Trump succeeding in  making America great

first_imgThe 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton erased were not about her yoga classes or her mother’s funeral. They were about money she was taking for the fake Clinton Foundation. You know from people all over the world who thought they could buy favors from her when she became president. That’s someone who enriched themselves at the expense of the American people. Donald Trump is a billionaire; he’s donating his salary he gets as president. He could make a lot more money not being president. As far as not being qualified, Obama set the bar as the least qualified person to ever be president. He started the war on cops, attempted to destroy the greatest healthcare system in the world, added as much to the national debt as all the presidents before him, made race relations the worst they have been in 50 years. And the things he considers great accomplishments of his, he had to lie to get them done. For example, Obamacare, the Iranian agreement and don’t forget how he lied about Benghazi to protect his reelection.Cynthia, our economy is growing, unemployment is down, we have re-established ourselves as the world’s lone superpower as opposed to “leading from behind.” What a joke. Face it, Trump is making America great again.Dave EdwardsHalfmoon Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 30 letter, “Trump supporters must be voted out”: Ms. Cynthia Swanson’s claims are false and very hypocritical.There is no evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia. None. The only candidate who colluded with Russia in the last election was Mrs. Clinton. The fake dossier she paid for was written with Russian help.center_img More from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Buyers keen but stock short in Wynnum West

first_imgThe home at 22 Ingleston St, Wynnum West has character features.The Wynnum-based agent said she was also seeing quite a few “subject to sale” offers from the buyers looking to upgrade. “Stock is short at the moment so anyone who already has a home doesn’t want to sell until they find something else. They don’t want to be homeless,” she said. Ms Gobey said Sydney buyers were also making themselves known in the local market.“We’re seeing a lot of people moving from interstate and they tend to be looking at the top end of the market,” she said. “We’ve seen, probably since the start of the year, at least two of three people coming through our open homes who have come from Sydney.” The home at 22 Ingleston St, Wynnum West sold before auction.BUYERS of all sorts are showing interest in the Wynnum West market but demand is outstripping supply. Gail Gobey, of Sash & Gable Property, said everyone from first homebuyers and families to developers and investors were looking in Wynnum West.This was exemplified by the sale of 22 Ingleston St, Wynnum West.The renovated cottage on an 810sq m block sold before auction for an undisclosed amount. “There was a lot of mixed interest in the property, interest from families and, because of the double block, interest from developers as well,” Ms Gobey said. “It was in a lovely location in a growing area that is changing so rapidly.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Ms Gobey said the Wynnum West market was performing well but was suffering from a shortage of stock, especially for first home buyers and families looking in the entry to middle price range. last_img read more

Davis excels in secondary on surprising Illini

first_imgIf Tyler Donovan and the Badgers are going to put up big numbers again this weekend, they will likely have to figure out a way to get the ball past Illinois sophomore cornerback Vontae Davis.In five games this year, Davis is tied for third in the Big Ten with two interceptions. He has been one of the linchpins for an Illini defense that has given up just 13.5 points per game since a 40-34 loss against Missouri in the season opener. Davis credits the improvement to Missouri’s untraditional offense.”We learned a lot from the Missouri offense who rarely runs the ball,” Davis said in a phone interview. “They pass a lot so we all just learned from the spread offense, and that helped us down the road playing different teams that pass using different schemes.”As a freshman starting in the first game of the season last year, Davis intercepted a pass against Eastern Illinois and never looked back. He started every game for the Illini and was rewarded for an outstanding campaign, earning Freshman All-American first-team honors by The Sporting News, and Additionally, Davis was named to the Freshman All-Big Ten team by The Sporting News and received honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by Big Ten coaches and media members. These accolades only pushed Davis to work harder to get ready for this year.”