Time for dunkin’ Darby

first_img“It was a surprise I got selected,” said Darby, a native of Pacoima. “It’s 300-something schools and a lot of guys that can get picked. I’m going to try to put on a good show, not only for people at Long Beach State, but my high school and everybody who knows me.” Darby is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and a powerful leaper, but he also has handicaps to overcome. Namely, his hands. The classic Dr. J dunk – taking off at the free-throw line – or Michael Jordan’s iconic splay-legged, tongue-wagging, one-hander? Darby’s hands are so small, he can only palm certain basketballs. “He always has to cradle the ball with two hands,” Coopman said. “He can’t handle it like a grapefruit like Michael Jordan.” Because he needed two hands to dunk, he also got in the habit of dunking off two feet. “I can’t jump off one foot real good,” Darby said. “I’d have to say my dunking is weird, a little unorthodox. I never really tried dunking off one foot and I never got accustomed to it.” Another place Darby has jumped in with both feet is the classroom. Ineligible under Proposition 48 standards, Darby saw any hope of going to USC or Seton Hall – his first two choices – dashed. He also had to sit out his freshman season, when the 49ers were 5-22. “Before I ever started playing, I wanted to transfer to Fullerton or Pepperdine,” Darby said. “My aunt told me it’s a good school and I decided to stay. It turned out real good in the end.” He had a 3.7 grade-point average as a freshman, earned his lost year back by staying on track academically, and is taking the two classes he needs to graduate in May with a degree in communications. “It feels good to make it this far – I’m the only one in my family who ever went to a university,” Darby said. Things also worked out well in basketball. He was chosen for the All-Big West freshman team in 2004, and was a key role player for the 49ers this year as they won the Big West Conference regular-season and tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. If his athletic ability catches anyone’s eyes, he’ll continue in basketball. But he’d like to go into broadcasting. “I want to work my way up from the bottom,” Darby said. “I’d like to be like Charles Barkley, except I’m not trying to be mayor or governor.” Even if it’s no slam dunk. billy.witz@dailynews.com (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Louis Darby is still formulating his game plan, but when he takes the floor tonight in Atlanta for dunking portion of the 19th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, he promises to do something to get the judges’ attention. “Maybe I’ll try to find a celebrity and jump over them,” Darby said. “I’ve got a couple of tricks in my bag to wow the crowd.” Darby’s best trick may have been simply getting to Atlanta. The Sylmar High graduate is the first 49er to ever participate in the event. Darby managed to wrangle an invitation despite his rather pedestrian role as a sixth man who – judging from his 5.3per game scoring average – didn’t dunk all that often. As it turned out, half the trouble of being invited was asking. “Louis asked us toward the end of the season how they pick the guys for the dunk contest,” said Scott Coopman, the Long Beach State basketball team’s video coordinator and administrative assistant. “I didn’t know, so I called and they said this phone call is your nomination.” One day after practice, Coopman took a video camera out to the court and Darby, sometimes using teammates as props, laid out his best work. There’s the basic windmill, a between-the-legs, a leap over teammates and one where he stands behind the basket, tosses the ball off the back of the backboard, catches it and then twists into a 180-degree turn and dunks the ball. Coopman took those dunks, along with several during the season – including an alley-oop against UC Irvine – and put them on a DVD that he set to music and sent to the event’s promoter. Earlier this month, Darby was notified he’d been selected as one of eight contestants, along with Weber State’s David Patten, who began his career at Pepperdine. USC’s Eshaya Murphy and UCLA’s Noelle Quinn will participate in the women’s three-point shooting contest. The event will be televised tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN, and shown again throughout the weekend. last_img read more

