Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Johnson stretched a two-shot lead to six shots at the turn, then delivered the biggest moment of the week with a drive on the par-4 12th hole that stopped 6 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle. He also drove the par-4 14th hole.He finished at 24-under 268. The eight-shot margin of victory was his largest ever, and it was one short of the tournament record set by David Duval since this event moved to Kapalua in 1999. Jordan Spieth also won by eight shots in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I knew I was playing well, and it’s a golf course I’m really comfortable on,” Johnson said. “I was really driving it well this week. I knew as long as I could keep doing that, I was going to do well.”Jon Rahm made his Kapalua debut by closing with a 69 to finish second. The 23-year-old from Spain moved to No. 3 in the world. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The way Johnson was playing, everyone was playing for second.“It’s no easy task,” said Rahm, who lost to Johnson in the final of Match Play a year ago.Johnson won for the 17th time on the PGA Tour, and the fifth time dating to the Genesis Open at Riviera last February. He has 11 straight seasons winning at least one tournament, the longest current streak on the PGA Tour.This one wasn’t even close.He lost a six-shot lead in the final round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last fall, his most recent PGA Tour start. It only crossed his mind when it was mentioned to him on Saturday. Johnson doesn’t let much cross his mind.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I try to forget everything,” he said. “Whether I win or lose.”And then he produced another memorable round.He had a two-shot lead over Brian Harman, who struggled mightily with his speed on the greens and fell back quickly. Johnson effectively ended the tournament when he made three birdies on the opening six holes, saved par from a front bunker to a back pin on the par-3 eighth, and then birdied the par-5 ninth for a six-shot lead.One shot defined the tournament — a drive on the 433-yard 12th hole that went 432 yards and 6 inches.Johnson, who on Saturday holed a 70-yard chip down the hill for eagle, ripped his drive, picked up his tee and walked away. It’s a blind shot over the hill, with a strong wind at his back, so he never saw the ball race down the hill, onto the green and head straight to the cup until stopping 6 inches away.He played the 12th hole in four shots on the weekend.That stretched his lead to seven shots, and the rout was on.Johnson joined Stuart Appleby (three times) and Geoff Ogilvy (twice) as the only multiple winners at Kapalua. He also won in 2013 when it was shortened to 54 holes because of wind so strong the start of the tournament was delayed for three days.Harman closed with a 72 to finish third, while Hideki Matsuyama (66), Pat Perez (69) and Rickie Fowler (70) were another shot behind.Johnson went 66-65 on the weekend. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img He now takes a week off before going to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship against another strong field, this one on the European Tour.“I got off to a great start, and I want to keep it going,” Johnson said. “Everything is going in the right direction.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dustin Johnson watches his approach shot take flight on the fourth fairway during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)KAPALUA, Hawaii — A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that a No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year might be difficult to take away.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Boris Becker calls for fight against racism amid tweet spat LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

