As Kalyn Paque entered her senior season this spring, she hadn’t thrown a pitch in a competitive game since transferring from Southwestern Community College to Humboldt State.Even then, she had been one of head coach Shell Sarchett’s most versatile players, playing both infield and outfield a season ago.The versatility didn’t change in 2017. But with the graduation of Katie Obbema, Paque returned to the circle and subsequently proved to be one of the conference’s best two-way threats.Paque …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceA’s rising star third baseman Matt Chapman, who battled nagging hand discomfort during the season, had surgery on his left thumb, the team announced Thursday.Chapman underwent a successful surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday as Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar-sided sesamoid bone excision along the thumb at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The A’s said Shin was pleased with the surgery and said …
Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. by Dr Jerry BergmanFor over a century, Neanderthals were considered the evolutionary ancestors of modern humans. The leading biology textbooks pictured Neanderthals as the missing link between apes and modern man.1 These misleading illustrations no doubt convinced many thousands to accept human evolution.Early textbook portrays Neanderthal man in between Java man, now shown to be a forgery, and modern man. From Benjamin Gruenberg. 1924. Elementary Biology. Boston: Ginn. P. 495.Put a suit on a Neanderthal and most people wouldn’t notice the difference.The latest evidence that Neanderthals are fully modern humans, and simply another ethnic group, is a study of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The mtDNA is the DNA in organelles found in most every cell that converts food calories into energy in the form of ATP for cellular use. The researchers sequenced the mtDNA from a Neanderthal femur, found in a cave, that scientists claim lived about 100,000 years ago in southwest Germany.2 They found that this type of DNA, which is inherited only from the mother, closely resembled that of early modern humans. Unfortunately, the researchers, in an attempt to cling to their Darwinian story, wildly speculate thestartling conclusion: A female member of the lineage that gave rise to Homo sapiens in Africa mated with a Neandertal male more than 220,000 years ago—much earlier than other known encounters between the two groups. Her children spread her genetic legacy through the Neandertal lineage, and in time her African mtDNA completely replaced the ancestral Neandertal mtDNA.3BBC special makes Neanderthals look primitive, stupid, and dirty.These findings were so radical that critics wrote “it will take more than one genome to prove. It’s a nice story that solves a cool mystery—how did Neandertals end up with mtDNA more like that of modern humans.” The researchers suggested nuclear DNA from Neandertals and another race called the Denisovans, an extinct subspecies of human in the genus Homo, were close kin. The researchers also speculate that their lineage split from ours more than 600,000 years ago.Early textbook places Neanderthals between Java man (now known to be a hoax) and modern man. From Benjamin Gruenberg. 1924. Elementary Biology. Boston: Ginn. p. 493.The problem with these DNA studies is that DNA is not a stable molecule, and in the cell body it has to be constantly maintained and repaired or it rapidly deteriorates. When the animal is no longer alive, DNA is no longer being repaired, thus breaks apart. Furthermore, it requires what is called a clean lab (an enormously expensive system, thus rarely used, to insure very little contamination occurs) to reduce contamination. A problem is that often modern DNA gets into the DNA sequenced in the lab. People have both DNA and DNAase (the enzyme that chops up DNA) on their skin and even in their breath, thus contamination is a major problem.Having worked in a research lab sequencing DNA, I can relate to these problems and the difficulty of reducing them. This could be one reason why “the Neandertal mtDNA from these samples posed a mystery: It was not like Denisovans’ and was closely related to that of modern humans—a pattern at odds with the ancient, 600,000-year divergence date.”4Artists have long portrayed Neanderthals as brutes, but click to read Phys.org revision.Nonetheless, we have much other evidence proving that the Neanderthals were just another family of humans, and the mtDNA study gives credibility to the conclusion that Neanderthal mtDNA, which is inherited only from the mother, closely resembled that of early modern humans.1. Gibbons. Ann. 2017. Neandertals and modern humans started mating early Science. Jul. 4.2. Posth, Cosimo. 2017. Deeply divergent archaic mitochondrial genome provides lower time boundary for African gene flow into Neanderthals. Nature Communications. | 8:16046 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16046 | www.nature.com/naturecommunications.3. Gibbons, 2017.4. Gibbons, 2017. Dr Bergman’s latest book has just been released today: Fossil Forensics: Separating Fact from Fantasy in Paleontology. Order now… available in print and Kindle editions. Here are some endorsements:[Fossil Forensics] by Professor Jerry Bergman is an absolutely extraordinary book of 20 chapters. I have had the great privilege and honor of proofreading books for him for many years now. This book, in particular, I believe will be important evidence in helping to deal the death blow to evolution’s use of the fossil record to advance their theory of the evolution of simple molecules-to-man fairy tale. I predict it will be a best-seller, and profoundly impact this and future generations. —Bryce Gaudian, Development Manager for Agilis CorporationAs a biology researcher who has published in the peer reviewed scientific literature, and also a lifetime college biology professor for 40 years, I am pleased to state that, as I read the draft of the manuscript of this book, I was so intrigued that, when finishing each chapter, I eagerly looked forward to the next fascinating chapter! I co-wrote chapter on turtles with Dr. Bergman, an area I have publisher numerous peer reviewed articles on, and completed a PhD on this topic as well. —Professor Wayne Frair, PhD (Visited 1,900 times, 1 visits today)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains last week once again kept farmers out of fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12th. Continued rains last week halted fieldwork, and farmers are getting more anxious about the state of their crops. Wheat and hay are over-mature in some areas, and some field crops have ponded areas as well as extensive yellowing. Berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary but all other producers are extremely concerned. Wheat is ready to be harvested but the overly saturated fields are making it nearly impossible. Elevated scab, vomitoxin, and sprouting levels have been reported. Livestock producers are reporting very muddy pastures, causing joint stress on animals, as well as damage to the fields. Hay quality has plummeted, dry weather and sunshine are needed so farmers can bale dry hay.current_oh 713
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temperatures were about 8 degrees above normal for the week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 14. Fields were still soft, but operators were able to spray weeds, spread manure, and apply top-dressings to fields before rain fell Sunday. Fruit trees were beginning to bud and winter damage assessments were being made. Cold season vegetables were reportedly going into the ground as soil temperatures began to increase. Oats were planted at a quick pace compared to the 5-year average while weather conditions allowed. Winter wheat continued to green up. Conditions improved slightly with 33 percent of wheat rated good to excellent condition.Click here to read the full report
The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANiS), founded by the late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, has sought the intervention of the State government after yet another case of a forced ‘virginity test’ on a newly married woman came to light on Thursday.The couple hailing from well-to-do families were allegedly subjected to the humiliating “rite” by the Kanjarbhat caste panchayat after their marriage in the city’s Mundhwa area on December 30. The issue was raised by the ANiS and a State government officer, Krushna Indrekar, who belongs to the Kanjarbhat community. Mr. Indrekar has sent an e-mail to Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil in this regard.“The groom was the son of a former corporator, who returned after his studies in London; while the bride was an interior designer and daughter of a retired government official. It is shocking how such regressive practices continue,” said Nandini Jadhav of the ANiS.The ANiS has already apprised Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole of the matter while submitting a letter detailing the “humiliating practices that continue in the name of customs and traditions.” Mr. Badole has promised prompt action.Ms. Jadhav said the main deterrent in booking illicit caste tribunals was the absence of a formal complaint from the victims or their kin.Meanwhile, Ganesh Machhare, a Kanjarbhat community leader, strongly refuted the allegation. Mr. Machhare claimed that the activists had no proof showing that a virginity test was conducted by the caste tribunal.The practice of the bridal ‘virginity test’ is rife within the Kanjarbhat community and is forcibly imposed by illegal caste tribunals. A newly married couple is generally taken to a hotel room and the groom is given a white bedsheet and asked to use it during consummation. If the groom displays a bedsheet with blood stains, the bride has ‘passed’ the test. If the bedsheet has no blood stains, the bride is accused by the tribunal of having had physical relationships in the past.In January last year, three youths from the community were beaten up by members of the caste panchayat in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area for voicing opposition to the archaic practice.
King of the Social NetworkMessage maniaModi has over four million followers. His tweet posted after BJP’s poll victory was retweeted over 70,000 times, a record for any Indian Twitter post. Selfie CzarNaMo courted controversy with his post-voting selfie, but redeemed himself by clicking a picture with his mother after his,King of the Social NetworkMessage maniaModi has over four million followers. His tweet posted after BJP’s poll victory was retweeted over 70,000 times, a record for any Indian Twitter post.Selfie CzarNaMo courted controversy with his post-voting selfie, but redeemed himself by clicking a picture with his mother after his poll victory.Here’s what makes Narendra Modi the most social media-savvy Indian leaderVictory Wall Modi’s website has a wall where any message with the hashtag #CongratsNaMo will be preserved forever.Facebook Fan clubWith over 15 million likes on his page, each of Modi’s posts gets a minimum of 100,000 likes.Social media’s reactions to the election resultsTop topics of discussion on TwitterNarendra Modi 722,910*BJP 322,596AAP 118,717Rahul Gandhi 47,054Varanasi 21,018From the first day of polling till now, Facebook ‘likes’ for leaders have increased. These are the top 5 politicos. Narendra Modi*Then 12,464,583Now 14,316,374Arvind KejriwalThen 5,024,162Now 5,434,351Kumar VishwasThen 2,060,566Now 2,152,542Vasundhara RajeThen 1,868,237Now 2,089,666Rajnath SinghThen 1,348,035Now 1,594,507Wurst of Both Worlds Conchita Wurst inspired the Web world with her confidence after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in a beard. Sporting high heels and butterfly eyelashes, the transgender became Austria’s first Eurovision winner since 1966.Parody PowerThe hashtag #RushdieExplainsIndia became one of Twitter’s trending topics on May 18. It now has its own account @RushdieExplains, featuring parody tweets that poke fun at the author’s tendency to drop names of celebrities in his tweets. Here’s an example: “It really was you Salman,” said Tina Brown about the Congress rout, “you wrote the Nehru-Gandhis into oblivion.”Save the Girlsadvertisement#BringBackOurGirls is a campaign started by Nigerian lawyer Ibrahim M. Abdullahi after militant organisation Boko Haram kidnapped 300 schoolgirls on April 14. The hashtag gained popularity after US First Lady Michelle Obama posted a photo in its support on Instagram.Top of the LotMaleficent Free Fall is Disney’s latest mobile game based on the forthcoming film Maleficent .Nuzzel is a social news service that recommends articles based on what your social media connections are reading and sharing.Dad’s Not the WayDad’s Not the Way A Delhi student, Prateek Verma, got beaten up by his father for playing a prank, announcing that his girlfriend is pregnant. The father stopped only when the teen told him that it was a prank and they were on camera. The video has got over a million views on YouTube.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes consistency is key if they are to mount a challenge for the Premier League titleFollowing Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Everton, Spurs are now just two points shy of second-placed Manchester City with leaders Liverpool a further four points ahead.Pochettino’s side have won seven of their last eight league games and will be keen to extend that run in today’s showdown against Bournemouth.But Pochettino admits they must keep up this form for the second half of the season in order to challenge for top spot.“Two seasons ago when we were fighting with Leicester we went to the end but the gap was so big” said Pochettino, according to Belfast Telegraph.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game.“We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.“Being involved in four competitions will be tough but are going to try.”The Spurs-Bournemouth game will begin at 16:00 (CET) at Wembley.
