Books cool at beach

first_img l=14 “How Full is Your Bucket?” by the late Donald Clifton and his grandson Tom Rath (Gallup Press, 2004) is a quick read with a simple message: Personalized acknowledgments and expressions of support are better motivators than just about anything else. And there’s an added bonus: Filling someone else’s bucket with deserved praise nourishes the bucket-filler as well. This philosophy is based on the insights of Clifton, formerly chairman of the Gallup Organization, who is also known as “the father of positive psychology.” Try this one at home. If you don’t know Margaret Wheatley, an inspirational writer and organizational consultant with Peace Corps experience who gained fame from her 1992 best-seller, “Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organization from An Orderly Universe” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1992), you should pick up one of her books for thought-provoking perspectives on challenging problems. In her latest book, “Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time” (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), Wheatley offers essays applying her unique take on a variety of topics, from parenting to running organizations. f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Mind-Expanding l=14 Still on my to-read list are “China, Inc: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World” by Ted C. Fishman (Scribner, 2005) and “The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century” by James Howard Kunstler (Grove/Atlantic, 2005). Fishman, the rare business writer with business experience, focuses his lens on a trading partner all Americans should get to know better. Kunstler’s book, which predicts the decline of the global oil supply and a shortage of alternative energy to take its place, expects a Dark Age to descend. What better way to relax on the beach? As always, the riches of reader feedback are welcome. What’s the most inspiring book you have read this year? Let me know. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Passion l=14 It’s a key to so many people’s success. Stick with the complexly structured “Chronicles: Volume 1” by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster, 2004) for a window into this extraordinary artist’s inner drive to soak up American musical history. Read “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner (Modern Library, 2002), originally published in 1987, for an insightful fictional account of what happens when a passion is put aside for more practical concerns. f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Humility l=14 Despite the reviewers’ charge that Ron Howard’s latest film, “Cinderella Man,” is a sappy version of boxer Jim Braddock’s inspirational comeback during the Great Depression, the movie is a terrific reminder that past generations and, indeed, millions of people around the world today have accomplished much without all the comforts that so many Americans enjoy. The book on which the movie is based, “Cinderella Man” by Jeremy Schaap (Mass Market Paperback, 2005), paints a fuller portrait of the boxer, providing more humanizing details, such as what Braddock’s favorite card game was (Hearts) and what movies he most enjoyed (any starring Charlie Chaplain). f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Mutual gain Dear Readers, It’s that wonderful season again summer, a great time to slow down and pick up a book. I have a tall stack of books on my own bedside table, waiting to be read, dwarfing the number of volumes finished earlier in the year. Below are some of my favorite picks, business-oriented or simply stimulating, from both stacks: f=LB Helvetica Black s=14Imagination l=14 Fiction, any fiction, is always first on my list of recommendations. If you aren’t in the habit of reading fiction because you run on overload, you’ll be surprised at how efficient it is, relaxing and stimulating the brain at the same time. If you happen upon a character you like, you’re likely to get some useful insights into your own life, useful both at home and at the office. If dipping into fiction helps you in the summer, imagine what it could do year-round. last_img read more

FUFA Big League: Wakiso Giants travel to Bukedea as Money Bags hope to maintain unbeaten start

first_imgWakiso defeated Kataka 3-0 in their last game (Photo by Wakiso Media)2018/19 FUFA Big LeagueBukedea Town Council vs Wakiso GiantsEmokori Play Grounds, MbaleThursday, 22nd November 2018 @04:00pmAfter registering their first victory of the season, Wakiso Giants will be hoping to continue their fine start to the 2018/19 Big League Campaign when they travel to Mbale to take on Bukedea Town Council.The Money Bags defeated Kataka FC 3-0 last Thursday, a result which took them to five points from their first three games.At Emokori Play Grounds on Thursday afternoon, they come up against a Bukedea side that has struggled since the start of the campaign, accumulating only a point from their first two games. They lost 1-0 at home to JMC and then drew with Kataka.The game will come only hours after Bukedea parted ways with tactician-Bashir Kalungi after the club deemed him unfit to lead them to the Promised Land (StarTimes Uganda Premier League).However, Wakiso head coach, Ibrahim Kirya is anticipating a difficult game for his side despite the issues at the Mbale based side.“They have issues at the moment and have been struggling since the league started but we will approach the game in the best way possible, said Kirya ahead of the game.“Away games in this division are so difficult to negotiate and am anticipating a tough fixture against Bukedea.“However, our target is to get a positive result and hopefully we will.Wakiso will be without Abdul Karim Kasule who stayed in Kampala due to family issues. Ashraf Mbaziira is also not part of the match day squad as he is currently in the sick bay with Malaria. Kasule and Mbazira have been replaced with Junior Ainemani and Geoffrey Luutu with the later hoping to make his debut for the Purple Sharks.They will also still be without Steven Bengo and Sulaiman Jingo who also missed the 3-0 victory at home to Kataka last time out.In the other Elgon-Group games, Doves All Stars host Nebbi Central at the Green Light Stadium, Arua. Wounded Kataka face Kyetume at the CRO Stadium, in Mbale while JMC Hippos will be at home Steven Bogere’s UPDF at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.Meanwhile, in the Rwenzori Group, there will be five games:Kiboga Young hosts Kansai Plascon at the Bamusussuta S.S play-ground in Kiboga, new comers Dove play host to Kireka United at the Katushabe Play-ground in Masindi, Bumate United faces Kabale Sharp at the Christ High School play-ground, Bundibugyo, Water entertains Kitara at the Muteesa II Wankulukuku Stadium while Kira United locks horns with Ntinda United at the Mandela NationalStadium, Namboole.The FUFA Big League is the second highest tier league in the country.Three clubs are promoted from the FUFA Big League to the top tier.Other fixtures on Thursday:Elgon Group.-Doves All Stars Vs Nebbi Central – Green Light Stadium, Arua-Kataka Vs Kyetume – CRO Stadium, San Siro – Mbale-JMC Hippos Vs UPDF – Kakindu Stadium, JinjaRwenzori Group:-Kiboga Young Vs Kansai Plascon – Bamusussuta S.S play-ground, Kiboga-Dove Vs Kireka United – Katushabe Play-ground, Masindi-Bumate United Vs Kabale Sharp – Christ High School play-ground, Bundibugyo-Kira United Vs Ntinda United – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole-Water Vs Kitara – Muteesa II Wankulukuku StadiumSaturday, 24th November 2018:-Amuka Bright Stars Vs Light S.S.S – Lira P7 Play-ground, LiraComments Tags: Abdul Karim KasuleBukedea Town CouncilFUFA Big League 2018/19Ibrahim KiryatopWakiso Giantslast_img read more

How Molecular Trucks Build Your Sensors

first_imgIn the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, biochemist Michael Behe, describing the intricacies of cells as we know them today, claimed that there are “little molecular trucks that carry supplies from one end of the cell to the other.”  If that seems an overstatement, you should look at the illustration in Cell June 11 in a Minireview called “Cilia and flagella revealed” by Snell, Pan and Wang.1  They not only describe trucks, they’ve found a train of boxcars and a whole crew of engineers, conductors and brakemen.    Cilia are appendages in the cell membrane that wiggle.  Everybody’s got them; they are ubiquitous in organisms, from bacteria to humans.  They line our respiratory tract, cleaning debris from our lungs.  They help our senses of smell and eyesight.  They are important for kidney function.  They may look simple, but only recently are scientists beginning to appreciate the complexity inside.  The authors begin:Our view of cilia has changed dramatically in the decade since Joel Rosenbaum and his colleagues discovered particles rapidly moving (2-4 micrometers/s) up and down within the flagella of the biflagellated green alga, Chlamydomonas (Kozminski et al., 1993).  Once cell biologists identified the cellular machinery responsible for this intraflagellar transport (IFT), it became clear that IFT is essential for the assembly and maintenance of cilia and flagella in all eukaryotes (Rosenbaum and Witman, 2002).  As we will outline in this brief review, the increased focus on these organelles has revealed that nearly all mammalian cells form a cilium, that the ciliary apparatus (a cilium plus its basal body) is somehow connected with cell proliferation, and that cilia play key (and as yet poorly understood) roles in development and homeostasis.Michael Behe in his book Darwin’s Black Box had a whole chapter on how cilia move (see these illustrations).  Recently, however, it has been appreciated that nonmotile cilia can also act as sensory probes.  The authors explain:Several properties of cilia recommend them for use as sensory transducers.  They project a cell type-specific distance from the cell body, making them exquisitely designed probes of the external milieu; both their overlying membrane and their cytoplasmic contents are relatively well isolated from the cell body, thereby offering all of the advantages of compartmentalization; the machinery for their assembly makes possible rapid, regulated transport of proteins between the organelles and the cell body; and, the assembly machinery seems exploitable for use directly in signaling pathways.Now that we know cilia are vital, it’s what goes on inside the narrow shafts during construction that is truly remarkable.  The authors mentioned IFT, or intraflagellar transport, a class of proteins that operate the transportation system.  During construction of a cilium or flagellum, parts need to be transported to the growing tip, or axoneme.  The IFT particles move up and down the inside walls of the shaft.  They describe how this works.  Watch for the word trucks:This flow of materials is driven by the IFT machinery.  Flagellar proteins synthesized in the cell body are carried to the tip of the flagellum (the site of assembly of the axoneme) by IFT particles, which are composed of at least 17 highly conserved proteins that form A and B complexes.  The plus end-directed microtubule motor protein kinesin II is essential for movement of particles and their cargo toward the tip (anterograde transport) of the flagellum, and a cytoplasmic dynein carries IFT particles back to the cell body (retrograde transport).  Thus, IFT particles function as constantly moving molecular trucks on a closed loop.  The tracks they travel on are the microtubule doublets of the ciliary/flagellar axoneme, microtubule motors power them, and the individual structural components (e.g., microtubule subunits, dynein arms, and radial spoke proteins) of the cilium/flagellum are their cargo.The construction system they describe next is reminiscent of a gondola at a ski resort, a series of ore carts in a mine shaft, or a conveyor at a rock quarry.  If you can picture architects building a tall structure like the Seattle Space Needle or the Eiffel Tower, imagine the engineers first devising a way to get the raw materials to the growing top.  Suppose they design a double trackway that can be extended in length as the structure grows.  Attached to this track are self-propelled dump trucks that can climb up the tracks, and another set of dump trucks that can climb down.  Each truck can carry a load of cargo.  New trucks are constantly added at the bottom, and old ones upon reaching the base are removed.  A pool of trucks and drivers is always available to traverse this vertical highway.  With this automated system running, workers at the top can take the cargo and build with it, and send waste products down the other side.  This two-way transportation system works not only to build the tower, but to dismantle it.Figure 2 presents a model for regulation of assembly, disassembly and for regulation of flagellar length.  In this model, the rate of particle entry and the number of particles per unit length are independent of length, and cargo loading is regulated.  Thus, in a rapidly growing flagellum (in the extreme case), every particle entering carries cargo, and every particle returning to the cell body is empty.  Once the proper length is attained, length control mechanisms engage.  At this steady-state length, the number of IFT particles entering and leaving per unit time is unchanged, but the proportion of cargo-loaded IFT particles that enters the flagella comes to equal the proportion of cargo-loaded IFT particles that leaves the flagellum.  In a disassembling flagellum, the situation is reversed from that of a growing flagellum, and (in the extreme case) every particle that enters the flagellum is empty and every particle that leaves the tip is full.  Thus, by regulating cargo binding to particles at both the base and the tip, and by controlling of assembly and disassembly of axonemal components at the tip (presumably driven by mass action and regulatory proteins), cells specify assembly/growth, steady-state length, or disassembly/resorption.The diagram in their figure shows what look like little ore-carts climbing up to the tip and back.  The authors describe next how these tall structures function not only as oars and outboard motors, but as chemical antennae.  Experiments have “called to the attention of cell biologists the under-appreciated but hardly insignificant role of cilia in sensory transduction.”  Here are some of your body parts that depend on these miniature probes that extend out from the cell into the surrounding environment, sensing what’s out there:Humans experience the environment through cilia in major sensory organs.  The outer segments of retinal rod cells are modified, nonmotile cilia, replete with photoreceptors for interacting with light; and the odorant receptors in the olfactory epithelium are peppered over the surface of the cilia of olfactory neurons.  Moreover, almost every mammalian cell contains a solitary cilium, called a primary cilium, whose most likely function is in signaling (Pazour and Witman, 2003).  For example, many of the neurons in brain contain primary cilia, some of which express receptors for somatostatin and serotonin (Pazour and Witman, 2003).  Perhaps the most striking example of the importance of primary cilia in homeostasis [i.e., dynamic equilibrium] comes from work on the epithelial cells of the collecting tubules in the kidney.  The primary cilium on each renal tubule cell functions as a flow sensor both in vivo and in MDCK cells in vitro.  