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Another wet start to the month for Fort St. John

first_imgThat means in the first week of the month, we’ve recorded nearly 40 per cent of the July average of 83.2 millimetres. Thus we are well ahead of last year’s pace, when we received only 9.8 millimetres in the first week, and the full month total was 10 millimetres less than we’ve already recorded this year.However, this was a heavy precipitation day two years ago when the airport station recorded 45.4 millimetres of rain – the biggest one day dump in the month – when it posted a total of 144.9. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams

first_imgThat could mean luring James and George, who has had his eye on the Lakers for some time now. Adding that dynamic duo would give the Lakers more leverage in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard, who wants out of San Antonio.George and James have until Friday to formally exercise their player options on the final years of their contracts and become unrestricted free agents.Getting all three is a scenario that Lakers fans have dreamed about and would bring back memories of the Showtime Dynasty of the 1980s. George is from Palmdale, California, northwest of Los Angeles, and Leonard is from Riverside, 88 kilometres (55 miles) east.Lakers president Magic Johnson said earlier this week that if he can’t deliver superstars via trades or the free agent market within two years, he will step down.Unrestricted free agents can agree to deals on Sunday. Contracts can’t be officially signed until July 6.But it isn’t going to be easy for anyone trying to assemble a team that can topple the mighty Golden State Warriors.The Lakers of course aren’t the only team that would love to land James. By the end of the offseason it will probably show that the vast majority of moves will be affected by what James does as veterans delay their own decisions on the chance they might be able to join James’ team.There have been reports that James has been calling other free agents trying to form another super team. ESPN reported on Thursday that he texted Kevin Durant, but Durant is expected to remain with Golden State.James hasn’t ruled out staying in Cleveland but he has a reputation for seeking out greener pastures and no fans know that better than the Cavaliers’ faithful.George hasn’t been a good fit alongside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. On Thursday he told the Thunder he would not be opting in for the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.He said previously he hopes to sign with the Lakers this summer but Philadelphia and Houston are also interested in luring him. If he stays in Oklahoma City he would be looking at a five-year, $176 million contract but he has been very vocal about saying he would like to play at home.Multiple teams have reportedly made trade offers to the Spurs for Leonard, who can’t opt out of his contract until next year.So teams like Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to figure out how much to offer San Antonio in a trade for Leonard without knowing what their chances of re-signing him are next offseason.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LeBron James hasn’t ruled out staying in Cleveland but he has a reputation for seeking out greener pastures © GETTY/AFP/File / Jamie SabauLOS ANGELES, United States, Jun 29 – This could be a monumental franchise changing offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a star-studded free agent market that is expected to feature LeBron James and Paul George.The Lakers are hoping to return to their glory days by building a potential super team via one of the strongest free agent offerings in years.last_img read more


first_imgFERMANAGH star forward Seán Quigley has accused ex-Donegal boss Jim McGuinness of patronising his county when questioning the apparent celebration of their eight-point defeat to Dublin last Sunday.In his Irish Times column on Tuesday, the former Donegal manager said he feared for the culture of mediocrity in the game, and wrote the scenes of Fermanagh fans celebrating the eight-point defeat had “spooked” him. “I think to be fair to Jim, it’s just something for him to put in the paper,” Quigley told the Irish Times. “The fact that Fermanagh fans were celebrating was a credit to them. We were not expected to get anywhere near Dublin. Like, there wasn’t much talk of Kildare getting hammered by Kerry the way they did.“The whole talk has been of Fermanagh ‘celebrating defeat’. In no way were we celebrating getting beaten. We were celebrating the fantastic year that we’ve had.“I just think that the Fermanagh fans like the sense of pride that they had in us, after seeing the way we played, against the best team in the country. The fact that we thwarted them right to the end was a credit to ourselves and a credit to our supporters that they stuck by us.“I think it has been talked up that we were celebrating getting beaten by eight points, instead of 80 points. Absolutely not. We were celebrating the fact that we got promotion, we got a great run in the championship and we got to an All-Ireland quarter-final. And which, I guarantee you, if you’d predicted that at the start of the year to Jim McGuinness, he’d have laughed at you. So it’s a wee bit patronising, coming from him.” Quigley also pointed to Donegal’s 16-point defeat to Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, under McGuinness.“And the fact that he’s a Donegal man, he’s not 100 miles away from Fermanagh, it’s a bit disappointing really. He needs to realise that we were going up with no-one giving us a hope, the only people that believed in us were the Fermanagh fans, the management and players.”Quigley, who is already looking ahead to 2016, also admitted that the goal he forced Dublin to concede should never have been allowed.“I knew when the referee hadn’t given a free out, and he stopped the game, then all he could do was award the goal, to be fair. It was a mistake on his part, and maybe the umpire’s part. As I said during the week, a little luck like that the smaller teams don’t often get at Croke Park. It lifted the game and gave us something to work towards and lifted the whole Fermanagh crowd. It even got the Dubs going as well,” he saidFERMANAGH STAR QUIGLEY BLASTS JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish TimesJim McGuinnesspatronisingrowSean Quigleylast_img read more

