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  • Africa's biggest collection of ancient human footprints has been found

    05/17/2020 1:50:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Science News ^ | May 14, 2020 | Bruce Bower
    People walked across a muddy layer of volcanic debris that dates to between around 19,100 and 5,760 years ago, the researchers report May 14 in Scientific Reports. Dating of a thin rock layer that partly overlaps footprint sediment narrows the age range for the footprints to between roughly 12,000 and 10,000 years ago, the team says. Engare Sero lies in the vicinity of two much older hominid footprint sites -- nearly 3.7-million-year-old Laetoli (SN: 12/16/16) in Tanzania and 1.5-million-year-old Ileret (SN: 4/16/12) in Kenya. At Engare Sero, Hatala's team analyzed foot impression sizes, distances between prints and which way prints...
  • Romanian cave holds some of the oldest human footprints

    07/21/2014 9:29:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Science News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Bruce Bower
    About 400 footprints were first discovered in the cave in 1965. Scientists initially attributed the impressions to a man, woman and child who lived 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. But radiocarbon measurements of two cave bear bones excavated just below the footprints now indicate that Homo sapiens made these tracks around 36,500 years ago, say anthropologist David Webb of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues. Analyses of 51 footprints that remain — cave explorers and tourists have destroyed the rest — indicate that six or seven individuals, including at least one child, entered the cave after a flood had...
  • Tanzania suspends laboratory head after president questions coronavirus tests

    05/05/2020 2:27:31 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/05/20 | Reuters
    Tanzania has suspended the head of its national health laboratory in charge of testing for the coronavirus and ordered an investigation, a day after President John Magufuli questioned the tests’ accuracy. Magufuli said on Sunday the imported test kits were faulty as they had returned positive results on a goat and a pawpaw — among several non-human samples submitted for testing, with technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins. He did not say where the kits had been imported from or why the authorities had been suspicious of the results. Catherine Sungura, acting head of communications at the ministry of...
  • Tanzania suspends laboratory head after president questions coronavirus tests

    05/05/2020 1:00:44 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 4, 2020 | George Obulutsa
    DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has suspended the head of its national health laboratory in charge of testing for the coronavirus and ordered an investigation, a day after President John Magufuli questioned the tests’ accuracy. Magufuli said on Sunday the imported test kits were faulty as they had returned positive results on a goat and a pawpaw — among several non-human samples submitted for testing, with technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins. He did not say where the kits had been imported from or why the authorities had been suspicious of the results. MORE AT LINK
  • President questions Tanzania coronavirus kits after goat test

    05/03/2020 7:25:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2020 | by Elias Biryabarema
    DAR ES SALAAM - Coronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw. Magufuli, whose government has already drawn criticism for being secretive about the coronavirus outbreak and has previously asked Tanzanians to pray the coronavirus away, said the kits had “technical errors”. The COVID-19 testing kits had been imported from abroad, Magufuli said during an event in Chato in the north west of Tanzania, although he did not give further details. The president said he...
  • Only a Drunkard Would Accept These Terms: Tanzania President Cancels 'Killer Chinese Loan' Worth $10 bn

    04/23/2020 11:30:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Apr 23, 2020 | Shashi Sharma
    China has often been accused of luring the poor African countries in its debt-trap by providing them loans for much-needed infrastructure projects and then control them when they fail to pay off their debts. Tanzania President John Magufuli has cancelled a Chinese loan worth $10 billion signed by his predecessor Jakaya Kikwete to construct a port at Mbegani creek in Bagamoyo over terms and conditions that, he said, beat the logic. Magufuli said that the terms of the Chinese loan agreement could only be accepted by a drunken man. His predecessor, Jakaya Kikwete had signed the deal with Chinese...
  • "Ghost Ship" Washes Up in Ireland

    02/18/2020 3:29:38 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 26 replies
    Marinelink.com ^ | Feb 18,2020 | Eric Haun
    An abandoned cargo ship has landed on the coast of Ireland after spending more than a year drifting alone at sea. The Irish Coast Guard said it responded to the vessel aground near Ballycotton, Cork on Sunday and discovered there was no one was on board. It turns out that the mysterious vessel is the 250-foot Tanzanian-flagged merchant ship Alta, which had been adrift since the U.S. Coast Guard rescued all 10 crew members on board after the vessel lost power while en route from Greece to Haiti in September 2018. At the time of the rescue, the U.S. Coast...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Middle Finger In The Middle East, Rigged For Biden And...

    02/01/2020 8:50:15 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/1/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Great music from Gordon Lightfoot about the "Rainy Day People" who help us instead of hurting us. On Canada's CTV Lloyd Robertson had a conversation with Gordon Lightfoot broadcast in December 2017.... Where do we go after impeachment? In 1998 Bill Clinton opted for military action in Kosovo and Serbia siding with its Muslim population against the Serbs. What will the Trump post-impeachment policy be?.... And back here in the USA Kelli Stewart, John Lamb and other activists taking a stand for the rights of parents in the Kylee Dixon Case in Oregon..... The Middle Finger In The Middle East,...
  • Top Democrats fume after Trump expands travel ban to six new countries

    02/01/2020 5:40:45 PM PST · by conservative98 · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/1/20 Published 2 hours ago | Adam Shaw | Fox News
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of a number of top Democrats to rip into President Trump’s decision to expand the travel ban to include six more countries on Friday -- with Pelosi describing it as “discrimination disguised as policy.” “The Trump administration’s expansion of its outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law," she said in a statement. "The sweeping rule, barring more than 350 million individuals from predominantly African nations from traveling to the United States, is discrimination disguised as policy." [cut] The initial seven countries have restrictions on both immigrant and...
  • Hillary Clinton confidant was interviewed by FBI in connection to the salacious dossier

    01/17/2018 4:32:38 PM PST · by springwater13 · 58 replies
    A close friend, advisor and confidant of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was allegedly interviewed by the FBI in connection with the controversial dossier that was used ‘in part’ as evidence by the bureau to obtain a warrant to investigate members of President Trump’s campaign team, according to several sources who spoke to this reporter. Sidney Blumenthal, a former journalist and a close friend of Clinton, was interviewed by the FBI in 2016 regarding the dossier that alleged Trump colluded with Russia, the sources stated. Department of Justice officials, however, declined to comment on Blumenthal or the dossier. FBI officials declined...
  • Photos: The Top 10 atrocities from the now-vaunted Soleimani

    01/05/2020 8:19:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/05/2020 | Monica Showalter
    As creeps like Rep. Ilhan Omar denounce the rubout of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleimani as the killing of a "foreign official," the press calls him "a farm boy" or "icon," and stupid Hollywood celebrities send their condolences to "the Iranian people," (who are celebrating, actually) the ugly hard reality remains that Qassem Soleimani, leader of the terrorist Quds force, was a monster, a stone-cold killer of innocents, the driving force behind Iran as a state sponsor of terror. His funeral song should be "That Smell." He stunk of death all around him and liked the stench. According to the Washington Post: “The...
  • Not just Party City: Why helium shortages worry scientists and researchers

    05/18/2019 12:23:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2019 | Mary Pflum
    This month’s announcement from Party City that it’s closing more than 40 stores as it grapples with new challenges, including diminishing helium supplies, likely came as unwelcome news to customers who count on the store for their balloon and event planning needs. But for scientists like Mark Elsesser, the announcement was something of a relief, inflating hopes that the public, and the government, might start paying closer attention. “When it comes to helium, we’re at a tipping point,” said Elsesser, who is the associate director of government affairs at the American Physical Society, a nonprofit association of physicists. “Party City...
  • UN Agency: Tanzania Not Sharing Details on Ebola-Like Cases

    09/22/2019 8:40:54 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    nbc ^ | Sept. 22, 2019 | Cara Anna
    The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement Saturday says Tanzania's government "despite several requests" has not shared its clinical data, the results of its investigations or the possible contacts of a number of patients with Ebola-like symptoms. Tanzania's government, which has said it has no Ebola cases, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday. The cases would be the first-ever Ebola infections...
  • Four Boise teenagers arrested for suspected rape of an 18-year-old

    03/07/2019 10:43:02 AM PST · by Murtyo · 85 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | Ruth Brown
    KUNA (Idaho Statesman) — Four Boise teenagers were arrested over Thursday and Friday on suspicion of felony rape of an 18-year-old woman earlier this month.
  • Exceptional new titanosaur from middle Cretaceous Tanzania: Mnyamawamtuka

    02/16/2019 4:29:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Eurekalert, PLOS ^ | February 13th, 2019 | Eric Gorscak
    Titanosaurs were the most speciose and widespread group of sauropod dinosaurs, the largest terrestrial animals in Earth history. They reached their peak diversity in the Late Cretaceous after all other sauropod groups vanished, but their early evolution is poorly understood due to a scarcity of well-preserved titanosaur fossils from before the Late Cretaceous, especially outside of South America. In this study, the authors describe a newly-discovered middle Cretaceous titanosaur from southern Africa. The researchers named the new dinosaur Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia. It is known from a single specimen excavated from a quarry along the Mtuka River in southwest Tanzania. It is...
  • Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over homophobia

    11/16/2018 5:19:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 16 November 2018 10:56 CET+01:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    Persecution of LGBTQ+ people by a Tanzanian governor appears to have resulted in Denmark withdrawing millions of kroner in aid to the developing country. Minister for International Development Ulla Tørnæs said in parliament this week that the government will withhold 65 million kroner which was scheduled to be paid to the east African country this year. “I am very concerned over the negative developments in Tanzania, most recently with the completely unacceptable homophobic statements from a commissioner,” Tørnæs, who did not name the official in question, said. “Respect for human rights is one of the most important priorities in Denmark’s...
  • Lake Victoria, Tanzania: Hundreds feared missing as ferry capsizes

    09/20/2018 11:52:47 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/20/18
    Hundreds of people are feared missing after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria in north Tanzania. A local official told the BBC five people have died and 102 have been rescued, but another said that the vessel was overloaded with more than 400 people on board. The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora. Locals have joined with emergency teams in rescue efforts. The Tanzanian government has confirmed the ferry capsized but exact figures for those on board are yet to be confirmed. "We pray to God to give us hope in...
  • Tanzanian govt demands $930 fee from bloggers in internet clampdown

    04/24/2018 6:15:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    (CNN) As part of sweeping new internet regulations, the Tanzanian government has introduced a $930 fee for those wanting to have an online blog, giving the authorities unprecedented control over the internet. The government now requires all bloggers to pay the annual fee and register before they begin publishing material. It's not just bloggers affected by the provisions, but online radio stations, online streaming platforms, online forums, social media users and internet cafes.
  • Call to UN Secretary-General: Suspend Human Rights Commissioner

    03/20/2018 4:52:47 AM PDT · by judeasamaria · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 20, 2018 | Mordechai Sones
    Citizens from more than 30 countries around the world appealed to the UN Secretary-General to suspend UN Human Rights Commissioner Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein after calling Judea and Samaria communities a "war crime", following the latest report he issued regarding the pace of construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria. "While tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered in Syria, and while women's rights are being disregarded in Iran, the Human Rights Commissioner is issuing a report on the settlement movement in Israel, which details construction information, calling it a war crime", mentioned the letter. "The Commissioner' s obsession with...
  • Researchers confirming AIDS passed to humans from chimps in Central Africa So Much For Bill Cosby

    01/17/2002 12:38:00 PM PST · by Outraged At FLA · 103 replies · 412+ views
    MSNBC ^ | MSNBC
    Here is some of what is posted on the page: Jan. 17 — The chimpanzee version of the AIDS virus appears to be extremely rare in wild chimps, which suggests the apes evolved a way to deal with the killer virus generations ago, researchers said on Thursday. The study also confirmed earlier theories that AIDS passed to humans from chimps in Central Africa, they said SCIENTISTS HAVE long known nonhuman primates carry their own version of the AIDS virus. But so far, it has been found only in captive chimpanzees. No one knows how prevalent or geographically or genetically diverse ...