Tonga Gov remain confident they can deliver Pacific Games

first_imgA Papua New Guinea delegation flew home after spending four days in Nuku’alofa assessing the Kingdom’s sporting facilities.PNG, which hosted the 2015 Games, has offered to assist Tonga and will be involved in the refurbishment of the Teufaiva National Stadium.China and New Zealand have also made significant financial contributions and Tonga’s Sports Minister, Fe’ao Vakata, who chairs the facilities committee, said the venues will be delivered on time.”There aren’t that many big facilities that we’re going to build. The major ones is the main stadium and Tonga High School – in which China is going to assist with – and now PNG is going to assist us with the main stadium. The other big one then is the golf course. The main stadium is the major one that we’re looking at – now PNG’s going to assist with it I think it will be ok.”Despite that assistance, there remains a funding shortfall and Fe’ao Vakata said they willl knock on doors and look at all other means required to cover the difference.last_img read more

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Manchester United star could not stomach seeing Luke Shaw’s leg

first_img1 Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has told talkSPORT of the squad’s pride for Luke Shaw as the left-back continues his long recovery from a broken leg.The Red Devils defender, who had begun the season impressively for both club and country, suffered a double fracture in Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to PSV which could see him sidelined for at least six months.Herrera admitted he didn’t want to see the sickening challenge because of his squeamish nature, but the Spaniard has backed Shaw to bounce back because of the 20-year-old’s positive mentality.“I couldn’t see the leg in the game because sometimes when I watch these kind of things I don’t feel too good,” Herrera told talkSPORT’s Manchester correspondent Dominic McGuinness.“Luke makes us feel proud for him and very hopeful in his recovery. He is already getting stronger and thinking about the recovery – he doesn’t want to complain anymore, he wants to think about the next step.“I think he’s a very happy guy, he’s always smiling and laughing so it makes us feel because we know he is going to recover very quick.”Herrera has carried on where he left off in his debut Premier League season last term, scoring twice in all competitions this campaign from a multitude of midfield positions.The 26-year-old has been deployed in both a deeper and a no.10 role, but he feels his versatility can help him fulfil his ambitions of making an impact at international level for Spain.He added: “I think if I play in different positions it is good also for the manager of the national team because he can select me for different positions.“It is my next step. When you arrive at United, maybe the biggest team in the world, you are fighting on all fronts, so the next step is the national team and it is my next dream.“I think I did a good first season, my first in England and at Manchester United and I was happy with my development.“Now I am doing the same, trying to give my best and trying to convince the manager of the national team that I have the quality to be there. I believe in myself and that I have the quality to do it.” Ander Herrera last_img read more

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Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 12

first_imgEngland opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Russia with Vasili Berezutski grabbing a late equaliser while a Gareth Bale inspired Wales got up and running with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.There’s also reaction to Eddie Jones’ England rugby union side winning 38-29 down under against Australia as well as reaction from Wales and Ireland’s respective tours of New Zealand and South Africa.All brought to you by Dan Windle and the team.last_img

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Money Matters: No-one cares about your family when you die

first_imgThis week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services looks at planning for the unexpected and protecting your family.WARNING: THIS ARTICLE MAY UPSET SOME READERS AND, TO BE QUITE HONEST, I DON’T CARE! Let’s face it folks, NO-ONE will give a hoot about your family when you die! You might not want to think about it, because nobody wants to think they might die prematurely. We live in an era that has new drugs and treatments for almost everything. With all these scientific advances, we’d like to think we’re going to live forever!But as the song says, everyone’s gonna die someday! And while you might not like to think about it, your day could be sooner than you think.Seriously, folks, if you really care about your family, you NEED to think about and plan for the unexpected. How many times have we seen the troops rally around with food, offers of support, and help when someone is sick? You know the drill. One day, everyone is there and then, when the wake and funeral are over, the busyness and offers of help that kept everyone going during the illness trail off into silence.  Sometimes, you’ll hear the occasional ‘Hello, how are you all doing now?’ or ‘Let me know if you need anything.’ And then…. nothing! Let’s face it, even people with the best of intentions cannot you help out indefinitely.  They have their own families, lives and jobs to get on with. It is YOUR job as a parent, spouse, or partner to make plans now for your family’s long-term future. YOU are the one who needs to make sure YOUR family is protected financially.I hope you’re starting to feel a bit uncomfortable now!Ask yourself the following questions:How would your family pay their mortgage or rent if you were seriously ill or if you suddenly passed away?What would YOU or your family do if your income suddenly stopped due to illness?Could you and your family realistically pay your bills and future expenses (such as educating your children) if you couldn’t work due to illness, or had passed away?And don’t give me or yourself the answer that you’ll get social welfare! Do you honestly think that at a time when your expenses are going up due to illness or death that social welfare will be enough to keep you and family going? You can make life easier for both you and your family by making the plan now! If you are reading this and you don’t have a plan in place, you need to talk to me! Period!And as I have written before:PLEASE, JUST STOP WITH THE EXCUSES AND DO YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY A FAVOUR!Pick up the phone, dial (074) 9124366, and make an appointment to see me. I won’t bite. Promise!Money Matters: No-one cares about your family when you die was last modified: March 2nd, 2017 by Shona ChambersShare 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:Financemoneylast_img read more

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HEARTACHE AS COURT HEARS HOW MOTHER AND DAUGHTER KILLED WHILE OUT ON EVENING STROLL

first_imgA mother and daughter were killed after they were mowed down by an out-of-control car after going out for a walk on a beautiful summer evening in Gaoth Dobhair.Martina McLernon and her teenage daughter Louise were killed instantly when a car being driven by Sean Goldrick hit a drain and flipped across a road on May 24th, 2008.The inquest into the mother and daughter’s deaths at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard how the pair was staying at the family’s holiday home in nearby Bunbeg when they had decided to go for a walk. Mrs McLernon, 45, and her daughter, 15, had just passed the local An Cuairt Hotel when they were struck by a grey Toyota Carina car being driven at speeds of up to 140kph by Goldrick.A previous court heard how Goldrick, then 19, was rushing home to have his dinner before rushing back to work again. The car, which he had bought for just €350, did not have a certificate of road worthiness.Forensic Collisions Investigator Garda Kevin Giles said an investigation found that Goldrick had been traveling at almost 144kpm when he struck the back of another car, a blue Peugeot car being driven in the opposite direction.He lost control of the car and then drifted across the road as he tried to correct his steering.It was then that he struck both women before shunting into a bog ditch and coming to a stop.Garda evidence revealed how the body of Louise McLernon had been found hanging over a wire fence while her mother’s body had been found in a drain at the side of the N56 road.Another woman, Anita Boyle, who arrived on the scene said she witnessed the grey Carina bouncing in the air and then coming to a rest at the side of the road.She then saw Goldrick, of Dunlewey, getting out of the passenger side of the car and running across the road with his hands on his head shouting “Oh my God they’re dead, they’re dead.”Garda Sgt Vincent Muldoon revealed how he discovered a brown cardigan hanging on a wire fence and a mobile phone started to ring.When he answered the phone he identified himself and asked who the person was calling.The person replied he was Gerard McLernon who asked if everything was okay with his mother and sister and the Garda told him they had been in an accident.A short time later a man broke through the Garda barrier and identified himself as Martin McLernon, the husband and father of Martina and Louise.He asked to see the bodies which were covered by red blankets and he identified the bodies as being his family.Mr McLernon, from 204 Staffordtown Road, Toome, Co Antrim, revealed how the last time he saw his wife and daughter was 11am that morning as they left their home before him.“We had become concerned as they had been away for well over an hour,” he said. Pathologist David Barry told the court that both women had multiple fractures and abrasions and that both their deaths had been as a result of injuries sustained as a result of a road traffic accident. The jury of three men and three women found in accordance with Coroner John’s Canon’s direction in agreement with Dr.Barry.Coroner Canon said that of all the inquests he has sat through, this case reflected the worst trauma he had ever come across.“This was a shocking tragedy involving a road traffic accident which took the lives of two people – a mother and daughter out for an evening walk in a scenic area of Donegal.“This was a place you would consider the safest place on earth and suddenly a vehicle comes towards them and goes straight through them killing them instantly.“I understand how difficult and heart-wrenching it must be to sit in this court and hear the retelling of their sad deaths. My sincere sympathy goes to you,” said Coroner Canon. At an earlier court sitting Goldrick was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of each woman with the last 12 months of the sentence suspended.He was also banned from driving for seven years.EndsHEARTACHE AS COURT HEARS HOW MOTHER AND DAUGHTER KILLED WHILE OUT ON EVENING STROLL was last modified: March 29th, 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:Gaoth Dobhairkilled by driverLouise McLernonMartina McLernonlast_img read more

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CALLS FOR PROBE OVER PSNI INCURSION INTO DONEGAL OVER MORTAR BOMB SUSPECTS

first_imgGary McDaid (left) fined for cigarette smuggling and Seamus McLaughlin jailed for 12 years for having lethal mortar bombs shipped from DonegalTHE North’s Police Service is in the dock today over revelations an undercover officer crossed the border into Donegal to follow dissident republican suspects without apparent permission from Gardai.A solicitor has said the covert officer – codenamed Oscar 401 – travalled 800 metres into Donegal from Derry to pursue dissident republican suspects Seamus McLaughlin and Gary McDaid. The cross-border incursion emerged after the officer refused to give evidence against McDaid for possession of the mortars in March 2013 unless a court granted him anonymity.After the order was not granted, the prosecution decided to drop the mortar bomb charges and instead McDaid pleaded guilty to the offence of smuggling cigarettes and was fined £300 on Tuesday in what the judge described as a bizarre and saying it had reached a “novel conclusion”.His solicitor Ciaran Shiels has written to the Departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Dublin to raise concerns about the unlawful PSNI incursion.Mr Shiels said today: “Given the nature of the operation in which the police were involved, it seems reasonable to assume that all PSNI officers would have been armed, although none of them refer to it in any of their statements.“I have therefore raised the offices of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Dublin whether any consents were given to allow the PSNI to operate in Donegal at this time.“And if no consents were provided, what the southern authorities intend to do about the matter. It should be investigated.“I await their response,” added Mr Shiels.Oscar 401 – a cipher given by prosecutors to protect his covert cover being blown – was one of a number from the PSNI’s Surveillance Unit deployed in March 2013.It followed an intelligence tip-off from an informant that dissident republicans were moving a bomb-laden Citroen Berlingo van from Donegal into Derry to target a police station.When the van was rammed by covert cops, officers found that a hole had been cut in the roof of the van and four primed mortars were in a state of readiness to be launched on the police station in Derry’s Strand Road.McLaughlin, the driver of the van, was given a 12 year prison sentence last November after pleading guilty to possessing the deadly mortars with intent to endanger life.McDaid, who drove a mortar bike ‘in convoy’ behind the van along the Letterkenny Road from Donegal into Derry, denied any involvement in the planned attack.He maintained that he always believed McLaughlin was smuggling cigarettes across the border.His solicitor says that Irish and British authorities have refused to reveal details of any cross border incursion or security operation, including whether An Garda Siochana or MI5 were involved in assisting in a surveillance operation.The cross border incursion by British police has also been raised with the office of the Police Ombudsman in the North.A spokesman said today: “We are currently considering the case.”It is likely the illegal incursion will be raised in the Dail in the coming weeks by local TDs.CALLS FOR PROBE OVER PSNI INCURSION INTO DONEGAL OVER MORTAR BOMB SUSPECTS was last modified: April 15th, 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:CALLS FOR PROBE OVER PSNI INCURSION INTO DONEGAL OVER MORTAR BOMB SUSPECTSCIARAN SHIELSGardaiGary McDaidMI5PSNISeamus McLaughlinlast_img read more

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Tax breaks to attract businesses questionable

first_imgA decade ago, the city of Los Angeles offered DreamWorks studio heads Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen a deal city officials hoped they couldn’t refuse. If the DreamWorks executives would agree to build a studio complex to anchor the development of Playa Vista near Marina del Rey, the city would provide an $85 million package of tax incentives that included reduced business license and utility taxes. The city justified this giveaway by emphasizing that taxpayers would get their money back through the long-term economic activity and tax revenue the DreamWorks studio would generate. It is probably better for Los Angeles taxpayers that, after careful consideration, Spielberg and his colleagues declined the offer. After all, excusing the studio from five years of utility taxes would have meant that taxpayers would have been paying to subsidize a private business. As for the argument that the money would come back to the city, the problem is that government officials are notoriously poor prognosticators of economic activity, and they are even worse when it comes to striking a bargain. One has only to look at the city-owned downtown Convention Center for an example. In spite of promises that the facility would revitalize business in downtown, it has been a money loser from year one. Debt service now runs more than $30 million annually, and rental discounts that must be offered to attract business are costing the city $1 million more. Described as a “white elephant” by some, periodically some earnest public official will come forward with a plan to spend more taxpayer dollars on the Convention Center so it will return a profit for the city. It is sort of like the old joke about the widget manufacturer who says that although he loses money on each unit made, he makes up for it by producing them in volume. The latest plan, just approved by the City Council, is to provide subsidies and loans amounting to as much as $290 million to developers of a proposed luxury hotel to be built near the Convention Center. The deal would allow the private developers to keep the anticipated $246 million in hotel room taxes that would be generated over the next 25 years. In addition to forcing taxpayers to become investors in a project that could end up as a second white elephant, the deal may actually result in reduced business activity as other existing downtown hotels – which are not allowed to keep room tax proceeds – are put at a competitive disadvantage. Offering generous tax breaks to private businesses to lure them to locate to a community or neighborhood is not unique to Los Angeles, or even the state of California. The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case from Ohio, where state officials offered automaker Daimler-Chrysler $280 million in tax breaks to build a Jeep assembly plant near Toledo. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this preferential treatment that interfered with interstate commerce. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the merits. Regardless of how the court rules – and it is unlikely to affect what happens in downtown Los Angeles – the issue remains: Is it good public policy to have government pick winners and losers by doling out tax subsidies? While some favored business or businesses may benefit from such tax breaks and other subsidies, many economic analyses make clear that other businesses and taxpayers get the short end of the stick. If local government officials really want to generate revenue and improve the local quality of life, they should consider improving the business climate for all, not just a minority of well-connected business owners. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization’s Web site, www.hjta.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Appalling Vipers SC lose to KCCA FC as unbeaten start comes to an end

first_imgVipers’ Paul Willa (L) and KCCA’s Mustafa Kizza (R) fight for possession on Saturday. (PHOTOS/Ssanyuka TV)Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 1-0 Vipers SC StarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 16-11-2019“We have an obligation to win.” Those were the words of KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi as his side prepared to take on Uganda Premier League leaders Vipers SC.True to them, the Kasasiros defeated Vipers 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in the game played at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Muzamir Mutyaba scored the only goal of the afternoon, seeing a deflected effort rattle the back of the net after good work down the right by former Vipers forward Erisa Ssekisambu.Victory for KCCA FC sees them move onto 22 points for the season. They however remain 5th on the log having played just 10 games.For Vipers SC, they succumbed to a first loss of the season and also a first in 16 league games since they lost 2-1 at home to URA FC last season.KCCA FC pass first test in bid to defend titleKCCA FC are hoping to win a third successive league title having won both of the previous two in 2017/18 and 2018/19.They have endured a difficult start to the season having been dumped out of continental football and also started slowly domestically, as per their standards.They came into the game having lost two games already and without the services of captain Charles Lukwago, Nicholas Kasozi and Allan Okello who are all with the national team preparing to take on Malawi in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday.They knew that a loss to Vipers would put their chances of defending the title in absolute jeopardy.However, they passed the test with a wounderful professional display that will surley motivate them to climb up the table.The Kasasiros started strongly, winning two corners inside the opening three minutes.Mustafa Kizza attempted to break the dead-lock but his lobbed effort was parried by Fabien Mutombora. Kizza also saw a free-kick fly over after Siraje Ssentamu handled outside the box.Erisa Ssekisambu was at the heart of most of KCCA FC’s chances created in the first period and he saw a weak effort saved with by Mutombora.Eria Ssekisambu(L) tried to fend off a challenge from Aziz Kayondo (R) on Saturday.The former Venom then played in Jackson Nunda who headed tamely at Mutombora.Players always love playing against their former employers and it was also the case for Ssekisambu on Saturday as he was hands down the best performer on the day.On 31 minutes, he made a good run own the right, turned Aziz Kayondo inside and teed the ball on for Muzamir who shot first time and found the back of the net in what proved to be the winning goal in the end.Ssekisambu could have gotten onto the score-sheet himself but failed to beat Mutombora in a one on one situation before shooting over after he was teed up by substitute Steven Sserwadda.Vipers fail to live up to early season hypeVipers who were with out top scorer-Fahad Bayo and captain Halid Lwalia (National team duty) have so far been the most impressive side in the league and rightfully sit top of the pile.They came into Saturday’s game holding a five point lead on top of the log and were also 14 points above KCCA FC.However, they failed miserably in their attempts to prove that it is their title to lose.In the game, they started slowly and it took them 68 minutes to register a shot on target.Their first attempt on target came on 33 minutes with Brian Nkubi shooting wide from just outside the area.Rahmat Ssenfuka also shot over, from diastance at the start of the second half.The Venoms looked to have started growing into the game especially after Allan Kayiwa was brought on early in the second half.Ssentamu had two efforts from distance miss the target. The first went wide will the other sailed over.Kayiwa got a chance to draw Vipers level with three minutes left on the clock but his effort, after turning Filbert Obenchan was parried to safety by the out-stretched Malyamungu.It was a disappointing result for Vipers who started the season in inspiring fashion. They will have a chance to make amends when they take on Maroons FC in their last game of the first round.For KCCA FC, they now have five more games to play until they end their first round. If they can win all of them, they will be top of the pile after 15 games.How both teams lined upKCCA Starting XIJamil Malyamungu (G.K), Fillbert Obenchan, Mustafa Kizza (Captain), Samuel Kato, John Revita, Ali Abubakar Gift, Keziron Kizito, Jackson Nunda, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Erisa Ssekisambu, Mike MutyabaSubstitutesAli Mwirusi (G.K), Musa Ramathan, Herbert Achai, Steven Sserwadda, John Egbuonu Odumegwu, Sam Ssenyonjo, Joseph KafumbeVipers SC starting XIFabien Mutombora (G.K), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa (Captain), Siraje Ssentamu, Brian Nkuubi, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Tito Okello, Dan Sserunkuma, Innocent WafulaSubstitutesDerrick Ochan (GK), Ibrahim Tembo, Farouk Musisi, Abraham Ndugwa, Frank Tumwesigye, Brian Kalumba, Abraham Ndugwa.Comments Tags: Allan Kayiwaallan okelloerisa ssekisambuFahad BayoJamal MalyamunguKCCA FCMike MutebiMuzamir MutyabaUganda Premier Leaguevipers sclast_img read more

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Top takeaways from 49ers HQ on Friday: QB trade remote

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Carrying two backups behind a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo is a luxury that tests the 49ers roster each time an injury arises elsewhere.As more and more quarterbacks around the league go down, the 49ers have insurance, which begs the question: Might they trade Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard before the Oct. 29 deadline?San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Nick Mullens (4) practice during training camp at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 1, …last_img read more

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Silly Stories Demean Science

first_imgIf science had an icon like the Statue of Liberty, she would be hanging her head in disgrace for what passes for science these days.It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the following sorry excuses for scientific research and reporting. For those who care about the reputation of science in society, perhaps outrage would be a more appropriate response.Men may have evolved better ‘making up’ skills (BBC News). This notion (hard to call it a scientific hypothesis) follows from observations that some men will hug longer after a boxing match or other contest than women will. It’s based on a “scientific” paper published by Cell Press in Current Biology, “Cross-Cultural Sex Differences in Post-Conflict Affiliation following Sports Matches.” The two authors (a man and a woman) claim that “After sports matches, male opponents engage in friendly touches longer than females,” and “Male winners and losers make more friendly touches than their female counterparts.” It’s hard to imagine how such things could even be measured by any objective standard. How many sports matches would a scientist have to watch to conclude this? From how many countries? For how long a time period? What constitutes a “friendly” touch, on what kind of an objective scale? What if one of the men is a transgender? (We throw in that idea to be politically correct.)Even more ridiculous is to claim that men evolved this skill. Was it a mutation on the Y chromosome? Or did the female get it on her mitochondrial DNA? How could a behavior this vague be tied to an objective change in the genes? How did it spread through the population? Don’t men and women exchange genes every time they have children? We have not even begun to ask the multitude of questions raised by this hypothesis. Even more alarming is the reckless reporters and editors at the BBC who let this silliness pass without any critical analysis. On the contrary, they say: “Other researchers say that this is an ‘impressive’ study.” Impressive in its ineptness, perhaps. A suitably trained philosophical gadfly could undermine the whole premise with a counter-proposal: “Scientists may have evolved better ‘making up stories’ skills.”Where there’s smoke — and a mutation — there may be an evolutionary edge for humans (Science Daily). This idea makes one wonder if the geniuses at Penn State were imbibing certain hallucinogenic fumes when they dreamed it up. “Aha!” they must have said under the influence of something. “Now we know how we moderns defeated the Neanderthals!” It doesn’t seem to matter to them that Neanderthals were cooking with fire for possibly 200,000 years or more (so says the consensus) before moderns came on stage. According to this new story, “A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors” — notice the high perhapsimaybecouldness index there. Surely the astute science guys at the BBC News will bring some sense into the smoke-filled room. “Tolerance of smoke may have given us an edge over Neanderthals.” Guess not.A quick Google search shows over 200,000 hits on “smoke Neanderthals” but no obvious critical responses, except for ours and one at Uncommon Descent. Colin Barras at U.D. had some laughs, having seen this kind of campfire story before:This theory is possibly 27 minutes in the queue with: Neanderthals were inbred, A different theory puts it down to the fact that Neanderthals chewed more. And another one has it that they did not eat enough rabbits. A paleo-psychoanalyst claims they had large eyes and might have been weird loners. And, oh yes, of course, climate change killed them.All the others in the internet echo chamber just repeated the theme with minor variations to the headline, such as, “Can’t Quit Smoking? Blame Neanderthals.” It gave them an excuse to trot out all the stock photos of Neanderthal reconstructions housed in museums. Of course, everybody should know this theory is untenable.Parkas helped early humans survive (Live Science). Let’s see if we can get this one straight. Neanderthals survived for nearly 500,000 years in all kinds of climate, but then lost out to modern humans who came on the scene late with new tailoring skills. Because the “moderns” knew how to sew parkas, they survived while their brethren froze.  “The reason for the clothing difference between Neanderthals and early modern humans is yet unclear.” That’s for sure; no clothes were found! The scientists only found animal bones “whose skins may have been used to produce clothing.” In a blatant example of historical racism, the reporter suggests that “the Neanderthals were not intelligent enough to manufacture garments of the same thermal effectiveness as those used by early modern humans,” or else it was a cultural thing. But they survived for half a million years! Good grief; if the environment drives evolution, why didn’t they just evolve body fur in all that time?Birds of a fibula (PLoS Blogs). Emphasize the fib in Jon Tennant’s headline, because it starts with an imaginary dino-chicken in the artwork. Then he shows baby chicks strutting across the stage in an animated loop. To give an appearance of empirical validity, he shows a bunch of femur bones side by side. Running evolution divination on them, he comes to the conclusion that birds are dinosaurs. In a trance, he shouts ecstatically, “Eagles are dinosaurs. Pigeons are dinosaurs, annoyingly. Even penguins are weird, swimming dinosaurs.”How well does Jon know this to be true? His last paragraphs leave some room for distrust after he pronounces his oracle.This means that dinosaurs and early birds shared the same or similar pattern of fibula development, reflected in their evolutionary relationships and through time.The reason why this happens though remains a bit of a mystery. Modern birds of different sizes and ecologies all show evidence of this fibula reduction. This suggests that it is what is called a ‘non-adaptive’ process, as it is highly unlikely that such a feature would play a part in such different roles.We’re only just beginning to unlock the molecular links between dinosaurs and birds, and this represents a really neat glimpse into the future of this research field. Stay tuned!What channel are we tuned into, again? Is this Comedy Central?Folks, we try to bring you the news about evolution objectively, but it’s extremely difficult to be charitable when reading some of it. Please forgive us. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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