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Good or bad GM? Scientists say they neither harm the health nor the environment

first_imgTo prepare their report they have examined 900 studies An ear of GM corn. Image: Pixabay The scientists, who presented the work on Tuesday, carefully looked for studies and evidence of the adverse health effects of the consumption of GMOs or derived foods, but found none. According to the work done with animals on the chemical composition of transgenic foods, the researchers reveal that there are no differences in the health risk between the consumption of transgenic and conventional foods. In addition, the report emphasizes that the available epidemiological data do not show associations between GMO consumption and any chronic disease or condition. In fact, there is evidence that insect-resistant transgenic crops have brought benefits to humans by reducing insecticide poisoning. To all this is added the fact that GM crops designed for the benefit of health are being developed, such as rice with higher beta-carotene content and thus avoid blindness and death caused by vitamin A deficits suffered by people who suffer They live in developing countries.Effects on the environment On the other hand, the use of this type of plants has not reduced the total diversity of the plants nor the life of the insects in the farms. The researchers point out in their report that even in some cases these insect resistant crops have allowed an increase in insect diversity.Thus, the scientists also found no conclusive cause-effect evidence on the environmental problems of transgenics, even in the transfer of genes between a transgenic plant and a wild relative species. However, given the complexity of assessing long-term environmental changes, experts say it is difficult to reach definitive conclusions. In agriculture, evidence indicates that genetically modified crops of soybeans, cotton and corn have generally allowed favorable economic results for farmers, but these have varied depending on the abundance of pests, agricultural practices and the infrastructure used. But on farms where management strategies to resist pests were not maintained, there are insects that are developing resistance to the type of pesticides. In addition, in many fields some weeds show resistance to glyphosate, the herbicide to which genetically engineered crops should be resistant. For the committee of experts, it is the product and not the process to improve the genetics of the plant that should be regulated, as previous reports from the Academy show.center_img Genetically modified organisms have been cultivated for more than 30 years, but their use has not been without controversy. Now, an exhaustive report by US scientists confirms that these transgenic plants show no health or environmental risks, although their resistance to herbicides could pose a serious agricultural problem.Since the 80s, biologists have used genetic engineering to create specific characteristics in plants and that they achieve, for example, lengthen the shelf life of fruits, include greater vitamin content and have a greater resistance to diseases. However, it was this last aspect that had the greatest commercial use. In the fields, the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) capable of supporting the use of herbicides or of being toxic to insect pests has been extended. But the benefits and risks of these plants were still uncertain. After examining in depth about 900 studies and other publications on the development, use and effects of the characteristics of corn, soy and cotton, genetically modified organisms for 30 years, the expert committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine The US found no evidence on the differences in health risk between transgenic and conventional plants. last_img read more

Led by Andre Drummond, Pistons pour it on this time to rout Nuggets

first_imgDetroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway pours a drink on center Andre Drummond after the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — For the second straight game, the Detroit Pistons had a big third-quarter lead at home.This time, they kept pouring it on.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Denver was without forward Paul Millsap, sidelined by right ankle soreness, and the Nuggets were also missing Gary Harris (right adductor strain) and Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain). Denver looked sharp early, scoring 36 points in the first quarter, but the Nuggets managed only 19 in the second and trailed 68-55 at halftime.“Regardless of how many bodies we had, we didn’t defend at all,” coach Michael Malone said. “Andre Drummond completely dominated us all game. He’s an outstanding player, but 14 points and eight rebounds is a really good game for most players, and he had that in the third quarter.”Drummond’s work was done after three quarters. None of the Pistons’ starters played in the fourth, and the backups extended the lead.Detroit’s collapse against the Clippers began toward the end of the third, but that didn’t happen this time. The Pistons were up 97-83 after three. Stanley Johnson then opened the fourth with a three-point play and a 3-pointer, and Luke Kennard added a 3 of his own to push the lead to 23.DEPTHADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Andre Drummond scored 14 of his season-high 27 points in the third and the Pistons snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak, beating the Nuggets 129-103 on Monday night.Detroit blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, but the Pistons never allowed Denver to make much of a run in the second half. Blake Griffin added 17 points for Detroit, and Reggie Jackson scored 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Played with the same energy we had in that Clippers game but sustained it for the full game,” Drummond said. “That last game really hurt.”Trey Lyles had 20 points for the Nuggets, who dropped out of a tie with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. Nuggets: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Detroit’s bench was outscored 80-17 in the loss to the Clippers, but the Pistons turned that around in a big way against the short-handed Nuggets. Detroit’s reserves finished with a 60-28 edge. Johnson scored 21 points, and Langston Galloway added 18 for the Pistons. Kennard finished with 14.“Tonight our bench was huge,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “If we get that from them every night, we’re not sitting here out of the playoff race. We’re in the middle of the pack somewhere.”The Pistons trail Miami by 1½ games for the last playoff spot in the East.FIZZLING OUTThe Nuggets scored nearly a quarter of their points in the first 5½ minutes. They led 25-18 after a 3-pointer by Malik Beasley — but their offense slowed considerably after that.“We were missing shots, so they were running, and then they killed us on the glass,” Beasley said. “They’ve got Andre and Blake and Zaza (Pachulia), so they are going to be tough, but we weren’t making it hard enough for them.”TIP-INSNuggets: All five Denver starters scored in double figures, led by Monte Morris with 18 points. Beasley and Nikola Jokic had 16 each.Pistons: Drummond surpassed his previous season high of 26 points. … Detroit also set a season-best with 32 assists, and the 60 points by the benchmarked a season high.UP NEXT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying football player Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

HEYS programme has positive impact on St Monica’s youths – Toshao

first_imgYouths and facilitators of the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) programme in St Monica, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) say their participation in the programme has thus far been fruitful.Toshao of the Pomeroon River community James Miguel in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said that youths of the village are benefitting tremendously from the programme: “Young people that you never used to see coming out to meetings, they are now coming up front, they are participating fully.”The Toshao added that the introduction of the programme is also serving to unite young people: “They realise, especially in the life skills programme, it is good that they must communicate, associate together as one.”The HEYS programme trains youths in various fields such as carpentry, masonry, embroidery, book keeping, agriculture and tourism.James pointed out that the programme will not only develop St Monica youths, but also the village: “You have contractors coming from the coast and which that money has to go pay them out there, but if we have the people with the knowledge in here, we would benefit more in the community.”Facilitators of HEYS programme received training by master trainers to effectively deliver the module to the participants.Facilitator Narissa Courtman said that the training was very interesting and that she is now in a better position to teach the participants. Courtman explained: “We learn how to teach young adults and children, we learn the different techniques and we learn other different things. We find it interesting and I know the participants are learning and they will learn more and they will be successful at the end of the training.”Over 60 students are currently participating in the HEYS programme in St Monica. Vernice Elliot a student was high in praise for the programme: “This programme is very interesting, we learn a lot so far, life skill is a very important topic… garment construction is a subject we do and capacity building is a very important topic too.”Petal Samuels another participant stressed, “I would encourage anybody who could make it to be here because it is very interesting.”The HEYS programme is ongoing in 112 hinterland communities.last_img read more

Struggling Swansea sack manager Clement

first_img“We can confirm that the club has tonight parted company with head coach Paul Clement,” the club said on its Twitter account.Clement is the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job so far this season, following the dismissals of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City), Ronald Koeman (Everton), Slaven Bilic (West Ham) and Tony Pulis (West Brom).Swansea’s owners will be banking on fresh impetus from a new boss to lift the team up the table, with the likes of Leicester and Everton boosted by new appointments in recent weeks.“To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club,” said Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins in a statement.“We had three different managers last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around.“But we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League.”Jenkins praised Clement’s role in helping keep the club in the English top flight last season.He took over at Swansea in January, replacing Bob Bradley, with the club bottom of the Premier League and tipped as odds-on favourites for relegation.But he masterminded four wins from his first six games, including an impressive victory at Liverpool, to earn himself the Premier League manager of the month award for January.Swansea lost last season’s leading scorer Fernando Llorente and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson during the summer transfer window, severely weakening their squad.Former Derby manager Clement arrived at Swansea with a wealth of experience after working with some of the biggest teams in Europe as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.Former West Brom boss Pulis and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs are among the favourites to replace him.Assistant coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi have also left Swansea.The club said they would give supporters a further update within 24 hours.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Swansea City on December 20, 2017, announced the sacking of manager Paul Clement, with the club rooted at the bottom of the Premier League © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 20 – Swansea City sacked manager Paul Clement on Wednesday after less than a year at the helm as the Premier League’s bottom club desperately search for a way out of the relegation mire.As the season approaches its halfway point, the Welsh side are already four points adrift of safety following Monday’s 3-1 defeat at Everton, with just three wins in their first 18 Premier League matches.last_img read more

Free-scoring Rupia named KPL’s April best

first_img0Shares0000Nzoia Sugar striker Elvis Rupia receives his April SportPesa/SJAK player of the month award at the club’s training ground. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 29- Kenyan Premier League (KPL) top scorer Elvis Rupia has beaten the Zoo Kericho dynamic duo of Mike Madoya and Nicholas Kipkurui to scoop April’s SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the month gong.Rupia who banged home his 12th goal of the season on Sunday as Nzoia ran riot beating Wazito FC 3-0 in Nairobi hit the back of the net four times in the month of April and found favor with the SJAK football commission who voted him over the Kericho duo. “I’m very happy to be honored for what I do on the pitch and hopefully this will spur greater effort from me. I could not have achieved this without the support of my teammates and club officials so I dedicate this to them as well.” Rupia said after being feted in the club’s Sudi stomping groundsNzoia Sugar striker Elvis Rupia celebrates his goal against Wazito FC on Sunday May 27, 2018 at the Camp Toyoyo ground in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe forward managed to earn 19 points off the final vote tally, beating Kipkurui who managed 17 while Madoya picked 15 points. Vihiga United’s Chris Masinza finished fourth with nine points.Madoya and Kipkurui also scored four goals while Vihiga’s Masinza scored three.After his goal against Wazito on Sunday, his head coach Bernard Mwalala was full of praise for the striker but urged him to stay grounded.“It is very good for him to hit such kind of form and I am proud of him. But he should not let it get into his head. He should continue working hard and working for the team, not him individually,” Mwalala said.Rupia has meanwhile said he will not be leaving the club despite suitors flocking his door, noting that he wants to complete the season in Bungoma with an eye cast on the golden boot.“I’ve received many offers from rival premier league clubs but I would like to stay and see off the season here. I do not want to break the rhythm I’ve gained here because moving to another club mid season can really unsettle a player,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Juventus vs Man United: Confirmed teams as Mourinho makes two changes

first_img BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Cristiano Ronaldo comes up against his former club once again SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Most Read In Football Confirmed TeamsJuventus: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Bentancur, Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cuadrado.Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Lingard, Alexis, Martial. latest United sit second in Group H, five points behind Juventus, but a win on Wednesday could see them move four points ahead of third-place in the group, depending upon the result of Valencia’s clash against Young Boys.All the action is LIVE on talkSPORT, with full commentary of the match getting under way at 8pm.What the managers are sayingMax Allegri (Juventus): “It’s important to do well at this point in the season but at the same time, you don’t win anything now. Tomorrow we have a chance to qualify to the next phase of the Champions League which would be our first seasonal objective.”Jose Mourinho (Man United): “We work every day to try (and change that), but the reality is that normally we don’t start matches well. But if we don’t start well and we end it well, that’s fine, it’s even good fun for the fans.“But football is 90 minutes and especially when your opponent is strong, if you give 45 minutes advantage or even 20 or even 10, then you have a mountain to climb.”Where can you listen?talkSPORT has full live commentary of Wednesday’s match, kick-off 8pm. Click here for the Juventus vs Manchester United live commentary stream Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker Juventus vs Man United kicks off at 8pm, and is LIVE on talkSPORT Manchester United hope to move one step closer to the Champions League round-of-16 by beating Juventus on Wednesday evening.The Red Devils take on the Italians at their Turin home a couple of weeks after being beaten by Max Allegri’s side at Old Trafford; Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game to make it three wins from three for Juve in this season’s European Cup. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade scrap Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RANKED whoops LATEST last_img read more


first_imgA special fundraising dance will be held tonight in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey in aid of the Donegal Special Olympics Team.Tonight’s dance takes place in the Villa Rose in Ballybofey.The Donegal team have been chosen to represent Ulster at a competition in Limerick and proceeds from the night will go towards the cost of the trip.Doors open at 9pm and the cost of the tickets is just €5. There is also the chance to win much sought-after tickets for Garth Brooks’ upcoming Croke Park concerts. DANCE IN AID OF DONEGAL’S SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES was last modified: April 11th, 2014 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:DANCEDonegal Special OlympicsVilla Roselast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man accused of falsely imprisoning and raping his ex-girlfriend, has been found NOT GUILTY after a unanimous verdict was returned by the jury at the Central Criminal Court earlier this afternoon. Central Criminal Court in Dublin.The jury which contained six men and six women, returned a unanimous NOT GUILTY verdict on the rape and false imprisonment counts after an exhausting six hours of deliberations. Today marked day five of what was described as an extremely sensitive and complex legal trial.The thirty year old was accused of falsely imprisoning and raping the woman at her home in the early hours of April 6, 2011.He had pleaded NOT GUILTY to both those charges, but pleaded GUILTY to criminal damage by altering her Facebook settings on the same date.The Donegal man, who can’t be named for legal reasons will be sentenced later this month for the criminal damage of his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page.The court were told that the man accessed his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook account and posted an insulting status purporting to be her.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan thanked the members of the jury for their diligence, and the careful manner with which they dealt with the trial.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan remanded the man on continuing bail until his sentence on June 30.DONEGAL MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING AND FALSELY IMPRISONING EX-GIRLFRIEND FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsDonegal manEx-GirlfriendFalse Imprisonmentnewsnot guiltyrapelast_img read more

Kurtenbach: The Raptors loss was ugly, but panic about the Warriors at your own peril

first_imgOAKLAND — The Raptors kicked the Warriors’ butts on Wednesday. Toronto’s victory — without Kawhi Leonard in their lineup and going up against the Warriors’ four healthy All-Stars — was comprehensive and nearly wire-to-wire; they led by as many as 26 points and chased the Warriors’ stars from the contest midway through the fourth quarter (which was, honestly, a half-quarter too late).Arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference ran the defending champions on their home floor. And noting …last_img read more