Gleaner tipster Orville ‘Clarkie’ Clarke has swept both sections of the Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) tipsters’ competition’s first bi-monthly race for 2016. Spotting five winners on the final raceday last Saturday, ‘Clarkie’ moved away from closest rival Jimmie of the Star to beast him by four winners (46 to 42) to secure the $20,000 prize. And the veteran tipster, who was champion in 2014, also captured the wagering section with a healthy plus $1,093.24, clear of IRIE FM represented by last year’s champion tipster Howard Abrahams. As a result, Clarkie picked up another $20,000 for a grand total of $40,000 donated by the promoting company. He leads the competition with 46 wins, ahead of Jimmie (42), Howard Abrahams and Cable Sport Network (Francisco ‘Linky’ Mills) jointly in third on 41 wins each.
The zebra finch genome has been sequenced; it revealed some surprises. In the chicken, only 70 of the 500 genes encoding smell receptors produce active proteins. In the zebra finch, 200 do. What does this mean? According to a press release from Weizmann Wonder Wander at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, it means Darwin has been at work in strange ways: A comparison of the zebra finch genome to those of other bird species sheds some light on how this sense evolved in the birds: Unlike mammals, in which all the different species share most of their smell receptor gene families, 95% of the receptors in the finches appeared to belong to families unique to them. In other words, it is possible that each bird species evolved its own array of smell receptors separately, rather than using ones passed down from a common ancestor.If this idea is true, evolution is apparently capable of focusing hundreds of finely-tuned mutations toward a goal – and not only that, but tailoring the results individually to every species of bird.Statements like this make you wonder where the Weizmann Wonder Wander scientists have been wandering. If they were really wise men, they would wonder about the history of their land as they wonder (reference) instead of wandering into a bar. Darwin is the new Baal in the land of the Philistines, and Darwinists are the new wizards of the sacred art of divination called genoscopy. They can see what normal people would never dream of seeing: miracles of chance that shed light on evolution – the grand myth wherein living beings emerged from the void. Chant along with them the Invocation to Darwin-Baal:Owa, tuffu, lyamOwa, tuffu, lyamGreat Darwin, shed the light!Owa, tuffu, lyam.A mortal idol can’t shed what he doesn’t have (reference).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
With just 16 days to go for the World Cup opening ceremony in Dhaka, the fever is rising fast in India.India will fight it out for the coveted World Cup with 13 other teams.While fans are making sure that they don’t miss out on the tickets for key matches, members of the Indian team are utilising their rare off days to complete shooting for advertisements.Soon the same players will turn serious as they get into a preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and then in Chennai.India begin their campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.For a tournament of this magnitude, a lot of background work is required – from fool-proof security to logistics to ensuring good pitch and ground conditions for a healthy contest between bat and ball. Both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and tournament co-host Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that all 49 matches are staged without hassles.India is crazy about cricket and the madness is expected to reach an unprecedented height during the 45-day competition.An Australian team in transition will attempt to register its fourth straight title triumph while the likes of India, England and South Africa will try to stop Ricky Ponting’s side from running away with the trophy on April 2, when the final is played at a completely renovated Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.The World Cup has grown over the years, since the first edition was played in 1975 in England. From eight teams 36 years ago to 14 now, the tournament has expanded in every sense of the term. Besides the honour of becoming the world’s number one team, there’s a lot more at stake. A total prize money of $ 10 million, of which $30,00,000 will go to the winners, would ensure that players give their best performance.advertisementThis is the third occasion that the World Cup is coming to the Indian subcontinent, the earlier occasions being 1987 when it was hosted for the first time outside England – and 1996. This year, south Asia could have made a record with four countries jointly hosting the World Cup, but security concerns meant that Pakistan was chucked out, leaving only India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to stage the tournament at 13 venues.India has eight venues, Sri Lanka three and Bangladesh two. The semi-finals will be played in Colombo and Mohali while the final at a stadium about 16 kilometres from Sachin Tendulkar’s home in Mumbai.Unlike for the 1987 World Cup, when India and Pakistan cricket boards joined hands to successfully win the bid to host the tournament, it was much easy to beat the only contenders, Australia-New Zealand, for the 2011 edition. The south Asian nations won 10- 3 on April 30, 2006, after the ICC relaxed the rules to allow them to submit their main bid after its expiry date. It was not surprising, since an estimated 70- 80 per cent of ICC’s revenue comes from Indian companies or the MNCs based in the country.