Former US President Barack Obama on Wednesday assailed his successor, Donald Trump, as deeply unfit for the office he occupies and argued that voting for his former No. 2, Joe Biden, was necessary to ensure the very survival of American democracy.”He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama said of Trump during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.”Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe,” he continued, blaming Trump for the 170,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, the millions of jobs lost to the ensuing recession and the diminishment of the country’s democratic principles at home and abroad. After avoiding direct criticism for most of Trump’s first term, the scathing broadsides from Obama constituted an unusually harsh assessment of one president by another. His assertion that Trump, a Republican, is incapable of meeting the demands of the presidency echoed the remarks from his wife, Michelle Obama, on Monday, that Trump “simply cannot be who we need him to be.”Biden was formally nominated on Tuesday night to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, his choice for vice president, also spoke on Wednesday, while Biden will do so on Thursday.Obama, who remains enormously popular among Democratic voters, also used his speech to offer a personal endorsement of Biden, who served as his vice president for two terms.”For eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision,” he said. “He made me a better president – and he’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country.” Obama’s address was delivered from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, the city where the US Constitution – and the country’s founding democratic principles – were drafted.”The one constitutional office elected by all of the people is the presidency,” he said. “So at a minimum, we should expect a president to feel a sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of all 330 million of us. … But we should also expect a president to be the custodian of this democracy.”Trump, he said, had failed those tests.On Twitter, Trump responded to Obama’s appearance with a post in all capital letters: “WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?”WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2020Obama also urged Americans to vote, warning that Trump and his Republican allies can win only by suppressing and undermining votes, rather than on the merit of their policies.”Do not let them take away your power,” he said. “Do not let them take away your democracy. Make a plan right now for how you’re going to get involved and vote.”Topics :
The NBA playoff field in the Eastern Conference is set with the Wizards officially eliminated from postseason contention.Over in the Western Conference, however, an intense race for the final playoff spot continues to rage on. If the No. 9 seed in each conference is more than four games behind the No. 8 seed at the conclusion of the regular season, the No. 8 seed will earn the final playoff spot. If the No. 9 seed is four games or fewer behind the No. 8 seed, then those teams will enter a play-in tournament (double-elimination for the eighth seed, single-elimination for the ninth seed). NBA Playoffs Qualification 🏆 pic.twitter.com/D0vcQsxM6h— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020Play-In Tournament Format pic.twitter.com/SOL5DgXBec— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020″Seeding games” will be played through Aug. 14, and a play-in tournament will be held Aug. 15-16 if necessary with the first round of the playoffs starting Aug. 17.The playoffs will follow the typical format with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals. When the Grizzlies entered the NBA’s campus in Orlando, Fla., they held a 3 1/2 game advantage over the Trail Blazers. That cushion disappeared after four consecutive losses inside the “bubble,” and now Memphis will be without a key player in Jaren Jackson Jr. after the 20-year-old forward suffered a torn meniscus.The battle for the No. 8 seed in the West is down to a four-team dash toward the finish line (Grizzlies, Spurs, Suns, Trail Blazers), and given the lack of separation in the standings, it appears we are heading toward a play-in tournament ahead of the first round of the playoffs.Let’s take a look at the overall landscape and the latest playoff odds for those four teams.NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff bracket | Bubble, explainedNBA standings 2020Here are the current NBA standings as of Aug. 11.Eastern ConferenceSeedTeamRecordGames back1.Bucks**56-16—2.Raptors*51-1943.Celtics*48-237.54.Heat*44-2711.55.Pacers*43-2812.56.76ers*42-2913.57.Nets*35-3620.58.Magic*32-4024*clinched playoff berth**clinched conferenceEliminated: WizardsWestern ConferenceSeedTeamRecordGames back1.Lakers**52-18—2.Clippers*47-2353.Nuggets*46-256.54.Rockets*44-2685.Thunder*43-2796.Jazz*43-289.57.Mavericks*43-31118.Trail Blazers34-3919.5—Grizzlies33-3920—Suns33-3920—Spurs32-3820*clinched playoff berth**clinched conferenceEliminated: Kings, PelicansNBA playoff pictureSeedTeamRecordGames back8.Trail Blazers34-3919.5—Grizzlies33-3920—Suns33-3920—Spurs32-3820(Playoff probability via FiveThirtyEight)8. Trail BlazersRemaining games: vs. NetsPlayoff probability: 81 percent— GrizzliesRemaining games: vs. BucksPlayoff probability: 4 percent— SunsRemaining games: vs. MavericksPlayoff probability: 12 percent— SpursRemaining games: vs. JazzPlayoff probability: 3 percentHow do the NBA playoffs work?Each of the 22 remaining teams is scheduled to play eight “seeding games” in order to determine playoff positioning in both conferences.
