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Pingris stretchered off after hurting left knee

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe highly-intense semifinals duel between No. 2 Magnolia and No. 6 NLEX was momentarily stopped after Hotshots forward Marc Pingris hurt his left knee in the fourth quarter of Game 1 Saturday night.Pingris grimaced in pain while clutching his left knee. He had to be stretchered off the court after his left knee buckled while he was going for the drive at the 4:39 left with Magnolia ahead, 76-73.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP Volleyball: La Salle bests NU for share of top spot Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES “So hopefully, prayers up for kuya Ping. It’s always sad to see a player go down like that. Hopefully, he just keeps getting better and better after what happened tonight.”It was a tough blow for the 36-year-old Pingris, who just returned this conference after being out for several months due to a recurring hip injury.Pingris had five points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 28 minutes before the injury.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Adding insult to injury, the Hotshots lost, 88-87, facing a possibility of going down 0-2 on Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena.“What happened to Ping is very unfortunate, but those things happen especially in the playoffs when games are hard and physical those things can happen and we hope he’s okay,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter the final buzzer sounded, Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena rushed toward Pingris, who was about to be taken to the hospital.“I couldn’t wait for the buzzer to sound, I was waiting under the ring to really rush because the said he’s about to go,” said Ravena, who was one of the heroes for NLEX. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Superintendents Challenged to Speed up Decentralization Process

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has challenged superintendents of the fifteen counties to speed up the process of decentralization in their counties, following the week long intensive orientation.Vice President Boakai made the statement last Saturday, February 21, following the program marking at the end of the decentralization platform held in Gbarnga, Bong County.He encouraged the superintendents to effectively review their methods of leadership and coordination in the context of the implementation of the deconcentration platform and county development agenda.The Liberian Vice President urged the superintendents and their co-workers to stand, roundly prepared, and poised to take charge of the task ahead of them.“Yours is the challenge to take the theoretical formulations you now carry and apply them on the grounds in practical terms,” said VP Boakai.VP Boakai said fashioning such a strategy and method was indeed a critical undertaking in itself, adding that the main challenge lies in applying those strategies to practical situations that could derive at anticipated outcomes.“More often than not, we have had very little difficulty in showing our ability in the construction of nice-sounding and excellent looking theories, but then falling flat in the sphere of implementation.“We often get distracted from the main track, either by neglect, laziness, avarice or sheer lack of commitment,”Joseph Boakai admitted.VP Boakai reaffirmed the commitment of the government, especially with the issue of decentralization programs, undergirding belief in the correctness and imperative of taking the government to the people.Vice President Boakai said, “To our Superintendents whose hands we are here to strengthen, you are being thrust onto center stage, a sort of fulcrum from which the program will be run.“We give you this responsibility, accompanied by the authority it demands for its success.”He further said that decentralization is key and that more work must be done; especially implementation should be a priority to all superintendents of Liberia’s fifteen counties.Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukulysaid following President Sirleaf’s promise, the Gbarnga event held 4 major activities, which are the core pillars of moving the government closer to the people.He also recognized five long serving chiefs that President Sirleaf had recognized for their dedicated services to their people and the nation.Minister Dukuly said since December 2014, the Ministry Agency Commissions has worked diligently in making sure to develop an action plan for moving services to the people in the country.“The United Nations Development Program which is a key partner to the Liberian government has agreed to assign county technical advisors to each of the fifteen counties beginning so as to ease the burden of the county superintendents,” Minister Dukuly said.He joined Vice President Boakai by challenging the county superintendents to fulfil the goals of decentralization at their various counties.“Now, let’s leave here renewed in our spirits, inspired by the President’s charge and let’s fulfill the goals of decentralization and deconcentration in our fifteen counties,districts,chiefdoms,clans, towns and our villages,” Mr. Dukuly urged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 3 ministerial outreach greeted by protesters

