DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL WOMAN WHO SCOOPS USAIN BOLT’S SPIKES AND FLAG!

first_imgGrainne with Usain Bolt’s spikes and flag.One Donegal woman is the envy of athletics fans around the world after Usain Bolt gave her a very special present.Raphoe woman Grainne O’Dea works for the world’s fastest man’s management team Pace.Grainne is used having meetings with some of the top athletes in the world. But even Grainne was left speechless when Usain handed over his Jamaican flag and running spikes after his incredible 200 metre world championship win in Beijing today.The former Finn Valley athlete works alongside Richard Simms, from Milford, who is Usain’s close friend and manager at the top sports management agency.After a season plagued by injury, Usain returned to his best form to blow away all his rivals at the Bird’s Nest stadium.Fans of Usain are still hopeful he will one day make an appearance in Donegal after he remarked two years ago that he would love to visit the county. DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL WOMAN WHO SCOOPS USAIN BOLT’S SPIKES AND FLAG! was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Darwinism Demonstrated in the Lab

first_imgLenski’s done it.  The champion of Avida, a computerized evolution demo (see Evolution News) has demonstrated Darwinian evolution with real live organisms.  His achievement announces his inauguration into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.1    Lenski and team ran one of the longest-running evolution experiments ever with E. coli bacteria.  After more than 30,000 generations, some of the bacteria traversed several random mutations to achieve a new function: the ability to digest citrate.  This occurred without any guidance and quickly made the new variety more fit in the culture.  New Scientist trumpeted this as a demonstration of a “major evolutionary shift in the lab” that has unfurled right before the researchers’ eyes.    Darwin critic Dr. Michael Behe, biochemist at Lehigh University, author of Darwin’s Black Box, seems unconvinced.  He thinks, as he discusses on his Amazon blog that Lenski has only demonstrated something far less Darwinian: the Edge of Evolution.  A response was also posted on Access Research Network.1.  Zachary Blount, Christina Borland and Richard E. Lenski, “Historical contingency and the evolution of a key innovation in an experimental population of Escherichia coli,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, June 4, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0803151105.It’s a good thing Dr. Behe quickly dispelled the significance of this experiment.  It saves us a lot of work having to trudge through the overhyped claims in the paper.  Basically, the E. coli already had the machinery to digest citrate, but just lacked a gateway to get the nutrient inside, which was not that improbable a hurdle for a couple of mutations to permit.  This accomplishment is orders of magnitude simpler than the kind of luck required to build the machinery in the first place.  It’s like blindly pushing and finding a weakness in a fence.  This is all the longest-running lab experiment in evolution was able to accomplish in 20 years of trying, with almost 40,000 generations.  Are you impressed?  If you can tell a lawyer is lying when his lips are moving, you can tell an evolutionist is lying when the reporters go wild about how Darwin has been vindicated. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Aiken captures Avantha Masters

first_img18 March 2013South Africa’s Thomas Aiken captured the second European Tour title of his career on Sunday, winning by three shots in the Avantha Masters at the Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort in New Delhi, India.“I played phenomenal golf, just two bogeys all week, and overall I’m just very pleased with the way I played,” he said in an interview on the 18th green after he had sealed victory in the event, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.Later, he wrote on his website: “The way I won my second tournament on the European Tour gave me fantastic satisfaction. I was really pleased with the way I handled the final round having started with a three-shot lead and eventually taking the Avantha Masters by the same margin.”Career victoriesApart from his two European Tour wins, Aiken has won seven times on the Sunshine Tour and added a win on the Asian Tour win with his victory on Sunday.He was the second South African winner of the tournament in succession, following in the footsteps of Jbe Kruger. Aiken was also the sixth South African winner so far this season on the European Tour in just 12 tournaments, but the first to record a victory outside of South Africa.He was 15-under-par for the last two rounds, after a tournament best 10-under-par 62 in the third round, which was a combination of great approach play and a red-hot putter.‘I’ve been playing very nicely’“I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts,” Aiken said.“This week a few went in. I hit some better iron shots, which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf.”Gaganjeet Bhullar bagged an eagle and two birdies within the first five holes and went on to post a final round best of eight-under-par 64. It was enough to secure second place, but he was still three shots adrift of Aiken.Hole-in-oneThe South African’s playing partner Wenchong Liang started well with three early birdies, but a double drop on the sixth was a setback. A hole-in-one on the very next hole put the Chinese player back on track, but two bogeys on the inward nine undermined his challenge and he closed with a three-under-par 69.“These guys kept coming at me today – Liang on the front nine and then Bhullar made some amazing birdies coming in. It was by no means a walk in the park,” Aiken reckoned.Defending champion Jbe Kruger, the only other South African in the tournament, missed the cut after successive round of level-par 72.LEADERBOARD 265 Thomas Aiken (RSA) (-23) 67, 69, 62, 67268 Bhullar Gaganjeet (Ind) (-20) 68, 69, 67, 64/li>270 Wenchong Liang (Chn) (-18) 66, 66, 69, 69271 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) (-17) 68, 68, 66, 68272 Seuk-hyun Baek (Kor) (-16) 68, 68, 70, 66273 David Drysdale (Sco) (-15) 67, 67, 68, 71273 David Horsey (Eng) (-15) 72, 68, 66, 67273 Scott Hend (Aus) (-15) 67, 68, 68, 70 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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U.K. Police Will Use Twitter to React to Protestors

first_imgTags:#Government#social networks#twitter#web While some countries aim to stop revolution by cutting off access to services like Twitter and Facebook, others try to turn social media use on its ear and use these services to monitor its population. Late last month, the Egypt erupted in revolution and the government quickly shut off all social media, before shutting down the Internet entirely. China has taken a similar stance, banning sites like Twitter and Facebook for long periods of time, as an attempt to prevent protests, among other things.The U.K., on the other hand, has taken this opposite route. According to a story in The Associated Press today, police in the U.K. will use social media sites to keep track of protestors and respond accordingly.A report from a report by Britain’s police inspection body called for authorities to stem the large number of protests through monitoring of social media sites:Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary said police forces would have to focus on speed and communication as demonstrators turn to Internet sites such as Twitter to coordinate their actions.“Large numbers of protesters can be organized in hours and change their focus in minutes through the use of social media and mobile phones,” the report said. “Those responsible for commanding events must plan with this adaptability in mind.”The report singled out UK Uncut, a protest group organized quickly by Twitter users upset at the government’s plans to slash public spending and perceived tax avoidance by major British companies. The group has used social-networking sites to help coordinate their actions; the tools include a live mapping service intended to help protesters dodge police cordons.While some police departments have shown that they don’t know how to use Twitter, the Greater Manchester police force – one of the largest in the U.K. – led a Twitter experiment last fall wherein it tweeted every single call it received over 24 hours. As the experiment ran into rate limit issues (the number of Tweets one account can make in a certain period of time, to summarize it simply), it began creating secondary and tertiary accounts. It then strung everything together using hashtags.All that is to say, it looks like the U.K. police force may have the know-how. It also has the right idea if looking to prevent and quickly react to protestors’ moves is the name of the game. Despite Egypt’s best efforts to censor its populace, many found ways to communicate nonetheless. Is it better for a government that wants control to push communication from out in the open into secret, unmonitored channels? mike melanson Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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How Advertisers Can Avoid Paying For Accidental Mobile Clicks

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Accidental clicks cost mobile advertisers tons of money. The key to minimizing the damage is to insist on transparency before bidding on ads.Earlier this week, we reported on a study that found 22% of clicks mobile advertisements were accidental. Although some ads that are viewed accidentally lead to purchases, the proportion is vanishingly small, leading to wasted ad budgets. Moreover, unintentional clicks cost not only the price of the ad impression, but also the cost of staff, connectivity, and the like. So we asked experts about the best ways for advertisers to avoid accidental clicks.User interface design can make a huge difference, of course. “Imagine if banner ads took up one-third of your PC [screen] and your mouse pointer was the size of a fist,” John Busby, vice president of the mobile advertising industry group the Marchex Institute, offers by way of analogy. “You’d make a ton of accidental clicks. If you’re looking through a list of, say, restaurants, it is very easy to click a link or phone number when you intended to scroll.”But good design is only part of the equation. Advertisers should make sure they won’t be charged for clicks the audience didn’t intend. “In mobile, the problem just may be using clicks as a pricing model,” Busby said. “The best way for marketers to ensure quality is to insist on paying for calls that can actually generate results, so mobile publishers should focus on new ways to measure engagement.”Advertisers need to manage their ad bids to account for accidental clicks, according to Alex Mizrahi of adMarketplace.com. “The good news is, this can be managed so the publisher, not the advertiser, incurs the cost of these accidental or fraudulent clicks,” he said. “We find that, by publisher, accidental clicks are mixed in with intentional clicks at a relatively stable rate. So if you can discount your bids by publisher to account for the accidental clicks, you can maintain your performance.”Daryl Colwell, vice president of business development at MediaWhiz, agrees. His firm, an integrated digital media agency, aggressively monitors the source of clicks and the resulting interaction, and insists on a high level of transparency to track that data when placing ads with mobile publishers.Adding technology that tracks results can be critical. At the very least, advertisers should insist on a list of sites where their ads will be published. “Layering on technology that enables us to track the source of calls, duration and result has made us smarter marketers on the mobile Web,” he said. “It’s allowed us to determine down to a very specific level which source(s) are providing the best results for us/our clients.”center_img Related Posts dave copeland Tags:#advertising#web last_img read more

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Report: NFL Players Ask League to Support Campaign

first_imgA group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league’s support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.Yahoo Sports reports the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month.The website reports Wednesday night Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin co-authored the letter.The NFL declined comment when asked about the memo by Yahoo Sports. The players behind the letter didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, the website said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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