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Lights for Liberty: Hundreds in Ithaca protest conditions at U.S. border

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — “This land was made for you and me,” a crowd sang Friday evening at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. The well-known song was sung in this instance as a protest of the detention of undocumented immigrants and the separation of families at the southern border. Calvin Marnell, who is six and a half years old, holds his candle during the vigil. “Nobody living can ever stop me,As I go walking that freedom highway;Nobody living can ever make me turn backThis land was made for you and me.” Attendee Sara Ferguson said she came to the rally with her family to stand in solidarity with those who are illegally detained at the border. She said she felt the need to do something when she heard about the situation. The event included a variety of speakers and musicians, including Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano, and Carlos Gutierrez of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center. Volunteers set up tables where attendees could register to vote and another table with information to contact Congressman Tom Reed with concerns. After the speakers and musicians finished their speeches and songs, the crowd lit their candles and had a moment of silence. The rally concluded with the song, “This Land is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie. Local organizers Una Moneypenny and Alison Christie said they decided to create the event after hearing about Lights for Liberty through a daily podcast by Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin. Becky Mehorter “Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked, but I’m absolutely shocked,” she said. “It’s the 21st century and yet there are once again concentration camps at the border. I cannot believe it, and I’ll do whatever I can to stop it.” Jen Jacoby volunteered to monitor the crowd at the rally. She said she signed up to help as an individual as a way to protest treatment that she said is against basic human rights. Hundred gathered to protest the conditions of the detention centers at the southern border. Vigil attendee Sara Ferguson said people should educate themselves on the issue and call their representatives to demand the end of family separations and detention centers at the border. The Ithaca rally was one of over 700 vigils organized by Lights for Liberty that occurred July 12 throughout the United States and around the world. Lights for Liberty describes itself as a “loose coalition of grassroots activists.”center_img Christie said she was motivated to put on the vigil because government officials are not listening to what their constituents want. “The treatment of the families in the detention centers needs to end,” Jacoby said. “They’re not being treated fairly and it’s important that we come out and talk against it.” Christie said that there is more to come in the future and that the vigil was only the first step. Moneypenny echoed the sentiment. She said change will happen from the ground level and that there is a moral imperative to take action when things are this bad. “We’re in it, and we’re in it until it’s over,” Moneypenny said. Becky Mehorter is an intern at the Ithaca Voice. She is a rising senior at Ithaca College with majors in journalism and Spanish. More by Becky Mehorter Over two hundred people did come out to protest the conditions of the detention centers. Many waved signs protesting the infringement of human rights and the government administration that allows such atrocities to occur. The crowd sings through the well-loved verses before stumbling through a section that most had never heard before: Vigils were planned to raise awareness about the reports that show conditions at the detention centers at the southern border are inhumane, resources are exhausted and families are being separated. Journalists have talked to children held in the centers to see what the conditions were like. All of this news prompted the coalition Lights for Liberty to organize a worldwide vigil in honor of the detainees. A few hundred people gathered July 12 on the Commons at a Lights for Liberty Vigil to End Concentration Camps. It was one of hundreds planned across the nation ahead of ICE raids expected Sunday. “A lot of people are asking where is the leadership? Why can we not get these concentration camps shut down?” she said. “(The government actions) are being done in our name, with our money, and we need to make it stop.” last_img read more

