first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC):United States-based forward Trevin Caesar (86th, 89th) netted a second-half brace as Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) crushed St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) 6-0 in the return leg of their fourth round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tie in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday night.There was no such enterprise for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Costa Rica away in San JosÈ in Group B.At the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San JosÈ, Jamaica were behind through Celso Borges’ seventh-minute strike, while veteran Bryan Ruiz added the hosts’ second eight minutes before half-time.Jamaica failed to find a response and Major League Soccer star Johan Venegas put the finishing touches on Costa Rica’s win with a 76th minute strike.In the same group, Haiti’s misery continued when they lost 1-0 to Panama in Panama City.The Reggae Boyz are third with four points in Group B, with Costa Rica top with 10 and Panama second on seven points. Haiti lie bottom with a single point.Trinidad and Tobago’s emphatic victory put them firmly at the top of Group C with 10 points, with the United States second on seven and Guatemala third on six. SVG, without a point from four games, have been eliminated.Sheldon Bateau (36th), Joevin Jones (49th), Kenwyne Jones (60th) and Kevin Molino (66th) were T&T’s other scorers.last_img read more

first_imgThe editors of a leading geology journal consider the possibility that one of their core concepts is a mere paradigm.Thomas Kuhn left an indelible mark on philosophy of science with his 1962 bombshell book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn was the one who gave us the phrase “paradigm shift” and the portrayal of scientists working in guilds, beholden to their colleagues, unable to think outside the box of conventional theories that may or may not have anything to do with reality. Many scientists working under the assumption of “scientific realism” pretend Kuhn’s concerns have been dealt with, but his name turned up once again in a rare case of self-examination by editors of a journal that should represent rock-solid realism: the journal Geology.The occasion was a re-examination of a core principle in geology, the study of “sequence stratigraphy.” This important branch of geology interprets the time sequence of strata between unconformities. The basic idea is that each layer was deposited after the one below; it’s intuitive, simple, and straightforward. It can be represented in 2-D models. There may be dips in the strata, but each one was laid down depending on the sediment supply and the ability of a landform to accommodate it, perhaps as sea levels rose and sank over time.Now, that simple model has come under question by Andrew Madof and two colleagues in a paper in Geology, “Nearshore along-strike variability: Is the concept of the systems tract unhinged?”Sequence stratigraphic models assume that nearshore strata have relatively consistent and laterally persistent stacking at the systems tract scale and therefore may not fully describe the three-dimensional stratigraphic architecture in areas displaying marked nearshore along-strike variability. A stratigraphic model of nearshore deposits is presented that corrects for this assumption by explaining variations in along-strike stratal geometries in terms of a systematic change in the orientation of a shoreline trend or clinoform rollover, a scenario comparable to deflection around a hinge. The model defines hinge zones that are both fixed and moving with respect to time, and was created from outcrop, well-log, and seismic reflection data. Model end members predict contemporaneous progradational, aggradational, and retrogradational stacking bounded by surfaces displaying significant along-strike changes in architecture, implying that sequence stratigraphic surfaces can be diachronous.The details may be of interest to specialists. Suffice it to say that the Editors of Geology were impressed enough to conjure up the spirit of Kuhn over this sea change in thinking. Their concerns are expressed in an open-access editorial, “The future of the sequence stratigraphy paradigm: Dealing with a variable third dimension.” They ask if sequence stratigraphy is a method, a model, or a paradigm.So is sequence stratigraphy a method, or a model, or both? Following on from this it is important to ask, after just over 50 years of development since the original work of Sloss (1949,), how should the method and model continue to develop? To answer these questions, it is perhaps useful to think of sequence stratigraphy as a paradigm; that is, a framework of theories, methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes a legitimate contribution to a field of science (Kuhn, 1962). As a paradigm, sequence stratigraphy is both method and model, and it is certainly possible in this case to progress from careful, objective observation to interpretation following certain theoretical models. However, it is also possible, as Kuhn (1962) points out, that the paradigm dominates thinking and observation, to the extent that it can make sufficiently objective observation and independent testing of the model elements difficult. In which case, it is very important to constantly review the various elements of the paradigm to check that they are performing well, and to encourage modifications or additional elements, to include new developments from theory and experiment, and to address relatively weak areas. Madof et al. is an example of a possibly useful additional element to the method, and this and other areas for possible modification are discussed here.It’s not surprising that the editors maintain the paradigm in the end. Would they, of all people, take decades and even centuries of thinking and toss it overboard? Unlikely. They do show, nevertheless, a refreshing openness to consider that conventional wisdom about sequence stratigraphy could need major repairs if not a complete overhaul.Science is about a progression of ideas, methods, and data, and even well-established paradigms change, sometimes through evolution, and sometimes through rapid revolution. Given this, it seems highly unlikely that sequence stratigraphy will stay as it is. More likely is that it will evolve and change as our knowledge and understanding grows, particularly through new methods that lead to new data and new understanding. Read Madof et al. (2016) with this in mind.If Kuhn is right, though, their bets on evolution instead of revolution are based on hunches. And even evolutionary change can lead to radical revisions, given enough time.Incidentally, Science Magazine reviewed a new book about Kuhn’s thesis 50 years after its debut (actually, 54 years). “Kuhn’s book, like the scientific revolutions it documents, initiated a paradigm shift in the way we think about scientific practice,” reviewer Sandra D. Mitchell writes, pointing out its enduring legacy. “Rather than seeing scientific change solely as rational progress—a slow climb up the mountain of truth—we now view it as a socially produced, psychologically influenced, and somewhat disjointed change of explanatory frameworks.”We invite creation geologists to read these two papers and comment. How drastic a change does the Madof paper represent? Are there implications for interpreting the ages of strata? (Visited 110 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgTags:#mobile#Statistics#web The reason for this rapid growth is surely the increasing popularity of touch-screen phones and touch-screen enabled devices like the iPad. As touch-enabled mobile devices become more common, having a touch-optimized site is now becoming a necessity for online publishers and retailers, especially as more and more users simply expect these organizations to have sites that are optimized for mobile usage. In Taptu’s analysis, shopping and services sites now make up 22.1% of all touch-friendly sites.These retailers and publishers could obviously also opt to just develop native apps (and many currently do both), but thanks to HTML5 and other new technologies, it will become increasingly possible for developers to create mobile web apps that will feel more and more like native apps. There will always be a role for native apps, but given the choice between developing numerous native apps for an increasingly diverse mobile ecosystem or one mobile web app that works everywhere, many companies will surely opt for developing a touch-friendly website instead of mobile apps.Taptu: Virtual RoundtableView more presentations from Taptu Touch Search. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In December 2009, mobile search engine Taptu found about 326,000 touch-optimized mobile sites on the Internet. By April 2010, this number had grown by over 35%. According to Taptu’s latest report, there are now over 440,000 touch-enabled sites on the Web. The annual growth rate for touch-friendly websites is close to 230%. In comparison, Apple’s App Store is currently seeing annual growth rates of around 144% and the Android store is growing at around 400% annually.Growing Much Faster than ExpectedIn the company’s last report, Taptu estimated that the size of touch-friendly Web would reach half a million sites by the end of the year and about 1 million by the end of 2011. Given these new numbers, however, Taptu now estimates that there will be 1.1 million touch-optimized sites on the Web by the end of 2010.last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia presents the second edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with the latest rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Two for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Darwin Touch Competition serves up exciting clashesThe second week of the new Darwin Touch competition will be punctuated by several exciting match-ups.Men’s Open Premiers Crocs will face off against Palmerston Bulls in what should be a highly competitive clash with both sides having started the season off with losses and looking to claim their first victory of the New Year.Dream Team will confront the unknown quantities of the competition, Honkers. Honkers forfeited their first game due to a lack of numbers, but have since recruited well and should surprise a few teams once they get into the swing of things.Bundy Bears started the season off with a bang when they defeated Palmerston Bulls in the first round and will be keen to continue on their winning way when they come up against T.C.U Incredibles.The Women’s competition has started off well, with new team Legless Emu’s coming up against All About Us in what shapes as an even money bet for the punters.The game of the round sees Palmerston Bulls take on Premiers Scorpions.Both teams started the season off with wins, so this game should be a very fast paced, high scoring game.Crocs play Divas in the last scheduled game of the round, and the Young Divas side will be looking to keep their good form going, but should