West Indies should win World T20

first_imgIt might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!last_img read more

Validity of Evolutionary Explanations Demonstrated

first_img(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An article in Ethology is claiming much for itself.  It purports to show “New evidence for the validity of evolutionary explanations,” according to EurekAlert.  Researchers are claiming evidence that “Men holding high positions within a hierarchical organisation have more offspring than those in other positions within the same organisation.”  The sample was male university employees.  Apparently this group compensated for unexpected results from other groups:Although a positive relationship between male status and offspring count has been predicted by evolutionary theory and found in animal species and “traditional” human societies, in modern societies, most studies found no or even a negative relationship. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So how to account for the discrepancy?  According to the brief summary, “status may be a more important dimension for subsamples than for representative samples of entire societies.”    Economists and managers should take note of this finding, the report says.  It suggests that “evolutionary forces may still be at work in modern societies” and “might explain the striving for high and prestigious positions in men.”There are so many things wrong with this study, Darwinists should silence these researchers so as not to embarrass the Party.  (1) When you have to use subsamples instead of representative samples to get the results your theory predicted, what does that tell you about your theory?  (2) What kind of bizarre sample is university male employees, anyway?  Perhaps it could be compared to the jungle, so we might grant that possibility.  (3) More offspring is not better.  In the university milieu they might all be gay.  (4) Evolution is not a force.  Suggestion: replace o with a, then it works.  (5) Men in high and prestigious positions don’t have time to have kids.  If their fable were true, why is the country being overrun with low-income workers with big families who grow up to repeat the cycle?  (6) Women don’t marry such men to have kids.  They marry them to divorce them and take their money.  (7) Feminists are going to get mad about this sexist idea, because it will appear to give scientific justification for male ambition.  (8) The argument is self-refuting, because if being a scientist is an example of a high and prestigious position, then these scientists did not come up with their fable to discover a truth, but to pass on their genes.    That should do for starters.  “Evolutionary explanations” is an oxymoron, like vanilla fudge, rock opera or Microsoft Works.  O, for reporters who would not let the Darwinists get away with unadulterated tripe.  Nobody on a school board is going to read Ethology, but the Darwinists hope their little bugle calls on EurekAlert will make everyone salute as a conditioned response.  Sorry, those days are over.  Since the Baloney Detector went online, the prisoners in the Darwinist concentration camps (i.e., high school biology classes) have seen the outside world, and are no longer afraid of the authority figures behind the Bamboozle Curtain.last_img read more

DNA detective work could end poaching

first_imgThe work by a team of scientists could mark the beginning of the end of elephant poaching. Using DNA from dung and seized ivory, they were able to locate and isolate poaching hotspots in Africa to two main regions. Researchers in a lab have made headway in isolating areas where elephant poaching is rife. (Image: South African Tourism) Priya Pitamber The solution to poaching elephants for their tusks could be found in a scientific laboratory, if the latest research findings concerning the issue are anything to go by.A study, published in the journal Science, showed that using DNA and data mapping of elephant ivory compared to dung, might help countries and international organisations to fight poaching.The findings were co-authored by University of Washington biologist Samuel Wasser, his colleagues, and an Interpol wildlife crime expert. It revealed how DNA mapping was able to trace and isolate the location of elephant poaching.The dataWhen ivory seized between 2006 and 2014 was compared to elephant dung, the DNA data revealed that it originated from two major areas. “Wasser and his team analysed the genotypes of 1 350 samples of dung collected from 29 countries in Africa,” wrote National Geographic.“They plotted what they found – the unique genetic signatures of different elephant populations – on regional maps, creating a dung reference base against which they could compare the DNA signatures from the ivory.”News website Mashable noted there were two main areas of origination of forest elephant ivory and savannah elephant ivory.“More than 85% of forest elephant ivory was traced to Central Africa’s Tridom, a protected ecosystem across north-eastern Gabon, north-western Republic of Congo and south-eastern Cameroon, as well as the adjacent reserve in south-western Central African Republic.“The ivory belonging to the savannah elephant showed that more than 85% of the ivory was traced to East Africa, primarily within the Selous Game Reserve in south-eastern Tanzania and the Niassa Game Reserve in northern Mozambique.”Watch an interview with Wasser:Impact of the dataWasser’s wish was that the results of the research would significantly boost anti-poaching initiatives.“I hope the results will lead to a major crackdown of poaching in the two primary hotspots we identified,” Wasser told Mashable, “and [prompt] better strategies to deal with the corruption that allowed them to become hotspots.”In the journal article, the authors opined that if there were as few hotspots as the data showed, it could help international law enforcement focus efforts on those key areas to help reduce poaching.“Any tool that allows us to pinpoint poaching spots is critical to better deploy enforcement and put more boots on the ground,” Jan Vertefeuille, senior director at World Wildlife Fund’s crime division, told Mashable. “[This study] confirms what our teams on-ground have been seeing.”How it startedTo obtain samples for his ivory and dung research, Wasser began by creating a network of park rangers and conservation workers. He asked them to send him samples of elephant dung tagged by their location, indicated by latitude and longitude.Wasser and his team analysed the samples they received and plotted what they found on regional maps, creating a dung reference list to compare the DNA from the ivory.According to National Geographic, the team got shipments of seized ivory from Kenya, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Uganda.Countries that had signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) agreed that if there were seizures larger than a ton, samples should be sent for assessment to Wasser’s lab.South Africa was one of the first countries to join Cites after it came into effect in 1975 and since then the country had been active in the work needed. In fact, the next Cites meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) will take place from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The World Wildlife Fund says poachers kill elephants only for only one body part – their tusks. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: World Wildlife Fund)Wasser’s workOn his profile as a contributor to The Conversation, the academic and news website, Wasser wrote that his laboratory aimed to use the best possible science to help direct wildlife conservation and management policies around the world.“Currently, we are collaborating with the Interpol Working Group on Wildlife Crime to investigate the origins of all major ivory seizures in the recent past.”Wasser has a Masters of Science in zoology and a PhD in animal behaviour. It is hoped his efforts in the lab will make poaching a thing of the past. The goal was to solve elephant poaching within the next two years – though preferably by next year, Wasser said.last_img read more


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