Rejuvenated Bahadoran back with ph Azkals

first_imgVeteran Misagh Bahadoran, the Philippines’ top scorer in 2018 World Cup qualifying, makes his return to the Azkals as he leads the national team that opens its campaign against Laos in the 2018 Bangabandhu Cup in Bangladesh.Sidelined by injuries in the previous international window, Bahadoran will try to make a case for his inclusion to the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup and AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup teams being assembled by coach Scott Cooper.ADVERTISEMENT Wushu athlete’s death a wake-up call for execs Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img The Bangabandhu Cup, also known as the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, is organized by the Bangladesh Football Federation as a tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country’s founding father and first president.Anto Gonzales will handle the squad in the six-country tournament, starting with the match against the hosts on Oct. 6. If they make the top two in their group, the Azkals move on to the semifinals on Oct. 9.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Bahadoran will be joined by a slew of returning players like twins Marwin and Marvin Angeles, Kenshiro Daniels and Anton del Rosario.Angel Guirado and Pika Minegishi were also recalled together with Amani Aguinaldo, Jerry Barbaso, Mike Casas, Ed Sacapano, Ace Villanueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDefender Julian Clarino, Jordan Jarvis, Alvin Sarmiento, Nathan Alquiros, Angelo Marasigan, Fitch Arboleda, Joven Bedic and Paolo Salenga were also called up, but the most intriguing prospect could turn out to be collegiate standout Jarvey Gayoso of Ateneo, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player.“We’re using the tournament to give players a chance to prove themselves deserving of a spot in the next major tournaments,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami. “It’s important for us that we don’t miss out on any outstanding talent.” View commentslast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, October 2

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Real Madrid star Sami Khedira is ready to try to force a move to the Premier League in January. That is likely to alert Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has confirmed his intention to play in the Premier League next season. Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked to the experienced right-back. (Metro)Arsenal are leading Liverpool in the race to sign Edinson Cavani, who is unhappy at PSG. (Daily Star)Arsenal may move for Cheik Tiote after the midfielder revealed he would be open to a move to the Gunners from Newcastle. (Independent)Manchester United are hopeful of landing Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman after Roma chief Rudi Garcia admitted the deal is totally out of his hands. (Daily Express)Nani has admitted he may not return to Manchester United next season, when his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon ends. (Independent)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Tottenham transfer blow: Sampdoria star’s agent rules out January moveOsvaldo not interested in returning to SouthamptonGreen light for Arsenal! Tiote demands Newcastle exitRoma boss hopeful Manchester United target will stayExclusive – This is the strongest Arsenal squad Wenger has EVER had, claims Gunners legendExclusive – Rooney was never going to be an all-time great, claims LinekerExclusive – Wilkins hails ‘outstanding’ Chelsea star for turning career aroundExclusive – Liverpool have still not replaced Carragher, claims HenchozExclusive – Arsenal legend doubts they will ever win the Champions League under Wengerlast_img read more

Tottenham boss Pochettino plays down Hull sending off – ‘We would have won anyway!’

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Gaston Ramirez’s second-half sending off was of little significance as Spurs came back from a goal down to clinch a 2-1 win against the ten-man Tigers.Steve Bruce’s men led at the break thanks for former Spurs graduate Jake Livermore’s long-range strike in front of a jubilant KC Stadium crowd.But the game was turned on its head when on-loan Southampton playmaker Ramirez was shown straight red following a tangle with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen after the break.The man advantage gave Spurs some much needed space and they soon equalised through Harry Kane’s poacher finish, with Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen handing the visitors all three points with the winner in the closing stages.It was a result which flattered a poor overall performance from Spurs and, while an angered Bruce was left to lament the sending off, Pochettino played down the boost it afforded his below-par side.“I think it did not have a big impact,” the Argentine said.“In the second half our attacking game was better than Hull’s. I’m sure in the end it would have been the same result.“Hull played very well in the first half but we tried to change something at half-time and I’m happy because after we showed character and good mentality.“In the second half we created a lot of chances. The team showed a better mentality and attitude.” 1last_img read more

INVESTIGATION INTO LATEST HOSPITAL FLOOD SEES HUGE TRENCH DUG AND PUMPING MACHINE PUT ON SITE

first_imgGardai at the latest flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital in August.An investigation into a second flood at Letterkenny General Hospital has resulted in the digging of a huge trench as well as a pumping vehicle stationed at the hospitalAn overall report into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital on August 5th last has been presented to the hospital’s Rebuilding steering Committee Group.This was set up after an original flood on July 26, 2013 saw almost €40M worth of damage caused to the hospital. A special investigation set up to look at the latest flood, which resulted in the hospital’s emergency department being forced to shut for three hours, has now come up with its findings.It is suggesting that the rainfall in August last was even more intense than last year’s fall which affected 70% of the hospital’s footprint.A spokesman for the HSE said the latest flood caused minimal damage to the fabric of the hospital and there was no damage to equipment.A statement also said that the overall clean-up and drainage of floodwater cost between €300,000 and €400,000. The special investigation team will consider the following terms of reference –• To establish the sequence of events that resulted in the flooding on the evening of the 5th of August.• To determine if the Flood Management Strategy was implemented in full on the 5th of August.• To review and amend (if necessary) the Flood Management Strategy in light of the events of the 5th of August.• To review the current and proposed (under construction) flood defence measures and to recommend additional works if deemed necessary. • To carry out a Flood Risk Analysis and to recommend actions to mitigate the risks identified.• To research and report on the planning and development history of the hospital campus particularly in relation to the siting of the various new hospital departments.The statement form the HSE continues “The investigation team identified as a matter of urgency what immediate remedial action needed to be taken to prevent a recurrence of the flooding problem.“Protective measures that have been already put in place in response to the most recent incident include the creation of a drainage trench to intercept surface water run off from outside the hospital’s boundaries and the stationing of a vehicle with pumping facilities in the car park (at no charge to the hospital) whilst a suitable flood pump was procured: this pump procurement has now happened. “The Flood Risk Analysis will involve surveys of all storm water systems within and adjacent to the hospital campus.”The investigation team has been in contact with Donegal County Council, Errigal College, Department of Education and the Office of Public Works (OPW).The Letterkenny Hospital Rebuild Steering Group now expects to be in a position to publish the final results of the investigation at end October and the full report and all related documentation will be available to the public.Site works have commenced for the construction of a new storm flow routing pipe and associated works at Letterkenny General Hospital and are scheduled for completion shortly. The flood management works, including the new culvert, are estimated to cost approximately €1m.The membership of the Investigation Team consists of;Mr. John Browner, Assistant National Director Estates (Chair)Mr. Mike Bermingham, Estates Manager (North West)Mr. Michael Martin, Project Manager, EstatesMr. Sean Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny General HospitalMs, Sharon Moohan, Non-Executive Board Member, West/North West Hospitals GroupMr. Tony Canavan, Chief Operating Officer, West/North West Hospitals GroupMr. Peter Byrne*, Facilities Manager, Letterkenny General Hospital(*PB Co-opted on to the Group as Seán Murphy on leave for a period).INVESTIGATION INTO LATEST HOSPITAL FLOOD SEES HUGE TRENCH DUG AND PUMPING MACHINE PUT ON SITE was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfloodinvestigationLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

‘Everything they do is embarrassing, it’s cringey’ – talkSPORT host slams West Ham

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas RIP LEGEND Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BIG PRESENTS UP TOP target Latest West Ham News sad day ANALYSIS gameday cracker Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho West Ham have been slammed over their approach to Declan Rice’s contract negotiations.Talks over extending and improving the defensive midfielder’s current £3,000-a-week deal are at a standstill and, according to talkSPORT presenter Jason Cundy, the saga sums up the ‘cringey’ club. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 😡 “It sums up West Ham. Everything they do is cringey and embarrassing!”👀 “They seem to want to do things in the cheapest possible way.”@JasonCundy05 tears into #WHUFC over Declan Rice’s contract row 👀 pic.twitter.com/UEm3z0pDjp— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 13, 2018Rice is already an important fixture in Manuel Pellegrini’s first team aged just 19, and has now been offered a reported new £21,000-a-week deal as a result.Talks are said to have reached an impasse as he is asking for more, nevertheless the youngster has declared he hopes to stay with the club.“He’s a young lad,” began Cundy, “He’s come through your system, he has established himself in the West Ham midfield.“[He’s] done really well, very accomplished. He is the future.“He’s a regular starter in the midfield of a Premier League club.“There comes with that – for me – a standard wage which is not £20,000-a-week. It’s not.center_img Declan Rice has featured in 12 of West Ham’s 15 matches so far in 2018/19 REVEALED revealed targets Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? REVEALED Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January “People say he’s only on £3,000-a-week. I don’t think West Ham can afford to allow this young man even to consider that he leaves.“And when you see Samir Nasri come in, and you’ll be thinking to yourself – and other players will be thinking: ‘What has he done to deserve this right now?’“This is a player who can’t even play, this is a player who can’t impact on our season.“It just sums up West Ham, everything they do is cringey, it’s embarrassing.“They seem to want to do things in the cheapest possible way.”last_img read more

