I was not short of offers despite missing 2018 World cup – Mikel Agu

first_img Loading… But he however regretted his underwhelming performance in the qualifying game against Zambia. The Vitoria de Guimaraes of Portugal midfielder was omitted from Super Eagles final 23 squads after fallen behind Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekharo Etebo, John Mikel Obi in the pecking order. Agu told Super Eagles media team on Instagram live on Friday he was devastated after being left out of the squad, and blamed the omission on his underwhelming performance during the qualifying campaign. “I felt more devastated with my performance against Zambia than being dropped from the world cup. People get messed up because they don’t understand the situation and about the journey. In life, before you do anything, it must be studied. You don’t just wake up one day, carry a car to drive, you have to be composed.” he said.Advertisement Nigeria midfielder, Mikel Agu, has revealed that he was not short of offers despite missing the 2018 World Cup.center_img The former Porto star stressed further that despite missing the Mundial, he wasn’t short of offers from elite European teams. read also:Mikel Agu ready to move to China “After the World cup, because I had a good season in Bursaspor, that was year Marseille came for me. I didn’t go to the world cup but I had close to fifteen offers as if I went to the world cup.” He concluded. Mikel Agu has been superb for Vitoria de Guimaraes since joining them permanently from FC Porto last summer, he made his senior debut for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on 1 June 2017. He has made seven appearances for the Super Eagles and failed to register his name on the score sheet. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Brazilian club given permission to play match with infected players

first_imgRelatedPosts Spain forward Rodrigo linked with move to Leeds United Barbosa pens permanent deal with Flamengo Filipe Luis agrees Flamengo move Brazilian top flight club Atletico Goianiense have obtained permission to field four players who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Globoesporte website said on Wednesday.The club said the players were in the final stages of the infection and had already complied with all quarantine measures ahead of a match with Flamengo. The report said Brazilian authorities agreed they would no longer pose a risk to others.Two dozen confirmed positive tests had already rocked the start of the Brazilian football season as the country battles one of the highest caseloads in the world.Top flight Goias had 10 players test positive prior to a match against Sao Paulo, which was postponed.Media reports say at least 150 top flight players have in fact tested positive.A third division match was also postponed after 12 players tested positive. Brazil has recorded over 100,000 deaths in connection with COVID-19.More than three million people have been infected with the virus.dpa/NAN.—Tags: Atletico GoianienseFlamengolast_img read more

Cardinals to induct Carson Palmer into ring of honor

first_img Patrick Peterson surprises Cardinals by attending OTAs despite suspension Palmer, 39, was selected out of USC by the Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy and remained in Cincinnati until he was traded to Oakland in 2011.He was then dealt once again to Arizona in 2013, where he spent his final five NFL seasons as he posted a 38-21-1 record and set a single-season franchise record with 13 wins in 2015. Palmer capped that season with a trip to the NFC championship, though the Cardinals fell to the Panthers. Related News “My family and I are beyond grateful for everything this game has given us as well as the love and support we’ve felt from fans everywhere we’ve been,” Palmer wrote at the time of his announcement.“That’s been especially true in Arizona, where we never expected to end up but has become such a special place for us. Starting with Michael Bidwill and continuing through the organization, the Cardinals are first class and do things the right way from top to bottom.”Palmer finished his career with 46,247 total passing yards, 294 touchdown passes and an 87.9 passer rating. Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster attends prom with fan who got dumpedcenter_img He holds the Cardinals’ single-season records for passing yards (4,671), touchdowns (35) and passer rating (104.6), all of which were set during the 2015 campaign. Retired quarterback Carson Palmer has been elected to the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor, the team announced Tuesday.Palmer, who announced his retirement from the NFL in January 2018, will be honored during a halftime ceremony Sept. 29 against the NFC West foe Seahawks.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…The way we were

