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Trampling the Constitution

first_imgThe Ebola epidemic is an emergency. I identified it as a threat to international peace and security well before the Security Council declared, and the Government recognised, it as such. Public health and logistics experts and others are addressing it with the fervour, if not the alacrity, required. Once the effort gets into full gear, a reversal of the exponential rate of infection should result. This will portend the ultimate control, and hopefully the elimination, of the disease.While focussing on this problem, urgent attention also needs to be paid to the economic hit that the country faces. A recent World Bank report indicates that the short-term output and fiscal impacts, like the incidence of the disease itself, are expected to be greater for Liberia than for Guinea or Sierra Leone. Accountability and transparency with regard especially to the massive resources being mobilized for the Ebola fight must be prioritised. The Ebola and resulting economic problems, in turn, have political consequences the most obvious of which is the fact that elections are not being held this week in keeping with Articles 45, 46 and 83(a) of the Constitution.Accordingly, one could say that a state of emergency exists. However, ‘state of emergency’, as lawyers like to put it, is a term of art, having specific legal signification. It is very carefully defined in the Constitution and, when declared, may result in emergency powers being used. So, is there a ‘state of emergency’ as spelled out in the Constitution?The Constitution is the fundamental law, our secular bible. Why? Because it is the will of the people in whom, after all, all power is inherent. Such inherence is not by gift of the Constitution, although it is good to see that this immutable law of mankind is recognised in Article 1. Popular sovereignty is fundamental, learned by observing the human condition. Like the law of self-preservation or the law of gravity, it cannot be repealed – certainly not on this planet. Unlike them, the Constitution can be changed, but only by reference to the sovereign people. Indeed, the Constitution does need amendment, perhaps even thorough revision. Until that happens, it must be fully respected, not trampled.Article 86(b) clearly and unequivocally provides that a state of emergency may be declared ONLY in the case of ‘a threat or outbreak of war’ or ‘civil unrest’ that threatens the Republic and represents ‘a clear and present danger’. That is not our situation now. Under our system, the Legislature makes the law, the Executive ensures that it is carried out, and the Supreme Court interprets it – all in conformity with the Constitution. All senior officials take an oath to defend the Constitution and laws of the Republic. (See Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, 1986, Articles 31, 53 and 70.)The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives had the right idea when he suggested that the Supreme Court weigh in on whether Article 86(b) could be used to cover the Ebola crisis. While it would be unusual for the Court to issue an advisory opinion, it would not be a novel event, for the Court has done so at least once, in 1876. (See Opinion of the Court on Interpretation of Section 6, Article II of the Constitution, 1 LLR 509 (1876)). The Court would consider all the facts and circumstances and likely refer to‘minutes of constitution commission’ to determine the intent of the drafters of the Constitution, as it did in a recent case (See Toe v. FrontPage Africa Newspaper, decided 15 July 2013). The drafters obviously had in mind the sad history of emergency powers which were used to victimize some of them.Emergency powers have been the bane of Liberia’s existence since, at least, the beginning of World War II which was used as a convenient pretext in 1939 to pass an Emergency Powers Act. Thereafter, Acts were passed regularly, often suspending the writ of habeas corpus, something that can no longer be done. (See Constitution, 1986, Article 87(b)). Under the 1847 Constitution, the writ could be suspended for not more than 12 months. (See Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, 1847, Article I, Sec. 20th.) On occasion, the suspension was renewed from year to year, in keeping with the letter, though not the spirit, of the constitutional injunction. In 1961 and 1967-68, the Acts were used to suppress labour strikes and the latter Act was a handy tool in the prosecution of Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Sr. for an alleged coup plot. Interestingly, the 1961 Act granted to the President ‘nineteen sweeping powers, including authority to expand the army and police, mobilize and conscript all labor, commandeer private property without going through the courts, order arrest without warrants, and detain citizens for one year without bail.’ (See Carl Patrick Burrowes. Power and Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970: The Impact of Globalization and Civil Society on Media-Government Relations).These sweeping delegations of authority were, in effect, derelictions of duty – manifestations of hubris, avarice and a collective autocratic psyche. They point to a need for the restoration of governmental balance, devolution of central power and repeal of oppressive laws.Are emergency powers required to combat Ebola? No new powers needed to be invoked to disinfect the apartment and vehicle of the health care worker in Houston, Texas who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian. Had she refused, a simple court order would have solved the problem. We have similar remedies already on the books.Another thorny question concerns the senatorial elections which were to have been held this week. In order not to have violated the Constitution, an amendment should have been arranged. This would not be possible under a de jure ‘state of emergency’. In any case, conducting an amendment referendum would have posed the very same problem – exposing participants to Ebola contamination – ostensibly being sought to be avoided by the postponement.Could elections be held in the midst of an Ebola outbreak? Perhaps. Experts may be able to design them in such a way as to minimize the risk of contamination. Was this possibility considered? In any event, it is interesting to note that U.S. presidential elections were held in 1864 during their civil war.The conundrum presented by postponing the elections could have been resolved with prior broad political negotiations at the most senior level and involving all stakeholders, similar to the Accra peace process in 2003 when representative groups came together to forge a peace and make necessary changes to the Constitution – an awkward solution, but one that was required to resolve an even more awkward problem. The beauty of such an arrangement is that it would get as close to popular involvement as possible. This would encourage broad, willing acceptance.It is not too late.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eccles residents still waiting for barricade to be repaired