Bending the cilium causes a large, transient increase in intracellular calcium concentration and a consequent alteration in potassium conductance (references in Boletta and Germino [2003]).Each of these cilia, and many more, are constructed by this molecular transportation system.  How many parts are involved in building a cilium?  If this system were magnified a hundred million times, children might find this the ultimate Lego toy:New proteomic and genomic studies may finally provide a platform for discovery of most of the as yet unidentified genes that encode ciliary/flagellar proteins.  A proteomic analysis of the axoneme of human cilia identified over 200 potentially axonemal proteins (Ostrowski et al., 2002).  Several of the proteins were previously identified as being in the axoneme, but many have no homologs or are of unknown function.(That would be over 200 different kinds of pieces, kids, and a lot of each.)  From genomic studies, they estimate it would require at least 362 genes to build a motionless cilium, and “more than 400-500 genes that are predicted to be needed for forming and regulating the ciliary apparatus”  One team measured the proteome (set of proteins) required to build the basal body (the bottom foundation of the structure) and flagellum to consist of 688 genes.  “There is no doubt,” they say, “that the FABB [flagellar and basal body] proteome represents an incredibly rich resource.”    Failure of cilia and flagella to develop properly are implicated in many diseases (see “Don’t mutate this gene, or else” in the 10/01/2003 headline).  Even some human obesity disorders might be traced to ciliary breakdown, as well as hypertension, diabetes and other “seemingly unrelated clinical problems”.    The authors do not speculate on how such a complex system with so many parts might have evolved, other than to assume that it did: for instance, “Paralogs of other mitotic proteins have also evolved to play roles in cilia.”  They also claim that plants unevolved them: they seem to have lost the 400-500 genes needed for building cilia or flagella, if they ever had them.  The authors examine studies in comparative genomics to determine how many of the cilia/flagella genes are ancestral, going back to the original machinery in the simplest alga or bacterium.  One study compared the IFT genes in several organisms with those in fruit flies:Using a large number of genomes provided stringent criteria and identified 187 candidate ancestral ciliary genes.  Sixteen are conserved in all ciliated organisms examined and absent in all nonciliated organisms; 18 are present only in organisms with motile cilia; 103 are common to organisms that utilize only conventional ciliogenesis; and 50 are shared only by organisms that form motile cilia in the ciliary compartment.Other studies are cited; 67% of the basal body genes in green algae and 90% of their flagellar and IFT genes were present in the full FABB proteome.  It appears, therefore, that this transportation system evolved early on, if it did, and has not changed much since.1William J. Snell, Junmin Pan, and Qian Wang, “Minireview: Cilia and Flagella Revealed: From Flagellar Assembly in Chlamydomonas to Human Obesity Disorders,” Cell, Vol 117, 693-697, 11 June 2004.Although this is a headlines service, sometimes we need to give enough detail to show just what the Darwinians are up against in the age of molecular biology.  As Michael Behe said in the film, scientists in Darwin’s day thought the cell was just a blob of protoplasm, not much different than a piece of jello.  Now, here is just one example of hundreds of complex systems in the cell that could drive the point home that a cell is a sophisticated factory of molecular machines running off self-correcting programmed instructions (and that is a simplistic understatement).  These authors admit that the intraflagellar transport system was already functional in green alga and bacteria, with no precursors.  The genes for the most part have changed little or none all the way to humans.  Even taking their most optimistic claim that 18 genes for motile cilia might be ancestral, when you consider that getting just one of them by chance is astronomically improbable in the best of all possible worlds (see online book), an honest evolutionist must surely throw up his hands in utter despair to believe that time and chance could produce such wonders.    Wouldn’t it be fun to take this knowledge in a time machine back to 1859 and show it to Charlie and his bulldog?  Actually, it would be cruel.  Chuck was already plagued by an upset stomach, and this would be like giving him a gallon of ipecac with free lifetime refills.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionists 98% Wrong on Desert Pupfish

first_imgSmall fish living in Devil’s Hole became isolated just hundreds of years ago, not thousands.Talk about a radical revision in science; evolutionists have been telling the public that fish in an isolated habitat called Devil’s Hole in Nevada became separated from their parent population over 10,000 years ago, and have evolved as a new species ever since. But now, just centuries?Devil’s Hole is a water reservoir 100 meters deep in a cavern that opens to the surface. The water is almost 90° F, enough to kill most other fish in hours, but the small blue desert pupfish swim unharmed in this unique environment. Evolutionists had said they’ve been stuck there since prehistoric times. Now, based on a genetic analysis, Nature “rewrites the story” of this fish species trapped in a single hole:Many researchers thought that the fish species had been isolated in its cavern from around 13,000 years ago — the last time major flooding occurred in the region. But Christopher Martin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his colleagues say that genetic sequencing suggests that the pupfish became trapped in Devils Hole somewhere between 105 and 830 years ago — and since then has continued to exchange genes with neighbouring populations of pupfish species.“That was the big surprise,” says Martin.  “Every few hundred years there’s a fish or two that’s moving between the desert springs.” The fish either somehow move over land, he says, or are transported as eggs stuck to the feet of water birds.This implies that the morphological changes that characterize this species also occurred rapidly. The differences are slight; the article only lists “reduced aggression, larger eyes and missing pelvic fins” — but these are variations, not speciation traits, especially if these fish continue to exchange genes with neighboring populations.“This is a very interesting paper, and it deals with a fascinating study system. The short timeframe of evolution is really remarkable,” says Simon Ho, a computational evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney, Australia. Ho says that the study adds to a growing body of evidence that some species might be much younger than earlier genetic comparisons had suggested, because DNA mutation rates can be very high over a short period of time.Random mutations would certainly be mostly deleterious, however. It would seem that genetic variations in this case were pre-programmed for robustness in harsh environments. “It’s amazing the fish can survive in there for a day,” lead researcher Christopher Martin [UNC Chapel Hill] commented. Other species of pupfish survive in highly saline pools, remnants of Lake Manly that once filled Death Valley almost 600 feet deep.The BBC News has photos of Devil’s Hole and the pupfish. The article quotes Martin giving his best guess that the fish arrived during a flood in historic times. “The ages we’ve come up with for the Devils Hole fish do overlap with the great flood of 1862, which was the largest rainfall event ever recorded for California/Nevada.” He suggests other possible means of transport, including eggs transferred on vegetation stuck to birds’ feet or directly by Native Americans.New Scientist gives additional reasons why the story of this fish’s long evolutionary history is untenable.“Devil’s Hole is one of the most ridiculous fish habitats I’ve seen,” says Martin. “The water temperature would kill most fish within hours.”The fish’s continued existence puzzled him, because genetic theory predicts that such tiny populations ought to go extinct within a few hundred years because of inbreeding or bad luck [e.g., deleterious mutations or local catastrophes -Ed.].Since they’re there, they must share genes or not be that old. And if they’re not that old, this relaxes the need to conserve them. If indeed they’ve only been isolated for an estimated 255 years, and if other fish came and went in Devil’s Hole, these fish could be “reincarnated” if they died out (from another headline on New Scientist quoting a different Dr. Martin):If so, conservationists’ primary aim should be to preserve this process, rather than the species that is there now, says Andrew Martin, a conservation biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder.The study suggests that protecting the connectivity of this region will be essential for this cycle of rebirth to continue.Devil’s Hole is formally part of Death Valley National Park, but access is restricted to scientific research. The Nature article includes a photo of scuba divers deep in this cavern that gets no direct sunlight for two months of the year. It also mentions some of the reasoning that caused earlier scientists to expect a long isolation period:[Christopher] Martin and his colleagues built up a family tree of pupfish species by examining differences in their DNA. To calibrate the dates of splits in this family tree, they relied partly on geological evidence from Lake Chichancanab basin in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. That basin now contains several pupfish species, but it was dry 8,000 years ago, so the species there now are likely to have diverged from the common ancestor they share with other pupfish only after that drought.That reasoning has been falsified by the new genetic evidence. Another expert on pupfish thinks that pupfish, “among the hardiest of animals,” could have survived in isolated patches of surface water in the Yucatan basin. If so, “the forming of the basin may not have marked such a definite splitting point in the pupfish family tree.” As usual, further study will be needed, he says. Either way, “the Devils Hole pupfish are incredible fish,” Nature concludes.The design