A Critical Look At Lollywood’s Growth

first_imgThough the Ebola crisis had a devastating effect on the Liberian society, it nevertheless gave the rag-tag movies industry a major boost, with the result that the Lollywood has flourished in recent times. The first comic film in the midst of Ebola, “Samguan in Love”, was well received because it reflected themes to which most Liberians could easily relate, especially the use of the Liberian colloqua.Beyond the limited perception of Western movies, which presents Liberia as a country without a developed culture or a country in total misery, Lollywood films has been able to give a full insight into the diversity of the nation’s culture, as well as its current social and political disagreements.The recent growth that the industry enjoys has made it a hot spot for investment, in spite of low budgets and twister production schedules.Since its founding in early 2004, the industry has made strides after strides, from a relatively bereft ecosystem to one that now can benefit professionals, promotional deals worth thousands of dollars.Quite recently, comedian Karie Walker and Isaac Sunday Sieh signed a mouth-watering deal, worth more than US$10, 000, with one of Liberia’s telecommunication giants, Cellcom.But as the industry grows, we must take a look at its obstacles and possible future.Poor film production and fundingOnly a few of Lollywood’s movies makers have the acting experience and the training it takes to promote their burgeoning industry, though most lack the knowledge needed in filmmaking. They use their own creativity to make these films, and with just little academic knowledge about the art and business of moviemaking. Hence the industry has not seen a blockbuster film for more than a year now.As Lollywood develops, it is crucial that movie practitioners move away from shallow content and poor scripting to suitable stories that may catch the public eye. It may come from a book, play or real life event.But due to the often-poor quality of movies, entrepreneurs find it difficult to sell more copies beyond the first few weeks after the product is released. Most of Lollywood’s films are shot on inexpensive digital equipment, and are then turned into short films that are made in huge quantities. Low funding and poor investment have also plagued the industry for moviemakers to standardize their work. As a result, some production houses have to collect money from their cast in order to end a project, thus most productions are done on low budgets and the films themselves are lacking in enhancement.Regardless of the best efforts made by filmmakers to improve the art, Lollywood, however, also suffers from the same woes as the rest of Liberia, which is the high cost of electricity. Thus filmmakers complain that it give then tough time to make their movies. Most Liberian movies are shot in a few days or a week for just less than US$3,000. “We don’t have the money to extend shooting for more than a week or so, otherwise the production house runs out of money,” says Paul Brown, a film director. Currently, the industry is receiving more and more criticisms from the public due to the proliferation of comic movies and saturated low-quality films. For this reason, many have now started purchasing pirated foreign movies because of the quality in production. But there have been a whole lot of changes in the industry. Low quality movies are given less attention by the public. And so if the work is lacking in at least a small level of quality, it evaporates quickly because now the public seems to appreciate a good job.Poor or no distribution Network at allThe main barrier to future growth seems to be an informal distribution network that could generate more revenues for moviemakers. But the little profile they manage to get is through DVD sales, which is vulnerable to widespread piracy. The absence of a market that invests in film production to local theaters and online platforms like YouTube has become a major problem to explore the industry’s potential to outside investors and audiences.Creating its own platforms will improve the industry’s audience, especially since Internet penetration deepens and as becomes less expensive across Liberia.With the rising profit on Internet distributions, if this online platform is developed undoubtedly the future holds a lot of promise for filmmakers. Such a platform allows relatively inexpensive distribution of films and has the ability to reach a global audience.More cinemas neededAnother interesting prospect in the distribution phase is the need for cinemas. Researchers have shown that more global movie incomes are realized through cinemas and theatres. Cinemas, which remain the favorite method of high profit returns for movies, are grossly inadequate in Liberia.To develop the market growth, Liberia will need to build roughly 5 cinemas everywhere.PiracyPiracy presents a considerable risk in the distribution stage and threatens the entrepreneur’s vision of making a huge profit, especially for huge investment films. There is also a lack of regulation in the local markets that have not been put in place by the Liberia Movie Union (LiMU) primarily because enforcement of anti-piracy laws has been a huge challenge.One of these reasons for increase in piracy of local content is that government has not made available the hologram stamp to differentiate pirated work from legally copyrighted films. The officer in charge of Liberian Copyright office, Clifford Robertson admitted in a recent interview that the copyright office has not done enough to protect Liberian artists.Filmmakers hope that with government’s full support in tackling copyright infringement and their work in the future, films will develop in great quality just as they are in quantity.Plan, regulate, implementA small in quantity but standardized and affordable filming and editing technologies are making filmmakers realize an increase in global recognition of the industry and towards higher quality films.The industry is made up of small-scale films that go straight to DVD for sale and are then turned into homemade movies.But if an open and good film distribution system is put in to place, much profile will be realized and the industry will develop into a class of its own, garnering more global recognition. It will become an industry that could employ thousands of people directly or indirectly, thus increasing middle class status among Liberian artists. Demand for movies in the near future will also increase both domestically and internationally. Although no value is attached, the vast availability of movie talents makes the industry a place for investors. Lollywood’s robust growth will offer many opportunities for investors, especially the promising sub-sectors in the industry, as well as scores of entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and actors eager to advance Liberian films.Nevertheless the demand for Liberian movies is increasing, in spite of low quality production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Friends’ of Sam Brown Network Gains Momentum

