Despite hindsight, Watson not sweating RC picks

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_imgATLANTA – Tom Watson didn’t appear to be kicking himself. On the day after Billy Horschel posted his 12th straight round in the 60s, won his second straight tournament against a world-class field and picked up an additional $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion, Watson was kicking back in his seat at a Kansas City Royals game. The 65-year-old Ryder Cup captain wore a Royals cap and a constant grin as he watched Omar Infante work the count to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. These questions will follow Watson and his American team to Gleneagles next week for the Ryder Cup: Does he wish he could have Horschel on his team? Should the deadline to make his selections have been pushed back? It makes for an easy – if not lazy – narrative. Hindsight allows for that. Horschel not only won the final two FedEx Cup playoff events, he beat the top qualifier from each Ryder Cup team – Bubba Watson at Cherry Hills and Rory McIlroy at East Lake. It was McIlroy who said at the Tour Championship, ”I’m sure Tom Watson is kicking himself at the minute.” Adding to the debate is that Horschel was runner-up in the event that preceded his back-to-back wins. Tiger Woods is the only other player to have two wins in a runner-up finish in the FedEx Cup. Then again, Horschel is not Tiger Woods. Watson made his wild-card picks after the Deutsche Bank Championship, where Horschel was in prime position to force a playoff with Chris Kirk until he chunked a 6-iron so badly on the par-5 18th hole that it landed in the front of the hazard protecting the green. No one would have suggested Horschel as a pick the next day. So why was the deadline set so early for the picks? Remember, for years the American captain made his selections the day after the PGA Championship, six weeks before the Ryder Cup matches. Thanks to Paul Azinger, the U.S. captain now gets an extra three weeks to find the hot hands. Why not extend it through the Tour Championship? If that’s the case, why not wait until the final week to determine the entire team? This is not about uniforms, programs or any propaganda. This about a team, one that should know who is on the side with ample time to prepare leading to the matches. Four straight playoff events caused enough fatigue as it was. Besides, would anyone be talking about an early deadline if McIlroy, Jim Furyk or Jason Day had won the Tour Championship? And who’s to say Watson would have taken Horschel even if he could have waited? Watson said he was looking for the hot hand and still passed over Kirk the day after his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Watson was looking for experience. He wanted Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson all along. He would have preferred Brandt Snedeker as the third pick, except that Snedeker missed the cut at both playoff events. Hunter Mahan, who has played on two teams, won The Barclays and became an obvious selection, and then Simpson won out over Kirk. As good as Horschel looks now, how can anyone project how he would have played in Scotland? Two years ago, Snedeker looked like a great captain’s pick when he won the FedEx Cup. He went 1-2 at the Ryder Cup. Snedeker wasn’t at his best that week. He blocked a tee shot on the 18th hole that led to bogey in foursomes and cost the Americans at least a half point. On the final day, he bogeyed three straight holes against Paul Lawrie and suffered the worst defeat of any singles match. Woods was a captain’s pick in 2010. He was coming off the upheaval in his personal life, split with his swing coach and failed to qualify for the Tour Championship. He had gone seven straight tournaments without a top 10, and he failed to break 70 in 19 of his last 25 rounds. Woods went 3-1 at Celtic Manor, his best Ryder Cup performance. Horschel will be cheering from home. His big finish will put even more scrutiny on the captain’s picks than they already have. And that will lead to another round of hindsight, unless the Americans can find a way to win. Maybe it was a good sign that the Royals rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win Monday night. As for Infante? He struck out swinging.last_img read more


Biologist Robert Waltzer on Evolutionary Theory’s Room for Humility

Posted On May 30 2021 by

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Waltzer’s chapter covers some key terms in the evolution/ID debate that are often misunderstood or misused. These include the word “evolution” itself, “change over time,” “common descent,” and “natural selection.” He offers quick definitions and explains some of the confusion surrounding them. Waltzer also describes an encouraging success story of his about fostering open dialogue and exploration of the evidence for design in nature.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsAndrew McDiarmidcommon descentdialogueDiscovery Institute Pressepistemological humilityevolutionEvolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshellevolutionary theoryID the Futureintelligent designnatural selectionRobert Waltzer,Trending Evolution Biologist Robert Waltzer on Evolutionary Theory’s Room for HumilityEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCJuly 1, 2020, 5:08 AM center_img “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide On a new episode of ID the Future, biologist Robert Waltzer talks with host Andrew McDiarmid about Professor Waltzer’s chapter in the new Discovery Institute Press volume, Evolution and Intelligent Design in a Nutshell. Download the podcast or listen to it here. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more


