Minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church and Monreagh in Donegal, David Latimer minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church and Monreagh has announced he is to retire in the new year.The Donegal minister who struck up an unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, in turn causing a rift amongst his congregation in the Presbyterian Church.Some who left the church had lost loved ones at the hands of the IRA. Rev Latimer said he was retiring with a “heavy heart”.Reflecting on his relationship with Mr McGuinness and the controversy it caused, he said: “You’ll never take everybody with you, but if you were to wait until all the ducks were in a row you would end up doing nothing.”“There was a hand that was guiding and a heart that was planning.“That was the hand and the heart associated by the maker of us all – Catholic, Protestant, atheist, agnostic, black, white, republican, loyalist, and I look back and I see what I could never have imagined – meeting a man named Martin McGuiness and Martin McGuiness meeting me.”The pair became friends in 2006 when Rev Latimer asked Mr McGuinness for help as his church, which overlooks the Bogside, was being attacked by paint.“We clicked and I believe maybe that was the reason I came to this city.” Advertisement Rev David Latimer: Donegal minister to retire in new year was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
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The origin of snakes and snake venom has become more puzzling to believers in Darwinian evolution.(Note: For explanation of our usage of Darwin, Darwinism and Darwinian, see footnote.)If snakes evolved from lizards, there should be fossils showing the transition. There should also be genetic changes evident between lizards and snakes. Often in biology, things turn out too complicated for simple stories.Does Darwinism Explain Snake Limblessness?Research explains how snakes lost their limbs (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo). Scrutiny is advised whenever science claims to “explain” something. Writer José Tadeu Arantes begins not with an explanation, but an assertion:Snakes and lizards are reptiles that belong to the order Squamata. They share several traits but differ in one obvious respect: snakes do not have limbs. The two suborders diverged more than 100 million years ago.The Brazilian researchers at FAPESP, led by postdoc Juliana Gusson Roscito under the supervision of Miguel Rodrigues, Professor at the University of São Paulo’s Bioscience Institute (IB-USP), compared genes between snakes and one species of lizard, the tegu lizard, as well as some other animals. Roscito also compared genes of species that lost eyes. That’s when things got messy. These stories of lost organs did not involve genetics alone, but also epigenetics: issues of gene regulation. Instances and functions of cis-regulatory elements (CRE’s) are more difficult to discern.From a computational standpoint, CREs are not as easy to identify as genes. Genes have a characteristic syntax, with base pairs that show where the genes begin and end. This is not the case for CREs, so they have to be identified indirectly. This identification is normally based on the conservation of DNA sequences among many different species.Gene conservation, though, entails belief in evolution: i.e., that “conserved” genes were so important that they were preserved by natural selection over millions of years. Already some Darwinian circular reasoning is involved in the conclusions, because genetic differences could be due to other causes than common ancestry. The method used by the team seems reasonable only when evolution is assumed.“Using the tegu genome as a reference, we created an alignment of the genomes of several species, including two snakes (boa and python), three other limbed reptiles (green anole lizard, dragon lizard and gecko), three birds, an alligator, three turtles, 14 mammals, a frog, and a coelacanth. This alignment of 29 genomes was used as the basis for all further analyses.”The researchers identified more than 5,000 DNA regions that are considered candidate regulatory elements in several species. They then searched the large database using ingenious technical procedures that are described in detail in the article and obtained a set of CREs the mutation of which may have led to the disappearance of limbs in the ancestors of snakes.They found mutations in one particular CRE in snakes they believe is involved in the loss of limbs, because mice with the snake version were born almost limbless. The classical neo-Darwinian approach of looking for mutations in selected genes is now complicated by looking for mutations in epigenetic factors.