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first_imgThe Shasta Creations volleyball team, which includes several Red Bluff High School athletes, went into the Far Westerns Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nevada ranked 26th and finished 5th in the tournament.The team beat No. 25 Legends 25-11, 25-13; No. 9 Bombers 23-25, 25-20, 15-5 and lost to No. 8 Endline 15-25, 23-25 to take over the 9th seed.On day two of the tournament, the Creations beat No. 4 Rise 15-25, 25-23, 15-10; No. 6 Sequoia 28-26, 26-24 and No. 15 LVBC 25-17, 25-19 to take over …last_img read more

first_img19 August 2005Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa says small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) need advisory support on financial and cash-flow management to make inroads into South Africa’s “first economy”.Speaking at the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) branch at Mafikeng in North West on Thursday, Mphahlwa said that even if small enterprises got financial support, most would collapse from financial mismanagement.“We are launching the Seda branch here to provide non-financial and technical support for SMME sustainability,” he said.The launch was attended by about 2 000 entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses.Mphahlwa said the government aimed to create a conducive environment for small businesses to thrive, with Seda branches being key delivery portals.“The fact that Seda provides non-financial support does not stop it exploring ways SMMEs can access funding from other institutions,” he said.Seda chief executive Wawa Damane said the agency had already held discussions with Khula Enterprise about use existing networks and channels such as Absa bank to help small businesses access funding.“If small entrepreneurs approach us for help, and we see they have good business ideas, we will refer them to Khula in Rustenburg as part of this agreement,” she said.Dawane said they had identified small-scale mining and agriculture as two key areas needing attention in the province.North West is the first province in the country to adopt the Seda model, with its first branch launched in Taung two months ago.Finance and economic development MEC Darkey Africa urged entrepreneurs to use the resources provided by the government to develop of their businesses.Africa said the province would work hard to set high standards in SMME development.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img‘Very happy’“I’m very happy with the time trial title. It’s my first. It wasn’t my best effort, but it was good enough to take the win. I prefer shorter, more technical time trials and don’t feel I was adequately prepared for such a long out-and-back course,” Moolman Pasio admitted afterwards. “We will once again race with the Veteran men, so it’s not a true women’s race, but it is a race we’d love to win again. It’s an important event for our sponsors who have been so supportive during the first part of this year,” said Moolman Pasio. “It will also be great to race in the event with the national champion stripes on my Momentum Toyota jersey.” Because the national championships was an official International Cycling Union (UCI) event, Moolman Pasio was compelled to change her allegiance from her South African-based Momentum Toyota team and race for the Belgian-based Lotto Belisol team, the internationally registered team for which she has been signed to race in Europe for most of the year. “Then, when we got to the final big climb, I put in another hard effort and rode clear on my own, but was later joined by Sharon who, despite not feeling her best, rode across the gap to me. From then on it was a case of managing our advantage to the finish,” said Moolman Pasio, who cruised across the finish line first. SAinfo reporter AscentOnly Laws, Lise Olivier and An-Li Kachelhoffer were able to match Moolman Pasio’s pace on the ascent. However, after initially assisting with the pacing, Olivier and Kachelhoffer decided they’d have a better shot at the win if the chasing group caught the break and opted to sit on at the back, forcing Laws and Moolman Pasio to pace themselves. 5 March 2013 “I wanted to defend my road title and with just two of us from our team in the race, I needed to make the first move and use the climb, which came early on, to minimise the number of title challengers,” explained Moolman Pasio. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material London Olympian Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was the star performer at the South African Road Cycling Championships in Nelspruit on the weekend. After racing to a dominant victory in the elite women’s 33km individual time trial on Thursday, she claimed the 112km road race title on Saturday. Next Sunday, Moolman Pasio and her Momentum Toyota team will attempt to defend the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour title that Moolman Pasio won last year. With over 35 000 participants, it’s the world’s largest cycle race and a highlight event on the South African calendar. “Sharon sat on the front most of the time and kept the pace high enough so that the four riders chasing us wouldn’t be a threat. On Saturday, the 27-year-old Boland region resident wasted no time in the road race, using her superior climbing strength to split the field on the first of two big climbs. Her Lotto Belisol teammate, Sharon Laws, the current British road race champion, was on hand to assist and the pair raced positively throughout, forcing their rivals to adopt a