Semenya early Olympic 800m favourite after winning in Doha

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AP): Caster Semenya made herself the early Olympic frontrunner by easily winning the women’s 800 metres in the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. Semenya decimated the field in a season’s best 1:58.26 seconds, almost nine-tenths of a second better than second-place Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia, 1:59.14. It was her second standout result to start the Olympic year, after announcing her ambition last month with an unprecedented hat-trick of 400m, 800m, and 1,500m titles at the South African championships. They were all the more remarkable because she’s hardly featured since her 2012 Olympic silver medal. She still hasn’t come close to the 1:55.56 she set in winning the 2009 Worlds’, when news leaked that she would be subject to gender testing. Semenya improved on her 800m time in Stellenbosch at Doha and was delighted. “I feel very good this year. I am focused on what I am doing,” she said. “My preparation has gone really well, but I can’t say there have been many changes in my training or my attitude.” DISAPPOINTED WITH LOSS Not so happy were Dafne Schippers, the World 200 champion, who was pipped in the 100m by American Tori Bowie, and the home favourite in the men’s high jump, Mutaz Essa Barshim. Barshim, who has jumped as high as 2.43 metres in setting the Asian record, could not do any better than 2.26, and was seventh in a competition won by American Erik Kynard at 2.33. “It’s all part of the plan. This being an Olympic year, I’m taking things slow,” Barshim insisted. “Last year, I peaked early, and by July, I was practically dead. I’m not going to repeat that mistake.” Bowie, the 100 bronze-medal winner at the Worlds last year in Beijing, said: “I gave the race my everything, and the win was mine. This being an Olympic year, I’m eagerly looking ahead at the outdoor season. I feel I’m a much better runner now than I was last season.” The women’s 3,000m featured two World champions in a fascinating duel. World champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia prevailed against World 10,000 champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya. Ayana was pushed to clock a season’s best 8:23.11. Cheruiyot was fourth. The men’s 200m was won by American Emir Webb in a meet record of 19.85s. He was the only person to break 20 seconds. Kenyans swept the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase. Asbel Kiprop led Elijah Motonei Manangoi and Silas Kiplagat to the podium in the 1,500m in 3:32.15, and Conseslus Kipruto won the steeplechase.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Jordan 11 ‘Concord’ set for 2018 return

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano And in 2018, a piece of history is set to return of the same sneaker that Jordan wore in 1995-1996 regular season.As per, the “Concord” 11s will hit shelves in November of 2018 with a rumored change in the heel with the no.45 getting featured instead of the no.23 that was found in the last retro release.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe “Concord” 11s first released in 1995, in Jordan’s first full season after he played baseball, and were given retro release in 2000 and 2011.A similar colorway was released in 2006 but had a gold Jumpman instead of a black one and was part of the Defining Moments Pack that came together with a pair of black-gold Air Jordan 7s.center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mayweather says he ‘carried’ McGregor through 10 rounds, rips De La Hoya in new rant Terry Keigher (L) and Steve Ryan look at autographed shoes worn by Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan in the 1996 playoffs at an auction of Bulls memorabilia 12 April at the Solheim Center in Chicago. Each pair of the size 13s sold for $6,500, with the proceeds benefitting Charitabulls, the team’s charity wing. AFP PHOTO/Tim ZIELENBACH AFP / AFP PHOTO / TIM ZIELENBACHIt’s been more than 20 years since Michael Jordan made his return to basketball, and yet the shockwaves still permeate two decades in.Be it in his mere image alone, the video highlights, or the shoes, the legacy of his Airness lives on.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Resilient Palace halt Man City winning run

