Rwanda’s MPs consulting people on third term bid

first_imgRelated Rwanda President Free to Run for a Third Term Last week, Rwanda’s parliament passed a petition seeking a consitutional amendment that would effectively scrap existing presidential term limits. And now, members of Parliament have been consulting ordinary people across the country – to get their views. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports. Rwanda MPs to debate Kagame bid for third term Rwanda’s Supreme Court approves Kagame’s third term bidlast_img

Coyle convinced Blackburn have turned corner

first_imgBlackburn manager Owen Coyle believes his team’s display in their 1-1 draw at QPR showed they have turned a corner.Rovers remain bottom of the Championship table and without a league win this season.But Sam Gallagher’s header earned them a deserved point after Tjaronn Chery’s free-kick put Rangers ahead, and Coyle is convinced they are improving.“There’s no doubt about that,” Coyle said. “Our first two games of the season were very poor but from there we have progressively got better with each game.“Last week we were terrific against Fulham and we knew that with each game we were getting better.“We’ve brought a number of players in and the more you work together the more you see what type of team you’re going to be.“QPR are a good side but we’re disappointed to be leaving with a point because I felt we deserved to win.“The players showed real character and real spirit, which is required when things are going against you.“Regardless of how the game went, if we continue to perform consistently like that we will win games and will move up the table.“It’s not about a knee-jerk reaction after four or five games. It’s about 46 games and there’s work to be done.”See also:QPR v Blackburn – as it happenedChery’s sublime strike not enough for QPRHasselbaink insists QPR deserved moreQPR boss explains Polter substitutionQPR v Blackburn player ratingsQPR fans on Twitter praise ShodipoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Andre Iguodala believes he ‘can easily’ play past his current NBA contract

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — As the Warriors gathered around for a film session, they did not just marvel at Kevin Durant’s scoring outburst or dissect the team’s high volume of fouls. They also admired Andre Iguodala for seemingly doing everything.“‘Oh to be 35 again,’” Warriors coach Steve Kerr remembered saying with playful sarcasm.Not many 35-year-old NBA players can offer …last_img

Can Evolution Repeat Itself?

first_imgA press release from University of Chicago reported today that “115-million-year-old fossil of a tiny egg-laying mammal thought to be related to the platypus provides compelling evidence of multiple origins of acute hearing in humans and other mammals” (emphasis added in all quotes). The fossil apparently shows inner-ear bones in the monotreme lineage that supposedly diverged from the reptile-like ancestors of both marsupial and placental mammals.Many paleontologists have doubted that such a seemingly complex adaptation could have originated more than once in mammals, but according to the authors of the paper, the evidence of T. trusleri [the reported shrew-size fossil] indicates that it did. “Nothing like that has ever been found before,” said Tom Rich, PhD, lead author of the paper and curator of vertebrate paleontology at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.They are claiming that the middle ear bones needed for acute hearing arose twice, independently, within mammals. “How can this supposedly rare and unexpected evolutionary change have occurred so commonly in early mammals?” the press release asks. James Hopson, one of the authors of the paper in Science,1 describes how this might have unfolded:“Recent studies of jaw and ear function in primitive mammal-like reptiles indicate that the larger angular bone may have supported an eardrum while still part of the lower jaw,” Hopson said. But once the dentary bone made a new jaw hinge with the skull in the immediate predecessor of mammals, the accessory jawbones may have abandoned their job of supporting the jaw and evolved exclusively into the middle ear sound-transmitting function.Hopson adds that “Only the evidence of fossils has been able to unravel this tangled history of a complex adaptation.” The only fossil evidence alluded to, however, is T. trusleri and extinct “mammal-like reptiles” without the adaptation, compared with living mammals and the platypus. The scientific paper itself is not sure the transition is clear: “because of the uncertain phylogenetic positions of these taxa with respect to true mammals (monotremes and theriiforms), none provides unequivocal support for the multiple origin of the definitive mammalian middle ear bones” – they only “suggest” the “possibility” of the idea. The paper also discusses uncertainty about the phylogeny of all these groups, and only provisionally builds its case based on one expert’s opinion, “because it is in accord with the polyphyletic origin of the definitive mammalian middle ear but requires the least amount of homoplasy in comparison with other proposed phylogenetic placements of monotremes.” Martin and Luo in Science2 call this a “remarkable example of homoplastic evolution” (another term for convergent evolution, or the supposed independent evolution of similar structures). They call homoplasy a “major feature of evolutionary morphology.” This find, they say, answers a “fascinating but very difficult question facing evolutionary biologists” – that is, “whether a complex structure would be less likely than a simple structure to undergo independent homoplastic evolution.” From the tone of these articles, the only thing not in question by this find is evolution itself.1Rich et al., “Independent Origins of Middle Ear Bones in Monotremes and Therians,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5711, 910-914 , 11 February 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105717].2Thomas Martin and Zhe-Xi Luo, “Homoplasy in the Mammalian Ear,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5711, 861-862, 11 February 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1107202].As always, the independent variable in this equation is Darwinian evolution. Everything else must adjust to keep the story going. Improbabilities? No problem; just create new words like homoplasy that sound scientific, and toss a little pixie dust of natural selection to corral the lucky mutations for engineering complex systems as required. This story looks uglier and uglier the more you peer below the surface to see the shenanigans the Darwin Party is pulling to make their pet theory look good in the face of monstrous problems. Take away the assumption of evolution and they have no leg to stand on. Time to blow the whistle on this scandal.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Head scab risk for wheat generally low

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The last few wheat fields — mostly later maturing fields and fields in northern Ohio — are finishing up flowering this week. According to the forecasting system, the risk for head scab is low for these last fields that were flowering. Although it has rained through several crucial periods of risk for the disease, conditions have been relatively cool, which likely reduced the risk of the scab fungus infecting the wheat spikes.During most of the flowering window for the 2015 season when the crop is most susceptible to infection, conditions have generally not been favorable for scab — either too dry or too cold. Scab develops best under moderate to warm temperatures and humid conditions.last_img

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock hails amazing 2018

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock insists the year 2018 has been the best of his entire coaching career.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Warnock who guided the Bluebirds to promotion reflected on the year as a whole.“For a calendar year, it’s probably the most amazing year I’ve ever had in my career,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“To think in 2018, after surviving beforehand and losing every game last Christmas, to turn that around and get automatic promotion, take the Club up and now have 18 points by the New Year has been an amazing thing.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I don’t think any of it could have been done without everyone singing from the same hymn sheet. The fans have just been quite amazing – you’d really put them at the top of the list. The way they’ve got behind us, I’ve even got goose pimples now talking about it.”“At the end of last season at Hull City – I’ll never forget that. After the warm-up the lads came in saying: ‘have you ever heard anything like that?’ and it was 45 minutes before kick-off! That was the win that got us up, make no mistake about that.”“This year, every week has been the same. I’ve never heard anything like it either. On Saturday my daughter said that all you could hear on the radio was the Cardiff fans singing the national anthem and everything else!”“It’s just a fabulous place to be and you feel so proud to in charge of a Club like this at a time like this.”last_img read more

Four injured in suspected gang shootout on Valencia Park Street

first_imgFour injured in suspected gang shootout on Valencia Park Street SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Four people were shot, including a 30-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries, during a suspected gang shootout between two groups on a Valencia Park street, police said Monday.It happened around 11:20 p.m. Sunday on Logan Avenue near Euclid Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.“For unknown reasons, the two groups started shooting at each other,” Buttle said. “Over 20 rounds were fired.”A 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, the officer said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.A 57-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds to his leg, a 30- year-old man was shot in the neck and face and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest, Buttle said, adding that all three were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Gang detectives were investigating the shooting. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more