OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s strange, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says, walking into Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Oklahoma City Thunder, given how much has changed.“Things move fast in the NBA,” Kerr said Saturday. “It’s crazy.”Kevin Durant’s league-altering decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in 2016 added a confrontational layer to an established rivalry. Then, when he left the Warriors this past summer for the Brooklyn Nets, he took the rivalry with him, as did his former teammate …
Despite Darwinian efforts to muffle it or spread it into a diffuse rumble, the Cambrian explosion (the near-sudden emergence of most animal body plans in the fossil record) was loud and snappy. A new phylogenetic study by Antonis Rokas (MIT), Dirk Krüger, and Sean B. Carroll (U of Wisconsin), published in Science this week,1 could not rid the models of rapid evolution across diverse clades, what they call “radiations compressed in time.” Their new broad study of gene sequences reached the same verdict as the fossil record. Their technical terms, translated into plain English, mean that the Cambrian explosion was real:The phylogenetic relationships among most metazoan phyla remain uncertain. We obtained large numbers of gene sequences from metazoans, including key understudied taxa. Despite the amount of data and breadth of taxa analyzed, relationships among most metazoan phyla remained unresolved. In contrast, the same genes robustly resolved phylogenetic relationships within a major clade of Fungi of approximately the same age as the Metazoa. The differences in resolution within the two kingdoms suggest that the early history of metazoans was a radiation compressed in time, a finding that is in agreement with paleontological inferences. Furthermore, simulation analyses as well as studies of other radiations in deep time indicate that, given adequate sequence data, the lack of resolution in phylogenetic trees is a signature of closely spaced series of cladogenetic events. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Three other scientists commenting on the story in the same issue of Science2 tried to find ways around the study but were not too successful. “Is the big bang in animal evolution real?” they asked. Maybe it can be circumvented with more data, or with different analytical methods. “In light of these concerns, are the conclusions of Rokas et al. justified? Should we ignore their study? Most certainly not, because they have produced a wealth of data and have shown that it might just be possible that the fossil record can be reconciled with molecular data.” The resolution, however, was left in future tense (with emphasis on tense). Rokas et al. did not seem so optimistic. A press release from University of Wisconsin underscored Carroll’s conclusion that the animal family “tree” is looking “bushy” in places. There were “frenetic bursts of evolution” he said. Despite their efforts to resolve the record, “instead of a tree, we got a bush where many branches sprout close together.” He said it was hard to distinguish evolutionary events, even with “boatloads of data.” Rokas found a way to put a positive spin on it. “The difficulty we are facing in telling animal relationships apart is evolution’s signature that some very interesting evolutionary stuff happened here,” he chuckled.1Antonis Rokas, Dirk Krüger, Sean B. Carroll, “Animal Evolution and the Molecular Signature of Radiations Compressed in Time,” Science, 23 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5756, pp. 1933 – 1938, DOI: 10.1126/science.1116759.2Lars S. Jermiin, Leon Poladian, Michael A. Charleston, “Evolution: Is the ‘Big Bang’ in Animal Evolution Real?”, Science, 23 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5756, pp. 1910 – 1911, DOI: 10.1126/science.1122440.Very interesting evolutionary stuff, indeed (but only to a demolition expert). The Darwin Party knows that critics hammer the point that the Cambrian explosion falsifies evolutionary theory. Oh, how the Darwinists would love to get around it! These two papers and the news article show that they cannot. Look at the bars on their timeline, representing the data: they stack nearly on top of one another. To the left are fictional, imaginary dashed lines connecting them into a phylogenetic tree, with absolutely no data, fossil or genetic, to support the inference. Should they be depriving students of these embarrassing findings? Most textbooks glibly state that evolution is a fact, and the fossil record proves it. This is a snow job if there ever was one. Demand accountability. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I’m just aching to know if the new Apple tablet (insert caveats, weasel words and qualifiers here) is a potential Cintiq competitor. I don’t think it will be, but you never know. It may also have a built in barometer and bird call generator.I’m never sure if Apple does themselves more good than harm with the secrecy and anticipation that surrounds the run-up to these announcements. Unless there’s something truly jaw-dropping about whatever device rises from the stage when Steve Jobs reaches that particular slide in Keynote, the reaction may be muted disappointment: “Oh.” “Huh.” “Wait a minute… my life is still the same miasma of thwarted potential and spiritual anomie that it was half an hour ago!”That said, what are you expecting on Jan. 27? Related Posts Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdversity tests the character of a family.For the better part of the last five years, San Miguel has proven to be one of the most resilient teams in addressing tough situations, further forging their bond through challenges both on and off-the-court.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We really wanted to just play for him and his family,” shared Chris Ross.