Category Archives: myunioioxncp

Clamping down: Wade, Heat stymie Cavaliers

by ,

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Love got hurt while committing a foul 1:22 into the game, taking an elbow from Heat center Jordan Mickey and getting a loose tooth in the process. Love returned to start the second quarter, then was ruled out after being evaluated again at halftime.Cleveland showed life in the third, getting within 13 late in the quarter and then having three shots to cut even more off Miami’s lead. But Miami was still up 75-59 going into the fourth, after Wade — moments after checking in for the first time in about an hour of real time — connected on a step-back jumper with 17 seconds left in the third.TIP-INSCavaliers: James has played in all 74 Cavs games, matching his total from last season. It was his first time playing at Miami since March 19, 2016. … Cleveland changed its starting lineup, with Jeff Green in for Larry Nance Jr. … Kyle Korver remained away from the team, one day after the funeral for his brother. Interim coach Larry Drew said Korver is expected back soon, though the team has not revealed if an exact comeback date has been determined.Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra was back with the team, two days after he and his wife Nikki’s first child — Santiago Ray Spoelstra — was born. … Miami was down two centers — Hassan Whiteside (left hip) remains out, and Bam Adebayo missed the game with a sprained ankle that the Heat think will be better in a few days.LONG BENCHIn three games against Miami this season, the Cavaliers used a total of 20 players. The only Cavs to play in all three meetings were James, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson.GO TIMEMiami’s next five games are all against teams well out of the playoff picture, with the next three of those games — against Chicago, Brooklyn and Atlanta — all at home. After road games at Atlanta and New York, the Heat then finish at home against Oklahoma City and Toronto.UP NEXT View comments Goran Dragic added 10 for the Heat, who could clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot by week’s end.James finished with 18 points for the Cavaliers, whose previous season low for points was 88. The Cavs are 1-13 this season when held under 100; they’re 43-17 when scoring more than 100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was the 865th consecutive regular-season game in which James scored at least 10 points, putting him one shy of tying Michael Jordan for the longest such streak in NBA history. James can tie the mark in Charlotte — against the Jordan-owned Hornets — on Wednesday.Rodney Hood added 15 for Cleveland, which lost Kevin Love at halftime to a loose tooth. He finished with only one point in seven minutes. Cavaliers: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.Heat: Host Chicago on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img 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 Historic night Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Miami. At left is Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9). (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)MIAMI — Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points, Dwyane Wade blocked a pair of shots by LeBron James as part of a stifling defensive effort by Miami, and the Heat had little trouble on the way to beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-79 on Tuesday night.Josh Richardson and James Johnson each scored 15 points for Miami, which led 54-34 at halftime and has won 10 of its last 11 home games. Wade finished with 12 against the team he spent part of this season with before getting traded back to Miami.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was Miami’s 14th consecutive home win over the Cavaliers, including a 4-0 mark when James plays in Miami since leaving the Heat after the 2014 NBA Finals.Wade blocked his close friend once in the second quarter, once more in the fourth, both times from behind — and finished with four of Miami’s nine blocks in the game.Cleveland came in averaging 31 points per quarter over its last five games, then managed only 34 in the first half against the Heat.They shot 30 percent in the half, just 9 percent — 1 for 11 — from the 3-point line and were an awful 9 for 22 inside the paint. James had 13 points, four assists and three rebounds by the break; the other four Cavs starters combined for seven points, two assists and four rebounds.It was great for Miami, ghastly for Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Another day, another episode in a crime- ridden state

