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UWI, Maverley-Hughenden in dull affair

first_imgMaverley-Hughenden maintained their unbeaten run in the Red Stripe Premier League following a 0-0 draw against the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at the UWI Bowl on Sunday. The game was a dull affair as the teams failed to create any clear chances. It was a game lacking creativity and brilliance. Maverley-Hughenden ended the game with 10 players, as Nackwayne Parchment picked up a second yellow card and was shown the red card in 90+ three minutes of the game. Promoted Maverley-Hughenden moved to five points from three games, while UWI pushed to four. UWI’s Andrae Bernal got the best chance in the first half, but missed from close range after the ball fell kindly at his feet. The teams turned over the ball regularly, as none of them took control. They relied mostly on long passes. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart, said that his team played good defensively, but offensively they weren’t not good enough. “Defensively, we were very good, but on the offensive end were not good enough. We are not creating a lot of chances. We wanted to win at home, but a point is better than losing the game,” Peart told The Gleaner. Maverley’s head coach Lijyasu Simms said his team abandoned their attacking style and battled hard throughout the game. “We had to play a different game today. We earned a point on the road and that is good to keep our unbeaten run. We wanted to stick to our style, but failed to pressure the opponent, especially in the first half,” Simms reasoned. “Now, we will go back to the training ground and prepare for the next game against Jamalco,” he added.last_img read more

School buses cancelled in Dawson Creek

first_imgSchool buses in Dawson Creek have been cancelled today because of the bad weather.There are no reports of school bus delays in the North Peace and busses are running on time in Chetwynd.  If you hear of any problems elsewhere in the Peace, let us know by emailing or call 250-787-7100. – Advertisement –last_img

Chargers in limbo again

first_imgNFL: The team will practice in Arizona, then see where it plays Sunday against Texans. By Bernie Wilson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers boarded a plane for Phoenix on Tuesday night, not knowing where or when they’ll play their next game. Qualcomm Stadium is being used as an evacuation center. An estimated 10,000 people were there on Tuesday under smoky skies. “Our attitude is, we’re going to practice for three days, and give us a buzz and let us know where we’re going,” Smith said as the Chargers lined up at their headquarters to board buses to the airport. “Wherever it is, or whatever day it is, we’ll do the best we can to get a victory against Houston. That’s where it’s at.” The Cardinals have a bye Sunday, and their stadium, located in Glendale, is scheduled to host a motorcycle show Friday through Sunday afternoon. Qualcomm Stadium general manager Erik Stover said the building can be ready to host an NFL game by Sunday, but it all depends on when the fires are contained. “The longer it goes, the less likely,” Stover said. “We’re an evacuation site until we’re no longer needed.” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been meeting with Chargers president Dean Spanos and others. Goodell said the options include playing the game in Los Angeles, at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium – the Cardinals’ former home – at Texas Stadium in Dallas or Reliant Stadium, the Texans’ home field. The precedent for playing at Reliant Stadium would be the New Orleans Saints playing a “home” game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands after Hurricane Katrina. That move was later criticized. Regardless, flying to Arizona is a drill familiar to 15 players on the active roster. Four years ago to the week, the Chargers were forced to move a Monday night game against Miami – and Junior Seau’s much-anticipated homecoming – to Tempe on short notice because of deadly wildfires. As it is now, Qualcomm was being used as an evacuation center and the air quality was awful. “It’s a little weird,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “It wasn’t expected. Two times in my career. You’re just thankful you haven’t lost a house. This is the closest I’ve come to losing one, though. It was burning on my property line.” Tomlinson and his wife had to flee their suburban home early Monday. “I could see the fires coming,” said Tomlinson, the reigning NFL MVP. “You wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning. You get the phone call, `You need to evacuate.’ I see the sky was orange, so I’m like, `It’s serious.’ “You just adapt to it and deal with it. Everybody is. Look at all those people over there at the stadium.” Some 46 players, coaches and staff members had to evacuate, including Coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers said smoke was coming under the doors of his suburban home, and he and his wife and three young daughters got out before the evacuation orders came. He said his house was OK. “It was scary,” Rivers said. “A lot of us haven’t experienced it. A lot of us were not here in 2003. It’s such an unknown, too. You don’t know what it’s doing.” Rivers said the players are in a good frame of mind. “All our families are safe. That’s what’s most important. Obviously we feel for the people who were more directly affected. There is going to be a game this week. We’ve got to put all the focus there. From what I gather, we’ve all been able to do that.” The Chargers (3-3) are coming off their bye. After a three-game losing streak, they righted many of their early season wrongs by routing the Broncos, 41-3, in Denver and then beating the Oakland Raiders, 28-14.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.They left town because of the wildfires that chased many in the organization out of their homes, fouled the air and left Sunday’s scheduled home game against the Houston Texans in doubt. Their superstar running back knows his home survived the firestorm. Their general manager hasn’t heard if he’ll have a house to come home to. While they spent Monday taking care of their families, it was time to get back to business. “We need to get ready to play football,” said General Manager A.J. Smith, who evacuated his home and doesn’t know if it’s still standing. The Chargers will practice at the Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters in Tempe today, Thursday and Friday. They packed for any eventuality, since the NFL and the Chargers are still debating what to do about Sunday’s game. last_img

Nunez balancing ideals, political realities

first_imgFabian Nunez felt betrayed. It was 1993 and the immigrant-rights activist was fuming mad: A lawmaker for East Los Angeles, a Mexican-American Democrat, wanted to stop California from issuing driver licenses to illegal immigrants. Nu ez wrote and called Assemblyman Louis Caldera to demand an explanation, but the legislator only confirmed his decision to co-author the measure. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” Nunez recalled. Then, Nu ez did something he never expected: He crossed the trench from political observer to political insider, eventually running for Assembly on a pro-immigrant platform, in Caldera’s old district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champToday, the 40-year-old charismatic, ambitious and liberal legislator is speaker of the California Assembly, arguably the second-most powerful politician in Sacramento and most influential Latino politician in the state. His resume is packed with achievements from 2006 that led to national and international fame for Assembly-produced laws to reduce global warming, raise the minimum wage and make prescription drugs more affordable. But as he completes his fourth year as leader of the 80-member Assembly, Nu ez has hit an unexpected skid that could threaten his political future. The Tijuana-reared son of a gardener and maid is in political turmoil over his extravagant spending on first-class travel; fine wine; and purchases at high-priced retailers such as a Louis Vuitton store in Paris, a surprising revelation about someone who has defined himself as a champion of the working class. Nu ez insists the campaign expenses were legal, ethical and directly related to invitations from dignitaries for whom he bought gifts. His foes who disagree are awaiting the results of an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. But some say the flap only exposes deeper questions about Nu ez that persist at the Capitol and in his district: Has this once-tireless advocate for the working class – who as a child was so poor he borrowed his sisters’ clothes, who dropped out of college to become a security guard to support his pregnant girlfriend – abandoned his core causes and humble roots for political power and a lavish lifestyle? “As an overall picture of what’s going on,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, a Los Angeles immigrant rights activist who hired Nu ez in the late 1980s and has closely followed his career, “a lot of us scratch our heads and say, well, what happened here?” In many ways what happened is a familiar story about the clash of idealism and political reality. How does one remain loyal to old constituents and causes in the face of political ambition that dictates serving broader interests? And how does one retain the appearance of humility while being required to move effectively and effortlessly in a world of deep- pocketed movers and shakers? Nu ez was born in a San Diego County hospital – the 10th of 12 children raised by his parents, Pablo and Soledad Nu ez, who lived in a wood-frame home in Tijuana and commuted to jobs across the border. The family got by with barely enough clothes. Other families lived on a hill in cardboard huts, which led Nu ez in his youth to question economic disparities. “This is where my political views were shaped, while I was here living in this tiny two-bedroom home,” Nu ez said on a recent visit to his old Buena Vista neighborhood. “This is where I began to develop my core, who I am as a person, my beliefs, and I think a sense of mission, too.” As a child, Nu ez had a passion for learning, and dreaming a big dream. “Ever since he was small he liked to study,” said eldest sister Alicia Lopez, 55, who lives in Tijuana. “And when we would ask what he wanted to be, he said, `I’m going to be president of the United States.”‘ When he was seven, his father, a former bracero farmworker with U.S. residency, moved the family to a basement apartment in San Diego’s Logan Heights, known for poverty, drugs and gangs. Nu ez focused on school. He was a student crossing guard and president of his junior high. In high school, he ran cross-country, boxed and, his mother said, took Spanish classes to perfect the language. He entered UC San Diego in 1985, prepared to change the world, organizing campus demonstrations to defeat an “English- only” initiative and fight for farmworkers. But Nu ez left San Diego due to a personal crisis: His girlfriend, a nurse named Maria Robles, was pregnant. He became a security guard in West Hollywood, then later took a job with fanatical zeal teaching English and civics to Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants. Still in his 20s, he was promoted to manage One Stop Immigration’s branch in Pomona, responsible for a $1 million budget. Along the way, the couple had a son, Esteban, were married and later divorced. Nu ez graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, and became political director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, then lobbyist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, from 2000 to 2002, which laid the foundation for his Assembly race. Labor unions and immigration- rights groups vaulted Nu ez into office in late 2002. His first piece of legislation sought to require state agencies to accept identification cards issued by foreign consulates as official ID, commonly used by illegal immigrants. He also co-authored a bill with his political mentor, Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, to restore licenses to immigrants. Both measures failed – his idealism rebuffed by political reality. By the end of that first year, however, Nu ez had become popular among his peers and emerged as the leading