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first_img Waterhouse United are still leaders of the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League with 49 points. They were pushed to the limit in their last encounter but held on for a close 300-296 win over 10th-place Naggo Head (27 points). Caribbean Classic, who are also credited with the same points tally, easily defeated eighth-place Giants (34 points) 300-273. In other games, third-place Spit Fyah (46 points) whipped Jade Strikers 300-247; fourth-place Right Stuff (39 points) beat sixth-place Braeton All Stars (37 points) 300-291 in a countdown; fifth-place Exceptional (38 points) downed Mechanical Strikers 300-271; seventh-place Bull Bay United (36 points) defeated Small Axe 300-282; Soursop Tree got the better of Memory Lane 300-247; International turned back Vintage Pub 300-264. The competition continues tomorrow. Domino Council Association’s Premier League round-up Waterford United shock Ken’s Wildflower INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball League Waterford Primary took the fourth and last semi-final spot in the INSPORTS Portmore Primary Football League following their resounding 4-1 win over Ascot Primary at the Waterford Primary playing field last Thursday. Jahmari Nolan and Demario Knight both struck double strikes in the defending champions’ emphatic win. Waterford topped Zone One with 11 points, while Bridgeport (10 points) were the other qualifier from the Zone. In Zone Two, Portsmouth ended the preliminaries with a perfect 12 points, after they blanked Kensington 6-0 while Naggo Head (7 points) took the other semi-final spot after they drew 1-1 with Greater Portmore. The semi-final matchup will see Waterford against Naggo Head at 10a.m., while the feature match at 11:30 a.m. will pit Portsmouth against Bridgeport. Both games will take place at the Portsmouth Primary playing field on Thursday, November 24.center_img Waterford take last semi-final spot Ascot Primary lost ground on the lead group after they were humbled 21-4 by a rampant Naggo Head team as action continued in the INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball League last Monday. In other games, two-time defending champions Portsmouth outclassed Waterford 15-2, Gregory Park ran away 19-2 winners over Bridgeport and Kensington beat neighbours Greater Portmore 7-2. Waterford United moved to 22 points and closed in on a semi-final berth as they surprised third-place Ken’s Wildflower (27 points) 250-244 in a thrilling countdown in the latest round of the MP Colin Fagan South East St Catherine Inter-Constituency Domino Tournament last Sunday. In the other game, Cumberland brushed aside Garveymeade 250-223. Leaders Passagefort United had a walk-over against Westmeade Rising Star, who failed to show. Matches on for tomorrow: (Home teams named first) Rising Sun vs Garveymeade at Independence City Plaza; Passagefort vs Waterford at Old Passagefort, Myrtle Way; and Ken’s Wildflower host Westmeade Rising Star on Port Henderson Road, Portmore Plaza.last_img read more

Teenage mothers benefit from 2-day food, nutrition workshop

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry’s Food Policy Division, in observance of Nutrition Awareness Week, commencedA section of the participants at the Public Health Ministry’s Food Policy Division two-day education session on nutrition with pregnant teenagers in Lindena two-day education session with pregnant teenagers in Linden.The sessions are being held at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) building, Republic Avenue, from 08:30h to 15:30h under this year’s theme, “Healthy Eating and Active Living: You, Your Health and Your Future.”The sessions, which cater for both written and practical aspects, focus on safe motherhood, healthy diet and meal planning, anaemia (including the use of sprinkles), and early childhood development (focusing on breastfeeding), along with empowering teens to return to school.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, during his remarks at the opening session said that, “We must recognise that nutrition requirement for pregnant mothers, and even after, is very critical. A woman’s body will certainly increase its nutritional needs during pregnancy. Although the old saying ‘eating for two’ isn’t entirely correct, one does require more micronutrients and macronutrients to support her and her unborn child.”Dr Norton added that this process can be very stressful, and it is his hope that all the health centres are providing “counselling on proper dieting, and exercise is being done with patients/pregnant women on each clinic date.”The Minister also highlighted that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has collaborated with the Ministry to implement a comprehensive health and development programme for teen mothers and their children. This is aimed at mitigating teenage pregnancy and enabling them to take control of those factors that inhibit social and health development so that they can achieve their full potential from adolescence to adulthood. It also seeks to create model centres of excellence to carry out health promotion interventions for teenage mothers and their children.According to information emanating from the Public Health Ministry, “It is a known fact that babies born to teenagers are more likely to have lower birth weights, increased risk of infant mortality and an increased risk of some congenital anomalies. The importance of nutrition during pregnancy for the health of both mother and child is well documented. Nutritional needs are high in adolescence as the body grows and develops. Thus, when a teenager becomes pregnant, she needs all the help and support she can get.”In 2012, a survey on ‘Iron, Iodine and Vitamin A Status and Antibody Levels in Guyana’ produced valuable information on the iron status of the Guyanese population. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, 24 per cent of young children under five years, 20.8 per cent of school children and 41.3 per cent of antenatal women were anaemic. A significant percentage (51.0 per cent) of pregnant women with anaemia, were 20 years old and younger. This is of crucial public health significance and concern, as iron deficiency has serious health consequences.An anaemic pregnant woman is at greater risk during the perinatal period. Recommendations from the Micronutrient Survey have emphasised that pregnant women were not only tested but counselled on the need for iron, when and how to use iron, and how much iron to use to address this. It was also recommended that pregnant women and parents/guardians of young children be counselled on diet.Awareness activities regarding iron-deficiency anaemia, a preventable health condition, are continuous and ongoing by the Public Health Ministry’s Food Policy Division.Guyana has been observing Nutrition Awareness Week annually since 1995.last_img read more

Big Bam holding Farewell to Summer festival and fundraiser

first_imgBig Bam Ski Hill will be holding a music festival September 4-6 as a fundraiser for the hill. A number of bands and performances will make up the line-up and space for camping will be available.The Friday will be an open mic on a first come first serve basis. Performances over the next two days will be done by Shake Appeal, Nightmare in Disguise, Mitch Collins, Lou Potter, Roadworn, Hazen Sage, and others.There will be a beer gardens on site along with mountain tours, various vendors, and bouncy castles and face painting for young ones in attendance.- Advertisement -Shuttles will be available that run from the Safeway parking lot to the hill, as well as Peace Island sites to the hill.Tickets are $20 per person, and a three day camping pass can be purchased for $40.To purchase tickets call 250-263-2161, or 250-329-6578.Advertisementlast_img read more

Who is Liverpool’s latest star compared to Raheem Sterling?

first_imgIt was only Exeter City, but last night provided Liverpool fans with a much-needed boost after a difficult and frustrating few weeks borne out of inconsistent results and a perplexing injury record.Why? Their kids proved they’re alright. The only blotch from the 3-0 FA Cup replay win was, yet again Christian Benteke’s performance, who has endured 180 goalless minutes against a League Two side.The brightest spark, however, was provided by 18-year-old Sheyi Ojo who duly became the club’s youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer with his beautiful 74th minute curler.Ojo, who had replaced Liverpool’s first goalscorer on the night Joe Allen, had only made his senior Reds debut in the initial tie 12 days previously and was arguably the most crucial figure across the two matches. Without his introduction at St James Park in the first game when Jurgen Klopp’s side were 2-1 down, Liverpool may very well have suffered the ignominy of a third-round exit.Instead, they welcome West Ham to Anfield at the end of the month.But who is Ojo? And can he have a big future?Full name: Oluwaseyi Babajide OjoPlace of birth: Hemel HempsteadAge: 18Squad number: 54Previous loan spells: Wigan, WolvesDid you know?– Liverpool paid £2m for his services in 2011 when he was just 14, beating off stiff competition from Chelsea.– He became the first MK Dons trainee to feature at international youth level. 2 Similarities with Sterling and Ibe:Any young winger coming through the Anfield ranks will understandably be compared with Liverpool’s most recent success stories in that position; Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.Sterling went from peripheral figure to first-team regular to £49m English record transfer in the space of 18 months, while Ibe is experiencing a similarly rapid trajectory. Ojo is certainly as eye-catching with the ball at his feet and his left-footed preference makes him a bit more of a joker in the pack than the other two. His goal last night also suggested a capacity for composure and, more importantly given Liverpool’s well-known profligacy, an end product.His performance levels at Wolves faded drastically towards the end of his loan deal in the Midlands, which indicates he may still be way off making a Premier League impression. Klopp, however, despite calling for patience with Ojo’s development, recognised his ‘importance’ to the side after essentially sparing their blushes across both ties.Ojo will hope the Reds can match his ambitions for the FA Cup this season, as it appears that is where he can thrive. Make an impact against West Ham next weekend and he could leave Klopp with little option but to consider him more regularly. Sheyi Ojo 2last_img read more

Drake Track & Field and Cross Country Announces Coaching Staff

first_img“Now that we have a staff in place, we are ready to get to work to bring success to the Drake track & field and cross country programs in the coming years,” Carroll said. Jay Koloseus joins Drake as the program’s assistant men’s distance coach and recruiting coordinator. Most recently at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C., Koloseus has been the head track & field and cross country coach since 2013. There, he started the cross country programs and was the 2014 Region X NJCAA cross country men’s team champion and the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year. In 2015, he started the track and field programs at Louisburg and quickly started winning titles. The program’s first two seasons, 2015 and 2016, both the men’s and women’s team won regional championships and Koloseus was again named Region Coach of the Year, bringing his total Coach of the Year awards to six. In 2015, the programs recorded a top-20 finish at the National Championships in their first year of existence with no scholarship student-athletes.  Prior to constructing the program’s and Louisburg, Koloseus was a graduate assistant coach at Auburn where he helped oversee the Tigers’ cross country teams and distance runners. As a student-athlete, Koloseus was a member of two BIG EAST champion cross country teams at Syracuse and was an All-BIG EAST team selection. Zane Chapman will oversee the Bulldogs’ throwers after spending the last season at the University of Wisconsin as the Badgers’ volunteer throws coach. In his season at UW, he aided in coaching four NCAA All-Americans, nine NCAA regional qualifiers, Olympian Kelsey Card and assisted in all aspects of the throws program. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University director of track & field and cross country Mark Carroll has announced the hiring of four assistant coaches to complete his staff heading into his first season leading the Bulldogs’ track & field and cross country programs. “We are excited to have Zane come on board to recruit and coach the Drake throws events,” Carroll said. Ngonidzashe Makusha has served as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Florida State while competing internationally since 2012. While coaching at FSU, Makusha helped mentor the Atlantic Coast Conference triple jump and long jump champion and runner-up. His student-athletes also qualified for NCAA Championships three times and earned three All-America honors. As a competitor, Makusha was one of track and field’s most decorated student-athletes. In 2011, he set the NCAA 100-meter record at 9.89, a record that stood until the spring of 2017. In 2011, he was also the winner of the Bowerman Award, collegiate track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and was named the NCAA Male Athlete of the Year. That same year, he won both the 100 meters and long jump at the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium to give him a total of seven career NCAA titles. “We are excited for Coach Makusha to bring his knowledge, expertise and experience to the sprints, hurdles and jumps events,” Carroll said. “Coach Makusha served as a volunteer while competing at the highest levels of international track and field.” Makusha’s success at the international level came primarily in the long jump where he finished fourth in the 2008 Olympics representing his native Zimbabwe. Makusha owns the Zimbabwe’s national records in both the 100 meters (9.89) and long jump (8.40m/27-6.75). “Jay was a successful collegiate athlete at Syracuse University and has brought his experience to set up a successful program at Louisburg,” Carroll said. “Jay will serve as the recruiting coordinator for all event areas at Drake.” Joining the staff for the 2017-18 season will be two-time Olympian and former American record holder Amy Rudolph, seven-time NCAA champion and former NCAA 100-meter record holder Ngonidzashe Makusha, Jay Koloseus and Zane Chapman. “Coach Amy Rudolph will bring her vast experience in cross country and distance events to coach the women’s distance squad,” Carroll said. “Amy has years of coaching experience at Bryant University, Providence College and Auburn University along with her collegiate and international experience.” Amy Rudolph joins the staff as an accomplished distance coach and elite athlete. Rudolph was a two-time Olympian and a finalist in the 5,000 meters at the 1996 Olympics, finishing 10th. That same year, she set the then American record in the 5,000 meters at 14:56.04. Rudolph was also a seven-time member of U.S. World Championship teams and was a three-time USA National Champion. In 1996, she was the USA Champion in the 10,000 meters and followed that with a pair of USA Indoor national titles in the 3,000 meters in 1997 and 2002. As a collegian at Providence College, Rudolph was a two-time NCAA Champion and a 10-time All-American. Following her competitive career, Rudolph served as an assistant track & field and cross country coach at Providence College, Bryant University and Auburn University. He joined the staff at UW after a season at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois. At both EIU and UW, he gained extensive experience in strength and conditioning programs. As a student-athlete, he was a team captain at EIU during his senior season as a well-rounded thrower that competed in all four throws and scored points in the discus, hammer throw and shot put to help the Panthers win an Ohio Valley Championship. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: VOODOO VENUE KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE

first_imgWhat another brilliant weekend club revellers had at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot Voodoo Venue to get 2015 underway.Huge crowds descended on the venue on both Friday and Saturday night to kick off the New Year in the right way.The innovative management at Voodoo are always seeking to ensure every weekend in the club is a memorable one for its loyal customers and 2015 promises to be the best year yet. . Their desire to always meet and exceed customer expectations will ensure it will remain the No.1 clubbing venue in the North-West in 2015.Every week in conjunction with Donegal Daily, Voodoo Venue run a picture special competition on the site.If your face is circled in the picture special above, then you’ve just won FREE Champagne and FREE VIP entry for four.Contact Voodoo via Facebook and claim your prize now. 🙂 Make sure and check out their Facebook page below for details of their brilliant student night HIJACKED TUESDAYS.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny PICTURE SPECIAL: VOODOO VENUE KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE was last modified: January 6th, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Top restaurant Sonder to host its official opening tomorrow

first_imgIt’s going to be a very busy day at chef Martin Anderson’s super new Sonder Restaurant in Letterkenny tomorrow.While the eatery has been opened a few weeks now and drawing great crowds, the official opening takes place tomorrow, Friday.Things kick off when the Highland Radio breakfast show broadcasts from 7-10am with complimentary refreshments during the live broadcast. Official opening at 4pm with complimentary food tastings , selfie mirror from walled city photo booths and live music from the Letterkenny Ukulele orchestra.Sonder is located in Rossview Business Park, on the Port Road in Letterkenny.The restaurant opened in late May after years of planning by chef Martin Anderson. The restaurant boasts a live kitchen & deli where guests can see their food prepared to order.“This was very important for me,” says Martin. “I love talking to those who come in. I’ll be eating and sharing my food, anyone can stand and watch us prepare their food and also select the salads that they wish to eat.”Sonder opens at 8.30am for takeaway hot & cold beverages and also for filled recyclable lunch boxes, there is a choice of a €5.50 or €6.50 lunchbox or just a filled sandwich for €4.50 , each box is filled with your choice of salads and can be , vegan , vegetarian and coeliac friendly if desired , hot or cold meat and chicken fillings are also available.A hearty & healthy breakfast menu is served from 9.30-11.45am which includes , granola , hot traditional breakfast filled potato bread farl , porridge , vegan protein smoothies , turmeric poached eggs and many other options.There is no deep frying or cooking with oil in Sonder which makes our food much healthier martin states , our self sealing ovens seal in the goodness during the cooking process ensuring maximum flavour for our carvery joints , our soup is always vegan and coeliac friendly and my chowder has gained a reputation to be one of the best in the northwest , using fresh seafood , no flour and also dairy free .Each lunchtime Sonder serves a unique roast of the day , Sriracha chicken and Ballyholey Farm baked rooster potatoes , giving our diners a choice of hot filled signature sandwiches ,also available is Chef Anderson’s Caeser salad and select vegan & coeliac friendly options . Our naughty corner and tray bakes are sourced from The Banba Bakery , Baker Lane & Chef Anderson provides some select dessert treats as well , famous for his rocky road , it never disappoints .Martin starts each day by baking a batch of fresh scones which are served with homemade jam , cream and real butter from butter dishes.“I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would never use, butter, jam or and sachets of condiments for my food or on my tables , I’m delighted with the response to using real food.,” added Martin.Sonder has selected a unique Italian roast coffee from Miscela D’oro , sourced for us by Coffee solutions ireland , after much research & tasting our selected bean is unique to the northwest and has a rich roasted yet mellow velvety flavour and aroma , it’s real coffee the way it should be , we also serve a large selection of herbal teas , flavoured coffees and have soy & almond milk available for all lifestyle choices . Top restaurant Sonder to host its official opening tomorrow was last modified: September 29th, 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)last_img read more

‘It was written’, says Drogba after Chelsea’s Champions League triumph

first_imgChelsea hero Didier Drogba was overcome with joy after helping the Blues become European champions in Munich.Drogba’s late equaliser rescued them before his decisive kick in a penalty shoot-out cliched an incredible victory.Drogba declared: “It was fate. I believe a lot in destiny. I pray a lot.“It was written a long time ago. God is wonderful. This team is amazing. I’m very happy. Life is fantastic.”Stand-in skipper Frank Lampard added: “I can’t believe it. The season we have had, the determination and spirit we have shown.“Our main man Didier Drogba has dug us out there. He is a hero. Without him we are not here. He scores the goals in the big games. This is the one we really wanted.”More reaction to follow later.Who was your Chelsea man of the match? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Secularists Adrift with Embryonic Ethics

first_img(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 From stem cells to genetically-modified embryos, technology is outpacing ethical rules, and secular ethicists are at a loss what to endorse.The decade-long tug-of-war between advocates of embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells continues.  The retraction of Obokata’s quick-and-easy STAP method (Science, Nature; see 1/30/14 entry) for producing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) leaves other production methods unharmed.  In fact, researchers are finding out that there’s untapped potential in the human body, Medical Xpress reported: “adult pluripotent stem cells are located throughout the body and are able to become every tissue, provided these cells receive the right instructions.”  These cells act as a “reserve army for regeneration” in the body.  The Editor of the FASEB journal is optimistic: “As the intersection between cancer and stem cell research becomes closer and clearer, all of today’s medical treatments will begin to look as crude as Civil War medicine.”The CIRM ChroniclesWith this arsenal of ethically-clear cells at the cutting edge of research, why work with human embryos at all?  Proponents of embryonic stem cell research continue their quest—with nothing to show for it.  Nature reports today that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, funded with $3 billion after a hyped ballot initiative promised medical breakthroughs with embryonic stem cells, is “on the line” to back up that hype with hope.  In “Stem cells: hope on the line,” Erica Check Hayden reports,A decade ago, voters in California changed the biomedical research landscape by directly funding embryonic stem-cell research. Now the organization they created needs a hit to survive….Californians voted CIRM into existence in 2004, making it the largest funder of stem-cell work in the world. The money — the proceeds of bond sales that must be repaid with $3 billion in interest by taxpayers — helped to bring 130 scientists to the state, and created several thousand jobs there. It has funded research that led to the publication of more than 1,700 papers, and it has contributed to five early clinical trials.The institute has navigated a difficult path, however. CIRM had to revamp its structure and practices in response to complaints about inefficiency and potential conflicts of interest. It has also had to adapt its mission to seismic shifts in stem-cell science.A decade later, no successful medical treatment has arrived.  The real-estate developer, Robert Klein, who wrote and promoted the initiative and became CIRM’s first chairman of the board (till 2011), is at it again, because CIRM is running out of money.  Promoting “CIRM 2,” he is depicting stem cell funding as warfare between science (i.e., pro-Obama liberalism) and religion (i.e., conservative ethics): “we will protect the freedom of science to ethically pursue knowledge in this country outside of religious ideology.”  (It’s clear he thinks ethics can detach itself from religion.)  With this angle, he hopes to tap another $2 billion from taxpayers to keep CIRM alive past 2017.To stay alive, though, CIRM has had to latch onto the bandwagon of non-embryonic sources: iPSCs and other adult stem cells.  That’s where the real progress has been made outside of CIRM (such as growing cornea tissue from adult stem cells; see Massachusetts Eye and Ear Center).  Despite all the funding to CIRM, “they haven’t cured a patient,” a critic noted.  Klein is backtracking, claiming that his Proposition 71 never promised cures in ten years.  Hayden, though, retorts by quoting ads from the time that promised “curing diseases and saving lives.”  One disillusioned voter says in a callout in the article, “I’m telling you, pal, I would have a hard time voting for it again.”CIRM will “need a home run” to stay viable, Hayden says.  Meanwhile, they’re shifting their hype from hope to attack on the religious right, using fear tactics.  CIRM’s current chairman, Jonathan Thomas, put it this way: “If we don’t take a position now, the next ten years may see a theocratic government at the state and federal level that restricts scientific research in this country for the next 50–100 years.”  So hand over another $2 billion, taxpayers.One would hope that successful research that leads to tangible cures would not have trouble raising money without relying on the government dole.  As for what he and Klein meant by working to “ethically pursue knowledge,” Hayden didn’t say.Embryo PolicyEarlier in June, two scientists in Nature warned that researchers need to “sell help not hope” by regulating the stem cell industry.  “Stem cells are being used as a wedge in calls to allow unproven medical interventions onto the market, warn Paolo Bianco and Douglas Sipp.”  They view with alarm the charlatans in foreign countries who use the phrase “stem cells” as a draw.  Nature’s editors could not point to a single treatment using human embryonic stem cells in its editorial, “Good practice,” advocating freedom to use them.UC San Diego claims that cloned stem cells are better than iPSCs.  The researchers claim that embryonic stem cells are the gold standard; cloned cells (somatic cell nuclear transfer), “in which genetic material from an adult cell is transferred into an empty egg cell” are almost as good, and iPSCs are third best.  Since they involve extraction of an egg, cloned stem cells (championed by Mitalipov last year; see 6/12/13) have some of the same ethical issues as embryonic stem cells, which “have long been limited by ethical and logistical considerations.”  Nature, though, says that “Nuclear transfer is ethically, logistically and technically more difficult” than iPSC work.  “It requires young women to provide eggs and creates an embryo that is then destroyed for research.”One letter-writer to Nature in June made it clear he knows what embryonic research is about.  Even though he supports it, he admitted, “Central to the debate is the ethical status of the human embryo between fertilization and implantation.”  Joep Geraedts wrote because he is irked by the “democracy carousel” of citizen campaigns that try to restrict research on human embryos.Nature printed an article by an Arab, Rana Dajani, promoting Jordan’s new policy on research with human embryos:There is no consensus on when human embryonic life begins, but the majority of Muslim scholars consider it to start 40–120 days after conception and therefore hold the view that a fertilized egg up to 5 days old has no soul — it is not ‘human life’ but ‘biological life’. So for many, there is no ethical problem in the Islamic faith with using an early embryo to produce stem cells.There is a problem, of course, in Jewish and Christian theology.  Why, then, should Nature consider this a policy that can “guide the Middle East” where many citizens do not concur with the views of “the majority of Muslim scholars”?Three Parents and a BabyEmbryo researchers continue to push the line.  New to the technology is the concept of “three parents and a baby” – using donor cells to bypass defective mitochondria in biological parents.  The BBC News reported that the technology may be available within 2 years in the UK, making it hard for ethicists to contain a potential Pandora’s box.  “Ethical concerns have been raised and some campaign groups are worried it could be the thin end of the wedge to genetic modification of people,” the article says.  A headline from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna says, “Three parents and a baby – Scientists advise caution with regard to artificial insemination method”.  Even staunchly secular New Scientist asked, “Is the UK being too hasty over three-parent babies?”  In that article, two bioethicists, Donna Dickenson and Marcy Darnovsky, think society needs time; at a recent public conference, “All those who spoke on the issue thought that allowing human trials would be premature.”Key worries include remnants of mutant mitochondrial DNA that persist despite the treatment, and the disruption of complex interactions between mitochondrial genes and those in the cell nucleus. There are also daunting challenges in terms of designing meaningful trials, or safe ones, because pregnancy and childbirth pose major health risks for women with serious mitochondrial disorders.Furthermore, MPs were troubled by a lack of proposals to legally require follow-up studies for a technique that may have implications not only for the children born as a result of it, but for their descendants.Perhaps the headline on an unrelated topic is apropos: “Because we can, does it mean we should?” (The Conversation).  PhysOrg reminds readers of the decades-long negative impacts of China’s forced one-child policy; now the country is attempting to “rebalance” the gender inequality, but it looks like too little, too late.  Two letter-writers to Nature wrote about Germany’s ongoing skittishness with any practices that arouse “residual suspicion of genetic diagnostics after the sinister history of Nazi eugenics” (embryo screening being the current concern).  The long-term impacts of bad ethical choices cannot be ignored.Ronald Reagan famously said that the scariest words in the English language are, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”  Some might want to replace “government” with “science lab.”If citizens do not keep watch on them, their government and their scientists will get away with whatever they feel like doing.  We are not lab rats for elites.  While there are many honest men and women in these institutions, we need to realize that government officials and scientists act often with mixed motives.  Government should exist by the consent of the governed.  Similarly, scientific research should proceed by the consent of the society.  Only an informed public, well-taught in the principles of ethics, can rein in mad scientists who treat embryos as personal playthings.  And ethics without Biblical theology is like a ship with a short anchor.  It provides some drag, but drifts wherever the helmsman wishes to go.  Some secular “ethicists” don’t even provide drag; they speed up the route to the rocks.last_img read more

The Crawling Eye: Cells as Lenses

first_imgCertain bacteria can respond to light be turning their whole bodies into eyeballs.The cells are round anyway; why not focus light? Scientists have wondered why certain cyanobacteria in “pond slime” are able to move toward light, a process given the name phototaxis (“light order”). A new study published in eLife suggests that the whole cell becomes a lens. The BBC News comments:Despite being just three micrometres (0.003mm) in diameter, the bacteria in the study use the same physical principles as the eye of a camera or a human.This makes them “probably the world’s smallest and oldest example” of such a lens, the researchers write in the journal eLife.Scientists had noticed photo taxis for a long time. Reporter Jonathan Webb writes, “After more than three centuries of scientists eyeballing bugs under microscopes, Prof Mullineaux said it was remarkable that nobody had picked up on this before.” A press release from the University of Freiberg sheds some light on that:All previous attempts to explain bacterial phototaxis, the process by which bacteria move toward light, have failed because these organisms, which measure only a few lengths of a light wave, were thought to be too small to perceive differences in light between the front and back side of the cell. Since the entire bacterium functions like a lens, however, the organisms can concentrate light, creating a pronounced light gradient within the cell.It’s not that different from the way the human eyeball focuses light, Live Science says. “A cyanobacterium, however, is 500 million times smaller than the human eye, and the algae likely view only the blurry outlines of objects that the human eye could see clearly, the researchers said.” In response to the light, a cyanobacterium grows tiny tentacles called pili that move the cell toward the light source.What’s also remarkable is that none of the articles or the journal paper itself talked about evolution.Think about what a cell needs to use this information. It has to know how to shape itself into a lens. There have to be receptors at the focal point. Those receptors have to send signals to the nucleus, where genes must be transcribed to turn the information into action. The cell has to grow pili at the right place, and move them in directions that push the whole cell toward the light.If any one of those processes is missing (and each involves complex molecular machinery), phototaxis wouldn’t work. That’s design, not evolution. That this takes place in a “simple, primitive” life form like a bacterium should give Charlie more cold shudders. (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more