Meier charges Sharks win with two-goal night


first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Timo Meier scored twice, Joe Pavelski reached the 20-goal mark again and Radim Simek got his first as an NHLer.Battling the fatigue of an arduous travel schedule, the Sharks (16-11-5) found a way to win for the fourth time in five games Monday, topping the New Jersey Devils 5-2 at SAP Center.The win came just two days after the Sharks finished a stretch in which they played seven of eight games on the …last_img read more

Darwin Debate Strategy: Declare Victory


first_imgThe easiest way to win a debate is to simply disallow your opponent, and then declare victory by forfeit.  Is that what supporters of Darwin are doing to their critics?The winner is: Darwin:  PhysOrg reported favorably on a book by Mano Singham (Case Western Reserve University) that declares victory against creationism and intelligent design: e.g., “The Dover case, says Singham, also brings the curtain down on the long history of religious groups trying to breach the wall between church and state.”  Neither Singham nor PhysOrg allowed the other side time to rebut this and other claims.  No, despite the fact that the Discovery Institute wrote a detailed rebuttal to this conception of what happened at Dover, and has repeatedly answered such claims on its Evolution News and Views web page, the title states as a matter of fact, “Science wins fight over evolution in schools, says Case Western Reserve University author.”  The article gives him the victory lap at the end, too: “For now the battle between religion and Darwin has been won by science, says Singham.”Inherit the Wind won’t die:  Despite numerous misrepresentations of the Scopes Trial, the play Inherit the Wind still makes the rounds.  It’s playing in London.  Celeste Biever mushed over the play in New Scientist and reflected on its bittersweet lessons about how science trumps religion, but how sad it is that so many well-meaning people can’t let go of their faith.  In her article Biever recounted an event from the Dover trial that never happened.  She claimed Michael Behe said astrology would count as science and the courtroom erupted in laughter.  Behe has answered this claim with clarification that Biever was misunderstanding his statement and that the laughter was at a different time about a different matter (check Uncommon Descent archives).  Of course, his side of the story was not allowed into the article.Selective book reviews:  Lawrence D. Hurst reviewed two pro-evolution books for Nature.1  His article shows a photo of Dawkins proudly holding a copy of his book The Greatest Show on Earth.  To Hurst, the only controversy between the pugilistic Richard Dawkins and the gentlemanly Carl Zimmer was which approach is most likely to be effective in smashing creationists over the head.  “So which is the better strategy for explaining the difference between fact and fantasy: that of the quiet American or that of the British Rottweiler?  Zimmer makes the facts palatable but Dawkins reminds us that some people persist in their beliefs even if they are profoundly contradicted by observation and logic,” Hurst declared.  Sounds like he supports the Dawkins approach.It has been a fairly well-known phenomenon that a faceless army of anti-I.D. editors scours Wikipedia daily to maintain their lies about intelligent design supporters.  This is true for other controversial figures like Rush Limbaugh, too.  Some I.D. scientists have corrected factual errors on pages about themselves, only to find their corrections overwritten almost immediately with the same lies.  Wikipedia maintains no method of accountability for editors and no method for targets of these lies to get them corrected.  Because of this, no one should consider Wikipedia a reliable source for information – particularly on controversial topics like evolution and intelligent design.1.  Lawrence D. Hurst, “Showcasing the evidence for evolution,” Nature 461, 596 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/461596a.The Darwinists are not above telling outright lies in pushing their views in the media.  “Our enterprise has established facts and we should have the confidence to say so.  Evolution is one such fact,” says Hurst, conveniently equivocating over the word evolution.  Celeste Biever lies about Behe but calls Darwin “the man who has contributed more than any other to our understanding of where humanity came from” (a majority might give that honor to Jesus Christ).  Singham repeatedly portrays critics of Darwin as violating separation of church and state.  These three examples of Darwin debating tactics (e.g., one-sided presentations) are riddled with simplistic either-or fallacies, glittering generalities, outright lies and half-truths.  In a real debate they could not get away with it.  They do what is typical of leftists and radicals: shut the other side up, and declare victory.  Wasn’t that tactic famously displayed in certain totalitarian dystopias over the last century?  We report both sides and give you original sources so that you can judge for yourself.  In other words, we respect your freedom and the dignity of your individual intellect.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 28, 2019


