UAAP: Final Four-bound La Salle eyes second round sweep

first_imgKianna Dy echoed Macandili’s sentiments while also shining an historical light on La Salle’s recent Final Four successes.La Salle will enter its 10th straight postseason and six of those trips ended in titles for the ladies in green.And the central figure in all that excellence is head coach Ramil De Jesus who owns all of La Salle’s 10 women’s volleyball titles.“It’s a good feeling that we’re back in the Final Four, and we owe it all to coach who showed us this tradition in La Salle,” said Dy, who finished with 11 points, in Filipino. “We have a great coach and he trains us to be the best that we can be so we can show it in the games.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Libero Dawn Macandili said there won’t be any let up in their performance as they look to win their third straight title.“Every game we’re really motivated to play and take the win because the UAAP season is at an end and this is the best time to go all out,” said Macandili in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLa Salle’s three-set sweep of University of the East, 25-8, 25-14, 25-12, marked its fifth straight win and a league-best 9-2 record.“If you won’t give it all at this point of the season, then when will you do it?” mused Macandili, who had 19 excellent digs against the Lady Warriros. Pons, Lady Tams eager to finish in top two Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle has officially entered the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but that doesn’t mean the Lady Spikers will take it easy on the league.The Lady Spikers still have three games remaining in their schedule and the defending champions are determined to chalk up all of those under their win column.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, says Klopp

first_imgGoals from Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho with a free-kick earned the Red’s all three points after Jamie Vardy saw a late penalty saved by Simon Mignolet.And after the game, Klopp talked about the pressure that he had been under ahead of the game.“I know about pressure a lot – I actually had it all my life because of different reasons,” he said.“Pressure when it is the right pressure, it always helps. When it is without sense then it doesn’t help – and I’m very good at ignoring it.“But, you can imagine, we want to be successful. We know the quality we have makes us responsible for being successful. I know that.“But I said to the boys before the game that we are not the Harlem Globetrotters. We don’t go out and try to play really good football, we are here for results and so we play for results.“I loved how we fought for it. It could have been clearer but, after a few games with no results, or not the right results, you have to fight back.“That’s what we did and now we can build on this.”Liverpool’s next game is against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have scored 45 goals in 18 Premier League matches this seasonLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 24 – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp emphasised the need for Liverpool to get results and not worry about the performance, adding that his team were “not the Harlem Globetrotters”.The Anfield club earned their first win in five games on Saturday after eventually overcoming Leicester 3-2 at the King Power Stadium.last_img read more

Vacancies: Áras Gaoth Dobhair requires care assistants

first_imgÁras Gaoth Dobhair has vacancies for care assistants to cover annual leave, sick leave, etc.Fetac Level 5 or equivalent qualification is required.Working hours will be variable. You must be available for both day and night duty and weekend work. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st March 2019. Please send your CV to: Geraldine Coyle, Director of Services, Áras Gaoth Dobhair, Meenanillar, Derrybeg, Co. Donegal or by email to gcoyle@arasgaothdobhair.ieFOLÚNTAS – CúraimíÁras Gaoth DobhairTá folúntas againn faoi lathair do Cúraimí le laethanta saoire, tinneas srl a chumhdach. Ba chóir go mbeadh Teastas Fetac Leibhéal 5 no ar comhbhrí ag na h-iarratosoirí. Caithfidh sibh a bheith ar fail i gcoir gach cinéal seifteanna mar shampla san oiche agus ag an deireadh seachtaine. Iarratáis le bheith istigh roimh 1ú Marta 2019. Cuir do CV chuig: Geraldine Nic Giolla Chomhaill, Áras Gaoth Dobhair, Mín an Iolair, Na Doire Beaga, Co. Dhún na nGall nó ar riomhphost chuig: gcoyle@arasgaothdobhair.ieTeil: 074-9560624 Faics: 074-9560931Vacancies: Áras Gaoth Dobhair requires care assistants was last modified: February 12th, 2019 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:aras gaoth dobhairdonegaljobsVacancieslast_img read more

DONEGAL SINGER BECOMES OVERNIGHT SENSATION IN NASHVILLE AFTER RADIO PERFORMANCE

first_imgGARTH BROOKS gets to met DiarmaidA DONEGAL man has become an overnight sensation in the home of country music Nashville after getting a short gig on one of the States’ top radio shows.Diarmaid McGee, who is 23, is visiting the city with his aunt. The UCD graduate, who studied Marketing and Spanish before pursuing a career as a musician, performing at open mic nights, busking on Dublin’s streets and writing his own songs.His first stroke of luck in Nashville came when he bumped into one of his idols, Garth Brooks….and got this picture.Later he was at a courier company office sending instruments back home to Donegal when he began chatting to a woman there….who just happened to be a producer on the The Bobby Bones Show radio show based in Nashville. Sensing the opportunity, Diarmaid asked the woman called Morgan if there was any chance he could come on the show.“I asked her and she was smiling at me,” said Diarmaid“So I asked again and she did agree in a way, saying to send her an email— so she gave me her details.“I did it right then and there and that night she said she didn’t think that the scheduling of the show would work. Then around half an hour later she replied again saying, ‘If you can make 8AM in the studio, you can sit in and listen to a few segments, no problem.’ Morgan is a total lady.“And the rest of the crew and Bobby are just the most amazing people— so much fun and beautiful madness goes on in that room.”Once in the studio, Diarmaid impressed with a cover of Eric Church’s song Wrecking Ball, with more than 180,000 people watching the clip online so far.That will be no surprise to those who know him – he was sensational at the Donegal Town Music Festival last summer. Dad Sean says his son is “absolutely blown away” by the reaction. “He’s busking away in Dublin and this is a major major step.”Who says it doesn’t pay to have the craic?You can watch his performance in Nashville here:https://www.facebook.com/bobbybonesshow/videos/vb.121644831183563/1251835971497771/?type=2&theater DONEGAL SINGER BECOMES OVERNIGHT SENSATION IN NASHVILLE AFTER RADIO PERFORMANCE was last modified: April 1st, 2016 by John2Share 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:Diarmaid McGeedonegalnashvillelast_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY SUMMERCAMP GETS THE GREEN LIGHT AT CLUB

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesThe Glenswilly GAA Summer Camp Gets the Green Light!The Glenswilly GAA Summer Camp will be held for three days from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th August 2015.The price will be €25.00 for one child, €40 for two children from same family, €50 for three etc.. Camp will run from 10am – 2.15pm daily.A further meeting of volunteers will be held at the clubhouse on Monday 20th at 7.00pm. Teenage volunteers are asked to attend this meeting or contact Bernie or Mary to confirm your availability.REGISTRATION for the camp will take place at 7.00pm at the clubhouse on TUESDAY 21ST JULY.Organisers are especially interested in hearing from anyone who can teach music or dance. Places are very limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.ULSTER FINAL TICKETSThe pre-booked tickets for the Ulster Final next Sunday can be collected form the clubhouse from 9pm this Thursday, July 16th. Payment upon receipt.GOOD LUCK The club would like to extend best wishes to Michael, Neil and Gary Eoin this Sunday’s Ulster Final. The three lads continue to do their club and county proud and continue to be a super example for all the younger players at the club. Best of luck lads.Hard luck to seniorsHard luck to the seniors who were beaten  by neighbours St Eunans in the league last Sunday. The reserves enjoyed a good win.BINGOThe bingo continues throughout the summer months with more than €2,000 in prize-money each and every Wednesday night. The bingo starts at 9pm but players are advised to get there a little earlier. If anyone would like to help out at the bingo, they should contact Paul Lapsley. Club notesPhase send all club notes to stephenwmaguire@gmail.comEndsGAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY SUMMERCAMP GETS THE GREEN LIGHT AT CLUB was last modified: July 15th, 2015 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

West Ham vs Chelsea: preview, team news, confirmed line-ups, live commentary

first_imgWhat the managers are sayingManuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “It’s impossible to start better than Chelsea have. They’ve won five games, but every game is different. We must be confident at home. We will try to do the same as the last game. We have to concentrate defensively, but I am confident.“It’s a derby, which has a bit more importance. I know in London there are a lot of them with different teams. We have our first one with Chelsea, who are top of the table, which is big motivation.” 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS West Ham finally put points on the board The Hammers made a nightmare start to the campaign but finally secured their first league points under Manuel Pellegrini last Sunday with a convincing 3-1 win at Everton to lift them off the bottom of the table.Pellegrini will hope his side can continue their resurgence against a Chelsea side returning from Greece to play their third game in eight days.One player who will not suffer a Europa League hangover is Eden Hazard. The Premier League’s top scorer, who bagged a hat-trick against Cardiff last Saturday, was rested for the trip to PAOK. REVEALED ADVICE Sarri is enjoying life in the Premier League Chelsea have been in stunning form Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “I talked with Eden and I told him that for me, he can score 40 goals. He has to improve something, but he can do it.“When I arrived, I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe but now I am changing my mind. Maybe he is the best in Europe.”Team newsMichail Antonio starts in place of Arnautovic up front, which will surely be a massive boost to the Blues.center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions impact RANKED 4 4 Arnautovic is a doubt BEST OF Javier Hernandez remains out through illness and Jack Wilshere will be sidelined for six weeks with an ankle problem.Chelsea winger Pedro revealed he is fine after a heavy collision with PAOK goalkeeper Alexandros Paschakalis on Thursday, but he remains a doubt for Sunday.Confirmed line upsWest Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku; Noble, Obiang, Rice; Anderson, Yarmolenko; AntonioSubs: Adrian, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Ogbonna, Fredericks, PerezChelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian; Hazard; GiroudSubs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Moses, Fabregas, Barkley, MoratatalkSPORT will bring you live and exclusive commentary of West Ham vs Chelsea, kick-off 1:30pm. Listen here. 4 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won West Ham United welcome Chelsea to the London Stadium on Sunday – a match you can hear live LIVE on talkSPORT.However, the Hammers will have to make do without talisman Marko Arnautovic as he has failed to recover from his troublesome knee injury.Maurizio Sarri’s Blues head into this in great form having beaten PAOK 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night and won all their five Premier League games this season. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies wonlast_img read more

WHEN DONEGAL WOULD VOTE ‘YES, YES, YES’!

first_imgSALLY SAYS YESONE local wag has used lines from the hit Hollywood movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to insist that Donegal would vote Yes in certain circumstances.Letterkenny man Kevin O’Sullivan gives his views on the letters page of today’s Irish Times.Commenting on an opinion column reflecting on Donegal’s No vote in the Children’s referendum, the Ballyraine Park man tells the paper’s editor what he thinks. He said the column “neatly encapsulates the background to recent referendum votes in Donegal.”The he added with a killer blow: “However, were the government to offer referenda on the abolition of the Seanad, substantial reductions in the numbers and perks of TDs and a slashing of the salaries of directors and senior managers of State-owned banks, I have no doubt that Donegal would echo the immortal words of Meg Ryan: “Yes, Yes, Yes”.For the very few of you who’ve never seen the scene referred to (and for those who want to see it again) you can see it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-bsf2x-aeE    WHEN DONEGAL WOULD VOTE ‘YES, YES, YES’! was last modified: November 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:donegalletterkennymeg ryanWHEN DONEGAL WOULD VOTE ‘YESwhen harry met sallyYESlast_img read more

I am 100% focused on CHAN – Allan Okello

first_imgOkello (left) in training with the Cranes on Thursday. (PHOTO/FUFA)Allan Okello is one of the most loved Ugandan footballers currently.The 19-year-old KCCA FC forward is the darling of Ugandan football as evident from the Social Media sobbing after he was dropped ahead of the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in Egypt.To make matters worse, just days after Uganda was eliminated from the above mentioned competition by Senegal, Okello put up tournament MVP performances as his club side won the CECAFA Kagame cup, most notably in the semi final.However, despite not seeing their darling in Egypt, Ugandans were compensated with Okello being called up for the CHAN team which is set to take on Somalia on Saturday.Along with 6 of his club peers, Okello joined camp on Tuesday, July 23rd, playing a build-up game against Proline FC at Lugogo before the team departed for Djibouti, where they will the game from, on Thursday.After the team reached safely, Okello was quick to assure Ugandans that he is entirely focused on helping the team reach the CHAN finals in 2020.“It was a great tournament (CECAFA) and we managed to win it, it was a great experience, but that is job well done and now my focus is on helping Uganda reach CHAN. Noted Okello.“We need to do all our best and work very hard, concentrate, be efficient enough and win our games so that we qualify for the finals next year”Okello is part of the 18-man squad that arrived in Djibouti on Thursday afternoon.They have been training for over a week and are highly expected to take care of Somalia, starting with victory on Saturday.However, a few concerns have been raised over the Cranes recent inability to score goals.Before departure, they played three build up games in which they scored only a single goal.A 1-0 win over URA last Thursday was followed up with an identical score line loss to Kitara region before drawing 0-0 with Proline the following Wednesday.The Cranes played three build-up games before departing for Djibouti.The only positives that one would pick from the build-up games is the fact that Abdallah Mubiru’s side has been creating chances and will be expected to do the same on Saturday.If they negotiate past Somalia, Uganda will nest face Sudan or Burundi who also clash in the first round of the qualifiers.Uganda is attempting to reach a fifth CHAN championship and a fourth in a raw since 2015.The Cranes Players in Djibouti James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Mbowa Paul Patrick (URA FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Ibrahim Juma Sadam (KCCA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Lwanga Tadeo (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Kagimu Shafik Kuchi (URA FC), John Revita (Express FC), Awany Dennis Timothy (KCCA FC), Serunkuma Dan Muzeyi (Vipers SC), Kyambadde Allan (KCCA FC), Kaddu Patrcik Henry (KCCA FC) and Allan Okello (KCCA FC)The officials Kalyebara David Mukidi –Leader of DelegationMubiru Abdallah-Head coachMbabazi Charles Livingstone (Assistant Coach)Massa Geofrey –Team ManagerWassa Sadiq –Gaolkeeper coachNakabago Emannuel-Team DoctorMayamba Stephen-Team Media OfficerBumpenje Frank-KitsmanNdawula Muhamamd Shaban- FUFA DelegateDonney Robert- FUFA DelegateMulekezi Reagan –102.1 FUFA fmNsubuga Brian Emmy –FUFA Secretariat staffPaul Mukatabala Nantulya -National Teams’ OfficerComments Tags: abdallah mubiruallan okelloCECAFA Kagame Cup 2019CHAN 2020KCCA FCtoplast_img read more

Which Evolution Should Be Taught?

