DB Royston to transfer

first_imgIn the last football practice before spring break, the Wisconsin football team got an extra treat. After only practicing in shorts for the first two workouts, the Badgers were in full pads and eager to do some hitting.?One rule I don?t agree with the NCAA, among many, the first two days you can only be in helmets, and those kids are so excited to get out there,? UW head coach Bret Bielema said. ?A lot of times you just wish you could protect their shoulders. It was good to get out there today. You can just set up things so much better.?While the team was enjoying being in pads for the first time since the Outback Bowl on New Year?s Day, Bielema also had to deal with a few off-the-field issues.After playing mostly on special teams and as an extra defensive back for the last two seasons, junior Kim Royston informed Bielema that he is thinking about transferring to a different school. In limited action, Royston has made a total of 22 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.?As of the morning, I had a discussion with him and his father, and he is talking about transferring,? Bielema said. ?I haven?t had a final conversation with him yet, but that?s where he is leaning.?He?s had some trouble since he?s been here. He wants to be a [starter], and he?s not in that position at this point. That?s a decision that he?s got but is something that he will work through in the next 48 hours.?While Bielema will try to make Royston understand the situation, he said he will not go out of his way to convince the defensive back to stay.?It comes to a point that if you don?t want to be here, then we don?t want you in the program,? Bielema said. ?You’ve got to do what?s best for every kid individually.?And while Bielema will not try to force Royston to stay, he has said that any player that has transferred since he has been a coach has regretted it later.?Any time a kid has left our program and transferred to another school, it has never been anything they thought it was going to be,? Bielema said. ?They always end up, whether it?s a year later or five years later, coming back and saying, ‘I wish I would?ve stayed where I was at.’?Bielema will also lose another player for spring ball when defensive end Mike Newkirk has surgery on his left shoulder this week.?Mike will go through surgery on Friday of this week,? Bielema said. ?It?s not as detailed as Garrett (Graham)’s or Travis (Beckum)’s. We expect anywhere from six to eight [weeks of] recovery. The reason we are doing it now instead of waiting until after spring ball is because we start our summer conditioning program the second week of June. He should be full-go for that.?last_img read more

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Darwin Plagiarized Paley?

first_imgNatural selection didn’t begin with Darwin, William L. Abler (Geologist, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago) claims in a letter to the editor of Nature1 Dec. 18th.  According to Abler, Darwin probably got the idea from a theologian he once admired, only later to ridicule:Darwin was educated not as a biologist, but as a country vicar.  Although he may have read Hutton’s book, it is equally likely that Darwin read one of the standard religious works of his day (now perhaps the most ridiculed book in biology), William Paley’s Natural Theology (1803), which presents Paley’s proof of the existence of God, as well as of Divine creation.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He quotes Paley as stating the principle of natural selection, only to refute it as a possible objection against design: “There is another answer which has the same effect as the resolving of things into chance,” Paley writes in Chapter 5 of Natural Theology.  He explains it as the proposition that…the eye, the animal to which it belongs, every plant, indeed every organized body which we can see, are only so many out of the possible varieties and combinations of being which the lapse of infinite ages has brought into existence; that the present world is the relict of that variety; millions of other bodily forms and other species having perished, being by the defect of their constitution incapable of preservation, or of continuance by generation.2Abler thinks even Darwin could not have stated the principle of natural selection better.  He notes that even Stephen Jay Gould also pointed out Paley’s priority, but believes natural selection (by other names) was a common heresy in Darwin’s day.William L. Abler, correspondence, “What Darwin Knew,” Nature 426, 759 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426759b.William Paley, Archdeacon of Carlisle, Natural Theology, or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature, 1803, ch. 5, pp. 46-48 (click title for online edition).Charlie, a plagiarist?  This was interesting, so I looked up Paley’s refutation in his once-honorable, classic treatise that Abler calls “now perhaps the most ridiculed book in biology.”  The venerable theologian offered three rebuttals to the principle now known as natural selection.  (1) His first might be characterized as a straw man argument today; Paley rhetorically asks that if all possible creatures had existed, why do we not see unicorns, centaurs, etc.  Darwinists might reply with their standard common-ancestry claim that natural selection would only build on patterns established early on, rather than from an infinite pool of possible forms.    (2) The second argument is more interesting and still carries weight today.  It’s the argument from classification.  If nature could produce infinite gradations between forms, why do we find all living things grouped into nested hierarchies of taxa, Paley asks:But, moreover, the division of organized substances into animals and vegetables, and the distribution and sub-distribution of each into genera and species, which distribution is not an arbitrary act of the mind, but is founded in the order which prevails in external nature, appear to me to contradict the supposition of the present world being the remains of an indefinite variety of existences; of a variety which rejects all plan.  The hypothesis [i.e., natural selection] teaches, that every possible variety of being hath, at one time or other, found its way into existence (by what cause or what manner is not said), and that those which were badly formed, perished: but how or why those which survived should be cast, into regular classes, the hypothesis does not explain; or rather the hypothesis is inconsistent with this phenomenon.  Ibid.,, p. 48.In other words, why are their large gaps between major kinds?  The problem of gaps between living and extinct phyla was clearly understood long before Darwin.  For an elaboration of this “nested hierarchy” objection to common descent, read The Biotic Message by Walter Remine.    (3) The third rebuttal is an argument from analogy with machines.  Paley says that no man seeing a variety of machines would think that, out of an assortment of all possible machines that might have arisen from a pool of metal, the remaining forms were “what were left from the accident, as best worth preserving….”  Paley sees no difference between this and inferring natural selection instead of design in living things.  Although this argument from analogy might have been rebuffed in the past, with the retort that living things are not like artificial machines, the discovery of molecular machines in the cell gives the point renewed force today (see Dec. 4 headline and embedded links in the commentary).  Biologists know that protein machines are selected from a near-infinite configuration space, being determined by the sequence of amino acids of which they are composed (see 09/06/2001 headline).  Yet we find these machines already functional in the most primitive life forms and highly conserved throughout the living world.  Natural selection cannot be invoked before the machines of replication existed.  It is time, therefore, to resurrect Paley’s third argument against natural selection and speak it into 21st century terms.    So two out of three objections Paley raised to selection have not been satisfactorily refuted by Darwinists, without first assuming evolution to be true (circular reasoning).  It looks like Paley anticipated Darwin’s case and ably refuted it in advance.  So if Charlie cannot claim priority for the “discovery” of natural selection (according to popular misconception), maybe it is time to distribute the credit and blame where it is due.  Thanks, Dr. Abler, for enabling us to set the record straight.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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LinkedIn’s New iPhone App: The 3 Worst Things About It

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#mobile#social networks#web There’s No Push NotificationsThis is a professional application that people use on the iPhone – shouldn’t it include push notifications? LinkedIn is used by tons of sales people, for example – you know they’d like to get some of these updates pushed to them. As a writer, I would too. Look at it this way. Last month my LinkedIn contact Tara Hunt changed her profile to show that she’s founded a new company called Shwowp. I want to know that, preferably right away. But I don’t know about it until a month later because I didn’t want to fish through a bunch of cross-posted Twitter updates inside LinkedIn to catch Tara’s news, and I didn’t want to click through three screens starting with the bland “Tara Hunt has updated her profile” in order to see if she’s happened to change jobs or just noted a new personal interest on her profile page.When someone who has accepted my contact request changes jobs, I want a push notification about what the new job is and the option to call them on the phone immediately to discuss it. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, and that’s when I’ll know that LinkedIn is really serving my professional life. Update: LinkedIn’s Adam Nash, author of the company’s announcement blog post, responded on Twitter saying: “we’ve discussed all three of these enhancements internally. Some are harder than others. All in the queue…Rest assured, we wouldn’t have broken out profile updates into its own module if we didn’t have big plans for it. :)” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos What’s The Most Important Kind of LinkedIn Update? People Getting New Jobs!For some reason LinkedIn will not deliver you a simple feed of the new jobs that contacts of yours have taken – not by email, not by RSS, not through its fancy new API and not on this new iPhone app. Update feeds are cluttered with imported ephemera from Twitter and all too often job changes are obscured behind the phrase “contact X has updated their profile.” They have? How did they update it? It’s maddening.LinkedIn says it’s working on solving this problem, but it doesn’t seem to be a very high priority. Prompting users to click more and engage with a wider variety of message types seem more in line with LinkedIn’s strategy. The company clearly wants to be Facebook and Twitter for the business world – not just a place where we all go to find out essential work information that we use while doing other forms of social networking on other sites better suited for things like short, trivial messages.Importing Contacts to Your Phone is RudimentaryPerhaps LinkedIn isn’t to blame for this, but the ability to import LinkedIn contacts’ info onto your phone is rendered a whole lot less useful by the inability to merge that info with existing contacts. Say you’ve got someone’s name and phone number on your phone already – it’s a headache to pull in a person’s LinkedIn profile info and then merge the two manually. Of course your phone number isn’t an optional field you can fill out on LinkedIn, so all those imported contacts will be people you’re unable to call. You won’t even be able to look them up on LinkedIn again from your phone’s contact list – peoples’ LinkedIn profile page URLs aren’t included in the contact info that gets imported. Related Posts center_img marshall kirkpatrick Business social network LinkedIn made a major upgrade to its iPhone app tonight but coming from a service with such incredible potential, there remain some major disappointments.The new app looks a lot like a less elegant, less customizable version of the Facebook iPhone app. There are a variety of useful new features, from faster invite sending to importing contact info to your phone, but the app remains based on the company’s mistaken desire of late to be your all-in-one social-media-messaging platform. It also fails to deliver the features that would make it most useful. If you’re looking for good news about new features, you can find it in the self-flattering company blog post. Here are the three things that disappoint me most about this new app; hopefully it’s a work in progress and will improve soon. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Weekly Case Study: A Heritage City Turns To Virtualization

first_imgConcello de Santiago in northwest Spain is the government body for the city of Santiago de Compostela. The city is renowned for its medieval architecture. It’s a world heritage city.But the city had a problem. Its servers were showing the signs of old age. It was time to turn to virtualization and new hardware to modernize a technology infrastructure that at times did not work at all.The results: better uptime, less maintenance and consolidation of its servers. Download White Paper PDFA Medieval City Turns to Virtualization Related Posts Tags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williamslast_img read more

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Arsene Wenger regrets staying at Arsenal for 22 years

first_imgArsene Wenger admitted that he was obsessed with ensuring that Arsenal achieved success on the pitch and said that his stay at the club for nearly 22 years may have been the biggest mistake of his career.Wenger quit as Arsenal manager by the end of the 2017-18 season and an era ended at the club. Unai Emery was appointed their new coach and he has been working with the players ahead of the new season.The 68-year-old Frenchman, who was appointed in October 1996, left Arsenal after winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.Wenger, who has not yet taken up any other managerial role, said he regretted sacrificing “everything” for the Arsenal job.In an interview with French outlet RTL, Wenger said he will make a decision on his future “in the next few months”.Also read – Done with sleepless nights, Wenger contemplates life as Arsenal fanWhen asked what was the biggest mistake of his career, Wenger said: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.”I’m someone who likes new things, likes change. But I also like challenges. I was a little bit of a prisoner to my challenge each time.”He admitted that he neglected his family and lot of his close ones in his obsession over Arsenal and that is his regret.Also read – Arsenal hammer Burnley to give Wenger perfect send off at Emirates”I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me,” Wenger told.advertisement”I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones. Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves. He ignores a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.”Wenger was also confident that former Arsenal players Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, who are now pursuing coaching careers, have the qualities to succeed at the top level.Also read – Arsene Wenger mourns sad farewell in final European matchVieira recently became Nice coach, while Henry, assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez at the World Cup, has quit his Sky Sports punditry role to focus on becoming a manager.However, Wenger warned the French pair of the sacrifices involved in following a coaching career.”Often, I’m asked if Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will be good managers and I always answer yes,” he said.”They have all the qualities; they are intelligent, they know football, they have excellent skill sets, but do they want to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed to do only that? It’s an obsession which bounces around your head day and night.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Drama at GST council meet: Congress, Opposition parties were against lowering tax rates

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh’ barb at the Modi government for its Goods and Services Tax (GST) may backfire.Rahul has been accusing the Centre of implementing a flawed GST that has inconvenienced small traders and common people alike. However, when the central government moved a proposal to move several items from the 28 per cent GST slab to a lower tax slab, the Opposition objected the move.Government sources present in the meeting said the Congress and Opposition parties resisted the proposal to lower GST rates on several items during the 31st GST council meet on Saturday.A BJP leader, who is member of the GST council, said, “We want to know who the Gabbar Singh is now. This is doublespeak by the Congress and other Opposition parties. In public, they have been demanding that the high tax slab of 28 per cent must be abolished and all commodities should be moved to lower tax slabs. But in the GST council meet, Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the CPI(M) and the Aam Aadmi Party opposed the Centre’s move.”The council eventually moved six items from the 28 per cent tax bracket to lower tax brackets.Earlier, there were 34 items in the 28 per cent tax slab. This included both luxury and sin goods.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said, “The GST rate reduction will have an overall impact on revenue of Rs 5,500 crore.”The items that were brought down from the 28 per cent tax slab include parts for carriages for disabled persons, power banks of Lithium ion batteries, video games and small sports related items.advertisementHigh drama in GST Council meetBut the final decision of the council was not without drama. When officials moved the tax reduction proposals made by the fitment committee that has been studying which commodity should be placed in which tax bracket, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac was the first one to protest, sources said.He reportedly said that there must be no reduction in taxes on any commodity and that the “time was not right for reduction in GST tax slabs”.Isaac was backed by Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayansamy, who also holds the finance portfolio.Sources said Karnataka Finance Minister too supported the stand taken by Isaac. West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra also opposed the government’s move to cut tax slabs. He said this was an “inappropriate moment” to do it.Sources present in the meeting said the Aam Aadmi Party also supported this demand. Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, a Congress leader, is said to have maintained a neutral stand.The three newly formed Congress governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgrah did not send their finance ministers to the GST council meet. Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh sent officials while MP did not send anyone.A finance minister of a BJP-ruled state told India Today TV: “The demand for withholding the tax cut by Congress and other Opposition parties in the GST council meet completely flies against the stand taken by them in public.”Irked over the opposition for reduction in tax slabs, the NDA leaders accused them of doublespeak. Bihar Finance Minister Sushil Modi and his counterpart in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said the stand taken by these states in the GST council meet must be recorded and included in the minutes of the meeting.The Opposition parties, however, agreed to rate cut at the end without going for a vote, something which hasn’t happened till now in the council meets.Speaking to India Today TV, a finance minister of an Opposition-ruled state said the central government was bringing down items to lower tax slabs only with an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.”The BJP hopes this move will bring political dividend. High tax slabs for several commodities and compliance issues faced by traders have created a negative sentiment against the BJP and the GST,” he said.ALSO READ | GST Council Meet: Relief for common man as rates slashed for several goodsALSO READ | GST rate cut move towards 2-3 tax slabs structure: Top industry leadersALSO WATCH | Bonanza for common man: 6 items moved out from 28 per cent GST tax slablast_img read more

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8 days agoNapoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitude

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitudeby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there’s no issues with coach Carlo Ancelotti.And he says Lorenzo Insigne must change his attitude.“In recent days I’ve seen it all in important newspapers, even if no-one reads newspapers anymore,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.“I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time.“I’m all for the exclusives, when you want everything right away but get it all wrong.“Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things.“He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.“Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.“He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the Coach not to play him.“Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The Coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.” last_img read more

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