The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) broke ground over the weekend for the construction of a multi-purpose complex valued at over US$50,000 in Vahun, Lofa County. Rev. Bishop Amos Bolay, speaking at the ceremony, said the complex will comprise a guest house, mini college, a clinic and other essential components that will meet the needs of Liberians as well as Sierra Leoneans in the region.“Many pastors continue to receive training in the United States, South Africa and other parts of the world that will return and offer their services at the complex,” Rev. Bolay said He further indicated that the Wayormi District Pastoral Training is expected to resume in September this year.Early next year, Rev. Bolay said, there will also be an exclusive training for fifty pastors and their wives that will help them understand the significance of being a fruitful steward.He explained that a group of individuals who broke away from the church cannot be described as a congregation, as speculated.The church cannot allow a 12-man political group to hold the church of Jesus Christ hostage, he contended.Rev. Bolay pointed out that there was no single document which recognized a congregation’s name, and if it were so, the Evangelical Lutheran Church would have submitted to it.“The Evangelical Lutheran Church remains open to all, because it is purely a Bible believing faith of which everyone is welcome to worship,’’ he stressed.Rev. Bolay appealed to the church to work together with a single focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.Meanwhile, Rev. Bolay urged those who broke away to return. The church remains open to work with everyone to promote God’s Kingdom, he emphasized. “Let us ever live in the spirit of repentance and forgiveness as we await his gracious return,” Rev. Bolay added.During his recent visit to Germany, Rev. Bolay said the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia was accredited as a full member of the Internal Confessional Lutherans and a representative from Liberia will be traveling to join other Lutherans from around the world in Italy next year. A process has begun for church members to benefit from higher educational opportunities at LCMS Universities in the United States.At the end of the conference Rev. Bolay and the clergy were praised for selecting Lofa County as the venue of the conference.Rev. Arthur Zokar expressed delight over the manner in which the conference was conducted. Over 1000 Evangelicals and others attended the five-day conference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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A visiting delegation of the SOS Villages International yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, aimed at discussing ways to address problems faced by the youth in Liberia as well as pledging the organization’s commitment to working with government to create more opportunities for Liberia’s youth.The SOS delegation, headed by the president, Siddhartha Kaul, included the Deputy Operations Officer, Tom Malvet, the International Regional Director, Benoit Poit, who were accompanied by the Acting National Director, Simon Tokjohozin and a member of the Board, Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper.Mr. Kaul hoped that Liberia will be a good partner to the SOS family now that there is a long existence of peace. He acknowledged that Liberia has more needs, and said that a peaceful transition will be the best assurance for better partnership.He noted that child mortality is still on the increase in Liberia as well as health and education issues, adding that with the finalizing of the SOS goals at the close of last year, “youth care is now a priority especially for Africa.” The SOS International president assured the Minister of his organization’s increased commitment to Liberia’s recovery agenda even though its income was somewhat stagnant due to its active involvement in the migration crisis in Europe.He pledged to offer assistance to another 50 Ebola orphans in Juah Town, Grand Bassa County, where the presence of the SOS has been significant for several years. Kaul talked about giving youths the right kind of education and designing an approach for their change in the country.Minister Duncan Cassell thanked the SOS International guests for the visit and assured them that Liberia remains a partner of the SOS International family. She said that although there are many challenges in the country, yet there are more opportunities.Minister Cassell said that taking care of children from an early age sets the platform for fewer problems when they are youth, and disclosed that Liberia is going into public-private partnerships in terms of health, education and child protection.She said government looks forward to the partnership so that the children are not left behind, “ and ensuring that the country will experience less youth problems and a productive society void of early child marriages, teenage pregnancy and FGM related issues that tend to prevent girls from going to school.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Four female inmates of the New Opportunity Core (NOC) escaped from the youth correctional facility on Monday, and are currently on the run.The New Opportunity CorpsThe escapees are aged 15, 16 and 17. Two are from the Linden Squatting area, and were charged for wandering and unlawful wounding; they were sentence to serve one and two years respectively at the NOC. Another is from Third Avenue, Bartica, and was charged for wandering and sentenced to three years. The fourth, a 17-year-old of Pamela Backdam in Mahdia, was also charged for wandering and sentenced to three years.Based on information received, the four were in the compound of their dormitory when the main gate was left open. It began to rain, and the teens, left unattended, used the opportunity to dash for freedom. Checks were subsequently made, and it was discovered that the four were missing. The Police were summoned, and a search has been launched for the four teenagers. Investigations are ongoing.This is not the first time that inmates have escaped from that juvenile facility.The New Opportunity Corps houses youths between the ages of 10 and 18 after they hae been sentenced to spend time there by the courts in order that they could participate in correctional programmes lasting up to three years.Most of them housed there have been sentenced for petty offences, such as wandering, minor assault and theft. However, over 50 percent of the more than 100 inmates are at the NOC for wandering.There are separate dormitories for males and females. However, understaffing and general favouritism are being blamed for illegal relations, according to a source at the facility.Apart from condoning illegalities, the source also accused a senior official of inviting friends into the NOC compound after hours to participate in parties.Several accusations of rape have been levelled against both ministry officials and NOC staffers in the past.Since the Coalition Government came into power, responsibility for the NOC has been assigned to the Social Protection Ministry.
“Yesterday he (Ronaldo) was very angry, and it’s only normal,” said Allegri.“He scored 15 goals in the Champions League and won the trophy with his teammates.“The attitude of Ronaldo shows how much he continues to strive and work to be still the best. This is an advantage for us.”Allegri added that the choice of Modric was “a personal choice” of those who voted “and, as such, must be respected.”Ronaldo, 33, had the consolation of being awarded the prize for best striker chosen by journalists and Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season.Modric’s success, after he was named the best player at the World Cup, means that the 32-year-old should be among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or, a prize dominated by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the last decade.Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the world player of the year award, signed for Italian champions Juventus this summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($116.5 million).The Portuguese superstar’s agent Jorge Mendes slammed the decision as “simply ridiculous”.“He scored 15 goals, carrying Real Madrid to the Champions League win once again,” Mendes told Portuguese daily Record.“This is not the winner, he’s (Modric) the best player in the world in his position,” said Mendes.Ronaldo had won the UEFA award three times in the previous four years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo ‘furious’ at losing UEFA player of year award to Luka Modric. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Aug 31 – Cristiano Ronaldo was hopping mad at losing out to Croatia star Luka Modric for the UEFA Player of the Year, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday.Real Madrid and Croatia midfield star Modric beat his former teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the prize which was awarded on Thursday in Monaco.
Kurt Zouma will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge this summer 1 West Brom will hold talks with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma over a possible loan move to The Hawthorns.The 22-year-old will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan this season and the Baggies are keen to take him.Boss Tony Pulis has been looking for another centre-back after relying on Gareth McAuley, 37, and Jonny Evans last season. Zouma played 13 times for Chelsea in all competitions last term, earning a Premier League winners’ medal after they regained their title in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge. But the Italian is prepared to let Zouma, who cost £12.5million from St Etienne in 2014, leave temporarily following the signing of Antonio Rudiger from Roma this week. Albion want to add to their backline having already rejected a bid from Leicester for Evans and are prepared to offer the former Manchester United defender a new deal. They lost captain and key midfielder Darren Fletcher to Stoke on a free transfer this summer after he failed to agree a new deal at The Hawthorns. Zouma would fit the bill to ease the pressure on the ageing McAuley, who missed just two Premier League games last season, and offer added competition for Evans who played 31 times.Craig Dawson is the only other recognised senior centre-back on the books but the 27-year-old has been converted into a right-back by Pulis.Albion have just five defenders in their squad, including 17-year-old Kane Wilson.
Sinn Féin Justice and Equality spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Fianna Fáil to take direct action against Colr Sean McEniff following his latest outburst.Deputy MacLochlainn demanded FF leader Micheál Martin to outline what measures he intends to take following the comment on RTE’s Morning Ireland, where he repeated his call for the segregation of travellers from settled communities.The comments this morning follow the burning of a €230,00 house yesterday in Ballyshannon owned by Donegal County Council that was to be allocated to a traveling family. Gardai are carrying out an investigation into the fire which it is thought was arson.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the comments are disgraceful.“Since Cllr McEniff first made his disgraceful and reckless call a number of weeks ago, there has been a deafening silence from his party leader, Mícháel Martin.“This is an appalling lack of leadership by Fianna Fáil. When it comes to citizens’ rights that party clearly likes to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. “Last year, Fianna Fáil councillors blocked a motion before Donegal County Council in support of marriage equality for same sex couples even though Mícháel Martin had weeks before chastised the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, across the Dáil chamber on Fine Gael’s position on the issue.“Not a word of criticism was issued publicly by Míchael Martin after his party’s 11 councillors prevented Donegal County Council supporting the motion,” he said.He added it was not good enough for Micheál Martin or any other party spokesperson to state that these actions are the ‘personal positions’ of the councillors involved.“They are not independents. They were all elected under the Fianna Fáil banner and Fianna Fáil must answer for their actions.”Cllr McEniff however is standing by his comments. “It is a personal opinion,” he said, “and not at all racist.”MacLOCHLAINN DEMANDS FIANNA FAIL TAKE ACTION AGAINST McENIFF OVER LATEST TRAVELLER COMMENTS was last modified: February 12th, 2013 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)Tags:arsonBallyshannonColr Sean McEniffDeputy Padraig MacLochlainn
Newcastle United vs WolvesSt. James Park, Newcastle upon TyneSunday, 27-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Kevin FriendWolves come into the game having defeated Newcastle 2-1 at St James’ Park last season, scoring the winner in stoppage time. The Magpies have failed to win this fixture at home in the past three attempts and have had a player sent off on the last two occasions.Newcastle will be without forward Andy Carroll, who suffered a groin injury after coming on as a substitute against Chelsea last weekend. Defender Fabian Schar has been ruled out with a knee problem, while midfielder Isaac Hayden is suspended.Wolves defender Ryan Bennett is nursing a groin injury that kept him out of Thursday’s Europa League win. Midfielder Ruben Neves could feature after a calf niggle, but Pedro Neto is out with a hamstring injury.Arsenal vs Crystal Palace The Emirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 27-10-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonUnai Emery is set to bring back many of the players he rested for Thursday’s European win. Reiss Nelson is out with a knee injury, while Alexandre Lacazette returned from injury on Monday but also featured on Thursday so might be left out.Crystal Palace will give fitness tests to goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and defender Martin Kelly, who missed last week’s defeat because of groin strains. Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham remain sidelined with long-term injuries.Palace’s 3-2 win at the Emirates in this fixture last season was their first at Arsenal since 1994. The Eagles have never won twice in a row against Arsenal. Arsenal have won 13 of the 20 Premier League meetings (D4, L3).Arsenal are unbeaten at home in this season’s Premier League, winning three of their four matches at the Emirates. However, they have kept just one clean sheet in those games. They have six fewer points than at this stage last season. This is Arsenal’s 250th London derby. They have scored at least twice in each of their past 12 home derbies (W9, D2, L1). The Gunners haven’t lost a home league game in October since a defeat by Blackburn in 2002 (W25, D5).Norwich City vs Man UnitedCarrow Road, NolforkSunday, 27-10-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Scott AtwellBen Godfrey is available for Norwich despite being substituted last weekend because of soreness after recent hernia surgery. The Canaries remain without Timm Klose, Mario Vrancic, Ralf Fahrmann, Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann.Manchester United’s likely absentees include Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly. Axel Tuanzebe is nursing a hip problem, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial have returned in the last week.Manchester United have won six of their eight Premier League away games against Norwich, losing at Carrow Road in April 2005 and November 2012. None of the last 12 Premier League meetings have finished level, with Norwich winning three and losing nine since a 2-2 draw in December 1993.United have gone eight top-flight away games without a win for the first time since a streak of 11 between February-September 1989. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have failed to score more than once in any of these eight matches. It’s their longest such run since an 11-match spell ended in May 1987. Manchester United’s tally of 10 points is their lowest after nine matches of a top-flight season since 1986-87. They have won only four of their 17 league fixtures since Solskjaer was confirmed as permanent manager. United could lose three top-flight games in a row against newly-promoted sides for the first time since November 1960. They need one goal to become the first team to score 2,000 in the Premier League. The eight points United have dropped from winning positions this season is the joint-most in the division, level with Aston Villa, prior to the latest round of matches.Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Anfield Stadium, LiverpoolSunday, 27-10-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Anthony Taylor Tottenham’s 4-1 win at Wembley in October 2017 is their solitary success in the past 15 meetings in all competitions (D4, L10). Liverpool have won the three most recent encounters.If Liverpool win this match, they will equal the Premier League record of 28 points after the opening 10 fixtures. All three teams who hold that record (Chelsea in 2005-06, Manchester City in 2011-12 & 2017-18) went on to win the title that season. The Reds could fail to win consecutive league fixtures for only the second time this year. They are on club record runs of 11 home victories in a row and 44 successive matches unbeaten at Anfield. Liverpool’s last seven Premier League goals have been scored by seven different players. Mo Salah has scored six goals in his last eight starts against Spurs in all competitions, four for the Reds and one each for Basel and Fiorentina.Tottenham have won only three of their past 12 Premier League games, keeping one clean sheet. Their tally of 12 points is their lowest after nine matches since Mauricio Pochettino’s first season as manager in 2014-15. Spurs won 11 of their opening 13 league away games last season but are winless in all subsequent 10 away league matches (D2, L8). They have used a joint Premier League-high 23 players so far this season. Harry Kane has been directly involved in seven goals in nine league appearances against Liverpool, scoring five and setting up two. However, he failed to score in both league games against the Reds last season. He is is one shy of moving joint-third alongside Martin Chivers (174) in Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorers in all competitions.Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is available after illness, while fellow full-back Andy Robertson has recovered from a knock sustained on Wednesday. Xherdan Shaqiri remains sidelined and Joel Matip could miss a third straight match because of a knee problem.Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns. Hugo Lloris remains sidelined, but Ryan Sessegnon has overcome a hamstring problem and could be involved for the first time.Comments Tags: Arsenal Fcliverpoolman Unitedpremier leagueTottenham
A driver had a lucky escape after their car struck a tree at Bridgend after 10am this morning.The car flipped onto its roof during the accident which happened after the car left the road.The emergency services rushed to the scene and the main Letterkenny to Derry Road was closed for a time. A person was treated at the scene but their injuries were not serious and the road has since reopened.Motorist avoids injury after car hits tree was last modified: July 15th, 2018 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)
Wrongly feared only as agents of disease, many bacteria are allies in our quest for health.Here are two examples of bacteria we can celebrate as friends. Look at the good they can do for us!Water and power specialists: Obtaining clean water is a worldwide health concern. What if raw sewage could be converted into clean water, while producing electricity during the process? New Scientist has good news: bacteria are being recruited to do both. Inventors in Boston have a prototype that seems almost miraculous:THEY’RE miraculous in their own way, even if they don’t quite turn water into wine. Personal water treatment plants could soon be recycling our waste water and producing energy on the side.Last month, Boston-based Cambrian Innovation began field tests of what’s known as a microbial fuel cell at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland. Called BioVolt, in one day it can convert 2250 litres of sewage into enough clean water for at least 15 people. Not only that, it generates the electricity to power itself – plus a bit left over.Think of the potential for third-world countries where electricity and clean water are unavailable. The company believes that personal treatment plants could become as common as rooftop solar panels. The inventors couldn’t do it without help from some minute intelligently-designed friends that take what we cast off and use it for food.BioVolt uses strains of Geobacter and another microbe called Shewanella oneidensis to process the sludge. Its proprietary mix of organisms has one key advantage – the bacteria liberate some electrons as they respire, effectively turning the whole set-up into a battery. This has the added benefit of slowing bacterial growth, so that at the end of the process you have electricity and no microbe cake.“Microbe cake” has been a problem with existing water treatment plants; it needs to be treated and disposed of in landfills. The new BioVolt system controls the microbe reproduction rate so that they don’t exceed the process, and captures the electrons for power generation. Reporter Sally Adee tells of other companies working on microbial systems that can even remove pharmaceuticals from water, process tons of pig waste, or generate power from wastewater from breweries.Antibiotics right under your nose: Hospitals are very worried about “superbugs” that have become immune to all of our known antibiotics. What a surprise it was to find a bacterium in the human nose that produces an antibiotic that conquers one of the worst of them! Nature tells about it:There is immense clinical concern about the rise of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ — such as strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus known as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that have developed resistance to several key antibiotics. Faced with the growth of resistant strains of bacteria, finding more antibiotics is an urgent necessity. Most antibiotics have been isolated from soil-living bacteria, but on page 511, Zipperer et al. identify an antibiotic produced by a bacterial resident of the human nose that is active against strains of MRSA.It makes sense that among the thousand species of bacteria that live inside the human body (the human microbiota), there are some equipped to compete against invaders. The new species from the nose, called Staphylococcus lugdunensis, produces a compound the discoverers called lugdunin. This compound works as a topical antibiotic in mice, fighting MRSA and other pathogens without developing resistance. The scientists believe that many more such antibiotic species remain to be discovered, already at work inside us.We need to look at microbes differently. They are not our ancestors. They are not primitive forms of life. They are here on Earth as helpers, performing many vital functions in the ecology. Unfortunately, ever since the Fall and the curse, a few have gotten out of control or mutated into harmful forms, as the Creator removed some (but not all) of His protections as judgment on sin. Originally, everything was in balance. Proliferation of one kind of bacterium was regulated through a push-and-pull mechanism by other organisms in the ecology. Pathogens arose when regulatory processes were broken, or when species beneficial in one environment invaded the wrong environment (such as the human gut). Creation microbiologist Dr. Joe Francis at The Master’s College has described several intriguing examples—including cholera—that can be explained this way. In their right ecological niche (e.g., estuaries), cholera microbes perform a beneficial function. In fact, researchers at the University of Oregon just filmed cholera microbes swimming in the guts of zebrafish, where they live normally (PhysOrg).For evolutionists who want to mock this viewpoint, we would respond that they have a far greater problem: explaining the de novo origin of any form of microbial life. Bacteria are equipped with complex structures like flagella and genetic codes, read by molecular machines. Like chemical labs, they produce many kinds of complex organic compounds. They can divide, reproducing all their parts with high fidelity. We never see anything that complex and purpose-driven arising by natural causes. So while creationists are challenged to explain pathogens, our Biblical understanding would see all life forms as intelligently designed and originally “very good.” The few specific examples in Genesis of pain and suffering after sin entered the world provide just a glimpse of how good things became agents of judgment (e.g., thorns as distorted leaves).With this understanding, design-thinking scientists can try to reverse the effects of the curse in some instances. We can look at microbes and viruses as intelligently designed allies for the most part. We can try to restore the balance, and use their complex machinery to solve our problems. We can harness their abilities. If some bacteria are good at decomposing waste, we can build processing plants to take advantage of that. If some are already built to regulate other species, we can learn about their internal biochemistry tricks and put their wizardry to use where we need it or want it. This viewpoint can advance medical science. The evolutionary view of selfish organisms involved in a ‘war of all against all’ would tend to make scientists want to blast, burn and obliterate everything that causes problems. Which view do you think is bound to be more fruitful? The first microbiologist, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, was fascinated and delighted with all the wonders he observed through his microscope lenses, including bacteria. His immediate response was to glorify God; he thought they were beautiful works of the all-wise Creator. (Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Magic droplets overcome one hurdle with help from humans, but so what?If you add highly improbable ingredients to water droplets, then zap them with 5,000 volts of electricity at 500 °F, you might get some of them to bind together long enough to measure. What does that have to do with the origin of life?In the latest origin-of-life circus act, three Koreans got their ‘scenario’ published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), hoping that it would cheer up the researchers still clinging to the problematic “RNA World” hypothesis.One hypothesis concerning the origin of life postulates an RNA world that existed on Earth before modern cells arose (1 [a reference to the late Leslie Orgel’s 1998 paper]). According to this hypothesis, RNA stored genetic information and catalyzed chemical reactions in primitive cells (2, 3). However, a major missing link has been how to construct from simpler molecules the ribonucleosides, which are the building blocks of RNA (1–3). This challenge seems quite daunting because the making of ribonucleosides in a water solution from ribose and some suitable nucleobase, such as the purines adenine and guanine, and the pyrimidines uracil and cytosine, is thermodynamically uphill (4, 5). Recently, possible routes for the prebiotic synthesis of purine and pyrimidine ribonucleosides were studied by bypassing the biological synthesis mechanism (5–8). These routes demand different environments, although it might be more favorable if purine and pyrimidine ribonucleosides could be condensed in the same environment for the fabrication of RNA. Moreover, these mechanisms require complex, sequential reactions with reaction times in the range of days, which may make them less relevant for creating a prebiotic chemistry in which RNA could develop. As described below, we present an alternative route for the synthesis of ribonucleosides that seems to be sufficiently mild and general that it might have played a role in turning simpler molecules into biomolecules.Hoping to make life easier for mindless molecules, these three meditate on possibility thinking (notice the words could, might). Then they ran some experiments that got RNA nucleosides to form in microdroplets, provided they fortified the droplets with ribose and nucleobases, and zapped the droplets with electricity and heat. They got the nucleosides A, C, and U, but not G (guanine), but they were happy to get the fake nucleoside “I” (inosine). Then they envisioned a misty early earth where the magic might happen without the help of prefabricated chemicals, nozzles, mass spectrometers and intelligent human beings.Because mists, clouds, and sprays are thought to be common on early Earth, these findings provide a possible missing link as to how the RNA world came about.Apparently these ingredients will bind, in the presence of magnesium ions, if the droplets are small enough. The physics inside microdroplets (which they made by pumping droplets through a syringe), if sufficiently hot and electrified, can overcome the thermodynamic barrier (using Mg2+ as a catalyst) and force the ribose and nucleobases to bind into nucleosides, the “building blocks of RNA.” However, nothing was said about these hurdles:They did not get actual RNA to form.They did not specify how ribose would form— a major hurdle in OOL, because it falls apart in water.They did not specify how single-handed ribose would form (homochirality).They did not indicate how nucleobases would form. They assumed the existence of ribose and nucleosides.They did not specify how phosphate groups would become associated with the nucleosides to turn them into nucleotides needed for RNA.They did not specify the lifetimes of the nucleosides after they somehow escape from their microdroplet cages.They did not identify harmful reaction products that would destroy the nucleosides.They did not mention the harmful effects of oxygen.They did not help the circus acts that postulate building blocks of life forming in deep-sea vents.Those are just for starters. The fallacy that makes this experiment meaningless is that it ignores the information problem. Even if OOL circus acts could take care of all these challenges, they would be faced with the overwhelming question: what is the source of the information that puts these building blocks into a coded language? RNA has to function somehow. Most RNAs coaxed into existence by intelligent researchers are short, and few “ribozymes” do anything beyond cleaving themselves or other molecules. How would you like to build a house with one tool, a robotic saw that cuts everything it encounters to pieces, including itself?These circus clowns speak glibly about RNA storing “genetic information” but have no idea where that information comes from. Information is the most important thing in life. If you don’t deal with that problem in your speculating about origins, all your busy work is for nothing! There is your National Academy of Sciences for you, publishing more meaningless nonsense about irrelevant questions.To be cured of OOL folly, watch the video clips at Illustra’s Origin film site, and read Stephen Meyer’s book, Signature in the Cell. And since the above Korean researchers’ first reference was to Orgel (Stanley Miller’s buddy), we encourage our readers to look at his last will and testament before he died: Pigs don’t fly, and life doesn’t just happen (1/26/08). (Visited 499 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0