The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena. He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBeterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015. Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.ADVERTISEMENT Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA — now the World Boxing Association — world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments FILE PHOTO – Arthur Beterbiev defeats Gabriel Campillo by knockout during the co-main event light heavyweight bout at Pepsi Coliseum on April 4, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPRussian boxer Artur Beterbiev claimed his first world title belt on Saturday with a 12th round knockout of Enrico Koelling in a battle for the vacant IBF light heavyweight crown.The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to make a modification relating to a press release issued recently under the caption: “President Sirleaf Invited to Serve as ‘Guest of Honor’ at Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary.”According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, the Ghanaian Ambassador to Liberia, Kodjo Asimeng Wadee, has invited President Sirleaf to a reception here in Monrovia. The invitation is also extended to the President in her capacity as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority.Invitations were also extended to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon Kamara and her senior officials to attend the celebrations here in Monrovia, and not in Accra, Ghana as perceived.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One teen is dead after a collision between a car and a pickup truck near Grande Prairie Monday.The accident happened at Highway 40 and Correction Line at around 4:15 p.m. local time.- Advertisement -Grande Prairie RCMP say the 17 year-old girl was a passenger in a car heading west along Correction Line when it collided with a pickup truck that was travelling south on the highway.The driver of the car – a 17 year-old female – and a 17 year-old male passenger were both treated at the scene and released, while the deceased female was pronounced dead at the scene. The two young adult occupants of the pickup were taken to hospital as a precaution but were later released.Police say there are stop signs for both east and westbound traffic on Correction line. No charges have been laid but police are continuing to investigate.
Both the Daily Mirror and The Times report on Thursday things are coming to a head.The Times reports that Conte sent an email stating he is still the head coach and expects players who are not at the World Cup to be at the training ground on Monday when he returns from holiday, countermanding a request from a member of the club’s technical staff for players to report this weekend.The Mirror reports that players want the confusion sorted out so they can plan for the future and that several agents in limbo over potential transfers.Conte is seen to have contributed to his own demise having fallen out both with the players and the board as the sheen of the title victory quickly disappearing.His intense training methods angered senior players and he alienated the board over his disparaging treatment of Spanish striker Diego Costa and constant carping over the club’s failure to replace top players with those of similar ability.Sarri, a former banker, has been favourite to succeed his compatriot after impressing as manager of Serie A side Napoli, who have replaced him with former Chelsea handler Carlo Ancelotti.The main barrier has been compensation.After Maurizo Sarri guided Napoli to second in Serie A, the club replaced him with Carlo Ancelotti. Now he could be heading to Chelsea.© AFP/File CARLO HERMANNConte is due a reported £9million ($11.9million) if he remains out of work for the season and with the major jobs such as Real Madrid and the Italy national post — which he occupied for two years till after Euro 2016 — filled it is likely he will sit the year out.Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5million for Sarri, who is still under contract even though he is no longer their coach.Sarri is believed to have agreed to bring former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola — whose managerial career has stalled after a series of failures — along as one of his backroom staff.Sarri has also presented a list of players he would like to sign.They reportedly include Belgian forward Dries Mertens from Napoli, CSKA Moscow’s Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniel Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.However, due to the uncertainty several Chelsea players are seeking to leave.Brazilian Willian is keen to sign for Barcelona with a reported £70million deal on the table and Belgian goalkeeper Thibault Courtois is eyeing a move to Real Madrid as his two young children — who he has said are his priority regarding his future — live in the Spanish capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup final in May in what might have been his last match in charge.© AFP/File Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, July 5 -The long-running saga over Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s future is set to be resolved imminently with his sacking to be replaced by fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri, according to British media reports.Conte’s departure has been long expected, even though he added an FA Cup in May to the Premier League he won in his first season in charge of Chelsea in 2016/17.
