Holiday Calendar

first_img Winter Magic Lighted Boat Parade will feature boats decorated for the holidays, 5 p.m. Saturday at Castaic Lake Recreation Area, Castaic. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand, along with children’s games, snow, food and entertainment all beginning at 2 p.m. Call (661) 257-4050. 20th annual community Christmas tree lighting will feature holiday entertainment, refreshments, children’s crafts, letters to Santa and face painting, 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8082. Senior Cinema will present “A Christmas Story,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. A “Ralphie” look-alike contest will be held for kids who resemble the star of the movie. Suggested donation: $1. Kids are free with an adult. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present “Caroling, Caroling!” 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $19 for general admission and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 254-8886 or visit www.scmasterchorale.org. “The Real Meaning of Christmas” will be presented by the Overflow Band and gospel band Tustin Transfer wil also perform, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. 53rd annual Festival of Trees will benefit the Optimist Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center, Burbank. Tickets: $50. Call (818) 843-6000. Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Follow the Star, live Nativity scene, will feature more than 100 actors re-enacting the life of Christ, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 11 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Admission is free. Food or cash donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is encouraged. Call (661) 252-0622 or visit www.followthestar.com. Candlelight Christmas concert will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Orchestra and others, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 9, and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Tickets are free, but are necessary in order to be seated. Call (661) 296-8737. Cards & Carolers event will feature local high school choirs and cards for people to sign to send to troops overseas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on the corner of Lyons and Walnut avenues, Newhall. Refreshments will be served. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4918. Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club will hold its Holiday Dance and Bazaar, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 257-4801. Holiday Concert will feature the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Vital Expres Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. For tickets, call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Santa will visit Santa’s Elf Camp, 12:30 and 2 p.m., and a performance by the Hart High Holiday Band, 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Granary Sqare, located on the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Pet Supply, 26831 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Cowboys and Carols will feature recording artist Christine Ortega and her band, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10 in the living room at the Hart Mansion at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $25 and the donation of an unwrapped gift for the needy is requested. Call (661) 254-4584. Choir of the Canyons will present a joyous and rhythmic concert featuring four vocal ensembles, a piano bass and drum jazz trio, 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Children’s holiday parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10 starting at Lyons and Walnut avenues and ending at Hart Park in Newhall where there will be snow, visits with Santa, refreshments and awards. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4318. “International Holidays” is a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas with dances from various countries presented by The Gypsy Folk Ensemble, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 11 in the meeting room at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Christmas concert will feature the music ministry groups bringing the joy of Christmas through bells, dance and song, 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Puppet Show, “Polly Polar Bear and The Prince of the Sea,” will be presented by Swazzle puppeteers, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Holiday stories and craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local young people, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. Living Proof will present a contemporary Christmas concert under the direction of Steve Lively, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Admission is free. Call (661) 296-8737. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. 6th annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail KochavaGroup@yahoo.com. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Winter Magic Lighted Boat Parade will feature boats decorated for the holidays, 5 p.m. Saturday at Castaic Lake Recreation Area, Castaic. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand, along with children’s games, snow, food and entertainment all beginning at 2 p.m. Call (661) 257-4050. 20th annual community Christmas tree lighting will feature holiday entertainment, refreshments, children’s crafts, letters to Santa and face painting, 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8082. Senior Cinema will present “A Christmas Story,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. A “Ralphie” look-alike contest will be held for kids who resemble the star of the movie. Suggested donation: $1. Kids are free with an adult. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present “Caroling, Caroling!” 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $19 for general admission and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 254-8886 or visit www.scmasterchorale.org. “The Real Meaning of Christmas” will be presented by the Overflow Band and gospel band Tustin Transfer wil also perform, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. 53rd annual Festival of Trees will benefit the Optimist Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center, Burbank. Tickets: $50. Call (818) 843-6000. Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Follow the Star, live Nativity scene, will feature more than 100 actors re-enacting the life of Christ, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 11 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Admission is free. Food or cash donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is encouraged. Call (661) 252-0622 or visit www.followthestar.com. Candlelight Christmas concert will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Orchestra and others, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 9, and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Tickets are free, but are necessary in order to be seated. Call (661) 296-8737. Cards & Carolers event will feature local high school choirs and cards for people to sign to send to troops overseas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on the corner of Lyons and Walnut avenues, Newhall. Refreshments will be served. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4918. Sierra Hillbillies Square and Round Dance Club will hold its Holiday Dance and Bazaar, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 257-4801. Holiday Concert will feature the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Vital Expres Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. For tickets, call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Santa will visit Santa’s Elf Camp, 12:30 and 2 p.m., and a performance by the Hart High Holiday Band, 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Granary Sqare, located on the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Pet Supply, 26831 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Cowboys and Carols will feature recording artist Christine Ortega and her band, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10 in the living room at the Hart Mansion at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $25 and the donation of an unwrapped gift for the needy is requested. Call (661) 254-4584. Choir of the Canyons will present a joyous and rhythmic concert featuring four vocal ensembles, a piano bass and drum jazz trio, 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Children’s holiday parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10 starting at Lyons and Walnut avenues and ending at Hart Park in Newhall where there will be snow, visits with Santa, refreshments and awards. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4318. “International Holidays” is a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas with dances from various countries presented by The Gypsy Folk Ensemble, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 11 in the meeting room at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Christmas concert will feature the music ministry groups bringing the joy of Christmas through bells, dance and song, 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Puppet Show, “Polly Polar Bear and The Prince of the Sea,” will be presented by Swazzle puppeteers, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Holiday stories and craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local young people, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. Living Proof will present a contemporary Christmas concert under the direction of Steve Lively, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Admission is free. Call (661) 296-8737. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. 6th annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail KochavaGroup@yahoo.com. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,Marionette show, titled “Hello Christmas, Hola Navidad,” 4 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free but seating is limited. Call Dora Shepro at (661) 254-4678. Holiday Ball will feature the music of Jimmy Sax and Flat Broke, 7:30-10:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Admission: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Pet Stop, 16522 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Free pet pictures with Santa, noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. The Saugus High choir will perform at noon and the Hart High Carolers will perform at 1 p.m. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Holiday Home Tour will feature local homes decorated for the holidays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday with a special preview gala Friday. The hospital’s Holiday Boutique will coincide with the home tour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 253-8082. Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Create and decorate your own holiday wreaths, centerpieces and candles with beautiful natural treasures. Call (661) 259-7721. Holiday arts and crafts fair will feature artists and crafts people displaying their unique wares, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Nicki Voss Stern at (661) 286-4079. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Pet photos and Christmas cards with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Pet Stop, 16522 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Any combination of people and animals are welcome. Call Pet Assistance at (661) 260-3140. Free pet pictures with Santa, noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. The Saugus High choir will perform at noon and the Hart High Carolers will perform at 1 p.m. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Holiday Home Tour will feature local homes decorated for the holidays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday with a special preview gala Friday. The hospital’s Holiday Boutique will coincide with the home tour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 253-8082. Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Create and decorate your own holiday wreaths, centerpieces and candles with beautiful natural treasures. Call (661) 259-7721. Holiday arts and crafts fair will feature artists and crafts people displaying their unique wares, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Nicki Voss Stern at (661) 286-4079. Marionette show, titled “Hello Christmas, Hola Navidad,” 4 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free but seating is limited. Call Dora Shepro at (661) 254-4678. Holiday Ball will feature the music of Jimmy Sax and Flat Broke, 7:30-10:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Admission: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. last_img read more

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Evolutionists Move Dates Around Often: Is It Progress?

first_imgHardly a month goes by without a new story that such-and-such a plant or animal evolved earlier or later than thought, often by hundreds of millions of years.  Are they converging on a clearer picture, or just shuffling the chairs on the deck?Cichlid fish:  PhysOrg tells us that cichlid fish (small freshwater fish found in South America, Africa, Madagascar and India) “evolved after the ancient Gondwana continent drifted apart, rather than before, as some have suggested.”  That’s “approximately 65 to 57 million years ago—long after the continent came apart approximately 135 million years ago.”  This ruins a favored explanation that the fish showed up where they live today because they were “along for the ride” after the continental breakup.  That sent the Oxford evolutionists scurrying into theory rescue mode:They suggest that the fish likely found its way across the oceans to settle on other continents, either by hitching a ride on some floating piece of debris or by following strong currents. They note that there are some types of cichlid fish that can tolerate salt water. There is also still a remote possibility that cichlid fish did exist prior to the breakup of Gondwana (leaving behind fossils) but they looked so different (due to evolutionary changes afterwards) that scientists don’t realize they are the same fish.Flowering plants:  Darwin’s “abominable mystery,” the origin of flowering plants (angiosperms), has been moved earlier in the timeline by 100 million years, according to reports on the Live Science and the BBC News.  Pollen found in core samples from Switzerland have been dated in the evolutionary scheme at 245 million years old, putting them into the age of the earliest dinosaurs, the articles claim.  “Our findings suggest that the origin of flowering plants is rooted much deeper than originally thought,” said Peter Hochuli (U of Zurich).  While this gives evolutionists more time for the spectacular diversification of flowering plants, it puts the origin of many specialized features (flowers, pollen, and broad leaves among them) earlier as well; but still, no ancestor is known.  Live Science commented, “The ancestors of flowering plants currently remain a mystery, and scientists aren’t sure what kind of events or conditions might have spurred their origin.”  In the BBC News article, Hochuli remarked that not much changed in that 100 million years: “With a few differences… the pollen from the Middle Triassic look exactly the same as the angiosperm pollen from the Early Cretaceous.”  The article noted another conundrum: “this does leave a period of 100 million years for which there are no records of flowering plant-like pollen.”Tepui toad tall tales:  Another supposed Gondwana-distributed animal is in the midst of a paradigm shift.  Unique tree-climbing toads called pebble toads inhabit the summits of South America’s tepuis (tall mesas).  These tepuis, considered “crucibles of evolution,” became isolated from each other and from the jungle 10,000 feet below, it is thought by evolutionists, some 40-50 million years ago.  This should have allowed the denizens on the summits to evolve their own ways for tens of millions of years.  Yet, many plants and animals are strikingly similar to ones below and on separate tepuis.   (See 8/09/12 entry, “Brazil’s Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution.”)National Geographic posted an adventure story featuring an interesting on-site video clip by Bruce Means, a white-bearded herpetologist who studies the summit flora and fauna.  “We assume the toads are as ancient as the tepuis,” he said, “but guess what.”  He was surprised to find that the pebble toads (though related to others in Africa) got up there more recently than the time the mesas separated, because they show evidence of gene flow “only a few tens of thousands of years ago, if that.”  This is also true of other reptiles and amphibians on the summits.  Stuck with an anomaly, he’s considering options that seem weird: Did the animals climb up the cliff?  Did a storm suck them up and drop them on top?  Did climate change spur them on?  “A paradigm shift means everybody thought one thing, and the whole world has to change now to think another thing,” he explains with sweeping gestures.  At the end of the video, he says, “As in all science, when you investigate something, you always come up with a lot more questions than you get answers.”  One question he is not asking is whether the tepuis and the toads are really millions of years old.Note: If someone has the itch to do original scientific research on virgin territory, the article states “some tepuis have yet to be visited by any human beings.”  There aren’t many places left on the planet with that distinction.Evolutionists play fast and loose with dates, because they’ve carved out an impossibly large playground that gives them unlimited capacity for storytelling.  No one has ever experienced a million years.  Human recorded history only goes back a few thousand.  The rest is all inferred indirectly with theory-laden dating methods built on the assumption of evolutionary naturalism bequeathed by Charlie & Charlie (Lyell & Darwin): ‘Everything is very old.  Every natural process is slow and gradual.  Stars form over billions of years.  Planets take billions more.  Life evolves slowly and gradually over hundreds of millions of years.’  This worldview requires lots of time, so the evolutionists imagine it.  It gives them ample storage space for their ad hoc rescue devices.With a system like that owned and guarded by the power brokers in science, anything is possible.  Even when grotesque anomalies are found – huge discrepancies from previous assumptions, requiring a paradigm shift that requires “the whole world” having to “change now to think another thing” – Darwinians love it, because it keeps them employed as storytellers (12/22/03 commentary).  They get all tingly being able to move things around and change the plot a bit.  They aren’t bothered by flowering plants popping into existence much earlier than thought, only to remain absent from the fossil record for a hundred million years, thereafter exploding into thousands of diverse, beautiful plants like roses, orchids and petunias.  They aren’t bothered by delicate little toads climbing sheer cliffs 10,000 feet.  They aren’t bothered by freshwater fish crossing saltwater oceans, or floating the Atlantic on rafts to keep the plot from unraveling.  Aren’t those much more interesting stories?  That’s the whole game!  They love it.  The more “abominable” the “mystery,” the better.  Everybody likes a great mystery story.  If they can keep the mystery running for 154 years, all the better.  Nothing ever falsifies their scheme.  They smile and chuckle and pat each other on the back when anomalies come.  The only thing that makes them mad is the suggestion that the framework Charlie & Charlie bequeathed to them is questionable, if not unscientific.  How dare anyone think such a thing!   That would ruin our stories!  Expel the heretics!  Call them 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Man lynched in Bihar for killing wife

first_imgA 48-year-old man was lynched by villagers in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Saturday after he bludgeoned his wife to death with an iron rod. The incident occurred at Vishrampur village under Mufassil police station of the district. Mufassil police station SHO Jagniwas Singh said the deceased have been identified as Durgawati Devi,40, and her husband Gopal Nutt.Police are investigating the double murder and ascertaining what led to the fight between the couple. Nutt allegedly hit his wife on the head, inflicting fatal injuries to her.Devi, who was brought to Sadar hospital by villagers, succumbed to her injuries. This angered the villagers who, in turn, beat up her husband and killed him on the spot, the SHO said. The post-mortem of both the bodies have been conducted, the SHO said and added that an unnamed FIR has been lodged with Mufassil police station.last_img read more

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PH bid in Aimag goes in full swing

first_imgFor the 116 Filipino athletes lined up in 17 of the 21 sports, it will be all business until the closing rites on Sept. 27 of the biggest continental indoor games in history due to the inclusion of the Oceania region headed by Olympic powerhouse Australia and New Zealand.Prior to the opener, the Philippines already snatched a bronze medal courtesy of wrestler Alvin Lobreguito in the men’s freestyle -57kg category in traditional wrestling.“It was a good start for us and we’re looking forward to winning more medals as the tournament progresses,” said Philippine chef de mission and Makati City representative Monsour Del Rosario, who has Philippine Karatedo Federation secretary general Raymund Lee Reyes as deputy CDM.Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco is also monitoring the performances of the athletes together with POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta, POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and POC board member Robert Mananquil in this Central Asian nation known for its massive natural gas reserves.“We all know that competition here in the Aimag is tough. But I never doubt the ability of our athletes to come up with their best effort to get a medal,” said Cojuangco.ADVERTISEMENT Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZASHGABAT—The Philippine campaign in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games goes into full swing on Monday as Filipino fighters from ju-jitsu, taekwondo and wrestling together with the national tracksters figure in a tight and demanding contest for success.Southeast Asian Games 400m hurdles champion Eric Cray will test his forte in the men’s 60m hurdles against the fastest hurdlers in the continent while former Asian long-jump queen Marestella Torres is scheduled to compete in her pet event at the Indoor Athletics Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games A total of 41 gold medals are at stake on Monday with Filipino athletes entered in 19 events. The 12-day sportsfest is organized by the Olympic Council of Asia.Joining Cray and Torres in the gold-medal hunt in athletics are middle-distance runners Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog in the men’s 800m and another long-jumper in Janry Ubas.Torres and Cray are going for a podium finish on the same day while Guarte, Vilog and Ubas should sparkle in their qualifying heats to reach the finals scheduled the following day.In the previous edition of the Aimag in 2013 Incheon, dancesport bets Cherry Clarice Parcon and Gerald Jamili won a gold and a bronze. Cue artist Rubilen Amit also brought home a bronze.“I don’t make predictions but I’m pretty optimistic that our athletes can make us proud,” said Del Rosario, also the secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. “They are relaxed and seemed to be confident.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grapplers Michael Vijay Cater (men’s classic -57kg), Jonathan Maquilan (-62kg), Jhonny Morte (-68kg), Jefferson Manatad (-75kg), Cristof Hoffman Jr. (-90kg), Grace Loberanes (women’s classic -52kg) and Noemi Tener (-58kg) will also hunt for medals in today’s traditional wrestling.Taekwondo jin Ronna Levita Ilao faces Fatemeh Madahi of Iran in the round of 16 of the women’s -46kg category while Southeast Asian Games champion Samuel Morrison (men’s -75kg) and Jener Torillos (-54kg) are likewise expected to contend for a podium finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAn air of optimism surrounds the opening salvo of the country’s ju-jitsu specialists starring Alexander Lim (men’s ne-waza -69kg), Terrence Hansel Co (-77kg), Gilbert Ombao (-94kg), Asian champion Apryl Eppinger (women’s ne-waza -62kg) and Lou-Ann Jindani (-70kg).Host Turkmenistan welcomed more than 6,000 athletes from 62 countries in a grandiose opening ceremony amid a splashy display of sounds, lights, fireworks, amusing visualsand cultural presentations on Sunday night. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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London Olympics: Natalya Antyukh wins gold in 400m hurdles

first_imgRussian Natalya Antyukh won the gold medal in women’s 400m hurdles on Wednesday by posting a personal best of 52.70 seconds, holding off Lashinda Demus of the US, who took silver in 52.77. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic received the bronze for 53.38.”This has been very special. I cannot express the words,” said Antyukh, who took the bronze in Athens in the 400m flat.”I only started the hurdles in 2009. I have done a lot of work, to get a PB is amazing- a world record soon would be great,” she said.Demus, the reigning world champion, said she was “grateful to be on the podium.””Of course I wanted the gold medal. I wanted it so bad I can’t explain how bad. I started crying because I knew how bad I wanted it.”Hejnova said she was shocked by her performance.”It is a fantastic day for me. I didn’t expect it, as I was fourth at the European Championships,” she said, referring to the competition in Helsinki in June.Defending champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica crashed out in the heats.last_img read more

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Terrence Romeo calls out haters after winning 1st PBA title: ‘I have nothing to prove to you’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Here’s a video of newly-minted PBA champion Terrence Romeo clapping back at his haters: pic.twitter.com/1L2TgRFhvV— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) May 16, 2019(My haters always message me on Instagram and Twitter, saying ‘ you will never win a championship’ or that ‘you’re talented, you have all these awards but you will never be a champion,’ ‘you bring bad luck to San Miguel.’ Now I want to tell them to send me a message again, later when I post a photo with the trophy. Message me again and tell me everything you want to say.)READ: Leo Austria puts positive spin on Terrence Romeo’s outburstADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Year after year—from Far Eastern University to San Miguel Beer—Terrence Romeo had to endure the criticisms, trolling and constant blame.The moment he had been waiting for so long finally came on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Even the PBA commentators on TV got a special mention from the prolific yet enigmatic guard.“Hindi maiiwasan na meron talagang mga tao na minsan binibilang pa kung ilang dribbles yung ginagawa mo. Pero ang point ko lang doon katulad nung Game 1, nakalimutan ko [kung sino] yung mga commentators, pero binibilang nila kung ilang dribbles ginagawa ko,” he recalled. “Pag sumablay pagtatawanan nila pero pag yung dribbles ko na-shoot ko hindi naman nila binibilang. Pag sablay lang nila binibilang.”“Yun ang mahirap eh pero at least nag-champion na ako ngayon. Paki bilang na lang ulit dribbles ko.”(There are really people who count the dribbles that you make. Like in Game 1, I forgot who the commentators were, they were counting my dribbles. When I fail, they laugh at at me, but when I make the shot, they don’t count my dribbles. They only care when I miss. At least I’m a champion now. They can count my dribbles again.)READ: Finals first-timer Terrence Romeo ‘serious’ about mulling retirement if Beermen wins titleThe 27-year-old Romeo, who has multiple scoring titles to add to his maiden championship, also said he has nothing else to prove.“Ilang beses na ako nag-40 points sa PBA. Wala na akong kailangan patunayan sa kanila.”Romeo had said he’s been seriously contemplating about retirement if he wins his first PBA title before the finals.But his first taste of the championship left him wanting for more.“Gusto ko pa makakuha ulit,” he said. Red flags raised over Southampton’s ‘record’ deal with Chinese company LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue 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 Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess San Miguel Beer won a grueling seven-game series that came down to the last second to extend its Philippine Cup reign.READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts MagnoliaFEATURED 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, logisticsRomeo cut down the net and wore it over his neck. He can finally be called a champion and he made sure his haters would know about it.“Mga haters ko lagi akong mine-message sa Instagram, sa Twitter. Mine-message ako na hindi raw ako magcha-champion. Talented daw ako, nasa akin daw lahat ng award pero never daw ako magcha-champion, Malas daw ako sa San Miguel. So parang gusto kong sabihin sa kanila ngayon na paki-message nila ako ulit sa Instagram ko and mamaya pag nag-post ako ng picture, pag nag-post ako ng trophy, paki-message ako ulit, lahat sila sabihin nila lahat ng gusto nila,” Romeo said.last_img read more

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Ford India targets 30-35 per cent growth

first_imgCoimbatore, Apr 20 (PTI) Ford India, which saw 25 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2017, expects to see it rise to 30 to 35 per cent, riding on sales of recently launched sports models, a top company official said today. Compared to low double digit growth of the industry, the company has witnessed 25 per cent growth, apart from a good demand for petrol variants of its vehicles, Ford India general manager, Sales-South, Narasimhan Balaji said here. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of launch of the sports edition of Figo and Aspire in the region, Balaji said since the launch of these variants, both had set new benchmarks in the segment from the maximum airbags-on-offer to lowest cost of service. South has contributed 30 to 35 per cent of the sales and growth of the company, he said. Asked about the demand for vehicles due to fluctuation of petrol and diesel prices, he said it did not make much difference on the sales front. “But we are seeing an increased demand for petrol variants,” he said. Moreover, the company was successful in breaking the myth that the cost of service was higher for Figo and other vehicles, he said. PTI NVM SS RClast_img read more

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361 infra projects show cost overruns of Rs 377 lakh cr

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 361 infrastructure projects, each worth Rs 150 crore or more, have shown cost overruns to the tune of over Rs 3.77 lakh crore owing to delays and other reasons, a report said. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation monitors infrastructure projects worth Rs 150 crore and above. Of these 1,623 projects, 361 reported cost overruns and 496 time escalation. “Total original cost of implementation of the 1623 projects was Rs 19,25,107.47 crore and their anticipated completion cost is likely to be Rs 23,02,230.50 crore, which reflects overall cost overruns of Rs 3,77,123.03 crore (19.59% of original cost),” the ministry’s latest report for May 2019 said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra According to the report, the expenditure incurred on these projects till May 2019 was Rs 8,91,512.91 crore, which is 38.72 per cent of the anticipated cost of the projects. However, it said the number of delayed projects decreases to 399 if delay is calculated on the basis of the latest schedule of completion. For 684 projects, neither the year of commissioning nor the tentative gestation period has been reported. Out of 496 delayed projects, 166 projects have overall delay in the range of 1 to 12 months, 105 projects 13 to 24 months, 128 projects reflect delay in the range of 25 to 60 months and 97 projects show 61 months and above delay. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The average time overrun in these 496 delayed projects is 36.98 months. The brief reasons for time overruns, as reported by various project implementing agencies, are delays in land acquisition, forest clearance and supply of equipment. Besides, there are other reasons like fund constraints, geological surprises, geo-mining conditions, slow progress in civil works, shortage of labour, inadequate mobilisation by the contractor, Maoist problems, court cases, contractual issues, ROU/ROW (right of use/right of way) problems, law and order situation, among others, the report said. It also observed that project agencies are not reporting revised cost estimates and commissioning schedules for many projects, which suggests that time/cost overrun figures are under-reported.last_img read more

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