Costa becomes fine

first_imgWhen Costa had returned to the group after that operation in February, he was nonetheless heavy, with additional kilos, all targeting his legs when he ran, unable to flee from anybody, to achieve a wall, to distance himself, maybe he had compelled himself to be, to reach to that tie, towards Liverpool, during which Atlético performed a lot, to remain alive in Europe. Lagarto’s is now able to return and add for the group. The Cholo group faces the problem of not staying out of the Champions League: on the time of the break resulting from COVID-19 it was sixth, that’s, outdoors the following Champions League, catastrophe. There are eleven days left to play (aside from the quarters and what comes from the present Champions League, Atlético is already categorised as PSG, Atalanta and Leipzig). 5 objectives when he got here again so fine final summer timeIt’s the story of final summer time, Costa, conscious that the trains are working out at Atlético, his numbers aren’t, though he’ll all the time be Costa and The beast He beats underneath his shirt, about to seem at any second to alter the course of a sport, he arrived at Los Angeles de San Rafael to begin the preseason. And boy did it present. It was final summer time when Simeone checked out him and noticed in him the Costa he missed a lot when he went to Chelsea. 5 objectives in preseason, 4 of them towards Actual Madrid at New Jersey 7-3 … That dried up as quickly because the video games turned official. 2 objectives in 19 video games, with a mean of 0.25 per sport, poor, very poor, however a minimum of larger than the 0.10 of final season. He ends his contract in 2021 and Simeone, his principal supporter, wants him greater than ever. Not less than bodily Costa appears prepared for the problem. Tomorrow Atlético returns to coaching. His return within the final two moments of Atlético has captured the highlight. The one in every of Diego Costa. At Anfield as a result of he was returning to tenure 4 months after going underneath the knife for surgical procedure. a cervical disc herniation, on his eternal groundhog day since he returned to the rojiblanco group, injury-recovery-injury-months out. The hour he performed, Atlético had one much less man. Clumsy, with out velocity, former soccer participant. Two months later, nevertheless, Atlético started the protocols to return to coaching, and to competitions, with particular person checks at Cerro del Espino within the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and There’s Diego Costa, fine, match, that Costa that’s fearsome, that modifications video games, that’s key. His picture has instantly gone viral on the networks.The Hispanic-Brazilian has taken benefit of this break to be ready to really add for Cholo, he has not let himself go, neither in meals nor in laziness, disciplined and targeted, totally recovering his again. Your physique is all the time your finest mirror. Additionally social networks. No hint of extra. Racing with canines to the pool, beers with a slogan on the shirt: “He who scores objectives kisses at night time” and different niceties that hung prior to now. Zero. last_img read more

Eagles soar to 4th win

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide ATENEO 83—Ravena 21, Nieto Ma. 11, Black 10, Nieto Mi. 10, Tolentino 9, Asistio 8, Verano 4, Porter 3, Ikeh 2, Go 2, Mendoza 2, Tio 1, White 0, Mallillin 0, Mamuyac 0, Andrade 0.UE 65—Pasaol 22, Abanto 10, Maloles 9, Derige 6, Acuno 5, Bartolome 4, Olayon 4, Conner 3, Varilla 2, Manalang 0, Cullar 0, Armenion 0, Gagate 0.Quarters: 18-11, 32-23, 60-52, 83-65Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ph 5 cruises past Thais OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Ravena’s impressive form is simply the icing to what has been an inspiring start to the season for the Eagles, who have won all their games by double digit margins.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga liked the consistency from the Eagles after they responded with a show of force in the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think more or less, even though we’ve had ups and downs in this game, we’re happy with the consistency,” said Arespacochaga.Much like their first three games, the Eagles established control early before taking the fight out of the Warriors with another blistering finish anchored by Ravena, whose athleticism and polished offensive arsenal has keyed the early-season surge. “I need to stay more consistent than last season,” said Ravena, who spiked his scoring average to 18.7 points per game.“Last season, I’ll have a good game then the next game, polar opposite. I’m just mentally focused coming into the season.”The Warriors stayed in the thick of the fight after exploding for 29 points in the third period that allowed them to close in at 52-60.Later, Papi Sarr threw his weight around inside the paint, while Jerie Pingoy sparkled on both ends of the floor as Adamson rolled past National U, 83-76, to even its card at 2-2, tying FEU and NU for fourth spot.Matt Nieto, Aaron Black and Mike Nieto also dished out double-digit outputs, combining for 31 points for the Eagles, who face University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT With Thirdy Ravena continuing his stellar play, Ateneo turned back University of the East, 83-65, on Sunday to stay unbeaten in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Sustaining his fiery form, Ravena poured 21 points, including 11 in the final period, as the Blue Eagles notched their fourth win in as many games to solidify their hold of top spot, a day after fierce rival La Salle suffered its first loss of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Attorney General in Paris FATF Plenary and Working Group Meetings

first_imgAttorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, is currently participating in the Plenary and Working Group Meetings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)-XXIX, being held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris from June 24-29, 2018.The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989. It sets the standards to counter money-laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing.The established standards are the FATF 40 Recommendations which the FATF and FATF Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs) — of which the CFATF is the first one created in the Global Network — use to monitor their members’ level of compliance and implementation of measures against money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing. The FATF’s decision making body is the Plenary, whichA the FATF Plenary meeting in Parismeets three times per year (February, June and October).The Plenary’s reviews are done through discussions on mutual evaluation reports and other projects covering issues that are discussed in each of the technical Working Groups three days prior to the Plenary (June 24-26, 2018).The Plenary meeting is intended to have all relevant parties present to discuss AML/CFT/PF issues, so that progress is made in a consistent manner by FATF and FSRBs. The CFATF as an FSRB is therefore fully involved, like other FSRBs, in the work that is discussed during Plenary.As the Chairman of CFATF, it is therefore important to remain visible and viable in the discussions that take place at the FATF Plenary level. There is an expectation that the issues, their outcomes and requisite follow-thorough in relevant instances will be carried forward by the Chair of each FSRB and their secretariats.During the plenary, several topics will be covered that are of importance to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Region. These include the Counter Terrorist Financing Operational Plan, Revisions to the Methodology, and FinTech and RegTech issues.last_img read more

Heavy hinterland investment; land use strategy among keys to development – Irfaan Ali

first_img– slams APNU/AFC shortsighted approach to developing townsIn any economy, long-term development must be driven by strategy and the spin-off effects of development initiatives. This is according to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali.PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan AliAli sat down for an interview with University of Guyana (UG) Lecturer Hugh Todd, and articulated his party’s development agenda should it win office. This agenda includes heavy investment in the hinterland, and a land use strategy.“We have to look at the bigger picture of what will propel us into the future… I give housing as an example. The hinterland has tremendous potential for us, whether it’s mining or forestry. We have to support investors in these areas to ensure that it is economically viable and sustainable.”Ali noted that some other potential areas of development in the hinterland could centre on a carbon credit market, but investors in the hinterland are often hesitant due to lack of access to these areas, a point alluded to by Ali.The state of the Lethem road under the current Government“What is one of the prohibitive factors that persons who want to invest in the hinterland will tell you? One: They will tell you transportation; the cost of transportation and the roads. So we have to address this. We cannot have a situation where important communities from a social and economic standpoint are cut off from us as a result of rainy season for months. It is not sustainable.“It’s not sustainable for investors or the country, and it drives up cost-of-living in these areas. So we’re going to invest heavily in hinterland roads; in improving transportation link; In reducing the cost of transportation.”The Presidential Candidate touted the potential benefits a renewed focus on hinterland development could have, including a reduction in transportation and air travel costs, and increased opportunities for the ordinary citizen.According to Ali, a new PPP Government could look at setting aside a minimum of $2 billion a year just for maintaining and building hinterland roads. In addition, he noted the need to upgrade hinterland airstrips.“We have to upgrade a number of airstrips in hinterland locations; that would help other sectors to propel themselves. And the road links are critical if we’re going to expand agriculture and mega-farms to ensure that we have greater and less costly access to markets. These are how things are linked.”Ali stressed the need for Guyana to diversify away from the city of Georgetown. He noted that if opportunities are created in rural areas, then persons will have a reduced need to migrate to the city, thus lessening the pressure on Georgetown.Critical to this is an integrated land use and management strategy, something that will see undeveloped and under- developed areas becoming a hub of residential and commercial activity.“Look at Diamond (East Bank Demerara). We created the investment opportunity. Huge housing development. Linked it to economic development. The financial sector developed in that area, and look at the benefits it brought: Job creation, empowerment, and the whole area got a new life. That came out of a very strategic move by (former) President Jagdeo. He launched the concept of secondary towns.“I was in charge of the Caribbean Development Bank Unit at the time when we negotiated that loan. We saw the institutional strengthening component; the infrastructure component; we saw the link, and how it would lead to the evolution. Compare that to what we have now: a minister walking into a community and declaring a town; there is no supporting infrastructure, no plan in terms of the economic output, no plan as to the final objective.”Since coming to office, the Coalition Government has officially declared four new towns: Mahdia, Bartica, Lethem and Mabaruma. While there has been talk of establishing Government offices in these communities and upgrading roadways, the state of hinterland roads remains a sore issue.last_img read more

