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  • Opposition moving ahead with 3rd list

    first_imgGECOM Chair impasse… despite CJ’s rulingDespite the recent court ruling on President David Granger’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding the appointment of a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Opposition says this will not affect the process ofOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoselecting the third list of nominees.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said he will have further internal discussions on the matter and will seek some engagement with the Executive on the outstanding issues. Jagdeo said, “I am still discussing with people… I am still going through the process of meeting people.”The Opposition Leader told a press conference on Wednesday, however, that he is still awaiting the written judgment from acting Chief Justice Roxane George, and expressed caution while providing comments on the recent ruling, promising that more would be said after such time.Last week, Jagdeo revealed that he had 10 persons shortlisted, but hinted that there might be some difficulty finalising that list. According to him, one of the 10 persons shortlisted has already indicated a reluctance to be nominated, because of fear of public humiliation.Nevertheless, the Opposition Leader said it seems as though based on public perception that a ruling was made on a matter that was not a subject in the court matter.He was making reference to the issue of whether President David Granger can unilaterally select someone of his choice and who was not submitted by the Leader of the Opposition, to be appointed.“So far, it seems to be a matter that has been ruled on or mentioned in the judgement. We don’t know if it will be an aside or it would be part of the ruling,” he stated. If that is so, Jagdeo affirmed that the Opposition will have to support Mr (Marcel) Gaskin in challenging the matter.“And the reason is that you would recall that there were several submissions but this issue was not a matter that was in Mr Gaskin’s case to the court and so neither side. The plaintiff nor the defendant made submissions on these matters because that question was not put to the court,” he pointed out.Further, Jagdeo said not only did Gaskin not make a submission on that matter, but the Guyana Bar Association, the Attorney General (Basil Williams) nor his lawyers made submissions on that specific issues. “So, unless the matter was raised in the hearing and both sides were called in court to make arguments or they were asked to do so in writing, then we believe that it would be an extremely strange sort of ruling,” Jagdeo observed.The acting Chief Justice in her ruling said the President is not required to give reasons for rejecting nominees by the Opposition Leader but in the spirit of good governance and democracy he should do so. However, Granger told the media that he will not be providing any reasons.Jagdeo asserted that the court ruling was diametrically opposite to what the President said that he will only look at the list if he finds all the names acceptable. “And the court said even if there is one name acceptable he is obligated to examine that name and you can’t reject the list until it’s a perfect list.”He argued also that the court stated that the list could also have six persons in the fit and proper category too. Jagdeo said, “So, in light of this and the President’s public statement sometime back that he found at least one of the persons acceptable, someone should ask him in light of the court ruling on this matter, then he was obligated to go ahead and appoint that person according to the court judgement.”In her determination, the acting Chief Justice also found that there was no valid argument to support the idea that the Chairman should be a Judge, a former Judge or a person eligible to be a Judge, and noted that persons from each category were equally eligible for the post.Included in Justice George’s ruling on Monday was that the persons proposed for the post of GECOM Chairman must have Judge-like qualities and possess integrity, honesty, and impartiality. She also said that the word “any” in the other category, “any other fit and proper person” widens the category and “does not restrict the qualification or profession” from which the nominee should be drawn, and noted that there was no mandatory category and all the categories had equal weight.last_img read more

  • Klopp admits Reds got ‘lucky’ against Fulham

    first_imgCelebrations were cut short by the offside flag, however, and a quick restart from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to play in Mohamed Salah for his eighth goal of the season and his 34th in his last 36 games at Anfield.Just 14 seconds separated the flag and the Liverpool opener and when Xherdan Shaqiri stretched the lead with a delightful volley eight minutes into the second half the game was beyond the visitors.Klopp was unsure of whether the officials had been right to deny Fulham a goal but hailed the “brilliant” reaction of his Premier League title-chasers in turning the situation to their advantage.“I saw it once, I’m not sure if it was offside or not,” said the Liverpool manager. “We didn’t get a goal against Arsenal when we scored a clearer goal. I don’t want to compare it but you cannot change it.“The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant. Ally, Trent, Mo and done, it was a fantastic situation.”The German boss also felt Andy Robertson had been impeded in the run up to Fulham’s disallowed goal and it was the Scottish full-back who could have played Mitrovic onside.“Good routine. At the end we were a bit lucky,” admitted Klopp.– ‘Disrespect’ annoys Jokanovic –For Jokanovic, there was no doubt that his side’s possible opening goal should have stood.“Robertson didn’t sufficiently squeeze up and my player is onside and scored a goal. In one moment, a crucial moment, we go from one goal up to one goal down,” said Jokanovic.“In this country you normally can’t show some disrespect to referees but it’s a problem (when they) show disrespect to my team, myself, and the Fulham supporters.“The situation can be a little complicated but you must be sure to take this kind of decision.”Jokanovic admitted his team could have reacted better to Liverpool’s swift break but said it shouldn’t have existed in the first place.“We didn’t defend well this counter-attack but this counter-attack shouldn’t exist. It’s a completely absurd situation we have to defend.”Liverpool had created several reasonable chances before the opening goal — Sadio Mane, Salah and the influential Shaqiri all going close — but Fulham had almost scored first when Ryan Sessegnon capitalised on Joe Gomez’s mistake to close in on goal only to drag his shot wide.Klopp’s men went to the top of the Premier League, albeit they might be there for just a matter of hours depending on the results of matches involving champions Manchester City and Chelsea later Sunday.He was happy enough with Liverpool’s display, even though they were still far from their fluent best.“They played football but a lot of long balls and Mitrovic did outstandingly well in these situations,” said Klopp. “So that was tricky but apart from that I thought the boys did really well.“We created, we passed, we accelerated in the right moments and had big chances early with Sadio, with Shaq, with Mo in the box, when they blocked it last second, when the goalkeeper could make a save.“Apart from scoring more goals, it was a really good performance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah scored his sixth league goal this term as Liverpool deepened Fulham’s gloom © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 11 – Jurgen Klopp accepted his Liverpool side got “a bit lucky” after a controversial offside flag denied Fulham the lead in their 2-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.Under-pressure Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic hit out at what he described as an “absurd” situation after Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to have headed the bottom-of-the-table visitors into the lead five minutes before the break.last_img read more

  • Foreclosures, housing slump hurting California economy

    first_img“Programs (like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) have the same limits for North Dakota as (they do) for Los Angeles. And no one here can buy a house with what they are offering.” But state Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he does not believe that the problems will push the overall economy into a recession. “This is the eighth-largest economy in the world and it is resilient enough to absorb this,” Lockyer said. “I don’t believe we will have a recession. “But, with saying that, I do believe there is not much the state can do to help the housing market. If any solutions are to come, it will have to be from the federal government.” Mozilo said the problems stem from the loosened lending and credit rules in the late 1990s through 2004. “It was an easy market,” Mozilo said. “People subscribed to the belief they couldn’t lose – and for a while they didn’t. Prices continued to go up. What created the problem we have now is that prices began to fall and panic set in.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California faces a potentially grim economic outlook as the effects of growing foreclosures amid a faltering housing market ripple statewide, experts warned Monday. “We are on the verge of recession,” economist Ross DeVol of the Milken Institute said at the institute’s annual State of the State Conference in Beverly Hills. And DeVol, part of a panel examining the impact of problems in the subprime-mortgage industry, said a drop in home sales affects everything from employment and consumer confidence to retail sales and tax revenue. The problems also come as oil prices reach record levels and lenders move to tighten consumer-credit regulations, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And he warned that if reduced consumer spending leads to a recession in California, the programs could spread nationwide. DeVol said it likely will require government action to ease strains in the financial market and prevent a recession. Angelo Mozilo, chairman of Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., echoed that view. Countrywide, the nation’s largest lender, announced plans last week to restructure $16 billion in consumer loans. Mozilo, whose company has become a symbol for the problems in the housing market, said his firm has received no help from the government and is bearing the brunt of criticism for the current problems. “The problem we are seeing now is that first-time homebuyers can’t get into the market,” Mozilo said. “This is the most expensive housing market in the country and the federal government has not done anything to help ease lending. last_img read more

  • DD TRAVEL: ALL ABOARD THE GRUB CRAWL

    first_imgDD TRAVEL: BY TIM HEDGLEY: Many of us have been on a pub crawl – but how many of you have tried a Grub Crawl?I was delighted and honoured recently to be invited on the inaugural Official McCombs Coaches Grubcrawl.As one might imagine, this is a different take on a very popular theme. Devised by two of the North’s finest coach tour operators, Caroline and Ronnie McComb from Co Antrim, they have put together a tour of some of the best food producers and restaurants around.My Grubcrawl commenced in Glengall Street in the centre of Belfast.I boarded my coach and straight away I realised I was in good company. A pristine Mercedes coach with Wi-Fi, full leather seats, TV and a fridge. Clearly this was a cut above the rest.We left Belfast and headed in to the beautiful hills of Co Down where country butter is handmade is made for some of the most prestigious shops and restaurants in Ireland and the UK. The only interest of Abernathy’s is to create an unforgettable taste and flavour as far removed from mass-produced butter as night is from day.These artisan food makers have taken the bold step of staying authentic, special and they refuse to go mass market. Available from small local farm shops to Fortnum & Masons.ABERNETHY BUTTER is appreciated by the best Michelin starred restaurants from Heston Blumenthal’s, The Fat Duck to Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley in Knightsbridge. And yes it’s all done in Dromara in Co Down.Watching Alison and Will present their craft to the people on my tour, was truly inspiring. Their passion, commitment and pride in their product shone through.They are dedicated crafts people who are committed to a perfect product. Abernethy Butter is made by hand using traditional methods. The cream is bought from a local farmer, who lets his cows graze on the green fields in the Lagan valley and pasturises his own milk. The cream is churned until it separates into butter and buttermilk. Then the butter is put into a large bowl and washed by hand until the water runs clear. This is to remove all the buttermilk, (which would sour the butter if left in) The only thing they add to the butter is a pinch or two of salt. The butter is then patted by hand out into rolls ready for wrapping.SECRET TO SUCCESSThe secret to their success is nothing. Because they add nothing to their product, no rubbish, no additives, nothing other than pure goodness, love and respect to a tradition that has gone on for hundreds of years in Ireland – and a small pinch of salt.Will and Alison are ambassadors for this part of the world, better than any trade mission or politician up in a big house, these are ordinary decent people who have and continue to promote local food in the best possible way. Make sure you visit their wonderful workshop. See http://abernethybuttercompany.comThe second stop on my Grubcrawl was the amazing Kilmegan cider based in Dundrum, Co Down. Under a wall of brambles, some twenty feet high, in 1967 Maurice Boyd discovered an old orchard that had been planted some seventy years previously beside the old farmhouse he had purchased.With the back drop of the majestic Mourne Mountains near the village of Dundrum in 2009 Andrew and Karen decided to try and make a batch of cider.Using a strong bucket and a 4” wooden fence post, they laboured for hours to mash up enough apples to put into his fathers old wine press and they produced a gallon or two of juice. They carefully placed the juice into a demijohn, add some champagne yeast, stuck on an airlock and let nature take its course.A few months later the juice had cleared, fermentation had stopped and hey presto the first batch of Kilmegan cider was born.Tasting fresh and crisp and as natural a product as you could wish for and using no added acids, sugar, water or concentrates this was REAL CIDER.You might see a theme here, and as with Abernathy’s butter, less is definitely more. Although Kilmegan is now using a proper apple mill and rack and cloth press their principles have not changed.As Andrew said: “Get the proper blend of apples, extract the juice, ferment and leave to mature for six to eight months and there you have it, pure real cider made with 100% fresh pressed juice, you will taste the difference.”So if you are after the taste of real cider check out www.kilmegancider.comIT’S FOOD TIMESitting on the Killinchy Road just outside Comber is a superb little restaurant called The Poachers Pocket. This is one of three gastro pubs that Danny Millar is in charge of. A chef with impeccable lineage he has brought, his winning ways to Lisbane, just outside Comber.A superb pub which retains it authentic pub craic front of house, and behind the frosted glass is a world of superb food. It’s not hard to understand why McCombs Grubcrawl included this fine eatery on their new Grubcrawl. The food service and surroundings are superb. Ill be back again and again.So good is this place I will let some of their accolades speak for themselves (main picture at the top). I went for the beautiful starter in the picture: whitebait, breads, pate and chutney.If you want to see some amazing places, sample some of the finest products this wonderful country has to offer and eat in some of its best eateries, then you need to take a McCombs Grubcrawl. I know I will definitely be back on a tour before to long. Visit http://www.mccombscoaches.com/TIMHave you been on a holiday you want to share with Donegal Daily readers – or do you have a question for Tim? Send us your pictures, stories and questions to info@donegaldaily.comDD TRAVEL: ALL ABOARD THE GRUB CRAWL was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ABERNETHY BUTTERGrubcrawlKilmegan ciderMcCombsThe Poachers PocketTravellast_img read more

  • KCCA piles more pressure on Vipers after late win in Mwerere

    first_img Tags: Azam UPLbright starsDerrick NsibamabiKCCA FCpaul mucurezi Jackson Nunda (right) helped KCCA run the show in Midfield (Photos by Tebandeke Racheal)Azam Uganda Premier LeagueBright Stars 1-2 KCCAChampions Stadium, MwerereSaturday, 19-05-2018.KCCA FC maintained their quest for a third successive league crown as they defeated a spirited Bright Stars’ side 2-1 in Mwerere.The two time defending champions tool the lead in 34 minutes before John Opejo levelled the game with under 15 minutes to play.Paul Mucureezi ensured all three points for the Kasasiro Boys with a late stunning free kick.The uneventful first 45 only saw Jimmy Kakooza cautioned for the host before Nsibambi who had gone over six matches without scoring, put the visitors into the last with 11 minutes to the interval.KCCA dominated much of the spells with Saddam Juma, Jackson Nunda and Isaac Kirabira running the show in the middle.With all eyes on league top scorer Nelson Ssenkayuka to save his side, it’s was the less fancied substitute John Kokas Opejo who scored the equalizer after dancing through at least four KCCA defenders.As the game was destined for a stalemate, Paul Mucureezi who has had limited playing time all season was fouled around the Bright Stars penalty area. The winger picked him self up and curled a free kick into the top corner for the winning goal with six minutes to play.Paul Mucureezi (left) scored the winner for KCCA as league top scorer, Nelson Ssenkatuka could not add to his 15 alreadyA late surge by the home side could not yield an equalizer as KCCA saw out the rest of the game to clinch vital three points in the title race.The victory means that Mike Mutebi’s charges move to within two points of leaders Vipers with both teams having two games to play before the season ends.KCCA now have 57 points while Vipers who play Express on Tuesday remain with 59 after 28 rounds of the current UPL season.The defeat leaves Bright stars In the sixth on the log with 38 points from 29games.KCCA FC will host BUL on Tuesday at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo while log leaders Vipers take on Express as the latter tries to survive relegation.Comments last_img read more

  • Driver who competed in Donegal and co-driver killed in rally accident

    first_imgDonegal’s motorsport fraternity is mourning the death of two competitors in England who were well accustomed to rallying in this county.Driver Shawn Rayner and co-driver Steve Dear – pictured above – were killed in an accident at the Loco 2 Stages Rally yesterday in England.In June, Shawn along with Steve’s son, Declan, competed in the Donegal International Rally. The pair took part in the Historics section in their Mk2 Escort. Yesterday, during the Loco 2 Stages Rally, a single-venue stage rally at Bramley Camp in Hampshire, Shawn and Steve lost their lives during competition.“RIP to the two lads and deepest condolences to all their families. Your attitude and smile made you a welcome visitors every time you came to Ireland,” Donegal International Rally organisers said in a statement.Shawn Rayner and Declan Dear competing in Donegal this year. Picture by Kevin Glendenning“…even when the car was giving bother on Saturday himself and Declan kept upbeat and plugging away. Tools and parts were secured overnight and the MKII was back to full health for Sunday morning.“The talent shone with a fastest time and other top times all day. Promises were made to return in 2018.” The Motor Sports Association said: “As with all serious incidents in or around UK motorsport, the MSA is now working with the event-organising club and the police to establish precisely what happened on this occasion.“The MSA sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased crew.“The MSA will be making no further statement at this time.”Driver who competed in Donegal and co-driver killed in rally accident was last modified: January 2nd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bramley CampDeclan Deardonegal international rallyShawn RaynerSteve Dearlast_img read more

  • Judge issues warning after child has miraculous escape

    first_imgA Judge has issued a warning to motorists after a child had a miraculous escape while crossing a road with her grandmother in Ballybofey.The child was crossing at a junction at Glenfin Road on July 22nd, 2018 when the accident happened. A man driving a car failed to see the pair and caught the child’s buggy under the wheel of his car.The man, Kevin Keenan, of Annagher Drive, Coalisland, Dungannon in Tyrone, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with careless driving.The 57-year-old, who has no previous convictions, said he had not looked to his left at the T junction but the woman walked straight out in front of him at what was a very dangerous place to cross.He said “I didn’t see her. I didn’t look to my left because I didn’t expect to see someone crossing the street at a bust T junction,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly said that motorists were supposed to drive in such a manner that they could stop in an emergency situation.He added that if the toddler had been crossing the road then this situation could have been much worse.He fined Mr Keenan €100 for careless driving and gave him four months to pay the fine.Judge issues warning after child has miraculous escape was last modified: December 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buggycourtJUDGEletterkennyWarninglast_img read more

  • Takeaways: Sharks’ depth forwards answer the bell

    first_img … SAN JOSE — The Sharks’ occasional habit of letting a third period lead slip away reared its ugly head again Tuesday night at SAP Center.This time, though, the Sharks had the proper response.The Minnesota Wild scored two goals in the first 3:27 of the third period to erase what had been a 3-1 San Jose lead.But Barclay Goodrow came back to record the game-winner, as he redirected a Brent Burns shot past goalie Devan Dubnyk at the 7:25 mark of the third to help the Sharks earn a 4-3 win.last_img

  • Do Birds of a Feather Demonstrate Parallel Evolution?

    first_imgA puzzling phenomenon emerges from evolutionary considerations of bird plumage coloration and patterning.  Hopi E. Hoekstra and Trevor Price describe the problem in the March 19 issue of Science1 and provide examples:The pages of any bird guide reveal a spectacular diversity of colors and color patterns.  Although color patterns vary within species, often they also distinguish closely related species.  Variations in color are thought to have evolved through the interplay of sexual selection and natural selection.  What is less obvious–because the birds are on different pages of the guide–is the repeated appearance of similar color patterns among distantly related species (parallel evolution).  A list of 9672 of the world’s bird species includes a black-capped chickadee, a black-capped pygmy tyrant, and a black-capped kingfisher as well as 26 other species whose most conspicuous feature–at least prominent enough to prefix their common name–is a black cap.  There are 41 black-throated species (in 40 different genera), 8 that are blue-capped, 9 that are orange-breasted, and 29 that are red-billed.  There are many such examples of parallel evolution in birds , but the molecular underpinnings of similar plumage patterns among distantly related or unrelated species are still not clear.Hoekstra and Price take encouragement from a study published in the same issue of Science by Mundy et al.2  The team identified a single mutation present in two unrelated birds that affects the degree of melanism (dark coloration) in their plumage.  This can only be a partial solution, however, because they point out that “More than 100 genes that affect the amount and distribution of melanin in the pelts of laboratory mice have been identified; presumably a similar diversity of genes influences melanin production in birds.”  However, they take heart that a single amino acid mutation in the one gene studied correlated perfectly with the color variation in the two species: one an Arctic skua, the other a snow goose.  They conclude that “The repeated implication of this same gene suggests that there may be a more limited number of genetic mechanisms to produce dark plumage in natural populations than is suggested by genetic studies of lab mice” at least in this case.    An illustration Hoekstra and Price included shows another remarkable example of parallel evolution among orioles.  Two nearly identical species are more distantly related, according to molecular phylogeny, than dissimilar ones.  It’s as if we were shown two pairs of identical twins, Moe and Joe, and Cindy and Mindy, and told that Joe is more closely related to Cindy, and Moe to Mindy, than the other way around.  “Within the oriole group, there are many such examples of similar plumage patterns among different species due to parallel evolution ,” the caption reads.    The authors are hopeful that the work of Mundy et al. will lead to solutions to these puzzles.  “Field studies of selection, coupled with characterization of the melanin pathways in each species, will eventually enable a closer tracing of the roles of selection and mutation in generating the similarities and differences between the species,” they say.  “Further down the road, we should be able to dissect the genetic basis of more complicated color patterns like those of the orioles.”1Hopi E. Hoekstra and Trevor Price, “Parallel Evolution Is in the Genes,” Science Vol 303, Issue 5665, 1779-1781 , 19 March 2004, DOI: 10.1126/science.1096413.2Mundy et al., “Conserved Genetic Basis of a Quantitative Plumage Trait Involved in Mate Choice,” Science 03/19/2004, 2004 303: 1870-1873.The Natural Law of the Medes and the Persians in their model is evolution, even when it contradicts other laws.  Evolutionists cling to their mythical phylogenetic trees like astrologers to horoscopes, but the data suggest a different paradigm: a sharing and sorting of information among different species, leading to traits like black caps, wing stripes, crests, speckles, throat patches, iridescence (see photonic crystals, 01/29/2003) and much more – traits that look designed.  The observations do not support a common ancestry cosmology, tweaked with epicycles like “convergent evolution” and “parallel evolution”.  When you see common design, why not postulate a common designer?     The authors freely admit that just to get dark color requires a complex set of molecular machines:The melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) resides in the membrane of specialized cells known as melanocytes, which are the site of melanin synthesis in birds and mammals.  Circulating melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) binds to MC1R, turning on the cell’s melanin-making machinery.Are we being asked to believe that up to a hundred molecular machines that control just the melanin pigment all evolved in parallel to produce nearly identical species?  What about the hundreds of other genes that produce throat patches, wing bars, and other plumage patterns and colors?  Visualize the exquisite patterns on a peacock, bird of paradise, crane, red-winged blackbird, parrot, ostrich, ruby-throated hummingbird, bald eagle, emperor penguin, magpie, rooster or the songbird in your back yard.  These patterns don’t just happen; they all require genetic information.  This information is transmitted reliably, with only rare slight variations, for many generations.    Mundy et al. are confident that they have identified a “rare example where the major molecular genetic determinant of a quantitative trait has been identified in wild populations,” and that their work on snow geese and Arctic skuas provides “strong support for the notion that, at least in the case of melanism in birds, evolution is driven by mutation rather than selection on existing standing genetic variation.”  Nevertheless, to make their story work, they have to wave three hands: “This presumably reflects some combination of a high mutability to functionally novel MC1R alleles, a relative absence of deleterious pleiotropic effects of these alleles, and the visibility of dominant or codominant melanic MC1R alleles to natural selection.”  OK, if you want to call that science, let’s put some quantitative numbers in the equation and test it, instead of bluffing about “some combination” of multiple unknowns.  On top of all their other contradictions, they expect us to swallow their line about “a conserved mechanism of plumage color evolution through many tens of millions of years of avian history,” after they just told us the gene they studied must have been highly mutable!    The phylogenetic explanation clearly has serious problems, and this one hyped correlation is trivial.  Even if these evolutionists could establish that orioles diverged from a common ancestor, they are still orioles: still able to fly, eat, lay eggs, and do all the things birds are so good at, whether or not their feather colors are a little darker in one population than another.  Sorting of existing traits has nothing to do with Darwinian evolution in the sense of producing new genetic information.  Something has sorted and distributed pre-existing complex specified information in bird feathers, creating beautiful patterns and colorful artwork.  That something could be intelligent design.  “Parallel evolution” is just a hand-waving term to describe an observation, not explain it.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Punta de N’ Amer – Cova de ses Crestes GC17QRE GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 29, 2011

    first_imgView from near the cache locationPunta de N´Amer – Cova de ses Crestes (GC17QRE)  takes geocachers thousands of years back into human history. Punta de n’Amer is a peninsula on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The difficulty three, terrain three traditional cache placed on the peninsula leads geocachers to caves with an ancient past. They were inhabited by early residents of the island around 1500 B.C.Coast line near the cache locationchrismaxx hid the cache in 2008. It’s accumulated more than 120 Favorite Points to date. The cache owner encourages geocachers to be prepared; bring good shoes and caving equipment like a headlamp.  Since the site is part of a nature preserve cachers are reminded, “Please note that this is a fragile place. Please do not throw garbage. So: Cache in – Trash out!!!”The cache is large enough for TrackablesOne geocacher who logged the cache wrote, “This cache was pure nature. To experience places like this is why I cache. A place you would not have found in a million years on your own. So to all who are thinking about doing this cache. Do it.”Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCova Tancada – GC1ZW11 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2012November 15, 2012In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Aloha from Hawaii! — Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 20, 2016In “Community”last_img read more