Hall of Fame

first_imgThis years Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday night at the Middle School Commons in Batesville.  There were 140 guests to welcome in the latest inductees.  Some interesting highlights of the acceptance speeches include David Bradshaw, long-time baseball and basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, who reminisced about his encounters with Randy Combs and Scott Holdsworth who were also inductees.  David played professional baseball in both the Montreal Expo and Pittsburgh Pirate organizations before embarking on his teaching and coaching career.  He topped off his basketball career with a state championship at JCD.  Randy Combs of Milan was on a state basketball championship team while a student at Vincennes High School.  He and his brother were both long-time basketball coaches in Indiana.  Randy is still coaching football at Milan and his brother is now a principal at Vincennes High School.Thomas Buck of Batesville revealed a couple funny incidents that kept him from being able to participate in his first two high school games.  In one incident his mom packed his freshmen uniform instead of the reserve because she thought he looked better in te freshmen uniform.  This resulted in a technical foul that cost the Bulldogs the game.Scott Holdsworth, a member of the Greensburg coaching staff, was inducted for his playing prowess while at South Ripley High School.  He is currently an alternative school administrator in Greensburg and the head coach of their baseball program.  He also was a varsity assistant for the two straight state championship Greensburg basketball teams.In tomorrow’s article I will list tidbits about the other inductees from this 2014 class.last_img read more

RIO $1M Year-end Extravaganza tournament officially launched!

first_img– 24 teams will head into action on Thursday eveningIT is no doubt the largest pay-out in the indoor football format and starting on Thursday (November 14), 24 of the country’s top teams in the indoor format of the game, will begin the journey to cash in on the Rio Year-end Extravaganza’s $1M first place prize. No tournament before has offered a seven-figure pay day until now, and at the official launch of the tournament yesterday at the Rio Night Club, the organisers are promising  more than just a huge payday for the players.Gold is Money, Bent Street, Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Leopold Street, LA Ballers, Future Stars, Avocado Ballers, Tiger Bay, Sophia, Albouystown A and B, Showstoppers, Alexander Village, Rio All Stars, Melanie, Buxton Diamond, BV, Stabroek Ballers, New Market Street, Ol Skool Ballers, Island All Stars, Broad Street, and Silver Bullets are the teams that will feature in the tournament, which will be played at the National Gymnasium.The teams will be divided into six groups of four with the top two gaining automatic qualification, while the four best third place teams will join them in the round of sixteen when the knockout phase commences.The teams were meticulously selected by the organisers, who ensured that the best exponents of the format will be in action over the eight days of competition.It therefore means that fans are guaranteed a high quality of play, while they too could enjoy give backs by entering a competition that will see 10 of them win $2000 each night.The tournament will run through to December 14 when the final will be played.  The other playing days are November 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 and December 7. The winning team is set to receive $1M, while second, third and fourth place finishers will be rewarded with $400,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively along with beautiful trophies.The organisers are aiming to make the tournament a memorable one for fans, while also rewarding teams and their supporters for the Christmas season.At the launch of the event, it was stated that both members of the Guyana Police Force and Private Security have been retained to ensure that fans in attendance feel secure. Giveaways and other incentives for the fans will be a feature every night of play.last_img read more


first_imgNorberto Arroyo, Jr.2842014%21%$218,490 Peter Eurton820025%25%$78,320 Doug O’Neill2741415%33%$166,045 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler1144236%91%$198,344 Flavien Prat2872525%50%$482,093 FINISH LINES: In a prelude to the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be available to sign a beautiful free color poster of Arrogate tomorrow beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the Santa Anita saddling paddock…Midnight Storm, front-running winner of Sunday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, likely will pass the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 and train up to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “I think we’re leaning towards waiting for the Big ‘Cap,” trainer Phil D’Amato said Friday morning . . . Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said champion filly Songbird, a finalist for 2016 Horse of the Year along with Arrogate and California Chrome, is due at Santa Anita Jan. 24 from WinStar Farm in Kentucky where she has been since suffering her first loss, by the narrowest of noses, after a memorable stretch duel with victorious Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4 . . .Argentine-bred Infobedad, the “Secretariat of Claimers” who won Sunday’s sixth race by 26 ½ lengths, believed to be the largest winning margin ever at Santa Anita, didn’t necessarily shock John Sadler with the runaway victory over the wet/fast (sealed) track. “Usually South American horses like the mud, so we thought he’d like the track,” the trainer said. “We thought it (the margin) was a combination of him liking it and some of the others hating it, so it kind of sorted itself out.” Sadler didn’t lose the six-year-old horse that was in for a $25,000 claiming tag, but might keep an eye on the sky before deciding on his next race. “We’ll follow around the radar map and look for rain again,” he said . . . Caesar Dominguez, taking a break from training, has taken the book of apprentice Austin Solis, son of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis . . . Agent J.R. Pegram now represents Martin Garcia, formerly with Tony Matos, who now has Santiago Gonzalez . . . Trainer Matt Chew and Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Jockey Fernando Perez, injured in a mishap at Del Mar Dec. 2, was in good spirits at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning but is months away from returning to the saddle. “It’s unfortunate that I was injured,” Perez said, “but it feels good to have a vacation.” Kent Desormeaux2432413%38%$339,248 NOTED AND QUOTED ENTERED IN ‘TOUGH’ SANTA YNEZNoted and Quoted is entered to make her first start of the new year on Sunday in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. It would mark her first start since Nov. 5, when the gray daughter of The Factor finished seventh after leading in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles.“The Santa Ynez is a very tough spot,” said Bob Baffert, who trains Noted and Quoted for Speedway Stable, LLC. “That should be a Grade I; it’s a really tough race.”Baffert would be seeking his fifth win in the Santa Ynez, having captured it with Queen of Money for Mike Pegram in 1997; Yearly Report for Golden Eagle Farm in 2004; Indian Blessing for Patti and Hal Earnhardt in 2008; and Awesome Baby for Kaleem Shah in 2013.The Santa Ynez, race eight of nine: Resilient Humor, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; Sandy’s Surprise, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 8-5; Carrie, Modesto Linares, 50-1; Princess Karen, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Noted and Quoted, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Go On Mary, Jamie Theriot, 20-1; Shane’s Girlfriend, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and It Tiz Well, Drayden Van Dye, 6-1. Jeff Mullins320067%67%$66,945 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Pedroza1844322%61%$140,080 ‘BOOGER’ & BELVOIR REUNITE FOR VICTORYMemories of years past in Seattle filled the air at Santa Anita following this past Monday’s sixth race, as a pair of former Emerald Downs leading riders, Gallyn (Booger) Mitchell and Vann Belvoir, combined on a $21.00 win mutuel with $12,500 claimer, Jimmy the Juice.Trained by Belvoir, Jimmy the Juice, who won by 1 ¾ lengths, registered his second career win from 13 starts.“He’s a good gate rider and he always gives you an honest effort,” said Belvoir, who led all Emerald riders prior to retiring from the saddle following the track’s inaugural season in 1996. “We’ve had good luck together. He’s a hard-working guy with a lot of experience and he’s a good horseman.”Emerald’s all-time leading rider and a member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame, Mitchell, 54, overcame a heart attack in April 2013, and, following the death due to heart and kidney failure of his young daughter, Samantha Jo, this past June, decided to come out of a 13-month retirement in November.“Sami Jo was amazing, the strength and courage she showed . . . ” said Mitchell in an interview with the Auburn (WA) Reporter that was published Nov. 17. “I’ve got my weight down to 115 (pounds) and I’m feeling really good. I started getting on horses three months ago and took my time getting ready. I’ll keep riding as long as I’m having fun.”Safe to say, there’ll be plenty of fans and horsemen wishing “Booger” all the best this winter at Santa Anita. Richard Baltas2123410%43%$179,418 Tyler Baze3763416%35%$250,102 Drayden Van Dyke2834011%25%$157,388 Kristin Mulhall721029%43%$26,155center_img -30- Philip D’Amato1031330%70%$328,635 RING WEEKEND TRAINING WELL FOR SAN GABRIELTeam Motion hopes Ring Weekend continues his winning ways in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes for four-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.The gelded son of Tapit won the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 26 after a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in which he was seventh, but beaten less than four lengths, on Nov. 5. “He ran a great race in the Breeders’ Cup and he’s been training well since,” said Aimee Dollase, assistant to trainer Graham Motion.The San Gabriel: Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Point Piper, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Flamboyant, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Conquest Daddyo, Luis Contreras, 15-1; A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; Quick Casablanca, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, 15-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 4-1; Perfectly Majestic, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; and Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 20-1. TVG TO DEBUT ‘THE STARTING GATE’ ON WEEKENDSStarting this Saturday, TVG will debut The Starting Gate, a new hour-long show that will air Saturday and Sunday mornings, providing an in-depth look at the horse racing industry, emerging prospects, current stars in training personalities behind the races.Hosted from TVG’s Los Angeles studios, TVG2’s The Starting Gate will feature an inside look at first-time starters at major U.S. racing venues with a focus on the breeding, pedigree, farms and people who brought them to the races. With reporting from racing analysts Caton Bredar, Christina Blacker and Britney Eurton, The Starting Gate will also feature stakes previews and recaps from across the country and live interviews with breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys.“Along with the wagering that we focus on every day, Thoroughbred breeding and sales is a major economic engine that drives participation in horse racing and The Starting Gate will shine the spotlight on this important aspect of our sport,” said Kip Levin, CEO of Betfair TVG. “There are people and stories behind every horse that reaches the starting gate and we want to bring those stories to racing fans everywhere.”The new show will debut Saturday, Jan. 7 and a new episode will air each Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. PST on TVG2. The Starting Gate will be produced by Becky Witzman-Somerville, former producer of HRTV’s Race Day America, The Horizon and First Call.Additionally, to benefit racing industry stakeholders and bring more attention to the sales and breeding segment of the racing industry, TVG and TVG2 will air live coverage of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.“Keeneland applauds TVG’s efforts to provide fans a comprehensive view of the horse industry, and we look forward to their coverage of the January Horses of All Ages Sale,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “In order for fans to really appreciate the economics and excitement of racing, they have to understand a horse’s journey from the breeding farm and sale to the racetrack.”TVG2 will air gavel to gavel coverage for the first two days of the sale, Monday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 10, with additional coverage on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Christina Blacker will be on-site at Keeneland Monday and Tuesday to provide reports and interviews for both TVG and TVG2. The sale concludes Jan. 13.The January Sale includes broodmares, broodmare prospects, yearlings, horses of racing age and stallions. Prominent January sales grads include Mind Your Biscuits, who recently won the Grade I Malibu Stakes and Miss Temple City who captured this year’s Matriarch, Shadwell Turf Mile and Maker’s 46 Mile, each a Grade I race. Jerry Hollendorfer2136314%57%$327,889 Patrick Gallagher621133%67%$143,890 (Current Through Monday, Jan. 2) William Spawr830238%63%$90,861 WELL-TRAVELED COLONEL SAMSEN TRIES DIRT IN SHAMColonel Samsen, the Marco Polo of current Triple Crown candidates, makes his seventh start on his fifth different race track when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile.The son of 2008 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John ran previously at Golden Gate, Del Mar, Kentucky Downs, Presque Isle Downs and Santa Anita, winning his last two, at Del Mar on grass and at Golden Gate on synthetic. The Sham will mark his first race on dirt.“He doesn’t discriminate,” said Eoin Harty, who trained Colonel John. “He’s got DiamondStatus (top level for frequent fliers of Delta Airlines).“I had the horse in Chicago, then ran in a $130,000 maiden race at Kentucky Downs. That kind of money would put anybody on a bus (Colonel Samsen finished second). He ran well there so I brought him to Santa Anita, and he ran well here.“He broke his maiden at Del Mar (Nov. 13), then a stake came up in San Francisco (the Gold Rush on Dec. 3, which he won) and now it’s time to try him on dirt in the Sham.”In other Sham news:John Shirreffs is optimistic Gormley will perform well when the son of Malibu Moon makes his three-year-old debut in the Sham. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Gormley has not raced since finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 5.“Condition-wise and weather-wise, it’s a go,” Shirreffs said. “He’s trained very well. He came out of the Breeders’ Cup in great shape and has trained well since.“As to strategy, we’ll let Victor (Espinoza) make that decision once the gates open. There’s enough speed in the race that maybe he doesn’t need the lead; I don’t know. He’s still kind of new at developing a style. Hopefully, he’ll pick a style that works.”Big Hit goes from a maiden allowance win at Del Mar Nov. 19 to the Sham, a race Phil D’Amato hopes will lead to bigger and better things for the son of Super Saver owned by Gary and Mary West.“He’s a big, good-looking horse and hopefully he’s on the improve,” the trainer said of the Kentucky-bred bay. “He has a good head on his shoulders and he had excuses in his first two races, which is why he didn’t run well.“But he put it all together in his last race (winning by 3 ¼ lengths). We’re kind of testing the waters going long, but he should be ready to go.”The field for the Sham, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner: American Anthem, Mike Smith, 9-5; Term of Art, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Bird Is the Word, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Colonel Samsen, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Gormley, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Big Hit, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; and Blabimir, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1. J. Keith Desormeaux921222%56%$249,915 Luis Contreras1832417%50%$142,944 SHAM STAKES LURES TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFULSRING WEEKEND HOLDS FORM FOR SAN GABRIELTVG’S ‘THE STARTING GATE’ TO DEBUT SATURDAYSANTA YNEZ HAS A GRADE I QUALITY: BAFFERTMIDNIGHT STORM LIKELY TO WAIT FOR BIG ‘CAPCHAMP SONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA JAN. 24‘BOOGER’ AND BELVOIR TOGETHER AGAIN Rafael Bejarano2742715%48%$327,648 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller1543327%67%$255,570last_img read more

Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Reyland Capellan competes in the men’s floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Reyland Yuson Capellan snagged the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 6 here.Capellan totalled 13.950 points to retain the crown after winning the same event in the 2015 Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Sin Mat Asri took silver with 13.750, while Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta settled for bronze with 13.600.The other Filipino in the event, 18-year-old first-timer John Matthew Vergara was eighth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It was the country’s fourth gold medal, and first for the day although more are expected in athletics later. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cerritos women off and running

first_img Cerritos has defeated Saddleback (4-3) and tied Orange Coast (1-1), both of whom qualified for last season’s Southern California playoffs. The Falcons’ only loss was to traditional Northern California power Lassen (1-0) at the Victor Valley Tournament. “It’s going great,” said Jensen. “We’ve already won more games than all of last year.” The Falcons host San Diego Mesa at 4 p.m. today. The women’s water polo team, under first-year coach Sergio Macias, took second place at the Cuesta Tournament over the weekend and takes a 3-1 record into today’s SCC opener at home against L.A. Trade Tech. The Falcons opened with an 11-3 victory over Foothill, which made last season’s state Final Four. Cerritos followed that with wins over Modesto (16-6) and Cuesta (13-8). Its only loss was to San Joaquin Delta (9-8). Sophomore driver Berlyn Sanchez leads the team in goals (13), assists (four) and steals (nine). Freshman driver Christina Edwards has 10 goals, and freshman goalie Barbara Diaz has 20 saves. The women’s volleyball team took second place at the Pasadena Tournament over the weekend, advancing undefeated through pool play before a 25-24 loss to SCC foe El Camino in the final. Sophomores Nancy Marin (Gahr High) and Stephanie Crowell (Downey High) were selected to the all-tournament team. Marin had 28 kills and 10 blocks while Crowell, a setter, had 100 assists and 10 kills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Falcons finished the meet with 110 points, behind Orange Coast (44) and Riverside (51). Eighteen teams and 157 runners competed. The Falcon men finished fifth out of 22 teams on a four-mile course. Sophomore Brandon Johnson (Cabrillo High) paced Cerritos with a 12th-place finish in 22:20.90. He was followed by sophomore Vincent Rojas (Millikan High), who finished 15th in 22:25.40, freshman Jaime Buenrostro from Downey High (23:11.30, 31st) and freshmen Jorge Cruz (23:30.60, 41st) and Mark Valencia (24:03.50, 70th), both from Paramount High. Cerritos College’s women’s cross country team, which finished fourth at last year’s state championships, is off to a fine start in 2005 with a third-place finish at the Southern California Preview meet last week at the University of San Diego. The Falcons were led by sophomore Meryl Follosco, an all-state and All-South Coast Conference performer a year ago. Follosco placed second on the 5K course in 19 minutes, 52 seconds. She was followed by freshman Maria Vargas (Downey High) in 20:51.60 in eighth place and sophomore Liliana Yera (Bellflower High), who placed 30th in 21:51.70. Rounding out the scoring for Cerritos were freshman Mohani Martinez (21:58.40, 35th place) and freshman Jessika Villalva (22:27.00, 45th). center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Cerritos, which finished 11th in the state last year, had 162 points and placed behind Orange Coast (33), El Camino (73), Glendale (136) and Oxnard (139). The meet featured 194 runners. The Falcons return to competition at the L.A. City Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at L.A. Pierce College. from Cerritos Falcons’ women’s soccer team has jumped to a 5-1-1 record this season, led by the efforts of Mexican national team member Lina Valderrama. The freshman forward has scored eight goals and added two assists for a Cerritos team that finished a disappointing 4-10-5 (1-8-3 in the SCC) in 2004. “(Valderrama) has great dribbling skills, has speed and is a leader on the field,” said Cerritos co-coach Debbie Jensen. “Obviously, she has the ability to find the net. She wants to score. She’s very competitive.” last_img read more

