to go further Receive email alerts RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific News Blogger, comedian and human rights activist, Zarganar, marked today his 49th birthday in prison. He is still being held in Myitkyina jail in the north of Burma, where his health is worsening because of jaundice and high blood pressure. Reporters Without Borders calls again for his release so that he can receive treatment. His sister-in-law has made a video about him, which can be seen here: US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 26, 2021 Find out more Zarganar was sentenced to 35 years in prison on 16 February 2009 for “disturbing public order”. He had dared to criticise the Burmese junta on his blog, with the use of art and humour. Sign the petition calling for the release of Zarganar: http://www.rsf.org/fr-petition30148-Nay_Phone_Latt_et_Zarganar.html News Organisation News RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 31, 2021 Find out more January 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Zarganar turns 49 in jail, he still has 34 years to serve Follow the news on Myanmar News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more
ELLSWORTH — Inclement weather throughout the state of Maine has forced the Maine Principals’ Association to extend the 2017 baseball and softball regular seasons by two days.Originally, the last playable date for regular season games was May 31. Under the MPA’s newest decree, teams now have until June 2 to complete their 16-game slates.In the northern and eastern parts of the state, bad weather conditions have led to numerous cancellations and clogged schedules. Deer Isle-Stonington had played just one game prior to May 3 because of rain throughout Hancock County, and in Aroostook County, several teams have yet to play more than twice.The 2017 playoffs are scheduled to begin June 6. The MPA has not announced a potential change to those plans.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Diego Costa returns to the Chelsea starting line-up after suspension and John Mikel Obi comes in for the banned Nemanja Matic against Newcastle, who welcome back Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback.Coloccini has had a calf injury, while Sissoko and Colback are available again after serving suspensions.Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback; Ameobi, Perez, Cabella. Subs: Alnwick, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ramires, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Calling an Animal a Dinosaur Does Not Make It Oneby Jerry Bergman, PhDA new fossil discovered in northeastern China recently was described by Reuters as a “feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings [which] represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight and the advent of birds.” A 3-D reconstruction, completed at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China on May 8, 2019 shows it flew with bat-like membranous wings. The Jurassic Period dinosaur Ambopteryx, (meaning “both wings”) longibrachium (meaning “long arm”) looks nothing like a dinosaur, so why call it a dinosaur?Artwork from the Reuters articleAmbopteryx was not a bird, either, because its wings were “made of skin supported by a long, pointed wrist bone, dramatically different from the distinctive feathered wings of birds.” The reconstruction by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology, as well as the description made by a careful examination of the fossil, makes it look almost identical to an extinct bat. They want it to look like a dinosaur because evolutionists consider it additional evidence of the so-called “feathered dinosaurs” discovered recently. They think this one adds evidence supporting their theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds. The bat discovered is presented as evidence of an “alternate evolutionary path for airborne dinosaurs.” In short, the bat is called a dinosaur, and not a bat, because the scenario that it evolved from a theropod dinosaur on its way to evolving into a modern bat supports Darwinism.The scientific reports explain aviation pioneers, like birds and bats, dabbled with various experimental flying machines and, like Orville and Wilbur Wright, after lots of trial and error failure finally got it right and were able to fly successfully. Likewise, Dunham writes, “there was an analogous period of flight experimentation among dinosaurs before small feathered ones evolved into the first birds about 150 million [Darwin] years ago.” The scientific report in Nature added that this fossil demonstrates, “close to the origin of flight, dinosaurs closely related to birds were experimenting with a diversity of wing structures…. membranous wings—a flight apparatus that was previously unknown among theropods but that is used by both the pterosaur and bat lineages.” The Nature report humbly admitted this just-so-story “was not universally accepted.”So, the paleontologists report, evolution was “experimenting” like the Wright Brothers until they figured out the details of flight, such as wing warp and the Bernoulli effect. Likewise, dinosaurs “experimented” until they successfully accomplished flight and were on their way to becoming birds. [Did they do this on purpose, using intelligent design?] This is absurd. Evolution cannot think, experiment, plan ahead or design. In the words of Professor Gander: “Evolution cannot get ‘hung up’ on one type of design, or one type of solution to a given survival problem…. So it could never ‘plan ahead,’ even if such planning could produce a really good design…. Say evolution wanted to produce a nice, clear, well-formed lens… evolution must take steps [and as a result of trial and error]… organisms may evolve organs that can appear rather poorly designed in retrospect.”Another issue is that, unlike any known bird, “Ambopteryx had membranous wings resembling pterosaurs, flying reptiles that appeared roughly 230 million [Darwin] years ago, and bats, flying mammals that appeared roughly 50 million [Darwin] years ago.” So why call it a dinosaur? In spite of this problem, evolution forces ancient animals to appear to be a link to something more advanced. Clearly defined anatomy-based categories exist for both “bird” and “dinosaur,” but evolution requires a bird-to-dinosaur transition, and since Ambopteryx bat is very old, it must be some sort of transition to something else and more research will hopefully tell us exactly what it evolved into. So for now we will call it a dinosaur, even though it is nothing like any dinosaur we have ever seen. Riley Black remarked that “dinosaurs and non-dinosaurs are often indiscriminately intermingled without much thought to the fact that the word dinosaur doesn’t apply to just anything…. Dinosaurs are their own discrete group, in other words, joined to all the rest of their family through their common ancestry and identified through the traits of their hips that have been maintained from the Triassic to the present.”One major trait of dinosaurs is they are egg-laying reptiles. I was unable to find any evidence that Ambopteryx bats were egg-laying reptiles. Conversely, bats are nocturnal mammals, not reptiles, usually frugivorous or insectivorous that possess wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane. They have good vision but often rely on echolocation and give birth to their young which they breast feed. Another example of attempting to fit the Ambopteryx discovery into an evolutionary scenario is the claim that, although “Ambopteryx longibrachium was likely a glider, the fossil is helping scientists discover how dinosaurs first took to the skies.” In a Darwinian trance, Black speculates,in the depths of the Jurassic, feathered dinosaurs started to take to the air. Clawed arms that had evolved to snatch and catch began to take on a new aerodynamic role, and feather-coated limbs began flapping as the earliest avian dinosaurs overcame gravity to leave the surface of the Earth behind. But not all fluffy saurians launched into the air the same way. An unexpected discovery from China reveals an enigmatic family of dinosaurs with bat-like wings… The dinosaur’s wings were more like those of bats, which wouldn’t evolve for more than 100 million [Darwin] years, or like the leathery wings of contemporary flying reptiles called pterosaurs.So, this dinosaur is said to have evolved into bats? This find was not speculation by amateurs, but written up in the most prestigious science journal Nature by leading researchers claiming that “Powered flight evolved independently in vertebrates in the pterosaurs, birds and bats, each of which has a different configuration of the bony elements and epidermal structures that form the wings.” That hints that the Ambopteryx find may be actually have been the precursor of modern bats as this paper has concluded, and not a dinosaur evolving into a bird as other authors imply.Even the National Geographic called it a “New species of bat-wing dinosaur,” and repeated the claim that the bat was “a bizarre predator: a tiny dinosaur that glided from tree to tree with leathery, bat-like wings. The newfound fossil, … is just the … first dinosaur ever found with bat-like wings. The study author, Min Wang, added “it shows that some dinosaurs evolved very different structures to become volant,” meaning capable of some form of flight.Conclusion: The Bare FactsThe simplest story of the find is it is more evidence that the living world contains an enormous amount of variety, and this is just another example. Fully one in five mammals living on earth today is a bat—the only mammal kind containing more species than rodents. Bats exist in an extraordinary diversity of lifestyles and morphologies. The oldest known complete fossil bat is a Icaronycteris dated by Neo-Darwinists back to the Eocene, over 50 million years ago. Since then, their evolution has been “near stagnation.”In other words the first bat was a bat, not something evolving into a bat. Unfortunately, instead of letting the evidence speak for itself, the Darwin-tinted glasses distort reality. What clearly appears to be another example of an extinct bat is interpreted as a dinosaur evolving into something else. The evidence testifies to the fact that bats have always been bats, and Ambopteryx appears to be one of the many existing kinds of bats.References Dunham, Will. 2019. Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight. Science News, May 8. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-science-dinosaur/bat-winged-dinosaur-was-intriguing-detour-in-evolution-of-flight-idUKKCN1SE2BN Dunham, 2019. Black, Riley. 2019. Newly discovered bat-like dinosaur reveals the intricacies of prehistoric flight. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/newly-discovered-bat-dinosaur-reveals-intricacies-prehistoric-flight-180972128/. Dunham, 2019. Black, 2019. Gander, Eric. M. 2004. On Our Minds: How Evolutionary Psychology Is Reshaping the Nature versus Nurture Debate. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Dunham, 2019. Sloan, C. 1999. “Feathers for T. rex?” National Geographic, 196 (5): 99-103. Black, Riley. 2017. What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur? December 8.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ask-smithsonian-what-is-dinosaur-180967448/ Black, Riley. 2019. Wang, Min. 2019. A new Jurassic scansoriopterygid and the loss of membranous wings in theropod dinosaurs. Nature. 569:256-259, May 8. Greshko, Michael. 2019. New species of bat-wing dinosaur discovered. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/05/ambopteryx-new-species-bat-wing-dinosaur-discovered-china/ Sears, Karen, et al., 2006; Sears, Karen E., Richard R. Behringer, John J. Rasweiler IV, and Lee A. Niswander, 2006. “Development of Bat Flight: Morphologic and Molecular Evolution of Bat Wing Digits.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 103(17):6581-6586, p. 6581. Van Valen, Leigh. 1979. “The Evolution of Bats.” Evolutionary Theory, 4(3):103-121, p. 110. Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 451 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The result still puts the Azkals in pole position to clinch one of the two Asian Cup berths at stake in the group, but they need at least a draw when they clash with Tajikistan at home on March 27.The Azkals remain on top with nine points with Tajikistan and Yemen, which will play in Qatar late Tuesday, three points behind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a disappointing result, but it could have been worse considering what the team had to go through in the buildup to the match,” Azkals manager Dan Palami said.The long-time manager rued the lack of preparation for the all-important match, after the national team had a request for a few Philippines Football League games to be rescheduled turned down, putting additional load on some of the players in the national side. View comments MOST READ It also did not help that the Azkals missed key players Manny Ott, Javier Patino and Amani Aguinaldo to injuries. But this was the match that the Azkals could have easily coasted through had they finished their chances early.The Azkals were also held to back-to-back draws by Yemen, which would have given them a more comfortable route to the 2019 tournament.Carlie De Murga and Simone Rota headed over the bar in the first half, where Mike Ott also failed to finish with only the Nepalese keeper to beat.De Murga also rattled the crossbar in second half stoppage time, just after Daisuke Sato saw his header cleared off the line.“Playing against Nepal in Nepal is always a problem for visiting teams,” said Palami. “This is no exception. They were lucky today, but if we managed to convert one of those chances early on we could have controlled the match.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Playing in high altitude, the Azkals took awhile to settle into the match. The first chance came in the 21st minute when Iain Ramsay found De Murga inside the box only for the defender to send his shot over the bar.Well drilled and disciplined defensively for most of the contest, the Nepalese rode their luck in stoppage time. Neil Etheridge’s free kick picked out De Murga, whose header rattled the crossbar as the Azkals came within inches of qualifying with a game to spare. Does Manny agree with Freddie Roach? Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo from goalnepal.comHeld to a third straight draw, this time by a team 60 places below their Fifa ranking, the margin of error just got smaller for the Philippine Azkals in AFC Asian Cup qualifying.The Azkals failed to score for the first time in the qualifying stage as they settled for a goalless stalemate with Nepal Tuesday night at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion
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