Mavericks Nightclub in Dawson Creek on fire

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Zidane enjoys winning start but Atletico beaten in Bilbao

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane began his second spell as Real Madrid boss with a victory © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMadrid, Spain, Mar 16 – Zinedine Zidane brought Real Madrid’s outcasts in from the cold and they repaid him with a win over Celta Vigo on Saturday but La Liga’s title race could well be over after Atletico Madrid were beaten by Athletic Bilbao. Isco and Gareth Bale each scored in Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Celta before Atletico lost 2-0 at San Mames, giving Barcelona the chance to go 10 points clear if they overcome Real Betis on Sunday. Barca’s superiority has been clear for some time but Zidane’s new era is up and running. Isco, who had not started a single league game under Santiago Solari, gave Real the lead shortly after the hour and Bale got the goal his own committed display deserved to put sorry Celta out of sight. Bale was teed up by Marcelo, who was also dropped by Solari but recalled, while Keylor Navas pulled off a superb save in the first half, having been brought back in ahead of Thibaut Courtois. “Nobody can erase what these players have done,” Zidane about those players he recalled. “I will count on everyone.”The victory ends a run of four consecutive home defeats for Madrid and means they are now two points behind Atletico, nine back on Barca.That deficit will surely prove too big to close but Zidane’s job was to restore morale in the 11 league games that are left and to find out what, and who, needs changing in the summer. “My team-talk was really simple,” Zidane said. “I told them to have fun, to play, to run together and to be united when we don’t have the ball. When we have it, let’s have fun, and that’s what we did.”At times, it felt like a pre-season fixture, not just because of the baking hot sun but the relaxed atmosphere and the sense this is now a team on trial. Bale, whose relationship with Zidane deteriorated to breaking point last season, was arguably the biggest winner, his performance proving there could yet be a place for him in what the club’s president Florentino Perez has dubbed “the glorious new era”. Marcelo impressed too while Courtois might well wonder what his next couple of months hold, given Navas, an old favourite of Zidane, looks to be back in favour.“There are 10 games left, today Keylor played, on another day it could be Thibaut,” Zidane said. “Real Madrid needs two or three great goalkeepers. We’ll see what happens next year.”– Bale rattles crossbar –There was a cosy feeling at the Santiago Bernabeu, where fans had a new song to the tune of ‘Hey Jude’, replaced by ‘Zizou’, and cheered their new coach’s name when it was announced before kick-off. Bale came closest to scoring in the first half with an acrobatic scissor-kick that crashed against the crossbar and later teed up Karim Benzema to tap in, only for the referee to book the Welshman for a foul in the build-up. Celta found chances on the break but never looked liked converting. Maxi Gomez, with only Ramos to beat, curled wide while Sofiane Boufal’s finish had to be blocked on the line by Marcelo as Madrid were again caught upfield. Benzema’s goal was ruled out just before half-time and Luka Modric had one chalked off just after, this time VAR intervening to show Raphael Varane offside and close enough to be deemed active. Isco’s influence had diminished and Dani Ceballos was ready to replace him just before he scored the opening goal. Asensio made it, a superb run allowing Benzema to cross and Isco to bundle in.There was still time for Bale to add a second, his touch making space for the shot after Marcelo had slipped him clear. The ball hit the post and then the net.After going out of the Champions League to Juventus on Tuesday, Atletico’s miserable week continued as they were undone by two late goals in Bilbao. Jose Gimenez was at fault for the opener, gifting the ball to Inigo Cordoba who found Inaki Williams at the back post. Gimenez was unfortunate for the second too, as Kenan Kodro’s shot deflected off his foot on its way in, leaving Barcelona with one hand on the trophy. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Warriors 118, Rockets 113: Curry’s hot second half without Durant eliminates Houston

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/11/bang_e296056d-2b06-411b-bb5e-f66e6cd92e48″]HOUSTON – The Warriors stormed toward the locker room. It became way too early to pour champagne on each other. Save that for June, obviously.Yet, the Warriors realized they might not be able to celebrate then like they did in three of the past four seasons. They missed Kevin Durant, who remains sidelined for at least a week with a strained right calf. They played a Houston Rockets team that had already challenged …last_img read more