National blueprint for basic skills is launched

first_imgEmployers are to be alerted to the bottom-line benefits of improving basicskills at work with the launch of a pilot partnership scheme to promote betterliteracy, numeracy and language levels. Designed to initially tackle the problems faced by employers in the SouthEast, the Lancaster University’s Workplace Basic Skills Network and the SouthEast of England Development Agency (Seeda) – with the local Learning and SkillsCouncils (LSCs) – are co-ordinating the £1m project. Known as the South East Workplace Basic Skills Strategy, the scheme aims tobecome the model for regional workplace basic skills provision throughout theUK. While much has been done to improve skills levels during the 10-yearexistence of Lancaster University’s Workplace Basic Skills Network, effortshave been disparate. Sue Batt, a director of the network, said: “It has often been a case ofdifferent organisations acting independently. We have long known that the bestresults are achieved through partnership, and now we’re very pleased thisapproach is being formalised. With our pooled resources, we will be able totarget a far greater number of companies and workers in the South East.” The project comes in response to Seeda’s workforce development strategy. Theregion has the highest employment rate in the country and the greatestproportion of people in employment with basic skills needs – an estimated600,000. “One of the key drivers from our perspective is the need to tackleskills shortages and gaps in the South East. We recognise the need to upgradepeople’s basic skills in an effort to enable them to develop within their ownworkforce,” said Barbara Bicknell, skills development manager at Seeda. “Our experience of what can be achieved through workplace basic skillsprogrammes tells us we’re on the right track – it makes a difference to thebottom line and that’s why Seeda is so committed. We hope that by involving theNetwork we’re going to make a step-change difference in how we tackle theproblem, enabling more employers to take part and do more,” she said. Initial emphasis will be on the supply side. “We’ll be runningprofessional development courses and seminars for basic skills practitioners,introducing them to working in companies and supporting them,” Battexplained. “Our staff team will also be providing mentoring and one-to-oneconsultancy for provider organisations. Enabling and upskilling providers willmake them better placed to stimulate and respond to demand.” Next year, the partnership hopes to secure mainstream funding to establishitself as the blueprint for regionally-based workplace basic skills provision.It will present a cohesive model for co-ordinating the activities ofstakeholders in tackling the issue. “Seeda is the only RDA to go about itin this way but we hope others, and the key funding agencies, will learn fromour experiences,” said Bicknell. “We need to grow people’s awareness of basic skills needs and what canbe done to help by working together. The union movement has been workingtirelessly to meet demands and we would hope that employers’ internal trainingdepartments could be another area to do so,” she added. By Elaine Essery Previous Article Next Article National blueprint for basic skills is launchedOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Watch: Amazing hidden waterfall discovered in Donegal mountains

first_imgWith so many hidden gems and untouched locations, Donegal is a dream county for intrepid explorers.Many people strive to find the ‘secret waterfalls’ and amazing caves that lie across the county.Now, another magical place has popped up on the radar. Two brave adventurers discovered this hidden waterfall deep in the Derryveagh Mountains in Gweedore. The 50ft feature is an impressive spectacle:The waterfall was found by Conor and Sarah, who share their trips on the @GraniteNomads Instagram page. They had to hike upriver to reach the bottom of the waterfall and warned that it’s not easy to access.  Conor and Sarah use their page to show that Gweedore in Donegal is a playground for the adventurer – “and not just GAA and pubs!”The couple kitted out their own mini camper van for their trips and enjoy hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, longboard skating and camping in their spare time.“We just want to show people you don’t always need to go away abroad to get amazing experiences and travel spots when we have them right here on your doorstep,” Conor said.“You just need your coat, your camera and when the sun comes out Donegal is the most picturesque, beautiful place in the world.”If you’d like to follow the Granite Nomads, visit their page here: https://www.instagram.com/granitenomads/Watch: Amazing hidden waterfall discovered in Donegal mountains was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derryveaghgranite nomadsGweedorenatureTravelwaterfalllast_img read more

Deadly Effects of Single Mutations

first_imgIs this the raw material for Darwinian evolution? The genetic mutations we observe can be catastrophic.Medical Xpress describes the tragic effects of a neurological mutation on certain afflicted children:The extremely rare disorder is characterized by developmental regression and neurodegeneration. At first the children lead normal lives and seem identical to their age-matched peers. However, beginning at around 3 to 6 years of age, they present with neurological deterioration, gradually losing motor, cognitive and speech functions. Although the condition progresses slowly, most patients are completely dependent on their caretakers by 15-20 years of age.Researchers at Hebrew University and Penn State found that this debilitating disease is caused by a single point mutation that represents one letter out of 3 billion letters in the human genome.The researchers found in all patients the same spontaneously occurring, non-inherited genetic change in a gene (named “UBTF”) responsible for ribosomal RNA formation. Because of this small change, the patients’ cells are flooded with ribosomal RNA and are poisoned by it.Another single-letter mutation is known to cause progeria, another progressive disease that turns children into old people in just 12 to 20 years.When Does a Frog Become Deadly?P. terribilis. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Micha L. Rieser.The poison dart frogs of Columbia carry a warning in their bright yellow skin: do not touch! There’s enough poison in one frog to kill 10 men at once. The poison acts by “reversing the openings of sodium channels in nerves, which prevents muscles from relaxing.” The heart muscle contracts to push blood through, but then cannot un-contract. A fatal heart attack usually results from those affected. Hunters in the jungle have learned to use this potent toxin to kill prey by dabbing it on the tips of their blow darts. These frogs are known as Phyllobates terribilis.The toxin comes from alkaloids in the environment that the frogs ingest and store in their skin. Some researchers wondered, though, how the frogs protect themselves from their own poison.Prior research has shown that the active ingredient in the toxin is batrachotoxin. To figure out why the dart frogs do not give themselves heart attacks when they produce the chemical, the researchers introduced five naturally occurring amino acid replacements found in the frog’s muscles into rat muscles. Doing so, the researchers report, made the rat muscle immune to the effects of batrachotoxin. The researchers then tested the amino acids individually until they found the one that was responsible for the change—N1584T. This finding overturns prior research results that suggested multiple factors were responsible for frog immunity—it shows that the immunity in the frogs comes from a single genetic mutation.In effect, the mutation broke the effect of the toxin for the frog. This means that all the frogs without the mutation must have died, and only the “broken” frogs survived. The research is published in PNAS. A week later, Science Magazine gave helpful detail on what the single point mutation does. It breaks a working receptor:Poison frogs produce a neurotoxin that protects them from predation. The frogs, however, run the risk of intoxicating themselves. Studying the frog neurotoxin epibatidine, which binds to acetylcholine receptors, Tarvin et al. found a single amino acid substitution. The substitution changes the configuration of the acetylcholine receptor, so that it decreases its sensitivity to the toxin. But acetylcholine signaling is essential for normal life. Expressing frog receptors in human cells revealed that different amino acid substitutions have occurred in different lineages that allow the frog to resist its own toxins while still letting target neurotransmitters function effectively.Update 9/19/2017: Look at the tragic picture in an article on Medical Xpress. A mutation causes some babies to be born without a nose. A rare condition called Bosma arhinia microphthalmia syndrome (BAMS) is caused by mutation. “BAMS is a congenital condition in which patients are born without a nose, and often with eye defects and stunted release of sexual hormones.”The frog story sounds like a case of natural selection, but if so, why didn’t the PNAS authors mention that? Why didn’t Phys.org mention it? Why didn’t they mention natural selection, positive selection, beneficial mutation, or anything else that would make this finding a victory for Darwin? The paper talks about the “evolution of extreme toxicity” in this frog, but the frog did not evolve into a non-frog. It just broke its reaction to the alkaloids. That may have been “beneficial” to the frog—keeping it from dying of a heart attack—but those sodium channels are there for a purpose. You don’t want to tinker with highly-functional molecular machines like that.The Darwinians expect us to believe that random genetic mutations are the seedbed of all the progress, improvement and innovation in the living world. That’s like expecting random bullets to improve functional automobiles and trucks. As Dr Jerry Bergman said recently in a talk, “Evolution works: but in the wrong direction!” Mutations are almost always deleterious, and the “nearly-neutral” mutations that predominate without causing overt problems add up like typos in a book to degrade the genome, leading to mutational meltdown. Doesn’t intelligent design of the working machinery make a lot more sense? (Visited 597 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sustainability of resilient South African nation brand depends on socially cohesive communities

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 18 August 2016 – In preparation of the inaugural Nation Brand Forum on Wednesday 24 August 2016, Brand South Africa hosted a research reference group yesterday that looked into the issue of social cohesion. The reference group looked at whether South Africa is asking the right questions when it comes to the analysis and measurement of social cohesion in South Africa.The reference group comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote social cohesion and nation building. International best practice indicates that a resilient nation brand is anchored on a socially cohesive citizenry.Social cohesion is, amongst others, premised on active citizenship, where community members and citizens work together for the attainment of shared goals, designed and agreed upon to improve the living conditions for all.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “Unfortunately challenges of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and historical divisions around race, class and gender make it difficult to arrive at a socially cohesive and united society as fast as we would want to. Through such reference groups, we aim to map out ways on how to recreate these challenges in moving us towards an ideal socially cohesive society.”Dr de Kock made reference to the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP), and indicated how these articulate in one way or another ways for the nation to deal with the question of Social Cohesion.He added: “Transformation of the South African society, economy, identity, education, and interactions with our immediate region and the world, are all in one way or another aimed at human development, and greater social cohesion – and this is outlined in the NDP.“The process of building nation brands, including brand South Africa, requires a consistent and coordinated efforts, which is heavily reliant on nation building. Nation-building in the context of South Africa, calls for a rethinking, on what social cohesion, linked to nation building, should be. It is premised on these reasons that we are interrogating the concept of social cohesion. Inputs, suggestions and actions recommended by participants at today’s research reference group will inform planning for the Nation Brand Forum scheduled for 24 August 2016.Dr de Kock concluded: “The reputation of a country, nation, or nation brand is shaped by a multitude of factors. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. It is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented for the nation.”Media are invited to participate in the inaugural Nation Brand Forum as follows:Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016Time: 08h30 – 15h00Venue: The Maslow Hotel46 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, 2146RSVPS/Enquiries: Tsabeng NthiteEmail [email protected] number 076 371 6810Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

Mumbai boyscores 498 runs, creates record

first_imgMumbai, which has produced several record-breaking batsmen, found yet another child prodigy on Wednesday when Armaan Jaffer scored 498 runs creating a new record of the highest individual score in an innings in school cricket history.Thirteen-year-old Armaan — nephew of the former India opener and Ranji captain of Mumbai, Wasim Jaffer — smashed 498 runs during a match for Rizvi Springfield High School against Shivaji School.He struck as many as 77 fours in 490 balls at Cross Maidan in south Mumbai before being caught just two short of yet another landmark of 500. Armaan set a new national record beating Nagpur’s Ali Zorain Khan’s score of 461 runs in a single innings.Team India has been fortunate to benefit from the talent of some young prodigies, including Sachin Tendulkar. Of course not everyone grows up to be Tendulkar but then Team India have been lucky with such prodigies. Probably Armaan could be the next big thing to watch out for.Armaan, like any other aspiring international cricketer, idolises Tendulkar. The younger Jaffer was understandably disappointed at missing out on 500 runs.”Sachin Tendulkar is my idol. It feels great to play such a long innings. I was not looking to set records but wanted to bat as long as possible,” he said at the end of his marathon innings. Armaan’s proud father Kaleem Jaffer now believes that there is more to come from the young boy.”I liked the determination and temperament that Armaan maintained during the innings. He batted responsibly and with a great patience,” Kaleem said.advertisementlast_img read more

C-Sections on GlobalMama and Caesarean Community of Practice

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 18, 2010June 1, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we recently mentioned, MHTF also has a blog on Medscape/WebMD and we’ve published a post today on caesarean sections in the United States and throughout the developing world.Also, we’ve created a page for a community of practice (CoP) working on caesarean indicators. The group met in January 2010 in Baltimore to discuss how to improve measurement of caesarean birth and developed a meeting report with recommendations for moving research forward.In addition to the caesarean CoP, MHTF has participated in the Clean Birth Kits Community of Practice to investigate the role of clean birth kits in improving maternal health.These communities of practice serve as a platform for experts in the field of maternal health and its related fields to share knowledge and information to reach consensus on major topics in maternal health that are major areas of debate. As we move forward, the development of additional CoPs around other pressing maternal health issues is likely.Share this:last_img read more

17 days agoSpurs midfielder Eriksen: Our worst time with Pochettino

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs midfielder Eriksen: Our worst time with Pochettinoby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen concedes Tottenham are going through a crisis period.Last season’s Champions League finalists have experience a disastrous few weeks.Denmark midfielder Eriksen says, “It’s the hardest period under him (manager Mauricio Pochettino). In my first season at the club it was a little up and down with the coach, but after Pochettino took over, it has almost been only success stories.”It’s a tough time for everyone. Both for people from outside and for the club.”In all clubs there is pressure when you lose. It’s on us players, too, because it’s not just the coach’s fault, since it’s us playing football.” last_img read more

Photo: Maryland’s Jared Nickens And Melo Trimble Hung Out With Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg

first_imgA closeup of Melo Trimble biting his Maryland uniform.ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 16: Melo Trimble #2 of the Maryland Terrapins reacts after being defeated by the Xavier Musketeers 76-65 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)When you’re having as good of a freshman year as Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens are, you get to hang with some pretty cool people. Peter Rosenberg is the well-known host of The Hot 97 Morning Show on 97.1 FM in New York City. He also hosts a wrestling podcast for Grantland. He’s also an alumnus of the University of Maryland, and a fan of the Terrapins.Rosenberg attended Maryland’s 60-50 win over Rutgers on Tuesday, which solidified the Terps as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. After the game, he hung out with Trimble and Nickens, who posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram.Overall, I’d say the Maryland program is doing alright for its first year in a new league.last_img read more