#JaVotes2016: Candidates move to calm supporters in Mountain View

first_imgThe PNP and JLP candidates for Eastern St Andrew, Fayval Williams and Andre Hylton have moved to bring the confrontation between their supporters at the Mountain View Primary School under control. “We understand that about 25 persons clad in orange showed up to vote but questions were raised about where they lived, but we went down and sorted out the situation and calmed tempers so that they could be allowed to vote in peace,” Williams told The Gleaner. For his part, Andre Hylton said that he has heard of the incident and that his team is on the ground managing the situation. “We heard of an incident at the Mountain View Primary but my team has gone down there to address the situation and to maintain calm,” he said. ST ANDREW EASTERN CANDIDATES JLP: Fayval Williams PNP: Andre Hyltonlast_img read more

Tinkering with Human Embryos More Brazen than Ever

first_imgSecular biologists want to see how long they can keep embryos in a dish before killing them.You can feel the undercurrent in Nature News’ story about a new record for keeping human embryos alive: they want to extend it past the 14-day limit set by international agreement. Sara Reardon writes:The work, reported this week in Nature and Nature Cell Biology, also raises the possibility that scientists could soon culture embryos to an even more advanced stage. Doing so would raise ethical, as well as technical, challenges. Many countries and scientific societies ban research on human embryos that are more than 14 days old; in light of this, the authors of the studies ended their experiments before this point.The proverbial angel on the shoulder cries, This is unethical. The devil cries, The old rules are outdated. Do it! Do it! We all know what “ended their experiments”. It’s a euphemism for “killed them.” Is there nothing left of human exceptionalism? Look at the attitude of this secular biologist:Scientists have well understood the earliest stages of life in many other animals for decades. “It’s really embarrassing at the beginning of the twenty-first century that we know more about fish and mice and frogs than we know about ourselves,” says Ali Brivanlou, a developmental biologist at the Rockefeller University in New York City and lead author of the study in Nature. “This is a bit difficult to explain to my students.”Humans are just another animal, in other words. Dissection after death is one thing—medical students profit from dissecting cadavers donated to science—but to take a helpless, developing human embryo and watch it for days or weeks and then kill it is different. If Brivanlou extended his reasoning, why not treat humans like lab rats to know more about them? We grow lab rats and inject them with cancer. We stuff them with drugs and watch what happens. We wring their little necks. Why were the German scientists culpable at the Nuremburg trials? Weren’t they trying to understand humans to know more about them? Did good intentions excuse what they did? There’s nothing in Brivanlou’s argument to forbid experimentation on live humans except the number of days of gestation and development. He shouldn’t find the ethical reasons we treat animals differently hard to explain to his students. He could tell them he is thankful mad scientists didn’t play with his embryo.Brivanlou’s argument also begs the question that growing human embryos in a dish is the only way to learn about them. Modern technology has provided numerous ethical ways to study human development without killing the subject, including advanced imaging with ultrasound, MRI and CT. If an embryo is stillborn or dies from natural causes (without intentional killing, as with abortion), then the parents can offer the embryo to science. Why are scientists chomping at the bit to play with human embryos and kill them?But their achievements in the lab may be grounds for re-examining the limit, says George Daley, a stem-cell researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston in Massachusetts. He says that it is somewhat arbitrary. Such a debate would be complex and heated, and it could reach beyond researchers working directly with human embryos. If scientists succeed in growing stem cells into embryo-like structures, it could be difficult to determine whether the structures count as embryos, and thus are subject to the 14-day rule. “It’s an interesting ethical discussion we’ve got ahead of us here,” says Pera.The latest success at keeping embryos alive for 13 days raises the perennial-haunting question of when life begins. Presumably, the 14-day limit was set in place as the time of gastrulation, when an embryo can no longer divide into twins, and thus (as the thinking goes), becomes an “individual.” Conservatives and theologians consider life to begin at fertilization. On Breakpoint this week, John Stonestreet commented on the flash of light that occurs when sperm meets egg. Is this not an empirically observable marker for the “spark of life” that commences the beginning of a new individual human being? See the “fireworks” for yourself in a video clip on The Guardian.The BBC News merely notes that some scientists want to “reconsider” the 14-day limit. “It is an area that could spark huge ethical debate in the coming years,” James Gallagher reports, considering only pro-extension arguments, failing to quote any conservative ethicist providing reasons for not cutting up human embryos and treating them as scientific lab rats.Even 14 days is not enough for the extreme secular progressives. New Scientist tries to push the origin of personhood to 8 weeks, months, and longer:Only gradually, at about 8 weeks, does the embryo become a fetus with the essential organs at least roughly mapped out. Only much later is the nervous system developed, and only much, much later does the fetus have the capacity to feel pain.A primitive streak is not a nervous system. A bunch of cells is not an organised human being in any robust biological sense. A number of days does not define life.Well, then, if it’s not the number of days, that means zero days, does it not? Logically, that should refer to the time of conception. On what basis will they define a human life in a “robust biological sense” that could not be fudged in the future? If scientists succeed in pushing the limit here, future scientists will continue pushing it more and more, following the same line of reasoning. It’s not really human till a week after birth. It’s not really human till kindergarten. The elderly are not really human. Beware, “new scientist,” when they come for thee.To Christians and Jews, all humans have dignity and value, being created in the image of God. The Bible speaks of individuals as fully  human persons even as they are in the womb, such as in Psalm 136, Jeremiah 1 and Luke 1. Every pregnant woman (except, perhaps, those brainwashed by Planned Parenthood) knows that she carries a unique individual in her body. No distinction is made for when God starts knitting together our inward parts; it is not after 8 days, or 14, or 8 weeks. It is not for man to set a limit. When sperm joins to egg, the entire unique genome of an individual comes together. That is the most distinctive moment at which everyone can affirm with certainty that life begins. If you don’t want the special interests to win by default, you must engage the debate. Take the information we and other conservative organizations provide you with and use them to urge your elected leaders from letting scientists erode the value of human life. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Shovelware: Developers Now Launch More E-Book Apps Than Games in iTunes Store

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to a new survey conducted by mobile analytics company Flurry, developers now launch more e-book apps than games in Apple’s iTunes App Store. Games now represent 13% of the new releases while 20% of all the new apps in the App Store are e-books. One of the reasons for this is that it’s quite easy for developers to release large numbers of e-books. Developers just have to switch out the text, rename the app and send it to Apple for approval. This data from Flurry doesn’t tell us much about how many people actually download e-books on the iPhone, though an earlier report from Flurry showed that the iPhone e-book market saw impressive growth this year. The B&N Reader, Amazon Kindle app and Stanza are still the most popular e-book apps and it would be interesting to see more data about how users use these apps. While it’s easy for developers to release lots of e-book apps based on public domain texts, this data tells us very little about how many people actually use them. More Than Just Static TextOver time, e-books on the iPhone will hopefully become more interesting than the current crop of apps. While today’s hardware e-readers mimic traditional books, the next generation of e-readers will likely go beyond this and the iPhone is already in a position to lead the charge. Creative’s forthcoming Zii MediaBook will offer some of this functionality. With iTunes LP, Apple also has a format that publishers could use to create richer e-book experiences. iTunes LPs aren’t compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch, yet. It is likely only a matter of time before Apple brings this format to its mobile devices, though. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#E-Books#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nitish to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister at 10 am

first_imgNitish resignation: A ‘scripted’ sequence of events Bihar Governor has invited caretaker Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take oath as Chief Minister at 10 am today at Rajendra Mandap inside Raj Bhawan, a press release stated.Mr.Kumar has submitted a letter of support from 131 legislators to the Governor. The legislators were from BJP, JD(U), Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and two Independent MLAs, said the release.“The Governor took the decision to invite Mr. Kumar to take oath as chief minister on Thursday and prove majority in the state assembly within two days,” said the Raj Bhawan release.Also Read  Meanwhile, sources said Mr. Kumar will take oath with senior state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi as his Deputy in the cabinet and other ministers.Some central BJP leaders too are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.On Wednesday, Mr. Kumar resigned as Chief Minister of Bihar, saying indirectly that his tenure was no longer tenable as Tejashwi Yadav, his deputy from the Rashtriya Janata Dal who was facing corruption charges, had refused to resign.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had immediately hailed Mr. Kumar’s uncompromising stand on corruption and the Bharatiya Janata Party extended support to the JD(U) to form the next government.With the JD(U) and the BJP unwilling to face a mid-term poll, the BJP late on Wednesday evening handed over to the Governor the letter extending support to Mr. Kumar.last_img read more

Kolkata school suspends classes, parents agitate

first_imgHundreds of guardians of students of the G.D. Birla Centre for Education, a renowned private school in south Kolkata, where a kindergarten student was allegedly sexually abused by teachers recently, blocked a busy thoroughfare connecting the central with the southern part of the city on Sunday. The blockade, which continued for several hours till evening, was held against the decision of the school authorities to keep the school closed for an indefinite period from Monday. Parents also demanded the arrest and resignation of the school’s Principal. “The school authorities cannot take such an abrupt decision to keep the school closed for an indefinite period as it would jeopardise the future of students,” said a guardian. The protesters also argued that closing the school cannot be a solution to the issue and that school authorities should first ensure the safety of the students.Police struggled to convince the agitating parents to lift the blockade and even agreed to arrange a meeting with the school authorities. “Since one of the key demands of the guardians was to hold a meeting with the school authorities, we can arrange it at the auditorium of the Kolkata Police’s Bodyguard Line [in south Kolkata] on Monday,” Deputy Commissioner of Police-South Suburban Division Rupesh Kumar told journalists. He also said that the school authorities have agreed to meet the guardians. However, the agitated guardians turned down the police’s offer and said that they would meet the school authorities only on the school’s premises. Meanwhile, the father of the victim lodged a complaint against Principal Sharmila Nath at the city’s Jadavpur Police Station. “He [the girl’s father] has lodged a police complaint against the principal today [Sunday]. The Principal was aware of the crime and she tried concealing it,” said Priyanka Tibrewal, the lawyer of the girl’s father. Earlier, in a letter to the child’s father, Ms.Nath had stated that the two accused teachers had been removed. The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) also demanded the arrest of the Principal.last_img read more

NU stumps FEU for 1-0 lead in UAAP men’s volleyball finals

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Richard Solis had 17 points to lead FEU while John Paul Bugaoan added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Season MVP Bryan Bagunas finished with 18 points to lead NU while getting additional firepower from Rookie of the Year James Natividad, who put up 16 points.“We had a small problem in the first set because of the adjustments our opponents made,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino. “It’s a good thing once the second set started we were able to recover and carried that momentum in the third and fourth sets.”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 hope this continues in the second game.”Madzlan Gampong and Kim Malabunga also finished in double digits for the Bulldogs with 10 points apiece. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion National University moved on the cusp of the title after turning back Far Eastern University in four sets, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball finals Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bulldogs need just one more win to repeat as champions and take their fourth title overall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ NCAA committee proposes moving 3s to international line Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Heres the new Firefox logo for a family of Mozilla apps

first_img Firefox Privacy Mozilla Share your voice 0 Tags Mozilla Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled its new Firefox logo — actually a family of logos — designed to give a unified identity to its broadening suite of products and services.You probably know the Firefox name from Mozilla’s open-source browser. But the new Firefox “master brand” stands for a collection of tools that’ll sport the Firefox name. That includes not just the browser, but also Firefox Send for transferring files, Firefox Lockwise to store and sync passwords, and Firefox Monitor to check if your password was exposed in a data breach.”That’s just the beginning of the new Firefox family,” Mozilla said in a blog post about the new brand. The master brand is a variation of Firefox’s globe-encompassing, flaming fox, but it’s mostly just a stylized flame that opens the door to a broader suite of colors.A master Firefox brand, at top, spawns variations for different Mozilla apps and tools.A master Firefox brand, at top, spawns variations for different Mozilla apps and tools. Mozilla Mozilla is expanding its tools, but the icon for the Firefox browser, used by close to 300 million people each month, is likely to remain the most important one you’ll see on your PC or phone screen for now. As first reported by CNET, the new Firefox browser icon is stylized, simplified, and for the first time faces you. The blue Earth is now purple (the continents vanished in an earlier redesign), and the fox’s legs are gone altogether.The new branding comes during a push to emphasize private browsing that contrasts with the user-tracking priorities of online advertising giants Facebook and Google, maker of the rival Chrome browser. Firefox remains an important browser, but it hasn’t dented Chrome’s dominance. With privacy now in vogue in tech circles — yes, even at Google and Facebook — Mozilla has a new chance to win new loyalists.The new Firefox brand opens the door to some new color schemes. Mozilla likes the gradients.The new Firefox brand opens the door to some new color schemes. Mozilla likes the gradients. Mozilla “Privacy is woven into every Firefox brand experience. With each release, our products will continue to add features that protect you and alert you to risks,” Mozilla said. “Unlike Big Tech companies that claim to offer privacy but still use you and your data, with us you know where you stand.”This month, Firefox began blocking attempts to track your browsing behavior across the web, though the change affects new users only for now and will only be enabled for existing users in coming months. The move followed browsers Safari and Brave. Microsoft is building a similar tool into its Edge browser.Mozilla will distribute the new Firefox browser icon with an update of the software arriving this fall.Originally published June 11, 8:04 a.m. PTUpdate, 1:06 p.m.: Adds schedule for when the Firefox browser will ship with the new icon.center_img Post a comment Computers Security CNET Apps Todaylast_img read more

Daimler ships out first electric Freightliner semi truck in the US

first_img Tags Freightliner Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door Comments Check out the Level 2 Freightliner Cascadia big rig at CES 2019 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations Now playing: Watch this: 22 Photos 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a misscenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 3 The first self-driving big-rig hits the road in Nevada 1:53 More From Roadshow Look for the first ones in Southern California Daimler First came the electric Freightliner box truck, and now we have the semi truck. Daimler said on Monday it’s built the very first eCascadia semi trucks and they’re on their way to the first lucky customers in the US.If the eCascadia looks and sounds familiar, that’s because it’s based on Freightliner’s normal Cascadia semi. Rather than its internal-combustion engine, there’s a battery-electric powertrain with a 550-kWh battery pack. Daimler has previously said the electric powertrain makes 730 horsepower and is good enough for 250 miles of range. Plug the big semi into the right connector and 80% of the battery’s capacity returns in 90 minutes.The electric semi isn’t exactly going into production just yet, however. Instead, the first eCascadias will be part of a “Freightliner Innovation Fleet” before the truck enters series production in late 2021. Penske and NFI are the two companies that will add the electric semi to their ranks first.Penske also took delivery of one of the first eM2 box trucks, the other electric truck from Daimler’s Freightliner division. Each of the eCascadias will operate in Southern California by the end of the year. Freightliner said it will deliver additional eCascadias to customers throughout this year.Effectively, Daimler has beaten Tesla to the electric semi market. The Silicon Valley-based automaker has promised the Tesla Semi will enter production soon, but so far, it hasn’t. Instead, the Semi has been used to deliver other Tesla vehicles and haul between the Gigafactory and various places.Yet, Daimler has spread its electric truck portfolio out. Not only does it have the eCascadia and the eM2, the automaker also showed off the Fuso eCanter and even an electric school bus.last_img read more

9 Nagorik Oikyo men to contest polls with Sheaf of Paddy

first_imgMahmudur Rahman Manna and SM AkramA total of nine Nagorik Oikya leaders will contest the upcoming general elections with the symbol of ‘Sheaf of paddy’, the election symbol of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).A top leader of the Nagorik Oikya told Prothom Alo that as their party has no registration, their candidates will compete in the elections with the BNP’s symbol.Nagorik Oikya started distributing the nomination papers to the nominated candidates on Tuesday morning after the BNP leaders handed over the nomination papers to the representatives of the party on Monday night.“BNP earlier told us about nine seats. Finally, they handed over the nomination papers to us on Monday night,” said ther top leader of the Nagorik Oikya.Those who were nominated from the Nagorik Oikya are Nagorik Oikyo convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna for Bogura-2 constituency, SM Akram for Narayanganj-5, Fazlul Haque Sarkar for Chandpur-3, Nazrul Islam for Mymensingh-2, Mobarah Hossain for Brahmanbaria-2, Rabiul Islam for Satkhira-2, Shah Mohammad Rahmatullah for Rangpur-1, Mofakkharul Islam Nabab for Rangpur-5, M Nurur Rahman for Barisal-4.Manna confirmed to the Prothom Alo that nine Nagorik Oikya candidates are going to contest the next national elections with ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.last_img read more