be tested by the experienced Crocs outfit.Other Events: The Darwin Junior Mixed Competition will commence on the 20th February 2008. Northern Territory Touch is calling for Team nominations in Under 13 and Under 16 divisions. Nominations close 15th February 2008. Please contact NT Touch for more information 08-89368132 or on e-mail [email protected] Northern Territory website: AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2 Be Active 2008 State ChampionshipsAffiliates are getting excited about the 2008 Be Active State Championships that are scheduled to be played in just under three weeks time. 38 teams have entered in 7 divisions with a massive 85 referee nominations from 11 different affiliates.The event will be taking place at Rosalie in the heart of Subiaco on the WA March long weekend. The weekend is not just about playing Touch Football, with a Volunteer Breakfast being organized to recognise some of WA’s worthy volunteers on the Saturday morning. A Dash for Cash Saturday lunchtime, and a Sunday night after-party at nightclub, the Sapphire Bar is also on the agenda for WA’s showcase event of the year.On the Touch side of things, Perth Brothers will be going for their fourth straight Men’s Open title. Standing in their way will be the Southern Stars who recently prevented Brothers fourth straight Super League title in January.In the Women’s division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to add the State Championships trophy to their Super League crown. They will face stern opposition from defending champions Northern Spirit, as well as Southern Stars, Fremantle, and Tompkins Park who are all capable of winning on their day in what should prove to be a very close division.You can keep track of all the action by visiting the State Championships website – Other Events:  WA players as always will be looking forward to the National Touch League in March. Normally they jump straight on a plane for Coffs Harbour after an exhaustive State Championships, but this year an extra weeks’ recovery will hopefully assist the preparation of the Men’s and Women’s Open. The Men’s Open was Plate winners last year, whilst the Women’s Open will be looking to improve on an impressive semi-final finish in 2007.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 3Touch Football South Australia Affiliate Finals Action heating upAll South Australian Affiliates competitions are starting to heat up with a few top of the table clashes in a race for the finals in the Adelaide University Touch Club being highlighted this week.Little Mermaids (1st) vs. Reschke Bulls (2nd)Botanics TA – Fossils (3rd) v Sharks (1st)Mt Gambier TA– Tiki Roos (1st) v AKA (2nd)Other Events: South Australia’s NTL Crusaders representative players have organized a Games Night Fundraiser for Saturday 16 February 2008. A $10 entry fee includes a Barbeque and games all night. The Barbeque commences at 6:30 pm, with games kicking off at 7:30pm.For tickets please contact Sean Owens on [email protected] Touch Football South Australia website: (QLD) Play # 4SQBD and Brisbane City Planning Days Queensland Touch regions Brisbane City (BC) and South Queensland and Border Districts (SQBD) conducted their respective Planning days for the year ahead on the weekend of 2-3 February 2008. The Planning days for the two heavyweights located in the South East Queensland corner was an opportunity for all affiliates to prioritize and plot events and service objectives and outcomes for the upcoming twelve months.Brisbane City Administrator Gary Madders, QTA Branch Manager John Pratt, and Queensland Touch Game Development Officer (GDO) Glenn Hayes attended the Brisbane City meeting with affiliates Redcliffe and Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.In Sharkie territory, SQBD General Manager Garry Shephard, GDO’s Mark Jansen, and Bernie Hutton, and SQBD Board member Daryl Madge were on hand to guide SQBD’s affiliates through strategic and operational planning aspects for both the immediate and long term future of the region.Other Events: Queensland’s intrepid GDO Glenn Hayes is on a week long development mission in Cairns, whilst fellow GDO Amber Gilchrist will attend the Sunshine Coast Open and 15 Years School trials in Noosa, and the North Burnett School trials in Gayndah this week.The Queensland Touch Association website: (VIC) Play # 5Albert Park Summer Season Grand Finals round upAfter 14 weeks of intense competition in one of Victoria’s driest summer on record, eighteen Summer season championship teams were crowned after four nights of excellent Touch action.   The most pleasing aspect of the finals was the fact that 6 of the 18 championship winning outfits contained a majority of first season players who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into the game of Touch Football. Experienced observers and referees commented on the excellent athleticism and skill displayed by these new players as well as improvement across the board from all participants.  The grand final results and in depth match reports can be found at Events: Royal Park Affiliate wrapped up their season with a finals afternoon last Wednesday that saw six Premiership deciders on the menu.  State Council Chairman Steve Cullen and State Manager David Brady was present to witness a great evening of Touch Football played at the Northern side of the City of Melbourne. For the grand final scores, go to The Touch Football Victoria website: CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6ACT Winter Competition Nominations Now OpenThe ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] Events:  Semi Finals for the ACTTA Summer 07/08 Competition are in full swing!  