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first_imgTwenty five year old Taylor Ray Holbrook is a former Virginia lumberjack who vaulted on the country charts thanks to his social media savvy.  Hailing from Lee County, Virginia, Taylor worked as a lumberjack before trying his hand as a country artist. Utilizing various social media platforms such as Twitter and Vine, Taylor quickly built an online audience for his pop-oriented country style. His independently released debut single, “Steal My Kiss,” went viral and vaulted him onto the Billboard country charts in 2015. Following a move to Nashville in 2016, he followed up with the acoustic single “Tie Me Down” and, later in the year, a collaborative single with country rapper Ryan Upchurch called “Southern Land.” In April 2017, after a handful of singles, Taylor  produced his first EP, a five-song set titled “Backroads”, which was once again released through his own TaylorRayMade label. Best known for his hit single “Steal My Kiss,” which peaked at #4 on country charts within 24 hours of its release. He is a country music singer who gained an enormous audience on Vine, where he posts a mix of music and comedy.Taylor released a new single, called “Southern Land,” featuring Ryan Upchurch. In less than a day, “Southern Land” climbed to the top of the iTunes Charts and took its rightful place at #10 on the Country Chart. This is a huge accomplishment for these two independent artists because, as of right now, they are the only two independent artists in the Top 100 on iTunes. Breaking the barriers between country and rap, “Southern Land” is not like any country song you have ever experienced. “I Get High” by Taylor Ray Holbrook is a country song from the album Backroads and was released at the beginning of 2017. Taylor features scenes and friends in Virginia in “I Get High”.  A tribute to Lee County, Virginia, this Music Video captures the scenic beauty of Taylor’s roots.  Lee County is surrounded by high mountain peaks protecting green meadows and colorful forest in the valleys below.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Notre Dame star quarterback, Malik Zaire, has made a final decision on where the graduate transfer will most likely spend his final year of eligibility and plans to announce it early next week, according to a report from Irishillustrated.comThat decision is between two finalists: the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina, according to 247Sports’ Tom Loy. Zaire visited the Badgers in Madison last Wednesday before heading to Chapel Hill that Friday.The update in the former four-star recruit’s search came in an interview between Irishillustrated.com’s Pete Sampson and Zaire’s father, Imani Zaire.“He likes them both,” Imani said. “He’s made a decision, but he’s not willing to share it until Monday or Tuesday next week.”Football: Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire reportedly set for Wisconsin visit this weekAfter announcing his intent to transfer upon an expected graduation from Notre Dame later this month, ex-Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Read…Though many initially believed North Carolina was the front-runner for Zaire’s impending choice, Loy believes the Badgers are instead now the more likely candidate.“I’ve been digging into this and from what I can gather, people connected with Wisconsin’s program are much more confident than North Carolina at this point,” Loy wrote.Hayes: Why Badger fans should reconsider Wisconsin’s ‘disappointing’ Cotton Bowl berthAfter a tough loss in the conference title with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, many Wisconsin Read…After Zaire was officially released from Notre Dame University’s football team Nov. 30, he named the University of Florida, University of Pittsburgh, Michigan State University and Wisconsin as his “primary contenders” for next season.Due to his impending status as a graduate transfer, Zaire will not be ruled ineligible for the upcoming season as opposed to the policy that bars undergraduate transfers from playing for a single season.As a senior in high school, Zaire showed legitimate interest in coming to play for the Badgers after developing a personal relationship with then-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.With the kind of explosive offense Chryst orchestrated with Russell Wilson — another graduate transfer — at the helm in 2011, Zaire and the Badger defense could take Wisconsin to the next level in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgIn the past two seasons, no opposing big man recognized quicker and passed out of UCLA’s double-teams faster than Florida’s Joakim Noah, and no opposing point guard was able to dictate the tempo and handle the Bruins’ half-court defensive pressure like the Gators’ Taurean Green. And no opponent possessed the devastating mix of athleticism and intensity like the Gators, which is why they steamrolled UCLA 73-57 in last year’s national championship game. But perhaps the scariest part of what happened a year ago is Florida returned all five starters from that team, and lost only one key reserve. That is what the Bruins, who lost three starters from last season, face when they meet Florida on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. “We already know how Florida is,” UCLA sophomore point guard Darren Collison said. “They’re the team to beat. They’ve got the bells around them. They know what to expect. Every team has been giving them their best shot every single game, so we really give them credit for taking that heat. And we know how good they are as well.” Noah and Green were the Gators’ headliners in the title game, but they had plenty of assistance. Al Horford, a 6-10 forward/center, and 6-9 “small” forward Corey Brewer also scored in double-digits and played stifling defense. And there was also the sharpshooting off-guard, Lee Humphrey, who made 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range. “Florida, I said all along they’re the team to beat, and they’re still the team to beat,” Howland said. “They have experience. They have the best two big guys on the same team in the country, both future NBA players. “Brewer is absolutely terrific. He’ll be an NBA player, and really, the guy that’s unsung for them is (former NBA player) Sidney Green’s son. He’s one of the best point guards in the country. Their point guard, he’s terrific.” Florida’s starting five was the driving force in UCLA’s worst loss in more than 100 games, and each is back. Humphrey is a senior, the other four are juniors. Also, the Gators are balanced, led by Horford, who is averaging 13.4 points and 9.3rebounds per game. Green is scoring 13.1 points per game, followed by Brewer (13.1 ppg) and Noah (12.1 ppg), who is also grabbing 8.4 rebounds per game. The lone starter not averaging double-figures is Humphrey, who is at 9.8 points per game. Humphrey, however, is Florida’s best perimeter shooter, who regained his touch by going 7 of 13 from 3-point range in scoring 23 points against Oregon. Humphrey is shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc this season. The only contributor gone from last season is forward Adrian Moss, who was replaced by freshman Dan Werner. “There’s some obvious things about Florida,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “Their bigs, their presence as far as inside and out, are very good on both ends of the floor. That’s really the definition of a complete basketball team.” Also: Howland received a nice chunk of bonus change with the Bruins’ defeat of Kansas. According to Howland’s contract, he receives a $50,000 bonus for getting UCLA to the Final Four. He already earned a $25,000 bonus for winning the Pacific-10 Conference regular-season title, and will earn another $100,000 if the Bruins win the national championship. His contract guaranteed $1.15million this season. [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Florida, the top seed in the Midwest Region and the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, advanced to the Final Four with Sunday’s 85-77 defeat of third-seeded Oregon. The Gators have won 16 straight postseason games (10 in the NCAA Tournament, six in the Southeastern Conference tournament). UCLA, seeded second in the West, advanced to the Final Four for the 17th time in school history with Saturday’s 68-55 defeat of No. 1 seed Kansas. But the Bruins (30-5) already know the talent Florida (33-5) possesses, because they witnessed it firsthand in last year’s thrashing. The 6-foot-11 Noah had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots as Florida held a double-digit lead throughout the second half and led by as many as 20 points (53-33) with less than 12 minutes remaining. The 16-point loss was UCLA’s worst since coach Ben Howland’s first season, when the Bruins were beaten at Arizona 107-83 on Feb. 14, 2004. “They are better than a year ago and present a great challenge for us,” Howland said. “They are unbelievably talented and obviously well-coached. They have no weaknesses.” UCLA replaced point guard Jordan Farmar with Collison, wing Cedric Bozeman with redshirt sophomore Josh Shipp and athletic center Ryan Hollins with rugged, bruising junior Lorenzo Mata. The Bruins are better at pressuring the ball and scoring in transition, but are not as consistent in their half-court offense. last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s showdown against the Sixers.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. DeMarcus Cousins preps for first home game. In 13 career games at Oracle Arena, DeMarcus Cousins always has been a visitor. That will change Thursday when the Warriors face the Philadelphia 76ers in Oakland, Cousins has played five games for the Warriors since returning from his 11-month injury rehab, but all of them have …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The assumption was that gene flow homogenized a population, and selection diversified it.  But now, two studies in Nature1,2 of an English songbird called the great tit, Parus major, carried on for decades, has shown that differences between closely-associated populations can persist in spite of homogenizing gene flow.  Garant et al. explain the significance of this to evolutionary theory:Evolutionary theory predicts that local population divergence will depend on the balance between the diversifying effect of selection and the homogenizing effect of gene flow.  However, spatial variation in the expression of genetic variation will also generate differential evolutionary responses.  Furthermore, if dispersal is non-random it may actually reinforce, rather than counteract, evolutionary differentiation.  Here we document the evolution of differences in body mass within a population of great tits, Parus major, inhabiting a single continuous woodland, over a 36-year period.  We show that genetic variance for nestling body mass is spatially variable, that this generates different potential responses to selection, and that this diversifying effect is reinforced by non-random dispersal.  Matching the patterns of variation, selection and evolution with population ecological data, we argue that the small-scale differentiation is driven by density-related differences in habitat quality affecting settlement decisions.  Our data show that when gene flow is not homogeneous, evolutionary differentiation can be rapid and can occur over surprisingly small spatial scales.  Our findings have important implications for questions of the scale of adaptation and speciation, and challenge the usual treatment of dispersal as a force opposing evolutionary differentiation. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)David W. Coltman (U of Alberta),3 commenting on these papers, summarized, “Gene flow between populations – caused by migration, for instance – is most often viewed as a homogenizing force in evolution.  But two studies of wild birds and non-random dispersal find otherwise.”  These long-term studies complicate theories.  He says: “we ought to be paying more attention to how quantitative genetic variation is spatially and temporally structured.”  But even that is not enough: “Indeed, a truly mechanistic understanding of microevolution requires an understanding of genetic architecture (the properties of the individual genes underlying variation).  One way of gaining such an understanding of microevolution in nature will be to apply genomics to ecological and evolutionary studies in non-model species, using comparative approaches.”  The fact that he speaks in future tense indicates this has never been done.1Garant et al., “Evolution driven by differential dispersal within a wild bird population,” Nature 433, 60 – 65 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03051.2Postma and Van Noordwijk, “Gene flow maintains a large genetic difference in clutch size at a small spatial scale,” Nature 433, 60 – 65 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03051.3David W. Coltman, “Evolutionary genetics: Differentiation by dispersal,” Nature 433, 23 – 24 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433023a.On the surface, this looks like it could accelerate evolution by removing the homogenizing effect of gene flow.  But consider what these papers indicate.  First, assumptions can be flat wrong.  Many evolutionists assumed, with armchair modeling, that populations with many opportunities for interbreeding would become more homogeneous.  Both these studies, however, showed that slight differences in clutch size and body mass could be maintained in spite of shared habitat.  Second, they found that differentiation of two populations can be rapid and occur in a small area.    Keep in mind that these studies involve only microevolution.  They are about one species of bird, Parus major, that were still the same species at the beginning and end of the observations.  They have nothing to say, therefore, about the origin of birds, the origin of flight, the origin of feathers, the origin of species or any other major change that would help Charlie feel gratified.  In fact, creationists could use these studies to support the idea that microevolution was rapid after the Flood.  The evolutionists themselves were surprised that their assumptions about population genetics were wrong, and admitted that these studies “challenge the usual treatment” of dispersal, as well as gene flow and selection, as agents of evolution.  If you cannot trust your assumptions, you cannot trust your models; and if you cannot trust your models, you cannot trust your perception of reality.    Incidentally, despite its embarrassing name, the great tit is beautiful bird.  The picture accompanying David Coltman’s commentary shows the bird in flight, wings splayed in geometrical artistry, exquisitely-designed feathers extended, handsome black-capped head, food in its beak, alert eyes, displaying aerodynamic excellence.  Differences in clutch size and egg size say nothing about these examples of functional adaptation par excellence.  The caption reads, “The great tit: challenging assumptions about gene flow and genetic differentiation.”  Darwinists preach macroevolution, but cannot understand microevolution.  They want to explain the whole living world by their theory, and can’t even get the population genetics of one species of bird right.last_img read more

first_img16 July 2004Pieter-Dirk Uys, South Africa’s most famous political satirist, has been sending up his mother country since the 1970s – most famously in the guise of his alter ego, Evita Bezuidenhout.But if you thought Evita was outspoken, just wait till you hear what her 102 year-old mother, Ouma Ossewania Kakebenia Poggenpoel, has to say about the state of the nation in Ouma Ossewania Praat Vuil (Talks Dirty).This hilarious memoir – the first in a trilogy of plays starring the Poggenpoel family – filled with social commentary and candid opinion from the filthy mouth of this Boere volksmoeder, comes to the Tesson at Johannesburg’s Civic Theatre from 10 to 28 August (Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm).The show is performed in Afrikaans, will be understood by anyone who has listened to a rude joke in that language, and should delightfully offend all adults.Ossewania Kakebenia – named after the Boer ossewa (oxwagon) and the kakebeen (jaw) of the Afrikaner ox – was born on 31 December 1900, during the Anglo-Boer war, in the concentration camp of Heldersonop. Her mother was the legendary Sarie Marais, who inspired the folksong but little else; her father was the charming rogue Gerhardus Poggenpoel.Little Ossewania grew up angry, eventually giving birth to two illegitimate daughters, Evangelie and Baby.After years in Bethlehem in the old Orange Free State – where Ossewania was for years the youngest organist in the Dutch Reformed Church – she moved to Johannesburg with her daughters and took over the management of a seedy boarding