Mocon quietly making big impact for Red Lions

first_imgJavee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith much of the attention in San Beda focused on Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon shared that he’s just fine working in the shadows for the Red Lions.And in the process, the 22-year-old has developed another dimension in his game as he embraced the playmaking role for the Red Lions.ADVERTISEMENT “This year, everyone is so focused on Robert so I have to make plays. Once they double team Robert, I get free. So when I attack, I can kick the ball out to the open man,” he said.Mocon showed the newest facet of his game as he recorded a near triple-double in San Beda’s 81-74 win over Letran on Tuesday, tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But the 6-foot-4 forward gave all credit for his solid game to his teammates.“I just did what I always do every game, doing the extra passes, and luckily, they made their shots off my passes and I got the rebounds,” he said. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’ Mocon, though, wouldn’t deny that he’s taking this season, his fourth year in San Beda, differently, acknowledging that this is already the right time for him to hone his skills in preparation for the next level.“Every day, I have to make something better for me when it comes to my skills,” he said, while keeping the Red Lions’ title retention aspirations at a premium. “Every game, we just have to give it all out because all teams are behind us.”San Beda will now take a 10-day break before returning to the court on August 4 against JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Blazers rout Generals, end 2-game skid

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde used a big second quarter to crush Emilio Aguinaldo College, 84-71, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blazers pulled away from a tight game in the second quarter, where they dominated the Generals, 26-11.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Baseball with signatures of 11 greats fetches $623,369 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins They shot 48 percent from the field while holding the Generals to just 33 percent and forcing them to turn the ball over 30 times.Yankee Haruna added 11 points for CSB, which won convincingly despite going 12-of-22 from the free throw line and getting outrebounded, 60-31.Jess Bautista led EAC (2-5), which saw its streak end at two games, with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Hamadou Laminou also posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JJ Domingo broke out of his scoring slump as he unleashed a game-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field on top of seven rebounds and four assists.“We know he (Domingo) can score and its just a matter of patience. I hope he counties to dish out this kind of games,” said CSB head coach TY Tang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Domingo has been struggling this season, scoring only 13 total points heading into the game against the Generals, as per league statistician Pong Ducanes.The Blazers (3-4) stopped a two-game slide and they did it by executing on offense and clamping down on defense. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Tribute to Sushma Swaraj ji

