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“If it is confirmed that Bartomeu is ultimately responsible, he must resign and call elections”

first_imgMessage from the protection club: “Before making the commitment, I sent a letter to the president to inform him of our project, which is not against anyone. We want to explain it to the partner, which is not easy, and we are involved in this story.”The healthiest thing now, an early election?: “Football is a crazy and resultist world, but we all have to promote peace and stability. If it were confirmed that the ultimate responsibility is the one that governs the club, advance elections should be called. But, come on, in recent months it has been proved that there is no project. “If Victor Font is president, Xavi, coach?: “We work with the idea that it is a fundamental piece of the Barça project for the next 10 years, regardless of whether I am a coach or not. I do not have Xavi’s yes to be a coach, but we must create the conditions to direct or co-direct the sports project. “Neymar signing ?: “The president will not decide who signs up and who doesn’t. That said, I think the club does not try to allow it institutionally or economically.”Are you worried that Messi can leave?: “No, because he is as culé as I am, that is why I have the feeling that he does not intend to leave. I think he will retire at Barça.” Víctor Font, candidate for the elections of Barcelona, ​​spoke in ‘El Larguero’ of the Cadena SER about the news spread on Monday morning by the program What T’hi Jugues that the Blaugrana club hired a company that created accounts in different social networks to damage the image of soccer players, former players, former presidents and also himself.Surprised?: “I am, especially when knowing details. We have been a little moved for a few weeks. We are aware or intuited that there was something organized, because there were strange things. It is a serious problem.”You suspect: “That there were people, that it seems that some are from Barcelona, ​​who criticize, and all with the same message, is surprising.”Victor Font, objective: “It surprises me, because we are working on a project for the future, we are not part of the club’s Cainite wars, we are out of the environment. It is incredible that club money, members’ money is used to do these things.”Will you report?: “Now is the answer, we are not sure what we are going to do. We have made a statement to request trasnparecnai. The president and the club should give a press conference to give explanations.”Resignation of Basrtomeu and early elections: “If it is confirmed that he is ultimately responsible, responsibility should be clarified. These things put the club in moral bankruptcy.” last_img read more


All foreign players banned from NCAA starting Season 96

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “We talked about it during our policy board meeting that foreign players will only play until Season 95 so they won’t be allowed by Season 96,” said Gusi in Filipino.READ: Excess imports FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGusi believes that by not having any foreign player, the playing field will be more balanced.“Not having any foreign player makes participation of teams almost equal,” Gusi told in Filipino. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next F1 team Red Bull confirms expected switch to Honda engines Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers02:14Carpio 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES “If you will ask me, I am in favor if there is no foreign player. I don’t know about the others.”READ: Quo vadis, collegiate ‘imports?’Foreign players have dominated the league for the past several years. Two seasons ago, Jio Jalalon was the lone player with Filipino blood included in the Mythical Five while all individual awards were won by imports.Nigerian Allwell Oraeme, who was a former center at Mapua, won back-to-back MVP awards starting Season 91 where he was also named Rookie of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan towncenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The NCAA Season 92 Mythical Five Team: Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme, Arellano’s Jio Jalalon, Perpetual Help’s Bright Akhuetie, San Beda’s Donald Tankoua, and Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA has decided to ban foreign student-athletes across all sports, as per the league’s management committee chairman Frank Gusi.According to Gusi, no foreign player will be allowed to suit up by Season 96 regardless if he or she has playing years left.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more



first_imgLocal Letterkenny company Orbit Security is celebrating 18-years in business by opening a fantastic new showroom. Local man Martin Hilferty set up the company back in 1996 and has seen the business go from strength to strength over the years.Through thick and thin Martin has built up a big a client base throughout Ireland offering various services including Static Security Guards, Event Security, Mobile Patrol & Key Holding. With the security industry growth has been going form strength to strength. In 2000 Martin added a System’s & services division to the business offering CCTV systems, Alarm Systems, Fire Alarms Systems Access Control & Automated Gates.In 2005 Martin’s brother Pauric joined the team and now Orbit Security employs over 80 full time and part time staff with their new showroom at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny and office’s in Dublin and now are expanding into the UK market.Martin told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security’s growth has been both challenging and exciting over the years, but I would really like to thank all our staff for all there hard work and dedication.In 2013 Martin and Pauric launched another section to the business called Guardian I with cutting edge technology coupled with the very latest in monitoring offering clients a 24hour security solution at a fraction of the cost. Pauric told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security is a local business with a national presence and now entering the UK market is a massive positive step for the company in the future growth.Gary Gamble will be broadcasting live from the official opening of their new showroom in the Mountain Top this Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm.Orbit Security is NSAI certified in “Intruder Alarms”, “Guarding Services” and Alarm Monitoring and is licencedby The Private Security Authority of Ireland.ORBIT SECURITY CELEBRATE EIGHTEEN YEARS IN BUSINESS BY OPENING FANTASTIC NEW ‘SHOWROOM’ was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsOrbit Securitylast_img read more



first_imgA man who refused to leave his fiancee’s flat after she called Gardai when he was drunk has been fined €100.Patrick Ward, of Flat 1, The Diamond, Lifford was arrested by Gardai on February 4th last after his girlfriend became concerned over his behaviour.The 35 year old father-of-two refused and he was arrested a short time later. Ward appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court said his client pleaded guilty and put quite simple, he said drink does not agree with him.“He has made some efforts and his family have tried to get him off the drink and it is up to him now or he will be going back to Catslerea Prison,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ward €100 and gave him two months to pay.DRUNK MAN FINED FOR REFUSING TO LEAVE FIANCEE’S FLAT was last modified: March 8th, 2016 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:donegaldrunkJudge Paul KellyLiffordPatrick Wardlast_img read more


Man who punched car in long-running dispute has ‘wrong perception of life’

first_imgA Donegal man who punched a car causing damage to the back panel has ‘the wrong perception of life’, a court has been told.Wesley McKnight (24), with an address in Muff, was before Letterkenny District Court after an alleged incident on Friday, June 11, 2014 at Ramelton. Inspector Barry Doyle said that Raymond Murray made a complaint to Milford Garda Station that his Honda Civic had been damaged.Garda Carty was told by Mr Reilly that he had been outside Conway’s when he heard a loud bang and saw Wesley and Margaret McKnight standing at the passenger side of the car.McKnight admitted punching the back panel of the car, causing €250 worth of damage.McKnight, the court heard, had a previous conviction from October 2015 of assault causing harm to the same injured party.The court was told that ‘an ex-girlfriend is involved’ in the dispute between the parties.“There was no malice from Mr McKnight,” defending solicitor Patsy Gallagher said.“These matters go back a number of years and there is another matter for Carndonagh court that goes back a while.“It could be classed as extremely childish the way they have dealt with matters. He has the wrong perception of life, but he accepts that it happened and wants to move on.”Mr Gallagher said his client was under the care of his parents, who have ‘serious health issues’The matter was adjourned until June 21, with the Carndonagh court matter put back to the same date. Judge Paul Kelly called for a probation report in the case.Man who punched car in long-running dispute has ‘wrong perception of life’ was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Garda CartyInspector Barry DoyleJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtRameltonWesley McKnightlast_img read more


South Africa’s message at the 2017 Mining Indaba

first_imgStarting on 6 February, the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba is again taking place in Cape Town. It gives South Africa an opportunity to position itself as a viable investment destination that is always open for business.The 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba takes place from 6-9 February in Cape Town. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterTo the more than 6,000 people from mining houses, investment firms, governments and other professionals attending the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, commonly referred to as the Mining Indaba, South Africa’s message is clear: we are open for business.It is also an opportunity for South Africa to position itself as a competitive destination, attractive for investment.Hosted in Cape Town from 6 to 9 February, this year’s theme is “Leveraging the next wave of growth: How can you invest in African mining to make long-term profits?”.South Africa’s messageSouth Africa is a dynamic and stable economy with solid economic fundamentals.Our prudent fiscal management and monetary policies have created macroeconomic stability.The country’s sound financial system, highly regulated banking sector and world-class infrastructure supports investment.South Africa is a competitive business and investment destination.In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, South Africa has improved in 10 out of 12 pillars.South Africa stands at 35 out of 50 countries in the Anholt-Gfk Nation Brand Index.South Africa is implementing a nine-point plan towards economic recovery and growth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Report: The 3 Biggest Enterprise Website Malware Vulnerabilities

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise#Products Malware certainly isn’t new to the web, but according to data compiled by Microsoft and Websense and cited by Dasient, daily malware infection have been growing rapidly over the past few years.Third-party WidgetsBy widgets, Dasient is referring to traffic analytics, embedded video, polls, and other JavaScript based apps that connect to third party web sites. The more of these widgets a website employs, the more opportunity there is for malware to find its way onto a site. Even legitimate service providers can be compromised. According to Dasient, 75% of websites use external JavaScript widgets.Third-party AdvertisingThe highest profile case of “malvertising” was last year’s New York Times ad hijack. Hackers posed as a legitimate national advertiser placed an innocuous ad for a week, then switched it out for a malware propagating fake antivirus ad. Dasient says 42% of websites display external advertisements.Third-party applicationsHelp desk, forums, CRM, CMS and other externally facing web applications can all be exploited, especially if they’re not properly patched. The report sites a whopping 91% of websites have some outdated web applications.About DasientDasient, founded by former Google engineers Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi and former McKinsey strategy consultant Ameet Ranadive, offers malware risk assessment, monitoring and removal services. In addition to various paid services, the company offers a free monitoring tool to notify web masters if their site has been blacklisted. We previously covered Dasient here. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now A white paper released today by malware monitoring company Dasient identifies third party elements beyond the control of company webmasters as the biggest security holes in most enterprise web sites. Specifically, Dasient identifies third party JavaScript widgets, advertising and web applications as the biggest liabilities. klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more


Mobile Operating System Market Share, Feb. 2011 (Infographic)

first_imgTags:#mobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … We just came across this great infographic which provides a visualization of the various mobile operating system market shares from around the world and how each platform’s share differs from region to region. The data is pulled from Statcounter, so it may not be the most accurate representation of mobile data there is, but it’s probably not too far off, at least in general terms.The infographic was created by and we spotted on the excellent Posterous site “Cool Infographics” maintained by Techmeme editor Mahendra Palsule.Click on the image below for a larger version.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Related Posts last_img read more


A Visual History Of The Web Told Through Webby Winners

first_imgEvery year, the Web changes a little bit more. As the years tick by, we may not notice how everything on the Internet is becoming a little bit more beautiful, a little easier to use. But, if you remember what the Web looked like in 1995 and now look around at what we have now in 2013, it is the difference between antiquity and modernity. The Webby Awards have been celebrating the best on the Web since 1997. Like the Web, the Webby Awards have grown in size and stature in the last 16 years and are now considered the highest honor that a website can garner these days. The 17th annual Webby Awards will be given next week on April 9th. To commemorate another year, the Webby Awards teamed up with Internet Explorer to produce a graphic timeline of the Web, as told through Webby winners since 1997. If you have some time to burn, hop on over to the site and see how the Web has evolved since the days before the Dot Com Bubble to the Mobile Revolution.Below, we took some of the best examples of how the Web has evolved since 1997. From SonicNet to TED Talks, the transformation of the Web from function to design has been remarkable.1997SonicNet Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Family Planet won the Home category for the Webby’s in 1997 and it is perhaps the quintessential late 1990s website. Actually, it is quite a bit better than most late 1990s websites. You can start seeing some of the early design trends that would pervade the Web for years to come in Family Planet, with the three column layout and banner headline on the top.2000Thrive Online Nike won another Webby in 2010 with Jumpman: A History of Flight. It was basically a way to show of Nike shoes through the years, especially those of basketball star Michael Jordan. The timeline-style website was informative, interactive and visually appealing. Nike might seem like an odd company to have such influence over the design of the Web, but it has proved multiple times that it can bring on the right people to implement creative new ideas to push boundaries. History of Flight won the Webby for Best Design – Aesthetics in 2010.2011TED Talks Flickr won multiple Webby awards in 2006, including Best Practices and Best Navigation/Structure. If you can believe it, Yahoo was actually good at bringing quality websites to the masses once upon a time (Yahoo acquired Flickr from Ludicorp in 2005). Flickr was the photo sharing site in the mid-2000s and its mix of design and functionality was second to none. 2009The Turbo Gene Test dan rowinski I am a proponent of giving NASA a lifetime achievement Webby just for being awesome. At a time when most government-run websites were husks of hyperlinks and text, NASA was pushing forward with visuals, videos and science. 2006Google Earth Tags:#design#web Gaming and computers have always mixed. Who was a kid int he 1980s and did not play Oregon Trail or Carmen San Diego? By 2003, games on the Web were becoming big business and Orisinal was an original player providing cute animal-based games that proved to be the biggest time-suck ever. “Apple Season” was a favorite, where players tried to catch as many apples as possible. NASA Towards the latter half of the 2000s, the Web became more interactive. NikeID, the website for Nike’s sensor-laden running show, was a great example of how brands and websites could show off their product in interesting visual and interactive fashions. NikeID won the Webby in 2009 for Best Design – Function. 2010Nike – A History Of Flight If we were to break the first 20 years or so of the Internet into two epochs, the boundary line between the two would be Google’s initial public offering in 2004. Since Google went public, the Internet has become faster, information has become easier to obtain and design has drastically increased. Google has had a large part to say in this. Google Earth won the Webby in 2006 for Best Design – Function. Google Earth made satellite imagery, once a curiosity for students and researchers, in the hands of anyone at had access to an Internet browser.Flickr By the time the new century rolled around, the Web started to look a little bit better than it had in the 1990s. Browsers were better and quality designers were buckling down on a more aesthetic Web. Then the Dot Com Bubble burst and many of those designers soon found themselves out of work. Thrive Online won the Health category in 2000 with a bold design, big fonts and front and center pictures.Epicuriouscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market TED Talks have become must-see Internet over the past couple of years. In 2011, the TED website won the Webby for Best Design – Function. TED has shown us new ways to think about live and how video communities live on the Internet. 2012Kinetic Fanzine No. 1 Not everything was slick and trim in the year 2000. Epicurious won the Living category that year and was a jumbled mess. 2000 was still in the era of the Web when more was still thought of as, well… more. 2003PayPal Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Internet is now a place where anybody with a little imagination, a friend with design chops and maybe some rudimentary knowledge of coding can create a great website that is lightyears ahead of what was being produced in 1997. Kinetic Fanzine, which won for Best Design – Visual in 2012 is a great example of that.Top image: National Film Board of Canada won for Best Photography in 2012 In 1997, the music industry was still healthy and churning out mega profits. Boy bands were the rage, Radiohead was coming into its own and Smashing Pumpkins was still together (they broke up and since have reformed). SonicNet won the Webby for Music that year and, well, it was 1997. The website itself was not much to look at but was considered a fairly high standard for the day.Family Planet Following the aftermath of the Dot Com Bubble, the Web picked up its pieces and forged ahead. By the early-to-mid 2000s design and functionality started to meet in interesting and creative ways. PayPal, the payments service that not only survived the Dot Com era but came out so far ahead that its alumni are now considered a technorati mafia, was one of the websites on the forefront of function and design. PayPal won the Webby in 2003 for Financial Services.Orisinal Turbo Gene Test was a website created for car company Saab. It was a bit of a marketing gimmick, but it was beautiful and portended a trend that we have seen a lot of since 2009: brands creating interesting websites to promote their business. It is no longer flashing banner ads and keyword search results. Turbo Gene Test won the Webby for Best Design – Aesthetic in 2009.NikeIDlast_img read more


Israeli cave offers clues about when humans mastered fire

first_imgMastering fire was one of the most important developments in human prehistory. But it’s also one of the hardest to pin down, with different lines of evidence pointing to different timelines. A new study of artifacts from a cave in Israel suggests that our ancestors began regularly using fire about 350,000 years ago—far enough back to have shaped our culture and behavior but too recent to explain our big brains or our expansion into cold climates.If most archaeological sites offer a snapshot of the ancient past, Tabun Cave provides a time-lapse video. The site, about 24 kilometers south of Haifa, documents 500,000 years of human history. “Tabun Cave is unique in that it’s a site with a very long sequence,” says Ron Shimelmitz, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa and a co-author on the new study. “We could examine step by step how the use of fire changed in the cave.”The researchers examined artifacts previously excavated from the site, which are mostly flint tools for cutting and scraping, and flint debris created in their manufacture. To determine when fire became a routine part of the lives of the cave dwellers, the team looked at flints from about 100 layers of sediments in the lowermost 16 meters of the cave deposits.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(*)In layers older than roughly 350,000 years, almost none of the flints are burned. But in every layer after that, many flints show signs of exposure to fire: red or black coloration, cracking, and small round depressions where fragments known as pot lids flaked off from the stone. Wildfires are rare in caves, so the fires that burned the Tabun flints were probably controlled by ancestral humans, according to the authors. The scientists argue that the jump in the frequency of burnt flints represents the time when ancestral humans learned to control fire, either by kindling it or by keeping it burning between natural wildfires.The findings are consistent with data from several nearby sites. On their own, these other sites provide little information about when humans mastered fire, because they represent shorter slices of time and most are not well dated. But in combination with the long, detailed record from Tabun, they suggest that ancestral humans all over the eastern Mediterranean learned to control fire around the same time, Shimelmitz says. Earlier ancestral humans may have used fire occasionally when they could find it, but because their artifacts show few signs of burning, they probably didn’t use it daily, the researchers report in this month’s issue of the Journal of Human Evolution.This time frame is consistent with that of European sites. A 2011 review dated routine fire use in Europe to between 400,000 and 300,000 years ago. Together with the new study from Tabun, the data suggest that ancient humans did not master fire until hundreds of thousands of years after they expanded into cold climates. There are earlier sites with evidence of fire, but these are rare and often hard to interpret, according to Paola Villa of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in Boulder, a co-author of the 2011 review.The new study won’t end the debate, however. A few researchers have argued that ancestral humans did not regularly control fire until more recently, and others, such as Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, think that our ancestors mastered fire much earlier. Wrangham has argued that our ancestors started cooking food about 2 million years ago, when humans evolved smaller teeth and guts. He credits fire for favoring the evolution of many human traits, including our large brains.All of those changes began long before the rise of burnt flints in Tabun Cave. Although he calls the finds “exciting,” Wrangham is not convinced by the sequence at this single site. The earliest inhabitants may have used the cave in different ways, such as to gather materials or butcher animals, saving their cooking for open-air sites, he says. “We clearly need more information.”But he and Shimelmitz agree that whenever it arrived, fire gave ancestral humans tremendous advantages, including cooking, warmth, light in the night, and safety from predators. “There’s a reason people think we got fire from the gods,” Shimelmitz adds.last_img read more