… no consultation with Board before announcement, to examine financial implications – ChairmanThe Board of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), headed by former Mayor Hamilton Green, has cancelled a special payment plan advertised in March by Minister within the Ministry of CommunitiesCH&PA Board Chairman Hamilton GreenValerie Sharpe-Patterson.Sharpe-Patterson had announced the special payment plan for this month for persons who are beneficiaries of Government house lots in residential areas that are priced at $3 million and below.The deal was that persons, who had completed paying at least 50 per cent of the cost of their house lots by May 1, would be given a 50 per cent discount on the balance.The balance, she had explained, should, however, be paid by the end of May. The deal was part of Government’s move to give back to citizens, all in celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary.While it is unclear how many persons have so far benefited from this deal, Guyana Times was informed that the Board has recently cancelled the offer.Contacted on the issue, Green confirmed that the deal was off. He said that there were some lapses in the arrangement, including the fact that the Minister failed to consult with the Board before making the announcement. He said the Board was now examining the deal, giving consideration to all possible financial implications.Guyana Times was unable to contact Sharpe-Patterson for a comment on the matter.With the announcement of the deal almost two months back, many Guyanese had jumped on the opportunity. The offices of the CH&PA were immediately flocked with house lot owners, since the payment plan took effect from the very day the deal was announced.The payment plan was also applicable to the beneficiaries of turnkey homes, in terms of the cost of the house lot, not the homes, it was explained. A house lot for a turnkey home costs $500,000.Also in commemoration of Guyana’s 50th anniversary, the CH&PA had promised to give 50 persons $300,000 as a subsidy. The beneficiaries of the grants were required to be living within one of the Government’s housing schemes, and the subsidy was to be used to carry out home repairs.
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MOSCOW – It was no mass protest. By their leaders’ own admission, only about 2,000 people turned out Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the government did not take the “Dissenters March” lightly. It banned the rally from a landmark Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow, then massed some 9,000 police officers and Interior Ministry troops to keep the Kremlin critics away. The faceoff led to sporadic clashes across the city and a wave of arrests of activists who wanted to protest Putin’s economic and social policies as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights. A similar march planned for today in St. Petersburg also was banned by authorities. Police officers kept the demonstrators off the square, beating some protesters and detaining many others, including Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has emerged as the most prominent leader of the opposition alliance. Officials said 170 people had been detained but a Kasparov aide, Marina Litvinovich, said as many as 600 were detained – although she said about half were released quickly. Kasparov, whom witnesses said was seized as he tried to lead a small group of demonstrators through lines of police ringing Pushkin Square, was freed late Saturday after he was fined $38 for participating in the rally. “It is no longer a country … where the government tries to pretend it is playing by the letter and spirit of the law,” Kasparov said outside the court building, appearing unfazed by his detention. “We now stand somewhere between Belarus and Zimbabwe,” he said. It was the fourth time in recent months that anti-Putin demonstrations – all called Dissenters Marches – have been broken up with force or smothered by a huge police presence. The weekend marches were being closely watched as a barometer of how much of a threat, if any, opposition forces pose to the Kremlin as Russia prepares for parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote next spring. Putin, whose second and last term ends in 2008, has created an obedient parliament and his government has reasserted control over major television networks, giving little air time to critics. TV newscasts on Saturday reported the protests, but gave as much or more time to a pro-Kremlin youth rally held near Moscow State University. Later, police charged into a crowd of about 200 demonstrators outside the police precinct where Kasparov was being held, beating protesters with nightsticks and fists. Kasparov and his allies mustered, by their own reckoning, about 2,000 people – far fewer than the 30,000 people who patronize the McDonald’s restaurant at Pushkin Square on an average day. But some protesters said they were not discouraged by the small turnout or intimidated by the overwhelming force marshaled to block the rally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino’s men held in Europa League last 32 Tottenham will take a valuable away goal back to White Hart Lane after drawing 1-1 at Fiorentina. It was the first leg of the Europa League last 32 and Nacer Chadli’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by Federico Bernardeschi in the second period. Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased to return to north London on level terms, with the second leg taking place next week. After a quiet start in Florence, the hosts nearly took the lead through Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski – on loan from Borussia Dortmund – but Toby Alderweireld made a good last-ditch block.Christian Eriksen went close as his dipping strike was tipped over the bar by Viola shot-stopper Ciprian Tatarusanu.Star man Dele Alli was lucky to still be on the pitch after half an hour when he appeared to kick his opponent who was on the floor, with the 19-year-old escaping with just a booking.With the half-time whistle just moments away, Spurs full-back Ben Davies was fouled in the box and the referee had no choice but to award the spot-kick, which Chadli successfully converted.Pochettino’s men nearly doubled their lead two minutes into the second half as Heung-Min Son headed home Eriksen’s cross, but it was ruled out for offside.Son went close again as he was teed up by Alli, flashing a shot just wide of the target.The Serie A side were back on level terms just before the hour as Bernardeschi’s 20-yard shot deflected off stand-in captain Ryan Mason. It sailed out of the reach of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, in for the injured Hugo Lloris.Matias Vecino nearly put the home side in front as Vorm patted away another shot and former West Ham attacker Mauro Zarate flashed a looping volley just past the post in injury time.Alli was brought down in the box in the final quarter of an hour, but referee Felix Zwayer stood firm. Nevertheless, the Argentinian boss will be pleased to take a level scoreline back to the lane. 1
It proved to be a night to forget for Ajax’s starlets in the Europa League final.Losing 2-0 to Manchester United, Peter Bosz’s youngsters struggled to perform in what was the youngest ever starting line-up to play in a major European final.But despite a memorable campaign in Europe ending in failure – a host of Premier League clubs will be hoping to cherry-pick the Dutch giants’ brightest talents.Ajax have proved to be a happy hunting ground for England’s top-flight in recent years, but how did their stars perform in Stockholm?Click the right arrow above to find out…. 7 7 Joel Veltman – clubs linked: Tottenham and West Ham – The 25-year-old recently called Tottenham a wonderful club after being linked with a move to north London. Veltman occupied a right-back role on the night and was dragged out of position for Pogbas crucial opener. Didnt exactly look assured and failed to impress on the biggest stage Kasper Dolberg – clubs linked: Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United – Ajaxs most prized possession flattered to deceive on a night where he struggled to make an impact. Chris Smalling and Daley Blind proved to be too powerful for the 19-year-old to surpass, as the Dane failed to manoeuvre past the constant obstacles put in front of him. Needs more time to develop 7 7 Davy Klaassen – clubs linked: Everton and Tottenham – The 24-year-old has been likened to Frank Lampard for his trademark runs into the penalty area. But the Dutch international was never given the opportunity to get behind an extremely well organised United midfield and is only likely to be recruited if Ross Barkley leaves Merseyside 7 Davinson Sanchez – clubs linked: Chelsea – Chelsea are rumoured to be keeping tabs on the powerful defender as they look to find a long-term replacement for the departing John Terry. The 20-year-old has the athleticism to excel in the Premier League and was unfortunate to see Pogbas strike deflect off him and into the net Matthijs de Ligt – clubs linked: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – The 17-year-old looks set for bigger things after a composed display alongside the more erratic Sanchez. Looked so at ease with the ball at his feet and possesses the type of physique that would thrive in the Premier League. Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola will be circling 7 Bertrand Traore – clubs linked: Southampton – The striker on loan from Chelsea proved to be Ajaxs most dangerous threat. The 21-year-old dropped deep to get involved in the action and caused the Red Devils a number of issues with his direct and powerful running. Could be an effective signing for clubs willing to take a chance on the Burkina Faso international 7 Hakimi Ziyech – clubs linked: Everton, Liverpool and Southampton – One of the few bright spots in what was a subdued attacking display by Ajax. The Moroccan winger looked to be a capable dribbler and showed impressive speed and footwork to beat his marker on occasions. Could fit in well at Goodison Park if Ronald Koeman chooses to pursue the tricky winger
2 TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven and he impressed with a number of strong performances.Van Ginkel’s manager for his time at the Dutch club was former midfielder Phillip Cocu, who is now set to takeover at Fenerbahce.The Turkish giants are in talks with 47-year-old coach and as part of negotiations they have asked him who he wants to sign. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Fenerbahce have kicked off talks with Chelsea over a deal for Marco van Ginkel.As talkSPORT told you on Wednesday, the Turkish club are interested in the midfielder. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade getty three-way race IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP ON TALKSPORT.COM 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets LATEST Van Ginkel has spent the last two and a half years on loan at PSV, scoring 31 times in 64 games LIVING THE DREAM moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Dutchman Cocu is set to quit PSV for Fenerbahce this summer targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED RANKED And, according to Milliyet, Cocu has pressed so hard for van Ginkel that Fenerbahce are now in talks with Chelsea.The two clubs have kicked off negotiations and there is hope a deal could be struck quickly.Chelsea are currently deciding whether to loan van Ginkel out again – or let him leave permanently.
HUGH HUMEThe death has occurred of Hugh Hume, of Bray and late of Donegal, ex An Garda Síochána, peacefully, at St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Very deeply regretted by his loving wife Peggy, nephews, nieces, cousins, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, extended family, neighbours and large circle of friends. Reposing at Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Parlour, Boghall Road, Bray on Thursday from 3.30pm with removal at 5.10pm to the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Putland Road, Bray, arriving at 5.30pm. Funeral Mass on Friday morning at 10am, followed by interment in Springfield Cemetery, Killarney Road, Bray.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.JIM McCROSSAN The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Jim Mc Crossan, Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass at 10am this Friday in St Columba’s Church, Drumoghill, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The house is private please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o Charlie Mc Clafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.WILLIE PEOPLESThe death has occurred in Letterkenny General Hospital of Willie Peoples, 3 Fr McLoone Terrace, Oldtown, Letterkenny. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass tomorrow Thursday at 12 noon in St Eunan’s Cathedral with interment afterwards to Leck Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired to The Donegal Hospice or The Alzheimer’s Society c/o Con McDaid and Sons Funeral Directors or any family member.Family time 10pm – 11am and on the morning of the funeral.PATSY BREEN The death has taken place of Patsy Breen, Greenfield, Convoy. His remains will repose at Gibson’s Funeral Home, Broadpath, Convoy from 3pm to 10pm today, Tuesday. Removal from there today, Wednesday at 5.30pm going to St Mary’s Church, Convoy to repose overnight. Funeral Mass tomorrow Thursday at 11am with burial afterwards in the family plot at the old cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o Gibson Funeral Directors, Convoy.MARY WALSHThe death has taken place at Dungloe District Hospital of Mary Walsh, (Sunny), Sheskinarone, Dungloe, and formerly of Ranafast. Removal from Mc Glynn’s Funeral Home, Chapel Road, Dungloe today at 2pm, going to her late residence. Funeral Mass tomorrow Thursday at 11am in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe, followed by burial in Maghery Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Dungloe Hospital Patients’ Comfort Fund. The house is private please from 11pm to 10am.TOMMY BROWNThe death has taken place at Sligo General Hospital of Tommy Brown, Ellesmere Court, West End, Bundoran. Removal from The Shiel Hospital, Ballyshannon, this Thursday at 6.15pm, arriving at 7pm the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran. Funeral Mass at 11am on Friday. Interment immediately afterwards in St Ninnidh’s graveyard, Bundoran. House private please. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYFEBRUARY 29
Today saw a new page written in the short history of Colaiste Ailigh as their Under 16 basketball team reached their first ever All-Ireland final.The end of a hectic week saw the Letterkenny school outscore St Marys, Balasadare by 40 to 32 in a frantic All Ireland semi final in The Abbey Gym in Donegal Town. Colaiste Ailigh had tried all week to change today fixture to earlier in the week as half their players were in Dublin participating in The BT Young Scientist. Their appeals fell on deaf ears and four of the six travelled home for this historic fixture.A combination of nerves and jet lag saw the Letterkenny school make the worst of starts and were 12-0 down with all scores coming from the best player on display Tobias Brockman after 6 mins. This was compounded with Col Ailigh player Maitis Mac Ceallabhuí being withdrawn with an ankle injury and Sean Mac A tSaoir picking up two early fouls pushing him back to the bench.In the 7th min Colaiste Ailigh captain Oisín O Cleirigh hit Colaiste Ailigh’s first points quickly followed by 3 pts from the games busiest player Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí but Colaiste still struggled with Brockman who brought his tally to 17 pts to Col Ailigh’s 6 pts after the first quarter.The short break gave Colaiste Ailigh the time needed to get a strategy together to deal with the threat of Brockman. Colaiste charged into the quarter and got their shooting boots going with Evin Breathnach, Sean Mac and O Cleirigh all scoring while Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí with help from Odhran Mac Fhionghaile managed to keep Brockman and St Mary’s to another to 2 pts. Halftime Colaiste Ailigh 17 St Mary’s 19 with all the momentum in the Donegal outfits corner.Halftime was what St Marys needed and came out in the 3rd quarter getting scoring help for Brockman from Kladius Bak(5) and Ross Farrell(2) pulling St Marys in control. Colaiste Struggled to shake the nerves but kept plugging away with scores from O Cleirigh and Mac A tSaoir. End of a tence 3rd quarter. Colaiste Ailigh 26 St Mary’s 28.The final Quarter saw the Colaiste captain catch fire and push Colaiste 4 pts to the good with 4 mins to go. St Marys returned to the reliable Brockman who pulled Marys back level with 4 pts following some missed opertunities by Jeaic Mac, Odhran and Pearse Gallagher who a this point was having it all his own way under the boards. 2 mins left and it was all square.Sean Mac took a great pass from Mac Fhionngaile to push Colaiste back in front and another quick basket from O Cléirigh put Colaiste right in the driving seat.St Marys threw caution to the wind but the tenacious Mac Ceallabhuí refused Brockman the space to get his team back in the game and Oisin O Cleirigh added to St Marys misery with another 4 late points.Colaiste Ailigh 40 St Marys 32 Colaiste Ailigh coach Mac Ceallabhuí was delighted with the result after the long week and a number of his players missing.“We can’t wait for the final in two weeks and I hope Niall, Pearse, Odhran and Caoimhín can bring some silverware back from BT Young Scientist after sprinting back to Dublin for the presentation ceremony.At the final whistle the largest cheer of the day was to be heard in Rang a 6 in Gaelscoil Adhmanain where Muinteoir Meabh was following the game on Twitter.Colaiste Ailigh Niall Ó Hannaigain, Adam Ó Cnaimhsí, Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí (3), Caoimhín Mac Lochlainn, Evin Breathnach (4), Sean Mac a tSaoir (9), Maitis Mac Ceallabhuí, Oisín Ó Cléirigh (24) Odhran Mac Fhionghaile, agus Piarais Ó Gallachoir.St Mary’sKladius Bak (5), Ross Farrell (2), Patrick O Connor, Tobias Brockman (26), Aaron Boles, Artemius Serikovo, Philip Kilcullen.COLAISTE AILIGH JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO REACH ALL-IRELAND BASKETBALL FINAL was last modified: January 11th, 2013 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:All-Ireland semi-finalbasketballColaiste Ailigh
Tags: 2019 U17 AFCONcubsJackson Mageratop The Cubs are currently in a residential set up at Njeru (Photos by FUFA Media)NJERU – The Uganda National U17 team, the Cubs have intensified preparations for their upcoming trip to Turkey.The Cubs who are currently undergoing residential training at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru, successfully completed their second day of training, holding two sessions.The trip to Turkey which comes later this month will see Jackson Magera’s side play a host of build up games as part of toning up for the U17 AFCON finals in Tanzania.According to Magera, the boys are responding well to the training and he hopes they will be ready for Turkey.“The boys are in good shape and responding well, said Magera.“We have no injuries and everything is fine.“We expect to improve in very many areas, technically in the next 10 days before we fly out to Europe.The squad of 30 is the one expected to continue building up for Africa’s U17 show piece.On Wednesday, they will have one training session at Jinja SS in the afternoon as the FUFA Technical Center will be in use with BUL FC hosting Sc Villa at 4:30pm in StarTimes Uganda Premier League.On Wednesday, one of the sessions will be held at Jinja SSUganda earned a ticket to AFCON after winning the Eastern Regional qualifiers last year.The AFCON Finals in Tanzania are slatted to take place from 14th-28th April.The players currently in camp:Goalkeepers:Oyo Delton (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Jack Komaketch (Ndejje University FC), Ssemwogerere Daniel (Bright Stars FC) and Sinalya Ben (Express FC).Rest of the Squad: Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (Vipers SC), John Rogers (Onduparaka FC), Kiddawalime Saul (Super Cubs), Wasswanga Shafik (Ndejje University FC), Opira Innocent (Ndejje University), Ekellot Ibrahim (KCCA FC), Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC), Ziraba Ronnie (Express FC), Kakaire Thomas (Bright Stars FC), Mwaka Polycarp (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Opaala Edwine Mukisa (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), John Kokas Alou (URA FC), Mukisa Owen (BUL FC), Jarieko James (Paidha Black Angels FC), Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Surundu Ibrahim (KCCA FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Yasin Abdu Owane (Vipers SC), Mugulusi Isma (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Lubega Derrick (Express FC), Mugisha Rogers (Mbarara City FC), Abdul Wahid Iddi (Onduparaka FC), Kakande Shafic (Bright Stars FC).Team officials: Magera Jackson (1st Assistant coach).Hamuza Lutalo (2nd Assistant coach).Mubarak Kiberu (Goalkeeper coach).Emmanuel Nakabago (Team Doctor).Bashir Mutyaba (Team Manager).Omaria Bosco (Team Media Officer).Bumpenje Frank (Kit Manager).Comments
Evolutionists speak of our descent from apes with an air of confidence and certainty, but connecting the dots requires a bit of artistic license. Here are some examples of how any data, no matter how puzzling, can be made to fit the Darwinian picture.Stretchy Clocks: A famous painting by Salvador Dali portrayed clocks draped over objects as if made of wet clay. A new paper in PNAS1 announced that scientists have figured out why human beings developed much longer generation times (length of childhood) than the apes: our molecular clocks are stretchy. “Humans have a slow molecular clock,” explained Michael Balter for News@Nature. By comparing gene differences between humans, gorillas and chimpanzees, the team decided all three clocks ticked at different rates. Balter summarized, “Because the large difference in generation times between humans and chimps does not match the small difference between their molecular clocks, modern human generation times must have evolved recently—perhaps as early as 1 million years ago, the team calculates.” And lo and behold, the teeth of Homo erectus seem to fit the picture of a shorter childhood. They must be onto something. Not everyone is convinced; Blair Hedges (U of Pennsylvania) believes that “generation time might only be one factor among many that control the molecular clock,” Balter wrote.Neanderthal Nimrod: Forget the beetle-brained, stoop-shouldered Alley Oop image of Neanderthal Man. Now we’re told by EurekAlert that they were ahead of the game: Neanderthals were just as good at hunting as modern man (probably better, since hunting is a lost art except in the frozen foods section). Since the superior skill of modern man was part of the story of the disappearance of Neanderthals, “This study has important implications for debates surrounding behavioral evolution and the practices that eventually allowed modern humans like ourselves to displace other closely-related species.” Maybe the moderns did better in Social Studies, the article suggests.Neo-Neanderthal: Speaking of Neanderthal Man, a paper in Nature last November argued that Neanderthals apparently coexisted with moderns in the same cave.2 They used radiocarbon and stratigraphic analysis in a French cave to conclude, “These data strongly support the chronological coexistence—and therefore potential demographic and cultural interactions—between the last Neanderthal and the earliest anatomically and behaviourally modern human populations in western Europe.” See also a related article on MSNBC.Face the Facts: Last month in PNAS,3 a team of anthropologists kicked out another prop holding up the standard story of where Europeans came from. A study of 24 facial features of human fossils around Europe found only “a questionable contribution of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European craniofacial form.” The surprise is that the Neolithic peoples of Europe and their Bronze Age successors are not closely related to the modern inhabitants, although the prehistoric/modern ties are somewhat more apparent in southern Europe. It is a further surprise that the Epipalaeolithic Natufian of Israel from whom the Neolithic realm was assumed to arise has a clear link to Sub-Saharan Africa. Basques and Canary Islanders are clearly associated with modern Europeans. When canonical variates are plotted, neither sample ties in with Cro-Magnon as was once suggested. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So what’s my new line? “The data treated here support the idea that the Neolithic moved out of the Near East into the circum-Mediterranean areas and Europe by a process of demic diffusion but that subsequently the in situ residents of those areas, derived from the Late Pleistocene inhabitants [sic], absorbed both the agricultural life way and the people who had brought it.” Any questions?Cannibal Animal: Mike Balter explored a recent claim on the human evolution story in ScienceNow: are we descended from cannibals? Apparently not; an earlier study appears flawed. Thank God (see our cannibal parable).Ethiopia: The Place to Be: Rex Dalton ventured out with paleoanthropologists to get the view from Afar (Ethiopia, that is), where rival teams of researchers with “hominid fever” dodge bullets of political rivals, avoid lions, endure oppressive heat, protect their secret spots and bounce around on rattletrap trucks to search for their precious quarry: hominid bones. In his Indiana-Jones style account in Nature,4 Dalton gave more an impression of a gold rush than a reliable scientific enterprise, complete with claim jumpers and inflated announcements. “This is where it all began,” they are convinced, as Dalton “gets on the trail with a team of devoted experts who just live for the next find.” A few, like Tim White, are trying to be careful. “White dislikes what he calls ‘hominid treasure hunts’, where researchers move in for short field visits to grab hominids and then headlines,” Dalton wrote. As for White’s most recent find, it was a surprise: “hominids – then the earliest known – lived in a wooded environment, not a savannah as previously thought” (see also 09/01/2005 story). Any consensus theory seems Afar way off.Egypt U: Science,5 however, announced last October that Egypt is the place to be. A find in Egypt by Seiffert et al.6 was described by Jaeger and Marivaux as “Shaking the Earliest Branches of Anthropoid Primate Evolution.” The paper began, “Early anthropoid evolution in Afro-Arabia is poorly documented, with only a few isolated teeth known from before ~35 million years ago….”Spanish-American War: Believers in the 40,000-year-old Mexican footprints are not giving up without a fight, reported BBC News (see 11/30/2005 story). Dr. Silvia Gonzalez seems to have a ready answer for every skeptical criticism. That makes some of her critics even more skeptical.Intercontinental Ballistics: National Geographic News last month entertained the novel suggestion that the favored “Out of Africa” theory might be wrong. Maybe they evolved from Asia. Interesting; provocative; possibly persuasive; not convinced – those represent some reactions so far. Nature studied the suggestion also7: “We show here that it is time to develop alternatives to one of palaeoanthropology’s most basic paradigms: ‘Out of Africa 1’,” wrote Robin Dennell and Wil Roebroeks. The more basic paradigm, of course, is that mankind did evolve from somewhere. That paradigm is not on trial. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 1Elango et al., “Variable molecular clocks in hominoids,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print January 23, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0510716103.2Gravina, Mellars and Ramsey, “Radiocarbon dating of interstratified Neanderthal and early modern human occupations at the Chatelperronian type-site,” Nature 438, 51-56 (3 November 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature04006.3Brace et al., “ The questionable contribution of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European craniofacial form,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print December 21, 2005, 10.1073/pnas.0509801102.4Rex Dalton, “Ethiopia: Awash with fossils,” Nature 439, 14-16 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/439014a.5Jaeger and Marivaux, “Shaking the Earliest Branches of Anthropoid Primate Evolution,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5746, 244-245 , 14 October 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1118124].6Seiffert et al., “Basal Anthropoids from Egypt and the Antiquity of Africa’s Higher Primate Radiation,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5746, 300-304 , 14 October 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1116569].7Dennell and Roebroeks, “An Asian perspective on early human dispersal from Africa,” Nature 438, 1099-1104 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04259.Anyone who has worked around scientists enough knows that a community of specialists in a given subject takes on the character of a club. Scientific conferences have a certain social structure and networking protocol similar to a small town. Everyone knows everyone else, and gossip is a favorite pastime. While exciting finds and new twists on the plot are welcome (though usually greeted somewhat more dispassionately than at a healing service), there is a certain code that guards against anyone straying too far out of bounds. You can wear a cowboy hat, but act like a maverick and you are likely to be shunned more than overtly criticized. For many, that is too much a price to pay. The respect of one’s peers is vital for a scientific career. So here we have the paleoanthropology crowd, roaming around the globe or wading through rivers of genes for their nuggets, trying to fit them into a huge crown for Charlie. The crown is much bigger than the specks found so far, so it will take a long time to complete. To finance these expeditions, the participants need to convince their home institutions, usually funded with government grants, that it is all worthwhile because we are getting warmer looking for just the little piece that fits into the niche we have selected to work on. (The shape and style of the crown, of course, has already been decided, along with the wearer; only the details of gem placement provide some artistic license.) Is this really a search for truth? Could it be a massive case of self-deception that relishes the process more than certainty? Might it be that Big Science is in a rut, entrenching a social protocol guaranteed to keep mavericks in line and preserve paradigmatic presuppositions? You can see why any outsider looking at this game and deciding that it is all bunk, all unsupported and contradictory nonsense that does nothing to disprove the belief of the majority of people on this planet that humans were created, would not receive a very friendly reception. It’s too late to turn back now. Too much is riding on it. The show must go on. (And keep those funds flowing.)