A Garda has revealed how her colleague told her to jump out of the way of a stolen car just seconds before he was mowed down.Garda Robbie McCallion died from his injuries days after being struck by a stolen car at Tara Court, Letterkenny, on April 7th, 2009.The driver of the car, Jamie McGrenaghan, 19, appeared in court today charged with the manslaughter of Garda McCallion. The court heard how at 4.30am on March 26th, Gardai in Letterkenny received a call saying two young males were acting suspiciously around a car at Tara Court.They arrived at the scene and saw a white Toyota Corrolla car with young man holding a rope in front of it.There was also red Peugeot 306 behind it with lights on and the engine running.Garda McCallion, who was originally from Co Mayo, along with colleagues Garda Joanne Doherty and Shane Lavelle approached the men but McGrenaghan reversed the Peugeot car back up the road and began revving the engine.Garda Lavelle then told Garda McCallion to place the Ford Focus patrol car across the road as there was only one way out of the cul de sac.McGrenaghan, of Gortnatraw, Kerrykeel then began revving the engine and screeching his tyres before driving towards he Gardai.Garda Doherty then revealed “It was coming straight towards us and was going to hit my door. Garda McCallion told me to run and I ran to the back of the patrol car.”Garda Doherty told how she then heard a loud bang and saw the Peugeot travel through the air beore coming to a standstill.Garda Shane Lavelle said he saw McGrenaghan drive the car towards him and estimated it was travelling at 40mph.He said he saw Garda McCallion tried to jump out of the way of the car and was struck by the bonnet and windscreen of the car.“I saw him being hit by the windscreen and bonnet of the car and it threw him 10 to 15 feet up into the air and he then disappeared into the dark,” revealed Garda Lavelle.Garda Lavelle then ordered McGrenaghan, who was only 17 at the time, to get out of the car but he refused.The accused then jumped out of the passenger door and made an attempt to escape by running down the road.Garda Lavelle gave chase and finally caught up with McGrenagan after asking shouting at him to stop before striking him with his batton.Garda Doherty had driven the patrol car down to collect McGrenaghan and asked Garda Lavelle where Garda McCallion was?They soon realised that Garda McCallion had been thrown over a wall and into a garden.Garda Doherty revealed “I could see there was something lying in the field. Garda McCalllion was lying on his right hand side upagainst fence. The top of fence was sitting on top of his neck. He was unconcscious and his breathing was laboured and there was blood coming from his mouth. I cleared his passage from blood. I kept his head in psoition and tried to talk to him.“I took off my fleece and tried to put it under his head but a lot of blood coming from his head,” she revealed.The court heard how Garda McCallion was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital but transferred to Dublin’s Beaumont Hopsital where he died on April 7th.Defence barrister Denis Vaughan-Buckley said McGrenaghan was with another man Cathal Dunleavy who had 32 previous convictions for burglary, car theft and other crimes whereas his client had no previous convictions at the time.He said McGrenaghan has pleaded quilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Garda McCallion and to stealing the car.The case continues.GARDA TELLS MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL HOW SHE JUMPED OUT OF THE WAY OF STOLEN CAR was last modified: February 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)
A burglar from Co Donegal who targeted posh country houses in Cumbria, Sussex and Shropshire has had an appeal against his sentence turned down.Graham Harkin was jailed for nine years in March 2011 after admitting the theft of antiques worth more than Stg£1.2m.The 59-year-old, who had been living in West Yorkshire, was caught when he tried to claim a reward for a stolen clock. Mr Justice Parker told London’s Criminal Appeal Court the sentence was “not manifestly excessive”.The court was told Harkin, from Chestnut Walk in Wakefield, had pleaded guilty to two burglaries and one count of handling stolen goods.The National Trust member had taken a nationally important collection of porcelain from Firle Place in East Sussex which has never been recovered. He also stole porcelain valued at £27,000 from Longnor Hall near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.He was arrested after meeting undercover police officers at services on the M62 near Rochdale in Greater Manchester to claim a £20,000 reward for a Thomas Tompion clock valued at £200,000 which had been stolen from Levens Hall near Kendal in Cumbria.Dismissing the appeal, Judge Parker said Harker had deliberately targeted high value items.“He did guided tours first, posing as an ordinary visitor. These items were cherished not just by their owners, but by members of the public.“He could have given police information that would have led to the recovery of the stolen items, but he chose not to do so. He was playing for high stakes and he lost,” he said.DONEGAL ANTIQUES BURGLAR LOSES APPEAL AGAINST NINE YEAR JAIL SENTENCE was last modified: October 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:crookGraham Harkin]harkinthiefthoef
ANAHEIM – There’s an Elvis curl to the lip, a breadth to the shoulders, an affably cocky air about big John Lackey that says this is the Angels pitcher who gets the ball with the whole season on the line. As he put it the other day, speaking of playoff distractions, “I’ve done the flyovers and all that kind of stuff.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In Game 1 of the best-of-five series, Bartolo Colon had let the night get away in the first inning on three singles and Robinson Cano’s three-run double over Garret Anderson’s extended glove. This, what Lackey gave the Angels from the outset of Game 2, was more like it. The Yankees kept putting runners on base. Lackey kept holding them there. He’d give up a walk, five times in his 5 innings. He wouldn’t give up a rally. He let in a single run in the second, another in the fifth. He wouldn’t let the Angels down. This was the Lackey of the postseason 2-0 record and 2.57 ERA. The man who’s heard the jets in October. “It’s always fun, man,” he said with a grin in the clubhouse, after the Angels had tied the series 1-1. “This is what you play 162 for.” Here’s Lackey’s idea of fun: Second inning. With one out, back-to-back doubles, Hideki Matsui to right-center and Cano to the corner in left, made it 1-0. Lackeygloved a Tino Martinez grounder to stop the rally. Third inning. With one out, careful pitching to Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi brought back-to-back walks and Gary Sheffield to the plate. Lackey gets a grounder from Sheffield, then one from Matsui, to end the threat. Fifth inning. Jason Giambi doubled Rodriguez to third with one out, jogging into second base because both Adam Kennedy and Orlando Cabrera went out for the throw and left the bag unmanned, and Sheffield’s high chopper toward third made it 2-0. Lackey got Matsui on a grounder that Chone Figgins dove to backhand to keep the game close. It was Lackey showing the cool that Mike Scioscia pictured when the manager said: “John has pitched, in his short career, in more big games than most guys in their entire lives.” Lackey was 23, with less than 100 days in the major-league life, when he dueled Minnesota’s Brad Radke in the win that put the Angels a game away from the 2002 pennant. The Anaheim elders had to compare him to something, so each reached for the most poised young pitchers he’d ever seen. Pitching coach Bud Black thought of Bret Saberhagen. Scioscia thought of Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser and Bob Welch. “These guys had the same ice water in their veins that Lackey does,” Scioscia said back then. It would come down to Game 7 in that World Series, Lackey against Livan Hernandez. Lackey held Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent and the Giants to four singles in five innings and turned over a 4-1 lead that the bullpen kept. The young Angels of ’02 grew up, not without struggles. Lackey’s included a 10-16 season in ’03 and the frustration of watching the club’s opening-round sweep by Boston in ’04. The way last season ended, the Angels clinching the division in the 161st game, Lackey couldn’t have made a playoff start until Game 4. There was no Game 4. “(Reliever) Brendan Donnelly, in spring training this year, told me my goal was to at least get to play this year in the playoffs once we got there,” Lackey said. He’s smarter at age 26, less inclined to fire fastballs at the letters, more willing to take something off. Lackey threw his first breaking ball of the game on 3-2 to leadoff man Derek Jeter, who bounced out. “That shows you something about John,” Scioscia said. “He’s fearless out there.” It was 2-1 Yankees when Lackey was lifted, Scot Shields getting the final out of the sixth. Then Small Ball (infield hits, bunts, Yankees errors) and Round Ball (a Bengie Molina home run) won this must-win game. Angels starters are used to working with no margin for error. But doing it in the summer is one thing, and doing it in the fall is something else. But, as Lackey said, almost believably: “If you’ve been through it before, it’s not as big of a deal.” Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lackey worked the past six months to get to Wednesday night, to have the chance to replicate his World Series heroism of 2002, to be able to pitch the game he was denied in 2004. With the Angels desperate to stay out of a two-game hole in their opening-round series, Lackey held down the New York Yankees long enough for his teammates to scrape together a 5-3 victory at Angel Stadium that brought back some of that ’02 feeling.
