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Zach Randolph scored 14 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic had 13 and four others scored 12 apiece for the Kings.Sacramento, which beat Cleveland 109-95 on Wednesday, fell to 2-22 when trailing after three quarters.Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run and Warren scored six consecutive points in the second to help the Suns to a 55-46 halftime lead. Warren made his first six shots and had 15 points in the first half.“I’m really impressed with T.J.’s game,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “He picks his spots out on the court and says, ’I’m just bigger than you,” and then he shoots up over the top.”After Sacramento closed within 71-68 on Hill’s two free throws midway through the third, Isaiah Canaan hit a 3-pointer and scored on a layup, and Troy Daniels added a 3 to push Phoenix’s lead to 10.DEFENDING Z-BORandolph scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to rally Sacramento past Phoenix when the two teams played at Golden1 Center on Dec. 12 but was shut out over the final 12 minutes this time around while being defended most of the night by Chriss. “Zach is a beast and we know that,” Triano said. “We need to make him work for every single touch, and Marquese did that.”TIP-INSSuns: Chriss, the Sacramento native who was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2016 and traded that night to Phoenix, shot 5 of 6 and made all three of his 3-point attempts. … Chandler was called for a technical while on the bench in the third quarter. Josh Jackson picked up a technical in the second. . Booker missed six of his first eight shots and had one blocked.Kings: Skal Labissiere made his 13th start of the season and first since Dec. 14 after sitting out the previous three games because of coach’s decision. . Vince Carter, who scored a season-high 24 points against Cleveland on Wednesday, did not play. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Phoenix coach Jay Triano’s decision to move Devin Booker to point guard late in the fourth quarter worked out perfectly for the struggling Suns.A big night from T.J. Warren helped too, especially when Booker’s own shot was off most of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Triano said he put Booker at point guard to free him up more in Phoenix’s offense.“I think he’s going to take over anyway, and we want him to do that,” Triano said. “The idea is to put shooters around him and you could see how much space there was on the floor when (Troy Daniels) is on the floor and T.J.’s scoring the way that he was.”Phoenix led most of the game but fell behind early in the fourth after Sacramento scored nine consecutive points to go up 97-93.Booker brought the Suns back and scored the final seven points for Phoenix, including a layup past 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, a buzzer-beating 15-footer and a 3-pointer.“He’s a special player,” Chandler said. “You can see it. Just some players that come into this league that just have it. They’re far and few in between, and he’s one of those players.”ADVERTISEMENT Booker scored 13 of his 26 points over the final five minutes, Warren added a double-double and Phoenix came back to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-101 on Friday night.Booker missed nine games with a left adductor strain before returning to score 32 against Memphis on Tuesday. He wasn’t as crisp against the Kings, shooting 9 of 25 from the field, but helped rally the Suns with his late scoring flurry that keyed a 17-4 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Both of us are just natural scorers but in different ways,” Booker said of he and Warren. “Teams usually have one really good defender and sometimes they put it on me, sometimes they put it on him, and the other player gets to attack. It’s a good 1-2 punch.”Warren had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Marquese Chriss added 14 points and seven rebounds while Tyson Chandler had six points and 11 rebounds for the Suns.
A fight over a missing bicycle has landed 28-year-old coconut vendor Clement Jermaine of “C” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown in court on a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Lizam Bishop on July 16, 2018.The court heard that the two men were arguing about the missing bicycle when a fight ensued and Bishop sustained injuries.Jermaine denied inflicting injuries upon Bishop, and told the court he does not understand the charge against him, since Bishop had received only a “small scratch” on one of his fingers.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne did not object to the defendant being placed on bail, but requested that same be substantial.Magistrate Azore, however, placed the defendant on $5000 bail, and set the case for continuation on July 23.
Aurora Gold Mine strike…Harmon hopeful Labour, company find common groundAs almost 300 workers from the Guyana Goldfields company remain on strike, the workers at the Cuyuni -Mazaruni mining location are allegedly being denied food and shelter by the management.Some of the workers were forced to sleep in heavy downpoursThe workers claimed that they were forced to remain in the overnight downpours after the gates were locked.In a video seen by this publication on Thursday, the workers were forced to remain in the showers throughout the night and were overheard in a discussion with Human Resources Personnel over not being provided with food.In addition, the workers inquired about the reason for them being blocked from accessing the company’s Wi-Fi— which is their only means of communication with their families in the city and coastal regions.The workers downed tools since Monday because of concerns over another company taking control of its mining operation and as such, they may not be paid their severance packages among other issues.Information reaching this publication is that the staff has been dissatisfied for several months with the unfair treatment being meted out to them by the management of the company.Some staff members complained bitterly of the discrimination at the hands of the expatriates that the company recruited to hold top positions within the company.A number of the staff members who reached out to Guyana Times complained of gross mistreatment by those foreigners.They claim that at the company, only the foreigners have a say and local workers’ rights are trampled upon. This, they say, is the main reason why the company is opposed to having union representation for those workers.Workers demand Wifi connections as strikes intensifies“They have no regard for us locals working here. Imagine they stopped us from using phone and internet during working hours and it’s unfair as we work so far from our families. They bring foreigners and pay them a ton of money to do the work that folks here can do better and they come here feeling they’re superior and they treat us like crap. We have no voice and can’t complain because the management is all for them,” one worker told this publication.The workers also stated that they have no union representation but a Grievance Committee, headed by its very own Human Resource Manager, which had no interest in the rights and wellbeing of workers.“We as workers don’t have a voice here. The HR department don’t care about the welfare of locals only the foreigners,” the staff added.The workers alleged that the expatriates dismissed staff at their whim and fantasy without benefits and there is nowhere to lodge complaints or to receive representation.“These people just come here, trample upon us and do as they please to. They have the full support or management and we as the small man have no say and we do most of the work. A lot of discrimination goes on here and we are gagged,” the staff stated.Meanwhile, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon at his post-Cabinet press briefing Thursday told reporters that Department of Labour is working with Guyana Goldfields to address the issues affecting the workers that are on strike.The Director General expressed hope that the company and Department of Labour find common ground so that the company can continue to work, produce and provide employment for the Guyana workers employed there.Workers who were flown out from the mining site on Wednesday afternoon met with the Junior Social Protection Minister responsible with labour, Keith Scott.Minister Scott acknowledged the workers concerns about being unrepresented by a union. He gave the Government’s commitment to ensure workers get representation.Another meeting was scheduled for Thursday with the Ministry, company and proposed union representatives but efforts to obtain an update on that meeting proved futile.The workers may return to work temporarily as the parties seek to iron out the issues affecting them, Minister Scott had said.The company, in a statement Wednesday, said that the misunderstanding concerned management and certain open pit contractors.The company said that workers blocked the delivery of ore to its mill. It noted that with the exception of the underground decline, operations were suspended until a resolution could be reached with striking workers.“The company is actively working along with its employees and adhering to applicable laws and regulations and is facilitating communication with the relevant Governmental labour authorities to understand and address employees’ concerns and to resolve the matter as quickly as possible,” it said in the statement.“AGM has been examining options to improve mining performance in order to ensure Aurora’s long-term future. No decisions have been made concerning any possible changes to the mining operation at this time… The company is making arrangements to have the strikers meet with representatives of the Ministry of Labour to mediate the dispute,” the company added.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT took Los Angeles’ city leaders’ handpicked commissioners 15 months to complete their legally mandated review of the city’s neighborhood-council system. And now that Neighborhood Council Review Commission has finally issued its 73 recommendations, City Hall wants … more time to review. The L.A. City Council has shoved the report off to one of its committees, which will then offer its take, eventually, before going back before the full council. Still, even when all the reviewing is done, don’t expect major changes – let alone anything resembling real democracy – to result. The commission, appointed by the City Council and the mayor, offered a bunch of practical but narrow reforms. Among those are a better elections system, a more defined role for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, simpler bill-paying rules, more coherent bylaws, an expedited grievance process and possibly a little bit more of a voice in City Hall. All of which are good as far as they go, but what the councils really need are some real power and adequate funding. And until they get those, they’ll continue to be mostly tokens, even if more efficient ones.
Wrap up and put the fire on as weather forecasters have warned that temperatures are to plunge again tonight across Donegal.The big chill is set to continue as temperatures will dive to -2C.Today it will be mostly dry but with there will be scattered and at times thundery showers – in the west and north in particular. But as it turns to nightfall, it will plummet to sub-zero as frost and icy conditions kick in.A Met Eireann spokesman said: “Today will be a cold, sunny and mostly dry day.“However, there will be scattered showers in coastal counties of the west and north with the odd heavy or thundery shower and also some showers may turn wintry over higher ground.“While tonight will be mostly dry with good clear spells but showers will continue to affect mostly the north and northwest with some turning wintry over higher ground. “It will be cold with lowest temperatures between -2C and +2C leading to frost and icy patches as northerly winds decrease light to moderate but remain fresh near coasts.”Wrap up as temperatures to plunge to -2C tonight was last modified: November 29th, 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:iceplungingtemperatures
Government Minister Joe McHugh has announced that every primary school in Donegal is to be given a Minor Works Grant.All 177 schools in the county are to receive a flat rate grant allowance of €5,500.This will be topped up by €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or class. The Donegal TD said today: “This is a massive boost for all schools in the county today.“The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50-pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300-pupil school.“Schools can use the grant for a variety of school works, including improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds, and the purchase of IT related equipment.”Minister McHugh attended Cabinet this morning with Education Minister Richard Bruton this morning. “The Minister has indicated that with payments will begin to issue next week with all payments going out to our 177 primary schools in Donegal by the end of the month.”Minister Bruton said: “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Boards of Management and school principals in using the Minor Works Grant effectively to improve school infrastructure and upgrade the furniture and equipment available for teaching and learning.”Every primary school in Donegal to get a works grant was last modified: December 5th, 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)
Is it appropriate for scientists to speculate on the evolution of murder? Nature had no problem with it. They allowed Dan Jones, a freelance writer in Brighton, UK, to publish a lengthy article on how murder and warfare evolved. No other explanations for these scourges were mentioned except to dismiss them. Nature has apparently incorporated political science, ethics, theology and criminology as subdomains of evolutionary biology. “What can evolution say about why humans kill?” the article begins, ending not only with the evolution of murder and war, but claims that evolution has even provided humans with a moral sense to mitigate them. Dan Jones began by setting up an opposing voice to knock down:“It is scientifically incorrect to say that we have inherited a tendency to make war from our animal ancestors … that war or any other violent behaviour is genetically programmed into our human nature … [and] that humans have a ‘violent brain’.” These are the ringing words of the ‘Seville Statement on Violence’, fashioned by 20 leading natural and social scientists in 1986 as part of the United Nations International Year of Peace, and later adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It was written to counter the pessimistic view that violence and war are inevitable features of human life. The decades since have not been kind to these cherished beliefs. A growing number of psychologists, neuroscientists and anthropologists have accumulated evidence that understanding many aspects of antisocial behaviour, including violence and murder, requires the study of brains, genes and evolution, as well as the societies those factors have wrought.Jones’s opening shows that 21 years ago, scientists – even those who accepted evolution from animal ancestors – considered it inappropriate to discuss the evolution of war. By arguing against “these cherished beliefs” that were written to counter a pessimistic view, is Jones now promoting pessimism? Not necessarily. He came up with a quasi-optimistic update to the old Darwinian idea that violence is programmed into humans from their evolutionary past. It reads like a kind of bad-news, good-news joke: yes, we are programmed for violence, but we are not as bad as chimpanzees. The implication is that since humans emerged from the apes, evolution appears to have modified its trajectory. Now, humans have evolved to cooperate. In this view, the proverbial angels and devils that sit on our shoulders have also evolved.At the same time, though, historians, archaeologists and criminologists have started to argue that in most places life was more violent – and more likely to end in murder – in the past than it is today. The time span of this apparent decline in violence has been too short for appeals to natural selection to be convincing. If humans have evolved to kill, then it seems that they have also evolved to live without killing, given the right circumstances.Jones described how Martin Daly and Margo Wilson of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, published a book Homicide with this thesis just two years after the Seville Statement. It was the rise of “evolutionary psychology.” They contradicted the Seville Statement by arguing that humans are programmed with violent proclivities, but then let Darwinism off the hook somewhat by claiming that “killing was, by and large, not something that evolution had selected for.” What evolution was selecting for was higher status and reproductive success. Killing and death were just by-products of these goals. Jones presented this as today’s majority view among evolutionary psychologists before delving into alternative views – all based on evolution. Some feel natural selection did select for murder, because in some contexts the benefits outweigh the costs: “Homicide can be such a beneficial solution to adaptive problems in certain, specific contexts that it would be surprising if selection had not fashioned mechanisms to produce lethal aggression,” said David Buss [U of Texas] and Joshua Duntley [Richard Stockton College], authors of a controversial “homicide adaptation theory.” The body of Jones’s article explored various attempts to explain, within evolutionary thinking, why men are more prone to commit murder than women, or how the prefrontal cortex might be organized to promote or preclude violent outbursts. Adrian Raine and Lori LaCasse of USC, for instance, proposed that “Put crudely, murderers don’t have the prefrontal resources to regulate that unbridled emotional output.” Does this make murder an artifact of neural arrangements? Jones elaborated, “Just as evolution has shaped men’s bodies to be, on average, larger than women’s, it has also distributed the resources needed to regulate emotion and aggression unevenly between the sexes.” The discussion proceeded to an even more bizarre concept: the evolution of morality. Evolution has apparently produced neurons that get bent out of shape when moral codes are violated:In an intriguing turn, Raine and his USC colleague Yaling Yang have recently pointed to a link between homicidal behaviour and the capacity to follow moral guidelines. Over the past six years, brain-imaging studies aimed at understanding moral judgements have illustrated the crucial role of the emotional feeling that comes with violating moral codes. Parts of the prefrontal cortex and amygdala that are abnormal in violent individuals and murderers are activated when making moral judgements. Raine and Yang have proposed that these systems serve as the engine that translates moral feelings into behavioural inhibition – an engine that has blown a gasket in the antisocial, violent and murderous.Jones did not define morality, but clearly the moral codes he described are not really moral codes (in the sense of universal standards of right and wrong); they could only be societal norms that passed the natural selection filter, at least for the time being. Normally, moral codes, whatever they are, produce inhibitions in individuals, he said. This is a strictly behavioral definition devoid of meaning. Clearly, rationality or human nature in the classical sense could not be involved. An engine that can blow a gasket is merely a machine. At this point Jones made a shocking statement: in evolutionary terms, war is a good thing:Men are not just more likely to kill other people than women are, they are also more likely to do so in groups – and for some researchers it is in these realms that killing offers real evolutionary value. The murder of one person by another may be almost accidental, an unlooked for by-product of aggression. The murder of members of one group by those of another could be an adaptive behaviour that evolution has encouraged.For support, Jones described chimpanzee studies that show the apes engaging in ruthless warfare and carnage. He then compared the monkey antics with human violence, but backpedaled slightly to avoid describing a straight-line connection: “Moving from studies of chimpanzee coalitional violence and comparisons with small-scale tribal conflicts to understanding modern warfare is, however, far from straightforward.” Chimpanzees fight more within groups than between them, he claimed. One researcher cited said that chimps display 200 times more violent behavior than humans. Another was quoted explaining how humans learned that in-group cooperation was a good strategy. Either way, it’s still all just evolution: “altruism and war co-evolve, promoting conflict between groups and greater harmony within them.” For reasons he did not defend, he merely suggested that evolution selects soldiers over hoodlums:In cultures and societies with a recent history of warfare, children tend to be socialized to tolerate pain and to react aggressively, which prepares them for the possibility of becoming a soldier (arguably something that evolution would favour) or a potentially deadly brawler (probably something it wouldn’t).But could a blind process tell the difference? He did not argue his probabilities. Jones mitigated his pessimistic evolutionary determinism with assertions of the existence of free will:None of this means that a tendency to kill is set in stone; if anything, it shows that humans have evolved to be much less of a risk to each other within groups than they would be if they were as bellicose as chimps. And there is evidence that this risk is reducing further in studies of death rates from both inter-group homicide and intra-group warfare, both of which seem to have plummeted over the millennia.Has Jones not counted up the death tolls from the World Wars? As if to forestall the accusation, he quoted Steven Pinker: “if the wars of the twentieth century had killed the same proportion of the population that die in the wars of a typical tribal society, there would have been two billion deaths, not 100 million.” How either of them could know such a thing was not explained. Instead, statistics were garnered to illustrate historical trends downward in death tolls from wars. The implication is that humans are evolving toward a culture of comity and amity. But isn’t a few centuries “too short a time for evolution to have shaped human nature much”? And couldn’t the falling mortality be due to improvements in policing and medical care? Aren’t people using rationality to decide that war is counterproductive? It was time to rescue Darwin again:A part of the answer that is consistent with an evolutionary approach is a long-term reduction in inequalities of life circumstances and prospects – the inequalities that Daly and Watson see as driving the conflict that leads to killing as a by-product. “In places such as Sweden where every cabbie drives a Mercedes,” says Daly, “people don’t bother to kill so often.” Better provisioning of life’s necessities has also powered the decline, agrees Duntley. When contested resources are made more plentiful, he says, conflict over resources decreases and homicide rates drop.But for all its optimism, this idea sounds deterministic as well. Humans are just pawns of evolutionary and environmental pressures, he argued. When resources are plentiful, they don’t fight. Yet exceptions to this principle abound. There is no shortage of cases where criminals have attacked wantonly (e.g., Willy Horton) or nations fought ruthlessly (e.g., Napoleon), when resources were plentiful. Jones did not deal with the exceptions. What about the morality in all this? Ah, that evolved, too. Dan Jones ended,The evidence suggests that humans may indeed have what the Seville Statement called a ‘violent brain’, in as much as evolution may favour those who go to war. But evolution has also furnished us with a moral sense. The complexities of the relationship between morals and violence may prove a fruitful field for future research, in as much as they can be disentangled from the social and historical factors that clearly hold great sway over the ultimate levels of violence. Evolution is not destiny; but understanding it could help maintain the hard-to-discern progress of peace.Nature decorated this article with photos of a boxer punching out his opponent, and a Napoleon-like figure on horseback leading his finely-dressed army into battle. No longer are these to be seen as images of rational beings who make choices based on morals and reasons. If Dan Jones and the evolutionists he quotes are right, they are pawns of evolutionary forces that play out on a game board of evolutionary-derived neurological propensities for aggression on one side and cooperation on the other. Presumably the evolutionary psychologist’s own rationality is exempt from the game.1. Dan Jones, “Human behaviour: Killer instincts,” Nature 451, 512-515 (2008) | doi:10.1038/451512a; also published at News@Nature.At the risk of sounding redundant, the views in this paper are dumb and evil. Dumb, because they are self-refuting and nothing but presupposition-driven conjectures. Evil, because the fruit of such thinking puts no limits on selfish aggression. If moral absolutes and rationality do not exist – if we are the evolutionary pawns of amoral forces – who is to abide by any claims of a “moral sense”? Morality becomes anything one says it is. Don’t fall for the made-up disclaimer that natural selection has lately favored cooperation. Give a dictator this doctrine and he will define his own morality to include genocide. If he were to succeed, his success would guarantee it was moral, because the only ones left to pass on their genes would be those he allowed to survive. To the Darwin Party priestly class, the rest of humanity are their pets and lab rats. They speak flowery words of peace and morality, but they are conquerors at heart. They say they just want to “understand” human nature, but they envision themselves as disembodied rationalities above the game that traps the rest of us. They would presume to create the environmental conditions under which humans would be precluded from acting out their evolutionary propensities for violence, and could be manipulated for useful purposes – useful, that is, for their own utopian visions. Once again, Dan Jones and the other Yodas he quoted presume to sit in some ethereal oligarchy looking down on an evolved world from an intellectual platform of privilege with no pillars. The arrogant plunderers arrogate to themselves the intellectual resources of the rest of the university. Like modern-day Gnostics possessing higher wisdom unavailable to us boxers and soldiers, they would sit in exalted privilege above the rabble, doling out Mercedes to the cabbies to keep them compliant. (Incorrigible non-cooperators like Christians, philosophers and theologians can be put in zoos, prisons, or otherwise disposed of so as not to jeopardize the regime.) What do you do with people who believe things that are dumb and evil? For one thing, you don’t put them in positions of power, and you don’t give them control of the classroom. Their arguments cannot withstand a moment’s reflection. Using their own assumptions, the propositions in this article reduce to glorified chimpanzee screams as their proponents jump up and down on each other’s soulless chests. They can’t help themselves. Evolution made them this way. Their arguments, therefore, carry no intellectual weight, and are self-refuting. Remember, distinguished scholars, what happens to self-refuting propositions? They are necessarily false. They are not true, they cannot be true, and no amount of research or discovery or reflection will ever make them true. They’re D.O.A., dead, finished. Consider that the most distinguished scientific journal in the world just gave pride of place to a self-refuting article! The situation is desperate. The evil dumb are threatening war against Mansoul. For its own survival, civilization must expose through rational means that the Darwinists are their own suicidal maniacs. By murdering mind and morality, they have demonstrated that they cannot win the game of survival of the intellectually and morally fittest.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Five persons were killed and nine went missing as a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains hit eight dwellings in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district today, officials said.According to Sagalee Additional Deputy Commissioner Jalash Pertin, the landslide around 3.30 pm buried the houses at Laptap village.Rescue operation is on, he said adding there are dim chances of any survivor.The district has been receiving incessant rains since the past four days.Officials said five bodies have been retrieved so far from the debris.Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed deep shock and grief over the incident and ordered urgent rescue operation to evacuate any survivor.He announced ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh each to the next of kins of those killed.He also asked the administration to provide all necessary assistance like food and medicine to the affected people and shift them to safer locations.A 35-member NDRF team has already reached the spot and carrying out rescue operations along with volunteers and villagers.Khandu appealed to people to remain alert and shift from vulnerable places.He said Arunachal Pradesh has been at the receiving end of nature’s fury every year and the best people can do is avoid vulnerable places and stop rampant air cutting and deforestation.
