Filipino fighter notified of potential anti-doping infraction in UFC fight

first_imgBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 Qatar Open kicks off 2018 season without big stars MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson De Tomas’ (6-2) fight against Perez was his second and last fight in the UFC and he lost via anaconda choke 1:54 into the second round making him 0-2 in the promotion.UFC said de Tomas is no longer under contract with them when the results were released.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” said the statement.The California State Athletic Commission will also retain jurisdiction over the case as de Tomas’ sample was taken in Fresno for UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega. Filipino mixed martial artist Carls John de Tomas may face repercussions after a potential anti-doping violation, according to the U.S Anti-Doping Agency.UFC, in a statement released Saturday, said that the USADA also informed them of de Tomas’ likely offense stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on Dec. 8 for his fight against Alex Perez.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES De Tomas’ has had a maligned history in the UFC concerning his weight.As per MMAFighting.com, both de Tomas and Perez were “significantly” above 10 percent of the flyweight limit at 125 lbs and the CSAC promptly moved the fight to the 135-lb bantamweight division.De Tomas also missed the weight limit by five pounds in his UFC debut in June for UFC Singapore where he lost to Naoki Inoue via unanimous decision.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Man killed by Cops after trying to escape with Police vehicle

first_imgA man, who attacked two police officers with a knife after being arrested for threatening his wife, was shot dead by ranks after he tried to escape in a police vehicle at the Vigilance Police Station, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on Saturday.Dead is Teon Maxwell, 34, of Lot 1388 Bareroot, ECD.Reports are a police mobile patrol on the ECD responded to a report of threats made towards Belinda Thomas, the man’s reputed wife, at about 11:40h on Saturday.This publication understands that upon arrival at the couple’s residence, Maxwell, who was armed with a cutlass, was disarmed by the police, arrested and then taken to the Vigilance Police Station.However, while he was being processed in the Enquiries Office, Maxwell reportedly whipped out a knife and attacked and injured two subordinate officers who tried to subdue him. In the process of fleeing, he damaged several windows.According to the police, Maxwell, who was still armed, swiftly entered the driver’s seat of the Police Force’s vehicle which had transported him to the station.Police said that the engine of the vehicle was still running and Maxwell drove off in an attempt to escape but ended up crashing into another police vehicle that was in the police station’s compound. It was during this process that he was shot by the police.Maxwell was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The injured ranks, a sergeant and a corporal, have received medical attention. Meanwhile, according to the police, a “thorough” investigation has been launched with a number of statements already being taken in relation to this matter.Meanwhile, Maxwell’s mother has since said that her son was behaving in a disorderly manner and she encouraged her daughter-in-law to call the police as he was threatening her. The 34-year-old man was a father of one.last_img read more

Mission losing its president

first_imgAdding another layer of turmoil to troubled Mission College, its interim president said Tuesday that he will leave the college in six weeks. Jose A. Leyba, 54, who has been interim president of the Sylmar-based community college since December, said he originally had hoped to stay for a full year but will leave June 30. Leyba, whose family lives in Chandler, Ariz., said the stress of commuting, Los Angeles traffic and the high cost of housing were factors in his decision, not the faculty conflicts that have plagued the campus. “I love Mission College. Despite our issues, we have some great students, and it’s a wonderful community with the potential for providing future leaders,” Leyba said. “We’re like any other evolving, growing institution having growing pains.” Leyba said if the faculty does issue a no-confidence vote, he doesn’t plan to take any action on Ramirez’s case until after all investigations have been completed. Leyba also has ordered mandatory mediation sessions for the faculty to begin after Memorial Day. “I’m very optimistic that one way or another, the institution is going to survive and be a better institution as a result of going through this process,” Leyba said. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMission Faculty Senate President Angela Echeverri said Leyba’s pending departure couldn’t come at a worse time. Campus interviews for a permanent replacement for his predecessor, Adriana Barrera, won’t begin until the first week of July, with a public forum on the candidates tentatively planned for later that month. “It’s going to be hard to bring a new person up to speed in the short time that we have,” Echeverri said. ” … We’re in a very critical period right now, and some stability in leadership would be nice.” But Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Darroch “Rocky” Young pledged that the campus would not go without a president. If necessary, an acting president will be appointed. The 7,300-student campus has been struggling since last spring with conflicts between a small faction of Chicano faculty and students and non-Chicano faculty and students, with charges and countercharges of racism and discrimination flying back and forth. Issues came to a head earlier this month after a series of incidents that included Joe Ramirez, Mission’s vice president of student services, being placed on administrative leave. The Faculty Senate is set to issue a no-confidence vote on Ramirez at its meeting Thursday. Ramirez was cleared of charges that he improperly canceled a student government election, but other investigations are ongoing, including the alleged firing of a student police cadet and the arrest of a 67-year-old political science professor. last_img read more

GAA NOTES: BUNCRANA

first_imgSenior Executive Board MeetingThey say that there’s no rest for the wicked and Buncrana SEB is certainly no exception. First meeting the the 2012 SEB will be held tonight, Monday night, 28th November at 8:15pm. Any topics for agenda should be emailed to secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie or text 086 081 2429Senior Executive Board AGM This year’s AGM on Saturday 19th November, was well attended by a broad array of club members. Almost all sections of the club were represented. Tom Clare was ratified as Bord na Og Chairman and more or less the same SEB was returned for 2012. President: Denis Bonner; chairman: Paul McGonigle; vice-chairman: Malachy McCann; secretary: Pauline Grant; assistant secretary: Grainne McCarron; treasurer: Brian Stokes; assistant treasurer: Elaine Coyle; PRO: Paul Clifford; assistant PRO: TBC; youth officer (ASAP): Angela Ryan; coaching officer: Sean Noonan; ladies rep: Susan O’Brien; players rep: TBC; reserve players rep: TBC; hurling rep: Caroline Duffy; registrar: Eamonn McMenamin; assistant registrar: Patricia McMenamin; county board delegates: Chris Walsh; David McConnell; Gary Duffy; Sean Clerkin. As can be seen above there are still some positions available, anyone interested in any positions or helping out in any way should email buncrana.pro@gmail.com.Chairman Paul McGonigle, thanked the many people who do so much work within the club and summarised the progress of the club for 2011, stating that he will be focusing on promoting hurling within the club for 2012.One of the main debating points of the AGM was the proposal by the chairman to set-up a sub-committee to investigate the merits of changing the name of the club. The motion was carried on a show of hands amongst club members present.Another motion was also carried on the length of tenure which any incumbent on the SEB could hold their position for. It was agreed that the maximum length of time which any person could hold any job for was three years (with the exception of the secretary position where 5 years term is available) but it was made clear that after three years that person could take-up a different position on the board. Buncrana GAA Scrap Saturdays BIG Christmas Clear Out – FundraiserScrap collection went really well at the weekend and we’re getting a great response from the community. But we need more help!!! Lunch and refreshments supplied in clubhouse on Saturday also and join in what is a good day’s craic helps out the community and the Club at the same time.Scrap collection continues this Saturday. Leave your metal scrap items in the Scarvey or have them collected. Just call Malachy 086-804 2607, Paul 086-811 6983, David 087-939 2767, Gary 086-403 6544. In association with Buncrana Tidy Towns Initiative.DVDStrictly Come Dancing – The DVD of this fantastic entertaining night is now available at a cost of EUR20, copies are available from Hugh Quirke mobile number 086 062 6477. RecyclingCLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY!Presents for PercyDonegal County Childcare (DCCC) is launching a new appeal to help Donegal children and families this Christmas. The Presents for Percy Appeal is a charity appeal that aims to collect a range of toys for children 0-14 years that will be distributed by local organisations working with families in need of support across County Donegal in time for Christmas. The Presents for Percy appeal has been initiated by the DCCC team as a practical and proactive way of making a contribution to children and families in need of support this Christmas. DCCC are urging all early childhood services, businesses, parents and children to get behind the appeal to make a real difference to children in your local area. No contribution will be too big or too small.All toy donations will be distributed by the following organisations across County Donegal: St. Vincent de Paul Society; Parentstop, Carndonagh, Letterkenny and Donegal Town Donegal Womens Domestic Violence Service. Family Resource Centres countywide.To ensure all donated toys are relevant, DCCC have consulted with a number of agencies and parents of children 0-14 years to compile a Christmas present Wish List. The Presents for Percy Wish List has been placed in the following stores across the county: Foys, Ballybofey; Toymaster, Letterkenny; Proper Price, Donegal Town; Bikes and Toys, Carndonagh.You will also find more information on DCCC website, www.donegalchildcare.com, on DCCC’s official Facebook page or contact the DCCC Office on 074 913 2416. The Wish List has also been placed in a number of Toy Stores around the county where you can purchase and leave your toy for collection by DCCC.Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email buncrana.pro@gmail.com, stating so.LottoThe winning numbers in the €2,280 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 22nd November in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 03-07-26-27.There were no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Noel Jones, Inch Island;Agnes McLaughlin, Cockhill Park;Sinead Doherty, Loch View;Kevin McGrory, Grange, Inch;Lawrence Hegarty, Grange, Inch.The winning numbers in the €2,260 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 15th November in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 08-11-20-23.There were no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Mark Deeney, Gort na mBo;Pat Tobin, Oakfield Court;Breedge Doherty, Rockfield Tce;Hannah Gibbons, Strand Court;Liam Kelly, Oakfield Crescent.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).GAA NOTES: BUNCRANA was last modified: November 28th, 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

PSG vs Liverpool: Confirmed line-ups as Neymar and Mbappe start

first_img Getty REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Group C has been one of the most entertaining in this season’s Champions League, and there is still everything to be decided.Just two points separate group leaders Napoli and last-placed Red Star Belgrade heading into gameweek five. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Red Star’s defeat of Liverpool blew Group C wide open Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade shining Latest Football News 2 Thomas Tuchel expects Neymar and Mbappe to be fit for Wednesday’s encounter Confirmed line-upsPSG: Buffon, Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Marquinhos, Verratti, Di Maria, Neymar, Cavani, MbappeSubs: Areola, Dani Alves, Choupo-Moting, Draxler, Rabiot, Dagba,N’Soki.Liverpool:  Alisson, Gomez, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, SalahSubs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Matip, Alexander-Arnold. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF MONEY 2 Where can you listen?Full commentary of PSG vs Liverpool will be LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 20:00. Click below or here for the PSG vs Liverpool live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.Team newsPSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been cleared to start after injury concerns, while Dani Alves  on the bench.Liverpool include Sadio Mane after he recovered from illness and Joe Gomez starts. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana already on the sidelines. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY ADVICE RANKED huge blow Liverpool, who lost in Belgrade last time out, travel to Paris Saint-Germain knowing they could book their place in the last-16 with a win, as long as Napoli also beat Red Star.The Reds face a side running away with the Ligue 1 title, already 15 points clear of second having not yet dropped a single point in 14 matches, but PSG have struggled in Europe this season.They’ve secured just one win – a home defeat of Red Star – and were beaten in Liverpool on matchday one in the reverse of Wednesday’s fixture.The clash promises to be intriguing, exciting, and of the highest quality, and you can follow all the action via talkSPORT’s full live commentary of Wednesday’s big kick-off.What the managers are sayingThomas Tuchel (PSG): “We are aware that this meeting against Liverpool is crucial for us.“We will have to find the right balance between aggressiveness to win and keeping our cool. We will need to have some confidence in our abilities, remain focused and focused on our goal.“The preparation started last week, when we all found ourselves in training after the international break.”Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “You can say it’s Paris and then Everton and then it’s Burnley and then bam, bam, bam. That’s how it is. But we don’t make a difference [between the matches].“We especially don’t think about the second game of a week like that, we think about the next game and that’s big enough. It’s quite a job to do.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

Kariya’s goal beats old team

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Those two guys know each other quite well,” said Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer. “They’ve probably done that hundreds of times before.” Yanic Perreault scored a pair of goals, one on the power play, for Nashville as goaltender Tomas Vokoun won his 100th career NHL game. Vokoun stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced. “We are starting to look for each other on the ice more,” Perreault said. “We are really getting a feel for each other. We are going out there with a lot of confidence.” Vokoun was flawless in the shootout stopping Sergei Federov, Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald. “When you lose the shootout, you feel like you lost the hockey game,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “But we didn’t lose the hockey game. We lost a point and they gained a point. That’s the reality of it.” NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Paul Kariya has wasted no time making his mark with the Nashville Predators. Kariya scored the lone goal in a shootout against his former team when the Predators edged the Mighty Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night. The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Samuel Pahlsson tapped in a pass that went across the goal mouth from Corey Perry. The Predators tied the game in the second period at the 7:22 mark on a power-play goal by Perreault. The Predators went ahead 2-1 only 37 seconds in the third period when Perreault tapped in the puck after Steve Sullivan shot it into the crease area. The Ducks’ Petr Sykora tied the game 2-2 when he skated down the left side of the slot and fired a wrist shot to the right side of the net that caught Vokoun out of position at 13:19. “Our players worked extremely hard,” Carlyle said. “It was a fast-paced game, and it wasn’t no-hit hockey. It was a physical game and those are tough ones to play.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Paul does not feel pressure,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “He keeps his emotions in check. He thinks and prepares for the game very intelligently. It was a storybook ending with him winning the shootout against his old team.” After all three Anaheim shooters had missed along with Nashville’s Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky, Kariya beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere high to the right side to give the Predators the victory. last_img read more

Softball Earns Wins Over Dartmouth, Maryland on Friday

first_img Full Schedule Roster vs. Mississippi Valley State 2/25/2017 – 10:30 AM Drake had outstanding pitching in each game between the junior duo of Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.). Against Dartmouth (0-1), Smith started and allowed just two runs (one earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Newman came on in relief in the eighth inning and locked down the Big Green. She allowed just two walks and struck out eight batters in 2.2 innings of work to pick up the win to improve to 6-3. Live Stats Both teams put runners on base in the eighth and ninth innings, but neither could drive in the game-winner. However, in the tenth inning sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) doubled and moved to third on junior Kelsey Wright’s (Olathe, Kan.) double. Two batters later, senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) drove a ball to left field to bring in Pena for the game-winner. Alexander and Finneran led the Bulldogs with two hits each. The Bulldogs wasted little time scoring against the Terrapins as junior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) smashed a two-run home run in the first inning. Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) added an insurance run in the seventh inning with a RBI single that plated Wright. Alexander and Maddox led the Bulldogs with two hits each. Against Maryland (1-9), Newman earned the start in the circle and allowed just three hits with 12 strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Smith took over in the sixth inning and allowed just two hits with three strikeouts. Newman improved to 7-3 with her second win of the day and Smith collected her first save of the season.center_img Next Game: LAFAYETTE, La. – The Drake University softball team earned a pair of wins on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Mardi Gras Invitational presented by DoubleTree. In the first game, Drake (10-5) edged Dartmouth, 3-2, in 10 innings before blanking Maryland, 3-0, to close the day. Smith drove in the Bulldogs’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Darmouth tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning and then took the lead at 2-1 in the seventh inning. Drake quickly answered in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) singled to start the frame, and pinch runner Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) promptly stole second and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Fellow freshman Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) then plated Buie with a sacrifice fly to send the game to extras. Preview Drake closes the Mardi Gras Invitational with a pair of games on Saturday morning. The Bulldogs will play Bowling Green at 8:30 a.m. and Mississippi Valley State at 10:30 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Fossils Do Not Say “We Evolved” – People Do