Modern Luxury has tapped Lynn Scotti as group publisher of Beach, The Hamptons and Manhattan magazines. She will be replacing Debra Halpert who recently announced her departure from the company in order to establish a marketing firm, Monroe East Consulting. This hire follows Modern Luxury’s other major masthead change with the resignation of Samantha Yanks, former editor-in-chief of Hamptons and Gotham magazines.Emily Cooke, currently deputy editor at Harper’s, is moving over to The New Republic to become the magazine’s editorial director, reporting to editor J.J. Gould. It’s a newly created role, in which Cooke will oversee day-to-day editorial operations and expand TNR‘s coverage of culture, tech, and business.“Emily’s an unusual talent and perfect for TNR,” said Gould in a statement. “She’s an experienced, deft manager with a capacious mind and a creative spirit. We’re really lucky to be able to welcome her as a colleague.” Galerie magazine has appointed a new editor-in-chief, Jacqueline Terrebonne, who was formerly the design editor for the brand since the magazine’s launch in 2016, and prior to that held the role of design projects editor at Architectural Digest. Terrebonne will be replacing Margaret Russell, who is leaving the post that she took on in 2017, in order to pursue other projects and positions in the design industry, including her role as honorary dean at Savannah College of Art and Design.Other hires for the brand include the appointment of Jennifer Ash Rudick to editor-at-large, who has written for Forbes, WWD, W magazine, Town & Country, and Veranda and is also the producer of the emmy-nominated documentary IRIS, and Rozalia Jovanovic, who will take on the role of digital director. Jovanovic was previously editor-in-chief of artnet News. In Jovanovic’s new position, she will work closely with Terrebonne and oversee the strategy and develop content to drive engagement across Galerie’s digital and social channels.National Public Radio’s Timothy “Timmhotep” Cornwall was tapped as Pitchfork’s newest senior editor where he will focus on expanding the site’s hip-hop coverage including assigning and editing stories, and writing features, opinion pieces and reviews. He will report to managing editor Matthew Schnipper.Timmhotep brings to his new role an extensive background in music reporting, most recently serving as an associate producer and editor for NPR where he led NPR Music’s hip-hop and R&B coverage, as well as produced and appeared on episodes of All Songs Considered.SHAPE has appointed Jen Widerstrom as its newest contributing fitness director, expanding her former role and responsibilities as a SHAPE Advisory Board member. Serving as a brand ambassador and fitness expert across SHAPE’s print, digital, social and experiential platforms, Widerstrom will also continue overseeing her “Ask Jen” column. New York Post has reported that Bauer Publishing has let go of its In Touch, Life & Style and Closer general editor, news, Alexander Hitchen.Jen Copeland was named senior editor of big-game offshore fishing publication Marlin, taking on the responsibilities of content production across all brand channels including print, video and social. She had freelanced for several years with the brand, and will assist in the brand’s expansion under editor-in-chief Same White.The Atlantic’s former contributing editor, Michelle Cottle is joining the New York Times as lead opinion writer on national politics.The New York Times has added several new appointments to its new stand-alone parenting subscription product. Jessica Grose will be taking on the role of lead editor for the product, leaving her current role as editor of Lenny Letter. Youngna Park is leaving her post as chief operating officer of Tinybop, and taking on the role of product lead at the Times. David Yee, former lead of Vox’s CMS team, will be leading the technology team.Will Sommer is joining The Daily Beast to cover tech and digital culture. He most recently comes from The Hill and will be bringing Right Richter, his newsletter coving right-wing media, to the site. Samira NasrVanity Fair has tapped Samira Nasr as its executive fashion director, a day after editor-in-chief Radhika Jones’s latest batch of cuts, including the dismissal of fashion director Michael Carl. About five other staffers were dismissed from the brand from a variety of departments this week, continuing the trend of Jones’s setting her stamp on the publication.Nasr is joining Vanity Fair from her most recent stint as fashion director at Elle, and prior to that, as style director at InStyle. She will be filling a new role that was created in an effort to keep payroll costs down by combining elements from Carl’s position along with elements from former creative director, fashion and style Jessica Diehl‘s position, who left the brand in March.In a note to staffers, Jones praised Nasr’s “discerning eye and creative spirit.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…