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first_imgLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani seemed to be the only person in Angel Stadium who wasn’t incredibly impressed while he mowed down the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters in order.But when Ohtani finally yielded a hit and then struck out Matt Olson with two runners on to end the seventh inning, he gave a fist pump and a celebratory scream at the ground while the crowd rose for a standing ovation.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Matt Joyce homered in the ninth.TROUT CONNECTSTrout scored his 700th run in the first inning on Pujols’ double down the left-field line. Trout joined a club of nine players in baseball history, including Pujols, who had 200 homers and 700 runs scored before their age-27 season.Trout hit a long homer over the ficus trees in center field in the third inning, snapping an 0-for-15 skid on Los Angeles’ homestand. The two-time AL MVP added a bloop RBI single in the fourth to chase Graveman.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: Oakland put OF Boog Powell on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain in a move retroactive to Saturday. Mark Canha was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Powell will return to Oakland for an MRI on Monday. He was injured Friday, when he crashed into the wall and later got his spikes stuck in the dirt while running the bases.Angels: Los Angeles put a starting pitcher on the DL for the third time this season, leaving the club with three starters and 10 relievers on its 25-man roster. J.C. Ramirez went on the 10-day list with a right elbow strain after lasting just two innings and walking five A’s in his loss Saturday. Even the two-way Japanese sensation realized his first home pitching start was a thrilling moment in his increasingly incredible rookie season.Ohtani threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his home debut on the mound, propelling the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday.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 crownMarcus Semien’s clean one-out single to left broke up Ohtani’s bid for a perfect game, but he finished the inning with his 12th strikeout. Mixing 99 mph fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches and tremendous professional cool, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland — until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too.“I wanted to keep a clean zero on the board,” Ohtani said. “One hit would (mean) two runs, and it’s a huge difference. I wanted that strikeout, and I got it.”center_img UP NEXTAthletics: After a day off in Los Angeles, Sean Manaea (0-1, 1.15 ERA) takes the mound at Dodger Stadium to open a two-game interleague series. He threw eight innings of stellar one-run ball against Texas in his last start.Angels: Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) takes the mound Monday when Los Angeles opens a road trip against the Texas Rangers. The long-injured righty hasn’t pitched against the Angels’ AL West rivals in Arlington since May 1, 2016.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Ohtani struck out the side twice during the latest feat in a series of early season superlatives by the 23-year-old prodigy. He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, and he homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades.“Especially with how my spring training went, I wasn’t really imagining (the start of the season) to be this good, to be honest,” Ohtani said. “I feel better every day. I feel like I’m getting used to everything more and more each day. But it’s just the first week.”He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches. Ohtani struck out the side again in the fifth inning, and he fanned every Oakland batter except Jonathan Lucroy at least once.“He got off to a good start, the crowd got into it (and) he got a little bit of a generous strike zone, all of that,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “But the bottom line is he pitched really well.”Jed Lowrie drew a four-pitch walk after Semien’s single, but Ohtani ended the threat by inducing Khris Davis’ weak groundout before fanning Olson. He left the mound to the last of several standing ovations from his enthralled new fans in the sellout crowd — an unheard-of gathering at Angel Stadium in April.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

first_imgThe Feb. 17 issue of Current Biology1 has a Q&A magazine feature on the genetic code.  After dismissing some myths about it being universal, consisting of only 20 amino acids and obligated to only three codons (there are some minor exceptions to these mostly-true principles: see 04/30/2003), the authors tackle the big question: where did it come from?I heard about a ‘frozen accident’�One of the first proposals, in 1968, for the origin of the code, was Francis Crick’s ‘frozen accident’ model.  But the discovery of alternative codes showed that the code is not frozen.  And similar codons are assigned to similar amino acids, indicating that the code is not an accident.So, how did the code evolve?There are several theories that try to explain the origin of the code.  Most can be classified in one of three major groups.Chemical: posits that direct chemical interactions between amino acids and their cognate codons/anticodons influenced codon assignment.  Studies of binding of RNA aptamers to amino acids showed that, for at least some amino acids – arginine, tyrosine and isoleucine – such chemical interactions do exist.  These theories fail to explain the assignment of codons that do not show direct interactions to their cognate amino acids.Historical: proposes that an initially smaller code grew by incorporation of new amino acids. For example, new amino acids may have captured codons from their metabolic precursors, contributing to the assignment of similar amino acids to similar codons.Selection: suggests that the code was selected to minimize the phenotypic effects of point mutations.  The code’s organization supports this: nonsynonymous substitutions often lead to replacement of an amino acid by one chemically similar, causing little disruption in the protein.Accumulating evidence for these models suggests that they are not mutually exclusive.  Rather, the code probably evolved by an interplay among some or all of them.  Direct interactions of short RNA molecules and amino acids may have fixed the assignment of certain codons, while subsequent assignments may have been driven by history and selection.(Emphasis in original.)1Andre R.O. Cavalcanti and Laura F. Landweber, “Magazine: Genetic Code,” Current Biology Vol 14, R147, 17 February 2004.They just violated Occam’s razor.  They also violated the rule that three wrongs don’t make a right. The “Chemical” theory is the old biological predestination idea that Dean Kenyon abandoned.  If RNA happens to bind to three amino acids better than the 17 others, that does not explain how they subsequently linked via peptide bonds to form a polypeptide with any catalytic activity.  Amino acids do not have the ability to link up by themselves.  Getting just one element of the complex protein machinery that can translate DNA and construct a protein is astronomically improbable, to put it mildly (see our online book).The “Historical” theory is hysterical, because it personifies amino acids.  One cannot ascribe purposeful processes to chemicals.  No cheating with natural selection, either; it cannot even begin to a player unless an accurate system of self-replication is already working.The “Selection” Theory also personifies the chemicals: the code was selected to minimize … point mutations”  Enough of this passive-voice nonsense.  Who selected it, and why would he/she/it want to, if not to optimize the system?  The sentence makes perfect sense in intelligent design theory, but is bizarre otherwise.  No cheating with natural selection here, either.    The authors committed one more foul: card stacking.  All their theories assume naturalistic evolution.  They left out the only theory that explains the observations without violating Occam’s razor: intelligent design. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img3 June 2014Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) 500 000th EA111 engine rolled off the production line on Friday, marking the 2-millionth engine produced at the company’s manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.Production of the EA111 engine, which powers Volkswagen’s Polo and Polo Vivo models locally and equivalent models abroad, began in 2010 with volumes of 89 000 a year.“Since then, there has been a steady growth in production volumes, with this year’s production set to reach the 175 000 mark,” Richard Reid, head of VWSA’s engine plant, said in a statement on Monday.Reid said that, of these 175 000 engines, 77% were targeted for export to international markets, including factories in China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Mexico.“Last year in September, we introduced a fourth shift in the engine plant which increased the production capacity from 147 000 to 175 000 engines. The bolstering of production was due to the high demand from the Chinese market,” Reid said.The company said it had introduced new production line technology over the years to handle the increased growth in production. This included a state-of-the-art testing facility which ensures that each engine is 100% proof tested before it leaves the line, as well as hi-tech interactive machinery that assists operators with instructions via a screen connected to the electronic bolting equipment.VWSA managing director David Powels said these improvements had enabled the company to produce an engine every two minutes, while ensuring “that we are continually improving our products for both the local and international markets”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 Ohio Beef Expo kicked off on Friday. It’s certainly one of the most popular events for Ohio cattlemen to attend. This event attracts over 30,000 participants from 25 states and Canada each year. The Expo included breed sales, shows and displays, educational events, a highly competitive junior show and a trade show with over 140 exhibitors.On Friday, Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo spoke with Bruce Smith of COBA Select Sires. Listen to the interview here:Bruce Smith Select Sires Beef interview with Dale Minyo 3-18-16This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, included breed sales, shows and displays, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. This year’s junior show was the largest ever with more than 850 junior heifers and steers and more than 450 exhibitors competing in showmanship.In the Junior Show, the Grand Champion market animal was the champion crossbred exhibited by Kendra Gabriel from Pickaway County. The Reserve Champion market animal was the reserve crossbred exhibited by Caden Jones of Allen County.The Grand Champion Heifer was the Champion % Simmental Heifer exhibited by Tyson Woodard of Darke County. The Reserve Champion Heifer was the Champion Purebred Simmental Heifer exhibited by Ali Muir of Auglaize County.There were also several breed sales. The Angus sale grossed $183,870 with bulls averaging $3,512 and females averaging $3,473. The Hereford Sale grossed $115,305 with bulls selling for an average of $3,013 and females selling for an average of $2,573. The Maine-Anjou sale grossed $250,050 with bulls averaging $4,270 and females averaging $3,087. The Shorthorn sale grossed $165,260 with bulls averaging $2,369 and the females averaged $3,294. The Simmental Sale grossed $307,520 with bulls averaging $3,753 and females averaging $3,332.On Friday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. New Holland Agriculture presented a Forage Seminar,l featuring discussions by Dr. Francis Fluharty, Research Professor in the OSU Department of Animal Sciences, and Robert Hendrix, New Holland hay and forage product specialist. Also new in 2016, United Producers, Inc. sponsored an online feeder cattle sale.Over 140 exhibitors are on display at this year’s trade show.Each day was filled with many activities for a wide variety of interests. Sires of several different breeds were on display at the Genetic Pathway throughout the event. Breed shows and parades were held for Angus, Hereford, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, and Shorthorns. Other Friday highlights included a Nutrition Seminar and the Junior Show Welcome Party and Fitting Demonstration.The Saturday schedule was full of activity. Breed sales held included Angus, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, and Simmental. Junior activities included a judging contest, a Beef Quality Assurance Program, and the Junior Show Showmanship Contest. The Trade Show and Genetic Pathway were open as well. Sunday is the final day of the event. The highlight of the day was the Junior Heifer and Steer Show.For more results from the Ohio Beef Expo, go to: http://www.ohiobeefexpo.com/ Feeder Cattle Sale Shorthorn Show Shorthorn Show Hereford Show Over 140 exhibitors are on display at this year’s trade show. Dale Minyo speaking with Bruce Smith at the Ohio Ag Net booth. Ashley Peter, Defiance Co., sets up her Shorthorn heifer for the judge. Karly Goetz, Ottawa Co., leads her ShorthornPlus steer. Nathan Siebold, Madison Co., looks over his ShorthornPlus steer. Blake Martin, Huron Co., with his High% Maine. Maddox Cupp, Fairfield Co., won his Hereford heifer class. Brooke Weeks, Champaign Co., leads her Maine-Anjou steer. Amanda Nething, Richland Co., and her Hereford steer Ryan Flax, Clark Co., and his Hereford steer Josh Elder gives a fitting demonstration for Stock Show University. Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co., won her market heifer class. Delaney Jones, Allen Co., with her Simmental steer Samantha Parks, Warren Co., with her MaineTainer heifer Taylor Elliot, Richland Co., watches the judge with her MaineTainer heifer.last_img read more