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers spread across the region today but will be most concentrated in the northern half to third of the state. Action remains light, triggering a few hundredths to a tenth or two, with 60% coverage. The best chances for the upper end of the range will be along and north of US 24. Tomorrow we have additional rains, but the focal point of the heaviest action will be in central and southern Ohio. Rain totals can be from a few hundredths to .5”. Finally, for tomorrow overnight and Saturday, we see stronger rains statewide, with another .25”-.1” over 90% of the state. Combined, we are bumping three day rain potential at half to 2” over nearly all of the state. Pretty much most action will be done by Sunday midday, but cold air is racing in overnight Friday night. We now believe that we will precipitation end as sloppy wet snow flakes in north central and northeast Ohio after midnight Saturday night through Sunday morning. We should not see any snow threat farther south or southwest. Our updated map at right shows cumulative rains for the 3 day period today through Saturday.A dry and sunny pattern returns for the start of next week and runs from Monday the 1st through Wednesday the 3rd. We are pushing our next system back just a bit this morning, giving a partly sunny day next Thursday, and then bringing rain in for the overnight Thursday night through Friday. Rain totals are the same as yesterday’s forecast…we are just pushing them back 12-18 hours or so.After a dry start to next weekend on the 6th, we have rain back form Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th. Combined totals can be from .35”-1” over 100% of the state, although rains for Monday the 8th will be mostly from I-70 north. Drier weather completes the extended period for the 9th and 10th.last_img read more

Sarbanes-Oxley: Japan gears up for SOX


first_imgWhile the US has had some spirited debate over the last few weeks about whether Sarbanes-Oxley needs reform, and if so, to what extent, Japan is also gearing up for its own version of Sarbanes-Oxley to go into effect in 2008.  The new Japanese regulations are being dubbed J-SOX.Just as in the United States, the new law has drawn clear lines between its critics and supporters.  Regulators see a clear need to clean up a landscape that has seen a series of recent accounting scandals.  Investors worry that J-SOX could dampen an economy that has just recently seen modest growth after more than a decade of recession.A number of scandals hit Japan in 2006.  For example, Livedoor, an Internet service provider based in Tokyo that ran a high-traffic web portal, was accused of fraud.  The allegations of fraud caused panic selling of shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange  (TSE) in early 2006.  Trading volume was so strong when the story broke, the TSE’s computer system was overloaded and the market was temporarily halted, a first in Japan.  On March 16, 2007, Livedoor’s founder was sentenced to 2.5 years in Jail.Other accounting scandals that occurred throughout Japan in 2006 included overstated profits by both Nikko Cordial and Misawa Homes Holdings Inc.J-SOX has made Japanese companies worry about what kind of cost and time will be required to try to comply with the new regulations.  US companies will not be immune from the new rules.  Companies with international subsidiaries in Japan will need to come up to speed too.Many US-based IT companies are beginning to study and come up to speed on exactly what will be required even though many of the specific details won’t be available until April 2007.What is clear though is that IT companies will need to document the processes and controls relative to a company’s financial activities.  US subsidiaries may actually be at an advantage to local Japanese companies because their parent companies have already dealt with similar controls mandated in the US.J-SOX is expected to affect about 3800 companies listed on the TSE.  Like Sarbanes-Oxley, J-SOX specifies strong internal financial controls and requires that company executives certify the accuracy of their financial statements.In the US, one issue with Sarbanes-Oxley has been the vagueness in the specification of the rules.  In Japan, they’re trying to avoid that problem by making the rules very explicit, but the exact language is still being prepared.  Like the US, many companies are complaining that much more time and resources will be needed by companies in order to comply with new regulations. Like in the US, IT and accounting companies are seizing on the new rules as new revenue streams.  For example, Oracle Japan is offering software and consulting services to small and medium-sized companies for helping them comply.  IDC Japan is estimating that the J-SOX compliance market will reach 260.7 billion yen in 2008 with most of than money flowing into IT upgrades.female viagralast_img read more

DD vs KKR: Kolkata beat Delhi by 17 runs


first_imgIt turned out to be a sweet ‘homecoming’ for Gautam Gambhir as Kolkata comprehensively beat Delhi by 17 runs to notch up their fourth win in the IPL match at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday. Score | PhotosPut into bat, Manoj Tiwary’s gutsy half century helped KKR post a modest 148/7 and then their bowlers got the dangerous Virender Sehwag and David Warner within the first seven overs to restrict the home to 131 for nine.The win took KKR to eight points while Delhi stay put on four following their fifth loss and their road to recovery from here looks pretty bleak.Not only it was satisfying for Gambhir to earn the bragging rights over best buddy Sehwag but it also brought the smile back in the face of Shah Rukh Khan who enjoyed his first victory in his hometown as he shook a leg with Cheer Girls to the tune of Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re.The Daredevils this season are highly dependent on Virender Sehwag-David Warner combination. While Warner dragged one from Balaji that shaped in slightly onto his stumps, Sehwag (34, 23 balls, 5×4, 1×6) was in a punishing mood as he hit a flurry of boundaries in the first five overs.It was young Jaidev Unadkat who got the dangerous Delhi captain with a short ball that hurried onto him as he went for a pull and Balaji, who was standing at deep fine leg, didn’t make any mistake.Sehwag’s dismissal literally put the brakes on scoring as all the KKR bowlers did a splendid job during the middle overs.advertisementJames Hopes (25, 30 balls) simply didn’t get going which led to additional pressure on other batsmen who perished going for big shots. Iqbal Abdulla was the pick of the KKR bowlers scalping three wickets for 25.Earlier, Tiwary scored 61 off only 47 balls (2×4, 3×6) as the other KKR batsmen failed to provide substantial support to the Bengal captain.Apart from Shreevats Goswami, who scored 22, none of the other top-order KKR batsmen crossed the 20-run mark.For Tiwary, who has got some good scores in this tournament so far, this was one innings where he shouldered a lot of responsibility staying till the end.If one took Tiwary’s contribution out, KKR’s scorecard would have cut a sorry picture after being put into bat by Daredevils captain Sehwag. .Irfan Pathan (1/16), for the first time in the tournament, looked incisive while young Umesh Yadav (2/29) was a revelation with the ball.Sent into bat, KKR batsmen found the going tough as Irfan was swinging in the ball and Kallis couldn’t keep a flick down which David Warner spilled at mid-wicket.His partner Goswami, who got his first game in the tournament, played some flashy shots and missed a few in between. A slash over third man, a cut over point and a thumping lofted hit that cannoned to the boundary were all hit off Morne Morkel (1/42), who turned out to be the most expensive among Delhi bowlers.Kallis, who started off with a few singles, then tried to break the shackles hitting Morkel for a couple of boundaries.But Irfan finally was rewarded for bowling a good line as Kallis (11) shuffled a bit too much and the ball swung enough to clip the leg stump.Skipper Gambhir started with a square cut off Yadav and was then lucky to survive as he mistimed a pull-shot which Irfan, running backwards, failed to latch on.But Goswami (22, 20 balls, 4×4) didn’t last long as Ajit Agarkar dismissed him with the very first ball of his spell.It was a fullish delivery outside the off-stump which Goswami wanted to steer but only managed to edge it to Naman Ojha behind the stumps.Tiwary started off with a boundary as he opened the face of the bat to guide it to third man where Irfan’s bloomer saw the ball cross the ropes.It was the 11th over of the innings bowled by Agarkar that cost Delhi 15 runs with 14 being scored by Tiwary. A full toss on the legs was gleefully dispatched over the square leg fence.However Hopes made amends in the very next over when Gambhir (18, 19 balls, 2×4) in his bid to step up the run-rate was caught at the deep mid-wicket by Y Venugopal Rao.There was no stopping Tiwary though as he hit Morkel over deep mid-wicket for a huge six.When Yadav came for his second spell, Tiwary clobbered the pacer over long-on for his third six.However, Yusuf Pathan’s (5, 8 balls) flop-show continued as his tired looking hoick was easily lapped by brother Irfan stationed at long-on off Yadav.advertisementKKR’s debatable selection Eoin Morgan (0) was the next to go as his aerial shot was gobbled up by Ojha to put Yadav on a hat-trick.Tiwary finally completed his well deserved half century off 37 balls with a couple of Yadav.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

