City soccer star is merciless in FA Cup final

first_img whatsapp Express KCS THE LADIES’ FA Cup final saw a record turnout with more than 30,000 fans storming to Wembley yesterday as Chelsea beat Notts County 2-1. Deutsche Bank analyst and Chelsea left-back Claire Rafferty showed no mercy in a rallying cry before yesterday’s game: “When you step out on to the pitch there’s no friends there.” Spoken like a true banker! More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Sunday 2 August 2015 11:19 pm whatsappcenter_img Share City soccer star is merciless in FA Cup final Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastUndo Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Watch: mRNA vaccines face their first test in the fight against Covid-19. How do they work?

first_img Tags CoronavirusVaccines About the Author Reprints What are mRNA vaccines?Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2020/10/26/mrna-vaccines-face-their-first-test-in-the-fight-against-covid-19-how-do-they-work/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0002:0302:03  @sayhitohyacinth Multimedia Producer Hyacinth creates videos and animations for STAT and is the senior producer of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Messenger RNA may not be as famous as its cousin, DNA, but it’s having a moment in the spotlight. This crucial intermediary in the protein-making process is now being harnessed by scientists to to try to protect us from disease — including Covid-19.Companies like Moderna and Pfizer are working on mRNA vaccines that allow people to build immunity to viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. These vaccines contain specifically designed mRNA that instructs cells how to make viral proteins. Find out how mRNA vaccines can trigger immune cells, in this video. Scientists can now design genetic material called mRNA to help us build immunity to certain viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Hyacinth Empinado/STAT By Hyacinth Empinado Oct. 26, 2020 Reprints [email protected] Hyacinth Empinado HealthWatch: mRNA vaccines face their first test in the fight against Covid-19. How do they work? last_img read more

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Police chief allegedly asked for sexual favors from women he pulled over

first_imgAdvertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments SEWARD, PA / CNN — Seward Police Chief Robert Baldwin Jr. is accused of asking victims to perform sex acts to get out of trouble, according to troopers.Baldwin violated the law as well as his oath to protect and serve, state police said.“As a police officer, it’s one of those things you hate talking about because it’s disgusting,” Trooper Steve Limani said. The former chief is accused of having female victims perform sexual acts on him to get out of tickets and other legal issues on at least two occasions. Advertisement“His M.O. was to generally meet them through a traffic stop,” Limani said.One alleged incident began at a stop sign on Fifth Street in Seward. Baldiwn told the victim she ran the intersection but she had to follow him at an out-of-the-way underpass in the borough to discuss her violation, troopers said.“We’re not going to take you to a secluded area and then ask for your cell phone number and then start engaging you back and forth and questioning especially when it comes to any type of sexual activity.” Cheer squad mom accused of cyberbullying minors with deepfakes March 16, 2021 The victim told police she had sex with Baldwin, fearing failure to do so would result in her getting into bigger trouble.There was another incident where Baldwin allegedly pulling over another young woman, telling her she’d have to “work off” alleged drug charges and on one occasion, forced a kiss on the victim.“That’s a crime in and of itself. That’s not something that’s accepted — allowed. That’s against the law,” Limani said.Baldwin faces multiple counts of official oppression and obstruction of justice. The former chief was on leave but has since resigned his post as chief of police in Seward. He faces a preliminary hearing in December.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: PennsylvaniaPolice Chief FGCU Police Department appoints new Chief April 2, 2021 Marco police & fire chief suspended over COVID-19 vaccine booking scandal February 4, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Florida inmate says he killed 6 in Pennsylvania in 1970s June 3, 2021last_img read more

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Day-13, Chinese Police on Search for a NK Military Escapee

