first_imgAs Kevin Kolb recovers from dealing with a turf toeinjury, backup quarterback John Skelton is preparing tostart Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Skelton is coming off a home victory against the St. LouisRams, but going on the road in Philadelphia will present amuch greater challenge. “It will be a hostile environment, although he got anopportunity to do that last year so it won’t be completelynew to him,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Comments   Share   Skelton started two games on the road last season, losingcontests against Carolina and San Francisco. Skelton made good a good impression with his team lastweek and looks to build off of his first start.“There were plays to be made out there that were left onthe field, there were some simple things,” Skelton said.“On the other hand, there were some plays where we didwell.”Skelton was 20-35 and threw for 222 yards and a score.More importantly, he did not throw an interception, whichwill be key in playing a tough Philadelphia defense. “They have a lot of talent, a lot of speed across theboard, if we can handle their front four we should beokay,” Skelton said.Skelton could win over a lot of critics with a win overthe heavily favored Eagles, but he already has plentysupport from his teammates.“I think he’s going to do a good if Kevin can’t go,” widereceiver Larry Fitzgerald said, “we’re going to rallyaround him and try to help him.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_imgAndrew BarronGerman cable operator Primacom has named Com Hem chairman and former Virgin Media COO Andrew Barron as chairman, replacing Wolf Waschkuhn.Waschkuhn will stay with the company and remains a member of the board. Barron is the third senior cable network executive to join the primacom Board in recent months with Marcel Nijhoff, previously the Chief Commercial Officer of Ziggo, joining in January 2015 and Renaat Berckmoes, the former Chief Financial Officer of Telenet, joining in November 2014.Joachim Grendel, primacom CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew as the new Chairman of our Board. His extensive experience of the European cable media sector will complement that of our newest Board members Renaat and Marcel and be of great benefit to the business as we continue with our successful growth strategy. Our ability to attract three such senior cable media executives to the Board reflects the significant strategic progress made by primacom over the last few years, as demonstrated most recently in the publication of our results for 2014 which showed accelerated growth in revenues, earnings and customer numbers.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement CoinPesa on Monday launched CoinPesa Champion Referral Program; its own Initial Coin Offering (ICO) pre-sale with the aim of getting more Ugandans on the cryptocurrency band wagon. The program uses Blockchain technology to create digital assets through tokenization and provides a way for users to generate an actual tangible asset and sustainable incomes from their continued usage of the exchange.“As a digital currency exchange, our mission goes beyond just simply providing a point of access for users to access cryptocurrency. We want to offer a platform that can be used to realize new possibilities, where users can access valuable financial services and uplift themselves through sustainable revenue generation opportunities,” CoinPesa, CEO Suleiman Murunga said in a statement.The CoinPesa Champion Referral Program is a direct system where users are paid a commission for every successful reference into the platform. It has been designed to allow the program participants to build sustainable incomes around their community development activities. The ICO-pre sale will give users the ability to purchase the CoinPesa Token (CPXT) which is a utility token that they will use to pay for various services on the platform such as trading fees. – Advertisement – “We decided to have this program in order to get the community involved and vest in the growth of our platform. We recognize job creation and value addition as key areas of impact for us as an exchange. The region has one of the highest youth unemployment rates. Our program provides a platform for people to get into cryptocurrency trading to create sustainable working tools for the community that would then help them access revenue channels and improve their livelihoods,” said Murunga.[related-posts]Blockchain technology allows digital information to be distributed but not copied thereby creating the backbone of a new type of Internet. This new technology has gained global attention that it has built trust into systems used for transfer of value information such as money and intellectual property.Experts believe Blockchain technology can be used in Uganda, to address challenges in the country like authentication of land titles, eradicating the problem of counterfeit drugs entering the country and authenticating of university degrees.