Delight as Donegal doctor delivers baby on train

first_imgA Donegal doctor helped a mum to deliver her baby on board a commuter train travelling from Galway to Dublin today.The 3.05pm service from Galway to Heuston was approaching Kildare just before 5pm when the woman went into labour and required medical assistance.Staff on board the train located a nurse who went to the woman’s assistance while ambulance services were also called and boarded the train within 20 minutes at Kildare. The baby was delivered by Alan Devine, a GP from Letterkenny who is living and working in Galway.Alan, from Golf Course Road, was on board the train as he was travelling to Dublin for a conference.He told the Irish Times “I’m a GP so this wasn’t really my field at all. I would have done some training in managing deliveries when I was training to become a GP, but I haven’t been next or near that in about five years, let alone anything outside a hospital.“I was watching Chernobyl on my iPad and I could hear some commotion going on, but I didn’t really know what it was. We were stopped for about 10 minutes at Kildare when I paused my iPad to hear what was going on. “The woman sitting opposite me then asked if was a doctor, and I said I was. She told me there was a woman giving birth further up the train, so I looked up and could see a security guy in hi-vis between carriages holding a towel up to the door.“I could hear moaning so I asked the woman to mind my stuff and I ran up. The poor woman was there in the throes of labour. She was a young woman on her own.“By the time I got there, there was a lovely Irish woman named Ellen on the phone to the ambulance crew. There was an Irish nurse helping her, and there was an American tourist in her seventies holding her hand and coaching her through the labour.”Mr Devine said he informed the security staff member that he was a doctor, and he was allowed access to assist with the birth.“Naturally enough there was no medical equipment or gloves or anything, so the young girl who was working on the catering car got me some gloves from the trolley,” he said. “I then started to help with the delivery. Within about a half hour we had a successful delivery which we were all very relieved about, nobody more so than the mother. She was terrified, and part of our job was reassuring her.“The baby came out, and within a minute or two the ambulance staff was there. The baby needed a bit of help getting its breathing going and getting a good colour. It felt like about 10 minutes but I’d say it was more like 30 seconds when it let out a cry.“Honestly, we all nearly cried as well because there was a lot of tension and stress. Things calmed down then. We initially looked into getting a helicopter to take her to the Coombe but there just wasn’t one available to we went off into the traffic.“I’d say the next couple of days will be important for mother and baby but thankfully everything worked out.” Irish Rail said the train was delayed at Kildare for a total of 80 minutes before continuing its journey to Heuston. “We wish mother and daughter well,” said a spokesman.Delight as Donegal doctor delivers baby on train was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Alan DevinebabydeliverGPletterkennytrainlast_img read more

Does Darwin Play Dice?

first_imgSome recent scientific papers have spoken to the question of how big a role chance plays in Darwinism.  This issue was one of the key points of contention by early critics of Darwin’s theory.  Modern Darwinists argue whether evolution proceeds strictly by chance, or whether the environment constrains evolution to follow certain paths that lead to adaptation.  Those who argue that there is more involved than chance often point to convergence in nature; organisms with different ancestries seem to have converged on nearly identical solutions to problems.  If there is no one guiding evolution, however, it would seem that chance must lie at the root of all change.  Let’s see what some experts say about these issues.Contingency:  In Current Biology,1 Doug Erwin (Smithsonian Institute) wrote a quick guide to “Evolutionary Contingency.”  Right off the bat, Erwin answered the first question, “What is contingency?” with the response, “Chance, in a word.” For instance, all living sea urchins, sand dollars, heart urchins and other echinoids are descended from one (possibly two) species that survived the great End-Permian mass extinction 252 million years ago…. One can argue that the group with two plates was somehow better adapted, or that they simply survived by chance.  In truth, either possibility is equally likely.  Because we only have a single case, we have no way to choose between the two.The answer to the next question had an equally short first sentence.  “How do we know?”  His response: “We don’t!”  He claims that convergence is very common, but it’s hard to test for contingency.  He mentions Stephen Jay Gould as the best-known champion of a contingent view of the history of life on earth.    Erwin answered the final question, “Are contingency and convergence opposing views of how evolution operates?”One hopes not, as both have clearly been important in the history of life.  As is so often the case in evolutionary biology, this is an issue of relative frequency, not absolute possibility.  Chance can limit which groups are around to evolve, where they live, and even the range of future morphological possibilities.  Convergence often reflects limited engineering solutions to particular problems, but does not predict that particular groups are likely to survive over the long-term.  And convergence has little to do with many aspects of evolution where selection, genetic drift and chance are free to come up with the remarkable diversity of butterfly wing patterns, arthropod legs or the colors on seashells.Convergence:  In a companion piece in the same issue of Current Biology,2 Simon Conway Morris discussed the flip side of evolutionary theory, convergence.  He didn’t explain how different organisms could evolve to similar forms.  He just asserted that they did.Consider your eye and that of an octopus.  Both are built based on the camera principle, yet you are closely related to a starfish while the octopus is a near cousin of the oyster.  The common ancestor of you and the octopus lived about 550 million years ago and at most possessed a simple eye-spot.  Regarding the eyes, vertebrates and molluscs have arrived at the same solution, and in doing so have solved equally successfully problems such as how to correct spherical aberration.  Camera-eyes are a brilliant evolutionary invention, and so it is less surprising that they convergently emerged in at least five other groups, including cubozoan jellyfish.[See 05/13/2005 on cubozoan jellyfish.]  Morris gives other putative examples of convergent evolution in nature.  He says that while instances are remarkable, convergence as an evolutionary principle is not obvious.  Oddly, he says that evolution should not produce convergence at the molecular level, but “is probably far more common than realized.”  For example, he says carbonic anhydrase evolved five times – but “that is modest when compared to C4 photosynthesis, which has arisen at least 30 times.”    Simon Conway Morris is such a strong believer in environmental forcing of convergent adaptation, he thinks extraterrestrials will think like us.  But they certainly will not think like creationists.  In answering the last question, “Why does convergence matter?” he said,It shows adaptation is real, and not some Darwinian conspiracy.  It insists that organisms are functionally integrated and not a heap of character states.  Paradoxically, the very similarities seen in convergence are some of the best proofs of evolution.  Next time you are cornered by a pair of creationists order them a stiff gin and tonic and then ask him why the position of the retina is opposite in our eye to that of octopus (clue: embryology), and ask her why the bacterial flagellar motor has evolved at least twice.  Then when they are sobering up remind them that the way in which Drosophila reacts to ethanol is remarkably similar in terms of behaviour to the manner in which we get drunk.  Please raise a glass to convergence.So rather than seeing common design, Morris sees in the remarkable convergence of parts in different lineages an even stronger proof of evolution.  And it matters because it can give you something to argue over with a drunk creationist.Evolvability:  The evolution of the ability to evolve (see 08/04/2004) is the topic of another article in Current Biology by Sniegowski and Murphy.3  This concept is recent and controversial, they begin:Increasing numbers of biologists are invoking ‘evolvability’ to explain the general significance of genomic and developmental phenomena affecting genetic variation.  What exactly is evolvability, and how important is it likely to be for our understanding of evolution?  Definitions of evolvability are almost as numerous as the papers and books that have been written on the subject.  All definitions agree that evolvability has to do with the capacity of populations to evolve – no surprise there.  In actual use, however, evolvability can be a rather slippery concept with a variety of meanings and implications.  The goals of this primer are to try to pin down some of the meanings of evolvability and to explain why evolvability is a controversial subject.Whatever it means, though, it does not mean purpose or goal.  That is made clear in a paragraph entitled, “The problem of teleology” –The idea that variability has been fine-tuned in order to maximize the evolutionary potential of populations is certainly controversial, although it is not new.  The obvious reason to be suspicious of this idea is that it suggests a teleological view of evolution.  Natural selection cannot adapt a population for future contingencies any more than an effect can precede its cause, so any future utility of the capacity to generate variation can have no influence on the maintenance of that capacity in the present.  As Sydney Brenner supposedly remarked many years ago, it would make no sense for a population in an early geological period to retain a feature that was useless merely because it might “come in handy in the Cretaceous!”Clearly, then, evolvability must be an unguided (i.e., chance) process.  The authors explain their ideas on how this capacity might have come about in a contingent world.  Evolvability is a by-product of the random walk of evolution, they say.  Seeming to realize they have wandered into the bypass meadow of speculation, they repent and ask how the evolvability-as-byproduct hypothesis might be testable.  Surprise: it isn’t—In fact, it is rather easy to pile up examples of genomic and developmental features that may affect evolvability, and this is a bit troubling: How do we know when it is necessary – rather than just appealing – to invoke evolvability differences in order to explain evolutionary histories?  The problem here is that the evolvability-as-byproduct hypothesis is probably correct in a very broad sense that tells us little we did not already know: because newly arising variation modifies existing organismal blueprints, large differences between taxa imply differences in the kinds and amounts of new variation that can arise….    Invoking variability as a retrospective explanation for why one clade has diversified or changed more than another does not rule out the possibility that the clades evolved differently for reasons unrelated to variability.  And finding related to distinctive variability mechanisms � for example, mutations of major phenotypic effect caused by transposable elements � provides only anecdotal evidence for the importance of such variability mechanisms in evolution.  As other commentators on evolvability have noted, there is a need for quantitative, testable predictions concerning evolvability rather than retrospective and anecdotal arguments.  Approaches such as computer simulation and long-term experimental evolution may yield some progress in this direction because they allow direct manipulation and assessment of the effects of variability differences on evolution, but even these kinds of approaches may not provide dependable insights into whether and how variability differences have actually affected the evolution of natural populations.In fact, their last sentence says that it’s only an interesting – but largely untested – hypothesis.”  This may be a disconcerting conclusion to readers looking for something a little more substantive in modern evolutionary thought.  But that’s not all: they said earlier that in spite of major advances in molecular biology in the last few decades, “our fundamental genetic understanding of natural selection developed before 1950 and has not changed in major ways since then.”  Is evolutionary explanatory power stuck in a rut?  Maybe so, but when working with hypotheses based on chance, don’t expect nice and neat answers.  This, however, is no excuse for storytelling:To some, this historical disjunction suggests that evolutionary theory cannot account for the origin and maintenance of mechanisms affecting variability and is overdue for major revision.  It is indeed attractive to suppose that the most important evolutionary feature of organisms – their very capacity to evolve and adapt – is itself an adaptation, but this is probably only true in highly restricted circumstances.  Instead, variability is probably most often a byproduct of the messy and intricate ways in which genomes have evolved.  And the possibility that incidental differences in variability between populations have caused differences in evolvability with profound consequences for evolutionary history remains an interesting � but largely untested � hypothesis.Creatures of Accident:  In Nature,4 Matthew Wills [U of Bath] reviewed a book by Wallace Arthur whose title clearly indicates that chance is king in Darwin’s theory: Creatures of Accident: The Rise of the Animal Kingdom (Hill & Wang, 2006).  Wills began with a rather dogmatic statement of evolution-as-fact:All life on Earth, no matter how complex, shares a common, very simple, ancestor.  You and the bacteria in your gut have been evolving away from this starting point for precisely the same length of time.  So how is it that you are capable of perusing a magazine, whereas your gut bacteria look little different from the most ancient prokaryote fossils we know?  The answer, in a nutshell, is development.With answers that firm, students may not want to ask further questions, unless they want to think outside the nut shell.  Wills proceeded to speculate about the controversy of whether evolution is progressive, egalitarian, or deterministic.  He leans toward Simon Conway Morris:The human brain enables behaviours vastly more elaborate than those of even our closest relatives.  But is this an inevitable corollary of evolution?  Arthur –like Simon Conway Morris in his excellent book Life’s Solution (Cambridge University Press, 2003) – thinks it probably is.Presumably, the “development” spoken of in Wills’ nutshell answer is a random process.  The question whether complexity is inevitable from unguided developmental evolution led to an aside about theology.  Wills made a timid appeal for less excoriation of theism by Arthur, (as long as it is humanistic and liberal, like that of prominent evolutionary thinkers like “George Gaylord Simpson, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Stephen Jay Gould and even Charles Darwin from time to time”) but the appeasement was more than drowned out by his vitriol aimed at any and all Darwin doubters: “The subtext and closing chapters [of Arthur’s book] are an attack on fundamentalism of every stripe.  Pleasingly, there is little explicit tilting at the straw men of creationism and intelligent design: atheism and theism are equally irrational in Arthur’s view,” he said, lumping together a wide range of views into the narrowest pigeonhole for easy snuffing.Despite these controversies and deep problems in evolutionary theory, the public gets a very sanitized view.  The Darwin Exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, visited by half a million Americans during its New York debut, is now traveling throughout major cities, starting with Philadelphia and then Tokyo.  It fails to present the problems in evolutionary theory, and these controversies in particular (see Evolution News on how the exhibit also whitewashes its legacy of eugenics and Social Darwinism).    Not all are taking Darwin’s explanations without question, however.  A Japanese writer for the World Peace Herald reported that an increasing number of scholars are questioning Darwinism’s ability to explain the complexity of life.  And Carol Iannone writing for Phi Beta Cons said that more students are questioning a theory based on randomness and contingency.  She recommended, “first tell students that Darwin hypothesized that it all comes from chance, and then give them some of the models showing the probability of certain life substances evolving by chance.”  (See online book.)1Douglas H. Erwin, “Quick Guide: Evolutionary Contingency,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 19, 10 October 2006, pages R825-R826, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.076.2Simon Conway Morris, “Quick Guide: Evolutionary Convergence,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 19, 10 October 2006, pages R826-R827, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.077.3Paul D. Sniegowski and Helen A. Murphy, “Primer: Evolvability,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 19, 10 October 2006, Pages R831-R834, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.080.4Matthew A. Wills, “Evolution’s highest branches,” Nature 443, 633(12 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443633a.These Darwinists, who by their own admission are wandering aimlessly in speculation space, nevertheless get free rein in the science rags to trash creationists without consequence.  But what proof do they have for their beloved dogma?  Only 30 proof – the stiff gin and tonic that Morris offered.  No thanks, we don’t drink (10/07/2006 commentary).  When scientific standards return, and the lazy goofballs in the Darwin Party lounges are kicked out (12/22/2003 commentary), there will be a second scientific revolution.  Led by intelligent design instead of chance, it will make the first revolution seem elementary.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deer hunting fills on-farm void left by lost tobacco production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn 2005, Rick Crawford harvested the last tobacco crop from his family’s Adams County farm. His ancestors had grown tobacco on that land since at least the late 1800s. Tobacco was a part of Crawford Farms’ heritage, culture and, most importantly, its profitability.“Tobacco used to be the main cash crop on this farm for many years. There is not very much of this ground that is tillable. Tobacco is a tremendous amount of hand labor but we made it work. We needed about six people extra to get the tobacco in the barn in the fall and we had to hire nine to make sure we had six. It was always a challenge,” Crawford said. “With tobacco, if everything goes right, you can net $1,000 an acre but it takes a tremendous amount of labor and there are about four times a year where the weather can take everything. Tobacco is a risky crop.”The big change for tobacco production in Ohio happened in 2004 with the mandatory buyout ending the quota system that had been in place since the 1930s.“The quota program went out the window and there was a buyout. The companies were wanting bigger producers. We were growing 7 to 11 acres and that would produce 20,000 to 24,000 pounds of tobacco,” Crawford said. “I was wanting to downsize and they wanted me to raise more.”Crawford knew it was time to be done with tobacco production on the farm, but he did not know what to do to replace the valuable piece of his economic puzzle.“After we quit tobacco, I ran into a guy in town and he was leasing out rights for deer hunting,” Crawford said.Leasing hunting rights was a new concept for Crawford at the time, but he was well aware of the plentiful deer population on and around the farm. He’d been battling with them for years. Finding a way to benefit from the local deer population with a growing reputation for producing big trophy bucks seemed to make sense.“Big bucks like the habitat found in our area. It is not uncommon to observe and have a shot opportunity at 140+ class bucks on the farm. Much bigger bucks also make our farm part of their core area,” Crawford said on the farm’s website. “Because of the type of terrain and the amount of food and cover available, hunters need to bring their best hunting strategies. The trophy buck of a lifetime could step out at any minute.”Now the farm hosts six-day archery hunts on 1,000 acres to provide a stable source of income.“We sell six-day hunts and provide the lodging. This is a fair chase hunt using state rules. There are no high fences. That is what our guys want and we only do archery. The insurance is cheaper too,” Crawford said. “We are an LLC that leases property from me. They have to sign a waiver.”The peak rut season commands a $1,850 per hunter fee for the six-day hunt. The farm hosts hunters through most of the Ohio deer archery season from Sept. 29 to through early January. Outside of the hunting season, there is plenty to do to prepare during the rest of the year.This deer was harvested on the farm this year.“It is more than just cashing checks,” Crawford said. “We plant food plots all summer. The permanent plots are alfalfa or clover. We plant late plots too that include brassicas and forage oats that overwinter. That keeps food here clear through January in addition to the deer’s natural food. This year we put in a new camera system that transfers pictures from one place to another and they can be accessed by the hunters to help them decide where they want to hunt. In February and March we do maintenance on the tree stands we provide. We encourage guys to bring their own stands, too. Then in the spring we have maintenance of food plots with mowing.”The most popular hunting dates are typically in November, though there are strong hunting opportunities all season on the farm.“Even though the most requested hunt dates are in November, we have learned that our hunt property may actually provide better opportunities during the early and late hunts due to the amount and variety of feeding opportunities,” Crawford said. “There are many different types of terrain on the farm and therefore different types of hunting situations. Even though each hunter may find a ‘favorite’ spot on the farm, our past experiences have proven there is no ‘best’ place to hunt.”Unlike tobacco, Crawford gets half the money up front, with no risk from weather or a lack of results.“With the deer hunting we get half the money up front. We have no guarantees. They sign a contract that they realize they may not even see a deer. With the cameras we have set up, though, I can give them a pretty good idea,” he said. “We are open for archery season and we run up to 10 hunts a year. We schedule specific dates a year in advance.”The farm includes a processing facility complete with a walk-in cooler, freezer, electric hoist, and processing table for hunters to use. The farm also has a nice mobile home that will sleep six hunters. It has an enclosed outside porch area to store hunting clothing and equipment, satellite TV, a full kitchen, and two bathrooms. Optional food for the hunters can be provided. The farm also provides three utility vehicles for the hunters to use on the property.“We have a lot of return hunters. They are pretty much all from out of state,” Crawford said. “Approximately 70% of our clients in 2018 are returning for at least their third year, with some returning for their 13th season.”For more information, visit read more

FEU, Ateneo gain finals

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Toni Rose Basas of Far Eastern U sends the ball past Bernadette Flora during their semifinal duel on Monday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFar Eastern University overcame a gritty Adamson side, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, to barge into the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws will take on Jaja Santiago and the National U Lady Bulldogs in the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Bernadeth Pons, back after a UAAP beach volleyball stint, fired 15 points—including 12 kills—to lead the Lady Tamaraws’ 2-1 semifinal conquest of the Lady Falcons.Adamson labored though five sets to take the Final Four opener, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8, but FEU equalized with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20,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 shutout23-25, 15-11 Game 2 triumph.In the men’s division, Marck Espejo returned to action to power Ateneo past University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, and seal a title clash with FEU. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PSC backs creation of unified collegiate sports body It will be the third straight championship stint in this conference for the back-to-back defending champion Eagles.Espejo, who rammed in 23 hits, missed Game 2 on Saturday when the Tigers won,25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, as he likewise suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.The Eagles struggled in the early going, yielding the opening frame before imposing their power in the next three.“First of all, I thank the Lord for the strength, power and the guidance,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Marck and Karl played beach volleyball but still they managed to show their leadership.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses

first_imgAlvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHigh-scoring and fun-loving.Those were some of words University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren used to describe his star scorer Alvin Pasaol.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  And on the heels of his 49-point game and 81-point week, the veteran mentor couldn’t help but compare his 6-foot-3 swingman to a star he handled many moons ago.“He is like Vergel,” said Pumaren, referring to Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses. “Vergel he loves to have fun, but when it’s time to play, when it’s business, then he goes down to work. That’s his attitude, and that’s the same with Alvin.”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 shutoutPumaren  had the privilege to coach Meneses in the pro league with the now-defunct Sunkist. They won two PBA championships and nearly a Grand Slam as the man they called “The Aerial Voyager” became the 1995 PBA Most Valuable Player.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough their partnership was considerably short, what stood out the most for Pumaren was Meneses’ joyous attitude, which is also something that he sees in Pasaol. Read Next “Alvin likes to joke and always laughs. When I talk and run plays, you could look at him and think that he’s not listening. Vergel is just like that too. But when we run it, he knows the plays,” he said.Pumaren also said that Pasaol may look like laid back to some, but he commands respect from his fellow Red Warriors.“He’s happy-go-lucky, but he’s the leader of the team. That is what I projected from him when I recruited him in Davao. I knew that he’s gonna be a star in the UAAP and he has shown it this season,” he said.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeneses, though, was on the defensive when brought up the comparison, quipping, “I’m not that fat.”But turning serious, the three-time PBA champion said that being “fun loving” is just the way he wanted the game to be played back in his heyday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There are type of players who seem like they just want to enjoy the game. That’s how I am. I just enjoy the game. If I’m not enjoying it, when I’m not smiling, I’ll do just 20 points. But when I enjoy the game, the opponents are dead,” the PBA great said.Though Meneses admitted that he only saw part of Pasaol’s game, he could understand Pumaren’s analogy.“He’s so relaxed but he’s gonna kill you. It’s almost the same to my game. What coach Derrick said was true. If he’s slimmer, he may be scoring 80 in a game,” he said.“Of course, coach Derrick knows me. So for him to compare me, I can be a model for the boy. Whatever I’ve achieved when I was still playing, he could follow my footsteps and I become an inspiration for him.”Amid the fanfare, Pumaren’s hopes that not only Pasaol sustains his hot streak, but also for the Red Warriors to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.“When you’re in a zone, you feel that everything is gonna go right for him. Hopefully, he’ll continue to have that follow up, but he has to maintain that level that it’s not over yet, that he’s not just a two-game sensation and then in the next seven games, he’ll be non-existent.”Beyond UAAP Season 80, Pumaren has grander aspirations for his superb scorer.“Hopefully, I can also produce another MVP in the PBA,” he said. With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight View commentscenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Your Chances Of Being Gored By A Bull In Pamplona Are Getting

