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first_img 155SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: Details Imagine yourself here with me right now. I am holding a marble, which I give to you. To fully understand what happened during that transaction, let’s look at it more closely. I took a marble that I owned, and then physically put it in your possession. You and I both saw it happen, and we didn’t need anyone else to confirm that it had happened.That marble is now yours. I don’t have it anymore and cannot give you another as I have no more. I no longer own the marble that I gave you and now that you own the marble you are free to keep it, or give it away to someone else.Now, imagine I have a digital marble. I own this digital marble and again choose to give it to you. Now you have the digital marble, but because it is digital, how do you know I still don’t have it as well? Or that I haven’t given it to other people before you?To solve this, how about we let a third party keep track of the transactions of digital marbles. We will give them a full ledger of who has what, and when they got them, and who they got them from.Now, this works in the physical space but in the digital space it creates a big problem. You can’t create a marble out of nothing in the physical world, but in the digital world one could theoretically create as many as you wanted.So the third party in charge of the ledger could give themselves a many digital marbles as they wanted. Luckily we can prevent this from happening by not just giving one person control of the ledger.Giving everyone access to the ledger that lists every transaction of marbles ever made makes it impossible to cheat the system. With every transaction recorded, we all know how many marbles each person has, when they got them and who from.Now we still need someone to confirm that I actually have that digital marble before I give it to you, but instead of having one third party there to witness it, let’s have a few. Then for those that help check and update the ledger, we will give a few digital marbles for their troubles. This is actually the only way that more digital marbles can be made.Because of the public nature of the ledger and the fact that it is constantly policed by those who use it, those digital marbles behave exactly like it’s physical counterpart.This is a simple representation of the bitcoin protocol, where the digital marbles represent Bitcoins and the ledger is Blockchain. In the next installment I will discuss how this technology has impacted the financial world, as well as potential uses.last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Senate appropriators approved an FY17 Financial Services funding bill that contains no legislative riders restricting the CFPB, thus setting up a battle with the House.The Senate approved the bill on Thursday and the committee report was made public on Friday.The House version of the bill would convert the CFPB into a five-member commission; the Senate bill would not. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgAs a preventative move, the tourists were transportedimmediately to Kalibo, Aklan on Jan. 24. “They had no flu-like symptoms, walang ubo or lagnat. Doon sila sa training center dahil they might be at risk ofhospital acquired-pneumonia if we admitted them. Ang apat naChinese tourists na may closecontacts sa isang confirmedcoronavirus patient sa Hong Kong, kasama ng apat ang pitong Chinesenationals sa Boracay ay under medical observation din,” Cuachon added. Four of them were in close contact with aninfected coronavirus patient in Hong Kong. Health authorities are closely monitoring the tracedcontacts while they are staying in the hotel rooms of Gov. Corazon L. CabagnotTourism and Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo for the next 14days. He emphasized that there are still no confirmed cases ofthe 2019-nCov in the province and in the country. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) PHO Officer 1 Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said thatthey managed to track down the foreigners in a resort in the Boracay Island.center_img “Araw araw naka monitor tayo sa kanila. Pagkatapos ng 14 days incubation period, they will be allowed to goback to China, sa tulong ngChina Embassy in the Philippines, athindi na ipagpatuloy ang bakasyon sa Boracay,”  Cuachon said. KALIBO, Aklan – The officials of the Provincial HealthOffice (PHO) here assured the locals that there is no cause for alarm after 11Chinese tourists were put under medical observation due to possible symptoms ofthe Wuhan coronavirus. The said tourists arrived in Kalibo via a Hong Kong-Manila flight on Jan. 22. The said 11 Chinese nationals from Hubei province – 7 adultsand four children – were supposed to spend their one-month vacation in theisland when health authorities from Hong Kong alerted the Philippine healthofficials to conduct intensive contact tracing.last_img read more

