Patrick Ford memorial boxing tourney still likely in 2020-promoter

first_imgPROMOTER Alford McDonald is optimistic that the second annual Patrick Ford Memorial boxing tournament will be held in the latter part of 2020 once approval is given by the Guyana Boxing Association(GBA).Boxing promoter Alford McDonaldMcDonald yesterday spoke to Chronicle Sport about his company’s (McDonald Promotion) plans for this year and disclosed that staging of the PFM is high on the agenda.The former boxer explained that the competition was first scheduled for February 15 but was shifted to July 25. He explained that it has now been postponed indefinitely because of COVID-19 pandemic.“I am in constant contact with GBA president Steve Ninvalle and he has assured me that once all hurdles are cleared I would be given the go ahead,” McDonald said.The PFM which McDonald host in conjunction with the GBA, is one of at least two international tournaments held annually by the GBA. The other is the Winfield Braithwaite Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors competition. According to McDonald, his company had no hesitation in postponing from July.GBA president Steve Ninvalle“The safety, health and wellbeing of the boxers, officials and the general public is of most importance. While we would want to have this tournament staged we cannot and will not do so at the expense of the health of the boxing fraternity,” McDonald added.The last tournament saw Guyana defending against St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. This year it was planned that Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago would have participated.Meanwhile, McDonald confirmed that two of the Caribbean’s most talented female teenagers will be a part of the tournament headline whenever it is staged.“Our aim is to expose Abiola and Alesha Jackman to constant international competition. “I am personally impressed of their achievements so far. My intention is to keep exposing these two young women and we at McDonald Promotions will continue to do our part to assist in their development. It is the only way that they will reach their true potential,” McDonald declared.In an invited comment Ninvalle applauded McDonald’s commitment even in such difficult times. “The PFM is an important tournament to boxing and we welcome Mr. McDonald’s dedication. We will notify when there is a definitive time for the resumption of boxing. At this point in time I am confident that it will not be within the next three months,” Ninvalle said.The Patrick Ford Memorial is held in honour of the first Guyanese boxer to fight for a world title. Patrick Ford ended an eleven-year professional career with a total of 19 victories and four losses. Ford died on November 13, 2011 at the age of 55.last_img read more

Badgers bounce back in home finale

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoJudging by the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s performance Sunday afternoon, the best things in life — and basketball — truly are free, as evidenced by UW’s 80-74 victory over Minnesota. The Badgers set season-highs in free throw attempts (36), makes (29) and percentage (81 percent) to bounce back from Thursday’s deflating loss to Northwestern and remain in a tie for second place in the Big Ten.”That was definitely a big focus today,” said junior forward Alando Tucker, who scored a game-high 22 points for UW. “That’s how you win games — if you attack and you are aggressive.””Oh, yeah, [the mindset was] attack them,” freshman Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We were a little hesitant against Northwestern, and the Gophers were aggressive on defense. We just felt like we could shoot the gaps and hit the open jumpers.””Instead of being the attacke[d], attack them. That’s what we had to do.”If charity is a virtue, than the Wisconsin (19-8, 9-5 Big Ten) players were a collection of saints. The Badgers outscored Minnesota (14-11, 5-9) by 19 points from the charity stripe, to the dismay of Golden Gopher head coach Dan Monson.”For whatever reason, we were obviously in some foul trouble,” said a visibly frustrated Monson, who declined to talk about the officiating of the game. “We never got them uncomfortable at home, proven by how relaxed they were shooting free throws.” For the fourth consecutive game, Wisconsin went into the half trailing, this time down 38-36. The game was hard-fought, as one might expect from the border rivals, and neither team was ever able to open a lead greater than eight points throughout the game. With 5:45 left, Minnesota’s Adam Boone gave the Gophers a 61-60 lead. However, the lead was short-lived and, two possessions later, sophomore forward Brian Butch hit a 15-foot jumper to spark a quick, six-point Badger run that gave UW a lead it would never relinquish. Wisconsin was able to score at least one point on 11 of its final 13 possessions.”What prevailed was that we just went after the ball real hard [down the stretch],” Krabbenhoft said.Although the afternoon was billed as Senior Day (or Ray Nixon Day, as he is the lone senior), it was a pair of freshmen who stole the show, as the Badgers received unexpected career outings by freshmen Kevin Gullikson and Krabbenhoft. “They did a great job,” Tucker said of the freshman duo. “For them to step up and rebound and make big plays defensively, that’s what we need. If we’re going to be a great team, we need that, and these two guys did a heck of a job.”Gullikson scored a career-high 12 points and played solid post defense, as the starting forwards for Minnesota, J’son Stamper and Zach Puchtel, combined for only three points the entire game. “He did a great job,” Ryan said, emphasizing the defensive effort from Gullikson. “You see the points, I see the points, too, but I also see the other things that Kevin did.”With ten points and ten rebounds, Krabbenhoft notched his first career double-double. It was the first time the Sioux Falls, S.D., native had scored 10 points or grabbed 10 rebounds in over a month.”He did a great job of keeping everything in front of him and banging hard and playing hard,” Ryan said. “He was opportunistic.”The pair of Gullikson and Krabbenhoft was able to take advantage of a Minnesota defense that collapsed on Tucker every time he touched the ball, hitting open jumpers and collecting offensive rebounds for put-backs and trips to the foul line. Both of the freshmen stressed the importance of relieving all of the scoring pressure from Tucker.”When you got a guy like ‘Tuck’ who can score in so many ways and when people are taking things away from him, it just opens up things for other people,” Krabbenhoft said. “We just capitalized on that.”[Tucker] can score on five guys, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Krabbenhoft continued. “But when he sees us open, I think that is an easier shot than over five guys. … If we get the ball with that opportunity, we have to knock it down.” In Nixon’s final home game, the oft-overlooked starter had a quiet but productive performance that has become typical of him, snatching away two steals and scoring seven points, including a 3-pointer that gave UW the lead with 10:43 remaining.The senior from Milwaukee netted the Badgers’ final four points — all from the free-throw line — and, with three seconds left, left the game to a standing ovation.”You could tell he got emotional coming out of the game,” Tucker said. “It’s great to just see that.”last_img read more

Klinedinst resigns from SRMC Health Care Authority Board after being appointed a few months earlier

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — City officials are looking for a new member for the Health Care Authority Board the group that is in charge of the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.At Tuesday night’s meeting it was announced that Tami Klinedinst had resigned from the board. She was appointed just a few months ago. She ran for mayor in the last election and wanted to be involved in the community.Tami KlinedinstKlinedinst is a director at Wellington Health and Rehab, a long-term healthcare facility.Klinedinst said she had to make a “hard personal choice,” why she chose to resign. She said she needed to devote more time to her job and to her son, who is 11.She said she felt like she had let people down by resigning, but she felt she needed to make that decision.Applications will be accepted through September 3 by the city.  The term runs through April 30, 2017, and people would be applying to fill the remainder of the term. The city council will consider applicants and choose one to serve on the board. If there are no applicants, or if the city wants more applications, the deadline may be extended.One member of the board may reside outside the city limits, so applications can be accepted from non residents.The Health Care Authority directs the hospital and other health care services by operating the city hospital or any other such care service, as the authority deems proper.  Meetings of the Health Care Authority are at 7:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to the position should submit an application to the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on September 3. The application form is available in the City Clerk’s Office or is available on the City website www.cityofwellington.net on the Board and Commissions page. For questions or additional information, please contact Shane Shields, City Clerk, ph 620-326-2811.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 260 weeks ago Normally, monthly board meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon, not 7:30 am. The August meeting was held at 7:30 am due to a conflict with the normal noon meeting time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down NPD · 259 weeks ago Is that a glamour shot by Deb? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Pier Village Sponsors Art For The Cure

first_imgLONG BRANCH – Artists will have their work on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 on Festival Plaza at Pier Village to support Susan G. Komen For The Cure of Central and Southern New Jersey.All weekend long, restaurants and retailers within the luxury destination will be celebrating the fight against breast cancer in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Fund For The Cure. Among activities will be Dine to Donate! at McLoone’s Pier House. The restaurant will be donating 20 percent of every check that includes food to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Indulge Lounge and Food Bar will be donating $2 from every pink martini purchased to breast cancer awareness and Molly & Zoey will hold an after-party Saturday, Oct. 20 following the after Art For The Cure. Koi Boutique will have a display outside the store all weekend for a special promotion from Vera Bradley. All specialty products purchased during the weekend will benefit breast cancer research and awareness.Pier Village is raffling a pink Vespa that can be seen in Shoe Inn. Those who come to see the Vespa will get a free pink cupcake and free pink ribbon. Any Pier Village purchase gets one free raffle ticket for the Vespa.Additional information about Pier Village Goes Pink events is available at www.piervillage.com.last_img read more

The Challenge to Replace Lautenberg

first_imgBy John BurtonThe death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg this week has area elected officials weighing in with their thoughts about the senator’s life and legacy – and much speculation about his eventual successor.Sen. Frank LautenbergLautenberg, 89, died Monday, June 3, of complications from viral pneumonia bringing to an end a long, distinguished career in the U.S. Senate for the Democrats. His death has also forced Gov. Chris Christie to announce that a special election will be held Oct 16, with a special primary scheduled for Aug. 13. The governor appointed state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa Thursday to serves senator for the interim.The deadline for potential candidates to file a petition to run in the primary is Monday, June 10. Candidates must file their petitions with the required 1,000 signatures by then, according to John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.The cost of the primary and special election is about $24 million, according to the state’s Office of Legislative Services.“For anyone who has ever thought that they would like to be a senator from New Jersey, this is a complicated moment,” Weingart said. “They have to act very quickly.”Christie, a Republican, said this week that it was “no secret that Sen. Lautenberg and I didn’t always agree and we didn’t always get along. We had our fights. We had our words, but I always respected the vigor which he put into his job each and every day,” Christie said, who called Lautenberg “a true public servant.”U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th, who has served in Congress since 1988 and whose district covers much of Monmouth County, said Lautenberg was more than a colleague to him. “No question he was a mentor for me,” said Pallone who has been mentioned as a possible Democratic successor to Lautenberg.Pallone, however, declined to comment on whether he would seek the office.Pallone said Lautenberg, who was first elected to the Senate in 1982 to 2001 and then from 2003 until his death, shared many of his concerns, including the environment, health care and an unsuccessful battle with the Pentagon and Congress over trying to save Fort Monmouth from being closed.Pallone said he and Lautenberg worked often on legislation.“He was known to get things done down here in Congress,” Pallone said, recalling Lautenberg’s work on transportation matters, beach replenishment and adoption of a bill for cleaner beaches and water that required regular water testing and beach closings to protect the public when there was contamination“He would tackle the problem and try to come up with a solution,” Pallone said. “He really believed Congress could make a difference in people’s lives.”From the other side of the political aisle state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr., R-13th, who represents part of Monmouth County and who ran unsuccessfully last year for the senate seat held by Robert Menendez, has been coming up on everyone’s short list of possible names to fill the seat. He too declined to talk about whether he would run.Kyrillos said that Lauten­berg “lived a great American life and has my admiration and respect.”Menendez, New Jersey’s junior senator, released a statement this week praising Lautenberg as “a fighter for New Jersey families and the causes he believed in.”U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-12th, is another person party insiders say has expressed interest in the job. He also worked closely with Lautenberg over the years. “Frank was dogged; he was persistent,” Holt said in a statement. “Frank did his homework; he knew what he was talking about and he just kept fighting.”Vin Gopal, Monmouth County Democratic chairman said, “Frank Lautenberg was one of the gutsiest elected officials I think the Democratic Party ever had.”Gopal noted Lauten­berg’s well-publicized battles with GOP leaders, including Christie and President George W. Bush. “He (Lautenberg) had a lot of courage,” he said.Lautenberg, Gopal noted, “didn’t always have the political bug in him,” coming to elected office relatively late in life – in his late 50s – following a successful career in a private sector business as one of the founders of ADP.In addition to Pallone, Holt and Kyrillos, those talked about as possible candidates include Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat who previously announced his plans to run in 2014 – even before Lautenberg announc­ed he would not seek another six-year term.“I strongly believe,” along with Booker, “Congressmen Pallone and Holt will be running,” Gopal said.Usually before undertaking such a campaign, potential candidates evaluate the field, do polling and seek advice. Without that lead time, Weingart said, Booker would seem to have the advantage, given his high name recognition and fundraising capability. But the political scientist also noted that Holt and Pallone have long histories in public office and have, especially in Pallone’s case, substantial political war chests.On the GOP side, Kyrillos has had a close friendship with Christie, going back to their college days, with Kyrillos working for Christie’s first campaign.Earlier in the week Weingart suspected correctly that in the interim Christie would name someone who isn’t interested in running for the full term. Chiesa said he would not run.Weingart was surprised about Christie’s decision to hold a special election because by appointing someone who would serve the remainder of Lautenberg’s term, that Repub­lican candidate presumably, would be in good position to win the seat, not held by a Republican for almost 40 years.“It’s all speculation,” Wein­gart acknowledged. “We’ll see.”last_img read more