first_imgNews Day-13, Chinese Police on Search for a NK Military Escapee SHARE By Daily NK – 2005.10.12 2:42pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News [imText1]The search for an escaped North Korean military official around the Sino-Korean border areas by Chinese police, which has started on September 28, is now on thirteenth day. The Chinese border control soldiers are conducting house-search in the cities of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture such as Sanhe, Baijin and other border cities and the road inspection on the highway that connects to Yenji is also still taking place. A Chinese police officer who demanded anonymity said, “the current searching activity is due to the official request from the North Korean government, which will continue until the suspect is arrested. According to the message from North Korea, there is a high possibility that the suspect is armed, so this is the reason why the (Chinese) border military is specially in charge of this matter.” A church member active in assisting food to the North Korean defectors in Longjing city said, “Even if the suspect is armed, it is an unprecedented event for the border military to carry out a search for such a long time. In fact, unless there is a gunshot accident or burglary, there was no previous occasion where the border military carried out a search of a North Korean defector.”For this reason, the NGO activists and missionaries active in the Longjing area predict with caution that the suspect must be a special level military officer or a general rather than an ordinary soldier.” On the other hand, the North Korean defectors hiding out in the Longjing area are suffering daily threat of arrest.Choi Young Soon (pseudoname, age 63, defected in 2001) who currently resides in Deshen outside of Longjing city says, “Because there is a rumor that Chinese border military conduct a house-search, I hide in a dugout in an orchard during the day and come down only at night. If it was more than ten days ago, the suspect must have escaped far away by now. What worries me is that the defectors hiding out in the area will be arrested instead.” Translation by Eon Joung Lee North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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It’s easy to become a tech savvy senior

first_imgIt’s easy to become a tech savvy senior MidCoast CouncilMidCoast Council Libraries are once again delivering a series of ‘Tech Savvy Seniors’ workshops in partnership with the NSW Government, Telstra and the State Library of NSW, for seniors wanting to become more technologically minded.Technology moves at an alarming pace and it can be easy to fall behind. These workshops are about teaching seniors the basics of navigating their devices, from smartphones and tablets through to laptops, participants just need to take their own device along to the session.Sessions will run through June and July and are free of charge.“Technology is a part of everything we do now and in many ways it can make life easier so it’s important that everyone is able to comfortably learn to take advantage of the technology available to them,” said Chris Jones, Manager of Libraries and Community Services for MidCoast Council.Some of the topics that will be covered include making and receiving calls, adding or accessing contacts or apps, sending texts, emails, messages or photos and accessing the internet.“These sessions are a great opportunity to ask questions and just discover little tips and hints on how to make your technology work for you, in the simplest way” added Chris.Bookings are essential for the workshops.A full list of the sessions, locations and dates, as well as how to make your booking, can be found on the Libraries website www.midcoastlibraries.com.au or by calling in to your local library. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, community services, council, device, Discovery, Government, Internet, local council, MidCoast Council, NSW, participants, Seniors, technology, Telstra, websitelast_img read more

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Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate has 94.5% efficacy

first_img EMAEUAModernamRNA-1273US FDA By EH News Bureau on November 16, 2020 Read Article EMA starts rolling review, company to submit for USFDA EUA in coming weeksThe independent, NIH-appointed Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the Phase 3 study of Moderna’s mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against COVID-19, has informed that the trial has met the statistical criteria pre-specified in the study protocol for efficacy, with a vaccine efficacy of 94.5 per cent.This study, known as the COVE study, enrolled more than 30,000 participants in the US and is being conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Meanwhile, the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) human medicines committee (CHMP) has started a ‘rolling review’ of data on mRNA-1273, based on preliminary results from non-clinical studies and early clinical studies in adults which suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies and T cells (cells of the immune system, the body’s natural defences) that target the virus. Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services COVID-19 Updates News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Comments (0) Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate has 94.5% efficacy Add Commentlast_img read more

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Ministry urges Jamaicans to “come out” on Labour Day

first_imgMinistry urges Jamaicans to “come out” on Labour Day CultureMay 19, 2011 By E. HARTMAN RECKORD, JIS Information Officer RelatedMinistry urges Jamaicans to “come out” on Labour Day RelatedMinistry urges Jamaicans to “come out” on Labour Day FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Jamaicans are being encouraged to show they care, by supporting projects in their communities that will benefit children, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, on Labour Day, Monday, May 23. This Labour Day, which is being observed under the theme, “It takes a village to raise a child,” focuses on the care and protection of children. Fourteen parish projects, one in each parish, will receive national attention and financial support from Government. They are being organised through partnership involving the National Labour Day Secretariat under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, municipal authorities, government agencies, the private sector and community- based organisations. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank session on Thursday, May 19, Principal Director of Culture and Entertainment at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Sydney Bartley, said that the observance of Labour Day is an opportunity for Jamaicans to come together and share with each other. “It is an opportunity to give of ourselves…So come out on Labour Day and do something for somebody, even one person. You never know what the impact will be, when you have transformed the life of one person,” he added. Mr. Bartley said that work on some of the national projects will begin before Labour Day, depending on the scope of work required. He pointed out that national projects that are not completed on Labour Day, will be monitored by the planning committee to ensure successful completion afterwards. Regarding the community Labour Day projects, he advised team leaders to assess the work that will be undertaken. “If it will take longer than Labour Day, start it before, or make plans to continue it after,” he said. He also advised that someone, or a group, should be identified to monitor or maintain the project after its completion. “One of the challenges in this country is maintenance: You get something built and two years later it is looking worse that it did two years before, so we have to try to develop in our people a maintenance culture,” he stated. RelatedMinistry urges Jamaicans to “come out” on Labour Day Advertisementslast_img read more

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Taking Stock on World Mental Health Day

first_img Oct 09, 2020 By Dori Foster-Morales President of The Florida Bar News in Photos Taking Stock on World Mental Health Day From the outset of my legal career I’ve witnessed the toll our profession can take on our mental health, even in the best of times. We often measure success in terms of billable hours or getting our name on the firm’s letterhead, but it’s past time to update this perspective. Professional success can and should coexist with happiness and well-being and our mental health and our ability to represent our clients depend on it.According to The Florida Bar’s 2019 membership survey, 92% of lawyers experience a great deal of stress – or at least some – in the practice of law. That’s an overwhelming figure. But it makes sense: When your entire career is built around advocating for others and helping to solve their problems, it’s natural that focusing on your own interests could slip to the back burner.This past Saturday, October 10, was World Mental Health Day. I see no better opportunity to highlight the remarkable strides The Florida Bar has made to help its members combat mental health issues within our legal community, while also looking toward the future to see what more we can do.The goal of World Mental Health Day 2020 is increasing investments in mental health. It’s a subject that needs to be moved to the top of the agenda for leaders across the board. For The Florida Bar, member well-being has been and remains a top priority to ensure that we set the standard for what organizations in the legal realm and elsewhere can do to support the mental well-being of members and stakeholders. When our members are taken care of, they can better care for their clients and secure the outcomes they deserve.Earlier this year, when the first wave of COVID-19 broke out in Florida, life as we knew it changed for our profession. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of U.S. adults reported that their mental health had been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. We at The Florida Bar knew we had to do something to help our members through this unprecedented time. So, we accelerated an already planned member benefit for our members to receive support during this time of all-time-high stress levels.Through a partnership with CorpCare we fast-tracked the new free member benefit the Florida Lawyers Helpline at 1-833-FL1-WELL(351-9355) so Bar members could call 24/7 to speak with a mental health counselor for personal challenges or a case manager able to assist in dealing with other major stressors like finding child care or a long-term care solutions. Also available is financial counseling to assist with debt management, budgeting, and retirement planning during the pandemic and beyond. Calling the helpline is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL for Bar members, as are up to three sessions per year with a counselor.The pandemic’s impact on our professional lives and those of our family, friends and associates is unparalleled. With the concept of “going to the office” dissolved in a matter of days, the line between work life and home life all but disappeared. I know I’m not alone in recognizing how much I had taken for granted such simple things as face-to-face chats and time spent with colleagues.During August and September, I set out to hear directly from our members during a two-month Virtual Town Hall series, where I “visited” each circuit via Zoom. The town hall meetings gave me and other Bar leaders the opportunity to find out how The Florida Bar could additionally assist members in their practices, as well as in other aspects of their lives, and help us better understand how our community is adjusting during this difficult time. Through participant polls, we repeatedly saw that when given seven options, most said the greatest pandemic challenge was establishing a home life/work life balance with between 17% and 33% identifying that as a major issue. It was followed by two other issues: isolation, identified by 15% to 32% of participants, and technology, raised by between 7% and 25%.To help alleviate other stressors, we enhanced a COVID-19 Information & Resources page on our website to give members a central place to find updates and resources during the pandemic, including free practice and wellness-related continuing legal education.In addition to the Florida Lawyers Helpline and COVID-19 resource page, The Mental Health and Wellness Center webpage contains a library of resources including CLE videos, podcasts, meditations, self-assessments, news articles – and additional places to find help if you need it.For the 2020 World Mental Health Day, I want to highlight the resources already in place and emphasize that we must also work to dissolve the stigma surrounding mental health issues by eliminating the prejudices that discourage many lawyers from admitting problems and getting the help they need. Reducing the stigma for Bar members will change the mental health culture in our community for future generations of lawyers.This World Mental Health Day, let’s together endeavor to prioritize our mental health and reduce the stigma for others. It shows great strength and courage to ask for help – because when you get the help you need, you’re better equipped to help those around you.last_img read more

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As Predicted by Intelligent Design, “Junk” Introns Are Actually Functional

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Intelligent Design As Predicted by Intelligent Design, “Junk” Introns Are Actually FunctionalCasey LuskinJanuary 24, 2019, 4:52 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Casey LuskinAssociate Director, Center for Science and CultureCasey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.Follow CaseyProfileWebsite Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All As noted earlier in the week, according to two new ground-breaking studies in Nature, introns, perhaps the most famous type of “junk DNA,” have been shown to have important functions. The technical details were already elaborated here. The papers report having uncovered “direct evidence for global functions of introns,” specifically, helping to maintain and regulate cell growth in yeast when nutrients are depleted:We conclude that introns are specifically required for growth in the stationary phase of the culture when nutrients are depleted. … We conclude that introns have common functions that lead to the repression of genes associated with nutrient depletion and the stationary phase.Introns are segments of DNA within genes that don’t code for proteins, yet they make up a huge portion of the human genome. As Norman Johnson points out in his Oxford University Press book Darwinian Detectives, “The sum total of intron DNA in humans is 20% of the total DNA, more than ten times the amount that is coding DNA.” (p. 179)What Introns DoBut what do introns do? Introns are copied into the pre-mRNA transcript during transcription, but they are removed from the “mature” mRNA transcript via splicing, and thus do not directly determine the amino acid sequence of a protein. Because of this, numerous evolutionary molecular biologists over the years have presumed that introns are useless genetic junk. These new papers in Nature say otherwise.Whenever clear-cut evidence of function is discovered for some type of “junk” DNA, defenders of the standard evolutionary paradigm respond in one of two ways: (a) they deny that they ever called that type of DNA “junk” and claim they anticipated the discovery of function all along, or (b) they attempt to minimize the importance of the studies, claiming they only pertain to that particular genetic element studied and that function cannot be generalized or inferred on a wider scale. As for the first tactic (denying that they’ve ever called introns “junk”), consider this admission from an accompanying commentary in Nature: In yeast, as in other organisms, introns have been viewed as the dispensable by-product of exon ligation because of their rapid degradation after splicing.Did you catch that? According to Nature, introns were “viewed as … dispensable” — in other words “junk.”And Nature is by no means the first to observe that introns have been considered “junk.” Consider this Science Daily article from 2008:Introns are commonly looked on as sequences of “junk” DNA found in the middle of gene sequences, which after being made in RNA are simply excised in the nucleus before the messenger RNA is transported to the cytoplasm and translated into a protein.Or consider this from a chapter by W. Ford Doolittle in the book Creative Evolution:Introns Are JunkFor humans, introns — intervening sequences like that whose characterization very recently led to a new understanding of the origin of life, and soon possibly a reenactment of it — make up most of the junk. (p. 66, emphasis in original)Here are two last examples (many more could be given): “Introns have been regarded for a long time as “junk DNA” and remnants of archaic ancestral genomes.” (Hube and Francastel 2015)“Biologists tend to call introns ‘junk DNA’ because they have no known function.” (Shane Crotty, Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore’s Life in Science, p. 93, University of California Press, 2001)Some of the sources above affirmatively argue that introns are “junk,” but others observe that introns have been called “junk” only to disagree with that assertion. The latter sources would likely dispute those who would claim that these new Nature studies have only found peculiar instances where introns happened to be co-opted for some function.  Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended “An Important Molecular Guide”For example, Hube and Francastel (2015) point out that while introns have been viewed as “junk DNA,” they are known to have “fundamental importance in the regulation of mammalian gene expression programs, from transcriptional initiation, termination and stability, through recruitment of the exon-junction complex to recruitment of chromatin remodelers through the spliceosome.” They point out that “high sequence conservation” between the introns of different species indicates function, and that “many studies” have directly determined introns have “a considerable range of biological functions”: Being eliminated to allow formation of messenger RNA and inherently non-coding, introns have long been kept in the now famous “junk DNA” drawer. However, and maybe against all odds, high sequence conservation among homologous introns of closely related species suggests functional constraints on intronic sequences throughout evolution. Many studies have now added to the weight of evidence showing that introns can serve a considerable range of biological functions. Or consider the first source from Science Daily — discussing a study that found introns serve as “an important molecular guide to making nerve-cell electrical channels.”An ID PredictionID proponents have long predicted that functions would be uncovered for such non-coding DNA. In The Myth of Junk DNA, Jonathan Wells reviews various functions discovered for introns. He points out that introns play vital roles in alternative splicing, where exons of a single gene can be mixed and matched such that one gene can give rise to many different proteins: In 2003, Israeli scientists compared alternatively spliced exons in humans and mice and found that over three-quarters of them were flanked by introns with sequences that were 80–88% conserved — suggesting that the introns function in the regulation of alternative splicing. … Sequence conservation suggests function in general, but there is also specific evidence that introns contain codes that regulate alternative splicing. The mammalian thyroid hormone receptor gene produces two variant proteins with opposite effects, and the alternative splicing of those variants is regulated by an intron. An intronic element plays a critical role in the alternative splicing of tissue-specific RNAs in mice, and regulatory elements in introns control the alternative splicing of growth factor receptors in mammalian cells. (p. 41, citations removed)Wells cites many studies that provide strong evidence that introns are involved in alternative splicing, helping to create diverse proteins required by cells. It’s very difficult to argue that functions for introns are just anomalies in a sea of junk. These new Nature papers further confirm that this is the case.Photo: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, budding yeast, by Mogana Das Murtey and Patchamuthu Ramasamy [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Tagsbudding yeastcellCreative EvolutioncytoplasmDarwinian DetectivesDavid Baltimorefunctionintelligent designintronsJonathan WellsJunk DNAmRNANature (journal)Norman JohnsonOxford University PresspredictionsproteinSaccharomyces cerevisiaesplicingThe Myth of Junk DNAW. Ford Doolittle,Trendinglast_img read more

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Could Trump commentary jeopardise US-Africa energy deals?

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS US Flag US President Donald Trump’s inappropriate remarks last week, referring to African nations as “s***hole” countries, has left the country’s energy trade with Africa in a precarious position.According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration has dispatched its top energy and environmental officials to woo potential African buyers of US energy.Speaking at a conference in South Africa in October last year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, stressed: “We want to be your partner,” adding that the US could “export not only LNG [liquefied natural gas] but also the technology and infrastructure to build gas economies across Africa.”Net energy exporterWith a goal to become a net exporter of energy globally, the US is pushing for the sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG).However, Trump’s public actions could prove detrimental rather than beneficial.David Victor, professor of international relations at the University of California at San Diego, said: “Comments like those made by Trump last week undercut the soft power of the US and tarnish the country’s reputation — and the reputation of Trump himself.”Victor added: “They probably create some domestic politics problems for countries that want to buy LNG from US suppliers.“The role of government in blessing or pushing these things — especially in market-oriented economies like the United States — is easy to overstate.”As the infrastructure required for the import and export of LNG is extensive and complex, media noted that there is a high need for intergovernmental cooperation rather than the average overseas transaction.Looking closer to homeAfrica is historically an oil and gas resource-rich continent, with sub-Saharan Africa home to a significant amount of natural gas.Antony Goldman, an independent energy analyst highlighted that it would be more affordable for South Africa, the continent’s third-largest economy, to build pipelines to gas fields to the north in Mozambique than it is to import gas by tanker [from the US], Goldman said.In addition, Morocco could get gas from its North African neighbours and recent discoveries in East Africa could entice Egypt as a potential buyer.“The ability to produce gas at a much closer market is very real in Africa,” Charlie Riedl, executive director of the Centre for Liquefied Natural Gas, a lobbying group, said.Therefore, despite growing efforts to secure a long-term relationship with Africa as an LNG offtaker, “the need to import US LNG is probably pretty unlikely,” Riedl said. Previous articleEskom inquiry to hear evidence from Singh, KokoNext articleOff-Grid Energy Challenge now open for Nigerian developers Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stockcenter_img Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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