Real Madrid re-sign Mariano Diaz for 33 million

first_imgThe 25-year-old was a hit in France as he scored 18 times and provided seven assists to help his side finish in the top three and gain a Champions League qualification berth.Real said he would be presented Friday.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’Under the terms of the deal, Lyon will receive 15 percent of any surplus Real make in a future deal for the player. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Lyon’s Spanish-born Dominican striker Mariano Diaz (L) vies with Chelsea’s French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko during the International Champions Cup football match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in London on August 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTONReal Madrid said Wednesday they have re-signed striker Mariano Diaz from French side Lyon for 33 millions euros ($39 million) on a five-year deal having only last summer allowed him to move to France for eight million.Diaz, a Spain-born Dominican Republic international, is a product of the Real academy, but had looked initially set to sign for Sevilla before Real made their move having decided to exercise a buy-back option negotiated last year.ADVERTISEMENT 2 Russian dopers to get Olympic medal upgrades Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

Essequibo Cricket Board President owes Beaton a public apology

first_imgDear Editor,It was with deep disappointment that I read an article in the May 3, 2018 edition of the State-owned newspaper under the headline “Bacchus defends Essequibo Cricket Board, Guyana Cricket Board on Beaton’s bowling ban”.Disappointed because over 30 years as a club official at the St Francis Youth Club and the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), I have learnt that leaders must be compassionate and respectful to those they represent.It is simply unbelievable that acting President of the Guyana Cricket Board would push Ronsford Beaton further down the tunnel when all he needs is love, compassion and a helpful hand to overcome what is surely a temporary setback.Fizul BacchusThe million-dollar question is why has Beaton being allowed to represent Essequibo, Guyana and the West Indies over the years if he is too indiscipline. Why has the Essequibo Cricket Board not provided the necessary counselling for this talented player, who was the first player from the county of play for the West Indies as Ramnaresh Sarwan is identified as a Demerara player.I am in total shock that a national cricket leader would attack a West Indies player and say you cannot talk to him. Respect is earned over a period of time, if a player has your full confidence and respects you, he would talk to you. In this modern world where youths have more independence than the past generations, leaders have to show love, compassion and most importantly, respect the opinions of youths.We must show patience when they are quick to react, to show compassion when they need it and as a cricket administrator, we must always put their development ahead of our own agenda. Our mission must be service to them and not the other way around. Cricket administrators when they leave their positions must be remembered for making positive differences and not for any selfish motives.As President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, I have worked overtime to develop working relationships with each one of the players. I want them to view me as a big brother, a friend and their biggest supporter.I would be there at any time of the day to offer love when it is needed, to lift up their spirits when it is down and to make sure that I do everything in my power to assist them to fulfil their full potentials.No amount of indiscipline would stop me or the BCB from reaching out to our players as we should always remember that even if a clock stops working, it still carries the correct time two times per day. Berbice players such as Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Keon Joseph, Romario Shepherd, Eon Hooper, Clinton Pestano, Gudakesh Motie, Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi, Tremayne Smartt and others know they have a friend who would defend them at all cost and they have the full confidence that there is always a shoulder to lean on. Of course, if they exceed the discipline level, they also know that the book would be thrown at them to face full penalty. This would be done within chambers and not in any daily newspaper.I would like to extend best wishes to Ronsford Beaton for the future and to reassure him that in the BCB and Hilbert Foster you have friends. We are willing to assist in any way possible and we would stand by your side in both bad and good times.I personally think that the Essequibo Cricket Board President owes the young West Indies fast bowler a public apology. My simple advice is that love, compassion and loyalty do more than fear, disrespect or power.Sincerely,Hilbert Foster,President,BCBlast_img read more

CANU wants less jail time for drug mules willing to testify

first_imgMarijuana seized by the Thai narcotic police department is seen on display before being incinerated in Ayutthaya on September 17, 2011. Yingluck Shinawatra has announced the government will begin an urgent anti-drugs campaign. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has recommended there be less jail time for drug mules who are willing to testify and give evidence that could lead to the arrest of their suppliers.This is according to Deputy Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Lesley Ramlall, who on Thursday told reporters that in light of the unwillingness of those arrested, some drug trafficking “recruiters” do not face the brunt of the law.He stated that as such, it would be a wise move for legislation to be passed that would allow a lighter jail sentence for persons who are contracted as cocaine mules providing that they cooperate fully and testify in the courts against their recruiters.“So, we are looking at the possibility…maybe having mules who are willing to testify and have a reduction in their sentence. Based on what I gathered, this was done before but the timeframe it took was really long, so by the time it was approved, the person would have already served their time in prison. So maybe something we need to explore so as to encourage mules to now start testifying against those who would have recruited them.”Just last month, 55-year-old Sandra Angela Proffit was sentenced to four years in jail with a fine of $9.1 million for drug trafficking charges.In April last, she was busted at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), with over seven pounds of cocaine duct taped to her upper thighs.She had been sitting in the departure area waiting to board a LIAT flight destined for Barbados when she was intercepted by CANU ranks. Proffit was reported to have cooperated with CANU ranks during the investigation and identified the man who allegedly recruited her to traffic the cocaine.Subsequently, a wanted bulletin was issued for Winston Carto called “Chief Mike” of Lot 193 Greenheart Street, South Ruimveldt Gardens, Georgetown, in relation to the same matter. However, he was never convicted of that offence which involved Proffit in April last.According to CANU’s Deputy Head, Profitt was not keen on testifying against her recruiter in court.“After she would have identified who was her recruiter, and give us all information, she was reluctant to testify against him in court and so we could not have proceeded. That is one of the challenges we are having. She was not the only person but several other mules that we have arrested within the last two years we have encountered that challenge as well where they are not prepared to testify against their recruiters.”Meanwhile, CANU is actively pursuing the idea and implementation of a witness protection programme, for individuals who would provide relevant information about drug related matters and be willing to go to the courts to testify.Deputy Director of CANU, Lesley Ramlalllast_img read more

Huskies looking to sharpen up against Blades

first_imgThe two game weekend against the Blades will be the fifth and sixth meeting between the two clubs, with Fort St. John having yet to lose to the NWJHL’s sixth place team, outscoring the Blades 31-13 in the process.The Blades sit sixth with a record of 4-23-0-2, recording ten points in their 29 games played. Meanwhile the Huskies, who occupy the fourth place ranking in the league, have a record of 15-14-0-1 in 30 games played, earning 31 points.It’s quite a jump between the fourth and third place rankings in the league, as the Whitecourt Wolverines sit in third, with 47 points.- Advertisement -Last week, the Huskies suffered a bit of a scare, as the team and league leading scorer Robbie Sidhu was forced to leave last Saturday’s game against the Whitecourt Wolverines after being on the receiving end of a large body check. It was first assumed Sidhu suffered a concussion on the play, but after further evaluation, the crafty forward was declared concussion free, therefore fit to play this weekend.Sidhu leads the NWJHL with 72 points (27 goals, 45 assists) in just 27 games played.Saturday’s home game will be played at the North Peace Arena, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Elections Canada Needs Staff on Tuesday

first_imgThe Thanksgiving Holiday is causing problems for Elections Canada.Staffing shortages across the Peace Region have prompted a plea from Elections Canada Spokesperson Susan Friend for peole willing to work at polling stations on Tuesday. [asset|aid=419|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=555b6bed3b29a9a3a0e48292dd0be690-Susan Friend_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Friend says they will be training peolple over the weekend. The salary is as much as $232 for the day. Anyone interested can apply online at www.elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868last_img read more

115 road deaths recorded so far for 2019 ꟷ Traffic Chief

first_imgWith just over three weeks remaining for 2019, the Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has already recorded 115 road deaths throughout the country, a figure that surpasses the total number of road fatalities for the entire 2018.Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden IslesTraffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles told Guyana Times on Saturday that for last year, there were 92 deaths recorded from a total of 79 accidents while in 2019 to date, 98 accidents claimed the lives of 115 persons.On December 3, 18-year-old cyclist Deshon Morris lost his life while his pillion rider was injured after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a truck at Industrial Estate, Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown.Morris, of Lot 4 East La Penitence, Georgetown, was pronounced dead on the spot while Keon Granville, 27, of Phase 2 Lot 1 East Ruimveldt, was treated for minor injuries.On Sunday, December 1, a pedestrian identified as 39-year-old Romel Carter of D Field South Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was killed after being hit by a truck that was allegedly speeding along the Leonora Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Meanwhile, in the month of November, 15 accidents resulted in the deaths of 21 persons inclusive of three children. In total for this year to date, nine children were killed in fatal accidents.In the last week of November, 12 persons lost their lives on the roadways.Policeman, bankerJust after midnight on Sunday, November 24, 29-year-old Police Officer Carl Roach died after his Ducati motorcycle collided with a car at the corner of Brickdam and Chalmers Place, Georgetown. The impact is said to have killed him instantly.The second fatal accident took place hours later, at about 05:00h, at Felicity on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) Public Road. Republic Bank employee 31-year-old David Matthew Headly was killed after his car allegedly slammed into a bridge. Reports are that Headly was driving his car, PRR 253, at a fast rate when the accident took place. He is said to have died on the spot.Hit-and-runOn Monday, November 25, 52-year-old Essequibo labourer Raymond Cassal had his life snuffed out when he was hit by a vehicle that quickly sped away from the accident scene.Residents later discovered his body lying on the roadway with several visible injuries. He was taken to the nearest hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Child, cop & businessmanOn Tuesday, November 26, in Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, a seven-year-old child lost his life while in the company of his mother and sibling who had collected him from school.Nifran Nazamadeen, along with his mother and eight-year-old sister, was standing on the parapet when a speeding car slammed into them, killing the young boy instantly.Meanwhile, at about 19:30h on Tuesday, Senior Superintendent of Police Brian Eastman and his high school friend businessman Dillon DeRamos, who owns the Kosmos Restaurant & Bar, were killed in a horrific smash-up at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. The SUV that the men were travelling in slammed into a concrete fence and was wrecked beyond repair.5 dead, 18 injuredEarly Saturday morning, on November 30, another Republic Bank employee, 25-year-old Riley Charles Newton, died after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel of his car while travelling to Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) to drop a friend home.The father of a one-month baby, who hailed from Windsor Forest village, WCD, died at about 05:00h in the vicinity of the Leonora Police Station after he lost control of his vehicle (PRR 1703)and it ended up turning turtle.There were two other occupants inside of Newton’s car at the time of the accident.The trio had been imbibing in Georgetown and was heading to Parika, East Bank Essequibo when the accident occurred.Public-spirited persons managed to pull the three men out of the badly-damaged vehicle and rush them to the Leonora Cottage Hospital but Newton was pronounced dead on arrival, while his two friends, who had sustained injuries, were treated at that health facility.Meanwhile, on Saturday last at about 19:20h, minibus BYY 2981 slammed into motor car PTT 691, killing four persons and leaving 16 others injured.Dead are 52-year-old Rawle Williams, 29-year-old Ayesha Sealey, 22-year-old Zavira Jona and 12-year-old Maria Bisnauth.Williams, of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara (WBD), had been the driver of the car. Sealey had lived at Patentia Housing Scheme, WBD, while Jona had been from Patentia village, WBD, and Bisnauth had resided at Lot 125 Sideline Dam, Sisters Village, WBD.The accident occurred on the Nismes Public Road, WBD. According to Police, the accident resulted when the front right side of the minibus collided with the front right-side door of the motor car, causing both vehicles to spin off the road and end up on the grass parapet before plunging into a trench.last_img read more

Wrestling notes: Individual competition in spotlight

first_imgWith league and Southern Section dual-meet titles decided, the focus shifts to the individual championships for area wrestlers. Marmonte League teams enter today’s Southern Section Inland individual tournament, at Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga, with 30 wrestlers earning top-10 seeds. Wrestling begins at noon and the finals are tentatively scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Saturday. Westlake’s Adrian Ghaffari (119), a No. 2 seed, is also a favorite to reach the Masters Meet, Feb. 23-24 at Carter High in Rialto. Calabasas’ Alex Cohen was expected to be a top-10 seed, but his season ended early with a torn ACL after he finished sixth at the Rosemead tournament early in the season. Golden and Mission League wrestlers will also be looking for spots at the Masters Meet. Highland of Palmdale and Lancaster qualified 11 to today’s Northern Division individual tournament at Pacifica High in Oxnard. Quartz Hill is sending 10 wrestlers, while Littlerock has eight and Knight qualified five. Crespi of Encino, which produced the Valley’s only state champion last year in Sione Fua, has 11 competing in the Central Division tournament at Brea Olinda High. Alemany of Mission Hills is also sending 11, while Harvard-Westlake of Studio City has 10 and Chaminade of West Hills five. ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s always a great thing to see our kids get these high seeds,” Thousand Oaks coach Kerry Lyne said. “This helps them get a possible first-round bye or keeps them from wrestling an absolute stud in the first round. It won’t be easy going up against kids from teams like Santa Ana and Temecula Valley.” Thousand Oaks will feature No. 2 seeds in Ben Guido (103) and Rowan Hines (130), a state qualifier in Connecticut before coming west. Collin Sasaki (112), Behrod Kateian (140), Chris Gideon (145), Eric Kanney (152), heavyweight Dillon Brockert and 125-pounder Jason Moore are the other top wrestlers for Thousand Oaks, the league co-champion. Moore is the No. 3 seed in his division and is hoping to get another shot at Royal’s Dunn in the later rounds to avenge his three losses to the Highlanders’ top wrestler this season. But Agoura’s Drew Weiss has the No. 2 seed at 152 pounds and could also face Dunn. Agoura is the only team to beat Royal in a league dual meet this season. Coach Dennis Ritterbush’s team will be represented by Jeff Tabachnick (103), Dave Santero (135), Austen Jesse (140) and Brent Goldwater (189). Simi Valley has four top-10 seeds, and those wrestlers might have a solid chance at making a run at a state title. Mike Murphy (135) and Matt Bruno (160) are considered top contenders in their respective divisions. center_img Royal of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks topped the list with top-10 seeds in eight different weight divisions. Agoura drew five, Simi Valley has four, Westlake earned three and Moorpark has two. Royal is the only team to enter the two-day competition, which also qualifies the top five wrestlers in each weight division to the Masters Meet, with two No. 1 seeds. Senior Kevin Dunn is the top seed in the 125-pound category and Shane Crosley at 152pounds. Phillip Dimalanta (103), Sam Mestaz (112), Mike Dunelle (135), Justin Carnahan (160), Ryan Brown (171) and heavyweight Diego Vargas will also wrestle with top-10 seeds for Marmonte League co-champion Royal. Vargas has recorded 27pins this season. last_img read more

Watch: Foróige launch new video to explain restorative practices

first_imgFORÓIGE launched a new video on Friday aimed at explaining the concept of restorative practices to young people and adults.The project was completed as part of Donegal ETB’s Restorative Practices Project which successfully secured €200,000 of EU PEACE IV funding in 2018.Pictured at the launch of their Donegal ETB Peace IV funded restorative practices project are some of the young people who were involved in making the video. Included are Susan McLoughlin (Foróige Project Leader), Una McGuinness (Restorative Practices Project Administrator), Dr Sandra Buchanan (Restorative Practices Project Co-ordinator) and Caroline McCleary (Donegal County Council Peace IV Programme Co-Ordinator). It is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) by Donegal County Council. This project involves nineteen post-primary schools (ETB and non-ETB) and Youthreach (early school leaver) centres from across the county and Foróige. Restorative practices provides an ethos for making, maintaining and repairing relationships and for fostering a sense of social responsibility and shared accountability. It understands that when harm is done to people and relationships, it creates obligations and liabilities and focuses on repairing the harm and making things right. The video was created by young people with the support of a motion graphics designer and Foróige staff. It began with Restorative Practices training for the fifty young people and staff year over the course of a day.The young people expressed an interest in becoming involved in the production of an animated video that would explain Restoratives Practices in a clear and succinct way. The aim was that the video would be used both for those actively engaging in Restorative Practices as well as those who were introducing the concept to young people, youth workers, teachers, trainers in both youth services and education centres and schools for the very first time.   During a Restorative Practice residential, Foróige staff facilitated workshops with the young people to reflect on the training they had received and what they had learned. They worked on their script and met with the motion graphic designer to develop their ideas and capture what they wanted on the final video. Two of the young people did the voice-overs on the video which was a first for them. Speaking about the project, one of the young people said, “Taking part in the Restorative Practice training and project was a great opportunity; I got to learn skills in Restorative Practice and how to use this in school and home and I also met lots of new friends.” Foróige Project Leader Susan McLoughlin noted, “The young people achieved so much in the process of making the animated video. Most of them had never even heard of Restorative Practices before.“To think that they now have a professionally made video that will explain and promote Restorative Practices as a positive way of dealing with conflict situations is a real credit to all of them. Our thanks to Donegal ETB, Donegal County Council and the Special EU Programmes Body for funding the project through the Peace IV programme.” The project is funded under priority 1 of the Peace IV programme, promoting peace and reconciliation and under action 4.1 of the local authority peace plan which focuses on the promotion of positive relations at a local and regional level, characterised by respect and where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance. Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.Donegal ETB project coordinator, Dr Sandra Buchanan noted, “This is a brilliant video. Restorative practices is not an easy concept to understand and this video presents an understanding that’s clear, that’s easy to grasp and introduces the concept outline in a nutshell. It is such a useful resource for introducing this topic to young people and adults.”Donegal County Council Peace IV Programme Co-ordinator, Caroline McCleary, congratulating the young people remarked how she was delighted to see this video, “Peace emanates from conflict and as we put these projects together we can see that we’ve moved on from some of that conflict.  It gives me great pleasure to see projects like this rolled out that involve young people and I hope that the new skills they have learned will help them as they go through life.”The restorative practices project seeks to improve positive relationships between and for young people, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers, train participants in accredited and non-accredited approaches to Restorative Practices and to develop an understanding of alternative ways of dealing with conflict. Watch: Foróige launch new video to explain restorative practices was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Birds Go Splat on Evolutionary Theories

first_imgA flock of surprising traits of birds has dropped a load on simplistic notions of evolution.Birds evolved from apes:  How else can one explain the fact that “Crows join human, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking“? (PhysOrg). A paper in Current Biology finds, “Such robust and uninstructed relational matching behavior represents the most convincing evidence yet of analogical reasoning in a nonprimate species” that is comparable to that of apes.  The scientists speculate that the findings are “perhaps representing a case of convergent evolution” of brain structures, but that’s all they want to speculate about how this “remarkable” capability that “excelled” at a task might have evolved:Just how that remarkable transfer is accomplished represents an intriguing matter for future study. Nor are we claiming that crows will prove to be the only nonprimate animals that are capable of exhibiting such spontaneous relational matching behavior. Future research must be undertaken in which different species are given comparable pretraining experience to our crows. Until such systematic comparative research is conducted, it would be premature to offer speculative evolutionary accounts as to why crows appear to have excelled in solving this challenging cognitive task.“Crows are smarter than you think,” says a press release from the University of Iowa; they “join humans, apes, and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking.”Birds forecast tornadoes:  Why did a flock of golden-winged warblers evacuate days before a devastating storm system hit Tennessee?  Could they hear it coming in low-frequency vibrations?  A population biologist from the University of Minnesota was “blown away” by this hypothesis, which has never before been documented in birds, says National Geographic.  “It shows that the birds can do more than we give them credit for.”  Sensing distant tornadoes sweeping across the Great Plains, the birds flew the coop from their traditional nesting grounds.  PhysOrg says that infrasound may be the birds’ “early warning system.”  The storms in April spun off 84 tornadoes and killed 35 people.  When the storms retreated, the birds came back, having flown 900 miles round trip for safety.  “We thought the birds were just hunkering down,” the biologist said.  “It never occurred to me that they might have evacuated.”  Science Daily found a way to insert the phrase “climate change” into the story.A boy is a rat is a cockroach is a bird:  A story on PhysOrg has this long headline: “Brain structures devoted to learning, memory highly conserved in animal kingdom, suggesting common evolutionary origin.” The article says that insects, birds, and humans all have common features in the way memory is organized, according to a survey by neuroscientists at the University of Arizona. Actually, this is not expected in evolutionary theory; any common ancestor of such widely divergent animals must have been much simpler, Darwin would say. “The correspondence across disparate groups of animals is extraordinary,” one of them said. “It’s almost too good to be true.”Hold your feathers, dino:  There was a bit of a flap in Science Magazine this week about feather origins.  Gerald Mayr, a museum official in Frankfurt, disputes an October 2014 paper that claimed feathers evolved first for display on dinosaurs.  “Hypotheses for their evolution in a nonaerodynamic context are therefore not only evolutionarily implausible but also not necessary to explain their origin,” he argues; feathers are for flying.  The German authors of the original paper defended their claim point by point.  “We emphasize that feathers did not ‘evolve for’ something; rather, their fortuitous [i.e., chance] appearance was associated with a selective advantage, which resulted in their retention.”  None of them explained how powered flight evolved in any detailed Darwinian way.  Interestingly, both appealed to Ken Dial’s 2003 WAIR hypothesis for the origin of flight (see 6/25/14).  If a better theory came about in the past 11 years, one would think they would cite it instead.Update 12/19/14: Birds build snow tunnels for fun:  New Scientist asks why redpolls in Maine dig long tunnels under the snow, but suggests it might just be like play in the winter wonderland for them.  When one starts, others join the fun.  Perhaps it insulates them from the cold outside, too, but the two purposes are not incompatible.Do you notice something tricky about evolutionary theory?—almost, one might say, magical?  Traits just “appear,” then Darwin comes in to “select” them.  In this case, advanced relational thinking appeared in crows.  Infrasound processing appeared in warblers.  Brain structures appeared in insects, birds and mammals.  Feathers made “their fortuitous appearance” in dinosaurs.  No explanation is given for their sudden, dramatic appearance out of the darkness, but then Darwin takes credit.  See our 8/24/07 commentary for the double entendre in the phrase, “evolution takes credit.” (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Umoja: African dance explosion

first_img18 February 2009The history of South African music and dance is traced through the magnificent Africa Umoja, which played to critical acclaim in 28 countries before finding a permanent home in the revamped Victory Theatre complex in Johannesburg.A multi-talented cast delivers a two-hour explosion of song and dance in a production that celebrates African culture as it moves through the journeys made by Africans from the country to the city, from traditional to modern, from the earliest rhythms to kwaito.Zoopy TV: A hit musical worldwide, Africa Umoja finds its home in Johannesburg – and takes aim at becoming the longest-running show in South African history. Click arrow to play video.As the dancers move from one sequence to the next, so their dance styles progress, each influencing the next, until in the end all styles are shown to have come from the same place: the music and drums of Africa.In the flowing movements of the Venda Umashona (snake dance), the precision of Zulu stick fighting is mirrored; the sangoma chants like he is possessed by spirits, and the women shake their hips as no other nation can. By the end, the more modern dances, like kwaito and pantsula, have the audience clapping in joy.Throughout the show, the drummers are well supported by a five-piece band and a passionate marimba-playing duo who never get a note wrong. The singers don’t miss a beat, the choreography is slick, the costumes are spot on and the energy is astonishing.Africa Umoja plays at the 470-seat Victory Theatre on the corner of Woodlands Road and Louis Botha Avenue in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg.The complex includes a jazz bar, a 250-seat restaurant serving a wide range of traditional dishes, and ample secure parking.Performances are from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are available through Computicket or the theatre’s box office on +27 (0)11 728 9603. For more information, visit Africa Umoja.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more