49ers report card: Who’s to blame for season-high 43 points allowed?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (2-10) graded in Sunday’s 43-16 loss to the host Seattle Seahawks (7-5):PASS OFFENSE: B After passing for 114 yards in the first half, Nick Mullens finished with 414 yards, the first 49ers QB to go over 400 since Colin Kaepernick (412, 2013 opener against Green Bay) and the most yards since Tim Rattay put 417 on the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. But, as Joe Staley said, the …last_img

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SETI’s Monsters Under the Head

first_imgNo one has ever proven the existence of life beyond the earth, but some people have the earth’s international response all worked out.  They know how we should react whether the aliens are friendly or hostile.  Mike Wall at Space.com published the idea that if we are not alone, we should fear the aliens.  But are the aliens monsters in reality, or just under the head?    His opening line omitted the power of positive thinking: “When considering the prospect of alien life, humankind should prepare for the worst, according to a new study: Either we’re alone, or any aliens out there are acquisitive and resource-hungry, just like us.”  This pessimistic view is the thinking of Simon Conway Morris, who belongs to a camp of evolutionists who think evolution is directional and predetermined.  Since humans are avaricious, he reasons, the aliens will probably be, too: “If intelligent aliens exist, they will look just like us, and given our far-from-glorious history, this should give us pause for thought,” he wrote in a journal of the Royal Society.    The opposite attitude was expressed in the same issue by psychologist Albert Harrison, who believes the discovery of aliens would inspire delight, not fear.  He thinks the two parties would find a way to work out a peaceful coexistence.  Besides, “there will be coalitions of other civilizations that will keep them in check.”    Mike Wall isn’t sure whether the “86 percent of Americans [who] believe that aliens are more likely to be friendly than hostile” are aliens or suckers.  Live Science also posted this story.Well, this entry surely must have stimulated your intellect.  Let’s try this logic on monsters under the bed: Either monsters exist under the bed, or they don’t.  If they don’t exist, we wonder why not.  If they do exist, either they are friendly or hostile.  If they were friendly, they would have come in peace by now, so they must be hostile.  We also know they must be hostile because they probably evolved like us, and we are hostile.  Was this conversation really carried on by adults with white lab coats, or by Calvin? (the cartoon character, not the theologian).  Wasn’t Freud the one who called belief in God a projection of the human psyche?    Simon Conway Morris is an expert on Cambrian fossils but has weird ideas about evolution.  Very few evolutionists think evolution is predictable and predetermined to produce creatures like those on earth, but he gets away with his weird views because he is NOT a believer in creation or intelligent design.  He really should study Darwin’s Dilemma, in which he made a prominent appearance.  He believes in SETI, yet he bet he ready dread ETI, because human history isn’t pretty.  And if that isn’t enough groaners to rhyme with SETI, remember it also rhymes with the mythical monster Yeti, which stands for Yarns about Extra-Terrace-trial iPhones (see 12/09/2010 commentary).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood ready to hold talks

first_imgEgypt’s banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood is ready to hold talks on a “transition arrangement” in the violence-wracked nation on condition that embattled President Hosni Mubarak steps down, the organisation’s supreme leader has said.”We have a single point demand that unjust, tyrant and corrupt Mubarak has to quit,” Mohammed Badie, the chief spiritual guide of the Egyptian organisation, told Al Jazeera as tens of thousands of people held the biggest ever rally termed “day of departure” in Cairo’s historic Tahrir Square, demanding ouster of the beleaguered Egyptian President.Ten days of turmoil in Cairo appear to have emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood leadership as they surface after decades of being underground.The Muslim Brotherhood spiritual chief made an unannounced appearance on Al Jazeera saying “we stand with all political forces supporting dialogue with whoever wants to implement reforms in Egypt, but only after the exit of Mubarak.”Banned for decades and treated as a pariah, the Muslim Brotherhood has suddenly shot into prominence and within sight of its long-cherished dream of attaining power in a moderate secular country like Egypt.The wave of protests have come as a boon to the organisation as it is now being recognised and is playing an open role in the politics in Egypt.A major boost for the organisation came last night with the new vice president Omar Suleiman inviting it for negotiations over Egypt’s future and transition to democracy.The step amounted to a stunning concession to a group which had been dubbed as “bloody radical” and which the present regime considered its worst enemy.advertisementBrothers – recognised in Egypt by sporting close cropped beards – are dominating the anti-government protest often praying in the middle of street battles.The Brotherhood was founded in 1920 and outlawed in 1954 and has recently renounced violence and its strain of Islam appears far short of radicalism of Afghan Taliban.Though some of the prominent al Qaeda leaders and commanders have Brotherhood roots, the Jihadist militant groups have been critical of the organisation for participating in elections.The al Qaeda number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian by birth, is considered one of the leading figures of Muslim Brotherhood.But now, the new leaders of the organisation appear to be keen to distance themselves from radical jihadists, and organisation’s supreme guide in his interview said his outfit was ready to join a broader dialogue in Egypt along with other opposition parties.His sole demand was that Mubarak should quit.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Warriors burn bridge demand mining company behind Mount Polley toxic spill leave

first_img(Secwepemc women, youth and men, confront an Imperial Metals employee at the Ruddock Creek Mine site in this video from 2012. YouTube)APTN National NewsAn Indigenous resistance group under the name of Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors burned a bridge connected to a proposed British Columbia zinc and lead mine owned by the mining company now trying to clean up the Mount Polley environmental disaster, APTN National News has independently confirmed.Ts’ka7 Warriors issued a statement Wednesday taking responsibility for torching a bridge at the Ruddock Creek Mine operation, of which Imperial Metals is the majority owner.“Ts’ka7 Warriors burn down Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek Mine Bridge,” said the statement. “With much discussion with Elders councils and around sacred fires and ceremonies, the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.”APTN National News has independently confirmed the bridge burning, but the extent of the damage remains unclear.The Rudduck Creek Mine site, which sits about 155 kilometres northeast of Kamloops, B.C., is currently in an exploration and development phase. There are currently no workers at the remote mine site, which is shut for the season.Imperial Metals owns 50 per cent of the project which is a joint venture with Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. And Itochu Corporation.An Imperial Metals official told APTN National News that company employees were travelling to the area to determine if the bridge was burned.APTN National News contacted three area RCMP detachments and none had received any reports of the bridge burning.The bridge was burned sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning and presents the opening salvo in what is expected to be escalating actions against Imperial Metals’ operations in the area, APTN National News has learned.The Warrior’s statement referred to the Aug. 4 environmental disaster at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine when the earthen tailings dam failed, spilling 24 million cubic metres of toxic tailings and water into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake.The statement also referred to an injunction Imperial Metals obtained against the Klabona Keepers, a group of Tahltan elders, who had been blocking access roads leading to the company’s Red Chris gold and copper mine.“The absolute destruction and devastation of our Territory has never been answered for.  No reparations have been made. Instead Imperial Metals continues to force through another mine in our Territory while criminalizing the Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation also exerting their jurisdictional and withholding consent from the same company,” said the Warriors’ statement. “The genocidal displacement of the Secwepemc from their Homelands through starvation, fear and assimilation by the state and industry being acted out by Imperial Metals stops now… This is a warning to Imperial Metals Corporation:  Leave our Lands and do not come back.”Imperial Metals was handed an eviction notice from the Neskonlith Indian Band on Aug. 14. The band demanded Imperial Metals immediately abandon its Rudduck Creek mining operation.“This claim area is located in the core of Secwepemc territory (Secwepemculecw), which is subject to Secwepemc Aboriginal Title. The Ruddock Creek Mining Operation is trespassing on Secwepemc Territory. It threatens some of the most important watersheds and salmon runs in Secwepemc territory, including the Adams River run, the world’s largest remaining sockeye salmon, which the Secwepemc People and Indigenous Peoples in the larger Fraser River watershed depend on for their livelihoods and economies,” said the eviction notice from Neskonlith.  “The exploration activities and water discharges from the Ruddock Creek Mining operation have already violated Secwepemc Law and Aboriginal Title and Rights and have proceeded without the consent of the Secwepemc people.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Conservatives refuse to reveal numbers on party petition calling for more First

first_img(Image from Conservative party website) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Conservative party is refusing to release the number of signatures amassed on a petition calling for “more transparency for First Nation governments” promoted by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt on the party’s website.Valcourt, who is identified by his northern New Brunswick riding on the website, asks for signatures to support his government’s recently enshrined First Nations Financial Transparency Act.“All Canadians deserve the right to expect accountability and transparency from their governments,” writes Valcourt, whose photograph is posted on the web page. “Until recently, First Nations governments were the only level of government not required to make basic financial information public.”Valcourt goes on to take a shot at Liberal leader Justin Trudeau who has said he would repeal the Act.“Sadly, the Liberals would prefer that this vital information stay hidden from their communities,” writes Valcourt, before asking for signatures of support.His party, however, is refusing to release the number of signatures the online petition has garnered.Conservative spokesperson Cory Hann would only say that “thousands of Canadians” have signed the petition and “we keep getting more signing up every day.”NDP Cree MP Romeo Saganash said he found the party’s actions offensive.“The Conservatives are sickening,” said Saganash. “This is yet another example of Harper’s dismal failure to understand such basic principles as the Honour of the Crown, reconciliation and inherent Indigenous rights.”A California-based consultant who handles petitions said they are useless if the number of signatures attached to them is unknown.“Generally, it is of no value until they reveal how many have signed,” said Michael Arno, of Sacramento-based Arno Consulting.Arno said the White House had done something similar that was aimed at obtaining people’s addresses.The Conservative’s petition asks signers to also submit their email addresses and postal codes.Arno said the Conservatives may not be happy with the amount of signatures they’ve manage to collect so far and may be waiting to get more before revealing the actual number.“Right from the very beginning, everyone wants the advantage. Giving you the exact number is not to their advantage right now, but it may be later,” said Arno.The Conservative party posted the petition to Facebook on Feb. 8. It has been “liked” 2,330 times, shared 385 times and attracted 312 comments.Many of the comments expressed negative views toward First Nation people.“Tear up all Treaties…We don’t owe these present day ‘Native’ descendants anything. Any ‘Aboriginals’ alive at the time of Confederation are dead,” said Facebook poster by the name of Gail Hawthorne.“Why is the ‘term first nations’ used? It implies higher status. How about using the term Aboriginal Transparency Act. This more accurately describes the Act (sic),” said Cheryl MacNaughton, whose Facebook profile says she is the founder and CEO of Peak to Peak Marketing.The petition and Facebook posting have triggered some online speculation about the Conservative’s motivation.“Are Conservative race-baiting Facebook with this First Nations petition?” posted the left-leaning PressProgress website.APTN National News sent Valcourt several questions about the petition. APTN asked what the minister intended to do with the petition, whether he planned to present it in the House of Commons and whether he would use it to inform policy decisions.The minister’s office had not responded as of this article’s posting.The Conservative party first posted the petition on its website in December with the image of an inuksuk which is an iconic Inuit symbol. The Inuit are not impacted by the transparency legislation and are not First Nation.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marine receives Marine of the Year Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017  – Nassau – Leading Seaman Sharif Turnquest joined an elite list of marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, after he was recognized as the Marine of the year 2017 at the force’s Annual Christmas Carol Service at the Defence Force Base.A total of 14 marines were recognized by their various sections for their outstanding and dedicated services throughout the year. Sharif, a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in the Training Department was successful in placing first overall as the overall results.   He became the latest recipient of the coveted Leon Smith Award.  This prize is in honor of the first Bahamian Commodore who headed the Defence Force from 1983 – 1997.   Both he and his wife were in attendance to present the award.“I based my career on some of the positive principles instilled within me by some of my seniors on the Force,” says Turnquest.   “A Marine is at his best when no-one is watching; I always dare to stand out in the crowd; I always thrived to maintain a standard; For every action, there are consequences, and once you understand the consequences, you will be careful of your actions.”Able Seaman Lashando Greene from the Port Security Department was the 1st runner-up, Able Seaman Delron Mitchell from the Airwing Department was awarded the 2nd runner-up; and Leading Seaman Durant Roker from the Headquarters Department received the 3rd runner-up award.Minister of National Security, the Honorable Marvin Dames congratulated all the winners via a teleconference as he emphasized his government’s commitment to continue working efficiently with the men and women of the Defence Force.   Commodore Tellis Bethel also extended his congratulations to all of the awardees and thanked them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.Leading Seaman Turnquest joined the training staff in 2012.   Prior to that, he served 8 years in the Commando Squadron Department.  He has undergone numerous training locally and internationally.   These include the Military Dive, Combat Dive, Physical Training Instructor and the Skill-At-Arms Courses.   A decorated marine, Turnquest hopes to be an inspiration to others as he continues to fulfill the Defence Force’s mandate in Guarding Our Heritage.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFlast_img read more

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Kalidou Koulibaly I am happy in Naples

first_imgNapoli in-demand defender Kalidou Koulibaly has dropped a hint over his future amid Barcelona and Manchester United transfer talkEver since his arrival from Genk back in 2014, Koulibaly has imposed himself as one of the key figures in Napoli squad, having accumulated a total of 176 appearances for the Partenopei in all competitions.Known for his physical strength and his dominance in aerial duels, the 27-year-old Senegal international has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Italian Serie A.His impressive performance at the Stadio San Paolo has drawn up the attention of several notable Europe clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United.In his recent interview with Il Corriere dello Sport, Koulibaly has explained his situation at Napoli, with Calciomercato being the one to transcribe his words.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“My caretaker keeps telling me: ‘You cry twice in Naples, when you arrive and when you leave.’ I always reply: ‘I didn’t cry when I arrived, but I will cry a lot the day that I will leave If I’ll ever leave.”“I am happy in Naples,” Koulibaly said.“Sometimes people speak badly, but they don’t know how it feels to leave here. If you don’t live here, you can’t understand.”Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has recently extended Koulibaly’s contract until 2023 and would hardly accept to sell him unless a stratospheric offer was to arrive at his desk.last_img read more

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Financial impact of the border closing

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: November 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 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)- According to the Union-Tribune, San Ysidro shop owners lost an estimated 5.3 million dollars in sales due to the temporary shutdown.KUSI contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson talks to KUSI about the economic impact. Financial impact of the border closing November 28, 2018last_img read more

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Smith Outlines Recipe for Sustaining DOD

Watch the Porsche Taycan sprint to 124 mph 26 times in a

first_imgGetting to test the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV ahead of anyone else is pretty awesome. But what could make it even cooler? Being given the chance to beat the ever-loving heck out of the thing… for science.Jonny Smith of The Fully Charged Show on YouTube was recently given the chance to test the Porsche Taycan’s launch-control repeatability. For the test, Smith smashed the accelerator and sent Porsche’s first all-electric car to 124 miles per hour more than two dozen times. Despite the abuse, the time difference between the fastest and slowest runs was only 0.8 seconds.Porsche owes the Taycan’s repeat-launch-control ability to a few factors. The automaker points to the two permanent-magnet electric motors at each axle, which have a unique kind of assembly that allows more copper in each stator, improving output while simultaneously providing for more efficient cooling. Porsche also noted the thermal management system, which was built specifically for the Taycan to ensure this kind of repeatability. Enlarge ImageThat’s a lot o’ hustle. Porsche It goes without saying that Smith inevitably compares the Taycan’s capabilities to that of Ludicrous Mode in Tesla’s most powerful electrics. While the US automaker’s cars offer up warnings about repeated use of its brutal acceleration setting, the Taycan offers no such thing. It’s not nearly as quick as Tesla’s cars, but the repetition makes up for it.Since the car has yet to make its debut, which is set to change in a matter of weeks, Smith wasn’t able to show us anything about the car’s interior. The camera angles are all tight, hiding the dashboard, while a windshield-mounted camera shows Smith sitting on a seat that’s clearly been deliberately covered to hide its details. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the whole thing, but it’s good to know that it can perform as a Porsche should. Share your voice Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Electric Cars Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow Porsche 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best 42 Photos Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Porsche Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan Comments Tags 5:27 2last_img read more

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