All is rosy in the Corpus Christi garden

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list Tracey McElligott, speaking to the Children from Corpus Christi School, about the Garden which is been worked on at the Moyross Community Centre .Picture brendan GleesonGOING to school is intended to help children grow up but at Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross, they’re also learning to just grow – grow their own food.Last week the children, their teacher, Liam Kelly and parents turned the ground on their new garden at the Moyross Community Centre and they are now planning now to plant all kinds of delicious fruit and vegetables.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The class have been busy working on the project to promote growing their own fruit and vegetables at home, as opposed to buying in stores.“They have been learning about the advantages of growing locally, and the implications of this. We have even came up with the slogan “Grow your own range, prevent climate change’, Liam told the Limerick Post.“We are trying to get the message across on a community scale at the moment, but would be extremely proud to showcase it to the people of Limerick,” Liam added.The youngsters are hugely enthused about the project and from now until harvest time, they will visit the garden regularly to weed and water their growing produce.“It will get them out of the classroom into the air and its teaching a number of important life skills,” said Liam.“They can take fruit and vegetables home to eat and, at the end of the project, we’re hoping to have a small market day to sell whatever produce is over.“It’s a win-win situation”. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Twitter Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Emailcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print NewsCommunityEducationAll is rosy in the Corpus Christi gardenBy Bernie English – March 10, 2019 1726 Facebook WhatsApp TAGSCommunityeducationLimerick City and CountyNews Previous articleGardaí to investigate ‘vile’ racist videoNext articleMinister’s intervention highlights airport EU connectivity issue Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Underground Rodents Have Better Eyes Than Darwin Predicted

first_imgEuropean scientists looked into the eyes of African mole-rats, expecting to find retinas that had deteriorated due to disuse in the underground, lightless environment.  What they found were several surprises that “call for a revision of our current views on the visual system of subterranean mammals,” reports a Max Planck Society press release.    The eyes look smaller on the outside, but that belies their internal complexity.  The scientists “discovered that in contrast to previous assumptions, the eyes of subterranean African mole-rats have a rather well-structured retina with an unusually high proportion of cone photoreceptors,” says the report.  Since cones are the photoreceptors for daylight vision, “their usefulness in the lightless world of mole-rats is puzzling.”  Also puzzling was that 90% of the cones are sensitive to blue light, whereas in most mammals 90% are sensitive to green.  “The density of rods, the photoreceptors for low-light night vision,” furthermore, “is much lower in the mole-rats than in nocturnal surface-dwelling rodents.”  These findings were the opposite of what was expected:The retinae were anatomically well-developed and showed no obvious deficits.  To the contrary, the researchers found an unusually high proportion of 10% cones among the photoreceptors.  Surface-dwelling nocturnal rodents like rat and mouse have only 1 – 3% cones, which is not surprising as cones do not operate in moonlight or starlight.  Even most diurnal mammals have no more than 5 – 20% cones.  Why should the mole-rats, living in constant darkness, invest so highly in the cones that only work in daylight?  The dominant majority of photoreceptors in all nocturnal and most diurnal mammals are the rods, which are used for vision at low light levels (night vision).  Here the mole-rats are less well equipped.  Their rod density is only one quarter of that of, for example, mice.  Why are the mole-rats so sparing with their light-sensitive rods?The press release offers no new hypothesis to explain these observations.  It just admits the assumptions were wrong, and it’s back to the drawing board:In summary, the photoreceptors of African mole-rats show stark deviations from the common mammalian pattern.  But none of these peculiarities fit the concept of a general regression of the retina in adaptation to a lightless living environment.  Evolutionary biology would predict that obsolete structures are removed because they are metabolically too expensive.  Hence these photoreceptor features should be interpreted as specializations for particular visual needs. It’s going to take more work to sort this out, they say.  “At present we know too little about the visual challenges and capabilities of these animals,” they admit.  But one thing they do know: “Certainly, the hypothesis of a general, convergent reduction of the eyes in subterranean mammals is up for re-examination.”So another evolutionary assumption has been falsified by observations.  Nice work.  Since Charlie is taking a stoning as a false prophet, how about giving the intelligent design community a shot at making and testing hypotheses?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Even Your Trash Can Is High-Tech

first_imgCells have the same problem as cities: disposing of trash.  Each of your cells has elaborate trash collector machines that not only dispose of damaged or unneeded proteins – they recycle them, too.  The structure of the proteasome, a fragile machine difficult to crystallize for imaging, has just become clearer thanks to researchers in Germany and Switzerland who reported their findings in PNAS.1  Here are some of the details of what happens: Unlike constitutively active proteases, the proteasome has the capacity to degrade almost any protein, yet it acts with exquisite specificity.  The key stratagem is self-compartmentalization: The active sites of the proteolytic 20S core particles (Cps) are sequestered from the cellular environment in the interior of this barrelshaped subcomplex.  Proteins destined for degradation are marked by a polyubiquitin chain, a degradation signal that is recognized by the 19S regulatory particles (Rps) that bind to either one or both ends of the CP to form the 26S holocomplex.  The Rps (i) recognize the polyubiquitylated substrates, (ii) trim and recycle the polyubiquitin chains, (iii) unfold substrates to be degraded, and (iv) open the gate to the CP and assist in substrate translocation into the interior of the CP.  These tasks are performed by a complex machinery involving at least 19 different subunits, 6 AAA-ATPases (Rpt1?6), and 13 non-ATPases (Rpn1?3, Rpn5?13, Rpn15/Sem1p).In plain English, the barrel-shaped machine recognizes trash by chemical tags that have been put on them.  A special lid reads these tags of ubiquitin, takes them off, unfolds the trash protein, opens a special lid, and stuffs it inside, where the innards take the amino acids apart for recycling.  This is all done by “complex machinery” with 19 parts, 6 that spend ATP for energy, and 13 that don’t.  This machine “has the capacity to degrade almost any protein, yet it acts with exquisite specificity,” they said.    Their model image of the 26S proteasome looks a bit like one of those old PEZ candy dispensers, with a hinged lid, only much more elaborate.  From the top, the lid looks like a six-sided spiral.  All around this lid are functioning parts: a protein that recognizes the ubiquitin tag, another complex that takes the tags off for recycling, parts that open the lid, parts that pull the trash inside, and then the core complex (barrel) where the degradation takes place.  What happens inside remains a mystery.  They said that some parts undergo large conformational changes (moving parts) during operation, and some portions are “highly conserved” (unevolved) in eukaryotes.  The authors said nothing about evolution.    As is common these days, the authors spoke of this system as “machinery”.  Some evolutionists complain about the machine language, claiming it is “unfortunate and misleading.”  David Tyler addressed this issue on Uncommon Descent, asking, “Are machine-information metaphors bad for science?” 1.  Bohn, Beck et al, “Structure of the 26S proteasome from Schizosaccharomyces pombe at subnanometer resolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published online before print November 22, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1015530107.Your cells go green!  They have recycle barrels just like the ones you put on the street, except these are motorized, pull the trash inside, and do the recycling on the spot.  They don’t let in good proteins, because the quality-control system has put special tags on the trash that the proteasome has to read before acting on it.  It’s all part of an elaborate recycling system.    Evolutionary theory was useless to this discovery, just like it is to every careful inspection of the details of cellular machinery.  “In eukaryotic cells, most proteins in the cytosol and the nucleus are regulated via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway and malfunctions of this pathway have been implicated in a wide variety of diseases,” the authors said.  My, wonder how life got along before Tinker Bell came up with this series of mutations, enough to build 19 exquisite protein parts working together as a system, when getting just one usable protein is astronomically improbable (see online book).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brand South Africa partners with the Soul City Institute

first_imgThis year marks 25 years of a democratic South Africa. Since it’s much celebrated liberation in 1994, the country has achieved great strides through social and economic redress, and equally continues to grapple with the consequences of its past – racism, poverty, discrimination and inequality. Despite its challenges, South Africa has been able to punch above its weight to redress and rebuild the nation with a world renowned Constitution, at its core, Freedom and Socio- Economic Rights.As the country heads to its sixth democratic elections on 8 May, this provides a period of reflection and introspection. Have we achieved our collective goals, are we ensuring that no man, woman, youth or child is left behind? Are the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights being upheld for the benefit of all South African citizens and all who live in it?According to the Soul City Institute, women make up 52% of the country’s population, and majority of registered voters at 55%, yet the representation of young women in leadership positions ranging from government, business or civil society still falls short when compared to their male counterparts.Brand South Africa in support of its civil society partner organisation, The Soul City Institute, is embarking on a nationwide campaign to stimulate dialogue around the rights and representation of women in the country . The campaign seeks to engage young women to use their vote wisely in the upcoming national elections; to promote substantive gender equality and to fight against gender-based violence. Brand South Africa continuously encourages all South Africans to play their part in creating safe spaces for women and girls as an essential component of economic growth strategies and to tackle social norms that reinforce and condone inequalities between women and men.The campaign launched on 8 March 2019 and will extend throughout April. You can follow and join the discussion on social media: Twitter: @SoulCity_SA and catch the Facebook Chats: @SoulCitySA.Learn more about the Soul City Institute and its various programmes here: www.soulcity.org.zalast_img read more

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10 months ago​Man Utd legend Keane: Players threw Mourinho under the bus

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd legend Keane: Players threw Mourinho under the busby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Keane suggests that Manchester United’s players are to blame for the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho.Keane has lashed out at the group of players at United, suggesting they “got away with murder” with their performances.United are 6th in the table, 11 points off the top four. A 3-1 defeat to Liverpool led to the manager losing his job.”You would fall out with these players,” Keane told BBC Radio 5 live.”Players who turn up overweight, do not train properly and are not producing… for some to down tools, shame on some of those players.”I am not Jose’s biggest fan, but I can’t tolerate footballers who hide behind agents, their pals in the media – it is a bit of a joke.” last_img read more

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10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp insists Man City haven’t cracked

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp insists Man City haven’t crackedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed comments about Manchester City cracking.The champions were defeated 3-2 at home by Crystal Palace in a shock result at the weekend.But Klopp does not see it as them relinquishing their grip on the title just yet.”You saw the two games they played? It didn’t look like they felt a lot of pressure. They were outstanding in these games,” he said in his press conference.”If you don’t finish off your chances against Chelsea you can lose. They were the better team this game”Crystal Place did an outstanding job and scored outstanding goals. That always makes life uncomfortable.”It [means] absolutely nothing. It’s difficult to win football games, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.”They were just a bit unlucky in these two games and this happens from time to time.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoPorto reveal huge release clause for Man Utd, Real Madrid target Militao

first_imgPorto reveal huge release clause for Man Utd, Real Madrid target Militaoby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid would have to pay €75m to sign Porto defender Eder Militao.The 20-year-old is being tracked by Manchester United and Real.But any deal for the youngster has been complicated by a clause in his current contract. According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Porto inserted a €75m in Militao’s contract after signing him from Sao Paolo last summer.United are working on a number of centre-back targets, with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the top of the list.Militao was previously viewed as a cheaper alternative before his release clause was reported. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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9 months agoReal Madrid plan offers for Hazard AND Eriksen

first_imgReal Madrid plan offers for Hazard AND Eriksenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid plan to raid the Premier League to find a new attacking midfielder.The Sun says they will bid for Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen this summer.The pair are Real’s top targets and having one season left on their deals will lead to approaches at the end of the season.Offers for each player will start at £50million, with the European champions expecting initial bids to be rebuffed.But Chelsea and Spurs risk losing their star men for FREE the following summer and will have to consider offers.Real Madrid travel to Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday with the 13-time European champions ten points behind leaders Barcelona. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpool

first_imgGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpoolby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he won’t be watching Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool today.Having beaten Crystal Palace on Saturday, Guardiola has a free day to take in the game.But the Catalan insists he has better things to do.“I have to watch the replay of the Atalanta game,” said Guardiola.Atalanta are at City this week for the next match of the Champions League group stage. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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