UAAP Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions 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 The king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons)last_img read more

Toshao, Minister clash over developing tourism in Bartica

first_imgThe benign nature of the launch of the Bartica Regatta 2017 event was eclipsed by Mainstay Whyaka village Toshao Joel Fredericks putting the Government on the spot for failing to adequately invest in the development of the community’s tourism potential.Both the indigenous leader and a representative of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) expressed concern that enough was not being done to fuel tourism in Bartica. A direct appeal was made by Fredericks to SocialMainstay Whyaka village Toshao Joel FredericksCohesion Minister Dr George Norton, who was present at the event.“It is 17 years since you have Regatta here,” Fredericks said. “And I am a bit saddened to see very little (growth). I believe that the Government, (if) the Government made more input, we would have growth. I am calling on Ministers of the Government to observe and see what is happening. Let us see how we can attract more people, (and) how we can work together to better this Regatta here at Mainstay. This is an appeal to the Minister of Tourism,” Toshao Fredericks expressed.Delivering insight into the situation, President of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Deleep Singh, said infrastructural development and training in hospitality services are needed to boost the tourism sector in that county.Chief among the infrastructural changes, the Chamber of Commerce President remarked, was the need for an overhaul of the Good Hope/Supenaam Ferry Stelling; and there also is need for infrastructural improvements to the many touristSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Nortondestinations located in Essequibo.“The Essequibo Chamber of Commerce is working this year to develop the tourism sector in this region, [as] there is a lot of potential for tourism,” Singh highlighted.The hotel owner and businessman further highlighted that there is need for much more training for persons living and working in the area — on dealing with an influx of tourists and locals to enhance and grow the industry.“We need to train our boat operators, taxi drivers, and every single one that is involved in handling tourists…because tourists need to be handled with respect,” he added as he referred to advancements made in the Caribbean tourist sector.Singh added that the ECCI would be working with the relevant authorities on erecting road signs, improving road shoulders, and removing stray animals from the roadway. One of the upcoming highlights in Region Two is the development of a biodiversity park, which is slated to attract hikers and birdwatchers.CabinetFor his part, Minister Norton promised to intercede with Cabinet to renew its focus on Bartica. He noted that infrastructural works, including works on the roads, would form part of the considerations.“His (Fredericks’s) appeal was ably answered by Mr Dalip Singh, the president of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce, who mentioned all that is budgeted for the development of this area. I can assure him his appeal will certainly not end here, but would be taken to the level of Cabinet.“In the near future, it would do us all good to have better roads to come into Mainstay, so that we could all enjoy ourselves,” Minister Norton declared.The Bartica Regatta is an annual event which features a number of activities, including pageants and waterfront races. There are also events such as canoeing, sailing, water polo, and swimming. It is considered a tourist attraction on both a local and foreign front.last_img read more

France’s Deschamps keen to hear Pogba on United troubles

first_img“I don’t know why that is,” Deschamps told a press conference ahead of France’s friendly internationals with Colombia and Russia.“I have not spoken to Paul yet, I’m sure I’ll hear more about it. But of course it’s a situation he won’t be enjoying.“As to why or how things came to this, there may be many reasons,” said Deschamps.Deschamps played down any potential rift between the player and Mourinho.“I have a great deal of talks with players at our training camps, to gauge their feelings. It’s not just Paul.”Pogba started United’s Champions League game against Sevilla last week and made little impact when he was introduced as a substitute as the Spanish side pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s midfielder Paul Pogba arrives at the French national football team training base in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, on March 19, 2018, as part of the preparation for the team’s upcoming friendly matches © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 19 – France coach Didier Deschamps said Monday he will speak to Paul Pogba about why is currently out of favour at Manchester United and said he “can’t be happy about what he’s going through”.The 25-year-old former Juventus star arrived at United in 2016 for a fee of £89 million (105 million euros at prices of the time) but has been benched by manager Jose Mourinho for several recent United games.last_img read more

