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Tribunal throws out Thika’s play/off petition

first_img0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20- Thika United will after all take part in the promotion and relegation play/off against National Super League side Ushuru FC after the Sports Disputes Tribunal threw out their petition challenging the game.The ruling, delivered on Tuesday evening by chair John Ohaga further directed Thika United to bear all the costs for the petition, punching a huge financial blow to the Kenyan Premier League side and its ambition to avoid the play-off. “In view of the conduct of the petitioner, we direct that it meets the costs of the respondents and the interested party on a full indemnity basis. It shall also be responsible for any wasted costs occasioned by the postponement of the play-offs,” Ohaga’s ruling read.Thika had earlier obtained temporary orders stopping the play off initially det for December 10 and 13, but the same have since been vacated.The tribunal was visibly irked with Thika’s lack of legal backing when they argued that the play-off was illegitimate as they were informed of it after the season had ended, but the tribunal dismissed this claim as Football Kenya Federation had written a letter to KPL in March, before the season started.“We remind not only the petitioners but all parties who approach this tribunal that the duty of a litigant is to make a full and fair disclosure of the material facts. In the present case it is our view that the non-disclosure was not innocent at all but deliberate and such conduct cannot be countenanced by this tribunal,” Ohaga’s ruling further noted.The tribunal was displeased with the fact that Thika did not support their claims that the promotion and relegation rules were changed at the end of the season.“The tribunal during the inter-parte hearing ceded to the fact that they were aware of the letters dated 20th March and 6th June 2017 that communicated the changes. As a matter of fact, they had a representative during the pre-match meetings and had been a party to the whole process,” the tribunal further said.Thika United players hurdle together to celebrate a goal scored against Mathare United at the Thika Sub County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOhaga’s team admitted that they might have been misled in issuing the temporary orders barring the play-off by concealment of material facts.Also, the tribunal was astounded by the fact that Thika United sent a representative, George Maina to a play-off meeting at FKF’s Goal Porject offices on November 29 where there was a coin toss to determine who starts home and who starts away.Further, Maina wrote a letter to the league managers involving them of the results of the coin toss and further asked whether they could act on their behalf to petition FKF to move the play-ff dates due to the closure of their Thika Stadium home ground.The tribunal was hence astounded as to why, days later, Thika would go on and file a petition seeking to stop the play-off.Also, the tribunal further noted that the communication on the play off was done to all parties and in time and argued that if anyone was against it, then they would have taken immediate action and not wait for almost a month to make their move.KPL’s Governing Council early last month said they would be okay with Thika taking part in the play-off, with a source at the league body intimating to Capital Sport they would have no legal ground to object to it.FKF is now set to pick out a new date.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stoke 0-4 Tottenham: Kane and Alli doubles keep the heat on Leicester

first_img1 Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice as Tottenham beat Stoke to cut the gap at the top of the Premier League to five points.Kane scored a stunner in the first half before grabbing his second with the simplest of finishes in the second half.Dele Alli scored his first either side of Kane’s double but also recorded one of the worst misses of the season so far.He made amends for it with a lovely volley to crank the heat up on Leicester after their draw with West Ham on the weekend with only four games remaining.Mauricio Pochettino had never beaten Stoke and the Britannia atmosphere was electric as Mark Hughes looked to extend his unblemished record against the Argentine.Kane looked to silence the crowd after only six minutes but he dawdled on the ball a little too long allowing Shay Given – making his debut for the Potters at 39-years-old – to get back in position and save well with his legs.However, Given had no chance three minutes later when Kane cut inside from the left and sent a wicked, curling shot into the bottom corner of the goal to give Spurs the lead.Marko Arnautovic had the hosts’ best chance of the half, doing well to evade a couple of tacklers before striking a fierce shot which was well beaten away by Hugo Lloris.And minutes before the break Alli’s backheel gave Christian Eriksen a golden chance to double the lead but the Dane’s shot thundered back off the crossbar, despite being one-on-one with Given.Tottenham finally did get their second on 66 minutes when Eriksen lofted a lovely through ball to Alli who deftly dinked the ball over the onrushing Given and into the net.Minutes later Alli had his head in his hands after producing one of the misses of the season. Again he found himself free and rounded Given before hitting the ball against the post when the empty net was gaping.It did not matter though, as 90 seconds later Kane bagged his 24th goal of the season, rolling the ball into an empty net after Lamela’s cut back to make it 3-0.And Alli scored arguably the pick of the goals with a fantastic volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to complete the rout with nearly ten minutes remaining. Harry Kane now has 24 Premier League goals this season last_img read more

Chelsea on alert as striker target rejects new contract offer

first_img Federico Bernardeschi 1 Chelsea target Federico Bernardeschi is refusing to sign a new deal at Fiorentina – but wants to join Juventus.The Blues have set their sights on the 23-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 32 outings this season.His all-round form has attracted the interest of compatriot Antonio Conte but the Italian will face stiff competition from his former employers Juventus for his signature.And, according to Tuttosport, the forward has signalled his intention to leave Fiorentina by rejecting their latest contract offer.His current deal is not due to expire until 2019 so he will not come cheap, but it has been suggested he is open to joining champions Juve this summer.Now it is down to them to stump up around £35m if they wish to sign him ahead of Chelsea when the window opens.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps will kick-off their 46th consecutive season in the League of Ireland when they host Waterford United at Finn Park tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.45pm).Ollie Horgan is in his first season at Finn Park2014 marks the club’s 60th season in football, having been formed in 1954. The club made the step up to the senior grade in 1969 and have remained a member of the League of Ireland since then.Friday’s game against Waterford will be the first in charge for new boss Ollie Horgan, who was appointed Manager after the resignation of Peter Hutton at the end of last season. Horgan has been busy over the winter months and in addition to resigning many of last year’s panel he has also brought in a number of new faces to the club.These include former club captain Packie Mailey who returns to the club after two years away as well as Carel Tiofack from Limerick, goalkeeper Conor Winn from Dundalk and Ruairi Keating on loan from neighbours Sligo Rovers.“Things have obviously been busy since I got the job,” said new boss Horgan as he looks forward to his first job in senior football. “I have spent a lot of time on the phone and meeting people but hopefully it is all worthwhile now that the season is about to get up and running.”“We have been training for quite a while now and pre-season was decent but we still have a lot of work to do now that the new campaign is up and running,” continued Horgan. “While we played quite a few games, it was disappointing that we didn’t get more games on grass but unfortunately the weather put a stop to some of them – with the winter we’ve had, there’s not much we can do about it.”Horgan feels that this year’s First Division will be one of the strongest for some time.“I haven’t set any goals really and will just be taking things a game at a time seeing where it will take us. It is certainly going to be a much more difficult division with Shelbourne and Galway FC added to the already strong teams in there.”Even though Harps start the season with three of their first four games at home, Horgan doesn’t feel that this will be of any advantage to his side.“It was nice to get a home game to start the season, but we still have to play twenty-eight games one way or other. “On Friday we start the season with one of the favourites for promotion coming to Ballybofey. Waterford lost out on a promotion place on the last day of last season. Having watched them a number of times last year I felt they were the best footballing team in the Division and they have added well to their squad ahead of the new season.”Waterford have proved a difficult side for Harps to overcome in recent seasons and go into the game with only two victories in their last eighteen against the Blues.Waterford won on each of their two visits to Finn Park last season. The two clubs also met on the opening day of last season, with Sean McCarron’s last minute goal earning Harps a share of the spoils.Horgan has doubts over a number of players with Tommy Bonner, Gareth Harkin, Josh Mailey, Carel Tiofack and Kevin McHugh sitting out last week’s friendly against Dundalk. All five will be assessed ahead of Friday’s league opener. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Tommy Bonner, Gareth Harkin, Josh Mailey, Carel Tiofack, Kevin McHughInjured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-L-L-W-D (4 pts)Waterford United: W-L-W-L-W-L (12 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six home games against Waterford United16-Jul-10 – Finn Harps 1-1 Waterford United (First Division)11-Jun-11 – Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford United (First Division)18-May-12 – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United (First Division)29-Sep-12 – Finn Harps 1-2 Waterford United (First Division)26-Apr-13 – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United (First Division)16-Aug-13 – Finn Harps 0-2 Waterford United (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HARPS START NEW SEASON WITH TRICKY HOME GAME AGAINST WATERFORD was last modified: March 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Ballybofeyfinn harpsFinn ParkOllie HorganWATERFORD UNITEDlast_img read more

Busy weeks ahead for Letterkenny Chamber

first_imgIt’s a busy time for the Letterkenny Chamber and its members.From golf classics to first aid training, members have their diaries full for the coming weeks.The following is a list of what’s on. ******************* EVENTS & INFORMATION*******************1. Letterkenny Chamber Golf ClassicThe Letterkenny Chamber Annual Golf Classic takes place on 25th August.Just €150 for a team of 4.To book your Tee Time contact anne@letterkennychamber.comThere is still some morning and afternoon tee times available.If you would like to sponsor the event or a tee please contact Anne on 074 9124866.Thanks to all our tee sponsors and raffle prize contributors for helping us to make this event possible. 2. Employment, HR & Health & Safety Seminar with PeninsulaEvery business will be faced with employment law, HR and health & safety issues at some point. It’s crucial that you know how to handle these issues and ensure that appropriate procedures are in place to safeguard your business. This complimentary event, organised in association with Chamber Member, Peninsula, will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to manage these issues effectively.Date: Thursday 21st September 2017Time: 8.45am – 11.30amVenue: Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine, LetterkennyEmail : or phone 074 91 248663. Persuade on Purpose with Eric FitzpatrickIn partnership with JCI we are bringing the inspirational speaker Eric Fitzpatrick. Eric is the creator of “T.R.U.E Presentations”, a tool that helped one sales team win a contract worth €1,000,000 and the author of “Persuade on Purpose, How to create presentations that influence and engage”Time: 5.45 for 6pm startVenue: Radisson Blu HotelTo book email reception@letterkennychamber.com4. Employment Incentives and Support for SMEs in the Cross Border RegionEURES Cross Border Partnership and Londonderry Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch time Business Seminar on Thursday 24th August 2017, 11.30am – 2pmAn Grianan Hotel, BurtAttendance FREE of Charge (lunch included) ************************** MEMBER UPDATES & EVENTS ************************** Chambers Ireland European Economic Survey 2018Chambers Ireland, in conjunction with Eurochambres, has launched the European Economic Survey for 2018. This is the 25th edition of this annual Eurochambres assessment of the European business community’s expectations for the year ahead. The target audience of this survey is businesses and chamber members all around the country.The results of this survey will be used to help us to identify the main challenges for business in the coming year. This survey should take no more than 3-5 minutes to complete and the deadline for completion is the 29th September 2017. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.Survey: Safetech – First Aid TrainingChamber Member Safetech let us know that from the 1st of September there will be a new accrediting body for first aid – PHECC. If you are considering sending employees on first aid training there are considerable savings to be made by doing so before 1st September. Likewise, if your employees are due to refresh their first aid training before the end of 2017, it may be worthwhile considering refreshing early on a one day refresher course rather than having to do a two day refresher course at an extra cost.For a full list of these, please visit you have any questions on the above, please contact Suzanne Love, Marketing Co-ordinator, Tel: +353 74 91 27786 3. Rossan College – Education and Training OpportunitiesAttached is the Rossan College Timetable of Courses for 2017-2018. They offer flexible, quality-assured education and training choices which provide career progression opportunities for the adult learner.There is a very wide range of courses to choose from.If you would like to discuss course details and your education and training needs for 2017-2018, please contact Marian on 074 9127100 or email or go to ************************** INFORMATION SHARING **************************1. Local Government Awards – 3 Donegal NominationsChambers Ireland has today announced the Excellence in Local Government Awards Shortlist. We are delighted to see that Donegal County Council has been shortlisted for 3 awards:Best Library Service – Wainfest Arts and Book Festival for ChildrenFestival of the Year – Sea Sessions Surf and Music FestivalDonegal County Council – County Donegal in 1916: From the Edge: Donegal County Council History & Heritage Education PackFull details are available at: look forward to the final event in November.2. Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town AwardsLetterkenny has been shortlisted in the Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town Awards. The judges will be here on the morning of 21st September.We will be judged on Enterprise; Attractiveness: Partnership; Town Leadership; Overall Community Support.We will be making a presentation to the judges but also bringing them out to meet businesses and the community formally and informally.We will be in touch with more information closer to the time.3. African Culture Celebration DayThe “African Culture Celebration Day” will take place on Saturday 19th August 2017 from 3pm at “The Vestry” in Letterkenny.Details of the event are outlined below and included in the attached poster. All are Welcome.Date Saturday 19th AugustEvent African Culture Celebration Day, LetterkennyDetails This is a free community event and will include activities for all the family – Music, Dancing, Food, Fun Games, Prizes for Best Dressed, Family EntertainmentTime The event will start at 3:00pm and finish at 9:00pmLocation The event will take place at “The Vestry” Community Building. The building is in the grounds of St. Conal’s hospital in Letterkenny and is immediately beside the Letterkenny Town Park.For Information For further information contact Stanley on 086 0277168 or email igbo.associationdl@yahoo.ie4. Donegal Development PlanYou still have time to make a submission to the review of the County Development plan. Submissions by 1st September.For more information go to Donegal County Development PlanBusy weeks ahead for Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

A sneak peek at The Cope Dungloe Black Friday offers

first_imgOver the past few years, Black Friday has become a household shopping event in Ireland. Bargain hunters hoping to find unbeatable discounts during this year’s Black Friday shopping frenzy have been given bonus shopping days at the Cope Dungloe! The Cope have extended their Black Friday Sale from Thursday through Saturday and they’ve also extended their opening hours on Thursday and Friday from 9am to 8pm. You’ll find most retailers will be keeping tight lipped about what’s to come, but the Cope Dungloe have given shoppers an opportunity to get a sneak peek of what’s come in all their Departments at Main Street Dungloe, Builders Providers Meenmore, the Foodstore Annagry & the Foodstore Falcarragh.Tech Products is one of the top focuses of Black Friday, and 2017 is no different, with Hubtec, the Cope’s IT Sales & Services Store, offering mega savings on televisions, including Technika 40” TV’s only €285 & Toshiba 24” TV’s only €160 but hurry there’s only 3 of each in stock and they’ve also got Philips 32” TV only €225! This year shoppers can also snap up cut-price goods such as Tablets, Tech Gadgets and Electronic Appliances over the three-day bonanza! The Cope have an impressive range of Black Friday Bargains across Fashion, Homewares and the all important Christmas Decorations.  Highlights from their clothing offers include up to 70% off Ladies Fashion, at least 20% off ALL Vera Moda stock, 30% All Mens Suits, Buy One Get One Free on Lloyd Attre Mens Shirts and there’s 20% off all non-discounted Clothing & Footwear!Savings for your home includes 50% off Suites of Furniture and Buy One Get One Free on Armchairs and 20% off all Carpets & Lino.  The ever popular Henry Hoover is also appearing in the Black Friday Bonanza, shoppers can save €30, as Henry will be only €119.  For all you Yankee Candle lovers, it’s an opportunity to stock up as two large Yankee Candles are only €35!At The Cope’s Black Friday Sale, there is a rare opportunity to save on Christmas Decorations before the January Sales. In The Cope’s newly launched Christmas Shop on Cope Street – When you spend €50, get €10 back.  When you spend €100, get €20 back.  When you spend €200, get €40 back. Amazing Savings!The Cope Christmas ShopThe Cope Christmas ShopAnd for a real bonus for the 3 Day Black Friday Sale: Kids can play in An Club Beag for only €2! Usual prices €8 for over 4’s and €5 for under 4’s.  That’s €2 for 90 minutes of Play Time!Also in An Club Beag’s Teddy Mountain Corner, you can Build your own Teddy for only €7.50, that’s half price!Black Friday is known as the Sale Day after Thanksgiving but with these unreal savings, your pocket will be thanking you. Happy Shopping! Make sure to visit the Cope this weekend, and follow them on Facebook here for more incredible deals: PostA sneak peek at The Cope Dungloe Black Friday offers was last modified: November 20th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:bargainsBlack FridaySALEThe Cope Dungloelast_img read more

Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August

first_imgContracts have been signed on the final phase of the strategic N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme, with works due to get underway next month.The N56 Drumbeigh to Inver Road Scheme which is located approximately 3.5km west of the village of Mountcharles is the second and final phase of the overall €16m N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme.  The first phase, from Mountcharles to Drumbeigh, is now approaching completion. This key strategic infrastructural project will not only improve the level of service and safety for all road users but will enhance the accessibility of south west Donegal and in particular, Killybegs Port.  Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan signed contracts for the final phase last Friday afternoon.Speaking at the signing Cllr. Crossan said “this is an important step forward in securing the long term economic, social and cultural viability of Donegal and indeed South West Donegal. “This investment will see the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that will facilitate more ease of access for businesses, visitors and investors to south west Donegal including Killybegs Port which continues to be a significant contributor to the economic development of the county. “This type of investment is crucial for Donegal and the entire North West region if we are to realise our ambitions as a region for growth and prosperity.” Construction will commence in August 2019 and it is expected to be open to the public in early 2021. Wills Bros. Ltd, have been appointed contractor based on the Most Economically Advantageous Tender process. Wills Bros. Ltd have completed similar works on the Donegal’s national road network in recent years including the N56 Mountcharles To Drumbeigh Scheme, N15 Blackburn Bridge and N56 Boyoughter to Kilkenny. Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD, Cllr. Noel Jordan also welcomed the signing of the second and final contract for this project and referred to the positive impact that phase one has had on the local community saying “the impact that the work to date has had on road users and those living and working in the locality has been very positive.  What was a narrow and dangerous stretch of road is now much safer and provides greater access for all road users and especially for the local community.”Director of Roads and Transportation with Donegal County Council John McLaughlin explains “these works will see the existing N56 single carriageway with narrow hard strips and poor vertical and horizontal alignment being replaced with a new Type 1 Single Carriageway including a 3.65m wide lane in each direction with 2.5m wide hard shoulders. “Works will include site clearance, fencing, safety barriers, drainage and service ducts, diversion of watermains and other utilities, accommodation works, landscaping and environmental mitigation measures”. The construction of the works will be supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.This Scheme is funded fully by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and is included in the published Capital Plan ‘Building on Recovery 2016 – 2021’. Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Schemelast_img read more

Penza: Humboldt State’s defense shows signs of improvement against Azusa Pacific

first_imgARCATA >> Simply based on what was right in front of us entering the 2016 season, the Humboldt State defense was going to be a work in progress.That’s just the reality you find yourself in when you lose 10 starters from a unit that was the best in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference a season ago. And that’s what prompted HSU head coach Rob Smith to say that as the defense tries to find its rhythm with so many new pieces, his Jacks will have to rely on the offense to carry the way. Through …last_img read more

Neanderthal-Heidelberg Distinction Blurs

first_img“Heidelberg Man” has been a modern name imposed on certain fossil humans that have been unable to speak for themselves.  Now, their bones appear to overlap with Neanderthals.  But don’t modern humans have Neanderthal DNA?  Do the distinctions make any sense?Constructive scientific debate?  According to PhysOrg, anthropologist Chris Stringer is now claiming that the largest cache of Heidelberg Man fossils were really Neanderthals.  The article reveals various forms of data manipulation to reformat the story of human evolution, such as recalculating the date of Sima fossils from Atapuerca, Spain (previously labeled Heidelberg) from 600,000 years old to 350,000 years old, so that they fit within the Neanderthal category.  That’s because the Sima fossils show some Neanderthal characteristics both from anatomical and genetic data.  Stringer put a positive spin on the reclassification, stating, “These new views on the dating and classification of the Sima material have led to a constructive scientific debate with the Atapuerca team, which will help to progress our understanding of the place of these important fossils in human evolution.”Constructive artistic debate?  Cave paintings in from Spain have been re-dated as 40,800 years old, too old to be made by “modern” humans, and possibly made by Neanderthals.  Live Science reported one anthropologist claiming “It would not be surprising if the Neanderthals were indeed Europe’s first cave artists.”  That would have been very surprising not long ago.  “Neanderthals have been portrayed as brutish, animalistic cavemen,” reporter Stephanie Pappas wrote, “but the archaeological evidence suggests they weren’t dummies. They buried their dead, made complex tools, and used decorative pigments.”  So why not make art on the walls of their caves?  Another anthropologist is convinced it is Neanderthal art.Putting these two articles together, it appears the distinctions between Heidelberg Man, Neanderthal Man and Modern Man are flexible, being subject to the whims of certain living Homo sapiens who like to describe their disagreements and frequent changes of opinion as “a constructive scientific debate.”Constructive for whom?The real tragedy of these reversals is the momentum of falsified stories.  There is a long time lag from the time old ideas are discarded to the time textbooks, museum displays and TV documentaries are replaced.  Students are not told there is a “constructive scientific debate.”  They are not told there is any debate! Under the flawed direction of evolutionary anthropologists, artists (working in the present) create imaginative dioramas of fake histories that are presented as fact to impressionable minds.  Students graduate and go on to their own careers with these false impressions; how many of them ever hear the evolutionists say they were wrong?  Do you think the makers of BBC specials that hire naked actors and CGI (computer generated imagination) animators to portray alleged “human evolution” are going to go back and fix the many mistakes in documentaries made years ago, that continue to be shown on TV and continue to make money for them?  The debate is destructive, not constructive.  The new view does not “progress our understanding” (speak for yourself, Chris); it is a regression, if not a blind drunken sailor’s walk.We must keep in mind that the labels and stories are all recent and artificial.  Heidelberg Man didn’t exist in the past with that name; neither did Neanderthal Man.  Various populations of humans with certain trivial differences in anatomy lived in various places — that’s all.  The categories and interpretations are all made up in the present.  The bones are just props for an evolutionary story that was predetermined by Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man, and his disciples have been descending deeper into folly ever since.*  The bone pile, growing higher since 1871 but not substantially so, only serves to illustrate the folly of believing that humans had ape ancestors, which had shrew ancestors, which had fish ancestors, which had bacteria ancestors, all built on the folly-acious assumption that Stuff Happens because of random mutations.  Why?  Because the story keeps changing, and the bones never fit into a stable story that shows progress in understanding.  Humankind’s only verifiable, documented, intelligently designed family tree is found here and here.*Example: To illustrate once again the folly of the evolutionary tale of “human evolution,” it requires accepting the notion that “Heidelberg Man” emerged some 800,000 imaginary years ago, and “Neanderthal Man” emerged some 400,000 imaginary years ago.  Both of these groups were virtually identical, physically and anatomically, with us – save for trivial differences such as bone thickness, some facial features, pelvic width, etc.  There are more differences between living humans than those artificially-categorized ancestors (compare Watusi and pygmy, Inuit and European).  But they walked upright and had comparable skull capacities with us – for Neanderthals, larger on average than ours.  Moreover, they used fire, hunted mammoths (can you do that?), were skilled spearmen and tool-makers, used language and created art (at least for Neanderthals, although not finding Heidelberg art doesn’t mean it didn’t exist).  With that in mind, evolutionists expect us to believe that these people walked this earth for 100 times the length of all recorded history (during which humans went from living in villages to walking on the moon and launching NuStar) without ever figuring out how to plant a farm or ride a horse or discover America.  Let the folly of that Darwinian tall tale simmer between your ears. 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