DD Motoring: A journey from Glenswilly to Galway

first_imgIn the middle of the flit from one dwelling to another, Mollie climbed into the back of the van with thoughts of also joining the migration south for the winter.The eight-year-old collie has watched this annual packing on a Sunday afternoon all her short life.All onboard. Mollie trying to slip on board for the trip to Galway for in the incoming college term. Photo Brian McDaid.By now she can sense when a new college term is about to begin as students start rummaging around the shed looking for bicycle pumps or combination locks or even a complete bike for the loan of for the winter! Advertisement My old Raleigh bike is still going wellIt’s now four years older than the latest person to take alone of it for their college term in Galway.At the weekend it needed nothing other than its chain oiled and some air in the tyres and treated to two mudguards from Letterkenny bikes and it was on its way to Galway as a third-year students mode of transport for the incoming term.Purchased in 1996 from a Kerryman the late Tim Foley, who ran his business Church Street cycles from what now is known as Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter. Advertisement Years of gears. The old gears still working well on the 25-year-old bike. Photo Brian McDaid.My first new bike, an aluminium Raleigh mountain bike was going to be the answer to beat the hills in Letterkenny and also in the process try and get me a bit fitter and less fat.And at the start, it was a great achievement for me to cycle out past Conwal against the wind and get as far as Glenswilly.SantaAt Christmas, a few ‘go-faster’ accessories from Santa in America, and the bike was back on the road and the new year resolution was back on track.A proud crest from a different era on the Raleigh bike which made the trip to Galway this week. Photo Brian McDaid.Altered with new American road tyres from “Santa”, which replaced the rough mountain tyres that came with the bike, it was a lot easier on the road, but it wasn’t long until the old excuses for not going out were creeping back in and the bike soon spent more time high on the garage wall than on the high roads out the Glen. International connectionsOver the years the bike was used more by the many generations of swallows that flew all the way up from Africa to start a family in our shed in Glencar, and them newly hatched chicks spent more time on the crossbar of that Raleigh bike than the owner as they used it as a launchpad to learn to fly for the first time.Park between the cooker and the washing machine the new home for an old bike in Galway. Photo Brian McDaid.And it was the same for the human fledgelings who started on the stabilisers in and out the ramp at the shed door and progressed to “cool”, status, one of them even getting their bike resprayed in Subaru Blue in an era when they were big fans of Colin McCrea.Colour is not that important anymore as longs it goes. The old Raleigh is on its second tour of duty something that most second-hand bikes don’t survive, between crashing up onto kerbs to lying out in a Galweg in winter of wet wet wet. TakeawayIts old combination lock even bears the teeth marks of a pair of bolt cutters that were making their way through the plastic covering and the steel inside before the bicycle snatcher’s progress was disturbed.Back in the dayI was chatting to my uncle Hughie this week and bikes came up in the conversation.I was telling him about the deal I got on the mudguards for €15 each, he smiled and paused, he told me that his first new bike cost him £15 and ten shillings which he bought from Phil Doherty at his garage in Pluck.He then bought a three-speed hub and had it built into the rear wheel, which was a hard job to do and still end up with a true wheel.Hugh McDaid on the right of this photo who purchased his first bike for all of £15 and Ten shillings back in the day pictured with his brother, my father Fred and their best friend Hughie McGuigan.£15 was big money back then my uncle reminded me, It was three or four weeks wages.So this week our bike, has replaced the destination Glenswilly to that of Galway.Tyres from Thailand on our Raleigh Bike in Galway.And even though it hasn’t turned a wheel much for the owner it has more travelling history than Sir Walter Raleigh.It will make is home outside the digs along the Spanish arches in Galway, complete with Boston bonus accessories, swallow scrapes from Africa, tyres from Thailand, and a small history of one Donegal family.Happy motoring FolksDD Motoring: A journey from Glenswilly to Galway was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

Press Goes Ape Over Baby Lucy

first_imgThe news media, especially National Geographic, BBC News, and Associated Press (see Fox News) have new fodder for human-evolution stories and artwork, now that a partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis has been reported in Nature.1  The teeth, cranium, shoulder blades, fingers, inner ear, hyoid bone and other well-preserved parts match “typical African ape morphology.”  This is not a new discovery.  The research team has been gently extracting the pieces of bone from cemented sandstone for five years.  They submitted their initial paper in for publication in April, but estimate it will take several more years to extract remaining fragments from the matrix.    Based on tooth morphology, they estimate this specimen to have been a 3-year old female.  Because of the species affinity with “Lucy” (though found some 10 km from Johanson’s famous fossil), some are nicknaming this skeleton “Lucy’s baby” (but the discoverers have nicknamed her Salem, “peace”).  The skeleton from the waist up is very ape-like, indicating a life in the trees, they claim.  Though more complete than previous A. afarensis fossils, it lacks the pelvis; only a foot, pieces of leg bones, kneecaps “as small as a dried pea” provide anatomists with evidence to claim she walked upright – one of the most contentious parts of the debate over the older Lucy fossil.    The authors indicated that several parts of the skeleton have been distorted in the burial process: “The cranium is intact except for parts of the frontal squama and significant parts of both parietals, which have broken away to reveal the complete natural brain endocast (Fig. 1d),” the paper states.  “The back of the calvaria is slightly distorted, pushing the nuchal region forward (Fig. 1f).”  Later, “The articulated postcranial elements in the primary sandstone block include both scapulae and clavicles, the cervical, thoracic and the first two lumbar vertebrae, and many ribs.  They are displaced from their original anatomical positions, and are compressed superiorly under the cranial base and the palate, making preparation difficult (Fig. 1b, c).”  The scientific papers, furthermore, tend to be less dogmatic than the press releases.  The authors only say that this skeleton resembles Lucy, and are tentative about the age, which the popular press state confidently as 3 years old.  Furthermore, the authors understand that interpretations of life habits based on bones is not an exact science:Now that the scapula of this species can be examined in full for the first time, it is unexpected to find the strongest similarities with Gorilla, an animal in which weight-bearing and terrestrial knuckle-walking predominately characterize locomotor use of the forelimbs.  Problematic in the interpretation of these findings is that the diversity of scapula architecture among hominoid species is poorly understood from a functional perspective.Most surprising, this specimen was apparently buried suddenly in a watery flood along with many other animals:This depositional setting, combined with the remarkable preservation of many articulated faunal remains lacking evidence of preburial weathering, most likely indicates that the juvenile hominin was buried as an intact corpse shortly after death during a major flood event.This is echoed by Wynn et al. who, in the same issue of Nature,2 described the geological setting of the fossil:This depositional setting, combined with the remarkable preservation of many articulated faunal remains lacking evidence of preburial weathering, most probably indicates rapid deposition during major flood events, burying many fossils as intact corpses (including the juvenile hominin).In the vicinity of the skeleton were found bones of catfish, mouse, rat, monkey, baboon, mongoose, elephant, extinct horse, rhino, hippo, pig, bushbuck, giraffe, antelope, impala, gazelle, crocodile, coral snake, tortoise, and other animals.    In the same issue of Nature,3 Bernard Wood called Lucy’s baby “a precious little bundle.”  He agrees, “The corpse of the infant was buried more or less intact, and the sediment in flood waters must have swiftly covered it.”  As to this species’ ability to walk upright, Wood is equivocal:There remains a great deal of controversy regarding the posture and locomotion of A. afarensis.  Most researchers accept that it could stand upright and walk on two feet, but whether it could climb up and move through trees is still disputed.  Some suggest that its adaptations to walking on two feet preclude any significant arboreal locomotion, and interpret any limb features that support such locomotion as evolutionary baggage without any useful function.  Others suggest that a primitive limb morphology would not have persisted unless it served a purpose.Wood leaves any complete understanding to the future.  After exploring several questions this fossil opens, he ended, “Whatever the answers to such questions, the Dikika infant has the potential to provide a wealth of information about the growth and development, function and taxonomy of A. afarensis.”  He told Associated Press that this find won’t settle the debate among scientists, which he said “makes the Middle East look like a picnic.”  National Geographic, though, was all ready with artwork, videos and special features about Lucy on the day of the announcement, and Scientific American went all-out with a special feature, including a clickable diagram of each bone fragment.  On the other hand, Carl Wieland, a creationist with Creation Ministries International, considers this good news.  The more complete skeleton confirms what critics have alleged for years, that Lucy was a tree-climbing, knuckle-walking ape that did not walk upright.1Alemseged et al., “A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia,” Nature 443, 296-301(21 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05047; Received 22 April 2006; Accepted 6 July 2006.2Wynn et al., “Geological and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at Dikika, Ethiopia,” Nature 443, 332-336(21 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05048; Received 24 April 2006; Accepted 6 July 2006.3Bernard Wood, “Palaeoanthropology: A precious little bundle,” Nature 278-281(21 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/443278a; Published online 20 September 2006.When you scrape away the hype and artistic license, most of the details of the actual bones seem to back up criticisms by creationists that this is nothing more than an extinct ape.  The only portions of the skeleton that evolutionists use to claim this creature had something to do with human evolution are the least preserved: the leg and foot bones.  They interpret these to mean it walked upright, as if walking upright is the main human distinctive.  The best-preserved parts of the skeleton, by contrast, are clearly ape-like and argue against this extinct ape being a walker.  Read the articles skeptically, without assuming what the evolutionists assume, and the evidence is profoundly unconvincing for the claims made about it.  Everything from the backbone up is well within the charts for an ape, not a human wannabee.  The paleontologists admitted, also, that the skeleton has been deformed; how does that affect the interpretation, when assessing function from structure is “poorly understood” under the best of conditions?    This fossil also creates other problems for the evolutionists.  Consider, for instance, how the evidence for arboreal (tree-climbing) behavior, based on the fingers and shoulder blades, scrambles the Lucy story: “The foot and other evidence from the lower limb provide clear evidence for bipedal locomotion [sic], but the gorilla-like scapula and long and curved manual phalanges raise new questions about the importance of arboreal behaviour in the A. afarensis locomotor repertoire.”  This means that evolutionists must now either consider the tree-climbing equipment as “evolutionary baggage” or believe that this creature climbed trees half the time and walked upright the other half.  (Only human boys exhibit this behavior today, but they quickly grow out of it.)  If Darwin’s mechanism could produce instant phyla at the Cambrian, why couldn’t it get rid of its baggage just as quickly?  On the other hand, if Baby Lucy was happy in the treetops, why was there evolutionary pressure to make her strut on the ground, when other primates found buried with her did not feel the same pressure?  And how can minorities endure the racism implicit in the artwork (see Yahoo) that always shows these alleged primitives with dark skin?    The Darwin Party baby shower for Salem is, therefore, highly overblown, as is usual for human-evolution celebrations.  They don’t seem to be focusing quite as much on the remarkable collection of animals buried with the little she-ape.  If a sudden flood of this magnitude occurred today, burying this many animals in the same graveyard all at once, wouldn’t it be international news?  This was not a volcanic landslide; it was a watery catastrophe.  Notice how much the media are going out of their way to characterize this ape as a child and a baby when they won’t even afford that dignity to a human embryo.  It is time to get rid of the evolutionary baggage and discover the real Peace Child.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sajad Lone’s party to contest J&K polls

