Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bo Perasol’s outburst against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament just cost University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Perasol was ejected a 6:56 mark of the fourth quarter with UP trailing 73-62, after he charged at an official after no whistles were blown when Bright Akhuetie collided with William Navarro on a dunk attempt.That seemed to be the tipping point for Perasol, who had been complaining about the disparity of calls. UP went 4-of-7 from the stripe while the Blue Eagles went 26-of-31 from the line.Perasol, though, admitted that it was their fault that they lost their cool against the Blue Eagles.“I think we had the right attitude going into the game but it’s just we lost discipline in the end,” said Perasol, whose team dropped to 1-1. “We had lots of things to learn and this is going to be a learning process coming into the next games.”“I was emphasizing to my team about composure and I apologized to them because I was the one who first lost it.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Fighting Maroons will head into their next game against University of Santo Tomas without Perasol, who was slapped with a disqualifying foul in UP’s 87-79 loss against the Blue Eagles Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.As per the UAAP’s house rules, players and coaches who are ejected will be suspended for their next game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“No matter what happens I think I have to be accountable to them, no matter how bad the calls are going to be it’s going to happen,” said Perasol.“I just have to be better as a coach. I have to make sure that I will be with them during those times because this is just the second game.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Title-favorite Ateneo not looking ahead: ‘Each game is important to us’
Dear Mr. President:We write to urge you to expand the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola epidemic by authorizing U.S. military medical personnel to provide direct care to patients in West Africa, ensuring that an outright travel ban on individuals traveling from West Africa is not put in place, and dedicating U.S. military airlift capacity for American aid workers to travel safely to and from the region. The safety of the American people and our uniformed personnel is of great concern, and this must be accounted for and addressed in every aspect of the U.S. government’s Ebola response effort.While we welcome recent reports that new infections may finally be on the decline in Liberia, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains a global public health and humanitarian crisis that threatens the national security of the United States. Public health experts agree that the single best way to protect against the further spread of Ebola into other countries, including the United States, is to stop it at the source in West Africa, and we cannot become complacent in confronting it. We support your Administration’s commitments toward that end, including funding requests and the Executive Order you issued on October 16. We also appreciate and respect the institution of enhanced screening measures for individuals who are entering the United States from West Africa. This crisis is larger in scope and scale than initially anticipated, and we believe targeted response efforts will help curb the outbreak.As of the date of this letter, 1,800 troops are currently in West Africa assisting with Ebola response efforts, with more expected to be deployed in the coming weeks. These troops include engineers, logisticians, and health professionals – all specifically trained for crisis conditions. The commitment of up to 4,000 military personnel under Operation United Assistance to assist with constructing Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and the logistical response in the region are essential contributions. While this commitment will provide for the training of medical personnel to staff ETUs in the long term, we have heard from those working on the ground in West Africa that there is uncertainty about who will staff and manage the ETUs in the immediate future, and whether the level of experience of newly-trained personnel under these high-risk conditions is commensurate with the critical nature of the task at hand.U.S. military medical personnel are trained in highly-infectious disease response and are experienced in following strict protocols with an established chain of command, which is essential when operating in a high-risk, high-stress environment. That is precisely the expertise and experience that is now needed urgently in West Africa.United States Public Health Service personnel are already set to provide direct care to infected health workers. Given the appropriate protocols that address the crucial health and safety of our service-members, allowing military medical personnel to provide direct care to patients will help ensure the containment of this outbreak both in West Africa, and within our borders.Even with these military medical personnel contributions, thousands of additional highly-trained aid workers will be needed. Aside from Liberian health workers, American missionaries and aid workers have borne an overwhelming burden in responding to the Ebola outbreak during the first six months. Should a travel ban be put in place, these selfless Americans may not be able to re-enter their own country. Further, enacting a travel ban from West