first_img2 months later…as container, heavy-duty trucks traverse residential roadThe destruction of a barricade at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD), which prevented container and heavy-duty trucks and other large vehicles from entering the industrial site through the residential area, is causing much worry for residents.Residents of the community have reached out to Guyana Times, pointing out that having waited for years for their roads to be properly fixed, they are fearful that the traversing of heavy-duty trucks will destroy the infrastructure.The destroyed overhead barricade which previously prevented large vehicles from entering the residential access roadThe barricade was placed at the beginning of the industrial site so as to prevent heavy-duty vehicles from using the residential area’s roads.“It is not a case where the Eccles residential road is the only access to the industrial site. There is a dedicated road for these trucks. However, they purposefully knocked down the barrier so as to use this particular road, because it’s a shorter distance for them,” an annoyed resident said.The industrial site is accessed through the Eccles, EBD access road leading to the Haags Bosch landfill.According to residents, since the overhead barricade was broken, no measures were put in place by the Ramsburg-Eccles Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), to prevent the container trucks from using the residential roads, rather than the industrial one which is allocated for large vehicles.For the past eight weeks since the barricade broke, these trucks have been seen traversing the newly-built roads, especially in the wee hours of the morning.Residents reiterated that they have waited for years to have their roads properly fixed and it would be unfair to have them in a deplorable state again because of unscrupulous truck drivers.Two heavy-duty trucks using the residential road to gain access to the industrial siteWhen this publication contacted the Ramsburg-Eccles NDC, the overseer Ryan Singh indicated that the Council was working with the company, whose driver broke the overhead barricade.However, “inclement weather conditions” during the past two months proved a hindrance for the workers who were tasked with fixing the barricade.“We went to fix it, but every time we go, we couldn’t because the rain was falling. The man can’t do the welding in the rain, so they had to come back,” Singh stated.However, residents in the area are calling on the NDC to have the barricade fixed as soon as possible, saying that rain was not an excuse for such a long delay.last_img read more

RCMP Looking for Stolen Horse Trailer

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout for a stolen horse trailer.The trailer was taken from the Hilltop Drive area of Charlie Lake sometime on Tuesday, September 9th. The trailer is a 28 foot, white, 2000(model year) Sundowner with “Big Eagle” written in gold on the back and side panels. The trailer is estimated to be worth approximately $45,000.00.If you have any information, contact the Fort St. John RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Vineland Boys member gets life

first_imgAccording to a 2005 federal indictment, the gang traded in narcotics and high-end illegal weapons and stole expensive appliances from construction sites. It also aligned itself with the Mexican Mafia prison gang to increase its narcotics trade and control large swaths of the Valley, according to the indictment. The group became a major target for local law enforcement when reputed member David Garcia allegedly gunned down Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka near Bob Hope Airport in November 2003. Garcia is awaiting trial. The federal racketeering case against the gang began in June 2005, when federal and local authorities staged pre-dawn raids against Vineland Boys members. In total, 49 were indicted.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Quite frankly, I don’t believe you,” the judge said. Family members of the victim, Martha Puebla, 16, sat in a row in the back of the gallery but said nothing. Puebla was killed in 2003 after gang members found out she was going to testify against them. On July 25, while attorneys were selecting a jury for his trial, Covarrubias agreed to plead guilty in Puebla’s murder. In exchange, the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. Covarrubias also received a 20-year sentence for the attempted murder of Martin Martinez, who was shot and left paralyzed in October 2004, and 10 years for discharging a firearm in relation to his gang activities. Founded in the 1980s by members of a San Fernando Valley-area football team, the Vineland Boys was one of the most prominent and violent gangs in the communities of Burbank, Sylmar and Sunland. A member of a once-powerful San Fernando Valley gang who admitted killing a teenage girl and other crimes to avoid the death penalty was sentenced today to life in prison. In handing down the term for Vineland Boys member Javier Covarrubias, 22, of Sun Valley, U.S. District Judge John Walter called the crimes “most heinous and most despicable.” When the judge asked him if he had anything to say, Covarrubias said, “I’m innocent. That’s all.” He said he only pleaded guilty to spare his family from the hardship of a trial. last_img read more

IT’S BACK TO THE 80s FOR LORETO GIRLS (AND JUST LOOK AT THAT HAIR!)

first_imgEX-CONVENT girls are set for a trip down memory lane next month – at reunion bash.The year in celebration is 1985; the year Bob Geldof ran Live Aid at Wembley, the first commercial flight took off from Knock and in Ballinspittle in Co Cork two woman claimed to have seen a statue of Mary move!The reunion is for students who started at Loreto convent in Letterkenny 1985. One of organisers Helen Kelley told us: “We are holding a big get-together in Arena 7 on Saturday May 12th at 7.30pm. All money raised on the night will go to the Donegal Hospice.“A great night is promised and we would like to thank everyone who has shown an interest to date, submitted photos (although some quite dubious!!) and shared their stories.“Already it has been a great trip down memory lane and we haven’t even had the main event yet! Hope to see as many people as possible all there.”For ticket information and further details email loretoreunion85@gmail.com or check out the Facebook page, ‘Loreto Letterkenny Class of ’85 Reunion’. Or talk to one of the organising committee:Helen KelleyRoisin Melia PattersonDonna BroganTracy Cannon Helen StewartMargaret DevenneyIT’S BACK TO THE 80s FOR LORETO GIRLS (AND JUST LOOK AT THAT HAIR!) was last modified: April 24th, 2012 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)Tags:IT’S BACK TO THE 80s FOR LORETO GIRLS (AND JUST LOOK AT THAT HAIR!)loreto convent letterkennylast_img read more

BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgDonegal v TyroneCongratulations to Ryan Bradley and the Donegal team on beating Tyrone to earn their place in the Ulster Senior Football Championship final on July 17th. If you intend going to the final please get your requests in as early as possible to secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ieBord na nÓg Under 14 Hurling: Our u14 hurlers did themselves proud at the weekend when they travelled to Ballygar, Galway to take part in the All Ireland Feile na nGael final’s. This festival of juvenile hurlers was the climax of what has been a very successful year for the club. They played host club Ballygar in the first match on Friday in difficult wet conditions. The boys were slow to start but soon settled and recorded a 2:7 to 1:1 win with Sam Doherty scoring 2:2, Dylan Duffy 0:3, Tom Clare 0:1, Aedan Stokes 0:1, with Patrick Wilson, James Doherty, Sam Doherty and Dylan shining. After a quick bite to eat, it was back onto the bus and travel to Loughrea for the Parade, the weather was atrocious but they boys were greeted at the review stand by the legendary Michael O’Muircheartaigh and a large cheer from the large travelling Buncrana support.It was an early start on Saturday morning for a short trip to Fohenagh to play to games against Four Roads and Ahascaragh/Fohenagh. They played the latter first, this time they were on fire from the start and ran into a commanding lead and maintained it throughout with the outstanding Tom Clare scoring 1:6, other scorers were Sam Doherty 0:1 and the young Niall Doherty scoring 1:0. Final score 2:7 to 0:2.Tom and Sam were well supported by Patick Wilson, Darren Doherty, Dylan Duffy and Paul Nelson. During this game Sam and Kevin Vaughan suffered injuries resulting in the loss of the hardworking Kevin Vaughan with a hand injury putting him out for the rest of the competition.Next up was Four Roads this was going to be a winner takes all match, Sam Doherty had to rest due to the injury received in the previous game. This was a tight match from the start and both side’s went in at halftime 2:2 each. The re-introduction of Sam was the turning point and within minutes of coming on he scored probably the best goal of the weekend and we were in a commanding lead, he was ably supported by Dylan Duffy and ran out winners on a scoreline of 4:4 to 3:3, scorers Dylan Duffy 3:1, Sam Doherty 1:1,Tom Clare 0:1 and Daniel Deery 0:1, Patrick Wilson, Patrick Kelly, Dylan and Sam will have been best pleased with their performance, the final whistle was greeted by loud cheers from the large travelling support which had been swollen with a large following who travelled down on Saturday.Both sides were applauded off the pitch by both sets of supporters.After a quick regroup it was off to Ballinasloe to play Padraig Pearses (Galway) in the semi-final and into a knockout situation. The game was played in perfect conditions, Pearse’s started the brighter and went into an early lead but our lads never panicked and a Declan McCarron goal settled the nerves. The halftime score was 2:2 to 2:2. The second half was end to end with no quarter asked or given and could have gone either way and was only decided in the dying minutes with the Galway club winning on a scoreline of 5:4 to 3:4. Scorers were Sam 1:1, Tom 0:3, Dylan 1:0, keeper Darren Fitzpatick and backs Patrick Wilson, Ben Doherty, James Doherty ,Paul Nelson, Darren Doherty, Sam Doherty, Tom Clare, Oisin Grant and Dylan Duffy impressing. The final whistle brought to the end what has been a fantastic season for the team that has won three competition’s already and as Pearse’s went on to win the final, it was close to a quadruple. The dressing room after the match was not a place for the faint hearted, tears were shed but these boys did themselves proud and were a credit to their club and county and they helped raise the profile of Donegal hurling. The match officials had officiated at 6 Division one Feile games that day could not believe the standard of hurling from the Buncrana hurlers and singled out Sam Doherty as the best player they had seen all day. The 24 players in the panel all contributed to what was a memorable weekend for everyone involved. Thanks to the Ballygar club for hosting us, to Owen McDaid who provided transport and helped look after the boys’ every need, to all the supporters who travelled, to Tom Clare and Gerry Vaughan for their hard work and effort and raised the expectations of hurling in the club but most of all to the boys themselves who gave us a fantastic 2011 season. The team was Darren Fitzpatrick, Ben Doherty, Patrick Wilson, Patrick Kelly, Kevin Vaughan, James Doherty, Sam Doherty(capt), Aedan Stokes, Darren Doherty, Paul Nelson, Dylan Duffy, Tom Clare, Oisin Grant, Craig Doherty, Declan McCarron,Daniel Deery, Fiachra MacLochlainn, Niall Doherty, Luke Timlin, Kevin Vaughan, David Doherty, Aran Craig, PJ McCarron and Matthew Wilson. The weekend will have lasting memories for all involved but a big thank you goes to PJ McCarron (snr) for organising the magical mystery tour of Connamara on the way to the parade in Loughrea on Friday night.Under 15 HurlingCongratulations to Seosamh Gallanagh and Jack O’Loughlin who played for the Donegal U15 County Hurling Team in the Peter O’Keefe Memorial Cup on Saturday in Ballyshannon. They played Mayo in the final and Donegal came away winners, 3-10 to 3-00.‘Get-Fit’ Football Training for Women“Want to get fit and have a bit of craic as well? Join other women with the same objective every Monday night at 8pm at the Scarvey. We are playing gaelic football and it’s not competitive just FUN. No experience needed you only need to be over 18 years of age.” Benefit from the fitness expertise developed by the GAA! Bord na nÓg – Summer Activities(1)The Club will be hosting a VHI Cúl camp, including football and hurling for boys and girls, from July 11 – July 15. For Application Forms and information contact Leo Gill 086 086 8260.(2)The club will host a series of activities for teenagers, including ‘Video Analysis of Your Playing Style’, a canoe trip and a drumming workshop. Dates are July 5-7. Contact Sean Noonan 087 923 2988 for information.(3) A meeting of club underage football coaches will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday June 22 at 7.00pm LottoThe results of the club’s lotto draw which, took place on Tuesday 21st June in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows. The winning numbers drawn for the €10,000 jackpot were 04-14-27-31.There were no winners. The winning numbers for the €2,000 Lotto Plus draw were 21-22-31-32. There were also no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Conor Gill, Backhill;Fiachra O’Flaherty, ℅ Bar;James Molloy, Castle Park;Geraldine Bradley, Castle Avenue;Johnny McDaid, ℅ Adrian Doherty.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration.To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaBUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 27th, 2011 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:Buncran GAA clublast_img read more

TRAGIC CONOR IS HOME FOR GOOD

first_imgThe hearse carrying the late Conor Boyle arrives in Co Donegal today.This is the poignant and heartbreaking scene as the late Conor Boyle arrives home to his beloved Donegal.West Donegal came to a silent standstill as the remains of the 18 year old arrived by hearse earlier today.His older brothers Liam and James, who worked with him in London, travelled in the hearse, while his parents Hugh and Sheila, brothers Shane, Darragh and Owen travelled behind the hearse. More than 200 students from Loughanure, Annagry and Ranafast National Schools as well as pupils from Rosses Community School and PCC Falcarragh held candles as Conor’s remains arrived.ConorA guard of honour was formed by members of Naomh Muire GAA Club and the local boxing club.Pupils, many friends of the beloved young 18 year old popular teenager, wept openly as he arrived home to his final resting place.Hundreds of people are expected at Conor’s family home in Loughanure in the next two days for his wake. He will be laid to rest at the Star of the Sea church in Annagry after funeral mass at 1pm on Sunday. TRAGIC CONOR IS HOME FOR GOOD was last modified: September 28th, 2013 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:Conor BoylefuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

Kenya’s Kabuu fails anti-doping test, suspended from athletics competition

first_img Tags: AIUIAAFKabuuKiprop Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu crosses the finish line in 00:31:48 seconds to win the overall women’s title at the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014.Another high profile athlete from Kenya has been suspended after testing positive for banned narcotics, the Athlete Integrity Unit (AIU) has announced.According to the AIU, which is an IAAF unit charged to monitor doping among the athletes, former Commonwealth Games champion Lucy Wangui Kabuu, 34, who has run under the two hours and 20 minutes in marathon, is provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned narcotic morphine.The Kenyan veteran athlete represented Kenya twice at the Olympic Games, finishing in the top ten of the 10,000m race in both 2004 and 2008. She has a personal best time of 2:19:34 from Dubai marathon in 2012.“A provisional suspension is when an athlete or other person is suspended temporarily from participating in any competition or activity in athletics prior to a final decision at a hearing conducted under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct,” said the AIU statement on Saturday.This came just days after AIU suspended another Kenyan sprinter Boniface Mweresa for failing a doping test in June and was hence dropped from Kenya’s team to the Africa Championships, which are currently going on in Asaba, Nigeria.Multiple world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop is also suspended after his sample B tested positive to EPO and he is waiting for the final verdict from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).According to the AIU, Kabuu’s suspension takes effect on Aug. 1 after her blood samples showed presence of morphine, a prohibited substance under Article 2.1 of the anti-doping rules.“The AIU has issued a notice of charge against Lucy Kabuu for a violation of Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules. The Kenyan marathon runner has been provisionally suspended from all competition,” AIU statement read in part.Kabuu, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion, returned to action this year after a prolonged season out and won the Milano Marathon in April.Alongside Kabuu and Kiprop, other athletes suspended by AIU pending the conclusion of their cases include Hilary Kepkosgei Yego and Bahraini Ruth Jebet, who train and lives in Kenya.“In doping cases, a provisional suspension is mandatory under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules following an adverse analytical finding for any non-specified substance on the Prohibited List,” added AIU.Kenya has dominated the middle and long distance races but its athletes have suffered more with over 50 having failed doping tests in the past six years.IAAF has since placed Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine under class one category for countries whose athletes are most likely to dope.Now all Kenyan athletes going for international competition will be tested three times in the 10 months prior to world championships and Olympics.Comments last_img read more

Further proof that Sharks vs. Golden Knights is the NHL’s best rivalry

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device I love this rivalry so damn much. pic.twitte … You know you have a rivalry on your hands when it’s Game On before they even fire up the Zambonis.So it happened Wednesday night when a San Jose Sharks fan, in enemy territory, handed out souvenirs to fans of the Las Vegas Golden Knights before the season opener for both squads.A @SanJoseSharks fan was handing these out to @GoldenKnights fans before the game. last_img read more

Peacocks Don’t Dress for Success

first_imgThe male peacock’s fancy feather show: an icon of Darwin’s theory of sexual selection, right?  Then why did Japanese scientists tell Discovery News that the females pay them little attention?    The article claims that the male’s appearance fails to interest, much less excite, the females, who seem to pay more attention to his singing.  “The determination throws a wrench in the long-held belief that male peacock feathers evolved in response to female mate choice,” the article says.  “It could also indicate that certain other elaborate features in galliformes, a group that includes turkeys, chickens, grouse, quails and pheasants, as well as peacocks, are not necessarily linked to fitness and mating success.”    What’s more, the scientists, who observed peacock mating displays for six years, could not find a correlation between the attractive males and their fitness.  Females were seen to run around males they preferred and get them to shiver their feathers.  These were not the ones with the most elaborate displays.  They speculated that maybe the fancy feathers are obsolete mating signals, and that vocalizations are now more important.    They realize this is controversial and more testing will need to be done.  A UK scientist added that the feathering display, which is a function of hormone levels, is a poor indicator of fitness, both at the gene level and in the mature bird.    How, then, can a scientist say female dinosaur’s were attracted to a male’s frill?  MSNBC News quoted Terry Gates at the University of Utah Museum saying this: “That whole section of the head was for sexual display, it was all ornamentation.  The females liked it.”  The article proclaimed the line: “Ladies lured by dinosaur’s giant horns.”  But if we cannot be sure living birds are attracted to one of the most elaborate and beautiful examples of sexual dimorphism, how could anyone understand what an extinct dinosaur found attractive?It’s impossible to get into the mind of a peahen or dinosaur and see what is affecting her choice of mate.  Still, this is a big blow to a major speculation that made Darwin famous.  Charlie has had orders of magnitude more fame than the usual fifteen minutes, and most of his ideas have been defrocked like a plucked turkey.  Can we move on?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more