Convicted:Junior Anthony HenryDead: Michael HamiltonTwenty-seven-year-old Junior Anthony Henry also called “Oswald” was convicted of murder on Friday by a 12-member mixed jury in the courtroom of Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the Demerara High Court. The unanimous guilty verdict was delivered after some two hours of deliberation.However, Henry’s sentencing was deferred to May 31, 2019, to facilitate the preparation and presentation of a probation report, which was requested by Defence Attorney Lyndon Amsterdam. The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Tiffani Lyken and Sarah Martin.The murder trial commenced before Justice Drakes early in April where the accused pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. The charge detailed that on October 7, 2013, at Sparendaam Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara, he murdered 22-year-old Michael Hamilton of Lot 128 Sparendaam Housing Scheme, ECD.According to reports, at about 17:30h on October 7, 2013, the now dead man was shot and killed by Henry. The killing was the result of an ongoing feud regarding a female, who is said to be the accused’s girlfriend. Police investigations revealed that Hamilton’s sister witnessed her brother being shot in the chest by Henry, who was being chased by the now dead man. After committing the act, Henry made good his escape but was later apprehended by the police.Hamilton was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Argentina international Marcos Rojo Manchester United have agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon for the signing of defender Marcos Rojo, with Nani returning to Portugal as part of the deal.Rojo hinted on Tuesday morning that he was on his way to Old Trafford following weeks of speculation, telling Argentine media it is a ‘dream’ to sign for the Red Devils.And both sides took to social media on Tuesday night to confirm the 24-year-old Argentina international’s Premier League switch will go ahead, with out-of-favour forward Nani moving the opposite way.The 27-year-old winger, who left Sporting for Manchester in 2007, is understood to have rejoined his former club on loan for the season, but neither United nor the Portuguese outfit have confirmed the details.Sporting welcomed Nani back to the club via social media, while also stating the English side had given the club €9million to help construct their new indoor arena, the Pavilhao, in exchange for securing Rojo’s services.The news will come as a relief to the Red Devils, with manager Louis van Gaal desperate to strengthen his defensive options following their defeat to Swansea City in the opening game of the Premier League season.Talks between the clubs over the £16million-rated man have been ongoing for a while, with negotiations being complicated by third party ownership issues.Rojo is equally comfortable at centre-back as he is at left-back and played all 120 minutes of July’s World Cup final as Argentina lost to Germany after extra-time in Rio de Janeiro. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Still, Franco said, consumers rate current conditions favorably. The Expectations Index, which measures consumers’ outlook over the next six months, fell to 83.7 in May from 92.3 in April. In fact, the proportion of consumers expecting their incomes to rise in the months ahead fell to the lowest level in three years, the survey reported. The Present Situation Index, which measures how shoppers feel now about economic conditions, slipped to 132.5 from 136.2. Economists closely monitor consumer confidence because consumer spending accounts for two thirds of all U.S. economic activity. Souring confidence, along with a jump in oil prices and a lackluster sales report from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., sent stocks plunging Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial plummeted 184.18 points, or 1.63 percent, to 11,094.43. The setback in confidence in May – while anticipated amid higher energy costs – is discouraging for retailers, which have seen sales slow during the month. In fact, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, expects May sales at stores open at least a year to rise a modest 2.3 percent, at the low end of expectations. It cited high gasoline prices as a big factor. Wal-Mart and other major merchants are slated to report monthly results Thursday. NEW YORK – Consumer confidence soured in May, as Americans fretted about the overall economy’s future and the job outlook. The drop in a widely watched barometer of sentiment was the steepest since hurricanes pummeled the Gulf Coast last year, increasing worries about the health of consumer spending. The New York-based Conference Board said Tuesday its consumer confidence index fell almost seven points to 103.2, down from the revised 109.8 in April. Still, May’s reading was better than the 100.9 expected by analysts. The decline stalled a rebound that began in November in the aftermath of last year’s Gulf of Mexico hurricanes, which sent the index down 18 points in September. The exception was a dip in February when short-lived pessimism over the job market hurt consumer sentiment. “Consumer confidence, which reached a four-year high in April, lost ground in May,” said Lynn Franco, director of the New York-based Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a statement. “Apprehension about the short-term outlook for the economy, the labor market and consumers’ earning potential has driven the Expectations Index down to levels not seen since the aftermath of the hurricanes last summer.” While shoppers have remained resilient in the face of higher gasoline prices, which have been hovering around $3 per gallon, the question is what will it take for consumers to dramatically cut their spending. An AP-Ipsos poll in early May found 70 percent of Americans expect that increases in gas prices will cause financial hardship over the next six months – up from 51 percent a year earlier. The national telephone survey of 1,000 adults had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. So far, “there is a lot more worry about higher gasoline prices than there is action,” said Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wachovia Securities in Charlotte, N.C. “Higher gasoline prices have certainly eaten into purchasing power, but spending is still barreling forward.” But Vitner noted that anxiety is building among consumers about what higher interest rates and higher energy costs will mean to the economy. In a worrisome report issued last week by the Federal Reserve, core inflation, which excludes food and energy, rose 2.1 percent in April, the biggest gain in 13 months. That’s making economists nervous that high increases in oil prices are now expanding into other areas of the economy. And the Fed, which has been on an interest-hike campaign over the past two years, is being confronted with the challenge of keeping inflation in check without slowing the economy and hurting the housing market further.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pic Kieran CarlinSUPER Arlene Crossan is through to final of Long Jump at the European Youth Olympics in Tiblisi.The Letterkenny teenager topped her heat after jumping 5;63 and 5.73 and a brilliant 5.98.The Finn Valley AC athlete is pictured with her coach Shauna Carlin. Elsewhere Aaron McGlynn is through to the 800M final and Cork 100m runner Ciara Neville won gold in her event.SUPER ARLENE THROUGH TO YOUTH OLYMPICS FINAL AFTER STUNNING JUMP was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arlene CrossanFinn Valley ACletterkennyyouth olympics
PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – EMOTIONAL CANDLE LIGHT CEREMONY was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CANDLES OF HOPE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGALRelay For Life Donegal
“It’s not in GM’s interest, Delphi’s interest or the UAW’s interest to have a strike,” Dubrowski said. Neither GM nor Delphi would give specifics about the talks. GM has said it could be liable for anywhere from nothing to $12 billion in pensions and benefits for Delphi employees. In a note to investors, Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Barry said GM wants to avert a Delphi strike and win UAW approval for its own restructuring. Last week, GM announced a plan to cut 30,000 hourly jobs and close 12 facilities in North America. In exchange, GM could provide cash for Delphi employee buyouts or might agree to allow Delphi workers to flow back to GM, Barry said. Healy said negotiating with Delphi is the lesser of evils for GM. In addition to avoiding a strike, GM doesn’t want the bankruptcy court to transfer pension liabilities to GM, Healy said. James McTevia, a restructuring expert involved in the Delphi bankruptcy proceedings, said it’s even possible GM would reacquire Delphi. “They will not let Delphi go out of business,” McTevia said. But GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that GM has no plans to take back Delphi plants. “We already made the call that that can be done better by specialists in that area, and we don’t see a lot of trend in the business to revertical integration,” Wagoner said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The UAW called the announcement “a positive sign” but said it won’t restart stalled discussions with Delphi until the auto supplier retracts a proposal that would cut hourly workers’ wages by nearly 62 percent, from $27 an hour to $10 to $12.50 per hour. “If Delphi is serious about restarting discussions, taking that insulting proposal off the table would be a good place to start,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President Richard Shoemaker said in a joint statement. Delphi spokeswoman Claudia Piccinin wouldn’t elaborate on the company’s talks with its unions but said Delphi has made recent progress with GM. Delphi is GM’s former parts division and the automaker’s largest supplier. Delphi said GM has agreed to temporarily forgo price cuts on some Delphi parts in order to help the struggling supplier. GM bought $14 billion in parts from Delphi last year, or around 16 percent of its total parts spending. The automaker has estimated that it pays $2 billion more per year for parts from Delphi’s North American facilities than what it could pay on the global market. GM spokesman Jerry Dubrowski said GM is working toward an outcome that satisfies its shareholders and ensures Delphi’s survival. GM spun off Delphi in 1999, and the two companies share common labor agreements. DETROIT – Delphi Corp., which filed for bankruptcy last month, said Monday that it’s making progress in restructuring talks with General Motors Corp. and will delay an effort to reject its union contracts. Delphi, the largest U.S. auto supplier, was scheduled to ask a bankruptcy judge to void its union contracts Dec. 16. The company is pushing that back to Jan. 20. Delphi has almost 34,000 hourly workers represented by the United Auto Workers and other unions. GM shares rose on hopes the negotiations will avert a strike that could fatally wound the already crippled automaker, which is losing U.S. market share and has lost more than $3 billion in the first nine months of this year. GM shares were up 36 cents, or 1.5 percent, to close at $23.22 on the New York Stock Exchange. “The threat of a Delphi strike is somewhat reduced by this action,” said David Healy, an auto analyst with Burnham Securities.
