Freeway Series: Angels deliver big hit in win

first_imgDodgers starter Randy Wolf, a product of El Camino Real High of Woodland Hills and Pepperdine, made his Dodger Stadium debut as a member of the home team and had an inconsistent three-inning effort. Wolf struck out two in the first inning, then allowed three runs on four hits during a second inning in which he didn’t seem to be fooling anyone. Wolf retired the side in order in the third. The start will be easy to dismiss, because it will be forgotten by the time Wolf makes his regular-season debut Tuesday. “He was making some good pitches but he was just missing with a number of pitches,” Little said. Both teams played as many starters as possible. The Dodgers were without Rafael Furcal (sprained ankle) and new father Nomar Garciaparra while the Angels played without Chone Figgins (broken finger). It was a mixed-bag night for the Dodgers’ newcomers. Center fielder Juan Pierre singled but was caught stealing second; left fielder Luis Gonzalez singled and scored in the second inning. As for Wolf, the Angels hit him in the second, when Maicer Izturis, Gary Matthews Jr. and Orlando Cabrera hit consecutive doubles to give the Angels a 3-0 lead in support of starter Hector Carrasco. Carrasco allowed one run in three innings, Orlando Cabrera had three hits and Matthews made a sliding, inning-ending catch in center field with runners on first and second in the second inning. The Dodgers’ lone run came in the second inning, when Andre Ethier singled home Gonzalez. Wolf, who allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out four, was relieved by Chad Billingsley, who threw three shutout innings and allowed one hit to go with one walk and one strikeout. A highlight took place in the seventh, when the Dodgers’ Brady Clark hit into a triple play. Clark lined out to Kendrick, who then stepped on second base and threw to first base. Joe Beimel, the Dodgers’ top left-handed reliever, allowed three runs in the eighth. The Dodgers started removing starters in the fourth inning while the Angels waited until the seventh. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a young kid so he was just trying to make an impression,” Lieberthal said. “I don’t know about (it being) a dirty play. I like to play hard and it would have been bang-bang (with a good throw).” Dodgers manager Grady Little said he had no issues with the hit, and in the other dugout sat Mike Scioscia, who was on the receiving end of a few brutal hits during his career as a Dodger catcher. “Mike’s a tough guy,” Scioscia said. “He’s going to hang in there. He’s trying to make a play at the plate. Nick, he’s trying to make a team. He’s trying to score. That’s what happens. Give both those guys credit.” The plate collision, part of a three-run eighth-inning that pushed the Angels’ winning margin to five runs, was the major highlight of a game that allowed the Angels to continue their Freeway Series domination. Spring-training bragging rights don’t count for much, but for what it’s worth, the Angels have dominated the crosstown series of late, with a 8-0-2 record in the last 10 meetings dating to 2003. For those who think spring training games lack intensity, meet Mike Lieberthal. Lieberthal, the Dodgers’ backup catcher, was on the rough end of a brutal collision at home plate in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 6-1 victory over the Dodgers in front of 29,841 Thursday at Dodger Stadium. After a single by Howie Kendrick, the Angels’ Nick Gorneault, a rookie headed to the minors after this weekend, came barreling around third base and appeared to be out by a wide margin. But when Lieberthal couldn’t get a clean throw to the plate, Gorneault led with his shoulder and bashed into Lieberthal. Gorneault scored and the game paused for a couple minutes while the Dodgers made sure Lieberthal had all his faculties. Other than a slight headache, he reported no problems and no real ill feelings. last_img read more

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Hospital action group hands letter of protest into Minister’s office

first_imgRepresentatives of the Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group (Stranorlar) has handed in a letter at midday today to Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office in Letterkenny, requesting a meeting.The group claims that several requests for such a meeting have been made in the last 11 months have not resulted in any meeting.A spokesman said Minister Mc Hugh on 25th July 2018 at a meeting attended by other Donegal Oireachtas Representatives committed to continuous engagement with the Action Group. Chariperson of the group, Fr John Joe Duffy said “He admitted there were mistakes in the past and from now on there would-be on-going engagement between him and our Group.“We saw that day as a positive second beginning to our campaign, all parties committed to be on board and we expected a new level of honesty and commitment to open communication.”He added that Minister Mc Hugh made a commitment on the 25th July 2018 to organise and coordinate a meeting with Health Minister Harris and Minister of State Jim Daly, the Secretary General of the Dept of Health, Senior Dept. and Senior national, regional and local HSE Officials, our Action Group and Donegal Oireachtas members for that September.Fr Duffy went on “This we hoped was to be the roadmap to reverse the cuts and decision to close down the residential and nursing care units, to restore our bed complement to 78 and restore staffing levels which have were and continue to be depleted, the reversal of the Kathleen decision of 26th July 2016. “The meeting took place on 7th November 2018, with the absence of the necessary key departmental and HSE officials including the absence Minister Harris. It was hoped that that crucial meeting would guarantee the survival of St. Joseph’s as a residential nursing care, respite and dementia unit and that meeting would have delivered the reversal of the Kathleen Lynch decision.“It now seems clearer that the meeting was nothing more than a political attempt to hoodwink us in the event of a November 2018 election.”The group then says that on Monday 22nd July 2019 at 10.29 am, Minister Mc Hugh’s office issued an invitation to a meeting with Minister Jim Daly in Lifford, for the next morning at 11:30am at Donegal County Council Offices.The St Joseph’s group requested that the meeting take place in the afternoon in order to facilitate the Councillors and our Action Group who could not be present in the morning.He added “Unfortunately, this was not possible according to Minister Mc Hugh’s office. We reissued our request on the 22nd July to meet Minister Mc Hugh but sadly no communication has been forthcoming from his office. “In our experience to date this Governmant@last minute.com appears to be par for the course as was the case for the important 7th November 2018 meeting in Dail Eireann when HSE officials were summoned to Dublin the day before the meeting and Oireachtas members from Donegal were not even informed.“We are bitterly disappointed by the failure of Minister Mc Hugh to meet with us, having given commitments to have ongoing meetings with our group.”Minister Mc Hugh announced on the 2nd September that planning for St. Josephs Stranorlar and Ramelton hospitals was included in the HSE National Service plan 2019 and that both projects would go to planning early next year.Minister Mc Hugh said the commitment is in the plan now, it is in black and white now, it is in the service plan ( to retain the beds in the short stay, long stay/residential and dementia units). Howe er, Fr Duffy objected “We have trawled the 156-page plan and we cannot find what Minister Mc Hugh announced. The only reference to St. Joseph’s hospital Stranorlar in Appendix 4 on pg. 149 is the provision of an ambulance restroom at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar at a cost of £510,000.“This gives rise to serious concern about Minister Mc Hugh’s announcement as does an answer by John Hayes Chief Officer CH01 HSE on 25th February 2019 to a Health Forum member.“The HSE 2019 Capital Plan is currently being finalised and it is intended to proceed with the procurement of a Design Team for this project this year, subject to availability of funding.” John Hayes.“There is no mention of any planning or funding for the Community Nursing Unit, long stay/residential, short stay or Dementia unit spending in the HSE 2019 Capital plan.”Hospital action group hands letter of protest into Minister’s office was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Monkey See, Monkey No Comprendo

