Onazi Moves to Denizlispor on Free Transfer

first_imgOnazi celebrated his transfer on social media on Wednesday, describing it as a blessing in the New Year, while hoping to make a difference.The former Lazio star, whose transfer market value is put at around 2 million Euros, was also linked with a move to UAE club Al Wahda after he was offered to them by an agent.Nigerian international, Ogenyi Onazi, has left championship-chasing Trabzonspor to join another Turkish club Denizlispor.It was a free transfer for the Super Eagles player who was on the last year of his contract at Trabzonspor.The move to Denizlispor, who are 11th on the Super Lig table, is till the end of the season for the 27-year old player.Onazi celebrated his transfer on social media on Wednesday, describing it as a blessing in the New Year, while hoping to make a difference.The former Lazio star, whose transfer market value is put at around 2 million Euros, was also linked with a move to UAE club Al Wahda after he was offered to them by an agent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian international, Ogenyi Onazi, has left championship-chasing Trabzonspor to join another Turkish club Denizlispor.It was a free transfer for the Super Eagles player who was on the last year of his contract at Trabzonspor.The move to Denizlispor, who are 11th on the Super Lig table, is till the end of the season for the 27-year old player.last_img read more

UKGC outlines fairer and safer gambling strategy

first_img Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has set out a new three-year five-point plan, to build on its previous work and help shape a well-regulated gambling market.With 63% of people having gambled within the last year, the strategy states that “the risks are changing and evolving and the industry needs to move farther and faster to address them. A well-regulated gambling market, one in which consumers can have confidence can also contribute to sustainable business and growth over the longer term.”The first point highlighted within the new strategy is to ensure customer’s interests are protected, with operators expected to step in to make play safe and protect at-risk consumers.  Tough sanctions are due to imposed to operators, including lotteries, who fail to adhere to these points.Possible harm to the general public and consumers should also be prevented, this is to be achieved through the increased provision of gambling and its risks, in addition to better controls to manage gambling.The UKGC has also set out its expectation for more effective and independent arrangements to be put in place, regarding consumer complaints and disputes, therefore raising the overall standard within the gambling market.Returns to good causes from lotteries are also due to optimised, with regulation to be carried out in such a way that a healthy National Lottery is delivered, as well as planning for a new licence for the competition to be awarded in 2023.To conclude, an overall improvement on regulation by the UKGC has been outlined.  This is due to cover an improvement into the way it taps into consumer and public issues to inform action, aiding the industry to comply and taking precautionary action where necessary and providing independent and evidenced advice to the Government on gambling and its impacts.Bill Moyes, Gambling Commission Chair, said: “This is an ambitious strategy to deliver fairer and safer gambling over the next three years. We can only be successful in this by engaging with consumers and by working closely with all our regulatory partners and the industry. “In the same way that this strategy challenges the industry, we also challenge ourselves, as the regulator, to deliver effective, targeted and innovative regulation.“At the end of three years, we expect to see an industry that strives continuously to raise their standards, treat customers fairly, and protect vulnerable people.”  Gambling Commission strategy 2018 – 2021 Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Vanderbilt hires Jerry Stackhouse as head coach

first_imgVanderbilt is turning to an NBA veteran to lead its basketball program. The Commodores announced Friday they have hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse to become their new head coach. ESPN reported Stackhouse will get a six-year deal.  Vanderbilt’s new athletic director, Malcolm Turner, was the president of the G League during that period and, like Stackhouse, attended North Carolina. “The future is bright for the men’s basketball team with such an accomplished individual at the helm,” Turner said. “Jerry brings a unique mix of experience as a legendary player and successful coach, and I fully expect he’ll take the program to new heights. I’ve spoken with people inside and outside both college and professional basketball, and there is unanimous agreement that Jerry’s competitiveness, grit and tireless focus on player development are a perfect fit to advance the ‘Vanderbilt Way’ in college athletics. This is an incredibly exciting moment for Vanderbilt.”  The Jerry Stackhouse era has officially begun. #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/mqQm30NeWE— Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball (@VandyMBB) April 5, 2019″I am extremely excited to join the Vanderbilt family and build on the incredible accomplishments of its athletics program and men’s basketball program,” Stackhouse said in a release. “I look forward to furthering Vanderbilt’s unique approach to athletics — blending a powerhouse competitive spirit with elite academics to holistically develop talented student-athletes and celebrate victories on and off the court.”The 44-year-old previously served as an assistant with the Raptors and also as head coach of Toronto’s G League team, which he led to a championship in 2017, earning Coach of the Year honors in the process.  Related News Stackhouse starred for the Tar Heels in the 1990s and was the third overall pick by the 76ers in the 1995 NBA Draft. That was the start of an 18-year career that saw Stackhouse play for eight teams and twice earn All-Star selections. He worked as a broadcaster between his retirement as a player and the start of his coaching career, and also founded an AAU team, Atlanta-based Stackhouse Elite, while still an active player. Stackhouse replaces Bryce Drew, who was fired last month after the Commodores went 0-18 in SEC play this season. Drew went 40-59 overall in his three seasons in Nashville. Jerry Stackhouse in negotiations to become next coach at Vanderbilt, report sayslast_img read more

