Nike rakes in $3 billion after Colin Kaepernick calls foul on shoe

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Apparently Colin Kaepernick can still throw the home run pass.On Tuesday, it was reported that Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback-turned-social justice activist, asked Nike to pass on a Fourth of July sneaker because of its objectionable symbolism. Nike acquiesced even though some product had been sent to retailers.According to TMZ Sports, Nike stock shares have since gone up 2 percent, which has goosed the company’s …last_img read more

Platypus Dinosaur: A Vegetarian T. Rex

first_img(Visited 166 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new dinosaur from Chile is as unbelievable as the first reported platypus was to English zoologists: a crazy mix of animals.Meet Chilesaurus: a theropod from Chile that looks like a combination of other dinosaurs: a small vegetarian T. rex with a long neck and two-fingered arms. Martin Ezcurra, one of the paleontologists who announced the find in Nature, explains in The Conversation how they identified this “weird and wonderful” dinosaur as a new species:Its skull and neck look like those of primitive long-necked dinosaurs like Plateosaurus; the vertebrae resemble those of primitive meat-eating theropods such as Dilophosaurus; the pelvis is very similar to that of ornithischian dinosaurs such as Iguanodon; and the hand has only two well-developed fingers as in Tyranosaurus [sic] Rex, but with a longer arm.However, there is no possibility that Chilesaurus is simply made up of different dinosaur bones, because we found four partial skeletons. Working partly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and partly in Birmingham, our team compared the bones to those of other dinosaur groups. Eventually we decided through different analyses that Chilesaurus belongs to a completely unknown lineage of dinosaurs that acquired herbivore habits from carnivorous ancestors. Chilesaurus is the first herbivorous theropod (a lineage that includes mainly predatory dinosaurs) from the southern hemisphere.Ezcurra likens it to the famous platypus that had some incredulous zoologists thinking at first it was a hoax. How can evolution explain such a mosaic of features?A bizarre combination of features like that seen in Chilesaurus can also be seen in living animal species, such as the platypus, which is a mix of duck, beaver and otter. Some naturalists even considered it a hoax. But animals such as Chilesaurus and the platypus can be explained by an evolutionary process called convergence evolution, in which two unrelated species or groups acquire similar characteristics because of living in similar environments or having a similar behaviour.Similarly, the bizarre anatomy of Chilesaurus will probably open a heated discussion about its relationships. Ultimately, the discovery reveals how much data is still completely unknown about dinosaurs and that there is still much waiting to be discovered in the rocks that tell the story of our planet in deep time.The new dinosaur was also reported by Live Science, Science Daily, and Science Magazine, complete with colorful artwork.How do they know that carnivorous dinosaurs did not get their meat-eating habit from vegetarian ancestors? How do they know the coloration of its skin? If there is “much data still completely unknown about dinosaurs” then we don’t need the fake confidence about this one, or about “the story of our planet in deep time.” Did Ezcurra see deep time? Did he see “convergence evolution”? No. He saw beautifully designed bones embedded in rocks. Spare us the storytelling.For more on the improbability of convergent evolution, see the 4/20/15 entry.last_img read more

SA unveils modernised customs system

first_img23 August 2013 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday unveiled a modernised customs management system that will reduce the cost of doing business with South Africa, boost the country’s competitiveness and exports, and promote intra-African trade. Briefing journalists at the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars’) offices in Johannesburg, Gordhan said the new system had already been implemented, and that early indications were that it had more than halved the time it takes to move goods across South Africa’s borders. The new automated customs management system centralises the clearing of all import and exports declarations using a single processing engine, replacing a multiplicity of older systems involving paper-based, manual administrative processes. “By managing customs declarations and supporting documents in electronic format, the processing of cargo movements by land, sea and air will now be much quicker and more accurate,” Gordhan said. The new system will also curb cross-border corruption, while enabling Sars to detect false declarations automatically and so to increase its revenue. “The new customs management system will have significant benefits for importers, exporters, clearing agents and trade facilitators, and will make our economy and commercial trade more competitive globally,” Gordhan said. The use of paper for end-to-end processing and declarations will be reduced by up to 95% as declarations are digitised. Supporting documentation will no longer be required, except in the case of a risk identification, and mobile inspections using iPads will be introduced. Under the previous system, it took customs officials between four and eight hours to inspect goods. Now, physical inspections will take an average of two hours. Gordhan said the new system was in line with the requirements of the National Development Plan (NDP), which stresses the importance of lowering the cost of doing business, improving exports, and linking up with other economies. “The NDP targets an increase in intra-regional trade in southern Africa from 7% to 25% of trade by 2030, and that South Africa’s trade with regional neighbours should increase from 15% of the total trade to 30%,” Gordhan said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Fundrazr: PayPal’s Adaptive Account and Payment APIs Realized