“We know that he had a heavy heart and he hasn’t been getting much sleep. He’s been with us at practice every day, hasn’t complained about it, hasn’t brought it up, and hasn’t mentioned it. That’s just a testament to the type of professional that he is. He’s really a hard worker, and he really puts a lot of time into preparing us for what we have to do.READ: Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach Ross said San Miguel tried its best to make Austria feel a little bit better. “We kind of just gave him a big hug and let him know that we’re there for him.”Arwind Santos also knows how tough Austria’s situation is.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City After all, he had to go through the same ordeal back in 2015 when his mom Araceli was rushed out of the venue due to profuse bleeding on the nose during one of San Miguel’s game, coincidentally, against TNT.“Even I went through that, too,” said the 36-year-old forward in Filipino. “We knew we just had to be strong. We can’t control what happens in the world and what happens to us. If those things happen, we can’t do anything but to pray and focus on what we need to do. We have to fight through the emotions so that we can still play despite our situation. We used her as our inspiration.”READ: Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis The Beermen came together and pulled one off for their coach and his family, dedicating the triumph as they progressed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.Austria, too, can heave a sigh of relief as his wife’s operation was a success.“That was for coach Leo and (his son) Bacon. We really wanted to go out there and play hard and try to get that win for the Austria family,” said Ross. “Luckily, we’re able to go out there and play hard and get the win for him. Going forward, we’ll be playing for him and his family as well.”“At least, we were able to give coach a little bit of a relief, lift him up, and get us closer to our goal,” said Santos. “I believe we’ll be harder to beat because of that.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Ceres blanks Shan United, keeps top spot in AFC Cup LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving On Tuesday, the Beermen’s mettle was once again tested.With San Miguel starting its quest for a rare four-peat in the all-Filipino conference with a tough draw against TNT in the quarterfinals, coach Leo Austria had his attention divided as wife Nanette had just undergone a kidney transplant at Cardinal Santos Medical Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplantLacking in sleep, the three-time Coach of the Year tried to fight through the emotions, holding strong for his team before eventually breaking down in the press room and once again in the dugout after the squad pulled off the 106-93 win to advance to the semifinals. View comments
Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Maroons demolish Cardinals PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows just how good Justin Brownlee is that—if he would have his way—the versatile import should be wearing the Gilas Pilipinas jersey as soon as possible.Cone didn’t discount the capabilities of current naturalized player Andray Blatche, but if it were him, he’d vote for Brownlee to represent the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino in international competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Brownlee, who has so far won three titles with the Gin Kings, had said that he would love to play for the Philippines and that stance has not changed one bit.“I’d definitely be honored to play and represent the country, that’s definitely been a dream of mine since I’ve been here in the Philippines,” said Brownlee, who is listed as 6-foot-5 but is playing—and dominating—in a conference where 6-foot-10 imports are allowed.“Connecting with the Philippine culture and the people, it’s been unbelievable,” said Brownlee. “Hopefully, the [legislative] process is still going forward and it’s not standing still or going backwards, I’m still excited for it.”Cone said that Brownlee’s impact goes beyond basketball and that the prolific 31-year-old’s personality alone gives the team wonders.Brownlee started playing in the PBA in 2016 as a replacement import for Paul Harris and has since become entrenched in the local basketball culture.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Isn’t Justin amazing?” said Cone after Ginebra’s 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I tell you, I know that Andray is a great player, and I know all these guys, I really don’t have any say in that.”“But I tell you my vote goes for Justin for the national team.”FEATURED 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, logisticsMikee Romero, the 1-Pacman party-list representative and NorthPort governor, had filed House Bill No. 8106 endorsing Brownlee’s naturalization in the lower House in August 2018.Once that bill goes through both levels of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and gets signed by President Duterte to become a republic act, then Brownlee can officially say he’s a Filipino. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments
TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Chicago Fire gain approval to switch stadiums from 2020by Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Chicago Park District board has approved a deal to move Chicago Fire’s home games to Soldier Field, the home stadium of the Chicago Bears National Football League (NFL) franchise, in time for the 2020 MLS season, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The move follows an agreement between the MLS outfit and the Village of Bridgeview, which saw the club pay a US$60.5 million release fee to leave the district’s SeatGeek Stadium, with the club expected to sign a three-year lease at Soldier Field, including an option to extend by a further eight years.Chicago Red Stars, the National Women’s Soccer League NWSL) outfit, will continue to play their home fixtures in Bridgeview.
NCAA BracketsWe’re about a month away from the start of the best three weeks of the college sports year. In roughly four weeks, it’ll be Selection Sunday. On March 13, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will unveil its 68-team field on CBS. Here’s what the bracketologists are currently projecting the NCAA Tournament to look like. CBSNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Villanova. No. 2 seeds: Xavier, Iowa, Oregon, Miami. No. 3 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Michigan State, West VirginiaNo. 4 seeds: Dayton, USC, Iowa State, PurdueFull bracket. ESPNNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa. No. 2 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Oregon, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: Miami, Michigan State, Xavier, West Virginia.No. 4 seeds: Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Dayton. Full bracket. FOX SportsNo. 1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami.No. 3 seeds: UNC, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier.No. 4 seeds: USC, Texas, Iowa State, Purdue.Full bracket.Sports IlllustratedNo. 1 seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Kansas, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: UNC, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon.No. 4 seeds: Baylor, Miami, Texas A&M, Purdue. Full bracket. And now, to get you in the mood for the NCAA Tournament:
Swapping her fabulous frocks for a shower cap, Dame Vivienne Westwood literally makes a splash in a provocative new PETA video about the meat industry’s depletion of world water supplies.Dame Vivienne Westwood Launches Shower VideoCredit/Copyright: PETA UK“I am an eco-warrior, but I take long showers with a clean conscience because I’m vegetarian”, says Dame Vivienne in the spot, which she unveiled in a lunchtime launch at the award-winning gourmet vegetarian eatery tibits.Video: Vivienne Westwood — Get Your Feet Wet!In the video, which she is screening in advance of World Water Day on 22 March, the designer draws attention to the huge amount of water used by the meat trade. Rivers are diverted for livestock factories, not only for the animals but also for crops grown exclusively to fatten them. A European study cited in the recent New York Times piece Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty reports that it takes 4 million gallons of water to produce 1 ton of beef but just 85,000 gallons to produce a ton of vegetables. Another UN study singles out the meat industry as one of the leading causes of climate change.“By avoiding meat, you do more for the environment than recycling or driving a hybrid car”, explains Dame Vivienne from under the showerhead. The stylish spot was directed by Robbie Newby and scored by Carter Burwell, the BAFTA and Emmy winner known for his soundtracks for films by the Coen brothers and Spike Jonze.Video: Why I Don’t Eat Animals — Vivienne WestwoodFor more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured charitable projects in South London last week on the last day of engagements for The Duchess before she gives birth to the couple’s second child.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with young people on the top deck of the XLP Mobile recording StudioCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgTheir Royal Highnesses visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre and then projects run by the charity XLP (eXceL Project).The couple watched acts who had all successfully completed an arts programme run by XLP.Sitting in the front row of Christ Church in Gipsy Hill, the Royal couple were entertained by successive acts and groups.XLP’s staff and volunteers work in communities helping to meet the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people – 1,800 a week, with some on the verge of exclusion from school.Their efforts help troubled teenagers to stay in the classroom and give them the opportunity to reassess their lives.Later, crowds cheered as The Duke and Duchess arrived on the Hazel Grove estate in nearby Sydenham to visit XLP’s bus project and mobile recording studio – an old police riot van that had been reconditioned by the MTV show Pimp My Ride.The Royal couple had begun their day by visiting the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, South London, which helps young people break into the professions.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
LONDON – The Premier League’s inflationary bubble burst Tuesday when the $6 billion sale of British television rights produced a drop in the value of matches.The past two domestic deals both produced 70 per cent jumps in the value of rights, fueling spiraling wages and transfer fees and cementing the competition’s status as the world’s richest league. But the auction of 2019-2022 rights left two of the seven packages still up for sale as Sky emerged the big winner and rival broadcaster BT saw its position weakened.The sale of 160 games has raised 4.464 billion pounds ($6.2 billion), compared with 5.14 billion pounds for 168 fixtures from 2016 to 2019. The league will be looking to the sale of overseas rights to provide an upsurge in revenue for its 20 teams, who split the foreign income equally.While remaining the biggest broadcaster of most games in Britain with four packages, Sky boasted how it was now paying 16 per cent less per fixture in its 3.579 billion pound, three-year deal to show 128 games per season. That equates to savings of almost 600 million pounds for the European pay TV giant while showing an additional two games a year from the league it helped to grow from its inception in 1992.But while Sky’s price per game drops from 11 million pounds to 9.3 million pounds, BT had to agree to pay 9.2 million pounds — up from 7.6 million pounds — for one package of 32 games. The broadcaster, which was launched in 2013 by Britain’s former telephone monopoly, has lost 10 games and will only screen games now on Saturday lunchtimes. BT said it “remained financially disciplined” while bidding.The Premier League increased the number of games available for live broadcasting in Britain to 200, with only overseas channels able to air all 380 fixtures a year live in a bid to maintain large attendances at stadiums.The Premier League said “multiple bidders” remain interested in the two remaining packages that allow broadcasters to show every game in four rounds of matches. It is the first time an entire schedule of fixture can be aired live domestically, and there is intrigue over whether digital companies like Amazon, Netflix or Facebook will use them as a chance to gain a foothold in the Premier League.“To have achieved this investment with two packages of live rights remaining to sell is an outcome that is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs,” Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said. “It provides them with certainty and will underpin their continued efforts to put on the most compelling football, invest sustainably in all areas, and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond.”The 2019-2022 Chinese rights have already been sold to online video streaming service PPTV for $700 million in the league’s biggest-ever global deal. In 2015, the American rights were sold through 2022 to NBC in a six-year deal worth $1 billion.The auction comes amid uncertainty at Sky with regulators in Britain assessing the attempt by Rupert Murdochs’s 21st Century Fox to buy the 61 per cent of the broadcaster it does not already own. The Walt Disney Co. has also bid $52.4 billion to take over the majority of Fox in a deal that Disney envisages leading to full ownership of Sky.___Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports