Parra exits early with injury, Giants give up five-run lead in loss to Padres

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–For nearly 90 minutes on Monday night, the Giants gave fans every reason to believe better days lie ahead.Ace Madison Bumgarner recorded four hitless innings against a tough San Diego Padres lineup. New first baseman Tyler Austin reached base twice, including once with a single to start a five-run fourth inning rally. Recently acquired center fielder Kevin Pillar made a loud statement, launching a soaring …last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Thursday night

first_imgWARRIORS UPDATE: The Warriors’ first game at Chase was one to … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ second game at Chase Center when they face Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (0-1) vs. Timberwolves (0-1) at Chase Center, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: NBSBA.ODDS: Warriors -3 (opened at Warriors -1).2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST MEETING: Timberwolves d. Warriors, 131-130 in OT on March 29, 2019 in Minnesota.last_img

Derek Carr’s struggles in Kansas City continue in Raiders’ big loss

first_imgFirst, the good news for Derek Carr and the Raiders. He threw a nice 4-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Derek Carrier in Kansas City on Sunday.That, though, was the extent of the positivity for the Raiders and Carr, who endured yet another Arrowhead Stadium nightmare performance in Oakland’s 40-9 loss.The touchdown was the Raiders’ first in 9 1/2 quarters as a sputtering offense and struggling … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Saturn, the Bringer of Youth

first_imgMore discoveries of youthful phenomena contradict Gustav Holst’s musical tribute to “Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age.”Recent analyses of Cassini data continue the theme of Saturn’s music, which is more like Peter Pan than Holst. As you interpret the following news stories, keep in mind that the moyboy ages are upper limits. They could be much lower. What surprises planetary scientists is that these phenomena exist at a time when humans can observe them. If they were billions of years old, how could that be?Saturn and its rings as seen by Cassini, April 25, 2016.Young RingsSaturn’s Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won’t Last (Space.com). “But if you could travel 300 million years into the future, you would need to, because by then, chances are those rings would be gone — and they could disappear even faster.”Saturn Is Losing Its Rings (Live Science). “We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime,” lead author James O’Donoghue. Ring rain is only one drain on Saturn’s rings, reports Meghan Bartels. The scientists measured such a high rate of loss, it implies the rings are losing “a huge amount of the icy rings, between 925 and 6,000 lbs. (420 to 2,800 kilograms) every second.” But there’s more:The fate of the rings looks even grimmer considering research published earlier this year using Cassini data, which looked at a different, still-more-voluminous, type of infall from Saturn’s rings that’s descending into the planet. O’Donoghue and his co-authors didn’t include that infall in the estimates presented in their paper, but suggested in an accompanying statement that the two phenomena combined could gorge through the rings in more like 100 million years.Saturn is losing its rings at ‘worst-case-scenario’ rate (Science Daily and NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Particles are being drawn into Saturn hourly in a process called “ring rain.” Looking back over time, the scientists give the rings a maximum age of 100 million years – just 1/45th the assumed age of Saturn. What happened so that we see them in the human era of telescopes? See the problem discussed in video clips from NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. After explaining ring rain, the narrator puts an upper limit on age of 100 million years for the rings. He says, “This means Saturn wasn’t born this way, as the planet is known to be over 4 billion years old.” But is that really known? Nobody was there to measure it. Believing in 4 billion years creates a conundrum of explaining how Saturn got its rings so recently. These are incompatible beliefs.“We estimate that this ‘ring rain’ drains an amount of water products that could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool from Saturn’s rings in half an hour,” said James O’Donoghue of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “From this alone, the entire ring system will be gone in 300 million years, but add to this the Cassini-spacecraft measured ring-material detected falling into Saturn’s equator, and the rings have less than 100 million years to live.This is relatively short, compared to Saturn’s age of over 4 billion years.” O’Donoghue is lead author of a study on Saturn’s ring rain appearing in Icarus December 17.A recent origin for Saturn’s rings from the collisional disruption of an icy moon (Icarus). The latest attempt to solve the ring age problem comes from John Dubinski. In this paper, he calls on the planetologist’s favorite tool – an impact – to get the rings to form just when humans can see them. Simultaneously, it solves the heat problem for Enceladus. Convenient for him, there is no way to prove it, because the Mimas-size impactor was never observed.Dione, Tethys, Pandora and Saturn’s rings from Cassini, Sept 22, 2005Young MoonsEnceladus is mentioned in the above articles as another body constantly losing material to Saturn. “The team also discovered a glowing band at a higher latitude in the southern hemisphere,” NASA Goddard says. “This is where Saturn’s magnetic field intersects the orbit of Enceladus, a geologically active moon that is shooting geysers of water ice into space, indicating that some of those particles are raining onto Saturn as well.” From there, the article sidesteps the problem of Enceladus’ age, preferring a hydrobioscopic dodge about possible life on Enceladus.Long-term stability of Enceladus’ uneven ice shell (Icarus). This paper by European planetologists tries to keep Enceladus old, despite those hundred-some-odd geysers blasting material out to space every hour, creating the E-ring around Saturn and losing some of that ice to Saturn itself. They invent a model that keeps the ice shell in a steady state, but that doesn’t explain why heat flow up to 60 watts per square meter is coming out of that little bitty moon, the diameter of Arizona or Iowa (not that those states are little bitty, but that’s small for a solar system object).Implications of nonsynchronous rotation on the deformational history and ice shell properties in the south polar terrain of Enceladus (Icarus). One of the conclusions of this paper is that “Enceladus’s tiger stripes are on the order of 100,000 years old.” That’s a wildly young age for standard views of the age of the solar system. Why did it happen that recently instead of billions of years ago?Artwork of the Cassini spacecraft flying through the geyser plumes of Enceladus.Orbital evolution of Saturn’s mid-sized moons and the tidal heating of Enceladus (Icarus). Here’s another attempt to keep Enceladus old, this time by Japanese scientists using N-body simulations. Right off the bat, though, they identify two problems: tidal forces that should pull the inner moons into Saturn over time, and the Enceladus geysers that shouldn’t be there. Tidal heating, they say, is “orders of magnitude” too low to keep that small moon’s inferred ocean liquid. Their simulations “may” explain how these problems could be surmounted, but their model falls far short of proof. In the end, they call for ‘future study” of the possibilities.The formation and orbital evolution of Saturn’s inner mid-sized moons – Rhea, Dione, Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas – are still debated. The most puzzling aspects are 1) how the Tethys–Dione pair and the Mimas–Enceladus pair passed through their strong 3:2 mean-motion resonances during the tidal orbital evolution, and 2) the current strong heat flow from Enceladus, which is a few orders of magnitude higher than the tidal energy dissipation caused by the present orbital eccentricity of Enceladus.Saturn’s moon Dione Covered by Mysterious Stripes (NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Parallel lines and intersecting lines on the surface of Dione are “unlike anything else we’ve seen in the Solar System,” says one planetary scientist. The material making the lines, dubbed “linear virgae,’ could be coming “from Saturn’s rings, passing comets, or co-orbital moons Helene and Polydeuces.” Ignore the astrobiological speculation inserted without justification. Whatever the stripes are, “they are among the youngest surfaces on Dione” says Alex Patthoff, co-author of a paper on Geophysical Research Letters. The paper says, “Here we seek to constrain whether the linear virgae are endogenic, suggesting that the surface of Dione has been geologically active recently or if they are exogenic, suggesting a recent, or even ongoing, process in the Saturn system.” They argue for the latter, but either way, they’re young.Next Young Object?Looking ahead, the New Horizons spacecraft that found Pluto looking much younger than expected (16 July 2018) is due to reach its next target, Ultima Thule, on New Year’s Day (BBC News). The 30-km-wide object will be the most distant body in our solar system seen up close. Any bets on how young this object will appear?They’re still not taking our proposed compromise. We’ll give them 100 million years, if they accept that as the age of the solar system. No takers? Strange. Must be because that is not nearly enough time for Darwinism on Earth.I’ve been following the ring problem for many years. I wrote my first paper about it in a solar system astrophysics class back in December 1989, 29 years ago this month. I read each article about it by ringmasters Jeff Cuzzi, Larry Esposito, Carolyn Porco and others in Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines. When the internet made scientific papers accessible, I followed the current thinking each year. At JPL I got to meet some of the ringmasters and hear their talks. They knew of all the erosional processes since Voyager days, but kept hoping a mechanism would be found to keep the rings old. Nothing worked. As a member of the Cassini team, I followed the new discoveries about ring age. Now, we see that the erosion is faster than earlier thought. The evidence is now unquestionable: the rings are young. These articles didn’t even mention micrometeoroid bombardment, sputtering, collisional spreading and other processes that should destroy the rings in short order.Are you seeing a trend in the solar system? Everything seems to be “younger than thought.” In biology, complex organisms and traits keep appearing “earlier than thought.” Both trends bring bad news to old-age Darwinian materialists. (Visited 515 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Taking African bush lore to Oz

first_imgEcoTraining runs the first structuredfield-guide training course in South Africa,with a dedicated venue, a comprehensivecurriculum, and instructors who cut theirteeth at the finest game lodges in thecountry.(Image: EcoTraining) Students on the Field Guides Associationof South Africa 1 course learning toidentify animal tracks.(Image: Jennifer Stern) Each student gets a chance to be the“tracker” and occupy the hot seat.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternInnovative South African wildlife training company EcoTraining is going international, setting up a branch in Australia. The first camp will open in the Bamuru Plains area next to Kakadu National Park Region in the Northern Territory near Darwin in October 2008, offering a field guide course, with plans to add birding and indigenous culture courses.EcoTraining was started in 1993 by a group of bush guides from Londolozi and Sabi Sabi who realised that, with the end of apartheid, international tourists would pour into South Africa. And, they reckoned, wildlife and safaris would be a big part of the attraction. While food, décor and position play big role, it is the quality of the guides that sets a game lodge apart.So EcoTraining began to run the first structured field-guide training course in South Africa, with a dedicated venue, a comprehensive curriculum, and instructors who cut their teeth at the finest game lodges in the country. Around the same time, the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) was set up to – among other things – standardise field guide qualifications.Anton Lategan joined EcoTraining as an instructor in 1997. By the end of the year he and veteran field guide and wildlife photographer Lex Hes had teamed up with to buy the company. At the time they operated from a corner in the north of Sabi Sands with one Series 3 Land Rover, one bucket shower, one pit toilet and a few tents.Rough, ready, and part of natureThey’ve come a long way since then, with three dedicated camps, but they’re definitely not planning to go the luxury route. The camps are not fenced, and it’s happened more than once that course participants couldn’t get to the showers before supper because a small herd of elephants were snacking on the trees near the ablution blocks. But that’s what it’s all about. It’s part of the strategy to remind aspirant guides that they are an integral part of nature.The company offers a range of courses, including special interest courses such as birding, animal tracks and trailing, and wildlife photography. A course popular with both tourists and locals who fancy getting to grips with the bush is the Eco Quest course, on which trainees learn how to track, drive a 4×4, and approach dangerous animals in the wild. The emphasis is on getting a better understanding of nature and of animals, but it’s not tied to a career path.The mainstay of the company, though, is the field guide courses – Level One, Level Two and Trails Guide. These 28-day courses comply with the regulations and standards laid down by the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority, and the South African Qualifications Authority. But not everyone who does these courses wants to work as a guide. Some attend for their own personal development, and an opportunity to really learn about the bush.One such person was Mark Hutchinson, an Australian who visited South Africa to do the Level 1 course at Karongwe in the winter of 2006. He not only had a great time, he also saw the potential of the EcoTraining model, and approached the owners to negotiate setting up a branch in Australia.This was not EcoTraining’s first venture beyond South Africa’s borders. Of the 2 000 or so people the company has trained, a number are from Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. Some students are school leavers, others postgraduates, and some illiterate. Course participants span the spectrum from wealthy gap-year kids from Europe to rural people from African villages. EcoTraining aims to reach a wide audience with its conservation message through guide training.EcoTraining Australia is a partnership between Anton Lategan and Lex Hes of EcoTraining South Africa, and Australians Mark Hutchinson, owner of Fishabout Tours and Untamed Tracks, a travel audiovisual marketing company, and Charles Carlow, owner of Wilderness Australia, which runs a number of upmarket lodges.Plans are afoot to build more camps in Australia to take advantage of the extensive wilderness areas, the fascinating cultural heritage, and the abundance of interesting animals and plants. EcoTraining also plans to set up something more permanent in Kenya, and are negotiating with interested parties to set up bases in the Zambezi Valley.A role in conservationWhile field guide training is important to the tourism industry, there is a more serious reason to do it as well.“EcoTraining is uniquely positioned to play a role in conservation through our professional network, our experienced team and our commitment to our mission of teaching people about the natural environment,” says Lategan.“Well-trained professional guides inspire people throughout the world to become environmentally conscious and proactively involved in conservation. This has a kind of multiplier effect when you consider the repeated exposure guides have to tourists from all over the world on a continuous basis.”When asked about expansion plans, smiled and said, “We are a humble organisation with a serious mission, and an excellent foundation to build on. So yes there will be expansion, but I don’t see expansion as growth for growth’s sake. The natural world is being destroyed, and we need to stand up and be counted in whichever arena we are needed.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth Africa’s national parksSouth Africa’s tourist highlightsHot idea keeps tuskers at bayRescuing the white rhinoTracking elephants across AfricaEcotourism reaps rich rewardsUseful linksEcoTrainingField Guides Association of South AfricaEcoTraining AustraliaSouth African National Parkslast_img read more

South Africa inspires new ways at WEF Davos

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 22 January 2014 – As the world watches events at one of the year’s premier gatherings of government, business and civil society leaders – the World Economic Forum in Davos – the South African flag will fly high from 22-25 January 2014.WEF Davos opens on Wednesday 22 January 2014 under the theme: The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.South Africa’s programme will begin with a thought leadership breakfast co-hosted by CNBC Africa which will reflect on: “South Africa beyond 20 years and the implementation of the National Development Plan.”  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver the opening address at the breakfast and the panel that will guide the discussions will include:Colin Coleman: Goldman SachsMonhla Hlahla: Industrial Development CorporationNku Nyembezi-Heita: Chairperson designate of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Jabu Mabuza: Business Unity South Africa.Team South Africa will also host a Night with South Africa networking session later on Wednesday 22 January 2014.  It is expected that key government and business leaders from around the world will interact with team South Africa during which the South African value proposition will be brought to thought leaders and opinion makers.Brand South Africa Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila speaking from Davos says, “Governments and business around the world grapple with achieving inclusive growth; meeting society’s new expectations; sustaining and providing decent lives for 9 billion.  While South Africa has a long way to go, independent research shows that in the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy, more than ten million South Africans have moved into the middle class and now enjoy a better quality of life. In the same period the country’s GDP expanded to more than US$400 billion per year from just about US$150 billion.  By sharing lessons with others at Davos we can find even better ways of doing things so that we can continue to deliver on the hopes of the vast majority of our people.”Join Brand South Africa’s Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila from Davos when he talks to Destiny Connect business writer Buhle Ndaweni at 13h00-14h00 on how South Africa continues to inspire new ways of doing things.  Follow the conversation@HappyNtshingila. You can follow the South African delegation’s conversation from WEF Davos on @Brand_SA#WEF14SA.Note to editors About the World Economic Forum, Davos 2014http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2014 About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.  Follow Brand South Africa @Brand_SA(https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSA   For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comVisit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Reading for life

