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Conte on Vidal, Rodriguez, Spurs, Costa, Alonso and more

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of his side’s game against Tottenham. Here is some of what the Italian had to say. Conte on his hopes for the transfer window“For sure there are some positions where, if we are able to find the right solution, it’s important to take that right solution.“But also I know the market is difficult. Finding the right player won’t be easy, but we are talking about it.”“I answer always in the same way. I don’t like to speak about players that are now playing with other teams. This is respect for players and also for the clubs.”On reports Chelsea want Ricardo Rodriguez and Arturo Vidal“I answer always in the same way. I don’t like to speak about players that are now playing with other teams. This is respect for players and also for the clubs.”On Marcos Alonso, who picked up a knockEmbed from Getty Images“He is available for tomorrow’s game and we do not have any injuries.”On his many attacking options“I like to have these type of problems. I like to have my players in good form and then to make the best choice for the game.“We have Pedro, Willian, Hazard and Costa and they are in good form – good shape.“I have to decide the starting 11 but I think you win the game in 95 minutes and it’s important to have all the players available and everyone playing well.”On facing Tottenham“To win 13 games in a row in this league is not easy – it’s very difficult. We are pleased about this and tomorrow we know we have a really tough game against Tottenham, which is a very strong team.“For this reason it’s very important to pay great attention and to try to continue our run. For sure it will be very tough. For me Tottenham are better than last season.”On Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino suggesting that neutrals want his team to beat ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images“I think every team wants to stop our run, not only Tottenham. But it you see the table you will see that we are only five points clear. The league is open and we are only just in the second half of the season.”On visiting White Hart Lane“I never played there. I watched a Europa League game against Fiorentina. The atmosphere was very good.” On Diego Costa admitting he wanted to leave in the summer“Diego told me: ‘I stay and I want to fight for this club – I want to fight for my team-mates and for this shirt’. I wasn’t concerned.“He has been showing great passion in the right way and we are happy about this – the club and his team-mates. He is focused on his game and that’s very important.”On adapting to life in England“When you change country and it’s new habits and a new language, you have to bring your philosophy. It’s not easy. It’s important to take time to work with your players.“If you think that you want to change everything, then you make a mistake. It’s important to concentrate on the most important things and then to try to change something and bring your methods.”On the future of John Mikel Obi“For now we haven’t any news.” See also:Tottenham v Chelsea: five key battles  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Blackburn line-ups: Youngster’s debut, Luongo back, Rovers man plays

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTeenage forward Eberechi Eze makes his senior debut for QPR in the FA Cup third-round game at Loftus Road.The 18-year-old, signed last summer after leaving Millwall, is joined in the starting line-up by the fit-again Massimo Luongo.Matt Ingram comes in for Alex Smithies in goal and there are also starting places for Ben Gladwin and the recalled Nedum Onuoha.Blackburn, meanwhile, are without midfielders Corry Evans and Craig Conway but have been given permission to select on-loan Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.Rangers have not won an FA Cup tie at the first time of asking since 1997 and have never won in the competition under Ian Holloway.QPR: Ingram, Perch, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Hall, Luongo, Gladwin, Eze, Mackie.Subs: Lumley, Cousins, El Khayati, Ngbakoto, Shodipo, Manning, Hamalainen.Blackburn: Raya, Greer, Williams, Lowe, Feeney, Marshall, Graham, Mulgrew, Gallagher, Akpan, Bennett.Subs: Steele, Stokes, Nyambe, Tomlinson, Mahoney, Brown, Travis.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How the Dragon Got Its Beard

