Kipchoge misses record in rainy Berlin triumph

first_imgBERLIN (Reuters) – Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge staved off a surprise challenge from Ethiopian debutant Guye Adola to win an enthralling Berlin marathon on Sunday, but missed out on his bid to set a new world record.Prior to the race, Kipchoge, fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele had all set their sights on breaking Dennis Kimetto’s leading marathon mark of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds along the flat, inner-city course.Instead, Kipchoge ended up becoming embroiled in a classic tussle with the 26-year-old Adola, making his marathon debut, and needed until the 41st kilometre of the damp course to shake off his last surviving rival and cross the line in 2:03:32.Adola finished 14 seconds adrift of the winner, with his Ethiopian compatriot Mosinet Geremew finishing third in 2:06:09.Kipchoge’s victory was his second in Berlin and Gladys Cherono helped recreate the roll of honour from 2015, with the Kenyan winning the women’s race in 2:20:23 to also record a second win in the event.”I am happy to have run this race. The conditions were not friendly because of the rain,“ Kipchoge told reporters. ”Luckily there was not strong wind.“I didn’t expect Adolo but I am happy for him. This is sport.”The star-studded trio made their intentions clear from the start, running at a blistering early pace that was well inside the time Kenya’s Kimetto set in the same race three years ago.The rainy conditions soon took their toll, however, and the elite men had drifted outside world record pace by the 12km mark.Reaching halfway in 61:29, Bekele was the first of the big names to fall back, his bid to become the first man to hold the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon world records dashed in the spray kicked up from Kipsang and Kipchoge as they sped away.Former world record holder Kipsang was the next to run out of steam and walked off the course shortly after the 30km mark, setting the stage for a stunning duel between Kipchoge and Adola.Adola was determined to upstage the favourite and attempted an audacious bid to break clear after 37km but Kipchoge kept his cool and caught back up with the Ethiopian four minutes later.A revived Kipchoge then surged clear of Adola as they approached the iconic Brandenburg Gate, leaving the rookie with the consolation of setting the fastest ever debut time on a record-eligible course.Cherono was unchallenged en route to her second win in the German capital but was a minute slower than two years ago. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second, 19 seconds behind, and Kenya’s Valary Aiyabei was third.last_img read more

Benitez to keep his job as Zidane says he’s not ready to take over

first_imgZinedine Zidane has hinted that he does not feel ready to replace Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid’s first-team coach – while the Spanish press claims Benitez will not be fired in any case.The Frenchman, who is currently in charge of Los Blancos’ Castilla side, had been tipped in some quarters to succeed the 55-year-old after Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in La Liga, with a report last week saying that he was already lined up to take over should Real lose the Clasico.Real did lose the Clasico – and emphatically so – but Zidane has now spoken publicly and insists he still lacks what is needed to manage at the highest level.“I’m the coach of Castilla. Benitez is [coach] of the first team and things are fine,” Zidane said after Castilla’s 0-0 draw with Barakaldo in Segunda B on Sunday.“I’m here to coach Castilla. I ended last season with the feeling that something was missing. I’m stubborn as I didn’t meet my objectives [of promotion to La Segunda], but I must meet them.”He added: “I have a lot to learn, but a coach never knows too much. Like a player, I’m learning little by little and not rushing anything. I’m with Castilla and I’ll go on this way.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

FL man realizes he can’t drive stick shift during carjacking

first_imgAn Orlando man is behind bars after realizing he could not drive stick shift mid-carjacking.Police say 25-year-old Jaelyn Alexander was in the process of fleeing the scene with elderly man’s car before he ‘automatically’ realized he could not drive a stick.Alexander then stole another car and fled the scene.He was arrested near the scene, shortly after.Alexander is facing multiple charges including carjacking, battery on a person over the age of 65, and grand theft.last_img

The FoodBank Launches Free Tax Assistance Program

first_imgNEPTUNE – The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties launched a free income tax assistance program aimed at helping low- and moderate-income workers maximize their tax benefits.Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be offered at six sites, three in Monmouth County and three in Ocean County, throughout the tax season. IRS-certified tax professionals will help filers complete their state and federal returns.“The FoodBank’s mission is to build food-secure communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the organization. “As The FoodBank works toward more comprehensive solutions to hunger in our communities, connecting low-income families with tax credits, SNAP and other benefits will provide an opportunity to save and strengthen their families financial health. Ultimately, The FoodBank wants people to shop in our local stores for the food they need and make the purchasing decisions that are right for their families.”To qualify for free tax assistance, households with dependents must earn $51,000 or less, and households with no dependents must earn $30,000 or less.FoodBank representatives and volunteers will ensure that filers who are eligible will receive important tax credits that they are entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Childcare Tax Credit (CTC).In addition, The FoodBank team will connect people with other critical benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), legal assistance, Super Storm Sandy-related aid and emergency food, if needed.“The EITC is one of the largest and most successful anti-poverty programs in history,” Rodriguez said. “EITC has a proven track record of lifting families out of poverty, putting as much as $5,000 back into the pockets of working families who are living on the edges of poverty. This will not only help families, it will put money back into the local economy at a time when businesses are struggling to recover after Hurricane Sandy.”The FoodBank’s VITA program is run in partnership with the IRS, Cowan, Gunteski & Co, P.A., and the host sites, and is supported by the Robin Hood Foundation and Singlestop USA.VITA is available at the following sites now through April 15:In Monmouth County:SCAN Adult Education Center, Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FridaysLunch Break, 103 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and ThursdaysHispanic Affairs, 913 Sewall Ave., Asbury Park, from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and ThursdaysFilers should bring all required documents including a valid photo ID; copies of previous returns; all income statements including W-2, Social Security and unemployment income; 1099 forms, birth dates and Social Security numbers for all dependents; and a check showing a bank routing number for direct deposit, if applicable.Additional information is available by contacting The FoodBank at 732-918-2600 or visit­ing www.foodbankmoc.org.last_img read more

Hewat signs on as Brumbies backs coach

first_imgHewat, who has been in Japan most recently coaching with Suntory, after a successful playing stint with the Top League powerhouse, will return to Super Rugby for the first time since 2012.The fullback, who notched 636 points in just 50 outings for NSW, also played 78 matches for London Irish through his career.The 39-year-old said he felt now was the right time for him to return to Australia.“I am certainly excited by the opportunity of joining the Brumbies and becoming a part of the Brumbies family,” he said.“The Brumbies are a globally-renowned team who, historically, have always played an attacking and exciting brand of rugby.“I have had some very enjoyable times in Japan with Suntory but feel that the time is right for a return to Australia. The chance to be involved with a team like the Brumbies is fantastic.” “I have been keeping a close watch on them this season and am looking forward to teaming up with Dan, Laurie and Peter to help the team achieve its goals and challenge for another Super Rugby title.”Hewat joins Laurie Fisher and Peter Ryan under new Brumbies coach Dan McKellar.McKellar said he had watched Hewat’s progress at Suntory closely.“Peter was obviously a very good player at the Waratahs and was known for his goal-kicking and his ability to score a try,” McKellar said.“He has been at Suntory for eight years, four as a player and four as a coach, and, in my role as a consultant to Suntory, I have witnessed his progression.“Peter is ready for an opportunity to coach at Super Rugby level. His focus will be heavily on the skills aspect and he will be a huge benefit to our backs in particular.last_img read more

Elderly man beaten, robbed during home invasion

first_imgAn 82-year-old man, suspected to have been badly beaten and robbed by unknown perpetrators, was found unconscious at his Ann’s Grove home by relatives.Beaten and robbed: Leroy PetersAccording to information received, Leroy Peters, also known as “John Wayne”, was found in an unconscious state in a pool of blood by his 10-year-old son and villagers on Thursday afternoon.Family members suspect that the incident occurred sometime between Tuesday evening and Thursday morning.His eldest son, Leroy Smith, detailed that he was making a routine visit to his father’s house when he saw a large crowd at the man’s property. It was at that time that he was made aware of the fact that something was wrong.The elderly man was discovered just five minutes prior and based on evidence, the house was ransacked.After the startling discovery, the injured Peters was picked up and rushed to a city hospital, where he was given medical attention and underwent an emergency surgery on Thursday evening.Because of the extent of his injuries, he is scheduled to undergo other surgeries.Smith told Guyana Times that his father is a citizen of the United States and lived alone. At that time, no one was arrested, but Police are continuing their investigations.Peters was still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private facility. He was described as an able-bodied person.“The Police are still continuing their investigations. He is still in a serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit at a private city hospital. Nobody has been arrested as yet but I have been given the assurance by senior Police operatives that they will get to the bottom of it. He lived alone so the son just went to visit as usual. He’s pretty agile. He moves around and is able bodied,” the son related.Family members are calling on persons within the community to report any information surrounding the incident that may lead to the apprehension of the perpetrators.last_img read more

Saunders still trying to make a name

first_imgYou can excuse Saunders if he feels like he is in limbo this spring. As soon as Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon are healthy enough to join the rotation, the Angels are expected to send their insurance policy back to Triple-A. Weaver’s status remains up in the air, and Colon isn’t expected back until mid-summer at the earliest, even though he has been impressing manager Mike Scioscia of late with his progress in rehab. So Saunders forges on like an intern who has to return to college in the fall. “For right now, I think hopefully I have a spot,” he said. “I don’t know what Bartolo is doing or what his schedule’s like, so all the best for him. I hope he gets back healthy and see where it takes us.” For now, Saunders is aiming to be the No. 4 starter and preparing to make his season debut April 5 against the Oakland Athletics. Gary Matthews Jr. is showing that the pressure of being implicated in baseball’s latest performance-enhancing scandal might not hurt his play on the field. Matthews, named this week in an investigation of pharmacies selling human growth hormone, crushed a homer to right field. MESA, Ariz. Joe Saunders might have made a splash last season, but he still is fighting for name recognition. On a board entering the concourse at HoHoKam Park on Friday, the Angels’ starting pitcher was listed as “Jose” Saunders. The left-hander made his spring debut against the Chicago Cubs and pitched a solid two innings, allowing a home run to Matt Murton but nothing else. He gave up a walk and recorded four of his six outs on fly balls to Vladimir Guerrero in right field. “I located for the most part,” said Saunders, who had his contract renewed by the club Friday. “That one pitch to Murton I tried to go in and left it out over the plate a little bit and he hit it good. Other than that, I felt my command was pretty good, so I was pretty happy.” center_img “On the practice field he has been great,” Scioscia said. “He knows where his focus has to be and it’s good to see him come out here and play.” Despite the fact his long-toss sessions have been stalled in the 110- to 130-foot range, Weaver insists he is making progress on his sore biceps every time he throws. The biggest reason for his optimism came at the start of camp when he found out he had nothing more than tendinitis. “After I got the MRI results that were negative, it kind of kicked me in the (rear) and made me work harder to get ready,” Weaver said. With John Lackey out as the starter today because of bronchitis, Hector Carrasco will take the mound against the Colorado Rockies at Tucson. Dustin Moseley also will pitch today. Carrasco, Moseley and even Chris Bootcheck have been mentioned as possible starters if Weaver is not ready to go at the start of the season. In addition to Saunders, Weaver also had his contract renewed. The Angels also came to contract terms with nine players: Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis, Greg Jones, Dallas McPherson, Tommy Murphy, Mike Napoli, Chris Resop, Ervin Santana and Reggie Willits. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Grief, confusion spilled onto Internet quickly

first_imgCHICAGO – Horrible, real-world happenings are unfolding almost simultaneously in the virtual world, as Virginia Tech students and people from all over the world gather online to grieve and vent. Almost immediately after Monday’s deadly shootings, Virginia Tech students created an “I’m OK” page on Facebook to let one another and their loved ones know that they survived. Other students posted photos and cell-phone video on their own sites, or shared it just hours after the shootings with news organizations. Since Monday, there has been a nonstop flood of postings on the popular Facebook student site, on MySpace and LiveJournal, and on personal blogs – expressing everything from grief to confusion. Jesse Connolly, a 21-year-old from Lynn, Mass., made a posting Tuesday on the Myspace page of Ross Alameddine, one of the VT students who died. The pair worked together last summer at an electronics store in their home state. “If only you were here to read this Ross … You’d know what an imaginative, intelligent, compassionate and most of all hysterically funny human being you were, and how appreciative I am to have spent last summer working with such a great kid,” Connolly wrote. “My every thought is with you and your family.” Even before names of the victims were officially released, a few students created Facebook memorial pages for some of the dead – though others worried that it was too soon, since family and friends were still being notified. In addition to using the university’s Web site to communicate with the world, Virginia Tech officials planned to set up a site where families of the victims could post photos. TechSideline.com, a site for VT sports fans, also quickly morphed into a meeting place where students, family and friends could communicate. And as a show of support, many students, including scores from other colleges, replaced their Facebook profile photos with a VT logo shrouded in a black ribbon. The rapid search and response of the Web also sent people the world over searching for the meaning of “Ismail Ax.” Those two words, written in red ink on one arm of Cho Seung Hui, the 23-year-old Virginia Tech student involved in the campus shooting spree, set off a massive Internet hunt by the public Tuesday for clues to what might have motivated the nation’s worst mass killings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – DONEGALTV’S SPECIAL AS JIM McGUINNESS PLANS TO OVERTHROW THE KINGDOM!

first_imgDONEGALTV’s terrific half-hour documentary has this evening shed new light on Jim McGuinness’ quest to lead Donegal to another All-Ireland Final. The Glenties man and his players gave a unique insight into why they believe they have what it takes to beat Kerry at Croke Park this Sunday. The programme was originally broadcast on SKY earlier this evening but DONEGALTV have given us permission to show the documentary online.Simply click on the video to play.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – DONEGALTV’S SPECIAL AS JIM McGUINNESS PLANS TO OVERTHROW THE KINGDOM! was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALdonegalDonegalTVJim McGuinnessKerrylast_img read more

Evolutionary Storytelling Evolves: the Case of Origin of Life

first_img(Visited 703 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The Latest Episode in Evolving Origin-of-Life Storiesby Dr Jerry BergmanThe origin-of-life story is evolving. Before the middle 1600s most people believed that many forms of life originated by spontaneous generation from either inanimate matter, or once-living but now dead matter. Aristotle even believed that animals he considered “simple”, such as worms, fleas, bees, and even mice, could spring to life spontaneously under the proper conditions from the moist “Mother Earth.”one of the oldest mysteries on the planet: How and where life got startedThe spontaneous generation of life theory eventually was proved false by hundreds of research studies, such as the 1668 experiment by Italian physician Francesco Redi (1626-1697).  In one of the first controlled biological experiments, Redi proved that maggots appeared in meat only after flies had deposited their eggs on it.[i] He documented that maggots do not spontaneously generate on their own, as had previously been claimed by less rigorous experimenters such as Jan Baptist van Helmont (1580–1644).Despite Redi’s evidence, however, the belief in spontaneous generation of life was so strong in the 1600s that even Redi continued to believe that spontaneous generation could occur in certain cases. After Antony van Leeuwenhoek revealed the existence of bacteria in l683 with his hand-crafted microscope, many scientists concluded that these “simple” microscopic organisms must have “spontaneously generated,” thereby providing evolution with its first step. Louis Pasteur and other researchers, though, soon disproved this idea, and the fields of microbiology and biochemistry have since documented quite eloquently that the enormous complexity of these compact living creatures could not have spontaneously emerged.[ii] Nonetheless, Darwinism requires at least one event of spontaneous generation of life from non-life.Could the complex molecules required for life emerge spontaneously by chance? Credit: Illustra Media, Origin.Spontaneous generation soon morphed into Darwin’s “warm little pond” proposal, which also soon proved to be false. Darwin wrote to a friend that he “could conceive in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia & phosphoric salts—light, heat, electricity &c present, that a protein compound was chemically formed, ready to undergo still more complex changes” that eventually evolved into humans.[iii]The next step in the evolution of spontaneous generation theory was the evolution of the first life in the deep oceans, then the next theory was from clay, and then in hot oceanic hydrothermal vents. This theory was very popular, but “has problems,” Martin J. Van Kranendonk says in Scientific American this month, especially the fact that “the ocean has a lot of water, and in it the required molecules would likely spread out too rapidly to interact to form the biomolecules and cell membranes required for life.”[iv] This latest proposal for the origin of life puts the emergence in hot volcanic springs.[v]  In rocks the researchers conclude are 3.48 billion years old, they found bubbles that were formed from gas which, they speculate, were “most likely formed by a thin layer of bacteria like microorganisms.” [vi]This finding “supported a new idea about one of the oldest mysteries on the planet: How and where life got started.” The new idea is that volcanic hot springs caused the spontaneous generation of the first forms of life.[vii]  In this scenario, the heat from the water pools catalyzed chemical reactions, and the dry spells allowed polymers to form, and may even have been able to become concentrated enough to form cell membranes and other critical cell parts. The new theory is thus a land based scenario of abiogenesis in contrast to the water-based theory as has been believed by most origin-of-life researchers for the past century. The new scenario speculates that “simple molecular building blocks might join into longer information-carrying polymers like nucleic acids” such as RNA and DNA.[viii]There are many problems with this story. They include the problem of random alphabet soup becoming a meaningful understandable sentence, such as “I was made by chance from scattered letters in soup.” DNA codes information, and to explain the existence of this information-carrying molecule requires some source of the information. In the new story, the scientists speculate that molecules in volcanic hot springs include some information-carrying polymer, which is a precursor to the source of the information written in the DNA code that makes up the gene. This information-carrying polymer is a long way from a functional DNA, and an even longer way again from an information-carrying gene. The human collagen gene, for example, contains over 132,000 base pairs. The smallest genes known are for transfer RNA’s which are close to 76 base pairs long.[ix]This article reviewed above, titled a “New Origins of Life” is littered with words like might, could, if, resembled, and theorized, words that betray the story as guesswork based on very little evidence. No doubt this latest theory will also prove problematic, and another new theory of spontaneous generation will take its place in the ever-evolving theory of abiogenesis. This example proves that some things do evolve, but this example of abiogenesis evolution was actually created by an intelligent designer, namely a scientist.Darwinism requires at least one event of spontaneous generation of life from non-life.It is also like finding a copper mine in Michigan and proclaiming that we have a new theory of the origin of jet airplanes. True, copper is an important part of the plane, but it requires an enormous amount of intelligence to progress from the copper (and about another 50 additional elements) to the airplane. The authors admit that the polymers they produced were not alive but, they claim, it is an important step toward life.[x] Likewise, producing copper is not a jet plane; it is merely an important step in building a jet plane. But a million more steps are required to produce a workable plane; how could those evolve?Editor’s Recommended Resource: Origin, a film by Illustra Media (2016). Click image to view 3 short excerpts from the 45-minute documentary.[i] Jenkins-Jones, Sara (editor).  1997.  Random House Webster’s dictionary of scientists.  Random House, New York[ii] Black Jacquelyn G.  1998.  Microbiology principles and applications.  Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.[iii] Charles Darwin, letter to J. D. Hooker dated February 1, 1871.[iv] Martin Van Kranendonk et al., 2017. Springs of Life. Scientific American. August 2017. P. 30.[v]  Kranendonk et al., 2017, pp. 28-35.[vi]  Kranendonk et al., 2017, p. 30.[vii] Kranendonk et al., 2017, p. 30.[viii] Kranendonk et al., 2017, p. 31.[ix] José E. González-Pastor, José L. San Millán & Felipe Moreno. 1994: The smallest known gene. Nature. 369 (281) May 26, 1994.[x] Kranendonk et al., 2017, p. 32.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.last_img read more