Polynesian seafarers colonized Pacific islands stretching from Samoa and New Zealand to Easter Island and Hawaii centuries before Europeans discovered that ocean. But the details of when and how the Polynesians managed to traverse such vast stretches of open water are little understood. Now, a new archaeological find illuminates the construction of Polynesian canoes, while a study of ancient climate patterns bears on a long-standing debate about when Polynesians acquired the capability to sail into the wind.The first piece of the puzzle is a fragment of a wooden canoe found in 2012 near the Anaweka River on the northwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The 6-meter-long plank is likely part of a hull of a canoe that was originally up to 20 meters long and either had two hulls connected by and supporting a deck or had an outrigger—a sort of minihull connected to the canoe by arms—that provided stability. Radiocarbon dating indicates the canoe made its last voyage around 1400, and researchers believe it was built in New Zealand because it was constructed with wood from trees native to the islands. But two features suggest a strong tie to Polynesia. The plank has ribs carved into the inside face that suggest the craft’s structure resembled a similar-aged canoe from the Society Islands, more than 4000 kilometers to the northeast, the authors report in a paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The plank also has a relief carving of a sea turtle that would have been toward the rear of the craft just above the water line. Such turtles are common artistic motifs among the Polynesians but rarely appear in art native to New Zealand.The second paper addresses a debate over whether Polynesian craft could have fought the winds to travel east. Now, winds in the tropical and subtropical Pacific are easterlies—that is, blowing from east to west; further south, westerlies prevail. Some scholars have taken these wind patterns to mean that Polynesians must have been capable of sailing into the wind to have traveled east from Samoa and the Central Pacific islands southwest to New Zealand. But canoes with that capability apparently only appeared centuries after the Polynesian colonization of those islands. So how did the first explorers get there? In the new study, a group led by Ian Goodwin, a climatologist at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, has concluded that Polynesian sailors might not have had to deal with the challenge of easterlies after all. Because of shifting climate conditions, there were several decades-long windows of opportunity in which Polynesian seafarers could have sailed with the wind at their backs to travel east and other times when winds favored travel between the Central Pacific islands and New Zealand. “Our reconstructed sailing conditions during the period of East Polynesian colonization would have enabled all of the known colonizing routes, and others,” to have been successfully navigated by canoes that couldn’t sail into the wind, the authors report online today, also in PNAS. And those favorable winds prevailed during precisely the periods when archaeological evidence indicates Polynesian colonization occurred. The wind reconstructions, based on new data about past climate, also suggest that Polynesian long-distance voyaging declined after 1300 because the winds shifted to their current patterns.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The canoe paper “is very exciting,” says Andrew Lorrey, a paleoclimate specialist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Auckland. The study enriches the “prewritten history of [New Zealand] and Pacific archaeology in general,” he adds. And the paper on wind patterns presents “a very important result and has implications not only for when settlement might have occurred, but also for return voyaging [of explorers] to tropical Polynesia,” says Bruce McFadgen, an archaeologist at Victoria University of Wellington.They both caution that questions remain. For one thing, the wind patterns paper claims the climate window for sea voyaging to and from New Zealand closed well before 1300, though the canoe is dated to 1400. “There is a timing discrepancy,” says Dilys Johns, an archaeologist at the University of Auckland, who is first author on the canoe paper. She says there is a possibility that the New Zealand canoe builders used traditional techniques passed down through generations long after they lost contact with Polynesia. Lorrey also notes that there could be uncertainties in the radiocarbon dating.Still, the papers don’t settle the question of whether the Polynesians of that age could sail into the wind. Answering that question, McFadgen says, “will test the ingenuity of future archaeological research.”