Best of Windies still to come, says Moseley

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies Women assistant coach Ezra Moseley believes the best is yet to come from the Caribbean side’s batting, and hopes it can click in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup against nemesis Australia.Playing in Thursday’s semi-final against New Zealand Women in Mumbai, West Indies Women rattled up 143 for six, and then bowled superbly to defend the total and come away with a six-run win.Moseley said based on the quality in the batting unit, West Indies Women had the ability to score in excess of 143.”I’m not certain that our batting has really clicked yet. We are better than 140 on a good pitch,” the former West Indies fast bowler said.”And I am hoping that Deandra (Dottin) and the captain (Stafanie Taylor) and the others could really chip in and give us a big total in the final that we can defend if we bat first.”Taylor has been the most consistent batsmen in the series with scores of 40, 40, 35, 47 and 25 in her five innings in the tournament.INCONSISTENT BATTINGThe remainder of the batting unit has been inconsistent, however, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the first half-century in the tournament for the Windies Women.Moseley said Cooper had played well despite carrying a slight niggle.”She played well. The coach Vasbert Drakes said he was going to send her at number three and she really batted well, although she was carrying a slight side strain,” Moseley noted.The semi-final win saw the Windies Women finally break their jinx and reach the final of a Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, after bowing out at the final-four stage at the previous three tournaments.Moseley said Thursday’s win had been inspired by Cooper’s half-century coupled with tenacious bowling.”Britney Cooper has not really done a lot with the bat in this series. She came good … and it was good to see but I thought (with) the bowling, most of them kept their nerves and did the business for West Indies.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSFAI Junior Cup Drumkeen United 3 Gweedore Celtic 4Gweedore Celtic advanced to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup but were pushed all the way by Drumkeen at St Patricks Park on Saturday afternoon. It was the home team who actually took the lead through Peter McNamee after 10 minutes but Thomas Diver equalised for Gweedore 5 minutes later. Declan Doherty fired the visitors ahead again but Peter Mc Namee levelled for the home side .Jay Dee then scored for Gweedore to put them ahead again by 3 goals to 2 only for that man Mc Namee to score again for the home team. Both sides had other chances in the first half with Peter McNamee and Anthony Browne forcing good saves from Chris Sweeney in the Gweedore goal. The sides went in level at the break after an eventful first half. While the second half did not live up to the first half in terms of goals scored there were still a few chances for both sides. Drumkeen Keeper Ciaran Bonner had to make a good save in a one on one situation with a Gweedore forward to keep his side in the Game. As the game entered the final quarter it was by no means certain who would win. With about 15 minutes left Gweedore got what would prove to be the winner when Thomas Diver capitalised on a defensive error to score his second and Gweedore’s fourth goal of the game .The home team never gave up though and kept pressing for an equaliser. They nearly got it when Mark James got on the end of a Ryan Kettle cross but his header went just over the bar. The visitors had a couple more efforts as well but could not find another goal. Best for Gweedore were Thomas Diver and Declan O’ Sullivan while Peter McNamee gets a Special mention for Drumkeen. It’s not often you score a hat trick and still end up on the losing side. Referee: Marty Quinn.Old Orchard Saturday DivisionFintown Harps AFC 2 Orchard F.C.5In the 1st half Philip Doherty was the first with a chance but he put it beyond the post. In the 40th minute Orchard made no mistake in putting it into the net. In the 2nd half Fintown were awarded a corner where Aaron Boyle put Fintown on the score board. This gave the game a great lift. Fintown were then awarded a free kick and Christopher Mc Glynn made sure to hit the right top corner making it 2-1 and Fintown seemed to be in control. Orchard scored to even the board. Orchard then took over scoring another three to secure the win.Glencar Celtic 1 Strand Rovers 2Glencar’s horrendous start to the season continued against Strand Rovers, going behind in the 5th minute when a Cathal Boyle deflected header beat Dominic Friel in goals. Glencar’s bad luck didn’t end there with captain Mark Graham going off injured in the 10th minute. The home side battled well and were unlucky coming close on a few occasions. Glencar were dealt another blow early in the second half, although it was against the run of play, Strand scored their second through Doalty Boyle. Somewhat rattled this lifted Glencar who finally started to play a bit and got a goal back through Glencar’s best player on the day Graham Cullen with a fine header. Grieve had Glencar’s best chance to level from the edge of the box but Strand’s keeper saved well. The Strand defence held out to the end. Graham Cullen was best for GlencarGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenree United Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers Reserves 3Erne took the lead 10 minutes into the 1st half when Glenree conceded a free kick that led to Nicky Sheerin scoring. Early in the 2nd half Glenree were 2 down when a long ball caught out their defence and Daniel Warnock duly slotted home. Glenree pushed forward in search of goals. They scored in the 35th minute through Connor Casey who rose highest in the box to nod home. Erne then gave away an indirect free inside the box. Denis Doherty laid it back for Marty Mc Laughlin who cooly side footed into the top corner. Straight from Erne’s kick0off James Gallagher ran through and toe poked past the out- rushing keeper to end the game 3-2 to visitors. Good performances by both teams.Donegal Town Reserves 4 St. Catherines Reserves 2Donegal Town got off to a dream start and found themselves 2 goals up in the first half hour. David “Ted” Bustard got on the end of a mishit kick-out from the St. Catherine’s keeper. Bustard ran in past the penalty spot and calmly played the ball sideways to Gary Ward who slotted home from close range. Ward can take sole credit for Donegal’s second, after making a good run into the box Ward was fouled and a penalty awarded. Ward’s finished from the spot was first class. Donegal extended their lead early in the second half. Nathan Ward was dragged down inside the box and a second penalty awarded. Gary Ward completed his hat-trick from the spot. St Catherine’s then mounted a comeback. Stephen Anderson scoring two goals brought Catherines back within a goal of Donegal. But it was Donegal who got all three points, Gary Herron getting Donegal’s forth goal late in the game. Gary Ward along with Ted Bustard, who’s just back from injury, were both excellent for Donegal. Ryan Haughey had a very solid senior debut for Donegal in goals and was exceptional throughout the game. Keadue Rovers Reserves 9 Milford United Reserves 0Keadue started the game stronger and played some lovely football. The first goal of the game came when Cory Gallagher got on the end of a ball over the top and finished well. It was all Keadue from here on in and the second goal was scored by Adam Neely after good work from his brother Luke. Another ball over the top found Adam Neely who tucked it away. Further goals by Damien Hanlon, Cory Gallagher, Chris Greene and Luke Neely x 3 rounded off an emphatic 9-0 victory for Keadue.Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Glenea United Reserves 1Castlefin kept up their 100% home record after a fine 2-1 win over Glenea. Castlefin started the half the brighter with Marcus Curran going close on numerous occasions but couldn’t find a way past Ciaran Gallagher in the Glenea goal. Castlefin finally broke the deadlock after 22 minutes when the ball broke into the path of Curran who slotted home from the edge of the box. Glenea equalised in the 27th minute, after sloppy defending in the Castlefin box the clearance fell to Kieran Boyce who’s shot made its way through the crowded box into the bottom corner. Castlefin took the lead again shortly after the break, Ronan Tourish found Matthew O’Rourke on 52 minutes. O’Rourke’s strike beat the Glenea keeper Gallagher to finish into the bottom corner. The home side had further chances through Brian Dooher and Matthew O’Rourke but could not take advantage. Referee: Barry Hunter. Best for Castlefin: Marcus CurranCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 Cappry Rovers Reserves 6( No Report Submitted)FAI Junior CupGreencastle F.C. 2 Erne Wanderers 1Erne Wanders met Inishowen opposition in the FAI Junior Cup and exited the competition by the slightest of margins. Behind by two at the interval Alan Dorrian’s men fought hard and got a goal back after the break through Barry Mulligan. However Greencastle held on and they will be in the hat for the draw for the next round of the competition.Glengad United 8 Raphoe Town 0Raphoe were outplayed by Glengad F.C. in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday. Behind by the minimum at the break, largely due to the saving of Rory Duffy, the Donegal League side could do little to stop the Inishowen outfit who won comfortably in the end.Ballybofey United 4 Glaslough 1Ballybofey United hosted Glaslough from Monaghan in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday. They survived an early scare when Chris Patton excellently saved a penalty after a foul in the area. Two minutes later Darren Kelly blazed the ball over the bar when he was set up from a short corner. Ballybofey were the better team at this stage and Glaslough seemed over reliant on breakaways. On twenty one minutes Shaun Mc Gowan sent Damian Glackin through with a long ball over the defence. Glackin was foiled at point blank range by the visiting keeper. Four minutes later they took the lead when Gavin Doherty’s speculative ball turned the Glaslough defence and what they saw was the back of Michael Lynch as he beat the off-side trap to race clear and slide the ball past the keeper. Despite been ahead Ballybofey were issued a warning on thirty six minutes when Glaslough broke and narrowly missed the target. David White headed Conor O’ Brien’s cross wide before Glaslough got back on level terms when they out-muscled the young Ballybofey central defender to win possession and cross to the back post where their winger headed home from three yards. From the centre Ballybofey regained their lead when Conor O’ Brien scored. Two became three on the re-start when the Glaslough keeper failed to hold O’ Brien’s shot and the rebounding ball was guided home by an unlucky recovering defender. O’ Brien added a fourth in a second half that saw the home side comfortable with Glaslough having their best spell from twenty five to thirty five minutes without once troubling Patton in the home net. Ballybofey will be happy that every man contributed to this victory and some of their young players are starting to settle into the tea. Glaslough will have better days. Referee: Marty Quinn Gweedore United 1 Rathmullan Celtic 4This game was played in perfect conditions under the floodlights at Carrickboyle on Friday night saw Rathmullan advance to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after a good second half performance. United were missing a number of their key players through injury for this fixture. In the first half both sides cancelled each other out with only half chances created by either team. Rathmullan opened the scoring in the 39th minute when Kevin Doran’s free kick went straight into the bottom corner of the United net to make it 1-0 at half time. In the second half United began the brighter, playing good football and pressing in search of the equaliser. The home side got their deserved equaliser in the 57th minute when good play by Gavin Mc Bride and Ciaran Mc Fadden freed Michael Barry who drove into the bottom of the net to make it 1-1. In the following minutes United had two good chances through Gavin Mc Bride and Ciaran Mc Fadden however Mark Gallagher made good saves on each occasion. Doran put the visitors 2-1 up with his second goal in the 64th minute when he scored from 12 yards after good individual work. The home side pushed looking to try to equalise however Rathmullan got their 3rd on the break with Eoin Sheridan finishing well in the 84th minute. The visitors got their 4th in the 89th minute when Aaron Mc Clafferty tapped in from 4 yards after a good move and the game ended 4-1 in front of a large turnout at Carrickboyle. Referee: Kevin Logue.Deele Harps 4 Glenea United 3Deele welcomed Premier Division outfit Glenea United to The Athletic Grounds and recorded one of the biggest shocks of the Round in the FAI Junior Cup. Deele started well and were creating a few chances but against the run of play the home side fell behind when Kieran Mc Geady headed home an Eamonn McGee corner. Deele responded well and equalised on 20 minutes after Lee Coll headed down to the flame haired midfielder Kevin Lynch who played a sublime pass to send Shane Gallagher through on goal and the Tober goal machine made no mistake. Deele didn’t learn from their mistake and were punished again when another excellent corner from left back Eamonn McGee was headed home by Dean Mc Carry . Deele made it 2-2 when Shane Gallagher poked home in the box to grab his 6th goal of the season. The second half was end to end with Glenea playing the long ball game and putting the Deele defence under pressure. Glenea went ahead again when Mc Geever tapped home on the line after Chris Roulstone saved well from a free kick. Deele rallied again and equalised for the 3rd time when Conor Catterson finished well from the edge of the box, a sublime shot which left the former Manchester United goalkeeper Joe Coll rooted to the spot. The home side deservedly grabbed the winner on 75 minutes. Shane Gallagher beat two men and then pulled the ball back to Brian Breslin who hammered home from 12 yards. Best for Deele were Kevin Lynch, Paul Lynch and Aaron Conroy. Referee: Con McLaughlin.Milford United 2 Glenree United 1Milford entertained Glenree in the first round of the FAI Junior at Moyle View Park and eventually advanced to the next round with a late goal from Brendan Murray. Milford started slow and conceded on 20 minutes when a Colin Gallagher shot was defected into the net to give the visitors the lead. Milford pushed for an equaliser, squandering a couple of good chances, and eventually got their goal on 43minutes when Cathal Mc Gettigan headed home a Gary Merritt cross. Milford played a lot better in the second half and found the winner on 80 minutes when Brendan Murray headed home a Gary Merritt corner. Best for Milford were Joey Cullen and Danny McBride, best for Glenree were Colin Gallagher and the centre half John Mc Clafferty. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Drumoghill F.C. 3 Lagan Harps 1A second half brace from Marcus Oliver was enough to send Drumoghill on their way to a comfortable victory over neighbours Lagan Harps although Mark Hunter’s late strike did mean that the home side needed to endure a nervous few minutes until Gerard Mc Granaghan slotted home the clincher in the final minutes of the game to ensure Drumoghill advanced to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup. Drumoghill, who had lost to Lagan Harps in each of their last two encounters, were obviously determined to avoid a third cup exit at the hands of the men from Manorcunningham. They should’ve been ahead as early as the 5th minute when Oliver found himself clear on goal. The striker saw the advancing Harley come of his line but turned away in agony as his attempted lob cleared the crossbar. The first half was a tight affair with Mark Harkin and Kevin Kelly prominent in midfield for Lagan Harps and they managed to stifle much of the danger that Drumoghill tried to create. The closest Drumoghill came to a goal during the opening half was in the 27th minute when Ethan McCready’s thunderbolt from 25 yards came back off the inside of the upright with Harley well and truly beaten. It looked destined for the net from the moment the ball left his foot but the woodwork came to Lagan’s rescue to ensure the first half ended scoreless. The second half was only two minutes old when the breakthrough arrived. There seemed little danger as Liam O’Donnell flicked on McCauley’s goal kick but his header sent Oliver through on goal. There was still a lot to do as Oliver got into his stride, held off Paul Rodgers and calmly slotted home as Harley came out to narrow the angle. It was no more than Drumoghill deserved and the home side gradually took control. Oliver grabbed his second of the game on 72 minutes after good work from McCready and Malseed in midfield sent the striker through on goal and he finished well from a narrow angle. That should really have been that but Mark Hunter gave his side a lifeline with a thunderbolt of his own on 74 minutes. There again appeared little danger when the ball fell to Hunter just outside the box but Drumoghill’s failure to close him down gave Hunter the chance to shoot and he gave McCauley no chance to set up a frantic finale. Lagan had now gained the upper hand but were forced to settle for long range efforts as Drumoghill resolutely defended their lead. It came as a relief though when they finally regained their two goal advantage in the final minute. Benny Bonner whipped in a free kick from the left wing after McCready was fouled and there was Gerard Mc Granaghan to nudge the ball home at the back post to grab his second goal of the season and send his side into the next round of the competition. Referee: Paddy MartinCavan Rangers 3 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0Kerrykeel’s interest in this season’s FAI Junior Cup has been extinguished at the first hurdle with Cavan Rangers progressing to the next round.Cavan Celtic 3 Donegal Town 3 (a.e.t.)(Cavan Celtic won 16-15 on Penalties)Donegal Town made the trip to Cavan for this FAI Junior Cup match against Cavan Celtic. The led by two goals to nil at the interval and looked in pole position. Cavan improved after the break and their better play coupled with Donegal’s lack of firepower saw the game end three each after extra time. The tie went to a Penalty Shoot-Out which itself was a lengthy affair. Donegal Town lost out by 15 penalties to 16 and will rue not winning the game in normal time when they had their chance.Cappry Rovers 7 Cavan Celtic 3Cappry Rovers advanced to the next round of the F.A.I. Junior Cup when they defeated Cavan Town in an entertaining game played in perfect conditions at Cappry Park. Cappry took the game to the visitors from the start when they created a few chances but it was the Cavan boys who should have opened the scoring in the fifth minute after they were awarded a penalty following a tackle but the spot kick was well saved by Eoghan Gallen in the Cappry goal. Cappry broke the deadlock in the sixteenth minute when a long throw-in from Gavin Reilly found Aaron Kelly who scored at the back post. Brian Lafferty scored Cappry’s second goal in the twenty fourth minute when he got on the end of another long throw from Gavin Reilly. Cavan got a goal back in the twenty eighth minute when Cian Byrne scored following a free kick. Kyle Lafferty scored Cappry’s third goal in the fifty third minute with a shot to the top of the net. Worse was to follow for the visitors when Alan Patton scored in the fifty sixth minute when he beat the defence and advancing keeper to put the ball in the net. Cian Byrne got his and Cavan’s second goal on the hour mark when he converted a penalty following a hand ball by a Cappry defender in the penalty area. Kyle Lafferty got his second and Cappry’s fifth goal in the sixty third minute when he scored following a corner. Cappry got their sixth goal in the seventieth minute when Aaron Kelly scored his second with a header. Gary Dunnion got Cappry’s seventh goal in the seventy fifth minute when he blocked a clearance from the visitors defence following a corner. Cian Byrne completed his hat-trick by scoring Cavan’s third goal from the penalty spot in the seventy seventh minute following a hand ball in the area. Team Performance from Cappry. Cian Byrne was best for Cavan Town. Referee: Mickey Mulhern.Castlefin Celtic 3 Convoy Arsenal 2Castlefin started quick and took the lead after 11 minutes, Ronan Tourish’s shot from outside of the box hit the back post and went in. Convoy came close to equalising minutes later but Eunan Kelly could not find a way past Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Menamin. Castlefin doubled the lead in the 37th minute, Mc Menamin’s long kick out found JP Malley who headed home from 6 yards. Convoy came out strong for the second half and pulled one back two minutes in, Eunan Kelly’s shot curled around the Castlefin defence and into the bottom corner. Convoy equalised in the 60th minute, Jonny Robb did well to beat the defence and finished low and hard into the bottom corner. Castlefin searched for another with Barry Tourish forcing Convoy keeper Chris O’Donnell into an excellent save. Castlefin took the lead again on 76 minutes, Ronan Tourish beat the Convoy midfield and defence to find JP Malley who back heeled the ball into the net. Convoy looked for another equaliser and 5 minutes from time went close when Lee Guthrie’s effort came back off the bar. Referee: Mick Lagan Best for Castlefin: Simon Mc Menamin and Johnny Doherty. Best for Convoy: Chris O’DonnellBonagee United 1 Lifford Celtic 0Noel O’Donnell headed wide from ten yards after ten minutes. Eamon Cannon saw his shot from twenty five yards just go wide on thirteen minutes. Ciaran Patton came close for the visitors on twenty minutes after he beat the keeper to the ball on the edge of the box but the defender got back to clear off the line. Four minutes later Jude Patton saw his strike on goal also cleared off the line. Bonagee took the lead on thirty minutes when Ciaran Bradley put Noel O’ Donnell through and the striker shot home from fifteen yards. The home side were well on top at this stage and O’ Donnell should have had another couple of goals after good crosses from Cannon and Bradley but the big striker headed over from six yards. Adam Kelly saw his strike on the hour well saved by Carr in the home goal. Bonagee hit the bar twice first a Glen Rainey header on seventy minutes from ten yards and then a Chris Darby shot from the six yards on seventy five minutes. Lifford kept plugging away and Colin Carlin and Jack Quinn had good strikes on goal well saved by John Carr on eighty and eighty three minutes. Team effort by both sides. Referee: John Mc GlanagheyKildrum Tigers 2 Carrowmena F.C. 0The Tigers controlled the opening half and had a few chances through Crossan and Laird but couldn’t break the deadlock. The Tigers took the lead on 47minutes when Damian Crossan got on the end of a Daniel Doherty free kick. Kildrum were well on top and doubled their lead when Shane Mc Intyre fired home from 12 yards on 75 minutes. Team performance from the Tigers.KS Eagles 1 Arranmore United 6Gerry Early brought his Islander’s to play KS Eagles in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday. They returned to Burtonport in time for the last Ferry home with a ticket secured to the next round of the competition. Two goals from Gavin Mc Glanaghey and one apiece from Chris Mc Glanaghey, Torski, David Ward, Martin Proctor and Chris Mc Glanaghey did the damage and eased the lengthy journey home after an early morning start on their way to the midlands.RESULTSSaturday 26th SeptemberFAI Junior CupDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 0 v 3 Kilmacrennan CelticDrumkeen United 3 v 4 Gweedore CelticClones Town 2 v 0 Curragh AthleticOld Orchard Saturday DivisionFintown Harps AFC 2 v 5 Orchard F.C.Glencar Celtic 1 v 2 Strand RoversGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionGlenree United Reserves 2 v 3 Erne Wanderers ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 4 v 2 St. Catherines ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 9 v 0 Milford United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Glenea United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 6 Cappry Rovers ReservesSunday 27th SeptemberFAI Junior CupGreencastle F.C. 2 v 1 Erne WanderersGlengad United 8 v 0 Raphoe TownBallybofey United 4 v 1 GlasloughGweedore United 1 v 4 Rathmullan CelticDeele Harps 4 v 3 Glenea UnitedMilford United 2 v 1 Glenree UnitedDrumoghill F.C. 3 v 1 Lagan HarpsCavan Rangers 3 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Cavan Celtic 3 v 3 (a.e.t.) Donegal Town(Cavan Celtic won 16-15 on Penalties)Cappry Rovers 7 v 3 Cavan CelticCastlefin Celtic 3 v 2 Convoy ArsenalBonagee United 1 v 0 Lifford CelticKildrum Tigers 2 v 0 Carrowmena F.C.KS Eagles 1 v 6 Arranmore UnitedFIXTURES Saturday 3rd October K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Old Orchard Saturday DivisionDrumbar F.C. v Arranmore United ( K.O. 1 p.m.)Mulroy Celtic v Drumkeen UnitedGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesMilford United Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesDrumoghill FC Reserves v Glenree United ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesSunday 4th October K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United v Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic v Castlefin CelticCappry Rovers v Rathmullan CelticDrumoghill FC v Kilmacrennan CelticSt. Catherines FC v Kildrum TigersWatson Hire Division OneCranford United v Donegal TownKeadue Rovers v Kerrykeel ‘71 FCBonagee United v Raphoe TownConvoy Arsenal v Lagan HarpsGweedore United v Lifford CelticCT Ball Division TwoCurragh Athletic v Eany CelticDeele Harps v Letterbarrow CelticWhitestrand United v Glenree UnitedCopany Rovers v Ballybofey UnitedErne Wanderers v Dunkineely CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 27th, 2015 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Mutations and Duplications: Pools of Innovation?

first_imgCreationists looked in what evolutionists called “junk DNA” and found gems.   Evolutionists are still looking for their gems in junk mutations.Like gift wrapping, headlines of science articles do not always reveal what’s inside.  Some people send dead flowers in pretty boxes to make a statement.  Evolutionists are still looking for something beautiful in mutations, as evidenced by this title on PhysOrg: “Insects show how DNA mistakes become evolutionary innovation.”  As if to avoid embarrassment, the subtitle quickly added, “One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything useful.”  That’s a clever parlay; the problem is yours, not Darwin’s! (see “Shifting the Burden of Proof” fallacy.)What did reporter Faye Flam offer as proof for this “notion”?  Two papers that claim mutated copies of a gene allowed insects to avoid death when ingesting toxins called cardenolides (old news; see 7/25/2012).  The “innovation,” therefore, is not a new organ or capability that didn’t exist before, but a reduced vulnerability.  The article celebrated this as an “evolutionary trick” that produced “convergent evolution” in different insect lineages.  Evolution, though, should produce new species (like Darwin titled his book, The Origin of Species).  Flam could not claim that the varieties able to ingest the toxins were new species; in fact, the article confessed at the end, “The way new species are born is another longstanding puzzle in evolution that DNA is helping scientists to solve.”  Come back later for the promised proof of innovation.Speaking of Darwin, another press release from the Vienna University of Evolutionary Medicine echoed on Science Daily promised to help Darwin out by showing “New Understandings of How Populations Change Over Time.”  The article set the stage with a low drum roll portending disaster (note the ominous reference to “climate change”):Since 1859, when Darwin’s classic work “On the Origin of Species” was published, we have known that populations change over the course of time. The ability to adapt to changing surroundings is the basis for evolution and is crucial for animals and plants to come to terms with new environmental conditions, for example as a consequence of climate change. Despite the obvious importance of the process, however, we still do not understand the underlying mechanisms. It is clear that organisms change their DNA in response to selection pressures. But how?First off, readers may be puzzled why the “But how?” question has not been answered since 1859, since that was the main thing Darwin’s best-seller was supposed to have solved.  And second, observers have known long before Darwin that populations change over time.  But anyway, where’s the gem in this mutational junkpile?  Has Christian Schlötterer rescued Darwin by showing how a random genetic change is linked to genetic changes?Well, yes and no.  Schlötterer cruelly subjected fruit flies to cold temperatures and shouted “Evolve or perish!” so to speak.  He did find some genetic changes, but didn’t associate them with adaptive benefits.  “It will be intriguing to try to find out whether the two categories of gene affect distinct groups of traits,” he said.One of the biggest studies of gene duplication was reported in Science this week.  The title is catchy: “Real-Time Evolution of New Genes by Innovation, Amplification, and Divergence” (Näsvall et al., Science 19 October 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6105 pp. 384-387, DOI: 10.1126/science.1226521).  There must be gems in this pile!  Alas, Elisabeth Pennisi in her review in the same issue was not so sanguine, despite her hopeful title, “Evolution: Gene Duplication’s Role in Evolution Gets Richer, More Complex” (Science 19 October 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6105 pp. 316-317, DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6105.316).  The phrase “More complex” is code for “harder to understand.”  It’s not a simple victory for Darwin.She discussed Susumi Ohno’s 1970 theory that gene duplication lets the copy evolve, then Michael Lynch’s late-1990s theory that genes with two functions can duplicate and divide the work (subfunctionalization).  Nice ideas, but they didn’t satisfy everyone, and are now seen as simplistic.  And there were problems: “Given natural selection’s tendency to purge unnecessary genes, how would the gene copy stick around long enough to take on a new or subfunction?”  Hold it; wasn’t that the claim behind junk DNA?The details about how Näsvall et al. coaxed a bacteria to make tryptophan from precursors when a gene for making it was disabled, and how it had to wait for the right mutation to arrive by promoting duplication, are described in Pennisi’s article.  The point of the experiment, though was to show innovation, not just getting back to where the bacterium was before a gene was broken. The researchers stated that two mutations were required to produce the “innovation” (which was actually more like a “restoration” of a deleted function).Other scientists called this “a nice, elegant experimental system” (sounding like faint praise), but were not convinced it’s a general principle applicable outside the bacterial world.  “No matter what, Näsvall’s experiment will encourage more experimental tests of gene-duplication scenarios,” someone said (translation: send more funding).Empty promises, endless promissory notes, why do we trust these guys?  Where is the really big innovation attributable to mutations?  Duplications are a form of mutation, but just because you get a second copy of a text message on your smartphone, it doesn’t mean the second one will evolve into a new, helpful message when cosmic rays hit it.  This is all wishful thinking in dreamland, hyped by ideologues with power.  Darwin was supposed to explain the big things– the trunk on the elephant, the wing on the bird, the brain in the Einstein.  All we get are tiny, questionable instances of possible adaptive changes in bacteria (remember that bacteria can swap information through lateral gene transfer, and may have designed mechanisms to control their own mutations).  These get wildly extrapolated into vast scenarios of evolution, completely unwarranted by the meager data that is often subject to interpretation.  But they KNOW that there’s enough innovation in that junkpile of mistakes to explain elephants, birds and humans, why?  Because EVOLUTION IS A FACT!   Now you know why living in Darwinland is like being trapped in a cult compound. 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A fragile ark that shelters 2,626 creatures

first_imgIn a first, the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has published an compendium of animal species in the Indian Sundarbans, estimating that there are 2,626 of them in the fragile island ecosystem. The listing includes a diverse 25 phyla, as they are biologically classified.The Indian segment of the Sundarbans, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, forms part of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta across 9,630 sq. km, distributed among 104 islands. The region hosts 2,487 species that come under the zoological kingdom of Animalia, and 140 under the more primitive Protista.“The publication titled Fauna of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve is the first consolidated and updated information of the faunal diversity of the Sundarbans. It lists over 2,600 species, including the new species described from the mangrove ecosystem as well as threats faced by them due to climate change,” ZSI Director Kailash Chandra told The Hindu.Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, secretary of Nature Environment and Wildlife Society, a non-governmental organisation and one of the authors of the publication, says it is encyclopedic in its scope.“When we talk about Sundarbans we refer to only a few major species in the reserve forest area in about 4,260 sq. km. The publication catalogues the entire faunal diversity of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve covering 9,630 sq. km spread over 19 blocks in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas of West Bengal,” Mr. Roy Chowdhury said.Gone missingThe researchers document the famous tigers of these islands, which have adapted to aquatic conditions around, the human-tiger conflict, and behaviour of the big cat. The fortunes of 50 mammalian species including the Asian small-clawed Otter, Gangetic Dolphin, Grey and Marsh Mongoose and the wild Rhesus Monkey, the only primate here, are also documented.“Due to pressure on habitat from people and natural threats that have shrunk the mangrove swamp habitat, mammal numbers are declining,” the authors say. Two Rhinos, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer and Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo are not found in Sundarbans anymore, they say.There are 356 species of birds, the most spectacular being raptors, or birds of prey, that occupy the highest canopies of the forest. Osprey, Brahminy Kite and White-Bellied Sea Eagle are dominant, while Rose-ringed parakeets, flycatchers and warblers are also found in the middle tier, while in the lower tier, kingfishers abound — and the Sundarbans has nine of them. There are 11 turtles, including the famous Olive Ridley and Hawskbill sea turtles and the most threatened freshwater species, the River Terrapin. A crocodile, 13 lizards including three species of Monitor Lizards and five Geckos are found here. The rivers, creeks channels and the islands together harbour about 30 snake species, led by the King Cobra, considered vulnerable by IUCN. Others documented are the Monocellate or monocled cobra, Russell’s viper, common and banded kraits. Besides, ten species of frogs and toads are found.Cartilaginous fishThe mangrove ecosystem covers about 350 species of fish. Cartilaginous fish, which have skeletons of cartilage rather than bone, make up 10.3%. The IUCN conservation status shows 6.3% fish are near-threatened and 4.85% are threatened. Also, there are 173 molluscs. In another indication of its richness, 753 insect species are encountered in the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve. Of these, 210 are butterflies and moths. Moreover, Crustaceans — crabs, shrimp and prawns — constitute 334 species.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard leads Raptors to first NBA Finals

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DRAKE WATCHRaptors fan and ‘global ambassador’ Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with ‘KAWHI ME A RIVER’ printed on the back.STREET PARTYOutside the downtown arena, fans flooded streets, bringing traffic to a standstill. One video posted on social media showed a group of fans partying on the roof of a Toronto city bus. Fans surrounded Marc Gasol’s car as he was driven out of the arena , and the center rolled down his window to trade high fives with the crowd.BIRTHDAY BOYToronto’ reserve Norman Powell scored nine points on his 26th birthday. Standing at the back of the room, Powell’s mother wished him a happy birthday at the end of her son’s press conference.FAMILIAR POSITIONThe last team to overcome an 0-2 deficit and win a conference finals was Oklahoma City, which beat San Antonio in six games in 2012 after losing the first two on the road. Ibaka played for that Thunder team, while Leonard was a Spurs rookie.UP NEXTThe NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season. View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Toronto was eliminated by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in three straight postseasons before shaking things up last summer with the acquisition of Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP who was acquired from San Antonio and has carried the Raptors in this postseason.“He’s the best player in the league and we’re happy he’s in Toronto,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said.Asked about Ujiri’s compliment, Leonard said he’s focused on different goals.“I just want to win,” he said. “I don’t care about being the best player. I want to be the best team.”Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, but the NBA’s top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.“Man, obviously when you’re up 2-0, that doesn’t mean nothing,” Antetokounmpo said. “You’ve got to learn how to come out and close out games, especially after Game 3. We’ve got to get better as a team, and we’ve got to get better individually.”Even Nurse found his team’s turnaround hard to believe.“Beating this team four times in a row is almost mind boggling,” Nurse said.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said it hurt to see a great season end.“The roster that was put together for this season, as the season started going, you started feeling like it was special and could do special things, including advancing past tonight, but it didn’t happen,” Budenholzer said. It sure did. Now imagine how it will sound when the NBA Finals come to Toronto for the first time next week.Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Raptors into the finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. His big dunk with 6:46 to go in the fourth quarter was the final basket in a game-changing 26-3 run that began late in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was kind of a momentum capper,” Lowry said. “We were on a run, and why not feed the big dog? Let the big dog eat.”The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) holds up the trophy after the team’s 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry stole the ball and pushed it ahead, then waited for Kawhi Leonard to arrive before feeding his All-Star teammate for a thunderous one-handed slam over Giannis Antetokounmpo.“The building exploded after that dunk,” Leonard said.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? 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PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war A win is a win It will be the two-time defending champions against a Raptors team that will finally bring the NBA Finals outside the U.S. after entering the league in 1995.“They’re one of the greatest teams in history,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of the Warriors. “It will be a tall task, but we’ll try to figure it out.”Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors.Lowry held the game ball and picked up his children after the game, finally getting to the championship round after the Raptors kept falling short against Cleveland.“It’s taken a long time to get here in my career,” Lowry said. “I’ve run into one guy for a while.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Serge Ibaka’s dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn’t matter to Toronto, with Siakam’s basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. … The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. They finished with 28. … Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee’s first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. … Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. Green shot 0 for 4 in 14 minutes. … Leonard’s 17 rebounds were his most in any game this postseason. … Lowry had eight assists. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more