(Receiving those awards) gave me more confidence,” Davis said. “It made me want to achieve more and do better than what I did last year.”The 6-foot, 205-pound native of Washington, D.C., is not particularly large by cornerback standards, but he possesses an athleticism and physicality that Davis compares to his brother, second-year San Francisco 49er tight end, Vernon, who has helped motivate him.”It’s been real inspiring (seeing Vernon rise to the NFL),” Davis said. “He helps me out and tells me what I have to do, and not to let a day slip by without working hard.”Davis’ work ethic is visible in his willingness to do whatever Illinois coach Ron Zook asks of him. In addition to playing cornerback, Davis has returned two kickoffs and two punts (one for a touchdown) and has blocked two kicks.”I really like blocking the punt,” Davis said. “It changes the game’s momentum a whole lot.”Having already doubled their win total from last year, Davis and Illinois have shown vast improvement from a disappointing campaign in 2006.”I learned that you must take every play seriously. Coaches talked to me about running to the ball and doing the little things,” Davis said. “As far as a team standpoint, everyone came back, and we have a whole year under our belt of knowing the system, so that’s a big improvement.”Additionally, Davis says he has improved on his biggest weakness: focus.”I’m much more focused this year than I was last year,” he said. “Last year I just played off my abilities. This year I learned how to be much smarter.”I’m learning the game of college football.”Part of that game is learning not to be intimidated by an opponent. The fifth-ranked Badgers are easily Illinois’ toughest opponents this year from a rankings standpoint, but that doesn’t seem to bother Davis.”It motivates us because you know they’re ranked No. 5,” he said “But we know that we can play and compete with Wisconsin. We’re just going out there and seeing where we are as a football program. We approach every game as a game that anybody can win.”In last year’s game in Madison, the Illini had an 18 point lead over the heavily favored Badgers, only to see that lead slip away in the second half of an eventual 30-24 Wisconsin victory. Despite that, Davis says Illinois will approach this game no differently than any other game. “That was last year. Last year has passed and this year all we can do is play 60 minutes on Saturday and see where the score takes us,” said Davis.Davis did not reveal what his coverage assignment will be this weekend, though it’s likely he’ll be locked up with Wisconsin wide receiver Luke Swan for at least part of the game in what could prove to be the premier matchup of the game.In a meeting of conference rivals in which the fifth-ranked team in the country is playing underdog to an unranked team that finished with two total wins last season, anything can happen, and Vontae Davis is a big reason for that.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Tiers: OF Rankings, Draft Strategy, Sleepers

first_img2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Generally speaking, most fantasy owners don’t have a set draft strategy when it comes to OF, especially if they play in just a three-OF league. If your league starts five OFs, the position is more of a priority, but even then, you’re just looking for good values as they come to you in the draft. Most owners want some steals from at least one of their OFs, but if you load up on SBs in your infield, you can’t necessarily need anyone who will swipe more than 15 bags. Regardless, diversifying your OF is a good way to balance your team and fill in the category cracks. That’s why our sub-tiers are really more important than the tiers themselves. Finding players who are more of a help in a particular category, be it steals, average, or homers, is how you adjust quickly and have a successful draft. As such, it’s important to note that our sub-tiers are based on the type of production a player offers. Just because a player is in, say, Tier 3C doesn’t mean he’s worse than a player in Tier 3A — it just means he typically produces more or less in a specific category. It should also be noted that our OF rankings are based on the idea that a player is solely eligible at outfield. Players eligible at other positions may be ranked higher in our overall rankings. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetWho are the best fantasy baseball OFs?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings* = Player not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the seasonAll seven of our Tier-1 OFs are first-round worthy. There’s a strong case to be made for the players in Tier 1A to be the first three picks in the draft, as all hit for average, hit for power, and can steal a good amount of bases. Mookie Betts will probably steal the fewest bases among this group, but we know what kind of overall upside he has. The guys in Tier 1B can steal bases, too, but they project to top out around half of the Tier 1A guys. These are still bona fide superstars, though, with each capable of hitting .300 with close to a league-leading amount of HRs. Juan Soto hasn’t done either yet, but you know it’s in him. We put J.D. Martinez in his own sub-tier because he doesn’t steal bases, but he can mash with the best of them and post an average well over .300, which is a rare combination at any position. Starting your draft with any of these players puts you in a great spot. If you take Martinez, you’ll probably want to look for some steals in the second or third round, but you will have plenty of time to fill in that gap. TIER 1ARonald Acuna Jr., BravesChristian Yelich, BrewersMookie Betts, DodgersTIER 1BMike Trout, AngelsCody Bellinger, Dodgers (also eligible at 1B)Juan Soto, NationalsTIER 1CJ.D. Martinez, Red SoxMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft Simulator2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-2 OFsEven a quick glance at our Tier-2 OFs might make you question some things. Guys like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have more power upside than Nicholas Castellanos and Kris Bryant, yet they’re in the same sub-tier, and Charlie Blackmon stole just two bases last year and hit 40 points higher than Bryce Harper, but they’re also in the same sub-tier. Look, if we really wanted to pick nits, we’d probably have about six sub-tiers in each tier, but when you’re drafting these players (as early as the second round, but likely in Rounds 3-6), you’re thinking in general terms: Who hits more homers? Who steals a few bases to go with their power? Who steals a lot of bases and has moderate power? Tier 2A features power hitters, and while some will hit more than others, these are all 30-plus HR guys who can drive in 100 runs and hit around .280 over a full season. Stanton is probably going to have the lowest average of the group (if he ever gets on the field), but most of these guys will hit somewhere between .275-.300. Tier 2B features solid-HR hitters who can also steal 10-20 bases over a full season. As we noted, Blackmon stopped running last year, which could easily happen again this year, but he stole at least 12 bases in five straight seasons before, so that pace is within reach. Tier 2C features a pair of players who can hit a decent amount HRs and steal a lot of bases. It’s a bit of a moot point to include Villar here, as he will likely be slotted into an infield spot by whoever drafts him (and he won’t be OF-eligible during your draft), but he’s a difference-maker in SBs. Because virtually every first-round pick (with the exception of SPs and possibly Trea Turner) hits homers, the guys in Tier 2A likely won’t be “targeted”, per se. Rather, they’ll be drafted highly when they present fair value. The guys in the other sub-tiers might be specific targets because fantasy owners are always hunting for SBs. That might cause them to go earlier than expected.There’s nothing wrong with reaching for one of them, but it’s important to realize that someone like Harper or Meadows isn’t going to swing a category for you. Likewise, it’s important to remember that you’re giving up some HRs and RBIs with Villar and maybe even Marte, so plan accordingly with your other picks. TIER 2AGeorge Springer, AstrosAaron Judge, YankeesYordan Alvarez, AstrosGiancarlo Stanton, YankeesEloy Jimenez, White SoxKris Bryant, Cubs (3B)Nicholas Castellanos, RedsTIER 2BBryce Harper, PhilliesCharlie Blackmon, RockiesAustin Meadows, RaysTIER 2CStarling Marte, D-backsJonathan Villar*, Marlins (2B, SS)2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Tier-3 OFSOnce again we have a big tier, and most of the guys in Tier 3 aren’t that much different than those in Tier 2. This is where that “razor thin” differentiation comes in. Tier 3A features guys who can hit HRs with good averages and steal a decent amount of bases. Andrew Benintendi has had declining HR totals the past two seasons, so projecting him to get to a significant amount might be a bit of a stretch, but he’s hit 20 HRs before, and at 25, he should be coming into his prime. The averages are what really separate these guys and make them worthy of sharing the same tier as some of the other players who hit significantly more homers or steal more bases. The guys in Tier 3C are pretty similar, though they have higher SB upside. All will still likely hit a good amount of HRs with regular playing time, but batting average could be mediocre for all except Whit Merrifield. Most fantasy owners won’t care about the .265 averages or relatively mediocre RBI totals since they’re getting legit power-speed threats, and we don’t blame them. Tier 3B is your classic slugger tier. The averages don’t figure to be great in this tier (though one or two could surprise), but there’s big homer potential from most of these players. Bump that up to bigger potential for Jorge Soler, Joey Gallo, and even Aristides Acquino, assuming he plays regularly. If you invested in a Trea Turner-type early, targeting one of these mashers in the seventh round makes sense. The reliability of players starts to drop off after this tier, so you probably want at least two or three OFs from the first three tiers, depending on how many you start. You can live with only one, but you pretty much know what you’re getting from these guys barring injury. TIER 3AKetel Marte, D-backs (2B, SS)Andrew Benintendi, Red SoxRamon Laureano, A’sTIER 3BJorge Soler, RoyalsFranmil Reyes, IndiansKyle Schwarber, CubsJoey Gallo, RangersAristides Acquino, RedMarcell Ozuna, BravesMichael Conforto, MetsWillie Calhoun, RangersJustin Upton, AngelsTIER 3CWhit Merrifield, Royals (2B)Oscar Mercado, IndiansVictor Robles, NationalsLuis Robert, White SoxTommy Pham, PadresKyle Tucker, Astros2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | RelieverFantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-4 OFsWhen it’s time to start drafting Tier-4 OFs (early-middle rounds), it’s all about the categories. It’s possible someone will fall too far and be too good of a value to pass up, but for the most part, you’re thinking about balancing your team. If you need good HR upside and a few SBs, go for the guys in Tier 4A. If you need a good average and a few less HRs, go for Tier 4B. If you need steals, Tier 4C is for you. And if you need someone with a more balanced power-speed upside, look no further than Tier 4D.Byron Buxton and Mallex Smith aren’t exactly the same type of player. Buxton should hit more HRs and provide more RBIs, but Smith figures to steal more bases. Still, both qualify as “steals guys”. Tier 4D is likely the one most people will target, though with all but one player eligible at an infield position, it’s likely most will be drafted earlier and won’t be used as OFs by their owners. All the players in these sub-tiers have value and upside, and unless you’re desperate for steals or you think a sleeper like Lourdes Gurriel Jr. or Nick Senzel is going to break out this year, you don’t need to reach for them. Look for value and fill in as you go. TIER 4AEddie Rosario, TwinsMax Kepler, TwinsAristides Aquino, RedsBrandon Lowe, Rays (1B, 2B)Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (2B)Andrew McCutchen, PhilliesAvisail Garcia, BrewersTIER 4BMichael Brantley, Astros​David Dahl, RockiesJeff McNeil, Mets (2B, 3B)Bryan Reynolds, PiratesTIER 4CByron Buxton, TwinsMallex Smith, MarinersTIER 4DCavan Biggio, Blue Jays (2B)Scott Kingery, Phillies (2B, 3B, SS)Danny Santana, Rangers (1B, 2B, 3B, SS)Ian Happ, Cubs (2B, 3B)​Tommy Edman, Cardinals (2B, 3B)Wil Myers, Padres (1B)Nick Senzel, RedsFantasy Baseball OF Rankings: Tier 5We could have easily put many of our Tier-5 OFs into Tier 4, but for whatever reason, most have a few more question marks. Tier 5A features guys who can hit some HRs with a few SBs. Tier 5B has a pair of players who will hit slightly fewer HRs and steal a few more SBs (with good averages and runs scored, too). Tier 5C is for middling-average power hitters, though as noted with Tier 3B, we could see some surprise averages (like J.D. Davis’s last season). Tier 5D is one of the few low-power speedsters left in the league. There will probably be a few big seasons from guys in this tier. Maybe Kole Calhoun hits a ton of HRs; maybe Alex Verdugo is an RBI machine in Boston’s stacked lineup. Either way, you’re probably not going to be excited about any of these guys, but they make for great backups/fourth or fifth OFs in the late-middle or late rounds. None are worth targeting or reaching for unless you really need power or steals. TIER 5AGregory Polanco, PiratesShin-Soo Choo, RangersRyan Braun, Brewers (1B*)TIER 5BLorenzo Cain, BrewersAdam Eaton, NationalsTIER 5CRandal Grichuck, Blue JaysHunter Renfroe, RaysKole Calhoun, D-backsJ.D. Davis, Mets (3B)Joc Pederson, Dodgers (1B)David Peralta, D-backsMark Canha, A’s (1B)Hunter Dozier, Royals (1B, 3B)Brian Anderson, Marlins (3B)Alex Verdugo, Red SoxTIER 5DJarrod Dyson, PiratesFantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsFantasy Baseball Sleepers, Deep Sleepers, and Veterans: Tier-6 OFsDepending how deep your league is, you’re going to want to stash at least one of the young sleepers from Tier 6. Someone like Trent Grisham, Jo Adell, Austin Hays, or Tyler O’Neill could break out at some point this season. Of course, like many of the others in this tier, they could also never get regular at-bats and do next to nothing.  At a certain point when looking over the 2020 fantasy baseball OF rankings, your eyes start to glaze over. Is there really a difference between the No. 34 outfielder and No. 54…or even No. 73, for that matter? When players produce in similar ways, it can be difficult to group them into tiers, especially at a position with so many options. But there are always subtle differences, be it age, injury history, or upside in a certain category, and noting these differences on your cheat sheet can go a long way when hunting for sleepers or putting together a draft strategy. Aside from the top tier, our OF tiers cast a pretty wide net. It’s not because we’re lazy (well, not entirely); it’s because there are so many similar players in terms of production and upside. We all know there will be surprise breakouts and disappointments every season, and with so many OFs available, we don’t want owners to overdraft a guy in a higher tier when the difference between him and someone else is razor thin. At certain points, we have to make those discernments, and we’ll do our best below to explain why.  