of these incredible, hardy animals is more interesting than minor details about their pelvic fins, larger eyes or reduced aggression. Pupfish are incredible for their complex systems that could never have arisen by unguided processes. Moreover, the Creator designed creatures for robustness so that they could fill the Earth even as the environment changed. Rapid morphological adaptions to isolated environments, based on their inherent variability, exhibit forethought in a great design plan—not “selection” of random mistakes in the genes over long periods of time.Just three years ago, an evolutionist called the Devil’s Hole pupfish “one of the most comprehensive snapshots of natural selection in the wild” (1/23/13). (Note: two years earlier, another evolutionist spoke of it as an evolutionary “burst of fireworks”—5/11/11). Once again, we see evolutionary notions of slow, gradual change over long ages to be wrong. It’s funny to think of an Indian dropping some fish in this hole while Boston patriots were getting fed up about King George’s rule in 1761, or even as recently as the year IBM incorporated in 1911. (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zuma condemns strike violence

first_img12 October 2012President Jacob Zuma has spoken out against the violence that has characterised recent industrial action in the country, saying that striking workers should use existing channels to address their grievances within the law, and that violence could not be tolerated.Speaking at at a Black Business Council breakfast hosted by the New Age newspaper and the SABC in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday, Zuma said the government could not allow the recent wildcat strikes in the mining sector to push South Africa to a “crisis point”.He warned against a culture of violence during strikes. Several people were reportedly killed this week as a two-week long mass action by truck drivers intensified. Doctors in Cape Town were forced to switch off life support of a man who suffered brain damage after being hit by a rock while driving in a truck.“Violence should be condemned. We have mechanisms that allow people to engage on labour issues … Some of those trucks that were torched and destroyed actually belonged to small business,” Zuma said.The President acknowledged that the protracted industrial action in mining had delivered a hard blow to South Africa’s economy. The Treasury has put the estimated total rand production lost as a result of the strikes in platinum and gold mining sectors at R4.5-billion. Up to R118-million was lost in coal.But despite the figures, Zuma said investor confidence in South Africa remained unaffected.“Our economic data does not indicate a significant drop in business confidence yet since the strike and the global economic decline, but our responsibility is to ensure that we do not reach a crisis point.”‘Right to strike does not override other rights’Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also expressed concern over the recent spate of lawlessness, violence and intimidation that it says has continued to mar the democratic right of workers to strike.“It is a fact that as a democracy, the right to strike is a defined right in South Africa that obligates the strikers to observe that they cannot encroach on other people’s rights as they enjoy theirs,” Acting Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Richard Baloyi said at a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.The Cabinet warned that violence and lawlessness would not be tolerated.“No one should be intimidated to take or not take and industrial action in a democracy,” the minister said, adding that no one should resort to any form of violence against people or property as a form of striking or protest.Baloyi said existing channels had to be used and that the law had to prevail, adding that the struggle for freedom and democracy ensured that the laws provided space for protected peaceful strikes.He called on the striking workers to use existing channels with unions to address grievances and wage negotiations in a manner that was within the law.“It is, among others, these illegal strike actions and the accompanying violence that is not helping the country’s image internationally and is contributing to the already existing challenges facing our economy and society,” Baloyi said.Source: read more

Bihar shelter home rape: Opposition leaders unite in protest