African nations would not be effective at stopping the spread of Ebola and only discourage aid worker participation. We should be offering incentives for aid workers. This includes assurances that they will have access to the best protective equipment and training; high-quality medical treatment; and immediate airlift to the United States—should, despite following proven and strict protocols to minimize transmission risk–a worst-case scenario arise.We urge you to coordinate with our international and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners on the ground in West Africa in order to establish a predictable, reliable protocol to ensure airlifts for American aid workers and military personnel, as well as more carriers that can safely transport aid workers and military personnel to the United States.The circumstances in the hardest-hit nations in West Africa are desperate. The virus continues to threaten a region that already struggles with a weak health care infrastructure, poverty, and some of the lowest literacy and highest maternal mortality rates in the world. We agree with your assertion that the key to ending this crisis and ensuring the safety and security of the United States is to provide a robust response in West Africa. Maximizing medical support for aid workers and military personnel already on the ground through U.S. military airlift capacity, preventing a travel ban on flights to and from West Africa, and allowing U.S. military medical personnel to provide direct care to patients are crucial steps to isolating and stopping the Ebola virus.We thank you for your efforts in the face of this global crisis and look forward to working with your Administration to bring about an end to this deadly epidemic. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) United States Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday with Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN), Karen Bass (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (CA) calling for the administration to authorize trained and protected US military personnel to provide direct care to Ebola patients in West Africa, to resist calls for a travel ban air on passengers from West Africa, and to dedicate additional U.S. military airlift capacity for aid workers. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Reps. John Conyers (D-IL), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Jim Moran (D-VA) also signed the letter. There is a sigh of optimism about the decline in the alarming rate of new Ebola infections across the country. But everyone knows the fight is far from over. As President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf airs concerns about the risk of another spike in new infections, Ministry of Health officials are cautious that the next 30 days could be more difficult than the last 30 days. The main concern is to minimize mass assemblies of people until every last case of Ebola has been thoroughly contained and treated. However, with the National Legislature debating whether to hold Senatorial elections in December on the one hand; and the beginning of an annual series of public holidays between November and January characterized by crowded beaches and nationwide revelry on the other hand, Liberia’s goal of “zero new cases by Christmas” is no doubt a tall order.As the situation remains high on the global agenda, the 15 US Senators have asked their nation’s Commander-in-Chief to step up support to the West African Region with literally hands-on engagement to ensure that the Ebola virus does not remain a global threat. Addressed to President Barack Obama at the White House on November 12, 2014, the letter reads:
Two men, who hired a taxi on the pretext of being passengers and pointed a gun to the driver’s head, stabbing him several times about his body in the furtherance of a robbery, were on Wednesday charged for attempted murder and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Ornest JamesLinden Flavious Ornest James, 25, of Lot 179 Old Road Eccles, East Bank Demerara and Linden Flavious, 31, a construction worker of Agricola, East Bank Demerara, both appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The men were not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on July 11, 2019 at John Fernandes Squatting Area, with intent to commit murder, they unlawfully and maliciously wounded Derick Nelson.James was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, who, in a bail application, told the Court that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation and the fact that the victim is still hospitalised in a serious condition.The Prosecutor related to the Court that the incident was captured on CCTV and that the two men charged were positively identified by the victim.According to the prosecution’s case, on July 11, the victim, who is a taxi driver, was hired by the defendants to be taken to West Ruimveldt Back Road, Georgetown.The Court heard the men entered the vehicle and during the journey, Flavious held the victim at gunpoint, while James dealt him several stabs about his body with an ice pick, after which they then relieved the victim of an undisclosed sum of cash and his jewellery before making good their escape.Then victim then crashed his vehicle into a pile of wood and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he remains a patient in a serious condition. The matter was then reported and the two men were arrested and charged. They were both remanded and the case will continue on August 6.
