The 22nd annual Jim Owens Memorial Ranch Rodeo concluded last weekend with a repeating Top Team from Chiloquin, OR. TNT Cattle Co. with Jimmy Gallagher, Billy Ward and Jason Duby receiving the buckles.Top Hand Billy Ward received a trophy handmade saddle made by Judd Miller, and donated by Elanco, Animal Health International of Red Bluff, Judd Miller Saddlery and the JP Ranch Rodeo Committee. It was a beautiful hand carved saddle; too nice to use for work.The stirrups for 2nd place to Spring …
If evolution could develop a complex structure once, defying all probability, then maybe it could do it multiple times, some evolutionists theorize.For the birds: Different groups of birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times, Science Daily claimed. A two-amino-acid mutation might be within the edge of evolution to allow the receptor to shift its sensitivity, but that’s not the whole story:Anders Ödeen and Olle Håstad, who performed this research commented, “There are two different amino acid alterations that can each change bird colour vision from violet to ultraviolet. One particular single nucleotide change has occurred at least 11 separate times. In general during evolution once a colour shift has occurred all species from this ancestor keep it meaning that the rest of the eye and physiology, must also evolved to ‘cement’ in the new colour sensitivity.“For the fungi: A paper in PLoS ONE last November had this to say about fruiting body evolution in fungi:Fungi sharing ostiolar or sealed fruitbodies represented the most advance form, which include Dothideomycetes, Eurotiomycetes and Sordariomycetes. This trait evolved independently at least three times.For the appendix: Science Now trumpeted this improbable headline without blushing: “Appendix Evolved More Than 30 Times.” In so doing, the article undercut another old evolutionary notion: vestigial organs.The appendix may not be useless after all. The worm-shaped structure found near the junction of the small and large intestines evolved 32 times among mammals, according to a new study. The finding adds weight to the idea that the appendix helps protect our beneficial gut bacteria when a serious infection strikes.The article proceeded to show that Darwin’s belief the appendix was a useless (vestigial) remnant is no longer considered valid. After all, animals as diverse as beaver, koalas and porcupines have them; “in other words, the feature is much more common among mammals than once thought.”Now, an international team of researchers that includes Heather F. Smith, an evolutionary biologist at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and William Parker, a surgeon who studies the immune system at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, says it has the strongest evidence yet that the appendix serves a purpose. In a new study, published online this month in Comptes Rendus Palevol, the researchers compiled information on the diets of 361 living mammals, including 50 species now considered to have an appendix, and plotted the data on a mammalian evolutionary tree. They found that the 50 species are scattered so widely across the tree that the structure must have evolved independently at least 32 times, and perhaps as many as 38 times.Randolph Nesse (U of Michigan) had an interesting take on this conclusion. “The conclusion that the appendix has appeared 32 times is amazing,” he said. “I do find their argument for the positive correlation of appendix and cecum sizes to be a convincing refutation of Darwin’s hypothesis” (about the appendix being vestigial). One critic, trying to help, trimmed the number down to 18 “clear-cut cases” of independent evolution. Readers might want to recall how evolutionists responded years ago when concluding that wings must have evolved independently 3 times in stick insects (1/16/2003).Observers should notice that it is Darwinians’ prior commitment to evolution that forces them to allege multiple miracles of improbability. Otherwise, it would clearly look like evidence for creation: each animal equipped with what it needs to survive. Since the evolutionists appear poised to search for a function for the appendix, the question of why the majority of mammals don’t need one would be a good research project for creationist or evolutionist. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts as he plays against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer during their men’s singles fourth round match on day eight of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)Roger Federer said Dominic Thiem was right to be angry at being kicked out of his own press conference so that Roland Garros organizers could accommodate a defeated Serena Williams.Austria’s Thiem, the fourth seed in the men’s event and the 2018 runner-up, was conducting his post-match press obligations after reaching the last 16 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Analysis: Of course Serena Williams unsatisfied by Paris run Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, he was then informed that the main interview room was needed by American superstar Williams who had just suffered a third round loss to Sofia Kenin.It was the 23-time Grand Slam title winner’s earliest exit at a Slam in almost five years and she was eager to be away from the tournament site as quickly as possible.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, logistics“It’s a joke,” fumed 25-year-old Thiem to media officers after being told he should finish his interviews in a smaller room.“I have to leave the room because she’s coming. What the hell, I don’t care. I can also do whatever I want.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe PLAY LIST 02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:42PH 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 City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue However, French sports daily L’Equipe claimed that Williams had no preference over where she carried out her press conference.“Put me in another room, a smaller one, but now,” she was reported to have said.With Williams reportedly becoming increasingly impatient, officials looked to rescue the situation by moving Thiem to another room.“That’s really impolite,” she was heard to say.Thiem had defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 while Williams was stunned 6-2, 7-5 by Kenin.There was a backlash on social media over the incident.“Wait your turn for the press room like everyone else,” tweeted former Australian player Sam Groth.“Thiem, still in the draw having won, would have agreed to a press time and has a round of 16 match to prepare for, Serena just has her jet on the tarmac!” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Federer leapt to the defense of Thiem, describing him as “a superstar, a male superstar”.“I think the one who is still in the tournament gets priority, that’s how I see it,” said Federer after easing past Leonardo Mayer to reach his 54th quarter-final at the majors.“There must have been a misunderstanding or maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press centre. “I don’t know exactly what happened. I understand Dominic’s frustration. I don’t think he’s mad at Serena or anybody. I just think it was an unfortunate situation.”There was no indication as to who had decided to shift Thiem mid-flow on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to support new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January market.Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge. The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs, says the Mirror.Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, currently out of favour at Juventus, could provide a solution on the right flank.
Twitter/@TBBuccaneersJameis Winston’s arm is the reason he won a national championship and was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last spring, but while at Florida State, he also became known for his charismatic pre- and post-game speeches. By the looks of things, that leadership has carried over into the NFL. Winston scored the game-winning touchdown on a bootleg run from one yard out to lift the Buccaneers past the Dallas Cowboys 10-6, and after the game, he gave one of his signature speeches to the team.THAT is a post-win speech! Bring on the #Eagles #LetsGo! pic.twitter.com/po7WdXdsBM— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 16, 2015Winston managed to become the leader of Florida State as a redshirt freshman, and he’s done the same as a rookie with the Buccaneers, which is incredibly impressive.
zoomImage Courtesy: Euronav The merger between Belgium’s tanker shipping company Euronav and US-based crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime has won the ‘Deal of the Year 2018’ award by Lloyd’s List Global Awards.The merger was concluded in June this year, creating a large crude tanker operator with a fleet of 76 operating crude tankers, with over a half of that figure being VLCCs. The deal enabled Euronav to expand its fleet by over 40 pct.The merged entity has balance sheet assets of over USD 4 billion, an estimated pro-forma market capitalization of USD 2 billion based on Euronav’s closing price of USD 9.10 per share on June 11, 2018, and marked-to-market leverage of less than 50%. “The merger with Gener8 was a challenging transaction from an operational, financial and legal perspective. It required great commitment, energy and professionalism from our staff and this award is recognition of that sustained effort over a prolonged period. “The integration of the fleet into our enlarged organization has been delivered on schedule. With tanker market fundamentals continuing to improve, we believe this counter-cyclical investment will deliver strong returns for all our stakeholders going forward,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said.Rodgers believes the tanker market is about to benefit from improving tanker cycle fundamentals through 2019 as well as developments stemming from regulatory changes to shipping markets from the application of IMO 2020.Due to the need for greater availability of low sulphur fuel across the globe product tankers are expected to benefit as they would need to transport the cargo to different locations worldwide. This is expected to result in new trade routes and increase the ton mile demand.As explained earlier, the merger was an important part of the company’s preparation for the 2020 sulphur cap as the deal provided Euronav with “substantially” improved fuel consumption dynamics of its VLCC fleet by reducing average age of this fleet by 25%.The company plans to comply with the new regulations by burning compliant fuels.
