Mayweather, McGregor trade verbal jabs as countdown begins

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Crawford wants winner of Pacquiao-Horn 2 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Mayweather, the 40-year-old undefeated former welterweight boxing champion, has been lured out of retirement to face McGregor, a star of mixed martial arts’ Ultimate Fighting Championship.The two men meet in a 12-round contest under boxing rules on Saturday that is tipped to become the richest fight in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The cross-combat collision has appalled boxing purists, with many decrying the event as a farcical publicity stunt more in keeping with the choreographed traditions of WWE wrestling.Mayweather and McGregor, who clashed repeatedly during an expletive-laden world press tour to drum up interest for the fight last month, insist however that they are ready to deliver a battle for the ages. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite McGregor, a massive underdog in what will be his first professional boxing fight, insisted Tuesday he was ready to stun the oddsmakers.“This is not even close to my toughest challenge ever. I will crumble him,” McGregor said.“I have adapted perfectly to boxing, I am very pleased and ready. I’m a special man, I will prove that August 26, this will go one or two rounds, maybe I will bang him out and hurt him.“If he survives, I will decide whether I embarrass or seriously hurt him.“I’m calm and cool, same as I am in every fight. I’m fit, sharp and I’m gonna be ruthless in there. I believe he’ll be unconscious inside one round.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments McGregor could face a painful financial penalty if he is unable to tip the scales inside the limit. Boxers often have the option of cancelling a fight or collecting a larger share of the purse if an opponent fails to make weight.Mayweather, who is expected to earn at least $100 million from Saturday’s contest, indicated he would take the money.“I get that extra money if you can’t make the weight,” Mayweather said. “Get those extra millions ready. UFC get those extra millions ready.”“If he don’t make the weight, we still going to fight but there’s going to be a heavy fine.”Mayweather has fought at 154 pounds before but is more used to fighting at welterweight (150 pounds). McGregor however has fought at 170 pounds in MMA.McGregor, 29, last week insisted he was in peak condition following a gruelling training camp that had taken him to “hell and back” and left him primed to face either a long or short fight.“There is no way in hell that I’m not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest,” McGregor said.“We are ready for both scenarios. I’m ready to go to war for 12 rounds and I’m ready to put him away early on.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor traded verbal jabs on Tuesday as the circus-like countdown to their money-spinning superfight cranked into overdrive on the Las Vegas Strip.Thousands of fans, including a sizeable contingent of Irish supporters,  thronged the heart of the Nevada boxing capital to greet Mayweather and McGregor at their separate formal grand arrival ceremonies.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor and Mayweather passed each other after their separate introductions, with McGregor taunting the American with a shout of “Why didn’t you want to face off?” — triggering a melee between their two entourages.‘Intriguing fight’ A relaxed-looking Mayweather, meanwhile,  had earlier encouraged fans to bet on the fight finishing inside 12 rounds.“I talked to you before and said that this fight wouldn’t go the distance,” Mayweather said.“If you’re going to bet, bet it won’t go (the distance).”Mayweather did his best to play down his status as a heavy favorite, insisting that his two-year layoff from the ring had blunted his prowess.“That’s what makes this fight so intriguing, I’ve been out a few years, feel like I’ve lost a few steps,” Mayweather said.“So we’ll just have to wait and see.”Earlier Tuesday, Mayweather had taunted McGregor over his fitness, telling the US website FightHype that he believed his opponent would struggle to make the 154-pound limit for Saturday’s bout.“Conor McGregor is extremely heavy right now,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s 164 so he’s still got 10 pounds to go.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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No excuses, we lost, congrats Gor- Zapata

