first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is Do you feel its time that our elected officials admit because of the annual multi-million dollars bond payment the Ford Center shall never make a profit?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: Broadbeach Waters house ticks all the boxes

first_img“We’ve had parties with over 100 people but also intimate gatherings for just 10 people.“It can be great for large group but it’s also intimate with the view. “You don’t feel like you’re in a lot of space getting lost although it is a big house.”The kitchen acts as a central hub on the ground level with an island bench top and butler’s pantry.“Anyone who likes entertaining would absolutely love the kitchen,” Ms Lutvey said. As well as the kitchen, living, dining area, and office, there is a media room and balcony on the ground level. 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.The second level features a retreat and four bedrooms including the luxury main room, complete with a dressing room, ensuite and balcony. “There’s living spaces for everyone with a huge teenagers’ retreat upstairs,” Ms Lutvey said. Another standout according to the Lutveys is the basement.“It fits six cars but we have also got it set-up for a TV room with a pool table and table tennis table, cellar and extra storage,” Mr Lutvey said. “It’s sound proof and has been really popular with the nieces and nephews.”The pair are building another property nearby and have decided to sell in order to downsize.“We love the suburb and can’t leave but this house is more suited to a large family rather than a couple.”Agent Jackson Paradise said the property provided an opportunity to secure a luxury family home or blue chip investment in a fantastic location. 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.IT’S modern, stylish and in one of the best locations in Broadbeach Waters.It was these standout features that initially sparked the interest of vendors Joseph and Fiona Lutvey almost three years ago.“It’s walking distance to The Star, Pacific Fair and Broadbeach,” Mr Lutvey said.“You’re literally five minutes from all of these hot spots. “Once we got inside the house it was just sensational with uninterrupted views of the Surfers (Paradise) skyline.center_img 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters. MORE NEWS: Former prize home sells in five days 43 T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters.“We were in our own little oasis with tremendous views.”Built over three levels on T E Peters Drive, the north-facing house features spacious open plan living areas that open up to an undercover terrace, pool and wide waterfront.“It’s a real lifestyle house,” Ms Lutvey said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Gold Coast set to shine in 2019last_img read more

A woman who claims Trump raped her is seeking his DNA

first_imgThe lawyers for a woman who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s are seeking a sample of his DNA.E. Jean Carroll accused Trump last summer of raping her in a Manhattan luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. She then filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump back in November after Trump denied her allegation.Her attorneys served a legal notice Thursday to one of Trump’s lawyers demanding a DNA sample.Trump’s lawyer has tried to get the case thrown out, however, was unable to do so because a Manhattan judge declined saying the attorney hadn’t properly backed up his arguments.last_img

The Latest: Mikaela Shiffrin performing for Goggles for Docs

first_img___Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown says he’s “scared” the NFL will not have a 2020 season because of the threat of coronavirus.Brown continues to train in Oklahoma but is unsure if Baltimore will get a chance to defend its AFC North title.“I’m a little scared. It’s a serious situation,” he said. “You can only control what you can control, and for me personally that’s making sure I come back in the best shape and making sure my weight is where it needs to be.”The final decision by the NFL is out of his hands. Associated Press ___The Canadian Open golf tournament has been canceled because of the to the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.The Canadian Open is the third oldest event on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.___ ___More than 50 Major League Baseball players representing all 30 teams have raised nearly $1 million to provide over 4 million meals to support childhood hunger prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.The Home Plate Project is a partnership between Major League Baseball, country music superstar Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact, a program led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson.The Home Plate Project initiative was originally scheduled to launch its second year in the fall. But Brooks, Wainwright and Gibson saw the urgency now to provide meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at schools that are closed because of the pandemic.On short notice, the charity groups were able to raise $937,100. The self-taught singer and guitarist will perform from her home in Colorado as part of the grassroots effort to provide health care workers with ski/snowboard goggles to help in their care of patients. So far, they’ve donated more than 30,000 to hospitals and clinics.The virtual benefit concert also will feature international singer/songwriter KT Tunstall. It can be heard on Facebook.com/REVERB.Shiffrin won gold in the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games and another in the giant slalom four years later in Pyeongchang. The 25-year-old, who has captured three overall World Cup titles, took a six-week break from ski racing this season following the death of her father.___Joe Kelly’s aim needs some work. The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever was tossing some pitches in his backyard, throwing at a bull’s-eye target enclosed on three sides by netting. One throw got away from him, sailing past the right side of the netting and breaking a bedroom window.“Oh!” Kelly exclaims in a video posted on social media, holding his right hand to his mouth.His wife Ashley asks, “Wondering how quarantine is going? Joe was working on a changeup” while panning to the broken window.“Yeah, that’s cool,” she says after a piece of glass falls out of the pane. “Rad.”Last year, Kelly was scratched from a spring training appearance after he hurt his back while cooking Cajun food. ___The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.” The men’s and women’s tennis tours are on hold entirely until at least mid-July, and one tournament in August already has been scrapped.As for holding the U.S. Open with no fans, Dowse said the USTA is “not taking anything off the table, but right now, I’d say that’s a highly unlikely scenario.”He did add that the USTA “may reconsider.”___The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I am a little worried that we won’t have a season, but that’s up to the governors, the President, (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell and all those other people.”–David Ginsburg reporting in Baltimore___Rutgers football players have had family members get sick with the coronavirus and some have dealt with a death, coach Greg Schiano says. Speaking to the media for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Big Ten Conference university and its athletic programs last month, Schiano said Thursday his biggest concern is the health of his players and their families. The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled. Wainwright founded Big League Impact in 2013. He says the big leaguers felt the need to jump in right away to help feed kids in their cities.___Italian second-division soccer club Ascoli has fired its coaching staff because of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Ascoli says it made the decision only after coach Roberto Stellone and his staff refused to terminate their contracts consensually with a settlement agreement.The Serie B team says the move is part of measures being taken to “safeguard” the squad’s future “amid the temporary situation we are experiencing.” Racing at Belmont Park is scheduled to go on through July 12 before New York racing shifts to Saratoga in upstate New York.___The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June and calls the prospect of holding the Grand Slam tournament without spectators because of the coranivirus pandemic “highly unlikely.”Mike Dowse, whose term began on Jan. 1, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.It would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar because the French Open’s start was postponed from May until September and Wimbledon was canceled altogether. The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs.The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP.The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___ The Latest: Mikaela Shiffrin performing for Goggles for Docs The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday through May 31.The Division I Council Coordination Committee made the adjustment this week to allow coaches more time to connect with their teams while social-distancing measures are in place to fight the coronavirus. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. NCAA rules require a sports-safety certified staff member be present when athletes do required physical activities such as conditioning, strength training or practicing. Normally, coaches are allowed two hours per week to work with players and an additional six hours per week of strength and conditioning in the offseason.The NCAA also said teams are prohibited from requiring any activities beginning one week before the start of their school’s final examination period for the spring semester through the conclusion of exams. Schiano said none of his football players is known to have had the virus. Once he hears about a virus-related illness in a player’s family, Schiano telephones the player to ask how the school can help. ___While the start of horse racing season at Belmont Park is being postponed from the original April 24 date, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes in this year.NYRA on Thursday announced the spring/summer meet will be delayed but did not set a new opening day. It continues to assess options for the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 6, including shifting the third jewel of the Triple Crown to a later date.The Kentucky Derby has already been rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled infield activities for the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore but not announced whether it would be held May 16 or a later date. The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.” Former NFL coach Don Shula and three of his former Miami Dolphins players are providing free meals to those seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from team owner Stephen Ross.Shula, John Offerdahl, Kim Bokamper and Bob Brudzinski — all involved in the restaurant business — have teamed to help deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner to those most at risk.The Dolphins said Thursday the program provides wrapped meals for health care and nonprofit organizations and first responders. It is also aimed at keeping food service workers employed.