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Swept away on Senior Day

first_imgWhile the weekend weather was ideal, the outcome on the softball diamond was far from it for the Wisconsin Badgers (24-15, 5-7 Big Ten) after getting swept by No. 8 Northwestern (35-10, 10-3 Big Ten). The Badgers lost 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday.Saturday’s game was senior day, as the team’s five seniors played their last game at Goodman Diamond. “It felt great, especially with the crowd out there,” senior infielder Athena Vasquez said. “Having all our parents here walking us out, it was a really nice day. Even with the loss, it was still nice.”The Wildcats, however, didn’t exactly give the seniors the send-off they were hoping for.Senior pitcher Eden Brock got the nod Saturday after pitching a three hitter in Friday’s loss. Brock’s home finale started well, as she allowed just one hit in the first two innings. Northwestern would get on the board in the third inning, however, when leadoff hitter Darcy Sengewald started with a single up the middle and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. She eventually came in to score on a double by Tammy Williams to left that carried over UW leftfielder Valyncia Raphael’s head. The fourth inning turned ugly for Brock and the Badgers, as Northwestern put five more runs on the scoreboard and had 11 batters come to the plate in the inning.After Erin Dyer dropped a hit into center to lead off the fourth, Jessica Rigas reached on a costly error by third baseman Theresa Boruta. Rigas then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a base hit by Dyer’s younger sister Kelly.In what proved to be the turning point in the game, Sengewald hit a two-out single to center fielder Sam Polito. The Badgers outfielder then fired the ball into home, as Kelly Dyer rounded third and looked to score. With catcher Joey Daniels blocking the plate, Polito’s throw was in time for Daniels to tag Dyer, but the umpire ruled interference on the play, allowing the run to count.Freshman Letty Olivarez came in to relieve Brock but gave up a two-run home run to Katie Logan on her first pitch. Olivarez left the game without recording an out and allowed two runs, neither of which was earned.Leah Vanevenhoven replaced Olivarez and was finally able to retire Northwestern, but not after they put up five runs in the inning on four hits.The Badgers finally got their first run in the fifth, as Katie Soderberg, who was pinch running for senior Stephanie Chinn, crossed home plate on a single up the middle by Vasquez. With UW threatening to tack on a few more runs with the bases loaded, Northwestern’s Lauren Delaney retired the next two Badgers to end the inning.Wisconsin would add just one more run in the seventh, as Vasquez recorded her second RBI of the day, driving in Polito. “I just went out there swinging,” Vasquez said. “I was just wanting to see the ball and hit the ball.”Vasquez and Polito were two bright spots on Saturday, as both recorded two hits on the day for the Badgers. Polito extended her hitting streak to 14 games, which ties her for the school record.”I thought that we battled back and forth,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “Our seniors played very well today. … I was just happy for them. They did a nice job.”On Friday, the Badger bats couldn’t produce enough run support for Brock in the 2-1 defeat. Both teams mustered just three hits apiece, with Vasquez, Polito, and Alexis Garcia reaching base for UW.Northwestern got on top when Kelly Dyer reached on an infield single. She then advanced to second on a grounder and stole third base, eventually being driven in by Williams.Wisconsin came back to tie it when Vasquez scored on an error by the shortstop Williams. Her throw was wide as she tried to convert a double play, allowing Vasquez to come home.The Wildcats scored again in the sixth, which would prove to be the game winner. Pinch runner Ashley Lafever scored on a single to the left side by Rigas, putting NU up 2-1.With the two losses on the weekend, Brock moved to 13-9 on the year. She struck out six Northwestern batters on Friday, but failed to record a strikeout in Saturday’s contest. Eileen Canney, who pitched for the Wildcats on Friday, fanned 12 Badgers while only walking one.Wisconsin now travels on the road for their final eight games of the regular season. Next up will be UW-Green Bay in a doubleheader Tuesday.last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders lose to Chargers, own NFL’s worst record

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. as the Raiders try to straighten things out at the Coliseum when they face the Los Angeles Chargers.The Raiders can’t help but play better than their last game, when they were embarrassed on national television in an indescribably bad 34-3 loss to the 49ers last Thursday. Oakland’s defense was torched by Nick Mullens, who was taking his first NFL snaps. The defeat sent the Raiders into a tie with the New York Giants with the …last_img read more

