RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year 2016 nominee Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce strode into the Olympic year with a great 2015 season behind her and important goals ahead. In the year that had just ended, she had retained her World 100-metre crown and was rightly named Sportswoman of the Year. In the year to come, she had a chance to become the first woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres three times. Restricted by injury, she sprinted through pain to win the bronze medal.That made her the most successful female 100-metre sprinter in Olympic history, outdoing the American pair of Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers, who had both won the coveted title twice. Neither had endured long enough to face the starter in a third Olympic 100 final.Fraser-Pryce’s achievement is even more remarkable when a nagging toe injury is considered. She contributed a majestic anchor leg run to a 4×100 metre relay win at the Western Relays in February, but soon stories of pain began to emerge.”Training was going great in my background season. I was hitting the times and getting the work done and then, unexpectedly, I had a recurrence of an injury and it set me back quite a bit, but to be honest, as an athlete, you have to prepare for things like that mentally, so I am just trying to work through all the pain to try and get ready for the Olympics,” said Fraser-Pryce during a pre-meet press conference in May.”I had this problem last year, so it’s my second year running with this injury, but it has got worse,” she revealed. “We are trying to get that fixed, and right now, we are still trying to get pressure off the toe and see how best we can work around this.”Her time – 11.18 seconds – and her finish position – eighth – cast a huge contrast for a woman who had broken the 11-second barrier eight times in 2015. Yet it was a triumph. She was at last able to race, thanks to creative training schedules and shoes inserts designed to mitigate the impact of each painful footfall. A close 11.09-second win over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix in Kingston provided more encouragement.The first sign of how much the little dynamo was suffering came at the National Senior Championships. Racing behind a sensational Elaine Thompson, who joined her as Jamaican record holder at 10.70 seconds, Fraser-Pryce grimaced in pain once she had secured the runner-up spot and the right to defend her title in Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Olympic Games. Her time of 10.93 was her fastest of the year, but the pain was mounting.By the time she got to Rio, she had been able to train and race, but according to Olympic head coach Maurice Wilson, the pain was back.”In the heats and semis, we saw when she came off the field, obviously in a lot of pain,” said Wilson. After a pluperfect 10.98 from the outside lane in the heats, she accelerated to 10.88 seconds in the semi-final, and 10.86 for bronze in the final, with Thompson and American Tori Bowie ahead of her.That was her 41st 100-metre run quicker than 11 seconds. The only Jamaicans with more are Merlene Ottey and Veronica Campbell-Brown.Wilson believes that the pain affected her efforts.”It’s going to create some doubt irrespective of how strong you are,” he explained, “and I personally believe that when someone can go to the Olympics with a major injury, based on what we were told, and come out with a medal, it speaks volumes of her courage.”Wilson’s observation is supported by another comment by the champion.”I am one of those athletes who are able to run through pain because I believe that all athletes, in order to get to where they need to, there is some amount of pain you will feel,” she underlined, “but I think I have surpassed my threshold, and I am just trying to stay focused and stay in the game.”Wilson also notes that the malady cost her valuable training time.”We must remember that this was a young lady who would have missed quite a number of weeks from training because of the injury,” he insisted.Despite the double-barrelled dilemma of pain and missed training, Fraser Pryce made history in Rio with her bronze medal. On the clock, she logged four sub-11 clockings during the 2016 campaign, with her fastest race of the season coming in the most important race of the year – the Olympic final. It’s no wonder she is again a nominee for the National Sportswoman of the Year Award.The awards ceremony takes place on Friday, January 13, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) It was duplicated only in triathlon when the country won the gold and silver in both men’s and women’s divisions.Amit, 35, stormed to 5-2 lead in final but Centeno managed to come back and even went on the hill ahead of her.“I missed the 3 ball that’s why she went on a hill also, from then I thought it’s all lost,” said Centeno whose mother hugged her after the final match.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — In a sure-gold match for Team Philippines, Chezka Centeno managed to pull off a heart-stopping victory Sunday.The 18-year-old defending champion battled back from a three-rack deficit to defeat two-time world champion Rubilen Amit, 7-6, in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball singles at KLCC Hall 4.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Amit blew what could have been a clear victory when she scratched hitting the 6-ball in the 13th game in an open table, sending Centeno back to steal the victory via run-out.“In my mind I said I lost it already,” said Centeno in Filipino referring to the point when she missed the 3-ball in the 12th game that brought Amit back on the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“But she scratched. I didn’t expect that. Ate Champ (Amit) is a great player,” said Centeno.Her victory, a repeat of the 2015 Singapore edition, once again stamped the Philippines’ dominance in women’s pool. MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies
…to commence before next high tideTemporary interventions that are currently being used to prevent the Atlantic waters from flooding villages along the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) will be fixed shortly, as four projects are currently underway for the construction of permanent riprap structures.A section of the area at Uitvlugt that was mended with bouldersThis was according to the Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, Kevin Samad, who noted that the projects were taken to the National Tender Board and are currently being reviewed to find potential contractors. He posited that by the final days in July, the contracts should be awarded for the commencement of the construction.“We have opened tenders on May 22 at the National Tender Board for these projects and at this point, the evaluation is still ongoing so I would say by next month, we expect to award them and possibly commence them by the end of July.”Three of the projects will see the construction of riprap structures at Leonora, Uitvlugt and Den Amstel, while the fourth is a bundle of drainage structures that will be rehabilitated.“We’ve had a temporary intervention which would entail placing some rocks for the critical section at Uitvlugt. The current status is that we went ahead with four projects on the West Coast for riprap works at Leonora behind the hospital, Uitvlugt, the Den Amstel area some other areas along the coast at Windsor Forest and Blankenburg where we have the sluices and drainage structures,” Samad noted.He added, “We are fortifying the sea defenses that join the sluices at La Jalousie, Blankenburg, Windsor Forest and Cornelia Ida. Pretty much what we’ve done is bundled all the sluices into one lot so we have four projects.”Samad also highlighted that the unit is pushing to commence the works at the earliest and as such, they will commence before the next spring tide during October-November.“It depends on the contractors that are successful with the necessary resources required and at this point, I wouldn’t be able to say which contractor will be going first. But with our timeline, we would want all the contractors to mobilise at least by July month-end to August before we have our next high tide in October-November.”Earlier this year, plans were announced to modify the sea defence structure by replacing it with a robust riprap structure to withstand the crashing waves and high tides that residents experience at various periods of the year. The areas mentioned were assessed after visits from Central and Local Government concluded that the structure required a new design to avoid any destruction in the future.This was a result of the many ruptures that were caused along the concrete structure that lined the coast during a high spring tide, causing devastation to many residents.Immediately, members of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) were deployed to the varying areas, where sandbags were used to temporarily fill the open gaps. When the water retreated, the Public Infrastructure Ministry hired contractors to conduct temporary repairs by placing boulders along the gaps where sandbags were once used.However, these works were halted due to a shortage of the boulders for the completion of the ruptured sections of the seawall, which were later completed upon the attainment of the remaining boulders needed. Presently, this makeshift model is acting as the barrier to protect the people from the devastating waves.
A training spat with new Barcelona signing Nelson Semedo during a pre-season tour in Miami ramped up chatter that Neymar could be about to swap Spain for the French capital.Neymar, who has remained tight-lipped about the transfer rumours, posted a message for Chinese fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, after arriving for a promotional visit.“Ni Hao China! I’m Neymar Jr. and I’ve just arrived in China,” he wrote.“I’m in Shanghai at the moment. I would like to send a huge hug to all my Chinese fans, thank you very much for your support.”He later posed for a scrum of photographers and television journalists and answered questions about fashion, before attending an evening event for a clothing brand.Neymar also posted on Weibo a picture of himself with fellow Brazilian forward Hulk, who plays in the Chinese Super League for Shanghai SIPG.Even following the training-ground bust-up in the United States, after which Neymar appeared to storm off, his Barcelona team-mates said they wanted him to stay at the Camp Nou.“Neymar and I, we are very close and I want him to stay and I know the situation,” defender Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.“Right now he doesn’t know what to do and we are trying to help him — the ones (on the team) that are more close to him — to take the right decision.”PSG’s pursuit of Neymar has angered some in Spain, where football league chief Javier Tebas says he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches by the French club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazilian footballer Neymar speaks to media at a fashion event in Shanghai on July 31, 2017 © AFP / CHANDAN KHANNASHANGHAI, China, Jul 31 – Neymar hit the red carpet in Shanghai on Monday as speculation mounted that the Brazil star could be set to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record Sh 27.2b (222m euros).The 25-year-old striker is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.
