Watch: Newcastle youngster shows off his incredible skills

first_imgNewcastle’s Yasin Ben El-Mhanni shows off the kind of skill which earned him a move to St James’ Park last year.The Shepherd’s Bush-born 21-year-old, who had a trial with Chelsea prior to his move to Tyneside, has impressed at Under-23 level for the Magpies.Video courtesy of FFDTV Online.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eagles 19s prepare for postseason run

first_imgIt’s crunch time for the Humboldt Eagles this weekend, as they begin play at the American Legion 19-under NorCal Area Tournament in Chico.The Eagles earned the top seed for the eight-team tourney after sweeping a doubleheader over the previously undefeated Chico Nuts on Monday, and will open today against No. 8 Yolo.Last summer, the Eagles lost in the state championship to Chico, and this season they’ll be hoping to go one better.“It’s one step at a time,” head coach Justin Andersen said. …last_img

Black Sunday: Oakland’s diehard Raiders fans say one last goodbye before Vegas

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Oakland Raiders’ yearlong march into oblivion will end Sunday at the aging Coliseum.The transition from gritty Oakland to glitzy Las Vegas becomes real as the second chapter of a colorful era closes in the East Bay. It comes with a mixed sense of nostalgia, grief and anticipation that has swept across the players, coaches and their costumed devotees who populate the Coliseum’s infamous “Black Hole.”“We’re going …last_img

Oldest Bat Fossil: Was It Evolving?

