Pumaren gets boot as coach of Warriors

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Who’ll replace Romeo? Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ View comments Pumaren also drew attention through the course of this year’s campaign as he seemingly discovered the fountain of youth with his trendy attires at the sideline.Pumaren had earlier hinted the possibility of leaving the Red Warriors after their last game against UST.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UE coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren has been relieved as head coach of the University of the East.Sources familiar with the situation bared that the amiable bench tactician had been sacked from his post on Tuesday, ending his four-year tenure at the helm for the Red Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren, who is affectionately called “Manong” by his peers and players, amassed a 21-win, 35-loss record for UE since taking over from Boycie Zamar in UAAP Season 77.In his first year for the Red Warriors, he steered the Roi Sumang-led squad to a 9-5 slate although they fell to the National University Bulldogs in a playoff for fourth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe team failed to advance to the Final Four in the following seasons, but UE did get a share of the limelight this UAAP Season 80.Despite posting a woeful 3-11 record for another seventh-place finish, the Red Warriors still made waves, largely thanks to the offensive outbursts of Alvin Pasaol, who had a breakthrough year highlighted by a 49-point explosion in UE’s loss against La Salle in the first round. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Tacloban creams Pocari

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding SMB slump ends; ROS gains playoffs Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Tacloban put in enough spunk worthy of its moniker to frustrate defending champion Pocari Sweat, 25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10, Sunday night and register its fourth win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.When the game was on the line, Jovielyn Prado unloaded four of her 17 points as the Fighting Warays crowded the upper half of the standings with a 4-3 record and stay within striking distance of league-leading Creamline (5-1) and Paymaya (4-2).ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “In the fifth set, I was thinking that whichever team is more composed will have the edge,” said Prado in Filipino. “And I showed them that I also have championship experience.”The two-time NCAA champion for Arellano University sparked a 5-0 burst that gave the Fighting Warays a 9-4 buffer in the deciding frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

UCLA’s old guard ushers in new softball era

first_imgHer change-up was off. Thefirst three she threw weren’t even close to the strike zone. The next two were slow and loopy. The kind of floaters good hitters send over the center-field fence on a line. So Lisa Fernandez does what she always does when something isn’t quite working. “What am I doing, Kel?” she shouts toward her best friend, Kelly Inouye-Perez, who’s in full gear behind the plate. Inouye-Perez has been catching Fernandez since they were 10years old. She can tell what’s wrong with any of her pitches in about 30 seconds. This particular problem, with Fernandez’s signature pitch – the change-up – happens all the time, and Inouye-Perez knows exactly what to say. Fernandez makes the adjustment and breaks off a good one. “Yeah,” she shouts out as the pitch floats toward UCLA senior shortstop Jodie Legaspi. Before she can finish her cheer, the ball is heading the opposite direction, on a line, screaming towards the centerfield fence. “Yeah,” Fernandez says again. “Nice job, Jodie.” Inouye-Perez stands up out of her crouch and takes off her catcher’s mask. “You’re done Jodie, nice job,” she says. “Who’s next?” center_img So this is how it’s going to be. This is how they’re going to do it. This is the way, maybe the only way, somebody is going to take over for UCLA’s legendary softball coach Sue Enquist, who announced her retirement in September. Inouye-Perez, Enquist’s top assistant for the past 13 years, is the new head coach. Gina Vecchione, an assistant the past seven seasons, continues to work with hitters and outfielders. And Fernandez, a softball icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist, has joined the staff as an assistant. They each played at UCLA. They each won national titles. They all dreamed of one days coming back to coach the Bruins. “I think it was when (Kelly and I) were here, playing, that we thought, `Wow, wouldn’t it be cool if we could coach here someday?”‘ Fernandez said. “But I don’t think we ever dreamed it happening the way it did. For Kelly to hang in there as long as she did, and for me to have the window come through at the right time like it did.” That dream comes with a huge responsibility. UCLA is the most storied program in all of college softball with 11national titles. Enquist is a coaching giant, with a reputation and record that transcends the sport. “My biggest comfort is that I don’t have to reinvent the program,” Inouye-Perez said. “It’s not about me trying to figure out how to make it better and bigger and faster. The foundation is set and I’ve been a part of it for 18 years as player and then a coach.” Like most assistant coaches, Inouye-Perez played the role of sounding board and confidant to her players. So the biggest adjustment has been passing that role onto Fernandez and Vecchione and wearing the top hat. “It’s funny. We have nine seniors and we always knew her as Kelly I, but we’re going to have to call her Coach I now,” Legaspi joked. “I think she has more of a heightened awareness about drawing the line with us now.” So far, Inouye-Perez is doing things a lot like Enquist. Game-day preparations are similar. So is the rhetoric. “Yeah, I say the “Sue-isms.” Inouye-Perez joked. “They’re stuck in your head whether you like it or not. … But I don’t want to overuse them.” But there are some big changes. Adding in a person of Fernandez’s stature isn’t easy. Not many head coaches could bring a presence like Fernandez on staff in a supporting role, but Inouye-Perez and Fernandez say that it works because of their friendship off the field. They first met on a travel-ball field when they were 10. Fernandez’s team needed a catcher who could handle her. Someone suggested Inouye. “She came running up to the field like 30 minutes before the game,” Fernandez remembered. “I threw to her and I was like, `Wow, you’re great.”‘ The two stayed in touch, and reunited on a travel team called the Gordon’s Panthers when Inouye was 14 and Fernandez was 13. The rest is history. “We speak the same language,” Inouye-Perez said. “Just in the way we talk the game.” As far as coaching styles, it’s not as much good cop-bad cop as some might think. Fernandez is known in softball circles as the ultimate competitor. The story goes that she takes two days off a year, Christmas and her birthday. But Inouye-Perez says that motherhood has mellowed her best friend. “She is the most phenomenal mom. That’s changed her a lot and helped her, I think, to be a part of this,” Inouye-Perez said. “She has a different side of her. She never had to take care of anyone else before. She just had to take care of herself and the weight of the world on her shoulders representing the US and softball. “Now, she’s taking care of her husband Mike and her son (Antonio), she’s giving back to the Bruins and she’s still going to go take on the world in 2008. It’s amazing.” In the past, when Fernandez was around the program, it was in a volunteer assistant role. She used the time at Easton Field as much for training as she did for helping out at UCLA. But it’s become clear to her in the first few months in her new role that in order to have the kind of impact she wants to at UCLA, she needs to stretch and convince the players she’s out for them first. Last month, she sat in on a slap-hitting clinic and came back to practice with some tips for the team’s slappers. “That was a turning point,” Inouye-Perez said. “The girls knew that `She’s in this for us, she’s really coaching us. She’s not just Lisa the icon who comes out for training. She’s Lisa the icon who’s in it for me.”‘ Legaspi notes how Fernandez comes out to the field early and stays late to throw extra batting practice for the players. If Fernandez works on her own game, along with former Bruins’ and current national team teammates Andrea Duran or Natasha Watley, it’s before practice or during breaks. “They (Inouye-Perez and Fernandez) are a rare breed,” Legaspi said. “They’re coaches. They’re moms. They flip hats between that in a second. And it’s a good thing for all of us, as young women, to see that, `Yes, you can have it all. Family, softball, coaching, a career. You can do everything.”‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Grocery workers OK strike

