first_imgCycling sensation Philip Deignan says he is ready to get back to winning ways and puts his new-found form down to the hills of Donegal!The Letterkenny professional rider gets back into the saddle on Monday for the Tour of Catalonia and Deignan says he is feeling fresh and relaxed.Deignan is based on the Continent where he is part of Lance Armstrong’s Radioshack team but says coming back to Donegal to train recently has been vital for him. “The couple of weeks in Donegal have been relaxing. It has made a difference. When I’m living on the continent and I go home from a race, it still feels like you’re at a race,” he said.The highlight of Deignan’s career to date has been in 2009 Tour of Spain stage win and he is now hoping to go one further than that.EndsDEIGNAN PUTS NEW FORM DOWN TO THE HILLS OF DONEGAL! was last modified: March 19th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Twentysomethings feel pressure to retain youthful looks

first_imgCHICAGO – Forget “40 is the new 30.” Now even twentysomethings are joining the quest for eternal youth by using anti-aging products and wrinkle treatments. Some young adults say they want to reverse the effects the sun has already had on their skin. Others already are feeling social pressure to retain their fresh-faced looks. “Instead of starting when you’re 40 or 45, you might as well start now,” says Joanne Katsigiannis, a 24-year-old from suburban Chicago who’s been using anti-aging products for about two years. Like a lot of people her age, Katsigiannis once spent hours at tanning booths and out in the sun without using much sunscreen. She thought she looked better tan, until she realized her skin was starting to scar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake For Leslie Speyers, it’s as much about keeping up appearances as anything. “Vanity is probably the main reason I started using anti-aging products, as superficial as it is,” says Speyers, a 24-year-old who works for a publishing company in Grand Rapids, Mich. She notes that maintaining a youthful look is a common worry among her friends – including one who’s begun to dye her dark brown hair to hide some gray and another who uses skin-firming lotion on her legs because she thinks they look too flabby. Both genders agree that women bear the brunt of this kind of anti-aging pressure – though not exclusively. “For guys my age, investing in your face is less of a priority than investing in a house or car,” says Josh Levitt, a 23-year-old in Laguna Beach, Calif. Still, even he has started using anti-aging products at the urging of his mother, who wants him to preserve his “golden boy” looks, as she puts it. Levitt’s product of choice is a moisturizer with sunscreen made by British company Zirh. Speyers uses a Mary Kay anti-aging moisturizer on her face and neck and a L’Oreal eye wrinkle cream, while Katsigiannis uses products made by Neaclear, a brand developed by Dr. Sam Speron, a plastic surgeon in suburban Chicago. Speron created his product line with women ages 35 to 55 in mind. But he’s found that about a quarter of those who’ve purchased it at his practice and online store are younger than 30. “It’s a little surprising, but I can’t say it’s shocking,” Speron says. He sees young adults as more educated about the effects of aging, including skin cancer, and more focused on “maintaining what you have.” Tina Wells, the young CEO of the New York-based Buzz Marketing Group, thinks the focus on skin care also has grown out of a wish to avoid plastic surgery and Botox injections down the road. Wells has had her own facial abrasion treatments, which exfoliate the skin in an attempt to keep wrinkles in check. “I’m 25 – and I’m trying to keep up with the ‘Desperate Housewives,”‘ she says, noting the youthful appeal that even some baby boomers have. Indeed, boomer women are grabbing the spotlight in ways women their age may not have in the past. Models Christie Brinkley and Cheryl Tiegs, for instance, have been on a recent campaign to take a popular catch-phrase one step farther by touting that “50 is the new 30.” And people are buying it. “Now younger women are looking at these boomer women and saying ‘Wow, it’s not so bad growing older,”‘ says Denise Fedewa, a senior vice president at Chicago-based ad agency Leo Burnett who recently completed a study on women older than 45. “Maybe they’re as much the trendsetters as younger women.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Comb Jellies Force Evolutionists into Absurd Hypotheses

first_img(Visited 128 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Could something as complex as a nervous system evolve twice independently?  That’s what Darwinists are saying after looking at the genes of comb jellies.Nature says it loud and clear: “Analysis of the draft genome of a comb jelly and of gene-transcription profiles from ten other ctenophores hints at an independent evolutionary origin for the nervous systems of these organisms.”Comb jellies (phylum Ctenophora; the C is silent) look like jellyfish but are not related to them.  Many flash iridescent lights along their sides with “combs” of cilia, giving them the appearance of alien spaceships.  The authors of a new study in Nature suggest a radical hypothesis, says Andreas Hejnoi in his review of the paper:The ability of animals to respond rapidly and appropriately to changes in their environment is due to the presence of a nervous system consisting of up to billions of nerve cells. In this issue, Moroz et al. (page 109) present the genome of the comb jelly Pleurobrachia bachei, otherwise known as the sea gooseberry (Fig. 1a). Following a detailed examination of the developmental genes, structural genes and signalling molecules that are necessary for the set-up and function of nervous systems in other animals, the authors come to a radical conclusion: that the nervous system of comb jellies might have evolved independently of that of other animals.Hejnoi doesn’t tell the half of it.  It’s not just the nervous system.  The authors say,These data indicate that muscles and, possibly, mesoderm evolved independently in Ctenophora to control the hydroskeleton, body shape and food capture. Thus, ctenophores might have independently developed complex phenotypes and tissue organization, raising questions about the nature of ctenophore-specific traits such as their unique development, combs, tentacles, aboral/apical organs and nervous systems.Practically the whole animal shows no evolutionary relationship to other animals!  The authors suggest even more miracles that should cause gasps among evolutionary geneticists who only have random mutations to work with:These data suggest extensive gene gain in cell lineages associated with early segregation of developmental potential leading to ctenophore-specific traits in structures controlling feeding, locomotion and integrative functions; a finding consistent with proposed ‘orphan’ genes contributing to variation in early development and evolution of novelties.But where did the orphan genes come from?  How could genes with no relation to known genes get linked to complex novelties, like a new nervous system?Rather than question the evolutionary explanation, Hejnoi and the authors have allowed themselves to be forced into the notion that multiple complex systems involving billions of nerve cells, tissue cells and muscle cells emerged—not just once, but twice—by unguided natural processes.  Do any observers find this untenable?  On the contrary, Hejnoi tenaciously maintains evolution, even piling another absurd notion on top of it:The simplicity of sponges and placozoans has led generations of zoologists to conclude that they are ancient animal groups, and may look very like the first multicellular animals that emerged on the planet more than 500 million years ago.Over the past decade, however, extensive comparisons of protein and DNA sequences have led to surprising rearrangements at the base of the animal tree of life. In fact, it seems that previous assumptions about the origin of multicellular animals may be wrong, and that a group of gelatinous creatures, the ctenophores, collectively referred to as comb jellies, could be the first group to have branched off from the animal tree of life.This seems to say that the complex animal emerged first, and the primitive animals devolved from it.  Comb jellies, these “mysterious animals” have “turned the table on textbook ideas” about animal evolution.  Indeed.Just how complex are these comb jellies?  Hejnoi describes them:Comb jellies are fabulous marine predators that propel themselves through the water column by means of blocks of cilia — the shimmering combs that give them their name. They catch their prey using innervated tentacles seamed with sticky cells called colloblasts and swallow it through their mouth, which opens into a sac-like gut. They have a nerve net with regional specializations, such as a sensory organ located at one pole of the body that is used for light reception and gravity sensing.Since sponges and placozoans lack all of these features, “the proposal that the jellies evolved first seems odd.”  Good he noticed.  Hejnoi mentions specific differences between comb jellies and other animals in terms of genes and molecules they use in their nervous systems.  Then he emphasizes again how amazing these animals are:On the basis of these characteristics, it would seem that an animal with such a small number of traditionally neural proteins would have a simple nerve net, as opposed to a central nervous system, and would not show any complex behaviour. On the contrary, however, comb jellies perform complex actions such as predation and horizontal diurnal migrations in the water column, so they must use different molecules in their nervous system.Simplicity is not a solution, therefore.  Comb jellies are not simple.  They may use different genes and proteins, but they do sophisticated things with them.  Is it possible, given these facts, for Hejnoi to spin this into a victory for Darwinism?  Watch him: with a little imagination, anything is possible:The phylogenetic position of comb jellies at the base of the animal tree of life and the findings of Moroz and co-workers suggest a fascinating scenario — that comb jellies evolved a nervous system that is unrelated to that of other animals. Heretical hypotheses such as this strike a blow against the anthropocentric view that complex animals emerged gradually along one lineage only, culminating in humans, and that complex organ systems did not evolve twice. But such views do not reflect how evolution really works. Evolution does not follow a chain of events in which one lineage progresses continuously towards complexity while other branches stagnate. Instead, it is an ongoing process in all lineages. When the animal tree branched more than 500 million years ago, one lineage gave rise to ctenophores and the other to all remaining animals alive today, and it seems that the two lineages independently evolved a rapid internal communication system.Hejnoi has just turned the tables on the critics of Darwinian evolution!  It’s their fault, he suggests, for not having a vivid enough imagination.  It’s their fault for thinking evolution is progressive along the line to humans.  It’s their fault for not understanding how evolution really works.  It’s their fault for not having faith to believe that internal communication systems can evolve rapidly in separate lineages.  This is spin doctoring with chutzpah!He still seems to feel the sting of absurdity, though, in suggesting that two nervous systems emerged separately by convergent evolution or “parallel evolution” (the authors’ favorite term).  So he holds out hope that the new “tree of life” picture is wrong:However, the last word has not yet been said on this issue, because the branching sequence of the earliest animal groups is still hotly debated. Some researchers have expressed doubt that ctenophores are at the base, and claim that the lack of many genes in comb jellies can be explained by massive gene loss that mimics a simple genome.Regardless of where ctenophores finally end up on the tree, the development and evolution of the complex nervous system of these creatures will be an enigma for some time. If it turns out that comb jellies are not at the base of the tree and that animal neurons indeed originated only once, someone must figure out why the molecular biology underlying the comb-jelly nervous system is so different from that of other animals.Hejnoi thereby confesses that nobody in evolutionary circles knows the answer to fundamental questions about the earliest animals, or even “how evolution really works.”This is rich.  C’mon, Ken Miller!  C’mon, Eugenie Scott.  C’mon Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne and the NCSE crowd.  We dare you to tell us, your evolution critics, that we are too dumb to know how evolution really works.  That’s right; we’re stupid because we respect facts and common sense.  We lack the fanciful imaginations you guys have to envision “fascinating scenarios” where complex systems emerge multiple times independently by blind, unguided processes.Hejnoi’s explanation for the “fascinating scenario” (see paragraph above beginning “The phylogenetic position of comb jellies”) is a classic example of Darwinian spin doctoring.  Critics should study it.  Debaters should put it in textbooks as an example of parrying a defeat into a victory.  He took a falsification of Darwinism and beat Darwin skeptics over the head with it!  He turned the cop’s gun on the cop.  It’s not the Darwinists’ fault this is a problem, don’t you see?  It’s the critics’ fault for not understanding how evolution really works!  You proud people think you are the top of the heap, but evolution favors the little guy as much as you!  Where’s your imagination?  Where’s your faith?The facts about comb jellies—their complex nervous systems and the genes that encode them—should prompt a call of “game over” for Darwinism.  It’s one more in a long line of falsifications (the Cambrian explosion, molecular machines, integrated systems, etc.; incidentally, comb jellies appear fully formed and modern-looking in the Cambrian strata).  Unfortunately, since the Darwin Party controls the media, the science institutions and the referees, the spin doctoring will continue, unhinged and unfettered.  The Darwin skeptics will be the portrayed as the deniers, the flat-earthers, the anti-science folk.  What a corrupt regime Darwin’s disciples created!  Darwinism doesn’t need a tune-up.  It needs a junkyard.  Better yet, haul it off to a nuclear waste disposal facility, deep underground.  That would help protect the intellectual environment.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Could Be Coming To The Arm Race

