Rangers spoil Joe Thornton’s return to Sharks lineup

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton rejoined the lineup, but the Sharks failed to earn a win in his return to action.Kevin Shattenkirk clinched a 4-3 win for the New York Rangers in a shootout at SAP Center Tuesday.Tomas Hertl tied the game with less than two seconds remaining in regulation, allowing the Sharks to extend their point streak to six games.Kreider put the Rangers ahead 2-1 at 1:13 of the third, blasting a one timer past Martin Jones from the right circle. Later in the period, with the …last_img read more

Steph or Seth: Who were the Currys’ parents rooting for?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Just as he walked past an arena hallway, Stephen Curry stopped in his tracks. The Warriors’ star saw his mom, Sonya. Then Curry performed a double take.Unlike most of his NBA games that she attended, Curry’s mother did not wear Stephen’s jersey. With Stephen playing …last_img read more

Road trip to Miller, Coors will determine Giants’ trade deadline strategy

first_imgMILWAUKEE — The San Francisco Giants have won seven of their last nine, moved to 5.5 games back in the National League Wildcard race and entered the All-Star break playing their best baseball of the season.Now comes the hard part.As the second half begins on Friday, the Giants will play 14 games over the next 13 days including seven on a six-day road trip that features stops at Miller Park and Coors Field.Even if he’s completely recovered from an elbow contusion suffered on Saturday against …last_img read more

Useless Evolution

first_imgMost people think of evolution producing useful traits.  But isn’t it also supposed to get rid of useless ones?  Science Daily reported work by researchers trying to figure that out.    The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina sponsored a team seeking to explore the removal of useless traits by natural selection – termed “relaxed selection” in the literature.  “Numerous cases of trait loss illustrate that evolution isn’t necessarily progressive, said one co-author of the study published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.  Another co-author added, “It seems that not all the same evolutionary rules are followed when you’re losing a trait as when you’re gaining it.”    The closest thing to a law or principle they found is that traits tend to get lost faster if they cost more.  “The biggest reason why a trait goes away quickly is because it’s costly,” that same co-author said.  As an example, they cited blind cave creatures whose eyes deteriorate in the dark.  Presumably it requires too much metabolic energy to maintain eyesight.    The article was too short to say how they measure cost, or whether exceptions to the rule had been found.  Presumably it is easier to lose genetic information than gain it – raising doubts about whether natural selection theory applied to one has anything to do with the other.  The cover of the journal shows a cartoon of a herd of zebras standing at a safe distance from a relaxed lion sipping lemonade with an iPod headset on.Once again, evolutionary theory shows its inherent plasticity.  It can explain opposite things (see “Evolution Goes Forward, Backward and Sideways,” 12/19/2007).  Every law in evolutionary biology is subjective and riddled with exceptions (see 09/15/2008).  Biologists moan over the fact that their evolutionary theories do not have the regularities of physics 08/22/2005).  This should raise real questions whether evolutionary biology, which tries to reconstruct an unobservable history, deserves the status it gets in science.  Maybe it should be classed under Divination (03/14/2003 and 01/25/2008 commentaries).(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bafana Bafana

first_img4 February 2013Coach Gordon Igesund praised his charges following Saturday’s nerve-wracking loss in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals, saying they had shown great courage and self-belief in getting so far in the tournament, adding that Bafana Bafana had now established a solid platform to build on.“Yes, like everyone around the country, I am hugely disappointed that we did not proceed to the last four,” Igesund said following Saturday’s quarterfinal loss to Mali.‘I am very proud of my team tonight’“But I can tell you now I am very proud of my team tonight. They came here and matched one of the best teams on the continent and even took them to penalties. Just a pity with penalties it’s the luck of the draw, tonight luck was on Mali’s side, they took their penalty kicks well,” Igesund said.The match was decided from the penalty spot after the sides were level at 1-1 after extra time, with the Malians taking the shootout 3-1.Bafana had progressed to the knockout stages after ending top of Group A, having beaten Angola 2-0 and drawn 2-2 with Morocco and 0-0 with Cape Verde.“We lost with pride, dignity and passion,” Igesund said, adding that his team had made huge strides during the tournament.‘This team has a bright future’“We got better and better as the tournament went on. It was a tough ask and we knew that. The improvement we made are fantastic. This team has come a long way, not only the way they play but also off the field … We might be disappointed now, but this team has a bright future.”Igesund said it was important for Bafana Bafana to focus now on their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, adding: “The message is clear – we will only pick the best squad for the country. No player will walk in this team because his name of Joe Soap – we have set a precedent that players will be rewarded for performances.”Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula echoed Igesund after Saturday’s game, praising them for bringing Afcon 2013 to life and inspiring South Africans across the country.Mbalula wished Mali and the other remaining teams well in their endeavour to lift the Afcon 2013 trophy on the 10th of February.“We look forward to Bafana Bafana representing us proudly in Brazil, both at the 2014 Confederations and the Fifa World Cup,” the minister said.“We thank South Africans who continued to rally behind Bafana Bafana, and plead for their continued support towards the remaining teams in the tournament.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

