Robert Lewandowski becomes Bundesliga’s top-scoring foreign player

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The 30-year-old Lewandowski went into the match with 74 goals in 131 league games at Borussia Dortmund, and 121 in 149 with Bayern.Lewandowski shared the record for one week with Pizarro, who remains the oldest player to score in the league at 40 years, 136 days, in a 1-1 draw for Bremen at Hertha Berlin on Feb. 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPizarro had long been the top-scoring foreign player in the league but has now been overtaken for the first time by Lewandowski. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates after he scored his side’s third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Bayern Munich in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)MUNICH — Robert Lewandowski has become the outright top-scoring foreign player in Bundesliga history after taking his goal tally to 197.The Poland forward scored in either half of Bayern Munich’s 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg on Saturday to surpass Peru veteran Claudio Pizarro’s total of 195 goals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments 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 NFL teams propose major changes to replay and overtime Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Phone thief remanded to prison

first_imgA 19-year-old was remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was accused of stealing a mobile phone.Teron McLead of Plaisance Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, plead not guilty to the charge which stated that on April 18, 2019 at Main Street, Georgetown, he stole a Samsung Galaxy cellphone valued $170,000 from Shanomae English.On the day in question, the Virtual Complainant had exited a Main Street, Georgetown club and as she made her way to her parked car, she noticed the defendant.The teenager reportedly snatched woman’s phone which she had in her hand and ran towards Middle Street, Georgetown. The woman raised an alarm and members of a mobile Police patrol in the area responded promptly and gave chase, thus leading to McLead’s apprehension.A search was conducted on his person and the phone was recovered. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence.The defendant told the court he has his own phone and he was waiting to catch a bus when he was arrested by Police ranks.Bail was refused and the man is scheduled to make his next court appearance on April 26.last_img read more

Klopp ‘under pressure’ to end Liverpool’s six-year trophy drought

first_img Klopp has yet to win a trophy at Liverpool despite spending £415m in under three years gameday How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev was Klopp’s third defeat from three in cup finals with the Reds 6 The £67m signing of Alisson from Roma brought Klopp’s total spend at the club to £415m in almost three years since replacing Brendan Rodgers, who was himself sacked after three trophyless seasons.Klopp, 51, has also added Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, and with many of the team’s biggest needs addressed by the arrivals, he is aware of rising expectations.He said: “People will say that it is the next step (to win trophies). We need to be ready for that.“I know about the expectations and that is completely normal. “First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something.“We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season.”Klopp has lost all three finals he has reached as Liverpool boss, including May’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.In the Premier League, the club have recorded finishes of eighth, fourth and fourth under Klopp, and the German conceded that ending a 29-year wait for a league championship will be his toughest task due to the strength of rival teams. Jurgen Klopp admits he is under pressure to win trophies at Liverpool as he enters his third full season at the club.Reds fans have not seen silverware at the club since the 2012 League Cup triumph, and with £175million spent on new signings already this summer, the German boss is aware he must claim his first scalp as soon as possible. ALTERED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack who plays? 6 predicted Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 6 6 “(Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester) City brought in (Riyad) Mahrez and I did not hear that they lost one player so far.“So it means the quality of last year plus Mahrez. That’s a nice plan as well.“(Manchester) United will go for it too, and that’s completely normal. We expect more from ourselves.“We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 per cent.” The 2012 League Cup win under then-boss Kenny Dalglish remains Liverpool’s last taste of silverware Signing Brazil No1 Alisson from Roma covered one of the club’s biggest areas of weakness How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights possible standings Klopp told reporters: “It is of course consistency. It is not just that but we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent.“Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.“Other teams of course will do transfer business as well.“They will not be weaker than last year. smart causal Klopp won five trophies with former club Borussia Dortmund, including two Bundesliga titles NEW ERA 6 6 The likes of Mo Salah will be key to any Liverpool title challenge in 2018/19 Despite Klopp’s claims of the need for depth, it is reported the club will conduct a mass clearout over the coming weeks, with as many as eight players set to depart.Recouping as much as £100m to ease the financial burden of the summer’s incomings, under-fire keeper Loris Karius and out-of-favour strikers Divock Origi and Danny Ings are believed to be among those shown the door.Lazar Markovic could also be jettisoned, with youngsters Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Marko Grujic likely to leave on loan.Pedro Chirivella is set to complete a £5m move to the Championship with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City in for the Spanish midfielder.last_img read more