first_imgAn antidrug officer inspects items seized from John Rey Tayucon, Dexter Dagatan, Elesaldie Cadalman and Mark Bille. The suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Feb. 7. POLICE STATION 2/ BCPO BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighingabout 22 grams valued at around P180,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay Villamonte. The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 2. They were caught after they allegedlysold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for, P1000 around 8:30 p.m.on Feb. 7, a police report showed.center_img Police identified the suspects as JohnRey Tayucon, 25; Dexter Dagatan, 30; Elesaldie Cadalman, 31; and Mark Bille, 35. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstthem./PNlast_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a map of how the cable markets will be divvied up.Local Comcast customers may soon have a new cable provider after a deal was reached Monday.The cable company has agreed to drop customers in Indiana and several other states in an effort to meet demands from federal regulators.The complex deal is part of an FCC approval process following Comcast acquiring Time Warner Cable. Federal regulators look to hinder Comcast from becoming too large and having a grip on the cable market.Comcast reached the deal to drop 3.9 million customers, including many in Southeast Indiana.The plan is to have local customers, and those throughout the state, to subscribe to a new startup company called SpinCo.The new company will be overseen by Charter Communications which is currently the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S. Following new subscribers from Comcast and Time Warner, Charter would likely become the second-largest cable company in the nation.The deal is subject to change over FCC approval of Comcast’s merger with TWC.last_img read more

first_img The Foxes host Chelsea on Monday having been knocked off the Barclays Premier League summit by Manchester City. The managers have had a rocky relationship in the past and clashed while Ranieri was at Roma and Mourinho was Inter Milan boss in 2010. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed his sympathy for Jose Mourinho as he plots to regain top spot. Press Associationcenter_img But with the Chelsea chief under pressure following a poor season – which has seen them lose four of their last six league games to sit 17 points behind Leicester – Ranieri feels for his rival. He said: “Sympathy? Yes, but I have a good relationship with all the managers. For me doing this job is a fantastic life, it is good. “My relationship with Jose is all like other managers. Jose can have a wine (after the game) if he wants. I have a very good Italian wine.” Leicester are unbeaten in eight games but Manchester City’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday saw them move ahead at the top on goal difference. But Ranieri believes the Foxes’ focus will be key as he invoked inspiration from writer Rudyard Kipling. “In my job I tried to impose my philosophy, my atmosphere,” he said. “I know when we win it is easier. Everybody is well when everything goes in the right way but I am an experienced manager and I know the right thing is balance – not too high when you are top and not too down when you are down. It is balance. “I remember a Kipling poem If – it is fantastic. Victory and defeat are the same things. Maybe I will give it to my players.” The Foxes have stunned the top flight after beating relegation last season under former boss Nigel Pearson but Ranieri knows they still need to prove they can maintain their form. He added: “We have to go for another 10 matches to continue to stay not top but around the top. I am very proud, my players are playing well and a lot of fans look on us as a team who play well.” last_img read more

first_imgTen touchdowns against Austin Peay last Saturday and Badger fans were once again reminded of the immutable truth that 330-pound athletes can bully 250-pound athletes up and down the field all day long.Lucky us.But this isn’t another diatribe about the cupcake-scheduling culture. I’ll leave that to the mainstream columnists in the Dairy State. The blatant money-grab that is all Austin Peay-type games might leave some feeling robbed of a full-priced ticket, but the athletic department has to maintain a self-sustaining budget somehow, and anyways, UW should probably charge double for Ohio State coming to Camp Randall, so it all works out in the end.No, this is a question of sound marketing principals. See, it appears that head coach Bret Bielema has been ignoring the good hippies of the Capitol Square farmers’ market. Bielema went all the way to Tennessee to buy a team willing to be run over (John Clay) and around (James White) for fair compensation – reportedly in the neighborhood of $300,000 – when a perfectly suitable product could be bought locally.It’s true the Badgers are the only Division-I football team in Wisconsin and there isn’t even an FCS school in the fine Dairy Land.But there is a national championship-winning program just an hour southwest of Madison. And though Wisconsin-Whitewater is probably busy preparing for its sixth straight trip to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (or D-III National Championship), I am sure they would be willing to take some time to make a trip up to Camp Randall.Because if all you require for a tune up game for the Big Ten season is an athletic mismatch on which to pour 70 points on the scoreboard, then why not host Wisconsin-Whitewater for one Saturday?This may sound tongue-in-cheek, but I am as serious as the perennially miserable Bob Bostad.Why not Wisconsin-Whitewater?On Saturday, Austin Peay allowed 10 touchdowns on the first 11 drives of the day before the Badgers graciously agreed to run out the clock on the game’s final drive. Is anyone claiming UW-Whitewater, a program at the very top of its division, couldn’t do better than 70 points allowed?So, if the competition wouldn’t be appreciably worse – and it would be hard to be worse, short of the Austin Peay Governors subbing in a few elected officials into the game – then the romantic benefits alone should tip the scales in Whitewater’s favor. Of the Warhawks’ 99 players, 77 come from high schools in Wisconsin. That makes 77 different guys who likely grew up wanting to play for the Badgers, but