Argentine fans weep as World Cup dream fades

first_imgAfter the abject 3-0 loss to Croatia, the team will have to beat Nigeria in their final game and hope other results go their way to advance.For even the most passionate fans here, that seems a tall order now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLionel Messi came in for particular criticism after an under-par performance.“Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness,” said an angry Miguel Angel Gutierrez, 50, wearing an “Albiceleste” wig. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Zulma Suarez smiled sadly and sighed as she reflected on the shattered hopes of a nation that has already suffered through a 1-1 draw with Iceland in its first game.“I thought we would get there, that it would get easier as we went along. But well, as an Argentine, I feel my country in my heart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But this was no party in Buenos Aires as fans young and old hid their sky blue-and-white painted faces in their hands, the classic reflexes of cinemagoers at a horror movie. Some wept and others hugged each other like survivors at a disaster scene. One man stood and gestured angrily at the big screen as passes went astray on the pitch in Russia.The World Cup was supposed to provide a glitzy distraction for Argentines who have seen their purchasing power steadily eroded by subsidy cuts, IMF-inspired reforms, and a crippled national currency.“We are very sad because it’s all wrong! Just look at the dollar, we are very tired of everything. We trusted in this team,” a despondent Alfredo Dominguez, 48, said from under his blue-and-white-striped hat, which said “Messi 10”.The nation faced a long night of TV pundits arguing loudly about the shortcomings of Jorge Sampaoli’s misfiring team, and what he could do to inspire them for the next match against Nigeria.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Argentina fans react in disbelief at the end of a televised broadcast of the Croatia vs. Argentina World Cup soccer match, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia. (AP Photo Jorge Saenz)The party at the Buenos Aires fanzone fell flat as a crowd expecting a Messi-inspired Argentina World Cup revival could only watch in horror at as the nadir of Nizhny Novgorod unfolded.“We lost very badly, they really humiliated us this time,” said 22-year-old Joaquin. “And now, on top of that, we’re depending on Nigeria!”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Raptors make no picks in NBA draft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

Berbice Bridge Company repaying NIS loan

first_img… as GM welcomes presence on Board of DirectorsThe Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) has been making its payments to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on the Subordinated Loan stock that has been issued. This was confirmed by NIS General Manager, Doreen Nelson, who was on Friday responding to media operatives on returns being had on the entity’s investments.NIS General Manager Doreen NelsonThe NIS General Manager had at the time witnessed an agreement being inked by Government, meant to see the repayment of $5.6 billion that had been invested by NIS in the Colonial Life Insurance Company Limited (CLICO) but had become impaired when the company was ordered liquidated.On the matter of the financial position of NIS and its returns on its various investments, Nelson said that this was a matter being engaged by the entity’s Finance and Investment Committee.She did seek to point out that BBCI has been making good on its payments with regards a subordinated loan stock but regards dividends being paid on its shares owned – BBCI has been experiencing financial straits.She nonetheless welcomed the greater presence that the company has been able to secure in recent times.“We’ve been able to have a presence now on the Board for the bridge and they are looking into matters that have to do with the bridge,” Nelson said.With regards the repayments, Nelson told media operatives, “I know in relation to subordinated loan stock, we have been receiving our payment.”She said the company has been finding it challenging with regards dividends to be paid on its ordinary shares.The ownership structure of BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $400 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by NIS.The holders of the ordinary shares, are NIS, Queens Atlantic Inc and Secure International Finance Company, Hand-in-Hand and Demerara Contractors (owned by Demerara Distillers Limited [DDL]).last_img read more

