News Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more June 13, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist slain near Rio, others mistreated by police in São Paulo May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is appalled by journalist José Roberto Ornelas de Lemos’ murder in Rio de Janeiro state on 11 June (picture). The editor of the Hora H newspaper, he was shot 44 times from a car while visiting a bakery.The media freedom organization also condemns the way military police treated journalists covering a street protest against bus fare hikes the same day in the city of São Paulo.Three journalists were arrested during clashes between police and demonstrators on São Paulo’s Paulista Avenue. Two of them – Leandro Machado of the Folha de S. Paulo daily and photographer Leandro Morais of the Universo Online news portal – were charged with obstructing the police and were released after one hour.But the third, Pedro Ribeiro Nogueira of Portal Aprendiz, was absurdly charged with “forming a criminal gang” and “property damage,” and is still being held.And a fourth journalist, Fernando Mellis of the R7 news portal, was attacked by members of the military police after watching them hit a demonstrator. One of them used his baton to hit Mellis in the ribs although the reporter had shown them his press badge.“We call for Ribeiro Nogueira’s immediate release as he is being held for ridiculous reasons,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These police abuses constitute serious violations of freedom of information. The media play a key role during demonstrations, by reporting demonstrators’ demands, covering the authorities’ response and allowing a debate about the demands to emerge.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Journalists must not be treated as if they were demonstrators. The police must undertake to respect their neutrality and their physical integrity.”Hail of bulletsOrnelas de Lemos, 45, was murdered in a bakery in Nova Iguaçu, a municipality that is part of the Baixada Fluminense region just to the north of Rio de Janeiro city. He was killed in a hail of bullets fired by four men aboard a car.His brother, Luciano, said Ornelas de Lemos had received phone threats and had seen suspicious-looking cars loitering in his neighbourhood. The brother thought his death was linked to the newspaper’s frequent outspoken criticism of the police and local politicians.“We urge the police, who are already investigating the murder, to do everything possible to establish the motive,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They must not rule out the possibility that it was linked to his work as a journalist.”Since the start of 2013, Ornelas de Lemos is the fourth Brazilian journalist to be the victim of a murder that is probably or definitely connected with their work. Brazil continues to be the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for journalists in 2013. BrazilAmericas News RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Brazil News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas to go further Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out more
Worcester College has recently voted in favour of a motion to make a Russian dwarf pet hamster, named Luka, an honorary member of their JCR.The motion was passed with thirty-four votes in favour and six against and was proposed by second year student and owner of Luka the hamster, Angus Barry. Barry explained his reasons for proposing the motion, telling Cherwell, “As soon as I brought Luka back to Worcester I had a steady stream of people coming to visit him and before Facebook took down his profile (which Luka still maintains is the fault of an ‘evil bourgeoisie of cats’) he had 123 facebook friends, many of whom were Worcester students. “I thought it was silly for him to be such a large part of college life and not be an official part of it. So I had a look through our JCR constitution and found a clause which allowed non humans to become honorary members.”The motion read, ‘This JCR notes that: Hamsters are incredibly cute’ and that ‘Adopting a hamster would therefore be beneficial to the happiness and general well-being of the members of the JCR.’It continued, ‘Angus Barry, member of the JCR, is in possession of a young Russian Dwarf hamster (called Luka) that is in need of adoption. Luka is already well loved by many JCR members’ and noted that, ‘Luka’s personality fits well with the spirit of the College. He is adventurous, enjoys cuddles and likes grapes’.Luka’s personal hero is Abrahamster Lincoln and he enjoys moving cotton wool around his house, scratching his nose and going on adventuresAs an honorary member, Luka will not be able to run for election but there is nothing to prevent him from attending and voting in JCR meetings, although Barry explained that, “he often has difficulty following proceedings as English is his third language after Hamster and Russian.”Luka plans on continuing to make the college happy through his cute appearance and hopes to propose a motion demanding hamster-sized portions in Formal Hall.
Cells are like castles surrounded by walls. A wall without gates, however, would prevent commerce and trap the inhabitants inside. The cell has ingenious gates that control the flow of goods and services through its outer membrane under tight surveillance and quality control. This controlled flow, as opposed to passive diffusion or osmosis, is termed active transport. Depending on the type of import or export required, the cell uses a variety of mechanisms. It might wrap the cargo in clathrin proteins and send it through in a self-mending breach of the walls (endocytosis; 05/15/2005, 11/04/2005, bullet 7). It might use one of the specialized authenticating channels through the membrane (e.g., aquaporins 04/18/2002 and ion channels, 05/29/2002). It might export genetic material or proteins through one of the pumps, or secretion systems (10/11/2005, 11/10/2004). Or, it might check cargo through one of the varieties of self-operating ticketed turnstiles. A description of one of these gates excited awe in a commentary in PNAS.1 Robert M. Stroud summarized decades of work on a kind of lactose turnstile. Key researchers published their latest results in the current issue of the journal. They believe they have finally figured out how this molecule-sized machine works. It is a protein, 417 amino acids long, folded into a kind of rocking door in the membrane. For a lactose passenger to get through the membrane using this transporter, it has to pay the fare: a proton ticket must first be inserted into the active site. Then, the lactose molecule gets in and fastens its seat belt, so to speak, for the short but wild ride. The nanomachine undergoes a conformational change that seals off the outside and opens the door to the inside, where the passengers undock. Then, the gate automatically repositions itself for the next load. Called LacY, or lactose permease, this molecular machine operates with practically 100% efficiency: each proton ticket grants admittance to one and only one lactose passenger. LacY is one of a whole family of gates called the “Major Facilitator Superfamily” (MFS).2 “The mechanism most probably pertains to the many other transporters of the MFS that are found throughout all domains of life,” Stroud says. Another member of this family, for instance, is called GlpT. This machine works with a reverse-ticketing process; a phosphate outside the cell is exchanged for a glycerol phosphate inside. Stroud was palpably delighted with the elucidation of the mechanism of these intriguing nanomachines after so much research by so many scientists for so many years. Here’s what he said about the LacY device:The MFS of transporters can be run in reverse, such that outward movement of lactose, driven by reverse concentration gradient, can generate an H+ gradient across the membrane; LacY can work in either direction toward a coupled equilibrium. It is a beautiful example of energy transduction at the level of the membrane and is a near-perfect machine in the sense that the stoichiometry3 is always 1:1 without any leakage.Leakage would allow contraband through. Experimental inventory shows all goods accounted for, before and after. The protein undergoes “large global conformational changes to transport the cargo” that are reversible, providing “oscillation between structural states that become accessible alternately to one side or the other, which can therefore be coupled to other sources of energy.” Understanding how these machines work could lead to treatments for diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and lactose malabsorption, caused by malfunction of the gates. In addition, medical researchers may discover novel ways to co-opt the gates for special delivery of antibiotics and chemotherapeutic drugs.1Robert M. Stroud, “Transmembrane transporters: An open and closed case,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0610349104, published online before print January 24, 2007.2Another superfamily of transporters, the ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) family, is driven by ATP hydrolysis inside the cell.2Stoichiometry refers to the ratios of combining elements in a chemical reaction, from the Greek stoichea, “basic principles,” as used in Colossians 2:8.Wonderful, amazing, mind-boggling discoveries come from the investigation of design in nature. Stroud said nothing about how these machines arose by evolution; indeed, he said these mechanisms are “found throughout all domains of life.” Moreover, this particular 100%-efficient machine is made up of 417 amino acids. Our online book calculates the probability for a 400-amino-acid protein arising by chance as one in 10161. This unfathomably low probability rules out its formation by any lucky accident in trillions upon trillions of universes (ch. 7). The LacY protein machine cannot tolerate much error, either. One primary method the scientists use to learn about them is by replacing amino acids with the wrong ones, and watching how the machines break. From the top of the giraffe to the lowly crocus, molecular machines transduce life within a physical medium. This is no hocus, folkus. This is intelligent design coming into focus – at the locus of mind and matter, at the intersection of faith and reason. Let the NCSE run for cover, wailing, “Cloak us from the face of ID, for the facts emerging from biophysics provoke us to shame and despair.” Rejoice, O science, as the lens of molecular biology leads to a refocus on intelligent design.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Johannesburg, Tuesday 12 July 2016 – Brand South Africa and its partners – the Departments of Trade and Industry and KwaZulu-Natal Health, National Research Foundation, as well as Selborne Hotel, Spa & Golf Estate – will host media ahead of the 21st International Aids Conference to showcase some of the province’s competitive strengths.Over four days from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 July 2016, media will be treated to visits of the Toyota Plant, the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), the Medical Male Circumcision Centre for Excellence, based at the Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and Selbourne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa.These site visits are aimed at telling the South African story and positioning South Africa as a globally competitive investment destination for investment, science, technology, innovation and tourism.At the same time, the visits to CAPRISA, K-RITH and the Medical Male Circumcision Centre for Excellence will showcase some of the strides South Africa is making to ensure an HIV free generation in our lifetime.Media who are interested in being treated to the exceptionalism of KwaZulu-Natal are requested to contact Tsabeng Nthite on 076 371 6810 or Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587.Programme for the four days:Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand or #AIDS2016 Kindly RSVP to Tsabeng Nthite on [email protected] with the following information:Name and surnameID/passport numberMedia HouseEmail addressContact numberFor more information contact Tsabeng as follows:Tsabeng NthiteEmail: [email protected]
View comments Coach Chot Reyes has until Nov. 23, or a day before the clash with Team Nippon, to decide on who the final three cuts would be.Gilas has had a long streak of success against Japan, which will be spearheaded by its naturalized player, 6-foot-5 guard Ira Brown, and the talented 6-foot-10 center Jojie Takeuchi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos will have the size that can match up with the Japanese, with Carl Bryan Cruz, Troy Rosario and Raymond Almazan to backstop Blatche and the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.Gilas also has a lot of talent and agility in the small forward position with Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva and Mac Belo. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Gunslinger Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy and Allein Maliksi are Reyes’ top outside guns even as the 5-foot-10 Romeo is still included in the list of players the coaching staff initially submitted to the Fiba.With Romeo out because of an injury, Reyes will be taking Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena to be the back-up of Castro, though Alas and Ravena will be hard-pressed to come up with the more than 22 points a game, Romeo’s average in the last Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut in Lebanon.“The coaches haven’t decided on it yet,” team manager Butch Antonio said in a text message when asked if Reyes and his deputies have more or less figured out on who the final cuts would be.One of the shoo-ins would have to be the veteran Gabe Norwood, who could be the best defensive man on Reyes’ roster as far as handling Brown is concerned.Gilas will play Japan on Friday before flying back home the following day to play Chinese Taipei and Quincy Davis III at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Standhardinger powers HK Lions past Alab PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsA Gilas Pilipinas crew that will be without prolific point guard Terrence Romeo departs for Haneda, Japan, on Tuesday, seeking to open its Fiba World Cup Qualifiers Asia stint on a bright note against the host squad three days later.Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, naturalized Andray Blatche and two-time Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro banner a 15-man team that flies out at 8:55 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
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To coincide with the NRL Women’s Rugby League National Championship, female NRL Touch Football players who are interested in being part of the Women’s Rugby League are invited to apply to join one of two exclusive touch-player teams for an exhibition match in front of NRL Women’s Rugby League selectors on 1st June!Maddie Studdon will work in consultation with the NSW Touch Association, and Chelsea Baker with Queensland Touch Football, to select 12 Touch players for the ‘Studdon Stars’ team and 12 for the ‘Baker Breakers’ team.These Touch players will be given tackle coaching before they go up against each other in a game of 9-a-side rugby league.This Touch players initiative helps give NRL Touch Football a meaningful role separate from the open-to-the-public Talent ID, and elevates the position of Touch players over those from other sports. To support this, the NRL will be assisting the 24 selected Touch players with travel, accommodation, insurance, uniforms and other costs associated with this initiative. Touch women will also take part in the NRL Women’s Rugby League Talent ID the day before, 31st May.Details of the event include the following:Date: 31st May–1st June 2018Ground Location: Owen Park Southport, QueenslandAccommodation: Sea World ResortTo fill in the Expression of Interest form, click here.
RED DEER, Alta. – An Alberta man convicted of criminal harassment for his involvement in a Creep Catchers sting has been fined $1,500 and must spend a year on probation.Carl Young, 38, also known as Karl Murphy, was convicted last month for his involvement in an incident where he lured a man to a meeting on Nov. 23, 2016, in Lacombe, Alta., and accused him of illegal acts with minors.The man immediately denied he’d done anything wrong, and Young posted a video of the encounter online the next day.Court heard during Young’s trial that he and the man had been communicating through the online app Grindr, where Young posed as a teenage boy and claimed to be 18 before later saying he was 15.They arranged to meet, but the man testified he planned to watch a movie with the teen and that he has a learning disability that makes it difficult for him to pick up on social cues.In addition to the probation and fine, Justice Darrell Reimer imposed conditions that ban Young from having or using any electronic device capable of sending or receiving messages, unless needed for a job or as permitted by his probation officer.Creep Catchers are private citizens who post videos online to expose people they believe are seeking out minors for sexual activity.Defence lawyer Maurice Collard had argued that the fine alone would be sufficient punishment for Young, saying last month that his client’s motivation, while framed as vigilantism, was to protect other people from exploitation.Young now lives in British Columbia.(RD News Now)in Red Deer Provincial Court
Barbra Streisand has put her name to an email sent to supporters of the Clinton Foundation.“It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of President Clinton,” she wrote. “His unwavering commitment to helping people build a better future for themselves and their families has never ceased to amaze and inspire me.“I am proud to support the work of his Foundation – fighting climate change; giving individuals and communities the chance to succeed; improving access to lifesaving medication in developing countries; and most recently, with the launch of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, promoting health and wellness across all generations in the United States.“Giving people access to the education, tools, and resources they need to live long and productive lives is an issue that is near and dear to me. It’s why, through my own foundation, I am hoping to turn the tide on women’s heart disease by investing in woman-focused treatment and research. And it is one of the many reasons why I support the Clinton Foundation and am thrilled to learn of the new Health Matters Initiative.“Through this latest effort, President Clinton is bringing the same convening power, innovative approach, and sustainable solutions to the issue of health and wellness that he brings to all of the issues he works on.“The Clinton Foundation doesn’t just create a temporary solution, it fundamentally alters the way we approach the biggest challenges of our world, triggering change that helps millions of people build a better future.“Please join me in supporting the Clinton Foundation and help continue to build President Clinton’s vision of a better world with a gift to the Clinton Foundation.”