ended up being a tad too small or slow to make the team. Is there any reason to deny them one chance to play in front of 80,321 fans for once in their life?Speaking of the fans, the reported attendance for Saturday’s exhibition matchup with Austin Peay was 77,224 and that number was reduced to an eighth of that size by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. Bringing an in-state team to Camp Randall would ensure not only that the stadium fills completely up, but some fans might actually stick around for the entire game, not just until Jump Around has played. Plus, the tailgating experience of Wisconsin citizens coming from all over the state would be fantastic. So we would have that going for us, which is nice.Look at the sheer economics of the issue as well. Instead of forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars to a school few had heard of and fewer care about, either give that money to a fellow state school that is always searching for athletic funds (everyone wins!) or pocket the money (UW wins!). The financial details of scheduling Whitewater matter little, because the simple fact UW won’t have to pay Austin Peay to barely show up can only be a good thing.Bielema is convinced a tasty cupcake before sitting down for the real meal only helps his team. Key starters can be rested, minor injuries are given another week to heal, confidence is built, scheduling is a complicated process, yada yada yada. No one can convince him to stop scheduling FCS opponents each year. As Nick Toon likes to say during Ask the Badgers, “It is what it is.”Bring in Whitewater for just one year, however, and all the griping of inferior competition and inferior games will go away. Then he becomes a scheduling savant who cares about the fans and state citizens.Living in the most liberal city in the state, Bielema should see the bumper sticker everywhere: “I Buy Local.”OK, Maybe it was a little tongue-in-cheek. Think Whitewater is unfeasible? Let Michael know at or follow him on twitter @michaelbleach.last_img read more

first_imgAfter losing all three of their matches against Penn State last season, Wisconsin’s volleyball team failed to turn their bad fortune around with another loss in University of Wisconsin’s Field House Wednesday night.No. 3 Penn State (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) significantly outplayed No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2, 0-1 Big Ten) in front of a sold-out crowd. The Nittany Lions swept the Badgers in straight sets because of their impressive defensive game plan, aggressiveness at the net and balanced offensive attack.Senior right-side hitter Courtney Thomas, who racked up a combined 32 kills over the weekend against Washington and USC, was nearly nonexistent in the offensive game. She managed only one kill Wednesday.“They shut down Courtney Thomas,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Their defensive game plan was probably a little bit better than what ours was.”Penn State made it a point of emphasis to keep one of Wisconsin’s biggest hitters quiet. They would often send two players to Thomas’ side of the court when she was about to hit, disrupting her shots. PSU out-blocked UW 16-14 in the match.Sheffield said that Penn State was determined to take away, not only Thomas’ part of the court, but the slides to the middle as well, making life rather difficult for the Badgers.The constant hands from the Nittany Lions in Thomas’ face caused her to hit an alarmingly low .167. As a team, Wisconsin only hit .148, compared to Penn State’s .288 hitting percentage. Thomas also had four errors throughout the match.Wisconsin senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman had a game-high 13 kills, one of the few bright spots for the Badgers. She said it was a combination of Penn State’s mobile back-line defense and net presence that led to the Badgers’ offensive woes.“I think both areas of their game are really solid,” Chapman said. “They’re blocking was really solid and they were getting a lot of hands and a lot of touches on everything, and that just made it harder for the hitters on our team to get kills.”“They have a really good backcourt, they were making some plays that I thought were down, and someone would just come out of nowhere and get it up.”One of the plays like the one Chapman mentioned was a long rally early in the first set. Several times it looked like Wisconsin had finally forced an error on Penn State, but the Nitanny Lions managed to get the point after many diving saves and stops. That rally was symbolic for the rest of the evening, with Penn State simply doing more than Wisconsin.Offensively, Penn State wisely avoided junior libero Taylor Morey. She was coming off a weekend in which she had 29 digs in both matches. Against the Nittany Lions, she had only nine.“They weren’t hitting to Taylor Morey, they were going to other areas of the court,” Sheffield said.Penn State senior setter Micha Hancock was effective against Wisconsin the entire evening, as she racked up 38 assists. But that wasn’t what made her a thorn in UW’s side. She tallied nine kills throughout the match, and only freshman outside hitter Simone Lee had more kills for the Nittany Lions with 12.Hancock would often catch the Badgers flat-footed, faking a set pass then quickly spiking the ball over the net before Wisconsin could react.A positive for the Badgers was the home crowd. A sellout was announced before the game, and the entire inner bowl of 6,012 people at the UW Field House was full by first-serve.