IFA 2014: Top smartphones launched on Day 1


first_imgIFA’s first day saw many companies launching their next-generation smartphones. But of these some really stood out. We tell you more about the smartphones that were in demand on the exhibition floor of the IFA.1.    Samsung Galaxy Note 4After much anticipation, Samsung finally unveiled Galaxy Note 4. The gadget comes with a S Pen stylus which has enhanced grip and advanced features. Its snapnote feature turns photographs of printed documents into editable text, quite similar to OCR editor. The device also features a 5.7-inch screen, 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and also houses a 3.7MP front camera with a f/1.9 aperture lens. The device comes packed with an advanced 3200 mAh battery, which can be charged to up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and offers LTE Cat 4 connectivity.2.    Samsung Note EdgeSamsung Note Edge mirrors Note 4 in terms of specifications. It comes with the 5.6 inch Super AMOLED screen with 1600X2560 pixels resolution. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is a little smaller than the one in Note 4 and runs on the same Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Other than this it is the first Note phone to feature a QHD display.3.    Sony Xperia Z3Sony unveiled its flagship smartphone Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact at the pre-IFA event. Xperia Z3 is powered by 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and Snapdragon 801 chipset, which is also featured in Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, 3GB RAM and Adreno 330 graphics. Z3 comes with a 5.2 inch 1080P triluminios display and 16/32 GB internal storage expandable to up to 128 GB with microSD card. It boasts of a 3100 mAh battery which is enough to last for 2 days, as claimed by the company. The Xperia Z3 is a waterproof and dust-proof device with an IP65/68 rating.advertisement4.    Xperia Z3 compactXperia Z3 Compact is a pint-sized version of Z3 and mirrors it in most of the specifications. Z3 Compact sports a smaller screen size and battery measuring 4.6 inches and 2600 mAh respectively.5.    Sony Xperia E3Xperia E3 is an entry-level smartphone and falls in sub-$100 range. The device features 4.5 inch display, 5 MP rear camera and 4 GB internal storage which can be expanded to up to 32 GB. E3 is powered by a 1.2 GHz RAM coupled with a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 2330 mAh battery that boasts of Sony’s excellent stamina mode.6.    Microsoft Lumia 830Lumia 830, which runs on Windows 8.1 OS, has been launched as Microsoft’s ‘Affordable Flagship’ device and will compete with devices including iPhone 5S, as claimed by the brand.Lumia 830 comes with a 5-inch display and features a 10 MP rear camera accompanied by a LED flash. It sports 16 GB internal storage expandable to up to 128 GB, a quad-core Snapdragon chipset packed with a 2200 mAh battery. The device is expected to have a price tag of around INR 26,000-INR 27,000.7.    Microsoft Lumia 730 and Lumia 735Microsoft unveiled Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, since both smartphones house 5 MP front facing camera. Nokia Lumia 730 features 4.7 inch display, 6.7 MP rear camera with f/1.9 lense, 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB internal storage with a microSD support. Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity.last_img read more

CoA assures Virat Kohli’s India will get to defend ICC Champions Trophy: Sources to India Today


first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli is believed to be anxious over the continued debate over India’s possible ICC Champions Trophy pull out. However, the good news for the fans is that he has been assured by the Committee of Administrators that India will play the the multi-nation tournament in England starting June 1.According to India Today sources, the Supreme Court-appointed CoA has been in touch with Kohli and has assured the India captain that nothing like that is happening and that the team will indeed get a chance to defend the title and all the apprehensions will be sorted out very very soon. They have even texted Kohli to put him at ease and have also spoken to him.”Virat Kohli was feeling anxious and down, we have allayed fears and assured him that India will play the Champions Trophy,” sources told India Today.The CoA has also spoken to coach Anil Kumble also and stated that there is no doubt over participation.WATCH FULL VIDEOEarlier this week, the CoA was forced to issue a diktat after it was learnt that around 10 loyalists of former BCCI president N Srinivasan engaged in a teleconference where the options of pulling out and taking legal action against the global body were discussed.The CoA has written to the state associations telling them that pulling out of the Champions Trophy was not in the best interests of Indian cricket and that it will move Supreme Court if any drastic steps are taken at the BCCI SGM scheduled on May 7.advertisementThe BCCI missed the April 25 deadline set for announcing the squad with all the other seven countries already naming their team list.The BCCI is at loggerheads with International Cricket Council on a number issues primarily being the massive reduction in their share of revenue.last_img read more

Andy Murray says naive to think he will return to top


first_imgZhuhai (China): Andy Murray said Sunday it would be “naive” and “silly” to think he will ever return to being the player that surged to number one in the world. The 32-year-old Briton, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is on a long comeback trail after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in January. He is now free of pain, and this week will compete at the Zhuhai Championships — the first of three tournaments he is scheduled to play in China in the next three weeks. Murray believes this crucial period in his rehabilitation will provide some answers as to how good he can be again — but is under no illusions about the longer term. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”Honestly, I’m not expecting to get back to my very best,” Murray, now ranked 413 in the world, told AFP in Zhuhai. “I think it would be probably a bit naive and silly to think that would be the case. “I do feel like tennis-wise I can still compete at the highest level in terms of my skill, it’s just whether physically I can get to a high enough level to be competitive right at the top. “I’ve still got quite a ways to go in that respect, I don’t know exactly where the end point is. “Probably until I stop improving, I’ll then have to make a call (about his future). “If my improvement stopped today, I probably wouldn’t be happy playing at the level I’m at just now.” Murray, who surged to the top of the world rankings in 2016, plays Tennys Sandgren, ranked 69, at the inaugural event in Zhuhai, southern China this week.last_img read more

Mumbai Actor Sonal Chauhan says web world and fil


first_imgMumbai: Actor Sonal Chauhan says web world and films are going through a transition period which is really good. She sees this as an opportunity for actors as they have a lot more to do now. After making her Bollywood debut in 2008 with Jannat, she went on to act in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and more Hindi films. Like most Bollywood actors, she also entered the digital space this year. “I won’t say that the content is better on the web than Hindi films because there are some very amazing films that are being made. Now it is a very good time in the industry where there are fabulous shows being made for the web. I am happy that this is happening,” Sonal said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”It goes the same for films because we have some great movies being made.” According to her, a large credit goes to the audience as they have become “very intelligent and are accepting good content”. “It doesn’t really matter if it has big stars or not, what matters is that the audience wants to see great content. Both web and films are going through a transition period, which is really good, even for actors there’s a lot more to do now. It’s a good time,” said the “Paltan” actor. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upAs for her first digital project, Skyfire, she said: “The reason why I chose to be a part of ‘Skyfire’ was because in that, throughout the show, I was with the boys. We were a team trying to crack something. We were doing it together and I loved that. Actores are mostly offered roles that are just about looking pretty. Whether it’s a movie or a show, when it gets too serious, they get a little bit of romance to make the audience feel lighter.” “But, I was one of the boys out there, helping them. I felt that the role was very strong and required a lot more from me than just looking pretty.”last_img read more