first_imgChris Martin is set to return to the Fulham squad for Saturday’s game with Barnsley.The Scotland striker had been left out of the last three squads after telling Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic he wanted to return to parent club Derby.However, Fulham refused to terminate the loan deal and there was no clause allowing the Rams to recall Martin.Derby have since signed David Nugent from Leicester, although their manager Steve McClaren insisted that had not changed their stance on wanting Martin back.However, Jokanovic has declared that Martin is fit and available to face Barnsley.Centre-backs Tomas Kalas and Michael Madl have also recovered from injury, so Fulham’s only absentees are Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano, who are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Observations don’t always fit what evolutionists expect.  Darwin’s theory always wins anyway.When you wish upon a bone:  Roger Close of Monash University looked at fossil wishbones and tried to find an evolutionary pattern.  There wasn’t any.  The furcula (wishbones) of mesozoic birds showed just as much diversity as those of modern birds, if not more so.  The article on PhysOrg summarizing Close and Rayfield’s paper in PLoS ONE did not mention transitional forms, or any pattern from simple to complex.Close expected his research to “broaden our understanding of the functional anatomy or biomechanics of early avian evolution.”  He expected to clarify the findings in a 2002 study of wishbones by Hui, but alas, “a murkier picture seems to emerge” from his data set.  In the PhysOrg article, Close left the door open for Darwin: “While this may be interpreted as evidence that early birds flew differently to those alive today, it might equally well indicate that they had evolved different anatomical solutions to accomplish the same feats.”Adult birds as dinosaur fetuses:  Two evolutionists, by studying the shape of bird heads and dinosaur hatchlings, came up with a new idea about the origin of birds: they are dinosaurs that never grew up.  Somehow, the first birds were dinosaurs that “sped up the clock” of embryonic development and arrested it before maturity.  As a result of what might be called the Peter Pan theory of evolution, ostriches, condors, hummingbirds and penguins were not far behind.“What is interesting about this research is the way it illustrates evolution as a developmental phenomenon,” said Arkhat Abzhanov, associate professor at Harvard and study co-author. “By changing the developmental biology in early species, nature has produced the modern bird — an entirely new creature — and one that, with approximately 10,000 species, is today the most successful group of land vertebrates on the planet.”Is this a new law of nature?  Are whales arrested embryos of cattle?  Are humans arrested embryos of monkeys?  In the report on Science Daily, they didn’t point to any other instances of such an evolutionary process, but added “arrested embryonic development” to Darwin’s strategic toolkit:Ultimately, Abzhanov said, the way the bird skull evolved — through changes in the developmental timeline — highlights the diversity of evolutionary strategies that have been used over millions of years.“That you can have such dramatic success simply by changing the relative timing of events in a creature’s development is remarkable,” he said. “We now understand the relationship between birds and dinosaurs that much better, and we can say that, when we look at birds, we are actually looking at juvenile dinosaurs.”“It shows that there’s so much for evolution to act upon,” Bhullar agreed.The article indicated that they were surprised by the differences in development between birds and dinosaurs: “What the researchers found was surprising — while early dinosaurs, even those closely related to modern birds, undergo vast morphological changes as they mature, the skulls of juvenile and adult birds remain remarkably similar.”  This evidence was not allowed to falsify Darwinism, however; on the contrary, it was used to reinforce it.  Now Darwin has more diversity of evolutionary strategies to use, and a bigger toolkit to work with.Bird feeder gets smaller:  One would think birds would love to eat giant insects, especially since pterodactyls lunched on them.  Apparently, the early bird got the small insect.  A prof and his grad student at UC Santa Cruz had to look long and hard to find correlations between insect size, oxygen levels and bird evolution, but turned up enough to report on PhysOrg that the “Reign of the giant insects ended with the evolution of birds.”Facts and data gaps, though, kept getting in the way: “But a 20-million-year gap in the insect fossil record makes it hard to tell when insect size changed, and a drop in oxygen levels around the same time further complicates the analysis.”  It left them with a composite explanation involving multiple possibilities: “These include the continued specialization of birds, the evolution of bats, and a mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous.”  How any of these were related to bug size was not clarified.The authors acknowledged that small insects have always been around, even when the giants reigned.  It’s unclear, then, why they would invoke the evolution of birds to drive the big bugs extinct, when today’s oxygen level (21%) is lower than what they assumed existed (30%) in the past and, according to the “leading theory,” oxygen level was a limiting factor on insect size.    An evolutionary story was ready in the wings, though: “With predatory birds on the wing, the need for maneuverability became a driving force in the evolution of flying insects, favoring smaller body size.”  Strange that the big bugs never needed said maneuverability when the pterosaurs were around.Seal a can’t:  Acknowledging that the strange fish known as coelacanths are iconic “living fossils” famous for their lack of evolution since the Middle Devonian, disappearance from the fossil record, and surprise re-appearance doing just fine in 1938.  Since then, several populations of the lobe-finned fish have been found off the costs of South Africa, Tanzania and the Comoros islands.European researchers “unexpectedly” found some genetic diversity among the geographically-separated living populations.  Writing in Current Biology,(Volume 22, Issue 11, R439-R440, 5 June 2012) Lampert et al. said, “Despite its undeniably slow evolutionary rate, the coelacanth still diversifies and is therefore able to adapt to new environmental conditions.”   One would expect a multitude of changes in environmental conditions to have occurred in 400 million years.  This means the fish can evolve, but didn’t — until modern times.  The lesson? — old fuddy-duddies can still jive:Coelacanths are generally viewed as evolutionary relics. Levels of population divergence and allelic diversity are low and confirm the assumed slow rate of molecular evolution in coelacanths. Obviously, even such slow evolutionary rates allow for local adaptation. As shown earlier for coelacanths and recently for cycad plants, near extinction need not be an evolutionary dead end.One wonders what on earth held these talented evolvers back from doing the Darwin thing till now.We must get the evolutionary storytellers out of the science building.On second thought: what would we do for entertainment?  Look at the fun we just had: a new Peter Pan show of bird evolution, a game of Evolutionary Strategy, a Saturday Night Live skit (since there is “so much for evolution to act upon”) of elderly fish that can still jive, and a charlatan’s promise that even YOU need not be an evolutionary dead end (thank goodness).Riddle: What is an evolutionary dead end?Answer: the head of a Darwinist.last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Steve Blank, author of Four Steps to Epiphany, has helped formulate the thinking behind the Lean Startup methodology, together with Eric Ries. I had an opportunity to meet him during a discussion around the Startup Genome project. He observed that most startups that succeed aren’t lean: their goal is to have an exit rather than a scalable business. What would be the methodology for startups that simply want to flip?Flip startups are agile startups that aim to exit quickly. Unlike Lean startups, their priority isn’t to learn in order to create a scalable business model. Instead, their goal is to create a promising product. For example, it could be a successful single app or game. The idea is to build a hit that would make the founder(s) an appealing and quick talent acquisition (sometimes referred to as an acq-hire). This is lean development without any customer development. The focus is on building. Recent examples include Blindtype, Hipster or About.me. All three were bought before or right after launch.The many hackathons such as GameJam or Garage48 have shown that it is possible to create a viable game or Web service in 48 hours. In addition, channels such as Applifier, Appsumo or the Humble Indie Bundle have made it easy to reach large groups of users. There is a growing amount of microfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Appbackr or A-List Games. The consolidation of the social graph by Facebook, the various app stores and the abundance of cloud-based services lower time to market. Lastly, large companies that seek new talent will likely hire promising individuals through a small exit. All these factors combined make it more likely for a single coder to create a one-time hit.The development part is similar to a lean startup: you want to be agile. The part where they differ is that lean startups will seek to implement analytics and track user feedback for their next iteration, whereas flips won’t.The lean methodology aims to find and create sustainable value, regardless of the state of the market. Flips, on the other hand, thrive on trends: what better time for an entrepreneur to create a startup than when valuations are up, investments are quick, exits are plenty and deal flow is increase? These are the times when there is more demand for startups.Here’s a tentative methodology for flips.1: Find a Simple IdeaIf your goal is to exit quickly, your aim is to deliver an MVP as quickly as possible. This means looking for an idea that is easy to execute with a limited set of skills. In the case of Blindtype, the software was mostly based on AI and required no frontend. If your idea is simple, it not only means it’s easier to deliver, but also easier to sell: your app/technology is probably easier to integrate and meet another company’s needs if it has a limited scope. However, an idea that is too simple and doesn’t stand out will be difficult to sell. Furthermore, if this project doesn’t work, you’d like to be able to reuse some of its code, in order to iterate new ideas quickly, so you might want your code to be somewhat generic. Eventually, you should focus on an idea you can deliver, reuse, in a field you know really well, so that you require little to no outside help. This should also help valorize you in a acq-hire scenario.2. Build ItThe development part is similar to a lean startup: you