“A regulatory element can activate or inhibit the expression of a gene in a certain part of the organism, such as the limbs, for example, while a different regulatory element can activate or inhibit the expression of the same gene in a different part, such as the head. If the gene is lost, it ceases to be expressed in both places and can often have a negative effect on the organism’s formation. However, if only one of the regulatory elements is lost, expression may disappear in one part while being conserved in the other,” Roscito explained.Sounds simple enough; but Roscito cautions, “However, this CRE is only one of the regulatory elements for one of several genes that control limb formation.” It appears premature to say that this finding “explains how snakes lost their limbs.”To see why, consider a mutant snake born without limbs. Would it survive? And even if it survived, would it mate with a limbed lizard, and pass on limblessness to all the offspring? How could a limbless male mount a female? Why would such a physical deficiency become established in a lizard population? In the case of blind cave fish, eyes are no longer needed, and other existing organs take on the needed senses for viability. The mouse with the snake CRE, however, was definitely impaired in “fitness” for its environment.Along with limb loss, the snake would have to evolve new behaviors and new methods of locomotion. The capabilities of snakes are staggering in their variety and complexity, from flying through the air, to living in the ocean, and inhabiting environments as diverse as deserts and tropical jungles. They also exhibit enormous variations in color, patterns and sizes. If a mutation in one regulatory element caused loss of limbs in snakes and yet led to tremendous success, why aren’t there thriving examples of limbless dinosaurs, limbless birds and limbless primates? Remember, too, that the mutations had to affect the germ line or would vanish when the first snake died.The paper in Nature Communications shows that Roscito and the co-authors realize that a single CRE change is inadequate to explain why snakes lost their limbs. In the paper, “Phenotype loss is associated with widespread divergence of the gene regulatory landscape in evolution,” they can only say that the candidate CRE they studied appears to be “associated” with limb loss in snakes. There are many complications, like pleiotropy (a change in one gene affecting other genes) that must be considered when trying to turn association into causation – or into explanation.The loss of a complex phenotype is one extreme case of morphological evolution. Upon phenotype loss, we expect a different evolutionary trajectory for the genetic information underlying this phenotype. On the one hand, the integrity of developmental genes should be maintained over time due to selection on those gene functions that are not related to the lost phenotype. On the other hand, modular cis-regulatory elements associated specifically with this phenotype may directly contribute to its loss and are expected to evolve neutrally afterwards. This should result in sequence divergence and thus decay of regulatory activity over time…. However, recent studies found that numerous other limb enhancers are nevertheless still conserved in snakes, despite limb reduction in this lineage dating back to more than 100 Mya, possibly due to pleiotropy of regulatory elements that drive expression in other non-limb tissues. Thus, it remains an open question whether phenotype loss is generally associated with widespread divergence of the cis-regulatory landscape.While they may have accounted for conservation of a genetic loss, nowhere in the paper do they use the term “positive selection” to account for the many other phenotypic innovations that had to occur for limbless lizards to thrive as snakes. Is it not just as scientific to infer that snakes came fully formed as thriving creatures, with their different CRE’s and all?Does Darwinism Explain Snake Venom?Misti Crane writes for Ohio State that “Rattlesnake venom” comes in forms that are “mild, medium and wicked hot.” Even within a species or genus, “Lizard-killing ability varies from snake to snake.”In a surprising evolutionary twist, a new study suggests that while one rattlesnake may routinely feast on lizard meat, its seemingly identical neighbor snake might strike and strike and never kill its would-be reptilian prey.The first-of-its-kind research reveals significant venom variation within populations of Florida pygmy rattlesnakes, showing that effectiveness against one type of prey differs widely among individuals and opening up questions about why this variation exists.Evolutionists usually had accounted for the differences in snake venom by studying the prey available in different environments. Crane says “that made good intuitive sense, because they were living in different environments, with different dietary options at the ready.” Consequently, herpetologists spent their time comparing species rather than watching for differences within species. H. Lisle Gibbs, the senior author of the study, shared the surprise.“This is a whole new way of looking at how evolution operates on venom that we haven’t considered,” he said. “There’s a new act in this evolutionary play that we didn’t know about until now.”For evolutionists, this must be baffling, because snakes diverged from lizards 100 million Darwin Years ago. Why aren’t the less-fit snakes long extinct? Individual pygmy rattlesnakes differ by as much as fourfold in their ability to kill prey with their venomous bites. Admittedly, these evolutionary biologists have no explanation.Gibbs and team could turn from their evolutionary focus and work to help mankind. “Aside from broadening scientific understanding of evolution, this work could one day help inform efforts to develop drugs based on venom – an area of pharmaceutical research that has already shown benefit in cardiovascular disease and could prove important in the treatment of pain and neurological disorders, as well as other human diseases, Gibbs said.”Snakes are wonderfully designed, yet fearsome, creatures. Their colors, varieties, sizes and behaviors astonish all who learn about them. Some snakes can be kept as pets and held in the hands with perfect safety; others cause great pain and suffering and death. Creationists struggle to explain these realities, too, from the brief Biblical account provided. Everything was very good in the beginning; did some species of snake exist then? It seems unlikely that “the serpent” in chapter 3 was the father of all snakes (where was the female?). As with all cases of “natural evil” from viruses to man-eating tigers, we don’t know everything. In last year’s film The Riot and the Dance, Dr. Gordon Wilson showed many fearsome creatures and discussed some of these questions. Viewers watched as he came dangerously close to some deadly cobras and held other organisms that, if not handled carefully, could kill. In many creatures, we observe fascinating design coupled with extreme danger. Given what has been revealed about the curse due to sin, and the creation groaning in pain in the current epoch (Romans 8:18-25), and the promise of a new heaven and new earth without pain and suffering, we have enough general information to trust God and wait for the redemption of creation. But for any mockers who think the Stuff Happens Law created snakes by mistake, the articles above show that evolutionists have no answers. When it comes to snakes, we can all agree on one thing: while explaining them is hard, observing and learning about them to help alleviate suffering and create cures for disease is a better way to spend our time.Footnote on use of “Darwin” in CEH: The term Darwin serves as a shorthand metonymy for all that his view entails, much as the term Newton serves as a convenient shorthand for all that Newtonian physics entails. We realize that evolutionary thought has come a long way since Darwin’s Origin of Species, just as physics has progressed far beyond Newton’s Principia. It could be argued that Newton was not a Newtonian in the way some of his followers were, and Darwin was not a Darwinian in the way some of his followers feel. Nevertheless, there are certain features of Darwinism that all modern evolutionists believe: namely, universal common ancestry by unguided material processes, such as natural selection. “Darwin” becomes the face of those beliefs. Our criticisms of “Darwin,” including the cartoons, are not personal attacks on Darwin the man, since he is long dead, but on the worldview by which he made it possible to become (to mutate Richard Dawkins’ statement), an intellectually fool-filled atheist.(Visited 559 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 April 2011 South Africa is to spend over R104-billion on social grants to assist the most vulnerable in the country in 2011/12, with the number of beneficiaries projected to grow by a million to over 16-million people. In 2010/11, the Department of Social Development spent R97-billion in assisting 15.3-million beneficiaries, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, speaking ahead of her Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, said provision of social grants to the most vulnerable was one of the government’s biggest poverty alleviation programmes. From January this year, the eligibility age for the child support grant was increased to 17 years. “The total number of children covered is 10.3-million, disability grants 1.2-million people, and pensioners 2.7-million,” Dlamini said. In expanding the social grant coverage, the minister said they were raising the old age grant from R33 000 to R44 000 per year. “This is the most significant raising of the means test since 1994 and is a precursor to the universalisation of the old age pension.” On a separate matter, Dlamini said that her department would move swiftly to introduce a retirement fund, with the aim of providing a decent basic income for people who reached retirement, or were disabled, and for survivors when a breadwinner passed away. At present, about one-third of South Africans have no provision for retirement and rely almost entirely on social assistance programmes. Dlamini challenged the view that her department should be “creating jobs” instead of “creating dependency” through grants. “I am calling on people to acknowledge the absurdity of the claim, because grants go to children, older persons and people with disabilities, who are not employable,” she said. Source: BuaNews
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rose Hartschuh joins Matt and Joel for the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold. They’re talking the relief efforts by Ohio farmers to Nebraska though Ohio’s Rural America Relief.Other guests include Muskingum Co. Pork Producer Matt Bell, Grain Merchandiser Jon Scheve, Laura Lindsey from OSU Extension on Barley, and Chris Baker of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Tune in!
