Rotation upgrade, closer head extensive Meetings list
The Orioles made their first big move of the winter Monday, trading All-Star closer Jim Johnson to the A's, which, in addition to giving them salary relief, netted them Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. The two biggest questions now, heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., are who closes and where does the organization go from here?
Emotional Johnson grateful to O's, looks toward future
Monday's deal -- a shocking swap that netted the Orioles Jemile Weeks and a player to be named -- was tough to process for the homegrown Jim Johnson, who was the longest-tenured player on the roster, a clubhouse leader and a strong advocate in the community.
O's send Johnson to Oakland for Weeks
The Orioles made their first big move of the winter late Monday night, trading All-Star closer Jim Johnson to the Athletics in exchange for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named.
Orioles reach deal with Reimold, tender seven others
The Orioles agreed to a one-year deal with Nolan Reimold on Monday night and tendered contracts to their other arbitration-eligible players. Reimold, 30, is recovering from a second neck surgery and will make a base salary of $1,025,000 in 2014.
Mizeur to accept public financing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur will announce Wednesday that she will become the first contender for that office since 1994 to accept public financing of her campaign — effectively limiting her spending on the primary to about $2.5 million.
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“This is the source code from the Climatic Research Unit,” Susan Watts, science editor at the BBC explained. “John Graham-Cumming is a software engineer. He’s not a skeptic on climate change, but he is shocked by what he’s seen in the programming. He compared it with the code in the same language written by NASA.”
Graham-Cumming criticized the CRU programming for its lack of professionalism and showed faults with it.
“Well, if you look at the NASA stuff, it’s really professional,” Graham-Cumming said. “You can look at it, you can see the history. If you look at — what’s done here by these alleged CRU files – it’s not the thing you’d expect to see in certainly a commercial industry. You would not see this sort of source code because it’s not clearly documented. There’s not audit history of what’s happened to it. So it would be below the standard in any commercial software. ”
According to the author of “The Geek Atlas,” the programmer even included steps to skip over errors, which shows some of the data analyzed by the East Anglia CRU is completely neglected.
“The programming language actually has a problem,” Graham-Cumming said. “And they put in some code to deal with that error. Unfortunately, in doing so they produced another error. And the upshot of this is the error occurs – the underlying error, they will skip over data that they’re trying to plot without any warning to the end user. So in some sense there is data that is being lost.”
A statement from the Met Office, Natural Environment Research Council and the Royal Society.
The UK is at the forefront of tackling dangerous climate change, underpinned by world-class scientific expertise and advice. Crucial decisions will be taken soon in Copenhagen about limiting and reducing the impacts of climate change, now and in the future. Climate scientists from the UK and across the world are in overwhelming agreement about the evidence of climate change, driven by the human input of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
As three of the UKâ€™s leading scientific organisations, involving most of the UK scientists working on climate change, we cannot emphasise enough the body of scientific evidence that underpins the call for action now, and we reinforce our commitment to ensuring that world leaders continue to have access to the best possible science. We believe this will be essential to inform sound decision-making on policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change up to Copenhagen and beyond.
These emerging signals are consistent with what we expect from our projections, giving us confidence in the science and models that underpin them. In the absence of action to mitigate climate change, we can expect much larger changes in the coming decades than have been seen so far.
The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails.
The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.
The Met Officeâ€™s published data showing a warming trend draws heavily on CRU analysis. CRU supplied all the land temperature data to the Met Office, which added this to its own analysis of sea temperature data.
The Government is attempting to stop the Met Office from carrying out the re-examination, arguing that it would be seized upon by climate change sceptics.
Sounds great, if the government will let them re-examine the data. But I think they need more then just a re-examination. They need a complete scrub of the scientists responsible for this scandal. They’ve lost all credibility and I doubt anyone will have much confidence in the data they will produce….except of course those who are getting rich and/or gaining power due to AGW. How in the world can they believe that allowing the old crew of scientists who fudged the data, to re-examine that data, will restore confidence?
2014 NFL mock draft: Texans take QB (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
1. Houston Texans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M**If you're the Texans in this situation, I think trading down is the best option out there. Attempting to strike a deal with a team wanting to move up for Clowney or Matthews, and getting a mid-first (to draft a QB), a second/third, and another first next season would be the best thing they could do. Should Manziel go first overall? Not ideally, but I do think he has the highest upside of all the quarterbacks in this class. 2. ...
NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)
Dec 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not cleared by doctors to be a full practice participant, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. McCarthy did not divulge details of that exam at his Tuesday afternoon press conference. "There have been no internal discussions to shutting Aaron Rodgers down," McCarthy said, adding that Rodgers "feels good" and will be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. - - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he reached out to the league office over the weekend when his two sons pointed out that his near-interference with Baltimore Ravens return man Jacoby Jones remained a national talking point.
NFL roundup: Rodgers not ruled out for Sunday (The SportsXchange)
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not cleared by doctors to be a full practice participant, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers was scheduled for a check-up Tuesday to determine the extent of his recovery from a fractured collarbone. McCarthy did not divulge details of that exam at his Tuesday afternoon press conference. McCarthy did pour cold water on the NFL Network report that Rodgers could be shut down for the season.
AP NFL power rankings a scramble behind Seahawks (The Associated Press)
The Seattle Seahawks are a clear choice at the top of the AP Pro32 power rankings. The Seahawks backed up last week's unanimous No. 1 vote by blowing out New Orleans and knocking the Saints from second to fifth in balloting from the 12-member panel that regularly covers the league. ''Pencil in the Seahawks as favorites for their first-ever Lombardi Trophy,'' wrote Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. Denver, New England, Carolina and the Saints got second-place votes, with the Broncos finishing 10 points ahead of a third-place tie between the Patriots and Panthers, who have won eight straight games.
Steelers' Tomlin: On-field foray was 'inexcusable' (The Associated Press)
Mike Tomlin was ''mesmerized.'' He was also, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach admits, out of position. Tomlin was so awed by the way Baltimore's Jacoby Jones raced through the Steelers crumbling kickoff return unit in the third quarter Thanksgiving night, Tomlin couldn't take himself away from watching it all unfold in high definition on one of M&T Stadium's video boards. Pittsburgh's Cortez Allen made the tackle after a 73-yard return, a bizarre play that will be remembered far longer than Baltimore's eventual 22-20 victory. I am not one to seek comfort from that standpoint, so I was just going to take my medicine.'' Tomlin was not flagged on the play, and pointed out he was following his normal routine when he stood at the Pittsburgh 35 following a touchdown that pulled the Steelers within 13-7 midway through the third quarter.
2013 Week 14 NFL Power Rankings: AFC North (Yahoo Contributor Network)
COMMENTARY | The AFC North may be responsible for the worst team in the NFL. Those days are long gone, as the side that is normally in the basement of the AFC North standings is once again back in that familiar spot. Cleveland football is an absolute disaster, and there is little reason to believe that will change this holiday season. Will fans of the Browns ever have a happy Christmas?
Edholm’s Early Edition (Week 14): Hot cats in NOLA, battered Bears and Rex’s dilemma (Shutdown Corner)
This week’s Early Edition keys in on a few divisional games that could shape the playoff landscape significantly, but there are a few other intriguing games that could color our view of the teams as we steamroll toward the playoffs — plus a few teams that about are far from the playoffs as you can get, too. Here are the biggest storylines as we take an early look at Week 14’s action.
Showdown in NOLA
It’s a short, bitter week for the New Orleans Saints as they pick up the pieces from the brutal loss to the Seattle Seahawks and get prepared to face the suddenly scorching Carolina Panthers Sunday night in New Orleans.
The short week was made shorter for the Saints when their plane out of Sea-Tac was delayed because of engine failure, similar to what had played out on the field. Now they must face a Panthers defense that actually is statistically better than the one that held them to a mere seven points on Monday.