Donegal has more convictions for brothel-keeping than Dublin within the past three years, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office.A total of five convictions have been secured against people operating brothels in Donegal between 2008 and 2011.A number of on-line escort agencies continue to advertise their services on behalf of young foreign national women offering sexual services in Donegal. Only recently Gardai in Letterkenny busted a brothel at Binnion Avenue.The women, who were all Romanian, appeared at Letterkenny District Court and were fined and then ordered to leave the country.Neighbouring Sligo has had nine convictions for brothel-keeping over the past three years.Ends DONEGAL HAS MORE CONVICTIONS FOR BROTHEL-KEEPING THAN DUBLIN IN RECENT YEARS was last modified: August 22nd, 2011 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:brotheldonegal
USL Results & Reports 06.07.14Results4 Lanterns USL Bonagee Utd. 1 1 Derry City Res.Cockhill Celtic 6 1 Fanad Utd.Swilly Rovers 5 3 Drumkeen Utd.Finn Harps Res. 0 5 Letterkenny Rovers Donegal News League CupGroup BFinn Harps Res. 1 3 Derry City Res.Knockalla Caravans CupSemi-Final Swilly Rovers 4 1 Cockhill CelticDPD Div. 1Fanad Utd. Res. 0 4 Letterkenny Rovers Res.Bonagee Utd. Res. 3 1 Fanad Utd. Res. ReportsDonegal News League Cup Group BFinn Harps Res. 1Derry City Res. 3Harps started the game brightly and took the lead after only 3mins, a Darragh Black cross was well finished off by Dean McConnell. Brian McGrory missed a great chance to put Harps two nil up as he blazed over from an Aaron Scanlon cross. Mark Brolly made a great solo run and narrowly shot wide. In the second half Harps had another great chance as Lynch did well to save from McConnell. Derry had a few chances to draw level and Curtis had their best effort but Patton made a great save to deny him. On 62mins, Derry got the equaliser as Conor Harkin set up Michael Barr to finish well. On 70mins a Curtis flick on was met by Barr and he finished low into the net. They got the clincher on 85mins as Aidan Doherty set up Holden to put the game beyond Harps.Finn Harps Res.: Shaun Patton, Graham Fisher, Aaron Scanlon, Corey Gallagher, Thomas McMonagle, Mark Forker, Brian McGrory, Dean McConnell, Marc Brolly, Darragh Black, Paul McVeigh). Subs: Adrian Hanlon for Brolly, JP Malley for McConnell, David Ward for McGrory.Derry City Res: Michael Lynch, Shay Dunlop, Georgie Kelly, Ryan Doherty, Dylan McCallion, Aidan McCauley, Conal Kelly, Ryan Harkin, Ronan Curtis, Conor Harkin, Michael Barr). Subs: Conor McDermott for G. Kelly, Rory Holden for C. Kelly, A. Doherty for Barr.Four Lanterns USLLeaders in Big WinCockhill Celtic 6Fanad Utd. 1League champions Cockhill ran riot on Sunday, hitting a youthful Fanad side for six to go four points clear with four games remaining. The home side took the lead when new signing Conor Carlin cut the ball back for James Bradley who guided the ball past the helpless Joe Coll. They doubled their advantage five minutes later when a Gerry Gill pass found Garbhan Friel and the big striker muscled his way past the Fanad defender before smashing past Coll. The game was over as a contest before the half hour mark when Gerry Gill cut in from the left and drove past Coll who was wrong footed in the Fanad goal. Although Brian McVeigh managed to get a goal back for the away side following sloppy work from the home defence, it still looked like a matter of time before the champions struck again and they did through Friel before half time. Full back Kieran McLaughlin got to the bye line and cut a superb cross back for the big striker who finished expertly on the volley inside the box.New signing Carlin got off the mark on his home debut, scoring a thirty yard pile driver six minutes after the restart. The home side passed up a number of gilt edged chances to increase their lead before finally adding a sixth again through Conor Carlin. The diminutive striker ran onto a Daniel Doherty ball over the top before producing a delicious lob over the stranded Coll to complete the rout. With Derry City dropping points in Bonagee, the league title is now well within sight for Donal O’Brien’s men.Cockhill: Gavin Cullen, Kieran McLaughlin, Peter Doherty, William O Connor, Malachy McDermott, Conor Keddy, Liam O Donnell, Gerry Gill, James Bradley, Garbhan Friel, Conor Carlin Subs used: Derek Doherty, Daniel Doherty, Paul McKinneyFanad: Joe Coll, Kyle Burke, Adam Salhi, Declan Sweeney, Kevin Murray, James McCahill, Jaydee Alawiye, Brian McVeigh, Oisin Hassett, Jordan McBride, Adam SerrinhaBonagee Dent Derry ChallengeBonagee Utd. 1Derry City Res. 1Derry City’s assault on the league title was dealt a blow on Sunday afternoon when they shared the points with a hard-working Bonagee performance. The home team struck as early as the 3rd minute when Frankie McBrearty’s long ball into the danger area was prodded home by ex-Derry City striker Kevin Barr. Derry were playing free-flowing football, and at times were a joy to watch and they were unlucky not to draw level in the 27th minute when a Conor Harkin effort from distance caught the underside of the crossbar and cleared to safety. The visitors had argued that the ball had crossed the line, but referee Marty McGarrigle waved away any protests to leave Bonagee ahead going into the break. Derry did restore parity two minutes into the second half. Debutant Stephen Conroy in the Bonagee nets misjudged a Caolan Kelly shot from 25 yards to leave the score 1-1. With both defences on top for the second half, chances were scarce for either side, with the exception of a Barr effort from the edge of the box for the home team and a Georgie Kelly snapshot that warmed the fingers of Conroy. With four games remaining, John Quigg will be disappointed with dropping the two points, but will be happy with his team’s performance overall.Bonagee Utd: Stephen Conroy, Eoin Sheridan, Jamie Lynagh, Darek Frankowski, Declan Lynch, Frankie McBrearty, Ryan McFadden, Colm Paul Robb, Aidan McLaughlin, Kevin Barr & Daryl Brown. Subs Used: Chris Moran & Kevin Doran.Derry City Res.: Michael Lynch, Shay Dunlop, Ryan Doherty, Caolan McLaughlin, Dylan McCallion, Conor McDermott, Aidan McCauley, Michael Barr, Ronan Curtis, Caolan Kelly, Conor Harkin. Subs Used: Rory Holden, George Kelly, Aidan DohertySwilly’s Good Run ContinuesSwilly Rovers 5Drumkeen Utd. 3An eight goal thriller at a sun drenched Swilly Park on Saturday. The old cliché a game of two halves certainly applied to this game. Swilly led 4-1 at half time and missed a few glorious chances. Kyle Black with a clinical 6 yard finish, Dylan Hegarty with a low drive, a brilliant half volley by Laurence Toland and a crafty headed goal by Martin McDaid had the Ramelton men in cruise control. Gary Patton fired home a good effort for Drumkeen. In the second half Drumkeen upped their game as Swilly became lack lustre. A brilliant lobbed effort by Richie Moore and another Moore superb low drive had Drumkeen back to 4-3. Chris Mc Bride’s headed effort came close too as they piled on the pressure. Laurence Toland eased the home team’s worries with a clinical finish after a glorious through ball by Jordan Toland to send the home fans home happy. It’s six wins in a row now for Swilly as they prepare for the Knockalla Caravans cup final v Letterkenny Rovers in what promises to be a fascinating battle of the Rovers. The league’s top scorer Calvin Mooney of Swilly will return for that game.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Darren Dunworth, Jordan Toland, Martin Boyce, Ryan Shields, Daniel O’ Donnell, Martin Mc Daid, Dylan Hegarty, Kyle Black, Laurence Toland, Darren Mc Geever. Subs: Liam O Donnell. Ryan Mc Daid, Gareth Colhoun (all used), John Roulston (unused)Drumkeen United: Mark Gallagher, Christopher Kyle, Kevin Boyle, Benny Bonner, Rory Feeney, Christopher Mc Bride, Phillip White, Gary Patton, Ritchie Moore, Jamie Gallagher, Peter Mc Namee. Subs: Johnny Blake, Paul Mc CauleyMatch Referee: Paul DuddyDPD First DivisionFanad United Reserves 0Letterkenny Rovers Res 4Three goals in the opening 15 minutes from Letterkenny settled this game played in ideal conditions at Traigh-a-Loch. Rovers opened the scoring as early as the 1st minute when Fanad keeper Joe Coll could only palm a shot out to Jason Doherty who finished neatly. 4 minutes later Stevie O’Donnell scored the first of his 3 goals when he seized on a defensive mix-up to shoot across Coll into the corner. O’Donnell got his 2nd 10 minutes later when he cut inside and shot into the far corner although Coll should have done better after getting both hands to the shot. Fanad started to get into the game and should have pulled a goal back in the 20th minute when Adam Serrinha failed to get any power on his shot from an excellent Ronan Sweeney cross. The rest of the half was end to end without either team creating any clear cut chances.Fanad started the second half very brightly and Rovers had keeper Christopher O’Donnell to thank when he made a series of excellent saves. The first came from a Keelin McElwaine header from a Conor Mathewson cross. From the resulting corner Shaun McElwaine headed just wide. O’Donnell then made 2 good saves in 3 minutes, first from an Adam Serrinha shot 57 mins then from a Keelin McElwaine shot after he was put through by an excellent ball from Declan Sweeney. Fanad were made to pay for their missed chances in the 70th minute when Stevie O’Donnell completed his hat-trick when he was given far too much room in the box and he curled his shot into the far corner. Credit has to be given to both teams who tried to play football the right way. Best for Fanad were Johnny Logue and Keelin McElwaine. Best for Rovers were Christopher O’Donnell and Stevie O’Donnell.Fanad United: Joe Coll, Ronan Sweeney, Joe Friel (Kyle Burke 57), Declan Sweeney, Kevin Murray (James McCahill 65), Shaun McElwaine, Johnny Logue, Jordan McBride (Oisin Hasset 65), Conor Matthewson, Adam Serrinha, Keelin McElwaine.Letterkenny Rovers; Chris O’Donnell, Michael Herrity (Paul O’Brien 71), Kieran Doherty, Ryan Gildea (Brandon Toye 40) Dan O’Donnell, Ryan McLaughlin, Jason Doherty (Luke Friel 66), Dylan Sweeney, Kevin McGrath, Stephen O’Donnell, Kevin O’Donnell (Zach Gorman 78)Ref: Vincent McLaughlinBonagee Remain TopBonagee Utd. Res. 3Fanad Utd. Res. 1Bonagee came into this fixture with two victories out of two, and they continued their good start to the season by beating a Fanad Utd side that caused the home team a few problems in the second half. Fanad raced out of the blocks and took the lead in the 2nd minute. A Conor Matthewson free from the left was headed past Roy Duffy by Dean McCarry for his first goal of the season. Their lead was almost doubled four minutes later when Mark Wilson raced clear only to be denied by Duffy. Bonagee were beginning to take control in the game and chances by Kevin Doran and Mark Harkin failed to trouble Shane Graham in the opposition nets. They did draw level in the 22nd minute when Harkin ran thirty yards and placed the ball into the far corner of the net to leave the score 1-1 at the break. Fanad certainly dominated the early part of the second half, with Mathewson and James McCahill both testing Duffy in the home goal. Bonagee took the lead in the 66th minute, when following an excellent save from Duffy, the ball broke to Doran who released the ball to Odhran Barron, who ran to score past Graham. The third and decisive goal arrived in the 80th minute, when Harkin flicked the ball home from three yards following a Ciaran Gibson cross. Ref Tommy McAreeBonagee Utd: Roy Duffy, Aaron McCormick, Paddy McLaughlin, Jack Lafferty, Paddy O’Loan, Jake Whelan, Mark Harkin, Ciaran Gibson, Odhran Barron, Kevin Doran & Ethan McCormick. Subs Used: Graham Cullen and Noah SanniFanad Utd: Shane Graham, Kyle Burke, Joe Friel, Glenn McNulty, James McCahill, Conor Matthewson, Dean McCarry, Mark Wilson, Oisin Hassett, Keelan McElwaine. Subs Used: Ronan Sweeney, Oran Hilley, Adam Serrinha, Oran Blaney, David AdetuyiFixturesSaturday, July 12th at 2pmDPD Div. 1Drumkeen Utd. Res. v Swilly Rovers Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinKnockalla Caravans Cup Final at Bonagee 7pm (ET & Pens)Letterkenny Rovers v Swilly RoversRef. P. Duddy; Assts. P. Coll & T. McAreeSunday, July 13th at 2pmDerry City Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. S. TonerLeague Cup Group ATeamPWDLFA+/-PtsSwilly Rovers540195412Cockhill Celtic52217618Bonagee Utd512237-45Drumkeen Utd.510489-13 League Cup Group BTeamPWDLFA+/-PtsDerry City Res.65101771016Letterkenny Rovers64112091113Finn Harps Res.5104612-63Fanad Utd.5005419-150 DPD First DivisionTeamPWDLFA+/-PtsBonagee Utd. Res.330011389Letterkenny Rovers Res.22008176Drumkeen Utd. Res.310268-23Swilly Rovers Res.201126-41Fanad Utd. Res4013312-914 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 01.06.14TeamPWDLFor Against+ / –Pts.Cockhill Celtic109102862228Derry City Res.1073024131124Letterkenny Rovers105321810818Swilly Rovers104242021-114Drumkeen Utd.103342425-112Bonagee Utd.103161414010Finn Harps Res.10208922-136Fanad Utd.10019834-261 4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: GOALS GALORE AS COCKHILL, SWILLY ROVERS AND LK ROVERS RUN RIOT was last modified: July 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cockhill CelticDerry City ReservesFinn Harps ReservesLetterkenny Roversswilly roversUlster Senior League
Donegal chef Brian McDermott has been named Ulster’s Local Food Hero at the prestigious Irish Restaurant Awards.Brian – who is fast becoming known all over Ireland as the voice of Donegal food – is famous in his home county as a tireless supporter of local food producers and the food and hospitality industry.The top award of the night and the only one to be awarded on a province-wide basis, the Local Food Hero recognises an individual who promotes food culture in their locality and inspires people to get involved with food. “They may be actively encouraging the restaurants in their area to use local produce, or perhaps they are working to attract food tourists by creating food trails and markets,” the organisers said.Brian said he was “overwhelmed” to be named Ulster’s Local Food Hero.“This is the culmination of the most incredible three weeks in my career,” he said.“As a chef my ethos has always been to promote local food producers, local growers and local restaurants. “We’re lucky in Donegal, because we’ve always had incredible food right on our doorstep, and that’s a message I’ve spent my career trying to get out to a wider audience.“I’m genuinely overwhelmed that I’ve been recognised in this way,” he said.Brian’s second cookery book, Brian McDermott’s Donegal Table – which celebrates traditional recipes, local produce and the county’s people and places – was launched in March to popular and critical acclaim.“I have to give all credit to the people of Donegal,” said Brian.“This isn’t just my award, it’s their award, and it shows that the things we value here in Donegal – hard work, integrity, commitment to quality – really do pay off. “I’ve had a great reaction to the book from all over Ireland and further afield, so I think the secret of Donegal cooking really is well and truly out!”It’s the culmination of the busiest month in Brian’s professional life, as heBrian – who was nominated by a member of the public – received his award at an events ceremony in the La Mon Hotel and Country Club in Belfast on Wednesday night.135 awards were presented in categories which included Best Casual Dining, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, and Pub of the Year in each county. Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the exquisite and admirable calibre of food available in restaurants and pubs nationwide.“Online nominations have increased from 9,000 in 2013 to over 80,000 this year and with the increase in interest comes an increase in standards, making the judging process more difficult than ever,” he said.“Our small island boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the exotic taste explosions of world cuisine to the comfort of traditional dishes.“We have an appreciation for what we eat, for the journey of our food from farm to fork, and for the dedication of those working in the food industry to serve up Ireland’s finest food.”Brian now qualifies for the all-Ireland award in May.Donegal chef Brian McDermott is Ulster’s Local Food Hero was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Brian McDermottdonegal foodUlster’s Local Food Hero
SANTA CLARA — Play of the game? It’s too tough to narrow it just one when the 49ers pummelled the Green Bay Packers 37-8 Sunday night, so let’s go with one on both sides of the proverbial ball:BEST OFFENSIVE PLAY: Kittle’s touchdownJimmy Garoppolo’s 61-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle encapsulated just how well the 49ers can score, which they’re doing at over 30 points per game.Sure, it merely padded the 49ers’ lead to 30-8, but that scoring strike came immediately after the Packers’ put …
(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists at MIT publishing in PNAS1 detected instances of alternative splicing in over 1,000 genes of stem cells. They also computed possible isoforms of mRNA transcriptions and found 80% of them in the cells. Not only that, the isoforms (alternatively spliced versions of exons from the same gene) appeared to be functional: “We find that alternative splicing can modify multiple components of signaling pathways important for stem cell function,” they say. In short, alternative splicing, in which exons from genes are recombined in different ways, expands the information content of the genome:We also analyze the distribution of splice variants across different classes of genes. We find that tissue-specific genes have a higher tendency to undergo alternative splicing than ubiquitously expressed genes. Furthermore, the patterns of alternative splicing are only weakly conserved between orthologous genes in human and mouse. Our studies reveal extensive modification of the stem cell molecular repertoire by alternative splicing and provide insights into its overall role as a mechanism of generating genomic diversity. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They took note that “different mRNA isoforms from a single gene can often encode proteins with distinct, sometimes opposite functions.” In fact, they point to earlier research that said, “Numerous biological processes ranging from sex determination to apoptosis depend on the alternative splicing of specific genes.” Later, they said, “alternative splicing was found to extensively affect components of signaling pathways that are functional in stem cells, suggesting an important role of splice variations in self-renewal and differentiation.” Thus, their work adds to a growing body of research showing that “alternative splicing is a general mechanism to increase the coding capacity and diversity of the genome in metazoans.” What regulates how the exons are spliced? “Previous studies of individual genes have shown that splicing is coupled to transcription by protein-protein interactions between components of the transcription and splicing complexes.” Their work suggested that tissue-specific genes seem to undergo the most alternative splicing, and ubiquitously-expressed genes less so. They offered an “evolutionary argument” that tissue-specific genes could afford more experimentation: “ubiquitous transcripts responsible for crucial and general cellular processes have evolved not to be modified, whereas diversification is advantageous for tissue-specific gene products.” This hypothesis, they felt, was reinforced by the finding that “patterns were conserved for only 20% of the examined orthologous genes in the human and mouse species, despite the general conservation of their exon-intron boundaries.” This, they feel, could lead to rapid evolution of alternatively spliced exons, and subsequently to functional differences in otherwise analogous cell types between distant species.1Pritzker et al., “Diversification of stem cell molecular repertoire by alternative splicing,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0502132102, published online before print September 23, 2005.These findings add to the growing realization that the genome contains much more embedded information than mere gene count would suggest (see 09/08/2005 entry). If the introns themselves (02/18/2005, 02/02/2005) transcribe into RNA regulatory elements, then nothing is wasted, and nothing is junk. If all parts of the system can be shown to produce function, it becomes harder to claim evolution built this tight ship. These authors’ weak attempt to produce an “evolutionary argument” did not demonstrate that any heritable, functional advantage derived from mistakes in alternative splicing, but only that it could have. Did they demonstrate an example of a new function arising from a mistake? No; they just expressed faith that randomness creates the possibility space for order. This is a doctrine of pantheism (a religion). On the other hand, the high degree of conservation found in ubiquitously-expressed genes and at intron-exon boundaries are anti-evolutionary observations. To argue evolution out of this data is to rely again on slippery homology vs. analogy arguments (see “Homology for Dummies,” 05/05/2004). Because such arguments depend on embedded evolutionary assumptions, they are inherently circular. It is just as logical to conclude that a common Designer built the system around two principles: (1) modular construction, wherein commonly-needed functions are coded similarly between different organisms, and (2) robustness, in which regulatory networks can maintain stability in changing environments. The design inference has the added advantage of an adequate cause for the high degree of information involved. Whatever geneticists continue to uncover about the particulars, the system works. Somehow, a human genome gives rise to a human, and a mouse genome gives rise to a mouse. Unless mutations disrupt the program, the mouse will have all the parts in the right places. It will be covered with the right kind of fur, have the right teeth in the right order, have feet and muscles and eyes and a brain and every organ necessary for its little life. The molecular processes may seem disorganized to us. We see that one gene can be alternatively spliced into several products, some which can produce opposite functions. How does the right one get selected at the right time it is needed? There are wonderful mysteries here that could be illuminated by a scientist looking for intelligent design. If the DNA is not the master controller of its own transcription, what is? What controls the spliceosome? (09/17/2004). Can protein-protein interactions really be responsible for regulating the splicing, or is there another layer of genetic information directing their interplay? What do all those short non-coding RNAs do? How can so many competing processes and such a multiplicity of molecules guarantee a working mouse at the end of the assembly line? We see only glimpses of how the plethora of processes at the molecular level leads invariably to the right result. There may be more information and more design operating than we can possibly imagine.
Descending down the templeThis week, we will walk through a rain forest and climb the highest ancient Mayan temple to log a difficulty 5, terrain 4 micro geocache.Located in the Orange Walk District in Belize, Lamanai High (GC19505) is known for the incredible experience that comes with finding the geocache. Not only is the temple the highest exposed structure of 108 feet (33 meters) for miles, it also provides a breathtaking view of the jungle and the nearby river.Lamanai, a Maya term for “submerged crocodile,” is one of the largest and longest inhabited ceremonial centers in Belize. It’s an imperial port city that includes ball courts, pyramids, and several exotic Mayan features. Hundreds of buildings have been identified in the two-square-mile area, among the tallest of them is a cleverly hidden geocache.It’s been said that “the difficult part is getting there.” Geocachers have the option of driving over rough roads or taking an organized day boat trip. Once there, the climb up the steep steps can prove to be a challenge despite the assistance of the rope. However, the final destination at the top of the High Temple provides a spectacular 360 degree view of the archaeological reserve, the exotic animals and forest, and the river.Since February of 2008, Thumbs Up! has drawn more than 70 geocachers to travel to this location and experience an exciting adventure to find a cleverly hidden geocache.Preparing for the climbThe geocache logs describe detailed and fun-filled adventures that may otherwise not have taken place. One geocacher wrote, “What an amazing journey Team Muddyloon experienced traveling to get to Lamanai High! After securing transportation for an hour long ride into the interior of the Belizean jungle, we arrived at a floating dock to board our boat for the second part of our journey. We set out at 34.6 mph up the twisting and turning crocodile ridden New River. Approaching some fishermen in a canoe, our driver slowed down while the fishermen pointed out a big green snake swimming swiftly to shore. Proceeding onward, we spotted numerous birds and the ripples of crocodiles along the shoreline.Approached by a localApproaching the ruins we felt like we had transported back in time, making us feel as if we were Indiana Jones. As we rounded a path the High Temple came into view. We stood in awe of the beautiful structure that was built over 3000 years ago and is still standing today. Now we had the daunting task of climbing the temple to the cache. As we reached the level the cache was hidden on we quickly searched and discovered the cache, signed the log and proceeded to the top of the temple. A beautiful 360 degree panoramic view granted us our final reward. Heading back down the river we were treated to unexpected bonus of seeing the branches of the trees along the river’s edge rippling and then seeing the long strong arms of some Spider Monkeys swinging towards us. One Spider Monkey dropped into our boat for a banana and to treat us to a close up view before swinging back into the jungle and disappearing from view. Thanks for an adventure of a lifetime!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching Blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to firstname.lastname@example.org.View from the topShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedExploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a TimeOctober 21, 2014With 2 commentsFind your knight in shining armor. — Castle Northmoor (GCX612) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2014In “Community””BongEun-Sa Revivial” GCXNRW GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 24, 2011January 24, 2011In “Community”