Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission The club launched a campaign, Equality FC, with a video stating, “How do you tell your daughter that even if she shows the same skills, the same commitment, trains just as hard and cares just as much, she’s always going to be valued less than her little brother?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’According to The Guardian, the club’s director Jacquie Agnew said, “By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the U.K. that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport.”“Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond,” she said in the report. #KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES MOST READ Image: Facebook/@LewesFCLewes FC, a semi-professional football club based in England, announced that it would pay both its men’s and women’s teams equally.The East Sussex club hopes to bridge the disparity that women face in sports by providing the same budget, equipment and facilities to both sides.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Women’s first-team manager John Donoghue said, “This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole U.K. football community that women’s football deserves an equal voice and support to men’s.”Lewes FC’s women’s team plays in the third level of the Football Association, the Premier League Southern Division.In the men’s English football league, the men’s team plays in the eighth level, the Isthmian League Division One South. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Women accuse US soccer federation of wage discriminationADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer PH women’s football team qualifies for Asian CupIncome inequality between Filipino women and men remains—WB studySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
An investigation is underway after a van was badly damaged while parked outside the owner’s home in Letterkenny.The incident happened during the night of Tuesday the 18th of June at The Glebe, Ramelton Road.A brick was thrown at the van, which resulted in the windscreen being smashed. Gardaí are appealing for information in relation to the criminal damage incident. If anyone has any information or was in the area between the 18th of June at 11.50 pm and the 19th of June at 00.30 am. then contact Gardaí on 074-9167100 or on 1800 666 111.Brick used to smash van outside owner’s home in Letterkenny was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)
Did birds arrive in a ‘big bang’ of evolution, or is their explosive appearance yielding a scattered jetsam of Darwinian theories?With the genomes of 48 species of birds now in hand, Science Magazine just published a major series of papers on the evolution of birds that Live Science and National Geographic describe as a “big bang” of evolution. The introductory article by Zhang, Jarvis and Gilbert says 8 papers were published in Science, and 20 other papers in other journals. Each paper, while trusting evolutionary theory, is not what Darwin would have predicted:Zhang et al. say that bird genomes are constrained in size, and show “a remarkably high degree of evolutionary stasis” despite having diversified into so many forms. They appeal to “convergent evolution.”Pfenning et al. write that birds and humans experienced “convergent evolution” of singing ability, which involved not only multiple genes but how they interact. Many of these same gene forms are found in humans. (See explanation in New Scientist.)Meredith et al. say that the common ancestor of all living birds lost its teeth. (See summary on PhysOrg.)Qi Zhou et al. indicate that sex chromosomes in birds have undergone “complex evolutionary trajectories” involving “punctuated events” and “tremendous diversity.”Green et al. are surprised that crocodiles (among archosaurs, the putative ancestors of birds) show slow evolution, while birds show rapid evolution.Xing Xu et al. describe “occasional bursts of morphological novelty” and “an unavoidable complex, mosaic evolutionary distribution of major bird characteristics on the theropod tree.”Mirarab et al. say that genomic trees can be misleading due to “incomplete lineage sorting” (ILS). They recommend another way to tease out the evolutionary tree of birds.Jarvis et al. claim to have resolved 48 bird genomes into a single phylogenetic tree, but they had to invoke “massive protein-coding sequence convergence” and ILS.The sixth paper above is interesting, given that Xing Xu is famous for many of the “feathered dinosaurs” that have come to light in recent years (but only, interestingly, in China). While claiming that studies have “enriched our understanding” of the origin of birds, Xing’s team notes that “The evolution of flight, nonetheless, remains highly debated.” The paper references Ken Dial’s 2003 “wing-assisted incline running” hypothesis by the partridge family several times (see 6/25/14) but leaves the question unresolved. See Illustra documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds for reasons why flight requires intelligent design.Other journals published additional results, mentioned in the popular science press:Researchers at the University of Kent say that chickens and turkeys are closest to the dinosaurs. (PhysOrg)Penguins began to evolve their “distinct evolution” 60 million years ago, a team publishing in GigaScience claims, finding a way to work “global warming” into their story. (PhysOrg)Back in Science Magazine News, Elizabeth Pennisi wrote about some of the key players and evolutionary surprises. Among them is this surprise: “the hoatzin is not a relative of the cuckoos—which it faintly resembles—but instead belongs with cranes and plovers.” Also in the special issue, Sarah Crespi presented a slide show called “untangling the bird family tree,” describing seven of the major findings in the Science Magazine papers. The summary paragraph says that “Birds “radically expanded and diverged” after surviving whatever killed the dinosaurs. Very little in the captions supports Darwin’s view of slow, gradual accumulation of traits through common ancestry:Bird genomes are, on average, 70% smaller than those of mammals.Crocodiles have changed very little in the last 50 to 100 million years, but are supposed to be bird ancestors.It “turns out that vocal learning has arisen several times in birds,” Crespi says. These involve 55 genes that are “ramped up or suppressed” in some birds and in humans.Birds except for penguins can see with four kinds of color receptors.Predatory birds have one common ancestor, but all other birds “lost these predatory traits.”Genes for colorful plumage vary by a factor of 8 in bird lineages.The common ancestor of all birds lacked teeth, but some extinct birds, like Archaeopteryx, had teeth.Nature took note of this “flock of genomes” and what they reveal. Ewen Callaway begins with an anecdote by Denmark museum curator Tom Gilbert who got the idea for studying bird evolution when “a pigeon crapped on me,” as if that might be symbolic of the results.Casey Luskin summarized the findings from a design viewpoint in Evolution News & Views, showing that they do not fit Darwinian predictions, but support intelligent design. Some other findings about birds in the secular news would support that view:Even without external ears, birds can detect both the lateral and vertical sources of sounds, aiding their near 360° field of view. “The system is highly accurate: at the highest level, birds can identify lateral sounds at an angle of elevation from -30° to +30°,” a researcher at Technical University of Munich said. In owls, the ruffed feathers on their heads function similar to external ears, helping the night hunters focus on sound in front of them. (Science Daily)Hummingbirds achieve their “aerobatic feats,” Vanderbilt University says, by controlling how vortices of air form around their wings and thereby gaining additional lift on both forward and backward strokes. The ability to hover and fly in all directions is “much trickier” than just flapping wings faster than other birds.Homing pigeons use advanced technology, PhysOrg says: No one knows how homing pigeons do it, but now a team of Swiss and South African scientists have discovered that the bird’s navigation is affected by disturbances in gravity, suggesting that they navigate using a gravity map and that they may carry an internal gyroscope to guide them home.”Vultures can eat rotting meat that would poison other birds because of their super gut flora. Nature News reports, “vultures seem to have adapted by producing unusually destructive gastric juices, and by hosting a gut flora that helps them to prosper on a diet of carrion, a study of the birds’ microbial communities suggests.”Electronic tracking devices are giving scientists a new high in studying the habits of eagles. PhysOrg reports that one male eagle soared up to 6000 meters, and a female traveled 15,000 km. The data reveal that “eagles are intelligent strategic hunters who regularly visit a few key spots in their range.”Speaking of “explosive” origins, Genesis claims that God filled the sky with a wide variety of flying creatures that reproduce “after their kind” in one day. Any evolutionary theory that wants to spread the origin of birds over millions of years, from heavy, earth-bound dinosaur ancestors, faces huge challenges from the evidence, as the papers in Science show. Not only does an evolutionary theory have to account for the origin of flight (with all the systems that make it possible), it also must explain why evolution went so slow in crocodiles, but then underwent a “big bang” explosive diversification in birds. Then it must account for the rapid development of numerous innovations seen in eagles, hummingbirds, ostriches, parrots, penguins, owls, cormorants, meadowlarks, vultures, flamingos, birds of paradise, falcons, ducks, quail, pigeons, doves, toucans, crows, storks, Arctic terns, and many others—highly successful animals that inhabit land, sea, and air all over the globe—that from all appearances in fossils and genomes literally “exploded” onto the scene.And that’s not all. “It’s long been known that the Cambrian explosion isn’t the only explosion of organisms in the fossil record,” Casey Luskin writes. “There’s also something of a fish explosion, an angiosperm explosion, and a mammal explosion.” To him these latest revelations show that “The evidence for intelligent design just keeps getting stronger.”It’s not just that the case for ID gets stronger; the case for Darwin being the biggest hoaxster in the world also grows. He sent the world on a 155-year snipe hunt, looking for evidence to support his picture of slow, gradual accumulation of new things by purely random, aimless processes. Nothing we know that has structure for a purpose comes about that way. Evolutionists sometimes say nature has an “illusion” of design, but design is the reality. Evolutionists keep seeing an illusion of evolution; that’s why the Brits call it evillusion. They’re captivated by the horizontal variation within created kinds (a design feature for robustness), and think variation can explain molecules to man. It’s like hearing a mynah bird mimic some human words, and extrapolating that into believing mynah birds originated the dictionary.Evolutionary scientists have turned into divination artists, looking through DNA the same way Babylonians looked into the liver to conjure up images of victory. The whole secular intellectual world has fallen for Charlie’s gimmick. What has it produced? A tale as incredible as it is ugly. It’s like a jumble of parts thrown in a pile, held together with impossible things like “convergent evolution” and “mosaic evolution” and “explosive diversification.” Maybe it qualifies as art, but as science, it won’t fly. It’s something like this piece of modern art in downtown Los Angeles:Sculpture from the Museum of Contemporary Art(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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PHILADELPHIA — Steve Mason stopped 37 shots in his first start of the series, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek scored and the Philadelphia Flyers evened their first-round matchup against the New York Rangers with a 2-1 win in Game 4 on April 25.Ray Emery started the first three games for Mason, who was out with an upper-body injury. Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.Mason was just getting warmed up. He played perhaps his best game of the season, shutting down a Rangers team that pressured him with shots all game. He was a wall in the final tense minutes when the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the extra attacker.Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers. Game 5 is April 27 at Madison Square Garden.Mason heard a thunderous ovation and chants of “Ma-son! Ma-son!” as he skated off a postseason winner for the first time in his career. He earned this one.The Rangers outshot the Flyers 16-6 and dominated a first period that put Mason to work in a hurry. But the Flyers escaped with a 1-1 tie after Jason Akeson’s shot off the backboards bounced straight to Read, who beat Lundqvist on his left side for the goal.“He told me he meant to do that,” Read said. “It came right to me. I just had to one-time it. I think Lundqvist got a piece of it but we’ll take it.”Voracek redirected Brayden Schenn’s shot from the slot past Lundqvist for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead. Mason had never played with a lead in five career postseason starts.Mason hadn’t started a playoff game in five years since his rookie season with Columbus. The Blue Jackets were swept by Detroit in that series, and the late-season injury against Pittsburgh delayed his Philadelphia postseason debut.Flyers captain Claude Giroux hasn’t scored in the series but his strongest performance came after Game 3’s loss when he said, “We’re going to tie up the series and go back to New York.”Off they’ll go to New York, the series tied.Giroux limped to the bench after taking a hard hit late in the third. Giroux, third in the NHL with 86 points, had no shots on goal in the first two games and has only two assists through four games.Moore gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead when he joined the rush out of the penalty box and scored on a wraparound goal 4:38 into the game.The Rangers won Game 3 on the strength of 28 blocked shots that choked the Flyers out of scoring opportunities. In Game 4, the Rangers pounded Mason with shot after shot, doubling the Flyers’ total for most of the first two periods.Mason was sprawled in the crease stopping several shots and kept the Flyers in a game they desperately needed to win.Lundqvist, an eight-time All-Star and 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, was stout but betrayed by an offense that couldn’t convert open looks.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares