Robert Flaherty film re-discovered at Houghton Library

first_img Read Full Story A film by pioneering director Robert J. Flaherty — which film historians believed to have been lost — was rediscovered at Harvard’s Houghton Library. The short film “Oidhche Sheanchais” (“A Night of Storytelling”) was created by Flaherty in 1935 during the production of his now-classic film “Man of Aran.” The nitrate print of “Oidhche Sheanchais” was identified by Houghton curators during a cataloging update, and is the only copy known to exist.“Oidhche Sheanchais” captures Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin, a famed seanchaí (storyteller), telling an ancient tale as the cast of “Man of Aran” looks on. The film was commissioned by the Irish Free State, which offered a modest budget to Flaherty for the production of an Irish language “talkie,” which would enshrine a vital element of the national heritage on film. “Oidhche Sheanchais” is Flaherty’s first work in direct sound and the first “talkie” in the Irish language. It was filmed in the same London studio where the “Man of Aran” cast had already gathered for the recording of post-synch sound.Robert J. Flaherty (1884-1951), considered by many to be the “father of documentary film,” produced the first commercially successful feature-length documentary film “Nanook of the North” (1922) after spending more than two years in Canada’s Hudson Bay region, where he lived and filmed its indigenous people. He contributed to the development of docufiction — a technique he deployed by casting local Aran Islands occupants to portray fictionalized roles and dramatic recreations in “Man of Aran.”last_img read more

Caribbean athletes sparkle at NCAA regionals

first_imgJamaicans showed the way as Caribbean athletes turned in strong performances during the regional indoor championships in the United States on the weekend.Christoff Bryan, Chrisann Gordon, Senoj-Jay Givans, and Rushelle Burton all won their respective disciplines at the Big 12 Championships at the Iowa State University.Christoff BryanIn addition Bahamians Devyne Charlton and Pedra Seymour took the top three places in the 60-metre hurdles at the Big 10 Conference Championships in Geneva, Ohio.Bryan, who attends Kansas State University, cleared 2.24 metres to win the men’s high jump over Trey Culver (2.21m) of Texas Tech and Oklahoma freshman Dean White (2.16m).Bryan’s compatriot Kansas State senior, Kimberley Williamson, was second in the women’s equivalent after clearing 1.82m, losing out to Texas Tech sophomore, Zarriea Willis, who also cleared 1.82m but won on the count back. Willis had clean rounds while Williamson failed once at 1.72m.Williamson’s teammate Nina Schultz cleared 1.77m for third.Meanwhile, University of Texas senior Chrisann Gordon won the 400m in 51.79s ahead of teammate Zola Golden, who took the silver in 52.11.Leticia De Souza of Baylor was third in 52.62s.The University of Texas senior Senoj-Jay Givans, easily won the 60-metre dash in 6.59 seconds ahead of Maxwell Willis of Baylor University, 6.67 and Malik Givens of Oklahoma State.In the women’s 60-metre hurdles, 2016 World Under-20 silver medalist Rushelle Burton claimed the Big 12 title with a smart run of 8.09 seconds..Shardia Lawrence continued her strong season with a 13.39m leap for second in the triple jump.last_img read more

‘Chief’ set for long overdue win

first_imgFormer top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.last_img read more

Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru’s W. Cup return

first_img0Shares0000Peru’s forward Paolo Guerrero (C) vies for the ball with teammates during a training session at the Arena Khimki stadium, outside Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. © AFP / YURI CORTEZSARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Paolo Guerrero will look to prove his drug-ban controversy is behind him on Saturday when Peru face Denmark and their star goal-scoring midfielder Christian Eriksen in both teams’ World Cup opener.The presence of Flamengo forward Guerrero is a huge relief to Peru boss Ricardo Gareca after his 14-month ban for taking cocaine was overturned just weeks before the World Cup kicked-off. However, Denmark have their own goal-machine in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen, who netted 11 goals in his team’s qualifiers, a record bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski on the road to Russia.The 26-year-old struck a stunning hat-trick in the 5-1 demolition away to Ireland last November to secure Denmark’s play-off victory, then scored and created another in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico in a pre-World Cup warm-up.With France installed as Group C favourites, neither team will want to drop points at the first hurdle.The spotlight in Saransk will be Guerrero, 34, who is set to lead Peru’s ageing strike force alongside Jefferson Farfan, 33, whose goals against Paraguay and New Zealand, in a play-off victory, carried them to their first World Cup finals for 36 years.(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on June 14, 2018 shows Peru’s Jefferson Farfan (L) in Lima, Peru, on November 15, 2017, and Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen (R) in Dublin on November 14, 2017. Denmark, in Group C, open their World Cup against Peru in Saransk on June 16 before facing Australia and France. © AFP/File / LUKA GONZALES, Paul FAITHHaving been banned for testing positive after a qualifier against Argentina last October, Guerrero won a last-ditch legal appeal to appear at the finals.He promptly showed his class by scoring twice on his return in a 3-0 friendly win against Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago.However, competition is fierce within the Peru team to win places to face the Danes.“We put are creating good pressure in the team to give the coach a problem, it won’t be easy for him to choose the players,” said defender Anderson Santamaria.Peru winger Edison Flores, scorer of five goals in qualifying, who plies his trade for Aalborg in the Danish league, is confident.“I am a small player but with a lot of mental strength. To be in a World Cup is the best thing for a football player. Our coach believes in us and we in him,” said the 24-year-old who stands at 1.67 metres (5ft 5ins).The match pits the tallest team at the World Cup, Denmark, who average 1.85m, against the smallest in Peru, who average 1.78m.The Danes’ burly centre-back pairing of Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen will be tasked with containing Guerrero and Farfan.Denmark have avoided defeat in their last 14 matches, dating back to 2016, and coach Age Hareide has talent up front to choose from with Ajax starlet Kasper Dolberg, 20, and Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen vying to start as striker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How Can They Call This Duck a Missing Link?

first_imgThe 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.  We still invite the Thumb-suckers over there at PT to graduate to a higher education.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test

first_img“While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” Dillashaw said. “Out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter.”A spokesman with the New York commission said Wednesday that Dillashaw was fined $10,000 and suspended for one year for drug use, but declined to give further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 33-year-old Dillashaw (16-4) had cut 10 pounds of weight to fight Cejudo. Dillashaw used a program devised by a triathlete math professor and performance specialist to cut some serious weight in his attempt to hold championships in two weight classes.He’s a two-time bantamweight champion and won the title for a second time when he defeated Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November 2017. Damian Lillard unleashes 33 as Blazers beat struggling Mavericks Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, TJ Dillashaw reacts after a flyweight mixed martial arts championship bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night in New York. Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test. Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)LAS VEGAS— TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test.Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham ace Alli: Why Chelsea striker Morata a nice guy

first_imgTottenham ace Alli: Why Chelsea striker Morata a nice guyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Dele Alli admits Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata shocked him last year.He was surprised he was approached by the Spaniard after the Blues beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley in August 2017.Morata had only just joined the Blues and clearly wanted a keepsake from the win.Dele told BT Sport: “I always get surprised by a player who you think is a very good player and then after the game they came up to you and ask can I have your shirt.”It is always a bit of shock. I think that can change your perspective of that person – it shows you how humble they are.”I think the biggest one that surprised me was Alvaro Morata from Chelsea because of the rivalry between Tottenham and Chelsea.”I think he even posted it on his Instagram after so it just shows what a nice guy he is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Czech government office stops using Huawei mobile phones

first_imgPRAGUE, Czech Republic — The Czech Republic’s prime minister has ordered his government office to stop using mobile phones by Chinese telecoms company Huawei.Tuesday’s announcement by Prime Minister Andrej Babis comes a day after the country’s National Cyber and Information Security Agency warned that the hardware and software made by Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, pose a security threat.Huawei has denied the allegations.The Industry and Trade ministry immediately said it would do the same and other government ministries that use Huawei products are likely to follow suit.Huawei has become the target of U.S. security concerns because of its ties to the Chinese government. The U.S. has pressured other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.The Associated Presslast_img read more