MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Pistons had 18 points off Sacramento turnovers, while the Kings only had nine. They have recorded more points off turnovers than their opponent in nine of their 10 games.“This wasn’t our best game, but we were able to get some stops when we needed them,” Harris said. “We’re building off each other, and that’s a good thing.”Sacramento (1-8) lost its seventh straight game and gave up more than 100 points for the sixth time in a row. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14.“This is a learning experience,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “It was a small-ball game tonight, and they were able to hurt us with that.”Back-to-back 3-pointers by Reggie Jackson and Harris gave the Pistons a 77-69 lead late in the third quarter. Detroit led 85-74 heading into the fourth, and held off a brief Sacramento surge early in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50). APDETROIT — Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy knew during the offseason that he needed another piece to get the Pistons into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.It appears he found the right player in Avery Bradley.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “That wasn’t an easy win by any means,” Van Gundy said. “We didn’t have a lot of energy, and their starting lineup gave us a lot of trouble, but we were able to grind it out.”The Pistons scored the game’s first 10 points, but Randolph scored 10 points in the first quarter to keep the Kings close. Sacramento led briefly in the second quarter, but Bradley’s 13 points were enough to give Detroit a 52-49 lead at halftime.“It seemed like we were down four points around 80 times tonight, but we could never put together the big run we needed,” Joerger said. “We talked about how much ball pressure they use, and then we would come down three times and they would deflect three passes.”TIP-INSKings: Randolph’s first-quarter scoring started moments after Michigan State’s winning field goal against Penn State was shown on the Little Caesars Arena scoreboard, accompanied by the MSU fight song. Randolph went to the Final Four as a Spartan in 2001.Pistons: Jon Leuer (ankle sprain) missed the game, while Johnson is day to day after leaving in the third quarter with a sore hip flexor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bradley scored 24 points, Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 108-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The 26-year-old Bradley went 10 for 15 from the field. He was acquired in a trade with Boston in July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’ve said this several times, but he has really changed the defensive demeanor of our team,” Van Gundy said. “He doesn’t deserve all of the credit — moving Stanley (Johnson) into the starting lineup has also helped — but we’re playing much better defense with Avery on the floor.”Tobias Harris added 20 points for Detroit (7-3), which won for the fifth time in six games. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Johnson still 2 options for chance at 8th NASCAR Cup title View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has expressed interest in providing assistance to Regions Eight and Nine — hinterland regions that have recently been affected by flooding.Asked by Opposition Member of Parliament Collin Croal what relief measuresCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan were taken to alleviate flooding, and what compensation was given to residents in these regions that had been flooded, Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, told the National Assembly that Guyana and neighbouring Brazil have jointly been “looking at the dimensions of the impact of the flooding” on bordering communities in both countries.He detailed also that the Central Government and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) had mobilised immediately to offer relief in the form of humanitarian aid to residents who were affected during the flooding.Government had made similar response to residents in parts of Regions Seven and Six who had been affected by flooding, he explained.At the height of the flooding, Minister Bulkan said, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had led intervention to Region Eight, while Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and he (Minister Bulkan) had led interventions in Region Nine. Some 40 residents who were affected by the flooding in Region Nine were provided food and shelter at an emergency centre set up in Lethem.The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) had also mobilised efforts to provide potable water to the affected residents in the South Rupununi and other parts of Region Nine, by setting up water distribution access points at the Tabatinga and New Culvert City Pump stations. Minister Bulkan said recovery efforts have been ongoing following the receding of floodwaters in the affected regions. There is an ongoing assessment of the damages done, and this would help determine the level of assistance that the affected residents would require. Minister Bulkan also explained that Government does not offer compensation during natural disasters, but would render assistance once determination has been made of the level of damage done to houses, livestock and farmlands, after the fact. Government provided cleaning and food supplies after flood waters had receded from the affected regions, the minister explained; and to resuscitate their livelihoods, the Ministry of Agriculture has also indicated its willingness to assist farmers who have sustained damages and/or losses during the flooding.
“What’s that red flower over there?” The youngster was pointing to a plant on the other side of the canyon, about 100 yards away. “Oh yeah, that red color catches your eye, doesn’t it?” I was stalling for time as I went through my mental checklist. It’s been too dry for flowers and besides, it’s too early in the season for scarlet larkspur. Ah, of course! It’s a berry, not a flower. “I’d need to get closer to be sure, but I suspect we’re looking at a berry. “Probably toyon,” I said. “Remember when we saw some coyote scat with seed pits earlier on the hike?” All sorts of animals eat toyon berries, birds as well as coyotes and bears. Humans eat toyon berries, too. According to a National Park Service Web site, “California Native Americans ground the berries as a source of meal. Tea made from the bark and leaves was used as a cure for stomach aches. The Spanish Californians put the fruit in a bag, sprinkled it with sugar, and then cooked it in a slow oven.” Our next bird hike is scheduled at Towsley Canyon on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. Towsley Canyon is located on the Old Road, west of I-5 and about a quarter mile south of the Calgrove Boulevard exit. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Iranians celebrate after their national football team won a 2018 World Cup qualifying match with Uzbekistan. Women have been barred from attending football matches, and some other sporting events such as wrestling, since the 1979 Islamic revolution © AFP / STRINGERTEHRAN, Iran, Sep 4 – For a brief moment, Iran’s female football fans thought they were finally allowed to attend a match, but their hopes were dashed on Monday when authorities said their tickets were sold by mistake.Women have been barred from attending football matches, and some other sporting events such as wrestling, since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with officials saying they must be protected from the vulgar atmosphere. But when seats for Tuesday’s qualifying match against Syria at Tehran’s Azadi stadium went on sale on Saturday, many were shocked to see an option for women’s tickets on the website.Some shared their surprise and joy on Twitter with a Farsi hashtag meaning “I_have_ticket”.“I was extremely excited… it was unbelievable,” football fan Arefeh Elyasi told the reformist Shahrvand newspaper on Monday.Another woman, Zahra Jafarzadeh, said she bought a ticket even though she does not really like football.“I felt that if didn’t sign up, I would be missing a major event,” she told the newspaper.Having never been inside the stadium, some worried about which seat to choose.“My friend’s mother told me to get a seat where the ball wouldn’t hit my head,” said Negin Bagheri.But it did not take long for reality to reimpose itself, as Iran’s football federation said it was all a mistake.“There is no plan to allow the presence of women in Azadi stadium for the Iran-Syria match,” it said in a statement, blaming a “technical glitch”.Tickets held by women would all be cancelled and refunded, it said.“Maybe we all knew that we would not be allowed to enter the stadium despite buying the ticket,” Elyasi said.“But we wanted to make our voice heard by the officials.”Iran was among the first teams to qualify for the 2018 world cup finals in Russia, and celebrations are planned for after the Syria game.Women are allowed to watch some sports, though the rules can change with little warning.There was shock in 2014 when women were suddenly banned from volleyball matches without explanation, although they have since been allowed to return to some events in segregated seats.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Carlo Ancelotti Zenit are trying to lure former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti to Russia.The Italian was sacked by Real Madrid in the summer and he has since elected to take a year-long sabbatical.It has not stopped the 56-year-old being linked with jobs, though, particularly those in the Premier League.Ancelotti has been touted as a potential successor to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and Liverpool are said to have made contact with him before appointing Jurgen Klopp.However, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Zenit are ready to blow the competition out of the water with a huge offer.Current manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to leave at the end of the season when his contract comes to an end.And to replace him Zenit have now offered Ancelotti a salary of £11m-a-year.The former AC Milan boss is reportedly yet to reply to the offer but he has discussed terms with the Russian club. 1
On land, visitors will be greeted by members of the world’s largest colony of Laysan albatrosses – about 400,000 nesting pairs – and taken on a four- to six-hour tour of the atoll’s main island. Japanese destroyers shelled the U.S. military base at Midway on the same day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Dec. 7, 1941. The area is better known, however, for the Battle of Midway, which began June 3, 1942. A harrowing three-day fight by American pilots rebuffed a Japanese task force and turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. For the less history-minded, there’s only one beach open for people on the island. The others are reserved for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. But you might find it tough to complain. Gleaming white, gorgeous and empty, the beach on the island’s northern side makes Oahu’s famed Lanikai Beach look like Saturday out at Coney Island. Taking a cruise to Midway could inspire you to take on another means of getting to the island – volunteering. That’s how Eldridge and Thelma Park got here. The retired couple from Aiea, Hawaii, have been busy in the refuge’s greenhouse nurturing native bunch grass, which is being used to restore the natural ecosystem of the atoll’s Eastern Island. “It’s nice, slow. You can get away from the city for a while,” said Eldridge Park, a 48-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service. “I miss the grandchildren though.” Volunteers are expected to stay on the island at least three months, which can be a bit tough for those who require urban comforts or a lot of social interaction. Midway hosts about 40 volunteers throughout the year. With only about four federal employees and fewer than 50 additional staff members, such as cooks and plumbers, it makes for a tight group. Though selection is weighted toward those with a background in biology, it is not necessary. “Basically, if you’re willing to do hard work and do what we want, that’s usually enough,” said Ken Foote, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman. Those tasks include projects keeping tabs on the health of albatross pairs – who mate for life – and ripping the life out of the scourge of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the cute but invasive flower verbesina. Some would-be Midway visitors say there should be more direct and less arduous travel options. Members of groups such as Supporters and Veterans of Midway Island say the Fish and Wildlife Service is thwarting efforts to bring back regular flights in favor of protecting wildlife. “It’s the environmentalists against the Navy veterans. And right now the Fish and Wildlife Service has all the cards in their hand and the veterans have nothing,” said Gary Randall, of Brightwood, Ore., who was stationed on Midway from 1977 to 1979. It may take a year before there’s a regularly scheduled service to Midway again, but the Fish and Wildlife Service is working to get it going, Maxfield said. But the remoteness complicates the effort. “We very much want to share this with the American public. It’s just finding a way to do it in a cost-effective manner,” she said. “When we tell the public that it may cost $1,200 to come out here, can they afford that? We know a lot of people can’t.” While Midway “will never be the Disneyland of the Pacific,” visitors are always welcome, said Barry Christenson, refuge manager. The half a dozen sailors who stop by each year can even look forward to an invitation to the refuge staff’s own bowling alley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Some would-be Pacific island hoppers, especially Pacific war buffs and those who once called it home, think the historic federal possession warrants easier access. Between 1997 and 2001 the atoll received 1,500 to 2,000 tourists and other visitors each year. But public flights to Midway, which is now a national wildlife refuge, ended in 2002 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s sole tourist operator pulled out, citing difficulty making a profit. One of the more luxurious but round-about options for getting to Midway is to book passage on one of up to four cruise ships that anchor outside the atoll each year and ferry those interested across the turquoise water of the 5-mile-wide atoll to Sand Island. But only one cruise is scheduled to stop at Midway in 2006, said Barbara Maxfield, chief of Pacific Islands visitor services for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the island. That’s the Saga Ruby, which leaves Tianjin Xingang in China on a nearly two-month cruise to Southampton, England. Those who boat ashore may be treated to a performance by the atoll’s 200 or so spinner dolphins, so-named for their propensity for spinning leaps out of the water. Cheers from an audience seem to send them to even more impressive acrobatics. MIDWAY ATOLL – More than a thousand miles from the closest center of civilization, the pale sands of Midway Atoll peek out above the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean like an oasis. Midway’s natural beauty and its rich history as the site of a critical World War II battle make it an attractive spot to visit. But the atoll, near the end of the chain of the largely unpopulated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is one of those places you can’t get to easily from anywhere. If you don’t own a boat or plane for the 1,200-mile journey from Honolulu, the main options for private travel to the distant atoll in 2006 can be daunting: board a cruise in China, hitch a ride with one of a handful of resident government workers, or volunteer for three months of environmental duty.