On Monday 8th July, The Roundhouse, north London, was transformed into a tennis themed gala dinner to mark a spectacular fundraising evening in aid of the Novak Djokovic Foundation.Novak Djokovic and girlfriend JelenaCredit/Copyright: http://novakdjokovicfoundation.orgThe inaugural London gala ball raised over £1,200,000 to support disadvantaged children in Serbia and was attended by Event Chairs, Novak Djokovic, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Boris Becker, Goldie Hawn, and Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York – who was recently announced as the charity’s Global Ambassador. Milutin Gatsby, the charity’s Global Fundraising Chairman also graced the green and white carpet at the star-studded event.Among the 300 guests were Sir Richard Branson, Gerard Butler, Ronnie Wood, Erin O’Connor, Jeremy Piven, Branislav Ivanovic, Jonathan Ross, Ladies Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, Tim Henman, Matt Bellamy, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.Demonstrating the Foundation’s worldwide support from Novak’s circle of friends involved in fashion, sport, music, entertainment and business, auction prizes included a money-can’t-buy yacht getaway with Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, a signed guitar by Ronnie Wood and a seven day holiday at Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, situated in the British Virgin Islands.In a touching speech before the live auction bidding, Novak thanked his girlfriend Jelena for her love and support, and for everything she’s done for the Foundation.“Love is the greatest driving force in my life, it can create miracles,” the world no.1 said.UNICEF Ambassador, Djokovic, founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 with a mission to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children from the lack of nutrition, education, illness or loss of family- especially in his native Serbia.Commenting on the event, the six-time Grand Slam Champion said: “I am delighted to be joined this evening by friends and family to support a cause which is so close to my heart. The Foundation works alongside young children in Serbia to provide support, encouragement and resources so they can fulfill and nurture their dreams. With the help of such generous people, our vision is to expand our work to the UK and America and transform the lives of more children around the world.”The Foundation was also proud to announce a new collaboration to bring MindUP, the signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation to children in Serbia. Commenting on the partnership, Kate Hudson said; “Having seen the extent of how MindUP has changed the lives of so many children I am a proud member of the board and a hugely admiring daughter. I was thrilled to be at this very important event celebrating the new partnership between The Hawn Foundation and The Djokovic Foundation who together are launching MindUP for the kids in Serbia.”Based on positive psychology, educating the heart and mind, MindUP builds resilience and brings overall well-being to children, giving them tools to reduce stress and anxiety, regulate their emotions, find optimism and nurture happiness.Source:novakdjokovicfoundation.org
DaughertyLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pmKnown as Miller Park since it opened in 2001, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers will get a new name in 2021.The Brewers announced recently that the new naming rights sponsor for the stadium will be Madison-based American Family Insurance. The 15-year deal will run through 2036. The new name for the stadium is yet to be determined. The agreement also calls for the Brewers and American Family to collaboratively fund community projects, likely in the area of education, and one focused specifically on refurbishing youth and high school baseball fields.The $40 million Brewers stadium naming rights deal with MillerCoors LLC expires after the 2020 season. Financial terms of the new deal with American Family were not disclosed. A statement from Chicago-based MillerCoors said American Family made the Brewers “an incredibly rich offer for the future naming rights of Miller Park.”MillerCoors products will continue to be served throughout the stadium even after its name is removed from the building.“We appreciate the historical commitment of MillerCoors and Miller Brewing Co. to Milwaukee, our city, and to our team, and while the naming rights will pass in 2021, we know our relationship with MillerCoors is strong,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger. “We look forward to the next two years with MillerCoors and we look forward to strengthening our relationship for years to come.”With the end of the MillerCoors sponsorship agreement nearing, the Brewers approached American Family last summer to discuss the possibility of being the naming rights sponsor for the ballpark, American Family chairman and chief executive officer Jack Salzwedel said.The stadium naming rights deal is part of American Family Insurance’s plans to dramatically expand its presence in Milwaukee, Salzwedel said. In 2017, the company became the title sponsor for Summerfest and the naming rights sponsor for the main stage amphitheater at Henry Maier Festival Park.The company also plans to have an office building in downtown Milwaukee in two to three years, Salzwedel said. Multiple sites are being considered for the firm’s Milwaukee office, which could be in a new or existing building, he said.“(The naming rights for the Brewers’ ballpark) fits with an overall Milwaukee strategy that we have been working on for probably about a year,” Salzwedel said. “It involves building a fairly large building down in the core of the city, and a strategy that includes more jobs, and jobs in the software engineering and data science area. We’ve been working very closely with the mayor to try and look at different sites and opportunities for us in the City of Milwaukee. We announced to our leadership group…that we are committed to building a building, or having a building, in downtown Milwaukee…This (Brewers stadium naming rights deal) is just part of an overall strategy that includes a building, includes employees, jobs, it includes the (ballpark) naming rights, it includes (the) Summerfest (sponsorship). Our commitment to Milwaukee has never been stronger.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe