“Respect the Profession or Get Out”

first_imgA cross view of the new students shortly after they were admitted.Associate Justice warns as Louis Arthur Grimes Law School admits 63The Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia (UL) has admitted 63 new students into its 2019 academic program, a release has said.At the ceremony, associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sianeh Yuoh, admonished the in-coming and re-admitted students of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law to go the extra mile in their pursuit for legal knowledge, insisting that those who do not love and respect the profession should ‘get out.’Justice Yuoh, who spoke on Monday, September 2, during the opening of a week-long orientation in legal research, analysis and writing for the in-coming and re-admitted students, also urged the students to do everything they can to go for their chosen passion.According to the release, Associate Justice Yuoh entreated the students to search their hearts and make sure they want to be lawyers, citing an experience with a lawyer who the Supreme Court fined and suspended for “incompetence and reckless appearance before the Court.”“So go and think about it, because, if you want to be a lawyer, be a lawyer; you got one week in which to make up your mind. If you do not love and respect this profession, get out,” she admonished.“I’m only saying this to let you know that you have to do more than just getting up one morning and saying, ‘Instead of sitting down and doing nothing, let me go and do law,’” Justice Yuoh warned.The president of the National Trial Judges Association, Judge Roosevelt Willie, urged the students to make maximum use of all that they will be learning to become one of Liberia’s best lawyers.Judge Willie, who was ken on the writing and speaking ability of some lawyers, implored the first-year law students to strive to become the best legal practitioners.Professor Geegbae A. Geegbae, UL Vice President for Institutional Development and Planning, challenged the first-year law students to cultivate a culture of reading and doing more research if they must become professional lawyers. Prof. Geegbae proxied for UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks.He then encouraged the students to be cognizant of the rules enshrined in the student handbook, adding, “Focus your attention to achieve academic excellence.”Cllr. T. Negbalee Warner, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, said that the study of law is an exciting thing to do, yet challenging and requires having adequate information, preparation and endurance.“A key prerequisite for any decent chance of succeeding in the study and practice of law is knowing how the law is taught, studied and applied,” Warner said.This year, according to Associate Dean, Jamal C. Dehtho, Jr., more than 250 applications were received, but after a rigorous vetting process that included credential screening, the administering of two separate aptitude tests, and an in-person interview process, only 63 students (20 females and 43 males) met the Law School’s admission threshold.The in-coming students were meanwhile introduced to “legal baptism” into case briefing—a tedious academic exercise that dissects a court’s opinion and key elements and discusses its essence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Martin Jones shines, but Sharks series vs. Avalanche now a best-of-3

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/03/bang_3c99a65b-46cc-4fbb-a180-08c4e0f9646d”]DENVER — Goalie Martin Jones gave the Sharks every opportunity Thursday to take command of their second round series and set up a chance to eliminate the Colorado Avalanche at home this weekend.His teammates didn’t quite play with the same level of urgency, and now their series with the Avalanche is a best-of-three.Jones made 25 saves but the Sharks couldn’t solve Philipp Grubauer at the other end in a 3-0 loss at …last_img read more

Some ‘Junk DNA’ May Act as Computer Memory *

first_imgAdditionally,  Alus harbor about 25% of the CpG dinucleotides in the human genome which are methylatable, and hence can provide 25% of the DNA methylatable RAM for chromatin computation in the cell. If one doubts the existence of chromatin computation in the cell, one might do well to check this paper in PLoS One.So not only do Alus provide RAM/EPROM in the human RNA transcriptome, they provide RAM in the DNA genome/chromatin computers in the form of CpG dinucleotides.   The computer-like sophistication of Alu processing boggles the mind. It’s likely a pure coincidence, but it’s a amusing to compare Alu in biology with ALU in the computer world where ALU in the computer world is an acronym for Arithmetic Logic Unit.Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has four science degrees and is working on a PhD. For his previous entries on CEH, see his Author Profile.(Visited 1,022 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ayala’s Antiquated Alu Argument Refuted by Rupe’s Rebuttal in book Contested Bonesby Sal CordovaAudio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CEH-30-1-18-SC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Chris Rupe co-authored the book Contested Bones with John Sanford to tell about the inadequate evidence for human evolution. The book is almost entirely about bones and the fossil record, but there are 3 pages in that book that refute claims by evolutionary biologists that the human genome is badly designed because of repetitive DNA elements known as Alus.Some 10-11% of the human genome is composed of repeats of a specific 300-base pattern called an Alu. Evolutionists claim this is bad design. Their reasoning goes something like this: ‘You only need one copy of a phone book in a house, maybe a few at most, certainly not millions of copies. Therefore the 1 million copies of Alus in the human genome is worthless junk. It doesn’t even code for something. Therefore Alus are bad design. Since it’s bad design, there is no reason to believe there is an Intelligent Designer.”But I knew there was likely a skunk in this evolutionary reasoning. I can usually smell it miles away. For example, if you looked at this server farm and saw all the repeated copies of computers and memory, would you conclude it was bad design?Server Farm. Source: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/10/17/article-2219188-158CE597000005DC-42_964x507.jpgIt turns out the Alu DNA, like identical copies of computers in a server farm, can have their memory re-programmed on several levels. When Alus are transcribed, they have editable sites that act somewhat like RAM (random access memory) or EPROM (erasable programmable memory). Rupe’s book quotes two papers in support of this idea. The first describes the Adenosine-to-Inosine, or A-to-I, editing that goes on in Alus:Binary use of A or I in millions of sites in the neural cell transcriptome can be considered equivalent to the 0’s and 1’s used for information storage and processing by computers. It is tempting to speculate that the more abundant RNA editing found in the human brain may contribute to the more advanced human capabilities such as memory, learning, and cognition. This suggestion is consistent with the hypothesis that the advantage of complex organisms lies in the development of a digital programming system based on noncoding RNA signaling. The combinatorial posttranscriptional RNA editing of noncoding sequences may therefore contribute to higher brain functions.The second paper says:[T]here are over 100 million human Alu RNA editing sites [in each cell], located in the majority of human genes.I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation, and if each brain cell has a hundred million such Alu binary bits, and if each brain has 100 billion cells, then that about 1019 bits of memory! That is staggering, and that is consistent with the claim that the human brain has more connections than all the routers on the World Wide Web!Rupe and Sanford try to argue we aren’t evolved monkeys. In contrast, Ayala, who is bent on making monkeys out of everyone, said in 2010 when he criticized Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell:There are also lots and lots of DNA sequences that are nonsensical. For example, there are about one million virtually identical Alu sequences that are each three-hundred letters (nucleotides) long and are spread throughout the human genome. Think about it: there are in the human genome about twenty-five thousand genes, but one million interspersed Alu sequences; forty times more Alu sequences than genes. It is as if the editor of Signature of the Cell would have inserted between every two pages of Meyer’s book, forty additional pages, each containing the same three hundred letters. Likely, Meyer would not think of his editor as being “intelligent.” Would a function ever be found for these one million nearly identical Alu sequences? It seems most unlikely.Well, it seems Ayala (writing for Biologos) didn’t make a monkey out of everyone after all, but at least he succeeded in making a monkey of himself.PS: After Rupe’s book came out, I encountered this 2017 paper in the journal Cell that says the following:Primate-specific Alus constitute 11% of the human genome, with >1 million copies, and their genomic distribution is biased toward gene-rich regions.The functions of Alus are highly associated with their sequence and structural features.Alus can regulate gene expression by serving as cis elements.Pol-III-transcribed free Alus mainly affect Pol II transcription and mRNA translation in trans.Embedded Alus within Pol-II-transcribed mRNAs can impact their host gene expression through the regulation of alternative splicing, and RNA stability and translation.Nearly half of annotated Alus are located in introns; RNA pairing formed by orientation-opposite Alus across introns promotes circRNA biogenesis.Alu elements belong to the primate-specific SINE family of retrotransposons and constitute almost 11% of the human genome. Alus are transcribed by RNA polymerase (Pol) III and are inserted back into the genome with the help of autonomous LINE retroelements. Since Alu elements are preferentially located near to or within gene-rich regions, they can affect gene expression by distinct mechanisms of action at both DNA and RNA levels. In this review we focus on recent advances of how Alu elements are pervasively involved in gene regulation. We discuss the impacts of Alu DNA sequences that are in close proximity to genes, Pol-III-transcribed free Alu RNAs, and Pol-II-transcribed Alu RNAs that are embedded within coding or noncoding RNA transcripts. The recent elucidation of Alu functions reveals previously underestimated roles of these selfish or junk DNA sequences in the human genome.last_img read more

