Boeheim says Syracuse not looking ahead to Duke game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim knows many fans and media members are already looking ahead to the Duke game on Saturday.College GameDay visiting Syracuse. The two best teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tyler Ennis and Jabari Parker on the same court. Excitement is inevitable.But Boeheim insists that his team isn’t looking ahead to Duke. He said his players recognize that every game poses different challenges. No. 2 Syracuse’s (19-0, 6-0 ACC) matchup against Wake Forest (14-6, 4-3) Wednesday night isn’t nearly as notable as the Duke game, but it’s just as important for SU, Boeheim said.“We know that going to Wake Forest is obviously very difficult,” Boeheim said in the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday. “They’re very tough in their place. They haven’t lost at home and are obviously a very good basketball team.”The Demon Deacons won just 36 percent of their games the past three years and have been stuck near the bottom of the ACC standings since 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut this year’s team is different, Boeheim insists. Wake Forest is 12-0 at home and has beaten North Carolina, North Carolina State and Notre Dame. Jeff Bzdelik’s team has outscored its opponents by 4.4 points per game this season and has limited the opposition to just 40.3 percent shooting.Travis McKie was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday, and Codi Miller-McIntyre has emerged as one of the conference’s premier scorers.Last year, Wake Forest had the fourth best attendance in the ACC, and Saturday’s win over the Fighting Irish nearly drew 12,000. Bzdelik, Wake’s head coach, knows his team is young, which is part of the reason it’s been so successful at home, he said.“They feed off the energy,” Bzdelik said in the teleconference.This team is legitimate and is especially lethal at home. Boeheim believes it has a chance to knock off Syracuse, just like any team in the conference. That’s why all of his and Syracuse’s focus is on Wednesday’s game.He said this year’s team has been very good at not looking ahead, so he expects nothing different this week.“There’ll be no thought that we weren’t thinking about Wake Forest,” Boeheim said. “We will be thinking about Wake Forest until that game is over with.” Comments Published on January 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Middletown Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Police Officer

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Township police have charged a township man with attempted murder of a police officer and a number of related charges stemming from an incident that took place on Sunday, March 25 at approximately 11:21 a.m.Middletown police were attempting to arrest Gregory Canova, 37, Stephenville Blvd, who was wanted by the Sea Girt and Wall Township Police Departments on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, when Canova struck Middletown Police Officer Daniel Murdoch with his vehicle and dragged him a short distance.Middletown Township Police Sergeant Charles Terefenko located Canova, who then rammed Terefenko’s patrol car. Canova was apprehended when his vehicle crashed on Courtney Way in Middletown.Canova was charged by the Middletown Police Department with attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, eluding police, resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was also charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and violation of a court order by the Sea Girt Police Department and two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child by the Wall Township Police Department.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie Justus ordered Canova held on $882,500 bail with no 10 percent payment for release permitted.Middletown Police Officers Murdoch and Terefenko were treated at Riverview Medical Center for injuries sustained during tlast_img read more

Canucks Shoot Down Stars To Claim Fifth Straight

first_img Vancouver won’t care too much about playoff seeding.  The first round opponent will be one of Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Jose.  Of those, the Canucks would likely want to avoid the Sharks the most, followed by the Kings.  Predicting where these teams will finish (one will finish third, with the others 7-9) is almost impossible at this stage.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the last couple games of the season if the playoff picture solidifies much before then. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEA convincing win against a desperate team.  The Canucks stepped it up a notch tonight and it showed.  Vancouver is now 7-3 in its last 10 games when considering whether or not it “would have been” a playoff game. PARTING SHOTSIn-Arena Observation of the Night:  For many reasons, this was the most fun I’ve had at Rogers Arena all season long.  Mostly because of the score, the crowd was abuzz and happy for most of the second and third periods.  It was a very good environment, lots of fun, and the crowd showed that when the team puts its best effort on the ice, the crowd will do the same in the stands.Looking ahead: The Canucks face the Calgary Flames tomorrow on Hockey Night in Canada.  The Flames are desperate, and anything other than two points will officially eliminate them from playoff contention.  While the Canucks played extremely well tonight, look for a classic Flames/Canucks game tomorrow. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks continued their late-season homestand on Friday night at Rogers Arena, as they hosted the Dallas Stars, currently embroiled in a dogfight with their Pacific Division brethren for three of the four remaining playoff berths.  Vancouver rode the solid goaltending of surprise starter Cory Schneider, and saw the return of a killer instinct for goal scoring as they coasted to a 5-2 victory over the visitors.Henrik Sedin, who tallied three assists on the night, led the Canucks offensively.  Max Lapierre, promoted to the “first” line with Henrik and Alex Burrows, also added three points, scoring a goal and two assists.Chris Higgins opened the scoring for Vancouver, beating Stars’ starting netminder Kari Lehtonen at 6:17 of the first period after some nice work down the wall and a good pass into the slot from Jannik Hansen.  The first period was relatively even, but Schneider was forced to make a number of quality saves as Dallas outshot the Canucks 13-7. Media reports indicate that Daniel is progressing nicely and will likely be ready for the playoffs.  This is great news, however, with concussions, things can change instantly and he could suffer a setback at any time. It looked like AV was trying to get the top unit out against Steve Ott’s line in the third, and it paid off with two goals.  Henrik’s play on the Burrows goal was tremendous, as he held the puck on the right wall, faked a pass back to the point, and put the puck to the net where Burrows buried it.  Vintage Sedin. After giving up the tying goal to Stars’ dynamic forward Steve Ott just after the intermission, the Canucks were the better team in the second period, buoyed by a couple of power plays.  The Canucks were able to move the puck reasonably well on those power plays, and were rewarded late in the second one on a goal by Sami Salo, as he blasted it by a screened Lehtonen.  The Canucks took command of the game give minutes later, as Henrik found unlikely goal scorer Andrew Alberts creeping in from the point.  Alberts’ shot deflected off Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas and past Lehtonen for what was eventually the game-winning goal.  This second period was atypical for the Canucks, as they outshot the Stars 20-13.The Canucks put the clamp down on Dallas in the third period, only allowing four shots from the allegedly desperate visitors.  Honestly, as a Canucks supporter, it was refreshing to be in the rink for something more than a one-goal game.  The Canucks were able to score twice on their seven shots in the final stanza, Burrows and Lapierre adding the icing on the cake.  Jake Dowell beat Schneider in garbage time with less than three minutes remaining.Before the game, coach Alain Vigneault again tweaked his lines in an effort to source more offense for his club.  Lapierre was the prime beneficiary, who slotted in with Henrik and Burrows as AV reunited two-thirds of his top scoring line.  Mason Raymond was put back down on the second unit with Kesler and Booth, the third line was left unchanged, and the fourth line ran with Malhotra centering Weise and Kassian.  The tinkering clearly worked, as Henrik seemingly found his game and made a big difference offensively.Overall, this was a tremendous performance by the Canucks.  They really limited Dallas’ scoring chances throughout the game, and in a familiar story, the goaltender was there to shut the door when required (most notably, midway through the second period, Schneider made a huge save against Loui Eriksson on a two on one with the game tied at one and the Canucks on their first power play).  The Canucks, playing without Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, and Roberto Luongo, stuck to their game plan and it is continuing to work.  There wasn’t a huge difference in their play tonight as opposed to other recent efforts, other than the fact that they got a few bounces tonight, pucks came to them as opposed to away, and they were able to get a few past the other goaltender. GAME OBSERVATIONS The impact of the two goal lead (or better) is immense on the team’s ice time.  The extra cushion allows AV to roll his four lines and three D pairings more consistently.  Tonight, no forwards saw less than 10 or more than 20 minutes of ice.  As the team’s prime concern right now is managing minutes and avoiding injury, this is huge. Lapierre looked great playing up with Sedin and Burrows.  The finish on his goal was world class, as he took his time and snapped a wrist shot into the top corner.  The goal came against Stars’ backup Richard Bachman, who replaced Lehtonen midway through the third period (likely to rest him as Dallas plays another important game Saturday night).center_img With their fifth straight win, the Canucks are in a great position to overtake St. Louis for the Western Conference title.  They sit one point back of the Blues with four games to play.  Vancouver will play four games against non-playoff teams (Calgary twice, Anaheim, Edmonton), while St. Louis finishes with tougher tests against Detroit, Phoenix, Dallas, and Columbus.  The Canucks must beat St. Louis in points, as the Blues will win a tiebreaker between the teams. The Canucks D pairings were Hamhuis-Tanev, Edler-Gragnani, and Salo-Alberts, and all were extremely effective.  The defense did a better job again of stepping up and now allowing easy access into the zone.  Salo and Alberts were on the ice for the Ott goal and didn’t look good, allowed Ott unencumbered access to the font of the net, but otherwise, the entire team was good. Bieksa sat out his second straight game with an undisclosed injury.  I’m doubtful the injury is serious, but it is mildly concerning.  It’s comforting knowing that the team is being extremely conservative on these matters at this stage of the year, and Canucks’ brass hasn’t indicated that there’s any risk that Bieksa won’t be available come playoff time. Alberts made up for it by scoring only his second goal of the year.  I keep saying it, but I really like the element he adds to the back end.  For the most part, he’s been very good when inserted into the lineup in the last couple of months.last_img read more

Should the Raiders draft an offensive skill player early?

first_imgJon Gruden has made it clear he’s striving to be like the Kansas City Chiefs, on offense at least, and this draft offers the Raiders a chance to begin closing the monumental gap between these two teams.Yes, the Raiders need more help on defense than offense, but with four picks among the first 35, general manager Mike Mayock and Gruden can afford to bolster their offense early.But should those reinforcements come at skill positions, say, in the form of a future featured running back or a slot …last_img

Liberal Pastors Rally to Defend Darwin on “Evolution Sunday”

first_imgImagine this scene at a local church in your community:Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from Origin of Species, chapter 15: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”1  Let us join in celebration, this glorious Darwin Day, in a word of prayer.  O great divine principle, let us find within ourselves the strength to oppose those who would denigrate the memory of the author of these inspired words, Charles Darwin.If this seems odd, consider that thousands of liberal churches might find this a great introduction to their Feb. 12 agenda.  Not only are schools and communities rising to make Darwin Day an occasion for standing up against creationism and intelligent design (see MSNBC and LiveScience), many churches are joining the celebration of what Darwin symbolizes: the triumph of human reason over revelation.  MSNBC states “more than 400 churches of many denominations – most of them in the United States – have agreed to participate in ‘Evolution Sunday’ by giving a sermon, holding classes or sponsoring discussions.”    The number 400 may be a serious underestimate.  Michael Zimmerman, a biology professor and dean of the University of Oshkosh, put out an appeal to churches to sign a letter affirming evolution.  He got over 10,000 responses to his Clergy Letter Project, all of whom are listed on his website by name, church and city.  The letter they supported states that the Bible is not meant to be taken literally; “Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts.”  The stories from Genesis contain “timeless truths” about God and man and nature, but did not actually happen.    The second paragraph proclaims that science and religion are completely separate spheres, and that denying evolution amounts to ignorance and blasphemy (by denying the “God-given faculty of reason”).  No such burden is lodged against evolutionists, whose ideas cannot be treated as anything less than truth:We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist.  We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests.  To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children.  We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator.  To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris..  We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge.  We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Zimmerman also included suggestions for how to celebrate Evolution Sunday, with sample sermons and a resources page adorned with a fatherly figure of Darwin.  He is also taking an offering.  His advertising campaign page is raising funds for full-page ads and op-ed pieces to promote the view that Christianity and Darwinism are compatible, and that it is a “false dichotomy” to portray them at odds.  According to the page, the Christian Alliance for Progress (CAP) has agreed to handle the donations.    Not all Christians take these developments positively.  As could be expected, Answers in Genesis finds it appalling, and also ironic that Richard Dawkins is simultaneously airing a very anti-religious message in the UK, claiming that “faith” and science are deeply opposed.  Ken Ham is on the counterattack with a Biblical creation message for churches, reported the LA Times.  Ham calls the compromise of churches with Darwinism treason, and urges and arms church members to aggressively defend their faith against evolution.  For an I.D. response, the Discovery Institute pointed to “Evolution Sunday” as the height of hypocrisy.  “Why do Darwinists think it is not okay for people to criticize Darwin on religious grounds, but it is just fine to defend him on religious grounds?” said Bruce Chapman, president.  Others have wondered why Darwin deserves a special day when we don’t celebrate birthdays of other scientists like Newton or Galileo or Einstein.  Whatever; according to an Associated Press story, the faithful may show up at church tomorrow for a party featuring badminton, bones and birthday cake.1Darwin ended the Origin this way only because he wanted to forestall accusations of atheism.  It was pure spin doctoring.  Janet Browne2 explains, “When he needed to, he spoke cautiously of the Creator, aware that his book might otherwise be labelled atheistic.  But he was careful not to allow the Creator any active role in biological proceedings” (p. 60, emphasis added in all quotes).    A clergyman of the time, Robert Kingsley, was “awed” by Darwin’s book and immediately set out to reconcile it with his religious faith, just like today’s signers of the Clergy Letter Project think they can.  Kingsley wrote, “I have gradually learnt to see that it is just as noble a conception of deity to believe that he created primal forms capable of self development . . . as to believe that he required a fresh act of intervention to supply the lacunas which He himself had made.”  Sound familiar?  Here’s what Browne says about Darwin’s feelings: “As it happened, nothing could have been further from Darwin’s intention.  Natural selection was a phenomenon that could never be governed, or set into motion, by a Creator.  Kingsley had misunderstood that the main point of Darwin’s book was to remove the Creator from nature” (p. 95).    The next paragraph is instructive about how today’s disciples of Darwin use the clergy for their own purposes: “Nevertheless, Darwin snatched eagerly at these proferred plaudits.  Urgently, he asked if he could quote Kingsley’s letter in the forthcoming reprint of the Origin of Species.  He hoped to show that hysterical shrieks from the Athenaeum [a scientific newsletter] or from FitzRoy [captain of the Beagle] and Sedgwick [Darwin’s geology professor, a creationist] were utterly unjustified—that at least one prominent (if rebellious) Church of England parson did not condemn him outright.”  Add 10,000 more dupes to the list.2Janet Browne, Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (volume 2 of an award-winning biography of Darwin), Princeton University Press, 2002.Let’s connect some dots.  If you go to CAP’s News page, you will notice that they take a far-leftist, liberal progressivist stance on every issue down the line: pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-Alito, the whole blue-state shootin’ match.  Of course, Evolution Sunday receives prominent positive press, while their bogeymen are the “religious right” and their bosom buddies are the ACLU and Americans United Against Separation of Church and State.  We have illustrated this repeatedly.  The ones opposing creationism and intelligent design are almost all political liberals and social radicals.  This is not about a scientific theory, but represents a complete cultural, political and religious divide with huge implications.  Ironically, the liberals who talk peace and compromise are the ones most entrenched in their position and least willing to listen.  Who calls for the debates?  Who seeks open discussion of the scientific evidence?  Who really wants to open minds and have a dialogue?  Usually, the creationists!  It’s the Darwin Party that wants to dogmatize and stigmatize and indoctrinate, while shutting the door on “teaching the controversy” with threats of lawsuits.  While snatching for themselves the crown of scholarship, and donning the robes of reason, the Darwinist liberal elitists look down their snooty noses at people who actually use reason and scientific evidence against their positions.    Consider one example: Zimmerman deplores the false dichotomy of theology vs. evolution, then commits an egregious either-or fallacy himself: to “let science be science and religion be religion, two very different, yet complementary, forms of truth.”  This is very shallow reasoning that cannot hold up to scrutiny or history.  Even pro-evolutionist Dr. Lawrence Principe (Johns Hopkins) in a new set of “Science and Religion” lectures for The Teaching Company admits this: both spheres have many things in common – science carries metaphysical and theological implications, and theology and the Bible have much to say about the natural world.  This NOMA (non-overlapping magisteria) strategy of compartmentalizing science and religion into separate spheres doesn’t work.  It is no solution at all.  (Sadly, Principe winds up endorsing theistic evolution in the end, which is no solution, either.  More on that later if time permits.)    Francis Schaeffer has taken this further in his book Escape from Reason, demonstrating how segregating Nature and Grace ends up with Nature swallowing Grace.  Phillip Johnson, more recently, has also stressed the point the Darwinists make profound religious claims that go far beyond the flimsy evidence adduced in support of molecules-to-man evolution.  He also understands the “two-platoon strategy” of the Darwinists.  They talk peace to churches when the heat is on, sounding as if their ideas present no problem to religion.  When the coast is clear, out comes the anti-religion positivist rhetoric.  Many similar points have been made over the decades in creationist literature with ample quotes from the Darwinists themselves.  This is so obvious we need not belabor the point.  Signers of the Clergy Letter, therefore, are either liars or hopelessly misinformed.  More likely, their liberal, leftist ideology comports more comfortably with Darwin than with Moses.    Before getting angry about what has happened to the church in America, realize that this is nothing new.  Anyone who has read the Bible from cover to cover has undoubtedly noted a recurring theme: those who fear God and trust His word are often a persecuted minority, even within the sphere of “religious” people.  In the Old Testament, “true Israel” (those committed to God’s word) was a small subset of political Israel.  In the New Testament, false teachers and heresies quickly emerged, as Paul predicted.  By the late middle ages, the “church” was burning at the stake saints who wanted to distribute the word of God to the common people.  The most adamant opponents of God and his will on earth are often not the rabid atheists or pagans: it is the corrupt religious leaders: the progressives who call themselves followers of God but take liberal-line liberties with God’s word.  There were the elders who made a golden calf in the name of Jehovah, trying to show that there was no dichotomy between the Lord and the gods of Egypt.  There was Jeroboam, guided by apostate priests, setting up two golden calves, spin-doctoring this blatant idolatry as performed in honor of Jehovah (something the true prophets repeatedly called a great sin in Israel).  There were the false prophets who opposed Jeremiah (Jer. 23) and Ezekiel (Eze. 13), the “foolish prophets” who spoke in the name of the Lord but whom He had not sent – who, instead of speaking His word, spoke out of the imagination of their own hearts and led the people astray.    The most telling example of all is how the religious elite treated Jesus Christ himself.  Here was the Son of God standing in front of them, the Lord incarnate to whom all future generations of Christians should honor as the ultimate authority, the predicted Messiah, and look who stood in his way.  Who opposed him and accused him of getting his power from the devil, and ultimately crucified him?  The scholars – the learned class, the elitists – the scribes and Pharisees against whom He leveled the most biting accusations: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (Matt. 23).  These elitists, along with their rival elitists, the Sadducees, who joined to condemn Jesus, were the farthest from God while priding themselves as God’s special pets.    The common denominator in their attitude was pride.  Rather than humbling themselves before the word of God, they elevated their own reason, tradition or status as more important than understanding and obeying God’s will as expressed in his word.  In the Pharisees’ case, though they nearly worshiped the Torah, they took liberties with the meaning and added profusely their own rules and traditions with the end result of contradicting the clear meaning of the text.  In the Sadducees’ case, their love of power and prestige led them to either ignore the word of God or take a more “progressive” interpretation guaranteed to preserve their status and political power.    These historical reminders are not suggesting that loyalty to the word of God is anti-intellectual or anti-scientific; far from it.  They are lessons that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (acknowledged by the wisest scholar of the day, Solomon – Prov. 1).  Fear of the Lord and honor for His word are the starting points.  A godly scholar does not remain stationary at the beginning; he or she progresses into more wisdom and knowledge, yet always maintaining that position of fear of the Lord.  There have always been eminent Bible scholars in this category.  An ungodly scholar, by contrast, fears not God but the loss of man’s approval.  Starting with human reason, liberal scholarship works out a system that may not oppose God overtly, but destroys Christian teaching indirectly by accommodating it to the fashionable idolatries of the age.    Fast-forward to 2006.  Has anything changed?  There are still those who fear the Lord and honor his word, and there are still those self-styled elitists who filter God’s word through man’s opinions.  While claiming to be worshipers of God, they always find the latest ideas more comfortable than Thus saith the Lord.  In the current case, ignoring the fact that Darwinism represents a complete world view of unguided, purposeless causes intended to rid God from the entire intellectual sphere, liberal churchmen rush to accommodate it because they have been told it is “scientific” (they just adore that word, whatever it means.)  How do they achieve reconciliation?  Not by altering Darwin’s word, but God’s.  They relegate divine action to secondary causes, when the Bible states plainly hundreds of times in no uncertain terms that God created the world and life and man by His Word – directly, not through natural laws or a long, drawn-out evolutionary process.  The God of the Bible answers prayer and is ever-presently active in His world and intensely involved in the lives of people.  Most of all, He is a communicating God.  He is there, and he is not silent.    Darwinism today is plagued with immense scientific and philosophical problems.  It is a sinking ship, a lost cause, and a root of much evil.  Why should any rational person, let alone a Christian, support it?  Wake up, pastors: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118).  If there was ever a decisive call, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” it is now.    Liberal clergy should not expect to be treated humanely for long by their new chosen masters.  Darwin takes no prisoners.  His disciples expect unconditional surrender of all scholarship into an evolutionary, naturalistic world view (see footnote 1, above).  When dealing with despots, history shows repeatedly that appeasement is a failed strategy.  It would be better if the signers of the Clergy Letter Project rejected any pretensions of allegiance to God and the Bible.  It would be better if they took their stand with Dawkins, Provine and all the other anti-Christian atheists who repudiate religion than to stand in their pulpits and say there is no problem between evolution and Christianity.  It would be better to repudiate Jesus Christ, who believed in a literal Adam and Eve and Flood, than to stand in a pseudo-Christian pulpit praising Darwin, who viewed the Bible as foolishness.  If you belong to a church that celebrates Darwin Sunday, get out.  God will not be mocked.  These false teachers are worshipers in name only (WINOs).  Drunk on Dar-wine, when the party is over, they will find the hangover most disagreeable.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A hairy anthropological puzzle

first_imgThe brown hyena – prime suspect in theancient whodunnit. (Image: Richard DuToit, Nature Picture Library) Electron microscope scans of fivefossilised human hairs.(Image: Born Animal – Discovery News) Gladysvale has yielded thousands of fossilsof man and beast, with millions more stillin place. (Image: Gladysvale)Janine ErasmusThe World Heritage Cradle of Humankind site has yielded another important archaeological find, with the discovery of what is very probably strands of ancient human hair in a fossilised piece of hyena dung – dating back to around 200 000 years ago.The strands are the oldest examples of their kind, surpassing the previous oldest known specimens of human hair by 191 000 years. The latter were found on a 9 000-year-old Chinchorro mummy from Arica, Chile.The Chinchorro culture was prevalent in northern Chile and southern Peru between 5 000 and 3 000 BC. Mummies from this epoch are the oldest examples of mummified human remains, much older than even the Egyptian mummies. However, the new find makes the hair from the Chinchorro mummies seem positively youthful.The strands were found in a hyena latrine – typically used by a single animal – embedded within a fossilised clump of dung known as a coprolite. Appearing to the untrained eye to be nothing more than a group of round white rocks, the coprolites each measured roughly 2 cm in diameter.The high calcium content in such biological objects, and the calcium-imbued drip from the cave roof, facilitated the fossilisation and preservation of the hairs. After carefully extracting the delicate specimens with tweezers, researchers placed them under an electron microscope. Scans revealed external wavy scale patterns that are characteristic of primates – these, and the size and shape of the hairs suggest that they are human in origin.The hyena species in question is the brown hyena (Parahyaena brunnea), a canny opportunist that derives most of its nourishment from scavenging, although it has been known to occasionally hunt small mammals.Although they consider it most likely that the animal stumbled upon its last meal, scientists have not ruled out the possibility that a hyena attack was the cause of death. Brown hyenas are found in the area still today.Rich source of fossilsThe exciting discovery was made at Gladysvale Cave in Gauteng, located about 45km north-west of Johannesburg. The cave, which sits in the John Nash Nature Reserve within the boundaries of the Cradle of Humankind, has been a prolific source of fossilised specimens since the first fossil, that of a baboon, was found in 1946.The complex consists of three underground caves containing a substantial amount of breccia – that is, a clastic (fragmentary) rock composed of angular gravel-size fragments in a matrix or cementing material. Sediments in the cave date from as ancient as three million years to as recent as 250 years ago.Since 1946, thousands of fossils have been recovered from the Gladysvale deposits, both inside and outside the cave, including rare remains of hominids. The first hominid remains – two teeth of the early human species Australopithecus africanus – were discovered in 1991.The famous fossils of the Taung Child and Mrs Ples are both fine examples of A. africanus. The good news for the scientific community is that there are still millions of ancient bones in place in the cave, waiting to be unearthed.International collaborationPaleoanthropologist Dr Lucinda Backwell of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand headed the study, together with a team of South African and international colleagues from Switzerland and the UK.Their findings are due to be published shortly in the print version of the Journal of Archaeological Science, but for those who can’t wait, the article has been available on the journal’s website since 31 January 2009.The owner of the hair has not yet been established but, said Backwell, the hyena dung falls within the period of existence in Africa of early species of humans such as Homo heidelbergensis. This period, which spans 195 000 to 257 000 years in the past, also saw the emergence of the first anatomically modern humans.“The hairs could belong to either of them or, of course, to a species not yet recognised,” explained Backwell.Although there are no hairs from early human species to use for comparison, and DNA sampling from the hairs was not possible, there is a plethora of coprolite material in the cave. Further analysis of the fossilised dung may well lead to a better understanding of the environment in which our ancestors lived, and their interactions with the creatures around them.Significant findThe hairs are significant in a number of ways. They represent a soft tissue find from a period, said Backwell, which rarely even yields skeletal material.Furthermore, commented biological anthropologist Pat Shipman of Penn State, “The hair is an especially exciting find because it raises the possibility that there are other coprolites with other hairs, which would give us a new and quite accurate means of looking at the composition of ancient animal communities.”Hyenas search for food in their immediate surroundings, she added, so at that time a human lived, or at least died, close to Gladysvale cave.This also raises the possibility that at that time humans were preyed upon or scavenged by hyenas, or that they competed with them for food resources.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesUnearthing our human ancestors Ancient arrows a clue to the pastTracing the origins of humankindUseful linksBernard Price Institute for Palaeontological ResearchWits University School of GeosciencesDiscovery ChannelHyena – African Wildlife FoundationBrown hyena – IUCN specialist groupGladysvaleMaropeng – Cradle of HumankindCradle of HumankindTransvaal Museum of Natural HistoryJournal of Archaeological ScienceSmithsonian Institution – Human Origins programmeUnesco – Cradle of Humankindlast_img read more

Virgin Australia rebadges economy legroom seats

first_imgVIRGIN Australia has rebadged its Extra Legroom product as Economy Space + and added new options to make it more enticing to passengers.Passengers who shell out as little $10 one-way for the new product on domestic flights will receive priority boarding, at least 25 per cent more legroom in exit or first row seats along with “preferred” overhead lockers.A spokeswoman said the preferred lockers would likely be badged but customers taking the new option would also get early access because of the priority boarding.Choosing the option on short-haul international flights gets access to dedicated check-in facilities and  a more expansive flagship package on the airline’s long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs starts at $50 one-way.In addition to exit rows, the long-haul product is available in five rows of Economy Space + seating in a secluded cabin area behind premium economy. It also includes premium noise cancelling headphones and a guaranteed first meal choice.The price will vary by route, market, fare type and time of purchase with the long-haul option costing as much as $165 one way for last minute travellers booking within six days of departure. The option will appear as an extra during the booking process and will be cheaper for those booking further ahead. Passengers can also use Velocity points.The move follows overseas trends to boost revenue by offering passengers extras for which they are willing to pay and comes as Virgin is changing its fare structure.Virgin is expanding its ticket options from September 7 in a new “Fares For You’’ structure but unlike US airlines, it is not remove existing domestic flight entitlements such as complimentary baggage, food and entertainment.“We believe Economy Space+ provides great value and will be very popular with travellers in the main cabin,” said Virgin Australia chief commercial officer Judith Crompton.last_img read more

Dan Pink: Productivity Improvement Techniques, Chronotypes, and Napucinnos – Episode #108

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:12 — 40.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSDan Pink is not a guy who normally would come to mind when you begin thinking about a person who can teach you productivity improvement techniques. But given that Dan is committed to a research-based approach to his writing, it shouldn’t surprise you that he’s discovered something that can improve your productivity either. His new book, “When” is a masterpiece for those looking to improve their productivity – but you won’t know it when you first pick up the book. This conversation digs into what Dan discovered through his research about how humans work, how our biological cycles and clocks inform the decisions we should make about the work we do and provides practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting more important stuff done. Dan’s discoveries are revolutionary, so don’t miss [email protected]: #Productivity Improvement Techniques, #Chronotypes, and Napucinnos, on episode 109 of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #SalesClick To TweetAre the “morning person” and “night owl” stereotypes based in reality?For a very long time, we’ve heard people referred to as “morning person” or “night owl.” It’s an example of a trite saying that IS a trite saying because there is truth to it. Dan Pink’s research has revealed that there really are rhythms to life and patterns to the way individuals operate that make them more prone to be productive at different times of the day. Why does that matter for productivity? It’s because knowing which type of person you are will enable you to strategically plan certain types of work for specific times of the day. The result is that you’ll be operating at peak capacity when you are working. These ideas make a lot more sense in the context of the conversation Anthony had with Dan, so set aside time to listen to this intriguing conversation.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily activity you need to understandOne of the most important things Dan Pink has discovered while researching for his new book, “When” is that every human being operates in cycles. We all experience the following three periods in every day – peaks, troughs, and recovery periods. When you are able to identify exactly WHEN each of those periods happens in your typical day, you’re able to do the right kind of work during the right time frame and your productivity soars as a result. This is more than a productivity improvement technique, it’s a day planning strategy that can yield results beyond what you might imagine. Listen in to the conversation and you’ll hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dan Pink is Anthony’s guest on this episode of In The Arena.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily #activity you need to understand. @DanielPink explains why on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your decisions based on the outcomeOutcome-based evaluations are never a good idea, even though it’s the kind of reasoning most of us fall into. You can’t tell if an idea was good or bad simply because of the outcome because there are too many variables that could have or didn’t happen to be entirely sure of the result. Dan cites the decision to run every red light on the way to work as an example. Just because you get to work safely and without being pulled over by the police doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Listen to find out how Dan applies this concept to decision making, sales strategy, and day-planning and productivity.Are you limiting your productivity by trying to be too productive?Most of us who are worker-bees or “doers” spend our day in non-stop productivity mode. But research reveals that non-stop production actually becomes counterproductive. In this conversation, Dan Pink highlights how breaks throughout the day, and even what he calls a “Napucinno” (you’ll have to listen to find out what that is) can actually increase your productivity and enable you to get more done in less time. What is more, the quality of what you do will increase exponentially. It may sound too good to be true but Dan’s got the research to back him up, so don’t miss what he’s got to share.Are you limiting your #productivity by trying to be too #productive? @DanielPink explains why it could be the case, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Dan Pink’s writing and why his newest book should be on your 2018 reading list Anthony’s first meeting with Dan and how he introduced a new concept to Anthony Why Dan loves hiring musicians and actors for no-arts related work What got Dan’s attention to compel him to write his latest book? What is a chronotype and why it’s important to know it’s embedded in humans? Peak, trough, and recovery times in every day. You need to understand this Using your knowledge to make gains in the sales process The vital necessity of practicing a restorative break Could a daily nap (with coffee) boost your productivity and effectiveness? What is a mid-point slump and how can you deal with it? The changes Dan has made in his own life as a result of writing this book Dan’s “Next Big Idea Club” and how you can get connected.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeDan Pink – Explore Dan’s websiteBOOK: Free Agent NationBOOK: A Whole New MindBOOK: DriveBOOK: To Sell Is HumanBOOK: WhenEvernoteBOOK: Thinking In BetsBOOK: Chasing DaylightThe Future ProjectThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeAre the “morning person” and “night owl” #stereotypes based in reality? @DanielPink reveals amazing research from his new book WHEN, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #Sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your #decisions based on the outcome. @DanielPink reveals what research and experience show, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus links

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus linksby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Martin Dubravka has expressed his happiness at St. James’ Park amid speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.The Slovakian has been excellent for Toon over the past 12 months, which has lead to the Old Lady keeping an eye on his performances.But Dubravka insists he is happy on Tyneside.”I am very happy here. To be honest I am completely focused on my job here and that is what I am concentrating on right now,” Dubravka told Chronicle Live.”I know a lot of people have been asking me if I will stay or not, but I am happy now and I am not thinking about any other club.” last_img read more

8 days agoTottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alli

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alliby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is backing Dele Alli to return to form. The midfielder was dropped from the latest England squad after an indifferent start to the season.”I have had some conversations with Dele over the last two or three years,” Pochettino said. “It’s a process.”He’s young, 23, but I love the way he’s working hard to be the best, to find the best form. That is a process that needs time, too.”I think he’s very close and he is doing well.”It was a good opportunity for him in these last two weeks to work hard and clear things up in his head. And for us to help him find his best form.” last_img read more