candidate for speaker at the young age of 37. Immigrant-rights groups had renewed hope. But that’s when, advocates say, they began to observe a political transformation. Nu ez now seemed less interested in old causes that can define a local lawmaker and more interested in the broader policies necessary to be an effective Assembly speaker. “It’s not surprising me to me that the pro-immigration activists are disappointed,” said USC analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. Leaders, she said, should be judged not on broad legislation, but whether the issues they push move in the same direction the advocates expect. As part of his political evolution, Nu ez in 2004 ditched his oval-frame glasses for eye surgery, and began to favor Italian Ermenegildo Zegna pin-striped suits. He also spent much of 2005 publicly attacking Gov. Arnold’s Schwarzenegger’s anti-labor- union reform agenda, while at the same time, oddly, developing a friendly relationship with him. Schwarzenegger would invite Nu ez for cigars in the Republican governor’s Capitol smoking tent. Nu ez took the governor to a favorite restaurant in East Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger invited Nu ez to watch movies at his Brentwood estate. After the initiatives were defeated, Schwarzenegger adopted traditionally Democratic measures, much to the dismay of his key supporters. At the top of the list was A.B. 32 to reduce greenhouse gases – a critical environmental issue Nu ez knew “zero” about when he first entered the Assembly, according to a close associate. The measure, signed into law in 2006, did wonders for Nu ez and Schwarzenegger, who glowed side-by-side at news conferences. “His political acumen is superior to people that have been there 10, 15 years,” Nu ez says of Schwarzenegger. “He really has good instincts for this, he really does. Too bad he’s a Republican. He should be a Democrat. He’s in the wrong (expletive) party.” Schwarzenegger, 60, showers Nu ez with praise. “He’s interested in what’s best for the people,” Schwarzenegger says, “rather than just what’s best for the party.” And he added that Nunez comprehends the challenges Schwarzenegger faces with his more conservative constituents. Their tight relationship has empowered Nu ez and made him more effective. But it also has further distanced him from immigrant supporters who wonder if the governor has replaced Cedillo as the speaker’s mentor. Nu ez never reintroduced the identification card measure that was a highlight of his first year. He never again signed on as co-author to Cedillo’s numerous attempts at passing the driver’s license law. Nu ez scoffs at the notion that he’s abandoned the immigrant cause. “I’ve never deviated; my views on those issues are very clear,” Nunez said. “But I have to look at larger issues. I have to broaden my perspective.” While as assemblyman he used to regularly host meetings with immigrants lobbying for legislation, he’s now as prone to focus on poll results that conclude voter sentiment on those same issues is generally unpopular. “I think he’s lost touch with reality and his constituency, to be honest with you,” said John Fernandez, a high school teacher in Boyle Heights, east of downtown Los Angeles, who once served on One Stop Immigration’s board of directors. “He was basically seduced by power and money, and I think that’s really been problematic for him, and I think he’s in trouble.” But some advocates have a different take. “Assembly Speaker Nu ez has a long history of standing up for workers and low-income families during budget battles in Sacramento, and he’s often sided with California’s most vulnerable communities, especially to provide them health care,” said Isabel Alegra, spokeswoman for the California Immigrant Policy Center. Nu ez says being speaker is more demanding that most people think – he’s expected to raise at least $16 million every two years to keep Democrats in power, and doesn’t have enough time to meet with all the people he used to associate with. “I put a lot of time into this job, and I have very little time for my kids and not enough time in my district as I would like,” said Nu ez, a father of three, “but that’s the choice one makes when you become speaker.” Nu ez now finds himself in a precarious position. In less than two months, Californians will decide his political future with their vote on Proposition 93, which seeks to limit the length of time legislators can remain in office, but also allows incumbents such as Nu ez to serve an additional six years. The initiative’s opponents call Nu ez the poster child of the measure, using words such as “imperialistic.” Nu ez says he doesn’t know what will become of his future if the Feb. 5 term limits initiative fails. But he concedes that his image has taken a hit. Over the past two months he canceled out-of-country trips and is supportive of the state’s election watchdog’s recent proposal to force legislators to more specifically disclose expenses. “I have to have a higher standard for myself now,” he said. But there’s one place Nu ez doesn’t need to rehab his image. He recently stopped by his parents’ modest San Diego home for a bowl of his beloved pozole soup. This, his siblings and wife insist, is the real Fabian Nu ez, the same humble man he’s always been, the one who concludes annual Assembly sessions by publicly thanking his $200,000 chief of staff and the janitors who clean his office. “He’s very simple,” said Robles, whom he remarried two years ago after 11 years apart. “He continues to be inspired by the same issues he was inspired by as a young man. He does wear nicer suits now than before.” (916) 441-4651160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Former Spurs boss backs England for World Cup glory

