Raiders’ Antonio Brown on injury list, could miss first week of camp

first_img Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time … New star wide receiver Antonio Brown arrived in style to Raiders training camp Friday, but he won’t be taking the field with his new teammates.Brown is listed on the Raiders’ non-football injury list released Friday afternoon. The Bay Area News Group learned the team has known about Brown possibly not being ready for two weeks, and that his absence from the field would span “probably” a week.Related Articleslast_img read more

Lest We Forget: Website Recalls Horrors of Eugenics

first_imgThe American Holocaust Museum has a website, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.”  It discusses how Hitler’s Germany depended on currently popular scientific ideas of eugenics to try to create a master race, and in the process, eliminate the unfit – millions of them.  The website was mentioned in Science this week.The website profiles 10 scientists who cooperated with Hitler’s regime and legitimized it with science.  Did you know Josef Mengele had two doctor’s degrees?  He sent countless victims to their deaths, and even ordered some killed just so he could harvest their organs for study.  Hitler and his scientists were not amoral, but considered themselves very moral: abiding by what they believed were laws of science, rooted in evolutionary theory.  The cold cruelty of these murderers who committed such unspeakable horrors is all the more frightening when we consider that many were scholars and intellectuals, following the dictates of their twisted moral philosophy based on bad science rooted ultimately in Darwinian ideas.  Spend some time reading and thinking about these stories.  As long as evolutionary thinking still holds the reins of power, don’t think for a moment it could never happen again.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New wind farm for Oyster Bay

first_imgThe Eastern Cape and Western Cape have been earmarked as ideal locations for wind farms. (Image: ECCWEDA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Duncan Ayling  RES Southern Africa head of development  +27 21 403 6385 RELATED ARTICLES • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Simple solar solution for rural Africa • Power from SA’s wind • E Cape to get first botanical garden • Energy-efficiency drive kicks offCadine PillayOne of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Southern Africa, has plans for a 62-turbine wind farm near Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape. The project is expected to create 200 jobs.Recently authorised by the Department of Environmental Affairs, the project will hold an estimated generation capacity of 160MW, with each turbine capable of producing between 1.8MW and 3MW.“Given the high unemployment levels and limited job opportunities in the area, this will represent a significant social benefit,” said Duncan Ayling, head of development for RES.Of the jobs that are expected to be created in the construction process, said Ayling, about 15% will be available to skilled personnel such as engineers and technicians as well as individuals who will take on management and supervisory roles.A further 65% of the opportunities will go to semi-skilled personnel like drivers and equipment operators, while 20% will be made up of employees in the low skills bracket, like construction labourers and security staff.Impact on the communityMembers from the local community are likely to qualify for the majority of the low skilled and some of the semi-skilled employment opportunities.The company will provide on-site training and implement a mentoring programme in order to develop the capacity of employees. A health and safety training program will also be implemented.“RES is committed to engaging with the local community and the municipality with regard to using the project to support job creation and promote skills development,” Ayling said.He added that the social impact will be felt mostly in the employment benefits, but infrastructure spending – which is estimated at R2.4-billion (about US$289 000) during the construction phase – will help boost the local economy.The construction of the wind farm, including infrastructure, is expected to begin by 2013 at the latest, and take approximately 24 months to complete. The project is anticipated to be up and running by 2016, with an operational life expectancy of 25 years.The wind farm evolutionThe farm will also connect to Eskom’s Melkhout sub-station situated north of the nearby town of Humansdorp.According to the Southern African Alternative Energy Association, 88 applications for wind farms have been received by the Eastern and Western Cape authorities and some of these are expected to have as many as 600 turbines located on them.According to figures submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2011, a total of 40 wind farms are likely to be erected in the Western Cape and if these are approved, about 2 800 turbines will be installed around the province.RES selected the site near Oyster Bay for its high wind speeds, its proximity in relation to the existing electricity grid and minimal constraints from a construction point of view. The final number and size of the turbines, according to the company, is yet to be determined and will be based on further studies of wind regime, terrain and environmental constraints.Integrated Energy Plan for South AfricaThe Oyster Bay project falls under the Department of Minerals and Energy’s Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) for South Africa, launched in 2003.The ten-year plan declares South Africa’s continued reliance on coal, but also uses modelling to forecast which energy sources can be used most effectively to meet growing demand. The plan advocates change of energy sources, including renewable technologies such as wind and solar energy, as well as fuel switching to improve energy efficiency.In her keynote address at the energy planning colloquium in Johannesburg last month, Energy Affairs minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters said gas can play a role, not only in the generation of electricity, but also as an alternate fuel in meeting household and industrial energy needs.“The IEP will provide a roadmap of the future energy landscape for South Africa and guides future energy infrastructure investments and policy development,” the minister said.last_img read more

Check Out this Inspiring Music Video Created with Cinema 4D

first_imgEncyclopedia Pictura and Ghost Robot used the power of Cinema 4D to craft a unique video for musician Panda Bear.Panda Bear has been around for many years now, and whether he’s performing with Animal Collective or producing his own solo work , one thing is certain…there will always be a ton of creativity behind whatever he does. While we don’t normally do a full article on a music video, we felt his latest video deserved some attention, as the entire video was produced and rendered in Cinema 4D by Ghost Robot and directed by Encyclopedia Pictura.Here is the official music video for Panda Bear’s Boys Latin:Realizing Cinema 4D is a Power Tool for Any ArsenalWhen I first saw the video I came away extremely impressed at what Ghost Robot and Encyclopedia Pictura were able to accomplish in Cinema 4D.My initial thought after seeing the video for the first time was to ask where and how did they get David O’Reilly!? It certainly felt like an O’Reilly animation. The use of color and the smooth textures are really well done. I felt it really showcased the power and versatility of Cinema 4D for this animation style.While I was doing some research into the music video I came across this short behind the scenes video released by Encyclopedia Pictura.Cinema 4D has come a long way in my eyes, especially with its use of 2D cel shaders. Maya has always been a really nice tool to create 2D animated sequences like this, but in my research I’ve found that Cinema 4D can create the same look and feel with possibly a little more functionality. Here is a Cineversity Tutorial from NAB 2014 by EJ Hassenfratz on how to effectively work with a 2D Workflow within Cinema 4D.Have you had experience with a 2D workflow in Cinema 4D?Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more