first_imgThe Irish arm of the sandwich chain O’Briens has been bought out of liquidation by Impless, a newly formed subsidiary of Irish fast food group Abrakebabra Investments (AIL).The chain, which was put into examinership – the equivalent to administration in the UK – in July this year, was put into liquidation in early October, after attempts to sell the business failed. Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, the official liquidator, confirmed the trade and assets, including the brand of O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bars, had now been sold to Impless.The AIL Restaurant Group is owned in partnership by entrepreneur Graeme Beere and promoter Denis Desmond. In a statement, the pair said they had always respected O’Briens as a brand and were “delighted to put this well-known Irish brand back on a solid financial footing”.O’Briens comprised 85 franchised outlets in Ireland, but AIL would not confirm whether any stores had been closed.For the full story see the next issue of British Baker, out 6 Novemberlast_img read more

first_imgIf you have it, you probably don’t know it. Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is perhaps one of the biggest pathogens you’ve never heard of — big both proportionately and epidemiologically. It contains approximately 200 genes, compared to HIV’s paltry 18, and it’s everywhere. You can catch it as a preschooler salivating over blocks, or as a teenager experiencing your first kiss. Once you have it, you have it for life.The good news: If you’re healthy, it’s harmless. Your T cells keep it in check, and you’ll be none the wiser.The bad news: If you have any medical condition that dampens your immune system, such as HIV infection or a recent organ transplant, the virus can assert itself with a vengeance. The results, sometimes, are life-threatening.Researchers in the lab of Steven Gygi, professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School, report that they have discovered a menu of tactical secrets CMV employs. Using mass spectrometry, a technological platform commonly employed in physics and chemistry, the researchers were able to describe the dynamics of a CMV infection in a fibroblast, or connective tissue cell, over a three-day course of infection. As a result, the researchers discovered ways CMV evades the immune system, and also showed how certain viral proteins target and destroy human proteins that defend against infection.“This is an entirely new way of studying the behavior and tactics of viruses,” said Gygi.These results are published in the June 5 Cell.Mass spectrometry has existed for more than a century, used primarily by physicists and chemists to describe and measure small molecules. Inside the mass spectrometer tool (or mass spec), molecules are shattered by an electric charge and then brought through a magnetic field where they are characterized one by one.Traditionally, this approach has not been relevant for the life sciences because biomolecules such as proteins are too large for the process. But over the last 15 years, Gygi has been innovating ways to incorporate mass spec into biology. In one approach, “electrospray,” subunits of proteins called peptides are vaporized and then sprayed into a chamber where they are broken apart by helium. The mass spec then sequences the amino acids of each peptide. The molecules are “reassembled” through an algorithm that matches them to a protein database.Michael Weekes, a postdoctoral researcher in the Gygi lab and an expert in infectious disease, decided to use mass spec for virology. He chose CMV because, for a virus that is so widespread, very little is known about it. “Many scientists are interested in CMV, but few if any have tried to tackle it in a comprehensive way before,” he said.Weekes took a sample of fibroblasts newly infected with CMV, harvested the proteins from both the virus and the cell, and sprayed them into the mass spec at different times over three days in order to construct a thorough trajectory of infection. The first three days of infection are particularly important since they mark a covert stage in which the virus hijacks, but hasn’t yet destroyed, the cell.The researchers were able to study approximately 8,000 total proteins, identifying not only ways that CMV evades the immune system, but also discovering a number of new therapeutic targets. Most notably, they were able to look closely at proteins that live on the cell surface. This is especially crucial since most drugs target cell surface proteins, yet these proteins are harder to study than proteins inside the cell due to their low numbers.Weekes and his colleagues found 29 viral proteins living on the cell surface, 23 of which had not been discovered previously. Many of these CMV surface proteins deter immune cells. Others block cellular proteins that activate immunity. In other words, CMV wards off rescuers while disabling a cell’s ability to defend itself.“So much of this viral genome is dedicated to simply evading the immune system,” said Weekes.The next step, according to the researchers, would be to identify antibodies against many of these viral proteins, ideally destroying infected cells before they replicate and spread the pathogen.“This would be an entirely new way to combat CMV,” said Weekes.This study was funded by the Wellcome Trust Fellowship and a National Institutes of Health grant.last_img read more

first_img… Keemo Paul to make debut for Montreal TigersBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – All-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, who fashioned a masterclass unbeaten 134 to lead Cricket West Indies (CWI) B to an unlikely victory over pre-tournament favourites Vancouver Knights in the first qualifier of the inaugural Global T20 Canada, will be donning colours for Edmonton Royals when the 2019 version gets underway here on July 25.The draft for the second season was held yesterday in Mumbai, India and according to the organisers, defending champions Vancouver Knights will take on home team, Toronto Nationals, in what promises to be a thrilling opening encounter.Rutherford is joined by his fellow Guyanese and Delhi Capitals teammate Keemo Paul who will be making his debut for Montreal Tigers.Rutherford’s boundary-studded innings, which earned him the man-of-the-match award and heaps of praise from those who witnessed the superb knock, which included 10 sixes and 11 fours, almost singlehandedly swung the game CWI B’s way after early inroads from Vancouver Knights bowlers.Other Guyanese-based players drafted include Dilon Heyliger who has been retained by Montreal Tigers, Mark Montfort and Jeremy Gordon who will be turning out for Toronto Nationals and 17-year-old Mathew Nandu (Vancouver Knights), son of former Guyana Under-19 leg-spinner Arjune Nandu, reportedly the youngest player in the draft.With last year’s runners-up West Indies B opting out of this year’s tournament, their place has been taken by Brampton Wolves, whose mayor Patrick Brown recently boasted that the city has the biggest cricket fans in Canada.Keemo PaulThe tournament has been shifted from the Maple Leaf Cricket Club (MLCC) ground in Mississauga to a new venue in Brampton but the exact location is still to be determined.The inaugural draft had three rounds where each team’s retained marquee players were announced. Toronto Nationals, retained Brendon McCullum, India’s hard-hitting left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, and the aggressive West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard.Vancouver Knights retained the universally famous West Indies players, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, along with former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik.Montreal Tigers have former Australian captain George Bailey, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera as its marquee players.Edmonton Royals continue with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, current South African captain Faf du Plessis, and all-rounder Ben Cutting.Winnipeg Hawks retain Australian cricketer Chris Lynn, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and off-spinner J.P. Duminy while Brampton Wolves have former WI captain Darren Sammy, Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and New Zealand’s Colin Munro.In addition to the players, the host also announced the coaches of the respective teams, integral to the players and the team. Toronto Nationals have Geoff Lawson, Donovan Miller for Vancouver Knights, Tom Moody for Montreal Tigers, Stephen Fleming for Edmonton Royals, Lalchand Rajput for Winnipeg Hawks, and Phil Simmons for Brampton Wolves.According to chairman and promoter of Global T20 Canada Gurmeet Singh, “The inaugural GT20 season received great appreciation from players and fans alike and we hope to make it an even better tournament this time around. We are bringing in even more exciting talent and it promises to be an awesome second season.”Defending champions Vancouver Knights, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Edmonton Royals and Winnipeg Hawks are the other teams vying for the US$500 000 first prize.The tournament will comprise a total of 22 matches, including the three playoffs games. The final is scheduled for Sunday, August 11.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshman Leah Levert wants to puncture the court.“I don’t care if no one’s ever done it before, I’m going to do it. Sorry,” she said.The middle blocker’s goal for the season is simple: crush the ball.In her first collegiate season, Levert is already making a difference for Syracuse (7-9, 0-4 Atlantic Coast), starting 13 matches and recording 67 blocks, good for sixth in the ACC. Despite her youth, Levert’s personality makes her a leader on and off the court. She keeps her teammates laughing and confident while she strives to improve her swing blocking, footwork and timing.Energy is often one of the first words used to describe Levert, and she considers her constant effort her best trait on the court. Del Hughes — the head coach of the Atlanta Boom, Levert’s high school club team — said she always gave the most energy on a team that was known for it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She came to us and had to learn a lot about footwork and hand positioning in blocking but once she got it down, she led us to be one of the best teams in the country in blocking,” he said.Senior middle blocker Lindsay McCabe told Levert that she sometimes overjumps into the net and out of position. Levert also said she jams her fingers blocking and needs to work on persisting through pain.Even though blocking is Levert’s best skill, she’s focusing on improving, particularly swing blocking — a technique used when a player is late to the play and needs extra momentum to get high enough for the block.“It’s kind of building torque, building momentum to jump higher and get to a block faster,” Levert said of swing blocking.Levert said swing blocking is hard because it’s counter-intuitive. She is trying to pull herself up without anything to physically hold onto. But unlike footwork, she thinks the concept of swing blocking is simple enough.When asked what footwork she is trying to achieve, Levert stood up and ran over to an imaginary court a few feet away. Once she was in position, she found the virtual ball on the other side of the court and shuffled her feet — “right, left-right, up”— to get into position for the block.“Right now, I think she got this, how to block, finally she was able to a lot of the time do it the way she knows,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “In two, three weeks, she’s going to say how in love she is with hitting.”SU setter Alyssa Anderson, a close friend and former Atlanta Boom teammate of Levert’s, called Levert a perfectionist. Levert knows that she can’t get too down on herself if she makes a mistake, but still expects the best from herself.“She critiques herself very well and what I like is that I’ve always been able to help her with that,” Anderson said. “She’ll get down on herself and I’ll just give her a look that say, ‘You’ve got this,’ and she’ll be ready for the next play.”When they played club together, Levert was called “Sexy Beast,” Hughes said, a nickname given to her by Hughes’ daughter to inspire confidence in the then-timid Levert.Now, confidence abounds. Anderson said Levert celebrates the most after a kill, circling the court, the way her teammates want. And Levert genuinely believes that one will break the court some day. If not this season, soon after.Said Levert: “I believe I can be better, to do my best and even if my best isn’t where I should be, that’s alright.“I just keep believing I will get there.” Comments Published on October 7, 2014 at 12:11 amlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThree games into his NBA career, Ball is shooting 34.8 percent from the field and has made just 5 of 17 3-point attempts. However, he buried 41.2 percent of his shots from distance as a freshman at UCLA.Miller is the former Indiana Pacers Hall of Fame guard whose 2,560 career 3-pointers are second most all-time to Ray Allen. His form has often been mimicked and mocked, much like Ball’s cross-body windup.“I’m obviously not calling him Reggie Miller,” Walton said, “but (Miller’s) shot probably could have been fixed by a thousand people who wanted to fix it and he is one of the greatest shooters our league has ever seen.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — Luke Walton has a message for anyone who thinks Lonzo Ball needs to abandon his unorthodox shooting form.“I’d tell them to go study Reggie Miller’s career,” he said. “It doesn’t look great. It can be an issue, yes.”But?“He has a track record of being a really good shooter,” Walton said. “So for us to try to mess with it would be silly.”last_img read more

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If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Top five news stories in Sumner County according to us (in no particular order). 1. Wellington Family Clinic closes. A business that had its roots traced back to the days of Wellington Hospital on S. Washington, south of the railroad tracks closed its doors. The three doctors at the facility, a physician’s assistant, the nurses and other medical personnel bid goodbye as the operation ceased on May 24, 2013.2. Wellington Police nab several in drug busts. In one weekend in May, two drug busts went down. Curtis Everhart, 31, of Wellington was arrested, charged, confined and eventually convicted for the intent to distribute stimulants and other felonies. Then three people, two days later, Zane McHenry, 27, of Wellington; Levi Lane, 34, of Wellington; and Juan Marquez, 27 were arrested, charged and confined for distributions of certain substances.An even bigger drug bust occurred on May 17, when Jeffery Redford, 34, of Wellington; Maggie A Redford, 33, of Wellington; William Sirmons, 49, of Wellington and Billy Russell, 49, of Wellington were all charged with at least one count of selling or distributing heroin, all felonies after an eight month WPD investigation.3. Spencer Weikal pleads no contest to second degree murder. Weikal, 25, of Wellington pled no guilty in November, which to the judge is essentially a guilty plea, to second degree murder of 2 year old Larrissa Foster – a crime committed on Nov. 29, 2011.The plea bargain agreement between Weikal’s attorney and the Kansas State Attorney General’s office ended two years of legal negotiating. Weikal is still to be sentenced on Jan. 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Weikal could spend anywhere from 147 months to 653 months in prison.He was accused of abusing a little girl while in his care that eventually led to her death at a Wichita hospital. Details of the story are here:4. Oak Tree Inn announces hotel expansion.In November, American Hotel Income Properties announced it will build a 110-room hotel to be located across the street in the parking lot that once served the Warner Strip Mall. The new hotel will be called Oak Tree Inn, while the current 80-room facility will eventually be called Green Country Inn.Wellington Sears is expected to move out of its current location and move downtown into the old Tibbs Furniture Store.Citing an increase in railroad traffic, T.R. Lodging Enterprises Inc. of Wichita expects to have the facility built by November 2014.In a Sumner Newscow poll released that week, more people were excited that the parking lot would be cleaned up than the fact more guest lodging is coming to Wellington. Attracting a hotel has been a major goal of the Wellington City Council and staff. Six development groups have been looking at Wellington, but still no construction progress has been made despite lucrative tax incentives.5. Vandenburgh Ave. gets completed.In what has been essentially a 20-year project, Vandenburgh Ave. — a diagonal roadway connecting North A Street to the U.S. 160-81 intersection by Pizza Hut reopened in early December. The $2.12 million highway and parallel 10-inch sewer line project started in earnest on March 18.Wellington City Councils as far back as the 1990s have been trying to get Vandenburgh fixed. Finally after the city was able to procure state funding to help with the project, it became a reality.The city council must decide now whether or not to make the road a U.S. 81 bypass. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 2013 was a unique year, but not one that contained any life altering for-the-ages kind of moment story. Perhaps, that is good news.Sumner County didn’t have much in the way of natural weather disasters. The tornado season was a dull one – thank goodness. The great drought of 2012 was broken in 2013 with much rainfall in the spring and summer. Sumner County farmers had another good year cutting wheat, but not the bumper crop of 2012. As far as business goes, there was no impending doom in Sumner County’s economic industrial trifecta of agriculture, aircraft and railroad.Locally, there was a lot of highway construction. There were no hotels being built in Wellington, although there was a big one built at the Kansas Star Casino. Sumner Regional Medical Center made some progress on debt, but continued to lose money.  A quarter cent sales tax came to an end this December helping fund the hospital.Historically, the Wellington City Council reduced its membership from eight to six – and the terms were expanded from two years to four years. 2014 will be the first year there will be no Wellington city election unless it is a special referendum.For the most part, Sumner County continued to be Sumner County in 2013.But that didn’t mean the year was dull by any stretch of the imagination. In other 2013 news:Railroad tragedy — Kevin Beggs, a former Wellington Area of Chamber of Commerce president and downtown baker, lost his legs in a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railcar accident. His accident garnered several fundraisers thereafter. The story generated immense interest amongst Sumner Newscow readers – eventually shutting down the website for a day due to a large amount of traffic to the site.Break ins — Two Wellington businesses were broken into during the year. Subway Sandwich Restaurant was robbed at gunpoint last summer, and most recently the Wellington Jumpstart Convenience Store was burglarized.In August, there were a string of burglaries at the Wellington Recreation Commission Center, the Assembly of God Church and the Wellington Country Cafe. Two Wellington juveniles were eventually apprehended and charged with the crime.Shooting in South Haven — A rural Sumner County resident became the subject of controversy when he shot and killed Joseph Lamasters, an Iowa man, who was at large in the county on March 4 and being pursued by law enforcement for a stolen car and parole violations.Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer did not charge the 52-year-old man living north of South Haven because he considered it an act of self defense.Football controversy — The Wellington High School football team got sidetracked from a successful season when a controversy erupted over a haircut party and social media tweets thereafter — resulting from the eventual expulsion of a WHS player.Suspects arrested shortly after the two-county pursuit by Sumner County Sheriff deputies.High speed chase —  Wichita drug dealers pursued Everhart (see above) in a high-speed car chase starting in Sedgwick County and eventually ending in Wellington over an alleged drug deal gone bad. The chase resulted in four arrests. Everhart wasn’t charged in this case, but his legal troubles would come later.Drowning — The summer did not start out well at Wellington Lake when a 14-year-old boy, Travis James Webb of Haysville, drowned at the lake on May 28. The drowning took place between 4 and 5 p.m. on Memorial Day but the body was not found until 8 a.m. the next day after a six-hour search. It marked the third drowning in 25 years at the lake.Caldwell school lockdown — The Caldwell school district was placed in lockdown for about a week after a 17-year-old student made a criminal threat. The 17-year-old was charged with one count of aggravated criminal threat, a level 5 felony. He is awaiting a juvenile hearing in Sumner County court.Intentional fires — Brandon O’Neal, 20, of Conway Springs was charged with four felonies for allegedly intentionally starting a fire in his home in hopes of framing a neighbor. O’Neal was serving probation from a burglary conviction of the neighbor’s dwelling. His probation for that crime was overturned and he is set to stand trial soon for aggravated arson, arson, non-residential burglary, and burglary of a vehicle. The county attorney says O’Neal’s action was an act of revenge.“Corky” LongSo long, Mr. Long — Longtime banker, oilman, and civic leader William “Corky” Long died on Nov. 30 at the age of 84. He was Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Commerce until his death. He served on a myriad of civic organizations in Sumner County and was a state representative in Harper and Barber County in the 1960s.Business evolution — Wellington saw some changes on the retail business landscape. The Symmetris Health Complex held its open house on 1015 E. 16th St. on July 25. The complex will be the home of Erickson and Gill Dentistry, Gill Chiropractic and Crossfit Symmetris.As mentioned before, Wellington Sears is moving downtown. Susan’s Portrait is building a new studio, north of Braums. Olen Medical Supply, moved from the Sumner Family Care Center complex to downtown. Unfortunately, the business closed its doors in December.Block scheduling — The Wellington school board ended a two-year controversy by implementing an eight-period schedule for Wellington High School thus abolishing the block scheduling of the past 15 years.Construction ahead — After a 10-year search the WRC board announced plans to remodel and expand the WRC Center at its current location for $1.89 million. The board got a 10-year lease from the school board and the city council approved a 20-year bond to double the size of the facility to the west. Construction is expected to start in January to include a fitness center and more office space.Storm damage — The area was not completely devoid of storm damage. The Argonia school was significantly damaged because of a severe thunderstorm with 80 mph wind in August that blew throughout the area tearing off the roof and flooding both the high school and elementary.School did not start there until September.center_img And then these things occurred….•Wellington was the focus of New Years national cable television blather for having an ordinance that owners could not own too many cats. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the newly adopted ordinance was actually copied from other ordinances elsewhere.John Michael Montgomery concert wows the crowd.•Country star John Michael Montgomery performed a concert at Memorial Auditorium to celebrate the new improvements at the facility.•Wellington Wal-Mart got placed on the City of Wellington tax roll after five years of neighborhood revitalization rebates.•Argonia’s high school football team merged with Attica after it was determined they had too few players to field a team.•The Wellington Medallion for the second time in history was not found. The money was donated to the children of Kevin Beggs.•Vince Wetta won the Distinguished Service Award.•Caldwell Last Chance Bar and Grill burned and was subsequently closed.•Governor Sam Brownback arrived in Wellington to promote agriculture during the Kansas Wheat Festival.•Wellington’s city council became a six-member board for the first time in its history. Jan Korte, John Tracy, John Brand, Vince Wetta, Jim Valentine and Kelly Green were elected to serve on the board.•A trucker took out the lights at 8th and Jefferson making the intersection a four-way stop.•Wellington Regent held its first midnight showing of a World Premiere with “Hunger Games – Catching Fire.” It was a sellout.•The board abolished the weighting of certain courses and abolished the school’s honors system. The board is currently reviewing bringing in nationally recognized advanced placement classes.•The Wellington Junior High was the subject of a “ghostly” activity and featured on a national television show.•Garrison Properties proposed for a second time to buy that same ghostly junior high building. The company hopes to turn the building into an apartment complex providing it can obtain low-interest government bond funding. The first proposal fell through because Garrison was unable to obtain that same funding.•An apartment complex is proposed to be located east of the Wellington Wal-Mart.•Wellington’s own Mason Lowe, 11-years-old and counting, found himself on the big stage at Intrust Bank in Wichita playing “Stormy Weather” on the piano when the Zac Brown Band came to town. The band saw his piano skills on You Tube and invited him for a pre-concert party. They then asked him to play in concert. OK, maybe there was a lot going on in 2013…last_img read more

first_imgSecond year defenceman Nathan Browne started the scoring on the powerplay and two minutes later rookie Jack Mills tied the score.The Saints took a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes left in the period with a Troy Maclise marker that would stand up as the game-winner. With three minutes left in the final period, Brown notched his second and a minute later Mills scored his second of the game.The victory was a vital rebound for the Saints after starting the season with a 3-2 loss at home and then losing 2-0 to the Trinity Western University Spartans to open this past weekend’s roadtrip. The Saints were outshot 32-22 in the Friday night game against Trinity Western.Next up for the Saints is the longest trip of the year as they travel to Victoria for a double header at the Ian Stewart Complex on the University of Victoria main campus.Games run Friday/Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. and can viewed at Saints next home game is October 28 vs Eastern Washington University. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre. It took eight periods of regular season British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) play, but the Selkirk College Saints offense finally woke up and welcomed the 2016-2017 campaign.On a roadtrip to the Lower Mainland over the weekend, the four-time defending league champions took on the Simon Fraser University Clan on Saturday evening in Burnaby.Facing a 2-0 deficit early in the third period, the Saints erupted for five unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to claim a 5-2 win.last_img read more

first_imgTHEGIRLINTHATSONG IN TUNE FOR SANTA MARIASHARED BELIEF WORKS WEDNESDAY FOR BIG ‘CAPLEGACY BACK ON TURF GRADE II BUENA VISTASANTA ANITA JOCKEYS ROLL TO CHARITY VICTORYDESORMEAUX MAKES HIS POINT FOR TEXAS RED THEGIRLINTHATSONG SET FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIAThegirlinthatsong took an immediate fancy to Santa Anita’s main track in her first startover it when she rolled to a 4 1/4-length triumph in the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 17. Jerry Hollendorfer looks for a similar effort in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“She looked like she likes Santa Anita,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, Santa Anita’s leader through 29 days with 19 victories. “It looks like there’s a lot of speed in the race, so that should help her, hopefully.”A Texas-bred filly by My Golden Song out of the Dixieland Band mare Belle of the Band, Thegirlinthatsong has a 5-4-4 record from 19 starts with earnings of $407,695 for a partnership that includes Hollendorfer.The field for the Santa Maria: Yahilwa, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Thegirlinthatsong, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Uzziel, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Legacy, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 2-1; Sweet Marini, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Awesome Baby, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Backintheacademy, Brandon Boulanger, 20-1; and Valiant Emilia, Tiago Pereira, 10-1.Tiz Midnight was scratched. (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 12) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat5995615%$425,430 Philip D’Amato4188720%$419,460 Gary Stevens5397917%$705,402 LEGACY BACK ON GRASS FOR BUENA VISTALegacy returns to graded company and the turf Monday when she runs in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on Presidents’ Day.The 5-year-old Sightseeing mare led before weakening to fourth on a wet/fast track in the Paseana Stakes on Jan. 11.“The track was a little wet,” said John Sadler, who trains the Kentucky-bred miss. “I don’t think she cared for the mud, but other than that she’s been fairly steady. The filly that beat her (Warren’s Veneda) loved the mud. My horse should run pretty well.”The Buena Vista: La Tia, Joel Rosario; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano; Annecdote, Victor Espinoza; and Uzziel, Fernando Perez.            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Edwin Maldonado6273811%$264,196 Carla Gaines2553120%$297,945 Martin Garcia7212121017%$1,081,330 Brandon Boulanger705387%$137,636 Victor Espinoza8917171219%$1,159,490 Joseph Talamo12413142010%$985,998 SHARED BELIEF TO WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPShared Belief is scheduled to have his first breeze since vanquishing Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational when the once-beaten son of Candy Ride works Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is following a familiar and successful routine with Shared Belief, who will have Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze aboard for the drill.Art Sherman, meanwhile, squelched rumors, hearsay, gossip, speculation and/or scuttlebutt that San Antonio runner-up California Chrome would race somewhere in advance of the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.“He’s going right to Dubai,” Sherman said by phone Friday morning from his Los Alamitos headquarters. “He’ll leave two weeks before the race.” Rafael Bejarano13832231823%$1,553,984 Mike Smith6714131021%$1,284,141 Richard Baltas3756314%$198,268 Corey Nakatani70128817%$629,670 Tyler Baze14117141612%$1,019,064 Mark Casse3975518%$594,800 FINISH LINES: The GoldenPick 6, a 20-cent bet at Golden Gate Fields, is a jackpot-style wager that is paid out in full when there is only one perfect ticket with all six winners in the Pick 6 sequence. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to handicappers going six for six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over into the next racing day. The Golden Pick 6 is conducted on the final six races each day. Heading into today, the jackpot at the Bay Area track stands at $220,396 . . . Richie Silverstein points out that two-time Vosburgh Invitational winner Private Zone is scheduled to work in Florida this weekend towards his ultimate major goal, the Grade I, $400,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs at Aqueduct on April 4, “if everything goes perfect.” Silverstein is the long-time agent for Martin Pedroza, regular rider of Private Zone . . . Trainer Sean McCarthy reports that Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Majestic Harbor, who finished eighth by some eight lengths in the grassy San Marcos Stakes Saturday behind victorious Finnegans Wake, will run in next Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at the Fair Grounds for trainer Paul McGee, who formerly trained the son of the late Rockport Harbor . . . Host Tom Quigley will have the following guest handicappers in theEast Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. this holiday weekend: top jockey agent Tony Matos on Saturday; handicapping author James Quinn on Sunday; and trainer and HRTV analyst Gary Mandella on Monday, Presidents’ Day . . . Mike Smith, with more Breeders’ Cup wins than any other rider (21), rides 7-2 morning line favorite Conquest Typhoon for trainer Mark Casse in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate. Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, the 1 1/8-mile race has drawn a field of 10: Donji, Pedro Terrero, 30-1; Indianaughty, Corey Lanerie, 4-1; Metaboss, Alex Solis, 8-1; Ernest Shackleton, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 5-1; Harmonic, Ricardo Gonzalez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Dennis Carr, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Russell Baze, 6-1; Conquest Typhoon, Smith, 7-2; and Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 9-2. All starters carry 122 pounds . . . Low five: She Got Away, 6-1 morning line chance in today’s third race, has finished fifth in each of her four starts, but had excuses twice when she steadied early on. The daughter of Kafwain adds blinkers today . . .Today’s eighth race is dubbed the “Happy 50th Birthday Mr. President” for a mystery celebrant, remindful of 1962 when Marilyn Monroe breathlessly and sensually sang Happy Birthday at Madison Square Garden to JFK on the occasion of his 50th. Jerry Hollendorfer9319131020%$1,928,784 Martin Pedroza10011171011%$475,660 Tiago Pereira6575811%$210,854 Bob Baffert541012819%$1,118,268 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo1201416912%$897,742 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won A. C. Avila1850228%$107,524 Drayden Van Dyke11414131712%$769,086 James Cassidy3765716%$237,080 Richard Mandella3375621%$338,630 Fernando Perez989989%$391,962 POINTS, NOT FITNESS, CONCERN FOR TEXAS RED’S TRAINERKeith Desormeaux, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, is optimistic that the son of Afleet Alex can still make the Kentucky Derby on May 2 as he recovers from an abscess in his right front foot discovered after he ran a sharp second by a neck to Lord Nelson in the seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1.“We have a positive outlook,” Desormeaux said Friday morning after a brief visit to his native state of Louisiana. “It’s something that we’ve dealt with before and we’re hoping he’s done with it in a couple of weeks.”Texas Red left Santa Anita Tuesday for a California farm where he will be treated for the abscess while swimming to maintain fitness, according to a Daily Racing Form report.Texas Red made his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente, his first race since a smashing 6 ½-length score in the Juvenile at odds of nearly 14-1 under Keith’s brother, three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux.Keith indicated fitness and a prep before the Run for the Roses is not necessarily a major concern. Having enough points to qualify for the Derby is, however. At the moment, Texas Red has 12.“I wouldn’t even be concerned with having another race at all if we weren’t at the mercy of this point system,” Desormeaux said. “I’d go straight into the Derby. But you have to run now.“You’ve got a horse with $1.2 million in earnings and he’s the Breeders’ Cup champion; he shouldn’t have to prove anything more to get into the Kentucky Derby. But we have to run.” Ron Ellis3152516%$197,700 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 John Sadler637101011%$473,646 VAN DYKE LEADS JOCKEYS TO CHARITY HOOPS WINA good time was had by all at last night’s 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys-Holy Angels School Charity basketball game at La Salle High School in Pasadena, won by the riders, 41-34.Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014, led the jockeys with 20 points, while Omar Figueroa added 13, Corey Nakatani six and Elvis Trujillo, two.Other players for the riders, who opened a 7-0 lead early on and led at halftime, 26-12, were Rafael Bejarano, Brandon Boulanger, Kent Desormeaux, Berkeley Headley (son of trainer Karen Headley), Edwin Maldonado, Joe Talamo, Iggy Puglisi and Kayla Stra.“I was in the passing lane handing out assists,” said Desormeaux, who has been the jockeys’ leading scorer in past games. “I only played four minutes.”“It was a lot of fun and there was a good crowd,” said HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, who once again coached the riders. “It looked like every seat was taken.”Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. The game was sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States. Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Santiago Gonzalez3844811%$133,250 Doug O’Neill79991011%$502,806 Felipe Valdez1954326%$99,630 Hector Palma1762035%$116,180 Kent Desormeaux10221161121%$1,195,802 Peter Miller781617721%$961,180 Peter Eurton4396721%$417,278last_img read more

first_imgRichard Baltas621112918%52%$598,163 Doug O’Neill698151112%49%$650,258 Mark Glatt3165419%48%$225,650 Jerry Hollendorfer591081117%49%$891,304 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110 Stewart Elliott70871311%40%$347,490 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 2) UNIQUE BELLA MEETS CHAMP IN GRADE II LAS VIRGENESThere are those who have mentioned Unique Bella in the same breath with herstablemate,  two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Songbird, although Jerry Hollendorfer likely would say that’s putting the cart before the horse, although he allows that Unique Bella is “a special filly.”The daughter of Tapit tries two turns for the first time in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, and is the 3-5 morning line favorite to succeed.Unique Bella won the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs by 7 ½ lengths while geared down in her three-year-old debut, beating stablemate It Tiz Well. Competition is likely to be stiffer Sunday in the form of Eclipse Award champion two-year-old filly Champagne Room, who has been firing morning bullets for her three-year-old debut.Trained by Peter Eurton, Champagne Room has not raced since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The Las Virgenes, race six of eight: Mopotism, Flavien Prat 6-1; Champagne Room, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 3-5; and Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. FINISH LINES: Happy Birthday wishes are in order for the Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona.  A native of Brisbane, Australia, Wrona was foaled 51 years ago today . . .  Midnight Storm, a multiple graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt, remains ticketed for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Absolutely,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “That’s what we’re planning. We’re going to breeze this weekend and keep him on that schedule all the way into the race.” Marathoner Big John B. worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:02. “He’s doing great,” D’Amato said. “I missed the San Marcos with him, but we’ll probably hit the next one (San Luis Rey at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25) or the Tokyo City Cup (at 1 ½ miles on dirt April 2), which he won last year.” Also scheduled to work Saturday is three-year-old filly champion of 2015 Stellar Wind for John Sadler . . . Suspension City: Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, third in the standings with 14 wins, has been suspended three days (Feb. 12, 16 and 17) for careless riding aboard Aotearoa in Sunday’s ninth race; Martin Garcia has been banished the same three days for careless riding on Senator Robert in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from second to fifth; Flavien Prat is banned Feb. 9, 10 and 11 for careless riding on Run Macho Run in the second race Feb. 2; and the CHRB has denied Norberto Arroyo Jr.’s appeal from last October, suspending him six days (Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 17) . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Thursday worth $319,148, bought through for $648 . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch three-point favorite New England against Atlanta at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to see it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Flavien Prat9522101623%51%$1,283,793 Martin Pedroza5377913%43%$269,443 Mike Smith2161429%52%$607,500 HOLLENDORFER TARGETS THREE STAKES THIS WEEKENDJerry Hollendorfer has horses entered in six races this weekend, three of them stakes, so the Hall of Fame trainer and his assistant Dan Ward will be busy, as is their wont.The 70-year-old Hollendorfer adheres to the U.S. Postal Service credo. Be it rain, sleet or snow, the mail must get through.Hollendorfer has Ike Walker entered in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for four-year-olds and up at six furlongs and Sheer Flattery in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both on Saturday. Sunday, Unique Bella tries two turns for the first time in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.Ike Walker sticks out like a sore thumb in the Palos Verdes, because on form, he doesn’t seem to fit. The five-year-old Bellamy Road gelding was claimed for $50,000 last out when he finished third on a wet/fast track at a mile Jan. 1. Prior to that, his previous 12 starts were all a mile or longer.“The reason we nominated and are running is because we’ve been entering him in other races and they didn’t go,” Hollendorfer said. “I don’t just want to just keep sitting on him. I didn’t have a race picked out for him at Golden Gate, and we couldn’t get in here.“We heard the Palos Verdes was going to come up short so we nominated and decided to run.“It’s probably a bad spot, but if you just keep training them, they can get hurt.”As to Sheer Flattery, who won a maiden allowance race by a nose on a sloppy track Dec. 31, Hollendorfer said, “We think he’s been training well and if he can transfer the race he ran last time to this one, he should have a fairly good chance.”The Palos Verdes, race three: Ike Walker, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Distinctive B, Tyler Baze, 7-2; St. Joe Bay, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 7-2; and Moe Candy, Victor Espinoza, 2-1. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze972119822%49%$903,417 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Santiago Gonzalez5168612%39%$264,716 Kent Desormeaux651410722%48%$913,683 Bob Baffert2953517%45%$411,316 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN ROBERT B. LEWISWith three horses entered, Doug O’Neill has 60 percent in a field of five for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, but it’s not a personal record for the trainer, who won the Kentucky Derby twice in the last four years, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and last year with champion two-year-old male of 2015 Nyquist.“I remember having three in the Malibu in 2004 when Lava Man ran second (to Rock Hard Ten),” O’Neill said between intermittent rain drops that were not enough to cancel training Friday morning.O’Neill also sent out Harvard Avenue to finish second and Perfect Moon to run third behind Rock Hard Ten, but accounted for only 30 percent of the field as there were 10 starters.O’Neill has Oak Tree Juvenile winner Dangerfield, the maiden Irap, and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art going in the Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“The pressure’s on,” O’Neill said with a chuckle, alluding to his Lewis majority. “Seriously, all three are doing well. They have the pedigree, they have the class, they’ve got the stride. They’ve all showed glimpses of being that kind of horse, so we’re optimistic.’The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Rafael Bejarano7912101615%48%$740,768 Peter Eurton2373030%43%$324,340 Joseph Talamo60651110%37%$247,090 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 William Spawr1360246%62%$172,461 J. Keith Desormeaux1972437%68%$406,275 Luis Contreras58681710%53%$316,054 DISTANCE NO PROBLEM FOR TEXAS RYANOTexas Ryano has a win and a second at a mile and a quarter on turf at Santa Anita.Jockey Joe Talamo hopes the horse’s fancy for those conditions is in tact for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“He kind of got backed up in his training with all the rain, like everyone else, but he’s been working very good and the distance is good for him, although to me, he’s a true mile and a half horse,” said Talamo, who has ridden the six-year-old Curlin horse eight times, winning twice, including the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup last out on Nov. 25.“If you look at his races at a mile and an eighth and a mile and a quarter, he kind of comes running, but the farther the better with him,” Talamo said. “He’s doing well enough where he can try and run ’em down.”Trained by Carla Gaines for owner/breeder Warren Williamson, Texas Ryano boasts a 5-3-3 record from 18 starts with earnings of $438,355.The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Gustnado, Conquest Daddyo and Some in Tieme were scratched. UNIQUE BELLA ODDS-ON FOR SUNDAY’S LAS VIRGENESO’NEILL HOPES TO ‘PASS GO’ WITH LEWIS MONOPOLYBUSY WEEKEND AS USUAL FOR TEAM HOLLENDORFERTEXAS RYANO SHOULD COME RUNNING IN SAN MARCOS Peter Miller451113624%67%$666,510 John Sadler2355622%70%$273,824last_img read more

first_imgOnly by the most egregious twisting of terms could one call what these scientists did “evolution.”“Directed evolution” is a contradiction in terms. It’s like conjuring up visions of “natural voting” or “unguided targeting.” It’s like “blind sight” or “deaf hearing.” If terms mean anything, what Marcos Alcocer says in The Conversation is absurd, or dishonest, like defending Orwell’s 1984 slogan, “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 has been awarded to three researchers for their work on “harnessing the power of evolution” to create compounds that are of benefit to humanity. One half of the nine million Swedish kronor (£770,686) prize will go to the American Frances Arnold from the California Institute of Technology, US. The other half will go jointly to the American George Smith from the University of Missouri, US, and the Brit Gregory Winter from the MRC lab in Cambridge, UK.Their work centres on techniques of “directed evolution” – a method which imitates natural selection. This can help to create new powerful proteins that achieve specific tasks.This critique intends no disparagement of the prize winners, who evidently “transformed research and saved lives.” But they didn’t do it by evolution. They did it by intelligent design.And yet all the media, Nature included, are framing this win as a victory for ‘natural selection’ theory. Nature allows this ignorant statement from Sweden:During the prize announcement, Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry 2018, noted the benefits of the researchers’ work for humanity: “Our laureates have applied principles of Darwin in the test tubes, and used this approach to develop new types of chemicals for the greatest benefit of humankind.”What the winners achieved had absolutely nothing to do with Charles Darwin’s theory. To really mimic Darwin’s ‘natural selection,’ the winners would have turned out the lights, walked out the door, and let stuff happen. The moment they made an observation and selected something on purpose, they murdered Darwinism.The media, however, continue mixing Darwin with design, mixing darkness with light. Live Science says, “Chemistry Nobel Awarded to Scientists for Taking the Reins on Evolution.” The moment anyone takes the reins on evolution, stuff stops happening by chance. Intelligence takes over. Darwin-worshiping reporter Yasemin Saplakoglu turns out the lights of logic, making evolution out to be a creative genius:Every living organism on this planet is a sculpture of evolution. Now, evolution is also unfolding in the lab.This year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to three scientists for their work in harnessing the power of evolution for a variety of applications that benefit humankind. These new applications helped create biofuels, pharmaceuticals and antibodies that fight disease.A Long History of FallacyHere it is 2018, and this blatant fallacy is still being promoted. Darwin famously used ‘artificial selection’ as a stepping-stone to ‘natural selection,’ which is its polar opposite. You can’t get there from here. Darwin’s contemporary John Herschel called natural selection the “law of higgledy-piggledy,” showing that he understood ‘natural selection’ to be equivalent to ‘stuff happens.’ In the 1980s, Carl Sagan popularized the same grand fallacy by leaping from spectacular examples of artificial selection to natural selection, (paraphrasing), ‘If artificial selection can achieve such amazing changes in just a few years, how much more must natural selection be able to accomplish, given millions of years?’Seeing design in nature, Darwin was trying to achieve it without a Designer, by ascribing creative power to the Stuff Happens Law, which is the opposite of what breeders do. Breeders have a goal. They can role the dice, but they know what they want, and they steer variation toward it. Doug Axe exposes the fallacy at Evolution News, showing that the Nobel Prize was a vindication of intelligent design, not evolution. Nature cannot ‘select’ what does not already exist, he argues. And the word ‘selection’ itself implies a Selector. A philosophical naturalist cannot personify nature as a selector. Selection is not natural; it is a choice made on purpose by an intelligent agent. Even a robot playing ‘Maxwell’s Demon’ (21 Sept 2018) makes a selection based on choice programmed by its designer.Can the Fallacy Be Rationalized?Perhaps their idea of ‘directed evolution’ could be defended metaphorically, the way we use oxymoronic language to refer to ‘black light,’ realizing that ultraviolet radiation is not really black, but just invisible to human retinas. We know that UV light is just as ‘real’ as white light, and would appear bright to a creature able to perceive that part of the electromagnetic spectrum. That’s not what is happening here. The media are specifically referring to Darwin’s principles being employed by the prize winners. It’s not a stylistic oxymoron, used for effect; it’s illogically sophoxymoronic.Maybe the media expect us to see part Darwinism and part design, giving some credit to both. Darwin can have the mutations, and ID can make the selections. Alcocer tries that angle, but it doesn’t wash, because the media portray what the winners did as the same essential process used by their material view of nature to evolve human beings without any intelligent guidance:One of the most crucial characteristics of evolving organisms – life as we know it – is the ability to replicate and mutate. All organisms can make copies of their genes and undergo changes that are passed to their progeny. In other words, we are totally dependent of evolving chemicals.Arnold’s work focused on the directed evolution of enzymes – proteins that accelerate chemical reactions. Because they are so useful, scientists had long tried to create enzymes with desired properties artificially, but with little success.Arnold – who is the fifth to join an important group of women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – instead developed a method to produce mutations in the genes that produced certain enzymes in order to select the best ones. Different mutations will produce slightly different versions of the enzyme in each cell so, over time, one can select the one which works the best for a specific task.Arnold’s discovery was hugely important – creating a completely new way to design and produce pharmaceuticals and renewable fuels for a greener transport sector.No ExcusesThe logical flaw in “directed evolution” cannot be overemphasized, because Big Science (BS) and Big Media (BM) are using the Nobel Prize announcement to promote a serious fallacy to a largely unwary readership, who are being led to believe that Darwin’s theory is bearing good fruit in our day. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Darwin envisioned a world of blind, pitiless indifference, where stuff happened in random directions, and nobody was around to care (see “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?”, 3 October 2015). To the extent that these prize winners acted out of compassion to advance human health and well-being, they illustrate the image of God in man, not the image of Darwin.Glorifying Darwin for what these scientists achieved using design is like awarding a Pulitzer Prize to a plagiarist. No; worse. It’s like putting a crown on a dirt pile and calling it a god. I’m honestly having a hard time coming up with an analogy for how rotten this reasoning is. Help me out; send your idea in the comments. (Visited 731 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more