SMC to host French-themed dinner celebrating Moreau

first_imgSaint Mary’s will host a French-themed dinner Wednesday to honor Fr. Basil Moreau, the founding father of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The sisters of the Holy Cross founded Saint Mary’s in 1844.Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, said Moreau is important because he emerged at a time in French society when there was a lot of turmoil and a breakdown of French society structures.“[Moreau] wanted to provide a way for faithful people to address the issues of their time and be educated and be able to address those as people of faith,” Wilson said. “I think that is important because it sounds like the time that we’re in. There’s a lot of challenge to the ways that people have known our life as people in the United States, and some of those ways are being broken down and challenged.”Moreau was born shortly after the French Revolution in 1799, and Wilson said he experienced the demise of education and the diminishment of faith in the public education system through his experiences in the seminary and living post-French Revolution.“He wanted to gather people around him to share in the work he wanted to do,” she said. “His idea was to gather women and men together to do the work of educating and sharing the faith. Eventually the sisters and brothers had to have separate constitutions, but his original vision was for shared ministry and shared life together. That was what eventually became the family of Holy Cross.”She said Moreau’s vision for what it means to live a Christian life is unique and life-giving.“[His vision] has helped a lot of people go out into the world and live with meaning and to establish these great institutions we are a part of — hospitals, grade schools, nursing homes — and especially educational institutions,” Wilson said.Wilson said she attended a Holy Cross college but never heard of Moreau or talked about him until later in her career. She said the importance of Moreau emerged with his beatification in 2007.“It’s really exciting to be in this time because everyone is discovering it together. … All people of Holy Cross can discover something about their heritage together and in a way dialogue and share what it means to them and shape the legacy of that for the future,” Wilson said.A Mass was held Sunday in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Le Mans Hall, Wilson said.“His feast day is on Wednesday, and so for a feast to be transferred to a Sunday, because usually Sunday takes precedent, we have to have permission from the bishop of the Archdiocese,” she said.Sodexo will provide the French-themed meal Wednesday. The Saint Mary’s community, including off-campus students, faculty and staff can celebrate Moreau together from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Family Dining Hall.Tags: Basil Moreau, blessed basil moreaulast_img read more

Divorce likely to put weight on children, study finds

first_imgBBC News 17 June 2019Family First Comment: The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic and non-economic, including: less money in separated households for fresh fruit and vegetablesparents having to work more hours, leaving less time to prepare nutritious foodless money for extra-curricular activities, including sportparents with less time and energy to establish healthy eating habits in their children emotional problems leading to parents who overfeed and children who eat too much sugary and fatty foodChildren whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers.The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found.Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002.The authors say their findings back calls for better health support for families going through a break-up.The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic and non-economic.They include:less money in separated households for fresh fruit and vegetablesparents having to work more hours, leaving less time to prepare nutritious foodless money for extra-curricular activities, including sportparents with less time and energy to establish healthy eating habits in their childrenemotional problems leading to parents who overfeed and children who eat too much sugary and fatty foodREAD MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48664323last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers turn the tables on Arizona Diamondbacks in 7-2 win

first_imgGonzalez hit another three-run home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-2 win. He matched a career high with six RBIs, giving him 100 for the season and bringing him within four of National League RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton.“Adrian came up with some big hits for us,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “He was the offense today.”Kemp followed Gonzalez’s second home run with a solo shot of his own to provide the final score. The back-to-back home runs off Oliver Perez were the first by a pair of Dodgers teammates since May.Andre Ethier was up next, and he was hit square in the back by a slider. Both benches were warned, which prompted Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to visit home-plate umpire Scott Barry.“To me, if you’re going to give warnings you don’t give warnings until after,” Mattingly said. “Nobody’s saying that we’re going to do anything. I think we’re smart enough to know that he hit him with a breaking ball.” Sunday was a tale of two games at Dodger Stadium.The first game lasted five innings, and it was arguably the best Trevor Cahill has thrown in a year. The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, who was designated for assignment earlier this season, didn’t allow a hit until Dee Gordon doubled in the sixth inning.That touched off the second game, when the only way to get a Dodger player out was to eject him from Dodger Stadium.Cahill lost the no-hitter, the shutout, and the game in the span of three batters. After Gordon doubled, Hanley Ramirez walked and Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a tape-measure home run to center field. “It’s a slider, man,” added Kemp. “I don’t know why they give warnings there.”Mattingly had barely left the dugout by the time Barry ejected him, the third time he’s been ejected this season. Clayton Kershaw, who was shouting from the top step of the dugout, was also ejected by second-base umpire Laz Diaz.Needless to say, the second game was crazier than the first.Besides the immediate thrill of sweeping the Diamondbacks before an announced crowd of 43,460, the Dodgers’ win established a trend.In 14 games since Aug. 22, Gonzalez is batting .365 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. He has a hit in all of those games but three.In 14 games since Aug. 22, Kemp is batting .346 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. He has a hit in all of those games but one.The two players rank first and second on the team in home runs (Gonzalez has 22, Kemp 19) and RBIs (Gonzalez 100, Kemp 68).The two veterans have been through their share of valleys too — more valleys for Kemp since his near-MVP season of 2011. But the two are leading by example in September, which is a testament to their work ethic as much as their talent.“It’s good for everybody to know you can be consistent year in and year out,” Gonzalez said. “I think this game is about the manager and front office knowing what they’re going to get from a guy. For me it’s just about working hard and keep grinding it out every day.”Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (14-8) allowed two runs in six innings. He walked three batters and struck out four. Greinke had particular reason to compliment Kemp.Arizona had loaded the bases in the second inning when Kemp threw out Alfredo Marte trying to tag up and score on a fly ball to medium-deep right field. It was his fourth outfield assist this season. “That was amazing,” Greinke said.Kemp also made a diving catch in right field of a Cody Ross line drive to end the eighth inning. Cahill (3-11) suffered his fourth loss at Dodger Stadium. All four losses have come this season.With 81 wins, the Dodgers are guaranteed to finish no worse than .500. For that they can thank the Diamondbacks, whom they beat in 15 of 19 head-to-head games this season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Epigenetics Rising in Consciousness of Geneticists, Embryologists

first_imgThe old story of genetics was that all the information is in genes, and when sperm and egg unite, it’s only the combination of genes from parents that affect the offspring.  That view has been under challenge for years now as geneticists and embryologists find more and more evidence for additional heritable factors that affect development of the embryo and the life of the offspring.    It should have been obvious that more than genes unite at conception.  Both egg and sperm are much more than sets of naked genes.  Nature reported that human sperm contains protein factors that guide and direct the embryo.1  Researchers primarily at Howard Hughes Medical Institute found that distinctive chromatin packages genes for embryo development.  Prior to this, they said, “the epigenetic contributions of sperm chromatin to embryo development have been considered highly limited.”  They found numerous heritable factors:Here we show that the retained nucleosomes are significantly enriched at loci of developmental importance, including imprinted gene clusters, microRNA clusters, HOX gene clusters, and the promoters of stand-alone developmental transcription and signalling factors.  Notably, histone modifications localize to particular developmental loci.  Dimethylated lysine 4 on histone H3 (H3K4me2) is enriched at certain developmental promoters, whereas large blocks of H3K4me3 localize to a subset of developmental promoters, regions in HOX clusters, certain noncoding RNAs, and generally to paternally expressed imprinted loci, but not paternally repressed loci.  Notably, trimethylated H3K27 (H3K27me3) is significantly enriched at developmental promoters that are repressed in early embryos, including many bivalent (H3K4me3/H3K27me3) promoters in embryonic stem cells.  Furthermore, developmental promoters are generally DNA hypomethylated in sperm, but acquire methylation during differentiation.  Taken together, epigenetic marking in sperm is extensive, and correlated with developmental regulators.So it’s not just the gift of DNA; it’s the packaging.  “We provide several lines of evidence that the parental genome is packaged and covalently modified in a manner consistent with influencing embryo development.”  The factors in both egg and sperm affect “developmental decisions and imprinting patterns.”    In a related topic, Science Daily said that the rise in awareness of epigenetics among researchers is blurring the line in the old nature-nurture debate.  For instance, doctors used to think that having a certain mutation guaranteed a patient will have a genetic disease.  Other factors, though, such as a mother’s diet, can affect the outcome: “epigenetic factors play a surprisingly large role in the disease risk that gets passed down through the generations,” the article said.  While permanent genetic mutations are the largest factor, “what is not often explained is that less permanent changes to our DNA also significantly influence our risk for disease,” said Mark Johnston, editor of Genetics.  “We tend to view disease risk as a tug of war between nature and nurture, but this study shows that nature and nurture are more closely related than we had imagined.”1.  Hammoud et al, “Distinctive chromatin in human sperm packages genes for embryo development,” Nature 460, 473-478 (23 July 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08162.It should be noted that nature vs nurture is an example of the either-or fallacy.  Some evolutionary psychologists agree (see PhysOrg): they called for “tossing out the nature-nurture debate, which they say has prevailed for centuries in part out of convenience and intellectual laziness.”  Can you think of other factors that should be added to the equation?  How about intelligence and choice?  Without those, it renders human beings as mere determined products of physical and environmental factors.  Your genetics and environment are not forcing you to read these words right now.  Think about that.  There – you made another choice.    Epigenetics is poised to mount another major assault on evolutionary theory.  One of the points made in the upcoming film Darwin’s Dilemma* is that epigenetic factors pile difficulty upon difficulty for Darwin, because evolutionary theory needs to account not only for genetic information in DNA, but the epigenetic information that controls development.  There are many factors beyond the gene library that determine a body plan.  What orchestrates and choreographs the orderly localization of cell types in a developing embryo?  What manages their differentiation?  What commits them to the roles they will play?  We are only beginning to understand these higher-order programs.  If neo-Darwinists were hard-pressed to explain the genetic code by the accumulation of mutations filtered by natural selection, wait till they have to account for the epigenetic code.*Scheduled for release in mid-September: see Illustra Media.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SKA South Africa unveils ‘First Light’ image from outer space

first_imgCD AndersonThe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, near the town of Carnarvon in the remote Northern Cape, revealed the first image of space taken using the project’s first phase of 16 fully-functioning MeerKAT receptor units.Named ‘First Light’, the image was presented at an onsite function held on 16 July 2016.SKA SOUTH AFRICA – Google Search https://t.co/rkUO4fplxv pic.twitter.com/PZ5Z7402uv— Sonia (@S_o_n_i_a) July 9, 2016The presentation formed part of a tour of the SKA facilities by other ministers and 11 government deputy ministers, invited by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.Among the dignitaries was Ebrahim Patel, minister of economic development and member of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC).Infrastructure investment is a key priority of the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, and the SKA project is one of 18 strategic infrastructure projects identified by the PICC as a priority for national economic growth.The aim of the tour, said Pandor, was to create project ambassadors in the government to spread the message of SKA’s ground-breaking work in the field of astro-science that aided South Africa’s reputation as a global scientific player, as well as to highlight the positive impact of the project on the people of Carnarvon.Min Pandor and Dep Minister during the visit to the SKA tdy, NCape pic.twitter.com/8DfnhprdcU— tommy makhode (@tommymakhode) July 16, 2016‘First Light’SKA’s chief scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, unveiled the ‘First Light’ image during the ministers’ visit, beginning with some background about how radio wave technology worked and how it was evolving as SKA itself advanced.Highlighting the differences between images taken with a conventional visual telescope – one in Chile – and a smaller radio telescope array in the United States, Camilo said the image captured by the 16-unit array – a quarter of its prospective capacity – was much clearer and lot more detailed than anything captured before. It revealed over 1 300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.A particular highlight of the image shows what is known as a Fanaroff-Riley Class 2 (FR2) object: a massive black hole in the distant universe. In the image, matter can be seen falling into the black hole and producing the bright dot at the centre. The FR2 object launches jets of powerful electrons moving at close to the speed of light, emitting radio waves that are then detected with the array. (Refer to the images in the above tweet)Camilo called the SKA array, as it is now, operating on a quarter of its potential, a “remarkable image machine”. These latest image developments were “beautiful and far better than we could have expected”. Once the full array of 64 MeerKATs was completed, the possibilities for uncovering clearer and more noteworthy cosmic events was a very exciting prospect.Global infrastructure for the worldEarlier today, @dstgovza Minister Naledi #Pandor commissioned 16 dishes of the 64-dish MeerKAT completed so far #SKA pic.twitter.com/sLr1XDv80P— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) July 16, 2016In her keynote address, Pandor, a passionate advocate of SKA, noted “the dedicated work of hundreds of engineers, scientists, managers and other staff, and South African and international industrial partners, as well as the support of the government and people of South Africa for more than a decade”.The project would turn innovation and development activities into real economic benefits for the people of the area and reputation of the country. Africa’s role in the global science community was vital and very much assured, she said. “We are building a global infrastructure for the world.”What is SKA?The Square Kilometre Array South Africa is a radio telescope project made up of a series of receptor dishes called MeerKATs that collect sensitive radio wave frequencies from outer space, detecting objects millions, even billions of light years away from Earth. The SKA facility then processes the huge amounts of data gathered from these radio waves to formulate images of the objects – including the birth of stars and the forming of new galaxies.Scientists use the information and images gathered by SKA telescopes to better understand how the universe evolved and continues to change.South Africa hosts the bulk of the SKA project, with investments by the government and private research partners totalling more than R3-billion ($205m).#MeerKAT #SKA #FirstLight(Infographic courtesy SKA Africa @SKA_Africa) pic.twitter.com/gSzqwzpXXe— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) July 18, 2016Currently the South African SKA site has 16 fully-functioning MeerKAT dishes, with the full array of 64 receptors expected to be completed by the end of 2017. This will make it part of the world’s most powerful radio telescope system.Set to be completed by 2020, the entire SKA system of 3 000 dishes in locations around the world, including in Australia, South America and the UK, will give astronomy, physics and a host of other sciences an almost limitless amount of data with which to advance human understanding of the universe.The South African section of the project alone has more than 500 global scientific groupsin line to use the Northern Cape array for research and discovery work over the next five years, bringing in much science tourism revenue.“What this will do is bring to South African and world astronomers the most astonishing and profoundly powerful instrument ever used before in radio astronomy,” SKA South Africa Project director Rob Adam said at the visit on Saturday.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Tigresses, Lady Spikers pull off hard-earned wins

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Golden Tigresses finished at 4-10 in the previous season despite Cherry Rondina and then-rookie Alessandrini’s stellar efforts.Rondina scored a total of 296 points, the best mark in the league, to become the Best Scorer while Alessandrini had 105 points en route to clinching Rookie of the Year honors.UST coach Kung Fu Reyes was proud of how his younger stars supported Rondina.“This was a test of character and this really is the team we’ve been searching for a long time,” said Reyes in Filipino. “Before, Sisi would score 30 points and we’d still lose.”Laure and Rondina both had 17 points to lead all UST scorers while Alessandrini added 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Painters seek PBA redemption “My load certainly got lighter  because I don’t have to tell my teammates what to do because they’ll just do their job without being told to do so,” said Rondina.Flora led the Lady Falcons with 14 points while Soyud and Chiara Permentilla had 13 and 12 points, respectively.Men’s divisionIt was a reversal in the men’s side as Adamson outlasted UST, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14, while Ateneo dismantled La Salle, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15.Tony Koyfmann had 15 points to lead the Blue Eagles while Chumason Njigha and Ishmael Rivera added 10 points apiece for the Season 80 runners-up.Ateneo head coach Timothy Sto. Tomas said he was surprised that they were able to pull off a sweep against the Green Spikers since the Blue Eagles are on a rebuild after the departure of setter Ish Polvorosa and Marck Espejo due to graduation.“This is definitely a morale-booster because people are saying that now that we don’t have Marck or Ish anymore, we won’t have any  more scorers,” said Sto. Tomas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Tigresses erected an early 5-0 lead after Lady Falcon Eli Soyud touched the net, padding the lead to 13-4 with a service ace by Eya Laure.Milena Alessandrini finished off the match with UST’s final two points, including the game-clinching one with a block on Bernadette Flora.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the nightcap, La Salle kicked off its four-peat bid by bringing down archrival Ateneo, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19.La Salle is aiming to become the first team since UST, which won seven straight from 1985 to 1991, to win four consecutive titles. University of Santo Tomas is off to an impressive start after outlasting Adamson, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6, in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Indians spend 33.4 minutes playing Android games daily: Report

first_imgOn an average, an Android gamer in India spends 33.4 minutes daily, playing games on their smartphone or tablet. For comparison, the global average for daily time spent playing games on Android devices is 37 minutes according to mobile analytic research by Flurry.The global average is 37 minutes daily On the basis of this research by the firm, American top the list of global gamers and spend 51.8 minutes as a daily average. The data was collected from 60,000 android devices and provides insight into the habits and preferences of gamers worldwide.Germany, Russia, Italy and South Korea follow the U.S. in terms of time spent on gaming and India is placed 6th according to this research. China closes the top 10 with a score of 28.6 minutes spent daily.The research also reveals that Action and Arcade games are the most popular category across the board with more than half the gaming population engaging in these games and as high as 3 in four people in South Korea, for instance, playing these games.Indians play two times more Casino and Card games than others Exception to the rule also reveal tidbits about various countries. India, for instance recorded an average of 68 sessions per month on Cards and Casino based games (more than double the global average) and got its kicks from games like Teen Patti and Poker. Germans in comparison, would much rather play Brain and Puzzle games (66 monthly sessions).In terms of sports based games, national passions again sway decisions, with the UK audience preferring Football, and Indians choosing to play -no runs for guessing- Cricket even while on their smartphones.advertisementThe research depicts the latest situation in the Android based mobile gaming industry which is expected to grow to $27 billion by 2017. The Android population itself has crossed 1 billion this year, according to Google, almost double from 530 million last year.last_img read more