Bombers opportunistic in 11-1 win over Redding Ringtails

first_imgEureka >> The Humboldt B52s got a solid pitching performance from starter Luis Pimentel and were opportunistic in defeating the Redding Ringtails 11-1 on Tuesday at Bomber Field in Eureka.The Bombers struck first after an inning-and-a-half of scoreless baseball, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Bombers first baseman Jeff Giacomini led off with a walk and was followed by Jordy Hart, who hit a tailor-made double-play ground ball to Ringtail shortstop …last_img

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Life Keeps Quality Time

first_imgSeveral recent findings describe how living organisms keep accurate time in surprising ways.Your UV clock:  Stem cells in the skin keep time to protect us from damaging ultraviolet radiation.  “Circadian Rhythms in Skin Stem Cells Protect Us Against UV Rays,” Science Daily announced. A researcher explained, “Our study shows that human skin stem cells posses an internal clock that allows them to very accurately know the time of day and helps them know when it is best to perform the correct function.”  The stem cells “turn on” the UV protection genes.  See also Nature News.Your birthday clock:  Our genes also keep time in mysterious ways involved in aging, Medical Xpress reported with the headline, “Biological clock able to measure age of most human tissues.”  The timekeeping is apparently an epigenetic phenomenon.  This biological clock does not tick at a constant rate, but changes up to about age 20, when it stabilizes.  A UCLA researcher wants to understand it so that diseases associated with aging can be treated.RNA regulator:  Current Biology reported a “novel layer of regulation for the clock” in mammals, in the form of micro-RNAs.  Researchers from Florida State described the biological clock thus: “As in other organisms, the timekeeping mechanism in mammals depends on a self-sustaining transcriptional negative feedback loop with a built-in time delay in feedback inhibition.”  The miRNA molecules are responsible for the built-in time delay.The sugar clock in plants:  According to Science Daily, “Plants use sugars to tell the time of day.”  The sugars are produced in photosynthesis.  The “sugar levels within a plant play a vital role in synchronizing circadian rhythms with its surrounding environment.”  The accumulation of sugar is “a bit like the resetting of a stopwatch,” a researcher at the University of York explained.  Expanding on circadian rhythms generally, the article states,Plants, like animals, have a 24 hour ‘body-clock’ known as the circadian rhythm. This biological timer gives plants an innate ability to measure time, even when there is no light — they don’t simply respond to sunrise, for example, they know it is coming and adjust their biology accordingly. This ability to keep time provides an important competitive advantage and is vital in biological processes such as flowering, fragrance emission and leaf movement.Multiple independent clocks:  European researchers were surprised to find additional timekeeping mechanisms in some marine animals that work independently.  The bristle worm, for instance, in addition to the diurnal clock, has a separate clock that tracks the lunar phases (see similar finding about a crustacean in Current Biology).   Nature News described the finding: “Some marine invertebrates have at least two internal clocks, which follow different times and have different mechanisms, according to two new studies,” adding, “Multiple timepieces might prove common among animals.”  National Geographic provided more examples: mice with a 12-hour clock, and marine organisms that watch the tides.  There’s also, of course, the monthly menstrual cycle in women.  The uncanny ability of some crabs, fish, and worms to time their spawning to the moon has fascinated biologists for many years.  Now, researchers are just beginning to understand the mechanisms at the cellular level.Wasn’t there a story long ago about finding a watch, and considering what it implied?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Fighting cancer one cupcake at a time