Fortnite World Cup schedule: When do Solos and Duos Finals start?

first_imgOnce the Pro-Am is over, though, the real events begin. The $30 million prize pool will be up for grabs, with the Solos and Duos winners becoming millionaires.MORE FORTNITE:• Everything you need to know about the Fortnite World Cup• Everyone who qualified for the Fortnite World Cup• Fortnite World Cup prize pool breakdownFortnite World Cup scheduleDay 1 – Friday, July 261:00 pm. ET – Creative Finals start4:00 p.m. ET – Celebrity Pro-Am show starts7:00 p.m. ET – Show endsDay 2 – Saturday, July 2712:30 p.m. ET – Pre-game show starts1:00 p.m. ET – Duos Finals start4:45 p.m. ET – Duos Finals winners ceremonyDay 3 – Sunday, July 2812:30 p.m. ET – Pre-game show starts The 2019 Fortnite World Cup is here, and there are many events taking place throughout the weekend.The action begins Friday, July 26 with the Creative Finals and the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am. Big streamers like Ninja, Tfue, Dr. Lupo, CouRageJD, Nate Hill and others will be competing in the events in one way or another. Although Ninja missed out on qualifying for the World Cup, he’ll remain a part of the action in the Pro-Am as he teams up with Marshmello. 1:00 p.m. ET – Solos Finals start4:45 p.m. ET – Duos Finals winners ceremonylast_img read more

Macdonald’s Work with Horizons Program ‘a Joy’

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – When it comes to her work with the Horizons student enrichment program, Lore Macdonald just doesn’t talk the talk – she truly walks the walk.Macdonald, a Rumson resident, who co-founded the program at Rumson Country Day School 18 summers ago, previously served as the board president and is still a member of the board. She was associated with Hori­zons, a national program, in New Canaan, Conn., before it was established in Rumson. Last week, Macdonald was recognized for her dedication to the program when she was named a New Jersey Hero last week by first lady Mary Pat Christie.“It does give me profound joy,” Macdonald said of her involvement with the program. “It is something that I’ll leave this world knowing I did a little bit of good, I had some impact on the lives of a lot of people.”The Rumson Horizons program, one of 33 programs across the country and one of two in New Jersey, is a six-week program July through mid-August for at-risk children, primarily from Red Bank. Aimed at allowing the kids to continue their education and remain engaged, it is a fun, activities-filled way to learn while off from school.The idea, said Lori Hohenleitner, the program’s executive director, is to combat what educators have labeled “summer slide,” during which students out of the classroom for the summer lose educational ground. Studies show that it can be particularly true for low-income students, who haven’t the same opportunities as their wealthier counterparts to remain engaged when school is out.“It does help them go back to school without having lost much,” Macdonald said.The program has had about 2,000 children participate over the years, with 125 students enrolled this summer, according to Robin Schemen, president of Horizon’s Rumson board and a member of the program’s national board.The program is open to children who have completed kindergarten and allows them to be part of the program up until the summer after they complete eighth grade. Hori­zons, which costs $50 for the six weeks, is available to students who qualify for free or reduced cost lunch programs in their public schools.The program uses a hands-on approach to teaching, tying lessons with projects the children take on to realworld circumstances.“Everything is very hands on,” Schemen said.Along with that, kids have a chance to go to the Com­munity YMCA, 166 Maple Ave., Red Bank, where they get to swim or take swimming lessons just about every day.Swimming is not simply a recreational outlet, Hohen­leitner stressed. “We feel if kids learn confidence in the pool, not only is that a life skill, but they’re also able to translate that to the classroom.”For Macdonald, the program offers so much to the children and their families that is “so obviously successful … It really is a no-brainer.“This is wonderful for kids, because it’s a different kind of learning experience,” she said.Macdonald’s appreciation for what the program has meant to many and her experience goes back a long time. The Horizons program began in the 1970s at the New Canaan Country School, New Canaan, Conn., where Macdonald grew up and was a student. In the late ‘70s she spent a couple of summers working as a teacher for the program and began her firsthand experience with it. When the program was first proposed for the Rumson Country Day School, she strongly supported it and involved herself in establishing it, working with staff and students and serving as board president for 13 years.“I think I did a little bit of everything,” since the summer of 1996, when it started, she said.“She spearheaded the program,” said Chad Small, Rumson Country Day’s headmaster. “She remains its heart and soul.”Macdonald, who married just six days after graduating college and raised four children, all going to Rumson Country Day, sees the promise in the children who have been involved in the program. “It has been a rewarding experience for me,” she said. “Getting to know the children and the families, for me was huge.”It also has been a great experience for board members and those who have volunteered, she said. “They really take away a lot.”Another nice part is still having a chance to see some of the students – who go to high school and beyond – talk about their experiences and what it meant to them. “I’m just goofy enough that they remember me,” she joked about running into former students. But she added, “I love it. They always say hello and tell me what they’re up to. It’s a nice feeling for me.”The next chapter for Macdonald and others associated with the program is to continue it for the high school years. She believes the idea of extending education into the summer is something that goes beyond just the Hori­zons program and should be adopted by more schools and districts.“It’s just a smart thing to do,” she said.last_img read more

