Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Now everybody got 2 stars lets get it going !— Coach Jay (@JaySpann24) July 6, 2019 Kawhi is not coming to Los Angeles alone. The Clippers are trading veteran forward Danilo Gallinari and promising second-year guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a record-setting haul of draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George.This is absolutely bonkers https://t.co/Qt2SoUJ5Fe— Sam🎨 (@SLGFST_94) July 6, 2019 Sources: Oklahoma City is getting a massive package of future picks, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galllinari, to deliver Kawhi Leonard who he wanted to partner with: Paul George. https://t.co/4bGpMNat8K— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019 Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles The Clippers just added 2 true elite two-way players to the roster in the same day!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 6, 2019 Now that the speculation is over, members of the basketball community shared their reaction on social media.Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley of the Clippers were excited to hear the news. Kawhi Leonard made his free agency decision, weeks after winning his second NBA championship.After mulling his options, Leonard has reached an agreement with the Clippers. Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years
Tottenham striker Harry Kane insists he DOES want to play for the England Under-21s at the European Championship this summer.The Spurs forward has been in superb form this season, and is widely expected to be called into Roy Hodgson’s senior squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania, along with the friendly against Italy.But Kane has also impressed for the Under-21s in their successful qualifying campaign for the Euro 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic at the end of the season.And the White Hart Lane favourite has declared himself available for selection if Gareth Southgate comes calling.“Playing for England means the world to me,” he told Drivetime. “It’s something I dreamt of as a kid. I want to win things with my country.“We’ve got Euro 2015 [an Under-21 tournament] this summer and it’s a great opportunity to bring a trophy home for the country, albeit with the under-21s.“Then we can take that into some major tournaments with the senior side. That’s hopefully something I will be able to do.“It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. We’ve had a great campaign, we’ve got a great squad and it would be a great experience.“You see other countries taking it very seriously and we need to do the same thing. If we can win – we can show the others that we have some great players coming through.”
Some astronomers are concerned that we may never detect aliens. If alien civilizations “go digital” within a short time period, as humans have in a century since the invention of radio, the possibility of detecting their radio signals may be much smaller than earlier thought. Zoe Macintosh wrote for Live Science, “Finding E.T. May Become Harder If Aliens Go Digital.” Now that our broadcasts have become more focused with digital technology, there’s less radio leakage from Earth. Duncan Forgan at the University of Edinburgh, who is working on a paper for the International Journal of Astrobiology, factored into the Drake Equation an estimate of how long a civilization would leak its transmissions before becoming “radio quiet.” He now puts the odds of detection at 1 in 10 million – a much more pessimistic number than Frank Drake, who only considered the lifetime of an advanced civilization, believed. Knowing what to look for is also crucial to SETI. Here’s how Macintosh described the target:Scientists continue to use radio waves to search for life because of the scarcity of natural sources of radio waves in the universe, and the fact that they are less easily lost by absorption than other forms of light. Even the smallest snippet from an alien broadcast could count as evidence of an extraterrestrial intelligence. “An artificial signal will have patterns in it that usually do not appear in nature, even if distorted,” Forgan said.The rest of the article focused on other means of detection than radio. But then, maybe aliens would want to use radio even with all its inefficiencies. Forgan speculated about the alien mind: “On the other hand other civilizations may have a different outlook. They may be desperate to make communication with other civilizations.”Aren’t aliens natural? Aren’t humans natural? Are Macintosh and Forgan telling us that humans and their alien friends are unnatural? What does “artificial” mean, if not a product of intelligent design? Didn’t they effectively admit that, using a design inference, they could separate artificial signals from natural radio noise? Yes, they did; and they said that “even the smallest snippet from an alien broadcast could count as evidence” for making that inference. Conclusion: SETI researchers are advocates for intelligent design. The only difference is, they have no evidence for their targets, whereas the leading I.D. thinkers on Earth have plenty, including their own genes, cells, bodies, and minds. We invite the SETI community to admit the obvious basis of their reasoning, and to become supporters of the Intelligent Design movement.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
10 April 2015The grave of Chris Hani, the assassinated leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe‚ the armed wing of the African National Congress‚ will be declared a heritage site as South Africa commemorates the 22nd anniversary of his death.President Jacob Zuma‚ who will attend the commemoration of Hani’s death in Boksburg‚ Ekurhuleni on Friday‚ will also unveil the Chris Hani Memorial and Walk of Remembrance Monument.The day’s events will also include a wreath-laying ceremony at Hani’s gravesite and a memorial lecture at the Germiston Lake Park to be delivered by Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.Watch: ‘Hani’s assassination was SA’s breaking point’Courtesy The History Channel UK10 April 1993On 10 April 1993, Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, by Januzs Walus, an anti-Communist Polish refugee who had close links to the white nationalist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis, at the time a Conservative Party member of Parliament, were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder, but ironically were saved from the gallows by South Africa’s new Constitution, which rules out the death penalty.Derby-Lewis was denied medical parole in February 2015 “because he lied and has not shown remorse for his hand in the killing of the people’s hero”, Jovial Rantao wrote in the Sunday Independent.Hani’s death came at a critical time for South Africa, with negotiators still busy hammering out the agreements that would enable the country to hold its first democratic elections a year later.It was Nelson Mandela, president of the ANC, who stepped up to prevent the widespread anger at Hani’s murder from spilling over into bloodshed.Appearing on state television, Mandela said: “To the youth of South Africa, we have a special message: You have lost a great hero. You have repeatedly shown that your love of freedom is greater than that most precious gift, life itself. But you are the leaders of tomorrow. Your country, your people, your organisation need you to act with wisdom. A particular responsibility rests on your shoulders.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are facing a tough agricultural economy. Grain, livestock, and dairy producers are all coping with prices that result in slim to breakeven profit margins. For a number of farms, operating in the red is their reality. Unfortunately, the price outlook for most agricultural commodities does not offer much hope in the near future. Farming under these financial conditions is causing stress among farm families and within farm operations. Some farmers are wondering how much longer they can continue to operate their farm, or if they should continue.Recognizing the level of stress that exists in the farm community, a program entitled “Managing Farm Financial Stress” has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue on the OARDC campus in Wooster. The program will provide participants with tools and information that can help them manage through the current financial situation and make sound decisions regarding their farm operation. Registration begins at 9:30 am. The program begins at 10:00 am and will conclude at 3:15 pm. There is no charge for this meeting and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Program and lunch expenses are being covered by sponsorships from Farmers National Bank, WG Dairy, Commodity Blenders, Gerber Feed, and the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit.The program features a general session in the morning with afternoon break-out sessions offering participants their choice of three different tracks. Morning topics and speakers include:Mental Wellness: Recognizing and managing/coping with the stress of financial hardship; Jim Foley, Director of Community Education and Prevention; Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes CountiesGathering and Using Farm Financial Information; Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production EconomicsDairy Price and Market Outlook; Cam Thraen, OSU (Emeritus) Dairy Market SpecialistAfternoon breakout tracks feature multiple presentations focusing on Financial Management, Legal Considerations, and Healthy Family, Healthy Farm. Participants will have the opportunity to attend three presentations/discussions and can mix and match between themes. Specific presentation topics and presenters include:Calculating your Cost of Production and Using Cost of Production Benchmarks; Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production EconomicsWorking with Your Lender to Re-structure Debt; Lender Panel with representatives from Farmers National Bank, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Wayne Savings Community BankExiting the Farm Business, Tax Implications for Exiting the Farm Business, and Moving Ahead with Helpful Business Structures; Robert Moore and Ryan Conklin, Wright and Moore Law Co. LPAMoving Towards Mental Health; Jim Foley, Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes CountiesMoving Forward with a Farm Advisory Team; Mark Thomas, Stark County Dairy FarmerHealthy Family Communication; Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Wayne CountyThe meeting is open to farmers and anyone working with farmers and farm families. As mentioned previously, there is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is requested by calling the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 by Friday, Dec. 9 to ensure enough meals are prepared.
Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Windows 8 But the most intriguing element is the radial menu, which can be manually invoked. As the name suggests, the radial menu allows you to swipe, rather than tap, outward in a circle: instead of tapping a command to bold text, for example, you swipe right.Continuing the swipe outwards brings up second-level commands. It’s a bit different than the so-called MiniBar, a rectangular menu that accompanies frequently used commands in Word, for example. The two are quite similar, except that Minibar requires a tap, while the radial menu uses a swipe. That actually might make a difference in a jouncing train, where commuters are holding the Surface on either side.In a way, OneNote and Lync are a bit like specialized versions of Word and Skype, respectively; OneNote allows you to create lists, capture items, and send information to others, while Lync is a business collaboration tool that includes video as well. Will the radial menu replace Office’s Ribbon? Almost certainly not, as there are only so many directional options that the interface allows for. But it might be a unifying element that pushes Office ahead. Office still seems somewhat caught between its legacy interface and the new Metro or Windows UI; Fast Company’s Austin Carr has blogged about the discrepancies before, making the point that he finds it unlikely that data-driven programs like Excel will be more efficient on a mobile device; ”don’t expect Goldman Sachs to start forcing its M&A bankers to learn pivot tables on a Samsung tablet anytime soon,” he writes. But, as Knowlton notes, users have a variety of different ways of interacting with Office content, including touch and the traditional keyboard. OneNote’s radial menu might not necessarily be the right direction, but recall that previous versions of Office have lionized the Ribbon interface, for example. And — this might have played a role — both Google and Apple were issued patents for radial menus in late July and August, respectively, just days after Microsoft publicly revealed its Office plans.Microsoft hasn’t said how broadly the radial menu will be adopted. And a pessimist might wonder at the combination of interfaces within Windows 8: the horizontal swiping found within the Metro environment, the more traditional menu-driven desktop mode, and the MiniBar and radial menus that Microsoft has adopted within its apps. Still, there’s no question that the radial menu feels fresh, as Windows 8 itself does. Is the Radial menu a trial balloon, or the way forward? It may be the latter. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Friday, Microsoft launched two of its first apps truly optimized for touch and Windows 8, including the first use of its “radial menu” for Microsoft OneNote.Both OneNote and Lync are available in the Windows Store, Microsoft said Friday in a blog post. While Windows RT includes OneNote, it does not include Lync. On the other hand, Microsoft has confirmed that people can download Lync from the Microsoft Store, and use it on Windows RT tablets, including the newly released Surface with Windows RT.Microsoft has said the Windows RT tablets would receive a “final” version of Office soon, which is actually available via Windows Update as an optional update. That update should automatically download after a day or so, although people can also manually download it, as well.Technically, all versions of Office, including the preview version that’s built into Windows RT, have been retrofitted for touch. While both OneNote and Lync were designed to work well with mouse or keyboard, they were specifically redesigned to take advantage of touch, Microsoft said, a subtle difference.In Outlook, for example, a feature called Touch Mode is turned on by default in “properly configured tablets,” Microsoft said this summer. This increases the size of the Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon tabs, adds spacing around small buttons in the Ribbon, increases the height of the status bar, turns on the Outlook touch triage action bar and adds space to expanded folders in Outlook, said Gray Knowlton, principal group program manager within the Office unit, in a blog post. OneNote, however, tries something new: a radial menu that orients the commands around the user, rather than making him or her negotiate the legacy drop-down menus that populate the remainder of the new Office.What is the Radial Menu?When creating the new Office, Microsoft said that designers tried to accommodate different input methods. “For example, a physical keyboard is optimal for large amounts of typing (still significantly faster than an on-screen keyboard for most people),” wrote Knowlton in a blog post in July. “A mouse is optimal for precise targeting, and touch is great for broad strokes such as scrolling and zooming. In some postures, such as standing, touch is the preferred input, while the efficiency of typing at a desk is hard to beat. Each posture and input characteristic is great for some jobs and not as good for others. We wanted to make sure Office apps felt intuitive, natural and comfortable as across different postures and different kinds of input.”However, Office for Windows 8 and RT takes a couple different approaches to touch, rather than one unified interface. he said this summer, for example, that Lync and OneNote would automatically invoke the software keyboard, for example, while the other desktop apps would use new specialized APIs. The APIs push content out of the way, so that the virtual keyboard doesn’t cover what you type. Office also saves your popular document locations across devices, so that you don’t have to negotiate document menus. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino: I tell Rose to stop thinking so much!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the advice he gives to his left back Danny Rose.There was a time when it seemed as though Rose would be on his way out of Spurs.But he has fought back and emerged as their best left back again.When asked about Rose, Pochettino said to the Evening Standard: “Yes. There’s no doubt about Danny Rose’s quality. He’s a great player. “But like all players with quality, he needs to be focused on his job — focus, train and care about yourself and don’t think too much. “I’m always saying, ‘Danny — hey, you’re thinking too much, you need to stop, work and deliver the job we want!’ “When he arrives at the training ground, he asks, ‘What are we going to do? Laps, a training session, a tactical session? Gym or no gym? Shower or no shower? Eat or not eat?’ Stop, relax! “We think for him, but sometimes he tries to think for us. We’ve said, ‘Danny, you spend too much energy in thinking about everything. You need to stop. When you drive home, you can start to think again.'”He spends too much energy and then he doesn’t have energy for what he needs to do. And that is a dangerous situation.”
John McGinn: Aston Villa punished for lack of experienceby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn McGinn says Aston Villa were punished for a lack of experience in Saturday’s draw with Burnley.The hosts blew their one-goal lead twice in the 2-2 result at Villa Park.McGinn said: “We didn’t manage the game properly and we got punished.”I know we are inexperienced at this level a lot of us but we are learning the hard way.”It is painful, you want to win. It doesn’t matter the level whether it is League Two or anywhere, you want to win games.If you have just scored it is so important, everyone knows you are vulnerable.”But we concede and it is a kick in the teeth because it is a game we deserve to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsST. THERESA POINT, Man.–A band constable in a northern Manitoba community is being hailed a hero after pulling a 16-month girl from a deadly house fire that killed a two-month old infant.RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said band constable Timothy Mason pushed his way in through a bedroom window to rescue one of two girls trapped in the bedroom of a house on St. Theresa Point First Nation, Man.Mason, whose clothes caught fire, then tried to rescue the second, younger child but was pushed back by the flames, said Karpish.“He went out and got the chainsaw and poked a hole through the house and was able to get the two-month-old infant that was still in the home,” said Karpish.The two-month-old child, however, died from smoke inhalation. The 16-month-old girl was flown to Winnipeg for treatement.Karpish said Mason was “heroic” in his efforts.“That he managed to be that quick, to be able to get in, reach out to those two children, is nothing short of heroic, in our view,” said Karpish.Karpish said the RCMP is working on recognizing Mason for his bravery.Four older children in the house escaped the blaze, said Karpish.The fire started while a lone adult, who was taking care of the children, was at a next door neighbour’s house, police said.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.St. Theresa Point, a community of about 3,000 people, sits about 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It’s an impoverished community accessible only by air and ice road in winter. Many houses there, including the one that burned, have no running water.Band Chief David McDougall said the reserve’s fire department never responded to the fire.“People were using snow to try and put out the fire,” he said.