March 21, 2020 — Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.NFL-NEWSRivers signs with ColtsUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has officially ended his 16-year tenure with the Chargers by signing the $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts he agreed to earlier this week.The 38-year-old quarterback thinks he has plenty to offer even after one of his worst seasons. Rivers threw 23 touchdown passes last season, his lowest total since 2007. His 20 interceptions in 2019, match the second-highest total of his career. But now, with a fresh start, a strong running game and one of the league’s top offensive lines, Rivers insists he will prove the critics wrong this season. Similarly, the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.In other virus-related developments:— A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Of the 52 people in the Senators’ traveling party, 44 have shown no symptoms and eight have been tested. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13.— The International Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the men’s world hockey championships amid health concerns and travel bans. The 16-team tournament was to be held in Switzerland in May.— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week and showing no symptoms of the coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. Hamilton said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.” DUKE-JONES-NBADuke sophomore point guard Tre Jones declares for NBA draftDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke Duke sophomore Tre Jones says he will enter the NBA draft.The point guard was named to the third team of The Associated Press All-America team on Friday after being named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the league and runner-up for the same award from the AP.Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Blue Devils, the highlight being his buzzer-beating shot off his own intentionally missed free throw to force overtime in a wild comeback win at North Carolina on Feb. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Associated Press — Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died at age 76 from the new coronavirus, according to his family. He had been in intensive care since the beginning of the week while being treated for the virus. Sanz presided over Madrid from 1995 until 2000, leading the club to two European titles, a Spanish league championship and a Spanish Super Cup crown.— AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says the 51-year-old Maldini became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself. Maldini serves as Milan’s technical director.— Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19. Juventus says the Argentine soccer playmaker is in voluntary home isolation in Italy and is asymptomatic.— The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer.— A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The person has not been named and is currently at home in isolation. The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost, adding that a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.”World Athletics president Seb Coe said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.”USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday.A board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee countered leadership by criticizing the IOC amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Board member and former USA bobsledder Steve Mesler wrote in a blog Friday that the IOC … “has not shown the leadership we Olympians desire out of those who are in charge.” Mesler added that his thoughts were coming “as an Olympian and not those of the USOPC, its Board of Directors, or its leaders.”Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” The eight-time Pro Bowler said in a conference call Saturday that he knows he can still play at a high level.In other NFL news:— The Raiders have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Nelson Agholor (AG’-oh-lohr), according to a person familiar with the deal. The person also said the Raiders agreed to a one-year deal to keep backup running back Rod Smith. Offensive lineman Eric Kush also confirmed that he agreed to a deal with the Raiders, and tight end Nick O’Leary’s agency said its client has a deal in place with the team.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to a two-year contract with the team. The 5-foot-11 Sanders caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns for the 49ers last season. His contract is said to be worth about $16 million with bonuses that could push the total value as high as $19 million.— Running back Kenyan Drake has agreed to sign his one-year, $8.5 million tender to stay with the Cardinals. The 26-year-old Drake came to Arizona in a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins. He ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with the Cardinals, including a four-TD game against the Browns in Week 15. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore criticism as Olympic officials prepare for Tokyo GamesUNDATED (AP) — Calls for the postponement of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics continue to grow louder.
Cameroon’s FA (Fecafoot) President Iya Mohammed has been re-elected to the role, despite currently being detained by the country’s authorities.Mohammed was arrested on 10 June in connection with his job as director-general of the country’s state-owned Cotton Development Company.But he still won the much delayed Fecafoot election on Wednesday.In his continuing absence, Fecafoot vice-president Mbombo Njoya will take charge of the organisation.The elections were originally suspended by the government before football’s world governing body Fifa intervened.It threatened to suspend the country from the international game if the government continued to interfere. Representatives of the victorious grouping within Fecafoot said the election had resolved the issue.“What has happened has saved our nation and has protected the image of our football in Cameroon,” deputy vice-president Charles Mbella Moki told the BBC’s Newsday programme.But there may yet be problems for the country, because delegates also voted to reject a deal which had been worked out between Fecafoot and the Cameroon government to resolve the row between them.Fifa had overseen the talks, but Fecafoot delegates unanimously voted against the proposals.It is also expected that Mohammed’s election could be challenged by the defeated grouping within Fecafoot.
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down punky brewster · 365 weeks ago Marijuana Offenders should only get fined at this point in my opinion. It in no way compares to the other drugs that are out there. We need reform for sure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down 420 Stoniehawker · 365 weeks ago Marijauna has been victimized as a bad boy for way to long. It is a great medicinal remedy to all the chemically introduced drugs we are being bombarded with daily by the Big Phramacutical companies only to find them doing even more damage to our bodies. Marijauna has never killed anyone. It is time to legalize it for medicinal and recreational usage. Big brother in the law enforcement arm of government needs to understand it is a lost cause to waste money trying to keep it illegal. The horse is out of the barn and it is only a matter of time before KANSAS does legalize it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 365 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 365 weeks ago It will be interesting what will come first in Kansas: legalized marijuana or legalized gay marriage. Perhaps they could do it as a two for Tuesday special. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down 420 Stoniehawker · 365 weeks ago Marijuana will be legalized long before gay marriages in Kansas. 2 sides of Kansas have it legalized for medicinal usage. Colorado and Nebraska, I am betting the next Governor will sign it into law. Then our jails will be freed of the non violent users of weed and we can close down half our jails. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down It’smehere · 364 weeks ago I agree with 420 Stoniehawker. Marijuana will be legal long before LGBT equal rights. Many, many people in this state have no interest in equality for people they don’t deem equal. As long a one human is willing to look at another human as ‘less than’ nothing will change. And far too many Kansans are not willing to let people live their lives as they see fit. Marriage is a civil contract. Not a religious privilege. People have been joined in matrimony for thousands of years. A boat captain can do it. It’s only religious if you choose to make it so. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Should non-violent drug law breakers receive mandatory minimum jail terms? Yes No View Results Loading …
“It will be a challenge, but we are confident in what they can do and we expect to bring back a trophy.”The Las Vegas Invitational — the largest rugby tournament in North America — will take place February 12 – 14 and will be played alongside the USA Sevens international rugby tournament held annually in Las Vegas.The LVI is considered the premier amateur rugby events in the United States, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide-range of rugby divisions and age groups.Hickson, who played for the LVR Bombers during his high school days, is joined by Vancouver Rowers teammates Patrick Davis and Josh Doherty.Hickson is a member of the Vancouver Rowers Rugby Club. The club recently repeated as Okanagan Spring Brewery League Provincial Champs. A former graduate of the L.V. Rogers Rugby program has landed a spot on the provincial U23 Men’s team that will be competiting in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens, February 12-15.Sean Hickson of Nelson is one of the dozen players named to the squad in a recent release on the BC Rugby website.”Both Jon Thiel and I are extremely excited about the potential of this group of players, who range from 18 to 22, and what they can do in Vegas,” said Coach Danny Weidner.
One of the women makes presentation at yesterday’s event.ActionAid Liberia (AAL) says cultural norms and patriarchal values in the Liberian society continue to marginalize women and place them in constrained positions, compared to men and boys in the same class, ethnic, age or other relations.Lakshmi S. Moore, AAL Country Director, made the statement yesterday during the launch of a baseline report on women from Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh and Gbarpolu counties.Mrs. Moore said though some chapters of the Liberian Constitution (Articles 8, 11, and 18) prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, there are other factors that limit women’s roles and participation in decision-making, from household to community and national processes.She named some of these factors as traditional practices, lower social status such as the education level and economic inequality.Mrs. Moore said women are severely affected by these unequal power relations, prohibiting their voices, participation, needs and access; increasing their vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).The objective of the survey is to improve the capacity of women to meaningfully participate in forest governance processes, and contribute to the assessment and monitoring of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) impact on gender relations and gender-related livelihoods opportunities.The report, launched under the theme, “Promoting Women and Community Rights in Forest Governance and Management in Liberia,” brought together over 35 women from various counties and partners, including those from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UKaid, Sweden Sverige and European Union (EU).“This unequal status of women limits meaningful participation in community forest governance bodies even with the law stipulating that at least one woman should be a member of each of these bodies,” Mrs. Moore said.Accordingly, the baseline report indicates that men are the key decision-makers in matters relating to the land and forest governance in the baseline communities and in general; women face structural barriers to participation caused by cultural, traditional dynamics, capacity issues, and gender livelihood, household roles and relationships.The report indicates that women have limited knowledge of the different species of trees/wood that are suited for charcoal production, while women at the community level had limited market information on the prices of charcoal in urban centers, which often leads to their exploitation by middlemen and other players in the industry.According to Mrs. Moore, gender inequality with respect to control over land in rural Liberia serves as a disadvantage to women’s engagement in charcoal production, and represents a barrier to entry into the sector.“Major players at the stage of plank production are men, because women have limited resources to compete with their male counterparts at this stage. Women indicated that land rights, the lack of agencies within their communities and lack of access to finance, limit their involvement at the production stage of planks,” she said.Mrs. Moore said scarcity of resources affect women more than men in general, because men control more lucrative income-generating activities in the forest, particularly the extractive activities, to the extent that women have limited knowledge on laws, policies and regulations that guarantee their rights to land.Alberto Menighini, Head of Cooperation Section-Resilience of the EU in partnership with FAO and who launched the report, said the organization will work with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), ensuring that some of the issues raised in the report are addressed.Mr. Menighini expressed gratitude that women can raise concerns on participation and decision-making processes that will improve their lives and the development of the country.Meanwhile, the women have expressed excitement over the report and, therefore, called on AAL and its partners to ensure that their voices are heard in decision-making as well as participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It’s very hard to beat the same team three times in the same season. But have you ever noticed that for every good cliche, there is an equal and opposite cliche? ANAHEIM – It sounded good. Like it always does. Sometimes it even works out the way the cliche foretells. In other words: There are some teams that you just don’t match-up well against. In this case – with the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team trying to defeat Cal State Fullerton for the first time in three tries this year- the opposite cliche meant the end of the Matadors’ season. Fullerton beat Northridge 75-65 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament in front of 858 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The game played out much the same way the previous two losses to the Titans have, with Fullerton using its superior size and speed to thwart Northridge’s balanced half-court sets. “Yeah, going in I knew that it was an issue we’d struggled with, matching up with them,” Northridge coach Staci Schulz said. “I would’ve liked to use our size more, but we had to have the players in who could get it done defensively. “So unfortunately, this was a rough closing to what was supposed to be pretty good year and for what was a special senior class. I have to thank them for bringing our program to a higher expectation level.” Northridge (13-16) graduates seven seniors, including four of the five starters in Thursday’s game. Fifth-year senior Ofa Tulikihihifo graduates as just the third player in conference history to be honored as a first-team all-conference pick in all four of her seasons. Thursday, Tulikihihifo and senior LaJoyce King led the way. Tulikihihifo finished with 16points and 12 rebounds. King had 12 points and 16rebounds.. “We talked about it after the game, how we, this senior class, really set the bar higher for the program,” Tulikihihifo said. “Coming in, my first year, we had just three wins. We struggled and it was always about rebuilding.” Northridge was just 3-24 in Tulikihihifo’s first year and 6-20 her second. The Matadors advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament each of the past two seasons, until Thursday’s quarterfinal exit. [email protected] (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – Spot a bear in the woods, and a different part of your brain will yell “pay attention” than if you were studying bears at the zoo. New research shows it takes one part of the brain to start concentrating and another to be distracted. This discovery could help scientists develop better treatments for attention deficit disorder. “This ability to willfully focus your attention is physically separate in the brain from distracting things grabbing your attention,” said Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He led the study, published in today’s edition of the journal Science. “Now we know these two things are separate, it raises the possibility that we can fix them independently,” Miller said. There are two main ways the brain pays attention: “top down” or willful, goal-oriented attention, such as when you focus to read, and “bottom-up” or reflexive attention to sensory information – loud noises or bright colors or threatening animals. Likewise, there are different degrees of attention disorders. Some people have a harder time focusing, while others have a harder time filtering out distractions. Scientists knew that paying attention involved multiple brain regions but they did not know how, because studies until now have examined one region at a time. Miller hooked painless electrodes onto monkeys to track how two key areas react together when the brain jumps to attention. The monkeys were trained to take attention tests on a video screen in return for a treat of apple juice. Sometimes they had to concentrate, picking out, say, only the left-leaning red rectangle from a field of red rectangles; in the same way, the human brain picks a friend’s face out of a crowd. Other times bright rectangles – the attention-grabbers – flashed off the screen at the monkeys. When the monkeys voluntarily concentrated, the so-called executive center in the front of the brain – the prefrontal cortex – was in charge. But when something distracting grabbed the monkeys’ attention, that signal originated in the parietal cortex, toward the back of the brain. The electrical activity in these two areas began vibrating as they signaled each other. But it was at different frequencies, almost like being at different spots on the radio dial. Sustaining concentration involved lower-frequency neuron activity. Distraction occurred at higher frequencies. So, Miller concluded, scientists one day might find a treatment that essentially turns up or down the volume to boost attention. The study provides the first good look at how these physically distinct brain regions interact to govern at least part of attention, said Dr. Debra Babcock, a neurologist at the National Institutes of Health. “Once we understand how attention works, we’ll understand how better to treat disorders of attention, and Lord knows there are plenty of those,” Babcock said. “This could, in the long term, help us devise therapies.” It makes evolutionary sense that these two types of attention would originate in different areas. Reflexive attention is a more primitive survival tool, while concentration is more advanced. “If something leaps out of the bush at me, that’s going to be really important and I have to react to it right away. Your brain is equipped to notice things salient in the environment,” Miller said. “It takes a truly intelligent creature to know what’s important and focus.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMESA, Ariz. — There’s no better time for Frankie Montas to battle to make the Athletics’ starting rotation.The right-hander was a huge part of the A’s playoff run last year. He compiled a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts and displayed the best command of his career. But perhaps more important than a solid 2018 performance is baseball’s contractual restrictions.Put simply, Montas is out of minor league options. The A’s would …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SANTA CLARA — Terrell Owens said Sunday he “understands to a degree” what Antonio Brown is going through as the NFL world shuns him, and vice versa.“I’d love to talk to him personally. We all go through life, make mistakes and there are going to be things we look back on and wish we could have done differently,” Owens told reporters before the 49ers home opener. “I’m sure he’ll get to that at some point in his life. …
(Visited 99 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists have a new problem with short dinosaur arms, now that an unrelated species has them.Did the short arms on T. rex have a function? Probably everyone, whether creationist or evolutionist, has wondered about the monster’s short arms with two digits each. Were they shrunken vestiges of longer arms in an ancestor, serving no purpose for the king of tyrants?Behold Gualicho shinyae, found in Patagonia. This species had similar short, stubby arms with two digits each, but it lived a continent away from T. rex, so it could not have been a direct relative. Artwork on the BBC News shows what the theropod dinosaur might have looked like.Like Tyrannosaurus rex, the new Gualicho shinyae is a theropod, one of the two-legged, bird-like dinosaurs – but it’s on a different branch of the family tree.“Gualicho is kind of a mosaic dinosaur, it has features that you normally see in different kinds of theropods,” said co-author Peter Makovicky, from The Field Museum in Chicago, US.The position of Gualicho on the theropod tree suggests it evolved its small forelimbs independently from other carnivorous dinosaurs which shared the trait – rather than it arising from a common ancestor.Reasoning about this strange convergence of a puzzling trait, New Scientist comes to a design conclusion:The functionality of T. rex’s tiny arms has long been a source of debate, with theories ranging from grasping onto a partner during mating to holding prey in place to deliver a death blow. Many experts still think that the arms served no useful function, but the fact that Tyrannosaurus and Gualicho have both independently evolved the same highly reduced forelimbs with two fingers, despite occupying different branches of the dinosaur family tree, suggests otherwise.“It seems to be something that’s adaptive in lineages of dominant predators,” says Makovicky. If a feature appears separately multiple times, it becomes less and less likely that it evolved accidentally.Thus reporter Josh Gabbatiss’s headline, “T. rex lookalike suggests that tiny arms developed for a purpose.”The cognitive dissonance of the evolutionist is apparent in the quote, “If a feature appears separately multiple times, it becomes less and less likely that it evolved accidentally.” According to neo-Darwinism, everything evolved accidentally! There is no purpose, aim, or design in Darwinland. Design is only apparent, not real. Mutation means that stuff happens by chance, and natural selection (chance) likewise reduces to Stuff Happens (see 10/03/15). Darwinian evolution teaches the accidental appearance of things that only look designed for a purpose.Since evolutionists cannot live with the futility of their own “Stuff Happens” worldview, they infer (like the rational created beings they are) that the traits of living creatures are (or were) purposeful. They reach the same common-sense conclusion Paul Nelson attributes to his father in the film Flight: The Genius of Birds, “If something works, it didn’t happen by accident.”Just because we don’t yet know the purpose of a trait, that doesn’t mean it was nonfunctional. Finding the same trait in unrelated species strengthens the inference that the stubby arms of T. rex and Gualicho – both apparently successful predators – had a function. Intelligent design thinking would follow the evidence toward a rational explanation rather than calling it useless. The science-stopper is Darwinism, crying out “Stuff happens the same way independently for no reason.”Dinosaur aficionados may want to LOL at a new theory about extinction published on The Conversation: an oil spill did them in. Called “one of the most exciting developments in years” by Nick Longrich, the idea that the Chicxulub asteroid triggered a burning oil spill that did in the dinosaurs suffers the same shortcomings of all the other theories, including the high selectivity that would kill off all dinosaurs of all sizes but leave millions of delicate creatures to carry on.