“Everyone celebrated differently on Tuesday, there were 42,000 fans there and we could suspend them all (based on how they behaved),” he said.”We are not afraid of a suspension that will not happen.” Allegri can afford to drop Ronaldo in view of the Champions League quarters thanks to the 18-point lead his unbeaten side have at the top of Serie A ahead of their match with Genoa.Ronaldo is facing rape allegations dating from 2009. In the latest development in the case, Las Vegas police requested a DNA sample as part of their investigation. Ronaldo says he had a consensual relationship with a former model who lodged a complaint claiming she was raped at his hotel suite. Juventus team will miss the duties of Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to reach Champions League’s quarterfinals. Ronaldo will also be seen playing for the national side; Portugal after a gap of nine months. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Juventus will miss the duties of striker Cristiano Ronaldo to their trip to Genoa. Cristiano Ronaldo, earlier helped Juventus reach Champions League quarter-final, netting a hat-trick in the second leg against Atletico. The Series A team, who was two down was overturned by him to help the aggregate score look 3-2 in his team’s favor. The coach Massimiliano said that the team doesn’t want to risk him in the next game, and in lieu of that, they have decided to rest him. He further said that before coming to this call he discussed the same with Ronaldo to which he agreed. “I’m leaving him at home, he had played a lot and he needs to rest. Right now it would be too risky to play him,” Allegri told reporters.”I don’t need to convince him. We spoke about it yesterday, I explained my point regarding the fixtures between now and the (Champions League) quarterfinals and he agreed.” Juve will take on Ajax next month after Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against Atletico midweek and win 3-2 on aggregate. The Portuguese openly taunted the Atleti fans in the stands during the post-match celebrations, but Allegri said he was not worried about UEFA banning his star player for the clash with the resurgent Dutch side.
People don’t starve because of a lack of resources. They suffer because of bad ideas and wicked rulers.Solomon, the wisest king of all, had a lot to say about poverty. One of his proverbs says, “The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice” (Proverbs 13:23). Here are some of his other proverbs about poverty. Hunger is not the result of a lack of resources, but a lack of character (slothfulness), a lack of truth (mythology and bad beliefs), and a lack of justice (wicked leaders). Recent news articles from scientific discoveries reinforce his maxims, but sometimes you have to think outside the box of natural inclinations.Could duckweed feed the world? (Phys.org). Duckweed: it’s the ugly duckling of aquatic plants, covering water bodies like slime. Ducks slurp it up. Good for them; may they live long and prosper. Actually, duckweed could feed the world, which is approaching a population of 9 billion people, says Pamela McElwee, a human ecology professor at Rutgers U.The duckweed family includes 37 species from locales all over the world. They’re tiny aquatic plants that float on water, they’re easy to harvest and they can grow on wastewater. Some strains have very high protein levels—up to 30 or 40 percent by dry weight. As such, duckweed is more nutritious than salad alone, which has good fiber content and vitamins but not a lot of protein. Some duckweed strains provide nutritional benefits, while others are used in traditional folk medicine. As its name implies, duckweed is eaten by ducks—as well as other waterfowl and animals—and behaves much like a weed: it multiplies rapidly, especially on water rich with nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphate.Like we reported about Moringa, the “miracle tree” filled with nutrients and benefits that grows where it is needed (11 April 2017), duckweed is easily found around the world. It may not look appetizing, but with a little ingenuity it could be used to add its nutritional benefits to a wide variety of tasty foods. Poor farmers could sell this easy-to-grow and reaily-available plant for income. Who would have thought this “weed” could help solve world hunger? It needs a new name, like “miracle salad” or something.Maggots as recyclers and protein sources (Texas A&M U, via Phys.org). Mention maggots and the “ick factor” skyrockets. But entomologists know better; insects and their larvae (maggots) are loaded with nutrition. Jeff Tomberlin, Ph.D., professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M, sees a gold mine in the larvae of black soldier flies. One is for recycling (a big concern today), and the other in nutrition.At the end of the 14-day cycle, the tower of larvae is dried. These dried larvae become feed for animals that humans then consume. The most common example is as a protein source for chickens.The larvae can also be processed to isolate the protein, which can then become part of a feed for livestock, poultry and fish. The maggot waste can also be used as compost for landscaping. Essentially, it’s the natural life-cycle power of the black soldier fly but harnessed by humans.Tomberlin sees a zero-waste solution to many problems