Disgruntled Anthony Davis has just 3 points, Pelicans routed by Magic

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts to a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. The Magic won 118-88. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis doesn’t want to play for New Orleans anymore. In a blowout loss Tuesday night, he noticed his teammates may have felt the same way.“We sucked,” Davis said. “Nobody was interested in playing, is what it looked like.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Davis’ scoring output Tuesday was the lowest of his career in any game where he played at least 21 minutes.The reeling Pelicans (25-33), who’ve lost six of seven, sit in 13th place in the West, six games behind Sacramento for that conference’s final playoff spot with 24 games left.While the Magic (26-32) remain below .500, they’ve won four straight — including three straight on the road by 16 or more — to pull within a two games of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot as the All-Star break approaches.Vucevic had 25 points and 17 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 22 points, and Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 20 points, including 16 in the first quarter, when Orlando raced to a 39-11 lead.Aaron Gordon added 20 points for the Magic, who led by as many as 31 points and kept the lead above 20 the rest of the way en route to their fourth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img “Whatever our new normal is, we want to get back to that and put all the other stuff behind us and just start playing and trying to win basketball games, and trying to compete and try to get our young players better,” Gentry continued. “That’s all I want to do. That’s it. And I’m not going to talk about it anymore. I’m done talking about it.”UP NEXTMagic: Host Charlotte on Thursday night.Pelicans: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Davis scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting and was thoroughly outplayed by Orlando center Nikola Vucevic as the Magic beat the listless Pelicans 118-88.“Obviously I missed a lot of shots, a lot of easy shots — layups and stuff that I normally make— early in the game,” Davis added. “But they came out more desperate. They played like they were playing for something, and they showed it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDavis played 24 minutes in his third game since his agent told New Orleans the six-time All-Star wanted to be traded to a championship-contending team and won’t sign an extension with the Pelicans.It was also his third game since returning from an injured left index finger. In his first game back, he had 32 points in a win over Minnesota, but he has averaged 8.5 points over the two games since. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan “It was an impressive show of games by us, the last three games. We really took care of business and really executed the game plans that the coaches put in,” Vucevic said. “We talked about the stretch right before the (All-Star) break and how it is an important one, how we can win some games and put us back in a good spot going into the second part of the season. We did that so far.”The normally up-tempo Pelicans, who came in averaging almost 116 points per game, shot 38.3 percent (36 of 94) en route to their lowest single-game point total this season.E’Twaun Moore, who has struggled with injuries this season, scored 19 points in his first start since Jan. 22. Jrue Holiday had 16 for the Pelicans, who briefly got as close as 14 in the middle of the second quarter but trailed by 63-46 at the half.“It’s definitely embarrassing,” Holiday said of the 30-point loss. “You don’t want to do that anywhere but especially at home.”TIP-INSMagic: Outrebounded New Orleans 58-42. … Had 32 assists on 42 made field goals. … Combined to make 21 of 22 free throws. … Vucevic was 10 of 18 from the field and 4 of 5 on foul shots.Pelicans: Julius Randle scored 15 points in a little less than 22 minutes off the bench, hitting three of five 3-point attempts. … New Orleans committed 14 turnovers, leading to 22 Orlando points. … Kenrich Williams started and played 31 minutes, but had one of his worst games, scoring just two points on 1-of-7 shooting. … Jahlil Okafor started at center and had eight points in 29 minutes.FED UPPelicans coach Alvin Gentry was in no mood, however, to discuss how Davis’ decision appears to have affected the team.“What we’re trying to do is just move on from it,” Gentry said. “We need to bury it. 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UL Students Elated over Green Light for Graduation