want to be agile. The part where they differ is that lean startups will seek to implement analytics and track user feedback for their next iteration, whereas flips won’t.Build your product on top of existing blocks. You may have existing code lying around from earlier projects, or be able to use open-source components or libraries to make your life easier. Hosting can be pushed to public clouds, authentication to OpenID or Facebook; services like Launchrock or Optimizely can help create a landing page. The same goes for payments, analytics, emailing and more. Once you have those out of the way, you can focus on creating only your actual app, game or service.Services such as Cabana or GameSalad let you easily create an app using drag and drop. There is nothing inferior about using such a tool to create something meaningful rapidly. However, this will impact the value of your IP.3. Create BuzzEvery startup needs PR, but this is even more true of flips. No one is going to buy your product if they don’t see potential in it. The key is that you want to create the promise of value and showcase your idea in the best angle. There’s nothing wrong with hype; movie trailers do this all the time, after all. Hipster got pre-registrations because of their name and the rumor they were working on something amazing. Blindtype posted a video on Youtube that showcased its technology. Creating quick buzz and social proof is not the same a developing long-term customer development, but it pays off.A good way to get attention is to get catchy metrics. Being the most-downloaded app in a small country, generating the most traffic or the most downloadable content sells. For a small investment of money, you can get your friends and family to buy your product and extensions, and buy your way to top of the app store. Consider it a type of SEO investment!4. Don’t Pivot, RebootThe vast majority of startups fail. At this point, you will probably think about what your next steps should be. The key for a flip is to make sure you don’t put all your eggs in the same basket and diversify as fast as possible, to maximize your chances of success. Think of yourself as a VC. You have a limited fund, bandwidth for deals you can work on, and a portfolio of existing code and skills. In that sense, lean startups are similar to a focused investment strategy, whereas flips are more like diversified, “spray and pray” approach. How would you handle your failed investment? Do you have anything of value to get out of it, such as traffic, brand or technology? Ideally, you’d like to be able to piece the stronger parts together to create something event stronger.5. Funding?If things go well, you may want to persist with your idea, but do keep in mind that transitioning from a product built on a hunch to a scalable business is a risk. At that point, you should seriously consider becoming a lean startup.The good news is that the goal of a flip is aligned with VCs; their aim is to sell too, not simply to build a sustainable business. The problem is that they are also known for their herd mentality. Your idea might fit their portfolio or a hot trend, but your early traction isn’t enough to be the basis of a healthy business. After all, you haven’t proven any assumption yet. One more thing to consider is whether or not you feel like turning your successful hobby into a full enterprise, and recruiting and managing a team. Do you want to stick to this idea in the long term and possibly gamble further, or fold?Flip or Lean?The decision to create a lean startup or a flip is entirely dependent on your ambition. If your goal is to show off your skills, create apps, make a quick buck and maybe get hired, flips are the way to go. While I expect many supporters of long-term value creation to be detractors of this approach, I think it is safe to assume that we will see more and more small apps being built and propelled to success in this way in the coming years. What remains to be seen is whether flips are dependent an environment where large companies are constantly making talent acquisitions and where apps can scale to hundreds of millions of users, or whether this methodology is sustainable regardless of industry trends.Photo by nighthawk7 ramine darabiha Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#How To#start#StartUp 101 center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgSteve Smith will remember this Indian summer for years to come. He brought an inexperienced Australian team to take on world beaters India in a four-Test series and led them admirably.Smith totalled 499 runs, hammered three hundreds and led the Aussies to an emphatic win in Pune before the hosts regrouped to come back strongly. However, Smith’s doggedness rubbed off on the rest of his teammates and Australia, despite losing 1-2, bowed out with their heads held high.Next up, Smith replaced MS Dhoni as skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant before the start of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. His popularity among Indian fans, after the heated battles in the Test series, must have nose-dived further. Dhoni, after all, is one of the most loved cricketers in the country.However, the young Australian captain, led with tact. He bonded well with Dhoni and was soon a role model for the younger players like Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat. He also led from the front and amassed 472 runs for RPS, playing crucial knocks at crucial junctures.In the final, RPS had fancied their chances after restricting Mumbai Indians to a modest 129/8, albeit on a tricky pitch. Smith was again out there, scripting a chase with a determined half-century. However, the middle-order’s inability to break free against a tight attack had put too much pressure on him against world-class bowlers like Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and former Australian teammate Mitchell Johnson.RPS eventually fell short by one run in what was their last IPL game. They finished second on the points table and qualified for the final at one go, defeating MI for the third time in the season. That their only loss against them had to come in the final and that too off the last ball, would be heartbreaking to say the least.advertisementSmith admitted as much in the post-match presentation ceremony.”It’s a hard one to swallow. I am proud of the way the boys played throughout the tournament,” he said and added that it was a tough wicket to bat on.Smith felt Mumbai Indians were below par with their score which happened to be the lowest ever by a team batting first in an IPL final.”Mumbai were probably below par with 129. It was a tough wicket to get runs, everyone could see that.”We just couldn’t get over the line. We had wickets in hand as well. It was only one or two good overs that we needed to get in front so full credit to them,” he said.Smith was gracious in his defeat but it was difficult to not notice the dismay. After the disappointment of the Test series, he would have wanted to end the summer on a high by lifting the IPL silverware.”It’s been fantastic, I’ve learnt so much from the IPL over the last two years. I’d like to thank my franchise. Who knows where we’ll be next year. It’s just disappointing to lose; it wasn’t the fairy tale finish we wanted.”last_img read more

Ohio State wideout Johnnie Dixon reels in a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ 39-38 win on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDown 15 points to No. 2 Penn State (7-1, 4-1) in the fourth quarter, No. 6 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0) looked finished. Quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the ball, turning it over with 13:13 remaining as the Columbus crowd’s screams turned to dulcet tones. But the Buckeyes never panicked. Cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a punt and two plays later, Barrett hit wideout Johnnie Dixon for a 38-yard touchdown. Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to a field goal and responded as Barrett once again found Dixon, this time for a 10-yard touchdown.And after Penn State went three-and-out, Barrett put the finishing touches on what head coach Urban Meyer called the best comeback of his career. He dropped back and delivered a strike to tight end Marcus Baugh in the end zone to give the Buckeyes a one-point lead, their first of the game, with 1:48 remaining in the final quarter. The advantage would hold as Ohio State survived, winning 39-38 Saturday at Ohio Stadium and remaining in contention for the College Football Playoff.“Honestly, we’ve been in those situations quite a bit, whether it be spring ball or fall camp,” Barrett said. “What was going through my head was Coach Meyer saying go win the game. He says that all the time, go win the game.”Barrett followed up five weeks of increasingly impressive play with the best game of his career which potentially thrust him into Heisman Trophy contention, completing 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also raced for 95 carries on 17 yards, succeeding taking multiple zone reads for 10-plus yards. “I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn he was close tonight — 33 of 39,” Meyer said. “I can count four drops off the top of my head and two penalties that kept him from big completions.”Though the Buckeyes outgained Penn State through the air (328-192) and on the ground (204-91), they trailed for the first 58 minutes of the game due to many special teams blunders which have plagued them throughout the season.It took just 15 seconds for Ohio State to seemingly realize its nightmare scenario as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley caught a well-placed kickoff and raced 97 yards, giving the Nittany Lions the early lead, which they nearly never relinquished. The Nittany Lions capitalized on a multitude of Ohio State mistakes as the home team seemingly could not get out of its own way at times. The Buckeyes committed 10 penalties for 79 yards, including four false starts. Safety Damon Webb intercepted a pass in the end zone, but cornerback Damon Arnette was flagged for pass interference which set the Nittany Lions up at the 6-yard line and quarterback Trace McSorley ran in for a touchdown on the next play.Ohio State’s defensive front managed to bottle up the Nittany Lion rushing attack for much of the game, but Barkley broke free for a 36-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and finished with just 21 rushes for 44 yards and four catches for 23 yards.“My biggest concern was not just the fact he’s a great running back, but he had 21 carries for 44 yards, if I’m reading that right. Is that right?” Meyer said, incredulous.McSorley finished the game 17-of-29 for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He made his most prominent impact in the rushing game as he carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards. He had a crucial 10-yard rush on 3rd and 10 early in the third quarter, which extended a drive, leading to Penn State scoring its fifth touchdown and taking a 35-20 lead.In the third quarter, Ward nearly pulled off an interception, but due to both he and wideout DeAndre Thompkins having possession, the Nittany Lions scored a touchdown.Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins exploded for four carries for 50 yards in the first quarter, but was conspicuously absent from the game in the second quarter. He returned to the game in the third quarter and finished with 13 carries for 88 yards. While Dobbins was out, the Buckeyes relied heavily on redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber, who ran the ball seven times for 21 yards and scored a 2-yard touchdown up the gut in the second quarter.Wideout K.J. Hill set a career high in receptions as he led Ohio State with 12 catches for 102 yards, often acting as Barrett’s short-range target. Ohio State will be back in action Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa, taking on the Hawkeyes. read more

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic told the press that his players still need time to work details out, but he believes in them ahead of Saturday’s clashFor Fulham boss Salvisa Jokanovic, Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur would be a great test for his players.The newly promoted club lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on their first game of the season.And now, they want to rebound back to a victory.“We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football,” Jokanovic told the press as reported by Sky Sports.“We are returning to Wembley as a Premier League team. An amazing and great challenge is ahead of us, and we will do our best to fight for the points.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s a great opportunity. We have fought for the opportunity to play against teams like Spurs,” he said.“We have experience playing against them in the FA Cup a year ago and it wasn’t an easy day for us. But they haven’t changed much and we might see a similar starting 11 for Spurs.”[email protected]: “We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football.”— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 16, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThe Championship team will host the English Premier League club Eagles in the Carabao Cup this Wednesday night at Riverside StadiumMiddlesbrough F.C. is currently sitting third in the English Championship.And on Wednesday the North Yorkshire team will host Crystal Palace, who is in the 14th position in the Premier League.But for Middlesbrough coach Tony Pulis, things will be different trying to win in the Carabao Cup match.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“The Palace game, I’ll make a lot of changes, I’ve got to do that,” he said to The Gazette Live.“The players have had so many games and people forget about the international break, some players have played for their countries in the heart of Europe.”“I’ll be looking at the team carefully although we want to do well and want to win the game,” he added.“I’ve obviously got a lot of affection for Stoke-on-Trent and the football club but we’ll be looking to put a performance in.”last_img read more

first_img May 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:24 PM City leaders announce proposed restrictions on foam containers Ed Lenderman, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – City Councilman Chris Ward today introduced a proposal to ban products made with Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene, in San Diego, citing adverse effects on local waterways and the coastline.The proposal would restrict the sale and distribution of food service wares, fish and meat trays, egg cartons, coolers and beach toys made with expanded polystyrene, also called EPS. Take-out food containers made with the plastic foam would also become restricted.EPS threatens the health of San Diegans, wildlife and critical industries, Ward said at a news conference, where he was flanked by City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, environmental advocates and business leaders.“It’s time San Diego joins over a hundred cities throughout California that have already banned these harmful environmental pollutants and moves forward toward a more sustainable future,” he said.EPS doesn’t biodegrade for hundreds of years. Instead, it “photodegrades,” breaking down into small pieces that marine wildlife mistake for food.The material is one of the most abundant forms of marine and terrestrial litter.“Our growing reliance on disposable plastic to fuel our `culture of convenience’ is not without cost. Globally, an average of eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean,” said Roger Kube, a policy adviser with the 5 Gyres Institute. “Once there, sunlight and currents shred plastic debris into smaller particles called microplastics, which absorb and concentrate toxic chemicals up the marine food chain and into our bodies. From plankton to fish, and to humans that eat seafood, plastic pollution is changing the very chemistry of life.”Volunteers with the Surfrider Foundation collected 12,575 pieces of EPS-related waste from local beaches in 2017, according to Michael Torti, executive committee chair of the environmental advocacy nonprofit’s San Diego chapter.The ordinance introduced Thursday would mandate the city’s Environmental Services Department to provide a list of safe and affordable alternatives to EPS products. Staff would also develop a process to phase implementation of new rules to limit the impact on small businesses.In a formal memo, Ward requested the City Council’s Rules Committee consider his proposed ordinance. Posted: May 31, 2018 Ed Lenderman last_img