A middle way on Tibet

first_imgIt is not unusual for Harvard to host a head of state. During one recent week, there were five on campus in five days.But it is unusual for Harvard to host the leader of a government in exile, as in Tuesday’s tightly guarded Tsai Auditorium lecture by Lobsang Sangay, LL.M. ’95, S.J.D. ’04. The 44-year-old Harvard Law School graduate is sikyong, or prime minister, of the Central Tibetan Administration, the government in exile’s top political official.The late afternoon talk was his first in the United States as a head of government and his first in a university setting. “It feels more like a reunion,” he said, “than giving any formal kind of speech.”Before the election in April 2011, Sangay worked at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program. He was the first Tibetan — there are 6 million — to earn the doctor of juridical science (S.J.D.) degree, the Law School’s most advanced degree. After the election, he became the first Tibetan prime minister to hold primary political authority. In May 2011, the 14th Dalai Lama officially transferred such authority to the elected leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration.To set up a democratic government in exile “has been his long-cherished goal,” said Sangay of Tibet’s revered Buddhist leader. After the transfer, Sangay added, the Dalai Lama enjoyed nine hours of dreamless sleep.“It is striking to imagine” such a structure, said Sangay’s Law School mentor Henry J. Steiner: a government in exile that was a theocracy and that now embraces the ideal of a secular, democratic state. Steiner, an authority on human rights and international law, is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus. He was Sangay’s dissertation adviser.The government in exile is in Dharamshala, a mountainous city in northern India. Thousands of refugees settled there after the failed uprising by Tibetans against China in 1959 — so many that the city is called “Little Lhasa,” named after Tibet’s traditional capital.“It runs like any government,” said Sangay of his administration, which has a parliament, a court system, and seven cabinetlike departments. It employs 1,000 civil servants, runs more than 60 schools, and oversees a diaspora of about 1.8 million in 70 settlements throughout India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The government in exile has foreign missions too, though it is not formally recognized by any nation.A sturdy, handsome man, Sangay displayed a knack for incisive, fine-tuned arguments during his talk. But he started by inviting everyone in the audience to Dharamshala, with its clean streets and pure mountain air. He included a warning though. The city on the threshold of the Himalayas is so cold in the winter that it can be warmer outside a house than inside.Sangay’s main task is to warm the Chinese government to the idea of resuming talks on the future of Tibet. In the past decade, the government in exile had nine rounds of talks with Chinese officials. The last round came in January 2010. The stalled talks became so frustrating that two main envoys resigned this May.At issue is the status of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, a place so heavily guarded and constrained politically, said Sangay, that there are “more surveillance cameras than windows.” He said there are no foreign journalists allowed in, there are police checkpoints at every 20 meters, and protest is often met with arrest, torture, and disappearances. Since March 2011, he said, 54 protesters have set themselves afire, and 43 have died. All this, he said, “reflects how desperate Tibetans are.”The desperation has an economic side too, said Sangay. Seventy percent of private enterprise in Tibet is owned or managed by the Chinese; half of Communist Party members are Chinese; 40 percent of educated Tibetans are unemployed. There is a toll on the environment too, he said, including excessive damming projects. There is also a cultural cost to Tibetans, said Sangay, including in schools, where he said the required “medium of instruction” is Chinese.Officially, Tibet’s government in exile does not support any form of protest inside Tibet. “But once it takes place,” said Sangay, “it becomes our sacred duty to support the aspirations” that protesters have. There are two main aspirations, he said: the return of the Dalai Lama to his homeland and freedom for Tibet.“It’s quite difficult at the moment,” said Sangay of conditions within Tibet and of the rising pressure since talks stalled. But he still hopes that his government will win China over with its “Middle-Way Approach,” which includes dialogue backed by a promise of nonviolence. “We can solve this problem through dialogue,” said Sangay.His government has no ambitions beyond being a peaceful enclave within a larger nation, he added, using the French-speaking province of Quebec in Canada as an example. “If genuine autonomy is granted, then people choose to remain within.”It’s not as if Tibet is a military threat, said Sangay, who imagined how well a nation of 6 million would fare against mighty China, with 1.3 billion people and a huge standing army.Reopening talks would be to China’s advantage, Sangay argued. “We all know China is rising” and spending billions on soft-power initiatives to create a narrative of a regime focused on peace and prosperity. “The counter-narrative is Tibet,” a flashpoint of violence and friction that he said tarnishes China’s reputation. “You would like to be seen as good human beings,” said Sangay in a rhetorical address to the Chinese. “But what is happening in Tibet negates all that.”There are precedents for what the government in exile wants, he said. China has made political concessions in Hong Kong, Macau, and even Taiwan. “They have the political will,” said Sangay of Chinese leaders, so why not for Tibet as well?There are no constitutional, political, or cultural impediments to solving the issue, he said, but there may be “an ethnic or racial factor” impeding progress.Part of the answer to the deadlock may come in November, said Sangay, when the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China meets in Beijing. Seven out of its top nine leaders will retire, and younger leaders will emerge. “I remain hopeful that this new Chinese leadership will bring new perspective,” said Sangay, and that by next year serious talks can begin.After the lecture, there was nearly an hour for questions, all of them polite and some of them pointed, about territorial boundaries, protest, Indian sponsorship, Hong Kong parallels, Chinese tourism in Tibet, and economic advances in Tibet since 1959.Sangay conceded that there were more roads in Tibet, more electrical power, and new housing, but he said the Chinese benefit more than Tibetans do.Besides, there is a more fundamental issue than infrastructure, he said. “You don’t exchange power, roads, and toilets for freedom.” There is the issue of a fundamental attitude as well. “Tibetan people’s will is very strong,” said Sangay, and has lasted three generations to become “stronger than before. … The Tibetan issue will not fade away.”In the end, resolving conflict in Tibet is up to the Chinese, said Sangay. “It’s a simple issue, if they want to solve it.”last_img read more

Taylor becomes first Nevada driver to win Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout feature

first_imgWade Taylor led start to finish in winning the Friday Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout feature at Willamette Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. (June 30) – Round seven of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout saw a sixth different feature winner.Wade Taylor became the first Nevada driver to win a series event and put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot as well Friday at Willamette Speedway.Taylor drew the pole and had the field covered from the start of the 35-lap main event. He took the $1,000 checkers ahead of Jesse Williamson and Bricen James.Cory Sample and John Campos rounded out the top five.Taylor is the 19th different driver to win a tour feature and the sixth different winner in series his­tory at Willamette.Feature results – 1. 8-Wade Taylor; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. Bricen James; 4. Cory Sample; 5. John Campos; 6. Ethan Dotson; 7. Alex Stanford; 8. Collen Winebarger; 9. Brian Thompson; 10. Kellen Chadwick; 11. Lawrence O’Connor; 12. Nick Trenchard; 13. Grey Ferrando; 14. Brad Mar­tin; 15. Shaun Mayea; 16. Mark Wauge; 17. D.J. Shannon; 18. Preston Luckman; 19. Dustin Cady; 20. Brett James.last_img read more

Guide to purchasing a yacht in Thailand – Part 5

first_imgYacht SurveyorsThe way to find the best surveyor in your area is to ask people who know and are willing to give you an honest answer.  Insurance agents, company claim offices and yard managers are in a good position to know which surveyors know their business.  If you want a good surveyor, choose your surveyor carefully.The next most important consideration is to make sure that the surveyor has adequate time to do his job, along with good working conditions.  The surveyor can’t do a good job if he’s being hustled by a seller.  Nor can he do a good job if too many people are present on the boat.  As the buyer, you should accompany the surveyor so that you’re available to see things first hand.  Sea trials should be conducted in open water not restricted waterways.  A brief run up a river or the Intracoastal, interspersed with no wake zones won’t do.  If weather conditions don’t permit an open water run, be prepared to reschedule another day.  It’s extremely important to give the vessel a good run. After the survey, avoid letting a broker rush your decision.  They all say that if you don’t sign today, they got someone who will tomorrow.  It’s the oldest con in the book.  Surveyors need time to consider their findings, and the survey is not really finished until he has written his report.  Most surveyors get their reports done in a day or two, so give him adequate time to finish his job.Purchase AgreementsMake sure that your purchase agreement allows you to cancel the deal if the vessel does not meet your standards.  Include a stipulation that the sea trial must be conducted in open water for a minimum of two hours.If the seller warrants that he will repair any defects, make sure that you get that in writing, preferably with a maximum dollar amount attached.  It is not wise to allow the seller to repair deficiencies himself.  The reason should be obvious, but many buyers overlook the possibility that the repairs that the seller makes may not be satisfactory.  Indeed, they often aren’t.  The best procedure is to negotiate a dollar reduction to the sales price and make the repairs yourself, even if there is an element of uncertainty as to cost.  Of course you should get cost estimates on deficiencies, and better still a contract price.If you can’t get away from the seller making repairs, at least stipulate in the contract that the repair firm must be mutually agreeable to both buyer and seller.  What you’re looking to avoid is the shade-tree mechanic who doesn’t do the job right.Remember that the broker represents the seller, not you, the buyer.  If you want to believe their representations, make them put it in writing.  That way you have a contract, not just a sales pitch.Concluding the DealDon’t be too quick to condemn an otherwise good boat that has a major problem such as a bad engine.  If you’ve done your homework and have researched more than just a few boats, you know what is available and at what price.  The old saying that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t applies.  If you can get serious defects repaired well within economic range, you’ll probably end up with a better boat than the next one you look at.  The reason is simple: if the problem has manifested, it has become known.  When you’re looking at boats of comparable age, chances are those boats are also well on the way to having similar problems.  Therefore, the more problems that can be discovered and repaired, the better off you’ll be.In Summary:Make quality a major consideration. Don’t try to get the largest vessel that your budget will allow. Better to take a step down in size and a step up in quality.If size is a major consideration, seriously consider used versus new as a means of staying within your budget.Look beyond glamorous interiors, luxurious upholstery and racy designs: the beauty may only be skin deep.Calculate the full cost of ownership, including depreciation, interest, insurance, dockage, fuel and repairs. Figure maintenance as an annual percentage over the period of ownership.Once you’ve decided on several possibilities, take a tour of a marina or boat yard and see how the products of those builders hold up over the years. Talk to their owners and see what they have to say.Consult a surveyor before you buy. Most surveyors will be glad to help you make a choice.Take the time to find the best surveyor in your area.Make your purchase decision only after you’ve read the survey report.Consider the advantage of getting major machinery or parts overhauled or replaced based on a reduction in price.Now I know what to buy, What next?Now that you have chosen your boat, there are still two major options.  The first, buying your boat overseas or a new boat and having it imported and the other is buying a boat that is already local in Thailand.  Let’s take a look at both scenarios.Import your boat:It’s ‘easy’ when you know how but persons intending to import and/or register a boat in Thailand are advised to seek competent professional advice.A pleasure yacht (power or sail) can be imported into Thailand with Customs Duty at zero percent.  The only tax applicable is VAT, currently set at 7%.  VAT will be calculated on the CIF value (Cost + Insurance + Freight) of the boat.For the purpose of calculating VAT, the boat is valued at its purchase price.  However, the Customs Officer must agree that value stated is a fair market price.  If the Customs Officer believes the stated value is too low, he will research the price on www.yachtworld.com and may reject the importer’s own valuation, even if backed by a Bill of Sale/invoice/receipt etc.The above applies to both new and pre-owned boats.  In the latter case, there is room for negotiation on value depending on the boat’s condition.Procedures, and the documentation required, are complicated.  Employing a professional agency such as Gulf Charters Thailand will remove a lot of the frustration.Buying local:When transferring registration of a Thai registered boat, the Harbour department charges a stamp duty of 0.5% of the purchase price to make the transfer.  He or she will also need a valid address in Thailand to reference in the yacht registration book.The immigration office facilitates this by issuing a letter stating that you have provided them with proof of a residential address.  To do this you need to attend a brief meeting with the immigration office and provide them with such proof, a lease or the like in your name.  You will also require a passport photo and a copy of your passport showing the data page, the page showing your current visa and the a copy of the arrival card.Please note that this letter is only valid for the duration of your visa, if you do not have sufficient time left on your visa  for the registration transfer to take place (minimum two weeks) you may be required to provide a new valid letter to the Harbour department before they will issue the registration book.After having received all documents complete, the Harbor Department will issue an official number to be clearly displayed on the left and right sides of the hull.  Photographs of the vessel with the official Harbor Department number (2 photographs each on the left, on the right and the front) must be submitted to the Harbor Department who will then make a final detailed inspection and issue official registration papers and a permit to operate the vessel in Thai waters.  If all documentation is correct, it will take 3 – 5 days.For more information and advice about purchasing a new or used yacht/pleasure boat in Thailand, contact Gulf Charters on Tel. 038 237 752.last_img read more

A little R & R before the Leafs resume play in the KIJHL with a road swing to the south Okanagan

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs are taking advantage of some well-deserved rest after playing its league tying 12th game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Sunday in Spokane.Nelson is one of two KIJHL teams — the other being defending league champion Osoyoos Coyotes — to play a dozen games this early in the campaign — with the Leafs sporting an impressive 5-2-0-1 at home.“We’re happy to finally get some rest and get back on the ice to practice,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida of the early-season grind that has seen Nelson play three, three-game, weekends.“We’ll be focusing on time and space, taking time and space away from teams and being a little more aggressive on the puck,” Maida added.After assuming control of the helm on the Good Ship Leaf in August, Maida didn’t know what to expect this season.But he definitely likes what he sees as Nelson continues to hold down top spot in the always competitive Murdoch Division.“I’d say I’m very happy with our play,” Maida confessed. “If you had told me in August that after 12 games we’d have our record (to date) I would have been very happy.”“But we still have some fine tuning to do to get some consistency in our game,” he added. The addition of Jonathan Petrash has solidified the Leaf defensive core.So now that Nelson native Blake Arcuri is cleared to play, the defence should only get better in front of goalies Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe.“(Blake) has been out for eight to ten months and has only been cleared for contact a week ago so we don’t want to rush him back,” Maida said.Arcuri saw his first action last week against Grand Forks, but was held out of the Kimberley game before returning Sunday in Spokane.“Blake looked good and his timing and conditioning will only get better with more game situations,” Maida said.Maida said winger Max Mois most likely would be back in the lineup when Nelson travels to the South Okanagan for games Friday in Summerland and Saturday in Penticton against the Lakers.Mois has been resting an upper body injury and missed the past few games.However, the news is not as good for 6’1”, 195-pound Dustin Reimer.The Vanderhoof product has been limited to one game after suffering an upper body injury during the season opener in Castlegar.OVERTIME: Summerland, 4-6, is fourth in the Okanagan Division while Penticton, 6-2, is second. The Steam are led offensively by hometown 20-year-old Colin Minardi, with 12 points in 10 games. . . . Penticton possesses a balanced scoring attack with seven players within the lead in team scoring nine points of Sean Alldridge. . . .In contrast Nelson scoring leader Matti Jmaeff has 20 points — 3G, 17A — in 12 games with Patrick Martens and Brett Norman two points behind. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida said both Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe will see action between the pipes this [email protected]last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DAMIEN CLEARY SUPERB AS AODH RUADH DEFEAT NAOMH BRID

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News: FootballAodh Ruadh extended their unbeaten run to three games with a convincing 1-10 to 0-7 win over Naomh Bríd in Father Tierney Park on Sunday afternoon. A professional display from Ballyshannon in trying conditions saw the side cement their place at second in the division three table.The homesters got another solid 60 minutes from Diarmaid McInerney, while Colm Kelly will be very pleased with his 1-2 haul and overall contribution.Damien Cleary was superb again and his pass to pick out the dangerous Philip Patton for a point in the first half was one of the moments of the game. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.The reserves got down to business with a comprehensive 4-12 to 1-4 win against their nearest rivals in division three on a dire afternoon at the Park. Naomh Bríd were well contained while Ballyshannon scored heavily, Anthony Coughlin top scoring with 2-2. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Oísin Roper who had a tremendous game when he game in at half back, Eddie Lynch who got some crucial scores in the first half, and Niall Thomas who had a solid game in midfield. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh aren’t scheduled for another game until Saturday 30th May when we are set to travel to Downings. The reserve games throws in at 6pm, and is followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.Aodh Ruadh under 16s face Killybegs in the Southern Minor Board divisional semi-final this Tuesday May 12th at 7pm in Father Tierney Park. This is a big game for the team so we’d like to see a big support in the Park for the lads.The under 14s travel to Killybegs this Wednesday for their last away game of the league stages. As many parents as possible should come along to ensure we have lifts for all the players. Assemble at the park for 5.15pm, departing at 5.30pm. Throw-in at Fintra is 7pm.The under 12s took part in a blitz in Father Tierney Park on Saturday, with teams from Melvin Gaels, Killybegs and Glencar / Manorhamilton also taking part. The weather was superb for the day and contributed to some great football played by all sides. Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the catering on the day and provided another great spread. Thanks also to all our match officials on the day. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Under 10 and under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. HurlingThe under 14s had a very convincing win over Letterkenny Gaels in Letterkenny on Thursday last. The lads started the game in a determined fashion and kept it up for the full hour. This was the lads second win of the campaign. They play their final league game this Thursday at home against a very strong Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair team, throw in 7pm, all support welcome.The minors have qualified for the Minor A final where they will play their old rivals Buncrana, date and venue TBC.The under 8s and under 10s are continuing to train in big numbers every week and they have their first all-county blitz in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy on Sunday 24th May. The blitzes will be held there every month up to September. Dates scheduled are June 21st, July 19th, August 30th and September 27th. We have the report and images from the Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes Tournament live on aodhruadh.org now.Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.Club kitWe now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34,  36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.Team shot projectOur club photographers have a project under way. We want to get a picture of every team in the club over the course of 2015. This will then be printed and displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Over the years we hope to build a wall of memories which draws in every strand of the club which competes on the field of play. Over the coming months we want to fill the blanks on this year’s poster. Where we don’t have team shots we ask managers to touch base with Brian Drummond and identify a fixture when a team shot can be taken.Mental Health TalkFour Masters are hosting a free talk on supporting young people’s mental health on Thursday 21st May. The event commences at 8pm in the Abbey Hotel and parents and managers welcome.Abbey Centre BingoWinner of the €400 jackpot last Friday night was Deirdre Clarke of Ballyshannon. Bingo continues as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. The summer snowball is now €250 on 48 numbers or less. Look out for the new spot prize on 42 this week!Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,600. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 2, 6, 8, 11 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Mary Duggan, Cornhill; Ann Kelm, Belleek; Frank McGee, Ballintra; and Ben and Mary Dorrian, College Street. Next draw in McGinley’s with a Jackpot of €5,700 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to [email protected]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club. If you have received it in error, please contact us at [email protected] us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.GAA NEWS: DAMIEN CLEARY SUPERB AS AODH RUADH DEFEAT NAOMH BRID was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Unevolved Arthropods Found in Amber

first_imgThe new record holders look identical to those alive today.Claimed 230 million years old, 100 million years older than the previous record holders, fossils of arthropods in amber (fossilized tree sap) were reported in PNAS (Schmidt et al., “Arthropods in amber from the Triassic Period,”  PNAS August 27, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208464109).  The little bugs, including two mites and a fly, haven’t done much evolving in all that time.  Science Daily and PhysOrg both quoted co-author David Grimaldi, a curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology “and a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods,” expressing his surprise at this example of extreme evolutionary stasis:Two of the specimens are new species of mites, named Triasacarus fedelei and Ampezzoa triassica. They are the oldest fossils in an extremely specialized group called Eriophyoidea that has about 3,500 living species, all of which feed on plants and sometimes form abnormal growth called “galls.” The ancient gall mites are surprisingly similar to ones seen today.“You would think that by going back to the Triassic you’d find a transitional form of gall mite, but no,” Grimaldi said. “Even 230 million years ago, all of the distinguishing features of this family were there—a long, segmented body; only two pairs of legs instead of the usual four found in mites; unique feather claws, and mouthparts.”He didn’t specify who would think that.  Presumably, he was referring to himself, or to other evolutionists.  According to the BBC News, Dr. David Penney (U of Manchester) was just as surprised: “The results presented here skip the Jurassic entirely and go back a step further to the Triassic,” he said.  “This was not expected.”Another evolutionary conundrum is that most living gall mites feed on flowering plants, which (in evolutionary time) would not appear on the scene for another 90 million years.  The article offered the following theory rescue device:The ancient mites likely fed on the leaves of the tree that ultimately preserved them, a conifer in the extinct family Cheirolepidiaceae. Although about 97 percent of today’s gall mites feed on flowering plants, Triasacarus fedelei and Ampezzoa triassica existed prior to the appearance and rapid radiation of flowering plants. This finding reveals the evolutionary endurance of the mites.“We now know that gall mites are very adaptable,” Grimaldi said. “When flowering plants entered the scene, these mites shifted their feeding habits, and today, only 3 percent of the species live on conifers. This shows how gall mites tracked plants in time and evolved with their hosts.“The amber droplets were found high in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy.  To explain why they showed up there, Science Now explained, “were probably trapped during a 10-million-year climatic shift that caused the trees to produce more resin than usual,” without commenting on what this could imply for today’s political controversy over climate change.  “Their presence in 230-million-year-old amber, researchers say, shows for the first time that mites evolved long before the appearance of flowering plants.”It shows no such thing.  These are not “ancient” mites.  They are identical to modern mites, so they are dead modern mites, OK?  Grimaldi said so; he expected transitional forms, and they were not there.  Why do we need evolutionists to explain away the evidence?  This story is another example of how to understand the real finding, you first have to work your way past the Darwin Party guards who try to explain what you are about to see.  Just let the evidence speak for itself.  Notice their surprise in the abstract, and the immediate retreat to just-so storytelling:Antiquity of the gall mites in much their extant form was unexpected, particularly with the Triassic species already having many of their present-day features (such as only two pairs of legs); further, it establishes conifer feeding as an ancestral trait. Feeding by the fossil mites may have contributed to the formation of the amber droplets, but we find that the abundance of amber during the Carnian (ca. 230 Ma) is globally anomalous for the pre-Cretaceous and may, alternatively, be related to paleoclimate. Further recovery of arthropods in Carnian-aged amber is promising and will have profound implications for understanding the evolution of terrestrial members of the most diverse phylum of organisms.So let’s get this straight. Some highly complex creatures (complete with articulated limbs, mouth parts and specialized organs), which are also “very adaptable,” just lived in their little conifer-feeding niche for 230 million Darwin Years, having billions of kids exposed to a world of change – mutations, cosmic rays, meteor strikes, global extinctions, glaciers, earthquakes, tectonic plate subductions, volcanoes, mountain uplifts and climate shifts – to say nothing of the incessant evolutionary pressure to evolve –  but lived out their entire history in some evolutionary Brigadoon.  (This is known, we are told, as “evolutionary endurance.”)  Now they show up in amber with no transitional forerunners and no morphological changes, oblivious to the Darwinian tale of the emergence of flowering plants, dinosaurs, mammals and man.    Yes indeed: this will have profound implications for understanding evolution.Actually, the “understanding” produced, and the “profound implication” is this: evolution has been falsified (again).  It’s not surprising, therefore, that complex, fully-functional arthropods are also found in  the Cambrian explosion, where there are no transitional forms, either.  David Grimaldi may be a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods, but not on following the evidence where it leads.  “You would think,” he said, “you would find a transitional form.”  In psychology, this is known as projection.  One can only hope he would not think of imposing his anti-empirical thoughts on others.  Now go show this to Bill Nye. 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Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep

first_imgFilipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort UP mounted an 11-0 blast to tie the game at 79 with all the momentum on its side but a controversial call near the four-minute mark turned the tide.READ: Down but not out: Maroons still fighting for Final Four spot The referees missed what should’ve been an 8-second violation on Ateneo guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court. Instead, a foul was called on UP playmaker Jun Manzo.Juan Gomez de Liaño topscored with 21 points while Paul Desiderio had 16 but went 6-of-18 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We showed a lot of character in the end. It was a tough game, we were challenged from the start and I’m happy that the players stepped up to the challenge,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.READ: Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It pressure us to deliver’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMatt Nieto scored a team-high 19 points, including seven inside the last three minutes, while Isaac Go and Gian Mamuyac added 13 points each for Ateneo, which out-rebounded UP, 49-34.Thirdy Ravena struggled from the field but did a little bit of everything to still finish with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Read Next View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo moved a win away from an elimination round sweep after holding off University of the Philippines, 96-82, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The No. 1 Blue Eagles, who will shoot for a 14-0 record against defending champion De La Salle on Sunday, went on a 17-3 run in the final four minutes and 11 seconds to break away from a 79-deadlock.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Football: India hold UAE 2-2 but still crash out of World Cup race

