Warriors 106, Raptors 105: Kevin Durant’s injury a dark cloud

first_img … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/11/bang_fd1e2862-65ec-401f-8638-c3c97a993884″]TORONTO – The Warriors staved off elimination Monday in the most dramatic way, beating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in Game 5 despite playing the last three quarters without Kevin Durant.“We did it for Kevin,” said Klay Thompson, who played 42 minutes and scored 26 points. “We’re going to try to win the next two for him.”last_img read more

Raiders’ Arden Key fined for penalty against Vikings

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Defensive end Arden Key became the second Raiders player in two weeks Saturday to be assessed a $21,056 for an illegal hit on a quarterback.An NFL spokesman confirmed the fine.The play occurred with the Vikings leading 7-0 late in the first quarter. With the ball on their own 13-yard line, Kirk Cousins threw a screen pass to Dalvin Cook that nearly had first-down yardage. After Cousins threw the ball, Key delivered a blow that not only gave Minnesota the first down with a …last_img read more

Hundreds of Dino Tracks Found Eroding at Scottish Beach

first_imgCould these sauropod tracks have survived the ocean for thousands of years, let alone millions?“Hundreds of giant dinosaur footprints found in Scottish lagoon” on the Isle of Skye, New Scientist reports. Twenty-ton sauropods left these tracks 170 million Darwin Years ago, according to Steven Brusatte (U of Edinburgh) and his team. The circumstances, however, raise questions:This is the largest discovery of dinosaur footprints in Scotland. And it helps to piece together how and where these behemoths lived.“These dinosaurs weren’t swimmers but they would have been moving around knee-deep in this brackish lagoon. Maybe the plants there were a good food source or maybe they got some protection from other dinosaurs there,” says Brusatte.Wouldn’t footprints in shallow water be quickly erased? It’s uncanny that the reports do not consider this. PhysOrg notes the conditions but not the preservation:There are so many tracks crossing each other that it looks like a dinosaur disco preserved in stone. By following the tracks you can walk with these dinosaurs as they waded through a lagoon 170 million years ago, when Scotland was so much warmer than today.Aside from the fact that this implies global warming is nothing new, the tracks not only formed in an watery environment, they continue to be exposed to forces of erosion. Sid Perkins at Science Magazine didn’t question the age or preservation. Live Science didn’t point this out, either; instead, its coverage joked about an “ancient Nessie.”A feature on BBC Earth begins with artwork that would be anachronistic to evolutionists: a sauropod accompanied by oxen. It mentions that the fossils they were looking for were not visible when the reporter accompanied Brusatte, because it was high tide.In the article, Brusatte enters a storytelling trance, claiming there was a “whole lot of evolution going on” at the time the footprints were made (this contradicts findings about how long it takes two coordinated mutations to emerge—100 million years—according to the documentary film Living Waters).In an infographic, the highly visual BBC article gives five steps on “How to Make a Dinosaur Footprint.”Step 1: Dinosaur steps in soft mud; not too hard and not too soft for best results.Step 2: Mud baked hard in searing sun.Step 3: Hardened mud with print is covered by fresh soft mud.Step 4: Step 3 is repeated hundreds or thousands of times and the mud left to harden to rock over the course of millions of years.Step 5: The processes of erosion may eventually weather away top layers to reveal print.Quiz question for students: which of these steps is not testable? Answer: Step 4. No human has observed millions of years. It would be possible to test Steps 1-3, but then, the question becomes, for Step 5, how to time the erosion so that the top layers of rock erode down to the footprints just in time for scientists to observe them. Too fast, and the prints would be gone. Too slow, and they would not be visible for more millions of years.Another unaddressed puzzle is why marine reptiles (ichthyosaurs) are found with the sauropod footprints on the Isle of Skye, along with amphibians, small reptiles and fish. A museum on the island houses bones of both land animals and marine animals.Because smaller bones are more fragile and less likely to be preserved as fossils, they are rarer. They tend to only be found in relatively quiet environments such as lagoons, where they are protected from waves, currents and strong winds.“Dinosaurs are important,” says Challands. “But so are the smaller things. We were very pleased to find some shark teeth on Skye. Finding and studying them can be a long process but they can tell us a lot about the diversity of the food web. There’s hardly anywhere else in the world that preserves such fossils from this period.”A video clip shows Brusatte’s colleague Tom Challands pointing out the dinosaur footprints in rocks at the tidepool zone. Brusatte expresses his excitement about finding a “dinosaur disco, a dinosaur dance floor” but never mentions how these prints could have survived for 170 million years in a watery environment exposed to the tides. The Rocky Mountains could erode to sea level in just 10 million years. Accelerating discoveries of dinosaur soft tissue (see 12/01/15) should be challenging the assumption these creatures lived eons ago.In any other field of academic study, would such stories be swallowed whole without question? Would they not be exposed to searing criticism for their implausibilities? What is it about long ages and evolution that allows storytellers like Brusatte and Challands to get away with it? Reporters subject politicians to withering criticism on a daily basis, but you almost never read a report questioning the credibility of an evolutionary claim. That needs to change. That’s why you are reading Creation-Evolution Headlines. Join the revolution! (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s festival of spirit

first_imgBridget Hilton-Barber The Egg Man, Gregory da Silva.A trip with friends to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival was excellent muti for my recent bout of national blues. The first character we bumped into at the entrance to the craft market was Gregory da Silva, the Egg Man from Benin. He was wearing skins and bangles and feathers and beads, and upon his head was a giant headdress made out of hundreds of eggs and a pair of horns. “Welcome to South Africa!” he roared, “You are very welcomed!”He travelled the continent’s festival circuit he said, and whipped out a business card with an email address that went something along the lines of [email protected] He was wandering Burlesque, around the market delighting people with his outlandish costume. Near to the Egg Man, wide-eyed children were being taken on camel rides as their parents billed and cooed. On the stage beyond him, a medley of Xhosa women dressed in bold and bright 50’s dress sang sweet songs a la early Miriam Makeba and Dolly Rathebe. A drum ‘n dance troupe was getting ready to perform next, shivering bravely in the freezing cold in their scanty kudu-skin outfits.There were fire-eaters, hot coal walkers, gypsies and acrobats. There were arty types, theatre types, grungy students, friends, families, determined shoppers, hippies and more. A steady stream of revellers headed for the beer tent. Inside a comedian was ripping off the nation and the mood was “festive” as they say in the Eastern Cape. Outside, food stalls tempted with assorted delights. You could go for a traditional boerewors roll or a Buddhist meal in which absolutely nothing whatsoever was injured during its making. You could buy freshly squeezed orange juice, richly spiced curry and various wraps, pancakes, waffles, muffins and rotis.The craft on offer was great – an interesting diversity of good products. Colourful woollen hats from Nepal, glassware from Knysna, embroidery from Indian, beadwork from KZN, ceramics from Swaziland, basketry from Zululand. The clothing was funky local, fringe, Indian, eastern. And you could get just about everything on the affordable shopping front from suede handbags and mohair blankets to paper lanterns, wooden candlestick holders and Laugh It Off t-shirts.From the holistic section came wafts of incense. Inside, gentle people promised to help with your chakra or your karma or your aura. We floated around getting minute- long free massages and having delicious things rubbed on us. I bought a head-massaging device called The Stress Reaper, which was pioneered by a female Capetonian pharmacist. (I call it the Head Tarantula and I have used it every single day since its purchase). And we met a beguiling Durbanite who had studied incense-making for the past seven years and enchanted us with his explanation of the high and low notes he used, the sweet notes and spicy ones.Eventually we were laden with goodies: Incense, a hammock, a head massager, Nepalese beanies, kudu biltong, decorative glass plates, assorted books, wads of business cards. We dropped off our stash at the hotel and then slipped into carnival mode, spending the next while getting lost in the spectacle, in the delicious eye-candy of it all. We walked the streets, stopped in at cafes and shops, saw photographic exhibitions, art shows and fireworks displays. We drank lustily at a place called the Calabash, lurching outside every now and again to dance with the marimba band playing upbeat reggae on the pavement. We met up with friends from all over the country – musos, journos, good ous.We saw a fab musical dance as well as the premier of a great movie called Triomf, based on a book of the same name by SA author Marlene van Niekerk. We drank tequila at a place called the Long Table – an enormous building with incredibly long tables! – that was jam packed with party people – and ended up very late at night listening to a terrible one-man cover band that made every song sound the same. And we loved it.The main festival programme offered everything from north Indian classical dance to wacky local comedy. You could go for traditional, African, ethno-bongo, comic, classical European. The jazz festival offered big bands, opera meets jazz, African and exploratory, the literary festival offered memoir, politics, classics, history, poetry and new South African individualism,The festival atmosphere was easy and upbeat, the mood spirited and colourful. There were lots of families and friends, plenty of laughter, much activity, streets full of cold but happy festinos, students smooching behind frosted glass windows. Everybody seemed to talk to each other for a change– in the queues for the ATM’s, in the parking lots, on the street, in the crowds. It was a lovely reminder that there isn’t any shortage of contemporary creative spirit about. And that creativity always has the power to heal, unite and inspire.Bridget Hilton-Barber is a well-known travel writer based in Limpopo province. She has worked as editor of South African Airways’ inflight magazine Sawubona, debut editor of Lowveld Living, travel correspondent for Radio 702 and travel editor of FairLady magazine. She is the author of seven books.last_img read more

Bafana edged by Poland in Warsaw

first_img15 October 2012South Africa went down 1-0 after conceding a late goal to Poland in an international friendly at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Friday night. Bafana Banafa coach Gordon Igesund said that while he was disappointed with the result, it had been “a good and worthwhile exercise”.Igesund used the game to hand debuts to three players: Sifiso Myeni, Luvhengo Mungomeni and Ricardo Nunes, while there were also returns for goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi.Marcin Komorowski struck the winner eight minutes from time after Khune had stymied the Poles’ attacking forays time after time. The fact that Khune was South Africa’s man of the match was somewhat concerning, but Bafana, too, created some opportunities of their own.Equaliser disallowedIn fact, after Komorowski had put Poland ahead, it appeared that South Africa had equalised when Siyabonga Sangweni found the back of the net with a header, but he was deemed to have been offside and the goal was ruled out.Poland certainly had their chances to score earlier, but when Arkadiusz Piech was put clean through in the 26th minute after springing the offside trap, Khune denied him.Shortly after that Artur Sobiech missed a gilt-edged chance to give the Poles the lead from only a couple of metres out. He, however, somehow got his feet in a tangle and completely missed an inviting cross that passed across the face of Khune’s goal.‘We deserved something’“Congratulations to Poland for the victory, but I believe we deserved something from the game,” Igesund said afterwards.“I am not disappointed with the performance of my players, but I am unhappy that we gave away a very soft goal. I think we achieved what we wanted from this match.”Assessing the game, Igesund added: “Poland started well, but Khune did well to keep us in the game. I also believe we did not have enough bodies in the box to punish them.“It is better to lose games like these and be ready for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament because I am building a squad for that showpiece. It was a great test for us.”‘He cans still improve’Before the game, quite a lot was made of the selection of Ricardo Nunes at left-back. Igesund said: “He did reasonably well and he showed some quality. But I still believe he can still improve.”Nunes was especially useful from free kicks, and Dikgacoi should have made better use of a pinpoint delivery from the defender early in the second half, but headed wide of the mark.It was encouraging to see the South African team playing with a sense of urgency, which was something that had been missing at times before Igesund took over.Defensive holesThere were some nice touches and clearly a desire to get forward but, with half the team having been changed, the passing was not sure enough and there were also some holes in the defence. Igesund will no doubt work on that before Bafana’s next outing against Kenya in Nairobi on Tuesday.“It is a bitter pill to swallow, more so because we conceded so late in the match,” said Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo.“We had some chances which we did not capitalise on and at this level we have to bury every opportunity we get, even half a chance.“Be that as it may, we are forging ahead with our mission of preparing a team for Afcon, so we have to keep on fighting. We have to keep on working hard and the results will eventually come,” said the Greece-based defender.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more