Five things we learned Wednesday at Raiders HQ, leading with Trayvon Mullen’s big chance

first_imgALAMEDA — Trayvon Mullen has played sparingly over the past three games, getting only 14 defensive snaps against Green Bay, Chicago and Indianapolis after playing 64 snaps in the Raiders’ first three games of the season.That should change in a dramatic way Sunday when the Raiders visit the Houston Texans with Mullen expected to start in place of the departed Gareon Conley.A second-round draft pick from Clemson, Mullen believes he’s up to the task against a Houston offense that features two …last_img

Will Hardcore Scientism Warm Up to Artificial Religion?

first_imgLive Science reported on a series of papers presented in Washington on the subject of science and religion. One might have expected warfare from the title, “God and Science Collide in Nation’s Capital”; indeed, Robin Lloyd portrayed the usual take-no-prisoners attitude of some scientists: “Scientists hate God. Or find God very disturbing. In fact, modern science has found no evidence of God and so it’s stupid anymore to think God exists.” But then she re-opened the forum with, “The above statements are often presented as conventional wisdom, but are they true?” A booklet was prepared with 13 short essays, sponsored by the Skeptics Society (Michael Shermer) and the John Templeton Foundation. They included essays by William D. Phillips, Michael Novak, Ken Miller, Mary Midgley and Stuart Kauffman. The points of view varied from atheist to Muslim to Methodist. Judging from Lloyd’s report, it appears the group leaned heavily against religion. The following line was presented as the “standard scientific line” – “Science has failed to find natural evidence of God. Natural evidence is all there is. No God. Case closed.” Only slightly softer is the view that science has eliminated the need for God, or that God is a “failed hypothesis.” Some of the essayists pointed out that science does not have all the answers. Some argued that science and religion are not necessarily at odds. And Stuart Kauffman seemed to want to soften the pointlessness of an evolutionary universe:Kauffman, director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics at the University of Calgary, takes a slightly New Age tack, saying we must “heal” the schism between science and religion by “reinventing the sacred” and evolving from a supernatural God to a “new sense of a fully natural God as our chosen symbol for the ceaseless creativity in the natural universe.”With adamant anti-creationists like Michael Shermer and Ken Miller in the forefront, both of whom have fought both creationism and intelligent design for years (while allowing for the possibility of a remote Deity), it is unlikely anyone at the symposium would have had much ear for the likes of a Ken Ham, to say nothing of a Phillip Johnson.Foolishness. This is like a bunch of leopards pretending to be sensitive to their prey, and saying maybe the prey would like them better if they washed off some of their spots or maybe didn’t growl so hard before pouncing. “After all, we’re not the only predators in the jungle,” they say to one another. “Just the coolest, sleekest and best!” Whom does Live Science and Michael Shermer think they are kidding? Live Science never ceases to twist facts to ridicule any idea of God while pushing Darwin inches into miles of storytelling. This party was of Darwin-worshipers, by Darwin-worshipers, and for Darwin-worshipers. True worship requires two things this crowd doesn’t have: spirit and truth. Sorry, no deal. God does not share the stage with idols. All idols must go. That includes Darwin and scientism. Only when they stop telling God what to do, and telling Him what He must act like, and start listening to Him in humility, will they begin to stop committing idolatry. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” the eternal Creator said. The Creator makes the rules. The Creator defines reality. The Creator is the Truth. All else is lies and idolatry, and there is no compromise. We don’t need Kauffman’s Neanderthal Dance around the Naturalistic Campfire to drum up some phony sense of the sacred. We need the Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy. One does not get sacredness (holiness) while worshiping one’s own reason and inventing one’s own philosophy. One gets there by dropping all one’s baggage and humbling oneself before the Creator, who declares, “I am.” The question to be asking is not “How can we scientists, who already know it all, be nicer to stupid people of faith,” but “Is there a Creator?” and “Who is He?” For those questions, ample empirical evidence is available to the true scientist (seeker of knowledge) and philosopher (lover of wisdom).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, December 20, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers move over the state today and tomorrow. Moisture is not all that impressive today, bringing a few hundredths to a few tenths. However, overnight tonight into tomorrow, we see a second, stronger wave taking direct aim at us. This eastern surge will be worth additional moderate into tomorrow mid to late morning before it tapers off. All action likely is done by tomorrow evening. The combined rain totals from today and tomorrow will run from .25″-1″, with the heaviest rains in central and eastern parts of Ohio. Cold air will follow the system in tomorrow, but we think it really waits to arrive until the moisture is moving off to the east, so we are keeping the majority of our forecasted precipitation in the form of rain, but will grant that we cant completely rule out a few wet snowflakes at the end of the event. The map at right shows precipitation potential through Saturday morning.Much colder air in for the weekend, and we should be at least partly sunny for Saturday. On Sunday we stay mostly dry, but likely see clouds increase as we move through the afternoon. We can’t rule out a bit of light snow and flurry action overnight Sunday night into very early Monday, but coverage on that minor snow is minimal…perhaps only 20%-30% of the state, and mostly from US 30 northward. There can be a bit of lake interaction that triggers a few more snowflakes, but nothing over the top. Another dry day is on the way for Christmas Eve on Monday.Christmas day and the days following continue to present a big challenge. Models are in significant disagreement. One says we could end up with a bit snow event, perhaps 4-8 inches of snow from I-70 northward; another says we get all rain – up to an inch, but it does not start until a day later on the 26th. A third model says there is absolutely no threat of precipitation until we get to Friday. So…which interpretation is right? At this point, who knows. We are more comfortable with inserting some precipitation into the forecast this morning over that 3-day period but will not put our any thoughts on type or start time yet. This system is not call-able yet. Just be prepared for some moisture, and it likely ends up in the .25”-1” range liquid equivalent. We will not see moisture all three days, but at least a day’s worth of precipitation somewhere in there.We end up dry later next Friday through the weekend as temps remain near normal. The extended 11-16 day forecast window looks a little less active this morning, but still can bring a chance of light snow for Monday the 31st into New Year’s Day (minor accumulation) and then again for the evening of the 3rd into the 4th (a fresh coating in spots). Temps start off 2019 normal to below normal statewide.last_img read more

