WESTERN BUREAU: Striker Dino Williams scored his second goal of the season as defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) edged Boys’ Town FC 2-1 in their Red Stripe Premier League football match at Wespow Park yesterday. It means that Boys’ Town are still without a victory in the league, while MBU were registering their second consecutive win. The champions had lost their opening match. Assistant coach Dillion Thelwell said while there were aspects of the game that were right, he felt the team needed more defensive urgency. RIGHT PATH “It is early into the season and yes, I do think we are on the right path. Three points today was good for us, but we needed to see more in terms of our defensive tracking,” he told The Gleaner. The decision to substitute midfielder Jermaine Woozencroft at half-time was, according to Thelwell, a change to inject more defensive presence, while taking care of Boys’ Town’s attackers. Williams fired the hosts into an early lead when he converted a 16th-minute header. Speedy winger Allan Ottey was the provider. Ottey would then score his team’s go-ahead goal in the 78th minute, firing hard into the net from inside the area. Before that, Boys’ Town had equalised through Shamar Nicholson in the 73rd minute. “This team is evolving. I think we will get it right in time,” said Andrew Price, Boys’ Town’s head coach. Yesterday’s Results Waterhouse 0 Jamalco 3 MoBay United 2 Boys’ Town 1 UWI 0 Maverley-Hughenden 0 Humble Lion 1 Arnett Garden 0 Harbour View 0 Reno 1 Portmore United 0 Tivoli 1
0Shares0000The Al Wakrah Stadium is one of eight proposed venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Aug 29 – A Nepalese labourer who died working at a World Cup stadium in Qatar fell to his death, one of the main contractors at the site said.The 23-year-old scaffolder died on August 14 at the $680 million (590 million euros) Al Wakrah stadium, one of the proposed venues for the controversial 2022 tournament. “We can confirm this worker lost his life. He was performing access platform related work for one of the sub-contractors on site,” said a spokeswoman for Belgian construction giant Besix, one of Al Wakrah’s main contractors.Asked if that meant he had fallen to his death, the spokeswoman replied: “Yes”.This has been independently confirmed by three other sources.Besix, which operates in the Gulf through its subsidiary, Six Construct, works as part of a joint venture at Al Wakrah with Qatari company Midmac and Austrian firm Porr.Qatar’s World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, is carrying out an ongoing investigation into the death. Besix has provided evidence to the probe.A committee spokesman told AFP the worker’s body had been repatriated and that an “end of service payment had been made in a timely and respectful manner” to the worker’s family.Construction workers are seen at the Al-Wakrah Stadium in Qatar on February 06, 2018 © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARThe worker who died was believed to be supporting a wife and a four-year-old child back home in Nepal.His brother-in-law also works in Qatar.The investigation team examining the circumstances around the tragedy also includes — for the first time — a member from the international trade union, the BWI.On its website, the union said the investigation would examine “the nature and cause of the accident”.In 2016, the BWI and the Supreme Committee signed an agreement to carry out joint inspections at World Cup stadiums.Al Wakrah, located around 20 kilometres south of the capital Doha, is one of eight stadiums proposed for the Qatar World Cup.The incident is believed to be the first reported death at a tournament venue since British construction worker Zac Cox plunged to his death at the refurbished Khalifa International Stadium in January 2017.A subsequent inquest by a British coroner accused managers of providing the 40-year-old with sub-standard equipment and said the working environment was “downright dangerous”.Six Construct and Midmac were also among the main contractors at Khalifa.Another Nepalese labourer, 29-year-old Anil Kumar Pasman, died at Al Wakrah after being struck by a lorry in October 2016.Qatar’s World Cup has long been dogged by allegations of mistreatment of workers, with one union claiming 1,200 people had been killed working on projects for the 2022 tournament, a claim vehemently denied by officials in Doha.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Feedback forms are available online through the Government of B.C.’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. is seeking public input for improving the Forest and Range Practices Act.Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says making changes to the Act will help strengthen the Government’s oversight of the forest sector and improve forest management.“Making changes to the act is essential to strengthen the Government’s oversight of the forest sector and improve public trust in how our forests and rangelands are managed. We want to improve the legislation to ensure it will continue to sustainably manage our forests and rangelands in the face of climate change.”- Advertisement -The Forest and Range Practices Act governs on-the-ground forest and range activities on B.C.’s public forests and rangelands.According to the Government, feedback from the engagement process will inform changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations that are planned over the next two years.Feedback can be provided until July 15, 2019.Advertisement
A family are heartbroken after two small puppies were stolen from their home in broad daylight.The two Japanese Spitz dogs were taken from the garden in Windmill View, Glencar in Letterkenny on Friday afternoon.The pups were part of a litter of just four dogs which were born just six weeks ago. The owners told Donegaldaily that they were shocked to find the pups gone.“I went to see them around 4pm and they were all fine happily playing about rascals at that age.“And at 5.30 my son came in to play with the pups and said two were missing.“We all searched every were in the shed around the yard in the house around the estate but they were not to be found. There was no way they could have got out,” said the woman. The owners are now concerned the dogs may get the Parvo virus as they were still feeding form their mum.The family also revealed that they had found homes for all four dogs but now had to tell two of the future owners that they will not be getting new dogs.“I gave my sister and a neighbour the two dogs which were stolen. They are so disappointed my sister told my nieces & nephews they were getting a dog and named him Bruno.“What sort of dumb people steal six week old puppies form their mother,” asked the woman. DOG THIEVES STEAL PUPPIES FROM FAMILY GARDEN IN BROAD DAYLIGHT was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:appealGardaiJapanese Spitzletterkennypups stolen
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Guerra recommends all schools in the San Fernando Valley cancel outdoor activities until Monday. “The health of our students is always the No. 1 priority,” said Rick Prizant, Birmingham High of Lake Balboa athletic director. Concerns over health risks from smoke caused by the brush fires raging in the area has led to 16 high school football games being postponed or canceled. “There’s no way anyone should be subjected to these types of conditions unless absolutely necessary,” said Dr. George Guerra, an allergy specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills. “Even though your eyes may not detect anything, there’s quite a bit of fine particular manner floating around in the air that can cause real problems, especially when someone is exposed to it for a prolonged period of time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Birmingham, ranked No. 6 by the Daily News, moved its home game against No. 5 Hart scheduled for Friday to today at 1 p.m. at College of the Canyons in Valencia. “We wanted to do it at home Saturday night, but (school administrators) said we couldn’t do it until Monday,” Birmingham coach Ed Crosson said. “And with us playing Dorsey, and Hart playing Loyola (next) Friday, to try to play two games in a week of that magnitude, we just couldn’t do it.” The rest of the City Section schools will play on Monday. Five Southern Section games were moved from Friday to today, including the four Marmonte League openers. The league will have a triple-header at Buena High of Ventura today. Moorpark College postponed its home game scheduled for today against Santa Barbara City College to its bye week of Oct. 8. The Valley wasn’t entirely bereft of high school football Friday; Crespi of Encino elected to play its home game against St. Bonaventure of Ventura. “We did our due diligence in terms of consulting with everyone from experts to other principals and athletic directors and researching the Internet,” Crespi athletic director Dick Dornan said. “Ultimately, we decided the air quality at night would be playable. As a result, we decided to keep the game as originally scheduled.” This isn’t the first time area football games have been affected by fires. In November 2003, the City Section postponed all football games because of smoke caused by fires in Simi Valley. Guerra said outdoor