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first_img Those lazy starts were not fatal but demonstrated the Trojans (4-0) are far from perfect. “They can always lose to somebody, and they still have a couple tough ones, especially with games at Notre Dame and California,” said Dan Fouts, college football analyst for ABC. “But they’re like a heavyweight champ who’s taken everyone’s best shot. I’m not sure they’re as good as Muhammad Ali, but they have a quick-strike punch.” If there’s a unique aspect to the Trojans, it’s their ability to coolly come back from double-digit deficits. “Every team has its own chemistry and that’s USC’s challenge,” Washington State coach Bill Doba said. “It changes from year-to-year.” It’s this area where USC quickly established its identity. No matter what has happened the past two weeks, USC demonstrated the character to overcome adversity. LOS ANGELES — USC returned from Sun Devil Stadium tanned, confident and undefeated following its narrow victory over Arizona State last Saturday. But the top-ranked Trojans were all those things back in training camp. What has really emerged from the first third of the season that no one knew about USC and what does it say about the remaining eight games? It’s already clear the Trojans are mortal, based on their slow starts against Oregon and Arizona State. Or maybe even a tad overconfident. “I’m pretty sure in the back of players’ heads, they thought teams would fall over after we beat Oregon,” cornerback Justin Wyatt said. “It’s kind of like some people go into things lackadaisical. People tend to relax. It’s not the way they talk, but it’s their demeanor.” center_img “We have given ourselves reason to believe we’re not in trouble until we decide we call it off,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “I’ve kind of felt our character in our program the past few years has been steady but that was a legitimate question before the season. “Is that character still in the makeup of our program? I think so.” It’s just one fewer question for Carroll a month into the season. Other seemingly important issues also quickly withered away. In July, Carroll’s biggest worry was middle linebacker. Is it a concern today? “Nope,” he said. Oscar Lua has emerged as a team leader and been more than adequate so far. He’s also allowed USC to slowly groom freshman Rey Maualuga. Carroll is less concerned about the secondary, which continues to bleed yards (262.2 per game) but is a manageable situation. Masking a problem remains his specialty, and senior cornerback John Walker intercepted two passes last week despite being considered a major question mark. “The defense isn’t as good as last year,” Fouts said. “But they have the same coordinator (Carroll), and he’s just as good as he was.” Without those worries, what’s left? The offense, with tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White running at will the past two games, has few issues. “Arizona State never really stopped them in the second half and they have such a lethal combo with Bush and White,” Fouts said. “They are so demoralizing for a defense because of White’s power and Bush’s speed.” Carroll has found problems, of course, after thinking about it. He’s not quite as high on special teams and worries about road trips when he can take only 64 players. “I’m concerned about our depth at some spots and we still haven’t ironed out everything in our kicking game. We didn’t cover a punt last week.” He also remains humble because he’s never looked past the upcoming game and refuses to let the Trojans look ahead. “We’ve really zeroed in on stuff but can we handle the rigors of a season and focus on what’s issues are going to come up?” he said. “We’ll have to see.” USC has also learned something about its coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has been through a nail-biter in Tempe and proved his mettle in the fourth quarter, when the Trojans kept Arizona State off balance by mixing runs with passes to fullback David Kirtman. “I never thought we were going to lose,” Kiffin said. “I can say that with 100 percent certainty. I didn’t feel we had to reach out and take our best shots. I knew we wouldn’t lose. “We were wearing them down.” Any problems the offense experienced through four games were due more to mistakes than other defenses, Kiffin said. “I don’t think it’s anything but beating ourselves,” Kiffin said. “We had nine penalties in the first half. That was us. When we’re executing, we’re fine.” And after last week’s emotional victory, even a wary Wyatt believes the past two games relieved the Trojans of any complacency that developed with slow starts. “It’s one of those things people understand now,” he said. “The team now realizes you have to play week in and week out. I already knew that because I’m always cautious. I don’t even go through yellow lights.” — Scott Wolf can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a busy offseason the Sharks are set to return to the ice this weekend with the start of training camp in San Jose.Camp opens Friday at Solar4America Ice as the Sharks prepare for their first campaign without captain Joe Pavelski in 14 years. Also gone are Gustav Nyquist and Joonas Donskoi, but potential free agents Erik Karlsson, Joe Thornton and Timo Meier are back in the fold.The Sharks on Tuesday released their camp roster and schedule.Most camp sessions at Solar4America Ice are …last_img

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first_imgThe Dover decision did not end the fervent discussion about Darwinism and intelligent design.  There are too many articles to mention separately, so here is a sampler:Dover Board Rescinds Policy:  As expected, the new Dover school board quickly put an end to the policy that required reading a statement that alternatives to evolutionary theory exist, including (but not limited to) intelligent design.  See: LiveScience and MSNBC News.Jews News:  The Miami New Times reported about a lively debate before an audience of 300 Jewish scientists and intellectuals in Miami about how Jews should respond to the ID debate.  Opinions at the “Sixth Miami International Conference on Torah and Science” ranged everywhere from calling Darwinism irrational to saying embracing ID would be a disaster.Great IDEA?:  Sarah Price Brown reported on BeliefNet about the rising interest in forming ID clubs on campuses, and how the IDEA Center is assisting.  There are about 30 IDEA clubs at last count, including ones at Cornell, UCSD and George Mason University.Basking Sharks II:  The Wichita Eagle reported that the lawyers who defeated the ID initiative in Dover, Eric Rothschild and Stephen Harvey, are scheduled to speak at the University of Kansas later this month.  They want to leverage their experience for others involved in the debate.    The losing side, though, is not going away any time soon – there is too much momentum across the country, said Richard Thompson, President of the Thomas More Law Center that defended the school board.  He criticized the Dover decision: “The judge specifically ordered the school board never to denigrate or disparage the theory of evolution,” he remarked, “which now makes that theory sacrosanct and violates one of the major principles of America — that no official, high or petty, should establish dogma or orthodoxy in a method of thinking.”  Source: Agape Press.Domino:  Both Nature and Science expressed triumph over the Dover decision, claiming it affirmed unequivocally that ID is not science, and that this decision is likely to affect other cases.Just the Facts:  Robert Crowther on Evolution News criticized the habit of major media to editorialize.  Instead of reporting the facts, they are intent on telling us “what it means.”  Crowther says they go even further, trying to tell people how to think about what it means – and that, according to Crowther, in their usual biased and inaccurate manner.Danger Signs:  R. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, CrossWalk.com used the title of Daniel Dennett’s book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea to warn that there is “no middle ground” in this debate.Science by Court Order:  Robert Robb in the Arizona Republic criticized the Dover decision by Judge Jones, saying it is not the provenance of the courts to determine what is science.Is ID Testable?  Jay Richards and Jonathan Witt made the case on Evolution News that intelligent design is empirically testable and makes predictions.Freedom!  D. Eric Schansberg argued for the Acton Institute that the solution to the ID-Darwin acrimony in schools is to give parents freedom of choice.  Lord John Acton (1834-1902) was the British historian famous for the phrase, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Schansberg tied this thought to the education monopoly.Separation of Church and Science?  According to Agape Press, some professors at Samford University, a Southern Baptist school in Alabama, are protesting the appearance of an ID proponent with degrees from Cambridge and Oxford, Dr. John Lennox, who has 60 peer-reviewed publications to his name.  The grounds of the protest?  Go figure– “separation of church and state.”Lawyer Pub:  Albert Alschuler continued his blog about the Dover decision on the University of Chicago Law School site, and got a variety of reactions.Outdoor Evangelist:  Biblical creationist Peter DeRosa got good press in Florida’s Contra Costa Times.  The fossil hunter and his dinosaur-digging team reject the “lightweight Christianity” that remains nebulous about the designer.  They are not ashamed to declare the Bible as the true Word of God, and Jesus Christ the Lord as the Creator.  But DeRosa also holds his own answering tough questions about scientific evidence, and while polishing in his lab the allosaurus his team found (01/29/2003), explains why the evidence contradicts evolution and supports the Genesis creation account.The controversy over intelligent design, creation, evolution and education extends from the grass roots of small town school boards and churches all the way up to international scientific institutions and governments.With so many opinions flying left and right, it is more important than ever to keep informed, know how to use your baloney detector, and understand the key issues.  Here, you get the sources where the proponents can explain their views in their own words.  Don’t expect the major media to get it right, especially when discussing ID.  Go to the Discovery Institute and Access Research Network and get the story straight from the sources rather than letting reporters “explain what it means” for you.    Pay particular attention to which side wants open debate and which wants to shut it down.  Notice who wants the scientific evidence to speak for itself, and who threatens lawsuits or relies on judges to issue orders from the bench.  Notice which side speaks with reason and scholarly logic, and which resorts to mockery.  Such observations contain an important message, sometimes more important than the actual arguments used.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — While Friday’s announcement from China that it would suspend additional tariffs on U.S. pork is a good sign, China should remove the 60% punitive tariff it has placed on U.S. pork to ease its own rising pork prices and move along trade talks with the United States, National Pork Producers Council officials said.If the Chinese government would do this, “It would help their citizens,” who are experiencing rising pork prices due to African swine fever, NPPC President David Herring, a Lillington, North Carolina producer, said at a briefing for reporters Thursday following an NPPC fly-in to Washington.Early Friday, China announced it will suspend “additional tariffs” on pork, soybeans and other farm goods, Xinhua News Agency reported. Yet it is unclear exactly what level of tariffs Chinese officials committed to suspend, and the Associated Press reported phone calls to Chinese government agencies were not answered Friday because of a national holiday.“If media reports are accurate, this is a most welcome development,” Herring said in a statement Friday.Tariffs on U.S. pork increased another 10% on Sept. 1, making the retaliatory tariff 60%, tacked on to a traditional 12% duty already in place. That puts the full Chinese tariff on U.S. pork now at 72%. The inability of U.S. producers to export to China is costing pork producers $8 per animal sold, according to Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University.With China forced to kill pigs to stop the spread of African swine fever and Chinese production down 50%, U.S. producers should benefit, but the tariffs make U.S. pork too expensive to import, said Nick Giordano, NPPC vice president and counsel for global government affairs.U.S. pork producers are benefiting from rising world pork prices due to lower Chinese production, but the benefits would be so much greater if the U.S. industry could export to China, he said.“Our sector is one of those most impacted by the trade disputes,” Giordano said.Removing the tariff on U.S. pork, “Would be viewed favorably by our industry but, more importantly, by the U.S. government,” Giordano said.Instead of exporting higher volumes in a period of Chinese shortages, American producers are watching their competitors in other countries make those sales, he added. Most U.S. competitors only pay a 12% duty selling into China.China bought 237,800 metric tons of U.S. pork and variety meats from January through July of this year, according to USDA data, a 51% increase from low 2018 sales to China. In terms of volume, China is the second-largest market behind Mexico. Japan remains the top market for U.S. pork in terms of dollar value, while China is third behind Mexico.Data published by the European Commission on the EU’s pork exports show that, during the first half of 2019, EU exports to China grew by 42% compared to the same period in 2019, going from 680,686 metric tons in 2018 to 965,768 metric tons in 2019, according to the swine industry website www.pig333.com.Asked whether the fact that the Chinese tariffs are in retaliation for U.S. tariffs means that President Donald Trump should reduce American tariffs to encourage the Chinese to reduce theirs, Giordano said, “We don’t always talk publicly about our discussions with the administration. The administration understands that this has taken quite a toll on the industry.”The trade aid package has been welcome but has not made up for producers’ losses, the officials said.Jen Sorenson, an Iowa producer who is a vice president of the council, said that the trade aid has been “positive” because people who have not been able to afford pork now have it.The officials also called for approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, and Giordano said he believes Congress will vote on it.DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton contributed to this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s a gradual move that we see people make to the cloud. It may seem slow at times but it is happening. What moves it along are the incremental changes to applications that make the services just a little bit easier to use.Here are three news items from this week that demonstrate how this shift is occurring. These news items have a common thread. All represent how Web operating systems (OS) flatten document formats for universal use and collaboration.Google Docs Supports 12 New FormatsHeavy Google Docs users know that not all file types can be imported into Google Docs. There’s always some way around the problem but the formatting is usually lost in some manner.Google Docs now supports 12 new file types that should lessen the issue to some extent.The new file types include:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)Apple Pages (.PAGES)Adobe Illustrator (.AI)Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)PostScript (.EPS, .PS)TrueType (.TTF)XML Paper Specification (.XPS)Turn Your Tablet into a PCThis week, the Laptop Magazine blog reviewed a service designed for the new Honeycomb tablets. Quickoffice for Honeycomb uses the wide screen capabilities of the tablet as it runs the Android 3.0 operating system.The Quickoffice service abstracts the formats in Microsoft Office, allowing documents to be edited on mobile devices. A lot of talk at the Mobile World Congress was about the Web operating system for mobile devices. My view is that formats are an example of the breakdown in hierarchical systems that has lead us to the new Web operating systems such as Hewlett-Packar’s WebOS and the Google Chrome OS.The Laptop blog reviews a few of the capabilities that come with Quickoffice:For example, the file manager which appears when you first launch the app is a three-paned menu with a list of both local and cloud-based storage drive son the left, a list of files and folders in the center, and the files in the currently selected folder on the right.In the Quickpoint presentation editor, a panel on the left allows you to scroll through the list of slides in your presentation and reorder them by tap and dragging. In the Quickword document editor, you can see a list of thumbnails of the next and previous pages while you finger scroll and a context menu in the top bar changes to allow contextual search or formatting when you highlight a piece of text. The Quickpoint spreadsheet editor is also impressive, as it includes 140 formulas built in and the ability to handle multiple worksheets.Crocodoc Launches HTML5 ViewerCrocodoc launched an embeddable HTML5 document viewing and collaboration tool this week. The HTML5 viewer replaces its Flash-based viewer. The company is seeking to disrupt Adobe in the PDF editing and document collaboration space.Adobe is a classic example of a company that can be disrupted in this new innovation cycle. Crocodoc is further extending its reach by offering a new partner program. Yammer, for instance, will be integrating the Crocodoc service into its product.Formats for a Desktop AgeLooking at these announcements, you get the sense of what happens when older technologies become less useful. We talk a lot about the rate of change and how it takes longer than we think for trends to take footing. The online editing space has gone through a number of iterations over the past few years. In the process, the usefulness of services like Google Docs has lead to a shift that is affecting millions of people who just need an easier way to get things done.We will see formats flatten to fit the needs of users who want the simplicity of the Web OS. We’re in a different time now. It’s more about group collaboration than the singular task of creating documents for the purposes of one-way communication. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Prevention of Money Laundering Act Adjudicating Authority has confirmed the attachment of a Panchkula property worth more than ₹64 crore by the Enforcement Directorate in a case against the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and others. The land was “illegally” reallotted to the company, which runs The National Herald, when Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Haryana Chief Minister. According to the Enforcement Directorate, the plot was originally allotted to the AJL in 1982. However, as construction work was not undertaken in compliance with the conditions of the allotment, the land was taken back by the State government in October 1992. The cancellation became irreversible after a revision petition was dismissed in 1996. After Mr. Hooda became the Chief Minister, he allegedly misused his office and got the land reallotted in August 2005.last_img read more