___Mike Conley Jr. expected to spend this week starting a quest for a championship with the Utah Jazz. The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.” ___Colorado coach Jared Bednar says the three Avalanche players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better.In a teleconference call Thursday, Bednar said the players adhered to the guidelines and self-isolated.“As far as I know, they’re all doing good and back with their families,” Bednar said. “Those guys are lucky and were lucky there wasn’t anything too serious with their symptoms. They were able to come through it without any major complications.”J___ Stellone was hired in February to replace Paolo Zanetti. The former coach and his staff are still under contract with the club.Youth team coach Guillermo Abascal has been promoted to direct the first squad.Ascoli is in 15th place in the 20-team division.No soccer games have been played in Italy since March 9. That was when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The lockdown is set to expire after May 3.___ He’s playing for the NBA HORSE title instead.Conley is one of four semifinalists in the tournament. The conclusion will be streamed Thursday night on the ESPN platforms. The other semifinalists are retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.The HORSE tournament was born to give basketball-starved fans some content and Conley says it scratched his itch to be competitive again as well.Conley says “HORSE is something that we’ve all played growing up and it’s something I actually play after most of my workouts in the summertime.”Conley adds “I like to still have fun and throw shots off the backboard, the walls, bounce stuff in. It’s just good to get the creative juices flowing again and I know all the competitors are feeling that way.” The ISU made the decision after an online meeting of its governing council.The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships were initially set for March 13-15 in Seoul, South Korea, while the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to be held in Montreal from March 16-22. Both events had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown caused by the pandemic. Now, it’s official — they won’t be held at all.This will be the first year without the figure skating worlds since 1946, the last of a seven-year layoff because of World War II. Since the event’s founding in 1896, the only other cancellations occurred from 1915-21 because of World War I and its aftermath.The World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York have been formally canceled as well. That event was originally set for April 3-5.The ISU plans another online meeting April 28 to discuss scheduling possibilities for the 2020-21 skating season. April 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two-time Olympic skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin is stepping up to the microphone Friday to take part in a fundraiser for Goggles for Docs. Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals. Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Step Aside Lucy; It’s Ardi Time

first_imgA new fossil human ancestor has taken center stage.  Those who love Lucy, the australopithecine made famous by Donald Johanson (and numerous TV specials), are in for a surprise.  Lucy is a has been.  Her replacement is not Desi Arnaz, but is designated Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus – the new leading lady in the family tree.  Actually, she has been around for years since her discovery in Ethiopia in 1992.  It has taken Tim White and crew 15 years to piece together the bones that were in extremely bad condition.  But now, Ardi has made her debut and is stealing the limelight.    The special issue of Science published this week had no less than 16 articles on this one fossil – an exceptional amount of coverage for any topic.  In the lead Editorial,1 Bruce Alberts proclaimed, “Darwin was certainly right” to predict that science would solve the mystery of human origins.  Popular science reporters, by habit, are going ape with “Read all about it!” headlines announcing the latest saga of human evolution.2  But wait – wasn’t Lucy the last word back in the 1970s?    A completely new paradigm is emerging alongside the unveiling of Ardi.  The scoop is this: Lucy had nothing to do with our family tree after all.  She and her kinds were on a separate branch that did not lead to us.  In fact, all chimpanzees and great apes are now on different branches.  There goes a lot of storytelling.  The century and a half since Darwin commonly portrayed humans as higher up the family tree on a continuous lineage with chimpanzees our nearest living relatives.  Not any more.  Now we are to see all the great apes as highly-evolved (“derived”) mammals on separate branches from a more distant common ancestor that was probably more like small monkeys.  Getting tossed out with the housecleaning are some other popular notions: that humans came down out of the trees to hunt in the savannah (Ardi appears to have inhabited a woodland), and that hominids remained on the ground (it appears Ardi still had the feet for tree grasping).    Most important, the new paradigm changes the mechanism of evolution itself.  In classical neo-Darwinism, traits evolve in a stepwise fashion through mutations and natural selection (the “referential model”).  Some evolutionists are now moving toward a more nuanced view called “adaptive suites.”  These are groups of traits that emerge together and evolve together as a package.  C. Owen Lovejoy (Kent State U) explained this idea in his Science article “Reexamining Human Origins in Light of Ardipithecus ramidus.”3  (Since reporting on all 16 articles about Ardi would be excessive, we will focus on this one article that surveys the broad issues.)  Before proposing his adaptive suite model, Lovejoy described how wrong all his predecessors had been:An essential goal of human evolutionary studies is to account for human uniqueness, most notably our bipedality, marked demographic success, unusual reproductive physiology, and unparalleled cerebral and technological abilities.  During the past several decades, it has been routinely argued that these hominid characters have evolved by simple modifications of homologs shared with our nearest living relatives, the chimpanzee and bonobo.  This method is termed referential modeling.  A central tenet has been the presumption (sometimes clearly stated but more often simply sub rosa) that Gorilla and Pan are so unusual and so similar to each other that they cannot have evolved in parallel; therefore, the earliest hominids must have also resembled these African apes.  Without a true early hominid fossil record, the de facto null hypothesis has been that Australopithecus was largely a bipedal manifestation of an African ape (especially the chimpanzee).  Such proxy-based scenarios have been elevated to common wisdom by genomic comparisons, progressively establishing the phylogenetic relationships of Gorilla, Pan, and Homo.Out with the old referential model, in with the new adaptive suites model:An alternative to referential modeling is the adaptive suite, an extrapolation from optimization theory.  Adaptive suites are semiformal, largely inductive algorithms that causally interrelate fundamental characters that may have contributed to an organism’s total adaptive pattern.  One for the horned lizard (Phyrnosoma platyrhinos) of the southwestern U.S. serves as an excellent example (Fig. 1).  For this species, the interrelation between a dietary concentration on ants and its impact on body form imply, at first counterintuitively, that elevation of clutch size and intensification of “r” strategy (maximize the number of offspring by minimizing paternal care) are the ultimate consequences of this specialization.So when we look at upright human bodies with all their specializations, we are to see them as suites of adaptations that evolved together out of some initial lifestyle change.  In the case of the horned lizard, some normal-looking lizard ancestor took on a taste for ants.  That made it consume more of its new prey because of the large amounts of chitin that had to be digested.  This, in turn, changed its body plan and made it more fat and sluggish.  Now it had to evolve armor (spines and horns) and camouflage for protection from predators.  So from one lifestyle change, a whole suite of adaptations evolved together.    What, then, was the stimulus that made some unknown monkey begin its path to humanity?  Lovejoy looked at Ardi for clues.  The discoverers claim three traits stand out: (1) less sexual dimorphism (body size differences between males and females), although this is speculative; (2) reduced canine teeth; and (3) evidence Ardi walked upright (though this is disputed).  To him, this means the common ancestor changed its reproductive habits.  Sparing our readers the lurid details Lovejoy discussed about genitalia shapes and sizes, promiscuous behaviors and Darwinian concepts like “sperm competition” and “ovulatory crypsis”) he deduced that Ardipithecus had a suite of adaptations that would emerge in full flower in the human race – monogamy, straight teeth and upright stance.  Maybe it began as a sex-for-food deal.  This required explaining away some of the peculiar characteristics of male genitalia, but whatever: the adaptive suite is now the preferred explanatory model.  Along with the human adaptive suite came big brains, tool use, fire, language, spear-throwing, food hauling, hugging, and eventually, abstract mathematics and music.    Lovejoy concluded that Lucy was an unfortunate detour in our understanding of where we came from:Even as its fossil record proliferated, however, Australopithecus [Lucy and her friends] continued to provide only an incomplete understanding of hominid origins.  Paradoxically, in light of Ardipithecus, we can now see that Australopithecus was too derived—its locomotion too sophisticated, and its invasion of new habitats too advanced—not to almost entirely obscure earlier hominid evolutionary dynamics.    Now, in light of Ar. ramidus, there are no longer any a priori reasons to suppose that acquisition of our unique reproductive anatomy and behavior are unconnected with other human specializations….    When viewed holistically, as any adaptive suite requires, the early hominid characters that were probably interwoven by selection to eventually generate cognition now seem every bit as biologically ordinary as those that have also affected the evolution of lizards, frogs, voles, monkeys, and chimpanzees.  Comparing ourselves to our closest kin, it is somewhat sobering that the hominid path led to cognition, whereas that leading to Pan, our closest living relatives, did not, despite the near-synonymy of our genomes.By closest living relatives, Lovejoy means close on different branches.  