first_imgA group of Ganta residents under the banner “Friends of Sam Brown Network” is gaining momentum in the commercial hub of Nimba County.On Sunday, October 23, groups of girls commended the movement by presenting it an award for supporting youth activities across Ganta.Spokespersons for the groups said the “Friends of Sam Brown Network” repeatedly supported them with sporting materials and basic foodstuff when the district participated in the just-ended district league.“We are very happy for your tireless efforts to help the young people to become united,” said Serena Daniel.The “Friends of Sam Brown Network” is involved in advocacy, youth empowerment and also empowers Ganta communities to keep their respective surroundings clean.In the recent district tournament, some of the teams praised the “Friends of Sam Brown Network” for the help it afforded them to participate in the tournament.The head of the Network, Adada Smith, said their advocacy is to help young people to remain in the classroom and to realize their full academic potential. Meanwhile, Mr. Smith said the Network is undertaking a massive clean-up campaign across Ganta ahead of this year’s Christmas celebration.Mr. Brown, in whose honor the Network is named, is a Nimbaian who owns a chain of businesses across the county. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoT Honors Employee for ‘Hard Work’

first_imgMinister Wlue presents gown to Mr. Zubah.The adage, “give a man his flowers while he is alive, was manifested in the life of John Zubah when authorities of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) assembled on Friday, November 9, and honored him for his dedication to duty, commitment and outstanding service to the ministry and his colleagues.“Pa Zubah,” as he fondly called by other employees, joined the ministry’s family in 2009 as a driver, serving three Assistant Ministers for Administration and Insurance, until March this year.At the occasion, the grounds of the ministry turned into jubilation as excited employees presented gifts, including cash, to “Pa Zubah.”“Pa Zubah is always happy and ready to serve his bosses and fellow employees in carrying out their personal errands. This decision by the administration to honor him is highly welcomed by everyone working in the ministry,” Samuel G. Barjibo, head of communication, said.Samuel A. Wlue, Minister of Transport, said one does not have to be minister before serving others, “but once you are charged with the responsibility to serve, then do your best ever so that one day, when you leave, those leaving behind can speak good about your deeds.”According to Mr. Wlue, the commitment and dedication of Mr. Zubah will enable history and prosperity to recognize him and other individuals.Mr. Wlue named the Transport Ministry banking hall in honor of John Zubah for his dedication and commitment to duty over the years.“Thanks you, Mr. Zubah, for teaching us dedication and commitment in a working environment. We also want to thank your family for ensuring that you come and care for us,” Mr. Wlue said.Meanwhile, Mr. Wlue also named the banking hall in honor of John Zubah for his dedication and commitment to duty over the years.“I am grateful to cross Pa Zubah’s path. When the history is written of this ministry, Mr. Zubah hands and footprint will be highlighted, because my plan here is to impact at least one person’s life every day,” Mr. Wlue said.In March 2018, “Pa Zubah” was transferred to the security division as security officer due to the current lack of assigned vehicle to the Assistant Minister for Administration and Insurance. According to management, the decision to transfer Mr. Zubah was to keep him active on duty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Malachi York Foundation to Donate Christmas White Canes, Cash, Others to Disabled Community