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes England can win the World Cup in Russia this summer.The former Tottenham Hotspur manager is convinced the standard of competition at this year’s tournament is significantly lower than in previous years and wants the Three Lions to play without fear.Gareth Southgate’s men secured a 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Thursday night to make it two in two from their final friendly games before their tournament kicks off against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.And Redknapp wants England’s young group of starlets to seize their opportunity on the biggest stage of them all.“We’re going to win it, let’s go for it,” said Redknapp.“Don’t start talking about getting out of the group and all that, let’s have a go!“There are no outstanding teams in in this year – it’s wide open. Redknapp believes the Three Lions can end over half a century of pain in Russia 1center_img 🔥Rashford😤 VardyWho impressed and who failed to make an impact in England’s win? 🤔👇— talkSPORT 📻 (@talkSPORT) June 7, 2018“I couldn’t pick a winner; Brazil, Spain, Germany…I don’t think any of them are where they have been in the past.“So why can’t we do a miracle?“It’s happened before, it can happen again.”England have not won the World Cup since triumphing on home soil in 1966, failing to seriously impress at a major tournament ever since.Victory over Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday night followed up the 2-1 win over Nigeria last weekend – another game where England impressed.After facing Tunisia, they face Panama on June 24 before a potentially huge clash with Belgium on June 28.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.last_img read more

Liverpool starlet Curtis Jones reveals how Jurgen Klopp has improved his game

first_imgAnd Jones added he’s now targeting further first-team involvement as we move into the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.“I just want to be involved in the manager’s plans going forward,” he added.“Pre-season is a massive chance to catch his eye. My target for this season is to make my debut for the first team.” latest Jones impressed against Manchester City in the United States. three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade SORRY How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings “Everyone knows I like to get on the ball and dribble, I like to get goals and assists,” he told the Liverpool Echo.“But Jurgen has definitely helped me on the other side of the game in terms of defending and tackling, getting back and helping the team.“He has got me fitter as a player. I feel like I can last a lot longer in games now, playing at the tempo I want to be at.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Transfer News The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Jones has been quick to praise Jurgen Klopp for improving his game. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets smart causal NEW ERA IN DEMAND center_img TOP WORK predicted Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP revealed targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Most Popular Premier League Stories silverware Jones has impressed with displays against both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, and supporters have delighted in the ‘proper’ Scouser’s emergence.He’s quickly moved into manager Klopp’s thinking and only made his debut for the club’s Under-23s in January.And Jones has praised the German manager for the improvements he has made to his game. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion ALTERED 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool starlet Curtis Jones has revealed how Jurgen Klopp has helped his game as he looks to earn a first-team spot.The 17-year-old is earning plenty of plaudits while on the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States. REVEALED last_img read more


first_imgShay Given and his Republic of Ireland team-mates have one step on the plane to Poland and the Ukraine for next year’s European Championships after a convincing 4-0 win over Estonia tonight.Given was by and large a bystander as Ireland carved out a hard-fought victory over Estonia.Estonia did well at times but goals from Keith Andrews, Jonathon Walters and two from captain Robbie Keane put Ireland in a commanding position for the return leg in Dublin next Tuesday. Estonia were not helped by two sendings-off.Given was delighted by how his team played.“We worked hard. Although we got the goal early on they out us under a bit of pressure.“When they lost a man we began to put them under a little bit of pressure but they were still dangerous. “When we got the second goal their heads went down a little and we pushed on. We have put ourselves in a great position to get into the finals,” he said.The finals will be some reward after Given and his team were cheated by France in Paris last year in the World Cup qualifiers.GIVEN’S DELIGHT AS IRELAND SET FOR EURO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS was last modified: November 13th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Republic of Irelandseamus colemanShay Givenlast_img read more

Selective Extinctions Defy Logic

first_imgTo believe the standard evolutionary timeline, you have to accept some highly unreasonable notions.Museums and nature TV shows routinely show the march of evolution through time. The story is punctuated by several major extinction events, the most famous of which is the death of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous. The current popular theory is that an asteroid slammed into earth, causing the death of all the dinosaurs, pterosaurs and marine reptiles in a geological instant (called the KPg boundary). Do viewers ever ponder the fact that many delicate animals lived right through this catastrophe as if nothing happened?Genomic evidence reveals a radiation of placental mammals uninterrupted by the KPg boundary (PNAS). The early placental mammals (a group that includes us humans) were believed to be rather small, perhaps badger size, at the time of the extinction. They were no match for T Rex and Triceratops. Why, then, did they survive “uninterrupted” right through the disastrous extinction event? This group of evolutionary scientists, using different assumptions for dating ‘divergence times’ (when mammal groups supposedly branched into different families), believes that’s exactly what happened.We produced a genome-scale dataset from representatives of all placental mammal orders to infer diversification timing relative to the Cretaceous–Paleogene (KPg) boundary. Our sensitivity analyses show that divergence time estimates within placentals are considerably biased by the specific way in which a given dataset is processed. We examined the performance of various dating approaches using a comprehensive scheme of likelihood analyses and computational simulations, allowing us to identify the optimal molecular clock parameters, gene sets, and gene partitioning schemes for reliable dating. Based on the optimal methodology, we present a hypothesis of mammalian divergence timing that is more consistent with the fossil record than previous molecular clock reconstructions, suggesting that placental mammals underwent a continuous radiation across the KPg boundary.Creationists would say that the techniques are circular, because they assume evolution to prove evolution. What’s interesting is that to believe the evolutionary story, you have to believe that furry mammals lived through a global catastrophe as if nothing happened.Speaking of this PNAS paper, John Gatesy and Mark Springer took strong issue with the team’s phylogenetic methods in a letter to PNAS the following week, complaining about “homology errors and zombie lineages” in the analysis. In their reply, Liu et al. defended their work. This interchange reveals the high degree of subjectivity in the sausage-making business of piecing together animals into ancestral trees. Apparently, “zombie lineages” are just fine if they keep the tree standing:Gatesy and Springer are concerned that “zombie lineages” compromise our conclusions. We acknowledged zombie lineages as a reasonable concern and discussed such discrepancies and their likely causes at some length in our study. At the same time, our analysis is an advance because many more fossil and molecular divergences, particularly ordinal divergences, are now better reconciled. Hard bounds on priors can work but are also more likely to mislead than the soft bounds we used. Even sophisticated approaches can misestimate divergences in some cases, while uncertainties in the phylogenetic placement and dating of fossils may often yield false assumptions about fossil ages used for calibration. Geese-like birds seem to have survived the dinosaur extinction (New Scientist). Jeff Hecht acts surprised that birds like ducks, geese and chickens lived right through the dinosaur-killing event. Hecht introduces a little disagreement between evolutionists about the dating and phylogeny, but in the end, quotes German researcher Gerald Mayr, who thinks “most of the known modern-looking birds from the late Cretaceous were aquatic, so Mayr says the ancestors of today’s birds may have been at least semi-aquatic.” So how, exactly, did waterfowl live through a global extinction event that wiped out all marine reptiles around the world? Many evolutionists ignore this conundrum, arguing that the extinction of the dinosaurs paved the way for more diversification of mammals and birds. A picture of loons graces the opening of Hecht’s article, suggesting a certain cartoon title.One trick is to claim that birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs, as Science Daily claims. Even if one believes that, it still doesn’t explain why the smaller, more delicate birds survived while dinosaurs of all sizes all vanished. This particular article commits another theory rescue strategy, to reconcile the “rocks and clocks” debate. There’s been a long-standing discordance for evolutionists between molecular clock dates and fossil dates. The solution? “by speeding up avian genetic evolution, the K-Pg mass extinction may have temporarily altered the rate of the avian molecular clock.” The jargon term for this ad-hoc rescue device is “rate heterogeneity.” In plain English, it means factoring with fudge (see also, Darwin Flubber). A third fudging strategy is the old Sidestepping trick. The reporter pivots to talk about conservation of today’s large mammals, as if we humans could stop an asteroid.Toxic algae may be culprit in mysterious dinosaur deaths (Science Magazine). A jam-packed bone bed in Madagascar is generating another conundrum for evolutionists. In an area one third the size of a tennis court, 1,200 bones have been recovered. Carolyn Gramling writes,Seventy million years ago, they all came to drink in the rapidly drying river: long-necked sauropods, fierce theropods, crocodiles, lizards, and raven-sized birds. They never left. The giant and the tiny were entombed together in the riverbed, forming what is now a spectacular series of mass graves in northwestern Madagascar. Last week, researchers proposed a culprit behind this ancient mystery: harmful algal blooms (HABs), in the very water that had lured the animals.No evidence of algae has been found, though. Obviously, they are struggling to find answers for what killed so many animals so fast. One chunk “is the most fossiliferous package of rock I’ve ever seen,” said Raymond Rogers, a geologist from St. Paul. Many of the dinosaurs were found in the “dinosaur death pose” with head arched back, indicating suffocation, as with drowning.New research proves that birds and flying reptiles were friends, not foes ( Contrary to evolutionary expectations of a ‘struggle for existence’ between airborne vertebrates in the Cretaceous, this article suggests that birds and pterosaurs got along just fine. Why, then, did the birds luck out in an event that wiped out all the flying reptiles? This article gingerly tiptoes past Darwin to avoid upsetting his stomach.New Macquarie University research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, has shown that birds and pterosaurs did, in fact, co-exist for millions of years peacefully, as opposed to the long-held and historical belief that birds competitively-displaced pterosaurs as suggested.It had previously been suggested that birds and pterosaurs competed with each other during the Cretaceous, a period more than 65 million years ago, and that this led to pterosaurs evolving larger body sizes to avoid competition with the smaller birds. However, after comparing jaw sizes, limb proportions and other functional characteristics not explored in previous studies, lead author Dr Nicholas Chan says this is not the case.The mass extinction that might never have happened (New Scientist). Do evolutionists really understand the history of life on earth? Colin Barras reports that one of the five major extinctions touted in museums and on TV may be a myth.Should the “big five” really be the “big four”? For decades, we [who’s “we,” paleface?] have recognised five devastating mass extinctions that punctuate the last half-billion years of evolution. But now two geologists are controversially arguing that the end-Triassic extinction – often described as the third largest – has no place on that list.“Certainly there was an environmental crisis, but it’s not a mass extinction per se,” says Lawrence Tanner at Le Moyne College at Syracuse, New York. “It’s misleading to  continue to call it one.” If he is correct, our understanding of the early evolution of dinosaurs will need rewriting. [who’s we, paleface?]It’s worth mentioning that butterflies and many small insects came through the dinosaur extinction event just fine, as well as fish, petunias and most plants.If anyone still trusts evolutionary stories about natural history, maybe they could leave a comment justifying it.(Visited 541 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Shoving Fossils Onto Darwin’s Timeline