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scales are not feathers are not hair, but evolutionary tales get hairy sometimes.It’s evolutionary storytelling time in Geneva, where Darwinians conjure up bearded dragons evolving into bearded men. It all started when two researchers from Switzerland found thickenings in crocodile skin, then had visions of birds taking off into the trees, with mammals scampering in the underbrush. The tale is told on Science Daily, “Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common.” More recondite jargon is supplied in Science Advances to satisfy the academics.But of course hairs, feathers and scales have some things in common, being composed of keratin, but don’t the differences swamp the similarities? Not to these evolutionists. To understand their thinking, we have to learn a new word: placode. Wikipedia defines it as: “A neurogenic placode is an area of thickening of the epithelium in the embryonic head ectoderm layer that gives rise to neurons and other structures of the sensory nervous system. Placodes are embryonic structures that give rise to structures such as hair follicles, feathers and teeth.”Mammalian hairs and avian feathers develop from a similar primordial structure called a ‘placode’: a local thickening of the epidermis with columnar cells that reduce their rate of proliferation and express very specific genes. This observation has puzzled evolutionary and developmental biologists for many years because birds and mammals are not sister groups: they evolved from different reptilian lineages. According to previous studies, reptiles’ scales however do not develop from an anatomical placode. This would imply that birds and mammals have independently ‘invented’ placodes during their evolution.The story ramps up the tension, heading toward the resolution: lo and behold, the Swiss researchers find evidence for placodes in reptiles. They examine eggs of crocodiles, corn snakes and bearded dragons (a kind of lizard) and found local thickenings of the epidermis—at least briefly during development. Common ancestry is saved!Jump to the Methods section in the paper. One notices that they did not do any work on birds or mammals: just on 3 species of reptiles, and there, only on their eggs. Environmentalists will be relieved to hear that no animals were harmed in the process: “Maintenance of and experiments on reptilians were approved by the Geneva Canton ethical regulation authority (authorization GE/82/14) and performed according to Swiss law.”The researchers scraped some scale protein, took photos, and studied DNA sequences from these reptile eggs. That’s about it. No feathers or hairs were found on the reptiles, but they found a gene that disrupts scale formation in bearded dragons, just like it disrupts beards in humans. If disrupting a gene can’t allow a placode to form for a dragon beard scale, or a placode for a hairy human beard, that must prove Darwin right. “These data all coherently indicate the common ancestry between scales, feathers and hairs.”Here’s how the story came out for the press: “The single evolutionary origin of placodes revealed.”Today, Nicolas Di-Poï and Michel C. Milinkovitch at the Department of Genetics and Evolution of the UNIGE Faculty of Science and at the SIB put this long controversy to rest by demonstrating that scales in reptiles develop from a placode with all the anatomical and molecular signatures of avian and mammalian placodes. The two scientists finely observed and analysed the skin morphological and molecular characteristics during embryonic development in crocodiles, snakes and lizards. ‘Our study not only provides new molecular data that complement the work of the American team but also reveals key microanatomical facts, explains Michel Milinkovitch. Indeed, we have identified in reptiles new molecular signatures that are identical to those observed during the development of hairs and feathers, as well as the presence of the same anatomical placode as in mammals and birds. This indicates that the three types of skin appendages are homologous: the reptilian scales, the avian feathers and the mammalian hairs, despite their very different final shapes, evolved from the scales of their reptilian common ancestor.’They need to fine-tune the story a little; just a little mop-up work, that’s about it. All in a day’s work for Darwin storytellers.The next challenge for the Swiss team, and many other researchers around the world, is to decipher the fine mechanisms explaining the diversity of forms of skin appendages. How has the ancestral scaly skin given rise to the very different morphologies of scales, feathers and hairs, as well as the astonishing variety of forms that these appendages can take? These future studies will hopefully fine-tune our understanding of the physical and molecular mechanisms generating the complexity and the diversity of life during evolution.A bird-of-paradise’s plumage or a fashion model’s coiffure couldn’t be far behind. Just give those epidermal thickenings a few million years.The evolutionists in Geneva might want to see how the evolutionists in Australia are doing. They’re trying to figure out if snakes evolved in the sea or on the land. PhysOrg shows a fossil Tetrapodophis, a very long slender lizard with tiny limbs that appears adapted for aquatic life. But the provenance of this fossil is “highly problematic.” Scientists are concerned that the “reproducibility crisis” will taint the reputation of this fossil and claims built on it.Meanwhile, snake enthusiasts (or snake-o-phobes) may wish to learn a little more about rattlesnakes from Simon Worrall of National Geographic, who intereviewed herpetologist Ted Levin about them; “far from being scary monsters, these elusive predators are surprisingly social,” he says. The venomous beasts may actually reduce Lyme Disease in humans by cutting down on their mammal vectors—chipmunks and mice. As for the snakes themselves, “They are fascinating and gorgeous to look at,” Levin says. From a distance, of course. “They can see colors we can’t see and read the world with the tips of their tongues. They communicate through pheromones, in a language we don’t really understand. The more you look into them, the more fascinating they are.”Update 6/28/16: Remains of bird wing feathers have been found in Burmese amber. National Geographic has a picture; says the feathers look just like modern feathers, even though they are claimed to be 100 million years old.Levin takes a swipe at Genesis when asked about why we fear snakes:It’s not just rattlesnakes. I think we fear all snakes. Until I began to research this book in earnest, I thought it all went back to the Book of Genesis, the Judeo-Christian story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But now I realize that that story goes way back to the dawn of primates, when venomous snakes were their principle predators. I think we carry that with us, like the fear of the dark.Thus he trades one miracle story for another. He can’t accept a talking snake in Genesis, which neither Adam or Eve feared at the time, and if they learned to fear snakes later, could not have invented a mutation to pass on that fear. So instead, he believes that some mutation in a mouse in the Jurassic keeps modern humans afraid of snakes, like a fear of the dark, that we haven’t been able to shake in 200 million years while growing larger and smarter than snakes. Go figure.The Swiss evolutionists think they are doing their job by weaving stories from “physical and molecular mechanisms.” They think that tiny, evanescent thickenings in the epidermis of a crocodile egg led to the luscious locks of the Breck Girl. They think that switching off one gene in a bearded dragon proves the evolution of Grizzly Adams’s beard. See? Everyone believes in miracles. And the evolutionists believe in the supernatural, too. They believe that logical and moral truths emerge from physical and molecular mechanisms. That’s the only way they could write scientific papers purporting to express truth. Unless truth is supernatural, eternal and changeless (i.e., it doesn’t evolve), they could never know that—or anything.last_img read more

