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A pensioner of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, on Friday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was charged with assaulting two persons.Cyril Benjamin denied the allegations after the charges were read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.It is alleged that on May 13, 2018, he used threatening language to Jermaine Frank and Constance Payne. He was released on $15,000 bail for each offence.Additionally, the other parties were cross charged and released on $25,000 bail.The matter was adjourned to June 11.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – If Kevin Durant decides to leave college after one year, it will be without a championship – or even a trip into the second week of the tournament. Southern California made sure of that Sunday, getting 22 points from its more seasoned star, junior Nick Young, in an 87-68 runaway over Texas and Durant, the freshman front-runner for national player of the year. As he often has this season, Durant led everyone with 30 points and added nine rebounds for fourth-seeded Texas. But he never came close to dominating this East Regional game. Many times when he got the ball, the offense ground to a halt for the Longhorns (25-10), who fell behind by 17 early in the second half and never made a serious run. No. 5 seed USC (25-11) also got 20 points from Daniel Hackett and 17 points and 14 rebounds from Taj Gibson – a 6-foot-9 freshman like Durant. The Trojans won by playing smarter, more disciplined basketball and looking much more like a team in doing it. A team with a very good leader in Young – the scrappy swingman who had every reason to believe he’d be a USC alum by the time second-year coach Tim Floyd’s rebuilding efforts took shape. Turns out, the talent’s there now, and next week, the Trojans will make their first trip to the regional semis since 2001 – and second since 1979 – where they’ll play North Carolina. With their 25th win, they set a program record. Not bad for this so-called football school, which got a small – very small – measure of revenge for its heartbreaking loss to the Longhorns in the 2006 Rose Bowl with the national title on the line. This is a long, athletic, relentless team, one that relegated Durant – brilliant as he was at times – to the perimeter and dominated the middle against the rest of the Longhorns. Though Gibson and Durant weren’t head-to-head for much of this, the USC freshman was more effective. After taking a nasty blow to the face that benched him at the end of the first half, Gibson iced this game in the second. He dominated the boards and made 9 of 14 free throws, almost all down the stretch. The most telling sequence came earlier in the second half, after Texas had trimmed a 15-point deficit to four. Lodrick Stewart worked for and made an open 17-footer. Young came back with a 3-pointer, then swatted D.J. Augustin’s shot out of bounds on Texas’ next possession. A few moments later, Young got an easy offensive rebound and a putback. He made two free throws, then forced a steal, filled the lane and took a pass from Gabe Pruitt for a slam. By then, it was 48-33 and Texas was moving into desperation mode. Durant had nothing to be ashamed of. He added this to a 27-point, eight-rebound opener against New Mexico State in which he never quite looked in sync. But he couldn’t do it all for the ‘Horns, and it is now decision time for the 26-point, 11-rebound-a-game star who will probably win several player-of-the-year awards over the next few weeks. If he chooses the NBA and fellow freshman Greg Oden of Ohio State doesn’t, Durant will likely be the top pick – his perimeter skills giving him a chance to succeed right away while he fills out that skinny, 225-pound frame. But this won’t follow the Carmelo Anthony story of 2003 – when ‘Melo led Syracuse to a championship as a freshman and decided to move on, having done all he could at this level. Instead, maybe the storyline to follow will be that of USC, which played the season in memory of teammate Ryan Francis, the point guard who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting last year in his home state of Louisiana. Francis’ mother, Paulette, was in Spokane this weekend, and whether it was her presence or something else, the Trojans played both of their games like a team with a purpose. That they were rarely challenged by Arkansas in a 77-60 first-round win wasn’t a surprise, but this blowout over Texas certainly was. With 20 points, A.J. Abrams was the only player to join Durant in double figures for the Longhorns, who shot only 37 percent from the floor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
As one number 10 trudged off — the player wearing an Argentina shirt with Messi’s name on — another in the blue of France took the plaudits.“Move over, Messi, a new global superstar is born at the World Cup,” was the headline in the Sunday Times in Britain.“In this game, the Messi was him,” French sports daily L’Equipe said above a photograph of Mbappe celebrating. “He showed his talent to the world and overshadowed Lionel Messi.”The double strike made the boy from the Paris suburbs the first teenager since a 17-year-old Pele to score twice in a World Cup game.The Brazilian legend tweeted: “Congratulations, @KMbappe. 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company!”“He’s got a lot more talent than me,” France midfielder Paul Pogba said of Mbappe.“And he’s not going to stop there. He’s got so much talent.”– Baby Bleus –Argentina were simply swept aside by a new generation, and not just Mbappe — another of France’s scorers, Benjamin Pavard, is only 22 himself.“When you have players having a day like Mbappe had today, it’s very difficult to stop them,” said Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.With an average age of 25, a France side lacking major tournament experience were feeling the flak after three underwhelming group-stage matches reaped one penalty, an own goal and only one scored from open play.But coach Didier Deschamps’ “baby Bleus” silenced the detractors with the scintillating win over the 2014 finalists that put France back on course for a tilt at emulating France’s 1998 Cup-winning exploits, when Deschamps was captain.Mbappe was not even born when France won their only World Cup, on home soil.“I can’t really take it in,” said Pavard, a defender so unaccustomed to scoring he did not know how to celebrate his superb strike.“I was running around everywhere, I didn’t know what to do.”Mbappe will be unleashed next on Uruguay, whose steely defence should provide a far sterner test than the shambolic Argentine rearguard.It may be too early to talk of lifting the trophy in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, but Deschamps was bubbling with excitement.“I experienced a lot of great joy and happiness as a France player, and the reason I took this job was to feel the same again,” said Deschamps.“The lads are young, they have character. As the man in charge, especially when things go wrong, I’m very proud of this team and very happy for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup game © AFP / FRANCK FIFEKAZAN ARENA, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – France players and the world’s press hailed Kylian Mbappe as an emerging superstar after the 19-year-old eclipsed Lionel Messi in a match that felt like the passing of a torch to a new generation.Mbappe’s speed and power ruthlessly exposed Argentina’s defence in Kazan in a thrilling 4-3 victory on Saturday that re-established France among the World Cup favourites.
When the 13-year-old Brigde Lavery was given a straight choice – get a career or stay in school – by her father, the answer was simple.She spent her weeks between school, at the old ‘Tech’ in Letterkenny, and working part-time in a restaurant in Derry; a job she’d held since the tender age of 11.Frank Lavery had his mind to the future for his young daughter, who had previously been at Coxtown NS in Carrigans. His advice was to the point: ‘You’ll not give up school to work in a restaurant’. “He would only let me leave school if I got a job with a career,” the now Brigde Lavery-Diver says, 40 years on, as she closes the latest chapter.At Finn’s Hairdressers on the Diamond in Derry city, Brigde was to begin a career that reached its height following her founding of B-Bobs hair salon 1992. After 25 years, Brigde stepped away from B-Bobs recently and rinsed out with no regrets.“I was very, very lucky,” says Brigde.“I had 25 years of B-Bobs in October 2017 and finished up a month later. “I never thought much about the 25 years, but I’m proud of it. B-Bobs was one of the busiest salons in the town and we did an awful lot. It gave me so much. I made some great friends out of it.“I just felt that after 25 years that I needed something else. I didn’t want to be the boss anymore. I just wasn’t happy being the boss. It tied me a lot.”Her story began in Finn’s, where she earned the princely sum of one punt per week as she learned a trade that would eventually see her make it to RTÉ’s Live At Three show.After four years in Finn’s, she was picked up by John Deery’s, based at Austin’s Department Store, before being offered a job at Whispers, a business that is still going on the Diamond to this day.“I knew from there that it was for,” she smiles. “I loved my time in Whispers.“At the start, I didn’t have any interest in hair and I didn’t want to be a hairdresser. All I wanted was money to get to The Grill on a Saturday night! It was years before I made enough to get out.”Brigde in familiar pose at B-BobsThe tricks of the trade of the early days remain central to her work.She was the last apprentice trained by the Finn’s, who also had Mary McDermott, now of Streaks Ahead, under their wing. “They were very old school, but some of the stuff they taught us we still do,” Brigde says.“That’s what I like about the trade. There are people out there who are hairdressers, but they don’t know anything about hairdressing.“Now, people are drying and straightening the hair before they cut it. It’s changing again. For a long time, people became hairdressers without learning the craft.”She talks of scissor combing, curling and perming – ‘the real hairdressing’, as she puts it – with an enthusiasm that could only come from experience.While in Whispers, her mother, Rose, became ill and passed away. Her enthusiasm waned in those dark days, when, as she says ‘I was just fed up’.Light came peering through the clouds, though. Geraldine McCroary, who co-owned Whispers with her brother Brendan, was taking over La Chique, an established salon in Letterkenny,Brigde had the bug again and helped run La’Chique Nouveau until 1992 – when B-Bobs was born.“I decided I was going to look at starting my own place,” she says, “but I couldn’t get a loan because there were so many hairdressers in Letterkenny. There were 32 at the time.“The bank manager said I’d never get one so I scrapped the idea and went back to work. My boss found out, while I was on holidays, that I was thinking about starting out on my own. He said that he ‘owned’ me for five years and that I couldn’t move. I just went around the shop, lifted my scissors, comb, everything, and away I went!“I went back to the bank manager and he told me that if I got him 2,000 punts that he’d give me what I needed. Donal had a car that worth about 5,000 punts. We put the car into the Derry Journal for sale and it was sold that Friday. I gave in the money and got a loan of about 4,000 punts to start up B-Bobs.”A neighbour in Killea, Mary Duffy, suggested the name ‘Bits and Bobs’, but it was her father who gave the added touch and, so, B-Bobs came into being.Her first customer in was Bernie Gallagher, who remained a customer throughout her stay in B-Bobs, while her first male customers were a local band, Ego Minefield.“I have some very loyal customers,” she says.“When I was training, the neighbours allowed me to do their hair. I’m still doing hair for them. you can’t keep everybody, but I kept a great base of clients since the start.“The customers made the place a success. You need a long-standing clientele. Passing trade is fine, but the regulars keep it going when things are quiet.”In the early years, even RTÉ took note about the success of B-Bobs. Three hairdressers were selected to appear on Live At Three. One from Dundalk, another from Dublin and a third, Brigde, from Donegal.Brigde (right) on the set of Live At ThreeSo impressed were the producers that they called her back a second time a few months later.“That was the first time that the same hairdresser was back on the programme,” she says.“It was a great experience. And it was good for business. If that happened now you could make such a big deal on social media with something like that.”One of her lasting legacies from her days in B-Bobs will be the charity contributions. For 11 years, since they first began in 2006, the B-Bobs charity day became an integral part of the calendar each November, raising north of €50,000 for local charities in the process.The Good and New cancer bus was the prime benefactor each year alongside an additional charity or two, usually geared towards mental health; two charities that are close to her own heart following the loss of her father to cancer and in honour of her mother, who suffered from schizophrenia.“All the girls who ever worked for me were brilliant with the charity day,” she says.“They did so much for it and never expected anything for it.“It became a part of the business and there was great fun around it. Other businesses in town were brilliant supporting it as well, giving out spot prizes and donations.”Brigde had her own battle to fight when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a number of years ago.“It was shocking to get that diagnosis, but I was lucky that they got it early. I had a year where it was just chemo, treatment and operations.“The business was the least of my worries, but it was still a worry. Things were getting quiet.“It took a couple of years to pull it back up. I had great staff at that time, though. Veronica (McGinley) was just amazing during it all. She ran the whole show. Customers were very good and very patient – but they still wanted their hair done.”After being diagnosed with the BRCA gene (a test to determine susceptibility to breast cancer) , Brigde, who is thankful for the love and support of her husband Donal and children Alice, Rosie, Keenan and Ginny, had to undergo a double Mastectomy after the turn of this year – something that helped make her decision to walk away easier.She says: “I couldn’t stand the worry about the business again. I decided that the time has come and I’m delighted I made the decision.”Recently, B-Bobs has undergone a change of hands and is now operating under the watch of long-term B-Bobs employee Veronica McGinley, with a new name – Ricky’s – above the door.Brigde is unsure as to her next move in life, but it’s unlikely that she’s made her final cut.One thing is definite, though: “I’m still a hairdresser. I’ll always be a hairdresser.”A cut above: Brigde bows out at B-Bobs after 25 years was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:B-BobsBrigde DiverKillealetterkenny
Brazil’s physician says it will be 24-hour wait before they access the injury 1 Manchester United-bound Fred has suffered a World Cup injury scare after limping out of Brazil’s training session on Thursday with an ankle injury.The 25-year-old is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk for Old Trafford after the Premier League club announced they had agreed a fee to recruit the midfielder.He has been included in Tite’s World Cup squad but was forced out of a session at Tottenham’s Enfield training base, with ice applied to his right ankle.Brazil start their bid to win an unprecedented sixth World Cup when they take on Group E rivals Switzerland on June 17 – with a final warm-up game coming against Austria in Vienna on Sunday.Fred suffered the knock before trying to carry on with the training session, only to then require treatment on the sidelines.Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said: “Today Fred had trauma in his ankle but it is too early to say anything about it.“Tomorrow we watch to see what happens and then decide if we need to do any exams or not but at the moment it is too early to say anything about him.”Brazil have been using Tottenham’s training ground as their base ahead of flying out to Russia – via their stop-off in Austria – and Real Madrid defender Marcelo also spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon.He hopes Fred’s injury is nothing serious and that he will be back amongst the squad sooner rather than later.“This is the World Cup, everyone is training hard and working hard,” said Marcelo.“I believe that it is not that bad, it is not a big issue and he will be back with us as soon as possible.”After their group opener against the Swiss, Brazil take on Costa Rica in St Petersburg before travelling to Russian capital Moscow to face Serbia.
Marcos Alonso says training under Sarri has been good Sarri looks set to play with four at the back Chelsea players are using pre-season training to get used to a new way of playing.Having spent two years with Antonio Conte’s preference for playing three at the back, new manager Maurizio Sarri appears set to use four across the back line.“He is bringing a different style, a different formation and we just need to grow into it,’ Cesc Fabregas explained to chelseafc.com. “We need to learn. We have been two years with Antonio working in a system with 5-4-1, 3-5-2, depending on the game. It is very different to play with five or three at the back than it is to play with four. We need time to re-adapt to a back four and to what the boss wants from us but I believe we are intelligent players and players at the top level who will try to adapt as soon as possible.”Sarri will take charge of Chelsea for the first time when they play Perth Glory in Australia as part of their pre-season tour.“We have not all the players involved, many of the players are still on holiday or at Cobham because they played the World Cup,’ Fabregas added. “The players who are here, together with the youngsters, they do a good job trying to get it as fast as we can and hopefully this is a good day to start seeing a few things from what the manager wants from us. Hopefully it will be a good game for us to get things going.”Marcos Alonso is one player looking forward to a new way of training and playing. 2 2 “I think [Sarri] has a great style and we are just learning new things now to get used to it very quickly, and be ready for August 5 when we have the Community Shield against Manchester City,” he said.“He likes to play football, he likes to press high, to try to have control of the ball and so control of the game“It could be more similar to the Spanish style, but he has some Italian aspects as well.”
LIVING THE DREAM “My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 percent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United – I cannot say more.”Should Pogba leave United for Barcelona, it would be the second time he has done so in his short career.After failing to make the grade at United, the youngster headed to Juventus in 2012 on a free transfer – only to be brought back for a then-world record transfer fee. RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on LATEST IN DEMAND Asked about his relationship with Mourinho, Pogba remained coy, adding: “We have a pure coach-player relationship, that’s right.”Rumours of a move to the Camp Nou have largely intensified in the last week thanks to quotes from Luis Suarez.The former Liverpool man admitted Pogba would be ‘welcome’ if he were to join the Blaugrana. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The midfielder, who won the World Cup with France in the summer, has been linked with the LaLiga giants for many months now.When Mourinho dared the former Juventus man to hand in a transfer request, it seemed as though at least one of them would be heading for the Old Trafford exit.And no, the midfielder’s comments whilst on international duty will do little to dispel the growing rumours.“There was a lot of talk, but it was just like that, I’m under contract in Manchester,” he told Sky Germany. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Paul Pogba has fuelled speculation he could be set to leave Manchester United for Barcelona in the January transfer window.The 25-year-old also suggested his relationship with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho remains frosty, despite reports to the contrary from the Portuguese. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The pressure has been piled on Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager targets 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Pogba could be set for a move away from Old Trafford again Latest Transfer News targets
Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland Raiders will reportedly play their final season in the same city where it all began for them — San Francisco.In somewhat of a stunner, owner Mark Davis has reached a deal with the Giants to play the 2019 season at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T), NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai reported Sunday night.#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark …
The book hit bookstores January 15. In addition, Shubin gave special lectures to the public at Chicago’s Field Museum, where he works as provost. In 2006 (04/06/2006), 05/03/2006), Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago announced his missing link: Tiktaalik, a fish with wrist bones that he claimed were transitional between fish and four-footed creatures, or tetrapods. Since then he has taken his fish on the road and is getting good mileage for evolution. Tiktaalik shows up right off the bat as evidence for evolution in Chapter One of the newly-revised National Academy of Sciences booklet, Science, Evolution and Creationism. It was given a prominent place in the PBS film Judgment Day (11/14/2007) last November. Now, Shubin is promoting his new book that takes Tiktaalik all the way on the road to humans. This is clear from the title, Your Inner Fish: A Journey Through the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. Despite the amount of arbitrary inference that must be asserted to connect a fish fossil with a lineage outside its class (see 10/20/2006) commentary, Shubin has made his pet fish the centerpiece of a vast ancestor’s tale covering billions of years. Donald Johanson, discoverer of the austrolopithecine fossil he named Lucy, was delighted. “I was hooked from the first chapter,” he said, according to press release from Shubin’s campus. “Creationists will want this book banned because it presents irrefutable evidence for a transitional creature that set the stage for the journey from sea to land. This engaging book combines the excitement of discovery with the rigors of great scholarship to provide a convincing case of evolution from fish to man.” The theme of the book is mentioned in the press release. Shubin writes, “The best road maps to human bodies lie in the bodies of other animals. The reason is that the bodies of these creatures are often simpler versions of ours.” The book mentions similarities in limbs, teeth, head, ears and eyes between humans and other animals. Yet similarities have never been controversial, even to creationists. Asserting that they came about through an evolutionary process of descent with modification by an unguided natural process assumes what needs to be proved. Though the book recounts the “epic expedition to arctic wastelands” where Shubin’s team found the fossil, only scientific evidence that can be adduced to establish the claim of common ancestry is germane to the argument that these similarities evolved, rather than were created. Nevertheless, “In 2006, the public was overwhelmed with news on the discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, a fossil ‘fishapod’ that represents the transition between fish and four-legged animals, known as tetrapods,” the press release continues. Shubin seemed to take his fishapod on a very long walk of faith when he mixed the uncontroversial observation of similarity with the Darwinist assumption of unguided common descent over billions of years: Ancient fish bones can be a path to knowledge about who we are and how we got that way. We are not separate from the rest of the living world; we are part of it down to our bones and even our genes…. I can imagine few things more beautiful or intellectually profound than finding the basis for our humanity, and remedies for many of the ills we suffer, nestled inside some of the most humble creatures that have ever lived on our planet. Again, even creationists acknowledge the similarities Shubin mentions. Our common traits, including a universal DNA code, bilateral symmetry, similar genes that code for similar traits, even susceptibility to diseases, could have different explanations than Darwinian common ancestry. Creationists would say they point to a single Creator who designed all life according to a plan for living on a shared biosphere. Creationists also celebrate man’s connectedness to the world and all of life. Your Inner Fish begs the question that Darwin had the only explanation for the data. Since there are other species of fish that exhibit walking behavior, (e.g., mudskippers, walking sharks), and the previous missing link Coelacanth had bony fins but did not use them for walking, the insertion of Tiktaalik as a definitive missing link in an evolutionary timeline seems arbitrary. Shubin found an inner human in his fish. Carl Zimmer, in a book review in Nature,1 said that Shubin went so far as to propose stories about the evolution of hiccups and hangovers: The simple, passionate writing may turn more than a few high-school students into aspiring biologists. And it covers a lot of ground. Shubin inspects our eyeballs, noses and hands to demonstrate how much we have in common with other animals. He notes how networks of genes for simple traits can expand and diversify until they build new complex structures such as heads. Also, that hangovers explain how our ears evolved from sensory cells on the surface of fish. He investigates the hiccup, the result of a tortuous nervous system. 1. Carl Zimmer, “Twenty-first-century anatomy lesson,” Nature 451, 245 (17 January 2008) | doi:10.1038/451245a. Shubin’s broad-brush conclusions, extrapolated from a few bits and pieces of bone, go wildly beyond any justified scientific inference. It is one thing to examine similarities between species in a lab in the present. It is quite another to tie them together into a speculative historical sequence that is unobservable and non-repeatable. Moreover, the conclusions rest on dating methods that assume the very evolutionary story Shubin describes so passionately. In science, empiricism is king. Simple, passionate writing, while admirable in rhetoric or theater, is not a substitute for observability, testability and repeatability in scientific work. Creationists are not book banners; good grief. Does Johanson forget what the Darwin Party did to Of Pandas and People? The radical Darwiniacs didn’t even want students in Pennsylvania to even know the book existed in the library. Talk about banning books. Creationists want the public to do more reading, not less, and learn more about evolutionary theory than he, Shubin and the NAS are revealing. Go ahead; read up about your inner fishie. Munch on some goldfish crackers while you’re at it, so you can experience your inner fish as you read. Then wake up, grow up and read books with more philosophical substance. (Suggestions) A little bit of data morphed into a grand, sweeping tale – this is propaganda, not science. It would be like a Stalinist pointing to a pitchfork as evidence for the class struggle in history that requires the state to take over the property of the bourgeousie and move the peasants to the collective farms. Support the Five-Year Plan! Is that the only interpretation of the pitchfork? Send the capitalists to Siberia! Come now. Neither Shubin, the NAS nor Johanson have any justification for drawing such broad conclusions from the bits and pieces of data they exhibit, by any standard of logical inference that can withstand critical scrutiny. It was instructive that the press release said that the “public was overwhelmed with news on the discovery of Tiktaalik”. Does this sound like overwhelming evidence, or an overwhelming marketing campaign? The news media were all primed for the unveiling, and pushed out the most shameless hyperboles imaginable (review them at 04/06/2006). You can evolve the word diorama from data by mutating the t (truth) into m (misinterpretation), adding r (recklessness), and rigging the io (input-output, as in GIGO). But because the diorama is the goal, it would be a rigged form of evolution using a twisted form of intelligent design. Don’t be dazzled by the diorama in the Shubin commercial. Look at the data and ask if other dioramas fit the very same observations just as well or better. The only way Tiktaalik got such good mileage was with a lot of pedaling (and peddling) by its salespeople.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0