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduDoes evolution select for faster evolvers?Study: Horizontal gene transfer adds to complexity, speed of evolutionIt’s a mystery why the speed and complexity of evolution appear to increase with time. For example, the fossil record indicates that single-celled life first appeared about 3.5 billion years ago, and it then took about 2.5 billion more years for multi-cellular life to evolve. That leaves just a billion years or so for the evolution of the diverse menagerie of plants, mammals, insects, birds and other species that populate the earth.New studies by Rice University scientists suggest a possible answer; the speed of evolution has increased over time because bacteria and viruses constantly exchange transposable chunks of DNA between species, thus making it possible for life forms to evolve faster than they would if they relied only on sexual selection or random genetic mutations.“We have developed the first exact solution of a mathematical model of evolution that accounts for this cross-species genetic exchange,” said Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy.The research appears in the Jan. 29 issue of Physical Review Letters.Past mathematical models of evolution have focused largely on how populations respond to point mutations – random changes in single nucleotides on the DNA chain, or genome. A few theories have focused on recombination – the process that occurs in sexual selection when the genetic sequences of parents are recombined.Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is a cross-species form of genetic transfer. It occurs when the DNA from one species is introduced into another. The idea was ridiculed when first proposed more than 50 years ago, but the advent of drug-resistant bacteria and subsequent discoveries, including the identification of a specialized protein that bacteria use to swap genes, has led to wide acceptance in recent years.“We know that the majority of the DNA in the genomes of some animal and plant species – including humans, mice, wheat and corn – came from HGT insertions,” Deem said. “For example, we can trace the development of the adaptive immune system in humans and other jointed vertebrates to an HGT insertion about 400 million years ago.”The new mathematical model developed by Deem and visiting professor Jeong-Man Park attempts to find out how HGT changes the overall dynamics of evolution. In comparison to existing models that account for only point mutations or sexual recombination, Deem and Park’s model shows how HGT increases the rate of evolution by propagating favorable mutations across populations.Deem described the importance of horizontal gene transfer in the work in a January 2007 cover story in the Physics Today, showing how HGT compliments the modular nature of genetic information, making it feasible to swap whole sets of genetic code – like the genes that allow bacteria to defeat antibiotics.“Life clearly evolved to store genetic information in a modular form, and to accept useful modules of genetic information from other species,” Deem said.The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.last_img read more

first_imgWELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Auckland Blues have pulled off a major coup by signing All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett on a four-year contract, enticing him away from the Wellington Hurricanes and securing the playmaker they have needed for more than a decade.The twice World Player of the Year, has also signed a new deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) that runs until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.Barrett’s wife Hannah is from Auckland and local media had reported he would be moving there permanently anyway, with the Hurricanes holding out hope he might commute to Wellington during the Super Rugby season.”There were many reasons but ultimately it’s a family decision, it was the best thing for Hannah and I,” Barrett told reporters in Auckland on Friday. AdChoices广告”It is a big thing to sign anywhere for four years but the underlying thing was that I wasn’t ready to go offshore and I knew that I had plenty left in the tank to give New Zealand rugby.”The 28-year-old’s contract allows him an extended break after this year’s World Cup and before he joins the Blues midway through the next Super Rugby season, while he also has an option to pursue a short-term deal in Japan.Barrett said he had considered commuting from Auckland but felt that he could probably only sustain that for a year.”It was certainly a possibility, but family is first in my opinion, no matter what job you are doing,” Barrett added. “Commuting for four years would put a strain on any job.”Barrett’s move to the Blues, who won the last of their three Super Rugby titles in 2003, could help spark an upturn in the team’s fortunes after a moribund decade.They have not made the playoffs since 2011 and have consistently been the worst-performing New Zealand franchise in the intervening eight years.The Blues have struggled to find a flyhalf capable of driving the team around the field since Carlos Spencer left in 2005 and they almost enticed All Blacks great Dan Carter to the team towards the end of his career.”It’s huge for our club,” Blues coach Leon MacDonald said.”As well as getting a world-class player, our young first-fives will flourish with the opportunity to train and play alongside Beauden, and I am sure he will be an immediate fan favourite at Eden Park.” (Writing by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Nick Mulvenney) Related News Rugby 21 Apr 2019 Rugby: Carter would not let New Zealand down at World Cup – Henry {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Rugby 09 Jun 2019 Barrett laid low by stomach bug, says Hurricanes coach Rugby 07 Jul 2019 Mo’unga magic adds fuel to All Blacks flyhalf debate Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgKarnataka crisis: Why resignation by Congress-JDS MLAs not so easyCan elected members of legislatures resign whenever they wish to do so? Here’s what the Constitution saysadvertisement Prabhash K Dutta New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:19 IST Rebel Karnataka MLAs outside Raj Bhavan on July 6 after meeting with Governor Vajubhai Vala following their resignation as legislators. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSRebel MLAs from Congress, JDS want to resign but Karnataka Speaker keeps them waitingSpeaker says he is not yet satisfied with voluntary nature of resignation by rebel MLAsLaw empowers Speaker to reject resignation if it is not voluntary or genuine in natureFifteen MLAs, including suspended legislator Roshan Baig, have resigned in Karnataka since July 1. All of them belong to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition that is in power in the state for over 13 months. But the resignations by the MLAs have not been accepted by Speaker and they technically remain members of the Karnataka assembly.The stalemate in Karnataka has led to a question can an MLA resign if she/he wishes to?The answer to this question is not simple. A member of the legislative assembly is elected by the people and carries their mandate in assembly. Considering this, safeguards were placed in the Constitution to check resignation by the elected members on whimsical ground or with ulterior motive.Article 190 of the Constitution provides for resignation by an MLA or MP but gives the Speaker or any other presiding officer the power to reject it. It says the Speaker may conduct an inquiry to determine the reason for submitting the resignation.If the Speaker “is satisfied that such resignation is not voluntary or genuine, he shall not accept such resignation”, states Article 190 of the Constitution.There are other ways for an MLA or MP to give up their position — by abstaining from house proceedings for 60 consecutive days without permission, and by defection. In the first case, the house decides whether to declare the member’s seat vacant or not.In the case of defection, a separate law is applicable. It says, “A legislator is deemed to have defected if he either voluntarily gives up the membership of his party or disobeys the directives of the party leadership on a vote.”This law was passed by Parliament in 1985 in the backdrop of increased frequency of party hopping. One instance stood out in particular in which a Haryana legislator named Gaya Ram switched sides three times in nine hours. The law was inserted in the Constitution as Tenth Schedule and is generally referred to as the anti-defection law.This is the law that Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar has invoked in delaying decision on resignations submitted by the rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD (S). Speaker Kumar has said he is yet to ascertain if the resignations submitted to him by the rebel MLAs are “voluntary” and “genuine”, i.e. tendered on self-volition.The phrase “voluntarily gives up his membership” has been given wider connotation by the Supreme Court in various cases beginning from Ravi Naik vs Union of India case of 1994. It stated that “voluntary” can be inferred by his conduct.This could also mean that if the concerned MLAs have not expressed their opposition to the policy or programmes of their party or coalition at an internal forum, their conduct may be interpreted by the Speaker as “not voluntary” and their resignations may be rejected. This is the implied nature of Speaker Kumar’s argument when he said he can’t work at lightning speed.The rebel MLAs have listed “fed up with the maladministration” as their reason for resigning from the membership of the assembly. Meanwhile, the Congress party has issued a whip asking all its MLAs to be present and vote in accordance with party’s decisions in Karnataka assembly session that began today. Now, if the MLAs abstain from assembly session, they will be liable for defection under the law for violating the party whip.Read | SC asks Speaker not to take decision on rebels resignation till TuesdayAlso Read | BJP hand behind Congress-JDS trouble in Karnataka?You may like it | Karnataka: Why Congress-JDS MLAs are jumping shipWatch | Will Congress lose Karnataka?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrabhash Kumar Dutta Nextlast_img read more