Fossils Can Mislead Big Time

first_img(Visited 1,012 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Claims about fossil patterns rely on methods and assumptions that have been proven wrong.The dead walk again, terrorizing scientists and the public.A team of researchers dropped a bombshell in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They checked assumptions and methods behind evolutionary claims about mass extinctions in earth history. Whoops; it became apparent that fossils can get up and move! It’s like a zombie story: a headline from the Florida Museum of Natural History reads, “The walking dead: Fossils on the move can distort patterns of mass extinctions.”Florida Museum of Natural History researchers used a series of 130-foot cores drilled from the Po Plain in northeastern Italy to test a thought experiment: Imagine catastrophe strikes the Adriatic Sea, swiftly wiping out modern marine life. Could this hypothetical mass extinction be reconstructed correctly from mollusks – hard-shelled animals such as oysters and mussels – preserved in these cores?When they examined the cores, the results were “somewhat unnerving,” said Michal Kowalewski, Thompson Chair of Invertebrate Paleontology and the study’s principal investigator.Why was the result unnerving? Their data appeared to show a mass extinction had occurred, but that idea was false; the species were known to be still living! The scientists realized that common practices for interpreting fossils can be flat wrong.Current methods may give researchers the illusion of precision but fail to account for these factors, which are crucial to correctly interpreting past extinction events, he said.“If you apply methods based on the assumption of random fossilization, you get a precise estimate, but it may be wrong by millions of years,” Nawrot said. “Not only the pattern of extinction but also the timing of extinction would be wrongly interpreted, so this is quite important.”Many paleontologists naively assume that fossils they dig up are laid down in a random order over time. Assuming that, the top fossil of a given animal, such as a mollusk, should count as the “last occurrence” (LO) of the species. Fitting its date to the evolutionary timeline, the scientist would think they have found the date that the species went extinct. If several species show their LO’s at the same time, scientists would think have identified the date of a mass extinction. That interpretation could be very, very wrong. Why? The fossils might have moved to another location!The mollusks in the cores presented a false extinction pattern, with last occurrences of certain species seemingly “vanishing” from the fossil record at different depths. The disappearance of these species coincides with shifts in marine environments. Photo courtesy Daniele Scarponi.When the researchers reordered the species represented in the cores from the Po basin according to their last occurrence, they noted several points at which many species appeared to vanish simultaneously. In reality, none of the species had gone extinct. They disappeared from a given site either because local environmental conditions changed, or they were simply missed during the sampling, said Rafal Nawrot, the study’s first author and a postdoctoral researcher in invertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum.The cores also depicted a false pattern of extinction, with the majority of offshore species disappearing in a single large “pulse” in the lower part of the cores and shallow-water and brackish species fading out in several smaller pulses. This is because species followed their preferred habitats as they shifted with changing sea levels. Deeper-water dwellers vanished first, as the local river delta started to expand into the Adriatic Sea, replacing open sea with coastal conditions. When shorelines advanced even farther, shallow-water species disappeared as well.Paleontologists have not been totally ignorant of problems in interpreting fossil cores. They knew about some ways that data can be misleading. One is called the Signor-Lipps Effect:Comparing with the previous photo, could you interpret what happened? Could anyone? Photo by Daniele Scarponi.The problem is a phenomenon known as the Signor-Lipps effect: Because the fossil record is incompletely sampled, the last-known fossil of a given species is almost certainly not the last member of that species, which muddles our ability to date extinctions.Applied on large scales, the Signor-Lipps effect can make a mass extinction appear gradual. “But it’s more complicated than that,” these scientists warn. Why? Because fossils are not laid down in a random way. Geology changes. Things can happen that speed up or slow down the fossilization process at a given site.Taken at face value, the cores presented a dramatically distorted record of both the timing and tempo of extinction, potentially calling into question some of the methods paleontologists commonly use to interpret past mass extinctions.Climatic cycles trigger changes in sea level, causing shorelines to advance or recede and driving changes in environments. A beach may become a mudflat, for example, or a delta can turn into a coastal plain. Shifts in sea level can also affect sedimentation rates – how quickly mud and sand are deposited. These factors can cause last occurrences of fossils to cluster together and influence the probability of finding fossils in a given location.Geologists and paleontologists have been at work for centuries. Surely they knew about these caveats, right? Here’s what one of the paper’s co-authors, Michal Kowaleski, says about that:“This is to my knowledge, the first empirical study to use the fossil record of living species to test these models rigorously and computationally, rather than theoretically,” Kowalewski said. “We know these species are still living in the Adriatic Sea, so we can be sure that their disappearance from the fossil record does not represent a true extinction.”Another co-author pointed out an additional way data can easily be misinterpreted:“It’s important to admit that fossil species – just like modern ones – have specific ecological requirements, which sounds obvious but is not always acknowledged.”How widespread is this problem? Was their discovery a rare case?Taken at face value, the cores presented a dramatically distorted record of both the timing and tempo of extinction, potentially calling into question some of the methods paleontologists commonly use to interpret past mass extinctions.The scientists want to reassure the public that scientists “can” interpret the fossils correctly, just that they need to be more careful about their assumptions and methods.“We’re not saying you cannot study mass extinctions. You can,” Kowalewski said. “What we’re saying is that the nature of the geological record is complicated, so it is not trivial to decipher it correctly.”But if we could not trust the interpretations of previous experts, why should we trust these experts? What other unknowns have they overlooked? They may not have taken into account “unknown unknowns” that are misleading on a massive scale. The open-access paper concludes,Stratigraphic distribution of extant species demonstrates that interactions between ecological preferences of organisms and processes of sediment accumulation produce systematic changes in occurrence rates and sampling probabilities of taxa along a sedimentary succession. The resulting non-random truncation of stratigraphic ranges leads to clustering of LOs at specific sequence stratigraphic positions distorting the relative chronology of species extinctions. Such patterns can easily confound interpretations of the timing, duration and ecological selectivity of mass extinction events. Importantly, the effects of these eco-stratigraphic processes cannot be removed by methods that correct the Signor–Lipps effect under a model of uniform preservation and recovery of fossils.Research strategies that account for the effects of stratigraphic architecture are data-intensive and rely on placing fossil occurrences in a rigorous palaeoenvironmental and sequence stratigraphic framework. They also typically require integration of data across multiple sections or sedimentary basin, thus often sacrificing temporal and spatial resolution. These challenges imposed by the nature of the stratigraphic record must be acknowledged and addressedbefore high-resolution reconstructions of past extinction dynamics are attempted. However, more conservative interpretations of the stratigraphic distribution of fossil taxa will maximize the accuracy of palaeobiological interpretations and reduce the risk of using false extinction patterns to formulate and test eco-evolutionary hypotheses.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine reproduced this press release, even though the results cause problems for evolutionary dating.These scientists experimented with boreholes. How can you know when you’ve drilled enough boreholes? You might conclude you found the last occurrence (LO) of a mollusk or crinoid, but maybe a more recent one was missed had you drilled another hole nearby. This happens; dramatic cases of “living fossils” prove that previous claims about the last occurrence of a species, such as a ginkgo tree, a coelacanth, or a tuatara (each of them thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs or earlier), were false. The species had to be living in the intervening millions of years (according to the evolutionary timeline), without leaving a trace! Does that sound reasonable? What does that imply about the evolutionary timeline? What does that imply about evolutionists’ stories of mass extinctions? Evolutionists trot out their man-made diagrams of mass extinctions, giving an “illusion of precision” that might present a “dramatically distorted record,” deceiving the public.Clearly the fossils mean something. They mean that animals lived and died. But when and how did they die? How did they become buried where they are? Fossils do not interpret themselves. Scientists did not watch them die and get buried. They might use assumptions they “feel” are reasonable. Some assumptions can be tested, like watching how seashells sort themselves out in water, using a flume. Even then, how can they be sure that their flume experiments match all the circumstances of the fossil burial? If two different sets of circumstances were to yield the same appearance, one could never be sure which scenario was correct. There’s no way to be absolutely sure without having been there. The more complicated the data set, the more fraught with potential for error. And if your interpretation is tied to a worldview (e.g., slow-and-gradual evolution over millions of years), watch out! As creation geologists like to ask, is the Grand Canyon to be explained by a little water over a long time, or a lot of water over a short time? Your worldview will determine which theory you find “reasonable.”Biblical creationists have an advantage: an Eyewitness who was there and told us what happened. A global flood wiped out the first animals, leaving a fossil record which Ken Ham likes to describe as “billions of dead things, buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth.” You can choose to believe the Eyewitness or not, but we all have the same facts to examine. And what do we find? Billions of dead things, buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth. Who are you going to trust, fallible scientists who weren’t there and don’t know everything? You just watched them blunder on their assumptions and interpretations. Their confidence that they can get it right from now on is just bluffing. Don’t keep throwing good money to bad fortune tellers.For solid evidence that the fossils are not millions of years old, but fit the Biblical timeline, see the free videos available online now from the documentary “Is Genesis History?” Since the film came out in 2017, their website has offered many helpful resources. It now includes extended scenes from the film, and lectures from the scientists who appeared in it (also available on their YouTube page). Watch this one about Dinosaur Soft Tissue and think about what it implies about the age of the fossil record. last_img read more

South Africa’s satellite ‘leads the way’

first_img21 December 2010 A design team from satellite builders SunSpace were able to rectify the problem, however, by means of a unique manoeuvre that involved guiding the satellite to tumble “head-over-heels” in order to scan an image from south to north while orbiting from north to south. SumbandilaSat images are available via the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre catalogue. New image requests can be directed to sales and customer services at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC). These images would have cost over R40&nbps;000 each from a commercially operated satellite, but SumbandilaSat is able to deliver such images, each covering an area of 50 by 60 kilometres, to local projects at no cost. Affordable micro-satellite technology Setback, solution The SumbandilaSat images can also be used to map burnt areas, for example, in the Kruger National Park, where fire is part of the natural ecology and is used by SANParks as a management tool to manipulate vegetation to promote biodiversity and influence the balance between grass, shrubs and big trees. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Managing Kruger Park fires So far, the satellite has delivered 800 images of targets worldwide, of which approximately 54% have been cloud-free – translating to four images on average per day. Three to five images of southern African targets can be captured per week. A constellation of similar satellites is planned to increase the availability of such satellite data for diverse applications. Several African countries will participate in this joint venture, and will eventually share in the data produced by the African Resource Management Constellation, especially for disaster monitoring applications. SANParks currently has to rely on very coarse-resolution satellite images of 500m pixel size for regular mapping of burnt areas. SumbandilaSat provides images at 6.25m pixel resolution and covers an area of 50 by 60 kilometres per image. The satellite imagery can also be used to monitor the recovery of the vegetation in the burnt area and the long-term influence of fire on tree and grass cover. South Africa’s micro-satellite, SumbandilaSat, is living up to its Venda name as it “leads the way” in providing free, frequent high-resolution images capable of revolutionising local earth observation in various fields. Although the imaging capacity of SumbandilaSat is much less than that of commercial high-resolution satellites, the satellite has demonstrated the viability of affordable micro-satellite technology, which is its primary stated mission. Earlier in the mission, a setback was experienced with the performance of the altitude stabilisation system on the satellite. The South African National Space Agency will be tasked with ensuring that society benefits from investments in space-based earth observation technology. During August and September, SumbandilaSat produced five high-resolution images of the south-western part of the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Bushbuckridge, where the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and SA National Parks (SANParks) are conducting various research projects. The provision of free, frequent high-resolution satellite images of specific areas of interest has the potential to revolutionise local earth observation capabilities in many fields, with natural disasters (like fires and floods) and human activities (like mining, settlements, forestry) being accurately monitored on a regular basis.last_img read more

Zelda Goes To The Symphony

first_imgTags:#geek culture#Nintendo#video games Both the music and multimedia presentation are preapproved by Nintendo, and Jason spent a great deal of effort to maintain the integrity of legendary Nintendo game composer Koji Kondo’s work. “That’s a heavy responsibility and I take that very seriously,” he said.Seriously indeed. Before the show, Jason showed me around backstage, where members of the 66-piece orchestra (featuring not one but two harpists because, well, it’s Zelda) and 24-voice choir were preparing for the two-act performance featuring nine pieces (and, spoiler alert: several encores) from the original Zelda themes. The orchestral adaptations were arranged by composer Chad Seiter, who’s no stranger to geek sounds with a résumé that includes Star Trek Into Darkness, Fringe, and Lost.In fact, there was no shortage of geekery in Davies Symphony Hall: the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra was the performing group on stage that night, the conductor wielded a Wind Waker baton, and the auditorium was full of fans dressed in cosplay. It felt less like going to a classical performance and more like a mini, Zelda-exclusive Comic-Con.Fans dressed as Link and Zelda (not at the symphony, though)“Once you walk through the door, you have the feeling that you’re at a video game concert. You see people dressed up… from the green tunics to Ganon costumes to Link costumes. It’s quite an atmosphere and it’s something that I strongly encourage,” Jason said.The fandom is, perhaps, the most innovative thing about Symphony of the Goddesses. The show breathes new life into the classical format, introducing the grandeur of a live orchestra to a different audience. The crowd cheered through the performance, a reminder that these were not conventional golf-clapping concertgoers. Attendees of all ages were present that night, from young symphony first-timers to grown-up geek couples — there was even a proposal during intermission!More stories from PopSugar Tech:The Californication of Mac OS X: What Could Come After MavericksHow Superman ShavesMicrosoft Office Finally Debuts To iPhone UsersInappropriate and Sexist Vintage Comic Book MomentsTumblr of the Day: Jony Ive Redesigns ThingsThe Zelda Symphony season is just kicking off touring the rest of the country through October, including tonight’s performance at the Greek Theatre in LA. And the geek concerts don’t stop with the Zelda franchise.Jason Michael Paul Productions is premiering rePLAY in October, a sequel to Play! A Video Game Symphony, which features a catalog of music from PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox. We’ll keep you posted on all the latest happenings on the video game concert front, but first, watch an excerpt from Symphony of the Goddesses at a 2012 show in Montreal.Link and Zelda image via Flickr user VMPastore, CC 2.0. All other photos by Nicole Nguyen and Andrew Craig/Zelda Symphony nicole nguyen 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.I’m ushered into my seat as the conductor takes her place on the podium — but an ordinary night at the symphony this is not. The audience is in cosplay and the music of The Legend of Zelda begins, triggering memories of swashbuckling through Hyrule.But it’s nothing like the 246-megabit soundtrack I grew up with. No, this is Symphony of the Goddesses, a reimagining of the beloved Nintendo franchise, filling San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall with heroic sounds inspired by the game, while scenes from a selection of Zelda titles are projected above the musicians. The concert, now touring the US and Canada, is a must-see music experience that’s not just for gamers.After The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds‘ recent release on Nintendo 3DS, it seems fitting to relive the best musical moments of the 27-year-old franchise with the grandeur of the symphony.Even if you’ve never channeled the justice-seeking, princess-avenging, Ganon-destroying hero, Link, the spectacle of this performance and score will move you. But executive producer Jason Michael Paul wants to reassure Nintendo fans that Symphony of the Goddesses is a completely authentic Zelda experience. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

PH bows out of 3×3 U-18 quarters

first_imgEncho Serrano tries to score past the stingy Belgian defense. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippines staged a gallant stand but fell to Belgium, 18-14, Sunday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.The young Nationals could not sustain their hot start as they lost hold of a 7-4 lead and allowed the Belgians to stage a 6-1 run and grab the 10-8 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Though Encho Serrano and AJ Edu brought the Philippines back and tied the game at 12, Vincent Peeters anchored Belgium’s strong finishing kick to earn a spot in the semifinals and face Slovenia.The Philippines could still hold its head high as the boys towed the country to its best ever finish in the tournament since its foundation in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSerrano topped the Philippines with six points, while Edu added five markers. Juan Gomez de Liano had three in the game. /atmThe Scores: What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BELGIUM 18 – Peeters 6, Nouhi 5, Fogang 5, Coppens 2.PHILIPPINES 14 – Serrano 6, Edu 5, Gomez de Liano 3, Amsali 0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From former school teacher to world champion, Horn fulfills dream LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gameslast_img read more

Ohio State Looking Into Braxton Miller Advocare Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State may have a Braxton Miller problem, and somehow, it isn’t related to whether he’ll be named the starting quarterback in 2015. Tuesday night, Miller may have made a mistake in promoting Advocare products on his Instagram page – something considered in violation of NCAA bylaws. According to James Grega Jr. of The Lantern, Ohio State is looking into the situation.OSU spokesman on Miller situation, “We are looking into this.” Might be nothing, but has attention of OSU athletic department— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) March 25, 2015Considering Ohio State’s recent history when it comes to player-related NCAA violations, expect the school to do its due diligence here. Whether Miller will be punished by either Ohio State or the NCAA remains to be seen.last_img read more

Governor-General Encourages Wards at Juvenile Correctional Centre

first_imgGovernor-General Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging wards at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre to make good use of the training and mentorship programmes to which they are being exposed.As he spoke with wards who participate in the Rotary Club of Kingston’s Back2Life Mentorship Programme, Sir Patrick urged them to view their time at the centre as a period of reflection and focus on what they want to do, where they want to go and what they want to achieve when they leave.He told them to “set their goals high,” adding that they should not settle for mediocrity. “When you leave here, do not go backwards,” the Governor-General said.Following a tour of the facility’s computer lab, woodwork shop, the tailoring unit and home economics department on Tuesday, April 23, Sir Patrick who interacted with some of the wards, said he was impressed by the rehabilitation and training programmes which were delivered in a normal school atmosphere. In fact, he commented, the Centre could consider itself the “Rio Cobre High School”.The Centre’s approach ensured that wards did not lose touch with the normal environment thus making their re-integration into society easier. He commended the Superintendent and staff of the facility for their outstanding work.The Back2Life Programme is endorsed by the Governor-General’s ‘I Believe’ Initiative and Sir Patrick considers that this mentorship programme could be replicated in the island’s correctional facilities. The programme provides the wards with counselling and other forms of emotional assistance as they work through the various situations with which they are confronted. The Governor-General affirmed that at this time in their lives the wards needed someone on whom they could lean and that Back2Life was there to help. “Despite all the skills that you will learn here, you will still need somebody to work with you and to make this period of your life as comfortable as it can be,” Sir Patrick Allen said.The Back2Life to life programme is a project aimed at reducing recidivism among wards at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre. Twenty-eight fully trained mentors are engaged in the programme. Several of the wards expressed appreciation for the programme, stating that it has helped them to control their anger and encouraged them not to let go.Accompanying the Governor-General on the tour were Lady Allen, who has mentored some wards of the Centre, members of Kingston Rotary led by its President Manley Nicholson and the Commissioner for Corrections, Lt. Col. Sean Prendergast.last_img read more

Martina McBride Bands Against Cancer

first_imgAward-winning country superstar Martina McBride has released her 13th studio album, RECKLESS, and also teamed up with Band Against Cancer, the Sarah Cannon Tour.The organization aims to bring awareness to ways that communities can get involved in cancer research from supporting local non-profits to educating people about new research and treatments. Band Against Cancer will be doing 5 special concerts this year (3 in Texas, 1 in Denver, 1 in Nashville) all to raise awareness and funds to support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Be The Match. Click here for more info.“Helping families who are facing cancer has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Martina McBride. “I’m honored to be the voice that connects these individuals and their families with a fully committed team of cancer experts. Together with Sarah Cannon, this means each person can fight cancer where they get their greatest strength, in their own communities, with their own band of support.”As the flagship artist for Band Against Cancer, Martina McBride has used her voice to engage with her fans to help make the world a better place – out on tour and in their own hometowns. Team Martina, a collective of fans who stand with the iconic singer, give back to communities nationwide and will join the 2016 initiatives to Band Against Cancer. One of the most celebrated voices across genres, Martina is a four-time CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year whose hits chronicle more than two decades. Most recently, Martina’s Grammy nominated hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” inspired many young fans to cover her song through social media to support loved ones battling cancer, and was featured on several national broadcasts including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View. That anthem also was highlighted through the Eleven Across American Amtrak train tour, which ran coast to coast in 2011 to breast cancer awareness, and propelled Pandora to spotlight the superstar in an October concert event benefiting breast cancer causes.“We have learned that when we bring cause and music together we are able to cut through the media noise and bring very important messages to a greater number of people,” said Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group. “The sum is so much greater than the parts and it is defined in our new relationship with Sarah Cannon. The initial focus of our relationship is attacking blood cancer and we are honored to join them in spreading the message and reaching the greatest number of people possible with Martina McBride and other great BMLG artists and their music.”Recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studios, RECKLESS, showcases McBride’s unparalleled vocals and emotional depth as she gets back to her country roots. The songs have an outstanding mix of classic country and a contemporary edge with producers Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff at the helm.
”This album feels so good! That’s the best way I can describe it. I spent a lot of time finding songs that felt personal to me. I figure if I can relate to them someone else will too. There are songs about love, life, hope, loss, leaving, and coming home,” states Martina. “And that’s what making this album felt like to me….coming home. We took our time and just let the songs and production develop and even though working with Dann and Nathan together was a new experience, somehow we captured a sound that feels like the music I’ve done my whole career and yet fresh at the same time,” elaborates Martina.last_img read more

Registration open for 6th Annual Community 2 Community Poker Ride

first_imgCommunities included in the ride are Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Dawson Creek, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge.Poker hands cost $30 each while the ride is free for all residents to attend. The ride will also feature a free breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Pomeroy Sport Centre as well as a barbeque in Chetwynd. Residents interested in registering for the poker ride must sign up at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The poker ride starts at 9:00 a.m. on August 18th at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the 6th Annual “Community 2 Community” Poker Ride.The poker ride will see participants motorbiking all around the Peace Region, with half starting in Fort St. John travelling North and the other half starting in Dawson Creek and travelling South. The two groups of bikers will then pass by each other at the halfway point of the ride.Participants will draw a card at every community they visit during the ride. The goal of the ride is to have the best poker hand once they visit each location.last_img read more

Accurately Counting NBA Tattoos Isnt Easy Even If Youre Up Close

Ethan Swan’s database of NBA players’ tattoos is the most complete such record I’m aware of, but it’s not the only one. (Swan, whom I wrote about Friday, gave us permission to publish his data on GitHub; you can see it here.)The Sports Geeks have collected some information, but their page on NBA tattoos is out of date; many players currently in the league aren’t listed. The Tumblr Basketball Player Tattoos aggregates photos — including some really striking ones — but it hasn’t been updated in almost a year. (Let me know if you’ve seen other data sets.)Harvey Pollack, the 92-year-old director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers, produces the only list I’ve seen that approaches the completeness of Swan’s. (My colleague Carl Bialik, who conducted the data analysis in the Swan piece, profiled Pollack last month.) Each year, Pollack dedicates a page of the Sixers’ printed statistical guide to tattoo data. The only one I could find that he put online was from 2010, the year before Swan got started.Unlike Swan, who simply Googles “NBA tattoo” and follows players on Twitter, Pollack and his staff get their information firsthand. They log the tattoos they see on visiting players and quiz team trainers about body art that may lurk beneath the players’ uniforms.But looking guys over as they dribble by doesn’t seem to be as effective as Googling. Swan counted 230 tattooed players in 2010-11, while Pollack found 198. The next year, they both came up with 237. Last year, Swan’s total was 250 and Pollack’s was just 157. (Pollack hasn’t released his total for this year.)So whom, specifically, did Pollack miss in 2012-13? Let’s take the Atlanta Hawks as an example. He counted tattoos on six Hawks but missed them on five others — John Jenkins, Shelvin Mack, Johan Petro, Mike Scott and Louis Williams. The design on Jenkins’s chest may have been hard to see through his jersey, but it should have been easy to see the tattoo on Mack’s arm — especially since he briefly played for the Sixers that season. read more

Football Damon Webb signs as undrafted free agent with Tennessee Titans

Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb (7) prepares to defend an Illinois offensive play in the second half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State safety Damon Webb has signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Webb will join former Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs in Tennessee along with first-year head coach and former Ohio State defensive line and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. Free Agent Alert: @DameWebb @Titans #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/AsB1GTl5ko— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 28, 2018Playing in 16 games combined in 2014 and 2015, Webb became a starter in 2016; playing alongside former Ohio State safety and future first round draft pick Malik Hooker. During his junior season, Webb had 57 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception, earning an honorable mention for All-Big Ten.With the loss of Hooker, Webb became the only remaining starter on Ohio State’s secondary moving into the 2017 season. He ended the season with 61 tackles, leading the team with five interceptions and earning third-team All-Big Ten honors.Before ending his collegiate career, Webb helped Ohio State win the Cotton Bowl over USC, recovering a fumble to set up a score and returning an interception for a touchdown, earning him the defensive Most Valuable Player award for the bowl game.At the 2018 NFL Combine, Webb ran a 4.62 40-yard dash and tied for eighth among safeties with 17 bench press reps. read more