Campbell steps in for Rice, throws five TDs in St. Bernard’s win over South Fork

first_imgEUREKA >> It wasn’t too long into preparations for the final week of the regular season that St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin decided to give Jack Rice some rare early-November rest.That meant the Crusaders’ heir apparent under center got the nod. And he ran with the opportunity.St. Bernard’s junior quarterback T.J. Campbell threw for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns in the first half as the Crusaders closed on the regular season with a 48-7 win over South Fork on Friday afternoon.“It …last_img read more

Loggers edge out Tigers in five sets

first_imgEureka High Volleyball was triumphant on the road against Arcata High in five sets, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, 15-9, Thursday night in Arcata.The Loggers (10-2) jumped out to an 11-9 lead in the first set and went on to win the first set after going on a 7-2 run that was spearheaded by senior middle blocker Makaila Napoleon who was sensational at the net all night long.“I’m pretty determined to play well every time i step on the court,” said Napoleon. “I have the confidence of having my team …last_img read more

Darwin’s Finches: What Evolved, the Birds or the Story?

first_imgImagine spending 40 years of your life promoting Darwinian evolution with Galapagos finches, only to find out on Darwin Day that the birds hybridize and cross-breed.It’s Darwin Day, in case anyone noticed. Charles Darwin’s birthday hasn’t quite become the global holiday some of his ardent devotees have wished. (It’s also Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in America.) What better way to remember Darwin than with a fresh look at his iconic finches from the Galapagos Islands?A new paper came out in Nature about Darwin’s finches, suspiciously timed for Darwin Day. It describes genome comparisons of 120 individual birds from various Galapagos islands and the mainland, comprising 15 species of finches. The results are hardly supportive of Darwin’s main theory of biological innovation by an unguided mechanism (more on that in a bit), but the mere mention of Darwin+finch is bound to give the reporters a high:DNA Reveals How Darwin’s Finches Evolved (National Geographic)Evolution of Darwin’s finches and their beaks (Science Daily)A gene that shaped the evolution of Darwin’s finches (Princeton press release)Genomes of Darwin’s finches may explain the shape of human faces (Science Magazine)The BBC News was slightly less celebratory with its headline, “Genomes reveal Darwin finches’ messy family tree.” Messy it is. Contrary to Darwin’s picture of speciation from a common ancestor, the genome data shows a lot of crossbreeding between the supposedly-separate species.Messy historyThe study also revealed a surprisingly large amount of “gene flow” between the branches of the family.This indicates that the species have continued to interbreed or hybridise, after diversifying when they first arrived on the islands.The researchers looked for genetic bases for diversification, and honed in on one gene named ALX1 that appears to be implicated in beak changes. It’s not completely responsible, the articles point out; it’s just one gene of several involved in beak formation. In humans, mutations to this gene are implicated in facial deformations such as cleft palate. It’s not giving humans any evolutionary advantage, in other words.Some scientists were surprised to find so much gene mixing. The BBC article continues:Other geneticists have expressed mixed reactions to the results. Dr Julia Day, from University College London, was impressed by the level of mixing reported between the finch species – which she said are “a textbook example of radiation“.She told the BBC: “The fact that they’re finding this hybridisation going on – this genetic mixing – it’s quite a seminal finding.“When you look at their results, you can see the trees are quite messy, in terms of the traditional species groupings.”Another was not surprised. The birds have wings, after all, and can fly between the islands. None of the articles mentioned that creationists are not surprised, either. They allow for variations in beak size and feather coloration, just like they see wide variations in dogs and cats. They just point out that the finches are still finches: beaks, wings, eyes and all. Nothing new, requiring new genetic information, has evolved. In fact, the variability in beaks is more pronounced when the finches interbreed, restoring the inherent variability in the ALX1 gene and other genes. This implies that some variants can become genetic dead ends; they lose genetic information.In short, nothing about Darwin’s finches distinguishes Darwinian evolution from young-earth creationism. Creationists are fully comfortable with “horizontal” genetic changes that do not add new information. The information for building beaks, eyes and wings are all present in each of these varieties.Most of the articles re-tell Darwin’s adventures on the Beagle, how he collected the finches, and used them to formulate his theory of natural selection. His theory of universal common ancestry, though, amounts to a huge extrapolation from limited data, and turns “horizontal” variation (as exemplified by animal breeders’ “artificial selection”) into “vertical” variation, for which there is no evidence.The articles also give prominence to Peter and Rosemary Grant, the Princeton pair that has spent 40 years researching the finches (see photo on Princeton press release). They found that drought favored birds with stronger beaks, but the variants reverted to the mean when rainy seasons returned. Nature quotes Peter speculating about what Darwin would think of the new genetic data (after getting a crash course in genetics). “I think he might wish to redraw that tree by making connections between some of the branches, representing the hybridization and gene exchange.” All in all, Grant counts this a Darwinian success story. “But then he would be delighted. The results are entirely consistent with his ideas.”What else could Mr. Grant say, after spending four decades trying to prove Darwin right? That it was all a waste of time?For Darwin Day (Feb. 12), get a copy of Darwin Day in America by John West (see this video trailer). It will really open your eyes to the damage wrought by this one man’s terrible idea that all the beauty and variety of the living world could be explained by struggle for existence and the survival of the fittest due to random variations and unguided natural processes. His chant should be, “Darwin lied, millions died”. Make that 100 million. Now, 155 years later, to find out that Charlie’s “Exhibit A” for natural selection shows no gain in complexity, should seethe in your brain.For earlier posts about the Grants, see 7/14/06, “Darwinism Confirmed! How? Finch Beaks Got Smaller!” and 1/05/11, “Never Say Die: Researchers Spend 37 Years Looking for Evolution in Darwin’s Finches.” Or, search on “Rosemary” in the search bar.Nothing is ever a complete failure. It can always serve as a bad example. (Visited 325 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Explosive win from Yoon Chang Min kicks off ONE: New Era

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Mavs center Porzingis accused of rape in New York – report Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 The 24-year-old Yoon impressed in his ONE debut, displaying superior striking and technique on the ground as he outclassed Shetty. LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles ONE newcomer Yoon Chang Min kicks off ONE: A NEW ERA by submitting Bala Shetty via rear-naked choke at 4:16 of Round 1! #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019FEATURED 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, logistics The lightweight bout between Yoon and Shetty kicked off a loaded fight card, which features four world title bouts with Filipino superstar Eduard Folayang defending his lightweight crown in a rematch against Japanese legend Shinya Aoki.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next South Korea’s Yoon Chang Min. Photo from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—South Korea’s Yoon Chang Min got ONE Championship’s big night in Tokyo going with a quick submission of India’s Bala Shetty in the curtain raiser of ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sunday here.Yoon finished Shetty with a rear naked choked with under a minute left in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona furious with PSG Rabiot claims after Rakitic, Busquets attempt

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona furious with PSG Rabiot claims after Rakitic, Busquets attemptby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are furious over the complaints from PSG about their pursuit of Adrien Rabiot.Barca released a statement yesterday denying French media claims of an agreement with Rabiot about a contract.The decision to go public was made after PSG chief Antero Henrique had claimed on RMC on December 20 that “Barça already has an agreement with Adrien (Rabiot)”, adding that “it always surprises us that the clubs do not respect the rules”.Barca are furious with Henrique’s complaints, knowing PSG made attempts for Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic last summer.Both approaches were made without PSG seeking permission from Barca to speak with either player. last_img read more

a month agoWolves captain Conor Coady: We’ll fight back

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves captain Conor Coady: We’ll fight backby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady has faith the club can re-discover their form.Saturday’s 5-2 home loss to Chelsea means the Molineux outfit have one point from five Premier League games.He said: “I have great belief in the club and the team and we will come through it, but we don’t want to find ourselves in situations like this. “We’ve got to look at the way we’re doing things as much as possible because it’s not good enough. There are standards we have set so we’ve got to make sure that we rectify it.”The good thing is we’re in all competitions and the games are coming thick and fast. We’re giving teams too much space and we’re going behind in games too often. We go behind and we’re chasing it so it’s important that we do that better.” last_img read more

Conservative leader says Trudeau will hike carbon tax if he wins vote

first_img“Premier (Scott) Moe and Premier (Brad) Wall before him had a bit of a lonely battle but now they’ve got reinforcements. And my message to Canadians is come 2019, the battle will be won,” Scheer said. The federal government’s new carbon pricing system comes into effect in 2019 in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own. The carbon price outlined by Ottawa starts at a minimum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 annually until 2022.But Scheer told reporters that government officials are saying the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be effective at reducing carbon emissions, and he says the federal environment department is planning for a carbon tax of $300 per tonne.“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the carbon tax higher. His experts are telling him to. His own government departments are telling him to,” Scheer said.“At that price home heating bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.”When asked by a reporter about his own plan to fight climate change, Scheer responded that the Conservatives’ plan will help reduce global emissions by capitalizing on Canada’s clean technology and cleaner energy, which he said will also keep manufacturing jobs in Canada instead of moving to countries without those things.Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer predicted in a report in April that the federal government’s carbon tax will cut economic growth by 0.5 per cent or $10 billion dollars when it’s fully implemented in 2022, and would generate significant revenues. However, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report noted the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.Trudeau says Ottawa will return 90 per cent of the money it collects from a carbon tax to Canadians.Saskatchewan is asking its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the carbon tax is unconstitutional and has argued its climate change plan is enough to reduce emissions and a carbon tax would hurt the Saskatchewan economy.Scheer, who represents Regina_Qu’Appelle in Parliament, said Saskatchewan’s fight against the tax gets easier as more provinces elect governments that also oppose it, like Ontario and New Brunswick did in 2018.center_img REGINA, S.K. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed 2019 with a warning that if Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau this year, the federal carbon tax that’s going to take effect will only climb.“Canadians know what Justin Trudeau is going to do. Now that his carbon tax is here, it’s only going to go up. And if he gets re-elected in 10 months, it will go up even more,” Scheer said during a New Year’s Day news conference in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.“This time next year I plan on being able to tell Canadians that Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is a thing of the past.”last_img read more

After 60 years, state plans to repair Durgapur Barrage

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

Scooter Gennett Is Somehow Not The Most Random Player To Hit Four

2012Josh HamiltonRangersCF3151.246135+132.0 CAREER STATS THROUGH SEASON By practically all measures, Whiten, the former St. Louis Cardinal, had the most unimpressive track record of any player at the time of his four-homer game. But Gennett isn’t too far off — he has the second-fewest batting runs above average, the second-lowest isolated power and second-worst wRC+. By contrast, most of the four-HR club’s members were either superstars squarely in their primes (Gehrig, Mays), up-and-comers who already had great rate stats (Mike Schmidt, Rocky Colavito) or at least solid veterans (Carlos Delgado, Chuck Klein).Gennett is the baseball equivalent of Devin Booker scoring 70 points in an NBA game, or Nick Foles tossing seven touchdown passes in the NFL. Part of why we watch sports is that in any given game there’s the chance that a mediocre middle infielder might explode for one of the best offensive performances ever.And in a 2017 season that’s tracking for the most home runs ever, perhaps more of these types of games are to come. 2017Scooter GennettReds2B1759.15099-1.5 1993Mark WhitenCardinalsRF1756.13996-8.9 1961Willie MaysGiantsCF5957.269155+407.9 1976Mike SchmidtPhillies3B2548.248139+113.5 2002Shawn GreenDodgersRF4866.236124+154.3 1986Bob HornerBraves1B3966.229128+123.9 Includes career stats through the end of the season (or, for 2017, through June 6) in which the player hit 4 home runs in a game.Source: FanGraphs 1954Joe AdcockBraves1B2426.166106+18.2 1936Chuck KleinPhilliesOF5333.252147+328.4 2002Mike CameronMarinersCF3497.185105+20.6 1948Pat SeereyWhite SoxOF2087.188108+20.4 Before this week, Ryan “Scooter” Gennett was best known for being the first MLB player nicknamed after a “Muppet Babies” character. But that all changed Tuesday night, when the Cincinnati second baseman became just the 17th player in MLB history (and the 15th of the modern era) to crush four home runs in a game. If you were to draw up a list of players most likely to hit four homers last night, Gennett would have been near the bottom — probably somewhere between Cameron Rupp and Cory Spangenberg.Before his huge game, Gennett’s career was pretty nondescript. The second baseman had 38 career home runs to his name, and his lifetime weighted runs created plus (wRC+ estimates how many runs a player generates per plate appearance compared with the league average) is still just 99, slightly below league average.1wRC+ is scaled so that 100 is average each season. There was little to suggest he was about to become the first player in MLB history to record 5 hits, 4 HR and 10 RBI in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Remarkably, Scooter is not the first lightweight to slug four homers in a game. Although the four-homer club contains such all-time greats as Willie Mays and Lou Gehrig, it also includes the likes of Mark Whiten and Pat Seerey. So where does Scooter rank among the club’s most unexpected members? Here are some pertinent career stats for each player through the end of the season that contained their big game: Scooter joins (mostly) elite company 1959Rocky ColavitoIndiansRF2175.262143+111.1 2003Carlos DelgadoBlue Jays1B5467.275140+283.7 1950Gil HodgesDodgers1B1944.172106+15.7 1932Lou GehrigYankees1B5470.297176+568.4 YEARPLAYERTEAMPOSPAISOWRC+BATTING RUNS read more

Former football coach convicted of sex attacks against young players

first_imgA former football coach George Ormond, who assisted in setting up the youth side of Newcastle United’s youth has been found guilty and convicted of sexually abusing young players for almost 25 years.Ormond was found guilty of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency but was only cleared of one charge relating to an older Newcastle United player, according to Sky Sports.Ormond was remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this week since hasn’t given any visible reaction for his actions.“For over two decades, George Ormond abused young men and boys while working in the youth football scene in the North East of England,” Gary Buckley from the CPS said.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“To many of his victims he was a figure of authority, trust and influence.“Instead of nurturing and supporting them, he exploited his role to subject them to sexual abuse.”last_img read more