BEIJING, China (CMC): Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada easily advanced to the final of the Men’s 400 metres, giving himself a chance to regain the World title. James won the first semi-final in 44.16, the second-fastest time, advancing to the final, with Isaac Makwala of Botswana crossing the finish line in 44.11. Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic (44.26), South African Wayde Van Niekerk (44.31), LaShawn Merritt of the United States (44.34), Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia (44.40), Great Britain’s Rabah Yousif (44.54), and Machel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago (44.64) will join James and Makwala in tomorrow’s final. “I just tried to control the race, and congrats to Santos (Luguelin) for running a nice little record,” James said. “I am just happy to get through to the final, get some rest, make sure my body is right, and just try to make it a very competitive race.” James may have to fight a major battle with the reigning World champion, Merritt, of the United States and Van Niekerk, the only man to beat James this season. Olympic bronze medallist, Lalonde Gordon (44.70) and Renny Quow of Trinidad & Tobago (44.98); Javon Francis (44.77), Rusheen McDonald (44.86) and Peter Matthews (45.42) of Jamaica; and the Bahamas trio of Steven Gardiner (44.98), Chris Brown (45.07) and Michael Mathieu (45.43) failed to advance.
Yesterday was the celebration of Armed Forces Day. We love the men and women of the military and wish them well in their career. On Armed Forces Day, it’s fair to say that the army and police protect the politicians. Politicians have body guards, drivers and cooks. Most of the politicians in Liberia claim to be trained in the United States. However, all across the United States most public servants, including senators and representatives, do not have personal body guards. So while the Liberian National Army is protecting the politicians, who protect the citizens? Service to the country must begin with those at the top. If they cannot serve, they cannot lead. If those who cannot serve are the ones who lead, then the system in which they lead cannot benefit the people. If the system is not benefiting the people, the system must be changed.The current political system in Liberia, like those in most post-colonial African countries is lacking in its legitimacy because the government is not representative of majority of the citizens it governs. From the very inception of the republic of Liberia in 1847 the system of governance deliberately excluded a vast majority of citizens from voting and any input in decision making. Centuries later, in the just concluded ‘2014 Special Senatorial Elections’ the question of legitimacy has worsened with a whopping 74.8% of registered voters seeing no reasons for which to vote. They refused to legitimize a political ‘merry-go-round’, which, by design, can never benefit majority of the citizens. Contrary to the Constitution, it is politicians – not citizens – who have supreme powers in Liberia. Even if the current cohort of senators did win 100% of the 25.2% of registered voters who bothered to vote in the 2014 Special Elections, those in power today lack the mandate to rule because the system into which they are being baptized is intrinsically corrupt and out of touch with the majority of the electorate.In a democratic system, public servants are paid to serve. In Liberia, politicians are not servants so exactly what are they paid to do? With the 2015 annual budget of $660 million, Liberian representatives each earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. Compare the salaries in poverty stricken Liberia to Massachusetts, USA, where the 2015 annual budget is $36 billion dollars and where lawmakers earn $62,000 salary yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn a meager $200 USD per two year term. In both cases, these American lawmakers receive no cars, no drivers, no gas slips, no body guards, or other tangible benefits.The Liberian presidency now wields more power than President Barack Obama, the Pope and the Queen of England combined. Unlike Obama, the Liberian president appoints all governors of all 15 political subdivisions, all mayors of all cities across Liberia, all cabinet members, all heads of public corporations and the judges at Supreme Court. With such greater powers, things have gone from bad to worse. Thousands of students in colleges and universities will never get a job upon graduation and everyone is sending their children to school. Liberia is in trouble and the politicians are not going to talk about it because the flawed system benefits them.In order to provide civic education to Liberians and prepare citizens to lead, four Liberians have been selected to attend the Citizens’ Initiatives annual conference and training at Citizens University, Seattle, Washington will convene on March 20, 2015. Scholarships are awarded to deserving participates based on their accomplishments and organizing skills for social change.Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) is inviting 10 individuals from Africa to join me, including 4 Liberians. The goal is to give Liberians the necessary skills to peacefully change the corrupt system in Liberia by incorporating citizens Initiatives into the laws of Liberia. Citizens Initiatives gives supreme powers to citizens, not politicians, allowing citizens to propose laws and repeal laws without the permission or approval of the legislature or president. In 2014, there were over 150 ballot measures across the USA, including one in Washington State to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour and another in Arizona to limit the salaries of politicians. Liberia needs systemic change. Change, consistent with Article one of the Constitution which clearly states that the citizens, not the politicians, have supreme powers in the republic. Liberia is neither a real republic nor a true democracy because supreme power in Liberia rests in the hands of politicians, not citizens. Everyone knows this. And no one can clean up a pool of muddy water by jumping into it. Contrary to what the President says, ‘dual citizenship’ is not the answer. Election is not democracy. Liberians have been voting since 1847 but citizens will never benefit from their citizenship until the politicians become public servants and citizens become the masters of the republic. Therefore no matter who runs for office, nothing will change until the corrupt system is changed peacefully by the people, consistent with Article one of the Constitution, which says the people have a right to change the system if it ceases to serve them.Liberia works but it works only for the elites. As long as politicians have supreme powers, anyone running for office does so to enrich themselves and their families but not to serve the common good.The names of Liberians attending Citizens Initiatives training in the United States are Joe Luamba Jr. graduating senior, University of Liberia and country Director for UHRI Liberia; Kelvin Demey, Journalist; Elvina Kolleh, Nurse; and Activist, Samuel David. They will be joining thousands of people from around the world to learn new skills on how citizens can bring about systemic change to their countries. The training will be in Seattle Washington State beginning on March 20, 2015.Citizens’ Initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the legislature or the president. The purpose of such an initiative is to permit the electorate to resolve issues where their elected representatives fail to do so or refuse to proceed with a change that the public desires. Citizens’ Initiative exists in Switzerland, The European Union and United States. No country in Africa has currently has citizens initiatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
About 50 Ebola survivors from Montserrado and Margibi counties over the weekend began three days of intensive psychosocial training in Sinkor, Monrovia.The training, according to the organizers, is part of the leadership’s effort to empower survivors with knowledge and lessen the dependency syndrome.“We call you here today to impact new knowledge into you because we believe that knowledge is power. We are delighted as leaders of this group and anticipate your full participation in this training,” Korlia Bonarwolo, president of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL), told the participants.Bonarwolo said the leadership believes when all survivors are informed, they will be transformed, as well as make decisions that affect their lives positively. 20 females and 30 males from are benefiting from the training.It was gathered that the rest of the survivors from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties will show up at a later date for a similar training.According to Mr. Bonarwolo, the upcoming training will focus on proposal writing to empower the entire leadership.“Individuals and organizations have been providing these trainings for some of our survivors, but as survivors and leaders of the organization, we have decided to engage in such an initiative by bringing together people that will provide the quality of training to ensure that we contribute to society in different ways. At the end of the training, we want to see our beneficiaries playing a greater role in society,” he said.Mr. Bonarwolo said some organizations and individuals continue to get rich in the name of providing training for Ebola survivors, noting that this is due to the inability of survivors to initiate or engage in lobbying for finance to support training and other activities for themselves.Joseph W. Doe, Jr., executive member of the West African Ebola Survivors and Affected Organization (WAESAO), said the three-day training was the two organizations’ way of giving the survivors hope and ensuring that they manage their own affairs.He then hailed organizations and individuals, particularly Sheilk A. Sackor, a Liberian, and Mrs. Oretha J. B. Yates, who lost her job in the United States while supporting Ebola survivors in Liberia. The two individuals have helped them in many ways, he said, and thanked them for their tireless efforts in contributing to the Ebola survivor community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…applications from local companies vying with big namesBy Jarryl BryanWith a number of big names in the oil industry lined up to drill for oil in Guyana’s waters alongside applications from local companies, Government has announced there is a standing moratorium on new oil exploration licences.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman made this known to the Natural Resources committee of the National Assembly on Friday, when he was called upon to give a report on the sector.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman (centre) is flanked by his junior Minister Simona Broomes and a staffer of the Ministry, during the meeting with the Natural Resources CommitteeThis moratorium does not include United Kingdom-based company Tullow Oil. Tullow is the operator of the Orinduik Block, with a 60 per cent interest; while Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas is its partner with the remaining 40 per cent interest. The block is located in the shallow waters of the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin.“Tullow submitted its application before elections,” Trotman explained. “The Government considered that we should honour that because the agreement was negotiated prior to the change of Government. We gave the right to Tullow to proceed as they had agreed with the Government previously.”“Outside of that, we have enforced a solid moratorium. We want to know we have control and a sense of definition about what it is we are dealing with. 3.2 million barrels of oil is a major volume and billions of US dollars.”The Minister noted that Government has received applications from French multi-national company Total, Italian company ENI, United States Company Chevron, Spanish company Repsol and even local companies. In addition, Trotman revealed that they are in discussions with Brazilian State-owned oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).“Government recognises that the time will come when we will have to issue new licences,” he said. “But we intend to do so through the benefit and assistance of an international law firms. So we have worked up a list of law firms that do this.”Oil companiesIn a relatively short period of time, Guyana has become a hot bed of oil exploration activity. The most popular example of this is ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited which has to date, made a number of oil discoveries.This company’s domain is the Stabroek Block, which is 6.6 million acres. While Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.There is also Ratio Guyana, which is in a joint venture partnership with EEPGL in the Kaieteur Block, offshore Guyana. Ratio Guyana Limited has a 25 per cent stake in the Kaieteur Block. Ratio Energy Limited has another 25 per cent of the Kaieteur Block while EEPGL has a stake of 50 per cent.Meanwhile, the Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow since they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government in 2016.CGX Resources Incorporated, a Canadian oil company, is another major player in the local industry. CGX’s entire portfolio is focused on Guyana, in both the onshore and offshore basins.The company has stakes in blocks located offshore and onshore of Corentyne, Berbice and Demerara. The Corentyne licence applies to 1.5 million acres, while the Demerara licence one million acres. Both of these operations are fully owned by CGX.Onshore, the company holds a majority stake in the Berbice Block, through the ON Energy joint venture, owned 62.5 per cent by CGX Energy and 37.5 per cent by local investors.Following on the heels of the parliamentary Opposition urging Government to auction the remaining oil blocks, something its own Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal had recommended, Government had stated that a process of both direct engagement and select bidding would be used to allocate Guyana’s remaining oil.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Trucker Ricardo Cibrian of Los Angeles is presumed to be one of the two men killed in the crash. Trucker Hugo Rodriguez and his 6-year-old son, Isaiah, are the other two believed to have died. They reportedly were from Fresno. “This is the worst accident that I have personally seen,” said Warren Stanley, assistant chief for the California Highway Patrol’s Southern Division and a 25-year CHP veteran. One team of CHP specialists was working to identify the missing drivers as well as passengers and witnesses. Another team is working to identify the commercial vehicles – some of them burned to charred metal frames – through the trucking companies. Coroner’s investigators have been through all the vehicles and believe there are no more bodies, Stanley said. The cause of the crash has not been determined. NEWHALL – Traffic zipped easily through the normally clogged Newhall Pass on Monday after Interstate 5 lanes reopened ahead of schedule and investigators continued to search for clues to a deadly chain-reaction crash that closed the key north-south highway for days. While transit officials had braced for massive gridlock, more than a quarter-million commuters took alternate routes or mass transit and left the Golden State Freeway lanes clear. But even as traffic concerns eased, officials began stepping up their probe into what set off the fiery collision of 30 trucks and a car on a rainy Friday night, leaving three people dead and 10 injured. At least nine drivers who apparently escaped from vehicles trapped in the burning truck bypass tunnel in the Newhall Pass had not yet contacted the Highway Patrol, officials said. Fire raged in the tunnel just before midnight Friday into Saturday, compromising the structure. Passenger lanes cross over the damaged tunnel and state Transportation Department officials initially thought it could take days to ensure they were structurally sound. The freeway was shut down over the weekend and commuters were warned to find alternate routes to work Monday. But crews completed shoring up the tunnel, making it safe for repair teams to move in. Engineers determined that the freeway was safe and all lanes were opened shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. “It is, for us, a very good day here in California,” said Doug Failing, Caltrans district director for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “I got into this business because I love seeing traffic move.” Failing said he will have a better idea of when the tunnel will open at the end of the week when he gets test results back. Concrete and steel reinforcement samples are being tested at a Texas lab to determine how the tunnel materials withstood the temperatures that reached 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Caltrans’ goal, he said, is to repair the tunnel without closing the freeway again. “I-5 is open to traffic and it is our intention to keep it that way,” Failing said. During the repairs, lighting will also be enhanced in the tunnel. There is no cost estimate for the repairs, but Caltrans has an emergency authorization of $2.25 million for the initial work. For now, all lanes are open except for the southbound I-5 connector to northbound Route 14. And it could be weeks or months before the southbound truck tunnel reopens. “The southbound truck bypass is closed and will remain closed for an indefinite period of time,” Failing said. Caltrans and the city of Santa Clarita urged commuters to continue seeking alternates because the endless stream of big rigs traversing California’s main north-south freeway artery will share the road with passenger vehicles – a rough mix on the busy road to work. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph. To help reduce the impact of the freeway mess on commuters, Metrolink expanded its service between northern Los Angeles County and downtown Los Angeles. The additional service will continue today. On Monday, the I-5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway that feeds it just south of the tunnel were exceptionally clear. Expecting heavy freeway traffic, about twice the usual number of commuters crowded Santa Clarita’s three Metrolink stations before dawn hoping to avoid freeway jams that never materialized. It was standing room only on the Antelope Valley Line by the time the extended six-car train reached its final Santa Clarita stop in Newhall. Even though southbound freeway lanes were open, motorists said they opted for the train to avoid the long ride home, unaware that the northbound lanes also would reopen two days ahead of schedule. “I didn’t want to drive home,” said Michelle Debardas of Valencia, a Metrolink first-time rider who works at a Glendale title company. “Getting to work didn’t look so bad, but coming home could take hours.” Richard Freund said he, too, was climbing aboard the commuter train for the first time. “I definitely thought about taking it before but now I have a good reason,” said Freund, who works for a jeans company in downtown Los Angeles. Debbie Vickers, who works in a downtown law office, opted for Metrolink after it took two hours Sunday to get five miles down the road. She finally gave up on her trip to the San Fernando Valley. “I can’t believe this crowd,” she said, as hundreds waited for the 6:08 a.m. train in the dark and fog. Regular Metrolink riders weren’t thrilled with the onslaught of passengers. “I usually sleep on my way to work,” said Kenny Miles, a Valencia resident who works as an administrative assistant downtown. “I’m not sure I’ll get to sit this morning.” On Sunday, reporters brought up truckers’ concerns about the tunnel’s safety. “Quite frankly, I was caught by surprise at that,” Failing said. “We have had no record of complaints in my office.” His staff has looked at crash records from 2004 through 2006 at the tunnel site. “During that three-year period, we’ve only identified five accidents that happened in that stretch,” Failing said. He said the agency will be following up on the complaints. “A tunnel is not usually your first choice when you are trying to solve a transportation problem, but at some point in time a tunnel is the only choice you have available,” Failing added. State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, a former Santa Clarita mayor, said he worked with the Governor’s Office to declare a state of emergency. “What that does is free up the resources of the state to enable the construction and improvements to occur as quickly as possible to improve the commerce and improve the transportation,” said Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. The Interstate Commerce Act allows trucks to mingle with cars on traditional lanes, Smyth said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Everton striker Sandro Ramirez has joined Real Sociedad on loan for the rest of the season, Everton have confirmed.The Spanish striker has struggled to make any impact at Goodison Park following his £5.2million move from Malaga last summer. He made eight appearances in the Premier League last season, failing to find the net in any of them, and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Sevilla.Ramirez started for Everton in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup victory over Rotherham and Toffees boss Marco Silva insisted after the game he wanted to keep hold of the 23-year-old.“I would like if I would stay with him in the squad because he is a player I believe in,” said Silva.“Sometimes the players want to play more and it is not easy to keep all of them. It is not easy to play in our starting XI for all, not just Sandro.“Sandro, of course, wants to play, last season wasn’t the best for him and we will see what will happen.”But with the player keen for more action, Silva has now sanctioned a season-long switch to Sociedad. Sandro Ramirez failed to score a league goal last season 🎥 🗣️ “I join a strong and committed team”. @sandroramirez9’s first words as a txuri urdin player #OngiEtorriSandro #RealSociedad ⬇️ https://t.co/pL9Brfgss4— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) August 30, 2018
Burnley have a mountain to climb for their Europa League play-off second-leg against Olympiacos at Turf Moor.The Clarets lost 3-1 in Greece in the first-leg before suffering a heavy defeat to Fulham last weekend. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Their first European adventure in over 50 years, Burnley must score at least twice to keep the tie alive and reach the Europa League group stages.Olympiacos have won four on the bounce and began their domestic season with a 1-0 win over Levadiakos at the weekend.What time is kick-off?The second leg of this tie takes place on Thursday, August 30.Kick-off at Turf Moor is at 7.45pm.Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can catch all the action live on BT Sport 2.This season BT have the rights to the Europa League and will be showing every group game live.To stream the match, use the BT App on your mobile, tablet or laptop. smart causal gameday FOOTBALL LATEST silverware Getty Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 highlights Dyche’s side have lost three in a row, conceding 10 goals impact possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures What is the team news?Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Mee, Long, Taylor, McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick, Lennon, Barnes, VokesSubs: Hart, Lowton, Cork, Tarkowski, Wood, Ward, VydraOlympiacos: Gianniotis, Elabdellaoui, Roderick Miranda, Vukovic, Tsimikas, Bouchalakis, Camara, Christodoulopoulos, Kostas Fortounis, Guerrero, Daniel PodenceSubs: Choutesiotis, Natcho, Giannis Fetfatzidis, Ansarifard, Kouka, Torosidis, Cisse
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tuesday: Hearty beef stew, vegetables mixed five ways, chopped spinach. Wednesday: Glazed chicken, vegetable blend, Italian cauliflower. Thursday: Salisbury steak, peas and carrots, vegetables mixed five ways. Friday: Shrimp Creole, chopped spinach, Italian vegetable blend. Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with bread, dessert and fat-free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Turkey Marsala, white cauliflower, peas and carrots.
Chelsea and Manchester United are leading the race to sign Japan forward Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed the 23-year-old fancies a move to England and has been given two weeks by the German club to decide whether he wants to sign a new contract that would double his salary from £1.25m per year to £2.5m.Meanwhile, DJ Campbell says he can score the goals to keep QPR in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reports.Campbell, who impressed for Blackpool last season, is available again after a hamstring problem.His return could be a timely boost for Rangers given that Djibril Cisse is suspended.And Campbell said: “It’s not quite worked out for me this season with injuries, but I scored a lot of goals last year, so why not?“It’s what I get paid to do and that’s what I hopefully can do when I come back.“I feel I can make an impact straight away. I believe we can do it. If I can score the goals to help us do so, then my job’s done.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Researcher says, “It just goes to show that the easiest way to be wrong in paleoanthropology is to underestimate our ancestors’ abilities.”Back 300,000 years ago in the human evolution timeline, our ancestors were supposed to be too brutish to organize, plan, and hunt with sophisticated tools. That all changed in 1995 when archaeologists began excavating remains near a lignite mine east of Hanover, Germany, called the Schöningen site. “I didn’t believe it at first,” one archaeologist said, when he was told spear points dating back 400,000 years were found there. Although the dates were later revised downward to 300,000 years, that’s still too early for early humans to have exhibited the technology coming to light with ongoing research, Michael Balter reports in Science Magazine. Feel the power of falling paradigms:When [Hartmut] Thieme first reported the discoveries in Nature in 1997, along with their initial dating—400,000 years old—they electrified the archaeological community. With one swift thrust, the paper pierced the dominant paradigm of the day, which held that hominins at that early time, well before the rise of modern humans, were scavengers rather than hunters, lacking the cognitive skills to make such sophisticated weapons or mount organized hunts for large game. To top it all, Thieme found what appeared to be four hearths, which were then considered the earliest evidence for controlled use of fire. “Schöningen was one of those sites that revolutionized our views about earlier humans,” says John Shea, an archaeologist at Stony Brook University in New York. “It just goes to show that the easiest way to be wrong in paleoanthropology is to underestimate our ancestors’ abilities.”It’s not easy to make a spear. These spears “continue to astonish,” because they “were skillfully made, with planning and forethought.”In a 2009 paper titled “How to think a simple spear,” Miriam Haidle, an archaeologist at Tübingen, detailed the elongated chain of steps required to make and use them: First, recognize that the group needed food; then procure the wood to make a wooden tool; then use the wooden tool to knap a stone tool; then carve a previously procured tree branch into a spear. Finally, the group had to wield the spears skillfully to kill an animal.Subsequent excavations, especially those led by University of Tübingen archaeologists Christopher Miller and Jordi Serangeli since 2008, have tried to answer questions like who the ancestors were, how they lived, and how long they stayed there. Was this a habitation of Homo heidelbergensis, “widely believed to be the common ancestor of Neandertals and modern humans”? “A lot of people would be uncomfortable attributing these kinds of behaviors to Homo heidelbergensis,” one said, because previously paleoanthropologists assumed only “modern humans had the smarts to make them.” Thus, newer interpretations have put the emergence of cognitive ability further back in time, have downsized estimates of how many lived at Schöningen, and have stretched out the habitation to cover centuries or even millennia.Now estimated to be 300,000 years old in the evolutionary timeline, the site contains numerous horse bones that suggest this was a long-term habitation for a group: “the bones and spears are thought to represent multiple, smaller events that took place over years, decades, or even centuries, at a site that was a vibrant crossroads for wildlife and humans.” The site also shows evidence that fruits, nuts and material for bedding were abundant. “For daily life you need plants as food, bedding, and so on,” one archaeologist noted; she believes the people had to walk a long distance to get the wood and materials for the spears.Fresh Wood 300,000 Years Old?Another astonishing fact about the Schöningen site is the freshness of the wood:That’s what makes the site so valuable today: Wooden objects that ended up in the muck were preserved by low oxygen levels. Defying decay, broad chunks of oak, alder, and birch trees poke through the wet sediments, the waterlogged wood still fresh after 300,000 years. For archaeology, the harvest has been extraordinary, Conard says: “Ninety percent or more of the wooden artifacts from the Middle Pleistocene”—from about 780,000 to 125,000 years ago—“are at Schöningen.”Balter did not blink an eye at the dates. He seems to assumed that, given the 300,000 year date, it must be possible for wood to stay fresh that long. 300,000 years seems like an awful long time to keep oxygen away from fresh wood. A lot of geological change can happen at a given location in far less time than that.All the evolutionists’ puzzles would evaporate if they would jettison the long ages. Schöningen is just a post-Flood campsite used by intelligent hunter-gatherers migrating westward after Babel, that’s all. If it weren’t that evolutionists need long ages to fit their Darwin tale, the data in a young-age context would make perfect sense. Fresh wood; advanced spears; organized hunting; no problem. But they can’t consider that interpretation, and they won’t, because the word of Darwin is written on their hearts with an iron stylus. All data must be forced into their master’s tale, no matter how uncooperative, how astonishing, or how uncomfortable it makes them. The rest of us can see clearly without the Darwin glasses on. We are not wrong a priori, therefore, because we do not underestimate our ancestors’ abilities.