Athletics’ 2020 schedule has alarming start, perhaps easy ending

first_imgIf the A’s allow themselves to look too far ahead and glance at their 2020 schedule they may not like what they see.The good news for next season is Oakland plays 17 of its first 23 games at the Coliseum, marking the 12th straight season the A’s are at “home” (including being the designated home team in Japan last March). The bad news is the early competition appears daunting.Here’s a closer look at some of the highlights from next year’s tentative schedule, which Major League Baseball …last_img read more

Diatom Evolution a Mystery

first_img(Visited 293 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A science writer is sure diatoms evolved, even if their origins and intricate designs are major mysteries.Michael Gross, a science writer at Oxford, wrote a feature story for Current Biology called, “The Mysteries of the Diatoms” (Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 15, R581-R585, 7 August 2012).   Gross knows that diatoms are extremely successful and diverse, very important for the carbon cycle, and beautiful to look at, but said scientists still know little about them.  One of the chief mysteries is their evolution:Diatoms — single-celled algae typically enshrined in a cell wall made of intricately laced silica — have fascinated researchers with a whole range of mysteries, from their evolutionary origins through to their morphogenesis and reproduction. They entered the plant kingdom rather late in evolution, and through an unusual entry. Researchers believe they are secondary endosymbionts, meaning that their precursor was a eukaryote that engulfed another eukaryote, resulting in a quadruple membrane around the chloroplasts the diatom gained from this act of piracy.The evolutionary success story of diatoms only begins some 200 million years ago, but they have spread around the globe and diversified into hundreds of genera and around 100,000 species in this short fraction of the geological timescale. Today, they are present wherever there is liquid water, in the oceans, in freshwater, and even in soil. They have already played a significant role in the global cycles of carbon and nitrogen, and are responsible for large sediments of silica including diatomaceous earth.In the article, Gross described many amazing facts about these microbes that live in glass houses:“they have a very efficient way to dissipate excess solar energy, known as non-photochemical quenching.”“In a time span of less than 200 million years, diatoms have branched out into a multitude of species, which can be as genetically different as humans and fish.““While we might want to call diatoms ‘plantimals,’ these things are much more complex than we think,” Chris Bowler says.“Like animals, for instance, diatoms possess a complete urea cycle…. the cycle enables diatoms to recover quickly after prolonged periods of nitrogen limitation.”“…diatoms have a huge influence on geochemical cycles and our climate.”“Diatoms fix as much carbon dioxide as all the rainforests of the world combined….”“The silica frustules with their intricate nanoscale patterns can make any nanotechnologist jealous. Nature can produce such structures at ambient temperature and under benign conditions, an achievement that our technology cannot match yet.”“Diatom adhesives are of interest for two opposite reasons — some may want to mimic bioadhesives like these to produce better glues that work under difficult conditions, for instance under water. Others want to stop diatoms from sticking to things under water, such as ships.”Considering these are widespread, common organisms we can study right under a microscope, surprisingly little is known about them, Gross said.  For instance, the in-depth study of model organisms like water cress and E. coli hasn’t helped scientists understand the molecular physiology of diatoms.  The growth (morphogenesis) of their intricate glass patterns is not understood.  Their role in climate modulation is poorly understood.  It’s not that scientists have not tried; the mysteries of diatoms have so far proved intractable.One thing Michael Gross seemed profoundly confident about, though, was his belief that they evolved from non-diatoms.  This extended not to his endosymbiotic theory but to their subsequent ability to evolve other capabilities that stump human engineers.  He spoke glibly about how “diatoms evolved thicker and denser cell walls and spread across the oceans,” speaking at one moment about the mystery of their “evolutionary origins” but then their “evolutionary success story.”  It didn’t seem to bother him that in half the time horseshoe crabs remained static, diatoms diversified into 100,000 species with genomes that differ as much between them as fish differ from humans.  Evolution works in strange ways.There is no such thing as an evolutionary success story.  Evolution, being mindless, purposeless, and aimless,(see clarification on Evolution News) could not care less about what thrives and what goes extinct.  If the whole world went extinct, “evolution” (whatever that fictional being represents), would yawn and move on.  By using the word success, Gross exposes himself as an unevolved human who cares.In the 12/19/2007 entry, we used the nonsense word gribbleflix as a substitute for evolution, and it worked in the same manner – it explains everything without needing to explain anything.  Readers are encouraged to re-read that commentary to understand how Michael Gross, and the accomplice Current Biology, employed evolution as nonsense masquerading as explanation.last_img read more

Russian Cop Uses YouTube to Expose Police Corruption

first_imgjolie odell In a breathtakingly risky move, a former Russian police officer has taken to the Internet in full uniform to detail the corruption, danger, and brutality of his line of work.In an open video address to Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, Alexei Dymovsky says, “Maybe you don’t know about us, about simple cops, who live and work and love their work. I’m ready to tell you everything. I’m not scared of my own death.” How much does Dymovsky have to fear? The answer might surprise those of us who are accustomed to the relative freedoms of self-expression.Over the past week, Dymovsky’s videos have gotten more than a million views altogether and have created quite an uproar in Russia. In the videos, he speaks with an air of desperation, frustration, and resignation rarely seem on camera. He speaks of the ten years he spent serving and protecting his country.Dymovsky served in the Russian army from 1996 until 1998. After that, he worked as a district commissioner of the city police in the Amur region. In 2004, he was transferred to the city of Novorossiysk police department, where he eventually advanced to the post of senior security officer and oversaw crimes related to drug trafficking.“We are working as hard as we can with all our souls,” Dymovsky says. After referencing losing two wives, who refused to put up with his work, and problems with “relationships with the bosses,” Dymovsky says, “I want to talk about it now.” He speaks of being denied leave of absence or medical treatment for illness, about police taking bribes and about pervasive corruption. “I am not afraid,” he says, “I am telling my name… But I cannot stand detecting the nonexistent crimes, imprisoning people who are not guilty. I can’t stand it anymore.”Take a look at one of the videos Dymovsky has posted so far: Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… These videos bear significant political impact, but they also speak to the importance of the Internet in acting as our generation’s soapbox. Any wronged person has an almost infinite capacity to express, persuade and convince. Currently, a source at the Russian Interior Ministry’s internal security department has confirmed to at least one publication that representatives of several human rights organization actively support Dymovsky.The officers mentioned in Dymovsky’s reports have filed libel suits against him, and the Russian interior minister has said his office is investigating the former police officer’s claims. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hackers Helping Haiti: Find or Organize a Hackathon Near You

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In an ongoing effort to help the poorest country in the Americas survive and recover from a devastating earthquake, hackers around the world are participating in CrisisCamp Hackathons this Saturday, January 16.The unconference-style events are free for attendees, who are asked to volunteer their time and expertise to create technology projects that provide data, information, maps and technical assistance to non-governmental organizations, relief agencies and the public. The CrisisCamps being held this weekend will all directly benefit Haitian relief efforts.Volunteers of all kinds – the technically talented and others, too – are requested to sign up.Hackathons are being organized in Silicon Valley, London, Washington DC and Boulder/Denver. Some of these events still need organization and leadership help; volunteers are asked to take charge and donate whatever time or resources they have available.UPDATE: Hackathons are also being organized in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.Proposed projects so far include a base layer map for Port Au Prince for NGOs and relief agencies, a family locator system, a volunteer skill matrix, a news aggregator to coordinate data feeds and ongoing definitions to support ongoing CrisisCamp efforts. For an idea of how these kinds of tech can help in times of national and natural disasters, check out Chad Catacchio’s post on crisis mapping.CrisisCamp’s goal is to gather topic experts, app developers and emergency first responders to create better technology and practices for crisis management and disaster relief. For updates and more information, follow CrisisCamp on Twitter.For more on what technologists are doing to help relief efforts in Haiti, check out these other RWW posts:Internet Rallies to Help Haiti: Here’s What You Can Do Right NowGoogle Offers Satellite Images of Haiti, Post-EarthquakeCloudCamp for Haiti: How the Cloud Can Help Aid Effortslast_img read more

