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  • Maverley-Hughenden sack Coach Simms

    first_img “He (Patrick) is brought in to ensure that we stay in the League then qualify for the top six position in order to challenge for the title,” he added. The president thanked Simms for taking the club to the Premier League. “Simms, did a good job in helping the team to win the KSAFA Super League and qualification to the RSPL this season. We thank him for that, but it is time to move on,” Walters noted. Patrick says the team has a good crop of players but he wants to get rid of the bad attitude. “The camaraderie and energy shown this morning (yesterday) during my first session was amazing. I spoke to them about the importance of discipline in the team and having the right attitude in order to move forward,” Patrick said. “There are challenges, but we will work on that as the team possesses a lot of quality players. We are not far behind, so it is a work in progress starting against Reno next Sunday,” he added. Former Waterhouse and national midfield star Hugh ‘Bingy’ Blair has been retained as assistant coach. Maverley-Hughenden FC have sacked coach Lijyasu Simms following a series of poor results in the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Former Waterhouse FC coach Anthony Patrick took over yesterday morning, following an agreement with the club’s executive on Monday afternoon. Simms became the RSPL’s second coaching casualty after Waterhouse FC parted ways with Marvin Tate two weeks ago and replaced him with veteran Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey. Maverley-Hughenden fired Simms after 14 games in the season during which the team won two games, drew seven and lost five. They are currently in 10th position on 13 points in the 12-team elite league. Simms arrived at Maverley-Hughenden a year ago and guided them to the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/JB Rum Super League title and second place in the Jamaica Football Federation play-off for qualification to the RSPL. The KSAFA outfit returned to the nation’s top league after an absence of 24 years. “We are not satisfied with the team’s current position in the league. We believe that there are good players in the team. The previous coach (Lijyasu Simms) was given 14 games. He was fired on Monday afternoon, and Anthony Patrick is the new head coach,” Maverley-Hughenden’s president, Craig Walters, told The Gleaner during the team’s training session yesterday morning. Top six targetlast_img read more

  • Real Madrid joined by fresh faces in Champions League draw

    first_imgReal Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side’s 3rd goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Girona and Real Madrid at the Montilivi stadium in Girona, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Alonso)GENEVA — Title holder Real Madrid and other European powers could be paired against some fresh faces in the Champions League draw on Thursday.The 32-team lineup in Monaco includes group-stage debutants Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys, plus clubs ending long absences from the lucrative competition that has a record 1.95 billion euros ($2.28 billion) in prize money this season.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Serena Williams wins in tutus at US Open Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Inter Milan is back in the group stage for the first time in seven years; four-time champion Ajax returns after a four-year gap; and AEK Athens is the lowest-ranked club in the draw after 12 years away.Red Star won the 1991 European Cup but hasn’t made the group stage since the tournament was rebranded the Champions League a year later. It was among the last three teams to qualify when the playoff round was completed on Wednesday, along with PSV Eindhoven and Benfica.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Lokomotiv Moscow ends a 15-year absence, but as Russian champion it goes into the pot of top-seeded teams and avoids the likes of three-time defending champion Madrid, and five-time champions Barcelona and Bayern Munich.Juventus is also top-seeded, with new signing Cristiano Ronaldo seeking a fourth straight Champions League trophy to end the Italian giant’s 23-year wait for a third European title. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Seeding is based on a team’s Champions League and Europa League results over the past five years. Last season’s runner-up Liverpool is in the third pot while 2010 champion Inter is in pot 4 as they are making up for lost seasons when they failed to qualify.This season kicks off a new three-year round of broadcasting and sponsor deals that have increased prize money, which will also be more generously weighted toward teams that have a storied history with European titles since 1956.Real Madrid is guaranteed to earn at least 50 million euros ($59 million) before kicking a ball, and all 32 teams get a basic 15.25 million euros ($17.8 million) entry fee.UEFA pays 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million) per group-stage win and 900,000 euros ($1.05 million) for a draw. More fees are earned for reaching each subsequent round, plus some “market pool” TV money.Teams from the same country cannot be drawn together, while Shakhtar Donetsk in Pot 2 will be separated from Lokomotiv and CSKA Moscow, in Pot 3, due to ongoing political tensions between Ukraine and Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

  • Man City on brink of Premier League glory as Man Utd visit

    first_img0Shares0000Manchester City players react at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool on April 4, 2018 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Manchester City can ease the pain of their Champions League defeat to Liverpool by clinching the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday in record time.Pep Guardiola’s men will become the first team in the league’s 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad — a fitting end to a season of almost total dominance in the league. City are 16 points clear of Jose Mourinho’s second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola’s reign in England.The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final at Anfield.But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a difficult balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.“Nobody believes but we have another game,” said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men. “We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home.“We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”United, serial winners of the Premier League under former manager Alex Ferguson, will be desperate to throw a spanner in City’s works and reclaim a modicum of pride.City star Kevin De Bruyne knows staging their title celebrations while United are forced to watch is a delicious prospect for the club’s fans.“These are the games you play the whole season for. It would be wonderful, something different,” he said.“You know how it goes between City and United, you know the history, so it would be historic. The sooner we do it, the better.”– Balance of power –After decades of living in United’s shadow, City have changed the balance of power in Manchester firmly in their favour and are on the verge of their third title since 2012.Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.City set a record earlier this season by winning 18 successive league matches and a host of other statistical milestones are within their reach.Currently on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea’s Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea’s high of 30 victories set last season.United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea’s 103 netted in 2009-2010.City’s dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United’s 1999 treble winners.Yet making City wait for their place among the immortals would be some consolation for United, whose midfielder Juan Mata is well aware how important it is to show some pride.“This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game,” Mata said.“We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.”FixturesSaturday (5pm unless stated)Everton v Liverpool (2:30pm), Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Brighton v Huddersfield, Leicester v Newcastle, Stoke v Spurs, Watford v Burnley, West Brom v Swansea, Manchester City v Manchester United (7:30pm)SundayArsenal v Southampton (4:15pm), Chelsea v West Ham (6:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Baraza ready for Sofapaka permanent role

    first_img“I believe in myself and if Prezda (Kalekwa) comes over and tells me to take charge until the end of the season, I am willing to do that. The best thing is that he has shown confidence in me and he tells me he trusts me. That is enough to give me so much confidence,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Sofapaka FC players gather after a training session at the Eastleigh High School on January 11, 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe former Harambee Stars forward was in charge of the team in their miraculous escape from relegation in 2016 when they were dwindling in financial trouble and he is confident that he might have some luck again with the league at the end of the year.Kalekwa speaking previously to Capital Sport said they had confidence in Baraza, noting they will not be in a hurry to bring in a new man.Baraza will be in charge of the team on Sunday when they take on Sony Sugar at the Ruaraka Complex needing a major lift after back-to-back losses that culminated in the departure of his ex-boss Ssimbwa.“We need to get rid of that negative rhythm of two consecutive losses because if we are to fight for the title, those are results we can’t afford to have. We need to get back to winning ways especially playing at home and that will help restore our confidence,” Baraza noted.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa (centre) demonstrates a point to assistant coach John Baraza and team manager Willis Waliaula as two players listen in during a training session at teh Eastleigh High School. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe is excited at the prospect of facing Sony, a side led by another ex-player in Sylvester Wanyama. The two played together at Oserian in the early 2000’s.“It is very exciting because we had so many good moments together as players and we are good friends. We have taken that journey together and now both of us are coaches. It is such a great feeling to face him on Sunday,” Baraza noted.Batoto ba Mungu are fourth in the rankings with 16 points, seven shy of leaders Mathare United and Baraza is optimistic they can catch up and rank among the title contenders.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000John Baraza is the interim Sofapaka coachPHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13- If owner Elly Kalekwa decides to give him the role permanently, Sofapaka interim coach John Baraza says he is more than willing to take up the challenge, saying he feels he has grown enough to be trusted with the job.Baraza was handed the interim role last weekend after Ugandan Sam Ssimbwa threw in the towel alleging sabotage from the players, putting to an end a 16-month stint at the club.last_img read more

  • Spain court takes on Neymar-Barca contract dispute

    first_imgHis return to the city is far from the triumphant homecoming the Spanish club had hoped for after a summer locked in futile talks with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to bring back the world’s most expensive player.On Friday morning, the two parties will attend a private half-hour session with the judge at a labour court in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, a Barcelona suburb, before the hearing begins at 11am.The session is open to the public.The dispute began when Neymar made a shock transfer to PSG in 2017, less than a year after signing a new contract with Barca which would have seen him staying there until 2021.Worth 222 million euros ($250 million at the time), the transfer remains the highest sum ever paid for a player.Barcelona then sued Neymar for breach of contract, and refused to pay him the 26 million euros which were part of his contract renewal bonus.After an unsuccessful appeal to world footballing body FIFA, the young Brazilian quickly hit back with a lawsuit over the unpaid bonus.– ‘The taxman watching’ –The world’s most expensive player, Neymar has been hit by a string of legal woes © AFP / Bertrand GUAYThe dispute focuses on the contract renewal bonus that was signed between the player and the club in 2016.Although the full sum of the bonus has never been clear, Neymar received an initial payout and was to have received the rest in stages over the course of his new contract.But when he moved to PSG barely a year later, Barcelona refused to pay.The Spanish club is demanding he return the part of the bonus he already received as well as 8.5 million euros plus interest in compensation for breach of contract.Neymar promptly filed a countersuit demanding payment of the 26 million with interest.According to El Mundo daily, the case is being closely watched by the Spanish tax authorities who are keen to know whether the striker, who was a tax resident in 2017, paid his dues on both the bonus and his transfer to PSG.Back in March, Neymar’s public relations agency, NR Sports, admitted the tax authorities had requested documents but insisted the player was not the subject of a new tax investigation in Spain.– String of legal woes –The young striker has been beset by legal problems since his arrival in Europe in 2013 following his move to the Catalan club from Brazil’s Santos.The young striker has struggled since coming to Europe, facing legal challenges in Brazil, France and Spain © AFP/File / Bertrand GUAYBarca valued the transfer at 57.1 million euros but Spanish prosecutors believe the amount paid was at least 83.3 million, trigging a string of legal cases in both countries, some of which remain unresolved.And since transferring to PSG, things have not been any easier.In the last few months, the superstar who has a huge social media following, found himself facing a rape allegation, which was dropped in August, and an assault charge for hitting a fan after PSG’s shock defeat in April’s French Cup final.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazilian wonderkid Neymar is locked in a multi-million-euro legal battle with his former club Barcelona © AFP/File / PAU BARRENABARCELONA, Spain, Sep 27 – A Spanish court will on Friday attempt to untangle a bitter multi-million-euro contract dispute between Brazilian star striker Neymar and his former club Barcelona.Although a court spokesman said the 27-year-old was obliged to show up person, his lawyers have said nothing although Spanish newspapers published videos of him arriving at Barcelona airport on Thursday.last_img read more

  • Area may see water rationing

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySTAFF WRITERS Amid a growing water crisis across the state, officials warned Monday that they will cut water to Southern California farmers 30percent by early next year and are drafting plans that could force residential water rationing for the first time in more than a decade. The moves come as a combination of drought, rising demand, fragile ecosystems and endangered fish has dramatically reduced the region’s water supply. Officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the agency that sells water to cities in the region – said the factors could push wholesale rates up as much as 10 percent within two years. And they predicted the trends could mean the region will lack water to meet all of Southern California’s demands about 70 percent of the time. “If we are going to be effectively short on imported water 70 percent of the time, we’re going to have to make that up through conservation and changing our lifestyle here in Southern California,” said Jeff Kightlinger, the MWD’s general manager. MWD imports water from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the river is in the eighth year of a drought that has significantly reduced that supply. And a recent court ruling has significantly reduced how much water can be exported from the delta – where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge – to prevent the extinction of a tiny fish that keeps getting sucked into massive water pumps. Following the ruling, MWD will have to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25 percent. “That really turns our world of reliability on its head,” Kightlinger said. “People will feel this.” MWD officials also are talking about water rationing for the first time since 1991 even as the agency has spent $6 million this year encouraging people to conserve water. “We’re dealing with 28 percent of normal (rainfall) and it would be very tough to handle another year without some serious shortage allocation (or rationing),” said MWD board of directors Chairman Timothy Brick. Brick said this year the agency for the first time also is withdrawing a significant supply from its stored water in reservoirs and groundwater, pulling out 500,000 acre feet of water – enough for 1 million families. Still, MWD officials said they might need to raise wholesale water rates 5 percent to 10 percent in 2009 to pay for water purchases, transfers and other programs to acquire more water for Southern California. Customer rates are set by individual water providers and would likely vary depending on how much water the providers get from MWD. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is MWD’s largest customer, but the utility is in a less dire situation because L.A. has groundwater in the San Fernando Valley and it imports water from the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierras. “The alarm bells haven’t gone off. We want to wait until February or March to see the drought (status) and the snowpack,” DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras said. However, if the dry conditions continue and supply from the delta remains limited, the DWP will consider rationing and structuring water rates higher for people who do not limit their consumption, he said. Without knowing whether an allocation plan will be adopted or what it will mean for member agencies, the city of Torrance is urging residents to think about long-range conservation efforts, said Rob Beste, the city’s public works director. Torrance, which operates its own water agency, gets about 80 percent of its supply from the MWD. Committing to strategies such as installing low-flow toilets and landscaping that requires less water will have a greater impact in the long run, as opposed to short-term mandatory rationing, Beste said. So far the city has asked residents only to ration voluntarily. “What we’re looking for is really changing the habits,” Beste added. “It’s converting your home and doing the long-term. Short-term rationing only goes so far. “It’s a big issue. ? We have one bad year and you can see how vulnerable our system is.” Meanwhile, to help shore up the state’s dwindling water supply, state officials are planning to place another water bond measure on the ballot next year – even after voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds for water projects last year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a $9.1 billion bond measure, while Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has written a $6.8 billion proposal. One of the main differences, and a source of significant political controversy in Sacramento, is that the governor’s bond measure would fund dams and reservoirs in Northern California. The Senate Natural Resources and Water committee passed the Perata bond measure and sent it to an expected full floor vote today. But it rejected Schwarzenegger’s proposal. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRISIS: Farmers face 30 percent cutback amid drought, rising demand and a court ruling. By Kerry Cavanaugh and Harrison Sheppard last_img read more

  • Paris Saint-Germain poised to pounce on Arsenal for rebel Sanchez

    first_img1 Alexis Sanchez in action for Arsenal French champions Paris Saint-Germain have made Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez a transfer priority.The 28-year-old’s future at the Emirates is currently under intense scrutiny, as he is yet to agree a new contract at the Gunners.PSG are one of many top European clubs rumoured to be keeping close tabs on Sanchez and, according to Le Parisien, their interest has intensified.The Chilean has a contract which runs until 2018 and there are suggestions that he may be keen on staying at the Premier League giants.PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has announced recently that Sanchez, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season, would be considered a leading target.With only Edinson Cavani to call upon, the French giants are on the lookout for a new forward and believe Sanchez could be the perfect candidate to fill the void.last_img read more

  • Termon GAA: “Ádh mór ort Enda”!

    first_imgAll Ireland Minor Semi-FinalWith just days until Sunday’s All Ireland Minor Semi-final against Galway on Sunday, we would like to send the best wishes to Enda McCormick and the boys as they prepare for the biggest game of the year so far.We know than many club people are travelling to give Enda their support on Sunday, and for those unable to make it to Dubin, the game will be broadcast on TG4 at 1.30pm. Ádh mór ort Enda! Senior men leagueArdara seniors and reserves travel to the Burn Road in our final encounter of the year with the men from Ardara, throw-in is at 5.30 for the Reserves and 7pm for the seniors. All support welcome. Bingo€2,600 will be given away in prizes on Friday night at Bingo at 9 in An Craoibhín, and a jackpot of €850 is also there to be won on 48 numbers or less.Termon GAA Minor Board in association with Kelly’s Centra – The Mountain TopLetterkennyThe under 16 boys recorded a good win over St Michael’s at the Burn Road on Monday evening, and will now travel to meet Urris on Wednesday 17 th August in the Division 2 semi-final.Our under 14 boys did us proud this year, and provided many wonderful hours of football. They were runners up in the County Under 14 Division 1 Boys Final last Friday night in Convoy. They are a fantastic and talented group of boys and deserve a rest after giving their coaches Paddy & James, their sponsors, families, and everyone at the club a fantastic season of exceptional gaelic football. Thank you Paddy & James for giving these boys everything and for volunteering your time all season.The under 13 boys have their first game of the year on Friday Aug 19 th at 7pm, away to Robert Emmetts, followed on Wednesday August 24 at 7pm by Glenswilly As at the Burn Road, and Burt at home the following Friday, August 26 th . And on the last day of the month, they travel to Ballybofey to play Mac Cumhaills As. Our U12 boys were magnificent and have tales galore of gaols and points scored, tackles and blocks made in Croke Park earlier today. The huge cheers that greeted the boys on their entry to the hallowed turf and for every score, and there were many, will be remembered for a long long time. The first Termon team to grace the incredible stadium and got to prepare in the dressing rooms where Donegal were two weeks ago….A fantastic day for all involved with Paddy, David and Eddie also relishing getting to see their team represent Termon and Donegal with style in games against Malin and Glenfin.LottoLast week’s draw took place in McClafferty’s, Church Hill, with no jackpot winner. Next week’s draw is for the fine sum of €2,050 and the draw takes place in The Glenveagh Inn with Conor Tinney and Kevin McElwaine co-ordinating.Ladies The Minor Ladies are playing Mac Cumhaills at home next Tuesday at 7 pm in the quarter finals. Best of luck to the girls and management. All support greatly appreciated.U13 training is starting tomorrow, Wednesday at 6-7. All newcomers especially welcome. Commiserations to the Donegal Senior ladies who, after a hard fought quarter final against Dublin, were unfortunate not to make it the next stage. Well done to the girls and management on making it that far, a great achievement for all involved.Well done to the U17 county development squad and their managers on some amazing performances in the all Ireland blitz and for making it as far as the semi finals. Great achievement girls.Termon GAA: “Ádh mór ort Enda”! was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Termon GAAlast_img read more

  • Fireworks show in Simi appears likely to go forth

    first_imgSIMI VALLEY – After losing the site of an annual fireworks show, Simi Valley leaders scrambled and appear to have found a location to host the Fourth of July celebration. It is likely the Independence Day extravaganza, hosted by the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, will be held next year at Rancho Santa Susana Park on Los Angeles Avenue. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District officials have met with Rotary members to discuss the tentative plan, which must be formally reviewed by staffers and approved by the district’s Board of Directors. “It could work,” said Chairwoman Elaine Freeman, offering her support. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Rotary Club members were forced to find a new home for the festival, which also serves as a fundraiser, because the Simi Valley High School stadium will undergo construction next year. The stadium, the site of the annual event for years, is being renovated as part of the school district’s $145 million school construction bond. “It’s a great deal of work,” said school board member Janice DiFatta. “The stadium will not be available for any reason.” City Councilman Steve Sojka, a Rotary Club past president who was part of the discussions with the park district, said now that the event will not be held on school grounds, the club is considering selling alcohol during the show, which could be more profitable. “We’re extremely excited,” he said. “This has been in our community for the past 25-27 years. We agreed to try it out the first year … It could be a permanent site.” — Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Is the Label “Neanderthal” Justifiable These Days?

    first_imgThey were our physical and intellectual equals.  What’s the difference?  The label “Neanderthal” becomes a kind of historical racism against a group of true human beings.Science news reports are agreeing that “Neanderthals were not inferior to modern humans” (Science Daily), or “Neanderthals may have been our intellectual equals” (New Scientist).  The “cuddly Neanderthals” had good parenting skills (Live Science; see 4/29/14).  We have some of their genes mixed in with ours.  “The genomes of humans and Neanderthals differ little; the two groups have fewer than 100 proteins that differ in their amino acid sequence,” Nature says.  Sure, they seemed to have a stockier build (but see 4/01/14, #5), and some lived in caves, but what’s the diff?  They knew how to cook good stew in those caves, National Geographic says.  They talked in languages “not dissimilar to the ones we use today,” Science Daily says, quoting an evolutionist who admits, “From this research, we can conclude that it’s likely that the origins of speech and language are far, far older than once thought” (see Footnote).  When a press release from Wageningen University argues that “DNA-research confirms recent interaction between Neanderthals and humans,” one wonders why the headlines differentiate them from “humans.”  Isn’t the ability to interbreed and bear fertile offspring the hallmark of species membership?It’s even possible the Neanderthals were the intellectual leaders, not the followers.  New Scientist states,Enough of the cheap jibes: Neanderthals may have been just as clever as modern humans. Anthropologists have already demolished the idea that Neanderthals were dumb brutes, and now a review of the archaeological record suggests they were our equals.Neanderthals were one of the most successful of all hominin species, occupying much of Europe and Asia. Their final demise about 40,000 years ago, shortly after Homo sapiens walked into their territory, is often put down to the superiority of our species.It’s time to lay that idea to rest, say Paola Villa at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Wil Roebroeks at Leiden University in the Netherlands….Evidence has even emerged that Homo sapiens may have learned some skills by copying Neanderthals. Yet despite all of this evidence, the idea that Neanderthals were our inferiors still persists.It doesn’t help matters for author Colin Barras to call them a “hominin species” outside of “Homo sapiens” (man the wise), even though he admits they were “just as smart as you.”  Why even keep the distinction?   We don’t do that with any living hunter-gatherer ethnic groups.  No one would dare call an extant tribe a “hominin species,” even if they use their brains for hunting instead of writing.Gap TheorySome, however, want to keep the gap from closing.  Another National Geographic headline claims, “Gap between humans and Neanderthals and us narrows, but does not close.”  The basis for this assertion is merely the current shifting opinion of Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum, London), who is interviewed in the article.  He’s already lost credibility by his admission that he goofed.  “Twenty years ago I would have said the interbreeding between us and them was insignificant,” he says.  “That was certainly wrong.”  He also admits that he has had to modify his view that there were major behavioral gaps between the groups.But despite his past mistakes, Stringer is still trying to keep that gap open.  He is claiming that Neanderthals were replaced by modern humans, rather than assimilating into them.  How?  Maybe “modern humans” invented sewing needles that enabled them to make better clothes.  Maybe they had brains better capable of producing representational art (even though Neanderthal brain capacity was comparable to, if not larger than, modern man’s).  Maybe the moderns had better musical instruments.  Maybe they were better prepared for climate change.  The interviewer gets the point; “So it wasn’t that the Neanderthals and Denisovans were cognitively disadvantaged. They just had a harder row to hoe.”  Stringer doesn’t disagree with that.  He suggests that their tribes had less genetic diversity (despite success for 300,000 years), and their populations just collapsed.  Even so, it wouldn’t mean they were non-human.It’s apparent that Chris Stringer, who has studied Neanderthals most of his life, is scrambling to support his view that Neanderthals were “different” from Homo sapiens.  Even though he admits that “Neanderthals” possessed that uniquely human ability of language, he tries to assert that they were dumber than us.  Notice the complete lack of evidence for his speculations about something he could not possibly know:But I’m not sure. I’m sure they had speech and language, but I’m guessing it was much more a language for the here and now, a more practical language for survival. I doubt they would have expressed complicated things like, “Well, what if I did this differently, what then would happen?” The kind of hypothetical reasoning that leads to modern inventions. Maybe Neanderthals didn’t have so much of that.Asked what is responsible for the “unending fascination” with Neanderthals, he responds, “It’s this whole question of having a population of humans that are in some ways like us, and yet so different—and the fact that they died out and we’re still here.”But that’s the very question: why does he still think they were different?  New Scientist confesses that a persistent bias influences the story of Neanderthal Man:Archaeologists are reluctant to accept evidence of advanced behaviour if it is attributed to extinct hominins, says Roebroeks. This prevailing attitude influences our ideas about the causes of the Neanderthal extinction.How long will it take to change the perception to the reality: they were “just as smart as you” – “our equals.”Footnote: “than thought” by evolutionists, that is; creationists believe man was speaking on Day 6 of creation, endowed with speech as part of the image of God.Suppose one country wiped out a tribe that didn’t look exactly like them (such events are not exactly rare in history).  Suppose that instead of facing their guilt, they covered their shame by saying the tribe “went extinct.”  Suppose the perpetrators pretended to be scientists.  Suppose they published papers for decades looking for evolutionary reasons why their victims, who had lived successfully on their land just fine for centuries, just didn’t have the “fitness” to endure the modern world.  Would this kind of historical revisionism be tolerated?  For all we know, the celebrated “modern humans” were genocidal maniacs who wiped out the Neanderthals, playing flutes over their vanquished foes’ graves.Chris Stringer is a self-admitted boob, wrong for 20 years about these people.  Why is National Geographic giving him the time of day?  Why are his fact-free speculations still getting good press before NG’s large readership?  Why isn’t he out of a job?  Anyone that wrong in any other line of work would get the boot and be forced to move on to something more productive, like trash pickup.The Neanderthal myth has done so much damage, in fact, we should severely chastise those who have proclaimed it for over a century in support of Charlie D, and still won’t let go of it, despite all the recent evidence that supports finally allowing these “other” people full membership in the human race.  Here’s just the way to do it: call the evolutionists a word that cannot be tolerated in the world today, the word that will send the media and all the PC attack dogs running for their blood.  Call them racists.Look at the way museums continue to portray “Neanderthals” with the Darwinian-Victorian bias of dumb expressions, stooped shoulders and full nudity.  These are prejudicial acts, designed to make them look inferior.  It’s an old Darwinian tradition.  Remember the case of Oto Benga? (CMI).  Remember the Herero genocide? (Wikipedia admits it was “Social Darwinist” in nature and had continuity with the Holocaust).  Remember attempts to wipe out the Aborigines and Maoris as inferiors, less evolved than Europeans?The label “Neanderthal” has lost all significance.  We wouldn’t apply such a label to any living tribe that has particular physical or cultural characteristics.  It’s time to pull the race card on anyone who uses that term from now on.  Shout “Stop calling them the N-word!  They were human beings!” (Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more