Lakers take Iowa State’s Talen Horton-Tucker at No. 46 in NBA Draft

first_imgHaving a second-round pick in the draft could help the Lakers add talent without affecting their machinations to create cap space for summer free agency: Second-round picks don’t count against the cap until they are signed. The Lakers are projected to have $23.7 million in cap space for July, but they are angling for more.Horton-Tucker’s agency, Klutch Sports, is sure to draw attention. Klutch also represents new teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He’s met both through his agency, but said being a teammate with the All-NBA forwards would be “nerve-wracking, really.”Iowa State has a strong recent track record of overachieving NBA prospects lately: Monte Morris, Abdel Nader and Georges Niang are some of the players who have outplayed their draft projections in the last NBA season.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “Everybody grows up dreaming to play for a team like that.”The Lakers selected Horton-Tucker without meeting him at the NBA Combine last month or working him out in El Segundo. Horton-Tucker seemed as surprised as anyone that the Lakers took a flier on him.Early in the draft process, Horton-Tucker was considered a possible first-round pick. Iffy athletic testing and shooting inconsistency (30.8 percent from 3-point range) likely counted against him on team draft boards.But at 235 pounds and with his lofty reach, Horton-Tucker could play a variety of positions. On offense, he said he thinks he could play any backcourt sport, while on defense, he could guard shooting guards or small forwards, potentially as a switcher.“(My game is) being able to do a lot of different things on the court,” he said. “Just trying to perfect that every day.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Lakers decided not to remain on the sidelines for the NBA Draft on Thursday night.Buying their way back into the second round, the Lakers took enigmatic Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker with the 46th overall pick. The trade with the Orlando Magic will cost them money and a future second-round choice.A positionally versatile 6-foot-4 player who has a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Horton-Tucker has intriguing potential that the Lakers felt comfortable seizing on. He averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in one season with the Cyclones, and is still only 18 years old.From his home in Chicago, Horton-Tucker was inspired to be playing in L.A. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Thurston County Outdoor Burn Ban Effective Today August 2

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersThe Thurston County Outdoor Burn Ban on residential materials has been expanded county-wide to now prohibit some recreational fires, effective as of 10:00 a.m., Wednesday August 2 and ending Monday, September 4, 2017.This burn ban applies to outdoor recreational burning with the exception of recreational fires in approved concrete, stone or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.The Thurston County Fire Marshal in consultation with the County Manager, the Board of County Commissioners and the Executive Committee of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs’ Association, determined that current weather conditions within the county have created substantial fire danger and there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Thurston County.last_img read more

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Well blow-out north of Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There has been a well blow-out near Laprise Creek north of Fort St. John.The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says the incident has caused the area to be evacuated and a roadblock into the area has been put into place.  The well was operating on a lease owned by Saguaro Resources and Ensign drilling rig 444 was working in the area.  The Laprise Creek area is located east of Sikanni Chief.At this time, there is no risk to the public, according to a tweet from the BC OGC.We are investigating a report of a Saguaro Resources well blow-out in the Laprise Creek area, north of Fort St. John. The site has been evacuated and a roadblock is in place. There is no risk to the public and no reports of any injuries. A Commission inspector is on route.— BC Oil and Gas Commission (@BCOGC) September 1, 2019- Advertisement -There are no reports of any injuries and an inspector from the OGC is on route.Advertisement This is the second well blow-out at a Saguaro Resources facility in less than a year.  The incident occurred at 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2018 and there were no injuries at the site approximately 180 kms north of Fort St. John.We will update this story as more information becomes available.  If you have any information to share, email [email protected]last_img read more