FUNDRAISING WALK/RUN TAKES PLACE IN AID OF LOUGHANURE CROSS

first_imgThere will be a fundraising walk and run in the Loughanure area today in aid of the Loughanure cross lighting which includes the maintenance and upkeep of the cross itself.Registration will be at Casadh an tSugain car park from 12 noon and the walk/run commences at 1 p.m.The route will see the runners and walkers heading via the Glen Road to the Loughanure Gatehouse and talking a left over the old railway line. At this point the walkers will exit left on the first slip road, while the runners will continue to the second left exit (at the Cruckakeehan crossroads). Both routes will take the walkers on to the main n56 road where they will turn left towards Loughanure village finishing at Casadh an tSugain.Entry fee for both runners and walkers is €5 for adults and €2 for anyone under-14.Refreshments will be served in Casadh an tSugain for all participants.  FUNDRAISING WALK/RUN TAKES PLACE IN AID OF LOUGHANURE CROSS was last modified: December 28th, 2011 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:FUNDRAISING WALKLOUGHANURE CROSSlast_img read more

EXCITING LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR CEOL NA COILLE – SUMMER SCHOOL OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC

first_imgAn exciting week of music planned for this years’ Summer School of Irish Traditional Music.Ceol na Coille will host its annual Summer School from 21st – 25th July. Letterkenny will host some of Irelands finest musicians in what will be a great week of Music and song.Paul Harrigan, organizer of Ceol na Coille told Donegal Daily, “This is now our third year, and each year the school has grown and is gaining popularity and recognition throughout Ireland and further afield.“There have been a lot of exciting developments since plans got underway for this years summer school.“I was delighted when approached by Paul Brown, director of Earagail Arts Festival, to collaborate in delivering what will be a great week of Traditional music. Banjo 3, an exciting new traditional group and Treelan featuring Donegal native Martin Tourish both who will be performing during Earagail Arts Festival will give a pre-concert workshops/recitals at the summer school on the afternoon preceding their concerts at the Regional Cultural Center.“This is a fantastic opportunity for budding young musicians and music enthusiasts in general to meet these highly acclaimed musicians and experience in an intimate setting, the eclectic and exciting energy both groups have brought to the traditional genre.Treelan and We Banjo 3 will perform in the RCC on the 21st and 24th respectively.The Summer School this year will also see a change in venue.“We are extremely grateful to Joseph Gallinagh – Principal, and the Board of Management of Glenswilly National School for generously letting us use their facilities over the past two years.“Due to the growing interest and desire to expand and develop the Summer School, we are delighted to have the opportunity to make use of the fantastic new facilities at Coláiste Ailigh in Knocknamona. “Micheal McGioban, Priomhoide of Coláiste Ailigh has been extremely enthusiastic in the planning of the summer school, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Coláiste Ailigh in expanding and developing or goals.During the week there will be Advanced and Intermediate classes in – Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Piano & Button Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin and Harp.In a welcome collaboration with the recently formed Donegal Pipers Club – Cumann Píobaireachta Tharlaigh Mhic Shuibhne, there will be Uilleann Pipe workshops delivered by Gweedore based Ciarán Mac Feidhlimídh with reed making workshops with Banba Martin Gallen and Martin McIntyre.“We are also delighted this year to add Guitar and Piano to our list of Instrumental tuition at the Summer School. Paul Meehan, who has played with world-renowned groups such as Lunasa and At First Light, will be delivering the guitar workshops and from Cape Breton, Canada, Melissa Emmons who has performed and recorded with artists – Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert and Paul Cranford – will be delivering the piano accompaniment workshops.This again is a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from some of the traditional worlds respected musicians.To facilitate musicians from Inishowen who wish to attend this year’s Summer School, there will be a bus running from Inishowen each day.Those interested should contact Paul as soon as possible to book their place as space will be limited.This year again, there is a fantastic line up of tutors including Conor Moriarty on Button Accordion from Kerry, Shane Bracken on Concertina from Dublin, now based in Ardara and Joleen McLaughlin (Henry Girls) on Harp from Malin.Other tutors include Roisin Mc Grory- Fiddle, Melanie Houton-Fiddle, Ciaran Carlin-Flute, Marie McTeague-Clarke, Piano Accordion, Una NíBhriain-Fiddle & Song, Donna Harkin-Button Accordion.“We are so lucky to have some of the traditions finest exponents of traditional music on our doorstep and extremely fortunate to be able to invite some of the country’s most sought after performers and tutors from further afield.“I’m personally looking forward to a great week of performances and sessions”There will again this year be mixed instrumental Beginner classes for Adults and children for those who have begun their journey in learning traditional music and also the popular Introduction To Irish Traditional Music course for 6-9 yr olds for kids wishing to try the wide variety of instruments on offer at the summer school.Another first for the 2014 Summer School is a full day workshop on Wednesday 23rd in traditional singing hosted by the Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle.a free online collection of songs and singers from the Inishowen Peninsula.The day would be backed up with relevant notes, further listening suggestions, and plenty question/answer opportunities.The workshop will finish with a recital delivered by the members of the singer’s circle.There will be a Club Gaelach from Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th, 2-4pm for pupils attending the Intro and Beginners classes.This will give pupils an opportunity to take part in activities through the medium of Irish. Activities include music, sport and art.“The Irish language has been, from the inception of Ceol na Coille, fundamental in our ethos.“Pupils will be encouraged to use their Cúpla Focal in a relaxed and encouraging environment”.The Summer School week will kick off with a performance from the Melting Pod collaboration featuring Paul Harrigan – Ceol na Coille, Roisin McGrory – Inishowen Traditional Music Project, with Ralph Rolle and Selan from the world renowned ‘Chic’ on Sunday 20th July in McGrorys Culdaff.Sunday 27th will see the final concert in the Earagail Arts Festival 2014 with the Masters of Donegal Fiddle Concert on Sunday 27th July which will be opened by ‘Coirm’, the performing wing of Ceol na Coille – School of Irish Traditional Music.Details on We Banjo 3, Treelan, Masters of Donegal Fiddle and the Melting Pod concerts can be obtained from the Regional Cultural Center or An Grianan box office.Further details on events on Ceol na Coille Summer School can be found at www.ceolnacoille.ie or contact Paul on 0876774601 or by email at ceolnacoille.letterkenny@gmail.comEXCITING LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR CEOL NA COILLE – SUMMER SCHOOL OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC was last modified: July 16th, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesmusic festivalnewsTraditional Irish Musiclast_img read more

