first_imgDuring her undergraduate years, Linden Pederson was dedicated to helping others appreciate the beauty of insects. She spent hours drawing insects or introducing the public to live insects as part of the University of Georgia Bug Dawgs Insect Zoo, but her senior project dwarfs those efforts.That’s because it’s huge.As her senior exit project, Pederson, who graduated from UGA in May with degrees in both entomology and scientific illustration, built a 25x scale model of a Megalodacne heros beetle.She spent her senior year sketching each detail of Megalodacne specimens in a classroom at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.“Joe McHugh (curator of arthropods at the Georgia Museum of Natural History) dissected the beetle for me so I could see how the different parts connected to one another,” she said. “It’s fairly large, as beetles go, but it’s still quite small, so I had to look at it under a microscope to get the details.”Pederson then used 3D sculpting and modeling software, ZBrush, that is typically used for video game design to create every anatomically correct detail. She printed those pieces of her model using large-format 3D printers.She had to mix both classical sculpting and illustration techniques and digital magic to achieve the level of accuracy she wanted.“Scanning an object or specimen and then creating a model is something that is in the forefront; something that’s emerging, but that’s not the equipment I had access to,” Pederson said. “So I said, ‘OK, I’m just going to have to do this the long way.’“It took a long time — I spent easily more than 300 hours just digitally sculpting it.”It then took her an additional 40 hours to assemble, paint and add the finishing touches.“She was so observant in her studies of actual specimens that her beetle model includes minute details like individual secretory pores and patches of tiny setae (hairs) on particular segments of the mouthparts,” said Joe McHugh, who has studied this species in the past. Pederson laughs now when she talks about wandering the aisles at Home Depot looking for the right kinds of paintbrushes to deconstruct to precisely mimic her beetle’s mouth hair, but it was important to her to get it right.“Linden’s beetle is so good; it could be correctly identified to species and sex from halfway down the hallway,” McHugh said.For those who want to test their insect identification skills, the model is now on display in the display case outside of the entomology department’s administrative offices.Pederson spent her postgraduation summer completing an internship at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in medical illustration at Augusta University.last_img read more

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Following the Trump Administration’s announcement of a rule released today allowing more employers to deny coverage for contraceptives, Governor Wolf called on the legislature to pass legislation requiring employers to cover contraceptives at no-cost to consumers as a preventive service.“This decision by the Trump Administration to take women’s birth control decisions out of their hands and put them into the hands of their employers is wrong,” Governor Wolf said. “This ill-thought-out decision hurts all women, and even worse, this contraceptive restriction disproportionately affects low-income women who may now not be able to afford this important medication. I am calling on Pennsylvania’s legislature to fix this.”“It is disappointing to see the continual attempts by our federal government to systematically roll back the rights of women in this country,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “Denying contraceptive coverage is more than just a women’s issue, it is a healthcare issue and it is a family issue. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women applauds Governor Wolf for his leadership and stands with him in calling for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pass legislation that respects the rights of the women who reside in this Commonwealth.”Pennsylvania will continue to provide family planning services, including birth control coverage, as required under Medicaid. On July 1, 2015, Pennsylvania expanded the State Plan option to require family planning and family planning-related services to men and women of all ages who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid if their income is at or below 215% of the Federal Poverty Limit and they are not pregnant. Individuals who may lose their commercial coverage of family planning services through the Trump Administration’s changes, may be eligible for these services under Medicaid.“Having Medicaid coverage as a possible parachute for some who may lose coverage is good, but we need to ensure no one who has coverage now loses it,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why I urge the legislature to introduce legislation that will maintain this vital preventive service for all Pennsylvanians.”The Pennsylvania Insurance Department estimates that more than 2.5 million women in Pennsylvania benefit from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. According to a 2015 study, women in the United States save roughly $1.4 billion annually on the birth control pill due to the mandate. It has also helped the country’s abortion rate reach a historic low.The Pennsylvania Employee Benefits Trust Fund, which administers health benefits for commonwealth employees, will also continue to offer birth control without a co-pay. October 09, 2017 Governor Wolf Calls on Legislature to Make Birth Control Coverage a Mandatecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgIMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 458; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 456; 3. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 425; 4. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 391; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 371; 6. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 340; 7. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 329; 8. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 314; 9. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 299; 10. Les Siebert, York, Neb., 256; 11. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 245; 12. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 244; 13. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 242; 14. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 214; 15. Denton Duncan, Ravenna, Neb., 211; 16. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 208; 17. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 206; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, and Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, both 205; 20. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 203. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 879; 2. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 805; 3. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 773; 4. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 724; 5. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 617; 6. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 616; 7. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 594; 8. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 535; 9. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 532; 10. Brian Schoenbaum, Killeen, Texas, 527; 11. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 509; 12. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 506; 13. Jade Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 502; 14. Oliver Monson, Humboldt, Iowa, 495; 15. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 479; 16. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 477; 17. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 475; 18. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 461; 19. Denny Berghahn Jr., Plattsmouth, Neb., 453; 20. Kody Crofutt, Dublin, Texas, 443. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 805; 2. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 760; 3. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 712; 4. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, 674; 5. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 673; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 634; 7. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 612; 8. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 606; 9. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 603; 10. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 595; 11. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 584; 12. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 580; 13. David Norquest, York, Neb., 563; 14. Braxton Berry, Colby, Kan., 561; 15. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 554; 16. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 541; 17. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 528; 18. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, 524; 19. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 518; 20. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 509. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,105; 2. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,056; 3. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 930; 4. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 916; 5. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 832; 6. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 828; 7. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 768; 8. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 714; 9. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 708; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 698; 11. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 677; 12. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 671; 13. William “Joey” McCullough, Phoenix, Ariz., 660; 14. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 653; 15. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 629; 16. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 576; 17. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Gene Henrie, Cedar City, Utah, both 570; 19. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 569; 20. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 555.  Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 1,094; 2. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 915; 3. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 855; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 835; 5. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., and Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., both 813; 7. David Jones, Chandler, Ariz., 780; 8. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 748; 9. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 747; 10. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 735; 11. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 686; 12. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 677; 13. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 658; 14. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., 648; 15. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 633; 16. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 625; 17. Jerry Miles, Bernard, Iowa, 611; 18. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 610; 19. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 596; 20. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 585.center_img IMCA Modifieds – 1. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,009; 2. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 955; 3. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 930; 4. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 892; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 878; 6. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 821; 7. Jeffrey Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 806; 8. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 770; 9. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 758; 10. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 676; 11. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 672; 12. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 655; 13. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 649; 14. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 628; 15. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 622; 16. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, and David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, both 621; 18. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 19. Beau Begnaud, Spring, Texas, 612; 20. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 603. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,037; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,023; 3. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 950; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 748; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 723; 6. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 572; 7. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 571; 8. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 496; 9. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 494; 10. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 480; 11. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 467; 12. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 419; 13. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 415; 14. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 406; 15. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 398; 16. Blaine Shives, Leonard, Texas, 381; 17. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 378; 18. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 377; 19. Brandon Geurin, Robinson, Texas, 376; 20. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak, Texas, 372. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 491; 2. Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa, 417; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 415; 4. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 378; 5. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 376; 6. Jonathon J. Jones (12J), Irvona, Pa., 372; 7. Ryan Lynn, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 371; 8. Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa., 363; 9. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., and Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas, both 362; 11. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 342; 12. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 335; 13. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 330; 14. Kyle Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 325; 15. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, 322; 16. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 315; 17. Michael Pombo, Easton, Calif., and Grant Champlin, Hanford, Calif., both 313; 19. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 312; 20. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., 308.last_img read more

first_img Close friends should not be separated but a par at the first extra hole saw Haydn McCullen pip his pal and England foursomes partner Bradley Moore to the Carris Trophy under threatening skies at Moor Park.The pair had finished on level-par 288 after a two-shot swing on the final hole then proceeded to the first again to decide a winner.Moore, who had returned a closing 71 with a birdie at the short 18th, was unlucky to see his approach on the 400-yard hole take a bad bounce and finish in sand close to the lip of a bunker.With little room to spare, he played a magnificent recovery only to miss his ten-foot par putt after McCullen’s birdie chance had shaved the cup from a similar distance.The pair had finished five strokes ahead of second round leader George Gardner, who closed with 74, and six clear of the fast-finishing Jamie Dick, another England boy cap, who returned 70.“Winning doesn’t feel as good as it should because it was against Bradley,” said McCullen (image © Leaderboard Photography). “We are close friends and foursomes partners for England. He also got unlucky on the playoff hole but I’m pleased to have won.“I’m only playing four boys events this year. I won the McEvoy Trophy, finished fifth with Bradley in the European Boys qualifying and now I’ve won the Carris. There is just the British Boys to come so I have a good record and hopefully this will get me picked for a few more things.”Moore, who had already finished second to McCullen in the McEvoy but was victorious in the Irish Boys a few weeks ago, was naturally disappointed not to complete the double but he was pleased with the way he had played.“I played well all week but so did Haydn and he deserved his win,” said Moore, who came home in 33 shots with that final hole birdie to force the playoff.“I knew a needed a birdie at the last to catch Haydn and I managed to make two by holing from about 20 feet. In the playoff, I had a nasty lie in the bunker and there were a few stones under my ball, but I managed to give myself a chance.”After play had been suspended for 90 minutes in the afternoon because of thunder and lightning, it was just as well that the playoff lasted just one hole with a storm threatening. But at least the rain did the course a power of good and took some of the bounce out of the ground.When play was suspended, McCullen was playing the ninth with a birdie chance which he missed, his putt lipping out. “I made a bad start to the round again,” he said.“I bogeyed two of the first three as I did yesterday and at the same holes. But I fought back well with a couple of birdies to be level par at the turn and would have won in normal time but for a bogey at the last where I hit too much club and my ball finished over the green.”McCullen, who started the day one behind Moore and found five birdies, added: “I went out just to hit the greens and hole a few putts. Conditions were a bit softer after the stoppage and you could attack the pins more. Overall it’s been a good week.”McCullen also collected the Malcolm Reid Trophy for the best aggregate from the McEvoy and Carris Trophies on five under, again pipping Moore, who finished on three under.The Hazard Salver for the best performance by a player aged under 16 on 1st January went to Malaysia’s Bryan Teoh Wiyang on 297, beating Ryan Cox from the Warley Park club in Essex by a shot. It certainly made his long journey worthwhile. 25 Jul 2014 McCullen pips his pal Bradley at first extra hole last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonWALL – For the veterans who are working to restore a Vietnam–era combat helicopter, the experience is bringing back strong emotions and memories.Carl Burns, veteran helicopter pilot and volunteer on the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation’s Huey project, holds the tail section cover, signed by all the volunteers, that will be part of the Huey when it is installed next May at thefoundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center in Holmdel.“You’re talking about a pretty intense part of my life,” said Ken Gurbisz, a former U.S. Army warrant officer who flew a similar helicopter in-country more than 40 years ago.Gurbisz was on hand Monday in a hangar with about 15 other veterans at Mon­mouth Executive Airport, Highway 34.The veterans, mostly from the Vietnam War – two served in Afghanistan – are working to restore a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, which is usually referred to as a “Huey.”They have been working since winter to put back into reasonable shape the helicopter that for them – and probably countless others – holds emotional significance.The type of helicopter is “not only a physical symbol of the Vietnam War,” said volunteer Carl Burns, but it is also “an emotional symbol.“The sights and the smells” of the craft have brought back all sorts of thoughts and feelings for those working on it, acknowledged Burns, a Manalapan resident who flew one as an Army captain in 1966-67.The volunteers “all had tears in our eyes,” when they first saw it, even though it was nothing but a hollowed shell at the time, Gurbisz said.A large group of Army veterans are volunteering their time to restore a deactivated Hueyhelicopter that served two tours in Vietnam. Sarah Hagarty (front) is the program director for the memorial foundation.In January, the New Jersey National Guard offered the helicopter to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation for its permanent display at the foundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center, located on the grounds of PNC Arts Center, Holmdel.The craft, which served two tours of duty in Vietnam, first from October 1966 through September 1967 when it was assigned to the 116th Assault Helicopter Company and then from November 1968 to February 1970 with the 25th Infantry Division. While with the 25th, it was located at Cu Chi, which was 30 miles northwest of Saigon, said Burns, who also served in that area with the 25th during his tour.The helicopter was seriously deteriorated.“You have to remember it sat in a field for 20 years,” at Fort Dix, Gurbisz said. “We had many bird’s nests and hornet’s nests to get rid of.”The volunteers all have connections to this style of aircraft. That “has been great, because they know how to work on them or know how to fly them,” said Sarah Hagarty, program director for the memorial foundation.So far the group, which meets every week at the airport hangar to work on the project, has spent a collective 1,500 hours to restore it, Hagarty said.Volunteers restoring a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, commonly known as a Huey, clean it in a hangar at Monmouth Executive Airport.The project began with removing the Desert Storm-era tan camouflage, to restore it to its original olive drab exterior. “That was a lot of sanding,” Gurbisz said. After­ward, the work has been cleaning and refurbishing to make the interior presentable for what will be an authentic, fixed display for visitors, especially for the school-age children, who visit the memorial and museum.The group has been collecting spare parts from wherever it can get them, Hagarty and Gurbisz said.It looks as though there will be enough parts to sufficiently restore the craft’s cockpit to allow visitors to sit in it. The volunteers hope to be able to raise enough money to restore it and have it ready for an unveiling on May 7, 2014, which is the state Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day. The group also hopes to also be able to afford to install a simulator in the cockpit to give visitors a realistic appreciation of what it was like to fly in such an aircraft.“It’s a pretty tall order,” Hagarty said about the work that needs to be done.While the project has received some support with organizations and individuals contributing funds and parts, the overall project will cost between $150,000-$200,000, according to Hagarty.This week the museum is beginning its KickStarter campaign to assist in fundraising efforts for the project’s completion.For these guys – the group of volunteers is all male – this is an important project in terms of the nation’s history and their own.“When I first saw this, it was a ton of flashbacks,” Gurbisz said. “I was one of those 20-year-old warrant officers” assigned to Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, flying Hueys on rescue and recovery missions.Burns, who authored the memoir Centaurs in Vietnam: Untold Stories of the First Year, remembered how he was flying a Huey during his tour of Vietnam when he, his crew and the craft started taking on enemy fire.“They were in their spider holes firing – ping, ping, ping,” went the shots as it hit the helicopter shell, Burns said, noting his crew was operating the helicopter’s machine guns, strafing the area. Enemy fire then caught the tail rudder and the craft began twisting, eventually crashing in a rice paddy. Thankfully, he and the four-member crew all survived, he said.There were about 3,000 of these helicopters at any given time operating in Vietnam, playing a vital role in that conflict, Gurbisz said. There were a total of roughly 14,000 in use over the course of the war of which about 6,000 didn’t make it out, Burns said.“I left one there,” he said.Young visitors to the museum will “get a sense of the war,” and its significance from the site’s multimedia presentations and existing displays. “But, they don’t really understand the role of the helicopter, the magnitude of it,” Gurbisz. “It brought guys in. It carried them out. It brought supplies” and transported the wounded during its active combat role, Burns said. “It brought them beer,” he said with a slight smile.“It was part of you,” for that time in their lives, Burns said.For more information about the project, visit www.njvvmf.org.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Machowsky3786422%49%$297,106 Vladimir Cerin4696620%46%$341,424 (Current Through Saturday, March 26) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Garcia12418131315%35%$1,046,229 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Kent Desormeaux12419252215%53%$1,596,495 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Agapito Delgadillo961311914%34%$374,777 David Lopez16624142114%36%$743,416 -30- Carla Gaines5386315%32%$647,700 Steven Miyadi6813131019%53%$398,147 Joseph Talamo23429262612%35%$1,974,869 Alonso Quinonez866967%24%$306,730 Drayden Van Dyke16316162610%36%$1,001,672 William Spawr41106424%49%$279,732 Edwin Maldonado18039171822%41%$1,227,090 Rafael Bejarano27865552923%54%$3,050,147 J. Keith Desormeaux48861017%50%$351,629 Victor Espinoza871110813%33%$848,350 Mario Gutierrez17420312311%43%$1,246,549 Peter Eurton9215221216%53%$1,055,532 Tiago Pereira10861186%23%$437,783 Mike Smith951191712%39%$1,642,810center_img Brice Blanc5966810%34%$524,950 Brayan Pena7045126%30%$164,690 Stewart Elliott3843311%26%$177,915 TOKYO CITY CUP DISTANCE SUITS CHINA DOLL LOVERChina Doll Lover tackles a mile and a half for the first time when he runs in next Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup for older horses. He has a lot of company.The distance is rarely run in the United States, especially on dirt, but trainer Dan Hendricks feels it will be right in the wheel house for the six-year-old gelded son of Lawyer Ron. “His works have been great. It seems a mile and a half will be better for him,” Hendricks said.FINISH LINES: Turf marathon specialist Big John B, seventh in the grassy San Luis Rey Stakes March 13 after a wide trip, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:14.20. Trainer Phil D’Amato has the seven-year-old Hard Spun gelding nominated to next Sunday’s Tokyo City Cup at a mile and a half on dirt . . . Early probables for next Saturday’s Grade III San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about six and a half furlongs on turf are Guns Loaded, Rafael Bejarano; No Silent, Gary Stevens; and Producer, Drayden Van Dyke . . .Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White relates that California Chrome spotted runner-up Mubtaahij “about nine lengths” in winning yesterday’s Dubai World Cup . . . Santa Anita will host Christine A. Moore for a Trunk Show on Saturday, April 9, at Champions Gift Shop where her Spring 2016 Collection will be showcased. Fans are invited to see a great selection of women’s and men’s styles. Tyler Baze26025403810%40%$1,393,751 Jerry Hollendorfer13522141516%38%$1,642,826 Doug O’Neill18129272616%45%$1,470,358 Bob Baffert9921161721%55%$1,570,285 Richard Baltas11219191417%46%$1,242,329 Mike Puype79812510%32%$369,930 Peter Miller12614122011%37%$629,960 ESPINOZA TOURS DUBAI AFTER SPARKLING CHROME ROMPDESORMEAUX SEEKS BETTER FINISH IN SANTA ANITA DERBYHENDRICKS LIKES MARATHON DISTANCE OF TOKYO CITY CUPSANTA ANITA WELCOMES ESPINOZA ON THURSDAYVictor Espinoza had more reason than usual to smile yesterday after guiding California Chrome to an eventful yet facile victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, worth $6 million to the winner and making the five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit North America’s all-time leading earner with $12,532,650.“I spoke to Victor about midnight our time last night,” said his agent, Brian Beach, Sunday morning. “He’s staying in Dubai for a couple days because he’s never had a chance to see the sights, but he’ll be back at Santa Anita in time to ride on Thursday.”Espinoza is named on Lynne’s Legacy for trainer Jim Cassidy in the second race and El Huerfano in the fourth for trainer Peter Miller.Espinoza, who turns 44 on May 23, two weeks after the Kentucky Derby on May 7, won the World Cup despite a wide trip and having the saddle slip, never losing his cool and winning on cruise control by 3 3/4 lengths.“It was an impressive win,” Beach said, “but I was talking with Alan (Sherman, son of and assistant to California Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman) every once in a while since he’s been over there, and he kept telling me, ‘This horse is doing better than at any point they’ve ever had him, better than his three-year-old year (2014).’ They were expecting a big effort.”“Chrome,” who made his 5-year-old debut in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes here on Jan. 9, winning by 1 ¼ lengths, will be flown from Dubai to Chicago, where he’ll then be vanned to Kentucky.The long-range agenda for California Chrome’s future races would likely culminate with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, but first things first.“They want to get him back to Taylor Made (Farm in Kentucky) and spend some time there before making plans,” Beach said. Taylor Made and Perry Martin own California Chrome.Meanwhile, Espinoza, the transnational tourist, is laughing all the way to the bank, although the self-proclaimed “happy Mexican” doesn’t need a vault of dinero to appease him.Espinoza’s cut of the $6 million winner’s share is $600,000.“Victor has a smile on his face 24-7,” Beach said.Any wonder? John Sadler831310816%37%$828,594 George Papaprodromou5295617%38%$292,010 Kristin Mulhall50117322%42%$402,645 Ron Ellis3292328%44%$229,050 Mark Glatt971012910%32%$496,460 Abel Lezcano757459%21%$526,844 Gary Stevens6312111019%52%$1,589,898 Philip D’Amato13327212320%53%$1,468,565 Martin Pedroza1001310713%30%$359,495 Fernando Perez17417202310%34%$909,362 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won TRAINER WANTS BIG FINISH FROM EXAGGERATORThe jury is still out on Exaggerator for the $1 million, mile and an eighth Santa Anita Derby on April 9, at least in the mind of trainer Keith Desormeaux.The trainer has little doubt about the colt’s ability, but the question lingers on why he didn’t finish after making a bold move on the far turn in the San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles March 12. The son of Curlin was beaten 2 ¾ lengths despite trouble in the race.“I don’t have any complaints about how the San Felipe set up,” Desormeaux said about Exaggerator’s third-place finish behind front-running Danzing Candy and closer Mor Spirit. “He ran a decent middle quarter to make up the distance that he was from off the pace, and he should be able to do that.“The horse is very talented, yet I still can’t explain why he didn’t finish better. Even if there’s more speed in the Santa Anita Derby, it doesn’t matter to me. The way my horse ran last time, I hope he does the same thing, except for the finish.“I can’t explain why he didn’t finish.”Probable for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby: Danzing Candy, Mike Smith; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux; Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza; Iron Rob, Stewart Elliott; and Denman’s Call, Rafael Bejarano.last_img read more

first_imgAsk a Darwinian how humans evolved language, and you are likely to hear gibberish.Language—real, syntactically-rich, grammatical, semantically-meaningful language—is one of the most distinctive traits of human beings. Evolutionists have long struggled to explain how and when this beneficial trait emerged in the human population. Other animals communicate, but they don’t ponder abstract concepts beyond the need for procreation or protection. One scientist is not even sure that humpback whales use their famous songs for anything beyond sonar (Science Daily). Animal signaling can bring pleasure, social cohesion, or stress relief, but human language is different. How did it evolve? Evolutionists don’t even know what they thought they knew, our first news item says.Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved (Nature). Evolutionists got all excited in 2002 when one team found that mutations to a gene called FOXP2 disrupted speaking in humans. It appeared at the time, also, that the great apes lacked the particular human form of this gene. Was a mutation in FOXP2 the long-lost key to the evolution of language? No; it wasn’t. “Research casts doubt on the idea that the FOXP2 gene — linked to language evolution — is special to modern humans,” writes Matthew Warren in Nature this week. Warren recalls how evolutionists boasted about the discovery for years, only to backtrack now:The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so beneficial that they raced through ancient human populations. But an analysis now suggests that this gene, FOXP2, did not undergo changes in Homo sapiens’ recent history after all — and that previous findings might simply have been false signals.