England boss Gareth Southgate welcomes milestone win over top ten team

first_img possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade highlights “We know the performance could have been better. But the players have given everything through a really difficult period.“It was going to be tough mentally to switch back from the World Cup to these games, physically for all the players, and with two tough games to play.“It’s not been a perfect week by any means, but it’s a win.”That feeling of satisfaction will soon give way to preparation and planning, with the October international break bringing a pair of testing road trips. 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal England were beaten by Spain in their opening Nations League game Switzerland may seem generously rated at eighth in the world, two behind the Three Lions, but still provided tricky opposition for a team showing nine changes and several players on the fringes at Premier League level.Having seen his first-choice XI beaten 2-1 by by Spain in the first round of Nations League fixtures four days earlier, it was also a pleasing way to end the squad’s first reunion since their run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.“It’s important as a group to get a win against a top 10 team. That’s a pleasing fact,” said Southgate. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more REVEALED impact center_img Southgate was pleased to return to winning ways Gareth Southgate welcomed victory over Switzerland as an important milestone in his England reign but knows the pressure will be on in a daunting double header next month.Marcus Rashford’s close-range volley was enough to seal a 1-0 friendly win at the King Power Stadium, ending a three-game losing streak and also handing the manager the highest-ranked scalp of his tenure. 3 3 RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Rashford scored the winner against Switzerland silverware England’s semi-final conquerors Croatia are first up in a behind-closed-doors fixture in Rijeka, followed by a second chance against Spain in Seville.Southgate will expect both sides to be strong but the eye-catching scale of the Spaniards’ 6-0 victory over Croatia in Elche on Tuesday has marked them out as front-runners in UEFA’s new competition.Success over Switzerland may have averted an unwanted national record of four successive losses but Southgate does not expect the scrutiny to relent as a result. MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “I have a feeling we might be sitting here next month talking about a fourth competitive defeat before the next match,” he said with a dry smile.As for events at Estadio Martinez Valero, he ahead: “I’m not surprised in terms of Spain’s quality.“I would imagine Croatia have been through a similar experience to us: players with very little chance for pre-season and matches. I don’t know their line-up.“Of the teams that got to he last four, Roberto (Martinez, Belgium boss) has the Harlem Globetrotters and (champions) France have strength in depth, but we don’t have that.“Our players were out on their feet by the end against Switzerland. I can imagine Croatia have experienced something similar and Spain are capable of tearing you apart if they’re on song.”last_img read more

Pictures show extreme snowy conditions at Vorskla Stadium ahead of Arsenal clash

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Сезон триває, хоч погода й не дуже сприяє… 🌨️☔️Готуємо #СтадіонВорскла до матчу з #Арсенал’ом #London, який відбується цього четверга! We are preparing the #VorsklaButovskyiStadium for the match with @Arsenal! 🚧#FCVP #Poltava #prepearing #Полтава #ЛігаЄвропи #volunteers pic.twitter.com/EFnUNiT6vg— ФК Ворскла (@vorsklacomua) November 25, 2018Pictures posted by Vorskla on their official Twitter account showed the ground on Sunday afternoon, with preparations already started to try and get the stadium shipshape ahead of encounter with Arsenal. huge blow RANKED REVEALED REVEALED shining Arsenal made light work of Vorskla on matchday one Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal look set to play in extreme wintry conditions on Thursday when they take on Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League.The Gunners booked their place in the knockout rounds with a 0-0 draw against Sporting in the previous matchday, but they will hope for a victory in Ukraine as they aim to finish top of Group E. Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Not only will they have to contend with Vorskla’s quality on the pitch, the north Londoners will have to deal with some seriously extreme weather conditions.Early forecasts have the temperature in Poltava on Thursday ranging between -7 to -12 degrees, with the wind making the temperature feel as low as -18 degrees at various points throughout the day.And despite predictions having Thursday as a clear day, recent snow and rainfall have turned the Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium into a frozen and snow-covered scene. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Unai Emery’s side won the return fixture against Vorskla 4-2, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting twice and Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil also getting on the scoresheet in September.Arsenal faced a late scare when Volodymyr Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar both scored for the visitors to halve the deficit in the final 15 minutes, proving that Vorskla do have the quality to trouble the Gunners.And Arsenal will likely face further troubles when the two sides meet in Poltava on Thursday – with all the action LIVE on talkSPORT 2. MONEY last_img read more

MAN AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING HEART ATTACK ON STREET

first_imgA man in his sixties was airlifted from Dungloe this evening after suffering a heart attack.It is understood the man was in the Main Street area when he suffered the seizure.He was attended to by ambulance personnel who requested assistance from Malin Head Coast Guard to task the Rescue 118 chopper. The patient was taken to a nearby football pitch at the shore front from where he was airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital.MAN AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING HEART ATTACK ON STREET was last modified: August 9th, 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:dungloeHeart attackRESCUE 118last_img read more

Diver airlifted to LUH after getting into difficulty in Portnablagh

first_imgAn incident occurred off the coast of Portnablagh yesterday.The Coast Guard were alerted of a diver in difficulty at 1:45pm yesterday afternoon.The diver was unconscious when he was taken from the water, and was promptly airlifted by Rescue 118 to Letterkenny University Hospital from Portnablagh pier. Fortunately the man’s diving partner is okay.The man had been out with the diving boats, and as it was windy and the sea had a slight swell conditions were not ideal for diving.Before diving, the RNLI advise you to check sea conditions and tide tables on magicseaweed.com before making your trip. Diver airlifted to LUH after getting into difficulty in Portnablagh was last modified: July 30th, 2017 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) Tags:coast guardPortnablaghRESCUE 118last_img read more

Looking for a fulfilling new career? Why not try a Reflexology Diploma?

first_imgSeptember is a month when people start to look at going back to train and study something that they are interested in. Why not find something you are really passionate about? The Irish School of Reflexology will start a new term of its own Practitioner’s Diploma in Foot Reflexology on the 8th and 9th of September at The Base Enterprise Centre, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. The ISR is Accredited with the National Register of Reflexologists IRL (http://www.nationalreflexology.ie/nrri_accredited_schools). Accredited Schools are teaching in adherence to NRRI Syllabus (150 hours of tutorials, approx.12-14 months and 60 hours of case studies) and their graduates are automatically eligible for NRRI Membership with many benefits. Principals of those schools are known members of NRRI and described by the NRRI Registrar as the best training providers in Ireland. The Diploma is part-time (one weekend per month) and will cover A&P, the theory of Reflexology, holistic approach, practical work and much more. The course is designed to enable students to develop the skill and in-depth knowledge required for effective treatment and evaluation of a client, by having good techniques, by taking good consultation notes and keeping accurate records; by using good listening skills and by an overall caring attitude; to help students gain confidence and experience through supervised work; to understand the holistic approach – mental, physical, spiritual and social; and to become informed about the skills necessary to start up and manage a professional practice.At the end of the year, students will be awarded a Diploma in Traditional Foot Reflexology (recognised by all the major health insurance companies-VHI, Aviva, etc.) and will be able to start their own practice.After their graduation, students are eligible for Membership with the National Register of Reflexologists (IRL). It will open up many opportunities for them: start their own practice, work in beauty salons, hotels, hospitals and much more.Tatiana Lawless Grosso, Principal of the Irish School of Reflexology said: “We are very proud of our school and the level of preparation we provide during the class and one to one teaching we supply during the year. The sequence we teach is the Eunice Ingham’s sequence and it has proven to be very effective as we use it all the time in our practices.”“The demand for Reflexology is growing,” Tatiana added.“More people are getting into Complementary and Holistic Therapies, because they start to understand that health is the results of a balanced life – mentally, physically, spiritual; and diet is important too. “They start to realise that we cannot be healthy if one of these factors is missing. We cannot be physically healthy if our mental health is not there. Our patients find also they get more long-lasting results with the help of Reflexology and they came back because of that.“Our students really enjoy the year, what they learn about Reflexology and about themselves. They grow in confidence as human beings and the fact that they can make the difference in helping other people in such an easy and noninvasive way, it is so important for them. “The aim of Reflexology is just to let the body do the healing by only applying pressure to the feet. That is why reflexology is a safe therapy because the reflexologist doesn’t use any medication but just pressure on certain parts of the foot which will free energy and blockages. Then the body will do the healing.”Here are what students have to say about studying at the ISR:I couldn’t miss out on learning a new skill that interested me:I decided to [enroll in] the course because I had seen the ad last year and thought it would be good. Then when it was advertised again for this year I knew it was for me and I couldn’t miss out on learning a new skill that interested me. I chose the Irish School of Reflexology because weekend [study] works best for me and home study in between each class means I can still continue with the childcare I do while learning. The course is everything I hoped it would be. Tatiana is a great tutor with practical and theory knowledge about reflexology and Denise brings the anatomy and physiology to life in plain and simple language so it’s fun and easy to remember!! Both are beautiful people. I’m enjoying it more than I could have imagined.Studying with the Irish School of Reflexology has made a big difference to me. I’m enjoying having a new skill and knowledge. I’ve realized that it was time for a career change as my children are older now and need different things from me so doing childcare at home won’t suit for much longer. I’ve met lovely girls in the class and made some new friends. Doing the practice with my family and children has opened up a new way to be together nicely without the pressure of making conversation and asking constant questions. New bonds growing!!  Thank you, Tatiana!! – Sharon Lee, Diploma Student It fits in well with my work and home-life:I had been looking into completing a course like this as I didn’t enjoy my working life, had no job satisfaction and I was always stressed and dreaded going to work. I had also recently given birth and I knew that I needed to work in an area that would provide for a positive and balanced home. I chose to complete this course as I wanted one with the best quality and qualification that this provides I love [the course]. It fits in well with my work and home-life and is giving me the best foundations to build upon with home study and practise after each class.I feel more confident and positive in myself now that I’m working towards a goal that suits me. I’ve always wanted to be self-employed and help people be healthier and live better lives so this course enables me to do that. – Maggie Russell, Diploma Student For more inquiries and to apply for the next term in September 2018, contact: Tatiana Grosso Lawless, N.R.I.I.PrincipalIrish School of ReflexologyDublin & DonegalTel: 086 20 71 065irishschoolofreflexology@gmail.comwww.irishschoolofreflexology.comFacebook/irishschoolofreflexologyLooking for a fulfilling new career? Why not try a Reflexology Diploma? was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:careerseducationholisticirish school of reflexologytraininglast_img read more

Incredible Creatures that Support Evolution?