first_imgBut the Palace winger struck his spot-kick too close to Ederson, allowing the City keeper to preserve his side’s 21-game unbeaten start to the league campaign.However, City’s failure to score in a league game for the first time since last April meant they fell short in their bid to equal Bayern Munich 19-game winning run of four years ago, the longest in Europe’s five major leagues.And City’s afternoon was further soured when Kevin De Bruyne was stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious looking injury immediately after the spot-kick following an ugly challenge by Palace substitute Jason Puncheon.Hodgson claimed before the game there was “no magic formula” to competing with City, insisting his Palace side’s hopes of getting something from the game hinged on working hard, and defending well while maintaining an attacking threat.The manager could be satisfied that during the opening 45 minutes his players stuck to the prescribed plan to the extent that by the half-time break, the frustration among Guardiola’s players was plain to see.City had started well enough, piecing together a series of fluent early moves that suggested the home defence would face a long and testing afternoon.However, there was an early sign the visitors might not be at their best when a breakdown in communication between Eliaquim Mangala and Ederson led to the keeper directing an attempted clearance against his centre-back, presenting Christian Benteke with an early opportunity.Mangala recovered to deflect the striker’s shot away to safety but the mix-up was the first of too many for the league leaders during the first half.Both sides were forced into early changes with Palace captain Scott Dann being stretchered off after in the 19th minute and City striker Gabriel Jesus following shortly after with what appeared to be groin problem.– Reshuffle –The subsequent reshuffle appeared to affect the visitors more, with Palace growing more into the game the longer the half went on.Sergio Aguero, Jesus’s replacement, struck the post in the 28th minute with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area but that proved to be a rare moment of concern for home keeper Wayne Hennessey.And while Palace were unable to carve out many clear chances at the other end, Wilfried Zaha was a constant threat down the Palace left, frequently getting the better of City right-back Kyle Walker.An animated conversation between De Bruyne and Leroy Sane confirmed the sense that City were growing increasingly uncomfortable and Sane — who was particularly ineffective — received a yellow card on the stroke of half-time when he kicked the ball away in frustration after being caught offside.Palace had adopted a very different approach to that pursued by Newcastle, City previous opponents, before the break.But they found it far harder to be as expansive after the restart when City finally began to move through the gears.Benteke grew more isolated up front and Zaha found he had less space to work with as City pressed forward and began to give Hennessey the busy afternoon he would have anticipated.The keeper, though, proved up to the task and never more so that when he positioned himself well to block Sane’s close range volley at the far post.De Bruyne shot straight at Hennessey and then saw an effort blocked by Martin Kelly but, despite dominating possession, City struggled to find openings in a well-drilled Palace backline.And they should have entered the final 14 minutes of the game needing a goal to get back on level terms after Andros Townsend missed the home side’s best chance of the half before Milivojevic was handed his late chance to clinch the points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000They should have even won it, with Luka Milivojević missing an injury time penalty to win it. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Ederson’s stopped Luka Milivojevic’s late penalty to save Manchester City from defeat on Sunday but a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace brought the Premier League leaders’ record-breaking 18 match winning run to an end.Milivojevic was presented with the chance to seal a memorable victory for Roy Hodgson’s relegation-threatened side when Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Raheem Sterling in the 90th minute.last_img read more

Klopp confident Liverpool will seal Champions League spot

first_imgUnless Huddersfield can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Liverpool will go into Sunday’s home game against Brighton knowing they must at least match Chelsea’s result against Newcastle, managed by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.Should they fail, they would have to beat Real Madrid in this month’s Champions League final in Kiev to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.“It’s my life, it’s our life, that we always make it a little bit more exciting,” Klopp told“We had these situations a few times and it will be, for sure, exciting because Brighton is in a good moment, they played fantastic against (Manchester) United.“But it’s all OK, as long as we have it in our own hands, life is good. We still have to take it then but we will try everything.”After five matches, including an emotionally draining two-legged Champions League semi-final, in 16 days Klopp has a full week to prepare for the crucial fixture.“I’m really happy that this very intense period is over now because we have one week to prepare for Brighton — that feels like a year and we will use that,” he added.Liverpool have suffered a fresh injury blow after England defender Joe Gomez was ruled out of the Champions League final and the World Cup following ankle surgery.A statement from the club confirmed Gomez’s season was over, saying: “The surgery means the 20-year-old will play no part in the remaining two fixtures of the 2017/18 campaign, or the World Cup finals with England.“However, Gomez will be ready for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season training schedule in July following a rehabilitation period.”Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already been ruled out of the World Cup in Russia with a knee injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will seal a place in next season’s Champions League © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, May 8 – Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will recover from a disappointing Premier League run to seal qualification for next season’s Champions League in their final game against Brighton.Defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, following damaging draws against Stoke and West Brom, has taken the race for Champions League football next season into the final week of the season.last_img read more

