Warner steers Australia to T20 series sweep of Sri Lanka

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, (Reuters) – David Warner capped a brilliant return to form on home soil with a third successive half-century to fire Australia to a seven-wicket victory and a 3-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Friday.Having had a miserable Ashes in England, the hard-hitting lefthander continued his spring-time renaissance with an unbeaten 57 as Australia cruised past Sri Lanka’s modest total of 142 for six in 17.4 overs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG).It was Warner’s third unbeaten knock of the one-sided series, having scored 100 in the opener in Adelaide and 60 at the Gabba on Wednesday.Warner whipped Nuwan Pradeep off his pads for four to bring up the winning runs, a fitting finish to his first international series at home since serving a 12-month ban for ball-tampering.“On a personal front, it’s good to come out here and churn some runs out,” Warner said after receiving both the player-of-the-match and player-of-the-series awards.“It’s good to get out in the middle and hit some out of the middle. Hopefully I can keep continuing this form over summer.”Warner finished the series with 217 runs at a stratospheric average of 147.00 and now heads into the next three-match T20 tournament against Pakistan in ominous form.Confined to paltry totals of 99 and 117 in the opening two matches, Sri Lanka’s batsmen had a slightly better showing in Melbourne, with Kusal Perera managing 57 off 45 balls.But with spearhead Mitchell Starc back in the home side after missing the Gabba match to attend a family wedding, Australia’s pacemen were again dominant.Starc and fellow quicks Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson grabbed two wickets apiece and bowled tight lines throughout to keep the Sri Lankan batsmen subdued.Sri Lanka finished the series with only six wickets from the three matches.Sri Lanka’s fast-bowling captain Lasith Malinga failed to turn up to the post-match presentation, raising speculation of an injury.Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella went to the presentation in his place and played down his absence.“I think so, I think he must be in the dressing room,” Dickwella said when asked whether Malinga was alright.“From the game one we didn’t perform to our best, so we end up like this …. Definitely we learned a lot in this series.”last_img read more

OOL Cells Are DOA

first_imgNASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.NASA Funds Rutgers Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life (Astrobiology Magazine). Protein nanomachines are anything but simple. They were essential for the first living cells, but so was DNA. A cell could not survive without both, but NASA is giving money to Rutgers in a vain quest to find out if chance could construct proteins from the ground up. It’s an ENIGMA—the name of the project and an apt description of the quest.What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? Could the same thing have happened on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Neptune, and elsewhere in the universe?A Rutgers University-led team of scientists called ENIGMA, for “Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors,” will try to answer those questions over the next five years, thanks to an approximately $6 million NASA grant and membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.New cartoon by Brett Miller for CEH, published here for the first time with appreciation.It’s bad enough that these evolutionists are going to spend taxpayer money for five years to accomplish nothing, but they also want to indoctrinate the next generation of students into the cult of astrobiology (or, as we call it, bio-astrology).We want to develop an education and outreach program at Rutgers that leads to an astrobiology minor for undergraduate students and helps inform K-12 schoolchildren about the origins of life on Earth and what we know and don’t know about the potential for life on other planets. We also want to help make Rutgers a center of excellence in this field so future undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will gravitate towards this university to try to understand the evolution and origin of the molecules that derive energy for life.It may sound nice for them to teach “what we don’t know” about the origin of life. What this means in practice, though, is that instructors will tantalize them with visions of the “potential” for life, with the goal of attracting them to join the cult of bio-astrology. Initiates into the cult will then be tempted to go to the secular universities for further indoctrination. Learning facts about organic chemistry will be included, but that is only window dressing. It cannot address the core issue: can life arise by chance? Initiates will be carefully shielded from honest critiques of the bio-astrology cult, and will be led to believe that the Stuff Happens Law is scientific.Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth (Astrobiology Magazine). This article celebrates work in Tokyo that is also doomed to failure. Even if they get alpha-hydroxy acids to link up, chance would have neither the desire nor the power to make a wholesale change over to the amino acids which make up life, which degrade in water.While environments of early Earth might have had monomers that could give rise to life, it would have been difficult for polymers to arise from these without the help of enzymes. In this case, the team showed these polymers could have formed with alpha-hydroxy acids before the existence of enzymes on early Earth.This multi-national team showed that hydroxy acids polymerize more easily than amino acids, and that they could have provided the necessary toolkit to kick-start the formation of more complex molecules for the origin of life on Earth.Toolkits are used by toolmakers and builders who use intelligent design. Enzymes and proteins simply will not arise by chance; the sequence space is far too fast compared to the functional space, and further, nature has no way to select one-handed amino acids required for proteins. Biblical miracles require far less faith than thinking that proteins will arise by chance (see “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film, Origin). The perhapsimaybecouldness index of this article is nearly as astronomical.We’ve got to stop the storytellers before they indoctrinate another generation into their cult. And how do you stop a cult? YOU TELL STUDENTS THE TRUTH. Cultist storytellers don’t want students to hear the truth. They want to corner the market and forbid alternatives. We are not the ones trying to silence academic freedom. We want academic freedom! The totalitarian dogmatists are the bio-astrologists and Darwinians. Their cult can only succeed if they are the only ones at the microphone. Their faith CANNOT STAND UP to the truth. Will you let another generation be sold this hopelessly anti-scientific, anti-rational bill of goods? The cult leaders will win by default, and you will have another generation rise up believing that Stuff Happens, and that is how we got here. Get angry enough to do something, or else the flag of science will continue to look like this new cartoon by Brett Miller (below). (Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Watch nutrition after calving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, said a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.That could mean leading the animals away from early green grass this spring, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.If spring-calving beef cows’ nutritional needs are not adequately met from calving to breeding, it can cause a reduced body condition score, he said. And that can result in a disastrous rebreeding performance.Livestock generally are assigned a body condition score on a scale of 1 to 9, where 1 is an emaciated animal with skin and bones and 9 is rated as obese, Grimes said. A score of 5 to 6 is typically the goal for cows that calve to be considered healthy and in optimum breeding condition, he said.Energy, protein needs“Studies have shown that body condition scores of 5 to 6 at calving and through the breeding season give females the greatest opportunity for reproductive success,” he said. “Cows that lose nearly one full condition score from calving to the breeding season experienced lower rebreeding rates, at 73% versus 94%, compared to cows that were fed the right nutrition for them to maintain the body condition scores they had prior to calving.”That means producers may need to feed their calving cows quality grass hay, high-energy feed grains or both to ensure the lactating cows get the energy and protein they need, Grimes said.“It’s been a long winter, and while the calving cows may prefer the lush, moist, green growing grass over the dried hay they consumed all winter, it would be more nutritionally beneficial to offer them grains,” he said. “These early grasses are full of moisture now and won’t provide the females the nutrition they’ll need in order to get them rebred to keep them on schedule to give a live birth every 12 months.“Yes, it’ll be an extra expense now, but the cost of an open cow is a more costly expense. Don’t be afraid to spend an extra dollar now to avoid the loss of income next year with a cow that isn’t producing any calves. Your feed bill might get higher now, but the more open cows you have will significantly reduce your income later.”last_img read more

Deutsche Post digs deep to master parcel boom

German logistics group Deutsche Post DHL said net profits were down 5.2 percent year-on-year between January and March Explore further Citation: Deutsche Post digs deep to master parcel boom (2018, May 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-deutsche-deep-master-parcel-boom.html German logistics group Deutsche Post DHL confirmed its annual forecasts Tuesday, showing confidence although first-quarter profits slipped in the midst of a package boom spurred by online shopping. SAP more ambitious after soaring Q1 profits © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Net profits lost 5.2 percent year-on-year between January and March, at 600 million euros, the group said, adding that the shrinkage was down to the introduction of new accounting rules.Operating, or underlying profit added 2.3 percent, reaching 905 million euros, while revenues slid 0.9 percent, reaching 14.7 billion.Deutsche Post noted that operating profits had fallen in its packages and ecommerce division, saying investments in items like electric delivery vans and international logistics improvements to keep pace with the boom in demand had eaten into the result.Meanwhile unfavourable exchange rates undermined income from business outside the eurozone.”Overall we had a good start into the year, although we have a lot of work ahead of us for the remainder of 2018,” chief executive Frank Appel said.Ecommerce would remain “the most important growth driver for our businesses,” he added, keeping the group “confident” of reaching its full-year targets.In 2018, Deutsche Post forecasts a 10-percent increase in operating profit to around 4.15 billion euros, on track for its longer-term goal to exceed 5.0 billion by 2020. read more