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first_imgIt has been close to one month since a young mother laid her twin babies to rest, following alleged negligence on the part of workers at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, however, the institution is yet to provide the family with an explanation on what exactly took place on that fateful day.One of the twins who was listed as stillborn despite being aliveOn Sunday, sister of Bhanwattie Budram of Hope West, Enmore, East Coast Demerara, who is still trying to come to grips with what happened, told Guyana Times that the family is still in shock and contemplating their next move.A senior source at the hospital reported that the investigation has not yet been completed and findings will be shared with the public when it becomes available.Back on March 14, the twins were delivered at the Georgetown Public Hospital and were listed as stillborn by medical professionals who failed to recognise that one of the babies was alive.Both children were wrapped to be taken to the mortuary when the shuddering discovery was made by their grandmother that one of them was alive.The grandmother, Chandrouti Etwaroo, had told Guyana Times that she waited for almost four hours after the delivery to enter the room and found out that one of the girls was breathing. According to the woman, her daughter was six months two weeks pregnant at the time of the delivery.She claimed that the nurses walked away when she informed them that one of the babies was alive. Etwaroo said she pleaded with the nurses to equip the infant with an oxygen supply and place her in an incubator. She said that the child was left there until the nurses changed shifts. It was the nurses from the other shift that took heed to the woman’s pleas and placed the baby in an incubator.This publication was told by the family that documents provided by the hospital stated that both babies were stillborn.The medical facility then provided subsequent documents for the second death while requesting that the first set of documents be returned to the hospital.They are contending that the medical staffers showed negligence with the delivery of the children and failed to perform their duties. Adding to that, if the child was placed in an incubator soon after birth, she might have survived.This incident comes on the heels of GPHC being under scrutiny after three children died at the facility while undergoing chemotherapy treatment earlier this year.The first child who died was 7-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, followed by three-year-old Roshini Seegobin of Enmore, ECD, on January 18.The third child, six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca of Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, died on January 24. Mendonca’s family was sent into further despair after her body was given to the wrong family for burial in what was alleged to have been an attempt to cover up her true cause of death.After investigations were completed, GPHC stated that instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, doctors administered it intravenously. It was this that led to the adverse reactions of those three children and ultimately their deaths.Meanwhile, CEO of the GPHC, Brigadier George Lewis has noted that the medical staff involved in these incidents were sent on administrative leave on January 29, 2019.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bourdais thought he had taken the pole — and the only point needed to win the title — when his final lap was faster than that of Servia. But Bourdais crossed the line 1.6 seconds after the checkered flag waved to end the session. “I thought I had a last lap,” Bourdais said. “Apparently, I crossed the start-finish line as the checkered flag came out. I didn’t know it.” Bourdais will win the title simply by taking the green flag today. On Friday, he was fastest in the first qualifying session and guaranteed himself a spot in the front row. It would be the first back-to-back championships in the 23-year history of the team owned by actor Paul Newman and former racer Carl Haas. Servia finished his fast lap in 1 minute, 32.616 seconds, going 108.642 mph. Bourdais has 311 points. Servia has 244 and 2003 series champion Paul Tracy 216 with two races remaining. Servia joined Newman/Haas just eight weeks ago as a replacement for the injured Bruno Junqueira, the defending champion here. Mario Dominguez, the 2002 champion here, was third-fastest and followed by Cristiano da Matta, who won this race in 2001. Tracy, the 1995 winner in Australia, will start fifth on the grid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Servia took the lead with about 10 minutes left in the qualifying session and easily handled the street course. “Things were working so smooth — the car, the tires, everything was great,” Servia said. “I think we’re starting in the best possible position, so we’re all ready for tomorrow.” center_img SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Oriol Servia won the pole for the Lexmark Indy 300 in a car he considered close to perfect. But his success Saturday forced Newman/Haas teammate Sebastien Bourdais to wait another day to take the Champ Car series title for the second consecutive year. last_img read more

first_imgThe young pupils of Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny let their talents shine during a poignant Christmas carol service on Wednesday evening.St Eunan’s Cathedral was filled with wonderful music and performances from the primary school students, who acted out a special nativity play and sang beautiful carols under the guidance of their teachers.It was an afternoon enjoyed by all the pupils and their families as they celebrated the Christmas season together. Geraldine Diver was there to capture the special moments for this picture gallery:Scoil Cholmcille host special carol service – Picture Special was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgIf intelligent humans were around for hundreds of thousands of years, why didn’t any of them think about farming sooner?The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences just printed a special section about human evolution. Let’s see if any of the papers can answer the question of why farming was delayed so long in the evolutionary history of man.Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans (Hofmanova et al.). Thirty-nine authors are listed on this paper. “One of the most enduring and widely debated questions in prehistoric archaeology concerns the origins of Europe’s earliest farmers,” the paper begins. The authors agree that farming communities began about 6,000 BC in Anatolia (Turkey), but offers no explanation for what happened to turn hunter-gatherers into farmers. “Although current archaeological research has revealed various pathways of Neolithization in the fi rst half of the 7th millennium BCE, questions still remain regarding how and where these trajectories overlapped and influenced each other in generating the complex emergence of agriculturalist lifestyles on the southeastern edge of Europe,” they say. Their only suggestion: “the adoption of different dietary lifeways.” Tired of chasing fast food?Unraveling the evolution of uniquely human cognition (MacLean). This paper has but one author, Evan L MacLean of Duke University. “A satisfactory account of human cognitive evolution will explain not only the psychological mechanisms that make our species unique, but also how, when, and why these traits evolved,” he says. His answer: “convergent evolution.” This paper is all about comparing humans and apes. It says nothing about farming and the rise of agriculture. But if the “proliferation of cultural artifacts” some 20,000 to 70,000 years ago indicated “increased social tolerance that allowed humans to work productively with conspecifics in new ways,” why didn’t anyone plant a farm till much later? “Humans are unusual animals in many respects,” he comments. That’s obvious to an evolutionist. It begs the question of why they are.The Pliocene hominin diversity conundrum: Do more fossils mean less clarity? (Haile-Selassie et al.). Haile-Selassie points out that Lucy was not the only “hominin” of her era. His paper has nothing to do with cognitive changes or the rise of agriculture.Ancient DNA and human history (Slatkin and Racimo). These paleoanthropologists from UC Berkeley mostly talk about who had sex with whom: Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans. They do mention that the first evidence of farming shows up about 8,000 to 9,000 years BC, but they don’t explain what happened, or why it happened so late. Mere genetic mixing doesn’t explain the rise of farming. Is there a gene for agriculture? Surely all humans living for the prior tens of thousands of years had the physical and mental skills for it. Ötzi the Iceman enters the narrative:In a related study, Lazaridis et al. obtained high-coverage genomes from an ancient Western European hunter-gatherer (found near Loschbour, Luxembourg) and an ancient Central European farmer (found near Stuttgart, Germany), and proposed a three-way mixture model of European origins. According to this model, the Loschbour individual belonged to the original modern human occupants of Europe, called Western hunter-gatherers (WHG). The ancestors of this population mixed with a basal Eurasian population coming from the Near East during the Neolithic to produce a population called Early European farmers (EEF), which likely brought agriculture into the region. This is the population to which the Stuttgart and Ötzi individuals belonged. Afterward, a third wave of migration from the Pontic steppe introduced the ANE [ancient near eastern] ancestry component into the region.Neandertals revised (Roebroeks and Soressi). This paper contributes to debunking the notion that Neanderthals lacked the cognitive skills of modern humans, and agrees that Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans interbred. The authors say nothing, however, about what turned hunter-gatherers into farmers, ranchers and civilized people so recently, especially when they say that Neanderthals were already making carefully-crafted wooden spears 300,000 years ago (30 times as long as all recorded civilization). They were not intellectual lightweights when modern humans arrived: “it is also a fact that the archeological records of Neandertals and their African near-modern human contemporaries are very similar in terms of what were once thought to be standard markers of modern cognitive and behavioral capacities, such as diversity of subsistence strategies and diet, use of minerals, use and transport of lithics, shells, personal ornaments, and hafting, and pyrotechnology.”Ecological consequences of human niche construction: Examining long-term anthropogenic shaping of global species distributions (Boivin et al.). This international team focuses on the ecological changes after agriculture began, but says nothing about why it began. “The exhibition of increasingly intensive and complex niche construction behaviors through time is a key feature of human evolution, culminating in the advanced capacity for ecosystem engineering exhibited by Homo sapiens.” How did this come about? To them, it just “emerged” somehow as the world watched: e.g., “the emergence and spread of agriculture beginning in the Early Holocene.” In the paper, they continue their causeless emergent theme: “The beginning of the Holocene (< 11.7 ka) witnessed fundamental shifts in climatic and geological regimes globally, as well as in human societies,” they say. “The Early to Middle Holocene in many regions worldwide saw the beginning of agricultural economies, placing new evolutionary pressures on plants, animals, and microbes, and resulting in major demographic expansions for humans.” But how? Why? Why then?Issues in human evolution (Richard G. Klein). This human biologist from Stanford summarizes the papers in the special section on human evolution. He adds nothing to the other papers on this fundamental question: What happened after hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution to turn intelligent, upright-walking, skilled nomads into farmers almost instantly in evolutionary history? Why didn’t any of them think of it before?We want you to see for yourselves. When we say that evolutionary anthropologists are clueless about the rise of agriculture and civilization, we back it up with references and quotes. Here was a perfect opportunity for leading paleoanthropologists in America’s prestigious National Academy of Sciences to answer the question, and they completely dodged it. What kind of explanation is it to say, “agriculture emerged”? Well, yeah. OK. What happened? A lucky mutation? Magic? Stuff Happens?  You’re telling us that for 400,000 years (in the evolutionary scheme) human beings had brains and bodies for farming, but they just sat around in caves, building campfires, and traveling long distances on foot to hunt meat and gather berries. When Ötzi’s uncle suddenly had a bright idea of planting seeds so they didn’t have to walk so far, you can be sure the rest of the tribe said, “Well, doh! Why didn’t we think of that before?” A small fraction of that time later, man is walking on the moon and receiving pictures from Pluto.Who has the incredible, unscientific story? The ones who know what humans are capable of, or the Darwin worshipers? The ones who find Genesis 1 reasonable, or the ones who appeal to “emergence” as the explanation for everything? We report; you decide. (Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more