350,000-Year-Old Skull Looks Shockingly Like Modern Human

first_imgA 350,000-year-old skull that looks shockingly like a modern human by Dr Jerry BergmanTextbooks and science books written for laypersons often imply a certainty about human evolution that does not exist. If one reads widely, one soon finds that the precision implied in accounts of evolution vanishes, especially when it comes to human evolution. Some references admit this fact, but claim that evolution is true because it has been a fruitful theory that has inspired much research and exploration.One cannot deny that Darwinian evolution has been a fruitful theory, but this fact alone does not make it a true theory. Oxford professor Thomas Dixon succinctly dismisses this commonly-made claim by evolutionists. After stating that “Ptolemaic astronomy … was hugely successful for many centuries,” he added that “there is no reason to suppose that today’s successful theories [like Darwinism] are true. Both true and untrue theories can produce accurate predictions.”[1]In a breath of fresh air, one scientific report writes, “When and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago.”[2]The latest new evidence of human evolution, a review in Nature noted (as is common in reports of new fossil discoveries), demands rewriting of the textbooks.[3] The recently discovered fossil remains “suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than” 100,000 to 150,000 years “earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn’t suspect.”[4] The report on the find was a cover story published in none other than the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, Nature. The first issue of Nature magazine was published in November of 1869 and the journal has been an aggressive supporter for Darwinism ever since. It was ranked the world’s most cited scientific journal by the Citation Reports, a website that keeps track of citation numbers.The fact that our lineage as modern humans has been pushed back a hundred to a hundred and fifty thousand years with one discovery says several things. First, it shows how little evidence exists about human evolution, and, two, how tenuous the dates are. As the Nature report admitted, the “place and time of emergence of H. sapiens remain obscure because the fossil record is scarce and the chronological age of many key specimens remains uncertain.”[5]The report the paleontologists published in Nature[6] on the fossil skull of a Homo sapiens discovered in Morocco note it is a more elongated skull shape than modern humans. It appears, assuming that the ones uncovered are typical of this human variation, that they are simply another people group. The report admits that the brain case falls somewhere between what one might expect between ancient and modern humans.A review of the new fossil findings, as published in The Independent, opined, “The fossils could represent the earliest known examples of H. sapiens ever found (if confirmed by further research), and they serve as evidence that members of our species lived beyond sub-Saharan Africa.”[7]A History of the FindThe details of the discovery of the Morocco find make one very suspect of its validity. The first discovery in the area occurred in 1961. While plowing into a dense limestone wall, a crew of miners struck a soft patch that gave way to a mound of cinnamon-colored dirt. In the dirt was a nearly-complete skull. The miners, thinking the skull was from a modern human, turned it over to their field doctor. Soon after, the researchers uncovered more remains, including several jaw bone fragments and an arm fragment. The scientists then pegged the fossils at around 40,000 years old, a few thousand years before the Neanderthals were believed to have vanished.Roughly 40 years later, anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin and his team excavated the half-dozen layers of soil beneath the area where the skull and arm bones were discovered in 1961. The team found the remains of what looked like five individuals and flint blades which appeared to have been burned by nearby cooking fires. The evidence found at this cite indicated that these bone fragments were from modern humans.To date the bone fragments, the researchers used a dating technique that measures how much radiation had built up in the flint since it was heated, a technique called thermoluminescence.[8] Thermoluminescence dating measures luminescence exhibited by crystalline materials previously absorbed ionizing radiation energy that alters their crystal structure which retains the distortion. Heating the material causes the crystal structure to relax, assuming the previous conformation (shape) and causing the stored energy to be re-emitted as light which can be measured.Using this technique, Hublin and his team concluded that the ancient bones belonged to people who lived roughly 300,000 to 350,000 years ago. This assumes the ionization of the flint occurred at the same time when the people were cooking their meal. And it also assumes that the fire made by the people caused the ionization that the thermoluminescence technique measured. One major problem is contamination of ionizing radiation from such sources as radioactive elements in the soil or from cosmic rays.The Skulls Demolished the Previous Human Fossil Record When the team examined the skulls, instead of finding the robust features existing on faces of existing claimed human ancestors, including Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis, the face displayed a striking resemblance to modern humans. For example, the Homo erectus skulls have a single protruding brow ridge extending across the nose bridge. In contrast, the individuals they uncovered in Morocco had smaller separated brow ridges very much like modern humans. In addition, rather than a large face and flattened skull as common on Homo heidelbergensis, these people had small faces and rounder skulls also like modern humans.[9] As the lead researcher stated “The face of these people …  had a skull that is more elongated than most of us, but I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today.”[10]Implications of the FindThe major problem was, assuming their findings are valid, the discovery indicates modem humans lived close to the same time as our evolutionary ancestors. You cannot have descended from an earlier ancestor who lived close to the same time that you lived. Your early ancestors must have lived long before the time that you lived. This is why it was correctly stated that this find will force rewriting the textbooks! What was assumed to be our early human ancestor could not have been our ancestor. This is the same problem that the eminent paleontologist Louis Leakey discovered several decades ago that forced a redrawing the human family tree. It may have to be drawn yet again!Hublin added that he is convinced the Moroccan specimens “represent the very root of our species.” This means that all of the Homo sapiens ever found — including those uncovered far beyond Africa — trace their ancestral linkages back to the land that is today’s Morocco” and not sub-Saharan Africa as the current dominant theory teaches. This requires another major textbook revision, because the details of the evolution of humans, including loss of body fur/hair, bipedal locomotion, evolution of the brain, language, and all the rest is based on the sub-Saharan African evolution model. Thus, Darwinists will have to greatly revise many human evolution details.Associate professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton, Sonia Zakrzewski, concluded Hublin’s discovery was so important that it will encourage other archaeologists to drastically alter the way they think about human origins. She wrote, “It really sets the world alight in terms of the possibilities for understanding the evolution of Homo sapiens…. It certainly means that we need to rethink our models” of human evolution.[11] Indeed, evolutionists will have to do some major rethinking.Update July 11, 2018: It appears the out of Asia idea is catching on, meaning the origin of humans occurred in Asia and not Africa as once widely believed.  The cover of New Scientist included the following words in bold letters “Out of Asia. It’s time to rethink the map of human evolution.” (July 7-13, 2018). The article covers many of the early human fossil finds, including the Peking Man fossils discovered in 1923 which disappeared during the war. All that remains are casts which show them to be broad nosed men. Then came the 1992 find in China that looked like a hybrid mix of H. erectus and H. sapiens, which is not a problem if one concluded that H. erectus were H. sapiens, i. e., were the same species as many creationists concluded. Next came the 2009 find, also in China, classified as H. sapiens partly based on its very human like chin. This find was dated at least 50,000 years before humans were supposed to have arrive on earth.The New Scientist article then added the 2017 Moroccan fossils reported above going back 300,000 to 350,000 Darwin years, adding 100,000 Darwin years to the previous estimated date of the first humans. The problem is “our ancestors, in all their forms, were a promiscuous bunch. It seems as if every new genetic study reveals yet more interbreeding between groups that were once thought to be distinct species.” (Kate Douglas. 2018. p. 30).  This is what many creationists have been saying for some time. All, or most of, these fossil fragments are simply different varieties of humans exactly as we see today, except they exhibited more variety than modern humans. It looks like even more rewriting of the textbooks is called for. At the least, these new finds may reduce the dogmatism rampant in science.[1] Thomas Dixon. 2008. Science and Religion. Oxford University Press. p. 34.[2]  Brodwin, Erin. 2017. 300, 000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the Human Evolution Origin Story. The Independent, 10 November, 2017.[3] Hublin Ewen Callaway Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species’ history. Nature 546; p. 212 June 7, 2017[4] Brodwin, 2017.[5] Hublin, Jean-Jacques et al. 2017. Nature 546, 289.[6] Hublin, J. et al. 2017. Nature 546, 289–292.[7] Brodwin, 2017.[8] Richter, D. et al., 2017. The Age of the Hominin Fossil from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the Origins of the Middle Stone Age, Nature. 246: 293-296.[9] Brodwin, 2017.[10] Brodwin, 2017.[11] Quoted in Brodwin, 2017. Author Jerry Bergman, PhDDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information.(Visited 946 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa ranks 30 for worldwide innovation influence

