0Shares00002021 Africa Cup of Nations: Comoros hold EgyptMORONI, Comoros, Nov 18 – Seven-time champions Egypt were held to their second successive draw of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying as hosts Comoros battled to 0-0 stalemate.The result give advantage to Kenya’s Harambee Stars who can go top of Group G if they beat Togo tonight in Kasarani. Elsewhere, Ghana made it two wins out of two but were made to work hard to edge past Sao Tome e Principe 1-0.After their 1-1 draw with Kenya on Thursday in their opening Group G encounter Egypt held on for another point on Monday in Comoros.The Pharaohs began well with Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim firing a shot against the bar after nine minutes.Two minutes later they had another good chance after the Comoros keeper was ruled to have picked up a back pass only for the resulting indirect freekick to be blocked and cleared by the hosts’ defence.Both sides had their best opportunities to break the deadlock midway through the second haff.Firstly Aston Villa’s Trezeguet was put through for a one-on-one with the keeper only to stab his effort wide of the post.Minutes later Kassim M’Dahoma jinxed his way into the area and his shot was blocked a little fortuitously by keeper Mohamed El Shenawy’s shoulder as he dived to make the save.The game was played in intensely hot conditions with the referee allowing official water breaks in both halves of the match.The result means Comoros are now on four points from their two matches, after their win in Togo, while Egypt are on two.Ghana scored a second-half penalty to edge past Sao Tome 1-0 and take them top of Group C.The Black Stars struggled to break down a resolute Sao Tome defence until just after the break when Emmanuel Boateng was fouled in the area to allow Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew to score the winner.The result means Ghana have the maximum six points from two games, South Africa and Sudan are on three while Sao Tome are pointless.The top two sides in 11 of the 12 groups will all advance to the 2021 finals in Cameroon.Cameroon qualify for the finals as hosts but are taking part in the qualifying campaign to gain competitive match practice which means just one team from Group F will progress to the finals.2021 Africa Cup of Nations results:Monday:Sao Tome and Principe 0-1 Ghana (Group C)The Gambia v DR Congo (Group D)Cape Verde v Mozambique (Group F)Comoros 0-0 Egypt (Group G)Kenya v Togo (Group G)Botswana v Algeria (Group H)Sunday:Chad 0-2 Mali (Group A)Guinea 2-0 Namibia (Group A)South Sudan 1-2 Burkina Faso (Group B)Uganda 2-0 Malawi (Group B)South Africa 1-0 Sudan (Group C)Gabon 2-1 Angola (Group D)Rwanda 0-1 Cameroon (Group F)Eswatini 1-4 Senegal (Group I)Congo 3-0 Guinea Bissau (Group I)Benin 1-0 Sierra Leone (Group L)Lesotho 2-4 Nigeria (Group L)-By BBC Sport- 0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)
With domestic campaigns reaching crucial moments, fans around the continent will be pained to see the club season put on hold for the return of international football.While last summer’s World Cup was one of the most memorable in recent times, the international game is in a strange state, with fans of bigger clubs shunning it as nothing more than an unnecessary distraction but, thankfully, there are still areas of the globe where international competition remains the pinnacle for a player.That could not have been clearer than in Bhutan, as the small Himalayan nation beat Sri Lanka in a World Cup preliminary qualifier to reach the second round.It marks a stunning achievement for the country who were most recently ranked dead last in FIFA’s global rankings, and now they have the oppounity to be drawn alongside such Asian heavyweights as Japan and South Korea.Take a look at the video above to see just how much international football still means…
Don Scott, a former head football coach at Verdugo Hills High of Tujunga, has been hired as Canyon High’s top assistant under veteran coach Harry Welch. Scott, who lives in Canyon Country, replaces defensive coordinator Scott Blade, who has accepted a head coaching job at Hillsboro High in Nashville. Scott was Verdugo Hills’ head coach for five seasons from 1995 to 1999. He has since worked as a Glendale College assistant before returning to Verdugo Hills as an assistant. “I’m real pleased to have Don Scott on staff,” Welch said. “He’ll be very responsible for our defense.” Frias said winning is a priority for the baseball program, but at this point he’s primarily concerned with improvement. “You always want to win, and we feel we have talent and good players,” Frias said. “We’ll get there.” Canyon’s longtime golf coach Bob Meyers and girls’ tennis coach Josh Stimak also have resigned. Former Hart pitcher Tyler Fick, who turned down a Cal State Northridge baseball scholarship and instead played at Cuesta Community College this season, has been named to the All-Western State Conference first team after going 7-3 with a 2.95 ERA. Valencia High’s boys’ volleyball team (32-2) could reach a Southern Section final for the sixth consecutive year by defeating Tesoro (18-4) in the Div. II semifinal at 7 p.m. tonight, but fifth-year coach Mark Knudsen isn’t quite ready to use the word “dynasty.” “Oh no, I don’t think so. Not yet,” Knudsen said. “We’re just had some pretty good luck and some great athletes over the years. Maybe if we make it the final 10 years in a row, we can start calling it a dynasty.” Valencia is 2-3 in championship games, winning its last title in 2004. Valencia and Tesoro have one common opponent, Laguna Beach. Valencia defeated Laguna Beach in three games in the quarterfinals, and Tesoro twice defeated Laguna Beach in four games during the regular season. Local softball legend Nicole Giordano, who carried the Saugus Centurions to a Southern Section Div. II championship in 1996, married former classmate Adam Stoll on Saturday in a lavish ceremony in Malibu. “It was awesome, really wonderful, and Nicole looked beautiful,” said proud mom Cathy Giordano, a former head softball coach at Hart who retired last year. The newlyweds, both 26, are honeymooning in Puerto Vallarta. Giordano, who played at Arizona and with the U.S. National team, works in real estate. Stoll, who played baseball at Saugus, is a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. Saugus track standouts Jeanette McConnell (girls’ discus and shot put,) Derek Somerville (boys’ 800) and Lauren Moore (girls’ high jump and triple jump) are signing college scholarships during a special campus ceremony at noon Saturday. “They don’t want to say where they’re going until Thursday. It’s a surprise,” athletic director Kevin Miner said. Saugus’ softball team has been relegated to Central Park the past two years because of ongoing construction on campus, and it’s been confirmed the girls must wait at least one more year before a new field is finished at Saugus. The plan is to reconfigure the baseball field and tennis court, and to build a softball field near the tennis court, Miner said. “That’s the master plan but I don’t think there’s a timetable,” he said. “It’s all going to depend on fund-raising. But Central Park is a nice facility, and I don’t think the girls mind being there.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Canyon, which returns standout running back J.J. DiLuigi, is the defending Southern Section Div. II champion. Also at Canyon, the search continues for a baseball coach to replace Scott Willis, who resigned after one season in his second stint at the school. Administrator Sal Frias expects a leading candidate to emerge over the next couple of days in time for summer workouts. “I’ve got a couple of applicants in mind but I can’t say their names because I’m still checking references,” said Frias, who said he’d prefer to fill the job with an applicant who’ll double as a full-time teacher. Among those who’ve expressed interest is former Hart player Brandon Montemayor, who works at Saugus as a substitute teacher. Canyon has gone through three baseball coaches over the past four seasons – failing to achieve a winning record or to qualify for the playoffs during that span.
CAPPRY ROVERS NOTES 07/03/2016 CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTO The numbers drawn in this week’s draw were 5, 10, 15, 18.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Chris McGrath, Finn Farmlane, Cappry.Next weeks jackpot is €4600.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!! CAPPRY ROVERS Kildrum took all 3 points from a scrappy affair on a lovely spring day at Station Road. Both teams tried hard in the opening half hour but the deadlock wasn’t broke until 41minutes when Reece Laird cooly slotted home after great play on the right hand side. The Tigers doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Laird latched onto a loose ball to get his second of the game. Cappry pushed hard and pulled one back after a horrendous OG from Shane McIntyre. Laird could have wrapped the game up and got his hat-trick but he failed to convert from the penalty spot. Good displays from both teams.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVES Cappry Reserves where due to play Curragh at the weekend but the game was postponed due to both pitches deemed unplayable.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’s Cappry played Ballybofey Wanderers on Saturday morning in the Finn Valley. Ballybofey battled hard but Cappry came home with a 6-1 win.CAPPRY CRUSADERS U16’s The Crusaders were back in action this evening (Monday) when they welcomed Swilly Rovers to Cappry Park. Cappry battled hard and defended really well in the 1st half and were a wee bit unlucky to be going in 1 nil down at the break. Credit to Swilly, they came out in the 2nd half and passed the ball about well and scored 4 more goals with quality strikes and well worked goals. They score doesn’t reflect the effort Cappry put into the game. All 14 players who took part played very well.CAPPRY ROVERS U14’s Cappry Rovers played Killea FC in the Finn Valley at noon on Saturday. It proved to be a very 1 sided game with Cappry running out 12-2 winners. Jamie Murray (4), Kieran Thompson (3), Daniel Gordon (3), Shaun Marley and Thomas McMenamin scored for Cappry.CAPPRY ROVERS U12’s Cappry Rovers played Fintown Harps this evening (Monday) in Cappry Park. Cappry were on top for most of this match and applied lots of pressure with Fintown defending well. Cappry hit the woodwork on numerous occasions. Luke McGlynn, Andrew Murray and Mark Mbuli scored the goals in a 3-0 win for Cappry.CAPPRY COLTS U12’s Castlefin Celtic Res 0 Cappry Colts 2The Colts picked up a good 3 points away from home on Saturday afternoon. The Colts started brightly with Sean Lyons and Odhran Quigley Doherty causing lots of problems on both wings. The busy Niall Ryan scored after 5 minutes to put the Colts 1 up. The Castlefin keeper made a number of great saves before Niall Ryan scored his 2nd midway through the half. Ethan Deery, Ronan Callaghan and Eoin McGonagle had a few attempts before halftime. The 2nd half started and Castlefin had a fairly strong breeze behind them and were creating a few good chances, one notable effort from a free kick which was superbly saved by stand in keeper Sean Ryan. The Colts defence held firm until the end led by Darragh Carroll, Patrick Long, Charlie Griffin and Niall Marley. We would like to thank Castlefin for a good contest, match referee Liam McLaughlin and the 11 colts who all played.SOCCER: CAPPRY ROVERS U12’S EARN 3-0 WIN OVER FINTOWN HARPS was last modified: March 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cappry Rovers FCSport
RANKED 3 Alcacer was at the double Spain appear to be in rude health after the disappointment of their last-16 exit at the World Cup last summer, scoring 12 goals in Enrique’s three games in charge.Almost from the first minute this was a harsh lesson for the hosts who were a mixture of youth and experience, but without their talisman Gareth Bale.Boss Giggs had reported that the Real Madrid forward was suffering from “muscle fatigue”, although he was on the pitch at half-time to receive a Golden Boot for his record tally of 30 Wales goals.Giggs is hoping that Bale will be involved in Dublin on Tuesday and, on this evidence, Wales certainly need him.Both managers gave a nod to next week’s Nations League action in terms of selection.Enrique made six changes from the side which crushed World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 last month, but David de Gea and skipper Ramos were both in the starting line-up three days ahead of England’s visit to Seville. 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Vokes pulled one back Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY There was brief cheer for Wales when Ethan Ampadu met Harry Wilson’s corner and his header clipped the outside of a post.But Ampadu limped off soon after the restart having held his left knee on the ground, possibly placing his participation in Dublin in doubt.It almost got worse for Wales as Suso cut on to his left-foot and curled the ball against the crossbar.Aaron Ramsey tested substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and, with half-time arrival David Brooks adding urgency to the Wales attack, Sam Vokes was stopped by a last-ditch tackle.Bartra rose superby from a 74th-minute corner to deflate Wales even further before their crunch trip to the Republic.But Wales had the last word when the impressive Brooks crossed and Vokes directed his header into the corner of Arrizabalaga’s net. Bartra added a fourth BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED REVEALED Spain produced a Cardiff masterclass to stun Wales and send a warning shot to Nations League rivals England.Luis Enrique’s stylish side strolled to a 4-1 victory on a night when Wales returned to the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium for the first time in seven-and-a-half years.Paco Alcacer, with a brace, and Sergio Ramos scored inside 29 minutes before substitute Marc Bartra added a fourth with a towering second-half header. Sam Vokes headed a consolation a minute from time but it was a sobering evening for Ryan Giggs’ side ahead of their Nations League game against the Republic of Ireland.After half-an-hour, statisticians were thumbing through the record books to discover Wales’ heaviest loss was a 9-0 defeat to Scotland in 1878.It did not quite get to those proportions as a raft of replacements took the sting out of Spain’s attacking edge, but it was still Wales’ heaviest defeat since a 6-1 thrashing away to Serbia in September 2012.Wales had not played at the home of Welsh rugby since losing a Euro 2012 qualifier to England 2-0 in March 2011.The attendance of 50,232 justified the Football Association of Wales’ decision to move the game from the Cardiff City Stadium, although it was not a switch that went down well with die-hard supporters. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Giggs showed Spain respect by altering his usual formation and playing three central defenders, but Wales were undone as early as the eighth minute.Hennessey’s poor punch fell to Jose Gaya and, when the Valencia defender turned it back into the area, there was Alcacer to find his spot firmly.Spain doubled their lead after 19 minutes and it was far too easy.Suso’s free-kick evaded a dozing Wales defence for Ramos to embrace the freedom of Cardiff and head past an unguarded Hennessey.That statue-like defending was visible again after 29 minutes when Wales passed up the opportunity to clear the ball on a couple of occasions.The ball looped into the air and, with Wales seemingly distracted by an injured Spain player lying prone in the penalty area, Alcacer ran on to dispatch a merciless volley. 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade
Joe Torre considered resigning last week, then decided during a meeting with owner George Steinbrenner to return next season as manager of the New York Yankees. Speaking publicly for the first time since the Yankees lost to the Angels in the first round of playoffs last week, Torre said he wasn’t sure at first whether he wanted to stay. New York Mets reliever Felix Heredia was suspended for the first 10 days of next season for violating baseball’s steroids policy. Heredia became the 11th major league player suspended for steroids. Longtime Oakland Athletics radio voice Bill King, whose signature call of “Holy Toledo!” was a household phrase for decades in the Bay Area, died from complications following hip surgery. He was 78. King was also the lead radio broadcaster for the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders and worked for a time on the San Francisco Giants’ broadcast team. HOCKEY: Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was sent to the minors for conditioning after missing the start of the season with a groin injury. Former NHL player Moe Mantha has been suspended for one year as general manager and 25 games as coach of the OHL’s Windsor (Ontario) Spitfires for making players strip on the team bus. He also got a 15-game ban from coaching for fights in practice. “It was a waffle. It was going back and forth,” he said during a news conference Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. “It certainly came to mind: Do I want to continue to do this?” Torre led New York to four World Series titles in his first five seasons, but the Yankees have not won the World Series since 2000. He has two years remaining on his contract. TENNIS: Mark Philippousis, the best-known player at the Calabasas Challenger tennis tournament, dropped out before his first match because of back spasms. Philippousis was ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in 1999. – Matthew Kredell Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner was in jail after his arrest in Knoxville, Tenn. for violating probation. Tanner, who won the 1977 Australian Open, was arrested Monday on a fugitive warrant from Florida. He was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in November 2003 in Florida for bouncing a $35,595 check. DIVERSITY: The NFL ranked last in a study comparing opportunities for women and minorities in five professional sports leagues, and the WNBA was the only one to earn top marks. The NBA, Major League Baseball and the MLS all showed improvement, but women’s basketball received the only A overall in the report card released by the University of Central Florida. FIGURE SKATING: Skate America lost its biggest headliner when Sasha Cohen withdrew from the season’s first Grand Prix of Figure Skating event. Cohen injured a muscle on her left side – the oblique muscle – during practice last Thursday and was told to quit doing triple jumps for at least a week. SOCCER: Freddy Adu, the 16-year-old D.C. United phenom, vented his frustration over lack of playing time, saying it has wrecked his chances of making the U.S. World Cup team and has him thinking about leaving the defending MLS champion. United coach Peter Nowak fired back, saying that “nobody is going to be above this team.” Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, a three-time winner, was joined by midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and goalkeeper Kasey Keller as finalists for the Honda Player of the Year award, presented annually to the top U.S. male soccer player. The winner will be announced Nov. 30. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Javelin 3. David Silkman, 179-5 400-Meter Hurdles 4. Bas Van Leersum, 53.05 6. Dominic Lombardi, 55.43 7. Tyler Zak, 56.00 8. Hudson Priebe, 56.42 Nebraska Invitational May 7, 2016 – Lincoln, Neb. LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams turned in more strong performances on Saturday at the Nebraska Invitational in their final meet before next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship.”I really like where this team is right now,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “We are physically in a really good spot as we head into finals week and the MVC Championship.”Drake’s sprinters were led by Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) finishing second in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 57.30 followed by Kaylen Rettig (Allen, Texas) in fourth. For the men, Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) finished second in the 100 meters in personal-best time of 10.60. Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) was fourth in the women’s 100 meters in 11.98.”I was worried coming off of the Drake Relays that our team might not be able to get themselves up for this week, but they did a great job,” Kaiser-Brown added.Laura Gann (Wheaton, Ill.) also clocked a season best in the women’s 800 meters in 2:14.93. Three other Bulldogs finished in the top 10 of the event as the majority of the team’s distance runners had the week off to prepare for the conference meet. Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) was the top Drake finisher in the men’s 1,500 meters with a fourth-place time of 3:58.31.The Bulldog hurdlers also made their final pre-championship tweaks with Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.72 followed by Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa) in third and Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) in fifth. Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) turned in a time of 53.05 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, the fourth-fastest time of the day and the second fastest by a collegian. The Bulldogs now turn their attention to closing out the academic year in strong fashion with final exams this week, followed by the MVC Championship May 13-15 in Terre Haute, Ind. 400-Meter Hurdles 5. Victoria Coombe, 1:04.56 Discus 12. Michael Dolan, 137-4 400 Meters 2. Rai Ahmed-Green, 57.30 4. Kaylen Rettig, 59.30 100-Meter Hurdles 2. Mary Young, 13.72 3. Destani Welch, 14.30 5. Virginia Hill, 14.53 6. Victoria Coombe, 14.92 800 Meters 2. Laura Gann, 2:14.93 4. Kayla Giuliano, 2:18.89 8. Celeste Arteaga, 2:26.80 9. Shelby Varney, 2:36.27 Complete Results High Jump 4. Ryan Cook, 6-5.5 Nebraska Invitational May 7, 2016 – Lincoln, Neb. High Jump 7. Taylor Patton, 5-1.25 Print Friendly Version Drake Individual Women’s Results 100 Meters 4. Taryn Rolle, 11.98 800 Meters 9. Alec Bognar, 1:58.17 10. John Freeman, 2:03.95 400 Meters 10. Zachary Elkins, 55.36 110-Meter Hurdles 4. Dominic Lombardi, 15.18 200 Meters 6. Aaron Chier, 21.79 9. Kendall Owens, 22.43 Story Links Drake Individual Men’s Results 100 Meters 2. Demetrius Shelton, 10.60 1,500 Meters 4. Josh Yeager, 3:58.31 7. Ali Jandal, 4:03.01 9. Chris Kaminski, 4:14.54 Pole Vault 4. Christina LeMunyon, 11-4.25 5. Kathryn Ambrose, 9-10.5 Hammer Throw 11. Michael Dolan, 160-0
Fulham boss Kit Symons believes the officials were wrong to rule out Hugo Rodallega’s late goal at Millwall.The Colombian striker netted six minutes from time but had his celebrations cut short after the assistant referee ruled him offside.It meant Fulham had to settle for a goalless draw, their first away league point since the win at Leeds in mid-December.Millwall boss Ian Holloway said the decision was correct, saying the linesman had got it “spot on”.However, Symons said he had watched a replay and felt Rodallega was onside.He said: “In my opinion that was a good goal which should have stood.“Hugo’s level with the man marking him and I think the other defender’s probably a yard deeper, but that’s my opinion.“I just think it was the wrong call by the linesman, but these things happen.“It would have capped off a fantastic day if we’d come away with all three points but it wasn’t quite to be.”Symons was happy with the result, which keeps the Whites in 19th, five points above the Championship relegation zone.He added: “I thought we were the team pushing second half.“I’m disappointed not to get the win but a point in this division is precious, so we’ll take that.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookj
The latest find of original molecules in a fossil should falsify long ages, but the discoverers use it to celebrate Darwinian evolution.You remember the gasp by Lesley Stahl when Mary Schweitzer showed her soft tissue in a dinosaur bone in a 60 Minutes episode (CBS News, YouTube, 2010). “Impossible!”, all the experts said, because dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. No origional material should remain; even the bones should have been replaced by rock. But with their own eyes, they were seeing evidence of red blood cells and stretchy soft tissues inside a T rex femur. Creationists who don’t accept millions of years were saying, ‘We told you so!’ but their triumph was met with obdurate scorn. They watched with chagrin as all the evolutionists never even blinked. Darwinist reactions consisted of assertions by faith: ‘Well, what do you know! Dinosaur tissue can last for millions of years!’ Since then, numerous cases of soft tissue have been reported, some of them far older than Schweitzer’s (see RSR list), yet the Darwin Party refuses to concede they were wrong.Now, a fossil has been reported by paleontologists from the Australian National University (ANU) that could top them all. They found original molecules of fat (sterols and lipids) in specimens of Dickinsonia, a creature evolutionists insist is 558 million years old. Bobrovskiy et al published their results in Science Magazine 21 Sept 2018, “Ancient steroids establish the Ediacaran fossil Dickinsonia as one of the earliest animals.”Dickinsonia, an Ediacaran creature without organs or systems. Credit: ANU.Note: Dickinsonia lived in a time when Darwinists believe there were no animals at all: just microbes and a few enigmatic colonies of lazy bottom-dwellers called Ediacarans. Although Ediacaran fossil impressions are found around the world (they had no hard parts, so they only left impressions), most evolutionists believe they went extinct around 540 million years ago, before the first true animals burst onto the scene in a ‘geologically instantaneous’ period called the Cambrian Explosion, which lasted about 6 million Darwin Years. Charles Darwin himself considered the near-instant appearance of complex animals as perhaps the biggest challenge that could be lodged against his theory (see the book Darwin’s Doubt and the film Darwin’s Dilemma). The Cambrian animals had hierarchical body plans with organs and systems (including eyes, digestive and reproductive organs), and moved with muscles and nerves, whereas the Ediacarans did not. For that reason, and because of stratigraphical evidence, most evolutionists have not considered Dickinsonia and other Ediacarans to be ancestors of the Cambrian animals.Original biomolecules 558 million years old? Surely this would break the bank (read about “reckless drafts on the bank of time,” 2 July 2007) and force Darwinians to give up on their beloved millions of years. There is absolutely no way any fossil would contain any original biological material that long, one would think, especially if the organism had been buried in marine sediments permeated with water. Most evolutionists themselves believed that until recently. Biological material decays over time, even when entombed in dry rock. Add to that the geological changes that should have occurred in 558 million years—continents rising and sinking, tectonic plates subducting, rocks alternately freezing and thawing, and subsequent life churning up the strata. The destructive processes on this dynamic planet should have accelerated the degradation of biological material in less than one million years, let alone 558 million! If dinosaur soft tissue rocked the Darwin boat, Ediacaran soft tissue should sink it. Right?PhD in Spin DoctoringAnyone who thinks so underestimates the faith of the Darwin Party. The world may never have witnessed better masters at turning falsifying evidence into triumphs for their worldview. Ignoring the problem of keeping fat molecules intact that long, they are spinning the story this way: (a) Cholesterol is only found in animals. Therefore, (b) Dickinsonia must have been an animal. Consequently, (c) They have found an ancestor to animals before the Cambrian Explosion. Darwin has been vindicated!Believe it or not, this is exactly how the discoverers spun it. Watch how they do it in a video in the ANU press release, that could be used as a training model for turning defeat into victory. First we see co-author Jochen Brocks expressing dumbfounded surprise at his colleague’s identification of cholesterol in the Dickinsonia fossil. He could not deny it:Well when Ilya showed me the results, I just couldn’t believe it. I immediately saw the significance. It was completely clear. the results are black and white; there’s nothing to interpret.But does he question the age of the fossil? Does he consider the problem of how original material could last for 558 million years?These creatures in fact produced cholesterol, which is the hallmark of animals. It tells us that, in fact, this creature was our earliest ancestor.Media BandwagonInstead of laughing this performance off the stage and hitting the gong, the media loved it! They embraced it, treating it like one of the best acts of Darwin’s Got Talent they had ever seen! Watch the headlines and quotes in the secular media:Confirming the identity of early animals (Sacha Vignieri, Science). “This supports the idea that the Ediacaran biota may have been a precursor to the explosion of animal forms later observed in the Cambrian, about 500 million years ago.”‘Holy Grail’ fossil mystery cracked – 558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal (Chris Ciaccia, Fox News). “The fossil fat now confirms Dickinsonia as the oldest known animal fossil, solving a decades-old mystery that has been the Holy Grail of palaeontology.“Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal (Astrobiology Magazine). NASA regurgitated the press release without criticism, with its quote of Jochen Brocks saying, “The fossil fat molecules that we’ve found prove that animals were large and abundant 558 million years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought.“Ditto for Science Daily.Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob (Alice Klein in New Scientist). “Now, Jochen Brocks at Australian National University and his colleagues have found fat molecules in 558 million-year-old fossils of Dickinsonia – a type of Ediacaran – that confirms it was an early animal.‘”Earliest animal fossils are identified (Paul Rincon for the BBC News). “Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record.“The only reporters who showed a little bit of mild restraint wrote in Nature and Science:World’s first animal was a pancake-shaped prehistoric ocean dweller (Jeremy Rehm, Nature). Rehm says that proving that Dickinsonia are related to Cambrian animals “remains challenging,” and admits that Ediacarans “remain a mysterious group whose relation to any living organisms is uncertain.” He does not question the dates, however. “Under the right conditions, these chemicals can persist for millions of years, and so help to determine a fossilized organism’s evolutionary relationships.” That’s an assertion with no references. How could he prove it or test it?Chemical clues to the earliest animal fossils (Roger E. Summons and Douglas H. Erwin, Science). Erwin is one of the leading Darwinian experts on the Cambrian Explosion, fully aware of its challenges, so perhaps he considers it wise not to bang the victory drum too loudly. He doesn’t call Dickinsonia an animal, and he doesn’t call it an ancestor. But as a Darwin Party loyalist, he would never question the ages of the fossils. His last sentences are hopeful monsters of wishful thinking:Because molecular clock estimates and morphological characters from fossils offer limited resolution, our best hope for unraveling the early history of animals and the affinities of the Ediacara biota lies with identification of biomarkers that allow us to differentiate specific metazoan clades, particularly among the bilaterians. Further refining the phylogenetic signals from biomarkers may also help to resolve the early history of animals during the Cryogenian and early Ediacaran. Moreover, the fossil-specific biomarker approach taken by Bobrovskiy et al. promises to yield many new insights into the fossilization processes that led to soft-tissue preservation across the animal kingdom and throughout geological time.This guarded statement appears to indicate that Erwin knows about pervasive soft-tissue reports, and may be worried about how to explain them over “geological time.”Update 9/27/18: At Evolution News, paleontologist Günter Bechly has given a detailed look at all the evidence, explaining “Why Dickinsonia Was Most Probably Not an Ediacaran Animal.” He goes through all the papers written about this creature over the last 20 years, including the recent paper by Bobrovskiy et al., showing that the claims by Jochen Brocks are overblown when all the morphological and taphonomic evidence is considered. The cholesterol evidence is not conclusive, he explains, because plants and microbes also produce these molecules.Previously, hydrocarbon biomarkers for steranes had even been reported in 2.7-billion-year-old rocks (Brocks et al. 1999), but were later rejected as contaminations (French et al. 2015), so that Brocks had to submit a correction to his paper. This author is the very same Jochen Brocks whose lab is responsible for the new claim of cholesterol in Dickinsonia. Just saying. It should also be mentioned that in the other dickinsoniid Andiva, studied by Bobrovskiy (2018b), the steroid biomarkers were confounded by background signals and harder to interpret (Summons & Erwin 2018), which may be read as: they did not give the desired result of a metazoan nature.Although Bechly does not question the age of the fossil, he does imply that original biomolecules should not last that long: “the found cholesteroid should neither have been preserved for more than a half billion years, nor should it be expected to be found in invertebrate animals at all, including an Ediacaran stem group representative.”Can the world’s experts really follow Darwin like lemmings off a cliff? You just watched them do it. Brett Miller’s latest cartoon (a CEH exclusive) illustrates the situation: Evidence be darned. Wherever Master Darwin leads, we follow with eyes closed just like his!Here’s another, an illustration by J. 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India and South Africa’s shared historygoes back one and a half centuries.Gandhi, the young lawyer, shortly afterhis arrival in South Africa in the late19th century.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) MEDIA CONTACTS • Di SparksBehind the Scenes Communications+27 11 648 7385 or +27 73 208 8483 RELATED ARTICLES • Trade show to boost India-SA ties • India-SA trade booming • News Cafe opens in India • SA possible new BRIC memberChris ThurmanAsk most people who they think of when you say “South Africa” and “peacemaker” and the answer is most likely to be Nelson Mandela, or perhaps Desmond Tutu.Some people might even recall South Africa’s two other Nobel Peace Prize laureates, FW de Klerk and Chief Albert Luthuli. But few will come up with the name of Mahatma Gandhi.That’s because the most famous peacemaker never to win a Nobel – although he was nominated four times – is remembered internationally more for his political protest and statesmanship in India, the land of his birth and death.It is often forgotten that Gandhi spent 20 years in South Africa. These were mutually formative years during which he developed his philosophy of satyagraha, or non-violent resistance, in response to the racial oppression he encountered here. During this time his presence in the country shaped a tradition of opposition to racism that Madiba himself would later adopt.Of course, the young Mandela – a firebrand, an angry young man with good reason to support a military struggle against apartheid South Africa – was very different from the reconciliatory figure who emerged from prison to become president in 1994.Likewise, the young Mohandas Gandhi, who arrived in South Africa in 1893, newly qualified as a lawyer after studying in London, would change over the course of time into the iconic Mahatma: a barefoot mystic, wearing only a dhoti, or loincloth, and shawl, sitting at a weaving loom and preaching to pilgrims.It has been argued that Gandhi’s early political pronouncements expose him as an elitist who endorsed notions of racial hierarchy and segregation. It was only through his experiences of the South African or Anglo-Boer wars at the turn of the century, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1906, imprisonment, discrimination against all so-called non-Europeans in the South African Union, and frequent abuse by state officials, that Gandhi became disillusioned with the British Empire and its racist practices.Following his return to India in 1915, Gandhi began to campaign for Indian independence – which was finally achieved shortly before he was assassinated in 1948, although the event was marred by Muslim-Hindu violence and the partition of India and Pakistan.A significant day in India and South AfrucaAll of this means that the great man’s birthday, 2 October – a national holiday in India – is also a significant day in South Africa. In 2010 it has an additional resonance because this year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in the former colony of Natal, now known as the province of KwaZulu-Natal.Today, it is calculated that South Africa has the largest population of people of Indian descent, but born outside India, of any country in the world. Of the million plus who live here, many can trace their roots back to the labourers who were imported to work in sugar cane plantations and in mines, but historians are quick to point out that there are some variations to the story.On the one hand, some of the “Indian” labourers actually came from further afield in south-east Asia; on the other hand, there were thousands of Indians who immigrated to South Africa independent of the indenture system.Shared historyNonetheless, commemorating the 150-year mark provides an opportunity to reflect not only on historical but also current ties between the two countries. Shared History – the Indian Experience, a festival affirming these connections, has entertained audiences in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg during August and September. As in previous years, the festival has included a wide range of events centred on dance, music, visual art, literature and food.While the overall tone has been one of celebration, those participating in the festival have also been able to offer critiques of their respective Indian and South African societies. Where The Streets Have No Name, an exhibition of work by Indian artists curated by Alka Pande, is a response to the plight of street children – a phenomenon common to both countries.Pande and her artists worked together with children from the Salaam Baalak Trust, an organisation providing refuge to thousands of children in New Delhi and elsewhere. The result is a fascinating series of twin pieces: one by the artist alone, the other a collaborative painting to which the children contributed.One of the dominant themes in the exhibition is dreaming: it seems that art offered the children a chance to dream of a better life, to escape – if only temporarily – the deprivation that defines their worlds.In Seema Kohli’s Memories, for instance, the collaborative piece depicts families and homes – memories of happier times, perhaps, but more likely imagined – while Kohli’s own work alludes to an archetypal or cultural memory that must be recuperated if poverty is to be combated.This theme is also apparent in Mahua Sen’s Home is a Self-Portrait diptych, while Viren Tanwar presents an ironic take on the consumerism that often informs dreaming in My Dream, which is dominated by brand names and the illusory appeal of bright lights in the big city.The desire to escape is poignantly manifested in the frequent invocation of airplanes and birds, as well as in the repetition of aerial views of city street plans: from up high, the streets aren’t nearly as dirty and dangerous. Nelly Meignie-Huber’s Kids Who Have No Name” is a sobering re-working of the exhibition’s title, emphasising the difficulties that these children face in creating an autonomous identity for themselves.Despite its social inequities, India, like South Africa, remains a richly diverse country, and the Shared History festival was a reminder of its complex heritage. There was a particular focus on the south-western state of Kerala and its dance forms and food, but there were also Indian authors and artists whose presence attested to the country’s multilingualism and multiculturalism. The electronica produced by Delhi-based duo The Midivil Punditz, for instance, fuses international pop music trends with Indian classical and folk styles.In a different vein altogether, poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, who was part of a delegation of Indian writers in conversation with South African writers under the banner of Words on Water, spoke about the “cycles of linguistic give and take” through which Indian languages and literature have developed: Hindi and Portuguese, Tamil and Arabic, English, Sanskrit. “Writers,” he says, “tend to resist the limitations of national or regional categories.”This affirmation of international exchange as a vital component of both individual and collective cultural identity is at the heart of the Shared History programme – and, as we mark the annual anniversary of Gandhi’s birth along with the 150-year anniversary of the mass arrival of Indians in South Africa, it is a principle that should be affirmed again and again.i