Boyz taking a hit with MLS salaries

first_imgOn the field, Jamaica was better than the United States (US) during Gold Cup 2015. At the bank, however, US internationals are cashing in more than Reggae Boyz in North America’s top professional football competition.According to figures released recently by the union representing players in Major League Soccer (MLS), Jamaicans generally make far less than their American counterparts, which has left some Boyz claiming lack of respect.The disparity was glaring in the Gold Cup semi-final clash. According to MLS Players Union, the 2015 total guaranteed compensation for the five Americans who play in MLS, and who started against Jamaica, was US$12.3 million, averaging US$2.4 million per player. Captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey are guaranteed US$6.5 million and US$4.6 million, respectively. The lowest compensation will go to Gyasi Zardes, with US$223,000.Meanwhile, four Boyz who started against the US are guaranteed a combined US$787,658.33 in MLS compensation this year, an average of US$196,914.58 each.Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes, goalscorers in the historic 2-1 win, are Jamaica’s projected top earners, with US$272,000 and US$275,658.33, respectively.Midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas will get at least US$180,000, while fullback Kemar Lawrence of New York Red Bulls, arguably the tournament’s best defender, is guaranteed US$60,000, close to MLS minimum.Combined, 20 Jamaica representatives scattered across MLS will make some US$2.4 million in guaranteed compensation in 2015. Half will make less than US$100,000 and nine will earn below US$80,000.Current Jamaican players in MLS interviewed for this story requested anonymity, fearing backlash from their clubs. None suggested American players didn’t deserve their compensation, but some believe the Boyz are being overlooked.”(MLS clubs) do not respect Jamaicans at all,” declared one veteran. “They think Jamaicans are not used to money, so they can offer any kind of money and we’ll take it.”Boyz also claim MLS players from North America who make near-minimum are often inferior to Jamaicans making a similar amount.”Other players from Canada and US get low wages, but they are not the same quality as Jamaicans,” said a Reggae Boy.Jamaicans have a proven record of significant MLS contribution, with several being key members of championship-winning teams. Yet top salaries have not followed club success.”For the players coming from the smaller countries, like in the Caribbean, it’s gonna be difficult because … they’re not seen as being world-class players yet,” explained ex-Jamaica international, Tyrone Marshall, who won multiple MLS titles and is currently an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake.Meanwhile, MLS clubs spend heavily on big names, limiting what they can offer unheralded talent, including Jamaicans.”The MLS makes one mistake,” said Winfried Sch‰fer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior national team during the Gold Cup. “They take too many older players and pay them too much money. That is a problem for the development of the players. A big problem.”Brazilian Kaka is guaranteed most compensation in MLS this season – US$7.2 million. Ex-England internationals Steven Gerrard (US$6.3 million) and Frank Lampard (US$6 million), plus Spain’s David Villa (US$5.6 million), also rake in big bucks.Agents have been blamed for some disparity in compensation. Jamaican players believe they are occasionally caught in conflicts of interest.”Representation is a problem,” said a former Jamaican MLS All-Star. “… You’re never sure what’s going on behind closed doors.Jamaicans are, therefore, starting to take keener interest in their contract negotiations.”You have to put your foot down,” one player said.But Jamaican Damani Ralph, a former MLS player and current agent for several Boyz, doesn’t believe Jamaicans in MLS are unfairly targeted with lower compensation.Players’ value, he explained, is tied to several elements, including quality, experience, and exposure. Jamaicans, especially those coming directly out of US colleges or the local Premier League, are viewed as unknown quantities.”There is a structure,” explained Ralph last month. “… People don’t know what they will get out of (the players) at the beginning.”In national striker Deshorn Brown, however, MLS quickly found out. Brown scored 10 goals for Colorado Rapids in each of his first two MLS seasons after US college. This season, Brown plays in Europe after being guaranteed US$123,000 in 2014, according to the union. Ralph, Brown’s agent, denied money was the reason the player left MLS.”The aim was that Deshorn wanted to move to Europe,” he said.Colorado then signed Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, a former English Premier League (EPL) player. He is guaranteed US$1.2 million in 2015. Doyle had scored two goals in 12 appearances through August 16.Lawrence, sources said, was brought to New York as a backup to a player earning more than three times his compensation. He won the starting job, but ‘Taxi’s’ money metre is stuck on low.”He has outperformed his contract,” said Ralph, who represents Lawrence, “but it’s a contract and he has to honour it.”Former US international Cory Gibbs, an agent with Wasserman Media Group (WMG), which represents some of the biggest names in MLS, including Jamaicans Barnes and Mattocks, doesn’t believe Boyz are being deliberately underpaid either. Gibbs said players like Bradley and Dempsey earned big MLS paydays because of their accomplishments in top leagues and World Cup.”US players have proven themselves at the highest level,” said Gibbs. “… No disrespect, but they’ve built their names.”Slow development of professional football in Jamaica, some Boyz argue, has prevented them from doing the same, leaving little leverage to demand higher pay overseas, despite their talent.”(MLS clubs) like to say we need to establish ourselves,” said a player. “But still, they’d prefer to give big money to players who haven’t produced.”Meanwhile, Jamaican talent is being embraced by MLS. The current batch is possibly the largest ever listed on team rosters for a single season. Five Boyz were selected in the first round of the last two MLS SuperDrafts.But stigma remains. The decision by Alvas Powell (guaranteed US$68,700 in 2015 at Portland Timbers) to leave the national team during the Gold Cup is potentially one.”They (clubs) can say that they can’t invest heavily in players like Jamaicans because they don’t know when they will flip out and walk out,” a former MLS player said.Compensation fortunes for Jamaicans in MLS, however, could soon turn dramatically, following strong performances at Copa AmÈrica and Gold Cup.”The Jamaican player with athleticism, composure, discipline, there’s definitely an upside,” said Gibbs. “… Definitely there’s an upswing (in interest).”Options are opening outside MLS, too. Lawrence, for example, has attracted interest from clubs in top European leagues”If players have quality, they don’t have to play in MLS,” said Ralph, recalling his own decision to move to Russia years ago.Leagues like in Vietnam, for example, offer promising packages. Lower profiled Jamaican players in the “V League” have reportedly earned more than US$100,000 a season – after deductions. Ralph admitted Jamaicans’ MLS value could improve.”Market value of the Jamaican players is not what it needs to be,” he said.Barnes, whose club contract ends after this season, could be an early indicator if change is coming. Unconfirmed sources claim the striker is seeking more than $1 million next season.Barnes declined to discuss the issue during Gold Cup.Late last month, Gibbs didn’t confirm or deny that figure but declared the striker “put himself in a good situation” with recent international performances.So did other Boyz. If MLS doesn’t pay, someone else just may.”There are options out there; options that would surprise people,” said Jamaican agent, Baron ‘Mosiah’ Marshall, who has represented several Boyz in Vietnam and listed China, India, Thailand, and Malaysia among possibilities.”Everything,” Gibbs said, “is about supply and demand.”last_img read more

Govt’s policy has been to reverse Amerindian land rights – PPP

first_img– as it welcomes candidates at National Toshaos Council 2019The People’s Progressive Party has accused the caretaker Government of reversing the land rights of Amerindians as the party welcomes the delegates of the National Toshaos Conference which gets underway today at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.See full statement below:“People’s Progressive Party (PPP) welcomes all the Toshaos, Councillors and other representatives of Amerindian villages and communities who have travelled from the coastal, riverine and hinterland regions.We continue to recognise and uphold the National Toshaos Council as the legitimate collective voice of the Amerindian peoples of Guyana. We continue to believe that this annual conference is an important national consultative body representing all Amerindian people, their leaders and communities. This became an important and highly anticipated event by both the NTC and successive PPP/C Governments to address concerns, remedy weaknesses, make proposals and take decisions on the spot. This practice reflected successive PPP/C Governments’ and the NTC’s determined efforts to engage with each other on issues of Amerindian rights and community development as well as matters of national importance.This 2019 Annual Conference of the National Toshaos Council, however, is different than any other held before. The NTC representative, Mario Hastings, at the launching of the Amerindian Heritage Month on September 1 noted the significance of the times, when he said: “We are uncertain of our political landscape and call for elections to be held soonest so that we can return to normalcy.”This Conference is taking place at a crucial and defining period in the life of our nation when constitutional rule has been undermined, and, where there is now an illegal President and Government who have defied the Constitution and the June 18, 2019, ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice and its subsequent orders.Several civil society organisations including the Guyana Bar Association, the Private Sector Commission, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Guyana (AmCham Guyana), the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, the Zadok Fellowship (an organisation of over 100 Christian churches), have all called on the Government to comply with the Constitution.The recent Guyana Bar Association release stated: “By failing to abide by the clear and unambiguous terms of the Constitution, the Government of Guyana has abdicated its responsibility, violated the Constitution, is operating outside of the rule of law and in breach of internationally recognised standards of democracy.”In a public statement issued by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth on September 23, 2019, Baroness Scotland made it clear that: “The rule of law and constitutional governance are fundamental Commonwealth values to which Guyana has subscribed. In this regard, and in accordance with the ruling of the CCJ, a general election in Guyana is now constitutionally overdue. A general election should be held in accordance with the unambiguous constitutional imperative to do so. The Secretary General has spoken with the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and discussed Commonwealth support to GECOM.”The statement of the OAS General Secretariat on September 28, 2019, underlined the importance to the people of Guyana of leaving behind the period of political uncertainty as soon as possible: “The OAS General Secretariat looks forward to the issuance of the proclamation required by Guyana’s Constitution to firmly establish the date for the elections. The General Secretariat will continue to follow the situation in Guyana and remains available to provide support as the authorities may require in ensuring the next elections meet the standards of transparency, credibility and integrity, required of all democracies.”In our press statements on the occasion of the 2017 and 2018 National Toshaos Conferences, we warned that: “Recent developments… are cause for great worry. Emerging trends in the body politik under the APNU+AFC coalition Government threaten Amerindian rights.”In 2019, however, developments since December 21, 2018, and the refusal of the President to comply with the Constitution for almost 10 months threaten political and economic stability and undermine democracy and the rights of not only Amerindians but all Guyanese.We, in the PPP/C, recognise that the most precious asset for the first peoples is the protection of their lands from encroachment; land represents their relationship with their environment and ability to survive and prosper.It was only after 1992, and under the PPP/C Administration, that the 60 odd communities which had received documents indicating some descriptions of the areas issued in 1976 were able to have their lands demarcated, and, thereby, finally be able to obtain their communal land titles. In fact, all titles held by Amerindian communities were issued by the PPP/C Government. Not one land title or extension of land title has been granted since the APNU/AFC coalition took office in May 2015.The participants of the NTC are well aware that the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was one of the most innovative initiatives by the PPP/C Administration which also received international recognition. We initiated the largest pioneer carbon trading scheme for forest carbons which earned US$250 million revenue and contributed in a significant way to the further development of our country.Unfortunately, the APNU/AFC Government’s repudiation of the Low Carbon Development Strategy, and, the initiatives designed to enhance national, and in particular, Amerindian development, has destroyed long years of work at all levels to find a modern inclusive national developmental strategy for the future. The Government’s often mooted alternative of a Green State Development Strategy remains a mystery with no specific initiatives to address the developmental needs of the people. It remains a non-starter with no plan for comprehensive inclusive development of the country and its peoples. In its wake, there is an enormous vacuum.Under the Low Carbon Development Strategy several programmes, including multi-year projects, were identified that focused specifically on the development of Amerindian communities – the Amerindian Land Titling Project, the Community Development Plans, the Project for Hinterland Electrification and the Hinterland ICT Project, all were fully funded. All have stagnated due to the Government’s reluctance to move on these issues, or, they have been tarnished with corruption and or monies have been squandered due to corruption.In 2018, the Vice President and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs admitted before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources that no titles or extensions of lands to Amerindian communities had been issued by his Government. Demarcation of titled lands is now at a stand-still. This is in spite of the availability of US$10.7 million that the PPP/C Administration left in the Amerindian Land Titling Project in May 2015.“Free Prior and Informed Consent”, a fundamental international principle has been repeatedly honoured in the breach; one of the most glaring examples is the decision by the Government to establish the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into lands. Since its promise in 2017 to the NTC regarding the CoI, the Government has not kept any of those commitments. This CoI continues to hang like a “Sword of Damocles” over Amerindian land rights.Most recently at the official launch of the Amerindian Heritage Month, the caretaker Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, apologist that he is for his Government, stated that: “… it is also important that Indigenous peoples understand that all Guyanese have a right to share in the distribution of our resources. We need to find a middle ground where we embrace this reality.”This language harks back to statements made by presidential adviser Eric Phillips in the media and Minister Keith Scott in the National Assembly that the Amerindians had too much land and they were “avaricious” and threatened that they would not benefit from the new oil revenues. Not one official of the Government has ever apologised to the Amerindian peoples or retracted these derogatory statements.Therefore, by acts of omission and commission, by words and deeds, the Government’s official policy has been one of reversing Amerindians’ land rights. The new administrative requirement of the submission of a Village Improvement Plan (VIP) for any community applying for land or an extension, as announced by Allicock, flies in the face of the Amerindian Act, and is meant to further stall any titles being granted.Furthermore, there have been more casualties along the way – the Government attempted to dilute the Amerindian presence on the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission and promises to reform the Amerindian Act could undermine the present safeguards of Amerindian land rights.The growing Government neglect of interior areas and Amerindian communities is visible and palpable.The roads, culverts, bridges and trails are in a deplorable state and villages face restricted travel and movement and an escalating cost of living. The main artery connecting the coast to Administrative Regions Seven, Eight, and Nine is in a worse condition than ever seen in the last two decades.The social sector – education and health services and their infrastructure – is declining at a rapid pace, compounded with limited school supplies and facilities and shortage of essential drugs and medical supplies everywhere and at all levels of the health system.The increase in the cost of living due to the 200 draconian taxes and fees of the APNU/AFC Government in the Amerindian communities, always higher than the coastal areas, has worsened dramatically, driving people into greater poverty.Due to the state of the economy, the lack of opportunities for youth, and, in fact, all Amerindians, has reached alarming proportions. There are few jobs available in these hinterland regions, nor are there jobs on the coast, to offer alternatives to Amerindians and hinterland residents.The illegal Granger-led Government is guilty of either the dismantling of or diverting resources of every single PPP/C-initiated programme that improved the quality of life of the Amerindian communities and their enhanced access to services, goods and opportunities as other Guyanese. Some of these included:– The Hinterland Household Electrification Programme terminated;– Funds for the US$17 million Hinterland ICT programme, are only now being implemented but with a great deal of corruption;– Termination of 1972 young Amerindian Community Service Officers effectively shut down the programme and impoverished 10,000 dependents;– The Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training programme terminated; HEYS as an alternative is a skills training programme, not an entrepreneurial programme. From its inception it has been bedevilled by complaints of lack of payments for facilitators and participants alike. The issue of over $800 million being unaccounted for by the Auditor General remains unanswered. Now the entire programme is in jeopardy.– Limited access to scholarships both local and overseas at the post-secondary levels;– The termination of the “cash care” programme for all children enrolled in public-funded schools hit the Amerindian communities hardest;– Funding for approved Community Development Plans is in jeopardy;– School uniform materials have not been issued for almost 2 school years in many Amerindian communities.It is the illegal Granger-led Government that is responsible for worsening conditions in Amerindian communities, and, in fact, the entire country.Many have been the public promises by the Government but these have remained hollow with key and major issues remaining unaddressed and worsening conditions affecting the economic and social well-being of Amerindian citizens, coupled with alarming incursions on their constitutional and legal rights.As a result of the No-Confidence Motion and pending elections, the illegal President and Ministers are running into communities, including Amerindian communities, making new promises offering gifts of “David G” satchels, and other things, while ignoring the main issues these communities face of lack of jobs, economic development and access to goods, services and opportunities. During this frenzy of activities, enormous sums of taxpayers’ monies are being siphoned off for personal gain.The PPP/C assures the Amerindian communities that it will restore, resume and expand the programmes – which the caretaker Granger-led Government dismantled – and improve the quality of life of the Amerindian communities, enhance their access to goods, services and opportunities as other Guyanese, and integrate their communities into mainstream Guyana.As part of the first initiative of the PPP/C, we shall convene a national development conference in April 2020 for Amerindian communities to initiate the “Resumption of Development” of these communities.The PPP/C Government’s plans for Amerindian Communities and Hinterland Development will include the following:-1. Inclusivity – Uphold