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Brave New Chimeras

first_img Bobrow proposed an international regulatory body, “a similar regulatory structure to that proposed internationally for human stem-cell research,” be formed to monitor experiments on chimeras, with power to (1) review the expected many uncontentious experiments, (2) scrutinize those encroaching on the above “areas of sensitivity” and (3) ban others: “a very limited number of studies should not currently be undertaken because they raise very strong ethical concerns or lack sufficient scientific justification.”  He mentioned “ethically and socially sensitive kinds of research,” but did not mention whose ethics, or which sensitivity – ethical or social – should have the upper hand.  It doesn’t really matter, though, because sensitivity is sure to evolve: “Recognizing that an effective regulatory system must not needlessly hamper potentially beneficial science, we recommend that this body should be sufficiently flexible and consultative to adapt to evolving scientific knowledge and social attitudes.” Will future regulators and courts, though, find today’s regulations “unwarranted hindrances”?  After the disgust factor is overcome in the public by desensitization of the creeping unthinkable, why not continue to push the ethical boundaries further and further?  Nature’s editors presented surprisingly little, beyond empty promises, in the way of evidence that chimera research might advance human health.  They said, “instinctive revulsion should not automatically block future research that will undoubtedly pave the way for therapies for currently incurable diseases.”  Instead, more emphasis was placed on reinforcing “Britain’s reputation as an attractive research environment” – a familiar argument for those who remember the pleas for unlimited ESC research (03/12/2004, 09/07/2004, 09/26/2007, 10/15/2008, 04/07/2009).  Bobrow’s priorities agreed; “Securing a robust, forward-looking regulatory framework for ACHM would promote Britain’s position as a responsible home for cutting-edge science.” 1. Editorial, “The Legacy of Dr. Moreau,” Nature 475 (28 July 2011), p. 423; doi:10.1038/475423a. 2. Martin Bobrow, “Regulate research at the animal–human interface,” Nature 475 (28 July 2011), p. 448, doi:10.1038/475448a. The international scientific community, by rejecting creation and embracing evolution, has rejected any hope for a stable foundation for ethics.  Instead, it has an ethics that evolves and floats on nothing.  Whoever controls the jets of hot air directs the craft, and the ones with the most hot air are the ones seeking fame and reward – perhaps a Nobel prize or national prestige.  Ethicists on board point in all directions with little more to guide their opinions than disgust (an echo from the tarnished Imago Dei).  What horrors lie ahead with people like this at the controls?  Nature’s editors could not deny that “The ethical questions raised by H. G. Wells are as valid today as they ever were.” [Historical note: H.G. Wells was an apostate Christian young man who embraced evolution in college under Thomas Huxley, ending up denouncing Christianity and helping found the social-Darwinist Fabian Society.]  Then the editors subtly hinted that we can overcome those concerns: “But as facts and fiction converge, the answers have become more complex.” Never fear; we’ll get the answers.  Appoint a working group.  Get public involvement.  Form an internationally regulatory panel.  Set up ground rules and let them evolve.  Man can do it.  We can appease the ethicists and teach the public not to respond in disgust by promising them health benefits they will forget a decade later.  We did it with embryos; we can do it with chimeras.  More important is national prestige, money, and human pride. Suggested Reading:  C. S. Lewis’s prescient novel That Hideous Strength should be re-read for our time.  Lewis shows how human scientific pride becomes corrupted and ends up being demonic.  A similar theme emerges in Jon Saboe’s new novel The Days of Lamech.  The world of his protagonist includes an institution of elitists who, while promising to improve mankind, shows utter disdain for the individual people they work on.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tampering with human embryonic stem cells has been at the forefront of ethical debates for a decade.  Behind it, though, lurks an even more alarming prospect: the creation of human-animal hybrids.  As with embryos, the appeal has been to improve human health.  But ethicists ask if there is any benefit worth blurring the line between humans and animals.  Pro-chimera advocates admit there is a certain “disgust” factor that could arouse public anxiety, and agree that experimentation would need to be regulated.  But who would regulate the regulators, and on what moral grounds? Meanwhile, tensions between advocates of embryonic stem cells (ESC) and adult stem cells (ASC) continue.  ESC advocates received an unexpected boost this week when an appeals court reversed an earlier ruling that halted federal funding of ESC research (New Scientist, PhysOrg).  A 2009 lawsuit had been brought by two ASC researchers who claimed that “who argued that Obama’s expansion [of ESC research funding] jeopardized their ability to win government funding for research using adult stem cells – ones that have already matured to create specific types of tissues – because it will mean extra competition”  (02/13/2011).  The appeals court overturned Judge Lamberth’s argument that such funding violated the Dickey-Wicker amendment that prohibits federal funding of research that destroys human embryos.  The surprise reversal pretty much ended the plaintiffs’ case, and gives a green light for federally-funded ESC research.  According to PhysOrg, “the scientific community applauded the ruling” as did NIH Director Francis Collins, who said, “This ruling will help ensure this groundbreaking research can continue to move forward.”  From the coverage by both New Scientist and PhysOrg, it appears that the ethical concerns so prominent in the George Bush era have been almost forgotten. Adult stem cell research continues to offer promising treatments, while news about embryonic stem cell progress is notable for its absence.  In just the last ten days, these gains were reported for ASC research: Researchers improve method to create induced pluripotent stem cells (PhysOrg). Researchers create reprogrammed stem cells for disease studies (PhysOrg). Patients’ own kidney cells could cure kidney disease (Medical Xpress). Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 Primes Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Enhanced Chondrogenesis (PLoS One). Gladstone scientist converts human skin cells into functional brain cells (Medical Xpress). Doctors begin major bone marrow stem cell trial for Multiple Sclerosis patients (BBC News). Modifications of the animal brain that are likely to lead to human-like cerebral function. Experiments that could lead to functional human gametes in an animal (especially if the gametes might be fertilized). Modifications to an animal that create features perceived as uniquely human, such as facial shape, skin texture or speech. But even before ESC research has brought its first cure for anything, after a decade of promises, some scientific institutions are arguing that we need chimeras.  A Nature editorial this week1 said we need to get past the legacy of Dr. Moreau: The science-fiction author H. G. Wells coined the term humanized animals in his 1896 novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. The book invited readers to consider the ethical limits of curiosity-driven research and to ponder the moral value of the distinction between humans and animals. The book’s evil protagonist creates, through a vaguely defined process of ‘vivisection’, a colony of half-human ‘beast folk’, unhappy in themselves and frightening to others. Dr Moreau’s humanized animals evoke visceral disgust. Thankfully, more than a century later, they remain science fiction. However, the ethical dilemmas presented by Wells do not. What ethical dilemmas did the editors entertain as valid?  The public might get past the disgust of seeing a mouse created with human skin, and may express concern about the suffering of animals involved, but “One of the biggest horrors – although technically unlikely – could be a self-aware monkey, a creature with human thought trapped in the body of an animal, unable to express itself.” Prompted by the possibilities, scientists around the world have begun to discuss the ethical consequences of taking to extremes the frontier technologies that allow mixing of species. These include the introduction of human stem cells into animals, where they could integrate into the animal’s body; or the formation of hybrid or chimaeric embryos that mix the DNA of humans and animals. Nevertheless, the editors promulgated limited experimentation, short of “extensive humanization of the monkey brain or the development of embryos that mix DNA from humans and non-human primates” which they agreed crossed ethical boundaries.  They referred to guidelines advanced by the UK Academy of Sciences that are “likely to lead to pioneering legislation specifically geared towards regulating research on animals containing human material.”  This “timely and important” step in the early stages can pre-empt “future calls for outright bans, should public anxiety grow,” while reinforcing “Britain’s reputation as an attractive research environment, strictly controlled but without unwarranted hindrances.” The editors opined that the UK has “some of the world’s most stringent laws on the welfare of research animals, but also some of the most rational regulations for research using human embryonic stem cells,” (by rational meaning liberal).  Given its progressive, liberalized treading over the ethics of ESCs, why not progress even further?  “It allows the creation of hybrid embryos that are predominantly human – forbidden in many countries – as long as they are destroyed before they develop beyond the two-cell stage,” the editors said.  “Now the country seems ready to regulate hybrid embryos that are mainly animal, as well as chimaeric animals.” In the same issue of Nature,2 Martin Bobrow (former Cambridge professor) argued that regulations are needed for chimeric research, because today’s rules can’t handle the upcoming possibilities with (get ready for another acronym) ACHM (animals that contain human material).  Already, he said, the Chinese have introduced human stem cells into goat fetuses, and “US scientists have examined the ethics of creating a mouse that has some human-derived brain cells (although they have not done the experiment).”  Thousands of rodents with grafted human tissue have already been created worldwide, he said, “But few countries have specifically considered the governance of research involving animals that contain human material (ACHM), and the topic has had little public discussion.”  How does one regulate a sliding scale?  Is 49.9% human material permissible, but 50.1% not?  Bobrow describes the “regulatory discontinuity” created by the lack of a consensus ethical principle: Research with embryos that contain animal material but are judged by regulators to be ‘predominantly human’, is subject to stringent scrutiny and authorization by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The HFEA takes account of scientific, medical, ethical and social issues, and frequently consults the public on emerging techniques. A similar chimaeric embryo with marginally less human material judged ‘predominantly animal’, however, is regulated by the Home Office in consultation with the Animal Procedures Committee under legislation intended to protect animal welfare. In mammals, this regulation becomes applicable at the midpoint of gestation. The lack of a formal working interface between these two systems creates uncertainty for scientists requiring regulatory approval for their work. It could also allow sensitive experiments to be done legally but without expert ethical scrutiny. Britain has an enviable position of rational debate in Parliament with public involvement; “However, violent opposition to animal research has sometimes hampered open discussion,” Bobrow noted.  “We hope that era is behind us, and the opportunity for inclusive discussion of these more subtle issues can be grasped” (by inclusive certainly referring to the scientists who want the research).  Bobrow discussed his involvement with a working group that produced a report that “recommends where the ethical limits of such methods may lie, and what governance is needed.”  The working group garnered input from a thousand members of the public.  They supported ACHM research but found disgust with three possibilities:last_img read more

Miss Earth South Africa: Rooted to the people

first_imgMiss Earth SA, Ashanti Mbanga, with fashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase, who created the national costume she will wear at Miss Earth in the Philippines. (image: Generation Earth) Ashanti Mbanga’s eco dress made of old Archie comic books. In Manila, Mbanga will create awareness on rhino poaching and conservation of wetlands in South Africa.(image: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Georgina Cost  Operations manager: SA Fusion  +27 11 680 6650  +27 82 505 0664 RELATED ARTICLES • Climate Reality Project • Cities combat climate change • Green buildings sprouting in SA • How to build a green economy • SANParks teaches conservationShamin ChibbaCurrent Miss Earth South Africa, Ashanti Mbanga, is a people person. She can engage anyone in the room like a veteran socialite. But it is not her friendliness or intelligence that draws people to her; her attractiveness comes from her humility and the respect she shows others.It is perhaps these traits that won her the crown in 2013. For someone who is constantly reminded of her beauty and who, for the last year, has been attending events as a VIP, she remains grounded mainly because of those traits, instilled in her from childhood.Born in the rural town of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, Mbanga saw how people living in poverty did not have access to clean water and food, and suffered from a lack of housing and healthcare. This experience shaped her views on environmental sustainability and its social impact.Since she won Miss Earth South Africa, the 24-year-old transport economics student has been determined to use her position to improve the lives of the less privileged and make the world aware of South Africa’s environmental problems. And she will start spreading her message at the international leg of Miss Earth to be held in Manila, the Philippines, on 7 December.Mbanga will be in the Southeast Asian country for three weeks, during which she will raise awareness of rhino poaching and challenge misconceptions about rhino horn. Many Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai people believe powdered rhino horn can cure cancer and malaria. And since the theme of this year’s Miss Earth is water cooperation, Mbanga will also propose ways to conserve wetlands, a source of clean water for animals, plants and humans.“I will make people aware that the planet must come before profit,” she said. “Because we are living in a material world we are making profits at the cost of the environment.”In Manila, Mbanga will join 115 other women from around the world who are working to create awareness of the environmental issues affecting their countries. During her stay she will travel throughout the Philippines, visiting schools and communities, and meeting dignitaries and environmental bodies to promote her environmental cause. Causes and advocacyMbanga is passionate about devising efficient ways to move people and freight while reducing the impact of transport and logistics on the environment. In fact, she hopes to implement her solutions as a transport minister someday.