first_imgImaginary feathers again:  The big news this week was Haplocheirus sollers, another entry in the dinosaur-to-bird tale.  This ungainly, slender, bizarre clawed thing was announced in Science magazine.1  The fossil, found in the Gobi Desert of China, has short arms, long claws, a long beak-like snout – and it’s said to precede Archaeopteryx by 15 million years.    The discoverers believe it essentially nails the case for birds evolving from dinosaurs – and the artists went right to work, adorning it with colorful feathers.  Science Daily, for instance, alleged that Haplocheirus “Helps Solve Piece of Evolutionary Puzzle.”  The BBC News went further, claiming that it really “solves evolutionary bird puzzle.”  Strange thing, though – the original paper said nothing about feathers.  The alleged feathers on the artwork appear to be completely imaginary – again (see 02/08/2006, 06/13/2007, 01/09/2008, 07/09/2008, 12/11/2009 bullet 2, and imbedded links).  Richard Stone, writing about the find in the same issue of Science,1 talked a lot about feathers – but not in reference to Haplocheirus, where none were reported.  In fact, both Stone and veteran “feathered-dinosaur” hunter Xing Xu in the original paper said very little about evolution, too.  If anything, they indicated that the fossil confuses the alleged dinosaur-to-bird transition.    For one thing, this fossil is called a Maniraptoran, but this artificial class is defined as a group that includes both birds and dinosaurs.  This could lead to charges of question-begging.  Xu et al suggested that the fossil demonstrates that other basal Maniraptorans were not secondarily flightless birds, as had been supposed, but instead were incipient birds.  The “convergence” explanation (01/26/2010), however, weighs heavily in the interpretation of this new dinosaur: “Haplocheirus preserves plesiomorphic morphological characteristics that confirm a basal position for Alvarezsauroidea within Maniraptora, demonstrating that these features of derived alvarezsauroids represent dramatic convergences with birds.”  Plesiomorphic is a fancy word for convergently evolved.3  And the authors interpreted Haplocheirus as the more “primitive” maniraptoran simply because of its assumed earlier date than other members labeled “derived” (more evolved) due to their later dates.  But read the paper’s final paragraph and see if it professes any confidence that this creature provides clear-cut evidence of dinosaur-to-bird evolution, as trumpeted by the press.  Watch for how the words convergent, primitive and derived are employed:Haplocheirus is the largest alvarezsauroid known from complete material (see SOM), and its basal phylogenetic position suggests a pattern of miniaturization for the Alvarezsauroidea, relatively rare in dinosaurs but convergently evolved in Paraves.  Derived alvarezsauroids have a simplified, homogeneous dentition convergent with that of some extant insectivorous mammals, but Haplocheirus has recurved, serrated teeth and caniniforms that suggest carnivory was the primitive condition for the clade.  The presence in Haplocheirus of only slightly reduced second and third manual digits and curved unguals with flexor tubercles on these digits implies that the hand was fully functional and Haplocheirus retained some grasping ability, unlike the presumably limited function of the greatly reduced lateral manual elements of Mononykus and Shuvuuia.  The mediolaterally narrow McIII (metacarpal three) and the greatly shortened and slender McIV suggest that the extensive digital reduction and fusion seen in derived alvarezsauroids was already under way by the earliest Late Jurassic, proceeded from lateral to medial on the manus and, surprisingly, initially involved reduction in length of only McIV.It sounds like they found another unusual dinosaur, with fully functioning arms and grasping claws, that did not announce it was trying to become a bird.  That “suggestion” was imposed on the fossil by certain humans with a story in their minds.  The words primitive and derived appear in the mind of the beholder; and when derived features appear on individuals deemed unrelated, the notion of convergent evolution is always available to rescue the story from the confusion (see 01/26/2010).Color me ginger:  Another announcement this week also concerned dinosaur-bird evolution.  The press, including BBC News, Live Science and Science Daily reported on a paper in Nature4 about scientists determining the color in alleged feathers of fossil specimens Sinosauropteryx and Confuciusornis.  The press swamped the reader with implications that birds are evolved dinosaurs, employing phrases “birds of a feather” to emphasize the evolutionary interpretation.  National Geographic was a little more reserved, stating that the study “may strengthen dinosaur-bird link.”  It sported the largest artwork of the ring-tailed creature.    The placement of Sinosauropteryx in a dinosaur-to-bird transition, however, remains controversial (10/10/2005, 02/08/2006, 05/23/2007, 01/09/2008, 01/21/2009).  Confuciusornis was already classed as a bird (02/21/2003).  So the main argument in the paper regards whether melanocytes and their colors are diagnostic of feathers.  Even if one accepts that point (although the bristly structures do not have the vanes and barbules of true feathers), and even if one accepts the date of and phylogenetic position of Sinosauropteryx, it is not clear to anyone why a dinosaur would grow feathers.  Certainly it would indicate that the integumentary structures were not used for flying.  The artist’s reconstruction shows a ground-dwelling creature covered in short, colorful fuzz.  In addition, many other creatures have melanosomes that do not have feathers – like humans, zebras and cuttlefish (which have an even larger variety of chromatophores, including melanophores). Dino-gliders: becoming birds?  Remember Microraptor gui, the strange biplane-like feathered bird-thing? (See 11/16/2005, bullet 2.)  Many news sources, like CBC News, displayed the new model produced by a team of scientists who wanted to find out if the creature could glide.  Their results were reported in PNAS.5  University of Kansas show partial success after some crash landings.  The feature announced, “Researchers of microraptor shed light on ancient origin of bird flight.”    The assumption is that this creature reveals something about the “evolution of flight.”  It appears clear that the creature could not walk on the ground very well with those long feathers on its hind limbs.  Still, it is not clear that gliding squirrels, gliding lizards, or gliding monkeys are evolving powered flight.  There were also, at that time, all the extremely agile and diverse pterosaurs that were not evolving into birds.  Microraptor with its strange feather get-up may represent a bird in the process of losing powered flight, or an extinct animal among many extinct animals (cf. Anchiornis, 10/01/2009).    For evolutionists, Microraptor has become a focal point of the debate between tree-down (arboreal) and cursorial (ground-up) theories for the origin of flight (01/25/2008).  The previous entry about melanocytes on Sinosauropteryx would support the latter; this entry argues the former.  The artist reconstructions of Sinosauropteryx do not suggest anything close to a gliding animal, let alone a tree-climber.  If David Alexander wants to promote Microraptor as favoring the arboreal theory, he will have to convince the Sinosauropteryx people that their fossil was not part of the flight story.Tyrannosaurus mama:  Everybody loves the cuddly T-rex, at least the plush Christmas toy variety.  Now, another “more primitive” tyrannosaur has been reported from New Mexico; see Live Science.  Actually, the fossils of Bistahieversor sealeyi, as it was named, were discovered in 1998, but recent closer analysis shows it to be a distinct species.  “To the untrained eye, Bistahieversor looks like most of its tyrannosaur relatives, but many subtle features, especially in its skull, set it apart,” the article said.  That seems to indicate that none of the major tyrannosaur equipment was lacking in this fossil said to be 10 million years older than the terror of Jurassic Park.  The concluding lines of the article indicate that a presumed evolutionary series is less than straightforward: “Bistahieversor shares a few characteristics with more advanced tyrannosaurs, like the T. rex, but also has many, more primitive features.  The findings give the researchers insight into the evolution of this dinosaur linage [sic], helping them understand when particular features may have arisen.”    But “hey! what you callin’ primitive?” a street person might object.  “The fact that Bistahieversor has a T.-rex-like snout, even though it is older, indicates that this feature is relatively primitive, Carr said, and it is not unique to more advanced tyrannosaurs.”  This means that part of the “advanced” T-rex anatomy got demoted to primitive, just because it resembled the snout of an earlier tyrannosaurid dinosaur.  What’s more, the article indicated that both primitive and advanced members of the family were contemporaries – only separated by presumed geographical barriers.  Movie-goers, however, might remember that the designers of Jurassic Park did not find barriers very effective in keeping these giants from roaming wherever they wanted to go. Paleontologists and biologists continue to uncover animals past and present that exhibit amazing diversity.  Some of them are so weird and unexpected, they are almost unbelievable.  Usually, the news media are quick to tally up points for Darwin by explaining to lay people how they shed light on evolution.  But in the “discovery” stage of science, before the “explanation” stage, maybe scientists need time to just assess what it is they are looking at. 1.  Jonah N. Choiniere, Xing Xu et al, “A Basal Alvarezsauroid Theropod from the Early Late Jurassic of Xinjiang, China, 148;Science, 29 January 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5965, pp. 571-574, DOI: 10.1126/science.1182143.2.  Richard Stone, “Bird-Dinosaur Link Firmed Up, And in Brilliant Technicolor,” Science, 29 January 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5965, p. 508, DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5965.508.3. Plesiomorphyrefers to generalized similarity prior to a common ancestor – see 10/20/2006 for another example.4.  Zhang et al, Nature advance online publication doi:10.1038/nature08740 (2010); see summary on Nature News.5.  David Alexander et al, “Model tests of gliding with different hindwing configurations in the four-winged dromaeosaurid Microraptor gui,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early edition, January 25, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0911852107.Evolutionists are fascinating.  They are so clever at defending their worldview at all costs.  Someone should scientifically study them as a social phenomenon.Epilogue and Eulogy:  The headline chosen for this entry was “Incredible Creatures that Support Evolution?”  Some readers will recognize that as a takeoff on the instructive and visually-rich film trilogy from Exploration Films, Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution (see 10/03/2009 Resource of the Week).  The jovial, adventurous co-narrator of the series, David Hames, delighted viewers with his amusing introductions of each animal.  We are sad to report that Mr. Hames lost his life in the Haiti earthquake of January 12.  Exploration Films announced that he was trapped in the collapse of the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince while traveling to the poverty-stricken island to help make a film on children in need.  Our hearts go out to his wife Renee, whose faith, she wrote, gave her a “great peace” about God’s sovereign will.  David was an honorable, self-sacrificing Christian, whose legacy in the films will live on and continue to bless many.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More workers now paid by mobile: FNB

first_imgReducing time and costs Since its launch in July 2010, First National Bank’s corporate clients have used Pay Wallet to send over R42-million directly to the mobile phones of more than 19 000 South Africans, with the service now growing at an average monthly rate of 35%. Pay Wallet reduces the time and costs associated with handling cash, or issuing cheques to pay employee wages. It can also be used as a replacement for petty cash, by simply paying funds into a card linked to the company, instead of an individual. Pay Wallet is an extension of FNB’s eWallet, which allows FNB customers to send money in real time to anyone with a cellphone. It enables FNB Corporate, Commercial and Public Sector clients to electronically pay their employees directly to their mobiles or into a debit card. Innovative and simple banking Bridging the banking gap “FNB will continue to work towards developing and introducing further access to banking which are both innovative and simple,” said Van Wyk. “We hope that this will see the needs of the unbanked being met together with a heightened awareness of what is available to them.” “Mobile money transfer is currently the flavour of the moment and mobile wallets meet a desperate need to keep one’s money safe,” says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of internet research firm World Wide Worx. “It is likely that mobile wallet-type applications will serve as a way of ensuring your cash is secure as it is a natural partner service to cellphone banking.” In its research, Finscope shows that of South African adults that have never been formally banked, 89% are black, 7% coloured, 3% white, and 1% Indian. Research done by Finscope in 2010 states that 12.4-million adults in South Africa still remain unbanked, and that of these, 11.1-million adults have never been exposed to any type of formalised banking practices. FNB has also recently enabled companies to integrate their line-of-business systems with Pay Wallet, to pay employees via cards. This allows any company, regardless of who they bank with, to use Pay Wallet. Payments can be done on FNB Online Banking, individually or via an easy-to-use file upload system. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Pay Wallet has simplified the way payments are made to those without access to financial services and has been critical in introducing the unbanked to formalised ways of handling their funds.” 18 August 2011 “Products such as FNB Pay Wallet are allowing us to bridge the gap between the banked and the unbanked and address the real need for access to financial services,” FNB eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement last week. “This also allows for the transfer of cash to be done safely and easily.” Twenty-two percent of adults in KwaZulu-Natal have never been banked, giving the province the highest number of unbanked adults in the country. Gauteng and Eastern Cape both sit at 15%, followed by Limpopo at 14%, Mpumalanga with 11%, the Free State, Northwest and Western Cape with 7%, and the Northern Cape with 3%. The objective was to make it easier for employers from all industries to make payments to their staff, said Van Wyk. “This solution is ideal for seasonal or contract employees, once-off employees, temporary labour to small businesses and other informal establishments such as spaza shops,” she said. The recipients are then able to access their money immediately at any full-service FNB ATM, with or without a bank card.last_img read more