SACRAMENTO – High school English teacher Adam Bearson holds up a thick booklet that he says has become like homework for teachers. He is supposed to fill out each page, evaluating his own skills at giving a lesson, working with students and cooperating with administrators. Done every two years, the evaluation comes on top of the 150 hours of coursework he must complete every five years to maintain his credential as a permanent teacher. After nine years in the classroom, Bearson, 42, said the job is getting harder and the paperwork more burdensome. He now worries that a ballot measure promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will undermine one of the key attractions of teaching in California’s public schools: job security. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Proposition 74 has come to be known as the “teacher tenure” initiative because its main focus is on increasing the probationary period for new teachers from two years to five. It’s another of its provisions that has veteran teachers worried. They could be fired after two straight poor performance evaluations. The governor has said both provisions of the initiative are designed to improve the quality of education in California schools by weeding out bad teachers. Veteran teachers are concerned that changing the terms of their permanent status makes them vulnerable to an evolving door of school principals, some of whom might judge them on personality rather than performance. “Good teachers have tenure to protect them from bad administrators,” said Bearson, a teacher at San Juan High School in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights. He and other teachers said students benefit when teachers feel secure, not when they are subject to managers’ changing whims. “Teachers are extremely well-prepared and well-trained, like never before. We have more education than CPAs, nurses, engineers, police officers, yet we make less money,” said David Eldridge, a 49-year-old Olivehurst math teacher who left a career in property management to become a teacher. “One of the ways they compensate for less pay is by giving us more security.” Margaret Fortune, chairwoman of the Proposition 74 campaign, said fears of good teachers losing their jobs if the proposal passes are overblown. Still, she said changing the state’s tenure laws is a necessary step in Schwarzenegger’s overall plan to improve education. “Teacher quality is at the core of student achievement,” Fortune said. “Anything we can do to improve teacher quality will also assist us in raising the achievement level of kids.” Under state law, administrators must compile up to 150 pages documenting problems in addition to a poor-performance evaluation before they can dismiss a teacher. The initiative reduces that workload and paper trail to just two evaluations, she said. Proposition 74 was placed on the Nov. 8 special election ballot after another Schwarzenegger education-reform proposal fizzled. Earlier this year, he said he wanted teachers’ raises to be based on merit instead of length of service. But that proposal was set aside, at least temporarily. Proposition 74 has failed to generate widespread support. A poll released late last month by the Public Policy Institute of California showed 47 percent of likely voters oppose it, with 43 percent in favor; 10 percent were undecided. Observers say Schwarzenegger’s education agenda lost momentum when teachers and their unions blasted it as blaming them for systemic problems. Susan Rasky, a professor of political journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, said the governor wanted an education issue on the ballot. With the merit pay proposal dropped, tenure was one of the few options left. “It seems like a totally poorly thought-out measure, whatever underlying policy measure there might be in terms of reforms,” Rasky said. “You don’t have a lot of opportunity to explain it, and you give them an opportunity to say that you’re blaming teachers.” The governor has said the existing tenure system virtually guarantees teachers a job for life. Making young teachers work longer to gain permanent status and making it easier to let permanent teachers go will improve classroom quality, he has said. If voters approve it, Proposition 74 would make California one of only three states in the nation in which teachers would have to wait five years for protection from random dismissals. The others are Indiana and Missouri. Most states have a probationary period of three years. Schwarzenegger initially proposed a 10-year probation. The California Association of School Administrators has fought for changes to tenure for years but is neutral on Proposition 74. The initiative doesn’t address the system’s real problems, such as a lack of flexibility, executive director Bob Wells said. His group represents 15,000 principals and other administrators. “Many new teachers that we hire are actually ready to earn permanent status after their second year. Taking away from us the ability to award tenure to the best and brightest that we hire actually hurts us in recruiting highly qualified teaching staff,” Wells said. “On the one hand, we’d like to have the option of extending probation beyond just two years, but requiring us in all cases to take a full five years is extreme.” He also said the dismissal process for senior teachers outlined in Proposition 74 doesn’t eliminate the legal appeals that cost districts so much money. Fortune said the proposition is meant to save school districts money by reducing the required documentation. “There are plenty of horror stories about spending upwards of $250,000 to release a bad teacher and having to document specific instances above and beyond poor performance for a number of years,” she said. “The people who end up paying for that costly process are the kids in the classroom.” The state does not track how many teachers are fired in any given year. In Los Angeles Unified, only one or two permanent teachers are dismissed each year, of around 40,000 in the district, said employee relations director Robert Fisher. In the San Francisco Unified School District, just one teacher out of 4,000 in the district was fired for poor performance during the last three years, said Lorna Ho, special assistant to the superintendent. The district prefers using a program that pairs teachers having trouble with experienced mentors. Of 15 teachers referred to the program in 2003-04, 13 quit voluntarily, Ho said. The California Teachers Association has spent $50 million fighting Proposition 74 and two other initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot – one that would restrict the use of union dues and another that could reform education spending. The union said the tenure initiative, if approved, would hurt recruitment at a time when it forecasts a shortage of 100,000 teachers over the next decade. Katie Angelone, a first-year high school history teacher in Citrus Heights, said many of her college peers dropped out of her certification program at Sacramento State University before they were even placed in a classroom. She said the governor doesn’t understand how public schools work. “He may have been ‘Kindergarten Cop,’ but he doesn’t know what teachers go through,” Angelone said. “The state’s the one that gave us the credentials in the first place. We’re just doing what the state told us to do, and now we’re being targeted.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The blocked houses at Glenpatrick park in Ballybofey.The actions of certain water contractors installing meters throughout the Finn Valley as being both ‘unacceptable’ and ‘utterly wrong’.Residents from a housing estate in Ballybofey had their driveways blocked for almost three days as contractors erected barriers around their homes to install water meters ahead of the nationwide introduction of domestic water charges this January.Finn Valley local councillor Liam Doherty form Sinn Fein said the situation has caused anger amongst residents. “I was contacted by a number of residents from the Glenpatrick Park estate in Ballybofey after they became concerned that the work being carried out by the contractors was causing a huge burden and disturbance to them and their families.”“Residents contacted me on Monday when the workers originally arrived at the site to begin fitting the meters only to then erect a number of barriers to the front of a number of properties which were to remain there for the best part of three days – this is unacceptable.”“What this has resulted in was the effective closure of the entrances into and out of people’s homes without any care nor consideration for the well-being of local residents – this is simply not good enough and the contractors involved need to understand that citizens here will not put up with this type of behaviour which – among other things – is utterly wrong.”Elsewhere in the county, a number of groups from across Donegal have held local demonstrations and rallies against the roll-out of water charges with the first bills expected to be issued early next year. The controversial new tax, which will see each household being directly charged for its own water usage, is strongly opposed by Sinn Féin, who insists the charge is yet another unnecessary stealth tax being imposed by central Government.The state of the road after Irish Water left Glenpatrick Park estate.Other residents on the estate have complained that they were left without water for up to two days while installing the meters.Local man Michael McGrory took pictures of the meters and the condition of the road after the meters were installed. BLOCKING OF DRIVEWAYS BY IRISH WATER DESCRIBED AS ‘UNACCEPTABLE AND WRONG” was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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)
The news media are abuzz with the phrase “Missing Link” again. This time, it’s about a fossilized duck or loon found in Early Cretaceous strata in China, announced in Science.1 The article calls it a “nearly modern” bird with soft-tissue preservation, including webbed feet, wing feathers and downy feathers. They said it “possesses advanced anatomical features previously known only in Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic ornithuran birds.” Being found in Early Cretaceous strata (assumed 110 million years old) makes it “the oldest known member of the clade,” but the paper does not call it a missing link. Neither does the summary page “This week in Science” earlier in the issue; in fact, the summary states “this Early Cretaceous bird has many derived features,” and “It was also well adapted for an aquatic-amphibian lifestyle—the fossils even show what appears to be webbing in the feet.” This particular species has been known previously from fragmentary fossils, it says. Why, then, are the news media all calling this a missing link? See Fox News, for instance, and Associated Press on MSNBC News which states, “Waterfowl fossils fill in a big missing link.” It was not missing, and it is not a link; it is a better-preserved specimen of a known species appearing much earlier than previously thought. Live Science did not use the phrase, but said that it “might be one of the oldest ancestors of modern birds,” even when the original paper noted that the wing feathers “are asymmetrical and virtually identical to those of volant [i.e., flying] modern birds.” National Geographic News avoided the buzzphrase “missing link” also, but claimed “The discovery supports the view that key characteristics of modern birds evolved quickly and early, long before the demise of the dinosaurs.” Quoting Jerald Harris (Dixie State College), a co-author of the paper, “It was unexpected to find a bird this advanced in rocks this old. It tells us that the anatomical features we use to characterize modern birds evolved [sic] very quickly.” In fact, the specimen “shares many skeletal features with modern birds, including the knobby knees characteristic of underwater swimmers like loons and grebes.” Even the “preserved skin of the webbed feet shows the same microscopic structure seen in aquatic birds today.” There doesn’t seem to be anything un-modern about this fossil other than its presumed place in the evolutionary tree. At the end of the NG article, Julia Clarke (North Carolina State U) makes the startling claim that “there was a wide range of bird types during the period that preceded the emergence [sic] of truly modern birds.” That would seem to be the opposite of evolutionary expectations. At the end of their paper, the discoverers noted one other puzzle: “Consequently, contrary to recent hypotheses, adaptation to an aquatic ecology appears to have played little part in the survival of birds across the K/P boundary.”21Hai-lu You et al., “A Nearly Modern Amphibious Bird from the Early Cretaceous of Northwestern China, Science, 16 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5780, pp. 1640 – 1643, DOI: 10.1126/science.1126377.2I.e., the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, assumed 65 million years ago when some catastrophic event killed off all the dinosaurs (but apparently not the sparrows and ducks).This is scandalous. The news media should be ashamed of themselves. What should have been interpreted as the falsification of common notions about bird evolution has been twisted into support for evolution. In an act of contortion astounding in scope, the media expect us to believe three more impossible things before breakfast: (1) that the anatomical features of modern birds including webbed feet, oil glands and all the other traits necessary for aquatic life, evolved quickly; (2) that soft tissues like webbed feet, downy feathers and “pelvic limbs with soft-tissue preservation” survived for 110 million years, and (3) that the cataclysm that spelled doom for dozens of kinds of survival-hardened dinosaurs, from the powerful carnivores to the pet-sized mini-sauropods (see 06/10/2006) – animals that presumably conquered the world from the arctic to the tropics, outlasting all kinds of environmental changes – somehow left our cute feathered friends unscathed. This is loony. Aren’t you glad for the internet, and sites like Creation-Evolution Headlines, that can bring a dose of realism to out-of-control Darwin-infested science reporting? Before, the mainstream media and networks fed this sleight-of-mind to the public unchallenged; well, now the public is calling out the propagandists and demanding honesty. And welcome, all you at Panda’s Thumb; we know you’re paying attention.Follow-up: Sidestepping at Panda’s Thumb: Let’s examine how a PT critic answered the above entry:…. Creation-Evolution headlines’ article on this find is particular execrable. They call Gansus a ‘duck’; they claim the find is a ‘known species appearing much earlier than already thought’ (Gansus has always been assigned to the Early Cretaceous), and they mock the idea that birds survived the KT extinction (most of them did not; the enanthornithines did not, and there was a major genetic bottleneck in the ornithurines). A shorebird, able to travel to find food, living largely off shoreline detritus and small shoreline scavengers, likely in the tropics, would be exactly the kind of species one would expect to survive a major catastrophe.First of all, brush off the cussword execrable as mere emotional fluff, and examine the facts. It wasn’t just CEH that called this a duck. Every popular article linked above said it resembled a duck, was duck-like or was “just ducky.” LiveScience began, “If it looks like a duck and paddles like a duck, it must be a duck, right? That’s the conclusion of researchers….” So let this critic castigate the other science reporters, then; the bird had webbed feet and swam, so why quibble about categories? The original paper said that Gansus used to be thought of as a sandpiper, but “Its anatomy, however, demonstrates that it was more similar to, but not as adept as, foot-propelled diving birds such as grebes, loons, and diving ducks.” The fossil didn’t come with a Linnaean sticker on it. The criticism that we called it a duck when it isn’t is like complaining we called a vehicle a minivan when it was really a Caravan. It’s a Dodge. As to Gansus always being assigned Early Cretaceous, the original paper stated, “Previously reported, alleged Early Cretaceous ornithurans are either fragmentary, of debatable age, or have received only limited examination.” For instance, the first known specimen consisted of an “isolated partial left pelvic limb.” The whole surprise of this discovery was to find a much more complete and well-preserved fossil of an Early Cretaceous bird with Late Cretaceous features. The paper states, “this taxon possesses advanced anatomical features previously known only in Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic ornithuran birds.” So the point is not where evolutionists had classified this species in their own incestuous dating scheme, but that it turned out to have “late” or modern features much “earlier” than expected. The critic strains at a gnat and swallows a camel. Finally, about the extinctions, well, it’s nice that this critic was able to invent a just-so story to patch up an older just-so story. There were shore-scavenging dinosaurs in the tropics, too, along with swimming dinosaurs. This major catastrophe was shore selective in what shore creatures it wiped out. So how well did this critic do in attacking our report? Now consider what he didn’t address – namely, the main points. Evolutionists ask us to believe that a modern-looking aquatic bird, fully capable of swimming and diving, evolved all its advanced features quickly. After being buried in pristine condition, its soft tissues, feathers and webbed feet survived intact for 110 million years. That’s what all the science reporters are parroting without asking the obvious questions, and without considering any alternatives outside the Darwinian orthodoxy. It’s time such nonsense was not foisted on the public as science without a challenge. Answering blogger blather such as that on Panda’s Thumb is not our style, lest we dignify what David Berlinski described as low-market, semi-literate posts with a “characteristic combination of pustules and gonorrhea that one would otherwise associate with high-school toughs” (ARN). This was an experiment to see if they could deal with it honestly. If you want creation-evolution news based on the original scientific sources along with critical analysis of reports issuing from the mainstream media, you know you can find it here. 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