the principle of “Free Prior and Informed Consent” in decision-making by the Government and State agencies with Amerindian communities on issues and policies of national concern and those which involve their communities;2. Immediately resume the Amerindian Land Titling programme in compliance with the 2006 Amerindian Act;3. Fully finance the Community Development Plans thereby creating jobs and income;4. Increase Presidential Grants to fund and support other village activities;5. Hire 2000 Community Service Officers and expand the CSO programme;6. Improve agricultural support and infrastructure across the hinterland;7. Upgrade the hinterland roads, airstrips and water supply;8. Resume the Hinterland Household Electrification Programme and the Hinterland ICT programme;9. Improve working conditions for education and health workers;10. Improve education and health facilities and services;11. Remove hardship taxes on hinterland communities especially border areas;12. Remove VAT on air tickets and freight;13. Ensure that Amerindian and other hinterland residents benefit substantially from the proceeds of the oil and gas sector;14. Other measures that will benefit all Guyanese such as the restoration of the “cash care grant” to all school children, removal of the 200 tax measures including removal of VAT on essential items; restoring zero-rated VAT for machinery for agriculture, mining and forestry industries will also develop Amerindian and Hinterland communities;15. Improve ICT on coast and hinterland to provide quicker communication and integration of the hinterland region in mainstream society.The PPP/C’s track record in Government over the years demonstrated its commitment to our first peoples, our Amerindians – the protection of their land rights, the consistent application of the principle of “Free Prior and Informed Consent” in every case in their interaction with Amerindian communities, the implementation of agreed-on projects for the development of communities, reduction of poverty, and, respect for the duly elected leaders of Amerindian communities. We shall not deviate in our efforts in the new Government to restore and continue to improve the quality of their lives and integration into our nation as equal partners.The PPP re-commits to all the Toshaos, community leaders and representatives attending this 2019 NTC Conference to uphold the Guyana Constitution, guard democracy and the rights of all Guyanese as equals to enjoy all the resources and opportunities Guyana has to offer.Only compliance with the Constitution, rule of law, free and fair elections with a PPP/C Government can restore the quality of life of our first peoples, open opportunities and equal access to goods, services and opportunities for advancement.”last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Draymond Green found his best game at the best time

first_imgOAKLAND — When Draymond Green came into the NBA in 2012, he was labeled a tweener — a player not big enough to be a power forward, but not agile enough to be a small forward, either.Seven years, three titles, and a Hall of Fame-worthy resume later, Green hasn’t really shed the reputation of being a man without a position.That’s because he can play — and more importantly, defend — all of them.Nothing about Green is subtle, but his on-court brilliance has, at times, gone under the radar — a …last_img read more

More Dino Blood Found: Evolutionists in Denial

first_img“Can soft tissue survive 75 million years?” the caption in Science Magazine reads.No, it can’t. That’s why this cannot be original dinosaur soft tissue, some evolutionists are claiming in a news article in Science Magazine by Robert F. Service: “Signs of ancient cells and proteins found in dinosaur fossils.” Creationists have been proclaiming this evidence for a decade since Mary Schweitzer and Jack Horner found soft, stretchy tissue in a T. rex femur in 2005 (see 60 Minutes video), but evolutionists have either denied it, explained it away, or ignored it.  Can they ignore this news from America’s leading science journal?Because this was found in 8 bones tested, Service states that soft tissue in dinosaur bones may be common:The cupboards of the Natural History Museum in London hold spectacular dinosaur fossils, from 15-centimeter, serrated Tyrannosaurus rex teeth to a 4-meter-long hadrosaur tail. Now, researchers are reporting another spectacular find, buried in eight nondescript fossils from the same collection: what appear to be ancient red blood cells and fibers of ancient protein.Using new methods to peer deep inside fossils, the study in this week’s issue of Nature Communications backs up previous, controversial reports of such structures in dinosaur bones. It also suggests that soft tissue preservation may be more common than anyone had guessed. “It’s encouraging,” especially because the proteins were found in what appear to be the most unremarkable, ordinary bones, says Matthew Collins, an archaeologist and biochemist at the University of York in the United Kingdom. But he and others caution that the team hasn’t proven beyond doubt that the structures do contain ancient proteins.That’s right; they call it “encouraging,” as if paleontologists expected this or had not been denying it for a decade. This was the last thing evolutionists expected to find in bones thought tens of millions of years old.  “Proteins commonly decay hundreds to thousands of years after an organism dies, but in rare cases they have been known to survive up to 3 million years,” Service continues. That’s far short of the 75 million Darwin years needed to explain these new bones. Schweitzer found collagen in dinosaur bone previously, but others had not been able to replicate that find till now—and the results are shocking:What they found shocked them. Imaging the fresh-cut surfaces with scanning and transmission electron microscopes, “we didn’t see bone crystallites” as expected, Maidment says. “What we saw instead was soft tissue. It was completely unexpected. My initial response was these results are not real.”The U.K. team tested more fossils and ran microscopic samples from what appear to be collagen fibers through a mass spectrometer to get the weight of the component molecules. The weights came back as identical to those of the three most common amino acids in collagen, the team reports.The photo accompanying the article shows fibers that clearly look like collagen; they look nothing like pieces of rock or mineral. No DNA has been found yet, but co-discoverer Sarah Maidment is not ruling it out: “We haven’t found any in our fossils… however, I think it’s unwise to say we’ll never find any in [the] future” (BBC News). Sergio Bertazzo agrees: “It’s possible you could find fragments, but to find more than that? Who knows?” (The Guardian).Creationists are not shocked, because they believe dinosaurs died in the Flood just a few thousand years ago, like the Bible says. Secularists have treated that as mythology ever since Darwin and Lyell made it fashionable to think in terms of millions of years of earth history. Who has the empirical evidence now?  If the proteins are really from the dinosaur, it sets severe upper limits on the age of the material.Service doesn’t say anything else about the apparent “red blood cells” in the specimens. He ends with a sprinkle of doubt that the proteins are even real:But outsiders, including Schweitzer, say that the weights aren’t conclusive proof that the amino acids are real or that they came from a dinosaur rather than from bacteria or other contaminants. A different type of mass spectrometer that can provide the sequence of the amino acids in a protein fragment would strongly suggest the existence of collagen and replicate the earlier work, Collins says. Maidment says the team hopes to do such studies soon. If they succeed, the work may spur additional efforts to isolate dinosaur proteins and understand how they differed from those of their modern relatives.Service never again addresses the question, “Can soft tissue survive 75 million years?” No theory is presented about how it could last more than a few hundred thousand years, or 3 million at best. The two responses in this paragraph are: (1) deny it’s real, or (2) see what it can tell us about evolution. If that’s all, creationists are bound to celebrate this latest announcement (just one of a string of similar findings)  as a  “See? We told you so!” moment.The announcement comes just 3 days before “Jurassic World” hits the big screens around the world. The movie admits soft tissue exists, but claims that it can be preserved for millions of years by iron from hemoglobin in the dinosaur’s blood. This was a controversial claim by Mary Schweitzer in 2013 (11/16/13) that many other scientists find implausible (3/15/14).Correction: our initial post said that Service’s article was in Nature; it was in Science Magazine. The finding itself was reported in Nature Communications.Update 6/09/15: The news media are picking up on this story, suggesting it may get more traction this time around:Dinosaur blood cells extracted from 75-million-year-old fossil (New Scientist)Scientists out for dinosaur blood (PhysOrg)‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils (BBC News)Found: preserved dinosaur cells – but sadly scientists still can’t build Jurassic World (Gareth Dyke in The Conversation)Dinosaur fossil investigation unlocks possible soft tissue treasure trove (Science Daily)Scientists See Signs of Dinosaur Blood in 75-Million-Year-Old Fossils (NBC News)75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments (The Guardian)Paleontologists Discover Fossilized Dinosaur Blood (Popular Mechanics)How are reporters treating the obvious age implications? None of them mention creationists, the Bible, or the Flood. None of them even questions the Darwin ages of the bones. The attitude seems to be, “Well, what do you know; dinosaur blood can last for 75 million years. Let’s see what we can learn from it about evolution.”Perhaps the closest thing to skepticism is found in the last article: “the fossils contain some of their original biological proteins and amino acids—molecules that are thought to degrade completely after 4 million years,” the Popular Mechanics reporter says about statements by Susannah Maidment, the lead scientist at Imperial College London that published the findings. “‘This pushes that envelope back about 71 million years,” Maidment says. She adds that how or why these biological tissues managed to last for so long is a complete mystery. ‘We can only speculate, and there’s a lot of research that will be needed to explain how this sort of preservation has occurred.’” Her initial reaction is instructive: “”It was a total surprise,” Maidment says. “As a paleontologist my first thought was, ‘This is silly, there is absolutely no way this could be dinosaur blood’.”Update 6/09/15: The original paper in Nature Communications is open access, meaning everyone can read it and look at the evidence. The press release from Imperial College London is cautious: “potentially be red blood cells although the researchers caution that further evidence would be needed to confirm that the structures do not have another origin.” Maidment says, “Our study is helping us to see that preserved soft tissue may be more widespread in dinosaur fossils than we originally thought,” since their discoveries were made in “scrappy, poorly preserved fossils” instead of exceptionally-preserved ones. This suggests that a treasure trove of additional soft tissues are waiting to be uncovered. Mary Schweitzer, who made a splash with her soft tissue discovery in a T. rex a decade ago, calls it: “an exciting paper, particularly in showing what happens when you really look at ancient bone and are not bound by the expectation that ‘nothing could possibly persist’. If you don’t look, you won’t find. But if you do, you never know.” (BBC)Do you catch the importance of this?  It’s comparable to evolutionists stumbling upon the real Noah’s Ark. They cannot sustain the millions-of-years ages in light of this evidence. What will they do now?This will provide a highly visible test of evolutionists’ commitment to empiricism. If they continue to deny that this is evidence dinosaur bones are young, they deserve to get hammered. We’re seeing the leading edge of the toppling of evolutionists’ millions-of-years scheme, and with it, their whole theory of the history of the earth.  That’s too big a price for them to pay. If history is a guide, they will continue to be in a state of denial and carry on as if nothing happened. It’s up to the rest of us to get the word out.Creationists are also doing original research on this. Mark Armitage, who lost his job at California State University after publishing a paper on soft tissue in Triceratops horn that he found himself (11/05/14), is seeking funds to continue research. He posted a YouTube video responding to the Jurassic World claim. The osteocytes and cells he found in dinosaur bone never touch blood, he explains; therefore Schweitzer’s controversial explanation doesn’t work for bone cells (see ICR). If the bone cells are young, then the rest of the soft tissue cannot be millions of years old.(Visited 524 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享9last_img read more

SA, Equatorial Guinea eye more trade

first_img8 February 2013 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe is optimistic that South Africa and Equatorial Guinea have room for increased trade and investment. Thabethe was speaking on her return to South Africa on Thursday following a four-day outward trade and investment mission to Equatorial Guinea, where she led a business delegation comprising representatives from 13 South African companies. “In my short stay in Equatorial Guinea, I was mostly impressed by the multiple infrastructural development projects that they have undertaken,” Thabethe said. “I could determine from observing the state of their road infrastructure, the buildings and electricity network that this is a healthy economy with abundant opportunities.” During her trip, Thabethe held discussions with the country’s minister of mines, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang, on possible collaboration in the sector. The minister said Equatorial Guinea would be sending a delegation to South Africa to engage relevant industry stakeholders. “I am confident that from the business-to-business interactions that took place during the mission, and the intelligence gathered from presentations and the site visits, [that] we are in a better position to achieve our goal of establishing new markets and increasing the flow of trade between the two countries.” Thabethe’s visit was a follow-up to a state visit by Equatorial Guinea President Teodore Nguema Mbasogo to South Africa in 2011. Source: read more

Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura

first_imgBerchelt wobbled Miura in the eighth with a left hook but he couldn’t finish him off.Miura showed he has a steel chin and still had an opportunity to win the fight heading into the 11th round but only if he could score a knockout against Berchelt, who was in excellent condition. Asked if he was interested in a fight with the top fighter in the division, Vasyl Lomachenko, Berchelt said yes.“I beat Vargas, I beat Miura. I am ready to fight the best,” he said.On the undercard, champion Jezreel Corrales got the majority decision over Robinson Castellanos after the WBA super featherweight world title fight was stopped 31 seconds into the 10th round because of an accidental head butt. Corrales won by scores of 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments 14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “I was prepared because I knew I was facing an ex champion,” said Berchelt. “He has the toughest left hand in the division. He was hitting me and hurting me sometimes.“But I was always the better fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe judges scored the fight 116-111, 120-109 and 119-108 for the 33-year-old Berchelt who won the title with an 11th round upset victory over Francisco Vargas in January.Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) was hoping to reclaim the WBC title which he held for more than two years before losing to Vargas in 2015. WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (L) of Mexico connects with a left against Takashi Miura of Japan in round three of their title fight, July 15, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckMiguel Berchelt retained his WBC world title Saturday with a unanimous decision over former champion Takashi Miura in the first defence of his super featherweight belt.Mexico’s Berchelt won almost every round and it showed on the lopsided scorecards but the unflinching Miura fought on pride and looked like he could have knocked the champion out at any moment.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Berchelt set the tone early in the 12-round clash at the Los Angeles Forum as he dropped Miura late in the first round and rocked him with a hard punch in the fifth round that snapped the challenger’s head back.Down on points heading into the sixth round, Miura went looking for the knockout and it didn’t seem like a bad strategy for the Japanese dynamo who had 24 career knockouts coming into the bout.But Berchelt’s defence was too strong and his plan to land a mixture of head and body shots allowed him to score ample points with the judges.Miura took the fight to Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) in the seventh round as the Mexican appeared to tire, pawing at him instead of landing solid blows like earlier in the bout.Berchelt also had to deal the non-stop attack of Miura, who wouldn’t yield an inch, despite taking a massive amount of punishment to the head and body.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Hot Takedown for March 24 2015 Vintage Michigan State Fixing The Womens

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions.Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings.FiveThirtyEight’s ongoing March Madness reporting.Michigan State’s historical SRS ratings.The “white paper” prepared by Val Ackerman on the state of women’s college basketball.How the Celtics are trying to balance the middle ground between tanking and greatness.New Zealand reaches the Cricket World Cup final for the first time. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. This week, we discuss the first weekend of March Madness and why Tom Izzo’s Michigan State teams always seem to beat expectations; whether the Princeton women, even in defeat, showed that they were criminally under-seeded; the rumors that the Oklahoma City Thunder may trade Kevin Durant before he bolts through free agency; and what it would take for cricket to go mainstream in the U.S.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.CORRECTION (March 25, 12:14 p.m.): In this week’s podcast, we incorrectly said the Cricket World Cup uses the T20 format for matches. It uses the typical One Day International format, which gives each side 50 overs. That is still much shorter than the traditional “test” matches, but longer than T20, in which each side gets 20 overs. read more


first_img Keynote Speaker on Opening of Natl Tourism Symposium in TCI Related Items:courtney wynter, Jamaican mortgage bank, university of west indies Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Student invites Obama to Turks and Caicos; he says ‘Absolutely’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, 19 Sept 2014 (Jamaica Information Service) – ​The Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB) is the lead financier for the first phase of a major housing project on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), which will provide accommodation for 1,584 students over the next three years.Ground was broken on Thursday (September 18) for the development, which is being undertaken at a cost of $4 billion.Under phase one of the project, 576 units will be constructed at a cost of $1.35 billion for delivery by August 2015. The JMB and National Commercial Bank have signed a syndicated loan agreement with 138 Student Living Jamaica Ltd, the developers and proposed operator of the new residences, for the first phase, with JMB taking on the role of lead bank.A syndicated loan is one that is offered by a group of lenders (called a syndicate) who work together to provide funds for a single borrower.General Manager of JMB, Courtney Wynter, said the project can contribute to economic progress through investment in education, and housing development and construction, which are key drivers of growth. “Our analysis shows that for every $250 million that is spent by the housing sector the Government benefits by earning about $103 million, which is just about 40 per cent”, he noted.Mr. Wynter pointed out that the public-private partnership for student accommodation is the first of its kind in Jamaica.“The JMB is excited to be leading this innovative approach to financing. The project will have a tremendous impact on education and training as it supports the university’s strategic drive to increase enrolment, particularly in the areas of medicine, law and engineering,” he added.The housing development involves the construction of 11 six-storey buildings and will be configured to allow access for the disabled.The construction period is 36 to 48 months and should be completed in three segments at the beginning of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 academic years. KIDNEY SPECIALIST RETURNS HOME, WORKING AT HOSPITALSlast_img read more