Hamilton retires as Vettel wins SINGAPORE (CMC): Leader Lewis Hamilton retired for the first time this year as Sebastian Vettel sped to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday. He suffered a loss of power while running fourth, before dropping down the field and was told to retire. Hamilton’s championship lead was cut to 41 points by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who finished fourth. Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada, and Rosberg ran fifth and sixth in the opening stint, unable to keep up with the Ferraris and Red Bulls ahead. Vettel took his third win of the year in dominant style, controlling the race from start to finish as two safety cars led to hectic action behind. ‘Too much too early for Holder’ PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former West Indies Test opener Philo Wallace has disagreed with the decision to appoint Jason Holder Test captain and believes the responsibility will prove too much of a burden for the young player. Wallace said Holder had displayed leadership potential but warned that the new responsibility was a premature move by selectors. “Jason has shown good leadership qualities so far but I think to put him as Test captain at the age of 23 is just not right,” the Trinidad Guardian quoted Wallace as saying on the CRICKET360 show here. “Jason has a tremendous amount to offer West Indies cricket but we must be careful that we don’t push him too soon, which I think is what is happening here.” Holder will lead the Test squad for the first time when they travel to face Sri Lanka in two Tests starting next month. Richards gives Holder thumbs up ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Iconic former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has hailed Jason Holder’s elevation to the Test captaincy and says it will be crucially important the 23-year-old gets the respect of his squad. And the former master batsman also rejected the idea that Holder was too young and inexperienced to carry the responsibility of the position. “Well, I have heard maybe that some folks are suggesting that he is too young, but it is better to start at that particular age,” said Sir Viv, who never lost a series as Test captain. “And if he gets lucky enough and we are successful, you have a long successful period of your captain being in place rather than the chopping and changing on a regular basis.” He added: “I believe that this individual does have the ability. Certainly, he comes over very well and you hear about the respect factor you get from other members of the dressing room and that is of vital importance because when you have that respect, it is amazing.”
Italian football expert Tancredi Palmeri joined Extra Time on Wednesday morning to talk transfers.He revealed Manchester United are poised to beat Roma to the signing of former Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer.And he claimed that Roma, having accepted that Romero is off to Old Trafford, have now turned their attention to Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny and are close to concluding a deal.“Roma were working to get Romero for several weeks but apparently there are only a few details left for the Argentina goalkeeper to join Manchester United. That could be announced today,” said Palmeri.“When Roma realised Romero was gone yesterday morning, they contacted Arsenal for Szczesny and it should be done. Arsenal were pretty keen to get rid of Szczesny so it is something that should happen and pretty soon.”
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(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Several recent science papers try to find evolution in bird brains, genes, and behaviors. Do they succeed?Sexual selection conundrums: Sexual selection seems to work except when it doesn’t. That’s the apparent observation from two articles, one on Science Daily that claims shorebirds choose looks over brains, and one on Live Science that shocks readers with the news that peahens don’t pay much attention to the elaborate tail feathers of peacocks. This seems to contradict a classic case of sexual selection. Sure enough, tiny video cameras on peahens followed their gaze and found that they tended to focus below the neck, a Purdue biologist found: “The males put on this huge display, and females seem to look at only a small portion of it.” What’s a male to do? Neither article mentioned whether sexual selection matters in species like crows that show virtually no sexual dimorphism.Chicks vs mice: A study in PNAS tried to find how much divergence and convergence there is in the expression of brain genes between chickens and mice. The authors claim that their study “potentially resolves the complex relationship between developmental homology and functional characteristics on the molecular level and settles long-standing evolutionary debates,” but the actual results were mixed. The authors found some surprising examples of convergent evolution (homoplasy) – surprising given “very different developmental trajectories” of birds and mammals. They admitted their limited data set could have led to different results. As a result, their conclusions were tentative, requiring further study:Our results suggest that the pallium has undergone major transcriptomic reorganization, with traces of both molecular homoplasy and homology …. These results do not imply that there is no homology among other pallial sectors, only that homology is not a dominant factor in their adult gene expression patterns. Homology might have a greater impact on pallial gene expression if we had studied a greater number of smaller regions or even individual cells…. Considering these results, subsequent investigations into the evolution of the neocortex should complement studies of homology based on cell lineage with multiple levels of information in various taxa toward a holistic understanding of how its molecular programs were repurposed, resulting in such cognitive convergence.Cockatoo puzzle solving: Speaking of bird brains, cockatoos can perform intelligence tests on spatial and navigational skills as well as toddlers, and sometimes better than great apes, according to new experiments reported on Science Daily.Darwin’s finches again: A new book is out about Darwin’s finches – not so much about the birds, but about David Lack, the “father of evolutionary ecology,” who spent a lot of time trying to defend Darwin’s views about them. Ben C. Sheldon liked Ted Anderson’s book in his review for Nature. Some readers might be surprised to find out that Lack did more work than Darwin:Charles Darwin had remarkably little to say about how the birds that bear his name — Darwin’s finches — came to have such a variety of beaks, despite their iconic status in evolutionary biology. It was left to an English schoolmaster on sabbatical in the late 1930s to carry out the first serious work on this question.Sheldon did not mention the subsequent work by Peter and Rosemary Grant who found that changes to the birds’ beaks oscillated according to the weather. Lack only spent 4 months on a field trip studying the birds, compared to the Grants’ three decades. It’s doubtful Lack’s work contributed much to scientific understanding of the Galapagos finches as much as the starting of a new movement: “The central message of Anderson’s book is that Lack should be understood as someone who bridged the gap between traditional natural history and the development of its modern academic descendant, evolutionary ecology.” In short: the book is short on science, and big on name-dropping of the evolution giants Lack interacted with. Whether “evolutionary ecology” is a productive use of biologists’ time is another subject.Homing pigeon navigation: A bird article with no need for evolutionary theory, but implications for design, concerned homing pigeons’ uncanny ability to find home. Science Daily reported that new experiments show the birds are not simple “flying robots,” but use cognitive ability when deciding what cues to follow. They build a spatial map of their surroundings and can choose to head toward a feeder or home, depending on how hungry they are:“As we expected, the satiated pigeons flew directly to the home loft,” explains Prof. Hans-Peter Lipp, neuroanatomist at UZH [University of Zurich] and [Nicole] Blaser’s supervisor for her doctoral thesis. “They already started on course for their loft and only deviated from that course for a short time to make topography-induced detours.” The hungry pigeons behaved quite differently, setting off on course for the food loft from the very beginning and flying directly to that target. They also flew around topographical obstacles and then immediately adjusted again to their original course. Based on this procedure, Blaser concludes that pigeons can determine their location and their direction of flight relative to the target and can choose between several targets. They thus have a type of cognitive navigational map in their heads and have cognitive capabilities. “Pigeons use their heads to fly,” jokes the young biologist.There was no mention of evolution in the article.Was there ever a more useless, time-wasting, distracting theory than Darwinian evolution? It made some people famous who were able to look like they were doing science. It created camaraderie between fellow Darwine drinkers. But did it ever produce understanding of the natural world? After reading these articles, you be the judge. We think an intelligent design perspective would have brought the coveted “insight” and “understanding” far earlier, without all the obstacles forcing observations to fit the hunches of a Bearded Buddha. If you really need convincing, watch the new Illustra film Flight: The Genius of Birds.
The disappearance of flight MH370 could have only involved human input according to a veteran Boeing 777 check captain.Speaking exclusively with AirlineRatings.com the check captain said given the facts we know, that MH370 ended its flight in southern Indian Ocean, “human input was essential.”“We are not dealing with an out of control plane. “It is impossible for the Boeing 777 to fly this course by itself,” said the check captain.“It required a pilot or someone with knowledge of the 777 flight systems.”MH370 made three course changes and at least two altitude changes according to the Malaysian military.“To change course requires the pilot to either disengage the Flight Management Computer and dial in a new heading to the autopilot/flight director or fly manually”The plane apparently increased its altitude from 35,000ft to 45,000ft according to returns to Malaysian military radar before descending as low as 5,000ft.“This would have required input to reselect altitude in the autopilot/flight director or manually to fly the plane and typically reduce engine thrust.”MH370 then made two more turns the first to the north-west and then due south.According to the check captain the 777 would have had to climb back to 35,000ft as it would never have reached the southern Indian Ocean with the fuel load it had onboard.“At say 12,000ft it burn 8 tons of fuel an hour but we can only fly at a top speed of 340kts (629km/hr).” “But at 35,000ft we would burn 7 tons of fuel an hour and fly at 480kts (890km/hour),” said the check captain.If MH370 had remained at say 12,000ft it would have only reached Carnarvon.When MH370 ran out of fuel and if nobody was in control the Boeing 777 would not have glided down slowly according to the check captain.“With no power and no-one flying it would have gone into a spiral and straight down possibly reaching supersonic speeds.”“Parts would have started to break off – like aerilons and trim tabs.”The 777 could have also gone into a flat spin.There would have been standby battery power for critical functions.However, within one minute of the engines quitting the plane’s auxiliary power unit located in the tail, with its own fuel supply, would have started automatically and brought full power back to the electrical and cabin systems.This may account for the final partial ping from the plane picked up by Inmarast at 8.19am.No response was received from the aircraft at 9.15am, when the ground earth station sent the next log on / log off message or ping. This indicates that the plane was no longer logged on to the network and is consistent with the limit of its range with its fuel load.The check captain noted that all the course changes could have all be re-programmed at the same time but the altitude changes could not.MH370 Tributes Page
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hunters checked 15,843 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 7-10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 12,503 white-tailed deer were checked.Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov. An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.
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FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game–and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)MIAMI — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.His plan: Eliminate it.ADVERTISEMENT Last year went down to the wire, a 148-145 game that was well received. This year’s 178-164 game was won by James’ Team LeBron, which trailed by 20 points in the second half before rallying — largely behind the 3-pointer. James’ team took 65 shots in the second half, and 49 of those were 3-point tries.And players this year didn’t seem to mind the way the game unfolded.“It’s just about having fun,” Oklahoma City’s Paul George said Sunday night. “At the end of the day, it’s for the fans. It’s just to have fun.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game — and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks.“You can be a Division III player like myself and be All-Star MVP,” Van Gundy said. “All you have to do is drive in and shoot a layup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVan Gundy coached in the 2000 All-Star game, his Eastern Conference team falling to Phil Jackson and the Western Conference 137-126. There was no shortage of alley-oops tried in that game, though Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal spent plenty of time defending the rim against those lobs as well.“I would name All-Stars, I would have All-Star weekend, they have all these things, introduce them … the players are great, they should be applauded,” Van Gundy said this week, while preparing to coach USA Basketball’s team picked for the final two games of qualifying for this summer’s FIBA World Cup in China. “But to take this game and shoot 160 3s, it’s an embarrassment. It’s an embarrassment.” UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes calls out UAAP officiating after loss to Ateneo ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Van Gundy said he doesn’t need to see a game with Game 7, playoff-level intensity.He just wants to see some effort.“The equivalent would be like Major League Baseball, a guy hits the ball, you throw it to him at 70 mph because you’re not trying,” Van Gundy said. “And then you hit it and no one chases it and you just let a guy circle and score and you have unlimited runs. You’ve got to try.”Players, including James and National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul, along with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver all said after the 192-182 game two years ago that the All-Star game had to be more competitive.“Let’s just say it: They don’t want to play,” Van Gundy said. “Adam said, ‘It’s got to be fixed.’ There’s nothing fixed.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte