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Battle ready: Big leaguers logging long hours on Fortnite

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Live streams of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — a similar game, often referred to as PUBG — have become a fascinating insight for fans into the lives of their favorite athletes. Tens of thousands of people have tuned into Simmons’ sessions on Twitch, but it’s not just superstars drawing eyeballs. Brewers minor leaguer Brett Phillips has had thousands of people view his Twitch feed, which has included cameos from friend and former teammate Lance McCullers Jr. of the Astros. Phillips’ Triple-A teammate Tim Dillard has even gotten over 30,000 views on a Fortnite parody video starring former big leaguer Quintin Berry filmed around the Colorado Springs clubhouse.The next time one of those Sky Sox crack a big league roster, they might find life isn’t so different between the minors and the majors.“It’s just a bunch of dudes playing video games,” Springer said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Barnes spoke while watching Rodriguez play Fortnite in the Fenway Park clubhouse before a game. He and Sale provided commentary on Rodriguez’s battle — at one point, Barnes cut off the interview to warn “watch it Eddie.”Turns out, hypercompetitive men in their 20s and 30s make the perfect audience for the 100-person showdowns. And at least in Boston, it’s been great at bringing players together off the field.“It is,” Martinez said. “In a weird way, we all play video games, but we play with each other.”Even the sport’s aging veterans are getting in on the act. That includes 34-year-old Dustin Pedroia, an elder statesman among the Red Sox.“I personally haven’t played with Dustin, but I understand he’s in the mix,” said Smith, supposedly the best player in Boston’s clubhouse. “He’s starting to figure it out.”Hughes, a starting pitcher with the Minnesota Twins, legitimized his Fortnite credentials in January by beating Ninja, one of the top Fortnite players in the world, and posting video of it to Twitter. Meanwhile in Houston, Jake Marisnick is the unquestioned king of the Tilted Towers, though Alex Bregman isn’t far behind.Fisher, on the other hand, might be the most entertaining.“Fish is loud,” Springer said. “Especially if he finds a llama. Don’t let Fish find a llama.”“Don’t let me find a llama,” Fisher confirmed.The craze has gone far beyond baseball. Fortnite was a hot topic around the Final Four, and Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews says he rarely leaves his apartment on days off because he’s so consumed. Indiana Pacers player Lance Stephenson wore custom Fortnite shoes during a game this month, and NBA stars Ben Simmons and Karl-Anthony Towns have even connected with fans by live streaming their Battle Royales. Balkman: Alab must regain defensive identity after high-scoring Game 1 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Just like gamers everywhere, major leaguers have fallen hard for the Fortnite craze. And while it’s not how John McGraw would teach teamwork, Port-a-Forts and Slurp Juice may be the biggest thing bonding some big leaguers.“We play all day, every day,” Springer said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFortnite Battle Royale is perhaps the world’s most popular video game, and baseball players are among its most voracious players. The game pits up to 100 competitors in a last-man-standing scenario, letting them mine materials from an ever-shrinking map while hunting down enemies with a variety of weapons. Working in teams is often critical, which is how the World Series champion Astros ended up with a 12-man crew which plays almost nightly at the team hotel on the road.Springer and Houston’s other outfielders have even been celebrating victories by performing dances from the game — the trio forms a circle, throws their hands in the air and quickly moves their feet, a move Fortnite apparently adapted from an episode of Seinfeld. Bogaerts was doing something similar on opening day, celebrating a double by doing the “Take The L ” dance — a popular Fortnite taunt.The Red Sox have a Fortnite squad that covers an array of ages. The 32-year-old Price was a little late to the game — he heard teammates talking about it near the end of spring training and privately tested it out before trying to break into the team’s Playstation rotation. He practiced a bit with J.D. Martinez, a former Tigers teammate who signed with Boston as a free agent this winter, then got into melees with reliever Carson Smith.“We play together at the field, at the hotel on the road or at home whenever we get home from the field,” Price said. “It’s something that’s kind of taken over.”Craig Kimbrel, Chris Sale, Matt Barnes and Eduardo Rodriguez have helped them round out a regular Fortnite crew. Sale even bought himself an Xbox just to play the game.“Everybody’s kind of in on it,” Barnes said. “It gives us something to do outside the field. It’s fun and we’re still hanging out.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this April 17, 2018, file photo, Houston Astros outfielders Josh Reddick, left, George Springer and Jake Marisnick race to the infield after they defeated the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in Seattle. Houston outfielders have been celebrating victories this season by doing dances inspired by the Fortnite Battle Royale video game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)Forget Fenway Park — David Price and the Boston Red Sox are feeling every bit at home at the Flush Factory. And in Houston, George Springer and the Astros are just as likely to be talking Boogie Bombs as balls and strikes.Why is Xander Bogaerts making an L with his fingers and dancing on second base? Who’s the Ninja on Phil Hughes’ Twitter feed? What’s with Derek Fisher and llamas?ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Premier League round-up: Tottenham go second with Watford victory and Sunderland stun Liverpool