Blitzbokke capture Edinburgh Sevens

first_img6 May 2013The Springbok Sevens team became the only team to win three times in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series when they captured the Edinburgh Sevens with a 28-21 victory over New Zealand on Sunday.It was South Africa’s second successive tournament win, following on victory in Tokyo last month. In fact, they have won three of the last four tournaments. Fiji, with two wins, is the only team to have won twice, while New Zealand has won just once despite making five finals.The Kiwis, however, captured the overall 2012/13 HSBC World Series title by reaching the final in Edinburgh, with South Africa in second place with one tournament left to go.Second placeFiji can still overhaul South Africa for second spot, providing they win the last tournament in London and the Blitzbokke fail to make the Cup quarter-finals.Commenting after the final, Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu was quick to congratulate New Zealand for their Series win.“They were the most consistent team this year and that is why they are the overall champions, so it is well deserved to them,” he said.Treu then paid tribute to his players. “We arrived here without two of our playmakers (Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika), but this just made the remaining players in the squad much more determined.‘Very rewarding’“We had to nurse a couple of players through this tournament, so it is very rewarding to see their hard work paying off.”The final was a tense affair. South Africa started well with a great try by Seabelo Senatla, but the Kiwis scored from the restart to level matters. They subsequently took a lead into half-time with a well-worked try (14-7).Treu’s talk at the break then lifted the Blitzbokke. “The coach reminded us to what our strong points are and urged us to execute that. He asked us to play minute-to-minute, doing what we do best. We did that and it worked for us,” captain Frankie Horne said afterwards.Tries by Steven Hunt, Philip Snyman and Cornal Hendricks took South Africa into a comfortable 28-14 lead before New Zealand added another converted try to set up a thrilling finish.South Africa’s defence held up to the challenge and the title was theirs.ResultsEarlier, they outclassed USA in the Cup quarters, beating them 22-5. Chris Dry, Senatla (2) and Paul Delport scored the tries.In the semi-finals, they faced England and, again, two breakaway tries by the speedy Senatla set-up the win. A Cornal Hendricks try secured a 24-17 victory.On day one, the Blitzbokke edged Kenya and Canada 17-14 and thumped Samoa 27-0 to finish top of their pool.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

AngelConf: A How-To for Prospective Angel Investors

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#events#start Related Posts Interested in learning more about how to become an angel investor from experienced angels this month? Later this month, Y Combinator will reprise its AngelConf, an event first held last year that gives prospective angels the opportunity to meet and hear from experienced investors.These experienced angel investors will offer insights into the legal and financial how-to’s, as well as their thoughts on identifying promising startups.Confirmed speakers include Ron Conway, Paul Graham, Paul Buchheit, Michael Arrington, and Naval Ravikant.AngelConf will be held the afternoon of July 29, at the Y Combinator headquarters in Mountain View, California. You can request an invitation via the AngelConf site. And if you can’t be in California on July 29, you can watch the event via Justin.tv, where archives from last year’s AngelConf are also available.last_img read more

2014 World T20: Women team’s debacle leaves a lot to ponder

first_imgThe Indian women’s team qualified for the 2014 World T20, but the three successive losses that sent them out of the tournament left a spate of questions in its wake. It was not just an abject batting failure that let India down in Sri Lanka, but there are areas that need urgent attention and improvement at home, say some of the bestknown players of the country. Meagre payments (each player at the World T20 is said to be getting just Rs 1,00,000 while Rs 2,500 per international), lack of sufficient tournaments, particularly for juniors, absence of large and enough number of grounds, proper selection, and lack of tournaments with multiple-day matches are some of the problems that they point out.The most amazing fact, which they underlined, is that India haven’t played a Test match for six years, the last one being in 2006 in England. While no team member was willing to speak – they pointed that their contract prohibits them from talking to the media – stalwarts like former captains Shanta Rangaswamy and Sandhya Agarwal and former pacer Shashi Gupta minced no words in telling the sad story of women’s cricket. And Diana Edulji, who wants the BCCI to give a one-time benefit purse to women too, said: “I’m so disgusted with the performance that I don’t want comment.””Our team combination was not proper. Our batting performance was very, very poor,” Sandhya told MAILTODAY, referring to India’s scores of 104/8, 116/6, 98/9, and 102/1. India batted first against Australia and England, and barely crossed 100-run mark. And against Pakistan, they fail to chase down 98 runs. The lone consolation win came against Sri Lanka, and it helped Mithali Raj’s team to qualify for the 2014 World T20. Shanta said that “a combination of factors” were responsible for all this. “The number of tournaments, particularly of longer duration, should be increased so that a good team could evolve. Then, we are not concentrating on the technique. We’ve to analyse the reasons for this failure. We must encourage under-16 players, but the u-16 tournament has been discontinued,” she said.Shanta is no more involved in the running of the game, but she said: “I’ve no locus standi, but as a well wisher of the game I’ll write to the BCCI about these issues.” A few years ago, the ICC made it mandatory for all national women’s cricket boards to merge with the men’s. Shashi Gupta, who often raised pertinent issues with the BCCI, said smaller grounds and lack of proper pitches add to women’s woes. “The problems persist in all the states. Last year, I pointed out that India hasn’t played a Test series since 2006, but got no reply,” she said. While the BCCI was good enough to arrange three series before the World T20, officials say that women can’t be equated with men.”See the Indian (men) players are getting all these facilities after 75-80 years (of BCCI’s formation); the women’s wing wanted (the same) within two years. They want to be treated on the same lines as a Dhoni and a Tendulkar,” said a top official on condition of anonymity. “Within bounds and reasons they’ve been given everything. But we cannot duplicate the men’s wing for them. Men’s wing got it after 75 years, after delivering so much on the field.”advertisementlast_img read more

Semester One Sporting Schools funding is now open!

first_imgRegister and lodge your funding application today to get your students active, engaged and having fun! Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative aiming to get children healthy and active, before, during and after school. Sporting Schools is all about fostering a lifelong interest in sport among Australian children. Its key purpose is to encourage more children to do more sport-based activities, and empower schools to help them do that. Schools that are registered with Sporting Schools can: –       Access over 30 National Sporting Organisation (NSO) programmes delivered by endorsed coaches –       Support health and physical education outcomes that complement the school curriculum –       Access user-friendly sports based resources and professional development opportunities –       Design programmes that create important links between your school, sport and your local community  The Sporting Schools programme helps students’ foster healthy and active living habits and improves a child’s academic, health and social outcomes. Students who participate in Sporting Schools can benefit from: –       Better health and fitness, contributing to long-term health benefits –       Enhanced social and emotional wellbeing, cognitive functions, and improved fundamental movement skills –       Building positive relationships amongst their school peers. Term One funding applications are open until Friday, 4 March 2016. Term Two will remain open until Friday, 27 May 2016. Register your school and complete the grant application via the Sporting Schools website at sportingschools.gov.au.Related Files34323_ss_semester_1_2016_v1-pdfRelated LinksSporting Schoolslast_img read more