Santa Clara officials preparing in case Raiders eye Levi’s Stadium

first_imgSANTA CLARA — If the Raiders make good on their pledge this week to bolt Oakland a year before their new Las Vegas stadium is ready, experts say their most likely move would be a temporary revival of an old idea: sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers.On Thursday, Santa Clara officials said they were dusting off documents for such a plan to be ready in case the Silver and Black come calling. But Mayor Lisa Gillmor said the city had yet to hear from Raiders executives, a day after the team cut …last_img read more

Junk-DNA Stock Tumbles

first_imgThose investing credibility in the concept of “junk DNA” suffered more losses this week.  Repeated hits to the paradigm that portions of non-coding DNA are useless leftovers of evolution make a recovery unlikely.    In Science,1 researchers from Princeton and Indiana University reported a function for transposons and the genes that act on them, “previously considered selfish DNA or part of the dispensable genome.”  A small eukaryote microbe uses enzymes called transposases extensively during development.  “Through an exaggerated process of genome rearrangement, Oxytricha trifallax destroys 95% of its germline genome during development,” they said, resulting in the elimination of all transposon DNA.  What’s going on?  “We show that transposase gene expression occurs during germline-soma differentiation and that silencing of transposase by RNA interference leads to abnormal DNA rearrangement in the offspring,” they said.  “This study suggests a new important role in Oxytricha for this large portion of genomic DNA that was previously thought of as junk.”Update 05/20/2009: PhysOrg reported on this paper and said, “researchers from Princeton University and Indiana University who have been studying the genome of a pond organism have found that junk DNA may not be so junky after all.  They have discovered that DNA sequences from regions of what had been viewed as the ‘dispensable genome’ are actually performing functions that are central for the organism.”  At the end of the article, PhysOrg said, “The term ‘junk DNA’ was originally coined to refer to a region of DNA that contained no genetic information.  Scientists are beginning to find, however, that much of this so-called junk plays important roles in the regulation of gene activity.  No one yet knows how extensive that role may be.”    Another press release from Rockefeller University upset a common idea about micro-RNAs, those ubiquitous little snippets of RNA that have been found to play many important roles in the cell.  Some of these microRNAs are highly conserved (i.e., unevolved) between distant life-forms.  The assumption has been that they play similar roles; “The na?ve assumption is that if we understand what these microRNAs do in a fish or in the frog, we can extrapolate to humans,” Ali H. Brivanlou, the head of the embryology department, said.  That assumption appears to be flawed.  They found that the counterpart in humans targets different activator proteins.personify evolution as a bumbling yet personal inventor:“When evolution has lucked into efficient solutions for life’s most fundamental problems, it adopts them as invaluable family heirlooms, passing them down as one species evolves into another.”“Although the microRNAs are evolutionarily conserved, their target changes across species,” said Brivanlou.  “These are genetic tools that nature has invented, much like the screwdriver, to build different things for different species.” 1.  Nowacki et al, “A Functional Role for Transposases in a Large Eukaryotic Genome,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, pp. 935-938, DOI: 10.1126/science.1170023.Replacing one myth with another is not progress.  Junk DNA is a Darwinian myth that intelligent design theory could have prevented.  Geneticists looking through their Darwin-tinted glasses have misinterpreted the genome, because they expected to find waste and disorder.  An ID geneticist would face the problem differently: we don’t understand what the microRNAs and non-coding DNA segments are doing; therefore, we will discover what they are there for.    The Darwinists have not learned their lesson.  Instead, they are retreating into their usual Charlie & Tinker Bell fairy tale.  Tinker Bell zaps genes with her mutation wand, and Charlie, the bumbling junkyard engineer, looks for scraps to cobble together into family heirlooms.  This adds the fallacies of naive assumptions [i.e., glittering generalies] and extrapolation to their logical sins.  It takes intelligence to invent a tool and use it for multiple functions.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau shines at national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Farm Bureaus were presented awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. The awards recognized excellence in implementation of outstanding member programs and membership achievement in 2017.Ohio was presented with a New Horizon Award, that honors states with the most innovative new programs.Ohio also received an Award of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are awarded to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrate outstanding achievements in four program areas: Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value. Ohio Farm Bureau was recognized for excellence in the categories of Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value.last_img read more

TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections

first_imgRoger Pogoy added a career-high 31 points while Jayson Castro registered the first triple-double of his career, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for TNT.The KaTropa delivered the knockout punch at the start of the fourth quarter when they went on a 20-2 tear in the first six minutes of the period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA IMAGESThe game between Phoenix and TNT got heated quickly on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas and forward Jason Perkins and KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel and Semerad twins Anthony and David were all ejected just less than three minutes into the game.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The scuffle started after things got testy between Anthony and Phoenix import Rob Dozier just as TNT was about to inbound the ball.Alas was tossed for flagrant misconduct, the Semerads and Perkins were thrown out for fighting stance while Dickel was sent out after throwing the ball at an official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I thank the team and the players for staying in the game. They kept their composure,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose squad had the last laugh after coming away with a 114-88 win, their third in four starts. “I just told them to stay in the game and play harder.”Things nearly got out of hand again late in the game and to no one’s surprise, Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva got himself in trouble anew for the second straight game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abueva got ejected after he clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.The 31-year-old Abueva on Saturday was penalized by Phoenix for his actions late in the Fuel Masters’ 103-98 victory over the Blackwater Elite Friday night.Abueva, who was deducted P20,000 off his salary by the Fuel Masters, was called out by Elite guard Ray Parks after their game.Parks claimed Abueva cursed and made lewd gestures toward his girlfriend and actress Maika Rivera.Jones returned to his dominant ways, firing 40 points that went with 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals four nights after being held to just 14 points in a blowout loss to NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PANAGARIYA 2 LAST