How Warriors’ post-season loss to Clippers in 2014 shaped them

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – This time, the Warriors’ coach does not need to feel worried about their job security. This time, the Clippers do not need to worry about their owner making racist comments recorded on an audio tape.That served as the backdrop when the Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers last met in the playoffs five years ago. While the Warriors sought to make a …last_img

More Evidence that Neanderthals Were Fully Human

first_imgDr 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, PhDcenter_img (Visited 1,900 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New drive to fight polio in Africa

first_imgMore than 85 million children under the age of five in West and Central Africa will receive polio vaccinations. (Image: www.academic.sun.ac.za)A massive campaign to eradicate a year-long polio epidemic in West and Central Africa kicked off on 6 March, according to global health bodies.The organisations, joining forces as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), are hoping to immunise more than 85-million children under the age of five in 19 West and Central African countries. GPEI includes governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Unicef.The campaign kicked off in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – countries that have experienced polio outbreaks in the last six months – as well as in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Central African Republic, Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.Vaccinations in Niger, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire will be done at a later date due to impending elections in those states.The scope of the new campaign is significant because previous attempts in 2009 failed to reach enough children, and so the outbreak persisted.Over 400 000 volunteers and health workers from different organisations have been called on to administer two drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) to each child in the 19 countries on 6 March. The “dedicated army” will work for about 12 hours flat, going to every household on either foot, bicycle, car, boat or motorcycle.“With better coverage that leaves no child unvaccinated, these campaigns can succeed in making West and Central Africa polio-free,” Unicef regional director Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano said in a statement released on 4 March.“Hundreds of volunteers from our Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies will ensure that polio drops reach every last child,” said Anders Naucler, health coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in West and Central Africa. “That is our challenge and that will be the measure of our success.”Building immunityVaccinations will be repeated in the 19 countries on 24 April, but children in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – where the recent outbreaks have occurred – will receive an additional dose on 26 March as part of a new Short Interval Additional Dose strategy “that has proven successful in rapidly building population immunity where needed”, according to Unicef.The new campaign is an aspect of an ongoing initiative to fight the epidemic that broke out in Nigeria in 2008. It then spread to its neighbouring countries, which were previously polio-free, and to Central Africa, said GPEI.After battling to contain the spread, health organisations, working with health ministries in the affected countries, introduced new approaches which include a scheme to monitor how many children have been reached, better training for vaccinators and appropriate use of experienced staff.Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO regional director for Africa, said the campaign shows Africa’s determination to be free of polio. “From the top leadership to local district administrators in every country we are each accountable to the African child. [We have] to vaccinate every child and achieve high coverage.”Funding from RotaryRotary International, which boasts about 1.2-million volunteers worldwide, has donated US$30-million (R223-million) to fund the campaign.“We are proud to have provided the funding necessary for the March rounds and we call on others to play their part in making Africa polio-free by providing funding necessary for more high-coverage campaigns,” said Ambroise Tshimbalanga-Kasongo, who chairs the organisation’s Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee.last_img read more

Famous Brands steps up in Nigeria

first_img16 September 2013 South African food service group Famous Brands has acquired a 49% stake in Nigerian company UAC Restaurants (UACR), whose flagship Mr Bigg’s brand is Africa’s largest food franchise outside of South Africa. Famous Brands announced the deal with UACR parent company UAC of Nigeria on Monday, without disclosing the amount involved. UACR owns 165 franchised restaurants across Nigeria, 57 of which are in Lagos and 14 in Abuja. The company also has a small logistics and manufacturing component. Mr Bigg’s quick-service restaurants boast an extensive product offering ranging from pastries and other snacks to burgers and hot meals, and a huge loyal customer base – around 100 000 customers visit the brand’s restaurants daily. “Whilst we have traded in Nigeria for the past 11 years through a combination of master license and franchise agreements, this transaction catapults us to a completely different level, enabling us to meaningfully expand our presence in this burgeoning, currently low consumption per capita organised food service market,” Famous Brands chief executive Kevin Hedderwick said in a statement. “It also underlines our ambitious and deliberate plans to grow our business outside of South Africa.” The joint venture delivers compelling benefits for both parties, Hedderwick said, with UACR bringing to it a formidable brand, local expertise and existing franchisees, as well as a nationwide distribution network and Lagos-based manufacturing infrastructure. “In exchange, Famous Brands will add value to the business through our expertise in managing intellectual property, growing brands and optimising supply chain operations and efficiencies.” UAC Group CEO Larry Ettah said Nigeria was an attractive destination for quick-service restaurants, with robust economic growth pushing up income levels and a youthful middle class expected to increase to 35% of the population in 2015 compared to 30% in 2009. Continued political and macro-economic stability, coupled with growth-friendly policies, had resulted in an increasingly supportive business environment, Ettah said. “In addition, the country continues to experience an improvement in efficiency, particularly in the distribution and manufacturing sectors. This is attracting positive interest from foreign investors with a long-term view of the opportunities.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

GeoTours Now On Mobile!

first_imgSearch for GeoTours by specific GT codes. Like a geocache’s GC code, each GeoTour has a unique identifier called a GT code. View the complete listing of GeoTours and GT codes here. View GeoTour details for travel destinations. Make one of these GeoTours your next geocaching vacation.Operation Recreation GeoTour in Florida (GT3D).Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour in Ontario (GT5D).The Knokke-Heist GeoTour in Belgium (GT6E).The Heart of Sweden GeoTour (GT74).Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour in Scotland (GT60).Kentucky State Parks GeoTour (GT48).Browse the 60+ global GeoTour Directory. Then, download the app to get started.Share with your Friends:More We often hear geocachers say they love the game because they get to experience new places like a local. We love this about geocaching too.We are excited to announce that GeoTours — custom collections of geocaches designed to introduce you to new locations — are now in the Geocaching® app! It’s easier than ever to explore the 60+ GeoTours currently available around the world.Take a tour of the app’s newest feature.First time exploring a GeoTour? Learn how to get started.center_img Basic members can find and log GeoTour caches of all types and D/T ratings. SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News”GeoTours Deliver More Fun With FavoritesJune 29, 2015In “GeoTours”last_img read more