13-in-a-row for Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Willian scored twice as leaders Chelsea overcame Stoke 4-2 to equal an English Premier League record for 13 straight wins in a single season.Bruno Martins Indi and Peter Crouch struck for Stoke to cancel out goals by Gary Cahill and Willian. But Willian struck for a second time moments after Crouch’s 64th-minute equaliser and Diego Costa netted a fourth.”After the second goal it wasn’t easy to go and have the good reaction, to show the great character, above all after 12 wins in a row,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “When you win a lot, there is a great danger to be satisfied, to be relaxed.”six points clearChelsea are six points clear of Liverpool who beat Manchester City 1-0.Chelsea’s 34th-minute opener came when Cesc Fabregas’ corner was met by Cahill, who rose highest to head into the net.Stoke levelled a minute into the second half through Martins Indi. Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant was beaten again in the 57th. Victor Moses centred for Eden Hazard, who laid the ball off for Willian to score.Other results: Burnley 4 Sunderland 1; Manchester United 2 Middlesbrough 1;Leicester 1 West Ham 0; Southampton 1 West Brom 2; Swansea 0 Bournemouth 3.last_img read more

LeBron James carries Lakers down stretch for 104-96 win over Pacers

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Indiana trimmed Los Angeles’ lead to 89-88 on Domantas Sabonis’ jumper with 4:59 left, but James had a 3-pointer and a three-point play on consecutive possessions in a 10-0 Lakers run before adding a 22-foot jumper with 2:21 to play.Sabonis had 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Pacers lost for the first time in three stops on their four-game West Coast trip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVictor Oladipo sat out his sixth straight game for Indiana with a sore right knee, but the Lakers still needed James to close it out.James added nine rebounds and seven assists in his first game since scoring a season-low 14 points in the Lakers’ embarrassing loss at Denver. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young added 11.The Lakers scored the game’s first 13 points and jumped to a 23-point lead in the first quarter, but led only 56-50 at halftime after Sabonis’ 14-point second quarter.TIP-INSPacers: Oladipo scrimmaged in half-court work before the game, but couldn’t return. He could go through a full practice Friday. … Indiana fell short of its eighth road victory already this season. Only Toronto and Utah have more.Lakers: Lonzo Ball had two points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes while playing through an ankle injury. Ball sprained his ankle in LA’s loss at Denver on Tuesday, but made good on his vow to play through it. … Lance Stephenson played five scoreless minutes. He played in all 82 games last season for the Pacers in his second stint with the club, averaging 9.2 points. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, left, takes a loose ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 12 of his 38 points in the final five minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers rebounded from their first back-to-back losses in a month with a 104-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.Brandon Ingram scored 14 points and Josh Hart added 13 for the Lakers, who blew an early 24-point lead before James carried them down the stretch to their 10th win in 14 games.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UP NEXTPacers: At Sacramento on Saturday night.Lakers: Host Dallas on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury ready to rumble in LA showdownlast_img read more

Bayern out to silence critics as Bundesliga returns

first_imgBorussia Dortmund host Cologne on Sunday, as they look to bounce back from defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.Here are five things to look out for in the Bundesliga this weekend:Boateng returns for BayernJerome Boateng looks set to make his Bundesliga return against Mainz, having been sidelined through injury since May 20.“We need to play more as a team, with more concentration,” said the defender amid reports of dressing room disharmony this week.Mueller may also return to the starting line-up, as Ancelotti looks to rotate his squad after Tuesday’s Champions League fixture.Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz is expected to pick the same team which cantered to a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last weekend.Aubameyang’s Cologne curseDortmund will be looking to return to their free-scoring ways against Cologne after a disappointing 0-0 draw in Freiburg last weekend.Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be expected to deliver, though his record against Sunday’s opponents is hardly encouraging. Cologne remain the only Bundesliga team against whom Aubameyang has never scored.After both Marcel Schmelzer and Marc Bartra picked up injuries against Freiburg, Omer Toprak and Jeremy Toljan are expected to start in defence.Cologne coach Peter Stoeger may well rest some key players after their Europa League opener against Arsenal on Thursday.Leipzig without Keita and ForsbergChampions League goalscorer Emil Forsberg is expected to be rested for RB Leipzig’s clash with Borussia Moenchengladbach.Forsberg scored Leipzig’s first ever Champions League goal in their 1-1 draw with Monaco on Wednesday.Attention now turns to Saturday’s game, as Leipzig look to show they can deal with a busy schedule.They are still without midfield star Naby Keita, who was sidelined with a groin injury against Monaco.Laszlo Benes is the latest player on a growing injury list for Gladbach. The midfielder was forced to undergo surgery after breaking his foot in a midweek friendly.Midfield all-rounder Jonas Hofmann looks set to return as Gladbach go after their first win since the opening weekend.Hanover eye top spotHanover have been one of the season’s early surprises, and could go top of the Bundesliga with a win over Hamburg on Friday.The promoted side are unbeaten since Andre Breitenreiter took over in April, and have not conceded a single goal at home under the new coach.“Hanover are an opponent who are full confidence,” said Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt. “I’m expecting an open game; anything can happen.”Hamburg are still without key forwards Nicolai Mueller and Filip Kostic. If they too fail to score at the HDI-Arena, then Hanover may top the Bundesliga for the first time in 48 years.Hertha counting on LeckieBoth Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin will be fresh from Europa League action when they meet on Sunday.Hoffenheim remain unbeaten in second, having shown their quality with a 2-0 win over Bayern last Saturday.Hertha’s hopes of taking something back to Berlin lie with Mathew Leckie, who has three goals in three league games for his new club.The Australian’s form is all the more important given that neither Vedad Ibisevic nor Salomon Kalou have found the net this season.Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated)FridayHanover v Hamburg (1830)SaturdayBayern Munich v Mainz, Werder Bremen v Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt v Augsburg, VfB Stuttgart v Wolfsburg, RB Leipzig v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1630)SundayHoffenheim v Hertha Berlin (1130), Bayer Leverkusen v Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund v Cologne (1600)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich (L) scores the third goal past Anderlecht’s Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels in Munich, southern Germany, on September 12, 2017 © AFP/File / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, Sep 15 – Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich will be looking to silence their critics with victory over Mainz in the Bundesliga this Saturday.A 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday was overshadowed by reports of internal disharmony in Munich. The German media have reported growing discord between coach Ancelotti and leading players such as Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski.last_img read more

