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No work tonight on US 50 in Lawrenceburg

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— Crews will not be in action tonight (7/26) on U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg. Paving will continue on Saturday (7/26) and Sunday (7/27) from 3 am to 3 pm. Nighttime work will resume on Monday (7/29), weather permitting.As a reminder, please slow down, pay attention and use caution in the work zone!last_img

Boxing:Manny Pacquiao gives away Thanksgiving turkeys

first_imgFighter of the Decade and self-proclaimed “Pinoy Pilgrim” Manny Pacquiao gives away Thanksgiving turkeys and pies in appreciation to his fans at the Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church in Los Angeles on Sunday.Pacquiao is in deep preparation for the upcoming fourth fight of his historic rivalry against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez.Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay Per View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 8.last_img

Barnes scores on return, but Houston Dynamo draw

first_imgHOUSTON, Texas (CMC):Reggae Boyz forward, Giles Barnes, scored on his return from injury, but Houston Dynamos conceded deep in stoppage time at the end, as Seattle Sounders claimed a point in a 1-1 draw in the MLS here Sunday.The 27-year-old Barnes, who has been sidelined for the last few weeks with hamstring problems, showed no effects from the lay-off as he put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute at the BBVA Compass Stadium.Houston appeared set for full points with time winding down, but Chad Marshall netted in the fourth minute of injury time to break their hearts.They lie eighth in the 10-team western conference, with five points from as many outings.Barnes said the loss was a difficult one to take, but there were positives to be taken from the defeat.”It’s bitter, but I’m always proud of my team no matter what we do,” said the Jamaican international, who was substituted in the 89th minute.”We controlled the game for most of the parts; it’s just that last little bit, that last per cent we need to get ready, need to get right; and once we do that, we’ll be fine.”- CMClast_img read more

Police look for watch owner

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are hoping to find the owner of a gold plated ladies watch that was found in the local Walmart.Police say the ELGIN watch was found on the store floor on Dec. 31.Anyone who believes the watch belongs to them is asked to contact the Fort St. John detachment to provide proof of ownership.- Advertisement –last_img

Darwin Fish Lacks Tetrapod Legs

first_imgYou can see a transition between a fish and a land creature in fossils and genes only if you have a vivid imagination.Evolutionists made a big media push this month to promote their narrative of a Great Transformation between fish and land animals. One came in a new science paper on genetic evidence co-authored by a champion of that narrative, Dr. Neil (“Your Inner Fish”) Shubin. Another came from fossil evidence about a star witness, the extinct “stem tetrapod” Acanthostega, which comes after Tiktaalik in the narrative. As we shall see, neither evidence serves as a strong prop for the stage play of tetrapod origins.Genetic EvidenceIn Nature, Aditya Saxena and Kimberly L. Cooper announce that the fin-to-limb transition is “within our grasp.” Why? A new paper by Nakamura, Shubin et al., also published in Nature, shows that Hox genes between zebrafish and mice “have more in common than was previously thought.” The particular developmental genes relate to fin rays in the fish and finger digits in the mammal. Saxena and Cooper acknowledge, though, that the resulting structures comprise different types of bone (endochondral bone in the fish, dermal bone in the mouse). After looking at Shubin’s evidence, they backtrack from the headline, admitting that the evidence is not really “within our grasp.”Some caution should be taken in the interpretation of these data. Because zebrafish are highly derived compared with more-basal fishes, it is possible that the role of hox13 transcription factors in the development of fin rays is a recent zebrafish acquisition. It will be important, where possible, to perform some of the same fate-mapping and gene loss-of-function experiments in fish species, such as the paddlefish and gar, that diverged closer to the shared ancestor with tetrapods and that have fin skeletons with more similarities to ancestral tetrapods. Fortunately, these exciting questions are emerging just as CRISPR–Cas9 genome-editing technologies are becoming options for a variety of unusual model species. The answers may soon be within our grasp.If the transition were solved, Nakamura and Shubin would not have begun their paper with these confessions:Understanding the evolutionary transformation of fish fins into tetrapod limbs is a fundamental problem in biology. The search for antecedents of tetrapod digits in fish has remained controversial because the distal skeletons of limbs and fins differ structurally, developmentally, and histologically. Moreover, comparisons of fins with limbs have been limited by a relative paucity of data on the cellular and molecular processes underlying the development of the fin skeleton.The paper reveals only the barest of possible connections in certain developmental genes. Employing the power of suggestion, they say: “These discoveries reveal a cellular and genetic connection between the fin rays of fish and the digits of tetrapods and suggest that digits originated via the transition of distal cellular fates.” Assuming a transition, however, is not the same as providing evidence for it. “Neil Shubin and colleagues have compared Hox function in fins and limbs by performing cell lineage and knockout assays of Hox genes in zebrafish fins,” the Editor’s Summary states. “They find that zebrafish deficient in HoxA and HoxD gene clusters show reduced fin rays and increased endochondral elements.” That’s negative evidence in a “derived” fish. Mice, in turn, are mammals far removed from the presumptive first tetrapod – hardly evidence for creative inventions of shoulders, wrists, and digits. It’s not surprising that common upstream switches would have detrimental effects on downstream products.Fossil EvidenceAll fossils of Acanthostega come from eastern Greenland, where Jennifer Clack found them in 1987. Till now, paleontologists assumed they were adult skeletons. Wrong; a new find “rewrites the tetrapod move to land,” Science Daily says. A new analysis of the limited number of available fossils in X-rays by researchers at Uppsala University suggests that the individuals were juveniles.The tetrapods are four-limbed vertebrates, which are today represented by amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Early tetrapods of the Devonian period (419-359 million years ago) are of great interest to palaeontologists: they were the earliest vertebrate animals that ventured onto land, paving the way for all future vertebrate life on land. The move from water to land must have affected every aspect of the biology of these animals, but until now there has been no serious attempt to investigate their life histories — how long they lived or whether they had an aquatic juvenile stage, for example. Well-preserved skeletons are rare and it has simply been assumed that they represent adults.What is the impact of undermining that assumption? For one, it now becomes unlikely that the juveniles could have ventured onto land. And since we now realize we don’t have adult specimens of Acanthostega, Live Science notes, “it’s impossible to say whether they were aquatic or terrestrial animals” at all. Sophie Sanchez at Uppsala connects the dots: “This means that we need to find the adult fossils before being able to build up theories on the tetrapod move to land,” she said. It’s like being back to square one.None of the articles or papers addressed the problem of tetrapod trackways found in Poland that predate Tiktaalik by 20 million Darwin years in the evolutionary timeline (see Casey Luskin’s article on that in Evolution News & Views). Nor did they explain whether living fish like mudskippers (see YouTube clip from National Geographic) are going through a great transformation now (see Luskin’s response to fish-amphibian similarities in ENV, 2011). A Canadian submersible found a bright red deep-sea fish walking on the seafloor (YouTube), apparently oblivious to ambitions of invading the land.The tetrapod transition narrative remains an “evolutionary gem” for Darwinians (see Casey Luskins listing from ENV, 2010). But with wrong assumptions and only flimsy suggestions that fish learned to walk by mutation and natural selection, the story seems overhyped (see Casey Luskin’s critique of the Hox gene evidence from ENV, 2014). David Klinghoffer reported an “everything-you-know-is-wrong” discovery about early tetrapod backbones in 2013 on ENV. How many other hits could this already-challenged narrative survive in the future?Update 9/14/16: A week after Shubin’s paper, another paper by Jennifer Clack and Per Ahlberg appeared in Nature (Sanchez et al.) reinforcing the juvenile age of the Acanthostega fossils. The editor’s summary says that the individuals, six years old at the oldest, were “obligately aquatic”,  In a companion piece in Nature, Nadia B. Fröbisch says that the mass kill of the fish occurred in a “catastrophic flood event”. Neither of the articles provides any specific evidence for evolution beyond speculation in future tense, such as, “Their results will provide a deeper understanding of the development and evolution of our four-legged forerunners.”Like the YouTube clips show, it’s not unusual to see some fish using strong fins for locomotion on land. The only ones Darwinians get excited about are the ones they can fit into their timeline at the presumed spot where the transition occurred. They used to think coelacanth was the innovator of precocious limbs, until living ones were seen using their bony fins for swimming, not walking (4/18/13, 1/25/14).Creationists see the world populated with an enormous variety of creatures, with some potential for variability within their kinds, each well adapted to its habitat. Only Darwin’s ideology tries to connect them in a branching ancestral sequence. Instead of looking for tiny clues here and there that offer little more than suggestions, biologists should examine the big picture: how could blind, unguided processes produce unified organisms with senses, locomotion, digestion, and reproduction? Douglas Axe calls such entities (whether animals or robots) “busy wholes” and “whole projects” in chapter 6 of his new book Undeniable, a good read about functional coherence that we all know by intuition comes from a personal, intelligent source. Axe provides abundant evidence from his own research on proteins to show why our intuition is scientifically correct. (Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Personal Relationships Matter More Now Than Ever In Sales

first_imgIt is a fact that the properties of water are two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.This fact is easily proven using an exemplar, a scientific method of proof. You look at a water molecule through a microscope and notice that you see two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. You ask someone else to look through the microscope, and they report the very same finding. This injunction is repeated, and you have a fact. No one ever discovered evidence to the contrary.My friend Graham wrote a post on LinkedIn, hyperbolically titled Personal Relationships no longer matter in B2B Sales. The evidence he cites regarding some emerging trends are worth noting, but they are not, as he believes them to be, facts. They are surely not unyielding scientific facts. They are instead contextual trends and some of his personal experiences, being found in some places and not in others, experienced by some, but not all.It is a very rare thing that I respond so directly to a post like Graham’s, but I find this line of thinking dangerous. It is disempowering, and it is an abdication of your duty to create value for your clients, something that is made more difficult through an arms-length process and a transactional relationship—the resulting sales landscape in Graham’s view.Fortunately, Graham mostly misreads the evidence. The trends he cites, in fact, point to the opposite conclusion.Consensus Buying BehaviorsConsensus buying behaviors do not spell the end of personal relationships in B2B sales. Citing CEB’s research that there are now 5.2 stakeholders in the average B2B buying decision, Graham suggests that you cannot “develop meaningful relationships” with multiple stakeholders from “cross-functional” segments of the business and from “different regions, all with their own (and often conflicting) agenda(s).” Yet this is exactly what we do.Commercial relationships are personal. However, being known, liked, and trusted now also requires another component: economic value. To create that economic value, it helps to be known, liked, and trusted, because that improves the likelihood of you being able to build consensus and manage change.Can you imagine that consensus can be more easily found with no personal relationships? Is the salesperson’s absence in this process going to allow this consensus to spring from thin air, with silos being torn down on their own, concerns resolving themselves, and enlightened stakeholders suddenly setting aside their differences for the greater good without so much as a peep? Happy days were this true. But it isn’t.There are plenty of salespeople who successfully manage multiple relationships and help their clients find consensus around change, even when they are spread out across the globe, and even when they have competing agendas. There are also plenty of salespeople who cannot. Either way, this work is being done successfully by salespeople every single day.Graham’s next point is in conflict with this point. That point is the idea that people buy from machines and websites.Avoiding the SalespersonIf a salesperson cannot help find consensus, how on Earth does a website enable an agreement between conflicting agendas and needs that are at odds? The idea that buyers don’t need salespeople is mostly true in B2C, and in more transactional B2B sales.Graham suggests that buyers in “practically every industry, segment, category, and region are now demonstrating that they prefer to bypass the salesperson every chance they get.”All generalizations are lies, and this one is no exception. There will be countless sales calls made during the week in which you read this post, all with prospective and existing clients who have agreed to meet with a salesperson. Some portion of these prospects and clients may have chosen to place an order online, with as many or more preferring to speak with someone who can actually help them come to the right decision.Incorrectly, Graham cites the reason for the resistance to meeting with salespeople as the buyer’s knowledge that “each and every salesperson has a vested interest in trying to convince the buyer to purchase their product regardless of whether it’s the right fit for their problem.” This generalization is also out of sync with how most salespeople sell. Most salespeople don’t sell people things they don’t need. The reason many B2B buyers don’t like to meet with salespeople is because they are presently satisfied, and because too many salespeople waste their time.Citing Forrester, Graham says, “93% of B2B buyers say that they prefer to buy online rather than from a salesperson when they’ve decided what to buy and just need to make the purchase” What people say they prefer in surveys and what they do are often at odds, and that is likely also the case here. But there is a certain truth that when a purchase is low risk, of low strategic value, and of relatively low importance, people will transact. That, however, is not the type of sale many people in B2B are engaged in now.Buyers Have Evolved, Sellers Have NotGraham makes a statement of fact that is untrue when he suggests that “Buyers have evolved but sales people have not. B2B buyers no longer need a ‘personal relationship’ with you in order to make a decision. They will NOT stick with you just because you are a good person – trusted, likeable and dependable.”In one sense, Graham is correct. Trusted, likeable, and dependable are no longer enough. You aren’t likely to have a client retain you if you don’t create economic value. To do so, you now need deep chops. You need business acumen and situational knowledge. You need to be able to manage change, as noted above. You also need to be a leader.It is factually incorrect to suggest that salespeople have not evolved. Some may be evolving faster, and some more slowly, but there is an evolution that seems to match the customer’s evolution. Are we really selling like it’s 1958? Has the work of Rackham, and Heiman, and CEB, and Hanan, and Brock, and Bertuzzi, and Blount, and Weinberg and Konrath and many others not been widely adopted? What Graham sees as the end of personal relationships is really evidence of the evolution of commercial relationships, now requiring greater value creation, something more easily done with personal relationships, and frighteningly impossible without.Digital EngagementThe Digital Kool-Aid has been distributed, and many have drunk deeply from what has been served. To their detriment, I am afraid.From Graham’s post: “Yes, there are some instances when buyers still prefer to interact with a sales person, but when they do, it’s increasingly via digital means like email, chat, sales engagement platforms, Skype and collaborative software rather than F2F or via phone calls.”As far as I know, sexting has not replaced sex. I say this only half joking. The truth is that the things that make us human haven’t changed much over the last 50,000 years. Trust still matters. Caring still matters. Having someone looking after you, helping you see around corners and avoid risk still matter very much to people who lead companies and make decisions.Why would clients prefer Skype if not to see the person to whom they are speaking? What is it about looking someone in the eyes?The belief that clients prefer not to meet face-to-face is extraordinarily incorrect and unhealthy, and suggesting that you forgo face-to-face visits is malpractice. There aren’t too many things that are going to help you create a preference for you, your company, and your solution like your presence. Showing up to understand your client’s world, to spend time with them, to learn about their business and, yes, to deepen your relationships will help you create a competitive advantage.What This Really MeansSome types of selling are more difficult than they used to be. They require greater skills, as well as the ability manage more complexity. They also require different skills, like Business Acumen, Change Management, and Leadership, the final three chapters of my book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need.Relationships are more important now, and more is required of you if you want to maintain those relationships.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. Your job in sales is to make all things unequal. Don’t believe me? Try to compete successfully without them.I just looked over my last week’s calendar. I made a face-to-face sales call every day last week.last_img read more

Spurs agree fee for Southampton midfielder, Victor Wanyama: Reports

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have agreed to sign Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama for 11 million pounds ($16.11 million), British media reported on Monday.Wanyama heavily featured in the Premier League under Ronald Koeman, who was named Everton manager last week, making 29 starts as the club clinched sixth place to qualify for the Europa League.The 24-year-old, who picked up three red cards last season which led to a five-match suspension, had also been in talks with Spurs last year before the deal fell through.The Saints had hoped to tie down Wanyama to a new deal, with the player entering the final year of his contract, but British media reported that the Kenya international rejected the offers.Wanyama, who is due to undergo a medical, will become the first Southampton player to be reunited with manager Mauricio Pochettino since his arrival at White Hart Lane in 2014.Monday’s deal also means Wanyama will become Tottenham’s first signing during the close season, as Pochettino will look to build on last season’s third place finish.last_img read more

10 months agoToshack warns Juventus of Ramsey expectations

first_imgToshack warns Juventus of Ramsey expectationsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wales coach John Toshack says Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey needs to be careful about his expected move to Juventus.Toshack says Ramsey will have to fight for his place in Juve’s midfield.“He was always a talent, but I don’t know if I’d call him a star yet,” Toshack told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“For the moment he is playing for a big club and very soon he’ll be at a huge club. That says a lot about his quality, even if I haven’t quite figured out what his best position is yet. That is an issue Juve will need to clarify straight away.“I don’t know if Aaron is disciplined enough to play in front of the defence. I am also not sure he scores enough to play close to the strikers.“He might do better in a three-man midfield, where he has the possibility to push forward, or perhaps in a three supporting the centre-forward. In modern football you do need to be versatile and he is a modern player.”Ramsey had also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, but seems to have chosen Juventus.“He has a unique opportunity to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, to grow, to improve, and that’s a lucky break for a lad who hasn’t had much luck,” continued the former Wales manager.“I remember watching TV when he really hurt himself playing against Stoke in 2010. I was stunned. It took him nine months to get back, but the experience helped forge his character. He grew up over time, but now he’s 28 years old and read to explode.“Juventus are doing really well when it comes to free agents and contracts running down, picking up top players for free like Emre Can and Sami Khedira. They’ve already got a great talent like Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, so it’s an excellent midfield.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoLeicester boss Puel wary facing improving Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel wary facing improving Southamptonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is wary facing an improving Southampton under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Saturday’s game sees Puel come up against his former club, who are currently third from bottom of the table.Puel has seen improvement at Southampton since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as manager and he expects Saints to pull clear of relegation trouble.”Of course they will,” said Puel. “They have good ingredients and quality in the team. They have good organisation and mentality and had a good result against Chelsea. They had a good attitude in their last game also and they can continue that way.”It will be a tough game as they are in form.” last_img read more