“The situation’s a lot more complicated than the very clean story that has been making it into textbooks all this time,” says Elizabeth Atkinson, a population geneticist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a co-author of the paper, which was published on 2 August in Cell1.Originally discovered in a family who had a history of profound speech and language disorders, FOXP2 was the first gene found to be involved in language production. Later research touted its importance to the evolution of human language.Now, it appears that the human version of FOXP2 is older than expected. A re-analysis also shows that the scientists behind the 2002 study did shoddy work. Crack this “solution” up to careless, fake science. Evolutionists feel silly about it now. “Language is complicated, and was never going to be explained by a single mutation in modern humans,” one remarked. Oh, that readers between 2002 and 2018 could have known “the rest of the story” that was yet to come. See also Science Daily‘s account of this humiliating retraction.The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language (PNAS). These four evolutionists think that study of linguistic changes over merely two centuries can inform studies of human evolution! They looked at English and Spanish books for clues. What can that possibly say about how humans acquired language in the first place? Very little. In fact, they end up restricting the implications of their study significantly in the ending discussion, and defer other conclusions to “future work.” And yet they use the word evolution copiously, overlooking the obvious contributions of the human mind and choice in the processes of change. That is not Darwinian evolution. The e-word in this paper gives a false impression that evolutionary theory can somehow shed light on the origin of this most unique human capability.Did kindness prime our species for language? (Science Magazine). Two evolutionists look to Bengalese finches for clues to how humans learned to speak. Prepare for a just-so story that started with Darwin:All this makes the domesticated and wild birds a perfect natural experiment to help explore an upstart proposal about human evolution: that the building blocks of language are a byproduct of brain alterations that arose when natural selection favored cooperation among early humans. According to this hypothesis, skills such as learning complex calls, combining vocalizations, and simply knowing when another creature wants to communicate all came about as a consequence of pro-social traits like kindness. If so, domesticated animals, which are bred to be good-natured, might exhibit such communication skills too.The idea is rooted in a much older one: that humans tamed themselves. This self-domestication hypothesis, which got its start with Charles Darwin, says that when early humans started to prefer cooperative friends and mates to aggressive ones, they essentially domesticated themselves (Science, 24 October 2014, p. 405). Along with tameness came evolutionary changes seen in other domesticated mammals—smoother brows, shorter faces, and more feminized features—thanks in part to lower levels of circulating androgens (such as testosterone) that tend to promote aggression.You can ignore most of this speculative storytelling, because Michael Erard and Catherine Matacic take most of it back in the last paragraph. They can’t connect genes to changes in communication in the birds, for one thing, and end with a caution about misinterpreting the data: “Tomasello also cautions against trying to explain human language solely from animal models.” None of the fact-free stories in the article have anything to do with semantics, anyway. It’s all about vocalization without meaning. If this just-so story is to believed, clownfish should have written sea anemone dictionaries by now, and microbes in bacterial films should be holding science conferences together.Like so many Darwinian explanations, this one is self-refuting. The evolutionary scientists are using language to say that language arose by chance, without meaning. It only served a purpose so that species could propagate themselves. We can conclude, therefore, that all these scientists really just have sex on their mind. They don’t “mean” anything they say.The harm that Charlie did to science and the world is nearly incalculable. World empires fought genocidal wars over his notions. Science entered the era of Just-So Storytelling. And Darwinians cast out of the Darwin Castle the true scientists who respect empiricism, who employ necessary and sufficient causes—like intelligence—for phenomena bearing hallmarks of design, instead of endlessly appealing to the Stuff Happens Law. Darwin bigots continue to punish anyone who criticizes the Bearded Buddha. This idol must be toppled before it causes even more harm with its amoral, fitness-centric outlook. (Visited 489 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. … Gordon Hayward had 13 points.HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.HEAT 117, WIZARDS 115Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.WIZARDS: Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three. WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions “The big key is I want him feeling fresh, peaking by Game 1,” Spoelstra said. “He’s in great shape, great spirits and we’ll just keep moving forward.”Dragic, Miami’s leading scorer last season at just over 20 points per game, expects to be full-go when Miami’s regular season starts Wednesday in Orlando. He said Spoelstra recognized how much the European title run — the emotional toll if nothing else — took out of him.