Saints big winners as BCIHL announces season awards

first_imgThere’s a pretty good reason why the Selkirk College Saints are in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship for the second consecutive year.Part of the reason was unveiled Tuesday when the BCIHL announced its individual award winners for the 2013-14 season. And the Saints were well represented with no less than eight award winners, including team captain Logan Proulx was a co-winner of the BCIHL’s Most Valuable Player award.Winners were selected in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. Proulx shared the honour with Trinity Western University forward J.P. Villeneuve. Proulx led Selkirk to their second straight  BCIHL regular season title, was the team’s points leader with 42, and set a new BCIHL league record with a 22-game point streak that stretched from October 4th to February 22nd. Netminder Chris Hurry was also honoured for his strong play, earning the league’s Top Goaltender award. Hurry won a BCIHL-high 14 regular season games between the pipes and posted league-bests in goals-against average (1.87), save-percentage (.925) and shutouts (3). Saints head coach Jeff Dubois was the team’s third award winner, splitting BCIHL Coach of the Year honours with Trinity Western University’s Barret Kropf. Under Dubois, Selkirk finished with a league-best 20-3-1 record that included a 12-0-1 record over the final 13 games of the regular season. “Logan and Chris both had outstanding seasons and it’s very gratifying to see their accomplishments recognized by coaches around our league,” said Dubois.”Logan has been a tremendous leader for our program and a driving force behind our on-ice success. When you combine those characteristics with his offensive output and his work on the penalty kill, it’s tough to identify anybody in our league who makes a more substantial impact in all facets of the game and plays at such a high level night in, night out.” In addition to the Saints’ individual award winners, a total of six players were named to BCIHL All-Star teams. Proulx and Hurry were joined on the league’s First Team by defenceman Stefan Gonzales, who was a standout at both ends of the rink in his rookie season.”For Chris, this honour really is a validation of just how far he’s come as an athlete since he joined our program two seasons ago. He’s shown an incredible commitment to developing his game and put in a tremendous amount of time with Alex Evin to work on his technique,” Dubois said.”Chris was a rock for us all season and gave us huge games whenever we needed them. When you look at the statistics it really jumps out at you that there was a gigantic gap between him and every other goaltender in our league this season.”Forwards Cody Fidgett and Connor McLaughlin, who tied for the BCIHL lead in goals with 22, were both named Second Team all-stars along with blueliner Tanner Lenting, who led the league in assists by a defenceman with 17. “The fact that Stefan was recognized as a one of the league’s top defencemen despite modest offensive numbers shows you just how well-respected he is for his skating and strong two-way play,” says Dubois.”Cody and Connor have very different styles but both of them were outstanding putting the puck in the net for us, and Tanner’s game improved steadily this season to the point where he was in the mix with the league’s top scorers as a defenceman while also logging tough minutes defensively.”2013/14 BCIHL Award Winners: Most Valuable Player – (Tie) Logan Proulx, Selkirk College & J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Top Defenceman – Jared Eng, Simon Fraser University Top Goaltender – Chris Hurry, Selkirk College Rookie of the Year – J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Most Sportsmanlike Player – Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University Coach of the Year – (Tie) Jeff Dubois, Selkirk College & Barret Kropf, Trinity Western University2013/14 BCIHL First All-Star Team: Forward: Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University Forward: Logan Proulx, Selkirk College Forward: J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Defence: Jared Eng, Simon Fraser University Defence: Stefan Gonzales, Selkirk College Goaltender: Chris Hurry, Selkirk College2013/14 BCIHL Second All-Star Team: Forward: Cody Fidgett, Selkirk College Forward: Connor McLaughlin, Selkirk College Forward: Nick Sandor, Simon Fraser University Defence: Tanner Lenting, Selkirk College Defence: Blair Murphy, Trinity Western University Goaltender: Andrew Parent, Simon Fraser Universitylast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Ladies Bonspiel A Event Winners