first_imgSajad Lone’s Peoples Conference on Friday became the first regional party to announce its participation in the coming urban local bodies and panchayat polls in J&K. “The Peoples Conference will take part in the upcoming elections. But given the rules, we won’t have a common symbol,” he tweeted.BJP allyMr. Lone became an ally of the BJP after the 2014 polls and served as a Minister with portfolios of Animal Husbandry, Social Welfare and Renewable Energy.Unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference, Mr. Lone, son of assassinated Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone, maintained a studied silence on the issues of Article 35A, which defines State-subject laws, and the special status of J&K. The PDP and the NC boycotted the polls accusing the Centre of linking Article 35A with upcoming polls before the Supreme Court, which is hearing a number of petitions challenging the Article.The CPI(M), the JD(U), the BSP, the Awami National Party and the Democratic Party Nationalist also decided to stay away from these elections. So far, the Congress and the BJP have decided to field candidates in the polls, which will start from October 8 for urban local bodies.last_img read more

Englishman Stephen Constantine prepares Indian football team for Busan Asian Games

first_imgKick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would,Kick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would call it a thankless task. But the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which gave Constantine the top football job, is expecting the 39-year-old to up India’s rank from 23 out of 40 soccer-playing nations in Asia, and get a team sitting idle since the pre-World Cup qualifiers up and running for a string of major matches.Next month, Constantine’s boys will be in a six-nation tournament in Vietnam; then Busan, the 2003 Asian Cup and the Olympics the year after. “The team hasn’t played for a long time, so fitness is a concern,” says the new coach. “I will also be giving our players new ideas.”One of only two FIFA instructors in England, Constantine has coached teams in England, Cyprus, US and, more recently, Nepal.”He doesn’t have an exceptional CV,” says AIFF Honorary Secretary Alberto Colaco. “But he has an amazing will to succeed.”Just what the team needs.last_img read more

Hanover Farmers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Agri-Linkage Exchange

first_imgStory Highlights “I am concerned about you finding markets for your produce, and this is one of the biggest drawbacks that farmers have. You will produce, but some of you do not know where the markets are,” Mr. Hutchinson told the farmers. The Minister was speaking at the Hanover Agricultural Show, which was held at the Jockey Factory in Lucea, Hanover, on Saturday (May 25). Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, is encouraging Hanover farmers to take advantage of the Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX) to market and sell their produce to organisations in the tourism industry. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, is encouraging Hanover farmers to take advantage of the Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX) to market and sell their produce to organisations in the tourism industry.The Minister was speaking at the Hanover Agricultural Show, which was held at the Jockey Factory in Lucea, Hanover, on Saturday (May 25).“I am concerned about you finding markets for your produce, and this is one of the biggest drawbacks that farmers have. You will produce, but some of you do not know where the markets are,” Mr. Hutchinson told the farmers.“At the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) you can now partner with the Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX) to market your produce to the tourism industry,” he noted.Established in August 2018, ALEX bridges the gap between agriculture and tourism by facilitating trade between farmers, hoteliers and the gastronomy economy. To date, 549 farmers have benefited from marketing through ALEX.Meanwhile, Mr. Hutchinson also told the farmers that they should take advantage of idle government lands in the parish.“Hanover farmers, the opportunities for agricultural expansion are numerous. You are blessed with 2,000 hectares of arable lands, and a large demand for your products in close proximity. I urge you to use up the idle lands to plant more Irish potatoes, because they are in great demand,” the Minister said.“Just in case any of you know of idle lands belonging to government, I want you to get in touch with RADA. We are prepared to put all government-owned idle lands into production right away, and we intend to ensure that small farmers who need the land can get it,” he added.The Hanover Agricultural Show was held in collaboration with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the Hanover Association of Branch Societies.last_img read more