defensive strategy. MedalsBecause Laws isn’t a South African citizen, the silver medal went to third-placed finisher Kachelhoffer with Olivier taking the bronze medal. “It’s a very special honour to race in Europe in the South African champion’s jersey and that was my mission today. I wanted this title badly and I’m obviously delighted that I was able to achieve my goal. I have to thank Sharon for her assistance as my teammate. She was completely committed. I’m very motivated to race in Europe now. My form is coming good and my confidence is high.”last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Quora, the super stealthy startup that was started by Facebook’s first CTO Adam D’Angelo and that is now in private beta, is beginning to crack its doors open for press, and the ReadWriteWeb crew is impressed and already mildly addicted.It’s a user-generated Q&A with real-time elements. It’s useful and fascinating, with similarities to apps such as Google Wave, Aardvark, FormSpring.me – but it’s beautifully built and easy to use off the bat. Read on for details on how to get your invitation for this still-private site.Topic experts in all areas of technology, design, startups and other areas are quickly populating the site. Users follow topics and other users, then get to participate in conversations around those topics or with those people. One of our favorite aspects of the site so far is that you can ask and answer provocative questions anonymously.To get an idea of how the site works and what it looks like, check out these screenshots: Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Since the invite process is a lot like Google Wave (each user gets a small number of invitations to email to friends), we’ve decided to pool our invitations and give them to our Facebook friends. So, if you go to the ReadWriteWeb Facebook page (and if you’re a fan, please add us and leave us a comment so we know who you are!), you’ll see a short screencast from Marshall Kirkpatrick with the email address for your to request your Quora invitation.We’ve got 100 invites to give away. The first 100 folks who email the address Marshall gives in our Facebook video will get them. Good luck, and thanks for reading and watching!UPDATE: Invites are gone, folks! If you didn’t see one, check your spam folder. If you don’t see one, try asking around Twitter or in the comments here.If you got your invite and are now inside Quora, leave us a comment and let us know what you think! We’ll be posting an in-depth analysis of the site later today, and we’d love to know what you think.last_img read more

first_imgMarathas’ claimHowever, the Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk allege that the account was “a distortion of history” and that it was their ancestors who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Accordingly, the Marathas, along with the gram panchayat authorities, took strong objection to the plaque, saying it falsified history as there was no documented evidence.On the same day, a complaint was filed by Dalit activists against 49 persons of Vadhu Budruk village under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for damaging the board, police said. The gram panchayat of Vadhu Budruk also reportedly filed a cross complaint on the matter.“The Bhima-Koregaon violence was an act of provocation carefully calculated in advance by Hindutva outfits and designed to spark tension between Mahar [Dalit] and Maratha communities,” said Santosh Shinde of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade. The Brigade submitted a memorandum to the Pune Police Commissioner demanding a CBI probe into the issue.Similarly, Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch, who was present at the time of the clashes, said the villagers of Vadhu Budruk were instigated by rightwing forces to pelt stones at Dalits during the Koregaon-Bhima celebrations.“Several thousands of Hindutva activists were assembled to wreak havoc on the occasion. What were the police doing? Why wasn’t adequate security in place when the dispute at Vadhu-Budruk broke out on December 29? There were no ambulances or adequate security in place,” Mr. Mali told The Hindu.According to him, the clashes were planned to coincide with action in several adjoining villages like Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and Perne.One person, identified as Rahul Phatangale, lost his life in the violence between two groups that was marked by pelting of stones, and several persons were left injured. Scores of vehicle, including police vans, were torched.(With inputs from PTI) RPI supporters gathered at Chembur in Mumbai protesting killing of a person at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday.  The cyber crime cell of the city police issued a notification warning of “stern action against socially divisive social media posts”. Mobile phone jammers continued to be in operation in Koregaon-Bhima and surrounding villages.     Pelting of stonesCommerce and commute in several parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were thrown off-kilter as State transport buses were pelted with stones during demonstrations by Bhim Sainiks. Traffic had to to be diverted at a number of points. Traffic along the old Mumbai-Pune highway came to a grinding halt due to the demonstrations.By noon, the agitators had compelled several shops and establishments in vital parts of Pune to be shut even as curfew continued to be imposed in the village of Bhima-Koregaon and surrounding villages – the epicenter of the violence — 30 km from the city.There were reports of widespread stone-pelting in Ahmednagar district as well, with lockdowns being observed in several tehsils.Shutdowns were particularly tense in Marathwada where condemnations of the violence became violent.In Hingoli, two jeeps were burnt; a ‘Shivshahi’ AC bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was damaged in Osmanabad district; and a State transport bus was pelted with stones in Parbhani district. A massive ‘rasta roko’ was staged along the Jalna-Sindkhed road. Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.Local train services disruptedProtesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line, blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and attacked a journalist of a television news channel.The Central Railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) continued to be in force across Pune, Aurangabad and other districts in Marathwada in a bid to preclude stormy clouds of a possible caste conflagration.“We have deployed two companies of the State Reserve Police Force [SRPF] along with several Quick Response Teams [QRT] of the police positioned at sensitive points in Pune city under supervision of senior police personnel,” said Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial inquiry into Bhima-Koregaon clashes center_img  Cause of the violenceWhile several outfits and parties issued urgent proclamations of restraint, some alleged that the violence was a carefully planned conspiracy by rightwing Hindutva groups.Organisers of the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan’, a committee which held the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on Sunday in which Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Radhika Vemula participated, alleged that the clashes were incited by right-wing outfits.According to sources, on December 29, a fierce dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in the village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima) over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar community. He is believed to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Gaikwad had defied Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689.According to history, the Mughals had warned that whoever performed the last rites of Sambhaji would be killed, and no one stepped forward except Gaikwad. He apparently paid with his life for his deed.Also Read | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pridelast_img read more

first_img Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, represents a culmination of the Government’s effort in ensuring migration’s indispensable role in the country’s social and economic development. Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. (right), converses with Head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Jamaica Office, Keisha Livermore, during Tuesday’s (December 18) local launch of the IOM’s publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. The event, jointly staged with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), formed part of activities marking International Migrants Day on December 18, under the theme: ‘Migration with Dignity’. The other activities were the screening of a documentary, titled ‘Bushfallers – A Journey of Chasing Dreams’, and a panel discussion. This was noted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the local launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, and film festival, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, Tuesday (December 18). The launch of the IOM publication; the film festival, which featured the screening of a documentary, titled ‘Bushfallers: A Journey of Chasing Dreams’, that chronicles African nationals’ pursuit of a better life in Europe; and a panel discussion formed activities for Jamaica’s commemoration of International Migrants Day on December 18, under the theme ‘Migration with Dignity’.The event was hosted by the local Chapter of the IOM, in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The Compact, which was signed by just over 160 UN member countries in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, is a voluntary framework reinforcing nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of stakeholder cooperation. Story Highlights Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, represents a culmination of the Government’s effort in ensuring migration’s indispensable role in the country’s social and economic development.This was noted by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., at the local launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) publication, ‘Migration and the 2030 Agenda’, and film festival, at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, Tuesday (December 18).The Compact, which was signed by just over 160 UN member countries in Marrakesh, Morocco, on December 10, is a voluntary framework reinforcing nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of stakeholder cooperation.The signing was symbolic, as it coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.Senator Charles Jr. said Jamaica’s signing of the Compact, coupled with the Government’s development of a Migration Profile, National Policy on International Migration, and complementary five-year implementation plan, indicates that the Government is collectively “trying to have a strategic approach to utilizing aspects of our Diaspora and Migration Profile”.