There are some dependable players here, like Brett Gardner, Nomar Mazara, and a few others. Unfortunately, the ceilings for those players are limited, so many fantasy owners will skip over them in the quest to find this year’s big breakout OF. That’s makes sense, but if you need a little power and speed, don’t be afraid to grab a veteran from Tier 6A. And if you just need some pop, don’t ignore a sure decent amount of HRs from someone in Tier 6B, such as Jay Bruce, who should be helped by the universal DH.TIER 6ABrett Gardner, YankeesTrent Grisham, PadresHarrison Bader, CardinalsJurickson Profar, Padres (2B)Jackie Bradley Jr., Red SoxA.J. Pollock, DodgersAustin Hays, OriolesKevin Kiermaier, RaysDomingo Santana, IndiansBrandon Nimmo, MetsJake Fraley, MarinersJake Bauers, Indians (1B)Kevin Pillar, Red SoxJordan Luplow, IndiansEnder Inciarte, BravesTIER 6BAustin Riley, Braves (3B*)Jesse Winker, RedsTeoscar Hernandez, Blue JaysNomar Mazara, White SoxJo Adell, AngelsEric Thames, Nationals (1B)Dominic Smith, Mets (1B)Yoenis Cespedes, MetsYoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (3B)Jay Bruce, Phillies (1B)Tyler O’Neill, CardinalsMike Yastrzemski, GiantsAnthony Santander, OriolesStephen Piscotty, A’sCorey Dickerson, MarlinsDominic Smith, Mets (1B)Garrett Cooper, Marlins (1B)Jesse Winker, RedsJose Martinez, Rayslast_img read more


first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage girl at two locations in Co Donegal.The man, who cannot be named, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court earlier today.The man pleaded guilty to three different offences. The first two offences took place on September 14th, 2008 at Atlantic Guesthouse, Main Street, Donegal Town.The other offence took place on October 11th, 2008 at Drumbeg, Inver, Co Donegal.The man answered ‘guilty’ to all three charges put to him.The trial was put back to the next sitting of the circuit court.The victim was also invited to give evidence in the case.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HAVING SEX WITH UNDERAGE GIRL was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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

Pristine Wood Found in Diamond Crater

first_imgA kimberlite crater in Canada, said to be 53 million years old, yielded exquisitely preserved unfossilized wood.Miners were digging for diamonds and found unfossilized wood encased in the rock.  Diamonds are usually found in kimberlite dikes that erupt the gems rapidly from deep in the earth in “explosive phreatomagmatic events” (1/12/2012, 5/07/2007).  The discovery was reported on PLoS ONE by Wolfe et al. (“Pristine Early Eocene Wood Buried Deeply in Kimberlite from Northern Canada,” PLoS ONE 7(9): e45537. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045537):We report exceptional preservation of fossil wood buried deeply in a kimberlite pipe that intruded northwestern Canada’s Slave Province 53.3±0.6 million years ago (Ma), revealed during excavation of diamond source rock. The wood originated from forest surrounding the eruption zone and collapsed into the diatreme before resettling in volcaniclastic kimberlite to depths >300 m, where it was mummified in a sterile environment. Anatomy of the unpermineralized wood permits conclusive identification to the genus Metasequoia (Cupressaceae). The wood yields genuine cellulose and occluded amber, both of which have been characterized spectroscopically and isotopically. From cellulose δ18O and δ2H measurements, we infer that Early Eocene paleoclimates in the western Canadian subarctic were 12–17°C warmer and four times wetter than present. Canadian kimberlites offer Lagerstätte-quality preservation of wood from a region with limited alternate sources of paleobotanical information.The genus Metasequoia includes the dawn redwood, a “living fossil” rediscovered in China.  “Metasequoia was common in southern Alaska in the Late Paleocene and Early Eocene, producing a rich record of foliage and cones,” they said.  Fossils are rare in the discovery region due to extensive denudation and erosion by subsequent glaciers.  Finding warm-climate conifer wood in a glaciated environment indicates huge climatic changes over time, and periods that supported extensive forestation in spite of much higher relative temperatures.Fossil material can fall into a kimberlite crater as a result of the eruption, or can be washed in later.  Both mechanisms occurred in the many kimberlite pipes in the region.  Numerous pieces of fossil wood have been found by diamond miners over the years.  The authors believe the “exceptional” sample they analyzed was entombed at the time of eruption:We envisage that the source tree collapsed into the diatreme at the time of kimberlite emplacement. The great depth of burial suggests that it entered a narrow marginal boundary layer between the blast zone and the wall rock before becoming entombed. We consider the wood to be representative of the Early Eocene forest growing at the site at the time of magmatism. The lack of permineralization suggests that burial was rapid, and that little post-eruptive thermal or tectonic alteration has occurred at the locality.Photographs of the wood tissues in the paper show clear cellular tissues at the microscopic level that retain their original material (“unpermineralized”), including tracheids and parenchyma cells.  Most surprising was original cellulose, still intact:Cellulose preservation in fossil conifers varies tremendously given the labile nature of constituent polysaccharides, mandating the need for quality control prior to isotopic analysis…. To our knowledge, this is the oldest verified instance of α-cellulose preservation to date, testifying to the remarkable preservation potential of kimberlite-hosted wood.Amber fragments were also found within the wood.  How could such delicate features survive a high-temperature eruption?Despite the relatively subtle features attributed to thermal alteration noted above, we find little evidence that either the quality of cellulose preservation or the isotopic signatures of the various analyzed fractions have been overprinted. We thus envisage that cooling of the igneous body following emplacement in the diatreme was extremely rapid, potentially near-instantaneous, and surmise that any chemical changes to the entombed organic matter occurred in a closed system.From oxygen isotope ratios, they inferred that the forest lived in a much warmer climate with rainfall four times higher than today.  “The state of preservation of this wood is unequalled for material of this age, as exemplified by the exquisite quality of anatomical detail and the presence of α-cellulose,” they said, using used the word “remarkable” three times in the paper.  The crater was dated by the rubidium-strontium isochron method to be 53.3 million years old.Update 9/22/2012: Live Science reported on the discovery.  The article includes a photo of the specimen; it looks like a good-size chunk of firewood.  The tree lived in a “swampier past” it said, noteworthy for the high latitude today (Northwest Territories); the fragment was found 1,000 feet down in the kimberlite pipe.Well, this should raise some eyebrows.  Original intact cellulose 53.3 million years old?  Here’s another opportunity for skeptics of the Moyboy Club (millions-of-years, billions-of-years) to look critically at this evidence.  How long can original cellulose survive intact?  You can’t even keep it in your freezer for a century.   The problem is not the data, but the story painted over it to make it look ancient, like an antiquing trick. (For reasons why isochron dating methods can produce fictitious results that are meaningless, see the 1/12/2005 entry.)The millions-of-years riff adds nothing.  It’s like waving a magic wand over the observations to hypnotize the reader into thinking the wood must be incredibly ancient.  Why?  Because Darwin needs the time.  Well, Darwin skeptics don’t.  Notice how everything else in the story was rapid: explosive eruption, tree falls in that same minute, cools “instantaneously,” — 53 million yearzzzzzzzzz — quick discovery of intact cellulose in 2012.The authors didn’t think to look for carbon 14 in the wood, undoubtedly, because they believe (based on their commitment to deep time) that it would be hopeless – all traces of carbon 14 should be long gone.  Here’s an experiment someone should undertake.  If these scientists got samples, there must be many others.  Someone go look for carbon 14.  Remember, the Moyboys were wrong before.  They thought Metasequoia died out 20 million years ago, only to find them alive and well in China.  Now you can buy dawn redwoods at the local nursery.  Grow this “living fossil” in your yard as a living lesson in the fallibility of experts. 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Dialing In Your Great Experiment

first_imgExperiments begin with a hypothesis. You have an idea based on your knowledge and what you intuit, and you guess at what some future result will be. You then test that hypothesis to see if it’s true.These experiments return results. Your results show you whether your hypothesis is true or false. You might be proven right, or your underlying supposition might prove to be flawed.Your Great ExperimentTake a look at any result you’re producing in your life right now. You have some hypothesis, some underlying belief about that result. Your results are giving you feedback on that belief. They’re telling you whether what you believe is true or false.This is The Sales Blog, so we’ll use sales as an example. Maybe you believe you can make your number with very, very little prospecting. But your sales results may prove that your hypothesis about the amount of prospecting you need to do is wrong.You might believe that more activity alone will improve your sales results, and you might take massive action trying to make your number. But that hypothesis may be proven wrong, too. You might be generating plenty of activity. Your results may be poor because what you’re doing isn’t effective. (There are a lot of sales people who believe that doing more of what worked in the past will help them now. But this is a new day and a new age).Maybe the experiment you are unintentionally running is trying to win business by relying on a single power sponsor to guide you to a deal. But instead of winning you’re losing opportunities to competitors and the status quo. Your results may be telling you that you are missing something (maybe  you need more stakeholders to win).Whatever you want to improve about your life, whether it’s in sales or some other area, your underlying belief about that area of your life is what’s driving that result. If you’re killing it in some area, your hypotheses are driving those result, too.If you want to make the most of the great experiment that is your life, carefully examine your hypotheses and observe the feedback you’re receiving. Then, change them and dial in your great experiment.QuestionsThink of one area of your life where you’d like to produce greater results. What feedback are you getting in that area?What are the experiments you are running in that area of your life?What are the underlying beliefs about that area? What’s your hypothesis?What new experiment could you run to see some new results? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Rajat Gupta’s conviction shocks Indian business elite

first_imgThe conviction of Indian American Rajat Gupta on charges of securities fraud has shocked India’s business elite, who are still struggling to come to terms with the downfall of one of their most celebrated members. Ironically, Gupta ‘s fall from grace was brought about by another Indian American, Preet Bharara, nicknamed the “Sherriff of Wall Street”, for leading a wave of insider trading probes over the last two-and-a-half years.”Having fallen from respected insider to convicted inside trader, Gupta has now exchanged the lofty board room for the prospect of a lowly jail cell,” as Bharara succintly summed it up after a federal court jury convicted Gupta on three counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy.In India, while many expressed feelings of sadness and shame, others admitted that the trial had damaged the international image of Indian commerce.”The devastating part of this is that Rajat was a hero and a role model to many of us, in terms of his success and his conduct,” says Jayant Sinha, managing director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, an investment group, and a former colleague of Gupta at McKinsey. “So to see this happen, it is just really heartbreaking.”During the trial many leading industrialists backed a public campaign supporting Gupta and casting doubt on the evidence against him, including Mukesh Ambani, the billionaire head of Reliance Industries and Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group.Ambani also published an open letter, in which he expressed admiration for Gupta’s philanthropic endeavours, which included a prominent role in setting up the Indian School of Business, an elite western-style management school founded in Hyderabad in 1999. “I respect Rajat for his selfless dedication and humility and he will always be a friend of mine,” he wrote.But while the tone of much of the reaction to the verdict has been marked by quiet regret others have been more critical, both of Gupta’s conduct and more broadly of the manner in which India’s business elite rallied to his defence.Gurcharan Das, an author of books on the Indian economy and former chief executive of the Indian operations of Procter & Gamble, said the saga suggested that Gupta, while associating with billionaires, aspired to become one of them.Born in Maniktala, Kolkata Dec 2, 1948 to a freedom fighter journalist Ashwini Kumar Gupta, Rajat became an orphan at the age of 18 as his parents died one after the other within two years.His upward journey began after he received a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1971 and chose to go to Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.Gupta joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 as one of the earliest Indian-Americans at the consultancy. Starting his career in New York, he moved to Scandinavia to become the head of McKinsey offices there in 1981. Elected senior partner in 1984, he became head of the Chicago office in 1990.In 1994, he was elected the firm’s first managing director born outside of the US, and re-elected twice in 1997 and 2000. In this capacity, Gupta was recognized as the first Indian-born CEO of a global corporation.After retiring from active practice, while maintaining an affiliation at McKinsey, Gupta served as corporate chairman, board director or strategic advisor to a variety of large and notable organizations.These included Goldman Sachs, Procter and Gamble and American Airlines, and non-profits including The Gates Foundation, The Global Fund and the International Chamber of Commerce.Rajat Gupta is additionally the co-founder of four different organizations — the Indian School of Business, the American India Foundation, New Silk Route and Scandent with various partners.With IANS inputsadvertisementlast_img read more