first_imgSome Jubilant Students at the Fendall Campus of the UL Following the Issuance of Final ClearancesThe Fendall campus of the University of Liberia was a scene of wild elation as students of the state-run university received their final clearances for graduation in December of this year.The process, which started in early October with a vigorous revision of applications from prospective graduates, was concluded and approved with the issuance of final clearances that began on Wednesday, November 1.The graduation will see over two thousand students walk out of the halls of the UL with degrees in various disciplines from all seven of the undergraduate programs as well as graduate and professional schools of the university.Some of the students said despite the many challenges, their stay at the University has been a very memorable one, stressing that they would forever remain proud to be products of the UL.“I am overly excited that I will this year be leaving the walls of this great university. This is a dream come true and something I have long wished for. Thanks to God that this dream will be finally realized this year,” said Patience Sackie.“Today is the most joyous of my life. I am so excited because this is my biggest academic achievement as a student. I hope and pray that by His grace, I will ascend to higher heights in my academic pursuits,” added Momo Kamara.This year’s graduation will mark the 98th commencement convocation of the UL and is the first since the appointment of Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks as its president.Dr. Weeks was inducted into office last September following the retirement of Dr. Emmett Dennis. She is the UL’s14th and the second female president after Madam Antoinette Brown Sherman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man who allegedly pushed girlfriend out of car granted $500, 000 bail

first_imgTwenty-one-year-old Rick Sewcharran who is accused of allegedly pushing his girlfriend, Sasia Adams, out of his moving car which resulted in her death was on Tuesday released on $500,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with a manslaughter charge.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge. The Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident was represented by prominent Attorney Sanjeev Datadin in association with former State Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon.In his bail application, Datadin told Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan that his client has been cooperating with Police ever since his arrest.Noting that his client has no prior brushes with the law, the Attorney related that based on what he was told, the female opened the car door and fell out.He observed that there was CCTV footage of what he deemed “an unfortunate incident”. Moreover, the Attorney stated that there was no evidence that his client acted deliberately to cause the woman’s demise. Datadin noted that Sewcharran was interviewed by Police for more than three hours and that he led them to the scene and recounted what happened.Although the prosecution had no objection to the accused being allowed his pre-trial liberty, Sewcharran was ordered to lodge his passport and report to Alberttown Police Station every Friday. The 21-year-old will next appear in Court One on July 13, 2018.Adams, an Essequibo native, resided at East Street, Georgetown and she succumbed to head injuries on June 12 after falling out of a moving car at Lamaha Street, Georgetown. Based on initial reports, her boyfriend reportedly told Police that the teen fell out of his moving vehicle around 20:00h on June 10, two days prior.However, alternative versions of what transpired during the incident surfaced as the still conscious Adams had related to doctors that she fell down. Another account had her jumping from the moving car.The post-mortem examination conducted by veteran State Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh indicated that the woman died as a result of blunt trauma to the head. No mention of her dying from injuries consistent with a vehicular accident was disclosed or reported.Investigators revealed that it appeared as though the woman was struck to her head and then pushed out of the moving car, resulting in her sustaining severe head injuries. The now deceased woman was employed at the Ramada Hotel as a front desk clerk.last_img read more

‘His energy and tenacity means he is Gerrard’s perfect replacement’

first_img‘The Ninja’ is not Roma’s midfield enforcer. No, that honour has been bestowed upon either Daniele De Rossi or Seydou Keita, but his energy and tenacity means he is the perfect box-to-box midfielder to replace Gerrard.Of all Roma regulars, only Jose Holebas with 2.9 is averaging more tackles per league game than Nainggolan’s 2.8. Excellent at harassing the opposition further up the pitch, the dogged Belgian is capable of winning possession for his side and instigating attacks in dangerous positions.With the likes of Sterling, Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, among others, at Rodgers’ disposal, should Nainggolan indeed win the ball in advanced areas, the movement of the attacking stars could wreak havoc on defences.The main concern, however, is how Rodgers accommodates both Pjanic and Nainggolan in his starting XI, should Liverpool pursue their reported interest in the duo.Both players are perfectly suited to the 4-3-3 formation Rudi Garcia currently uses at the Stadio Olimpico. Rodgers, who has favoured a 3-4-3 system of late, also has ample depth in midfield in the form of Henderson, Joe Allen, Lucas Leiva and, when needed, Emre Can.Pjanic, though, is capable of playing in that offensive trio and with Nainggolan added to the midfield, the Reds would have a squad capable of launching a Premier League title assault.A double transfer will cost a pretty penny, with Pjanic alone supposedly valued at around £40m by the Roma hierarchy. But if Liverpool harbour serious title aspirations, they will need to splash the cash this summer in order to establish themselves as England’s best once more and the capture of both Pjanic and Nainggolan would go a long way to seeing that dream become a reality.You can follow all the scores, statistics and live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app 2 Miralem Pjanic is a very creative midfielder 2 Liverpool have been linked with a massive double swoop for Roma midfielders Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan. Here, WhoScored.com provide analysis on the pair’s suitability for Anfield, and you can check out loads of Liverpool facts and figures on WhoScored.com.Steven Gerrard may not have been a part of Liverpool’s FA Cup win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, but their 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park improved the midfielder’s chances of bowing out on a high.Should the Reds reach the 2015 FA Cup final on 30 May, which happens to fall on Gerrard’s 35th birthday, it is likely to be his last competitive match in a Liverpool shirt before he jets off to Hollywood to end his career with LA Galaxy.The task ahead for manager Brendan Rodgers is how to go about replacing the iconic captain.A host of midfielders have been linked with the job, the latest of which is Roma pair Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan. They rank among the Italian side’s top rated players according to WhoScored.com, with Nainggolan (7.26 rating) and Pjanic (7.24) impressing for the Serie A title challengers.The latter is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most inventive players and while the 24-year-old has perhaps failed to reach the heights of last season, there is no denying Pjanic has the creative quality to pull the strings from midfield.An average of two key passes per league match is an impressive return for a player in Serie A, where more focus is put on defensive organisation. He has the vision and ability to open up opposition defences in the blink of an eye and it’s this quality that has reportedly attracted the interest of Liverpool.Compared to the Reds’ current crop of players, only Raheem Sterling is averaging more per key passes per league game (2.3) than Pjanic.Rodgers has a good range of attacking personnel available to him and those players would thrive with a player of Pjanic’s ilk behind them, providing the ammunition. Compared to Liverpool players, only Jordan Henderson has registered more league assists than Pjanic, with his six trumping the Bosnian’s five this season.Given that Roma boss Rudi Garcia is opting to field the experienced Francesco Totti as a deep-lying central striker, Pjanic would undoubtedly improve his assist tally in a side with Daniel Sturridge leading the attack.There is the concern, though, that the midfielder’s slight frame means he may struggle to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League, but his technical ability would render his physical deficiencies meaningless.Meanwhile, it’s also no surprise the Reds have shown an interest in team-mate Nainggolan (pictured below).last_img read more

Stars join writers on the picket lines

first_imgHe added, “Without the writers, I don’t got anything to say except for interviews, where I’m allowed to riff.” In Los Angeles, Ray Romano took bagels, fruit and orange juice to strikers outside the landmark gate at Paramount Studios. He said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who relied on writers for memorable lines during his movie career, should help get stalled contract talks restarted. “`I’ll be back’ – somebody wrote that. He didn’t make that up,” Romano said. Cast members of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” also joined Los Angeles strikers, chanting “Don’t be greedy, don’t be petty, you won’t get your `Ugly Betty.”‘ The show can’t do its common on-set rewrites as the last two already-written episodes are shot, said its Emmy-winning star, America Ferrera. “It just goes to show how critical and vital writers are to our show and our process,” Ferrera said. “I’ve heard a lot of stuff about writers getting flak, that they’re greedy or want too much. The truth is these are honest and hardworking people. They’re not all rolling in dough.” Roseanne Barr, Holly Hunter and David Hyde Pierce joined the New York picket line. Some actors were marching in solidarity with the writers while others, including Tim Robbins and Duchovny, are writers themselves and are members of the guild. “This is not about millionaire screenwriters,” Robbins said. “This is about middle-class writers trying to support a family and make mortgage payments.” Ephron, known for such films as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” is a second-generation Writers Guild member. Her parents, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, wrote screenplays for films including “Desk Set” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre center_img NEW YORK – Julianne Moore schmoozed with Nora Ephron. Robin Williams chatted up David Duchovny. Richard Belzer walked a dog and toted another in a zippered bag. Film festival? Premiere? No, it was the picket line in front of Time Warner Center on Thursday, the fourth day of a strike by TV and film writers over getting a share of new media profits. No new negotiations have been scheduled on the main sticking points between the Writers Guild of America and producers: payments from DVDs and shows offered on the Internet. “They claim there’s no money in the Internet,” said Williams, one of about 80 people carrying picket signs at the Time Warner offices. “That’s a shell game.” last_img

VIDEO: Former Man United striker Chicharito becomes Mexico’s record goalscorer

first_img Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez: The 28-year-old was a hit with fans at Man United 1 Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez became Mexico’s record goalscorer in their friendly defeat to Croatia.The 28-year-old surpassed Jared Borgetti’s record by netting his 47th international goal in his 91st appearance.Hernandez, now at Bayer Leverkusen, came off the bench to head in a late goal in Los Angeles.Croatia ran out 2-1 winners, with Duje Cop and Fran Tudor having scored in the first half.Check out the moment Chicharito made history, below…Javier Hernandez Becames Mexico’s Top… by wfproductionslast_img read more

DUI cases may result in prison

first_img The girl was later transferred to Childrens Hospital Central California in Madera, where she was reported Tuesday to be in serious condition. The girl was strapped into a car safety seat, Wilson said. Morgan was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital in good condition, deputies said. Morgan is charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence with injury with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury, and a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The misdemeanor count refers to Morgan’s 7-year-old daughter, who was in the truck but was not injured, Wilson said. Ramos’ husband told authorities that his wife, daughter and granddaughter were returning from a shopping trip when the collision occurred. If convicted, Morgan faces up to 10 years in prison, Wilson said. Wade was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving under the influence with injuries. If convicted, Wade faces up to three years and eight months in prison, Wilson said. Wade told police he was driving to the store to get Phillips another 40-ounce beer. He also said he had consumed some whiskey and beer and had smoked a bowlful of marijuana before the collision, Wilson said. A deputy noted that Wade had flecks of marijuana on his teeth and gums, Wilson said. In the second crash, a 1991 Mitsubishi driven by Juan Velasquez, 22, of Lancaster was struck from the rear by a 1993 Ford driven by Wade on Sierra Highway, south of the Avenue H overpass. Velasquez’s car had broken down on Sierra Highway, and he had put his flashing lights on and gotten out of the vehicle, Wilson said. “He saw the defendant coming towards him,” Wilson said. “He waved his arms to get his attention. Wade didn’t stop and crashed into the rear of Mr. Velasquez’s car. Velasquez jumped to the side.” Wade’s car knocked the Mitsubishi off the road and into a drainage culvert. Wade’s car careened into the same culvert and came to rest several hundred feet further south, deputies said. Phillips suffered major injuries and was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where she later died. Wade and Velasquez were not injured, deputies said. The four passengers in the Velasquez car – a 24-year-old woman and three children, ages 9, 6 and one month – were uninjured, although the infant was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital as a precaution. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The second crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Sierra Highway, south of Avenue H, fatally injuring Janney Phillips, 42, of Lancaster. Phillips was a passenger in Wade’s car, which rear-ended a disabled car in the road. Breath samples taken with a preliminary testing device indicated that Morgan’s blood alcohol level was .20 percent, and Wade’s was .10 to .11 percent, Wilson said. State law sets .08 percent as the level at which a driver is presumed to be too drunk to drive. In the first crash, authorities said, the 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Morgan failed to stop for a stop sign on 40th Street West and struck the driver’s side of a 1993 Ford Escort driven by Ramos. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos’ daughter, Michelle Summers, had minor injuries. Ramos’ 3-year-old granddaughter, Victoria Summers, who suffered a severe head laceration, was taken by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, officials said. LANCASTER – Drunk-driving charges carrying potential state prison sentences were filed against two Lancaster men blamed for killing two women Sunday in separate crashes 30 minutes apart. Prosecutors filed charges of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated against 43-year-old Robert Morgan and 57-year-old William Wade. “Drunk driving is continuing to be a problem,” Deputy District Attorney Richard Wilson said. “When people get in the car, they have to understand that they can cause somebody’s death by driving under the influence.” Maricela Ramos, 42, of Palmdale was killed in a collision about 8 p.m. Sunday when her compact car was hit broadside at Avenue J and 40th Street West by Morgan’s pickup truck, which ran a stop sign. last_img read more

Warriors’ Kuchle No. 3 in the state for rebounds

first_imgRed Bluff >> Despite a tough season for the Mercy Warriors boys basketball team a bright spot was center Marcus Kuchle, who led the Five Star league and was third in the state in rebounds, averaging 17.7 per game.Kuchle hauled in a total of 442 rebounds over the course of 25 games, compared to the state’s No. 1 rebounder Horant Chen, of Cornerstone Christian in Wildomar, who had 369 over the course of 19 games. In the No. 2 spot was Dexter Aranda, of Annenberg in Los Angeles, with 260 in 14 …last_img read more

Elephants and Mammoths Were All One Kind

first_img(Visited 969 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new study of elephants, mammoths and mastodons show they were all interfertile or capable of hybridization.Our present world is impoverished of elephants, or “elephantids” as scientists dub the family. Mammoths and mastodons roamed throughout America and Asia, evidenced by the massive fossil beds, where millions of mammoth bones can be found in permafrost. Some in the frozen tundra from Alaska to Siberia still retain soft tissue, organs and hair. These days, the two remaining species of elephants are primarily restricted to Africa and India.Art of mammoth and mastodon types found at La Brea Tar Pits, California. Photo by David Coppedge.How different are the extant types of elephants from the extinct types, such as mammoths and mastodons? With genomics, scientists can begin to answer the question. “A comprehensive genomic history of extinct and living elephants” with no less than 37 co-authors has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The findings show a surprising amount of gene flow (i.e., sex) has taken place between the different branches on the elephant tree.Elephantids were once among the most widespread megafaunal families. However, only three species of this family exist today. To reconstruct their evolutionary history, we generated 14 genomes from living and extinct elephantids and from the American mastodon. While previous studies examined only simple bifurcating relationships, we found that gene flow between elephantid species was common in the past. Straight-tusked elephants descend from a mixture of three ancestral populations related to the ancestor of African elephants, woolly mammoths, and present-day forest elephants. We detected interbreeding between North American woolly and Columbian mammoths but found no evidence of recent gene flow between forest and savanna elephants, demonstrating that both gene flow and isolation have been central in the evolution of elephantids.This is the first comprehensive genomic assessment of the relationships between elephants, the iconic symbol of megafauna (large animals). Evolutionists have assumed a Darwinian branching tree, with species diverging and going off on their own. What the genomes show, however, is that “interspecies hybridization has been a recurrent feature of elephantid evolution.” That’s not the kind of evolution Darwin promoted. Some cases were contrary to what evolutionists used to believe:Model of Columbian mammoth displayed at Hot Springs Mammoth Site, South Dakota. Photo by David Coppedge.We found that the genetic makeup of the straight-tusked elephant, previously placed as a sister group to African forest elephants based on lower coverage data, in fact comprises three major components. Most of the straight-tusked elephant’s ancestry derives from a lineage related to the ancestor of African elephants while its remaining ancestry consists of a large contribution from a lineage related to forest elephants and another related to mammoths. Columbian and woolly mammoths also showed evidence of interbreeding, likely following a latitudinal cline across North America.What they have found is more of a network of genetic relationships rather than a branching tree. Isolation, however, can lead to genetic distance, to the point where hybridization or infertility results.While hybridization events have shaped elephantid history in profound ways, isolation also appears to have played an important role. Our data reveal nearly complete isolation between the ancestors of the African forest and savanna elephants for ∼500,000 y, providing compelling justification for the conservation of forest and savanna elephants as separate species.Hybridization is causing reassessment of what constitutes speciation. Evolution News & Science Today reported on a remarkable case of finches from New Guinea, where several indigenous species that look more different from each other than the famous Galapagos finch species are still capable of interbreeding or hybridization. A more general article on Evolution News discusses how hybridization is “weaving Darwin’s tree into a web” and making Ernst Mayr turn over in his grave. In his mission to advance Darwinism, the eminent evolutionist saw hybridization as a dead end, because he expected to see Darwin’s tree leading to reproductive isolation. Now, however, biologists are finding that some hybrids are able to produce fertile offspring. These, in turn, can “introgress” back into the ancestral species. Science Magazine says we may be on the cusp of a “third wave of a scientific revolution in biology.” New findings about hybridization, as in the case of elephantids reported above, are “shaking up the tree of life” and “challenging evolutionary theory.”Traditionally, individuals that can interbreed are considered one species. What, then, should be said of all the diverse elephant species, if gene flow occurred between them? When you think of the morphological differences between dogs, which are all one species (Canis familiaris) artificially selected for traits desirable to humans, it becomes evident that potential for variability in a single parent species can be enormous. And yet we never see a dog becoming a non-dog, or an elephant becoming a non-elephantid.A similar situation is coming to light in our own species, Homo sapiens. Where evolutionists have long split species of Homo into Neanderthals, erectus, Denisovans and a few others, new genomic studies are showing them all to be one interfertile type. Just a few days ago, for instance, it was reported that “Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice in history” (Science Daily). Welcome to the family! As Live Science puts it, “Neanderthals Weren’t Humans’ Only Mating Partners. Meet the Denisovans.”Modern genomics is revealing networks of interfertile varieties within types that can become isolated, change, and then back-cross into their same type. It’s a very different picture from the tree metaphor of Darwin, who envisioned species branching off and going their separate ways, becoming reproductively isolated.Sign about “island dwarfism” in mammoths at Hot Springs Mammoth Site, South Dakota. Dates are disputable. Photo by David Coppedge.The picture fits the creation science called baraminology, which seeks to identify the basic types of organisms that correspond to what Genesis calls “kinds” that reproduce true to their kind. Modern creationists do not subscribe to the idea of “fixity of species” which is clearly unsupportable. Even ardent Biblical creationist Ken Ham thinks that the animals that went onto Noah’s Ark would have looked very different from living representatives of their kind. Dr Randy Guliuzza of ICR proposes that the Creator programmed variability into each type so that it could thrive as it spread into new environments. That’s programming, not “natural selection” (the “Stuff Happens” Law). Creationists also believe that substantial changes can occur rapidly. Look how quickly all the human varieties (not “races”) became accentuated since the Tower of Babel, and yet all humans remain interfertile. In extreme cases, we know that Europeans easily married native Americans in both North and South America, and had healthy children, even though they came from families that had migrated in opposite directions around the globe thousands of years ago. As creationists have loosened up on their ideas of allowable variability within kinds, evolutionists are facing contradictions to their long-held views about speciation. Genomic evidence is tangling up their beloved tree of life, weaving it into a bush with interconnected branches. Genetic evidence (including epigenetic processes the early evolutionists knew nothing about) appears consistent with rapid variation within created kinds, with programmed variability that allows for adjusting to new environments. That’s design, not evolution as Darwin viewed it. There’s no upward progress from bacteria to man (or elephant), just variations on themes set during the Creation week of Genesis.last_img read more

South African rugby photographer honoured in NZ

first_imgRay Maota This picture of the first test betweenSouth Africa and New Zealand in 1970won Wessel Oosthuizen the SA SportsPicture of the Year at that time. Oosthuizen released his career chroniclingcoffee-table book, Portrait of Rugby,in 2010.(Images: SA Sport Picture Agency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wessel OosthuizenSA Sports Picture Agency+27 83 443 7111RELATED ARTICLES• SA shines at Precision Flying Champs• Afrika takes top sevens accolade• Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Rugby World Cup: back the BoksSouth African veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen has been honoured at an exhibition in New Zealand, where his image was rated second out of 120 submissions.Oosthuizen’s photo was part of the Union: The Heart of Rugby exhibition at Auckland City Hall, which took place during the recent Rugby World Cup. The display was viewed by more than 6 000 people.A coffee table book of the same name will be published in November 2011.Oosthuizen’s image, which shows an off-duty Western Cape police officer playing rugby and ready to make a line-out throw, was rated by exhibition viewers as the second most iconic shot that captures the essence of the sport.This image is one of six that were published in Oosthuizen’s book, Portrait of Rugby, in 2010.Oosthuizen said: “It is a great honour for me and the picture was published on the back page of the New Zealand Herald this week together with Ross Land’s winning picture of Richie McCaw, of the All Blacks, bleeding after a game against the Springboks.”Included in the exhibition were audio-visual interviews from outstanding World Cup players over the years like John Kirwan, Nick Farr-Jones, Joel Stransky, Martin Johnson and Philippe Sella.Kelsen Butler of Sports Inc said at the time of the event: “Union: The Heart of Rugby is a unique exhibition. The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings and is an ideal venue to showcase a world-class event to a large number of people.”Butler added that the two most photographed players featured in the exhibition were former New Zealand player Jonah Lomu and Sebastien Chabal of France.For New Zealanders onlyDuring the exhibition New Zealanders were invited to submit images from amateur rugby settings, which were entered into a competition.The images had to show one of the characteristic rugby values: heroism, pride, glory, passion, teamwork, courage and friendship.There were two categories: “College” for high school pupils and tertiary education students, and “Open” for all other amateur photographers.Laura Leach won the College category for an image of muddied youngsters playing rugby, while Wayne Dowd took the Open section for his image of two youngsters walking hand-in-hand after a match.Hall of FameOosthuizen was inducted as a member of the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and has over 50 years of experience as a sports photographer.He has covered a variety of sporting codes, including football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, boxing and tennis.He was named the SA Hockey Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the Sasol Springbok Photographer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.In 1970 he took the SA Sports Picture of the Year, which showed Frik du Preez and the All Blacks’ Chris Laidlaw in action during the first test between South Africa and New Zealand of that same year.Oosthuizen said about the photo: “I had captured two other dramatic pictures in the same game. People seem to have forgotten about it.”Although he has covered most types of sport, rugby is his first love.It is believed that his only rival as a rugby photographer is New Zealand’s Peter Bush.A portrait of rugbyOosthuizen’s photographic career is well documented in the limited-edition Portrait of Rugby, an A3 landscape-size book of which only 1 000 copies were printed.Oosthuizen said: “When I page through the book I am still astounded that I have actually been to all those venues: from Twickenham in London to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, from Beervlei Dam in the Karoo to Stewart Island, the southern-most rugby field in the world, below New Zealand’s South Island.“I have worked with the best rugby photographers in the world and the last chapter, ‘Friends and Colleagues’ was dedicated to them and to our friendship. They are kindly allowing me to use some of their greatest pictures.”The book, a collector’s item, is priced at R4 500 (US$ 576).last_img read more