Esau and Jacob road in deplorable state

first_img…hundreds of rice farmers, residents affectedHundreds of rice farmers and residents called on the Government of Guyana and the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to combine their resources and repair/upgrade the deteriorating Esau and Jacob road which they claim has resulted in immense discomfort and undue hardship for their families.The farmers gathered at the road – which is located in the Burma Rice Milling Community at Mahaicony, Region Five – on Tuesday morning in the scorching sun to protest and call for the Central Government to respond to their pleas with urgency since they would have been lobbying various entities over the past year and a half to no avail.Section of the Esau to Jacob road, Burma, MahaiconyFormer Region Five Regional Chairman Rabindranauth Bisnauth, who is also a rice farmer, speaking with Guyana Times during an interview in the backlands, said famers who utilise the main access road and the Burma Rice Mill road to transport their produce from their farms to the market places and mills are frustrated by the deplorable state of the roads.“These roads are in a state of disrepair… They are in a bad condition and we have been calling on the Government and RDC to lend more assistance to their upgrade and maintenance… This Esau/Jacob Road is impassable,” he reiterated, as he explained that close to half a million bags of paddy are usually transported via the road before arriving at the various market places and mills.Bisnauth said the hundreds of affected farmers are working and cultivating more than 7500 acres of rice land which span the area.“I know that the RDC may be constrained by its budget, but we want the Ministries of Agriculture and Public Infrastructure to come together and get the road fixed,” the former Regional Chairman said.Other farmers who were present also explained that there are two major potholes in the main access road which have made it even more impassable over the past six months.“Look at the condition of this road… When will they fix it…. Will they wait until someone dies or another accident occurs,” one farmer reasoned. He said he was concerned that the authorities were dragged their feet on the matter, even as the residents and farmers continue to suffer and face continued hardships while traversing the road on a daily basis.Another farmer said vehicles and heavy-duty trucks experience difficulty traversing the road, especially during the rainy seasons.“This road is damaging all of your vehicles and you have to constantly spend a lot of money on parts because it brucking it up as soon as you drive,” the farmer maintained, as he called for proper road works and maintenance to be undertaken.“I have been farming for years and this road is the main one that people utilise… It is a long, long, time since them come and look at it… they don’t really care about people welfare… God forbid if someone should happen to someone at the back here,” he said, as he demanded swift action and an end to excuses for inaction.Asked whether there were any recent accidents along the road, the farmers responded in the affirmative.“Only recently a truck carrying fertiliser get stick up on the road and all the fertiliser end up in the drain plus it does tek long to reach certain parts of the road,” another reasoned.The farmers claimed the matter was also discussed with the Regional Executive Officer and other top rice board officials, but to no avail.The clearly frustrated farmers said they expected a team of officials and Ministers to visit the area and to come up with a strategy for fixing the deplorable main access road, if Government is truly seriously about promoting its grow more campaign and improving the condition of farm to market roads. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

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Suspect in Queenstown execution style killing released

first_img…PME shows victim died from multiple gunshotsAs Police continue to probe the murder of 38-year-old Sean Alistair Greene, formerly of Number 78 Village Springlands, Berbice, and also of Alberttown, Georgetown, who was gunned down on Foreshaw Street, Queenstown, the suspect has been released from custody.The post mortem examination conducted on Greene on Friday revealed that Greene, who lived in Canada for a number of years, died from multiple gunshot injuries.Initial reports indicated that Greene was standing in front of the hotel with friends at about 04:00h on December 30, 2018 when he was approached by a group of men.One of the men whipped out a firearm and opened fire on him. The gunman then stood over him and emptied the magazine.Greene was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage subsequently showed Greene sitting in a chair with another person standing beside him.The duo were engaged in a conversation when the perpetrator strolled up to them from the eastern side of Foreshaw Street, Queenstown.Prior to opening fire on Greene, the suspect, who was clad in a black long pants, light colored jersey and a hat, seemingly said something.He then began shooting at Greene which caused the other person to run for cover.A large crowd gathered, and a dying Greene, with several bullets to his body including one to his face was left lying on the roadway in front of the hotel for some time before being rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Meanwhile, reports in Canada indicated that Greene is currently wanted in that country in connection with the murder of a 42-year-old Toronto resident, which occurred September 2018.The man identified as Chad Day was discovered lying in a driveway on West Lodge Avenue near Lansdowne Avenue and Queen Street West, Parksdale, Toronto with injuries to his body suspected to be from a fall. Two men were arrested in connection with the incident, but a third person – suspected to be Greene – was still being sought by the Canadian officials.last_img read more

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All public schools to be closed for LGE

first_imgAll public schools will be closed on Monday to facilitate the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE).The Education Ministry on Wednesday announced that in order to facilitate polling stations schools would be closed for Monday only and classes resume as per normal on Tuesday, November 13. Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Education Ministry Public Relations Officer (PRO) Brushell Blackman informed that this decision was taken since some schools would be used as polling stations for voters to cast their ballots.“All public schools will be closed on Monday to facilitate the hosting of Local Government Elections,” he posited.Additionally, teachers are slated to perform the functions of the various election officials for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) at these polling stations. Consequently, it only seemed fit to pause school activities for the day, the PRO said.“Some teachers will be performing the duties of officers at these polling stations and performing various functions for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Outside of that, some schools will also be used as polling stations, so taking those factors into consideration, hence the closure,” Blackman added.The polls will be held across the country on Monday giving citizens the chance to select individuals in the community to represent them. Once elected, these persons will be responsible for ensuring that the needs of the constituencies are fulfilled.The election process would have commenced with Nomination Day on September 21 when the candidates would have entered the elections arena under their respective political party or as independent candidates.last_img read more

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Fort Hotel remediation to be completed by fall

first_imgThe Fort Hotel is finally set to undergo remediation – and under budget – after Fort St. John City Council awarded the Asbestos Abatement Project tender to NAPP Enterprises Ltd.The City had originally budgeted $250,000 out of its 2010 budget for the project, which was then rolled over into the 2011 budget.- Advertisement -However, the winning company entered a bid of only $131,160, more than $100,000 under the City’s project budget.Although Director of Facilities and Protective Services Jim Rogers says the exact start date for the remediation work has not been determined, the project is slated to be completed this fall.The City took over the property last fall after its previous owner failed to pay three years worth of taxes.The property is contaminated with asbestos, which was commonly used in building construction up until the early 1980s.last_img read more

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Ace has this guy Beeming

first_imgAs soon as the 7-iron shot completed its 177-yard journey by one-hopping into the cup cut into the right side of the 14th green, Beem thrust his fists in the air. Then he turned and ran to the red Nissan Altima Coupe parked behind the tee, the sponsor’s prize for a hole-in-one this week. Then he climbed up the back of the car, hugged the roof and ended up sitting on top in a triumphant pose – at least until it occurred to him that the vehicle had been baking in the sun all day. “You know, I stole that from (Peter) Jacobsen,” the man known as Beemer said of his reaction to winning a Nissan. “I wish I could take full credit for making a fool out of myself.” At the 1994 Nissan Open, Jacobsen aced the same hole, jumped into the convertible that was that year’s prize and pretended to drive it away. “I just saw that car (Saturday), and I thought, `Hell, might as well,”‘ Beem said. “I tell you what, the top of that hood was pretty warm, and the back of it is a little scratched up from my shoes.” Somebody asked if he was thinking more about the hole-in-one or the two-stroke pickup, which makes the difference between being tied for fifth at 9-under and alone in third at 11-under, trailing only 13-under Mickelson and 12-under Padraig Harrington after three rounds. High-living Rich Beem, a major winner now working out of the He’s Still Playing? branch of the PGA Tour, fired himself to within two strokes of high-flying Phil Mickelson with a 6-under 65 that included a hole-in-one. Of course, saying Beem’s round included an ace is like saying a Super Bowl halftime included Janet Jackson. “I’m thinking, `I just won a car, and it’s going to cost me an awful lot in the bar later on,”‘ Beem said. For the longest time, the paragraph above could have told you everything about Beem. A one-time winner in his first three years on tour, the New Mexico State product was known for two things. He had once quit golf and taken a job selling cell phones and car stereos in Seattle for $7 an hour, and even after rededicating himself he was one of the tour’s heavy-duty party boys. When he jumped up and made his third tour victory a major one in the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine in Minnesota, some of the ugly details hit the public prints. Not long after his first career win at the 1999 Kemper Open, Beem had been jailed in Scotland for driving under the influence the week of the British Open. Seeing that Beem, now 36, hasn’t won since that PGA Championship, sinking as low as 183rd in year-end tour rankings, you might think he partied his talent away. But listening to him Saturday, you get the idea it’s settling down that’s been his problem. He got married in 2001, and he and his wife have a son and daughter. “Golf happened. Life happened. It’s pretty simple,” Beem said of his decline. This morning, Beem tees off with Mickelson and Harrington, a guy with a car against a couple of jetsetters. Don’t be afraid to look. heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img PACIFIC PALISADES – A guy doing a touchdown dance to celebrate the acquisition of a $30,000 car stole the Nissan Open sunlight Saturday from a tournament leader making his morning commute in a rented jet. So, Everyman, which of those contenders do you root for in today’s final round at Riviera Country Club? last_img
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‘I’m Not There’ leads Indie Spirit Awards

first_imgTodd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” leads the field with four nominations and one honorary award at the 22nd annual Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, reports Daily Variety. The pic nabbed noms for best feature, director, supporting male for Marcus Carl Franklin and supporting actress for Cate Blanchett, as well as the inaugural Robert Altman Award, which honors a film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and Jason Reitman’s “Juno” each picked up four nominations, including best picture and director. Tamara Jenkins’ “The Savages” also nabbed four nominations, including best screenplay and best male lead for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rounding out the best feature noms are “A Mighty Heart” and “Paranoid Park.” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Kilik “I’m Not There” – Producers: Christine Vachon, John Sloss, John Goldwyn, James D. Stern “Juno” – Producers: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russell Smith “A Mighty Heart” – Producers: Dede Gardner, Andrew Eaton, Brad Pitt “Paranoid Park” – Producers: Neil Kopp, David Cress FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer) “2 Days in Paris” – Director: Julie Delpy; Producers: Julie Delpy, Christophe Mazodier, Thierry Potok “Great World of Sound” – Director: Craig Zobel; Producers: Melissa Palmer, David Gordon Green, Richard Wright, Craig Zobel “The Lookout” – Director: Scott Frank; Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Laurence Mark, Walter Parkes “Rocket Science” – Director: Jeffrey Blitz; Producers: Effie T. Brown, Sean Welch “Vanaja” – Director: Rajnesh Domalpalli; Producer: Latha R. Domalapalli DIRECTOR Todd Haynes – “I’m Not There” Tamara Jenkins – “The Savages” Jason Reitman – “Juno” Julian Schnabel – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Gus Van Sant – “Paranoid Park” MALE LEAD Pedro Castaneda – “August Evening” Don Cheadle – “Talk To Me” Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Savages” Frank Langella – “Starting Out in the Evening” Tony Leung – “Lust, Caution” More than one option * (Person) Tony Leung Chiu-wai * (Person) Tony Leung Director, Stunt Coordinator, Stunts * (Person) Tony Leung * (Person) Tony Leung * (Person) Tony Leung * (Person) Tony Leung Ka-fai FEMALE LEAD Angelina Jolie – “A Mighty Heart” Sienna Miller – “Interview” Ellen Page – “Juno” Parker Posey – “Broken English” Tang Wei – “Lust, Caution” SUPPORTING MALE Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Talk To Me” Marcus Carl Franklin – “I’m Not There” Kene Holliday – “Great World of Sound” Irrfan Khan – “The Namesake” Steve Zahn – “Rescue Dawn” More than one option * (Person) Irfan Khan * (Person) Irrfan Khan SUPPORTING FEMALE Cate Blanchett – “I’m Not There” Anna Kendrick – “Rocket Science” Jennifer Jason Leigh – “Margot at the Wedding” Tamara Podemski – “Four Sheets to the Wind” Marisa Tomei – “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” More than one option * (Person) Jennifer Jason Leigh * (Person) Jennifer Jason Leigh SCREENPLAY Ronald Harwood – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Tamara Jenkins – “The Savages” Fred Parnes & Andrew Wagner – “Starting Out in the Evening” Adrienne Shelly – “Waitress” Mike White – “Year of the Dog” More than one option * (Person) Mike White Director, Teleplay, Song * (Person) Michael White Supervisor, Special Effects Assistant, Special Effects Supervisor * (Person) Michael J White * (Person) Mike White * (Person) Mike White * (Person) Mike White * (Person) Mike White * (Person) Mike White * (Person) Michael White FIRST SCREENPLAY Jeffrey Blitz – “Rocket Science” Zoe Cassavetes – “Broken English” Diablo Cody – “Juno” Kelly Masterson – “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” John Orloff – “A Mighty Heart” CINEMATOGRAPHY Mott Hupfel – “The Savages” Janusz Kaminski – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Milton Kam – “Vanaja” Mihai Malaimare, Jr. – “Youth Without Youth” Rodrigo Prieto – “Lust, Caution” JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer) “August Evening” – Writer/Director: Chris Eska; Producers: Connie Hill, Jason Wehling “Owl and the Sparrow” – Writer/Director: Stephane Gauger; Producers: Nguyen Van Quan, Doan Nhat Nam, Stephane Gauger “The Pool” – Director: Chris Smith; Producer: Kate Noble; Writer: Chris Smith & Randy Russell “Quiet City” – Director: Aaron Katz; Producers: Brendan McFadden, Ben Stambler “Shotgun Stories” – More than one option * (Film) The Pool * (Film) The Pool DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director) “Crazy Love” – Director: Dan Klores “Lake of Fire” – Director: Tony Kaye “Manufactured Landscapes” – Director: Jennifer Baichwal “The Monastery” – Director: Pernille Rose Gr nkj r “The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair” – Directors: Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker More than one option * (Film) Love Is a Dog From Hell * (Film) Crazy Love ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD “I’m Not There” Director: Todd Haynes; Casting Director: Laura Rosenthal; Ensemble Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bruce Greenwood, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw IFC/ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD Ramin Bahrani, director of “Chop Shop” Ronnie Bronstein, director of “Frownland” Lee Isaac Chung, director of “Munyurangabo” TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD Laura Dunn for “The Unforeseen” Gary Hustwit for “Helvetica” John Maringouin for “Running Stumbled” PRODUCERS AWARD Anne Clements, producer of “Ping Pong Playa” and “Quincea era” Alexis Ferris, producer of “Cthulhu” and “Police Beat” Neil Kopp, producer of “Paranoid Park” and “Old Joy” More than one option * (Person) Anne Clements Assistant, Production Assistant * (Person) Anne Clements More than one option * (Person) Robert Altman Voice, Director, Song * (Person) Robert Altman * (Person) Robert Reed Altman More than one option * (Person) Weibena Berrington * (Film) Juno More than one option * (Person) Kathleen Kennedy Co-Executive Producer, Executive Producer, Assistant * (Person) Kathleen Kennedy * (Person) Kathleen Kennedy More than one option * (Person) Russell Smith Executive Producer, Producer, Associate Producer * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith * (Person) Russell Smith More than one option * (Person) R Craig Zobel * (Person) Craig Zobel More than one option * (Person) Dave Gordon * (Person) David Gordon Actor, Assistant Camera, Camera Operator * (Person) L David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon * (Person) David Gordon More than one option * (Person) Richard Wright Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager, Producer * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard Wright * (Person) Richard A Wright More than one option * (Person) Gary Barber Co-Executive Producer, Executive Producer, Assistant * (Person) Gary Barber More than one option * (Person) Scott Frank Actor, Director, Executive Consultant * (Person) Scott Frank More than one option * (Film) Federico Fellini’s Intervista * (Film) Interview * (Film) Intyebyu * (Film) Interview * (Film) Interview (Remake) * (Film) Interview * (Person) Mariella Bertheas More than one option * (Film) Broken English 1981 – Beverly Ross, Michie Gleason * (Film) Broken English * (Film) Broken English More than one option * (Film) Waitress Carol Drake, Lloyd Kaufman * (Film) Waitress More than one option * (Film) Sleepwalk * (Film) Year of the Dog More than one option * (Person) Chris Smith Sound, Director, Director of Photography * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Christopher Smith Director, Assistant Director, Assistant Camera Operator * (Person) David Chris Smith * (Person) Christopher Smith * (Person) Christopher Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Christopher Smith * (Person) Christopher Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) D. Chris Smith * (Person) D. Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) Chris Smith * (Person) chris smith * (Person) Chris Smith More than one option * (Person) Aaron Katz Production, Video, Cable Operator * (Person) Aaron Katz More than one option * (Person) Michael Tucker Boom Operator, Sound Mixer * (Person) Michael Tucker * (Person) Michael Tucker * (Person) Michael Tucker * (Person) Michael Tucker More than one option * (Co) Chop Shop * (Film) Chop Shop More than one option * (Co) Frownland * (Film) Frownland AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Film Independent’s Spirit Awards honor movies made for $20 million or less that offer a unique vision not often found in mainstream filmmaking. This year, 250 films were submitted for approval. Zach Braff and Lisa Kudrow announced the noms Tuesday morning from the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23, the day before the Academy Awards. And the 2008 Spirit nominees are… FEATURE (Award given to the producer) center_img 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

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Jury recommends execution for girl’s killer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I’m overwhelmed. Yes, it’s what I wanted,” Schorpen said. “He may be condemned, but he’s still breathing, and my daughter is not.” Defense attorneys left the courthouse without commenting. Jury foreman Francis Kruzel said deciding the sentence was not easy. “Our hearts go out to the families of both Carlie Brucia and Joseph Smith. We’re praying for them,” said Kruzel, a clergyman. In closing arguments earlier, prosecutor Debra Riva sought the death penalty, saying Smith was clear-headed enough to get rid of evidence and recount his crimes to his brother, which she said showed he was not impaired by a mental disorder or drugs. “He chose to prey upon a child for sexual gratification,” Riva said. “… He was under the influence of his urges, not under the influence of a mental disorder.” Defense attorney Adam Tebrugge argued for a sentence of life in prison without parole, saying it would punish Smith, protect society and provide “a fitting conclusion to this horrific case.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SARASOTA, Fla. – Jurors recommended the death penalty Thursday for a mechanic convicted of abducting and killing an 11-year-old girl in an attack that was taped by a surveillance camera and broadcast worldwide. After deliberating for five hours, the jury voted 10-2 for the death penalty for Joseph Smith, who was convicted last month on charges of kidnapping, sexual battery and first-degree murder in the slaying of Carlie Brucia. Circuit Judge Andrew Owens ultimately will issue the sentence and could do so as early as next month. Under the law, he must give great weight to the jury’s decision before imposing a sentence of death or life in prison without parole. Smith, 39, showed no reaction as the recommendation was read. Carlie’s mother, Susan Schorpen, let out deep sobs and hugged friends. Patricia Davis, Smith’s mother, left the courtroom crying. last_img read more

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Humboldt State men’s basketball enters season finale hoping to make CCAA tournament

first_imgArcata >> The Humboldt State men’s basketball team entered the 2016-17 season with visions of continuing the program’s upward trajectory from the year before and subsequently competing for a conference title.Four months later, the Jacks enter the final game of the regular-season game of the campaign not knowing if their season will extend beyond this weekend.Humboldt State has one more chance to lock its place in the upcoming California Collegiate Athletic Association Postseason Tournament, …last_img

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Mapping out the A’s offseason: what gaps can they fill in free agency?

first_imgThe Houston Astros, the team that has relegated the A’s to wild-card status, aren’t unbeatable after all. Maybe the American League West really can make a westward shift in 2020.The A’s are poised. Their roster is pretty much set. Most of the 12 arbitration-eligible players are likely to be tendered contracts. A few, such as Blake Treinen and Jurickson Profar, are on the bubble.The position players are returning to their posts, including the three slugging Gold Glovers on the infield. The …last_img

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Cambrian Explosion Solved: Elementary, My Dear Darwin

first_imgTwo articles announced solutions to the evidential problem that most troubled Darwin – the sudden appearance of complex animals at the base of the Cambrian fossil record.  Both of them involve chemical elements.  The only difference is which element.    Science Daily announced a “Novel Evolutionary Theory For The Explosion Of Life.”  The article acknowledged that “The Cambrian Explosion is widely regarded as one of the most relevant episodes in the history of life on Earth, when the vast majority of animal phyla first appear in the fossil record.”  The article also acknowledged it to be a bit of a problem: “However, the causes of its origin have been the subject of debate for decades, and the question of what was the trigger for the single cell microorganisms to assemble and organize into multicellular organisms has remained unanswered until now.”  Sitting on the edge of our seats after this build-up, we look into the article for the solution.  An international team looked into the question.  It’s calcium, they announced with chutzpah:The researchers succeeded to show that the massive and sudden surge in the calcium concentration of the Cambrian seawater — that is believed to be the result of volcanically active midocean ridges — not only initiated the buildup of calcified shells, but was also mandatory for the aggregation and stabilisation of multicellular sponge structures.  This allows, on the other hand, to formulate a novel theory where the geologically induced increase of marine calcium might be the key for understanding the Cambrian Explosion of Life.    This paper constitutes the first research work where single molecule force spectroscopy studies have provided meaningful answers to such a deep evolutionary biology question as the origin of multicellular animals, and might represent a milestone for both disciplines and an example of how multidisciplinarity and collaboration are essential components of excellent contemporary science.PhysOrg, on the other hand, had another element in mind to explain the “big growth spurts” in the evolutionary history of life.  They had two in mind: the origin of eukaryotes, and the Cambrian explosion.  “Scientists say the main driver of each growth step was a massive increase in the supply of oxygen, which is needed to convert food to the additional energy required for larger, more complex life forms.”  But if you give food to an athlete, does it increase his complexity?  How does that solve the problem?  The article presented the views of David Johnston of Harvard.  Sure enough, he thinks that size matters, and wrote a book called Why Size Matters.  “It is the supreme and universal determinant of what any organism can be and can do.”  Again, it is not clear why size alone creates complexity.    So if the first eukaryotes started pumping oxygen into the atmosphere 2.35 billion years ago, why did it take so long for the Cambrian growth spurt?  “Fueled by more oxygen, eukaryotes took another enormously significant stride: They started to combine into larger organisms containing multiple cells, organs and tissues.”  This idea should be testable.  People in oxygen tents should be examined to see if new cells, organs and tissues are emerging.    Johnston also omitted to address the origin of the genetic instructions to build new organs, tissues, and body plans.  Could it be as simple as “just add oxygen”? At first, these ancient animals were soft-bodied, like modern jellyfish.  Around 542 million years ago, however, some animals developed shells and skeletons and grew larger.    This was the famous “Cambrian Explosion” of complex life forms, which led to today’s species, the biggest of them another million times larger than their single-celled ancestors.    Fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians, plants, mammals and human beings were finally on their way, and the Earth’s largest living thing, the sequoia tree, is 10 million billion times bigger than the first tiny microbe in the sea.Our question about why with so much oxygen the animals waited almost 2 billion years to burst forth with 20 to 40 new complex body plans in a geological instant, without ancestors, is apparently not included in this edition of the story.If they believe that solves the problem of the origin of genetic information for building new complex body plans, it’s novel, all right – as in science fiction.  Have you ever in your life seen such empty fluff masquerading as an answer?  If you have watched Darwin’s Dilemma, you understand the magnitude of the problem.  At a memorable moment in the film, Richard Sternberg had just discussed the complexity of development of a body plan with its new genes, proteins, cell types, tissues and organs.  “This is orders of magnitude more complex than anything we have been able to conceive,” he said, pointing back over his shoulder.  “You”ve left the idea of ‘impossible by chance’ a long time ago.”  But like a circus ringmaster doubling as a clown and magician, Johnston swept the elephant in the room away with pure magic.  The eukaryote developed [miracle word] skeletons and body plans.  This led to [miracle phrase] the complex Cambrian animals.  Then human beings were finally on their way [miracle phrase].  While you weren’t thinking, his sleight-of-mind trick produced the zoo on stage.  The crowd gasps in awe.  His magic elixir was: oxygen!    The other team boos from the stands.  No, they shout.  It was calcium!  They come down to the ring and discuss this with the ringmaster.  After some discussion, they come up with a compromise.  They combine the calcium with the oxygen and get CaO2.  Everyone is happy till they realize calcium peroxide is used to sterilize water.    Get your money back from this circus.  Don’t be one of P.T. Barnum’s suckers, even if The Dawk hawks it as the Greatest Show on Earth.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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