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microapp#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Canadian company ConnectionPoint is about to unveil its FundRazr Facebook application as the only service utilizing both PayPal X’s Adaptive Account API and its Adaptive Payment API. Initially launched in private beta at TC50, Fundrazr allows users to collect fees and donations through Facebook. While this may seem like a simple Groups tool, users can add members, create fundraising campaigns, generate reports, add organizational admin and most importantly, collect payments. Some of the groups who benefit from Fundrazr include sports teams, school clubs, charities and campaign managers. Members of the company’s closed beta include major universities needing to charge fees, political candidates on the campaign trail and national nonprofits looking to overcome donor fatigue in a poor economy. According to ConnectionPoint CEO Daryl Hatton, the beauty of using PayPal X is that users never have to leave the Fundrazr page to setup a PayPal account. Charities no longer have to redirect donors to external payment sites in order to collect their donations. Instead there’s a frictionless process where donors have absolutely no reason to deny payment. To check out Fundrazr’s newest feature releases visit the blog at blog.connectionpoint.ca. For an invite to the company’s closed beta program email beta[at]fundrazr.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshirolast_img read more

Somdev-Sanam win gold, Sania-Vishnu settle for silver

first_imgSomdev Devvarman on Monday became the first Indian to reach the men’s singles final in the history of the Asian Games before winning the men’s doubles gold with Sanam Singh but Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan had to be content with a silver in the tennis competitions, in Guangzhou on Monday.It was an extremely fruitful day for Somdev as he inched closer to a historic singles gold after pipping Japan’s Tatasuma Ito 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the semifinals to set up the summit-clash with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.Later, he and Sanam Singh combined superbly to win first gold medal for India in the tennis event in this edition of the Games as the sixth seed pair shocked second seed Chinese Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3 6-7(4) 10-8 in the final.However, gold eluded Sania yet again as she and Vishnu Vardhan, seeded sixth, lost the mixed doubles final 6-4 1-6 2-10 to second seed Taipei pair of Chan Yung Jan and Yang Tsung Hua.Somdev and Sanam’s gold medal feat assumes significance as India landed here without star doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, gold medallists of the last edition at Doha in 2006, who opted to play in World Tour Finals in London.Rohan Bopanna is also missing from the Indian line-up though he had failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals.Sania had on Sunday settled for a bronze medal in the women’s singles. At Doha Games she had won a silver in singles and had won a gold in mixed doubles with Paes.advertisementSomdev, a gold medallist at Commonwealth Games, continued to be India’s flag bearer in the men’s singles.Before him, no Indian had managed to enter men’s singles final and India had won only three bronze medals in men’s singles in Asian Games.Leander Paes had won it in 1994 in Hiroshima Games and Mahesh Bhupathi and Prahlad Srinath had won it during 1998 Games in Bangkok.Earlier, on the day, in the baseline slugfest that lasted almost two hours, second seed Somdev pocketed the opening set against Ito, ranked 195, with a measure of comfort but was then blown off the court by the fourth seed Ito, who clinched the second 6-0.Things were looking difficult for the Indian world no 106 when he and his rival traded service breaks in the first four games. Somdev then staged an excellent rally under pressure by saving two break points in the fifth game.That was the turning point as Somdev regained poise and broke his rival for the third time, this time decisively, before taking the set 6-3.Istomin was too good for third-seeded Japanese opponent Go Soeda and completed a facile 6-1 6-0 victory.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Football Tight end Kierre Hawkins departing from Ohio State

After two years in Ohio State’s program, redshirt freshman tight end Kierre Hawkins is leaving.An Ohio State spokesman confirmed Hawkins’ is “departing,” but said he did not know the tight end’s destination. Ryan Donnelly, a recruiting analyst for Rivals, tweeted a screenshot of a post from Hawkins’ Instagram in which he is wearing a Youngstown State jersey with the caption, “New beginnings. Everyone’s journey is different. In God’s hands.” Hawkins’ Instagram account is protected.Per his Instagram post, it looks like Ohio State tight end and former Maple Heights (Ohio) four-star Kierre Hawkins will be transferring to Youngstown State pic.twitter.com/J5u6VLxJ8g— Ryan Donnelly (@RivalsRyan) December 12, 2017A former four-star recruit, Hawkins has not taken a snap in his two years at Ohio State. He entered the program in a class with three tight ends, including Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann. Hawkins fell behind both Farrell and Hausman on the depth chart, as well as redshirt senior Marcus Baugh and redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry. The Buckeyes hold a commitment from Jeremy Ruckert, the top-ranked tight end in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Also, redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander, who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, will return next season.Hawkins, a Maple Heights, Ohio, native, was the 329th-best overall prospect and the 13th-ranked tight end in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings. read more

Guardiola urges City players to be clinical

first_imgPep Guardiola was far from impressed with Manchester City’s inability to convert their chances against Tottenham Hotspur in their narrow 1-0 win.Riyad Mahrez’s early goal was the difference at Wembley Stadium as City missed clear-cut chances in both halves to increase their lead. And Guardiola bemoaned the poor finishing touches.He went on to reveal to Sky Sports: “We played today one of the most physical teams I’ve faced in my life because of Sissoko, Kane, Dier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, and Dembele. It’s incredible physicality and this pitch was so complicated. We missed some goals and we let them run.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But we controlled quite good in terms of the difficulty to play on this pitch, especially in the first 15 to 20 minutes. In the second half, we should have the game over and that is the problem we have.“In the big events, especially in the Champions League, we need to be more clinical in this situation because sooner or later we are not going to win.”He then said in his post-match press conference: “I still feel we have a lot to improve.”last_img read more

Silva says Everton can be stronger in the future

first_imgThe Everton manager Marco Silva spoke at the club’s general meeting to reveal how the English Premier League team can become better.Marco Silva joined Everton in the summer, and as his six first months with the club passed, he talked to the club’s general meeting today.“Everyone is working with me at Finch Farm every day,” said Silva to the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’ve had a lot of help at the Club. Everyone has welcomed me and we’ve all been working together since the first day.”“We believe we can be stronger in the future and give everyone the better things they want to see,” he commented.“We are still fighting for what we want, which is to do better than last season, and give the fans what they want – building a connection with the team. We want more.”last_img read more

Four teens arrested for attack near Petco Park

first_img November 19, 2018 Updated: 10:59 PM Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo center_img Posted: November 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police have arrested four teenagers for the beating of a man near the pedestrian bridge across from Petco Park.A 56 year old man is in the hospital on life support and is not expected to survive. Police say the attack occurred on Sunday, just after 2 p.m. According to investigators, the victim and the teenagers were involved in an argument prior to the attack. Witnesses say even after the man was knocked to the ground, the teens continue to hit him. When bystanders began yelling at the teenagers to stop, the group ran away. Investigators say a 19 year old male, and three girls, ages 14, 15 and 17 were later arrested on charges of felony battery. Although police have not indicated a motive for the beating, a friend of the suspects said the victim was attacked following a lewd act inside one of the bridge elevators in which the older man exposed his privates to the teens. Samuel, whose a friend of the suspects said he felt the attack was justified.“I think the guy deserves it. He deserves to be beaten up for exposing himself to younger females. They were 14 and 15 years old so he deserves it,” Samuel said.Investigators are working on identifying other possible suspects in the assault. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Four teens arrested for attack near Petco Parklast_img read more