Morocco supports Cameroon to host successful 2019 AFCON

first_imgThe North African kingdom had been regarded as a back-up venue for the African Cup of Nations after doubts arose about Cameroon’s ability to host the tournament.“We wanted to talk to you to put an end to rumors making rounds in the media for a while. I reiterate the position of the FRMF and the Kingdom of Morocco. The kingdom is alongside our Cameroonian friends,” Lekjaa said.“The FRMR is at the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon an African football festival,” he said. “So the rumors are over.”The 2019 finals will be the first in Nations Cup history to feature 24 teams, after the tournament was expanded last year.-By Xhinua-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFCON TROPHYRABAT, Morocco, Mar 7 – Morocco has vowed its full support to Cameroon to successfully host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.The backing was pledged by the president of the royal Moroccan football federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa during a joint press conference with his Cameroonian peer, Dieudonne Happi in Marrakech.last_img read more

Silly Stories About Early Man

first_img(Visited 235 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The few fossils of alleged human ancestors leave a lot of room for imagination.We lead off with Live Science‘s super-silly headline, “Nom Nom! Paleo Diet Helped Humans Evolve Speech.” To say this right, you need to use the caveman accent: Nom nom. Meat help man evolve speak. Harvard evolutionary anthropologists used a form of torture to get their story going:Scientists who forced volunteers to chew raw goat flesh (yes, chew) have found that such meat-gnawing likely caused human teeth and jaws to shrink throughout our evolutionary history.Slicing raw flesh into smaller pieces and then chewing would have helped ancient hominins spend less time and energy eating than their ancestors. These changes, in turn, might have supported the evolution of speech and language by changing human facial anatomy, scientists added.Oh. Well if scientists said it, then—wow. They must know. It’s not Lamarckian, is this? someone whispers. PhysOrg tries a more scholarly headline: “Processing food before eating likely played key role in human evolution, study finds.” Oh. Well if a study found it, then—wow. The BBC News showed no restraint, posting “Meat eating accelerated face evolution” in large font over artwork of naked apemen scavenging a carcass.Big brains make big bodies. Mark Grabowski at the American Museum of Natural History has a new evolutionary twist: as early man’s brain grew, it “pulled along” a body size to match. Science Daily explains his idea. This new just-so story may get him in trouble with other Darwinians. “While selection no doubt played a role in refining the physical changes that came with larger body sizes, my findings suggest it was not the driving force behind body-size evolution in our lineage,” Grabowski said. “Therefore, evolutionary models for the origins of Homo based on an adaptive increase in body size need to be reconsidered.” Will this ever happen to Grabowski’s own story? Will it need to be reconsidered? Why not now? Maybe he could explain why bigger is better. Wouldn’t there be a “driving force” to miniaturize the brain for energy cost savings, and pull the body down to a smaller, more maneuverable size? Maybe he could also describe this pulling force. Could he measure it like a good physicist?Genes determine your virginity. This idea is making the rounds: Cambridge researchers have identified 38 genes that influence when you will lose your virginity (see Live Science and New Scientist). But so what? New Scientist comments, providing an interview with the researchers. They admit that social influences (e.g., religion, social mores) have much more influence on the age of first sex. That being the case, how can anyone measure such a moral choice in material genes? By comparison, genes for tallness may influence a 7-foot man to bump his head on doorways, but that doesn’t mean he is going to walk around with bruises all his life. And that’s an obvious case. While genes undoubtedly affect our dispositions, genes for personality type and maturity are notoriously hard to measure. An impulsive, early-maturing teen still has the capacity (and responsibility) for self-control.Everything you know is wrong (again). This is the lament uttered after almost every new find in paleoanthropology. New Scientist gives us the latest version: “Oldest ever human genome sequence may rewrite human history.” The latest puzzles, overturns of convention, and alterations of the timeline come from a new Neanderthal genome echoed by Science Daily and Nature News. The new anomalous dates require modern humans and Neanderthals to have diverged 430,000 years ago. Odd, isn’t it, that after being so long distinct, they could still have sex and produce fertile offspring just a few tens of thousands of years ago in the evolutionary scheme? Get the full theory rescue story in Nature. More about this in Science Magazine from the usual suspects. Another Nature paper’s authors look familiar.Neanderthal matches. It’s also odd that it took the Neanderthals 390,000 of those years to figure out how to use manganese dioxide for fire making. That’s a long science experiment for such smart hominids. PhysOrg says,The selection and use of manganese dioxide for fire making is unknown from the ethnographic record of recent hunter gatherers. This knowledge had been lost. This unusual behaviour holds potential significance for our understanding of Neanderthal cognitive capabilities through the extent of their knowledge and insights. The actions involved in the preferential selection of a specific, non-combustible material and its use to make fire are not obvious nor intuitive. The knowledge and insights suggested by Neanderthal selection of manganese dioxide and use in fire-making are surprising and qualitatively different from the expertise commonly associated with Neanderthals.Interestingly, whilst Neanderthals may have sourced and used manganese dioxide in fire making 50,000 years ago, manganese dioxide has important uses today in energy storage (batteries) and potentially in future clean energy production systems.Next just-so story. Whenever you see “likely” you know the storyteller is making things up. Here’s a headline from Live Science: “Why Neanderthals Likely Fathered Few Kids with Modern Humans.” The story hinges on analysis of Y chromosome differences between Neanderthals and modern humans. Supposedly, the differences led to more miscarriages. One wonders why the parents didn’t figure out that mixed marriages were not working well. One also wonders whether the scientists considered the possibility of genomic damage in the samples over time. Problem #3: this article pushes the Neanderthal-modern split back even further, to 590,000 years, and with it, the problems of genetic incompatibility and delayed technology.Insert miracle here. In a letter to PNAS, Ajit Varki ponders “Why are there no persisting hybrids of humans with Denisovans, Neanderthals, or anyone else?” After all, if they got together and had grandkids, one might expect some enduring lineages today. Insert miracle here, as we observe Varki’s perhapsimaybecouldness index skyrocket:Although genomic evidence indicates interbreeding, the number of functional genes incorporated is limited, resulting in a “leaky replacement”, without persistence of true hybrids. Thus, our single BMH [behaviorally modern human] (sub)species was the “winner” in every contact/replacement event, spanning tens of thousands of years. I cannot find any other example wherein a single (sub)species from one geographic origin completely replaced all extant cross-fertile (sub)species in every planetary location, with limited introgression of functional genetic material from replaced taxa, and leaving no hybrid species. Typically, one instead finds multiple cross-fertile (sub)species, with hybrid zones in between.Although this apparent one-of-a-kind phenomenon could have occurred by chance, the singularity allows one to posit a uniquely complex genetic/biological/cultural transition of BMHs. As Pääbo suggested, adaptive accumulation of an “explosive constellation” of genetic variants (alleles) could have endowed BMHs with an unparalleled combination of cognitive features, guaranteeing success at every subsequent encounter with other hominins.Unique happenstances are generally frowned on in scientific explanations. They lead to embarrassing admissions such as, “This explanation works, except when it doesn’t.” Varki’s particular miracle also runs afoul of political correctness:Such “human exceptionalism” is currently frowned upon, as are extraordinary explanations of evolutionary events. However, unless there are other clear examples of such complete replacement of all related taxa by one single (sub)species, BMHs may indeed be a rare exception.Varki is not done with miracle stories yet. He’s got a lottery encore. The scenario “suggests an improbable BMH transition through a long-standing “psychological evolutionary barrier”–– possibly involving initially maladaptive features such as reality denial and mortality salience, which conspired to generate the winning combination.” Ummm… “reality denial.” Interesting choice of words.The Hobbit. Along with older dates for the extinction of so-called Homo floresiensis (see BBC News) come a flurry of new stories. The revised date (50,000 years instead of 12,000) is closer to the alleged arrival of modern humans in their Indonesian territory. Aha! This must mean that those mean modern humans are responsible! Altogether now: one, two, three, four,Did humans drive ‘hobbit’ species to extinction? (Ewen Callaway in Nature)Did Modern Humans Wipe Out the ‘Hobbits’? (Adam Hoffman in National Geographic)Did hobbits live alongside modern humans? (Charles Q. Choi in Live Science)Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ may have died out sooner than thought (Science Daily)Below its artwork contrived to make the naked hobbits look as ape-like as possible, the BBC quotes an Australian anthropologist about the earlier “head-scratcher” situation, i.e., “how it was possible for floresiensis to survive for 30,000 to 40,000 years after modern humans are believed to have passed through Indonesia.” Turn on your Aussie dialogue: “Well, it now seems we weren’t living alongside this little species for very long, if at all [mate]. And once again it smells of modern humans having a role in the downfall of yet another species.” Here’s how it works. You get the blame even though you weren’t there. Why? You’re a member of a privileged class. Even though you love The Hobbit, your race caused their downfall along with many species, so you must bear the guilt. Pay up those reparations! “But to whom? They’re all gone,” you protest. That’s been pre-arranged. You must pay in the form of higher taxes to fund evolutionary anthropologists so that they can continue their storytelling.Now that we’ve shown how to respond to silly stories, try your hand at these others:Australopithecus fossils found east of the Great Rift Valley: New remains demonstrate early hominid’s adaptability (Science Daily)A world map of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in modern humans (Science Daily)Five matings for moderns, Neandertals (Ann Gibbons in Nature)How extinct humans left their mark on us (BBC News)Ancient DNA identifies ‘early Neanderthals’ (BBC News)Asian stone tools hint humans left Africa earlier than thought (New Scientist)When humans split from the apes (PhysOrg)last_img read more

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More Is Not Better. Better Is.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now More clients. More sales. More profit.And how do we get there?More calls. More email blasts from marketing. More clients. More prospects. More transactions. More faster, too.“More” is not “better.” “Better” is better. But more seems easier, doesn’t it? Want more clients, more sales, and more profits? Double up your activity and your bound to increase your client count, your revenue, and your profits.Better clients, better sales, and better profits is a more difficult path.Better clients are your dream clients, the ones for whom you can create breath-taking, jaw-dropping, earth shattering value and who value you. But they already have a partner-supplier and they aren’t receptive. Making more calls isn’t the answer; making better calls to better prospects is.Better sales numbers aren’t easily had by doubling down on your activity (unless you are one of those poor lost souls with too little activity and a penchant for finding useful distractions). Better sales numbers are had by performing better. This means you have to acquire some chops, the kind that make you a valuable addition to your dream client’s team. Chops is what makes you better.Better profit margins aren’t easily obtained either. You can raise your rates (and many salespeople and sales organizations can and should raise their already too low, trying-and-failing-by-competing-on-transactional-value rates). But higher profit margins are found by creating more value for your clients and customers. Creating more value is difficult, and it’s harder to sell to skeptical dream clients. But it’s what makes you better.More of the same is just more. It’s not better. The truth is that if you want “more,” the fastest and surest way to get there is to be “better.”QuestionsAre you focused on “more” or “better?”Will doing “more” radically change your results?What impact would it have on your business if you were twice as good as you are right now? What impact would it have on your client’s businesses?What are you doing right now to get “better?”last_img read more

Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

a month agoWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easily

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easilyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says he has plenty of football left in him.The 33-year-old midfielder has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season as the club made their return to European football for the first time in almost four decades.”The age, it’s just a number. I feel good.” Moutinho told Sky Sports.”I can play, if you ask me now, five years easily. But we never know what comes for the next year, or the next week.”What I keep trying in my mind is to work hard in the week to be better for the game.” last_img

11 days ago​Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho brands Diego Costa an ‘animal’

first_img​Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho brands Diego Costa an ‘animal’by Ansser Sadiq11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho spoke about his former striker Diego Costa in a recent word association game.Costa was part of Mourinho’s Chelsea team during his second spell at the club, helping the Blues to the Premier League title.And during a word association game with LiveScore, Mourinho was asked to say a single word to describe events or people in the game.When he was asked about Costa, his response was “animal.”Costa has often been praised for his tenacity and intensity, which made him a nightmare for Premier League defenders.Other players Mourinho mentioned include John Terry (leader), Didier Drogba (legend), Michael Essien (son), Cristiano Ronaldo (goal), and Lionel Messi (magic). TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoLaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madrid

first_imgLaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madridby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe LaLiga has requested that the RFEF’s Competition Committee change next weekend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Council, as part of the government, is also against the game going ahead at Camp Nou on October 26: “As events are developing we consider that, in the same way as La Liga and the RFEF, for security reasons, it’s not reasonable to play this game as is planned.” Now it’s up to the Competition Committee to make a final decision after hearing arguments from both clubs. Barça are happy for the game to go ahead, while Real Madrid would like it postponed and played at a later date – and not moved to the Bernabeu. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoCrotone striker Maxi Lopez: I’ve forgiven Mauro Icardi

first_imgCrotone striker Maxi Lopez: I’ve forgiven Mauro Icardiby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrotone striker Maxi Lopez says he’s forgiven PSG ace Mauro Icardi.Icardi, on-loan at PSG from Inter Milan, had an affair with wife Wanda Nara while she was married to Lopez and they were teammates at Sampdoria.“I chose to be happy and made a lifestyle choice. Things can go well or badly,” Maxi told Club 947.“My relationship failed, but I became a father from it. It was just a situation. Things go on and I chose to live like this: with energy and good vibrations.“I think I chose the best option. Everyone has problems and complications, but your life develops based on how you cope with them.“I’ve forgiven Icardi and I have no problems with him. My objective in life, besides football, in a human sense, is trying to find and give happiness to my children.“The only objective I have is that. The rest has already passed for me. It’s a page I turned a long time ago and it doesn’t put any strain on me at all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Tweets Out List Of His 5 Favorite Drake Songs

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and Drake have been linked together in the past. His son, Jay, re-created Drake’s “Views from the 6” cover to have a Michigan theme, and today Harbaugh thanked the Canadian rapper for name-dropping Michigan in a recent SNL sketch. Now, the Michigan head coach has taken things one step further, tweeting out his list of his top-five favorite Drake songs. He even included a rhyme in the beginning of the tweet.I’m not a fake, here’s my Top 5 from @Drake: 1. Energy 2. Jumpman 3. Started From the Bottom 4. Hold On, We’re Going Home 5. Hotline Bling— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 30, 2016If you think about it, these songs make perfect sense. Harbaugh certainly has a lot of energy, and Michigan is about to be sponsored by Jordan (hence, Jumpman).Harbaugh also has a reputation for building up programs and franchises (Stanford, the 49ers) from the “bottom” and he went “home” to come coach at his alma mater. Why is “Hotline Bling” on the list? We’re not sure, but we really want someone to photoshop Harbaugh onto Drake for the dance scenes in that video. Someone on the internet should be able to oblige our request.last_img read more