Calabar eyes sweep of martial arts league

first_imgDefending champions Calabar High School recently churned out their straight tournament victory over St George’s College, taking a 3-0 lead in the 2016-17 McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School Martial Arts League.The top two teams squared off at the Jamaica Taekwondo Academy Open at Campion College. St George’s got the better of North Street rivals Kingston College, and Calabar beat Wolmer’s in semi-final action before their showdown in the final.The defending champs got off to a flying start when Lamari Johnson beat Ryan Donaldson in the opening match of the final. Trevaughn Richards made it 2-0 for the Red Hills Road lads, beating Duncan Smith in the second match.ICING ON CAKECaptain Trevor Webb Jr put Calabar up 3-0 with victory over Howard Aris, leaving pint-sized Tyrique Tai-Loy to put the icing on the cake with a win against Jemar Costly.St George’s pulled back a win in the closing match to end 4-1 when Miguel Hamilton got the better of Daniel Azan.Calabar, champions since the league’s inception 10 years ago, are hoping to sweep the remaining five tournaments, contested at eight local martial arts opens.The champions, Kingston College, St George’s College, Jamaica College, and Wolmer’s Boys’ School are the teams contesting this year’s league. – A.W.last_img read more

Messi misses penalty, Barcelona’s 29-game unbeaten run ends

first_imgFC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, looks down during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, first leg, soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to city rival Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday.Messi failed from the spot in the 62nd minute, his shot brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Youngster Oscar Melendo netted the winner for the hosts in the 88th with his first goal as a professional.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ 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 “I have no words, I was looking forward to this first goal,” said the 20-year-old Melendo, who had come on as a substitute in the second half.It was Espanyol’s first win against Barcelona at its RCDE Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe second leg of the Catalan derby is next week at Camp Nou.Barcelona hadn’t lost since a 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Aug. 16. It had won 23 of its last 29 matches in all competitions. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “We knew we would lose one day,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “The positive thing is that in a week we have a chance to rebound and advance.”Messi had his chance from the spot after Sergi Roberto was fouled by Esteban Granero, but his low shot into the right corner was stopped as Diego Lopez dived to his left to tip the ball away.It was a rare miss for Messi, who is having a stellar season and is the Spanish league’s top scorer with 17 goals.“The penalty save gave us the boost that we needed,” Melendo said. “We were playing too defensively.”Melendo netted the winner with a low shot from the middle of the area after a well-timed pass by Marc Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Upsets continue as heat rises: Muguruza, Konta out of Aussie Open Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde did not use all of the team’s regular starters, leaving players such as Luis Suarez on the bench.The match was interrupted for a few minutes in the 76th after Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was hit by an object thrown by fans behind his goal.Barcelona midfielder Paulinho was replaced in the second half because of a foot injury.SEVILLA STRIKES FIRSTSevilla scored two late goals to come from behind and beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal.Diego Costa gave Atletico the lead in the 73rd but the visitors equalized with an own-goal by Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya in the 80th and secured the victory with a strike by Joaquin Correa after a breakaway in the 88th.Atletico was debuting its attacking trio of Costa, Antoine Griezmann and Victor “Vitolo” Machin, a former Sevilla player, but they were not able to get the job done in an entertaining match in which both teams created many scoring chances at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.“It was an open match, but they capitalized on their chances,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “They deserved the victory.”The result ended Atletico’s four-game winning run.Sevilla is enduring a five-game winless streak in La Liga but had won both games against second-division Cadiz in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Police said an Atletico fan in his early 20s was hospitalized in a serious but stable condition before the match after being stabbed in a fight near a metro station in the stadium area.VALENCIA ALSO RALLIESValencia also scored two late goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over 10-man Alaves.Ruben Sobrino put the visitors ahead with a strike from outside the area into the top corner in the 66th, but Valencia equalized seven minutes later with Goncalo Guedes. His angled shot deflected off a defender and goalkeeper Antonio Sivera was unable to recover in time to make the save.Alaves played a man down from the 77th after defender Adrian Dieguez was sent off with a second yellow card.Forward Rodrigo scored the winner from close range, firing a shot that hit the post before going in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

South Africa Ambassador Acknowledges ‘Players’ in Freedom Fight

first_imgSouth African Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Masilo Mabeta Nabeta, has attributed the 20-year freedom struggle of South Africa to roles of women, children and men, as well as other countries that fought along with South Africans to bring freedom to the nation.Speaking during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day on Friday, May 23, Ambassador Mabeta said, “The country is now sweet and the people are happy since the April 1 Elections of 1994.”According to him, April 27, 1994 was the day on which, for the first time, South Africans began to experience and enjoy democratic rule.  The people cherished and continue to cherish democratic rule after many years of suffering.Ambassador Nabeta explained that, “The first of April, 1994 was a time that people from the villages, towns, and the various communities came together to cast their votes for the first time, ending over three hundred years of colonial rule” under the cruel and inhumane apartheid regime.“We will remember those that were in the struggle with us for freedom and we can say that the struggle was not just our struggle, but the struggle for Africa.  So we owe this day to the selfless people that fought along with us to be free; and we need to hold together and move Africa forward.”Ambassador Mabeta said the people of South Africa gained the right to water, electricity, sanitation, life, housing, health and movement after the April 1 election that brought Nelson Madiba Mandela to the presidency.Several diplomats, ministers of government and key institutional heads graced the occasion.They included Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuah, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac, Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yu,  Cameroonian Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine GANG, Cllr. Charles W. Bruskine and  Liberian politician and economist, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh.  Dr. Tipoteh recited a poem he crafted and read on the 95th birthday anniversary of President Mandela.Foreign Affairs Minister Ngafuan, in response to Ambassador Mabeta’s statement, told the audience, “We warmly recall Liberia’s own efforts and contributions toward the struggle for freedom and independence not only for South Africa but the entire Southern Africa. According to the Minister, Liberia’s contribution was in solidarity with the brothers and sisters who struggled for freedom from racist colonial rule  and for self-respect.“This was a duty assigned to us by history as Africa’s first independent Republic and by our consciousness that our contributions and support were based on moral, humanistic and brotherly grounds, Minister Ngafuan noted.”He further indicated that Liberia was vocal in the halls of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) in advocating for the total emancipation of the people of South Africa from the manacles of racial discrimination and apartheid, at the time the worst kind of human suffering on the continent and in the world.The Foreign Minister stressed that Liberia also played host and granted help to several liberation figures, including Joshua Nkomo of Zimbabwe, Sam Nujoma of Namibia and the legendary Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.The Liberian Foreign Minister said some of those African Liberation figures received Liberian diplomatic passports, financial and other forms of support.The Foreign Minister  added that these were provided to African brothers and sisters to allow them to traverse the globe in search of increased diplomatic, moral, material and financial support in their resistance to the unbearable physical and psychological pains caused by colonialism and apartheid.He reassured  Ambassador Mabeta that Liberia’s doors remain open to work with the embassy, government and the people of South Africa to expand people to people cooperation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Subprime loans decimate dreams

first_img“Most of those companies are closing their doors,” Duncan said, adding that so far this year, 27 companies have gone out of business because they made bad loans. Still, experts say borrowers could share some of the responsibility. Many jumped too quickly at the lure of low initial mortgage payments without fully considering the impact of higher interest rates and account balances in the years ahead. It was their responsibility to fully understand the terms of their loans, said Nick Larson, an assistant vice president at the Mortgage Asset Research Institute. “Borrowers need to protect themselves, need to read what they’re signing,” he said. “At the end of the day, bottom line, you can’t stress this enough: The person who is signing the papers is committing themselves financially.” Subprime lenders thrived during the real estate boom, when appreciation rates soared and equity protected most homebuyers from defaulting on their loans. Most could simply refinance or sell homes at a big enough profit to pay off mortgages and move on. Investment banks also jumped in, eager to buy loans from subprime lenders, then slice them up into bond products to sell on Wall Street. Brokers and lenders promoted the loans as a way for would-be homebuyers to get into the market with low initial payments. The loans were also touted as a way for people who already owned homes to unlock equity. It wasn’t unusual to see mailers offering refinancing deals at initial rates of 1 percent or less. About 50 percent of the subprime mortgages were “stated income loans,” with no verification of borrowers’ incomes, Leonard said. Last year, the Mortgage Asset Research Institute sampled 100 such loan applications and reported that 90 percent listed significantly higher incomes for borrowers than they had reported on their tax returns. About 5.1 percent of all homeowners hold subprime adjustable loans. Among those borrowers, 85 percent are making payments on a timely basis, Duncan said. Still, with many borrowers now stretching to make payments, the Center for Responsible Lending predicts that one of every five subprime loans made in the past two years will end in foreclosure. Antonio and Celina Lopez recently began the bankruptcy process. They fell behind on payments just eight months after buying a home in Escondido in San Diego County. Celina Lopez, 49, a teacher’s aide and thrift store owner, blamed her lender for overstating the couple’s income by $5,000. “We didn’t even know it,” she said. Daisy Ramirez and Jose Mendoza, both 21, said they asked an agent to find their extended family a home but stressed that they couldn’t afford a payment of more than $3,200 a month. The agent found them a three-bedroom house for $570,000. After signing a blank loan application, the couple was approved for a piggyback mortgage – two loans requiring monthly payments of $3,200 and $1,200, Ramirez said. She said they told the agent that was too expensive but closed escrow in January 2006 after being advised they could refinance in a year with enough equity to slash their monthly payment and even take a vacation. The house is now in foreclosure. “We were told the opposite of what was going to happen,” Ramirez said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A divorce led Daniel Peart to refinance his four-bedroom home with a subprime loan. Like many borrowers with spotty credit, the self-employed handyman said he agreed to a relatively high interest rate in exchange for two years of low, fixed payments. In less than a year, however, the payments jumped beyond his budget, forcing him to seek bankruptcy protection while trying to sell the home he bought 19 years ago, he said. “I put the majority of the blame on the broker, for not being upfront, telling me what the charges were all going to be, and rapid-signing all the paperwork,” said Peart, 53, whose home is located in the San Diego suburb of Poway. Peart is not alone in his claims. Many bankrupt homebuyers are now pointing the finger at subprime lenders, claiming they approved mortgages for people who couldn’t afford them to keep loan volumes high as the housing market slowed. Some analysts cite those tactics for the subprime meltdown that has seen several lenders seek bankruptcy protection amid rising default rates. “Both lenders and brokers had a string of incentives to keep their volumes up, even as market conditions tightened, and the way that they could do that is by lowering their qualification standards,” said Paul Leonard, director of the California office of the Center for Responsible Lending. “There’s plenty of blame to go around,” he said. Doug Duncan, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., acknowledged that, in some cases, aggressive lenders obscured facts and made loans that borrowers couldn’t afford. last_img read more

Football violence: South America’s interminable problem

first_img0Shares0000Security forces guard detained supporters of Argentina’s River Plate on November 24, 2018 following an attack on the Boca Juniors team bus © AFP/File / Ivan PISARENKOMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Dec 22 – Argentina’s problems with football hooliganism were thrown into the spotlight by the postponement of the historic Copa Libertadores final between Buenos Aires arch rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.The match had to be postponed twice after River fans attacked the Boca team bus, and the South American football federation ultimately chose to relocate it to Spain. But this phenomenon is not confined to just one country in South America, where several others also wrestle with the scourge of football-related thuggery.It’s a blight that has left hundreds of people dead and which transcends local rivalries and street brawls among fans, into organized crime and corruption facilitated by politicians.“In Argentina, people tend to think that football violence is monopolized by the Barras bravas” organized hooligan groups, said sociologist Diego Murzi.The member of the Let’s Save Football (Salvemos al Futbol) charity told AFP that “what is overlooked is that in Argentina there is a football culture in which violence is (seen as) legitimate, and not just by the hooligans, but by all the sectors that participate.”Even so, football violence is fed by illicit businesses run by hooligan organizations.Supporters of Brazil’s Vasco da Gama jump to safety after clashing with riot police on May 02, 2018 © AFP/File / Mauro PimentelIn Paraguay, “behind the violent fans there are drugs, prostitution” and business relations between them and “both sporting and political leaders,” said Eugenio Ocampos, an expert at the Paraguayan public ministry.Football hooligans in Argentina are deeply ingrained in the myriad of money-making businesses that operate around football matches.Hooligan groups use their criminal connections “to obtain benefits in the resale of tickets, control of parking, food stalls within stadiums, participation in political and union activities, and activities in the world of crime,” said Murzi.– Legal and illegal businesses –In Colombian, the hooligan groups are even involved in money laundering.Riot police deployed in front of the stands where angry fans of Brazil’s Santos shouted slogans on August 28, 2018 © AFP/File / Nelson ALMEIDA“The fans operate underground where they can move certain funds that allow them to keep themselves going, both with legal and illegal businesses,” sociologist John Alexander Castro, a football violence expert at Colombia’s national university, told AFP.Those groups organize sports events, arrange the sale and distribution of replica jerseys, and also sell drugs.The phenomenon is slightly different in Brazil, where the “groups linked to organized crime and drug trafficking infiltrate organized supporter groups,” said Mauricio Murad, author of a book on football violence.He told AFP that the organized criminals are the ones who provoke fans into committing acts of violence.Unlike the Argentine groups, these criminals “have no relation with the clubs but join the supporters groups as fans so that they can sell drugs and weapons.”The battle to rid football of these destabilizing elements that sow carnage is hamstrung by police collaboration, said Murzi.In Argentina, “all the police know the hooligans, it suits the police for them to exist. They run a ton of businesses alongside the hooligans.”Murzi said the police are “contributing more to the problem than helping to solve it.”It’s not just police collaborating, but politicians and clubs.Ocampos says that in Paraguay, it is common knowledge that hooligans “receive financial support from sporting and political leaders.”– Chile and Paraguay sanctions –There are some efforts to rein in the criminal and hooligan groups, though.Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera promulgated a law against violence in stadiums in 2012 © AFP/File / ALEJANDRO PAGNIIn Chile, in 2012, President Sebastian Pinera promulgated a law against violence in stadiums that was updated in 2015 ahead of the Copa America in the country.It included punishments for xenophobic chanting by fans and even fines for violence away from the stadium, at training grounds, celebrations or during the teams’ travel.The law allowed authorities to fine clubs whose fans caused damage during football matches, punish ticket-touting and ban supporters’ group leaders from having close relationships with club bosses.There was also a clause allowing known violent fans to be barred from sports events.Between 2015 and 2017, the number of fans banned from stadiums rose by 55 percent.Paraguay operates a zero tolerance policy.“We’ve decided to apply tougher sentences. We no longer allow substitute measures: offenders are held directly in pre-trial custody,” said Ocampos.He says that’s an effective measure because “these people would die to go to the ground. They seem really fanatical, hence the ban is like cutting off their arms.”But Murzi isn’t so hopeful for Argentina, where “the approach is always the same, thinking that violence is carried out by a group of savages, nutters, idiots or misfits.“That’s what the press and authorities call it but it’s an over-simplification.“The hooligan groups of Boca (Juniors) and River (Plate, the country’s two most popular sides) were decapitated twice and nothing has changed.”In Brazil, authorities have done “practically nothing,” according to Murad.“There’s no preventative plan, there’s no police training plan to deal with crowds, there’s no policy to include the clubs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic envious of Tottenham’s successful structure

first_img1 Slaven Bilic admits West Ham are looking up to Tottenham – and not just in the Premier League table.Spurs visit the London Stadium on Friday night looking to maintain their title challenge against a Hammers side still not mathematically safe from relegation.And Tottenham’s steady progress over the past few years, both on the pitch and off it, means Bilic is casting an envious eye towards West Ham’s London rivals.“They are buying really good players and they built a really good team,” said the Hammers boss.“It’s a good question, because we can’t look at Man City or Chelsea or Man United, or watch European football every week and say ‘yeah we want him’.“We have to do it with a limited budget and Spurs have shown us – either because they were lucky or they had great scouts – that what they are doing is the way.”Spurs also have a stadium move to look forward to, and will play home games at Wembley next season before their new home is ready in 2018.But West Ham have endured a torrid first campaign at the former Olympic Stadium, and Bilic has warned Spurs they could struggle too.“I don’t know if they will have the same problems but I wouldn’t be surprised,” he added.“It is going to be very hard for them to replicate that atmosphere at White Hart Lane, where everywhere you turn you are close to the stands – and at Wembley they have already felt it this season in the Champions League.“Although the pitch may be the same, it is a totally different perception. And the perception is the key.“We needed a few games to get used to it. Of course victories would reduce the time, but after defeats it’s hard to say it’s not important. We needed a lot of time.”Bilic has faced further speculation over his future this week but knows a win over one of West Ham’s arch enemies should ease some of the pressure.“This season is not the one we wanted or that we planned, I’m not hiding from that,” he admitted.“Yet anyone linked with West Ham should know we’ve had many unbelievable obstacles this season. They are not excuses, they are one of the reasons why it hasn’t been like last year.“But this is a big game for us, a big game for the supporters, and we are ready for it.” Spurs visit the London Stadium on Friday night looking to maintain their title challenge last_img read more

Donegal Dynamo delighted following well wishes from hero

first_imgMagician Dylan Murray has wowed judges once again after taking part in the Dublin Talent Variety Show last weekend – coming out in first place!Dylan, who has been compared to British superstar illusionist Steven Frayne (Dynamo), is also the reigning winner of Derry’s Got Talent.Dylan was absolutely delighted when one of his heroes, the renowned Dynamo, tweeted him with a note of congratulations for featuring on the front page of Donegal News and for winning the Dublin Talent Variety Show. @Dynamomagician Hi Dynamo, Here Is My Newspaper Interview I Gave You A Mention And I Won The Dublin Talent Variety Show On Saturday #Magic pic.twitter.com/gg1ODphH2e— Dylan Murray Magic (@DylanMurray234) June 28, 2017Congrats— Dynamo (@Dynamomagician) June 28, 2017Hosted by Alan McGarry Love, the Dublin Talent Variety Show saw some of Ireland’s most talented performers compete in a bid to win the title and a cool €1,000 prize.Dylan with McGarry-LoveDylan says “I want to say a massive thank you to all the event managers involved and to the two fantastic hosts for the evening for doing an excellent job, and also a massive thank you to the seven judges for their lovely comments, their kind works, and for picking me as their winner of the competition! “There was such exquisite talent in the competition and I am just amazed and very proud to say that I’ve brought the title back home to Donegal.“It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to perform and share my magic with audiences from all across Ireland! Dreams really do come true!”Speaking to Donegal Daily following his last viral video at the beginning of June, Dylan revealed that he has a few more tricks up his sleeve this summer. Dylan says that he is currently working on a very special project, and will be releasing details over on his Facebook page in the coming weeks.Watch this space…Donegal Dynamo delighted following well wishes from hero was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dublin talent variety showDylan MurrayMagicianlast_img read more

Continuation of financial contract for Donegal Airport ‘vital’ – Donegal TD

first_imgThe future and importance of the Donegal Airport to the county and overall region has been defended in a robust submission by a Donegal TD. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle stressed the critical importance of the Public Service Obligation (PSO) to the overall future of the local airport.“In my submission, I stressed the importance of the airport to Donegal, is immeasurable and its plays a vital role in the socio-economic life of Donegal,” Pat the Cope said. “County Donegal has a six-mile boundary with the rest of the Republic of Ireland, bordering Co Leitrim only. The rest of the border is with Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh and measures about 70 miles.“The fact that 12 times our border length is effectively with a state that shortly will be non-EU member state is significant,” added Pat the Cope.“To consider removing the PSO from Donegal Airport would effectively be the same as signing its closure order. The success of the airport at present is built on the PSO, and we have seen numbers at the airport grow continuously over the past decade.“I made the case for the further expansion of the airport in the years ahead, but this was based on the principle that the airport is subvented into the future by way of the PSO. “I also stressed that the current PSO for Donegal Airport is in keeping with the general scheme and rules of governing PSO intervention of regional airports as directed by EU Commission rules,” he said.“Donegal Airport has a critical role to play in the future and continued development of Co Donegal, but this can only be achieved by the ongoing support of successive Irish Governments through the PSO arrangement.“The PSO and the future of Donegal Airport are solely dependent on one another.”Continuation of financial contract for Donegal Airport ‘vital’ – Donegal TD was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Cambrian Soft Animal Survived Unchanged 200 Million Years

first_img(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A fossil soft-bodied lobopodian has been found in Carboniferous strata in Illinois.Lobopodians (“lobe-footed”) are soft-bodied worm-like animals with cylindrical legs that are well known from the Cambrian explosion.  The best-known fossils were from Sweden, although members have been found in the Burgess Shale in Canada.  The taxonomy of these classic Cambrian-explosion animals has been confusing; some evolutionists think they are related to modern tardigrades (water bears) or were ancestral to arthropods.  Paleontologists had thought they died out in the middle Cambrian, but now, an exquisitely-preserved fossil has been found in Carboniferous rock in Illinois.  This one is not related to onycophorans.  Current Biology reported,1Lobopodians, a nonmonophyletic assemblage of worm-shaped soft-bodied animals most closely related to arthropods, show two major morphotypes: long-legged and short-legged forms. The morphotype with stubby, conical legs has a long evolutionary history, from the early Cambrian through the Carboniferous, including the living onychophorans and tardigrades. Species with tubular lobopods exceeding the body diameter have been reported exclusively from the Cambrian; the three-dimensionally preserved Orstenotubulus evamuellerae from the uppermost middle Cambrian “Orsten” (Sweden) is the youngest long-legged lobopodian reported thus far. Here we describe a new long-legged lobopodian, Carbotubulus waloszeki gen. et sp. nov., from Mazon Creek, Illinois, USA (∼296 million years ago). This first post-Cambrian long-legged lobopodian extends the range of this morphotype by about 200 million years. The three-dimensionally preserved specimen differs significantly from the associated short-legged form Ilyodes inopinata, of which we also present new head details. The discovery of a Carboniferous long-legged lobopodian provides a more striking example of the long-term survival of Cambrian morphotypes than, for example, the occurrence of a Burgess Shale-type biota in the Ordovician of Morocco and dampens the effect of any major extinction of taxa at the end of the middle Cambrian.This discovery, therefore reveals several problems for evolutionary theory and the geologic time scale.  For one, these are delicate, soft-bodied animals that did just fine for 200 million years in evolutionary time, through all the twists and turns of fate that led to mass extinctions of other animals.  For another, the exquisite preservation of the fossilized details of soft tissues challenges beliefs they lasted nearly 300 million years through many other geologic and climatic upheavals.  Third, finding one of these in Illinois, when others were known from Sweden and Canada, shows a “remarkable range extension” of these small, delicate creatures that further reduces “the impact of any major turnover of taxa at the end of the middle Cambrian.”  Finally, the fossil shows virtually no evolution for 200 million years: the authors said, “the morphology has not changed in any significant aspect.”  If living tardigrades and velvet worms represent modern counterparts of lobopodia, then evolution within this phylum has been scant or non-existent for the whole duration of the fossil record from the lower Cambrian onward.1. Haug, Mayer, Haug, Briggs, “A Carboniferous Non-Onychophoran Lobopodian Reveals Long-Term Survival of a Cambrian Morphotype,” Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 18, 1673-1675, 09 August 2012, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.06.066.Though small and delicate, lobopodians are complex organisms.  They are not mere amoebas with pseudopodia; they are multicellular animals with coordinated legs, bilateral symmetry, a gut, and behavior suited for their life.  Viewers of the documentary Darwin’s Dilemma may recall the strange-looking Hallucigenia, a long-legged lobopodian from the Burgess Shale.  This finding adds to the challenge against Darwinism that movie so effectively made.last_img read more