A Victims Strategy, which ensures support for victims is aligned to the changing nature of crime, and boosts services at every stage of the justice system. A Female Offender Strategy which delivers dedicated support to vulnerable female offenders – diverting them away from short prison sentences wherever possible. This includes £5 million of funding in community services as well as establishing five pilot residential women’s centres across England and Wales. Increasing transparency of the parole process, by legislating to allow the Parole Board to provide summaries of its decisions to victims, media and the wider public. Launching a consultation on no fault divorce, to remove the acrimony created by forcing couples to attribute blame when a marriage ends. Move more court processes online, saving time and money as part of the government’s ambitious £1 billion court reform programme, bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system. This includes a new fully accessible online civil money claims service giving the public the ability to make small claims online – with more than 37,000 claims made since its launch in March and user satisfaction at 90% – and a new system for applying for divorce online, which has cut errors in application forms from 40% to less than 1%. Introducing the ‘Upskirting’ Bill, protecting victims by making this invasive behaviour a criminal offence punishable by two years in prison. These important new laws will help us to deliver safe, decent prisons and a fair, efficient justice system that puts the people who use it first. Days like today show that – despite the current squeeze on Parliamentary time – this is a department getting on with business as usual and delivering real change. This builds on legislation delivered earlier this year by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), including the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill which doubled the maximum prison sentence from 6 to 12 months for anyone found guilty of assaulting a prison officer. MOJ has introduced a number of other additional measures throughout 2018 to restore stability to the prison estate, including a £70 million investment in safety, security and decency. This includes £16 million to improve conditions for prisoners and staff and £7 million for new security measures, such as scanners, improved searching techniques, phone-blocking technology and a financial crime unit to target the criminal kingpins operating in prisons.Meanwhile prison officer numbers are rising, with more than 4,300 now recruited and staffing levels at their highest since 2012, and there has been a significant focus on prisoner rehabilitation. The launch of the Education and Employment strategy this year created a system where each prisoner is set on a path to employment from the moment they arrive in custody.The Civil Liability Bill, also passed today, will ensure spurious or exaggerated whiplash claims are no longer an easy payday. Compensation will be capped, and settling claims without medical evidence will be banned – with insurers promising to pass on savings to hard-pressed motorists through lower insurance premiums.The Bill also makes important changes to how the personal injury discount rate is set. Under the reforms, the rate will be reviewed in a more regular, transparent way, ensuring claimants suffering life-changing injuries still receive full and fair compensation. The changes will also reduce the burden of over-compensation on defendants, in particular the NHS, and will make the system fairer for all – including taxpayers and motorists.The third bill passed today, the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill, will allow appropriately qualified and experienced court and tribunal staff to deal with routine matters, freeing up judges’ time to focus their expertise on matters that need it most. It will also allow the judiciary to be flexibly deployed across jurisdictions where they are most needed, allowing judges to gain experience of different types of cases, helping with their career progression.Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said: This Bill supports our fundamental transformation of the justice system, making courts easier to use, more efficient and fit for the digital age. By enabling judges to hear cases in different jurisdictions and giving court staff powers to deal with routine issues, we will make our courts more efficient and effective, while making better use of taxpayers’ money. A mobile phone in prison effectively allows a prisoner to jump the prison walls: they can transfer money, record videos and intimidate witnesses. I thank my colleagues Maria Caulfield MP and Baroness Pidding for their work in sponsoring this Bill, which will help us to find and seize these illicit devices. This is just one in a series of measures we have implemented this year, showing our commitment to restoring stability and security to the prison estate. As well