MOJ Bows to Supreme Court’s Demand

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has finally bowed to a long standing Supreme Court demand to submit documentary evidence as to whether it was paying Atty. Sam Solomon, for the seven years and six months he worked as senior prosecutor at the Monrovia City Court.The ministry agreed to the demand after Justice in Chamber, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks threatened Minister Benedict F.Sannoh with contempt charges for failing to submit the documents.  He further threatened to force the government to pay Atty. Solomon his claimed benefits in the amount of US$143, 905.88 if the documents were not submitted.Justice Banks gave government two weeks to prepare the required documents.The submission apparently reduces tension between the Supreme Court and the MOJ, which is also battling Atty. Solomon over his claim of US$143,905.88 unpaid salary and other benefits, representing 88 months, which his lawyer is seeking to compel the Liberian government to settle.A source at Justice Banks’ office hinted to the Daily Observer yesterday, “It was the County Attorney for Montserrado, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, who presented the documents on behalf of Minister Sannoh.”The source did not say what amount of payment and the number of months worked were stated on the documents presented by the Ministry of Justice to the lead government lawyer.“I don’t know how much money appeared on the document as payment to Atty. Solomon. All I do know is that the document only included allowances and other benefits. It did not include salary.“Those documents bore the signature of Atty. Solomon.”  Prior to the submission, government lawyers argued that Atty. Solomon was never employed, but rather he served in the position as a volunteer, a claim Atty. Solomon has continued to deny, arguing that he was employed by the Ministry but did not receive a dime.When he was contacted by journalists at the Temple of Justice, the former senior prosecutor maintained his argument that he was employed by the Ministry of Justice, denying ever signing for any money as “allowance.”He described the ministry’s action as a “criminal attempt to subvert the payment of his just benefits.”“I have never signed for any allowance.  If they say I did, let them stand before me and say it. If the Supreme Court could consider my suggestion then let them send us to do signature verification anywhere,” the senior prosecutor challenged.“These are people who are trying to bring problems between the government which I have served so diligently, and me,” adding, “I have served in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a Colonel.”“I will never leave the case, and even if I die my family will still pursue it,” Atty. Solomon vowed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Proud’ Semenya back on track after IAAF rule change

first_img0Shares0000Caster Semenya has struck a defiant tone over the new rules that could see her forced to take medication to reduce naturally-occurring levels of testosterone © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISDOHA, Qatar, May 3 – Caster Semenya will bid to move the spotlight from new IAAF rules for female athletes who have high testosterone levels firmly back to the track as the Diamond League gets under way in Doha on Friday.The South African, the double Olympic 800 metres champion, will race in the 1500m in the opening of the IAAF’s elite 14-meet competition. It will be her first outing since the rule changes were announced. Semenya has long come under scrutiny because of her powerful physique and deep voice related to hyperandrogenism, the medical condition which causes a person to produce high levels of male sex hormones.The new rules introduced by track and field’s governing body and which come into effect on November 1, 2018, will allow such athletes to compete only if they take medication to reduce naturally occurring levels of testosterone.The rules, which the IAAF puts under the heading “Difference of Sexual Development” (DSD), cover races from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one-mile races and combined events over the same distances.Semenya hits the Diamond League in top form, having most recently claimed the 800m-1500m double at the Commonwealth Games.“God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I am proud of myself,” the defiant South African tweeted Tuesday.That tweet followed two more by the 27-year-old stating: “Opinions aren’t facts. Stop worrying about what people think about you” and “Not everyone deserves to know the real you. Let them criticise who they think you are.”Either way, Semenya’s trademark last-lap burst to the front of the pack will be fully tested at the Qatar Sports Club by a field including five Kenyans and four Ethiopians sure to seek to hamper the South African with team tactics.– Barshim carries Qatari hopes –Mutaz Barshim will wave the flag for local athletes, the high jumper and Doha native kicking off his outdoor 2018 campaign on the back of his most successful season ever.Last year, he was crowned world champion, Diamond League champion, IAAF World Athlete of the Year and became the first high jumper since 2004 to be undefeated for a whole season.“Last year was extraordinary for me. I didn’t lose anything — it was the perfect season,” said Barshim, who has set his sights firmly on victory at a home World Championships in 2019, Olympic gold in 2020 and the long-standing world record of 2.45m set by Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor in 1993.“I always try to find things that I haven’t achieved yet and make them my target, and this is how I always find new motivation. I want to achieve as much as possible.”Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson takes on the Rio silver medallist Dafne Schippers in the 200 metres © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISWith temperatures forecast to be hovering around 32 degrees Celsius (90F) come Friday evening, a top-notch field has gathered in the Qatari capital with a guaranteed balmy start to the outdoor season for many.Reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica will go head to head with current 200m world champion and Olympic silver medallist Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in an extremely strong line-up for the women’s 100m.Also running will be 2017 world silver medallist in the 100m and 200m, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, and her teammate Murielle Ahoure, who won gold over 60m at the world indoors in Birmingham.The men’s 200m sees reigning world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey go up against Olympic silver medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada, 2017 Diamond League champion Noah Lyles of the USA and world bronze medallist Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool have no time to lick wounds after Barcelona defeat

first_imgDespite already posting a club record points tally of 91 with two games remaining, a Liverpool defeat would give Manchester City the chance to retain the title at home to Leicester on Monday.“They don’t have to think about the next game against Barcelona, now we play Newcastle,” said Klopp after Wednesday’s defeat in Spain.“That’s all our focus. We go to the hotel, have a proper sleep, get up in the morning, fly home and then prepare for Newcastle.“Whatever happens, these boys, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”There was plenty for Klopp to be proud about in Catalonia despite a first defeat in 20 games.Liverpool had more possession and shots on goal as they pressed and penned the Spanish champions back, particularly after Luis Suarez had come back to haunt his former club with the opening goal in the 26th minute.“I can work really well with this game. I will use this game to show the boys what is possible,” added Klopp.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool © AFP / LLUIS GENE“It was brave performance that was very passionate, very lively and in a lot of moments creative and direct.“There will be a moment when I can convince the boys again how important this game was for us for our development because I really think it was the best away game we played in the Champions League. That’s a very important message for us, not for the world outside.”However, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah missed huge chances, the magic of Messi swung the tie heavily in Barca’s favour.– Messi magic –If Messi’s first goal 15 minutes from time was opportunistic, his second was out of this world.The Argentine’s 600th goal for Barcelona was fired into the top corner with unerring accuracy from a long-range free-kick.“In these moments he’s unstoppable,” admitted Klopp.A second leg at fortress Anfield is still to come, but ending a 29-year wait to win the Premier League was always Liverpool’s primary target for the season.Liverpool risk ending the season empty-handed © AFP / JOSE JORDANNow into his fourth season in charge, Klopp has still to win a trophy with Liverpool.But if his maturing side were denied by individual brilliance in Barcelona, it is the collective class of City, led by former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, that looks likely to deny them a much-desired title.For the seventh game in a row, Liverpool would go back on top with a victory over Newcastle, led by their former manager Rafael Benitez.However, with City on a 12-game Premier League winning run, Liverpool still need the champions to slip up either at home to Leicester or away at Brighton on the final day of the season to stand a chance of winning the title.“I think mentally, we shouldn’t be affected,” said Liverpool defender and Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year Virgil van Dijk.“I won’t be. It was a tough game but we have a big game at the weekend and we are still in the race. We want the same performance without conceding the goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must lift his players after they crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Barcelona © AFP / LLUIS GENELONDON, United Kingdom, May 2 – Liverpool have no time to fret over their chastening Champions League defeat at the hands of Barcelona as they scramble to prevent their season from fizzling out without any silverware to show for it.After the hammer blow of two late Lionel Messi goals at the Camp Nou, which gave Barcelona a 3-0 win in the first leg of the semi-final, Jurgen Klopp’s men must raise themselves for the challenge of Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