UPDATED: Kinrade, KHL Medvescak Zagreb must take long road at Spengler Cup

first_imgKHL Medvescak Zagreb now meets HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa in quarterfinal action at the 2015 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzlerland after dropping a 1-0 decision to the host club Sunday in round robin action.The winner of the Monday contest advances to the semi final round.Kinrade, KHL Medvescak Zagreb drop 3-1 decision to Team Canada at Spengler CupTeam Canada scored twice in the first period to defeat KHL Medvescak Zagreb 3-1 in Spengler Cup action Saturday in Davos, Switzerland.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade plays defence for KHL Medvescak Zagreb.Bud Holloway, Stefano Giliati and Alexandre Giroux scored to give Team Canada a 3-0 lead after two periods.Pascal Pelletier scored the lone goal for KHL Medvescak Zagreb.KHL Medvescak Zagreb plays host HC Davos Sunday in the final round robin game. HC Davos opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over Team Canada.Kinrade’s squad needs to win to advance to the playoff round in the tournament.Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade back at Spengler CupNelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade is back playing at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.However, the six-foot, 195-pound Nelson Leafs product is not playing on Team Canada this time around.The smooth skating defenceman is anchoring the blueline for Medvescak Zagreb’s Bears. Kinrade, 28, signed this fall with Medvescak of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League after three seasons with SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga. This will be Zagreb’s Bears’ first time taking part in this tournament.First round opponents include Swiss A-leaguers and last year’s Cup winners HC Geneve-Servette and Team Canada, a team comprised heavily of Canadian players who play in Europe.On the other side of the draw is the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev from Ufa, Finland’s Jokerit Helsinki  and home team HC Davos.For Kinrade, this is the third time playing in the Spengler Cup — the first two for Team Canada.During his inaugural stint, Kinrade was part of the 2012 Spengler Cup Championship team.The former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League rearguard with the Nelson Leafs was one of the unsung defenders called upon by Hockey Canada due to a shortage of Canadian defencemen playing in Europe at that time.The team was bolstered by a huge NHL contingent of Jason Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Bernier, Carlo Colaiacovo, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Gagner, Matt Duchene, Cam Barker and Captain Canada Ryan Smyth. The players were available due to the NHL lockout.Kinrade has enjoyed an illustrious career playing in Europe after spending two seasons in the American Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators farm team, Binghamton Sens, winning the Calder Cup in 2011.After graduating from college hockey at Michigan Tech, Kinrade played ten games with the Norfolk Admirals after signing a free agent contract and made his NHL debut on April 9, 2009 for Tampa against the Washington Capitals.The Spengler Cup is an international hockey tournament with a long tradition since 1923.Along with the Stanley Cup is the oldest championship in the world. The Cup is played for every year in Davos, Switzerland, in the time between Christmas and New Year. It is organized by A-leaguers Davos, and 2014 will see its 88th edition. Only teams that are invited can take part, and six teams fight for the trophy.Throughout all of the years of the Spengler Cup, which got its name from doctor Carl Spengler, numerous clubs from around the world have taken part, and the most wins go to the home team: Davos-15, followed b y Team Canada-12.Kinrade’s Zagreb’s Bears play the loser between HC Davos and Team Canada Saturday before meeting the winner Sunday.The top teams advance to the semi finals Tuesday with the final set New Years Eve.For more information check out the Spengler Cup website.last_img read more


first_imgDRUMKEEN United were rewarded today with a home tie in the 4th Round of the the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup.United, who beat Carrigaline United last weekend will play Dublin side Verona FC.Kildrum Tigers, who drew 0-0 with Dunboyne at the weekend, face a trip to Cork if they win the replay. A win will see them take on College Corinthians who knocked out Letterkenny Rovers in the last round. FULL FIXTURE LIST BELOW – GAMES ON WEEKEND OF JANUARY 29THDrumkeen United FCV Verona FCFirhouse Clover FC /Phoenix FCVLucan United FCBelgrove FC /Malahide United FCVDouglas Hall AFCCherry Orchard FCVMayfield United FCKillester United FCVCrumlin United FCEverton AFC /Rathcoole Boys FCVTolka Rovers FC /St. Patrick’s CYFCCollege Corinthians FCVKildrum Tigers FC /Dunboyne AFCBlarney United FC /Greystones AFCVYoughal United FC /Avondale United FCDRUMKEEN GET HOME DRAW IN FAI CUP! was last modified: December 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:drumkeen unitedfai cupkildrum tigerslast_img read more


first_imgThe Ulster & Northern Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships took place in the Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt over the weekend with a large group from Finn Valley competing, with many outstanding performances. Sommer Lecky won double Gold in the u-16 High jump 1.66m and having 3 decent attempts at 1.71m and followed this up on Sunday with victory in the Long jump 5.29m.Janine Boyle had a busy weekend winning 3 Gold medals 60m (7.91secs), 200m (25.90secs) and 4x200m relay and a Silver medal in the Long jump 5.15m. Arlene Crossan fresh from her success at the Irish Junior Champs last weekend continued her winning ways in the U-17 girls long jump with a solid 5.53m and followed this up with a Silver in the 200m 26.39 secs and Gold as part of the 4x 200m Relay team.James Kelly continued his dominance in the u-16 Boys Shot Putt throwing 16.05m with the 4Kg implement winning the competition by almost 4m.Aaron Mc Glynn ran a very controlled 800m with a final burst of speed over the last 250m which saw him draw almost 80m clear from the rest of the field, he also ran a blistering leg in the winning 4x200m relay later in the day.Lauren Callaghan won the u-14 Long jump with a leap of 4.61m and Gold in the 60m 8.56secs leading home a 1,2,3 4 for Finn Valley athletes with Micheala Bryne 2nd 8.69sces, Bethany Lecky one of the most improved athletes at the club 3rd 8.71secs and Daniella Jansen 4th 8.84secs. Daniella Jansen won the u-14 girls 800m in convincing fashion by almost 7 seconds winning in a time of 2mins 31.31secs.Chloe Coyle won the u-13 girls 600m in a time of 1min 54.33secs with teammate Amy Mc Menamin close behind in 2nd place 1min 54.90secs.Finn Valley athletes filled the top 5 places in the u-14 Girls High jump with Micheala Byrne 1st 1.40m, Aine Wilkinson 2nd 1.40m, Lauren Callaghan 3rd 1.40m, Abby Meehan 4th 1.30m and Caitlin Mc Gonagle 5th 1.30m.Other Gold medallists were Pauric Harrold u-15 Boys Long jump 5.04m, Aine Kerr u-15 Girls Long jump 4.81m, Brother and Sister Kieran and Keeva Thompson won their High jumps Kieran u-14 1.43m and Keeva u-12 1.20m, Alex Mc Geehan again in the High jump u-15 Boys 1.45m, Jade Leeper moving up to the 4Kg Shot in her last year as a juvenile threw 9.30m when winning the u-19 girls event and Paul Johnston won the u-19 Boys 60m with a time of 7.89secs.There were a multitude of Silver medallists Dylan Kearns 60m u-17 Boys 7.62secs and Long jump 5.79m, Kyle Leeper Double Silver u-14 Boys High jump 1.35m and Shot 8.52m, Sinead Gallagher double silver Girls Long jump 4.60m and 60m Hurdles 10.35secs, Naoimh Mc Granaghan 11.16m over 11m for the first time, Jordan Mc Daid u-17 Boys 200m 24.68secs, Demi Crossan u-12 Girls 600m 2mins 6.86secs, Stephen Mitchell u-19 Boys 800m 2mins 11.37secs, Mark Mc Elhinney 10.01m u-15 Boys Shot, Ryan Galvin u-12 Boys High jump 1.15m Bronze medallists Laura Crossan u-16 Girls 800m 2mins 27.21secs, Noah Sanni u-18 Boys 60m 7.67secs, Amy Mc Menamin u-13 Girls High jump 1.20m, Paul Johnston u-19 Boys 400m 57.54secs, Michael Mc Gonagle u-12 Boys High jump 1.10m, Declan Slevin u-13 Boys High jump 1.15m, Jordan Mc Daid u-17 Boys Long jump 5.38m, Bridget Mc Dyer u-17 Girls Shot 10.50m, Aine Kerr u-14 Girls 60m Hurdles 10.43secs, Christopher Kearns u-15 Boys 60m Hurdles 11.06secs, Aine Wilkinson u-14 Girls 60m Hurdles 11.37secs and Valisa O’Donnell u-14 Girls Shot 8.79m.RelaysWe had 11 teams entered for these Championships and 10 teams won medals.Gold u-12 Boys 4x100m 1min 4.19 secsu13 Girls 4x100m 59.90secsu-14 Girls 4x200m 1min 56.63secs won with 40m to spare.u-17 Girls 4x200m 1min 52.86secsu-17 Boys 4x200m 1.39.34secs a decent timeu-19 Boys 4x200m 1min 41.25secsSilverU-15 Girls 4x200m 1min 59.61secsu-15 Boys 4x200m no time given.u-12 Girls 4x100m 1min 2.15secs.Bronzeu-18 Boys 4x200m no time given, Noah Sanni while challenging for the lead pulled up with cramp in his calf muscles but got up and finished the race so the team could win Bronze medals, great attitude.4th u-13 Boys 1min 4.06secs.OverallAthletes won 19 individual Gold, 19 individual Silver and 16 individual Bronze Medals add to that 6 Relay Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal, with 40 plus athletes qualifying for the All-Ireland Championships in March.ATHLETICS NEWS: FINN VALLEY ATHLETES PERFORM SUPERBLY AT ULSTER INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsfinn valleyIndoor ChampionshipsNoticesSportUlsterlast_img read more

Humans Lose Some, Win Some in Animal Olympics

first_imgGot your baloney detector handy?  Let’s examine his evolutionary assertions.The struggle for existence metaphor, the original Malthus/Darwin picture of nature red in tooth and claw with only the strongest surviving, is now known to be simplistic and often simply wrong, even to Darwinians.  After the atrocities of social Darwinism, the Darwin Party is now trying to project a kindler, gentler picture of evolution: cooperation, altruism, symbiosis.  Noever assumes that struggle will produce Olympic champions, like cheetahs from flatworms, given enough time.  Evidence, please?    Notice also how he incorrectly associates animal fitness with human physique.  Fitness has nothing necessarily to do with strength or vitality, as we usually think of it (“fitness centers” with brawny weightlifters, etc.).  Fitness in evolutionary terms means anything a Darwinist wants, as long as it results in fertile offspring.  To a Darwinist, who is more “fit”: a bodybuilder who intimidates women, or a beer-belly couch potato who has a way with girls?  As long as the latter produces lots of gene carriers (i.e., kids) before he dies of a heart attack, he is Charlie’s champion.The “principle of embryology” he references, the old Recapitulation Theory, is as defunct as the tooth fairy.  How many times do creationists and knowledgeable evolutionists have to remind the purveyors of this myth that it is utterly false and illogical?  Human embryos never have gills nor structures that develop into gills, and they never have slits.  Conclusion: they never have gill slits.  Similarly, human embryos never have tails.  No animal is obliged to play some mythical recording of its evolutionary past on the way to becoming an adult.  Why should it, when any “memory” or use for those genes is gone, and every structure in the embryo has a function?  It’s all hogwash, but look at the power of myth: once propounded to impressionable minds, once it gains a following, it is easier to embellish the myth than to dislodge it.If you define fitness in terms of survival, you fall into the tautology trap.  This has been explained so many times in such detail by so many theorists on both sides of the origins debate, it needs no elaboration here (see 06/25/2002 commentary, for instance).  If he wants to claim selection is a complex function, let’s see the math.  Let’s watch him assign observable values and error bars to the factors and coefficients.  Otherwise, this assertion is a handwaving dodge.This statement, again, assumes evolution instead of demonstrating it.  Getting the Darwin Party to repent of this cardinal sin is like asking a leopard to change its spots or a cheetah to stop cheating.  Noever just assumes that the struggle for survival will produce innovation, new function, new complex and interrelated structures, and engineering expertise.  He assumes that natural selection (a conservative process) is up to the task.  Evolutionists neither demonstrate that selection has such powers, nor show that it ever did in the past: the fossil record shows sudden appearance, stasis and extinction, with large and systematic gaps.  (Exercise: name all the transitional forms for: kangaroos, swordfish, squid, cheetahs, peregrine falcons, and all the others in this article.  Can’t be done.)  There is no basis, therefore, for him to extrapolate selection into the future, to presume evolution will add new, improved athletes to the Olympic line-up over millions of years to come.So the gold medal in the Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week competition goes to: David Noever, for his line: “As one principle of embryology maintains, stages of evolution from water to land are played out in our mother’s womb.  All humans have to lose their gills and tail, in order eventually to master the land.”  Didn’t Mom teach him not to tell fibs?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With over 10,000 human competitors taking part in more than 20 sports, the Olympic battle of better physiques leaves out the other millions of species with specialized survival skills.  These animals have evolved their success from repeated failures, as matters of life and death….Darwinian selection has been announced through history with the same life-and-death struggle that is the Olympic hallmark: Let the Games Begin.Fortunately the memory of having a tail (and gills) is not too distant.  As one principle of embryology maintains, stages of evolution from water to land are played out in our mother’s womb.  All humans have to lose their gills and tail, in order eventually to master the land.To an evolutionary theorist, the only event that matters is the game of survival, which is a complex function of reproductive rates, maturation, resource limits and lifespan.All winners, whether animal or human, are likely temporary champions.  The animal Olympics is far from the top of the evolved food chain. Imagine humans competing in Olympic events with animals.  Astrobiology Magazine predicts we would lose many events, but excel in others: “In most cases of physical competition, the animals beat us at our own games,” says the website’s staff writer, Dr. David Noever.100 Meter Sprint:  Cheetah wins the gold at 3 seconds.  Silver goes to Ostrich, bronze to Greyhound.  Elephant and Hippo beat Human, far back in the pack at 10 seconds.  If birds were allowed, Swift could go 102 mph, and Peregrine Falcon at 185 mph, or Mach 0.25.Long Jump:  Grey Kangaroo wins at 12 meters, Impala wins silver at 10 meters, Human might win bronze at just under 9.100 Meter Freestyle:  Swordfish, at 78 mph, wins the gold; Sailfish at 66 is not far behind.  Killer Whale and Squid put in good shows.  Human, at 5 mph, is dead last.But the Human contingent can take pride in certain events they win hands down: “shooting rifles, javelin throws, fencing and archery.”  (Apparently no one told him about the archer fish: see 09/30/2002 headline.)This otherwise fun article is marred by several uninformed, ridiculous Darwinian assumptions.  Dr. Noever should know ever so painfully that every one of his evolutionary pronouncements is questionable at best, outright false at worst; yet he spouts them with the glibness of a politician.  Here are quotes numbered for comments afterwards.last_img read more