Mourinho welcomed me back to Premier League- Ranieri

first_imgIt was after that dismissal, just nine months after leading the Foxes to the title, that Mourinho wore the Italian’s initials, CR, in a show of solidarity with a fellow manager and Ranieri has revealed they have remained in regular contact.The Portuguese has frequently clashed with other high-profile managers and had previously criticised the job Ranieri did at Chelsea and in Serie A with Roma when they were both managing in Italy.But the Fulham manager said: “He was the first who sent me a message to say ‘welcome back’. He is a very friendly friend.“He told me, ‘Welcome back, all the best’. We speak about everything. It was a text message. Sometimes we speak. He’s a fantastic man.“I have known him for a long time, when he came to Chelsea and when he was in Italy, and he was very polite with me. He’s a great man, coach, manager.Bottom side Fulham produced an encouraging performance in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester, giving the 67-year-old Ranieri one victory, one draw and one defeat from his three matches in charge.In United they face a team that are under pressure and struggling for form, but Ranieri insists his side will need to be “perfect” if they are to succeed.“Manchester are one of the best teams in the Premier League and also in the Champions League,” he said.“It’s a fantastic team and stadium and we want to make a point. We know it’s hard, but nothing is impossible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri (left) says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho welcomed him back to the Premier League © AFP/File / ANTHONY DEVLINLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Claudio Ranieri revealed on Thursday that Jose Mourinho was the first manager to welcome him back to the Premier League when he was appointed Fulham boss last month.Fulham visit Old Trafford on Saturday, where Mourinho’s Manchester United will hope to secure their first Premier League victory in five games, reuniting the pair for the first time since Ranieri’s departure from Leicester.last_img read more

Louis van Gaal ‘dreaming’ of first Manchester derby victory

first_img Louis Van Gaal Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has been dreaming of claiming his maiden Manchester derby victory this weekend.City head to Old Trafford on Sunday having inflicted defeat on the Dutchman in his opening derby meeting, a 1-0 win in November, and the showdown offers more than just bragging rights for the victors.United sit a point and a place above their rivals in third in the table with competition for eventual league standigns at stake, and van Gaal is aware of the euphoria the derby creates in Manchester.“I dream of it, every player shall dream of the victory. I am not so often in the city, but when I am, the people are talking about the derby,” said the United boss.“I like it. You play football for the fans and I hope we can give our fans the victory. All the players understand the meaning of a victory and I know it also.”A victory for the blue half of Manchester at the weekend would set a new record of five straight derby victories for City, but van Gaal says he is not concerned by Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s recent dominance.He said: “That’s not my history. What can I say? We have lost 1-0. That is my history, the last game we played against them and we had a red card in the 39th minute, I believe.“In such games always you have to control your aggression and we did not do that then so I hope we have learned from that moment.”City have struggled of late and United go into the game as slight favourites after a run of five successive league victories, but van Gaal believes form is irrelevant in derby fixtures.“’Manchester City has lost several games, but I don’t think that shall be a big influence in the game because it is a special game,” said the 63-year-old.The Dutch manager has confirmed that striker Robin Van Persie is not fit enough to return to the squad, whilst left back Luke Shaw is also definitely out. 1last_img read more

Don’t worry Liverpool fans! Proof Lovren and Toure are an unbeatable partnership

first_img Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Liverpool 1 You can hear Villarreal v Liverpool live on talkSPORT, tonight from 20:05(BST).Liverpool fans dreading the thought of Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure at the back against Villarreal needn’t fear a thing.After playing a crucial role in their progression to the Europa League semi-finals, Mamadou Sakho is now unable to take part against the Yellow Submarine due a 30-day ban as UEFA investigate his doping violation.This means manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to turn to Toure as he attempts to lead the Reds to the final in Basel.The idea of a Lovren-Toure partnership would once have brought Liverpool fans out in a cold sweat but this season that shouldn’t be the case.Incredibly, the duo have started together in six games this season across all competition and the Reds have come out the other side with four wins, two draws and ZERO defeats.And adding to that, the duo have kept four clean sheets, conceding one goal in a 2-1 victory over Bordeaux and two in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle.If that didn’t boost your belief in the pair, Toure has also slotted in alongside his Croatian colleague from the bench on four occasions and they have won all of those, too.So if you had any worries about how Liverpool would get on tonight against the Yellow Submarine, don’t worry – you’re in safe hands with the unbeatable duo at the back.last_img read more

