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BLS Limousine Company Co-Founder Reinvents Herself In Her Sixties As Indie Author

Carole P. Roman has had many acts in 62 years, and as they say, the show must go on. Now with more than 35 children’s books to her credit, 100-plus book awards, her own radio tour and some 15,000 likes and followers on social media, the Amazon indie-published author has reinvented herself again.

Big Data and Wrestling? WWE Uses Data to Guide Success

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is big business and as with any big business, big data matters. Here we look at how the WWE used data and analytics to boost their performance and customer engagement.

B.C. premier vows to fight to keep B.C. wine in local grocery stores

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her government will defend all challenges of B.C. wine sales in local grocery stores.

B.C. premier vows to fight to keep B.C. wine in local grocery stores

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her government will defend all challenges of B.C. wine sales in local grocery stores.

Warriors 50-Point Quarter Propels Comeback vs. Clippers

OAKLAND, Calif. (KPIX 5/AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 35 points in a 3-point flurry over the final 3:37 of the third quarter, and the two-time reigning MVP also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Warriors used a big second half to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-113 on Thursday night.

Curry’s four-point play with 30.7 seconds left in the third and buzzer-beating 3 to punctuate the one-sided period propelled Golden State. Curry and Kevin Durant combined for eight of their team’s nine 3-pointers in the third.

The Warriors scored 50 points in the quarter after trailing 61-49 at halftime. It was the NBA’s first 50-point quarter since the Lakers had 51 against the Knicks on March 25, 2014.

Durant scored 15 of his 25 points in the third and also contributed 15 rebounds and seven assists as the NBA-best Warriors (48-9) began the stretch run with a downright dominant second half.

Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford scored 19 points apiece and DeAndre Jordan had 17 and 11 rebounds as the Clippers missed Chris Paul for a 14th straight game as he recovers from surgery last month for a torn ligament in his left thumb. Los Angeles had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Jordan received a technical at halftime as players were walking off the court.

Klay Thompson scored 18 points and had his streak of eight straight games scoring 20 or more points snapped. It matched the longest such streak of his career, also done Dec. 2-16, 2014.

Golden State welcomed back starting center Zaza Pachulia after he missed eight games with a right shoulder injury and backup big man David West, who missed 14 games with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb

Pachulia had three blocked shots in five minutes of the first quarter and finished with a career-best four.

After the Clippers took a 144-98 beating in their last visit to Oracle Arena on Jan. 28, they controlled the game for the first two quarters. That 46-point win matched the largest margin of victory ni the series.

Golden State won its 10th straight in the rivalry.

So, how did Los Angeles feel about facing the NBA’s best team immediately out of the All-Star break?

“I kind of like jumping back in, personally,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of starting with the Warriors. “I did as a player. I would rather get going.”

 

TIP-INS

Clippers: Los Angeles shot 13 free throws in the third. … The Clippers have lost 11 in a row at Oracle Arena since a 105-86 victory on Dec. 25, 2011 — and their last win home or road was also a Christmas Day game, in 2014. … Los Angeles has lost its last six when playing the second night of back-to-backs after winning the initial five this season.

Warriors: Golden State recorded its first 50-point period since 1989 and the fourth in franchise history. The nine 3s in the quarter matched a franchise record. … Durant bruised his left pinkie when he fell in the opening quarter. X-rays were negative and he returned. … Golden State committed 12 first-half turnovers, the total coach Steve Kerr strives for over an entire game.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Host San Antonio on Friday night looking for their fourth straight home victory in the series.

Warriors: Host Brooklyn on Saturday before a stretch with eight games in 12 days including an East Coast trip, return to the Bay Area then back-to-back on March 10-11 at Minnesota and San Antonio.

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God’s Anointed Ones

I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him.

Psalm 89:21

While perusing the Psalms, I stopped at Psalm 89. A few verses down the page, I found this reference to David. What a nice reminder it is of God’s esteem for each one of us…

I’ve been surrounded by unique and amazing people all of my life. I come from a large family. My earliest memories include a plethora of family gatherings. I grew up down the block from our church and attended our parish school. Those I met there became a sort of extended family to me. I worked at a grocery store throughout high school and college. During my shifts, people of every sort made their way past my cash register. Their familiar faces added much to those long days. After college, I married, began my teaching career, became involved in my new parish church and enjoyed more friendships. These and all of the people I’ve met since have enriched my life’s journey in unique ways. Hopefully, I’ve done the same for a few of them.

It seems to me that King David isn’t God’s only anointed one. Because we are all God’s children, we are all anointed, too. Each of us is sent to bless those around us and to bless this world with the gift of our unique selves.

Thank you, Dear God, for empowering us to enrich the lives of those you have given us to love!

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

DNA Research Show Modern Humans Benefit From Neanderthal DNA

UNION CITY (CBS SF) — Recent DNA studies indicate that sexual encounters between Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens may have shaped modern man’s health and well-being for generations to come.

The ancient story begins at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, south of Spain, in Gibraltar.

There, on the sheer southeastern face of the rock, just feet away from the Mediterranean Sea, you find several caves.

Once inside, up catwalks and narrow ladders, archaeologists can be found busy at work, unearthing artifacts from the Neanderthals who once lived there.

While these primitive beings died out tens of thousands of years ago, a growing body of genetic evidence shows they have not vanished.

“Neanderthals are not totally extinct,” explained Professor Svante Paabo, a Swedish biologist specializing in evolutionary genetics. Paabo is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

“Many people are the descendants of Neanderthals,” remarked Professor Ed Green. Green runs the Paleogenomics Lab at UC Santa Cruz.

“It changed our view of human history and who we are,” exclaimed Professor Rasmus Nielsen. Nielsen is an integrative biologist at UC Berkeley.

What Paabo, Green, and Nielsen are referring to is a shocking discovery in which each scientist participated. Through their scholarship and research, it is clear:  many modern day humans are walking around carrying DNA from an extinct people.

The research details how roughly 1 to 5 percent of a person’s genome — whether they are of European or Asian descent — comes from the Neanderthals.

“It just became assimilated into the human species, they are part of us today,” said Nielsen.

“We are all Neanderthals,” joked Green in agreement.

In special “clean” labs, like the one headed up by Green at UC Santa Cruz, scientists can extract Neanderthal DNA from tiny bits of fossilized bone.

“It’s an amazing thing that we can get DNA our of our ancestors who are now extinct,” marveled Green.

He said advances in technology allows experts to quickly sift through and locate ancient DNA.

How did this mashup occur?  Chalk it up to a little prehistoric hanky panky. “It came by some Neanderthals and some modern humans having sex,” said Nielson.

Half a billion years ago, Neanderthals and the ancient ancestors of modern day humans split.

Then, fast-forward to roughly 50 to 80,000 years, when our ancestors migrated out of Africa. They then encountered Neanderthals who had settled in Europe and West Asia.

As they headed east, our ancient ancestors mixed it up with a distant cousin of Neanderthals called Denisovans. These interactions resulted in children.

Today, modern day humans who are non-African carry traces of these encounters in our DNA

“They affect our health in many different ways,” stated Professor Nielsen.

Some Neanderthal and Denisovan gene variants boost our immune systems and help protect against infections.

Scientists think that Neanderthals got exposed to certain pathogens that stoked their immune systems. Our ancestors may have benefited from picking up that gene.

Other gene variants increase the risk of diseases and health issues, including depression, skin problems, allergies, blood clots and even diabetes. As to why, there is some speculation.

To survive under any threatening circumstance that would draw blood, the ability to have a good blood-clotting mechanism would increase the odds of any attack or injury. In times of famine, a variant that was parsimonious in burning energy or a calorie was preferred if there was little food or if you were facing starvation.

However, since modern humans live longer today, blood clots may pose a health issue. And, faced with cheap fast food on every corner and a sedentary lifestyle, modern humans really don’t need to hold on to calories.

In addition to these gene variants, there are a few unusual ones that help some of us adapt to extreme environments:

“It could be the high altitude in Tibet, or the cold environment around the Artic,” explained Nielsen.

Nielson headed up a recent study that discovered how modern day Tibetans carry a gene variant lifted from the Denisovans

It regulates the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood and allows Tibetans to survive on the Tibetan Plateau, more than three miles above sea level.

“When they breathe, they gets about 60 percent as much oxygen,” said Nielsen.

The man who has done the most for the Field of Paleogenomics is arguably Professor Svante Paabo. Paabo is one of the founders of this field. He and his team worked extensively on sequencing or mapping the entire Neanderthal Genome.  It was an amazing accomplishment.

Last year, Professor Paabo was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for pioneering the sequencing of ancient DNA and ancient genomes and illuminating modern day man’s relationship to our extinct relatives.

Paabo played a critical role in the discovery of a new hominin species that we now call Denisovans.  He helped to lead a team of scientists who sequenced a tiny finger bone from a young Denisovan girl. The bone, along with some molars, were found in the Denisova Cave in south-western Siberia.

“You want to find out more about our origins and our history and where do we come from if  you like,” explained Paabo.

That suits Steve Zapiain of Union City.  Zapiain joined a research project run by Bay Area’s biotechnology and personal genomics company 23andme.

In 2011, Zapiain was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. The disease is part of a group of similar cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms or MPNs. He joined to shed light on the disease and to also help try to find the causes, connections and possible cure.

As part of his participation, he got to explore his own DNA. He was astonished to find out that four percent of his genome is Neanderthal.

“It’s cool to be a caveman.” laughed the retired school technology director.

Neanderthals were once considered brutes who were clumsy and stupid. Remember the GEICO auto insurance commercials that proclaimed that the company’s website was “so easy to use, a caveman can do it?” That notion of Neanderthals is long gone.

“I think that view is really changing,” remarked Nielsen.

At the Gibraltar Museum, visitors can see just how remarkable our Neanderthals actually were.

A startling exhibit at the museum features “Nana” and “Flint,”  two full-size models of Neanderthals created by Kennis & Kennis Reconstructions. The models are based on the forensic reconstructions of the remains of a female and child Neanderthal who were found in Gibraltar.

We now know our ancient Neanderthals relatives had a sophisticated culture, wore clothing, lived in communities, raised families, adorned themselves with feathers, buried their dead –and as seen in one of the Gibraltar caves — even etched art.

Sometime after they met with the ancestors of modern day humans, Neanderthals suddenly disappeared. No one knows why.

“Was there disease involved? Did we give disease to them that wiped them out? did we actively hunt them and drive them to extinction?  Did we just outnumber them?” mused Professor Green.

Now that scientists have the complete Neanderthal genome, their next step is to look for all genetic differences in modern day people to find changes that might hide the clues as to why we survived and they did not.

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Subway worker Javier Flores killed protecting his mom, who worked with him

It’s “very hard for her to talk about this.”

Subway worker Javier Flores killed protecting his mom, who worked with him

It’s “very hard for her to talk about this.”

3 Key Takeaways From The First 14 Cloud Startups In Salesforce’s Incubator

Unlike any other incubators or accelerators that we reviewed worldwide, the Salesforce Incubator’s 5-month program is entirely free while giving total access to the cloud giant’s global network of experts, investors, customers and partners