by ,

first_imgDear Editor,It is another day, and another murderous assault has taken place on another citizen of this country. The media reported the spine chilling statistics of 32-gun crimes in 35 days of the year so far. These are the occurrences in an area of the seat of Government where that very same Government has promised to deal with crime and bring back safety and security to its citizens.Guyana is a far cry from the ideals of what that Government promised. Today crime is at an all-time high, with a Government that is clearly looking the other way, or one that pretends that these things are not happening.Another media report captioned “Guyana edging towards another crime wave”, this in referral to the crime wave that engulfed Guyana from 2002 to 2008. During that time, the PPP/C Administration was in office and much of the blame for that crime wave was laid upon it. The then Opposition — which included many of the Coalition members — levelled some of the most humiliating criticisms at the PPP/C; even calling for the resignation of Home Affairs Minister Mr Clement Rohee. That Coalition is now in Government, and the crime situation remains; in fact has escalated to an all-time high. So what has become of the Public Security Minister now? Is he asleep? And what of the Government? Have they forgotten their moral and legal obligation to this nation?Quite interestingly, and food for thought for the Coalition, is that although workers were brutally axed from their jobs without any means of sustenance in the foreseeable future, they are not the ones doing any of these brutal armed robberies. Further proof also is that armed robberies are not a statistic that is mentioned in the constituency of the dispossessed sugar workers. Armed robberies and murder continue to be a prominent feature, as well as the way of life of the constituents of the PNC-led Coalition. It is a horrible disgrace on their part. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

House Aims to be “People-centered”

by ,

first_imgDeputy House Speaker Prince Moye says the House of Representatives is undergoing a re-branding process to make it more people-centered and transparent.He added that the re-branding project, which is a crucial part of the Legislative Agenda of the 54th Legislature, is geared towards building public trust and transparency.“The process will mandate all lawmakers to constructively engage their constituents and always to get their views before the passage of a bill.  This is necessary to get the people involved in the decision-making process of their country, which was not happening before. We are employed by the people, so they should have a say in every bill passed.“Also, we will ensure that participants have access to legislative information, attend committees’ hearing and work with them to draft legislations,” Deputy Speaker Moye said.He made the disclosure when he served as a guest speaker at the second Youth Legislative Policy Dialogue (YLPD) last week under the theme: “Making the Legislature More People-Centered” at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Hall, under the sponsorship of Naymote Partners for Democratic Development.The YLDP is designed to improve young people’s understanding on the workings of the Liberian legislature, advance the culture of legislative openness and empower young people to ensure effective legislative monitoring and advocacy.The event brought together 50 youth and student leaders from across five counties, including Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong and Nimba, representing the Young Political Leadership School, Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, Young African Leaders Initiative-Liberia Chapter, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), and the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA). Deputy Speaker Moye added that the re-branding will also include putting committee hearing reports in the public domain. “The time for people to say we are not working is over. We are working but since the necessary information has not been made available, people have no choice but to believe in the speculation that others are not working,” he added.“We know that the dissemination of complete legislative information promotes transparency, so we will do all we can to keep the public informed,” he noted.In a brief remark, NAYMOTE’s Executive Director Eddie Jarwolo said the institution is building improved legislative and youth engagements, realizing that the legislature has constitutional responsibilities to enact legislation, represent citizens’ interests and oversee executive policy implementation.“If those responsibilities are managed well they will ensure improved governance in Liberia. Also, we plan to set up a legislative internship program, establish a youth legislative body which will create opportunities for young people to learn about the legislature, how laws are made and support the various legislative committees,” he said.The YLDP program is part of the National Endowment for Democracy support towards the project “Enhancing Youth Civic Engagements in Post-Elections Liberia.” The overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of young people to conduct legislative advocacy.Other speakers at the YLDP program included representatives Larry P. Yanquoi, Matthew G. Zarzar, Rustonlyn S. Dennis, and Moima Briggs of Nimba, Sinoe, Montserrado and Bong counties, respectively.Also in attendance was Margibi County Senator Jim Tornonlah. They discussed the topic: “Ensuring Effective Legislative Representation and Engagement (Building Strong Legislative and Constituent Relationship),” and also presented their individual district legislative agendas, as well as engagements with their constituencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Deputy Speaker Prince Moye – Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt to transfer US$18M bonus to Consolidated Fund

by ,

first_imgOil bonus scandal– but only when Guyana goes to ICJ over border controversyBy Jarryl BryanIn the wake of heated debate and criticism regarding Government secretly collecting and banking a US$18 million bonus from oil company ExxonMobil, Finance Minister Winston Jordan is assuring that the money would eventually be relocated to the Consolidated Fund.When news of the signing bonus first broke, Government had claimed that the money would be used for legal fees to settle Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela. Confronted by the media on Thursday, Jordan said that while the money would eventually be transferred, this would only be done when Guyana actually has to go to court.“The money is temporarily in an account at the Bank of Guyana and by the way, it’s earning interest. When the activity has been activated, that is, if we are going to the Court, the monies will be transferred to the Consolidated Fund. I will go to the Parliament to seek a supplementary budget for the exact sum to pay the lawyers and so forth,” Jordan told reporters.While serious concerns were raised about the transaction possibly violating the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMA) Act, Jordan dismissed those concerns. The Minister said that if this was so, then there were a number of accounts which also violate the Act. He gave one such example as the Lotto Fund.“Let’s go to the Lotto Fund, for example. We get 24 per cent from the proceeds of Lotto, isn’t that supposed to go exactly into the Consolidated Fund? But instead, it goes to the Lotto Fund and expenses are expended out of the Lotto Fund and at the end of the year, you transfer whatever is the balance to the Consolidated Fund,” Jordan related.He maintained that like this fund, the Government determined on its own what to do with the signing bonus. The law says that with a few exceptions, money received by Guyana must be paid into a Consolidated Fund. Informed that the Auditor General would be launching an investigation into the transaction, Jordan professed to welcome this move.Guyana, in the throes of a controversy with Venezuela, is expected to have its matter referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if a resolution is not reached with Venezuela by this year-end.There have been specific actions which have led to this drive to seek a final resolution. These include Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro issuing a decree purporting to extend the Spanish-speaking country’s boundary into offshore Essequibo and incidents between the Venezuelan military and Guyanese.Signing bonusGuyana, which had a longstanding agreement with ExxonMobil, renegotiated that agreement after the company’s 2015 oil find in the Stabroek block. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs had been discovered at its Liza 1 exploration well.Included in the new agreement was a two per cent royalty rate, an increase of one per cent. But Government had repeatedly pleaded ignorance to reports that it received a US$20 million signing bonus from Exxon. These reports gained traction after the bonus was exposed by Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram.Evidence of the shady transaction came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject line: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, has requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”The missive also listed the signatories to the account: Hector Butts, Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Louise Bouyea, Deputy Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Jawahar Persaud, Accountant General (Acting) at the Finance Ministry; and Jennifer Chapman, Deputy Accountant General at the Finance Ministry. The letter was also copied to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Condemnation has already flowed in from the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) and from Ram himself. The Government has been slammed for being given the opportunity to, but refusing to come clean on several occasions.After the fact, both Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and President David Granger defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to defend Guyana’s sovereignty in the legal process.last_img read more

Pregnant woman loses baby

by ,

first_imgHit-and-run accident…suspect in custodyThe pregnant woman who was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital during the wee hours of Friday following a hit-and-run accident has suffered a miscarriage.The injured Natasia SmarttThe woman, who was four months pregnant, also sustained broken legs, as well as loss of elasticity in her arms and possible brain damage.Family members of the distraught 31-year old woman, Natasia Smartt, of Lot 8909 Critchlow Street, Tucville, Georgetown, on Monday told Guyana Times that a report of the accident was made on Sunday at the East La Penitence Police Station, where they learnt that someone had confessed to the act.Smartt’s sister, Natalia McKenzie, said that the family was told that a man turned himself in and was also said to be the person who called for an ambulance following the incident.A senior Police official confirmed to this newspaper that the 37-year-old suspect of Tucville, Georgetown was the driver of the motor car that struck the woman on Jackson Street, Tucville at 03:30h.The Police official said that he was expected to be charged shortly, since he was given a breathalyser test which indicated that he was above the legal limit. Investigations into the case are ongoing, given that Smartt is still hospitalised, the official revealed.McKenzie said that the family was told that the driver said he did not see the woman. She said too that her sister, upon regaining consciousness, told her relatives a blue car had hit her. The relative who made the report said that he saw a blue car at another Police Outpost which looked damaged.Smartt’s family was initially of the opinion that her injuries were inflicted by someone with whom she had a dispute.Smartt, who is the mother of a seven-year-old child, resigned from her job as a security guard after she found out she was pregnant.last_img read more

Musa Mohammed terminates Tirana contract

by ,

first_img“Yes, I have made the decision to terminate my contract because of several issues, some personal, some monetary. It has been an eye opening experience here and I will now focus on other challenges,” Mohammed told Capital Sport.Mohammed adds on to the count of Kenyan players who have struggled to make their presence felt in Albania with the likes of Moses Arita, James Situma and Francis Kahata also having travelled the same road.However, compatriot Kenneth Muguna will still remain at the club.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Musa Mohammed joined Tirana in January from Gor Mahia. PHOTO/KF TiranaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Former Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed has terminated his contract with Albanian second tier side KF Tirana barely four months after joining the side.Mohammed who spent close to nine seasons at Gor made a decision to join his former coach Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ in Albania, but things have not gone as expected.last_img read more

Termon GAA: Sadness and celebration, all in a week in the life of a club

by ,

first_imgThe great wheel of life continued on its perpetual journey in our parish, and last week we had occasion to mourn and to celebrate.The first secretary of this Club in 1963, Paddy Friel, was laid to rest in Termon on Wednesday.Paddy was appointed as Paddy Cooney’s private secretary in 1979. He later worked in the Public Records Office at the Four Courts in Dublin where he was renowned for his great memory. After his retirement, Paddy returned to live with his sister Nellie Strain at Drumdeevan.He followed the fortunes of Termon GAA over the years and his proudest moment was when he raised the All Ireland senior Ladies Club trophy., Doloress Tyrrell memorial cup, in 2014. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.Many congratulations to senior ladies’ player Sharon McLaughlin who married Darren McCourt on Thursday last. We wish them many happy years together. Congratulations also to Anthony McGrenra, senior men’s player, and to Catherine, on the birth of their baby son Neil Patrick, also on Thursday last.New Year, new jackpot of €1,000 at this Friday night’s bingo at 9pm at An Craoibhín, and with €2,600 in prizes, it should be a great night out. Single books are only €10 and double books just €15. This week’s lotto takes place in Wilkin’s Church Hill, with Don Gallagher and Benny Gallagher co-ordinating. The jackpot now stands at €3,050.All our young players are invited to this year’s minor board presentation evening, at 6pm in An Craoibhín on Saturday 7th January. It is always a great event, when we look back on the fun filled year our 6-18 year old boys and girls have enjoyed.Termon GAA: Sadness and celebration, all in a week in the life of a club was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

A player born in 2003 made his debut for Fulham against Millwall

by ,

first_img RANKED “I don’t know if I can in English use a wrong word but he is arrogant and positive. This kid shows the personality, like he says ‘I want to show you I am a very good player; I want to show you’.“I say, ‘Okay, if you can show me I give you this opportunity’. A huge gap is ahead of him for improvement and to grow up and to be part of this profession.” 2 The attacking midfielder received a fantastic ovation from the travelling fans, who taunted Millwall with chants of ‘He’s only 15’.Elliott, an England Under-15 star, goes to Coombe school which backs onto Fulham’s training ground at Motspur Park.He beats the record previously held by Leicester’s Ashley Chambers, who was 15 years and 203 days old when he played against Blackpool in 2005. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF Elliott had school on Wednesday morning silverware impact Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 GETTY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Fulham starlet Harvey Elliott was studying for his GCSEs yesterday afternoon, before making his professional debut in the Carabao Cup against Millwall.He became the youngest player to appear in English football at just 15 years and 174 days when he came on as an 81st-minute substitute in the 3-1 victory at The Den. ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Elliott came on in the last ten minutes Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: “He is definitely a talented kid. At the end he showed some of the quality. We believe in opportunities to test at the senior level.“He moved the ball with quality and showed some speed. It’s a great opportunity for him. We believe the future can be bright ahead of him. (But) he must be at school (on Wednesday) morning.“He had some exams (earlier on Tuesday). He didn’t know (he had a chance of being involved) I didn’t want to put him in any trouble. I gave him the opportunity to test himself at this level.last_img read more

Poor phone coverage in Malin Beg to be rectified within days

by ,

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has said ongoings issues with poor phone coverage in a south Donegal village should be rectified within days. Concern has been raised locally in Malin Beg over the continuous lack of signal strength in the area, with Community First Responders prohibited from being contacted in the area due to the lack of coverage.However, Cllr Niamh Kennedy said funding had been granted and workers would be addressing the issue imminently. She told Donegal Daily: “This has been going on for years now, which is far too long, and you can understand why people in the community are so upset over this issue.“Funding has been sought and granted and the (Donegal County) Council have granted permission for them to carry out the work and a contractor has been appointed.“It should take two or three days for the work to be completed and we are just waiting for them to arrive any day now.“They are going to erect the mast in the old school and that should finally sort the problem. “I am just waiting on an actual date from the council and I have been working on this for such a long time, so I will be happy for the people of Malin Beg to get this long-overdue work completed.“And it is first of its kind in the country, the way we are doing it, where the local community, a local councillor, local authority and government department are all getting involved.”Meanwhile, funding had been granted to the local community recently for extra defibrillators, but Cllr Kennedy said they were of no use if the emergency services or first responders could not be reached.She continued: “It is a huge concern for the area (that emergency services cannot be contacted) and it would have been one of the presentations that Donegal County Council would have made to the Department of Communication in regards to Malin Beg.“We had a situation where the doctor refused to come into the area because they couldn’t be contacted so the patient would need to go to the local surgery rather than the doctor coming out. “And it is the same with the Silver Strand beach,” she added. “If anything was to happen, it is 200 steps down to the beach and there is simply no coverage.“It was getting that bad that there was a consideration in the area to get a phone box because people didn’t want to be annoying people in their homes if something did happen.“But it is definitely on the way and the community should be assured of that after an awfully long wait.”Poor phone coverage in Malin Beg to be rectified within days was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Twist of the Wrist: Dino-Bird Magic

by ,

first_imgThe hand of the evolutionist is quicker than the eye of the reporter.Some Chilean evolutionists morphed a dinosaur into a bird with a flick of the wrist, and the news media instantly applauded the magic trick:Resolving the flap over bird wrists (Robin Meadows in PLoS Biology)Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings (Stephanie Pappas in Live Science)How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings (Science Daily and PhysOrg)Bird wrists look nothing like dinosaur wrists.  This is apparent from the evolutionists’ paper in PLoS Biology.  Robin Meadows (a freelance writer in California) knows it, too, in her first paragraph from her summary article in PLoS Biology, but she is convinced the Chilean evolutionists have solved it:Somewhere along the way from early dinosaurs to birds, wrists changed so much that we could be excused for thinking birds don’t even have them. Wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. Underlying this change is a drop in the number of wrist bones from nine to just four. Paleontology and embryology tell different stories about how this happened, however. Now, in this issue of PLOS Biology, Alexander Vargas and colleagues resolve this flap, drawing on both fields to clarify the identity and evolution of bird wrist bones.Does she give any reason to trust the new story over the other “different stories” we heard before?  She recounts, bone by bone, how the evolutionists relabeled, rotated and merged each element of the wrist to give wings to dinosaurs, in spite of the fact that embryologists and paleontologists often disagree on identification.  For instance:Next up is a bone of even greater contention. Some paleontologists call the third bird wrist bone—which is on top and away from the body—“distal carpal 3.” But embryologists believe the third bone is entirely new. They call it “element x” and view it as taking the place of a bone called the ulnare that is lost in bird development.It is true that the ulnare is fleeting in embryonic birds and is gone completely in adults. But the researchers found that the ulnare and “element x” coexist briefly in embryos of seven bird species, and that the embryonic position of the latter corresponds with that of “distal carpal 3.” These findings refute the notion that “element x” is a new bone that replaces the ulnare. Rather, the researchers suggest that embryologists join paleontologists once again and use the term “distal carpal 3” for the third bird wrist bone.However, paleontologists didn’t win this round completely; they believe bird-like dinosaurs still had the bone that disappears in birds. But the researchers’ re-examination of the fossil evidence showed that the ulnare had actually already been lost in the most bird-like dinosaurs, further strengthening the dinosaur–bird link.The embryologists win a few and lose a few; same for the paleontologists.  Meadows seems mostly impressed by the team’s integration of evidence from embryology and paleontology to “tell the whole story of evolution.”  That whole story, though, requires going against the evidence in some cases, and inventing sequences that are not evident:Paleontologists can be somewhat forgiven for their mistake, however, because the pisiform is not evident in fossils of the most bird-like dinosaurs. The researchers square the paleontological and developmental evidence by proposing that the pisiform was either tiny or failed to ossify in bird-like dinosaurs, but was then re-acquired in birds. Such evolutionary reversals are rare but not unprecedented.It appears that the Chilean team has merely replaced previous stories with stories of their own.  Science Daily spoke of this “exciting new study” that clarifies a “striking evolutionary transformation change” between T. rex and parakeet.  “Combined, the fossil and developmental data provide a compelling scenario for a rare case of evolutionary reversal,” the article says, leaving for someone else to figure out the origin of powered flight.Vargas and team will now turn their storytelling skill on bird ankles, Live Science says:“They, too, have controversial issues regarding the identity of the wrist and ankle bones,” Vargas said. “They seem to be like little puzzles, like a mosaic of bone in there, and they’re actually not that easy to identify.”The evolutionists admit that the “correspondence between bird and dinosaur wrist bones is controversial.”  To resolve it, they took liberties to re-classify bones and move them around in space and time: “This integrative approach resolves previous disparities that have challenged the support for the dinosaur–bird link and reveals previously undetected processes, including loss, fusion, and in one case, re-evolution of a transiently lost bone.”So now we have a new sub-plot to add to the grand tale: “During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying” (Science Daily).In other dinosaur-to-bird news, the new tale is that the transition was gradual, then took off suddenly.  National Geographic, PhysOrg and Live Science dished out the view of Stephen Brusatte, who said, “Once the whole body plan finally came together, then something was unlocked and they started evolving really fast.”  The way Live Science put it, evolution was “piecemeal,” leaving no single missing link between the two groups.  “It’s basically impossible to draw a line on the tree between dinosaurs and birds,” he said, repeating his story plot in different words: “something was unlocked, and [birds] began to evolve at a supercharged rate.”  Evolution is apparently gradual except when it’s not (see Stuff Happens Law).None of the articles dealt with the physical problems of evolving powered flight, except that in the Live Science article, Brusatte said, “What probably distinguishes birds is the ability to have powered flight.”  The articles mention wishbones, feathers, and wings apparent in various fossils, but the parts alone do not explain how the physical requirements of flight could be met by an unguided process.  Creation speaker Jonathan Sarfati likes to point out that a 747 consists of 5 million non-flying parts.There’s a hint of Haeckel in the wrist story.  They looked into the crystal ball of bird embryos for hints of the story of bird evolution.  The recapitulation theory refuses to die.Evolutionists have a bad habit of hiding their theory in hand-waving verbs that assume evolution: “wrists went” from straight to bent.   Dinosaur arms “turned” into bird wings.  Their verbs are very permissive: the changes “allowed” birds to fold their wings.  Tell us, Dr. Vargas, all the beneficial mutations that occurred to “allow” the stubby arm of a T. rex to become the wrist of a dove, with its smooth, sleek, feather-covered wings neatly folded by its sides.  We will “allow” you to use rational arguments with empirical evidence, but will “disallow” storytelling and imagination.  Without these primary tools of Darwinism, could you do it?  We will also “allow” you to evolve wings out of your wrists.  Are we to expect flying humans in a few million years?  Now watch Flight: The Genius of Birds. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more