Anti-Darwinian Observations Require New Stories

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here are new findings that contradict traditional neo-Darwinian theory.Darwinians will need to rearrange their web of belief in light of these recent observations. Since evolutionary theory is so flexible, none of these findings will prevent clever Darwinians from rescuing their theory with auxiliary hypotheses, but these are not the kind of things Darwin would have predicted.Kangaroos chew over evolutionary theory (PhysOrg). Worried-looking researchers in a photo in this article need to “turn back the clock on evolution.” Among the few predictive “laws” in evolutionary theory is Dollo’s Law, that says once a trait is lost, it cannot be regained. Yet the scientists from Flinders University observe kangaroos regaining tooth cusps that their ancestors had lost. This cannot be a case of convergent evolution, they argue. Going into theory-rescue mode, they change the rules to allow something previously forbidden.Biologists have often discounted the potential for evolution to shift into reverse, dismissing such occurrences as convergent evolution, “where similar features evolve independently in organisms that are not closely related,” explains co-author Flinders Associate Professor Gavin Prideaux.The researchers argue that “reanimating genetically mothballed features may be ‘allowed’ by evolution when it aligns with pressures that determine an animal’s ecology”.Beards are for him, not her (The Conversation). Darwin was mighty proud of his theory of sexual selection. It would predict that men evolved beards to attract mates. Wrong, claims Tamsin Saxton, a female lecturer and psychologist from Northumbria U. On The Conversation, she observes that men seem to respect and admire other hirsute men, but women generally do not. At least that might be the case, based on one’s choice of survey results. To rescue sexual selection from this scruffy observation, she proposes that “beards probably evolved at least partly to help men boost their standing among other men.” So is that enough to create genes that allow the best beards to attract the most mates by intimidating the clean shaven? Maybe, if you don’t think about it.How the human got its big nose (New Scientist). “It’s an evolutionary mystery that’s literally as plain as the nose on your face. Why did our ancestors develop a prominent protruding nose when most primates have flat nasal openings?” They dare not leave this mystery without some kind of adaptive just-so story. But they have none: unless they can blame climate change, “we may have gained our protruding noses and poorly performing nasal passages simply by chance.”The social gene (Science Magazine). In this book review of a new Harvard work called The Society of Genes, reviewer Joseph Swift swiftly unravels Richard Dawkins’ old orthodoxy of the “selfish gene”. The book gives so many examples of cooperation in nature, from genes to humans, that Dawkins’ 40-year-old metaphor cannot survive the post-genomic era.In the intervening years, we have come to realize that many of the most interesting and important phenomena in human biology are not caused by any single gene….“Genes do indeed behave in ways that can be described as selfish,” they concede. “But genes, like humans, do not live in isolation.” It is therefore useful to think about our genes as members of a society in which different genes play specific roles.Survival of the win-win strategy (Science Daily). By now, most evolutionists know that Darwin’s phrase “survival of the fittest” (adopted from Herbert Spencer) is overly simplistic. More reason to overturn it is supplied in this article that shows the dominant member of a group, such as the alpha male, is not purely selfish, squashing everyone else in the group. “We think that some dominance behaviors are actually winner-winner interactions,” a researcher at NC State says, “increasing the social authority or standing of both participants.” But wouldn’t this, contra Darwin and social Darwinism, tend to perpetuate the less fit?Trap-door jaw convergence (Current Biology). Examples of so-called “convergent evolution” are legion. Critics of the idea of convergence argue that supposing a blind, aimless process hit on the same solution is tantamount to believing in miracles. This paper adds another example: in trap-jaw spiders, “High-speed predatory strikes have evolved four times independently.” Each time, it required modifications of the head and muscle attachments and other structural changes. Each species would also have to know how to use the modified equipment and pass it on.Earlier photosynthesis (PhysOrg). The ability to convert light to food is arguably one of the most complex abilities of microbial and plant life. A Darwinist might predict it arose late in evolution. Not; a certain Dr. Cordona from Imperial College London argues that a form of photosynthesis that does not release oxygen is “more ancient than thought, and most living things could do it” when it first appeared. The antecedent to “than thought” is usually other evolutionists, implying that previously-accepted evolutionary notions need another rescue.Bad selection (Science Daily). The miracle-worker of evolutionary dogma, natural selection, can hurt rather than help evolutionary progress. This article says that selection pressures can “push plants over [an] adaptation cliff,” leading to extinction rather than innovation. It’s not a new idea; J.B.S. Haldane worried about it. Even so, “It runs counter to the most common current thinking that plants are able to cope with evolutionary pressures that strain thousands of points of change in a plant and its genetic make-up at a time.”The repurpose-driven brain (Science Daily). Lastly, we see that the human brain is over-designed for abstract thinking. “The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering,” this article begins. “Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only been formally defined in the last few centuries.” To account for that, some evolutionists at Carnegie Mellon are suggesting that the brain somehow is able to “repurpose itself” for new things like math and science. What mutation caused a blind process to give a creature something it wouldn’t encounter for 199,500 years?Evolutionists know darn well that their theory doesn’t work in its original Darwinian form. Over the last 157 years, Darwin’s disciples have accumulated so many rescue devices, the devices have become more significant than the theory itself. Evolutionism is a veritable junkyard of theory rescue devices. The only continuity with Darwin comes from the Darwin seals of approval (little stickers of his bearded face) on all the ring buoys, wrenches, funhouse mirrors and other machinations concocted by his disciples to keep his program of methodological naturalism looking operational, whether by distraction, obfuscation or imagination. The lapdog media are part and parcel of this whole enterprise to keep biology naturalistic, no matter the cost.last_img read more

Why are there so many wheels on large airliners?

first_imgWith large super-jumbo airliners like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 weighing nearly one million pounds at takeoff, their landing gear has to be designed not only to take all that weight while on the ground, but distribute it evenly so the aircraft does not crush the concrete runway or asphalt taxiway below. Even smaller aircraft are equipped with landing gear designed to distribute their weight evenly for runways, taxiways, and ramps at the smaller airports they serve around the world.To solve this weight-distribution problem, aircraft designers initially came up with two and four-wheel “bogies” mounted on two main landing gear struts that effectively spread the airliner’s footprint weight very evenly on the ground. With the advent of wide-body jumbo jets, additional landing gear struts and wheels were added either under the center fuselage, or just inboard of the wing root. The Boeing 777 features a unique landing gear design with six main wheels located in tandem on each main strut.last_img read more

iPad Sales in 2011: 18-25 Million or More, Say Analysts

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … We already know the iPad is popular – it sold 2 million units in its first 60 days, and then 3 million by the 80-day point. But how big of an impact will the iPad have in 6 months? A year from now? Analysts are starting to weigh in on this topic, and the numbers they’re coming up with are big. Very big.According to Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi, Apple could sell 25 million iPads in 2011. Barclays Capital, meanwhile, predicts 28 million tablets will be sold in 2011, with Apple owning the majority of that market for several years. Reported by Digital Daily, Sacconaghi, in a note to clients, said the iPad could sell “5 million iPads or more in FY 11.” He determined this by extrapolating sales trajectories of the iPhone, iPod Touch and netbooks. However, he offered a more conservative estimate of 18 million, saying that “product use-cases and competitive offerings are very nascent.” He also underscored that the firm does not have a high conviction in the estimate for those reasons. Meanwhile, only yesterday, Barclays Capital was estimating similar numbers for the tablet industry: 28 million units by 2011 and Apple holding onto a 75% market share throughout next year. New Estimates Much Higher Than Earlier OnesWhat’s interesting about both these predictions (and, as always, analysts predications are taken with the proverbial grain of salt around here), is how much higher they are than the earlier estimates that came out around the time of the iPad’s launch. In February, we rounded up the current analyst estimates and, at that time, firms were predicting unit sales of 3.75 million to 9 million for FY 2011. Specifically:Yair Reiner, Oppenheimer: 4 million units in FY 2011 Scott Craig, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch: 3.75 million in FY 2011 Keith Bachman, BMO Capital: 5.5 million units in FY 2011 Ben Reitzes, Barclays Capital:  7.3 million in FY 2011 Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray: 8 million units in FY 2011 Katy Huberty, Morgan Stanley: 9 million units in FY 2011 How does one get from (the arguably decent) showing of 3.75 million units in FY 2011 to the (somewhat earth-shattering) figure of 25 million+?Part of that jump may be attributable to the iPad’s in-roads in the enterprise. As reported yesterday by our own Alex Williams, Well Fargo took two years to support the iPhone, but approved the iPad in the span of a few weeks. And Mercedes is thinking of purchasing iPads for its 350 U.S. dealerships.But enterprise sales alone can’t account for what’s clearly a seismic shift in the personal computing landscape. Perhaps it’s like Steve Jobs, Apple CEO said: tablets are leading the way to the “post-PC” era (And of course by “tablets” he meant “iPad”). Jobs wasn’t just referring to the death of Windows computers, either, but to the very form factor our generation has grown up knowing as “the computer.” A box, screen and keyboard, which then became the flip-to-open notebook and later its tiny sibling, the netbook. And while many of us can’t personally imagine life without a hardware-based keyboard, the majority truly “personal” computing can be done on a touchscreen alone. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, email, Web surfing and everything else that occupies a good bit of people’s non-work related computing time rarely requires the amount of keyboard input that necessitates the additional hardware. For many mainstream computer users, the iPad suffices. Yahoo! Reveals iPad User Base is More Gender-Balanced…and Much, Much Bigger Recent findings from media company Yahoo! support the claim of iPad’s growing mainstream popularity: the company today revealed a follow-up to its early reports on the iPad user base, an analysis based on visits to Yahoo! network properties. As expected, the first wave of iPad users skewed heavily male, as is often the case when new tech gadgets arrive on scene. But now, the gender ratio is more balanced, moving from a 2:1 to 3:2 male to female ratio. The company has also seen a 7x increase in the number of users visiting Yahoo! services via the iPad, another indicator of the device’s popularity for the above-referenced “personal” computing. And given the more balanced mix of iPad users, interest in other Yahoo! properties beyond Flickr, News, Finance and Sports has also increased. Yahoo! Groups, for example, is up 28%, Shopping is up 25% and Travel is up 22%. On a personal note, we didn’t need analysts to tell us the iPad would be a hit: the first weekend with the device had us convinced: the iPad is the first real family computer. But to see numbers now associated with the phenomenon is still impressive. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#Trends#web center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

New Visualization Tool from Google With Data From 5.2 Million Digitized Books

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We’ve written a lot this year about the boom in e-readers and the benefits that e-books have over print. And often, discussions surrounding the move to digital texts involves our enhanced ability to read and store our libraries, particularly via mobile devices. But a new project available in Google Labs today – Books Ngram Viewer – highlights some of the other benefits of digitizing texts beyond better reading and storage. So let me invoke my former life as a literature PhD student here to say, “This is incredibly farking cool.”Visualizing the History of the Usage of 500 Billion WordsUsing Google’s Books Ngram Viewer, you can now visualize how language and literature have changed over time, by searching a subset of the more than 15 million books that Google has digitized since 2004. All told, today’s datasets contain more than 500 billion words from 5.2 million books in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The datasets contain phrases of up to five words with counts of how often these occurred each year, providing a great deal of insight – for scholars and casual word hounds – into how language usage changes over time. The datasets were the basis of a research project led by Harvard University’s Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden and published today in Science that demonstrates how quantitative analysis of texts can offer new insights into areas including censorship, technology adoption, and cultural memory. And now Google has put that visualization tool into everyone’s hands, along with the ability to download the raw data.Language, Literature, Culture Over TimeTake the word “farking” that I used above. Usage of the word has risen and fallen over the years, skyrocketing not surprisingly once it became the curse-du-jour in the reprised Battlestar Galactica series. If that’s too pedestrian, compare the changing usage for spaceship, spacecraft, rocket, and UFO. Or the frequency of communism, anarchism, socialism, and capitalism over the course of the twentieth century. Or the decline of man. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… New Quantitative Tools for ScholarsBy mining this data, scholars are able to shed new light onto many things we’ve long assumed about literature, language and culture. According to Dan Cohen, the Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (whose work on the datasets, specifically the Victorian era, was featured in a recent article in The New York Times), the release of the Ngram Viewer is a “real win” as it provides “an easy-to-use research site and, even better, the raw data behind it.” This is an incredible amount of data, a boon to researchers in both the humanities and social sciences. as well as a pretty fun tool for the more casual lit-geeks and word-lovers among us. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

A False Sense of Security in Your Pipeline

first_imgYou need to keep a clean pipeline. There is no benefit to cluttered pipeline full of junk.You might let your pipeline get messy because you are too lazy to invest a half hour cleaning it up, but that’s not probably true. The real reason you don’t clean it up is that you would lose the sense of security that comes with having a nice, full pipeline of opportunities. But unless your pipeline is clean, the sense of security it provides is a false sense of security.You’ll Have Something to Talk AboutIt’s embarrassing to work in sales and not have deals to talk about. There are pipeline review meetings, forecast meetings, and opportunity reviews. You can’t show up with nothing. You need something to talk about. You need to show you are working on something, even if it is really a non-opportunity. Without opportunities, you are exposed.A pipeline full of non-opportunities is usually the sign of a prospecting problem. The clutter is normally a list of receptive contacts or leads with little potential to buy. Their receptivity means that they are willing to talk to you about their business and what you sell, but it doesn’t mean that you have a real opportunity. It’s not enough.If you talk about the same prospects over and over again without any real movement to speak of, these non-opportunities are really just providing you with a false sense of security. They don’t belong in your pipeline.I Don’t Want to Miss OutSome of what is in your pipeline may be companies that used to use a lot of what you sell. They used to be your dream client. But their business changed, and now they no longer use as much of what you sell—or maybe they don’t use any at all.When you visit with these former dream clients, they share an optimistic vision of their future. Someday soon, they tell you, they will come roaring back from their downturn. They are full of hope and confidence. Just like they’ve been over the last three years. But, no movement.You hope they do come back from their downturn. And you want to be there when they do. So you spend a lot of time with them so you know you are first in line to get orders when they come back to life. You don’t want to miss out.The uncomfortable truth is, you aren’t missing out on anything. Past users, regardless of how much they spent, aren’t opportunities. Their past isn’t always an indication of their future. And keeping clients that fit this description in your pipeline is about you having a full pipeline, not about you having a real pipeline.QuestionsHow old are some of the opportunities in your pipeline?How many conversations have you had about opportunities that still haven’t moved?Do you have what used to be good prospects in your pipeline? Prospects that haven’t spent in your category in years and no longer have a need to?How do these non-opportunities provide you with a false sense of security?What do you have to do to have real confidence?last_img read more