first_imgCupcakes for Hope has also contributed to other charities, including: Cansa, Reach for a Dream, The Sunflower Fund, CHOC, Little Fighters Cancer Trust and Hospice. (Image: Wikipedia)The effects of cancer are being fought one cupcake at a time, to raise awareness and funds for families affected by the disease who are in need of medical assistance.Cupcakes for Hope is a non-profit organisation established in 1999. “I have always loved Oprah’s Angel Network and it showed me that we can all make a difference in someone’s life,” said Sandy Cipriano, its founder. “You don’t need money, but if you have love and a bit of time, you can all make a difference.“In 2009, we had our first fundraiser at our restaurant, Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant, in Vereeniging. The first year we raised R5 000, the following year R50 000 and so it grew and grew. In 2011, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer set a new world record for the most cupcakes on display – 21 000. Through this achievement we were able to raise R200 000 for kids with cancer.”MEANINGFUL WORK ALREADY DONEIn September 2014, Cupcakes for Hope hosted the third National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer at 55 malls – and raised R1.2-million.“Thank you to all our sponsors and amazing Cupcake Angels, who baked all the stunning cupcakes for the event,” Cipriano said. “All your hard work has made a difference in the lives of so many cancer patients already. I can’t wait to see what God has got planned for us in the future.”In 2012, Cupcakes for Hope auctioned a very special cupcake for R14 000 at the Mark Scott Golf Day at the invitation of Zelda la Grange, who was the personal assistant to Nelson Mandela. Mark Scott is the son of popular TV personality Darren Scott, who was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney.“It is truly amazing how a beautiful cupcake is bound to bring a smile to your face. This has to be South Africa’s most expensive cupcake,” Cipriano said about that sale.Cupcakes for Hope has also contributed to other charities, including: Cansa, Reach for a Dream, The Sunflower Fund, CHOC, Little Fighters Cancer Trust and Hospice.WALL OF GENEROSITYIn late November, Mugg & Bean, which has been a Cupcakes for Hope sponsor since 2012, held its Wall of Generosity campaign. Since the start of its sponsorship, the coffee themed restaurant franchise has raised over half-a-million rand for the charity.During its latest event, members of the public were invited to Sandton City, in Johannesburg, and share in acknowledging the meaning of the Wall of Generosity. On the day, Mugg & Bean gave away cupcakes from the wall and each person who received a cupcake was asked to write the name of their cancer hero on their hand and to take a picture holding up their hand with the cupcake.This act signified support for those who were suffering or had suffered from cancer, as well as supported the drive for awareness of early detection in children and how this could save lives.According to Mugg & Bean, the Wall of Generosity was a way for it to give back; it was also a way for it as a brand to lend its support to a cause in which the company truly believed. “Ultimately, it is a way for us to raise awareness for the plight of so many adults and children suffering from cancer,” the company said.PARTY OF HOPEIf you would like to support the cause and help to create awareness at your company or your child’s school, register now to host your own Party of Hope.Cupcakes for Kids has set the following dates for the Parties of Hope in 2016:4 February: World Cancer Day;15 February: International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day;1 April: Caps 4 Cancer (April Fools);5 June: Cancer Survivors Day;16 July: Nelson Mandela International Day;1 September: International Cupcake for Breakfast Day;Whole of September: Childhood Cancer Awareness; and,31 October: Superheroes 4 Cancer.When you register for a Party of Hope, the organisation sends you: leaflets containing information on early cancer warning signs and badges to wear on the day, as well as cupcake baking cups and balloons bearing the Cupcakes for Hop logo.Companies can use this event as a team building project and challenge their different departments to a bake off. Some companies host Cupcake and Tea parties for their staff. There is no right or wrong way of hosting your event; whatever works in your environment will be perfect.“Remember, this is not so much about fundraising but about educating others about the cancer early warning signs,” Cipriano said, “so the only requirement is that either an email or leaflet gets sent out to all the parents or co-workers.“We also now have the early warning signs in 11 different languages available for download.”last_img read more

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Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theaters

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, movie theater tickets for the fighting spectacle of the year are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. A complete list of participating theaters can be found at www.FathomEvents.com .Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced the partnership on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMayweather is coming out of retirement for a boxing match against a UFC star who has never boxed professionally. View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo UFC president Dana White, center, intervenes as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Movie theaters around the U.S. will show the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.The bout between the undefeated boxer and the Irish UFC champion will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view TV. Tickets for the fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 — and there aren’t many $500 seats.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Draymond Green sued over alleged assault by couple Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

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Injured Olympic champion Rafael Nadal withdraws from London Games

first_imgIn a blow to Olympic Games 2012, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been ruled out of the upcoming sports extravaganza due to injury.  The World No 3 was one of the title favourites at London and was expected to give Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic a run for their money. However, sadly for Nadal and his fans, the Spaniard has failed to recuperate from his knee injury and has been forced to withdraw from the games. Nadal, who won the singles gold medal at Beijing 2008, was clearly disappointed at being robbed off the opportunity of defending his title at London. Revealing his failure to recover in time, Nadal lamented the decision as one of the saddest moments of his career.last_img

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