Following Monday’s win, Columbus Catholic soccer remains undefeatedBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team could not have asked for a better start to its season.Following a hard-fought 2-1 win over defending conference champion McDonell/Regis on Monday at Carson Park in Chippewa Falls, the Dons are 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-State Soccer Conference.Columbus Catholic has outscored its opponents 44-4 this season, five of its victories being shutouts.“We have good senior leadership on defense,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “They really call out their marks. Tim Gruenloh and Tyler Fuerlinger have been outstanding so far for us. We’ve been working in some younger players on the outside of the defense to try to learn those positions, and it helps when you have seniors that we have this season.”In the win over McDonell/Regis, which the Dons tied twice last season, Columbus had to do something it did not have to do so far this year: come from behind.After McDonell/Regis took a 1-0 lead in the second half, Calvin Brown scored with 10 minutes left, and Nick Malovrh hit the game winner with about five minutes to go. Then the Dons’ defense did the rest.“It was an exciting game, and to win at their field was special,” Edwards said. “We hadn’t done that in years. We are almost halfway through the conference season, and this was a big win to put us in control of first.”As was the case last season when the Dons finished 15-2-3 and reached the Division 4 sectional semifinals of the WIAA playoffs, they do not have to rely on any one single player to provide the team with offense.In addition to Brown and Malovrh, Charles Payant, Nadim Torbey, Alex Giles, Fuerlinger, Evan Dieringer, and Ryan Dieringer have multiple goals this season.“There has been a lot of variety in goals and assists,” Edwards said. “We don’t have that really outstanding player again. We just have a lot of players that can put it in the net. That makes it really difficult to defend us because anyone can score on any given night.”The Dons, who play a nonconference match against Mauston on Thursday, will take on three Mid-State Conference opponents next week — Monday at home against Tri-County, Tuesday at Stevens Point Pacelli, and Thursday at home vs. Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at email@example.com.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick By making available databases of human genomic data, US census records and other data of public interest, the Amazon Public Data Sets are an incredible resource. They’re like a 21st century Public Library for robots to patronize. In this emerging era of flourishing data-centric applications, though, the state of the art never stands still.Forty year old British technology platform Talis (background) announced this week that it now offers free, perpetual storage and keyless API access to semantically marked-up large data sets. The offering is called the Talis Connected Commons and it’s the kind of thing that anyone with a geekish imagination can get excited about.The SettingIf the current web economy is being rocked by easy publishing systems that make the people formerly known as “consumers” capable of publishing and socializing around content of their own creation – then the next step of internet evolution may come in the form of automated systems able to process meaning and patterns out of large amounts of user-created and other information. When structured, free and available programmatically in bulk – that data is like a big pot of gold for developers. While Amazon offers free access to data sets, transport of the data is still paid for by users. The Talis Connected Commons also offers an API by default (a SPARQl end point, in particular) and is focused specifically on semantic data. The system is made for public sharing – two variations of Creative Commons licenses are supported for the data stored there. Talis is requesting that data set owners email a short description of their content to the company for approval and inclusion on the site.In other words, there’s no gold in the pot yet. Talis is more than well established and this offering is aimed at such a sweet spot that the only way the Connected Commons won’t be filled with good data is if the company totally drops the ball. We don’t expect that to happen.The PlotThis project is in the same vein as Nova Spivak’s forthcoming ontology authoring and hosting service, the vision of open source microblogging as the future of business intelligence and more.There’s a chain of events that news like this helps fill out. First, massive bodies of data are created or gathered, books are scanned, census data is collected, and patients donate their anonymous aggregate medical data to science. Next, the data is semantically analyzed and marked up (through any number of different semantic processing engines). Then, the data is stored and an API is made available (this is where the Talis Connected Commons comes in). Finally, developers build applications that leverage the smart data offered up through the platform, data visualizers find new stories to tell in images built from the marked up data and new relationships between people, organizations and concepts have the mist cleared away from them through systematic analysis of various permutations of previously unavailable structured data.Amazon Public Datasets include things like human genomic data, US census data, and data parsed from Wikipedia. What will the Talis Connected Commons provide a home and API for? We look forward to finding out. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#NYT#Semantic Web#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Right or wrong, businesses need to be profitable—at least the ones that plan to be around next year. Put another way, it’s more about “Show Me the Money” than most of us are comfortable admitting. It may sound odd, but the linked scene from the movie Jerry Maguire was the inspiration for my latest Data Center Knowledge blog. Here, I discuss my eighth and final fundamental truth of cloud computing: altruistic motives do not generally keep the lights on.How we see the importance of a business being profitable is a matter of context. For example, I spent part of my career in enterprise IT shops where I was somewhat insulated from this concept. Every year, I was given a budget. In general, and beyond those elements tied to specific projects, I knew my overall budget was a percentage of overall revenue. How any of this led back to actual profit was something I honestly didn’t consider.At this point in my career, and in polite company, I’m willing to speak of these times as my “blissful ignorance” phase. To be honest, though, I routinely had to resolve profit conflicts as part of contract disputes with the companies we hired to help us through numerous hardware upgrades and systems modernizations. (I was always amazed at how quickly a contractor could determine that whatever wasn’t working was absolutely not their problem.) At the end of the discussion, though, we were held accountable by the enterprise for delivery, so we got very good at resolving these disagreements.As I moved beyond IT, the significance of profitability hit me the hardest when I worked for a start-up. Here, we not only had to worry about generating enough cash to make our bi-weekly payroll, but we also needed to generate enough extra revenue to convince investors that our business model was viable. Anyone who’s started a business knows the drill. And it’s here that my common-sense attitude toward profitability forever changed. (This was also when I gained weight and my hair started turning gray.)So what does any of this have to do with a cloud ecosystem? In my column, I explain that every element of this ecosystem has different goals, most tied to profitability. This is the new order of things. I also explain that IT’s role in this ecosystem (assuming you have the opportunity) is to use lessons you probably learned in other areas to help reduce the pain that’s likely to be part of the new order.I hope you find this blog interesting. I welcome your feedback, so please join the discussion. You’re welcome to contact me via LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.
Psychologist Brian Nosek believes that reproducibility is a core principle of science. To promote the idea, he co-founded a nonprofit organization in 2013 that allows scientists to publish a description of their experiments before they conduct them. This week Nosek’s Center for Open Science (COS) went a step further, offering $1000 to every scientist who preregisters their protocol with COS.The payment is meant to be a carrot leading to greater transparency and accountability in research, says Nosek, a professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “Preregistration increases the credibility of hypothesis testing by confirming in advance what will be analyzed and reported,” says the center’s website in describing the rationale behind the prize challenge. Advocates of preregistration say it could also reduce the number of “file-drawer studies,” in which scientists decide not to publish anything because of negative results. It’s a limited offer. Only 1000 scientists will receive the money, which will be awarded once they have met all the requirements. The research must appear in a journal that has agreed to practice many of the open-science principles that the center espouses. And scientists don’t receive a cent until after publication. There are 460 approved journals across several disciplines, and the center is looking for greater participation from those in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. 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Rather, he says, it’s meant to be a marketing tool for COS in convincing investigators to try something new. The prize money comes from a $1.2 million gift from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.Preregistration may seem like a time sink, Nosek acknowledges. But he insists it saves resources in the long run. “My lab now preregisters everything we do,” he says. The process has led to better-designed studies, he adds. “It’s helped to identify problems that we would have only discovered after collecting data and wasting time,” Nosek says. “Ultimately, preregistration makes us more efficient.”Nosek also hopes to put the registration process itself under a microscope. “Can we find evidence of whether [preregistration] is yielding an increase in the credibility of the research?” he asks. “That is a research question.”
England scraped through to the Euro 2012 quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine courtesy of a Wayne Rooney header and a questionable decision to disallow a goal for Ukraine.Italy await Roy Hodgson’s men in the quarterfinals because Sweden’s 2-0 win over France means that England win the group.Despite preserving an unbeaten record in the group stage of a European Championships for the first time since 1996, England spent much of the match on the back foot, just as in their 1-1 draw with France and 3-2 win over Sweden.Rooney, returning from a two-game ban, put England ahead just after the break when Steven Gerrard’s deflected cross deceived Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, allowing Rooney to nod in from point-blank range for his 30th England goal.Ukraine’s Marko Devic saw his shot cross the line on 62 minutes but it was not counted as the referee decided it had not crossed the line, despite clear evidence to the contrary.Ukraine were unbowed, however, and pushed for the win they needed to see them through as coach Oleg Blokhin threw on three attacking substitutes.It was not to be for Ukraine, and they exited their home tournament from third place in the group.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – Officials of the National Junkanoo Committee (NJC) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Wednesday (October 4, 2017) paid a Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (centre), at the Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.The NJC officials updated Parliamentary Secretary Parker-Edgecombe on a number of the new initiatives they have planned for the upcoming Junkanoo season at both the Junior Junkanoo and Adult Parades levels. Junkanooers are “in the heart of their seasons” preparing for the upcoming parades.Pictured (from left) are: Ellery Deveaux, Cultural Officer, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Adrian Carter, Director of Communications and Public Relations, National Junkanoo Committee; Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe; Kishlane O’Brien, Co-Chairperson, National Junkanoo Committee and Dr. Dwight Marshall, Co-Chairman, National Junkanoo Committee.(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)Press Release: BIS
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The result is an experience that tasks players with investigating a distress signal from a lost spaceship, which involves visiting an ice moon and locating the ship — a mission that obviously starts with using the VR holodeck. “It’s probably a lifelong dream come true for ‘Star Trek’ fans,” said Sandbox VR’s creative director and head of experience Michael Hampden. Related First Look: Trailer for Venice-bound VR Experience ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE) Showrunners on the Realities of Writing: ‘It’s A Continual Cycle of Panic and Fear, It’s Super Fun’ Popular on Variety The experience is being guided by “Star Trek Discovery’s” starfleet officer Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), and lasts for close to 30 minutes. There are some combat situations, but Hampden said that it would focus more on collective problem solving than just single-person shooter scenarios. “We are trying to recreate the ‘Star Trek’ experience,” he said.Sandbox VR is one of a number of startups looking to take VR out of the home, and into malls and other locations. One of the differences to VR operators like The Void is that Sandbox puts less of an emphasis on physical cues. There are no real doors to open, and you won’t bump into props as you roam the ice moon.Instead, players will be able to see themselves, and their friends, in VR — complete with the ability to look at one’s fingers, or give each other high-fives. “We do full body motion capture,” explained Chen. “You are tracked from head to toe.”This allows Sandbox to run multiple experiences at each location, and effectively function a bit more like a movie theater that may show different films back-to-back in the same theater. “All of our experiences are available at all of our locations,” said Hampden.That vision seems to resonate with investors, who earlier this year gave the company $68 million for its global expansion. Altogether, Sandbox VR plans to have 16 location up and running by the end of the year. San Francisco-based virtual reality startup Sandbox VR has teamed up with CBS Interactive to launch a new “Star Trek” virtual reality (VR) experience this fall. “Star Trek: Discovery Away Mission” will allow up to 6 friends to enter the world of the series, complete with phasers and tricoders, and a holodeck to boot.The new location will first be available at existing Sandbox VR locations in Hong Kong, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, and come to new locations in New York, Austin, San Diego and Chicago soon after.In many ways, working on a “Star Trek” VR experience has been a dream come true for the Sandbox VR team. President and chief product officer Siqi Chen told Variety during an interview this week that the company had long been inspired by the series. “We wanted to make a 0.1 version of the holodeck,” he recalled.Sandbox executives brought up this vision when they met with CBS some time ago, and the broadcaster suggested that they should do just that: build a real-life holodeck for a “Star Trek” VR experience.
Credit: xiaphias/Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Common biomarkers of sleep debt found in humans, rats, study finds (Phys.org)—Ideally, we would get the appropriate amount of sleep to keep our bodies healthy, but in our modern society things like jet lag, extended work hours, or using electronic devices cause disruptions in our sleep/wake cycle often leading to fewer hours of quality sleep. Most people suffer from chronic sleep restriction rather than complete deprivation, but there are very few studies that explore the effects of sleep restriction. Amita Sahgal and Aalim Weljie from the University of Pennsylvania and Peter Meerlo, from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, investigated at how chronic sleep restriction affects the body’s metabolic processes. Their work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More information: “Oxalic acid and diacylglycerol 36:3 are cross-species markers of sleep debt.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print February 9, 2015www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/02/03/1417432112AbstractSleep is an essential biological process that is thought to have a critical role in metabolic regulation. In humans, reduced sleep duration has been associated with risk for metabolic disorders, including weight gain, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. However, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying effects of sleep loss is only in its nascent stages. In this study we used rat and human models to simulate modern-day conditions of restricted sleep and addressed cross-species consequences via comprehensive metabolite profiling. Serum from sleep-restricted rats was analyzed using polar and nonpolar methods in two independent datasets (n = 10 per study, 3,380 measured features, 407 identified). A total of 38 features were changed across independent experiments, with the majority classified as lipids (18 from 28 identified). In a parallel human study, 92 metabolites were identified as potentially significant, with the majority also classified as lipids (32 of 37 identified). Intriguingly, two metabolites, oxalic acid and diacylglycerol 36:3, were robustly and quantitatively reduced in both species following sleep restriction, and recovered to near baseline levels after sleep restriction (P < 0.05, false-discovery rate < 0.2). Elevated phospholipids were also noted after sleep restriction in both species, as well as metabolites associated with an oxidizing environment. In addition, polar metabolites reflective of neurotransmitters, vitamin B3, and gut metabolism were elevated in sleep-restricted humans. These results are consistent with induction of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors and disruptions of the circadian clock. The findings provide a potential link between known pathologies of reduced sleep duration and metabolic dysfunction, and potential biomarkers for sleep loss. Citation: Study identifies two biomarkers for lack of sleep (2015, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-biomarkers-lack.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Recent studies have shown that lack of sleep may be a culprit for increased risks of several health issues including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. One theory is that sleep deprivation causes metabolic changes including changes in the brain’s metabolic pathway. Sehgal, et al found two metabolites common in both rats and humans that change after chronic sleep restriction, oxalic acid and diacylglycerol 36:3. Both are byproducts of two different metabolic processes, but behave similarly when rats or humans lack sleep.For the human subjects and the rat models, a baseline reading of blood metabolite content was taken after a 12-hour fast and eight to 10 hours of sleep. Then, both groups were subjected to five days of sleep that was restricted to four hours per night. Blood was taken after one night to test acute sleep restriction and taken after five nights to test chronic sleep restriction. Finally, blood was taken after a “recovery” night of eight to 10 hours of sleep to see if the metabolic profile returned to baseline levels.While there was variation in metabolite composition between humans and rats, both showed an increase in phospholipids after acute and chronic sleep restriction. The particular phospholipids varied between the two, but indicated that under restricted sleep, the metabolic processes are operating in an oxidative environment. Both rats and humans showed a distinct decrease in oxalic acid and diacylglycerol 36:3 levels. Additionally, both showed a return to baseline levels for most, but not all, metabolites after a recovery night.The reasons for reduced oxalic acid levels are likely from reduced synthesis or increased gut microbiota processing, and not from dietary intake. It is unclear why diacylglycerol levels are reduced in both humans and rats. Even though more studies are needed to determine why these levels decrease in both humans and rats, because oxalic acid and diacylglycerol 36:3 responded similarly in both species, they can serve as biomarkers for sleep loss.Other results were species specific. After chronic sleep restriction, the rats had indicators of oxidative stress, which is due to the buildup of oxidants that are typically removed after sleeping, but humans did not show oxidative stress after four hours of sleep per night. Prior studies had shown that completely sleep deprived, humans showed signs of oxidative stress. This suggests that humans may be able to counteract the effects of oxidative stress with less sleep more easily than rats. The human subjects did show elevated levels of the amino acids, tryptophan and phenylalanine, both of which are precursors for neurotransmitter production, suggesting that amino acid metabolism is affected by sleep restriction. This study elucidates some of the effects sleep restriction has on metabolic processes. Sleep restriction affects several different processes in the body and chronic sleep restriction likely induces an oxidative environment. Additionally, two biomarkers were found that can aid in further studies. Explore further
Last week, hackers attempted to extort ProtonMail by alleging a data breach with no evidence. One of the alleged hackers named, AmFearLiathMor has written in the message that, “We hacked Protonmail and have a significant amount of their data from the past few months. We are offering it back to Protonmail for a small fee if they decline then we will publish or sell user data to the world.” ProtonMail is one of the largest secure email services developed by CERN and MIT. The team at ProtonMail clarified, “We have no indications of any breach from our internal infrastructure monitoring.” Though, with further investigation, the team traced the source of the rumors on 4chan, a simple image-based bulletin board, where anyone can post comments and share images anonymously. The claims there included: CNN employees use ProtonMail and refer to the American people as prostitutes. Michael Avenatti uses ProtonMail and has a BDSM fetish. Private military contractors used ProtonMail to discuss circumventing the Geneva convention, underwater drone activities in the Pacific Ocean, and possible international treaty violations in Antarctica. Rampant pedophilia among high ranking government officials who use ProtonMail. ProtonMail’s team said, “We believe that this is a hoax and failed extortion attempt, and there is zero evidence to suggest otherwise.” For example, the criminals claimed that ProtonMail is vulnerable because the company doesn’t use SRI (Subresource Integrity), but this claim is baseless because it doesn’t use any third party CDNs (content delivery networks) to serve the web app. ProtonMail only uses web servers that specifically eliminate the potential attack vector. The team said, “We are aware of a small number of ProtonMail accounts which have been compromised as a result of those individual users falling for phishing attacks (this is why we encourage using 2FA). However, we currently have zero evidence of a breach of our infrastructure.” As per the report by BleepingComputer, the hackers might send $20 in bitcoin to the one who would spread the word about this hack using #Protonmail on Twitter. People have given a mixed reaction to this news. Many are just scared and do not wish to take any risks and suggest to change the password. The team said, “The best way to ensure that they (criminals) do not succeed is to ignore them.” As a lot of users find this platform secure, this alleged hacking news, which is probably false, has still managed to create some impact on the users. The latest announcement on the Read recipients feature by the company could be a small distraction but is it enough to move the attention from the hacking news? Read more about this news on Reddit. Read Next A new data breach on Facebook due to malicious browser extensions allowed almost 81,000 users’ private data up for sale, reports BBC News Cathay Pacific, a major Hong Kong based airlines, suffer data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers Timehop suffers data breach; 21 million users’ data compromised
Tags: Ryanair Ryanair forecasts 5% decline in profit due to weak British pound Travelweek Group Posted by Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Share DUBLIN – The pound is plummeting and it’s taking Ryanair down with it.The popular low-cost airline said Tuesday that its full year profit will be 5% lower than previously expected, reports CNN Money. CEO Michael O’Leary, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, attributed the decline to the low value of the pound.Although Ryanair books its profits in euros, more than a quarter of its revenues are made in pounds. Since the U.K. voted to leave the EU in June, the pound has lost roughly 15% against the euro and 19% against the U.S. dollar.Ryanair was one of a handful of carriers that lobbied against Brexit, saying that leaving the EU would lead to higher fares. After the vote, the airline said it would “pivot its growth away from U.K. airports” and focus more on growing at its European airports over the next couple of years.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyLow-cost competitor easyJet reports similar troubles. Earlier this month, the airline told investors that its annual profit will fall by more than 25% and that the weaker pound is increasing the cost of buying jet fuel. << Previous PostNext Post >>