Natasha Adams, Claire McGuigan,Ann-Marie McGlynnLifford women team travelled to Dublin on Sunday for the National Relay Team. The team consisted of Ann-Marie McGlynn, Claire McGuigan and Natasha Adams. In a tough field the Lifford Ac athletes finished an overall 7th out of a field of 20 teams. Claire McGuigan ran the first leg of the relay in a time of 5:58. She was then followed by Ann Marie in a time of 11:02 and finally Natasha in 5:37. Overall time of 22:37. This was only 1 minute from a podium finish which shows how well athletes ran.A major plus for Lifford Ac was the fitness of Natasha Adams who has just returned from injury. Nastasha is sure to have a great season, and can now build on this for the rest of the season. Attention will turn this weekend to the National 10k in Dublin where a number of athletes will travel. ATHLETICS: LIFFORD WOMEN FINISH 7TH IN NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS was last modified: April 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LIfford AC
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, Wednesday through Dec. 10 in the Art Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3612. Fall Forensics Showcase 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the College of the Canyons Amphitheater, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call Victoria Leonard at (661) 362-3441. Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. Winter Concert will feature all Placerita Junior High bands, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-1551. Band Concert will feature Sierra Vista Junior High, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-3113. Waterfall Hike is a rigorous 5-mile round-trip trek, 9 a.m.-noon today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Backpages will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Sierra Club hike to Whitney Canyon Park will meet, 9 a.m. Saturday at the south end of San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613. Arts & Crafts Fair will feature artists and crafts people selling their unique wares, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Nicki Voss Stern at (661) 286-4079. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Talking Hands: A Multi-cultural Storytelling Experience” will be presented, 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Sue Yamamoto at (661) 259-8942. “African Tales” will be presented, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday in the Q Theatre at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for ASB cardholders, children and seniors. Call (661) 252-6110. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The wounded teen was identified as an 18-year-old who goes by the names Antoine LeBlanc and Tony Tilford, deputies said. The teen was identified as a suspect in an Oct. 27 slaying of a reputed drug dealer, who deputies believe was shot in a robbery attempt on a Quartz Hill street. Another suspect was originally arrested but let go last month. Detectives served a search warrant Tuesday at the teen’s parent’s home in the Rancho Vista area, Yoshino said. The teen was spotted Wednesday afternoon at a gas station on Rancho Vista Boulevard by a gang-detail deputy, and ran into the adjoining neighborhood, which deputies surrounded and blocked off streets to keep vehicles from entering and leaving. “We’ve been chasing him around and we just keep missing him, until today,” Yoshino said after the shooting. PALMDALE – A search for a murder suspect in a west Palmdale neighborhood ended with a sheriff’s deputy shooting and wounding him in a backyard. The teenager had been hiding in a trash can but jumped out as deputies prepared to send a police dog after him, climbing a fence into another backyard where other deputies were waiting, a sheriff’s sergeant said. The teen appeared to be reaching for his waistband when one deputy fired two shots, hitting the suspect once in the side, gang-detail Sgt. Derek Yoshino said. “He wasn’t complying to deputies’ commands to show his hands and get on the ground,” Yoshino said. “The deputy fearing for his safety and his life fired two rounds.” The wound was not believed to be life-threatening, Yoshino said. Sheriff’s homicide detectives were called in to investigate the shooting. The shooting will also be investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Independent Review. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Darwin called the origin of flowering plants an “abominable mystery,” but it is not the only one. The scientific materialism that strives to explain all reality by “natural” causes without resource to a designing intelligence has a long way to go. Occasionally, major gaps in cosmic evolution and biological evolution become evident in scientific papers and announcements.A bloomin’ mystery: Darwin was baffled about angiosperms in 1859, and so are today’s biologists – even with genome sequencing, a more complete fossil record and microscopes that are approaching nanometer resolution. Michael Frohlich and Mark Chase wrote in Nature that “After a dozen years of progress the origin of angiosperms is still a great mystery.”1 Less than a dozen years ago, they said, even the most basic questions about angiosperm origins were still disputed. They surveyed a dozen alternative approaches to answering the question, but put any answer in future tense – even after nearly 148 years of searching.Beetle blast from the past: Modern-looking beetles evolved 110 million years earlier than expected, if we can believe scientists from Imperial College, London (see BBC News). Evolutionists had thought the proliferation of beetles coincided with the rise of flowering plants 140 million years ago. Now, they claim beetles have been around for at least 250 million years – maybe 300 million. There are some 300,000 species of beetles in the world today. “The reason for this large number of beetle species has been debated for many years and never resolved,” the article stated (cf. 04/26/2002). Why did they evolve into so many species far before flowering plants are thought to have appeared? “We don’t have the answer to that,” said one researcher.Birds and bees: It’s hard to know whether Tim Clutton-Brock was confirming sexual selection or casting doubt on it. In a review article in Science,2 he gave material for critics and proponents to both claim victory. “Research on sexual selection shows that the evolution of secondary sexual characters in males and the distribution of sex differences are more complex than was initially suggested but does not undermine our understanding of the evolutionary mechanisms involved,” he began. “However, the operation of sexual selection in females has still received relatively little attention.” That seems surprising, considering it is such an easy topic for biologists to have investigated since Darwin’s day. Darwin himself paid little attention to secondary sexual characteristics in females, he said. The article shows how sexual selection can produce counter-intuitive, even opposite, results: “Recent studies show that both intrasexual competition between females and male choice of mating partners are common, leading to strong sexual selection in females and, in extreme cases, to reversals in the usual pattern of sex differences in behavior and morphology.” He concluded that sexual selection remains a “robust framework” that explains much, but “many important questions about the operation of sexual selection in females and the evolution of sex differences have yet to be answered.” The long and short of it: “There is still much to be done.” Last month in Current Biology,3 three scientists at University of Exeter tried to do an experiment to see if attractiveness in males was heritable (Note: the experiments were done on fruit flies, not humans). It would seem intuitive in a Darwinian sense that attractive males should produce more and fitter offspring. Did it work? They reported positive results, but admitted that their results “contrast starkly” with an earlier, similar study. “For example, a recent hemiclonal investigation found that males with high reproductive success did not produce more attractive sons, which is very different to what we find here,” they said. It’s hard to know if any significant conclusions could be drawn. Their ending sentence seems contradictory: “Regardless of the net fitness outcome, however, our finding that sexy fathers sire sexy sons provides much needed evidence for a critical assumption of many models of sexual selection,” they claimed. But isn’t net fitness outcome what Darwinism is all about? Sexual selection is apparently one of those ideas that sounds good in generalities, but bogs down under scientific scrutiny: “our results emphasise the fact that attractiveness is a composite trait that cannot be totally captured by simple measurements of single characters,” they explained. “That is to say, even if individual traits that are subject to sexual selection are heritable, this need not imply attractiveness in total is heritable and can evolve.” Perhaps beauty is in the fly of the beholder.Mammal enamel: Looking at the teeth of mammals gave Zhe-Xi Luo a non-Darwinian view of their evolutionary history. The scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Natural History said in Nature,4 “Classic scenarios of mammalian morphological evolution tend to posit an orderly acquisition of key evolutionary innovations leading to adaptive diversification, but newly discovered fossils show that evolution of such key characters as the middle ear and the tribosphenic teeth is far more labile among Mesozoic mammals.” Views of progress should be discarded: “Successive diversifications of Mesozoic mammal groups multiplied the opportunities for many dead-end lineages to iteratively evolve developmental homoplasies and convergent ecological specializations, parallel to those in modern mammal groups.” Luo mentioned evolutionary convergence a dozen times in his review article. He spoke of “curious cases of convergent adaptations in extinct Mesozoic mammals” that “represent many separate evolutionary experiments,” but merely stating that something represents convergent evolution begs the question of how complex organs could have originated even once by evolution, let alone multiple times. At one point Luo asked, “are originations of key mammalian characters singular evolutionary events, or iterative convergences despite their complexity?”Champions are raised, not born: Are race horse breeders paying high stud fees for nothing? Nurture may be more important than nature in producing good race horses, reports Science Now. A team from the University of Edinburgh studied records of 4500 race horse offspring between 1922 to 2003, and found only 10% correlation of champions with their parents. If genes aren’t correlating with fitness as much the environment (in this case, good trainers), what would this mean to Darwinian theory that expects fitness to ultimately reside in the genes, where they can be passed on? One caution about any conclusions drawn from this study is that fitness according to the betting man yelling in the grandstands may not relate to fitness according to the horse. But then, fitness in evolutionary terms is so vague, it can mean anything (see “Fitness for dummies: is it running in circles?”, 10/29/2002).Tree Network of life: Lateral gene transfer scrambles any hope of finding a Darwinian tree of common descent in genetic studies, admitted James McInerney and Davide Pisani in Science.5 “The role of horizontal gene transfer in evolution has raised fierce debate about the relevance of the Tree of Life,” they said. Yet the Tree of Life, coming from the single illustration in The Origin of Species, is Darwin’s most-famous icon of evolution. They concluded with a new paradigm, “When eukaryotes are included in our considerations of evolution, the phylogeny of life seems better represented by a network than a tree, making any core genes-based argument in favor of the Tree of Life essentially irrelevant.” See also the 02/01/2007 entry.Dark prospects: Dark energy has been debated for nearly a decade, but Lawrence Krauss (Case Western Reserve University) thinks we may never figure out what it is. As reported in Physics World, “Even with the many observations planned over the next decade, there is a real chance that we will never understand the true nature of dark energy.”On this last point, Krauss commented on how remarkable it is that we live at a time when we can see the rest of the universe. In the big picture, had we lived when the universe were much older, dark energy (whatever it is) would have flung all but our local group out of sight:It therefore seems that we are living in a very special time, namely the only time in the history of the universe that we might actually be able to infer the existence of dark energy itself. Perhaps, therefore, we should not feel too bad if observations in the coming decades do not allow us to untangle the mystery of the nature and origin of dark energy. After all, it is often the mysteries themselves that keep scientists going, energizing theorists to continue to speculate about the ultimate nature of reality and motivating observers to seek out new tools to probe it.This point was argued by Gonzalez and Richards in The Privileged Planet. If we are living in a special epoch that makes scientific discovery possible, that’s another indication of intelligent design. Arguing along these lines cost Gonzalez his tenure (see Evolution News).1. Michael Frohlich and Mark Chase, “After a dozen years of progress the origin of angiosperms is still a great mystery,” Nature 450, 1184-1189 (20 December 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06393.2. Tim Clutton-Brock, “Sexual Selection in Males and Females,” Science, 21 December 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5858, pp. 1882-1885, DOI: 10.1126/science.1133311.3. Michelle L. Taylor, Nina Wedell and David J. Hosken, “The heritability of attractiveness,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 22, 20 November 2007, Pages R959-R960.4. Zhe-Xi Luo, “Transformation and diversification in early mammal evolution,” Nature 450, 1011-1019 (13 December 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06277.5. James O. McInerney and Davide Pisani, “Genetics: Paradigm for Life,” Science, 30 November 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5855, pp. 1390-1391, DOI: 10.1126/science.1151657.This is just a sampling of fundamental questions that have the Darwinists stumped after nearly a century and a half. It’s clear that their victory speeches are mere bluffing, because the unknowns overpower the knowns, and the knowns are not well known. How much longer do you want to give the materialistic crowd time to pursue their metaphysical research program? They‘re like the dog in the manger; can’t eat the hay, but won’t let those with the stomach for it get a bite. (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0