Maropeng unveils Little Foot cast

first_img11 December 2006A cast of the world’s most complete pre-human fossil, one of the most significant fossil finds ever made, can now be seen by the public.An in situ cast of Little Foot, which rests in dolomite and chert stones in the Silberberg Grotto at Sterkfontein Caves, has been unveiled at the Maropeng visitor interpretation centre at South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind world heritage site.Dubbed Little Foot because its body parts are smaller than other adult finds, the fossil is the most complete pre-human (Australopithecine) fossil unearthed to date, and probably the oldest in southern Africa.More than 10 years since the excavation of Little Foot began, the cast allows visitors to Maropeng to see what Little Foot looks at the site of the excavation at the Sterkfontein Caves.Little Foot will lie unlifted at Sterkfontein until around the middle of 2007. When completely excavated, it is expected to reveal crucial information on how the Australopithecines looked, moved and lived.National treasureSpeaking at the unveiling of the cast last week, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa described Little Foot as “one of South Africa’s most highly prized palaeoanthropological discoveries.“Although we know that Little Foot walked upright and was closely related to the world-famous Mrs Ples, it is an even more ancient and more complete Australopithecine fossil find,” Shilowa said.“The excavation has yielded the most complete Australopithecine skull as well as the most complete set of foot and leg bones. Furthermore, the skeleton is extremely well preserved, with most of the bones intact and joined in their natural position.“All of these qualities make it one of the most significant hominid discoveries on the planet, and one that every South African should be proud of.”Old boxes of bonesLittle Foot was discovered after Professor Ron Clarke of the University of the Witwatersrand, looking through boxes of animal fossils in 1994, recognized bones belonging to a hominid foot.Over time he accumulated many of the bones from this hominid’s left and right feet, and – thinking it unlikely that two feet of the same specimen should have fallen into the cave, unless they had still been attached to a whole body – reasoned that the rest of the skeleton must still be encased in the Sterkfontein Caves.In 1997 Clarke made a cast of the broken tibia bone which he thought should match the point in the cave from which the foot-bones had been removed, and sent his two assistants, Nkwane Molefe and Steven Motsumi, into the Silberberg Grotto.Within two days Molefe and Motsumi found a fragment which astonishingly matched the tibia shaft, and so the complete skeleton of Little Foot was discovered.Also speaking at the Little Foot cast unveiling, Wits University vice-chancellor Loyiso Nongxa said that Little Foot’s excavation from its 3-million-year-old encasing “gives us a unique opportunity to uncover information about the appearance, locomotion and lifestyle of the Australopithecines and to unlock important secrets about human evolution.”Cradle of HumankindSterkfontein Cave is the most famous of 13 excavated fossil sites in the broader 47 000-hectare Cradle of Humankind site situated some 50 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Three million years of human activity have taken place in and around the Cradle, including man’s earliest-known mastery of fire.Forty percent of all human ancestor fossil finds have been made here, including several of the world’s most famous and important fossils – among them Mrs Ples (now believed to be Master Ples), dating back 2.5-million years, and Little Foot.A further 500 hominid fossils and over 9 000 stone tools have been excavated in the area, and excavations will probably continue for another 100 reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

County Farm Bureaus Team Up to Support Flying Horse Farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Morrow, Delaware and Richland County Farm Bureaus are collaborating to host the Second Annual Flying Horse Farms – Grow it. Know it. Give it. The event treats guests to chef prepared, locally sourced dinner at the camp. All proceeds help further the mission of Flying Horse Farms and provide operating expenses for the children’s vegetable garden.“This camp provides experiences to children with serious illnesses,” said Andrea Bayles, Morrow County Farm Bureau Board member. “Farm Bureau is proud to support that effort with an evening of great food and friendship in a beautiful setting.”Guests will enjoy a unique dining experience prepared by Chef Joseph Motter, Malabar Farm Restaurant chef and owner. Each of the seasonally inspired courses will be paired with a unique Ohio wine and served in the camp dining hall. This year’s menu includes a choice of smoked trout or pork risotto with seasonal vegetables and cinnamon cheesecake with local blueberries and candied bacon. Guests can also participate in camp tours.The event takes place on August 22 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Flying Horse Farm, 5260 OH-95, Mt. Gilead. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting the Morrow County Farm Bureau at 800-327-6055. Reservations close August 17.Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transforming experiences for children with serious illnesses. Located on 200 acres in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, the camp serve hundreds of children and families each year – free of charge.Morrow, Richland and Delaware Farm Bureau members are farmers, gardeners, food enthusiasts and more. Each county board develops a plan of work which includes partnering with local businesses and organizations to make life better for members and grow communities. To learn more, or to join, go to read more