first_imgAlbertsons workers have voted to authorize a strike against the chain, raising the stakes of current contract negotiations between Southern California grocers and unions representing some 70,000 employees. The yes vote taken Sunday gives union leaders the power to call for a strike against Albertsons at a moment’s notice. But because both sides agreed in talks earlier this month to extend the existing labor contract, workers could not walk out until April 13 or after. If Albertsons workers strike, Vons and Ralphs could lock out employees just as the two chains did three years ago when workers went on strike for 139 days, one of the nation’s longest work stoppages. Union leaders chose to strike against Albertsons because its parent company, Supervalu, is in a weaker position than the two other chains, having bought out Albertsons last year and taking on about $7.7 billion in debt. Sharlette Villacorta, a deli manager at the Albertsons on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles, said she supported a strike even though she was still paying off $15,000 worth of debt from the last strike. “I can’t afford to go on strike and I know a lot of my members can’t go on strike,” Villacorta said Monday. “But we have to stand up for what we believe in, otherwise they are going to walk all over us.” During the 20-week strike three years ago, the chains lost an estimated $2 billion while competitors gained new customers. The authorization vote makes the union a bigger threat to Albertsons, but it also poses risks for the union. “The workers’ unions are in a delicate position there because they know full well there are jobs on the line if they weaken the chains and drive people to other grocery outlets,” said Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. “On the other hand, the union is still hoping that the management realizes that it’s vulnerable too and will be willing to settle.” Shimpock said the union planned to file charges against Albertsons relating to intimidating and interrogating employees before the strike vote, but the chains said the claims were meritless. The unions have demanded the end to a two-tier system that gives richer benefits to veterans at the expense of new hires. The seven grocery unions represent about 70,000 workers. To strike, union leaders would have to give 72 hours’ notice to end the automatic day-to-day contract extensions that kick in when the three-week extension ends April 9. A second vote among union members is not necessary to go on strike. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The whole point of this was to take this point of solidarity back to the negotiating table and try to get the markets to negotiate with us seriously,” said Mike Shimpock, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Both parties agreed to two contract extensions after the original agreement expired March 5. A federal mediator running the talks put a gag order on both sides, but the strike vote may indicate a breakdown in negotiations. A spokeswoman for the chains called the vote “unfortunate.” “We have every reason to believe we can achieve a mutually beneficial contract,” said Adena Tessler in a prepared statement. About 11,000 of the 22,000 union members working at 249 Albertsons across Southern California voted Sunday to authorize a strike. Union leaders declined to share the tally but said the vote needed two-thirds support to pass. last_img read more

Harry Maguire dismisses all contract talk until Hull City’s fate is decided

first_img1 Hull City defender Harry Maguire Hull defender Harry Maguire has shelved all contract talk until the club’s Premier League survival battle has been decided.Centre-half Maguire, 24, who has a year left to run on his current deal, has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, while the Tigers have two games left in their bid to retain their top-flight status.Hull slipped back into the drop zone following last week’s home defeat to Sunderland and travel to relegation rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday.Marco Silva’s side must clinch their first league win on the road since August and hope Swansea have dropped points at Sunderland 24 hours earlier in order to climb out of the bottom three.“Obviously every footballer wants to be playing in the Premier League, myself included,” said Maguire, reported to be on the radar of Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle among others.“It’s probably the greatest league in the world at the moment but I’m totally focused on Hull City staying in the Premier League, so new contracts etc – I’ll be discussing those at the end of the season when the football has finished.“It’s massive for me. I’ve worked all year to keep this club in the Premier League and hopefully this year we can be there fighting again.”Maguire, who signed a three-year deal when completing a £2.5million move to Hull from Sheffield United in July 2014, has been instrumental in his side’s brave bid to escape relegation under Silva.His performances raised expectations of an England call-up in March and his future is likely to depend on whether Hull can extend their latest Premier League adventure beyond one season.Maguire insists he is focused solely on Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park and believes the survival battle could have one more sting in its tail. “I definitely think there’s a twist yet,” he added.“If you look before the weekend we were in the driving seat and not many would have predicted the results over the weekend, so who says there’s not going to be another twist and turn?“We’re all very well prepared to go to Palace and get the result that we need.“We’ve got to big ourselves up. We’ve trained well. We’ve got a big game on Sunday, hopefully the big players turn up and we get the three points.”Victory would lift the Tigers to within a point of Palace and heap the pressure on Sam Allardyce’s side going into the final day.last_img read more

‘I want to play in Champions League and win trophies’ – Jack Butland EXCLUSIVE

first_imgJack Butland has told talkSPORT he would not leave Stoke City purely for the money, but would consider an offer from a bigger club if it meant realising his dream of Champions League football.The 24-year-old goalkeeper is back and raring to go for the new Premier League season after recovering from a year of injury hell.After a frustrating 12 months out with an ankle problem, Butland returned to Stoke’s starting XI for the final five games of last season, but his return to fitness has inevitably led to links with a move away from the bet365 Stadium.Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the England international as a potential replacement for David de Gea, should the Spaniard move to Real Madrid this summer.And while Butland admits Champions League football is one of his chief career ambitions, and that Man United are ‘the biggest club in the world’, the young goalkeeper has told talkSPORT he is solely focussed on the season ahead with Stoke.Speaking to Jim White, Butland said: “My ambitions are to be the Stoke number one and England number one, but there are other things I want to achieve in my career as well.“I want to play in the Champions League and I want to win trophies.“There’s no reason why we can’t win trophies at Stoke, we’ll try and win some cups and do as well as we can, but I obviously have ambitions.“If it’s the right move at the right time, you never know. You always have to think about these things.“A club like Manchester United, or whoever it may be… United are, for me, the biggest club in the world and you have to take those things in consideration.“But if it’s right, if it’s not, I’ll make those decisions at the time.“I’m back in a Stoke kit at the minute and I’m focussed on doing as well as I can in pre-season and the season ahead, and what will be, will be.“It’s all just speculation and rumours at the moment, and I don’t get into that too deeply.”Butland also insisted the lure of a lucrative move overseas does not tempt him to leave his home country, and that the Premier League is the only place an England goalkeeper can realistically compete for an international spot.Joe Hart, his direct competitor for the England No.1 shirt, moved to Torino on loan last season in search of move regular football, but when asked if he would entertain a move abroad, Butland added: “No.“For me, the money is not an interest, it’s about playing football and the best opportunity to represent your country is in England.“I think it’s the best league in the world and for an English goalkeeper it’s the place to be.“For Joe, the circumstances were different. He needed to go out and play and he took a difficult decision to go to Italy. That’s credit to him because it’s a tough thing to do.“He did what was necessary but, for me, if I can I’ll always stay in England and play in this league for as long as possible.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Jack Butland IN FULL above!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal have been drawn against Cork in the next round of qualifiers after yesterday’s defeat.Cork, who suffered one of the shocks of the summer when beaten by Tipperary in their provincial championship, inflicted a six-point defeat on Longford at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday and will meet a Donegal outfit which suffered heartbreak against Tyrone in the Ulster final in Clones on Sunday.Matches in Round 4 of the qualifiers will be staged at neutral venues, which will be confirmed by the GAA later today, along with times and dates. “I think Donegal are a top-four, top-five county and I’m going to edge with Donegal.” said former Dublin star Barry Cahill to RTE news.“They’ve had a few tough games under their belts over the last few weeks, but I think Donegal will still have a big say in this year’s championship.”DONEGAL LEARN THEIR FATE IN THE NEXT ROUND OF ALL IRELAND QUALIFIERS was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Corkdonegalqualifierslast_img read more


first_imgDanceA dance will be held in St. Patrick’s hall on Thurs 12th Apr from 9-12pm. Music by Martin Duggan. Adm €7 Refreshments served great night’s entertainment guaranteed.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute Band The band would like to thank everyone who travelled to the various commemorations over the Easter period. No band practice this Tues.Monument CommitteeThe committee wishes to thank everyone who attended the commemoration on Sunday evening. It was great to see such a large turnout at the event. A big thank you to Jimmy and Pat for the upkeep of the monument and flowers. Thanks also to Michael for the song, Pearse, Eunan and Christina for the readings and everyone who helped out on the day. Donegal Fibromyalgia Support GroupHolding monthly meetings as follows: 1st Wednesday of month in Education Centre, St. Conals, Letterkenny 7pm – 8.30pm, 13th April in Millbrae Health Centre, Stranorlar 6.30 – 8.30pmThis is a chance to speak to others, who live with this Chronic Pain Condition, which is both not well known or understood. Why not come along for a cuppa & chat.Speakers are sometimes in attendance. Refreshments are provided free of charge. for more info contact Jude at 0863945008 after 7pm, mikejay1@eircom.netJude Fibromyalgia Bromley on FacebookCharlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 04th Apr 04,06,08,12. No jackpot winner 4 match 3 Nos:€25 each Sean Rooney, Laghey. Joe Mc Cormack, Donegal. Grainne MhicGeidigh, Dunlewey. Daithi Mc Gonagle, Muff. Next weeks jackpot €2850Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat. Bend At Lettermore Bridge.Councillor Cora Harvey has met with council engineers on concerns raised by local residents at this bend and has been notified there will be some safety work carried out.St. Mary’s GAALotto results for 03/04/12 DN, MH, RN, LD. 2 winners Marian Prunty, Caroline Woods Next weeks jackpot €4350 Bingo in Hall @9 every Tuesday. Lotto’s available from any committee member, €2 each or 3 for €5Drumkeen UtdOur 35th Anniversary Free Members draw will take place in Jameson’s Bar on Fri 4th May 2012.18 prizes to be won. Tickets €10 each or 3 for €20. All proceeds in aid of new Astro Turf training pitch. Tickets available from any club member or at the clubhouse (074 9134208)Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please email drumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: April 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Gardai to proceed with strike tomorrow – how will it affect you?

first_imgThe planned garda strike is set to go ahead tomorrow as efforts to solve the pay dispute have failed.As of 7am tomorrow (Friday) up to 10,500 rank and file gardai are staging a 24 hour walkout as part of their industrial action against pay restoration.As these members of the Garda Representative Association refuse to report to duty tomorrow, the ramifications are set to be huge. In a last-minute request by the GRA, officers in emergency response and regional support units have been asked to report for duty to protect the State.Emergency Response units, airport police and 999 centres are set to continue to operate. Court sittings are also expected to run as normal, and people are asked to take note of local arrangements if the matter should change.The country is going to have a “skeletal service” tomorrow, after it was revealed that 18 units will continue to operate.The GRA presented its case for improved pay and conditions to the Labour Court yesterday and agreed to ballot members on the outcome. While that ballot is still pending, the government made calls for the strike to be cancelled. Talks between the Garda Representative Association and the Department of Justice have now been adjourned until 8pm this evening, and there is still a possibility of an eleventh-hour deal.Despite the scaling back of the all-out strike, Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald has appealed to the Garda representative groups not to go ahead the action tomorrow.“Let’s be clear that if 12,800 gardaí go on striker there is no contingency plan that can replace that number,” the Minister for Justice said.GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis said, “the ongoing security of the State, protection of life and the gathering of evidence is paramount and must not be compromised, despite the sense of anger, betrayal and disillusionment that resulted in 95% of the GRA membership democratically expressed their preference for industrial action.”The GRA is suggesting the following units do not take part in any industrial action: Emergency Response Unit (ERU) – an armed unit of An Garda SíochánaRegional Support Units – also armed unitsGarda Technical Bureau – mapping, fingerprints, ballistics, photographic sectionsCritical incident/major emergency response capabilitiesCommunication RoomsresProtection & Escort PersonnelNational SurveillanceStatic Protection PostsSpecial DetectivesIntelligence SectionsWitness Security ProgrammeVIP ProtectionGarda Drugs Organised Crime BureauSpecial Dedicated Embassy PatrolsImmigrationForensic Collision InvestigatorsThose attending prosecutions in courtStudents and ProbationersGardai to proceed with strike tomorrow – how will it affect you? was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dinosaurs Placed in Big Tree

first_imgDinosaurs didn’t take advantage of the big rise in diversity at the end of the Cretaceous, say British researchers.  Their big “supertree” of dinosaur evolution shows that the dinosaurs were just evolving at a regular speed while flowering plants, social insects, birds and mammals were evolving like crazy.    Science Daily and New Scientist were among popular media reports that printed the supertree diagram and stated the claim without question.  An examination of the original paper,1 however, shows something interesting:In order to obtain a well-resolved tree, we undertook some post hoc taxon pruning where poorly constrained species, producing unacceptably high numbers (more than 5000) of equally probable supertrees, were removed.  Choosing a tree for diversity analyses was based on overall supertree support.In fact, numerous subjective decisions were made to come up with the supertree.  The authors had to decide which fossils qualified as distinct species, for instance.  They also ran various tree-building software programs and had to decide threshold values for agreement: e.g., “To enforce MIX to run a compatibility analysis, the threshold parsimony option was set to 2.  One hundred heuristic searches were performed, and characters were weighted (as described above) using a specifically generated weight file.”  Subsequent paragraphs show even more subjectivity.  Here is one selection from the “Materials and Methods” section, to give a taste of the tweaking behind the result.  Some definitions of terms were added in brackets.Phylogenetic shifts in diversification were detected using SYMMETREE v.  1.0 (Chan & Moore 2005).  Analyses of tree shape are biased when a group is paraphyletic [composed of some but not all members descending from a common ancestor], as a particularly speciose clade (in this case, birds) is represented by a single terminal (Archaeopteryx).  A modification was thus required in order to account for the absence of birds.  Although it was not feasible in the present contribution to include all birds, a hand-drawn phylogeny of the better-known Mesozoic taxa (72 species in total) was inserted at the node subtending Archaeopteryx +Jinfengopteryx, effectively making the tree a Mesozoic time slice.  (This placement of Jinfengopteryx is based on the original description (Ji et al.  2005), but more recent analyses, e.g. Turner et al. (2007), have placed it within Troodontidae.)  Polytomies [divisions into three or more parts] were treated as soft, with the size-sensitive ERM [equal-rates Markov] algorithm set to perform 10000 random resolutions per individual node and 1000000 random resolutions for the entire tree.  Internal branches within the phylogeny on which diversification shifts are inferred to have occurred were identified using the Delta-2 shift statistic.  This process was repeated for time slices of the whole tree as described in Ruta et al. (2007) to avoid violating the ERM model.The tree was also fitted to the geological time scale, which assumes the very evolutionary story that the researchers were trying to discern.  Then, they added missing data (a kind of oxymoron), or “ghost ranges,” to get a smoother result:Ghost ranges, minimal basal stratigraphic range extensions implied by the geometry of the phylogenetic tree, indicate missing fossil data, and allow us to correct diversity profiles for the group through the Mesozoic and to compare diversification rates, the proportional change in observed species richness as a function of time, at different points (figure 2b, solid line): note how the addition of ghost ranges smoothes the curve.  In particular, peaks in observed diversification rate in the Norian and Campanian-Maastrichtian (bins 3 and 12) are greatly reduced when ghost ranges are introduced.  This is a minimal correction that does not take account of unknown taxon ranges before the first appearance of the older of a pair of sister groups.  In addition, this correction does not address possible upward range extensions.  However, peaks in the earliest, Middle and Late Jurassic are still observed after introduction of ghost ranges (figure 2b, dashed line).Did anyone ask whether selective judgments in software settings and subjective decisions about which species to include and exclude would generate reliable inferences about an unobservable past assumed to be over 100 million years ago?  Could this kind of tweaking be guaranteed, instead, to reproduce the authors’ own biases?    The authors did try to correct for some known biases, such as sampling error.  They also discussed uncertainties that are hotly debated among evolutionists, such as whether diversification typically occurs early in a radiation or not.  “The fossil record of continental vertebrates is clearly patchy, with large temporal gaps between sampling horizons.  The seriousness of sampling bias is debated,” they also granted.  Even so, they had to admit, “It follows that the fluctuations in diversification rate may not necessarily reflect evolutionary signal, and these must be tested rigorously.”    When all was said and done, after repeated rounds of tuning the knobs, the signal that dinosaurs did not take part in the alleged “Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution” was weak.  The popular science articles, though, reported it as a discovery of science.1.  Lloyd, Davis, Pisani et al, “Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution,” Royal Society Proceedings B, 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online), DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0715.You have just watched professional divination in action.  What these scientists did has no more relation to the true history of the world than the tea leaves in a fortune-teller’s bowl reveal about the origin of tea plants.  This is pure hocus, foisted on a gullible public under the guise of science (i.e., knowledge).  We provided detailed quotes from the paper to reveal how the trickery is done.  You don’t have to understand the jargon.  Just look at how subjective it is.  Why do the popular media publish the bottom-line claims of these wizards as if knowledge has just been gleaned from the world?  This is nothing but Darwinist imagination masquerading as scientific research.    Notice how the project was saturated with evolutionary religion from start to finish.  The fossils (admittedly scanty) were first placed into the millions-of-years evolutionary story.  This step has already been falsified by the discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bone, bringing the millions-of-years assumption crashing down (see 04/26/2008).  Unabashed by that inconvenient fact, the authors continued their vision quest by borrowing other published evolutionary-diviner chants and spells.  It’s only polite, after all, to reference one’s sources.  Then they used Darwin-divination software.  They selected only the tea leaves and lighting guaranteed to support their story.  They published their resultant horoscope in a Darwin-divination journal, then handed it to the Darwin-inebriated press to herald to the unwashed masses.  A colorful image of the Magic Supertree Diagram was displayed to lend an air of mystical authority to the announcement.    All these shenanigans are designed to create a sense of numinous awe in the public consciousness.  Readers are supposed to bow down and confess that the diviners possess The Wisdom of The World, and that they are to be heeded instead of those wicked, nasty, evil, insane Creationists who proclaim a different message: that the complex bodies of birds, mammals, dinosaurs and insects reveal design, not chance, and that mythical “Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolutions” are incapable of forcing undirected matter to invent complex organs and functions.    Get wise to the tricks of the wizards.  This is not science.  It’s not even magic.  It’s deception.  The deceivers who believe their own lies are the most to be 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