Cog rail line, gondola considered to ease canyon congestion

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Because of public feedback, two additional alternatives will now be studied as possible solutions to traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon: a new cog rail line plus a longer version of a proposed gondola that would begin in the valley below the mouth of the canyon. The cog rail — a diesel-powered train with a cogwheel on the track beneath it to provide traction on steep slopes — would cost an estimated $1.05 billion. The new version of the gondola would cost $576 million. Those will join three other options previously announced for more in-depth study.last_img read more


Plotting For Power

Posted On Oct 16 2020 by

first_imgThe year is 1527 and you’re walking along the streets of England. The country is in political and religious unrest because King Henry VIII is still without a male heir. It’s all the country can talk about. Then, Thomas Cromwell begins his rise to the king’s chief minister in 1532, a powerful event in the English Reformation. The king’s wife, Anne Boleyn, is even set for a beheading — a scandalous tale itself. What is England to do? This is the story of Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall.” Now through March 23, The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck presents a Colin Palmer- directed and Laura Pearsall- produced stage adaptation of Mantel’s novel. “I was definitely drawn by the challenge,” Palmer said.  “I think any play where politicians and rulers are constantly conniving and plotting their way to power is going to be relevant. Especially ‘Wolf Hall,’ where people are willing to jeopardize their own convictions in order to achieve their own ends. This is definitely a great show to see as Primary season is in full swing.” “Wolf Hall” stars 22 local performers: John Bradley, John Condon, Mike Drozd, Meghan Duffy, Bill Gardner, Justin Harris, Huck Hirsch, Michael Horn, Brianna Kinnier, Christian Lepore, Connor Liddell, Eric Momente, AD Newcomer, Colin Palmer, Jim Pearsall, Pete Peterson, Wendy Peterson, Sarah Storjohann, John Tramontana, Brian Truden, Skylar Wowak, and John Yaiullo. Like any good drama, the mood is carefully captured through light designed by Kayla Lessard. Diane Peterson created costumes indicative of the era — a visual piece that instantly transports the audience to Tudor England. The North Fork Community Theatre is located on 12700 Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck. Show dates are Friday through Sunday, March 13 to 15, and March 20 to 22. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at [email protected] Sharelast_img read more


Survey Shows Most Companies are Not Ready to Deploy 5G Technologies

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgA recent report published by ABI Research found a severe disconnect between the 5G market hype and the commercial industry’s readiness to deploy the technology. ABI Research conducted a survey of 455 U.S. based companies to determine if and how they plan to use/deploy 5G. Nearly all respondents who plan to one day incorporate 5G technology into their business models cited that they are in the early investigation phase. Over 62% of respondents do not plan to deploy 5G technology in the coming years.According to the report, the hype of 5G is currently driven by the technology supply chain rather than by demand from the end-markets. All indicators lead them to believe that 5G will take hold in the consumer market before it claims its stake in the enterprise and industrial sectors. As the 5G roadmap develops, it is now more important for technology suppliers to engage with implementers – understand their requirements, educate them on the value of 5G, and help bring their specific use case needs to life.The survey findings indicate that the retail vertical shows the most aggressive outlook in its willingness to adopt 5G technology. With 51% of retail respondents assessing or planning to deploy 5G in the coming years, this suggests that this vertical has a specific need for 5G to support bandwidth-hungry and low latency use cases, including AR, VR, and robotic applications. At the other end of the spectrum, autonomous driving ranks as the least popular 5G use case across all verticals.Virtual reality (VR) ranks as the most popular use case for 5G across all market segments, with 89% of respondents who plan to deploy 5G in the coming years also planning to deploy VR. Robotics also ranks high in use case popularity but remains largely ignored by 5G vendors due to technology complexities and several regulatory and socioeconomic challenges facing this industry.5G technology suppliers are currently working in a vacuum, often denigrating the rights of technology implementers to influence the 5G development roadmap. The retail, healthcare, and federal government verticals show the highest willingness to deploy 5G technology in the coming years and, as such, need careful attention by 5G technology suppliers to ensure that their individual, varied use case needs will be properly addressed.These findings are from ABI Research’s Industry Survey: Transformative Technology Adoption and Attitudes – 5G report.last_img read more


Ronaldinho Charged to Court in Paraguay over Fake Passport

Posted On Sep 8 2020 by

first_imgThe prosecutor argued the brothers had been tricked. They deny any wrongdoing.The pair, who were questioned by police, said they thought the passports were a courtesy gesture. Officers later searched their hotel.At the court in Asuncion yesterday, a judge ordered that Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto Assis, be placed in pre-trial detention.In July 2019, the player reportedly had his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes and non-payment of fines for illegally building on a nature reserve in Brazil.“I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies”, Paraguay’s Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo told local media this week.The 39-year-old had travelled to Paraguay to promote a book and a campaign for underprivileged children.Ronaldinho was the 2004 and 2005 World Player of the Year and reached the prime of his career at Spanish giants Barcelona. He won the World Cup for Brazil in 2002 alongside fellow superstar forwards Ronaldo and Rivaldo.Ronaldinho’s net worth is estimated at £80-100m and he is reported to charge around £150,000 for a single promoted Instagram post.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho and his brother appeared in court yesterday over allegations the pair used fake passports to enter Paraguay.Prosecutors say the brothers were given the false documents when they landed in the capital Asuncion on Wednesday.The pair were taken into custody on Friday, just hours after a judge refused to uphold a prosecutor’s proposal for an alternative punishment.last_img read more