“Also, in recognition of the role played by migrants, there has been a sustained effort to ensure that human mobility is reflected in our National Development Strategy, as we approach what we have defined as Vision 2030 [Jamaica – National Development Plan],” the State Minister added.Senator Charles noted that several of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s core goals are aligned with the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s draft Diaspora Policy, which forms the framework for the partnership between Jamaica and the diaspora.Additionally, he said the expertise, knowledge and impact of Jamaica’s diaspora, which has a membership that doubles the approximately 2.7 million persons residing locally, “is one that is felt and well-known across the world”.“It is within the context of being a country of origin, transit and destination that Jamaica treats the phenomenon of migration as indispensable to our economic growth trajectory and a dynamic tool for the development of our own human capital,” the State Minister said.He emphasized that the partnerships forged by persons from various geographical and social backgrounds have provided “fertile soil for the germination of ideas and iconic concepts that continue to enrich our senses”.Meanwhile, Senator Charles Jr. said the partnership forged between Jamaica and the IOM will form the foundation for “robust initiatives” aimed at increasing the engagement and participation of Jamaicans overseas in the country’s international development planning process.last_img read more

first_imgAfter huge fall yesterday, stability returning back in stock market: Market Expert866 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00After huge fall yesterday, stability returning back in stock market: Market Expert866 viewsBusinessMumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Market Expert Sunil Shah on Wednesday said that after a huge fall in the stock market yesterday, it seems like stability is returning back to the global capital markets. Shah also said that the European market opening later in the day will also have a bearing on India’s markets. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Tuesday fell 854 points as a tumble in oil prices roiled global markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty also dropped points, opening at below the 8,300 mark. However, Shah said that Indian markets will recover more rapidly than others at the time.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Market Expert Sunil Shah on Wednesday said that after a huge fall in the stock market yesterday, it seems like stability is returning back to the global capital markets. Shah also said that the European market opening later in the day will also have a bearing on India’s markets. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Tuesday fell 854 points as a tumble in oil prices roiled global markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty also dropped points, opening at below the 8,300 mark. However, Shah said that Indian markets will recover more rapidly than others at the time.last_img read more

ACC files 18 cases against 24 people

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday filed 18 cases against 24 people including seven revenue officers of Chattogram Customs House on charge of their involvement in clearing imported goods without documents and false declaration, dodging tax, reports UNB.Three ACC officials filed the cases with the Chattogram District Coordination office-1, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.14 businessmen related to import goods and four C&F agents are among the accused.last_img read more

Scientists uncover clues to ATP mystery and how cells work

first_img Researchers uncover secrets of internal cell fine-tuning Although many parts of the cellular movement process are well-understood, there is still some mystery in the details. One mystery in particular is that long polymer chains of actin (called F-actin) have been observed to use ATP at a rate that is more than 40,000 times faster than that of individual monomers of actin (called G-actin). This gigantic rate difference has been experimentally investigated for more than 25 years without a solution.Now in a new paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, researchers Martin McCullagh, Marissa G. Saunders, and Gregory A. Voth at The University of Chicago have used quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) simulations of G- and F-actin, guided by coarse-grained modeling, to investigate how the structural differences of the two types of actin may contribute to the rate difference at which they use ATP, a process called ATP hydrolysis.”I think this work provides a fundamental molecular understanding of how actin filaments catalyze ATP hydrolysis, which in turn is critical to their behavior,” Voth told Phys.org. “ATP hydrolysis modulates many actin properties, which in turn is very important to the behavior of the cellular cytoskeleton. Some of these properties are relevant to, e.g., the binding of anti-cancer drugs in targeting cancer cells.”In ATP hydrolysis, actin filaments use ATP by breaking off one of its three phosphate atoms. The chemical energy stored in the phosphate bond is released and can be used for many purposes. Here, the energy is used to change the properties of the actin filaments, after which the polymer can be disassembled. This continuous growth and disassembly is what causes cells to move. Basically, what the rate difference mystery means is that somehow actin polymerization accelerates ATP hydrolysis. In other words, as the actin forms a filament, the faster it can use ATP. The effect is cyclical, so that the higher the rate of ATP hydrolysis, the higher the rate at which actin can be depolymerized. This activity leads to a remarkable phenomenon called actin “treadmilling,” which is essential to cellular movement. Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Water molecules can rotate more freely in G-actin than in F-actin. The F-actin snapshot (a) has a three-water wire, and the G-actin snapshot (b) has a six-water wire. Credit: McCullagh, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society Citation: Scientists uncover clues to ATP mystery and how cells work (2014, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-scientists-uncover-clues-atp-mystery.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Martin McCullagh, et al. “Unraveling the Mystery of ATP Hydrolysis in Actin Filaments.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja507169f Artistic rendering of the actin structures and free energy surfaces calculated for ATP hydrolysis in G-actin and F-actin, computed using QM/MM simulations. Credit: McCullagh, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society The new QM/MM simulations help explain the dramatic rate increase of ATP hydrolysis that occurs in F-actin compared to G-actin. The simulations show that certain key amino acids change position during polymerization, which promotes the rearrangement of nearby water molecules. The water molecules can rotate more freely, allowing them to easily align into shorter “water wires” that transport protons through the water very quickly—almost instantaneously, in fact. The resulting ease with which the protons can move corresponds to a lowering of the free energy barrier of that process. Since proton transport is a key step in ATP hydrolysis, overall less energy is required for F-actin to hydrolyze the ATP molecules.The simulations reveal a barrier height reduction that agrees well with the experimentally measured value, supporting the explanation that the favorable proton transport environment in F-actin plays an important role in the increased ATP hydrolysis rate. “There are many, many proteins that utilize ATP (or GTP) hydrolysis for modulate their behavior,” Voth said. “I think this work opens up the possibility to include that process more routinely in the computational study of proteins.” (Phys.org) —Strong, thin fibers called microfilaments, or actin filaments, are present in the cytoplasm of almost every cell in the body. By growing and shrinking, actin filaments play a major role in cellular movement. Since these processes require large amounts of energy, actin filaments use a lot of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a molecule that is often called the energy currency of the cell. © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgIf it’s been a while since you last looked at your own website, take the time now to identify the top three things you want visitors to do as a result of visiting your site. Write these items down, followed by scheduling a meeting with your web team to review the current site. You may be surprised by what you see.How have you revamped your website to attract more eyeballs? Leave a comment and let us know. March 14, 2012 Logos: Visitors spent about 6.48 seconds focused on this most identifiable portion of a site. Navigation menus: Users spend almost as long (6.44 seconds) studying the menu on a webpage. Search box: This area kept visitors’ attention for more than 6 seconds. Links to social utilities: The fact that participants in the study focused on social-media icons for 5.95 seconds reveals just how important it is for your business to offer opportunities for customers to engage with your brand and other customers. Primary image: Visitors perused the main photo or graphic on the page for 5.94 seconds. Written content: This element took up 5.59 seconds of their time. Bottom of the page: That’s where users ended up, engaged for about 5.25 seconds in that location. min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. If you think any old website will do for your business, read this.It takes less than two-tenths of a second for an online visitor to form a first opinion of your brand once they’ve perused your company’s website, according to researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. And it takes just another 2.6 seconds for that viewer’s eyes to concentrate in a way that reinforces that first impression.Given that tight timeframe, making a good first impression should be among your first orders of business. To that end, the Missouri S&T study results might help you and your web designer determine which elements of your website are most important to those viewing the pages. The researchers employed eye-tracking software and an infrared camera to monitor study participant’s eye movements as they perused the test website pages.The analysis of eye movement garnered from the data helped these researchers determine how long people focus on specific portions of a web page before moving on to another part of the page. These sections included the navigation menu, logo, photos, images and social-media icons. Also important, according to the research team, is the selection of color and images to a web page’s design.Study participants were asked to rate sites on the basis of visual appeal and design factors during an average of 20 seconds spent on each of 25 websites. The sections sparking the most interest included: Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more