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Neanderthals Matured Faster

first_imgThe news media are all echoing a story out of Nature April 291 that Neanderthals matured by age 15, as indicated by their teeth.  A News and Views article in the same issue by Jay Kelley2 begins, It is nearly 150 years since the existence of Neanderthals was first recognized, but debate about their relationship to modern humans remains as contentious as ever.”  The find is not necessarily indicative of a major difference between Neanderthals and modern humans, but “ should prove to be a fruitful line of research.”  Sample news media interpretations can be found at BBC News and paleoanthropology’s bulldog, National Geographic.1Rossi and de Castro, “Surprisingly rapid growth in Neanderthals, ” Nature 428, 936 – 939 (29 April 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02428.2Jay Kelley, “Paleoanthropology: Neanderthal teeth lined up,” Nature 428, 904 – 905 (29 April 2004); doi:10.1038/428904b.You can’t infer the social evolution of humans from teeth.  Modern humans reach puberty before 15, so why shouldn’t there be variation in tooth maturation rates between varieties of humans?  This study is way too much interpretation on way too little data.  A “fruitful line of research” is code for “a new storytelling plot.”    Evolutionists grasp at any hint that Neanderthals were a different species than us.  It’s a kind of historical racism.  Harrub and Thompson point out in a thick new book, The Truth About Human Origins (Apologetics Press 2004), p. 133, that at four fossil sites, Neanderthals and modern humans are found buried together.  The only way to build a Darwinian story out of that is to claim that modern humans buried their pet missing links with them.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention Fourth Session recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Speakers were showcased, officer awards were presented, CDE winners were recognized, and parents of state officers were honored in this busy session. Attendees got to hear the Spanish (and English) versions of the FFA Creed and an inspirational message from National Officer Ruth Ann Myers as well. Luce Perez presented the official Spanish verso of the FFA Creed. Jerrett Crowthers, from the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA (and also a 2015 student reporter) presented the Creed. Equine Science Placement – Elysse Shafer, Clear Fork Valley FFA National officer Ruth Ann Myers was the keynote for the Fourth Session.last_img

Herrera backs Mourinho amid ‘strangest’ pre-season

first_imgAnder Herrera believes Jose Mourinho is right to complain about Manchester United’s pre-season preparations, labelling it the “strangest” he has experienced at the club.United have been without the likes of World Cup participants Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini during their tour of the United States, while Anthony Martial left the squad early to attend the birth of his child.Mourinho has been vocal about his frustration with his thin squad and admitted he is worried ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign, with his side winning just one of their four matches in the USA. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Herrera says the coach is right in his review of their preparations so far, as they have found it difficult to work on tactics.”It’s true, and I agree with him,” he told reporters. “It must be difficult for him to work with a group of players, maybe 50 per cent of whom he’s not going to have in the future.”You can’t really work tactically, because the guys you’re working with could be leaving, going on loan or going to the second team, so it’s difficult for him.”It’s also difficult for us, but we knew in advance before coming that it was going to be like this. This is my fifth pre-season here and it’s the most strange pre-season so far.”Although the 55-year-old seems cynical in his press conferences amid his complaints over the Red Devils’ lack of transfers, too, but the midfielder insists he is different around the squad. “I can just say that with us he’s very positive, he wants us to fight for the titles, he wants us to perform to our best, he wants us to work as hard as possible,” Herrera added.”But probably he’s not frustrated about the club or the market, he’s probably frustrated because he’s not able to work with the players that he’s going to have for the season.”Also you have the situation with Matteo Darmian, he’s playing now every game but probably he’s going to leave. And then some kids, they’re probably going on loan.Ander Herrera Manchester United“So I can understand the manager and if I put myself in his position, I would be in the same situation. You want to fight for the titles but you don’t have the team with you to work for it right now.”With United’s league campaign starting on August 10 against Leicester City, Herrera feels the season should have been delayed to give players more of a rest after the World Cup.”I think the most intelligent thing would have been to postpone the start of the season by maybe one week,” he said.”But we have to accept what’s coming and luckily we’re going to have some players that are now on holiday. We’re going to have them back one week before the start of the season so they can also help.”I think we’re suffering the most, because we had the most players in the semi-finals and final of the World Cup.”But this is football and sometimes it’s like this. It’s really difficult for the manager to now prepare the team because he likes to work tactically and he’s not able to do it.”The only thing we can do now is be positive and try to be as fit as possible for the start of the season. The work we’re not able to do now, we’ll do it in the last three or four days before the start of the season.”We’re in this situation because we have so many good players — fantastic players who have reached the [World Cup] semi-finals and the final.”last_img read more