No One Has A Clue How To Value A Mobile Business

first_imgMobile ad networks are losing market share to publishers [like Facebook and Pandora], and we expect them to lose even more going forward. Networks, especially independent ones, are entering a difficult phase, in which, with an ever smaller share of revenue, they’ll have to compete with publishers, which will only grow in strength.In other words, the market is big, but it’s slowing down in some areas, picking up in others, and no one really knows who is going to win.As such, paying $1 billion for Instagram in the hope that lots of pictures will turn into lots of revenue may actually be a sane strategy. At least, it may in the face of so much uncertainty about other areas of the mobile market, particularly shifting trends in mobile advertising. In sum, perhaps valuations on mobile businesses are so incongruous because there simply isn’t yet a good baseline to determine what success looks like in mobile.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Facebook#Google#mobile#mobile advertising Matt Asay Despite a pervasive belief that mobile is the Next Big Thing, investors continue to ding its most likely winners and celebrate its revenue losers. So while Instagram can command a $1 billion valuation on roughly $0.00 in mobile revenues, Facebook sees its stock continue to slump on more than $1.2 billion in annual mobile advertising revenue.What gives?On the one hand, some of this disparity just comes down to hope. It’s easy for investors to pummel Facebook and Google for not mixing a magical mobile advertising elixir, especially when such companies are struggling to increase mobile revenues without cutting too deeply into their desktop advertising revenues. Hence, as Benjamin Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Securities, told Businessweek, “The battle for [Facebook] is: Mobile’s growing fast, desktop is slowing. Is mobile’s growth enough to make up for the declines in desktop? That’s clearly the key issue.” Sure. But why isn’t this an issue in the private markets?For public companies like Facebook and Google, analysts like Richard Greenfield of BTIG Research ask: “How many mobile ads can you put into the mobile News Feed before you start to irritate users?” They recognize mobile will be big, but getting to big revenues is a delicate balancing act.In the private markets, there doesn’t seem to be the same level of concern. AsI’ve written recently, the primary drive seems to be to generate lots of adoption, with little thought for revenue. Mobile is still Wild West enough that adoption is enough to generate outsized valuations. It’s easier to make a lot of money on a company sale than it is to make lots of money through product or services sales. And no, it’s not just because 98% of investors are dumb.Meanwhile, in the real world, companies like Google are starting to make real money in mobile. Despite concerns that Google was poorly monetizing mobile search and click-through rates were Lilliputian, last quarter Google’s mobile advertising business started to hum. This despite the fees it must pay Apple for search-related ads on iOS devices (as much as 25% of Google’s mobile advertising revenue), the lower click-through rates on mobile (roughly half those of desktop) and threats from app-based searches.But maybe this simply reflects a market in so much flux that no one really knows how to value it, or even who is winning. As analyst firm IDC notes:Marketers spent $2.8 billion in 2012 on mobile search ads, compared with $1.6 billion in 2011 and $0.7 billion in 2010. Growth rates have slowed significantly, down from 195% in 2010 to 127% in 2011 to 68% in 2012. Google still dominates the market with gross revenue of $2,166 million, and a gross market share of 79%… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Hot World Series on deck: Altuve, Astros vs Kershaw, Dodgers

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 This is one hot World Series — the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.Could be real steamy, too. It’s supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt least the familiar October chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn’t be an issue outdoors in sun-baked California or under the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park.Not that young stars Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa would mind, nor would old pros Carlos Beltran and Chase Utley, nor top starters Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish.Because a chance to win a ring doesn’t come very often — these teams that have already played more than 700 games against each other over the years already know that. View comments Astros beat Yankees, reach World Series MOST READ In fact, a World Series prize is the one piece of hardware missing from the trophy case from the Lone Star State. Texas teams have won the Super Bowl and championships in the NBA, NHL, college football and men’s and women’s basketball, but never in baseball.Under the leadership of executive Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers came within one strike in 2011 before losing to St. Louis. The Ryan Express, who once pitched a no-hitter for Houston against the Dodgers, is currently an Astros exec.The Astros posted 101 wins this year — not since Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102) in 1970 has the World Series matched teams who reached triple-digits.These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home. But they’d seen a lot of each other in the past.Overall, the Dodgers are 388-323 vs. the Astros. Houston debuted as the Colt .45s as a National League expansion team in 1962 and eventually moved to the AL in 2013.That first year in the AL, the young Astros got pounded and lost 111 times. But with smart drafts and player development, Houston emerged as a power. Manager A.J. Hinch’s club capped its rise by beating Boston in the AL Division Series, then stopping the Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers, with a major league-high $226 million payroll, won their fifth straight NL West title this year, then 7-1 in the playoffs against the Diamondbacks and Cubs under manager Dave Roberts.The result? Their first pennant since 1988 — the year Kershaw was born. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games The Astros have never won the crown. They’re playing for a whole region, with the Houston Strong patches on their uniforms representing an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.The Dodgers haven’t been in the World Series since 1988, when Kirk Gibson’s bat, Orel Hershiser’s arm and Tommy Lasorda’s moves outdid Oakland for the crown.Now with Lakers great Magic Johnson as a part-owner, this LA team that led the majors with 104 wins is hoping to bring back the glory days that began in Brooklyn.“I just want to win a World Series,” Kershaw said after the Dodgers dethroned the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. “I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I’m definitely not taking this one for granted.”Said mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig: “The trophy’s coming soon.”The Astros, the major leagues’ highest-scoring team this year, have never even won a World Series game. They only time they made it this far was 2005, when a club that included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte got swept by the White Sox.ADVERTISEMENT The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs to advance to the World Series. APBig-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner.A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas twinning in white is just what summers are all about

first_imgPriyanka Chopra has grabbed the attention of one and all, not just because of her frequent appearances with boyfriend Nick Jonas but also because of her classy fashion choices.The actress has been giving us some summer-dressing goals of late – from the chequered skirt and top she wore on her dinner date to the chic red shirt dress she stepped out wearing, in New York.This time, PeeCee showed us how white is just the ideal colour of the season.Priyanka and Nick were recently spotted twinning in white. While Nick wore a sleeveless white T-shirt, the actress teamed the same with a pair of denim shorts. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ttalkiesSporting a top knot, the actress looked sassy with a dark lip shade and a pair of shades elevating her look further. She teamed her ensemble with a pair of white shoes.Priyanka’s love for white was proved, once again, when she arrived in India recently in a loose white shirt and white ripped jeans. Priyanka Chopra arrives in India in an all-white ensemble.The fashionista’s ensemble exuded a perfect combination of comfort and style, while the pair of beige pumps saved the all-white look from being monotonous.The actress left her hair loose, and strutted out sporting a pair of shades and dark lip colour.Also See: All the times Priyanka Chopra aced the date-night look with Nick Jonas Also Watch: Let Priyanka Chopra teach you how to dress easy this summerlast_img read more

New study finds male dominance in Hollywood unchanged

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Women made up just 18 per cent of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 American films released last year, according to a new study.The 20th annual “Celluloid Ceiling” study on the behind-the-camera employment of women was released Monday by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. The results show virtually no change in the last 20 years for women in Hollywood. In 1998, the same calculation of behind-the-scenes jobs for women was 17 per cent.The study found that in last year’s top 250 films, 25 per cent of producers were women, 11 per cent of directors were women and just 4 per cent of cinematographers were women.“The film industry has utterly failed to address the continuing underemployment of women behind the scenes,” said Martha M. Lauzen, the study’s author. “This negligence has produced a toxic culture that supported the recent sexual harassment scandals and truncates so many women’s careers.”Last week, a study published by the University of Southern California Annenberg found that among the top 100 films at the box office, the percentage of female directors rose from 4.2 per cent in 2016 to 7.3 per cent in 2017. But that number was still less than the 8 per cent in 2008.As they have in the past, the studies give statistical evidence to the widespread alarm about gender equality in Hollywood. More than 300 women in entertainment recently formed the initiative Time’s Up to push for equal female representation among executives and to help sexual harassment victims defend themselves.last_img read more