Monday night.Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe picked on Anderson’s sinker that didn’t sink, slamming a one-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning, jump-starting Tampa Bay’s 6-2 victory at Tropicana Field.The A’s avoided their third shutout of the season on Stephen Piscotty’s one-out RBI double in the ninth, followed by Robbie Grossman’s …
The mood at a NASA Astrobiology Institute conference is very upbeat, according to Leonard David at Space.com, reporting from the meetings in Boulder, Colorado. The participants have set their goals high:Consider it nothing short of the cosmic quest for all time: Understanding the origin, evolution, distribution, and fate of life on Earth and in the Universe. That’s a tall order . . . but within the sights of experts gathering here this week to take part in the 2005 Biennial Meeting of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Much of the excitement comes from a flood of data about Mars, Titan and extrasolar planets. But these objects provide only information about solid, liquid and gas – no biology yet. That’s enough, though, to get Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute promoting astrobiology like a high-energy TV commercial:What a fabulous opportunity to think about the boundaries of what that life might be like,” Tarter said. “The planets are there. We can’t deny that anymore. It’s really setting the backdrop and driving forward everybody’s thinking. So it just gets more exciting to think about how nature might have generalized biology and geology,” she said.Much of the excitement also stems from prospects for discovery in the future, from the Kepler, Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) and Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) projects, and NASA’s “Moon, Mars and Beyond” initiative. One participant seemed like a wet blanket in the party. Nick Woolf (U of Arizona) echoed the feelings of Fritz Benedict earlier this month (see 04/04/2005 entry): “I started off expecting Earth-like planets to be very common . . . and have become steadily more cautious. That does not mean that my change of opinion is correct. I believe that the attitude we should adopt at the present is agnostic.”Astrobiology is like futureware on back order. None of the actual data returned by MER or Cassini, and none of the exoplanets so far detected, provide any hint that life exists, or has existed, or is even possible at any of these places. Remember the realistic lab tests of amino acid survival in a Martian environment? (See 01/28/2005 entry.) The poor molecules were destroyed within hours. We have seen nothing but rocks, ice and gas so far, but these scientific charlatans are already claiming to be experts about the origin, evolution, distribution and fate of the universe. Learn the lesson of Greenwater, a ghost town in Death Valley. In 1904, this desert hideout mushroomed into a boom town with nearly two thousand people, a bank, post office, saloon (but no church), a lively newspaper (the Death Valley Chuck-Walla), and exuberant enthusiasm – all fueled by rumors that there wuz oodles o’ copper in them thar hills. Famous investment advisors like Charles Schwab promoted the site as one of the richest digs on the globe, and speculators jumped on the bandwagon, spending fortunes on stock with nothing behind it except promises. The boom began to go bust when miners actually began digging in the hills and came back with only pitiful amounts of low-grade ore. Most townspeople had left by 1908; the last mine gave up hope in 1911. Today, literally nothing remains of the town: only the rocks, sand, lizards and desert bushes that endured the harsh environment before a lot of foolish people arrived with dollar signs in their eyes, eyes that soon got blasted with the hot winds of reality. Must have been quite a counseling job for the last barkeep. There’s nothing wrong with looking. It’s good to have prospectors out there with their burros and pickaxes. Maybe one will find that rare rich vein of ore. In the meantime, though, better watch where you invest your philosophical assets when the salespeople come to town selling stock in eternal wisdom with nothing in hand but irrelevant details and empty promises. Isn’t it ironic that creationists tend to be the agnostics, and the emotional evangelists are the scientists – or, more precisely, the evolutionists wearing science costumes.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Here’s how you can get involved with the guests on Play Your Part episode nine.