Javelin Upsets Early Man Timeline

first_img(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A well-crafted spear point for a javelin is dated way too early for the current evolutionary timeline.National Geographic announced the find in Ethiopia with a picture of a nicely carved spear point dated at 280,000 years in the evolutionary scheme.  That’s 200,000 years older than the date they were thought to first be made by modern humans.  According to the standard story, modern humans were not even around that long ago.These javelins are some 200,000 years older than previous examples of similar weapons, suggesting that modern humans and their extinct relatives had the know-how to create these sorts of complex thrown projectiles much earlier than often thought….The oldest artifacts at the site are roughly 279,000 years old. In comparison, the earliest known fossils of Homo sapiens, previously discovered at sites elsewhere in Ethiopia, are about 200,000 years old.The spear point shown is not an isolated artifact.  The research team from UC Berkeley found 141 such implements.  Human ancestors of that age were only thought to be capable of thrusting and clubbing.  By analyzing cracks in the obsidian, researchers were able to infer that the spear points  were thrown at the maximum speed possible.  “Such weapons are considered signs of complex behavior and were pivotal to the spread of modern humans.”To rescue the evolutionary story, paleoanthropologists are having to posit that “certain behavioral traits that are considered complex and mostly only the domains of anatomically modern humans—such as the capacity to make and use projectiles … had earlier roots and were present in populations ancestral to Homo sapiens.”  Yet this pushes the evolution of complex brains able to design, make, test and use these weapons effectively further back as well – leaving little more for evolution to do for nearly 300,000 years.  If these people were that smart, what kept them from getting civilized for so long?Evolutionists are wondering who the designers were – Homo heidelbergensis, perhaps?  Onlooker John Shea suggested the technology might go even farther back.  “This is just the oldest example we have so far of this technology—it doesn’t mean that this is where it first evolved.”  There’s a conundrum: the evolution of intelligent design.Paleoanthropology has more falsifications than you can shake a spear at.  Next they’ll be discovering the Heidelberg Man version of Shakespeare.  That will be the new script: baby pigs evolved into Hamlet.  They should be shuddering at this midsummer dream’s nightmare.  (It is midsummer in Africa, you know, but a winter’s tale up north.)  Instead, they think all’s well that ends badly, and any criticisms are much ado about nothing.  But what could be king-lear than admitting you’re wrong?  As you like it, they’d rather engage in the shaming of the true than admit their comedy of errors.  A tempest in a teapot, they respond dismissively, as if sneezing off their critics.  But to sneeze or not to sneeze, that is congestion.  Having taken our pound of flesh, measure for measure, we’ll require no further pun-itive damages.  Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!  Go comet-watching this weekend.  Is there ice on ISON?last_img read more

WTO members support policy approaches to enable innovation in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United States has joined with 12 other nations to support policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology was released in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.“Precision biotechnologies such as genome editing hold great promise for both farmers and consumers around the world. These tools can play a critical role in helping farmers address many of the production challenges they face while improving the quality and nutritional value of foods available to consumers worldwide,” Perdue said. “Unfortunately, such technologies too often face regulatory roadblocks that are based on misinformation and political posturing.  Therefore, it’s gratifying to see Argentina and other allies come together under the WTO umbrella to publicly embrace science-based regulatory systems that will allow us to unlock the huge potential of these new technologies.”Countries and organizations supporting the statement, to date, are: Argentina, which led this effort, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States.The text of the joint statement, which is being updated as additional countries sign on, is available on the WTO website.last_img read more