house in Doornfontein.Baby went to Europe to follow her dreams, while Evangelie became a Killarney film star, eventually marrying into the powerful and ruthless Bezuidenhout family, something Ossewania never approved of, especially when Evangelie changed her name to Evita.Mevrou Poggenpoel spent the glory years of the 1960s and 1970s in the shadow of her now-famous daughter, who had become the glittering hostess of the National Party in power. But Ossewania’s anger was never far from the surface.Now 102 years old, abandoned in an old-age home, waiting to be fetched by a family who never turn up, this ancient Afrikaner matron lets rip.She has had enough: enough of democracy and affirmative action, enough of lies, corruption and hypocrisy. She regards her famous daughter with contempt, and even though she loves her great-grandchildren, the fact that they are black does not sit comfortably with her. Her unnatural passion for church leaders has not waned, and even at her ripe old age Ouma Ossewania has been known to spy on the young dominee in the toilet of the local NG Kerk.Throughout her life Ouma Ossewania believed them when they said apartheid was a gift of God. Now she knows her life was wasted on a lie. Is it too late? Will the Zulu garden “boy” still sleep with her? Will he want more than the R20 she has saved?Ouma Ossewania Praat Vuil – n Afrikaans, in language that would make a tart from Benoni blush. Without censorship, without good taste, and without qualms.Book at Computicket or at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.Source: Johannesburg Civic Theatrelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes this morning. Dry weather will take control for the next 2 days over the state. Cooler air pushes in over the state, but we are staving off the bitter cold push still until this weekend. We should see a good mix of clouds and sun today, and winds should subside over the gusty set up we saw yesterday. We start to dry down tonight and see dry weather for tomorrow and Thursday too. Rain is back for overnight tomorrow night through Friday. Moisture totals remain mostly unimpressive and we are bumping our forecast at .1″ to .7” over 70% of the state, but most of the rain totals above .4″ will be down near the river. Temps go near to below freezing overnight tomorrow night and do not recover Friday morning through much of the day. This may allow for some wet snow to mix in with our precipitation, even though it is light. The map at right shows liquid equivalent moisture totals through the end of the day Friday. Dry and significantly colder air returns for the weekend. Temps will be well below normal, and there no change in our thoughts about the potential for Saturday to see daytime highs stay below freezing over parts of the state.  Sunday can be sub-40 for highs over a large part of the region. We stay dry Monday through Wednesday of next week. We likely see clouds from time to time, but no new precipitation. Thursday, we see Clouds build and then have a chance of scattered showers north of US 30 in the morning. The rain threat extends to statewide by mid to late afternoon and goes through the overnight. We can see from .05”-.25” with 70% coverage. For the extended period, we are dry for next Friday and Saturday. But, then we move into another wet, active period for Sunday the 18th through Wednesday the 21st. We see at least 2 waves of moisture moving over the eastern corn belt in that time, perhaps more. Combined rain totals will be from .25”-.75” with the heaviest rain chances in the southern half of the state.last_img read more

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. According to most green advocates, green buildings must be durable. Alex Wilson memorably summed up the case for durability in an Environmental Building News article titled “Durability: A Key Component of Green Building.”There are a few problems with the durability thesis, however: some durable buildings aren’t green, and many green buildings aren’t durable. In fact, the more one looks into the issue, the harder it is to find a link between durability and greenness.One easy way to disprove any generalization is to provide counterexamples. As it turns out, plenty of durable buildings aren’t green, including:On the other hand, plenty of green buildings aren’t durable:One might perceive a trend in these examples: when it comes to greenness, size matters more than durability.Most of us are trying to reduce our carbon footprint and our environmental impact, and some of us worry that our American lifestyle is unsustainable. In the back of our minds, however, we hope that a greener future won’t require us to give up our current luxuries. That’s why we rarely look to the Third World for architectural models.Most traditional shelters are relatively small, use local materials, require very low inputs of energy, and cause little if any environmental damage when the shelter is abandoned. For those of us who came of age during the 1960s, the landmark book documenting indigenous homes was Shelter, the 1973 classic by Lloyd Kahn. As the examples provided in Shelter made clear, to live lightly on the planet, there is no need to build a durable home.For most of the world’s population, building a house starts with scrounging local materials — stones, mud, cardboard, bamboo poles, discarded pieces of sheet metal, and, if one can afford it, a little cement. As a… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

