James DeGale has promised to produce an “explosive performance” in Saturday’s super-middleweight clash with Dyah Davis.Harlesden’s Olympic gold medallist, 27, will be defending his WBC Silver title against the experienced American at Glow, Bluewater.A victory would keep DeGale on course for a world title shot, which his promoter Mick Hennessy has insisted is in the pipeline.The WBC’s world champion Sakio Bika has been touted as a possible future opponent and DeGale is also a contender to face the winner of this month’s world title showdown between Carl Froch and Hammersmith’s unbeaten challenger George Groves.Hennessy signed DeGale in 2012“I’ve trained extremely hard for this fight,” said DeGale, who won the European title after losing his British crown to arch-rival Groves on a close points decision in May 2011.“When I get past this there are some massive fights out there for me. I’m in the perfect position.“I’m taking Davis seriously but I can’t wait for what’s around the corner and am looking forward to putting on a great performance.“It was a big step up to win the European title and in my next couple of fights after leaving Frank Warren I thought I’d probably be fighting for a world title, but I’m still in a great position.“You’re going to see an explosive performance. The way I’m feeling, I can’t see Davis going 12 rounds. If he does, he’ll have done well.”Hennessy, who signed DeGale following the fighter’s acrimonious split from promoter Warren, says Davis represents a serious test.But the 32-year-old, who was stopped in the 10th round by Bika last year, is very much the underdog.“In my opinion James is already the best 168-pound fighter in Britain,” Hennessy declared.“We’ve got the best of Britain against a top American for the right to move on and fight for major titles. He [Davis] fought Bika and gave a good account of himself.“If James does what we believe he can, then he’s going to be a world champion. This can lead to massive fights with Froch, Groves, [WBO champion] Robert Stieglitz or even Andre Ward.“I think that with the right preparation James can beat Froch or Groves and win in style.“There aren’t many domestic box-office fights out there and for the winner of that fight, who else is box office? James is box office.”Tickets for DeGale v Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone on 0844 847 2500. See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
New fossil evidence puts the squeeze on Darwinians, making butterflies appear suddenly, with complex mouth parts, before there were any flowers to pollinate. Time to rescue the theory again.Keeping the evolutionary story consistent is like having to modify a play with the characters constantly making their entry earlier than they were supposed to. We’ve seen that numerous times. The latest is about butterflies (Lepidopterans), the darlings of the insect world. Reporters are scrambling to keep the crown on King Charles (Darwin) in the aftermath of fossil butterfly scales found in Jurassic rock they claim is 70 million Darwin Years older than the evolution script says they were supposed to appear on stage. This means they appeared already as modern-looking butterflies 200 million Darwin Years ago.Moths and butterflies existed during Jurassic era, millions of years before flowering plants, team reports (Science Daily). “A team of scientists report on new evidence that primitive moths and butterflies existed during the Jurassic period, approximately 50 million years earlier than the first flowering plants, shedding new light on one of the most confounding cases of co-evolution.” It wasn’t co-evolution, though, if butterflies lived just fine for 50 million Darwin Years before the plants they were supposed to co-evolve with first appeared.Scientists have accidentally found the oldest ever butterfly or moth fossils (The Conversation): Now researchers in the Netherlands have discovered Lepidoptera fossils that are older than any previously found, proving these familiar insects have been around for at least 200m years,” worries paleontologist David Martill. “The particular type of fossils found mean we have to rethink Lepidoptera evolution.” [insert Tontologism here; see Darwin Dictionary].The Oldest Butterflies on Earth Had No Flowers to Feed On (Live Science). “Some of the fossils share features with modern moths in the suborder Glossata, which have a straw-like proboscis that can suck up fluids like nectar,” writes Darwinist reporter Laura Geggel. “Given their complexity, and the time it would’ve taken to evolve to have such complex features, these fossils push the calculated age of glossatan moths back by about 70 million years to the Late Triassic ‘refuting ancestral association of the group with flowering plants,’ the researchers wrote in the study.”Monarch butterfly using proboscis to suck nectar from a flower (Illustra Media)Darwinians still have some tricks to keep Darwin’s crown glued onto his mummy’s head. They can say that butterflies slurped on gymnosperm sap before the flowers cornered the butterfly market. That could be reasonable, since butterflies can eat tree sap and other things. They could introduce ghost lineages, imagining butterfly ancestors further back in time than they had assumed. And they can use the sidestepping tactic, smiling for the press and saying that the embarrassing situation “sheds light on evolution.”What they cannot do is show the public a series of fossils showing the gradual evolution of a proboscis, which is admittedly one of the “complex features” that should have taken time to evolve even for Darwinians. The Illustra Media film Metamorphosis shows this complexity it detail, showing close-up footage of the proboscis coming out of the chrysalis as two long half-tubes that the adult fastens together with its palpi (mouth parts). Even more challenging for evolution, this complex structure forms inside the chrysalis from a previous form—the caterpillar—that did not have a proboscis, and fed on different food. The obstacles these facts present to evolutionary theory are explained in the film.Martill hedged his bets, saying,If the fossil record can be pushed back 70m years in one stroke, it may get pushed back even further, and we’d need another way to explain the change.Whatever the trigger for the development of the butterfly proboscis, it was clearly an evolutionary innovation that resulted in phenomenal diversity and added immensely to the beauty of planet Earth.Insect fossils incl. moth at Florissant Fossil Beds (Darwin date 34 my). Photo by David Coppedge.The source paper in Science Advances advances another conundrum: these delicate little flying insects managed to survive the Triassic extinction (the “end-Triassic biotic crisis), another tangle in the convoluted story of evolution that unravels if butterfly origin precedes the catastrophe. The authors admit, “the early evolutionary history of these insects remains murky and mired in an exceedingly poor fossil record.” Now that fossil evidence pushes butterflies 70 million years back, does the paper explain how the proboscis evolved? Their answer invokes the “mother-of-necessity” angle in Darwinian storytelling: “Development of the proboscis may be regarded as an adaptive innovation to sucking free liquids for maintaining the insect’s water balance under arid conditions.” This idea should be testable. Go into the desert and see if it evolves on you. If it doesn’t, then death also “may be regarded as an adaptive innovation” to free up the gene pool for humans who happen to evolve straw-like mouths.About Those Flowers…An article on Phys.org tantalizes readers with news about “the origin of flower-making genes.” Does it succeed? Only by hand-waving about a “likely” just-so story. First, though, the author claims his turf. The first sentence announces, “Flowering plants have evolved from plants without flowers.”The DAM Law appeared on schedule in the discussion of flowering plants: namely, the phrase “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery.” Look in Science Daily, where the phrase is part and parcel of the story about the origin of flowering plants. It also appears in Science Daily‘s latest confabulation about “How flowering plants conquered the world.” Here’s the story; is it plausible?Over the last thirty years researchers have shown that the flowering plants have unparalleled rates of photosynthesis. This has allowed them to grow faster and to outcompete ferns and conifers which had dominated ecosystems for hundreds of millions of years. The secret to the metabolic success of flowering plants is their specialized leaves that facilitate faster rates of water transport and carbon dioxide uptake. But how were the flowering plants able to build leaves capable of these high rates of transpiration and photosynthesis?This new research provides a mechanism. By scouring the literature for data, the authors argue that these anatomical innovations are directly linked to the size of their genome.This speculation, naturally, does nothing to explain the origin of photosynthesis itself. It makes the beauty of large leaves a matter of accident (the Stuff Happens Law). And what good is an answer that creates more problems than it solves?Although this research answers a major question, it opens the door to many more. Why were the flowering plants able to shrink their genomes more than other plant groups? What innovations in genome structure and packing have the flowering plants exploited? How have the ferns and conifers managed to elude extinction despite their large genomes and cells?Evolutionists are not perturbed by having more questions, because it provides job security for storytellers.The mystery is not abominable. Darwin is. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,” says the Good Book, “But those who deal faithfully are His delight.” (Proverbs 12:22) (Visited 892 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Constitution Hill precinct, located just west of Hillbrow in Johannesburg, is the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country in terms of matters relating to the Constitution. The Constitutional Court building on Constitution Hill in the Johannesburg inner city is now 10 years old. (Image: South African History Online)Formerly a fort and then a notorious prison, the precinct is full of history and it’s fitting that a light, airy and altogether public court now resides on the premises.The theme of the precinct in “justice under a tree” and refers to the age-old African practice of people gathering under a tree to discuss important matters. This theme is carried through the building in a number of different ways.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image. The building which houses the judges’ chambers, the courtroom, the law library and the art gallery.• Download high-resolution image As with the front of the building, the words “Constitutional Court” in all eleven official languaes can be seen on the side.• Download high-resolution image The Angry Godzilla, a three-metre-high statue carved from a single leadwood tree by artist John Baloyi, stands guard at the northern end of the court building.• Download high-resolution image The Great African Steps lead up to Constitution Square and the entrance to the main building.• Download high-resolution image Constitution Square was built on the site of the old awaiting trial block, which dates back to 1928.• Download high-resolution image Three of the staircases from the awaiting trial block have been preserved. Bricks from the building were preserved and used to build the courtroom and the Great African Steps.• Download high-resolution image The words “Constitutional Court” in all eleven official languages.• Download high-resolution image “History” by the late Dumile Feni is often mistaken for a slavery statement, but the artwork actually depicts people moving forward by carrying each other.• Download high-resolution image The eternal flame of democracy burns in one of the old awaiting trial stairwells.• Download high-resolution image The word “freedom” is inscribed on the bowl’s rim. Before it arrived in Johannesburg, the flame was lit in 2011 by former president Nelson Mandela at his Eastern Cape home, and the flame passed through the hands of all the judges before it touched the bowl.• Download high-resolution image The doors to the court building feature the 27 fundamental themes of the Bill of Rights in all official languages, plus sign language.• Download high-resolution image The magnificent doors stand nine metres high, and are a work of art in their own right.• Download high-resolution image High above the doors, each of the judges presiding when the building was constructed inscribed the words equality, dignity and freedom in their mother tongue into the concrete.• Download high-resolution image The foyer continues the theme of “justice under a tree” and is built to resemble a stand of trees where people would traditionally gather to discuss problems.• Download high-resolution image The foyer is airy and welcoming, with tall tree-like pillars and delicate silver wire chandeliers, designed to look like the leaves of the forest canopy.• Download high-resolution image The phrase “A luta continua” (Portuguese, meaning “the struggle continues”) is written in neon on the wall. It refers to the ongoing process of transformation, but was also the rallying cry of the Mozambican Frelimo freedom movement in the 1960s and 70s.• Download high-resolution image The foyer is designed to make the most of natural light, and gives a welcoming feeling to those who enter.• Download high-resolution image Inside the courtroom, which is always open to the public, the judges’ seats are covered with hide from the hardy indigenous Nguni cows – each one is different, symbolising the different characteristics that each judge brings to the bench.• Download high-resolution image The panels in front of the window, as well as the South African flag, were made by hand. The flag is beaded and was crafted by unemployed women from a rural beadwork workshop. The panels symbolise clouds in the sky, and their theme is echoed in the carpet, which looks like the shadows of clouds on the ground.• Download high-resolution image The digitally-woven tapestry is by Marlene Dumas, one of the country’s most distinguished artists. Titled The Benefit of the Doubt 2, its themes are law, justice, innocence and freedom.• Download high-resolution image Justice under a tree – the symbol of the Constitutional Court at the entrance to the courtroom.• Download high-resolution image While the art gallery houses many fine pieces, one could also argue that the entire building is a work of art.• Download high-resolution image The bulk of the collection was assembled by former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, over a ten-year period.• Download high-resolution image The square brass nosings on the steps leading down to the judges’ chambers were designed by Jabu Nala, a resident of the high-density suburb Hillbrow in Johannesburg, using patterns of traditional beer pots.• Download high-resolution image Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Trinamool Congress MLAs in Tripura would not vote for the party-supported Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the presidential election. State TMC president Ashish Saha, who is one of six legislators of the party said, they have taken the decision to keep distance from the ruling CPI(M) which is the ‘main political rival’ for them in the State.“We left the Congress and joined the TMC with a strong resolution to out-seat the CPI(M). We cannot vote in line with the CP (M)”, Mr. Saha told The Hindu on Sunday adding that the MLAs met on Saturday to adopt unanimous resolution on not supporting Ms. Kumar.Leader non-committalTMC president, however, remained non-committal on supporting the NDA candidate, but said BJP’s Assam stalwart Himanta Biswa Sarma and national general secretary Ram Madhav appealed them to vote in favour of Ram Nath Kovind. Both of them spoke to party leader Sudip Roy Barman on the issue.BJP’s central observer Sunil Deodhar on Sunday confirmed that Mr. Madhav spoke to Mr. Barman on the presidential election. “He also requested them to meet Mr. Kovind when he comes to Guwahati”, he stated.On rebel Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath who is currently hobnobbing with the BJP, Mr. Deodhar said he has given assurance to vote for Mr. Kovind. With one Congress MLA pledging support to the BJP and the TMC apparently going for NDA aspirant, Opposition candidate Meira Kumar is likely to garner votes of the Left and two Congress legislators.