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Senate Furious over Colleague’s ‘Arrest, Flogging’

first_imgThe Liberian Senate is furious over the arrest of Bomi County Senator Lahai G. Lansanah and his wife by police officers on allegation of electoral violence in the county.Both were arrested on Wednesday morning December 24,  in Tubmanburg, Bomi County and later transported to police headquarters in Monrovia for further investigation.According to Bomi County Senator Sando D. Johnson, Senator Lansanah and wife were picked-up from their home in Tubmanburg by police officers who claimed that “Lansanah masterminded a group of protestors, who gathered on the streets of Tubmanburg in protest of electoral fraud in favor of the official declared winner, Morris Saytumah.”Police also said: “Senator Lansanah was charged with criminal facilitation and breach of peace.”Lansanah is the incumbent who was defeated 8,857 to 6,837 votes in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s native county.Senator Johnson told newsmen over the weekend that his colleague was arrested and beaten upon the orders of President Sirleaf and House Speaker J. Alex Tyler.“For a sitting senator to be disgraced and dragged to Monrovia such as what was done to Senator Lansanah tells anybody that the command came from higher up. In my mind, no police officer or commander can release such an order besides President Sirleaf, claimed Senator Johnson. That is why we’re not taking this lightly. This madness must stop in this country for once. Yesterday it was Nimba County Representative Prince Tokpah and today it is Senator Lansanah. I think the rivalry between the Executive and the Legislative branches of government has further deepened with this latest action of the police,” he said.House Speaker Tyler has since refuted the allegation, terming it as baseless and unrealistic.However, the Senate managed to secure the release of their colleague through the intervention of Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais on the same day.Speaking to journalists after his release, Senator Lansanah denied his involvement alleging that there are big hands behind his arrest. “My wife and I were sitting at home when a band of ERU officers arrived at our residence and informed me that I was under arrest on Executive Order. “When my wife questioned the police why I was ordered arrested, a police officer slapped her and immediately took us away in a police van.“Upon arrival at the police Headquarters, I was never shown a charge sheet, contrary to claims by the police spokesman, Sam Collins.“As a sitting lawmaker, it is unfortunate that I was treated in such a manner. However, my lawyers are handling the matter,” the defeated Senator indicated.Meanwhile, the presiding officer of the Senate, Dan Morias, is expected to engage police authorities today in continuation of the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman reportedly stabbed by ex

first_imgA woman was reportedly stabbed by the father of her child on Tuesday in the vicinity of D’Urban Street, Lodge, Georgetown.According to information received, the injured woman has been identified as Lashonna Boyle. Reports are Boyle had dropped her child off at school and was walking along D’Urban Street where she was viciously attacked by her ex, Cleveland Williams.The man then reportedly held the 24-year-old woman down and stabbed her two times in her back after which he fled the scene. The mother of one was left lying on the ground but was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) by public spirited citizens who witnessed what transpired.Boyle is said to be in a stable condition. Meanwhile, the alleged attacker is currently wanted by the Police in relation to the incident.last_img read more

Fort St John Huskies advance to Hockey Alberta Provincials

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With them winning the NWJHL Championships for the second year in a row, the Fort St. John Huskies now advance to the Hockey Alberta Provincials.It has been announced that the Huskies will be taking on the Wainright Junior B Bisons in game one of the Provincials.The 2019 Hockey Alberta Junior B Provincials will be taking place April 4 to 7 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.- Advertisement -For more information, you can visit the Hockey Alberta Provincials website.last_img