Daniel reveals how he chose Majella over his religious beliefs

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has admitted he broke off his relationship with wife Majella after just six months of dating – because she was a divorcee.The popular couple met on holiday in Tenerife before tying the knot in the singer’s hometown of Kincasslagh three years later in November 2002.But Daniel revealed the first year of his relationship with mother-of-two Majella was anything but a fairytale romance, because of his own religious views. Majella had just ended her first marriage when she met O’Donnell in 1999 – and the conflicted crooner ended things between them because of the Catholic Church’s traditional teaching that dating a divorced person was sinful.However, Daniel said he soon came to realise that his personal happiness was more important than adhering to strict religious doctrine.And he described his decision to throw himself back into the relationship with Majella as the best decision he ever made.He said: “There was a lot to be considered and I stepped away for a bit. It was a bit hard for me to come to terms with it because of my religious faith, but I got over that fairly quickly. I realised it was right for me to be happy.” The 57-year-old said his personal happiness increased even more, following the birth of Majella’s two young grandchildren, Olivia, four, and 18-month-old Archie.In an interview with My Weekly magazine, he said: “The children have been a joy to me. Their father is very much a part of their lives, but there was never any friction there. Now [Majella’s daughter] Siobhan has two children and I love to see them.”Daniel said he’s looking forward to spending even more quality time with his young family next year, after deciding to dramatically cut back on touring.He explained: “I feel it’s time to get a different balance, so next year I’m taking a lot more time off. I just want to have time to enjoy the grandchildren and to be able to do things at the drop of the hat.“I’d love to continue performing, and I don’t ever see myself saying ‘I’m retired’, but maybe more free time is what I’m looking to now – to slow down.” Daniel reveals how he chose Majella over his religious beliefs was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalMajellaReligionsingerlast_img read more

QPR v Derby: six key battles

first_imgSee also:QPR’s left-back dilemma: the pros and cons of the four main optionsQPR fans celebrate the end of a 28-year wait for a trip to WembleyQPR 2-1 Wigan: Highlights of the victory that took Rangers to WembleyDerby are full of confidence, says McClarenQPR’s Kranjcar passed fit for Wembley clashQPR boss wants ‘clear heads’ at WembleyYun can play for QPR at WembleyHow the stand-off over Yun has been reported in South KoreaIn a huge game like this, players need to focus on their individual roleDerry believes McClaren’s knowledge of QPR will give Derby an advantageQPR’s ‘big-game players’ can make the difference, says GallenPromotion would justify decision to join Rangers, says SimpsonFans ready as QPR’s 28-year wait endsQPR will simply ‘go again’ if they miss out, Onuoha insistsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Go to the Cell, Thou Sluggard

first_imgSolomon ordered the lazy man, Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise (Proverbs 6:6).  Today, he would probably tell lazy materialists needing wisdom to consider the cell.  Several recent scientific papers and news stories illustrate why materialism faces a stiff challenge from design features found in the fundamental units of life.YouTube).Machines with 3-D force:  Nature said,1 “During migration, cells interact with their environment by exerting mechanical forces on it.  A combination of two techniques shows that they do so in all three dimensions by a push?pull mechanism.”  The article went on to describe how “mechanobiology” is an emerging field within biophysics.    Cells are no longer to be viewed as bags of chemicals bouncing around at random.  “In contrast to passive objects such as water droplets, living cells actively probe their environment by exerting forces on it as they migrate,” authors Hersel and Ladoux said.  “Such forces not only drive mechanical events such as cell deformation but also trigger cellular processes such as cell?environment adhesion signalling and cytoskeletal reorganization.”Two ways to stop:  A car can slow down either by braking or downshifting.  Similarly, cells can down-regulate gene expression in different ways, reported Science Daily.  “The binding of repressor proteins to DNA provides a molecular switch for such regulation,” the article explained.  “Although the two types of protein have been identified as silencers of gene expression, each one uses a distinct molecular mechanism to halt the process,” according to research at Michigan State University.Trains and derailment:  Scientists have been finding that many diseases are caused when machinery goes awry, like a train going off-track.  Science Daily reported one case, where “Collisions of Protein Machines Cause DNA Replication Derailment.”    Cell division is a risky process, physically speaking (see animation mentioned above).  Error analysis of cellular machinery presupposes machinery that is designed to work.    Millions of base pairs have to be copied in a complex operation involving hundreds of protein and nucleic acid factors.  “DNA damage, if not kept in check, can lead to many problems including cancers,” the article said.  “Researchers have shown that the process of replication is even riskier than originally thought.”  If this is so, the wonder is that the machines work so well most of the time to preserve life on the planet.  As one biology professor used to say, “The wonder is not that we get sick.  The wonder is that we are ever well.”  Fortunately, redundant DNA damage response systems are able to handle most emergencies.Lock shapes the key:  Another article on Science Daily examined how proteins fold into their specific three-dimensional shapes, vital to their functions.  German researchers wondered how partners could bind to unstructured proteins that had not yet folded.  Studying one particular enzyme, they found that local interactions were sufficient to induce binding to the active site.  “These results are of fundamental importance for understanding the mechanism of protein-protein interactions,” the article said.Codes upon codes:  Nature discussed a recent revelation about the genetic code that expands the information content of DNA.1  It now appears that base pairs can flip over and reconnect to neighboring nucleotides in new ways separate from the standard Watson-Crick pairing.  These transient pairs, called Hoogsteen base pairs after the discoverer, provide additional genetic information for the cell.  Honig and Rohs said, “Evidence of transient changes in base-pairing geometry highlights the fact that the information held in DNA’s linear sequence is stored in three dimensions.”    Describing a paper in the same issue that explored this finding, they said, “Nikolova and colleagues’ discovery reminds us that DNA offers proteins not only an enticing linear alphabet, but also a set of conformations that can be recognized in a sequence-dependent way.  Understanding how the linear sequence of bases in DNA is recognized by proteins is therefore a problem that must be solved in three dimensions.”Long live the diatom:  Talk about longevity: researchers at University of Gothenburg have found diatom spores buried in seafloor sediments that were able to revive after more than 100 years in a state of suspended animation.  “We revived hundreds of genetic individuals of diatoms and induced them to start dividing again and to form cloned cultures,” a team member said.  “The oldest are more than 100 years old, the youngest quite fresh.”    How does this translate to our experience?  “As diatoms normally divide once a day, this means that for a diatom a period of 100 years is equivalent to 40,000 generations,” the article explained.  “In human terms, this means genetic material equivalent to around 800,000 years.”    There’s a reason for this capability.  “What makes diatoms special is that if the environment they live in becomes too inhospitable they form resting spores, which gather in sediment at the bottom of the sea.  When conditions improve, the spores can be revived.”Blood explosion:  Scientists have been studying blood chemistry for over 100 years, but they have missed a lot, said Science Daily.  “After three years of exhaustive analysis led by a University of Alberta researcher, the list of known compounds in human blood has exploded from just a handful to more than 4,000.”    This information can provide a wealth of new information for tracking disease conditions.  Biochemist David Wishart said, “By combining research from the past with our new findings we have moved the science of blood chemistry from a keyhole view of the world to a giant picture window.”  Whatever happens now, the announcement shows that previous descriptions of blood have been overly simplified, compared to the complexity now being unveiled.Organized turnover:  Programmed cell death (apoptosis) works together with cell division (mitosis) to keep us healthy, explained Live Science.  Apoptosis or “cell suicide” is common in fetal development as webbing between fingers and toes is dissolved to give shape to our hands and feet.  It also supports the immune system.  The lining of the intestines is similarly renewed by a balance of cell death and cell division.  “Because new cells replace old, worn-out ones, our tissues remain healthy,” the article said.  Look how orderly the process is:During apoptosis, the cell shrinks and pulls away from its neighbors.  Then the surface of the cell appears to boil, with fragments breaking away and escaping like bubbles from a pot of hot water.  The DNA in the cell’s nucleus condenses and breaks into evenly sized fragments.  Soon the nucleus itself disintegrates, followed by the entire cell.  A cellular cleanup crew made of phagocytic cells – immune cells that engulf and dispose of dead cells and debris – arrives on the scene to mop up the remains.Perfect spring:  Elastin is a springy protein found in elastic tissues of animals.  In “Solving the riddle of nature’s perfect spring,” PhysOrg discussed work at the University of Manchester to figure out how elastin works in order to “lead to the development of new synthetic elastic polymers.”    Its properties are truly amazing: “Elastin allows tissues in humans and other mammals to stretch, for example when the lungs expand and contract for respiration or when arteries widen and narrow over the course of a billion heart beats.”personification of evolution’s mindless, undirected process: “The study, published in the science journal PNAS (March issue), revealed how evolution has triumphed where engineering has so far failed by generating a molecule with near-perfect elasticity that will last a lifetime.”Human junk no mo:  Geneticists have been intrigued by thousands of repetitive sequences in primate genes, particularly one type called the Alu element.  Once thought of as useless genetic junk, these Alu elements are emerging as important regulators of gene expression.    PhysOrg reported on work by University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine looking for function in these repetitive sequences.  “It’s been hard to say whether these Alu-derived exons actually do anything on a genome-wide level,” the senior author of the study said.  “Our new study says they do – they affect protein production by altering the efficiency with which messenger RNA is translated into protein.”    Although the article called this “a mechanism that could contribute to the evolution of different biological characteristics in different species,” no examples were mentioned.  The press release seemed to be bluffing by claiming that Alu elements “have been linked to human and primate evolution” or that “Repetitive elements of the genome can provide a playground for the creation of new evolutionary characteristics.”  The claim is based on finding them in primates but not other animals, an argument that assumes evolution rather than demonstrating it.Shipping department:  “Proteins find their way with address label and guide” was the catchy headline of an article on PhysOrg.  After being transcribed and folded, proteins have to be shipped to their work sites.  “For proteins to find their way, they have a built-in signal linked to them, a kind of address label,” the article began, reporting on work by a team in Sweden.  “Moreover, they are helped by a particle that guides them to the cell membrane.”  The particle under study is SRP, “signal-recognizing particle.”  The opening paragraph is worth a mind-boggling exercise:Calculations indicate that each human cell contains roughly a billion protein molecules.  In other words, it’s crowded inside the cell, and order must be maintained.  What’s more, newly generated proteins often need to be transported from the place they were produced to the place they are to perform their tasks.  These proteins have a kind of address label, a signal sequence, that specifies what place inside or outside the cell they need to be transported to.  This transport must function flawlessly if order is to be maintained in the cell, but also for the cell to be able to communicate with its surroundings.  If a protein winds up in the wrong place, it can lead to serious disorders like cystic fibrosis.It’s not just the insides of cells that need transport.  A video on PhysOrg called “Embryo’s cell stampede” shows how cells themselves migrate in a controlled fashion in a growing organism.  “Cells don’t just sense where they are in the growing embryo and develop into the appropriate tissue,” the short article said.  “They move around and migrate to where they need to be.”  The phrase “cell stampede” connotes the order required to keep each cell targeted properly in a crowded, dynamic process.Rotary engine specs:  An international team investigated the stiffness of the stator in one of nature’s most amazing cellular machines, ATP synthase (see 09/22/2010 and embedded links).  Publishing in PNAS,3 the authors measured the stiffness of the stator and found it 10 times stiffer than the rotor.  That a biological cell has rotary motors that can be analyzed in engineering terms is an astonishing discovery of the past two decades.Evolutionists seeking to explain these things from non-life have a much greater challenge than Darwin and his friends did, when he wrote to Joseph Hooker, speculating that perhaps chemicals in a “warm little pond” came together to form the first life.  Each of the systems described above seems not only real, but necessary for cell maintenance and survival.1.  Hersel and Ladoux, “Biophysics: Push it, pull it,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 340?341, doi:10.1038/470340a.21  Honig and Rohs, “Biophysics: Flipping Watson and Crick,” Nature 470 (24 February 2011), pp. 472?473, doi:10.1038/470472a.3.  Wachter et al, “Two rotary motors in F-ATP synthase are elastically coupled by a flexible rotor and a stiff stator stalk,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online February 22, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1011581108.Whatever is true, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).  Do these discoveries make you think materialism?  No; that would be false, ugly, and discredited, like that stoooopidddd line in #9 that the study of elastin has “revealed how evolution has triumphed where engineering has so far failed by generating a molecule with near-perfect elasticity that will last a lifetime.”  Lovely.    This is a wonderful time to be alive (in terms of opening the cellular black box).  Knowledge is exploding about the complexity of the cell, and there is no sign of it slowing down (see new light microscope coming out with 50-nanometer resolution, reported by the BBC News).    The old canard about creation was that it is a “God of the gaps” argument – as science progresses, there is less for God to do.  But what if the gaps are getting wider as science progresses?  The argument cuts both ways; evolutionists can be accused of Darwin-of-the-gaps.  When they are reduced to arguing that evolution has triumphed where engineering has failed, you know they are in trouble.  Victory for intelligent design is imminent.  Hasten the victory; take these arrows and shoot them into the Darwin castle (03/29/2008 commentary).  There are millions of victims of materialistic indoctrination needing liberation.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more