NCAA: Heavy Bombers blast Generals

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Generals played without their injured Cameroonian import Hamadou Laminou, whom they severely missed.EAC had to bleed for points, shooting just 23 percent from the field and 36 percent from the free throw line.The 6-foot-8 Laminou suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week.JRU climbed to 3-3 while EAC, which turned the ball over 22 times and only had nine assists, slid to 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netErvin Grospe spearheaded a big first half and Jose Rizal University dumped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-48, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Grospe scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first two quarters, where the Heavy Bombers outscored the Generals, 37-21, and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABL LATEST STORIES “We really prepared hard for this game because we’re coming off a loss,” said Grospe, who fell a point short of matching his career-high, in Filipino.The Bombers, who bounced back from a 54-48 loss to the San Beda Red Lions on Aug. 4, never letup in the second half to extend their lead to as high as 35.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’JRU got a lift from first-year forward Abdul Sawat, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.“Coach and my teammates just gave me confidence,” said the 19-year-old Sawat, who hails from Davao, in Filipino. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View commentslast_img read more

Clippers head into free agency with Jordan as question mark

first_imgCarpio 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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Guard Milos Teodosic has exercised his $6.3 million option with the Clippers. Frank visited him in Belgrade, Serbia, last month.“We’ll see how everything plays out, but he’s in a really good space,” Frank said.Last week, guard Austin Rivers exercised his $12.6 million option.The Clippers have an abundance of guards, but it’s not expected that all will be with the team when the season starts.Observers may have viewed the Clippers’ use of both first-round picks on guards as confirmation that Jordan will opt in, but the team did not see it that way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jerome Robinson, hold their new team jerseys as they pose for photos with Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank, far left, and head coach, Doc Rivers, far right, as they are introduced as the newest Clippers guards at the L.A. Clippers Training Center in Los Angeles on Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson were introduced in Los Angeles on Monday as the newest Clippers guards. The duo, selected in the NBA draft last week, won’t be under the bright spotlight just yet.That’s reserved for center DeAndre Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial This is the final week before the NBA’s free agency period begins Sunday, and the biggest question mark for the Clippers is whether center Jordan will opt in or out of his contract.“I talk to him,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We pretty much stay away from the subject for the most part. But I talk to him. We stay in touch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLawrence Frank, executive vice president of basketball operations, wasn’t sure what Jordan would decide about his $24.1 million player option.“No new updates. We continue to have dialogue with his agent, Jeff Schwartz,” Frank said. “We’ll see how everything plays out.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “That’s a lot of speculation,” Rivers said.Nothing is official, and Jordan will need to decide by week’s end.“The No. 1 thing is we draft the best available players,” Frank said. “We don’t draft for need. That’s first. It’s important to start with that. Then, very early in the process, we identified Shai and Jerome as top targets. When you go through the entire process and get an opportunity to sit with them, have meals with them, get them to work out, watch film and their games, it was clear we went into the draft week knowing these are our top two guys and how will we get them.”If the Clippers don’t make any big moves in free agency, the question remains whether this can be a playoff team again. Last year, the injury-riddled Clippers missed the postseason. They finished with a winning record of 42-40, but their streak of consecutive postseason appearances ended at six.“You’re constantly, always looking at ways to improve the roster,” Frank said. “I think we’re going to be very competitive. I think we’ll bring a very exciting brand of basketball. Obviously, this past year we had an unlucky hand with injuries. But every team has injuries, we just had probably a bigger share. Hopefully, guys like Pat (Beverley) and Galo (Danilo Gallinari) can play the amount of games they’re normally used to playing. We’ve improved ourselves not just with the acquisitions but also with the health.“We’ll see with free agency, there will be different ways we can improve the roster.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Murray yet to commit to Wimbledon after first comeback win View commentslast_img read more

