Archaeopteryx: The Rock Star of Dino-Birds?

first_imgSee Dr Bergman’s book Fossil Forensics for more details on the evidence for a transition between reptiles and birds.Dr Jonathan Wells included a chapter on Archaeopteryx in his 2000 book Icons of Evolution. In his 2017 update, Zombie Science, he provided updated information about alleged feathered dinosaurs. by Jerry Bergman Ph. D.A recent article in the BBC News announces that “One of the true ‘rock stars’ of the fossil world is going on tour for the first time”. The fossil is Archaeopteryx, and it’s taking the first trip in its history to Japan.[i] Furthermore, the article added, “The limestone slabs that contain the bones of this pivotal creature on the evolutionary line from dinosaurs to birds are considered priceless.” The adulation given this “very delicate” slab of stone is almost like that bestowed on a venerated religious statue. The very fragile stone containing this putative 150-million-year-old icon has been housed in a museum and guarded carefully, so to travel to Japan is unprecedented. Just why is this old rock so valuable? What is the story behind it? Briefly, Archaeopteryx, an extinct bird about the size of a crow, is one of the most well-known “icons of evolution” today.[ii]The name Archaeopteryx is a combination of two Greek words, archaīos, ancient, and ptéryx, feather or wing.[iii] Although the name means “ancient feather,” because it has several features that are more typical of reptiles, many evolutionists claim it is an evolutionary ‘link’ between birds and reptiles.  This avian curiosity was first discovered in 1860 in the limestone rocks in Bavaria, Germany, a little over a year after Darwin’s classic book on evolution titled The Origin of Species was published. The most complete skeleton found so far, called the Berlin Specimen, named because of where it is housed, was discovered around 15 years later near Eichstatt, Germany by Jakob Niemeyer.[iv]Archaeopteryx was immediately seized on by Darwinists as critical evidence of evolution. A feather imprint was discovered first and, later, in a nearby quarry, an almost complete skeletal imprint was found. Both fossils are now housed in the British museum. It is one of the 12 known fossil specimens and one feather that are part of the Archaeopteryx family so far discovered. The Thermopolis specimen (photo) was discovered in 2005. The eleventh specimen was discovered in 2011, and number twelve in 2014.[v] Several fossils show its wings outstretched when it died, producing clear imprints of its fully modern feathers.Specimen of Archaeopteryx discovered in 2005 in Eichstadt, Germany, now housed in the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Photos by David CoppedgeThe major claim to fame of this interesting creature is that, although it is very birdlike, it possesses certain features that some interpret as being more ‘primitive’—meaning reptilian—than most of today’s birds.[vi] What these features mean has been a fertile field for conjecture, and they have produced more then their fair share of controversy down to today. Hitching argues that “every one of its supposed reptilian features can be found in various species of undoubted birds,” casting doubt on claims it represents a transitional form.[vii]Another problem is no evidence exists that Archaeopteryx was losing reptile traits and developing bird features, because both its putative reptile and bird features were both fully developed. It has a long bony tail like a reptile on which feathers grew, but some birds have a similar feature—the present-day swan is one example. The difference between bird and reptile tails is due primarily, not to the number of vertebrae, but the greater elongation of the caudal vertebrae in the latter. In the embryonic stage, some living birds feature tails with more vertebrae bones than the tails of Archaeopteryx.Description of the Thermopolis Specimen in the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.The ostrich, the largest extant bird known today, provides a useful example for comparisons with fossil birds because it has many features in common with Archaeopteryx. For example, both are non-flyers, with claws on their wings. In fact, some claim that the ostrich has more reptilian features than the Archaeopteryx, but nobody considers the ostrich a transitional form.[viii] Half of the ostrich’s height consists of its neck. It is obviously a bird, and though it cannot fly, it can run as fast as a horse. To be defined as a bird, an animal need not be able to fly (most do) but it must have true feathers: all creatures with true modern feathers are birds, and all those without are not birds.The so-called feathered dinosaurs have not disrupted this classical definition because none of them have true feathers. A recent examination of Archaeopteryx feathers by the Smithsonian Institution concluded that they are the same as those belonging to many modern flying birds. Thus, the Archaeopteryx in many ways is closer to modern-day birds than an ostrich. The ostrich has non-flight down feathers.Another feature of Archaeopteryx is that it possessed three claws on each wing—an interesting, but not a unique trait. Juveniles of the South American hoatzin, the African touraco and the ostrich all have claws on both of their ‘feathered forelimbs’ or wings. Archaeopteryx also had bony jaws lined with teeth, not an uncommon feature of ancient birds, particularly those found in Mesozoic strata.[ix] One could just as well argue that Archaeopteryx was nothing more than an extinct bird with teeth.Archaeopteryx also had a shallow breastbone that would have given it a feeble wing beat and, as a result, some believe, poor flight.  