ROSSES AC ATHLETE MARIA TIMONEY COMES 2ND AT GAELFORCE CONNEMARA CHALLENGE

first_imgRosses AC NewsThe Gaeltacht Primary Schools Sports Day will be held in Carrickfinn on Thursday 22nd May starting at 10.30 am.The sports day is one of the largest sporting events held in the North West each year and has been held for over forty years. One of the highlights of the event is the competition for the coveted Best Small School award for schools with four or less teachers with Roshine National School, Maghery memorably winning the Mc Devitt Perpetual Cup last year for the first time.Schools are reminded that its 2 pupils per school in the Long Jump, Shot Putt and 300m. Also schools are confined to one relay team per race. Senior members of Rosses AC who are free on the day are asked to help out with the officiating.A huge well done to all our athletes who took part in the Donegal Championships last Saturday in Lifford for ages 12 – 17’s. There as Gold for Ailbhe O Donnell in the U-17 100m. Gold for Amy Hanna in the U-17 Long Jump. Gold for Kincasslagh girl Aoise Willoughby in the U-14 Long Jump. A great debut for Maghery girl Emily Croke who picked up gold in the U-12 Shot Putt and silver in the Turbo Javelin. Indeed it was a clean sweep in the Turbo Javelin with Gaoth Dobhair girl Leah Mc Garvey winning the gold, Emily the silver and Burtonport girl Aine Bonner getting the bronze. There was a Silver for Mia Mc Devitt in the U-15 High Jump with medals also for U-17 pair Jessica Oglesby and Rebecca Greene in the High Jump, Javelin and Hurdles. Luke Mc Dermott won a good silver in the Javelin while Thomas Marry won bronze in the Shot Putt. Patrick Marry, Ferdia Doherty and Eoin Diver also picked up medals. So well done to all who competed.There will be a table quiz in Caisleain Oir next Wednesday 21st May starting at 9pm and your support would be much appreciated.Club Vests – Everybody is agreed that the club vests really stand out and it has been impressive to see the large number of club colours in races recently. There has been enquiring for more vests and a batch has arrived. Club vests are available from Ita on 087 130 9536. If you are a club member the vests cost 20 euro or 40 euro for non club members.Well done to Marie Timoney, Dungloe who finished 2nd Lady in the Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge in Mayo last weekend. Well done to Shaun who also did this tough challenge. Fit4Life is in Mulladearg on Mondays at 6pm and Wednesdays in Carrickfinn at 6pm. All levels catered for. Walkers and beginners welcome.Training continues for all athletes born 2007 upwards in Carrickfinn from 6 – 7 Wednesdays and Fridays.ROSSES AC ATHLETE MARIA TIMONEY COMES 2ND AT GAELFORCE CONNEMARA CHALLENGE was last modified: May 13th, 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

AWKWARD OR WHAT? TG4 QUIZ McGUINNESS AS CASSIDY STANDS JUST FEET AWAY

first_imgAS awkward TV moments go, this one took some beating.Kevin Cassidy, double All-Star winner and some-time commentator/pundit for TG4 was standing on O’Donnell Park as a telly colleague starts interviewing Jim McGuinness.What – enquired the TG4 reporter – about Cassidy? Would be be returning to the fold? The Gaoth Dobhair man was three feet away, head looking down to the ground, feet shifting from side to side. It was difficult to work out who was more embarrassed – McGuinness or Cassidy.“Kevin made his decision and that’s it. That was 2011 and this is 2012,” McGuinness said.“We have to move on now. He made his comments on Friday night and they are what they are. From my point of view we have dealt with the issue.”McGuinness was responding to Cassidy’s declaration on Friday that he had retired from inter-county football. Today at O’Donnell Park Donegal were seriously missing other star performers who are still in the fold.“We’re very disappointed with the performance and our energy levels,” McGuinness said afterwards.“We missed Michael (Murphy) and Colm (McFadden) a lot in the full-forward line. There’s a lot of work but at least they showed a lot of heart to try and get back into it.“Laois are a physically strong team and they put a lot of emphasis on that, while our three biggest players are Michael, Colm and Christy Toye and when you take them out of your team then it has an impact.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily AWKWARD OR WHAT? TG4 QUIZ McGUINNESS AS CASSIDY STANDS JUST FEET AWAY was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Jim McGuinnessKevin CassidyTG4last_img read more

YOUNG DONEGAL GIRL PUTS IN MARATHON MILES TO BECOME TOP SWIMMER

first_imgA young Donegal girl is traveling hundreds of miles each week in her bid to become a top swimmer.Dedicated swimmer Joyce HudyDedicated Joyce Hudy travels from her home in Carrick three times a week to Letterkenny to train at the Aura Leisure Centre.The sessions begin at 6.30am and the 12 year old must get out of the bed before 5am! Some of that dedication paid off last week when she won three medals at the prestigious Antrim Open Championship in Larne.She won two silver medals for 200 metres individual medley and 100 metres Breaststroke and also got bronze in 100 metres backstroke.Conor Boyce of Joyce’s club Swilly Seals says the Carrick girl has a bright future in the sport.     YOUNG DONEGAL GIRL PUTS IN MARATHON MILES TO BECOME TOP SWIMMER was last modified: May 16th, 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) Tags:CONOR BOYCEJOYCE HUDYSwilly SealsSWIMMERlast_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL NORTHU13 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 13-Aug-2014 Carndonagh 4 – 2 8 – 18 Sean MacCumhaills Carndonagh13-Aug-2014 Buncrana 2 – 16 3 – 5 Fanad Gaels Scarvey-BuncranaU13 Division 3 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Moville 2 – 5 4 – 18 Red Hughs Moville-Carrick FieldU13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Burt 3 – 7 4 – 14 St Michaels Burt-Hibernian ParkU13 Division 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 St Eunans 1 – 5 0 Robert Emmets O Donnell Park-LetterkennyU13 Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 13-Aug-2014 Termon 4 – 6 7 – 7 Cloughaneely The Burn RoadU13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Naomh Padraig Muff 5 – 11 2 – 7 St Eunans B MuffU13 Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Glenfin 2 – 11 1 – 14 Downings Pairce TaobhoigeU13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Gaoth Dobhair 5 – 15 0 – 2 Malin Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba13-Aug-2014 Convoy 7 – 7 5 – 10 Glenswilly ConvoyU16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 3 – 4 2 – 8 Malin Pairc Colmcille Newton semi finalU16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Buncrana 2 – 7 4 – 17 St Eunans Scarvey-Buncrana semi final11-Aug-2014 Sean MacCumhaills 1 – 5 3 – 5 St Michaels Mac Cumhaill Park Semi finalU16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Glenswilly 2 – 13 0 – 6 Carndonagh Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba semi finalDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Aug-2014 Four Masters 6 – 9 3 – 6 Naomh Brid Four Masters16-Aug-2014 Naomh Columba Bundoran Naomh Columba Conceded by BundoranUnder 13 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Aug-2014 Naomh Muire 0 – 5 0 – 13 Ardara Naomh Muire16-Aug-2014 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 6 6 – 16 Killybegs Aodh Ruadh16-Aug-2014 Naomh Conaill 3 – 20 2 – 6 Naomh Naille Naomh ConnaillUnder 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Aug-2014 Naomh Naille 1 – 14 3 – 10 Bundoran Naomh Naille13-Aug-2014 Bundoran 10 – 16 2 – 8 Naomh Brid BundoranUnder 13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Bundoran Four Masters Bundoran Conceded by Bundoran13-Aug-2014 Naomh Brid 5 – 18 6 – 6 Naomh Columba Naomh BridUnder 13 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Ardara 6 – 15 3 – 7 Aodh Ruadh Ardara13-Aug-2014 Naomh Naille 2 – 13 1 – 4 Naomh Muire Naomh NailleUnder 13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Aug-2014 Naomh Ultan 4 – 9 8 – 23 Kilcar Naomh UltanUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Aug-2014 Pettigo 3 – 2 6 – 7 Naomh Ultan Pettigo Plate FinalUnder 16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Aodh Ruadh 5 – 11 2 – 15 Dungloe Aodh Ruadh 1st Round 1st LegUnder 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Naomh Columba 3 – 7 3 – 5 Killybegs Naomh ColumbaUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Naomh Naille 5 – 6 2 – 4 Four Masters Naomh Naille Shield FinalUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Killybegs 3 – 5 2 – 5 Naomh Brid Killybegs Shield FinalUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Ardara 5 – 10 2 – 3 Naomh Muire Ardara Plate Semi-finalUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Aug-2014 Kilcar 4 – 2 9 – 9 Naomh Columba Kilcar Cup FinalALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: August 18th, 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:donegalGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

Durant and Green squabble: This isn’t first time disharmony has hit a Warriors championship team

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceI know what you’re thinking. The Warriors are too good, too talented, with too many prime years ahead of them to allow their dynasty to be imperiled by the animosity that exploded near the end of Monday night’s loss to the Clippers — an unseemly scene that resulted in the one-game suspension of Draymond Green and free agent-to-be Kevin Durant apparently muttering, “This is why I’m out.”Disharmony in the …last_img

You’ve Got Quality Control

first_imgWhat could identify intelligent design more than the discovery of “quality control”?  Your cells employ QC every day.In “How Quality Control Works in Our Cells,” Science Daily described “A cellular control mechanism [that] prevents the production of defective proteins in our cells.”  Many genetic diseases are associated with the breakdown of quality control mechanisms, a vital and necessary function for all life, as it is in artificial systems:A person has hundreds of thousands of different proteins that are constantly being produced and degraded. Like in any factory where raw materials are processed, there are various control mechanisms in the cell that check the quality of the products, namely the proteins.The system discussed in the article is just one of these mechanisms.  It’s called nonsense-mediated mRNA decay, or NMD.  “For the NMD quality control mechanism to be triggered, a large number of factors have to coincide with the defective mRNA,” researchers at the University of Bern found.The way it works is by tagging a newly-transcribed messenger RNA (mRNA) with an “assume bad” protein tag, called UPF1 (up-frameshift 1).  This tag is placed on all mRNAs as a default indicator it needs to prove itself worthy before proceeding.  On viable mRNAs, it is removed by the ribosome (the translating factory), but on defective ones, it remains.  It is recognized by the mRNA degrading machinery, which cuts it up for recycling.  “The protein UPF1 bound to the mRNA acts as an armed trap that only has to be triggered when needed to degrade the defective mRNA.”There’s more.  “NMD also ensures that many mutations in our genes do not cause any disease symptoms — as long as the second copy of the gene affected is still intact and thus a correct version of the body plan is available,” the article explained.In multicellular organisms, NMD can miss its time limit to act on defective mRNAs.  This could lead to accumulation of bad mRNAs in the cell.  Fortunately, there’s another safety step:However, the doctoral student was able to demonstrate that NMD also recognises older, defective mRNAs as well as newly produced ones, which improves the efficiency of the quality control. “This result also indicates that the basic mechanism of NMD in single-cell and multicellular organisms is preserved and already developed early on in the course of evolution,” says Rufener.Speaking of evolution, the research team spoke of evolution as the creator of this efficient quality control system: “To prevent faulty proteins from being produced due to these corrupted mRNAs our cells developed the NMD control mechanism in the course of evolution, which recognises defective mRNAs and degrades them efficiently.”More QC SystemsTransporter, Open Sesame:  Another part of the cell, the mitochondrion, uses electricity to conduct proteins across the inner membrane.  A voltage-gated channel called TIM23 apparently has voltage sensors, reported Science Daily, and uses its voltage gradient to move its inner parts around, letting the protein cargo pass through.  The nature of the voltage sensors is still unknown.A turnstile for protons:  protons (H+) and calcium ions (Ca2+) are very small things, but gates in the cell’s outer membrane, made just for them, are able to let them in while keeping other small ions out.  A paper in Science Magazine describes how electrical contacts in the channel guide the molecules through the passageway single file, while blocking other small ions.  An article on PhysOrg described the importance of ion channels to the cell:A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering has used miniaturized electronics to measure the activity of individual ion-channel proteins with temporal resolution as fine as one microsecond, producing the fastest recordings of single ion channels ever performed. Ion channels are biomolecules that allow charged atoms to flow in and out of cells, and they are an important work-horse in cell signaling, sensing, and energetics. They are also being explored for nanopore sequencing applications. As the “transistors” of living systems, they are the target of many drugs, and the ability to perform such fast measurements of these proteins will lead to new understanding of their functions.Starvation survival:  A process called autophagy allows a cell to “eat” its own innards in order to survive starvation conditions.  Medical Xpress says there are no less than 18 proteins dedicated to this process.Constant cleanup:  Even garbage collection is part of the cell’s quality control.  Without automatic janitorial services, cells could accumulate waste and even poisons.  Live Science described at least three mechanisms for keeping the cell clean: the proteasome enzyme, which degrades proteins tagged for trash, the lysosome organelle, a kind of “cellular stomach” containing enzymes that can digest unwanted material (including viruses), and exocytosis, a system that boots junk outside through the cell membrane.  Many diseases are linked to failure of these systems.Darwin knew nothing about these things.  If such information had been accessible to the scientists at Oxford and Cambridge in the 1850s, it’s likely Darwin’s theory would have been laughed out of town.  Darwin himself would probably have been so ashamed to suggest it, he probably would have shredded his manuscripts on his own to avoid a legacy of embarrassment.  Intelligent design would have been the leading movement of Victorian Britain, as well as on the Continent, and around the world, for the last 155 years, with no sign of it slowing down.That’s why it’s so disgusting to see reporters saying stupid things like, “our cells developed the NMD control mechanism in the course of evolution.”  Good grief; cells don’t develop anything.  They use the software that an intelligent designer developed and put into them.  And if “basic mechanism of NMD in single-cell and multicellular organisms is preserved and already developed early on in the course of evolution,” that’s not the course of evolution!  That’s the abrupt appearance of design, without which the cell wouldn’t even be there.  We must cure these people of their dumbfloundering confability, so that they don’t churn out material with a ridiculously high perhapsimaybecouldness index.  (See Darwin Dictionary for definitions of unfamiliar terms.)  Let the light of design shine in. 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Wikimedia Foundation Gets $300K for Wikimedia Commons

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell The Ford Foundation has just granted $300,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation to support Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia‘s repository for free, sharable multimedia files.The grant will fund a study of barriers to entry for users and contributors new to Wikimedia Commons. The project team will also identify best practices from similar media-sharing sites. The team will design and implement a simpler workflow for uploading, licensing, and describing media.“We are thrilled that the Ford Foundation is supporting this project,” said Wikimedia Executive Director Sue Gardner in a statement issued today by the Wikimedia Foundation. “We want to make uploading files to Commons as easy as possible so that people everywhere can join us in helping Commons grow. The bigger Commons is, the more people it will serve.”According to the Ford Foundation website, the funds are granted to select organizations that support emerging leaders, research and dialog, and life-changing or life-improving innovations. Typically, fewer than 3 percent of grant applicants are selected for funding, and purely scientific projects are not typically considered for these grants.Ford Foundation representative Jenny Toomey said in the Wikimedia statement, “The global community that is building Wikimedia Commons is setting the standard for the way that video and images are uploaded and shared through the Web.“The whole process is simplified, promotes collaboration, and is driven by consensus among the community. Ultimately, this approach and others like it can help ensure that the Internet remains a rich and open space for learning, expression, and participation.”The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia. Wikipedia contains more than 12 million articles in 265 languages contributed by a community of more than 100,000 volunteers. Tags:#Non-Profits#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more