Protesters in Rajasthan give away vegetables to the poor

first_imgFarmers belonging to Nindar village, 20 km from here on Monday staged a novel protest as part of the 10-day-long ‘gaon bandh’ (rural shutdown), to draw the government attention and the public at large to their plight.The farmers, who had stopped the supply of vegetables and milk to the cities, distributed vegetables free of cost to the poor. They also served cold milk to the passengers travelling on the Sikar-Jaipur highway.Farmers of Nindar and nearby villages of the Chomu region, including Rajawas, Jairampura, Jalsu, Modi and Chatarpura, took part in the initiative.The Nindar Bachao Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti activists, led by its convenor Nagendra Singh Shekhawat, said they were ready for a prolonged struggle to get remunerative prices for their produce. “We have stopped vegetable and milk supplies to Jaipur since June 1. We will intensify our agitation if the government does not respond to gaon bandh,” said Mr. Shekhawat.Nindar village had made headlines in October last year when its residents dug pits and trenches and buried themselves waist-deep in the mud for a month to protest against acquisition of land for a housing project.last_img read more


first_imgKos Sports X-Blades have provided marketing material to TFA and this will be distributed to all affiliates in the near future to enable all members to access the full range of Kos Sports X-Blades products available. Touch Football Australia (TFA) announced a three-year partnership with Kos Sports X-Blades at the National Youth Camp over the weekend that will create exciting mutual opportunities and benefits for both the sport of Touch Football and the highly respected Sporting Goods giant.TFA National Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, and Kos Sports X-Blades sponsored player, World Cup champion Garry Sonda, were on hand to help usher in the new arrangement.  TFA will benefit at affiliate, State, and National level, with incentives for National Players, individual States, Staff, and Referees that will involve various provision of products over the terms of the three-year corroboration.TFA will also broker the opportunity for affiliates to sell Kos Sports X-Blades products as a viable revenue stream.X-Blades originated in 1989 and Kos Sports in 1992. The company was originally established as a football boot manufacturer but has since branched into sportswear and hard goods in the mainstream sports market.Kos Sports X-Blades is the current license holder for the West Tigers Apparel and Boots (NRL), Netball Queensland, NSW, WA, and Tasmania Shoe supplier, Official Footwear supplier to the NSWRL, and Touch New Zealand.Kos Sports X-Blades also has an impressive log of super star players from across the various football codes on its books.Stephen Larkham (ACT Brumbies, ARU) Brett Hodgson (West-Tigers, NRL) and Adam Campbell (Freemantle, AFL) are a few of the high profile players to wear the Kos Sports X-Blades brand proudly.Prominent Australian Men’s Open Touch Football World Cup heroes Garry Sonda, Ben Robinson, Chris and Ash Farrow, Phil Gyemore, Matt Curran, Peter Stoddart, Joel Willoughby, and Scott Mitchell are amongst X-Blades stable of sponsored stars.X-Blades also boast four of Australia’s World Champion Women’s Open Touch Football Team on their books, including National Captain Sharyn Williams, Shelley Matcham, Teena Mc Ilveen, and Kylie Hilder.The exciting new arrangement between Touch Football Australia and Kos Sports X-Blades also involves the launch of a new Touch Football line called the “Genius” range. The “Genius” range, available in October, provides lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.In the terms of the partnership, Kos Sports X-Blades have acquired naming rights to the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, two of Touch Football Australia’s showcase events on the National calendar.Bill Spyros, from Kos Sports X-Blades is delighted with the arrangement with Touch Football Australia.“This long term partnership further compliments a remarkable heritage with Touch Football in Australia, from an Australian company that specifically designs and develops high technology shoes for the sport. We see this long term partnership as a perfect fit to support not only the consistent growth of Touch Football, but also allow X-Blades to become introduced to a whole new generation of players.” Mr. Spyros said.last_img read more