0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013 © AFP/File / Dale DE LA REYLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Liverpool insisted on Friday that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price amid reports the Brazil star has submitted a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Barcelona.Coutinho is Barcelona’s top target to replace Neymar following the striker’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain. After having two previous offers rejected, the Spanish club are believed to have increased their bid for the Liverpool forward to £90 million ($117 million, 99 million euros).Liverpool are determined to hang onto Coutinho no matter what offer Barca make, but the 25-year-old is keen to move to the Camp Nou and reports on Friday claimed he tried to push his club into letting him leave by sending an email containing the official transfer request.Coutinho’s demand is believed to have been rejected by Liverpool, who only hours earlier had gone public with their intent to keep the playmaker at all costs.Barcelona are targeting Liverpool star Coutinho to replace Neymar © AFP/File / Paul ELLISA statement issued by Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s US-based owners, said: “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer (transfer) window closes.”FSG’s statement was an endorsement of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s previous comments that Coutinho was not going anywhere.And the German boss, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s 2017/18 Premier League season opener away to Watford on Saturday, said: “I think if somebody, in this case FSG, is saying something like this it is the statement.“I think I have said it already a few times, but maybe that’s not 100 percent clear.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLiverpool launched their PR offensive at the same time as Sky Sports News reported a member of Coutinho’s family had released a statement stating the player’s case.“Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail,” the statement read.“He has tremendous love for the club and its fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms.”Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in 2013, signed a new five-year contract with the northwest side in January that did not include a buy-out clause.Barcelona want Coutinho to replace Neymar following his compatriot’s 222 million-euro transfer to PSG last week.They had two previous bids rejected by the Premier League side but could yet come back with an offer in excess of £100 million.Barca believe Coutinho can step in for Neymar alongside Lionel Messi and former Liverpool favourite Luis Suarez in a star-studded front three, and could also provide cover for 33-year-old Andres Iniesta in midfield.– Coutinho out of Watford opener –Although five-time European champions, most recently in 2005, the last of Liverpool’s 18 English league titles came in 1990 — before the start of the Premier League era.Klopp, however, is determined to show he is serious about bringing back the glory days to Anfield by retaining Coutinho, Liverpool’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season when the Merseysiders finished fourth.But Coutinho will be missing from the Watford match with a back problem that could also rule him out of the first leg of the Champions League play-off away to German club Hoffenheim on Tuesday.Asked if Coutinho would play at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Klopp replied: “No, he has back problems. He was not in training since last Friday. No he is not available, he is also a doubt for Tuesday, unfortunately.”Questioned on whether his job now was to keep Coutinho happy, Klopp added: “I can’t keep players happy. That’s how life is.“It’s not about this, Phil is not available for us, that’s the biggest issue that he’s not available to play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsenal found themselves on the receiving end of the third round’s first major shock as a spirited Southampton came from behind to beat the Gunners 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.The hosts started well and took the lead on 14 minutes through Alexis Sanchez’s beautiful curling free-kick, but an unfamiliar Arsenal side, Arsene Wenger making ten changes from the team that beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the weekend, then crumbled.The Saints were soon awarded a penalty after a foul on debutant Sadio Mane, with striker Dusan Tadic coolly slotting from the spot.And a 35-yard screamer from full-back Nathaniel Clyne just before the break proved the winning goal, as Southampton held on in a closely-fought second half to seal their progression.Watch Clyne’s goal above and leave your comments about Arsenal’s defeat below…
A Letterkenny man has appeared in court charged with assault causing harm.Jason Haughey arrives at Letterkenny District Court on crutches: Pix NewPixIrlJason Haughey, 23, appeared on crutches after reportedly suffering injuries during another incident. Haughey is charged with a Section 3 assault against Gerard Gallagher.Mr Gallagher was in court and showed Judge Paul Kelly scars to his face and lips.He also told Judge Kelly that he was suffering form headaches as a result of the alleged attack.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that there were a number of matters involving Mr Haughey which were before the court.Haughey, with an address at Rosemount, Kilmacrennan, is currently remanded in custody on bail.He is currently facing other unrelated charges including trespassing and another serious assault causing harm charge.Judge Kelly adjourned all matters to March 25th.A number of other defendants are also involved in the alleged assault.AT HEARING********Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDailyMAN APPEARS IN COURT ON SERIOUS ASSAULT CHARGES was last modified: February 18th, 2013 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:Jason HaugheyLetterkenny District Court