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When Data Doesn’t Fit the Consensus

first_imgLike evolutionists, climate scientists have ways of oversimplifying or neglecting inputs that could challenge their paradigm.Models for climate change must deal with numerous factors, some independent, some overlapping with other factors in complex feedback loops. It’s impossible to get everything in line for a political sound bite, as the examples below illustrate. Major input estimates can be way off. Whether the factors listed here help or hurt the consensus view on anthropogenic climate change is less important than the question: what other factors are being overlooked or wrongly estimated? What are the unknown unknowns? (See also 9/19/16, “Climate is not clear for change”).Estimates on glacial erosion rates were biased. Science Magazine reports that systematic biases are calling into question estimates of erosion rates in glaciated environments:Deciphering erosion rates over geologic time is fundamental for understanding the interplay between climate, tectonic, and erosional processes. Existing techniques integrate erosion over different time scales, and direct comparison of such rates is routinely done in earth science. On the basis of a global compilation, we show that erosion rate estimates in glaciated landscapes may be affected by a systematic averaging bias that produces higher estimated erosion rates toward the present, which do not reflect straightforward changes in erosion rates through time.Don’t forget the aerosols. Small particles affect cloud condensation, which in turn affect climate by “substantially” influencing the reflectivity of the earth. Scientists reporting in PNAS that researchers may have wrongly estimated the contribution of multiphase dimethyl sulfide (DMS) on cloud formation.Climate models indicate the importance of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) oxidation in new aerosol particle formation and the activation of cloud condensation nuclei over oceans. These effects contribute to strong natural negative radiative forcing and substantially influence the Earth’s climate. However, the DMS oxidation pathway is not well-represented, because earlier model studies only parameterized gas-phase DMS oxidation and neglected multiphase chemistry. Here, we performed the most comprehensive current mechanistic studies on multiphase DMS oxidation. The studies imply that neglecting multiphase chemistry leads to significant overestimation of SO2 production and subsequent new particle formation. These findings show that an advanced treatment of multiphase DMS chemistry is necessary to improve marine atmospheric chemistry and climate model predictions. How much carbon can the soil hold? Another input is being revised. Estimates of soil carbon sequestration are in need of revision, a paper in Science Magazine says:Soil is the largest terrestrial carbon reservoir and may influence the sign and magnitude of carbon cycle–climate feedbacks. Many Earth system models (ESMs) estimate a significant soil carbon sink by 2100, yet the underlying carbon dynamics determining this response have not been systematically tested against observations. We used 14C data from 157 globally distributed soil profiles sampled to 1-meter depth to show that ESMs underestimated the mean age of soil carbon by a factor of more than six (430 ± 50 years versus 3100 ± 1800 years). Consequently, ESMs overestimated the carbon sequestration potential of soils by a factor of nearly two (40 ± 27%). These inconsistencies suggest that ESMs must better represent carbon stabilization processes and the turnover time of slow and passive reservoirs when simulating future atmospheric carbon dioxide dynamics.An editorial in Nature takes a peek into the sociology of climate science. Are political conclusions rushing ahead of good observational science? The editors advise, “The maximum climate ambition needs a firm research backing,” implying that firm research backing is lacking. The editors discuss how the fix on the 2-degree target overlooks a different, lower target that may or may not be practical. “We need to know what the 1.5 °C warming target will involve — even if we don’t reach it,” they say. Deadlines, meetings, and conferences put pressure on these arbitrary targets, showing that scientists do not necessarily calmly assess data in a dispassionate manner. They have to meet the IPCC deadlines. Could this reduce the reliability of their published results? You can’t always rush a conclusion requiring lots of data, measurement, and analysis.Unless the politics swirling around energy and climate policy change dramatically, the targets are clearly out of reach, but that does not mean that the IPCC’s latest research exercise is a waste of time. Regardless of any particular political target, the work can shed light on what deep decarbonization might mean for both human societies and the natural environment. That is information that policy­makers — particularly those pushing for aggressive action — can use. Each solution comes with its own challenges: technical, ethical, social and political. So much for disinterested science. This is a hotbed of social and political forces that apparently want data that supports their own talking points.Geoff Cumming explains one reason so many scientific studies may be wrong: misuse of statistics. Writing for The Conversation, he discusses p-hacking and other errors that have put science into a “reproducibility crisis” invading even the top research journals. While not specifically addressing climate science, he gives this humorous caution that applies to all research: “Statisticians have a saying: if you torture the data enough, they will confess.”Science cannot be understood outside of its social, historical and worldview context. Some areas of science, being apolitical, are less vulnerable to those forces than others: who cares how many electrons are found to exist in a particular element’s inner shell? You can repeat some experiments over and over. But climate science is very political, very complex, and non-repeatable. So is evolutionary theory. That makes both of them hotbeds of social, political and worldview influences on the way the members of the guild behave. The more a science becomes political, the more citizens should be wary of its advocates’ strong pronouncements.You can tell when a consensus is weak. They call their opponents crazy. Science Daily reports on psychologists who think they have figured out “The psychology behind climate change denial.” We retort with, “The theology behind calling others crazy.” It’s also known as the fallenness of human nature.(Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Global recognition for South African lab

first_img29 June 2015The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has been nominated by the Swiss Institute for Quality Standards (SIQS) and the Socrates Committee for the prestigious international award in European Quality in the health care category.“The nomination serves as recognition and affirmation of the NHLS’ position as a leader in pathology and diagnostic services on the African continent,” said the NHLS.The awards will be presented at Montreux, Switzerland, during the International Excellence in Quality summit, which will run from 30 June to 2 July 2015.These awards aim to spread the Swiss Quality concept and implement advanced quality standards. For the NHLS, the nomination is in recognition of its safe and effective treatment methods, highly professional medical staff, and services quality in accordance with the European standards.“It is with great honour and pride for the NHLS to be nominated for this prestigious award, as it not only represents the organisation, but depicts the great strides and continuous improvements which the South African health care landscape has made over the years, and also attributes to the overwhelming dedication and commitment of the NHLS staff,” said Joyce Mogale, the interim chief executive of the NHLS.The International Excellence in Quality summit is an annual gathering of the top regional goods and services suppliers and professionals in quality improvement. Held over three days in Montreux, the International Forum is an opportunity for 100 leaders and experts worldwide to meet, learn, share local knowledge and recognise the best quality experience.The event aims to empower and encourage all participants to be actively involved in quality practice presentations and discussions.The Swiss Institute for Quality Standards was founded to promote Swiss quality concepts in order to improve products and services.This nomination is not the first international recognition for the NHLS. In 2013, it won the Business Initiative Directions International Star Award for quality.That award was presented to the service for its demonstrated and proven commitment to quality and for its continuous quest for excellence through attention to products and services.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Accounts Enabled

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Portability#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell At the close of a whiz-bang year, OpenID has a lot to be proud of.With a community of nine million sites that use OpenID logins and one billion enabled accounts, OpenID has effectively revolutionized the way we are able to create and maintain portable identities. Best of all, it’s not just bloggers and geeks who sang OpenID’s praises: The U.S. federal government got on board this year, too.OpenID accounts are enabled by such providers as AOL, Blogger, Flickr, Google, LiveJournal, MySpace, Verisign, WordPress and Yahoo, with announcements of upcoming OpenIDs from Microsoft and PayPal. Sites that allow users to login with OpenID range from major retailers and music labels to news organizations and social sites.As for the government, at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, the General Services Administration and several government agencies announced they would adopt OpenID as part of the White House’s Open Government Initiative. Participating companies included Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and related agencies.Not only is the government’s involvement a vote of confidence for OpenID’s innovation, it also speaks to the product’s security progress, which was spearheaded by security committee head and PayPal exec Andrew Nash.In addition to developing and spreading the OpenID product, there’s also the OpenID Foundation, which appointed its first executive committee, including Chris Messina and Don Thibeau, in 2009.Portable identity is one of our favorite themes from this year, and we applaud what OpenID has been able to accomplish. What do you look forward to seeing from the product, the foundation and OpenID partner sites in the year to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Update: The title of this post was changed to reflect the discrepancy between the number of OpenID enabled accounts now online vs. the number of probable OpenID users.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Wisconsin steals show on Ohio State senior day

Sunday’s Ohio State men’s basketball game was supposed to be a going out party for William Buford. Fans waved paddles featuring his face and the student section hoisted a massive cutout of the Buckeyes’ lone senior as Buford was honored prior to the Senior Day game against Wisconsin on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Instead, the No. 16 Badgers stole the show by defeating the No. 8 Buckeyes, 63-60, as a dejected Buford sat at the postgame press conference with a towel over his mouth, staring blankly at the box score in front of him. “Before the game it was cool,” he said. “But our main goal was to win the game and we didn’t win the game. So that kind of messed with my day a little bit.” Although Buford’s demeanor was somber, OSU still has two more regular season games remaining, along with the Big Ten and national tournament. Buford said he is troubled by the lack of cohesion between the team going forward. “It’s real concerning leading into March,” he said. “I mean, you always want to be together and we should be together by now, but hopefully we learn from this loss.” Coach Thad Matta said he threw the team out of practice Saturday. “They weren’t ready to practice and this team has shown we play like we practice,” Matta said. “It’s been proven. We had two great days of practice going into the Illinois game (an 83-67 OSU win Tuesday) and that’s why I was so upset yesterday in practice because it wasn’t where it needed to be. “The guys have got to look at themselves in the mirror and come back and get ready to go.” Poor team practices have occurred too much this season and the Buckeyes need to learn from the losses that result from them, sophomore guard Aaron Craft said. “It’s not a secret,” Craft said. “Leaving the practice gym you know if we practiced well as a team or if we didn’t. We’ve had that feeling (that we didn’t) probably a little too much than we should have, but once again we have to find a way to learn from it. We have to find a way to move on and refocus and keep our heads up.” Sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas, who had a game-high 23 points in the loss to the Badgers, said the team needs to rally around each other going forward. “It all comes down to maturity and talking to each other, you know, helping each other out,” Thomas said. “That’s what it’s all about. Somebody’s got to step up and just be that guy to say, ‘This is enough,’ and bring us all together.” Craft said there is still enough time for the Buckeyes to come together before postseason play. “We are getting to the end of the season, but there’s still time to get better,” Craft said. “We’re still learning, we’re a young team. I think we can figure it out still.” OSU finishes regular season play this week with two road games: Wednesday at Northwestern and Sunday at Michigan State. read more

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Football Fourstar quarterback Jack Miller commits to Ohio State

Ohio State continued to add to its 2020 class Sunday after four-star quarterback Jack Miller committed to the Buckeyes. A Scottsdale, Arizona, native, Miller, the No. 47 overall recruit, is the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 3 recruit from the state according to the 247Sports composite rankings. According to Miller on Twitter, he had received several other scholarship offers, including offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama.Miller is the fourth player to commit to Ohio State in the 2020 class. He will join five-star offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr., four-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos and four-star offensive lineman Jake Wray in the recruiting class.

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Gerrard urges Rooney to move to MLS

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard has urged his former England teammate Wayne Rooney to go ahead with his move to the MLS this summerThe England and Manchester United record goalscorer has been strongly linked with a move to America this summer after arriving in Washington last month to discuss a prospective transfer to DC United.Gerrard, who himself played for LA Galaxy between 2015 and 2016, has encouraged Rooney to make the move from Everton to the MLS at this stage of his career.“I hope he does, I hope he makes it. I enjoyed my time at the MLS and enjoyed the life experience,” said Gerrard, as stated on the Daily Star.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I think where Wayne is now in his career I think it would be great for him and his family to go and settle in an incredible state and see a lot of America.“It is certainly a life experience I’ll never forget and I hope he goes and has the same. The league is a good league, the players are fit and mobile and it is competitive and I enjoyed it at that stage of my career.”After sealing a return to his boyhood club Everton last summer, Rooney ended the 2017/18 season as the club’s top scorer with 10 Premier League goals.last_img read more

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