NBA G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects

first_imgMIAMI — The G League will begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.There is no determination yet on how players will be identified as potential targets for such a contract. The G League said Thursday that it is establishing a working group to develop that process and other criteria, and that there will be no cap on how many players could be signed to a select deal.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “We’ve tried to answer the basketball community’s call for an alternative in a timely and thoughtful way,” Turner said.Players who receive the select contracts all will become eligible for the NBA draft the following year. Their rights would not be retained by an NBA club beforehand, no matter which G League affiliate they wind up with.Under current rules, players are not eligible to enter the NBA draft until they are a year removed from high school — though that is expected to change through an amendment to the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players in time for the 2022 draft.The G League has allowed 18-year-old players in the past, but never before under any elite designation.While it is apparent there are still details to be ironed out — such as how these select players will be allocated to G League teams — NCAA President Mark Emmert said he appreciates the G League’s plan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We recognize that talent assessment is inherently subjective,” G League President Malcolm Turner said. “But as the name would suggest, this working group will be charged with identifying the relevant pool of players who may be offered a select contract. It’s not as if any player can unilaterally raise their hand and dictate that they will join the league playing under a select contract.”Players will be eligible to sign the select deal if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season that they would spend in the G League. The move follows recommendations released earlier this year by the Commission on College Basketball, a group that was chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was tasked with reforming the college game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe commission report said “elite high school players with NBA prospects … should not be ‘forced’ to attend college.”Turner said the move addresses that concern. 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MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Obtaining a college education continues to provide unmatched preparation for success in life for the majority of student-athletes and remains an excellent path to professional sports for many,” Emmert said. “However, this change provides another option for those who would prefer not to attend college but want to directly pursue professional basketball.”And this could put the G League and some big-name NCAA programs on a collision course.Players can sign letters of intent to play for a Division I school in the 2019-20 season starting next month, and there’s nothing to suggest that some of the top recruits — whether they’ve signed or not — won’t consider going to the G League for $125,000 instead of college next season. That means the potential is there for some awkward situations if a player signs with a school, and later backs out of that commitment to turn pro.The G League’s working group is expected to be formed and functioning within the next couple of weeks, but it’s unclear when the process of players contacting the league and vice versa will begin. It is expected that there will be an advisory council to tell athletes who contact the G League about their potential eligibility for a select deal, much like how college football players can ask about their potential NFL draft status.“There might be some collision points, but our role and what we intend to do is educate and inform the marketplace,” Turner said. “We’re also not going to be targeting those who have already made their decisions.”Earlier this year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called the NCAA model “corrupt” and said he would suggest to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver a plan to expand the G League and turn it into more of a farm system with an eye on truly preparing young talent for the NBA.“As the NBA, we have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league,” James said in February, when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “And if kids feel like they don’t want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas all the time.”Through the first two nights of this NBA season, 35 rookies — most of them having left college early — made their debuts. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game. Cristiano Ronaldo expected to play for Juventus on Saturday Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Mandela’s Funeral Arrangements Announced

first_imgFuneral arrangements for the late South African President Nelson Mandela have been announced as follows:Sunday, Dec 8: Nat’l Day of Prayer and ReflectionTuesday, Dec 10: Memorial service in Soccer City, Soweto, where Mandela made his last public appearance                                Memorial service at Centennial Pavilion in MonroviaDec 11 – Dec14: Mandela’s body will lie in State at the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of governmentSunday, Dec 15 (6 a.m. GMT / 1 a.m. EST) : State burial in Qunu, Eastern Cape, where Mandela grew up. The funeral is expected to blend Christian, tradition Xhosa and State burial rites.(Courtesy of Euronews.com)The anti-apartheid icon passed away at 95.President Jacob Zuma annouonced Mandela’s passing on national television in South Africa. Mr. Mandela died peacefully at his home in Johannesburg, Zuma said. Cable News Network (CNN) aired live coverage of South Africans celebrating Mandela’s life in songs reminiscent of the anti-apartheid struggle he led. CNN also aired a photo of Mandela with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.World leaders such as US President BArack Obama as well as Britain’s Tony Blair and David Cameron made internationally televised statements mourning the tragic loss of an icon. It is expected that scores of heads of state will be in attendance at Mandela’s funeral.More to follow as it unfolds….Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden woman slapped with murder charge