in these maggots. They recycle waste while they are alive, then they become feed for livestock. You don’t have to eat the maggots yourself. It’s like the man who boasts of his new vegetarian lifestyle. He feeds vegetables to cows, then eats steak.In a pinch, you could eat maggots to survive. And like old mountain man Hugh Glass found, maggots can heal wounds. He leaned on the maggots on rotten wood after a grizzly bear mauled him. It just requires a change in attitude to see value in things we learned to despise.Other Abundant ResourcesOver the years, we have reported other “acres of diamonds” in natural resources that could lift people out of poverty.Edible plants: legumes, lupines, roses, purslane, dandelions and many other species readily available from the ground.Insects: Many insects are nutritious. Locust swarms might be a plague, but also a gift of protein from the skies.Water: Drinking water can be captured from the air in desert environments with nets designed like spider webs.Water: Sea water, the most abundant molecule on Earth, is naturally desalinated in clouds and rain.Water: Most areas of the world have groundwater. With some digging, it can be retrieved.Note: Please don’t use these suggestions to run out and gobble down weeds in the garden. Some plants and insects are toxic. Some plants have been sprayed with insecticide. Do your homework, and know before you eat.South American woman and child (Corel photos)Bad Ideas Contribute to Poverty‘It’s okay to be poor’: Why fighting poverty remains challenging in Indonesia (The Conversation). Wasisto Raharjo Jati, an Indonesian scientist, discusses causes of poverty in his part of the world. Despite government handouts, many people never escape the poverty trap. Part of the reason, he found, is because of fatalistic attitudes that teach people that poverty is their fate. These ideas come from negative ideas about God:We provided questionnaires to 1,198 targeted participants and conducted in-depth interviews with 20 households.Our research found people’s fatalistic attitude had prevented them from being lifted out of poverty. Most of our respondents believed being poor was God’s fate, and there was nothing they could do. This attitude is believed to come from a Javanese philosophy of acceptance called “nrimo”.We also found this attitude had led to self-denial. Believing that being in poverty was God-given, most of our respondents claimed they were not really poor as they always found God’s help via social aids and family support.This self-denial creates a problem for government efforts to reduce poverty in the region due to difficulties in identifying poor people who don’t want to admit they are poor.Governments need to understand this theological contribution to poverty, Jati says, in order to be more effective. And in many of the poorest countries on Earth, like Haiti, Zimbabwe, North Korea and Burundi, the problem is not lack of resources, but corruption among government leaders, who live like princes while their subjects perish.The ground was cursed because of sin, but the stewardship role of humanity did not end. The Bible commends work and diligence, but condemns sloth.Contrast the fatalistic view of eastern religions with the Judeo-Christian ethic, coming from the Bible. It teaches that people bear some responsibility for their status. The Bible presents diligence as a virtue, and slothfulness as a vice. From Moses to Solomon to Paul, the Bible emphasizes the value of work: “If a man will not work,” Paul taught, “neither should he eat.” Solomon taught that hunger urges a man on to work harder. Sure, work may be more sweaty than it was in the Garden, but a Biblical anthropology encourages hard work so that one can have more than enough, in order to help those in need. What if the Good Samaritan had no money, medicine or food with him? He would have commiserated with the man attacked by thieves, and been unable to help. It is God who gives people the ability to get wealth, and provides for the needs of us all through abundant resources, if we can just recognize them and apply our minds to utilize them wisely and sustainably. (Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Recommended Resource: Illustra Media’s film Origin explains the requirements for minimal life, and shows the staggering improbability of getting one simple protein (see this excerpt on YouTube). The film replays the Miller experiment with its problems. Alternative explanations like panspermia are also explored and rejected, leading to a clear conclusion that life had to be intelligently designed. Right now there is a sale going on by the distributor, Go2RPI.com, where you can obtain 50 conveniently-packaged DVD copies of the complete film for only $75, to hand out to friends and associates. Subscribe to their newsletter to get the announcement.(Visited 456 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A huge problem for secular origin of life theories: of the thousands of possible amino acids, only a handful work for life.by Jerry Bergman, PhDProfessor Anthony Standen in his 1950 bestselling book, Science Is a Sacred Cow, wrote about the missing links problem in evolution, calling the term “a most misleading phrase, because it suggests only one link is missing. It would be more accurate to say that the greater part of the entire chain is missing.” And the first link, by far the most important link, the one between non-life and life, is also missing. Will these gaps be filled in someday? Standen concludes that they will not, and so far he has been proved correct almost 70 years later. Nonetheless, he notes that evolutionists have an “unshakeable faith in what science is going to do some day.” The new study reviewed here is a very good example.The Amino Acid ConundrumCredit: Illustra Media, Origin.This new study, published in Nature‘s open-access journal Scientific Reports, not only hurts their cause, but it helps support the creationist case. As is well documented, “All life, from bacteria to blue whales to human beings, uses an almost universal set of 20 coded amino acids (CAAs) to construct proteins.” The exceptions include minor variations in certain bacteria that use two other amino acid types. Furthermore, “it has so far not been proven possible to construct an organism that can survive with less than the 20 CAAs in its total proteome. This means, for a cell to be alive, it must have all 20 coded amino acids. The probability for this to occur by chance, as discussed below, is essentially zero.In other words, to obtain the required sets by chance, for all intents and purposes, is impossible. A review of the study in Science Daily, titled “Scientists find biology’s optimal ‘molecular alphabet’ may be preordained,” attempts to explain by chance the origin of the genetic code that assembles amino acids as part of the process of manufacturing functional proteins. As noted, life uses 20 coded amino acids, called the CAA. The study by Ilardo et al. researching these 20 amino acids found that there existmillions of possible types of amino acids that could be found on Earth or elsewhere in the Universe, each with its own distinctive chemical properties. Indeed, scientists have found these unique chemical properties are what give biological proteins, the large molecules that do much of life’s catalysis, their own unique capabilities. The team had previously measured how life uses the 20 coded amino acids CAA set compared to random sets of amino acids and found that only about 1 in a billion random sets had chemical properties as unusually distributed as those of the CAAs.This study also shows the origin of life by abiogenesis is even more improbable than believed before this study. The one-in-a-billion odds, for all practical purposes, translates to impossible. Life’s kit of amino acids must have been functional since the beginning, and stable throughout the history of life. Creationists explain biology’s optimal “molecular alphabet” as due to intelligent design and foresight. They reason that the universal biological language was part of a deliberate purposeful design for all life.Natural Selection No HelpEvolutionists try to get around this by postulating that natural selection very early in evolution selected out (eliminated) all but 20 amino acids – the very ones that are all fine-tuned to produce life. All life is descended from that original finely-tuned set; therefore, this is the reason why the code is close to universal. It sounds plausible on the surface. The problem with this explanation is that it totally lacks scientific evidence. All living organisms use the same code with only very rare and minor exceptions, as noted. Some evolutionary explanations sound almost mystical, as if amino acids were lab scientists seeking to discover the best set:Life uses 20 coded amino acids (CAAs) to construct proteins. This set was likely evolutionarily ‘standardized’ from smaller sets as organisms discovered how to make and encode them. Scientists modeled how the adaptive properties of the CAAs evolved over time. They found that sets containing even only a few CAAs were better than an enormous choice of alternatives, suggesting each time a modern CAA was discovered, it bootstrapped the set to include still more CAAs.The problem with this anthropomorphic explanation is modern amino acids are not discovered by a cell. They must all be present in the cell from the beginning. Moreover, all 20 must exist in the necessary amounts, and must function well enough for life to successfully reproduce. No life-form can survive without a complete set of the right number of amino acids. As Cooper notes, “all cells share common fundamental properties … all cells employ DNA as their genetic material, are surrounded by plasma membranes, and use the same mechanisms for energy metabolism.” As will be explained in the next section, this fact creates a major problem for evolution.How the Code is Speculated to Have EvolvedAnother evolutionary hypothesis sounds like a horse race. Several codes evolved, they say, and one set won out in the competition for survival – namely, the code set we see today. The problem with this hypothesis is that the evolution of even one code set is so improbable that two or more is well out of the range of probability. The research reviewed here concluded thatthe possible ways of making a set of 3-20 amino acids using a special library of 1913 structurally diverse ‘virtual’ amino acids … found there are 1048 ways of making sets of 20 amino acids. In contrast, there are only ~ 1019 grains of sand on Earth, and only ~ 1024 stars in the entire Universe.Time No HelpTime is no help here. If the code set consists of useless chemicals without the entire functional mechanism required to orderly assemble both the code and the other parts of the system, such as Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), they will be degraded rapidly. If the primordial cell has no recycling system, it could not survive for long. Nonfunctional amino acids are worse than useless, additionally, and will also be rapidly degraded without a mechanism to convert the DNA code into amino acid “polypeptides” (chains), which is what the complex assembly machine called a ribosome does.Likewise, this system is also useless unless a folding mechanism system exists. Chains of amino acids must fold to be functional. They are often assisted by complex molecular machines called chaperonins. But a folding system is useless without other molecular machines, such as kinesin motors, that move the folded proteins to where they are needed in the cell. And all of these parts are useless without being organized and protected by a container—a membrane—to keep toxins from getting in, while permitting vital minerals to enter: water, oxygen and some 20 elements, such as calcium, phosphorus, chromium, zinc, sulfur and magnesium.Panspermia No HelpEach one of these protein-manufacturing parts are not only improbable but will be degraded rapidly. They will only be protected and functional only as a set. For these and other reasons, the spontaneous generation of a living cell is essentially impossible. That is why the co-discoverer of DNA, Francis Crick, proposed the outlandish solution that the first cell came from outer space, a theory he called Directed Panspermia. Crick and his co-author, origin-of-life researcher Leslie Orgel, proposed this Directed Panspermia view as a plausible alternative that, they argued, should be taken seriously. This alternative, however, only moves the problem elsewhere; it does not solve it. Although enthusiastically supported for several years, Directed Panspermia is now rarely talked about anymore. Darwinists openly admit that natural selection cannot work at all until a complete functional cell exists that can reproduce itself accurately. Thus, in view of the above, note the problematic claim that these 20 CAAs were likely“canonicalized” or standardized during early evolution; before this, smaller amino acid sets were gradually expanded as organisms developed new synthetic proofreading and coding abilities. The new study… explored how this set evolution might have occurred.As one leading textbook admits: “It appears that life first emerged at least 3.8 billion years ago, approximately 750 million years after Earth was formed. How life originated and how the first cell came into being are matters of speculation, since these events cannot be reproduced in the laboratory.” The author, Geoffrey M. Cooper, is a research scientist and administrator at Harvard Medical School. Cooper then, in a vain effort to help his cause, repeats the Stanley Miller boilerplate and other standard fare based on imagination and hope. Endless speculation against all probability does not help the evolutionists’ cause; in fact, the observable scientific data actually hurts it.ConclusionThe new study about canonical amino acids, and how optimal they are from the beginning, adds to many others that have documented the impossibility of life from nonliving chemicals. A secular view of the origin of life has been recognized as improbable to impossible for decades, and this new research has only supported that early realization. Future research will undoubtedly continue to come to the same conclusion. As the co-discoverer of DNA, Francis Crick, said, the origin of life is “one of the great unsolved mysteries of science.” Time has only made it a greater unsolved mystery of science than when Crick wrote this.References Standen, Anthony. 1950. Science is a Sacred Cow. New York, NY: E. O. Dutton, p. 107. Ilardo, Melissa; Rudrarup Bose, Markus Meringer, Bakhtiyor Rasulev, Natalie Grefenstette, James Stephenson, Stephen Freeland, Richard J. Gillams, Christopher J. Butch, H. James Cleaves. 2019. Adaptive Properties of the Genetically Encoded Amino Acid Alphabet Are Inherited from Its Subsets. Scientific Reports, 9 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-47574-x. [Article number 12468, 28 August.] Scientists find biology’s optimal ‘molecular alphabet’ may be preordained. 2019. Science Daily, (Science News), 10 September. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190910080017.htm. Also note that the 20 coded amino acids are called the CAA. Ilardo et al, Scientific Reports, Ibid. Science Daily, Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Cooper, Geoffrey M. 1997. The Cell: A Molecular Approach. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc., p. 3 Science Daily, Ibid. Crick, Francis. 1981. Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. Science Daily, Ibid. Cooper, Geoffrey M. 2000. The Cell: A Molecular Approach, 2nd edition. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc., p. 4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK9841/ Orlic, Christian. 2013. “The Origins of Directed Panspermia.” Scientific American, (Guest Blog), 9 January. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-origins-of-directed-panspermia/Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.
