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Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2018 at 10:47 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Justyn Knight, a cross country champion, is already the most decorated Syracuse distance runner of all time. But one championship is not enough.“He still has a lot that he has left to accomplish,” Colin Bennie, his teammate and close friend said. “If anything, he’s even hungrier to keep going with it and do even better than he did this fall, which will be tough to do.”All eyes are on Knight, including those of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, which hands out the Bowerman Award — the Heisman Trophy of collegiate track and field. Knight is one of 10 athletes on the award’s preseason watch list.Knight is the only distance runner on the list. Syracuse head coach Chris Fox said this is because the award goes to athletes who “accumulate titles,” and distance runners usually only participate in one event.No Syracuse athlete has ever won the Bowerman Award, which started in 2009, or even finished in the top three. Knight could be the one to change that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Before it used to kind of get in my head,” Knight said. “I’d think it’s cool and I’d care exactly who’s watching me, but at this point in time, it’s really cool to be nominated for awards like that, but I know I have to stay focused and do what I got to do. Keep winning, keep improving my times, and the awards will always be waiting there.”Knight is used to all the national attention. When he started at SU, he was regarded as one of the top freshman distance runners. Then, the hype put pressure on him, but now he says he uses it as motivation.Part of the pressure stems from his cross-country gold medal from the fall, when he won the men’s Division I national title. He now has a target on his back.“Even though I won,” Knight said, “I know a lot of guys now want to beat me and take that No. 1 spot. I’m just going into the season hoping to keep up the good pace and perform just as well on the track as I did in cross country.”Fox is not worried about the award affecting Knight’s training, attitude, or diet as the season approaches.“He likes that stuff,” Fox said. “Some people that would bother, but he likes it. He thrives working off of that kind of pressure.”Fox said that the only negative of being nominated for the Bowerman is that to win it, “you can’t lose (an event). If you lose, you’re pretty much done.”Last year, Knight finished third in the 5,000-meter at the NCAA Outdoor Championship and won the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter races in the ACC Indoor Championship. This spring, Knight will head toward the postseason seeking to add to his cross-country title from the fall.“He’s going to have three or four chances to win NCAA titles,” Fox said. “I’d like to at least see him get one, maybe two, he probably wants to get three or four. I want him to be real competitive at the NCAA championships. Last year was more about time, this year’s more about winning.” Comments
Many evolutionists use software tools to construct evolutionary trees from genetic data. Two mathematicians have just reported in Science1 that several popular “tree-building” algorithms can give misleading results:Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms play a critical role in the Bayesian approach to phylogenetic inference. We present a theoretical analysis of the rate of convergence of many of the widely used Markov chains. For N characters generated from a uniform mixture of two trees, we prove that the Markov chains take an exponentially long (in N) number of iterations to converge to the posterior distribution. Nevertheless, the likelihood plots for sample runs of the Markov chains deceivingly suggest that the chains converge rapidly to a unique tree. Our results rely on novel mathematical understanding of the log-likelihood function on the space of phylogenetic trees. The practical implications of our work are that Bayesian MCMC methods can be misleading when the data are generated from a mixture of trees. Thus, in cases of data containing potentially conflicting phylogenetic signals, phylogenetic reconstruction should be performed separately on each signal. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Will this workaround cure all problems, though? Only for small data sets – maybe. The more data, the more impossible the task becomes:For small trees one can hope to overcome the slow convergence by using multiple starting states. However, mixtures coming from large trees may contain multiple species subsets where one tree has T1 as an induced subtree and the other has T2. If there are k such subsets, then about 15k random starting points will be needed. Thus if there are 10 disagreement subsets, then 1510 random starting points will be needed in order to sample from the posterior distribution.That’s over 576 billion. Most tree-building programs try to take shortcuts around the computational hurdles, but these mathematicians are not sure that the heuristic algorithms used are successful in avoiding assumptions that could bias the results. Their paper has proven one way the results can be misleading. Are there others?In our setting, BMCMC [Bayesian Markov-Chain Monte Carlo] methods fail in a clearly demonstrable manner. We expect that there is a more general class of mixtures where BMCMC methods fail in more subtle ways. These subtle failures may occur for many real-world examples where the Markov chains quickly converge to some distribution other than the desired posterior distribution. Users of BMCMC methods should ideally avoid mixture distributions that are known to produce degenerate behavior in various phylogenetic settings. A good practice is to decompose the data into nonconflicting signals and perform phylogenetic reconstruction separately on each signal. Our work highlights important unresolved questions: how to verify homogeneity of genomic data and what phylogenetic methods can efficiently deal with mixtures.Thus, they leave some potential gaping loopholes unexplored.1Mossel and Vigoda, “Phylogenetic MCMC Algorithms Are Misleading on Mixtures of Trees,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5744, 2207-2209, 30 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1115493].What this seems to say is that the method might work on closely-related organisms, like species of snails, but the more you mix different types of organisms into a tree of common ancestry, the more the results of these popular methods will give misleading results. Even with the closely-related trees, though, how can one be sure that the answers might “fail in more subtle ways”? And how do we know that once the smaller trees are assembled, the algorithms won’t mislead horrendously in the final mix? Most creationists would probably not have qualms about trees of closely-related “kinds” of animals, like cats for one, or dogs for another. It is the Darwinian