“To walk in and see a full house and it being sold out prior to match time is just awesome,” Sheffield said. “It means so much to our program to have that kind of support.”The crowd got behind the Badgers when they fell behind early on in the sets. In the second and third sets, that confidence from the crowd got Wisconsin back in the game when they tied it up in the second and took the lead at one point in the third.“It makes me really disappointed that we didn’t win this match for them,” sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, who had 33 assists, said. “They got really loud at points, and they’re a very intelligible crowd when it comes to we’re starting to lose a little bit, they need to get louder.”Fans and fellow student athletes:You are truly amazing, and we love having your support. Stick with us, and we promise you won’t regret it.— Lauren Carlini (@laurencarlini) September 25, 2014 In those sets though, UW was never able to build and maintain a lead, something Sheffield attributes to the play of Penn State.“Every time we got close, they answered,” Sheffield said.Penn State was also able to bury the Badgers late in sets because Wisconsin’s fatigue began to show, according to Sheffield.“I thought we looked a little bit tired,” Sheffield said. “Anytime you see that from your team, that’s on the coaching staff. That’s on us.”Despite his team’s disappointing performance Wednesday, Sheffield hopes it does not discourage the fans from coming back and supporting the Badgers.“We were really excited by the energy in the crowd, we were really excited about the numbers in the crowd,” Sheffield said. “We hope that they continue to come back.”Unbelievable energy in the Field House last night. Thanks for the awesome support! Team will continue to get better. See you Sunday vs OSU!— Kelly Sheffield (@KellyPSheffield) September 25, 2014 We have the best fans around, it’s a marathon not a sprint so stick with us this year we need yall #onwisconsin— Haleigh Nelson (@haleighnelson1) September 25, 2014last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2019 at 11:38 pm Contact Eric: No. 31 Syracuse entered the road bout with No. 4 Duke 2-8 against ranked opponents, losing eight of those last nine. The Orange (12-10, 5-8 Atlantic Coast) couldn’t end that trend in Durham, North Carolina, as the Blue Devils (20-2, 12-1) dominated SU 6-1.No. 90 Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Trescheva fell 6-3 to Duke’s No. 23 ranked paring to start off doubles. While the No. 56 pairing of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez defeated Duke’s No. 69 duo 6-4, the Orange couldn’t hold on for the doubles victory as on Court 3, Guzal Yusupova and Masha Tritou lost 6-4. With the doubles loss, Syracuse has still not won a doubles point since March 15 against Virginia Tech.The Blue Devils got off to a hot start on the backcourts in singles. Libi Mesh fell 6-0 in her first set at fifth singles, as did Dina Hegab at sixth. Their respective second sets did not go much better as they each lost 6-2. Before Hegab’s match ended, however, No. 100 Ramirez had also lost. She put up a fight in the first set losing only 6-4, but No. 32 Kelly Chen won the second 6-1.Already up 4-0, Duke won the fifth point when Yusupova lost 6-3, 6-3. The remaining sets went to pro-set tiebreakers in lieu of a third set. Golubovskaya, after winning 6-2 then losing 6-2, lost the tiebreaker 10-8 to No. 18 Meible Chi. However, the Orange won their first point as No. 19 Knutson defeated No. 13 Maria Mateas 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).The Orange will close out the regular season on the road on Sunday against the Clemson Tigers. Syracuse will look to build up momentum it can bring into the ACC tournament which begins on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

first_imgBradley carded six birdies, four of which came on the back nine. At one point he pulled within one stroke of Reavie but a double bogey on the par-4 17th hole dropped Bradley back down the leaderboard.Reavie responded with his lone birdie on the back nine a hole later.First birdie on the back nine for Chez Reavie, and he heads to his final hole with a four-shot lead @TravelersChamp.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2019Bradley finished in a tie for second place (13 under) with Zack Sucher. Vaughn Taylor climbed into a top-five after he carded six birdies on the back nine alone to make up for an up-and-down start. Taylor finished in fourth place (12 under) for his best results of the year. Lee Westwood responds to spectator’s ringing phone with simple tutorial Travelers Championship: Zack Sucher has 2-stroke lead over field after Round 2 Travelers Championship: Chez Reavie in control after Moving Day He finished the day at 1-under 69 and 17 under for the tournament.A victory 11 years in the making.Chez Reavie is back in the winner’s circle with a 4-shot victory @TravelersChamp. It’s his first win since 2008.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2019Reavie seemingly had a comfortable lead entering the final round and was sitting six-strokes in front of the rest of the field. But, Keegan Bradley managed to put the pressure on the Kansas native.  Related News Chez Reavie didn’t have his best round of the week Sunday, but he was able to get the job done.Reavie, who had not won on the PGA Tour since July 2008 prior to his start at the Travelers Championship, held on to his 54-hole lead and hoisted a trophy for the first time in over a decade. Paul Casey, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Tway rounded out the top five. The trio finished 11 under for the week.There was a sizable tie for eighth place (10 under) that included Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day and Abraham Ancer.last_img read more