activities such as football and soccer can cause potentially serious health problems because athletes tend to breathe more through their mouths when running. As a result, the poor air bypasses the filtering system in the nose and goes directly to the lungs. “And that’s when you can run into serious problems,” Guerra said. Some coaches even used it as a learning tool. “It teaches (the kids) a lesson in dealing with adversity and how sometimes you have to adapt,” Crosson said. “It would’ve been tough enough to play Hart on Friday night, but there’s no reason to cry about it. We just want our guys to make the best of the situation and go out and get after it.” — Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 email@example.com GAMES AFFECTED BY FIRE Games postponed or canceled because of the Topanga Fire: POSTPONED | Makeup date Oak Park at Oaks Christian | Not yet rescheduled. Simi Valley at Calabasas | Today, 9 a.m. at Buena. Hart at Birmingham | Today, 1 p.m. at College of the Canyons. Newbury Park at Agoura | Today, 6 p.m. at Nordhoff High. Thousand Oaks at Moorpark | Today, 6:30 p.m. at Buena High. Burroughs at Chaminade | Today, 7 p.m. Westlake at Royal | Today, 8:30 p.m. at Buena. Hollywood at Cleveland | Monday, 2:30 p.m. El Camino Real at Kennedy | Monday, 2:30 p.m. Sylmar at North Hollywood | Monday, 3 p.m. University at Poly | Monday, 3 p.m. at University. Canoga Park at Reseda | Monday, 7 p.m. Chatsworth at San Fernando | Monday, 7 p.m. Marshall vs. L.A. Baptist at Alemany High | Not yet rescheduled. CANCELED Flintridge Prep at Verdugo Hills. Sage Hill at Viewpoint, Saturday.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Sid Bishop had lain on his deathbed, struggling through a respirator to convince a Hollywood location scout to use his Langdon Avenue home for a TV shoot. “I want to be part of the action – on this street,” the 78-year-old attorney told the Warner Bros. location scout who knocked at his door last summer. “The film is the action. “I wish you could film here.” Last week, the now-departed attorney got his wish. And his barn-red house, filmed for the CBS crime drama “Close to Home,” saw the latest action on what has become the San Fernando Valley’s most oft-filmed street, with up to four shoots each month. Its wide yards, towering trees and post-War clapboard homes make the neighborhood as homey as suburban Indianapolis or elegant as Ivy League Princeton. With no Spanish-style stucco or palm trees to act as L.A. giveaways, this leafy enclave between Victory Boulevard and Vanowen Street could represent, well, just about anywhere. “It has a great look that can be Anywhere, U.S.A.,” said Michael Paolillo, a location manager for Warner TV Productions’ “Close to Home.” “It looks Midwestern, but’ll certainly stand in for New Jersey or Connecticut.” And most of the residents have extended a hearty welcome despite the traffic, bustle and noise that often accompanies film and commercial shoots. “This is Hollywood, it’s a transformation, it’s the Land of Fakery,” Sid’s widow, 79-year-old Betty Lou Bishop, said before the shoot, her halls and carpets cloaked in cardboard, her bedroom furnishings piled into a back room. “Everybody loves to be a celebrity. “We should keep the (entertainment) industry in Southern California. The only way we can do that is to welcome them and help them.” On the day of the midweek production, the red-and-white Bishop home is reinvented in Indianapolis: The backyard a day-care center with plastic playground equipment, a new picket fence and fake fall foliage; the master bedroom the messy digs of college student. The quiet street whirls with a hundred directors, actors, stage moms, grips, prop men, caterers and other entertainment industry workers ferried from nearby Woodley Park. And all the lights-cameras-action desired by the late Sid Bishop. “You’ve got to go ’round and ’round the slide for about two hours,” orders a smiling Spielberg look-alike to some of the many kids hired for the day-care shot. “Close to Home” star Jennifer Finnigan, playing Anabeth Chase, anxiously runs through her lines. Up Langdon Avenue, Mildred Madden had gotten up at 5 a.m. to ready her backyard for the catering bonanza demanded by hungry film sets. She was grateful for the intrusion. “We love it,” said Madden, who had rented her yard to caterers for $250 while she fashions clothespin and dried-apple dolls. “And to be able to make a little money at that age, it’s a pleasure.” The upside to Hollywood is money. And fame. Langdon homeowners, their homes and -acre lots the cream of the architectural casting call, get both. An exterior shot can earn $500 to $1,000, location managers and residents say. Interior shots can fetch up to five times that much. Hank and Gail Vanderhorst , whose white clapboard home has made more than 100 TV and movie appearances, credit God for their extra bounty. “We love it; we think it’s great,” said Hank Vanderhorst, 68, a devout Baptist who refuses to allow nudity on his home sets. “We put four kids through college with the fees we get. “We feel it’s a God thing – we put our faith in Him and tithe.” The Vanderhorst home – a white rambler with black shutters and a Ferrari-red door – was the first on the block to star on TV in a Homelite weedeater commercial on “Wide World of Sports.” To make up for the disruption, the couple baked cakes and pies for their neighbors. On his big-screen TV, Vanderhorst calls up some made-at-home hits. An Auto Club commercial. A CBS “Close to Home” episode in which a soccer mom/prostitute commits suicide on his living-room floor. After an Edge shaving gel commercial, he shot hoops in his driveway with NBA greats David Robinson and Tim Duncan. “We’d go all over the country and see our house on TV,” said the former machine shop owner. “We were in a Marie Callender’s and saw our house on a big screen and wanted to shout, ‘That’s our house!’” Other neighbors got into the act. While Orion Avenue south of Victory Boulevard had once been the Valley Hollywood draw, Langdon has surpassed it with roughly 30 shoots a year. This year to date, the area known as Midvale Estates racked up 40 film days, totaling 30 separate commercials, features and TV productions, according to the Los Angeles film office. Commercials were shot for McDonald’s, Toyota, MasterCard and Sears/Craftsman tools. Film and TV productions include scenes for the History Channel, Disney, New Wave Entertainment and the upcoming Universal feature, “Accepted.” Langdon neighbors say they don’t permit pornographic film shoots. “This is one of the neighborhoods where you have a bigger percentage of people amenable to film production,” said Steve MacDonald, president of the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which issues film permits. “They’re very supportive.” Some, but not all. Film production can bring an industrial buzz to quiet streets. Traffic is sometimes restricted, parking limited, driveways blocked, garbage pickup hampered. Strangers mill about. Commotion fills the street. And generators can hum late into the night. Joe Montoya, president of the Midvale Estates Neighborhood Association, which gets paid $200 for each film shoot, said that numerous production companies have broken promises concerning trespassing, noise and helicopters off front lawns. “The novelty wore off a long time ago,” said Montoya, an administrative law judge. “If I had my way it would probably never happen – it’s not a residential use.” He said one neighbor reported coming home to find debris blown into her yard by a giant wind machine. When she objected, she was told, “You gotta take a chill pill.” Another neighbor came home last summer to find 30 to 40 production workers setting a scene on her lawn. When she objected, she was told, “I thought you were out of town; I thought it was OK.” Because of such abuses, Mark Bashaar, a unit manager for Warner Bros. TV Productions, said his company works hard to live by the rules. “It’s become so hard to film in L.A.,” he said during the Langdon Avenue shoot. “It’s really important that we maintain good relations with the neighbors, set rules and live by them. “Because we want to come back.” Betty Lou Bishop, mother of eight living children, emerges from a temporary bedroom. “Dare we open this curtain,” she said, looking out upon the set and a swing set she’d got out of the deal. She wishes her husband, who had seen “Big Lots” and the grand-lam TV movie “61” shot at their Vermont farmhouse-style home, was there. He would have enjoyed it, she said. “When I’m holed up in the back bedroom, waiting for them to finish, I wonder if it’s worth it. But it is worth it. It’s not just the money. It’s the life – it’s the moviemaking business.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 firstname.lastname@example.org MAKE YOUR PROPERTY A STAR For a primer on how to rent your property for film or commercial shoots, or to complain about filming problems in your neighborhood, contact the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry Development Corp. at (323) 957-1000; www.eidc.com. To list properties for location shoots, contact the California Film Commission at (323) 860-2960; www.film.ca.gov.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Six Flags Inc. urged its shareholders to reject an effort by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to take control of the theme-park company. Six Flags CEO Kieran E. Burke said in a letter sent to shareholders Friday that he believes that Snyder’s effort to obtain consent for his nominees to the company board is an attempt to thwart a successful sale of the Oklahoma City-based company. “We believe he wants our sale process to fail so that he can take effective control of Six Flags without paying full value for all of your shares,” Burke wrote. “We think that if Snyder wants control of Six Flags, he should pay stockholders for it!” Six Flags also said it has received bids “from a number of capable strategic and financial buyers” and will unveil a recommendation to shareholders next month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Snyder’s Red Zone LLC wants to dump Burke and the company’s other top officers and replace them with his own slate of nominees. He wants to bring aboard ESPN programmer Mark Shapiro as the company’s new CEO, get rid of some properties, and rework the company’s advertising and marketing strategies. Six Flags shares rose 7 cents to close at $7.32 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Over the past 52 weeks, the Oklahoma City-based company’s stock has traded between $3.72 and $7.65. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A report from Marine Biological Laboratory found that adult stem cells show promise for restoring inner ear hair cells (see 08/09/2004 headline). The tests, done on mice, might lead to treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders that affect 28 million Americans. A few days earlier, Jonathan Knight, in Nature, worried over the possibility that cloning hype will undermine research on embryonic stem cells.While adult stem cells continue to rack up successes, can anyone point to a clear case of embryonic stem cells doing any good? If a promising technology without ethical concerns trumps a questionable one with huge ethical concerns, why is there a contest?(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
What was discovered has nothing to do with life, nor does it contribute in any way to solving one of the “greatest mysteries of chemistry.”From the news hype, you would think astrobiologists have made a giant leap toward understanding the origin of life. An announcement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, publisher of Science Magazine) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) sent reporters into a frenzy, writing rapturous headlines that reverberated throughout the internet:‘Twisty’ Molecule Essential to Life Spotted in Deep Space For 1st Time (Space.com). “Discovering such molecules in deep space, called chiral molecules, can help researchers understand the development of life on Earth, which is rich in those complex molecules….”First mirror-image molecule found in interstellar space (New Scientist); “the result could help scientists understand where life can arise, but it could also tell them about how it happened.”Prebiotic Molecule Detected in Interstellar Cloud (CalTech); “does interstellar prebiotic chemistry plant the primordial cosmic seeds that determine the handedness of life?”A Molecule Deep in Space Could Help Explain the Origins of Life (Discover Magazine). “A peculiar new molecule hovering within a star-forming dust cloud in deep in space could help explain why life on Earth is the way it is.“Life’s first handshake: Chiral molecule detected in interstellar space (Science Daily). “Chiral molecules are essential for life and their discovery in deep space may help scientists understand why life on Earth relies on a certain handedness to perform key biological functions.”Mystery ‘key of life’ molecule that may explain our origins is found outside the solar system (Daily Mail UK); “….a pioneering leap forward in our understanding of how prebiotic molecules are made in the universe and the effects they may have on the origins of life.“Now, the data: astrochemists at the NRAO found spectral signatures of propylene oxide in interstellar gas clouds 390 light-years away (i.e., a long way from the earth). Propylene oxide (CH3CHCH2O) is manufactured by industry in the production of plastics. It also has been used as a fumigant, racing fuel and as a disinfectant for biological samples in preparation for microscopy. It is a probable human carcinogen (Wikipedia). No living thing on earth makes it or uses it.Why, then, are all the news sources pretending this molecule has anything to do with the origin of life? Many molecules are found in space, organic (carbon-bearing) and inorganic. Some are found in living things, but others, like HCN (hydrogen cyanide) or acrylonitrile (CH2CHCN), are deadly poisons. Many interstellar molecules are more complex than propylene oxide (see list).The only thing about this molecule that is new is that it is chiral: that is, it comes in left-handed and right-handed forms. This is not surprising, because chirality depends only on the geometry of the chemical bonds that connect the atoms. Many chiral molecules are known on earth that have nothing to do with life. This is the first one found in interstellar gas and dust. Whenever chirality is found outside of living cells, it consists of “racemic” mixtures of approximately 50% left-handed and 50% right-handed.Every biologist knows that life depends on homochirality: building blocks arranged with only one hand. With only rare exceptions, proteins are made up of 100% left-handed amino acids, and DNA/RNA chains use 100% right-handed sugars. Scientists know this is “one of the deepest mysteries in chemistry,” as an embedded video clip on Space.com states.So does the discovery of abiotic propylene oxide help, in any way, solve the mystery? Absolutely not. Deeper reading in the articles, below the flashy headlines and references to life, reveals that the mystery is no closer to a solution.“Scientists do not yet understand how biology came to rely on one handedness and not the other.” (Science Daily)“…. molecules with the wrong ‘handedness’ won’t work at all in many biological systems. Because of that, most of the important chiral molecules on Earth, like amino acids, are all the same “handedness” as each other. But scientists don’t know how the Earth came to favor particular varieties to start with. (Space.com)“While homochirality—the use of only one handedness of any given molecule—is evolutionarily advantageous, it is unknown how life chose the molecular handedness seen across the biosphere.” (Caltech)Only empty speculations fill the gap. Although the astronomers cannot detect the handedness of the molecules in the gas cloud, they assume that the molecules are racemic, because no known formation process can discriminate between the two forms (called enantiomers or isoforms). In the New Scientist article, co-discoverer Brandon Carroll (Caltech) admits complete ignorance on the subject, even invoking chance:Carroll suspects that nature first produced an equal number of right- and left-handed molecules. Both are easily synthesised in the lab. Then some process, perhaps incoming star light, preferentially destroyed one handedness, leaving only the other to form life.“We just don’t know what process is doing this,” says Carroll. “It could be completely random. Or it could be that they’re all the same.” But by observing how these molecules naturally form deep within clouds of interstellar gas, researchers might soon have their answer.No physical process has ever been shown to produce more than a slight enantiomeric excess of one hand over the other, as CEH has pointed out for years (most recently, 6/02/16). Indeed, it is very hard for intelligent humans to separate them. Living cells, however, manufacture and select one-handed molecules reliably all the time. Insertion of the wrong hand in a protein or DNA molecule is often destructive, breaking the function of the molecule. In cells, proofreading processes correct the errors or destroy the chains.If some natural process in a gas cloud separated the hands and sent them into a planetary nebula where the solar system formed (as the astrochemists propose), it should be possible to test the idea. Find any homochiral molecule on Mercury, Mars, Venus, or any other planet devoid of life. Such evidence would make monumental news, but of course, it doesn’t exist.To expect random chance to build a homochiral molecule is improbable to the extreme, as our online book shows (for an average-length protein, one chance in 10123). Even if—against astronomical odds—a homochiral polypeptide or polynucleotide did form, it would represent one lonely, non-living molecule likely to break apart with the next lightning bolt on a sterile earth.The scientists know all this, but they titillated reporters with suggestive quotes about “life,” and off they ran. This is tantamount to deliberate deception. Is it funding time at the NRAO? The paper comes out this week in Science, but was announced at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Diego.Even worse is an earlier headline posted by Science Daily and PhysOrg, stating “Life’s origins may result from low-energy electron reactions in space: Adds crucial data to study of the ‘chemistry of the heavens’.” Some chemist at Wellesly College claims that some “building blocks of life” may form with less energy