first_imgDr. Malachi Z. YorkThe disabled community will this Christmas season have a reason to smile as Dr. Malachi Z. York Foundation in collaboration with LIFESPAN-Liberia has announced a package of white canes, cash and food items.Representatives from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Information are expected to attend the donation ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, December 19 at the campus of the School of the Blind and the Deaf in Virginia, Lower Montserrado County.According to a press release from the Foundation, the amount of US$1000 and 80 canes will be presented to provide fuel, upkeep of the international sign language education and the easy movements of the visually impaired persons.It can be recalled that on July 2 of this year, the Foundation partnered with the Liberia School of the Deaf and implemented the International Standard Language Education (ISLE) Program.The York Foundation partnership with LIFESPAN-Liberia was launched to have American Sign Language (ASL) educators throughout the world teach the students at the Liberia School of the Deaf via a live online platform accessed through the portable Wi-Fi laptop.Dr. Malachi Z. York FoundationA monitor and generator donated by the Foundation for the implementation of the pilot program are used for the educational process in Liberia.  This program is realized by a partnership with Dr. Ashia James of Educational Hands, LLC. Dr. James is a Certified ASL Interpreter in the United States and professor at the University of Georgia at Athens.  On every Friday, Educational Hands holds an instructional class for the students at the Liberia School of the Deaf, which assists them in standardized communication.“Our ongoing partnership with the Liberia School of the Deaf includes an agenda that will generate and pull donors and sponsors to the school as outlined in our memorandum of understanding, and to actively take part in a concentrated effort to assist in the education of students and the maintenance of the school, food expenses, staff salary, and stationery costs at its location in Virginia in Montserrado County, or any other location(s) where the School of the Deaf may be interested in opening its annex,” the release said.The release further said that the Foundation’s new partnership with the Liberia School of the Blind will implement a community agricultural program in partnership with Habesha, Inc., a non-profit organization located in the United States and Ghana. Habesha aims to create sustainable income as well as value and skills addition to the students that will assist them in gaining income after graduation.These programs are to be specifically aligned with the national agricultural plan of President George Weah’s Pro-poor agenda to allow people with disabilities to actively participate and assist in Liberia’s national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

`We want to recreate the … system’

first_imgRichard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform in Alexandria, Va., said the waiver “takes away the cruel incentive to needlessly throw children in foster care” to obtain federal reimbursements. “Now, potentially, the money can be shifted to safe, proven programs to keep children out of foster care,” Wexler said. “Not only will that help these children, it will also free up social workers’ time to find the children in real danger so fewer of these cases are likely to be missed.” As negotiations between the state and federal government wore on for nearly two years, Sanders and other child welfare experts worried that recent improvements made in the system were in jeopardy. Since Sanders took over the department in March 2003, the number of children in foster homes has dropped from 30,000 to 22,300 now, the percentage of children abused in foster and relative caregiver homes has dropped 30 percent and the average length of time children spend in foster care has dropped from 1,100 days to 636. At the same time, the percentage of children abused in the community dropped 6 percent. Janis Spire, executive director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, said the waiver approval is a “great vote of confidence” in the reforms made under Sanders. “While there is no sure fix for child welfare to create flexibility in funding is the most optimistic approach we have to attend to the needs of the children and families most at risk,” Spire said. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who called Reps. David Dreier and Howard Buck McKeon on Thursday to urge Horn to sign the waiver, said the reforms were made under “rigid federal fiscal constraints.” “This is going to support those abused and neglected children in finding stable homes, which they need to grow up in a healthy environment,” Antonovich said. “Children are a gift from God, but assembly is required. It means having healthy families and good community and spiritual support.” The waiver California submitted was based on a proposal made by President Bush that allowed states to receive capped child welfare funding in return for flexibility on how a large portion of those funds are spent. The negotiations bogged down after the state asked to exclude some costs from the capped funding. Horn said there were a number of very complicated issues that had to be resolved, including ensuring that it didn’t end up costing taxpayers more money. In the last decade, 18 states have implemented 26 child welfare waivers to test innovative programs and services, including subsidized guardianship, flexible funding, substance abuse services and intensive preventive services But Sanders said the county’s waiver is the largest and broadest. “We are essentially saying we want to recreate the entire system.” If the waiver is successful in California, Horn said officials hope to expand it nationwide. “The waiver is an interim Band-Aid of the broader problem of how we fund foster care to begin with,” said Miriam Krinsky, executive director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. “There has been ongoing efforts in Congress and the critical work by the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care to encourage those reform efforts. There is a growing recognition in Congress that the time is upon us to embrace these new approaches and recommendations.” troy.anderson@langnews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe waiver, for which up to 20 counties in the state can opt to participate, will allow DCFS to use $360 million to $400 million of its $1.4 billion budget on services to prevent the placement of children in foster care. Currently, nearly the entire DCFS budget must be spent on administrative expenses and the costs of maintaining children in foster and group homes. Many child welfare experts argue this inflexibility is one of the major flaws in the existing funding system. Under the waiver, the department will have a large pool of money that can be spent to help families improve parenting skills, control their anger, obtain mental health services and overcome addictions and homelessness. “The idea is to allow California to use those federal foster care funds in a variety of new ways with the hope that this will result in fewer kids being abused and neglected, less children needing foster care and for those that do go into foster care, speedier reunification or speedier adoptions,” said Wade F. Horn, U.S. Health and Human Services assistant secretary for children and families. With only nine hours to spare before the deadline, the federal government Friday approved a long-awaited funding waiver that will allow Los Angeles County’s child protective system to use a large chunk of its budget on innovative services to keep families together.“This is revolutionary,” county Department of Children and Family Services Director David Sanders said. “This is the first \ in the country. It’s absolutely huge. It completely changes the financial incentives within the child welfare system for the state and county.” The state of California, at the request of DCFS, first sought the flexible funding waiver in mid-2004 following media reports that revealed that government and their private contractors profit from foster children. DCFS officials admitted that up to half the children in foster and adoptive homes were needlessly placed in a system often more dangerous than their homes. Officials said state and federal laws had created incentives for placing children in foster care since the county and its contractors receive $30,000 to $150,000 annually for each child. last_img read more

LYIT SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 19 STUDENTS

first_imgA group of Sports Scholarship winners pictured at the presentation of awards with Paul Hannigan, President, Billy Bennett, Registrar and Paddy Gallagher, Student Officer LyIT. Included are (back) Jack Quinn, William Gillespie, Liam Dorrian, Shaun McGlynn, Simon Archer, Anthony Appiah, Paul McVeigh, (Middle) Sean McVeigh, John Kelly, Patrick McGrenaghan, Colin Clerkin, Daire McDaid, Caolan McDaid, Fearghal Harkin, Mark Quigley, Gearoid O Connor, (front) Conal Johnstone, Sarah Jane McDonald, Paul Hannigan, Paddy Gallagher, Shannon McDonald and Billy Bennett.The President of LYIT Paul Hannigan presented 19 Scholarships to full time students of the institute at this year’s Sports Scholarship Awards event yesterday.In his address to the well attended lunch time audience, the President of LYIT urged the winners to share in the moment of their award and also to further validate the award by remaining true to their exemplary standards.He also remarked on the progress of the teams , both in Soccer and GAA, who both narrowly missed out on success last week, in the case of the Soccer team , it was defeat at the hand of Dundalk IT in the League 1 Final, In GAA, the LYIT team bowed out at semi -final stage, in GAA Trench Cup. The parents of the winners, many of whom travelled long distances to be in attendance, were thanked by the President for having set aside time to be part of the achievement for the 19 winning recipients. He concluded on a cautionary note to all the sports scholars referring to the need to maintain the balance between sport and academic requirements, which has become a part of the LYIT Sports Scholarship standard.The Sports Scholarships went to:Simon Archer, (Athletics), Gorey, Co. Wexford, John Kelly, (Athletics), St Johnstone, Co. Donegal, Daire McDaid, (Soccer), Termon, Paul McVeigh (Soccer), Portsalon, Co Donegal, Fearghal Harkin, (Soccer), Clonmany, Anthony Appiah, (Soccer), Letterkenny, Jack Quinn, (GAA) Lifford, William Gillespie, (GAA), Newtowncunningham, Caolan McDaid, (GAA), Termon, Shaun McGlynn, (Soccer Coach) Ballybofey, Patrick McGrenaghan, (Soccer Coach) Culdaff, Conal Johnston, ( GAA Coach) , Colin Clerkin, (GAA Coach) Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, Shannon McDonald, (Ladies GAA) Greencastle, Sarah Jane McDonald (Ladies GAA), Greencastle, Liam Dorrian, (Basketball, Letterkenny, Mark Quigley, (Rugby), Monaghan, Sean McVeigh (Hurling), Letterkenny and Gearoid O’Connor, (Hurling), Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford.LYIT SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 19 STUDENTS was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 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:donegalLYITsports scholarshipslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Defeats SIU, 94-66

first_imgSara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes for her ninth double-double of the season. Her total of 20 career double-doubles is the most among active MVC players. 15 of Rhine’s 25 points came from the charity stripe, which is the most by a Bulldog since the 2007-08 season. The Bulldogs finished with 27 free throws, a season-best. Their 61.2 percent shooting percentage is the second highest this season. HTML Box Score Story Links at Valparaiso 2/8/2019 – 5 p.m. The Salukis went on an 8-1 run to cut the Drake lead to 11 before the Bulldogs were forced to call a timeout and regroup. The Bulldogs went into the halftime break with a nine-point lead. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team bounced back with a 94-66 win over Southern Illinois Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center in front of 3,683 fans. The 94 points are the second-highest total for the Bulldogs this season. The Bulldogs got off to a quick start in the third quarter but cooled down, keeping SIU within striking distance. At the media timeout, Drake led 56-44 as both teams got into the bonus for much of the quarter. Drake was able to stretch its lead by making 13-of-14 from the free throw line, compared to the Salukis’ who made 1-of-8. The Bulldogs held the Salukis to nine points in the third. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN+ Joining Hittner and Rhine in double-figures was Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) with 16 points and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) with 11 points. Hittner, who made 10-of-15 shots and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, pulled down seven rebounds while Bachrodt filled the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Dean added three rebounds, three assists and one steal. All 12 Bulldogs played in the game and no one played more than 29 minutes (Maddie Monahan, (Silver Lake, Minn.)) Next Game:center_img Hittner led all scorers at the half with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including seven of her last eight attempts of the period. At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 22-16 with nine points from Hittner. Hittner continued her impressive scoring run, totaling 22 points between that and the fourth quarter of Friday’s game versus Missouri State when she scored a career-high 37 points. Payton McCallister was SIU’s (10-10, 3-6 MVC) lone double-digit scorer with 12 points, but scored just three after halftime. Abby Brockmeyer and Nicole Martin each finished with nine points before they each fouled out late in the contest. Preview Watch Live Drake started the second quarter on a 9-0 run to stretch its lead to as much as 15 before an SIU three-pointer stopped the run. Hittner continued to take over the game, reaching 20 points with just under five minutes remaining before halftime. The Bulldogs added to their lead in the fourth quarter, hitting 10-of-12 from the floor, and both three-point attempts as they led by as many as 31 points. PDF Box Score Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) led all scorers with 30 points in just 26 minutes, her second straight 30-plus points performance. Hittner’s three 30-plus games this season are the most for a Drake (16-5, 8-1 MVC) player since Lizzy Wendell recorded four in the 2016-17 season. The Bulldogs hit the road Friday, Feb. 8 when they head to Indiana to take on the Valparaiso Crusaders at 5 p.m. The start time was originally 7 p.m. before it was moved up two hours. The game will be on ESPN+. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Excitement builds for the amazing Santa Express at Oakfield Park

first_imgThere will be lots of Christmas cheer in Oakfield Park this year as The Santa Express returns by popular demand!The much-anticipated festive family experience promises to be even bigger and better for 2017.From December 1st to the 23rd, boys and girls will be boarding the Santa Express and enjoying an enchanting train ride through Oakfield Park in Raphoe to meet Mr Claus and his special helpers. This truly unique event books out very quickly, so families are warned to avoid disappointment and secure their places now.Bookings are now open, and can be made by choosing your date online and securing your family’s place at this extraordinary Christmas experience. Click here to book http://www.oakfieldpark.com/events/The Santa Express Experience follows a fantastic itinerary that will bring delight to children of all ages:There will be lots of festive activities, entertainments and seasonal refreshments will be available in Buffers Bistro, making it an event not to be missed. This year the event includes a Christmas Market, a Craft Marquee for children, an Elf Workshop, story-telling and games.Board the Santa Express at the station and enjoy an enchanting train ride through Oakfield’s magnificent woodlands to meet Santa and his special helpers.The Santa Express at Oakfield ParkOakfield ParkA professional photographer will be on hand to capture this precious family moment and prints will be available to purchase.All the boys and girls who have been good this year will receive special gifts from Santa.After the special Santa visit, families hop back on the train to Buffers, Oakfield’s beautiful bistro, for a free glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate, making sure to post your Christmas letter to Santa in the Post Box. Christmas at Buffers Bistro, Oakfield ParkIt is essential, when traveling on the Santa Express, that all passengers remain seated at all times. All children must be well supervised by a parent or guardian, whom throughout the experience, have full responsibility for that child.A trip on The Santa Express will be at the top of many wish lists after seeing this merry video!Ticket InformationChild Admission – includes a gift from Santa.Adult admission – includes free hot chocolate or glass of mulled wine.What to bring and wear• This is an outdoor event.• Please ensure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing, especially for the children.• There may be some queuing outside whilst waiting to see Santa.• Children’s prams and buggies will not be allowed on the train due to lack of space but can be left securely with an Elf at the Station.• Toilet and baby changing facilities are available at the Piazza.Click here now to secure your booking http://www.oakfieldpark.com/events/If you require wheelchair access, please book your tickets for an accessible carriage by calling our Reservations Hotlines on 00353 (0) 74 9173068 or 00353 (0) 74 9173922. These booking lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 3pm only. Any other special information can be included on the online booking system under ‘Special Requirements’. Excitement builds for the amazing Santa Express at Oakfield Park was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmaseventsOakfield Parksanta expresslast_img read more

Photos: Former A’s star Coco Crisp buys Los Angeles mansion

first_imgCrisp, a Los Angeles native, played with the A’s … Former Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has purchased a mansion in Calabasas, Calif. for $2.7 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 6,252-square-foot home in the Mountain View Estates gated community features six en suite bedrooms. There is also enjoy a full gym, saltwater pool and outdoor loggia, among many other amenities. Justin Friedlander with Rodeo Realty was the listing agent.last_img

Out-of-Order Fossils Make Darwinists Wave Hands

first_imgWhen a fossil violates Darwinist expectations, it never falsifies the theory.  It just creates a new round of imaginative gesticulations.Bad, monster, bad:  National Geographic wrote a headline, “New Sea Monster Found, Rewrites Evolution?”  The question mark implies, “Of course not,” even though the partial ichthyosaur fossil found in Kurdistan is “Out of time,” according to Live Science.  Actually, it wasn’t lacking time.  It had plenty of time to create problems for Darwinists:Researchers had previously believed that ichthyosaurs declined throughout the Jurassic Period, which lasted from 199 million to 145 million years ago, with the only survivors rapidly evolving to keep ahead of repeated extinction events. The new fossil, however, dates from the Cretaceous Period, which lasted from 145 million to 66 million years ago. It looks remarkably like its Jurassic brethren, revealing a surprising evolutionary statis [sic, stasis].The fossil “represents an animal that seems ‘out of time’ for its age,” study researcher Valentin Fischer of the University of Liège in Belgium said in a statement.Now, the gesticulation: one evolutionist called it a “ghost lineage” (i.e., “changing very little over millions of years”).  Another called it a “living fossil of its time.” One “never even imagined” it could survive so long.  One said “it shouldn’t be there, but it is.”  The new story will apparently read: “The resulting ichthyosaur family tree suggests these marine reptiles stayed diverse into the Cretaceous, only to go mysteriously extinct 95 million years ago.”  National Geographic is holding out hope that a single specimen won’t “rewrite evolution”.Go, ginkgo:  Speaking of stasis, the unusual tree Ginkgo biloba is a classic “living fossil.”  Because it is the now the “most abundant cityscape tree in the world,” one might be growing in a park near you.  Evolutionists, though, consider it an exception to their rule, “evolve or perish.”  J. C. McElwain wrote in Science Magazine about a new book about the ginkgo tree by Peter Crane:Ginkgo is among Earth’s oldest-living organisms, reaching ages of around 1500 years. It is a “living fossil,” belonging to a family line extending back over 200 million years. It is a symbol of morphological stasis yet incredible persistence, having survived two of the five great mass extinction events in Earth history.Now, the gesticulation: maybe it’s because it invented lignotubers, “among ginkgo’s adaptations that have ensured its persistence and resilience through hundreds of millions of years of global change.”  Funny no other plant borrowed that idea.  McElwain relishes in some tidbits of “subtle” evolutionary change, even though the tree is a “poster child for morphological stasis“.  He puts a positive spin on how ginkgo fossils can “inform us about the tempo and nature of plant macroevolution.”  Then he relishes how Crane makes the most of reverse evolution:He holds that Darwinian microevolutionary processes and contingency can account for most of the patterns observed in the plant fossil record, and he downplays (but does not entirely discount) the roles of evolutionary innovations and environmentally driven macroevolutionary processes. Crane also draws a nice parallel between the trajectories of horse and ginkgo evolution—both belonged to once highly diverse families and both were “winnowed” to a single extant species.The human network:  Categories of early humans are falling like dominoes, now that Svante Pääbo’s team has found more evidence of interbreeding between Denisovans, Neanderthals and modern humans (see 9/01/12).  Elizabeth Pennisi’s report in Science Magazine about a well-attended talk he gave in Germany last week seems devastating to evolutionary attempts to parse out human ancestors to various species and make a tree out of them:With all the interbreeding, “it’s more a network than a tree,” points out Carles Lalueza-Fox, a paleogeneticist from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain. Pääbo hesitates to call Denisovans a distinct species, and the picture is getting more complicated with each new genome.Pääbo’s team also deciphered additional Denisovan DNA, both nuclear and mitochondrial, from two teeth found in different layers in Denisova Cave. The nuclear DNA confirmed that both teeth are Denisovan. But, surprisingly, one tooth showed more than 80 mitochondrial DNA differences from both the other tooth and the pinkie bone. These Denisovans, who lived in the same cave at different times, were as genetically diverse as two living humans from different continents and more diverse than Neandertals from throughout their range, says Susanna Sawyer from Pääbo’s lab. Such diversity implies that the Denisovans were a relatively large population “that at some point may have outnumbered Neandertals,” Pääbo said.Now, the gesticulating: Pennisi reported that the evolutionists feel the new data will help clarify “genetic changes that underlie our own evolution.”  They might be able to line up genes from these “archaic people” and find out which are unique to our species, compared to genes of apes and monkeys.  See also the 9/05/11 and 8/12/11 entries.The observations show solid horizontal lines between interbreeding kinds, but dashed vertical lines where the evolution is supposed to have happened.  Where is the tree?  It’s all a tangled bramble bush.  When the fossils don’t tell the Darwin tale, they have to invent terms like “morphological stasis” and wave their hands to keep you from seeing what the evidence implies.  Ignore the waving hands.  If they can’t get the tree right, what makes you think they got the dates right?Pääbo has basically undermined the Neanderthal myth.  Evolutionists give arbitrary names to populations of Homo sapiens, giving them new species designations like Homo neanderthalensis.  Since it fits Darwin’s expectations, it quickly becomes textbook orthodoxy.  Artists go to work to make the new species look as different as possible from us.  But what have we just heard?  “These Denisovans, who lived in the same cave at different times, were as genetically diverse as two living humans from different continents and more diverse than Neandertals from throughout their range.”  It’s all phony baloney categorizing among true humans, whose ability to interbreed proves they are one species.At first, Pääbo and other evolutionists tried that with the bones from Denisova cave, but now is reluctant to call those cave dwellers a distinct species.  How could he?  The DNA is all scrambled, showing they were all members of a single species: human beings.  The people in that cave were smart.  They were networking way back when they lived, just like we do today.  None of them were stupid enough to try mating with apes, or to think that’s where they came from.  If you respect evidence, help toss the Darwin Party out of power.(Visited 92 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more