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Bentol City Celebrates the Day of the African Child

first_imgThe Day of the African Child was yesterday celebrated in Bentol, Montserrado County, where the City Mayor, Mrs. Christine Tolbert Norman, organized the celebration to the tastes of the locals.The ceremony was to create awareness in her constituency of the significance of the 2016 theme, “Conflict and Crisis in Africa – Protecting All Children’s Rights”- which highlights the experiences of the children of this continent over the past 40 years.The keynote speaker, Captain Felix Walz, was a former UNPOL/UNMIL Advisor from Switzerland. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Felix Walz Bowier Trust Foundation in Switzerland, featured local artists (J-GLO, The ACE and Takun-J) who performed their latest release produced for the occasion. About 400 children from the Isaac A. David Memorial School and surrounding communities of Bentol City were in attendance.Mayor Tolbert-Norman said in a release that “no development can take place in the midst of conflict or crisis. Children are kept out of school, and grow up as functional illiterates. The idle mind also becomes the devil’s workshop. They need an enabling environment, free of fear and want to realize their potentials, and grow into productive citizens and leaders. Who will fix the “mess” if everyone flees the country?” Her organization, Restoration of Educational Advancement Program (REAP), is one of the post-conflict NGOs addressing this paradigm.The Day is celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when the Day of the African Child was first initiated by the then Organization of African Unity, now African Union. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.On June 16, 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black school children marched in protest against the poor quality of their education, demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, and more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand injured in the protests during the following weeks.For that, governments, NGOs, international organizations and other stakeholders gather together every year on June 16 to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of children in Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Region 2 holds road safety march

first_imgIn an effort to curb the increasing carnage on Guyana’s roadways, the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Administration hosted a road safety awareness march on Saturday.Road safety awareness march in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on SaturdayThe march was led by Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikarran in Anna Regina. The aim was to bring awareness among road users of the many accidents and fatalities in the Region and other parts of the country.For the month of November, 21 persons, including three children, died from road accidents. A closer review showed that for last week, 12 persons lost their lives in a matter of seven accidents and the fatalities have continued into this week.It was against this backdrop, the REO noted, that the march was organised by stakeholders in the Region so that road users can exercise the Five Cs (care, caution, consideration, common sense and courtesy) and play their part to ensure their safety and that of others.Jaikarran is calling on all persons to “use the road with care, stop speeding, don’t drink and drive, stop double parking on the road, don’t overtake on the double lines, don’t stop on turns etc”.Pedestrians are also urged to “stop, look and then cross” when using the roads.Joining this morning’s march were members from the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Guyana National Cadet Corps, the Regional Administration staff, the Essequibo Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Police Station Management Committee, the Secondary Schools in Region Two, the Essequibo Coast Technical Institute as well as members of the public.The march, which was deemed a success, was the first of its kind to be held in the Region.last_img read more


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Canadian Natural Resources reports $1.03B Q3 profit, tops expectations

first_imgThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 7, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ) The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says it earned $1.03 billion in its latest quarter, down from $1.80 billion in the same quarter last year.The company says the profit amounted to 87 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $1.47 per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $6.16 billion, up from nearly $5.90 billion.- Advertisement -Canadian Natural says its adjusted profit from operations amounted to $1.04 per diluted share, down from $1.11 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 77 cents per share, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Daily production in the quarter averaged almost 1.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from nearly 1.1 million boe per dayin the same quarter last year.Advertisementlast_img read more


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DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS BEHIND ‘SMART MUMS MARKET’ SET TO EXPAND

