Chronic shoulder issues led to Sean Manaea’s surgery, A’s optimistic on return

first_imgOAKLAND — There’s no point in guessing how long Sean Manaea might be out. The fact of the matter is, there’s not enough info out on this type of surgery to make a fair estimation. But the A’s have hope.Manaea underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Wednesday in Los Angeles. Along with repairing his labrum, ElAttrache also cut down part of the bone in Manaea’s shoulder in order to give him more joint space.Scraping of the bone might sound like …last_img read more

Incredible Stasis in Evolution: What Does It Mean?

first_img1Venkatesh et al, “Ancient Noncoding Elements Conserved in the Human Genome,” Science, 22 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5807, p. 1892, DOI: 10.1126/science.1130708.2Wedmann, Bradler and Rust, “The first fossil leaf insect: 47 million years of specialized cryptic morphology and behavior,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print December 29, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0606937104.Do you see how the evolutionary mindset works?  The thought never enters any evolutionist’s brain that evolutionary theory could be at fault.  No matter how bizarre, conflicting and falsifying the evidence, Darwin’s image must be worshipped and the sacrifices* must continue.  It doesn’t matter that no evolution happens in some lineages for tens or hundreds of millions of years (think about that!) for them to keep the pieces of their story straight, while evolution is extremely, fantastically rapid in other quarters.  In the time tree-swinging monkeys supposedly became philosophers, and all kinds of dramatic other changes took place, leaf-mimicking insects changed nada.  Are we to believe that the predators were all so stupid in this time never to catch on to the trick?  “Don’t eat me; I’m a leaf!”  Right.    Even more astonishing is the conservation of noncoding elements between sharks and humans.  Evolutionary theory is so plastic and malleable, like silly putty, (12/14/2004), it makes evolutionists downright silly, buddy.  We are asked to believe that all the radiations of fish into seahorses and angler fish and tunas showed more evolution of these elements from their cartilaginous swimming mates than 530 million years of evolution of all the other vertebrates—reptiles, birds, and every mammal from shrews to giraffes to elephants and man.  We are expected to trust the evolutionists because they are priests of Science and know the Truth of Almighty Darwin (t.o.a.d.).  Don’t be a toady.(Visited 84 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Quite often in phylogenetic research, evolutionists find examples of extreme conservation of genes or traits.  How they explain the lack of change is almost as interesting as the phenomenon itself.  Here are two recent examples.Your cousin the shark:  Surprise: you have more in common with horn sharks than bony fishes do.  Craig Venter’s international team found evidence for “Ancient Noncoding Elements Conserved in the Human Genome” and reported this in Science last week.1  They found more similarities in these noncoding regions between sharks and humans than between sharks and bony fish.  Here’s how they interpreted such an astonishing result:Thus, it appears that, even though cartilaginous fishes diverged from the human lineage before teleost fishes, higher proportions of regulatory elements are conserved between cartilaginous fishes and human than between teleost fishes and human.  This implies that the regulatory regions of teleost fishes have been evolving faster since their common ancestor diverged from the lineage that led to mammals.  The divergent regulatory regions in teleosts may be partly explained by the partitioning of regulatory elements between duplicate gene loci that arose from the fish-specific whole-genome duplication event in the ray-finned fish lineage.  Teleost fishes, with about 25,000 extant species, are the largest group of vertebrates and exhibit vast diversity in their morphology and adaptations.  The accelerated rate of evolution of regulatory regions may be an important factor in the rapid radiation and diversity of teleost fishes.Make like a leaf:  A fossil leaf-mimicking insect said to be 47 million years old is virtually identical to modern ones, reported Mongabay.com.  What this means, according to the article, is that this insect found a “time-tested strategy” to avoid predators.  The article calls this “an outstanding example of morphological and, probably, behavioral stasis.” It means that “leaf mimicry had already evolved early in the Eocene period when insect predators would have included birds, early primates, bats, and other insects.”  See also the story on Live Science.Update 12/29/2006: the paper in PNAS appeared online Dec. 29.2  Portions of the abstract demonstrate the degree of stasis of this fossil:…. Here we report the first fossil leaf insect, Eophyllium messelensis gen.  et sp.  nov., from 47-million-year-old deposits at Messel in Germany.  The new specimen, a male, is exquisitely preserved and displays the same foliaceous appearance as extant male leaf insects.  Clearly, an advanced form of extant angiosperm leaf mimicry had already evolved early in the Eocene.  We infer that this trait was combined with a special behavior, catalepsy or “adaptive stillness,” enabling Eophyllium to deceive visually oriented predators.  Potential predators reported from the Eocene are birds, early primates, and bats.  The combination of primitive and derived characters revealed by Eophyllium allows the determination of its exact phylogenetic position and illuminates the evolution of leaf mimicry for this insect group.  It provides direct evidence that Phylliinae originated at least 47 Mya…. This fossil leaf insect bears considerable resemblance to extant individuals in size and cryptic morphology, indicating minimal change in 47 million years.  This absence of evolutionary change is an outstanding example of morphological and, probably, behavioral stasis.This fossil was found in Europe, while most leaf-mimic insects live today in southeast Asia.  This indicates that leaf insects were much more widespread in the past.  It’s possible that fossil hunters missed finding them before now because the mimics were so good, people mistook them for leaves.    What traits did the authors feel were primitive?  Their paper tries to place the new fossil between the stick insects and modern leaf mimics, but admits that their origin is “poorly understood” and that “exact phylogenetic position of the Phylliinae within the phasmid phylogeny is unknown”.  It seems arbitrary, therefore, that their chart places the new insect halfway between the stick insects and the leaf insects, considering that the fossil shares many characteristics with extant leaf insects.  They only pointed to “straight fore femora and the absence of tergal thorn pads” as “primitive” traits resembling those of the stick insects; yet, clearly, this fossil was not primitive.  They restated at the end of the paper that this fossil is an example of “exceptional evolutionary stasis of a highly derived morphology, most likely coupled with very specialized cryptic behavior that lasted for [greater than or equal to] 47 million years.”    As to how exactly this morphology and behavior evolved, they suggested that necessity was the mother of invention: “In all probability,” they speculated, “this advanced type of crypsis evolved in concert with angiosperm leaves on which the insects feed.  It must have been caused by vigorous selection pressure by visually oriented predators” such as birds, lizards, bats and primates. last_img read more

Animated Titles with Text Presets in After Effects

first_imgPremiere Pro video editors should take advantage of the great titling and lower-thirds tools in After Effects. Discover how the text presets in AE can help you get professional results.The text tools in Premiere Pro are sufficient for basic titling, but if you want a more robust toolset, After Effects is the way to go. This tutorial lays out the basics of creating animated text in After Effects using presets. Once you’ve got the basics down, experiment and create your own unique text effects. Let’s jump in!Premiere and AE Text WorkflowOpen a Premiere Pro Project, and then select File > Dynamic Link  > Create New After Effects Composition. Save the Project, and a new After Effects composition is created for you. From the Layer Menu in Adobe After Effects, select  New >Text, which creates text centered in the composition.Start typing to create your title. Click on the text layer in the After Effects composition to select it and now you can adjust your text in the Character Palette.From the Animation Menu select Browse Animation Presets. This launches Adobe Bridge, which lets you see the various presets that ship with After Effects. Note: The Text category only works with After Effects text.Double click on the Text folder…Then Double-click on the Animate In Folder.For this example, we’ll use the preset called Fade Up Characters. Click once on this preset to see a preview of the animation.Now, double-click on Fade Up Characters and this will apply the preset to your selected layer in After Effects.Important: Make sure the layer is selected before you go to Adobe Bridge or it will create a new text layer with the placeholder text “Adobe After Effects.”Use the shortcut Command + Tab (Mac) or Alt + Tab (PC) to quickly get back to After Effects.In the After Effects Preview Panel, click the RAM Preview button and watch the text animate on.With the layer selected in the Composition, Press U (uber key) to reveal the keyframes created by the preset. To change the length of the animation, click on the second keyframe and move it closer (faster) or further apart (slower). Select both keyframes by clicking on Start, right-click and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease.Once you save the file in After Effects, it will save back to your Premiere Pro project via Dynamic Link. This is a quick and easy way to harness all the text presets in After Effects in order to spice up your Premiere Pro video edits.If you’re looking for more AE insight, be sure to visit PremiumBeat’s After Effects archive! Your motion design game will thank you.last_img read more

3 LeT militants gunned down in Kashmir’s Pulwama

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in a night long encounter in Pulwama. Their charred bodies were recovered on Thursday morning.Police sources said all three trapped militants, who engaged the security forces in a gunfight on Wednesday night, were killed in a house. The house of a civilian was completely damaged in the encounter as it caught fire.The slain militants were identified as Majid, Irshad and Shariq. Two rifles have been recovered from encounter site. All killed militants were locals. One of the three militants is a teenager, aged around 14.The fresh killing takes the toll of slain militants to five in the past 24 hours.PTI adds…The encounter lasted for over six hours.Majid Dar, one of the slain militants, was involved in a number of killings, including that of sarpanch of Kakapora and district president of Pulwama, a police official said here.This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area, which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong-network of over ground workers, he said.The successful operation is a big blow to the LeT terror outfit, which recently lost its commander Junaid Mattoo in an encounter at Arwin village in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on June 17, he added.This is the second successful operation against the terror outfit within three days.On Wednesday, two militants were killed in an encounter in Sopore township of Baramulla district in north Kashmir.last_img read more

