Marcos López: “We surprised Andrés Iniesta with this story”

first_imgThe unexpected hero, Andrés Iniesta’s official documentary that will be released in Rakuten TV this spring, it has the seal in the construction of the story of the journalist Marcos López (El Periódico de Catalunya and Cadena SER). ACE Chat with him and discover some secrets.What will the first official Iniesta documentary include?This was an old idea that Andres had. When we wrote his biography with Ramón Besa The play of my life and he was spinning this. Then I played at Barça, I was a captain and everything was more complex. Now, after a process of almost a year and a half, it has been possible to do so. And, with all due respect, we couldn’t make a normal documentary. The character forces a lot, you always have the feeling that everything is told and it is not. The focus is on him, but at the same time in everything around him. His mother, who had hardly appeared in the media, goes out and tells very powerful things. The goal of Stamford Bridge is told this time by Peter Cech. From behind. We have surprised Andrés and we hope to surprise people.Define this job.It is the story of a boy from Fuentealbilla who makes a trip to Kobe (Japan), the story of a normal person who does extraordinary things … It is more a human story than that of a player. What margin of possibilities did he have to play in Barcelona or in the National Team and score the World Cup goal? That’s why the unexpected hero.How has Iniesta followed the creation process?He is very excited. It has been very, very pending. We did one thing and in ten seconds responded. Sometimes he has seen raw interviews, other edits … And with the director he has very good chemistry. I jokingly told the two that they were the two directors.Any red line? Will the depression you confessed be treated?Absolute freedom. We have done what we had thought. Depression is treated to the point that he, his wife, his parents, classmates like Xavi or Piqué or coaches like Guardiola speak it. Pep helped him a lot. The psychologist also appears for the first time. All this will surprise you by how he lives it, but also by how those around him live it when they begin to discover that Andrés is changing … It is one of the moments that I like the most because the hero’s cape is blurred.What testimonies or definitions stand out from the documentary?I like what his mother and his wife tell. In football, I stay with Cech, Xavi and Eto’o. Messi talks about the ease with which he plays football. And Messi says so. Luis Enrique called him Harry Potter in training. Buffon defines him as an illusionist. For me Iniesta is one of the chosen ones. There will be unpublished content too …Yes, especially when the signing with Vissel Kobe is forged, the meeting with Mikitani … And then there will be the time to remember Dani Jarque with the story of the shirt he prepares and nobody sees. Very powerful.Does the withdrawal appear?Well … There is an answer that suggests how hard it will be. It is preparing. He has been playing football since he was seven years old. It is his life.Will Iniesta come back to Barcelona to sit on the bench?He is now very integrated in Japan, very happy and enjoying football in another way. Now it’s about the pure game. In Barça you have a lot of pressure and being captain more responsibility. Returning as Xavi’s second was a joke he made. I don’t know if he will coach, but he says he wants to be. Sooner or later he will return. That talent and knowledge of the club must be taken advantage of. Where? I dont know. Anywhere.Did you enjoy the jump into the audiovisual world?Yes. Working with director Oriol Bosch and screenwriter Pep Bras has been fantastic. When you write you depend on yourself, but here are so many elements … I spent two days in the assembly and did not last two minutes (Laughs). And I’ve seen the documentary once and I don’t want to see it anymore. I always believe that something is missing or can be improved. You are making a documentary by Andrés Iniesta. It can’t fail. It has to be up to it.Iniesta from the human prism.The unexpected hero, original idea of ​​Sports & Life and produced by El Barrio Producciones (Jordi Évole and Ramón Lara), will tell Andrés Iniesta’s trip from Fuentealbilla to Kobe (Japan) and will show the human face of the player through the testimony of those who know him best. Rakuten TV will release this spring for free on its platform. In Japan the documentary will be available on Rakuten TV and Rakuten Sports. In the United States and Southeast Asia it can be seen in Rakuten Sports and Rakuten Viki. The global distribution will be carried out through different partners of the platform.Rakuten TV ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Poster of the documentary ‘Andrés Iniesta – The unexpected hero’Rakuten TVlast_img read more

Golden Key Manager in Court over US$13K Unpaid Rent

first_imgA Liberian business woman, Nowai Gorlorwulu will shortly appear in court for allegedly owing her landlord, Louise Dennis, US$13,000 representing one year’s unpaid rent. Madam Gorlorwulu is the manager of Golden Key Hotel, one of the leading hotels in the Paynesville community.She is expected to appear before Judge James Jones of the Debt Court for Montserrado County at the Temple of Justice on May 12.Her appearance is based on a “Writ of Re- Summons By Publication and Mailing,” issued by Judge Jones.In that writ, Judge Jones instructed his Chief Sheriff, Captain Robert Toe, to make sure this time that defendant Gorlorwulu receives the court’s Re-summons notice and if she fails to appear, judgment would be entered against her by default. It is not clear what prompted Judge Jones to issue such a strong writ against the defendant. But a judicial source hinted to the Daily Observer that it was because of her failure to appear before the court when summoned.  Apparently the court’s sheriff has been finding it difficult to locate and serve her the notices of assignment to hear the case.  The court record shows that the defendant and Madam Dennis entered into a five year lease agreement for the period January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015. The property is a piece of land situated on Duport Road in the Paynesville Community.According to the agreement, Madam Gorlorwulu leased Madam Dennis’ land with a building already constructed on it to be used for a store.Madam Dennis’ lawyer alleged that the defendant agreed to pay US$13,000 on the first day of January each year of the five year lease.Defendant Gorlorwulu since and up to 2015 owed US$13,000 as unpaid rent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hornaday’s team reborn

first_imgKevin Harvick Inc. hired Rick Ren to be crew chief of Hornaday’s No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado team. Ren worked as Johnny Benson’s crew chief last year and won five races at Bill Davis Racing. He has also won races with drivers Andy Houston, Travis Kvapil and Rick Carelli, who is now the team manager at Kevin Harvick Inc. Ren replaces Wally Rogers, who worked on a couple of Harvick’s teams last year. “Everything changes in NASCAR racing, especially these trucks, so you have to stay on top of it,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. “Last year, Wally was cut thin between the Busch car and the truck, and Kevin obligated himself to do the right thing.” Carelli said he believes the drivers and crew chiefs the team has are impressive, especially with Hornaday’s team. “I know where Kevin is with this program, Hornaday speaks for himself and you have sort of a quiet storm putting him and Rick together,” Carelli said. Carelli and Ren are not strangers. Ren was on Carelli’s Truck Series team early in Carelli’s career, including the race they won at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1995. There was a time last year when Kevin Harvick was considering discontinuing his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team with Ron Hornaday Jr. He didn’t have a sponsor and resources were running thin. Then Hornaday and his team got some backing from Allstates Employer Services and his team was reborn. Hornaday’s team has a new crew chief, one with an impressive resume, and the 48-year-old driver has a chance to win a third Truck Series championship. Hornaday, who won two Truck Series championships with Dale Earnhardt Inc., and Carelli have a relationship that dates back to their days racing on the NASCAR Southwest Series. “You know when you already have a relationship with the team manager, I know the driver – his record speaks for itself – and I see the owner who is a young guy trying to build his programs,” Ren said. “(Kevin) has climbed the rungs of the ladder, and he’s gaining.” Ren said expectations are high for a productive season. “Maybe we haven’t all worked together but we already know each other,” Ren said. “When you walk in the door, you already know what they expect of you.” Kevin Harvick Inc. will have two entries in the Truck Series. Harvick, Clint Bowyer and newcomer Cale Gale will share driving duties in the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado. Veteran Charlie Wilson, who like his boss Harvick is from Bakersfield, has been appointed crew chief of the No. 2 Chevrolet. As for Benson’s team, it was going to be facing a number of changes. The Bill Davis Racing Toyota trucks have a redesigned front end, as do the other three manufacturers in the Truck Series, and making adjustments was going to be inevitable. “Even if our team was 100 percent intact and didn’t have Rick as a change, we’d face the same changes coming in here anyway,” Benson said. “With the changes to the front end of the truck and the tire change, those challenges are made no matter what. It’s not like we unloaded a truck that came right off the track last year.” Benson will have Trip Bruce as his crew chief this year. Bruce has worked previously with Evernham Motorsports and Ultra Motorsports in the Truck Series. “Momentum is key because it gives the guys a great attitude coming into the season for sure,” Benson said. There are a number of Truck Series teams that are expanding their efforts. Five-time Truck Series race winner Rick Crawford will have a teammate at Circle Bar Racing. Crawford will be in the No. 14 Ford F-150 and David Starr will be in the No. 10 Ford for Circle Bar Racing. Joey Clanton and Stacy Compton will share driving duties in the No. 09 Ford for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. Kelly Bries and Mark Martin will be in the No. 21 Ford for the same team. Shane Huffman and Clay Rogers will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet for Key Motorsports. A.J. Allmendinger, Josh Wise and Ken Butler III are set to race Darrell Waltrip’s No. 00 Toyota in the Truck Series. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series opens with the Chevrolet Silverado HD 250 on Friday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Messi says Argentina future depends on World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi called time on his Argentina career after the 2016 Copa America final before promptly reneging on his decision © AFP/File / Vasily MAXIMOVBRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 11 – Argentina captain Lionel Messi said his international future will be determined by his country’s performance at the World Cup in Russia.“It will depend on how far we go, how we’re going to finish” at the finals, Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport. “We’ve just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some difficult moments with the press,” added the Barcelona forward.“Notably with the Argentine press because we have differences of opinion over what it means to make these three finals.”Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final 1-0 to Germany after extra time, before suffering successive defeats by Chile on penalties at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.Messi, who will turn 31 during the World Cup, believes Spain, Brazil, Germany, France and Belgium are the leading contenders for the title.“There are lots of teams who arrive with lots of confidence, with both a team game and individual talents,” said the five-time world player of the year.Argentina launch their World Cup campaign against Iceland on Saturday in Moscow, with games to follow against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA convoy of Porsches are to leave Donegal this Sunday!Porsche Club Ireland has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland to send more than 50 Porsches the length of the Wild Atlantic Way, starting at Malin Head this Sunday.The cars will travel over 2,000 kilometres along the West coast, visiting all 15 Signature Discovery Points, making it the longest ever ‘run’ undertaken by Porsche enthusiast’s club.Porsche Club Ireland is the official Porsche club of the Republic of Ireland and currently has over 350 members.They hold a number of ‘runs’ (driving tours) across Europe each year, and this year they have chosen The Wild Atlantic Way as the backdrop of their 2015 driving tour which will extend across an unprecedented seven days as they travel from Malin Head, Co Donegal to Old Kinsale Head, Co. Cork. After a brief drive from Muff to Greencastle on Saturday (16 May) the ‘Wild Atlantic Way Run’ will officially begin at 12.00 noon at Malin Head Signature Discovery Point on Sunday, where all the starting 14 cars will gather in convoy as they depart along Ireland’s longest touring route before finishing up at the fifteenth Signature Discovery Point of Old Kinsale Head on Saturday, (23 May).Each day’s start sees new cars joining the core group, with 41 cars finishing and ultimately 53 cars having enjoyed a day’s run on the Wild Atlantic Way during the course of this tour. The fleet of cars will take in much of the West Coast’s breath-taking beauty along the way including Sliabh Liag, Co. Sligo, Killary Harbour, Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head, Co Clare, Dursey Island, Co. Kerry and Mizen Head, Co. Cork.Speaking about the trip, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Wild Atlantic Way, Fáilte Ireland said they are delighted to be able to support Porsche Club Ireland with their Wild Atlantic Run and assist them in sharing their experiences with car enthusiasts across the globe.“Each of the drivers taking part in the ‘run’ will be well versed in all there is to see and do both on and off the route. Participants will have a certain amount of down time which they can use to explore over the course of the “run” and to find their own special Wild Atlantic Way secrets. They will also be well versed in how they can share their images and videos on social media so you can follow them as they travel of place to place. “Classic motoring is a growing sector for tourism and this is the first of what we would hope to be many groups using the route to explore Ireland’s West coast. Since it was launched last year the Wild Atlantic Way is proving particularly popular with touring groups including cyclists and motor bikers, all of which are driving home the message that The Wild Atlantic Way has something for everyone.”Each leg of the trip will be co-ordinated by different drivers, all of whom are knowledgeable about the area and are experienced drivers. All drivers taking part in the ‘run’ has also been equipped with Wild Atlantic Way route maps and the 150 ‘Secrets of the Wild Atlantic Way’ guide ensuring they don’t miss a thing during their week-long trip.They will also wear Wild Atlantic Way signature jackets and each of the cars involved will carry a Wild Atlantic Way car livery in homage to the Porsche motorsport tradition and the excitement of driving the Wild Atlantic Way.As well as being a unique event in itself, Fáilte Ireland will also be using imagery and footage of the ‘run’ to create compelling content to promote the Wild Atlantic Way overseas.To do so Fáilte Ireland has assisted Porsche Club Ireland to craft their itinerary and have provided them with significant digital support to assist them in sharing their experience with their substantial number of followers in the UK and US markets as well as with the wider ‘car enthusiast’ market. The drivers will also be tweeting and posting content online in real-time using the hashtag #wildatlanticway, generating conversation and engagement with the Wild Atlantic Way proposition. Porsche Club Ireland was established in 1998 it currently has 356 members from 32 countries across the country. Speaking on behalf of the entire club about their choice of destination, Kieran Twomey, Southern Region Coordinator a member of the organising team and Porsche Club Ireland Steering Committee said –“We are very excited to be embarking on such an extensive trip in Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way was chosen above a number of other European destinations including France, Italy and Scotland because it provides such a unique and well-rounded experience. In fact, such is our enthusiasm for the route that we have extended the run to seven days so that we could take in all 15 Signature Discovery Points.“The Wild Atlantic Way Run is one where every mile will give us a new smile and something different with every gear change – we expect the Wild Atlantic Way to be the Best Drive of All!”CONVOY OF PORSCHES TO LEAVE DONEGAL FOR DUST THIS SUNDAY! was last modified: May 15th, 2015 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:donegalMalin HeadPorschesWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more


first_imgMinister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh has said that another drop in the unemployment rate to 8.6% highlights again the importance of implementing a proper jobs plan.“The latest CSO data shows that unemployment has fallen again this month to 8.6% from a high of 15.1%. The creation of over 135,000 new jobs is a result of the hard work of the Irish people and due to this Government’s clear jobs plan, the Action Plan for Jobs.“Fianna Fáil destroyed 300,000 jobs in its final years in Government and left office with no jobs plan whatsoever in place. They still have no jobs plan. “Fine Gael promised to create 100,000 jobs and within two months of coming into office cut VAT on tourism to 9% and as well as employers’ PRSI to reduce the cost of creating jobs.“The national unemployment rate for this month is 8.6%, down from 8.8% in December 2015 and down from 10.1% in January 2015.”The Donegal TD also attacked the Fianna Fail party.“It’s the same old Fianna Fáil. They ruined the economy through their policies in the 2000s and when the crash came, 80% of their tax adjustment came by way of taxes on work, including the hated Universal Social Charge. “Instead of implementing Fianna Fáil’s plan to increase income taxes by another €630m in Budgets 2012, 2013 and 2014, Fine Gael renegotiated the agreement to remove these income tax increases, an“Now they are repeating the same mistakes. They have no real plan for the economy or job creation. Their proposals show that they have not learned the lesson that taxes on work kill jobs. They say they want to reform the USC, but they can’t commit to abolishing it.“Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. Our plan will deliver more new jobs, spread right across the country, jobs that pay more than welfare, where hard work is rewarded. The plan will also deliver affordable, sustainable improvements in services using the resources from growing employment.”UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS TO 8.6% AS JOBS PLAN DELIVERS – McHUGH was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:donegaljobsJoe McHughlast_img read more

DONE DEAL! Newcastle United sign Florian Lejeune from Eibar on a five-year deal

first_img Florian Lejeune [left] in action for Eibar 1 Newcastle have completed the signing of defender Florian Lejeune from Eibar.The Magpies have paid a fee of £8.7million to land the 26-year-old Frenchman.Lejeune has penned a five-year deal and is the Premier League club’s second summer signing, following the permanent arrival of winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea in May.“I’m very happy to have signed. Newcastle United is a big club, and I’m very happy to be here,” said Lejeune.“When you have a manager like Rafa Benitez who wants you, you are very happy to come. Since I’ve been in touch with the manager, it was an easy decision for me to come here.”Lejeune joined Manchester City in 2015 but failed to make an appearance for the club.He was immediately loaned to Girona for a year before being transferred permanently last summer to Eibar, for whom he played 34 times in LaLiga last season.“I would like to welcome Florian to Newcastle United,” said Benitez. “He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain. I have known about him for a while, since he began playing for Villarreal.“He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back – he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.“If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.”last_img read more


first_imgThese stunning snaps show capture Donegal in all its stunning beauty, the photos are taken by the supremely talented photographer Adam-Rory Porter.  The first picture was taken earleir today, which shows the breathtaking beauty of Inishowen, while the second beautiful picture was taken late yesterday evening, just as the sun was going down after a glorious day.If you’re out about today, taking in all Donegal’s beauty in this fine weather, then send us your snaps to info@donegaldaily.comWOW – THESE STUNNING SNAPS SHOW DONEGAL BASKING IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Featuresnewsweatherlast_img read more

Questioning the Dino-Bird Hypothesis

first_imgThe scientific consensus has pretty much declared it a fact of natural history that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  One evolutionary professor remains a gadfly, though.  He contests the evidence on which the hypothesis is based, and also believes his maverick position is growing.Alan Feduccia, a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, wrote an essay for New Scientist (subscription required).  His position does not deny an evolutionary origin of birds, but places the “feathered dinosaurs” so often portrayed as ancestors of modern birds on a dead-end branch.  He claims his position is more in line with 19th century paleontologist Richard Owen and 20th century evolutionist Gavin de Beer.  These men viewed flightless birds as degenerate products of variation, not stages toward flight; for instance, de Beer in 1956 “showed conclusively that flightless birds descended from flying ancestors and have never re-evolved flight.”Similarly, Feduccia holds that the “feathered dinosaurs” attracting so much attention in the media were either pure scaly dinosaurs with whose decayed collagen has been misinterpreted as “proto-feathers,” or were degenerate flightless birds.  His own view is that the birds evolved from archosaurs, the predecessors in evolutionary history of the true dinosaurs.  He thinks some of the archosaurs lived in trees and developed flight as they jumped (the arboreal hypothesis).Critics of Darwinism will, therefore, find Feduccia’s own evolutionary view to be just as implausible as the consensus view.  What he says in his essay, however, is illuminating about the habits of a scientific consensus.  Here are some salient points:Sinosauropteryx, a fossil with alleged proto-feathers, caused a sensation when it was announced in Nature in 1998.  But “no evidence then or now has emerged showing that these structures are anything other than collagen fibres supporting a typical reptilian frill,” Feduccia said.  “The fact that the filaments are located within a clearly demarcated body outline – indicating the fibres were not external, as they would be if they were feather-like structures – was completely ignored.”“Additional fibres of varying forms and lengths classified as various stages of protofeathers have subsequently been described in myriad dinosaurs, including in a recent Nature paper on tyrannosaurids,”1 Feduccia continued, aware of the latest claims.  “Other fibres have been described in herbivorous ornithischians and pterosaurs, which have no connection with birds, but there is still little evidence to connect any of these structures with feathers.”  The tyrannosaurid’s fibers, whatever they were, cannot possibly have been used for flight; see Science Daily: “The large size of Yutyrannus and the downy structure of its feathers would have made flight an impossibility,” the article stated April 5.Feduccia described some of the other alleged feathered dinosaurs, like Caudipteryx and Protarchaeopteryx, but considered them secondarily flightless birds.He sees the consensus view as a dangerous return to dogma over scientific caution:Birds as “living dinosaurs” is now a cornerstone of modern palaeontological thought. But a consensus is always in danger of turning into dogma. Indeed, given the cult-like belief in the field’s orthodoxy, it seems that every fossil pulled from the Chinese deposits is accompanied by hyperbolic pronouncements of it having filled a major evolutionary gap. Yet many of these discoveries lack normal scientific stringency, and we see a transition from normal scientific falsificationism to simply confirming what is already thought to be known.Feduccia described his opinion as “a minority one, but growing in popularity”.He rejects the “fantastical proposals” about “dinosaurs with protofeathers, dinosaurs with bird wings and modern feathers, four-winged gliding dinosaurs, and tiny supposed theropods from the Jurassic period with avian wings.”The birds-from-dinosaurs controversy has a long history, Feduccia explained.  Richard Owen in 1875 “set the record straight” when Thomas Huxley first advanced the view that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  “Owen predicted that ‘science will accept the view of the Dodo as a degenerate Dove rather than as an advanced Dinothere,’ thus stating the crux of the current controversy.”Feduccia believes the “feathered dinosaurs” adorning covers of Nature were flightless birds.  He calls them “Mesozoic kiwis.”He believes it “biophysically improbable” that birds evolved from the ground up in theropod dinosaurs.  “No flightless bird ever gave rise to a flying one; the same is surely true in the dinosaur fossil record.“It’s even more improbable, he thinks, that dinosaurs gave rise to all the special features of birds.  “Most disturbingly, current orthodoxy dictates that the entire suite of sophisticated avian flight architecture, including aerodynamic wings and specialised brain structures, evolved in earthbound dinosaurs in a non-flight context, a proposal that is practically non-Darwinian.”Feduccia’s latest book, Riddle of the Feathered Dragons (Yale University Press, 2012) describes his view in more detail.  His essay for New Scientist closes,My central idea, that Chinese fossils bearing modern feathers are early birds, seems new and revolutionary yet it is new only as a fresh application of de Beerian thinking to a new set of problematic fossils. Paraphrased, de Beer’s axiom still holds: if it has feathers and avian flight wings, it’s a bird!So are you better off with Feduccia, de Beer and Owen than you were with Thomas Huxley and Xing Xu?  Feduccia still believes that non-flying archosaurs evolved into birds.  He just feels it is less biophysically improbable that the “sophisticated avian flight architecture, including aerodynamic wings and specialised brain structures” came from animals jumping in trees rather than running along the ground.  Look, Dr. Feduccia, if it is “practically non-Darwinian” to imagine theropods generating these sophisticated structures from the ground up, it is just as “non-Darwinian” and “biophysically improbable” to imagine archosaurs generating them while jumping out of the trees.Actually, both Feduccia’s and Xu’s positions are 100% Darwinian.  That’s because the essence of Darwinism is the Stuff Happens Law.  If an animal develops flight, it’s because stuff happens.  If an animal doesn’t develop flight, it’s because stuff happens.  Darwinians don’t need evidence; they need imagination.  The play is the thing.  The scattered fossils from China, Germany and wherever don’t tell one story; they are scattered pieces of evidence that can be interpreted multiple ways. In Darwinism, data are mere props for imaginary scenarios.Darwinism allows for opposite outcomes from the same laws of nature.  Feduccia’s story, for instance, employs gravity (a law of nature) as the creator of flight: “Flight originated from the trees down, with small size and gravity providing the impetus, as is the case for all animals that developed flight.”  But the same law (gravity) produced opposite outcomes, according to evolution.  Bats developed flight by jumping out of trees, but lemurs didn’t.  Pterosaurs developed flight by falling off cliffs, but apatosaurs didn’t (even though some pterosaurs were large as giraffes and were able to take off from the ground).  Birds developed powered flight by jumping out of trees, but lizards didn’t.  Don’t even ask about insects.  According to Feduccia’s imagination, gravity gave the “impetus” for caterpillars to invent a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies (watch the documentary Metamorphosis to understand how silly such an idea is).If gravity had such law-like powers of creation, everything would fly, even pigs and humans.  (Humans do fly, but that’s using aircraft built by intelligent design.)  This should be a testable scientific hypothesis.  Shove a billion lizards out of trees, and see which ones become birds under the impetus of gravity (remember, half a wing doesn’t count).  Come now.  External influences like gravity cannot command unguided variations, including chance mutations, to produce an ordered result.  It’s crazy (and non-Darwinian) to expect environmental influences to act as an “impetus” for coordinated design.Feduccia’s usefulness for thinking people, therefore, is merely to point out the anti-scientific power of dogmatic paradigms.  He is a maverick within the Darwinian camp.  Those outside the camp can use him like the hero in the fairy tale Seven at One Blow, a logically thinking tailor, who slew the giants by getting them to finish each other off.1.  Xing Xu et al., “A gigantic feathered dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of China,” Nature 484 (05 April 2012), pp. 92–95, doi:10.1038/nature10906.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Family of Indian-Origin Mafia Boss in Hiding After Spate of Murders in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgAfter the death of Indian-origin businessman, Sheron Sukhdeo, who is said to have had links with the mafia in Trinidad and Tobago, his entire family has gone into hiding fearing for their life.A string of deaths has plagued the community in Charlieville and Chaguanas, where Sukhdeo used to live. The 33-year-old real estate dealer was killed on March 26. Sukhdeo’s neighbor, 21-year-old Joshua Plaza, of Savannah Heights, Charlieville, was then killed on April 22. Like Sukhdeo, Plaza received a call and when he walked outside, he was shot dead. On May 4, Phillip Bassant, the younger brother of Sukhdeo’s wife, Rachel, also received a similar call and was shot dead when he stepped out. On May 13, Rachel’s driver and confidante Kerwin Beckles was shot dead around 10 pm near the New Settlement Savannah in Chaguanas.More than a dozen people, including Rachel, several members of her family, and people employed by her, are being targeted, reported. Sukhdeo’s associates and residents of Caroni Savannah Road, Chaguanas, are living in fear under a self-imposed curfew.Rachel has reportedly turned her home into a fortress. Her two children have also been whisked to safer places.Sukhdeo made his money from real estate and car dealership. He liked to live a fast life, which he posted about on social media. For his funeral, he was dressed in white, with his famous gold jewelry, in a $50,000 casket which said “Sheron’s Auto” and “World Boss” inscribed in it. He was finally cremated according to Hindu rites but before that he was showered with Moët champagne at the Waterloo Cremation site in Carapichaima, according to uwatv.Sukhdeo, who was also a drug kingpin, financed his criminal empire through money launderers for 15 years, according to the T&T Guardian. He and his family also received protection from a group called the Muslim Gang. Among other crimes, he was also accused of illegally occupying land close to his car dealership. He was charged twice for assaulting his wife but she refused to testify.“He used to rent there and then he stopped paying the rent and occupied the land as if it was his own. Nobody told him anything because he owned all the officers from the Chaguanas Police Station. People covered for him, including (name called),” a source told the newspaper, adding that those associating with him are also in danger from rivals, who are most likely behind the attacks. Related ItemsDiasporaTrinidad and Tobagolast_img read more