first_imgBiblionef, established in 1918 by former Dutch ambassador, Max Vegelin van Claerbergen, is an international network of independent non-profit organisations (NGOs) donating new story books to children in developing countries.Prieska Primary in Northern Cape recently received over 2 500 books from Biblionef South Africa in late 2013The organisation has depots in five countries; Netherlands, France, Belgium, Suriname in South America, and South Africa.The South African depot in Central Square, Pinelands, in Cape Town, is the only one in Africa and was established in 1998 by its current executive director, Jean Williams. Williams has 20 years’ experience working in public libraries.“I worked at the Ocean View public library, which is approximately four kilometres away from Masiphumelele and reached out to supply books from the boot of my car to this area in 1994. We eventually opened up a satellite library in a farm house in Masiphumelele in 1995,” said Williams.In 1998, with Biblionef’s assistance, she opened the Masiphumelele Library, near Noordhoek.Biblionef works with a number of organisations to distribute English and indigenous language to  where they are needed. The organisation has donated one million books from 1998 to 2012 and, aiming to build a lifelong love of reading in children across the world, wants to donate another million books by 2016.MOTHER TONGUE LEARNINGOn winning the Western Cape Government‘s Promotion of Marginalised Indigenous Languages award, at the Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographical Names, Museums, Libraries and Archives Awards in February this year, Walters said, “We are excited about receiving the award and going to our next big event which is the handover of Setswana books to the Ministry of Education in Botswana at the end of February. This motivates us to work even harder.”She adds, “Mother tongue learning and reading is every child’s right.”“From the ages of one to seven years there is so much potential for brain development but the environment for this needs to be created. The possibility, therefore, exists for children to be introduced to English without sacrificing their mother tongue.”The Biblionef office receives requests for book donations on a daily basis; it responds by providing books to Early Childhood Development centres, schools and informal libraries mostly in townships, informal settlements and remote rural areas. Each request is assessed according to merit and needs.To foster a lifelong love for reading among the world’s children, Biblionef donates books to schools, libraries and early childhood development centresBIG DONATIONThis year Biblionef partnered with the City of Johannesburg‘s Library Services, benefiting schools across the city. Each primary school will receive 250 brand new storybooks in the children’s home languages and books in English.“Our recent big donation was made to 122 schools in the Central Johannesburg area in partnership with the library service of the City of Johannesburg. The amount of books donated was 30 500 to the value of R1.83-million,” said Walters.“A book is a resource which can be used over and over again. If anyone has books at home which they are not using I would suggest that they look for a school or charity and pass it onto them. Biblionef deals only with new books as we see our donation as a ‘gift’ and want the children to get excited about receiving colourful, inspirational books in their home language,” she added.Biblionef’s books have reached more than 3.2 million children. The NGO donates an average of 12 000 books per month; has assisted 51 schools and communities with informal libraries with shelves, cupboards, container and farm libraries; and has supported 21 schools for the blind and partially sighted with Braille and large print books.In partnership with Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development and funder Ibby SA, 15 schools in the Mqanduli area of Eastern Cape will be receiving books throughout the year of 2014 (Images: Biblionef South Africa Facebook page)Biblionef has also had more than 83 titles translated into the country’s eleven official languages.“We managed to get the book Fly eagle, Fly translated and printed in all 11 official languages. This book, written by Anglican bishop, Christopher Gregorowski, has been claimed as one of the best books ever written in South Africa,” she said.PLAY YOUR PARTTo donate the price of a book (R60), visit the Biblionef website and donate through the secure payment option, or make an EFT or direct deposit into the NGO’s bank account:Account name: BiblionefBank: NedbankBranch: PinelandsBranch Code: 104709Account Number: 1047029170For more information on Biblionef, contact the office on 021 531 0447 or visit the website.last_img read more