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal successfully managed to bring the issue of alleged mass rape at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar at the centre stage with a joint opposition protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was joined by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D. Raja and Atul Kumar Anjan, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi.Mr. Gandhi said that the country had made up its mind against the BJP government. Pointing out that the Opposition was united on the stage, Mr. Gandhi said, “On one side is the BJP/RSS and on the other is the rest of the country. Indians are saying that they do not like what happened in the last four years.”Mr. Gandhi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must immediately act against the culprits in the sexual assault case in the Muzzafarpur shelter.In a 12-minute speech, Tejashwi Yadav accused the Nitish Kumar government of turning a blind eye to the crime. “Nitish ji says he is hurt and is sad. Then why did he get the prime accused Brajesh Thakur’s name removed from the FIR… why did he take this long to act on social audit by TISS?” he questioned.He said that Bihar was living under ‘Rakshas Raj’, giving references from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. “In Bihar, Raavan is kidnapping Sita every minute. Every minute, a Duryodhan is de-robing a Draupadi,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said fast track courts should be set up to award the death sentence to the accused for such a heinous crime.”I demand that this case be probed in three months and the accused be hanged,” he said.He also sought to remind the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar that the foundation of the UPA government had been rocked following the protest over Nirbhaya’s rape.This was the first political protest where Mr. Gandhi shared the stage with Mr Kejriwal. During Mr Kejriwal’s protest at the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s office, the Congress had refused to support AAP. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said BJP’s slogan “beti bachao” needed reworking. “We need to change this government… the slogan of ‘beti bachao’ is now ‘save beti from BJP’,” he said. Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the BJP was not saving the daughters of the country but was busy saving cows.last_img read more

Beermen have ‘nothing but praise’ for Terrence Romeo

first_imgBut amid all the noise and criticisms, the Beermen remained unbothered. All along, they knew exactly what they’re going to get.After all, it’s no secret what Romeo can do with a basketball and he showed that again Tuesday in the semifinal stage.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 mean you guys know what Terrence can do. He is one of the best in the country at putting the ball in the hole. He’s proven that through many years, he’s won many scoring championships. Everybody knows what type of player he is,” said San Miguel guard Chris Ross after his team’s 114-91 beatdown of Phoenix in Game 4 at Cuneta Astrodome.Romeo unleashed a game-high 20 points, including 17 in the third quarter, where the Beermen’s 11-point lead ballooned to 26. View comments There’s no denying that Romeo ranks among the league’s best offensive players but the knack has been his shaky relationship with his teammates and coaches from his time with GlobalPort, the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2013, to his short uneventful stint with TNT where the two sides had a nasty fallout.But the Romeo experiment has been a success so far for San Miguel, who added a lethal offensive spark off the bench to its already loaded roster.“I got nothing but praise for him. Since he’s been with us, he’s been one of the best teammates you can have,” Ross said. “He’s adapting to our style of play and he’s adapting to what we do as a team.”“He’s been with us for such a short time and he’s made so many strides in his game to fit with us and he’s a welcoming piece for us.”Playing his best game yet as a member of the Beermen, Romeo deflected the credit to his teammates particularly Ross.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Credit to my teammates especially to my brother Chris Ross because he really looks for me and he gives me the confidence to just keep playing my game,” Romeo said in Filipino.SMB coach Leo Austria also raved about Romeo’s play in the third quarter which he believed became the “turning point” in Game 4.“He was our main man tonight,” Austria said.For Romeo, however, he remains just part of the main core’s supporting cast.“The core of this team is still the first five. We’re just here to give them a good rest so that they’ll have fresh legs when they go back in,” he said. “I’ve accepted my role with the team. I’m okay with whatever role I play as long as it will help the team win.”Four months ago, TNT traded away Romeo for reserves David Semerad and Brian Heruela and a 2021 first round pick.On Tuesday night, Romeo finds himself just a win away from booking his first trip to the finals.“My teammates have won many championships. They already know what it feels like to be in the finals. Me, if ever, it will be just my first time,” Romeo said. “But I’m not thinking about that yet. Phoenix will be prepared and we need to be focused on our next game.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid San Miguel will only get better PLAY LIST 01:33San Miguel will only get better03:16PBA Season 43 Preview: San Miguel Beermen05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines 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 Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer faced a lot of questions from onlookers when it traded for the enigmatic yet dazzling guard Terrence Romeo in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Terrence Romeo stars as San Miguel blows out Phoenix, nears finals berthlast_img read more