‘Lick your wounds, come in tomorrow and do your job’: A closer look at the Athletics’ rare bullpen meltdown

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first_imgOAKLAND — It was almost poetic, really. Now a Giant, Stephen Vogt toed the Coliseum dirt he once kicked daily as an Athletic and deposited a home run once again into a sea of fans in left field that had come prepared to welcome him back home.Vogt’s three-run homer off Ryan Buchter looked to be pulled by the cosmos, and also was the final blow to a now uncharacteristically tumultuous eighth inning meltdown for the A’s bullpen that led to a 10-5 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.“Felt like …last_img

Human Evolution News Redlines Silliness Meter

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first_imgDid these evolutionists really think through their hypotheses?Politics in the genes:  “Neither conscious decision-making or parental upbringing fully explain why some people lean left and others lean right,” researchers at the University of Nebraska said, according to Science Daily. “A mix of deep-seated psychology and physiological responses are at the core of political differences.”  Why, then, do many people use their minds to consciously switch, like David Horowitz, a former near-communist radical who is now a conservative icon?  The “researchers” might need to re-research their own biases and see if they are genetically determined as well.White lies promote civil society:  “Lies can be good for society,” Sarah C. P. Williams announced on the AAAS feature Science Shot July 22.  “The mathematical model, the authors admit, is a simplified version of reality; it assumes a constant rate of lies throughout time and among all the relationships a person has,” she said of a paper published by the Royal Society.  “But the takeaway is clear, they say: Lies can be good for society.”  Of course, then, we should all become suspicious whether Williams is pushing fibs in order to keep her readership intact – like the National Enquirer does.Testosterone and gender:  Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at Duke University, has figured out why art started to blossom 100,000 years after modern humans appeared: testosterone dropped, leading to gentler faces and more cooperation.  Society began to bloom with art and culture as the men developed more feminine faces, he suggests (for example, see a 3-D ivory carving of a lion from Germany said to be 40,000 years old, reported on Science Daily).  Cieri’s notion of gentle faces leading to art and culture got good press on PhysOrg, which shows him measuring brow ridges on a hominid skull.  According to his hypothesis, brow ridges shrank as testosterone levels dropped.  Males became less aggressive and more feminine-looking.  A Cultural Revolution couldn’t be far behind.  Inexplicably, it would take another 40,000 years for them to develop farming and civilization.  Science Daily swallowed Cieri’s thesis whole, headlining, “Society bloomed with gentler personalities, more feminine faces: Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with less testosterone.”Cieri’s hypothesis hinges on testosterone, but other studies have shown that it’s a myth to link the hormone with male aggression—on the contrary, testosterone has been linked to fairness and honesty (12/09/09, 3/12/10, 1/24/14).  In addition, Cieri had no way of actually measuring testosterone levels or their receptors in his survey of human skulls.  Nor did he show a scientific link between testosterone and brow ridges (if they were related, one would expect males taking testosterone supplements these days to develop them).  Presumably, the females also had brow ridges when the males did.He appears to be inserting his own 21st-century biases about what makes for a kinder, gentler face, then attributing his preferences to humans he could never interview in person.  It’s a mystery why Duke University promoted this work as a “senior honors thesis“, or why Cultural Anthropology published it; perhaps because it weaves a fig leaf for an embarrassing problem in paleoanthropology:There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology. Around 50,000 years ago, there is widespread evidence of producing bone and antler tools, heat-treated and flaked flint, projectile weapons, grindstones, fishing and birding equipment and a command of fire. Was this driven by a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density?The Duke study argues that living together and cooperating put a premium on agreeableness and lowered aggression and that, in turn, led to changed faces and more cultural exchange.Aside from the fact that Cieri’s hypothesis is Lamarckian, the alternatives are clearly worse.  Attributing civilization to a brain mutation, cooked food, crowding, and a miraculous “advent” of a complex behavior like language surely qualifies for an Ignobel Prize, and maybe even first place at the Bah! Festival.We regret seeing another young novitiate like Bobby Cieri welcomed into the Duke-dumb of King Charles.  Cieri is learning the art of storytelling in the Kingdom of Imagination.  Evolutionists learned well from Charlie.  He hated Lamarckism but found it very useful when his own theory broke down.Political conservatives often complain that liberals get a pass in the media for scandals that would land a conservative in prison.  A similar thing happens here: if Darwin skeptics were to offer “scientific” hypotheses this lame, this illogical, and this stupid, there would be hell to pay in the secular press.  There would be no end of charges of pseudoscience, anti-science and religious agenda, and outcries if anything of the sort were to be taught in schools.  It’s good press fodder, though, if it promotes the totalitarian regime of King Charles.The tiniest bit of reflection shows these hypotheses to be self-refuting.  If political bias is in the genes, so is scientific bias: we can dismiss the first article as nonsense.  If white lies are good, we have no reason to trust the second article.  And if kinder, gentler faces produced an artistic society, why don’t rabbits have art?  The stupidity of that third article is only topped by the alternatives suggested: the idea that civilization resulted from “a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density.”  Anything but intelligent design!Critical thinkers should note the use of the word “theories” in the quote above: “There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology.”  A common evolutionary comeback to the creationist argument that “evolution is just a theory” (an argument we do not recommend, because of its ambiguity) is that theories in science are well-tested and well-founded, as solid as facts.  Not according to this quote!  They use the word “theories” for stupid suggestions that have failed the test of time (otherwise Cieri’s hypothesis would not have been entertained at all, well-tested theories being already available).  Remember that quote and use it the next time an evolutionist claims a theory is like a fact.  “Oh, so you believe your intelligence resulted from a brain mutation or cooked food?  Those are Darwinian theories.”Where are the philosophers of science?  They are as quiet as the so-called “moderate Muslims” who say nothing as their extremist brethren fire rockets on civilian cities.  Anyone who respects science and reason should condemn as utterly ridiculous and harmful the notion of a brain mutation—a genetic mistake—causing art and civilization.  If cooked food is responsible (another Lamarckian idea), why are vegetarians who eat raw veggies good artists?  If crowds produce artistic civilizations (another Lamarckian idea), let’s just pack people together and watch them civilize; instead, they will most likely form mobs and fight each other to death with any artwork lying around.  And what is this “advent of language” about?  How did that happen?  Was it a miracle?  We should protest the Darwinians who use words as humanist shields behind which to lob their destructive theories against innocent readers. 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101 Goals in a Year: What Would it Mean For Your Startup?

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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Could you complete 101 goals in a year? That’s a simple yet powerful question that a new project is trying to answer. With proper tools, community support and engagement, can people meet a goal about every three days for a year? Think about that, having a list of 101 clear, manageable goals. How would that change the behavior of you and your friends?The project, 101in365, is headed up by Jenn Vargas and just logged its 6,000th goal completed by a community member today.Andrew Hyde is a startup enthusiast out of Boulder, Colorado. He has founded five companies, including a freelancer marketplace and Startup Weekend.As Web behavior simultaneously becomes more open and competition-based, projects like this seem to have a real chance to take off. A person’s inspirations are a very telling tale of their actual behavior. And goals, especially with relation to progress, seem to be a very honest expression of who a person really is.Projects like 43 Things have been wildly successful in the past, and this is very similar, but just different enough with its time limitations and progress reports to be interesting.I knew it would be a challenge to come up with, but I quickly found out it is really hard to have that many goals. I’m now at just over 50 and it has been exhausting. A year is a long time and 101 is a lot of goals.It’s a simple question that is very hard to answer: What would your 101 goals be? Can simplicity in a startup work to a project’s advantage or does that cause the message to be non-compelling? guest author 1 Tags:#Guest#start#startups last_img read more

Cyclone may hit Odisha, Andhra

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first_imgAmid fears that another cyclone could approach the Odisha coast by the weekend, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre of IMD on Monday said a low pressure area has formed over north Andaman Sea and is likely to become a well marked low pressure area over the next 12 hours.“Under the influence of yesterday’s cyclonic circulation over north Andaman Sea, a low pressure area has formed over north Andaman Sea and associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 5.8 km above the mean sea level,” said H.R. Biswas, director of Centre, in a special bulletin.“It is very likely to become a well marked low pressure area over the next 12 hours and move west-northwestwards. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central Bay of Bengal during the subsequent 48 hours and intensify further with northwestwards movements,” he said.Mr. Biswas, however, said dry weather would prevail over the districts of Odisha over the next four days (till November 7). The bulletin said light to moderate rain or thundershower are very likely to occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha.“Squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over east central Bay of Bengal from November 5 and over west central Bay of Bengal from November 7. Sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas of east central Bay of Bengal from November 5,” the bulletin warns.Experts, however, said weather model has indicated about the formation of a cyclone, which would become clearer by November 10. The atmospheric system would move in north-west direction which means Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh could be hit, they said.last_img read more

NBA superstar LeBron James takes another shot at US President Donald Trump

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first_imgNBA star LeBron James took an opportunity once again to protest against United States President Donald Trump and batted for equality.American sportspersons since quite sometime now have been protesting against Trump through their actions across sports in the country.From kneeling during national anthem to linking arms, NFL players have been the most active protestors.LeBron James, upon his visit to Washington on Sunday, took another dig at Trump and continued to criticise the US President but this time did it without taking his name.During Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Washington Wizards in NBA, James appeared on the court wearing one white and one black shoe, both of which had the word ‘EQUALITY’ stitched on the behind in capital letters.After the game, which was played barely a mile from the White House, James spoke against Trump and his policies without mentioning his name even once.”Obviously, we know where we are right now and we know who’s at the helm here,” the four-times NBA most valuable player said.”Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, and as women, black or white or Hispanic.”James was backing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and ever since Trump took power, the NBA superstar has been his outspoken critic.In the 13 months since Trump’s election, James has constantly hit at Trump saying that the president does not understand that many children look to their leader for guidance and encouragement.advertisementJames spoke on Sunday after compiling his third straight triple-double — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 106-99.”No matter your race, this is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” he said.It all started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirring a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” to protest against police violence against African-Americans.Kaepernick was not signed by an NFL team this season but several players have made similar gestures.Trump kicked off his battle with the largest-grossing US professional sports league at a rally in September, when he said any protesting player was a “son of a bitch” who should be “fired”. Those remarks touched off protests by dozens of NFL players, coaches and even some owners at games on Sunday, along with criticism from many corners of the sports world.In the beginning of October, more than 40 players, many of them on the 49ers, sat or knelt on one knee during renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the 15 National Football League games, compared with 180 players in all 16 games a week earlier.Some African-American players have adopted the practice of kneeling during the anthem to protest against police treatment of racial minorities.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Hundreds of Students to Participate in BPIAJ Summit

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first_img Three hundred students from across the country are to participate in the Youth Engagement Summit of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) Outsource2Jamaica (O2J) Symposium and Expo. President of the BPIAJ, Gloria Henry, told JIS News that the Summit, which is being put on in partnership with Caribbean HR Solutions, will include presentations, live shows and testimonials for the invited students. Story Highlights The two-day symposium and expo will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, from April 11 to 12, with the Summit taking place on the second day. Three hundred students from across the country are to participate in the Youth Engagement Summit of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) Outsource2Jamaica (O2J) Symposium and Expo.The two-day symposium and expo will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, from April 11 to 12, with the Summit taking place on the second day.President of the BPIAJ, Gloria Henry, told JIS News that the Summit, which is being put on in partnership with Caribbean HR Solutions, will include presentations, live shows and testimonials for the invited students.“We have a number of persons who will be giving testimonials. These are persons with tenure within the sector. They will be speaking about their experience, their transition and their growth and development,” Ms. Henry noted.The business process outsourcing sector has grown since 2003 and has an employee count of approximately 36,000 in 60 companies as at December 2018, particularly young persons.“This industry really provides an opportunity to learn and for persons to grow. It takes persons coming straight out of high school once they have the right attributes. They go through orientation and training and they get the opportunity to be promoted. Most companies will reimburse, if they don’t cover direct cost, for furthering your studies. There is also a wide variety of internal training opportunities for persons to train across different types of business line and services,” Ms. Henry explained.In keeping with the growth trend and industry demands, the BPIAJ has embarked on preparing industry specific educational certification through partnerships with a number of training institutions.“We do have companies who are asking for higher level degrees and certification. We have had several engagements with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Centre for Occupational Studies for developing a curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Process Management (BPM). With the Portmore Community College, we launched a Bachelors in BPM two years ago, and that is being implemented through Sutherland Global Services, where the final leg of [the programme] is completed on the job,” Ms. Henry said.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information had already implemented an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies, with two key programme areas being business process outsourcing (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcing.last_img read more

Ifaenyi continues to shine on world stage Bronze medal winner

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first_img Turks & Caicos Miss Teen Universe, Miss Amber Hall Captures Miss Congeniality in Costa Rica Recommended for you Teen TCI First Runner Up going to Intl Pageant too Amber Hall gets Miss Congeniality at Teen Universe pageant Related Items:bronze medal, costa rica, gertrude forbes, Ifeanyi Otuoyne, NACAC Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – It was a Bronze medal on the weekend when leading long jumper, TCIs own Ifeanyi Otuoyne jumped the third best at the NACAC Games staged in Costa Rica. A special thanks to Gertrude Forbes for keeping us posted on Otuoyne’s great showing for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

The Coolest Features in the iPhone XS XS Max and XR

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first_img 4 min read September 13, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This year’s new iPhones have arrived. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR build upon the iPhone X, all coming with edge-to-edge displays, Face ID and a bevy of powerful cameras and processors.The new flagship smartphone line doesn’t feature as many dramatic changes or game-changing features as in years past. But combined with the rollout of iOS 12 on Sept. 17, the devices have plenty to offer consumers who want to upgrade. Read on for a rundown of the most notable new features and improvements the XS, XS Max and new entry-level iPhone XR.Bigger, better OLED screensThe iPhone XS has the same size 5.8-inch OLED display as the iPhone X, but Apple says the phone’s “Super Retina” display packs more pixels and 60 percent greater dynamic range than its predecessor. The massive iPhone XS Max sets a new display size record with a 6.5-inch display made up of 3.3 million pixels. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)A12 Bionic processorMost of the new phones’ performance improvements stem from the A12 Bionic processor. The 7nm chip has 6.7 billion transistors and an 8-core dedicated machine-learning engine to analyze neural network data to figure out whether to run processes on the CPU, GPU or neural engine. Apple said the A12 can process 5 trillion operations per second, compared to 600 billion operations with the A11 chip. All of this gives you significant performance bumps, with apps opening 30 percent faster while using less power.A 512GB storage optionUntil now, internal iPhone storage maxed out at 256GB. The iPhone XS and XS Max double that, with a 512GB model for those who want to pay a few hundred dollars extra.Adjust depth of fieldAndroid devices such as the Galaxy Note 9 have been able do this for a while, but with the new iPhones you can now adjust depth of field in a photo after it’s been taken. In photo-editing mode, look for the depth slider.Beefed-up camera specsThe iPhone XS and XS Max still sport the same vertical configuration as the iPhone X with a 12MP wide-angle camera and telephoto lens. However, the latest smartphones come with more powerful sensors and improved True Tone LED flash with an advanced flicker-detect system. The front camera is still a 7MP lens but has a 2x faster sensor and improved red-eye reduction, detail segmentation and more thanks to the A12 chip.Smart HDRThe A12 chip also powers what Apple is calling Smart HDR, which uses the phone’s image signal processor and neural engine to combine multiple photos into one with techniques like zero shutter lag and highlight detail to take even better quality photos. More importantly, it also greatly improves low-light photos and is available not just in photo mode but also video, portrait, timelapse and pano to add more highlight detail to every shot.Stereo recordingIn addition to overall quality improvements thanks to Smart HDR and the more powerful camera, videos will also now capture stereo sound via the four microphones built into the iPhone XS for a richer sound experience.Augmented reality and machine learningThe A12 chip improves overall performance, but also powers a range of apps and features coming in iOS 12. Cool features such as Memoji and better rendering of 3D objects in ARKit 2.0 all have machine learning running in the background to ensure everything looks smooth.Improved waterproofingA slight improvement, but the XS and XS Max bump up the iPhone’s waterproof capabilities from IP67 to IP68. The new devices are dust-proof, and waterproof up to 2 meters deep and 30 minutes submerged.Better battery lifeThe iPhone XS packs 30 minutes more battery life than the iPhone X, and the iPhone XS Max boasts an hour and a half more battery life thanks to its massive battery, the largest ever in an iPhone. Even the iPhone XR offers an hour and a half more than the iPhone 8 Plus.Dual SIMFor the first time ever, the iPhones XS and XS Max will also have dual-SIM technology combining one physical SIM card with one eSIM. Apple is calling the process Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS), and it will allow users to keep two phone numbers, have two different plans or travel with a local data plan without having to swap out SIM cards. There will also be a new Intel modem to boot, so the new iPhones will finally work with all four major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) by default.Two physical SIMs in ChinaChinese iPhone users will also have dual SIM capability. However, instead of an eSIM (it’s not as popular in China), Apple is releasing separate versions of the XS and XS Max in China that can use two physical SIM cards simultaneously. Register Now »last_img read more