first_img“No excuses. We lost to Gor, they were better than us and we say congratulations and I want to wish them all the best in the International Competitions,” Zapata told Capital Sport after the match.“We played well and the first 30 minutes we were excellent. But we ended up doing some mistakes. We created many scoring opportunities but we couldn’t finish and it was not a good day for us,” the Argentine tactician further added.The loss was AFC’s first in five games and put to end an envious run of four wins on the trot which saw them rise to third in the standings. With bandari winning 1-0 against Nzoia Sugar in Mombasa, AFC’s hopes of clinching second spot were thwarted.AFC Leopards players Brian Marita, Baker Lukooya and Said Tsuma contemplate after their loss to Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSkipper Duncan Otieno was also disappointed losing for a second consecutive time to their arch rivals but maintains they will rise from the disappointment.“its an unfortunate loss because we had prepared to win, but things did not go as planned. We have lost yes, but it’s not the end of life. We will pick ourselves from here and move on to finish the season strongly. They (Gor) were only a point from winning the league and congratulations to them,” the skipper said.He added; “We will go back to the drawing board and look at how our season went and work on the mistakes we had, correct them and focus on having a better season next year.”In the derby, AFC missed up to seven first team players and Otieno said that cost them as they had to patch up in most of the positions.Gor Mahia’s Lawrence Juma chases down AFC Leopards defender Isaac Oduro during the Mashemeji Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaCoach Zapata however said that should not be an excuse, noting that they simply couldn’t match up well to Gor’s challenge.“We tried different formations and tried out different tactics but we couldn’t finish the chances we had. I am sorry to the AFC supporters because we lost but we tried. We have to move on from here and make sure we win all the remaining games. We are AFC Leopards, we are a big team and we have to win,” the coach further noted.The team now focuses on pushing for a second spot finish despite falling three points off Bandari.Meanwhile, Zapata has asked for patience as he continues to rebuild the team with a young group of players and added that next season they will be in better shape.“We are playing very good football now but we need to be patient with the process of building the young players,” the coach said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata is calmed down by referee Felix Ekai during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata was gracious in defeat after seeing his side lose 2-0 to bitter rivals Gor Mahia on Saturday, in the process seeing K’Ogalo confirm their status as the 2018 Kenyan Premier League champions.A nine-minute stoppage due to crowd trouble did not stop Gor as goals from Boniface Omondi and Bernard Ondiek saw them complete a double over Ingwe having beaten them 2-1 in the first leg.last_img read more

Valley ready for its close-up as site of early film classics

first_imgKuntz said the Valley was popular with location scouts because of its proximity to Hollywood, good weather and vast open space. The grass-roots Cinema Heritage Project – with volunteers from West Hills and Canoga Park – is hoping to highlight that history with on-location screenings of some of the films shot in the Valley. “We’re showing films on location and contacting casts and crews and other key people to come and talk about the making of the film,” said Barry Seybert, a West Hills resident who works in the film industry and is a group volunteer. The group’s first showing is today, but it hopes to hold future events at Ahmanson Ranch in the Simi Hills in Ventura County and Iverson Ranch nestled among the rocky cliffs and hills of Chatsworth. Scenes in “Gone with the Wind” were filmed at Ahmanson, which was then known as Lasky Mesa. Movie producer Jesse Lasky first bought the 4,000-acre ranch, noted for being the film location for “The Thundering Herd” and “They Died with Their Boots On.” Iverson Ranch is among one of the most prominent film locations, featured in Roy Rogers and John Wayne movies. Brin said the group hopes to hold an Iverson Ranch event early next year that could include a barbecue and country-western dancing. Steve MacDonald, president of FilmL.A. Inc., a private, nonprofit agency that oversees on-location productions, said the Valley drew film producers because its open space could be transformed to look like just about anywhere. “Legend has it that more than 2,000 films and countless early TV episodes were shot at the Iverson Ranch near the Santa Susana Pass,” MacDonald said. “The Valley has been used for countless Westerns.” The Cinema Heritage Project also hopes to screen a selection of films by European silent-film star Francis Lederer during a two-day event at Hidden Chateau and Gardens in West Hills – now used for garden parties and weddings. Lederer and his wife, Marion, built the mission-style structure in 1934 as a stable for their horses. The building was designated a historic monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in 1974. Cinema Heritage Project organizers said they hope the classic screenings will highlight another side of Hollywood. “It’s nice to know about the stars from the past instead of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton,” said Ron Sobel of West Hills, a project member. “We want to introduce people to movie stars from 25 to 30 years ago who are not at the forefront today. “A lot of young people don’t know who Audrey Hepburn was.” angie.valencia@dailynews.com (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST HILLS – In the early 1960s, Shadow Ranch was a hotbed of scandal, salacious lies and rumors of lesbianism. On the big screen, that is. The San Fernando Valley site emerged as one of the stars at the heart of “The Children’s Hour,” the adult-theme movie featuring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine in which a troublemaking student at a girls’ school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. And it is just one of dozens of Valley locations that have become famous – or infamous – in hundreds of films over the years. Now, a group of volunteers has formed the Cinema Heritage Project, hoping to highlight and preserve the Valley’s film legacy. “Our purpose is to reconnect the residents of the area with our rich heritage as a backdrop for America’s great movies,” said Dan Brin, the group’s chairman. “This is our history. We want to help others connect with history.” In the early days of filming, studios bought large tracts of undeveloped land in the region for shoot locations – much of it in the Valley. “They built ranches, extra lots in wide-open spaces so they can do more outdoor type of shooting where they can have a railroad, horses and cattle, lakes and forests,” said Jonathan Kuntz, a Porter Ranch resident who teaches Hollywood history at UCLA. “Since the birth of Hollywood, particularly as we moved into the sound era, you see pieces of the Valley in 99 percent of classic Hollywood movies. Almost all of the Westerns were shot here.” last_img read more

She brought Tinker Bell to life

first_imgBefore getting the Disney job, Kerry’s legs had been named the “most beautiful legs in Hollywood,” and Davis imbued Tinker Bell with an unusual degree of sexuality for that period. He later explained he got away with it by making Tinker Bell womanly from the waist down, but drawing her as a little girl from the waist up. Kerry had been acting since she was 4. She appeared in several episodes of “Our Gang” and “The Little Rascals” and played Eddie Cantor’s daughter in the 1948 musical “If You Knew Susie.” Today she travels around the country making appearances and signing autographs as the model for Tinker Bell. Disney is making a new animated film, “Tinker Bell,” which will come out next year, Kerry said. In the film Tinker Bell will talk and actress Bridget Murphy will provide her voice. Kerry, who has three grown children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, has written her autobiography, “Tinker Bell Talks: Tales of a Pixy-Dusted Life,” to be published in February, she said. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The night before her audition, she worked out a pantomime routine in which she fixed breakfast and juggled eggs to music. At the try-out, she was asked to do the famous scene in which Tinker Bell lands on a mirror and sees herself, she recalled. “I made up my mind that Tinker Bell was 12 years old,” Kerry said, “and had never seen a mirror before and had never seen herself before, either.” She doesn’t know how many other girls auditioned for the job, but she got it on the spot, Kerry said. Marc Davis, a legendary Disney animator who also created Cruella de Vil, young Bambi, Thumper and Cinderella, would call Kerry in when they were ready to do the next scene. “I’d make up stuff out of my head,” she said. “Marc would approve it and they’d film it and I would leave.” GLENDALE – Not many people have heard of Margaret Kerry, but mention Tinker Bell and, well, that’s another story. She was 22 years old when the creators of Walt Disney’s classic film, “Peter Pan” tapped her as the reference model for Tinker Bell, said the 78-year-old Glendale resident. “They put me on an empty sound stage and had me do things, and they filmed me. Then the animators used the film to draw Tinker Bell,” Kerry recalled at her home. “But I gave her her personality, her movements, her walk. It’s my face too, except Tinker Bell doesn’t have a chin.” Kerry, the community grand marshal in Duarte’s Route 66 Parade and Classic Car Show on Saturday, was working in local television at the time but had ballet training. The year was 1951, and Kerry heard that Disney was looking for a reference model for the 31/2-inch fairy who doesn’t talk. last_img read more

VW NAME DONEGAL GARAGE ‘DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR’

first_imgPictured at the Volkswagen Awards event in Druids Glen are Kerrill ODonnell, S&R Motors; Simon Elliot, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Ireland and John Donegan, Head of Sales & Marketing, VolkswagenA CO Donegal garage is celebrating after being named ‘Dealership of the Year’.S&R Motors in Donegal won the gong for outstanding contribution to Volkswagen in 2012.Securing the number one spot for the first time in the history of the Volkswagen brand in Ireland demanded a considerable team effort and a collective raising of the bar throughout the Volkswagen network. This collective excellence was evident in the standard of Diamond & Gold Pin winners with Kevin Connolly of Connolly Motor Group in Sligo and Ballina securing Diamond with Gerard Sheehy of Sheehy Motors in Naas & Carlow, John Beecher of Blackwater Motors in Cork and Paul Burke the newly appointed Operations Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars all recognised for their individual contribution to the success of the Volkswagen brand in Ireland with the Gold Pin Award.Other Dealerships recognised on the night included; Tom Harvey (After Sales Dealer of the Year), Brady’s Arva (Commercial Vehicle Retailer of the Year) and Connolly’s Ballina (Volkswagen Bank Retailer of the Year).Commenting on the individuals and dealerships recognised, Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Ireland said: “Recognising individual and collective achievement is such a positive and worthwhile endeavor, and the standard set by our 2012 winners demonstrates perfectly Volkswagens commitment to excellence and the need to continually benchmark ourselves against our peers both in Ireland and in Europe. 2013 looks like it will be a challenging year for the motor industry but we at Volkswagen Ireland can look forward with confidence thanks to the excellent people that make up our dealership network and Group headquarters.  VW NAME DONEGAL GARAGE ‘DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR’ was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:VW NAME DONEGAL GARAGE ‘DEALERSHIP OF THE YEAR’last_img read more

Residents pleased with Matrix changes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsInstead of digging in their heels, the residents dug into old records that convinced them that any legal action against the company would be a protracted affair with little chance of success. Matrix, meanwhile, hired J.C. “Mac” McFarland, a former oil company executive and long-time Whittier resident and activist who could offer residents “a sense of what’s reasonable and what’s not,” Helvey said. Nearly a year after the May 19 explosion that killed a well worker and ignited a fire that burned for days at the site at 12515 Honolulu Terrace, Matrix officials and residents agreed to a series of changes that the City Council signed off on this past week. Specifically, Matrix agreed to install new odor-control equipment at the well site, build additional block walls around the area to cut down on noise and improve safety, and create new landscaping along the well’s Honolulu Terrace street frontage. “In looking at the big picture, it’s a good thing for us to do,” said Jeff Kern, vice president of Matrix. “\ is an important asset to us. We want to take any opportunity we can to work with the neighbors.” John Young, president of the Northwest Whittier Hills Homeowners Association, which formed in June specifically to deal with the oil well issue, said initially “there was no question we wanted \ out” – until his group began researching the oil well’s history. They learned that residents had battled the city over the well once before, in 1971, when the site was first opened by a different company. Matrix acquired the site – and the former company’s operating permit from the city – in 2001. Residents in the 1970s sued the city over its granting of a permit for the oil well, a battle that went all the way to the California Supreme Court, where the residents lost. “We learned that somebody had tried to go up against the city and the oil company, spent a lot of money and lost,” Young said. “We decided not to go that way.” In addition to that previous battle, the city could not find any new legal grounds on which to force Matrix out, Helvey said. “The Fire Department didn’t have a problem with the fire safety measures being taken at the site,” Helvey said. “The state Division of Oil and Gas also didn’t find them to be a safety hazard.” As a result, the homeowners’ group decided to approach the negotiations as a business deal, Young said. “The next best thing was to boil it down to what we needed. We needed to feel safe and not have all of that noise,” he said. So, with McFarland acting in a sort of broker role, the three parties – residents, city officials and Matrix Oil – began working on an agreement last summer. “With the price of oil as high as it is, it was in Matrix’s interest not to have their operations interrupted,” said McFarland. City Councilman Greg Nordbak said compromise was key in the talks. “Everybody got in the boat, grabbed an oar and rowed in the same direction,” he said. As the council was approving last week’s agreement, residents were praising the pact, saying they now feel safer living next to the oil well. “It’s a lot better, especially with the city going to be keeping an eye on things and being more involved,” said Chuck Hanson, a Honolulu Terrace resident. “The company has been doing an excellent job of trying to make the place look better. It’s one of those things we can’t change,” he added. “But they’re doing everything they can do it to make it as acceptable to all of us.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When an oil well nestled in a foothills neighborhood in northwestern Whittier exploded nearly a year ago, rattling windows and forcing people out of their homes, the stage was set for a battle royale between residents and the oil company. Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey saw a bitter stalemate developing as residents clamored for the city to close down the well operation, owned by Matrix Oil of Santa Barbara, a scenario that seemed highly unlikely given the high price of gas. “I thought it was going to be very difficult for Matrix to be accommodating enough and for the homeowners to take a reasoned approach,” Helvey said. But subsequent events would disprove Helvey’s worse fears. last_img read more

DONEGAL TO FACE ARMAGH AT CROKE PARK NEXT SATURDAY

first_imgJim McGuinness will lead Donegal against Armagh at GAA HQ next SaturdayDONEGAL will take on Armagh in the All-Ireland Quarter final at Croke Park next Saturday (4pm throw-in).Dublin will face Monaghan at 6pm in the double header – being televised on Sky Sports.Armagh saw off Meath by five points on Saturday, 0-18 to 0-13 whilst were two point winners over Kildare, 2-16 to 2-14. The winners of next Saturday’s matches will play each other in the semi-final. DONEGAL TO FACE ARMAGH AT CROKE PARK NEXT SATURDAY was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:armaghdonegalJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

SURFER RESCUED OFF BUNDORAN IN RNLI OPERATION

first_imgA SURFER has been rescued off Bundoran this evening.The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were requested to launch to a surfer in difficulty by the Coast Guard at Malin Head. Shortly after 8pm, a passer-by noticed a female surfer in difficulty off Tullan Strand in Bundoran and immediately dialled 999. Moments later the crew were paged and within 4 minutes the Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched from the pier and made its way to the scene where they arrived in under 3 minutes.Arriving on scene the crew brought the surfer and her surfboard on to the lifeboat and performed a quick medical check finding she was shaken but uninjured. The crew then returned to the station.Speaking after their return, crew member Killian O’Kelly said: “We are thankful to the member of the public who did the right thing by calling the Coast Guard – darkness was beginning to fall and had it been any later the situation may have turned more dangerous. Thankfully the surfer is ok.“As the weather is getting better we want people to enjoy themselves but we would urge water users to exercise common sense and heed basic water safety principles – sea safety advice is available on www.rnli.org”  SURFER RESCUED OFF BUNDORAN IN RNLI OPERATION was last modified: April 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:bundorandonegalDonegal DailyLifeboatrescueRNLIlast_img read more

Chargers 26, Raiders 10: Marshawn Lynch was furious, and other takeaways from a blowout

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Carson, Calif. — Marshawn Lynch ripped his helmet off before he reached the sideline and began to throw it before holding back.The Raiders had a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, trailing by 17 at the end of the third quarter, and Derek Carr faked a handoff to Lynch before throwing the ball right into the hands of Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram. A touchdown would’ve kept the Raiders alive, but Jon Gruden …last_img read more

The Evolution of Penguins

first_imgScience reporters are dancing with happy feet about a news story supposedly explaining how penguins evolved.The new documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds states, “More than 9,000 species of birds have been identified in the world, and nearly all of them can fly.”  The “nearly all” reserves room for flightless birds, such as ostriches, kiwis and penguins.  The flightless cormorant on the Galapagos, with its pathetically stunted wings, appears to have descended from mainland birds capable of flight, later becoming adapted to flightlessness on the islands where swimming was sufficient for survival.  This is a similar kind of “evolution” to that of blind cave fish, descended from normal fish, losing their eyes as they became adapted to total darkness.  In addition, some fossils alleged to be “feathered dinosaurs” are thought by some paleontologists to have been secondarily flightless birds (4/27/12).  But what about penguins?Penguins are superb swimmers, well adapted to their Antarctic climate.  They use their wings to “fly” in a different fluid—water, not air.  The sight of a swarm of penguins darting through the water under the ice with speed and grace makes for dramatic film footage.  Most of the major science news sites (e.g., BBC News, National Geographic, Science Now, Nature News, New Scientist) are claiming that the “puzzle” of penguin flightlessness has been “solved” in a new study published in PNAS.  Earlier theories suggested that the lack of predators led to flightlessness, or that evolution had a hard time producing a wing that was good at both flying and swimming.An international team took a different approach.  They measured the energy demands of flight.  There’s no question that maintaining flight in the air is costly.  Some birds, like cormorants and penguins, are good at both.  But if aerial flight is not required for successful feeding, a bird could focus its wings, feet, and other body parts on just the swimming.The authors measured the energy cost of flying for the guillemot, a bird that looks remarkably like a penguin but can fly (see photo on PhysOrg‘s article; see also 7/23/12 entry).  They found that its wings allow it to barely stay aloft; it is exhausting for the bird, that swims effectively to catch fish.  They feel the guillemot is near a “tipping point” where it might some day reach an “evolutionary trade-off” to give up aerial flying. They also compared the energy expenditures for murres (10/27/11) and cormorants (5/24/04), two other kinds of fishing seabirds.  One co-author put it, “Basically the hypothesis is that as the wings became more and more efficient for them to dive, they became less and less efficient for them to fly.”  The abstract says,These results strongly support the hypothesis that function constrains form in diving birds, and that optimizing wing shape and form for wing-propelled diving leads to such high flight costs that flying ceases to be an option in larger wing-propelled diving seabirds, including penguins.But how is the change explained in evolutionary theory?  Surprisingly, none of the articles mentioned natural selection, even though National Geographic‘s headline quipped, “Why Did Penguins Stop Flying? The Answer Is Evolutionary.” There was no mention of a mechanism for evolving a penguin out of a flying seabird.  Presumably, the loss of aerial flight occurred by some kind of negative selection, or “de-evolution.”  This doesn’t explain, though, why some seabirds maintained both swimming and flight.  Guillemots do not seem to be evolving into something else.  In the 7/23/12 entry, researchers found that the birds maintain their energy fitness into old age, even though flight is costly.  Certainly, none of the flightless birds thought about exercising an “option” to go swimming only.  Somehow, the adaptation had to make it into the genes, otherwise it sounds like Lamarckism (use and disuse, inheritance of acquired characteristics).None of the articles, in addition, exhibited a chain of fossil birds leading to the penguin.  On the contrary, National Geographic offered only speculation:Scientists don’t have fossils of flighted penguin ancestors, and the earliest known penguin dates to just after the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary (58 to 60 million years ago).“It is tempting to speculate that the evolution of penguins happened in that explosive radiation [of mammal species] that happened just after the K-T event,” when many species went extinct, Speakman said. “However, there is no direct evidence to support this, and it could have happened any time during the late Cretaceous.“So the first fossil penguin was already a penguin.  The phrase “explosive radiation,” further, offers no mechanism for evolution to produce complex creatures like elephants and giraffes with new organs requiring large increases in genetic information.  Penguins, by contrast, contain all the same basic features as other birds.  With their modified wings, they continue to fly—underwater.Speaking of fossil birds, PhysOrgreported that the classification of Archaeopteryx has been disputed again.  One disputant offered this advice: “methodological choices should be based on the adequacy of the assumptions for particular kinds of data rather than on the recovery of preferred or generally accepted topologies, and that certain probability methods should be interpreted with caution as they can grossly overestimate character support.”National Geographic, we know it’s tempting to speculate.  You must learn to resist temptation.  Speculation is the besetting sin of Darwinists.  Readers, did you catch the reference in that quote to Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law?  “It is tempting to speculate that the evolution of penguins happened in that explosive radiation… that happened….”  Review the 9/15/2008 commentary.It’s reasonable to assume that many creationists, even strict recent-creation advocates, would allow for penguins to have ancestors that flew like the guillemot.  The similarities are very striking.  If creationists can believe blind cave fish “evolved” from seeing fish in a short time, it’s not a stretch for them to suppose that penguin ancestors flew in the Antarctic originally, then lost their wings as life under the sea ice proved sufficient for their needs.  This is not Darwinian evolution, because it does not require increases in information, but only modifications to existing genes and gene regulation.There are reasons, though, to believe that penguins have always been penguins.  One is the fossil record.  Where is the ancestral evidence for flying penguins?  Perhaps one will turn up some day, but in the meantime, we should accept the evidence at face value, that penguins have always been flightless in air.  The Creator outfitted each kind of bird with the traits it needed to fill the Earth with a profusion of amazing creatures reproducing after their kind.  As usual, the fossil record shows a profusion of larger and stronger representatives in the past (read about “super-penguin” in our 10/01/10 entry).  Our world is impoverished after the Deluge.To appreciate in more detail the mechanisms inside birds that make them such watchable flying machines, be sure to get the new Illustra Media documentary, Flight: The Genius of Birds.  You can watch the episode about development in the egg from the film right now on Illustra’s Facebook page.  Become a subscriber and join the discussion. 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