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Harris Flubs Opening Statement: Let’s ‘Successfully Prosecute the Case of 4 More Years of Donald Trump’

first_imgSen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made an unfortunate blunder in her opening statement and stated that she is prepared to “prosecute the case of four more years of Donald Trump.”Harris, who had been experiencing notable mic issues throughout the debate, stated that the U.S. needs to “fight for the best of who we are.”“This is not a new fight for us as Americans. We have always been prepared to fight for our ideals. We have always been a nation that fights for the best of who we are. My parents met when they were active in the civil rights movement,” she said.She joked that she and her sister grew up around “fighters” who “spent full time marching and shouting about this thing called justice,” and promised that she is “prepared to march” with Americans to fight “for the best of who we are.”Her gaffe came toward the end of her opening statement, telling the audience that she was prepared to “successfully prosecute the case of four more years of Donald Trump.” She paused and added “and against him” with a chuckle.last_img read more

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USC gears up for tilts with LMU, Pacific

first_imgA battle to the bitter end last Saturday saw the then-No.1 USC men’s water polo team claw its way back from deficit several times against then-No. 3 Stanford. After ultimately falling to the Cardinal by one goal, however, the Trojans (16-3) will look to pick themselves back up once more when they face Loyola Marymount (5-12) today and Pacific (12-7) this Saturday.King of wings · Redshirt senior driver Rex Butler had four goals in the Trojans’ loss to Stanford last week and will look to lead USC past – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojans suffered their third loss of the year and first loss in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference play after a goal in the closing stages gave the Cardinal an 11-10 victory. USC has now lost to all three of the other “Big Four” teams in men’s water polo — Stanford, Cal and UCLA — but with all three losses coming by margins of two goals or less, head coach Jovan Vavic believes his team can only go up from here.“When you look at the way we played defensively [against Stanford], and that we only lost by one, I think there’s lots of positives,” Vavic said. “I think overall it’s not really a terrible loss. Considering this is the first time we played [the Cardinal], we played them in their own pool and they’re a very experienced team — they haven’t really lost much, and we’re playing with a completely new team — I feel pretty good about our chances next time we play them.”Today’s game against LMU marks the Trojans’ first meeting of the year with the Lions. Saturday’s matchup against Pacific will be both the USC’s second home game of the year at Uytengsu Aquatic Center and its second time facing the Tigers. The Trojans topped the Tigers in last year’s NCAA Finals to win their sixth straight national championship, and defeated the Tigers in the rematch 10-3 at this season’s Triton Tournament on Sept. 7.With a chance to get back on the right track against LMU and Pacific, Vavic made better power play defense a focal point for the future, citing the Trojans’ SoCal Tournament title win earlier in the season.“The reason we won the SoCal Tournament was because our down-man defense was excellent. Excellent,” Vavic said. “In this game, it was terrible. Stanford scored six goals out of eight 6-on-5 opportunities, and that’s a terrible percentage for us. At the same time our 6-on-5 against Stanford was three [goals] out of seven [opportunities]. Those are two areas right there that make a difference in winning and losing — we score one and we stop them once, we win the game.”Despite never leading in last weekend’s game, the Trojans persisted through multi-goal deficits at the end of both the first and second halves. Redshirt senior driver Rex Butler, who scored late in the fourth quarter against Stanford to equalize the game at 10-all, emphasized the need to remain persistent through the upcoming matchups.“I think we showed great resilience,” Butler said. “It’s always disappointing to take a loss like that, but the most important thing is to learn from our mistakes and make sure the loss doesn’t go to waste. We’ve got to correct every mistake and move forward.”As they move forward, the Trojans will want to stave off any potential upsets this week and use the two games to regain their offensive rhythm. Though the team scored ten goals, Stanford goalie Drew Holland tallied 20 saves, which USC senior driver Kostas Genidounias attributed to the Trojans’ own failure to finish at the cage.“It was really just bad [shooting] by us,” Genidounias said. “In the first half [against Stanford] we were two out of twenty [in shots]. Out of these 18 shots we missed, around 10 to 12 were right on the goalkeeper, so we made him look like a hero when we just didn’t shoot well.”The Trojans travel to Westchester, California, today to face the Lions starting at 4 p.m. before returning home for their 1 p.m. game Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

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New-look CPL for 2016

first_imgKINGSTON (CMC): The salary cap of franchises has been raised for next year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League, in what is one of several changes to the region’s premier Twenty20 tournament. Organisers announced yesterday the salary cap had been placed at US$780,000, up from $600, 000 from last year. Also, franchises will now be able to sign one ‘marquee’ player as a free agent before next February’s player draft, but will be allowed only three retained players instead of four. The limit on overseas players has increased to five from four players while players who live in the franchise territory has been reduced from four to two. Squad sizes have also been increased by one to 17. Tom Moody, CPL’s International Director of Cricket, said the changes were designed to further improve the quality of the competition. “Our aim each year is to make CPL even bigger and better so that we can attract the best T20 players in the world and make it as entertaining as possible for the fans,” the Australian said. “Over the past few months, we’ve worked alongside the franchise owners to make sure that the 2016 player draft is open and competitive so that the buzz and excitement of CPL will start building from January right through to the tournament launch in the summer.” He added: “From early January 2016, we’ll start to reveal the franchise marquee players and the retained players so that by the time the draft comes around in February fans will already have plenty to talk about.” CPL involves six franchises:- Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and St Lucia Zouks – vying for the title of regional T20 champions. Red Steel are defending champions after beating Tridents in last year’s final in Port of Spain. The tournament is heading into its fourth year.last_img read more

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Evolution in Person

first_imgFor a blind watchmaker, Evolution is quite the seer.  Science articles often personify Evolution into a wizard and worker of miracles.  This is odd, considering that evolution is supposed to be an aimless, purposeless process of chance and necessity with no goals in mind.Evolution, the Learner:  Evolution learns from past environments, we are told by Science Daily.  Scientists at the Weizmann Institute believe that evolution learns its lessons so well it can parry them into inventions by digging into its bag of mistakes.  The article states nonchalantly, “evolution can learn the rules of the environment and develop organisms that can readily generate novel useful traits with only a few mutations.”    The scientists admitted, however, that “The ability to generate novelty is one of the main mysteries in evolutionary theory.”  They came up with an idea of “facilitated variation” that supposedly brings useful inventions out of random changes.  At this point, though, their metaphor switched from evolution being the learner to the organism being the learner.  “They proposed that organisms can learn how previous environments changed, and then use this information for their evolutionary advantage in the future,” they said.  “For example, if the available seeds tended to vary in size and hardness along history, then bird species might have learned to develop beaks with an easily tunable size and strength.”  It got a little confusing: who’s doing the learning and inventing by chance?    Computer software came to the rescue.  The scientists sprinkled “computational organisms” into an environment that changed randomly and one that changed systematically.  “The organisms evolved under varying environments stored information about their history in their genome and developed a special modular design.”  It was still not clear who earned the prize for the inventions: Evolution or the organism.  They felt confident, though, that their work will “bring us another step forward towards understanding how the ability to generate useful novelties evolve [sic].”Evolution, the aged sage:  Evolution’s got wrinkles.  This can only mean that it has grown wiser with experience through its many years of inventing.  “Evolution’s new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective,” began an article on PhysOrg.  This article, though, spread the personification around even more.  Evolution, the organism, proteins, species and nature all were described in personal terms.  Princeton biologists elaborated on a suggestion by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1858 that species can put a “governor” on their own engine of evolution that can “steer the process of evolution toward improved fitness.”  Their joy at this insight knew no bounds: “The data just jumps off the page and implies we all have this wonderful piece of machinery inside that’s responding optimally to evolutionary pressure.”    Part of their support for this idea came from a realization that must be disturbing to traditional Darwinists: “Standard evolutionary theory offered no clues” about the “underlying cause for this self-correcting behavior in the observed protein chains.”  Personifying proteins helped overcome this difficulty: “proteins had developed a self-regulating mechanism, analogous to a car’s cruise control or a home’s thermostat, allowing them to fine-tune and control their subsequent evolution,” they said.  Developing a control mechanism might seem the opposite of chance, but the purposeful language is justified, they felt, appealing to Wallace contra Darwin for authority: “Unlike Darwin, Wallace conjectured that species themselves may develop the capacity to respond optimally to evolutionary stresses,” the press release states.  Some might be surprised that after 149 years of detailed evolutionary research, “Until this work, evidence for the conjecture was lacking.”    Are they overthrowing Darwin, then?  Certainly not: “Such principles are fully consistent with the principles of natural selection,” they said.  “Biological change is always driven by random mutation and selection, but” – and here is where personification enters the picture again – “at certain pivotal junctures in evolutionary history, such random processes can create structures capable of steering subsequent evolution toward greater sophistication and complexity.”These two articles have a couple of things in common that are illustrated in the following quote from the second article:“The discovery answers an age-old question that has puzzled biologists since the time of Darwin: How can organisms be so exquisitely complex, if evolution is completely random, operating like a ‘blind watchmaker’?” said [Raj] Chakrabarti, an associate research scholar in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton.  “Our new theory extends Darwin’s model, demonstrating how organisms can subtly direct aspects of their own evolution to create order out of randomness.”One commonality in the two articles was the attempt to insert direction into evolutionary theory, so that it does not wander about aimlessly, but is able to make progress toward “greater sophistication and complexity.”  The other was to admit that standard evolutionary theory has been inadequate to explain the origin of novelty.The second article contains this incredible piece of absolute balderdash:The scientists do not know how the cellular machinery guiding this process may have originated, but they emphatically said it does not buttress the case for intelligent design, a controversial notion that posits the existence of a creator responsible for complexity in nature.Darwinist arrogance knows no limits.  They not only define ID wrong, setting up a straw man to knock down, they hide their ignorance behind emphatic bluster.    If you took the personification fallacy out of both these articles, the claims would collapse like a paper tower without scaffolding.  If you rapped the knuckles of these scientists every time they applied personal terms and ideas like steering, goal-directed behavior, learning and control to inanimate objects, they would have nubs instead of hands by now.    Natural selection has become a “Designer substitute.”  It may not be God anymore, but it retains many of His attributes.  No one can be a consistent materialist.  That is why Evolution is really a re-packaged form of pantheism – an “age-old” religion that should not receive preferred status in science or education.Exercise:  Re-write the two articles, but purge them of all personal and teleological language.  Can they stand on their own?  If they seem to, inspect the revised articles again.  Make sure you didn’t omit any subtle references to personality, purpose, or planning.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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10 months agoWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setback

first_imgWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setbackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they shouldn’t dwell on defeat at Manchester City on Thursday night.The result sees City cut Liverpool’s lead to four points.Wijnaldum said, “I think it was a good game. We didn’t start well. City were the better team first half but we still created chances and were unlucky. Second half we played better and created more chances and scored. We were unlucky with other chances not going in. One moment we didn’t defend well and they scored.”We are two teams trying to force the other team to make a mistake. Both teams lost the ball. It was a game in which everything could happen. In the end we lost and are disappointed. But we also need to keep our confidence.”I don’t want to say it is a hammer blow. You are always disappointed to lose a game, especially when you come back and create chances. We will be happy if we had a draw. There is no team in the Premier League that will be happy with a loss.”We are still four points clear.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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DP Worlds Earns USD 12 Bn in 2017

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port developer DP World reported 15.1 growth in earnings in 2017, with profit attributable to owners of the company reaching USD 1.2 billion.Adjusted EBITDA grew 9.1 pct year-on-year and achieved an EBITDA margin for the full year of 52.4 pct, DP World said.The port operator’s revenue marked 13.2 pct increase year-on-year standing at USD 4.71 billion, driven by strong volume growth across the board.“Encouragingly, our volumes have continued to grow ahead of the market with gross volumes growing 10.1 pct year-on-year, ahead of Drewry Maritime’s full-year market estimate of 6 pct. Our portfolio has seen strong performance across all three regions benefitting from the improved trading environment and market share gains,” DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said.In 2017, the company invested USD 1.09 billion in the development of its portfolio, while for this year the planned capital expenditure stands at USD 1.4 billion.The primary candidates for investments are the group’s projects in UAE, Posorja, Ecuador; Berbera, Somaliland; Pusan, South Korea; Maputo, Mozambique and Sokhna, Egypt.The gross global capacity for the year was at 88 million TEU, which is expected to grow to over 100 million TEU of gross capacity by 2020, subject to market demand.Consolidated capacity was at 50 million TEU up from 42 million TEU in 2016 including the consolidation of Pusan (South Korea).“In recent years, we have leveraged on our in-house expertise to extend our core business into port-related, maritime, transportation and logistics sectors with the objective of diversifying our revenue base and connecting directly with the owners of cargo and aggregators of demand to remove inefficiencies in trade, improve the quality of our earnings and drive returns. Going forward, we expect this trend to continue as we seek opportunities in complementary sectors in the global supply chain and also make use of new technology and data solutions,”  Bin Sulayem said.In terms of the outlook for this year, DP World’s CEO said the year started on an encouraging note, with current trading in line with expectations.“As we look ahead into 2018, geopolitical headwinds in some regions pose a challenge but we expect to continue to grow ahead of the market and see increased contributions from our recent investments,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Mayor of Maple Ridge BC cuts appearances after threats city official

first_imgMAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – The mayor of Maple Ridge, B.C., has cut her public appearances following online harassment, says the city’s chief administrative officer.Ted Swabey says in an emailed statement that officials recently received “credible information” about a personal threat to Mayor Nicole Read.He says Read has “curtailed her public appearances” while the RCMP investigate.Ridge Meadows RCMP could not immediately be reached for comment.Swabey says the situation has been difficult for Read and her family and that the mayor is hopeful she can resume her duties soon.He says all elected officials and staff should feel safe and be able to do their work free of harassment.last_img

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Vietnam welcomes its first surge of foreign arrivals in 2016

first_imgOn the first day of the New Year 2016, hundreds of foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam, promising a busy season for the tourism industry in the Year of Monkey.On the outset of January 1, the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the first international delegation of over 500 visitors from Japan and China’s Taiwan. The city’s Department of Tourism in conjunction with the municipal Tourism Association (HTA) and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony to welcome the first visitors.The foreign holidaymakers were greeted with Vietnamese tea and coffee at the Tan Son Nhat international airport and received numerous gifts such as ‘non la’ (palm-leaf conical hat) tea and coffee.Deputy Director of the Municipal Department of Tourism, La Quoc Khanh said the ceremony puts the first note for a series of events in the 2016 tourism festival, which also include an ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) show, southern food and fruit festivals.He added that the ceremony was aimed at promoting the image of the city as an attractive, safe, and friendly destination for foreign tourists.Ho Chi Minh City welcomed nearly 4.6 million international vacationers in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 4.6%. In 2016, the southern hub strives to welcome 5.1 million foreign tourists and 21.8 domestic ones.The first day of the New Year also saw the central coastal city of Da Nang welcome the first 180 foreign visitors at the international airport.  The city served 4.6 million visitors during 2015, including over 1.2 million international tourists, exceeding the annual target by 8.7%. In 2016, it aims to welcome over 5.1 million visitors, including 1.32 million from abroad.last_img read more

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