first_imgA bat fossil surpassing the previous record holder for the oldest by 2 million years made the cover of Nature this week.1  The news media immediately began saying that it provided insight into evolution. The BBC News announced “Bat fossil solves evolution poser.” National Geographic called it the icing on the cake, and said that “the fossils represent a breakthrough in the understanding of bat evolution.” PhysOrg called it a missing link that “demonstrates that the animals evolved the ability to fly before they could echolocate.”That last statement gets to the crux of the evolution angle. It’s not that this specimen was part bat and part something else. It was fully capable of flight and was easily identified as a bat. What it appeared to lack (though this point is somewhat questionable) is the ability for echolocation – the bat’s famous sonar navigation system. Some living bats have echolocation; others do not. The ones without it typically have a smaller cochlea (the inner ear organ that converts sound waves into nerve impulses). Since the fossil appeared to have a small cochlea, the researchers inferred that it lacked echolocation; however, size may not be the only valid diagnostic. We know that miniaturization can be a measure of advanced technology (e.g., iPod over cassette player). Without the ability to observe this species in action, it would be impossible to prove that it could not echolocate with its compact cochleae.The evolutionary question before these scientists and reporters was not whether bats evolved – their minds were already made up on that point. “There has been a longstanding debate,” though, “about how bats evolved, centering around the development of flight and the development of the sonar system they use to navigate and hunt for prey,” PhysOrg explained. The majority opinion among evolutionists seems to have been that echolocation came first, then flight. This fossil seemed to suggest the reverse.Echolocation or not, there was never any doubt this was a bat. It was classified in the bat order Chiroptera, and given the name Onychonycteris. Even though this bat is similar to modern bats that lack echolocation, it “may have been otherwise equipped for flying at night,” wrote John Speakman (U of Aberdeen) in the same issue of Nature.2  Why, then, did the discoverers call it “primitive”? Nothing in the paper provided definitive evidence the bat was lacking in “derived” (i.e., advanced, or “highly evolved”) features. There were only suggestions couched in tentative wording:The shape of the wings suggests that an undulating gliding-fluttering flight style may be primitive for bats, and the presence of a long calcar indicates that a broad tail membrane evolved early in Chiroptera, probably functioning as an additional airfoil rather than as a prey-capture device. Limb proportions and retention of claws on all digits indicate that the new bat may have been an agile climber that employed quadrupedal locomotion and under-branch hanging behaviour.Obviously, the researchers cannot watch a fossil bat fly in a fossilized sky. A creature capable of being called an “agile climber” as well as a flyer should not be judged primitive on that basis; are not two skills better than one? Possession of claws seems also a questionable measure of primitiveness. It would seem more primitive to lack a structure than to have it.As for that echolocation question, the discoverers were more hedged in their wording than the science reporters. After weighing the evidence, they said, “there is no unambiguous evidence that Onychonycteris was capable of laryngeal echolocation.” Their graph shows that the cochlea of this species is right on the borderline between echolocating and non-echolocating species. On the other wing, it “was clearly capable of powered flight,” they said. Speakman concurred: “The bat’s wing morphology is very similar to that of extant species, except that it has claws on its digits,” he said. “But in all other respects this is clearly a bat capable of powered flight.” In addition, the authors inferred that it most likely ate insects, as do modern echolocating bats.The only basis for claiming this bat was primitive, then, seems to be that it was found in strata assumed to be 52 million years old rather than 50 million years old, and according to evolutionary theory, “Bats are thought to have evolved from terrestrial mammals, and scientists have long pondered whether they took to the air before or after they could echolocate.” So said National Geographic. It looked like a bat, and it flew like a bat. It was labeled primitive simply because evolutionary theory assumes that older means more primitive.One other evolutionary question was considered. Why hasn’t echolocation evolved among ground-dwelling mammals? An evolutionary answer was at the ready. Speakman spoke to that, but his answer raised other questions:However, around the end of the 1980s, evidence accumulated, including work from my own group, that favoured the ‘flight-first’ hypothesis. One paper showed that, for a bat hanging at rest, echolocation is extremely energetically costly. This high cost probably explains why no terrestrial mammals have evolved full-blown echolocation systems such as those used by bats. However, a second paper showed that when a bat takes flight these costs disappear. This is because of a remarkable coupling of the beating of the wings with the ventilation of the lungs and production of the echolocation pulses. When a bat hangs stationary and echolocates, it must contract its muscles specifically to generate a forceful expiratory burst, and this is where the large costs come from. When a bat is flying, it is already contracting these muscles, so in effect echolocation when flying is free (or at least substantially cheaper).But what about the problem of bats flying in darkness before they could orient themselves? A hypothesis I favour is that the earliest ancestors of bats may have been diurnal, and had visual means of orientation – but were perhaps forced to become nocturnal by the appearance of avian predators, shortly after the dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago. Some then evolved echolocation, whereas others became nocturnal vision specialists.He did not discuss why flying hawks would represent more a threat than flying reptiles. He also did not discuss why any other complex organ that involves high cost (i.e., most organs in the body) would have evolved, if cost is such a hurdle to natural selection.For decades in his famous debates with evolutionists, Dr. Duane Gish of ICR pointed to fossil bats as an ideal test case for creation vs evolution. He pointed out the many modifications it would take to make a flying mammal out of a shrew or mouse, and how all these changes should be preserved in the fossil record as transitional forms. Then he would hold up a picture of the oldest known fossil bat, and say it was “100% bat.” At the time, he knew about Icaronycteris, the alleged 50-million-year-old species exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History. He would quote Glenn Jepson from an issue of Science in 1966 saying that nothing related to a bat has ever been found in the fossil record that is any older than Icaronycteris, and it is essentially identical to a modern bat.3It is unlikely this new discovery would cause Dr. Gish to change the core of his argument. In fact, he might claim it makes it stronger: Onychonycteris, found in the same Wyoming Eocene strata but lower than Icarnoycteris, was allegedly two million years earlier – but it, too, was a 100% flight-capable bat. This only pushes the problem farther back for evolution. Now, all those specialized adaptations would have had to evolve in less time. There are still no transitional forms. Knowing Gish, he might have teased his debate partner by quipping that the evolutionist batting average is zero.1.  Simmons, Seymor, Habersetzer and Gunnell, “Primitive Early Eocene bat from Wyoming and the evolution of flight and echolocation,” Nature 451, 818-821 (14 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06549.2.  John Speakman, “Evolutionary biology: A first for bats,” Nature 451, 774-775 (14 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451774a.3.  Duane Gish, Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No, ICR 1995 revision, pp. 185-187.You see what the evolutionists do, don’t you? You understand the modus operandi of their crimes. Their M.O. is, simply: “assume evolution.” Evolution is their miracle worker, that appears on cue, like Tinker Bell with her miracle-mutation wand, to produce anything they need. Since the Darwinian storytellers have usurped the institutions of science, they have no need for proof, demonstration and evidence. Fossils and other observable things are mere props for their stories. The basic plot is fixed in stone. Like a counterfeit tree of life, the Darwinian story of common ancestry via unguided processes over millions of years is guarded against critical analysis by angles with flaming words (puns intended).You also just saw (again) the Darwin-drunk news media not only parroting the evolution angle verbatim, but even embellishing it. The original paper worded its claims with a modicum of doubt, but the BBC News trumpeted, “Bat fossil solves evolution poser.” But look at the fossil evidence! The Darwinists should be ashamed. The oldest known bat in the fossil record is 100% bat and no less advanced than living bats! How on earth can any sensible scientist claim that this supports Darwinism? Did any of them tell us how complex capabilities like echolocation or flight could have arisen by chance? Did they elaborate the dozens, if not thousands, of lucky mutations that would have had to come together blindly to produce a flying mammal from a mouse? No! If anything, they uncovered a more astonishing thing – that the flight capabilities of bats are dynamically integrated with their sonar systems. Did they watch 52 million years go by? Did they watch the so-called primitive bat change into a more advanced creature? Did they seriously entertain any of the many, many scientific criticisms that could be leveled against their tale? No, no, no.If this non-stop parade of dogmatism masquerading as science makes you mad, join the campaign to expose the Darwinists. Don’t let them get away with using this discovery as a prop for their fable. Don’t let some evolution advocate stack papers like this on the witness stand to claim evolution is scientific. Understand what is really going on in biology these days. Keith Wanser stated it succinctly: “There is not one theory of evolution, but a body of opinions, speculations and methods for interpretation of observational facts so that they fit into the philosophy of naturalism.” That, friends, is not science, and does not deserve the honor of being taught in our schools.(Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stamps Plead Guilty in Bank Fraud Case

