Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire

first_img Girls’ golf will be in for a great celebration next week when 144 leading young players head to Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in search of national titles.The English U16 and U14 girls’ championships will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 8-10, and have attracted an international entry from 15 countries.The players include girl international Annabell Fuller, pictured, (Roehampton, Surrey), who has just helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters. Meanwhile, the host club will be represented by Olivia Ripiner, from England Golf’s South regional U16 squad.Blackmoor is regarded as one of the best courses in Hampshire. It was originally laid out by renowned golf architect Harry Colt, and consists of two loops of nine holes created from heathland, with fairways surrounded by heather, pine, birch and oak trees.The curtain raiser to the week will turn the focus on handicap golf when 22 young players compete in the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer.They’ve all qualified on the basis of handicap reduction and will play off for the national title on Monday, August 7.Between them the Abraham Trophy finalists represent 13 counties:Buckinghamshire – Olivia Lee of Gerrards Cross; Amelia Curtis of Stoke Park.Derbyshire – Hannah Morrison of Chapel-en-le-Frith.Dorset – Sienna Birch, Louise Burke and Chloe Haesler of Broadstone.Hampshire – Ellie Mans of Barton-on-Sea; Hannah Dymott of Meon Valley.Hertfordshire – Hallie Copping-jones of Bishops Stortford.Lancashire – Emily James of Royal Lytham & St Annes.Lincolnshire – Tilly Garfoot of Spalding.Middlesex – Lucy Handley of Pinner Hill.Norfolk – Hope Neild of Royal Norwich.Northamptonshire – Ashleigh Critchley of Kettering.Surrey – Sasha Crockett of Burhill; Lottie Woad of Farnham; Alexandra Jakins and Sarah Mardani of Windlesham.Worcestershire – Lucy Buckley of Bromsgrove; Kacey Haynes and Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce.Yorkshire – Jessica Hosking of Huddersfield.Click here for more information on the Abraham TrophyClick here for more information on the English U16 and U14 girls’ championshipsImage copyright Stills Photography 3 Aug 2017 Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire last_img read more

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

first_imgWard released a statement on his website titled “Mission Accomplished ” thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement.“I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” he wrote. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWard is currently rated the best “pound for pound” boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts.“People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don’t see the toil, they don’t seethe grind, they don’t see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,” he said. View comments LATEST STORIES “I don’t think about him at all because I’m looking forward (to reaching) my goals,” he said, adding that his last two fights are “history” and “I forgot it already.”He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games.“They did before second rematch,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t care at all.”HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts.“Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,” HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it’s time and I know it’s time.”Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends.Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final.Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen.Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimousdecision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round.Kovalev said Ward’s retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow “good and strong” fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn’t concern himself with the possibility that Ward’s retirement won’t stick.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 award NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Andre Ward celebrates after defeating Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Ward is retiring from boxing with an undefeated record because he no longer has the desire to fight, according to a statement on his website Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top.Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

South American soccer still wary after successful final in Madrid

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarri uses Napoli formula to ignite Chelsea’s title bid LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Everybody knows that a lot of people wanted to watch this final,” River captain Leonardo Ponzio said. “But we have to be realistic, our society is not prepared for this type of event. This final is over, but a lot of things still need to be solved. All we can do is make sure that all of this never happens again.”While hundreds of River Plate fans celebrated in Madrid’s iconic Puerta del Sol plaza, riot police had to take action against rowdy fans back in Buenos Aires. Argentine media said some fans were detained and a few police officers sustained minor injuries in the downtown confrontations.It wasn’t even certain that the Madrid final was actually the end of it all, as Boca could still try to appeal CONMEBOL’s decision not to disqualify River for the problems outside its stadium ahead of the second leg.“As far as the sports side is concerned, to me it’s all over. River won,” Schelotto said. “As far as all the legal issues, it would be good for CONMEBOL or South American soccer to take some action. Not about who won the Copa or about sanctions to River or Boca, but to make sure that what happened the other day doesn’t happen again. It’s not normal to throw rocks at a bus of a rival team. Hopefully these things will not happen again.”This year’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s equivalent to the Champions League, had been tarnished even before the fan violence marred the first leg of the “final of all finals” in Buenos Aires.ADVERTISEMENT 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 award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But there were doubts the happy ending at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium would prompt many changes after one of the greatest debacles in South American soccer history.“To be honest, sometimes it seems like we are incapable of learning,” Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “I don’t think we will be able to take much from what happened in this stadium, from how the fans behaved here. Hopefully we will learn a lot, but it seems like we are incapable of learning. It seems that if this final happens again in a few years, we won’t be able to play it again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRiver Plate won 3-1 in extra time on Sunday in a match that was relocated to Madrid after the first leg was twice suspended because Boca players were injured when River fans attacked their bus with rocks, bottles and pieces of wood. The teams drew 2-2 in the first leg at Boca’s La Bombonera Stadium nearly a month ago.Nearly 70,000 River fans waited for hours inside the team’s stadium two weeks ago before South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL suspended the match and later decided to play it outside Argentina because of safety concerns. River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo ignored a ban from carrying out his duties in the semifinals against Brazilian club Gremio, and both River and Boca played with suspended players without punishment. There were also controversial video review decisions, including a red card reversed following a game as officials later concluded it was incorrectly shown to a player despite video review being used.CONMEBOL had already decided that beginning next year the Copa Libertadores final will be played in a neutral site with a single game, with Chile hosting it in 2019.River assistant coach Matias Biscay, replacing the suspended Gallardo, said he hoped the team’s victory would help ease the disappointment of those who missed the opportunity to witness the historic final this time.“Not everybody is violent in our society, it’s just a small group,” Biscay said. “I think the people who behaved well and were patient the other day can enjoy a little bit of happiness after what the players achieved for them on the field.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans hide from the police after River Plate soccer fans celebrated their team’s 3-1 victory over Boca Juniors, clenching the Copa Libertadores championship title, at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The South American decider was transferred from Buenos Aires to Madrid, Spain, after River fans attacked Boca’s bus on Nov. 10 ahead of the second leg. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)MADRID — The Copa Libertadores finally came to a conclusion, without incident.River Plate fans peacefully celebrated the team’s triumph over Boca Juniors as the city of Madrid showed it is possible to successfully organize the high-profile game between two of the South American continent’s fiercest rivals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

Another massive protest held to demand President, Cabinet’s resignation

first_img…calls reiterated for halting of H2H RegistrationPresidential Candidate leads a line of protestersThe scores of protesters outside of the Ministry of the PresidencySupporters holding various placardsA large group of People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) supporters, including the party’s Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali, and several senior members of the party braved the heat on Wednesday as they protested on Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, demanding that the President and his Cabinet resign and announce a date for elections — as is constitutionally mandated. The protesters also reiterated calls for the halting of the illegal House-to-House Registration (H2H).The protest was held outside of the Ministry of the Presidency, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, and attracted scores of PPP/C supporters from all across Guyana, who were displaying the party’s colours, waving placards and shouting various slogans— including “Granger must go” and “Call elections now” – all in an effort to reiterate that elections should be held in keeping with the Constitution of Guyana and the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).PPP/C’s Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali and former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, along with a number of senior party officials, were present at the picketing line.During brief interviews with Guyana Times, these party members expressed similar views as they called for Government to act in accordance with the law. The Opposition’s Presidential Candidate has disclosed that because the elections are being continuously delayed, more and more Guyanese are becoming impatient, hence, the number of protesters would increase.“Once again, the people of Guyana are out here in defence of our Constitution, in defence to the rule of law and standing up for democracy…week after week the numbers are growing, more people are becoming impatient, businesses are becoming impatient and all of this is happening because the country is uneasy….the President and the Government must resign now, they must dissolve Parliament now and they must call the elections,” Ali said.Meanwhile, Hinds warned that more protests will be underway if elections are not in line with the September deadline.“We’re calling on our President to comply with our Constitution, comply with the CCJ ruling, call elections now, set a date for elections. We demand that GECOM comes inline, meets that date, and the date we should be thinking of now is September 18,” Hinds expressed.Only last week, the PPP/C supporters organised a massive countrywide protest where supporters in every administrative region picketed offices of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), demanding that they scrap the House-to-House Registration exercise and begin preparing for elections to be held no later than September 18.last_img read more

Three Austrian tots tie for first honors

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But Isabella also came ahead of schedule, said her mother, Melanie Erber. “Actually, we weren’t expecting her until Jan. 8 at the earliest,” she said. Austria’s first baby of the new year was Isabella Melanie. No, wait, it was Jelena. Or was it Johannes Samuel? Three infants born at precisely the same time on Sunday – one minute after midnight – all laid claim to the traditional honor of being the nation’s first newborn of 2006. Because official hospital records gave the time of birth as 12:01 a.m. Sunday for all three babies, their parents will have to be content with sharing the honor, Austrian state television said as it tried to sort out the confusion. One commentator suggested that Jelena deserved the honor of 2006’s first baby by default because she arrived four weeks early and had to be delivered by emergency cesarean section. last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Rovers FC News: The Senior teams season came to a close on Sunday last with the annual gala awards presentation night in the Station House Hotel. A number of awards were handed out on the night with Player of the Year being won by Mark Forker while Young Player of the Year went to Tristan Ferris. The top goalscorer accolade was yet again won by Darren McElwaine while Paul McVeigh secured the goal of the season for his strike against Midleton.The Players Player of the year was shared jointly by Rory Kelly and Paul Boyle.Club Chairman Dessie Kelly thanked everyone for their efforts in what was an historic campaign for the club and the best in our 54 year history with the magical run to the Intermediate cup final.The seniors had earlier lost 2-0 in the afternoon to Cockhill in the League Cup final. The underage and Youth Presentation night takes place this Sunday at 6pm in the Station House Hotel and we would ask all our underage players, coaches and parents to make a special effort to attend this occasion which is one of the highlights of the Rovers social calendar.The Donegal Youth League Presentation was also held last Sunday and we congratulate Sean Friel on winning the Leagues player of the season while Anthony Gormans men were once again feted for winning the Gorey Curran Cup.Other on-field action last week saw our u14s Rovers  lose out 8-2 on aggregate to eventual winners Bonagee in the Champions League semi finals while they also bowed out of the Cup losing 4-1 at Kilmacrennan Celtic with Nathan Plumb on the scoresheet.The u14s Crusaders lost 5-1 at Keadue with Aaron Bonner on the mark.Mini-Lotto numbers were 4-7-19 and 24.5 drawn from 7 with three correct win €15Theresa McGonigle,Columba Crawford, Mollie Callan, Kay McDaid and Ian Cunningham the lucky winners.Next weeks jackpot is €3725Bingo continues in the Station House Hotel every Thursday night at 830pm sharp.Snowball is €1450 euro on 45 numbers or less.SOCCER: TRISTAN FERRIS NAMED LETTERKENNY ROVERS YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR AFTER BRILLIANT SEASON was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Letterkenny Rovers FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

Newcastle news: One Arsenal target and two Liverpool players to join in January?

first_img Destro’s form this season has been nothing short of shocking Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Things have started to improve at St James’ Park Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Newcastle are set to make use of the January transfer window when it opens in just over a month.The Magpies are attempting to fight off the threat of relegation, and have started to make some progress having won each of their previous two matches to move up to 14th in the Premier League table. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Brahimi is wanted by a trio of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle MONEY Latest Football News It’s not been a good time for Origi on Merseyside 6 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED Solanke is surely not the answer to Newcastle’s problems The 23-year-old was highly-rated when he joined Liverpool but his reputation has nosedived since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as manager, due to a lack of game time for the Reds and a poor loan spell at Wolfsburg. A move could be perfect for Origi to kick-start his career while still relatively young.Dominic SolankeWhile asking about the availability of Origi, Rafa Benitez is also said to have inquired about Solanke, another forward struggling for game time under Jurgen Klopp. The former Chelsea youngster is believed to be available on loan, but he is hardly the top class centre-forward Newcastle fans have been calling out for.Solanke has scored just ONE Premier League goal throughout his entire career, and he’s not made a senior appearance this season.That’s hardly going to excite the St James’ Park faithful now, is it? REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Prolific goalscorer Haller, a former France youth international, has been linked with a January switch to St James’ Park, though recent reports claim Newcastle have been priced out of a move for him. The 24-year-old has scored eight goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances this season, meaning’s he’s just one behind his total for the entire 2017/18 campaign, whilst before moving to Germany he scored 51 goals in 98 matches for Utrecht of the Netherlands.The Magpies were linked with Haller as Rafa Benitez bids to improve their strike force in January, but the 24-year-old’s agent appears to have killed any chance Newcastle have of signing him. Karlheinz Forster says only ‘top clubs’, such as ‘Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, or Barcelona’ will be able to ‘afford’ Haller.Mattia DestroIf a deal for Haller is not possible, Newcastle have lined up an alternative – Mattia Destro. The Bologna ace’s reputation has gone somewhat downhill since his earlier years, when he was regarded as a future star, but he’s still managed to score 25 goals across the last three years. REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Yacine BrahimiPorto winger Brahimi has been linked with various English clubs for a number of years, and it now appears he will be heading to the Premier League. Newcastle are one of three teams, along with West Ham and Everton, said to be keen on signing Brahimi, either in January or when his contract expires at the end of the season. However, serious questions have been raised over Rafa Benitez’s squad and their suitability for top flight football.Worrying doubts remain about Newcastle’s goal scoring woes, with the Tyneside club netting just nine times in their 12 matches so far this term.Newcastle are expected to use the transfer market to try and remedy these issues, and they’ve already been linked with making some moves when the window reopens at the start of the new year.But who will Newcastle be looking to sign in January? round-up some of the latest rumours concerning the Magpies’ impending transfer business… shining 6 ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Getty Images Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 6 no dice Bologna are expected to allow Destro to leave in January given the 27-year-old has become a bit-play player, and Newcastle are alongside Sampdoria in the chase for him.Destro could be a relatively cheap option for Newcastle to sign, though doubts will be raised over his suitability for the Premier League given he’s failed to hit the back of the net once this season.Divock OrigiAnother forward wanted by Rafa Benitez is Origi, who plays for his former club Liverpool. Able to play anywhere along the front line, Origi will provide competition at centre-forward as well as on the wings.It was claimed last month that Benitez has already enquired about the availability of the Belgium international heading into the January transfer window, with Origi expected to leave Anfield having been on the pitch for just 11 miunutes this season. The 28-year-old winger is a veteran of over 200 appearances across divisions in France, Spain and Portugal, and he’s long been regarded one of Porto’s best players.Given Newcastle’s attacking struggles this season, it is not a surprise they are looking to sign a player who is sure to improve their firepower and creativity in the final third.Miguel AlmironIt is not just the wide positions Rafa Benitez is hoping to improve, as Newcastle reportedly want to sign Miguel Almiron, the Atlanta United player. A midfielder who predominantly plays in the number 10 position, Almiron is widely regarded as one of MLS’ best players. He has scored 13 goals and created a further 13 in 35 appearances this season, and seems destined for a move to Europe.The Chronicle report Newcastle are interested in Almiron, with the Paraguay international’s agent seen at St James’ Park for last weekend’s defeat of Bournemouth.However, both Spurs and Arsenal are believed to be keen on Almiron also, with a report last month claiming the Gunners have already agreed a deal to bring the 24-year-old to England when the transfer window reopens in January.Sebastien Haller REVEALED 6 6 Newcastle are joined by Tottenham in the race to sign Haller last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 1st, 2014 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:home-page featuresHome-page Newspicture specialRelay for Lifelast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: This spectacular drone footage of ‘THE GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN’ was taken by Martin Gallagher – ‘The High Sky Photgrapher’.The video shows some of the painstaking obstacles which faced the large number of participants who took part in the event a fortnight ago. The ‘crawl’ through a large segment of MUD looked extremely difficult, but it also looked like everybody who took part was having a good time – despite the pain!The MUD RUN took place at the Old Foundry in Letterkenny and participants were given either the option of the 5K route or the 10K route.The question is would you be up for the challenge?  DDTV: WATCH SPECTACULAR DRONE FOOTAGE OF GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVnewsSportlast_img read more

Ancient Reptiles Exceed Textbook Explanations

first_imgEach new fossil from China’s Liaoning province seems to force a rewrite of the textbooks.  National Geographic News reported on fossils of pterosaurs with “much higher diversity… than one could possibly expect.”  Two species found in the Jehol area (02/21/2003) had long beaks with sharp teeth, and wingspans up to 8 feet.  “It was once thought that pterosaurs glided instead of flapping their wings,” Stefan Lovgren reported.  “However, researchers have now established that all but the largest pterosaurs could sustain powered flight.”  See also LiveScience.  The paper in Nature1 says that, surprisingly, bird fossils show more diversity than the pterosaurs.  40 pterosaur remains (16 species) and 1,000 birds (21 species) have been found in the deposits.  The closest relatives of the two new pterosaur species are from Europe, the discoverers said, also with apparent surprise.  “This unexpected mixture of different pterosaur groups in these Chinese deposits,” they wrote, “indicates a very complex evolutionary history of pterosaurs in general, which is just beginning to be deciphered.”    Under the sea, another group of extinct reptiles are changing the textbooks.  Scientists from University of Newcastle in Australia found plesiosaurs that apparently munched on clams, snails and crabs instead of fish, as previously assumed.  Discoverers found stomach stones (gastroliths) for grinding up prey.  The report in Science1 states, “These finds point to a wider niche than has previously been supposed for these seemingly specialized predators and may also influence long-running controversy over the question of gastrolith function in plesiosaurs.”1Wang et al., “Pterosaur diversity and faunal turnover in Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems in China,” Nature 437, 875-879 (6 October 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03982.2McHenry et al., “Bottom-Feeding Plesiosaurs,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5745, 75, 7 October 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117241].One interesting thing about the new pterosaurs is that their habits and physical characteristics overlapped those of birds in many striking ways; some of them almost looked like pelicans.  The scientists had to presume that the pterosaurs occupied the shore niche and the birds occupied the land niche.  These flying reptiles are being seen more and more as skilled pilots (09/09/2005), not just dumb gliders manipulating the webbing between their fingers.  To imagine one kind of creature mastering flight by an evolutionary process is tough enough for a Darwinist, but four independent groups (pterosaurs, insects, birds, bats)?   Throwing around phrases like “convergent evolution” is not going to solve the problems.    In the sea, the parallels between fish and reptiles (especially ichthyosaurs – see 04/20/2005) in swimming ability is remarkable.  Some ichthyosaurs were shaped almost identically to fast-swimming tuna.  When flying or swimming reptiles appear in the fossil record, they already had these abilities, fully fleshed out and operational.  The same is true for insects, birds and mammals.  Would it not make sense to think that a designer able to invent a flying machine or a swimming machine would grant that technology to very different groups of animals, each for its own niche and role in the world?  Maybe he just wanted to confound those who would presume to speculate they evolved on their own.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more