DDTV: WHY A VERY SPECIAL ‘CHRISTMAS WISH’ IS HELPING DONEGAL’S SVP

first_imgA very special song featuring some very special kids is helping the Donegal branch of St Vincent De Paul help other less-fortunate families this Christmas. This beautiful song which was originally written for Blue Ribbon’s new Christmas HonkyTonk Musical.. ‘Honkytonk Ho Ho Hoedown’. ‘Christmas Wishes’ was audio-recorded as a voice-guide for the children of Blue Ribbon in Harmony Studios, developed into a nostalgic video shoot of Blue Ribbon actors and friends by 13 yr old Ben Carr in Cooneys Homeware Store, Letterkenny, was piloted and edited by Brian Kerrigan and Marty Curran, and finally, ‘Christmas Wishes’ evolved into a youtube video, ‘SVP Christmas appeal by Blue Ribbon’ , which asks Donegal people to donate to their local SVP store.Following the success of Blue Ribbon’s St Vincent de Paul youtube hit, Just Believe, sung by Kyra McBrearty, the team are back in action You Tube style for Christmas 2014.The video highlights the magic of Christmas, and upon sharing the video on local and social media, Blue Ribbon are delighted with the idea that fans and followers will spare a thought for local families who need a little lift this Christmas.And again this year, they will donate small gifts of toys, jewellery, food or money to their local St Vincent de Paul Committee or Outlet, and other supportive venues such as WHoriskeys, Ramelton and Cooneys Homewares. The appeal last year, through youtube and local schools and media, was such a highly successful experiment, resulting in hundreds of gifts, hampers of food donations, and the sum of 1680euro being raised by the appeal, that the team have decided to film a new video with PMC Medias for this Christmas, 2014.Entitled SVP Christmas Appeal, Christmas Wishes, the idea is simple – when people see and share the video, they will help share and promote awareness of St Vincent de Paul’s work LOCALLY, and will be reminded to make a contribution, no matter how big or small, to their local committee.Countless families in our area are facing a bleak Christmas, due to financial and usually temporary struggles. By spreading awareness of the magic of Christmas, and how every little helps, Blue Ribbon Arts and our local community can indeed make a difference.With spiralling shares on facebook and Twitter, the video on youtube reached the attention of Charlie McGettigan, Leitrim (‘Rock and Roll Kids’ Eurovision winner), who immediately advised his Glaswegian based distribution firm ‘Emubands’ to launch it on iTunes with immediate effect.The song, ‘Christmas Wishes by Brighdin Carr’ is now available to download on itunes for 99c, which is entirely in aid of SVP, Donegal. Brighdin and her team at Blue Ribbon, as well as the newly formed Lurgybrack NS School Choir performed the song at the recent Clanree Hotel Highland Radio Christmas Fayre on Sunday 7th.The response to the choir and the song has been phenomenal, with high hopes that with every share and every download, local SVP reap the rewards of a shared endeavour to make this Christmas a good one for as many young children as possible. With the organic spread of the video on facebook and youtube, Blue Ribbon Arts are delighted to collaborate with Karen Murphy Speech and Drama in an exciting challenge this Christmas.‘Karen has been teaching the song to her classes this week in the lead-up to the Christmas shows, as have we at Blue Ribbon Arts.’ Says Brighdin Carr, Director and Songwriter. ‘As the song was originally only recorded as a ‘guide vocal’, I do not consider myself a ‘singer’, preferring to cast others in this role, but, on this occasion, both Brian Kerrigan and Marty Curran insisted on using my vocal on the project. However, now that people are beginning to hear – and like – my song, I stand by my own professional judgement, and hereby challenge anyone and everyone, school, solo, club or band , to record their own version of my song to upload on youtube or facebook for SVP as soon as possible to help us raise awareness and money for our local SVP this Christmas. Karen Murphy is on board with the prize – ‘Beat the January blues with a custom-planned Drama/Dance/Music Workshop for your school/club/party/etc’.. ‘So here you go.. the simple rules are;1. Download ‘Christmas Wishes by Brighdin Carr’ from itunes (99c) or simply view, post and share our youtube video version ‘SVP Christmas appeal by Blue Ribbon’. 2. Record yourself/club/school etc singing the song and upload on facebook or youtube, tagging blueribbonarts, SVP Letterkenny and KarenMurphy on your post.3. Include either:(a) Cheque for SVP on your video(b) Invitation to people to drop off gifts/donations at your local SVP outlet or your own premises of choice(c) At least ONE obvious Donegal landmark/building/location.· Nb: You can record your own backing track or private message on blueribbonarts with your email address to receive the original backing track to the song.· The winner is the video with the most recorded shares/views by 31st January 2014.· The winner receives a workshop of their choice in drama/dance/music from 1oam-2pm on a day of their choice in January 2015 by BlueRibbon Arts and Karen Murphy Speech and DramaCheck online at St Vincent de Paul, or call into your local Community Liaison to see how you can help, simply choose a gift, wrap it, address it to ‘Christmas Wishes Appeal’ and leave at the St Vincent de Paul shop, Letterkenny. Let’s get together, posting and sharing, singing and bringing a little hope to some families in Donegal this Christmas.On a separate note, last year’s SVP song, ‘Just Believe’, also written by Brighin, just made this year’s Christmas FM toplist, receiving airplay and inclusion in a new pilot album for selected airplay in more than 600 stores nationwide, including Spar, Eurospar, Centra, Eurogiant, Mace and more. This has led to a surge in youtube views of last year’s video, ‘Just Believe’ – which is also musically great news for SVP. Well done Kyra and Blue Ribbon.DDTV: WHY A VERY SPECIAL ‘CHRISTMAS WISH’ IS HELPING DONEGAL’S SVP was last modified: December 9th, 2014 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:Blue RibbondonegalletterkennySVPlast_img read more

Battle for third intesifies in Ligue One

first_img Tags: French Ligue Onetop Lyon returned to winning ways last weekend with a win over Angers. (Agency photo)With six points separating second and third in the French Ligue one, only one Champions League spot is realistically available with only five games to play for.Lille who sit second on the table, are odds on to stay in their position but Lyon (3rd) have all to play for in the remaining games as the duo of Saint Etienne (4th) and Marseille (5th) are hot on their heels.At the kick of the first ball on Match-Day 35, only five points separate Bruno Genesio’s side from Marseille who are 5th. Lyon know that it is in their hands now and winning the rest of their games will mean they head back to Europe’s premier Club competition for at least another year.Lyon will be away to Bordeaux on Friday in an encounter that historically has caused issues for them (Lyon) as they have not won at the Matmut-Atlantique in any of their last three visits.Genesio’s side defeated Angers 2-1 last weekend, their first points in the last three and will be hoping the form of Martin Terrier, who has scored in all of his last four games, can inspire them to another victory.For Bordeaux, they have underperformed this season and start the day in 14th, 10 points off the relegation zone. The sale of Malcom to Barcelona last summer looks to have affected them big time and none of Francios Kamano and Jimmy Briand looks ready to take over from where the Brazilian left.Only a single victory in their last 9 does not do Bordeaux’s confidence any good as they come up against a side that is desperate to return to the Champions League.With no League action on Saturday, both Marseille and Saint Etienne will play their games on Sunday.First up will be Jean Louis Gasset’s Etienne who will be at home to relegation-threatened Toulouse.Etienne have been in impressive form lately, winning four of their last five games in Ligue One, including a 2-0 win away to Reims last time out.With Remmy Cabella and top scorer Waibi Khaziri in good form, nothing but three points off Toulouse will be welcomed by the Etienne faithful.Marseille too are at home on Sunday as they welcome in-form Nantes to the City.After struggling between March and early April where they failed to win in three, Rudi Garcia’s charges are back in business, winning both of their last two games.Star striker Mario Balloteli is a major doubt as he is nursing an injury but with Valarie Germain and Lucas Ocampos in the mix, Marseille will surely cause Nantes problems, some of which i am sure they (Nantes) will not be able to answer.However, Nantes themselves have been in good form of late as they are riding on the back of three consecutive victories, one of which was a 3-2 defeat of PSG.With PSG and Rennes contesting the French Cup final on Sunday, the other fixtures to look out for will be Lille at home to Nimes and a relegation six-pointer pitting Dijon away to Caen.The French Ligue One fixtures:Friday, 26-04-2019.-Bordeaux vs Lyon @9:45PmSunday, 28-04-2019.-Amiens vs Strasbourg @4pm-Angers vs Reims @4pm-Caen vs Dijon @4pm-Lille vs Nimes @4pm-Nice vs Guingamp @4pm-Saint Etienne vs Toulouse @6pm-Marseille vs Nantes @10pmTuesday, 30-04-2019-Montpellier vs PSG @10pmWednesday, 01-05-2019-Rennes vs Monaco @10pmComments last_img read more

Watch: Wake up and smell the coffee this Christmas with Irwin Expert Electrical

first_imgThis week in the All I Want for Christmas series with Irwin Expert Electrical, we take a look at superb coffee machines to give someone a great boost on Christmas morning!If you would like to treat someone special in your life to an aroma of coffee in their kitchen, Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana have a huge selection of Coffee Machines – the biggest brands at the best prices – starting from €39.If it’s good enough for George Clooney it’s good enough for you! Here, Paddy shows us the range of machines in store:Irwin Expert Electrical has TVs, Home Appliances, Built-In Appliances, Computers, Laptops, Small Kitchen Appliances and much much more instore for Christmas. The Letterkenny and Buncrana stores are the No. 1 Home Electrical Appliance Centres in the North West and their prices will not be beaten in Donegal and Inishowen!Bosch Tassimo Coffee Machines from only €39 at Irwin Expert Electrical Showrooms, Letterkenny & Buncrana. Receive Gifts Up to €100 When you buy any Nespresso Original Coffee Machine – As instore for details.The Nespresso Vertuo SignatureThe Vertuo brewing process naturally creates a silky and smooth crema, revealing the fresh aromas of the coffee only for you. You’ll find that each Vertuo capsule has a character of its own. Discover the smooth taste, full body and rich crema of each blend.The Nespresso Vertuo SignatureThe Vertuo brewing process naturally creates a silky and smooth crema, revealing the fresh aromas of the coffee only for you. You’ll find that each Vertuo capsule has a character of its own. Discover the smooth taste, full body and rich crema of each blend.The Nespresso VertuoOffering freshly brewed coffee with a rich crema, even in a large cup. The machine’s unique CentrifusionTM technology and specially crafted dedicated range of capsules allows you to make four cup sizes: Alto (414ml) Mug (230ml) Gran Lungo (150ml) Espresso (40ml)The Vertuo brewing process naturally creates a silky and smooth crema, revealing the fresh aromas of the coffee only for you. You’ll find that each Vertuo capsule has a character of its own. Discover the smooth taste, full body and rich crema of each blend.There is only one best taste: yours A perfect combination of dynamic design, state-of-the-art coffee technology and ease of use, Eletta Cappuccino is part of a new generation of De’Longhi bean to cup coffee makers to satisfy every coffee desire with taste and style.Automatic coffee recipes at the touch of a buttonDe’Longhi Eletta CappuccinoDe’Longhi Eletta Cappuccino is like having your very own Barista at home; serving your coffee shop favourites, from Americanos to frothy Cappuccinos to silk-smooth Flat Whites and all at the touch of a button.Your perfect coffee experience The De’Longhi Eletta Cappuccino grinds fresh beans and froths fresh milk for every cup to guarantee you the perfect taste. What’s more you can personalise the strength, length, temperature. If you love your lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites, you can even tailor the frothiness of the milk.Easy to Clean and MaintainWhen you turn on the De’Longhi Eletta Cappuccino it runs a rinse cycle to clean and heat the internal components. When you need to descale the mache it has an automatic process for that too. Used coffee is deposited in an internal container and the machine reminds you when to empty it. Easy. What’s more the patented milk carafe technology has an auto-clean feature so you can return any unused milk to the fridge; its parts are also dishwasher-safe.Irwin Expert Electrical’s Christmas Gift Experts will be delighted to help you choose the perfect Gift. They also accept SHOP LK vouchers. They are so thankful to their customers for shopping local and choosing Irwin Expert Electrical as their preferred Home Appliance, TV, Computer Centre & Household Electrical Retail Store for in the North West.Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny Showroom – Port Road, Letterkenny (Behind Browne Printers – Opposite Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana Showroom – Maginn Avenue, Buncrana.Follow Us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/irwinexpert/Watch: Wake up and smell the coffee this Christmas with Irwin Expert Electrical was last modified: December 13th, 2019 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:all i want for christmascoffee machinesIrwin Expert Electricallast_img read more

Eukaryote Evolution Proceeded from Complex to Simple

first_imgAs if reprimanding simpletons, three scientists writing in Science1 preached that the old picture of evolution from simple to complex is simplistic.  This is particularly true, they claim, for the story that eukaryotes were born from a blessed union.  “Data from many sources,” they counter, “give no direct evidence that eukaryotes evolved by genome fusion between archaea and bacteria.”  Further down, they remark, “Unfortunately, such a model has been tacitly favored by molecular biologists who appeared to view evolution as an irreversible march from simple prokaryotes to complex eukaryotes, from unicellular to multicellular.”  The old picture harks back to obsolete views of straight-line evolution.Comparative genomics and proteomics have strengthened the view that modern eukaryote and prokaryote cells have long followed separate evolutionary trajectories.  Because their cells appear simpler, prokaryotes have traditionally been considered ancestors of eukaryotes.  Nevertheless, comparative genomics has confirmed a lesson from paleontology: Evolution does not proceed monotonically from the simpler to the more complex.  Here, we review recent data from proteomics and genome sequences suggesting that eukaryotes are a unique primordial lineage….Out with the old, in with the new.  What do they suggest to replace the old picture?  Believe it or not, “sequence loss and cellular simplification.”  Since these are “are common modes of evolution,” they argue that the first eukaryote was already a unique, complex creature.  Like a predator or raptor, it acquired mitochondria by phagocytosis, and diversified from there.    Their view does not prohibit increases in complexity, yet they seem eager to distance evolutionary theory from visions of progress.  “Genome evolution is a two-way street,” they say; “This bidirectional sense of reversibility is important as an alternative to the view of evolution as a rigidly monotonic progression from simple to more complex states, a view with roots in the 18th-century theory of orthogenesis.”  They describe several life-forms that have reduced their genomes and slimmed down to the bare minimum: parasites, symbionts, organelle genomes, and anaerobes.    OK so far; evolution can move either toward complex or simple – but how does this explain eukaryotes (cells with nuclei and compartmentalized organelles)?  Here, their explanation appears forced by the hard realities of the evidence.  From the earliest possible ancestor, eukaryotes were already complex.  They had introns (and complex spliceosomes, half of whose 78 proteins are unique to eukaryotes, to handle them), mitosomes, hydrogenosomes, mitochondria, nuclei, nucleoli, the Golgi apparatus, centrioles, and an endoplasmic reticulum, along with “hundreds of proteins with no orthologs evident in the genomes of prokaryotes.”  (Simple Giardia, for example, has 347 eukaryote signature proteins.)  Much of the article describes the unprecedented features of eukaryotes, which constitute a “unique cell type that cannot be deconstructed into features inherited directly from archaea and bacteria.”    This calls for alternatives to “hypotheses that attribute eukaryote origins to genome fusion between archaea and bacteria” (endosymbiosis), which they claim “are surprisingly uninformative about the emergence of the cellular and genomic signatures of eukaryotes.”  Recognition of these realities must be “the critical starting point” for explaining where eukaryotes came from: i.e., a “larger and more complex cell” at the beginning when the three kingdoms – bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes – diverged.    Their picture can be summarized as follows: (1) the common ancestor was a raptor or predator on prokaryote mitochondria.  (2) Cellular crowding and compartmentalization led to more efficient molecular interactions.  (3) Extensive genome reduction followed.  Darwin, of course, grins in the background; “This abbreviated account of genome reduction illustrates the Darwinian view of evolution as a reversible process in the sense that ‘eyes can be acquired and eyes can be lost’” (because of the two-way street of natural selection).  Even Darwin would have agreed that “selection gives, and selection takes.”  They concur with essential evolutionary doctrine without hesitation: “Genomes evolve continuously through the interplay of unceasing mutation, unremitting competition, and ever-changing environments.”  Darwinism is safe, therefore; so now, let’s picture the new emerging story for the 21st century:For the reasons outlined above, we favor the idea that the host that acquired the mitochondrial endosymbiont [sic] was a unicellular eukaryote predator, a raptor.  The emergence [sic] of unicellular raptors would have had a major ecological impact on the evolution of the gentler descendants of the common ancestor.  These may have responded with several adaptive strategies: They might outproduce the raptors by rapid growth or hide from raptors by adapting to extreme environments.  Thus, the hypothetical eukaryote raptors may have driven the evolution of their autotrophic, heterotrophic, and saprotrophic cousins in a reductive mode that put a premium on the relatively fast-growing, streamlined cell types we call prokaryotes.One problem.  How this complex, predatory cell with most of its unique parts “emerged” is anyone’s guess.  So get busy, everyone: “This scenario, which is not contradicted by new data derived from comparative genomics and proteomics, is a suitable starting point [sic] for future work.”1Kurland, Collins and Penny, “Genomics and the Irreducible Nature of Eukaryote Cells,” Science, 19 May 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5776, pp. 1011 – 1014, DOI: 10.1126/science.1121674.How many more times can Darwinism survive the onslaught of facts?  Here is another case where (1) everything you know is wrong, (2) the old ideas taught in the days of the Scopes Trial and as far back as Darwin were too simplistic, (3) the complexity appears to have been present from the start, and (4) nobody has a clue what happened, and (5) all we have is a “suitable starting point” (read: hunch, guess, scenario, plot, tall tale) for starting all over.  Once again, also, it will be harder this time because the “new data derived from comparative genomics and proteomics” complicates the picture enormously.    In place of the old simple story (that was easy to illustrate in textbook cartoons), we have a new, more violent tale.  Predator cells pop into existence somehow, fully equipped; they alter the ecology and force the prokaryote prey to streamline their genomes and hide.  Established at the top of the food chain, these new eukaryotes begin their long trek toward Volvox, Tiktaalik and Homo sapiens.  Whenever needed, these storytellers can always invoke the Darwinist Miracle Word emergence to cover their tracks, and call in Tinker Bell to wave the mutation wand when a major innovation is needed.  Thus is worship in the Temple of Charlie kept going another day, while Big Science mans the fortifications.  But for how much longer?  The Visigoths are at the gates (05/09/2006), demanding, “Enough of this!  No more excuses.  Mr. Darwin, tear down this wall!”(Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA, Botswana look to streamline trade

first_img22 November 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma and Botswana President Ian Khama, during their meeting in Pretoria on Thursday, stressed the importance of speeding up infrastructure projects to facilitate the movement of goods and people between the two countries. Zuma met with his Botswana counterpart ahead of the inaugural meeting of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission, which the two presidents co-hosted. Speaking to journalists after the commission meeting, Zuma said discussions were under way to look at how resources could be streamlined to boost trade between the two countries. “It is a question of how … we streamline trade. In this regard, we have taken a decision that our ministers will meet twice a year to evaluate how far the agreements we have signed have been implemented.” Since the establishment of official relations nearly 20 years ago, South African and Botswana have signed a total of 34 agreements covering various areas such as immigration, defence and security, energy, trade, transport and environmental affairs. Zuma said the bi-national commission would play a key role in broadening and streamlining cooperation between the two countries. The establishment of the commission was “a very important development because our relations with Botswana are historical and for us to take them forward is very important. We were able to get a clear report from the ministers of what we need to do going forward.” Strong economic ties already exist between the two countries, and South Africa remains Botswana’s major trading partner. South African companies have a huge presence in Botswana and are involved in various sectors, including mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services. Zuma said his meeting with Khama had not only focused on the mutual needs and priorities of both countries, but also brought into sharp focus the importance of regional integration. The two presidents discussed developments in the region and on the continent, including the situation in Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. According to a joint communique issued after the talks, the two leaders commended Madagascar for holding peaceful and credible presidential elections last month, urging the people of Madagascar to maintain the same commitment to democratic processes in the second round of elections scheduled for 20 December. Khama and Zuma expressed concern over the unfolding security situation in Mozambique, and hoped that the situation would soon be resolved. In recent weeks, there have been sporadic clashes between former rebel movement Renamo and the Frelimo government, with the former accusing the latter of not honouring the Rome peace agreement they signed in 1992. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Factual Friday

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J&K policeman caught on camera snatching money from beggar, held

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir Police have arrested one of their own after he was allegedly caught on camera “snatching” money from a roadside beggar in Ramban district.A video clip purportedly showing head constable “snatching” money from the beggar a few days back went viral on social media, triggering shock and uproar.‘Bad habit’“Head constable Munawar Hussain has been suspended and arrested by the police after the incident,” Ramban Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohan Lal said.He said an FIR has also been registered against the policeman, who was attached with Ramban police line after being transferred from “Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking”. Mr. Lal said Mr. Hussain came out of the police line and allegedly snatched money from the beggar. The officer said Hussain was caught by the policemen deployed there.More casesMr. Lal said three more cases are registered against Mr. Hussain in Kishtwar. “He was kept in the police line in Ramban after being transferred from Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking. His ATM cards and others such items were given to his wife to operate in view of the his bad habits,” he said.last_img read more