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Former Stamp Farms owners and operators Michael and Melissa Stamp have pleaded guilty to charges in a bank fraud case connected to the bankruptcy of the 27,000-acre Decatur, Michigan-based farm.The 2012 bankruptcy case left southwestern Michigan landowners and creditors jolted by what legal experts believe was at the time, the largest grain-farm bankruptcy in U.S. history.Michael Stamp owned a number of related businesses that were part of the Chapter 11 farm bankruptcy. They included a custom farming operation, a trucking business, an excavating operation and grain elevator Northstar Grain LLC, which has a reported 4.2 million bushels of grain capacity.Michael Stamp pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and providing false statements to investigators. According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.The plea agreement includes Stamp forfeiting all of his assets acquired in the commission of the crime. In addition, he has agreed to cooperate in other investigations related to the case. As a result of the plea, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the previous indictment of Stamp at the time of his sentencing set for August.Melissa Stamp pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony, which is concealing a felony. According to court records she could face up to three years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. She plead guilty to hiding $40,000 from Wells Fargo and creditors of Michael Stamp, according to court records.In June 2015, Melissa Stamp was sentenced to 20 months in jail and 20 months of supervised release, and was also required to pay $184,500 in restitution and had to forfeit $151,915 as part of a plea agreement with federal authorities for her role in bankruptcy fraud.According to court documents in Michael Stamp’s individual bankruptcy case, Wells Fargo claimed it had made a $68 million loan in December 2011 based on representations that Stamp Farms and its affiliates farmed 46,000 acres. Audits later could uncover only about 27,000 acres, the bank claimed. Stamp Farms’ assets eventually were auctioned off.The farm and its related businesses at the time of the bankruptcy claimed assets valued at $131 million and a net worth of $39 million. An audit found those assets dwindled to about $93 million in a matter of months.According to court documents filed earlier in April, Stamp Farms submitted false claims to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., in order to obtain payments to help pay for his operations and to make lease payments.“Stamp also conspired with James Leonard Becraft and Douglas Edward Diekman to defraud the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. and its reinsurers,” according to a court document.Becraft pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements on crop insurance forms. On Feb. 12, 2019, he was sentenced to a year in prison, a two-year supervised release and ordered to pay $648,188 in restitution to the Risk Management Agency in Kansas City, Missouri.Diekman pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements on crop insurance forms. On Dec. 20, 2018, Diekman was sentenced to 13 months in prison, a two-year supervised release and ordered to pay $488,432 in restitution — $409,403 to RMA and $79,029 to the Farm Service Agency in Kansas City.On Dec. 13, 2017, a grand jury handed down an indictment of Becraft, Diekman and Michael Stamp in connection with the Stamp Farms Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed in November 2012. The bank found Stamp Farms in noncompliance on loan agreements, including working capital and other ratios.Stamp Farms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012 after Wells Fargo initiated action against Stamp on June 30, 2012. The bank found Stamp Farms in noncompliance on loan agreements, including working capital and other ratios.Over the years, Stamp relied on “large” operating loans and credit agreements. In addition, the indictment said Stamp used crop insurance payments to pay for some of his operation, including covering lease payments.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/SK )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Apple Updates Retina iPad: Better Specs, Same Storage, Prices & Battery Life