Spanish3747301.6 NATIONALITYTOTAL GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF ATTENDANCE IN 2014GORINGS TO ATTENDANCE RATIO Latin Americans4551.0 Other/unidentified1013210.6 British68%4%1.9 I’m sure this data will do little to dissuade my fellow prospective runners from heading to Pamplona one of these years — if anything, it’ll probably be used to argue that the odds are in your favor. But you’ll take the risk knowing that there have been only three days in the past 35 years when no one suffered a major injury. Hey, it’s gotta happen to someone. North Americans1114240.6 French2350.5 Australians or Kiwis810110.9 Another year, another 10 gorings. The annual nine-day running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain, drew to a close today, with the inevitable bloody results: None was gored today, but five were hospitalized with major injuries in the last of eight runs.The festival is one of the most jarring examples of just how imperfect a process natural selection is. The tradition began centuries ago as a way to transport bulls from their corrals to the bullfighting ring, and grew as more people decided it would be fun to run in front of the bulls and try not to die. Literally the only point of going is to survive extreme risk (and to slap a bull on the butt, apparently). And yet it seems just as popular on bucket lists now1Mine included. as it was when it shot to worldwide fame in 1926 with its depiction in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The danger is the appeal — but just how dangerous is it to run with the Pamplona bulls?Record keeping on deaths (there have been 15) goes back to 1922, and Navarra — the region of Spain where the festival takes place — has kept track of every major injury that has resulted from the run since 1980. Using their data, I decided to find out for myself what the odds will be of ending up in a Navarra hospital when I inevitably partake in this exercise in idiocy.Although the number of injuries has been volatile from year to year, it’s grown by about 5.1 percent on average each year since 1980.That’s what you might expect if attendance were growing, but it’s not. Pamplona’s City Hall has tracked exact annual headcounts since only 2011 (and hasn’t published numbers for 2015 yet), but the limited available data suggests that attendance is on the decline — 17,126 people participated last year, down from 20,500 in 2011.2Six bulls and six steers run every day, regardless of the number of human participants. (Organizers claim the steers are harmless.) Pamplona blames the decline of the past two years on timing, saying the weekend fell mid-festival rather than at the beginning (coinciding with the big event kickoff), as it did in 2012 and 2011.With injuries going up and attendance going down, each person who runs alongside the bulls has a higher risk of being injured every year. Based on 2014’s data, you’d have a 0.3 percent chance of being injured, which is the same chance of having an unproduced screenplay turned into a feature film.But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and don that pañuelo just yet. The Associated Press has kept detailed reports on how many people were gored — and the countries they hail from — every day of the festival dating to 2005. I used Nexis to determine whether runners from any nationality stood out. Obviously, Spaniards were hit hardest in terms of the raw number of gorings — 37 of the total 78 over the 10-year period. But Brits take home the prize for most disproportionate number of participants gored. They account for about 8 percent of gorings, but just 4 percent of participants.3Breakdown of attendance by nationality is based on 2014 headcounts. read more

Womens lacrosse Ohio State seeking a bounceback victory at No 5 Penn

Ohio State freshman midfielder Sage Darling receives a pass in the offensive zone against Rutgers on March 25. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter starting the season 5-1, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (6-7, 0-2 Big Ten) has been stuck amid a doldrum, dropping six of its last seven games. The Buckeyes’ misfortune as of late can be attributed to various factors that have impeded their path to the Big Ten tournament in May, but none larger than their offense — or lack thereof. OSU began the season as a dynamic, volatile goal-scoring machine averaging almost 14 goals per game in its first six contests, while holding its opponents to 10 gpg over that same span. Conversely, in their last seven games the Buckeyes have only been able to muster 8.7 gpg.“We’re still looking for some chemistry,” coach Alexis Venechanos said. “We’re a little bit younger team and people needed experience.”This downtick in offensive production has come against tougher opponents on the road, including No. 10 Southern California and No. 13 Notre Dame, which both resulted in losses. The Buckeyes are a relatively young team with plenty of talent throughout the roster. However, the youth has led to inconsistency in their lineups coupled with injuries. One of the key injuries happened most recently when freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez hurt her knee, keeping her out of their previous four games.Hernandez, at the time of her injury, was the leading scorer — 21 goals in nine games — for the Scarlet and Gray and had impressed not only her team but also the conference. She was able to collect the first four Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards to begin her collegiate career. The loss of Hernandez has required junior attack Molly Wood to step forward as more of an offensive leader for her team and has now tallied 41 points (35 goals, six assists). Wood has scored multiple goals in all but one game for OSU, but the team hasn’t had great chemistry in creating opportunities for scoring.“We’ve been putting some different people on attack and seeing if they’re stepping up,” Venechanos said. “They are stepping up in practice and just having the courage to execute when your number is called.”Going into their two games last week in New Jersey against Rutgers and Southern Cal, the Buckeyes were in prime position to make a strong statement with a signature Big Ten win over the Scarlet Knights and a top-10, non-conference victory against Southern Cal. Neither of these came to fruition for OSU.“We obviously didn’t have the outcome we wanted. Going into that weekend we really thought we were prepared,” senior captain midfielder Christina Turner said. “We regrouped mentally, did a couple of things physically but it was more of a mental change more than a physical change.”The Buckeye defense has been a bright spot throughout their recent play, the only problem being they are playing too much of it. While freshman goalkeeper Jillian Rizzo has seen a surge in goals allowed per game, it is mostly due to the increase in shots she has seen. Rizzo still boasts a .470 save percentage, putting her at 32nd in the country. OSU has had to play more defense because the team has averaged 18 turnovers in the last seven contests, while allowing the opponent to successfully clear the ball into the offensive zone in front of the net 78 percent of the time.“We need to have the ball more,” Venechanos said. “It’s cleaning up our turnovers. We know we can’t only take 16 shots, 20 shots a game. We need to be in the mid 20s to mid 30s, that’s our goal, and we had to work on that ball security.”OSU still feels that the fate of their season is still in their hands. The Buckeyes believe that if they can collect some Big Ten wins to build momentum as the regular season comes to a close, they can position themselves well for a run in the conference tournament.“We are really just trying to play a full 60 minutes,” Turner said. “We haven’t done that yet this year and I think if we play the full game the way we played the first 10 minutes of (Southern Cal) then no one can really stop us.”The Buckeyes will look forward to a matchup with Big Ten rival — No. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions this weekend. The previous six meetings between the school have been decided by three goals or less, with the Nittany Lions holding the advantage in those contests winning four.“We expected them to have a balanced attack,” Venechanos said. “In the past we have been able to compete with that and we know what to expect. I think there is some familiarity and it also being a Big Ten game there’s always a little more focus.”The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. faceoff in State College, Pennsylvania on Saturday.“We are going to need to shoot well, we’re going to need good goaltending, just like every other game,” Venechanos said. “That’s what happens when you start playing your conference games. All of those details makes it a little bit more important.” read more

Womens gymnastics Ohio State tops Western Michigan to earn 4th consecutive win

Ohio State junior Amanda Huang performs on balance beam during a meet against Western Michigan on Feb. 17. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterAfter a night of  “mixed bag” performances, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (7-3, 3-2 Big Ten) still managed to garner its fourth consecutive win Saturday, topping Western Michigan (3-3) by a final score of 195.725-193.900.“The meet, as a whole for me, was a ‘mixed bag,’” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “Some things were very flat, but some people also got to step in and do really good things tonight.”Coming back from two falls through the course of the competition — one from sophomore Olivia Aepli during the second rotation on uneven parallel bars, and the other from freshman Morgan Lowe during the third rotation on balance beam — the Buckeyes managed to show strong performances on floor exercise to finish the night and take the win.“I think there were definitely a lot of moments where we could have taken advantage of opportunities where we didn’t, especially because we did have an awesome week of practice this week,” senior Kaitlyn Hofland said. Hofland added: “But I also think there were a lot of moments, at least for me, that made my heart really happy, because some girls got to go in who haven’t competed — it’s been a while since they have, and they did a really great job tonight.”Opening the night on vault, the Buckeyes posted a 48.900 total, with Aepli earning the team-high and first-place score of 9.850. Second place was a four-way tie between junior Jamie Stone, Hofland, junior Janelle McClelland and Western Michigan’s Taylor Buis. All posted a 9.775 for the event. In the second rotation on uneven parallel bars, despite the setback from Aepli taking a fall during her routine and posting a 9.350, Ohio State still finished with a 49.050 tally to clear the podium. Freshman Jenna Swartzentruber shined with a team-best 9.900 to earn first in the event. Coming closely behind were Hofland and senior Alexis Mattern. They posted scores of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively, to earn second and third place.At the midpoint of the meet, the Buckeyes stood in first, holding a 97.950 running total. The Broncos trailed with a score of 96.575 after their first two events on uneven parallel bars (48.100) and vault (48.475).Moving to its third rotation, Ohio State finished with a 48.350 tally on balance beam. Hofland earned the team-high for the event with a 9.750 mark, but the Buckeyes took on a second fall of the night — this time from Lowe, who posted a score of 8.925.Western Michigan earned a 48.925 score after performing in its third rotation on floor exercise.The meet came to a close with a strong finish on floor exercise from Ohio State pulling a 49.425 tally and event high of the night. The standout performance came from freshman Brooke Chesney. In setting a career-high score of 9.925, Chesney earned first place for the event. Her score also was the highest of the night. “I was very excited for myself, but I know I wouldn’t be able to do it without my team,” Chesney said. “They are the ones who motivate me, day in and day out, so them having my back just means so much to me. Whenever I’m in the corners and they’re cheering me one, that’s what gets me through a floor routine.”Stone and senior Stefanie Merkle followed close behind Chesney, each earning a 9.900 to share second place.“They know they’re good on floor,” Paulicivic said. “They know that whoever we put in on floor lineup can do their job and hit their stuff, so they’re very, very confident there. We need to have that same effort and attitude on the other three events, and that’s what we’re working on.”Western Michigan posted a 48.400 on its last rotation on balance beam, but that was not enough to propel them past Ohio State. “You always take the ‘W,’ you always take that,” Paulicivic said. “You take a win, you take it, but certainly we’re going to learn a lot from tonight, and hopefully this is a good thing for us coming down the stretch.” read more

Berlusconi planning comeback as club owner

first_imgFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is considering purchasing a club in the third tier of Italian football.The AC Milan owner along with his former Chief executive Adriano Galliani are considering the romantic idea of purchasing Serie C side Monza.It emerged yesterday that the former Rossoneri owner and his right-hand man were considering buying the Serie C side, and it has now been confirmed that talks are taking place.“The idea is there, but nothing is defined yet,” Galliani told Corriere della Sera, as quoted by Football Italia.Berlusconi and Galliani remember one decision they would have done differently Manuel R. Medina – June 17, 2019 The former AC Milan chiefs believe they would have chosen coach Marco Giampaolo rather than Vincenzo Montella in the 2016-2017 season.Monza is definitely a romantic idea after selling Milan. The President lives 3km from Monza [in Arcore], and I was born in the city. I lived there and trained as a football director.”Berlusconi brought unprecedented success to Milan as the club owner when he bought the club in the 80’s.The Italian politician saw his AC Milan team four European cups including two UEFA Champions League trophies and two consecutive European cups in the late 80s and early 90s.last_img read more

Southgate searching for new Gazza

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate insists the team are searching for a midfield player in the mold of former England great Paul Gascoigne.Southgate believes the country needs a game-changing midfielder of that calibre after watching Spain’s Thiago Alcantara completing dominate the midfield in their UEFA Nations League clash on Saturday.The former England U-21 boss admits he is yet to find his own creative solution to compete against the world’s top sides.“The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I’m not sure he was developed, I think he was a consequence of a unique talent,” Southgate, said of his former team-mate whose final England cap came in 1998, according to Sky Sports.“I think what is happening at junior level is that there is more emphasis on technical ability, there is more, right from five, six, seven-year-olds, there is more emphasis on being able to handle the ball and play.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’re seeing that with some of our junior teams. But we can see there’s a period of time for those players to come through.“We can see there’s a few players around our squad that have the ability to do that, but Spain have had a production line for a long period of time.“Look at those who have gone and those that come into the team. Of that type of player, they’ve produced more than any other team in the world.”last_img read more