The old picture that they were closer down the same branch.  One notices that Lovejoy still employed the word “selection.”  That’s right; he is not abandoning Darwin.  “As Darwin argued, the ultimate source of any explication of human acumen must be natural selection,” he explained.  “The adaptive suite proposed here provides at least one evolutionary map by which cognition could have emerged without reliance on any special mammalian trait.”  Ostensibly this means that now evolutionists do not have to explain cognition by the sudden emergence by mutation of just one the “neural substrate” (big brain; see 09/24/2009).  Now they can employ the word “emergence” to an interwoven suite of adaptive traits that makes us human.    The popular media are all echoing this line that chimpanzees are no longer on our branch of the family tree.  The image of Lucy’s famous skeleton has been supplanted by artwork from J.H. Matternes showing a hairy, upright female with Mona-Lisa-like cheeky smile.  Surely Johanson is not taking this sitting down, is he?  According to the U.C. Chronicle of Higher Education, he conceded that this fossil is “terribly important for all of our thinking” about human origins (emphasis on terribly), but “will undoubtedly generate widespread debate” in days to come.  The Chronicle added that the debate will include “the question of whether Ardi is actually a human ancestor.”    One point not emphasized in the popular reports is the fragmentary condition of the bones.  Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute, writing for Evolution News and Views uncovered statements that the specimen was “crushed nearly to smithereens.”  The substrate was chalky and squished, resembling an “Irish stew” that would turn to dust at the slightest touch.  This included the critical pelvic bones necessary to establish whether the creature walked upright.  Six years ago, Tim White himself had cautioned fellow scientists that geological deformation of fossil fragments can produce misleading impressions of species diversity (03/28/2003).  Now it’s clear he was working on these badly-damaged Ardipithecus fragments at the time he said that (see, for example, 04/19/2006 and especially the 10/29/2002 and 09/23/2004 fights).    In a second article for Evolution News, Luskin commented on the game-changing nature of this find.  Actually, Luskin pointed out, it’s another episode out of an old playbook – claiming that the new find “overturns the prevailing views on human evolution.”    Perceptive readers may also take note of the fact that White dates Ardi at 4.4 million years BP (before present), while Johanson’s Lucy was found not far away and dated at 3.2 million years BP.  Some questions not being asked are (1) which way was evolution going for 1.2 million years between Ardi and Lucy, (2) how much did the landscape change geologically in that time, and (3) is it possible these species were contemporaneous.  Only Biblical creationists seem to be asking the other overlooked question: how can they prove those dates without assuming evolution?  For some creationist responses to Ardipithecus in particular and human evolution in general, see articles 1, 2, and 3 on CMI.1.  Bruce Alberts, “Understanding Human Origins,” Science, 2 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5949, p. 17 DOI: 10.1126/science.1182387.2.  A short list of popular reports: National Geographic News, Science Daily, Live Science, PhysOrg and the BBC News.3.  C. Owen Lovejoy, “Reexamining Human Origins in Light of Ardipithecus ramidus.” Science, 2 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5949, pp. 74, 74e1-74e8, DOI: 10.1126/science.1175834.OK, so Tim White is getting his 15 minutes of fame (see 04/27/2006).  If you have been following the Early Man stories in CEH for any length of time, you know the rivalries that exist between the fossil hunters.  Every year or so, as if on cue, the news media go berserk with euphoria over the latest human ancestor fossil, essentially declaring EYKIW (everything you know is wrong).  Rewrite the textbooks; all the stuff taught up till now has been overturned and revised by this latest fossil.  There’s the Leakey group, the Haile-Selassie Group, the Johanson group, the Spaniards, the Georgians and others, all competing for the spotlight.  With a successful media blitz comes speaking tours, book deals and fame.  The competition is especially effective when you can give a cute name to your fossil – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Ardi, or Ida.  (Speaking of Ida, that attempt at EYKIW last May flopped badly – see 05/19/2009.  Even the shameless overboard paleoanthropology crowd thought that was a little too shameless and overboard.)    If you enjoy comedy, read through the 271 Early Man stories we have published here over the last 9 years.  You see the playbook played out over and over again.  The latest contender promises that the new find “sheds light on evolution” and is helping us “understand our origins.”  Each time, numerous miracles are required to get humans their cognition and “unparalleled cerebral and technological abilities” (e.g., 03/29/2004).    This time they are trying to forestall criticism with the sheer volume of words being written.  It’s like launching a hundred decoy missiles to get the enemy to waste all their interceptors.  You can go read all those papers if you wish, but there’s no sense in taking any of it seriously, because as we have pointed out repeatedly, it’s self-refuting nonsense to begin with.  If Tim White’s brain is a product of some ancient sex-for-food game played by Ardi’s genes, without her cognitive choice in the matter, then we have no way of knowing that Tim White’s brain is a product of some ancient sex-for-food game played out by Ardi’s genes.  Get it?  It undermines his whole reasoning apparatus.  We can’t believe a word he said.  His scenario crumbles to dust like Ardi’s bones.  If he really wants to reason, if he cares about finding the truth, then he has to abandon Darwinism and become a creationist.  Then he will have the causal resources to employ reason, logic, evidence and rhetoric – not until.    What is most sad about all this is the deception to our young people.  How many of you were taught one of these tales in school?  Maybe it was Java Man (if you are getting into your senior years), or one of Louis Leakey’s National Geographic cover stories (if you are middle-aged), or Orrorin, Kenyanthropus, Toumai, Lucy or any number of other more recent tales.  The artwork is so deceiving.  Tim White cannot possibly know what that creature looked like in the condition those bones were in (don’t forget his statements from 2003).  Artists take the fragments and emphasize some traits and de-emphasize others to communicate the desired message, that this fossil has something to do with our origins.  The hair, the soft tissues, and the facial expressions are all imaginary.  National Geographic has been one of the worst offenders over the years.  The charts these people make up, placing each fossil into an artificial timeline and connecting dots between them, are just as bad.  Don’t trust any of it (e.g., 03/05/2004).   Would you follow one of these blind guides up ten floors of a house of cards so he can show you a steel girder he claims is holding up a ceiling, or a light fixture that is shedding light on a dark closet?  Their superstructure of paper, no matter how elaborate their origami, lacks substance.  What’s more, it sits on quicksand in a windstorm.  Get out of the away.    It is alarming to look at old textbooks and NG mags and see how much revision there has been.  Paleoanthropology is not converging on a progressive, steadily-improving story coming into sharper focus.  It’s stanza after stanza of the EYKIW dirge.  Playing a dirge with a hip-hop rhythm doesn’t help.(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

RED Door opens for small business

first_img21 February 2006The Western Cape’s RED Door initiative for developing small business in the province has grown to 10 centres – including one mobile centre – that offer budding entrepreneurs a range of services to help them get new businesses off the ground.The Real Enterprise Development initiative, or RED Door, aims to harness the entrepreneurial drive of unemployed and self-employed South Africans. The concept is supported by international research revealing the power of the small business sector to reduce unemployment.The first RED Door offices were opened in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in November 2004. Since then, seven other RED Doors have opened across the Western Cape: in Atlantis, Beaufort West, Hermanus, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Paarl and Vredenberg.And on 20 February, the first mobile RED Door was launched in Cape Town. The unit travels between the Bellville Interchange, Sivuyile College and the Wynberg Library, taking the RED Door’s services to people, such as those with disabilities, who don’t know about, or have difficulty reaching, the stationary offices.The provincial government plans to have 30 RED Doors across the province by 2007, for which it has budgeted in the region of R110-million. Whether or not some of these are mobile units will depend on the success of the first mobile unit, which is running as a pilot project for six months.The RED Door is a one-stop shop for new and existing businesses looking for help and advice, from the most basic to the most sophisticated.Business mentors and advisers speaking Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa offer a range of support, including help with writing a business plan, identifying weak areas in a business, accessing finance, finding accountants and lawyers, taking advantage of government incentives and tenders, improving general business skills and learning how to import and export.Going through the RED Door also means getting access to the internet, to a growing network of business service providers, and occasional use of small conference facilities.Since November 2004, the RED Door project has helped small business owners win tenders worth about R11-million.Delegates to the World Economic Forum’s Africa Economic Summit paid a visit to Khayelitsha’s RED Door in June 2005.Speaking during the visit, Haiko Alfeld, the WEF’s director for Africa, said that while small enterprises were an important driver of growth and poverty reduction in Africa, “many small businesses face serious constraints to growth, including the lack of access to capital, business skills and information, infrastructure and technology.“The RED Door concept perhaps offers a way out of this logjam,” Alfeld said. “We have heard very good news about this concept, and wanted our delegates to experience it first-hand.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

South Africa hosting WEF on Africa

first_imgGlobal leaders in government, civil society, academia and the media are headed to Durban in early May as South Africa hosts the annual World Economic Forum on Africa.Global leaders will converge on Durban to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017. (South African Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterThe World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa will be hosted in Durban from 3 to 5 May under the theme “Driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models”.The forum will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all. Over a thousand participants are expected.Discussions at the conference will focus on a sustainable and inclusive future, exploring new ways for growth and innovation.Growth on the continent“Africa has a historic opportunity to shift the trajectory of its development by avoiding the excesses and mistakes made by countries in advanced parts of the world,” said Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.“But its success will depend on creating new models of growth that provide equality of opportunity to everyone and allow innovation to flourish.”WEF says on its website that there is a mixed outlook for growth in Africa, largely due to decreasing commodity prices and an economic slowdown in China.“Events in Africa and across the world have demonstrated a need for leaders to be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, and to also provide a vision and a way forward,” WEF says.Team South AfricaHeaded by President Jacob Zuma, the following government officials will attend WEF on Africa:Minister of Finance Malusi GigabaMinister of Trade and Industry Rob DaviesMinister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff RadebeMinister of Health Aaron MotsoalediMinister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula MokonyaneMinister of Science and Technology Naledi PandorMinister of Tourism Tokozile XasaMinister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga CweleMinister of Environmental Affairs Edna MolewaMinister of Economic Development Ebrahim PatelMinister of Energy Mmamoloko KubayiMinister of Arts and Culture Nkosinathi MthethwaMinister of Small Business Development Lindiwe ZuluMinister of Public Enterprises Lynne BrownMinister of Higher Education and Training Blade NzimandeKwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle ZikalalaBackground on WEFWEF’s global gathering is held in Davos, Switzerland, at the start of every year. It is followed by regional meetings across the world, one of which is WEF on Africa. #wefafrica2017 Tweets Source: WEFWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Geocaching in 2015: A Year in Review

first_img2015 was an epic year in the world of geocaching. There were many laughs, plenty of new geocaches hidden, and a lot of “Found it” logs.  As we start to plan for the new year ahead,  it’s fun to reflect on many of the amazing things that happened in 2015. Here are 15 of them. 8) GeoTours expanded.19 new GeoTours were launched this year, bringing the GeoTour grand total at 61 tours worldwide. The average number of geocaches per tour is 44, and their geocaches tend to have more favorite points than the average geocache. 10) Geocachers celebrated Pi. And puzzles. And ate pie.While some folks celebrated Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) with a slice of pi pie, we celebrated this year’s Pi Day with two new souvenirs…and pie. The first souvenir was earned by 37,000 geocachers who attended an event on that day. The second souvenir celebrated the mystery of pi—to earn it, geocachers had to log a “Found It” on a Mystery Cache. Kudos to the 50,000 geocachers who took on that head scratching challenge. 123456<> GIFF weekend! A mouth watering and well-themed buffet at one of the GIFF events. At GC62QRQ in the Netherlands. This was a short film made by the event hosts, featuring the event attendees…which was incorporated into a new Puzzle cache. At GC64R4K, a GIFF Weekend event in Hong Kong. Sparkler after-GIFF-party at GC64KHQ in the United Kingdom. HurricaneJuan, creator of the film “Saturday” at GC5VCFG in Florida. A theater full of geocachers at GC62MTK in Slovenia. An outdoor GIFF event in Texas. GC65G3T, a GIFF event in a Burger King in Moscow. A very real, giant GIFF chocolate bar at GC64NMA in Lanvénégen, France. Geocachers at a very cozy GIFF event in Tel-Aviv. <> A group of kids hides a geocache in Nepal. The ultimate “found it” face. Image by lividity at GC40JXW. 13) Geocachers watched 16 creative geocaching films at GIFF Weekend.The GIFF (Geocaching International Film Festival) Weekend 2015 souvenir was awarded to over 14,000 geocachers who attended 449 GIFF events in 46 countries. That’s amazing. But what’s even more amazing is the sheer number of special and wonderful moments that happened at all the movie nights. 123456<> 11) Five new countries received their own geocaching souvenirs.Time to update your bucket lists, geocachers. Cheers to Thailand, Turkey, Estonia, Lithuania, and Slovenia who were added to the growing list of country souvenirs this year! What was your favorite geocaching moment from 2015?Share with your Friends:More A group of community volunteer reviewers from around the world answers questions at this year’s Block Party panel. Four U.S. community volunteer reviewers having a good time at the event. Geocaching HQ’er Heather visits with a group of Swedish reviewers. 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Geocachers from the German Mudmen geocaching group conquer the Alps. Geocaching family at GCQMX8 in Santiago, Chile . Geocacher Diegeocrasher at GC20FAE in South Africa. Antartic geocaching at GC115ZX. 6) Geocachers joined in the global CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) movement and gave back to our lovely planet. Over 19,000 geocachers collected garbage, restored natural areas, and worked on community improvement projects during CITO weekend in April. If each person picked up one 5 lb (2.26 kg) bag of trash, that’s over 40 metric tons of garbage collected. That’s (approximately) 7.4 elephants, or 7 elephants and two cows. This impressive number does not include the hundreds of additional CITO events that took place throughout the rest of year. A wonderful summer full of geocaching adventures. Road Trip! Instagram #geocaching photo contest winner @aventyrsmobilen. Every road tripper needs a trusty co-pilot. Many geocachers joined in the fun. Instagram #geocaching photo contest finalist @skaubystine. Instagram #geocaching photo contest finalist @yeseniascenter_img 9) Over 52,000 geocachers around the world went on a Geocaching Road Trip.During the summer months, geocachers had the opportunity to complete five geocaching quests, each of which earned them a special souvenir for their geocaching profile. By completing all missions, they earned an extra special 6th souvenir. The theme was “Geocaching Road Trip”, and the adventures were epic. A group of kiddos search for the code word at the last ever Geocaching Block Party Mega-Event in Seattle. Tree climbing event GC66NYX in France. A geocacher signs the giant blow-up “15” logbook at the last ever Geocaching Block Party Mega-Event in Seattle. A very unique logbook at a small Meet & Greet. Geocachers blew bubbles at this event in Europe. Signal at the 2015 GeoWoodstock. Yummy geocaching events all day long! 2015 Pi Day Event Logbook. Eating pie at a “Pi Day” geocaching event. Thailand Souvenir. Estonia Souvenir. Turkey Souvenir. Lithuania Souvenir. Slovenia Souvenir. 7) 4 incredible trackable branded promotions took place, including the super cute Mountain Warehouse promo.With nearly 500 photos entered into the Mountain Warehouse photo contest, geocachers showed clever photography skills while shooting Meryl Sheep trackable tags all over the British countryside and beyond. One particular trackable, Wooliam the Sheep, has already traveled 32,000+ miles (51,499 km). “GeoWoodstock” –the 1st Geocaching Mega-Event– held in Texas May 2006. Every year since, GeoWoodstock keeps movin’ and groovin’ to new locations. The first Geocoin ever created by Moun10bike in 2001. Back in 2001, geocachers Eoghan and Pumpkin Princess decided to throw a little gathering in Austin, Texas with their geo-buddies. This was the first recorded instance of a geocaching get-together, now known today as an Event Cache. The plaque marks the exact location of the first geocache ever placed. “GCF” (and its can of beans) was hidden by David Ulmer on May 3, 2000. Co-Founder & CEO Jeremy Irish placed the first Geocoin in a cache in 2001. Take a little trip down memory lane –and pick up some trash along the way– to the first ever CITO event held on April 26th, 2003. At one point in time, there was a colony of Signals. ‪This was the first Signal Doll shipment at Geocaching HQ. The three founders of Geocaching.com at their then new office in downtown Seattle. The first image of the geocaching mascot Signal the Frog was revealed on a t-shirt in August 2003. ‪ The oldest active geocache –GC30 Mingo– was hidden in Kansas on May 11, 2000. 14) Geocaching.com added new languages.The Geocaching.com website is now translated into 22 different languages including English. The iPhone and Android Free apps are also available in 19 different languages. More to come!15) There were over 83,000,000 logged geocaches and over 588,000 new geocaches published this year.Great job, geocachers. Great job. 12) New features were added to make your geocaching world a bit better.Message Center? Check.New search? Check. Lots of new features on the free geocaching app? Check.More features to come in 2016! 3) A group of courageous geocachers journeyed to the center of the earth to log an EarthCache. Well, sort of.Need more laughs? Check out all the past geocaching April Fools videos:2012 – Cachers of Steel2013 – T.I.N.Y.2014 – DNF Pride4) The geocaching community grew.In December, the 15 millionth geocaching account was created on Geocaching.com. Considering that many geocaching accounts represent families, couples, teams, and other groups, there are well more than 15 million geocachers worldwide. 123<> 1) We celebrated 15 years of geocaching!It’s hard to believe that the hobby we all love celebrated its 15th birthday this year. During this time of nostalgia, it’s fun to look back at some of the most historic moments in geocaching history. 2) A year of events. Great events. 2 Giga-Events (5,000+ geocachers)45 Mega-Events (500+ geocachers)Over 28,000 geocaching events totalIt’s evident from all the fun gatherings that took place that geocachers enjoyed making new friends and spending time with the old at an average of over 76 geocaching events per day!   SharePrint RelatedConfirmed Geocaching souvenir moments for 2019January 9, 2019In “Community”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Geocaching 2 by 2 – Power your Relationships with GeocachingJune 3, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” <> From all of us at Geocaching HQ, thank you for making this year the best geocaching year to date. <> 12345<> Warm waters & lots of signatures. 24 hour trip geocaching in Alaska. This group of kiddos are super excited to find the cache… and its swag. Geocaching in the classroom. 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Get More From Your Videos With a Solid Call to Action

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