first_imgScientists put words in the mouths of dead animals, as if they are dummies telling stories about their evolution.When you watch a skilled puppeteer, you can almost suspend disbelief that the puppet is really talking with a personality all its own. But when the ventriloquist is done with his dummy and tosses it into the storage case for the next show, the illusion is over. Evolutionists are like that with fossils. Like Hamlet with Yorick’s skull, they pick up a fossil and put words into the mouths of long-dead animals. They go far beyond Hamlet’s act, though, because Hamlet knew Yorick. Evolutionists were not there when these animals died. They did not watch them originate. They did not witness their ancestry. Shouldn’t scientists stick to verifiable facts? Shouldn’t they follow the evidence where it leads, and not go beyond where it leads? Instead, they pick up a skull and move the dead animal’s jaws to mimic it saying, “Darwin Daddy!” Look at these examples of chicanery with dumb fossils.World’s smallest fossil monkey found in Amazon jungle (Science Daily). Dead monkeys tell no tales, but Darwinians tell them about fossils. These Darwin worshipers from Duke U and from a Peruvian university picked up this monkey fossil from the Amazon jungle, and said, an “18-million-year-old creature discovered in Peru was no bigger than a hamster; helps fill a gap in the record of monkey evolution.” But it was pure monkey. It was small, to be sure, but so is the pygmy marmoset in Africa. It’s the complexity, not the size, that should determine questions of origins. The evolutionists forced this monkey into their timeline, held up its skull, and made its mouth move like it was saying, “I’m a missing link!”In a paper published online July 23 in the Journal of Human Evolution, the team dubbed the animal Parvimico materdei, or “tiny monkey from the Mother of God River.”Now stored in the permanent collections of the Institute of Paleontology at Peru’s National University of Piura, the find is important because it’s one of the few clues scientists have from a key missing chapter in monkey evolution.Monkeys are thought to have arrived in South America from Africa some 40 million years ago, quickly diversifying into the 150-plus New World species we know today, most of which inhabit the Amazon rainforest. Yet exactly how that process unfolded is a bit of a mystery, in large part because of a gap in the monkey fossil record between 13 and 31 million years ago with only a few fragments.In that gap lies Parvimico. The new fossil dates back 17 to 19 million years, which puts it “smack dab in the time and place when we would have expected diversification to have occurred in the New World monkeys,” Kay said.“Thought to have arrived” by whom? “When we would have expected diversification” – who’s “we,” paleface? (see Tontology in the Darwin Dictionary.) Regarding New World monkeys, have you been told about the rafting hypothesis, where evolutionists drafted monkeys into Darwin’s Navy? That was necessary to keep their theory afloat, because they needed New World monkeys to have had a common ancestor in Africa, and there was no way to get them across the ocean (see 27 April 2015).A voracious Cambrian predator, Cambroraster, is a new species from the Burgess Shale (Phys.org). The Cambrian Explosion remains a huge embarrassment to Neo-Darwinians, as it was to Darwin himself. You wouldn’t know that from this write-up of a new kind of animal found at the Marble Canyon fossil site near the famed Burgess Shale in Canada. Cambroraster just shows up in the rocks, fully formed, without any evolutionary predecessors. It had claws, a large shield called a carapace, and a tooth-lined circular mouth. The Darwin ventriloquist champions evolution for all the non-evolutionary evidence, requiring the Stuff Happens Law to have happened really fast:Fossils from the Cambrian period, particularly from sites like the Burgess Shale, record a dramatic “explosion” of biodiversity at this time, culminating in the evolution of most of the major groups of animals that survive today. But, the story has far more intricacy than a straight line leading from simple ancestors to the vast diversity of modern species. “Far from being primitive, radiodonts show us that at the very outset of complex ecosystems on Earth, early representatives of the arthropod lineage rapidly radiated to play a wide array of ecological roles,” remarked Moysiuk.Jurassic fossil shows how early mammals could swallow like their modern descendants (Science Daily). One can examine a fossil and learn about its anatomy and physiology, just as one could examine ventriloquist dummy and determine what expressions it could make. A shrew-like animal named Microdonton [little teeth] described by evolutionists at the University of Chicago had a hyoid bone, which is interesting, because that indicates it probably could swallow – a complex process in mammals. This “pristine, beautiful fossil” is silent, though, on where it got its hyoid bone. With the confidence of a showman, Zhe-Xi Luo, senior author of a “study” picks it up and tells us what it is really saying:“Now we are able for the first time to address how the crucial function for swallowing evolved among early mammals from the fossil record,” Luo said. “The tiny hyoids of Microdocodon are a big milestone for interpreting the evolution of mammalian feeding function.”But there was no evolution evident in the fossil. The paper in Science does not call Microdonton a transitional form, but an animal with a mosaic of features – including a fully-modern-looking hyoid bone. “The structure is complex and saddle shaped, like that seen in modern mammals, suggesting that a muscularized throat was present before the development of mammals.” So where is the evolution? Luo and his DODOs just made it up. It’s Darwin’s version of the taming of the shrew.It is likely that the mammal-like hyoid structure evolved with the first appearance of complex mastication in early divergent mammaliaforms. We hypothesize that this system evolved no later than the common ancestor of docodontans and crown Mammalia (Fig. 3).The animal could not only chew its food, but the young could also suckle, “a trait that is unique to mammals,” the paper says. What is required for that? “Suckling requires the presence of stability and motion in the throat, both of which require a complex hyoid apparatus.” In other words, this animal already had a complex hyoid, like modern mammals. It was not evolving its hyoid.Well, imagine that! The “first appearance of complex mastication” – how did that come about? Complex mastication takes a lot of moving parts! Evolutionists don’t think, but react by habit: ‘It’s there, so it must have evolved! Chew on that for a minute, and fantasize about their credulity and blind faith in the miracle-working power of the Stuff Happens Law. (Visited 464 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享116last_img read more