first_imgTwo articles in Scientific American’s cover feature on evolution in preparation for Darwin Day (12/15/2008, 12/16/2008) quoted a favorite line by Dobzhansky, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  Assuming a teacher or textbook writer wants to illustrate how true this proverb is, which evolutionary proposal should be presented?  Recent articles illustrate that there is still a wide variety of opinions on what evolution means and how evolution works – and whether Darwin contributed anything that has stood the test of time.Wallace’s Revenge:  Alfred Russell Wallace always got the short end of the stick compared to Charles Darwin, but a story in The Scientist claims he got something right Darwin didn’t.  What would that be?…Wallace’s views have, for the most part, been deemed synonymous with Darwin’s.  And attribution to the founding theories of evolution has, on the whole, gone to Darwin.  A small phrase in Wallace’s original essay, however, was his alone: He suggested that certain organisms, or systems that make up organisms, have evolved a way to direct the course of their own evolution, rather than be purely subject to natural selection.  As a result, this mechanism could affect whether traits ever get expressed, and therefore subjected to the forces of natural selection.  Now, a century-and-a-half later, a group of Princeton University researchers say they’re the first to provide evidence to support Wallace’s claim.But if organisms can direct their own evolution rather than be subject to natural selection, that tends to undermine the universality of natural selection as a scientific law.  It almost looks designed to prevent evolution.  “Now the next question becomes: How did nature actually do this?” they asked.    Notice how long it took to find this: a century and a half.  It seems any scientist predicting something that far in advance should earn more fame points.  Will this lead to a new movement to promote Wallacian evolution?Note:  Natural selection is not a force; it is a filter.Update 12/20/2008: The Wall Street Journal published an article by Tom Wright about the fight between the Darwinites and the Wallace-ites over priority and glory for the theory of natural selection.Punctuated equilibria:  Stephen Jay Gould is dead but not forgotten.  His contrarian views to the slow-and-gradual establishment consensus got air time again in Nature this week in a book review.1  The book being reviewed need not concern us; the opinion of Steve Jones, the reviewer, does.  His review bounces between praise and criticism of the man and his ideas.  Was Gould’s writing a pompous banter of obscure rhetoric or really onto something?  Jones did not find too much of lasting worth, but revealed some things about today’s consensus on Darwinism.  It seems the consensus has satisfied itself that Gould’s criticisms of slow-and-gradual Darwinism can be laid to rest with him.    Debating Gould’s centerpiece of evolutionary theory, punctuated equilibria (which was motivated by the large and systematic gaps in the fossil record), Jones said: “Many biologists, by contrast, insist that what look like palaeontological leaps can be explained by simple Darwinism.”  And how is that?  Have the gaps been filled with new evidence?  No; rather, “To them, an instant in geology may represent almost an infinity in biology, leaving plenty of time for evolution by natural selection to do its normal job.”  This seems to excuse the lack of evidence with an appeal to imagination.    Jones is a colorful writer.  Perhaps he can be excused for this overt personification: “The fact that nature must build on what it has, and not on what it wants, is still at the centre of evolutionary thinking.”  Darwin might have taken a double-take at that blatant teleological language.    Jones left the impression that punctuated equilibria theory is passè, but he did praise Gould as a true genius and hero in one sense: “Gould was central to today’s awakening of public interest in the past.  He was also an invaluable ally in the fight against creationism, and spared no effort in opposing the endless attempts to insinuate stupidity into US schools.”Tree Evolution:  If trees evolved, can Darwin’s Tree of Life evolve, too?  Apparently so; a startling commentary in PNAS2 spoke of “Evolving Views on the Tree of Life.”  They didn’t say whether the views are evolving by intelligent design, but John M. Archibald (Dalhousie University, Canada) had some pretty alarming things to say about early evolution – particularly, the origin of eukaryotes (complex unicellular life all the way up to humans) from prokaryotes (bacteria).Next to life itself, the origin of complex cells is one of the most fundamental, and intractable, problems in evolutionary biology.  Progress in this area relies heavily on an understanding of the relationships between present-day organisms, yet despite tremendous advances over the last half-century scientists remain firmly divided on how to best classify cellular life.That statement seems breathtaking.  Teachers repeat the Dobzhansky quote like a mantra, but here, Archibald has spilled the beans about evolution: at a fundamental level, nobody gets it.  He has just said that the origin of life and the origin of complex life (eukaryotes) are No. 1 and No. 2 on the list of fundamental, intractable problems in biology.  Does this make sense in light of Dobzhansky?  It seems Mr. Darwin can’t make it to first base – or even get off home plate.  Archibald is not done yet:The conceptual and practical challenges associated with establishing a genealogy-based classification scheme for microbes have been fiercely debated for decades… and the literature is rich in philosophy and rhetoric.It seems a truism that science tries to leave rhetoric behind and get to the facts.  Yet the debates, he said, have been fierce for decades.  He went on to speak of the smashed hopes for finding evolution in the genes:The genomics revolution of the 1990s brought tremendous optimism to the field of microbial systematics: if enough genomes from diverse organisms could be sequenced and compared, definitive answers to questions about evolutionary relationships within and between eubacteria, archaebacteria, and eukaryotes would surely emerge.  More specifically, it should be possible to discern how eukaryotes evolved from prokaryotes (if indeed that is what happened), and perhaps even who among modern-day prokaryotic lineages is our closest ancestor.  Unfortunately, with the sequences of hundreds of eubacterial, archaebacterial, and eukaryotic genomes has come the realization that the number of universally distributed genes suitable for global phylogenetic analysis is frustratingly small.  Lateral (or horizontal) gene transfer has shown itself to be a pervasive force in the evolution of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, and even if a “core” set of genes can be identified (and there is much debate on this issue), how confident are we that the phylogenetic signal in these genes reflects the vertical history of cells?Calling these “vexing questions,” he painted a very pessimistic picture that anything in evolution makes sense in the light of biology.  The best he could do was point to a promising paper by a colleague that resurrected a discredited view: the “eocyte tree” hypothesis.  The colleague ran some phylogenetic trees using various methods that seemed to converge on an origin of eukaryotes from eubacteria instead of archebacteria.    This proposal, however, is like the proverbial string that breaks in the middle when you get both ends to meet.  “What are we to make of this conclusion?  The gulf between prokaryotes and eukaryotes is obviously enormous,” he commented, languishing in problems with the proposal.  In the end, he had to resort to the skeleton key in the evolutionists’ closet: imagination.  “At first glance this might seem problematic but it is not so difficult to imagine given that the ‘operational’ genes of eukaryotes are primarily eubacterial in origin, not archaebacterial.”  Operational – isn’t that a design word?  Then he mentioned “informational genes” – sure to perk up the ears of the ID crowd.    Hope was in the proposal, but despair was in the air.  Listen to his tragic words: “The extent to which a small fraction of the genomes of living organisms can be used to trace the history of cellular lineages dating back >1 billion years will no doubt continue to be debated for years to come.”  He spoke of the sensitivity of phylogenetic analyses to “misspecification and compositional heterogeneity,” jargon for mistaking patterns for actual evolutionary history.  His concluding paragraph spoke of “tough phylogenetic problems” and the feeble hope the new proposal gives to “those struggling to understand the earliest events in the diversification of cellular lineages.”    Observers of creation-evolution politics might well ask if this commentary could motivate a disclaimer for those simplistic drawings of the origin of life and Darwin’s Tree of Life in the school textbooks.Emergency emergentism:  The most radical evolutionary view practically stiffs Darwin.  Susan Mazur was interviewed once again on the New Zealand Scoop about the so-called Altenberg 16, a group of scientists who feel an overhaul of evolutionary theory is due (09/10/2008).  None of these leading biologists are creationists in any way, shape, or form.  Their view of the origin of species is that complex systems “emerge” by some kind of self-organizational principle in nature.  However plausible that may seem or not, they are adamant that the pro-Darwin, pro-natural-selection majority is out of touch with reality and clinging to power, not evidence.  Mazur said, “natural selection is viewed by more sophisticated scientists as political not a scientific concept.  At the time [of Darwin] it kind of fit in with the expanding colonialism of Victorian England.”   The paradigm shifters believe that evolution can be conceived without natural selection.  That would eliminate Darwin’s ideas as unfit and virtually extinct.If nothing in biology makes sense without evolution, consider this: not one of Science magazine’s ten top entries for “Breakthrough of the Year” 3 concerned evolution, depended on evolution, mentioned Darwin, or mentioned evolution.  