Palo Cedro >> The Red Bluff Spartans came up just short of their first win of 2017 Friday, taking a road loss to the Foothill Cougars 32-30.Coach Orlyn Culp praised the way the team played for the full 48 minutes.“I couldn’t be prouder of how you competed,” Culp told the team during the post-game huddle. “Let’s keep working to get the W.”Penalties hurt both teams, particularly the Spartans in the final quarter, killing more than one drive and extending Foothill possessions with time running …
Evolutionary paleontologists have a mystery on their hands: how did turtles in the act of mating become fossilized?Most of the news media are amusing themselves with prurient attention on turtle sex, using double entendres and French or Latin expressions to remind themselves that “turtles do it,” too: “Palaeontologists catch turtles in flagrante,” PhysOrg headlined, while Live Science put up in bold type, “Coitus Interruptus: Ancient Turtle Sex Fossilized” (we’ll spare our readers further titillating examples of sexting as news).A more obvious question reporters seem to be skipping over is, how quickly would an animal have to be buried to be preserved in the sex act? The BBC News article showed a photograph of the exquisite preservation of one of the pairs of fossils claimed to be 47 million years old. About nine pairs have been found at the Messel Pit in Germany, most of them apparently in mating positions.Evolutionary paleontologists were not without a turtle tale to tell. The BBC News article told it this way:Researchers think the turtles had initiated sex in the surface waters of the lake that once existed on the site, and were then overcome as they sank through deeper layers made toxic by the release of volcanic gases.The animals, still in embrace, were then buried in the lakebed sediments and locked away in geological time.Notwithstanding the romantic visions in this tale, wouldn’t turtles drifting downward in a toxic lake have become separated? Wouldn’t their bodies have decayed on the bottom before enough sediments could bury them? Only Nature News mentioned reasons why this explanation makes little sense:Edwin Cadena, a doctoral student in palaeontology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, agrees that the study shows “strong evidence to consider this the first case of coupling captured in the fossil record of vertebrates”. More controversial, he says, is the interpretation of what the Messel lake was like. The notion of a stratified lake works as an explanation for the turtles’ fate, Cadena says, “but not so well for other fossils found at Messel, for example bats or birds or even other small mammals”. If the upper layers of the lake were inhabitable, Cadena asks, then what caused the death of airborne and terrestrial animals? The turtles are just part of an ongoing fossil mystery.That was the last sentence: they left it as a mystery.These specimens add to a long list of fossils showing nearly instantaneous burial: ichthyosaurs trapped while giving birth, fish caught while swallowing other fish, fish with undigested small fish in their stomachs. How many seconds does turtle sex take? Are we to believe they remained in mating posture long enough to sink to the bottom of a lake and wait to be buried, even if poisons in the water killed them on the way down? Wouldn’t Tom Turtle shout, “Gasp! I can’t breathe!” and disengage from Myrtle Turtle? We can’t assume turtles would have the same priorities as humans.Rapid burial with exquisite preservation as found in this and so many other fossils speaks of catastrophic conditions. Since the evolutionists can only offer made-up stories and mysteries, let their explanations be ruled out in favor of explanations that can account for the observations. Remember that “geological time” is a moyboy* phrase that locks away evolutionary mysteries out of sight, out of mind.*A moyboy is someone who thinks that “millions of years, billions of years” solves every problem in evolutionary theory. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
26 July 2007Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on South Africa’s sovereign ratings from stable to positive, attributing the change to improved growth performance, increased investments and sound public finances.South Africa’s ratings for long- and short-term foreign currency issuer default (IDR) were affirmed at “BBB+” and “F3” respectively. The country’s long-term local currency IDR was affirmed at “A”, as was the country ceiling.“The change in outlook reflects South Africa’s improved growth performance and prospects as a result of rapidly rising public and private investment and ongoing micro-reforms in the economy,” Fitch sovereign team director Veronica Kalema said in a statement on Wednesday.“In addition, the country has seen a substantial improvement in its already sound public finances and strong external balance sheet.”Increased government savings and use of fiscal surpluses to increase reserves and cover the cost of sterilisation have also reduced South Africa’s external vulnerability, the agency said.Fitch said South Africa’s growth rate of 5% was sustained between 2004 and 2006 by strong consumer demand, while more recently acceleration of capital investment reflected a massive infrastructure investment by the country’s public corporations – both as part of the government’s general infrastructure programme and for infrastructure related to hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The agency said it expected consumer demand to remain firm despite rising interest rates, thanks to structural changes in the economy and a rise in employment and real income.Fitch predicted that the country’s growth rate would to remain close to 5% in 2007 and potential growth would move still higher in the mediumterm. However, the agency also expects SA’s current account deficit to remain between 6% and 7% of gross domestic product.South Africa still needed to address issues such as income inequality, unemployment, HIV/Aids and crime, the agency noted, saying these could threaten future stability.“The positive outlook assumes a continuation of the current macro policy framework,” Fitch added.“It would revert to stable if there were signs of weakening in the policy framework in response to political developments, or if external shocks did not meet with an appropriate fiscal and monetary response.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Anchoring the Brand South Africa campaign for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is a stunning television advert featuring the vuvuzela – the trumpet that has come to symbolise South African football – and nine of Africa’s most famous locations. Click arrow to play video.
BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was recently elevated as deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and is also the party’s general secretary, has offered to quit one of the posts.Sources said Prasad has informed party president Nitin Gadkari that as he is already the BJP’s general secretary and chief spokesperson, he is ready to relinquish charge of one. The matter is now in Gadkari’s court.