How Google Docs And Sheets Stack Up To iWork And Office

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#Google Docs#google drive#Google Sheets#iOS#iWork#Keynote#Microsoft#Numbers#Office for iPad#Office Mobile#Pages#Windows Phone Google has housed its productivity apps under the Google Drive label since launching it in 2012, but no longer. The search giant on Wednesday unbundled new Docs and Sheets apps—for text documents and spreadsheets, respectively—and will shortly also release Slides, a PowerPoint rival, into the wild as well.It’s not entirely clear why Google is backing away from its monolithic Drive approach, although it’s apparently fairly serious about nudging users into the new standalone apps:If you don’t have time now, over the next few days you’ll be prompted to download the apps when you go to edit or create a document or spreadsheet in your Drive app.Google, however, also made clear that Drive isn’t going away, so the strategic direction here is a bit murky. Some have speculated that Google wanted to unlimber its apps to compete more directly with Microsoft Office (now available for the iPad as well as on Windows devices) and Apple’s own iWork productivity suite—primarily Pages for documents, Numbers for spreadsheets and Keynote for slides.So let’s have a quick look at how Google Docs and Google Sheets stack up against their rivals.Google vs. Microsoft vs. ApplePrice: Docs and Sheets are free (presumably, Slides will be as well). So are Apple’s offerings—at least to buyers of new iDevices. Others pay $10 for Pages, Numbers and Keynote—each—so that’s $30 for all three. Office for the iPad, meanwhile, is technically free, although the app limits you to read-only document access until you pony up for an Office 365 subscription, which will set you back $70 a year. (You can use the more limited Office Mobile for free on Android and iOS so long as it’s for personal use.) Winner: Google, with Apple a close runner-upOffline use: Google launched its Docs and Sheets apps with a new capability Drive didn’t offer—the ability to create and work on documents offline. Office for iPad allows similar access; so do the Apple productivity apps. Winner: a three-way tieDevice availability: Google’s apps run on all Android and iOS devices, but aren’t available for Windows Phone devices. Pages, Numbers and Keynote run on all iOS devices, but not Android or Windows Phone. As for Office—well, let’s just say that in classic Microsoft fashion, you’re stuck with a hodgepodge of different options, including full-fledged Microsoft Office for Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets; Office for iPad for, well, the iPad; nothing for Android tablets and the stripped-down Office Mobile for smartphone use (iOS, Android and Windows Phone). Winner: GoogleFeatures: This gets messy fast. Docs and Sheets are relatively full-featured on Android devices, but on iOS they’re considerably pared down—for instance, offering no support for images, tables or hyperlinks. Apple’s iWork suite, meanwhile, generally wins high praise for its plethora of formatting options and tools such as interactive charts. Reviewers have generally praised Office for iPad (with the caveat that it’s mainly for existing Office 365 subscribers), although they have been less kindto Office Mobile; full-fledged Office on Windows 8/RT, meanwhile, has no real commercial competition. Winner: Apple, with Microsoft a close runner-upThe Great Unbundling?It’s hard not to notice a parallel between Google’s move toward standalone productivity apps and hinted changes at its Google+ social network. Following the abrupt departure of Google+ chief Vic Gundotra earlier this week, rumors have swirled that the company may be unwinding its social tentacles from the apps and services it has enwrapped over the past year or so.Perhaps there’s a larger unbundling trend afoot at the Plex. Image by Flickr user Adam Hyde, CC 2.0 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud anthony myerslast_img read more