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to Page 4’s beautiful picture of Sushma Swaraj ji as published in Guyana Times on August 7, 2019. She is well known among Guyanese in the diaspora, if not in Guyana. There are several of us (in the diaspora and in Guyana) who have reasons to mourn the demise of this iconic figure. She closely interacted with a few of us since the 1990s, as we pressed for closer relations between India and the diaspora, and we lobbied for greater financial assistance for Guyana and the Indian diaspora.Although Shrimati Sushma never visited Guyana or the Caribbean region, the people were close to her heart. She was very sympathetic to and supportive of Guyanese and Caribbean causes. She supported an increase in financial assistance – and scholarships, the Know India Programme, and she introduced the Senior KIP, which Ravi Dev and myself, championed at a meeting in August 2016 in Delhi— to Guyana and the greater Caribbean region. It was our connection with Indian politicians and lobbying decades ago that led to greater assistance to Guyana.Sushma was very approachable. She was always willing to engage and interact. She rarely turned down a request and facilitated her guests. She had no ego and arrogance. She was willing to listen and to take advice. Her smile, intellect, composure, nationalism, demeanour, charisma, friendliness, encouragement and support for the diaspora would be missed. Guyanese politicians should be like her.I have very fond memories of the charismatic Indian politician. I met her several times in India, New York, and New Jersey, including at her residence shortly after she became External (Foreign) Affairs Minister, where we had extensive discussions on Guyana and the Caribbean region. My first encounter with her was during her stint as Information Minister in the late 1990s and again in New York when she inaugurated Asia TV station in Edison into the new century. Several prominent Guyanese were invited to that event that was graced by Members of Congress and the US Administration. Many Guyanese subscribe to TV Asia that is broadcast internationally on cable. I interacted with her at several diaspora gatherings (PBDs) in India. Beside that encounter, I had lengthy conversations with Sushma on the Caribbean region and the diaspora in North America and Europe and even met her when she served as in the Delhi Assembly as Chief Minister and as Opposition Leader. She was a patron and financial supporter on conferences relating to Guyana and the greater Caribbean in India and the Caribbean. I helped to plan and organise several of these conferences including the last one held at Benaras Hindu University last January. And she supported requests for increased financial aid to Guyana and the region going back to the late 1990s when she was minister of government.Sushma ji, as she was fondly called, had a very friendly, down-to-earth and warm personality. She was also very knowledgeable of world affairs, having served as Foreign Minister for five years. Aside from the late PM Atal Beharri Vajpayee and Lal Kishan Advani, she showed the greatest interest among Indian politicians on Indians in the diaspora. She was very close to the aging Advani (approaching 90) on diaspora and other affairs and would interact with us in New York and at PBDs in Delhi. She often solicited ideas on the diaspora and issued messages related to their events.Sushma was among the nominees for PM position of the BJP in 2014, but she stood down making way for Shri Narendra Modi, who led the party to victory and became External Affairs Minister. She was very popular and won all of her contests to Parliament, except once when she lost to Sonia Gandhi in 2004 from the Bellary constituency in Karnataka.In December 2010, she was the keynote speaker on a conference on Indian culture in the diaspora praising overseas Indians for their cultural retention and for promoting India’s soft power. The forum provided an opportunity for us Guyanese to have an exchange with the respected Minister. In 2013, she invited the esteemed Ravi Dev and myself for a special summit in Delhi on a conference on preservation of documents pertaining to Indian indentureship document and history. The Indian government was committed to digitising historical documents in Guyana so that diaspora countries would be on the same wavelength to facilitate research. But regrettably, government support was not forthcoming and the idea was shelved.Guyanese politicians would have met her in 2018 in Delhi at the parley for MPs of Indian descent. She also interacted with former President Donald Ramotar in 2010 in Delhi and in Gandhinagar, and she had exchanges with Foreign Minister Carl Greendige on international issues and on foreign aid for Guyana. They would attest to her friendliness. Sushma interacted with Guyanese and Caribbean people at the first International Yoga Summit in New York at the UN in 2010.I am grief-stricken and will miss the firebrand leader of the ruling BJP. She had very good innings, although she has dismissed at 67. She served with honour and integrity; there was never any allegation of impropriety against her. Guyanese politicians should take a page from the book of Sushma.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)last_img read more

Lafayette K. Johnson Passes Away

first_imgThe death is announced of Mr. Lafayette K. Johnson, former Monrovia City Mayor and former Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry.This sad event occurred at his Sophie Ice Cream Community home at six o’clock a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, following a brief illness. He was 77.Lafayette Kwia Johnson, Jr. was born on July 20, 1939, the eldest of 11 children of former Treasury Deputy Minister L. Kwia Johnson, Sr. and his wife Naomi.Like many young Episcopalians of the 1940s and 50s in Monrovia, Lafayette grew up in the Trinity Sunday School, which was run under the dynamic leadership of Jacob Henry Browne, Superintendent. After completing Lab High, Lafayette entered the University of Liberia and later left for Switzerland, where he obtained the M.Sc degree in Economics.He served at one time as Assistant Minister of Commerce and rose to Deputy Minister. During the Tubman administration, Lafayette assisted with French translations at the higher level of government. He later served as Mayor of the City of Monrovia.Lafayette later retired from government and he and his wife, Mrs. Magdalene Cooper Johnson, who, like the Johnsons, hailed from Maryland County, started a wholesale business called LAFMAG International.According to the widow, the funeral is planned for Friday, September 16, at 10 o’clock a.m. at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, 10th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia.Removal will be from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, September 15 and taken to St. Stephen for wake-keeping.His parents and a brother predeceased him. Mr. Lafayette K. Johnson is survived by his wife Magdalene, several children, eight brothers, three sisters and many other relatives and friends. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High on Ice kicks off in Fort St. John