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology A Samsung smartwatch is likely in the works and it is coming to a Galaxy near you.In a patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Samsung details a smartwatch concept it appears to be calling “Galaxy Gear.” According to the patent, the device is a watch or a bangle that can connect to the Internet and transmit data and messages.The description from the patent filing:Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages; wearable electronic handheld devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages and for keeping track of or managing personal information; smart phones; tablet computers; portable computers.A patent filing does not necessarily mean that a company will build a particular product. If you look back into the annals of patents given to tech companies, you will find such items as an iPod-like click-wheel iPhone. That product, thankfully, never made it to market. But Apple’s engineers and designers patented it. Samsung smartwatch patent. Image source: Moveplayer.Smartwatches are an inevitability. Between the fascination with smartphones and tablets and the emerging trend of the “quantified self,” the top mobile manufacturers will make, at the very least, a small foray into smartwatches.When that will be, no one is quite sure. The initial thought was that companies like Apple, Google and Samsung would have consumer-ready products by the end of 2013. That may still happen but there has been a lack of tangible news (outside of these types of patent filings) that say that smartwatches will hit the mass consumer market any time soon. Yet with each successive patent, we have a better idea of what these smartwatches will do. Samsung wants it to be a device that can act like a smartphone on your wrist and be able to have its own wireless data connection (which stands apart from other smartwatch rumors that indicate the wearable devices will have to be paired with smartphones for data connectivity). Images from Korean news site Moveplayer showing Korean patents filings for potential Samsung smartwatch. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Samsung#smartwatch dan rowinskilast_img read more

