Draymond Green (finger) to return against Jazz

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors forward Draymond Green will return Monday against the Utah Jazz after missing the last five games because of a torn ligament in his left index finger.“It’s improved. It’s not all the way 100%, but I’ll be waiting until March for a finger to become 100%,” Green said after shootaround Monday. “So you just get it to where you can tolerate it and move forward.”Green suffered the injury on Nov. 1 against the San Antonio Spurs. Although he played 34 minutes in the loss, his …last_img read more

Bare Feet Were Made for Walking

first_imgYour feet can become hard against rough ground without sacrificing their sensitivity.Years ago, Dr Daniel Lieberman, an endurance runner and physiologist, impressed CEH in Nov. 2004 with his findings that humans are the best endurance runners in the animal kingdom. Even though he is an evolutionist, the number of physical adaptations he described that are necessary for endurance running in an upright posture seem to shout “design.” Now, Lieberman and other scientists have investigated barefoot walkers and found new adaptations that make one wonder if we really need shoes.The human foot is a highly complex apparatus composed of 26 bones, with tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, skin and sensory organs all integrated and coordinated. One anatomist called it a “biomechanical masterpiece.”Foot callus thickness does not trade off protection for tactile sensitivity during walking (Holowka et al., with Daniel Lieberman, Nature). This team studied habitually barefoot walkers in Kenya and made the following observations.Until relatively recently, humans, similar to other animals, were habitually barefoot. Therefore, the soles of our feet were the only direct contact between the body and the ground when walking. There is indirect evidence that footwear such as sandals and moccasins were first invented within the past 40 thousand years, the oldest recovered footwear dates to eight thousand years ago and inexpensive shoes with cushioned heels were not developed until the Industrial Revolution. Because calluses—thickened and hardened areas of the epidermal layer of the skin—are the evolutionary solution to protecting the foot, we wondered whether they differ from shoes in maintaining tactile sensitivity during walking, especially at initial foot contact, to improve safety on surfaces that can be slippery, abrasive or otherwise injurious or uncomfortable. Here we show that, as expected, people from Kenya and the United States who frequently walk barefoot have thicker and harder calluses than those who typically use footwear. However, in contrast to shoes, callus thickness does not trade-off protection, measured as hardness and stiffness, for the ability to perceive tactile stimuli at frequencies experienced during walking. Additionally, unlike cushioned footwear, callus thickness does not affect how hard the feet strike the ground during walking, as indicated by impact forces. Along with providing protection and comfort at the cost of tactile sensitivity, cushioned footwear also lowers rates of loading at impact but increases force impulses, with unknown effects on the skeleton that merit future study.Why callused bare feet are a better fit than cushioned shoes (Editorial, Nature). The editors describe Lieberman as “an evolutionary biologist with something of an obsession for how we use our feet.” They describe us humans as “quite large, as mammals go,” and since we walk upright, our feet take a lot of punishment. Surprisingly, though, the thick calluses that grow on barefoot walkers do not hinder their sense of touch; “although calluses protect our feet, they transmit tactile sensation almost as effectively as does soft skin.” Tenderfeet (i.e., habitual shoe wearers) know the pain of stepping on a Lego piece in the dark hours of the morning.As Lieberman and colleagues observe, a person with callused feet would feel that Lego brick just as acutely. But the researchers also find that bare feet offer a better guide to the force with which our feet strike the ground than do artificially cushioned soles, comfy as those might feel. This difference could have untold consequences for the rest of our skeleton.Barefoot Walking Gives You Calluses That Are Even Better for Your Feet Than Shoes, Study Suggests (Live Science). Christopher Wanjek gives a Darwin-saturated take on the findings, simply assuming that if bare feet exist, they must have evolved. “At its core,” he alleges, “the study is about human evolution.” He claims that calluses are “the evolutionary solution to protecting the foot,” but if that were true, why didn’t we evolve hard hooves, like horses? The actual study reinforces design; here is a structure that can develop thick skin for protection, and yet maintain tactile sensitivity. Shoes rob us of some of the senses that might improve our health:However, very thick calluses don’t simply act like shoe cushions. The callus thickness can protect against heat or sharp objects, providing comfort and safety, like shoes can. But the sensory receptors in the foot that detect ground surface differences still transmit signals to the brain.This uninhibited signal — that sensation of feeling the earth — may help the barefoot walker keep balance, strengthen muscles and create a stronger neural connections between the feet and the brain.Barefoot walkers have tough feet but sense the ground just as well (Michael Le Page, BBC News). This less-evolutionary article shares some interesting facts about bare feet that indicate we are missing out on benefits by wearing shoes.Lieberman noticed that as his calluses grew thicker, his feet got tougher without seeming to lose their ability to sense the surface beneath them. He and his colleagues have now confirmed this by studying the feet of around 100 people in Kenya and the US.Those who usually went barefoot had calluses up to a third thicker, but could sense vibrations just as well as those with thinner calluses. The reason, the team think, is that hard calluses transmit forces without dampening them – unlike the foam or rubber soles of many shoes.While this is surprising, it is analogous to guitar players who grow calluses on their fingers but still maintain exquisite sensitivity to touch. It means that the sensors on the skin are able to penetrate the callus and still transmit touch signals to the brain. Lieberman expects to study the physiological benefits of barefoot walking more. He thinks the sensory advantage of bare feet could help elderly people avoid falls, for one thing, and might help everybody avoid joint diseases.Walking on your sensitive sole (News and Views, Nature). Wading past the typical evolutionary fluff about human ancestors millions of years ago, the reader eventually hears good reasons for the design of the human foot.Our feet are remarkably sensitive, enabling pleasant sensations such as the feeling when walking barefoot on a beach, but also the experience of pain when stepping on a sharp rock. This sensitivity is useful because our body’s nerves use such information to fine-tune our posture and gait, in a similar way to how our sensitive fingertips enable us to precisely manipulate objects. As part of the system that aids this tactile sensitivity, a variety of mechanoreceptors in our skin sense mechanical stimuli such as pressure. If these receptors don’t work normally, as can occur in disease or during experimental manipulation, people can have problems with their balance or gait.This article describes the experiments Holowka and Lieberman’s team used to arrive at their findings. They remain ambivalent about the value of bare feet compared to shoes, however, admitting that hard soled shoes can also transmit vibrations pretty well, and are important for added protection in some situations.More research will be needed to fully understand the effect of shoe soles on gait. Humans are not like machines, in which just one variable at a time can be studied. Human movement is a complex, dynamic system, and changing even one variable, such as shoe-sole stiffness, will probably trigger other physiological and behavioural changes. For example, running when using cushioned soles, compared with running barefoot, triggers changes in how the foot makes contact with the ground (called the strike pattern), and also causes the arch of the foot to behave more stiffly.So should we take our shoes off? “It makes sense that preserving foot sensitivity is useful, especially if maintaining stability is challenging,” they admit. But for now, “Although this mystery has been solved, much remains to be discovered about what affects how humans walk.”Feet are amazingly complex features God has given us. They did not evolve. Human feet are so different from ape feet, they are essentially a completely different design. In the book Spacecraft Earth, a Guide for Passengers, Dr Henry Richter spends five pages talking about the human foot. On page 48, he compares it to the ape foot:The shape of the human foot is much different, clearly adapted for walking upright all of the time. It has a unique bone structure, muscle structure, and sole, with two arches almost perpendicular to each other. The heel and ankle are suited to living on the ground, not in the trees. What chance mutations created such a radical change? Evolutionists often gloss over these details, simply imagining that a change in climate led some ape ancestor to climb out of the trees and start walking. Such things do not just happen. There would be too many things for natural selection to do at the same time. (Richter, p. 48) The foot is just one of hundreds of wonders our Creator gave us to experience His world. The more we learn about our bodies and minds, the more our gratitude and awe should grow. Evolutionary theory (the Stuff Happens Law) robs God of the honor that is His due.Exercise: Try barefoot walking when you can. It would take weeks or months to build up the calluses need to walk on rough surfaces, but pay attention to the sensitivity provided through the skin. Does it improve your balance? Are you more aware of the positions of your toes, arches and heel? Compare that with the feeling of walking in soft shoes or hard shoes. What benefits can you find designed into bare feet that can aid your health and enhance your experience of the world?(Visited 454 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hollywood high-fives for South African TV series

first_imgLate Nite News host Loyiso Gola (front) and the rest of the crew who helped produce the satirical news programme. (Image: LNN Facebook) Harriet Gavshon, executive producer for Quizzical Pictures, said it was an honour for Masterchef South Africa to be ranked alongside international peers, and to represent the South African television industry. (Image: National Film and Video Foundation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Harriet Gavshon Executive producerQuizzical Pictures+27 11 726 2832 RELATED ARTICLES • SA film wins international award • Independent film makes Venice cut • Locally-made films get Oscar nod • Cannes triumph for SA films Ray MaotaThe International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has unveiled the nominees for the 41st International Emmy Awards, and two popular South African shows are on the list. SA representsNominated in the comedy category the satirical news series Late Nite News (LNN) is in its eighth season. The show is hosted by stand-up comedian, Loyiso Gola, and features Uganda-born comedian David Kibuuka. Produced by Johannesburg-based Diprente Productions, it puts a comedic spin on current affairs and breaking news through commentary and sketch inserts.The show shares comedy nominations with Moone Boy from the United Kingdom, France’s WorkinGirls, and How to Enjoy the End of the World, from Brazil.Popular reality show MasterChef is nominated in the non-scripted entertainment category. Produced by Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media – in Johannesburg – it’s up against Australia’s Go Back to Where You Came From; Israel’s Dear Neighbors Help Our Daughter Find Love and Reto al Chef 2, Colombia. Gola tweets nominationUpon hearing the news, Gola tweeted: “Late Nite News gets an Emmy nomination. This life thing is humbling.”Kibuuka tweeted: “Well done 2 the team and the fans, but most importantly thanks to Juju and Jacob who gave us material for days.”Former ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, and President Jacob Zuma have been serially satirised on the show.Gola recently revealed that they had tried twice before to submit their show for nomination but didn’t get a response.“I am excited that at least now we got something right and there’s an international stamp on our show. From day one we hoped to make this show acceptable on an international level.”Tamsin Andersson, an LNN producer, said, “It’s a great feeling to have this recognition. The LNN team has worked tirelessly and passionately on the show from the beginning and it is humbling and very exciting that the Emmy’s have given us a nod.” Culinary creditsInternationally licensed series MasterChef SA has garnered a nomination in just its second season.Pierre Cloete, M-Net’s channel director lauded the producers, saying: “We’d like to congratulate the series producers – Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media – for creating such a high quality series. We look forward to hearing the results of this prestigious nomination.”Harriet Gavshon, executive producer at Quizzical Pictures, said: “Masterchef SA is made by a brilliant team and is a testament to the calibre of South African talent in every department and the viewers who have supported [it].“It’s an honour to be considered amongst our international peers and to represent the South African television industry.”This year’s Emmy’s will also present two special awards; JJ Abrams, director of the new Star Wars movie, will receive the 2013 International Emmy Founders Award; while Anke Schäferkordt, co-chief executive of European entertainment network RTL Group and chief executive of RTL Germany, will take home the 2013 International Emmy Directorate Award.As many as 36 nominees from 19 countries will converge on 25 November 2013 at a gala event at the New York Hilton Hotel to announce the winners.last_img read more