LeBron, Kuzma lead Lakers to easy win over Grizzlies

first_img“We’ve got to bounce back,” reserve forward JaMychal Green said. “We can’t play like this ever again this season. We had enough of those games last season” when Memphis finished 22-60.TIP-INSLakers: F Brandon Ingram missed his second game with a sprained left ankle. … Tyson Chandler finished with 14 rebounds. … The Lakers out-rebounded Memphis 57-36. The Lakers’ 19 offensive rebounds were a season high for a Memphis opponent. That led to 20 second-chance points.Grizzlies: Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 11 points each. … The 88 points was just over Memphis’ season low of 83 on opening night against Indiana. … D.J. Stephens, a two-way player, scored his first points of the season on a dunk in the fourth quarter. … Selden’s 17 points marked the first time he has led the team in scoring this season.TIME ADJUSTMENTBecause the Lakers’ starters played extended minutes against San Antonio and the team arrived in Memphis in the middle of the night, coach Luke Walton said before the game he was considering a variety of rotations to conserve his team’s energy. In the end, James played almost 32 minutes, Kuzma played 34 and Hart played just less than 36 minutes.UP NEXTLakers: Host the Miami Heat on Monday.Grizzlies: Face the Nuggets in Denver on Monday. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t about to let fatigue get the better of them on the second night of a back-to-back.The Lakers recovered from a loss Friday night in San Antonio to dominate Memphis, defeating the Grizzlies 111-88 on Saturday, led by 20 points each from James and Kyle Kuzma. James added nine assists and eight rebounds, while Kuzma had nine rebounds, six assists and a couple of blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES “At the end of the day, we’re professionals. We come out, our job is to bring energy regardless of playing back-to-backs or 40 minutes or whatever,” said Kuzma, who was among four Lakers starters who played at least 36 minutes in the 133-120 loss to the Spurs.“You forget about (the loss) and move on,” James said, adding, “You can’t let that harp on us, even though we played three great quarters (against San Antonio). You have to get ready, and that’s what we did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart added 16 points apiece, while JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.Wayne Selden led Memphis with 17 points. Mike Conley added 12 points while struggling from the field, shooting 4 of 12 on the night, as Memphis shot 41 percent overall. Memphis was coming off a win over the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday.“We just didn’t have it,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Early on, we got a little demoralized because we got some open looks, especially in that first quarter. … From that point forward, we just couldn’t dig out of that hole.”By halftime, the Lakers led 63-40 and were holding Memphis to 43 percent shooting and 26 percent from beyond the arc. Los Angeles’ dominance was particularly evident on the boards where it had a 36-11 advantage. Not only did the Lakers have more offensive rebounds (14) than Memphis’ total, Tyson Chandler was one shy of matching the Grizzlies with 10 of his own in the half.Los Angeles expanded the lead to 29 in the third quarter. By the midway point of the fourth, Bickerstaff emptied the bench.Like the Lakers, Memphis players said they simply have to forget about the lopsided loss.ADVERTISEMENT Oklahoma’s Murray edges Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Old grievance killing lands miner in jail for 12 years

first_imgA father of two was on Wednesday sentenced to 12 years in prison by High Court Judge Justice Navindra Singh after he admitted to the lesser offence of manslaughter when he appeared at the Demerara High Court.Jailed: Mark CreameMark Creame faced the indictment which stated that on December 1, 2013, at 8 Miles, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), he killed 42-year-old Terry Henry also called “Terrence Henry”.The charge had stated that on December 1, 2013, Creame saw the victim at 8 Miles, North West District, where he was imbibing and confronted the now dead man over an old grievance.The court heard that the accused, who was a miner at the time, later armed himself with a cutlass and dealt Henry several chops about his body. The victim was rushed to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.In a plea of mitigation, Attorney Mark Conway informed the court that whilst in prison his client has been involved in a tailoring course as well as attending regular church services.The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohamed, Tuanna Hardy and Abigail Gibbs.Justice Singh, before handing down the sentence reiterated that the steady consumption of alcohol is causing numerous persons to lose their lives especially in the hinterland region of Guyana. He advised Creame to avoid such practices when he completes his sentence.Justice Singh also ordered that the prison authorities deduct the time the accused spent on remand from the 12-year sentence.last_img read more

Pensioner crushed to death outside Enmore Police Outpost

first_imgAn 80-year-old pedal cyclist is now dead after he was crushed to death by a truck while attempting to cross the road at the Enmore Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Friday.The scene of the accident at Enmore Railway EmbankmentDead is Francis Lopes of North Enmore, ECD.Guyana Times understands that motor lorry GYY 532 driven by a 37-year-old man of Logwood, Enmore was proceeding west when it collided with the senior, killing him instantly. The incident occurred at about 13:15h – a stone’s-throw away from the Enmore Police Station.The dead man’s landlord told this publication that the Lopes worked at a nearby lumber yard and would normally leave home at midday.Francis Lopes“He worked at the lumber yard over the road, he would go there every day around 1 o’clock, he would go pick up whatever he gotta pick up and if I’m at home I would tell him don’t go so early…he’s like a family member because I don’t treat him different,” the landlord said.According to her, they recently celebrated the senior’s 80th birthday as she considers him as her own family.Police have since arrested the driver of the truck as investigations continue.last_img read more

‘MCN’ lead five-star PSG past hapless Celtic

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s striker Neymar (R) celebrates with strikers Kylian Mbappe (L) and Edinson Cavani (C) after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Celtic September 12, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEGlasgow, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scored as Paris Saint-Germain began their Champions League campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday.Brazilian Neymar continued to pay back his 222 million-euro ($264 million) world record transfer fee with his fifth goal in five games to put PSG in front before he set up Mbappe to make it 2-0. Edinson Cavani then converted from the penalty spot five minutes before the break and things got worse for Celtic in the second half.Mikael Lustig’s 83rd-minute own goal and Cavani’s angled header two minutes later heaped more misery on the Scottish champions, who could yet find themselves in trouble with UEFA after a fan managed to make his way onto the pitch to aim a kick at Mbappe during the first half.“The most difficult thing here is to cope with the rhythm and intensity they play with and, of course, with the support they have,” PSG coach Unai Emery said.“I think my team showed a lot of character. It was a real team effort and they showed a real controlled approach to the match, which I am really pleased with.”The emphatic win propels PSG to the top of Group B on goal difference from Bayern Munich, who beat Anderlecht 3-0 and who the French side host in a fortnight.The nature of the victory was also a real statement of intent from this summer’s big spenders who are determined to make a bigger impression than ever before on Europe’s elite club competition.Following last season’s collapse to Barcelona in the last 16 — a tie in which Neymar starred for the Catalan giants — this European campaign was always going to be about a test of PSG’s mettle rather than their flair.Paris Saint-Germain’s striker Kylian Mbappe (R) vies with Celtic’s midfielder Olivier Ntcham during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match September 12, 2017 © AFP / Andy BUCHANANHowever, the French side’s superstars — and in particular their front three, christened the ‘MCN’ in France — showed no signs of fear inside the intimidating atmosphere of Celtic Park as the gulf in class between the sides showed from the start.PSG’s pressure soon paid off but Neymar’s opener wasn’t without controversy.Celtic felt they should have had a free-kick in the PSG half after Scott Sinclair went down but the visitors took full advantage as Adrian Rabiot’s quickly-played ball behind Anthony Ralston found the Brazilian who expertly lifted a shot over Craig Gordon.– Moment of madness –Emery had identified Leigh Griffiths as the danger man for Celtic before the game and the striker came close to an equaliser when his curling free-kick was tipped over by Alphonse Areola.Mbappe then showed why PSG are prepared to make him the world’s second-most expensive player when he grabbed his second goal in two games since joining on a season-long loan from Monaco.Neymar’s headed ball across goal was missed by Cavani but the 18-year-old, who PSG have an option to buy for a fee that could reach 180 million euros, pounced to fire home.Paris Saint-Germain’s striker Neymar (L) vies with Celtic’s midfielder Scott Brown during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match September 12, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEA moment of madness from Celtic allowed the French side to add to their advantage before the break as Jozo Simunovic needlessly pulled back Cavani in the box.The Uruguayan took the spot-kick himself and sent Gordon the wrong way.Celtic improved after the break as PSG took their foot off the gas but two late goals left the Scottish giants with their biggest ever home loss in Europe.Lustig scored an own goal after substitute Julian Draxler drilled the ball across goal before Cavani rose at the back post to send a sublime angled header past Gordon from Layvin Kurzawa’s cross.“Defensively we were just too far off them and secondly I was disappointed in how we retained the ball. We didn’t keep the ball for long enough,” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said.“If you do that against what is arguably the best team in the world just now they will punish you.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Apartment fire knocked down in NoHo

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Firefighters knocked down a fire this evening that burned a ground-level apartment in a two-story complex, authorities said. About 30 firefighters fought back the blaze to the garden-style apartment building located in the 11700 block of Saticoy St., said Ron Myers, Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters received the call at 7:52 p.m. There were no injuries reported, Myers said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United legend defends Jose Mourinho and takes aim at misfiring players

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 3 BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Popular Football Stories Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The striker is now plundering goals for fun in MLS with DC United Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Players like Paul Pogba have been criticised by pundits and former players Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Wayne Rooney feels some Manchester United players must do more in a bid to help get the season back on track after a dreadful start.Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton leaves the Red Devils in eighth place in the Premier League, but earlier results mean they have made their worst start to a Premier League campaign ever. “In my experience, I have never seen or heard of a player not wanting to play in the game because they have had a falling out with the manager.”Rooney added: “I don’t think as a player you could do that, you’ve got to respect the club and the fans and also respect your team-mates.“I don’t think any player, certainly at Manchester United, will be not playing for Jose, I’m sure they’re all working hard behind the scenes to get results.”center_img scrap tense Mourinho has found himself under scrutiny following an indifferent run of form which has seen key players fail to produce consistent performances.Former England captain Rooney, who is United’s record goalscorer following 13 trophy-laden seasons at Old Trafford, believes anyone who pulls on the shirt must show the required level of ‘respect’.In an interview with Football Focus, published on the BBC Sport website, the DC United striker said: “Obviously they are going through a difficult period at the minute, but Jose Mourinho is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better.“Hopefully they can turn their form around, win a few more games and keep the pressure on the top of the table and get back up there, which is where we all want to see them. latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST revealed gameday cracker 3 Rooney is United’s record goalscorer last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch as this daredevil skis down a snowy Errigal

first_imgNavigating the roads and footpaths in this weather is a challenge for most of us, but one man has taken to scaling Errigal in the snow and then skiing down from the summit!Donegal mountaineer Iain Miller faced the high winds at the top of the county’s highest mountain on Thursday for this incredible ski stunt.Watch the nail-biting footage here: Iain Miller is an adventurer and instructor with Unique Ascent. While the weather was ideal, he said there were a few tricky moments:Iain tells Donegal Daily, “The weather conditions were perfect with cold dry winds from the north west, the occasional squall but this added to the atmosphere.“The snow conditions were primarily unstable windslab on east to south east slopes. Plenty of snow just not ideal to get any speed up on. “As it turned out the descent was a little harder than I had first thought but again this added to the descent in that it was not straight forward.”Do you have a video to share? Send it to info@donegaldaily.comVIDEO: Watch as this daredevil skis down a snowy Errigal was last modified: January 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ErrigalIain Millersnowlast_img read more

Hagfishing for Eye Evolution

first_imgDarwin recognized the vertebrate eye as one of the biggest challenges for his theory.  Still in 2008, evolutionists are debating it.  Two recent articles, both pro-evolution, reveal almost black-and-white attitudes about the problem.  One is cheery and optimistic; the other sober.    Eye evolution?  No problem.  That seems to be the view of Kate McDonald, who wrote “Slimeballs and eyeballs: hagfish and the evolution of the eye” for the Australian Life Scientist.  She thinks recent attempts in putting the parts together have forced creationists to blink.  She quoted Darwin’s famous worry as a fulcrum to spring back against critics:Charles Darwin famously highlighted the eye, “with all its inimitable contrivances”, as one of the hurdles in the acceptance of his theory of natural selection.  “[It} seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree”, that this complex organ arose as the result of natural selection.  This confession has in the past been seized upon by the bright lights of the intelligent design movement and their ilk as proof that Darwin himself had doubts about his own theories.    Creationists have gone a bit quiet on this front in recent years as more is known about the evolution of the eye, and they might just be done away with completely if a hypothesis set out in a Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper last December proves to be correct.A hypothesis is not a proof.  One looks in vain in Ms. McDonald’s five-page treatise for evidence that the team of Trevor Lamb, Shaun Collin and Ed Pugh have pulled off an upset in this long-standing contest.  All they have proposed is a five-stage pathway animals might have traversed from simple light-sensitive spots to the vertebrate retina with its focusing lens and optic nerve.  This all assumes the eye evolved in the first place.  By the end of the article, it becomes apparent that they have only suggested a path for further investigation.  Their solution lies in future tense.    A key player on their proposed evolutionary path is the hagfish – a slimy jawless eel, which McDonald spends time telling us is as ugly as its name.  Both hagfish and lampreys belong to Agnatha, a group of marine jawless fish thought to have arisen 530 million years ago.  While hagfish have simple “proto-eyes,” their cousins the lampreys have the whole shebang.  Lamb, Collin and Pugh have to cram a lot of innovation into the next period:Then comes stage four, a period of about 30 million years, in which lamprey-like ancestors evolve and photoreceptors with cone-like features appear, along with an explosion in visual ability.  Genome duplications give rise to multiple copies of the phototransduction genes, which allow light to be converted into electrical signals; cell classes diverge into five cone-like receptors; cone bipolar cells and ganglion cells evolve; ganglion-cell axons project into the thalamus and the optic equipment evolves – the lens, the iris and the extra-ocular muscles.That’s a lot of evolution in the blink of a geological eye.  Nowhere did the article indicate how the authors tied these innovations to random mutations.  In fact, the flavor of the entire article is Lamarckian.  A need exists, so the environment delivers (cf. 04/20/2008).  This does not dismiss the null hypothesis that needs might go unfulfilled, nor does it explain why the primitive solutions survived quite well for hundreds of millions of years.    Since hagfish and lampreys provide a key milestone on Lamb et al’s map of eye evolution, let’s look at a different paper on the topic.  In the Journal of Experimental Biology this month,1 two Swedes and an Australian published a paper right on this point: the evolution of focusing eyes in lampreys.  Their abstract reveals a less optimistic attitude:Jawless fishes (Agnatha; lampreys and hagfishes) most closely resemble the earliest stage in vertebrate evolution and lamprey-like animals already existed in the Lower Cambrian [about 540 million years ago (MYA)].  Agnathans are thought to have separated from the main vertebrate lineage at least 500 MYA.  Hagfishes have primitive eyes, but the eyes of adult lampreys are well-developed.  The southern hemisphere lamprey, Geotria australis, possesses five types of opsin genes, three of which are clearly orthologous to the opsin genes of jawed vertebrates.  This suggests that the last common ancestor of all vertebrate lineages possessed a complex colour vision system.  In the eyes of many bony fishes and tetrapods, well-focused colour images are created by multifocal crystalline lenses that compensate for longitudinal chromatic aberration.  To trace the evolutionary origins of multifocal lenses, we studied the optical properties of the lenses in four species of lamprey… with representatives from all three of the extant lamprey families.  Multifocal lenses are present in all lampreys studied.  This suggests that the ability to create well-focused colour images with multifocal optical systems also evolved very early.So even though coming from an evolutionary perspective, this says their findings reduce the time for all the innovation required in Lamb et al’s Stage Four.  The hagfish is not an intermediate.  Whatever was ancestor to lampreys and hagfishes already had the equipment and know-how to focus optical images.  By implication, this includes the rest of the toolkit: retinal cells, ganglion cells, optic nerves and a brain to interpret them in living color.    Get an eyeful of this: the BBC News has a picture of the lens from a giant squid.  This denizen of the dark ocean depths has the largest eyeball of any known animal – 11 inches in diameter.  The squid’s “truly amazing eyes” are probably the largest of any animal living or extinct.  National Geographic has photos of the monster.    Squid belong to the mollusk Cephalopod class, which originated in the late Cambrian.  Though octopus and squid are said to have evolved later, the presence of complex, focusing, retinal eyes presents another evolutionary problem.  Either these eyes developed completely independently by “convergent evolution,” or the common ancestor of cephalopods and lampreys already possessed the complex genetic toolkit for focusing color vision.    A paper in Nature May 15 makes this remarkable statement: “human melanopsin – which on the basis of sequence similarity – is more closely related to invertebrate than to vertebrate rhodopsin.”2  In fact, the similarities between the light-sensitive proteins of animals from completely different branches of Darwin’s tree is striking: “The crystal structure shows that the arrangement of helices I to VIII is similar to that of the rhodopsins isolated from frogs and cattle, so the overall three-dimensional structure of the protein is very similar in vertebrates and invertebrates.”  Differences seem attributable to the different environments of the respective animals.1.  Gustaffson, Collin and Kroger, “Early evolution of multifocal optics for well-focused colour vision in vertebrates,” Journal of Experimental Biology 211, 1559-1564 (2008), published online May 2, 2008 by The Company of Biologists 2008, doi: 10.1242/jeb.016048.2.  Gebhard F. X. Schertler, “Signal transduction: The rhodopsin story continued,” Nature 453, 292-293 (15 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/453292a.Where has Kate McDonald been?  Where has she been getting her information about creationism and intelligent design?  Certainly not here; we have a string of articles from 2000 to the present revealing that severe challenges to “eye evolution” show no signs of abating (see, for instance, as recently as 03/31/2008 and its embedded links to earlier entries; also 07/17/2006, 05/22/2003).  Every time the Darwinists have tried to blind the public by bluffing about the evolution of vision we have poked them right back in the proverbial eye with the facts (e.g., 12/13/2007, 09/29/2006, 09/22/2005).  If McDonald thinks the debate has gotten quiet on the creationist side she’s got fingers in her ears as well as her eyes closed.    Anyone who thinks this latest manufactured five-stage fictional plot about how eyes evolved has any credibility should notice that the Gustaffson et al paper made the story come apart in the middle.  Our watchful eyes don’t let evolutionists get away with bluffing.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

CodeMakers teaches computer programming to Umlazi learners

first_imgCodeMakers teaches learners at schools in Umlazi, eThekwini to understand computer programme coding and in the process tell their stories through creating their own animations, games and interactive stories.The isiZulu option on the Scratch website helps Umlazi learners learn more about coding. Non-profit organisation CodeMakers set it up to help youngsters understand the coding programme better. (Image: CodeMakers)Brand South Africa reporterMore than 700 learners in Umlazi, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, have learned computer programme coding and have produced animations that tell their stories in their own words and their own language. The skills training was undertaking by the non-profit organisation CodeMakers.The organisation began in 2015 with a pilot of linked courses — coding, cardboard engineering and robotics.Stories told through programmingSpeaking to talk radio 702, CodeMakers founder and executive director Justin Yarrow said the group gave children an opportunity to take apart a piece of technology and build their own. “What we are doing is helping kids in many different ways other than just understanding how coding works.”Scratch, a free visual programming language, is used. Learners are able to create animations, games and interactive stories.“Doing Scratch computer coding is very creative and for kids with curiosity, it gets them to approach problems from a point of logic,” Yarrow told Business Day Live.“It also gets kids to express themselves and letting their stories be told is incredibly important.”This gave children recognition, he said. Through the project, they had found that many children “don’t feel like they can be creators of technology”. CodeMakers wanted to change this.Its goals included helping its learners recognise the power of computers, especially since many South African children left school without ever using a computer, Yarrow said.Currently CodeMakers work with grade 6 to 10 learners of Umkhumbane Secondary School and Bhekaphambili Primary School. “We have worked with or run workshops at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), eThekwini Municipality Area Based Management Unit, Chesterville Extension Library, Meadowlands Secondary and Wiggins Secondary,” said Yarrow.“In the workshop we did with learners at KZNSA they made stories about what they thought the year 2050 would look like, with talking animals, robots, flying cars, and the extinction of rhinos.”CodeMakers has three inter-linked programmes that teach, inspire and empower learners to understand and pursue studies and careers in science and technology. The programmes are:Skills through hands-on coding classesInspire through video interviews of early career professionalsEmpower through offline internet education resourcesCareers in science and technologyMedical microbiology student Bonisile Luthuli is one of the people profiled by CodeMakers through video interviews. One of her tasks is testing various drugs on tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in the search for those that will kill the bacteria.She was interested in how science kept evolving, Luthuli said. The deaths of relatives from TB had driven her to a career in science, Luthuli said, and she hoped to make a difference by finding a cure for the illness.She works at KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV. “I went to a school that didn’t have a library or computers. I had never touched a computer in my life before I came to university and I had never seen a microscope.”She encourages learners to pursue careers in science and technology. “Go for it, work hard, and focus on your studies,” Luthuli said. “You don’t have to be super smart. You just have to work hard.”Watch Bonisile Luthuli explains what her work entails:Watch a biomedical scientist profiled by CodeMakers:Sources: CodeMakers, Business Day Live, Radio 702 and CodeMakers, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more