Canadian producer Robert Lantos to receive Camerimage award

first_imgOver the 24-year history of the Camerimage Film Festival – one of the industry’s top events for celebrating the work of cinematographers and film artists – the festival has only awarded its producer’s award twice. Next week, Canadian producer Robert Lantos will become the third.Lantos, the Toronto-based producer behind such films as Barney’s Version, Eastern Promises and Sunshine, will receive the award at the opening night gala in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Nov. 12.Until now, the honour has only been bestowed to producers Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy) and Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor). Lantos has a long, storied history with the Canadian filmmaking community, from producing such classic Canadian movies as Joshua Then and Now (1985), Black Robe (1991) and eXistenZ (1999), to serving as chairman and CEO of Alliance Communications Inc. The producer has also enjoyed an extensive collaboration with another Toronto-based filmmaker, Atom Egoyan, serving as producer for the director’s Calendar (1993), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia’s Journey (1999), Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies (2005) and last year’s Remember, which starred Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. (Remember will also screen in competition at Camerimage). This past summer, Lantos received a Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.The Camerimage Film Festival runs Nov. 12 to 19, and will also honour actress Jessica Lange.BY Barry Hertz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Leaders to go ahead with initiative to forge national unity

first_imgLeaders of various political parties are seen at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain`s residence at Baily Road in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus SalamNewly floated Jukto (United) Front and Gano Forum have decided to carry forward the initiative to forge a national unity ahead of the next general elections.At a crucial meeting on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the process formed a four-member sub-committee to work out the details of the unity, including agenda and common goals of the political process.“At this critical juncture, we’ve decided to work together. We’ve constituted a sub-committee which will finalise the next course,” Front leader, and president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury told newsmen after the meeting at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence in the city.The Front will hold a public rally on 22 September, said B Chowdhury, a former president of Bangladesh.He, however, denied holding any discussion on joining of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the United Front.Only founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Zafrullah Chowdhury, who maintains liaison between the Front and the BNP, was present at the meeting.Four members of the sub-committee are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya leader Zahidur Rahman, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Muhsin Montu and BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan.JSD president ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna were also present at the meeting, apart from Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury.Kamal Hossain has been for quite some time talking about a national alliance in order to bring changes in national politics, and ensure free and fair elections and good governance in the country.B Chowdhury has led the process of formation of the Jukta Front with simialr goals, engaging Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagorik Oikya besides his Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh.The BNP as well is working on forging a greater alliance to get rid of what it calls ‘misrule’ of the Awami League and ensure free and fair elections in the country.Some political parties are unwilling to join the greater alliance involving the BNP since, they argued, Jamaat-e-Islami is a key component of the BNP-led 20 party alliance.The BNP has decided to join the process of forging national alliance with other political parties, side by side consolidating its alliance, as suggested by jailed party chief Khaleda Zia.Sources in the BNP said Zafrullah Chowdhury has been working to help make an alliance with the parties other than the government-led 14-party alliance.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been monitoring the process, party leaders said.last_img

Bangladesh no longer safe for Indian insurgents BSF

first_imgBangladesh is no longer a safe haven for Indian insurgents, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General KK Sharma said on Friday.“They (Indian insurgents) are no longer active in Bangladesh. There were few training camps and hideouts of Indian insurgents and on our (BSF) information, the BGB (Border Guards of Bangladesh) has taken effective action and destroyed them,” Sharma said on the sidelines of a function at the BSF (Meghalaya Frontier) headquarters here.Moreover, he said if there was any definite knowledge of Indian insurgent camps on Bangladesh soil, action would be taken by the Bangladesh security forces to dismantle them.India has a 1,880 km border with Bangladesh along four states – Tripura (856 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km) and Mizoram (318 km).Expressing concern on the cattle smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border, Sharma said his troopers continued to make all efforts to thwart the crime.“You must realize that the populations on both sides of the border have been indulging in this activity for a very long time. Wherever we become strict, cattle smuggling is stopped in that area. They immediately shift to another area. So inspite of our best efforts, this has not completely stopped,” he said.Sharma said the BSF was in the process of covering the gaps along the India-Bangladesh border with technological solutions.“Very soon we will be installing an intruder detection alarm system to detect any intruder.last_img read more

Suicide of physician wife confesses to illicit affairs

first_imgMustafa Morshed Akash,Tanjila Haq Chowdhury MituTanjila Haq Chowdhury Mitu, who was detained in connection with reported suicide of her husband physician Mustafa Morshed Akash, has confessed to having extramarital affairs with others, police claimed on Friday, reports UNB.She, however, kept mum about various other important issues, Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s additional deputy commissioner (South) Md Mizanur Rahman said at a press briefing in the city.”She was detained over her husband’s Facebook status before killing himself and his family’s verbal complaint,” Mizanur said.A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit picked Mitu up from Nandankanon on Thursday night, hours after her husband reportedly killed himself with an insulin overdose.A Chattogram court later sent her to jail when police produced her before it showing her arrest in a case filed over the incident.Victim’s mother Jobeda Khanam filed the case against six people, including Mitu, her parents and two friends, with Chandgaon police station in the afternoon, said its officer-in-charge Abul Bashar.The five other accused are Mitu’s father Anisul Haq Chowdhury, mother Shamim Shely, sister Sanjida Haq Chowdhury Alisha and two friends – Indian national Uttam Patel and Mahbubul Alam.Police said they will investigate whether any of Mitu’s friends was involved in the instigation.CTTC unit chief Mohammad Shahidullah said they had interrogated Mitu. “She has admitted to cheating and conjugal disputes but avoided answering some other questions,” he said.Police said they had seized the mobile phone used by Akash and the physician’s Facebook status about his wife has been deleted.Akash, 33, a physician of Chittagong Medical College Hospital’s medicine department, reportedly killed himself over family feud in Chandgaon residential area in the city after an altercation with his wife, also a physician who used to reside in the USA, about her alleged illicit affairs.Family members said before his apparent suicide, Akash had shared photos of his wife on his Facebook profile and wrote about her alleged extramarital affairs before announcing his decision to end his life.last_img read more

Bill for Municipal Service Commission to recruit employees to be placed

first_imgKolkata: The state is moving towards recruiting employees in all the municipalities, municipal corporations, and development authorities in the state under a single umbrella.The West Bengal Municipal Service Commission (WBMSC) will carry out the recruitment process. A Bill in this regard is expected to be tabled in the state Assembly on Wednesday.A source in the state Municipal Affairs department said after implementation of this Bill, the recruitment in all the 8 municipal corporations, 115 municipalities and 18 development authorities across the state will be carried out by WBMSC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe recruitment for the three notified areas and valuation boards that come under the aegis of the Municipal Affairs department will also be done by the Commission.Currently, the recruitment of the employees of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is done through the Commission and sometimes also for the municipal corporations. Earlier, the process of recruitment of the 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities, three notified areas and three industrial authorities among others was conducted by various agencies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We are hopeful that this process will usher in transparency in the recruitment process and at the same time, allegations of political interference in the recruitment process can be done away with,” a senior official of the Municipal Affairs department said.Sources in the department said the Commission will have four to five members headed by a chairman. The Chairman will preferably be a retired IAS officer.It may be mentioned that the department has found that there has been a huge number of unnecessary recruitments in various municipal bodies that the department feels is beyond requirement. Political interference has also played a role in this. “There have been litigations in various courts alleging lack of transparency in the recruitment process. The state wants to have control over the recruitment process,” the official added.last_img read more