first_imgNew Zealander all-rounder Sophie Devine expressed disappointment at the scarce turn out for the opening game of the Women’s T20 Challenge in Jaipur but was hopeful of a full house in the future.The second edition of the women’s tournament kick started in stunning fashion with some fierce hitting by two teams captains Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. In the end, Mandhana-led Trailblazers pulled-off a thrilling two-run win against Supernovas. However, like the last time, the stadium was far from full despite free entry.”It is really unfortunate that in women’s games we don’t have big crowds but hopefully after tonight’s match the people would come to the stadium and would watch us play,” Sophie said at the post match conference.”We would love to have big crowds but we know we need to put good performances. The match tonight was fantastic and next two games and the finals would get good crowd,” Sophie, who scored 32 off 22 balls for the Supernovas, said.The tournament which has three teams playing each other in the round robin format gives the opportunity to 27 domestic players to showcase their talent and the New Zealander was impressed by the standard of the domestic players.”I and all the overseas players have been really impressed with the standard of the domestic players. The catching may not have been that good but the fielding in Indian cricket has come along leaps and bounds and in last couple of series they have played they have been fantastic in the field,” Sophie [email protected] took it deep but @JhulanG10 found a way to close the game out in Match 1 of #WIPL.There was banter and friendly vibes between two of Indian cricket’s senior pros. By @tanmoym.Watch the full video – https://t.co/CB2Xn8HBEW pic.twitter.com/QslSad0MTDIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019Talking about the game, the all-rounder said the track was a bit tricky and commended Supernovas’ skipper Harmanpreet’s performance.”It is really disappointing, we were so close. We needed 30 off last three overs on a pitch that was a little bit tricky and it was probably asking for too much.”But Harmanpreet, you know can do those sort of things and she took us very close to a great win. We have to work on a few things as a team. We have a few days off.”Harmanpreet was unhappy with her batters who failed to capitalise on good starts.Here’s another guest on Jemi’s [email protected]_smriti talks about laughing more since @JemiRodrigues entered the Indian dressing room as they celebrate team rivalry in #WIPLBy @Moulinparikh.Watch the full video – https://t.co/TFtIvplSkX pic.twitter.com/ZNyiJLhz6HIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2019″I knew if I was going to play till the end, I had the confidence to win but Sophie bowled the 19th over well and that changed it for us,” Harmanpreet said.”I think we bowled well in the first 10 overs, but we didn’t execute our plans in the last 10. When the ball comes on to the bat, it is hard to get the set batsmen out. I think we threw wickets away when we were set and that was the major problem today. Overall, I am really happy both the teams played well tonight,” she added.Meanwhile, young Harleen Deol, who was the second highest scorer for the Trailblazers with 36 runs, was happy to share the dressing room with experienced overseas players.#WIPL pic.twitter.com/SRXwfc8qp0IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 2019″It is a great experience, we are learning a lot of things from them, they are very frank with us, they share their thoughts, they share their views, so we are very grateful that we are sharing the dressing room with them,” she said.”BCCI is taking an initiative so we all are responsible for that. Even today there was a decent crowd. The progress is always slow. Women’s cricket has grown after the World Cup. The empty stands are a challenge for us but we will catch up,” Harleen added.Also Read | We threw away wickets, says Harmanpreet after Supernovas defeatAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge: Mandhana 90 powers Trailblazers to 2-run win over SupernovasAlso Read | Women’s T20 Challenge, Trailblazers vs Supernovas: Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgBTIG, LLC announced today that it will host its 16th BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.The event is part of a global initiative supported by the firm’s institutional trading clients, a growing list of celebrities and dedicated employees across four continents.Video: BTIG CHARITY DAY 2017Each year, the firm donates to hundreds of charities, many of them focused on children and others in need. Celebrities that have committed to join the event this year so far include: Beth Ostrosky Stern, Brian Cashman, CC Sabathia, Eli Manning, Grant Hill, Mark Messier, Petra Nemcova, Victor Cruz and many more. BTIG plans to announce additional celebrity participants in the coming weeks.Clients and celebrities participate by nominating well-deserving, non-profit organizations to support through the event. All-star athletes, business leaders, models, actors, actresses, journalists and other cultural icons act as celebrity guest traders, build excitement for the event and appear as ambassadors for their charities of choice. “We are proud of our ability to deploy our global resources on Charity Day. As our business expands, Charity Day remains a solid aspect of our culture,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “Alongside clients and our celebrity guest traders, we are able to make a difference for causes that are personally meaningful to them.”Since pioneering its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, BTIG has donated more than $45 million to hundreds of charitable organizations, including more than $5 million from this event in 2017.last_img read more