than earlier thought.His recently published results suggest that low-energy, electron-induced condensed phase reactions may contribute to the interstellar synthesis of prebiotic molecules previously thought to form exclusively via UV photons. In the simplest possible terms, his work is consistent with the idea that we really do come from stardust and is relevant to the first unambiguous detection of glycine in a comet, reported in May 2016.Glycine, the simplest amino acid, is the only non-chiral amino acid in life. Its existence in a comet has nothing to do with “life’s origins” or the solution to the homochirality problem.Update 6/15/16: Rowena Ball at The Conversation admits the problem, but offers a speculative solution that cannot get pure homochirality. It also fails the test of finding chiral molecules on the other planets.Update 6/19/16: The original paper in Science about propylene oxide, like the popular press articles, offers no solution to the problem of homochirality. The authors toss out the possibility that circularly polarized light may produce an enantiomeric excess (4/22/13), but they provide no evidence that it did (they cannot even detect the ratio of handedness in the molecular cloud). Even if it did, the excess would likely be slight, and would be subject to the test offered above: look for an enantiomeric excesses on other rocky planets that supposedly evolved from the same dust disk as Earth.The press and the materialists in Big Science are hoodwinking the public. Here we have one of the strongest falsifications of origin-of-life hypotheses (homochirality), and King Charlie’s magicians turn it into a celebration of naturalism. The Caltech press release says “The work is supported by the National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics and Graduate Fellowship grant programs and the NASA Astrobiology Institute….” Your tax dollars at work. Are you angry enough yet?Why is there no media outlet, beside CEH, that calls foul? Why doesn’t any secular reporter ask hard questions? Big Science and their lackeys in the media are part of a huge racket. They deserve to be exposed and shamed.Teachers: Use the news reports cited above as examples of propaganda in action. Aim our Baloney Detector at the quotes and identify the multiple ways reporters and scientists twist, distort, mislead and fool the public into thinking materialists are making progress showing how life arose without design.Exercise: Identify the types of propaganda in the news reports. Formulate hard questions you would ask scientists and reporters about the evidence and the implications.Resources: Evolution: Possible or Impossible? (online here), and The Design of Life by Dembski and Wells. Chapter 8 on “origin of life” provides a very good history and discussion of the many astronomical hurdles militating against life’s origin by non-intelligent causes. (Visited 99 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cotlands VolunteerWhy is Bianca an Everyday Hero?Bianca is more than just a volunteer at the Cotlands; she is a woman who refuses to let pain or suffering go unaided in the poorest of our communities.It wasn’t enough just to help HIV/Aids orphans or start the Cotlands volunteer home-based care programme; she still had to do more for other disaffected community groups, like the unemployed and elderly.That’s why she helped launch the Soweto Home Makeover Project and is wholeheartedly committed to assisting the 80 grannies make a skillful contribution to the Adopt-a-Granny Project.In her own words.“Don’t look at what needs to be done, look at what you can do. Even a little can have such far-reaching repercussions.”Fast FactsCotlands was established in 1936 as a care centre for unwed mothers and their infants.Today, Cotlands offers shelter for abused, abandoned, HIV-positive, orphaned and terminally ill children from birth to 14 years of age, as well as community-based services to vulnerable children in five provinces in South Africa.In 1996, Cotlands started the first paediatric Aids hospice in South Africa, offering specialised paediatric palliative care 24 hours a day.How can I learn more?To learn more about the amazing team at Cotlands or how to become a volunteer, visit Cotlands.Contact Cotlands in your area:GautengTel: 011 683 7200Fax: 011 683 6688E-mail: email@example.comKwaZulu-NatalTel: 035 838 1948E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgEastern CapeTel: 043 722 5365Fax: 043 740 5333E-mail: email@example.comWestern CapeTel: 021 852 3527Fax 021 852 9327E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgStory published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africa