Pochettino pleased by spirited 10-man Spurs win

first_img0Shares0000Tanguy Ndombele scored his second goal for Tottenham against Southampton © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Mauricio Pochettino got the response he demanded from a spirited Spurs as they defied Serge Aurier’s first-half red card to hold out for a vital 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.Harry Kane’s winner secured a first win in four games as Tottenham moved back into the Premier League top four despite playing for over an hour with 10 men. “Every time we compete we need to put this character,” said Pochettino. “In some games we struggled to show that.“I am so happy for them, we have an unbelievable squad, but we need to recover the spirit we showed today.”Spurs had won just two of their opening eight games of the season and needed to make a statement after crashing out of the League Cup to fourth-tier Colchester on Tuesday.Son Heung-min was Spurs’ biggest threat early on and should have had an assist early on when he squared for Tanguy Ndombele, but the French international’s prodded effort was deflected over.Moments later, the same two players combined for the opening goal as Son’s cut-back was driven goalwards by Ndombele and his shot had too much power for Angus Gunn in the Southampton goal.However, rather than building on their advantage, Tottenham gave themselves a mountain to climb with two moments of madness.Serge Aurier’s red card left Tottenham down to 10 men for an hour © AFP / Ian KINGTONFirstly, Aurier needlessly pulled down Nathan Redmond to see his second yellow card in four minutes to leave his side a man down.And then with cool heads needed to see out the lead till half-time, Hugo Lloris tried to perform a Johan Cruyff turn inches from his goal line and was dispossessed by Danny Ings, who had the simple task of nudging the ball across the line.Having shown why they had won just four games in 17 prior to this weekend, Spurs swiftly produced a glimpse of what they are capable of at their best as they retook the lead before the break.Kane won a header on halfway to spring a counter-attack. Son and Christian Eriksen exchanged passes before the latter found the England captain to drill low into the corner.Minus a man, Tottenham had to hold onto their lead after the break but were rarely troubled by the impotent visitors apart from at set-pieces.“We cannot be happy because the chance to take something here will not be so big again,” admitted Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.“1-1 against 10 men, to be clinical is the next step of development we need to take.”Lloris made amends for his earlier error with a fine stop to turn James Ward-Prowse’s long-range free-kick over.And the France captain then produced an even better stop to claw Maya Yoshida’s powerful header off the line.“I don’t want anyone to blame him in this action, you need to blame me because I demand him to do what he is doing,” added Pochettino on Lloris’s error. “He is so strong mentally.”Spurs’ threat on the counter-attack was reduced by the removal of Son on the hour mark, but Kane could have sealed the three points when he fired just wide after a brilliant solo run six minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Queens Park Rangers star Leroy Fer wanted by Feyenoord

first_img1 Feyenoord are preparing a January swoop for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Leroy Fer.The 25-year began his career with the Dutch club before being sold to FC Twente for £3million in 2011.The former Norwich City man has now been at QPR for 18 months but he is said to be considering a move away from Loftus Road.Feyenoord, according to Dutch newspaper AD, are keen to bring Fer back to where his career started and are ready to open talks.The Eredivisie side would prefer to complete a loan deal until the end of the season, with the view to a permanent switch in the summer. Dutch international Leroy Fer last_img read more

49ers on the road after success

first_img Matt Zimmerman can be reached at (562) 499-1338. 160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Doing well both tonight and Sunday at Cal State Northridge will be key to staying ahead of the Gauchos, who won their first road game of the season Sunday, a 71-60 triumph at UC Irvine. Keeping wary of a possible upset against the Tigers (4-10, 1-2) is paramount. As Hegarty has noted, if the 49ers had taken care of all the teams that finished below them during last season’s second-place campaign, they would have been Big West champions. Pacific was picked to finish last in the conference by both the media and coaches. “Our team should know better than anybody, on any night, anybody is dangerous,” Hegarty said. “And we found that up at UC Davis. Last year, it happened to us several times, so I hope that lesson’s been learned. But we’re definitely going to remind them about that.” The Monday before conference play began, LBSU suffered a 67-64 setback at future conference member UC Davis, a school in the process of making the transition to Division I athletics. It dropped the 49ers’ road record to 1-4 on the season, compared to 8-1 at home. “We’re going to try to change up our routine,” Hegarty said Monday. “I don’t know what it will be yet, but we’ve got to do something different on the road and shake things up, because we need to win on the road, that’s for sure. This year, we’ve really struggled.” At 2-0 and with home wins against two of the most dangerous conference opponents behind them, the Long Beach State women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend. The 49ers (9-5, 2-0) could not have imagined a better Big West Conference start. They broke a decade-long losing streak to 10-time defending conference champion UCSB last Saturday, and followed that up with a 20-point blowout of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the only other team in conference with an overall record above .500. In addition, the 49ers received national respect, mentioned in’s latest bracketology, listed as a possible No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. center_img “We had talked about whoever imposed their will would win,” LBSU coach Mary Hegarty said after Sunday’s 78-58 win against Cal Poly, which had been leading the conference in most offensive categories. ‘That was just our defense playing pretty well for about 32 minutes of solid defense. Not 40 minutes yet, but 32.” LBSU will look for those 40 minutes this weekend, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at Pacific. The 49ers swept the Tigers last season in dominating fashion, winning 68-60 at Pacific and cruising at home, 74-48. last_img read more


first_imgTHE RnaG Donegal Senior Championship quarter-finals will go ahead as originally planned in mid-September, the Donegal County Board has announced.The fixtures had been the subject of some confusion following the county’s team’s exit from the All-Ireland series, with next weekend among the dates put forward.Last night however the County Board fixtures committee – the Competitions Controls Committee – has reverted back to the weekend of September 14 and 15. Kilcar will take on Glenswilly, defending champions St Eunan’s play Malin while Sean MacCumhaills will take on Killybegs and Gaoth Dobhair will play Ardara.The intermediate semi-finals will take place on August 31 and September 1.Saturday September 14thSt. Eunan’s V Malin – Venue – The Scarvey Buncrana (6.30pm) MacCumhaills v Killybegs – Venue – Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal Town (6.30pm)Sunday September 15th,Kilcar v Glenswilly – Venue – MacCumhaill Park (3.00pm)Ardara v Gaoth Dobhair – Venue – O’Donnell Park (6.30pm) GAA NEWS: SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS NOW IN MID-SEPTEMBER was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS NOW IN MID-SEPTEMBERlast_img read more

Tory helipad gets ready for lift-off with cash injection

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has sanctioned a grant of €58,736 for Donegal County Council to allow works to be undertaken to relocate electricity cables that are situated close to the helipad that has been developed on Tory.The decision to relocate the cables was based on health and safety concerns.Making the announcement, the Donegal TD said: “My Department has supported the development of a fine facility on the island, and this additional funding will add further to it safety.” D’fhógair Joe McHugh, T.D., Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais agus Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin go bhfuil deontas breise de €58,736 ceadaithe aige do Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall i ndáil le haistriú cáblaí leictreach atá in aice leis an héileapad a forbraíodh ar Thoraigh.Is chun cur le cúrsaí sláinte agus sábháilteachta a rinneadh an cinneadh na cáblaí a aistriú.Dúirt an tAire Stáit is é ag déanamh an fhógra “Tá áis mhaith forbartha ar an oileán le cúnamh ó mo Roinn agus cuideoidh an cúnamh breise seo cur le cúrsaí sábháilteachta timpeall na saoráide.”  Tory helipad gets ready for lift-off with cash injection was last modified: November 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cashGovernmenthelipadTory Islandlast_img read more