Is Aguero doing enough to impress Pep?

first_imgUEFA Champions League Aguero about to break the record but is he doing enough to impress Guardiola? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk Chelsea v Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk Manchester City Chelsea Premier League Sergio Agüero Guardiola Opinion Inch by inch the Argentinian edges closer to the all-time City scoring record but his performance against Shakhtar left a lot to be desired Manchester City are doing so many things well at the moment that it’s difficult to pick out a weakness, but if you were to find one then there is no doubt that they could do with brushing up on their finishing.Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League provided probably the best test City have had this season. On the weight of chances created, the Ukrainian champions should have been defeated by a far wider margin than 2-0 at the Etihad.Man City 10/11 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Pep Guardiola must have endured sleepless nights last season when running over the opportunities his side squandered in matches which – arguably – cost them a Premier League title challenge.Here against Shakhtar, those familiar failings were threatening to resurface. Supporters were expecting the net to billow in the first half when Kevin De Bruyne raced clear before shooting wide. Leroy Sane then missed a very presentable chance. In the second half, substitute Raheem Sterling contrived to miss an open goal with a left-footed effort when it appeared easier to score.What was required at 1-0 was a goal to put the matter beyond doubt; to tell Shakhtar they were beaten and ensure a smooth finish.Ederson then set Sane away with a precision piece of distribution and the German won a debatable penalty. Here, then, was Sergio Aguero’s chance to not only write off Shakhtar but to write himself into the City record books as their joint-top scorer.For those keeping count that’s five of his last seven penalties that the Argentinian has now missed in the Champions League. He’s missed five of his last 15 in all competitions.Sergio Aguero GFXGuardiola is very dismissive of these kind of statistics; “He will score the next one,” is the usual refrain. That may well be true. Aguero will undoubtedly put away at least one more penalty for City and will undoubtedly usurp pre-war hero Eric Brook in the goalscoring charts any day now, but his current travails extend far beyond the penalty spot.City are creating so many chances that the odd one missed here or there makes little or no difference. It could mean winning 4-0 instead of 5-0. But it’s in Aguero’s all-round game that the cracks are ever most noticeable.The 29-year-old completed only eight passes in his 85 minutes on the pitch against Shakhtar and touched the ball 23 times in total. Bear in mind seven of those touches were shots – including the penalty – and you can see how badly Aguero is struggling for involvement in this City lineup. Goals will come; Guardiola teams will always require a forward to apply the finish but there is so much more that the Catalan expects from his frontmen that he didn’t get from Aguero on Tuesday.It’s why Gabriel Jesus was summoned from Palmeiras last January; to shame Aguero into upping his work rate. That’s why Alexis Sanchez was pursued so zealously over the summer. He is no more a refined striker than Aguero – far from it – but his industry is rare and much closer to what Guardiola needs.Sergio Aguero Pep Guardiola Manchester CityTo be the centre forward in this team is a luxury. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are loading bullets left, right and centre. Jesus, Sane, Sterling and Bernardo Silva are conjuring crosses and through balls. Benjamin Mendy, who’s now sadly injured, and Kyle Walker have been overlapping and finding their forwards with telepathic ease. All Aguero has to do is stand still long enough and he’ll soon find a ball hitting him.But that’s not enough. There are no sacred cows around here anymore as Guardiola has proven with the jettisoning of Joe Hart and the demotion of Yaya Toure. Even when fit Vincent Kompany will struggle to get back in Pep’s ideal XI. The only one of the old guard retaining any sort of non-negotiable stature is Silva and that’s because he fits the paradigm of a Guardiola player to a tee.Aguero knew he had to work hard this season to stay uppermost in Guardiola’s thoughts. For the most part he managed that well through the opening weeks. His hat-trick against Watford was full of promise for the campaign ahead, demonstrating compatibility with Jesus as well as a tenacity not always associated with the Argentine.But against Shakhtar, Aguero was a dud while Jesus got the hook early in the second half after failing to impress on the right side of the attack. This was the first time in a long time that City were genuinely stretched – a meaningful contest – and Aguero was nowhere to be found.Aguero was warned at the start of the season that although he is preeminent in terms of his City goalscoring achievements he can no longer always consider himself Guardiola’s top pick in attack. It was the games against the rest of the top six last season – one point against Tottenham, one against Liverpool and none against Chelsea chief among those results – that really put a dent in City and Pep’s ambitions. Aguero has got to demonstrate starting this weekend against Chelsea that he is capable of satisfying Guardiola’s demands against the serious teams contesting titles as well as the also-rans hoping simply to avoid a hammering.Guardiola has a ruthless streak a mile long if he thinks a big call could improve his team’s cohesiveness. Aguero will know that being City’s all-time goalscoring record holder will count for little if he cannot keep up his end of the bargain – to work hard and score.There isn’t a City fan alive who doesn’t love him but Aguero learned a long time ago that there is only one man he needs to impress at the Etihad. And he’s not sitting in the stands.last_img read more

Nakilat Sees Slight Drop in Net Profit

first_imgzoom Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, has reported a net profit of QAR 749 million (USD 205.6 million) in the third quarter of 2016 compared to QAR 757 million (USD 207.8 million) seen in the same period last year.The company said that the “positive results” were a result of strategic long-term charters of Nakilat’s LNG vessels and the strong LPG vessels performance, which ensured “the continuous strong financial profitability despite the current market conditions of fluctuating oil and gas prices and the slowdown in ship repair and building activities.”“Nakilat’s resilient financial performance, despite the current economic climate, is attributed to the prudence and effectiveness of our long-term business strategies. We are actively seeking out new business opportunities to grow our business portfolio and maximize returns for our shareholders,” Nakilat Managing Director Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti said.In the first half of the year the company reported a slight increase in its net profit to QAR 501 million from QAR 491 million seen in the first half of 2015.Earlier in 2016, Nakilat revealed its plans to pursue aggressive developments and growth strategies in the long term through acquisition of new business opportunities as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to collaborate in areas including marine export, credit insurance and financing.last_img read more

October trial date set for Akayed

first_imgAkayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this handout photo received 11 December 2017. ReutersA US federal judge on Tuesday set a 29 October trial date for Akayed Ullah, the Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December.At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, US District Judge Richard Sullivan rejected a request by Ullah’s lawyers for a December trial date. Sullivan could still grant a later request to reschedule the trial.Amy Gallicchio, one of Ullah’s lawyers, disclosed at the hearing that Ullah had recently been in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan but was moved out of it on Friday. She declined to comment further after the hearing.Ullah, 28, was arrested on 11 December after trying to detonate a pipe bomb secured to his body in a pedestrian tunnel in New York’s subway system, according to federal prosecutors. The tunnel is in a station in Manhattan’s Times Square that is connected to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is used by commuters from New York’s suburbs.Ullah was hospitalised for injuries suffered after the bomb ignited but failed to detonate as intended, while three other people suffered minor injuries, according to prosecutors.The charges against him include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. Ullah faces life in prison if convicted.Ullah told police officers after the blast that he “did it for the Islamic State,” according to a criminal complaint filed on 13 December Gallicchio said at Tuesday’s hearing that Ullah’s lawyers planned to file a motion to keep Ullah’s post-arrest statements out of the trial.Prosecutors said Ullah, who has lived in the United States since 2011, began his self-radicalization in 2014 when he started viewing pro-Islamic State materials online. Inside Ullah’s passport, which was recovered from his home, was a handwritten note that read: “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” according to the complaint.Monirul Islam, head of the Bangladesh police’s counterterrorism unit, told Reuters shortly after the attack in December, that his country had found no evidence linking Ullah to militants in his home country.last_img read more

How To See Mars At Its Brightest This Month

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /10:37 X center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonians who love observing the night sky can expect an exciting event later this month: Mars will be brighter than it’s been in 15 years. That’s because the Red Planet’s orbit will bring it to its closest point to Earth — a distance of 35.8 million miles.Mars will appear brightest July 27-July 30, with the planet’s closest approach occurring on July 31. It will reach its highest point around midnight — about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. Mars will be visible for much of the night.If you miss your chance to see it, the next Mars Close Approach is Oct. 6, 2020.In the audio above, James Wooten, the planetarium astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, joins Houston Matters to explain what to look for, and he answers listener questions about stargazing in general in Greater Houston. NASA/JPL-CaltechMars will be at its brightest in the night sky July 27-30.last_img read more

Threat Shuts Down School District Pay Parity Measure Gains Momentum And More

first_imgSupport for pay parity measure growsHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is holding town halls to try to convince voters that the city can’t afford Proposition B, a ballot measure that would tie firefighters’ pay to that of police. It’s turning into an uphill fight.Mayor Turner argues that full pay parity would cost Houston nearly $300 million, at a time when the city is wrestling with chronic deficits. But Turner is having a hard time getting voters to see this as anything other than attacking the firefighters. Monday, September 24, 2018 Share Threat shuts down Columbus ISDSchools in Columbus Independent School District will be closed Monday following a threat against the district on social media. Columbus ISD is 80 miles west of Houston. District officials did not release specific information about the reported threat made over the weekend. Students reportedly alerted parents about the post. center_img Online tool answers questions on school safety, provides strategies This year, Texas schools have ramped up efforts to keep students safe, especially since the school shooting in Santa Fe. A new measure from several advocacy groups tries to make sure those efforts don’t ignore students’ rights.Students may wonder if they can be questioned without their parent or guardian, if they can videotape police on their cell phone. And what happens if they get charged with a misdemeanor at school?These are all questions answered in the new online toolkit called “Make My School Safe” from Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights Texas and the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy at Texas Southern University.  3D gun advocate jailedEric Gay/APCody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas. A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The owner of a Texas company that sells plans for 3-D printed guns has been released from the Harris County jail on bond.U.S. Marshals say 30-year-old Cody Wilson was booked in the Harris County Jail over the weekend.Wilson reportedly fled to Taiwan after learning he was being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Austin.Taiwanese authorities arrested Wilson on Friday. last_img read more

Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated

first_imgA piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part was almost certainly recovered from missing flight MH370.Paris’ Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6.17 am local time (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion. A police escort will accompany the two-metre (6.5 foot) part on its journey by road to a defence ministry laboratory near the southwestern city of Toulouse. Also Read – Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen’s Aden, says MinisterExperts will begin their analysis on Wednesday, along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby.If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months. “I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. Also Read – Afghan peace deal: Trump meets top advisers to discuss progressThe Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board.Boeing said in a statement yesterday that it would send a technical team to France to study the plane debris at the request of civil aviation authorities.“Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened – and why,” the US aerospace giant added.last_img read more

WBCHSE allows students to inspect answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has introduced a new system through which students who have already appeared for their higher secondary examination can apply for self inspection of their answer scripts. A notification in this regard undersigned by the President of WBCHSE Mahua Das was shared in the website of the council. An online interface will be made available at the council website from July 5 through which the students can apply for self inspection of his answer scripts of the examination by filling up a prescribed format. The student will be able to keep track of the latest status of the his/ her application submitted. The council will make the scripts available and the students will be notified to pay a visit on a particular date. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the notification the interface for application will be kept open for a period of six months from the date of publication of results of the HS examination of a particular year. This year, the council has announced the Higher Secondary results on May 27. The candidate can also apply for photocopy of the answer script after self inspection to the examination section of the council. ” If a candidate is allowed to see his/ her own answer scripts then their confidence over the examination system of the Council will grow. The guardians will also be convinced of the scores of their wards,” said Parimal Bhattacharjee, headmaster of Jadavpur Vidyapith. However, the maintenance of the facilities may be a tough ask for the council if there are many applications for self inspection. In the existing process, a candidate has to seek RTI query for self inspection of their scripts. In review or scrutiny the candidates cannot self inspect the scripts.last_img read more