South Africa’s 2010 tourism harvest

first_img24 June 2010 South Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country’s offerings – and the energy and warmth of its people – with surprise and delight. According to the South African Department of Home Affairs, 682 317 foreigners entered the country between 1 and 21 June – compared to 541 065 during the same period last year. And the influx is set to increase as the tournament enters the knockout stage. Over and above visitors from neighbouring countries, the largest number of foreign arrivals have been from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, France, Netherlands and Argentina. “From a tourism perspective, the World Cup has been fantastic exposure for South Africa,” Thandiwe January-Mclean, CEO of South African Tourism, said this week. “The World Cup has afforded South Africa the opportunity to do away with stereotypes,” January-Mclean said. “Overall, the response from visitors has been one of surprise. Surprise at our infrastructure development, at the excitement of match audiences. All our feedback has been positive; people are extremely excited.” South Africa Tourism is confident that the World Cup will open up the country to a whole new spectrum of visitors. “The 2010 FIFA World Cup has seen an increase in visitors from new countries, namely the Latin American nations such as Mexico and Brazil,” said Roshene Singh, the chief marketing officer of SA Tourism. “This has been coupled with the implementation of the international Fifa Fan Fests™, at which over 900 000 people have been in attendance since the start of the tournament. “The highest television audience and international fan fest attendance has been in Mexico. We are promoting South Africa in those Fan Fests,” Singh said. “There will be new market opportunities after this tournament,” Singh added. “With our track record of hosting major events, sports tourism is important to South Africa. We are not relaxing, we are continuing with our campaigns to convert awareness into visitors.” One of the biggest talking points around large sporting events is the revenue generated from visiting fans, and South African Tourism is confident that the tournament will be a success from a tourism revenue perspective. “We only have estimates at this point, but we are looking at around R27-billion, almost a thousand percent of what we spent on marketing,” Singh said. Last year, the South African economy benefited from R100-billion in tourism spend. While global tourism numbers took a dive in 2009 – internationally there was a 4% decrease in tourism – South Africa managed a 3.7 percent increase. “Although we have no official figures yet, we are confident we have met the numbers we projected for the World Cup,” said January-Mclean. South African accommodation figures are also looking promising, with 65 to 70 percent occupancy rates in Johannesburg, while Cape Town and Durban are looking closer to 85 percent. “We will see an increase in movement as we reach the knock-out stages,” January-Mclean predicted. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more