Social Magazines: What’s Their Business Model?

first_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts richard macmanus Tags:#New Media#NYT#RSS Readers#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Yesterday we looked at the latest “social magazine” app to hit the iPad, called NewsMix. It’s very similar to Flipboard, the innovator and leader in this small but rapidly evolving market. Social magazines is a term that Flipboard came up with. It’s come to mean a News Reader type application for the iPad that has the visual appeal of a magazine, along with the social media features common to this era of the Web (integration with Facebook, Twitter and other social apps). Social magazine apps will become a key application for tablets over the next couple of years. Also we will see existing magazines on the iPad, such as Wired and TIME, evolve to become more like Flipboard – with better customization of magazine sections, whizzier UI, more social media functionality, and so on.An important question for Flipboard, NewsMix and other such apps is: how will they make money? Wired, TIME and other specialist magazines will rely on the subscription model (once it gets sorted out for the iPad). However, Flipboard and its ilk face the same issues with monetization as RSS Readers did in the previous Web era.Tough to MonetizeA big part of the reason why the consumer RSS Reader market never took off was that it was almost impossible to monetize. Users balked at ads inside their RSS Readers, so the main RSS Reader companies ended up turning to the enterprise market for the bulk of their revenues. Newsgator is a great example. It owns a range of sophisticated RSS Reader products, but it shuttered its browser-based RSS Reader in mid-2009 and now appears to focus mostly on SharePoint integration (i.e. the enterprise market). Flipboard and other social magazines can of course choose to make money by being a paid app in iPad and other app stores. NewsMix has headed in this direction, charging $2.99 for its app. Flipboard has chosen to remain free, a sensible move given that it wants to maintain its first mover advantage and ramp up its user numbers. Likewise, if the App Store ever allows iPad magazine apps to provide a decent subscription service, Flipboard would be wise to hold off on that too. Not just because publishers will probably complain, but again it’s an impediment to user growth – which is surely Flipboard’s primary concern, given that it has defined a new market.Flipboard’s Plan For AdvertsFlipboard co-founder and CEO Mike McCue told Robert Scoble when Flipboard launched in July last year that they were planning a “new, design-centric, advertising that could possibly fill a page or a portion of a page.” That same month, McCue told Business Insider that “when we build our business model […] it’s not going to be on the backs of the publishers, it will be with the publishers.” He went on to say that Flipboard plans to introduce “a totally new form of advertising.”It’s clear that Flipboard is looking at (or at least talking about) a predominantly advertising based revenue model, much like traditional magazines have. It thinks that the visual appeal of advertising that magazines have enjoyed, will translate to its product too. The contentious issue will be how it gives a cut to publishers, since – unlike Wired and TIME – Flipboard is not a publisher. That’s essentially the same problem that RSS Reader Bloglines grappled with in 2004-05. Bloglines didn’t launch advertising at that time, due to the outcry from publishers. Flipboard hasn’t yet broached the subject with publishers – and there’s no rush. Flipboard bought itself some time to figure out a solution, by taking $10.5 million in initial funding. If Flipboard is serious about this new form of advertising, then it’s a tall order. Any publisher that is even moderately successful relies heavily on brand advertising. Many publishers will be skeptical of a profit-sharing arrangement outside of their own sites.Acquisition May Be Flipboard’s AnswerFlipboard was the first mover in the social magazine space, so the reality is that it’s going to be an attractive target for acquisition – much as Bloglines was, Flickr was, Delicious was, and so on. My bet is that Flipboard continues to ramp up its user base, with scant regard to business model. It may still experiment with a new form of publisher-friendly, design focused advertising. But it will be a risky experiment. Nobody has yet figured out how to share advertising revenues with publishers from within a news reader-type application.Let us know your thoughts in the comments on how social magazines will make money. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Hyderabad Great for Ease of Doing Business, Says U.S. Ambassador

