Fresh Arsenal fan backlash lies in wait for Wenger


first_imgDemoralisingIn that context, the possible return of Santi Cazorla after a six-month absence with a knee problem will be welcomed by Wenger, although England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains sidelined.“Santi might be in the squad this weekend, I don’t know yet. He is available,” Wenger said.“Everyone is available, but maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain is not competitive yet. It’s Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first week in full training now, so I don’t think I will select him this weekend.”Norwich will attempt to revive their bid to escape relegation after a recent upturn in form that brought seven points from three games was ended by successive defeats against Crystal Palace and Sunderland.The 3-0 home defeat against the Black Cats was particularly demoralising and the Canaries now face a three-way battle with Sunderland and Newcastle to avoid going down to the Championship with Aston Villa.Alex Neil’s side sat out last weekend’s round of fixtures and the manager must hope the break will leave his team refreshed.“It looks like it is going all the way now. There are huge amounts to play for and certainly the points tally, with limited games left, you feel it is going to go right to the end,” Neil said.“Obviously playing Arsenal away at the Emirates is tough but we need to try and take something and then we have two at home and we have to target them and Everton away, whose home record is not great.“People can talk about the points we need, but two wins and a draw from where we are, I think that will be enough.“It is about us. I look at the four games we have got and think we need to win some of those, not who has got who elsewhere.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |Arsene Wenger will be forced to confront renewed supporter protests at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as he attempts to stop Arsenal’s troubled season imploding in the final weeks.A number of fans’ groups are planning to mark the visit of struggling Norwich by displaying placards during the game demanding change after another frustrating campaign.The Gunners’ Premier League title challenge was finally ended following last weekend’s failure to beat lowly Sunderland, leaving Wenger’s side to face another relegation-threatened team with their focus now trained on preserving a top four spot.The goalless draw at the Stadium of Light opened the door for Manchester City to move into third place, leaving Arsenal in fourth place, five points clear of Manchester United who have played a game less.The odds remain in Arsenal’s favour as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League for a 20th successive season under Wenger’s guidance.But the French manager concedes that record is under threat, and anything less than victory against a Norwich side currently occupying the third relegation place on goal difference will increase the pressure on Wenger’s position.Mesut Ozil’s admission this week he is in no hurry to sign a new contract –- his current deal runs until 2018 –- only added to the sense that while there is no silverware at stake, the remaining weeks of the season could be significant for the club.Missing out on the Champions League will do nothing to encourage Ozil and Chile star Alexis Sanchez to agree new terms.However, a strong finish backed by victory at Manchester City in the penultimate game will guarantee third place and automatic passage to the Champions League group stages, strengthening Wenger’s hand.“Now the fight is to get the best position for the Champions League,” Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said.“You need to start winning games. We have three games to play and we need to get as many points as we can.“I don’t think it will be enough to finish in the top two now as the other teams have taken advantage of our two points dropped.”last_img read more

AP analysis: The NFL keeps going younger and cheaper


first_imgIn this Nov. 8, 2018, file photo, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan holds a Le’Veon Bell jersey during the second half of an NFL football game between the Steelers and the Carolina Panthers in Pittsburgh. The steady exodus of mid-level veterans from the NFL is one element of a long-standing tension between players and the league over the structuring of contracts. The contract holdouts by Bell and Earl Thomas this season put the issue into vivid focus. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File) But according to the AP data, since the introduction of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, the average amount of playing experience among the 1,700 or so athletes on opening-day rosters has shrunk 3.3 percent. And the new contract terms did nothing to halt the exodus of players with five or more years under their belts.“They’re always going to go with the younger player,” lamented James-Michael Johnson, a linebacker who retired at age 27 after getting cut seven times by six teams over four seasons.Most teams use around 50 percent of the cap on their 10 highest-paid players, one of whom is almost always the quarterback. Rookie draft picks eat up between $5 million and $15 million. The 35 or so other players scrap for the rest — and that amount is drawn down by money paid to injured athletes and those no longer on the roster.As a result, teams hesitate to spend an additional six figures on players of questionable value.“Bottom line, they’ve got four years of tape on me. Whoever I was going to be, I would’ve been by that fourth year,” Johnson said. “A first-year guy, they think, ‘We cut him, he goes to the Patriots and becomes one of their best dime-cover linebackers ever, and we’re going to look stupid.’ That’s why they let the older guy go.”Though there has been ample anecdotal and some statistical evidence about the NFL’s relentless youth movement , the AP analysis offers new details, including the exact percentage of the decline in veterans. It also breaks down the numbers by team and position.The only position outside of kicker and punter that is trending older is, not surprisingly, quarterback, where average experience has risen since 2005 from nearly 4.8 years to 5.8. (New England’s Tom Brady, 41, is in his 19th season.)Experience at other positions is declining. Positions widely seen as most replaceable — running back, linebacker, wide receiver and interior lineman — have seen some of the sharpest drops.It’s what makes a player such as Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Darrius Hayward-Bey something of a unicorn in today’s NFL.The first-round draft pick just finished his 10th year — playing out a three-year contract worth barely over the league minimum — in large part because he has found a niche: He is low-priced, is good on special teams and provides leadership in the locker room for Pittsburgh, which, along with New Orleans, was the only team to stay above the league average in experience through all years of the AP survey.“The only time I ever think about it is when guys walk around like, ‘Man, 10 years,’” Heyward-Bey said. “So I think I am doing something special that’s different. Usually, you’re in the league 10 years, you’re a superstar. I’m just a guy.”Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Frostee Rucker, a 13th-year veteran who played for the minimum of $1.015 million in 2018, said the benefits he stands to collect when his career is over serve as an incentive to keep going. But he knows he is part of a vanishing breed.The money “usually goes to the quarterbacks now,” he said. “They essentially took the middle class out of football.”__Contributing to this report: AP pro football writers Josh Dubow in Oakland, California; Teresa M. Walker in Nashville; Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia; Arnie Stapleton in Denver; and Dennis Waszak Jr., in New York, and sports writers Tim Booth in Seattle; Will Graves in Pittsburgh; Noah Trister and Larry Lage in Detroit; Michael Marot in Indianapolis; creative lead Philip Holm in New York.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL By the time NFL players reach their third and fourth years in the league, the vast majority are struggling just to hang on because of injuries or younger, faster and often cheaper rookies out for their jobs.In 2006 and 2011, the players union and the NFL tried to do something about that, adopting salary and bookkeeping rules with the potential to extend the careers of these veterans.It hasn’t worked.In a first-of-its-kind analysis, The Associated Press found that since 2005, the average amount of playing experience for athletes on the NFL’s opening-day rosters has shrunk from 4.6 years to 4.3.In 2005, there were 784 players with three years’ experience or less and 714 with five or more years. In 2018, the gap widened to 852 and 644.Teams are increasingly made up of a few star millionaires and an army of young players earning close to the minimum salary, with a dwindling number of older, journeyman athletes in the middle.“You don’t really have a lot of middle-class older guys. It’s actually kind of sad,” Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin said.For most guys in the NFL, there is more at stake than salary. Those who make it three years plus three games become vested in the league’s pension plan. Many players argue, too, that they deserve better from the NFL than to be treated as disposable, given the heavy toll the game takes on their bodies.The exodus of the mid-level veteran is a longstanding source of tension between the union and the NFL, made more acute because of the increasing speed and violence of the game and advancing knowledge about the long-term effects of concussions. The issue could become a sticking point in the next collective bargaining negotiations; the current deal expires at the end of the 2020 season.Union leaders argue that they have fought successfully to increase the amount of money going to all players, in part by raising the NFL cap on team payrolls. As the union sees it, where front offices spend that money is their decision.“Just as long as they spend it,” said union president Eric Winston, who played for 12 seasons. “But how do you address something like that? Do you say, ‘Well, let’s mandate there are five to 10 guys on every roster who have four to seven years’ experience?′ OK, then which guys aren’t going to make the roster because of that?”The NFL declined comment on the findings.Every September, third- and fourth-year players get cut to make room for younger and less-expensive athletes, who themselves will become expendable as soon as they are eligible for higher salaries.Unlike the NBA and Major League Baseball, neither of which is as dangerous as football, the NFL has very few players with guaranteed contracts — meaning, if they get injured or cut, they don’t get their full salary. Some might even get nothing.The story of ninth-year Seahawks safety Earl Thomas stands as a cautionary tale. Thomas held out through the preseason for a new, cash-up-front, long-term contract in case of serious injury.He failed to get what he wanted and played instead under his soon-to-expire contract this year. In the fourth game of the season, he broke his leg.The final image of Thomas on the field was of him giving the finger to his own bench as he was carted off, knowing he almost certainly won’t get as big a contract now that he’s damaged goods.In a different contract squabble, sixth-year Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, seeking a long-term deal that would protect him in case of injury, took the virtually unprecedented step of holding out the entire season .In 2006, the “minimum salary benefit” was added to the collective bargaining agreement to help lower-paid veterans keep playing. It allows teams to sign players in their fifth year and beyond to one-year contracts at the league-mandated minimum for their experience level, while charging less than the full amount against the club’s salary cap.For example, a fifth-year player this year would get the league minimum of $790,000, but only $630,000 of that would be counted against the $177 million cap on the team’s payroll. (The league minimum for a rookie is $480,000.)In 2011, the NFL and the union went further and slapped salary limits on first-round draft picks, in part to free up money to sign other players.“The union got a lot of pushback from older players saying, ‘I can’t compete,’” said agent Joe Linta. The new rules “gave the teams the ability to judge them on equal footing.”center_img [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjNaLuEkcrU]last_img read more

Gator Girl Rocks —Young Teen Introduces Family Rockhounding


first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Timberland Regional LibraryGator Girl Rocks!—Young teen introduces family rockhoundingRock collecting Tolbert family will be at Tumwater Timberland Library on Tuesday August 13“Gator Girl” Zoe Tolbert is an intrepid young teen who’s been rockhounding since she was five years old. She and her parents will be at the Tumwater Timberland Library on Tuesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. to talk about their travels as a family hunting rocks and minerals. The Tolberts will discuss how to get started, what to look for, and how to have fun and be safe when collecting rocks in Washington State. They will also show some of the specimens they’ve collected. The program is geared toward both adults and families.“Gator Girl Rocks” is the name of Miss Tolbert’s website, asserted to be “America’s best rockhounding resource.” That’s not an idle claim. The website at www.gatorgirlrocks.com provides thousands of resources for rock, mineral, gemstone, and fossil collectors and includes information for every state in the nation.The State-by-State section provides information about rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, and meteorites as well as rockhounding resources, books, museums, neat places to visit, and recreational rockhounding sites.The amateur geologist knows her subject, too. On her website she speaks of being “…in Western Utah searching the Wheeler shale formation for cambrian era trilobite fossils (approximately 505 million years old).”Particularly valuable for responsible rock, mineral and fossil collecting, the website provides a summary and a chart of American rockhounding laws. Miss Tolbert’s father, a lawyer, is her legal advisor.The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market Street, Tumwater. For more information, please contact the library a (360) 943-7790 or visit www.trl.org.last_img read more

Red Bank Acts to Stop the Stickers


first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Mayor Pasquale Menna said he has a solution for what he said has been a longstanding bane: promotional stickers that continually find their way onto public and private property without the owners’ consent.At last Wednesday’s Borough Council meeting Menna announced his plans to hopefully prevent any further damage to property.His plan, the mayor explained, would be to bring up the issue when businesses are seeking approval from the local planning or zoning boards. As Menna explained, the future ordinance, when adopted by the borough, would ask businesses if they intend to distribute promotional adhesive stickers as part of their marketing and advertising plan. If so, they must assure the board that the stickers would have an easily removable adhesive backing. That would be a condition of board approval for the business to move forward.“I take destruction of property very seriously,” Menna said at last week’s meeting.If future businesses agree to the provision, yet fail to adhere to it, “You will be notified that one of your signs are there,” he said. If the sticker is not easy to get it off, the offending business would be subject to daily penalties.“It’s a shame you to have to be Big Brother,” but there appears no other way to curtail the practice and damage, Menna said.Menna has long railed about local businesses who give out the stickers, which can be easily found adhered to street and traffic signs and walls throughout the community, especially in the downtown business district.“The biggest culprit” last week said Borough Council­woman Kathy Horgan is Cluck-U Chicken, a sandwich and chicken takeout restaurant, 50 Water Street.“I see no reason we have to clean up Cluck-U stickers on every sign,” Menna said. But he added, “They’ve been talked to.”And on Monday, Robert Lisi, the manager on duty at Cluck-U Chicken said, “We pretty much stopped it about a year ago.“We’re doing other things,” like giving out key rings, to promote the business, Lisi said.According to Menna, the previous borough attorney told the governing body it would be difficult to enforce any prohibition on the stickers or to penalize the businesses for distributing them; only if a culprit was witnessed putting it on property, could that individual be criminally charged.Putting it in the boards’ hands would mean it would be up to the businesses to self-regulate, Menna said.This would only impact new businesses, however, Menna said.last_img read more

Scene On Film: ‘The Great Gatsby’


first_imgRated PG-13 By Joan EllisPerhaps it’s time we stop insisting that a movie adaptation be faithful to the book.What’s wrong with directors building wildly different films on the bones of the same story? We can easily imagine the results if Picasso and Sargent chose to paint the same human being. So let’s consider the latest big screen version of The Great Gatsby in that light.Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby.This is director Baz Luhrmann’s wild-eyed take on the Jazz Age. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is writing about Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) – the man with improbable millions from bootlegging and crime who built his castle across the Long Island cove where his long-ago love Daisy (Carey Mulligan) now lives with her husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). And so the tale of lost love unfolds.The bones of the novel are still in place: Gatsby’s belief that the luxury he has created can win Daisy from Tom, his manipulation of Nick, the accident with the yellow Duesen­berg (though Fitz­gerald’s Gatsby actually drove a Rolls Royce).It is with the parties that director Luhrmann takes leave of the book and perhaps of his senses. He sees the novel as a platform for the extraordinary excess of the ‘20s and steams full bore into overkill. The musical score, an odd mix of occasional jazz and modern hip-hop, may be overwhelming, but it does serve to link that era to our own.As background for the relentless, alcohol-soaked parties that consume the first half of the movie, it becomes a series of unwelcome exclamation points. Carloads of uninvited guests pour themselves into the overwhelming excess of Gatsby’s landscape to drink and dance under the robotic attention of tuxedo-clad butlers.Fitzgerald bore the burden of his lifelong inability to jettison his past as he tried to cross the cove to the world he wanted. His writing is laced with the sweet sadness of being born in St. Paul, Minn., to parents of Irish descent followed by Catholic schools – all of which would have been fine if he had chosen any college other than Princeton where the WASP culture ruled in silent arrogance during the ‘20s. He carried the tender wound of their social rejection. “Once again, I was within and without.”Denied the acceptance he craved, Fitzgerald, in his final novel, created Jay Gatsby who claws and fights his way to Daisy by force with a fabricated past and criminal fortune.Leonardo DiCaprio creates a thoroughly unpleasant Gatsby. Joel Edgerton’s Tom is hideously effective, and Carey Mulligan is stranded in the role of a thoroughly empty vessel. Of the time she and Gatsby had lost, “Five lost years struggled on Daisy’s lips, but all she could manage was ‘I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts.’ ” As narrator/observer Nick Carraway, Tobey Maguire seems too weak to have written the story of the life he calls “a chemical madness.”This movie is Baz Lurhmann’s imagining of the Jazz Age as painted by Picasso, not Sargent. Joan Ellis’ address on the Internet, which contains her review library, is JoanEllis.com.last_img read more

Mount Sentinel sets lofty goals for B.C. High School A Girls Volleyball Championships


first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsAre you ready for some volleyball?The Mount Sentinel Wildcats had better be ready to bring their A-game to the B.C. north or else.Because the head coach is not at all keen to watch from the sidelines when the Cats begin play at the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday in Prince George.‘Happy to be at the provincials better not be our goal,” said Mount Sentinel coach Joe Moreira an emphatically.“I have made this very clear during our preparation,” Moreira added. “We are not going to PG, spend $4000 to watch other teams compete.“While we can acknowledge that we are young and had to work very hard to advance from our zone, we now need to re-set our goals and mean it. I don’t think we are ready to beat the top 4 teams, but after that we must be prepared to grovel for every point.”Mount Sentinel embarks on the marathon road trip Tuesday, traveling to Kamloops during day one of the trek.Wednesday the Cats complete the 15-plus-hour trip to Prince George in preparation of Thursday’s opening round games.The Cats, seeded 11th in the tournament, open up against tenth-ranked Houston Christian.Mount Sentinel then meets ninth ranked Cedar of Vancouver Island before concluding the power-pool draw against 12th Ebenezer of Smithers. Teams then enter the playoff round Friday before the medal round games Saturday.“We are not going to intimidate anyone with thundering kills, but our ball control often substitutes for power,” said Moreira when asked about the secret to the Cats success.“There is no mystery to what this team needs from every player to be successful; sustained ball control and tough serving.”Mount Sentinel enters the tourney with a young team of players.Still Moreira believes a quarterfinal date is not out of the question for the Cats.“Yes, it is realistic, but it will require more than just showing up in a Mount Sentinel uniform,” he said.Kootenay top seed Golden, the team lost to in the zone final, enters the tourney ranked second in the 16-team field.Elkford, the third team from the Kootenays, is ranked [email protected]last_img read more

GOLDIKOVA STAKES QUOTES – SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2016


first_img            BOB EDWARDS, OWNER OF ZINDAYA, WINNER: “It’s special. She’s our first-ever stakes winner. (Zindaya won her first stakes race at Belmont in May 2015, giving Bob Edwards his first stakes victory as an owner.) Javier has done a great job with her. Chad has done a great job with her.“You saw her in the paddock. She looks like a true champ. It’s been a great weekend for us. It’s been a great experience (referring to winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday and today’s Goldikova).This is my first time out here. It’s been a pretty good year and winning this race makes a big difference.”             JAVIER CASTELLANO, ZINDAYA, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. I was on the rail and looking for the seam. I tried to save all the ground I could. I kept track of the pace-setter and tried to follow Hillhouse High and find the best scenario to go for. We thought (Hillhouse High) was going to go and she did. It worked out great. When we swung out at the top of the lane, she gave me a powerful kick.” JOCKEY QUOTES  OWNER QUOTES  NOTES: Bob Edwards, who races as E Five Racing Thoroughbreds, resides in Boca Raton, FL. Edwards also won his first-ever Breeders’ Cup race with New Money Honey on Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB REGISTER IN THE TOPAZ CASH FOR CLUBS INITIATIVE


first_imgTopaz Cash for ClubsCLG Chill Chartha has been registered in the Topaz Cash for Clubs 2016. It’s free to do and every time you spend €30 on fuel in Topaz, CLG Chill Chartha gets 1 token. Depending on how many tokens we collect the club may receive money towards club gear (for free!) To participate you will need to be a registered Topaz Play or Park member. Pick up a form/tag in your local Topaz and connect with CLG Chill Chartha at the Topaz Cash for Clubs website. Now register and get collecting its free and you can win prizes too. Club newsOur seniors remain top of Division One after a 2-09 to 0-10 win away to St Eunans while our reserves were defeated 0-14 to 0-07, we would like to wish the best of luck to Ryan, Eoin, Mark, Paddy, Stephen and the Donegal seniors and to Gary, Brian, Daniel, Neilly and the Minors in the Ulster Finals this Sunday.  UnderageOur Under 16s were defeated by Dungloe on Friday they travel to Aodh Ruadh on Friday in their next match, our Under 14s lost to Killybegs in the division 2 championship semi-final last Wednesday by 3-08 to 2-04 the second leg is in Towney this Wednesday at 7:30pm. Thanks to all who attended and helped out at our Under 10 Blitz in Towney on Saturday. Cúl CampsCúl Camps are in Towney this week from 11th-15th of July for boys & girls aged from 6-13 years. Club GearWe now have a selection of Club gear on sale in Áislann Chill Chartha with adult and kid’s club home jerseys, new half zip tops, polo shirts and children’s kit bags and shorts now in stock. You can also now buy club merchandise online via our website. Club AppWe have now 220 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store2. Search for Team App3. Install Team App to your phone4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app.6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system. LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €5,400 this week’s numbers were: 3, 6, 8 and 10 winners were; €50 Charlie and Bell McHale, Glenswilly €30 Marline Doherty, Roelough €20 Shiela Diver, Bavin and Donál Mac Giolla Easpaig. For those not living in the area you can buy your Lotto’s online at clgchillchartha.com, click the Club Lotto section for details!Club Bingo Jackpot now €7,550!There was no winner of the Jackpot so it rises to €7,550 on 45 numbers, Club Bingo is on in The Parish Hall on Sunday nights at 8:30pm so please support to be in with a chance of winning the Jackpot and thanks to all who continue to support our Bingo! This week’s winners were: €150 Sadie McShane €140 Mary Tuberty €80 Rose McFadden €70 Michelle Lowther, Glenda Dolan, Nora Byrne and Bridie O’Gara.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB REGISTER IN THE TOPAZ CASH FOR CLUBS INITIATIVE was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Kilcar GAA noteslast_img read more

Hominid Claim Is More Philosophy Than Fossils


first_imgTwo weeks ago, the media had a feeding frenzy over Tim White’s claim that his team found bones in Ethiopia from three hominid species lined up in a vertical row, showing a clear progression toward humans.  Now, the fine print has come out.  A review in Nature1 begins, “Deciding whether our ancestors evolved as a single lineage may depend more on philosophy than fossils” (emphasis added in all quotes).    Rex Dalton wrote some juicy lines in his article that creationists will love, and evolutionists will insist are taken out of context (because evolution is a fact).  You be the judge:The team suggests three species evolved as a single lineage between at least 4.4 million years ago and 2.9 million years ago – an era when humankind refined its ability to walk upright while developing new ways to live (see timeline below).    The idea is one of the most contentious in palaeoanthropology.  The fossil trove, reported earlier this month (T. D. White et al. Nature 440, 883-889; 2006) has confirmed [sic] some important aspects of the trail towards the genus Homo, which appeared around 2.3 million years ago [sic].  But experts are still bickering over the relationship between the species that have been found.Experts have squabbled over the relationship between Ar. ramidus, Au. anamensis and Au. afarensis ever since they were discovered.This month’s Nature paper makes a bold argument, and shows the Awash team seeking to put its mark on the record.  Others in the field are impressed.  “When you find 30 new hominid fossils, you are allowed a certain amount of conjecture,” says Bernard Wood, a palaeoanthropologist at George Washington University in Washington DC.  “As always, they have done a fantastic job.”    But he and others are unconvinced by the Awash team’s conclusion: “This is only the first half of the rugby match,” says Wood.Meave Leakey, lead author on the Au. anamensis discoveries in Kenya, is more blunt.  “I don’t believe this,” she says.  “We do not have the specimens to fill the gaps.”The existence of other species would cloud or eliminate the argument for a direct lineage.  “My prejudice is there are more lineages rather than fewer – more diversity,“ says Wood.  “I have to concede these new data are dramatic.  But we should beware coming out with a complete explanation when we don’t have all the evidence.”This argument frustrates White.  “There were Martians there back then too,” he says.  “And spacecraft all over the Pliocene – we just haven’t found them yet.”Similar arguments run for various phases of hominid evolution, for example whether Homo ergaster evolved into H. erectus, or whether they were two coexisting lineages – White advocates the former.  But ultimately, the argument comes down to the point that more fossils could always be found, so it is unclear that the two sides will ever agree.One of Dalton’s subtitles is, “Theory of Relativity.”  The context is the lineage of these fossils, but the subtext is the differing interpretations about their relevance to the human story.  Everyone in this rugby match, however, can agree on one thing.  The Ethiopian National Museum, which has the new fossils, is a nice place for the stadium.  Dalton ends, “This strengthens the museum as an ideal centre to study human evolution.”1Rex Dalton, “Feel it in your bones,” Nature 440, 1100-1101 (27 April 2006) | doi:10.1038/4401100a.Didn’t we foretell this?  Go back to April 12 when all the news media were slain in the spirit over White’s holey relics.  We warned that “the field of evolutionary paleoanthropology is filled with rivalry, contradiction, deception, exaggeration and outright fraud.”  Notice that Dalton’s depiction of rivalry applies not just to this case, but to “various phases of hominid evolution” – indeed, all of them.    We also said, “Too bad the news media are all dupes; they think this is science instead of mud wrestling.”  Our only mistake was getting the sport wrong.  We should have known that rugby is more bloody.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Absa, Western Union offer cash transfers


first_img15 October 2008South Africa’s largest retail bank, Absa, has partnered with Western Union to roll out the US financial services company’s money transfer services in selected Absa branches countrywide this month.The joint venture, which follows the successful opening of pilot locations in Gauteng province during September, has been approved by the South African Reserve Bank and complies with all appropriate South African banking regulations.“The integration of the Western Union Money Transfer services into our retail banking environment allows Absa to offer a new and much-needed cross-border service to our existing customers, while at the same time attracting a new customer segment,” Absa CEO Steve Booysen said in a statement this week.The number of Absa locations offering the Western Union Money Transfer service in South Africa is expected to climb to over 200 during the next 12 months, making it easier for consumers around the globe to send and receive money internationally.“We are very pleased about our agreement with Absa and delighted that this will bring even greater convenience to our South African customers around the globe,” said Western Union CEO Christina Gold.‘Diaspora remittances’“Diaspora remittances” have, over the last decade, become very important for the role they play not only in the lives of individuals but also in developing economies.According to the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, remittances in Africa alone are approaching US$40-billion (about R354-billion) a year, with 70% of flows into Africa coming through formal money transfer organisations.“We are proud to offer our service in South Africa,” Gold said. “As more and more people seek employment outside of their country of birth in order to better their personal economic situations, money transfer as a means of sending money home represents a significant economic opportunity both for the families on the receiving side as well as the economies of the countries in which they live.”Booysen said the venture was another innovative solution that the bank could now offer its customers, following the introduction of Absa’s CashSend service, which allows customers to send money to others even if the recipient does not have a bank account.“I believe that the international Western Union Money Transfer service is another offer of choice we are providing our customers in a bouquet of services adding value,” he said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more