first_imgIn 19th century mythology, a million monkeys might type the works of Shakespeare by chance, given millions of years.  But monkeys would make lousy computer programmers, because they cannot understand the “if-then” construction.  Comparison studies on humans and monkeys showed that while the monkeys could be trained to recognize when one word is followed by another, they cannot get the rules of recursive grammar into their heads.  Trainers tried to get them to follow a simple rule, such as one to three words spoken by a male trainer are followed by the same pattern of words spoken by a female trainer.  Since human volunteers had no such difficulty, even when previously unfamiliar with the rule, the scientists deduced that recursive logic is a uniquely human trait.  New Scientist discusses the interpretation of David Premack, a renowned primate language expert:Mastery of the underlying rule of recursion is the key to human flexibility, Premack believes, allowing humans to think in the abstract, use metaphors and comprehend concepts such as time.  It probably arose as the brain evolved into a more complex organ, but is not located in a single brain region.The study by Hauser and Fitch was published in last week’s Science,1 along with commentary by Premack.2    In their report, MSNBC News tantalized with “How humans got the gift of gab,” but failed to satisfy: “Language is at the very core of what makes us human, though how we evolved this ability has provoked intense debate.”  Somehow, it evolved (they don’t quite know how), but whatever happened, it made all the difference:Whatever it is about the brain that allows such linguistic flexibility may also be key to the human imagination, according to Premack.  Unlike other animals, which specialize in various skills, humans are supremely adaptable, able to learn new tasks and develop new technologies.  “Human intelligence and evolution are the only flexible processes on Earth capable of producing endless solutions to the problems confronted by living creatures,” Premack writes.1Fitch and Hauser, “Computational Constraints on Syntactic Processing in a Nonhuman Primate,” Science 01/16/2003, 10.1126/science.1089401.2David Premack, “Is Language the Key to Human Intelligence?” Science 01/16/2003, 10.1126/science.1093993.That line makes Premack winner of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.  The BBC News is runner-up with its very misleading headline, “Monkeys ‘grasp basic grammar’,” which the body of the article debunks.  But hold the presses!  Should we give it instead to National Geographic News for this line attributed to Premack?  “Evolution, being endlessly clever, might produce words that don’t require teaching, but until it does, it is not clear how any species other than humans could evolve language.”    The whole experiment is pretty suspect.  How can a trainer know what a monkey is thinking just by watching bodily reactions, when their little pea-brains are in a constant state of flux, switching attention to whatever provides instant gratification?  The distance between their comprehension and that of speaking human is enormous, with no intermediates.  Yet article after article just assumes that mindless processes of evolution bridged this gap somehow.    Don’t you just get sick of it?  The evolutionists blow smoke rings around readers’ necks that strangle by suggestion.  There’s nothing of substance here to choke off debate, but suckers are so awestruck by the wizards that they pass out as if slain in the spirit of Charlie.  It’s all a trick.    Evolution is an idol, savvy?  Having no eyes, it sees not, and having no ears, it hears not.  Evolution has no power to evolve language or any complex system.  It is not, standing alongside human intelligence, “a flexible process that can produce endless solutions to problems.”  This is playing word games; it’s an unmitigated myth based on association and bluffing.  Natural selection is the opposite of intelligence.  It is the opposite of problem-solving.  It is the opposite of flexibility.  It says “survive or perish” but not “evolve or perish”, because it contains no mechanism for producing beneficial variation.  And you want beneficial variation to come from mutations – mistakes?  Get a life.    Evolutionists never explain how natural selection could do such a thing as evolving recursive language skill; they merely claim that it did do it.  If you can’t accept it, well obviously, you just don’t have the faith, brother.  Don’t put your faith in an idol that is toppling (10/14/2003).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Can Evolution Survive Without Darwin?