Lackluster December report from USDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileNo changes in U.S. corn exports or U.S. ending stocks for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Can you say, “boring”? Following the report corn was unchanged, soybeans up 1 cent, and wheat up 1 cent. Before the report corn was unchanged, soybeans up 3 cents, and wheat unchanged.This report had zero changes in U.S. 2019 corn and soybean production, yields, and harvested acres. This follows the pattern seen in past December WASDE reports.Continuing to be dominant in the grains news cycle are the U.S./China trade talks along with ongoing weather in South America. Today their weather is a non-issue.The major numbers traders will be watching today included U.S. corn exports and production estimates from South America. Today USDA estimated U.S. corn exports at 1.850 billion bushels. Last month they were 1.850 billion bushels. USDA pegged Brazil’s soybean production at 123 million tons and corn production at 101 million tons. Last month, USDA had the Brazil soybean production at 123 million tons while the Brazil corn production was 101 million tons.Little changes were expected for U.S. soybeans and U.S. wheat ending stocks.This week CONAB, Brazil’s equal to USDA estimated their soybean production at a record 121 million tons. Their corn estimate was 98.4 million tons.Producers and traders alike have postulated for weeks if the Dec. 15 scheduled date for additional U.S. tariffs on China would take effect. A Bloomberg report this week has USDA Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue indicating no additional tariffs would take place on Dec. 15. Note with Dec. 15 falling on a weekend, anything is possible.Next month on Jan. 10, USDA will publish final 2019 corn and soybean production, yields, and harvested acres. In addition, USDA will provide Dec. 1, 2019 grain stocks. Grain stocks fall into two categories, on farm and off farm. In recent days, USDA announced they will include unharvested corn production in the state by state on farm grain stocks. Last night the weekly crop progress report estimated the U.S. corn harvest at 92% complete. This is the final weekly crop report for this year. Due to the late planting season and resultant late harvest, the weekly crop progress reports continued beyond late November, the typical end of the weekly reports.China’s outbreak of African Swine Fever has made headlines for nearly two years. Last month China food prices rose 19.1% due to a surge of 110% for pork. Pork is a huge staple in China’s diet. Their Lunar New Year holiday is just five weeks away. With pork a must on the menu for the feast, pork values are troublesome to its government officials. Last Friday, China dropped tariffs on U.S. pork imports as rumors swirl of potential purchases underway. U.S. pork is cheap in the world market. China purchases of U.S. pork could easily take place yet this week.Rumors suggest China has agreed to purchase 1-2 million tons of U.S. soybeans without tariffs. With Brazil out of export supplies and harvest 5 to 8 weeks away, it appears China would need to buy U.S. soybeans in the near term.Paramount in the U.S./China trade talks has President Trump anxious to report trade progress has been accomplished. China on the other hand wants to be respected for their views without being bullied. Surely there is a win-win for everyone just around the corner.Barring a major surprise, the numbers today will be dismissed within 30 minutes or sooner of the noon release.last_img read more

Meet the Presenter: Rosanne Rust MS, RDN Incorporating DASH Diet Principles into Everyday Living

first_imgby Lauren Sweeney MS, RDN Rosanne is owner of Rust Nutrition Services and provides nutrition communication services to the food industry and science-based medicine organizations. She helps consumers turn confusion into clarity, and mistrust into confidence. A researcher and writer at heart, Rosanne created her blog, Chew the Facts™ to help consumers decipher nutrition fact from myth, so they can relax and enjoy eating for better health. She’s co-authored several books, including topics related to the DASH diet, glycemic index, and calorie counting. A wife and mother of 3 sons, Rosanne practices what she preaches: A well-balanced life, that includes food and beverage splurges, along with an active lifestyle that includes jogging, walking, weight lifting, yoga, bike riding, golf, kayaking, hiking, boating, skiing, reading, traveling, and of course, good food shared with family and friends. Follow her on social media (@rustnutrition on Twitter or @chewthefacts on Instagram) or contact her at her website http://www.rustnutrition.com.Remember to RSVP for INCORPORATING DASH DIET PRINCIPLES INTO EVERYDAY LIVING Oct 9 at 11:00 am ET.  Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEUlast_img read more

Publication 15-T Introduces Employers to Tax Withholding Changes for Wages on Form W-4