Guyanese umpire Banwarie to make first-class debut

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by
first_imgLocal umpire, Ryan Banwarie, is set to make his on-field, first-class debut in the sixth round of the West Indies Championship where table leaders, Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes clash from February 27 to March 1. Banwarie, 30, began his career in 2013 while playing for the Police Sports Club. Then, former international umpire Edward ‘Eddie’ Nichols, approached him to join the classes. He subsequently topped the Caribbean at the  final written examination of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association.Since then, Banwarie has elevated himself through the ranks after being promoted to the Cricket West Indies `B’ panel in 2016. That year he made his regional debut in a women’s tournament hosted in Guyana with Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago also playing.He featured in five 50-overs and six T20 matches in the competition. He was also a standby umpire on seven occasions. In 2017, Banwarie officiated in five matches in the Regional U15, five more matches in the 2018 edition in Jamaica and five matches in the U17 Regional tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.  The year 2018 also saw him officiating in one on-field match. He was placed on standby four times in the women’s 50 overs and on standby five times in the T20.Last year, he was part of the Regional U19 tournament, doing four matches on field and was a stand by umpire once.Banwarie said that he would like to thank his family and colleagues for their support as well as his employers who facilitated his umpiring career. He also noted contributions from umpire coach, Peter Nero, Arleigh Rutherford, Shannon Crawford and Nigel Duguid. Meanwhile, the Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, of which he is the vice-president and chairman of the body’s training and examining committee, has extended congratulations to him ahead of his debut.President of the Association, Rutherford stated, “While I am excited about his recent promotion, I am in no way surprised since Banwarie has always shown the potential to advance to the highest level,” adding, “this is consistent with his steady climb up the umpiring ladder.last_img

A healthy way with fiery chicken and cooling salsa

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgIt’s barbecue season, and chicken is the ideal candidate to get you grilling.Why? Chicken is light, it easily picks up the marinade of your choice, and it cooks quickly. But this recipe is not for your everyday grilled chicken. This is spicy Jamaican-style jerk chicken.“Jerk” refers both to a unique blend of seasonings and to a method of slow cooking. It is said to have been invented by Jamaica’s Maroons, slaves who escaped from Spanish-owned plantations when the British took over and established free communities in Jamaica’s mountainous interior. The Maroons hunted wild boars, then preserved the meat with a spice mix that contained a hefty amount of salt. When it was time to eat, the meat was cooked in a pit or grilled very slowly over a fire. Eventually, Jamaicans began to cook all kinds of meats jerk-style.Jerk seasoning consists of a base blend of scallions, thyme, allspice (known as pimento in Jamaica), Scotch bonnet chilies, salt and, not infrequently, cinnamon or nutmeg. This may look like an awful lot of ingredients to slice and dice, but that’s not the case. Toss them all into a blender, pulverize everything to a paste, then you’re good to go.But you do need to be careful when you’re messing with those Scotch bonnets. I advise wearing gloves. Seriously. A cousin of the habanero, Scotch bonnets are serious chilies. I call for a whole chili here, but you can use less if you want to tamp down the heat. Happily, Scotch bonnets aren’t solely about heat; they also are uniquely flavorful — like a cross between a mango and chili — with a wonderfully fruity scent. If you can’t find Scotch bonnets, use a habanero. If you can’t find either, reach for a jalapeno or serrano.I left the skin on the chicken to prevent it from drying out while it’s being grilled, so when you marinate the chicken be sure to put the spice paste under the skin as well as on top of it. If you want to cut calories, you’re welcome to discard the skin after you’re done grilling. The meat itself will be plenty spicy.The job of the watermelon salsa is to balance the heat of the chilies. All by itself, of course, ripe watermelon is one of the top reasons to love summer. But they happen to be plenty healthy, too. They’re full of water, which makes them an excellent hot weather thirst-quencher, and they’re a great source of lycopene, vitamin C and beta-carotene.And these days you don’t have to buy mega-melons. There are plenty of smaller versions, most of them “seedless” (or at least with soft little seeds), the result of hybridization. At the supermarket, look for a melon with a large yellow spot on the bottom. The bottom, or underbelly, of a watermelon is the spot where it was resting on the ground. If that “ground spot” is white or green, the watermelon is unlikely to be fully ripe. Once your melon is home, don’t store it in the fridge, at least not until it’s sliced.So, jerk and watermelon. Hot and sweet. What could be more summery?GRILLED JERK CHICKEN BREASTS WITH WATERMELON SALSAStart to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (45 minutes active), plus 24 hours marinatingServings: 8For the marinade:4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided8 scallions, white and green parts, coarsely chopped1 to 2 (to taste) Scotch bonnet chilies, coarsely chopped3 tablespoons soy sauce3 tablespoons lime juice1 1/2 tablespoons ground allspice1 1/2 tablespoons Colman’s Mustard (English-style mustard)2 bay leaves2 large cloves garlic, crushed1 teaspoon kosher salt2 teaspoons sugar2 teaspoons dried thyme4 chicken breast halves (4 pounds total) on the bone with the skin, each chicken breast half cut in halfFor the salsa:2 cups diced seedless watermelon1 cup diced seedless cucumber2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot1/4 cup finely shredded fresh mint3 tablespoons lime juice2 teaspoons packed brown sugarSaltIn a blender, combine 4 tablespoons of the oil, the scallions, chilies, soy sauce, lime juice, allspice, mustard, bay leaves, garlic, salt, sugar and thyme. Blend until the mixture forms a fine paste. Transfer the mixture to a re-sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and turn it to coat well on all sides. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 2 days.When ready to cook, heat the grill to medium.To make the salsa, in a medium bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, shallot, mint, lime juice and sugar. Season with salt, then set aside.Remove the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade. Using an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs, oil the grill grates. Add the chicken, skin side down, and grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the pieces of chicken, then grill for another 10 to 15 minutes, or just cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes. Serve each portion topped with some of the salsa.Nutrition information per serving: 380 calories; 180 calories from fat (47 percent total calories); 20 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 115 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 39 g protein; 650 mg sodium.EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks, including “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Special Olympics has Neillsville woman seeing gold

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgDaina Shilts wins three Special Olympics World Games gold medalsBy Kris LeonhardtEditorMARSHFIELD — Neillsville native and resident Daina Shilts was born with a rare condition called cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome. Though her condition created some cognitive barriers in her life, it has not stopped her from becoming a superstar athlete.Shilts, 26, returned from Schladming, Austria, at the end of March, where she participated in the 2017 Special Olympics World Games as an advanced female snowboarder. The World Games provides an international platform to showcase the athletic abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.Shilts came away from Austria with three golds, one in the super giant slalom.“I was the fastest, male or female and downhill skier,” said Shilts. “I was the only one that broke under a minute out of skiers and snowboarders, males and females.”“Then I got another one in the giant slalom. I was the third fastest. Two boys from Russia beat me. They both had me in both size and height.“Then I also got selected to participate in the unified slalom race, snowboard slalom, which is where they pair a person with an intellectual disability with a person without an intellectual disability, and mine just happened to be Hannah Teter. She is an Olympic gold medalist, an X Games medalist, and my best friend.“Out of eight teams, we took first, so we are pretty excited about that because we’ve been partnered at the X Games the last three years and haven’t been able to take first.”This was the second World Games competition for Shilts, who first participated in 2013 in South Korea.Shilts grew up in Neillsville, where she joined Special Olympics at the age of 8.“My coach Dean Glaze, who is my coach, mentor, and friend now, noticed that there was a potential for me to be a great athlete. … He just really wanted me to be in Special Olympics, along with my parents, and they decided that it would be a great opportunity.“I first started in cross-country skiing. Sorry to all of the cross-country skiers out there, but it got boring very fast for me, and I was the smallest, tiniest in my division, and I was always in the top division no matter what it was.”Shilts tried a few different sports, but when she found snowboarding she was hooked.“I’ve never looked back,” added Shilts. “I’ve been snowboarding for 10 years now and have maybe put skis on four times.”To earn her spot at the World Games, Shilts first had to obtain a gold medal at the state level, which she not only did once but twice for both the 2013 and 2017 games.“The first World Games kind of got me out of my shell. Otherwise I was really shy, didn’t like having a disability I guess. Special Olympics showed me that it is OK to be different. When I was chosen to go to the X Games, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is getting real for me. This is the real deal. I am actually at the X Games competing along with my idol, Hannah (Teter).’“I kept getting invited back because I medaled. If you medal, you automatically get invited back with all sports. … This last year for the World Games, getting invited there and getting all of this ESPN coverage and pros talking to me, it got real.”Shilts now has a total of nine medals for her accomplishments in snowboarding competition.last_img read more


#Nextchat RECAP: Can I Get a “Cloud” of Witnesses?

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgOn October 8, @weknownext chatted with special guest @DamonLovett at the 2014 HR Technology Conference about the most pressing issues around the successful application of next generation HR technology solutions in #Nextchat: Can I Get a “Cloud” of Witnesses?”In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat: [View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: Can I Get a Cloud of Witnesses?” on Storify]last_img