first_imgCharles Darwin and the theory of evolution seem synonymous.  Nevertheless, many evolutionary biologists have pointed out that a lot has happened in evolutionary biology since Darwin died.  Some even criticize creationists for using the term “Darwinism” for evolution, though often it is just as much the habit of evolutionists (example: Genome Research: “Genomics and Darwinism”).  These days, however, there is a movement to let old Darwin fade away and remove his name from evolutionary theory altogether.  Some even see his main idea, natural selection, as an impediment to progress in the field.    In a letter to Science August 29, U. Kutschera of the University of Kassel in Germany suggested we replace “Darwinism” with “evolutionary biology” – a term first coined by Julian Huxley.  This is because evolutionary theory has expanded far beyond Darwin’s limited domain into other disciplines such as geology and computer science.  He also pointed out, though, that “we need another update of our concepts about the mechanisms of evolution” – a suggestion that natural selection is inadequate.    A distinct down-with-Darwin attitude was most clearly seen in an interview August 24 by Susan Mazur with Stuart Newman, published in The Scoop, an independent news service in New Zealand.  Mazur was asking Newman about his recent involvement in a closed conference of 16 evolutionary biologists in Altenberg, Austria last July (see “Revolt in the Darwin Camp” from 03/07/2008 and Mazur’s July 6 preview of controversial issues in The Scoop; for list of participants and their public statement on the outcome of the meeting, see the Rationally Speaking blog for July 17).  Some of the participants wanted to formulate an “extended evolutionary synthesis” with less natural selection and more of the new perspectives that have recently taken hold, such as self-organization and epigenetics.  Some of them see natural selection only as a culling filter after other mechanisms generated novelty that caused the origin of species and body plans.  These ideas remain controversial.    Newman described why self-organization might lead to complex structures.  To avoid misunderstanding, he prefers the term “phenotypic plasticity” –Plasticity is not only associated with self-organization.  Molecular self-assembly can also be plastic.  It is now recognized that many proteins have no intrinsic three-dimensional structure – their forms and functions change depending on their microenvironment, including other proteins that may or may not be present.  The structure and function of macromolecular complexes can therefore change dramatically over the course of evolution with minimal genetic change, or as a side-effect of other changes, not driven by adaptation.  This is quite relevant to the evolution of highly complex structures like the bacterial flagellum, a problem constantly harped on by advocates of “Intelligent Design.”Newman is saying that complex structures, composed of many parts that ID scientists would call irreducibly complex, might just happen spontaneously – without any “evolutionary force” of adaptation or natural selection driving the process.  Obviously such ideas are going to raise eyebrows among biologists trained in traditional Darwinism.    Newman and Mazur both complained that the establishment biologists are not welcoming the new ideas of self-organization.  What is most interesting in Mazur’s article is her vitriolic description of the “Darwinian industry” that remains sold out to traditional Darwinian adaptationism.  They abhor the concept of self-organization, she said, because of fear those in the intelligent-design community will exploit it.  She held out particular disdain for the NCSE, which “advises schools in America on what textbooks are suitable”.The National Center for Science Education director Eugenie Scott told me that her organization does not support self-organization because it is confused with intelligent design, i.e., “design-beyond-laws” – as Michael Behe, a biochemist at Lehigh University describes it.  NCSE also pays lucrative fees to conference speakers who keep the lid on self-organization by beating the drum for Darwinian natural selection.  NCSE and its cronies completely demonize the intelligent design community, even those who agree evolution happened.  Religion is not the target since even the National Academy of Sciences embraces religion.  So it seems the real target is those who fail to kneel before the Darwinian theory of natural selection and prevent the further fattening of the Darwinian industry tapeworm.    NAS and NASA/NAI in their respective publications Science, Evolution and Creationism, and Astrobiology Primer have also kept out any discussion of self-organization. What is your response to this? Why do you think such organizations continue to feed unenlightened information to the public at public expense?Somewhat taken aback at the language, Newman agreed, but with the disclaimer that “I may not use all the terms that you used”.  He pointed out that at the Dover trial, for instance, the idea was reinforced in the public mind that “if you believe in evolution, you believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution because it’s supposedly the same thing.  And if you don’t believe in Darwin’s theory, you must believe in something supernatural.”  In bold print, Mazur quoted his next statement:This is not at all valid and I think it’s a big mistake because we know there are non-linear and what I call saltational mechanisms of embryonic development that could have contributed — and I’m virtually certain they did — to evolution.  It was Darwin who said that if any organ is shown to have formed not by small increments but by jumps, his theory would therefore be wrong.  [Emphasis in original].Newman seems to be implying that, by Darwin’s own standard, natural selection theory has been falsified.  He called it a “Darwinian orthodoxy” that “everything has to be incremental,” including “something very complex like the bacterial flagellum or the segmented vertebral column, they say that it had to have arisen in an incremental fashion.”  Self-assembly and self-organization, Newman believes, can account for these things without natural selection.  “I think it’s an unfortunate error that some advocates of evolution are making by adhering so closely to this incrementalist Darwinian dogma,” which he later attributed to “implausible and incorrect mechanisms”.  Mazur reacted by calling this “mediocre science being pushed on the public” and “wasting of public funds at a time of serious economic downturn in America”.    Newman and Mazur discussed how funding can perpetuate a consensus, even when it’s wrong, and how the consensus controls communication with the public.  “It really undermines confidence in science if people are always being subjected to what we call handwaving arguments that all complexity had to have had an incremental origin.”  Nevertheless, Newman himself, when describing how self-organization might produce a flagellum, seemed also to be just waving his hands.Won’t it be fun if Darwinism collapses just in time for Darwin Day?  There was going to be a big celebration in 1992, remember, for Columbus on the 500th anniversary of his voyage to the New World.  The party fizzled, however, when activists got all untied about his supposed links to racism, exploitation, disease, and slavery.  (Whether this was true to history or not is beside the point.)  Maybe that’s the secret.  Hire a bunch of live-at-home dropouts and history professors who have nothing better to do than protest things.  Convince them that Darwin brought racism, sexism, genocide and a host of other evils.  (That this is true to history is the point.)  Turn them loose, get the media focused on them, raise a ruckus and watch Darwin become very politically incorrect on campus.  What a surprised look we will see on Eugenie Scott’s face when the people chanting “Down with Darwin!” are not religious creationists, but a motley mix of radicals, liberals, progressives, diversity departments and evolutionary biologists like Stuart Newman.    This is not the first time the saltationists have attacked the gradualists.  It’s part of a repeated tug-of-war that resurfaces every decade or two, because insiders bred on Darwinism know that gradualism via natural selection is “implausible and incorrect.”  The Darwin Party hangs on for dear life because they know all is lost if gradualism goes.  No matter what you call saltationism, whether punctuated equilibria or phenotypic plasticity or self-assembly, it is tantamount to naturalistic miracles.  Can anyone really believe an outboard motor of 40 essential parts just self-assembled without design?  Such faith conjures up visions of tornados in junkyards and explosions in print shops.  The Darwinians know that intelligent design people and creationists love this stuff.  It makes their job so easy.  A dinosaur lays an egg and a bird hatches out.  Yeee-haw!    Join the resistance!  Don’t kneel before the Darwinian theory of natural selection.  Prevent the further fattening of the Darwinian industry tapeworm!  (Thank you, Susan, for that picturesque metaphor.)  For those of us outside the Church of Darwin, who think with our brains instead of our imaginations, we’ll get our miracles, thank you, from the intelligent Designer who has both the purpose and the power to execute them.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Super Rugby to expand in 2016

first_img2 May 2014The three-nation Vodacom Super Rugby league will expand into South America and possibly another new continent as well from 2016, and will include a sixth South African team, the SA Rugby Union confirmed on Thursday.The three-nation league will expand into South America with the inclusion of a team from Buenos Aires, while Sanzar, the competition’s governing body, is seeking another new entrant, which could come from Europe, Asia or one of the foundation nations.18-team formatThe new 18-team format – an increase on the current 15 competitors – will feature the existing 10 franchises from Australia and New Zealand and six teams from South Africa.The 18 teams will be divided into four conferences, with the three new entrants appearing in the South African Group.The new format ticked all the importanty boxes, said Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union (Saru).‘A radical departure’“The new format and the expansion into what could potentially be two new continents for Super Rugby is a radical departure for the competition but one that takes the competition to the next level,” he said in a statement.“We will have had 20 years of Super Rugby by the time this new structure comes into place and the competition has grown and matured in that time to the place where it was ready to start pushing into new territories.“The agreed design satisfies the needs of South African rugby, which was built around a number of key principles from Saru’s perspective.”Those principles included the inclusion of a sixth South African team; no increase or a reduction in the travel burden on South African players; a reduction in the number of derbies; the inclusion of a team from Argentina; and a financial uplift.‘Historic travel burden’“The agreed format delivers on a reduction in the historic travel burden on our players, as well as answering our need for a sixth place in the competition,” Roux said.“We are delighted to welcome a new entrant from our old friends, Argentina, and there is also a reduction in the number of South African derbies, which are seen as being particularly attritional on our players.“It was a long hard, negotiation with a large number of alternative formats considered and discarded because they did not fulfil the key criteria. This new model offers a major new step forward for Vodacom Super Rugby, with the potential to grow further.”Regular season matchesWith the new structure, all teams will play 15 regular season matches (eight home/seven away or seven home/eight away) made up of: four matches (two home/two away) against one of the African Conferences; five matches (either two home/three away or three home/two away) against an Australasian Conference; six matches within their own Conference (three home/three away).All four conference winners will automatically host a quarter-final. They will be opposed by four wild card teams, which will be the next three highest placed teams in the Australasian Group and the next highest placed team in the South African Group.The winners will contest the semi-finals with home field advantage going to the highest-placed team on overall standings points.Conference compositionRoux said that Saru would engage in further stakeholder and broadcaster consultation before unveiling draw design specifics, such as the composition of the South African Conferences and providing an update on the tender process for the 18th team in due course.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Life Online: The Biology Is Different

first_imgTags:#games#Virtual worlds [Editor’s note: In a world where tags like “visionary” and “big thinker” get tossed around too frequently, J.P. Rangaswami is the real deal. He’s a fantastic storyteller and has lived an incredibly adventurous life. Trained as an economist, J.P. has been CIO of an investment bank in London and has won acclaim as one of the most forward-thinking and influential people in tech. He lives in London and is now the chief scientist at Salesforce.com. His blog, Confused of Calcutta, should be on every techie’s reading list, along with his feed on Twitter, where he is @jobsworth. I’m thrilled that J.P. has agreed to write articles for ReadWrite. This piece, his first for us, leaps from a description of buying tickets online to a meditation about the billions of previously disenfranchised people who soon will come online. J.P. promises to explore these ideas in future articles. I cannot wait. – Dan Lyons]I woke up early this morning; I tend to wake up early most mornings, but today was special. I knew I had to get ready to do something important, something very important. Something many people would find hard to understand.Cricket. I planned to go and queue for tickets for the Saturday and Sunday of the fifth and final “Ashes” Test between England and Australia, to be played at the Oval on August 24th and 25th 2013. Because that’s the kind of person I am.Not just the kind of person who looks forward to spending a couple of days watching 22 men in white (or “flannelled fools,” as George Bernard Shaw called them) amble around, the occasional sound of willow on leather rudely disturbing the reverie of moustachioed majors as they snored gently into their tea and crumpets. But the kind of person who enjoys actually going to see stuff “live”: plays, concerts, musicals, opera, and sport. In all shapes and sizes.So I woke up, got ready, made sure I had my membership details and credit card with me, and went along to buy my ticket. Queued patiently as they started serving bang on time. Waited my turn. Bought the tickets I wanted.It was altogether a thoroughly satisfying experience. I was warm and dry throughout; there was plenty of decent food and drink on offer; the environment was peaceful and comfortable, the company friendly and worthwhile, no noise, no crowds. They even had a notice telling me how the queue was progressing.I was at home.While I queued, I was greeted with a notice that the website was experiencing high demand, and that I’d been placed in a queue where “the flow of members accessing the site is monitored and adjusted accordingly depending on the number looking to purchase at any one time.” There was an estimate of how long I would have to wait before entering the site.Speeding Up EvolutionEven though I’ve bought tickets online many times, I felt a real sense of wonder at how technology had improved the whole process. I was particularly taken with how the size of the “waiting room” could be adjusted to reflect the number of people “queueing” in the room. Kevin Kelly, in What Technology Wants, suggests that we should look at technology as a means of speeding up evolution. In similar fashion, whenever I look at a digital process, I am particularly interested in how it improves on the analog. (And that is why I detest “region coding” on DVDs and games, where technology was used to pave cowpaths rather than build roads.)The “physics” of the digital world is different from that of the physical world. I remember Richard Bartle making this point very elegantly in October 2005, in a comment on Terra Nova:“Virtual space is not like real space, and the users of both have different criteria by which they judge it a success. People want to feel they’re in the world, and that means the architecture has to be faithful to genre. Exciting new architecture is possible, but if it intrudes then it must do so for a reason. I expect it will be a long while before the architecture award goes to a building in a contextualised (ie. game-like) world, rather than a less themeful one such as SL.“Also, because each virtual world is physically different, architecture that is successful in one may not be successful in another. Does the virtual world need staircases? Does it require structures to self-support under gravity? Are there materials that you can see through from one side but not the other? How about materials that change what they look like depending on who’s looking at them? What’s possible in one virtual world may not be possible in another – unlike the real world, they don’t all use the same physics.”When The Constraints Of The Physical World Are RemovedWhat Bartle spoke about is what excited me about digital infrastructure in general and virtual worlds in particular. The idea that people who were otherwise constrained from movement or speech or action could have those constraints removed made my heart sing. The possibility that ubiquitous affordable access to connectivity, computing power and storage could soon become a reality fascinated me. The implication that billions of disenfranchised people could have their lives transformed, particularly when it came to health, education, welfare, filled me with glee.So I was very taken with this “physics is different” idea ever since I came across it. This, despite the fact that digital landscapes and virtual worlds tended to attract a lot of criticism, particularly of the “people who are in Second Life don’t have a First Life” class.That was over seven years ago. Since then, I’ve spent considerable time observing, and participating in, social networks of one form or another, in business as well as in society in general. Over time, some themes became more important to me than others. One particular theme, that of how trust could scale, not just scale but scale at speed, has intrigued me deeply.When it comes to the physical world, biology plays a key role in how we trust, both in nature as well as speed. The “biology” of the digital world is different; over the next few posts, I plan to look at how this affects us, in our personal lives as well as in our professional ones. I am particularly interested in identifying, understanding and sharing with you the class of person who was disenfranchised in the physical world, and who is now empowered to trust and to be trusted, reliably and at speed, in the digital world.And I’m looking forward to learning from the dialogues that ensue.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jp rangaswami 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Uncertainty looms large as Sharad Pawar set to meet Sonia Gandhi