assumption that everything is phylogenetically related – cats, pine trees, bacteria, sharks, petunias, turtles, mushrooms, senators – that causes the controversies. Evolutionists often showcase the printouts from these programs in their scientific papers to lend an air of computational legitimacy to their theories (see the fallacy of statistics). Well, we warned you that evolutionists are bad at math (08/19/2005, 07/25/2002). The only illustration in Darwin’s Origin of Species was a phylogenetic tree. Since then, tree-building has become a favorite pastime around the Darwin Temple gamerooms (10/22/2001, 06/13/2003). Impressive as the charts look to the uninformed, they hawk symbolism over substance. This fits Hawkins Theory of Scientific Progress (right sidebar). After reading this article, and the links to previous ones, how do you feel about that NSF Tree of Life project costing $12 million in tax dollars? (10/30/2002). If you want a better Tree of Life, try God’s (search) – it’s free, it’s honest, and you don’t have to play Monte Carlo to find it.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The ads are, as a group, delightfully off-brand. They’re too cool for Microsoft, which has generally dwelt somewhere between stodgy and cutesy in terms of marketing.Better still, they show that Microsoft just might be listening to what users really need: Web Slices to get quick views of personally important sites without wasting unnecessary time browsing between full-on tabs; sharing accelerators for sending along lolcats or other media with a single right-click; and yes, a way to keep the missus from finding out about your love affair with Suicide Girls.The features are nifty in themselves. We’d totally use them if we weren’t already committed to Chrome and Firefox. Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Under waves of ever-increasing competition from Mozilla, Safari, and Google, Microsoft has released a series of edgy, PSA-style online videos to promote Internet Explorer 8.Featuring one-time Lois and Clark actor Dean Cain, the ads are uncharacteristically hip and discuss such real-world Internet problems as the fear of missing something (a.k.a. insomnia by social media) and the fear of your S.O. finding your porn cache. However, at least one of the videos was just too cool for Microsoft. After becoming strangely popular and talked-about online, the video was renounced by the software mega-company and pulled from the promotional website. Somewhere tonight, a creative director weeps.A Microsoft rep wrote in an email to CNET, “We created the… video as a tongue-in-cheek look at the InPrivate Browsing feature of Internet Explorer 8, using the same irreverent humor that our customers told us they liked about other components of the Internet Explorer 8 marketing campaign. While much of the feedback to this particular piece of creative was positive, some of our customers found it offensive, so we have removed it.”The spot itself features a young lady spewing copious amounts of what used to be breakfast on a young man. She’d borrowed his laptop and evidently stumbled upon some hideous new Rule 34 form of online entertainment. The ad serves to highlight IE8’s sneaky no-history InPrivate browsing feature. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Newcastle boss Bruce: I understand Benitez tacticsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is beginning to understand why Rafa Benitez played a specific way at the club.Bruce took on a difficult job at Newcastle this summer, taking over from the very popular Benitez after the Spaniard could not agree a new contract.The Magpies drew 0-0 against Brighton, and were booed by their own fans at half time and full time in the clash.”Listen, whoever we are playing in the Premier League, we’ve got no divine right to beat Watford or Brighton so we all know they are going to be difficult games and that’s what the Premier League is but certainly if we are going to win games, we are going to have to play better and be better with the ball and without it,” Bruce told reporters after the game.”Today, in the first half in particular, we weren’t good enough either and left ourselves open and it’s pretty evident to me after being here eight weeks of why we can’t open up. “If we do that, we’re going to find it a struggle like we did in the first half. It wasn’t until we closed shop a little bit, even at home, that maybe got us a point.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Wolves boss Nuno: No underestimating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says there’ll be no underestimating Watford this weekend.The Hornets go into the game having been thrashed 8-0 by Manchester City.Nuno said, “Quique (Flores) is a fantastic manager and he has done very good jobs around the world.“Anything can happen. Last week and this week are different. We must analyse the games they’ve played and take important information to pass onto the players.“I have had (a big defeat) in football, good moments and bad moments. For us it’s also a moment to try and raise our standards.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.https://t.co/iMLte4Dal6— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016
CALGARY – Shaw Communications Inc. said Thursday that 25 per cent of its workforce had chosen to accept a voluntary buyout, although it was targeting just 10 per cent. The buyouts were offered as part of its Total Business Transformation plan unveiled Jan. 30.Here’s a by-the-numbers look at some of the transformations that have shaken the company since it enrolled its first cable TV customer in Edmonton 47 years ago:3,300: The number of Shaw employees who have decided to take a voluntary buyout package.650: The number of employees who were expected to take a buyout, based on 10 per cent of the 6,500 eligible employees.1,700: The number of Shaw employees impacted by a corporate restructuring that concluded in 2015.200: The reduction in employees due to a restructuring in 2016 after Shaw bought Freedom Mobile (formerly Wind Mobile) and sold Shaw Media Inc.$2.3 billion: The price Shaw received for its ViaWest unit, a Denver-based computer centre operator, in August 2017.$2.65 billion: The price paid by Corus Entertainment Inc. to buy Shaw Media Inc. in April 2016.$1.6 billion: The purchase price Shaw paid for Wind Mobile in a deal completed in March 2016.10,000: The number of cable TV customers Shaw, then called Capital Cable TV, connected in its first year after starting up in Edmonton in 1971.3.2 million: The number of customers now served by Shaw Communications, including 1.9 million subscribers to Shaw internet and more than one-million Shaw home phone customers.$1.25 billion: Revenue reported by Shaw in its latest quarter ended Nov. 30, 2017.79 per cent: The percentage of Class A voting shares held by the Shaw Family Living Trust, giving founder JR Shaw and his heirs firm control of the company.860,000: The number of kilometres of fibre cable Shaw has installed across Canada.
WASHINGTON – The combined effect of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and last month’s budget-busting spending bill is sending the federal deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.The CBO report says the nation’s $21 trillion debt would spike to more than $33 trillion in 10 years, with debt held by investors spiking to levels that would come close to equaling the size of the economy, reaching levels that many economists fear could spark a debt crisis.Republicans once laced into President Barack Obama for trillion-dollar-plus deficits but mostly fell quiet on Monday’s news.CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7 per cent on average to the nation’s economic output over the coming decade. Those effects will only partially offset the deficit cost of the tax cuts. The administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves.Instead, Monday’s report estimates that the GOP tax bill, which is Republican-controlled Washington’s signature accomplishment under Trump, will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the coming decade, even after its positive effects on the economy are factored in.The economic growth promises to drop the nationwide unemployment rate below 4 per cent starting this year, CBO predicts, though interest rates would rise more rapidly than the agency had earlier predicted, countering some of the positive economic impact of the tax cuts.The report paints an unrelentingly bleak picture of the federal deficit, predicting it will hit $804 billion this year, rise to just under $1 trillion for the upcoming budget year and permanently breach the $1 trillion mark in 2020 unless Congress stems the burst of red ink.The government would borrow about 19 cents of every dollar it spends this year. Deficits would grow to $1.5 trillion by 2028 — and could exceed $2 trillion if the tax cuts are fully extended and if Washington doesn’t cut spending.“Such high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences for the budget and the nation,” said CBO Director Keith Hall. “In particular, the likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States would increase.”Republicans controlling Washington have largely lost interest in taking on the deficit, an issue that has fallen in prominence in recent years. Trump has ruled out cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and Capitol Hill Republicans have failed to take steps against the deficit since Trump took office.But if warnings of a future fiscal crisis turn out to be true, lawmakers might be forced to take painful steps, Hall warned, that would be more draconian than if they tackled the deficit now.With conservatives complaining about the $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill — which blew through previous budget limits by $300 billion over this year and next — House GOP leaders have scheduled a vote this week on a proposed amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. The vote is sure to fall well short of the two-thirds required to pass and is being rushed to a vote without hearings or committee debate.“The CBO’s latest report exposes the scam behind the rosy rhetoric from Republicans that their tax bill would pay for itself,” said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. “The American people deserve a Congress that is focused squarely on helping the middle class, not patronizing Kabuki theatre — like sham ‘balanced budget’ votes — from Republicans who blew up the deficit to benefit wealthy special interests.”The White House is also likely to propose rolling back some of the spending increases in the government-wide funding bill, targeting domestic programs backed by Democrats, but the idea isn’t gaining much traction on Capitol Hill.“It’s going nowhere,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “We made a deal.”Republicans are unlikely to pass even a nonbinding budget blueprint, instead opting to take a pause in the heat of election season.“Without question, we have challenging work ahead,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack, R-Ark., who promised he will be “working with my colleagues in the days ahead to craft a responsible budget plan.”Many economists believe that if deficits continue to rise and the national debt grows, government borrowing will “crowd out” private lending and force up interest rates. And if interest rates go up, the government will have to pay much more to finance the more than $14 trillion in Treasury debt held by investors.Last year’s deficit registered $665 billion, which was well below the record $1.4 trillion posted during Obama’s first year in office, when the Great Recession led to plunging revenues and a spike in spending. The deficit settled below $500 million for part of Obama’s second term but has steadily risen since then.The new report predicts the economy will grow by 3.3 per cent this year but that gross domestic product growth will drop to 1.8 per cent by 2020. It warns that interest rates on government borrowing will spike, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, currently yielding 2.8 per cent, will average a 3.0 per cent interest rate this year and 3.7 per cent next year.“We expect interest rates to accelerate faster,” said CBO’s Hall.