first_imgSHort passing and heavy rain don’t go hand in hand, India learnt that the hard way. The hosts managed only a 2-2 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.After a 0-3 loss in Al Ain on Saturday, India’s road to the 2014 World Cup ended with a 2-5 aggregate defeat.Mohamed Al Shehhi scored in the 39th minute and Ali Al Wehaibi in the 70th to dash any hopes India had of making a match out of the encounter in front of a vociferous crowd. Although India did score through Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 74th minute and Gouramangi Singh in the 91st, it was definitely too little too late.Overturning a three-goal deficit is no mean task and with the hosts still adopting a passing game under new coach Armando Colaco, the writing was on the wall even before the match started -thanks to the torrential downpour that turned the pitch at the Ambedkar Stadium into a pool.For once, former coach Bob Houghton was definitely missed as the setting was the same when India beat Tajikistan 4-1 in the final of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup at the very ground to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup.The only difference was that under the Englishman, India relied on long passes and played more of an aerial game.Trying to adapt to the passing game takes time and when the team has to suddenly switch and adapt to another tactic -long passing -on match-day, it isn’t easy and although the Ambedkar is considered a happy hunting ground for the Indian team, their passing looked all at sea on the slushy turf.advertisementThe match began with India trying to go all-out for goals and the UAE players soaking in the pressure and plotting their own counter-attacks.So while the Indian players huffed and puffed trying to enter the rival half, the UAE midfielders and defenders ensured that the Indian inroads were foiled before they threatened threatened their citadel.The ground conditions did not help India’s momentum either. India had their first attempt at goal in the eighth minute with Sunil Chhetri getting into the box from the left flank to find an unmarked Jeje Lalpekhlua. But the defenders converged on the youngster and all he could do was pass it on to Steven Dias, who had moved in from the right.But Dias failed to beat UAE goalie Ali Khaseif. Chhetri was at it again in the 25th minute when he aimed at goal only for Khaseif to fist the shot over the bar.The visitors went ahead when moving in from the left, Ahmed Khalil foxed defender Samir Naik to feed Shehhi with a perfect pass from the left wing. The latter headed in -much to the dismay of goalkeeper Karanjit Singh and the Ambedkar crowd.UAE’s Mohamme Al Shehhi(left) celebrates with All Al Wehalbl after scoring a goalThe second half saw UAE attacking from all quarters and despite the Indian defence putting up a composed show, the visitors scored with Wehaibi moving in from the left to wrongfoot the Indian defence and hit the back of the net.India looked to up the ante further and the move to replace Dias with Lalrindika Ralte paid dividends as he moved in beautifully from the right to find Jeje waiting for the cross inside the box.Jeje completed the formalities by heading in.India kept looking for the equaliser and their efforts bore fruit when Gouramangi jumped on to a loose ball inside the box and hit the back of the net -ensuring India did not end on the losing side.The crowd erupted as if the match had been won, but it was only a draw and the end of the road for India as far as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is concerned.”Today we played a better game. Conditions were difficult but it is not easy for a team to come from 0- 2 down to draw 2-2. Heavy rains made it difficult to pass the ball around but we played a better passing game,” said India coach Colaco after the match.last_img read more

10 months agoHowe: Bournemouth must rise to Man Utd challenge

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe: Bournemouth must rise to Man Utd challengeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has challenged his players to rise to the test of facing Manchester United.The Dorset club have picked up one point from three games at Old Trafford since being promoted to the top flight. Howe said: “It’s a tough game. Whenever you go to Old Trafford you know you are going to be in for a tough assignment.“We are going to need to rise to that challenge. They have had two really good results and performances. I am sure the atmosphere in the stadium will be good for the players there.“We will look forward to going there as we always have done. We have had some tough encounters and enjoyed our matches in the ground – we will look forward to another tough game.” last_img read more

a month ago​Inter Milan, Juventus challenge BVB for Man Utd midfielder Matic

first_img​Inter Milan, Juventus challenge BVB for Man Utd midfielder Maticby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan and Juventus are joining the race to sign Nemanja Matic.The experienced defensive midfielder could be out of favour at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.With United favouring a younger approach, Matic could soon be surplus to requirements.The Sunsays Borussia Dortmund and the two Italian clubs are interested in signing Matic.The 31-year-old will be out of contract next summer, when he would be free to sign for any club of his choosing.Matic is currently behind Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in the United midfield ranks.He played his first game of the Premier League season against Leicester due to Pogba being injured. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more