Giants add former A’s infielder to MLB roster, expect new arrival in St. Louis

first_imgST. LOUIS — The Giants have enjoyed modest success mining the waiver wire for under-the-radar, unproven talents this year.They’re hoping infielder Corban Joseph can follow in the footsteps of players such as Alex Dickerson and Trevor Gott and make an impact in a new spot.The Giants announced Tuesday they’ve claimed Joseph off waivers from the Oakland A’s. To clear a space on the 40-man roster for Joseph, San Francisco transferred infielder Pablo Sandoval to the 60-day injured list.Sandoval …last_img

Butterfly Wings Xeroxed

first_imgIf you can’t build it, copy it.  Scientists have had a hard time reconstructing the photonic crystals that make butterfly wings shimmer with light (01/29/2003), so they made, in effect, a carbon copy.  PhysOrg described how scientists at Penn State made impressions of the regularly-spaced geometric shapes from a butterfly wing and transferred it to glass, leaving a “positive mold that looks the same as the butterfly wing from the top.”  Maybe instead of biomimetics this could be dubbed biomimeographics.    What do they want to do with their replicated photonic crystal?  They have their eyes on semiconductor devices, infrared sensors, solar energy concentrators and other things no one has thought of yet.  What they know is that the “structural color” reflected by these crystals will be pure and intense.  That’s bound to be useful or just pretty.True science seeks to understand a natural phenomenon with observation, equations and experiments, with an eye toward improving human life.  It’s not necessary to tell a story about how the butterfly invented a technology that human intelligence can photocopy but not yet engineer.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA must ‘market its achievements’

first_imgTrade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said the government’s response to the tightening economic conditions was to speed up industrial development, continue promoting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and further strengthen the state’s capacity to unlock the country’s economic potential. They further expressed their continued confidence in the country and commended the government for demonstrable efforts and stepping up implementation of the policies and programmes it has adopted in the course of the evolution of the IIC. In a statement released after a two-day meeting of the council in Mossel Bay, IIC members emphasised the need to communicate South Africa’s achievements to the global investor community, especially the country’s economic potential and attractiveness as an investment destination. President Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by other Cabinet ministers, met with the council for the first time this weekend after being elected President a month ago. On the current global financial crisis, it noted that South Africa’s regulatory environment and policy choices made by the government had shielded the economy to a large extend from the turmoil that has swept across financial markets around the world. Among the challenges facing the country’s economy are insufficient energy to meet rising demand, a shortage of skills, and the need to increase productivity and boost infrastructure development. “The council also advised us that we need to have backup plans for our skills shortage plans,” he said. Established in 1999, the IIC has drawn on the wisdom and insights of distinguished international business leaders on how to meet the challenges of economic growth and development in South Africa. Source: BuaNews “While the South African financial system and banks remain intact, the potential impact on the South African economy from the imminent global slowdown was a matter of concern,” said the IIC, adding that South Africa would be able to weather the adverse global environment, and that continued investment growth, especially ongoing public sector investment, would assist. South Africa should actively communicate its economic achievements and potential to the global investor community, says the country’s International Investment Council (IIC). The deliberations over this weekend included a review of experiences and the lessons from the work of the IIC over the past years, as well as reflections on the present global economic challenges. The IIC has also stressed need to pay attention to energy challenges, in particular the electricity supply emergency and the challenge of climate change. Economic growth and development 20 October 2008 They have concentrated their advice on practical ways in which South Africa should position itself as an investment destination of choice globally. Facing up to challengeslast_img read more

Bali crisis worsens

first_imgA sudden wind shift has thrown into disarray the evacuation plans for up to 8000 Australians stranded in Bali.Yesterday Virgin Australia and Jetstar had to turn back most of their flights before reaching Bali as the ash cloud from Mt Rinjani swept back across the holiday island.However one Virgin Australia and two Jetstar flights were able to depart Bali before the wind change.Late yesterday Virgin Australia said that it will continue to assess the ability to safely fly passengers between Australia and Denpasar over the coming days. The airline also offered passengers who have not yet commenced their journeys to Bali the option of flying to a number of alternative holiday destinations including Fiji, Vanuatu, Thailand and Hamilton Island.Jetstar said that its senior pilots and expert operational team had determined that flying conditions have become unsafe.It added that its teams are working “to return our customers from Bali safely as soon as possible, but the unpredictable conditions in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport have once again impacted our intended services.”Jetstar urged its passengers to keep checking its website for the latest updates.last_img read more

Mandela Day Launch

first_imgAction against Poverty is this year’s theme for Nelson Mandela International Day and South Africans are being encouraged to work together to uproot poverty.Sandiso Sibisi, one of the Play Your Part ambassadors, attended the event. (Image: Melissa Javan)Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place.Brand South Africa partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 10 May 2017 at Constitution Hill to launch a new theme for Mandela Day – ‘Action Against Poverty’. The launch took place in the form of an exhibition showcasing “Footsteps of Madiba” and members of the public were encouraged to take action and inspire change in their chosen action against poverty.The programme included messages of support by Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams, Isidingo Cast Members and Generations Cast members and it was covered by Morning Live on SABC 2, Expresso on SABC 3, Sunrise on ETV Sunrise, Cliff Central and Kaya FM.last_img read more

X&Y ANGEL- Hot Fashion 22″ Curly Clip in Hair Extensions Hairpiece 1 Pcs Light Brown – A good product for the price

first_imgEven my hairdresser was amazed with the high quality.Definitely wonderful extensions, so affordable, have been getting them regular monthly for about two yrs, but just about every handful of months they mail the improper colour. This is thanks to small/no stock, and relatively than waiting for far more stock, they just send out the erroneous types. Keep on to order then as they are excellent worth for revenue, but really annoying when you will not get what you get.Features of X&Y ANGEL- Hot Fashion 22″ Curly Clip in Hair Extensions Hairpiece 1 Pcs Light BrownX&Y ANGEL,Brand new.100% high quality japanese heat resistant material.Color : as the photo showsYou will get a lot of compliments wearing it .A small also very long throughout for my head so i minimize portion of it off. Obviously not as comfortable as real hair but does the occupation x.Color was much darker than i envisioned so not in a position to use them, did described as a light brown but extra dim than light brown.I think the wig is gorgeous but the color would not go with my all-natural hair. I believe the wig is attractive but the color won’t go with my normal hair they must give far more color solutions. Their was a take note in the box for exchange but i really don’t bother to shell out for postage once again but it arrived extremely speedily i consider in two days and packing was great my cause for giving four star is only color general the wig was gorgeous.I requested these about two weeks in the past and they came right now, theyre pretty awesome. A little bit darker than my color but they nonetheless search good. I expected them to get forever to appear due to the fact they’ve occur from china but only took two weeks.Lovely colour but want guidelines. I have rated this 5* purely for the shipping and delivery time but when i bought the hair out, there’s no guidance as to how to place the hair in/on. I have hardly ever worn extensions in advance of so i thought i would obtain these to see what they’re like.Smooth, buttery blonde/brown hairpiece – fantastic. This is a wonderful hairpiece, its lighter far more buttery than it appears to be on the photograph but it was excellent even the color. The coils are bouncy and its hangs seriously very well in my hair.Mainly because i desired to see what it would appear like to have longer hair. I introduced it a number of times in the past, for the reason that i wanted to see what it would search like to have more time hair. It arrived in two times on regular supply, was so delighted appears to be like so a lot like authentic hair. It matches the darker impression more, but i have very light hair (filthy/ashy blonde) in comparison and it blends actually nicely,. I did acquire it to bleach, as i have finished this with other wigs but it designed the patch weird and brittle, but i believe it would get the job done to include some colour streaks.Blends pretty well to your hair color and seems excellent. Does not final very extensive nonetheless.Incredible product – good seller. Communicated with me with regards to the merchandise and it arrived nicely packed and in good problem. Though the color wasn’t rather suitable it labored properly on my mates hair and she loved it.It seems to be so purely natural and clips in so well. She has brief hair and this was the 1st time she working experience this. It appeared astounding and she stated thank the vendor.The products wasn’t quite matchy to my hair but they do deliver an trade give for another shade. I failed to bother to trade it coz it will not price tag that a great deal. The price tag is affordable for this merchandise. The merchandise quality and the shipping company was good. The only explanation i gave this item outstanding coz of their client care. They incorporate a piece of letter inside of the box giving you how you can exchange ur merchandise or how you can get in touch with them and every thing in facts.Great worth for occassional use. Fantastic worth synthetic hair piece if you are after one thing for occassional use. This is a clip-in extension and is what i would explain as ‘golden brown’ in colour (similiar to hair dye golden brown). It felt protected when in location and included a large amount of quantity and lenght to my hair. My rating is dependent on the adhering to: matches my hair colour, worth for money, appears to be like the photograph (i. The just one in which the lady is holding up the hair piece) and it arrived inside the specified time body. For me this is perfect as i would only use this occassionally and consequently you should not want to commit a little fortune on extensions, however for people of you who would be imagining of wearing it more extended phrase you may possibly require to look at other possibilities.Terrific hair piece worth for dollars would invest in this again will never previous for very long so would want to swap it.For my daughter and for the selling price they are awesome value, simple to clip in and she loves. I received these for my daughter and for the selling price they are remarkable price, quick to clip in and she loves them would advocate them to anybody who was wanting for very good hair extensions at a great price.A fantastic product or service for the rate. It functions nicely as a clip in, it would not look bogus. Does the occupation nicely but isn’t really a higher good quality solution. I would endorse this to any individual starting out with hair extensions.I simply cannot strain how excellent this solution is. The hair by itself is impeccably delicate, feels just like my have hair. The color of the hair is specifically as shown in the photograph and the hairpiece is extremely easy to clip in. Blends in with my individual hair and just adds a bit more quantity, good for likely out to evening meal or a night time out, all round very pleased with the item and the speedy delivery and will be purchasing from the seller once again.Adds a excellent volume of lustre and quantity to my hair. I minimize the extensions to my sought after duration and they glance excellent.This product appears to be good on, but sadly only lasts a person have on before. This products appears to be like good on, but sadly only lasts one have on ahead of getting tangeled and knotty, i did try out and use detangle spray as wel as wash it to try out and recuperate the hair but unfortunately this did not function , so for a low cost glamorous loook very well truly worth it for a speacil night time, but would not advise for each individual working day hair x.Acquired it for a summer time ball and it rocked. I purchased it for a summer months ball, as i desired a speedy repair – given that i am incredibly fast paced at the moment. It took me two minutes to place it on and it stayed on my head the total night time, although i was dancing and laughing and everythingi am pretty happy with it and in addition, the hair (despite the fact that synthetic) seems to be like your pure hair (if you match the color of system). The length is really extensive, i never ever wore (or experienced) so lengthy hair just before, but i cherished the resultas it stayed in a excellent issue, i will unquestionably wear it once again. Wow these are straightforward to clip in they appear attractive in ive had so lots of compliments substantially more cost-effective than my usual 60 lbs . i will be buying extra kinds like them. Thank you 🙂 as you can see in the pics has presented length volume and curls to my hair and confidence quite pleased.Disregard the encounter on very first one particular was a snapchat haha but flawlessly matched colour. While immediately after carrying them four/five+ instances they do start off to knot a little bit but has to be envisioned at the selling price 🙂 would recommend.Good benefit for revenue but they could be a bit. Very good price for cash but they could be a little bit thicker so if on the lookout to invest in i’d suggest u buy two 🙂 but would advocate .Great extensions BUTBought it for a summer ball and it rocked!!) would recommendbecause i wanted to see what it would look like to have longer hairAmazing product – GREAT SELLER! for my daughter and for the price they are amazing value, Easy to clip in and she loves last_img read more

Stakes are high as Kolkata take on upbeat Mumbai in the eliminator

first_imgAfter dishing out a last-ball thriller in the last league match on Sunday, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders would square off against each other yet again in Mumbai on Wednesday.But the stakes are high as it will be end of the road for the loser in the Indian Premier League.Thanks to the changed format, the tie has become a sort of a quarter-final since the winner will then clash with loser of the first qualifier to earn a shot at the title match.Kolkata were well-poised to hand Mumbai their fourth straight defeat in their last league match but allowed them to escape and record a thrilling last-ball victory.The Kolkata players, particularly Laxmipathy Balaji, who was hit for 23 runs in the last over which included a last- ball six by Mumbai’s Ambati Rayudu, can forget that stunning change of fortunes in a jiffy.Wednesday’s match which would get nerves jangling and the team that shows iron grip on its emotions is likely to win the Eliminator.The Knight Riders batting has done quite well with Jacques Kallis (417 runs from 14 games), Manoj Tiwary (355 from 14) and skipper Gambhir ( 374 from 14) being its mainstays.Yusuf Pathan has not exactly scored big with 47 not out being his highest score in a tally of 257 from 14 games, but Mumbai would be aware of the damage the big- hitting Baroda man can cause once he gets going.The new ball bowling of the Knight Riders has also been below par with Brett Lee not really pulling his weight ( 4 wickets in 11 games) while Balaji ( 10 wickets in 13) and Jaidev Unadkat (6 in 7) have been expensive.advertisementBalaji’s confidence would also be a bit low after the mauling he received from Mumbai’s gangling left- handed batsman James Franklin, who struck four successive fours in the last over of the Tamil Nadu bowler to put his side on the threshold of a famous win.Balaji, however, was backed by his captain Gambhir who said after the stunning last ball loss that the medium pacer would be back in his elements in the next game.Kolkata have depended mostly on their spinners, especially Yusuf and Iqbal Abdulla who have grabbed 13 and 16 wickets respectively and also been economical for this format of the game. The Wankhede track has afforded turn over the last few matches and the duo would relish bowling on it.If Kolkata have some problems to solve, Mumbai too have a few to tackle, the biggest of them being finding an effective opening partner to Sachin Tendulkar.The team has tried out five batsmen but no one has clicked though Davy Jacobs appeared to have settled down in his role when he broke his thumb and had to be replaced. In the last match, Tirumalasetti Suman was tried but he failed for the second time in the key batting position and this has upset the balance of the team to some extent.The team would again be looking forward to contributions from the trio of Tendulkar (477 runs), Rayudu (383) and Rohit Sharma (359) in batting.Hard- hitting Kieron Pollard (140) and Andrew Symonds (135) have disappointed Mumbai but the blistering 45 not out in 23 balls by New Zealander Franklin, incidentally his highest in the IPL, has given them new hope.Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga (27 wickets) and Munaf Patel (17) were the kingpins till a few games ago before they were mauled at the death.Malinga still remains Mumbai’s best bet to give them early advantage while Patel, dropped for the previous game, is set regain his spot.Harbhajan Singh has been quite efficient if not spectacular in most matches and Mumbai would be expecting more from him against the likes of Yusuf Pathan.Tendulkar is aware that the stung Knight Riders are capable of storming their way back.last_img read more

16 days agoCasper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hire

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Casper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hireby Andrew Maclean16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClass of 92′ graduate Chris Casper says Manchester United should follow in the footsteps of their rivals by hiring a sporting director.The Red Devils have gone from perennial champions under Sir Alex Ferguson to floating in the Premier League abyss six years after the great Scot’s departure. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have been and gone, and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next with his team sitting 12th on the table.Every United fan and their dog have had an opinion on where the club’s gone wrong, with recruitment the term heard frequently amongst pub banter and social media threads.United are looking for a sporting director to rectify the problem, with a range of names thrown around from RB Leipzig mastermind Paul Mitchell to ex-United leader Rio Ferdinand.But news of an appointment has dried up and recruitment has faltered as a result, as Solskjaer’s sudden shortage of attacking options can attest.United are undoubtedly leaps and bounds behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Salford City sporting director Casper thinks filling the new position will allow for maximum efficiency throughout the club.Asked if it would be smart move, Casper told TribalFootball.com: “Yeah I think so. Especially when you look at Txiki Begiristain with Man City and Michael Edwards at Liverpool as their sporting directors. “I think it’s just about having that link with the manager, I think it’s really important. The strategic plan and the plan the owners are looking to achieve, I think that’s got to be clear in how you want to achieve it and you need to someone who is going to help co-ordinate that. “You can lack support for all the different departments, and especially for the manager on the side of recruiting staff, recruiting players and take away a lot of the nonsense that managers in the past have had to deal with, speaking to agents and trying to deal with players and things like that. “The head coaches that Man City and Liverpool have got are unbelievable coaches and they can focus on what they do best and that’s working with players on the training and getting the best out of them. And it’s clearly working for them because they are the best two teams in the league.”Solskjaer has intimated United would be targeting young and hungry British players in their recruitment drive this past summer.Signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all meet those requirements, which Casper thinks is a wise idea for the future.He added: “It’s sensible. It’s got to be a long-term strategic plan. “It can’t be short-term, over one year or 18 months. It has to be a five, ten-year plan of what they’re going to do. You look at Manchester City, obviously not with British players, but they have a certain identity of a player that they want to bring in and they’ve been doing it for the last eight to ten years. “That’s a long-term strategy and plan that’s flourishing. That’s what Man Utd has to look towards now and hopefully this is the start of young players being given an opportunity. “It’s the biggest club in the world and they’ve got to get back to hopefully where they were seven or eight years ago, regularly challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more