first_img“Hot water” killing Frances Harlequin, also called ‘Blacky’, of Lot 38 Half Mile Wismar, Linden, was arraigned before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse on Thursday for the murder of her 56-year-old uncle, Hilbert Scott, upon whom she allegedly threw hot water during an argument at their home.Facing a charge of murder, the 42-year-old unemployed Harlequin was remanded to prison on Thursday. The woman is suspected to be mentally ill.According to information received from the Police, Harlequin was initially charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, then attempted murder. She was charged with murder after Scott, a security guard succumbed to his injuries.The incident occurred at about 09:30hrs on June 16. Information from Police revealed that the two lived together but in different apartments in a flat, wooden and concrete structure. On June 16, the suspect reportedly lit a coal pot in her apartment, and the smoke started to affect Scott. While still alive in his hospital bed, Scott told investigators that he had gone over to his niece’s apartment to speak to her about the nuisance.Harlequin reportedly became annoyed and threw a pot of hot water from off the stove on her uncle, resulting in him contracting like injuries. Scott reportedly went to the Wismar Police Station immediately after, and reported the matter, and was later escorted for medical attention.Scot was seen and examined by a doctor at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), where he was treated and sent away. Shortly after Scott had made the report, the suspect reportedly also went to the said Police Station and reported that Scott had dealt her a cuff to her mouth during the incident, and she threw the water on him.She also was sent for medical attention, but reportedly never returned to the Police Station. Harlequin was arrested by Police on June 17 and placed into custody. On June 19, she was placed on self-bail, to appear in court on June 25.Scott was additionally charged for assault. It was reported that, on June 21, the victim started to feel unwell and was taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was admitted with an infection reportedly caused by the burn injuries.On June 25, the suspect was charged with the offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to commit murder. The matter was called before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse, but Harlequin did not appear.The magistrate ordered that she be summoned for court on July 9. Information from Police also revealed that while Scott was in the hospital, his condition worsened and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He died at about 08:15h on July 2.A file was later completed and sent for legal advice, and a post-mortem was (PME) performed on the body of Scott by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh. According to the results of that PME, conducted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on July 4, the cause of Scott’s death had been Generalised Sepsis or ‘Septic’. It was also revealed that the deceased was HIV positive, and the hot water which was thrown on him caused his body organs to become infected. The body was later handed over to relatives for burial.last_img read more

Little Diamond residents blast BK for destroying main access bridge/road

first_imgThe Little Diamond roadway which was damaged by BK contracting firmResidents of Little Diamond East Bank Demerara have accused BK International of damaging the only access to their community; a bridge and the main roadway.BK International is presently constructing a sluice behind the community and as such, this has caused major destruction to the bridge and road as a result of workers transporting heavy-duty equipment.Works Chairman of the Little Diamond/Herstelling Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Wilfred Bassant in an interview with Guyana Times on Sunday said that the bridge to the new developing community was built some five years ago and was in perfect condition up until two months ago when BK began works in the area.“The destruction of this bridge and the road started two months ago. They brought in piles on a hauler truck and a few of the boards broke which they replaced with some old pieces of timber and continued fetching their equipment and materials via these heavy-duty trucks. And more and more the boards keep breaking,” he explained.Bassant said that over the last few weeks, the bridge continued to sink deeper and is in a deteriorating state. The NDC has written to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the regional authorities and the Communities Minister and to date they are still to receive a response.He said the condition of the road “is like a mud dam” and residents are suffering greatly while noting that the contractor is unconscionable.“I was at home when I heard a cracking sound and when I came out, I noticed three more boards were broken as the workers were transporting sand across the bridge in one of those big sand trucks,” the NDC Chairman added.Residents are now fearful of using this bridge due to its condition and it is the only entrance and exit to the community.Residents are also fearful that in the case of an emergency, they will be left to suffer the consequences since a fire truck or ambulance cannot traverse that bridge in a hurry.“Nothing can come in here. We even afraid to walk over that bridge. We have children going to school and that bridge is in a terrible state and we have no other means of getting in or out of here. Taxis don’t even want to bring people in here, this is how bad it is,” Nandanie Singh, a resident, told Guyana Times on Monday.Further, Bassant pointed out that in some other areas where works are being done, the contractors take responsibility for maintenance of damaged roads and access ways. “We are saying if BK is using the bridge to fetch his heavy-duty equipment and materials then he should maintain it. When the contractor was doing works in Herstelling, they built their own access road without creating disruption to residents of Herstelling and that posed no problems for those residents so why can’t they do the same thing in here,” Bassant argued.He expressed hope that one of the Ministries respond soon to the NDC’s letter and offer some guidance and assistance on the way forward. Attempts to get a comment from the owner of BK International, Brian Tiwari, proved futile.The deteriorated bridge which serves as the only access to the Little Diamond communitylast_img read more

Uruguay star breaks down in tears during France defeat

first_imgRafa Varane and Antoine Griezmann were the goalscorers as Les Bleus knocked Uruguay out with a 2-0 victory, denying them a place in the semi-finals.Emotions always run high in such important moments, and the World Cup has seen its fair share of tears, but they usually come once the game has finished. The game had not yet finished Gimenez couldn’t hold back the tears Gary Neville, who was commentating for ITV, was unimpressed by the incident and voiced his disapproval.He said: “I’m all for emotion and passion but that’s embarrassing.”Join talkSPORT from 3pm on Saturday for live commentary of Sweden vs England from the Samara Arena. 2 Jose Gimenez broke down in tears before the final whistle during Uruguay’s World Cup defeat defeat to France.The Atletico Madrid defender was seen crying in the 89th minute as it became increasingly certain that the Uruguayans would be eliminated. 2last_img read more

CROÍ NA hACHTA TEANGA 2003 LE BAINT AG AN RIALTAS NUAIR A DHÚNFAR OIFIG AN CHOIMISINÉARA TEANGA

first_imgSHOCK AS FINE GAEL/LABOUR AXE IRISH LANGUAGE COMMISSIONER:D’fhógair an Rialtas inniu go bhfuil sé i gceist acu Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga a dhúnadh mar oifig reachtúil neamhspleách, agus a chuid feidhmeanna ar fad a chur isteach faoi Oifig an Ombudsman mar chuid dá phlean athchóirithe don earnáil poiblí.Arsa Julian de Spáinn, Ard-Rúnaí Chonradh na Gaeilge: “Tá an fógra seo ón Rialtas go bhfuil Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga le dúnadh mar oifig reachtúil neamhspleách ar an gcinneadh is cúlaithí, is meathlaí dá bhfuil glactha ag Rialtas ar bith i dtaca le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge le blianta fada anuas. “Baineann níos lú céille fós leis an gcinneadh ó tá an Rialtas céanna tar éis athbhreithniú poiblí a fhógairt 14 lá ó shin maidir le hAcht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, athbhreithniú go bhfuil ról agus feidhmeanna Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga ag a chroílár. An bhfuil fiúntas ar bith ann don phobal páirt a ghlacadh sa chomhairliúchán seo más rud e go bhfuil na cinntí déanta cheana féin?“Ó ceapadh agus athcheapadh Seán Ó Cuirreáin ina Choimisinéir Teanga le déanaí, ní foláir a luaigh go bhfuil dul chun cinn dochreidte déanta ag an oifig s’aige i dtaca le monatóireacht ar chomhlachtaí poiblí lena chinntiú go gcomhlíonann siad forálacha Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, tá siad tar éis aon sárú den Acht a thuairisc an pobal dóibh a imscrúdú, agus tá siad tar éis comhairle den chéad scoth a chur ar fáil don phobal maidir lena gcearta teanga faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla. Creideann pobal na Gaeilge i neamhspleáchas na hoifige, tá muinín acu aisti, agus tá seo anois á chur i mbaol ag an Rialtas.”Arsa Éamonn Mac Niallais, Urlabhraí Ghuth na Gaeltachta: “Tá sé dochreidte go bhfuil a leithéid de chinnidh á ghlacadh agus muid ag cur tús le feidhmiú na Straitéise 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010 – 2030 de chuid an Rialtais. Níl bun ná barr leis an chinneadh agus beidh an-amhras go deo ar phobal na Gaeilge go bhfuil an Rialtas seo dáiríre faoi phleanáil go straitéiseach do phobal na teanga ar chor ar bith anois.“Cén teachtaireacht atá seo ag tabhairt don Státchóras a bhfuil pobal na Gaeilge ag lorg a gcearta uaidh leis na cianta? ‘Séard atá á rá nó nach bhfuil tábhacht leis an oifig neamhspleách seo agus de bhrí sin, nach bhfuil sé tábhachtach go gcuirfí an Acht Teanga i bhfeidhm. “Níl sábháil ar bith le déanamh. Ní chaillfidh duine ar bith a bpost. Le fírinne an scéil a insint, beidh costas breise ar an státchiste más amhlaidh go ndéanann siad iarracht an fhoireann reatha a bhogadh go hOifig an Ombudsman i mBaile Átha Cliath. Fiú nuair a bhreathnaigh an Bord Snip ar an cheist seo, mhol siad an Oifig a fhágáil mar atá. Tá roinnt ceisteanna le cur mar sin. Cé a rinne an moladh seo?  Cén chosaint a rinneadh laistigh den Roinn féin ar Oifig an Choimisinéara nuair nach bhfuil aon loighic ó thaobh sábháilteachtaí airgid leis an chinneadh? Cén dearcadh atá ag an Rialtas seo agus ag an Státchóras ar chearta na gcainteoirí Gaeilge in Éirinn?”Tá Conradh na Gaeilge agus Guth na Gaeltachta ag éileamh ar an Taoiseach agus ar an Tánaiste, atá spéis mhór acu beirt féin sa Ghaeilge agus i bpobal na teanga, an cinneadh seo a fhreaschuir agus tacú le hobair mhaith, éifeachtach, neamhspleách Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCROÍ NA hACHTA TEANGA 2003 LE BAINT AG AN RIALTAS NUAIR A DHÚNFAR OIFIG AN CHOIMISINÉARA TEANGA was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Merck facing key federal trial on Vioxx

AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week HOUSTON – With Merck & Co. now 1-and-1 in state lawsuits over its Vioxx painkiller, the world’s No. 5 drug maker could face higher stakes later this month in the first federal trial of charges that it knowingly rushed a potentially lethal drug to market to pocket billions in profits. “They have a fresh crack at it in a court that is a very important court,” said Benjamin Zipursky, a professor at Fordham Law School in New York. “For Merck, reputationally, investors will look at what happens in federal courts as a signal of the strength of the goods on Merck.” The federal Vioxx trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 29 in Houston, just 40 miles north of the state court where Texas jurors last August slapped Merck with a $253 million verdict in the first Vioxx trial in the nation. Texas caps on punitive damages will cut that amount to no more than $26.1 million. On Thursday, Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck had a win in a New Jersey state court when a jury absolved it of liability, finding that the company disclosed proper warnings about Vioxx risks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee To Induct Miles, Drozdov and Gottsleben To Hall Of Fame

first_imgMiles was the USA’s top-ranked pole vaulter in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and the No. 2 vaulter in the world in 2005 and 2009. “These three represent the best of what the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee aspires to be in recognizing outstanding athletic achievement,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Derek, Dmitry and Dave have won or been a part of nearly 20 Drake Relays titles and continue to exemplify the excellence that is synonymous with the Drake Relays.” Drake Relays champions Derek Miles and Dmitry Drozdov will join the Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame while Dave Gottsleben has been selected for induction in the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame. Drozdov had equally impressive finishes off the Blue Oval including an NCAA title in the steeplechase in 1996 after a runner-up finish in 1995. He was an eight-time All-American for the Cyclones and won a total of five individual Big 8 titles and an NCAA team title in cross country in 1994. He was named ISU’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1996 and helped the Cyclones to a total of six conference titles as a student-athlete. A native of Russia, Drozdov finished third in the steeplechase at the 2000 Russian Championships. Derek Miles, an Olympic bronze medalist, was a three-time Drake Relays champion in the invitational pole vault, winning the event in 2002, 2008 and 2009 by clearing the 18-foot mark all three times. He also won the pole vault event at Jordan Creek Town Center in 2008 and 2011. His legacy at the Drake Relays began as a collegian with South Dakota in 1994 and has continued ever since. The trio will be formally inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame during a ceremony and luncheon Thursday, April 26, and introduced to the Drake Stadium crowd at various points during the 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, April 25-28. Miles, who was a five-time All-American at South Dakota, has been an assistant coach at his alma mater the past 14 years and has built the Coyotes’ into one of the premier pole vault programs in the nation with his student-athletes winning two national titles and 16 All-America honors. Outside of Drake Stadium. Miles was a two-time USA Champion (2008, 2011) and two-time runner-up (2003, 2010). Miles competed in three Olympic games, representing the United States in 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2008, he finished fourth at the Beijing Olympics but was later awarded the bronze medal as the original medalist tested positive for a banned substance.center_img Joining Miles in the Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame is the only four-time champion in the university/college division steeplechase, Dmitry Drozdov. Competing for Iowa State, Drozdov made his historic run of four-straight titles from 1993-96. In 1994, he won the event in 8:39.44, the fastest time in the event at the Drake Relays in the last three decades. He also competed on a pair of 4×1,600-meter relay teams that finished third in the 1994 and 1995 Drake Relays.  Print Friendly Version His teams also earned a total of eight top-10 teams finishes at the NCAA Division II National Championship during his career and he was elected to the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame in 2005. Gottsleben built the USD program into a Division II national power and did not miss a step when the program transitioned to Division I. His teams won the Summit League indoor titles three-straight years from 2013-15 and an outdoor title in 2014. He earned multiple Summit League Coach of the Year honors along the way. His teams won a total of 20 conference titles during his 33 years and his men’s teams earned a total of 125 All-America honors and seven NCAA titles. A Drake Relays staple and icon in collegiate track and field, Dave Gottsleben joins the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame following 33 incomparable years as the head coach at the University of South Dakota. Gottsleben took the reins of the Coyote program in 1985 and over the next 33 years had student-athletes win a total of 10 Drake Relays titles. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has announced its three-member 2018 Hall of Fame Class to be inducted to the Drake Relays Hall of Fame during the 109th installment of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.last_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: AWARD-WINNING TOBIN’S SERVICE STATION LOOKING FOR NEW STAFF

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: One of Donegal’s most successful services stations are looking to recruit new staff.Tobin’s Garage in Letterkenny are looking to recruit.Multiple award-winning Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny are looking to recruit a a Cashier and Shop Assistant and a Forecourt Attendant to join their dynamic and hardworking team.JOB TITLE: Full Time & Part-time Cashier/ Shop Assistants Duties will include receiving payments from customers and forecourt staff.Flexibility is essential as working hours will include evenings and weekends.You will also be required to stock shelves and maintain a clean and tidy environment in the store.Previous retail customer service experience is desirable.JOB TITLE: Forecourt AttendantAn ability to deliver excellent customer service is essential.This position includes working evenings and weekends.Applicants must be reliable with a mature attitude and demonstrate:A passion for the delivery of excellent customer service.Enjoy working as part of a high performance team.An ability to learn quickly.An ability to work under pressure in a fast moving environment.A flexible attitude to working hours.Applicants MUST be over 18 years of age.Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Please forward an up to date CV and cover letter stating which position you are applying for to: Eddie TobinTobin’s Service Station,Port Road,LetterkennyOr simply email eddie@tobins.ie Closing date for applications is 5.30pm Mon 31st August 2015JOB VACANCIES: AWARD-WINNING TOBIN’S SERVICE STATION LOOKING FOR NEW STAFF was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

Who Laid a Fossil Egg?

first_img51; The news media are all excited that a pterosaur fossil has been found with an egg – a very rare association.  To the media, like the BBC News, this can only mean one thing: the pterosaur was a female, and now they can differentiate female and male pterosaur fossils.  They affectionately named the fossil, a member of the genus Darwinopterus, “Mrs. T.”  See also the reports and pictures at National Geographic, PhysOrg, and Live Science, which speculated further, saying: “Now scientists have discovered a female pterosaur preserved together with one of her eggs, shedding light on what the reproductive strategies of these reptiles might have been like.  These new findings reveal that pterosaur eggs and nests may not have been birdlike after all.”Actually, it was Daddy Darwinopterus taking his turn sitting on the egg.  Back then, you see, pterosaurs shared parenting responsibilities.  How do we know?  We don’t, and neither do the reporters.  The scientists are probably right in their assessment, but one cannot know such things for sure without having been there.    Far be it from the media to exercise restraint or critical thinking.  Beware the hubris of scientists, especially when they name their fossils after Darwin – the Grand Wizard of Storytelling (12/22/2003).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more