Lady chiefs up; Lions drop to 4th

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Maria Lourdes Clemente led the Lady Altas with 14 points.In the football tournament, San Beda lost the top seeding and slid to fourth after its midfielder Dane Peñaflor was deemed ineligible.Arellano’s Peter Cayco, football organizing committee chair, said San Beda admitted its mistake and forfeited two of the three games Peñaflor played in.“San Beda discovered one of their players failed to meet eligibility requirements,” said Cayco.Peñaflor played when San Beda beat Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua and lost to Arellano.San Beda will face top seed College of St. Benilde and No. 2 Arellano will take on No. 3 Lyceum in Monday’s semifinal round. —BONG LOZADA, RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES PSA shifts focus on small boat racing Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals The win also marked Arellano’s 14th straight win that started in Season 92.Arellano head coach Obet Javier said they have to start piling up wins as the format gives the team with the most victories a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.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“We can’t afford mistakes in this kind of format,” said Javier.In another game, Perpetual Help coach Macky Cariño debuted with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 victory over Lyceum. Defending champion Arellano University steamrolled Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-12, 25-11, for its second straight win in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Necole Ebuen had 15 points while Jovielyn Prado added 12 for the Lady Chiefs who are atop the 12-team field at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Paul stars as Rockets top Thunder for 16th straight win

first_imgDeRozan leads Raptors past Hawks GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Oklahoma City had beaten several of the league’s top teams this season. The Thunder have two wins over Golden State, a victory over Toronto and a win over Cleveland this season. The Rockets avoided that fate by going 17 of 33 on 3-pointers and 29 of 34 on free throws.“We’re so good offensively that every single night, teams are going to throw different coverages at us,” Harden said. “We’ve just got to figure out ways to attack them. Tonight was no different. Once we found something that we could go to, we used it. Guys got open shots and we just ride that wave out the entire game.”The Rockets led 54-45 at halftime as Harden posted 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Anthony had 19 points for the Thunder and Westbrook had 14, but All-Star Paul George went 1 for 7 from the field before the break.The Thunder closed the gap to three in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but the Rockets dominated the rest of the way and led 87-74 at the end of the period. Houston made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the quarter.“You just have to keep playing,” Thunder guard Corey Brewer said. “They are going to make shots. You can’t get down. You can’t let their shot-making affect your game. I think tonight we got a little bit down when they made tough shots but that’s what they do.”ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Host the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The Rockets matched Boston for the longest win streak in the league this season and are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Harden was blunt when asked what those things meant to him.“Nothing,” he said. “Nothing at all. We just want to play well. We want to play well and have each other’s back, no matter what, on both ends of the floor. It doesn’t matter. Wins and losses will come.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTrevor Ariza scored 15 points and Eric Gordon added 14 for the Rockets.Russell Westbrook scored 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 for Oklahoma City, which is in a logjam of teams trying to fight their way into third place in the West. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 awardcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, left, reaches to in to knock the ball away from Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Rockets are still rolling.Chris Paul scored 25 points, James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Houston beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday night for its 16th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Houston extended its lead to 19 midway through the fourth quarter.“When a team like that is making 3s, it’s tough out there because you’re always in a scramble situation,” Anthony said. “But you know, those guys beat us tonight, and we have to accept that and move on and learn from it.”TIP-INSRockets: Forced eight turnovers in the first quarter. … Improved to 33-1 when Harden, Paul and Clint Capela all play in the same game. … Lost to the Thunder on Christmas Day while Paul sat out with a groin strain.Thunder: Anthony passed Jerry West to move into 20th in NBA history in scoring. … Anthony returned after resting during Saturday’s game at Portland.STAT LINESHouston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans. The Rockets’ last home loss was Jan. 4 against Golden State.QUOTABLEAriza, on the Rockets getting open shots: “We know our roles. We know what we have to do. We know we need to keep the floor spaced. When the floor is spaced, it’s like reading a little A-B-C book.”FITTING INBrewer made his Thunder home debut. The former Rocket finished with 10 points in just over 23 minutes. The guard played his first game with the Oklahoma City last Saturday in Portland.“It’s only my second game and I’ve only had one practice, so you know it’s only going to get better,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.last_img read more