first_imgNow, pillars of fresh ice and snow are sitting at the park, along with a brand new five-run ice slide. City Councilor Larry Evans has been observing the event since the very first festival, six years ago. He says the new slide is proof that the event is getting better each year. [asset|aid=2395|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=76d5b67e2454b046f21bccb6347ba4d6-Larry Evans 1_2_Pub.mp3] For a full list of events, click here.Advertisement – Advertisement -Photos: Fort St. John celebrates the kick-off to the 2010 High on Ice Festival – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe 2010 High on Ice Festival started with a bang on Thursday evening. Local dignitaries, ice carvers, judges, and members of the public celebrated the night at Centennial Park. Arts Council President Lisa Bush says it’s great to see all the hard work paying off. [asset|aid=2394|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=76d5b67e2454b046f21bccb6347ba4d6-Bush 1_1_Pub.mp3] Bush says the organizing of this year’s event pretty much began the day after the 2009 festival.Advertisementlast_img read more

ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERMON FOR TONIGHT’S ANNUAL 5K

first_imgTermon GAA have pulled out all the stops for their annual 5K which takes place tonight, Thursday July 3rd.The Race is AA registered and is part of the Donegal Grapnd Prix Series. But this 5k is open to all walkers & runners, men, women & children who would like to take part, get fit & enjoy a fun evening out. This 5k is a flat, fast course and starts at at 7.30pm.The runners & walkers will start from An Craoibhinn, Termon & finish at Termon GAA pitch. Pre Registration will take place at Termon pitch on Wednesday 2nd July from 7pm till 8pm and again on the Thursday evening from 5pm at An Craoibhinn. The cost per entry is €5 per runner / walker & €10 for family registration.Refreshments and prize giving awards will take place afterwards in An Craoibhinn. Termon GAA would like to invite any runners or walkers to come join them in their 2014 Annual 5k and appreciate your support.All details will be posted on their dedicated Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TermonGAAAnnual5kRoadRace or contact Danny on 087 9384702.  ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERMON FOR TONIGHT’S ANNUAL 5K was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalTermon 5Klast_img read more

FINN HARPS AIMING TO END LOSING STREAK AS CABINTEELY VISIT FINN PARK

first_imgIt’s been a frustrating time for Ollie Horgan and his Harps side recently, but they welcome Cabinteely to Finn Park on Friday evening hoping to put a stop to their recent three game losing run.The triple reversals have seen Harps fall to second in the table but they know a victory on Friday night would extend the gap between themselves and third placed UCD to four points.Last Friday, despite leading twice in the game, Harps went down by the odd goal in five against Shelbourne at Finn Park. Between Harps’ first and second goals, Shels were reduced to ten men after Mark Sandford was redcarded. Harps would be reduced to ten themselves when Keith Cowan was sent for an early bath in the lead-up to the second equaliser for the home side.“It was a disappointing result on Friday especially having taken the lead twice and having a man extra when we went 2-1 up,” said Harps boss Horgan. “Fair play to Shelbourne though – they showed good character and got back into the game with two Philip Gorman penalties and a very good winning goal from him also.”Harps have now conceded fourteen goals in their last seven games and Horgan is well aware that they will have to tighten things up again defensively if they want to remain in the promotion hunt.“While we are creating more chances we are also giving away more of same and that is two games running that we have conceded three goals,” lamented the Harps boss.“Of course it is disappointing, especially as some of them could have been avoided with proper defending, but some of the goals were of decent quality and you have to give praise to the opposition also.” Horgan will feel that Friday’s game gives his side the perfect opportunity to end their recent woes against a team who have picked up just one point away from home this season.“Cabinteely are an extremely well organised side with decent footballers,” he warned, “and they have improved as the season has progressed and can beat any team in the division on any particular night.”“We drew with them last time out and can expect a similar tight encounter on Friday night.”Ruairi Keating’s double was the difference between the sides when they met at Finn Park in March, while a John McKeown goal deep into stoppage time gave Cabinteely a share of the spoils when the sides met at Stradbook in May.That McKeown goal prevented Harps from keeping an eighth clean sheet in nine league games and Ollie Horgan’s side have conceded in every league game since then. Keith Cowan is suspended for Friday’s game while goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher should be available despite picking up a knock at Tolka Park last Friday.TEAM NEWSSuspended: Keith Cowan.Doubtful: Ciaran Gallagher.Injured: None.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-W-D-L-L-L (7 pts)Cabinteely: L-L-D-L-W-L (4 pts)FINN HARPS AIMING TO END LOSING STREAK AS CABINTEELY VISIT FINN PARK was last modified: July 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cabinteelydonegalfinn harpsOllie Horganlast_img read more

New cross-party action group for Lyme Disease: “These patients have been treated like lepers”

first_imgFollowing the huge turnout at the Lyme Disease rally at the Dáil last Wednesday, activists raised awareness for the disease and its causes, with a cross-party action group being established by TDs in coordination with Lyme Disease activists and a consultant specialist at the Mater Hospital.A number of the Donegal Lyme Disease Support Group attended to show their support alongside Tick Talk Ireland.Representatives of Lyme Disease support groups met with Health Minister Simon Harris to discuss increasing awareness amongst GPs and the general public of the debilitating disease. Following the meeting, it was announced that a cross-party action group would be established between political parties, Tick Talk Ireland, patients, advocates, and Consultant Specialist in Exotic Disease Dr Jack Lambert.The key aims of the group would be to secure acceptance of the existence of Lyme Disease as a major problem in Ireland, the introduction of Elispot and other appropriate forms of testing accredited and accepted elsewhere, an education process for all primary care physicians on Lyme, and a public awareness campaign on Lyme.This cross-party action group was announced by Sligo-Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry, who says that “these patients have been treated like lepers. The real-life experience of Lyme sufferers is truly harrowing.”Speaking to Donegal Daily, Deputy MacSharry says that there was an excellent attendance at the presentation given by Dr Lambert at the Dáil, and was inspired to spearhead the new working group alongside Deputy Eamon Scanlon having worked with Lyme Disease activists for several years. The key aim, he says, is to get Ireland “up to speed” with the testing and treatments available in other countries such as Germany, and to encourage the Government to acknowledge this “nationwide issue”.“We need the acceptance that there is a problem, we need to embrace the testing procedures that are out there, and we need to implement the appropriate treatments.”“When patients are told it’s all in their mind it is insulting when the symptoms are directly caused by Lyme Disease.”“We need to get up to speed with the testing and treatment that we urgently require and want, and it will be cost effective to provide.”Downings woman Roisin McGeever told Donegal Daily that she too was told it was psychological when tests came back clear, despite suffering from stroke-like symptoms, heart palpitations, and Bell’s Palsy. The tests made available in Ireland are inadequate, and it was only when a specialist sent her tests to Germany that she was told it was Lyme Disease, 17 years after contraction – suffering for almost two decades without a diagnosis.Donegal Daily contacted the Department of Health regarding plans for raising further awareness of the disease.In a statement, they said that since 2013 there has been a Lyme Awareness Week at the beginning of tick biting season.“The purpose [of the awareness week] is to draw attention – particularly in the media – to Lyme disease and the ticks that can spread this disease. This year Lyme Disease week took place on 15 – 22 May,” the spokesperson said. Image source: HPSC/CDC“The literature on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website points out that that campers, walkers and certain occupational groups such as forestry workers, conservation workers, deer cullers and farmers are at particular risk of exposure to ticks (and therefore LB). That said, anyone walking or hiking in the countryside is at risk of biting ticks.“The ticks are present in both urban and rural environments and are active from spring to autumn. Lyme cases tend to appear in Ireland with greater frequency after April, hence the choice of this time of year for Lyme Awareness Week.”The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a red skin rash that looks similar to a bull’s eye on a dartboard, but if left untreated the patient may develop a high temperature, muscle pain, joint pain, and neurological symptoms such as the temporary paralysis of the facial muscles.According to the HSE, if diagnosed in the early stages between 4-6 weeks after contraction it can be treated with a short course of antibiotics, with most people recovering in a matter of days. Even if more serious symptoms develop, antibiotics can still help, although it may take significantly longer.“The HPSC provides guidance on protection against contracting Lyme borelliosis. The best protection is to prevent tick bites, when walking in grassy, bushy or woodland areas, particularly between May and October:Arms and leg should be covered; wearing long trousers tucked into socks or boots, and long-sleeved shirts with cuffs fastened is advised. Shoes or boots should be worn rather than open-toed sandals.The use of insect repellent on clothes is recommended, or on limbs if it is not practicable to cover up. DEET or permethrin (insect repellents) can be used – advice can be obtained from pharmacies.Skin and clothing should be inspected for ticks every three to four hours and children’s skin and clothes checked frequently.Ticks should be removed as soon as they are seen attached to the skin. Further advice on tick removal can be obtained from the HPSC website.It is not recommended that antibiotics are given to prevent the transmission of Lyme disease following a tick bite.Only if the area becomes inflamed may treatment be required; and advice should be sought from a doctor.People should see their doctor if they develop a rash or become unwell with other symptoms, letting the doctor know of exposure to ticks.The Department of Health also says that details of symptoms and treatments can be found on the HPSC website (www.hpsc.ie) and the HPSC produced a leaflet on “Protecting Yourself Against Tick Bites and Lyme Disease” which is available for the public to download.For GPs, a Lyme Disease Expert Day will take place on Saturday the 28th of October between 9am and 12:30pm at the Catherine McAuley Education Centre, Nelson Street, Dublin 7.New cross-party action group for Lyme Disease: “These patients have been treated like lepers” was last modified: October 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLyme Diseasemarc mac sharrytick talk irelandlast_img read more

Plant Hula-Hoop Railroads Build Cell Walls

first_imgSolving a long-standing mystery about how plants build cell walls, Stanford scientists imaged molecular machines traveling along hoop-shaped rings around the inside of the cell.  Publishing in Science, Paradez, Somerville and Ehrhardt proved that cellulose synthase (CESA), a machine that manufactures cellulose composed of six subunits arranged in rosettes, rides like a rail car on microtubules that encircle the inside of the plasma membrane.  From there, the machine extrudes the complex molecule to the exterior, building the rigid cell wall.    Clive Lloyd, commenting on this finding in the same issue of Science,2 seemed happily astonished, not only at the scientific achievement, but at the plants themselves:In a remarkable series of biological transformations, green plants convert carbon dioxide into cellulose fibers stronger than steel.  These thin threads of polymeric glucose are wrapped around growing cells, lending structural support to the plant as it extends further into the environment.  The fibers are not simply secreted into the plant cell wall in a haphazard fashion but are deposited in ordered layers that still allow the cell to expand.  For more than 40 years, it has been known that the alignment of these cellulose fibers (microfibrils) in the cell wall often coincides with cytoskeletal microtubules tethered to the cytoplasmic side of the plasma membrane… Despite this coincidence, there has never been direct proof that microtubules provide a guidance mechanism for the alignment of cellulose microfibrils.  Now, on page 1491 of this issue, Paredez et al. (1) provide that proof.Lloyd described the cell-encircling hoops as a “microtubule railroad” providing tracks for the cellulose-synthesizing machines.  Apparently these tubules can reorient themselves, perhaps in hula-hoop fashion, allowing the machines to stitch cross-hatch patterns of cellulose for added strength (see 01/16/2003) for analogous process).1Paradez, Somerville and Ehrhardt, “Visualization of Cellulose Synthase Demonstrates Functional Association with Microtubules,” Science, 9 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5779, pp. 1491 – 1495, DOI: 10.1126/science.1126551.2Clive Lloyd, “Microtubules Make Tracks for Cellulose,” Science, 9 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5779, pp. 1482 – 1483, DOI: 10.1126/science.1128903.Should we not gasp and applaud over how a blade of grass stands up?  Plants don’t just happen.  A plant could not grow upward against gravity without a complex, programmed arrangement of tools and parts that build the structure piece by piece in an ordered fashion.  Now, we see that this construction process involves railroad tracks and rail cars loaded with organic-chemistry wizards.    The ways the components of the cell wall are manufactured and assembled are wonders in themselves (see 10/26/2001 for a glimpse).  Did you realize plants contain a substance stronger than steel?  And that they make it starting with just carbon dioxide (a gas) through a “remarkable series of biological transformations”?  What an amazing creation!  (We must add the obligatory observation that neither of these papers said anything about how these biological marvels might have evolved.)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Human Evolution Surprises Continue

first_img(Visited 82 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The observational environment causes evolutionary theory to adapt.Neanderthal SmartsIt’s official: Neanderthals had creativity and culture. “Neandertals made jewelry, proteins confirm,” writes Lizzie Wade for Science Magazine. A “landmark study” of old artifacts in France upsets the old myth of stupid Neanderthals.The “necklaces” are tiny: beads of animal teeth, shells, and ivory no more than a centimeter long. But they provoked an outsized debate that has raged for decades. Found in the Grotte du Renne cave at Arcy-sur-Cure in central France, they accompanied delicate bone tools and were reportedly found in the same layers as fossils from Neandertals. Some archaeologists credited the artifacts, described as part of the so-called Châtelperronian culture, to our archaic cousins. But others argued that Neandertals were incapable of the kind of symbolic expression reflected in jewelry and insisted that modern humans must have been the creators (Science, 20 November 1998, p. 1451).The historical racism has evolved into a civil rights movement for Neanderthals. One of the critics is learning political correctness. “I think it is quite possible that Neandertals were capable of making and using personal ornaments.” But with all the evolving views on Neanderthals, one thing is constant: a vast space for storytelling.“You can invent all sorts of stories. But the simplest explanation is that this assemblage was made at least in part by Neandertals,” says co-author Jean-Jacques Hublin, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig. He believes that Neandertals made the artifacts themselves but likely picked up the idea from their new modern human neighbors. But João Zilhão at the University of Barcelona in Spain, who has long argued that Neandertals had sophisticated cognitive abilities, says there’s no evidence that they had any help from the new arrivals. He contends that Neandertals in the Iberian Peninsula made body ornaments from shells as early as 50,000 years ago—thousands of years before modern humans showed up in the region….Hobbit TrystsAncient teeth have been found in the Hobbit cave. Dated by the evolutionists at 46,000 years old, they appear to be from modern humans. Nature claims that this “strengthens the case that humans were responsible for the species’ demise.” If so, it implies that modern humans shared the same general area with the diminutive Homo floresiensis individuals for about 4,000 years, since they were re-dated this year. The initial dates of 12,000 years ago were too incredible for evolutionists, so one of them got the date back to a more Darwin-friendly 50,000 years.There’s ample room for storytelling in the Ling Bua cave, too. Did the modern humans outcompete the little guys? Why are some teeth modern looking and others considered “primitive”? Chris Stringer can’t even rule out romance.“What we don’t yet know is whether there was at least a short overlap in the populations, thus raising the question once again of the possible role of modern humans in the extinction of floresiensis,” says Chris Stringer, a palaeoanthropologist at the Natural History Museum in London who attended the meeting. If hobbits and humans overlapped, they might even have interbred, Stringer says.The storytelling is bound to continue.Think about how ridiculous some of these speculations are. Evolutionists toss around thousands of years as if they are days of the month. If modern humans outcompeted the hobbits, they sure took a long time to do it. Four thousand years? Come on. That’s like thinking that Americans outcompeted ancient Babylonians. And you don’t even want to picture a large modern human male penetrating a little hobbit girl (or vice versa). Look: if they interbred, they were not separate species. Stop the racism. They were all Homo sapiens, the Neanderthals and the hobbitses. All lives matter.last_img read more