Online Meeting Scheduler Doodle Offers Ad-free Premium Accounts [Invites]

first_imgsteven walling But to use most of the popular general-purpose tools available to schedule meetings with is a serious pain in the neck. Doodle, as well as competitors such as Tungle, can make this process easier by creating a one stop shop for polling coworkers.In our test of the free version of Doodle, it took less than five minutes to set up a poll for meeting scheduling, and that seems like something worthy of being called simple. More advanced options include polling for a range of dates and exporting results to PDF or Excel. There is no limit on the number of participants, and poll creators get administration rights. The most basic version of Doodle doesn’t even require an account to use, but anyone who wants custom theming or branding for their business needs to log in. The new premium option is normally $28/year, and features custom fields, comprehensive theming and branding opportunities, and is ad-free. If you’d like to try out the premium Doodle free for a year, just use the coupon code: vyhrsa2f (all lowercase) when you sign up. And it looks like all the invites are gone now. Despite the unfortunate name, Doodle is a dead-simple Web app for scheduling a meeting. In our experience, scheduling meetings is a chore, with the most common method to be just emailing around to solicit advice. That’s inefficient, and this single-purpose software as a service is one solution. Recently the service, which has been around since 2006 and is normally ad-supported, started offering premium accounts with greater customization and no advertising. Especially for enterprise customers, we don’t normally recommend many apps that are so single-purpose. Relying on a growing array of SaaS services that each do one thing can be a huge impediment to productivity. Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

It’s Not a Secret. It’s Just Something You Won’t Do.

first_imgThere is no secret to producing the results you want. You just may not like the discipline it takes to produce them.A full pipeline of opportunities is the result of prospecting. There are no prospecting secrets. Everyone knows what they need to do to create new opportunities. A lack of some secret or sacred knowledge isn’t the problem. It’s only the disciplined action over time that separates the successful from the struggling.There isn’t any real secret about how to control the sales process, shorten sales cycles, and win new business. To accomplish these outcomes, you have to ask for—and gain—the commitments you need. It’s not too difficult to know what comes next, why it makes sense, and what value will be created during that meeting. It’s only a problem if you are afraid of asking.There is no magic formula for being productive. It’s shockingly simple and straightforward. To be truly productive, you have to do the things that are most important in order of importance. There are no secrets, to tips, no tricks, and no hacks that can make you more productive or give you back your time. You either maintain the discipline of doing the most important work, or you are not productive; you’re just busy.There are no secrets. Everything it takes to succeed in sales—or in any other human endeavor—is well known. The people who have produced those results have written books or had books written about them. There are tons of resources available where one can go to learn what they need to close the gap between their current results and the future state they desire—should they desire to do so.Most of what you want requires hard work. Unless that is something you are willing to do, you won’t produce the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Hanjins Move Displays Container Carriers Breaking Points

first_imgzoom The impending bankruptcy of Korea’s container carrier Hanjin Shipping should serve as a warning that carriers do have breaking points and that they will not always be rescued, shipping consultancy Drewry said.In 2009 when the container industry posted operating losses of nearly USD 20 billion and many lines were said to be minutes from bankruptcy, none died. The “zombie” carriers’ survival methods were varied and complex, ranging from off-hiring ships to requesting government support, but ultimately they worked.“Having survived the worst crisis the industry has ever faced the assumption grew in strength that major carriers could not be killed off,” Drewry said, adding that some smaller players have fallen by the wayside this decade, however, none were remotely in the same league as Hanjin Shipping, which with a containership fleet of around 100 ships and total capacity of 620,000 TEU ranks it seventh in the world.Hanjin’s move into administration shatters the complacency that major carriers are immune to failure and can stomach prolonged years of low rates and financial losses.The company was in financial trouble as its operating loss amounted to approximately USD 580 million from 2010 to the first-half 2016, with most of the damage emanating from the container division.While Hanjin’s compatriot Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) negotiated a debt restructuring plan, which included reduced charter rates, sale of non-core assets and reaching a deal to join 2M carriers Maersk Line and MSC in a new alliance next April, Hanjin’s self-rescue plan has not proceeded as smoothly as over at HMM.Vessel charterers, most publically Seaspan, refused to lower their rates and despite selling a number of assets the plan to sell two tranches of new shares to sister company Korean Air fell short of raising the sums expected by creditors.The lack of progress led to Hanjin’s directors calling for court receivership on August 31.“While the company is not technically bankrupt during administration it is difficult to see how the company will be able to continue trading as customers are now desperately trying to locate and find alternative ways for their goods to be delivered. It’s unlikely any would entrust their cargoes to Hanjin again,” Drewry said.Drewry added that the immediate collateral damage of Hanjin’s situation would be widespread.Ports and terminals that have recently accepted Hanjin ships and containers will not only lose a customer but might not get paid for work carried out; the same applies to container lessors, and charter shipowners, particularly Seaspan and Danaos, which were Hanjin’s biggest suppliers of non-owned ships.Furthermore, shippers unaffected by Hanjin’s situation are expected to feel a short-term shock as the reduction of capacity will inflate freight rates. Notwithstanding the general rate increases (GRIs) already in-place freight rates out of Asia surged the day after Hanjin’s announcement. The World Container Index reported that spot rates from Shanghai to Los Angeles in the US and Rotterdam in Europe, increased by 42% and 39%, respectively, on September 1 against the previous week.“Perhaps the most far-reaching consequence of Hanjin’s situation, alongside the recent defensive M&A activity, will be that all stakeholders will now finally understand that carriers cannot survive on a diet of ultra-low freight rates if they want to see healthy competition,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

Malinga 1st T20 bowler to claim 100 wkts

first_imgKandy: Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga on Friday became the first bowler in Twenty20 internationals to claim 100 wickets, achieving the feat in the third match against New Zealand in Kandy. Malinga, who surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi’s tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20 wicket-taker on Sunday, bowled Colin Munro to get a century of wickets in his 76th match. The 36-year-old speedster went on to complete a hat-trick and took four wickets in four balls. Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor followed Munro to the pavilion.last_img

56 Year old latest killed in TCI botched robbery

first_img Related Items:26 year old being questioned in connection with killing in Kew Town, 56 year old man killed in robbery attempt, dominican community rocked again by another killing, Feliciano Antonio Garcia Quin Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 12, 2016 – Police reveal the identity of the man shot and killed and that they have a 26 year old in custody for the shooting whichhappened on Walter Cox Drive, in Kew Town, Providenciales around 8pm Sunday.Feliciano Antonio Garcia Quin of the Dominican Republic was found lifeless on the floor of a house after a scuffle broke out and a single shot went off, that lone bullet struck Feliciano Quin in the head.Investigators explain that while they are interrogating the 26 year old man, there is still much more evidence to be had and witnesses, you can help. center_img If you saw anything in the area in question that you believe can assist the case, please call Crime Stoppers or call the Police directly. Police give some vitals too; they are looking for a 5’5” to 5’8” inch man, dressed in dark clothing, at the time he had a mask over his face when he approached Quin, and two others. He forced the trio into the house to rob them but a scuffle broke out. The armed assailant had gloves on and demanded cash and ran away after he shot Quin; police found Feliciano on the floor and Dr. Adolphus pronounced him dead.The Dominican Community is already reeling from the savage murders of two of their women this year, now this… and the Government and Police continue to grapple with the proliferation of guns on the streets of the TCI.last_img read more