In further news, a drought reprieve has been received with Level 4 Water Restrictions delayed even further to September 2008 for the ACT. That’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri surprised by Arsenal scorelineby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri admits the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal surprised him.The victory lifted Liverpool nine points clear at the top of the Premier League as Jürgen Klopp’s side increased their unbeaten start to 20 matches.Next up is a massive meeting with Manchester City on Thursday night – and Shaqiri insisted the Reds have to block out any external noise to retain their momentum.“Expectations are always high,” said the Switzerland international.“But we want to stay focused, we have to stay focused and work hard every day. There’s a long way to go. At the moment we’re really happy and I hope we can keep going like this.“We are very happy to win this game. That high a result I didn’t expect – it was important to win. Obviously we had a really good game and we are very happy at the moment.”On his own form, Shaqiri added: “You can see on the pitch I have a lot of confidence at the moment.“I wanted to play from the beginning so I was very happy to play and have an impact on the game, helping my teammates to win the game. I’m very happy at the moment.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say PSG star Kylian Mbappe taking Spanish lessonsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe appears to be preparing for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking Spanish language lessons.Indeed, Mbappe often converses with Neymar in Spanish inside the locker room. Neymar is fluent thanks to his time with Barcelona.Interestingly, it’s also been revealed today that Neymar has never bothered to learn French during his two years in Paris. last_img read more

first_imgChelsea duo Kovacic, Ampadu substituted in Croatia-Wales stalemateby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were both substituted in Wales and Croatia’s 1-1 stalemate on Sunday.Tottenham’s Ben Davies went through the back of Kovacic right on the stroke of half-time, with the midfielder not returning after the break.Three minutes into the second half Bruno Petkovic clattered into Ampadu from behind, with Ampadu quickly being replaced by Joe Merrell.Gareth Bale’s goal cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth minute opener, keeping Wales’ hopes of qualification for Euro2020 alive. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim. last_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed his final days at Manchester United were embarrassing.The Manchester United all-time top scorer insists his failure to start the club’s league cup final against Southampton and the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax convinced him his time at the club was over.Despite having a bit-part role in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad, the former England international remained the captain as well as a living icon during his final season at Old Trafford.However, his reduced status in the dressing room meant Rooney was ’embarrassed’ to lift both trophies.Rooney told Sky Sports: “I came on for one minute in the Europa League final. I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing.“It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed. I thought “I can’t keep doing this”, as hard as it was to leave United.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“In the Southampton game, [manager Jose] Mourinho came to me and said: ‘I want you to lift the trophy.’ I was like: “Well, I didn’t even play in the game.’”“He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on. What was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else.”Rooney called time on his United career in the summer of 2017, joining his boyhood club Everton with Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction in a separate deal.However, his time at Goodison Park would be equally difficult and he made the move to the MLS this summer.He enjoyed an impressive campaign in the United States and his family have flourished in their new environment.last_img read more

first_imgLeicester city defender Harry Maguire believes Leicester City were the better team at Crystal Palace after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to the hosts.The central defender who has been sidelined for six weeks due to a knee injury made his return on Saturday against Crystal Palace and admitted his side started slowly at Selhurst ParkMaguire says the result would have been different if Jamie Vardy’s effort on goal was not pushed onto the post by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita who was also lucky to get to the rebound first.“Everyone is disappointed,” Maguire told LCFC TV.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have worked tirelessly all week trying to put on a good performance this week and the first 20 minutes we started pretty slow.“There was not really any tempo from either team. They probably edged the first 20 minutes, but apart from the first 20 minutes I would say we were the better team and in control of the game.“They then scored when we were playing our best football and in our first spell of pressure. To be fair to the lad it is a great strike, a great finish. We’ll look back and we will work hard.”last_img read more