OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year While Ancajas and trainer Joven Jimenez hardly found a video of Gonzalez in action, they said the challenger and his handlers will be in for a surprise.Ancajas mostly used 1-2 combinations in knocking down Jamie Conlan four times and knocking the Irish out in the sixth round in Belfast last November.This time, Ancajas will be unloading more punches—3-4-5 combinations—to bring down Gonzalez’s defenses.In trying to look mean and tough during their stare down, Gonzalez may have only roused the tiger within Ancajas.And when the Mexican wiggled out of the eye contact first, Ancajas already figured him out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jerwin Ancajas (left) and Israel Gonzalez face off after Thursday’s press conference of their IBF junior bantamweight title fight Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas.CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS—Israel Gonzalez tried to get inside the mind of Jerwin Ancajas in their faceoff Thursday afternoon, but the scare tactic backfired.The Mexican challenger moved uncomfortably close, about an inch within, and threw a dagger look at the Filipino champion after the press conference of their tussle for the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) here.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: New coach, same old legacy for FEU Tamaraws Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Though he was unable to intimidate Ancajas, Gonzalez at least succeeded on getting the attention of the 26-year-old pride of Panabo City.“His eyes were a reflection of his determination to clinch my crown,” said Ancajas. “But it’s not for the taking.”According to Ancajas, he didn’t feel any pressure about the title fight itself, but the comparison being drawn with him to Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion, Philippine senator and his benefactor.For his part, the 21-year-old Gonzalez said he intends to take advantage of the title crack and bring pride and joy to his family and supporters in Los Cabos, Mexico, which has yet to produce a world champion.Gonzalez told Philippine media on Wednesday that he and his trainer Adalberto Sanchez have thoroughly studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights, saw some flaws, and are going to pounce on them come fight night.ADVERTISEMENT Though surprised by the sudden change in demeanor of Gonzalez, Ancajas did not blink. He gazed back and, after a few tense seconds, the Mexican dropped his stare first and offered a handshake.Ever a gentleman, Ancajas accepted before they headed back to their respective teams at Brewster Street ice house, just a few blocks away from Holiday Inn Downtown Marina where they were both billeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“He got too close and it looked like he wanted to eat me,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “Maybe he’s trying to play mind games, but I didn’t bite. He’s just trying to psyche me out.“I have Filipino pride, we’ll know who’s the better man in the ring,” added Ancajas, who’ll be defending the 115-pound crown for the fourth time Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at the 10,000-seater American Bank Center. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Houston scored five straight points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from P.J. Tucker, to cut the lead to three with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. But the Celtics scored the next four points to make it 74-67.Boston’s offense went cold after that, and the Celtics didn’t score for more than three minutes as Houston scored nine points in a row to take a 76-74 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third.Gordon and Ariza got things going during that stretch by hitting consecutive 3s.The game was tied later in the third when the Celtics got a delay-of-game warning before coach Brad Stevens received a technical foul. Harden made a free throw on the technical and Nene added a basket soon after that to put Houston up 84-81.Boston used an 8-2 spurt, with four points each from Greg Monroe and Smart, to take an 89-86 lead into the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCeltics: Irving finished with 18 points and six assists. … Boston made 13 of 24 3-pointers. … Terry Rozier had 17 points and Monroe had 18.Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed his third straight game with a sore left hip. D’Antoni said he expects Anderson to return sometime next week. … Paul received a technical for arguing a foul in the second quarter. … Clint Capela had eight points and 17 rebounds.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Al Horford missed shots on Boston’s next two possessions before Chris Paul made two free throws with 15 seconds left to push the lead to four. Irving made a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.Irving and Paul hit two free throws each before Irving made one and purposely missed the second with 2.8 seconds left. Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining, and Marcus Smart’s 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer to give Houston the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHouston’s winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history, accomplished twice during Hakeem Olajuwon’s tenure in the 1990s, and trails only a 22-game run the Rockets had in the 2007-08 season. It’s their second long winning streak of the season after the NBA-leading Rockets won 14 in a row from Nov. 16 to Dec. 18.Marcus Morris had 21 points off the bench for the Celtics, who had won four in a row since the All-Star break. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Paul, who sat out with an injury in the previous game against the Celtics, added 15 points and Ariza had 21.Boston took the first meeting this season by rallying from a 26-point deficit for a 99-98 win on Dec. 28.Boston led by three entering the fourth and was up by the same margin early in the quarter before Houston used a 6-2 run to take a 96-95 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.Morris got to work after that, hitting consecutive 3s to put the Celtics back on top. Gordon got hot for Houston after that, hitting two 3-pointers in less than 30 seconds to power a 6-2 run that got Houston to 103-102 with about eight minutes remaining.But Morris scored five straight points after that to push Boston’s lead to 108-102 and prompt Houston coach Mike D’Antoni to call a timeout with about 6 1/2 minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets: Begin a four-game road trip at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Balanced Heat help playoff cause by topping Pistons Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives by Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)HOUSTON — Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench, James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Boston Celtics 123-120 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high 15 games.Houston trailed by six before using a 10-2 run, with the last five points coming from Trevor Ariza, to take a 117-115 lead with 1:16 remaining. Ariza made a 3-pointer before stealing the ball from Kyrie Irving and finishing with a basket on the other end to cap the run.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
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Budapest will host the women’s Champions League final, whilst the UEFA Super Cup between the Champions League and Europa League winners will take place at Besiktas’ Vodafone Park in Istanbul.Backed by Chinese conglomerate Wanda, who bought a 20 percent stake in Atletico in 2015, the club opened the 310 million-euro ($370 million) Wanda Metropolitano for the first time on Saturday as Atletico beat Malaga 1-0 in La Liga.“For me it is the best stadium I have played in, and I don’t just say that because it is my club,” said Antoine Griezmann after scoring the opening goal at the new ground.“As a player or a coach I have never seen anything like it,” added Atletico coach Diego Simeone.According to a report from Spanish sports daily Marca, Madrid’s hotel capacity and that of the nearby Barajas international airport swung the decision in Madrid’s favour.“Everyone from the world of football will look towards our new stadium in the 2019 Champions League final,” Atletico said in a statement.“The Metropolitan Wanda has been built to meet the highest standards of comfort and security with the aim of offering the best experience for all its visitors.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The new Wanda Metropolitano stadium opened for the first time as Atletico beat Malaga CF on September 16, 2017 © AFP/Archives / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 20 – Atletico Madrid’s new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the 2019 Champions League final, European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Wednesday.As the only other candidate for the final, Azerbaijani capital Baku receives the 2019 Europa League final as a consolation for missing out on the main event.
New Astroturf FacilitiesCllr Cora Harvey and Pearse Doherty TD would like to congratulateDrumkeen Utd on the recent approval of their planning permissionapplication to develop Astro turf facilities for the club. The Astroturf facilities will be a welcome addition to the area and we lookforward to the development of these facilities, which we hope cancommence in the near future.Parish & Hall CommitteeThe parish and hall committee wish to invite tenders for the following project:The removal of existing perimeter wall/pillars to the front of St.Patrick’s church and replace with new wall/pillars. The closing datefor the returning of tenders is Mon 24th Sept @ 5pm. Contact JohnHaughey 086/2107334 or Charlie Quinn 087/7728608 for furtherinstructions.Pilgrimage to KnockThe Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday 23rdSeptember, Everyone welcome. Please contact Ann Kelly on 087/9644865or Catherine Craig on 087/9175383 Irish Language ClassesDue to the many enquiries to the Drumkeen Notes and also to the hugesuccess of the class last year, we have decided to look for names foran Irish language class. Those interested should have a basicunderstanding of the language. If interested, text your name to Aidanon 086/4083625 or phone for further information. The class wouldproceed subject to funding from the VEC.Attention Past Marching Band Members.Any past committee or band members who may have any band equipmenti.e. accordions, drums etc. that you no longer use, maybe they are inyour attic or shed.If so the Letterkenny reunion band are in need of equipment.If you can help please contact Liz: 0868432488 or Teresa: 0868536535email: email@example.comSt. Mary’s GAABingo in Hall @9 on Tuesday Lotto results LS,MN,WW,WX 5 matched 3 SeanMc Goran, Patrick Bonar Drumkeen Mark Tinney, Kevin Harkin, Movita McClean Convoy Next Weeks Jackpot €1750Drumkeen Youth ClubMembership forms for 2012/2013 available on our facebook page and inthe local shop. The age limit for new members is for those bornbetween 31/08/1996 and 01/09/2000. Throughout the year we will beattending various places for e.g. cinema, bowling, shopping etc. Tellyour friends. Volunteers needed for the sponsored 15K walk on 06thOct. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 06th Sept 11, 15, 19, 21.No jackpot winner 2 Match 3Numbers €50 eachJimmy Sharkey Annagry James Friel GweedoreNext weeks jackpot €3,425 Tickets from any committee member €2. Goraibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should behighlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversarymentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like publishedplease feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.orgDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included email@example.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN NOTES
PICTURE SPECIAL: After weeks of wet and miserable weather here in Donegal the summer has finally arrived much to the delight of thousands of people.People are making the most of the superb weather out of fear that the unpredictable and variable Irish weather will change for the worse again. The attitude is make the most of it while you can, although forecasters are predicting the spell of fine weather is set to last until next week.As we all know when the sun shines in Donegal it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.We have some of the most stunning beaches and scenery here in Donegal and the beauty of it is highlighted even more so when the sun is shining.These stunning pictures above were taken by Breda Smith and Megan Patterson and were taken in Cloughglass and Tully Island in Burtonport. If you’ve got any pictures that you’d like to send in to us then please do so by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.orgDONEGAL BASKS IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalFeaturesnewspicture specialsunshine
Brighton have expressed an interest in taking Izzy Brown on loan from Chelsea.Midfielder Brown, 20, impressed while on loan last season at Huddersfield, who were promoted to the Premier League along with Brighton.The Yorkshire club, who have re-signed Kasey Palmer on loan from Chelsea, are keen to sign Brown on a permanent deal.Brighton, meanwhile, have enquired about a potential season-long loan. Colkett’s loan moveEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea midfielder Charlie Colkett has moved to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal.The 20-year-old spent spells at Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town last season and now joins team-mate Fankaty Dabo at Vitesse. New deals for Blues youngstersEmbed from Getty ImagesFour Chelsea academy players have signed new contracts with the club.Midfielder Josi Quintero (pictured) signed a two-year deal before joining Russian club FC Rostov on a season-long loan.Meanwhile, Cole Dasilva – who scored in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup victory over Manchester City – and promising striker Isaac Christie-Davies have been given contracts to the summer of 2018.So has Sweden Under-17 international Ali Suljic, who missed last season with a long-term injury. QPR accept Bowler offerEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have accepted an offer from Everton for Josh Bowler.Everton will pay an initial £1.5m for the 18-year-old winger, with the deal potentially worth £4.25m with add-ons.Bowler is now set to hold talks with the Merseyside club.Rangers turned down previous offers from Everton for Bowler, but he rejected the offer of a new contract and talks between the two clubs therefore continued as it became increasingly likely the player would leave.He is under contract at Loftus Road until the summer of 2018, having signed an 18-month professional deal in February. Fulham close to signing CisseEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham are close to completing the signing of long-time target Ibrahima Cisse.A deal has been agreed with Standard Liege for the 23-year-old and he is in London to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms.West London Sport revealed in January that the Whites wanted to sign Cisse. They subsequently saw a number of offers rejected. Stearman moves onEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham centre-back Richard Stearman has joined Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee.The 29-year-old moved to the Whites at the end of the summer 2015 transfer window from Wolves and returned to Molineux on loan last season. Bees poised to sign South Africa midfielderEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford are working on a deal to sign Kamohelo Mokotjo from Dutch club FC Twente for a fee of around £880,000.Mokotjo is a 26-year-old South Africa international who plays as a defensive midfielder.The Bees are keen to strengthen that area with at least one signing this summer and are hoping to wrap the deal up as soon as possible.The player is expected in London soon to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms. Middlesex winMiddlesex secured a crucial County Championship win over Warwickshire by one wicket amid the highest tension at sultry Edgbaston.A career-best 45 from 22-year-old Ryan Higgins, playing only his third first-class match, saw his side most of the way to a target of 234.He was eighth man out with 24 still needed but last-wicket pair Tom Helm and Tim Murtagh found the seven runs required to see their side home to a victory which puts precious space between them and bottom-of-the-table Warwickshire. Morris signs new Quins contractEmbed from Getty ImagesFull-back Aaron Morris has agreed to extend his contract at Harlequins.Morris, 22, joined Quins from Saracens in 2016 and made the first of his 10 appearances for the club in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Exeter Chiefs, scoring an impressive try in the 29-15 victory.He is currently recovering from a shoulder operation but is expected to be fit during the pre-season campaign in August. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It’s not uncommon for theories to have to deal with anomalies, but Darwinism sure seems to get more than its share. Here are some recent examples.Fossils lie: Fossils preserve unmistakable clues about past life, right? Not so fast. Nature reported that “Non-random decay of chordate characters causes bias in fossil interpretation.”1 The way early fish decayed before burial could have changed important details about their morphology (this is from the “smelly fish” experiments, 01/30/2010). The decay of traits is non-random and “the more phylogenetically informative are the most labile.” Informative features of the head, in particular, tend to decay faster than the rest of the body. The more the decay, the more the fossil looks “primitive.” It means that fossils can be erroneously placed farther back the evolutionary tree than they should. “Failure to distinguish between the underlying causes of character absence will lead to erroneous evolutionary conclusions.” The paper warned that the problem could affect interpretations of many groups: “Preliminary data suggest that this decay filter also affects other groups of organisms and that ‘stem-ward slippage’ may be a widespread but currently unrecognized bias in our understanding of the early evolution of a number of phyla.” How come nobody thought of this before? Derek Briggs commented on this in the same issue of Nature.2 He summed up the problem: “Decay distorts ancestry.” The synopsis: “Experiments with simple chordate animals show how decay may make the resulting fossils seem less evolved. The consequence is to distort evidence of the evolution of the earliest vertebrates and their precursors.” One immediate consequence is that the Cambrian fish found at Chengjiang, China, may actually be more complex than previously assumed. Those famous Cambrian fossils, and those of the Burgess Shale, will have to be re-evaluated in light of the new knowledge. This is big. Fossils might look more primitive than they were. Briggs pointed to this as an illustration of the most general law in science:Is stem-ward slippage just an isolated palaeontological example of Murphy’s law – in this case, that the most useful evidence is least likely to be preserved – relevant only to early vertebrates? Or is it a more pervasive phenomenon? In general, the answer is that stem-ward slippage is widespread: all fossil animals with a high proportion of missing information tend to fall out near the base of an evolutionary tree through the lack of morphological features (such as structures in the head, in the case of chordates) to ally them with more evolved groups. And the resulting tree may be biased unless the decay sequence is random relative to the tree’s branching order – that is, the order in which characters evolved. As well as prompting caution in interpreting soft-bodied fossils, Sansom and colleagues’ research may turn out to be important in identifying a way to assign confidence limits to the placement of these extinct forms in the tree of life.Lilliputians conquered: Speaking of fossils, another interpretation has been falsified. The “Lilliput hypothesis” claims that life shrinks after a mass extinction. This hypothesis has been put to use in the Permian-Triassic extinction, one of the largest in evolutionary history, to explain why gastropods were small after the event. Now, Brayard et al, writing in Geology,3 announced the discovery in Utah of some of the largest gastropods ever found in the early Triassic. “The occurrence of large-sized gastropods less than 2 Ma after the Permian-Triassic mass extinction refutes the Lilliput hypothesis in this clade, at least for the last ~75% of the Early Triassic.” The paper said, “The assumption that Early Triassic gastropods (and other organisms) were generally smaller than during other periods therefore needs more substantiation….” Nothing in the Utah fossil bed suggested unusual conditions that would have contributed to smaller or larger specimens for gastropods or other taxa. And there’s the anomaly. Continuing the Swift metaphor, they said, “Our large specimens from western Utah can be considered as Gullivers compared to most other described Early Triassic gastropods.” See Science Daily for a summary and pictures of the fossils.Red Queen murdered: The Red Queen effect, a popular theme in evolutionary literature about continuous variation in response to changing environments, has been tested and found wanting. Michael J. Benton, writing in Nature January 21,4 summarized work by Venditti, Meade and Mark Pagel in the same issue,5 saying, “Biologists have assumed that natural selection shapes larger patterns of evolution through interactions such as competition and predation. These patterns may instead be determined by rare, stochastic speciation.” It is obvious that any re-interpretation of speciation bears directly on theories by Darwin about the origin of species. Now, evolutionists cannot assume that natural selection will act in any predictable away to constant selection pressure. “So, constant speciation rate, and the Red Queen model in general,” Benton explained, “are perhaps better understood as the outcome of rare stochastic events that cause reproductive isolation, rather than a never-ending race in which species are constantly coping with a changing environment.” That sounds closer to the Stuff Happens Law than before.The naked chimpanzee: Y-chromosome studies of the chimpanzee genome have revealed a surprise: the chimp Y-chromosome is “remarkably divergent in structure and gene content” (Nature, Jan 28).6 The differences are not only more extensive than predicted; they are clustered in certain hot spots. Science Daily took this not as a falsification of evolution, but evidence that evolution runs super-fast sometimes: “Contrary to a widely held scientific theory that the mammalian Y chromosome is slowly decaying or stagnating, new evidence suggests that in fact the Y is actually evolving quite rapidly through continuous, wholesale renovation.” See a short update on the chimp-human-similarity-meme by Jay Richards on Evolution News & Views. Cornelius Hunter on the blog Darwin’s God considers the “rapid evolution” explanation as an appeal to magic: “we must believe that evolution magically caused rapid changes to occur right where needed to improve function and eventually create a human.” Why, then, did PNAS report on “slow evolution” of the coelacanth genome?7 Why did that fish want to stay virtually unchanged for 150 million years?Butterfly spotted: Just-so story alert! An article in PhysOrg is entitled, “How the butterflies got their spots.” The story is of little help to evolution, though: it discusses the conundrum of how two different kinds of butterflies converged on the same wing patterns, down to the same spots, even at the gene level. It’s “one of the most extraordinary examples of mimicry in the natural world.” Chris Jiggins (U of Cambridge) remarked, “It’s interesting because it tells us how flexible evolution is. If you get the same wing pattern evolving independently in different populations, do you expect the same genes to be involved?” The expected Darwinian answer to that rhetorical question seems to be, “No.” Mutations were found, however, to have occurred not randomly throughout the genome, but at certain “genetic hot spots” more subject to variation. One might have thought this would constitute a falsification of an evolutionary prediction. Jiggins, though, turned the bug into a feature: “This tells us something about the limitations on evolution, and how predictable it is. Our results imply that despite the many thousands of genes in the genome there are only one or two that are useful for changing this colour pattern. It seems like evolution might be concentrated in quite small regions of the genome – or hotspots – while the rest of it does not change very much.” It appears that evolution runs as fast or as slow as needed to keep the theory viable. 1. Sansom, Gabbott and Purnell, “Non-random decay of chordate characters causes bias in fossil interpretation,” Nature 463, 797-800 (11 February 2010); doi:10.1038/nature08745.2. Derek E. G. Briggs, “Palaeontology: Decay distorts ancestry,” Nature 463, 741-743 (11 February 2010); doi:10.1038/463741a.3. Brayard et al, “Gastropod evidence against the Early Triassic Lilliput effect,” Geology, v. 38, no. 2, pp. 147-150, doi: 10.1130/G30553.1.4. Michael J. Benton, “Evolutionary biology: New take on the Red Queen,” Nature 463, 306-307 (21 January 2010); doi:10.1038/463306a.5. Venditti, Meade, and Pagel, “Phylogenies reveal new interpretation of speciation and the Red Queen,” Nature 463, 349-352 (21 January 2010); doi:10.1038/nature08630.6. Hughes et al, “Chimpanzee and human Y chromosomes are remarkably divergent in structure and gene content,” Nature 463, 536-539 (28 January 2010); doi:10.1038/nature08700.7. Amemiya et al, “Complete HOX cluster characterization of the coelacanth provides further evidence for slow evolution of its genome,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online before print February 5, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914312107.The first story is especially significant. It means that complex animals could be inferred earlier in the fossil record than previously thought. That muddled trace fossil might actually be the elusive Precambrian rabbit after all. If you don’t accept that, then please explain why you accept anything by people who say that evolution runs super-fast except when it runs slowly, that evolution is predictable except when it isn’t, that evolution is a law of nature except when it is extremely flexible, that mutations are random except when they occur on hotspots, that chimpanzees are 99% similar to humans except when the differences are 70%, that Lilliputians are Gullivers, and that Red Queens are really Court Jesters. When that Precambrian rabbit dove into the fossil hole it was shouting, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late! to a very important date!” at the Malice in Blunderland party.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
AB de Villiers brings World Cup experience to the team. (Image: AB de Villiers) The Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket squad, will look to pull off a much better campaign in the upcoming World Cup, and squad selectors say they are confident all the right players have been roped in to take the team to glory. The team will soon head to the Asian sub-continent to battle it out in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) one day international (ODI) tournament, which starts on 19 February and ends on 2 April. It will take place at sports grounds in three countries – India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.The recently announced final squad comprises 15 players who are all top performers in their respective domestic teams and for the Proteas.“The squad consists of seven specialist batsmen, three specialist spin bowlers and four specialist seamers, with Morne van Wyk providing wicket-keeping cover as well as an extra top-order batting option,” selection convener Andrew Hudson said.Jacques Kallis, a top batsman for the Proteas, has been declared fit to play after suffering a side strain and bruised rib during a test match against India in January. The final result was a draw, but the two centuries Kallis secured earned him the Player of the Test Award. His score of 109 not out in the final match was his 40th test century, while the double-century was his maiden in a test career spanning 15 years.“Cricket South Africa’s medical committee is happy with Kallis’s progress and he will be ready to play a full role with both bat and ball from the start of the tournament,” Hudson said.The veteran all-rounder nicknamed “The King” is one of seven specialist batsmen who South Africa will look to, to score multiple runs. He will partner with experienced international campaigners like Proteas captain Graeme Smith, as well as Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy.Left-handed batsman Colin Ingram has made it into the final squad, as well as recent ODI debutant Faf du Plessis. “I am very happy with Faf du Plessis’s debut and form. He gives us a leg-spinning option as well and is an outstanding fielder,” said Hudson.Du Plessis managed to score 60 runs on debut in the third ODI match that South Africa lost by two wickets to India. The ODI series between the two countries is currently under way and will be concluded on 23 January at SuperSport Park in Pretoria. India has won two matches and South Africa one.Spin magic from TahirPakistan-born cricketer Imran Tahir looks set to be a significant player for South Africa. The Nashua Dolphins champ is now eligible to play for the Proteas after being granted South African citizenship by naturalisation.Tahir, a highly acclaimed spin bowler, has made it into the World Cup squad even though he’s never played an ODI. The leg-spinner, who’s played extensively in England and also featured for Pakistan, is one of the top-ranking bowlers in the South African franchise’s current season.“It is not a worry that Tahir has not played an ODI yet,” Hudson said. “His record in domestic cricket both in South Africa and England speaks for itself. We know exactly what he offers us.”There have been two more specialist spinners added to the team, Proteas T20 captain Johan Botha and Robin Peterson, who will no doubt help keep the opponents’ runs at bay. “The selection of three specialist spin bowlers is essential for the conditions we expect to encounter at the World Cup,” added Hudson.Four top seamersFast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been one of the brightest stars of the current ODI series. Taking four wickets for 22 runs against India on 15 January was a career highlight and made him one of only two South African cricketers to ever pull off such a feat. The other was former skipper Shaun Pollock.After such a convincing performance with the ball, it was a disappointment the Proteas lost the match by a single run.Tsotsobe also took four wickets in the first match of the series, when India was crushed by 135 runs.The lad from Port Elizabeth is one of four fast bowlers who have been selected to increase the fortunes of the Proteas in the World Cup. The evergreen Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, as well as youngster Wayne Parnell, complete the bowling attack troop.Kenya and ZimbabweIn total, 15 national teams will lock horns in the ICC World Cup, with Zimbabwe and Kenya also representing Africa.Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India carry the hopes of their fellow citizens on the Asian continent; while Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, West Indies, Netherlands and Ireland will also offer some tough competition.South Africa will start their campaign on 24 February in New Delhi when they take on the West Indies.After bombing out in the semi-finals in the last ODI World Cup in 2007, the Proteas will be looking to win the tournament for the first time.