NEC Proposes December 16 for Senatorial Election

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has formally proposed Tuesday, December 16, 2014 as the new date for the Special Senatorial Elections.The NEC boss informed Speaker Alex Tyler of the House of Representatives and Senator Gbehzohgar Findley, President Tempore of the Liberian Senate, that the new date was overwhelmingly accepted during consultations organized by NEC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations (UNEAD).It may be recalled, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Proclamation, suspended the Senatorial Election, which was set for October 14, 2014 following a Joint Resolution from the National Legislature. The President acted under authority of the Constitution and “pursuant to powers vested in her by both the Constitution of Liberia and the Declaration of the State of Emergency.”Cllr. Korkoyah noted that the proposal of the new date is in compliance with the Joint Resolution adopted by the National Legislature and approved by President Sirleaf, in which NEC was mandated to conduct Special Senatorial Elections not later than December 20, 2014, and to hold consultations with relevant stakeholders to set a new date.In his letter Cllr. Korkoyah indicated that NEC had concluded consultations and named those institutions and individuals with whom he consulted including all registered political parties and independent candidates, civil society organizations, the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, including the National Muslim Council and the Council of Churches.Others are the National Traditional Council, the Press Union of Liberia, the Federation of Liberian Youth and Liberia National Students Union, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).The NEC boss also had consultations with representatives from the African Union, ECOWAS, the European Union, UNDP and UNMIL as well as United States’ Ambassador to Liberia and a cross-section of traditional leaders in the 15 counties.“I am further pleased to inform you, and through you the Honorable House of Representatives, that an overwhelming majority of those consulted proposed, and the Commission has concurred, that the Special Senatorial Election be conducted on December 16,” the NEC boss wrote.However, he stressed that in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in such affected county should be deferred and treated as by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.Cllr. Korkoya, in his communication, said the outbreak of the virus in West Africa had probably inflated prices, and appealed for more funds to conduct a “transparent, fair and peaceful election.”“It is worth noting that the Ebola factor has triggered additional costs for the conduct of the election which was not originally anticipated.“The Commission wishes to notify you that the said additional costs will be submitted for your timely approval,” the NEC boss stated.He urged the Legislators to urgently approve the new date so that the Commission may get its work underway.However, political activists are urging lawmakers and the NEC to be careful about extending the postponement of the 2014 Senatorial Elections to a date which makes it impractical for senators-elect to take their seats within the constitutional timeframe prescribed by law,  and which may present some unintended consequences of complex constitutional implications.”There should be more time for the special election to be held, results declared and protest; and the senators-elect seated in January 2015, as required by Law,” political activist Richard Koon of New Kru Town said.Meanwhile, the Senate has agreed for a Conference Committee on the Special Senatorial Elections from both Houses to meet and advise them on Tuesday, the 11th of November, while in the House of Representatives, the NEC’s letter was given to the same Committee for advisement.NEC has certified 12 out of 15 incumbent Senators for rerun, while the remaining three Senators failed to register in fulfillment of not running for public offices again.The 12 Senators are Lahai Lassana, Bomi; Abel Massaley, Grand Cape Mount; Gbehzohgar Findley, Grand Bassa; Chief Jewel Howard Taylor, Bong and Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba.Others are Senator Clarice Jah, Margibi; Joyce Musu Freeman, Montserrado; Mobutu V. Nyenpan, Sinoe; Sumo Kupee, Lofa; Theodore Momo, Gbapolu; Jonathan Banney, Rivercess and John Ballout, Maryland.The three obviously outgoing Senators are Isaac Nyenabo, Grand Gedeh, Frederick Cherue, River Gee and Cletus Wotorson Grand Kru.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA former footballer will run four marathons, climb Britain’s highest mountain and jump 13,000ft from a plane to raise funds for us – all within six months.Michael with Celtic soccer legend and cancer battler John Hartson.Michael Clarke, 39, set himself a ‘mini bucket list’ of challenges to achieve before his 40th birthday next June.The dad-of-three, who is originally from Clydebank but lives in Donegal, started training on December 27 last year then kicked off his challenges with two half marathons in Larne on March 22 and Omagh just a week later. The following weekend saw him skydive from 13,000ft above the Coleraine countryside, followed by his first marathon in Belfast on May 5. The Derry Walled City Marathon followed – then he joined us for the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge in Fort William in July.He has just run the Donegal marathon and aims to do the Dublin event on October 27, bringing six months of mammoth fundraising to an end.Michael – who was on the books at Partick Thistle and Motherwell before moving to Irish senior football, said this is his last full year before he turns 40 and has plenty to do.“So I have set myself some challenges to achieve while fundraising for the John Hartson Foundation- a mini bucket list you could say. Cancer unfortunately affects all households, whether it’s directly through a partner, child, parent, or sibling, or indirectly through a friend or relative – it darkens all our doors. It has certainly been a busy year. Running is a real challenge for me as I hate it! I have two bad knees that forced me to retire from football a good few years ago. But the skydive was amazing, I would do it again and I aim to smash all my challenges.” Michael, who now runs an electrical fire alarm engineering business, was inspired to raise funds for us after meeting John in 2010, a year after his illness, when he had climbed Ben Nevis for the first time.Michael runs the Derry Marathon.Michael said: “My family and I raise funds for a different cancer charity every year and at the time I was impressed by how much John cared about his Foundation. Then I read about the donation to Yorkhill Children’s Charity and decided to get involved as I like the fact the Foundation is helping other cancer charities.”Michael has almost reached his fundraising target of £1,000 but hopes to do even better by the time he has completed the final marathon on October 27.John said: “Michael’s story is truly inspiring and demonstrates the amazing lengths to which our supporters will go to raise funds for us. He is a true Hartson Hero.”If you’d like to make a donation towards Michael’s fundraising, you can do so through this JustGiving link Michael also has some sporting memorabilia for auction which he’ll be putting on his site over the next few days. FOUR MARATHONS, A MOUNTAIN AND A PARACHUTE JUMP – A TYPICAL SIX MONTHS FOR MICHAEL! was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Marathonsmichael clarkeparachute jumplast_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FC notesOur mens team returned to action with a 4-1 win away to Whitestrand Utd in the Ulster Junior cup. Chris Toner(2), Kevin Kelly and Darren Doran were the scorers. Next Sunday they have a tough away fixture v Dunkineely Celtic.Our u/12’s are home to Castlefin Celtic at 12.30 on Saturday. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 6,8,11 and 21. 9 people had two numbers with Darren Boyle drawn out and winning €50. We held a successful quiz and auction in the Mount Errigal on Sunday. Thanks to all who attended and helped out. The club lost a great servant with the passing of John O’Donnell, Corkey. John managed the mens team from 1972 to 1985. He was a great character and is fondly remembered by all who played for him, and all at the club. To his family and many friends we offer our deepest sympathy.SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS OVERCOME WHITESTRAND UTD IN ULSTER JUNIOR CUP was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Lagan Harps FC noteslast_img read more

Does Bush have time, ability to secure his legacy?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But the clock is running. And Bush may already have passed the point of no return, suggested Paul C. Light, a professor of public policy at New York University. “Unless Bush and his advisers do something dramatic to reposition the administration and stop the slide in public approval, they’re going to find they have very few friends who want to come to the White House, let alone friends who want them to come to their districts,” Light said. “And that’s about the worst possible position for a president to be in.” Some presidents tried but failed to mount successful comebacks. Nixon wasn’t able to recover from Watergate and was forced to resign in August 1974, a year and a half into the second term he won by a landslide. Presidents Ford, Carter and George H.W. Bush never recovered from their slumps – and were denied new terms by voters. Democratic presidents Truman and Lyndon Johnson, both hobbled by unpopular wars – Korea for Truman, Vietnam for Johnson – declined to seek re-election. Bush has been buffeted by the war in Iraq, the poor federal response to Hurricane Katrina, soaring fuel prices, a failed effort to revamp Social Security, the botched Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, investigations of top Republican leaders, budget setbacks on Capitol Hill, and the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff. “Presidents always get in trouble in second terms. He’s in more trouble than most,” said Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State University. “When bad luck comes along, you’ve got to have a lot of momentum and a lot of forward motion. But Bush didn’t do a lot of things that would have gotten him through those moments,” Schmidt said. “When the hurricanes hit, when Katrina hit in particular, he already had lost momentum. And he slammed into a wall.” Bush’s approval rating is at the lowest of his presidency – 37 percent in the most recent AP-Ipsos poll and at similar levels in comparable polls. Johnson, Reagan and Clinton also slipped into the mid-to-high 30s at some point during their terms. Truman, Nixon, Carter and George H.W. Bush saw their numbers slump into the 20s, with Truman’s at one point dipping to 23 percent. Some Republican advisers have proposed a major shake-up of Bush’s White House staff as part of any comeback plan. His top political adviser, Karl Rove, escaped charges from the federal grand jury that indicted Cheney aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. But Rove remains under investigation, and under a cloud, making him an easy target for Democrats. Eisenhower was forced to accept the resignation of his top aide, Sherman Adams, in 1958 after Adams was accused of accepting gifts from a textile manufacturer in exchange for regulatory favors. Yet even with the 1960 U-2 spy plane controversy, Eisenhower’s approval ratings snapped back into the 60s as he neared the end of his term. Reagan replaced his chief of staff and his national security adviser in 1987 after his administration confirmed it had been selling weapons to Iran, with profits going to anti-communist rebels in Nicaragua. His approval rating when he left office rebounded to around 60 percent. Clinton proposed an ambitious agenda in his 1998 State of the Union address, a week after an investigation began into his relationship with White House intern Lewinsky. He traveled extensively. And his approval ratings rose to as high as 70 percent even as the Republican-controlled House voted to impeach him. He was acquitted in early 1999 by the Senate. White House officials disputed suggestions that Bush could prematurely become a lame-duck political liability for Republicans on next year’s ballot. But GOP national chairman Ken Mehlman conceded that, while Bush loves to help congressional candidates, in some cases the candidates themselves “believe it’s better if he didn’t.” Former Nixon speechwriter Stephen Hess cautioned it’s always dangerous to write the obituary of prominent politicians, recalling Nixon’s 1968 comeback after losing the presidency in 1960 and the California governorship in 1962. Bush still has three years in office, “and three years in the life of a president is an eternity,” Hess said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Other presidents have recovered from ratings slumps like the one George W. Bush is in right now: Dwight Eisenhower came back after the Sherman Adams scandal; Ronald Reagan rebounded after Iran-Contra; Bill Clinton triumphed after Monica Lewinsky. Republican strategists say Bush, too, has time to snap out of a three-month run of bad luck and setbacks, including GOP losses Tuesday in gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey. Still, a comeback will be tough, and will get increasingly tougher the closer the 2006 midterm elections come, strategists in both parties agree. Bush might want to look back to successful predecessors for pointers. He could shake up his White House staff, as Eisenhower and Reagan did in their troubled second terms. Or he could follow Clinton’s lead and engage in a flurry of domestic and foreign policy initiatives. last_img read more

Changes in e-waste pickup

first_img Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A private waste hauler will take over Santa Clarita’s free curbside pickup of old electronic devices whose innards are too hazardous to be dumped in the trash. Computers, radios, TVs and fax machines are eligible for the service, which will be handed over in 2006 to Blue Barrel Disposal. The city had collected discarded e-waste under a program funded by a three-year state grant. “If it’s got a plug, runs on batteries or has a circuit board, chances are it’s an e-waste,” said Ben Lucha, an environmental analyst for the city. The service is available to residents within Santa Clarita city boundaries and selected locations outside city limits. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake City residents may include hazardous materials such as antifreeze, car batteries, paint and oil filters in their e-waste trash pile. Residents who live in the unincorporated areas are not eligible for the curbside hazardous waste pickup. The County of Los Angeles collects hazardous waste drop-offs at the Antelope Valley public landfill in Palmdale the first and third Saturdays of the month, and in Sun Valley from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday and Monday, except for holidays. Beginning April 15, Blue Barrel will become the city’s exclusive residential waste hauler. Customers will be able to dispose of e-waste as part of the four free bulky-item collections offered each year. Customers are currently limited to two items a year. Blue Barrel’s monthly rates will decline for single-family home customers, from $18.64 to $16.25, Lucha said. The rates for apartments and condominiums could vary depending on how often trash is picked up. Additional e-waste pickups can be arranged for a fee with either Blue Barrel or Curbside, Inc., a subcontractor for the city. The city’s Environmental Services division can be reached at (661) 286-4098. Curbside pickup information is available at (800) HHW-PKUP. Information on county programs is available at (888) CLEAN-LA, or online at last_img read more


first_imgCOUNTY Mayor Ian McGarvey said he had tried to be impartial throughout the adjourned budget debate.However he said “obliged” to support the budget “in the interests of County Donegal.”The 83-year-old added: “We won’t all be here forever. “I welcome the reduction in payments to me and to councillors because what is going on in this country is a disgrace.” MAYOR: I FELT OBLIGED TO SUPPORT BUDGET IN INTERESTS OF COUNTY was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:MAYOR: I FELT OBLIGED TO SUPPORT BUDGET IN INTERESTS OF COUNTYlast_img read more

Bats Are Home-Run Flyers

first_imgYou don’t just put wings on a naked mole rat and make it fly. Bats are designed to be aero-bat-ic champions.A primer on bat flight in Current Biology by Anders Hedenström and L. Christoffer Johansson begins with list of amazing facts that defy evolution:Bats are unique among extant flying animals, as they have compliant wings and an echolocation sensory system that distinguish them from birds and insects. Flying in the dark, guided by echolocation, has influenced the aerodynamics of bat flight perhaps more than previously realized and resulted in a characteristic flight that is now being revealed.Yet these authors proceed to espouse evolution in spite of fossil evidence against it:Bats evolved muscle-powered flight about 65 million years ago, alongside birds, pterosaurs (probably extinct when bats evolved) and insects. The oldest fossil bat dates 55 million years back and, hence, there is a 10 million year gap in the early evolution of bats where information about the initial adaptive radiation is still missing. The oldest well preserved bat fossils, Onychronycteris finneyi and Icanonycteris index, exhibit all of the features of modern bats, including elongated fingers to span out the wing surface and ear morphology suggesting that at least Icanonycteris was using echolocation.This supports exactly what creationist Dr. Duane Gish used to emphasize in debates with evolutionists: “The first bat is 100% bat!” To believe bats evolved from non-flyers, Darwinians must imagine the emergence of elongated fingers, wing membranes, and the brain software to use them in complex flights at night, with another key innovation—echolocation—all within 10 million years. That’s a blink of an eye in assumed evolutionary time. On top of that, they have the same gaps in the fossil record for the emergence of flight in birds, insects and pterosaurs. Science is supposed to be about evidence.Living WingsThe case against evolution becomes stronger when the superior flight characteristics of bats are examined in detail. Unlike birds and insects, possessing wings with dead surfaces (membranes and feathers), bats have living wings that inspire human designs:Bats, on the other hand, have a wing constructed from live skin stretched by the elongated arm and fingers. The skin is 4–10 times thinner than expected, and the bones have a reduced mineralization, compared to other similar sized mammals, reducing the weight of the wing considerably. Skin is living tissue, packed with sensors, elastic fibers and in the case of bat wings also with specialized muscles (Figure 2A). The skin is anisotropic, with higher compliance (i.e. being permissive to load) parallel to the trailing edge, affecting how the skin deforms when subjected to aerodynamic forces, as reflected in strain measurements during flight. Intrinsic muscles in the wing membrane (Figure 2A), not connected to any bones, are thought to control the stiffness of the membrane and thereby the wing’s camber, the curvature of the wing profile. Recent studies have shown that these muscles are indeed active during specific phases of the wingbeat. Studies of artificial membranes with electrically controlled compliance have shown to be able to improve aerodynamic performance.These living, adaptive wings give bats the ability to reshape their wings in specific ways during flight. They can dynamically control wing shape and the resultant lift achieved. Bats can lock the knuckles on the first finger bones, giving them a stiff leading edge. “The leading edge flap affects the curvature of the leading edge, which may be a way to control the leading edge vortices … that bats use to increase the force production of the wing at low speeds.”Bats also have a tail membrane that is thicker than the wings. “When punctures do occur in the tail or wing membranes they have a tendency to heal rapidly,” the authors say.When any animal flies, it needs to be able to lift the entire body weight. It needs thrust to counter drag, and it needs camber on the wings to provide an airfoil. In addition, it needs to control the vortices that tend to form and reduce lift. “As noted above, bats are able to control all of these factors by adjusting the shape and movement of the wings.” Not only that, they can fly slow as well as fast, and even hover. The authors provide some details of aeronautical problems that bats solve to enable their exceptional flights.Sensory ControlIt’s not just having the right kind of wings: they also need sensory controls to operate them. The dynamic sense of touch provided by tiny hairs in the wing membranes allows “exquisite control of angle of attack, camber and wing twist.” Experiments show that “Removal of wing hairs cause bats to increase flight speed and it decreases their ability to execute turning maneuvers, suggesting the hairs are involved in the control of slow flight.”Science Magazine agrees that the “sense of touch turns bats into acrobats.” The hairs grow on both sides of the two wings, giving bats four arrays of sensory data for precision control. Emily Conover writes,Bats’ thin, flexible wings—a thumb and four fingers connected by webbing—stretch and reshape during flight, unlike those of birds and insects. Their agility in the air demands quick, precise wing movements and a constant adjustment of tiny muscles in the wing membrane. They also use their wings for other delicate tasks, like holding food and cradling young. To adjust their complex wings for the job at hand, they must integrate a variety of sensory feedback.If anyone doubts the effectiveness of bat flight systems and sensory mechanisms, they should try to build a robot that can land on a cave ceiling in the dark.EcholocationEven though blind people can echolocate to a degree (Science Daily), bats take the skill to a whole new level (7/30/11). Flying rapidly, bats can navigate through closely-spaced prison bars blindfolded. With sound, they can avoid collisions in tight swarms and identify their prey by shape and texture, homing in on it while the insect is darting about. “To be able to echolocate efficiently you need ears. Bat ears are essentially parabolic shaped structures facing the air flowing over the bat as it is flying.” Large ears add drag, but the bats seem OK with that; if they didn’t work so well, robotics experts at Virginia Tech wouldn’t try so hard to imitate them. Science Daily reports,The team’s sonar system incorporates two receiving channels and one emitting channel that are able to replicate some of the key motions in the bat’s ears and nose. For comparison, modern naval sonar arrays can have receivers that measure several meters across and many hundreds of separate receiving elements for detecting incoming signals.EvolutionDarwinians believe that bat flight emerged from some unknown land-dwelling ancestor. Take a look at the naked mole rat as a candidate.  What follows is not to disparage this little rodent; Science Daily points out that they never seem to get cancer. Whatever gene they have that provides anti-cancer protection is of great interest to medical researchers right now. Nevertheless, what would it take to get a naked mole rat off the ground?“You don’t partly fly,” Paul Nelson quips in Flight: The Genius of Birds. “Because flight requires not just having a pair of wings, but having your entire biology coordinated towards that function.” This is certainly true of bats and the other groups of powered flyers: pterosaurs, insects and birds.In the Current Biology primer, Hedenström and Johansson dismiss the problem by saying, “the adaptive diversity among birds and bats bears witness of the strength contained in the process of adaptive tinkering.” But recall that in Darwinian theory, every mutation, every “tinkering” event by the Blind Watchmaker (a.k.a. chance), must have survival value. If a naked mole rat started on the path to batdom, would long fingers help? Not without membranes. Would membranes between the fingers help? Not while it’s trying to live underground. Give it instant wings in a huge leap of imagination; would that help? Not without muscles, nerves, bones and flight software to operate them. In fact, no matter which tinkering step might be imagined to contribute to powered flight down the road, each mutation has to increase fitness immediately or natural selection will eliminate it. Evolution has no foresight; it can’t see 10 million years, 10 years, or 10 microseconds into the future. The naked mole rat without the full complement of flight hardware and software will go extinct long before the parts arrive, even if beneficial mutations were not as rare as they actually are, and even if it had hundreds of millions of years to wait.Creationists allow for diversification within an original bat “kind” whatever it was, or however many kinds there were initially. But blind, unguided processes of chance will never help a naked mole rat (or any other presumed ancestor) take off into the air. When it comes to creation evidences, bats score a home run.Got evidence? There you have it. Look at the fossil record. Look at the aerodynamic requirements. Look at the coordinated systems. Look at the envious engineers trying to imitate them. Finally, look at the completed bat flying in the dark, negotiating obstacles, catching insects on the wing, and landing safely on a crowded cave roof, where it gives birth to babies who grow up instinctively knowing how to operate all that equipment. Evolutionary theory has nothing to offer theoretically, empirically, or logically to explain the origin of bats. In fact, they believe not only that four different kinds of animals “innovated” powered flight and echolocation by “convergent evolution” (1/26/10, 9/06/13, 11/04/13), but that different groups of bats “innovated” echolocation independently by convergent evolution. That’s just playing Jargonwocky. Creation by an intelligent designer explains everything in all categories of evidence. Why would anyone who cares about truth and logic possibly believe anything else?Next time you see a bat flitting about outdoors, don’t be afraid of it. Stand in awe of it. Stand in awe of its Creator.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mumbai Five: The Class VI girls who helped their friends get back to school

first_imgTwo years ago, Nida Shaikh, Shifa Qureshi, Kusum Chaudhry, Anu Kumavat, and Pooja Doddi, classmates and close friends, were very disturbed. Their friend Bushira Shaikh was quitting school.This was not unusual in Holy Mother School, where they were all students of Class VI. The school sits in a low-income, high-density slum area in Malwani, a Mumbai suburb, and many other girls had quit school because of the lack of family support. And not unusually, Ms. Bushira’s family couldn’t afford the fees. But her friends decided this was no reason for her to quit. The five went around the community, collecting money, and soon Ms. Bushira was back in school.Crusading spirit Inspired by their success, the girls decided they would now get others also back to school. They went door-to-door, talking to parents about the importance of sending girls to school and collecting money to pay fees for those who couldn’t afford it. “Some parents listened patiently,” Ms. Nida says. “But most of them refused to be convinced. We were unable to collect much funds either.” Come 2016, the girls found a new ally when Jasmine Bala joined their school as a Teach for India (TFI) Fellow. Ms. Bala was impressed by their comittment. “They wanted to be changemakers in their communities and make a positive impact,” she says. “These girls are critical thinkers and are aware of the issues in their community, the foremost being the suppression of young girls. There is a high drop-out rate of girls from secondary classrooms.” Another challenge is the high incidence of alcoholism, drug abuse and abuse of girl children in the area, Ms. Bala says. “We wanted to instil confidence and help them step out of their homes without compromising their safety,” she adds.Ms. Bala helped the group get more organised. And this year the girls, all aged between 12 and 14, started Project Balika.Firsthand experienceThe initial focus of Project Balika was to convince families of the importance of education for girls. But this was not easy. Parents often refused to listen, firm in their belief that a girl’s goal must be to marry and raise a family. Hence, learning household chores was considered more important. The project’s founders knew this first-hand. Ms. Kusum, who scored 92% in Class VII and excels in English, says, “My father too does not want me to pursue higher education, though I am good in academics.”Thanks to their refusal to accept the status quo, the five trailblazers inspired many more to join their effort. Balika’s group of changemakers has now grown to 40, and they have impacted more than 200 young girls and women in Malwani. They want to take that number to 500 next year.The project now runs a number of activities aimed at empowering girls to take up leadership positions, tackling issues of gender discrimination, safety of girls in the community, and improving health. “All the work, from coordinating with government officials to meeting with headmasters of schools to working with various community members, is done by us,” says Ms. Shifa proudly. Balika also runs free English-speaking classes twice a week for young mothers and school dropouts.“I have been teaching English to eight mothers for a month,” says Mahek Bilal, 20. “I have started with alphabets, as they had never studied English before.” Shama Shaikh, 34, who joined the class last week, is ecstatic: “I was good at stud- ies and dreamt of becoming a teacher, but I was unable to continue after Class VIII because of family pressre and financial constraints. Now, if I learn English, I can help my kids with their studies. And if given an opportunity, I may even seek a job!”Yasmin Khan, 30, from a small village near Lucknow, also had to drop out of school after Class VIII, when her family arranged her marriage and she moved to Mumbai to join her husband. “After marriage, I never got an opportunity to re-join classes. By learning English, I can at least give home tuitions and earn for the family,” she says.Going beyond academics Ms. Anu says, “We spread awareness on menstrual health, nutrition and safety of girls around schools in Malwani.” The project members want to install a vending machine in their school to enable girls to get subsidised sanitary pads. So far, Balika’s funds have come from individual donations, but Ms. Bala hopes they can access Corporate Social Responsibility funds as well. This will help the programme expand to other repressed communities in Mumbai, she says.Monthly reviewTo track the leadership journey of each girl, Ms. Bala holds a monthly meet where high-performing girls work with female mentors. “Currently, there are 50 mentors who work with the children and check their progress.” The teaching isn’t one-way, though. “The girls have been invited to deliver lectures to first and second year students at the Narsee Monjee and Government Law College on the importance of student leadership and performance management trackers for leadership development.”Looking back, Ms. Pooja says that she is happy they have helped so many girls re-enrol. But, she adds, “I really wish Balika can convince every parent to send their daughter to school so they can have careers of their choice.” Her personal plan? Apply for a TFI fellowship and become a teacher like Jasmine Didi. “And then, run an education NGO!”Follow Malwani’s changemakers on read more