first_img The Congress, meanwhile, is silent on the possible outcome of the meeting as the State leadership has been kept out of the loop on the developments in Delhi. “We are yet to get a clear picture from our high command. Yes, there is still a bit of uncertainty. But we are hopeful that a positive picture will emerge after the meeting between the presidents of both the parties,” a Congress leader said on the condition of anonymity. “We have presented our side to Soniaji and requested her that this opportunity should be taken up. But everything depends on her,” he said.The Congress is reportedly divided on whether to align with the Sena, uneasy with its anti-migrant and Hindutva ideology. Leaders of the Sena, Congress and NCP have drawn up a common minimum programme and sent the draft to their respective top leaders for approval.Meanwhile, Swabhimani Paksha chief and farmers’ leader Raju Shetti, who met Mr. Pawar ahead of the NCP core committee meeting in Pune on Sunday, said his party would support the ‘Maha Shiv Aghadi’ (Congress-NCP-Sena grand coalition). “Our fight is for farmers, and the BJP has time and again proved itself to be against their interests… we will be supporting any coalition which keeps the BJP out of power,” Mr. Shetti said.(With inputs from Shoumojit Banerjee) The uncertainty over who will form the government in Maharashtra looms large with all eyes now set on the meeting between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in Delhi on Monday.Other senior leaders of both parties are likely to reach Delhi on Monday and Tuesday as the talks between the party chiefs are likely to stretch for more than a day. The meeting in Delhi is likely to finalise the fate of the State’s political situation, and whether a Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP government will take shape for the first time.“Our president Sharad Pawarji will meet Congress president Soniaji Gandhi in Delhi on Monday. We held a core committee meeting and decided to plan our next move only after discussions with the Congress, as we fought the election together. Other party leaders will meet on Tuesday, and a decision on forming a government will be announced soon,” the NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said.Also Read Maharashtra government formation: Congress decision likely in two days, says Prithviraj Chavanlast_img read more

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Costa Rica clinches World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal

first_imgIn addition, the U.S. could qualify with a loss if Panama and Honduras both fail to win Tuesday.The fourth-place nation advances to a home-and-home playoff next month against Australia or Syria.The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win.At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica opened with wins over Uruguay and Italy, then tied England. They beat Greece on penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands in a shootout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Cubs’ bullpen implodes in Game 2 loss to Nationals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Waston has three international goals, including a 4-yard header from Christian Bolanos’ 68th-minute corner kick on March 28 that gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw in qualifier at Honduras.Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.The U.S. is at 12 points following its 4-0 win Friday over Panama and would qualify with a win at Trinidad on the final night of the hexagonal. Panama and Honduras have 10 points each.Goal difference has become key: the U.S. is plus-five, Panama minus-two and Honduras minus-seven.A draw would be enough for the U.S. to qualify unless Honduras defeats visiting Mexico by at least 12 goals or Panama beats visiting Costa Rica by at least seven or eight goals, the needed margin depending on whether it overcomes its deficit to the U.S. in total goals, currently nine.ADVERTISEMENT In a match postponed a day because of a tropical storm, Eddie Hernandez’s header from Romell Quioto’s cross put Honduras ahead in the 66th minute.In the fifth of a minimum six minutes of stoppage time, a long ball from deep in Costa Rica’s end following a throw-in was headed from about 23 yards out by Hernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiancarlo Gonzalez headed the ball toward the right flank. Bryan Ruiz flicked the ball ahead to Rodney Wallace who, marked by Bryan Acosta and Emilio Izaguirre, played it back to Ruiz.Ruiz played the ball from his left foot to his right to fake his way past Acosta, dribbled past Izaguirre and crossed to Waston. The Vancouver Whitecaps defender outjumped Maynor Figueroa and Johnny Palacios to head the ball past Donis Escober to the goalkeeper’s left from 8 yards. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Costa Rica’s Kendall Waston, left, celebrates after scoring his team’s equalizer against Honduras during a World Cup qualifying soccer match at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, Saturday, Oct 7, 2017. The draw allows Costa Rica to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 tie against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos’ second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.The dramatic late goal means the United States likely needs at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup berth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

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Proud of the fearless brand of cricket we played throughout the World Cup: Mithali Raj to India Today

first_imgMithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final with the BCCI planning a grand felicitation ceremony for the team when they reach home.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWMithali spoke to India Today after the summit clash which they lost by nine runs against hosts England at Lord’s on Sunday.The 34-year-old spoke of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat on Sunday. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.advertisementWith the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.More people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.last_img read more

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Call-out for youth program coaches & managers

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is currently seeking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to the vacant coaching and team manager positions within the National Youth Program. The Australian Youth teams will be attending the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman in Australia in January 2020.Expression of Interest ProcessTFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Elite level coaches and managers to fill the following positions.National Youth Program:Men’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerWomen’s 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 18s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerMixed 20s Coach, Assistant Coach and ManagerCoach and Assistant CoachTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for all coaching positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthprogram2020The EOI will include:NameContact DetailsNCAS Coaching LevelPrevious Elite level (only) Coaching ExperienceVarious questions which can be found by clicking the above link.Expressions of interest for these coaching positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March, 2019.Team ManagerTo submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) for the team manager positions please click on the link below. The link will take you to a page to submit your details for the application.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthmanager2020Expressions of interest for these positions will close at 5pm Monday 4th March 2019.Appointment TermsThe appointment term for these positions will be from date of appointment in 2019 through to completion of all responsibilities after the 2020 Youth Trans Tasman. This campaign will involve attendance by the appointed Coaches and Managers at all team and national selection camps throughout the Trans Tasman preparation.Appointment ConsiderationsAs an Australian coaching staff member there will be a large emphasis on interaction across the program, innovation within coaching and constant professional development.  This will require a need for individuals who are willing to participate in a collaborative environment, with high levels of accountability, adherence to improving technical knowledge and a focus on leadership and management.The appointment processes for all volunteers within the HP Program, takes into account the balance of the applicants’ current skills and areas for improvement.  In the same way coaches select athletes to fit a role within a team plan, volunteers will be selected and required to full fill the role to deliver success for Touch Football Australia.Outlined below for your information is the prescribed key selection criteria for all volunteer appointments within TFA:Actively work as leaders within the broader organisation, with an ability to promote positive/collaborative working relationships and represent the organisation in a professional manner.Actively promote a positive culture among the appointed group, reflective of the organisation’s expectations for all participants within the sport, and above all else in line with TFA Code of Conduct and other policies.Display an ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.Actively communicate and prepare for specific requirements of the role.Complete agreed assigned tasks to the expected standard of the organisation.Maintain absolute confidence with any confidential or Intellectual Property related information of the organisation.Hold and/or obtain required accreditations to undertake the role.Support TFA in the coordination and development of other volunteers.Aiding in conflict resolution as required.Photography: Phil McIlwraithlast_img read more

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