Hills party representatives to fast unto death for Gorkhaland

first_imgAn all-party meeting in Darjeeling on Tuesday concluded that one representative of each political party in the hills will undertake a fast unto death from July 15 to take forward the demand of Gorkhaland.Announcing the decision, Benoy Tamang, Assistant General Secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), said the ongoing indefinite strike that began on June 15 will continue.In addition, the parties also decided to lay seige to the offices of the District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Officers with the help of Gorkhaland supporters from July 14.The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), convened by the representatives of all the political parties in the hills, decided that all awards received from West Bengal Government would be returned on July 13. The chairman and vice chairman of the development boards set up by the State government has been asked to resign at 6pm on July 14.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who addressed a public gathering at Digha in Purba Medinipur assured people that her government would restore peace in the hills.While she urged the people in the hills to give peace a chance and not play with fire, she accused the Centre of creating tension in the Darjeeling hills.last_img read more

Bopanna Shapovalov advance to Montreal Masters semifinal

first_imgMontreal: India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Denis Shapovalov progressed to the semi-final of the men’s doubles event at the ATP Montreal Masters here after receiving walkover from their opponents. The Indo-Canadian got a walkover in their quarterfinal clash against France’s Benoit Paire and Swiss Stan Wawrinka. Bopanna and Shapovalov will now face the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof in the semifinal. The unseeded duo of Bopanna and Shapovalov had knocked out the fourth seed French pair of Nichola Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin before defeating Kyle Edmund and Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the round of 16.last_img read more

Son reveals he played despite the pain

first_imgTottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son has admitted he played despite the pain in the final weeks of the season and needs to rest now to be fully present in the World Cup in Russia.Son admitted six weeks of painkillers isn’t something totally unfamiliar to the football players, but admitted he was happy that he could play through the whole season and mainly he for the fact that he avoided injury.“I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience,” Son said, according to 101 Great Goals.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren’t footballers who are free from injury. I’ll take some rest this week, and I’ll be fine.”“I don’t know which German players will compete against us, but I know I’ll talk with some German players after the match.”“It was my dream to play against Germany on the big stage, so I need to be very well prepared for the match,” Son revealed.last_img read more

Pogba explains World Cup look

first_imgManchester United midfielder has explained his understated look for France at the World Cup, according to Mirror Football.The Frenchman caught the eye with his performances on the pitch rather with his flashy hairstyles during France’s successful World Cup campaign.Pogba was a key man for Les Bleus as they won the World Cup for only the second time in their history, putting in a top performance against Belgium in the semis and scoring their third goal in their 4-2 final win over Croatia.The United star performances in the latter stages of the tournament silenced his critics who criticize him for his flashy hairdos rather performances on the pitch.But the former Juventus star made sure that wouldn’t be the case in Russia.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba took part in a Q&A session with fans on Instagram over the weekend, and one fan asked:“Why didn’t you paint your hair during the World Cup?”The 25-year-old replied: “Because I wanted the focus to be only on performance and not on my looks. So there was no excuse and they look only criticize the football part.”It remains to be seen if the World Cup winner will adopt a similar approach with United for the upcoming season.last_img read more

Barcelona puts price on striker wanted by West Ham

first_imgThe English side would have to pay up to 3 million Pounds if they want Paco Alcácer to join them this season; would only be a loanPublished by the Daily Star in the United Kingdom, there have been reports that Spanish powerhouse Barcelona have put a price on striker Paco Alcácer if he wants to join the Premier League.The forward could end up costing up to 3 million Pounds to English club West Ham United, but will only join the competition on a loan.The 25-years-old has been a surplus in Barcelona, playing only 37 times in La Liga in over two years at Barca.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.His goal scoring abilities are not playing in his favor either.In 37 occasions on the field, the player has only scored ten times during the Spanish competition, with four more goals coming from the Spanish Cup and only once in the Champions League.But it seems the ex-Valencia and ex-Getafe athlete will only exit Barcelona if West Ham pays 3 million Pounds for his loan, something the English club might not be too keen on doing.last_img read more