49ers mailbag: What to make of Garoppolo’s completion rate?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – After four straight days of applying sunscreen, rotating notepads and studying 49ers practices, it’s safe to break out the first mailbag of training camp (questions submitted via Twitter and Instagram):Is Jimmy G struggling as much as his completion percentage may indicate? (@DalmatianDiva)First, be happy his left knee looks healthy. He’s enduring a lot of reps after September’s ACL Armageddon. His 50.0 completion percentage (24 of 48) reflects more than rusty passes sailing …last_img read more

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Enceladus Eruptions Caught on Camera

first_imgEnceladus, one of the small icy moons of Saturn, is undergoing eruptive activity right now.  Evidence from previous flybys has now been corroborated visually in stunning images that made the lead stories on NASA, JPL and Cassini.  Amateur enthusiasts were already expressing excitement at the images before the announcement (see Unmanned Spaceflight).  The complete set of raw images is available at the Cassini Raw Image Gallery and a trio of images was published by the Cassini Imaging Team.    The images show several distinct jets of material being emitted from the limb, as viewed in back lighting.  There might be a dozen or more.  All appear aligned along fractures in the crust.  The material is most likely water ice.  Particles are apparently being ejected with sufficient force to escape straight out; no ballistic umbrella-shaped paths, as with Io’s volcanos, is evident with these eruptions from Enceladus, though it must be remembered that Enceladus, being smaller and less massive, has a much lower escape velocity.  The plumes reinforce long-held suspicions that Enceladus is supplying the material to Saturn’s E ring.    Eruptive activity was inferred during the March and July encounters from magnetic field, dust particle and ultraviolet sensors (see 08/30/2005 story).  The emissions at the time were found to be localized at the south pole in a field of long, parallel canyons dubbed the “tiger stripes.”  These new visual images line up perfectly with that region.  Now that the plumes are clearly visible, scientists have compared them with limb images from the plume-hunting observations January 16.  Though tantalizing hints of plumes were seen, scientists were cautious to accept them as real, not knowing if they were imaging artifacts.  Since those line up with the new ones, Enceladus has probably been in a continuous state of eruption most of this year, probably far longer.    Further measurements will be required to determine if the activity is episodic or continuous.  The discovery will spur additional questions about the composition of the particles, their size distribution, the volume ejected over time, the mechanism of ejection, and why it occurs only in the south polar region.  The biggest puzzle of all seems to be why this moon, much smaller than Io and not in any orbital relationship with Saturn or other large body sufficient to cause tidal heating, should be so active.  Intuitively, a body this small should be dead cold.  Any internal heat from the moon’s formation should long ago have dissipated, if this body is as old as commonly believed.  Nor could solar heating explain this, as in the case of Triton’s faint nitrogen geysers, which coincided with the angle of greatest sunlight.  Enceladus receives most of its illumination at the equator, not the poles.  Clearly something interesting is going on down south on this little moon.  Today’s discovery will likely motivate NASA scientists to add more Enceladus encounters to a likely extended mission, after the prime mission ends in July, 2008.Here is prima facie evidence that Enceladus is young.  The burden of proof is on the moyboys (09/16/2005 commentary) to prove otherwise.  The E ring has been known for over 20 years and is composed of particles so small (micron sized), it must be continuously replenished or it would disappear within decades.  Does this mean that these Enceladus geysers have been erupting continuously for decades, centuries, millennia?  How can it be credible to believe this kind of process can run for millions or billions of years?  Everyone can enjoy the discovery of a new Yellowstone.  Those open-minded to allow for far younger ages of solar system objects have the added entertainment of watching the moyboys scramble with each new eruption.  Maybe the new plume should be called the Fountain of Youth.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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State of the Nation Address 2015

first_imgWith the theme “Together We Move South Africa Forward”, President Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address, delivered to Parliament on 12 February, was a celebration of the progress South Africa has made over the past year, and a blueprint of priorities for the next. South Africa’s democracy remains strong25 February 2015 – In a country as diverse as South Africa, it is natural for there to be differing views and vigorous contestation, writes Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. So it would be a mistake to assume the fracas in parliament during the State of the Nation Address on 12 February meant our democracy was on the edge of an abyss. MORE > State of the Nation Address 2015: full speech13 February 2015 – Read the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament on 12 February, 2015. MORE > President welcomes special guests to South Africa’s Sona13 February 2015 – A number of special guests attended the State of the Nation at the invitation of President Jacob Zuma. Among them were three schoolgirls who represented the country at the G20 summit in Australia. Other guests were sports stars and entrepreneurs. MORE > State of the Nation Address 2015: an overview12 February 2015 – President Jacob Zuma will deliver his sixth State of the Nation Address during a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town this evening. More than just a speech, Sona sets the agenda for how the country will be governed over the year ahead, making commitments to the nation that Parliament is obliged to ensure the government keeps. MORE > Infographic: The State of the Nation, in numbers11 February 2015 – With the theme “Together We Move South Africa Forward”, the 2015 State of the Nation Address will be an opportunity to celebrate progress South Africa has made over the past year, and an opportunity to highlight priorities for the next. Let’s look at the numbers that make upthe event. MORE > Be active citizens, Radebe urges South Africans3 February 2015 – Next week, the President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation address to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe reflects on the importance of the address, and what it means to the people of South Africa. MORE >last_img read more