The hoatzin has a similar shallow breastbone, and many bird species now exist that are incapable of flight and they evidently always have been.Bones of flying birds are hollow and air-filled, with girders and struts for strength. Courtesy Illustra Media, Flight.Birds must be very light in order to fly. The low-weight requirement is the main reason why the bones of both large and small flying birds are very thin and hollow. Although some researchers have concluded that the Archaeopteryx bones were both thin and hollow, no fossil bones exist, only their impressions. For now, the conclusion that Archaeopteryx bones were solid like a reptile’s—not thin or hollow like a bird’s—must remain an assumption. It is still debated, though, whether or not they are pneumatized as are most bird’s wings. The pneumatized (air-filled) bones of true birds have a frame structure that resembles a house truss. They contain many air sacs, giving the bones both strength and lightness.It was assumed for decades that Archaeopteryx was a unique animal in the fossil strata in which it was found. More knowledge about the natural world has rendered that assumption obsolete. Brigham Young University (BYU) scientists have discovered the fossil of an unequivocal bird in Western Colorado rocks that is reported to be from the same geological era as those that Archaeopteryx was found. If true, Archaeopteryx could not be a link between reptiles and birds in that, according to this evidence, the latter were already present.Various recent discoveries such as this by BYU “weakens the case for Archaeopteryx as an [fossil] intermediate, and makes it that much more likely that the creature was just one of a number of strange birds living at that time.”[x] The fact that Archaeopteryx has features of both birds and reptiles does not make it a transitional animal any more than a mammal with bird features, such as a duck-billed platypus, makes it a link between mammals and birds. Nilsson concluded, “they are no more reptiles than the present-day penguins with their wing-fin are transitional forms to fish.”[xi]We would expect the fossil record to show gradual development of bird-like features, but the first confirmed bird, Archaeopteryx, had feathers that were perfectly developed, teeth that were perfectly functional, and a jaw and breastbones that were not intermediate between birds and reptiles but, so far as can be known from the bone impressions, were perfectly functioning jaws and breastbones.Archaeopteryx is clearly a mosaic, similar to taking several different makes of cars and removing the fenders from one, and welding them on another different model, making the necessary modifications so that all of the parts fit together. When the required modifications are complete, it is still apparent to a knowledgeable observer that different makes of automobiles went into the final product— but the parts were modified so that they function properly in the new creation. Hundreds of such mosaic animals exist—so many that one researcher commented “they seem to be created as if their design was decided by a committee.”Some like the late astronomer Fred Hoyle have tried to argue that the feathers of the London fossil may be a forgery. Now, however, so many extinct animals exist, with so much incredible variety between both the extinct and living types, that a mosaic such as Archaeopteryx does not produce problems for the creation model.[xii]  I believe that the Archaeopteryx fossils should be looked at more carefully using modern technology such as CT scans and MRI. The critiques of Fred Hoyle’s work are hardly conclusive. Doubt exists about the forgery claim, but evolutionists have “good reason” to argue for its validity, not so much for science and fact reasons, but for its propaganda value. They are motivated to maintain Archaeopteryx as the most important missing link ever discovered.How the Wyoming Dinosaur Center uses its Archaeopteryx specimen for evolutionary propaganda. Notice the use of bandwagon, card stacking, visualization and suggestion tactics, ending with homage to Charles Darwin.The scientific evidence for forgery cannot be fully evaluated if the British Museum continues to refuse to allow critics the right to do research on its fossils, as is currently the case. So far, of the 12 Archaeopteryx examples that exist, several contain good feather imprints and a separate feather also exists, creating severe problems for the forgery hypothesis.[xiii] Nonetheless, it has been clear for some time that Archaeopteryx needs more careful evaluation before it can be determined to be a link between reptiles and birds.[xiv] The transitional status of this creature has been controversial from when it was first discovered till today. Also controversial are many details of the entire bird fossil family.[xv] For example, transversely-running fracture faces in the bones have a circumferential fabric which is characteristic, not of reptiles, but of dense lamellar or parallel-fibered bones typical of living non-dinosaurian reptiles.[xvi] [i] Amos, Jonathan. 2017. ‘Rock star’ Archaeopteryx fossil heads for Japan.[ii] Wellnhofer, Peter. 2010. Archaeopteryx: The Icon of Evolution. München, Germany: Friedrich Pfeil Verlag.[iii] Castro, Joseph. 2016. Archaeopteryx: The Transitional Fossil. Live Science.[iv] Castro, 2016[v] Castro, 2016.[vi] Stanley, Steven. 1987.  Extinction.  New York: Scientific American Library, p. 121[vii] Hitching, Francis. 1982.  The Neck of the Giraffe; Where Darwin Went Wrong.  New Haven, CT: Ticknor & Fields. p. 34[viii] Hitching, 1982, p. 35[ix] Duffett, Gerald. 1983.   Archaeopteryx Lithographia Reconsidered.  Glasgow, BCS, 1983[x] Hitching, 1982, p. 35[xi] quoted in Hitching, 1982, p. 36.[xii] Hoyle, Fred and Chandra Wickramasinghe.  1986.  Archaeopteryx: The Primordial Bird. A Case of Fossil Forgery.  Swansea, SA2 9BE: Christopher Davies.[xiii] Wellnhofer, 2010 p. 133[xiv] Brown, C. 1980. “Another Look at Archaeopteryx” Creation Research Society Quarterly.  Vol. 17(2):87, 109, September, p. 87.[xv] Bergman, J. 2017. Fossil Forensics, ch. 11. (See link below.)[xvi] Erickson, Gregory M. et al., 2016. Was Dinosaurian Physiology Inherited by Birds? Reconciling Slow Growth in Archaeopteryx. Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Leading creation organizations like CMI, ICR and AiG have articles about Archaeopteryx searchable online.(Visited 769 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cartoon: The Competition

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I realized the other day, in the middle of a conversation with someone, that – for just a moment – I had stopped thinking of them as a human being, and started thinking of them as the thing that stood between me and some quality time with my iPad.(If you were talking to me in the past few days, and wondering if you’re the person in question, let me assure you that you weren’t. It was someone else. Really.)And, you know, that happens. At parties, some of us catch ourselves looking over the shoulder of the person we’re talking to, in case there’s someone we actually want to talk with nearby. A friend could be pouring their hearts out to us, and a stray anxiety could drift up from our subconscious long enough to distract us. Even when we give someone our full attention, we’re rehearsing what to say next or wondering how they’re reacting to what we just said.All of which is to say, let’s cut devices a little slack. They have the reputation of sucking our attention away from other people, but it’s not like there isn’t plenty of competition for that attention already, devices or no devices. Hell, the Cro-Magnon probably had that problem. (“Ogg stalk mammoth for hours. Then mammoth turn and look at Ogg, and – hey! You not listening to Ogg!”)And one of the nice things about a connected device is that it often connects us to others who aren’t in the room. There’s a terrific Ze Frank TED Talk where he projects a photo of a woman looking down at her iPhone and smiling. (You’ll find it around 6:25.) While this is the stereotypical image of someone zoning out of the real world, he points out that “life is being lived there, somewhere up in that weird, dense network.”That said, it’s still possible to be a thoughtless jerk about these things, and I’m living proof. We’re still working out the etiquette and sifting through conflicting protocols. And as with nearly everything that really matters, it comes down to human connection.Or high-velocity connections between pigs and angry birds. Those are fun, too. More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Lokpal panel winds up in failure; Hazare to fast from Aug 16

first_imgGandhian Anna Hazare has threatened to go on yet another fast-unto-death against the government’s “intransigence” on the contentious Lokpal legislation. He announced his decision to go on an indefinite fast after the failure of the final round of talks on the draft Bill on Tuesday.Stepping up his attack soon after the meeting with the government panel, Anna said he would go on a fast from August 16 as the government had ” no intention” of drafting a strong Lokpal Bill. He said protest was the only option left. (READ GOVT DRAFT OF LOKPAL BILL)”We have been saying the government is not serious on the Lokpal Bill. We are sure the people will teach them a lesson,” Hazare said.Sensing the mood of the activists, the UPA government gathered its flock to muster support on the draft Bill. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened a meeting of UPA leaders late in the evening in an apparent bid to show unity of the ruling alliance on the issue. (READ CIVIL SOCIETY DRAFT OF LOKPAL BILL)Sources said finance minister Pranab Mukherjee briefed the leaders on the two drafts and told them that he would hold consultations with all other parties too. The allies backed the government.Besides the PM, present at the meeting were UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, defence minister A. K. Antony, political secretary to Sonia, Ahmed Patel, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, NCP’s Praful Patel, DMK leader T. R. Baalu, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and IUML leader E. Ahmed. Sulking DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, who was in Delhi to meet his jailed daughter Kanimozhi, stayed away.advertisementThe ninth and last meeting of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee ended with both sides differing on at least six key features. The government made it clear that two drafts of the Bill, one prepared by the government and the other by activists, will be circulated to all political parties.After taking the views of political parties, a single Bill, comprising both the views, will be presented to the Cabinet. The government proposes to call an all-party meeting in July.Just before the meeting, Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced her strong support for the government stand. In fact, Banerjee went a step further to give a certificate of recommendation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the most contested clauses during the discussions on the Lokpal is the inclusion of the prime minister in its ambit. The government is resisting PM’s inclusion, while the civil society is pressing for it.”I know the PM is an honest man,” Banerjee said at the Press Club in the Capital. “Do you think the inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against corruption? Whether the PM or the chief justice is included, it hardly matters. To fight corruption we need a larger systemic change,” she said.The government has also postponed the monsoon session in order to arrive at a political consensus on the legislation. The session is usually held in the third week of July but now it is scheduled to begin on August 1.The civil society members maintained that they were “most disappointed” at the outcome of the drafting committee’s meetings but added that the government did agree to make major changes in their views on the Bill. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the talks could not resolve key differences.One of the key issues, bringing the Prime Minister under the Lokpal’s purview, came up during Tuesday’s discussion as well. While the government opposed the clause, activists maintained that the Bill will be complete only if the PM and his office are also brought under the Bill’s purview. Both the sides also disagreed on issues like the appointment of Lokpal, integrating CBI and vigilance into Lokpal, bringing higher judiciary, lower bureaucracy and MPs in the Lokpal’s ambit.HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the government fears that the Lokpal can be a “parallel authority” if certain views of the activists were accepted. He maintained that the government is committed to table the Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament. “We want to have a strong Lokpal bill but there need to be checks and balances. We can’t afford to have a parallel government,” he said.Sibal said the inclusion of PM in the Bill’s ambit was the major stumbling block. “The PM is the lynchpin of parliamentary democracy. We want to protect prospective PM and the institution of the Prime Minister,” he said. If the Lokpal starts issuing notice to the PM, “given the situation when we are in a neighbourhood which is extremely sensitive, anything can happen anytime,” he said.advertisementStating that the discussions with Team Anna were constructive, Sibal said the government has made changes in the initial draft. He said the government proposes to give Lokpal quasijudicial powers, provision for time-bound trial and police powers to its investigating officers. However, he said the government cannot allow a parallel investigation agency that will be answerable to nobody.After the meeting, Sibal said the Cabinet will take up the Bill after discussions with political parties. “They gave their draft, we gave our draft and there was a short discussion. However, on important issues there was no agreement. The views of political parties have been sought on six issues,” he said.Leaving scope for more discussions, Sibal said activists can comment on the government’s Bill within three days.”We agreed to disagree. But we hope that differences can be resolved. If they wish to give comments on our drafts, they can do so,” Sibal said.The activists, however, were far from impressed. “The government draft which was unveiled at the meeting excludes the Prime Minister,” Arvind Kejriwal, a member of the panel, said. “I am deeply disappointed by the government’s model of Lokpal,” said another member Prashant Bhushan.The drafting committee was formed on April 9. The panel is co-chaired by Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Supreme Court lawyer Shanti Bhushan. Five key ministers, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, M. Veerappa Moily and P Chidambaram, represented the government on the panel. Anna Hazare, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Santosh Hegde represented the activists.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Cabinet reshuffle: The Big Gainers

first_imgThe much anticipated Cabinet makeover brought in it’s wake a few surprises, some disappointments and the usual chorus of disapproval from the Opposition. In a rejig which saw Manmohan Singh incorporate 17 new faces in his Council of Ministers, many see the imprint of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘young brigade’ mantra.Young or not, the reshuffle has definitely raised the fortunes of some of Team Rahul’s acolytes. The biggest takeaway from the reshuffle is that people who have supported the Congress through the tumultous push towards economic reforms have gained the most. Also, the Congress seems to have send out a strong message that corruption charges arising from the street (read Arvind Kejriwal) will not dictate governance tactics and the biggest gainer of this has undoubtedly been Salman Khurshid.Here’s a look at the names whose political fortunes are on the upswing after Sunday’s facelift.Salman KhurshidThe biggest gainer, of course, is Salman Khurshid who has now joined the elite club with the highly coveted Foreign Minister tag. The shift gains significance in light of the fact that the esrtwhile law minister was recently in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, including the sting, Operation Dhritarashtra, accusing him of corruption.Pawan BansalAnother massive upgrade is the elevation of Pawan Bansal – Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources – who has been handed the plum Railways portfolio. The move gains significance in light of the fact that the railways portfolio has traditionally been given to one of the constituent allies of the UPA. Bansal, who is known to be a close associate of Finance Minister P Chaidamabaram, is expected to speed up the pace of railways reforms which have been subject to highly populist and regressive policies over the past several years.Veerappa Moily Already a Cabinet Minister Veerappa Moily (Corporate Affairs) has now been handed the crucial and sensitive Petroleum Ministry, taking over from Jaipal Reddy. The idea is that Moily will speed up the decision making process as opposed to his predecessor who was accused of blocking the government’s policies. The move can be interpreted as a huge gain since Moily, for his seniority, had been pretty much sidelined after he lost his previous portfolio of the Law Ministry to Khurshid.advertisement Ashwini KumarOne of the biggest suprises and consequently one of the biggest gainers is Ashwini Kumar. A Minister of State, he is now a full fledged Cabinet Minister taking over from Salman Khurshid as the Law Minister. A massive jump in profile for a man who is known to be extremely articulate and immensely supportive of Manmohan Singh’s vision for UPA. MM Pallam Raju The erstwhile Minister of State for Defence has now been handed the crucial and controvery laden Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, taking over from Kapil Sibal. Sources say the move is aimed at rewarding Raju’s loaylty to the Congress clan as well as bringing in a relatively non confrontational politican in place of the verbally acrid Sibal. Ajay Maken The current Sports Minister has been promoted to a Cabinet rank with the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation portfolio in a move many see as a counter to Sheila Dikshit’s stronghold in the Capital. His new portfolio is one of the most important in terms of the Congress and UPA’a electoral influence in the coming General Elections 2014.last_img read more

Giants Hold Off Bucs, 32-18

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Eli Manning and the New York Giants shrugged off a bad loss and stayed on top of the NFC East.Manning threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, helping the first-place Giants rebound from last weekend’s debacle at New Orleans with a 32-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 8.Josh Brown booted four field goals for the Giants (5-4), including fourth-quarter kicks of 53 and 44 yards that gave New York some breathing room after the Bucs (3-5) pulled within two points. The victory on the heels of a 52-49 loss to the Saints moved New York back over .500.Manning threw first-half TD passes of 8 yards to Reuben Randle and 4 yards to Shane Vereen. The defense, bolstered by the return of Jason Pierre-Paul, did its part by keeping the Jameis Winston-led Tampa Bay offense out of the end zone until the rookie scrambled 10 yards for a TD that made it 20-18 with 9:25 remaining.Winston’s 2-point conversion pass to the rear of the end zone was caught out of bounds. The Giants sealed the victory with Brown’s fourth field goal following a long, time-consuming drive, and Trevin Wade had a fumble recovery for a touchdown on the game’s final play.Winston completed 19 of 36 passes for 247 yards. The rookie went a fourth straight game without a turnover, but running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims hurt Tampa Bay’s chances of winning consecutive games for the first time in two years by losing fumbles.A week after allowing 608 yards, including 505 yards and a record-tying seven touchdowns passing to Drew Brees, the NFL’s last-ranked defense held the Bucs to three first-half field goals — one after Manning threw an interception on the first play of the game and another after Winston and Mike Evans teamed on a 68-yard catch and run to the New York 12.Evans had eight receptions for 150 yards, but also hurt the Bucs with several dropped passes.Pierre-Paul made his season debut for the Giants, playing for the first time since the July 4 fireworks accident that sidelined him for training camp and the first eight games.The sixth-year pro lost his right index finger and suffered other damage to the hand in the accident. He returned to practice two weeks ago and was believed to be on track to return next week against the New England Patriots.But he progressed enough during workouts that the Giants decided to activate him against the Bucs.The game was a homecoming of sorts for Pierre-Paul, who played in college at South Florida. The Bulls play home games in Raymond James Stadium, which is also home to the Bucs.Manning, who threw for six TDs the previous week against the Saints, completed 26 of 40 passes and was intercepted twice. Odell Beckham Jr. had nine receptions for 105 yards.(FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

21 days agoJuventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right direction

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.” last_img read more

17 days agoFive to go: Spurs to sell stars – including Dier

first_imgFive to go: Spurs to sell stars – including Dierby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Dier is to be transfer-listed by Tottenham in January, it has been revealed.The Times says Dier will be joined by Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama on the list with a mid-season shake-up seemingly on the agenda. Tottenham went into the international break in miserable circumstances after conceding 10 goals in two games with the 3-0 defeat by Brighton following the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Dier has struggled for minutes this season following the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele and has featured just three times. England team-mate Harry Winks appears to be the preferred option alongside Ndombele and so Dier has been forced to take a peripheral role so far. With a lack of involvement the report details how Pochettino is willing to sell Dier and some of his misfiring team-mates in a bid to freshen up the ailing squad. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells Oxlade-Chamberlain: You can do more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp tells Oxlade-Chamberlain: You can do moreby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reminded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain he could do even more, despite complementing the England international on his goal against Genk on Wednesday.The 25-year-old scored his second of the game with a sumptuous first-time strike with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box.”It was a pretty stiff first half,” Klopp said. “Then we could show the boys a couple of spaces which they could and should use in the second half. Then we scored the second goal – by the way, the first goal was very brilliant and the second goal even nicer, and all our goals were unbelievably beautiful.”It was absolutely a great moment for him, but I would say with Ox his performance was exactly the same as the performance of the team – the goals were great but all the rest could have been better.” last_img read more

Federal budget on same page as BC on issues of equity reconciliation

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister says she’s pleased with the direction of the federal government’s budget, but concerned with the slow pace of some of its initiatives.Carole James says Tuesday’s federal Liberal budget touches many of the same issues that were the focus of the B.C. budget tabled last week.She says federal minister Bill Morneau’s budget identifies issues of pay equity, reconciliation, opioids, housing and child care as priority’s.But James says the federal government has promised the bulk of its housing and child care money in future years, while B.C. announced immediate plans to increase child care spaces and affordable housing units.She says the federal government’s decision to start a process that moves towards a national prescription drug program is welcome, but nationwide drug coverage is needed immediately.James says she was looking for more help from the federal government on transportation infrastructure, especially for the Metro Vancouver area.“I’m optimistic about our opportunity to partner with the federal government to bring these resources to B.C.,” she says. “If the government’s really serious about that at the federal level, then I’d like to see long-term strategies and long-term funding agreements in place.”last_img read more