Bonita left stranded, 7-1

first_imgGLENDORA – Dustin Emmons was far from dominant on the mound, but he made big pitches when he had to and also helped himself at the plate Thursday night at Goddard Middle School. Emmons hit two home runs, drove in three runs and did not allow a run despite a shaky outing in Crescenta Valley High School’s 7-1 victory over Bonita in the third round of pool play at the Glendora Tournament. darren.spoon@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The fives were wild for Bearcats pitcher Jiovanni Mier, who gave up five runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five. He also accounted for Bonita’s lone run with a long homer to lead off the fifth against Falcons reliever Travis Feldman. But despite the poor pitching numbers, Knott was impressed with the Bonita sophomore, who joined the team late after a stellar soccer season. “I thought he had great command, I thought he had great tempo and I thought he kept us in the game,” Knott said. Emmons, who already had escaped a bases-loaded situation in the second, got out of another tough spot in the third. After issuing a walk to E.J. Reyes and a ground-rule double by Jeff Gelalich, catcher Brian Weston hit a high pop fly to right. Falcons right fielder Chris Johnson made the catch in the corner and nailed Reyes at the plate to end the threat. center_img The Bearcats (2-1) had runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings, but failed to score. Bonita stranded 10 runners. “It was frustrating,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “They made some big pitches in key situations.” last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins’ G-League practice schedule is finalized

first_imgWarriors center DeMarcus Cousins is expected to practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors Monday and Wednesday in an effort to ramp up the workload on his injured Achilles, league sources told the Bay Area News Group.ESPN’s The Undefeated was first to report the news that Cousins will be sent down to Santa Cruz on Monday.The plan for Cousins – who tore his Achilles in January – is to participate in five-on-five scrimmages with the G-League club Monday, then travel back to Oakland for the …last_img

A Weed Is a Nice Plant at the Wrong Party

first_imgHow do weeds go wild?  That is a question investigated by Science Now on Feb. 20.1  A complex relationship between a plant and its microbial partners may keep it in check.  Transplant that species to an unfamiliar territory, and it may go out of control because it no longer has its restraining pathogens, or “natural enemies” (if that metaphor is useful: see 07/03/2003 entry).  Experiments on knapweed have shown two processes at work:Enemies clearly matter, and that’s especially true in the old country.  When the researchers grew knapweed in French soil, it fared better in soil that had been previously planted with bunchgrass than with knapweed–presumably because the bunchgrass soil had not accumulated knapweed-specific pathogens.  But it appears that enemies aren’t the whole story.  Montana soil showed the opposite pattern: Knapweed planted in soil that had grown knapweed did better there than in once-grassy soil, the team reports in the 19 February issue of Nature.  They think that invasive knapweed has not only escaped its natural pathogens in Montana but is modifying the soil to its own advantage, perhaps by cultivating helpful mycorrhizal fungi.“This suggests that the contribution of soil organisms in invasiveness is two-fold: [Invasives] escape from the bad guys and [get] help from the good guys,” notes Wim Van der Putten of the Centre for Terrestrial Ecology in Heteren, The Netherlands.1Erik Skogstad, “How Weeds Go Wild,” Science Now Feb 20, 2004.The article starts with the language of warfare, but is it misleading?It may not make great action footage for nature documentaries, but plants are in constant battle with each other–for space, light, water–and with soil pathogens that threaten to kill or stunt them.  Now it’s becoming clear just how important this subterranean struggle can be.  Plants that escape their natural soil-borne enemies, and strike up alliances with friendly microbes, can become aggressive invaders.This Malthusian, dog-eat-dog imagery may be opposite the truth (see 07/04/2003 entry.)  If the plants and their soil organisms are in a balance of growth and regulation, that can be a picture a peaceful homeostasis just as much as the regulation that goes on inside a single cell: agonist and antagonist, on-switch and off-switch, accelerator and brake.    Imagine instead a post-Fall and post-Flood world.  After a worldwide flood and ice age, the ecology was radically changed with continents having drifted apart and land bridges vanished under rising seas.  New groups of organisms, now isolated from one another, settled into new levels of mutual regulation suitable for their climate.  The more isolated the environments became, the more “damage” an invasive species could cause.  Increasing human migrations accelerated the upsets to ecologies that had become established over thousands of years (e.g., the importation of tumbleweeds to the western United States by Russian immigrants, Dutch elm disease, etc.).  An original worldwide balance in nature was replaced by islands, each balanced internally, but out of balance with each other.    All human investigators have the same data available for study.  Darwinian struggle, Biblical paradise lost – your metaphor will affect how you look at the data, and what questions you will find interesting.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sherpa Fitness Is Not Evolution

first_img(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A study about mutations that might confer benefit to high-altitude Sherpas is being announced as an example of evolution, but variation within species is not Darwinian evolution.Science Daily said that two mutations have been found in the mitochondrial DNA of sherpas, those high-altitude inhabitants of Tibet that carry packs up Mt. Everest for western adventurers.  The article, though, says that the mutations “may be an important adaptation for low oxygen environments,” and “may explain the importance of the role of mitochondria in the Sherpa population’s ability to adapt to the extreme Himalayan environment.”This was published in Molecular Biology and Evolution with the title, “mtDNA lineage expansions in Sherpa population suggest adaptive evolution in Tibetan highlands.”What the article fails to say is that sherpas are members of the one (and only one) human race, interfertile with all other human beings.Evolutionists play fast and loose with the term “evolution,” ascribing whatever minor change they can to Darwinism.  Darwin, though, was trying to portray universal common ancestry by means of unguided natural processes.  It’s essential to keep that distinction in mind.  Evidence abounds for minor mutation variants in life – you yourself have multiple mutations compared to your own parents.  That doesn’t mean you “evolved” from them.  It is well known that tribes of people have physical differences due to inbreeding and adaptation to climate, but they are not different species (Darwin wrote, remember, about the “Origin of Species”).Adaptation is not evolution.  Creationists of the strictest Biblical sort believe in adaptive variation within kinds of organisms, where “kinds” (from the Genesis word baramin) is usually much broader than species. Using evolution for within-kind variation commits the half-truth fallacy, and the extrapolation fallacy if applied to macroevolution.A recent article on genomic variations within felids, including tigers, lions and panthers (see Science Daily) also used the word “evolution” incorrectly.  Creationists believe God created a “cat kind” that gave rise to a wide variety of felids around the globe, adapted to their habitats, with less genetic information than the ancestral form.  Even today, lions and tigers can hybridize, yielding “ligers.”   The variety of house cats that can interbreed is well known, as with dog breeds, but dogs never give rise to cats, or vice versa, because they are different kinds of animals.   Similarly, horses, donkeys and zebras are within the equine kind.   To distinguish itself from creationism, Darwinism must go beyond the origin of species, and the origin of genera, invoking only unguided natural processes.  There is plenty of evidence for extensive variability within kinds, but none outside of kinds. That variability was designed into the genomes of the created kinds so that they could adapt to environmental changes.If you weed out the evolutionary evidence about variability within kinds, nothing is left.  Kinds all appear abruptly and appear with variations, reproducing “after their kind.”  What Darwin claimed is not observed in the natural world.  It is only assumed.last_img read more

Military Caregiving Webinar Reminder

first_imgDon’t forget to join us next week at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27 as we provide a special healthcare needs webinar for military service providers on the TRICARE® Extended Care Health Options (ECHO) program.Presenters from the Defense Health Agency (DHA) will provide participants with an overview of the ECHO program, which provides supplemental services to active duty family members with qualifying mental or physical disabilities, and highlight services beyond those offered by the basic TRICARE® health benefits program. Learning objectives include:Understanding conditions to qualify for ECHO coverageIdentifying benefits to programReview ECHO Home Health Care servicesDetermine how ECHO and the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) work togetherUnderstand ECHO and the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD)You can register for this free professional development opportunity by going to the event page. Continuing education (CE) credit will be provided to credentialed participants from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as well as certificates of completion for those interested in receiving training hours.For more information about this webinar including the speakers, continuing education credits and how to join, please visit our announcement blog from June entitled Upcoming Webinar – TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO).This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 22, 2016.last_img read more

Petra Nemcovas Happy Hearts Fund Partners With Clinique

first_imgClinique, a leader in global beauty, is on a mission to spread smiles across the globe, by reinforcing its long-standing commitment to children and education. Today the brand announced a multi-year partnership with Happy Hearts Fund, an international charity founded and led by Petra Nemcova, helping to build and rebuild schools in areas affected by natural disasters.Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chair of Happy Hearts Fund, Partners with Clinique.“Education is the single greatest opportunity one can give to a child,” said Lynne Greene, Global Brand President, Clinique, Origins and Ojon. “It is the passport to brighter possibilities, transforming individuals, families and communities along the way. With Happy Hearts, it is our mission to put a smile on the face of every child we touch. Petra’s passion and commitment to this cause have been an inspiration to everyone at Clinique, and we feel that together we can accomplish great things.”Clinique chose to partner with Happy Hearts Fund to reinforce the brand’s long-term commitment to children and education. Happy Hearts Fund is active in six countries and has built or rebuilt over 70 schools and kindergartens. Since its inception, the Fund’s programs have benefited more than 41,000 children and 340,000 community members. Through this partnership, Clinique and the Fund will develop educational institutions for children globally.Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chair of Happy Hearts Fund, echoes Clinique’s emphasis on education and sentiments about the partnership, saying, “I am very excited about this partnership as we share so many of the same philosophies with Clinique and I know that together we can give more children access to education, the most important and empowering tool for their futures. Together we will create many Happy Hearts.”Nemcova launched Happy Hearts Fund in 2006 to bring hope to the lives of children affected by natural disasters. As a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand, Nemcova witnessed the devastation of communities, families, and children. By focusing on rebuilding and building schools in areas affected by natural disasters, the fund helps provide a safe haven for children, and a sense of normalcy.On December 1, 2012, the brand will introduce a limited edition Happy Heart 30ml fragrance for $37 (SRP). $10 from the sale of each fragrance will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund. Clinique has also created a limited edition T-shirt for $16 (SRP), with the message “Make Someone Happy,” a mantra the brand hopes will inspire everyone to consider the act of giving and sharing during the holiday season. $5 from the sale of each T-shirt will go to Happy Hearts Fund. Both products will be sold in the US and Canada, exclusively.last_img read more

Harvard sued for racial profiling and targeting AsianAmericans

first_imgStudents for Fair Admissions says Harvard limits the number of Asian Americans it admits while giving preference to other races, according to the Project on Fair Representation (PFR), a legal defense fund supporting the lawsuit. ‘The university is engaging in a campaign of invidious discrimination,’ PFR said in a statement.‘White, African American and Hispanic applicants are given racial preferences over better qualified Asian Americans,’ it added, accusing Harvard of breaching civil rights laws and undermining the Fourteenth Amendment to the US constitution. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenPlaintiff the SFFA alleges that Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill violated the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on ‘strict scrutiny’ standards which says admissions should be conducted on ‘race-neutral’ grounds to end ‘race-based affirmative action policies,’ according to the PFR statement.The director of PFR vowed further action on race-based admissions policies at other universities in the United States.‘These two lawsuits are the first of what are expected to be several similar challenges to other competitive colleges that continue to unconstitutionally use racial preferences in admission decisions,’ said Edward Blum. SFFA said its members include ‘highly qualified’ students that have been rejected from Harvard and Chapel Hill, and their parents.last_img read more