Tips for Building DIY Lighting Setups for Under $100

first_imgDon’t have enough funds to purchase high-priced lighting kits? Try out using some of these cheaper methods to get your lighting right.One of the core principles of a skillful shot is the use of good lighting. Here’s the problem, though – lighting equipment can be pretty expensive. When you set up a typical interview shot, you’ll probably use 3 different lights to set your key, back, and fill. Each of those lights can cost around $200 each, which will stretch your budget to more than some people can afford.Not to worry, though, my wonderful penny pinchers. The folks over at ShareGrid have a few ways to incorporate everyday lighting systems to achieve quality light production by using cheap work lights, foam board, and even Christmas lights.Work/Clamp LightsFor anyone who’s been on a construction site or has a quirky friend who likes utilitarian design, you’ve probably seen these lights before. These cheap tin lights cost only about 9 dollars each and can do some serious work for their low cost. These aren’t the prettiest lights, but you can spruce them up by choosing the type of bulb you put in them. Use tungsten bulbs for a warmer color, or LED bulbs if you want more of a white temperature. Since these bulbs don’t have a dimmer setting, the wattage of your bulb will determine how powerful the light will be.Foamcore BoardAhh, the foamcore board, a gaffer’s best friend. It’s one of the simplest ways to get diffusion in your lighting set up. When using the work lights mentioned above, the light from them will be harsh and unappealing. To soften the light, direct it at a foam board and use the reflected light as your key. The light will spread out more evenly and create a prettier light.Shower CurtainPossibly one of the more underutilized lighting additions out there, the shower curtain creates a thin matte for your reflected light to diffuse it even more. When you add the shower curtain to the reflected light off of the foam core board, you create a system called a “book light”, which takes a small, hard source of light and makes it a large, broad, even source of light.Christmas LightsI for one never thought I would use Christmas lights in my shots unless they were there for a practical use. But, if you are looking for a really simple way to spruce up your fill light, these small lights can create a soft, mellow glow that can compliment your key very nicely. Make sure to hang them on a poster board directed at your subject so you can use their reflect all of their lighting power towards your subject, and you don’t lose any to the back.Parchment Paper and Screen MaterialYou don’t want your back light to create a hard line on your subject’s outline. You want a soft, even light that compliments the others in your setuo. Try pointing one of your lights at a combination of parchment paper and screen material. This will break up the direct light and add a smoother back light to your subject.MirrorsNo need to buy more lights. Just double your output by reflecting an already existing light in your system through a mirror! To pull this off, set up your mirror on a stand and try and find a reflective angle of one of your lights. Try and point it to the back of your subject for a second back light. It’s not going to be enough light to be used as a key or fill, but it’s just enough to create a complimentary back light on your subject.last_img read more

If You Really Want to Be a Closer

first_imgThe real close when you make a complex sale doesn’t occur when your prospect signs the contract and through all your effort becomes a client. The real commitment you need to gain only starts when your dream client signed your contract. The real close is gaining their commitment to change and to execute.You’ve been here. You’ve sold your prospect the solution they need. They’ve agreed to make the changes necessary on their end. But then, you begin to execute only to find out that your new client is unwilling to change what they need to change. This even after you had a half-dozen conversations about how their processes and procedures would need to change.The real close you need is gaining the commitments to go to war inside their own organization and insist on execution from the stakeholders that supported you. Closing the deal all the way means going back into your customer’s company and working with the stakeholders who are dragging their feet (or digging in their heels, if you will forgive back to back metaphors) to get the commitment to make changes.These aren’t easy commitments to gain. Everyone wants the better results without having to fundamentally change what they are doing. This is why the incumbent failed. This is why your new client has changed partners three times and why they believe that changing again will give them better results. No one has been able–or willing–to push them for the real commitment they need.Execution is messy. It’s political. It pisses people off. Before it produces the results they need. If you really want to be a closer, you will make the final close and gain the agreement to change what needs changing. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Davis turns ankle, but Pelicans roll to 10th straight win