first_imgFossils do not tell a Darwinian story unless they are forced into his narrative.DinosaursJurassic dinosaurs trotted between Africa and Europe ( People probably hadn’t thought that T. rex had to be a long-distance swimmer. How, then, did tracks of tyrannosaur-like dinosaurs get across oceans? Darwin, we have a problem! Similar dinosaur tracks have been found on two moyboy paleo-continents named Gondwana and Laurasia. This should not be. In order to rescue dinosaurs for Darwin, Spanish evolutionists got creative with their storytelling (evidence not required), adding some futureware and vaporware.To confirm these data, the group of researchers stresses that more studies are needed, especially to answer an important question: how did the dinosaurs pass between Laurasia and Gondwana? “The answer is problematic because geological studies indicate that there was a deep sea between the two continents,” stresses the scientist.The presence of the same species in such distant places forces scientists to propose dispersal routes between continents during the Mesozoic, the time during which dinosaurs lived. These large animals were thus able to move between Africa and Europe on land masses with short emersion periods and through southern Italy and the Balkans or through Iberia (what is nowadays the Iberian Peninsula).In this case, selection pressure is acting on the evolutionists, forcing them to evolve more fantastic stories.How life blossomed after the dinosaurs died (Science). Once upon a time, a very finely-tuned asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs but saved the butterflies. That’s the common Darwinian tale. In order to keep the scenario intact, Elizabeth Pennisi allows Darwinians to shove things around. She finds a group of storytellers in Corral Bluffs, Colorado, using divination techniques on fossil skulls inside a concretion. It takes several tries to perceive the vision. They return, studying 6,000 leaves and numerous bones of small animals. What they conclude from their divination exercise can only mean one thing: that Darwinism went on a high-speed burst of creation after the asteroid hit.Plants and animals came back much faster than thought, with plants spurring mammals to diversify, the team reports online in Science this week. “They get almost the whole picture, which is quite exciting,” says functional anatomist Amy Chew of Brown University. “This high-resolution integrated record really tells us what’s going on.”It doesn’t take much to excite Darwinists. Even falsification can do it, because they love the challenge of rescuing Darwin from evidence.Shoving pieces of pollen and volcanic dust into their predetermined slots on the geologic column, Ian Miller and Tyler Lyson invent a “palm period,” a “pecan pie” period and a “protein bar period” on their chart to get their colleagues’ mouths watering before lunch. They grin, feeling they have fostered a coherent evolutionary scenario on the listener, provided they are allowed to turn up the evolutionary supercharger and play with the temperature dial at will. After lunch, the guests enjoy the sermon on climate change.At New Scientist, Ruby Prosser Scully swallows the protein bar in one gulp without checking the label:This growth spurt coincided with the appearance of the first legume – which Lyson calls the “protein bar moment” – since it probably provided the calories needed to drive this rapid growth.When the researchers looked back through the climate record, they found that these three bursts of mammal evolution seem to coincide with temperature increases of about 5°C. This suggests that the rise of mammals was helped along by a more tropical climate that enhanced plant growth and hence increased the food supply for animals, says Lyson….Having such a detailed picture of the way ecosystems recovered after the last extinction event may help us predict what will happen following the sixth mass extinction, which some experts believe is happening now as a result of rapid climate change, says Gregory Webb at the University of Queensland, Australia.MammalsMammals’ complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we’re learning how they evolved ( Vertebral spines are common on many fossil mammals. The question is not whether they evolved, but how they evolved, because as Phillip Johnson had shown, evolution is predetermined as the only explanation they will accept. From that premise, evolutionists feel free to shove fossils into the miracle column.Mammals’ backbones are weird. Compared to other four-legged animals like reptiles, mammal spines are a complex mix of sections of differently-shaped bones. Our Frankenstein’s monster backbones are a key component of mammals evolving the ability to move in a bunch of different ways—compare a cheetah running, a person walking, a bat flying, and a whale swimming.It’s a bunch, all right (what teenage Darwin convert wrote this? Frankenstein, really?). Well, however the backbones evolved, it “was marked by big, dramatic evolutionary changes,” the young disciple writes. Those chance mutations must have come in a burst of cosmic rays, pregnant with evolutionary gemmules. Mammals received these gifts cheerfully, spending them on high metabolisms as well as monster backbones. Stephanie Pierce of Harvard feels free to pile on the miracles: “and some changes in in backbone complexity evolved at about the same time that other features associated with a more active lifestyle evolved, like fur or specialized muscles for breathing.”To impress readers, the divination experts show how it all works out on their computer program. The miracles occur in “quick bursts, rather than a super-slow, gradual pathway,” they say. If this sounds confusing, it’s because evolutionary divination is only clear to the wizards who have had the proper training.“This study helps us answer an age-old question—how did life become so complex?” says Jones. By looking at this example system, we show that discreet changes, when added up over the millennia, can produce what seems at first glance to be a long-term trend. The evolution of complexity is, dare I say it, complex!”Everything looks nice and neat on the Darwin timeline because the fossils were shoved there.One of the reasons that Inquisitors in the 16th century banned Bibles in the common language was to avoid confusing the peasants with the contradictions between what the Bible said and what they saw the priesthood doing and teaching. Only the experts, they warned, were able to read the Scriptures correctly and without confusion. Will a day come when modern Darwinists will ban the reading of Origin of Species for similar reasons? It goes to show that details like the rate of evolution (slow and gradual vs punctuated or rapid) are far less important than maintaining the foundation of naturalism.(Visited 422 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享2last_img read more

Sexy Natural Long Straight Hair Wig Synthetic Full Wig : Fun wig nice length and colour is as pictured

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