first_imgjon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#iPad center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Apple Tuesday announced the fourth generation iPad, building on the power and features of the 10-inch Retina-display “New iPad”  while maintaining the same prices and storage sizes. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models sell for $499, $599 and $699 respectively.The fourth iPad doubles performance with a new A6X chip, it has an improved 720p front-facing FaceTime camera and better LTE cellular coverage. It sports the new, smaller Lightning connector, which debuted on the iPhone 5, and Apple offers Lightning-to-HDMI and Lightning-to-VGA adapters to let you send video out to your TV.The updated hardware maintains the same 10-hour battery life Apple claims for the previous generation. That’s the trend Apple has tried to uphold for recent iPad and iPhone updates: better screens, more power, but the same battery life users have come to expect. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Faces App Review Backlog After Developer Center Breach

first_imgdan rowinski Related Posts Tags:#app development#Apple#iOS 7 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As Apple plows towards the release of the next iPhone, it is working with developers to get their apps ready for the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7. But Apple hit a major hiccup in the middle of The Summer Of iOS 7 and has had a big hit on developers.Apple’s developer center for iOS was hacked by a “security researcher” a little more than a week ago. The researcher, Ibrahim Balic, insisted that he was just probing the developer center for bugs he could then report back to Apple, but he also may have been able to access the personal information of 100,000 iOS developers. His research, or hack, has had consequences larger than Balic probably intended.For most of the last week, iOS developers did not have access to the tools they needed to build apps for the iPhone and iPad. The loss of access to the developer center for a critical week in the middle of summer was a blow for developers that already have a lot to digest with Apple’s new operating system version. But it also appears that Apple’s app reviewers are getting bogged down by the crash of the developer center.One developer, who asked not to be identified, said they received a letter from Apple saying that the app it submitted for review would require additional time.The letter stated:“We are currently reviewing an app that you submitted for inclusion on the App Store, and want to let you know that the review process will require additional time. We apologize for the delay and will provide you with an update on the status of your app as soon as possible.” A conversation with one other developer revealed that they also had received similar letters from Apple. The developer said that it had never received a letter like that from Apple before in submissions to Apple for its apps and updates.On one hand, it is perfectly reasonable for Apple to tell a developer it needs more time. Especially considering the issues the company is dealing with concerning the iOS developer center. On the other hand, this is fairly unusual behavior for Apple’s app reviewers who are normally able to turn an app review in anywhere between one to three days.The developer said that it was six days from the time of submission until it got the notice from Apple requesting additional time for review. It has since between another five days and the developer’s app still has not been approved.In addition to the app approval delays, the downtime for the iOS developer center meant that app publishers were without the certifications and provisioning profiles needed to add functionality to their apps and publish them to the App Store. Those capabilities were fixed when the developer center came back online earlier this week and Apple released iOS 7 beta 4 for developers. The iOS developer forums, technical support, Xcode Automatic Configuration and videos continue to be unavailable. That means that iOS developers currently have no official avenues of support from Apple or the iOS community currently. Developers are likely flocking to the regular destinations for coder communities like GitHub, StackOverflow, the App Developers Alliance and Code Project can be consulted.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Anxiety grows as Assam readies for complete NRC draft