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Team Cownden with Team of the Week honours.No doubt this rink will be heard from as the curling season enters the home stretch of the season. The Nelson/Castlegar combined rink combined to capture the top prize at the Nelson Combined Bonspiel held recently at the Nelson Curling Club.Team Cownden, consisting of skip Deanna Cownden, third Marlo Tedesco, second Michelle Kooznetsoff and lead- Heather Gingras, took home the Ladies A Event crown.last_img

MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER ACCEPTANCE & ‘MIRACLE HORSE’ TOUGH SUNDAY HEADLINE SATURDAY’S $250,000 CAL CUP DERBY AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)–Multiple stakes winner Acceptance, who is unbeaten in three starts for trainer Don Warren, and Tough Sunday, a horse who has overcome being born deaf, blind and without a mother, headline a field of eight California bred or sired 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles.Bred by Old English Rancho and owned by E.W. and Judy Johnston and Robert Riggio, Acceptance broke his maiden at first asking by 13 ¼ lengths and he comes off emphatic wins versus state-breds in the one mile King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 14, and in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile on Nov. 1.By Vronsky and out of the Perfect Mandate mare Allswellthatnswell, Acceptance has banked $257,600–easily making him the leading money earner in the Derby lineup.Tough Sunday, who is owned by his breeder, Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, comes off an impressive 6 ¾ length state-bred maiden special weight win going seven furlongs on Dec. 28 and will try a route of ground for the first time in his fourth career start.In breaking his maiden, Tough Sunday, who is by Grazen, from the General Meeting mare Sunday Dress, earned a Cal Cup Derby best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 83 and will be ridden back by Tyler Baze. A truly miraculous story, Tough Sunday endured a difficult birth in which his umbilical cord became compromised, resulting in a lack of blood flow and oxygen. In addition to being born deaf and blind due to the lack of oxygen, he lacked a nursing instinct, and as a result, was abandoned by his mother.When asked about his chances stretching out, Baze responded, “I love this horse.”Second, beaten three lengths by Acceptance in the King Glorious, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Pulmarack broke his maiden going a mile two starts back and merits respect in what will be his fifth career try.Named by owner/breeder Alexander for the former major league slugger Ted “Big Klu” Kluszewski, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Kluszewski finished third, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the King Glorious and will be making his sixth start on Saturday.Although a well beaten fourth at 3-1 in the King Glorious, Griffen Thoroughbred Stables’ Mischief Clem will try to rebound for the potent team of Kent Desormeaux and Bob Hess, Jr.The complete field for the Cal Cup Derby, which will be run as the sixth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tough Sunday, Tyler Baze, 117; Acceptance, Elvis Trujillo, 124; Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Neveradoubt Joe Talamo, 117; Kluszewski, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Chanito, Brandon Boulanger, 117; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 117, and Avati Bello, Mike Smith, 117.                There is special early first time on Saturday of 12 noon. Admission gates open early as well at 10 a.m. RACE IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES ON 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY CARDlast_img read more

