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Lottery Ticket to make winning debut

first_img (1) BALLON D’OR/SHINE (2) MAMETA/SONG ON TRACK (3) CAMOUFLAGE/BATIDOR DE MUNDO (4) LOTTERY TICKET (5) RUNAWAY GIRL/LIKE A LADY (6) FORCE DE JOUR/BIG GEORGE FANCIES The exotic bets start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race Caymanas Park programme after punters cashed in over the Easter weekend. Both Super-6s offer the guaranteed minimum of $750,000, the first commencing from race one through to race six, and the twilight six embracing race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted stakes over 1700 metres to be contested by six starters, including the likely favourite BALLON D’OR, to be ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for top-line trainer Anthony Nunes. The former record-priced yearling at the 2013 TOBA yearling sale has finished second in his two recent races, failing by 1-1/2 to beat MIND SET over 1400 metres, a performance that gives him the edge over SHINE (running well) over what is a more ideal trip for him. The improving filly MAMETA, with Orlando Foster aboard, holds the key to the second race for maiden four-year-olds over 1100 metres following her good second to CHEXIMAKIT in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over the straight last Saturday. MAMETA, a lightly raced 4-y-o filly by Storm Craft from the stables of Patrick Lynch, looked improved when running with Lasix for the first time six days ago and now pointed in the right direction, should lead home SONG ON TRACK and IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST in a field of nine. Six horses from the $250,000 $210,0000 claiming spread will contest the third race over 1500 metres. Down in class 4-y-o colt CAMOUFLAGE, with only 52.0kg for the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the measure of the consistent BATIDOR DE MUNDO with Jevanne Erwin aboard. These two look a cut above the others and it should be close between them. A field of 10 maiden three-year-olds is slated for the fourth race over 1100 metres, from which the well-forward debutante LOTTERY TICKET (Omar Walker up) is tipped to open her account right away. Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, this 3-y-o bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter has looked sharp at exercise, catching the eye on March 12 when galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:08.0 by 1:01.4. Only last Saturday, she looked easy in a 1000 metres gallop in 1:02.0, and with her preparation complete, should lead home fellow debutante AUNTIE RHONDA (Shane Ellis up) and FLYING MACHINE. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by another DaCosta-trained first-time runner RUNAWAY GAL, (working well) with Walker aboard, and recent winner FORCE DE JOUR under the improving apprentice Javaneil Patterson in the sixth race over the straight for high claimers. Their respective dangers are LIKE A LADY and BIG GEORGE.center_img FIRST SUPER-6last_img read more

Crusaders win appeal, will move to D-VI

first_imgThe St. Bernard’s football team — following a successful appeal by representatives of the school to the North Coast Section’s alignment committee on Monday — will be placed in Division-VI after previously being grouped into D-V following the section’s move to realign and alter the structure of its divisions in March.St. Bernard’s will join Arcata as the only two Humboldt-Del Norte League teams in D-VI.The realignment, which added a division, making seven, and cut the number of teams from each …last_img read more

Whale of a Batty Tale on Sonar Evolution

first_imgHow did two animals completely different in size and ancestry, living in very different environments, arrive at the same complex sensing mechanism?Bats and whales are both mammals, but they could hardly be more different.  A press release from the University of Southern Denmark describes the extremes,Sperm whales weigh up to 50 tons, and the smallest bat barely reaches a gram. Nevertheless, the two species share the same success story: They both have developed the ability to use echolocation – a biological sonar – for hunting. Now Danish researchers show that the biosonar of toothed whales and bats share surprisingly many similarities – even though they live in very different environments and vary extremely in size.The article describes echolocation as “one of Nature’s extremely successful specializations,” then asks, “why have such different animals as whales and bats both developed the same technique?”  The answer cannot be relationship, because (according to the evolutionary scenario), their common ancestors diverged 200 million years ago. Both bats and whales “developed the ability” long after they split onto separate branches of the mammalian tree.And yet the sounds of a tiny bat and a huge whale are “surprisingly similar,” the researchers found.  Despite the former flying in air and the latter swimming in water, both use sounds in the 10-200 kHz range for echolocation.  In addition, they both employ a similar hunting strategy:In the last part of the hunting phase, when they approach their prey both toothed whales and bats emit a series of buzzing sounds: Weak and short sound pulses at very short intervals – similar to strobe lights. It is a very complex mechanism that scientists do not yet fully understand. The animals control very carefully when they emit sounds and when they listen for echoes – and they adjust this exactly to their own and the prey’s speed. If they emit the buzzing sounds too fast they do not have time to listen for the echoes. If they do it too slowly they risk hitting obstacles on the fly.There must be an explanation for the remarkable similarity of biosonar – which coordinates mouth, ears, brain and behavior – in such very different animals.  The press release, without hesitation, offered one up:The answer lies in convergent evolution – when almost identical features or developments happen in different species. Through evolution both bats and toothed whales have developed the same functional characteristics.What more needs to be said?  A bat is a bat and that’s that.  A whale is a whale and there’s our tale.Incidentally, European evolutionists publishing in Nature found pervasive “convergent evolution” in echolocating mammals all the way down to the genes.  The Editor’s Summary waffles between confidence and surprise:Convergent evolution, through which similar traits evolve in unrelated lineages, is a familiar demonstration of the power of natural selection. These traits are usually viewed as representing alternate evolutionary solutions involving different sets of genes, but that view is challenged by a study of echolocating mammals. Analysis of the genomic sequences in 22 echolocating species, including four new bat genomes, reveals that convergence is not a rare process restricted to a handful of loci but is widespread, continuously distributed and commonly driven by natural selection acting on a small number of sites per locus. Convergence is particularly strong in genes linked to hearing or deafness, but surprisingly, also to vision.The authors used the words “convergence” or “convergent” a shocking 122 times in their paper, ending with more surprise: “the importance of this mode of molecular evolutionary change is relatively underappreciated, and is under-exploited in seeking to understand the genetic basis of complex traits such as echolocation.”  If they are still seeking to understand it, it implies they do not understand it.Batty evolution:  Speaking of bats, five European evolutionists presumed to describe their evolutionary relationships.  Writing in Current Biology, they admitted in the first paragraph that “the exact evolutionary relationship of bats to their closest mammalian relatives is poorly understood due to their unique morphological features associated with flight, a lack of intermediate forms, and a poor fossil record.” This sounds very similar to what another international team declared in 2005 (1/28/05).By filling in those gaps with “phylogenetic analyses” (essentially, DNA comparisons), they drew up their tree diagrams showing where bats fit with other mammals, including humans.  Boasting about their achievement, they invoked “convergent evolution” again in a rather extraordinary manner:… this study provides the most concrete evidence to date toward resolving the long-standing debate regarding bat evolutionary history. Our results further emphasize the extraordinary phenotypic convergence seen across echolocating members of the two suborders, including the possible independent origin of laryngeal echolocation itself, a hypothesis supported by several studies of molecular evolution of sensory genes….They never did mention fossils again.  One thing creationist Dr. Duane Gish liked to point out in his hundreds of debates with evolutionists on college campuses is that the first fossil bat was 100% bat (2/16/08).So there’s your answer.  Take it or leave it.  Bats and whales “developed” these complex systems by “convergent evolution.”  How can evolutionists say such things with a straight face?  It’s because their faces are not straight.  The straitjackets they wear (100% DODO synthetic) contort their faces into crooked shapes that cause them to emit strange buzzes and squeaks as they try to say “Hail Darwin!”.  The squeaks bounce off the walls of the Darwin echo chamber in which they imprison themselves.  The sounds reinforce one another as they re-enter the ears, amplifying the illusions of understanding for which they hunt – a demonstration of convergent evillusion. 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The optimal conditions for planting corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers are beginning to speculating on when the weather will begin to favor planting season. In any case, growers want to get out in the field early, when possible. Since it’s truly a game of luck, Stine Seed regional sales agronomist Bill Kessinger has some thoughts on the optimal time for planting corn and soybeans. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

At the buzzer!

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Marc Barroca nailed a jumper at the buzzer as Magnolia slipped past San Miguel Beer, 88-86, to take a 3-2 Philippine Cup Finals series lead on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I love that guy. He’s not afraid to shoot,” coach Victolero said. “Saktong, sakto ‘yung tira.”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, logisticsBarroca finished with 22 points, his same output in a humbling Game 4 loss to the defending champions, to lead the Hotshots to within a win of knocking the crown off the Beermen’s heads.“It was a miracle shot. I know that when they have some runs, we just needed to weather the storm,” Barroca said. “This is the ballgame we wanted—as close as possible—to just have that chance in the end.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But even with momentum on the Hotshots’ side, Victolero refused to be complacent.“Yes,” he said about being one game away from the title. “But we know San Miguel. They won’t go down that easily.”Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking at a couple of friendly games with European powerhouses to prepare Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba World Cup in China.“[We are] in touch with Andrei Kirilenko. He wants us to go to Russia,” said SBP president Al Panlilio on Wednesday.“Initially, it was just a one-game trip. We were [partial about it] but they said they’re willing to expand it to two games,” he added. “It’s something we’re trying to finalize with Andrei.”Kirilenko, a former NBA star, now serves as the president of Russia’s basketball federation.Panlilio said the SBP is also eyeing a friendly against 2006 World Cup champion Spain.Gilas Pilipinas is in Group D play Angola, Italy and Serbia. A game with wild momentum swings—and a bizarre fan incident in between—was fittingly capped by a wild finish.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The roller-coaster game, which featured huge runs by both squads, moved to bizarre—and scary—territory when a fan in Spider-man costume stormed the court, accidentally hitting June Mar Fajardo and causing a wild commotion.He was chased and detained by security personnel and an apparent companion was dragged from his seat and also detained.That seemed to spark Fajardo, who hit a three-point play and keyed a run that had San Miguel swallowing a 13-point lead and tying the game at 86 on a Terrence Romeo triple.But the Beermen came up with several dry possessions, including one where Magnolia set up camp around Fajardo down low and when the five-time MVP made the exit pass, none of San Miguel’s gunners dared pull the trigger.Those flubbed opportunities led to the Magnolia possession with 14 seconds remaining that set the stage for Barroca’s heroics.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more