first_imgAs Government continues its ministerial outreaches throughout the country, they continue to be marred with protest actions as was seen in the recent one held at the Leonora Synthetic Track, West Coast Demerara, on Sunday.At the event, which was attended by many, protesters called on the APNU/AFC Government to do a better job at fulfilling its mandate to the Guyanese people.Chief among the calls made was for the Government to find jobs for the 40 per cent of young people who are jobless. According to one protester, her daughter completed her studies at the University of Guyana almost a year ago and to date, has failed to gain meaningful employment.The outraged woman noted that it is a sickening situation, taking into account all of the money that was spent on fees and other expenses.“You know how long she deh home? Long she deh home, it wasn’t easy sending her but I made the sacrifice because [I] didn’t want to see her struggle like [me] and [so I] did and watch, same thing. She can’t find a work up to now, ow man, this Government needs to do much better than this,” the woman complained.Ganesh (only name given), another protester, claimed that he has been unemployed since 2017. The man, who presently sells fruit in the market on the weekends in order to maintain his new family, underscored that paying jobs in Guyana are hard to find.“You can find one one lil work but you barely getting money, watch me now got a lil son and I can’t find work to provide for it properly and it does grieve my heart that is why I had to try to start up something on my own. Is what really them people doing man?” Ganesh questioned.In the meanwhile, former Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who delivered the opening remarks, said that the outreach is part of Government’s mandate since it is outlined in Article 113 of the Constitution of Guyana.Harmon noted that the exercise is part of Government’s move to promote inclusion with the Guyanese people.“It [is] mandatory that the type of Government we practice is an inclusionary one. One which makes people feel that they are included in the decision-making in our country “Harmon said.According to the former Minister, following the first few outreaches held, his Government recognised that the initiative was an important one which needed to be continued as it not only brings the Government to the people but also provided a platform for Government to better serve the people.However, several booths were set up around the track but the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) booth attracted the largest turnout.A representative of the Authority revealed that Government will distribute hundreds of house lots in the region in the Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD), area.Speaking with a few of the persons at the booth, one woman relayed her frustration at having to wait since 2009 for a plot of land.“I’m waiting for years, since 2009, every time me go in to them, them does tell me that them ain’t find one yet. I just hoping to hear some kind of good work today man because it’s been long” the woman explained.Several others had the same complaint including one man who revealed that he has been waiting for the past 13 years.Meanwhile, hundreds of persons were given the opportunity to apply for their house lots on the spot.The Communities Ministry booth also saw a large turnout where Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan interacted with scores of residents as he attempted to address their concerns.Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr George Norton were some other Ministers who were at the outreach.last_img read more

Lawyer calls for Court to supervise enforcement of orders

first_imgFormer Attorney general Anil Nandlall, part of a battery of lawyers representing Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo…Opposition seeking order directing President, Cabinet to resignAhead of the July 12 hearing where the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hand down consequential orders in the No-Confidence Motion cases, lawyers for the various parties have submitted their proposals for what the Court should order.The CCJ had previously given each side until July 1, 2019, to make written submissions varying from 20 to 40 pages in length. Attorney Sanjeev Datadin, who represents former Alliance for Change Parliamentarian Charandass Persaud, in his submission asked that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be ordered to hold elections by September 18 – three months after the CCJ first ruled the Motion valid.Datadin included the advice given by GECOM Legal Adviser Excellence Dazzel that the commission should update the previous voters list to ensure they follow the law. He also warned that to ensure compliance, the Court would have to set strict timelines and oversee their implementation.“The orders that are made must be strict with time stipulated and this Court must exercise full supervision of its enforcement and implementation. This is the only way to protect the rule of law for the people of Guyana,” he said in his submissions.He added that the orders must reiterate to the Government that they are only a “caretaker Government” and restrict the opportunity for delay. “It is humbly submitted the Court must act to protect the rule of law in Guyana. It must not tolerate the delays and system of delays being sought by the Government and GECOM,” he also wrote.Opposition’s positionMeanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall made known on Tuesday evening during his live-streamed call-in programme, that one of the things the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) team is seeking is an order directing that President David Granger and his Cabinet resign, as they should have done in accordance with Article 106 (6 and 7).Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Nandlall explained that the PPP sought “liberty to apply”, which means that if the Government does not comply with the consequential Court orders, they can return to the CCJ to report them for disobeying Court orders.On the matter of the appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Nandlall added that his party will be seeking orders giving the President a few days to comply. He warned that the consequences for disobeying Court orders can lead to international sanctions against both individual ministers and the Government as a whole.The Government side has also confirmed that it made its submissions. It argued in its submissions that House-to-House registration was still necessary. Reports in sections of the media indicate that the Government is maintaining that the National Assembly extends its time in office.Such a resolution, which requires a two-thirds majority by law, has already been rejected by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. During a previous press conference, Jagdeo had pointed out that when the opposition was offering the chance for a parliamentary extension in keeping with the constitutional timeline, the Government was whiling away time in the judicial system.Attorney General Basil Williams, representing the stateAttorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, representing former AFC MP Charandass PersaudCCJ’s President, Justice Adrian Saunderslast_img read more

Messi rescues unbeaten Barca, Bale double propels Real

first_imgBarcelona had not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel looked to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory.But Messi came up trumps again and he celebrated his goal, a bending long-range strike into the bottom corner, by rushing to the jubilant coaching staff and substitutes on the touchline.“If you have Messi and he does not play, it is clear that it has a lot of importance,” coach Ernesto Valverde said.“He is a player that is decisive every time he touches the ball.”Barcelona have now gone 37 consecutive league games since losing to Malaga in April last year and stand one match away from equalling Real Sociedad’s record set in 1980.Messi had been left out of the starting line-up due to a hamstring complaint, with Valverde perhaps keeping one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Roma. Valverde expects him to be available at the Camp Nou.“Today as a precaution he has not started, but we think that on Wednesday he may be available,” Valverde said.“We will see how he reacts after today’s effort. But we think it will be fine.”Messi still made the decisive intervention even if Barca’s draw means Atletico Madrid can cut the gap at the top to nine points by beating Deportivo La Coruna at home on Sunday.“We do not see the league won,” Valverde said. “Hence the celebration of ours. We know the spirit of the team and the importance of getting a draw here at this moment.”Sevilla, meanwhile, are still 13 points adrift of the top four, havng played a game more than Valencia, and must recover in time for their own Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.They would have been deserving winners here and, in truth, could have been out of sight had Muriel and Vazquez finished any number of dangerous breaks in the second half.“We are all a little angry in the dressing room but football is like that,” Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella said. “When you have chances to score you have to score and we had many chances to close the game in the second half.”– Bale pushes case –Garteh Bale scores from the penalty spot during Real madrid’s 3-0 win over CD Las Palmas on March 31, 2018Earlier, Gareth Bale made a strong case for a starting spot against Juventus by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Las Palmas as Cristiano Ronaldo was rested.Bale’s double in Gran Canaria served as a timely reminder to coach Zinedine Zidane, with the trip to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals to come on Tuesday.Karim Benzema had doubled Real’s lead before half-time as Los Blancos moved just one point behind second-placed Atletico. Las Palmas stay 18th, seven points adrift of safety.The only worry for Zidane was the sight of Nacho hobbling off in the first half, with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.“Everything is positive except one thing, the injury of Nacho,” Zidane said. “He is not happy. It is a concern but hopefully only little and the rest is all good.”Bale opened the scoring with a trademark run and finish down the left before Benzema converted one penalty and then generously handed over a second, which the Welshman had earned himself.The question now is whether Zidane was suitably impressed to pick Bale in Italy.“We will see on Tuesday, I am happy for his performance,” Zidane said.Girona’s hopes of Europa League qualification took a knock after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Levante. Athletic Bilbao also drew 1-1 at home to Celta Vigo.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) celebrates a goal with Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the Spanish League football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on March 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Cristina QuiclerSEVILLE, Spain, Apr 1- Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla.Messi came off the bench with his team two goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later.last_img read more

Pogba evasive over Manchester United future

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in action during the 2018 FA Cup final © AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, May 21 – Paul Pogba has refused to rule out a move away from Manchester United, hinting at strains in his relationship with Jose Mourinho after a difficult season at Old Trafford.The £89 million France international has had a tricky second season back at United, being left out of the side or substituted early many times. On other occasions manager Mourinho has publicly questioned his contributions, while transfer talk refuses to die down.Asked by French television station Canal Plus if he would remain a United player, the 25-year-old declined to give a cast-iron commitment.“You can never be sure of anything,” he said. “But contractually, it’s sure, yes.“I can never look far into the future. It also depends how it goes with the club, how things work out.”Pogba also discussed his relationship with Mourinho, saying the pair did not have to have the perfect bond to work together professionally.“There were times where I wasn’t playing, I was on the bench,” he said. “There was a lot of talk, people thought it wasn’t working out, but a coach and a player don’t have to be best friends, we don’t have to go to restaurants together.“I had a few little problems too… football is sometimes all about the mental side. He put me on the bench and I gave my response on the pitch. I always give everything I’ve got.”And Pogba said being handed the captain’s armband in certain matches had helped him.“I was made captain by Mourinho, it was the first time for me with a club and that is important for me,” he said. “It also made me grow as a leader in the France team.”Pogba has been linked with a move to hometown club Paris Saint-Germain but said such a move did not hold special appeal.“I grew up with a father and a mother who were Marseille supporters,” he said. “Paris (PSG) was never really part of my daily life. But later on, yes why not play at the Parc des Princes? It’s a great pitch and a nice stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool: Mane at the double as Saints come back from two down

first_img Mane celebrates scoring the winner against Liverpool 1 Southampton pulled off a thrilling comeback from two goals down to take three Premier League points from Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium.Saints scored three times in the second half, including two late goals, to stun the visitors and gain some revenge for the 6-1 home defeat they suffered at the hands of the same opposition in the League Cup earlier in the season.The introduction of Sadio Mane in the second half turned the game on its head, with the Sengalese forward bagging a brace, while Graziano Pelle grabbed the equaliser.Liverpool would have overtaken Saints in the table with a victory, but as it stood at full-time the south coast club were sat in seventh on 47 points from 31 games played, with the Reds ninth on 44 from 29.It left both clubs clinging to the slim prospect of a top four finish, with Manchester City fourth on 51 points prior to their 4pm kick off against sixth-placed Manchester United.How Liverpool will rue letting slip a two-goal lead from a match they could have won comfortably, having opened the scoring through Philippe Coutinho on 17 minutes.Fresh from his decisive contribution against Manchester United in the Europa League, the Brazilian cut in from the left and curled a right-foot shot past Fraser Forster.Jurgen Klopp’s team appeared buoyant in attack and four minutes later Sturridge doubled the Reds lead.Receiving the ball from Divock Origi, on the right-hand side of the box and with Ryan Bertrand in attendance, the England striker worked the ball on to his left foot and finished with aplomb.It should have been 4-0 before half an hour was up, but Forster stuck out a leg to thwart Joe Allen in a one-on-one, and Sturridge wasted another good chance moments later.On 33 minutes Allen thought he had scored with a drilled shot that flew into the back of the net, but his strike was ruled out for offside, with Mamadou Skaho still loitering in the six-yard box following a corner.At half-time and lucky to only be 2-0 behind, Saints boss Ronald Koeman brought on Victor Wanyama and Mane for Jordie Clasie and Dusan Tadic, with Martin Skrtel replacing Dejan Lovren for Liverpool.Skrtel’s impact was immediate, but for all the wrong reasons as far as Liverpool were concerned.The Slovakian was penalised for a shirt pull on Pelle, but Simon Mignolet saved Mane’s spot-kick.‘SKRTEL’S INJURY WAS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO LIVERPOOL IN FIVE YEARS’ – READ WHAT LIVERPOOL FANS HAD TO SAY ABOUT SLOVAKIAN’S SUBSTITUTE APPEARANCE AT SOUTHAMPTONIt could have been a turning point, but Southampton began to crank up the pressure, and Mane made amends with Saints’ first on 64 minutes.Liverpool gave the ball away in midfield and Pelle played in Mane to fire past Mignolet. Suddenly it was game on.Klopp responded by taking off Sturridge and bringing on Christian Benteke, but the maligned Belgian striker missed a decent chance after 75 minutes, shooting wide from a promising position.Eight minutes later a fantastic strike from Pelle levelled matters and, with their tails up, Saints would soon be in front. A strange clearance from Mignolet was sent high but not far down the pitch and, from the ensuing melee Mane, applied the finishing touch to send Ronald Koeman charging down the touchline.European football could yet beckon for both of these clubs next season, and this result keeps the battle for qualification in the balance.last_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NOTES

first_imgFIXTURES.SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.Glenfin v Moville Sun 26th June. Semi FinalsAodh Ruadh v Four Masters,Termon v Glenfin/ Moville.13 a side. St. Eunans 7-7  Moville 2-10.Four Masters 3-8 Termon 0-5.JUNIOR  CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINALS.St Nauls 7-7   N. Brid /Pettigo 0-6.Killybegs 1-10  N.Padraig Lifford 2-5. Well done to our senior ladies in Brewster Park on Saturday when theyheld last yearsAll Irealand finalists to a draw but lost the match in extratime.Congratulations to the scorers Yvonne Mc Monagle (3-0),Geraldine Mc Laughlin (1-6),Niamh Hegarty(1-2),Roisin(Yankee )Friel (1-1),Niamh Mc Laughlin (0-1).I have no doubt but they willperform to their usual high standards inthe back door though they will miss the three who went to America forthe summer Karen Feeney, Deirdre Foley, and Eilish Ward.Geraldine andYvonne both suffered injuries early on which reduced their usual highstandard performances. Eamonn O’Boyle has done an excellent job sincehe took over from Michael Naughton at the beginning of the year.—Paddy CollGAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NOTES was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

‘Big’ series means so little

first_img Dodgers vs. Padres, battling six times in the final 23 games of the year with the division title on the line. The Dodgers have been talking about and waiting for Friday’s series opener against Padres for months. There it was, a perfect window into what might have been. A sad reminder of all the plans and hopes and work and expectations gone wildly astray. This was supposed to be the big showdown, the thrilling climax to an exciting pennant drive. When if finally came, it arrived with all the electricity of a game in late April. The big showdown turned the big letdown. Empty seats in the stands, uninspired play on the field, an unfinished sense to the season’s final month. So much waiting for so little. The Padres entered the weekend series with a seven-game lead over the Dodgers and Giants – despite being a lone game over .500. The Dodgers continue to believe this can still be done, leaving them either masters of rhetoric or really competitive little buggers. center_img This big series has arrived so deflated, so completely lacking in drama, so distant from what was expected, as to be almost unrecognizable. “I think we understand what the landscape is and the ramifications of the results of this series and how it pertains to the rest of our season,” said Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. To continue believing the division can be taken, shy of serious self-delusion, the Dodgers pretty much came in needing to sweep the three-game series. It’s a difficult and unwanted prospect that, before the game, Tracy tried his best to downplay. Not that he really had much choice. “Do you almost have to sweep the series?” he asked. `I’m focusing on the game we have to play tonight. “You take it from day to day and see what it looks like.” It looks like nothing but trouble. Like time to play taps, lower the flag and focus on next season. Somebody has to win the National League West and advance to the playoffs. It’s in the rules. If they stumble in with a losing record, they’ll just have to play with slightly red faces. “It’s been kind of quiet in our division,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “There hasn’t been a lot of talk.” Very little talk, and what there has been, has been unflattering. It’s not like it’s been an inspiring division, but then neither is it like any of the contenders have managed anything even resembling health at any point in the season. Bochy said there will be no apologies for winning the West, regardless of the record. “Everything that those guys (the Dodgers) have been through – that we’ve been through, the Giants – we’ve all just been riddled with injuries all year,” he said. “You do the best you can. Use your young players. “I don’t think any other division has gone through what this one has.” And none that limped in with such a morbid pennant race. Asked before Friday’s opener if this was remained a big showdown series, Tracy paused and took a long breath before answering. “It does from the standpoint, we’re obviously tied for second place,” he said. “The distance we have to reconcile before the season’s end is fairly significant. “The fact remains we have six games left with this team between now and the season’s end.” The fact remains the Dodgers are hovering around 14 games below .500. That they are so weakened offensively, that Tuesday night Tracy batted Jason Phillips (.239) in the cleanup spot and then pinch hit for him in the eighth. That in the opener of this big series, they went into the sixth inning before Jeff Kent mustered their first hit against Woody Williams. That when rookie D.J. Houlton gave up his first run on a homer to Ramon Hernandez in the fourth inning, the crowd booed. The crowds have continued to flock to Dodger Stadium, at least in the official count that totals tickets sold. The Dodgers lead the NL at 45,500 per game, though Friday’s would-be showdown left a stadium spotted with empty seats. The Padres, in just their second year at Petco Park, have averaged 35,300, though Bochy said it’s dropped late in the season. “We haven’t been drawing well,” he said. “We’re getting like 23,000. Everybody’s trying to put their finger on it. “Maybe they’re looking at the team and seeing it struggle. We had a matchup of (Roger) Clemens vs. (Jake) Peavy and didn’t sell out.” Not a lot has sold well in the NL West this season, including those big September series between the Dodgers and Padres. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Evolution: A Theory in Revision

first_imgEvolution is not so much a fact of nature that Darwin discovered, as it is a framework for interpreting evidence.  Within that framework are many subplots that can be overturned without falsifying the framework.  Here are some recent examples:Chicxulub loses impact:  We’ve seen the animations of a giant impact wiping out the dinosaurs.  The Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan was the smoking gun.  Gerta Keller of Princeton has been debunking that story in recent years (10/31/2007, bullet 7, and 10/24/2006).  She has a new paper out showing that the Chicxulub impact pre-dated the Cretaceous-Tertiary contact, which most geologists interpret as a mass extinction boundary, by as much as 300,000 years (see Astrobiology Magazine).  Science Daily titled this “New Blow Against Dinosaur-killing Asteroid Theory, Geologists Find.”  Even Live Science, trusting the impact theory for the extinction of the dinosaurs, noted that some dinosaurs survived the impact.  Some dinosaurs, noted Live Science, even thrived in the Arctic.Irreducible sexuality:  For decades, evolutionists have built their theories of human sexuality on the principle that males are promiscuous and females are choosy by nature.  Now, according to Dr. Gillian Brown (U of St Andrews), as reported by Science Daily, the picture is much more complex.  Brown’s studies of sexual selection dispute the promiscuous-male theory promulgated by Angus Bateman in 1948 in his study of fruit flies.  Live Science said, “In subsequent years, the fruit-fly finds were applied to other species, including humans.”  This was about the time the Kinsey studies on human sexuality were making waves in the culture.  Brown’s revision is still based in evolution, but shows that “human mating strategies are not likely to conform to a single universal pattern,” Science Daily said.Chevron bankruptcy:  Certain chevron-shaped patterns along coastlines are being reinterpreted.  Science Daily explains: “A persistent school of thought in recent years has held that so-called ‘chevrons,’ large U- or V-shaped formations found in some of the world’s coastal areas, are evidence of megatsunamis caused by asteroids or comets slamming into the ocean.  University of Washington geologist and tsunami expert Jody Bourgeois has a simple response: Nonsense.”  If this sounds intriguing, you can read the Science Daily article for the reasons.  The point here is that a common-sense interpretation that enjoyed popularity without serious challenge, is now being called nonsense: “the extraordinary claim of ‘chevron’ genesis by megatsunamis cannot withstand simple but rigorous testing,” Bourgeois and her colleague said.Stromatolite controversy:  Numerous documentaries have woven the pillar-like structures at Shark’s Bay, Australia, believed to be artifacts of microbial mats, into tales of the earliest life on earth.  Science Daily repeated the tale, but also pointed out that there is a lot of controversy surrounding that interpretation.  A conference in 2005 left the matter unsettled: “There was discussion as to whether their mushroom-like conical shapes could have formed on the young Earth either as a result of other types of organisms unknown today or in purely chemical ways.”  This would obviously bear on the interpretation of fossil stromatolites. The last article above also mentioned the Cambrian explosion as “Darwin’s Dilemma” and was entitled, “The Life That Escaped Darwin’s Notice.”  Despite upsets and reversals, Darwinism marches on.Darwin pulled a sneaky coup.  By making evolution a broad, all-encompassing framework instead of a scientific theory, he instituted a school of interpretation (the Great Society for Storytellers, 12/22/2003 commentary), immune from falsification.  Now, his disciples can chant “evolution is a fact” even when the facts militate against it.  We think facts should matter.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more