Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday March 8th

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleLISTEN: Documentary helped Jonas Brothers get back togetherNext articleShane Byrne expecting physical Junior Cup contest in Clonmel News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – March 8, 2019 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday March 8th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/08news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlaybackcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday March 8th Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

US Navy, Coast Guard carry out joint Pacific patrol

first_img View post tag: US Coast Guard The U.S. Navy hosted Coast Guard personnel for an 18-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.Under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, Coast Guard law enforcement detachment 103 from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team embarked USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and conducted 16 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure team and law enforcement ship riders from Tuvalu and Nauru.Five of the boardings were conducted on the high seas under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission guidelines while the other 11 were conducted in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of Tuvalu and Nauru.Coast Guard teams and Pacific Island Nation shipriders routinely conduct joint boardings within the host country’s exclusive economic zones to protect the ocean and the living marine resources within.Boarding teams inspected documentation and fish holds for illegal activity and compliance with conservation and management measures.“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing undermines efforts to conserve and manage global fish stocks,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Richard Howes, chief of enforcement, Coast Guard 14th District response division. “The OMSI mission along with our partnerships with Australia, New Zealand, France, and Pacific Island Nations helps deter illegal fishing and promote economic and environmental stability in the region.”Partnership between the Coast Guard and Navy supports OMSI, a Secretary of Defense program to use Department of Defense assets transiting the pacific region to build maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.The Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the waters around the numerous islands belonging to the United States throughout the region. Each of these islands has territorial waters stretching out to 12 nautical miles from shore.Beyond that, stretching out to 200 nautical miles is an exclusive economic zone, an area defined by international law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of the marine resources within. Oceania contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million square miles, of United States’ EEZs. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: OMSI Authorities March 1, 2017 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Coast Guard conclude joint Pacific patrol US Navy, Coast Guard conclude joint Pacific patrollast_img read more

Redshirt freshman LB Washington announces transfer

first_img Published on December 20, 2013 at 10:51 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 James Washington, a redshirt freshman linebacker, will transfer from Syracuse. Washington is the second Orange defensive player to announce his departure from SU in the past week, joining defensive end Josh Manley.Scout.com first reported Washington’s transfer.Washington declined an interview on Thursday night and didn’t share any details on his transfer options. Scout.com reported that Washington is transferring to be closer to home.Washington recorded 15 sacks as a junior at Winter Park (Fla.) High School, but hadn’t played in a game since joining Syracuse. He joined the Orange as a two-star recruit.Washington is SU’s second transfer in three days.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textManley tweeted on Tuesday night that he would transfer to Charlotte. Manley had appeared in just one game and recorded no stats for Syracuse. Manley joined the Orange as a two-star recruit and will be eligible to play immediately for the 49ers since Charlotte is a Football Championship Subdivision school. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rohit Sharma to lead T20 squad while Virat Kohli returns for tests against Bangladesh

first_imgAdvertisement 6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg6aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E355hd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2pvg9Would you ever consider trying this?😱9txnCan your students do this? 🌚qdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The national selection committee on Thursday, officially confirmed that Virat Kohli will be rested for the upcoming T20Is against Bangladesh, with Rohit Sharma being selected as the captain in his absence. The MSK Prasad led national selection committee, has emphasized on young players for next month’s series; as Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Samson along with Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube have been called up.Advertisement “It is important to have all-rounders in the T20s. He (Dube) had a bit of edge over Vijay Shankar. His performance against West Indies A and South Africa was phenomenal. I am sure he will do well,” Prasad said.Advertisement Navdeep Saini is out injured and will be unavailable for the series. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has been called to take his place.The committee also had a meeting with the new BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly and Prasad appeared to be satisfied with Dada’s appointment.Advertisement “It is good to have a cricketer at the helm and he also pointed a few of his observations and we will take note of that,” he said after the meeting.For the test series though, the selectors did not make any changes; keeping the same side which recently whitewashed South Africa 3-0. Wriddhiman Saha who picked up an injury, will continue with the team. But Shahbaz Nadeem gets the axe as the selectors preffered Kuldeep Yadav over him.Squad:T20IsRohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur.TestVirat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant Advertisementlast_img read more