Aubameyang caps character win for Arsenal

first_img“For me there are two things I will take from today. One is the character, spirit and connection with the supporters. And two, how we can improve defensively,” said Emery.The Gunners defence was again exposed, even when with a full compliment of players, as Villa enjoyed the better of the first-half.John McGinn was a constant threat as the Scottish international twice tested Bernd Leno from outside the box early on.However, the hosts did not heed those warning shots as McGinn was allowed to ghost in at the far post to turn home Anwar El Ghazi’s cross on 20 minutes.Ainsley Maitland-Niles then naively dived into a sliding challenge with Neil Taylor four minutes before half-time and saw a second yellow.– Aubameyang’s great gesture –The hosts were handed a lifeline just before the hour mark when Matteo Guendouzi was bundled over in the box by Bjorn Engels.Emery confirmed Aubameyang was his designated penalty taker, but he stood aside to let Pepe net his first goal since joining Arsenal for a £72 million ($87 million) club-record move from Lille.“It was a very big decision to let him shoot, to give him confidence,” said Emery. “The responsibility was Aubameyang’s.“He’s hungry every day to score, to achieve individual marks, so that decision is one of a great player.”Arsenal’s joy did not last long as their leaky defence was breached easily once more.Jack Grealish galloped freely through the midfield before squaring for Wesley to prod in at the near post.But Villa’s failure to use their man advantage in the final half hour left manager Dean Smith frustrated.“We gave three stupid goals away,” said Smith.“I felt at 1-0 and 2-1 there were periods when we tried to get the next goal, but on the whole we tried to hold onto the lead rather than trying to extend it.“We are more than capable of coming to places like this and having a go at the opposition, but there are times when we show them too much respect.”Tom Heaton held Arsenal at bay until the final 10 minutes as he turned Guendouzi’s long-range drive onto the post and tipped over David Luiz’s dipping free-kick.However, Calum Chambers was in the right place nine minutes from time to score his first Arsenal goal since 2016.In a topsy-turvy start to the season, Aubameyang has been the man Arsenal can rely on.The Gabon international did take the responsibility to shoot himself after he had been fouled on the edge of the box six minutes from time and drilled his seventh goal of the season beyond the unsighted Heaton.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Top Gunner: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) celebrates scoring the winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Aston Villa © AFP / Tolga AKMENLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Unai Emery hailed the character of his ten-man Arsenal to twice come from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and move back into the Premier League top four on Sunday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 84th minute free-kick completed the comeback for a vital three points after three league games without a win for Emery’s men.last_img read more

Public insincerity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It looks like what Stuckey really wants is a golden handshake – some nifty settlement cash to take with him on his way out the door. But the Los Angeles City Charter clearly states that all department heads are “at will” employees whom the mayor can fire at any time. The council shouldn’t allow Stuckey to shake it down in this manner. It’s hard to believe Guerdon Stuckey really wants his old job back. Being general manager of the Los Angeles Animal Services Department has got to be the worst job in the entire city, including the one cleaning toilets in city parks. The job requires dealing with many angry, crazy people, receiving physical threats of harm, and constant, noisy demonstrations outside one’s home and office. It’s a tough gig. That’s why it rings false that Stuckey wants the City Council to reinstate him to the position he served in for slightly more than a year until Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa fired him. Stuckey is being replaced by the former head of animal services for New York City, Ed Boks, in what is clearly a political move to assuage the city’s ardent animal-rights advocates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: LETTERKENNY’S MOONEY WINS 1500M AT IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgYOU’VE read the reports. You’ve seen the pictures (on donegaldaily.com of course).Now watch the video of Letterkenny AC’s Danny Mooney clinch new National indoor 1500 metres title.The Liverpool based student won the title with an impressive 3.52.83 final win-just two seconds ahead of his clubmate-Ruairi Finnegan (3.54.84) who took silver.Watch the race in full now by clicking play.  DDTV VIDEO: LETTERKENNY’S MOONEY WINS 1500M AT IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 14th, 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:Danny Mooneyindoor 1500 championLetterkenny AClast_img read more

DDTV: WATCH TO SEE IF DONEGAL’S RYAN MCHUGH IS #THETOUGHEST

first_imgAIB are pitting some of the GAA’s best athletes against each other in a number of demanding challenges to see who is #TheToughestIn the first group Donegal’s very own Ryan McHugh is up against Killian Clarke (Cavan), Dean Ryan (Clare), Colm O’Neill (Cork).AIB sponsors of the GAA All Ireland Championships have got former Olympian David Gillick to test the toughness of these inter county stars. McHugh, who is an integral part of the Donegal Senior team never shy’s from responsibility and has developed into a leader both on and off the field for Donegal.With Donegal playing Monaghan tomorrow, we hope that Ryan gets good rest after being tested with these demanding challenges.Take a look below at AIB’s video of these county stars being tested, sure doesn’t look easy! DDTV: WATCH TO SEE IF DONEGAL’S RYAN MCHUGH IS #THETOUGHEST was last modified: June 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:#thetoughestAIBDonegal GAARyan McHughlast_img read more

27 NEW JOBS AS NEW OWNERS TAKE OVER DONEGAL HOTEL

first_imgThe McKeever Hotel Group has recently bought the Letterkenny Court Hotel and will be adding 27 new jobs as a huge renovation project is underway. The family – Eugene and Catherine McKeever, marketing manager Bridgene McKeever and Group Operations Manager Eddie McKeever along with some of the current staff who will play a key part in the future of the hotel.Twenty seven new jobs will be created and 30 current positions secured as one of Letterkenny’s hotels undergoes a major €500,000 facelift. The Letterkenny Court Hotel has been bought by McKeever Hotel Group, which plans a major refurbishment in the coming months.All 30 staff jobs will be retained and an additional 27 people will also be recruited including a senior post for a general manager. Work on the €500,000 renovation of the ground floor of the three star hotel has already started. The shop unit next door will be incorporated into the plans which will feature a function area/private dining area for 60-70 people, removing the old staircase and replacing it, the creation of a new entrance leading into the reception area, which will be extended and include a cosy fireplace.McKeever Hotel Group owns the successful Corr’s Corner just outside Belfast, the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim and the Adair Arms in Ballymena.Managing Director Eugene McKeever explained: “When we saw the Letterkenny Court Hotel we just knew it would be perfect as part of our family of hotels. It’s a great location and has huge potential. In September further work will be carried out on the 57 bedrooms and 26 apartments.”The company says a huge part of its ethos is to develop staff relationships and many of the staff have worked for the McKeever family for more than 20 years. “The staff at the Letterkenny Court are really excellent and it’s clear that they have a passion for the hotel so we are really delighted to be able to retain all those jobs and to be adding to them as renovation work finishes,” Mr McKeever said.Eugene and his wife Catherine know the hotel business inside out. Eugene actually started in hospitality in 1966 when he was just 12 and began work in Corr’s Corner roadhouse in the bar before training as a chef.He was head chef for 11 years but decided he wanted to start his own business. In 1986 Eugene and wife Catherine opened their first restaurant – Granagh House – in Randalstown. Eugene was the chef and Catherine, who worked full time as a teacher, worked front of house at night. The family lived over the restaurant and staff remember the children coming down to help out and join in.In 1993 he bought Corr’s Corner when his boss and friend John Corr decided to retire. He immediately built on 30 bedrooms with a further 36 bedrooms added in 2006. The company quickly grew as he built the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim in 2005 and in 2010 bought the Adair Arms Hotel in Ballymena, which required significant renovation work.Two of the couple’s children have also joined the family business with Bridgene taking up the role of marketing manager and Eddie as group operation manager. The move to Letterkenny was a natural choice as Catherine’s father John Friel hails from the town and she has dozens of cousins in Donegal!!!“Everyone has made us feel so at home and they’ve been really kind and supportive. It’s important for us to be part of the community and to understand what people want and need in Letterkenny,” Catherine McKeever said.27 NEW JOBS AS NEW OWNERS TAKE OVER DONEGAL HOTEL was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLetterkenny Court HotelMcKeever Groupnew ownerslast_img read more