One footnote in the wake of the Oakland Athletics’ agonizing wild card loss Tuesday night was the retirement of A’s designated hitter Adam Dunn.Dunn had never participated in the postseason before, and his first (and last) game as a member of a playoff team came without so much as an appearance on the diamond. He finished his 14-year Major League Baseball stint with a résumé that’s undeniably notable — he ranks 35th all-time in career home runs and 40th in career walks — but he will never be considered Hall of Fame-worthy.Dunn’s most prominent place in the fabric of the game, then, is symbolic. Spanning the “Moneyball” era almost perfectly, Dunn’s career served as a bellwether for the growth, acceptance and, ultimately, the maturity of sabermetrics.In some ways, that status was a fait accompli. After all, Dunn graced the cover of Baseball Prospectus back in 2002, following a rookie season that saw him place among the top 30 hitters in baseball by OPS despite a mediocre batting average and plenty of strikeouts.Because he provided value with walks and power instead of contact hitting, Dunn was initially highlighted by statheads as the type of player who would frequently fall through the cracks of traditional analysis. Before sabermetrics became mainstream, strikeout-prone players like Dunn were disparaged — just take a trip through Fire Joe Morgan‘s Adam Dunn-tagged posts for a taste of the aspersions cast in Dunn’s direction over his whiff-happy ways — while statheads kept countering with the mantra that (for batters, at least) strikeouts are essentially no worse than any other out.And over time, MLB seems to have finally agreed: Its leaguewide rate of strikeouts per out hit a new all-time high for eight years running, including 2014. This new normal has, of course, spawned plenty of lamentations about the state of the game, but the explosion of strikeouts apparently hasn’t yet reached levels that would cause the game’s decision-makers to change course and stigmatize them again.You’d think this growing acceptance of strikeouts would result in a newfound appreciation of Dunn’s career, free from the shame his many K‘s once carried. But the great irony is that as sabermetric principles became so mainstream that Dunn’s batting value was properly evaluated, the state of analysis also improved to the point that baserunning and defense could be appraised with far greater accuracy than ever before. This was bad news for Dunn, a very large, very slow man who was of little use when holding a glove instead of a bat.Whether you look at Baseball-Reference.com or FanGraphs, Dunn was worth something in the neighborhood of 20 runs below average on the basepaths, making him one of the 40 or so worst baserunners of his generation. And defensively, Dunn’s value takes a major hit. Despite frequently playing low-difficulty positions at the far left end of the defensive spectrum (leading to a negative positional adjustment), Dunn was comically below-average relative to his positional peers. To wit: In 2009, Dunn somehow posted -43 Defensive Runs Saved while splitting time between first base and the two outfield corners, giving him the worst defensive season relative to positional average in baseball history. And between the twin factors of position and performance relative to positional average, Dunn rates as MLB’s worst defensive player ever in the estimation of Baseball Reference.Sabermetrics giveth and Sabermetrics taketh away.In the end, Dunn’s career represents the maturation of statistical analysis in baseball. Originally, it was thought that a player’s defense was of little consequence as long as he was productive at the plate; in “Moneyball,” there’s a passage quoting former Oakland A’s consultant Eric Walker as saying fielding was “at most 5 percent of the game” — a statement that rings particularly ludicrous in today’s age of BABIP and rampant defensive shifts. If the first stage of sabermetric proselytization was convincing the public that Dunn-esque hitters who rarely put the ball in play had value, the second stage was persuading them to look at the value driven by factors beyond hitting. (Not coincidentally, large segments of the recent MVP wars between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera were fought on this ground.)Dunn’s profile made him a polarizing contemporary case study at each stage of the sabermetric mainstreaming process, a legacy that should give him a special place in baseball history.