first_imgSt. Johns Field in Lawrenceville was my “field of dreams.” On evenings and weekends you would find most of us playing unorganized “street” ball and later on down the line little and pony league baseball. There were players with names like Gerald “toe-zee” Picket, Ronnie Alexander, Frank and Jerry McKeithen and of course Kevin Best and my main man Lawrence van Buren. From the crack of dawn until the crack of dusk we were armed and ready. Our weapons of choice were bats that we bought at the Goodwill, reclaimed from the garbage, or stole.My favorite bat was a Matty Alou Louis­ville Slugger that had such a hellacious crack in it that it had my father, an electrician who had a degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee, scratching his head as to why rolls and rolls of his black electrical tape continued to disappear from his tool belt. I loved that bat because strange things used to happen when the ball made solid contact with that taped up crack. The ball was liable to go in any direction. All I had to do was run toward first and glance to see where the ball was. Even when I hit a pop up, there was such a weirdo type spin on the ball that there was a 50 percent chance that the ball would be dropped.“After one particular encounter with my “magic stick,” “Toe-zee” yelled at me after he had dropped his 1,001th pop up as a result of one of my at-bats. He stood on his soapbox and made an argument that “the bat was cursed and should be banned from all future games.” All the crew voted in favor of disallowing the bat until they looked over at me all alone surrounded by the majority of the gear. They soon realized that I owned all of the balls, four of the remaining six bats and all of the bases except for home plate. There was a runoff vote immediately and somehow the “altered” bat was allowed to remain as part of our “equipment inventory.” To be used only by me.You wanna see a grown man cry? When I came home from the Army tearing the basement apart looking for that bat, my mother unceremoniously informed me that she had thrown the bat away. Well like “Toe-zee” Picket I am going to stand on my soapbox. If there is a “heaven” for baseball bats I am sure “Peanut’s” bat made it. By the way, back in the day my nickname was “Peanut.” Don’t even think about calling me “Peanut” unless your dental insurance is current. Those were the days, my friends, I thought would never end.“Boy, hand me down my walking cane. Hand me down my walking cane, I’m gonna take me a stroll down memory lane” (the late Lou Rawls).A Barbara Streisand special was on PBS a while back. I dozed off and it seemed that she continued to sing to me even in my dreams. “Memories, light the corners of my mind, misty watercolor memories of the way we were. Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind, smiles we give to one another. For the way we were.”Man, I wanted to be that cat to hit the ball over the left field wall to end the game. I needed to be the one to throw or catch that TD pass as the gun sounded or the hero that swished the net with the game winner or blocked the opposition’s shot that would have snatched victory from my team. But those were only dreams. I also had dreams and visions of becoming a sportswriter; that “drision” (dream, vision) manifested, man did it ever.With my health being “questionable” my heart desired to connect with you now while I still have the power and faculties to do so because the Holy Scriptures tell us that “no man knows the time or the hour.” King David asked the question in the book of Psalms. “How can I praise you from the grave?” I want, no I need to take this time to praise you the readers of my work. Those of you who stop me on the street know that I have always paused to listen to the rhythm of your heartbeats for you have forever been at the center of my work. I have always attempted to be sensitive and attuned to what “we” needed to hear because I realized early on in my career that like in real estate, location, location, location is the primary reason for success. Well in journalism, the reader, the reader, the reader, is the main component for achievement.See folks whether you are from the be-bop age, hip-hop age, Stone Age or any age in between, do not ever be afraid to dream. Just remember that whatever you dream can only become a vision when hard work is attached to it because when you work at anything and the intent of your heart is good, chances are only good things are going to happen. Where is my bat with the black tape? I guess it’s around here somewhere.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) I remember when I used to play shoot em up, shoot em up, bang, bang, baby. I remember when I chased the girls and beat ‘em up. (Lyrics from the Intruders hit, “Cowboys to Girls”.)Oh, how the world has changed and maybe not for the better. If you go pulling a girl’s hair nowadays, you are definitely running up on a case, a serious one at that.last_img read more

PV Sindhu advances at Hong Kong Open while Saina Nehwal’s slump continues

first_imgAdvertisement sj7bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2mwhncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7b3md( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l8Would you ever consider trying this?😱cmzgCan your students do this? 🌚88bdRoller skating! Powered by Firework It seems that Saina Nehwal will continue her losing streak in the Hong Kong Open Super 500. She was defeated by Cai Yan Yan of China 13-21, 20-22, within just 30 minutes of the opening round, whereas PV Sindhu made it to the second round after going against Korea’s Kim Ga Run 21-15, 21-16.Advertisement Saina’s performance was disappointing in the first round, but she did put up a fight against the Chinese in the second round scoring 3-0 at the start of the game. But Cai turned the tables on her when she went onto score 7 points consecutively, and it made it hard for Saina to bridge the gap in the scores. In the end, the scoreboard displayed 20-19, and Cai won the game. Saina has lost to Cai even before this at the China Open held last week, and this is the fifth time that she has got disqualified in the first round. After her exit from the Hong Kong open tournament, she is to participate in Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 Tournament next.Advertisement While it took Saina 30 minutes to get disqualified, it took Sindhu 36 minutes to ensure Kim’s exit from the game. She closed the opening round at 13-13, and in the second round, she broke off the tie at 5-5 and matched ahead with 7 points in the lead. Sindhu is to face Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the quarter-finals.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Cioffoletti Completes 82 Mile ‘Run for Justin’

first_imgJohn Cioffoletti with Justin Condoluci, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.WHILE SOME WHO saw the New Year in last weekend were nursing aching heads on New Year’s Day, John Cioffoletti was nursing an aching foot.All in all, however, it was a small price to pay for having achieved the goal he set for himself last September, when he vowed to run an ultra-marathon on New Year’s Eve to raise money for the family of a young friend who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.Cioffoletti, who is CIO of Royal Sovereign Bullion Group in Sea Bright, vowed to run the Peanut Island 24 in Palm Beach County, Fl., setting the personal goal of completing 60 miles in 24 hours.In the end, he exceeded that goal, running a total of 82 miles and raising $11,000, all of which will go to the family of Justin Condoluci, 12, to help with expenses related to his treatment.Diagnosed at the age of 8, Justin underwent more than three years of treatment before doctors determined that his Leukemia was in remission.But near Christmas of 2010, Justin experienced a relapse. He has been undergoing additional treatment since Christmas Day, 2010 and is presently having more chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia..Approximately 55 people entered the Peanut Island 24, but far fewer were able to finish. “Not many people made it as far as I did, “said Cioffoletti, adding that his foot began to bother him at mile 55, but he continued on, reminding himself that the battle Justin faces every day is a much more formidable challenge.When the idea began to enter his head that he should stop running, Cioffoletti said, he reminded himself that “Someone like Justin doesn’t have that option. The miles between mile 55 and mile 82 were the hardest. “That’s when I had to really dig deep. It was the thought of Justin (that kept him going).”He is grateful that so many people donated to his effort, Cioffoletti said, adding that approximately $700 in donations came in immediately after the first story on his run appeared in The Two River Times in December.While he had hoped to raise $25,000, he succeeded in raising $11,000 and that will definitely be of help to the family.. “People think, oh, you have health insurance,” Amy Condoluci said in an interview with The Two River Times last month. “Well, we do, but the deductible is $10,000 per year, and this has been going on for five years.”Commuting costs between Philadelphia and their home in Brielle have also mounted. “It’s definitely added up,” said Amy.Donations are still being accepted for Running for Justin may be made via the web at www.runningforjustin.org or through http://www.everibbon.com. And more information is available on the RunforJustin Facebook page, Cioffoletti said. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Condoluci family.last_img read more

Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

first_imgSerena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’However she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. “Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taalcenter_img Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Blackwater junks KIA View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

Photosynthesis: Darwin’s Great Mystery Is Still a Mystery

first_imgDarwin’s Great Mystery, Photosynthesis, Is Still a Mysteryby Jerry Bergman, PhDThe origin of photosynthesis has always been a profound problem for evolution. A 2019 study by one of the leading researchers in this area, Tanai Cardona, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, has confirmed the fact that after decades of research we are no closer today to answering the origin of photosynthesis than we were before. This is true afteran incessant stream of speculative ideas and debates on the evolution of photosynthesis that started in the first half of the twentieth century and shows no signs of abating. Some of these speculative ideas have become commonplace, are taken as fact, but find little support.[1]This is the same conclusion made over 70 years ago by a 1957 study of the evolution of photosynthesis. It concluded that we had, at that time, nothing more than some theories, all of which were very problematic and little more than speculative just-so-stories.[2] The origin of photosynthesis is so critical that Leslie called it “the last of the great inventions of microbial metabolism” that changed “the planetary environment forever.”[3]This “invention” by bacteria was so stunningly complex that the best and brightest scientists are still trying to understand its biochemical details. The problem for evolution is that life either uses the enormously complex photosynthesis system, or a very different system, to manufacture food and produce usable forms of energy. No viable transitional forms have been found, so imagination must take over, producing the just-so-stories discussed in the next sections.What Photosynthesis DoesPhotosynthesis is the process by which plants use sunlight to manufacture carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. The term photosynthesis means to synthesize using light energy. Light consists of energetic photons. With enzymes in the plant cells, the energy in sunlight splits water molecules (photolysis), breaking water apart to produce oxygen, hydrogen, and electrons. The oxygen diffuses out of the plant as a waste product which animals in turn breathe in order to sustain animal life. The hydrogen, along with the electrons energized by light, converts a compound called NADP into NADPH by adding a hydrogen. That energized molecule is later used, through a series of molecular machines, to provide the energy to add inorganic phosphate to Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) to produce Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). This is the light-dependent reaction.The ATP, NADPH and other chemicals are used in a chain of reactions called the Calvin Cycle to build a form of sugar called glucose. Glucose consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in the following common ratio: C6H12O6. All of this takes place in a stack of systems called grana inside of the thylakoids located in specially designed organelles called chloroplasts. Located in plant leaf cells, chloroplasts contain chlorophyll, the molecule that gives plants their green color. Besides chlorophyll pigment, photosynthesis  requires close to 100 other proteins.[4] Professor Cardona adds that, after 200 years researching the origin of photosynthesis problem, it is stilltoo soon to claim that we understand how photosynthesis originated, let alone to claim that we understand the photochemistry of the earliest reaction centers to ascertain that the origin of anoxygenic photosynthesis pre-dates the origin of oxygenic photosynthesis.[5]Chlorophyll: A Very Special MoleculeChlorophyll organelles are themselves very complex, well-designed systems, containing a lipid-soluble 59 atom hydrocarbon tail (C20H39) and a flat hydrophilic head with a magnesium ion at its center, plus a side group which depends on the type of chlorophyll. All plants that use chlorophyll are some shade of green, thus called green plants. They use energy in sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into sugars that the cell can use for building blocks and energy. In addition to plants, many kinds of algae, protists and bacteria use photosynthesis to manufacture food and produce usable forms of energy. Photosynthesis is for these reasons very critical for life on Earth. All green plants either directly or indirectly depend on it.The only exception are certain organisms, called chemoautotrophs, that obtain their energy directly from chemical reactions using sulfur, iron or other minerals. In the life pyramid—as in the pyramids built by the Egyptians—the largest area is the base. Similarly, the base of the life pyramid (the largest part) consists of green plants. All life forms in the upper levels of the life pyramid depend on the base. This includes the primary consumers of plants (mice and other small animals and herbivores) and small carnivores such as raccoons, and the highest level, the large carnivores, the wolves and tigers.[6]Irreducible Complexity vs. Rife SpeculationThe problem has always been, how did photosynthesis evolve? Since many kinds of algae and protists and bacteria rely on plants to produce food directly or indirectly, and plants themselves use it to build their own food, all life depends on photosynthesis. There are only few exceptions, like extremophiles at the ocean floor. All herbivores and most omnivores depend on photosynthesis. Even all carnivores ultimately depend on the herbivores that they consume, which eat plants. How photosynthesis could have evolved is acknowledged as a complete mystery. What is not a mystery, as Gaidos writes under the heading “Intelligent Design,” is thatPhotosynthetic organisms are designed for efficiency. The light absorbing chlorophyll molecules found in leaves, for example, aren’t just arbitrarily scattered throughout the cell, but are tightly packed into tiny organelles, crammed into spaces where they touch each other frequently. So when excited by a photon, the chlorophylls no longer act as individuals, but band together to create a system that works in concert.[7]Intelligent design is not just intuitive, it is testable.Ignoring the problem of “Intelligent Design” that Gaidos observed, evolutionists attempt to explain its origin with sheer guesswork. In the following paper, written by an evolutionist, bold italics have been added to the terms that illustrate the speculative nature of all theories of photosynthesis evolution:The earliest reductant for photosynthesis may have been H2. The carbon isotope composition measured in graphite from the 3.8-Ga Isua Supercrustal Belt in Greenland is attributed to H2-driven photosynthesis, rather than to oxygenic photosynthesis as there would have been no evolutionary pressure for oxygenic photosynthesis in the presence of H2. Anoxygenic photosynthesis may also be responsible for the filamentous mats found in the 3.4-Ga Buck Reef Chert in South Africa. Another early reductant was probably H2S. Eventually the supply of H2 in the atmosphere was likely to have been attenuated by the production of CH4 by methanogens, and the supply of H2S was likely to have been restricted to special environments near volcanos.[8]Cardona responded to the rife speculation of the photosynthesis origins problem by warning thatFor the field to move forward unhindered, more critical, cautious, yet open thought is required. The temptation to speculate will always be too sweet to resist; nonetheless, we should strive to keep the lines between assumptions, hypotheses, predictions.”[9]In 2019 Cardona added,Sam Granick opened his seminal 1957 paper titled ‘Speculations on the origins and evolution of photosynthesis’ with the assertion that there is a constant urge in human beings to seek beginnings (I concur). … Here, I review and scrutinize three widely accepted ideas that underpin the current study of the evolution of photosynthesis.[10]He then proceeded todemonstrate that these three ideas are often grounded in incorrect assumptions built on more assumptions with no experimental or observational support. I hope that this brief review will not only serve as a cautionary tale but also that it will open new avenues of research aimed at disentangling the complex evolution of photosynthesis and its impact on the early history of life and the planet.[11]The Great Oxidation Event: Another Just-so-StoryPhotosynthesis requires oxygen to function. Thus, oxygen must exist on the earth before photosynthesis can function.[When] oxygenic photosynthesis originated also remains controversial. Wide uncertainties exist for the earliest detection of biogenic oxygen in the geochemical record, or the origin of water oxidation in ancestral lineages of the phylum Cyanobacteria.”[12]The early Earth is believed by scientists to have had very little oxygen or even none at all. They know that oxygen would have been very detrimental to life’s building blocks at the origin of life. If we go back far enough to the evolutionists’ scenario of the Earth’s formation, when it was still cooling from the hot mass evolutionists imagine, how long did it take for microbes to “invent” this highly complex yet vital process?Professor Cardona adds that “When and how oxygenic photosynthesis originated remains a highly debated subject with dates ranging from 3.8 billion years (Ga) to shortly before 2.4 Ga, the onset of the Great Oxidation Event (GOE)” (sometimes termed the “Great Oxygenation Event”). The degree of error in the estimate—3.8 to 2.4 billion years (a span of 1.4 billion years)— is a very, very long time! It illustrates the level of speculation involved in their guesstimates. Cardona bases his speculation that the Great Oxidation Event occurred 3.4 billion years ago byusing sequence comparisons and Bayesian relaxed molecular clocks that this … event may have occurred in the early Archean more than 3.4 billion years ago, long before the most recent common ancestor of crown group Cyanobacteria and the Great Oxidation Event.[13]He then speculates,If the origin of water oxidation predated this gene duplication event, then that would place primordial forms of oxygenic photosynthesis at a very early stage in the evolutionary history of life.”[14]That’s a lot of irreducible complexity for Darwinians to “invent” quickly in their scenario! Eleven years ago, R. Buick noted, “The atmosphere has apparently been oxygenated since the ‘Great Oxidation Event’ ca 2.4 Ga ago, but when the photosynthetic oxygen production began is debatable,” nonetheless speculation abounds.[15]When all is said and done,The origin of photosynthesis using tetrapyrrole compounds (such as chlorophylls) has long been one of the most complex and challenging issues in biology. Many schools of thought have emerged, each with its own assumptions and [each] with evidence supporting a particular origin of photosynthesis.”[16]And, one could add, each is based on a hefty dose of guesswork and just-so-storytelling.Is the “Great Oxidation Event” a myth? See:Boastful Origin-of-Life Claims Conceal Contradictions (14 Nov 2017)Science Referencing Perpetuates Myths (16 March 2017)Evolution Conspiracy: Oxygen Photosynthesis Began Earlier Than Thought (29 Sept 2013)Geophysical King Dethroned? (17 April 2009)Oxygen YoYos and Wings (18 Oct 2006)References[1] Cardona, Tania. 2019. Thinking twice about the evolution of photosynthesis. Open Biology.  https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsob.180246.[2] Granick S. 1957. Speculations on the origins and evolution of photosynthesis. Annals of the New York Academy of Science. 69, 292 – 308[3] Laslie, Mitch. 2009. On the Origin of Photosynthesis. Science. 323:1286-1287. March 6, p. 1296.[4] Leslie, 2009.[5] Cardona, 2019[6] Weber, Lewis. 2010. Animals London: Publications International .p. 62-63.[7] Gaidos, Susan, 2009,  Living. From Green Leaves to Bird Brains. Science News.  May 9 p. 28.[8] Olson, John. 2006. “Photosynthesis in the Archean era”. Photosyn. Research. 88 (2): 109–17. p. 109.[9] Cardona, 2019, p. 10.[10] Cardona, 2019, p. 1.[11] Cardona, 2019, p. 1.[12] Cardona, Tania. 2018. Early Archean origin of heterodimeric Photosystem I.  Heliyon 4 e00548[13] Cardona, 2018, p. 1.[14] Cardona, 2018.[15] Buick, R 2008. When did oxygenic photosynthesis evolve. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B, Biol. Sci. 363 (1504): 2731–43.[16] Xiong, Jin. 2007. Photosynthesis: What Color was its Origin? Genome Biology. 7(12):245;1-5.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 653 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eddie Murphy welcomes his ninth child

first_imgEddie Murphy has welcomed his ninth child.ALSO READ: After 8 children, comedian Eddie Murphy is all set to welcome the 9th one The 54-year-old actor’s Australian model girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, gave birth to their daughter Izzy Oona Murphy – the couple’s first child together – on Tuesday (May 3).Eddie’s representative told Entertainment Tonight, “Both mother and daughter are doing well.”The Shrek star already has five children, Bria, 25, Miles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13, with ex-wife Nicole Murphy, whom he split from in 2006 after 22 years of marriage.The Beverly Hills Cop star also has son Eric, 26, with Paulette McNeely, son Christian, 25, with Tamara Hood, and eight-year-old daughter Angel with former Spice Girl singer Mel B.A source previously said, “Eddie really is a family man and loves all of his children, so he’s so excited about having another one.”Even though he has eight children by four different women, they all come together on holidays and for sporting events and hang out at his mansion as one big blended family.”All of the children love each other dearly and the women, having all moved on with their own relationships, co-exist very well together.”last_img read more

Lethbridge hockey player out of intensive care able to communicate

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta player with the Western Hockey League who was seriously burned while hanging out at a backyard firepit is out of intensive care.Family of Ryan Vandervlis say the Lethbridge Hurricanes player is fully alert and has been transferred to a Calgary hospital’s burn unit.He is able to whisper and communicate through texts.The 20-year-old centre with the elite major junior team suffered burns to half his body last month.He was with a group of young men who had gathered around a firepit as part of a pre-wedding celebration when a substance was placed in the fire.Vandervlis has so far had five surgeries and will need more, but his family says he is expected to make a full recovery.Two others were also burned but have since been released from hospital.last_img