Mt. St. Helens Recalls Overturned Paradigms

first_imgThirty years ago this day, May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens blew up.  The catastrophic eruption not only shocked the area around the mountain, it shocked scientists into a new realization of the power of catastrophist geology.  The excitement of that eruption prompted a surge of young new geologists to enter the profession.  One thing that is instructive on this anniversary is the difference in focus between creationists and evolutionists on the lessons of Mt. St. Helens.    Live Science provided the most coverage of the anniversary.  For starters, Live Science posted a series of satellite images showing the vicinity of the mountain before and after the eruption, and how it looks now, 30 years later.  The amount of vegetation that has recolonized the ground is striking.  Live Science also provided an image gallery of pictures before and after the eruption.  The first image shows the picturesque symmetrical cone of the mountain from Spirit Lake before the event; all that changed suddenly the morning of May 18, as the remaining pictures show.  National Geographic soon followed with its own gallery; the first two photos are worth the price of admission.  Karen Rowan answered the question “Why was Mt. St. Helens so destructive?” in another Live Science post.    Considering the ecological effects of the event, Andrea Thompson on Live Science provided a fairly lengthy inventory of the plants and animals in the blast zone with a record of how they have fared since the eruption.  Jeremy Hsu wrote for Live Science that Mt. St. Helens remains a mystery still today.  Finally, Remy Melina listed for Live Science the most dangerous U.S. volcanoes today.    Those acquainted with creation geology literature are undoubtedly familiar with the fact that Mt. St. Helens has become almost iconic of catastrophism as a support for rapid change during creation and the Flood.  The work of geologist Dr. Stephen A. Austin in particular has had a large influence in creationist circles.  Dr. Austin visited the mountain numerous times after the eruption, and even took a team scuba-diving in Spirit Lake to study the effects of waterlogged trees sinking in the peat sediments at the bottom.  Some of the lessons from Mt. St. Helens for catastrophic flood geology were summarized in his 1986 monograph, “Mt. St. Helens and Catastrophism,” published by ICR.  He also produced a video (see short clip on YouTube) and additional writings in creation journals.  His findings include:A mudflow produced a 1/40th scale model of the Grand Canyon in one day.This canyon included a relict river that obviously had not formed the canyon.The canyon included side canyons and other features similar to those of the Grand Canyon.Pyroclastic flows produced laminated sedimentary deposits in hours, not centuries or millennia.The sedimentary deposits showed sudden shifts in bedforms caused by flow rates and source materials, not by long ages.Badlands topography along the Toutle River was formed in days, not thousands of years.Logs uprooted by the blast were being planted in upright positions at the bottom of Spirit Lake, giving the appearance they had grown in that position.  This was reminiscent of the Yellowstone fossil forests.A layer of peat buried in Spirit Lake has the texture and appearance of a coal deposit forming.Discoveries of this magnitude would seem to be paradigm-shifting to the whole field of geology – and indeed they may have been even in some secular circles.  It’s not that his work can be dismissed outright, either, just because Austin is a creationist.  He has a PhD in geology from a reputable institution, and his field work at the mountain was of the first order.  But strangely, Nature News mentioned none of these things.  Janet Fang wrote in her article, “Hot science from a volcanic crisis,” that “The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 left an indelible mark on the field of volcanology.”  Indeed it did, but her focus was entirely on other lessons.  She noted that volcanologists around the world stood up and took notice on May 18, 1980, and after the blast, there was an explosion in funding and a surge in research.  Fang mentioned findings about predicting eruptions.  She mentioned a new kind of hummocky deposit that was observed after the blast that shed light on similar deposits in Japan.  She mentioned new theories about how magma rises to the surface through conduits, and new realizations of the power of landslides and lateral blasts during eruptions.  But she said nothing about any of the points that Steve Austin found so interesting about Mt. St. Helens.  Neither did the writers for Live Science or National Geographic.  Were they even looking at the same mountain?    For Austin’s latest views on the lessons from the blast, see his article this month on ICR, “Supervolcanoes and the Mount St. Helens Eruption.”  Creation Wiki has a response to criticisms of his claim about the “mini-Grand Canyon” at the volcano, with additional images of the canyon.The complete silence about Steven Austin’s research at Mt. St. Helens by the secular media is stunning.  Is it because his credentials are lacking?  No; he has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Is it because his field work was unexceptional?  No; he was the only one to don scuba gear and dive to the bottom of Spirit Lake, and use sonar to map the lake bottom.  Is it because his findings with the canyons and stratification lacked significance?  No; they were revolutionary and explanatorily rich.  They have been well received in creationist audiences around the world, but completely passed over by the secular journals, although Austin has a number of colleagues in the Geological Society of America that have taken interest in his work and spoken well of it.  So much of this phenomenon is political.  If you are an overt creationist, as Austin is, it doesn’t matter how good your credentials and field work are.  You will be shunned by The Guild, but welcomed by millions of people who appreciate honest science that is willing to criticize Darwin and Lyell.    Your commentator remembers visiting Yellowstone in the 1970s and early 1980s and seeing the interpretive signs at the Lamar River fossil forests.  They spoke of 27 layers of forests that grew on top of one another over at least 20 thousand years.  According to some estimates, it took 50 thousand years, maybe 100 thousand for each layer to develop: a soil to form, small plants to invade, trees to grow, a mature forest to develop, then a volcanic eruption to bury the forest and the cycle to repeat again.  Large sequoia stumps are visible in some of the layers.  The standard scientific interpretation was that here was clear evidence of a long passage of a time–much longer than the book of Genesis could allow.  You recall that it was this evidence that caused young Ronald Numbers in college to stumble and lose his creationist beliefs (01/12/2007).  Theistic evolutionists also used the Yellowstone fossil forests to mock the young-earth creationists and insist there was no way to fit earth history into a six-day creation.  Look: the evidence was right there – tens of thousands of years to form those 27 layers of forests.    Your commentator also remembers re-visiting Yellowstone in 1994 and finding those interpretive signs gone.  Puzzled, he asked three different park rangers about them.  “Oh, we don’t believe that any more,” was the typical response.  “Ever since Mt. St. Helens, we”ve come to believe that lava flows rafted the trees in from some distance away.”  Then, your commentator picked up a book in the visitor center, Roadside Geology of the Yellowstone Country by William J. Fritz (Mountain Press, 1985).  Sure enough, he said the same thing:When I visited the Mount St. Helens area shortly after the eruption, it was just like Yellowstone!  I found many horizontal logs all lined up by the streams and mudflows and some upright stumps that had been moved by the flows propped upon the stubs of their roots.  I found that about 10 percent of the transported trees remain as upright stumps, the rest as horizontal logs.  The mudflows also buried many standing trees where they grew along the edges of stream channels.  Thus, in Yellowstone when you find concentrations of over 10 percent upright stumps, some were preserved where they grew alongside stream channels.  A few million years from now when the Mount St. Helens sediments have hardened into rock and the trees have petrified they will be almost like those in the Yellowstone Country.  Both the mudflows and the appearance of the trees is identical.Aside from the fact that Dr. Fritz just made some reckless drafts on the bank of time, and that petrification does not require millions of years (01/24/2005), he recognized that a paradigm shift occurred – the Yellowstone fossil forests did not require successive ages.  A catastrophic event is a better explanation.  Now we have eyewitness observations to show how.  You can hike the trails up into the Lamar forests and find both upright and horizontal logs that are analogous to what were seen at Mt. St. Helens.  The stumps have their roots sheared off, and no evidence that they grew in soils.  A good analysis of the evidence can be found in geologist Harold Coffin’s book Origin by Design (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1983), ch. 11.  The theistic evolutionists were wrong; you can fit the evidence at Yellowstone in to a lot less time than the secular geologists claimed.  Does it prove a Biblical time frame?  No, but it doesn’t rule it out, either.  Ron Numbers lost his faith over bad science, and 30 years after Mt. St. Helens, the secular geological community have turned a blind eye to some of the most exciting lessons from the famous eruption.(Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more