first_imgSmart Mums Market owners Antoinette Doherty, and Sandra Docherty pictured with Donegal Daily’s Commercial Director John Gildea.BUSINESS: A dynamic, vibrant and innovative new Donegal business – ‘Smart Mums Market’ have announced exciting new expansion plans.Smart Mums Market, is the brainchild of entrepreneurial duo Antoinette Doherty, and Sandra Docherty, both of whom hail from Buncrana.Both women lived in the UK, for the best part of a decade – and had both attended indoor markets for mums. On their return home, they identified a gap in that market and decided to start their own business.Smart Mums Market is an indoor market for buyers and sellers of baby and children’s nearly-new clothes, shoes, toys and equipment for 0-10 years; including buggies, bikes, cots, nursery furniture, large indoor and outdoor toys, maternity gear and everything else that comes with raising children.Speaking at the Buncrana Enterprise Town event on Friday afternoon they explained their idea behind their business.“We both lived in the UK for over ten years, and we both attended markets that focused on the trading of quality children and baby items. “When we both moved back home, we spoke about the gap that existed in the market for something similar here, and we were both confident there would be a demand for it.“Thankfully, we’ve been proved right, we’ve done six markets across Inishowen and Letterkenny, and they’ve been a great success, the response has been incredible.”The ambitious duo are so delighted with the appetite and demand for their markets, that they plan on expanding it out to other counties.“We’re hoping to branch out now in the next few months, we want to replicate what we’ve done in Donegal on a bigger scale.“We’re currently in the process of building a new website, and we’ll control everything through that, we just need to identify people in those counties that can run the markets for us in their respective areas. The next Smart Mums Market is on Saturday May 14th, and the girls are encouraging anyone who hasn’t attended the markets before to drop in.“We ensure the products up for sale are of a high quality, we vet each stall, and thankfully since we started the products on offer have all been genuinely top-class.“We’ve got a market next month, and it’s being held at the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny, so anyone who would be interested in setting up a stall can contact us through Facebook.”https://www.facebook.com/Smart-Mums-Market-729874847085323/timeline DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS BEHIND ‘SMART MUMS MARKET’ SET TO EXPAND was last modified: April 18th, 2016 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:BusinessEnterpriseexpansionFeaturesnewsSmart Mums Marketlast_img read more


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Stunning new Parma kit sells out in 24 hours

first_img How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener who plays? predicted LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Parma’s new third kit is a thing of beauty and fans flocked to shops in their thousands upon its release.Infact, the Errea strip proved so popular that it completely sold out in just 24 hours. Scenes when we drop the most 🔥🔥🔥 Third Kit of 18/19 Get Yours 📦👉https://t.co/UvLeo2tAiu#ForzaParma 💛💙#DifendiamolA #ChinoisiAmo pic.twitter.com/eUXsjFvW4V— Parma Calcio 1913 (@ParmaCalcio_en) July 25, 2018The kit’s popularity is about more than just its breathtaking design.Parma, a club dear to so many in Italy, were declared bankrupt in 2015 and forced to start from scratch in Serie D under the name Parma Calcio 2013.But three back-to-back promotions have seen the club rise from the ashes and return to where they belong in the top division of Italian football. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible xi How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights center_img NEW ERA Parma’s new third kit is a never-seen-before combination of boldness and tradition: a charcoal grey background enriched by the dynamic, central cross in blue and yellow, with a nod to the history of the club on the shoulders. 💛💙#ErreàSport #ForzaParma pic.twitter.com/mZJLPwLURK— Erreà Sport (@ErreaOfficial) July 25, 2018They marked their fairytale return with a fittingly stunning third kit which has, quite rightly, gripped fans across the country.Kit-makers Errea explained: “Parma’s new third kit is a never-seen-before combination of boldness and tradition: a charcoal grey background enriched by the dynamic, central cross in blue and yellow, with a nod to the history of the club on the shoulders.” Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal ALTERED gameday Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more


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ST EUNAN’S WIN ALL IRELAND SOCCER TITLE by Stephen Doherty

first_imgSt Eunan’s College claimed another All Ireland Schools Soccer trophy today after their Under 17 team defeated De La Salle College from Waterford by 3 goals to 1 at the Oscar Traynor Centre, Dublin.In front of a large crowd and on a perfect surface for football it was Eunans who broke the deadlock on 8 minutes.Christopher Flanaghan who played from the Republic Under 16 side last week volleyed home a fantastic 20 yard volley into the De La Salle net. It was a goal fit for any final and gave Eunans under the guidance of Michael Harkin and Gerard Faulkner a great start. And they increased their lead 6 minutes later through a sweetly struck strike from Cathal McDaid.The Cathedral town outfit were in complete control of the rest of the first half but try as they did they could not add to their tally.Into the second half and De La Salle came out fighting and dominated the exchanges but found it hard to breakdown a resolute Eunans rearguard.Just when it looked like that time was running out for the Waterford men they got a lifeline with a goal with 4 minutes remaining. And they almost got an equaliser shortly after but for a fine save from Eunans net minder Shaun Patton.But as they pressed for that all important leveller they were hit on the counter attack and conceded a third in stoppage time by substitute Michael Miller who scored into an empty net after an unselfish pass from midfielder Aidan Sweeney.St Eunans: Shaun Patton, Jordan McBride, Daire McDaid, Sean Hume, Eoin Barrett, Dale Gorman, Aidan Sweeney, Cathal McDaid, Christopher Flanagan, Ryan Rainey, Jason Doherty. Subs: Michael Miller for Doherty. Unused Subs: Ronan Sweeney, Thomas Grant, Luke Bonner, Jason Quinn.ST EUNAN’S WIN ALL IRELAND SOCCER TITLE by Stephen Doherty was last modified: April 25th, 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)last_img read more