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Feeling at home at Jamie’s Italian in South Africa

first_imgFamed British chef Jamie Oliver has made another addition to his Jamie’s Italian restaurant chain. The newest branch, in Johannesburg, opened to diners in December.Jamie’s Italian opens in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on 15 December 2016. (Image: Mary Alexander)Priya PitamberThe words that come to mind when walking into Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Melrose Arch are homely yet vibrant and bustling. It’s no wonder, really, because it is lunch time at the newly opened establishment in Johannesburg.The spacious setting can seat up to 300 people, but it is easy to feel at home with the warm, earthy tones of the décor, the wooden tables, the rustic chandeliers in the private dining area, and the assortment of pictures hanging on the walls.Jack de Wet, head of design and development for the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group in the UK, has drawn influence from South Africa’s heritage for the design. Originally from the Western Cape, De Wet has a post-graduate degree in architecture from the University of Cape Town.“South Africa has an abundance of material to work with,” he says. “The centre of it all, Joburg, is known as the city of gold with a nod to the industrialisation of the gold mining industry.“We have used these elements in the materials, patterns and detailing of the design, without it being too obvious. This can be seen in the intricate metalwork balustrade and screen details.”Leanne van Wyk, the marketing manager, says the Jamie’s Italian restaurants all over the world incorporate regional touches into their design. “By drawing inspiration from indigenous prints, national colours and key industries, Jamie’s Italian aims to become part of the culture and vibe of South Africa but also contribute to it,” she says.The opening, the menu and the ethosIts doors officially opened on 15 December 2016 after months of hype and anticipation, Van Wyk says.“The opening was an incredible moment for staff and guests alike, with the brand being warmly received by locals (as is our culture as a nation, to be welcoming) and this is something which continues to this day.”In keeping with Oliver’s well-known cooking style, only the freshest ingredients are bought and used in the restaurant, and fresh pasta is made daily on the premises.Pasta chef Emma Svusvu makes fresh pasta every day at Jamie’s Italian in Johannesburg. (Image: Mary Alexander)Sticking to the Jamie Oliver ethos, only the freshest local produce is used in the restaurant. (Images: Mary Alexander)There are three daily specials in addition to the standard menu, and this where head chef Shane Smit is able to incorporate a South African flare into the meals.So far, the most popular dish is the prawn linguine. Van Wyk describes it as one of the hero dishes across the brand.Local suppliers are also used and staff members went through an intensive training programme, says Van Wyk.The menu is rustic and family orientated, containing items such as breads, pastas, pizza and a variety of Italian desserts. The children’s menu is innovatively packaged into a view-finder, complete with 3D images. Even adults cannot resist picking it up and flipping through the options.Sizwe Ngwenya (left) and Arnold Khumalo whip up fresh pizzas at Jamie’s Italian. (Image: Mary Alexander)Children can read the menu through an innovative view-finder, which adults also find delightful. (Image: Mary Alexander)Why South Africa?South Africans, Van Wyk says, have shown a significant interest in local and international cuisine and have a bigger interest in Italian cuisine. This spurred Oliver to open up a branch of his chain in Johannesburg.“South Africa is blessed with authentic foods and tastes, a fantastic climate, amazing people and a sense of untouched beauty,” she says. “All this is attractive and appealing to the Jamie brand, which contributes to our message of love, passion and verve for food, family and life itself.”To embrace the vibe and culture of the country, Melrose Arch was chosen as the location. “As Joburg is fast-paced, vibrant and on trend, what better place than Melrose Arch to establish our first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in South Africa?”Embracing diversityGiven South Africa’s diversity, Jamie’s Italian has an ethos to be inclusive and accessible to all. Van Wyk says the restaurant tries to accommodate all dietary requirements.“[We] strive to make them feel at home through fresh, wholesome cooking and attentive service,” she says.And that is achieved with genuine warmth. After all, that is the South African way.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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DeadHeads and Retweeters: Crowdsourcing Influence

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The freemium model was implemented with the assumption that merchandise and concert sales would follow. Although the band sought legal action for commercial bootlegging, the group knew that attempting to hold back regular fans from making personal recordings would not only be foolish, but it would be impossible. Instead, an open recording policy for concerts not only pleased Deadheads, but it paved the way for some of the band’s best advocates to recruit others. It’s estimated that recordings for 2,200 of the 2,350 Grateful Dead concerts exist and many of them are available online. Given the fact that all of these recordings required no overhead from the band, it was a great way to crowdsource distribution and increase influence. The group even went so far as to reserve an on-site spot for tapers in a special section behind the soundboard. This reserved space can be likened to a consumer-facing startup community’s willingness to offer viral tools such as blogging buttons, bookmarking widgets, Facebook fan pages and Twitter integration. The idea here is that a company reserves a space for free distribution in order to gain mindshare and find a conversion funnel for paying customers. In the startup world, the point of conversion has always been up for debate. Said investor and entrepreneur Dave McClure, “There is a role for freemium, but unless you missed the TPS report the FREE part is only a loss-leader for the MEE-YUM part — it’s a test-drive before you buy something. If your users are just kicking the tires then you need to kick them to the curb eventually.”That being said, as proven by the Grateful Dead, freemium content and permission to redistribute can trigger a mechanism for broad influence. Because influence generates perceived value, startups may find it easier to overcome barriers for customer acquisition by offering limited teaser content. After all, if the Grateful Dead can overcome wallet friction from more than 40 years of psychedelic drug users, surely a groundbreaking experience can rally loyal (and paying) fans. Photo Credit: Jim Marshall from the Grateful Dead Archives Last week the New York Historical Society opened the first large-scale exhibit of material from the Grateful Dead Archive. The archive will be managed by the University of Santa Cruz with special access to four decades worth of videotapes, recordings, fan letters and even a note from President Obama. What is surprising about the archives and the band itself, is that this classic group of rock icons is being touted as one of the first businesses to take an active role in viral marketing and brand influence building. Beyond the iconic imagery of the Uncle Sam skull, the dancing bears and the jester, the Grateful Dead are so well known for their viral influence on fans that entire academic careers have been spent studying the band as a sociological phenomenon. In a recent article entitled, Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead, writer Joshua Green outlines how the band’s willingness to allow its music to spread via taped concert recordings is similar to that of many of today’s startups. Said band lyricist John Perry Barlow, “What people today are beginning to realize is what became obvious to us back then–the important correlation is the one between familiarity and value, not scarcity and value. Adam Smith taught that the scarcer you make something, the more valuable it becomes…The Internet doesn’t behave that way…If I give my song away to 20 people, and they give it to 20 people, pretty soon everybody knows me, and my value as a creator is dramatically enhanced.” Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dana oshirolast_img read more

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4,327 Kashmiris get a reprieve

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday withdrew cases against 4,327 youths, mainly first-time stone-throwers involved in 744 cases of disturbing law and order in the past one year.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced the decision after a high-powered committee, headed by Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid, submitted its report to her in Jammu.Regular monitoringAn official spokesman said cases against these youths stood withdrawn. “The DGP has been asked to regularly monitor the progress in the matter and furnish a fortnightly report,” reads the communication from the Home Department to the DGP. An official spokesman said the decision “marks the revival of the process of withdrawal of cases started by Ms. Mufti immediately after taking over last year”.In the past, the Mufti government set a process of reviewing cases against youths involved in incidents from 2008 to 2014. “The process, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the latter part of last year,” the spokesman said.A total of 848 cases, involving 4,957 youths, had been withdrawn since last year. “She [the Chief Minister] is committed to withdrawing cases against youths found ‘not involved in heinous crimes’,” said the spokesman.The release of first-time stone-throwers was also recommended by the Government of India’s Special Representative on J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, who completed his first visit in the second week of November. He later made a presentation before the Union Home Ministry in Delhi.“The decision is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. It is an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” Ms. Mufti said. She hoped the decision would help in creating “a positive and conciliatory atmosphere” in the State.last_img read more

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Eagle Bulk Buys One More Crown63 Ultramax

first_imgConnecticut-based owner and operator of dry bulk vessels Eagle Bulk Shipping has acquired a 2015-built Crown-63 Ultramax bulk carrier.As informed, the ship was purchased for USD 21.275 million.Although the name of the ship was not disclosed, VesselsValue’s data shows that Eagle Bulk bought the 2015-built Ultramax bulker Essence of Seatrek from Seatrek Trans on December 13.The 63,500 dwt vessel was constructed at Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding in China, the same yard as the nine Ultramaxes acquired by the company earlier this year, and is of similar design.The bulker is scheduled to be delivered to the company in January 2018 and will be renamed the M/V New London Eagle, Eagle Bulk said.Including the M/V New London Eagle, the company’s fleet will comprise 47 vessels, including 12 Ultramaxes purchased over the last 12 months.last_img read more

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