Flooding, overcrowding plagues Anna Regina primary

first_imgThe issues which are affecting the staff and pupils of the C.V Nunes Primary School in Anna Regina, Region Two, are expected to be addressed soon, as the regional executives have made a commitment to make the matter a priority.Regional executives in talks with staff of the CV Nunes Primary SchoolThis commitment was made on Monday, when regional officials — including Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, Regional Vice Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah, councillors of the Regional Democratic Council, the Engineer, and the Regional Education Officer — met with the headmistress, teachers, auxiliary staff and members of the parent/ teachers association (PTA) at the educational facility.Among concerns raised at the meeting was that the school, which currently has a population of over 700 pupils, is one of the most populated in the region. It was also noted that recent rainfall has resulted in the facility being flooded. The flooding issue is being compounded by a poor drainage system due to clogged drainage pipes, the regional authorities were told.Students walking in floodwaters at the primary schoolThe school also has several missing window panes, which teachers have complained cause rain water to lodge in classrooms; and there are dysfunctional toilets, loose roofing sheets, and several other issues plaguing the institution.Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt has said he was shocked to learn that there are so many issues affecting the school, and he was not informed prior to the meeting. PTA Chairperson Rasheeda Persaud said the PTA had written several letters to the Regional Executive Officer (REO) but no remedy has been forthcoming. However, Regional Education Officer Nicole Matthews said she was not informed of the situation.The PTA chairperson later announced during the meeting that the Anna Regina Fire Service would be assisting the school by pumping water into the drainage pipes in an effort to flush them. The regional engineer was instructed to fix the toilets and all matters concerning the buildings and compound.last_img read more

Local hockey teams and City of Fort St. John hold fundraiser for Humboldt Broncos this Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies, Fort St. John Flyers, and the North Peace Eagles will be partnering with the City this Sunday to hold a free skate and pancake breakfast to raise money for the Humboldt Broncos.The pancake breakfast will be by donation and will see all proceeds going to the GoFundMe campaign that has been set up for the victims of the April 6th bus crash that killed 16 members of the broncos junior team.Members of all three of the hockey teams will be on the ice at the North Peace Arena for the free skate. The skate is planned to take place between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The three teams also plan to have a spinning wheel with guaranteed prizes, a bake sale, silent auction, and a 50/50 draw if they are apple to acquire the appropriate permits.- Advertisement -Hockey sticks and helmets are welcome at the skate and wearing a jersey is encouraged.last_img read more

Exclusive – Aston Villa set for tough relegation fight, warns Gray

first_imgEx-Aston Villa striker Andy Gray admits he’s worried about his former club’s chances of staying in the Premier League this season.The Villans finished 15th last year, five points off the drop zone, following a disastrous end to the campaign which saw Paul Lambert’s side lose seven of their last nine fixtures.The Midlands side have signed Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson on free transfers this summer, while also adding Southampton youngsters Tom Leggett and Isaac Nehemie to the squad.But Gray claims that might not be enough to keep Villa in the top-flight.“I think they’ll struggle,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “There have not signed anyone who has made the Aston Villa fans sit up and think, ‘wow, what a signing’.“Joe Cole has come in, but is he going to make Villa better than they were last year? With the greatest of respect, I don’t think it is.“I’m worried about Villa’s chances.”last_img read more


first_imgMO GHRÁ GAEL 2 WILL BE COMING FROM DONEGAL TOMORROW NIGHT TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28thSa tsraith úr chleamhnais seo, leantar beirt ógánach singil ar turas rómánsúil agus iad ag cuardach a nGrá GaelIs doiligh grá a aimsiú,agus ní ar leac do dorais a bhíonn sé i gcónaí! Tá Síle Ní Scanláin agus Ainle Ó Cairealláin beirt singil, agus tá siad ar lorg grá.  Thug siad faoi smacht a chur ar a gcinniúint féin agus d’iarr siad ar dhaoine eile atá singil agus atá ar chomh-intinn leo físeáin fúthu féin a chur isteach chuig an suíomh idirlín Mo Ghrá Gael.  I ndiaidh dóibh daoine a roghnú, bhuail siad an bóthar agus chuaigh siad timpeall na tíre ar turas rómánsúil.  Ach caithfidh gur duine an-speisialta é don bheirt acu – tá dúil as cuimse ag Síle agus Ainle i gcúrsaí Gaelacha, agus tá liosta fada de thréithe acu le fáil sna daoine a théann i bhfeidhm orthu.Cuirtear tús lena dturas i mBaile Átha Cliath, agus ar aghaidh leo go Corcaigh, Gaillimh, Dún na nGall, agus Béal Feirste.  Nuair a stopann siad i ngach áit, buaileann siad le scaifte daoine difriúil atá ag iarraidh dul i gcion orthu leis an dara coinne a bhaint.  Cad é mar a éireoidh le Síle agus le hAinle?  An féidir splanc an ghrá a mhothú ar an chéad choinne?Sa séú clár, clár deireanach na sraithe, tá ar Shíle agus ar Ainle duine den chúigear óna coinní roimhe a roghnú le haghaidh deireadh seachtaine rómánsúil i mBúdaipeist.  Is é sin, cor cinniúna an ghrá!Craolfar an tsraith Dé Máirt ag 10.00 i.n., ag tosú ar 7ú Feabhra ar TG4 agus is féidir an bheirt a leanúint ag A new entertaining dating series following two singletons on a romantic odyssey in search of their Grá Gael…Finding love can prove difficult……and it’s not always on your doorstep.Singletons Síle Ní Scanláin and Ainle Ó Cairealláin are looking for love. They’ve decided to take destiny into their own hands and have appealed for other like-minded singletons to upload videos about themselves to their Mo Ghrá Gael website.  Having selected some potential dates the duo go on a road trip around Ireland to see if they can find true love. But not just anyone will do. Both are passionate about all things Gaelach and they have a long list of requirements for anyone hoping to win their hearts.Their journey begins in Dublin and onto Cork, Galway, Donegal and Belfast. In each location they meet a bunch of other singletons looking for a significant other and chose someone to go on a proper ‘first date’ with.  Will their dates do enough to impress Síle and Ainle? Can love be found in one day?In the sixth and final show Síle and Ainle have to select someone from their road trip to take on a 2nd date for a romantic break in Budapest. This is make-or-break time for love! The series will be aired on TG4 on Tuesday nights from the 7th February at 10.00pm and you can follow their journey online at moghragael2.comMO GHRÁ GAEL 2 WILL BE COMING FROM DONEGAL THIS WEEK was last modified: February 27th, 2012 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:MO GHRÁ GAEL 2 WILL BE COMING FROM DONEGAL THIS WEEKlast_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The men you should make Triple Captain in gameweek

first_img 3. Petr Cech (Arsenal) – If you fancy a risk and going for clean sheets over goals, Cech is your man. Set to play both games, the shot-stopper could grab 12 points across the two matches, plus a bonus point or too, and give you a real boost. 10 1. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Click the right arrow above to find out our top Triple Captain tips… – He’s the top points scorer in Fantasy Premier League this season, so why on earth wouldn’t you name him as your Triple Captain? He’s going to be coming up against Stoke and Sunderland, which should help his cause. 6. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Almost certain to start both of the Blues’ games this gameweek, and back in the goals, handing your precious Triple Captain chip to the Brazilian/Spain striker might be wise. 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Spurs star Kane has two goals and two assists in his last four Premier League games making him a great option for your teams. He might face Manchester United and Leicester City in his two games but, he’s sure to start both matches. He also has the added bonus of being in the hunt for the Golden Boot, and Tottenham’s No.1 penalty taker. 5. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – After a two game dry spell, the Belgian was back at it again when City player Crystal Palace. He scored once and got two assists, helping him to 17 points in just one game; if he scores similarly in their matches against Leicester City and West Brom you could be laughing all the way to title glory. 10 10 10 10. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – Currently, Sergio Aguero may be unlikely to start against Leicester City, so putting Brazilian starlet Jesus in your team seems like a great option. We’d suggest even if Aguero is fit, the youngster will start at least one of the two games against Leicester and West Brom. It’s a risky pick but it might work. 10 10 Is this the gameweek that will decide an entire season?Fantasy Premier League managers have been preparing for this moment for some time, a huge double gameweek where the chips can be played.One of those most likely to be played is the Triple Captain, especially with Arsenal, Southampton, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Sunderland, Watford and West Brom, all playing twice.But who will you pick to treble their points? Click the right arrow above to find out our top tips… 10 10 10 8. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – A defender as your Triple Captain, you heard it here first. The Spaniard is the FPL’s top scoring defender and loves a goal, his aerial ability will be important against West Brom, and he may also star against Watford. Clean sheets, assists and goals could make him the dream skipper this gameweek. 9. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) – Okay, so Spurs have got a couple of tough games against Manchester United and Leicester City. But if they are going to get goals, the Dane is likely to be giving the assists, or maybe even scoring them. 10 7. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – Giving your Triple Captain to a Red Devils star is a huge risk following their Europa League clash with Celta Vigo. If we were to pick one player, though, it would be Martial to do damage against Tottenham and Southampton. 4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Across two games, the Belgian will almost certainly grab at least a goal or an assist, and playing West Brom and Watford is only going to increase his chances of a high score. last_img read more


first_imgTHE DONEGAL County Board has tonight confirmed that €17,800 was stolen from its bank account during the summer.An official said thieves had hacked into the Board’s details and transferred the money into an account in England.The money was then withdrawn from the English account. The incident is believed to have happened in early August and an investigation involving both Gardai in Letterkenny and police in Reading has been under way “for some time.”It’s not clear if the Bank of Ireland is liable for the transfer. DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD CONFIRMS €17,800 STOLEN FROM ITS BANK ACCOUNT was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:bank accountdonegal county boardtheftlast_img read more

Umony early strike sends Express into Cup semis

first_imgUmony celebrates scoring the winner on MondayStanbic Uganda Cup-Quarter FinalsExpress FC 1-0 Bul FCBetway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Monday, 11-03-2019WANKULUKUKU – Veteran striker Brian Umony scored the only goal of the game as Express defeated Bul FC 1-0 in the 2018/19 Uganda Cup quarter finals.Umony who has been troubled with injuries lately, struck inside two minutes of the lively encounter.The former KCCA FC front man controlled a Frank Tumwesigye cross from the left, beat Bul custodian Hannigton Ssebwalunyo and slotted into the back of the net.Bul got an instant chance to equalize but Douglas Owori arrived late to meet a Joshua Lubwama delivery frok a free-kick.A few minutes to the end of the first half, Bul got another chance to draw level but Jimmy Kulaba’s shot from distance, flew over.Express were dealt a blow on 63 minutes as Tumwesigye limped off with injury and was replaced by Davis Mayanja.The Red Eagles could have doubled their lead on 70 minutes, but Mayanja could not sort his feet while in a promising position after he was played in by Umony and somehow Ssebwalunyo gathered.With 18 minutes left on the clock, it was Express again with a clear-cut scoring chance but Ibrahim Kayiwa was denied from point balnk range by Ssebwalunyo.Bul’s major threats in the second period came from set plays as Muhindo Kambale tried his luck thrice but all his efforts went argonizingly wide of the target.Express endured the final minutes with splendid defending to win the contest much to the amusement of the famous Red Army.The Red Eagles now joins Bright Stars and Kyetume the semi finals of the competition.The Uganda Cup quarter finals results and fixtures:-Nebbi Central 0-1 Bright Stars-Kyetume 0(4)-0(1) Wakiso Giants-Express FC 1-0 Bul FC-Tuesday, 12-03-2019. Proline FC vs Vipers SCComments Tags: Brian UmonyBul FCExpress FClast_img read more

Amazonia Supported a Cosmopolitan Civilization

first_imgToday’s naked, spear-hunting tribes in the jungles of the Amazon live in the shadow of a complex society that once thrived there.  By increasing their scope from the single site to the wider region, archaeologists from Florida and Brazil have discovered a cosmopolitan culture that left large earthworks and evidence of complex urban societies.  Their work was published in Science.1    Charles C. Mann, commenting on the paper in the same issue of Science,2 describes some of the dozens of earthworks or “geoglyphs” that have come to light:Shaped like circles, diamonds, hexagons, and interlocking rectangles, the geoglyphs are 100 to 350 meters in diameter and outlined by trenches 1 to 7 meters deep.  Many are approached by broad earthen avenues, some of them 50 meters wide and up to a kilometer long.  The geoglyphs “are as important as the Nazca lines,” Ranzi says, referring to the famed, mysterious figures outlined in stone on the Peruvian coast.  But even though the Acre geoglyphs had been observed 20 years before, “nobody still knew anything about them.”Archaeologists had focused on the impressive structures of the Inca, such as Machu Picchu, but for most of the 20th century, had believed the Amazonian rain forest was too harsh, and the soil too poor, to allow for sophisticated societies.  That belief has been eroded by the emerging evidence of widespread transformation of the environment for urban culture.  Mann continues:The new findings show that the region was “a cosmopolitan crossroads” between the societies of the eastern Amazon and the Andes, of whom the most famous were the Inka, says Susanna Hecht, a geographer at the University of California, Los Angeles: “You have every language group in lowland South America represented there.”  She adds, “It was a major cultural center–and it’s incredible that this is just coming out.”The early Amazonians had extensive agriculture, growing crops on large raised mounds of soil.  Tens or hundreds of thousands of people must have been involved in sustaining their systems.  They built canals straight as an arrow for up to 7 km.  They built causeways to adjust to annual floods.  One researcher said that early evidence “shows a few key forest islands in control of a vast network of communication and interaction covering 550 square kilometers: as large as many early states.”    The function of some structures is not clear, but the implications are: till now, archaeologists had missed a major complex society that existed from about 1000 BC to the time of the conquistadors.“The immediate response is that they were symbolic places,” says [Peter] Stahl [Binghamton University], “But that’s the old archaeological canard: If you can’t figure out the function of something, you say it was for ritual.”    The late arrival and ubiquity of the geoglyphs may indicate that some type of cultural movement swept over earlier social arrangements.  “But whatever was there, these societies have been completely forgotten,” says anthropologist Guillermo Rioja, director of sustainable development and indigenous peoples for the Pando.  “It’s only been 400 years since they vanished.  Why does nobody here know anything about them?  They were living here for such a long time, and nobody knows who they were.”In a related news article,3 Mann discussed the work of Heckenberger et al that shows evidence of urban planning in the western Amazon basin.  They found “garden cities” with well-planned road networks covering 30,000 square kilometers (an area the size of Belgium) dating from about 1250 AD.  Rather than avoid wetlands, the early city planners built roads and causeways over them, that were “amazingly straight”.  People could walk between the hamlets in just 15 minutes.  There may have been 50,000 people enjoying the network of medium-sized garden cities.    Rioja added a comment that says more about educated archaeologists than their supposed primitive subjects: “The idea is that the tribes in the lowlands were living like animals in the wild,” Rioja says.  “When you tell them that there were great, important civilizations here in the western Amazon, they don’t believe it.  But it’s true.”    Two weeks earlier in Science,4 Asif A. Ghazanfar was reviewing a book by Daniel Lord Smail called On Deep History and the Brain.  Smail’s book tries to bridge a gap between prehistory and recorded history, via neuroscience and evolutionary biology.  In his review, Ghazanfar summarized the evolutionary perspective that replaced Genesis:In essence, “prehistory” refers to the thousands of years before civilization, when history supposedly did not move.  Historians came to such an idea through a mixture of ignorance and practicality.  Into the 19th century, European historians turned to the Book of Genesis; later scholars, forced to reckon with deep geological time and evolution by natural selection, were more creative.  The spirit of their arguments for ignoring deep history is reflected in a sentence Smail quotes from the historian Mott Green: “At some point a leap took place, a mutation, an explosion of creative power–the ‘discovery of mind,’ or the ‘birth of self-consciousness’–interposing a barrier between us and our previous brute, merely biological existence.”Smail and Ghazanfar reject this notion that evolution switched from Darwinian to Lamarckian modes at the dawn of civilization.  Smail’s thesis is that human history is like Hutton’s geology: a seamless process of directionless change: “humanity’s deep history has no particular beginning and is driving toward no particular end.”  The neurophysiological changes and new brain-body states “have their roots in our primate and other vertebrate ancestors.”  When we make faces, for instance, others pick up on the emotional meaning of our expressions, and social hierarchies emerge.  None of this means evolution is heading somewhere, according to Smail:These have deep phylogenetic roots.  Although the neural responses may not have changed much across time, the means by, and contexts in, which dominance and submission are felt and exploited by people in a society are culturally specific.  More generally (and without our being aware of it), emotional and physiological ups and downs are exploited in different ways in different cultures–for pleasure, for inflicting harm, etc.–through different associations.  Smail dubs the varying forms of culturally specific instruments that drive brain-body responses “psychotropic mechanisms.”  These include mood-altering practices, behaviors and institutions generated by human culture, foods like coffee and chocolate, our interactions with others through social hierarchies or religions, and self-stimulation through novels or roller coasters.  Importantly, the exploitation of brain-body states by cultures is not intentional nor does it have a goal.    On Deep History and the Brain is a small book with big ideas: that human history is linked in deep time by the physiological mechanisms that we share with our vertebrate ancestors and that the historical “progress” and “acceleration” we detect are in fact directionless series of ongoing culturally specific experiments with psychotropic mechanisms.Maybe this could be called the Starbucks theory of human evolution.  Key to Smail’s thesis is a belief in “deep time” and Darwin’s unguided, purposeless sequence of random changes that, without purpose, led us from vertebrate quadruped to upright city planner.  But how could he have any empirical evidence for this?  By definition, it is “pre-history,” which is equivalent to “pre-observer.”1.  Heckenberger, Russell et al, “Pre-Columbian Urbanism, Anthropogenic Landscapes, and the Future of the Amazon,” Science, 29 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5893, pp. 1214-1217, DOI: 10.1126/science.1159769.2.  Charles C. Mann, “Archaeology: Ancient Earthmovers of the Amazon,” Science, 29 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5893, pp. 1148-1152, DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5893.1148.3.  Charles C. Mann, “The Western Amazon’s ‘Garden Cities’,” Science, 29 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5893, p. 1151, DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5893.1151.4.  Asif F. Ghazanfar, “Cultural Evolution: Briding the Gap,” Science, 15 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5891, p. 914, DOI: 10.1126/science.1162481.Ask yourself if these findings fit a creation view of history better than an evolutionary view.  Evolutionists would have us believe that modern humans, indistinguishable from us in brain capacity, stature and probably language, have been inhabiting our small globe for 100,000 years – maybe even 300,000 years.  Yet in that vast stretch of time, multiple times the length of all recorded history, not one of them learned to ride a horse, build a city or use symbolic communication till some unknown mutation(s), without purpose or goal, switched on these capabilities full-blown, only a few thousand years ago.  Furthermore, evolutionists would expect primitive, stone-age cultures to be on the way up toward European measures of intellectual fitness.  At least, that’s how Darwin’s followers understood things in Victorian England and on the Continent (ideas now considered very incontinent).    Creationists, on the other hand, believe humans were created from the beginning with intelligence, abstract reasoning, aesthetics and language.  Adam’s kids were already skilled at herding and farming, had a conscience, and an innate sense of their obligation to God.  The next generation was already working metals making musical instruments.  After the Flood, it wasn’t long before the rising population was building a tower to reach heaven.    Wherever humans have gone, they have managed to work the environment to their advantage.  Some environments only permitted a subsistence economy, but no real empirical evidence suggests humans were stuck on hunting and gathering for tens of thousands of years.    Here in the New World, long before Columbus lay claim to it in the name of a European king and queen, urban civilization on an advanced scale had existed.  Before the ancient Greeks had learned to stop fighting themselves long enough to invent the polis, people were taming Amazonia with large earthworks, building canals and causeways and farms that could sustain tens of thousands of people.  They were communicating long distances with other cultures.    In the post-Babel account, the confusion of languages forced people to segregate and disperse.  People began exploring the globe.  They took their knowledge of technology and culture with them, adapting it to their particular tastes and environments.  They took with them their innate mental abilities.  This all happened not so very long ago.  Consider that when European mountain men encountered Native Americans, many took squaws as wives – and had children.  Why had not there been some Darwinian adaptive radiation and origin of species among populations over the epochs since they became geographically isolated?  Why were they able to communicate with symbolic sign language quickly, and learn one another’s languages and ways?  Why indeed.  It’s because there is only one race – the human race – whose history is short, and has been recorded by ancestors skilled at abstract reasoning and language from the beginning.  Eons of grunting “prehistory” between different mythical species of humans exist only in the imaginations of Darwinists.    The emigrants who arrived in today’s Brazil before 1000 BC rose to the challenge of their new home and figured out what to do.  We see evidence of their solutions.  Before long they were building urban centers, cooperating on building projects, inventing techniques to tame the land for their use, and communicating across many miles.  It all fits human nature as we know it.    The head-hunting cannibals encountered by 19th- and 20th-century Darwinists were not slower-evolvers outdistanced by proud Europeans.  It appears more likely they are degenerate relics of once advanced societies.  The knowledge of the true God had become corrupted over the generations.  Power-hungry kings and shamans learned how to exploit myth and superstition to keep people under control, such as the grotesque human sacrifice and ethnic cleansing extolled among the Inca (07/10/2007).  Even so, a deep inner sense of the Almighty One, above all the invented gods, remained.  Missionaries have encountered this on many occasions (read Eternity in Their Hearts by Don Richardson).  Intelligent, capable humans with a fallen spiritual nature: this is what the Bible predicts, and this is what we find.    The sense of surprise among the archaeologists at this new evidence is instructive (see also last month’s surprise discovery about a Sahara society).  Evolutionists maintain their mythology in spite of the evidence.  Every objective measure shows that mankind has always been Homo sapiens sapiens throughout its short tenure on this planet.  “They don’t believe it, but it’s true.”(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more