90 Year Old Inspires Geocachers

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community”Interview with NTM-27 AKA @creativecacheJune 1, 2017In “Community” Ons Oma with her gifts from Groundspeak and friendsBy: Kelly RanckHave you ever felt that you are  not athletic, outdoorsy, or tech-savvy enough to go geocaching? Perhaps you think that you are too old to hit the trail? We kindly request that you go ahead and let those excuses go. Here’s why.According to the geocacher Ons Oma, “Geocaching is a sport for people of all ages. Young and old.” If anyone deserves the right to make this claim, it is Ons Oma (Dutch for “Our Grandmother”).Recently, a group of Ons Oma’s closest family and friends came together to surprise her for her 90th birthday. This was a celebration of her 90 years of life and for the adventure that’s been Ons Oma’s life since 2008. That’s when she started geocaching.Ons Oma signing a logbookAccording to her grandson Paul, “She was very surprised” by the party. “She knew that something would happen, because home-care was early that day. In the morning people were invited to her [Ons Oma’s] house, in the afternoon, we picked her up to have a BBQ at her daughter’s house.”Ons Oma is a perfect example of that fact that anyone can geocache. The geocaching community is diverse, ever-expanding, and a place for people of all shapes, sizes, and ages.Although Ons Oma is a tad bit older than the average geocacher, her age does little to keep her from regularly going geocaching. She has been caching since she was 87 and has now logged more than 30 finds.Ons Oma with friends and family during the partyAccording to those who know her, before heading out on the hunt, she runs a Pocket Query to find caches that are wheelchair accessible. Ons Oma then picks her favorite of these caches. She tends to favor Multi-Caches that have a puzzle element. She prints out the cache descriptions in a larger font and hits the trail with family and friends.Ons Oma’s geocaching group may have to assist her with her GPS device, but she is the first one to log her finds on Geocaching.com.Not only has geocaching enabled Ons Oma to become more computer literate, it has also been a hobby that challenges her to remain active, spend time outdoors and solve puzzles. Her love and appreciation for geocaching is evident in the guests and gifts that were present at her 90th birthday party – Ons Oma even received a gift from Groundspeak.As articulated by Ons Oma, “It’s unbelievable that there are people in the world, who do things (hide geocaches) to make other people, who they don’t know, happy and expect nothing in return for that.”Ons Oma’s 90th birthday cakesOns Oma is not the only geocacher who is grateful for the sport and the way in which it brings families and communities together.Check out this video to view other families who have bridged age gaps by geocaching.If you want to see Ons Oma in action, click here and watch her geocaching music video debut.last_img read more

Are Microsoft and Yahoo Close to a Search Ad Deal Again?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#web Related Posts Today, a number of rumors about a potential partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft surfaced once again. Almost a year ago, after months of back and forth between Microsoft and Yahoo, we thought any deal between the two companies was finally off the table, but rumors about potential deals continued to bubble up regularly in the last few months. Now, some news outletsarereporting that the two companies may be close to signing a partnership agreement that would allow them to collaborate on search technology and advertising. Bloomberg’s Dina Bass, citing anonymous sources, reports that a deal could be finalized within the next two weeks.None of these sources, however, seem to be very clear about the exact details of the deal. With Bing, Microsoft has developed a product that can compete head-to-head with Google’s search engine. Yet, even though Bing is slowly gaining ground and now has more than 10% of the search market according to some sources, overcoming Google’s inertia would be a very difficult challenge for any competitor, and a partnership with Yahoo could double Bing’s market share over night. For Yahoo, there is also an incentive to make a deal now, as Bing is likely to steal at least some market share away from Yahoo.$3 Billion?Kara Swisher reports that on the financial side of things, it looks like the latest deal would include Microsoft paying several billion dollars to Yahoo upfront to take over its search advertising business. If this deal goes through, Swisher reports, Yahoo would also take over Microsoft’s display ads business. Concrete numbers are still hard to come by, but 27/7 Wall Street reports that Yahoo would get $3 billion upfront and “will get 11% of the revenue that its searches provide after traffic acquisition costs in each of the first two years. In the third year, that figure would go to 90%.”As always, we will keep a close eye on this story as it unfolds. For now, there are still rumors, but they seem to be quite substantial, and a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo (though not a merger of the two companies) would definitely make sense at this point. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Sand mafia beats Sarpanch to death in Rajasthan

first_imgThe ban imposed on ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) mining in Rajasthan took an ugly turn with the sand mafia allegedly beating a 50-year-old sarpanch to death in Sawai Madhopur district on Thursday. Raghuveer Singh Meena, sarpanch of Hathdoli village, was killed when he went to the Bouli area to check loading of sand illegally dug out of the Banas river.His body was cremated in his native village on Friday. Police registered a case of murder against 21 persons, including nine accused. People involved in illegal sand mining, armed with sticks and stones, attacked Mr. Meena, who was accompanied by a team of Mining Department and a few policemen. The accused hurled stones on the officials when they entered the land in Hindpura village and forced them to retreat. ‘Bled to death’In the melee, Mr. Meena was injured by a stone and fell on the ground. The assailants fled and a profusely bleeding Sarpanch was rushed to a hospital in Sawai Madhopur. He was later referred to Jaipur, but he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more