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 WatfordTottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Manchester City to go second in the Premier League.Spurs had numerous chances to put themselves in front, and continued to dominate play from deep inside Watford’s half. The hosts, though, failed to take advantage of their possession, leaving the game all square at half time.With the game still within their reach, Quique Sánchez Flores opted for a double substitution at the break, bringing on Valon Behrami and Troy Deeney in the hopes of ruffling a few Spurs feathers.The decision certainly didn’t have the desired effect, though, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men continuing to push for the first goal of the game and finally Tottenham got their way.Dele Alli, who only minutes before had come on, sent the ball across the face of goal with the outside of his boot, which was slotted in by the rushing Kieran Trippier at the far post.The one goal was all that was needed for the hosts, and the three points sends them second – just five points behind leaders Leicester City.Liverpool 2-2 SunderlandLiverpool, without manager Jurgen Klopp, threw away a two-goal lead to take only a point from their clash with Sam Allardyce’s men.Alberto Moreno came close after 20 minutes having been slid in by Roberto Firmino, but the Spaniard’s effort was halted by Vito Mannone.With few chances to speak of in the opening 45 minutes, there was much work to be done from both sides when the referee kicked off the second half – and it was Liverpool who took the lead.James Milner delivered an exquisite ball, from the left flank, into the box, and Firmino headed in the opening goal of the game.The Brazilian later set up their second, having won the ball deep inside the Black Cats’ half and muscling his way into the box to square the ball to Adam Lallana who tapped his effort home.The game appeared to be over for Sunderland, but that was far from the case. Adam Johnson saw his free kick sneak in under Simon Mignolet before Jermain Defoe grabbed the equaliser in the 89th minute – with both goals arriving shortly after a section of Liverpool fans left in protest of the rise in ticket prices.Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich CityAston Villa, rock bottom of the Premier League table with a miserable 14 points before kick off, required no less than victory from Norwich City.It was a tame first half, with Sébastien Bassong failing to take make the most of the best opportunity of the clash.They were to rue this missed chance further when Joleon Lescott ended the first half perfectly for the hosts, sending the ball through the legs of Declan Rudd having latched onto a free kick which was kindly deflected off new Canaries signing Timm Klose.Soon after the break, the Villans doubled their lead, with Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring his first for the club in 11 months after being played in by a beautifully weighted pass from Jordan Veretout and easing through the Norwich defence.The Canaries showed few signs of staging a comeback and Villa took home three crucial points.Stoke City 0-3 EvertonStoke City have sent a huge message of intent to their rivals this season, breaking their transfer record twice in six months – suggesting their desire to challenge for a European spot.The Potters, however, looked far from a side capable of challenging at such heights after being brushed aside by Everton in their own backyard.The Toffees got off to a fine start, opening the scoring from the penalty spot, courtesy of Romelu Lukaku, after Tom Cleverley was felled by goalkeeper Jack Butland.Seamus Coleman later deservedly doubled their lead, heading home Cleverley’s dangerous corner. The visitors were firmly in the ascendancy, and Aaron Lennon made it three before the break, having latched onto a woeful back pass from Philipp Wollscheid.Only a spectacular turnaround would see Mark Hughes’ side take something from the game and it proved a task too difficult, with Everton’s three goals before half time sealing the victory.Newcastle United 1-0 West Bromwich AlbionNewcastle were victorious over a West Brom side void of ideas at St James’ Park.Aleksandar Mitrovi? almost scored the first of the game, but – in what has been said far too often this season – the striker failed to take his chance.Soon after, Chiek Tiote thought he had given his side the lead via a superb strike from 30 yards, only for the officials to rightly disallow the goal for an offside Magpies player blocking the view of Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster.This was soon forgotten, though, when Mitrovi? calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net, putting to bed any criticism from his earlier missed chance.The Magpies therefore took to the second half in control, and after a timid opening, Andros Towsend almost put his side two goals to the good – only to see his curled effort rebound off the post.It was a narrow victory for the Magpies, but one that lifts them out of the drop zone.Swansea City 1-1 Crystal PalaceIt finished all square at the Liberty Stadium.Alan Pardew handed winter acquisition Emmanuel Adebayor his first start for the club, and it didn’t take long for many to question the decision. The striker clumsily conceded a free-kick just outside the box, and Gylfi Sigurðsson comfortably stepped up to curl his effort expertly around the wall and into the far corner.The Swans headed into the dressing room one goal up but at the restart, their lead was no more.Yohan Cabaye delivered a dangerous ball into the box, which was flicked on by Damien Delaney at the near post and fired into the back of the net, from close range, by Scott Dann – making him the top scoring defender in the Premier League with a tally of five.This was the last of the notable action, with both having to settle for the one point. Kieran Tripper scored the winner for Tottenham last_img read more

How Valley companies are giving back for the season

first_img There are 26 bins spread across the Thousand Oaks campus of biotech giant Amgen. For weeks, employees have been loading them up with canned goods destined for Food Share, a food bank in Ventura County that serves more than 38,000 each month and distributes goods to other pantries. Employees hope to surpass the 2,000 pounds of creamed corn, chicken soup and beans collected last year, the first time Amgen organized a drive to support Food Share. “It’s important at this time of year to ensure that these food banks have enough food to get them through the season,” spokeswoman Sarah Rockwell said. Dentist does his part Dentist Barry Leonard learned the importance of giving back from his parents. He continues their tradition by supporting Mid Valley Jeopardy, a nonprofit that serves at-risk kids. As part of the Jeopardy program, students receive after-school homework help, pledge to be good, and take day trips to museums and theme parks. Leonard is president of the Van Nuys Jeopardy chapter. His dental office on Chase Street in Panorama City is one of a dozen businesses that hosted a dinner for the youths who participate in the Jeopardy program. Each child who attended received a present. Leonard solicited so many donations that serving dinner to about 150 people cost just $1,000. “If everybody would do a little bit,” Leonard said, “it all adds up.” Teaching financial literacy Once a week, Patty Marcoux breaks up her workday at the Telesis Community Credit Union in Van Nuys to teach orphaned teenagers how to manage money. Marcoux, the senior business service officer at the credit union, tells residents of Penny Lane how to balance a checkbook, get a car loan, and what to look for in a credit card. The credit union also chips in for the holiday party employees at the North Hills treatment center throw for residents. This year, they are giving each of the 33 residents a $25 gift card to Target. “It goes hand in hand with what we believe in,” Marcoux said. “It allows us to teach the kids financial literacy, and that is something Telesis is big on.” Disney’s toy story It only seems fitting that employees at Disney – a company that is famous for entertaining children – devote themselves to collecting playthings for the Los Angeles chapter of Toys for Tots. Workers at their Burbank headquarters amassed 8,000 toys, spokeswoman Andrea Rausa said. Cast members and employees at Disneyland collected more than 10,000 toys, and those at Walt Disney World gathered 23,000 toys. The company is donating $50,000 to Toys for Tots, Rausa said. Disney has been collecting toys for the not-for-profit organization since its inception in 1947. In the past two years, the company has collected more than $40 million worth of toys. 818-713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe celebration began in 1992 as a replacement for an employee party, and it has served almost 20,000 children living in shelters or foster homes ever since, Health Net spokesman Brad Kieffer said. “It was something employees could channel their love and compassion to,” Kieffer said. Children had their faces painted, played ring toss and musical chairs, and swung at pi atas. Stephen Lynch, president of Health Net’s health plan division, dressed up as Santa and took pictures with children. Employees staffed the party and donated gifts so each child could take one home. Extra presents were donated to Spark of Love, a toy drive started by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Biotech giant collects food Many local businesses are embracing the season of giving by making a difference in our community. Here are just five companies – from world renowned Disney with thousands of employees to a dental office in Panorama City with four staff members – that made a special effort during the holidays to help those in need. Needy kids get to party Last week, about 400 youths and their chaperones took buses to the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills for a carnival-themed lunch party courtesy of Health Net. last_img read more

Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMoonlight Hike, 7:30 p.m. today at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Mike Marino and Brett Walkow will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented, 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the outdoor Amphitheater at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5-$8. Call (661) 222-1220. “The Goodstock Festival” Junior Cabaret will feature talented local youths, 6 p.m. today at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. Saugus Dance Team will present “Metamorphosis,” 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the gymnasium at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 296-0529. Music Department Spring Performance 7 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Rio Norte Junior High, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Admission is free. Call (661) 295-3700. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham furiously accuse London Stadium owners of ‘misleading the public’

first_imgLyn Garner, the E20 chief executive labelled their tenancy as ‘the elephant in the room’ when the staggering losses were discussed.And now, in an exclusive with The Sun, the club have issued a statement in defence to the claims.A Hammers statement given to SunSport said: “West Ham United are concerned that this is deliberately misleading the public and, more importantly, taxpayers.“West Ham now pay £3million in rent due to additional annual fees that have been introduced since our agreement in 2013 and a further £6million was received by our landlord from the food and beverage sold at our matches. revealed West Ham have furiously hit back to defend themselves from the accusations by E20 and the LLDC Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top Football news Problems are mounting on and off the pitch for West Ham United 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update E20 are expected to be backed by the LLDC until next March, though Mayor of London Sadiq Khan may pull the plug on the use of public money to fund the stadium.West Ham are currently in a legal dispute with E20 after the latter refused to accept a £380,000 offer from the club to install claret material surrounding the pitch.The landlord wants the club to pay £325,000-per-year to change the colour of the material, according to the Times. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion West Ham United have been left incensed by the the London Stadium owners and have accused them of lying to the public to cover the true extent of their financial woes.The Premier League club, who have 97 years remaining on their lease at the former Olympic Stadium, feel particularly aggrieved after the London Legacy Development Company suggested they were to blame for their £22million loss last year. gameday cracker predicted latest SORRY BEST OF “With additional fees we pay for services at the London Stadium, the total revenues received from West Ham United and our activities is £10million a year“The current strategy to point the finger at West Ham United is simply not the solution to the long-term viability and commercial success of the venue.“We are running a football club, not the stadium, and for Ms Garner to lay any blame for their financial struggles at our door is wrong and misleading the public.” tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more


first_imgWE’RE all hoping that Jim McGuinness and his team can bring back Sam to Donegal on Sunday by putting on a performance good enough to beat a classy Mayo outfit.That one’s too close to call.But the Sam Maguire is in Co Donegal this evening if you fancy seeing it. The trophy will be in Brian McCormick Sports this evening (Wednesday) at 5pm if you want to pop in and see the Cup.We all hope that Michael Murphy will be holding aloft around 5pm this Sunday! SAM MAGUIRE TROPHY IN LETTERKENNY THIS EVENING was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM MAGUIRE TROPHY IN LETTERKENNY THIS EVENINGlast_img read more

McElhinneys employee crowned as Manager of the Year 2018

first_imgMcElhinneys Business and Sales Manager Sandra Devenney has been honoured with the overall Manager of the Year Award at the Retail Excellence 2018 Awards.Sandra received her prize at an awards ceremony in Killarney on Saturday which celebrated the best of Irish retail.The Lifford woman was joined by proud colleagues on the night, and is this week attributing her success to her team at the Ballybofey Department Store. Hard work and passion brought the Lifford woman to where she is today. They are also the qualities that inspired the judges to choose her as the overall winner.Sandra told Donegal Woman how good people skills, being supportive of staff and being passionate about her work are the key elements of being a good leader.As Business Development and Senior Sales Manager, Sandra oversees the work of managers in all other McElhinneys departments. There are almost 200 staff at McElhinneys, Ireland’s last remaining independent department store.Managing such a large staff force requires special business skills and people skills, Sandra explained: “Our job collectively is to improve sales, looking at ways of driving footfall into the store, bringing in the teams onboard, being there for them and supporting them.“My number one skill would be people. I’m obsessed with the customers and the people who work with them.“The biggest attribute of being a leader is having the team believe in you. You are not asking them to do something unrealistic that you wouldn’t do yourself. You need to be a support for them.“That’s been my secret – I care so much about that team. Each and every one of them.”Sandra added: “There are many days that my job is supporting someone who is going through a hard time. You’ll often find me taking someone for coffee who might be feeling down or going through something in their personal life. “We spent more time with the people we work with than we do our families, so it is important to support them.”Sandra says she learned her strong leadership skills from owner John McElhinney. She started off on the shop floor in sales and her role remains floor-based, where she works closely with General Manager Martin.Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager and Martin McElhinney, General ManagerMartin and Angela McElhinney at the Irish Retail Industry Awards 2017Sandra has been with McElhinneys full-time for over three years and believes all her past experiences led her to her ideal role.She worked for 11 years as an air hostess and was a cosmetics area manager before becoming the McElhinneys Womenswear Manager in 2014. She quickly took over as Bridal manager before getting the Sales and Business Manager role. “I believe all my past jobs brought me back to this place, where I should be,” Sandra said.Elizabeth Barnett- Womenswear buyer and Elizabeth Barnett- Womenswear buyer at the Irish Retail Industry Awards 2017The past few years having been an exciting time of development for the shop. Managers have upskilled to new styles of training, a new sales formula was created and the team launched their own mission and values to uphold.This week Sandra is looking forward to the true beginning of the busy Christmas season, which kicks off after the window unveiling on Sunday, 19th November.“You always see the excitement in the team at Christmas. The minute the window lifts the energy rises. Retail can be tiring and taxing at Christmas, but we are always ready to put in the extra hours and extra effort.”Brian Kelly – Menswear Manager, Angela Laffery, – Customer Service and Reception Manager, Breda Bonner – Bistro Manager, Richard Crawford – Bridal Manager.The Retail Excellence judges saw that Sandra went the extra mile as a manager. She talks about the award modestly and is keen to point out that it was a team effort.Today (Monday) is her day off, but she plans to bring the trophy into the store to celebrate with everyone who was not at the gala awards night in Killarney on Saturday.“I’m so passionate about John, the family and the people, and that is what the judges said stood out. That’s what I’m about. It’s not about my own self-gain,” she said.Annette Diver – Promise/Shoes Manager, Sandra Devenney – Business and Sales Manager, Sarah Scott – Womenswear ManagerSandra was the only woman out of the five shortlisted managers for 2018. She sees the victory as an achievement for all women in business.Sandra recalled how her proud daughter Lily had an important take on her award: “Lily told me: ‘I’m happy you won, but I’m even happier that a woman won’.”Sandra says: “Women are fighting for their place these days and it’s brilliant that women have a voice.“I didn’t go to university, my career was sheer hard work and fighting for my place.“I think it’s great that my daughter sees you can work really hard and still get places.”McElhinneys employee crowned as Manager of the Year 2018 was last modified: November 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:MCELHINNEYSsandra devenneylast_img read more

Prep Sports Feature: After winning the NCS D-II title, the McKinleyville girls golf team is the ‘Pride of the Panthers’

first_imgMcKinleyville >> It would have been a loss that destroyed lesser teams.Seeking its first ever girls golf championship, the McKinleyville Panthers, who had come oh so close to winning a section title several times during head coach Merritt Ford’s then seven-year tenure, placed second in the 2016 North Coast Section Division II Championship meet.Final results: St. Patrick-St. Vincent 376, McKinleyville 377.One stroke. They lost by one measly stroke. “We all knew we made little …last_img

Live updates: Warriors vs. Kings, Friday at 7 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 7 p.m. as the Warriors look to rebound from a real stinker when they face the Kings at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.The Warriors (19-10) had arguably one of their poorest efforts of the season Wednesday when they got smoked 113-93 by the Raptors in a showdown of the favorites to meet in the NBA Finals. Listless Golden State came into Oracle on a four-game winning streak and exited with some memories it would like to erase Friday.The Kings …last_img

Human Evolution Proved: April Fool!

first_imgAnyone who thinks the evidence for gradual human evolution is unmistakeable should look at recent literature by secular experts.Racial characteristics are recent:  Creationists who teach that all the so-called “racial” traits like skin color diversified after the Tower of Babel might gloat over what the secular scientists are now saying.  A paper in PNAS claims to offer “Direct evidence for positive selection of skin, hair, and eye pigmentation in Europeans during the last 5,000 y[ears].”  That kind of dating is not just babble, but Babel.  Science Now adds,Why do some humans have lighter skin than others? Researchers have longed chalked up the difference to tens of thousands of years of evolution, with darker skin protecting those who live nearer to the equator from the sun’s intense radiation. But a new study of ancient DNA concludes that European skin color has continued to change over the past 5000 years, suggesting that additional factors, including diet and sexual attraction, may also be at play.If those kinds of changes can occur in a few thousand years, it becomes implausible to expect that human traits like height and intelligence remained stable for many tens of thousands of years.  Can we believe what PNAS co-author Sandra Wilde said when she tried to maintain long ages?  “This is particularly interesting as the darker phenotype seems to have been preferred by evolution over hundreds of thousands of years,” she said in Science Daily.  “All our early ancestors were more darkly pigmented.”  But why should evolution “prefer” anything?  Like creationists, these researchers are saying that most of the changes occurred after the Ice Age – except that creationists condense the Ice Age into a few centuries after the Flood.In a similar announcement, Nature found evidence for lighter skin and modern immune genes in a skeleton from Spain said to be 7,000 years old.  Meanwhile, National Geographic tried to make a case that dark skin evolved to protect from skin cancer, contrary to Darwin’s explanation.  “Other scientists, including Charles Darwin, have long dismissed skin cancer as a force in evolution because it typically strikes those past childbearing age,” the article says, then explains why a London cancer researcher thinks otherwise.Domestication is recent:  PhysOrg places the domestication of cattle within the last 10,000 years in the Middle East.  Once again, that is much closer to a Biblical time frame than the evolutionary expectation.  The article says that Africans took this knowledge with them from the Middle East into Africa.  If all this occurred so quickly and recently, one wonders what cavemen were doing for many tens of thousands of years before that.  Paleoanthropologists believe that anatomically modern humans with similar brain capacities existed at least 300,000 years ago – perhaps a million.Neanderthal news:  Reports continue to accumulate about evidence that Neanderthal is a questionable category:Nature published another paper about “The genomic landscape of Neanderthal ancestry in present-day humans.”Science Magazine added a paper, too, to the growing evidence that the groups were interfertile, not separate species as long assumed.Also in Nature, Ewen Calloway wrote a witty article about the surprising discovery of “The Neanderthal Within,” leading off with a family photo with a Neanderthal-faced dad.  (This has all come to light with the ability to sequence “ancient DNA” that evolutionists believe is up to a million years old.)Science Daily tries to place the triumph of modernity over Neanderthality in climate change, not the paleo diet.In another PNAS paper, researchers disputed the notion that Neanderthals had different proportions in their shoulder bones.  “It is the relative abbreviation of Neandertal humeri, a reflection of ecogeographical body proportions and population history, that distinguishes the Neandertals from many modern humans,” they say; “It is therefore inappropriate to use Neandertal clavicular length to assess their biology and evolutionary relationships.“Uniquely human:  New Scientist reported that humans are “born to chat” – i.e., they appear to have an innate language instinct.  Our ability to construct meaningful sentences with semantic hierarchy implies that there is a “universal grammar” innate to humans.  A. Patel in PLoS Biology asks “Was Darwin Wrong?” about musical ability.  “In The Descent of Man, Darwin speculated that our capacity for musical rhythm reflects basic aspects of brain function broadly shared among animals.”  It’s a big deal to challenge the father of evolutionary theory, but Patel does: “Although this remains an appealing idea, it is being challenged by modern cross-species research.”  Implication: this ability is not broadly shared among animals.Wayback waypoint:  PhysOrg says that a new analysis suggests that “Peking Man” used fire 770,000 years ago.  This claim, again, raises the question of what these people, able to manage a complex task like building fire, maintaining it and using it for cooking, were doing for hundreds of thousands of years before someone thought about domesticating animals or growing their own vegetables.  By comparison, Vikings (not renowned for their brains) invented their own version of GPS, according to Live Science, using crystals in a sun compass that could work after sunset.  This is another example of the resourcefulness of Homo – a trait reasonably attributable to alleged “archaic” humans.The story goes on:  These findings are not mentioned to suggest that evolutionists are giving up.  For instance, Nature wrote a book review with the silly title, “Human Evolution: Just Add Water,” claiming that the hunt for water “shaped human evolution.”  In another example, according to PhysOrg, kiwi anthropologist Graeme Finlay wrote a new book asserting that while “Controversy over human evolution remains widespread,” not to worry: “the human genome project and genetic sequencing of many other species have provided myriad precise and unambiguous genetic markers that establish our evolutionary relationships with other mammals.”  He thinks retroviruses and jumping genes are among evidences that clinch the evolutionary story.Finlay, a former cancer researcher, calls himself a Christian and appears to be on a campaign to convince other Christians that belief in evolution is OK.“To discover that we share particular retroviral sequences with chimps, gorillas, orang-utans, gibbons and other primates, was to me extraordinary, because it was an overwhelming demonstration of common ancestry.““I’ve spent a bit of time writing and trying to spread these ideas in church circles. I decided we need a book so people can really appreciate the compelling nature of the evidence,” says Dr Finlay.Finlay is himself a Christian and believes that there are excellent theological reasons why the evolution of the created order should be acceptable to all Christians.Finlay is either ignorant of or willingly deceptive of evidence countering his claims.  “I was aware of conflict over evolution from people who were very suspicious of science and I found a lot of their arguments were very disturbing because they were simply not true,” he says.  But there is a long history of research by creation scientists that refutes common ancestry, or that rebuts the alleged theological reasons why it should be acceptable.  For instance, in Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins at ICR, a geneticist with impeccable scientific credentials, has written extensively that epigenetics and genetics refutes the notion of similarity with chimpanzees and other apes.Even in the intelligent design community, which does not necessarily disbelieve in common ancestry and millions of years, evidence has been adduced to refute Finlay’s claim (see Evolution News & Views here and here, for instance).  A few years ago, the Discovery Institute published a book, Science and Human Origins, compiling scientific refutations (not “church” views) of human evolution.  If anything, Finlay’s belief in “an overwhelming demonstration of common ancestry” is not settled science that is being disputed in only “church circles.”It’s time to put the squeeze of reason and evidence on the Finlays of the world who wander about with a chip on their shoulder, going on personal campaigns to push Darwin down the throats of their fellow rational creatures, assuming that only they have “science” on their side.  The best defense is a good offense.Exercise: Think of pointed questions you would ask Dr. Finlay.  Examples: “Are you telling us that so-called hominids with the same (if not superior) physical stature and brain capacity as Einstein, with innate language capacity and musical ability, sat around in caves for nearly a million years, doing nothing but hunting animals, then suddenly, just a few thousand years ago, started domesticating animals and building farms and cities?  Dr. Finlay, how can you expect rational people to believe that?  And if you claim to be a Christian, why did Jesus Christ come to defeat death, if there was death before sin for millions of years?  Dr. Finlay, do you ever read the creationary literature, including the peer-reviewed journals, that refute your scientific evidence?  Isn’t it a bit haughty to dismiss these evidences (by PhD scientists) as simply “not true”?  What if we turned the tables and said your claims are not true? What would you do about that?  Is it just about power?  Isn’t evidence more powerful than bluffing?  Are you willing to debate Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins or Dr. Douglas Axe?” (Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more