first_imgAsked if there is a possibility of rolling out Goods and Asked if there is a possibility of rolling out Goods and Services Tax from April 1 next year, Panagariya said, “In politics you can never say that anything is over. Things can change, turnaround. I would not rule out that as a possibility.” Yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that he wants the GST to be implemented from April next year, but warned that the new indirect tax regime may get delayed by sometime if the Congress continues to obstruct it. The Constitution Amendment Bill for roll out of GST has been passed in the Lok Sabha, but is yet to be approved by the Rajya Sabha where the ruling BJP does not enjoy majority of its own. “On the other hand if it delays .. its okay. It is a process. It started 10 years ago. If not in April may be 6 months later it can be rolled out,” Panagariya said. PTI DP CS ABD MRlast_img read more

India to get no new B.Ed colleges this year, says Prakash Javadekar

first_imgAfter observing the degrading quality of BEd institutes, the Centre has decided that this year no new teacher training institutions will be allowed in the country. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar noticed that BEd colleges were opening like “fly by night operators” until now. “You pay today and get the degree tomorrow,” he said.Existing colleges to undergo quality audit”With the enhanced focus on the teacher training, all this need to be stopped. So it was decided no new BEd colleges will open in the country,” he told reporters here. He said as far as opening of new colleges is concerned it will be a ‘zero-year’ and also existing colleges will have to undergo a quality audit.Practical component in BEd, DEd courses to increase”We have asked for quality affidavits and so far, only 7,000 of them have submitted. We have also issued show-cause notices to nearly 4,000 BEd colleges,” he added. The government has also decided to increase the practical component in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Diploma in Education (DEd) courses.”The practical component will be increased in the teacher training modules and practical sessions will be conducted in government schools which will be under observation of the teachers there and student feedback will also be given importance,” Javadekar said.The minister also said that the government is thinking of expansion of Kendriya Vidyalaya in country in coming years.With inputs from PTI  Read: BA, BCom results delayed, Mumbai University to use only online paper correction techniques advertisementRead: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per cent For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

New Delhi: Dec 13, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Parliament attack 16th anniversary(B+A) Mumbai: Launch of Soha Ali Khans book(A+B) Ahmedabad: Polls preparations in Ahmedabad(B) Varanasi: Anupriya Patel in Varanasi(B) New Delhi: ORF Commonwealth for smarter(A+B) INTERNATIONAL London: Premiere of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi (B) Montecito: Wildfire in Montecito (B) SPORTS Mainz: German first division Bundesliga soccer match (A) Mohali: India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI cricket match(A+B) PTI PHOTO HS OS DLlast_img read more

NEW APPOINTMENTS FOR ATA

first_imgNo one can deny the fact that New Zealand have been catching up to Australia in the Touch standings and the Australian Touch Association (ATA) is certainly not about to let themselves be overtaken. The ATA and the Board of Directors has identified the need to improve not only the elite areas in Australian Touch but also the development at grass roots level. After the ATA Board of Directors meeting was held last weekend, the ATA are pleased to announce Louis Tompkins has been given charge of the men and women in white and diamonds (the referees), while Cathy Gray has been re-affirmed as the High Performance Programes Director. Gray, currently the ATA Director of Elite Programs, will continue in her role with the passion and commitment she has already demonstrated for so many years. Lou has been a member of the Federation of International Touch referees panel for the past 9 years, a member of the National Referees Panel for the last 11 years and if that’s not enough…a member of the NSW Referees Panel for 17 years! His experience and knowledge will benefit Australia’s top referees as well as encourage the growth and development of our up and coming referees. Not only is Lou qualified as a referee, referee presenter, referee coach and Touch coach, he has playing experience and administrator within NSW and has been heavily involved with the Penrith Rugby League affiliate in the past. Lou and the ATA will soon be calling for Nominations for the National Referee Panel in four portfolio areas; Education and Training, Communication, Coaching and Assessment and Affiliate/Youth referee development. All four of these portfolios are crucial to the development of refereeing in Australia. For Cathy, the work load is certain to get no lighter. Australian Touch is already setting it’s sight on retaining the World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and then winning back the Youth World Cup in 2009. Cathy will play a vital role as the High Performance Programs Director and will no doubt have a heavy load of pressure on her shoulders as the World Cup approaches. At the end of those long days of work she may be wishing she wasn’t spending her holidays away from those delightful Year 7-12 students she teaches at school! By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quanerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich Town have signed Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner on loan until the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old German has only featured twice for the Terriers this season, making two appearances from the bench last month.The former Ingolstadt and Union Berlin player moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2017.He becomes Ipswich’s third signing of the January transfer window. last_img read more

9 months agoLazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacosta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacostaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta this week.Il Messaggero says Lazio have agreed personal terms with the Italy fullback, who is eager to return home this month.And the outline of a transfer has also been settled, with Lazio and Chelsea agreeing to a six month loan with the option of a permanent deal in June.However, Chelsea’s €15m price is regarded as too rich by Lazio.And Lazio sports chief Igli Tare will spend this week attempting to talk down the valuation. last_img read more