Refreshing openness from ExxonMobil, but solid SWF urgently needed

first_imgDear Editor,I must commend ExxonMobil for being open with us by releasing the exciting news that the Stabroek Block will yield over four billion oil equivalent barrels, an increase from an earlier estimate of 3.2 billion oil equivalent barrels.This is fantastic, because ExxonMobil could have hidden this find; but it appears to me that they want to be open and fair with the Government and people of Guyana, and I compliment and thank them for adopting this approach.Exxon has reported that Liza Phase 1 will produce 120,000 barrels of oil per day, and Liza Phase 2 will have the capacity to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day.This is monumental. To put it in perspective, Trinidad and Tobago does not have the capacity to produce oil at this daily rate with 100 wells. We have to understand what this means to Guyana economically. The Guyanese people need to prepare themselves for this flush of wealth, and learn how to invest money wisely and make more wealth.I sincerely hope that Guyana’s oil revenue will trickle down to the ordinary man. I also hope money from our oil bonanza goes towards noble initiatives, such as upgrading the University of Guyana to the highest level, to make it a world class institution where people from around the world, even from developed countries, would want to come and study. I look forward to Guyana having modern institutions of technology and top-of-the-line schools with the best laboratories and equipment to produce sterling minds.I also hope the oil wealth would be used to provide opportunities to those who have lost jobs through no fault of their own, such as the GuySuCo workers, who are now on the breadline.Some of the oil money should go towards improving and modernizing struggling sectors of our economy. A primary beneficiary should be agriculture, which has been a significant contributor to our economy for decades, and has provided several generations of people with food on their tables. It should be diversified and developed to a level that puts Guyana in contention once again to be the ‘bread basket of the Caribbean’.Our agriculture industry can benefit greatly from the incorporation of new initiatives such as hydroponics. We can also develop new breeds and seeds, initiatives to make agriculture more vibrant and efficient, so we can increase exports and get more foreign exchange, as well as create jobs in the sector for young and old persons.This would be a perfect opportunity to promote entrepreneurship among our people. Our manufacturing sector can also be expanded, allowing us to develop cottage industries and even larger manufacturing operations, so that we can make our own packaging materials and other inputs, which we are currently forced to import.But I am concerned about politicians being in control of our oil revenue, because I know how much some of them crave power and wealth. Just take a look at Equatorial Guinea, an oil producing nation in Africa that discovered oil about two decades ago. The average citizen is still poor, while the politicians have filled their pockets.The country’s oil riches have not, in any way, improved the lives of ordinary Equatorial Guineans, because the government has squandered enormous wealth on foolish projects like highways to nowhere and empty 5-star hotels, while filling the pockets of family members. The president’s son, Teodorin Obiang, is reportedly filthy rich, and his global assets are said to be in excess of US$300 million, while the people suffer.So, yes. Some politicians elevate their relatives and friends to positions of power and authority, where they can benefit for themselves. Some establish fake industries and businesses that are really under the control of greedy political powerhouses in government, who want the entire nation’s wealth for their personal benefit.Equatorial Guinea also fell victim to the infamous ‘Dutch disease’, which refers to countries letting their economies become overly dependent on boom-industries and neglecting other sectors. This leads to a massive imbalance in exports, and extreme vulnerability to oil market trends, which is what happened to the Dutch after the discovery of rich natural gas deposits.They relied too heavily on petroleum exports, and this reduced other exports disproportionately, with dire consequences for other sectors, especially manufacturing. In the case of Equatorial Guinea, oil accounts for more than 95% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Secondary sectors represent about 2 per cent of the GDP, and manufacturing represents less than 1 per cent.We don’t want this to happen here. We want the oil money to trickle down to the common man, and we want a diversified economy, with strong agricultural and manufacturing sectors. God knows, we deserve it after enduring many long, hard years in Guyana, despite our agriculture, despite our gold and other minerals.As I see it, there are enough questionable Government decisions and actions for patriots to be suspicious about allowing Government to have total control of the nation’s oil wealth. That is why I and other concerned Guyanese are so anxious for the nation to set up a proper Sovereign Wealth Fund that is not under political control; that is run by highly educated and experienced persons representing multiple interest groups; and with appropriate checks and balances in place to avoid corruption and mismanagement of our oil money.In fact, I believe Guyana’s ability to put in place a well-crafted and independently managed Sovereign Wealth Fund, with full accountability and transparency and full public support across all ethnic, political, religious and other divide, is the single most important factor that will save this nation from going down the same road as Equatorial Guinea and other nations infected with the dreaded Dutch disease.As I wrote several times before, Guyana’s vast reservoir of oil revenue will definitely fatten the eyes of every corrupt politician and official. Even those who are not yet corrupt will be exposed to enormous temptation. How many would be unable to resist? We need to bear this in mind when setting up our Sovereign Wealth Fund or any other agency that controls or monitors our oil funds.ExxonMobil’s apparent transparency is commendable, and that company has the opportunity to etch its name in Guyana’s history, and leave a legacy of honour and dignity not only for the credibility and welfare of the company itself, but also for the prosperity and happiness of the Guyanese people.To do so, the company must be a good corporate citizen and assist any administration in power to educate citizens about crime prevention, and help put in place mechanisms that ensure crime is not exacerbated, like in Trinidad and Tobago, where I believe oil riches became a curse and blight to the economy because it came with massive corruption and criminal violence that is now firmly entrenched.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

State drops bid to delay tougher controls on diesel soot

first_imgSACRAMENTO – State air quality regulators on Tuesday retreated from plans to win California more time to attain federal air-pollution control standards on soot particles and other fine matter that can cause lung disease. Critics had warned that a delay would affect millions of Californians who live in the smoggiest parts of the state. The reversal by the California Air Resources Board came a day after environmental groups and one lawmaker criticized the agency. On Monday, the groups released a letter from the ARB director saying that the board might ask for a federal waiver on levels of particulate matter 2.5, tiny particles of soot each 2 1/2 microns or less in width. (There are about 25,000 microns in an inch.) PM 2.5 comes primarily from diesel-engine exhaust and can lodge in the lungs. In a letter Tuesday, ARB Executive Director Catherine Witherspoon said her inquiry to federal regulators did not constitute an official board action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Of concern to environmental groups was a letter Witherspoon had written March 12 in which she argued that the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast Air Quality Management District couldn’t meet a 2015 deadline set by the federal government. She suggested that federal regulators give the state until 2020. “That letter was misinterpreted by several stakeholders in California as an official petition for a 5-year delay,” Witherspoon said Tuesday.last_img read more

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS SENDS OUT ITS OWN SOS – FOR NEW MEMBERS

first_imgDMRT carry out a rescue at Horn Head.Donegal Mountain Rescue Team are a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year voluntary emergency response team providing emergency search and rescue response in extreme terrain and mountain conditions throughout the entire county.Due to the significant increase in the number of callouts experienced in the last two years the team are now seeking to recruit enthusiastic individuals interested in working as part of the team to achieve high standards of casualty care in the Donegal’s mountains.The commitment We are seeking people with a strong interest in mountaineering activities, a high level of commitment, be reasonably fit, possess hill walking / climbing experience, navigation and hill skills as well as a commitment to participating in regular team training and callouts.Recruitment to the emergency response team is open to people over 18 years of age living within one hour of the county’s mountainous areas.It takes approx 1-2 years to progress from being a probationary member to qualifying as a full operational member. The Donegal Mountain Rescue training programme covers four core areas namely, mountain operations, search and rescue operations, casualty care, and operations co-ordination. We would also be interested in hearing from members of the public that may be interested in assisting us with the various other duties involved in running a voluntary mountain emergency response team including organising fundraising days and events, general administration, vehicle maintenance etc.The rewardMountain rescue is a rich cauldron of activities encompassing specialised training, rescue missions, fundraising, sometimes mundane committee duties and even TV appearances for various Rescue programmes.It’s sometimes wet, sometimes dry, sometimes stretched, sometimes a muscle acher, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes tired but always lively and fulfilling.More than anything else, it is deeply rewarding when the mission is over and the casualty is safely recovered and reunited with his friends or family. On those occasions the ensuing smiles and tears are makes it all so very worthwhile to be an Active Responder with Donegal Mountain Rescue Team.You can see here, or on the net, some pictures of the team in action and we can guarantee you we’ll show you corners of Donegal that will take your breath away as below! For more information www.donegalmrt.ie and for an application pack please send an e-mail to secretary@donegalmrt.ie, keep up to date with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DonegalMRT.Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 11 October 2013.DMRT’s Joseph Brennan looks for the perfect Christmas card scene during training.MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS SENDS OUT ITS OWN SOS – FOR NEW MEMBERS was last modified: September 24th, 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:donegal mountain rescue teamnew recruitslast_img read more

QUIGLEY RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD RATINGS

first_imgHe may have been beaten in the World Championship Final but Jason Quigley has been ranked number one in the world.Jason QuigleyThe Ballybofey man joins the man who beat him, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly from Kazakhstan, at top of the middleweight rankings.The ratings see the 22 year old Finn Valley boxer jump six places from when he went into the world championships two weeks ago. Although beaten by Alimkhanuly, many suggest Jason could beat the gold medalist if the pair meet again.Quigley went into the fight having boxed the previous day in his tough semi-final bout while his opponent had a three day rest and got a walkover in the semi-final.Jason’s proud dad Conor put out a message of Facebook declaring his son was number one in the world.The Finn Valley boxer’s ultimate aim will be to box for Ireland at the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016 But there is the question of retaining his senior crown and boxing for his country before then.  QUIGLEY RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD RATINGS was last modified: October 30th, 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:Jason Quigleyrankingsworld number onelast_img read more

MAN PARKED IN DISABLED BAY WHILE HIS MATE WAS AT CASH MACHINE

first_imgA Newmills man who moved a car for a friend but parked in a disabled parking space has agreed to pay €100 to charity.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Seamus Hughes, 50, admitted moving the van for a friend who was at a cash machine. However while parked at the disabled space at Market Square in Letterkenny, he was approached by Garda Paul McGee.Hughes, of Brownhall, Newmills said he admitted parking in the disabled space on April 17th, 2013 but said he never received a summons.Judge Denis McLaughlin said if Hughes was willing to pay €100 to charity he would not record a conviction.The accused agree and asked for two months to pay the donation.MAN PARKED IN DISABLED BAY WHILE HIS MATE WAS AT CASH MACHINE was last modified: December 2nd, 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:courtDISABLED BAYletterkennyNEWMILLSSEAMUS HUGHESlast_img read more

FORMER SOLDIER JAILED FOR HARRASSING EX-GIRLFRIEND

first_imgA former solider has been jailed for six months after being found guilty of repeated breaches of a safety order which banned him from making contact with his ex-partner.Letterkenny Court.Dawid Maciag of 14 Glencar Park, Letterkenny denied five breaches of the safety order which was taken out after complaints by the woman. She told Letterkenny District Court that she was in fear of him and how, on two occasions he went to a domestic violence refuge she was staying in and on three occasions approached her when in different locations in Letterkenny.Maciag said the decision to end the relationship was not the woman’s saying: “It’s not her choice. It should be our choice.”Judge Paul Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that he would “have no confidence that if he were released that he would not go straight back to the door of this woman”.The safety order was issued on May 28th last and the breaches relate to incidents on August 9th, 10th, 30th and September 5th and 8th.The woman, speaking through a Polish interpreter, told the court that she was afraid to leave the house because she thought he would be there waiting for her. She said she was too afraid to leave the domestic violence refuge and too afraid to live in her own home.She felt that he was watching her when she was leaving the house and the would pretend the meetings were a coincidence. On one occasion she was going to church and five minutes after she left home she saw Maciag in the street waiting for her.He started talking to her and she was begging him not to talk to her. She told him to go away but he did not listen and had a conversation as if nothing had happened and there was no complaint from her.She said the relationship had finished but he begged her to come back and he said he would do anything for her. She said she did not get to the church and had to return home. She told him she had a nervous breakdown and was on antidepressants which she was taking so she could get back to normal. She was “completely broken” and she wanted him to leave her, she said.“I am in constant fear and I am afraid of everything and afraid what happens when I leave (the refuge),” she said.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Maciag believed the charges were due to pressure from close friends and family of the woman. Judge Kelly told Maciag that the reasons behind the safety order were irrelevant and that the case related to the allegations that he had broken the safety order on five occasions.Maciag said he was very concerned when he met her because she was very stressed and was on tablets and did not see the sense of life. “I did not feel there was fear towards me. She is afraid of her family husband of her sister, from my point of view she has nothing to worry about and she should not feel there is any danger from me.”He said he did not accept the relationship had ended. Judge Kelly said it was 100 per cent clear that Maciag was guilty of all the offences.He said he seems remarkably obstinate and persistent and feels his own view of the woman “and the background to the cases entitles him to ignore several court orders and he seems content to continue to do so”.He sentenced Maciag to three months in prison on two of the five counts which are to be served consecutively.FORMER SOLDIER JAILED FOR HARRASSING EX-GIRLFRIEND was last modified: September 21st, 2015 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:BARRING ORDERcourtdonegalletterkennysoldierlast_img read more

Dinosaurs Wore Scales, Birds Wore Feathers

first_imgInteresting new fossils of dinosaurs and birds cause some rethinking, calling into question whether previous thinking was thought out well.Un-China dinobird: Joining the fossils of extinct birds with teeth is a new specimen, so far unnamed, from Brazil. This one is being called a “Cretaceous bird” said to be 115 million years old. PhysOrg says it fills a “huge fossil gap” and places it after the “dinobird Archaeopteryx.” Live Science says it’s the first of its kind from the supercontinent Gondwana. It’s only 5.5 inches, long–more than half of that a tail of twin feathers that look like darts. That puts the creature in the size range of hummingbirds. Both articles call it a bird, not a dinosaur, even though it lived in the time of dinosaurs. The fossil is “exceptionally well preserved,” the article says, even in 3 dimensions of rock. It wasn’t found flattened like most of the other finds in China and Germany. A short video clip in the PhysOrg article shows the locale and some of the other fossils among thousands in the layered deposits: insects, fish, turtles and flying reptiles. One of the scientists says that possible traces of the original colors in the feathers are preserved in the rock.Dinosaur scales: A new study of dinosaurs helps resolve the question of how many had feathers, or better stated, “integumentary structures” that are preserved as fuzz or fibers. Linda Koffmar’s article in PhysOrg is titled, “Origins of feathered dinosaurs more complex than first thought.” Researchers from Uppsala University, the Natural History Museum and Royal Ontario Museum conclude after surveying all the dinosaur groups, “It is too soon to claim that the common ancestor of dinosaurs had feathers.” Their analysis “demonstrated that the majority of non-avian dinosaurs were more likely to have scales than to exhibit signs of ‘feather-like’ structures.” Though the feathers on non-avian theropod dinosaurs are “uncontroversial,” the article claims, the research disputes the hopes of some that “proto-feathers” were ubiquitous throughout dinosaur lineages. Unless and until more fossils come to light, “Current data, for the most part, suggest that the common ancestor of dinosaurs was not feathered.”Dancing dinos: Jack Horner, the inspiration for the scientist in Jurassic Park, and the paleontologist who advises Spielberg on dinosaur science for the Jurassic Park movies, was interviewed in Nature this week. He says dinosaurs behaved “more like robins than crocodiles.” He pictures even T. rex perched on its toes like a bird, and says Triceratops is likely to have danced to show off its frills as a sexual display. “If you built a Jurassic Park, it would be more like the Serengeti than Jaws,” he says, suggesting that the filmmakers exaggerate the violence of dinosaurs. With Jurassic World coming out soon, Horner is clear that the futuristic plot goes beyond the science. That’s OK with him if it gets the public interested in dinosaurs. Horner’s lab at Montana State is currently trying to reverse the evolution of birds to get bird embryos to express long tails, snouts and other dinosaur-like traits; is that more scientific than Jurassic World science fiction?It’s a dinosaur egg, it’s a bird egg: The famous fossil egg clutch from Mongolia that gave Oviraptor (egg-thief) its name in the 1920s was reinterpreted decades later to be the Oviraptor‘s own egg clutch, not those of a horned dinosaur, Andrew Farke says in a PLoS Blog reproduced on PhysOrg. Farke was glad when a horned dinosaur egg with embryo was found in 2008. He was, that is, till it was reinterpreted as a bird egg. “…things are never that simple,” he sighs, explaining why it’s difficult to interpret fossils. At least this reinterpretation (due to turning the egg around and looking at it again) is that paleontologists won’t have to conjure up convergent evolution to explain the origin of the three-layered eggshell. Farke is still hoping a horned dinosaur egg will turn up some day in a museum drawer.Update 6/04/15: Speaking of horned dinosaurs, a spectacular new species with a remarkable frill has been found in Alberta, where no previous fossils of horned dinosaurs were known. Related to Triceratops, the new Regaliceratops peterhewsi is shown in PhysOrg with pictures of the facial bones and an artist’s reconstruction. Because dinosaurs with this type of frill and horn pattern were thought to be extinct by its time, evolutionary paleontologists are calling it a case of convergent evolution: “Taken together, he says, that makes this the first example of evolutionary convergence in horned dinosaurs, meaning that these two groups independently evolved similar features.” Convergence is also invoked in the title of the paper in Current Biology. Horned dinosaurs have been divided into two groups: the chasmosaurines and the centrosaurines. “A derived chasmosaurine, the new animal shows centrosaurine-like display features,” the paper says. “This marks the first time that evolutionary convergence in horn-like display structures has been demonstrated between dinosaur clades, similar to those seen in fossil and extant mammals.” Why is that? ” Convergent horn evolution in mammals often correlates with convergent social behaviors,” they surmise. “It may be hypothesized that Regaliceratops converged not only morphologically with Centrosaurines but also behaviorally, following the early Maastrichtian extinction of Centrosaurinae.” Live Science swallowed the convergence explanation whole. That’s a lot of convergence for animals not related by common descent. Maybe the taxonomy is wrong.The unexpected discovery of Regaliceratops reinforces the plasticity in cranial ornamentation expressed in Ceratopsidae and highlights how much of their true diversity still remains unknown. Ongoing research will likely continue to reveal both increased taxonomic diversity and increased morphological disparity (particularly in cranial ornamentations) within the group and may continue to blur the suite of ornamentation features between the two subfamilies.Britain’s first sauropod fell off a cliff… its vertebral bone, that is. The story is in Science Daily based on a paper announcing the find in PLoS One. Nobody is thinking it strange that this bone sat in that cliff for 176 million years and just now fell off onto a rockpile where it was discovered. In the Hell Creek formation of Montana, dinosaur fossils are frequently found on the surface or sticking out of cliffs.The bias against creation research is clearly evident in a recorded phone interview a few years ago by radio host Bob Enyart with Jack Horner. Enyart raised funds and offered $23,000 to Horner’s museum to use however he wished if he would carbon-date the soft tissue that he and Mary Schweitzer reported years ago in a T. rex femur (see YouTube video from 60 Minutes). Despite Enyart’s pleasant and congenial offer, Horner hemmed and hawed on the phone for several minutes about why he couldn’t do that, offering excuses that “We’re still trying to figure out what it is,” before admitting the real reason: he didn’t want creationists to run with evidence that would support a young earth. You can hear the whole interview here (search for Horner).Evolutionists get all the funding and Hollywood glitz to push the old-earth view of evolution over millions of years. Mark Armitage is still raising funds on his own to continue his work on dinosaur soft tissue, after initial help from the Creation Research Society. Armitage discovered and published finding soft tissue in a Triceratops horn. The day the publication came out, he was fired from his position at California State University in Northridge.After more than a century of millions-of-years evolutionary hype, the damage to scientific credibility, Hollywood hype and many a paleontologist’s reputation would be too great if carbon-14 were found in dinosaur tissue. Carbon-14 decays far too fast for any to be found in a dinosaur bone—yet it has been found in coal, diamonds and other places where it shouldn’t be (see Enyart’s list). Unwilling to risk the crumbling edifice of time, evolutionists ignore, reinterpret, or suppress the evidence.(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more