DeYoung, Allen are Crystal winners

first_imgDeYoung picked up the Saturday Lane Automotive IMCA Modified checkers over Brody Bowser and Mitchell Hunt. CRYSTAL, Mich. (May 25-26) – Brenten DeYoung and Chance Allen were Memorial Weekend IMCA Modified feature winners at Crystal Motor Speedway. By Verwayne Greenhoecenter_img On Sunday, Allen scored his second feature win of the season ahead of Matt Szecsodi and Milt Montgomery.last_img

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Alex Ferguson ‘showing signs of recovery’ after haemorrhage

first_img— SPORF (@Sporf) May 6, 2018“The whole football world is incredible but outside of that as well, from all corners of the globe and different walks of life, people have shown their support,” he told MUTV.“That’s the effect he had on people. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.“We were all praying for him and thinking of him, Cathy and the family. It’s a tough time for everyone but I’m thinking positive and hoping he will pull through.”– Giggs tribute –Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who was part of all of Ferguson’s 13 Premier League title-winning teams after being given his debut as a 17-year-old in 1991, told the BBC: “I know the operation has been a success — but he is a fighter and that is what makes me think he will be able to make a recovery.“Now is the time to pray and hope he can make a full recovery. He has been the biggest influence in my career, both on and off the pitch.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 ARCHIVE PHOTO: Alex FergusonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was sitting up and talking to his family, reports said Tuesday, as he recovers from emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage.The 76-year-old, who suffered the haemorrhage on Saturday, remains in intensive care and there has been no official update on his condition from the Premier League club.But Britain’s Mail Online said the Scot, who retired in 2013, was out of a coma and showing promising early signs of recovery.“Surgery went very well and the 76-year-old’s response to treatment has given encouragement and cautious optimism to those close to him,” the report said.“However, they recognise it will still be a slow road to full recovery as he continues to be assessed.”“The prognosis is good and his closest friends in football are being kept abreast of any developments,” a source told The Sun newspaper.One of the greatest managers in football history, Ferguson won 38 trophies in more than 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice.Support has flooded in from the football world and from those outside the game and United midfielder Michael Carrick said that the response shows the esteem in which his former boss is held.CLASS: @ManCity fans with a message for former @ManUtd manager Sir Alex Ferguson. ?Football united. ? pic.twitter.com/r3ZjGIzVPnlast_img read more

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Boca Raton teen dead after deadly crash

first_imgA teenager is dead following a single-vehicle crash on I-95.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Douglas Przybyszewski was traveling northbound on I-95 in a silver Cadillac around 2:30 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his car, swerved to the right, and hit the wall at the Congress Avenue overpass.Przybyszewski was declared dead at the scene of the crash.Reports say alcohol was not a factor.No other information is available at this time.last_img

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Five English players selected for Curtis Cup team

first_img Five English players have been selected for the GB&I team of eight which will take on the USA in the 39th Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin from June 10 to 12.They are world number four Bronte Law of Cheshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire and Surrey-born Charlotte Thomas. The reserve is Leicestershire’s Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe).This will be Law’s third appearance in a Curtis Cup team, having made her debut in the winning side at Nairn in 2012; and a second consecutive appearance for Thomas.The team will be completed by three Irish players: world number one Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey and Maria Dunne.Six of the players were selected automatically. They were the top four GB&I players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking – Maguire (1), Law (4), Mehaffey (9) and Hewson (36); and the top two players not otherwise exempt from the LGU order of merit – MacLaren and Morris. Thomas and Dunne were selectors’ picks.The team will be captained by Aberdeen solicitor Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside), who played in the 1990 and 1992 Curtis Cup matches.“We have an extremely talented team which has considerable experience of playing amateur golf at the highest level,” said Elaine. “I am looking forward to meeting up with the team at The Castle Golf Club to prepare for the match. With some of the best players in the world on both sides, it is going to be a really exciting Curtis Cup.”Manager of the GB and I team is Lincolnshire’s Helen (Dobson) Hewlett who played in the 1990 Curtis Cup match and also won the 1989 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.The United States leads the Curtis Cup series with 28 wins to GB&I’s seven. Three matches have been drawn.The England players:Alice Hewson, 18, (Berkhamsted) is an England and GB&I international who has played in both the Vagliano Trophy and its companion junior match. She has been a regular winner since capturing the English U13 girls’ title and her successes have included the Scottish U16 stroke play, the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy and the girls’ title at the Telegraph Junior Championship. She has helped England beat Spain in the biennial international, to win the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the team event at the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year.Bronte Law, 21 (Bramhall) is the world number four and will be playing in her third Curtis Cup team, having made her debut as a member of the winning side at Nairn in 2012. She has won the English women’s amateur for the past two years and was runner-up in the 2016 South American women’s amateur. She has represented England since she was 14, notably winning a world championship bronze medal in 2014. She has also represented Europe in the Junior Solheim and Ryder Cups and has won four times on the US women’s college circuit, where she is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).Meghan MacLaren, 21, (Wellingborough) is a prolific winner on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit where she is a student at the Florida International University. She is an England and GB&I international, having played in the Vagliano Trophy, and she represented Europe in this season’s inaugural Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia Pacific.  She has had top ten finishes this season in both the South American Amateur and the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championships.Rochelle Morris, 20, (Woodsome Hall) is knocking on the door of a big title after securing a number of second places. She was the runner-up in two national championships last year: the English women’s amateur at Hunstanton and the English women’s open stroke play at St Annes Old Links. In addition she was runner-up in qualifying for the English women’s open match play at Trentham. This year she was second in The Leveret, the prestigious stroke play event which is one of the season’s curtain raisers and reached the matchplay stages of the French U21 championship.Charlotte Thomas, 23, (West Surrey) is an England international who will represent GB&I for the second time in the Curtis Cup and has also played in the Vagliano Trophy. She is Surrey-born, but has been based overseas, and has a thoroughly international record. She’s a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship and runner-up in the English stroke play; she’s a student at the University of Washington, Seattle, and has won this college season and had seven top ten finishes. She was the winner of the inaugural Annika Invitational at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China.Image © Leaderboard Photography 28 Apr 2016 Five English players selected for Curtis Cup team last_img read more

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Dam Inn Mates take it on the chin again

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second straight week the Dam Inn Mates took it on the chin.In a rematch of the 2010 West Kootenay Flag Football League final, the Mates once again played second fiddle to the Castlegar Vikings. This time the Vikings hammered the Mates 38-7 in action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field. During week one, Hume Brewers thumped the Mates 21-1. In two games the Mates have been outscored 57-8.The Vikings dominated both sides of the ball, scoring at will and twice intercepting Dam Inn quarterbacks. Castlegar quarterback Dave Kravski tossed touchdowns to Carl Perepolkin, Kevin Wilson, Steve Mota and Bryan Lauzon.Kravski also ran for one major while Mota and Wilson picked off Dam Inn passes.The win moves Castlegar into a tie with idle Hume Brewers. Hume also pounded Dam Inn during week one of the season.The score of the contest between Nelson Impact and Whites was not available.The league resumes play Sunday at Mount Sentinel with one game on the schedule. Hume meets Whites at 11 a.m. The following week Castlegar hosts the Brewers at 11 a.m. while Dam Inn meets Whites at 1 [email protected]last_img read more

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Tangled Branches Confound Darwinian Trees

first_imgDarwin’s branching “tree of life” diagram made for a nice, simple, easy-to-understand, convenient myth. It has sent scientists on a wild tree chase ever since.MammalsNew Genetic Research Shows Extent of Cross-Breeding between Wild Wolves and Domestic Dogs across Europe and Asia (University of Lincoln). Did dogs ‘evolve’ from wolves? Could the history of the dog family be used as evidence for Darwinian evolution? This study from the University of Lincoln (UK) shows tangled branches in the phylogenetic tree between wolves and domestic dogs.The results suggest that wolf-dog hybridisation has been geographically widespread in Europe and Asia and has been occurring for centuries. The phenomenon is seen less frequently in wild wolf populations of North America.Corel Professional Photos (this and next)That wolves can interbreed with dogs is well-documented, and yet wolves retain their outward identity. Is there such a thing as a ‘pure’ wolf? Dr Malgorzata Pilot, from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said:“Our research highlighted that some individual wolves which had been identified as ‘pure wolves’ according to their physical characteristics were actually shown to be of mixed ancestry. On the other hand, two Italian wolves with an unusual, black coat colour did not show any genetic signatures of hybridisation, except for carrying a dog-derived variant of a gene linked to dark colouration. This suggests that the definition of genetically ‘pure’ wolves can be ambiguous and identifying admixed individuals can be difficult, implying that management strategies based on removal of suspected hybrids from wolf populations may be inefficient.”The situation appears analogous to Neanderthals interbreeding with “modern humans.” Wolves are classified as a different species from dogs, but appear to be the same, based on the biological species concept.FishMarine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago: The rapid proliferation of acanthomorphs was a response to a mass extinction (University of California, Los Angeles). Headlines like this that speak of an “evolutionary lottery” might be cute, but do not enlighten. UCLA scientists begin with an even crazier idea: that an asteroid created fish diversity.Why do our oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes and colors? A UCLA-led team of biologists reports that the answer dates back 66 million years, when a six-mile-wide asteroid crashed to Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and approximately 75 percent of the world’s animal and plant species….The aftermath of the asteroid crash created an enormous evolutionary void, providing an opportunity for the marine fish that survived it to greatly diversify.To justify their claim, the UCLA “evolutionary detectives” used divination on the genomes of several acanthomorph fish, inhaling the incense of millions of years.“The mass extinction, we argue, provided an evolutionary opportunity for a select few of the surviving acanthomorphs to greatly diversify, and it left a large imprint on the biodiversity of marine fishes today,” Alfaro said. “It’s like there was a lottery 66 million years ago, and these six major acanthomorph groups were the winners.”Even if their dates were correct, their theory relies on sheer dumb luck. It staggers the imagination to think that all these fish emerged from catastrophe with major changes in color, size and habitat with only the toolkit of chance mutations and natural selection. Can anyone call this a good scientific theory if it contradicts expectations and surprises the scientists?The researchers also extracted DNA from 118 species of marine fish and conducted a computational analysis to determine the relationships among them. Among their findings: It’s not possible to tell which species are genetically related simply by looking at them. Seahorses, for example, look nothing like goatfish, but the two species are evolutionary cousins — a finding that surprised the scientists.RotifersWe still don’t know how strange celibate animals evolve (Imperial College London). Sexual reproduction is supposed to make natural selection more efficient, according to the Darwinians in this UK institution; it shuffles genes for the offspring, “and allows animals to evolve defences against changing environmental conditions more rapidly, especially new diseases.” So why did bdelloid rotifers dispense with sex? Darwinian theory did not predict this.Bdelloid rotifers however appear to be an exception to this rule: they are all female, and their offspring are clones of their mothers. Bdelloids are microscopic animals that live in freshwater and damp habitats across the world. Despite their apparent lack of sex, we know they have evolved for tens of millions of years into more than 500 species.By studying their genomes – the set of all the genes that define an animal’s characteristics – researchers thought they had identified an explanation for how bdelloids had ‘gotten away’ with no sex for millions of years.Faced with this falsification, the evolutionists at ICL came up with an alternative explanation:We thought we were understanding more about these creatures, but this is a spanner in the works.that species able to survive desiccation would be able to remove some of the genes that cause problems with asexuality. They made predictions about what those species should look like. Did it work?The researchers found that the predicted differences between species that can and cannot survive desiccation were not observed. This suggests that DNA repair following desiccation may not be as important as previously thought, and that other factors may need to be considered to explain bdelloid evolution.Senior researcher Professor Tim Barraclough, from the Department of Life Science at Imperial, said: “We have been building up this story of how these creatures manage to change based on their remarkable ability to survive desiccation.“However, when we open up the investigation to other sexless species of bdelloid that do not dry out, we find that the story does not play out. We thought we were understanding more about these creatures, but this is a spanner in the works.”Next, they considered the possibility that these small creatures were borrowing genes from plants, bacteria, fungi and microbes – a process called horizontal gene transfer (HGT). If HGT was at work in these creatures, it would have really scrambled any attempt to find Darwin’s tree in the genes. In addition, they could not rule out that the asexual species revert to sexual reproduction and back again, or that bdelloid males are hiding somewhere. Applying tontological grammar throughout the press release, they end in failure: “We will continue to investigate these fascinating creatures, but for now, the mystery has only deepened.” Their open-access paper can be found in PLoS Biology.More examples in tomorrow’s entry.Darwinians speak with great swelling words of vanity, bluffing about all the evidence out there that proves Darwin was right. Well, where is it? Every time we look, we find storytelling, imagination, speculation, and falsification of expectations. We find them using divination techniques that rely on Darwinian magic (sheer dumb luck) and moyboy time as core assumptions. Does Darwin’s tree of life jump out of the data to a casual observer? If even poodles and grey wolves are the same species that can hybridize and interbreed, don’t expect the diversity of living things to line up in a great branching tree. As Thumb’s second postulate says, “A simple, easy-to-understand falsehood is more useful than a complex, incomprehensible truth.” That falsehood is what is taught in textbooks and public schools. You can hear about the complex realities here at CEH. (Visited 474 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africa to expand, improve technical colleges

first_img25 July 2014 Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced a range of measures – including the extension of technical and vocational colleges, and the establishment of a new category of “community colleges” – to help transform South Africa’s post-school system.Community colleges Speaking to journalists ahead of his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Nzimande said community colleges would cater for unskilled people and those who did not finish their schooling. The colleges will be established by grouping together clusters of adult learning centres, with the government strengthening their infrastructure, staffing and programmes. South Africa’s public adult learning centres currently cater for approximately 300 000 individuals, which according to Nzimande is inadequate. “A draft national policy on community colleges will soon be gazetted, and I urge all stakeholders to interact with it and give feedback to us,” he said.Technical and vocational colleges Nzimande said the government would be building more technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges – previously known as Further Education and Training (FET) colleges – across the country. “More money will be directed to elevate their stature and programme offerings. Our top priority is to expand them while improving their quality.” At the same time, R19.2-billion had been allocated over the next three years to ensure that TVET college enrolments continued to grow. Enrolments had risen more than 130% since 2009, the minister said. The government would also focus on expanding these institutions to rural areas, which are currently inadeqautely served. “To correct this distribution, R2.5-billion has been committed by the department towards the refurbishment of two existing TVET college campuses and the building of 12 new campuses.” Work is set to begin on three campuses: Nkandla, Bambanani and Thabazimbi. The department had transferred all TVET college principals and deputy principals to the national department from the provincial education departments in April 2013, and appointed councils for all colleges.Improving universities In the university sector, Nzimande said his department was prioritising the development of infrastructure for historically disadvantaged institutions, support for teaching and learning, and the production of the next generation of academics. Three new universities have been established: the University of Mpumalanga, Sol Plaatje University in Northern Cape, and the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Gauteng. The University of Mpumalanga and the Sol Plaatje University commenced with their first intake this year, while the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University – which will merge with the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) campus in Garankuwa, Pretoria – will begin with its first intake next year. The department has also established a new National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences to respond to declining trends in the production of social science graduates. Increasing teacher numbers The department has focused on producing more school teachers over the last five years. In 2013, approximately 14 700 new teachers graduated, compared to 6 885 in 2009, an increase of 113% in new teachers per annum. Over the next five years, Nzimande said, the focus would extend beyond basic education teachers to include the training of teachers for the whole system, including early childhood development, TVET colleges, community colleges and public universities. “Our projections are that public universities will produce in excess of 23 000 new teachers annually by 2020.” The department has also set a target of increasing the proportion of university academics with PhDs from 39% in 2012 to 47% in 2019.Improving infrastructure Between 2012/13 and 2014/15, the government allocated R6-billion towards infrastructure projects across the country’s 23 existing universities, with an amount of R2.3-billion committed for the current financial year. Of that R6-billion, 1.6-billion was allocated to student housing development. Nzimande said the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had been expanded to include students in TVET colleges, and the amount disbursed annually had grown by approximately 270% since 2008. The department’s allocation to NSFAS for 2014/15 amounts to R6.139-billion. This includes R3.9-billion for loans and bursaries to universities, R2.1-billion for bursaries for TVET colleges, and R116.2-million for administration. This is supplemented by a further R2.42-billion that is made available through NSFAS recoveries, National Skills Fund scarce skills bursaries, Sector Education and Training Authorities bursaries, and bursaries such as those from the Department of Basic Education’s Funza Lushaka programme, bringing the total funding available for loans and bursaries for the 2014 academic year to R8.85-billion. “NSFAS has made a great contribution and has produced university graduates in many families and has changed their lives for the better. It is something we should be proud of. But this does not mean we do not have challenges,” Nzimande said, adding that his department was working with the NSFAS to improve the management of the system. According to Business Day, the scheme helped more than 1.4-million students between 1991 and 2013, and would finance a further 430 000 students this academic year. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Gana Gueye hopes to execute Marco Silvas possessionbased brand of football

first_imgIdrissa Gana Gueye says Everton’s players are seeking the chance to show off Marco Silva’s possession-based brand of football.Senegalese Gana and Andre Gomes has formed a powerful midfield partnership and have been a fixture in manager Silva’s plans this season.Speaking to official club’s website, Gana states that the hope of making use of their positive sequence of results is the inspiration they need as they go into this weekend’s 232nd Merseyside derby.“The manager has his way, which is to keep the ball and play football,” said Gana.“We are in a good, confident way and doing well. We are working hard on the training ground and that is showing on the pitch.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The manager has changed a lot of things, which is why we are happy. It is a pleasure to be on the pitch. He tells us to enjoy every game… to enjoy our football and do what we have to on the pitch. We try to do that and it’s working..”“We have had a normal week in training, every game is big for us.”“You can see we are getting better every week. We want to keep our level against Liverpool and play like we do in any game.”“The only thing which motivates us is to take the three points and continue our good form.”last_img read more

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Oceanside man hospitalized with burn injuries after aerosol can explosion

first_img KUSI Newsroom Oceanside man hospitalized with burn injuries after aerosol can explosion Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter June 9, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A man in an Oceanside home accidentally ignited an aerosol can in his kitchen and had to be taken to a hospital with burn injuries Saturday, police said.It happened around 8:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Street, Oceanside police Sgt. Marco Mendoza said.The man had been trying to cook and blew up the aerosol can, which, had been on top of his stove, according to Mendoza. The man sustained burns and was taken to a hospital by paramedics.The flash explosion failed to cause any significant damage to the home, and no one else was injured, Mendoza said.There was no immediate word on the man’s condition. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 9, 2018last_img read more

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