It’s Not Your Phone…Cell Service is Out Across the Nation

first_imgA large number of mobile phone users in South Florida and other cities around the country are angrily reporting problems with their cellphone services Monday afternoon.Companies with troubled connections included T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. A large number of outages are concentrated in major cities such as Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles, according to online cell service tracker DownDetector.“Our engineers are working to resolve a voice and data issue that has been affecting customers around the country. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have this fixed shortly,” wrote Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile on Twitter. “Our engineers are working to resolve a voice and data issue that has been affecting customers around the country. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have this fixed shortly,” wrote Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile on Twitter.A Verizon spokesperson said that DownDetector was falsely reporting network issues, though they were “aware that another network carrier is having network issues.”DownDetector began receiving reports of issues with T-Mobile at 12:42 p.m Monday. Around 3:01 p.m., the service tracker had 113,980 reports of T-Mobile outages nationwide. Reports have fallen to 31,549, as of 5:22 p.m.The website also recorded 1,548 reports of outages for Sprint, which recently merged with T-Mobile, and 7,574 reports for Verizon, as of 5:20 p.m.last_img read more

President Trump to Sign Executive Order Protecting Monuments

first_imgPresident Trump will soon issue an executive order to protect public statues and monuments from being damaged or destroyed by far-left and anarchist protesters.“We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments,” “This is a disgrace.” are Trump’s words. Monday night, hours after Arroyo interviewed Trump, a group of protesters attempted to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park before being pushed back by police. Protesters clashed with police on Monday in a park near the White House as they tried to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.Police moved into Lafayette Square with reports of pepper spray being used to clear the crowd.President Trump took to Twitter to say that “numerous people” had been arrested for what he called “disgraceful vandalism” of the “magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson.” He suggested prison sentences of ten years. center_img It will be interesting to see how the federal branch can impose its will on these cities and municipalities. Far-left activist Shaun King on Monday said all images depicting Jesus as a “white European” should be torn down including stained glass adorning churches. last_img read more

Commissioners Celebrate Earth Day, Thank Volunteers

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County CommissionersTo celebrate Earth Day , Thurston County Commissioners presented their annual Earth Day proclamation at their regular weekly meeting. But with all the fanfare, flowers, costumes, dancing and dozens of special guests, today’s festivities will be remembered as something far beyond simple regular meeting proceedings.The proclamation declaring Tuesday, April 22 Earth Day in Thurston County was welcomed with daffodils presented by students from McLane Elementary School, and a rousing song and dance from Samba Olywa that has become a delightful annual tradition at the county commissioners’ Earth Day presentation event. Commissioners also congratulated Eli Sterling and all of the volunteers that contribute to the Procession of the Species parade as they celebrate the 20th procession this Saturday.“This special day gives us a chance to highlight the work and dedication of our local environmental heroes,” said Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela. “These volunteers are the heart and soul of this community. Thurston County is a greener and healthier place to live because of your hard work and commitment to the environment. Thank you all for everything you do for Thurston County.”“I look forward to our Earth Day celebration each year,” said Commission Vice Chair Sandra Romero. “It’s a fun and festive way to acknowledge the serious business of protecting our environment. Protecting our clean water, our fertile agricultural lands, our forests, our prairies, our wildlife, and Puget Sound protects our own quality of life and our own health here in Thurston County. Our children are counting on us to do the right thing and leave them a healthy community and a healthy planet.”“We truly could not accomplish all of the things these fabulous volunteers and environmental stewards do without the gifts of their time and tireless efforts. Thurston County as a government body could not afford all of the programs and projects that our volunteers donate to this community. What they do benefits us all, and for that we are all in their debt. They have given us all the gift of a healthier environment,” said Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Is Raiders’ Jon Gruden new and improved? Nope. Same as he ever was

first_imgALAMEDA — No one in the last decade has come into the NFL coaching ranks with a bigger target on his back than Jon Gruden.Part of it was because Gruden had become a cottage industry since his first go-around. He was the crazy coach and ESPN star who pitched imported Mexican beer, chicken wings and tires for your car.Part of it was the mythic 10-year, $100 million contract bestowed upon Gruden by Mark Davis — even … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Some ‘Junk DNA’ May Act as Computer Memory *

first_imgAdditionally,  Alus harbor about 25% of the CpG dinucleotides in the human genome which are methylatable, and hence can provide 25% of the DNA methylatable RAM for chromatin computation in the cell. If one doubts the existence of chromatin computation in the cell, one might do well to check this paper in PLoS One.So not only do Alus provide RAM/EPROM in the human RNA transcriptome, they provide RAM in the DNA genome/chromatin computers in the form of CpG dinucleotides.   The computer-like sophistication of Alu processing boggles the mind. It’s likely a pure coincidence, but it’s a amusing to compare Alu in biology with ALU in the computer world where ALU in the computer world is an acronym for Arithmetic Logic Unit.Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has four science degrees and is working on a PhD. For his previous entries on CEH, see his Author Profile.(Visited 1,022 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ayala’s Antiquated Alu Argument Refuted by Rupe’s Rebuttal in book Contested Bonesby Sal CordovaAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Chris Rupe co-authored the book Contested Bones with John Sanford to tell about the inadequate evidence for human evolution. The book is almost entirely about bones and the fossil record, but there are 3 pages in that book that refute claims by evolutionary biologists that the human genome is badly designed because of repetitive DNA elements known as Alus.Some 10-11% of the human genome is composed of repeats of a specific 300-base pattern called an Alu. Evolutionists claim this is bad design. Their reasoning goes something like this: ‘You only need one copy of a phone book in a house, maybe a few at most, certainly not millions of copies. Therefore the 1 million copies of Alus in the human genome is worthless junk. It doesn’t even code for something. Therefore Alus are bad design. Since it’s bad design, there is no reason to believe there is an Intelligent Designer.”But I knew there was likely a skunk in this evolutionary reasoning. I can usually smell it miles away. For example, if you looked at this server farm and saw all the repeated copies of computers and memory, would you conclude it was bad design?Server Farm. Source: turns out the Alu DNA, like identical copies of computers in a server farm, can have their memory re-programmed on several levels. When Alus are transcribed, they have editable sites that act somewhat like RAM (random access memory) or EPROM (erasable programmable memory). Rupe’s book quotes two papers in support of this idea. The first describes the Adenosine-to-Inosine, or A-to-I, editing that goes on in Alus:Binary use of A or I in millions of sites in the neural cell transcriptome can be considered equivalent to the 0’s and 1’s used for information storage and processing by computers. It is tempting to speculate that the more abundant RNA editing found in the human brain may contribute to the more advanced human capabilities such as memory, learning, and cognition. This suggestion is consistent with the hypothesis that the advantage of complex organisms lies in the development of a digital programming system based on noncoding RNA signaling. The combinatorial posttranscriptional RNA editing of noncoding sequences may therefore contribute to higher brain functions.The second paper says:[T]here are over 100 million human Alu RNA editing sites [in each cell], located in the majority of human genes.I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation, and if each brain cell has a hundred million such Alu binary bits, and if each brain has 100 billion cells, then that about 1019 bits of memory! That is staggering, and that is consistent with the claim that the human brain has more connections than all the routers on the World Wide Web!Rupe and Sanford try to argue we aren’t evolved monkeys. In contrast, Ayala, who is bent on making monkeys out of everyone, said in 2010 when he criticized Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell:There are also lots and lots of DNA sequences that are nonsensical. For example, there are about one million virtually identical Alu sequences that are each three-hundred letters (nucleotides) long and are spread throughout the human genome. Think about it: there are in the human genome about twenty-five thousand genes, but one million interspersed Alu sequences; forty times more Alu sequences than genes. It is as if the editor of Signature of the Cell would have inserted between every two pages of Meyer’s book, forty additional pages, each containing the same three hundred letters. Likely, Meyer would not think of his editor as being “intelligent.” Would a function ever be found for these one million nearly identical Alu sequences? It seems most unlikely.Well, it seems Ayala (writing for Biologos) didn’t make a monkey out of everyone after all, but at least he succeeded in making a monkey of himself.PS: After Rupe’s book came out, I encountered this 2017 paper in the journal Cell that says the following:Primate-specific Alus constitute 11% of the human genome, with >1 million copies, and their genomic distribution is biased toward gene-rich regions.The functions of Alus are highly associated with their sequence and structural features.Alus can regulate gene expression by serving as cis elements.Pol-III-transcribed free Alus mainly affect Pol II transcription and mRNA translation in trans.Embedded Alus within Pol-II-transcribed mRNAs can impact their host gene expression through the regulation of alternative splicing, and RNA stability and translation.Nearly half of annotated Alus are located in introns; RNA pairing formed by orientation-opposite Alus across introns promotes circRNA biogenesis.Alu elements belong to the primate-specific SINE family of retrotransposons and constitute almost 11% of the human genome. Alus are transcribed by RNA polymerase (Pol) III and are inserted back into the genome with the help of autonomous LINE retroelements. Since Alu elements are preferentially located near to or within gene-rich regions, they can affect gene expression by distinct mechanisms of action at both DNA and RNA levels. In this review we focus on recent advances of how Alu elements are pervasively involved in gene regulation. We discuss the impacts of Alu DNA sequences that are in close proximity to genes, Pol-III-transcribed free Alu RNAs, and Pol-II-transcribed Alu RNAs that are embedded within coding or noncoding RNA transcripts. The recent elucidation of Alu functions reveals previously underestimated roles of these selfish or junk DNA sequences in the human genome.last_img read more

