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first_imgHOBART, Australia (AP):Fast bowler James Pattinson will replace the injured Mitchell Starc in Australia’s team for the first Test against the West Indies beginning tomorrow (this evening Jamaica time).Australia captain Steve Smith said yesterday that Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle will form the hosts’ pace attack. Pattinson, who returns for his first Test since March 2014, edged out Nathan Coulter-Nile, who will be 12th man.Starc sustained stress fracture in his right foot in the final Test against New Zealand and will not play in any of the three Tests against the West Indies. The teams play the second Test beginning December 26 in Melbourne and conclude the series in Sydney from January 3.”I think he has played enough. He has been bowling really well; he deserves his chance,” Smith said of Pattinson. “He just needs to go out and do what he does well. He is similar to Hazlewood, the way he bowls. Hopefully, those two can lead the attack well.”Smith said the Australian batting order would remain the same despite speculation that wicketkeeper Peter Nevill would replace all-rounder Mitch Marsh at No. 6.NATURAL GAME”He’s there to do a job, to score runs for the team,” Smith said of Marsh. “Hopefully, he plays his natural game.”Cricket fans in Hobart have shown lacklustre interested in the match, with just over 15,000 tickets sold for the first four days. The Tasmanian capital has hosted 11 Tests since its first against Sri Lanka in 1989, with the average attendance about 21,000.Line-ups: Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Steve Smith (captain), Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kragg Brathwaite, Devandra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

first_imgA probation order is to be carried out on a 15 year old boy who was aggressive to Gardai after being caught swinging a bicycle chain.Letterkenny court.The teenager, who cannot be named, appeared before Letterkenny District Court. Gardai received a report of youths acting suspiciously at Circular Road in Letterkenny.The youth was approached by Gardai but began showing off and was abusive to them.He was eventually arrested and brought to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said it proved a sobering experience for the teen when he was handcuffed and brought to the station.“He would be tall and strong for his age but there would be no malice with him.“He apologises to Gardai. He is a different young man today and reverted back to his childhood when he was put in patrol car and into an eight by eight cell,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report to be carried out on the teenager.YOUTH WAS ARRESTED WHEN CAUGHT SWINGING BICYCLE CHAIN was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bicycle chaindonegalGardaiLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

first_imgTides, the film about the River Foyle in Northern Ireland will have its UK Premiere in London tonight at the Royal Foundation St. Katherine Hall.The film is official selection at We The Peoples Film Festival in London. The festival is organized by United Nations Associations, Westminster Branch.Tides has just scooped its 4th award since its release, winning the Special Mention Award at the international festival of cinema “On The Road Film Festival” in Rome. The jury, who praised the film as “capable to investigate the theme of ” border” in an unconventional and very poetic way”, praised Tides for “Best protagonist: the river”: the voice of the River Foyle is Northern Irish former drama student at Magee College – Emma Taylor.TIDES, directed by multi award winning Italian Film Director Alessandro Negrini, is a dreamlike and visionary portrait of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland, where the story is narrated from the point of view of the river: the river becomes the protagonist, telling us us its autobiography.The film recently won the Special Mention Award for Best Film at Milan International Film Festival, Best Cinematography Award at Sole Luna Film Festival in Palermo and Best Film Soundtrack at Treviso Doc Festival, receiving so far four awards and six nominations since its release last June.Film about River Foyle to have UK premiere in London tonight was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

first_imgOAKLAND – Before, Warriors fans wondered if Kevin Durant would return next season. Now, they are wondering if he has already played his last game with the Dubs.Durant will not play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday at Oracle Arena, marking the ninth consecutive game he will have missed because of a strained right calf. In related news, Warriors fans have asked in our latest mailbag what’s the latest on KD’s progress.First things first for those new to the …last_img read more

first_imgMarcus Semien took the batter’s box with two outs and a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth — his American League-leading 17-game hitting streak on the line.There would be no late-inning walk-off glow this time; Semien grounded out, ending his hitting streak and the A’s four-game winning streak to cap a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. It was an ending in keeping with the mood of the day following Frankie Montas’ 80-game PED suspension.Here are three takeaways …last_img read more

first_imgMore details about the soft tissue found in a T. rex thigh bone (see 03/24/2005 story) were published in Science this week.1  Mary Schweitzer’s team claims to have found evidence of medullary bone [MB], a type of mineralized and vascularized bony tissue found only in certain birds during ovulation as a buffer against calcium loss.  The abstract and summary posted in a press release from North Carolina State says it’s a girl, and she’s pregnant:Unambiguous indicators of gender in dinosaurs are usually lost during fossilization along with other aspects of soft tissue anatomy.  We report the presence of endosteally derived bone tissues lining the interior marrow cavities of portions of Tyrannosaurus rex (MOR 1125) hindlimb elements, and hypothesize that these tissues are homologous to specialized avian tissues known as medullary bone.  Because medullary bone is unique to female birds, its discovery in extinct dinosaurs solidifies the link between dinosaurs and birds, suggests similar reproductive strategies, and provides an objective means of gender differentiation in dinosaurs.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Understated in the report is how these soft tissues could have survived for so long.  The paper in Science says only:The existence of avian-type MB in dinosaurs has been hypothesized but not identified.  In part, this could be because of taphonomic bias [i.e., fossil-hunters not expecting to find it], because the death and fossilization of an ovulating dinosaur would be comparatively rare.  Additionally, MB in extant birds is fragile, the spicules separating easily from the originating layer (fig. S1).  Dinosaur MB may separate and be lost from overlying CB in a similar manner during diagenesis [i.e., the hardening of sediment into rock].National Geographic admitted briefly that “all obvious gender indicators vanish when soft tissues decay during fossilization” but emphasized the gender-identification and phylogenetic angles of the story.  The BBC News article showed a picture of the bones, but said nothing about their assumed ages.  The NC press release did not explain the 70-million year figure, but merely asserted it.  Betsy M. Bennett, Directory of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, stated emphatically, “We’re pleased to be able to provide a way for the public to see for themselves evidence that after millions of years, soft tissue can actually be preserved in dinosaur bone.”    Another paper published in Science Express announced the sequencing of the genome from a cave bear, thought to have been extinct for 40,000 years.  In the BBC News write-up, a scientist predicted, “I don’t think we can extract DNA from dinosaurs, I think they are too old.”  It will be interesting to see if Mary Schweitzer’s team finds any in the T. rex bone, where blood vessels, and possibly blood cells, were seen.1Schweitzer et al., “Gender-Specific Reproductive Tissue in Ratites and Tyrannosaurus rex, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5727, 1456-1460, 3 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112158].This is incredible.  How can these scientists ignore the obvious?  There’s no way this bone could be so old, but all they can think about are connecting homology dots between dinosaurs and birds by circumstantial evidence.  Did they see the dinosaur laying eggs?  No.  Did they prove this is medullary bone?  Perhaps.  Does it prove an ancestral relationship if the dinosaur did have medullary bone?  No.  Does that matter?  Not much.  What really matters about this story is the age of the specimen.  If this specimen is only a few thousand years old, none of this dino-bird homology matters: this blows apart the entire tale of dinosaur evolution.  Belief in millions of years and the rest of the evolutionary timeline takes a staggering blow.    Look at them strain at a gnat about medullary bone, but swallow a camel about the age.  Instead of expressing shock and anguish, instead of repenting in dust and ashes for spreading lies about dinosaur ages for the past century and a half, they grin and say, “We’ll ah’ll be.  Ain’t it amazin’ how these soft tissues survived for sempty millon yeers.”  It makes one think their brainwashing is so complete they would say the same thing if face to face with a living dinosaur.  Absurd?  Not at all: they already do it with living fossils much “older” in their time scheme.    Folks, consider the facts in this story.  Soft tissues from a bone of T. rex, everyone’s favorite monster, were found in Montana.  The specimen preserves fine microscopic detail and even pigment.  The material is still flexible and not fossilized.  We know that medullary bone in living birds is “fragile, the spicules separating easily from the originating layer.”  The initial reaction by the scientists was disbelief, because no known process could preserve soft tissues like this for so long.  (And what a thought to consider that this monster might have been alive just a few thousand years ago!)Though this is a spectacular example, we should not think that it is an isolated case.  Many insects from around the world have been found preserved in amber (fossil tree resin), with even hairs and veins in the wings preserved in exquisite detail.  Some still contain bacteria in the guts and DNA fragments have been extracted.  Often the specimens are indistinguishable from living species, yet claimed to be millions of years old.  Yet we know that tree resin weathers rapidly and is usually not produced in quantities that can extend for meters and entomb frogs and large insects, which would normally float and decay before being preserved.  On what grounds can evolutionists claim such fossils are ancient?  (For more information on fossil amber, get the presentation “Amber – New Insights” by Dr. Harald Binder, available at Access Research Network.)The only way anyone can claim these dinosaur bones are tens of millions of years old is by prior commitment to a belief system that demands forcing all evidence into a long, drawn-out process of evolution.  The young-earth creationists have a great opportunity here.  They and anyone still unbrainwashed about geologic time, and all who respect hard evidence, should hammer away relentlessly at the credulity of the Darwinists, demanding that they explain how a specimen like this could survive even one hundredth of that much time.*  If you see this bone on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, be nice, but come prepared with good questions and reputable background information.  Don’t take bluffing and evasion for an answer.  Undoubtedly, after enough exasperation, they will probably provide the docents a manual on how to deal with those pesky visitors who won’t buy the script, but keep demanding, “Just the facts, ma’am.”**(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has moved closer to Australia with experts halving the target area. Though efforts so far have failed to find signs of the jet, search co-ordinators at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority remain confident. “With a smaller area closer to Perth and more aircraft, I hope we will do better tomorrow, ” the authority’s emergency response chief John Young said yesterday. He said though the search area had been significantly refined, it was still a very big area. Australian, New Zealand and US planes made four sorties yesterday, focusing on the refined 305,000sqkm — an area about one-third bigger than Victoria. The search for the plane with 239 passengers and crew has entered its 13th day and Australia continues to co-ordinate the search in the Indian Ocean. Mr Young said the planes given the job included two RAAF AP-3C Orions, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K Orion. Five merchant ships responded to a broadcast to shipping on Monday night to keep a lookout in the area. Three had traversed the zone with another two going through today but, like the air search, they made no sightings. Search conditions in the area yesterday were moderate. “This area is vast and remote, ” Mr Young said. “It will take several weeks to cover and it is a challenging operation.” The combined search for flight MH370 now involves 7.68 million sqkm, an area slightly bigger than Australia, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday the plane flew seven hours towards an unknown destination after it vanished off radar. The 26 countries involved are covering a northern corridor over south and central Asia as well as the Australian southern zone deep into the Indian Ocean. Thailand’s military says its radar detected a plane just minutes after the jetliner’s communications stopped. It said it did not share the information with Malaysia earlier because it was not specifically asked for it. The twisting path took a plane to the Strait of Malacca, where Malaysia tracked MH370. A French expert who took part in the search for Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the South Atlantic in 2009, said finding the Malaysian plane would be much tougher. “Here we simply have no idea of the location of the aircraft because there were no ACARS signals, ” Jean-Paul Troadec, a special adviser with France’s civil aviation accident investigation agency, said. Chinese state media reported on Tuesday that China was expanding its search to waters south-east of the Bay of Bengal and west of Indonesia. Xinhua said nine Chinese ships would be involved and would focus on seas near Sumatra in western Indonesia. United Arab Emirates armed forces have joined the search and will cover a zone south over the Indian Ocean to Australia and north over south and central Asia.last_img read more

first_imgQuestioning the credibility of electronic voting machines, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday asked why the BJP was afraid of holding elections through paper ballots. She said the chief election commissioner must think about it in wake of doubts being raised from several quarters.“If BJP leaders consider themselves honest, why are they afraid of conducting future elections through ballot papers,” she told a press conference on her 62nd birthday, alleging that the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand because of alleged faults in the functioning of the EVMs. The debate over the authenticity of EVMs has been on for nearly an year now. Other political parties, including the Congress, too, previously raised the possibility of tampering with EVMs. The Election Commission has rejected the charge. Following the Gujarat Assembly polls in December, the EC did a random vote count on EVMs and paper trail slips in 182 polling stations in the state for greater transparency. An official of the election machinery in the state had then said there was a “100 per cent match” in the vote count. Ms. Mayawati, whose birthday is being celebrated as ‘Jan Kalyankari Diwas’ by her party, also expressed the possibility that the Lok Sabha polls, due in 2019, may be held this year along with various state Assembly elections. She released the 13th edition of a book based on her life — A Travelogue of my Struggle-Ridden Life and BSP Movement-13.“The BSP was the first party in the country to raise the issue of EVM anomalies soon after the results of the UP Assembly elections were out, and approached the Supreme Court.Later, whatever improvements were made in the EVMs, it was due to the efforts made by the BSP,” she claimed. The BJP won the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls — held in February-March last year — after a gap of 15 years during which regional parties like the SP and the BSP had held sway. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ms. Mayawati said: .“Har-Har Modi, Ghar-Ghar Modi had a narrow escape of being thrown out from Gujarat this time. Had the voteshare of Dalits in Gujarat been 18 to 20 per cent, he would not had been able to escape.” The slogan she referred to was a campaign highlight of the BJP during the general elections in 2014. Levelling allegation at the Centre, she said: “The BJP government wants to change the Constitution and laws. A minister in their government is talking about changing the Constitution, but no action has been taken against him.” The BSP chief alleged that the Congress and the BJP have damaged every section of the society after Independence.“Today there is an atmosphere of communalism and casteism in every state. Capitalistic-minded political parties do not like our party. The BJP is trying to finish our party. Both, the Congress and the BJP are chor-chor mausere bhaai (hand in glove with each other). These parties do not want to see Ambedkar-inspired party (the BSP) to move ahead. First, it was the Congress and company, which tried to finish us, and now it is the BJP and company which is trying to do so,” she said. Ms. Mayawati said as she was not allowed to speak in the Rajya Sabha, she resigned.“In the same manner, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was also harassed, and subsequently he resigned from the post of the Union Law Minister,” she said. The BSP chief said: “I want to know from the Congress why Babasaheb was not honoured with Bharat Ratna. Why the recommendations of Mandal Commission were not implemented. The BJP government is virtually deactivating the reservation system, thereby rendering people jobless.” She said people who had to face trouble due to demonetisation would be given help by her party.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Monday temporarily suspended operations to rescue 15 miners trapped since December 13 in a 370 feet illegal coal mine in Lumthari village.The exercise will resume once powerful pumps are made available to the authorities, said district Deputy Commissioner F.M. Dopth.NDRF Assistant Commandant S.K. Singh said the current water level in the mine shaft is about 70 feet. About 100 personnel of the NDRF are waiting for the water to recede to 30 feet for divers to do their job.last_img read more

first_imgLucas Digne has revealed that he elected to leave Barcelona in the summer and join Everton because the club gave him a ‘wow’ factor.The 25-year-old left-back has earned a France recall for the forthcoming matches against Netherlands and Uruguay thanks to his excellent early season form with the Toffees, for whom he has already turned out 10 times in the Premier League.While he admitted it was a wrench to leave Barcelona, he felt the challenge Marco Silva laid down to him at Goodison Park was too attractive to turn down. 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! “I wasn’t really planning to leave Barca and they were not looking to sell me, but when I spoke to Everton manager Marco Silva on the phone I got this special feeling,” he told Goal . “He really lit a fire inside of me and I thought: ‘Wow! I really want to play for this club and manager.’“Then I went to Barca and asked them to please let me go. After a few talks, they accepted, that this was my wish. I am thankful for that, because now I feel happy in Everton.“Barca was my childhood dream, so yes, it was difficult to leave, because I could have stayed to continue a great life in the club and the city. The club wanted me to stay.”But I am 25 years old now and in a phase of my career, where I want to play every week, have a bigger role in the team and feel the full confidence of the coach. So I could not turn down the Everton project. “I was only 22 when I signed for Barca, and it was the perfect place to develop myself. In my two years at Camp Nou I played 46 games for what I consider the greatest club in the world, training every day with the very top players in the world, like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar and so many more. “Of course, I am a better player now. I enjoyed both seasons in Barca tremendously and chose to leave after a great season, winning the double in Spain, playing fantastic football, and for me personally developing as a player.”Eden Hazard Lucas Digne Chelsea vs Everton Premier League 2018-19The move to Everton, however, has proven to be richly rewarding, with the former Lille, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain player, already a veteran of more than 200 appearances in Europe’s top leagues, thrilled by the intensity of the Premier League challenge.“Getting into the Premier League has been a pleasure,” he added. “Football is great everywhere – and different. I’ve learned a lot and developed myself as a player and as a person from these different experiences in different countries.“Both the Premiership and La Liga are top class, but the difference is the incredible intensity during the game. In the Premier League there are challenges all the time and it’s full speed ahead every week. “The style of football gives me a lot of pleasure. It is very physical and box-to-box for 90 minutes, and I enjoy going forward and getting a lot of crosses into the box. It is also intense because of the supporters, not only in the home games but also away, where they are simply fantastic. They give you extra power on the pitch.”  Digne revealed that settling at his new club has been straightforward due to the welcoming nature of the squad.“I feel fantastic with Everton and in English football,” he said. “It has been a super start to life in the Premiership, and the everyday life in the club gives me an extraordinarily good feeling. “For me it was great to join other French speaking guys like Kurt Zouma and Morgan Schneiderlin, who I know from Les Bleus – and Idrissa Gueye, who I knew for six or seven years in Lille. But in general, we have a great group of players both on and off the pitch.”And that group is finding its rhythm in the Premier League, in which they sit ninth. The left-back is confident that the team will continue to improve as the weeks go by.“The recent results show our progress,” he said, reflecting on the last six matches. “We have done well with four league wins and only one defeat – and our latest game was a 0-0 draw away against Chelsea. It was a tough game, but we fought well and got a deserved point and a great clean sheet in a difficult stadium.Lucas Digne France 2018“It is still early days for us as a team with many new players and a completely new style of football for the club with a new manager. But there is a great appetite for success, and the manager has an extremely good mentality and a great idea of football. I believe, that now every player understands what he wants. “The manager and his staff have been working hard to implement the new style, and we as players have also been working hard both in training and in the matches. And that is why we are improving as a team and we are now getting good results. “The next step is to believe in ourselves even more in the games against the biggest teams in the league because then the future will look bright for Everton. We are a club with huge traditions and a great history, and most of all we want to give our supporters something new to celebrate.”Though Digne’s immediate thoughts are with the France national side, the Toffees face Cardiff City on November 24 before the Merseyside derby against Liverpool follows on December 2. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more