NAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies captain Darren Sammy has expressed disappointment with his team’s three-wicket loss to Afghanistan, but says he is pleased that their goal of advancing to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup was achieved.West Indies crashed to a sobering defeat against spirited Afghanistan in a low scoring thriller at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium yesterday, but had already qualified for the semi-finals on the basis of scoring three straight wins before their first loss in the tournament.”We are very disappointed that we lost the game. Whatever happened today does not affect how we are going to play in the semis,” vowed Sammy.”We wanted to come out of this group winning four out of four, but looking at the history of the tournament, no team has done it undefeated. So we will leave this game here and see it as the blip in the tournament. Now we have two knockouts to play. Two more steps.”Samuel Badree destroyed the top order with three wickets, while Andre Russell picked-up two as West Indies restricted Afghanistan to 127 for seven. But Mohamad Nabi and Rashin Khan with two wickets each contained the Windies big hitters with spin and forced them to squander an easy run chase.”It is a total we should have got. I think we just kept losing wickets. One partnership of 50 plus would have won us the game. But we just did not bat well throughout the innings,” said Sammy.”We did not take it lightly. They are a side we are supposed to beat and we just did not do it today. But the main objective in coming out of the Super 10 was to qualify for the semis and that we did.”Dwayne Bravo was the top scorer with 28, Johnson Charles scored 22, while Andre Fletcher was forced to retire on 10 with a hamstring injury.”At the end of the day we just did not play smart enough. The games we have won somebody took responsibility to bat through,” he said. “This time nobody did it. Nobody took responsibility. They just left it for the next man to come. Like I said to the guys tonight, we will just leave this game here in Nagpur. It’s a new focus now .We just have to be ready.”
Animals, whether living or fossil, often show surprising tricks of sensation, adaptation, or ornamentation.My, what big teeth you have: A marsupial saber-tooth cat with fangs like steak knives had a “embarrassing” bite no worse than that of a pussycat, Live Science claims. Mechanical analysis shows that to use them without ripping them out of their sockets, the beast would have had to insert them with “delicate precision” – a hard thing to test, since scientists lack the ability to watch the predators in action. The BBC News story included an artist’s conception of what the marsupial might have looked like (with artistic license for coat color and environment); other reconstructions make it look much more like Smilodon, the placental saber-tooth cat. What’s more surprising is the evolutionary angle. The marsupial supposedly had nothing to do with its placental look-alike:Named Thylacosmilus atrox (“pouch saber”), the animal was about the size of a jaguar, but “looked and behaved like nothing alive today,” paleontologist Stephen Wroe said in a statement. Superficially, Thylacosmilus resembled the saber-toothed cats of the Pleistocene, like the North American icon, Smilodon fatalis. Both have long canines designed to attack large prey, but the animals were separated by at least 125 million years of evolution, researchers say.Tough but sensitive: What could be tougher than crocodile scales? Yet the scary beasts have a “supersense” in a “previously misunderstood” delicate organ, Science Daily reports: the ability to sense touch, heat, cold, and the environment in their skin. It wouldn’t seem that a skin so hard it cracks when it grows would be so sensitive, but inside those cracks are “integumentary sensory organs” (ISO’s) that help the croc find food even in dark, murky water. Their skin provides multiple types of information: temperature, touch, and chemicals in the environment. There is “no equivalent in any other vertebrates,” the article states. “It is this transformation of a diffuse sensory system, such as we have in our own skin, into ISO which has allowed crocodilians to evolve a highly armored yet very sensitive skin.”Communal glow: A short post on Science Now shows that the glowworms that snare insects in New Zealand caves coordinate their light to maximize their catch.Whale of an oxygen tank: How do fin whales hold their breath and keep from imploding when they dive down 650 feet? That mystery was explored in a brief “Science Shot” on Science Now:Think you’re under pressure? Try diving 200 meters below the ocean. That’s where fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) spend their time feeding. That kind of pressure would rupture our blood vessels, but whales do just fine. To figure out why, researchers compared whale arteries to those of pigs, chosen for their relation to the whale’s land-loving ancestors. Then they ran saline or water over and through the vessels. The arteries, which draw blood away from the heart, stiffened in the fin whale, while the pig arteries stretched out and collapsed under far less stress, the team reports online this week in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The finding suggests that the whales benefit from naturally occurring collagen around their arteries. Firming up to withstand the depths, this connective tissue may be what keeps whales from feeling the squeeze.More than one way to evolve a breath: Speaking of oxygen down deep, Nature News claims that “Animals have evolved a variety of ways to get oxygen under extreme conditions.” Featured creatures are northern elephant seals that can hold their breath two hours underwater, ray-finned fish that possess a unique form of hemoglobin, and deer mice that live at high elevations. The article appeared to care less about the design of oxygen deliver to tissues in these well-adapted animals as in their evolution, saying without elaboration,Rezende … says that whereas the studies show that animals have found several ways to increase the amount of oxygen delivered to their muscles, all follow one unifying theme: all the adaptations help the animals to perform better under difficult conditions. And this is so useful that it has evolved multiple times through different pathways. “Increased oxygen delivery is almost always associated with high performance,” he says.High performance has also evolved in several different pathways in racing cars, but…. News flash! A beetle’s iridescent colors have survived for 49 million years! Extra, extra, read all about it in New Scientist.There they go again; misusing their own evolutionary theory. The phrase “allowed such-and-such an animal to evolve such-and-such an adaptation” is nonsense. We’ll allow you a trip to the moon without a space suit. Go ahead when ready. Evolutionists cannot use evolve as an active verb, “to evolve a” whatever. Opportunity is not fulfillment. An unguided process gives no permission. Whatever happens, happens in Darwin’s “Stuff Happens” Law, whether the environment allows it or not.When they say, “animals have evolved a variety of ways to” whatever, there’s another fallacy. They’ve personified evolution as something animals or Mother Nature does on purpose for a goal. Stupidest mythoid is this one: “this is so useful that it has evolved multiple times through different pathways.” Evolutionists wield their theory like a magic wand, saying, “Abracadabra! It evolved!” to account for everything, including high performance oxygen delivery to muscles. How many mutations did that take for natural selection to filter through?Added to the mythoid mix is convergent evolution again; animals “have evolved” multiple ways to get oxygen to high-performance muscles; saber teeth evolved in two completely unrelated mammals, separated by 125 million years in their mythical timeline.Those of us who love animals should be able to enjoy the discoveries without the Darwin Party sales pitch. The evolutionary hype is like those annoying pop-up ads that distract attention from the real story, which is intelligent design. 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A row broke out in Tripura on Monday after officials started a drive to demolish party and trade union offices built on public land. In a pre-dawn action, the west Tripura district administration dismantled at least nine structures in Agartala.The Congress and the CPI(M), both in opposition, criticised the action, but admitted that the buildings were on government land. The ruling BJP called the drive “impartial.” Congress workers, led by PCC president Birajit Sinha, staged a sit-in in front of the office of the District Magistrate to condemn what they called unethical demolition of offices of the transport unions owing allegiance to the party. The police took them into preventive custody.The Transport Minister in the Left Front government and CITU leader, Manik Dey, and west Tripura MP Shankar Prasad Datta visited the Old Motorstand area where the structures were dismantled. They alleged that the demolition was done without notice. “I can recall the days of Emergency. The BJP government in the State is showing disrespect to democratic values,” Mr. Dey told journalists. CPI(M) leaders said the trade union offices served as a place for transport workers and passengers to rest. They warned the government of an agitation if it pressed ahead with the drive.Hundreds of paramilitary troops and armed policemen were deployed at midnight before the demolition began. A prohibitory order under Section 144 was imposed in the city.West Tripura District Magistrate Milind Ramteke and Superintendent of Police Ajit Pratap Singh supervised the demolition of concrete structures with the help of bulldozers and a few hundred workers. Several roads were barricaded.Mr. Ramteke said notice was served on the occupants a week ago and was advertised in newspapers. He said the government had identified 104 political and trade union structures built on government land in west Tripura alone. Officials have put the number at 400 across the State and said all of them will be razed.Police officers said the situation in Agartala remained peaceful, but deployment would continue in some parts of the city to maintain law and order.
An illegal electric fence put up by encroachers in the Nameri National Park to keep elephants away has claimed the life of a forest guard in northcentral Assam’s Sonitpur district.The 200 sq km Nameri is a tiger reserve. Park officials said Biren Chandra Deka was electrocuted on Sunday night when he, along with another guard, was proceeding to the Nameri anti-poaching camp from the range office. “The route is through an encroached area in the buffer zone of Nameri National Park near 12th Mile of Bhalukpong (on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border,” said P. Sivakumar, Chief Conservator of Forests of the Northern Assam Circle. Mr. Deka did not notice the fence in the dark. He was killed on the spot.“We lodged an FIR and identified the people who erected the fence,” he said.
The BCCI has formed a special committee to look into India’s debacle on the England tour, the board announced on Monday.N. Srinivasan, who took over as the new president of BCCI, said the Indian team will bounce back from its defeat in England. “We have had just one bad series,” he said.India’s first World Cup winning team member Mohinder Amarnath, who once called the selection committee a bunch of jokers, and former Indian captain Anil Kumble will head the panel. Earlier, sources told Headlines Today that Amarnath might replace Yashpal Sharma as the representative from the north zone in the BCCI selection committee.Srinivasan also clarified that the Indian team had not received any specific invitation in London for the ICC Awards event that had created quite a row after M.S. Dhoni’s men skipped the ceremony.The BCCI chief also said former captain Sourav Ganguly will replace Sunil Gavaskar as the technically committee head. “We are yet to get his (Sourav’s) consent. I hope he agrees,” Srinivasan said.
Cardiff City fans hold a banner in the stands, reading ‘Emiliano Sala Forever a Bluebird’, ahead of the match against Arsenal, before the English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019. Tonight should have been the debut match for Emiliano Sala, who is believed to have died in a plane crash Monday Jan. 21. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)LONDON — Air accident investigators say two seat cushions have been found which are likely to have come from the plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala.They are the first traces of the plane to be found since it disappeared over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from France to Wales. Sala had just been signed by Premier League club Cardiff.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Bolts roar past Texters PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations British authorities say their French counterparts found parts of two seat cushions on a beach near Surtainville in northwest France.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch says “from a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter an official rescue operation for the light aircraft was called off on Thursday after three days, Sala’s family raised money for a private search.Now the AAIB says it has commissioned a vessel to conduct a search of the seabed starting this weekend. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants