Paleoanthropologists have a major conundrum on their hands, or feet. EurekAlert reported about controversial footprints found in Mexico ash deposits that had been thought to be 44,000 years old. Even that was too old for many to swallow, but new argon-argon dates show them to be 1.3 million years old – far older than those in Africa, where the first modern humans were supposed to come from. Either the dates are not trustworthy, or these are not footprints. No resolution to this anomaly seems satisfactory at the moment. Pictures and additional information can be found at BBC News, National Geographic News, and [email protected] A reader found web pages of the discoverers at MexicanFootprints.com and Bournemouth University, UK. Renne et al. in Nature1 are taking the view they are not footprints, even though toes and heelprints appear in some of them.1Renne et al., “Geochronology: Age of Mexican ash with alleged ‘footprints’, Nature 438, E7-E8 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04425.This will be a good test of the scientific values of the Darwinists. They always claim to be skeptical of any finding, never taking anything on “faith” like those religious-right fundies. OK, Darwinists, you’ve got a problem. Show us some rationality and objectivity. We seem to recall that creationists quickly withdrew claims of Paluxy human tracks on the first hint of a problem with the data, and have been very cautious ever since. In their case, however, the find was not a necessary piece of evidence, just a tantalizing one. In this case, if humans or advanced hominids were in Mexico over a million years before the famed “out of Africa” story, there is a lot of Darwinian storytelling at risk of unraveling. Either evolutionists cannot trust their fossil skills, or their dating methods (see 11/05/2005), or both. What would it take to falsify human evolution? If nothing – no amount of contrary evidence or logic – could ever dislodge the idea that humans slowly emerged from primitive ancestors, then your critics are going to stick a note on the seat of your pants: “Kick me; I’m a fighting fundamentalist.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
High on confidence after steamrolling the opposition in the first three matches before snatching an improbable win in the next, a rampaging India would look to rout New Zealand with a 5- 0 series whitewash in the fifth and final ODI in Chennai on Friday.Fortunately for fans in Chennai, who have seen abandonment of matches due to inclement weather in the past, sun has come out brightly since Wednesday after continous rain for the past few days.With weather gods relenting, the ground is expected to be fully fit and a full match appears to be on the cards at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.Most of the Indian top- order batsmen have been among runs in the series, with the exception of Murli Vijay, and most of them have come up with good performances in all the four previous matches to take their side to comfortable victories.The only time India had hiccups in the series was in Bangalore on Tuesday with the home side in trouble at 188 for five at one stage while chasing a daunting target of 316 runs.But from the way Yusuf Pathan butchered New Zealand bowlers to single- handedly take India to a five- wicket win, it seems the Kiwis face an uphill task in the final match as well. Yusuf’s blitzkrieg unbeaten 123 off 96 balls and useful contributions from Saurabh Tiwary (37 not out), Rohit Sharma (44) and Parthiv Patel (53) must have boosted the confidence of the side that they will go for a clean sweep.Stand in skipper Gautam Gambhir has led from the front, hitting back- to- back centuries to top the batting averages in the four matches so far. Gambhir has scored 329 runs with an average of 164.50, followed by Virat Kohli ( 232 runs).advertisementGambhir himself was upbeat with the chance to complete a memorable series clean sweep.” We need to win this game. It is important. It would be good to have five wins in a row and wind up the series before heading to South Africa and it would be useful,” he said. However, India will have to improve upon their bowling in the last ODI in Bangalore where they leaked runs in the death overs, an oft- repeated problem for the side.Off- spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has done a decent job in the series so far with eight wickets from four matches though he was expensive in the last ODI. Yusuf and Yuvraj Singh have also chipped in with useful contributions with six and three wickets respectively in the series.Left- arm pacer Ashish Nehra has been found struggling with just three wickets in the four matches, conceding 197 runs.Zaheer Khan, having missed the first two ODIs due to injury, has taken two from the two matches.For New Zealand though it has been a tough tour of India having lost the three- match Test series 0- 1 and an ODI whitewash looming. The Daniel Vettori- led side would, however, be happy with the way they cornered India in Bangalore before a Yusuf special bailed the home side out.New Zealand top- order batsmen fired in unison for the first time in the series in Bangalore to post 315 and the visitors desperately want to end their forgettable tour on a winning note.With the big guns like Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Scott Styris coming a cropper, James Franklin is the top rungetter for New Zealand in the series with 170 runs from two matches.CHENNAI DOSSIERGround’s name: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk First match played: Between India vs Australia on October 9, 1987 Total matches played: 12 India played: 6 matches, Won: 2, Lost: 3 New Zealand played: 2 matches, Lost: 1, Abandoned: 1HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALSFor India: 292( 49.2) vs Pak, May 21, 1997 For New Zealand: 286- 9 ( 50) vs Australia, March 11, 1996LOWEST INNINGS TOTALSFor India: 268( 48) vs WI, Jan 27, 2007HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES194* Saeed Anwar Pak vs Ind, May 21, 1997 For India: 107, R Dravid vs Pak, May 21, 1997 For NZ: 130, C Harris vs Australia, March 11, 1996BEST BOWLING5- 61, Aaqib Javed, Pak vs Ind, May 21, 1997 For India: 4- 34, A Agarkar vs Eng, Jan 25, 2002 For NZ: 1- 21, N Astle vs Australia, March 11, 1996Compiled by Manoj KumarWith inputs from PTI
New Delhi: CPI(M) leader from Kashmir Mohd Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday criticised the Centre for detaining former chief minister Farooq Abdullah under PSA and said that “people across the border are clapping” that the government has done what they could not. Addressing a press conference with CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, the former member of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly said that whatever is happening in Kashmir is not in the interest of the country. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We, Abdullah and others are not terrorists. It is such a horrible time. I am very disturbed,” he said. Tarigami said he was under house arrest since August 5, when the Centre announced abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcation of the state into Union territories. He was brought to the AIIMS here for treatment on the direction of the Supreme Court after it allowed Yechury to meet him in Srinagar and submit a report on his health condition. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Tarigami slammed the government over scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and contested its claim of normalcy returning to the Valley. “It has been 40 days of restrictions but the government claims there is normalcy. Do this in Delhi or any other city and see what is the situation of business, hospitals, schools and media. “How can they say that everything is under control? They are claiming that no one has been killed. I say people are dying, there is suffocation in the state,” Tarigami said. Alleging that the “very foundation of the unity of India with Kashmir is under assault”, he said, “Listen to our version, the version of the people of Kashmir. We all want to live peacefully. I am not a foreigner.” People of Jammu and Kashmir had decided to remain with secular India, Tarigami said. “Today Kashmiri politicians are in jail… people sitting across the border are clapping that you have done what we could not,” he said and hit out at the government for detaining NC leader Abdullah. “What is happening in Kashmir is not in the interest of the country. Now Kashmiri people do not have much expectations with today’s regime,” he said. Tarigami said militancy can be tackled with the help of people but the government’s policy is not helping in building trust. “I want to ask, can you build trust among people by beating them, putting them in jails, suspending internet and telephone lines, crippling the daily life? Isn’t it playing into the hands of the enemies of this country? he asked. CPI(M) General Secretary Yechury said that the ground situation is Kashmir is completely different from what the government is claiming. He also criticised Abdullah’s detention and said that the situation is “very serious” in the state. “It has been more than 40 days since the abrogation of Article 370. There is complete breakdown of communication in the state. The communication gap is isolating people,” he said. “There is no public transport and also there have been reports of shortage in medicines and treatment at hospitals. The situation needs to be improved,” Yechury said. On Sunday night, Abdullah, the 81-year-old patron of the National Conference (NC), was detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA). He was under house arrest since August 5. Several other leaders were detained or arrested on the day and restrictions imposed on communication and movement of people in Jammu and Kashmir. The government has maintained that the steps were taken to maintain law and order and prevent any loss of life. Restrictions have since been lifted in Jammu and Ladakh regions. The curbs have been eased in the Valley, though mobile and internet services are still suspended, according to officials.
Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to the basket in her drive against Penn State’s defense during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 1. Credit: Summer Cartwright | Campus EditorOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell has been invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California.The senior is one of just five collegiate athletes — including Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier, Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville guard Asia Durr, South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson — invited to the training camp. Twenty-five WNBA players earned invites as well.The training camp — which will be led by USA National Team and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley — will be used to help identify and prepare athletes for future events, including the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, according to a release.This will be the second opportunity for Mitchell to represent her country on the court. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year earned a spot on the USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team, which competed in the Four Nations Tournament in mid-August.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and was named a second-team All-American for the second time in her career. The Associated Press also named her a first-team All-American after the 2015-16 season.Ohio State opens the season on Nov. 10 when the Buckeyes host Stanford as part of the Countdown to Columbus, an event marking the beginning of the college women’s basketball 2017-18 season.
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder wrestles Steven Holloway in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWith two matches remaining, all the No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team needed in order to beat No. 1 Penn State was No. 1 197-pounder Kollin Moore to beat an unranked Nittany Lion and for senior top-ranked heavyweight Kyle Snyder to beat of No. 6 Nick Nevills. But nothing went according to plan.Moore fell to Anthony Cassar in shocking fashion, requiring Snyder to win via major decision in order for the Buckeyes to take home the victory. Though Snyder has won by major decision or a pin in each of his matches this season, he was unable to do so, beating Nevills 15-10 for a decision win. That allowed Penn State to eek by with a 19-18 victory Saturday night.Everything went right for Ohio State early in the meet. No. 4 Nathan Tomasello gave Ohio State the first win of the meet via major decision, beating 125-pounder Carson Kuhn 21-12 after trailing 8-7 following the first period. Ohio State’s No. 2 Luke Pletcher earned a 5-4 decision against Corey Keener at 133 pounds. Then, No. 11 Joey McKenna upset No. 6 Nick Lee to give the Buckeyes a 10-0 lead after the first three matches, which silenced Penn State’s crowd at Rec Hall.Penn State No. 1 149-pounder Zain Retherford and Ohio State No. 5 157-pounder Micah Jordan each earned technical fall wins. The Buckeyes held a 15-5 lead heading into intermission, but that advantage quickly began to slip away.Vincenzo Joseph, one of Penn State’s three top-ranked wrestlers who competed Saturday, dominated No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell with a 12-3 major decision victory. With the lead shrinking, Ohio State needed an upset in one of the next two matches between evenly matched competition. But neither No. 3 Bo Jordan (174 pounds) nor No. 2 Myles Martin (184 pounds) could pull the upset on No. 2 Mark Hall or No. 1 Bo Nickal, respectively.Hall hit a decisive takedown late in the third period to beat Jordan 6-4 and bring Ohio State’s lead down to three. Nickal then dominated Martin, winning with a 10-2 major decision, which gave the Nittany Lions their first lead of the night.Snyder and Moore, both ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes, could not regain the lead for Ohio State. Following Moore’s loss to Anthony Cassar, if Snyder won with a major decision, the Buckeyes would have won the match since they owned the tiebreaker. But on their home mats, the Nittany Lions did exactly what they needed to do to clinch the victory and extend their dual meet win streak to 43.Ohio State will attempt to bounce back from its first loss with a meet against No. 4 Michigan at 6 p.m. Feb. 11.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has made his Premier League weekend predictions and has tipped Manchester City to continue their fine run away from home.It’s matchday 3, and Paul Merson has given Sky Sports his thoughts and predictions on all 10 matches this weekend.Wolves v Man City“City look relentless, completely unbelievable. I thought they might take some time to get going after the World Cup, but they’re the only team who can rest a load of players and beat the lesser teams comfortably. ”Manchester City to win 3-1Watford v Crystal Palace“This is a tough one to predict, because Palace do have a bit about them. They sat 10 behind the ball against Liverpool and hoped Zaha would do something special. But I think they’ll win this game.”Crystal Palace to 2-1Newcastle v Chelsea“Chelsea don’t look amazing at the back, Arsenal ripped them apart at times, but Newcastle don’t have what Arsenal have going forward. Maurizio Sarri said he wants Chelsea to be pressing at all times, and it’s a danger when they don’t, even for 20 minutes.”Chelsea to win 2-1Man Utd v Tottenham“Over the last three or four years, you see Manchester United turn it on in these type of games, when the pressure is on. They’ve done it to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, everyone.”Manchester United to win 2-1Arsenal v West Ham “I don’t see anything other than an Arsenal win here. West Ham have struggled,”English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…Arsenal to win 3-0Bournemouth v Everton“Bournemouth have had two good results. I know Everton won easily against Southampton, but Saints had good chances and it was open. I like this game, I’m going 2-2”2-2 drawHuddersfield v Cardiff “Huge game, but I think the hosts will just steal it.”Huddersfield to win 1-0Southampton v Leicester “It was still a bad result for Saints at Everton, but the overall performance was decent. Ings looked lively, and they had some good chances. I need to see more from them but I expect them to win this.”Southampton to win 2-0Liverpool v Brighton “It’s going to be Liverpool, but by how many? Brighton had a great result against United, no doubt about that, but Liverpool are a different kettle of fish at home.”Liverpool to win 3-0Fulham v Burnley “It’s a must-win for Fulham.”Fulham to win 1-0
The Sterling Highway is now open while the Skilak Lake Road remains closed. Construction will resume on the highway and pilot cars and flaggers will be used in these areas. Continue to drive with caution in the fire area. Minimal fire activity with isolated pockets of torching with some surface fire was reported on the fire line yesterday. Similar fire behavior is expected for today’s operations. Yesterday, a new fire progression map was made. Note, that the acreage on that map was not updated to our current 162,328. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 6:55am:Last night an infrared flight was flown. This flight indicated an increase in 149 acres. The Swan Lake Fire in now 162,328 acres. Original Post: 6am: The Swan Lake Fire remains at 162,179 acres with 719 personnel assigned, and at 29% containment. Firefighters are utilizing the overnight moisture to assist in mop up operations to further contain the fire. Dan Nelson, Incident Manager with the Kenai Peninsula Borough: “Make sure that you are ready to evacuate or take action as needed. However, this shows a good significant shift in fire behavior, and it show that the crews have made good progress in getting those areas contained.” Chainsaw and mop up operations are being conducted on the southwest side near Sterling to clean up tree debris along the fires edge from past wind events, so be aware when driving through the area. Travelers will see smoke and downed trees while passing through the fire area. Fire crews may also be working along the road cleaning up trees that have fallen so drivers are encouraged to drive safely and remain alert. The reduced fire activity allows firefighters to build line closer to the fire’s edge, south of Resurrection Pass Trail. The priority is to reduce potential fire spread toward Cooper Landing, if fire activity picks up again. Chipping operations will continue in the Cooper Landing area to reduce slash and larger debris material.A joint community meeting was held in both Sterling and Cooper Landing last night to update the residents on the current status of the fire and the downgrade of evacuation status for both communities. All restrictions for outdoor activities due to air quality, and activity related travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Sterling Highway were removed effective on Tuesday for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Cooper Landing School will reopen Wednesday on a normal schedule. In a letter from the district, thank you to everyone for your patience throughout the past 14 days while these restrictions were in place for student and staff safety.