Parents neglect role in society — Pandit

first_imgAlcoholism among youthAlcohol seems to be increasingly used and abused by teenagers, and Pandit Dev Ramrattan believes the issue is prevalent in the country’s youthful population because parents are neglecting their roles as first teachers of children.The well respected Hindu priest posited that the scourge of alcohol abuse is causing the young people to break away from their social being, while at the same time causing them to be affected both mentally and religiously. This trend, he noted, would eventually lead to their being involved in domestic violence.“Young people are imbibing a lot, and it is causing (their) downfall and a breakaway from the social being, which affects them mentally. Religiously, as well, there has been a lack in young people’s commitment to their religion. Generally, when we examine the effect (alcohol) has on our society, I can only say it isPandit Dev Ramrattandetrimental,” he declared.He reflected on an incident in which three girls who were brought up by alcoholic parents followed in their parents’ footsteps and themselves became alcoholics and victims of abuse. He gave this as an example to convey the message that parents must be great role models for their children.Ramrattan is encouraging young minds to educate themselves and get involved in religious organisations, so that they can be helped in dealing with issues before those issues cause them to become alcoholics.“My advice to young people who would turn to alcoholism is: seek help. There is a lot of help out there in terms of having education. There are organisations that are set up to curb these practices… Parents, as well, have a huge role to play in the upbringing of their children, by giving them the necessary training and (having) them counselled,” he explained.Ramrattan is part of the “Divya Jyoti Jagrachi Sanschan”, which when translated in English reads: Divine Light Awaking Mission, which helps peope to overcome various issues. This organisation, he noted, can also bring an end to alcoholism in our society.last_img read more

Miller girls in a thriller

first_imgBut Wells, Miller’s cool freshman guard, pressed the mute button on the Triton fans. “That’s something I’ve worked on a lot,” Wells said of the hesitation move she actually used twice on Riley in the final seconds before the 6-foot center was finally caught flat-footed. “It feels good, but I can’t get too excited because we still have another game to play.” Miller – 33-2 and winners of 23 consecutive – will now play Long Beach Poly on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion for the Southern California Regional title. The winner of that game will go to Sacramento’s Arco Arena the following week for the CIF-State Division I title. Wells led all scorers with 25 points and also had three steals. She drew the admiration of Tritons coach Mary Mulligan. FONTANA – There’s an adage that goes “He who hesitates is lost.” But don’t tell Miller freshman Chloe Wells that. “You don’t expect someone to use that (hesitation) move twice like she did,” Mulligan said. “It was a smart move. She’s a great player and she played well. “But we had an awesome season. Nobody expected us to do this well.” The score was tied 20-20 at halftime and Miller led 32-31 after three quarters. Leading 36-34 with fewer than four minutes left, Miller seemed to take control after two nifty plays by guard Keisha Mackall. First Mackall made a short jumper to put her team ahead by four with with 3:35 left. Then Mackall drew an offensive foul as Miller regained possession. Junior guard Briana Hall followed with a layup at 2:47 as the Miller fans roared their approval. But San Clemente (28-6) clawed its way back on a layup and free throw by Andrea Wertz at 2:41, bringing the Tritons to within three. Riley added a layup at 2:04 to make it 40-39 Miller, then Amanda Franz was fouled with 1:19 left and coolly made two free throws as San Clemente took a one-point lead. Wells was unflappable, though, making a layup with Riley draped all over her with 38 seconds left as Miller took a 42-41 lead. However, the Rebels fouled Franz nine second later and she again made two free throws as the Tritons took the lead for the last time. There were just 29 seconds left and Miller coach Mel Wilkins decided not to take a timeout. “It was like a chess match and their coach is a (darned) good coach,” Wilkins said. “But I didn’t feel like that was the time to call a timeout.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Wells, with time winding down and her team behind by one Saturday night, froze San Clemente defender Kristen Riley with a hesitation move, then exploded past her for a layup with five seconds left to give her team a pulse-pounding 44-43 victory in the CIF Division I Southern California Regional semifinals. As soon as Wells’ shot kissed off the glass and went through the net, the Miller fans erupted in cheers and screams. They had been relatively quiet most of the night, especially in comparison to San Clemente’s red-clan fans who came to the game in two booster buses and stood and cheered throughout. last_img read more

Council approves funding to establish business plan for possible creation of medical clinic

first_imgSole sourcing refers to not considering other bids, but awarding responsibility to the consultation firm from which the idea was originally proposed. MNP will now conduct the investigation, create a report outlining their findings and recommendations, and later share that information with the Long Term Healthcare Solution Committee.One of the main reasons physician recruitment and retention is said to be such a challenge for Fort St. John is issues surrounding overhead and cost of operation for a family practice. The challenges along with the Physician Compensation model has led to a public clinic being proposed.A public clinic would provide for a fully staffed medical office where physicians can work using a salary compensation model. Under this system the physician would not be required to run the facility as a business, unlike the current clinics in Fort St. John, with the exception of the unattached medical clinic.- Advertisement -To determine if a public clinic is viable, it will need to become clear why overhead in physician owned practices is high and if a public model would be sustainable.The Long Term Health Care Solutions Committee is comprised of many stakeholders, including but not limited to the City of Fort St. John, Northern Health, the PRRD, Division of Family Practises, MLA Pat Pimm, and the District of Taylor to name a few.last_img read more

Madagascar shock Nigeria to top Group B

first_imgCharles Andriamatsinoro sealed the victory in front of CAF president and Madagascar native Ahmad Ahmad with a heavily deflected free-kick on 53 minutes for his second goal in three games in Egypt.The Indian Ocean islanders had to come through a preliminary round just to reach the qualifying competition but will advance as winners of Group B ahead of Nigeria, with Guinea hoping to progress as one of four best third-place finishers following a 2-0 win over Burundi in Cairo.“I have to thank the players who made me proud and the people of Madagascar proud,” said coach Nicolas Dupuis. “It’s a real achievement for us.”He added: “I really wanted to make the people of Madagascar dream and we did but it came at a bit of a cost with all the effort we put in.”Defeat for Nigeria likely sets up an eye-catching clash with either holders Cameroon or four-time winners Ghana in the next round, while Madagascar will take on a team that finishes third from either Group A, C or D.“What happened was Madagascar were the better team today,” said Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr. “We started with a gift. We didn’t want to make a gift but this first goal was a wonderful gift for Madagascar and then we couldn’t find solutions.“It’s not a shame to lose a match against such a team.”Having already qualified after back-to-back 1-0 victories, Rohr made five changes to the side that overcame Guinea in their second game. Samuel Kalu was handed his first start of the tournament following last week’s collapse in training due to severe hydration.– Rotated Nigeria subdued –Yet after a comfortable start Nigeria gifted their opponents a goal completely against the run of play when a poor pass from John Ogu put Leon Balogun in trouble, with Nomenjanahary pinching the ball on the edge of the area and coolly dancing round Ikechukwu Ezenwa to slot home.Kalu bent a shot wide of the far post in response for Nigeria, whose penalty appeals were ignored when Ahmed Musa tumbled to the ground after trying to skip past goalkeeper Melvin Adrien on the half-hour.Frenchman Dupuis, who also coaches at a lower-league club in his homeland, has worked wonders with a Madagascar side that qualified for a first Cup of Nations by finishing above Equatorial Guinea and Sudan.They doubled their lead early in the second half here when Andriamatsinoro’s set-piece flicked off substitute Wilfred Ndidi and left Ezenwa stranded as the ball sailed into the net.Ndidi belatedly registered Nigeria’s first shot on target just before the hour with a curling effort straight at Adrien, although Anicet Andrianantenaina nearly bagged a third as Ezenwa smothered on the line after an inviting Andriamatsinoro cross.While Madagascar became the first debutants to advance beyond the group stage since Cape Verde in 2013, they will be without midfielder Marco Ilaimaharitra for their next game after he collected a late yellow card, his second in three matches.In contrast, fellow newcomers Burundi bowed out without a single goal or point after a 2-0 loss to Guinea.Burundi’s hopes suffered a huge blow when Christophe Nduwarugira was sent off on 12 minutes in the capital after a foul as last man, and Mohamed Yattara stepped up for Guinea with both goals to leave them facing a nervous wait for a spot in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Madagascar midfielder Lalaina Nomenjanahary put the minnows on the road to victory © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jun 30 – Africa Cup of Nations newcomers Madagascar pulled off a stunning upset of Nigeria on Sunday with a 2-0 win over the three-time former champions to clinch a place in the last 16.Lalaina Nomenjanahary gave Madagascar a shock 12th-minute lead in Alexandria after pouncing on ponderous defending, jolting a side ranked 63 places above them in the world.last_img read more

Rafa Benitez faces losing out on top transfer target

first_imgLille have stepped up their pursuit of Newcastle target Nicolas Pepe after positive talks with Angers regarding the forward.The 21-year-old has emerged as one of Newcastle’s key summer transfer targets as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.However the Ivorian, who scored three goals in 33 Ligue 1 outings last term, is also wanted by both Lyon and Lille in France.And, according to Foot Mercato, it is the latter which is now leading the chase to sign him after advanced negotiations with Angers.The French club, however, are well aware of the wide interest in Pepe so know they are able to hold out for a bigger fee – leaving Newcastle with a continued chance of landing him Nicolas Pepe could be on his way to Lille 1last_img read more

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubVoucher SundayOne of the biggest and most eagerly awaited competitions of the golfing season at Portsalon Golf club will take place on Sunday 1st April as the members will contest for what has now become voucher Sunday. The prize on offer will be free golf at Portsalon Golf Club in 2013. In order to play in this major golfing event, members must be fully paid up or have a minimum of one instalment paid towards their 2012 golfing fees before commencement of play. Match PlayTime is running out if you have not already entered this seasons singles match play event at Portsalon Golf Club. In order to be in a position to win this amazing prize of free subscription for 2013 all you have to do is enter your name pay the entry fee of €15 and await the draw closing date Saturday 31st March. Remember no entry fee no entry. The main prize will be dependent on numbers entering the competition. EventsOn Saturday 31st March there is an open gents competition and on Sunday 1st April a members competition voucher Sunday . On Wednesday 4th April a gents open competition. As Easter is fast approaching Portsalon golf club have arranged a host of competitions.. On Good Friday there is a three ball competition any combination, On Saturday it’s a ladies and gents open competition sponsored by Mc Chormick’s Pharmacy Milford, on Easter Sunday it’s a ladies and gents open and Monday it’s a Ladies and Gents open. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.comGaeltacht LeagueOn Sunday last Donal Callaghan lead his team to Cruit Island Golf Club for the rescheduled match following its earlier cancellation a few week back. Playing ideal weather conditions as the sun shine blazed across the picturesque island, the course was looking its best. The travelling Portsalon team emerged with a magnificent eight matches to Cruit Isalnds two matches. In the overall prizes Portsalon had a clean sweep with Paddy Sheridan and Cathal Toland winners, Shaun Shields and Tony Kingston runner up and Stephen Connolly and Pascal Cullen third. Portsalon have now played four matches and have 59 points. On Saturday 31st March the Portsalon Gaeltacht team will travel to Dunfanaghy golf club and team members are reminded that the tee off is at 8.30 a.m The remaining fixture is away to Cloughaneeley which will be played on 14th April. The Gaeltacht Captain’s Day is scheduled for Sunday 21st April and this will be played at Nairn Portnoo golf coursePortsalon Winter LinksOn Saturday last Portsalon Golf club staged the Portsalon Winter Links Captain’s Day.The event was played in bluster weather which left conditions poor for the entrants to display their true golfing talents. The overall winner of the Captain’s prize was Eamon Mc Dermott (3) with 37 points. In the Nett section the winner was John Doran Letterkenny with 35 points, 2nd Tony Morrison 34 points, 3rd Chuck Mc Taggart 32 points 3th P Hannigan B/S 32 points. In the gross section the winner was Connor Connolly 29 points 2nd D Mc Gough Letterkenny 28 points, 3rd D P Logue 28 points 4th Seamus Patton 26 points. The golfer of the year titles went to Eamon Mc Dermott in the net section and Stephen Connolly in the gross section. The club captain D P Logue would like to thank all who participated and helped to make it yet another successful competition. ResultsThe winner of the open staged on Wednesday 21st last was Dermott Coll (18) 43 points, 2nd Joe Hensey (12) 39 points, Gross Enda Mc Menamin B/S (3) 30 points 3rd Tony Morrison (16) 39 points. The CSS was 37 points. The Winner of the Sunday members competition was Chris Williams (13) 68, 2nd James Durning (22) 71 Gross Rory Kenney ( 87, The CSS was 74SubscriptionsThe council wish to remind all members that their fees for the 2012 golfing year are now due. In order to play on Sunday remember you must be fully paid up or a minimum of one instalment paid towards their 2012 golfing fees before commencement of play. SympathyThe Captain D P Logue and members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and members Nairn Portnoo Golf Club on the sudden death of Connor Mallon RIP. On our many visits to Nairn/Portnoo Golf Club, Portsalon members were always greeted and welcomed by Connor. A true golfing professional who will not be forgotten by many of his friends at Portsalon golf club. May he rest in peace.Change to Drop Off arrangementsMembers and visitors should note that you must drop off the fairways 2,7 and 9 at the nearest point of relief as this has now been designated ground under repair. Under a local rule all golf balls in the areas identified must be lifted and dropped without penalty. It is no longer permitted to use the putter inside the areas identified.All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies outside the lines surrounding the putting greens. This is try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the next few weeks..PlacingAll members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 29th, 2012 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:PPORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U14’S PRODUCE CLASSY PERFORMANCE IN WIN OVER MILFORD

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:The Seniors opened their Championship defence in style with a 2-10 to 0-07 win away to Ardara in their opening Group game with Lee McMonagle (penalty) and Conor Gibbons getting the goals. The Reserves were defeated by 2-09 to 1-00, goalscorer Aiden Friel.  Both teams are back in league action this Saturday with a trip to Gaoth Dobhair, throw in 6.00 and 7.30pm. The Senior Hurlers return to action this next Monday, travelling to Annyalla to face St. Fechins in the Táin League, throw in 7.30pm.Hard luck to the U-16 boys’ Development team who went down to Naomh Columba in the league semi final, on a scoreline of 4-16 to 6-03.The U-14 Hurlers defeated McCumhaills 4-08 to 3-10 in their League semi final and will now face Buncrana in the final this week.The U-14 Boys Footballers had a comfortable 2-15 to 1-00 win over Milford on Monday and the will face St. Michaels away next Monday at 7pm.  The Dev. team lost to Termon and will host Letterkenny Gaels, also next Monday at 7pm. Well done to our five County representatives Sadhbha Medlar, Kaneshia McKinney, Sinead Hession, Lauren O’Connell and Rose Boyle, who all appeared in the first ever Donegal U21 team entered into an Ulster Championship. They comprehensively beat Tyrone 7-14 to 2-04.Congratulations also to our five Donegal U-14 girls’ players, Claire Doherty, Niamh Walsh, Katherine Kelly, Niamh Harkin and Lee Walsh and coach Greg Harkin who defeated Antrim in the Ulster B Final on Saturday winning by 4-09 to 1-11.Many thanks to Mr. Kevin Bradley at Highland Bakery, Letterkenny for his kind sponsorship of new gear for our Senior Football team.Well done to everyone involved in organising the annual club golf classic. A very successful day was just reward for all the hard work put in by the organising committee – James Friel, Paul Carr, Peter Curran, Siobhan Grant, Ciaran Haran, Noel McGinley, Marjorie Morrison, Dermot Higgins, Adrian Shields, Adrian McClafferty and Enda Kelly.  It was great to see so many new faces involved and thanks to the committee for all their efforts.Many thanks to main sponsor Diver’s Hyundai Garage for their support and also to Bank of IrelandMany thanks also to everyone who played on the day, to all local businesses/individuals that supported the event by sponsoring teams, Tees and Prizes and to Letterkenny Golf Club.Winners1st prize – Divers Hyundai Garage team – 103pts2nd – Grant Communications team3rd – Eamon McGlincheys team Longest drive (kick out!!) – JP ClarkeLadies longest drive – Norma MullodlyNearest the pin – Ryan McKinnleyThe Century Cinemas Football Academy continues every Sunday morning at 11am and the Hurling and Camogie Academy is every Friday at 6.30pm.  New members are most welcome from all parts of Letterkenny.Cash 4 Clothes 4 Féile: Are you doing a spring clean this year? Tidying up that wardrobe and wondering where to put your old clothes? As part of our “4 for Féile” fundraising campaign we are collecting all your old clothes which we hope to turn into cash to help fund our four teams that will compete in this year’s Féile events. The boys and girls U14 Footballers will travel to the south-east (Wexford – Carlow – Wicklow) in late June for the All-Ireland Féile whilst the U14 Hurlers and Camógs will act as hosts for this year’s Ulster Féile.You can drop your black bags of old clothes to O’Donnell Park this Sunday during the Century Cinemas Sunday Morning Academy.  You can also drop off  this Friday during the Hurling and Camogie Academy between 6.30pm and 8pm. Alternatively, if anyone has stuff and needs it collected, contact Eunan O’Donnell at 087 6775637.  Your support is greatly appreciated for these young sports people.Sympathy is extended to the O’Herlihy family on their recent bereavement.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U14’S PRODUCE CLASSY PERFORMANCE IN WIN OVER MILFORD was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: CANAVAN TIPPING MONAGHAN TO EDGE OUT DONEGAL IN ULSTER SFC FINAL

first_imgSky Sports GAA pundit and former Tyrone legend Peter Canavan feels Monaghan will edge out Donegal in the Ulster SFC final in Clones. Canavan feels Monaghan not only have more players capable of kicking scores from distance but also have a better bench to choose from than Donegal and says that coul make the difference.Canavan has conceded both sides are the two best teams in Ulster and says Sunday’s final will be a very, very close affair with both sides implementing defensive structures. However, he’s tipping Monaghan to get repeat their heroics of 2013 and defeat Donegal to win the Anglo Celt.Canavan told Sky Sports, “In Clones, the two strongest teams in Ulster will once again do battle.“This is the third final in a row between Monaghan and Donegal and I don’t expect them to disappoint.“These sides are similar in so many ways – they have excellent goalkeepers, accurate free-takers, both implement a solid defensive structure, and they are both managed by Fermanagh men. “I expect a very physical, low-scoring affair where both defences dominate, but I feel Monaghan have more potential to improve on the games they’ve played so far.“Malachy O’Rourke will have had his team primed to peak in the Ulster final, which is something they’ll have targeted from the start of the year.“And they would have expected Donegal to be standing between them and a second Ulster title in three years.“Donegal have had to play three tough games just to get to Sunday’s decider. We’ve already witnessed them playing at a high level.“Monaghan need to improve but I think they have the capability to do so. They also have a stronger bench, which they have used very wisely in their previous two games. “The players introduced have made a difference, both in terms of the scoreboard and their style of play.“I don’t believe Donegal have this luxury at present.“The final string in Monaghan’s bow is that when a game is tight and both teams are employing packed defences, they have more players who are capable of kicking scores from long range.COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: CANAVAN TIPPING MONAGHAN TO EDGE OUT DONEGAL IN ULSTER SFC FINAL was last modified: July 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAMonaghannewsSportUlster SFClast_img read more

Panda gaining a name

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week You may call him Tai Shan. In observance of a Chinese custom, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., waited 100 days after his birth on July 9 to give the giant panda cub his name, which means “peaceful mountain.” That name received 44 percent of approximately 200,000 votes on the zoo’s Web site, zoo officials said Monday. The male cub is the first giant panda born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to survive more than a few weeks. The mother, Mai Xiang, and the father, Tian Tian, are on a 10-year loan from China. The cub, who has taken his first step and started cutting his first tooth, will be sent to China when he is 2. Why wait 100 days to name him? It’s rare for pandas born in captivity to live more than a few days, and keeping a cub nameless is seen as a way to trick fate into letting it survive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bacteria Rule the World – Benevolently

first_imgWe should love bacteria, not annihilate them.  Bacteria are our friends, according to Dianne K. Newman of Caltech:1As a microbiologist, I’m appalled when I go to buy soap or dishwashing detergent, because these days it’s hard to find anything that doesn’t say ‘antibacterial’ on it…. It’s a commonly held fallacy that all bacteria are germs, but it’s been estimated that out of more than 30 million microbial species, only 70 are known to be pathogens.  That’s a trivial number.  The vast majority are actually doing remarkable things, both for the quality of our life and for the quality of the planet.We couldn’t annihilate them, anyway, if we wanted to.  They are the most widespread and hardiest organisms on earth.  Maybe you heard on the news today that there are more bacteria on your cell phone than on a toilet seat.  Better to get used to it; they’re everywhere.    The realization that bacteria rule the world began when Leeuwenhoek found more organisms on his teeth than men in a kingdom.  Newman continues:Leeuwenhoek underestimated.  Not only do they exceed the number of men and women in a kingdom, they go far beyond that.  We have anywhere from 5 million to 50 million bacteria per square inch on our teeth, and over 700 microbial species living in our mouths.  Most of them are aiding us in our digestion—as are the 300 billion bacteria living in each gram of our colon.  The palms of our hands have between 5,000 and 50,000 organisms per square inch, although that’s nothing compared to the skin of our groin and armpit areas, which as at least 5 million per square inch.    The grand total per person is about 70 trillion (70 x 1012), so we’re really walking vats of bacteria.  There are 10 times the number of microbial cells in an adult body than there are human cells, and the gut microbiome alone is estimated to contain more than a hundred times the number of genes that we have in our own genome—so there’s a remarkable amount of metabolic diversity living within us.  We shouldn’t be alarmed by this, however, because most of these bacteria are our friends.If you are sufficiently grossed out by the revelation that you are a zoo, consider that the animals in a zoo represent just a tiny fraction of life on earth:As well as living on and within animals, microbes live in plants, oceans, rivers, lakes, aquatic sediments, soils, subsoils, and air.  The total number of microbes on the planet has been estimated at 5 x 1030, which is an enormous number.  If they were all lined up end to end in a chain, it would stretch to the sun and back 200 x 1012 times.A related article on BBC News noted the remarkable diversity of microbes.  “One litre of seawater can contain more than 20,000 different types of bacteria,” the article begins, suggesting that microbial diversity is much greater than imagined.    Most of Dianne Newman’s delightful article is concerned with her Caltech team’s research into the amazing metabolic properties of certain bacteria that can live on rust as well as oxygen.  She talks about bacteria that can generate light, orient by magnetic fields, and help larger organisms in numerous ways.  Her colorful prose, unfortunately, is marred here and there by evolutionary stories that qualify for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:They invented oxygenic photosynthesis…Over the course of time, these types of cyanobacteria became engulfed by other organisms that then evolved into plants……the chloroplast, is nothing more than an ancient cyanobacterium.Moreover, we can only breathe this oxygen because our mitochondria—the little organelles in our cells that produce energy—are vestigial microorganisms descended from another ancient bacterium.Microbes are very, very old.  They’ve been on our planet for at least 3.8 billion years, appearing just 800 million years after the planet formed.  for the first 1.6 billion years or so of their existence, they had the place to themselves, and it was only after the oxygenation of the air and oceans by the cyanobacteria that the forerunners of plants and animals came along.The reason we find microbes almost everywhere we look is because, over the billions of years of Earth’s history they’ve been around, they’ve figured out how to be fantastic chemists.Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Kansas school board member Connie Morris, who was just voted out of office (see yesterday’s entry), often described evolution as “a nice bedtime story.”1Dianne K. Newman, “Bacteria Are Beautiful,” Caltech Engineering & Science (LXIX:2), Aug. 2006, pp. 8-15.The parts of this article about observable, repeatable, testable science are great.  Newman is an engaging writer, and her team is doing important research into the metabolic workings of anaerobic bacteria.  This research might lead to rust-removing bioproducts and other blessings for mankind.  But how could she possibly know what happened 3.8 billion years ago?  The beneficial research owes nothing to the Darwinian bedtime story.  For treating evolutionary dogma as fact, we regret having to award SEQOTW to the author of an otherwise informative and delightful article.    By the way, none of the criticism of antibacterial soap should be taken to mean that cleanliness and sanitation are unworthy goals.  It doesn’t take many of the 70 terrorist gangs to cause serious harm.  Everything in moderation.  Think about how few of the millions of microbial species are harmful to us.  If most are beneficial, it would almost suggest that something went wrong with the delinquent types.(Visited 454 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more