Non-GMO corn production and purity concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As fall approaches and growers prepare to harvest corn, it is a good time for a reminder about the challenges of producing NON-GMO corn, many of which occur during harvest, handling, and storage of grain.Many corn growers in the Eastern Corn Belt produce NON-GMO corn attempting to capture an additional premium. Depending on the contracting elevator, standard GMO contamination allowances are typically from 0% to 1%. Producing NON-GMO corn within the acceptable tolerances of GMO contamination is possible; however, there are several challenges and potential pitfalls that make production of 100% pure NON-GMO corn a tremendous undertaking and can keep growers from capturing a premium for their corn. Planting NON-GMO seed does not necessarily mean the harvested shelled corn will be NON-GMO free. Test’s used by elevators to determine if GMO’s are present may not be 100% accurate, but they are a determining factor as to whether a load will be accepted.If a grower plants NON-GMO corn, what could cause GMO contamination? • Contaminated planting equipment and seed tenders • Contaminated seed • Mistakes made in record keeping where hybrids were not correctly identified at planting and/or harvest, leading to contamination • Adventitious pollen from GMO corn fields can cause cross-pollination of NON-GMO corn • Contaminated combines at harvest • Contaminated grain carts, wagons, trucks, augers, grain legs, and grain bins What steps can be taken in an attempt to produce grain that meets GMO tolerances? • Discuss plans for NON-GMO corn with a seed sales rep, select the right hybrid together • Make sure planting equipment is completely and thoroughly cleaned before planting a NON-GMO hybrid • Make sure NON-GMO fields are adequately isolated from neighboring GMO fields to prevent cross-pollination • Vary planting dates and/or hybrid maturities to vary pollination timing between GMO and NON-GMO fields • When harvesting NON-GMO fields, completely clean combines, grain carts, wagons, trucks, dump pits, augers, grain legs, and grain bins of all corn that could be a source of contamination • When hauling corn to the elevator from on-farm storage, make sure all handling equipment (augers, grain legs, trucks, etc.) are completely cleaned to avoid contaminationSeed Consultants does not guarantee or warrantee 100% purity of NON-GMO grain delivered to the elevator. As discussed above, there are many potential sources of contamination and it can be a challenge to eliminate them all. Seed Consultants works diligently to provide customers the purest seed that is produced with every precaution possible, in adherence to industry standards. Although the process of producing grain that is within allowed tolerances is difficult, Seed Consultants’ sales staff and agronomists are available to help growers understand and plan for the many challenges that may arise. Through careful planning and attention to detail, growers can ensure they have minimized the chance of contamination and provide the best possible conditions for capturing a NON-GMO premium.last_img read more

Nokia’s Partnership With Microsoft Hurts More Than It Helps

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Nokia#Windows Phone 8 Nokia has bet the company on Microsoft and its Windows Phone mobile operating system. That would be a risky but defensible bet… if Nokia was the only company making Windows Phones. Unfortunately for Nokia, other mobile manufacturers also vie for consumer attentions with Windows Phones, notably HTC and Samsung, two companies that have been directly responsible for Nokia’s overall fall from grace in the last few years. In many ways, Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft has hurt it as much as it has helped.(For more, see ReadWrite DeathWatch: Nokia.)When third-quarter smartphone shipment numbers were released last week, Nokia, for the first time, had fallen out of the top three manufacturers in the world. By research firm Strategy Analytics’ count, Nokia fell all the way to ninth!There are a variety of reasons for Nokia’s third-quarter disaster. The most obvious is that the competition has kept moving forward with new devices that enables them to sell their older versions at more affordable prices. For instance, Samsung’s strategy of releasing new devices almost every quarter make its quality long-tail offerings, like the Galaxy S II, attractive options to price-conscious buyers. In the U.S. market, Nokia does not have that long tail as its only available devices are the Lumias available from the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T – all of which were released earlier in 2012. But the biggest reason for Nokia falling behind in the smartphone race has been the lack of consumer interest, so far, in Windows Phones. Research firm IDC placed Windows Phone a pathetic fifth in the mobile operating system wars for the third quarter of 2012, witha paltry 3.5% of the market, far behind Android (68.1%) and iOS (16.9%) and even lagging BlackBerry (4.8%) and Nokia’s own dying Symbian platform (4.4%). Nokia Does Not Own Windows PhoneNokia may sell the lion’s share of Windows’s Phone’s 3.5%, but that adds up to only about 5.4 million units or so. And the competition within the Windows Phone world is only getting stiffer.HTC has two Windows Phones that are will be available this holiday shopping season, the 8S and 8X. Both devices are slim and attractive with uni-body designs, offer HTC-specific features like Beats Audio and are generally just quality pieces of hardware. If you were not paying a lot of attention, the 8S and 8X could definitely be mistaken for Nokia’s own Lumia 820 and 920 devices, scheduled for release in November. The difference between HTC and Nokia, though, is that HTC also has the well-designed and popular Android One series devices on top of its Windows Phone offerings. HTC has struggled against the likes of Samsung and Apple this year, but it still shipped 7.3 million smartphones in the third quarter, well above Nokia’s numbers. Exclusive Is Not Always A Good ThingThis is where Nokia gets hurt by its exclusive partnership with Microsoft. The mobile manufacturer is beholden to Microsoft’s release schedule for its Windows 8 platform, a project that has been in the works for three years and is just now being pushed out (along with a huge marketing campaign). Devices running Window Phone 7.5 “Mango” cannot be upgraded to the new Windows Phone 8 platform, thus turning all of Nokia’s Lumia devices from the past year in to lame ducks, just waiting to be phased out. While Nokia has a reputation for being slow in comparison to the primary Android manufacturers, Microsoft reputation is for being even slower. The combination has hurt Nokia more than it has Microsoft. The third quarter numbers are proof enough – but the real test to see how Nokia will fare will be seen during the holiday shopping period. In short, Nokia needs Microsoft a lot more than Microsoft needs Nokia. That relationship, at this point, is doing more harm than good for the future of the once-powerful Finnish brand.  dan rowinski Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Trailer: Randeep Hooda as Raja Ravi Varma in Rang Rasiya

first_imgAfter the success of his film Kick and Highway, Randeep Hooda is back again with a film of completely different genre. The trailer of his much delayed film Rang Rasiya is out.The film depicts the love story of Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma and his muse Sugandha Bai played by Nandana Sen. The trailer looks intimate and artistic.Produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN India, Rang Rasiya is directed by Ketan Mehta of Mangal Pandey fame.Randeep is sporting a thick moustache while doe-eyed Nandana Sen looks beautiful in the trailer.Randeep took to Twitter to announce the release of the film’s trailer. He tweeted, “Raja Ravi Varma gave face to our Gods, sari as our national garment and was the guru of the father of Indian cinema..”Produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN India, Rang Rasiya is directed by Ketan Mehta of Mangal Pandey fame and will release on October 23.last_img read more

Marine running Boston Marathon for fallen friends crawls to finish

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Herndon said he never considered giving up even when his legs started giving out about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the end of the race Monday.“That was the longest 4.2 miles I’ve ever run in my life,” said Herndon, who’s from Tallmadge, Ohio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe said his military training kicked in when he dropped to his hands and knees and crawled, at times pulling himself on his stomach, for the final 100 yards (91 meters).“It was kind of second nature,” he said Tuesday, a day after finishing his third marathon. “They instill ‘adapt and overcome.’ Any situation you’re in, that’s what you do.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Raptors rout Magic as Kyle Lowry bounces back Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Micah Herndon, of Tallmadge, Ohio, crawls to the finish line in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A Marine veteran said all he was thinking about as he crawled to the finish of the Boston Marathon was the men who died after an attack on their convoy in Afghanistan nine years ago.Their names were written on his hand, his shoes and his race bib. They were the inspiration, Micah Herndon said, when he first started running to escape the horrors of war.ADVERTISEMENT During the marathon, Herndon, 31, said he repeated the names of three men — Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard and British journalist Rupert Hamer — mile after mile.Juarez and Hamer were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in January 2010. Ballard, who was severely injured, died after returning home. Herndon was in that convoy, but his vehicle wasn’t hit.Repeating their names is something Herndon does when he’s training or competing in a race, even when he gets strange looks from other runners.Herndon, who was injured in another blast in 2010, got into running after coming home as a way to deal with post-traumatic stress. He hopes he can inspire other veterans.“It’s hard to reintegrate into society and be a civilian,” he said. “My message to other veterans is to find whatever your release is. My release happens to be running.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more