The Moth in Spider’s Clothing

first_imgNational Geographic News has a picture story about a moth that mimics a jumping spider.  It appears to work.  Scientists staged a battle royale between contestants of mimics and non-mimics in the ring with their jumping spider enemies, and the mimics won hands down.  The spiders went for the normal moths 62% of the time, but backed away from their mirror-images, the moths in spider clothing, in all but 6% of cases.  The fooled spiders even made aggressive territorial displays against some of their mimics.  The metalmark moths of Costa Rica flare up their wings and make a spidery pose when threatened.  A somewhat similar strategy is recommended for humans when facing a mountain lion.Mimicry is a common occurrence in nature.  Evolutionists explain this as a result of natural selection, and it is, but not in the macroevolutionary sense Darwin needs.  These moths already have wings, legs, and sophisticated pigmentation software.  If Darwin had discovered a deterministic law, all species would follow this strategy, and every prey would look like its predator.  If the non-mimic moths had the same amount of evolutionary time, why did they remain behind?  Didn’t they learn the Darwinian lesson?  And if the predators also had the same time, why didn’t they catch onto the trick?    Horizontal changes can occur rapidly under sufficient predation pressure or competition (cp. 02/26/2007 with orchids).  A population of dogs isolated in the Arctic will favor long-haired survivors if the genes for long hair already exist.  A population of desert plants will favor those able to reach deep if the genes to do so already exist.  Find a moth that evolves a machine gun via slow, incremental steps and creationists will take notice (requirement: all the intermediate forms must be found, too).Suggested new book:  A medical doctor, Geoffrey Simmons, has just completed a new book Billions of Missing Links (Harvest House, 2006).  It is loaded with examples of clever and sophisticated designs in nature that could never have evolved by gradual evolutionary steps.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 14th, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Aside from sporadic rainfall, most of the state received little to no rainfall, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 13th. For many growers, the drier conditions add additional challenges to an already difficult season. Excessive moisture earlier in the season caused nitrogen loss and delayed critical post emergence operations. Plants that were able to recover have shallow root systems and a diminished capacity for handling dry weather. Crop conditions still vary widely, even within small areas. Oat harvest is neared completion. Weather was favorable for hay, spreading of manure, spraying, and other field work.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more

After bypoll debacle, BSP blames BJP for poor show

first_imgAfter drawing a blank in the Uttar Pradesh assembly bypolls, the BSP blamed the ruling BJP for its debacle, saying it helped the Samajwadi Party win some seats. In the bypolls to 11 assembly segments, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal (S) bagged 8 seats and the SP three. The SP, which emerged as the biggest gainer, wrested Zaidpur seat from the ruling BJP and Jalalpur from the BSP, while retaining Rampur. “As part of a conspiracy to bring the morale of the BSP men down before the UP Vidhan Sabha elections, the BJP in these bypolls made the Samajwadi Party win some seats and not allow the BSP to win a single seat,” BSP president Mayawati tweeted after the loss in the elections.“Partymen understand this well. They will definitely work wholeheartedly to fail their conspiracy,” she added. The Uttar Pradesh bypoll results have come as a setback for the BSP which had sought to project itself as the main opposition party in the state. It not only failed to retain its Jalalpur seat but also pushed to the fourth spot in six of the 11 assembly segments. BSP’s Chaya Verma lost the Jalalpur seat to Samajwadi Party’s Subhash Rai by a slender margin of 790 votes. Chaya Verma is the daughter of senior BSP leader Lalji Verma and Jalalpur was a BSP stronghold from where its its candidate Ritesh Pandey had won the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year. The party candidates fared below Congress nominees and also lost deposits at many of the seats. On six seats-Gangoh, Rampur, Lucknow Cantt, Govindnagar, Pratapgarh and Zaidpur-its candidates fared a poor fourth. On three others-Manikpur, Balha and Ghosi-it took the third spot and on two-Iglas and Jalapur-it finished the runners up. The party got the lowest 2.14% votes in Rampur and the highest 33.96% and 31.25% in Iglas and Jalalpur, respectively. The BSP, which was the major gainer in this year’s Lok Sabha polls, winning 10 seats in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, had decided to contest the bypolls after almost 12 years.last_img read more

Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Lakers (2-4), and the Los Angeles teams tuned up against each other before they meet in their season openers on Thursday.Tyrone Wallace had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (2-3).LAKERS: Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kyle Kuzma struggled to a 1-for-8 night, scoring eight points. … Lonzo Ball sat again after hurting his ankle earlier in the preseason.CLIPPERS: Rookie Jawun Evans had 22 points and eight assists. … Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all sat. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,” Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale.Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Spurs aren’t alone when it comes to injury woes heading into the season.Many are minor, like Cleveland’s LeBron James nursing a sprained ankle and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dealing with a bad back — issues that might keep them out of their respective opening nights. Kevin Durant (virus) and Draymond Green (back) also missed Golden State’s preseason finale on Friday, though neither situation is thought to be serious. Nor is the Rockets’ Chris Paul sitting out Friday with a sore knee, after missing a game earlier this week with a sore shoulder. View comments Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points as the host Knicks finished 0-5.WIZARDS: All-Star John Wall sat out the finale. … Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 21 points. … Former Knicks forward Jason Smith had 17 points.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) and Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) were held out again. Ntilikina, the Knicks’ first-round pick, appeared in just one preseason game. He said he expects to fully practice Saturday. … Doug McDermott scored 21 points off the bench. He had 12 in his first five minutes.RAPTORS 125, BULLS 104Toronto outscored Chicago 38-17 in the fourth quarter to turn what was a tie game into a blowout.CJ Miles scored 27 points for visiting Toronto (3-2), which got 17 from Kyle Lowry and 16 from Norman Powell. Justin Holiday scored 17 for Chicago (3-3).RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. … The Raptors were 19 of 48 from 3-point range.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen scored 13 and Bobby Portis added 12. … Chicago had 28 assists on 38 field goals.SPURS 106, ROCKETS 97LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (3-2).Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 13 for the Spurs. Eric Gordon led the host Rockets (4-1) with 27 points, and James Harden added 15 points and 11 assists — but shot a mere 5 for 17.SPURS: Danny Green had 11 points and seven assists. … The Spurs outscored Houston 60-38 in the paint.ROCKETS: Houston took 53 shots from 3-point range, making 15. … Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 27 points, but shot 5 for 20 from behind the arc. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Some other injuries from training camp and preseason action are far more significant, like the ones endured by Charlotte’s Nic Batum (elbow ligament tear), Miami’s Rodney McGruder (stress fracture in left leg), Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (high ankle sprain followed by surgery to repair ligaments Friday), Washington’s Markieff Morris (sports hernia), New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) and Utah’s Dante Exum (shoulder).They are looking at weeks — or in many cases, months — before they’ll play again.So the preseason is over. Some teams will be feeling the effects of it for a while longer.Here’s a look at Friday’s preseason finales:HORNETS 111, MAVERICKS 96Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O’Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ERS 119, HEAT 95Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick each scored 19 for Philadelphia (2-3), with Redick going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Bam Adebayo, James Johnson and Dion Waiters had 13 apiece for Miami (3-3).HEAT: Hassan Whiteside picked up three fouls by the midpoint of the first quarter, with Joel Embiid drawingthem all. … Jordan Mickey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Justise Winslow scored 10.76ERS: Philadelphia “hosted” the game in Kansas City, Missouri. … The 76ers shot 14 for 39 from beyond the arc, while holding Miami to a 4 for 30 performance from long range.WARRIORS 117, KINGS 106Stephen Curry had 18 points in 19 minutes as Golden State made a successful return home after its two-game China trip.David Stockton had 23 points and eight assists for the Kings (1-5).KINGS: Veteran summer acquisitions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill all were sidelined. … Rookie Frank Mason started and had 10 points. … Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game with injuries.WARRIORS: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala didn’t play. … Patrick McCaw scored 17 points and Nick Young made five 3-pointers for 15. … Rookie Jordan Bell started and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.LAKERS 111, CLIPPERS 104 Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. ages License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard still isn’t ready to play.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season on Wednesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Harrison Barnes scored 24 for visiting Dallas (4-2).MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. … Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. … Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.CAVALIERS 113, MAGIC 106Playing without LeBron James, Cleveland got 18 points from Jose Calderon and 15 from Dwyane Wade to beatOrlando.James missed his fourth preseason game with a bad ankle, and Kevin Love also didn’t play for the visiting Cavaliers (1-4). Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic (3-3).CAVALIERS: Kyle Korver took five 2-point attempts, something he did in only six games all last season. … Wade and Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half. … JR Smith came off the bench to further acclimate to his new role, now that Wade is the starting shooting guard.MAGIC: Orlando allowed 36 points in the third quarter. … Jonathon Simmons started again in place of the injured Terrence Ross (hamstring). … Simmons had 12 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 103Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington (4-1) send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GRIZZLIES 142, PELICANS 101New Orleans’ Tony Allen — who will have his jersey retired by the Grizzlies when his career ends — got a huge ovation from fans in Memphis in his first trip back as an opponent. He didn’t play, and the Pelicans got routed.Jarrell Martin scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (3-2). Jordan Crawford scored 19 for New Orleans (1-3).PELICANS: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both shot 2 for 5, combining for 16 points. … New Orleans trailed by as many as 49.GRIZZLIES: Memphis got to the 100-point mark with 4:17 left in the third quarter. … Mike Conley scored 19.BUCKS 107, PISTONS 103Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists as Milwaukee (1-3) avoided a winless preseason.Avery Bradley and Andre Drummond were brilliant for visiting Detroit (2-3). Bradley scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and Drummond finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.PISTONS: Tobias Harris scored 13 points and Boban Marjanovic added 10. … Detroit got outscored 48-27 from 3-point range.BUCKS: Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic each scored 14. … Milwaukee used 14 players — 13 of them scored (rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon was the exception) and all 14 got at least one rebound. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Source: Cavs trading Jefferson, Felder to Hawks LATEST STORIES NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger roars at box office

first_imgSalman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger has indeed broken all records. Besides creating the record of the highest opening day ever with a Rs. 32.92 crore earning on last Wednesday, the film has also managed to brake all opening weekend records.The film had collected Rs. 92.5 crore till Sunday night in the domestic market. In fact, the Kabir Khan-directed film co-starring Katrina Kaif earned a whopping Rs. 110 crore over a six-day extended weekend. Incidentally, the film also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office.Seems like Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore in less than a fortnight and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Censor Board has banned the screening of the film in their country. Earlier, when the trailer of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was released, the Board had banned it claiming that it tarnishes the image of their intelligence agency ISI.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so important

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoMan Utd academy chief Parry explains loan club selection

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Parry explains loan club selectionby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy player performance manager Les Parry admits they’re careful with the clubs they select for their loan players.Parry has discussed the process that United staff members go through before deciding upon a destination.He said: “We draw up a player’s needs before we start the process.”I’m not kidding that we tick every box, because we can’t, but there have been a few clubs for one or two players, that we didn’t think were suitable.”On the face of it, it might look a good move, but we didn’t think it was, for one reason or another, so we looked elsewhere.” last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd, Joel Klatt Explain Why They Believe Michigan State Can Win It All

first_imgColin Cowherd previews the Big 10 Championship on The Herd.colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.last_img read more

JIS Jamaica 50 Photo Album Wins International Award

first_imgThe Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) commemorative Jamaica 50 photo album has won an international award in the prestigious Mercury Awards Competition, organized by New York-based firm, MerComm, Incorporated, in the United States.The publication, titled: “Our Golden Jubilee, Snapshots of Post Independent Jamaica 1962 – 2012”, was selected for the 2012/13 Bronze Award in the Photo Album category, eclipsing some 677 other publications, representing 21 countries, which were vying for one of the top three awards.Now in its 26th year, the International Mercury Awards Competition recognizes the best outputs in public relations, public affairs and corporate communications, by honouring the hard work of the creative professionals.Major categories for awards include: Advertising, Annual Reports, Brochures, Custom Publications, Designs, Emerging Media, Magazines, Special Projects, Websites and Writing.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, who was pleasantly surprised on receiving notification of the Award, informed that the Golden Jubilee publication was the choice of some of the world’s leading communications specialists.The commemorative album has been endorsed by the Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who commended the JIS for its foresight and creativity in producing the publication, during its official launch in July 2012.In describing it as “timely and welcome”, Senator Falconer pointed out that “with this publication, Jamaicans at home and abroad and friends of Jamaica, have been provided with a unique opportunity to relive some of the special moments in the story of our glorious independence journey.”MerComm, Inc. is the world’s only independent awards organization dedicated to defining the standards of excellence in the communications field and recognizing the professionals whose work has made outstanding contributions to their organization, corporation, or clients.To view a list of all recipients of the award, see related link at: http://www.mercommawards.com/mercury/awardWinners/categoryWinners/customGeneral.htm,under photo album.By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Banks raise prime rate to 37 per cent following Bank of Canada

first_imgTORONTO – All of Canada’s Big Six banks say they will raise their prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank all say they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate a quarter-point to 1.5 per cent Wednesday.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)(TSX:TD)(TSX:BNS)(TSX:BMO)(TSX:CM)(TSX:NA)last_img read more