Burnley v QPR line-ups: Taarabt starts, Zarate on bench, Clarets duo fit

first_imgAdel Taarabt starts for QPR at Burnley, who are unchanged for a seventh straight league game after Jason Shackell and Dean Marney were passed fit. West London Sport revealed this week that Taarabt was in line for a recall after returning to training following an injury.Loan signing from West Ham Mauro Zarate is among the Rangers substitutes. Burnley: Heaton; Mee, Shackell, Keane, Trippier; Boyd, Jones, Marney, Arfield; Barnes, Ings. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill; Vargas, Henry, Barton, Fer; Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Zamora, Mutch, Phillips, Traore, Zarate, Onuoha.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Penza: From Redwoods to the Redwood Bowl, it was a Saturday worth being in the rain

first_imgHaving there be rain here on the North Coast is basically like it being sunny and 75 down in San Diego 12 months out of there year.It’s a constant. It’s not a surprise.With that said, if you are a Humboldt County football fan, this Saturday was for you. Yes, even if it meant busting out more than just your parka and rain boots just to make sure you weren’t drying your clothes two days later.Whether it was at College of the Redwoods or the Redwood Bowl, it was quite a good football Saturday …last_img read more

Neanderthals Not Our Cousins, Expert Claims

first_imgThe news media are reporting claims that Neanderthals and modern humans never interbred, based on work from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.  Both EurekAlert and Nature Science Update repeat the claim that the institute’s study of DNA and bones from four Neanderthals and five modern humans from scattered locations rules out any interbreeding.That’s until you read the fine print.  Can such things be known?  Listen to the disclaimers in the NSU article:Although the two groups seem to have been genetically separate, the fossil record is too patchy, and dating methods too unreliable, to say whether this was because they never met, or because they simply didn’t consider each other an enticing proposition.    Given the small number of fossils studied, it’s also possible that interbreeding did occur, he [David Serre] adds, but that we have not found the evidence yet.    Such a match-up would have been genetically feasible, says Stringer.  The two groups were closer in genetic terms than other primates that happily breed today, he says.If these were potentially interbreeding humans, then forget the racism going on in all this Neanderthal/modern dichotomizing.  All scientists can observe is that there were a few distinct physical characteristics among the Neanderthals, such as prominent brows and thicker bones.  What can we know but that early wrestlers and bikers just got together and formed their own societies?    There are groups of modern humans even today who prefer to associate with others like themselves.  They can and do form distinctive populations, like pygmies or Watusi.    The Bible speaks of the sons of Anak and the Nephelim who were giants in their time.  Did the Israelites interbreed with them?  Probably not.  Was either group non-human?  Of course not.    Dead men tell no tales.  Living ones, however, often tell whoppers, especially those in the Darwin population.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Will it Become Unlawful to Think Critically?

first_imgThe legality of disclaimers in biology textbooks will be decided by a U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Georgia.  A judge will hear the case Nov. 8 about stickers the Cobb County school board put in the books that say, “This textbook contains material on evolution.  Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things.  This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”    Lawyers who sued the school board over these stickers claim that the statement “restricts the teaching of evolution, promotes and requires the teaching of creationism and discriminates against particular religions.”The claim that the sticker restricts the teaching of evolution, requires the teaching of creationism or discriminates against particular religions should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered, unless the courts make it against the law to do so, at which time all students must assimilate into the Charlie Borg.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Resources lead JSE slump

first_imgLocal marketsThe JSE shed 0.92% on Thursday as an oversupply of iron ore in China saw the value of local iron producers fall, dragging the resources sector down 2.19%.The rand lost ground against all major currencies to close the day at R10.64 to the US dollar, R17.60 to the British pound and Rx14.01to the euro.Renewed tensions in the Ukraine saw brent crude rise 0.07% as investors expressed concerns over increased risk of energy supplies.International marketsOn Asian markets, a stronger yen saw Japan’s Nikkei Index drop 0.48%, while China’s Shanghai Index continued yesterday’s losses, falling 0.62%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 0.51%.European markets traded weaker on Thursday as investors considered valuations and increased geopolitical tensions. The German DAX closed 1.24% down, the French CAC40 dropped 0.6% and the English FTSE slipped 0.36%.American markets also faired worse after retailers reported poor earnings and violence in the Ukraine flared. The Dow Jones traded 0.3% weaker, the S&P 500 ended 0.21% lower and the Nasdaq fell 0.24%.Share price newsAfter investors sold 720,299 shares in 546 deals, Murray And Roberts Holdings (MUR) gained 3.59% to close at R26.25 a share, putting them on Thursday’s list of shares above R1 to gain the most over the day. Joining it was soft goods retailers Taste Holdings (TAS), which added 4.29% after 84 deals traded 263,136 shares resulting in a closing share price of R3.40. The company announced that it had raised R180 million for further growth declaration announcement in respect of the Taste rights offer.Amongst the top movers downwards of whose share prices are greater than R1 was Impala Platinum Holdings (IMP), which fell to R97.00 after 6,799 deals resulted in 3,633,310 shares swapping hands, sending the share price down 5.27%. The company released summarised consolidated annual results for the year ended 30 June 2014. After investors traded 2,484,364 shares in 3,838 deals, BHP Billiton (BIL) slid 2.92% to R334.00 a share. The company announced the cancellation of treasury shares.Sharenetlast_img read more

Demand Media IPO Bullish, Stirs The Google Grizzly Bear

first_imgWe’ve written a lot about content farms and in particular the largest of them all, Demand Media. Shares of Demand Media rose 35% today on the back of its IPO. Demand Media’s market valuation now matches the scale of its content business, which pumps out more than 7,000 new articles a day. At the current share price, Demand Media is valued at $1.5 Billion – more than the New York Times is worth. Demand Media’s IPO is the largest the tech market has seen since Google’s in 2004. Which appears to have stirred the giant grizzly bear in Mountain View. In a recent blog post, Google assured the world that it is dealing with content farms – which it describes as “sites with shallow or low-quality content.” I’m not sure that the market fully appreciates how risky a bet Demand Media is, if Google decides to crack down on content farms.Demand Media has a simple but highly effective formula: create a ton of niche, mostly uninspired content targeted to search engines, then make it viral through social software and make lots of money through ads. In addition, it operates a very large domain name business. As CNN Money reported, “about half of the Demand’s revenue comes from its Internet registry business, where it manages 10 million domain names.” There are risks though. As well as staving off the Google bear, Demand Media has found itself defending dubious accounting practices. It spreads the costs of its writers over 5 years, which is not how other content businesses account for such costs. Effectively this increases Demand Media’s reported annual profits, since the cost of producing the content is perceived to be much lower than what Demand Media is actually paying. Demand Media justifies this approach by saying that its content is “evergreen” and lasts for over 5 years. But the fact is, they pay the writers for it upfront – not over 5 years. So it should be treated as an immediate cost in its accounting books.The Bear Roars… Or at Least Comes Out of its CaveAt the end of 2009, I posited that if Google doesn’t do something about content farms, then it risks users moving away from their reliance on search and onto other methods of finding quality content. That might be through social media (Facebook and Twitter both grew significantly over 2010), subscriptions to quality media (we’ve discussed that this week in regards to iPad magazine and newspaper subscriptions), or other methods. Google’s dominance over the search market will continue for some time, but it knows it has to evolve. Google’s Matt Cutts remarked in the blog post that “people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content.” Google’s post was essentially a reinforcement of its principles, it didn’t address how (or even if) it will take “stronger action” on content farms. This was more like a bear clearing its throat than roaring. Still, Google knows it can maul content farms – or at least paw with them a bit.Would You Buy Demand Media Stock?Personally I wouldn’t invest in Demand Media. I don’t like its accounting practice in regards to costs and I think it’s too vulnerable to the whims of Google. Also I prefer reading content from The New York Times. What do you think, am I being too much of a bear on Demand Media? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

DataStax Brisk, Hadoop, and the Ever-Evolving Database

first_imgklint finley Tags:#cloud#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday at the GigaOM Structure Big Data conference in New York City, Apache Cassandra parent company DataStax announced a new product that integrates Cassandra, Hive and Apache Hadoop. The new product, called Brisk, essentially uses Cassandra to replace Hbase and the Hadoop storage layer. “There’s a lot of nice properties about using the Hadoop programming model on top of a Cassandra layer, especially if you’re already using the database and want to do more large-scale batch processing,” says ReadWriteWeb resident big data expert Pete Warden.This new permutation of Hadoop represents the ongoing evolution of the database.A Cambrian Explosion of new programming languages, frameworks and databases has been underway in recent years. RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady attributes this to a shift in preference from general purpose tools to specialized tools. Relational database systems are general purpose tools that have ruled for decades. Now non-relational databases are showing up for many special purposes, and new methods of interacting with datastores – such as Hadoop – are emerging to deal with the data.What we’re seeing now is not necessarily a consolidation in the market, though that’s happening in the columnar database space and elsewhere. More importantly we’re seeing technologies converge, as projects split apart and combine to form new tools. The process is already underway, as Cassandra itself combines concepts from Amazon.com’s Dynamo and Google’s BigTable.The merger between CouchOne and Membase is another example. This was both a market and technical consolidation: the forthcoming Couchbase Elastic Server will combine Membase and Apache CouchDB.Hadoop and Hbase have been around for a few years now, and Google has been using MapReduce and BigTable for even longer. But the relational database paradigm has been around for about four decades. These new databases, and the algorithms for manipulating them, are still remarkably new.Projects like Brisk and Couchbase are likely only the beginning of the forks, mergers and strange offshoots we’ll see in coming years.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Odisha continues to remain in poll mode

first_imgOdisha continues to remain in poll mode even though a month has passed since the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held in the State simultaneously in four phases in April.Elections were to be held for two Assembly seats — Patkura and Bijepur — and four Rajya Sabha berths in the State. Four Biju Janata Dal members of the Upper House of Parliament have contested and won the recent Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.The Patkura Assembly constituency was first scheduled to go to the polls on April 29. However, polling was adjourned following the death of BJD nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. Mr. Agarwalla’s wife Savitri Agarwalla filed the nomination as a BJD candidate when polling date was scheduled for May 19.Polling in Patkura was deferred again due to Cyclone Fani that devastated many coastal districts on May 3. The Election Commission of India is likely to announce the date of polling for the constituency shortly.On the other hand, the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha has already been vacated by Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. The bypoll will be held in Bijepur within six months after the ECI announces the schedule. Mr. Patnaik had won from two Assembly segments — Bijepur and Hinjili — in south Odisha.The Bijepur seat will witness a triangular contest involving the three major parties — the BJD, the BJP and the Congress. A triangular contest is also likely in the Patkura seat.Lobbying for seatsMeanwhile, lobbying has started in the BJD for the Rajya Sabha seats that were to fall vacant before completion of the term. While Rajya Sabha members Anubhav Mohanty and Achyuta Samanta have got elected from Kendrapara and Kandhamal Lok Sabha seats, two other members of the Upper House — Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik — have got elected to the State Assembly from Aul and Khandapada seats.While the BJD, with 112 legislators in the 147-member Assembly, is certain to bag three of the four seats easily, election to the fourth seat will be crucial since the BJP, which has become the main Opposition party, does not have the required numbers to win a single seat comfortably. The BJP has won 23 seats in the Assembly and Congress has nine.last_img read more