Fake Evolution Is Not Evidence

first_imgThe media have a bad habit of calling things ‘evolution’ that fail to support the notion that people have bacteria ancestors.Beach bums can still marry sherpas. Whether you live at sea level or in the Himalayas, you are still a member of Homo sapiens sapiens. People do differ, obviously, but we are all members of the same global human race. The headline on Medical Xpress, therefore, is guilty of fake evolution when it announces, “Himalayan powerhouses: How Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency.” They may as well say that gymnasts have evolved superhuman flexibility, or that obese Americans have evolved beer bellies. Any genetic difference could be dubbed ‘evolution’ in this view, but it’s not going to help Darwin get from bacteria to humans.We are NOT bashing Darwin here. Evolutionists at Rutgers are careful to say that. They just want to include more data about symbiotic relationships than usually considered. They are proposing a new concept of “symbiome phylogenetics,” based on the idea that groups of organisms often evolve together. Perhaps they want to build more ‘diversity and inclusion’ into Darwin’s theory to make it more trendy. But biologists knew about symbiosis long before Darwin, so what’s evolution got to do with it? Nevertheless, one advocate felt a need to tip-toe past the Bearded Buddha. “What we wish to clearly stress is that we are not engaged in Darwin-bashing,” Debashish Bhattacharya  said. “We consider Darwin a hero of science.” Confession accepted. Go and sin no more.Mutations are only half the story. Alan Bergland at the University of Virginia is studying mutations in insects, to see if any of them are helping individuals adapt to climate change, reports Phys.org. But the fleas are still fleas, the flies are still flies, and the roaches are still roaches. He believes “These rapidly reproducing critters offer evolutionary insights,” but the insights are shallower than the kind Darwin needs. They compare to the finch beaks on the Galapagos that oscillate with the weather. No new species are appearing; just some individuals that can take the heat a little longer than others. People do that, but they are not evolving. Wasn’t Darwin trying to explain the origin of species?Floundering for Darwin. Six Darwinists from Scandinavia are all excited about the “fastest event of speciation ever reported for any marine vertebrate.” What happened? In just 3,000 generations, they report in PNAS, some European flounders adopted different “breeding behaviors.” The authors claim, but do not prove, that the fish cannot hybridize or interbreed, but even if they cannot, they are still European flounders—with the same basic floundering equipment and no new organs or genetic information. Is this any more significant than the degree of variation strict young-earth creationists accept? They allow for all the varieties of dogs, cats and horses from single breeding pairs coming off the Ark. Darwin needs bigger changes than this. If anything, these evolutionists have given ammo to the creationists; variations can occur fairly rapidly, within created kinds.Darwin Flubber Makes Stuff Happen. Convergence rears its ugly head again, this time in Current Biology. Luke J. Harmon mixes in ample Stuff Happens powder into his Darwin Flubber recipe, finding evidence for divergence and convergence in mammalian evolution. “Using a global dataset of mammalian species, Mazel and colleagues find that both convergence and divergence occur more often than expected,” Harmon says. “Convergence was especially common at broad scales that involved Australia, speaking to the extraordinary replicate mammalian communities found there.” Odd; Darwin’s only illustration in Origin shows only divergence.Illustration for CEH by J. Beverly Greene. All rights reserved.Darwinism for the birds. Always read the fine print when you see Darwin lifted up in the news with claims like, “genetic differences between populations of animals and plants in a given species are important drivers of new species formation and are a key to understanding evolution.” Science Daily then claims, in the very next sentence: “But that assumption has never been rigorously tested, until now….” Wait a minute; isn’t Darwin the one who answered the question in the first paragraph? Namely, “How do new species originate?” And this has never been tested till now? A closer look shows that all Michael Harvey’s team at U Michigan proved is the Stuff Happens Law. Read carefully, watching for theory escape clauses and the high perhapsimaybecouldness index:The study provides the first large-scale test of the link between population differentiation rates and speciation rates. The results confirm the evolutionary importance of population genetic differentiation.However, genetic differences do not guarantee evolutionary success. Harvey and his colleagues found that the correlation between population genetic differentiation and species formation was imperfect, which suggests that other factors besides differentiation may be important in determining how many new species are produced.They also found that the emergence of new populations within a species occurs at least three times faster than new species develop, suggesting that most differences between populations will not last long enough to impact species diversity.“Overall, however, the study confirms the long-held assumption that the genetic differences between populations of a given species might predict its probability of contributing to the diversity of life,” Harvey said.None of the parrots, woodpeckers, toucans, hummingbirds, blackbirds, tanagers, warblers, thrushes, wrens, chickadees, jays and flycatchers mentioned in the article appeared to be evolving into something other than parrots, woodpeckers, toucans, hummingbirds, blackbirds, tanagers, warblers, thrushes, wrens, chickadees, jays and flycatchers.Evolution by genetic disease. Darwin was intrigued by the flightless cormorants on the Galapagos, but nobody checked the genetic basis for their pitiful, stubby wings—till now. Science Daily tells what a team of geneticists found about these birds: they all have a genetic disease that affects their cells’ ability to make primary cilia, which are important organelles for cellular health. “Interestingly, when these same genes go awry in humans, they cause bone-development disorders called skeletal ciliopathies.” The birds, in other words, are sick. Their isolation on these desolate islands prevents any of them evolving back to health. How would Darwin be pleased by this? We think the birds would rather be up there flying with their cousins. For a different take on what it means for Darwinian evolution, see Evolution News & Science Today.Darwin Flubber: a magical elastic substance made of a secret blend of Emergence, Convergence and Submergence. Darwin Flubber allows the Evolutionary Web of Belief to absorb any falsifying blow. —Darwin DictionaryWhat’s good for the goose: duck and cover. Phys.org printed another bird story with links to the old finch-beak icon of evolution. “Fowl-mouthed study finds that diet shaped duck, goose beaks,” the headline trumpets. But the geese are still geese, and the ducks are still ducks. Goose beaks are different because geese eat different food. “Geese, which evolved to prefer the leaves and roots of plants over filter feeding (though some still do), have shorter, narrower beaks that give geese a more forceful bite for pruning tough plant parts.” Correction: they didn’t “evolve to prefer” those things; they “are observed to prefer” those things. Aaron Olsen’s story is so weak, he is not even sure of it himself. “All that said, Olsen acknowledges his assessment of waterfowl lineage remains an open hypothesis. He said he invites further research, even if it ultimately ruffles his feathers.” Don’t teach this “fowl-mouthed” study to children.Turtle soup. Does evolution account for the loss of hard shells? If you’re a sea turtle, perhaps that’s helpful. Evolutionists in the UK think it came about because of changes in their respiration. But if this were a law of nature, leatherback sea turtles wouldn’t be an exception. Phys.org uses the power of suggestion to tell a just-so story: “This suggests that the evolution of a soft-shell in leatherbacks may have been linked to thermoregulation, not respiration, enabling the species to regulate heat gain and loss.” More Darwin Flubber here.Mini-microevolution. Look at the stickleback fish in this Nature News article about evolution. One is bigger and fatter than the other, but that’s true of humans. Are the evolutionists even sure they are different species? Some of these fish live in lakes, and some in streams. That’s true of trout and salmon; so what? Surely Darwin portrayed much more massive shifts in the drama of life, from wolf to whale, from fish to reptile, from ape to man. He’s going to need much more than this to support his story that humans came from bacteria. The evolutionists quibble about trivia: which populations resist parasites better, which ones live longer, or whether lake sticklebacks are more fit. The last paragraph takes it all back, anyway, saying that selection works to split populations, except when it glues them together:Many studies have provided examples of populations in a species adapting to different environments, and the populations becoming different from each other through the process of divergent selection. But what determines whether adaptive divergence will subsequently lead to ecological speciation? Before this report, one might have proposed a balance between the strength of divergent selection pulling populations apart and the exchange of genes between the two populations holding them together. Now, frequency-dependent selection, previously known for its role in maintaining variation in populations, has emerged as a mechanism that can hold populations together, perhaps serving like a ‘glue’ that limits how far different populations of a species can diverge. This insight gained by Bolnick and Stutz reveals an additional factor to consider when addressing whether divergent selection will lead to ecological speciation.Stop playing games, evolutionists. PNAS is goofing off again, publishing about “Spatial evolutionary games with weak selection.” It’s all theoretical fol-de-rol about how populations engage in various behavioral modifications (at least in their computers). Get off the game consoles, evolutionists; Darwin needs more real field biologists to find evidence for his theory that bacteria are evolving into humans.Sigh. What a racket. This is what you get when science is ruled by totalitarians (see Jerry Bergman’s article, 6/14/17). Cartoon by Brett Miller. Used by permission. (Visited 761 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Be Thankful for Skin

first_imgHuman skin is the largest organ of the body, and is loaded with protections, sensors and other functions.Nature included several special articles about skin this week. One calls it “superpowered skin” with diagrams of the complex arrangements of cells in layers, with specialized cells. It’s our first line of defense in a world where Science Daily says “We are bombarded by thousands of diverse species and chemicals.” Here are some highlights of the series:Skin (Nature). A simple one-word title introduces the subject. “As a multifaceted organ, skin provides the body with protection from infection and the environment, as well as sensory capabilities.” The short article continues,As the body’s largest organ, skin is our first line of defence against infection and injury; it is also crucial for temperature regulation and vitamin production, and its sensory capabilities help us to interact with the environment.Superpowered skin (Nature). “The skin is the body’s largest organ and has several, diverse functions,” this Outlook article begins. “As well as being a physical barrier, it has immune and sensory properties.” The Infographics in the article are educational and interesting, describing some 10 layers and types of cells. Even our skin’s “microbiome” plays a role in protection; some organisms just hitch a ride, causing no harm, but others can be pathogenic. Although 90% of our bodies is covered in hairy skin, a hair-free variety called glabrous skin covers our palms and soles. “It is innervated by specialized nerves that help us to understand subtle tactile details,” the caption says. Think about that as you walk and handle things. Are you glad for those specialized nerves?The edible skincare diet (Nature). Since we “wear our health” on our skin, most of us wish to take care of it. The cosmetics industry is a testament to that. Keeping a healthy outer covering starts from the inside with what we eat. This article considers the skin-therapeutic aspects of Vitamin C and D, discussing foods that contain these essential nutrients, but acknowledging the difficulty of establishing cause-and-effect relationships (see 15 Nov 2018). Since our skin can make Vitamin D when exposed to sunshine, it’s good to get some sun exposure, but not too much.Moving skin beyond the biological (Nature). Robot makers and prosthetics engineers want to imitate the amazing properties of human skin. It’s a challenge that’s making slow progress; “Skin-like electronics that stretch and sense will create a way to monitor vital signals and build prosthetics with a sense of touch.” The robotic hand pictured in the article looks clumsy compared to the subtle, responsive hand of the pianist or violinist. Skins of other creatures are also mentioned as subjects of research.We take so much for granted. Now that we have been reminded of the wonders of our largest organ, we should express gratefulness to the designer of skin, and strive to take better care of it. Caring for the gifts we have is a way of showing gratitude. (Visited 227 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more