LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Anthony Tolliver’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining gave Detroit a 101-100 lead, and the score stayed that way until the final seconds. Marc Gasol attempted to drive on Griffin but missed his shot, and a wild scramble led to a jump ball between Tolliver and Dillon Brooks with 10.4 seconds left.The Pistons controlled that tip, with Reggie Bullock running the ball down in the corner. Tolliver gave Detroit a three-point lead with a pair of free throws, and then purposely fouled Wayne Selden with 2.6 seconds remaining. Selden made the first free throw and the second went in even though he was trying to miss and give his team a chance at an offensive rebound.Bullock made it 104-102 when he made the second of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The Grizzlies were out of timeouts, and after Gasol caught the ensuing inbound pass near midcourt, his long attempt at the buzzer wasn’t close.“We can’t say that our goal is to give ourselves a chance to win, the goal has to be to win,” Gasol said. “We have to go out and grab these games when we have the chance.”Griffin was the first Detroit starter announced before the game and received a big hand from the crowd. The arena still didn’t appear full — the Pistons have struggled with attendance for several years — but the atmosphere was lively, especially during the tight finish.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Portland’s CJ McCollum joins the 50-point club Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden while going to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — Blake Griffin was Detroit’s best player in his debut with the Pistons.Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and although his new team is still very much a work in progress, the Pistons edged the Memphis Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Detroit traded for Griffin earlier in the week. The Pistons haven’t had much time to work with him, but they were clearly a better team when he played against the Grizzlies.“We were plus-23 with him on the floor in 35 minutes, so we were fairly dominant in that time,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I don’t know why we haven’t gotten to all this in the hour and 15 minutes we’ve had together, but we’ve really got to get our spacing down and understand where we want people to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkT-Shirts welcoming Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin cover the seats at Little Caesars Arena before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)Griffin’s teammates looked uncertain at times, but Detroit was able to outlast a Memphis team that is without Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley.“I wanted to just come out and play hard, being very limited in my knowledge of our offense,” Griffin said. “I thought coach Van Gundy did a great job of just putting in five things that we could go to, and we ran them to death, but they worked and everybody just played hard.” Griffin’s first points came when he powered to the basket and made a shot off the glass. He lobbed a nice alley-oop to All-Star Andre Drummond in the second quarter, although that duo didn’t look totally in rhythm together. Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds but sat out some of the crucial possessions late.DISPARITYGrizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff received a technical foul early in the fourth quarter and wasn’t thrilled about the difference in free throws. Memphis went 14 of 14, but Detroit was 27 of 37.“The free throws are the bottom line — 37-14. No one can overcome that,” Bickerstaff said. “Our guys compete too hard to be put in this situation every night. We’ve asked the league for help. Maybe someone can sit down with us and tell us what we’re doing wrong.”SMALLER STAFFVan Gundy said before the game that only two of his seven assistant coaches would be on the bench with him. Tim Hardaway had a funeral to attend, and four others were sick.“If anybody wants to sit on the bench with me tonight, we have plenty of room,” Van Gundy said. “That flu is no joke.”ANOTHER DEBUTDetroit received two other players in the trade with the Clippers. Brice Johnson did not play Thursday, but Willie Reed did, picking up three fouls in just 5:22.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Evans was not with the team and missed a second straight game amid trade speculation about his future. Conley has a left heel injury. … Gasol had 19 points and 14 rebounds. … Memphis dropped to 3-8 on the second night of back-to-backs.Pistons: Griffin was the first player with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a debut with the Pistons since Grant Hill (25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) in 1994.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Pistons: Host the Miami Heat on Saturday night in the third game of a six-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Barkley Eboña proved that any man with two hands would always put up a fight.ADVERTISEMENT Honorio Banario raring to showcase refined technique in ONE: Conquest of Champions Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Santillan became the Green Archers’ offensive focal point finishing with 20 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, and six rebounds when shooting guard Aljun Melecio got shut down to nine points on 3-of-11 conversion.Eboña, though, powered through the responsibility of matching up with Santilla and finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds, both numbers more than double his season average of 5.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.“I just had to give my best because I had to repay every bit of trust coach Olsen [Racela] gave me,” said Eboña who was slotted in as the team’s center in the final minutes after Prince Orizu fouled out with 4:30 left to play.Eboña was also instrumental in the Tamaraws’ fourth quarter charge when he tied the game at 62 with 4:08 remaining.“I know that there’s no tomorrow if we lose, nothing will happen for us,” said Eboña. “I just did everything I can so I won’t have any regrets once the day is over.”ADVERTISEMENT Playing through cramping legs, Far Eastern University’s unheralded role player put on an inspired performance in the Tamaraws’ 71-70 win over De La Salle for the no.4 spot in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four.The Tamaraws and the Green Archers entered Wednesday’s game at Smart Araneta Coliseum bearing the same 8-6 records with the victor claiming the fourth seed of the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWith stakes set high, Eboña decided to put his cramping body to the limit.“It was hard because both of my legs were cramping up and my teammates and I were actually passing on the responsibility of who would guard [Santi] Santillan because he was faster than all of us bigs,” said Eboña in Filipino. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Things had started well for the Briton, now a four-time champion, as he put at least 30 seconds into each of his main rivals on the opening time-trial in Dusseldorf.But what came next was a test that neither he nor his team had faced before.It was a dramatic Tour, for many reasons.World champion Peter Sagan was sensationally kicked out for elbowing Mark Cavendish in the sprint finish to the fourth stage, won by Frenchman Arnaud Demare.Cavendish suffered a broken collarbone, and Sagan paid the penalty, although many riders criticised the decision.Britain’s Chris Froome has dominated the Tour de France in recent years © AFPIn the overall battle, everyone was waiting for the first uphill finish on the fifth stage at La Planche des Belles Filles, where Froome had taken his first stage win in 2012.This time, though, he was beaten into third as Fabio Aru took a brilliant solo victory with Dan Martin even distancing Froome into third.Beaten on the day, Froome did however take the yellow jersey off his loyal lieutenant Geraint Thomas, the shock winner of the opening time-trial, albeit against the backdrop of accusations from rival team FDJ about the skinsuits used by Sky — with little Vortex air pellets one detractor claimed were “banned”.That story would peter out with little more fuss.There was something familiar about seeing Froome in yellow and Sky in control of the peloton but things were far from straight-forward, not only for Froome.– Costly –Australia’s Richie Porte receives medical assistance after falling during the 181,5km 9th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Nantua and Chambery, on July 9, 2017 © AFP/File / PHILIPPE LOPEZThe ninth stage in the Jura was a costly one for the Tour favourites as rain made the descent of the Mont du Chat climb perilous.Richie Porte came crashing down in a spectacular fall that ended his race with a broken collarbone and pelvis, and almost took Ireland’s Martin out of the race two.A sturdy helmet, which was destroyed, saved Martin but the Tour had lost the rider Froome considered “the man to beat”.And he also lost Thomas in another crash, while it was the day that confirmed Nairo Quintana’s gamble to ride the Giro d’Italia in May followed by the Tour would backfire.Twice a runner-up to Froome in France and third last year, Quintana would gradually fall further away every time the race hit the high mountains, his usually forte, and finish a lowly 12th.Froome consolidated his lead on that ninth stage but his main rivals established themselves as Aru, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran finished alongside the Briton.All three would beat him to the summit of the first uphill finish in the high mountains on stage 12 in the Pyrenees.Froome could finish only sixth as Bardet took victory and Aru stripped the Sky man of the yellow jersey by 6sec — something that had never happened to him before in his three previous Tour victories.– Emphatic –Germany’s Marcel Kittel wearing the ‘best sprinter’ green jersey, injured after falling, rides during the 183km 17th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Le La Mure and Serre-Chevalier, on July 19, 2017 © AFP/File / Jeff PACHOUDIt was a rare sign of weakness from Froome and gave hope to his rivals, but his reaction was emphatic.By then, German powerhouse Marcel Kittel had already dominated the sprints, winning five stages from six bunch finishes, but he would not be able to claim the green jersey outright as he crashed on stage 17.Aru was caught out on a technical finish to stage 14 in Rodez where Froome showed all his experience and determination, wrenching back the yellow jersey by 18sec.He would never again let it go.Michael Matthews took over the green jersey as Kittel left the Tour, the Australian going on to win two stages.His room-mate at Sunweb, Warren Barguil, ensured France had much to celebrate, winning the 13th stage on Bastille Day, the French national holiday, and claiming a second success atop the iconic Col d’Izoard finish to stage 18.That was the last chance for Froome’s rivals to strike a blow.Bardet, tried, and tried again several times, but he couldn’t shake the Briton.Uran didn’t falter, setting up his chance to steal second from a wilting Bardet in Marseille, while Aru, getting weaker by the day, fell away to fifth.Froome would have dearly loved to crown his fourth Tour win with a stage success but he came up 6sec short in the 20th stage time-trial in Marseille.It was but a minor blow, though, for the man long established as the finest Grand Tour rider of his generation, and who knows in a couple of years, maybe the greatest of them all.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000French President Emmanuel Macron (R) talks to overall leader, Britain’s Chris Froome, after the 183km 17th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, in Serre-Chevalier, on July 19, 2017 © Pool/AFP/File / Christophe EnaPARIS, France, Jul 24 – “The challenge is even bigger this year — I feel as if the level of rivals is even higher,” said Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome before the Tour de France began in Dusseldorf.Three weeks later and his projection proved true as he won the race by his slimmest margin yet: just 54 seconds.
Dortmund are three points clear at the top of the league, and four points ahead of fourth-placed Bayern Munich.The champions are still searching for their best form, with Mats Hummels complaining of “fundamental problems” in midweek.Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach striker Alassane Plea will be seeking to write himself into the record books against Freiburg on Friday, while Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen remain mired in the early-season blues.Here are five things to look out for in the Bundesliga this weekend:Dazzling DortmundLeague leaders Dortmund are in such superb shape that some are already casting them as title favourites ahead of Saturday’s tough clash with Hertha Berlin.Lucien Favre’s team have drawn comparisons with the Jurgen Klopp-era Dortmund, and it is easy to see why after six thumping wins in a row.Dortmund have scored 26 goals in their last six games, with super-subs Sancho and Paco Alcacer doing much of the damage.“Lucien Favre gives you the feeling that you belong, even when you don’t make the team,” explained midfielder Thomas Delaney this week. “He really gets the right balance.”Both Alcacer and Delaney are doubts for Saturday’s game.Bayern far from their bestMats Hummels has said that Bayern Munich still have “fundamental” problems to deal with, as the champions look to continue their mini-recovery away to Mainz on Saturday.Bayern had failed to win four games in a row before last weekend, and despite victories over Wolfsburg and AEK Athens since then, Hummels insisted they are not out of the woods yet.“We keep giving the ball away too easily in defence or playing unnecessary long balls,” said Hummels.Plea eyes recordAlassane Plea could equal a Bundesliga record if he gets on the scoresheet during Borussia Moenchengladbach’s trip to Freiburg.With Bayern languishing in fourth, high-flying Gladbach are the ones keeping the heat on Dortmund in second, and much of that is down to the French striker.Plea has scored eight goals in nine games this season, and could become only the third player to score a goal in each of his first five Bundesliga away games if he scores on Friday, following Steffen Baumgart and Serge Gnabry.“I’ve had a very good start,” Plea told Bild. “As a striker, it is always good to be scoring goals.”Schalke out to end droughtSchalke are out to end their crippling goal drought away to big-hitters RB Leipzig on Sunday.Domenico Tedesco’s side have scored just five goals in eight league games this season, and failed to take any of their 17 chances in a 0-0 draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday.Their poor conversion rate sees last year’s runners-up stuck in the relegation play-off place, just a point off the bottom of the table.“We need a result if we are going to start climbing up the table,” said Tedesco on Wednesday. “This phase can’t go on forever.”Herrlich on the brinkBayer Leverkusen are another big Bundesliga club in trouble, as coach Heiko Herrlich fights to save his job.Leverkusen have only two wins from their first eight games, and rumours that Herrlich is heading for the chop were exacerbated this week when Kicker reported that the club had been in contact with former RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.Herrlich and his team face a tough task on Sunday, coming off the back of a Europa League tie to face a confident Werder Bremen side who are punching above their weight in third place.German league fixturesFridayFreiburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach (10:30pm)SaturdayBorussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin, Hanover v Augsburg, Mainz v Bayern Munich, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Wolfsburg (4:30pm), Hoffenheim v Stuttgart (1630)SundayNuremberg v Frankfurt (2:30pm), RB Leipzig v Schalke (4:30pm), Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen (7pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jadon Sancho has played a crucial part of Dortmund’s success © dpa/AFP / Bernd ThissenBERLIN, Germany, Oct 26 – Jadon Sancho will be looking to maintain his perfect record for rampant Borussia Dortmund on Saturday when the in-form Bundesliga leaders host top-six rivals Hertha Berlin.After Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid, Dortmund have now won six games in a row, and Sancho has chalked up either a goal or an assist in each of those wins.
Swimmers from Loreto Schools all over the country gathered in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Thursday for the annual inter Loreto Schools Swimming Gala and the Senior girls from Loreto Letterkenny did their school and county proud by winning the Senior Freestyle Relay.The team of Ellen Doherty, Emma Harvey, Niamh McHugh and Emma Vaughan fought off strong competition from Loreto Kilkenny to come home with the Gold medals and the All Ireland Loreto Shield.These swimmers also had great individual swims with Emma Harvey winning Silver in the Backstroke, Ellen Doherty Bronze in the Breaststroke,Niamh McHugh Silver in Free and Emma Vaughan Silver in the Intermediate Breaststroke. The Junior Relay team of Emma Tinney, Sinead O’Kane, Cara Nulty and Eadaoinn Kelly also enjoyed success by coming third and received Bronze medals.Cara Nulty from this team won Bronze in the individual Breaststroke.The Intermediate Relay team of Sarah Duffy, Chloe Tinney, Georgia Keys and Maria Sierra also performed well and gained points for the school.With all this success the School team finished in fourth place overall. Well done to all swimmers and good luck as they travel to the Ulster Schools competition in Ballymena over the weekend. LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS LIFT ALL IRELAND SWIMMING TITLE was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLSSWIMMING title
An online Facebook page entitled ‘YesEquality Donegal’ has seen a huge surge in support in recent weeks as the debate in the run-up to the referendum on Marriage Equality heats up. Those involved in setting up and managing the page have been overwhelmed by the positive response it has received thus far.The page has encouraged people to register to vote for Marriage Equality and presents concise, informative and constructive information about the campaign. This includes information about how you can get involved at a local level, and gives details about well known public figures who are supporting the campaign.YesEquality is a national campaign body for the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum this coming Spring and is consisted of the ICCL (Irish Council of Civil Liberties), GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and the Marriage Equality group.The YES campaign in Donegal have also revealed that they’ve been inundated with requests from volunteers who want to support the campaign in anyway possible, offering to distribute leaflets, door-to-door canvassing, digital media assistance and much more.The swell of support has encouraged the YES campaign greatly, and the dynamic team have also put out a survey in order to gauge interest from potential supporters and how to utilise their particular skills for the campaign. Since starting the page not long ago, it has over 1,200 likes and is continuing to grow exponentially.A spokesman for the page said the main objectives are to create awareness regarding the issue of marriage equality, and to tell those undecided how much marriage equality means to Irish society as a whole, the importance of every Irish citizen having access to the same rights in our constitution, reflecting the foundational values of our Republic.A spokesman for the page, Fionán Lynch said, “We are extremely aware of having a positive, clear and constructive message in the lead up to the referendum this coming Spring.“The constitution is the foundation of basic law in Ireland and should guarantee equal status to all members of Irish society.“As it currently stands same sex couples in civil partnerships do not avail of the same legal rights and protections as those in civil marriages, currently there are over 160 statutory differences. “What we’re campaigning for is a simple message of equal status within the law and society as a whole.https://www.yesequality.ie/http://www.marriagequality.ie/http://www.glen.ie/ http://www.iccl.ie/Yes Equality Donegal Contact Information:Email: YesEqualityDonegal@gmail.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/yesequalitydonegalTwitter: https://twitter.com/YesEqualityDLMASSIVE SURGE IN SUPPORT ONLINE FOR ‘YES EQUALITY DONEGAL’ was last modified: January 26th, 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:CampaignCanvassingdonegalEqualityFeaturesnewsonlineRefrendumsocial mediasupportYES
Labour Senator Jimmy Harte has challenged Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty to give up his Senate pension after he lobbied to have it closed.Senator Jimmy HarteIn a scathing attack, Senator Harte said Sinn Fein are now trying to blame the Government for the Senate Referendum’s failure.“Sinn Fein trying to blame the government and take no responsibility for their poor judgement is a predictable reaction to their flip flopping attitude to electoral reform,” he said. He said that whilst Sinn Fein senators in Dublin were voting against the holding of a referendum, Deputy Doherty was calling for its abolition as in his own words “it’s an affront to democracy.”“As Gerry Adams was describing the actions of Enda Kenny as a power grab and Mary Lou Mc Donald wanted a second chamber in the future, Deputy Doherty was off on his solo run but forgot to take the ball with him.“He’s now blaming the other players on the team and trying to get off the pitch.“I would call on Deputy Doherty to forego his Senate pension entitlements if he says the institution is undemocratic. “Otherwise he is in the same camp as the FF ministers of the last government who refused to give up their pensions and collect salaries.” HARTE CHALLENGES PEARSE DOHERTY TO GIVE UP HIS SENATE PENSION was last modified: October 7th, 2013 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:jimmy hartePearse DohertySENATE
It’s been a while since the North Coast has played second fiddle to other parts of the state when it comes to sport salmon fishing, but that’s the reality right now. Unlike the ports to our south, who are enjoying some of the best salmon fishing that anyone can remember, the large concentrations of keeper-size salmon have yet to move into the Eureka/Trinidad area. That’s not to say if you went trolling tomorrow you’d be bored, you’d just likely come home with lots of empty bait trays and maybe …
OAKLAND — Steve Kerr and Mike D’Antoni agreed on one thing prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Warriors and Rockets.Both coaches were ready for a new storyline after two days of seemingly constant dissecting of the way Game 1 was officiated.“That’s the story right now,” Kerr said. “The good thing is we play at 7:30 and there’ll be a new story, hopefully.”“I’m worried about the game. I’m not worried about that stuff,” D’Antoni added. “In every series that happens. …
Don’t tell us that “survival of the fittest” was a myth. What? All those genocides for nothing?In a story that could be called “survival of the dudest,” PhysOrg now tells us, “Ancient, bottom-dwelling critter proves: newer isn’t always better.” The dude in the story is a tiny sea creature called a rhabdopleurid. An ancient one of these dudes is being called “an ancestor of more elaborate species that have since died off” called graptolites, a kind of pelagic (free-floating) plankton. Apparently all that fitness exercise never paid off. “Tiny sea creatures called rhabdopleurids reside on the ocean floor, building homes of collagen on the shells of dead clams, the article states. “Rhabdopleurid colonies are small, and the critters are by no means the dominant animals in their ecosystem.”The article claims that the simple dudes have survived for 500 million years, while the more elaborate descendents went extinct. There’s a lesson here for fitness freaks, explained Charles Mitchell:“We think that change is always going to lead us to a better place, that evolution is always going to lead to something better,” said Mitchell, a University at Buffalo geology professor. “But all this progress in making all these wonderful pelagic graptolites didn’t lead them to take over the world. They didn’t survive, but these simple dudes, these bottom-dwelling creatures, did.“Sure enough, the paper by Mitchell and team found that rhabdopleurids “were some of the most primitive graptolites that ever existed.” What’s the use of working so hard on the evolutionary treadmill to get fit? “While their zooplankton relatives evolved rapidly, splitting into many new species and evolving many new traits, rhabdopleurids pretty much stayed the same over the course of history.” And thus they survive to this day, 500 million years later. “The rhabdopleurids survived and are still around today, living in areas from Bermuda to the Bering Sea” while the fancy zooplankton graptolites all went extinct.Mitchell called this “the conservative approach” to evolution and likened it to investing: you can be conservative or aggressive in your investment portfolio, depending on how much risk you are willing to take.Even dudes can be beautiful in their own way. “Though humble, rhabdopleurids and the colonies they build are beautiful to behold under a microscope. The creatures themselves are about a millimeter long and Y-shaped, with a pair of tentacled arms extending from a narrow body to filter food from the water,” the article describes them (see accompanying photos). “The colonies they fashion are whimsical-looking structures, consisting of a network of copper-colored tubes that resemble tiny elephant trunks, each one bearing numerous ridges.”Mr. Mitchell, investing is done by intelligent design. Animals cannot pick the mutations that hit them, and they have no long-range investment goals. Your analogy is useless. Why don’t you just admit that the evidence you published falsifies evolutionary theory? (again)? With the downfall of “survival of the fittest” something else collapses: the myth of millions of years. What creature would ever want to sit there that long, letting the evolutionary fitness boom completely pass it by? Why didn’t all animals take the conservative approach? Why do we have peacocks and blackbirds, cheetahs and sloths, skinny and obese people? If evolution explains all these things, it explains none of them. It’s an empty catch-all theory that reduces to, “Stuff happens.”Please tell all your colleagues and politicians that “survival of the fittest” is defunct, so we don’t get any more genocides – not that we want a new “simple dude” fad either. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0