Chastened and changed, from the wreckage of his special-election route emerges a new Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with new ideas. The new Arnold takes seriously the mandate to cooperate with the state’s legislative leaders – the same folks who, only a month ago, he said, were “taking our country, our state, down almost into bankruptcy” through “an insane system of spending, spending, spending, and borrowing and borrowing.” The new Arnold seems to like spending and borrowing, to the reported tune of $50 billion via a massive bond to overhaul California’s crumbling infrastructure. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. While the old Arnold worried about “creating more debt, which our future generations have to pay off,” the new Arnold apparently has no such fears. His proposed bond would be more than three times larger than the biggest previous bond in this over-indebted state’s history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals And while the old Arnold warned, before the special election, that if his propositions failed, a tax hike could be the tragic result, the new Arnold seems to have made peace with that possibility. A $50 billion loan would command $3 billion in annual interest and debt payments. It’s hard to imagine the state’s legislative leaders agreeing to find that money in the existing budget, and Wall Street would want some assurance that the state would be good for the cash. Thus the likelihood of some sort of new, dedicated revenue stream (read: tax hike). Not that Sacramento should, in theory, have any problem coming up with the money without raising taxes. The economy is growing at a fast clip, so fast that for the first time in a long time, the state legislative analyst predicts no deficit in next year’s budget. The housing market alone has provided a windfall in property-tax revenues. The state’s sales-tax profits on the high price of gasoline would make Big Oil executives blush. But the days of partisan budget battles are, for the moment anyway, behind us. And so in the new Arnold, we may be witnessing the making of the full-fledged Republican “moderate” – liberal on social issues and, well, liberal on fiscal ones, too. I miss the old Arnold. But what’s Schwarzenegger to do? Hollywood taught him that you don’t make sequels to flops. When the audience rejects the product, you need to reinvent. So the governor took a much-needed vacation from the electorate by going to China, hired a former Gray Davis aide to be his chief of staff, and began floating the new big idea that he hopes will save his political career. Like President George W. Bush before him, Schwarzenegger seems to think he can beat Democrats at their own big-spending game. Legislative leaders had previously announced their own plans for a $10 billion bond. That’s chump change compared to what Arnold may bring to the table. To his credit, Schwarzenegger is addressing a real, undeniable need. California’s roads are falling apart, its highways are clogged, its ports are inadequate, and booming trade and population will only make these deficiencies worse in the years ahead. Given three decades of official neglect, drastic measures are surely needed to quickly bring the decaying infrastructure up to par. Still, in a state that’s seen spending steadily increase two to three times faster than the rates of population growth and inflation, how is it possible that such critical needs still go ignored? How could Sacramento seriously ask for new taxes to pay for infrastructure when it still raids gas-tax revenues – which are supposed to fund transportation projects – to perpetuate its inefficient ways? Those are questions better suited for the old Arnold, the one who was concerned with curing California’s wasteful-spending addiction, not enabling it. The one who was willing to take a close look at how Sacramento spends taxpayers’ money, how it finances its operations and whether the state gets a fair return on its contracts with public-employee unions. But in the special election, voters made it clear that they had had it with the old Arnold. They voted to put him back on the shelf, opting for a more easy-going replacement that wouldn’t pick fights or ask uncomfortable questions. Little did they know, or care, that this new Arnold might also come with mountains of debt and higher taxes. Soon we might all miss the old Arnold. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fortuna >> For the opening six minutes at Damon Gymnasium, there wasn’t much separation between Fortuna and South Fork.The Huskies changed that in a hurry.Led by guards Sam Betts and Zac Claus, the Fortuna boys basketball team used a monster 29-13 run in the final nine-plus minutes of the first half to roar their way to a 70-46 win over South Fork in non-league action on Wednesday night.“So far this season we’ve struggled a little bit and needed to improve on starting the game and finishing …
It is a tragic matter of record that some of recent history’s most brutal racial genocides were justified on Darwinian principles (see CMI articles about the Herero genocide, the Nazi genocide, and the Aborigine genocide). The perpetrators acted on what they believed were inexorable laws of nature, that evolution had equipped some races as superior and others as inferior, little more than animals. Prior to the atrocities were many writings expressing IQ as a function of skull size, human evolution as a continuum of progress from animal evolution, and survival of the fittest as the highest good (see CMI article on Haeckel). Add to that the Malthusian idea that the earth’s resources cannot support all who are born, apply it as Darwin did to survival of the fittest, and the intellectual framework for “might makes right” was laid. Now, of course, evolutionists typically decry the racist ideas of their predecessors. Some now portray evolution as a world of cooperation and harmony. Diversity and inclusion are key words in evolutionary biology and in many a university and corporate office policy statement. But has anything changed in the underlying doctrines that led to earlier abuses? Consider these recent examples:Skull size: A short piece in the “Random Samples” column of Science,1 “What the Skull Tells,” reported dispassionately on work by an evolutionary psychologist at Edinburgh, Ian Deary, to measure the skulls of historic figures considered to have high IQs. “Studies have shown that brain, and therefore skull, sizes have modest but significant correlations with IQ,” the article mentioned nonchalantly.Rapid human evolution: A claim this week by Henry Harpending, evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Utah, that human evolution is accelerating, reverberated throughout the echo chamber of the popular science press (see PhysOrg, National Geographic News, BBC News complete with the iconic human evolution line of progress diagram, Science Daily accompanied by image of a conquering Viking). One aspect of his claim was that “Human races are evolving away from each other.” The National Geographic article quotes him as saying, “We’re evolving away from each other. We’re getting more and more different.” Most of the articles mentioned that Harpending and a co-author got into trouble after a previous study claimed that intelligence evolved more in one group than another. This time, he stressed, the genetic differences between people groups “cannot be used to justify discrimination. Rights in the Constitution aren’t predicated on utter equality. People have rights and should have opportunities whatever their group.” This may be a hard sell, however, since the Constitution assumed that natural rights come from God. In the Declaration of Independence (signed by the same group of authors) they had said it was self-evident that all men are equal and endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights. The signers understood that the equality spoken of was not genetic or physical. Equality was based on the spiritual and moral values of equality before God, leading to equal opportunity and equality before the law. Can these rights come from an evolutionary process that is driving human races apart? It was not just creationists finding cause for worry in Harpending’s claims. The article states that the study “generated fears such research will undermine the principle of human equality and justify racism and discrimination. Other critics question the quality of the science and argue culture plays a bigger role than genetics.” These fears came from the scientific community.Moral equivalence: It is common in evolutionary literature to ascribe all moral qualities to blind evolutionary processes. As one example, an article in Science October 26 considered war as the flipside of altruism.2 Holly Arrow wrote that “altruism flourishes only in the company of outgroup hostility (parochialism), with war as both the engine of this coevolutionary process and its legacy.” Though Ms. Arrow clearly favored keeping the “sharp end of altruism” (war) in its sheath, would-be tyrants may not apply the law of Darwinism so peacefully. Within this view, it would seem trivial for a dictator to justify war – as some indeed did – as an altruistic act for the good of the fatherland, consistent with the principles of Darwinism.How long can the memory of Judeo-Christian morality hold out against a steady onslaught of evolutionary claims that people are mere animals, some more evolved than others? If our ancestors were just like gorillas, as a recent article on PhysOrg announced, what is to stop a racist or tyrant from taking on the role of alpha silverback?Breaking News 12/11/2007: The truth comes out about Matthew Murray, the gunman who shot up a mission and church in Colorado last weekend. Apparently he fell under the spell of the same anti-Christian, anarchist rock group KMFDM as did the Finnish murderer last month (11/08/2007). He also copycatted the Columbine killers who had killed in the name of “natural selection” – see story on World Net Daily.1. Random Samples, Science, Volume 318, Number 5855, Issue of 30 November 2007.2. Holly Arrow, “The Sharp End of Altruism,” Science, 26 October 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5850, pp. 581-582, DOI: 10.1126/science.1150316.We repeat: don’t think for a minute that the evils of Darwinian philosophy were exhausted in the extermination camps, gulags and killing fields of the 20th century. 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Studies of amphibians are suggesting that higher animals also had regenerative abilities that have been lost over time.Imagine losing an arm and having it grow back. That trick happens with salamanders and some lower animals, like hydras and flatworms. How come we can’t do that? Why would evolution lose such a clever ability?These questions come to light when pondering this headline on Science Daily, “Capacity to regenerate body parts may be the primitive state for all four-legged vertebrates.” (We may be two-legged vertebrates, but we are classified as tetrapods, so we should be included.) Evolutionists in Germany and New York are saying, “the extraordinary regenerative capacities of modern salamanders are likely an ancient feature of four-legged vertebrates that was subsequently lost in the course of evolution.” What does that mean? Are we like blind cave fish?Salamanders are extraordinary among modern four-legged vertebrates in showing an astonishing capacity to regenerate limbs, tails, and internal organs that were injured or lost due to amputation repeatedly and throughout their entire lifespan. The mechanisms controlling this high regenerative capacity are the focus of a large field of research driven by the hope to some day apply the findings to human medicine.And yet salamander limbs develop the same basic way as ours. One curious difference exists, though: “Salamanders on the contrary form their fingers in a reversed order compared to all other four-legged vertebrates, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientist [sic] for over a century,” one of the researchers pointed out. Nature Communications says this is due to an orphan gene. Interestingly, lizards can regrow their tails once or twice, but not their limbs. How does evolution explain these differences?The new study suggests that regeneration was widespread in the Carboniferous and Permian. From fossils and from living representatives, the researchers conclude that it was the default back then. “Many lineages may have lost it,” the article states.“The fossil record shows that the form of limb development of modern salamanders and the high regenerative capacities are not something salamander-specific, but instead were much more wide spread [sic] and may even represent the primitive condition for all four-legged vertebrates” says Nadia Fröbisch. “The high regenerative capacities were lost in the evolutionary history of the different tetrapod lineages, at least once, but likely multiple times independently, among them also the lineage leading to mammals.“That is certainly a “surprising” finding for an evolutionist. Usually a beneficial trait is supposed to be maintained by natural selection, unless it is too energetically costly, as it would be with flightless birds and insects on windy islands and blind fish in caves. This leads to a corollary conclusion that the ability still exists in a latent form: “mechanisms that all land vertebrates carry within them due to their common evolutionary heritage.”Charlotte Stephenson writes about this on The Conversation. She shows a fossil salamander that demonstrates regeneration in progress. “This pushes back our current understanding of limb regeneration in the animal kingdom to almost 300m years ago,” she says, failing to explain how it evolved in the first place (see “Poof Spoof” in the Darwin Dictionary).If we look back into the fossil record, there’s also evidence for tail regeneration there. Fossils of the extinct microsaur amphibians Microbrachis and Hyloplesion clearly show where part of the tail has regrown and joined to the original tail bone. Just another incredible example of how nature has been able to evolve and adapt from the very dawn of life on Earth.These discoveries have helped our understanding of the evolutionary and genetic processes behind the salamander’s incredible ability to regrow limbs.Once again, though, it’s not clear why evolution would have lost this beneficial capability. Isn’t that what stem cells are for? Humans have the ability to regrow parts of the intestine that are removed during surgery. Tissues can heal. DNA can repair itself; that fact won this year’s Nobel Prize (Nature). Other scientists have found genes in the inner ear that might restore lost hearing and balance (Science Daily). Why not larger structures like limbs? If the genetic instructions are present, why would evolution switch off this capability? Wouldn’t it improve fitness?Stem CellsSpeaking of stem cells, Science Magazine just reported results of a new study that shows reprogrammed adult stem cells (induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS) are just as good as embryonic stem cells.Researchers who hope to use stem cells—the unspecialized cells that produce all of our tissues—to treat diseases face a dilemma. Stem cells from embryos (ES cells) could provide a wealth of new cells but spark ethical objections. Stem cells produced from adult cells (so-called induced pluripotent stem [iPS] cells) avoid the ethical difficulties, but some scientists have questioned whether they are as powerful as ES cells. A new study suggests that the two types of stem cells are equivalent and may help soothe worries about the capabilities of iPS cells.This also should undercut the justification for experimenting with human embryos. If they “spark ethical objections” without providing any advantages, why use them at all? The new study proved that “ES cells and iPS cells were equally good at specializing into a variety of nervous system cells.” They ran other tests that proved the ES and iPS cells were “functionally indistinguishable” from each other. Yet for some reason, holdouts are still expressing “a little bit of reservation about how broad the conclusion can be.” Maybe they should focus their “little bit of reservation” toward the “ethical difficulties” of destroying human embryos.What’s it going to take to stop the use of embryonic stem cells? Yamanaka’s Nobel-Prize-winning discovery of iPS cells was a godsend. Now, nine years later, almost every objection has been answered. They are functionally indistinguishable. That should be great news. It’s astonishing that some researchers still want to hold out hope that killing human embryos will be “better” somehow. These holdouts need to read the Ten Commandments.It would be great news to figure out how salamanders regrow limbs and learn how we could do the same. From a creation standpoint, it’s reasonable to assume that God gave the first people and animals that capability. We are decrepit remnants of the original people who could live for almost a thousand years even after the Fall. Mutations have accumulated over the generations. We have probably lost many beneficial traits from the original “very good” creation. What’s amazing is that anyone can be as beautiful and healthy as they are this late in earth history. Much of that is due to medical science finding ways to fix or prevent the effects of mutational load. It’s certainly a worthwhile project to understand regeneration and see if it can be switched on again. Intelligent design—not evolution—is a more rational motivation for thinking so. (See Evolution News & Views about DNA repair as an intelligent design research program.) 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