Schools Discipline Rowdy ID Proponents

first_imgIt’s been awhile since we checked into American science classrooms and school board meetings.  What’s going on with the movement for “teaching the controversy” about Darwinism?Midwest: Unexplained Panic Attacks:  Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute has documented the spread of “False Fear Syndrome” from Kansas to South Carolina and Ohio to Wisconsin.  Late word has it that even Michigan has been struck.  “The primary symptom” of FFS, Luskin explains, “is the spreading of false fears about teaching intelligent design in states that are merely encouraging the critical analysis of evolution.”Ohio: Burn Those Ticks:  Robert Crowther at Evolution News discovered a quote by Jeffrey McKee that calls for treating ID proponents like parasitic ticks on a dog.  The treatment is to twist them out or burn them off, he said.  Agape Press said that ID proponents have warned that Darwinists are launching an “all-out attack” against the State’s voluntary model lesson plan, “Critical Analysis of Evolution.”  Their strategy against the Board, aided by the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is to threaten a lawsuit.South Carolina: Skellful Letter:  Discovery Institute News printed a letter from NAS member Dr. Phillip Skell encouraging the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee to provide genuine scientific criticisms of evolution.  Discovery Institute later posted an editorial on this letter.  Another article talked about SC’s “historic opportunity” to adopt standards calling for critical analysis of evolution.Texas Text:  Agape Press reported that the Texas State Board of Education is trying to overturn a “vague 1995 law” that deprived them of the ability to review textbook content.  Though the article focuses on imbalances in history textbooks, the Board also wants the power to review content on topics such as sex education and evolution.Beltway: Fear Factor:  Allan H. Ryskind in Human Events talked about those two little words that scare the wits out of elitists: “intelligent design.”  He criticized conservative columnists George Will and Charles Krauthammer for falling into the fear and terror hysteria of the anti-ID crowd.Ohio: Caution Sign:  After what happened in Dover, PA and Frazier Park, CA, the Columbia Dispatch reported that Governor Bob Taft wants to be sure any changes to the science standards in Ohio don’t invite a lawsuit.  The Toledo Blade reported that Taft’s remarks are encouraging foes of ID.Wisconsin: Stop the Fire Before It Starts:  The Madison Capitol Times reported on efforts to pass a law in Wisconsin that would ban creationism or ID as science.  “Under the bill, only science capable of being tested according to scientific method could be taught as science,” the article states.  That’s exactly the problem with Darwinism, its critics allege.  Paul Nelson had fun with this Berceau/Black Bill on ID the Future by turning it against Darwinist books that would violate the law.California: Puke Feast:  Tristan Abbey, a sophomore majoring in history at Stanford, wrote a satirical article in the Stanford Daily poking fun at Darwin Day, Feb. 12, saying that the scientific establishment treats Darwin like a secular saint and celebrates the “Feast of Darwin ad nauseum.”Kentucky Freed Thinkin’:  Paul Nelson is speaking today at Eastern Kentucky University on “Challenges to Darwin’s Tree of Life.”Sacramento Zoo: Which Side of the Cage Are We On?  Apparently the Sacramento Zoo has had so many questions from visitors, they are planning a lecture series by evolutionists trying to explain “the truth about intelligent design.”  See story on ID the Future.Pennsylvania: Jones-Behe Rematch:  Dr. Michael Behe, who testified at the Dover trial, wasn’t about to let Judge Jones’ 12/20/2005 opinion be the last word on the subject.  Behe wrote a rebuttal that has been posted by Discovery Institute.  The Lehigh biochemist and coiner of the phrase irreducible complexity refuted 20 statements from the court opinion, then explained that nature is not obligated to obey human judges (see excerpt, top right of this page).Few issues have aroused school boards, editorial writers and scientific societies more than the question of whether evolution deserves legal protection from critical scrutiny, or whether alternative scientific explanations for life and the universe deserve to be considered.Since Darwin Day is coming up this Sunday, here are a dozen more fun activities that teachers can assign to promote homage to King Charles (see also 02/13/2004 list of Darwin Day activities).Try to climb the fitness peak on an undulating landscape.Play “telephone” and try to disprove the law of conservation of information.Hold a Darwin look-alike contest (guys, start now for 2007).Play “animal, vegetable or mineral?” (the answer is, “yes, all three”).Play Pin the Feather on the Dinosaur.  The guys should wear a colorful nose crest and see if the chicks like it (see LiveScience).Have a Malthus Food Fight.  Be sure to serve it on Emma Wedgewood china.Hold a dart contest on a red-state map, with Kansas as the bulls-eye.Stage a Liar’s Contest (see 02/03/2006, 11/23/2004, 11/19/2004); the winner gets a Whopper.Hit the Hopeful Monster piñata (a reptile figure filled with saltationalized bird eggs)Play Prisoner’s Dilemma and reward the rebels who escape Virtue Island (see 12/21/2005).Practice meditation: chant “we hate ID” until a state of euphoria is reached.Cartoon Contest: see who can create the funniest cartoon of Mohammed evolving from an ape. For that last activity, be sure to provide your GPS coordinates so the class can experience social evolution in action.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Will Genetics Be Neo-Darwinism’s Downfall?

first_imgThe Institute for Creation Research is gearing up for a multi-year GENE project to look for evidence for design (and against evolution) in the genome.  They may not need to work very hard.  Secular scientists, by continuing to find things not all that helpful for neo-Darwinism, are doing yeoman’s work for them.    While the few pro-evolutionary articles usually focus on mere sources of variation in the genome as fodder for natural selection (such as this Molecular Biology and Evolution paper on retrotransposons), or try to infer phylogeny by molecular comparisons, they usually do not attempt to apply the variations to actual functions except at a trivial level (see 04/06/2006).  Most genetics papers, by contrast, are finding degrees of order, regulation and coordinated action in the cell that challenge gradualistic explanations.  Here are some examples from the past two months:Rapid Gradualism?  New Scientist reported that many human genes must have “evolved recently” – even as recently as within the last 15,000 years.  While some of the 700-odd genes they studied, they claim, appear to have been targets of natural selection after the human line diverged millions of years ago, “some of the newly identified genes fall into categories not previously known to be targets of selection in the human lineage, such as those involved in metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids.”  (Ker Than at Live Science took this to mean humans are still evolving.)Transcript Complexity:  PLoS Genetics had a special issue about the complexity of the “transcriptome,” the body of all transcribed DNA.  The lead article’s teaser sounds pretty dramatic:Besides revealing staggering complexity, analysis of this collection is providing an increasing number of novel mRNA classes, expressed pseudogenes, and bona fide noncoding variants of protein-coding genes.  In addition, new types of regulatory logic have emerged, including sense-antisense mechanisms of RNA regulation.  This high-resolution cDNA collection and its analysis represent an important world resource for discovery, and demonstrate the value of large-scale transcriptome approaches towards understanding genome function.After the human genome was deciphered, scientists were puzzled by the seeming small number of genes – about 30,000.  Now, it appears that the exons of genes can be assembled and reassembled in a modular way by alternative gene splicing (09/23/2005), yielding many protein variants from one gene.  Not only that, the DNA “negative” on the opposite (antisense) strand can play a role in regulating the gene.  These articles speak as if a whole new world of complexity is coming to light.Who Regulates the Regulators?  Nature March 23 reported on important pathways that regulate the fate of RNA transcripts of genes.  David Tollervey wrote in the introduction,Cells alter their rates of mRNA transcription to change mRNA levels, and so rates of protein synthesis, in response to many stimuli.  To adjust mRNA levels, cells must be able to rapidly get rid of normal mRNAs that were previously synthesized (turnover).  In fact, different mRNAs differ radically in their rates of degradation, and this is subject to both metabolic and developmental regulation.  In addition, cells must guard against the synthesis of abnormal mRNAs (surveillance), which can produce defective, potentially toxic, protein products.The mechanisms described in the article, including “go/no-go” checkpoints unveil a higher level of complexity beyond the information contained in the genes themselves.Ring Job:  The copies during cell division must be accurate.  Many protein parts cooperate to ensure high levels of quality control.  Nature reported March 23 on a discovery of a ring that slides along the microtubules in the all-important stage of separation of the paired chromosomes.High Fidelity Proofreading:  Albertson and Preston talked about quality control of the DNA copying process in an article in Current Biology March 23:Proofreading is the primary guardian of DNA polymerase fidelity.  New work has revealed that polymerases with intrinsic proofreading activity may cooperate with non-proofreading polymerases to ensure faithful DNA replication.This means that some polymerases (copy machines) have better fidelity than others, but they cooperate to ensure a precision product.  A low-fidelity machine might be necessary to get past a bad break, for instance – like when a heftier wrench is needed (09/19/2005).  How good is the system?  Orders of magnitude better than a human copyist:Normal cells replicate their DNA with remarkable fidelity, accumulating less than one mutation per genome per cell division.  It is estimated that replicative DNA polymerases make errors approximately once every 104-105 nucleotides polymerized.  Thus, each time a mammalian cell divides approximately 100,000 polymerase errors occur, and these must be corrected at near 100% efficiency to avoid deleterious mutations.  This is accomplished through the combined actions of… exonucleolytic proofreading and post-replication mismatch repair.New Uses for Junk:  “Just because we don’t know what it does, doesn’t mean it’s really junk,” said Christina Cheng of non-coding DNA (U of Illinois) in an interview for Radio Netherlands.  Her work has found that arctic cod produce antifreeze proteins (05/13/2004) from non-gene regions of DNA, “a gene that appears to have evolved [sic] out of this DNA that supposedly serves no purpose.”  Yet “Preserving this rubbish [sic] seems an inefficient use of time and resources.  Evolutionary pressures [sic] should favour creatures with less junk DNA” said author Marnie Chesterton.  “So its conservation may be because it has functions that we don’t yet know.”  Cheng said, “conventional thinking assumes that new genes must come from pre-existing ones because the probability of a random stretch of DNA somehow becoming a functional gene is very low if not nil.” (see online book).No More Mr. Simple Guy:  Embley and Martin in Nature March 30 had some words for those who tell simplistic tales about an ancient prokaryote being co-opted as a mitochondrion in the first primitive eukaryote (see 08/06/2004):The idea that some eukaryotes primitively lacked mitochondria and were true intermediates in the prokaryote-to-eukaryote transition was an exciting prospect.  It spawned major advances in understanding anaerobic and parasitic eukaryotes and those with previously overlooked mitochondria.  But the evolutionary gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes is now deeper, and the nature of the host that acquired the mitochondrion more obscure, than ever before.Modular Programming:  An article in Nature March 30 by 37 European scientists found an exquisite example of modular programming – in yeast.  They even spoke machine language:The richness of the data set enabled a de novo characterization of the composition and organization of the cellular machinery.  The ensemble of cellular proteins partitions into 491 complexes, of which 257 are novel, that differentially combine with additional attachment proteins or protein modules to enable a diversification of potential functions.  Support for this modular organization of the proteome comes from integration with available data on expression, localization, function, evolutionary conservation, protein structure and binary interactions.  This study provides the largest collection of physically determined eukaryotic cellular machines so far and a platform for biological data integration and modelling.Question is, what evolutionist would want to model 257 novel proteins and 491 complexes, all tightly regulated and “evolutionarily conserved” (i.e., unevolved)?Pas de Deux:  We know that we have two copies of each gene, one from the father and one from the mother, but which copy leads and which follows?  As in marriage, this process is surprisingly complicated.  Spilianakis and Flavell explored this important question in a Perspectives article in Science April 14.  They showed how the dance involves the help of many servants:The genetic information of higher organisms is encoded in DNA that is not randomly dispersed within the cell nucleus, but is organized with nucleoproteins into different kinds of chromatin, the building blocks of the chromosomes.  Each chromosome resides in a specific region of the nucleus when the cell is not undergoing cell division, and usually genes that are actively being expressed loop out from their condensed chromatin territory and localize to a region of transcriptional activity.  These “transcription factory” areas are thus abundant with protein factors that initiate and regulate gene expression.The dance gets really wild, but not chaotic, when a gene on one chromosome is regulated by factors on another chromosome.The Parallel Universe of RNA:  The title of this article in PNAS hints at previously-unknown complexity: “Short blocks from the noncoding parts of the human genome have instances within nearly all known genes and relate to biological processes.”  This article was discussed in more detail here 04/27; see also the 09/08/2005 entry.Guardian Spirits:  In today’s Nature (May 4), Paul Megee titled an article, “Molecular biology: Chromosome guardians on duty.”  He begins, “Curiously, in cell division the proper separation of chromosomes into daughter cells needs set periods when they are stuck together.  So how do they come apart at the right time and place?  Their ‘guardian spirits’ intercede.”  Reminding the reader of the importance of high fidelity in cell division, he discusses work by Japanese scientists who “describe how proteins known as shugoshins – Japanese for ‘guardian spirits’ – and an associated regulatory enzyme temporally and spatially control the removal of cohesins from chromosomes.”  Cohesins keep the chromosomes together while they line up on the spindle, but need to be broken at the right time (03/04/2004) in a coordinated way – thanks to their guardian spirits.These are just samples pouring out of the secular literature on genomics.  Clearly, a great deal more choreographed complexity is being found in the nucleus than Watson and Crick could have imagined when the genetic code first began to be deciphered.  Perhaps creationists will need to do little more than compile and cite.Darwinists are fond of storytelling with glittering generalities.  When challenged, they retreat into accusations that anything other than 100% pure materialistic Darwinism is religion, not science, and use other shifty-feet tactics.  The answer is to pile on the evidence.  These articles are the tip of a truckload of data-rich, fact-filled laboratory studies that shout design instead of evolution.  Let’s rid secular science of its bad storytelling habit, and let the evidence speak for itself.   The Darwinists are sliding downhill with an avalanche of data racing down against them.  Perhaps a better cartoon of their predicament is to picture Wiley Coyote hanging by his fingers on a cliff.  Jonathan Wells, by debunking the icons of evolution, is like the Road Runner lifting Mr. Coyote’s fingers one at a time, while the genetic evidence is like Tweety Bird simultaneously piling weights on his feet.  Pretty soon he fall down go boom.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more