Then-redshirt-sophomore Hunter Callahan bats a ball away during a match against Minnesota April 7 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Caitlin Essig / Managing editor for contentEven though classes were just canceled because of cold weather, things are starting to heat up at the Varsity Tennis Center as the Ohio State men’s tennis team looks to begin another championship season.Despite losing five players, including 2013 NCAA Singles Champion Blaz Rola, the Buckeyes find themselves ranked No. 5 to start the season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. There might be lofty expectations for a young team looking to continue a historic run of success, but coach Ty Tucker said fans shouldn’t be surprised if the talent overcomes the inexperience.“We have some work to do,” Tucker said. “We definitely have the chips, but we just have to figure out the best way to use them.”When asked who could fill the open spots from last year’s team, Tucker first pointed to true freshman Herkko Pollanen and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach, along with redshirt-juniors Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan. Pollanen, who came to Columbus by way of Helsinki, Finland, reached No. 16 in the junior rankings before making his way to campus.Perhaps Tucker’s most valuable chip, though, is senior Peter Kobelt.After flipping between No. 1 and No. 2 singles with Rola last year, Kobelt looks to have that spot all to himself in 2014. He has momentum heading into the season from helping the U.S. capture the gold medal at the Master’U BNP Paribas international collegiate team competition in Aix-en-Provence, France.“It was a great opportunity to play in a high quality tournament against the best all over the world.” Kobelt said. “We played high quality tennis for four days, represented the USA and won.”The team’s high ranking should be put to the test all season as there are seven teams ranked inside the top 30 on OSU’s schedule.“At Ohio State, we try our best to play the greatest and best in the country,” Tucker said.Even with a treacherous schedule and four of the starting six being first-time starters, the goal for the team remains the same.“The goal is to win the Big Ten title,” Tucker said.Considering the team has won seven titles in eight years, anything less could be viewed as a letdown, Kobelt said.“Our goal is to always win the Big Ten. The Big Ten is ours,” Kobelt said, “I don’t want to lose it in my last year.”The Buckeyes begin play Jan. 22 against Butler and Xavier in Columbus.
Thomas Muller admits that the one thing that he is jealous about Kylian Mbappe is the “engine” inside the butt of the speedy France youngsterGermany and France played out a goalless draw in Munich on Thursday.While the 2018 World Cup winners appeared rusty, Mbappe continued to impress.Having now witnessed the 19-year-old first hand with his clever little tricks and pace, Muller is feeling a little envious.“He has an engine in his butt that everyone else wants to have,” the German forward joked on SportsKeeda.“He makes one fast step and leaves the opponent behind. You have to defend players like him with more than one player, even if he leaves one player behind the next one has to try to stop him.“That’s the only way you can stop remarkable players like him. Of course, he had some moments during the game that the spectators enjoyed.”Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…It was the first time Germany had played following their disastrous World Cup campaign at Russia and Mesut Ozil’s controversial decision to retire from international football.“We had a lot of pressure before the game,” Muller said.“But we responded in the way we had to.“You have to make distinctions. It wasn’t our best game and we have a lot to pay back. That was the first key step, but that’s all.”??????… pic.twitter.com/vWzfiIYNgR— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 6, 2018
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants a solution on Eden Hazard’s future now, amid the constant speculation linking him with a switch to Real MadridThe Belgian winger is yet to commit his long-term future at Stamford Bridge with his contract set to expire in June 2020.This has prompted reports of a transfer to Real with Hazard doing little to deny the rumours by claiming it would be a dream for him in October.On Wednesday, the 27-year-old announced he intends to just stay focused on his football after scoring both goals in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford.But Sarri believes now is the time for answers on Hazard’s Chelsea future.“I don’t know but it’s time to decide,” said Sarri on the club website, when asked if Hazard will stay at the club.“I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“I think we have to solve the problem.”The Blues will take a trip to Selhurst Park this Sunday to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League.And Sarri is expecting a stern challenge from the Eagles, who defeated Manchester City 3-2 last week.“It’s a very difficult match because in the last three matches at home they were able to not concede a goal to the opponent, then they are very dangerous on the counter-attack,” said the Italian.“We have to play against a very dangerous team, especially with it being away.”Pedro will be unavailable for the league match against Palace on Sunday, which begins at 13:00 (CET).