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May 26, 2020
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England set up Australia meeting

first_imgThe world number three side eased to their third win of the group stage on Sunday to set up a meeting with holders and hosts Australia in the next round.England were expected to avoid the Commonwealth champions but the Diamonds fell to a shock 52-47 defeat by New Zealand to finish second in Pool A.Meanwhile, Wales made it two wins from two games with a 71-44 victory over Zambia in Pool D.Elsewhere, Malawi beat Singapore 75-31 to finish top of Pool C, while Trinidad and Tobago won 55-39 against Barbados in Pool A.Wales’ final group match is on Monday night against Uganda – a game which will decide the pool winner.Scotland, currently third in England’s pool, will face second-placed Jamaica on Monday. Round two of the competition in Sydney starts on Tuesday, when the 16 nations split into four pools of four teams.The first two pools are made up of the teams who finished in the top two of their preliminary-round groups, and a round-robin format will decide who progresses to the semi-finals.The other two pools will filter into the play-offs for the placing matches.England’s win over Samoa was a routine affair compared to Saturday’s hard-fought 54-50 victory over Jamaica .But the Roses will now face their biggest test of the tournament in world number ones Australia, who are 10-time winners of the competition.However, the Diamonds will have to recover quickly from their unexpected defeat by four-time champions New Zealand, which ended their run of 21 consecutive wins.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Guinness Cage competition heading for exciting climax

first_imgThe exciting Guinness Cage-football tournament just underway and already the entertainment is high. With the round of 16 and quarter finals set for Saturday August 25, it leaves a question as to who will be in the Semi-finals and Finals on August 31 at the Haslington Market.Part of the heated exchange in the ongoing tournamentSpeaking with Guyana Times Sport via telephone, tournament Coordinator Rawle Welch of Three-Peat Promotions stated that when the round of 16 and quarterfinals are over on Saturday the semi-finals and final matches will be the next big thing. Welsh promised an electric atmosphere, one of pure love and peace as he stated that the residents of the East Coast of Demerara are huge supporters of the tournament and would love if an East Coast team would make it in to the finals as the odds aren’t in their favour statistically. With Georgetown having 11 teams and East Coast having 5 teams entering the round of 16, it will take more than home crowd support to see the East Coast sides advancing.When Welch was asked who he would love to see lift the trophy this year he said he had a number of teams in mind such as Tiger Bay and Leopold Street but would love Sparta Boss to win as they are the crowd favourites and carry a large fan base. Even though they aren’t currently in form he would love them to play with all their hearts but they must be careful as teams such as Old School Ballers, Beterverwagting ‘B’, Vryheid’s Lust and Alexander Village are all teams that shouldn’t be taken for granted as they boast a huge amount of experienced players.With the direction the tournament is heading it definitely promises to be one that will be talked about long after it is finished and one that will live on in the memories of everyone. Who will win the Three Peat Promotions/ Guinness Cage Competition? Nobody knows but every fan has their favourite and in its current stage it promises to be a result with infinite possibilities and a nail biting finish.last_img read more

December 27, 2019
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MAY REPRESENTS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL SPORT STARS

first_imgThere was plenty of success on the international front for the county to celebrate during the month of May and which we will no doubt be hearing more about when the Donegal Sports Star Committee sits down at the end of the year to sift through the nominees for the 2014 awards winners. Philip Deignan, Seamus Coleman, Chloe and Sam Magee and the Hickey twins Cian and Tadhg all enjoyed success last month while back at home the Inishowen Youth and Schoolboys Academy and Carndonagh Community School both won national soccer titles.In athletics new records were set by Finn Valley AC members John Kelly and Dempsey McGuigan and Kelly McGrory (Tirconaill AC). As he headed into the final weekend of the Giro d’Italia the highlight of the tough tour for Deignan, a previous Donegal Sports Star Award winner had a magnificent third place finish in a very difficult 170km, 18th stage.Seamus Coleman scooped two separate awards – Players’ Player of the Season and Everton Fans’ Player of the Season at Everton’s end-of-season awards ceremony in St. George’s Hall, Liverpool.This double-award success came just after he was named best right-back in the Premier League on the Professional Footballer’s Association Team of the Season.Chloe and Sam Magee won the 2014 Hellas Open in Greece defeating their Bulgarian opponents 21-14, 21-10 in the final. Earlier Chloe, the reigning Donegal Sports Star ‘Basketball’ award holder, who was second seed had been beaten in the Greek Women’s Singles Final by the number one seed also from Bulgaria on a score of 21-13, 21-13 in the deciderTwins Cian and Tadhg Hickey from the Letterkenny Blaze Club helped the Ireland U-18 team to win an Invitational Tournament in France.It was the first time an Irish team had won an international tournament since 2001.And at the end of May there was further good new for Letterkenny Blaze who were crowned ‘Club of the Year’ at the annual Basketball Ireland awards ceremony at the National Arena.It was a good month for Inishowen underage soccer with Liam Monagle’s Candonagh CS winning the school’s first ever national soccer title by overcoming Calasantius College from Oranmore, Galway 1-0 in the First Year Boys Final at the Sligo Rovers Showgrounds thanks to a stunning free-kick from Conor O’Donnell. That success was followed up by the Inishowen Youth and Schoolboys Academy who won the National Inter-League title for the first time with a 2-0 victory over North Eastern Counties with Lee McColgan and Aidan Friel getting the goals for Diarmaid O’Brien’s side.During May three athletes from Donegal clubs set new county and provincial records. Finn Valley AC’s Dempsey McGuigan set a new record for Donegal and Ulster with a 66-62 hammer throw at Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University.Another Finn Valley AC member John Kelly broke both the Donegal and Ulster shot putt records with a throw of 15.46m at the official opening of the new Lifford AC track.And Tirconaill AC’s Kelly McGrory set a new 400m county record time of 62.93 at an international meeting in Greystones. In the middle of the month her club colleague Karl Griffin achieved another ‘B’ standard time for the World Junior U-20 Championships by finishing second in an 800m in a British Milers event in Watford in a time of 1.49.80.At the end of May in his first outdoor race of the season Mark English won an 800m even at the IFAM International Meeting in Flanders, Belguim in a time of 1:46:39.Milford man Brendan Boyce competed at the World Walking Race Cup in China and an international event in Germany while at home Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty won the North West 10k in a time of 32.12 and the first woman home was Lifford AC’s Natasha Adams (35.32).The Donegal U-15 team won an Ulster Youth Badminton title in Lurgan and the Glenties second year pupils made it a double in the schools basketball finals for ‘second years’.The girls overcame PCC Falcarragh by just a single point (30-29) while the Glenties boys had a more convincing win over PCC in their final (31-11).Michael ‘Owen’ McLaughlin made it eight wins in his professional career defeating Pedro Gonzalez in Dorchester, Boston.Four Donegal female boxers took home titles from the National Finals. Raphoe ABC’s Cody Lafferty won the Girl 1 31kgs category;In the Youths 46kg category Ciara Anderson (Twin Towns ABC) won her final bout after a first round TKO and two Carndonagh ABC fighters Laobhrise Clarke and Rachel Dixon became champions after taking titles in their respective Girl 4 54kg and Girl 2 57kg categories.At the end of the month Illies Golden Gloves fighter Darryl Moran won his fifth national title by defeating Stephen McKenna from Monaghan in the U-18 49kgs Final at the National Stadium.And Austeja Auciute landed her ninth national title by defeating Ciara Sheedy in the U-18 64ks Final at the National Boxing Stadium.In cycling Errigal CC’s Ciara Doogan won the Road Race in the U-14 Category and was second overall in Kanturk, Co. Cork.On the May Bank Holiday Monday and for the fifth successive year the Termon Ladies side lifted the the County Senior Gaelacht title thanks to a 4-11 to 2-9 victory over Glenfin.On the same day Kilcar won the County Senior Gaelacht title with a 1-9 to 0-8 win over Glenswilly at the Naomh Mhuire grounds while Naomh Columba had an easy 2-15 to 0-5 win over Na Rossa in the County Junior Gaelacht Final.In underage club GAA there were county titles for Gweedore (Minor League Division 1); Glenswilly (U-14 Division 3); St. Michael’s (Minor Division 2); McCumhaills (U-14 Division 1); Kilcar (U-14 Division 2) and Downings were crowned U-14 Division 3.Donegal got their Ulster Senior Football Championship campaign off to the perfect start with a 1-11 to 0-11 win over pre-match favourites Derry at Celtic Park.The County Minors also advanced to the provincial semi-final with a 1-10 to 0-8 win over Derry in the curtainraiser at same venue.Four Master and county senior player Luke Keaney a student at Ulster University Jordanstown was named on a Colleges All-Star team at a function in Belfast.Karen Feeney (Cloughaneely) and Kate Keaney (Four Masters) were members of the Ulster Senior Ladies Football team that won the Inter-provincial title with a 2-8 to 0-7 victory over Connacht in Kinnegad.Defending champions Donegal bowed out of the Nicky Rackard Cup at the semi-final stage losing by two points (2-11 to 1-12) against Fingal at the O’Donnell Park after leading 1-8 to 0-1 at a stage in the first half. St. Eunan’s won the County Minor B Hurling League Final with a 1-16 to 0-13 victory over Carndonagh in Burt.And the Donegal Minor hurlers came close to causing an upset only losing by two points to Derry in an Ulster Championship quarter-final at the O’Donnell Park on a final score of 3-8 to 1-12In motorsport Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird won the Mark II Escort Challenge Rally in Carlow while there was a first place finish for Willie McFadden and Brendan McElhinney in an Escort G3 at the Lark in the Park.Dungloe’s Shaun Sharkey won the county pool championship title with a 7-2 final win over Shane Faulkner from Donegal Town at Jameson’s Bar, Drumkeen.After suffering two 1-0 defeats at the beginning of May in the league to Shamrock Rovers B and the EA Sports Cup to Galway Utd, Finn Harps drew their next three First Division games against Galway, league leaders Shelbourne and Ollie Horgan’s side came from 2-0 down to earn a share of the spoils with Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig thanks to goals from Kevin McHugh on his 400th appearance for the club and a late equalizer from Packie Mailey.But Harps had a sixth player sent off this season when Tommy Bonnar was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.For the first time since joining Derry City the McNamee brothers Barry and Tony from Ramelton started in a competitive game together and it was a winning experience 1-0 against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds in the EA Sports Cup.Letterkenny man Cillian Morrison came of the bench to score the winner for UCD who bounced back to take the three points on a 2-1 final score against Drogheda Utd at the Belfield Bow.Letterkenny Rovers player Gareth Doherty featured in all three games for the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Development Tournament in Switzerland.The Swilly Rovers U-15s bid for national glory ended at the semi-final stage as the Ramelton side were hammered 9-1 by one of the top schoolboys teams in the country St. Kevin’s Boys from Dublin.Cranford FC retained their place in the Premier Division but only just after overcoming Castlefin Celtic 4-2 on penalties in a Promotion/Relegation Play-off at Ballyare.For the first time Illistrin FC won a Champions League title as their U-16s defeated Keadue 4-2 in a penalty shootout.Glenea Utd Reserves were crowned Downtown Cup champions with a 1-0 victory Castlefin Celtic Reserves.Castlefin Celtic won the Brian McCormick Cup title for the first time thanks to a dramatic last minute extra-time goal from J.P. Malley goal that finally saw off nine men Milford by 2-1 in the end.There was bitter disappointment for the Donegal U-15 Schoolboys side who lost 3-2 after extra-time to Cork in an SFAI U-15 Inter-League semi-final played in Donegal Town.In the middle of the month Ramelton’s Kyle Callan McFadden played for the Republic of Ireland U-19s in a 2-0 international friendly defeat by Mexico at Dalymount Park.Letterkenny Rovers defeated Swilly Rovers 4-1 to win the Letterkenny and District U-16 Schoolboys League Cup Final at Bonagee thanks to a hat-trick from B.J. Banda.Raphoe Town won the Ulster Junior Shield for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Aileach FC in the final at Maginn Park with the two goals coming from Jamie Gallagher.Eamonn Sheridan from Premider Division champions Rathmullan Celtic won the ‘Player of the Year’ award at the Donegal Junior League’s annual presentation function.There was heartbreak for the Donegal U-12 side who lost 5-4 on penalties in the SFAI Final to Waterford in Tipperary.Swilly Rovers U-12s won the Donegal Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory over Gweedore Celtic in the final with the goals coming from Aaron Curran and a double from Dylan Dorrian.The Letterkenny Rovers youths completed a treble of domestic trophies by winning the Ulster Cup by defeating Cockhill Celtic 3-0 at the Aileach FC grounds.There was disappointment for young Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club member Christine Russell whose hopes of qualifying for the Junior Olympics in China were dashed despite finishing well after a bike crash at the European Championships in Holland.Lifford AC members had success at the Ulster Secondary Schools Championships at the Antrim Forum with golds for Brendan O’Donnell (St. Eunan’s College) in the Junior Boys hammer and Brandon Connolly, Royal & Prior in the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles.Scoil Colmcille Greencastle won the FAI Primary Schools’ 5-a-side girls title at the Aviva Stadium defeating the champions from the other three provinces on the final. And one of their players Kate McClenaghan was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’.MAY REPRESENTS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL SPORT STARS was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsawardsboxingGAARUGBYsoccerSportlast_img read more

December 26, 2019
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Celtic winger Daniel Arzani, on loan from Man City, out for season with ACL injury

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? He left the field on a stretcher and scans have now shown the teenager requires an operation to rebuild a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.Arzani confirmed the news in a tweet, posting: “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to show support and love.“Unfortunately I will need an ACL Op, ruling me out till next season!“This is a tough time for me but also a chance to improve and come out of this better than ever! Love you all!” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to show support and love. Unfortunately I will need an ACL Op, ruling me out till next season! This is a tough time for me but also a chance to improve and come out of this better than ever! Love you all! 🤙🏽💚💛🍀 pic.twitter.com/sHHtOWUUi0— iamdanielarzani (@iamdanielarzani) November 6, 2018The injury blow caps off a frustrating start to life in Glasgow for the highly-rated teenager. He joined late in August but was only handed his Celts debut with his side 5-0 up in last week’s Dens thrashing of Jim McIntyre’s basement boys.Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers was also hit with the news that midfielder Eboue Kouassi is out for the rest of the season with a similar injury to Arzani. Most Read In Football revealed He said last week: “It’s hugely disappointing for both boys because they have been on the sidelines working their way through and in the last week they have been given opportunities, and both (injuries) are innocuous really.“Daniel’s was a twist where his studs stayed in the grass and twisted his knee.” Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Celtic’s on-loan winger Daniel Arzani will miss the remainder of the season as he recovers from an ACL injury.Arzani, the 19-year-old Australia international, was making his first appearance for the Hoops since signing a two-year loan deal from Manchester City when his knee buckled on Dundee’s Dens Park turf last week. latest tense Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arzani joined Celtic on loan in August scrap BEST OF RANKED whoops Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker SORRY last_img read more

December 26, 2019
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DDTV VIDEO: SHAY GIVEN TV INTERVIEW AFTER WIN OVER SCOTLAND

first_imgDONEGAL’S Shay Given has told RTE that he still doesn’t know where he will be playing his football next season.In our video there are interviews with Shay, Stephen Hunt – and with Scotland’s Charlie Adam and Kenny Miller. DDTV VIDEO: SHAY GIVEN TV INTERVIEW AFTER WIN OVER SCOTLAND was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Shay Givenlast_img

December 21, 2019
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WATCH: Eye-catching Eclipse Cross is used car of the month at DMG Motors

first_imgDMG Motors of Donegal are continuing their sensational ‘Get your Car for Free’ competition with some incredible offers on used cars.From May 2019 to May 2020, all used car buyers at DMG Motors will be entered into a draw to win the price of their vehicle back for free.There is no shortage of quality used car options at the DMG Motors showroom outside Donegal Town either. The October Car of the Month is a 182 Mistubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5 INTENSEThe dynamic and innovative SUV is a distinguished car that offers a sophisticated driving experience like no other.It’s a top family SUV with superb safety features and an eight year warranty.The design leaves a lasting impression and the smart interiors delight both the driver and passengers. The details: Year: 2018Fuel: PetrolEngine Size: 1.5LMileage: 15,998KMHere, Michael O’Shaughnessy gives a quick introduction to the impressive Eclipse Cross:If this sounds like your dream car, why not visit DMG Motors to take it for a test drive? Call 0749721396 to book now. Get your car for free @ DMGAnd the extra bonus is you could be in with a chance of winning the price back! The Get your car for free @ DMG giveaway means each customer who buys a used car at DMG will receive a unique number on delivery which will be placed in the draw.The winner will be drawn independently on Friday 1st May 2020.In the video below, Finn Harps legend Kevin McHugh explains how winning could be as easy as 1-2-3!Visit the Facebook offer page here to tag your friends: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DMG-Motors-221791084500477/offers/ Browse the current stock now at: www.dmgmotors.ieWATCH: Eye-catching Eclipse Cross is used car of the month at DMG Motors was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:car of the monthDMG MOTORSDonegal Townget your car for free with dmgMitsubishi Eclipse Crosssuvused carlast_img read more

December 19, 2019
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Good Fossils, But Where’s the Evolution?

first_imgThey’re millions of years old, evolutionists say, but these fossils look like things you could find around town.Salamander in amber:  The first ever fossil of a salamander trapped in amber was reported by Oregon State University. Found on the Dominican Republic, it’s claimed to be 20 million years old. And that’s not the only long age claim; evolutionists are saying they first evolved in the area 40 to 60 million years ago. Somehow, mysteriously, they went extinct, since no salamanders live on the Caribbean islands now. “I was shocked when I first saw it in amber,” OSU professor George Poinar Jr. remarked; “There are very few salamander fossils of any type, and no one has ever found a salamander preserved in amber.” The headline claims this fossil “sheds light on evolution of Caribbean islands,” but lower in the article we read this:This fossil salamander belonged to the family Plethodontidae, a widespread family that today is still very common in North America, particularly the Appalachian Mountains. But it had back and front legs lacking distinct toes, just almost complete webbing with little bumps on them….“The discovery of this fossil shows there once were salamanders in the Caribbean, but it’s still a mystery why they all went extinct,” Poinar said. “They may have been killed by some climatic event, or were vulnerable to some type of predator.”How did this fossil get there, and what caused the extinction?This fossil is 20-30 million years old, and its lineage may go back 40-60 million years ago when the Proto-Greater Antilles, that now include islands such as Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, were still joined to North and South America. Salamanders may have simply stayed on the islands as they began their tectonic drift across the Caribbean Sea. They also may have crossed a land bridge during periods of low sea level, or it’s possible a few specimens could have floated in on debris, riding a log across the ocean.If this story is to be trusted, it means these delicate amphibians were either sailors on long journeys, or managed to hang on out there for up to 40 million years without a problem, till they all died for no known reason. Is it plausible that no climatic events or predators threatened them for all that time? As for evolution, they don’t look significantly different from living ones of their family today. Did 60 million years pass with no evolution? That’s six to ten times as long as the estimated transition from a four-footed land animal to a fully aquatic whale, as explained in the documentary Living Waters.First flower: Another fossil, this one from Spain, is being dubbed the “world’s first flower” by the secular science news (e.g., Science Daily, Live Science). Alleged to be 125 to 130 million years old (based on fossils in the same strata), Montsechia has shattered evolutionary expectations by appearing to have flowered underwater.“This discovery raises significant questions about the early evolutionary history of flowering plants, as well as the role of these plants in the evolution of other plant and animal life,” said Dilcher, an emeritus professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Geological Sciences.These fossils were known earlier, but are being “reinterpreted” now as being contemporaneous or earlier than Archaefructus, the previous contender for world’s oldest flower. Even though the fossil is being considered primitive, you might find something like it in a Japanese garden:In terms of appearance, Dilcher said, Montsechia resembles its most modern descendent, identified in the study as Ceratophyllum. Also known as coontails or hornworts, Ceratophyllum is a dark green aquatic plant whose coarse, tufty leaves make it a popular decoration in modern aquariums and koi ponds.Predictably, Elizabeth Pennisi in Science Magazine obeyed the DAM Law by referring to the origin of angiosperms (flowering plants) as “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery.” It kept Darwin “perpetually perplexed,” she perceives. The plant was not bioluminescent, but she says “a newly analyzed fossil species has shed light on where these plants, known as angiosperms, may have gotten their start. In water is the surprising suggestion.” But is it plausible that “adaptation to freshwater occurred early in angiosperm evolution” and stayed pretty much the same to the present? Not all evolutionists are convinced, she points out.The chief paleobotanist of the paper in PNAS, David Dilcher of Indiana University, offered this mind twister in the Live Science article: “The plants were very inventive, and it demonstrates how important the outcrossing, the genetics were in the evolution of early flowering plants.” But can a plant breed be an “inventive” plant breeder?  Dilcher and the other authors end the paper by pointing out that this plant, if it is the first flower, was already well adapted for its lifestyle. If so, it doesn’t really matter if the first flower was aquatic or terrestrial; it is not transitional.Montsechia, the fossil angiosperm presented here, raises questions centered on the very early evolutionary history of angiosperms. The importance of very early aquatic flowering plants, perhaps basal to all angiosperms, as previously proposed, merits serious consideration and reevaluation. Clearly, Montsechia was very well adapted to a submerged aquatic habit and lived during an early stage of angiosperm evolution. Now it is time for the fossil angiosperm families Montsechiaceae and Archaefructaceae to become a part of the phylogenies presented in our current angiosperm literature.In short, scientists are surprised that this “basal” plant was not just well adapted, but “very well adapted”. The abominable mystery continues.When you cut away the jargon and posturing, what you see is the People of Fluff defending their fluffy faith in Father Charlie against all evidence. Evolution must be true, no matter what the fossils say. If organisms don’t evolve, they bluff with the word “stasis” which sounds scholarly but just means “going nowhere.” If unrelated organisms hit on the same design, they call it “convergent evolution.” If a variety of organisms show up in the same layers, they call it “explosive radiation.” This gumby theory works backwards, forwards, fast, slow, and stationary. And they call their critics “people of faith.” When you call their bluff, they become the People of Froth. (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 15, 2019
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ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Flash

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… When the Web was still text links and tables, Adobe Flash brought us rollovers, interactive games and kitten videos. But a hard stand by Apple was the begining of the end for the groundbreaking technology, and guess what? We’ll be OK without it.The BackstoryThe early years of the Web were pretty barren, multimedia-wise. Browser inconsistencies, bandwidth disparities, perpetually evolving standards and the cowboy coding needed to hack everything together made interactivity beyond text forms a mess.Quality online multimedia experiences were a joke. To fill the holes, ambitious developers released a slew of plug-in applications users could install to augment their experience. Some of these were specific enhancements, like allowing a browser to display a new image format, while others were entirely new environments that ran inside a browser. Over time, the best plug-ins tended to work their way into the browsers or updated HTML specifications, while lesser ones died on the vine as they became irrelevant.The biggest exception to this rule was Macromedia Flash, a graphics and animation client plugin with its own design environment. Flash, which began as a Mac and Windows application called FutureSplash Animator, made it simple for designers to bring shrinkwrap-quality, graphically rich interactive media to Web users for the first time.Over the next decade, Flash’s powerful, simple authoring environment attracted legions of developers and designers and its user base exploded. Ad agencies and ambitious businesses jumped on the additional interactivity it added to vanilla HTML, and by 2000, Flash was unavoidable, showing up in interactive ads, pop-up menus and online video players. In some cases, it even replaced entire websites. Adobe’s 2005 purchase of Macromedia further consolidated the design tool industry and gave Flash even more support.While pop-ups and online games were the most noticeable example of the platform’s dominance, Flash started creeping into traditional business applications, as well. The broad developer base and cross-platform appeal gave rise to Rich Internet Applications (RIA) like Balsamiq Mockups, a prototyping tool of which I’m both a fan and a paid user. RIAs require installation of a client framework (in Adobe’s case, the Adobe Integrated Runtime environment), but developers can push out a single application in a very short time that runs on any compatible client, which is also a big plus for mobile workers.The ProblemIn a word: Apple. Flash’s problems run deeper than any one competitor, but Apple brought down the house. When Apple released the iPhone and iPad without support for Flash, it ended a long history of cooperation between the two companies (Apple actually owned a fifth of Adobe early on) and called into question the validity of Flash’s cross-platform claims. Sure, Android supported Flash, as did Windows, Linux and Apple’s own Mac OS, but iOS was a glaring hole.There were a host of other problems with Flash, from serious security flaws to performance problems (many of which Steve Jobs called out in his now-famous 2010 post), but in the end, the lack of an iOS client spelled the doom of mobile Flash.With iOS off the table, Adobe ceded the Android market, as well. That leaves mobile developers with the task of developing redundant native apps or – as Apple and others have long recommended – apps built in HTML 5.And there’s the issue. By giving up the mobile Web, Adobe has effectively abandoned the rest of the Web, too. Why bother writing a desktop-based browser app in Flash when you can just reuse (or at least tweak and repurpose) the code you’ve written for mobile platforms? It took 10 years longer than usual, but Apple’s refusal to support Flash exposed a truth. Technology has caught up, and we no longer need Adobe’s plugin–or at least we’re close. Microsoft announced a limited role for Flash in Windows 8’s Metro browser. It’s an acknowledgement that we’re not quite Flash-free yet, but the writing is on the wall. Why You Love Online Quizzes cormac foster The PrognosisWith tablets and smartphones outselling PCs, the mobile Web is the Web, so Flash isn’t an option. Developers can bridge UI differences between devices (e.g., designing for both mouse-driven and touchscreen interfaces) within HTML 5, so Flash in the browser will all but disappear.Can This Technology Be Saved?Flash will never return to the prominence it once had, but it will linger on the desktop for as long as there are skilled developers willing to do the work. Adobe offers solid tools that appeal to a lot of non-traditional developers, and the development environment could continue to serve those users as they build apps for other platforms. However, compared to the juggernaut of an ecosystem Flash used to be, that’s a niche market, so Adobe could easily decide to bow out or sell off the product.Previous Technology DeathwatchesIn-House Datacenters: No changePoint-and-Shoot Cameras: No changeVideo Game Consoles: The utility of bundles apps like Netflix and Vudu seems to be slipping. An NPD Study showed that one in five consumers who view streaming video on their TVs do so without a peripheral device.Blu-Ray: The same NPD study reveals that “online video is maturing” as users migrate to watching streaming media on their TVs.QR Codes: It’s been a mixed bag. While Bank of America is testing QR codes for mobile payments (good news for the technology), a security researcher demonstrated how a malicious QR code could be used to wipe a Samsung smartphone.Company DeathwatchesFor an update on our baker’s dozen of company Deathwatches, check out our updated ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch Update: The Unlucky 13.Steve Jobs image by Matthew Yohe. Tags:#Adobe#Apple#Deathwatch#hack#mobile#Multimedia#Software How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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‘People responsible for Bargari sacrilege won’t be spared’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that people responsible for the Bargari sacrilege won’t be spared. “The Special Investigation Team probe ordered by the Congress government would conclude soon,” said Capt. Amarinder in Bathinda, where he announced ₹97 crore as relief to 18,308 small farmers against debt from cooperative banks. The SIT has been probing the incidents of sacrilege and also the police firing on protesters in Faridkot in 2015. Capt. Amarinder said that a senior police officer implicated in theFaridkot firing case had already been arrested. “It was obvious that the officer in question must have been following orders, and the SIT would identify those who issued the orders. They will not be spared at any cost,” he said. The SIT had on Sunday arrested former Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma as a part of its investigation. Capt. Amarinder alleged that the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government had ruined everything – from agriculture to industry and economy – during its 10-year rule. “Badals and their cronies were busy filling their pockets, at the cost of people’s welfare,” he alleged. ‘Drop in suicide cases’The Chief Minister said there had been a sharp drop in the number of farmer suicides and a huge decrease in drug trade since his government took over. “The Buddy and DAPO programmes were making significant strides in checking drug abuse and helping in rehabilitation of the affected people,” he added.last_img read more

November 27, 2019
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Neymar celebrates birthday in style and on crutches

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar poses with his crutches as he arrives at his birthday party in Paris on February 4, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)Neymar celebrated his 27th birthday with a glittering party in Paris on Monday evening joined by family, Paris Saint-Germain teammates and a smattering of celebrities.DJ Bob Sinclair, Brazilian singer Wesley Safadao and world surf champion Gabriel Medina were among the 200 guests at the fashionable Pavillon Gabriel near the Champs-Elysees.ADVERTISEMENT The world’s most expensive footballer, nursing a right foot injury, greeted his guests leaning on distinctive red crutches in keeping with the color theme for the “Nuit Rouge (Red Night).”Among his club colleagues in attendance were captain Thiago Silva and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNeymar, who turns 27 on Tuesday, will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United with a metatarsal injury suffered last month.Neymar is in good company when it comes to famous footballers sharing his big day, as Cristiano Ronaldo turns 34 on Tuesday, Carlos Tevez is 35, and former Romania great Gheorghe Hagi is 54. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lakers boost Anthony Davis offer as Pelicans get wish listlast_img read more