first_img3 February 2016South Africa has ranked number 30 out of 56 countries in terms of its domestic policies supporting global innovation.The global technology think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released the data in its report, called Contributors and Detractors: Ranking Countries’ Impact on Global Innovation.“More innovation will be the determining factor in achieving greater progress,” stated the report, released on 20 January. “Countries’ economic and trade policies can either help or hurt global innovation.“In contrast, policies such as export subsidies or forced localisation harm global innovation. If nations increased their supportive policies and reduced their harmful policies, the rate of innovation worldwide would significantly accelerate.”How does South Africa compare?South Africa and Kenya were the only African countries to have been featured. Kenya ranked at 51.South Africa’s BRICS partners ranked as follows: Brazil came in at 41, Russia 42, India 54 and China 44.The top spots were taken by Finland, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, Netherlands, and Denmark, respectively.The authors of the report looked at various aspects that supported innovation locally, but which had a global effect, such as supportive tax systems, investing in the work force, and research and development.“Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice-president for global innovation.“As countries increasingly vie for leadership in the innovation economy, they can implement policies that try to benefit only themselves but harm the production of innovation in the rest of the world. Or they can implement ‘win-win’ policies that bolster their own innovation capacity while also generating positive spill-overs for the entire global economy. For innovation to flourish around the world, we need a system that is doing much more of the latter.”According to technology news site IT Web, South Africa’s National Development Plan is the blueprint for “the national system of innovation to function in a coherent and co-ordinated manner, with broad objectives aligned with national priorities.“It seeks to improve the governance of the innovation system, especially by ensuring the alignment of science and technology innovations activities across government and by co-ordinating public funding.”To read the full report, click here.Source: IT Web and reporterlast_img read more

NCGA defends RFS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The top leadership of the National Corn Growers Association was well represented at today’s field hearing regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the volume of ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard.NCGA President Chip Bowling of Maryland and Chairman Martin Barbre joined scores of farmers and others on-hand in Kansas City, Kan., to speak of the importance of domestic, renewable fuels to the nation. The EPA’s proposal would cut nearly 4 billion gallons of ethanol from the RFS through 2016, representing nearly a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.“We simply cannot afford — and will not tolerate — efforts to cut the demand for corn, and that’s exactly what your proposal will do,” Bowling told the EPA. “We cannot let this stand. We’ve done our part, and our allies in the ethanol industry have done their part. It’s time the EPA sided with those of us supporting a domestic, renewable fuel that’s better for the environment.”Bowling ended his testimony telling the group that farmers were watching and would continue to speak out.“We have never before seen so much grassroots interest in a particular issue,” he said. “The many who came here today had to set aside important work back home, with delayed planting or other important field work. They are here because they know what’s at stake.”In his testimony, Barbre spotlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard and questioned the EPA’s methodology.“Until the EPA proposed changes to the renewable volume obligation for 2014, the RFS was doing exactly what it was intended to do — driving adoption of domestic renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in developing new renewable energy sources while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions here at home,” he said. “The EPA’s proposal threatens these outcomes. At the same time, we are extremely concerned about the methodology behind EPA’s decision. The EPA only has the authority to issue a waiver when reviewing the RVOs if either the RFS would cause ‘severe economic harm’ to the economy or the environment, or if there is an inadequate domestic supply.”last_img read more

Warm and dry trend for remainder of 2016 growing season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The overall trend, as we discussed earlier this year, was expected to be toward warmer and drier weather and this has been occurring.Spring is in the books and it went down as warmer temperatures and near normal rainfall for Ohio as seen in the attached graphics. The exception was north-central Ohio which was wetter than normal.What is in store for the rest of June and July you ask?The trend is your friend. We expect warmer and drier to be the rule from late June through July.The good news…even though we are expecting above normal temperatures through July, it does not appear to be extreme heat. This may not be far from ideal conditions for extra growing degree days.The bad news…crops may feel the stress in July as rainfall will be hit and miss.Rest of June Outlook… Temperatures will average 4 to 8 degrees F above normal. However, most maximum temperatures will stay below 92 degrees F and most minimum temperatures will stay above 60 degrees F. Therefore, the temperatures may be a benefit to growing degree days without the high heat stress.Rainfall will be wildly dependent in individual thunderstorms ranging from 0.25 to 2 inches for the rest of the month. Normal is about 1.50 inches so most places will be at or below normal. Most of this rainfall will occur with a series of storms through this Thursday then again Sunday June 26 and Monday June 27. After June 27 it looks fairly dry into the 4th of July.July Outlook… Temperatures will continue above normal likely 2 to 5 degrees F. Rainfall will likely be 25 to 75% of normal. Normal is 3 to 4 inches.Drought Outlook… I am expecting areas of minor drought to be expanding across Ohio through July. Some pockets of moderate drought cannot be ruled out. However, we do not see any extreme type drought situation at this time, just on the drier side of things overall. This will not be as dry as 2012 by any means or as hot! This will be in association with the developing La Niña condition in the Pacific Ocean. It is not uncommon for some drought to challenge crops in Ohio during those events. All indications are the dryness could last until December in Ohio when wetter conditions often start during La Nina events.You can keep up on the latest NOAA/NWS/OHRFC Drought Briefing using our drought briefing page at: read more

Ole Solskjaer aims to revive Fergies style

first_imgNewly appointed Manchester United interim manager Ole Solskjaer has revealed he plans to revive the style of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the club.The former United striker, who spent 11 years at Old Trafford is aiming to reintroduce the fearless football that the club played under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson.Solskjaer, who scored 91 goals in 235 Premier League appearances as a striker for United, replaced Jose Mourinho who was sacked by the Red Devils on Tuesday morning following a dismal season so far.His first game in charge of United comes on Saturday away at another of his former clubs, Cardiff City, where he was the manager for nearly a year in 2014.“If you play at Man United, you play without fear and you play with courage,” Solskjaer told Man Utd’s official website. harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“You go out there and express your skills.”“I’ve had the best. He [Sir Alex] just said, ‘Go out and express yourselves, take risks.’”“I want the players to just be similar to the kids that love to play football, and go out [to play] in front of the best fans in the world.”The former Norway international also revealed to the club’s official Twitter account that coming back to United is like coming home.“It feels like home.”last_img read more