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first_imgBy Saah MillimonoAs Sonie squatted to fan the fire she saw, coming down a footpath at the outskirts of the village, a group of men in raffia skirts and bare from the waist up, each of them carrying a machete. It was early morning, a few hours before sunrise, and the full moon had turned the world the color of silver.Sonie had just turned fourteen years of age. Her mother, and even most of the villagers, would often say that it would not be long before she went to the Sande Bush, where girls of her age, or sometimes younger, had something done to their privates which, afterwards, made them ripe and ready for marriage. And as though to tell how really true this was, young women who had been to the Sande Bush would often show to Sonie tribal scars which were round their waits and ran almost down to their buttocks. These scars, together with an overlapping of colorful waist beads worn round the waist, Sonie was told, heighten the potential of a young woman marrying earlier than her peers, since they fill men with greater craving as they feasted with their eyes on the young women who went bare from the waist up round the villages, swaying their hips as though their buttocks would drop.But this going round the village half-naked had been in olden times, so that now young women hid their beads and tribal scars under their clothing, to be seen by their husbands only. Sonie had heard that this change was due to the fact that people were becoming more civilized, or at least had taken to a brand of Western civilization which had spread, like fire that eats up a thatched roof, to the villages to defile the rites and customs of the ancestors. But of course Western civilization was not the only threat, because those who had left the villages and been educated in the city did not only come back wanting not as much as to speak their tribal dialects, even, but proclaiming to all and sundry that everybody but themselves was dwelling in darkness and superstition.Now Sonie, fanning the fire as she did each morning to heat water for her father, wonder with a shudder to whom the men in raffia skirts were coming so early in the morning. Maybe they are going to Satta, she thought, looking up from some bits of firewood which she was pushing into the hearth and towards the men in the distance. I heard somebody say yesterday that Satta was going to the Sande Bush, she said to herself. But if her parents have any sense at all they would not let her go to such a terrible place. What would they do to help her if afterwards she could no longer bare a child? Nothing! They would only sit there and have the poor girl suffer for nothing. Satta could even die like that young woman who caught that bad sickness. And then everybody would have her to blame and say that it should be a warning for those of us who do not want to go to the Sande Bush. But why should people ever want to go to such a place, when all they do is cut you open and leave you to bleed for nothing, as though they have added one drop to your blood? These unspoken thoughts from a relatively uneducated country girl who had all her life lived in the village, however, were not her own but those she had got from the aid workers. In fact, so affected she was by what she had heard from the aid workers that she felt as though a new dawn had just risen on the horizon, filled with splendor and beauty.The men in raffia skirts, the edges of their machetes glistening dully in the moonlight, entered the village. Many people had since woken up, some making for the market with the harvest of the day before, some performing their domestic tasks, some heading for their farms. The crowing of cocks, which had since broken the stillness of the morning, could be heard at random. The birds in the palm trees had not yet broken into songs but a few could be seen flying past the village, the sky above them slowly turning to light, and heading, doubtless, to the rice farms which were on the outskirts and beyond.Sonie rose and went into the house to fetch a bucket, in which she could pour her father’s bath water, only to return, drop the bucket, scream at the top of her voice, and as if she had suddenly grown cold all over, stand trembling and rotted to the spot. In front of her stood the men with their machetes, and for the first time the young girl noticed that their bodies were painted with chalk. And she was so terrified that she became as pale as the chalk with which the men had painted themselves.“Where is your father?” asked a man who stood in front of the group, powerfully-built, with broad shoulders and a mop of thick hair that all but covered his ears.To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Temporary bypass for Lethem trail

first_imgFollowing persistent rainfall and consequently impassable roads, which led to a fuel shortage in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) district, a temporary bypass has been carved out along the Linden to Lethem trail.Information coming out of the area indicated that traffic is flowing at a reduced pace.In recent days, critical movement of people and cargo in Region Nine was severely hindered by a truck which toppled last week on a bridge last week. Workers were on Tuesday still trying to remove the vehicle.It was reported that rotten parts of the decking of the bridge collapsed under the truck’s weight.It was further stated that the situation was compounded by part of the road between Aishalton and Wariwau being washed away owing to overtopping of the Ireng and Takutu Rivers along with continuing heavy rainfall.Before the temporary bypass was made, buses were taking people and goods up to the blocked-off sections and on the other side, they had to board other vehicles to continue their journey.Regional Chairman Bryan Allicock said recently that emergency construction works needed to be carried out before the bridge was declared fully functional.He had warned that a fuel shortage was imminent as tankers had been prevented from traversing the trail. Some vehicle owners had subsequently travelled to the nearby Brazilian community of Bonfim to search for fuel.Severe flooding has been recorded in other communities in the South and Deep South Pakaraimas, and Central Rupununi.last_img read more

Mother charged for neglect

first_imgThe mother of the three young girls, who were allegedly sexually molested by their step-father last Thursday, was indicted for neglect when she appeared at the Sisters Magistrate’s Court in Berbice.She was granted $50,000 bail, but informed the court that she will remain in prison since she cannot afford the bail.The children; ages four, seven, and 10, were allegedly sexually molested and thrown out of the family home last week. They were picked up by a social worker who found them wandering by the seawalls. Reports are the children were taken to the Police Station and later admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital after it was discovered that they were sexually molested.On Tuesday, an official from the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) told Guyana Times that the children underwent a forensic interview on Monday by social protection authorities. The interview was recorded and a report was compiled and sent to the Police.The official stated that the girls have since been released from the hospital and taken into protective care, along with their infant sibling. The official indicated that they were unable to find a suitable relative to care for the children.Meanwhile, B Division (Berbice) Commander Ian Amsterdam on Tuesday said that the children’s stepfather, an ex-Guyana Defence Force soldier, will be charged today.Since news broke of the alleged rape, villagers have been enraged. Siblings’ rape case… stepfather to be charged for sexual molestation todaylast_img read more

Firm to reinstate canceled Louisiana homeowner policies

first_imgBATON ROUGE, La. – Allstate has backed off the cancellation of 4,000 homeowner policies in Hurricane Katrina-damaged parishes, agreeing to reinstate them if policyholders can prove they are rebuilding or living in the properties. The company said Monday that it would consider reinstating those policies as part of an agreement with state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, who had threatened fines if Allstate refused. Donelon’s office received hundreds of complaints from homeowners who said the company canceled their coverage after Allstate Insurance Co. inspectors wrongly concluded that their properties had been abandoned. Donelon ordered his own inspections and concluded that Allstate was using a flawed, “drive-by” inspection process. He ordered the company to reinstate the policies. In a written statement released Monday, Allstate admitted no wrongdoing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Northbrook, Ill.-based company is Louisiana’s second-largest home insurer behind State Farm Insurance Co. Combined, its two major homeowner coverage companies in Louisiana – Allstate Indemnity Co. and Allstate Insurance Co. – write about 22 percent of the homeowner policies in the state. The company will reinstate policies for homeowners who can prove with a utility bill that they live in the property, or can prove with a lumber receipt or building permit that they are rebuilding and fixing storm-related damage, spokeswoman Kate Hollcraft said. “We understand that not everyone’s going to have their home rebuilt at this point,” Hollcraft said. Allstate wants to see some proof that a homeowner has “taken some sort of step to rebuild their home,” she said. – Associated Presslast_img read more

Ronaldo faces further punishment for red card

first_imgHe was sent off against Valencia on Wednesday, after aiming a petulant kick at defender Jeison Murillo, before appearing to make contact with his opponent’s head as he gestured to him to get up.Despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men, Juve were comfortable 2-0 winners at the Estadio Mestalla as Miralem Pjanic converted a pair of penalties either side of half-time.Ronaldo, however, is yet to discover the full consequences of his dismissal. The 33-year-old was perhaps unfortunate that German referee Felix Brych opted for a red, rather than a yellow, card but there was still risk in engaging with Murillo.Journalists in charge of voting for the Ballon d’Or might also take note of Ronaldo’s reaction, which saw him fall to the ground in disbelief and then yell into the air in frustration.It was a bad night in an otherwise stellar 2018 for the Portugese, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in May and has scored 36 goals in 33 games this year. He has won the Ballon d’Or five times, the joint most with Lionel Messi.This was Ronaldo’s 11th red card, but first in the Champions League, with a suspension now set to reduce his scoring power in the group stages.A one-match ban is guaranteed, meaning he will sit out Juve’s game at home to Young Boys on October 2.UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body can also increase the ban if they deem it a “serious offence”, which could mean him missing the fixtures against Manchester United on October 23 and November 6.AFP Sport understands, however, that an extension to the one-match ban is unlikely. Juventus would also be allowed to appeal.The Italian side’s coach Massimiliano Allegri lamented the lack of a Video Assistant Referee against Valencia, which he believes would have spared his key player.UEFA’s Executive Committee are due to meet in Lyon on September 27, where it is believed the issue of implementing VAR will be discussed.“I can only say that VAR would’ve helped the referee make the right decision,” Allegri said.Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi urged UEFA to show leniency. “It was very harsh, I think if you saw the replays, you could see it’s an incomprehensible decision,” Matuidi said.“So I hope afterwards UEFA will watch the replays and that we can have something positive for him because he does not deserve it.“He was sad after the match, very sad, and we were all sad for him.”Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci added: “Ronaldo was quite angry, unfortunately the referee did not see the situation very well. The important thing is we reacted as a team.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo received support from team-mate Federico Bernardeschi as he expressed disbelief after receiving a red card in Valencia © AFP / JOSE JORDANVALENCIA, Spain, Sep 20 – Cristiano Ronaldo should escape an increase on his one-match ban in the Champions League but Juventus’ star summer signing might not get off so easily in the race for the Ballon d’Or.Ronaldo is among the frontrunners for the prestigious prize, which considers performances during the calendar year, as well as “overall behaviour on and off the pitch.”last_img read more

DELIGHT AS 30 JOBS SAVED AT O’DONNELL’S BAKERY AFTER EXPERT NEGOTIATES SALE

first_imgHowever a former employee of the old company Mark Kelly and bread agent Andrew McElhinney have come together to buy the business.The announcement secures 15 full and part-time positions at the bakery and 15 bread agents in the county.Patrick McDermott, the Letterkenny-based accountant who specialises in insolvency work and business recovery, said he was delighted that O’Donnells Bakery had been saved. “I want to wish Andrew and Mark well in their new venture. It is good news for Laghey and for the people of Donegal.” “It shows that with will and determination, positive outcomes can be achieved in many of these cases,” said Mr McDermott. “As an insolvency practictioner I always face various problems when a business is in trouble, and it is always preferable if a business can be sold on as a going concern.“Thankfully that was the case in relation to O’Donnells. Mr McElhinney, a bread agent, said: “We are delighted to be the new owners of O’Donnells. It is a great bakery with a great deal of heritage and we will continue to use the fantastic family recipes handed down over the years. O’Donnell’s award-winning bakery in Laghey went into liquidation in January with fears over jobs. Mark Kelly and Andrew McElhinney believe they have the right ingredients to make O’Donnell’s a successful business. New bakery owners Andrew McElhinney and Mark KellyTHIRTY JOBS have been secured at a County Donegal bakery, one of the county’s leading insolvency practictioners announced today. Mr Kelly, a baker with O’Donnells before it went into liquidation added: “We are looking forward to the challenges ahead. It is a competitive market but I am confident that our breads speak for themselves. Once people taste the quality of O’Donnells range of products, they always come back for more.”The move means the O’Donnell name will remain on a wide range of quality bread products.O’Donnell’s Bakery, a family-owned enterprise, has been operating in South Donegal since 1969. In 2005, brothers Charlie and Eamonn took over the operation from their father and uncles and moved it from its original home in Ballyshannon to a purpose-built premises in Laghey. DELIGHT AS 30 JOBS SAVED AT O’DONNELL’S BAKERY AFTER EXPERT NEGOTIATES SALE was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:AccountantBallyshannonLagheyO’Donnells BakeryPatrick McDermott “And of course we will continue to bake O’Donnells award-winning breads for customers both here in Donegal and elsewhere.”last_img read more

Four face charges over horrific attack on Donegal referee

first_imgFour men are facing charges over an alleged assault on a football referee in Co Offaly last year.Dungloe man Daniel Sweeney suffered a broken jaw and eye socket after the alleged attack which happened while he officiated a match between Horseleap and Mullingar Town on November 11 2018. The 51-year-old was hospitalised as a result of his injuries and required five-hour surgery.There was widespread condemnation across Irish football circles after shocking photos of Daniel’s wounds were shared on social media.Speaking in the days after the alleged assault Paul Malone, secretary of the referees’ Midlands Branch, said: “The pictures don’t do justice to his face.“He is not allowed to eat or talk. He can drink through a straw for the time being.”Speaking from his hospital bed before his operation last year, the ref told us: “I’ve got a broken jaw, a broken eye bone, multiple fractures in the cheek, and then the nose had to be stitched.“It is pretty serious. It is looking like an operation, possibly at the weekend.“I think there is a bit of reconstructive surgery in the cheekbone. There’s things like the possibility, although small, to lose sight in an eye. It’s not good.“With the surgery, there is a one in 2,000 chance of losing sight in an eye. And I may lose some teeth through the operation as well.”Two men in their 20s, one teenager and a man in his 40s were arrested in the weeks following the alleged attack.They were later released without charge and a file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Gardai this morning confirmed that criminal proceedings are underway and the men will receive a court date.A spokesperson said “Criminal proceedings have commenced in respect to four males for the incident but have yet to appear before the courts.”Four face charges over horrific attack on Donegal referee was last modified: August 9th, 2019 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:attackchargesDaniel Sweeneydungloerefereelast_img read more

Second chance leads to Falcons win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Peterson had missed his first try in the final seconds and the Saints appeared to have survived. But defensive end Tony Bryant was flagged for holding because he grabbed a Falcons player to allow a teammate to try to block the kick. “I’m telling you it was a flat-out (expletive) call,” Saints coach Jim Haslett said in a remark that is likely to draw a fine from the NFL. Referee Bill Carollo stood behind the call. “It’s considered a pull-and-shoot,” Carollo said. “By definition of defensive holding on a field goal kick, two things have to happen. First, he has to have defensive holding and the second player has to shoot into the hole. That’s what we called.” At Cowboys 16, Giants 13, OT SAN ANTONIO — Atlanta Falcons kicker Todd Peterson’s attempt sailed wide, the “home” crowd erupted and one of the New Orleans Saints’ best games of the season was headed to overtime. Except for one problem. A yellow flag was on the ground. New Orleans was penalized for defensive holding on the missed kick, Peterson was moved five yards closer and, given another chance, kicked a 36-yard field goal down the middle to send the Falcons to a 34-31 win Sunday. While Falcons (4-2) players danced around the field to celebrate their good fortune, Saints (2-4) players started ripping off their helmets in anger as fans at the Alamodome threw paper out of the upper decks in disgust. center_img Despite four turnovers and two missed field goals, Dallas (4-2) overcame it all with a 45-yard field goal by Jose Cortez on the opening drive of overtime. Eli Manning, who struggled all game, led the Giants on two long fourth-quarter drives. The first was killed when rookie Brandon Jacobs fumbled at the Dallas 1. But New York (3-2) got the ball back and drove the Giants 52 yards to a tying TD on a 24-yard pass to Jeremy Shockey with 19 seconds left in regulation. At Bears 28, Vikings 3 While Minnesota’s season continued to spiral out of control, Chicago might have saved its own. Brian Urlacher had two sacks to lead the Bears (2-3) over a Vikings (1-4) team reeling after allegations of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior on a charter cruise last week. It was the fourth loss in five games for Minnesota. Bengals 31, at Titans 23 Carson Palmer tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson with 4:19 left that gave Cincinnati the lead for good, and the Bengals bounced back from their first loss of the season. The Titans (2-4) had won nine of the last 10 in this series between old AFC Central rivals, but Cincinnati (5-1) won for the first time since the 2001 season finale. At Ravens 16, Browns 3 Baltimore forced three turnovers and sacked former teammate Trent Dilfer four times in a 16-3 win over the Cleveland (2-3). Todd Heap scored the only touchdown for the Ravens (2-3), who bounced back from their worst start in franchise history after being penalized 21 times last week in a defeat at Detroit. At Buccaneers 27, Dolphins 13 Michael Pittman ran for 127 yards and a touchdown to lead Tampa Bay (5-1) to a victory that ruined Ricky Williams’ return from a one-year retirement and four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Williams ran just five times for 8 yards as Tampa Bay’s defense limited the Dolphins (2-3) to 64 yards rushing. At Chiefs 28, Redskins 21 Nine days after his 32nd birthday, Priest Holmes ran for a touchdown and caught five passes for 100 yards, including a 60-yard catch-and-run for the go-ahead score, in Kansas City’s victory. Safety Sammy Knight, who had an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown, got a fingertip on a potential game-tying pass from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss to clinch it for Kansas City (3-2). At Bills 27, Jets 17 Kelly Holcomb threw two touchdown passes in winning his second consecutive start for Buffalo. Willis McGahee had a career-high 143 yards rushing and a score, while receivers Eric Moulds and Jonathan Smith also scored touchdowns for the Bills (3-3). The Buffalo defense had five sacks and forced three turnovers, including Terrence McGee’s interception in the end zone with 3 minutes remaining. At Broncos 28, Patriots 20 Tatum Bell had a 68-yard run and finished with 114 yards to surpass 100 yards for the second week in a row as Denver (5-1) won its fifth game in a row. New England (3-3) fell behind by 25 points early in the third quarter, pulled to within eight, but turned the ball over on downs with 3 1/2 minutes to play. At Seahawks 42, Texans 10 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander’s 141 yards and four touchdown runs dropped the NFL’s only winless team to 0-5. The NFC West-leading Seahawks (4-1) set a f Second chance leads to Falcons win Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Atlanta Falcons kicker Todd Peterson’s attempt sailed wide, the “home” crowd erupted and one of the New Orleans Saints’ best games of the season was headed to overtime. Except for one problem. A yellow flag was on the ground. New Orleans was penalized for defensive holding on the missed kick, Peterson was moved five yards closer and, given another chance, kicked a 36-yard field goal down the middle to send the Falcons to a 34-31 win Sunday. While Falcons (4-2) players danced around the field to celebrate their good fortune, Saints (2-4) players started ripping off their helmets in anger as fans at the Alamodome threw paper out of the upper decks in disgust. Peterson had missed his first try in the final seconds and the Saints appeared to have survived. But defensive end Tony Bryant was flagged for holding because he grabbed a Falcons player to allow a teammate to try to block the kick. “I’m telling you it was a flat-out (expletive) call,” Saints coach Jim Haslett said in a remark that is likely to draw a fine from the NFL. Referee Bill Carollo stood behind the call. “It’s considered a pull-and-shoot,” Carollo said. “By definition of defensive holding on a field goal kick, two things have to happen. First, he has to have defensive holding and the second player has to shoot into the hole. That’s what we called.” At Cowboys 16, Giants 13, OT Despite four turnovers and two missed field goals, Dallas (4-2) overcame it all with a 45-yard field goal by Jose Cortez on the opening drive of overtime. Eli Manning, who struggled all game, led the Giants on two long fourth-quarter drives. The first was killed when rookie Brandon Jacobs fumbled at the Dallas 1. But New York (3-2) got the ball back and drove the Giants 52 yards to a tying TD on a 24-yard pass to Jeremy Shockey with 19 seconds left in regulation. At Bears 28, Vikings 3 While Minnesota’s season continued to spiral out of control, Chicago might have saved its own. Brian Urlacher had two sacks to lead the Bears (2-3) over a Vikings (1-4) team reeling after allegations of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior on a charter cruise last week. It was the fourth loss in five games for Minnesota. Bengals 31, at Titans 23 Carson Palmer tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson with 4:19 left that gave Cincinnati the lead for good, and the Bengals bounced back from their first loss of the season. The Titans (2-4) had won nine of the last 10 in this series between old AFC Central rivals, but Cincinnati (5-1) won for the first time since the 2001 season finale. At Ravens 16, Browns 3 Baltimore forced three turnovers and sacked former teammate Trent Dilfer four times in a 16-3 win over the Cleveland (2-3). Todd Heap scored the only touchdown for the Ravens (2-3), who bounced back from their worst start in franchise history after being penalized 21 times last week in a defeat at Detroit. At Buccaneers 27, Dolphins 13 Michael Pittman ran for 127 yards and a touchdown to lead Tampa Bay (5-1) to a victory that ruined Ricky Williams’ return from a one-year retirement and four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Williams ran just five times for 8 yards as Tampa Bay’s defense limited the Dolphins (2-3) to 64 yards rushing. At Chiefs 28, Redskins 21 Nine days after his 32nd birthday, Priest Holmes ran for a touchdown and caught five passes for 100 yards, including a 60-yard catch-and-run for the go-ahead score, in Kansas City’s victory. Safety Sammy Knight, who had an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown, got a fingertip on a potential game-tying pass from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss to clinch it for Kansas City (3-2). At Bills 27, Jets 17 Kelly Holcomb threw two touchdown passes in winning his second consecutive start for Buffalo. Willis McGahee had a career-high 143 yards rushing and a score, while receivers Eric Moulds and Jonathan Smith also scored touchdowns for the Bills (3-3). The Buffalo defense had five sacks and forced three turnovers, including Terrence McGee’s interception in the end zone with 3 minutes remaining. At Broncos 28, Patriots 20 Tatum Bell had a 68-yard run and finished with 114 yards to surpass 100 yards for the second week in a row as Denver (5-1) won its fifth game in a row. New England (3-3) fell behind by 25 points early in the third quarter, pulled to within eight, but turned the ball over on downs with 3 1/2 minutes to play. At Seahawks 42, Texans 10 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander’s 141 yards and four touchdown runs dropped the NFL’s only winless team to 0-5. The NFC West-leading Seahawks (4-1) set a franchise record 320 yards rushing. ranchise record 320 yards rushing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fanad puts itself on the map!

first_imgA new map highlighting the various attractions around the Fanad area has been launched.On Thursday last, tourism providers in the Fanad area congregated at the new reception facility at Fanad Lighthouse to launch the new, updated map.The map features attractions, restaurants, pubs and services in the area as well as our spectacular beaches. It also highlights businesses who provide a service in Irish. It is hoped the map will encourage visitors to stay in the area. Maps will be available throughout the Summer from public attractions.Fanad puts itself on the map! was last modified: May 30th, 2018 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:donegalFanadlaunchmaplast_img read more

Amazing Cell Tricks: Contour Map Navigation

first_imgWatch a cell divide, and if things go well, it always divides in the middle.  How does a cell figure out where its middle is?  It follows its contour map.  PhysOrg titled its entry, “Dividing cells find their middle by following a protein ‘contour map’.”    Cell division, or cytokinesis, is a precisely-controlled operation that is vital to all of life (see 12/28/2007).  Each molecule in the cell has to know its proper position during each stage, and how to get there.  For some molecules, crossing a cell is like navigating a countryside over a long distance.  Human navigators, we know, need a topo map printed out or software or GPS.  They also have to know where they are trying to go, and have sensory equipment (eyes, kinesthetic sense) to gauge contour lines on a hill or valley.  How can a cell pull off this feat?  They use periodically-placed signaling molecules that act like beacons.    The team measured all over the cell the positions of important sensory molecules involved in cell division.  They detected a gradient – like the slope of a hill – that was greatest at the center, where the site of cleavage must be located.  The proteins and enzymes that create the cleavage furrow are thus able to sense the contours and arrive at the right spot to begin cleaving the cell in two.Wonderful stuff, that molecules are so precisely choreographed that they can arrive in formation like band players on a football field.  The explanation was duly marvelous, but… it seems to beg the question.  What tells the signalling molecules where to go and where the center is?  If Dan found the mountaintop because Bob hollered to him from the summit, how did Bob find it?  Clearly more is going on than scientists have thus far been able to figure out.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more