He was smart not to, because the pitcher threw nothing but balls. But umpire Jerry Meals didn’t see it that way. The end result was Kepler being called out on strikes. But if you look at MLB.com’s strike zone, all five pitches were outside. (MLB.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e0/3/twins-vs-brewers_1fnagxfqmuznz1km8gv1zal3ww.png?t=-493392285&w=500&quality=80His poor effort was noticed by fans as well.I’m fine if you don’t want to have robot strike zones, but then the trash effort like Jerry Meals has put forth tonight deserve publicly noted fines or discipline from @MLB— Ted (@tlschwerz) August 12, 2020I’m sorry, I have to break my silence. Jerry Meals is having the worst game by an umpire I’ve seen in years. Good lord. #MNTwins— Greg Jensen (@JensenGregory) August 12, 2020This is why there’s a demand for robot umpires. (MLB.com) Twins outfielder Max Kepler had an interesting at-bat Tuesday night.Kepler was facing Brewers pitcher Eric Yardley in the top of the sixth inning. It was a crucial at-bat because the Twins were down by two runs, and had runners on first and second with no outs. While standing at the plate, Kepler didn’t swing at any of Yardley’s pitches. Max Kepler’s strike out https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/c5/max-kepler_164z8di1w6g7518cotzys5v2uw.jpg?t=-494175773&w=500&quality=80MORE: What should MLB do with the Cardinals?That obviously looks bad.But maybe it just looks worse because it’s a clear-cut strike zone. Umpires don’t have a magical box in front of them when calling pitches that come hurling toward them at 90-plus mph. So maybe those calls looked a little better when you view the replay.Umpire Jerry Meals took the bat out of Max Kepler’s hands.Three blown strike calls in one at bat. #Twins v #Brewers pic.twitter.com/ijjvSX6Uef— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) August 12, 2020Not really.Those are pretty bad calls no matter which way you look at it. The second strike call was especially egregious. The third strike call was at least close enough to where you can’t get too upset, but you can even see Kepler in the video looking at the umpire and point down, indicating it was a low pitch.But that single at-bat wasn’t the only complaint fans had about Meals during Tuesday’s game. A comparison of his called strikes vs. the Twins and vs. the Brewers shows two different strike zones (credit to Baseball Savant).
Kurt Zouma starts for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Victor Moses again misses out.Moses is still struggling with the toe injury which kept him out of Saturday’s defeat against his former club Crystal Palace, while Nemanja Matic drops to the bench.Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Kompany returns to the starting line-up for Manchester City, who are still without the injured Bacary Sagna.Chelsea: Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.Man City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany, Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“If one is good, two is better” might work with cookies, but not with headaches. Evolutionary paleontologists have just gotten a second headache and seem almost happy about it. How can this be? Read this article in Science Daily to learn how some evolutionists seem to be masochists. As if the Cambrian Explosion were not a big enough problem for Darwinian gradualistic views (04/23/2006, 03/28/2007) here comes the Precambrian Explosion. Using the evolutionists’ geologic timescale, it appears that fossils of mysterious organisms called the Ediacaran biota appeared abruptly without precursors. Although this problem has been known before (see 12/23/2002, 08/19/2004), a team of scientists from Virginia Tech decided to check out the paleontology and diversity of these organisms that appeared, diversified within limits, and then went extinct some 15 to 40 million years before the Cambrian “radiation” (a scientific euphemism for explosion). They published their ‘dynamite’ results in Science.1 Because the Avalon group is the earliest of three assemblages of Ediacara, each of which appears abruptly, they dubbed the phenomenon of their sudden appearance “the Avalon explosion.” Nowhere did they account for this phenomenon in Darwinian terms. Nor did they even consider pre-empting the charge that might surely come from creationists who would argue this amounts to a double falsification of evolutionary theory. Instead, they began to see a pattern: if abrupt appearance is the norm, maybe this is how evolution works! In the new view, evolution simply explodes life into morphospace (i.e., the space of possible body plans). The final paragraph of the paper explains:What might have led to the rapid morphospace expansion in the Avalon assemblage, and what might have constrained the Ediacara morphospace from further expansion or shift in the subsequent White Sea and Nama assemblages? We consider a long, undocumented period of Ediacara history before the Avalon assemblage to be unlikely. The rapid increase of morphospace at the beginning of Ediacara evolution parallels the disparity patterns of the Cambrian explosion: a rapid evolution of body plans followed by taxonomic diversification within the limits of a predefined morphospace. Various environmental, ecological, and developmental factors have been proposed to explain the rapid evolution of animal body plans during the Cambrian explosion, as well as to account for post-Cambrian constraints on modifications of these basic body plans despite taxonomic diversification. In principle, these explanations may also be applied to the Avalon radiation…. Regardless of the veracity of these causative explanations, the marked parallels between the Cambrian and Avalon explosions suggest that the decoupling of taxonomic and morphological evolution is not unique to the Cambrian explosion and that the Avalon explosion represents an independent, failed experiment with an evolutionary pattern similar to that of the Cambrian explosion.The way one co-author put it, “Accelerated rates may characterize the early evolution of many groups of organisms.” Evolution itself was never in any doubt. Now they “know” that evolution works at accelerated rates. Darwin had insisted that evolution was slow, operating by the “gradual accumulation of numerous, successive, slight modifications.” Science Daily indicated that the team was surprised at what they found. “Surprisingly, … these earliest Ediacara life forms already occupied a full morphological range of body plans that would ever be realized through the entire history of Ediacara organisms,” the article says. They knew Charles Darwin had been concerned about the Cambrian explosion way back in the 19th century. Now, here was another explosion just like it. His branching tree pattern, or expanding cone of diversity, is wrong:“The explosive evolutionary pattern was a concern to Charles Darwin, because he expected that evolution happens at a slow and constant pace,” said Shuhai Xiao, associate professor of geobiology at Virginia Tech. “Darwin’s perception could be represented by an inverted cone with ever expanding morphological range, but the fossil record of the Cambrian Explosion and since is better represented by a cylinder with a morphological radiation at the base and morphological constraint afterwards.”How can a cylinder with all the radiation at the base be reconciled with an evolutionary view? The scientists did not attempt to answer that question. “Scientists are still unsure what were the driving forces behind the rapid morphological expansion during the Avalon explosion,” the article ended. Xiao commented, “But, one thing seems certain — the evolution of earliest macroscopic and complex life also went through an explosive event before to [sic] the Cambrian Explosion.” 1. Shen, Dong, Xiao and Kowalewski, “The Avalon Explosion: Evolution of Ediacara Morphospace,” Science, 4 January 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5859, pp. 81-84, DOI: 10.1126/science.1150279.OK, that’s it. It’s over. Darwinists, give up! How many times does the evidence have to falsify your theory before you admit that this little worldview experiment was a bad trip? We are no longer going to allow you to believe in free lunches (08/07/2007). For an experience in complete bewilderment at the propensity for the human mind to cling to a false belief, read the Science Daily article in its entirety. This team of scientists has just seen a very non-evolutionary picture staring them in the face, and all they can see is evolution. “Well, what do you know – evolution proceeds explosively instead of gradually!” It’s enough to make one despair of the human condition. To despair even more, ponder the fact that these falsifications of Darwinism keep appearing at the very time the Darwinists and all the leading scientific societies are on the warpath to stamp out all opposition to evolutionary teaching (see 01/02/2008 entry and a story on Evolution News). The inmates are running the asylum. Cryptanalysts look at noise for evidence of a message. Archaeologists look at markings to look for evidence of an intelligent culture. Intelligent design scientists look at patterns in improbable structures for evidence of purposeful intent. SETI scientists look at stellar noise for evidence of a signal. 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A team of students from the University of Western Cape (UWC), led by Professor Nico Orce, is the first African research team to lead an experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).The day when the shosholoza was sung inside the heart of CERN! (Image: Nico Orce)Sulaiman PhilipBetter known as the home of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN is one of the most prestigious science research facilities in the world. It attracts the crème de la crème of international researchers, and now a team from UWC has joined their ranks.Led by the university’s Professor Nico Orce, the team of postgraduate students fired a selenium beam into a platinum target. The idea was to smash two nuclei into each other in the hope of causing an excitation in the selenium isotope.Selenium 70 lives for about 42 minutes and is produced during x-ray bursts, most commonly found in the stellar explosions of neutron stars. The new research facility at CERN, the Isotope Separator On-Line facility (ISOLDE), has an unstable selenium beam that is necessary for the experiments the UWC team is undertaking.UWC PhD student Kenzo Abrahams at CERN setting up the experiment. (Image: Nico Orce)South Africa joined the Isolde Collaboration — an agreement between nations and CERN to conduct experiments in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics, solid-state physics, materials science and life sciences — in 2017. This allows the country to benefit from ISOLDE’s beams of unstable exotic particles, such as selenium 70 and germanium 66.Orce explains: “So far, we can only accelerate stable beams at iThemba LABS, so we needed to go to CERN to complete these experiments. Soon enough we may be doing these kinds of measurements for the first time at iThemba LABS, here in South Africa. That will be great.”At the South African facility, in Somerset West, scientists in the physical, medical and biologial sciences undertake research for advanced education, the treatment of cancers and the production of unique radioisotopes.The goal of the UWC experiment was to discover how unstable exotic elements were created. “Above iron ore we do not know how elements are produced. Question marks still remain over how these elements are created,” says the professor.The team’s experiments did not produce the results for which they had hoped; however, instead of selenium 70, they were able to measure the creation of a different exotic particle, germanium 66. “We can still say we were successful. It’s the first time that germanium 66 was produced on Earth. We were able to study the decay of germanium 66 until we find a stable isotope.”Science, Orce says, “is like fighting Mike Tyson. You jab and jab until you can land a clean shot.”The small peak on the right is the first excitation in 66Ge. Evidence of the UWC teams success. (Image: Nico Orce)The benefits to UWC and the countryTo encourage his students to reach for the stars, Orce, a Spaniard, uses the experience of the Spanish team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team that arrived in the country were underdogs. “We made history because we believed in ourselves. Afterwards the team were feared, respected.”The physics postgraduate programme at UWC consists of 50 previously disadvantaged students. It attracts, Orce says, not necessarily the best students but they all dream of lifting themselves up. To encourage their dreams he insisted that the best of his students were part of his research team.“I wanted them to know that dreams come true if you work hard. I believe that having them work with the best scientists will show them the world beyond their own circumstances. It was life changing. Some of these students will be professors one day.”In an interview with the CERN newsletter, Master’s student Senamile Masango said: “I am a role model now. You will hardly find any women doing physics in South Africa, and you will hardly find any black physicists. Nico treats us all equally and he’s making us hungry to break every barrier. We’re making history.”As the lead research team, the UWC students and their professor were responsible for setting parameters and monitoring controls. Team member Sifiso Ntshangase was team leader, which gives him the opportunity to suggest further experiments that can be conducted at CERN. “There is a responsibility that goes along with being the first African team, of being from UWC. We will keep proposing new experiments; we want to go back.”Going back is not simply a matter of proposing innovative experiments, however. To run the facilities at CERN is expensive. Orce explains: “To get beam time is not easy, or cheap. It costs €100,000 (R1.5-million) per day. We have to thank the Department of Science and Technology for helping to make our trip possible.”It was important that the team from UWC led the research, he adds. Now that the experiment is completed, teams from UWC and their research partners at the University of York in the UK will analyse the data before publishing results in scientific journals. “We will be lead authors. This will impact on the quality of visiting professors we can attract. Already we have leading nuclear physicists interested in doing a sabbatical at the university.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Matt Ammerman is a co-founder and VP of client services for Apprenda.As an enterprise software developer, I understand where frustrations lie in today’s IT organization and different lines of business.Here are 10 things developers like me want their CIOs to understand:1. We’re the fastest moving part of the company’s IT organization and we want the everyone else to catch up. Under the right conditions, I can develop applications very quickly. Unfortunately, the wrong conditions slow me down. Having to wait for IT to provision dependencies that I might have drastically diminishes my productivity. IT needs to offer services that streamline their processes and let me work at my pace.2. We can work faster and for less money with the right tools. We can leverage small investments to go a long way. Every developer has a tool belt. I have tools that I prefer to use when developing software. Make an investment in the tools that I use, from text editors to IDEs to platforms and frameworks. I can use these tools to make excellent software that benefits the company.3. Coordinating disparate teams within IT to roll out a single app is how I spend most of my time. I can typically write an application in 4-6 weeks, sometimes quicker. At that point I should be able to deliver the app to the customer. Unfortunately, I end up spending a great deal more time coordinating the rollout of the application by talking to disparate groups responsible for things like security, networking and servers.4. Virtualization alone makes IT’s life easier, not mine. The software I write is complex. Making infrastructure easier to deploy does not make it easier to write these complex apps, even if the infrastructure is available on demand. That just makes one part of the job go faster. I prefer to tap into existing systems for complex things instead of trying to become an expert in all of them. Providing those systems is how you can make me more productive.5. I want to know that I am a part of a single organizational vision for software and services. Sometimes I feel like I’m working on apps or pieces of apps that are part of a larger project or vision that I don’t know enough about. If I’m working on a new initiative that is strategically important to the company, let me know that. I want to feel like I’m contributing to something big.6. Standardization on technologies within our company will make our lives a lot easier. I have my own way of doing things, and each developer here has their own way. This doesn’t bode well for our company’s software strategy. If we’re not all doing things the same way, lots of things are sub-optimized – from testing, to rollout, to overall code quality. If we standardize on systems, we have expectations that are transferrable between our projects.7. We’d rather be building new apps or modernizing older ones than keeping up legacy apps. I go to user groups and I talk to other developers. They’re doing cutting edge things because they have initiatives to build modern apps. For example, I have friends who are building mobile apps. Meanwhile I am maintaining legacy back office software that could be modernized to provide much more value to the company.8. Our company should be supporting mobile apps. We can build them, but can IT support them? Mobile apps have interesting backend requirements, like scalability and distribution. Any developer can build a single app for a mobile device. It becomes far more complex to build connected apps and the backend services that support them. We need systems in house that make this part easier. With that, we can build mobile apps very quickly.9. We should run our IT infrastructure the way the best managed service providers in the world do. Our company has more developers and more end users than many companies that develop software for the public. It stands to reason that we would run our datacenters just like, if not better than, the best managed service providers in the world. I should be able to expect this from IT, because I depend on them to host my apps. It should be easier for me to work with our IT than with an external hosting provider.10. We could build more reliable software if we had the ability to test constantly in a production-like environment. My ability to deliver quality software is only as good as my ability to test that software. I need reliable and accessible infrastructure resources so I can test quickly in order to implement solutions. Introducing differences between my testing environments and the production environments make it more difficult for me to test my software and meet expectations.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. matt ammerman Tags:#developers#enterprise IT#hack Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
NEW DELHI: A proposal to implement the recommendations by the M S Swaminathan Committee report on farmers will soon be placed before the Delhi cabinet, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai said. Rai said that the proposal note was ready and would be presented by mid-September. The recommendations would be launched under the “Mukhya Mantri Kisan Mitra Yojna”. Under the proposed scheme, the Minimum Support Price (MSP) with 50 per cent margin at the cost of production is likely to be Rs 2,616 per quintal for wheat and Rs 2,667 quintal for paddy in the national capital, an official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The proposed MSP structure is higher than the MSP provided by the Central government by Rs 776 per quintal for wheat and Rs 897 per quintal for paddy,” the official said. The Delhi government has calculated that the government will have to incur an additional liability of Rs 96.38 crore at this MSP. To implement the recommendations, Rs 100 crore was kept aside in the 2019-20 Budget. Speaking about the plight of farmers, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said in his Budget speech: “When the country was ruled by the British, the farmers did not commit suicides. But when the county is heading towards development, they are committing suicide in the 21st century.” Despite being presented in 2006, no government in the county had implemented the Swaminathan report, Rai pointed out. Around 20,000 families of farmers in Delhi will benefit from this scheme. In February, Rai had organised an Agriculture Conference to discuss the implementation of the recommendations. He had also sought suggestions from farmers and general public on the same. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn 2006 report, the National Commission on farmers’ chairman M S Swaminathan suggested the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) to fix MSP at least 50% more than the weighted average cost of production. This recommendation was not incorporated in the National policy for farmers 2007. However, recently the government increased the MSP for all Kharif and Rabi crops and other commercial crops for the season 2018-19 with a return of at least 50 per cent over cost of production, the Union agriculture ministry had said in a statement in December last year.
Premier Stephen McNeil says that a statue near the city’s harbour should be torn down.The city isn’t so sure that’s a good idea.APTN’s Trina Roache [email protected] APTN National NewsNova Scotia’s Premier says he wants to sit down with officials with the City of Halifax to talk about what to do with a controversial landmark.