“Lebone” is Sesotho for “light”. Avril Snyman works at the non-profit organisation, Lebone Village, which helps to bring hope, dignity and support by providing holistic care to vulnerable children, youth, their families and people affected by poverty. Most of the children are orphaned through HIV and Aids. (Images: Play Your Part)Brand South Africa reporterYou can lend a hand to initiatives such as Lebone Village, which is featured on this week’s episode of the Play Your Part television series.This is number nine of the 26-episode series, hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane. The episode that features Lebone Village is aired on Saturday, 4 November 2017.Here’s how you can get involved with the guests:Avril SnymanSnyman and her team run Lebone Village, outside Bloemfontein. There are five centres in the village, namely Lebone House, Lebone Agriculture, Lebone Skills Centre, Lebone Counselling and Lebone Edu-Centre. They each serve a specific purpose. Lebone Agriculture, for example, provides for the children’s and community’s food and nutritional needs through gardens and raising chickens for eggs.Contact details:Website: www.lebonevillage.comTwitter: @lebonevillageMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the communication and marketing department at The Innovation Hub. It is wholly owned by the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, and falls under the Gauteng provincial government. It offers a variety of incubation programmes and connects hi-tech entrepreneurs with industry professionals, academics and venture capitalists.Contact detailsWebsite: www.theinnovationhub.comTwitter: @InnovHub or FacebookLufefe NomjanaLufefe NomjanaNomjana, known as the Spinach King, started his business in 2011 with just R40. He made his first spinach bread at a neighbour’s house. Over the years he has scaled his business into a range of bakeries, eateries and a food delivery service.His products include spinach bread, spinach muffins and spinach smoothies.Contact detailsWebsite: www.spinachking.co.zaTwitter: @EspinacaInno or FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dieticianThis little piggy went to market. Traditionally, pigs went to market this time of year. October became National Pork Month. Today every month is pork month with pigs going to market continually throughout the year. We take time in October to thank pork producers as well as sit at the table to talk about the safe, healthy, delicious products with consumers being produced on Ohio farms today.There is more to Ohio’s pork industry than bacon alone! Ohio ranks eighth in pork production. Stats say there are almost 3 million pigs in the state, producing over $580 million in revenue. Pigs are big pig business! Animal emissions get a lot of PR these days. No problem, pigs are earth friendly! The National Pork Checkoff states that pigs are only responsible for .33% of U.S. emissions. Manure goes back to the dirt to turn it into rich soil for crop production.Pork of today is a lean, mean protein machine. Three ounces of lean pork loin, sirloin or tenderloin provides 24 grams of protein. That’s a powerful punch in a deck of card size portion! This serving of pork has over 16% less fat than back in the days of my childhood. Pork is packed full of important nutrients. It is an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus and Vitamin B-6.Enjoy some of the pork recipes below and know that Ohio pig farmers are hard at work. They are raising a healthy product for you as well as maintaining farms that are sustainable and earth friendly! Well done Ohio pork producers, well done! Eat well and Healthy,Shellyfarmers were responsible for about one-Ginger Pork Bibb Cups ohiopork.org 3 tablespoons light soy sauce1/2 teaspoon cornstarch8 ounces lean ground pork3 cups coleslaw mix (with carrots)8-oz can water chestnuts drained/diced1/2 cup cilantro chopped1 tablespoon fresh ginger root grated1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper16 Boston bibb lettuce leaves Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and continue boiling 1 minute. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl to cool.Meanwhile, coat a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot. Cook the pork until no longer pink, stirring frequently breaking up larger pieces while cooking.Combine the cooked pork, coleslaw mix, water chestnuts, cilantro, ginger, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl and toss until well blended. Spoon equal amounts in each of the lettuce leaves, (about 1/4 cup per leaf. Spoon equal amounts (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) of the dressing over each. May serve with knives and forks or pull up edges of leaves and enjoy as mini wraps.Makes 16 total (16 leaves, about 5 cups pork mixture and 1/2 cup dressing total) Easy Garlic Ginger Glazed Sticky Pork foodiewithfamily.com 1 1/2 pounds boneless center cut pork loin cut into 1/4-inch thick slabs, then 1/4-inch thick strips, about 3 inches long1 teaspoon Kosher salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil plus extra if necessary5 cloves garlic peeled and minced or pressed through a garlic press2- inch knob of fresh ginger grated1/2 cup mild honey2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup sriracha or chili garlic sauce1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar In a liquid measuring cup or a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mild honey, sriracha, and rice wine vinegar. Set aside.Pour the oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium high heat and swirl to coat. Let it heat until it is shimmering. While the oil heats, sprinkle the pork strips with kosher salt and black pepper then toss with your hands to distribute it evenly. Carefully add the pork to the pan, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Let the first side brown, flip the pieces with tongs or a spatula, and brown the second side. Transfer the pork to a plate.Return the pan to the heat and add in the garlic and ginger. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.Raise the heat to high and pour in the sauce mixture and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. When the sauce is very bubbly and thickened like warm honey, toss the pork back in and toss constantly to coat everything and reduce the sauce to a thick, sticky glaze on the pork. This can be served immediately over rice, noodles, or as finger food, or can be allowed to cool and be eaten cold. BBQ Pork Mac n’ Cheese Pork.org 3 lbs. pork shoulder (cut into 3 pieces*)18 oz. barbecue sauceSaltPepper12 oz. elbow macaroni (or another small pasta)1 Tbsp. olive oil1/2 red onion (finely chopped) 1 1/2 cups Fontina cheese (shredded, Can substitute white cheddar) Place the pieces of pork shoulder and BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Cover and place on low heat for 8 hours.After 8 hours, using two forks, shred the pork while it’s still in the slow cooker. Once shredded, let it rest in the slow cooker with the remaining BBQ sauce.Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta.Return the pot to the stove over low heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is warm, add the onion, season with salt and cook until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the half and half. When the mixture just begins to simmer, add the cheese and whisk until smooth.Once the cheese has melted, add the pasta and stir to coat. If the macaroni and cheese seems thick, add a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Taste and season with additional salt as needed.Evenly distribute the pasta to 6 serving bowls and add a serving of the shredded BBQ pulled pork on top of the pasta and serve. Reserve the additional pulled pork for leftovers. Cranberry-stuffed Pork Chops www.foodnetwork.com 3 tablespoons unsalted butter2 stalks celery, finely diced3/4 cup chopped scallions3/4 cup dried cranberries2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage4 slices potato bread, cubed (about 2 1/2 cups)1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsleyKosher salt and freshly ground pepper4 bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 3 pounds)3 tablespoons heavy cream Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and scallions and cook until slightly softened, 2 minutes. Add the cranberries and sage and cook 2 minutes. Add the bread and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and the parsley and stir until the broth is absorbed, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper; transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the skillet.Holding a knife parallel to the cutting board, cut a deep 2-inch-wide pocket into the side of each pork chop. Season the chops on both sides with salt and pepper and fill the pockets evenly with the stuffing. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops and cook until golden brown, 2 minutes per side. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth; reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and cook until the chops are cooked through, about 5 more minutes. Transfer to plates.Add the remaining 3/4 cup broth and the cream to the skillet and increase the heat to medium high. Simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the chops.
Related Posts alan s cohen Tags:#apache#cloud computing#cloud storage#collaboration#Hadoop#networking#Server Virtualization#startups#storage Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… With all the recent teeth gnashing about startup investment shifting from consumer to enterprise technology, it’s worth noting that successfully cracking the enterprise market is no easy task:70% of the U.S. economy hinges on consumer spending. Even with the pending fiscal cliff, it’s kind of hard to ignore the numbers. Enterprise technology is not a short game.Unlike most consumer technologies, enterprise infrastructure and applications run on a much longer upgrade cycle: 5-7 years. While you might ditch your smartphone every year or two for a newer model, few companies are willing to swap out their CRM systems, storage or security technologies that quickly.Switching behavior is both the most complicated and important subject in the enterprise technology market. Even if enterprise customers have good reasons to be unhappy with their technology vendors (e.g., lack of innovation, price gouging, poor support), their business runs on that technology. This makes them highly incentivized to see existing vendors address any issues and continue the relationship. As we all know, moving’s a bitch.Of course, enterprise tech is a rich, rewarding game, so it’s worth exploring the strategies startups can use to overcome the barriers to switching in the enterprise market:1. Transformational Technologies. The ultimate startup is the one that changes the game on an incumbent in such a way that the latter neither can block nor retaliate. Classic examples include Virtualization and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Because virtualization decouples compute functions from hardware (while running on top of the hardware), it