first_imgStep 2. If the employee checks the box on line 2, indicating that there are only two jobs in the household, the employer will calculate withholding using the special “higher rate” Percentage Method or Wage Bracket Method tables provided in Publication 15-T. This will mean higher withholding for the employee.If the employee chooses one of the other two alternatives in Step 2 (using either the IRS calculator at www.irs.gov/W4App, or Worksheet 1 in the Form W-4 instructions), the additional withholding will be included, per pay period, in Step 4, line 4c of Form W-4, along with any other additional tax amounts. Step 3. Steps 1 and 5 only. Step 4, line 4c. Step 4, lines 4a and 4b. Line 4a asks about additional income other than wages, and line 4b asks about additional deductions other than the standard deduction. Employers will increase the annual amount of wages subject to income tax withholding by the annual amount entered on line 4a, and reduce the annual amount of wages subject to income tax withholding by the annual amount entered on line 4b. New IRS Publication 15-T, Federal Income Tax Withholding Methods, provides employer procedures for withholding for wages on revised Form W-4. The IRS has released a draft version of the publication to offer employers a first look at the new procedures.Form W-4 RedesignedThe IRS has redesigned the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Beginning with the 2020 form:employees will no longer be able to request adjustments to their withholding using withholding allowances; andusing the new Form W-4, employees will provide employers with dollar amounts to increase or reduce taxes or to increase or decrease the amount of wage income subject to income tax withholding.The draft 2020 Form W-4 is broken up into five steps:enter personal information;account for multiple jobs;claim dependents;other adjustments (optional); andsignature and date.Comment: An employee will complete Steps 2, 3, and/or 4 only if relevant to his or her personal or financial situation. For these steps, the employee shows adjustments that will affect the withholding calculations.Employer Withholding Based on W-4 StepsEmployers will determine withholding based on the steps listed on Form W-4. All employees must complete Steps 1 and 5 (filling in their personal information, filing status, and dated signature). For employees who complete only Step 1 and Step 5, the employer will withhold using the appropriate method based on the employee’s filing status and wage amounts. Step 3 of Form W-4 asks the employee to multiply the number of qualifying children under age 17 by $2,000; and multiply the number of other dependents by $500. The employee adds these, and includes the total amount on line 3.Employers will use the amount on line 3 as an annual reduction of tax. Employers will use the amount that the employee entered on line 3 even if it does not equal the sum of any qualifying children and dependent amounts entered on the left in Step 3, because line 3 may be used to take into account other tax credits.Comment: If line 3 is blank, but there are amounts entered on the left in Step 3, the employer should ask the employee to enter an amount on line 3 (even if zero). Line 4c asks the employee if he or she wants any additional amount withheld each pay period. Employers will increase per pay period withholding by this amount.Employer Withholding WorksheetPublication 15-T includes an Employer Withholding Worksheet that will be used for Forms W-4 that employees submit for 2020 or later, as well as adjustments for an employer to calculate withholding for Forms W-4 that employees submitted in an earlier year. Revised Percentage Method and Wage Bracket Method tables will be used for both prior year Forms W-4 and for Forms W-4 for 2020 and later.Caution: The Percentage Method and Wage Bracket Method Tables in the draft Publication 15-T are based on the 2019 inflation adjustments. The IRS will provide the 2020 inflation-adjusted amounts in Notice 1036 and the final Publication 15-T for 2020 when they are available.Purpose and Frequently Asked QuestionsThe IRS expects the redesigned Form W-4 to reduce the form’s complexity and increase transparency and accuracy in the withholding system.The IRS has made available a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on its web site for answers to questions employers and employees may have about the changes in the Form W-4 and determining withholding.By Robert Recchia, J.D., M.B.A., C.P.A.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Partnerships to Report Foreign Partners Subject to Withholding on Transfer of Partnership Interest

first_imgBy Lisa Lopata, J.D. Apartnership would include foreign partners even if the partnership was notresponsible for withholding tax when distributing an interest. Withholding for Publicly Traded Partnerships Reporting Tax Withheld: Form 1065 and Form 8288 TheIRS did accept comments on the 2019 draft Form 1065,for 30 days, as required, so the IRS might make more changes. But, in its notice that accompanied the release of the 2019 draft Form 1065,the IRS stated that the draft is “intended to give tax practitioners a previewof the changes and software providers the information they need to updatesystems before the final version of the updated forms and schedules arereleased in December.” Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative. Partnerships with foreign partners should prepare to gather this information for 2019 reporting. On October 29, 2019, the IRS issued draft instructions forForm 1065. This draft does not include instructions for Question 27 onSchedule B. Abuyer or other transferee files Form 8288, U.S.Withholding Tax Return for Dispositions by Foreign Persons of U.S. RealProperty Interests, to reportwithholding. judging general compliance risk; spotting possible noncompliance; and making sure fewer compliant taxpayers are examined. Additional Information From Partnerships Simplifies IRS Exams Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect. The proposed regulations provide rules for withholding and reporting on thetransfer of an interest in a publicly traded partnership (a PTP interest). Foreignpartners include nonresident alien individuals and foreign corporations. According to the IRS, additional information on filed Forms 1065 willassist it when it examines returns. Knowing the number of partners thattransferred or received a partnership interest and realized an effectivelyconnected gain or loss would help the IRS with:  A disposition of a partnership interestincludes: Will the Draft From 1065 be the Final Form 1065? the buyer; orthe partnership making the distribution. For example, a foreign buyer has towithhold 10% of effectively connected gain realized by the seller of thepartnership interest. The buyer files Form 8288 for the tax year of the sale,remitting the tax withheld. However,Schedule B of draft Form 1065 for2019 includes Question 27, requiring partnerships to note the number of foreignpartners with effectively connected gain subject to withholding tax. Draft Form 1065 Changes Reflect Statutory Change Typically,the tax is withheld by: However,the IRS has temporarily suspended the withholding rules for dispositions of PTPinterests. The withholding obligation is generally limited to brokers thatreceive proceeds from the sale and act on behalf of the transferor. Sincethe regs are suspended, it’s unclear whether PTPs would be required to completeQuestion 27 if it’s included on Form 1065 for 2019. However, all otherpartnerships with income effectively connected to a U.S. trade or businesswould have to meet this reporting requirement. Thewithholding requirement for sales or exchanges by foreign partners is not newby IRS standards. However, section1446(f)(1), whichcodifies the requirement, was enacted in the Tax Cutsand Jobs Act (TCJA) inresponse to a 2017 tax court ruling. In GrecianMagnesite Mining, the taxcourt held that in general, a foreign person’s gain or loss on the sale of aninterest in a partnership engaged in a U.S. trade or business is foreign source.Treasury has issued proposedregulations for withholding tax on thetransfer or distribution of a partnership interest to a foreign person.Taxpayers can rely on these rules until Treasury issues final regulations. IRC section 1446(f)(1) imposes a 10% tax on a foreign person when they sell or receive a distribution of a partnership interest. However, the tax applies only when gain on the transfer is effectively connected income (ECI) from a U.S. trade or business under section 864(c)(8). In2019, a partnership likely will have to report how many foreign partners weresubject to 10% withholding because an interest in the partnership wastransferred. The IRS has issued a draft Form 1065, U.S. Partnership Information Return, for 2019 with a line requiring this information. a transfer of an interest in the partnership; or the receipt of an interest in the partnership in adistribution. last_img read more

Deirdre Morrow (SA) – 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominee

first_imgDeirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas Message: Why these players so special

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas Message: Why these players so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to his players in his Christmas Day message.Klopp says a key to their success so far this season is the ability of his team to ignore “the noise” of the media and press.He told Liverpoolfc.com: “This is my fourth Christmas as the manager of this incredible football club and although I am not the kind of guy to allow myself to look backwards, I think it is fair to say we have had an incredible ride in 2018 with some real highs and a couple of disappointments.”That’s what gives me the confidence and belief there is more to come from these boys in 2019, that there is more to come from this journey we are all involved in.”We can – and should – all be proud of what the team have done so far this season, but this is only the beginning and there is still such a long way to go, both this season and in terms of what this group of players can achieve.”The best thing about these boys, and what has helped us have such a good start to the season, is they do not listen to the noise; they are 100 per cent every single day in training and every single matchday. We know when we say ‘one game at a time’ some people might consider it football talk, but that really is the way for us. It is the philosophy that has got us to where we are currently.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBournmouth boss Howe knows they’re fighting history against Spurs

first_imgBournmouth boss Howe knows they’re fighting history against Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournmouth boss Eddie Howe knows they’re fighting history against Tottenham today.Howe’s side have never beaten Tottenham in the top flight, losing five and drawing one of their six meetings and conceding 17 goals in the process.They have also lost all five meetings with the division’s top six clubs this season.Howe says his team must approach the game with attacking intent and relish what promises to be a stern test.”We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash.”But we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these types of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet and we are working towards it.”We expect to get something, that’s how we’ve always been, no matter who we play.”The reality is these games are very difficult so we’ve got to try and attack the games, I think that’s our best form of defence.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: LSU OL Jevonte Domond Arrested For Alleged Felony Domestic Violence Abuse Battery W/ Strangulation

first_imgLSU OL Jevonte Domond poses for his mug shot.LSU OL Jevonte DomondUpdate: LSU has suspended offensive lineman Jevonte Domond following his domestic violence arrest. #LSU has suspended OL Jevonte Domond. Les Miles has reached out to Domond but has yet to speak with him, Michael Bonnette says.— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) May 26, 2015Earlier: LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond has been arrested for an alleged felony domestic violence abuse battery with strangulation, according to police reports obtained by The Advocate. Domond, who transferred into the Tigers’ program from Glendale Community College (Arizona) last summer, played in one game last season. The details of the alleged incident are ugly. BREAKING: Booking records show #LSU OT Jevonte Domond was booked into EBR Prison on charges of Felony Domestic Abuse Battery w/Strangulation— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 26, 2015From the report: According to a Sheriff’s Office report, an argument occurred Monday afternoon between Domond and his fiancée. During the dispute, while she was leaning over the crib of their “newborn baby,” Domond allegedly “grabbed her from behind by the neck,” lifted her off the ground and dropped her, the report says.The woman told deputies she “began to lose consciousness,” the report says, and she “almost blacked out.” At some point during the argument, Domond allegedly grabbed a bandana from his fiancées head. In response, she sprayed him with pepper spray, the report says.The woman told deputies Domond then picked her up and “slammed her on the couch,” the report says. She also told them Domond bit her on her hip, prompting her to spray him again with pepper spray, the report says.You can read the rest of the report here. An LSU spokesman confirmed to The Advocate that the program is aware of the situation, though they have yet to officially comment on the matter. Domond, who is currently in East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, is reportedy scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.last_img read more