Body’s Junk Is Useful Stuff

first_imgWhat’s the difference between junk and stuff?  The jokester replies that stuff is the junk you throw away, and junk is the stuff you keep.  When it comes to stuff in your body that scientists have called junk, you had better keep all of it, because your life may depend on it.Junk DNA:  The term “junk DNA” sounds so last-millennium these days.  An article on PhysOrg is one among many that have claimed “‘Junk’ DNA Proves Functional.”  Repetitive strands, seemingly lacking in information, have been shown to be crucial either in regulating genes or providing binding sites for RNA transcription machines.Junk Brain Cells:  Glia cells outnumber the more fashionable neurons in the brain.  They have been relegated to junky roles like scaffolding.  Not any more: Science Daily reported that “Without Glial Cells, Animal Lose Their Senses.”  It appears that glial cells pull the strings behind the scenes like a skilled marionette artist.  This effect is even seen in little bitty roundworms.  Subjects without glia lost the ability to maintain their shape, respond to odors and absorb certain dyes.  “The results were striking,” when glial cells were removed from a worm’s amphid, a sensory organ containing glia and neurons.  “The absence of glia affected at least one of these three properties in each of the neurons, suggesting that glia not only regulate all of these properties but that they specifically regulate them in different neurons.”Not all body parts are essential for survival.  Humans could probably get by without fingernails or color vision.  It was once popular to list all the apparently nonfunctional structures in the human body as useless leftovers of our evolutionary past.  The list has dropped to near zero today, though some evolutionists continue the tradition.  But if a structure proves to have a purpose, even a small one, at any stage in life, the reason for calling it “junk” evaporates.  We probably all have some junk we can safely dispose of, though: excess body fat.Hang on to your stuff they’re calling junk – some day they may change their mind and call it good stuff.  The default position in biology should be that if it’s there, it’s needed.  That position fits perfectly well with intelligent design.  Considering that evolutionists once thought your pituitary gland, coccyx and tonsils were vestigial organs, their position can be considered dangerous.  Their latest entries in the evolutionary junk bin, glia and non-coding DNA, have now been relabeled as functional.  ID has had a steady winning streak in this game.  Wiggle your ears if you agree.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa remains the top FDI destination on the African Continent

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 27 November 2018 – Brand South Africa welcomes the release of the 2018 Ernst & Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey which sees South Africa retain its position as the top foreign direct investment (FDI) destination on the African continent, a top rank position which the country now shares with Morocco.EY states that they are also seeing investment shifting between countries for the first time. “South Africa, once the clear leader in attracting FDI, now shares the top rank with Morocco.This is the first time South Africa has been challenged for being the most preferred investment destination (measured by FDI project numbers). Ethiopia jumped seven places to become the fifth-largest FDI recipient, its highest ranking yet.”The report also notes that during 2017 FDI into the African economy increased with 6%, and that in 2016 a total of 676 FDI projects came to African economies, increasing to 718 in 2017. In this regard, the top five nations on the African continent of FDI projects are South Africa with 96 projects – giving it a 31% share of FDI in 2017. Morocco with 96 projects, increases from 81 in 2016 and Kenya with 67 projects, rising from 40 in 2016, suggesting a 68% increase in FDI projects year on year. Nigeria sees an increase from 54 to 64 projects between 2016 and 2017 while Ethiopia made a momentous improvement with an increase of 288% of FDI projects, from 16 in 2016, to 62 in 2017.Commenting on the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 results, Brand South Africa’s GM for Research Dr Petrus de Kock says from this year’s report it is clear that specific regions and countries’ outlook, and investment attractiveness have changed dramatically.Dr de Kock adds: “This has several implications for South Africa in a year where President Ramaphosa made investment (both domestic and foreign) a key priority of his administration and cabinet. South Africa’s position in this year’s report is as a result of the -31% decline on investment projects from 2016 (total number of projects in 2016 were 139). From the EY data it is clear that South Africa lost momentum in attracting FDI in 2017.”Dr de Kock says Morocco’s position should serve as a wakeup call and motivator for South Africa. “Morocco’s standing as FDI destination is solidifying and the country is on a trajectory to intensify its FDI credentials in the coming years. It is therefore important following on the successful investment conference initiated by President Ramaphosa, that South Africa utilises existing strengths in market diversification, strength of incentives for investment, and the infrastructural profile of the market, to attract more investment.“South Africa needs to sustain momentum to stimulate GDP growth because there is a direct correlation between robust GDP growth and FDI attraction. The country must ensure that it continues on the path of careful reforms to improve ease of doing business in the market,” concluded Dr de Kock.Of all the regions, East Africa registered the most significant increase in the number of FDI projects during 2017. This is mostly due to robust GDP growth, as well as regional integration initiatives. As a whole, the region saw an 82% increase in FDI compared to 2016. While this increase comes off a relatively low base in 2016, it is notable that the region emerged as Africa’s FDI hub during 2017.The EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 provides interesting insights pertaining to the economic outlook of the pan-African economy, as well as trends in FDI.last_img read more

TNT draws first blood

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ With a 1-0 lead after a 109-105 win on Saturday, Victolero wants his Hotshots to stay the course knowing that the Beermen will do everything to bounce back in their 7 p.m. clash at MoA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? View comments Alcantara, pal sweep futures WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa maximized the advantage it has—a 6-foot-10 behemoth in Joshua Smith—and reversed all pre-series predictions that it was the underdog against Barangay Ginebra.Smith came off the bench and threw his weight around all night long, keying a 100-94 decision of the top-seeded Gin Kings as the Texters broke the ice in their best-of-five Final Four match-up in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup before a stunned pro-Ginebra crowd at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Scoring at will and changing every Ginebra shot inside, Smith was the immovable force in the middle for the Texters that the Gin Kings didn’t have an answer to as TNT goes into Game 2 knowing that it put a dent on the psyche of the enemy—critical in a short series.“We hope that Joshua continues to play the same,” TNT coach Nash Racela, who was brilliant in drawing the game plan that had Smith scoring in the 30s for the second straight night. “But the locals will still be crucial.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was clear that Racela would ride Smith all the way, as he managed his import’s minutes splendidly by, first, not starting him and then pulling him in and out of the floor to keep Smith fresh for the stretch.Smith, who came in as TNT’s third import here, finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds in less than 29 minutes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The locals backed Smith up with aplomb, with RR Pogoy shooting 17 and Ranidel de Ocampo firing 12. But the biggest shot among locals came from Jason Castro, who sealed the outcome with a triple with 12.2 seconds left for what turned out to be the final score.That was the only field goal for Asia’s best point guard, as he struggled to get into a rhythm all night but saved his only basket when it truly mattered.Justin Brownlee paced the Kings with 24 points, with LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar shooting 15 apiece.Game 2 is slated Tuesday night also at MoA Arena.Meawnhile, Chito Victolero has described Star’s Final Four with powerhouse San Miguel Beer in just one word: Grinding.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Started as pacer but coach advised to switch to spin bowling, says Ekta Bisht

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, member of the Indian women’s cricket team that reached the final of the World Cup recently, said on Thursday that she learnt bowling with a plastic ball during her initial days in game.However, she was a pace bowler during her initial days before coach Liyakat Ali advised her to switch to spin bowling.Bisht, who scalped five crucial wickets against arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup, also revealed that she was also a good batswoman but her decision to focus totally on improving as a spin bowler has caused a sharp decline in her batting skills.”When I used to play with plastic ball, I was a pacer and also a good batswoman but when I went to my coach, he advised me to bowl spin and started giving training to me,” Bisht told IANS.Bisht, who earned her national cap after facing many hardships, said it’s tough to play without proper ground and facilities, especially for those hailing from small towns. But her coach and family helped her a lot during that period.Asked about the final match against England, Bisht said, “It is obvious to be nervous when you play such a big tournament but players like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami helped me a lot which made me comfortable.”The Indian eves appeared in the World Cup final for the second time. Earlier, India played the final in 2005 under the same skipper, Mithali, when they had lost to Australia.Bisht said that now it is important to increase the number of tournaments at the domestic level to promote the game.advertisement”Now in order to promote the game, tournaments at domestic level should be increased because it will help women players a lot,” Bisht said.Despite seeing the increase in the popularity of the shorter format of the game, Bisht backed Test cricket.”To make your base strong, Test cricket is important but twenty-20 gets more limelight than Test. All the formats are important.”last_img read more

How To Fix The Extra Point

For several years, NFL higher-ups have been a bit sour on the extra point. It slows down the game; kickers make them so often that they’re not really exciting, or even tense; and even if one is missed, it’s less “OMG, did you see that?” and more “WTF, kickers are terrible!”In preseason games, the NFL has experimented with narrowing the goal posts and/or moving back the spot of the kick on attempts. It is rumored to be considering eliminating the extra-point option entirely.That’s one way to encourage two-point conversions. But it’s not as exciting as the idea that the Indianapolis Colts are offering. This week, the Colts caused some buzz by making a crazy-sounding suggestion to the NFL’s competition committee: If a team converted its two-point attempt, it would get a shot at an additional point by attempting a 50-yard field goal.Considering that kickers now make 50-yard attempts about two-thirds of the time, this essentially means that successful two-point tries would be worth 2.66 points. That would clearly affect coaches’ strategy after a touchdown — or at least it should. Currently, a team needs to be able to convert a two-point attempt 50 percent of the time to make it a better option (barring tactical reasons) than an extra point. But in the Colts’ extra-extra-point scenario, a team would only have to convert its two-point attempt from scrimmage about 38 percent of the time.In 2014, teams made 48 percent of their attempts, which is just about in line with how they’ve done for the past decade. So under the proposed change, going for two would probably be right in most circumstances. (That’s a small sample size, though. It’s unclear exactly how good teams really are at converting two-point attempts because they are taken so rarely and teams don’t take them with equal frequency.)Even if the Colts’ rule came to be — and that’s a very unlikely prospect — the coaches wouldn’t necessarily catch on even though the math would be in their favor. Many coaches still kick field goals on fourth and goal from the 1, and that is generally a much worse mistake.But suppose for a second that the strategy did catch on. It would likely have a big ripple effect. Having a kicker who can convert from 50 yards consistently would become a lot more valuable. Also, knowing that teams could come back from nine points down on a single possession might make coaches play more aggressively in a number of different situations.The competition committee has already rejected the idea, meaning that it’s unlikely to be adopted any time soon. (It will still be offered up to the owners next week, but without the committee’s endorsement.) But that leaves room for my alternative: How about any time that a team converts a 2-pointer, it can either take the two points or take one point and try again? Then no lead would be safe. read more

Officials Confirm Three Measles Cases In Harris County Galveston And Montgomery Counties

first_img Share Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. The patients, whose identities are being kept confidential, are two boys under the age of 2 and a 25–35-year-old woman. All of them live in northwest Harris County.Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of HCPH, warned measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease because it’s caused by a virus that spreads to others through coughing and sneezing. However, Shah noted that prevention against measles is possible because “parents and caregivers have the power to protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated.”The last measles case in Harris County was confirmed last September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).There is also a confirmed case in Galveston County, according to its Health District, which said the patient is a boy ranging in age from 12 to 24 months. He was tested on January 28.Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority, said they are “aware of a small cluster of cases in the region.”Montgomery County health officials have also confirmed one case, a girl under the age of 2 who was tested in January.Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. It’s an airborne virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person and it can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin.Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, nine out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not yet vaccinated.Measles is prevented through the combination MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected: the first dose should be given at 12 through 15 months of age, while the second dose should be administered at 4 through 6 years of age. One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus, while two doses are 97 percent effective.last_img read more

State rolls out cash dole for women empowerment

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that her government will be providing a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh to encourage women in rolling out vehicles under theGatidhara scheme. Banerjee flagged off 20 electric buses, 20 CNG buses and 10 pink taxis that are owned and driven by women from Nabanna on Wendnesday. “We provide a subsidy of Rs 1 lakh under the Gatidhara scheme for unemployed youth who want to roll out vehicles. To encourage women and to make them self-dependent we will be giving Rs 1.5 lakh to women who will roll out vehicles under the Gatidhara scheme. It will be a major stride towards women empowerment. We have plans to introduce another 1000 pink taxis in the city,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that more than 36000 youths has already been provided subsidy under the scheme. “Today (Wednesday) we have rolled our 20 electric buses. We will be introducing 60 more electric buses within a period of three months. Our schemes such as Gatidhara and Jaladhara have provided employment to a number of youths in the state.” Banerjee said. The Jaladhara scheme that was introduced in April 2017 provides financial assistance to convert semi-mechanised boats to mechanised ones to avert accidents. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state government provides financial assistance of around 30 per cent of the total cost of bringing in the mechanised boats in place of semi-mechanised ones. The amount for the scheme is maximum Rs 1 lakh. According to a senior official in the state Transport department, the electric buses that have been introduced will be running in three routes from Airport to Joka, Shyambazar to Nabanna and Tollygunge to Bidhannagar. “We will have more routes with the introduction of more electric buses. Charging of electric buses will not be a problem with our department already putting up facilities of 55 charging stations in the city,” state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said. The CNG buses will presently ply in Asansol Duragpur area where there is a supply of CNG gas. Banerjee also inaugurated the renovated Jadavpur 8B bus stand through remote control. The total cost for revamp has been Rs 4.54 crore. “We are taking up renovation of more bus stands in the city for the benefit of the passengers that includes the one at Joka and Baruipur,” she said.last_img read more