is the ultimate disruptor because it’s non-invasive. SaaS eliminates the stickiness of packaged software – and the lucrative support contracts that go along with it. Interestingly, while there tend to be many attackers in Virtualization and SaaS, only a few players tend to win big. Very big: witness VMware and Salesforce.2. Changing Product Cycles. Catching technology giants in product transition cycles is one of the most effective ways to insert new technologies. However, this usually requires an outside force to speed insertion. Earlier in my career, Intel Centrino drove the need for enterprise Wi-Fi and forced an architectural change. In 2013 you can see many great examples of this idea, including Palo Alto Networks, Splunk, ServiceNow and Workday. These transition cycles don’t last forever, though. Over time the incumbents typically build or buy their way into the new product segment and the situation stabilizes until a new cycle begins.3. Trojan Horses. Sometimes a new enterprise IT category emerges in an indirect way. Cloud infrastructure eliminates the need to buy IT hardware and software; the rental model emerged as form of shadow IT for specific projects that could not wait for corporate IT to respond. It also became the preferred approach for brand new businesses (Netflix streaming). Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, two big early winners in cloud computing, sell computing cycles by the month, payable with with a credit card – often bypassing traditional IT purchasing processes. Once established, Cloud and SaaS vendors can then turn their attention to selling to mainstream IT.4. New Buying Centers. The multi-hundred billion-dollar enterprise IT game now pivots on competition for the IT “stack,” as we shift from the Client-Server/Web mobel to cloud computing. This change has created a new class of IT decision makers such as the “cloud architect.” As companies move more to the cloud, this new IT leadership category drives key decisions for enabling new applications, also driving the buying all of the underlying IT components. And these new buyers may not be as wedded to the incumbent suppliers as were the decision makers they supplant.5. The Consumerization of IT. The iPhone led to a watershed change both in enterprise mobility and computing. Not only did it challenge corporate purchasing patterns (“I buy, you enable,” also known as BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device), it eliminated a final barrier to what constituted a business device. This is less about “consumerizing” enterprise IT, but rather, adapting enterprise IT to leverage consumer technologies. In addition to mobile devices, apps are challenging the application market for business software.6. Coalitions of the Willing. For most small companies, hiring a large enterprise sales force and entering a year-long acquisition cycle is likely to be an expensive exercise in futility. Sure, you might be able to make a living selling to universities, hospitals and niche verticals, but attacking the Fortune 500 requires friends who need another reason to re-engage in a selling conversation. Manufacturing and strategic partnerships with hardware makers made a lot security companies rich during the client-server era (e.g., McAfee, Symantec). Today, companies like Box are changing the game through new kinds of partnership integrations.Frontal assaults are the hardest attack strategy for an enterprise startup. Attacking a powerful technology company’s profit sanctuary tends to piss them off. If you can pull it off, it might just get your company acquired, but run a big risk of perishing in the attempt.That’s why this tends to be the strategy of large companies (e.g., HP’s acquisition of 3Com to attack Cisco) and does not have a great track record. The assault on the business PC by iOS and Android tablets and smartphones may turn out be a more successful example, but, Apple and Google and Samsung are hardly startups.It can be done, of course. Many decades ago, Microsoft’s PC operating system was such a technology and for a generation, a small company in Redmond changed the world. (With a big initial boost from IBM, of course.)Current technologies that might have the power to force enterprises to switch and create hugely successful startups include Apache Hadoop, Network Virtualization, Flash Storage, and Cloud Storage and Collaboration. That’s where I’d look for the next big thing.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has added support for mesh networks, aimed at creating large-scale device networks for automation, sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.It is another update focused on making Bluetooth a more viable option for IoT and many-to-many device communications. Previous updates have included extended range, increased speed, and better power management.See Also: Could LPWA trump 5G and Mesh for smart cities?“By adding support for mesh networking, the member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish,” said Bluetooth SIG executive director, Mark Powell.