first_imgThe complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam will be published at 10 a.m. on Monday. It is expected to end the anxiety of less than half of the 3.29 crore applicants who did not make it to the first draft published on December 31 last year.The complete draft would also bring the curtain down on a major part of the exercise that began in September 2013 towards settling a touchy issue that has dominated the socio-political space in Assam since an anti-foreigners agitation from 1979 to 1985 that ‘martyred’ 855 people.Also Read One register to count them all — how the NRC fares NRC investigation in Assam: The unbearable being of a D-voter  Anticipating violence, the State government has clamped Section 144 indefinitely in 10 of Assam’s 33 districts besides certain areas in and around major urban centres marked sensitive. The Centre also provided 220 additional companies of paramilitary forces to help maintain law and order.But the authorities in the sensitive districts do not expect the worst after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s assurance that no one left out of the draft would be sent to detention centres for foreigners. “There will be opportunity for everyone to prove citizenship even after the complete draft is published,” he said.Also Read  Many, though, are anxious. In Teentirki village, Haji Sofiulla’s family of five made it to the NRC first draft, but his daughter was sent a D-voter notice less than a month before the scheduled publication of the complete draft.“This is a draft, not the final list. People who miss out will be provided legal assistance,” Prateek Hajela, the State NRC Coordinator, said. “Genuine Indian citizens have nothing to fear,” he added.“Updating the NRC was my constitutional duty for the people of Assam and the country, and I was confident that NRC would be a success. The cooperation from all sections of the people made my task easier,” he said.Four websitesPeople are expected to crowd most of the 2,500 NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) that were set up across the State for the updating exercise.The draft can be found online at,,, and The helpline numbers are 15107 (within Assam) and 18003453762.last_img read more

Bianchi wants Napoli to overcome victim mentality

first_imgNapoli legend Ottavio Bianchi has urged his former side to get rid of the “victim mentality” if they want to make exploits in the modern game.Bianchi who won the Scudetto with Napoli believes It’s the only area where they haven’t grown exponentially ahead of tonight’s game with Milan.“In some ways, the only area where Napoli haven’t grown exponentially over the years is in their victim mentality. That’s just an extra chance given to the opposition. He disclosed to Football Italia.“In my days, Napoli would fight to avoid relegation one year and finish mid-table the other. At that time, you knew you were representing a great city, but now you are representing a big club too.“Now the club has been at the top for years, a side with a precise identity and Carlo Ancelotti can now ‘make the most’ of Maurizio Sarri’s work, adding his own ideas to build on the existing project.Do not miss out on the Serie A action tonight!⚽️📢AC Milan takes on Napoli by 7:30 pm.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Searching for high odds?🤔Bet on our Special Pick👇🏽— BLACKBET.NG (@BlackbetNG) January 26, 2019“Ancelotti has done really well to not completely tear it down and start again. He is getting the best out of his players with squad rotation, not going overboard. They say the best Coach is the one that does the least damage.”Nonetheless, Juventus are still streaking out in front on their way to a potential eighth consecutive Scudetto.“Juve are putting together results that can never be repeated, but it’s also because all their challengers have fallen at more or less the same time. If Inter, Milan and Roma return to playing at a certain level, it’ll be easier also for Napoli to challenge Juve.”last_img read more

This GoProalternative 4K sport camera can be yours for 39 Update Sold

first_img Tags Dbpower Your phone can probably shoot great video, but you wouldn’t use it while mountain biking. Or snorkeling. Or cliff jumping. That’s what sport cameras are for.Before you spend hundreds on a GoPro, however, consider one of the many affordable alternatives. Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, NY Direct US (via Amazon) has the DBPower EX7000 4K sport camera for $38.99 with promo code PFZJXPEZ. There are three different camera models available on this page; make sure the EX7000 is selected, otherwise the code won’t work.See it at AmazonThis camera ticks many of the important boxes: touchscreen, Wi-Fi, wrist remote, waterproof housing, companion app and so on. It can capture up to 4K resolution at 25 frames per second, but it also does lower resolutions at up to 60 fps.How does the image quality compare to that of a GoPro? I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not even close. But is it good enough, especially considering the price? I checked out a few EX7000 footage samples on YouTube, and while some looked quite good, others were pretty meh.If you decide to pull the trigger, you’ll need a Class 10 microSD card to store your video. Here’s a Kingston 64GB card for a mere $8.65.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 9 Share your voice Commentscenter_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Cameras The Cheapskatelast_img read more