6 Tech Companies That Raised Venture Capital Today: Which Will Change the World? (Poll)

first_imgTags:#Venture Funding#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… leela cyd ross There was a whole lot of money passing between hands today and we want to know which of these freshly funded companies interests you the most! There’s a motley, but exciting line-up featuring companies that will help us find storage space, keep us from using our phone as we drive for work (I’m so guilty of this!) and a buzz-worthy new group messaging app. Join us as we dive into today’s world of venture capitalism. Friday’s poll winner was Social Guides, which raised $1.5m to further help Web businesses connect using social media; 49% of RWW readers who voted were most excited about this company among the four others listed.Today’s CompaniesRelay Rides allows us to borrow cars from our neighbors, instead of renting a car. SpareFoot helps us find storage space, even for short periods of time (this would have been awesome for college summer breaks!). Kik raised the most amount of venture capital today and is poised to become another big group messaging app, which is interesting in the context that Beluga (a similar messaging app) was just acquired by Facebook last week. Gigya helps Web companies navigate social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. ZoomSafer provides risk management software aimed at keeping employees from using their mobile phones while driving, a dangerous idea and a serious liability for the company. Qriously replaces traditional ads on our mobile devices with questions about the would-be product or company, while gathering location information of the user and real-time feedback. With six very different companies receiving funding today, which one will you keep an eye on? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Order on Suresh Kalmadi’s London visit reserved till tomorrow

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order for Wednesday on a plea to restrain sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi from going to London to attend the 2012 Olympics.”The order on the interim application is reserved for tomorrow,” said a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri after hearing two-hour-long argument on lawyer Rahul Mehra’s plea against Kalmadi’s proposed visit to London for the sporting extravaganza.”I’m not going to attend meetings in London on behalf of either the Government of India or any Indian sports body. I’m not carrying the badge of Indian representative in the Olympics,” Kalmadi’s counsel Mukul Rohatgi told the bench.”I’m the president of Asian Athletes Association (AAA) and have been invited by International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF), a foreign body which is not before this court,” argued the senior counsel adding that his client Kalmadi’s fundamental right to travel cannot be curtailed when he is assuring the court that he is going there on behalf of AAA.”What heavens will fall if some friend of mine gives me a ticket or I myself purchase a ticket and go there to watch a sporting event…? This application is motivated and directed against me,” Rohatgi said.In reply to a query by the bench as to how Kalmadi became the AAA president, Rohatgi said the sports administrator was elected president of Athletic Federation of India in 2001 and became the AAA president the same year and as a consequence he has been invited by IAAF.advertisement”It seems even the foreign sporting bodies have the Indian tradition of electing members in perpetuity,” Justice Sikri remarked.At the end of the hearing, Rohatgi assured the court that Kalmadi will not watch any sporting event even as an invitee of IAAF, but he cannot be stopped from travelling and watching a game in his individual capacity.Mehra who filed the application opposing Kalmadi’s London visit as the part of another related petition, started the argument with a claim that Kalmadi can be and should be prohibited from going to London as his visit was not a personal one.”India is one of the members of AAA, which has 44 other members and Kalmadi being the president of AAA cannot claim that he will not represent India there,” Mehra said.He also referred to various provisions of the Constitution of AAA and IAAF to drive home his point that on moral and ethical values, Kalmadi can be and should be restrained from attending London Olympics.The court on July 18 had sought Kalmadi’s reply on Mehra’s plea for restraining him from going to London for the 2012 Olympics and had asked him not to advance his slated July 26 departure for it.On July 13, a special CBI court had allowed Kalmadi to go to London from July 26 to August 13 for the 2012 London Olympics.Mehra has objected to Kalmadi’s proposed London sojourn, contending that he is going to attend the games on public money and in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) code of ethics.He had sought the high court’s direction to restrain Kalmadi from going to London on the ground that he is facing trial in a corruption case and cannot be allowed to represent the country in an international event.The member of Lower House of Indian Parliament and 10 others have been charge-sheeted by the CBI under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly “illegally” awarding a contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to Swiss Timing, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.last_img read more

Jerwin Ancajas, Michael Dasmariñas, Vic Saludar share spotlight as Boxers of the Year

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The 27-year-old Ancajas successfully defended his belt three times last year, which began with a 10th round stoppage of Israel Gonzalez. He then, followed it up with a lopsided decision over compatriot Jonas Sultan in May before settling for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico in September.“Getting another opportunity to be named as one of the Boxers of the Year is a big achievement for me,” said Ancajas, who received the distinction for the third straight time, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAncajas shared the limelight with Saludar, who captured the WBO minimumweight belt last July when beat Japanese fighter Ryuya Yamanaka in Kobe, Japan, and Dasmariñas, who is bound for a world title shot.Dasmariñas also won the IBO crown last year after knocking out Frenchman Karim Guerfi in the fourth round. Boxers of the Year Vic Saludar, left, Jerwin Ancajas, middle, and Michael Dasmariñas raise their awards during the 19th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards at Okada Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine boxing’s best led by Jerwin Ancajas, Vic Saludar and Michael Dasmariñas were feted in the 19th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions Monday night at Okada Manila in Parañaque City.Ancajas, the IBF super flyweight champion, Saludar, the WBO minimumweight titleholder, and Dasmariñas, the International Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, took center stage as they received the evening’s top honor as Boxers of the Year for 2018.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The 19-year-old Martin, who hails from Lagawe, Ifugao, owns an undefeated record of 12 wins, 11 of which by knockout. He won the WBO Oriental Youth and WBA Asia bantamweight belts last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Avery Johnson out as Alabama basketball coach after 4 seasons Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m very happy to be recognized with Filipino world champions as Boxer of the Year,” said Dasmariñas.The 26-year-old Dasmariñas proved he’s worthy of that honor after earning an IBF bantamweight world title shot following a unanimous decision victory over compatriot Kenny Demecillo on Saturday.Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao was also given an Award of Distinction as an Elorde Hall of Famer as well as Donnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion, and four-division titleholder Nonito Donaire Jr. Pacquiao’s best friend and longtime cornerman Buboy Fernandez was recognized as Best Trainer.Other awardees include amateur boxing stars Rogen Ladon and Nesthy Petecio, who were named Best Male Boxer and Best Female Boxer, respectively while rising bantamweight Carl Jammes Martin was cited as Most Promising Boxer.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Supreme Court hears arguments for Gladue Decision

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Supreme Court heard two arguments in favor of using the Gladue principles for sentencing.The case revolves around two aboriginal offenders.One got a long sentence for violating his parole conditions and believes the Gladue Decision should have found alternatives to jail time.last_img