In an effort to continue to ‘do more’ for its customers, telecommunications giant GTT has spent two days in Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) conducting registration and installation of its most recent superfast Internet service powered by fibre-optic cable – GTT Blaze.Staff of GTT at Parfaite Harmonie on SaturdayThis was the second phase of the on-the-spot registration and installation exercise that began on Saturday, June 30 and ended on July 1. The first phase was conducted two weeks prior.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) was the Support Officer, Sherissa Critchlow, who said that this was an effort of GTT to provide more services to the area, since the residents only previously accessed the mobile service.“The aim is that these areas here are grassroots areas in our view, because we haven’t done anything here apart from mobile, so we want to come down here, give customers that change to have really awesome service,” she explained.“We don’t want them to wait; we want when they come to get signed up, in just a few hours, the technicians will call them and we’re at the home installing Blaze.”When asked about the response of the residents, the Support Officer said that they had accomplished over 200 sales the day prior and from those sales, half of the installations have been completed.“The response has been great, as anticipated; everyone is excited about the superfast Internet services. As much as there’s rain, our technicians are still out there getting those installations done. So, we anticipate that all of those customers that we would’ve signed up during the course of this weekend will get installed.”Currently, the Blaze service is in approximately 20 areas and is still expanding. Critchlow made it known that the company has put in immense efforts towards sensitising the public on the service and encouraging them to sign up.Teams are present on the roads, making calls, and customers have even been receiving blast texts on when the service would be available in their areas. Persons are also encouraged to visit retail stores to get signed up. As the service is made available in respective areas, after signing up, persons can get installed in 45-50 days.Critchlow is encouraging potential customers to consider the benefits of the service: “Think of what you can do with up to 50mbps of service. You can stream your videos better, gaming, no longer are you buffering. Students who want to do online programmes and so forth, now with Blaze you can do so much more, whether it’s for studies, play, or work.”Persons are encouraged to get signed up as soon as possible.The service incurs a $12,000 installation fee that does not have to be paid up front, but when customers receive their first bill. Customers purchasing this service will receive three things from each package: landline service, Internet service and a backup battery which gives power for 4-6 hours.
Walker with muscle: A paper by Kaya and Higuchi from the University of Tokyo discussed how myosin motors, the active force-generating machines in muscle, adjust their walking steps with non-linear elasticity.1 Myosins work together in muscle. Their ability to reduce stiffness and adjust their walk is essential: “the load-dependent changes in the step size are an essential property of skeletal myosin,” the authors said. Their last sentence explained why this contributes to their effectiveness: “Such molecular properties may be inherent in the assembly of molecular motors and may reduce molecular interference, leading to the high mechanical efficiency of muscle contraction.” You have your elastic myosins to thank for every simple or complex move you make. For more stories about myosin this year, see 04/19/2010, 02/19/2010, and 01/19/2010.Junk with control: It wasn’t long ago when any non-coding region of the genome was considered junk. No longer; lincRNAs are emerging as stars of regulation and control (see 08/02/2010). Another finding to that effect was published in Science by an international team from Stanford, Harvard and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.2 They studied one lincRNA called HOTAIR that has two specific binding domains for making histone modifications. Histone is the protein on which DNA winds. It contains molecular tags that affect translation – the “histone code” (see 12/22/2009, bullet 5, with its embedded links). The team found that HOTAIR, an RNA generated from non-coding DNA, is intimately involved with the regulation of histone by forming a scaffold for PRC2 and LSD1 proteins: “The functional consequence of coordinate targeting of PRC2 and LSD1 by HOTAIR is gene repression,” they said. What they found may apply to other cases: “Some lincRNAs may be ‘tethers’ that recruit several chromatin modifications to their sites of synthesis while other lincRNAs can act on distantly located genes as ‘guides’ to affect their chromatin states,” the concluded. “On the basis of their dynamic patterns of expression, specific lincRNAs can potentially direct complex patterns of chromatin states at specific genes in a spatially and temporally organized manner during development and disease states.”Repairmen with teamwork: A team at Zheijiang University in China studied the partners in DNA interstrand cross-link repair, one of many repair pathways active in the genome. Fanconi anemia is a disease caused by mutations in 13 Fanc genes.3 “Here, we characterize a previously unrecognized nuclease, Fanconi anemia?associated nuclease 1 (FAN1), that promotes ICL repair in a manner strictly dependent on its ability to accumulate at or near sites of DNA damage and that relies on mono-ubiquitylation of the ID complex,” they said, referring to the tagging of a repair site with ubiquitin, a “ubiquitous” cellular tag signaling a site for repair or demolition. “Thus, the mono-ubiquitylated ID complex recruits the downstream repair protein FAN1 and facilitates the repair of DNA interstrand cross-links.” For more on DNA repair teams in the cell, see the 07/18/2001, 07/26/2002, 01/30/2003, 02/13/2004, 03/31/2005, 08/14/2007, and 03/14/2010 entries.These three papers are examples of many that are continuously being published in leading journals that (1) explore highly-specific molecules involved in vital cellular processes and (2) say nothing about evolution. Examples could be easily multiplied.1. Kaya and Higuchi, “Nonlinear Elasticity and an 8-nm Working Stroke of Single Myosin Molecules in Myofilaments,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 686-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.1191484.2. Tsai, Manor et al, “Long Noncoding RNA as Modular Scaffold of Histone Modification Complexes,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 689-693, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192002.3. Liu, Ghosai, Yuan, Chen and Huang, “FAN1 Acts with FANCI-FANCD2 to Promote DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Repair,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 693-696, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192656.Who needs evolution? Not these authors. Not medical science, genetics, or cell biology, either. Let’s move along, and leave Darwinism to rust in pieces.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Reports continue to show that vital cell processes depend on finely-tuned proteins and RNA molecules. Most of the papers that discuss these specialized molecules fail to mention how they might have evolved, as shown in three papers in the recent issue of Science.
Logic is a powerful tool. With the development of our massive neocortex we have the ability to use logic instead of emotion alone. This trend begins with the Greeks and goes right on through the Age of Reason to where we are today.Most of the time we believe that logical decisions are better than emotional decisions. This is why major corporations and large companies have professionalized the purchasing process. They want to make sure that their buyers won’t (and can’t) make an emotional (or from their view, irrational) buying decision. Someone with a deep relationship built on trust and caring might be able to command a higher price than their competitor. That deep relationship is perceived as a threat to the buying company’s profitability. Paying a higher price is irrational.The spreadsheet is intended to be logical and rational. Buying organizations determine the criteria in weight that criteria to make rational decisions. Emotions and intuition are seen as weakness, something less than logic. But this isn’t true. There is another form of logic at work in relationships, even commercial relationships.Let’s call this type of logic irrational logic. It isn’t subject to a decision tree. You can’t embed it in a spreadsheet. It’s full of emotions and intuition.Think about the most important decisions you make in life. Think about who you choose to marry. Did you create a spreadsheet with weighted criteria? Love is totally irrational.Think about where you choose to live? What criteria was most important to you as you made that decision? Was it about how you were going to feel? Was it about the quality of your life? Was your choice of where to live the A-column in the spreadsheet you created?The last time you made a buying decision, was how much you trusted the seller and the company you bought from an important factor in making that purchase? It used to be that you trusted big companies. Now even size and brand are greeted with skepticism–at best.Things like trust and caring are important. They are an irrational form of logic. You may not be able to objectively identify and weight the criteria on the spreadsheet but there is something inside you that Intuit when someone is trustworthy, when someone truly cares about you, when someone is going to make a good partner, and when you should do business with them.Spreadsheets are not the very best way to make decisions. Just like a pre-employment screening, they are one tool you can use to get one view of a decision. But that tool is not in any way superior to your irrational logic, that logic you feel in your heart and in your gut.
Aficionados of Marathi cinema and fans of iconic Marathi litterateur P.L. Deshpande — affectionately known as ‘Pu La’ — have news to cheer about as the city-based National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired rare footage from a ‘lost’ Marathi film classic of the 1940s which starred Deshpande.The film, Vande Mataram (1948) directed by Ram Gabale, is a much sought-after memorabilia item high on the lists of Marathi film collectors and devotees of Pu La’s work.It marked the first time that the multi-faceted Deshpande, who starred alongside his wife Sunita, played the lead role following minor appearances in earlier films, Kuber (1947) and Bhagyaresha (1948).“The 35-minute footage that we have received has rekindled hopes that the complete film may yet be discovered. The footage, in form of a VHS tape, was given to us by Dinesh Thakur (Sunita Deshpande’s nephew) and film historian Satish Jakatdar along with U-matic tapes which contain previously unseen footage of Pu La playing the harmonium,” said Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI.He informed that while the sound quality was all right, there was dire need to enhance the picture quality of the footage.Vande Mataram, made immediately after Independence but set during the freedom struggle, was a heady confluence of the most formidable talents to grace Marathi cinema during its heyday in the late 1940s. The film, shot in Kolhapur, was written by yet another legendary Marathi literary figure, the famed poet-writer Gajanan Digambar Madgulkar who also provided the lyrics, while the music was composed by renowned singer Sudhir Phadke.It was edited by Raja Thakur (who later became a director in his own right), helmed by the talented Mr. Gabale, a Prabhat Studios regular, and was produced by the maverick P.R. Bhide.The film, with its memorable music and songs, focuses on the patriotism of ordinary folks and is laced with gentle humour.“VandeMataram is indeed remarkable for the dazzling array of talent associated with it as Madgulkar, Pu La and Phadke constituted the veritable trinity of Marathi cinema during its golden age in the late 1940s and 50s. Its ‘lost film’ status has lent it a certain aura. The film was very dear to its composer, Sudhir Phadke, who had in fact visited Mr. Thakur’s residence in Mumbai following Pu La’s death in 2000 to search if the latter had preserved it in his collection,” said Mr. Magdum, speaking to The Hindu.He said that the footage featured a couple of songs and has Pu La singing a powada (ballad).“In particular, one song from this film, Ved Mantrahun Vandya, became a huge hit and endures in its popularity even till this day,” said Mr. Magdum.He further said that the acquisition was doubly delightful as by a happy coincidence this year happens to be the birth centenary of P.L. Deshpande, G.D. Madgulkar and Sudhir Phadke. Incidentally 2018 was the birth centenary of the film’s producer, P.R. Bhide.“Bhide was an interesting character who dabbled in a number of things including the cinema. Besides Vande Mataram, the other notable film he produced was Lalat (1947) where his auteurist tendencies were in full display in his highly innovative experiment of using 16 mm film to record sound instead of film,” Mr. Magdum said, remarking that Bhide later exited cinema to become a spiritual godman, establishing the Manashakti Center in Lonavla and assuming the name of ‘Swami Vijnananand’.Of the other memorabilia acquired by the NFAI, one of the two hour-long U-matic cassettes showcase the considerable Harmonium skills of the versatile Mr. Deshpande and were recorded sometime in Mumbai in the 1980s.The other cassette has his inimitable recitation of some of his beloved characters from his literary ouvre.In December 2015, the NFAI had received another rare ‘Pu La’ memorabilia in the form of Deshpande’s original handwritten script of the enduring 1953 Marathi classic Gulacha Ganpati which was later digitized by them.
Emotions ran high in the 3:28 mark of the fourth quarter with the Gin Kings ahead, 89-73. As the two were jostling for position on a rebound play, Romeo spun and hit Tenorio on his side with a closed fist which floored the veteran playmaker.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It really was hard. I showed the hit to the whole team. I was really surprised that he did that,” he said of the incident. Tenorio, who was tasked to shadow the Batang Pier’s explosive guards in the quarterfinal duel, said that he didn’t have any intention of hurting Romeo as he was defending him. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast No fooling around Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio knew that his defense irritated Terrence Romeo, but he didn’t expect to be on the receiving end of a flailing right arm from the young gun which escalated into a scuffle late in Ginebra’s 96-85 victory over GlobalPort.“Of all the people who would do that to me, it had to be Terrence,” said the veteran guard on Tuesday, obviously with a hint of disappointment over Romeo’s actions.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES “You can watch the tape. I think it’s a natural tendency of a player to really get frustrated, especially when things are not going well for the team or for them as a player. But the whole game, I was playing honest defense. I was even talking to him during the game,” he said.READ: Brownlee waxes hot, pulls Ginebra to semis “He was saying that I kept on complaining. The whole time, I was relaxed and just doing my job on defense. I knew what I had to do. I wasn’t playing that well offensively, but I think defensively, I did my part on him and (Stanley) Pringle. I had no intention to hurt him, and if I did, it wasn’t intentional. I’m not a dirty player in the first place. I’m not gonna fight anyone. I have so much respect for him as a player and we’ve been teammates in the national team. But I think he didn’t have to do that if he was frustrated. That’s part of the game.”Tenorio understood where Romeo was coming from, admitting that if it were him on the former FEU guard’s shoes, he may have felt the same frustration. But knowing Romeo’s stature, the former Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference said that the flashy playmaker should have known better.“Bottomline is if were in his place, I think I would be frustrated also, but I’m not going to retaliate like that. I still have respect for him as a player. He’s a basketball idol. He’s a great player, a very talented player…that’s why I defend him like that,” he said. “A lot of kids, a lot of people are watching him. He’s one of the faces of the PBA, so he should be careful of those dirty plays because he’s not a dirty player. That’s what shocked us the most.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Romeo refused to air his side of the story as he quickly left Smart Araneta Coliseum after the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds
Shooting fetched yet another medal for India as Vijay Kumar won the bronze in the 10m air pistol individual event of the Asian Games, even as Gurpreet Kumar and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the finals here today.Vijay just about made the cut for the finals by finishing eighth in the qualification round but shot the highest score of 101.4 in the medal round for a total of 680.4 to take India’s medal tally to three.He shot a series of 97, 98, 98, 96, 97, 93 after managing 579 in the qualifying.Lee Daem-Yung of South Korea won the gold with a total of 685.8 while Chinese veteran Tang Zongliang totalled 684.5 for silver.Earlier in the qualification round, Gurpreet Singh totalled 573 to finish 20th while Omkar scored 568 to settle for the 28th position.Yesterday, Gagang Narang combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to win silver in the 10m air rifle team event before also clinching the individual silver.- With inputs from PTI
Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick 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)During the recent Woodrow Wilson International Center policy dialogue on maternal undernutrition both speakers highlighted the importance of including adolescent girls as targets and beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs. After all, around the world girls under the age of 18 may be married as well as mothers. If they are not mothers already, reaching out to adolescent girls ensures that they will have necessary nutrition information and tools they need before they even become pregnant.Bhavishya Alliance is a Mumbai based multi-sector partnership with a focus on reducing undernutrition in Maharashtra, India. The Girls Gaining Ground (GGG) program is Bhavishya Alliance’s pilot nutrition and health intervention which focuses on adolescent girls as future mothers. GGG combines a strong focus on maternal nutrition and health along with a girl’s empowerment component, benefiting groups of girls in some of the most underserved tribal communities in Maharashtra state.The program itself focuses heavily on nutrition and health information, as well as giving girls the knowledge to access government health services. This includes information in accessing services such as iron supplements and access to facilities when giving birth. The groups take part in community mapping exercises which identify health and nutrition services near their communities.Local women serve as role-models and facilitators for each of the GGG groups, leading the curriculum on reproductive and sexual health, the importance of iron supplements, dispelling myths relating to foods during pregnancy, and the importance of delayed marriage and pregnancy for health. Storytelling, local songs and myths are emphasized in order for the curriculum to make an impact in the lives of the girls. For example, girls may enact plays, where the lead character, an adolescent girl, dies in childbirth after an early marriage and a difficult, unattended pregnancy.There is a special emphasis in the program on preparing girls nutritionally to become mothers. Facilitators chart hemoglobin levels and iron supplement intake and girls enrolled in the program use food diaries to record and discuss their daily intake of food. Where illiteracy is a challenge, facilitators use the girls’ verbal history to take down the diary. Along with a focus on quantity, facilitators use the colors of the Indian flag (green, orange and white) to ask girls and their families to diversify their food intake using locally available food sources. Some NGOs have supplemented the GGG program with seed distribution for families to start agricultural plots for food to be consumed within the family, rather than exported for sale outside the community.This innovative and exciting program may provide a model for other maternal nutrition programs that recognize the importance of including adolescent girls as beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs.This is the third post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Undernutrion: Evidence, Links, and Solutions.” Read the first and second.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: