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Cheetahs Prospered in North America

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If evolutionists can say cheetahs migrated over continents, why can’t Biblical creationists say the same?Here’s a cat’s tale: cheetahs evolved in North America. Some of them crossed over the Bering Strait into east Asia. They gradually made their way all the way across Asia to the Middle East and down into Africa, where they remain exclusively today. This all happened in the last 100,000 years. Any takers?Cat GeneThat’s the story being seriously told by Science Daily and PhysOrg. Evidence? Genome studies. Russian geneticists claim there were two genetic bottlenecks, leaving today’s cheetahs severely inbred, despite their world-champion status as runners and hunters. But how much can be inferred from the genes of a living cat, especially one from Namibia named Chewbacca? The scientists discern the face of Darwin in the genetic crystal ball. Look at the story they built out of it: “This gave further insight into the species evolutionary history and the breadth of genome impoverishment, which elevates juvenile mortality, causes extreme abnormalities in sperm development and increases vulnerability to infectious disease outbreaks.”American cheetahs may have been more like pumas before they started their global evolutionary trek. So the story goes; the article treats this as scientific fact, without mentioning that the puma-parent hypothesis is doubted by some evolutionists.  Wikipedia mentions a possible reverse hypothesis with cheetahs evolving in the Old World first. Or, maybe it was some kind of “convergent evolution.” Can that account for the specialized traits that allow cheetahs to be the fastest runners in the world? Some have been clocked at 75 mph.Dog ToothWhen there’s controversy, it behooves reporters to mention other possibilities rather than to present one hypothesis as gospel truth. Another article on North American mammals at PhysOrg talks about hyena-toothed evolutionary ecology, based on some limb bones found in Wyoming. That article shows an inkling of humility, quoting a paleontologist saying the fossil provides “an indication that there is still a lot to learn about hyaenodontid evolution.” Could it be possible to learn that they didn’t evolve? Extinction, remember, is not evolution. Evidence from the teeth suggests they were successful in several different habitats.Evolutionists mock creation explanations for their theories of animal migration after the Flood. They forget that their own theories face similar challenges. Evolutionists have even proposed that blind “worm lizards” that live underground, found on every continent, rode rafts of vegetation across the oceans, as did some mammals (4/27/15). So no more mocking. Creationists believe cheetahs spread across continents, too, but they don’t think it took 100,000 years for the cats to do it. They are fast runners, aren’t they? The challenge for evolutionists should be, why did it take so long?last_img read more

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Standard buys into Russian bank

first_img9 March 2009Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets, is to acquire a 33% stake in the Troika Dialog Group, the most established and largest independent investment bank in Russia.Standard Bank said in a statement last week that the deal will initially comprise a US$200-million (about R2.1-billion) convertible loan extended by the bank’s international operations to the Troika Dialog Group.This will be followed by the sale of 100% Standard Bank’s existing Russian operations, ZAO Standard Bank, to Troika.“The combined operation will have a capital base in excess of $850-million and will be strongly positioned to compete in the Russian financial services sector and to pursue banking consolidation opportunities in Russia,” Standard Bank said.According to news agency Reuters, the transaction marks the first major foreign investment in the Russian financial sector since the start of the global economic crisis.Emerging market bankingRussia is the third-largest economy amongst global emerging markets and has considerable wealth, while Troika is a brokerage and investment bank that operates across the Commonwealth of Independent States.“It has consistently demonstrated market strength in its core lines of business, namely capital, investment banking, asset management, private equity investments and personal investments and finance,” Standard Bank said.In order to give effect to the strategic partnership, Standard Bank and Troika Dialog plan to enter a relationship agreement which will govern the ongoing shareholder relationship and commercial cooperation between the two groups.Expansion strategy“The investment is aligned with Standard Bank’s strategy to expand its international networks and capabilities and, where appropriate, to find the right partners to support the expansion of these networks,” Standard Bank said.“This transaction enables Standard Bank to have an enhanced access to this large emerging economy, along with a close alliance with a leading Russian company.”The transaction is subject to the approval of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Russian antitrust authorities and the South African Registrar of Banks.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cape Town plans ‘showcase’ 2010 Draw

first_img28 September 2009The City of Cape Town’s catchphrase for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is “ready to welcome the world”.Rather than a catchy, throwaway line, however, city officials are working flat out to ensure they are true to those words, and are meticulously planning to ensure they are indeed ready in all respects when it matters most.Cape Town’s first opportunity to showcase its readiness for global sport’s biggest showpiece will come when it hosts the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Friday, 4 December 2009.Thursday, 24 September was a public holiday in South Africa, but this certainly wasn’t the case inside room 1.40 of the CTICC on Thursday morning as over 100 City, Western Cape Province, Fifa and 2010 Organising Committee officials gathered to fine-tune plans for the Draw.Illustrating the city’s commitment to staging a successful Draw for the world’s football fraternity was the fact that the city’s executive deputy mayor, Ian Nielson, was personally on hand and an eager participant in the deliberations.While Cape Town is a picturesque city that receives its fair share of international acclaim for its many tourist offerings, the Final Draw for Africa’s first football World Cup will be a mega showcase for the city as it welcomes the world’s media, broadcasters and Fifa football family, as well as the coaches of all the qualified teams such as Fabio Capello, Dunga and Bert van Marwijk.With football powerhouses such as England, Brazil, Holland, Japan, the two Koreas and Ghana among the countries that have already qualified for the World Cup, excitement is mounting for the Draw – which will determine the tournament’s groupings and match locations.“We’re looking forward to the Final Draw,” said Nielson. “The fact that so many people are here today on a public holiday shows the great interest and commitment we have to host the greatest World Cup ever here in Cape Town.“The city is really starting to feel the bustle and excitement of hosting the Draw,” Nielson added. “But we don’t just want to host a very good Draw, but an excellent one that will be remembered for a long time to come.”An exciting Draw week is planned, which will showcase Cape Town and South Africa’s music, history, exquisite scenery, culture and, most visibly, the city’s showpiece Green Point Stadium – which will host one of the World Cup’s semi-final games.But before what’s set to be a huge party takes place in one of the country’s entertainment meccas, the hard work and grind that precedes it is proceeding well.Transport routes for the event were discussed on Thursday, as well as back-up routes, accreditation procedures, medical facilities, broadcast positions, photographer positions, media working areas, branding concepts and security plans, among a host of other of issues.And at the end of a productive day, the consensus was that Cape Town is on its way to being “ready to welcome the world” and making good on its confident tournament slogan.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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November weather outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The outlook for November calls for temperatures and rainfall above normal.It appears we will see a series of weak weather systems the next two weeks. Most of the state will be at or below normal rainfall into the start of November. However, the far northern tier of Ohio will see normal to above normal rainfall putting pressure on wet conditions and challenge harvest in the far north and northeast part of the state.After a start to November not really wet except far north, most climate models indicate a return to a more active weather pattern for middle and later November. Along with the wetter pattern will come temperatures several degrees above normal.Most areas will see the delayed freeze that was forecast for many months come to pass in early November, a few weeks behind schedule.The outlook for winter calls for near normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation.Early indications for next planting season in spring call for near normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation.Over the next two weeks,  the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center 16-day weather models mean rainfall is around an inch in southern Ohio to three plus inches in far northern Ohio.last_img read more

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Ateneo needs more maturity, says captain Madayag

first_imgMadayag was the first to commit a crucial miscue when her service error gave NU an 8-6 advantage, then Kat Tolentino followed it up when her hit struck the net giving the Lady Bulldogs an 11-7 lead.The Lady Bulldogs eventually capitalized on the errors with Audrey Paran scoring a block, 12-7, and Jasmine Nabor scoring three straight aces to finish the match.Madayag said their lack of maturity can be attributed to her team’s inexperience as Ateneo have seven new players in its lineup for Season 80.“The new players just need to have that confidence in them,” said Madayag who had six points. “I was the one giving them the confidence earlier but when I went to the bench they became quiet, no one was talking anymore.”Madayag added their losses should serve as lessons as they look for sustained improvement throughout the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess this will give us more lessons on not giving in so easily,” said Madayag. “I think we’re wasting chances here because we’re already in the fifth set and in the end we would end up slipping.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Making the Wright plays View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor two straight games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball, Ateneo has been coming up short in matches that have ended in five sets.The first was the Lady Eagles’ collapse in their season-opener against Far Eastern University, and the second was their failed comeback attempt against National University.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Those losses have put Ateneo on a 0-2 card, the school’s worst start in recent memory eclipsing the 1-1 mark in Season 73, and captain Maddie Madayag knows that the Lady Eagles still need to mature if they ever hope of getting back to elite status.“We still need the maturity because we’ve been talking about starting strong and ending games strong,” said Madayag in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Because sometimes we’ll start strong either that or we’ll have a slow start then a strong finish.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo did have a slow start against the Lady Bulldogs, falling two sets to none before forcing a fifth set through a spirited fourth run that ended in the most lopsided score line of the match.The Lady Eagles, however, ultimately faltered in the deciding set when a couple of errors spelled their untimely demise. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

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With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1

first_imgGinebra head coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s not often that Tim Cone-mentored teams get to the top of the standings.But when the opportunity presents itself, the two-time Grand Slam-winning champion shared that he won’t shy away from grabbing the pole position.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES “It’s nice to be the number one seed, but there will always be expectations that comes with being the number one seed. It’s something we have to battle and make sure we don’t put too much pressure on ourselves and don’t live up to the expectations, just do the things that we know we can do to be successful. That’s the goal at this point,” he said.READ: Brownlee praises Ginebra’s character in win over SMB Cone has had his fair shares of ups and downs when it comes to being the number one, much like Ginebra’s history.The multi-titled Mentor led B-Meg to the top-seed of the 2012 Philippine Cup, just to be stunned by the eighth-seed Powerade, led by Gary David, JVee Casio, and Marcio Lassiter, in the quarterfinals.But the last time a team of Cone paced an import-laden conference, Alaska was able to snare a championship with Devin Davis in the 1998 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It’s a Game 1 NBA All-Star Nightmare Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “It’s never been a real concern being number one. I never felt that. If it’s available, you go for it, but if it’s not, it’s not something we go for at all costs. I’ve not been number one many times in my career,” said Cone, who is usually content on keeping his teams in the middle of the pack.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seed FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, a rare opportunity came for Cone on Friday as Ginebra snared the number one seed with a 9-2 record after a 94-80 thumping of Mahindra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Though the veteran mentor relished the twice-to-beat incentive that comes along with being number, he knows that there are also risks involved. The no. 1. Gin Kings, meanwhile, were booted out in seven games in the semifinals of the Grand Slam-seeking San Mig Coffee, incidentally coached by Cone, in the 2014 Philippine Cup.But it had been 20 years since the franchise grabbed the top seed of a reinforced conference, when Chris King helped the then-Gordon’s Gin cop the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup against no less than the Cone-coached Alaska Milkmen.“Blast from the past, right?,” Cone said with a smile as he reminisced the old days. “It shows how tough it is to be number one. San Miguel makes it seem so easy every conference, but it’s not.”Cone, though, believes that the top spot is something that belongs to Ginebra especially with the way it played this conference.“Like I told my guys, we deserve to be number one. We beat all the top teams and now, we should take advantage of it. But we can’t play on everybody’s expectations and we have to play to our own. Our expectations should be on the right way, the next play you do,” he said.Still, you can’t blame Cone for being wary of the next challenge as the Gin Kings await the winner of the eighth-place playoff between Alaska and GlobalPort.“If we play Alaska, it will be the third straight quarterfinals we had against Alaska. They’re an incredibly dangerous team and when they got things going well, they’re very, very good. Also, the other choice is (Terrence) Romeo and (Stanley) Pringle and it’s an incredible challenge staying with those guys,” he said.“We got our work cut out for us. We’re the number one seed, we got twice to beat, but there’s still tough teams out there that we have to beat in the quarterfinals.” Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers- KKR win by 9 runs

first_imgJacques Kallis score a fine 53 and took four catches as Kolkata beat Hyderabad by nine runs during their Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens on Monday. Score | PhotosThe target (164) proved to be a daunting one for the visitors as Kolkata bowlers got on with the act of counting heads early. It was young Iqbal Abdulla, who drew first blood in the form of Ishank Jaggi’s wicket. The 21-year old left arm spinner’s turner uprooted his his off stump on 10/1.The other opener Shikhar Dhawan too did not stay at the crease for long and got run out in the 4th over off a direct hit from Eoin Morgan.Captain Sangakkara and Bharat Chipili then tried to bring Hyderabad back on track after early setback. But their effort came a cropper when Rajat Bhatia got the better of Sangakkara on the last ball of the 9th over to reduce Hyderabad to 53/3.New man JP Duminy too did not stay in the middle for long and was hurried back into the dug out by Abdulla with Jacques Kallis performing the final honours at deep mid-wikcet. And the visitors were down to 81/4 in 12.2 overs.Then Bhatia came around to remove Bharat Chipili on 48 to reduce Hyderabad to 88/5 in 14 overs. Aussie Daniel Christian fell trying to up the run rate in the 17th over. He hit Abdulla for a six and then went for another one but this time failed to clear Ryan ten Doeschate in the deep. He fell for 25 and Hyderabad fell to 124/6.advertisementThe fist ball of the next over saw D Ravi Teja walk back and the scoreboard read 127/7. Here on it was easy for the Kolkata bowlers who went for the kill even as the visitors tried hard to eke out runs at death. But, they fell short of the target by 10 runs and ended up with 154/8 on board.Kolkata inningsEarlier, Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis scored a fine 53 as Kolkata posted 163/4 in 20 overs against Hyderabad.Kallis and Manvinder Bisla got off to a flyer scoring in boundaires after their skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to bat. The duo batted on till the 8th over putting on 51 on board before the first ball of the ninth over saw leggi Amit Mishra trap Bisla leg before on 19.Then in the 13th over Jacques Kallis fell to his South African team-mate JP Duminy on 53. A short ball off Duminy saw Kallis attempt a pull that failed to clear the boundary and instead was pouched by Shikhar Dhawan just ahead of the ropes. Kolkata were 90/2 at the stage.Soon captain Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary went on charge keeping the opposition fielder on an alert. Tiwary was more brutal dealing in boundaries. And he picked Duminy for his assault hitting two massive sixes off him in the 15th over.Hyderabad were trying hard to break Gambhir and Tiwary’s stand. And it was Mishra, who got the desired result when Gambhir trying to go for a big hit, missed the ball and it crashed into his stumps. He fell on 29 and Kolkata were 133/3 in 16.5 overs. Finally Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan 30 runs for the fourth wicket helping their team to a commanding 163/4 in 20 overs. Yusuf Pathan fell on the last ball of the innings to Dale Steyn.last_img read more

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Star striker Didier Drogba retires from international football

first_imgThe 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World CupsDidier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football after 12 years playing for the Ivory Coast.The 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World Cups, most recently in Brazil this summer. He also played in two editions of the African Cup of Nations.Drogba says he is “proud … to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football.”The two-time African Footballer of the Year returned to Chelsea for a second spell at the London club this summer.last_img

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