By The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Ice sniper Luke Bertolucci is going to Halifax.The Montrose native was selected to the Team B.C. U16 squad that will represent the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games February 11-18 in the Nova Scotia capital.“I think he’s going to be selected to the provincial team,” Kootenay Ice head coach Simon Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily earlier this week, prior to Wednesday’s announcement by B.C. Hockey.The 5’7”, 160-pound forward has been one of Wheeldon’s most consistent scorers this season, leading the Ice in that department with nine goals and 13 assists. The 22-point total is good enough for 12th spot in B.C. Major Midget League scoring. Bertolucci, 15, is three points out of fifth spot.Team B.C. quest for gold begins the opening day of the Games when the province plays Team Quebec. The other team in the pool is Team Nova Scotia.Team B.C. is looking to improve on its fourth-place finish in the 2007 Canada Games.To prepare for the national competition, Team B.C. will gather for a three-day camp prior to Christmas, December 20-22 at the Minoru Centre in Richmond.Team B.C. plays an exhibition game on the final day of camp against the Valley West Hawks of the BCMMHL.The players on Team B.C. were evaluated following the first three months of the BCMMHL season after being short-listed to 33 following the Male U16 Provincial Camp in July.HOCKEY NOTES: Bertolucci is the fourth local player to be selected to a B.C. Hockey team heading for Halifax. On the female side, Nelson’s Aimee DiBella, Ella Matteucci of Fruitvale and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy also earned spots on Team B.C. U18 Girl’s [email protected]
JOCKEY QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It was nice to get that race out of the way. No matter how good your horse is, you’ll always be a little bit anxious.“The fans are starting to like her.“She broke good, she has speed. There’s no doubt in my mind that she could rate if she had to, but usually she doesn’t have to. If somebody did something funny, I think she could be flexible and adjust to that.“I was so pleased to see her way out there and cruising along pretty easy. At least now we got a race in her and we can try to make some more plans. We want to run here at Santa Anita. What we do between now and the Santa Anita Oaks, I don’t know. If we do anything. We’ll think about it and try to do the right thing.” RICK PORTER, OWNER FOX HILL FARMS, INC., SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It’s hard to explain the feeling. She just gives you goose bumps and you just wonder ‘How did I get this horse?’ I don’t think I’ve ever had one that’s so dominant and does things so easily. It would be nice to win the Kentucky Derby, but I’d like to do it with a nice colt . . . I don’t like the (Kentucky Derby) point system. We’d have to run in the Santa Anita Derby with her. I think it’d be great for your ego, but the smart move is to stay on the path we’re on to the (Kentucky) Oaks.” MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “She has such a high cruising speed, she has gears.“You always worry about horses that are brilliant at two. Sometimes they won’t mature or grow anymore at three. You’re anxious to see what will happen.“Favorite Trick was one that fooled me; he was brilliant as a two year old. He won all eight of his races at two but then didn’t win the biggest ones as a three year old. You’re anxious to get it over with and she seems to have improved. She seemed to up her game even more, especially mentally. She was very happy today and took it all in stride. I’m just blessed to be the one that has to make her carry the weight.” TRAINER QUOTES -30- NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
In the H.G. Wells version, the Martian invaders with their tripod machines and death rays, wreaking havoc on Earth, were defeated by Earth bacteria. The new scientific plot envisioned by scientists, reported on Space.com, is that the Martians had the bacteria, and invaded Earth with it to either conquer Earth life or spread it onto our lifeless world. Or was it the other way around?“We know very little about the origin of life on the Earth… how it happened, what kind of environment it might have happened in, and how long it look to go from the origin to the last common ancestor of life as we know it – a very complex organism very much like modern life,” [Carrine] Blank [Washington U in St. Louis] said. Casting her eye back on Mars, Blank also said an unknown is whether conditions on early Mars were similar to what they were like on the early Earth when the origin of life likely happened. “If they were similar, then perhaps a ‘second genesis’ could have been possible on Mars. Even if conditions were different on Mars, there could still have been a second genesis only with a very different result than what happened on the Earth,” Blank stated. “If these different life forms were spread throughout the solar system, then they might have co-existed if they could learn to depend upon each other. If, on the other hand, they were in direct competition for resources, then you might expect that one would ‘win’ and survive, and the other go extinct,” she advised.So maybe the Martians won the war of the worlds. Jack Farmer, an astrobiologist at Arizona State at Tempe, thinks the “War of the Worlds” scenario is a “serious possibility.” Reporter Leonard David relayed some questions that raises in Farmer’s mind: “Who would win? Is there the possibility for a competitive co-existence between life forms that originated on a different basis?” Much of this discussion was prompted by the evidence for water found by the Mars Exploration Rovers (see 12/03/2004 headline). Now, Spirit has found evidence for past water from a layered rock in the Columbia Hills, reports JPL. For more on the complexity of the hypothetical last universal common ancestor (LUCA), see 02/29/2004 headline.Does water equal life? Does mud equal a mud-brick pyramid? Is science the art of building maybes on top of mights? Does “might” make right? Can they say the word “genesis” in school? Does life just “happen”? Can we say it “happened” when we know very little about the origin of life? Can students have a chance to hear the controversy about evolution (see next headline), instead of the diet of empty speculation dished out by astrobiologists spending too much time watching old movies and not thinking straight? Can they hear Jonathan Wells instead of H. G. Wells, and learn some science facts instead of science fiction?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Several more cases of “extreme stasis” have turned up, calling into question Darwin’s notion of constant, gradual change over millions of years.Earlier human migration: Science Magazine reports evidence of mammoth bones in Siberia that indicate hunting and butchering by humans, 10,000 years earlier than evolutionists presumed people should have been up those cold climes. New Scientist‘s headline reads, “Humans adapted to Arctic life 10,000 years earlier than thought.” The bones are claimed to be 45,000 years old; that means that humans were essentially the same as us—intelligent, adaptable and capable—for at least 8 times all recorded human history (actually, much longer: they believe upright, thinking hominins existed for 1-2 million years). That phrase “earlier than thought” shows up a lot in evolutionary studies. It means that evolutionists are surprised at cases of early appearance and stasis. This pattern stretches into much longer time periods in the following examples.Tree shrews refused to evolve for 34 million years, Science Magazine says. A new fossil doubles its period of stasis. It has a “living fossil” story to tell:Tree shrews are often held up as being living fossils, presumably very similar to our own earliest primate ancestor. The dearth of actual fossils of these small tropical mammals, however, has meant that much of this conclusion has been speculative. Li and Ni describe a new fossil tree shrew that is exceedingly similar to the extant pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii), yet twice as old as any previously described sister taxa. The fossil suggests that this tree shrew has gone nearly unchanged since the Oligocene (over 34 million years ago).Squid stasis for a much longer period was reported in Live Science. Belemnites are members of the Cephalopod (head-foot) class that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Fossils found in Solnhofen, Germany (home of Archaeopteryx and other exceptionally-detailed fossils of the Jurassic Period) show that one species was already highly skilled. “Generally speaking, Acanthoteuthis‘ fins and bullet-shaped body, much like modern squids’, suggest that it would be a good swimmer,” the article says. The Jurassic is claimed to span from 200 to 145 million years ago. Noting that cephalopods date back even farther, “500 million years,” the article points out that squid like this possessed balance-sensing organs (statocysts), muscles, cartilage, a digestive system, and 10 arms. Cephalopods also have exquisite eyes as complex as those of mammals, yet are not related to any tetrapods in the evolutionary scheme. For a type of animal that is abundant today, this squid had an awful long time to evolve into something else, but it didn’t. Its statocysts, for instance, “resembled structures found in pelagic squid” that swim in the same oceans today.Crustacean stasis: A division of crustaceans called branchiopods includes many living species, including water fleas and fairy shrimp. Current Biology published a find with a headline that tells all: “A 365-Million-Year-Old Freshwater Community Reveals Morphological and Ecological Stasis in Branchiopod Crustaceans.” This phylum dates to the Cambrian Explosion. Early fossils of branchiopods have been found in fossil beds as widely dispersed as Canada, Scotland and Sweden. This new find in Belgium tops them all, yet looks strangely familiar:Here we report the discovery of an ephemeral pool branchiopod community from the 365-million-year-old Strud locality of Belgium. It is characterized by new anostracans and spinicaudatans, closely resembling extant species, and the earliest notostracan, Strudops goldenbergi. These branchiopods released resting eggs into the sediment in a manner similar to their modern representatives. We infer that this reproductive strategy was critical to overcoming environmental constraints such as seasonal desiccation imposed by living on land. The pioneer colonization of ephemeral freshwater pools by branchiopods in the Devonian was followed by remarkable ecological and morphological stasis that persists to the present day.Not only do the bodies (morphology) look the same, the whole community (ecology) looks the same. How do evolutionists deal with the fact that this fossil bed looks like it was buried recently? These biologists got creative with their Darwinian imaginations. The creatures evolved, they say, but not in ways that are visible to the human eye—they used encryption!The ecological and morphological stasis may be explained by the mixing of eggs from decades-distant populations, a singularity likely to prevent the fixation of new phenotypic variations. Nonetheless, the apparent morphological stasis does not mean that these clades did not evolve through time, but rather that the changes are cryptic, as revealed by changes in egg size. In addition, variations in physiology and egg hatching phenology have been reported for several species without significant morphological change and seem to be important for the long-term occupation of ephemeral pool biotopes. Fishes are generally absent in ephemeral pools, and increased fish predation in marine and fluvial environments during the Devonian may have triggered the modifications that allowed large branchiopods to colonize these continental environments devoid of predators. Paradoxically, the variable and harsh ephemeral pool appears to have been one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.This admission is amazing. They found an ephemeral pool that should have been subject to variation and harsh environmental change, yet their dating of the fossils forces them to say it must have been “one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.” Were there not meteors, tsunamis, continents subducting, and other dramatic geological changes, including major extinctions, in 365 million years?B as in billions: The winner for stasis is the bacterium. PhysOrg discusses “evidence of cavity-dwelling microbial life from 3 billion years ago,” from a time when there was not supposed to be oxygen or protection from UV radiation. Supposedly, South African greenstone beds allowed microbes to shield themselves by dwelling in cavities in the rock. Notice the word similar in what they say about these microbes:The team conducted multiple tests on the mats and the microbes found hidden under them, including bulk carbon and SEM analysis and Raman micro-spectroscopy and report that the microbes were shaped like rods, growing in train like filaments, similar to many bacteria alive today. They note also that the microbes were quite uniform in shape and that they were able to control their diameter and length as modern microbes do. The fossils are also approximately 500 million years older than any other previous fossil found in a habitat, and thus represent some of the earliest forms of life ever found (the very earliest date back to approximately 3.43 billion years ago.)With their short generation times, bacteria should evolve very rapidly. Wouldn’t anyone get bored living in a rod-shaped cell for billions of years?Wag your head in astonishment at the credulity of the modern evolutionary biologist. When they jumped onto Darwin’s bandwagon in 1859, and got drunk with his Darwine snake oil, their inhibitions over just-so storytelling faded away. They let go of their scientific rigor and all joined in singing, “How dry I am.” What they didn’t know was that Charlie bamboozled them. He sold them the Stuff Happens Law and tricked them into thinking Darwine was a health tonic; “Everything evolves constantly,” he would say, “except when it doesn’t. When something stays the same for billions of years, that’s evolution, too!” He used his own lyrics. He was really singing, “How wry I am.”(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved their 1-0 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday.Karim Benzema’s second half header made sure that Zinedine Zidane’s side responded in the right way after their 3-0 defeat in Paris on Wednesday.”Today we saw a good Real Madrid team,” Monchi said.”They were a team that performed at a very high level, nothing like the level of Wednesday.”They were a team made to win and at this level it’s not easy.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak satisfied with derby pointby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was satisfied with their 0-0 draw against Real Madrid.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a stalemate at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.”We didn’t risk much and neither did they,” Oblak said afterwards.”Neither of us wanted to lose, so I think a draw is the fair result.”We’ll improve in the next matches.”The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as always, which earned special praise from the goalkeeper.”The fans have been spectacular as always,” Oblak continued.”We should have done better on our part and been more focused with cool heads.”In the end we were sandwiched. The season is long, though, and we have to improve day by day.”
Man Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A whistleblowing former employee alleges Walmart issued misleading e-commerce data in its race to catch up with retail rival Amazon.com, and then fired him in retaliation when he refused to stop complaining about the practice. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Tri Huynh, a former Walmart director of business development, charged in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the company used questionable practices to “paint an overly-optimistic picture” of its e-commerce results as it vies with Amazon for the title of world’s largest retailer.Huynh said corporate superiors brushed off his complaints. After he instead sent his allegations to top Walmart executives in January 2017, the company fired him, Huynh alleged.”Walmart sacrificed and betrayed its founder’s key principles of integrity and honesty, pushing those core values aside in its rush to win the e-commerce war at all costs,” Huynh charged in the whistleblower lawsuit filed in San Francisco. “In doing this, it realized it must silence any whistleblower who spoke up against its ‘win at all costs’ approach to e-commerce growth.”Walmart said Huynh’s allegations lack merit.”This litigation is based on allegations by a disgruntled former associate, who was let go as part of an overall restructuring,” spokesman Greg Hitt said in a corporate statement. “We take allegations like this seriously and looked into them when they were brought to our attention. The investigation found nothing to suggest that the company acted improperly. We intend to vigorously defend the company against these claims.”Walmart shares closed down fractionally at $87.51 in Thursday trading.The charges come amid Walmart’s efforts to beef up its e-commerce business, an area in which Amazon historically held a substantial edge. The company has increased e-commerce spending, including roughly $3 billion for its 2016 acquisition of startup Jet.com.Walmart reported a 23% increase in e-commerce growth during the quarter that included the 2017 holiday season. However, the result fell below the previous quarter and also lagged behind the growth reported by Amazon.”We’ve been focusing on building an e-commerce business, that’s still underway, obviously,” said Walmart CEO and President Douglas McMillon during a February conference call with Wall Street analysts in February.Huynh, a former Amazon employee, charged that Walmart’s income from online sales has been misleadingly boosted by questionable practices.The company’s global marketplace platform regularly classified some e-sales by third-party sellers in a category that improperly resulted in “excessive commission fees” for the vendors, the whistleblower lawsuit alleged.Additionally, Walmart classified some returns from e-commerce customers improperly, a problem that skewed the company’s online financial results, the lawsuit charged.Huynh said the previously-glowing job reviews he’d received at Walmart turned to corporate complaints as he continually flagged his e-commerce concerns. Ultimately, he alleged he was fired days after he sent his concerns to Walmart e-commerce CEO Marc Lore and Michael Bender the company’s chief operating officer for e-commerce.Huynh’s lawsuit seeks damages for lost wages and other economic losses, along with emotional distress. Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience Citation: Whistleblower charges Walmart misled on e-commerce data in catch-up race with Amazon (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-whistleblower-walmart-misled-e-commerce-catch-up.html Explore further