“I always want to practice and play,” Dragic said. “But sometimes your body or your head doesn’t allow you to do that. He’s good at reading players. He knows what you need. Maybe he saw something that probably was not hard to see. So I crashed a little bit, came back and now it’s on to a new goal here in Miami.”A look at Wednesday’s preseason games:CELTICS 108, HORNETS 100ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary HEAT: Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters also got the night off to rest. … Mickey’s 3-pointer was the third lead change in the final 36 seconds. … The Heat had 78 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) visits New York on Friday. Miami (3-2) plays Philadelphia in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.76ERS 133, NETS 114Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.76ERS: J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge. … No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz didn’t play.NETS: Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.UP NEXT: Philadelphia (1-3) meets Miami in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Brooklyn (3-1) opens the regular season Oct. 18 at Indiana.ROCKETS 101, GRIZZLIES 89James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I’m OK. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I’m hungry again for basketball. That’s what we want to achieve and that’s the feeling we want for that first game.”Dragic hasn’t officially been ruled out for Miami’s preseason finale in Kansas City on Friday against Philadelphia, but he isn’t likely to play. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Miami Heat’s Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over Washington Wizards’ Tim Frazier (8) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI  — Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.ADVERTISEMENT Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.ROCKETS: Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. … The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.GRIZZLIES: Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points. … Mike Conley, on his 30th birthday, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.UP NEXT: Houston (4-0) hosts San Antonio on Friday. Memphis (2-2) hosts New Orleans on Friday.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, SUNS 104Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.TRAIL BLAZERS: Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. … Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.SUNS: Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. … Eric Bledsoe missed all eight of his shots. … Phoenix had 40 points in the second and third quarters combined, then scored 43 in the fourth.UP NEXT: Portland (4-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Friday. Phoenix (1-3) hosts the Brisbane Bullets on Friday. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I won’t be someone who scores and will just be quiet, if you can say ‘yehey’ at the very least then, go for it and we’re not a team known for holding back.”Cheng, who’s in her first game as the Lady Spikers’ captain, not only dictated the emotion of her team but also led their offense with 13 points to get the win in their first game of the season.And as the team’s leader, Cheng said she had to inject some spark in her team and become the starting point of emotions.“There should be someone out there to initiate, be the spark, and when that happens everyone will follow,” said Cheng.“So whenever I score a point, I will shout ‘yehey’ or something like that. We have to do that because when there’s no one doing that then who’ll lead my teammates?”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Any matchup between Ateneo and De La Salle in the UAAP is always sure to turn the intensity and ante up a notch.What started out as a rivalry in basketball, the rivalry has also spilled to other sports none more so than volleyball with the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers meeting in the title round for six straight years from 2012 to 2017.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ateneo may have failed to enter the title round in 2018, but the matchup between the Lady Eagles and La Salle always bring out a few memories here and there and that was what happened when the two teams met Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Defending champion De La Salle trumped the Lady Eagles in four sets, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, and Desiree Cheng had herself a moment in the second set when she taunted Kat Tolentino after an emphatic block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCheng said she just celebrated her denial that gave the Lady Spikers a 22-16 lead at that point, and that she’s never a cocky player whatsoever.“It’s Ateneo-La Salle so there’s always a rivalry even if people say there isn’t,” said Cheng in Filipino. “It’s hard to get points so before the start of the game I told my self ‘I will celebrate every point we get.’” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more