5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout mike melanson 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#music#news#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Last week, the word on the street was that everyone’s favorite European music service, Spotify, was finally nearing a deal with major music labels in the U.S. and would soon enough be on its way across the pond. Today, Media Memo’s Peter Kafka reports that the company “has finally signed with Sony for U.S. distribution deal.”While this doesn’t necessarily get the company onto North American shores, it certainly brings the ever-mysterious app one step closer.Kafka writes that multiple sources tell him that the deal is closed and offers some details:I’m told the deal calls for a U.S. service that more or less mirrors the one Spotify offers in Europe: A certain number of hours per month of free streaming music, with the ability to pay for an ad-free version, or a more popular one that offers the ability to listen on mobile devices like Apple’s iPhone.According to Kafka, neither Spotify nor Sony have commented. To make it to U.S., he says, “it will need at least two of the three other big music labels to sign on board.” When examining rumors of the deal last week, the New York Post reported that labels were urging the service to take on a different, subscription-based form. If it is allowed to keep its current ad-supported form then it could be a disruptive force in the online music market. For now, we’ll wait and see how it fares with other labels.For the uninitiated, check-out ReadWriteWeb’s extensive coverage of Spotify – it’s our most favorite app that most of us have never even used. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App
Stray cows will soon have 1,000 shelters to call their homes in Madhya Pradesh. As part of ‘Project Gaushala’, the State government plans to move 7 lakh stray cows and bulls to shelters close to villages. “First, let’s not call them awara (wandering),” said R.K. Rokde, Director, State Animal Husbandry Department, “Instead, nirashrit (stray) sounds much more dignified.”Land donatedEach gaushala (cow shelter) is being developed at a cost of ₹30 lakh on an acre or more of land donated by temples, individuals and informal groups. Each of the 100 cows in a shelter would have at least 27 sq. ft. under the shed to itself, and at least an extra 50 sq. ft. to roam. Newborn calves would be tended to in special, intensive-care sheds; cow urine and dung would be stocked in tanks for use later as ingredients in different products; vermicompost pits and bio-gas units would be set up in the compound. Each cow will be provided not less than ₹20 worth sawdust and fodder from deep mangers every day. For this, the State government in this year’s budget has set aside ₹132 crore. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme workers have been roped in to build the gaushalas at a cost of ₹300 crore, being drawn from the scheme. Under the watch of gram panchayats, self-help groups and NGOs working for the welfare of cows will manage the shelters, once their bid to operate them is approved by Zila Gaupalan Samitis headed by District Collectors. Mr. Rokdesaid, “We will transfer funds for the feed to managers in four instalments in a year.” Not all stray Not all the cattle on the streets, however, are stray, he said. “As many as 13 lakh cattle have breeders and are left to roam streets and graze fields during the day. They won’t be moved to the shelters.”Over the years, admitted Mr. Rokde, with stricter implementation of the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, the State’s cow slaughter prevention law, especially close to the State’s porous borders to catch those transporting cattle illegally, the numbers of stray cattle has shot up.
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APTN National NewsAfter years of legal wrangling a preliminary hearing started Tuesday in Ottawa looking into whether Canada discriminates against First Nation children living on reserves.That’s a claim advanced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.The allegation is that Ottawa shortchanges children on reserves when it comes to providing services.The result is more First Nation children are in care compared to off-reserve children.Both sides argued Tuesday over the ground rules for the hearing and about witnesses.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.
Companies in this story: (TSX:LB) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Laurentian Bank of Canada’s fourth-quarter net income dropped by 13 per cent from the previous year to $50.8 million, on lower revenues and loan volumes, and missed analyst estimates.The Montreal-based company’s net income amounted to $1.13 per diluted share during the three months ended Oct. 31, down from $1.42 during the same period a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.26 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.On an adjusted basis, the Montreal-based bank reported net income of $54.3 million, down 18 per cent from $66.5 million.Other factors weighing on Laurentian’s results include a $5.9 million gain on the sale of its investment in Verico Financial Group during the same quarter one year ago, as well as an increase in provisions for credit losses or money set aside for bad loans.For the full 2018 financial year, Laurentian reported net income of $224.6 million, up nine per cent from $206.5 million during 2017.“Our 2018 results reflect our actions to strengthen the Group’s financial foundation, including maintaining healthy liquidity levels and our investments in people, processes and technology,” said Laurentian’s president and chief executive officer Francois Desjardins in a statement. “This positions us well to deliver our strategic objectives.”