“Our wildlife is being affected by transportation,” said Mbanga. “For instance, a wetland doesn’t need to be destroyed for a road to be built. We can build bridges over the wetland instead. And though it may be costlier, we will save in the future because we’ll have better quality water.”A transport economics student at the University of Johannesburg, Mbanga knows her chosen industry is one of the biggest culprits in environmental degradation. Vehicles pollute the air and roads are built over sensitive ecosystems. But Mbanga knows there are solutions that can balance the needs of transport and the environment.Mbanga maintains that many transport companies are looking to adopt sustainable practices. “Transport companies are for the environment,” she said. “They want environmentalists to know they want to help.”When she started studying, Mbanga was unaware of the effects transport had on the environment. But her interest was sparked when she won Miss Earth South Africa.After a few months of work in the sustainability world, she came up with her own approach to tackling environmental issues. She believes people can make a number of small changes that build up to one huge impact. “When I started reading about these issues in the newspapers and engaging with more people, my focus slowly became about all the small changes people can make.” Wearing her heritageFashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase was tasked with designing the national costume Mbanga will wear at the international Miss Earth, and he had just one thought in mind. “When I sat down with her I said she should dress to show where she is coming from, not where she is going to.”Ndamase, who designed the brightly coloured “Madiba shirt” for Nelson Mandela, wanted to create an outfit that would represent both her South African identity and her traditional heritage.Mbanga is from the Eastern Cape, so Ndamase created a traditional Xhosa outfit: a blue and green mbaco (wraparound skirt), a white ncebetha (apron) and a black iqhiya (headdress). “The inspiration for this dress came from me wanting to take my Xhosa tradition with me,” said Mbanga. “I chose the South African colours for the isigcina [beaded necklace]. The green and blue wraparound skirt contains the colours of the Earth.”Mbanga’s second dress was designed by Redhill High School pupil Suzanne Bell. Miss Earth rules stipulate that contestants must wear an eco-dress at the event, made from responsibly sourced, sustainable and upcycled materials.Bell created the dress from recycled Archie comic books she found in her house. To get the desired effect she used a technique called “napkin podge”, which plastered the comic book pages to scrap material. The dress was made as part of a project run by the school’s Generation Earth council, a platform for young volunteers wanting to work on environmental issues. Miss Earth a leadership programmeIn choosing Miss Earth South Africa 2013, judges were looking for a woman with leadership qualities who could also relate to all people, from children to politicians. Mbanga, with her approachable quality and her ideas about sustainable public transport, was the perfect candidate.According to Miss Earth South Africa founder, Ella Bella Constantinides, the initiative is more a leadership programme than a beauty pageant. It aims to empower women and make them ambassadors of environmental sustainability.The South African programme does this through three projects, focused on energy efficiency, water management and food security. “The programme is unique in that for one night it is a beauty pageant and for seven months it’s all hard work,” said Constantinides. “We provide a leadership programme so we are not just taking the face value of the ladies – we are challenging them too.”For Mbanga, the idea of being an ambassador is emphasised by the use of the word “delegates” instead of “contestants”. “Everyone has this misconception that Miss Earth is a beauty pageant when it really isn’t. It is actually a leadership programme.”Her impeccable social skills and her ideas for a cleaner planet may make Mbanga just the right delegate to win Miss Earth in Manila. “We have no doubt Ashanti will do us proud,” said Constantinides. “She knows what it takes to go all the way, to compete for a title that represents everything she believes in.”last_img read more

Hillsboro’s Germinate International Film Fest will highlight rural and agricultural communities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Come one, come all to the Germinate International Film Fest, featuring a diverse range of films highlighting agriculture and rural communities. The Highland County Office of Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the inaugural festival will be held on August 16 and 17, 2019, in Hillsboro. Germinate means to grow and the purpose of this film festival is to grow knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.Historically, researchers have found that rural communities and the agricultural industry have been depicted in entertainment media as outdated, having unrealistic portrayals, and as fodder for comedic material in film and television programming. However, online streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Apple iTunes, have recently curated sections of films related to food production and culinary expertise. These curated films represent consumer’s desire to want to learn more about how their food was prepared and where it was grown. The Germinate International Film Fest seeks to aggregate films that represent rural communities and their associated industries in an accurate manner, including current technologies, practices, and programs.The concept behind the Germinate International Film Fest is to provide a forum for open discussion about agricultural, environmental, and rural community development topics important to the public. While rural areas represent 97% of the United States’ landmass, only 19.3% of the population resides in a rural area. Less than 2% of the nation’s population identifies as farmers. This film festival will provide an opportunity to showcase the agricultural industry from the perspective of agricultural producers, researchers, and rural community members.Rural communities face many challenges. Germinate International Film Fest seeks films that will highlight the resiliency of rural communities and the individuals who are making these communities thrive. Does your community have a fabulous community garden? An engaged non-profit determined to increase technology in schools? Any programs that set your community apart from others? If so, we want you to tell their story and share it via a film at the festival.While there are thousands of film festivals in the world, Germinate International Film Fest is different because these films will be selected based upon their ability to tell a compelling and logical story, as well as providing factual information about the topic being discussed. The festival will fill a void in current festival line-ups to highlight rural communities and the natural environments and industries surrounding them. Ten percent of the selected films will be sourced from local filmmakers from Ohio, allowing for attendees of the festival to be able to connect with local producers and filmmakers from the area surrounding Highland County. Filmmakers of all skill and expertise levels are encouraged to apply. Additionally, there will be a still photography division for additional competition.Film submissions will be accepted for the following categories:Short Documentary: 59 minutes or lessFeature Documentary: 60 minutes or moreShort Narrative: 59 minutes or lessFeature Narrative: 60 minutes or moreA short of any kind: 20 minutes or lessVirtual Reality: 20 minutes or lessPhotography: Agriculture, nature or the environment and rural communitiesStudent Films: collegiate and graduate student-produced filmsYouth: any filmmaker that is under 18.Scholarly and/or Extension Submissions are encouraged for all styles and methods of film production, including but not limited to: aerial cinematography, stop-motion, animation, and live action. Applicants are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination for the cinematic direction of their submissions.Do you have a film or photograph that would be a great addition to the festival? If so, we welcome you to apply through https://filmfreeway.com/GerminateInternationalFilmFest. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019.Southern State Community College will host the screenings of the festival at their central campus in Hillsboro. Located about an hour from Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, the location for the Germinate International Film Fest is an easy commute from any of Ohio’s metropolitan areas. In addition to the live screenings of films, attendees will be able to participate in a series of hands-on workshops related to video production, photography, agriculture, natural resources, astronomy, and community development topics. The workshops will be held at various locations throughout Highland County.For more information about the festival, contact the Highland County Office of OSU Extension at 937-393-1918. Tickets will be available for purchase in July through the Highland County Extension Office.last_img read more

Getting to Their First Word: Supporting early communication

first_imgby Juliann Woods, Ph. D., SLP-CCC Image used with permission, J. WoodsWhen parents talk about the speech and language of their children, words are often identified as the first major milestone.  Parents and caregivers anxiously await and revel in the moment when a child’s first word is produced.  Will it be “mama” or “dada”? There have been some friendly parental competitions and maybe even a few wagers on who gets the honor of being the first named.  And sometimes, everyone is disappointed when the child names a pet, favorite toy, or frequently requested activity! First words are events to enter in baby books, share on YouTube channels, and post on Facebook for family and friends near and far.  First words are memorable. They are the product of months of intricate back and forth exchanges of gaze, touch, visual attention, facial expression, motor movement, and sound play between a nurturing adult ready and waiting to engage and encourage the child to attend to what is happening in their environment. These bidirectional interactions, as commonplace and simple as they are, serve not only as the precursors for the words to come but can also be communicative in their own right.  Dad responds to his son’s cries by preparing a bottle knowing, by the sound, that he is hungry.   Mom continues a game of peek-a-boo when her baby squeals and kicks her legs.  Cries and squeals are not words, but rather crucial signals that teach the child the power of communication with others!Getting to those first words is not straightforward for all children.  Supporting early communication signals can build a strong foundation for later language development.  My oldest son’s first word certainly did not win any parental competition.  It occurred around his first birthday and was his own unique consonant-vowel variation of “vroom” – the sounds he made when he drove his favorite Matchbox cars. He never went anywhere without a fist full of cars ready to drive on any available surface with toddler enthusiasm complete with sound effects.  We heard his first word frequently and intentionally; we knew the meaning for sure.  Mama and Dada came later.  As an early intervention SLP, I would have enjoyed a “wonder talker” for my first child, but he continued to develop his words slowly – relying on his amazing motor skills to get what he wanted without needing words.  Of course, his first two-word combination was “car go” repeated over and over as he drove his Hot Wheels on the back deck.   After age two, words and word combinations increased and conversations expanded but the topics continued to focus on cars and trucks for many years to come!I remember these word worthy events as a mom and an early intervention SLP.  I asked myself (and everyone I worked with), “Is he developing typically?”  I knew the answer but definitely appreciated the reassurance of my books, colleagues, veteran mothers, and extended family.  Knowing the importance of early communication for later language development and the importance of language for academic success, I wanted him to talk, play with others, tell stories and share his ideas.  He drove my ambition to support children and their families to communicate.Image used with permission, J. WoodsI am excited for the opportunity to share one of the greatest joys of early childhood – learning to talk and then talking to learn!  I am especially pleased to have this opportunity to participate in the Military Families Learning Network because that son I mentioned earlier was in the military when his daughter was born.  For part of her early communication developing years, he was deployed to Iraq.  Communication becomes even more precious from a distance.  Interactions such as coaxing a smile during a tickle game or offering a comforting kiss on the head in the Missouri heat not only built the foundations for her future first words but also for a relationship interrupted by military assignments.  Communication takes on a whole new meaning for families in the military.  These responsive interactions served as conversation starters and memories to discuss across the distance.My partner for these workshops is Dr. Mollie Romano, a mom of two darling and very talkative daughters.  Our four webinars will be a combination of communication and language development from birth through age five and early communication intervention strategies that support development for family members and others.  We invite you to participate with us and enjoy the wonders of early communication and language development.Our first webinar of 2018 will take place on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST.  Join us as we explore the importance of early communication development and the initial stages of language expansion.  We will share milestones that identify typical and atypical development along with resources which provide a deeper exploration of this topic.  To learn more and to register, click here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, Ph. D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

LOOK: Valdez judges fitness contest; Villanueva, AVO impress

first_imgIt seems like Alyssa Valdez, the Philippine volleyball superstar, has been everywhere these days.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win, blanks struggling UP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Read Next Valdez on Sunday was among the judges of a fitness competition on Sunday.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 24-year-old Valdez has always been in the limelight ever since her playing days at Ateneo in the UAAP, where she won three MVP awards and led the Lady Eagles to a couple of championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also had stints in Thailand and Taiwan and recently, she’s been appearing on television as segment host of Upfront.But she’s not the only known athlete during the event with volleyball player Amanda Villanueva and cager Arnold Van Opstal also there as participants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOVillanueva and cager Van Opstal were stars in their own right back in their college days.Villanueva had her moments as part of the Adamson Lady Falcons while Van Opstal helped the De La Salle Green Archers win the UAAP title in 2013.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:29Police 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more