Skilling adopting professorial tone

first_imgHOUSTON – Jurors received another business lesson from Jeffrey Skilling the professor, discovered he’s angry at the government for bringing fraud and conspiracy charges against him, and heard more repeated assertions that he did nothing wrong to lead to the implosion of Enron Corp. Reprising a strategy from the previous day, Skilling’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, used the 28-count criminal indictment against Skilling as a road map Wednesday to counter the government’s case against the former Enron chief executive and his co-defendant, Enron founder Kenneth Lay. Skilling is charged with fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors. Lay, who also plans to testify, faces six counts of fraud and conspiracy. And if he had learned of the criminal activity of then-Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow, who skimmed millions from the company and has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, Skilling said he would have called the FBI, adding quickly, “I might have a little hesitation now.” “A little angry at the government?” Petrocelli said. “Yes,” Skilling responded. “Think you’ve been falsely accused?” the attorney asked. “Yes,” Skilling said. Before proceedings began, Skilling prefaced his third day on the stand in his own defense with a hug and kiss for his wife, Rebecca Carter, at the courtroom rail, then walked toward the witness chair. Petrocelli said he is likely to finish his questioning of Skilling by the end of the day today. Cross-examination of the key witness isn’t likely until next week, the 12th week of the trial. Responding to other specifics in the indictment, Skilling denied lying about use of unreported reserves to pump up earnings and defended his statements that Enron was not merely a company dominated by speculative trading activity but had hard assets like power plants and pipelines. Twice Wednesday, Skilling left the witness chair and spoke directly to the jury like a college professor lecturing a class. He drew a chart to explain how energy trades worked at Enron, and then a second time lectured them with an explanation of a large illustration that tracked Enron’s trading activity and the volatile swings in the energy market in 2000. In each case, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake left his chair at the bench for another seat in the courtroom to get a better look. Some jurors also stood to watch. “Does that make sense?” Skilling, wrapping up at one point, said to jurors. “They can’t answer your question,” Petrocelli reminded him. Skilling also disputed earlier testimony that the shift of some functions of Enron’s struggling retail business group in early 2001 to its highly profitable wholesale trading unit was to hide losses.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSpecifically addressing the conspiracy charges in the indictment, Petrocelli – in a series of rapid-fire questions – asked Skilling whether he and Lay were engaged in a criminal conspiracy, discussed breaking the law, entered any “agreement, wink, bear hug, anything by which you were to do illegal things together.” “This is completely untrue,” Skilling said of the charge in the indictment. Instead, he said, the pair of executives formed a “good team.” Asked if he was aware of anyone breaking the law at Enron, Skilling said the company had internal controls designed to detect such problems. “I was aware of no illegal activity at Enron,” Skilling replied. last_img read more


first_imgA top cop has appealed to the public to help them catch a gang who have robbed telephone cable from across Co Donegal.The gang have struck more than 20 times in the past four years – the latest last Saturday morning when 1,000 metres of wire was stolen between Milford and Carrigart.The robbery left dozens of homes without telephone connection as well as pensioners without the use of their personal emergency alarms. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison has appealed to the public to be vigilant.“We would ask people who notice workmen near telephone wires out of hours and late at night to contact us.“Even if they are legitimate Eircom employees, we can send a car around and investigate the situation.“There have been a number of raids now in this general area and we are asking the public for their help,” he said. He also appealed to scrap metal dealers to report anybody trying to sell on the copper wire illegally.Although a number of arrests have been made into the series of thefts in recent months, nobody has been charged with the robberies. TOP GARDA APPEALS TO PUBLIC TO HELP CATCH COPPER THIEVES was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Your Linemen at Work: DNA Search and Rescue Machine Imaged in Action

first_imgDNA is amazing enough, but its automatic error-correction utilities are enough to stagger the imagination.  There are dozens of repair mechanisms to shield our genetic code from damage; one of them was portrayed in Nature1 March 31 (see also analysis by Sheila David in the same issue2) in terms that should inspire awe.    Imagine a huge encyclopedia written on beads, in strands many miles long.  The words of the book are inscribed in letter beads along the strand.  Now imagine that, tied to the primary strand, is a twin strand with beads representing the “negatives” of the primary beads, such that when the strands are separated, exact copies can be made.  Every once in awhile, the strands are separated by a machine.  Floating beads are attracted to the negative beads, lining up to form exact copies of the book or portions thereof.  This is a simplified view of DNA transcription and replication.  What happens, however, if the wrong bead, or a defective bead, becomes attached to the negative?  For books, that could misspell a word or produce gibberish, but in living organisms, the consequences could be disastrous.    Now picture little machines that regularly traverse the string of beads.  Because the shapes of the beads differ according to the letters on them, this machine is able to find typos.  Let’s say that a letter “C” is always supposed to pair with a letter “G” on the strand.  The proofreading machine feels every bead, and if it finds that particular mismatch, it ejects the incorrect bead so that another correct one can be fastened on by another machine.  This is a simplified view of “base-excision repair” (BER) that actually takes place in your body, all the time.    The strands in a cell are, of course, DNA, and the beads are called nucleotides, or bases.  Of the four bases in DNA (C, G, A, and T) cytosine or C is always supposed to pair with guanine, G, and adenine, A, is always supposed to pair with thymine, T.  The enzyme studied by Banerjee et al. in Nature is one of a host of molecular machines called BER glycosylases; this one is called human oxoG glycosylase repair enzyme (hOGG1), and it is specialized for finding a particular type of error: an oxidized G base (guanine).  Oxidation damage can be caused by exposure to ionizing radiation (like sunburn) or free radicals roaming around in the cell nucleus.  The normal G becomes oxoG, making it very slightly out of shape.  There might be one in a million of these on a DNA strand.  While it seems like a minor typo, it can actually cause the translation machinery to insert the wrong amino acid into a protein, with disastrous results, such as colorectal cancer.  This little machine has an important job.3  How does it work?    The machine latches onto the DNA double helix and works its way down the strand, feeling every base on the way.  As it proceeds, it kinks the DNA strand into a sharp angle.  It is built to ignore the T and A bases, but whenever it feels a C, it knows there is supposed to be a G attached.  The machine has precision contact points for C and G.  When the C engages, the base paired to it is flipped up out of the helix into a slot inside the enzyme that is finely crafted to mate with a pure, clean G.  If all is well, it flips the G back into the DNA helix and moves on.  If the base is an oxoG, however, that base gets flipped into another slot further inside, where powerful forces yank the errant base out of the strand so that other machines can insert the correct one.    Now this is all wonderful stuff so far, but as with many things in living cells, the true wonder is in the details.  The thermodynamic energy differences between G and oxoG are extremely slight – oxoG contains only one extra atom of oxygen – and yet this machine is able to discriminate between them to high levels of accuracy.  David says, “DNA-repair enzymes amaze us with their ability to search through vast tracts of DNA to find subtle anomalies in the structure.  The human repair enzyme 8-oxoguanine glycosylase (hOGG1) is particularly impressive in this regard because it efficiently removes 8-oxoguanine (oxoG), a damaged guanine (G) base containing an extra oxygen atom, and ignores undamaged bases” (emphasis added in all quotes).  The team led by Anirban Banerjee of Harvard, using a clever new stop-action method of imaging, caught this little enzyme in the act of binding to a bad guanine, helping scientists visualize how the machinery works.    Some other amazing details are mentioned about this molecular proofreader.  It checks every C-G pair, but slips right past the A-T pairs.  The enzyme, “much like a train that stops only at certain locations,” pauses at each C and, better than any railcar conductor inspecting each ticket, flips up the G to validate it.  Unless it conforms to the slot perfectly – even though G and oxoG differ in their match by only one hydrogen bond – it is ejected like a freeloader in a Pullman car and tossed out into the desert.  David elaborates:Calculations of differences in free energy indicate that both favourable and unfavourable interactions lead to preferential binding of oxoG over G in the oxoG-recognition pocket, and of G over oxoG in the alternative site.  This structure [the image resolved by the scientific team] captures an intermediate that forms in the process of finding oxoG, and illustrates that the damaged base must pass through a series of ‘gates’, or checkpoints, within the enzyme; only oxoG satisfies the requirements for admission to the damage-specific pocket, where it will be clipped from the DNA.  Other bases (C, A and T) may be rejected outright without extrusion from the helix because hOGG1 scrutinizes both bases in each pair, and only bases opposite a C will be examined more closely.How many linemen does it take to repair your strands?  The researchers explain, “Only 50,000 molecules of hOGG1 protect the entire 6 x 109 base-pair nuclear genome of a diploid human cell, hence the enzyme must have developed an efficient mechanism for distinguishing oxoG from the four nucleobases in normal DNA.”  50,000 repairmen for 6 billion bases: that’s one repairman for every 120,000 letters, comparable to a skilled proofreader checking every letter of a 20,000 word document for one specific kind of typo.  Then there are all the other proofreaders that look for other kinds of mistakes.41Banerjee et al., “Structure of a repair enzyme interrogating undamaged DNA elucidates recognition of damaged DNA,” Nature 434, 612 – 618 (31 March 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03458.2Sheila S. David, “Structural biology: DNA search and rescue,” Nature 434, 569 – 570 (31 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434569a.3See “Life without DNA Repair,” in PNAS, 1997.  It lists 13 BER enzymes including this one.  Studies on mice are described: “mutants show various combinations of defective embryogenesis, tissue-specific dysfunction, hypersensitivity to DNA-damaging agents, premature senescence, genetic instability, and elevated cancer rates.”4The authors mention another paralogous enzyme, 3-methyladenine DNA glycosylase (AlkA), which is not as “fastidious” as hOGG1, because it “does occasionally excise adenine residues from undamaged DNA.”  But there may be reasons for the differences in fidelity; some may have to work under stressful conditions, and repair as much as they can within constraints of time or other factors.  JBC Online says that AlkA has “a remarkably versatile active site.”  This reminds us that intelligent design does not mean perfection of every detail, but “constrained optimization”: achieving the combination of features that produces a “sweet spot” with best overall performance.  The proof of the pudding for DNA repair is in the performance itself: no one watching a race horse, cormorant (05/24/2004) or champion triathlete in action could argue with the assertion that the suite of repair enzymes in living things appears optimized to achieve an extremely high degree of fidelity under a wide range of conditions and stress factors.OK, Darwin Party: checkmate.  Natural selection cannot act without accurate replication, yet the protein machinery for the level of accuracy required is itself built by the very genetic code it is designed to protect.  Explain that!  If the Darwinists cannot provide a plausible mechanism whereby nonliving chemicals, by chance, hit upon a means of replicating information-bearing molecules accurately, there would have been no evolution, because any gains would have been drowned in the errors of subsequent generations.    It would have been challenging enough to explain accurate translation alone in a primordial soup, but now throw in some free radicals and radiation, and any information gained would have quickly been destroyed through accumulation of errors.  So accurate replication and proofreading are required for the origin of life.  How on earth could proofreading enzymes emerge, especially with this degree of fidelity, when they depend on the very information that they are designed to protect?  Think about it.  This is a catch-22 for Darwinists.  No wonder none of the authors of these two articles dared whisper the word evolution.  The gig is up; we might as well not even waste any time arguing about Hobbit man (03/25/2005), peppered mice (04/18/2003) and what IMAX films to show (03/23/2005).  Proofreading codes by chance?  And a complex suite of translation machinery without a designer?  Anyone with a head screwed on is not going to want such nonsense taught in public schools (03/24/2005).    If we can just sweep away the cobwebs of musty Darwinian thinking out of our minds for a moment, we can begin to enjoy the wonder of these incredible mechanisms.  If the ancients could understand that creation demands a Creator by looking at the sun, or a bird, or a baby, how much more we today with all the revelations about cell biology and molecular machines?  The grand oratorio of creation is being unveiled, a little at a time, into a hallelujah chorus that deserves our most worshipful applause – indeed, a standing ovation.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fuel prices to decrease

first_img28 June 2011South African motorists struggling to keep up with rising costs will be pleased to know that the price of fuel will decrease from next week.Consumers will pay between 20 and 30 cents less for their petrol from the 6th July.Diesel is also set to drop by around six to ten cents a litre.In May, petrol prices reached their highest level since 2008.The South African Petroleum Retailer’s Association’s Peter Noke said: “We can certainly expect some relief for motorists. We need more relief than this, but this is good. We will take it. We will take what we can.”Sapalast_img