Telehousing market hits choppy waters

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Depleted Steelers sign retired five-time Pro Bowler Harrison

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 27, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called the decision to sign James Harrison “simple and easy.”Figuring out how – and just as important when – to use the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, well, that part is a little trickier.The Steelers brought the 36-year-old Harrison out of retirement on Tuesday to give an injury depleted group some needed depth and a locker room in need of some intensity an added jolt.Harrison, who seemed to end his 12-year NFL career during an impromptu news conference Sept. 5, will provide plenty of both. How quickly he sees the field, however, remains uncertain.“We need to see what he is capable of doing before we etch out any roles for him or others,” Tomlin said Tuesday.The Steelers (2-1) reached out to Harrison after young linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier went down in Sunday night’s 37-19 win at Carolina. Jones underwent surgery Tuesday for a broken wrist.The team placed their first-round pick in the 2013 draft on the injured reserve/return list, meaning he’ll be eligible to come back in eight weeks. Shazier’s sprained right knee likely won’t keep him out as long, though Tomlin ruled out the rookie for this week’s game against Tampa Bay (0-3).Sean Spence will likely take over for Shazier. While Arthur Moats played well filling in for Jones – recording a sack in the second half as the Steelers pulled away – the injuries left the Steelers thin at a positon they considered a strength in the preseason.Enter Harrison, whom the Steelers released in the spring of 2013 after he declined to take a pay cut. The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year eventually signed with Cincinnati, where he played in a diminished role as the Bengals won the AFC North. He finished with two sacks and an interception in 15 games before getting cut in March.He remained in training throughout the preseason but couldn’t find work and signed a one-day contract with Pittsburgh on Sept. 5 so he could retire a Steeler. Harrison cited the need to be closer to his two sons as a major factor in his decision. That shouldn’t be a problem now. The Harrisons live in a Pittsburgh suburb.Harrison will join a locker room that’s undergone an extensive makeover in the 18 months since his departure, particularly on defense. Only three starters – linebacker Lawrence Timmons, safety Troy Polamalu and defensive end Brett Keisel – remain from the 2012 season. A fourth, cornerback Ike Taylor, broke his right forearm Sunday night and is out indefinitely.Tomlin allowed it may take a bit for Harrison to get his bearings.“There is comfort in that familiarity but at the same time there are some new, integral pieces to our football team,” Tomlin said. “He has an understanding of that. It will be fun to kind of watch him work his way back into the group.”Recent history hints it might not take long. Pittsburgh declined to re-sign Keisel over the spring only to call him when the defensive line struggled early in the preseason. He was back on the field nine days later, playing in the exhibition finale against the Panthers.Harrison, like Keisel, is well past his prime. Yet the Steelers are optimistic his savvy and experience can make an impact on a defense that is still finding its way. Pittsburgh needed three games to record a turnover, though the pass rush showed signs of improvement while getting to Cam Newton three times on Sunday night.The schedule gives the Steelers some flexibility. They face the hapless Buccaneers then travel to winless Jacksonville. Two weeks might be all that’s necessary for Harrison to find his niche. It’s unlikely the Steelers would put him at the top of the depth chart based simply on his resume. If he can show flashes of the burst that helped him record 64 sacks during his 10 years in Pittsburgh, he could be a weapon in pass-rushing situations.It’s what the Bengals tried to do with him in 2013, with underwhelming results. Not that Tomlin is using 2013 as a barometer on what Harrison can do now that he’s back home.“I don’t care about what he did in Cincinnati or what their schematics are,” Tomlin said. “I’ll base my judgments based off of his capabilities based on what I see back in this setting among us.”NOTES: Rookie RB Dri Archer (ankle) practiced Monday and could play this week after missing the last two games. … The Steelers will keep Taylor on the active roster for now and give him some time to heal before deciding whether to place him on season-ending injured reserve.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Watson powers Bombers past Hawks in high school hoop action

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers won for the second time in as many games on the West Kootenay High School Basketball League circuit Thursday, stopping the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 71-53 in Trail.Missing some key players off the roster due to injury — including Josh Matosevic to a concussion and Kai Shave — the Bombers hopped on the back of Grade 10 forward Vinnie Watson.The power forward led all scorers with 36 points while pulling down 17 rebounds to led the LVR offence. The game was close for 20 minutes as LVR held period leads of 13-6 and 25-22 at the half.But LVR broke open the close game with a 22-point third period to lead 47-35.Darian Johnson had 10 points for LVR while point guard Robby Dixon added eight.Other scorers included Eamon Studer with seven points, Stryder Scott and Brock Dixon each with four points and Jake Anderson had a bucket.Next up for the Bombers is the annual Blair D’Andrea Boxing Day tournament at the LVR Hangar.Bomber grads from past years form teams to play in the annual one-day affair.last_img read more

Giants keep 13-year streak Opening Day streak alive in LF

first_imgSAN DIEGO–Barry Bonds was the Opening Day left fielder in 14 of the 15 seasons he played for the San Francisco Giants.Since Bonds’ final season with the Giants in 2007, no player has started in left field on Opening Day in two consecutive years.The Giants kept a 13-year streak alive Thursday by naming Rule 5 draft choice and recent acquisition Connor Joe the starter in left field for the 2019 opener against the Padres.Related Articles Giants disrespected Bumgarner with …last_img

Ancient Tissue Revolutionizing Historical Science

first_imgThe ability to observe and reconstruct ancient DNA, proteins and tissues is bringing surprises to evolutionists.The shock of finding preserved blood cells and proteins in off-the-shelf dinosaur bone (6/09/15) hasn’t quite settled yet, but scientists have years of experience resurrecting original molecules from fossils and early humans. We can expect more surprises, paradigm shifts and theory revisions as techniques improve, according to articles in leading journals.DNA In “New Life for Old Bones,” Elizabeth Culotta at Science Magazine surveys the recent development of technology for reconstructing ancient DNA. It’s already helped archaeologists learn about diseases of ancient Egyptians, but more exciting is Svante Pääbo’s analysis of Neanderthal DNA and remains from other early humans (latest example published this week in Nature).  It used to be a “quixotic” endeavor, she says:No longer. As sequencing and sample preparation technologies improve and researchers from fields outside paleoanthropology realize just how much ancient DNA can tell them, the method is being applied to everything from the peopling of Europe to how plants and pathogens respond to climate change. “We now see something of an explosion,” Pääbo says. “Ancient DNA is about to become a normal tool … an integrated part of many projects … much like carbon dating is already.”“There’s a revolution,” agrees Krause, who recently moved from Tübingen to Jena, Germany, to co-direct a new Max Planck Institute on the Science of Human History. “The techniques are available to everybody. You can work with a small lab and publish high-profile publications. You don’t need fancy equipment, you need know-how. And that know-how is spreading.”The most ancient DNA Culotta mentions is claimed to be 30,000 years old, but scientists have ways of pushing the envelope.  Live Science, meanwhile, describes how mammoth DNA was used to infer possible climate changes that may have contributed to their extinction (see paper in Science Magazine).Protein  In “Protein Power,” Robert F. Service writes for Science Magazine about the search for ancient proteins. Analysis of proteins has been used in archaeology, but the potential for prehistorical analysis is promising. “There’s tons of it compared to DNA,” one UK researcher touts, making it much more accessible for analysis. “Protein sequencing has the potential to look a lot further back in time,” one said—even millions of years. It was used recently, for instance, to untangle relationships between “bizarre, extinct animals from South America” that puzzled Darwin (see paper in Nature). Service describes the state of the art:In addition to solving Darwin’s conundrum, ancient proteins have already illuminated a few far-flung corners of ancient life, helping diagnose a severe bacterial infection in a 500-year-old Incan mummy and identify the cattle proteins used to glue a 3500-year-old Chinese sculpture. The method appears particularly promising in archaeology, where it can reveal the diets and lifestyles of past cultures, illuminating which plants and animals people used and how they used them. “This field is going great guns at the moment,” Collins says.Still, the technique has a long way to go before it reaches the maturity of paleogenetics, chiefly because methods to sequence amino acids lag behind DNA sequencing. And dedicated funding for ancient protein work remains miniscule. “I don’t think we’re quite there yet,” says paleoproteomics leader Peggy Ostrom of Michigan State University in East Lansing. But “we’ve made enormous progress over the last 15 years.”Astonishingly, Service mentions a case as far back as 1954 when a physicist from the Carnegie Institution “detected amino acids—the building blocks of proteins—in fossils, including fossilized fish more than 300 million years old.” The technology for sequencing protein, though, was not available at the time. Since then, mass spectrometry has been able to get by with smaller samples, and “shotgun proteomics” can find rare proteins in small samples. Service writes about successes tracing the distribution of lactose intolerance in Europe, but then teases about what’s coming. Then, he mentions dinosaur soft tissue in his final paragraph:Such successes are just the beginning. Other reports have revealed the ancient production of sourdough bread and kefir cheese in Bronze Age China, and identified periodontal disease in the teeth of medieval monks in Dalheim, Germany. Some studies have even suggested that new methods can spot intact proteins from dinosaurs up to 80 million years old (Science, 1 May 2009, p. 578). These studies have yet to be confirmed by independent labs. But if that happens, paleoproteomics may shine a new spotlight onto the ancient past.This indicates that evolutionary scientists committed to the geological column are warming up to the idea that proteins could have survived for millions of years. What will they think when dinosaur DNA is found?Evolutionists’ commitment to millions of years is unshakeable. It appears no evidence can drive a wedge into that hardwood. Millions of years is written on their stony hearts with an iron stylus; it is the non-negotiable article of faith for their Darwin atheology. But as evidence of soft tissue and possible DNA in dinosaur-era fossils continues to mount, what will they do? As we have already seen, most will simply incorporate the findings into millions of years without blinking an eye; that’s what they did in 1954 with the amino acids in “fossilized fish more than 300 million years old,” and all indications are that they will continue that escape route. It didn’t shake them in 2009, and it hasn’t shaken them in 2015.It will be up to clear-thinking individuals to show that known decay rates of DNA and proteins make millions-of-years preservation incredibly unlikely. For a few, the reality may sink in. The others will have to die in their sins, the old guard of Darwin vanishing off the stage of old age. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tsima uses video to help fight Aids

first_imgAccording to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field. (Image: Tsima)Through a series of short videos, the Tsima – Treatment as Prevention gets people to talk about the issue of HIV/Aids. The aim is to encourage the community to mobilise against the spread of the virus.The project is a three-year community mobilisation intervention and research trial established in 2015 by Sonke Gender Justice. It is being implemented in eight villages in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.Sonke Gender Justice is an NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and Aids.According to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field.The main goal of the project is to mobilise communities to learn and understand that HIV treatment is also a form of HIV prevention.Download the full Tsima booklet here.Two examples of such storytelling come from Rhulani Mkansi and Mpho Lewele, both of whom are residents of local villages and are HIV-positive.last_img read more

Kyle Lowry shoved by fan after landing out of bounds

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Lowry got up and complained to officials, although nothing further happened. He told The Associated Press the fan repeatedly cursed at him and said he had spoken to the NBA about the incident before leaving the arena.Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder and security officials confirmed the fan who shoved Lowry was ejected and escorted from Oracle Arena.“Hopefully he never comes back to an NBA game,” Lowry said.Lowry said the incident was not like the high-profile one that involved Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook in Utah during the regular season, when the Thunder guard said a fan made racist remarks.“People who sit courtside, they might get in on the action,” Lowry said. “Don’t sit courtside if you don’t want somebody touching you.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Lowry was visibly upset.“There’s no place for that,” Lowry said. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”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, logisticsEarly in the fourth quarter Lowry ran down a loose ball and jumped in the air as it was going out of bounds, not far from where Warriors owner Joe Lacob was sitting. Lowry knocked the ball into a referee and landed in the lap of one male fan who appeared to grab Lowry’s jersey with two hands.A female who was standing nearby patted the veteran guard on his back. At the same time, a man wearing a blue shirt who was sitting down extended his left arm and gave Lowry a hard shove in his left shoulder. View comments Curry’s heroics not enough to save Warriors in Game 3 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The incident overshadowed a breakout game for Lowry. He scored 15 points in the first half to get the Raptors going and finished 8 of 16 from the floor with five 3-pointers. Lowry also had nine assists and four rebounds.“He controls a lot of the pace for them,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who had a career playoff-high 47 points. “He made shots tonight. Tip your cap to him. He was willing to take them. Historically when he plays well in the playoffs they usually go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, middle, gestures next to referee Marc Davis (8) near the front row of fans during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, California—A fan seated courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals was ejected after shoving Kyle Lowry when the Toronto Raptors star crashed into a row of seats while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds on Wednesday night.Lowry scored 23 points and made several big shots in a 123-109 victory that gave the Raptors a 2-1 lead over Golden State. There was as much buzz about Lowry’s dust-up with the fan as his offense.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

10 Amazing Blogs About Blogging to Start Reading NOW

first_imgWith all the changes in inbound marketing over the past few years, one tactic has bubbled up and stayed at the top as a crucial part of a successful marketing strategy: business blogging. You know you need to blog, and whether you find it easy and fun or a difficult fact of life as a marketer, any valuable information you can get to make that job easier is certainly welcome.You probably have a hefty mix of blogs and websites in your RSS, some of which might talk about blogging every once in a while. But there are a lot of killer blogs out there that dedicate themselves solely to the discussion of…well, blogging. And these bloggers do it really, really well.So what blogs should you be reading? There are certainly more than 10 rockin’ blogging blogs (that’s a mouthful) out there, but we thought it was important to curate a manageable mix of sites for you to reference; some that you might have heard of, and some that are hopefully new gems to incorporate into your daily reading regime and help you kick some blogging butt.10 Blogs About Blogging You Should Be Reading1.) Copyblogger – You’ve probably come across this superstar blog many times if you’re one of the many people interested in learning more about writing well. The site teaches you how to write compelling copy, the genesis of online marketing success. It has compiled its own best-of list, a good sample of blog posts to read if this site is new to you.2.) Blogging Basics 101 – As the name suggests, this site is perfect for you if you’re just starting out with blogging. On this site, you’ll learn everything from legal use of logos on your blog to repurposing your blog posts into new types of content. We hope this site begins updating more frequently in 2012!3.) Fuel Your Blogging – If you’re an avid blogger who wants to suck every last bit of ROI out of your blog, this site is the place for you. Here you’ll get tips and info beyond the basics, like details about comment spamming, how to integrate your blog with other social media networks, and how to use data and statistics in your blog posts.4.) ProBlogger – The content on ProBlogger focuses on monetizing your blogging efforts. The posts are thorough, thoughtful, and often feature either guest posts from other industry titans or discuss new thought leadership content being published. It’s a great blog for both beginners and seasoned pros.5.) For Bloggers By Bloggers – What better source for blogging advice than a blogging community? Get information from the front lines on this site to make every aspect of your blog better.6.) Blogging Tips – This site is just what it sounds like…tips on blogging! The site is helpful because it understands the day to day problems bloggers encounter, and presents tips and tools to solve those problems and make blogging easier.7.) Blogussion – With a tagline like “Blogging for the Mind” you better believe the folks at Blogussion are creating some cerebral content. This site is ideal for a more advanced audience looking to go beyond the basics of blogging.8.) Daily Blog Tips – If you’re wondering how to make money on your blog, this site will help you figure it out with tips on SEO, blog promotion, writing tips, and web design best practices.9.) Spice Up Your Blog – Although these folks focus on all types of blog tips, go to them for some exceptionally good tips on making your blog more visually appealing.10.) The Blog Herald – Where do bloggers go to stay up to date on news in the blogging world? The Blog Herald will ensure you’re in the know on all the latest news and releases that bloggers need to know about to stay current in their industry.Got another great blog or website about blogging that you think people should be reading? Share it in the comments so we can check it out!Image credit: Kristina B Blog Examples Topics: Originally published Jan 2, 2012 12:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Use LinkedIn Emails to Generate Loads of Leads

first_img2) Click on “Send an Announcement.”  Earlier this year, a HubSpot study found that when it comes to generating leads, LinkedIn is 277% more effective than Twitter and Facebook. What people are having trouble grasping, though, is how. The tricky thing with LinkedIn is that there isn’t just one single place to attract leads. There’s LinkedIn Company Pages, LinkedIn Answers, LinkedIn Today, and so on. But the leader of the pack — if done right, of course — is LinkedIn Groups. In fact, HubSpot currently has three LinkedIn Groups for our different communities: Inbound Marketing University Alumni, Inbound Marketing Certified Professionals, and Inbound Marketing Professionals, which is open to the public to join and learn!There are many benefits to building your own LinkedIn Group, but today we’re focusing on the lead generation opportunity they offer — and that stems from an awesome feature called LinkedIn Announcements. If you’ve never heard of LinkedIn Announcements, think of it kind of like a social media and email marketing mashup. Or, just read this post to learn more about it, and how to use it for lead generation!What are LinkedIn Announcements?LinkedIn Announcements are messages sent directly to the email inbox of the members of your LinkedIn Group — in other words, it’s email marketing through LinkedIn! Whichever email a LinkedIn user includes on their profile will receive the LinkedIn Announcement. Here’s how to send one:1) Go to “Manage” in the Group. Easy! Right? But how does that translate to lead generation?Why are LinkedIn Announcements Great for Lead Gen?Let me illustrate this point with an image. The following graph shows the number of daily leads generated from LinkedIn for HubSpot in the past 30 days. The yellow bars, however, are the days that the social media lead gen team sent a LinkedIn Announcement to our Inbound Marketers Group.See what I mean? Clearly, LinkedIn Announcements helped boost the number of leads generated — not only for the day of the send, but also the days following. While the success of the LinkedIn Group is certainly a major portion of this, wouldn’t any marketer want to amplify their already great results when possible?How to Write a LinkedIn Announcement That Generates LeadsThe rules for writing great email copy in your other campaigns also apply when writing LinkedIn Announcements. The Announcements feature will automatically create a subject line for you that reads “Announcement from XXX Group.” Do not use this subject line. Instead, create a descriptive and eye-catching subject that shows members of the group that reading the message will benefit them. Here are some examples from recent HubSpot sends:Become a Data-Driven Marketer and Take Action with MetricsBuild Inbound Links Through Social Media With These 10 Free Tips!Special News for Our Community: HubSpot’s New Email Tool + Free Ebook!Once the subject line is nailed down, you need to write some compelling copy. Let’s dissect our most recent LinkedIn Announcement to highlight how.1) Give them reason to keep reading. Open your email with something compelling enough to grab the reader’s attention, and convince them it’s worth their time to continue reading. It helps to include a mind blowing statistic here, if you have one. Use a clear but interesting transition to connect that first sentence to your main offer. The connection needs to be relevant and continue to keep the readers attention.2) Have a call-to-action! Whether it’s an ebook, a blog post, a coupon, or an event page, send your readers somewhere they can get more information that will benefit them. And to track the success of that offer, be sure to use a link shortening and tracking service like bitly. This will help you gauge the type of offers that work best for your LinkedIn Group. 3) Make your call-to-action compelling. It’s not enough to have a CTA — you need to convince your reader to click through! Clearly tell recipients why they should download your content, attend your event, or use your product. Don’t make them fill in the blanks — be explicit with the value they will derive from redeeming your offer. Using bulleted lists or other formatting devices to call out these points will help you make your case.4) Pose a question about the offer. The email you send will be linked in a featured discussion on the LinkedIn Group (more on this in a minute). That means you need to give them a reason to engage with the post that appears.5) Monitor the announcement. People may start commenting on your announcement, so be sure you’re looking out for notifications of new comments. That way you don’t have to keep manually checking in with your LinkedIn Group, and can quickly respond to commenters.6) Make your discussion a featured discussion. By making the discussion featured, it’ll appear permanently whenever someone comes to your group, in the upper right corner. Users will automatically know the message came from a manager of the group, and therefore the content is likely important and helpful. 7) Automatically tweet the announcement. You can do this by clicking the little blue Twitter bird. It tweets both the headline, and a link to the post.8) Send yourself a test email! Sometimes reading the content in a different location — like your inbox — highlights small spelling or grammatical mistakes. If you have a friend or coworker who can review your email, it’s a good idea to get another set of eyes on it, as well.9) Send it!Pretty easy, right? If you or your business owns a LinkedIn Group, start sending carefully crafted LinkedIn Announcements to supplement your lead generation efforts. And if you don’t already have a LinkedIn Group, well, why not start one? Creating a LinkedIn Group has many benefits that will be proven not just in the short-term, but in the long-term. You can also try asking someone who owns a LinkedIn Group with an audience you want exposure to if you can send a LinkedIn Announcement to his/her group. Just be sure you have something valuable to give that person in return!Have you used LinkedIn Announcements? Have you seen positive results? If not, do you plan on using them now? Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published May 18, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 LinkedIn Advertisinglast_img read more