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first_imgWindies almost bottom of Test table DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lowly ranked West Indies have experienced an 11-point slide and are in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the ICC Test team rankings. Bangladesh are breathing down the necks of the West Indies Test side, trailing them by just eight points, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which included the annual update, released yesterday. West Indies have retained eighth position, but have dropped from 79 points to 65. The gap between the Caribbean side and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points. The ICC says with the annual update the results from 2012-13 are no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series are weighted at 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the rankings, while India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Wade ‘honoured’ to be Prince’s favourite player MIAMI (AP): Dwyane Wade says he’s feeling “all kinds of emotions” after hearing that he was Prince’s favourite basketball player. The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince’s comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis. Wade tweeted that he knows he has fans and supporters around the world, but “hearing Prince say those words was an ultimate compliment”. Prince died last month at his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Bahamas FA backs Haven against FIFA ban NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has thrown its support behind Lionel Haven, a former executive member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who has been slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA, football’s governing body. “Lionel has worked with the BFA for a number of years,” Sealey said. “He was a dedicated and committed general secretary, who helped us achieve much of what we are being credited for today.” Haven, also a former Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) secretary general who has denied any wrong doing, was slapped with a fine of US$3000 in addition to the five-year ban. FIFA’s ethics committee says Haven has failed to disclose information on cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. “We are confident and satisfied that his involvement in this, is as he stated,” said Sealey. “I spoke to him immediately after having reported it and I’m satisfied that he had no involvement in this and we stand behind him.” The ban stems from the so-called cash for votes controversy, in which Caribbean football executives were handed US$40,000 stuffed in envelopes at an upscale hotel in Trinidad ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential election.last_img read more

Misreading Soft Tissue

first_img(Visited 737 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When organic remains are found in fossils said to be hundreds of millions of years old, what questions should be asked?Scientists were stunned when soft tissues were found in a T. rex bone in 2005. Numerous studies since then have confirmed the presence of collagen and other original proteins in certain fossils. Should these discoveries not call into question the long ages assigned these remains? Instead, Darwinists have simply accommodated them into their web of belief, claiming it sheds light on evolution.Note: Some of the news items below regard original soft tissue; others regard mineralized impressions of soft tissue.Gut glands illuminate trunk segmentation in Cambrian fuxianhuiids (Current Biology). Carbon impressions of internal organs in a Cambrian arthropod from China show clear detail of the gut. The paper says, “the midgut is preserved as carbon compressions associated with iron deposits resulting from the pyritization of internal organs.” It should be remarkable to find such detail in a fossil said to be 500 million years old, but the authors seem fixated on evolution: “improving understanding of segmentation in extant organisms, reveals that euarthropods had already acquired a substantial degree of developmental flexibility early on in their evolutionary history as informed by the Cambrian fossil record.” How is this a revelation about evolution, if the animal “had already acquired” complex traits? And how could such detail be preserved for hundreds of millions of years?Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets (Phys.org). Bouncing off of soft-tissue impressions in the Burgess Shale, this article admits that “soft parts such as internal organs, eyes, or even completely soft organisms, like worms, tend to decay before they can be fossilised.” But instead of asking why any soft tissue impressions remain at all after such a long time, this article again looks for clues to evolution. “To expand their understanding of the exceptional preservation of soft organisms, the team are currently delving further back into Earth history, to investigate the preservation of microbes before macroscopic organisms with skeletons or shells evolved.” The focus is on the type of rock that allowed the soft tissue impressions to survive, not on the complexity of the organs preserved. Logically, this has nothing to do with life on other planets. The following quote commits a flawed syllogism: Major premise: soft tissue remains are preserved in some Earth minerals. Minor premise: Mars might have those minerals. Conclusion: Mars might have fossils.Of the project’s wider applications, potentially supporting the search for life beyond our own planet, Anderson adds: ‘For the vast majority of Earth’s history, life has not possessed hard shells or skeletons. This means that if we want to look for fossil evidence of life on other planets like Mars, the chances are we probably need to find fossils of entirely soft organisms, and Burgess Shale-type fossilisation provides a way. NASA’s Curiosity rover has the ability to record mineralogy on the Martian surface, so it could potentially look for the types of rocks which might be most conducive to preserving these fossils.’Fossilised plant leaf wax provides new tool for understanding ancient climates (Science Daily). Ask scientists these days to comment on new observations, and they will find a way to fit it into climate change. That’s what we see here in this article. “The new data confirms the expectations of climate models, that atmospheric cooling is coupled to less atmospheric moisture,” the scientists claim with joy. But what about that leaf wax?A method of estimating ancient moisture content based on these plant wax compounds overcomes the limitations of other methods because plant waxes are commonly found in soils and sediments stretching back tens or even hundreds of millions of years and across many environments.How do they know that leaf wax can last hundreds of millions of years? They don’t. Evolutionary dating demands that the fossils be that old. Only in recent decades have paleontologists come to grips with the fact that believing long ages requires major revisions to thinking about how long biological organic remains can survive.Evolutionary thinking distorts science. Evolutionary thinking distorts logic. Evolution News posted a quip about the Darwin scientific method:Introduction: Start by stating confidently that evolution is true.Methods and Results: If (as often happens) some of your results are inconsistent with evolutionary theory, describe them in the most obscure technical language available.Discussion: Make some clever guesses about why some of your data seem to be inconsistent with evolutionary theory. If that doesn’t work, claim that your data expand and enrich our understanding of evolution. (Optional: Insert a disparaging comment about intelligent design.)Conclusion: Evolution is true.last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Davisson Farms, Union County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net made their way south of Milford Center in Union County to Davisson Farms. Dale Davisson leads the corn and soybean operation.last_img