as delivering new laws in Parliament, MOJ has introduced a wide range of other measures throughout 2018, including: mobile network operators now able to directly block phone signals in prisons drivers to see lower car insurance premiums as a result of fewer spurious whiplash claims judges’ time will be freed up to focus their expertise on the most important issues The Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill means mobile network operators can now detect, block and investigate illegal phone use in prisons – joining the government in the fight against criminals who fuel violence behind bars. The Secretary of State will be able to authorise mobile network operators to interfere and block phone signals in all prisons across England and Wales.Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said: Illicit mobile phones in prisons will be blocked, motorists will save money through lower car insurance premiums, and courts will run more efficiently after the bills all passed Parliament on the final sitting day before Christmas recess.Justice Secretary David Gauke said:
The sorghum and rice connectionFor example, Paterson’s team discovered that sorghum’s seed protein genes are completely different than rice seed protein genes. But they don’t know how and why.“The genes don’t just stand out and say, ‘Here I am. This is why I’m different from rice,’” Paterson said. “We have a lot of new questions to ask.”He would like to continue to build on his 17 years of sorghum research to find out what happened to sorghum and rice’s common ancestor millions of years ago to form the plants that sustain us today. Multiple uses Production is shifting away from seed-based biofuel to cellulose-based production, a process for which sorghum also shows great promise. This shifted prompted the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute’s involvement in sorghum sequencing.The sorghum genome sequence also has other uses. Johnson grass, a crop related to sorghum, is one of the world’s worst weeds. Paterson hopes that by using the sequence, researchers can find better ways of controlling the weed.A third use of the genome sequence will be to understand the reasons that sorghum, rice and other cereals are different from one another.Sorghum is only the second grass genome sequenced. Rice was the first. While the two grasses are similar – 93 percent of the genes present in sorghum are also found in rice – the differences are important enough to warrant closer inspection. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaSoutherners may best know sorghum as sweet, biscuit-topping syrup. But the small grain’s uses range from a dependable, drought-tolerant food crop to biofuel source, says a University of Georgia researcher.“Sorghum’s importance is enormous,” said Andrew Paterson, a distinguished research professor and director of the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory. PGML is a joint unit of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.Paterson and his collaborators – from as close as South Carolina and as far away as India, Pakistan and Germany – have mapped and analyzed the genome of Sorghum bicolor, placing 98 percent of its genes in their chromosomal context. At 730 million bases, or letters of DNA, sorghum has a genetic code a quarter the size of the human genome.The results of the study appear in the Jan. 29 issue of the international science journal Nature. Why is this information important? Drought tolerance makes sorghum important in dry regions like northeast Africa and the U.S. southern plains. It needs only half the water it takes to grow corn. “Not nearly as much has been invested in sorghum as in corn,” Paterson said. “According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, sorghum yields increased less than one percent per year over the last 45 years, only about half the rate of corn, rice and wheat yields. Something is wrong with this picture. If new information and tools from the sequencing change that, it’ll improve millions of people’s lives.”The sorghum that Paterson studied is drought tolerant, but its wild cousins can survive on even less water and resist more diseases and pests. Breeders can use the sequence as a tool to blend desirable traits into more improved commercial plants. Biofuel potential The sequenced sorghum genome is also being used to improve biofuel crops like sugarcane and Miscanthus, a genus of 15 species of perennial grasses that is a leading biofuel crop in Europe. These plants have much larger and more complicated genomes than sorghum. A close relative, sorghum can be a guide to accelerating their improvement. In the U.S., it’s not clear whether Miscanthus or switchgrass will dominate the biofuel arena, Paterson said, but recent side-by-side studies show that Miscanthus out yields switchgrass by as much as three to one.Sorghum is also used to make biofuel and currently is the No. 2 source of fuel ethanol in the U.S. Corn is No. 1.
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The focus on genes continues to blur, as more geneticists look outside the box. Some 98% of DNA in the nucleus of human cells does not code for genes. Long dismissed as genetic junk, much of it may turn out to be the hands on the controls. A press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine reports “Junk DNA May Not Be So Junky After All.” It may contain vital control regions that switch the genes on and off. Researchers found that control regions don’t have to look the same between different species. They found a case where a control region for a human gene looked very different from one in a zebrafish, but both performed the same function. This hints that the non-coding regions are filled with enhancers and suppressors that we are only beginning to understand.Evolutionists baffled, not a simple story of descent, natural phenomena more complex than realized, design scientists vindicated; watch this space.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Anthropologists are receiving a jolt about the intelligence of early man. Long before the cave paintings showed our forebears exercising art appreciation, new findings suggest they were gifted individuals, not brutes. The first report was about manufactured beads dated older than 82,000 years. Science Daily said, “The shells are currently at the centre of a debate concerning the origins of modern behaviour in early humans.” For one thing, it’s too early for common ideas that humans did not have “a sophisticated symbolic material culture” that long ago. Another surprise is that these shell beads, found in Morocco, are nearly the same as those found in South Africa dated 72,000 years old. The research team said that “the most striking aspect of the Taforalt discoveries is that identical shell types should appear in two such geographically distant regions.” Indeed some of the beads found at four sites may be older than 110,000 years. The research team leader explained, “These new finds are exciting because they show that bead manufacturing probably arose independently in different cultures and confirms a long suspected pattern that humans with modern symbolic behaviour were present from a very early stage at both ends of the continent, probably as early as 110,000 years ago.” Another hint of “unknown smarts” in ancient man was announced in National Geographic based on a paper in PNAS1. Researchers studying stone axes noticed that the red ochre around the shaft was not just a decorative feature; it was a kind of superglue. A mixture of red ochre and gum acacia actually bound the axe to the shaft firmly. The problem is that this gives the shaft to anthropological theories that humans were too unsophisticated to make such things. Glue manufacture required harvesting and testing remote ingredients for the best effect. “It was mentally taxing work that would have required humans to account for differences in the chemistry of gum harvested from different trees and in the iron content of ochre from different sites,” the article said. How could they know about pH and iron content? Success must have required a significant amount of goal-directed experimentation. “The finding also suggests the intelligence of Stone Age humans was more akin to that of modern humans than previously thought,” a team member said. “Their technology was a lot more competent than we have given them credit for.”Update 06/10/2009: Thomas Wynn (U Colorado) tried to explain where the human mind came from and why anatomically modern humans were smart enough to invent a glue to haft their spears supposedly 70,000 years ago:One [implication] that has held central stage in paleoanthropology for two decades is the problem of modernity. When and how did the modern mind evolve? Most of the focus in this debate has been on the role language [sic] and symbolism but, as Wadley et al. make clear, there is more to modern cognition than language and the use of symbols. Indeed, language has proven to be a particularly intractable topic for archaeologists, a point made cogently by Botha. By focusing on activities that tax reasoning ability and are also visible archaeologically, such as hafting, archaeologists are in a better position to contribute to an understanding of the evolution of the modern mind. In the current example, Wadley et al. have been able to demonstrate that some elements of modern cognition were in place by 70,000 years ago.Meanwhile, debate still rages about the “Hobbit” bones of miniature people from Ling Bua cave in Indonesia (see 10/24/2004, 10/25/2005, and 08/21/2006). Papers in Nature last week suggested that the tiny people underwent “island dwarfism” by living too long on the isle. Another paper said the foot bones show primitive features. Some are suggesting these were early versions of Homo erectus that migrated out of Africa ahead of the rest, and developed independently on their isolated island The skeletons, however, are dated at 18,000 years old – much younger than their axe-gluing, shell-button-manufacturing kin. Robert Eckhardt, an evolutionary biologist at University of Pennsylvania, isn’t buying the argument that it represents a new species of human. “In science, poor hypotheses identify themselves by needing ad hoc revision after revision,” he remarked. “This is what is happening with increasing visibility in the [descriptions] of ‘Homo floresiensis.’” For an intelligent design perspective on these skeletons, see an article by Robert Deyes on ARN.1. Wadley, Hodgskiss and Grant, “Implications for complex cognition from the hafting of tools with compound adhesives in the Middle Stone Age, South Africa,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online May 11, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0900957106.2. Commentary by Thomas Wynn, “Hafted spears and the archaology of mind,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences June 8, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0904369106.Evolutionary anthropologists throw their dating schemes around with reckless abandon. Step back from the dogma and look at the big picture. They would have you believe that human societies, smart enough to invent superglue and share bead technologies across a continent (unless you buy their line that this represents convergent evolution) were too dumb to invent cities and agriculture for some 100,000 years – an order of magnitude greater than all recorded human history, in which time humans built Sumer and Rome and New York and the Hubble Space Telescope. Once the ridiculousness of their picture sinks in, you see the evolutionary scenario for what it is: a made-up story concocted to keep the Darwinian picture of the emergence of man from apes the dominant religion among scientists. All their head-scratching and controversy and “ad hoc revision after revision” looks comical in that light. (Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Reyes put Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo and the injured Raymond Almazan in the freezer for this match, but reiterated that the Gilas roster could change when the Filipinos battle Chinese Taipei at home on Monday.“Basically, we took into account the team that we are playing [today],” Reyes said after revealing the final roster. “And we also took into account our health and injury situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-7 Almazan still has a swollen ankle, and could be available for the Taiwanese.“I spoke to the three of them and they took it very professionally and very well,” Reyes added. “This is just the 12-man roster for [Friday’s] game. For Taiwan, it would be different. Every game could change.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas takes the first step in its bid to return to the World Cup on Friday, clashing with Japan in Tokyo with a roster coach Chot Reyes feels is suited to defeat the Japanese on the road.After close to three weeks of hard work, Reyes made the final three cuts on his 15-man pool, basically sticking out with tested veterans led by Jayson Castro at the guard spot, Japeth Aguilar at forward and naturalized center Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Alas will be the third point guard at Reyes’ disposal after Castro and Kiefer Ravena.Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Gabe Norwood, Allein Maliksi and Troy Rosario complete the team.Team Philippines has had a long record of success against the Japanese, its last loss to the hosts happening in 2004 in the Fiba Asia Challenge where the Filipinos lost by 60 points.Japan has thrown in everything against the Philippines of late, including former NBA player Yuta Tabuse, to no avail.It will be bannered by naturalized forward Ira Brown in the 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila) game at Komazawa gym at the Olympic Park in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Del Rosario gets Man of the Year, Hall of Fame nod Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The talented 6-foot-10 center Joji Takeuchi will still be the Japanese’s main man, though the Filipinos have ample knowledge of how he plays, which will be critical in Reyes’ defensive scheme.There are a total of 80 countries taking part in this hectic qualifying process, with the Philippines shooting to become one of eight countries coming from Asia to play in the World Cup in China in 2019. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next View comments
Javier Patiño started as the lone striker for the Azkals against the Koreans, creating a couple of chances, which the Filipino-Spanish player also missed.And with the Azkals holding their own against the Koreans for most of the match, Patiño could be leading the line once more against the Chinese side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m happy to have made an appearance in the Asian Cup, but I’m disappointed not to have played a bigger role,” said Younghusband. “There’s still two games to go so hopefully I get more game time.”Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson praised Younghusband’s response in his role as a substitute. ABU DHABI—Limited to a cameo in the AFC Asian Cup opener against South Korea, Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband hopes to play a bigger role as the Azkals attempt to reach the next round in the continent’s biggest football tournament.The country’s top international scorer made his Asian Cup debut when he came on as an 88th minute substitute to Patrick Strauss on Monday night at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT “He is not only a good human being, a good football player, but also a very good professional,” said Eriksson, who has handled the likes of high profile players like David Beckham when he coached England.“He never showed bad things. He accepted his role. He came on, you can see he is very professional. What he has done for the Philippines is great. More than 100 games, 52 goals which is amazing it is always important to remember that.”The Azkals were playing the Chinese on Friday night at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, with a win or a draw keeping them in the hunt for a place in the Round of 16. Kyrgyzstan will be the Azkals’ last Group C assignment on Wednesday.With almost 700,000 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates, the Azkals said they’re dedicating their performances to their countrymen here.“All we can do is to come out and not to have regrets,” said Patrick Reichelt. “It’s amazing seeing that although it’s far from home, we do have so much support. Its incredible and it helps us a lot.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ababa tries to keep streak going Azkals manager Dan Palami said the team was taking inspiration from the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).“If the team is battling it out on the pitch, our OFWs here also have their own battles here every day missing their families, that’s why we’re dedicating our games to them,” said Palami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte