Genetic Convergent Evolution Strains Credibility

first_img“Convergent evolution” is the term given to similar designs that shouldn’t be related.  Recent widespread examples threaten to make the term lose any coherence it might have had.Bats and dolphins:  It’s been long known that bats and dolphins, thought to have diverged in the mammalian family tree xx million years ago, both use echolocation.  What was not known till now was that the similarities proceed all the way to the genetic level.  In Nature, Erika Check Hayden said, “A new analysis suggests that many genes evolved in parallel in bats and dolphins as each developed the remarkable ability to echolocate.”  By many, they’re talking three orders of magnitude. The title is “Convergent evolution seen in hundreds of genes.”Each of these genes, presumably, mutated independently in the two groups, since their presumed common ancestor would not have had the well-developed sensory apparatus for this “complex physical trait.”  Charles Q. Choi on Live Science tried to preserve the credibility of the “convergent evolution” explanation.  It’s not clear how helpful it is, though, to pile on examples:Bats and dolphins may live in radically different worlds, but the fact they both evolved a type of sonar means they resemble each other genetically, researchers now find.When different species live similar lives, they can evolve similar traits, a phenomenon known as convergent evolution. For instance, dolphins, sharks and the extinct marine giants known as ichthyosaurs all differ from each other greatly in origin — dolphins are mammals, sharks are fish and ichthyosaurs were reptiles. However, they evolved very similar body shapes that help them live fast lives in the water — streamlined forms, stabilizing dorsal fins and crescent-shaped tails for traveling great speeds over long distances.Recently, scientists found hints that convergent evolution caused species to resemble each other not just at the physical level, but also the genetic one.Expecting maybe 10-30 genetic similarities, researchers found 200, in genes related to hearing and sight.  “These similarities were not seen with non-echolocating animals,” Choi said.  Joe Parker (Queen Mary College, U of London) explained this “surprising result” by attributing greater power to blind, undirected processes: “Natural selection can be a very powerful force for shaping genetic sequences, and the outcomes of that process can be very similar, even in unrelated organisms.”  Hayden made evolution out to be some kind of detective:Different organisms often independently evolve similar observable traits such as anatomical or functional features, but the genetic changes underpinning such ‘convergent evolution’ are usually different. The new study, published today in Nature, hints that evolution may be finding the same genetic solutions to a problem more often than previously thought.Science Now expressed no doubt at all in the explanatory power of convergent evolution, even if it must rely on blind, aimless mutations.  The article “Bats and Dolphins Evolved Echolocation in the Same Way” says –Dolphins and bats don’t have much in common, but they share a superpower: Both hunt their prey by emitting high-pitched sounds and listening for the echoes. Now, a study shows that this ability arose independently in each group of mammals from the same genetic mutations. The work suggests that evolution sometimes arrives at new traits through the same sequence of steps, even in very different animals.The article continues, “Nature is full of examples of convergent evolution,” listing wings as an example that evolved 4 times in birds, bats, insects and flying reptiles.  “Biologists have assumed that these novelties were devised, on a genetic level, in fundamentally different ways” – an assumption that might have fit with the randomness of mutations.  The new study undermines that assumption.  One scientist not involved with the study remarked, “The biggest surprise is probably the extent to which convergent molecular evolution seems to be widespread in the genome.”This finding could have devastating effects on the ability of evolutionists to separate homology and analogy.  It basically scrambles the signal of natural selection.  Science Now ends,The discovery that molecular convergence can be widespread in a genome is “bittersweet,” [Todd] Castoe [U of Texas] adds. Biologists building family trees are likely being misled into suggesting that some organisms are closely related because genes and proteins are similar due to convergence, and not because the organisms had a recent common ancestor. No family trees are entirely safe from these misleading effects, Castoe says. “And we currently have no way to deal with this.”That’s on top of the difficulty of building Darwinian trees in the first place (see 6/05/13).Birds, too:  A paper in Nature on “Evolutionary origins of the avian brain” claims that encephalization (brain enlargment) evolved independently multiple times in birds, mammals, and dinosaurs: “The hyperinflated forebrains of birds and mammals evolved independently, possibly in response to different sensory cues; derived olfactory capabilities versus enhanced visual acuity.”This is not an article about convergent evolution.  It is an article about dogmatic faith.  Evolutionists cannot, and will not, face up to facts that contradict their theory.  They always manage to fold the unexpected into their tale.  God could not have made it clearer that animals have common design rather than common descent by exhibiting hundreds of cases that could not have diverged by an evolutionary process.Attributing convergent evolution to the environment is a dodge that merely displaces the “creative power” of un-creation to another mindless entity subject to chance.  And calling natural selection “a very powerful force” is, once again, a fallacy.  Natural selection is not a force.  It is a mindless, careless bump in the road, like one of those hubs in a pinball machine.  It is not going to force the animal to score a point without an intelligent agent controlling the action.To have flight evolve, or sonar, or legs, or eyes – by an undirected process – just a single time would defy credibility.  Yet evolutionists readily speak of multiple instances of independent evolution of these things without a hint of embarrassment.  “Convergent evolution” is not an explanation for what is observed.  It is silly dogma pretending to be scientific explanation.  Don’t fall for its jargon name “homoplasy” which means, etymologically, “same form,” or for the false dichotomy “homology” (i.e., via common ancestry) vs “analogy” (i.e., not via common ancestry) – a distinction that embeds Darwinian assumptions in the terms. 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Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH

first_img“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years right? It’s just an honor to be a part of this team.”From being the greenhorn back in 2007, Norwood is now the elder statesman for Gilas Pilipinas as he bore witness to the highest of highs and lowest of lows.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 shutoutStill, the Rain or Shine swingman shared there’s no rush quite like representing the country in the international stage.And in his latest stint for Gilas, the 32-year-old Norwood showed why he’s still a vital piece, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Wrapping up Gilas’ first pair of games in the Asian qualifiers, Norwood was beaming with pride as he feels that this current crop of national team campaigners have a great chance in helping the team reach their quest of earning a ticket to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“The young guys are awesome. They bring a lot of energy to this team,” he beamed. “They are not just the future of Gilas but also the future of Philippine basketball.” LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.comGabe Norwood admits that it feels like it was only yesterday when he first suited up for the Philippine national team.“It’s humbling, very humbling,” Norwood said, looking back to the day he first represented the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH His efforts did not go unnoticed as one of Gilas’ chief backers acknowledged his tireless efforts.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas awarded Norwood with the Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award moments after Gilas’ 90-83 win against Chinese Taipei on Monday in a thanksgiving dinner at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall.Allein Maliksi was also feted with the Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the national team through the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.Surprised with the honor bestowed on him, Norwood said that he’s just treasuring every chance he gets to play for flag and country.“Time is undefeated so I’m just here, trying to enjoy every moment,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2last_img read more

Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast. https://t.co/kktJ0wRIcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Mason Rudolph: ‘We Just Control What We Can Control’

first_imgHe’s right about the rushing. It was just OSU’s fifth 300-yard game on the ground since 2010. An incredible performance by all parties, and Justice Hill and Chris Carson were magnificent. Rudolph was pretty strong with his legs as well as he scampered for one TD and bulled his way to another.He now has these stats on the year:64% completions326 yards per game29 total TDs4 INTHe’s also approaching the rare 4,000-yard club through the air. He needs around 500 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game to join Brandon Weeden as the only two OSU QBs to ever do it. And about that bowl game (and backdoor CFB Playoff appearance).“You know I think we just control what we can control,” said Rudolph. “We played our butts off and you know really, really proud of our team and we’re looking forward to going into an off week, getting healthy and playing for a Big Te….Big 12 championship. That’s all we’re worried about.”The Freudian slip was terrific. The 10-1 record even better. Mason Rudolph was 17/34 for 207 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on seven carries (and 2 TDs) on the ground. It was a good (not great) road performance for QB1 who moved to 21-5 as a starter and 15-0 against teams in the Big 12 not named Baylor.He spoke with FS1’s Bruce Feldman after the game about what made OSU click on offense and what his thoughts are on the CFB Playoff rankings.“I think our defense played great all day got us a lot of key turnovers there in the second half,” said Rudolph. “Really proud of those guys. You know, combine that with running the ball for over 300 yards was big time and really proud of those guys up front.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

2017 Position Preview: O-Line is Younger and Deeper But Still Has Room to Grow

first_imgOther position previews: RB | CW | WRThe Oklahoma State offensive line has taken plenty of criticism over the last three or so years — and for good reason. But around the halfway point of the 2016 season, the group finally began to hit its stride under the tutelage of Greg Adkins. The result helped contribute to the Cowboys most effective ground-game showing since 2012.But “improved” is not “elite” and the unit loses two-year starting left tackle Victor Salako as well as Michael Wilson who has either been a starter or at least a key contributor at guard for the last three seasons.During his post-Alamo Bowl press conference, Mike Gundy spoke about the loss of Salako and Wilson.“It’s exciting to be around young men like that,” Gundy said. “We’re going to miss those guys, yes. Wilson has been a warrior for us. He ought to get a degree in kinesiology without even going to class with all the treatment he’s had, the medical help, the rehab. Then Victor Salako was awesome. What a great take for us to bring him in and start two years at left tackle. A great young man. Humble. Makes 3.5 GPA, is going to graduate, never says a word. Great family.“But now we have to have two other guys step up. We have young guys in our program. What’s helped us is I think we’ve settled in on how we want to run the ball, more so than we have in those three years that weren’t very exciting running the ball.”Two years ago, Adkins took over a bare cupboard in terms of depth, but he’s gotten the group this far. Let’s see who he’ll have to work with in 2017. As far as next year’s depth goes, I think there could still be some shuffling around, but this is a good place to start.2017 Projection RG3Matt KegelRS Freshman6-5295 It’s possible that Crabtree — who has been the starter at right tackle the last two seasons — may move to the left tackle spot if the coaching staff is not as confident in Victor Salako’s would-be replacement.Mason Rudolph is the Cowboys’ single most important player. They need to keep him off the turf as much as possible. Highly-touted JUCO transfer Shane Richards figures to compete with the likes of Matt Mucha, Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins for the tackle spot opposite Crabtree.Marcus Keyes and Larry Williams should retain their starting roles at either guard spot with several other guys ready to compete for time like Lemaefe Galea’i and youngsters Matt Kegel and Johnny Wilson.Brad Lundblade should continue as the starting center. We’ll leave Johnny Wilson as his backup for the time being.It’s important to remember that Adkins is not opposed to moving guys around. Early in 2016, when the Cowboys were struggling in pass protection and the running game, there were several guys shuffled in and out of rotations before they found one that worked.While the offensive line saw improvement towards the end of last season, the group gets even younger with the departure of Salako, Wilson and with the news of redshirt junior Brandon Pertile’s transfer from the program. And since the Cowboys only having one 2017 OL prospect currently committed with just two weeks until signing day, the pressure will be on Greg Adkins to hit on these young guys he’s brought in.Gundy spoke about his desire to roll guys in and out almost like hockey line changes. This coming spring and fall are all about building continuity up front. Hopefully, the unit is working as one by September. LT2Matt MuchaRS Junior6-5300 C1Brad LundbladeSenior6-3300 C2Johnny WilsonRS Sophomore6-3305 LG3Deonte NoelRS Junior6-2330 LG2Jesse RobinsonRS Senior6-5315 C RT2Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 Depth ChartPlayerClassHeightWeight RG1Larry WilliamsRS Senior6-4318 RT1Zach CrabtreeRS Senior6-7310 RT3Teven JenkinsRS Freshman6-6290 LG1Marcus KeyesRS Sophomore6-3300 LT1Shane RichardsSenior6-8330 RG2Lemaefe Galea’iRS Junior6-4325 LT3Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Details on the 2017 Oklahoma State Spring Game

first_imgOklahoma State will play its 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in Stillwater. The format will be 10-minute quarters on Saturday without a running clock. Everyone will get plenty of playing time, but if you want to catch Mason Rudolph, get there early as he’s only expected to play a couple of series.The Spring Game day in Stillwater is always a fun, familial atmosphere with the Remember the 10 Run that morning at 9 a.m. and the fact that you can go on the field afterwards to visit and take photos with players.There will also be inflatables and face painting on the south side of the stadium for the kids (or adults, I suppose) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Just wrapped up our last practice before Saturday’s Spring Game at 1 p.m. Gates open at noon with free parking and free admission! #okstate pic.twitter.com/7Gm1q4fvcF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 13, 2017The game will not be televised but PFB will have a reporter and a photographer in attendance so we will have full coverage of the festivities on Saturday afternoon.It should be a fun one — Vegas has set the over/under for layers of bubble wrap covering QB1 is 97.5. I’ll take the over.It’s coming to BPS! Let’s get it!! #GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18 pic.twitter.com/VIhY4WFUYT— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) April 11, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Junior College Cornerback Visits Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State has a handful of young talent at cornerback on its roster for the upcoming season. Madre Harper, A.J. Green, Rodarius Williams are all second-year players expected to make an impact in 2017.Looking past this season to 2018, OSU is already looking to put experience alongside that young talent, and its currently targeting a junior college prospect to fill that need in 2018’s Delrick Abrams Jr. of Independence Community College. He made an unofficial visit to Stillwater this week. Abrams Jr. is a rising prospect with offers now from West Virginia, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and others. He’s a Bogalusa, Louisiana, native, so the chance to play closer to home — particularly for Arkansas, Mississippi State or Southern Miss — could be a big factor.Abrams recorded 17 solo tackles, 30 total tackles, and 3 interceptions as a freshman last season. He says he’s working on refining his game before he takes it to a Division I school in 2018. He started every game for the Pirates.“I’m working on reading the QBs shoulder,” Abrams told the Recruiting News Guru recently. “I’m also working on my hips, coming out of breaks faster, and attacking downhill better. I want no hesitation. I just want to play the game full-speed.”Abrams will be a mid-year graduate from junior college, so he will be eligible to graduate in December and essentially become an early junior college enrollee at his next destination. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Government Tackling The Gender Divide In Sport

first_imgThe Gillard Government is today launching two initiatives to tackle the gender divide in sporting organisations and support a new generation of female sport leaders.Minister for Sport Mark Arbib and Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the Women in Sport Leadership Register, would allow women to apply online to be considered for board or leadership positions in Australian sporting organisations.“It is important that we get more women into senior roles in the sporting community, including senior administrative roles and representation on boards where women make a valuable contribution,” Senator Arbib said.“The register is a free service and is specifically tailored to the sports industry, so it will meet the needs of both the individuals and the sporting organisations.”The Australian Government also opened applications for the 2011-12 Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program – an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the Office for Women that provides education and development opportunities for women with leadership potential.“These initiatives highlight the Government’s commitment to bolstering the involvement of women in sport at all levels outlined in the new direction for sport: Australian Sport: the Pathway to Success,” Senator Arbib said.“The Government strongly supports women who are ambitious about their future in sport, whether their ambitions lie in being elite coaches, administrators or managers of sporting organisations.”Ms Ellis said the grants and scholarships provided a tangible way for women to obtain the skills and attributes required to succeed in sport leadership roles.“The Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program has supported more than 16,000 women since its inception in 2002 with a total funding allocation of $3.3 million,” Ms Ellis said.“Women in senior sports management positions are eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000 a year for three years, individuals are eligible for one-off grants of up to $5,000 and organisations are eligible for grants of up to $10,000.”Women have a key role to play in the development of sport in Australia – as participants, volunteers, athletes and sports leaders as coaches and administrators. And yet we still see women facing barriers to participating in sport across their lifetime.”Our Government is committed to boosting the profile of women in sport and giving them the skills and qualifications they need to play leadership roles both on and off the field.”For more information on the 2011-12 Sport Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women, or the Women in Sport Leadership Register visit www.ausport.gov.au/women .last_img read more

NCTVET Transfers ISO Certification to Local Body

first_img NVQ-J has transferred its ISO 9001 certification to the NCBJ Story Highlights The move is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica The transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica The National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET), which provides certification for persons, who qualify for the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J), has transferred its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification to the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).The move, which comes after several years of utilizing an overseas certification body, is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica.Charged with the responsibility of certifying management systems to international standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the NCBJ, an independent unit of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), plays an integral role in strengthening the national quality infrastructure.The organisation works closely with the manufacturing and service industries as well as the public and private sectors, providing technical support to enhance their international competitiveness through certification of their management systems.Speaking at the handing over ceremony on September 4 at the NCBJ’s offices, located on the grounds of the BSJ in Kingston, NCTVET Chairman, Norman Davis, explained that since 2006, the body has been certified by an international company based in the United Kingdom.He said the transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica, and a huge strategic move that will benefit local entities, and contribute to nation building.“This is definitely a plus and a stepping stone for us locally. We hope that other companies, which are ISO certified, and are utilising overseas companies will consider looking to the NCBJ, to work with them as their validating body,” he encouraged.He further added that the certification enables quality management systems that will be of real benefit to organisations. Such certification, he noted, also helps to manage businesses effectively, and put into place, best practice methodology.Chairman of the NCBJ, Dr. Neville Swaby, said the organisation welcomes the move, and will be increasing its certification drive, through a number of initiatives, to accredit as many companies as possible, by year-end.“The ISO 9001 certification will definitely improve on our quality of service, productivity, and profitability. The NCBJ takes you from the initial stage of certification, and constantly monitors your progress, as you go along. We work with you to make sure you conform to the standards that are necessary, both locally and internationally,” he said.Meanwhile Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, commended NCTVET for choosing her agency for the certification of their quality management system.She also advised that companies certifying their management systems through NCBJ receive several benefits. These include significant foreign exchange savings, value-added auditing, and an appreciation of the Jamaican business environment.“The NCBJ’s current suite of services include: certification to ISO 9001-Quality Management System, and ISO 14001-Environment Management System,” the NCBJ Manager informed.“A certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or any other management system enhances a company’s marketability by assuring its clients and stakeholders that the business is operating at the highest level in terms of efficiency, product and service quality,” she noted.She lauded the work of the NCBJ auditors and technical experts, who have been playing a tremendous role in the agency’s daily operations.The NCBJ was established in April 2007 and is accredited by ANSI ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to provide easy access to management systems certification by local organisations.ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organisations conforming to management system standards.For more information, persons can contact the NCBJ at 619-1131, 632-4275 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Statement From UN Foundation On New Restrictions Of US Foreign Assistance To

first_imgUnited Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin has issued the following statement on the imposition of the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, last enacted in 2001.The policy, enacted again this week through Executive action, prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations from receiving any U.S. foreign assistance for family planning if they provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or lobby for abortion. U.S. law already prohibits the use of U.S. foreign assistance to pay for abortion information and services as a method of family planning. Therefore, organizations that provide abortion information or services do so with non-U.S. government funding. The enactment of the Global Gag Rule means organizations that provide abortion information or services or lobby for abortion cannot receive any U.S. foreign assistance, even for their non-abortion work, including providing voluntary family planning services and reproductive health care. Calvin said:“The United Nations Foundation does not support the Global Gag Rule, which jeopardizes the health and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable girls and women.“This action will do more than change policy; it will make it more difficult for millions of girls and women to access the contraception and health care they need to determine their futures. When the policy was last enacted, health care clinics in many countries were forced to close and outreach services for the hardest to reach populations were eliminated, leaving many of the world’s poorest people without access to critical services, such as maternal and child health care, HIV testing and counseling, and contraceptives, including condoms. Without these life-saving services, more women and infants died due to pregnancy-related complications. In some countries, the Global Gag Rule led to increases in abortions as women had more unintended pregnancies.“The Global Gag Rule also runs counter to long-standing bipartisan support in Congress and in the American public for U.S. leadership in providing voluntary family planning services to women and couples around the world who want it.“U.S. funding for voluntary family planning programs globally has allowed girls to stay in school, pursue jobs, and have children if and when they are ready. It has helped to improve maternal and child health, decrease unintended pregnancies, lower HIV infection rates, and reduce poverty. Still, more than 225 million women worldwide who want to delay or avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraception and need our support.“Now is the time to build on progress, not reverse it. The United Nations Foundation stands ready to work with the new U.S. Administration to continue America’s leadership in improving health around the world. Access to reproductive health care, including contraception, is a human right and enables girls and women to plan their lives, climb out of poverty, and achieve a more sustainable future.”The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more here.last_img read more