Dawson Creek releases flood update

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The following is an update from the City of Dawson Creek.  The City has now opened 17th street and Willowbrook to traffic, but expect delays today as crews are already paving this section.  The Disaster Financial Assistance program will be hosting a public meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Encana Events Centre – Upper Lobby – all public is welcome to attend this information session regarding the DFA program.See the full update below.Roads17th Street and Willowbrook – Both lanes are now open – expect delays Saturday as the crew will be out paving this section.- Advertisement -8th Street – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened 8th Street to two lanes.10th Street – 10th Street is open.15th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.Advertisement The Disaster Financial Assistance program will be hosting a public meeting Monday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Encana Events Centre – Upper Lobby – all public is welcome to attend this information session regarding the DFA program.On June 15, Dawson Creek set an all-time high for rain in one day: 89.8 millimetres. This beats any previous record set from when the records were set in the 1920’s.Garbage CollectionWaste Management will be doing the downtown route on Saturday instead of today. Thursday’s collection from 100B Aveneut to 98 Avenue will also occur on Saturday. Thursday and Friday’s collection for properties south of Alaska Avenue will be done today and may carry onto Saturday.LANDFILL / Transfer Station Hours: Wednesday to Sunday (9:00am to 5:00pm).Both Brookside and City Cemeteries are unaffected by the flooding and are good.Advertisement 108 Ave – 108th Avenue is open to single lane traffic – no flaggers so please proceed with caution.Garbage Clean-upThank you to AltaGas for their $10,000 donation to help with the efforts of the repairs. We are going to work and attempting to get some large waste bins strategically located in and around the south side of town for citizens to dispose of flood damaged belongings and or sewer damaged belongings.Locations: 10117-17th Street (vacant gas station NW corner of 17th street and 102ndave)Kitchen Park (SE corner of 18th Street and 108th ave)Chamberlain Park (between 15th Street and 16th Street north side of Chamberlain Drive)This is not intended for regular domestic garbage so please do not take advantage of our neighbours who need this to help them clean up their flood damaged homes. These bins will be out either tonight or Saturday and then the material will be collected on Monday. They will be continued to be monitored after Monday if they are still in use.Advertisement B.C. TransitBC Transit will be operating Route 1 (North) on time and normal schedule while Route 2 is currently running subject to change. Please expect minor delays in the service. BC Transit will be back to normal schedule on all routes on Saturday. There may still be some delays on Saturday so be prepared for some timing to be off.SchoolsAll Schools in Dawson Creek, surrounding rural area and Moberly Lake will re-open on Monday, June 20, 2016. Regular school sessions will resume as usual. However, at this time we are still uncertain if school buses in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd areas will be operating or if there will be any route cancellations or deviations. A notice on bus services will be posted on the bus notifications tab on the school district website Monday morning. Please check the website for updates.Provincial exams will run as scheduled; it is recommended that any bus students writing exams have an alternate plan to get to the school if bus routes are cancelled next week.Dawson Trail· Closed between the Mall and 4th streetSpecial Council MeetingMayor Bumstead has ordered a special council meeting to occur on Monday at 1:00PM to ensure we begin to understand the issues and provide administration with support and direction to begin the process of fixing the property damage.Further information updates will occur Monday or as needed if there is a need. Please continue to be safe and if you need assistance, call the city at 311 or if emergency call 911. Disaster Financial AssistanceDisaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the Peace River Regional District area, including Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St John, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge and the First Nations communities of Saulteau and West Moberly who may have been impacted from the major flooding that occurred this past week.DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.Applications for DFA must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Sept 15, 2016.British Columbians can access the DFA application form at: will also be available at the Dawson Creek Fire Department – if you have any questions, you can call the Dawson Creek Fire Department at 250-782-9898.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNAOMH Conaill will play St Eunan’s in this year’s Senior Football Championship final.The Glenties-Based club cruised to victory over Kilcar at Mac Cumhaill Park this afternoon, with 11 points to spare in a 4-10 to 0-11 victory.Goals almost always win games and just like last night when Eunan’s goals proved crucial in their win over St Michael’s a reinvigorated Naomh Conaill were emphatic in their finishing. Dermot Brick Molloy was the talisman in the first half, hitting 1-04 of his side’s 2-05 by the break to Kilcar’s four points, Eoghan McGettigan getting the second Naomh Conaill goal in the dying embers of the first period.Senior club debutant McGettigan, the star of his club’s run to this year’s Minor final, set up the next two goals after the break Leo McLoone and Leon Thompson finding the net.Paddy McBrearty hit five of his side’s points, but for Kilcar the long wait for a return to a county senior final goes on for another 12 months at least.For Naomh Conaill, who felt they didn’t get a clean run to last year’s final, they will be now clear favourites to go on and win it.  NAOMH CONAILL SHOW CLASS IN FINE WIN OVER KILCAR TO SET UP FINAL AGAINST EUNAN’S was last modified: September 27th, 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:county semi-finalkilcarNaomh Conailllast_img read more


first_imgA big-hearted Letterkenny chef ensured that a fun day for Letterkenny Rugby Club did not ‘pasta’ by without everyone having a great day.The club asked Davide Tuliio of La Fantasia Restaurant to sponsor a few pizzas for the family fun day yesterday.But Davide went one large step further. He said that he would do Pizza, Pasta, Risotto and Meatballs, with fresh Garlic Bread.He arrived at 1.00 with a full kitchen complete with pizza oven loaned from Thermequip.He brought two chefs and two more staff, all in pristine La Fantasia uniform and within minutes the smell was making everyone hungry.Davide and his team fed more than 300 souls and not one went home hungry. Davide offered his services after hearing the event was to promote Fight Night in the Tassie on May 18th and Coastal Cancer Challenge on July 21st.He said that if we were so committed to raising money for charity then the least he could do was provide the food.A spokesman for the club said “We are all flabbergasted at his generosity. He even sponsored some of the fighters for Fight Night just after he fed them.This guy is a bit special and Letterkenny is lucky to have him living here. He says he is very happy here and we’re happy he is here.”   CHEF MAKES SURE IT’S A “PIZZA’ CAKE ON RUGBY CLUB’S FUN DAY was last modified: May 12th, 2012 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:La FantasiaLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBlast_img read more


first_imgWalkers on a West Donegal beach have been left confused as to the identity of an unusual creature washed up on the shoreline.Is the creature a Leatherback turtle?The creature was found yesterday afternoon at Magheroarty.Some of the creature has decayed and nobody is exactly sure what it is. There have been some suggestions that it could be a Leatherback turtle which are very unusual.We will bring you more if we discover any more about the creature.UNIDENTIFIED CREATURE WASHED UP ON DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: November 13th, 2013 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:beachcreatureMagheroartylast_img read more

Did Zebras Invent Their Own Stripes?

first_imgThe explanations some evolutionists give for fur and feather patterns sound like tales of talking animals planning out their new fashion lines.Evolution tries to explain not just what is, but how it got that way.  The core of Darwin’s theory is that stuff happens by unguided natural processes – no mind or planning was involved.  Things may look designed, leading evolutionists tell us, but that’s an illusion: they evolved.  Apparent designs are the outcome of processes that did not have them in mind – namely, random mutations and natural “selection” for accidental traits that might confer a survival advantage.  Yet reporters and scientists who believe this often write as if animals determined ahead of time what they would do to get more fit, have more sex, or avoid predators.  A case in point is the origin of patterning on mammals and birds.MammalsZebra-cadabra:  The stripes on zebras are remarkable for their starkness and symmetry, with some stripes going horizontal and some vertical.  Such bold markings do not blend into the background to provide camouflage.  Why would they announce to predators “Here I am”?  Are they for social communication?  Then why are both males and females and young all striped?  At long last, the BBC News was proud to announce that the mystery of the stripes has finally been ‘explained’ (quotes theirs), at least for the satisfaction of “evolutionary biologists.”  The new theory is: “Zebras’ bold stripes protect the animals by masking their movements.”   All those moving stripes create an optical illusion when predators or biting insects approach.One of the researchers compared the stripes to the barber-pole illusion or the wagon-wheel illusion (when the spokes appear to turn backward).  The problem with those analogies is that we know barber poles and wagon wheels are intelligently designed.  Darwinism needs to account for zebra stripes by undirected, mindless processes.  Dr. Martin How fails to tell how:According to Dr How, zebra stripes capitalise on this type of illusion to help protect the animals.He explained that the broad diagonal stripes on a zebra’s flank and the narrower vertical stripes on its back and neck give unexpected motion signals that confuse viewers, particularly in a herd of zebras.“We suggest that these illusions cause pests and predators to mistake the zebra’s movement direction, causing biting insects to abort their landing manoeuvres and chasing predators to mistime their attacks,” said Dr How.Sounds convincing, but any explanation needs to face follow-up questions.  If striping is such a successful strategy, why didn’t wildebeest and antelope evolve it?  Why aren’t all members of the horse family striped, when they presumably also have to deal with predators and biting insects?  Does it also explain the stripes on zebrafish, zebra mussels and striped skunks?  How did the first stripes on zebras originate by mutation?  How did the stripes become so regularly spaced and uniform over the entire body?  Were the selection pressures so strong in the case of the mutant with the first tentative stripes, that all the unstriped members of the population died out?  Did the mutation for stripes have any pleiotropic effects that reduced fitness?  Will this explanation fare any better than last year’s attempt to hypothesize that the stripes repel biting flies? (2/09/12).  Doesn’t an explanation about how the stripes work actually imply design?  Doesn’t Dr. How’s wording suggest that the stripes are the designer, if they “capitalise” on an illusion?  How is this not a fallacy of personification?We are informed that this explanation was quite a feat, a long time in coming: “Zebra stripes have long confused evolutionary biologists, right back to Darwin and Wallace,” one of the researchers said.  The illusion, therefore, appears to work very well on evolutionists.BirdsPatterns of a feather flock together:  A photograph of a handsome California quail, adorned in its multi-colored costume of feathers, some with bold edges overlapping like roof shingles, others plain gray, all fitting into their own specific areas on the bird, topped with a feathery tuft over the fashionable head, adorns a Science Article that announces to readers it will explain the “evolution of plumage patterns in male and female birds.”  Some matter-of-fact stuff about taxonomy and sexual dimorphism precedes the evolutionary explanation.  Then we learn that evolutionists have largely ignored the question of feather patterns: “The colour of plumage has attracted much research interest, but the exquisite patterns of bird plumage, such as the spots of the guinea fowl and the barred patterns of ducks and turkeys, to just name a few, have received much less attention,” said a PhD candidate at Cambridge out to make her name in the Darwinian storytelling society.  First, it was necessary for Thanh-Lan Gluckman to eliminate the unfit:“It was argued that male birds developed their spectacular colours and elaborate patterning as a result of their mating patterns — they used their plumage to compete for and attract females. On the other hand, female birds needed to blend into their surroundings in order to nest safely and protect their young — so they became drab and dull to protect themselves and their young from predators,” said Gluckman.What this implies is that evolutionists have been wrong for 150 years.  It certainly seems so, if they were attributing purpose to birds that are supposed to be evolving without planning.  In a search for forces that would produce patterning, Gluckman studied 288 species of waterfowl and gamebirds, and found “a fabulous number of variations and combinations of these visual patterns in females as well as males.”  She couldn’t see any rhyme or reason to the evolutionary trends for monogamous or polygamous species.  It didn’t appear that sexual selection could explain all cases of sexual dimorphism (the contrast in appearance between males and females).  What’s going on?“By emphasising similarities as well as differences in plumage patterns between male and female birds, rather than whether one sex is the same as the other, I found that sexual dimorphism in the plumage pattern of birds is highly nuanced and that there can be multiple types of sexual dimorphism. In expanding the definition of sexual dimorphism, and reconstructing evolutionary history, I found that changes in sexual dimorphism could be due to changes in males and/or females. In addition, the plumage patterns of birds seem to transition easily between different types of dimorphism, which is congruent with adaptation to fluctuating social and environmental conditions,” said Gluckman.The evolutionary pattern in patterning is there is no pattern.  Changes “could be” due to “males and/or females.”  It’s all “highly nuanced” and seems to “transition easily.”  In one sense, this is an improvement over evolutionary explanations that suggest birds planned their evolution.  In another sense, it makes things worse for evolutionists.  Sexual selection appears to have no explanatory power.  Stuff happens, Gluckman appears to say, in no predictable way.  But when all is said and done, evolutionists still don’t know how those quail became so handsomely adorned.Has there ever been a more useless theory that claimed such great things for itself than Darwin’s theory of evolution?  Here we are, 154 years after the Origin launched a revolution in thinking that helped motivate two world wars and a takeover of academia, and they have nothing substantial to say.  When it comes to details, they are still clueless why zebras are striped and why quail are so beautifully patterned.  Instead, we get a steady stream of “could be” and “perhaps” but nothing definitive that ties the theory to the observation in a robust way.  When they try, usually they first have to overturn the previous evolutionary explanation.It’s one thing to classify and observe.  Scientists are good at that.  It’s nice to know the distribution of stripes on zebras, and even how they function as an optical illusion.  It’s good to know how many species of waterfowl and gamebirds there are, which ones exhibit sexual dimorphism and which ones don’t.  Any “citizen scientist” can do as much.  But when it comes to explaining how things got the way they are, evolutionists provide no value added.  Saying “stuff happens” is no help at all.Because “apparent design” is so widespread in the living world, evolutionists stoop to violating their own rules.  They word their explanations with design language: such-and-such “evolved to” perform a function.  We must call them out when they commit this contradiction.  It is an “illegal procedure” foul, given the processes of neo-Darwinism, to say that zebra stripes “evolved to” create optical illusions, or quail feathers “evolved to” adapt to changing environments or diverge males from females (except when they don’t).  Remember, evolution is blind, acting on random variations.  Inside a cell nucleus, it’s dark.  A pre-zebra has no idea that a cosmic ray hit one of its sperm, the one that (by chance) was destined to fertilize an egg that would make an embryo develop a stripe on its right hind leg.  A lion has no idea that this stripe is supposed to confuse it so it eats the plain zebra ancestor.  Whoops; the lion ate the one with the stripe, or the alligator got it.  Start over and wait another million years.This crazy theory masquerades as a scientific explanation but adds nothing – zilch – to our understanding.  We’re tired of the just-so stories.  One thing creationists and evolutionists could unite on is biomimetics (12/16/13).  No religion required, no evolutionary storytelling required – just a recognition that there are designs in nature we could learn from.  Both sides agree things look designed.  So, let’s study those designs together (whether you think they are apparent or real) and turn them into products that could help everybody.  This can get science out of the explanatory morass Darwin led us into, and move science forward. 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SA crush Australia, remain world No. 1

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘An amazing journey’“It’s been an amazing journey over a long period of time,” Ponting reflected afterwards. After Australia declared their second innings on 267 for 8, South Africa needed 429 for victory. When they slipped to 45 for 4, they looked to be in huge trouble. South Africa secured a memorable 1-0 away series victory over Australia after winning the third and final test by a massive 309 runs with a day to spare in Perth on Monday. The victory confirmed the Proteas’ position as the number one test team in world cricket. The bowlers, with Dale Steyn to the fore, then did their bit, running through the Australian batting order and dismissing them for only 164. Steyn picked up 4 for 40 and Robin Peterson, in the team in place of an out-of-form Imran Tahir, snared 3 for 44. The Australians began day four on 40 without loss, needing to bat out two days to draw, but they lost all 10 wickets on the day as they fell for 322. They began the final day on 77 for 4, needing to bat it out, and Du Plessis again delivered, finishing undefeated on 110. AB de Villiers, with an uncharacteristic but determined 33 off 220 balls, lent good support, and Kallis, despite struggling with his hamstring injury, made 47 batting at number seven as the test was saved. Du Plessis was named man of the match on debut. 3 December 2012 Steyn picked up three wickets to take his record to 299 wickets in tests, while Peterson, although he came in for a bit of stick at the end, added another three wickets to his first innings’ haul. It was a remarkably huge win for Graeme Smith and company, who had been thoroughly tested by the Australians in the first two tests. Jacques Kallis was injured while bowling and could not bowl any further after sending down only 3.3 overs. SA skipper Smith weighed in with 122 in South Africa’s innings of 388, and Faf du Plessis, Duminy’s replacement, scored 78 on debut. Second testIn the second test, minus JP Duminy, out with an Achilles injury that required an operation, and Vernon Philander, a late scratch because of a stiff back, South Africa staged a superb fight-back to prevent an Australian victory. While the Proteas opened the first test with 450 runs and centuries from Amla and Kallis, Australia still managed a first innings lead of 115 after captain Michael Clarke hit 259 and Ed Cowan a maiden test century of 136. It took a dogged second innings to secure the draw for the Proteas. ‘You want to score runs in a winning cause’ Then came the match in Perth, the scene of a magnificent victory when South Africa last toured Australia in 2008, in which they scored 414 for 4 in the second innings to take 1-0 series lead on their way to 2-1 series win. Once again, it proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Proteas. “I don’t want to take anything away from South Africa,” he added. “We were outplayed in this test match. I think they fought really hard and showed what the number one team in the world has to do to be number one throughout this series.” center_img Smith added: “To win a series here takes a lot of effort, and it’s something that means the world to us. We know how tough it has been, and to have won two series here means the world to us.” Australia’s captain Michael Clarke, with two double-centuries and 577 runs, more than anyone else on either team, was named man of the series. He said he would have chosen a series win over the individual accolade. “I’m just glad that I was able to make a contribution. Obviously you want to score runs in a winning cause. The bowlers did an amazing job today to wrap it up,” Amla commented when he received his man of the match award. ‘It means the world to us’ Only a stubborn, hard-hitting last wicket partnership of 87 runs by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon prevented a much bigger defeat for the Aussies. The match was notable for the fact that it brought the curtain down on the 168-test match career of Ricky Ponting. When he went in to bat in Australia’s second innings, he was met at the pitch by an honour guard made up of South Africa’s players. Questioned about career highlights, he said one that ranked highly was a series victory over South Africa in South Africa in early 2009 with a young team, after the Proteas had beaten Australia in Australia. Man of the match Hashim Amla led the way with 196 off only 221 balls. AB de Villiers shone with 169 off 184 deliveries, and Graeme Smith cracked 84 off of 100 as South Africa tallied 569 all out, leaving Australia needing an imposing 632 to win. A remarkable jobThe second time they batted, the South Africa batsmen did a remarkable job, scoring at over five runs an over as they took the contest to the Australians. When their total reached 425 for 3, they had taken just 13 overs more than they did in their first innings to reach 225. Starc took his chances and finished with an unbeaten 68 off 43 balls, while Lyon ended with 31 off 43 as Australia advanced from 235 for 9 to 322 all out in their second innings. It was only the fourth instance in test history of a team scoring over 500 runs and batting at more than five runs an over. Proteas captain Graeme Smith said in a post-match interview: “I thought the guys showed tremendous ability and character over the past 10 days, two weeks. In Adelaide [in the second test], we were right up against it. To fight as hard as we did, to get that draw, was big, and the way we turned it around for the series win here in Australia was special.” With Clarke contributing 230, Australia posted 550 all out to lead by 162 on the first innings. South Africa’s win in Perth was built around an excellent 78 not out by Faf du Plessis, which helped the Proteas to 225 all out in their first innings after they had been reduced to 75 for 6.last_img read more