No Vardy, no problem for leaders Leicester

first_img By extending their unbeaten run to nine games, Leicester officially knocked Manchester City and Arsenal out of the title race a year after the central England team’s priority was fighting relegation. Fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone 12 years without winning the league, were held 0-0 by Sunderland in yesterday’s other game. It was a valuable point for Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone by going above Norwich on goal difference. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place. United also have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Louis van Gaal’s side discovered yesterday that they will face Crystal Palace on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final. In a semi-final overshadowed by Leicester’s game, Palace beat Watford 2-1 with all three goals coming from headers. Yannick Bolasie’s opener was cancelled out by Troy Deeney but Connor Wickham restored Palace’s lead. United also beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday. MAN CITY OUT LONDON (AP): No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 yesterday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy. The only team which can now catch Leicester is Tottenham, but the preseason 5,000-1 outsiders have their destiny in their own hands. Tottenham are eight points behind Leicester in second place going into today’s game against West Bromwich Albion. Regardless of what Tottenham do in their last four games, Leicester will be guaranteed the top flight for the first time in its 132-year history by collecting five points from their remaining three fixtures. Leicester dismantled Swansea with their biggest win in three months. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed the rout. “I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “Now is the right moment to push. If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment (again). “Now there are only three matches, we know they are very important for our history but for this reason we give everything. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.” The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer. The England striker is waiting to discover from the English Football Association if his one-match ban will be extended over the angry reaction to being sent off in last weekend’s draw against West Ham. “Without Jamie, everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together,” Ranieri said.last_img read more

The Long Precambrian Fuse Gets Longer

first_imgWhy did complex multicellular life explode on the scene some 550 million years ago?  That’s mystery enough, but finding complex single-celled life a billion years earlier makes it worse.  A new paper evaluated claims of Cambrian-like fossils from India dated 1.6 billion years old in the evolutionary timeline.  It did not explain the Cambrian explosion, but it did require belief in a long, long fuse.    Bengtson et al evaluated rocks in India where claims of early Cambrian fossils had been reported in recent years.  They reported in PNAS this week.1  What they found was not multicellular life, but a complex assortment of real fossils indicating bacterial mats, cyanobacteria, along with segmented tubes and evidences of eukaryotic life – the more advanced form of unicellular life.  The fact that some of these eukaryotes formed tube-like shapes raises the question: why would a billion years go by with no more complex assemblages?  There were also “embryo-like globules” indistinguishable from those found in early Cambrian deposits, though the authors assumed the resemblance was superficial.    Prior reports of complex fossils so early in the timeline caused serious controversy.  “If these and earlier reports are correct, they have profound implications,” they said; “either the radiometric dating consistently reflects inherited dates not related to sedimentation, as suggested by Azmi and coworkers, or Cambrian-like fossils occur in rocks that are a billion years older than the Cambrian.”  They determined some imprints were due to gas bubbles in microbial mats.  Though they could not rule out a few problematic forms, they concluded that the fossils were all from prokaryotes and a few colonial eukaryotes.  Putting the happiest face possible on their findings, they said, “the Vindhyan deposits offer important new insights into the nature and diversity of life, and in particular, the early evolution of multicellular eukaryotes.”    Most important, the paper admitted that the Cambrian explosion had a long fuse.  Here’s how they put it:In terms of the evolution of major taxa, the most significant information to come out of the Vindhyan phosphorites is the detailed 3-dimensional morphologic evidence for late Paleoproterozoic multicellular eukaryotes (filamentous algae).  Previously accepted multicellular eukaryotes were only known from the late Mesoproterozoic or early Neoproterozoic (i.e., some 400� 600 million years later), although some older discoveries had at least suggested the possibility that they had a longer prehistory.    The potential of the Vindhyan phosphorites to yield fresh information on the Paleoproterozoic biotas is thus considerable, and the “shelly” biota discovered by Azmi et al. gives new insight into the nature of the Paleoproterozoic biosphere.  The discredited reports of “Cambrian” fossils [i.e., in the Vindhyan deposits dated 1.6 billion years old] turned out to be an important discovery.1.  Bengtson, Belivanova, Rasmussen, and Whitehouse, “The controversial ‘Cambrian’ fossils of the Vindhyan are real but more than a billion years older,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print April 24, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0812460106.How credible is it to think that eukaryotes could not come up with anything more than tube-like colonies for a billion years, then bang! — trilobites, worms, crustaceans, jellyfish, and all the major animal body plans in a geological instant?  Evolution is supposed to be this inexorable force for innovation that invented mammals, birds, flying insects and all the other wonders of nature in far, far less time than that.  The real mystery here is how Darwinism survives wave after wave of falsification.  The propensity of evolutionists to snow the public with their implausible, fictional, ad hoc, speculative, imaginative, self-contradictory plot lines to rescue their theory from the evidence deserves condemnation.  Don’t let them get away with their pretensions of scholarship when defending absurdities.  The integrity of science is at stake. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deathcount: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#TWiOT#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As I’ve stated elsewhere, we are a tech news blog, so humanitarian and political crises are not our bread and butter. That said, so much of the Jasmine Revolution has been augmented with social media that I think a brief (and insufficient) breakdown of what’s happened in the last week would not be inappropriate. There is no new tech news here, only important news. The loss of lives that can’t be undone. The tide of revolution seems to be breaking on a particularly rocky shore. If you have different death-tolls, please post links in the commentsBahrain: 12; one reporter detained, another ejected (source, here and here)Egypt: 13 in Muslim-Christian riots, possibly fomented by disbanded security police, rapes (source and here)Libya: 1,000+; four reporters missing (source and here)Oman: 6 (source)Yemen: 40 (source)Syria sentences imprisoned online writer to prison, frees a blogger. Syria sentenced Ali Al-Abdallah to three more years in prison for an article which came out as he served his sentence for signing the Damascus Declaration. He was due to be released in June but will now serve at least 18 more months for criticizing Iran’s clericism in an article. Kamal Hussein Sheikhou, a Kurdish Syrian blogger, has been released from prison after being arrested trying to flee the country with his brother’s passport. Charges against Malaysian blogger dropped. In another rare bit of good news, satirical blogger Irwan Abdul Raman, who blogs as Hassan Skodeng is now a “free baboon.” He was arrested last September for a satirical story about a make-believe press conference in which he depicted a large power company as standing against an energy conservation campaign. He had faced a year in jail and a fine of 12,500 euros.Thailand sends website editor to jail for 13 years. Thanthawut Taweewarodomkul, who runs the Nor Por Chor USA website, allied to the Red Shirt protest movement, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for three messages he posted critical of the king. Thailand’s affection for its royal family has translated into a lèse majesté law that the government frequently uses to cynically harass and punish opposition activists. Red Shirt photo by Honou Related Posts last_img read more

Gartner On Big Data: Everyone’s Doing It, No One Knows Why

first_imgThe gravitational pull of Big Data is now so strong that even people who haven’t a clue as to what it’s all about report that they’re running Big Data projects.Strange, but true.According to a recent Gartner report, 64% of enterprises surveyed indicate that they’re deploying or planning Big Data projects. Yet even more acknowledge that they still don’t know what to do with Big Data. Have the inmates officially taken over the Big Data asylum?Real Adoption Of Big DataAccording to a new Gartner report entitled “Big Data Adoption in 2013 Shows Substance Behind the Hype,” Big Data is moving beyond along the hype cycle with an increasing number of companies launching Big Data projects. Hence, while 27% of enterprises had launched a Big Data project in 2012, with another 31% intending to do so in the next two years, by 2013 30% had deployed Big Data projects, with another 34% expecting to do so in the next two years. That’s a big jump (64% in 2013 compared to 58% in 2012), and it reflects a growing confidence that Big Data can help to enhance the customer experience (54% cited this as their driving motivation), improve process efficiency (42%) and launch new products or business models (39%). Which it can. Maybe.How Do I Turn It On?The problem for many of these same enterprises is that they struggle to understand what Big Data is all about, and how to make it work. When Gartner asked what the biggest Big Data challenges were, the responses suggest that for all these companies plans to move ahead with Big Data projects, they still don’t have a good idea as to what they’re doing, and why: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now This isn’t to suggest that these enterprises are stupid. Rather, it seems that they’ve allowed the hype around Big Data to both motivate them to start but also confuse them as to where they should go. This reminds me of a great excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where –” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”When 56% of respondents struggle to know how to get value from their data yet are either deploying or planning to imminently deploy a Big Data project, we have a serious disconnect. This is one reason I’ve called into question attempts to quantify the Big Data market. There are more questions than answers right now in the Big Data market.Big Data: It’s About IterationAll of which is why I advise companies to start small in their Big Data efforts. Given that all of the essential Big Data technology is open source, there’s no need to start a Big Data project with a Big Check to any vendor.Nor should it start with a classified ad as you search for Big Data talent. Indeed, following Gartner’s advice, it’s far easier to train an existing employee on Big Data technologies than it is to teach them your business.Big Data is all about asking the right questions, which requires business context, and then iterating on your project as you learn which data sources are valuable, and which questions yield real insights. You don’t have to know the end from the beginning, but you should have a clearer view of what you hope to achieve with Big Data than the Gartner seems to indicate most have.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Matt Asay Tags:#Big Data#Gartner#Open Source Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Expelled Cong. MLAs to join BJP

first_imgCongress legislators who were expelled by the party for cross-voting in favour of the BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls are set to join the BJP. Except Shankersinh Vaghela, other legislators including Mr. Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh will join the party.All seven legislators had a meeting with BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday to discuss their entry into the saffron fold. “We had a meeting with Amitbhai and we told him that we all will join the party,” Mr. Mahendrasinh Vaghela told media persons in Gandhinagar on Thursday.Meanwhile, Mr. Shankersinh Vaghela slammed the Congress and said a large number of leaders had left the party because they were ignored by the high command.Mr. Vaghela ruled out that he would join the BJP but stressed that other leaders including his son would switch over to the ruling party very soon.last_img read more

Lil’ Wayne Picks Oklahoma State over Kansas State on College Gameday

first_imgCollege Gamedays guest picker on Saturday was celebrity rapper Lil’ Wayne, who made for some entertaining television combined with 80-year old superstar Lee Corso:https://twitter.com/FballPosts/status/794932636020043778As is tradition, the gameday crew made their picks of the week for some of the top games of the weekend. And nearly the entire crew picked Oklahoma State over Kansas State in Manhattan today:College Gameday picks:Desmond Howard – #okstateLil Wayne – #okstateCorso – Kansas StateHerbie – #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 5, 2016Oklahoma State marches into Manhattan as a 1.5 underdog, and face one of their toughest road tests of the season facing a disciplined Bill Snyder coached Wildcats team. We’ll see if Weezy’s confidence in Oklahoma State turns out to be accurately placed or if the price is wrong at 2:30 today on ABC.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more