4 Liberians Graduate from Commonwealth Seminar in USA

first_imgBOSTON, USA– Four Liberians residing in the Boston area recently graduated from the Commonwealth Seminar, a program run by the Massachusetts State House to help diverse leaders gain legislative skills and networking opportunities in order to aid and advocate for their communities. The Commonwealth Seminar was founded in 2003 by Senator Jarrett Barrios in order to increase advocacy on Beacon Hill, and open the doors of the State House to groups that have historically been marginalized from the governmental process. Over the course of six weeks, participants engage with important administrative officials, lobbyists, and legislators in seminar-style discussions aimed at fostering inspiration for change, and understanding of the legislative process. The graduation ceremony featured an opening address by Shannon Erwin, co-founder of the Muslim Justice League, an organization that aims to protect the civil liberties of Muslims in a time when Islamaphobia runs rampant in the United States. Erwin, a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School provides legal counsel to Muslims unjustly targeted as terror-suspects. The keynote address was delivered by Alejandra St. Guillen, the Director of the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. Given the recent shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, St. Guillen spoke of the necessity to show kindness in the face of hate. The child of an American mother and Venezuelan father, St. Guillen recounted her own struggles navigating racism against Latinos in the U.S., as well as prejudice against her sexuality. The Liberian graduates included Torli Krua, Torwan Krua, Frederlyn Eva Johnson, and Bishop Lawrence M. Jackson. Torli Krua said he will use his education with the State House to train community organizers at the Pan Africa Democracy Institute, a project of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) that aims to inspire a new generation of African leaders committed to public service and citizens’ initiative, a process of participatory democracy that affords citizens the right to directly propose laws without the approval or permission of the president or the national legislature. Krua said he hopes more of the Liberian state budget will be afforded to education, health care and basic services in the future. UHRI is conducting civic education on citizens’ initiatives across Liberia through an Agreement for Mutual Sustainability with Liberian Community Radio Stations in Grand Bassa and Nimba counties. The stations include Radio Saclepia, Nimba, Magic 99.3 FM Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Voice of Tappita Radio-98.0mhz, Nimba County.Frederlyn Eva Johnson lived in Boston for 25 years before moving back to Liberia. Johnson said she feels government is not responsive to citizens in Liberia. She is impressed with the fact that citizens in Boston elect their own mayors and city counselors who engage Boston’s citizens to determine policies. Torwon D. Krua is a healthcare activist focusing on prevention of unnecessary deaths and illnesses caused by tobacco products; Torwon has launched a campaign, “Clean Air For All” on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2016, to make all bus stops in Boston designated smoke free areas within 100 days. Torwon hopes to use his skills to push for tougher tobacco laws and implementation in Liberia. Krua is currently in touch with local state officials and health agencies to promote his campaign.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NASA Dryden may be named for Armstrong

first_imgAmong its space connections, the NASA Dryden center at Edwards Air Force Base is where the space shuttles landed early in that program. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A congressman wants to rename NASA Dryden Flight Research Center after test pilot and Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to walk on the moon. The change, supported by some space-advocacy organizations, is proposed in part with the goal of inspiring a new generation of scientists and researchers to explore space. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, said he is drafting legislation to rename the center after Armstrong and still honor Hugh Dryden by naming a test range after him. Calvert said the effort was prompted by requests from numerous space advocates, including the California Space Authority and people in the Antelope Valley. “He’s certainly an American hero, a world hero for that matter, and this is the type of recognition he deserves,” Calvert said of Armstrong. Calvert, who is the ranking Republican on the House Space and Aeronautics subcommittee, said he told Armstrong about the idea and the former astronaut said he would not take a position on the matter. Calvert’s proposal would still honor Dryden by naming the Western Aeronautical Test Range for him. The test range is a network of radars, global positioning satellite equipment, and telemetry gear that covers restricted airspace over and to the north of Edwards Air Force Base. Dryden was a noted expert in aerodynamics who served as director of NASA’s forerunner – the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics – and later as deputy administrator for the then-newly formed NASA. Dryden, who died in 1965, is credited with helping launch the X-15 rocketplane program and helping oversee the technical aspects of the early manned space programs. Janice Dunn, deputy director of the California Space Authority, said the organization supports naming the center after Armstrong – with the caveat that the test range be named after Dryden. The move has two benefits: – recognition for the first man to walk on the moon, a man with ties to Dryden; and more accurately reflecting the mission of the center. “It’ll help reflect that the center does indeed have an active participation in space exploration,” Dunn said. “It’s kind of lost that the center has a space exploration connection.” last_img read more

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Mane injury a concern, says Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Sadio Mane has not played for Liverpool since October 1 after getting injured on international duty for SenegalMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 14 -Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will monitor the hamstring injury sustained by star man Sadio Mane while playing for Senegal.Mane and his international teammates secured their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after defeating South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane on Friday night. And after congratulating the Lions of Teranga, the Liverpool boss admitted the injury to Mane – who was released early, ahead of a dead-rubber return leg in Dakar on Tuesday – was a concern.Klopp told the club’s official website: “First and foremost, I have to say big congratulations to Senegal on the achievement of qualifying for the World Cup; this is fantastic news for their country and the players – Sadio included.“Aliou Cisse and his guys have done a fantastic job there and you can see them making a real impact in Russia come next summer. Personally speaking, I’m delighted for Sadio. Everyone in Liverpool knows his ability and the best players should be on the best stage – Sadio will now have this wonderful chance.“Specifically on him returning to Melwood early to be with us; obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.“At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.“So, in this moment all I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ROW ERUPTS AFTER BUSINESSMAN FLIES UNION FLAG ABOVE WELL-KNOWN HOSTEL

first_imgThe union flag flies above Corncreggan Hostel in Dunfanaghy last night. Pic by 100% Pictures.EXCLUSIVE: A row has erupted after a Dunfanaghy businessman flew the union flag above his hostel yesterday – on the day that Britain’s Prince Charles arrived in Ireland.But the owner of the Corncreggan Hostel, Brendan Rohan, insisted he was not honouring the heir to the British throne.Donegal County Councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig contacted Mr Rohan and demanded the flag be taken down.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig has demanded the flag be taken down.However, the owner of the hostel has refused saying he was merely flying the flag in honour of some British guests.He told Donegal Daily “Today it is the union flag and tomorrow, Wednesday, it will be the Swiss flag because I have Swiss guests.“I have flown many flags above the hostel including the French, Australian and Dutch flags but the only one I have been asked to remove is the union flag.“I put it up for my guests and it is only a coincidence that it was put up on the same day as Prince Charles arrived in Ireland,” he said.However Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said he had been contacted by several people who were disgusted that the union flag was flying in Donegal.He said such a flag which he said represented British imperialism should ever be flown in Donegal or Ireland.“That flag represents the parasite that is Prince Charles. He is the commander of the regiment which murdered fourteen people on Bloody Sunday and which continues to occupy our country.“Mr Rohan has his opinion but the reality is that I and many other people across Donegal do not agree with his actions,” he said.However Mr Rohan said he was quite happy to sit down and discuss the matter with Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig.He said we have to be mature about the issue of flags for the sake of future generations.He also pointed to the fact that the Irish tricolour flag also presented the unionist tradition in our country. ROW ERUPTS AFTER BUSINESSMAN FLIES UNION FLAG ABOVE WELL-KNOWN HOSTEL was last modified: May 20th, 2015 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:Cllr Michael Mac Giolla EasbuigCorncreggan HousedonegalDunfanaghyflaglast_img read more

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DURCAN – “SHAY SENDS US ALL TEXTS BEFORE MATCHES”

first_imgPaul Durcan has revealed that Shay Given sends all the players texts before every Donegal game.Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan has revealed that Shay Given sends all the Donegal players texts, wishing them luck before all their games. Donegal goalkeeper Paul Duncan is arguably the best goalkeeper in Ireland.While many GAA pundits regard Cluxton as the best keeper, there are many that hold the Four Masters player in high esteem. The Donegal mans shot stopping and kick-outs played a massive role in their victory over the Dubs.Aston Villa and Ireland international keeper Shay Given is one of Durcans idols.Given dropped into one of McGuinness’s sessions during the year and trained with the team.Durcan said, “He was a hero of mine when I was growing up and it was a great experience for me. “He always texts the boys before the games wishing us luck so we know he is behind us.Durcan still maintains that it’s Stephan Cluxton that sets the standard for a goalkeeper in Ireland, although many believe that Durcan is just as good.Durcan said ,”I was looking at the stats and his are way above our own.“It seems that when he sees a man running it is going to his chest.“He is unbelievable at it. It is a joy to watch, not when you are playing against him though. “You think you are able to take him on at them but it is hard. If anyone is lazy out the pitch it is on their chest.DURCAN – “SHAY SENDS US ALL TEXTS BEFORE MATCHES” was last modified: September 17th, 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:GAAnewsPaul DurcanShay GivenSportlast_img read more

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Drake University Mourns The Loss Of Longtime Broadcaster Larry Cotlar

first_imgDrake University offers its condolences to the family of Larry Cotlar, who passed away overnight during flooding in Des Moines.”Our hearts go out to Larry’s family and friends, especially the thousands of Bulldog fans in Des Moines who have come to know Larry as the voice of their hometown team,” said Marty Martin, president of Drake University. “Larry’s enthusiasm and dedication brought so much joy to so many in our community and beyond. We are deeply grateful for his long, proud service.””Larry was so committed to Drake Athletics,” said Brian Hardin, athletics director for Drake University. “We all had the utmost respect—not just for Larry’s talent, but for the kind of quality person and colleague he was. Larry was loyal, passionate and tireless. He touched the lives of so many, and leaves behind an incredible legacy here at Drake.”Cotlar, the 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year, had served as play-by-play announcer for Drake University men’s basketball since 2005–2006. He had also been a color analyst on radio for Drake football since 2013. He is survived by his wife, Deb Brewer-Cotlar, and two sons. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Get your dancing shoes ready for the Monaghan Country Festival!