Amazon Forces Kindle Lending Club to Rebrand – Now BookLending.com

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watters Tags:#E-Books#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We covered the launch of the new startup the Kindle Lending Club last month. The startup takes advantage of the Amazon Kindle’s new lending feature that was introduced in December – the ability to loan (some of) your e-books to another Kindle user for a 14-day period.But not surprisingly, Amazon has responded to the startup. Amazon isn’t shutting down its service (that’s good news), but it is demanding that the startup change its name. Amazon owns the trademark to “Kindle,” so starting tomorrow the startup becomes BookLending.com.Both sharing and borrowing are free through BookLending.com. You can browse for the titles that other users have made available, and you can make available the books you’re willing to lend. The site simply matches borrowers and lenders. The rest of the Kindle lending rules stay in place: the loan is for 14 days. You can’t read a title while it’s on loan to someone else. And you can only loan a title once.The name BookLending.com isn’t nearly as catchy as Kindle Lending Club. And the startup has a number of competitors in the e-book lending business, including LendInk, that connects both Kindle and Nook users. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Does that Make Cents? Ways to Help Kids and Teens Learn about Money

first_imgBy: Carol Church & David L. Sexton, Jr.PhotoSpin [Boy in a Suit with Red Piggy Bank by Olga Kriger]As parents and those who work with parents know, it can sometimes feel like there’s an overwhelming amount of information to convey to kids before they grow up. They need to know how to have a healthy relationship…how to run a household…how to treat others…how to hold a job…and, oh yes, how to manage money! This last one is, of course, very important, but for many parents, it can be easy to forget, avoid, or put off.Of course, there’s no substitute for the power of setting a good example and talking regularly to children and teens about money-related topics. From an early age, parents should help their kids learn about things like savings and budgeting. That’s why it is so important to ensure that communication lines between you are your children are open and strong. Bryant and Levin (2003) provide tips for parents to open up communication with their kids, specifically about personal finances. One of their suggestions is to avoid engaging in lectures, and instead try to give your kids a “hands on” role in the family finances. In other words, rather than vaguely trying to explain to kids the ins and outs of personal finance, try to engage them by using your own as an example and involving kids in the management process. This gives them the opportunity to learn practically and understand that these particular lessons will be useful in the future.Bryant and Levin also suggest trying to be transparent about finances so your kids can learn early on just how expensive it is to live! In addition to supporting openness in your relationship with your kids and modeling the importance of managing money properly, this will also likely lead to more respect from your kids as they realize how hard you work just to do basic things like putting food on the table. Finally, the next step would be to get them involved in managing their own money! For instance, you can start by having kids designate some of their allowance to saving, some to spending, and some to giving away. And at the store, they can help parent’s comparison shop and think about what makes a bargain. Of course, topics like debt and interest should be brought up, preferably with real-life examples and stories.But for those parents who may feel like they need some more help bringing home these lessons, there are lots of great learning tools out there. And what do kids love? Okay, we all know the answer to that. Apps and the Internet! Read on for a list of useful, educational, and just plain fun sites, tools, and apps for parents and educators who want to help children and teens grow up to be money-smart.Websites Farm Blitz– In another fun web-based game from the same creators, “farmers” try to keep their crops thriving while also watching out for the havoc debt can wreak and learning about the magic of compound interest. Addictive for any age. Motion Math: Pizza– While this app is perhaps somewhat more about math than money, it offers your child a hint of what it’s like to run a business. Kids have to decide which “pizza suppliers” offer the best deals and what prices to set for their pies. StarBanks Adventure– In this app from T. Rowe Price, kids learn about basic financial concepts like diversification, smart spending, inflation, and rate of return while adventuring through an alien world. HowtheMarketWorks– This free stock market simulation site has a vast wealth of resources for kids (and their parents!) who want to learn what it might be like to invest in the stock market. The site allows anyone to set up a virtual “portfolio” and track it in real time, complete with short sales, margin trading…you name it.   They also hold contests and give out prizes! Celebrity Calamity– In this web-based game, kids help animated “celebrities” with poor money management skills get back on their financial feet. Focused especially on wise credit card use! Moneytopia– This very meaty game is not for young  kids, and it’s no Candy Crush. The interface is also dated. However, if you’d like to walk a teen or young adult through a simulation that looks quite a bit like real life on your own, it doesn’t stint on detail or reality. Games Piggybot– Ever had a child ask to borrow money when you were out, then forgotten to get it back? PiggyBot is a simple allowance management tool that helps families keep track of when allowance is earned, distributed, and spent. The app also helps kids set goals—a key part of learning to manage money.center_img BizKids– Know any budding entrepreneurs? This site features tons of info for kids and teens with an interest in starting their own business, as well as clips from a fun show about kids in business. Bankaroo– Billing itself as a “virtual bank for kids,” this multi-platform tool offers another option for parents and kids who want to manage allowances, goals, and expenses across a family. TheMint– This large and comprehensive site covers everything from fun games for young kids and “What Kind of Spender Are You?” quizzes (what teen doesn’t love a quiz?) to meatier tools like a Power of 72 calculator. Though kids may not be motivated to use it on their own, it’s a great jumping-off place for parents who want to explain or illustrate a specific point, such as the power of compound interest and the basics of credit cards. Money Management Tools Allowance and Chores Bot– This app also allows you to keep track of kids’ allowances, but has additional functionality for allowing kids to earn money for various chores and to get chore reminders. This app connects “work” with “money” in an intuitive way. Hit the Road: A Financial Adventure– In this game, kids play the role of friends traveling cross-country who have to budget for food, gas, and other unexpected events, while being tempted to spend. Aimed at younger kids, but probably quite relevant to teens and college students…. Enjoy trying and using these financial learning tools!ReferencesBryant, J., & Levin, M. (2003). Talking to your kids About Money. Black Enterprise, 33(8), 88.last_img read more

PBA summons Mila’s Lechon for dismal display in 47-point roasting

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’ PLAY LIST 02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Vicente blasts UE starters after blowout loss to UST PBA IMAGESIn the wake of its four-game losing start in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Mila’s Lechon will be summoned to the Commissioner’s Office to explain its side following its humiliating 55-102 defeat to Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Officials from the league’s technical committee confirmed that the team management, led by coach Jesse Ricardo, will meet PBA commissioner Willie Marcial on Friday in the league office in Libis after yet another pitiful loss from Mighty Roasters.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next Making matters worse was Ricardo being assessed with a technical foul for calling excessive timeouts with 2:44 remaining in the game and with the Jawbreakers already leading, 99-53.The Mighty Roasters have lost their four games by an average of 26.25 points, with this 47-point rout being their worst defeat in the conference. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding They stumbled to their fourth straight defeat, but questions were raised following the 47-point thumping after players seemingly showed complete lack of effort in the second half.Mila’s Lechon actually played superb in the first two quarters, shocking Zark’s-Lyceum with an 11-3 start and staying in step thanks to its 42-percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was a different story after the halftime break as the Mighty Roasters showed little to no willingness to play defense, allowing the Jawbreakers to stage a 23-0 run and break the game wide open, 67-41, in the third period.Zark’s-Lyceum coach Topex Robinson also related from his players that they were being encouraged by their foes to run the score up, which translated to 38 turnover points from 30 miscues from Mila’s Lechon. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Be a Publisher — But Don’t Use the Publishing Industry’s Metrics

first_img But page views are not as useful for business blogs. Business blogs are monetized by readers who convert to leads and sales, so these are far better metrics to track.  Visitors So what measurements should you use to analyze the performance of your blog or website? Why inbound links, comments, visitors, leads and customers, of course! In addition to inappropriate use of page views, many business bloggers use metrics that lack specificity. “Hits” is at the top of this list. Unless you’re playing baseball, a “hit” has no specific meaning. It is a vague term that could refer to visitors, pageviews or clicks. If you are limiting your success measurements to hits, you are not at all thinking about your conversion or customer aquisition.  It is wonderful that new marketers have converted to inbound marketing by becoming publishers; however, many still need to transition away from measuring their success in the metrics of the media industry, page views. Media companies rely on page views because they’re easy to count, and because page views are the metric of monetization — advertisers like to buy blocks of them. can convert into leads. Anonymous visits cannot.  It is also a mistake to use “visits” as a primary success metric. Reporting on number of visits can be very misleading. For example, a single person could have visited your website 300 times. You may have 600 visits from only two people. Instead, focus on visitors.center_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack What do you think? Are there any other measurements that are irrelevant to business?  Originally published Jul 28, 2009 8:22:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 bawoodvine Topics: Marketing Metrics Flickr Credit:last_img read more

A Holiday Wish: May All Your Conversions Be High [Video 3]

first_img And more qualified leads! We wish you a high conversion! Webinar: Always Be Testing: 10 Tips For Increasing YourLead Conversion Rate A valued call to action We wish you a high conversion! Lyrics We wish you a high conversion! Originally published Dec 21, 2009 10:29:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Downloadthe free webinar We wish you a high conversion! We wish you a high conversion! Tweet this Merry Marketing Carol! Topics: Video Creditslast_img