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 18, 2012

first_imgCelebrate the 10th Annual CITO WeekendThousands of geocachers walk into parks, onto trails, and visit other geocaching-friendly areas around the world to clean up the environment each year. They walk out with bags of trash and a sense of pride. They’re taking part in Cache In Trash Out (CITO) events and helping to preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources through litter clean up, removal of invasive species, planting trees, and trail building.CITO events are held all year long, but you’ll have more than 140 to choose from on April 21 and 22 — the 10th annual International CITO weekend.This year, more than a thousand geocachers from at least 15 countries are combining in the annual worldwide environmental effort. The locations range from Budapest to Hong Kong, and include 32 U.S. States. Odds are one of the CITO events is near you.Still not convinced you should join? Check out geocachers in action at a couple of CITO events. Watch this Geocaching.com Presents CITO video in English or this CITO video in Czech and German.Benefits of Adding Home CoordinatesPlease enter your home coordinates so we can provide information on new geocaches and geocaching events near you.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the 2014 CITO Weekend and SouvenirJanuary 26, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Join a Worldwide Geocaching MovementApril 8, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 13, 2011April 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

3 Predictions for Corporate Innovation in 2019

first_imgFollow the Puck AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Renee Johnson Never have enterprise firms had such a short shelf life. Innosight’s 2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast found that, if the current churn rate holds, fully half of S&P 500 companies will be replaced in the coming decade. Could half of the S&P 500 companies be replaced in the coming 10 years?While 80 percent of executives surveyed by Innosight said they “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that they need to transform, 55 percent of those same executives said they expect their competition to come from existing industry players rather than new competitors.Corporate leaders may be right on the first point, but they’re likely wrong on the second. One of the most significant threats to corporations is disruption from agile startups with a culture of experimentation and risk-taking. For example, Petsmart was forced to make the largest e-commerce acquisition to date in late 2017 when it was blindsided not by industry peer Petco, but by Chewy.com. Similarly, the entire ground transportation industry was turned upside down by ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, which have captured more than 70 percent of the U.S. business traveler market, according to a report by Certify.Petsmart and dozens of other enterprises learned the truth of corporate innovation the hard way: Companies that don’t look to the future will soon become part of the past.What’s Coming in Corporate InnovationThe news isn’t all bad for enterprise leaders, though. Three trends show corporate innovation is alive and well in 2019:Corporations will look beyond traditional R&D and toward partnerships.Over the past three decades, return on R&D spending has declined by two-thirds. As corporations see diminishing returns on internally focused innovation, they’re increasingly looking to external partners for innovation. Fortunately, one-on-one startup-corporate partnerships are no longer their only option. Although they take more effort, accelerators and semi-internal incubators are two emerging solutions. Mastercard’s Start Path program accepted 11 new startups last year, for instance, most of which were directly relevant to Mastercard’s own financial services. Others, like Google parent company Alphabet, are spinning off startups built by internal team members.The quickest, newest way to get an external perspective, however, is through corporate innovation consultants like Cie Digital. Chief operating officer Alvin Fong argues that it’s Cie’s experience with companies of multiple sizes spanning across different industries that sets it apart. “Startups and corporations come at innovation from two totally different perspectives,” explains Fong. “The best solution is often to find a partner who’s seen the subject from both sides of the fence.”Artificial intelligence will be a primary source of innovation.Although barely one-third of enterprises have adopted AI to date, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey, that’s changing rapidly. The research giant also found that the number of companies implementing one or more AI technologies has grown by 270 percent in the past four years. Chris Howard, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, suggested in a press release that corporate innovation around AI can’t wait for the right talent. “In order to stay ahead, CIOs need to be creative,” Howard explained. “If there is no AI talent available, another possibility is to invest in training programs for employees with backgrounds in statistics and data management.” What subfields of AI are the best bets for corporate innovation? Machine learning pilot programs doubled last year compared to the prior one, Deloitte data showed, and are expected to increase again by 2020. Particularly in the healthcare industry, natural language processing is a hotspot, growing to nearly $8 billion by 2022 from $667 million in 2016.Improving the customer experience will be a top priority. Even as brands invest more in technologies like AI, consumers are clamoring for more human customer experiences. A PwC report released last March showed that 75 percent of consumers want more social interaction in the future, while 64 percent think companies have lost touch with the human side of CX. What’s more, consumers say they’re willing to open their wallets for a better CX. “CMOs take note: Our research revealed that 65 percent of U.S. consumers find a positive brand experience to be more influential than great advertising,” David Clarke, PwC principle and experience consulting leader, said in a press release. “Our findings quantify the potential ROI on experience investments, upwards of 16%.”While AI has a role to play in all types of corporate innovation, many of the best CX changes brands can make are low-tech. Respondents to the PwC survey said fast and efficient service, knowledgeable and helpful employees, and convenience is their top three CX priorities. For today’s companies, corporate innovation is literally a life-or-death choice. This past decade is proof that their scale, history, and expertise aren’t enough to keep smaller peers from surpassing them. Without an eye on the customer experience, investments in AI technologies, and the right partnerships, 2019 might be a brutal year. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#agile corporations#AI#artificial intelligence#corporate innovation#Partnerships I’m a freelance writer and mother living in the Bay Area. I write about parenting, tech, gadgets, and am absolutely thrilled that my work allows me to be there raising my children. last_img read more

There will be civil war and bloodbath: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday delivered a loud and clear message that “India needs a change in 2019”.Speaking at a conclave organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India on the theme of “Love your neighbour”, Ms. Banerjee said the ruling party’s diktats on “what to eat, what to wear, where to stay” could not be tolerated.“India needs a change and that change has to happen in 2019,” the Chief Minister said. She cautioned the government that there would be a civil war and blood bath in Assam where 40 lakh people had not made it to the final draft list of the National Register for Citizens and faced an uncertain future.“What is going on in Assam? It is not only the Bengalis — it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis … more than 40 lakh people who voted for the ruling party have suddenly been made refugees in their own country,” Ms. Banerjee said in her 20-minute address.Ms. Banerjee said even members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family had not been included in the NRC. “We can’t let them die,” she said.Against divisions“If Bengalis say Biharis can’t stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can’t stay there and North Indians say South Indians can’t stay here, what will be [the] state of this country,” she wondered.Referring to the several incidents of lynching across the country, Ms. Banerjee said “I am not that liberal to love people who lynch. I am with the people. If tribals, Dalits and minorities are isolated, it may lead to civil unrest,” she said.Speaking to presspersons, Ms. Banerjee responded sharply to a question on the BJP’s assertion that it would carry out the NRC exercise in West Bengal too. “Who is Amit Shah? Who is BJP? Are they West Bengal’s guardians? Let them first come to power in the State,” the Chief Minister said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Nirupam Sen, veteran CPI(M) leader, passes away

first_imgNirupam Sen, senior CPI(M) leader, passed away at a Kolkata hospital in the early hours of Monday following a cardiac arrest, the hospital said. He was 72.The former commerce and industry minister of West Bengal (from 2001 to 2011) leaves behind wife, a son and a daughter.The body will be kept in a mortuary during the day and the final rites will be performed on Wednesday in Bardhaman, his hometown. The body will also be taken to CPI(M) party headquarters and the CITU office on Wednesday.“On Wednesday, Sen’s body will be taken to the CITU office here. After that it will be taken to the party’s State head quarters where people will be allowed to pay their last respects,” sources in the party said.Suffered from kidney ailmentsMr. Sen was impaired in 2013 after a health issue. In the past few years, he could be seen attending party events in a wheelchair.The former Polit Bureau member of the party had been on the life support system in the hospital after his health condition deteriorated in the early weeks of December. He had been critical since then.“Sen was fighting kidney ailments. He was impaired by a cerebral attack in 2013,” an official at the hospital said.Mr. Sen was the driving force behind attempts of industrialisation of the State in the last 10 years of the Left Front government led by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.Born October 8, 1946, his political career began when he became a member of the CPI(M) during his student years. He became the district secretary of the Students Federation of India, students wing of the party in 1966.Though he started his career as a teacher, he became full-time member of the party in 1968. Mr. Sen was district secretary of Bardhaman district CPI(M) from 1989 to 1995. He became MLA from Bardhaman town in 1987, became central committee member of the party in 1998 and Polit Bureau member in 2008.CondolencesCPI (M) West Bengal’s official twitter handle said, “Red Salute Comrade Nirupam Sen. Long Live Comrade Nirupam Sen. He passed away at 5.10 am on Monday at a private hospital. The body will be kept at peace heaven in Kolkata today. Comrade Nirupam Sen’s last rites will be performed on Wednesday.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted out her condolences. “Saddened at the passing away of Nirupam Sen, former Minister of West Bengal. Condolences to his family and well wishers,” she said.CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury termed Mr. Sen a dedicated Communist.”Lal Salam, Comrade Nirupam Sen. We lost him this morning. A dedicated Communist, who devoted his entire life to the cause of the working class and the peasantry. He served in various capacities including as a member, Polit Bureau and a senior Minister in Left Front governments,” Mr Yechury tweeted.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

KaTropa make it

first_imgLady Warriors blank rivals In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Phoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT 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

London Olympics: Just 3 physios in Indian contingent

first_imgThe 81-member Indian contingent for the London Olympics will have to do with only three physiotherapists.Only boxing and hockey contingents have physios of their own while one physio will be going from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and will be available for the rest of the athletes from 11 other disciplines. The 14-member athletics team and five wrestlers do not have dedicated physios. The athletics federation did not ask for any physio as they had to accommodate coaches and one doctor in their quota of seven support staff.Some athletes sponsored by Mittal Champions Trust (MCT) had requested Englishman Patrick Kenny on board and, as such, he will be given daily passes for the Games Village.IOA president VK Malhotra said they have done everything to accommodate the request of the federations. “Besides the physio from IOA, the two others will also help other athletes once they are through with their respective teams. We have decided to give Patrick Kenny daily passes that will allow him access to the Games Village. Then there are masseurs and doctors available at the Games Village,” he said.The wrestlers will now use the services of Kenny as, barring Sushil Kumar, all of them are MCT-sponsored. “During the World Championships last year, we asked him to help out Sushil and he agreed. So, we can do with Kenny,” said chief coach Vinod Kumar.last_img read more