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POT-HOLES AND BUMPS ON ROADS CAUSE ANGER IN EAST DONEGAL

first_imgRESIDENTS in east Donegal say they are being driven potty – literally – over pot-hole riddled roads….and the lack of money to fix them.Our picture shows the state of a public road at Drumatoland, St Johnston, but it could be anywhere in the east of the county.Sinn Fèin Councillor for the Stranorlar Electoral Area, Gary Doherty, says all councillors have highlighted what they feel to be a disparity in roads funding which is causing a serious deterioration in road standards. Speaking today Cllr Doherty said: “It is painfully clear at this stage that road conditioning in the Stranorlar Municipal District is the worst in County Donegal.  This has been acknowledged by political representatives from all parties.  It is one issue we are united on. It is now time for central Government to listen to our concerns and take measures to alleviate the huge problem we have with our roads.“In July, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport allocated an additional €1.6 Million to Donegal County Council for Road Restoration Improvement.  Only €225,000 of this additional monies went to the Stranorlar District.  That paltry sum does not come close to fixing the problems we have.“The Finn and Lagan Valley areas are unique in County Donegal as they are the most intensively farmed in the County, resulting in industrial scale agriculture. We have 56% of the County’s total cattle herd, harvest more crops than the other areas and have the largest farms in Donegal. It stands to reason that our roads are under more pressure due to the volume and scale of the vehicles using them.“However, as roads funding is currently allocated on a miles-per-area ratio rather than using the existing visual conditiioning survey, we are not receiving the level of funding we need.  We now require the Department to take note of our plight and take immediate action to alleviate this crisis.” SEND us your pot-hole pix to info@donegaldaily.com. POT-HOLES AND BUMPS ON ROADS CAUSE ANGER IN EAST DONEGAL was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalGary Dohertypot holesROADSSt Johnstonlast_img read more


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Twitter Queen brings stellar line-up to Donegal entrepreneurs event

first_imgA large number of business-minded people are expected to gather at Harvey’s Point next week for a major conference hosted by the Women’s Inspire Network. For the first time in Donegal, business owners and marketing mavens can tap into the expertise of Samantha Kelly, the social media marketer and founder of Women’s Inspire, at their Spring Seminar on Wednesday, 10th April next.The Irish-based network for women entrepreneurs started out as a Twitter hashtag in 2014 and is now a global online community with webinars, events and e-books offering expert advice and mentoring. ‘Overcoming Challenges’ is the theme for the full-day seminar which takes place in Harvey’s Point in Donegal, recently named #1 hotel in Ireland in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2019.Ireland AM’s Anna Daly is announced as MC for the eventSamantha Kelly says the WIN seminar promises an energising day of expert speakers and interactive sessions for the online business group which connects and empowers female-led businesses. “Delegates will learn about business development, marketing and brand-building, through a combination of speakers and practical workshops on topics such as social media, sales, time management and digital marketing”.TV presenter Anna Daly, the conference MC and moderator, will also discuss the recent set-up of her own lifestyle website, and the business opportunity she plans. Among the speakers confirmed are Anne Touhy, the Room Junkie, who will talk about establishing her very successful interiors brand and business. How to cost-effectively tap into the power of Facebook and Instagram ads for brand awareness and sales growth is the topic of Louise McDonnell, Ireland’s leading Facebook marketing advisor and author of Facebook Marketing; The Essential Guide. For entrepreneurs who hate sales, Donegal business owner and mentor Moira Ní Ghallachóir has the answer to creating a profoundly profitable business in a presentation curiously titled How to get out of your own way!Derry web development specialist Patricia Greene has expert advice on websites and digital marketing. Mags Boland-Murphy advises on getting the right price for your business service, and author Sharon Thompson shares the secret to getting a book published. Moira Dunne from BeProductive.ie is a speaker on taking control of your time and getting more done, sharing a suite of business and personal skills to improve time management and productivity. And the legal dimension of setting up a business, ‘Getting comfortable with accountability’, will be discussed by solicitor Michelle Mc Loughlin. The Donegal professional specialises in helping start-ups with the correct business structure as well as advice on protecting copyright, patents, trademarks, branding and designs. On health and wellbeing, Donegal businesswoman Lorraine Boyce of Down Below Physio, a specialist in female physiotherapy, will talk about her focus, through her clinic and online presence, of breaking down the barriers around discussing pelvic health issues.“Being able to talk ‘taboo subjects’ online and get advice and support has helped educate many women and encourage them to seek treatment where necessary.  The reach and influence of digital media can be a powerful force for good”, Lorraine Boyce says.Rachel McLaughlin, editor of DonegalWoman.ie, is a panel guest, with the leading online Donegal lifestyle and business publication for women also on board as the seminar media partner. Our line up for #Win19Donegal is very exciting! Check it out – Book your tickets now for @WomensInspireIE @HarveysPoint 10th of April! https://t.co/xsAxOxaS0n pic.twitter.com/RVFJB6LzTC— Samantha Kelly (@Tweetinggoddess) March 28, 2019From business management and marketing, to personal development and wellbeing, the Donegal WIN seminar will be the usual mix of inspiration, learning, knowledge-sharing and networking, organiser Samantha Kelly says.“I LOVE Donegal!  There are so many women doing awesome things in the area, the Women’s Inspire Network wants to show off their talent and a most beautiful county.  With social media you can reach any number of people, no matter where you are located, and our Donegal seminar at Harvey’s Point illustrates that big events don’t need to be held in major cities to be impactful”, she says.Seminar tickets on sale for €85, including lunch, are available on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/womens-inspire-event-donegal-overcoming-challenges-tickets-51454136708Get 20% off ticket prices with the Media Partner Discount Code from DonegalWoman.ie.Use the promo code ‘donegalwoman’ at the checkout to save up to €18.Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available and any event query can be addressed to sam@tweetinggoddess.com.Businesswomen and entrepreneurs in the North West interested in joining the Women’s Inspire Network for networking, ideas sharing, contacts and business opportunities can get more information on www.womensinspirenetwork.com. Among the very practical supports is the opportunity to promote their business or brand to over 50,000 followers between the @Tweetinggoddess and @womensinspireIE Twitter accounts.  The group is also on Facebook and Instagram.Twitter Queen brings stellar line-up to Donegal entrepreneurs event was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:business eventharvey’s pointsamantha kellyseminarTwitterwomen’s inspire networklast_img read more


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Human Cloning Is Back

first_imgIf you thought work on human cloning and embryonic stem cell research went out of style with the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells, watch out.  The pro-cloning people, who never lost their lust for toying with human embryos, are back.Writing for Science Magazine, Gretchen Vogel titled an article, “Human Stem Cells From Cloning, Finally.”  She seems delighted that researchers may be able to treat humans like farm animals:This time it looks like it’s for real: Researchers have made personalized human embryonic stem (ES) cells with a method similar to how Dolly the sheep was cloned—though with an added jolt of caffeine.The success, which produced stem cells carrying DNA belonging to a baby with an inherited disorder, comes 9 years after South Korean researchers claimed in a famously faked paper that they had achieved a similar feat. After their story unraveled, a handful of researchers continued trying, but human eggs, or oocytes, responded poorly to the techniques that have worked in sheep, mice, cows, pigs, and other animals.Now, thanks to years of work in monkey cells, a group led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton reports a recipe that works for human cells.Of course, there are those people troubled by the ethics of such research:While welcomed by many researchers, who envision creating personalized stem cells for therapies or research, the achievement is also likely to stir up old ethical debates about human SCNT [somatic cell nuclear transfer], including whether it should be regulated to prevent attempts at reproductive human cloning. In the short term, that shouldn’t be a worry, Mitalipov says.Who’s worried?  After all, the scientists don’t really want to clone human beings for a Star Wars army — at least not in the short term.  They just want to get their hands on those precious embryonic stem cells (ES), and this “success” opens the door for them.  Even so, “the team had surprisingly good success generating embryos,” Vogel said.But this begs the question: who needs ES cells, when induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are just as good without the ethical problems?This high efficiency could mean that SCNT is not as impractical for creating personalized human stem cells as many observers had expected. But it faces stiff competition from the current method of making genetically matched pluripotent cells, called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. By adding extra copies of several genes to skin or other cells, scientists can reprogram them to behave like ES cells. That technique is much easier than SCNT, and it doesn’t require a supply of human oocytes. (The oocytes used in Mitalipov’s experiments were donated by healthy volunteers for research purposes; donors were paid $5000 for their time and trouble, the local rate paid to egg donors for fertility treatments.)Some researchers have found evidence, however, that there may be subtle but potentially significant differences between the genes expressed in iPS cells and ES cells derived from embryos. The chance to compare SCNT-derived human ES cells with iPS counterparts is one of the most important aspects of the new advance, Daley says. “There may be advantages to SCNT-ES cells, but this must be rigorously proven,” he says. In practice, he says, making iPS cells “remains considerably easier.“So just on the supposition that there might be a difference, some researchers are willing to destroy human embryos to find out.  Does that sound ethical?  She quoted a researcher who thinks both methods are “useful” — the language of pragmatism, not ethics.  Vogel had no further ethical qualms.To the editors at New Scientist, it’s “back to the future” all over again.A few years ago, therapeutic cloning looked like the future of medicine. It promised to realise the dream of repairing damaged tissues and organs using a patient’s own cells. But it also had a dark side: producing its supply of stem cells required the creation of human embryos which were later destroyed.What did Nature say about this?  David Cyranoski wrote in Nature this week wearing ethics on his sleeve from the first paragraph:It was hailed some 15 years ago as the great hope for a biomedical revolution: the use of cloning techniques to create perfectly matched tissues that would someday cure ailments ranging from diabetes to Parkinson’s disease. Since then, the approach has been enveloped in ethical debate, tainted by fraud and, in recent years, overshadowed by a competing technology. Most groups gave up long ago on the finicky core method — production of patient-specific embryonic stem cells (ESCs) from cloning. A quieter debate followed: do we still need ‘therapeutic’ cloning?Mitalipov’s experiment “is sure to rekindle that debate,” Cyranoski continued.   He described how Mitalipov used a “university advertising campaign” to attract women to donate eggs for his lab at the Health and Science University in Beaverton, Oregon.  (He first practiced on skin cells obtained from fetuses.)  His method sounds a little Frankensteinish, using electric jolts and caffeine to coax the stubborn skin cells to form stable stem cell lines.  It took longer to get human cells to work than monkey cells, he said, because much of the time was spent “navigating US regulations on embryo research.”Mitalipov is apparently most concerned about making his process more efficient, why? to attract funding:Such improvements might be necessary to convince people that SCNT research is still worthwhile. Egg donors for the experiment received US$3,000–7,000 in compensation. This is expensive and, according to some bioethicists, risks creating an organ trade that preys on the poor. Because the technique requires the destruction of embryos, funds from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) cannot be used to make or study SCNT-derived cell lines, hampering further clinical research. (Mitalipov maintains a separate laboratory for NIH-funded research.)Another “sticking point” is public fear of human cloning.  Stem-cell opponents might “capitalize on” such fears, the article says.  Mitalipov is trying to convince opponents that creation of a human clone, like Dolly the sheep, is not possible (at least, at this time).But other stem-cell researchers are wondering why Mitalipov is wasting his time.  “Honestly, the most surprising thing [about this paper] is that somebody is still doing human [SCNT] in the era of iPS cells,” said a specialist in regenerative medicine.  Watchers will be waiting to see whether iPS and ES cells really differ in significant ways.New Scientist thinks the ethical battles will be muted during the Obama era:Will we now see a revival of the stem cell culture wars in the US? Probably, but they should be less polarised this time round. The Bush-era laws were relaxed by President Obama in 2009 to no great hullabaloo. The fact that the breakthrough work was done in Oregon may also help: home-grown success has a way of changing hearts and minds. What is clear is that we have entered a new phase in the long-running stem cell soap opera. Expect drama aplenty.But if this is a “soap opera,” it’s one where innocent human lives are at stake — and not only the lives of fertilized human embryos, but potential adult clones.  Live Science asked if this might lead to human cloning someday.  What worried reporter Rachael Rattner more, the pragmatics, or the principle of the thing?Although it would be unethical, experts say it is likely biologically possible to clone a human being. But even putting ethics aside, the sheer amount of resources needed to do it is a significant barrier.Rattner concentrated on practical problems with human cloning.  “It’s like sending your baby up in a rocket knowing there’s a 50-50 chance it’s going to blow up,” she quoted one researcher quipping.  “It’s grossly unethical.”  Practical problems, though, can be remedied with enough research.  If Rattner is willing to put ethics aside rhetorically, the day could come when unscrupulous, pragmatic researchers with government funding will put it aside for real.This story is very disturbing on the heels of the Kermit Gosnell trial.  Remember that abortion was sold in the 1970s in terms of concern for poor women who needed access to “reproductive health” needs.  The callous disregard for human life that resulted from that slippery slope has shocked the nation with revelations about Gosnell’s and other abortion mills described as “houses of horror” by investigators, who found abortion doctors twisting the heads off babies born alive, leaving them struggling for 20 minutes before severing their spinal cords with scissors, and telling mothers that the dead baby in the womb after chemical abortion is just “meat in a crockpot.”  Horrified nurses would find babies swimming in toilets and packed in bloody bags in refrigerators.  Do you think for a minute that “sanctity of human life” will fare any better among those who want free rein with human embryos?Speaking of abortion, Tanya Lewis wrote an interesting article for Live Science about ultrasound and how it has changed attitudes about abortion.  While ultrasound can backfire in cultures that want to use it for sex selection (aborting many female babies), for the most part it has given expectant mothers a view the abortionists never told them about: their baby is a living human being.Ultrasound has enjoyed an enthusiastic reception by pregnant women. In addition to revealing the baby’s health, the images themselves provide a keepsake. “Overwhelmingly, pregnant women expect to be scanned, and are moved and excited by seeing the fetus,” Nicolson said — especially if the baby moves. In fact, Nicolson said, some women report not feeling pregnant until they’ve seen the ultrasound image.Seeing a developing fetus has a humanizing effect, too. Donald, the physician who helped develop the technology, was a devout High Anglican, and knew the images carried moral significance for women contemplating having an abortion.Lewis cited anecdotal evidence that expectant mothers who see their baby with ultrasound are less likely to terminate their pregnancy.  Each moving baby that the mother rejoices to see on the ultrasound scanner was a single cell just a few months earlier.  The DNA for a full human is there in both cases; the difference between a moving baby in the womb and a fertilized cell is only a matter of time. 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Govt to engage with labour movement

first_img22 May 2013 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant wants to engage with South Africa’s labour movement on what she describes as the adversarial nature of industrial relations in the country, and the threat this poses to the system of collective bargaining. Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Oliphant said that ructions in South Africa’s mining industry, especially in the platinum belt, had changed the collective bargaining framework, while causing a considerable dent in the economy, the effects of which would be felt well into the future. She said that talks on the character of a new and centralised bargaining arrangement in the platinum sector were continuing. She announced that the department would hold a labour relations indaba to discuss the changes in the nature of collective bargaining in the country. It would be an opportunity to engage stakeholders and roleplayers in a conversation on the future of collective bargaining and social dialogue. “We want to generate greater interests and concerns of social partners in respect of labour relations conflict, and identify measures to strengthen labour relations and dialogue in order to achieve labour marker stability and peace,” Oliphant said. In addition to the mining labour problems, strikes in the road freight sector and protest action by Western Cape farmworkers reminded South Africa of just how important the “responsible exercise of labour relations to the country and the economy” was, she said. The department would continue to protect vulnerable workers by using sectoral determinations, which she said remained one of the most effective tools for this purpose. These determinations regulate the minimum wage that workers can earn in any given industry. In the past year, the department had amended and reviewed the determinations in the hospitality, contract cleaning, taxi, private security, civil engineering, retail and farmworker sectors. Oliphant said proposed changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UIF) Act would give increased benefits to beneficiaries, increase the benefit period from 8 to 12 months, which meant that workers would be paid over a longer period without additional contributions, and give domestic worker maternity benefits. Also, the income replacement rate for women on maternity leave would be increased to 66 percent from 38 percent. Workers would also get adequate time to claim UIF benefits – up from six months to 18 months for death benefits, and to 12 months for other benefits. The UIF continued to play a vital role in creating jobs, Oliphant said, noting that a partnership between the UIF and the Industrial Development Corporation had created 21 234 new jobs and saved 20 161 jobs in 2012/13. The minister said that over the year R30.4-billion had been allocated to Ditsela, the workers’ education institute that builds capacity by training union officials. During 2013/14, she said, more than R8-million would be invested in job creation initiatives in mining beneficiation, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. The Public Investment Corporation had been allocated R3.2-billion to plough into job creation projects. An allocation of R39-million per annum over the next three years would be used to assist companies in distress to save jobs and keep people in employment. Oliphant said her department had received an appropriation of R2.415-billion for 2013/14. The focus of spending over the medium term would continue to be the protection of vulnerable workers, the reintegration of work-seekers into the labour market, and ensuring decent work. However, the first priority in the coming financial year would be to work together to achieve a peaceful environment in labour relations and collective bargaining, Oliphant said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more