The Number One Breakthrough of the Year4 went to reprogramming cells to behave like stem cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) – a technique many believe renders embryonic stem cell research obsolete (see 12/17/2008).  Nothing in this year’s top scientific discoveries, therefore, needed the light of evolution to make sense.1.  Steve Jones, “A wonderful life by leaps and bounds,” Nature 456, 873-874 (18 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/456873a; Published online 17 December 2008.2.  John M. Archibald, “The Eocyte Hypothesis and the Origin of Eukaryotic Cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, PNAS December 23, 2008, vol. 105 no. 51, pp. 20049-20050; doi: 10.1073/pnas.0811118106.3.  “Breakthrough of the Year: The Runners-Up,” Science, 19 December 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5909, p. 1768, DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5909.1768.4.  “Breakthrough of the Year: Reprogramming Cells,” Science, 19 December 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5909, pp. 1766-1767, DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5909.1766.It’s time to revise the Dobzhansky mantra in light of the facts of science.Nothing in biology makes sense in the dark of evolution.Nothing in evolution makes sense in the light of biology.Nothing in evolution makes sense.Nothing in emergence makes sense.Nothing in punctuation makes sense in the light of equilibria.Nothing in eukaryote ancestry makes sense in the light of prokaryotes.Nothing in evolution sheds light on vexing questions.Nothing in phylogeny makes sense in the light of genomics.Nothing in “informational genes” makes sense except in the light of intelligence.Scientific breakthroughs make cents (and dollars) without evolution.Nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of Victorian colonialism.Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of design.Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of the evidence. (Jonathan Wells)Nothing makes sense except in the light.Feel free to send in your own version.  Evolution doesn’t shed light.  It needs light shed on it, because its proponents do their dirty work in the darkness.    Let’s continue with a riddle.  First the answer: Steve Jones.  Question: What do you get when a bratty kid grows up and gains academic power?    Categorizing every Darwin doubter in the world in the “stupidity” pigeonhole is cheap, easy, and sleazy.  Come on, Steve, off your pedestal and let’s turn the light on the evidence.  How about some rational discussion about the 3rd and 4th entries above?  Remember, nothing makes sense in the darkness of propaganda.Reader submissions:Almost everything in biology is nonsense in the light of evolution.Nearly everything in biology makes sense apart from evolution.Nothing in evolution research makes sense except in the light of government funding.Let there be light (Official motto of the University of California – Copyright UC Regents)Creative juices do not make any sense unless one is making light of evolution. 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OFBF promotes staff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tim Hicks of Lexington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) business development field director.In this new position, Hicks will develop and implement programs, business development projects and activities designed to retain and increase Farm Bureau membership and member utilization of Nationwide financial and risk management products. Nationwide got its start as an insurance company for Ohio Farm Bureau members and continues to be a strong advocate of agriculture.Previously, Hicks was Ohio Farm Bureau’s organization director for Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Before coming to OFBF, Hicks was employed by the Schuyler County (New York) Watershed Protection Agency, the Soil and Water Conservation District and as an erosion control manager. He served as a village trustee and was active in various community organizations including the regional planning board. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in environmental science. He and his wife, Jenna, have two children.In addition, Haley Davis of Bucyrus has been promoted to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Davis will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Davis previously joined Ohio Farm Bureau in March, training in field staff work in anticipation of future needs. She is a 2013 graduate of West Virginia University where she majored in animal and nutritional sciences and was vice president of the Collegiate FFA. She also worked at Hord Livestock Co. in Bucyrus as a farrowing technician/manager and at Southern States Morgantown Ag as a sales associate.Davis grew up in West Chester and was involved with 4-H for 10 years, serving as a junior fair board member and on the horse judging team. She is a Crawford County Farm Bureau member and Young Agricultural Professionals member.last_img read more