first_imgThe stage is set for the 2019 Monaghan Town Country Music Festival, which is set to draw large crowds for a wonderful weekend from July 18-21.Jivers and music lovers will be flocking to the famous competitions and gigs, which had some great Donegal victories in 2018. A preview of the entertainment in store took place with a concert in the town’s Diamond on Sunday evening. It was a family affair as perennial festival headliner Jimmy Buckley was joined by his daughter Claudia to launch the festival, which will be four days packed with “fun for all the family”. Jimmy’s voice was in as a fine a tune as his polished backing band, while Ms Buckley – now a burgeoning country star in her own right – partnered with Dad in the formalities with the same talents she brings to the duets which promise to be a highlight of Jimmy’s Saturday night Monaghan Festival performance – and his ensuing nationwide tour which commences in September. And it was clear that the open-air country celebration that draws fans of the music from near and afar could not come around quickly enough for the pair. “I can’t wait to be part of the Monaghan Country Festival buzz again this year,” Jimmy stated.  “This has become one of the best events of the year on the country calendar and we always enjoy being on the bill.  The welcome and hospitality afforded us in Monaghan are second to none.”  While Jimmy and the band are making their sixth festival appearance, 2019 will be Claudia’s debut but it was evident that she had already caught the bug. “Singing at the Festival for the first time is a really exciting experience for me and I am so looking forward to meeting everyone in Monaghan and being part of some great music,” she enthused. The Monaghan Town Country Music Festival is still a new festival, but with a popularity and following that similar events of greater vintage can only envy. Perhaps the secret of its success lies in the simplicity of its formula, encapsulated as “A weekend of country music and fun for all the family.” But a significant part of the success story is assuredly also the community nature of the occasion, which is founded on a voluntary effort coordinated by the local organising committee and contributed to by many civic-minded local citizens, businesses and public administrators.   And the fact that the proceeds of each Festival since its inception have gone to charities and good causes in the Monaghan area surely also helps to explain the enthusiasm and loyalty it has engendered in its annual panoply of patrons. So, what lies in store this year? The 2019 Festival edition opens on Thursday, July 18 with Gary Fitzpatrick getting proceedings underway at 7.30, followed at 9.30 by headliner Patrick Feeney. Gary Fitzpatrick became the toast of his native Donegal when he brought home the TG4 Glor Tire talent show title in 2018; the highly popular Patrick Feeney has one of the broadest repertoire of contemporary Irish country performers, with songs from Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran and recastings of traditional folk favourites interspersed with more mainstream material. White Lightning get the Festival Friday off to a rousing start at 7.30 pm, and the popular band will be followed on stage at 9.30 pm by Mike Denver, past Entertainer of the Year award-winner.  There is a free afternoon of entertainment at the open-air Diamond stage on Saturday afternoon, with Alex Roe inaugurating proceedings at 3 pm – the crowd will surely be clamouring for the Offaly man to perform his big hit from last year “Summer Time” – and hoping that the weekend weather will be equally in tune! Gary Fitzpatrick returns to the Festival stage on Saturday at 4 pm to supply the soundtrack for the junior jiving competition in which contestants will vie to take home the Liam Stirrat Memorial Cup, named in memory of one of the Festival’s founding fathers. Gates open for the Saturday evening festival programme at 7.30 pm, an encore from Alex Roe being followed at 9.30 by the aforementioned Jimmy Buckley and his band, with Claudia Buckley’s duets with her father set to be one of the weekend’s highlights. Sunday sees another free afternoon of country heaven, performances from Friends (4 pm) and Jim Devine (5 pm) preluding what for many is the Festival centrepiece – the senior jiving competition. The event has a performance standard that never fails to enthral the crowds, who cannot help emulating what they witness on the bespoke dance floor as couples from across the land seek to win the Willie McKenna Memorial Cup, a trophy paying tribute to the late great Monaghan community man who was also one of the Festival’s formative visionaries.Monaghan Town Country Music Festival.The curtain will be brought down on Festival 2019 with the 8.30 pm performance of Michael English, a seasoned festival favourite and someone who has occupied a special place in the hearts of fans of the genre since he wowed the nation with a performance on the Late Late Show at the tender age of 11.  Michael’s vibrant live set invariably encourages his audiences to enact the imperative in the title of his 2015 album “Dance All Night”.Oliver Ferris and Niamh Doyle dancing in the Willie McKenna Senior Jiving competition. Tickets for the Festival are on offer at €10 per person per night, while €35 gets you a weekend ticket for all four nights.  There are concessions for under 12s accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the Westenra Arms Hotel, The Diamond, Monaghan or through the Festival website, but patrons can also pay at the gates on the night. To enhance the family-friendly atmosphere, Cullen’s Fun Fair will be in town all over the weekend. Entry forms for both the junior and senior jiving competitions can be downloaded from the Festival website, and entries will also be taken on the day an hour before the events.  The senior jiving competition is being sponsored by Seamus McKenna Car Sales, Emyvale. A very well attended training session for festival stewards was held in the Westenra Hotel on Wednesday evening.  But more additions to the ranks of voluntary stewards would be welcomed by the organisers – anyone available and interested should contact the organising committee secretary on 087 – 1479189. “Get your dancing shoes ready!” was the message from Festival Secretary Julie Brannigan in the aftermath of Sunday’s launch event “The Festival is many things to many people,” she reflected, “but for a sizeable number of the thousands who flock to Monaghan from throughout the country and abroad for the four days of entertainment, the jiving competitions seem to supply the heart and soul of the event.  This year’s music programme is particularly conducive to dancing, and I am sure we will see some great examples of jiving not just on the competition stage but in the crowd as well.” Julie pointed out that the Festival had become such an established part of the summer calendar that many Monaghan people in the USA and other parts of the world now planned their annual holiday at home to coincide with it. “It brings friends together who might not have seen each other for years,” she said.  “It is the people who come who create the convivial atmosphere that everyone always talks about long after the memories of the musical highlights might have faded.  It is always a special weekend, and the organisers have worked extremely hard over the past 12 months to try to ensure that the 2019 event is the most successful and memorable yet.  What distinguishes the Monaghan Festival is that it is both a community and a charity event, and I think these facets are largely responsible for the popularity and loyalty which these four days of family-oriented fun inspire among their many patrons.” The Secretary voiced the organisers’ gratitude for the co-operation and patience of town centre business premises during the setting up of the now iconic Festival stage and dancing area and over the four days of the event itself. And so the stage is now metaphorically – and will soon be literally – set for one of the biggest summer weekends of entertainment that Co Monaghan has to offer.  Julie’s right – it’s time to get out those dancing shoes!Get your dancing shoes ready for the Monaghan Country Festival! was last modified: July 16th, 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:EntertainmenteventsjivingMike DenverMonaghan Town Country Music Festival.What’s on?last_img read more

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DD Fitness: Are you able for the 12 rounds of Christmas?

first_imgIt is officially the season to be jolly. All the Grinches, Scrooges and Bah Humbuggers can suck it up, because Santa Claus is coming to town! ☺Maybe I came on too strong there, but if you aren’t enjoying the holiday season, you need to come and relieve some stress at my Rushe Fitness group training classes. Booking for January is open, and places are almost gone.  You know how January is, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Drop me a message through the link below and we’ll get you started. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!Each year, to celebrate the festive season, I have a special workout that I do with my members.  I have been doing this for the last 3 years and it hasn’t failed to disappoint yet. The workout is simple and effective, and by effective I basically mean that it is a bit horrible. As it is Christmas, the workout has a Christmassy theme. If you know the 12 days of Christmas, (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), that is the inspiration for the workout.  So, take a minute and have a little sing song to yourself.  Get that catchy tune into your head. Maybe get Sandra from the office to join in and help you.  Can Sandra sing?Oh, well maybe not then. The best part of this workout is that you don’t need much space, or any equipment, but if you have access to some and want to make it harder, you can add some in. Want to give it a try?Here we go. The workout goes like the song does (12 days of Christmas)All you need is an exercise mat. 30 seconds jogging on the spot2 More Burpees3 Squat Jumps4 Forward lunge – (each leg) (add weight if needed)5 prisoner squats (add weight if needed)6 reverse lunges – lunging (each leg) (add weight if needed)7 X-body Mountain Climbers – climbing (each leg)8 Plank to Press – pressing9 Push ups – pushing10 Total Body Extensions – extending11 Jumping Jacks – jumping12 Burpees – burpingHow you do the workout is exactly like the song. Do the 1st exercise;“On the first day of Christmas, Rushe Fitness gave to me: 30 seconds jogging on the spot” Then do the 2nd exercise, then the 1st exercise.“On the second day of Christmas, Rushe Fitness gave to me: 2 more burpees and 30 seconds jogging on the spot.” Then do the 3rd exercise, then the 2nd, then the 1st.“On the 3rd day of Christmas, Rushe Fitness gave to me: 3 Squat Jumps, 2 more burpees and 30 seconds jogging on the spot.”  Then 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and so on until you are going from 12 all the way down to 1. “On the 4th day of Christmas, Rushe Fitness gave to me: 4 Lunges lunging, 3 squat jumps jumping, 2 more burpees and 30 seconds jogging on the spot.”You continue to work your way through the workout exactly like the sequence of the song. It sounds easy on paper, trust me, it’s not. The exercises suggested are to allow minimal equipment to be used. If you are in a training facility and have access to a load of equipment, feel free to add in different exercises to make it harder or easier or to suit your style of training.You are only limited by your imagination. ☺If you try it out, I’d love to hear how you get on with it.  Send me a message on my Rushe Fitness page through the link below and let me know how you get on with it. Santa hats and Christmas jumpers are optional. #Lean 2.0My New Lean 2.0 Challenge kicks off January 6th. In the past 5 years we have had members drop more than, 20, 30 and 40+ pounds and keep it off. So, if you are ready to finally kick the old habits and make a lasting change in the new decade, click the link below and pre-book your place now. #Lean 2.0https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-2-0-gym-plan/No gimmicks, just smart training, sensible nutrition and a supportive community to help you along your journey. DD Fitness: Are you able for the 12 rounds of Christmas? was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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)last_img read more

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Brain Secrets Seen Through a Glass Darkly

first_imgThe brain drain, the importance of forgetting, and other secrets of the “supremely complex organ” come to light.The Apostle Paul compared the promises to the reality of what we will be like in heaven as “seeing through a glass, darkly” (I Corinthians 13:12, KJV). What are neuroscientists to make of a three-pound mass of tissue inside our skulls? Nature published a special issue on the brain this week. Here’s what the lead-up article says:In the hand, the human brain is a jelly-like mass, easily deformed by touch. However, its unassuming appearance belies the complexity within. The brain’s inner workings are mysterious. But our understanding of them is improving, as is our ability to apply that knowledge elsewhere.The journal Nature always puts a materialistic spin on its science, expecting to believe that this complex organ arose by mistakes because of the Stuff Happens Law. The actual data behind the science, however, speaks for itself, and gives brain users glimpses of the powers granted to them.Meningeal lymphatic vessels at the skull base drain cerebrospinal fluid (Nature). This paper by Ahn et al. describes newly-identified pipelines out of the base of the skull that regulate cerebrospinal fluid. “Basal mLVs [meningeal lymphatic vessels] have distinct morphologic features and an anatomic location that is more suitable for CSF [cerebrospinal fluid] uptake and drainage than dorsal mLVs,” they say. So how did these “specialized morphologic features” arise? They don’t say. As Marcos Eberlin, author of Foresight, would say, the specialized features had to be planned for this function from the beginning.The forgotten part of memory (Nature). You should be glad you forget things, says Lauren Gravitz in this Outlook article for the series. “Long thought to be a glitch of memory, researchers are coming to realize that the ability to forget is crucial to how the brain works.” Gravitz summarizes recent findings that show that forgetting is not a mistake or a defect, but a feature. The brain actively works to forget. This is important, or else we would remember irrelevant details about events. We know that in embryonic development of hands, certain enzymes cut away the webbing between fingers by causing cell death, so that the final hand forms properly. Just as non-webbed fingers have more mobility and flexibility, perhaps something like that occurs in memory formation. Specialized neurons and neurotransmitters prune away non-essential details, allowing the brain to form generalized memories that will be useful in novel situations.In a similar way, if a person were to remember every detail from an event such as a dog attack — that is, not just the sudden movement that scared the dog at the park, causing it to snarl and bite, but also the dog’s floppy ears, the colour of its owner’s T-shirt and the angle of the Sun — it might be more difficult for them to generalize across experiences to prevent themselves being bitten again in the future. “If you wash out a few details but retain the gist, it helps you to use it in novel situations,” Richards says. “It’s entirely possible that our brain engages in a bit of controlled forgetting in order to prevent us from overfitting to our experiences.”So who or what wrote the software to give our brains this automatic pruning ability that helps us understand the world? Unfortunately, because intelligent design thinking is forbidden in Nature, somebody comes up with just-so stories to justify the ideology, “If it exists, it must have evolved.”In the past decade, researchers have begun to view forgetting as an important part of a whole. “Why do we have memory at all? As humans, we entertain this fantasy that it’s important to have autobiographical details,” [Oliver] Hardt [McGill University] says. “And that’s probably completely wrong. Memory, first and foremost, is there to serve an adaptive purpose. It endows us with knowledge about the world, and then updates that knowledge.” Forgetting enables us as individuals, and as a species, to move forwards.“Evolution has achieved a graceful balance between the virtues of remembering and the virtues of forgetting,” [Michael] Anderson [Cambridge] says. “It’s dedicated to both permanence and resilience, but also to getting rid of things that get in the way.”But what is knowledge, if it only has an adaptive purpose? Does Hardt believe in the evolutionary myth of progress, when he says something “enables us as individuals, and as a species, to move forwards”? Forwards to what? Who is the spirit of Evolution that, to Michael Anderson, achieves a balance, and thinks it is graceful? What is virtue? Hardt and Anderson need to forget Darwin and think more clearly.It’s not the skull shape that matters. It’s the contents.Neanderthal clues to brain evolution in humans (Nature). A scan for actual facts supported by data in this article shows that modern humans and Neanderthals are the same in terms of brain power. But urged on by Darwinian myths of progress, Sedeer el-Showk is determined to find evolution anyway. “As close relatives, Neanderthals offer an unequalled opportunity to uncover how modern humans probably evolved.” Probably? Has el-Showk calculated the probability for a mass of 100 billion neurons with a trillion connections organized to think and control a complex body to emerge by the Stuff Happens Law? Obviously not. Are there any facts to support his faith? No; only questions.Researchers cannot study the brains of Neanderthals directly — the species is thought to have been extinct for around 40,000 years, and soft tissue doesn’t fossilize well. But from preserved skulls, scientists have been able to infer that adult Neanderthals had brains of a similar volume to those of modern humans, but with a more elongated, less globular shape. Finding out when this anatomical difference becomes apparent during brain development could provide a clue as to which aspects of brain development are unique to humans. “We’re trying to find out what evolved last,” says Gunz. “What is the most recent innovation in our brain?”Chuck-in-the-Box pops up in unexpected places.Evolution, evolution, evolution. Another Darwinist named Ponce de Leon tries to find the fountain of youth in Neanderthal brains. “Many features of the human brain and its development have deep evolutionary roots and are shared with Neanderthals,” says Ponce de Leόn. With that deep, deep thought, does he elevate Neanderthals to human-hood? No; he demotes us to Neanderthal-hood. “Humans are not as exceptional as they perceive themselves to be.” Except for evolutionists, with their Yoda complex.The brain makes no sense in evolutionary terms (even if the Stuff Happens Law, natural selection, worked), because it would only build the minimum necessary for survival. In an interview with Marvin Olasky aired on World Radio July 25th, Dr Ben Carson made this comment:I’ll tell you as a neuroscientist you cannot overload your brain. It is absolutely impossible. Your brain can easily contain all the information from all the volumes ever written since the beginning of the world and have plenty of room left over. So it’s just not an issue.Why would evolution build such a superlative organ with vastly more capability than it would ever need? Only intelligent design by an awesome God can explain such wonders. We are “over-designed” for survival, and wonderfully designed for fellowship with our Maker.Can we please just enjoy our God-given brains without having to drag Darwin into the scene? These Darwinians need a little more of Darwin’s horrid doubt (i.e., that if our brains are evolved from monkeys, they would not be reliable). The rest of us can marvel at all the foresight and planning that went into the most complex piece of matter in the known universe. (Visited 296 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Suzelle DIY makes recycling easy

first_imgIt is so easy to get into a recycling culture. South Africa’s DIY queen, Suzelle, gives easy tips to sort out waste and to make your own garden using plastic bottles.Suzelle DIY shows everyone how easy it can be to separate rubbish to recycle items. (Image: Suzelle DIY, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterSuzelle DIY has become a sensation across South Africa, transitioning easily between the world of vlogging to being broadcast on satellite TV.With her eccentric take on the South African accent, she has inspired her fans to dabble in everything from cooking to DIY and recycling. A few of her videos teach people about the basics of recycling, and then go on to show watchers innovative ways to reuse plastics.“I just love helping people get inspired to make and fix things,” she said in an interview with Brand South Africa last year. “It is so easy.”Recycling numbersAccording to Plastics South Africa, recycling is uplifting the country environmentally and economically. The organisation said South Africa had mechanically recycled 292,917 tons of plastics in 2015, an increase of 3% over 2014.Its statistics also showed that formal employment in the recycling sector increased 3.3% in 2015 from 2014 to 6,234 permanent jobs. Informal employment grew 3% to an estimated 48,820 collectors over the same period.“South Africa has a thriving recycling industry that creates jobs for thousands of people,” said Plastics South Africa executive director Anton Hanekom.“Yet it is frustrating to see that there is still not an established recycling culture in our country. We still see too much plastic ending up in landfill that could have been recycled many times over into various new products.”Do it yourselfWatch Suzelle’s video to see how easy it is to separate rubbish to be recycled: And create a hanging garden out of plastic bottles:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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