first_imgU.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Nov. 27 described Hyderabad as marvel for ease of doing business and a model for the rest of India.The pat for the southern city came at a news conference he addressed on the eve of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning in the city on N0v. 28.He said he was impressed with the policies launched in Hyderabad to attract investment.“Enormous amount of U.S. investment has come into this city. Major US tech firms have their significant hubs here and this city is a marvel for ease of doing business,” said Juster referring to the transformation since 2004 when he had last visited Hyderabad.He lauded the Telangana government’s industrial policy, which provides for all approvals for a business in 15 days and also holds officials accountable for their actions.“It is the model for rest of country. When you see this type of reform process undertaken, the response from private sector will be increased investment as seen in Hyderabad. We hope to see elsewhere in the country as well,” said Juster who is attending the first major event after taking over as the new Ambassador.Asked about Moody’s upgrading India rating, he complimented Prime Minister Narendra Modi for significantly moving India up the ladder in terms of ease of doing business.“This is very important part in terms of economic reforms process that will help encourage US investment but the investment decisions are made by the private sector and not by the governments. These are really driven by the market place,” he added.Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, said five states had applied to host GES and two of them were shortlisted. He said Hyderabad was selected purely on the basis of merit.Stating that Hyderabad has created energy, tremendous vibrancy and huge amount of dynamism, he said it could beat other cities hands down. —(IANS) Related ItemsHyderabadKenneth JusterTelanganalast_img read more

Immigration Has Pushed Up House Prices, Says UK Minister

first_imgImmigration has brought about an increase of around 20 per cent in prices of houses over a period of 25 years, Dominic Raab, the Housing Minister of the United Kingdom, said.“Based on the Office for National Statistics data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20 per cent,” Raab said, the Sunday Times reported. He added that the government should not overlook the harmful effects of immigration on the country.“The Migration Advisory Committee is right to look at the positive impact immigration has had on the country. At the same time, you can’t just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on housing,” Raab said, according to the report.Raab is heading a drive to build more affordable homes in the United Kingdom. He wants the number of new houses to go up from 217,000 in 2017 to 300,000 by 2025, according to the Sun. Raab added that there is an opportunity to revive the dream of owning a home in the United Kingdom and make this dream come true for youngsters as well as those in the low and middle-income sections of the society.A research conducted by property website Zoopla in March showed that among the cheapest places to buy houses in the United Kingdom for first-time buyers is Hull, with an average property price of £104,376, followed by Middlesbrough with £107,041 and Liverpool with £122,137. The research found that London is one of the most expensive places to live, where buyers have to shell out £518,178 for a place.Pointing out that the issue of housing cannot be left out of the immigration debate, Raab said, “If we delivered on the government’s target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to build every year.”He talked about the new reforms that will be introduced in the procedure of buying homes on April 8, and tweeted: “New reforms to the purchasing process, so the dream of buying your own home doesn’t become a nightmare.”New reforms to the purchasing process, so the dream of buying your own home doesn’t become a nightmare. #mhclg https://t.co/AmgULLEshB— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) April 9, 2018UK Housing Secretary Sajid Javid also gave more details about the new reforms in a statement on April 8. Javid said that the new measures will help professionalize the estate agent market, driving up standards and bringing an end to “rogue” managing agents.“Estate agents will now be required to hold a professional qualification and to be transparent about the fees they receive for referring clients to solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers,” the statement said.Meanwhile, the UK Home Office is encouraging asylum seekers in the United Kingdom to return home, even before their cases are taken up by the department officials. The Home Office is voluntarily giving contact numbers and information to asylum seekers about the ways they can head back home before their cases are considered.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Feb. 22 revealed that about 5,500 Indian citizens sought asylum in the United Kingdom and applied for it in the last five years. A majority of the applications were made after the Indians arrived in the United Kingdom, pointing to the fact that they may have traveled with valid visas and applied for an asylum later. Related ItemsReal estateUnited Kingdomlast_img read more