Origin of life theorists face a much higher “Mount Improbable” seeing a minimal cell with 473 genes.Craig Venter’s team has published results of their latest attempt to strip down a living cell to bare essentials (the organism must be free-living, not parasitic). They’re calling it “Syn 3.0.” After years determining what a version of Mycoplasma mycoides bacterium could do without, they came up with a “synthetic” cell containing 473 genes deemed essential. They could not determine the function for 149 of the genes.It’s the talk of the town in science news circles, because Syn 3.0 is much more complex than any proposed protocell emerging from a chemical soup. On his blog Darwin’s God, Cornelius Hunter remarks, “Mycoplasma mycoides Just Destroyed Evolution.” Here are some media headlines:Artificial cell designed in lab reveals genes essential to life (New Scientist)Synthetic bug given ‘fewest genes’ (BBC News)Creation of minimal cell with just the genes needed for independent life (Science Daily)‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life (Nature News)Tiny Artificial Life: Lab-Made Bacterium Sports Smallest Genome Yet (Live Science)Microbe with stripped-down DNA may hint at secrets of life (PhysOrg)Science Magazine published the original research by Hutchinson, Venter et al. Commenting on the paper for Science, Robert F. Service says the organism has “fewest genes” but “many mysteries.” Venter’s team first tried to strip down their earlier bug, Syn 1.0, but the complexity of the cell stumped them.In their current work, Venter, along with project leader Clyde Hutchison at JCVI, set out to determine the minimal set of genes needed for life by stripping nonessential genes from Syn 1.0. They initially formed two teams, each with the same task: using all available genomic knowledge to design a bacterial chromosome with the hypothetical minimum genome. Both proposals were then synthesized and transplanted into M. capricolum to see whether either would produce a viable organism.“The big news is we failed,” Venter says. “I was surprised.” Neither chromosome produced a living microbe. It’s clear, Venter says, that “our current knowledge of biology is not sufficient to sit down and design a living organism and build it.”They started over with a “top-down” approach. Beginning with Syn 1.0, they systematically stripped out anything the bacterium could live without. They got it down to 473 genes, about half the size of their Syn 1.0 organism.The big news is that so many genes are essential, and that 149 of the essential genes have unknown functions. New Scientist quotes a biochemist in the UK:“Finding so many genes without a known function is unsettling, but it’s exciting because it’s left us with much still to learn,” says Alistair Elfick, a bioengineer at the University of Edinburgh, UK….“If we’re already playing God, we’re not doing a particularly good job of it,” Elfick says. “Simply streamlining what’s already in nature doesn’t seem very God-like and, if anything, is a very humbling exercise.”Venter also felt the humility vibes, according to Live Science:“We’re showing how complex life is even in the simplest of organisms,” said Craig Venter, founder and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), where the study was completed. “These findings are very humbling in that regard.”From an intelligent design perspective, Ann Gauger explains in Evolution News & Views why this organism (and any protocell) is irreducibly complex:All of this leads to an obvious question. This little bacterium has to be able to copy its DNA, transcribe and translate it into protein, plus be able to coordinate all the steps involved in cell division. It has to be able to make all the things it can’t get from its environment. That’s a lot of information to be stored and used appropriately. Hence 473 genes.This puts pressure on the origin-of-life field.But where did the cell come from in the first place? It’s a chicken-and-egg problem. Given the number of things the cell has to do to be a functioning organism, where does one begin? DNA or RNA alone is not enough, because protein is needed to copy the DNA and to carry out basic cellular processes. But protein is not enough by itself either. DNA is needed to stably inherit the genetic information about how to make proteins.It’s like a car, Gauger says. It needs “engine, a transmission, a drive shaft, a steering wheel, axles and wheels, plus a chassis to hold it all together,” to say nothing of gas and a starter. If you get only one or two of those things, you have a piece of junk, not a transportation machine.Take just protein synthesis. An article on PhysOrg explains that having the building blocks is not enough. The protein recipe “requires precise timing” as well. The steps are “precisely choreographed” analogous to a ballet or a recipe in the kitchen.In fact, details about the splicing step just came to light in a paper in Science Magazine. Just one subcomplex “must dock onto the rest of the spliceosome and hints at the structural changes the complex must go through to form the mature spliceosome.” This matures the messenger RNA before it goes into the ribosome to be translated into a protein. Summarizing the find for Science, Jamie H. D. Cate calls it a “big bang in spliceosome structural biology.” Splicing occurs in eukaryotes, which evolutionists think evolved later than bacteria. Even so, numerous proteins are involved in handling DNA and RNA in the simplest living organisms, including Syn 3.0.According to PhysOrg, lead author Hutchinson said that the genome in their minimal cell is “as small as we can get it and still have an organism that is … useful.” Even so, the bacterium lives in the comparative comfort and safety of the lab. Would it survive in the wild? Most cells live in ecological communities with other cells in complex food webs. How would the first protocell get along in a sterile world before life?Live Science posted a somewhat humorous slide show about theories for the origin of life – humorous, because none of them work. Opening with Darwin and Oparin’s speculation about a primordial soup, Charles Q. Choi’s list includes:Electric spark (Miller experiment)Clay (Alexander Cairns-Smith’s favorite hypothesis)Deep-sea vents (Michael Russell’s model)Chilly start (obviously at odds with the above models, but needed to protect from UV rays)RNA World (a dead idea according to leading theorists)Simpler beginnings (“garbage bag world” or “lipid world”)Panspermia (Francis Crick’s escape; it just pushes the question farther out to space)Each of these models has its supporters and detractors. Some are mutually exclusive. One party tries to start with metabolism, but no genetics. Another tries to start with genetics (RNA World), but no protein. Some like it hot, some like it cold. RNA was the leading hope that a molecule could emerge by chance that could begin evolving by Darwinian natural selection. Without natural selection, all agree that lucky accidents would have to occur by chance.Susan Mazur rubbed shoulders with the leading origin-of-life theorists in the world at their conferences and institutions. Her 2014 book, The Origin of Life Circus, contains eye-opening interviews with the biggest authorities. All of them disown the well-known “RNA World” scenario, at least in its original formulation, despite its continuing presence in the media. Some think RNA had a role in combination with other molecules like proteins. But relying on proteins and other molecules undermines the whole reason for the RNA World, to try to account for metabolism and genetics in one molecule. Steven Benner, for instance, lists four paradoxes of RNA: (1) the building blocks tend to form tar, (2) RNA can’t form in water, (3) RNA polymerization goes against thermodynamics, (4) ribozymes are more likely to destroy RNA than build it (pp. 155-156). The bottom line is that RNA could not have worked alone. It needed proteins as helpers, as well as a container or membrane to hold everything together.The problem with proteins and polynucleotides is getting the sequence right. Even if they could join up easily (which they don’t), unless they can actually do something, they cannot be building blocks to a living organism. As many have pointed out (including our online book), the probability of getting functional sequences under ideal conditions is infinitesimally small. If one usable protein would never form on Earth in the entire history of the universe, how much less 473 proteins in Venter’s minimal living cell? Each person interviewed in Mazur’s book sang the same refrain: we have no idea how life arose.Materialists, come to your senses. It’s hard to kick against the goads. The reality of life is telling you something. It’s shouting. Why resist any longer? You respect evidence, don’t you? Faith in the impossible runs against your values. Follow the evidence where it leads. It’s the scientific thing to do. (Visited 118 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the State government has set a target to provide employment to two lakh youth in the State under the ’Saksham Yojana’ He directed officials to recruit youth under the Yojana for various departments where there was shortage of employees. The step is being taken so that no educated youth is unemployed in the State, Mr. Khattar said in a meeting to review development work in Karnal district. The Chief Minister said that apart from government offices, the youth should also be provided job opportunities in industrial units. There was a plan to establish a trauma centre at every 60 km to provide instant medical facilities to those injured in road accidents on national highways, he said, adding that work in this direction was being carried out. The Chief Minister also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of development projects in different areas of the district, an official release said. He said that a sum of ₹325.16 crore would be spent in Karnal under AMRUT. This amount would be spent on sewerage and drainage, urban transport and development of green spaces and parks, it said.Rain water drainage The Chief Minister said about ₹84.50 crore would be spent on drainage of rain water whereas ₹160 crore would be spent on laying sewerage lines, the release said. A total of 3,500 announcements were made in the entire State, of which 2,100 have either been completed or nearing completion. The remaining would be completed by the end of this year, Mr. Khattar said. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a 33KV sub-station in Bhoji Khalsa in Indri sub-division which had been set up at a cost of about ₹4 crore, the release said. He laid the foundation stone of 33KV sub-station in Gharaunda which would be set up at a cost of about ₹5 crore and the work would be completed in about six months, it said. The newly-constructed V R single span steel bridges on Karnal-Munak road-Ghoghripur-Naru Kheri-Pingli and on Budhanpur-Jani-Jundla-Assandh-Gharaunda road were also inaugurated. He said that ₹508.69 crore and ₹531.70 crore had been spent on these bridges, respectively. In the review meeting, the Chief Minister directed the director of Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College Surender Kashyap and Civil Surgeon Yogesh Sharma to start OPD services in the old building of the general hospital, as the new one is under construction. Mr. Kashyap informed that land has been identified in Sector 32 for construction of new general hospital.