“In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy, we believe mesh networking can play a vital role in helping early stage markets, such as building automation and wireless sensor networks, experience more rapid growth.”The group is looking at factory automation as one of the key areas where mesh networking would be applicable. It cites the technology’s reliable, scalable, and secure features as inherently useful for large networks, which require “industrial-level” performance.A new full stack approachIt also claims the group’s mesh networking provides a full stack approach for vendors, capable of running on every device from a low-level radio to a high-level application layer.“Within the building automation market, there is a growing focus on connected lighting and the role it can play as a platform for providing automation services throughout a facility,” said Szymon Slupik, CTO of Silvair and chairman of the mesh working group within the Bluetooth SIG.“A smart lighting platform built on top of Bluetooth mesh networking can also support asset tracking, point of interest, and way-finding services. These value-added capabilities are part of why we believe Bluetooth is an ideal technology for enabling a mesh network.”Even though there are already a few wireless networks trying to set the standard for mesh networking and IoT, Bluetooth sees its decades of experience as an advantage in winning over the industrial market.The mesh networking tools are available to developers from today. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#automation#Bluetooth#factory#industrial#IoT#mesh network#sensors Related Posts
Sri Lanka exacted a sweet revenge on India with a crushing nine-wicket victory in the second ODI here on Tuesday, to draw the series level at 1-1.It was an absolutely contrasting performance by the Indian batsmen from their last match, as they were bundled out for a paltry 138 in only 33.3 overs.Chasing a target of 139, which isn’t good enough for even Twenty20 format, Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga (59 no, 60 balls) and Tillekaratne Dilshan (50, 49 balls, 5×4) added 119 runs as the islanders hardly broke sweat while racing to the target in only 19.5 overs.The win also means that India won’t get a shot at No 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings, for which they needed a 5-0 margin in the current series.Although the second ODI was played on a different strip, it was inexplicable as to how a team, which scored 314 a couple of days back, showed complete lack of application to get out inside the 34th over.Save opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a fighting 65 (96 balls, 4×4), the other batsmen paid heavy price for their indiscretion on a pitch that demanded judicious shot selection. Thisara Perera (3/14) and Angelo Mathews (3/19) ran through the Indian top-order.Although there was a greenish tinge, the pitch, which was primarily on the lower side, also produced the odd deliveries that reared up from the three quarter.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and expectedly decided to bat despite windy conditions that aided swing bowlers.The visitors got off to a brisk start courtesy Virender Sehwag (15) as he blasted debutant Isuru Udana for a couple of boundaries as they raced to 31 in just three overs.After Udana went for 16 in his first over, Mahela Jayawardene had no option but to turn to Perera whose slower delivery did the trick after Sehwag committed to the shot early for the bowler to take a sharp reflex catch.Failure is a rarity for Virat Kohli (1) these days but today was different. He chased a delivery from Perera that was wide outside off-stump and the faint nick gave Kumar Sangakkara, first of his four catches.Rohit Sharma (0), who is lucky to be still persisted with — purely on the basis of potential rather than performance — once again flattered to deceive as he played on while going for an ambitious cut off a very wide delivery from Mathews.Suresh Raina (1) dragged one from Perera back onto his off-stump. Dhoni (11) hit a couple of fours but then went for a non-existent cut shot off a Mathews delivery. The ball reared up from short of good length and there was virtually no room to play the square cut and Sangakkara took the edge.With all the top-order batsmen save Gambhir back in the pavilion before completion of first 15 overs, the Delhi left-hander had an onerous task of saving his wicket as well as scoring some runs.Irfan Pathan (6) too didn’t stay long but Ravichandran Ashwin (21, 15 balls, 3×4) did throw his bat around during a 28-run eighth wicket partnership after which the burly Tamil Nadu offie was needlessly run-out.Gambhir, meanwhile, got to his 32nd half-century with No 10 batsmen Pragyan Ojha for company. He ultimately ran out of patience as he tried to steer a Lasith Malinga delivery, only for Sangakkara to effect a brilliant one-handed catch.Defending a small target was always going to be difficult irrespective of the conditions and India needed early breakthroughs. However, the pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav presented the opening duo with a lot of width as they raced to 64 for no loss before break.When Ashwin finally got rid of Dilshan, the contest was as good as over. It was Dinesh Chandimal whose streaky shot through second slip helped Lanka reach the target with 181 balls remaining.advertisement