ESPN’S COLORFUL KENNY MAYNE TO TAKE SANTA ANITA MICROPHONE ON SUNDAY; ‘SPORTSCENTER’ ICON TO BRING DRY WIT TO THE CALL OF THE FIFTH RACE AT 5 ½ FURLONGS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2016)–Known to millions as an iconic figure on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Kenny Mayne will alter course and step into the role of race caller on Sunday at Santa Anita as he’ll take his unique brand of dry witted humor to the microphone prior to the track’s fifth race, which will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs.“As sports fans everywhere know, Kenny has a unique sense of humor and having grown up near the old Longacres (Racecourse) in Seattle, he’s also a lifelong horse racing fan,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President, Marketing. “We think this is going to be a lot of fun and with Santa Anita auditioning announcers for the full-time job, we expect an entertaining race call.“His appearance here on Sunday will be a featured segment in the days to come on SportsCenter and there’s no-telling how Kenny is going to approach this assignment. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be memorable and he’ll likely have an easier time fitting into the announcer’s booth than Conan O’Brien did!”Prior to beginning his broadcast career on local television in Seattle, Mayne was a Junior College All American quarterback at Wenatchee Valley College in 1978 and he went on to play two years as a backup quarterback at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prior to graduating with a degree in Broadcasting in 1982.In addition to hosting SportsCenter dating back to 1994, Mayne has appeared in various roles on ESPN, including hosting numerous live horse racing broadcasts on both ABC and ESPN. In 2011, he traveled to six countries while taping “Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports,” and he’s appeared outside the ESPN umbrella in many other forums, including “The Drew Carey Show,” commercials for Progressive Auto Insurance, and the 1998 movie, “BASEketball.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2016

first_imgTWO MORE SOPHS POINTED TO SANTA ANITA DERBYNYQUIST BREEZES FOR MOHAYMEN SHOWDOWNGLORY, GLORY HALLEJULAH IN SANTA ANA STAKES?D’AMATO ENJOYING ‘DREAM’ MEET AT SANTA ANITADESORMEAUX SETS HIS SIGHTS ON NEW HORIZONS IRON ROB, DENMAN’S CALL EYE SANTA ANITA DERBYIron Rob and Denman’s Call, the one-two finishers in the San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on March 20, are being pointed to the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby on April 9, their trainers said Friday morning.Iron Rob, a bay Twirling Candy colt who upset 2-5 favorite Denman’s Call by a length and a half in the San Pedro, will retain jockey Stewart Elliott for the Derby, trainer George Papaprodromou said, while Rafael Bejarano replaces Flavien Prat on Denman’s Call in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, according to trainer Doug O’Neill.The two newcomers are expected to join the first five finishers in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes that was run on March 12: Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit, Exaggerator, Uncle Lino and Smokey Image.“We’ll try to stretch him out,” Papaprodromou said of Iron Rob, who was nearly 10-1 when he won the San Pedro. “It’s worth taking a shot.”Bob Baffert, trainer of Mor Spirit, will be seeking his record eighth Santa Anita Derby victory, having won with Cavonnier (1996), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Midnight Interlude (2011) and Dortmund (2015).O’Neill has two Santa Anita Derby victories, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and Goldencents in 2013. NYQUIST FINISHES ‘STRONG’ IN FLORIDA DERBY DRILLUndefeated male two-year-old champion of 2015 Nyquist worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:03 under Jonny Garcia in the colt’s final major drill before leaving Monday for Florida where he will face unbeaten Kentucky Derby favorite Mohaymen in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park a week from Saturday, April 2.Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had Nyquist going the last half-mile in 49.60. Nyquist worked with stablemate Pay the Fine who was timed in 1:04.40.“It was a good drill,” trainer Doug O’Neill said on a picture-perfect but busy Friday morning. “Nyquist finished up really strong and I’m very optimistic about next week.“He’ll walk tomorrow, track Sunday, and fly out on Monday. That’s the plan. I’ll be leaving the same day.” DESORMEAUX SEEKS FRESH START WITH PEGRAMAt the age of 46, Kent Desormeaux has resurrected his Hall of Fame career and has no intention of slowing down.His eyes are on the future, which is one reason for Thursday’s surprising announcement that he parted company with agent Mike Ciani and hired J. R. (as in James Russell) Pegram.“I just thought it was time for me to shake things up a little bit,” the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey said between workers Friday morning. “Things had gotten kind of stale and it’s a move that has worked for me and lots of others multiple times.“I want the public to know that I’m not satisfied and I want more, and this is the only way to do it without going on to social media, I guess.“But there are still plenty who don’t read social media. I want the horsemen to know I’m not done yet.”Through Thursday, Desormeaux had won with 17 of 115 mounts, good for a 10th-place tie in the standings with Fernando Perez, although Desormeaux had ridden 53 fewer horses.Pegram previously represented Desormeaux in New York in 2012 and 2013. Jerry Hollendorfer13122121517%37%$1,586,586 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato12927212221%54%$1,462,115 FINISH LINES: With exercise rider Janeen Painter up, three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked five furlongs in company Friday morning in 1:01.60 for Richard Mandella, who has either the Grade I, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at a mile on turf May 5 or the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt May 8 ticketed for the six-year-old mare’s 2016 debut. Stablemate El Super was clocked in 1:02 . . . Imperative, fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap, worked four furlongs for Richard Baltas Friday in 50.60, breezing with Mike Smith aboard. “It was perfect,” said Baltas, who has designs on the April 23 Charles Town Classic for the son of Bernardini, winner of the race in 2014 when trained by George Papaprodromou . . . Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (April 3, 7 and 8) for careless riding aboard Yellow Bonnet who finished sixth in Sunday’s fourth race . . . Bring the family to Santa Anita Sunday for the largest Easter egg hunt and family fun day in the San Gabriel Valley. Visit santaanita.com/events for details. Doug O’Neill17327262516%45%$1,411,523 Rafael Bejarano26163502624%53%$2,929,872 David Lopez15622131914%35%$683,676 Edwin Maldonado17136161521%39%$1,144,530center_img Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Tyler Baze24825373710%40%$1,345,311 CONSISTENT GLORY SET FOR SANTA ANA STAKESTeam Hollendorfer hopes Glory enjoys a favorable pace scenario and can carry her speed to victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1 /8 miles on turf.The four-year-old daughter of Tapit owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms (Songbird) was second in an overnight race March 4, but missed by a neck after leading in the Grade III Frankel Stakes last Dec. 27.“She’s doing well and she’s nice to work with,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “She’s coming into the race well and she always runs good.”In 11 career starts, Glory has three wins, three seconds and two thirds, with earnings of $158,220. A win would give Hollendorfer his fifth stakes victory of the meet. After an uncharacteristically slow start, the Hall of Fame trainer has been picking up steam of late and ranks third, only five wins behind training leaders Phil D’Amato and Doug O’Neill, 27-22.The Santa Ana, race five of 11: Her Emmynency, Joe Talamo, 2-1; Nancy From Nairobi, Abel Lezcano, 5-2; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Fresh Feline, Alex Solis, 8-1; Glory, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Tuttipaesi, Chris DeCarlo, 3-1. Joseph Talamo22427252612%35%$1,904,284 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS D’AMATO CONTINUES ‘DREAM’ MEET SUNDAYPhil D’Amato, in the hunt for Santa Anita’s Winter Meet training lead from the get-go last Dec. 26, sends out Sheer Pleasure in quest of the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at one mile on Sunday.The race is for older fillies and mares and is another in the popular Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.Sheer Pleasure, a four-year-old daughter of Birdonthewire, was second in an overnight race last out on March 5 despite going four-wide into the stretch in the 1 1/16-mile test.“I like the way she’s coming into the race,” D’Amato said. “Her last race was a good effort. She had a little bit of trouble at the three-eighths pole, but she came running strong.“I think we’re headed in the right direction. Her confidence is good and she’s ready to go the distance.”As to the trainers’ race, in which D’Amato and Doug O’Neill are tied at 27 with 11 racing days remaining, D’Amato is “very happy” with how the meet’s unfolded.“We’re just taking it as it comes, and whatever happens, happens,” D’Amato said. “We’re just happy all our horses are firing.”The field for the Dream of Summer, race nine of 10: Kiss At Midnight, Rafael Bejarano; Lucy in Diamonds, Felipe Valdez; Swissarella, Edwin Maldonado; Melanistic, Tyler Baze; Tiz a Kiss, Kent Desormeaux; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez; Light One, Drayden Van Dyke; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens; and Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia. (Current Through Thursday, March 24) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Bob Baffert9621151522%53%$1,545,645last_img read more

Thomas Duncan Foundation to Assist Ebola Victims

first_imgLiberian Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan’s ill-fated medical treatment by the Texas Presbyterian Hospital has paved the way for the establishment of a foundation in his memory and a future expansion of a history arm in Liberia to help Ebola victims.  This followed a financial settlement by the hospital with the family of the man who became known as Patient Zero, being the first Ebola victim to die on United States soil.The foundation, according to family attorney Les Weisbrod,   will assist other Ebola victims in West Africa.  Attorney Les Weisbrod told the press conference that resources for the foundation are part of a larger settlement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital that would ‘take care’ of Duncan’s four children and his parents.The attorney, however, did not reveal how much the settlement was worth, but other sources placed the amount at U$25,000.00. But Duncan’s fiancée, Louise Troh, according to the attorney, would not receive any benefit from the settlement. He told reporters that the hospital wanted to do the right thing, but did not disclose details of the deal.He noted that Duncan’s family would not be billed for his care at the hospital.  Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, who previously was critical of the care Duncan received, and who said his death had been partly due to his race, nationality and lack of insurance, Wednesday credited the Presbyterian officials for moving quickly to settle the case and accepting mistakes.   Information reaching the Daily Observer quoted  Weeks as saying that he would be “the face of the foundation”, which he hoped would lead to a new hospital or the dedication of a hospital wing in Liberia.  “The main focus is that Eric’s name is on something, so that everybody knows that he didn’t die in vain,” reporters quoted him as saying.The hospital officials in Dallas confirmed the creation of the foundation in a statement and said it has ‘amicably addressed all matters’ with his family.  With apologies to Duncan’s family, hospital officials acknowledged that key caregivers missed his travel history in their record system and instead provided him with antibiotics, something hospital administrators have acknowledged was a mistake.  Duncan’s sister, Mai Wureh, told reporters that the hospital had satisfied her request for the remainder of her brother’s medical records, including lab results of his treatment with the experimental drug brincidofovir.  Wureh also said she and Weeks met Wednesday morning with John Mulligan, the nurse who administered the drug. “He gave me closure because he was the last one in that room. He was able to talk to him, comfort him. He held onto him, and that made me feel better. At least he didn’t die alone,” Wureh said of Mulligan. Eric Thomas Duncan, 42, arrived in the United States, and first sought treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in late September, telling staff he had come from Liberia, one of the three countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. Duncan died on October 8.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More Reasons to Doubt Scientific Omniscience

first_img(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We hear it all the time; 99% of scientists agree. All it takes, though, is one overlooked fact to tumble a consensus.Occasionally we take a look at matters other than creation and evolution, when they are instructive about the scientific process. The scientific consensus on climate change (previously known as “global warming”) is a case in point. Scientists have been so dogmatic about it they have convinced most major world governments to enact draconian measures to counteract it. Climate has changed drastically in the past before humans evolved, they will admit, but they insist that the current climate excursion was caused by people trying to increase their happiness and reduce their suffering. News about global warming often includes denunciations of President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris Climate Accords.We don’t quote climate “denialists” to get into the mud on this issue. We just look at the secular news itself, which is almost uniformly on the side of the climate consensus, and ask questions (see this list for previous entries). We pass over the ridiculous stories about what’s coming with global warming, like this headline on Phys.org, “Competition between males improves resilience against climate change.” Claims like that nobody could ever know for sure. Instead, we focus on the epistemology of the consensus: how do they know what they claim to know about human culpability for a warming climate? Did the consensus take the following factors into account?These ‘Dirty’ Thunderstorms Fill Sky with As Much Smoke As Volcanic Eruption (Live Science). Big volcanic eruptions, it is well known, can alter the climate. A well-known case was the Mt. Pinatubo eruption that reduced global temperatures for a time by 0.9° F in 1991. This article says that pyrocumulonimbus storms (pyroCb’s), or “dirty thunderstorms” fed by ash from wildfires, can put as much carbon smoke into the atmosphere as a volcano. “While such major volcanic events are sporadic, Peterson said, pyroCb events occur every year,” the article ends. “But scientists have not studied these storms enough to understand their potential impact on the climate.” Since wildfires are common, and have occurred long before man started burning coal or oil, would climate models produce different conclusions if pyroCbs were taken into account?Smoke from a relatively small wildfire.Tiny particles high up in the sky give insight into climate change (Phys.org). Black carbon (BC) can reflect incoming solar heat back into space, this article says. So can the clouds that form around the particles. Atmospheric particles, or aerosols, are thought to be the second or third most important factor after carbon dioxide. But do scientists understand its contribution? Note the uncertainty in this quote regarding a substantial contributor to climate change (which would seem to lower temperatures rather than raise them).Aerosols, tiny particles that are suspended in the atmosphere, contribute significantly towards climate change. However, despite their consequential role, aerosol interactions aren’t very well understood.The authors say that particles can last for years and influence regions far from cities with their pollution. The concentration of these particles over the Amazon Basin was higher than expected. Does this give anyone confidence in climate models, with their dire predictions of temperature changes a century away, specified in tenths of a degree? Yet those are the models used to scare politicians into taking drastic action.Microbes eat rocks and leave carbon dioxide (Science Magazine). This news item reveals that geologists and climatologists were wrong about silicate rocks acting as a carbon sink to counterbalance the outgassing of volcanoes. Microbes in the silicates can actually “eat” the rocks and release much of that carbon back into the atmosphere as CO2. A study of these rocks in Taiwan showed that “microbes oxidize roughly two-thirds of the petrogenic organic carbon there and that the rate of oxidation increases with the rate of erosion.”How does the Pacific Walker circulation respond to strong tropical volcanism? (Phys.org). Read this news item to get an idea of how complicated it is to tease out the significance of individual factors that might alter the climate. Severe volcanic eruptions (SVE’s), like the recent one in Bali, Indonesia, “can affect Earth’s climate.” But by how much? Trying to figure that out is complex, because a large eruption, which is unpredictable, can affect air currents in unexpected ways that are not well understood. Obviously humans are not responsible for what volcanoes do. Note, too, that SVEs tend to have a cooling effect. “The cooling effect from the SVEs is able to cool the entire tropics,” the article says, and yet the temperature anomalies that result are not uniform.Anthropogenic combustion iron as a complex climate forcer (Nature Communications). Even though this paper mentions a factor that might exacerbate warming, the key fact is that it was not taken into account before. “Our results demonstrate that anthropogenic combustion iron is a larger and more complex climate forcer than previously thought, and therefore plays a key role in the Earth system,” the authors say. This should lead thoughtful observers to ask what other factors have not been considered, that could be larger or smaller than previously thought?The Politics of Climate ChangeRepublicans more persuasive than scientists on climate change (Science Daily). This article, pretending to be an unbiased analysis of political attitudes about climate change, ends up as a partisan advocacy piece. The authors of a psychological survey at the University of Connecticut seem disturbed that Republicans who argue against anthropogenic climate change are more persuasive than the scientific consensus. But rather than see if Republican counter-arguments have merit, the authors delve into ways to package consensus arguments in more persuasive ways. They assume that Republicans are engaging in misinformation. “Citing Republican elites who endorse the scientific consensus on climate change may be the most effective way to persuade citizens that climate change is a real and important problem,” says Lyle Scruggs, a professor of political science at University of Connecticut. “That may be a step forward in reducing the partisan gap in public opinion on the subject.” Anyone smell partisanship in that comment?In closing, maybe it’s worth asking what the ruckus is about. Mike Wall wrote on Space.com, “Life on Venus? Why It’s Not an Absurd Thought.” Venus, we note, is a very warm planet. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon says that the atmosphere a few dozen miles up is pretty benign – if the Venusians can tolerate the sulfuric acid. So why worry? If climate change wipes out human society, some scientists, like the misanthrope Eric Pianka who wants to solve overpopulation of stupid people by releasing atmospheric ebola to kill billions of people indiscriminately, might be happy. Darwin will ensure that the next generation of organisms on earth will be heat-tolerant, acid-tolerant, and will vote Democrat. That’s not an absurd thought at all, now is it? Not for the scientific consensus.Dr Eric Pianka, ardent evolutionist and genocide advocate, by J B Greene. Used by permission.last_img read more

South Africa’s stem cell milestone

first_imgA microscopic view of brain cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells in the laboratory of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Image: Su-Chun Zhang/Baoyang Hu, UW-Madison) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani Tsedu   CSIR Media Relations Manager  +27 12 841 3417 RELATED ARTICLES • Yes, it is rocket science • Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Hi-tech solution to fix roads • SA plant scientist reaps top award Wilma den HartighA group of researchers at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have become the first in Africa to make a breakthrough in biomedical stem cell technology, making it possible to find cures to some of the continent’s most significant diseases.The CSIR’s gene expression and biophysics group, headed by Dr Musa Mhlanga, have generated the first induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in Africa.These cells are artificial, non-embryonic and iPSC technology makes it possible to transform adult cells, such as those found in the skin, into stem cells.As part of the research, Dr Janine Scholefield, one of the key researchers involved in generating iPSCs, recently demonstrated – using recorded video footage of rhythmically beating cells through a microscope in the laboratory – just how remarkable these cells are.In the video, the beating pattern is easily recognisable as heart muscle cells, but these cells did not come from a heart. They were transformed into heart cells from those taken from adult skin.This is the basis of iPSC technology: Early stem cells can be programmed to become any type of adult cell such as skin, heart, brain and blood cells.The CSIR simulated techniques devised by Japanese scientists in 2006 and 2007, that showed how an adult cell, such as a skin cell, could be induced it to become a stem cell.“This was a remarkable piece of scientific research,” says Scholefield.Part of the novelty of this technology lies in the fact that stem cells can be made from almost any individual with just about any disease, by simply taking a skin sample from that person.Benefits for AfricaThe capacity to grow such stem cells in South Africa is a major breakthrough for medical science as it is changing the way in which researchers are able to investigate, understand and find cures for diseases.“With iPSC technology established in South Africa, we can study diseases relevant to Africa,” says Scholefield.The development of iPSC technology also creates new possibilities for international investment in this particular research field.Says Scholefield: “South Africa and Africa have the most diverse and oldest genetic population, which means that we should study health, development and disease in our specific genetic backgrounds more vigorously.”The research team hopes that pharmaceutical companies would come on board to perform drug screening with African-derived samples, focused on diseases that affect people who live in Africa.According to Mhlanga, it is important to ensure that such medical advances are used in the developing world to find solutions to Africa’s high disease burden.Important for regenerative medicineThe medical possibilities of iPSCs are far reaching. Scientists can grow new tissue that can restore sight by replacing defective tissue in the eye; transplant new heart muscle cells into people with heart disease and give people with anaemia new healthy blood cells. It is also possible to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.“Our genetics play a tremendous part in our susceptibility to disease, both in terms of inherited and acquired diseases,” Scholefield explains.Mutations in genes make some people more susceptible to Parkinson’s disease than others. Some people are also more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis.“If we could study their cells, with a full complement of their genetic background in those cells in the laboratory, we’d potentially be able to uncover clues as to why they are able to hold off disease,” she says.Another way to utilise the technology is to create what is known as ‘disease in a dish’ models. This technique allows for testing of possible cures, or understanding a disease, without having to subject a patient to invasive surgery or untested trial medication.Complex technologySouth Africa is one of few countries that can use iPSC technology. The ability to grow stem cells is considered a complex skill that is only used by a handful of institutions in Japan, the United States, Europe and Australia.Scholefield explains that using the technology requires expertise in a number of different techniques that have to be performed perfectly.“To give you an idea of the difficulty, if you started with 100 000 skin cells, on average, only one of those will become a stem cell,” she says.“One needs to identify the shape change in skin cells, which requires weeks of patience and careful technique to identify the stem cells that arise.”In South Africa, only one other group headed by professors Susan Kidson and Jacquie Greenberg at the University of Cape Town is attempting to establish iPSC technology from human cells.Ethical issuesAnother benefit of using iPSCs is that they bypass the ethical controversy surrounding classical stem cells, which must be taken from embryos.As iPSCs are generated from adult skin, they bypass the ethical issues of embryonic stem cells (ESCs), while retaining most of ESCs abilities,” says Scholefield.“The only ethical consideration here is in the informed consent of the person donating the skin cells.”last_img read more

Google, Mozilla & Sunlight Announce Nationwide Government Data Hackathon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Sunlight Foundation, in partnership with Google, Mozilla and Redhat, today announced a nation-wide weekend hackathon dedicated to coding projects that foster government transparency. Scheduled for December 12th and 13th and titled The Great American Hackathon, the network of events could lead to some really cool developments. Sunlight has some specific suggestions for projects developers might work on (see below) and lots of the unexpected is expected as well.You can help make it happen by signing up to host an event in your town. At least a few awesome things ought to come out of it. Check out the list of what’s been proposed so far.A tool for reporting online privacy violations to the FTC and simultaneously blowing the whistle to all your friends on your favorite social networks? That’s one cool idea. A tool for making Layar Augmented Reality endpoints easily in Django? People would eat that up. (And build projects like Sunlight’s AR Recovery.gov.) A Python wrapper for Sunlight’s competitor to Data.gov, the National Data Catolog API? A computer assisted researcher’s dream come true!What would you like to build or build with other participants in the Hackathon? This is nerdy stuff, too few people appreciate it, but someone just might build software so beneficial to the civic interest that a parade is in order. Maybe a parade in every town that hosts a hackathon. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more