first_imgMOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving New Orleans, which has played well since losing center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending injury in January, kept rolling without Davis, although the Kings made a brief run late in the fourth.Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento within 103-94 with 3:12 left, but Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday both hit 3s and combined for 11 straight points to help the Pelicans pull away.“We can do that against teams like this,” Davis said. “But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don’t play down to the level of our competition. We went out there and thought it was going to be an easy game.”Mirotic scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, Holiday had 23 points and eight assists, and E’Twaun Moore added 15 points.The 10-game winning streak matches the Pelicans’ franchise record set Jan. 9-26, 2011. New Orleans has scored 100 or more points in each of the wins, setting another team record.ADVERTISEMENT Hield had 20 points while Zach Randolph added 19 points and five rebounds for Sacramento.The Kings, who have lost six of eight, played the final 42 minutes without point guard De’Aaron Fox. He left early in the first quarter due to lower back stiffness.“It seemed like everything was real difficult,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “We missed a lot of open shots also, which certainly would have helped.”Ian Clark’s 16-foot jumper and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions capped a 12-4 run to end the first and put the Pelicans up 32-21.With Davis getting a lengthy rest on the bench for most of the second quarter, New Orleans extended its advantage to 49-29 on another deep shot from Clark. Holiday later scored eight consecutive points and Davis added a late three-point play to help the Pelicans take a 62-44 halftime lead.MIROTIC’S MOMENTMirotic made 10 of 12 shots and is shooting 56.3 percent over his last four games.“I’ve been taking a lot of extra work to get my confidence back because I was (in) a little struggle in the beginning with my shots,” Mirotic said. “Now it seems that I did get my rhythm.”GOING HOMEThe Pelicans get a break with eight of their next nine in New Orleans after playing eight of their past 11 on the road. They’re in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference.“We knew that this would be a real difficult stretch,” Gentry said. “The thing that we wanted to do is just give ourselves an opportunity at the end of games to win on the road. We’ve done a good job with that.”TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans has won seven straight road games, one shy of the franchise record set in 2007-08. … The Pelicans shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the opening quarter. Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein missed his third straight game with a lower back strain.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Washington on Friday night.Kings: Host Orlando on Friday night. SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDavis went down after battling Kosta Koufos for a rebound. The five-time All-Star winced and grabbed at his ankle before slowly getting to his feet. Davis remained in the game briefly before being taken to the Pelicans locker room with 3:11 left in the third. He did not return and appeared to be getting fitted for a walking boot after the game.“I feel fine but they’ll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there,” Davis said. “Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially coming off somebody’s foot because you really don’t have any protection. It was sore. I just wanted to make sure everything was fine.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grabs his ankle after going down during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Davis left the court and didn’t return to the game as the Pelicans went on to win 114-101. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis has been at the heart of New Orleans’ franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. It’s possible the Pelicans will have to go for No. 11 without their career scoring leader.Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter of a 114-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although X-rays taken on Davis’ ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious.“Won’t know anything until tomorrow,” Gentry said. “They took X-rays but couldn’t really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we’ll go back home and I’m sure he’ll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow and we’ll have more information.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 Citylast_img read more

Sons bat for fathers ahead of Himachal polls

first_imgWinter is around the corner but it’s still quite ‘sonny’ up in Himachal Pradesh as the state gears up for assembly polls .While Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and arch-rival Virbhadra Singh , the state Congress chief, are busy rallying support across all the 67 constituents, their sons have taken up the mantle for campaigning in their father’s constituencies.And the upcoming polls are bound to prove a test of fire for both Arun Dhumal, who looks after the family business in Jalandhar, and budding politician Vikramaditya Singh. Both their fathers are contesting from new constituencies as the delimitation commission has scrapped Dhumal’s bastion Bamsan constituency in Hamirpur. Virbhadra’s stronghold Rohru, meanwhile, has been reserved for scheduled caste candidates.Dhumal and Virbhadra will now be vying for victory from Hamirpur and Shimla (rural) respectively.It’s hardly surprising then that Vikramaditya and Arun have been going out of their way to connect with the electorate and working hard to ensure their father’s absence doesn’t cost them the November elections.Vikramaditya, who’s in his early 20s, gets up at the crack of dawn every day before setting out to interact with voters, obviously taking his maiden attempt at campaigning seriously.He visits a new place each day and spends 16 hours on the campaign trail from 8 am till midnight.”It is a big responsibility as the campaign is for a reputed politician,” Vikramaditya said.”People are raising local issues, such as lack of health amenities and road connectivity. Unemployment is another big problem,” he added.The path appears easier for Arun as Hamirpur is already a Dhumal bastion, but that doesn’t mean the scion is taking the job any lightly. The businessman has been trudging up and down every village of the constituency with his team.”People of Hamirpur are going to poll record votes in favour of the chief minister. He is campaigning elsewhere as he has to cover 67 constituencies. The people are overwhelmed and coming forward openly,” Arun said.Interestingly, neither Dhumal nor Virbhadra has announced dates for campaigns in their own constituencies. But they are expected to canvass in their respective constituencies for at least one day, when they will also file their nominations – October 16 for Dhumal and October 17 for Virbhadra.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany’s inexperience highlighted while beating Australia

first_imgThe learning curve facing an inexperienced and experimental German side became clearer to coach Joachim Loew after they were given a fright by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday.It wasn’t just goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s two blunders but the way Germany eased off in the second half that bothered Loew. Still, Germany held on to open its Group B campaign with a 3-2 victory in Sochi.”Who would expect it to be perfect?” Loew said through a translator. “This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days.”For Loew this eight-team World Cup warm-up competition is merely a stepping stone on the path to defending the title won in Brazil in 2014.”We were losing our thread, our attacks were not as consistent and we weren’t single-minded,” Loew said. “We need to work on maintaining our stability … but this is a new team and things have worked very well.”Only two members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad started the game in Sochi and, while the team was dynamic going forward, it was vulnerable at the back.Lars Stindl marked his tournament debut with a goal after five minutes that was canceled out by Tommy Rogic when the Australia forward fired the ball under Leno.Julian Draxler, an unused substitute in the 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina, restored Germany’s lead from the penalty spot before halftime.Although Leon Goretzka extended the German lead three minutes into the second half, another blunder by Leno ensured it was a nervy conclusion to the game in the Black Sea resort. A shot from Rogic through a crowded penalty area was spilled by the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Tomi Juric stabbed the rebound into the net.advertisementThe Australian threat persisted but Germany clung on to collect three points in the Fisht Stadium, where around 20,000 seats were empty.”We invested a lot in the first half and ran a lot,” Germany defender Joshua Kimmich said. “So in the second half, Australia had a bit more possession but I didn’t think they had a lot of opportunities and chances.”Australia is taking the trip to Russia far more seriously, bringing a full-strength squad unlike Germany. Contrary to assertions from coach Ange Postecoglou before the game, the Australian side was marginally older than its opponent.Germany’s rawness wasn’t obvious at all early in the game when a goal was created after only five minutes. Stindl exploited vast gaps in the center of the pitch to advance unchecked to meet a cutback from 21-year-old winger Julian Brandt.At 28, Stindl is the second oldest player in the squad. The oldest tried to join him by also scoring his first tournament goal, but Sandro Wagner’s diving header was off target.So much of Germany’s threat was coming from the right flank where Brandt and Kimmich were given space to unsettle AustraliaThe gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game.Australia was posing no threat when Draxler gave the ball away around the halfway line, leading to the equalizer against the run of play. Rodic’s shot came off defender Shkodran Mustafi and he followed up with a shot that went under Leno.Parity, though, was only in place for around two minutes. Goretzka was brought down by Massimo Luongo’s sliding challenge in the penalty area and Draxler made amends for his early sloppiness by restoring Australia’s lead from the spot.It was extended further three minutes into the second half. Kimmich threaded the ball through to Goretzka to beat Ryan at his near post.While Kimmich showed much promise, Leno demonstrated that he’s far from being a contender to replace 31-year-old Manuel Neuer in the German goal when it really matters for the world champions.”He could have held on to that ball but he is a good goalkeeper no doubt about it,” Loew said. “Maybe that was a mistake.”last_img read more

Shocker No 1 Maria Sharapova Knocked Out Of Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova, seeking back-to-back Grand Slam championships, was eliminated from Wimbledon on Monday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to No. 15-seeded Sabine Lisicki  in a match played in windy, rainy conditions.Sharapova, the No. 1 seed who took the French Open title last month for her fourth Grand Slam, was outplayed by Lisicki, a German who won the 2004 Wimbledon title.After blasting an ace down the middle on her third match point, Lisicki collapsed to her knees on the grass and shook both fists. Among those cheering for Lisicki in the guest box was German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.“It’s just unbelievable,” Lisicki said. “For the third time I’ve beaten the French Open champion here. I’m just so happy. I’ve lost the three previous meetings against her. Now I just played well and beat her for the first time.”Sharapova was trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. But Lisicki was better.“I just went for my shots. Really from the first point on I felt great out there,” Lisicki said. “It’s my favorite tournament, I love playing on grass, I love the crowd here. I just love it.”Lisicki will next face fellow German and No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who drubbed Kim Clijsters 6-1, 6-1. Clijester, the 47th-ranked Belgian, has said she is retiring after this year’s U.S. Open – this time for good, having returned to the sport in 2009 after a two-year break. read more

Kobe Bryant to Take Practice to Next Level

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he received the “green light” to workout harder in practice, but he still hasn’t set a return date as he recovers from the Achilles tendon injury he suffered last April.“I just keep it all open right now,” Bryant said Wednesday. “I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on timelines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. It’s entertaining. When I’m ready, I’m ready.”Bryant is currently working on developing explosive strength and power, and targeting exercises to build up his Achilles tendon.“I do a lot of calf raises during the day, just trying to get it as strong as possible and constantly pushing the flexibility of it, the mobility,” said Bryant.Bryant said after his Achilles tendon is fully healed, he’s going to need three weeks of hard conditioning to get back to his playing weight.“I need to get my fat ass in shape,” Bryant said. “Six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running has caught up to me a little bit. So, I got to get in shape.” read more