Lady Bulldogs Softball Teams Split Games With Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Softball team defeated Rushville on Friday night by a score of 14-0 in 5 innings.The Bulldogs earned their 2nd win of the season behind the pitching of Abby Westerfeld. Westerfeld struck out 9 of the 18 batters she faced with zero walks. She gave up only 2 hits on the evening.Offensively, the Bulldogs lived up to their potential as they batted for 12 hits (11 singles, and 1 home run). The Bulldogs also walked 5 times, and stole 11 bases.  The Bulldogs scored 2 in the 1st, 3 in the 3rd, and 9 in the fourth.Kylie Laker led the team in hitting with 2 singles and a home run, Obermeyer, Huffner, and Wilson all had 2 hits each. Laker and Wilson both racked up 3 RBIs each.A quiet night for the defense due to Westerfeld’s pitching gave the majority of the putouts to Cornn. She ended the game with 9, while Waechter finished with 3.‘This was a much needed win for us as we were 1-11 coming into this game playing some very good competition all season. Our conference  is loaded this year and we have really struggled to find our game. This game proved to the girls that have the tools necessary to win. It’s a great time for us to get into a rhythm.’ Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.Next up – East Central away on Tuesday with a 5:30 game time.The JV Lady Bulldogs lost a tight one Friday evening to the Rushville Lady Lions.  The final tally was 11-9.The JV Lady Bulldogs were balanced on offense scoring in every inning.  The Bulldogs put one on the board in the first, two in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and added another in the fifth inning but came up just short in the end result.The JV Lady Bulldogs pounded out 11 hits at the dish with Hannah Nunlist leading the charge with three hits in four plate appearances.  Gwen Martin and Chloe Saler each had two hits a piece while Kate Burkhart, Paige Oldham, McKenzie Laker, and Zoe Peters collected one each.Oldham went all five innings on the bump in the loss striking out six Lady Lion hitters.The loss drops the JV Bulldog record to 5-6 on the season.Batesville JV Softball will next be in action Tuesday evening against the East Central Lady Trojans immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Sports News Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action a hit in Pakistan – Here is proof

first_imgNew Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah has been India’s best death bowlers in the last couple of years. Armed with an unorthodox action, the Gujarat pacer has been sensational for Virat Kohli’s side delivering yorkers and deceptive slower balls at will.  Also Read | Pakistan’s warning to India on Indus Waters Treaty: Will trap you in your own bluffNot surprisingly, Bumrah’s action is a hit in Pakistan, a country that has produced quality fast bowlers for several decades. A video shared by Pakistan Twitter user Umair Afridi (@afridiomair) shows a young five-year old kid copying Bumrah’s action very effectively.  Bumrah made his ODI and T20I debut during India’s tour to Australia in 2016. Having lost their first four ODIs, Bumrah made his debut in Sydney and bowled wonderfully to help India salvage some pride. His death bowling skills, honed for many years while playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, helped India whitewash Australia 3-0 in the Twenty20 International series.  Read | Indian cricket team all set to join elite league in ODIsIn Tests, Bumrah made his debut in the South Africa series in 2018 and has proven to be a revelation, playing key roles in India’s wins in Johannesburg and Trent Bridge. Replying to the Tweet, Bumrah said he felt on top of the world that someone was copying his action.  center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Preview: Chelsea take 100% record to Swansea

first_imgDemba Ba scored Chelsea’s winner at Swansea in 2014With three wins from three, Antonio Conte has made a perfect start to life as Chelsea manager. They now visit Swansea, the scene of Guus Hiddink’s first defeat, hoping to keep in touch with the Premier League pacesetters.Kick-off: 4pm, Sunday 11 September 2016Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands)Five key battles: Including N’Golo Kante v Gylfi SigurdssonBetVictor.com preview: Chelsea should see off SwanseaVital statistic: Chelsea have scored 15 goals in their last seven matches against Swansea.Injuries and suspensionsSWANSEAFitness test: Borja Baston (thigh).CHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee). Possible starting line-upsBurnley: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Cork, Fer; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kante; Pedro, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Swansea: L L W D W (7 points) • Home: L D W W W (10 points)Chelsea: W W W D D (11 points) • Away: W D L W L (7 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Swansea – 2: Fer.Chelsea – 2: Costa, Hazard; 1: Batshuayi, Moses, Willian.LAST FIVE MEETINGS9 Apr 2016: Swansea 1 Chelsea 08 Aug 2015: Chelsea 2 Swansea 217 Jan 2015: Swansea 0 Chelsea 513 Sep 2014: Chelsea 4 Swansea 213 Apr 2014: Swansea 0 Chelsea 1Swansea 1 win, Chelsea 3 wins, 1 drawSee also:Luiz return key to Chelsea title bid, says NevinThe stats show Hazard must be player of the monthConte ponders future tactical changeChelsea should be too good for SwanseaSwansea v Chelsea: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Anthropologist Claims Humans, Neanderthals, Australopithecines All Variations on One Species

first_imgAccording to a news story in the UK News Telegraph, all fossil hominids, including modern humans, Australopithecines, Neanderthals and the recent Indonesian “hobbit man,” belong to the same species: Homo sapiens.  Reporter Robert Matthews wrote about Maciej Henneberg (U of Adelaide) and his argument, based on skull sizes and body weights for 200 fossil specimens, that all known hominid bones fit within the range of variation expected for a single species.  Henneberg made the startling claim in the Journal of Comparative Human Biology, where he said, “All hominims [sic] appear to be a single gradually evolving lineage containing only one species at each point in time.”Henneberg still believes humans were evolving, but his analysis points out several important shortcomings in the “science” of paleoanthropology that should make the thoughtful reader wary of its practitioners.  (1) There is a huge range of variation possible within a single species.  (2) It is difficult to assign any human bone to one or another species.  Notice what this led Henneberg to state: “There is no precise way in which we can test whether Julius Caesar and Princess Diana were members of the same species of Homo sapiens” (emphasis added in all quotes).  Consider what that means when judging bones of alleged human ancestors.  You could tell any story you want.  (We like the one that Caesar and Diana were different species.)  (3) The article reminds everyone that paleoanthropologists often bicker about the meaning of their discoveries (see 12/21/2004 headline).  Geoffrey Harrison (Prof. emeritus, Oxford) said it best: “Clearly there is a need to be more aware of the possibility of variation – but that is not the inclination today.  It has been a problem because the discoverers have usually put so much effort into finding the evidence, so they want it to be important.”  (4) There are too few bones to make any conclusions.  Henneberg said there are fewer than 30 Neanderthal specimens available for study.  (5) Neanderthals could be considered fully human.  The article refers to Henneberg stating, in effect, that “What evidence there is, however, is consistent with Neanderthals being from the same species as modern humans.”  Christopher Stringer (Natural History Museum, London) adds that Neanderthals were not significantly different from us in skull or body size.  “The argument they are a different species is, of course, only a hypothesis…” (italics added).Best quote from the story is the last paragraph:He [Henneberg] added that the never-ending announcements of new species said more about those making the claims than about human evolution.  “The problem is there are far more palaeontologists than fossil specimens”.Corollary: it also says more about the editors of National Geographic than about human evolution, too – both when they make never-ending announcements, and when they become strangely quiet about stories like this one.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nature Praises Iran President, Criticizes Religious West

first_imgThe lead Editorial in Nature this week,1 “Revival in Iran,” had mostly praise for the repressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran for his alleged support of “science”:Perhaps the rise of science relates to the importance that Iran’s government attaches to the development of nuclear technology.  Many regard Iran’s interest in these technologies with extreme suspicion.  Nonetheless, Iran’s embrace of science should be welcomed.That’s the closest the article got to admitting that Ahmadinejad is seeking to build nuclear weapons; though many may regard it with “extreme” suspicion, apparently the editors of Nature do not.  In fact, they praised his efforts to remove debt at Iranian universities, to prepare for an expansion of student numbers, and to avoid cutting research funds.  Presumably, Ahmadinejad has the noblest of scientific motivations for these initiatives.    On the other hand, the editors spoke of “the many problems caused by US sanctions.”  The article praised Iran for becoming “the most scientifically productive country in the Middle East apart from Israel” but failed to mention that this same Iranian president seeks to destroy Israel, and denies the Holocaust.    What is it that Nature admires so much about Iran, and Muslim science in general?  The editorial described a glorious scientific heritage of Islam (but see 12/16/2004 and 11/21/2004).  Most revealing was the following paragraph, which portrayed a liberated East in stark contrast to a repressive West – and notice the specific examples:One practical advantage for science in Muslim countries is the lack of direct interference of religious doctrine, such as exists in many Christian countries.  There has never, for example, been a debate about darwinian evolution, and human embryonic stem-cell research is constrained by humanistic rather than religious ethics. The Royan Institute in Iran was the first in the Middle East to develop a human embryonic stem-cell line, using spare embryos from its in vitro fertilization programme.The Editorial ends with a line from medieval Muslim poet-scientist Omar Khayyam, whom they insinuate should have gotten the credit for the triangle named for Pascal (a European Christian).  Criticism of the West in this editorial was, therefore, both overt and subtle, while criticism of the Muslim East and its most dangerous dictator was muted and overcompensated with blessing.  “Whatever its motivation,” the subtitle reads, “Iran’s support for education and science is to be welcomed.”1Editorial, “Revival in Iran,” Nature 442, 719-720(17 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442719b; published online 16 August 2006.But what if its motivation is to wipe out Israel and destroy Europe and America?    It’s time to awaken Nature from its drunken stupor and dowse the editors with a splash of sobering letters.  If you aren’t fed up enough with the utterly illogical pro-totalitarian, anti-Western, ultra-liberal leadership of the Big Science elitists, go find a breathalyzer.  It’s incredible that Nature could write such a piece, especially now, right after Iran was exposed guilty as a demon for supplying Hezbollah, one of the worst terrorist groups on earth, with thousands of rockets to rain on Israel, along with money and soldiers in its offensive war against the tiny strip of land that actually is, despite its diminutive size and population, the #1 most scientifically productive country in the Middle East.    The editors did not address their love letter to the many Iranians yearning to breathe free in a modern, civilized country instead of a 7th-century tribal warrior theocracy, but to the Ahmadinejad regime itself, which many believe used the Hezbollah war to distract attention from its nuclear ambitions.  Why not praise the other end of the Axis of Evil in North Korea while you’re at it, guys?    Many worthy scientists contribute their research results faithfully to this rag, hoping for the prestige and publicity it carries; they are not responsible for what the editorial board thinks.  It would be one thing if Nature were pressuring Iranian scientists to push for democratic reforms in their country, so that Iran could join the community of nations in a spirit of rational diplomacy and scientific openness.  The whole editorial, by contrast, reeks of a blame-the-West attitude, while praising one of the most dangerous and irrational regimes in the world today for – what? – uncontested Darwinism and unrestricted stem cells.  Unbelievable.    Big Science may be infested with ultra-liberal bias (12/02/2004), but this is too far and over the top.  It’s time to clean house.  Along with Eric Pianka and Ward Churchill and the profs blaming Bush for 9/11, these guys are completely out of touch with reality, and should get an earful from Christian and Jewish scientists and citizens, to say nothing of moderate Muslims (who, incidentally, usually believe in intelligent design), and whichever scientists, educators, politicians have any sense left.  Outrageous positions deserve a broad-based and cogent response.    This is not the first time Nature (and Science, too, for that matter) have cast America and Israel in a bad light, and have polished the image of the Holocaust-deniers.  But this piece shows their true colors.  If they hate the democratic West and its Judeo-Christian, Darwin-doubting heritage so much, let them move to the Muslim utopias.  Let their women scientists don burqas and enjoy the time-honored traditions, like honor killings.  Let them subject themselves to daily disruption of peace and quiet from minaret loudspeakers blaring wails of men who can’t sing any better than crybabies.  Let them experience for themselves the torture prisons reserved for those who say a word against Allah or the tyrant in power.  Let them watch their little boys trained to hate from their earliest years, and taught to view, as the noblest ideal, the suicide bombing of as many Jews as possible on a bus or in a shopping mall.  Let them witness their science subverted to the goal of destroying the one small democratic safe haven in the Middle East that grants freedom to all scientists.     These minor inconveniences would apparently be tolerable to the editors of Nature in exchange for the sheer ecstasy of envisioning a Beulah land with uninhibited Darwinist preaching and unencumbered access to embryonic stem cells (08/13/2006).  If they long for such a promised land, it’s all there waiting for them in Tehran.  Let them kiss the face of Mahmoud, their favored patron of science, who is certainly relishing this vote of confidence from the leading scientific journal in the world.  How did it ever come to this?Update 09/20/2006: Nature got an earful from readers in three letters to the editor in the Sept. 20 issue.  The president of Tel Aviv university was “horrified” at the editorial.  He quickly reminded Nature of Iran’s abuses of human rights, denial of the Holocaust, and support of terrorism at home and abroad.  A scientist at the National Cancer Institute corrected the editorial’s mischaracterization of Iran as second in scientific productivity in the Middle East; in reality, it is sixth, when weighted for population.  A third letter from Oxford thought the editorial was an April Fool joke.  Speaking of Iran’s nuclear program, he quipped, “Perhaps when the fruit of this programme explodes in London, you will be writing an explanation of the humanistic ethics involved.”(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ex-rugby star now hand cycling ace

first_imgLast year, he completed the 45km hand cycle race in second place, finishing in just inside of two hours. “My bike wasn’t changing the gears properly, which made most the race a struggle,” he recalled. “I must say that I had fun doing it and chances are that I’ll probably do it every year. Once a speedy winger, Mkhize has now set his sights on representing South Africa at the Paralympic Games. He retains the same determination and competitive spirit that he showed in his youth, and his ambition remains as strong as ever. “The biggest challenge about getting some road training is competing with motorists as they battle to see us [hand cyclists] being so low on the ground,” he said. 2 April 2013 “The truth is I enjoy it because it a sport, so it keeps me involved in sport and I get to compete in nationally recognized events. Hopefully soon I will be taking part in internationally recognized events and ultimately the Paralympics.” “The toughest part is making time to train when one works full time.” “He showed resilience, stamina and bravery and rode into Ballito covered in mud and glory. Cedric empowers our vision, extends our limits and show us that we can grasp that little bit further.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He got into cycling through the energetic head of the Quadriplegics Association of South Africa, Ari Seirlis, who is a keen hand cyclist. “GreenOffice has a cycling team and they help all the disabled riders with a push here and there on the up hills as they can be very challenging for some,” he continued. “Long term, I would like to represent the country on the international stage, such as the Paralympics, and to become a world champion and bring home the gold medal,” said Mkhize. “I would also like to be an ambassador for the sport.” “He has inspired many by his choice to participate in mainstream events and life,” said Seirlis. “In 2012, I had the privilege to accompany him on an off-road motorbike ride from Johannesburg to Ballito – 1 000 kilometres of off-road adventure and elements.” ‘Freedom’“I love the freedom it gives me and the fact that I am doing it lying down!” he laughed. Seirlis is solidly backing Mkhize at every turn, saying his attitude and tenacity is inspirational. CourtesyMkhize said the lack of consideration and courtesy from vehicle drivers was a particular problem for hand cyclists, who are less visible on the road than other riders. The sport has opened new horizons to Mkhize, who wants to use his profile to champion the sport and raise awareness of the ongoing fundraising drives to purchase more hand cycles. Assistance“A friend asked me if I would enjoy cycling and I said I would love to try it out. I did some research and then a good friend of mine, Ari Seirlis, got me to contact Ernst Van Dyk on how to get me a hand cycle. After then I didn’t look back,” Mkhize explained. SAinfo reporter There’s a saying that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. One man who has done that is former Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize, who was left paralyzed after a car crash outside Welkom in 2007. On 28 April, he will compete in the aQuelle Tour Durban as a hand cyclist.last_img read more

2018 Between the Rows kicks off

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Zach Profit, Van Wert CountyWe are located in south central Van Wert County in northwest Ohio. We are farming short of 3,800 acres — my dad, my brother, my mom, and myself. We raise corn, soybeans and wheat, though this year we don’t have any wheat. We could use some wheat to spread the workload out but it was a marketing decision.There wasn’t much opportunity to do any work in the field this winter. Once the weather turned in December, it was a nasty winter to get much done. We got some grain hauled. We put a good dent in trucking our soybeans out but we still have quite a bit of corn. We are trying to remain optimistic. We have a big report coming this week and we are hoping on an upswing here.We are looking at planting malting barley. You can harvest it a little earlier to get double-crop soybeans in. We are looking at the market right now. We had a brewery contact us about growing it and we are in the beginning stages with that. There is a chance we could be drilling some this fall.We are also looking at a program to add cover crops on a quarter to half of our acres. We are in the enrollment stages of that process with prescription variable rate fertility, banding nutrients with strip-till rigs, and combining that with cover crops. It places the fertility right where it needs to be 6 to 8 inches down. We are also looking at taking a small piece of ground and putting it in the pollinator program.We are also going to work on nitrogen management in corn with Y-Drops. We did see a return with the Y-Drops and this year we are going to play around with using less anhydrous and more Y-drop applications at the right crop stages. We saw a little more profit margin with 28% last year.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.last_img read more

Nov. 8 report negative for soybeans and wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWith rains across the Midwest during the last half of October delaying harvest, a common thread of anticipation for this report suggested both U.S. corn and soybean yields would be reduced. The Nov. 8 report was negative for soybeans and wheat. Early gains in corn of 7 cents quickly evaporated.Many traders had also expected China’s soybean imports to be reduced. Various reports in recent weeks have suggested that China would be reducing the amount of protein used in their hog rations. This potential ration change has been discussed for months, it is not new news. USDA put their soybean imports with this report at 90 million tons. Last month it was 94 million tons. The June report estimated China’s soybean imports at 103 million tons.Soybean production was 4.60 billion bushels, the yield was 52.1 bushels per acre, and ending stocks were 955 million bushels. Last month the soybean production was 4.690 billion bushels with a yield of 53.1 bushels. Soybean exports were cut 160 million bushels. Ending stocks were up 70 million bushels.USDA’s corn production was 14.626 billion bushels with a yield at 178.9. Last month it was 14.778 billion bushels and a yield of 180.7 per acre. Corn ending stocks were 1.736 billion bushels. Ending stocks last month were 1.813 billion bushels.Just prior to the noon report, corn was up 3 cents, soybeans down 3 cents, and wheat was up 1 cent. Following the report, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans down 14 cents, and wheat was down 5 cents.Ohio producers continue to fight to get their remaining corn and soybean acres harvested. Rains that came on Monday for many were heavier than expected, already adding to high frustration levels with harvest not yet wrapped up. Across Ohio more rain is expected.Earlier this week USDA estimated the U.S. corn harvest at 76%. The 5-year average is 77% completed. Last year, corn harvested was just 68%. Soybean harvest this week was 83% while the 5-year average is 89%. Last year the soybean harvest was 89% complete.While not report day driven, farmers and many others want the U.S. Farm Bill to get wrapped up as soon as possible. In this fashion, producers can know what to expect. The goal has to be for this session of Congress to complete the Farm Bill. Otherwise, you have a crop of dozens of brand new legislators to be educated on this process. That scenario only drags out the process by months and into next spring.On trade it has already been suggested that with the U.S. House of Representatives now in the hands of the Democrats, they will be equally tough on the trade issues with China.last_img read more

Motor Vehicles Act ‘a Tughlaqi order’, says Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister

first_imgTerming the new Motor Vehicles Act a “Tughlaqi” (arbitrary) order, Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Govind Singh Rajput said the high revised fine rates could burden common people and the Act would not be implemented in the State for now.“The Central government has increased the fine rates by such an extent that it would be beyond the capacity of common people to bear it,” he said. “I will talk to Chief Minister Kamal Nath about it and wherever necessary, relief will be extended.”Besides government officials, transport experts and even road users were being consulted on this, said Mr. Rajput.He however agreed that hefty fines should be imposed on those caught for driving under the influence of alcohol. “The government should amend some parts of the Act. That is why we’ll not implement it for now.”last_img read more

Political slugfest over rollback of toll tax exemption

first_imgThe Congress government’s decision to revoke the exemption given to private vehicles from payment of toll tax on the State highways in Rajasthan has led to a political slugfest here, with the Opposition BJP terming it a “deceit on the people”. The previous BJP regime had granted the exemption in April last year.While Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has affirmed that the BJP government’s decision was not based on merit and was taken without getting the consent of toll concessionaires, who were not paid any compensation, some senior Congress leaders have expressed concern over the impact of withdrawal of exemption on the public at large.Notification issuedThe Public Works Department issued a notification in this regard on Thursday. The ruling Congress’ stance that the previous BJP regime had scrapped the toll tax for private vehicles in view of the 2018 State Assembly election has also assumed political significance ahead of the municipal polls scheduled for November 16.The State government expects to get revenue of ₹300 crore annually after re-introduction of toll tax. However, BJP State president Satish Poonia said it was an anti-people step which would would put financial burden on those travelling on the State highways. “The BJP government had created a network of 63,000-km-long roads. We withdrew the toll tax on people’s demand,” he said.The BJP leaders and party workers staged demonstrations in Jaipur and at other district headquarters on Friday to protest against the State government’s decision.last_img read more