Sports Briefs

first_img Gasparyan wins Baku Cup BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP): Margarita Gasparyan of Russia won her first WTA title yesterday by beating Patricia Maria Tig of Romania 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in the Baku Cup final. Gasparyan served for the match when up 5-4 in the second set but was broken back at love. However, she dominated the final set to wrap up the win in 21/2 hours. Gasparyan had never won a main-draw match at the WTA level before this tournament, while Tig – a qualifier – was also playing in her first tour final. The 112th-ranked Gasparyan said “it’s been an amazing tournament for me.” South Sudan gains Olympic status KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn’t contain his emotion. Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his nation’s athletes. The decision means the world’s newest nation will be able to have its competitors enter the stadium in Rio de Janeiro next year behind their own flag. More importantly, the country’s near non-existent sporting infrastructure and athletes will receive funding assistance from the IOC. South Sudan, which split from Sudan and became independent in 2011, has been hit by civil war for the past two years. Three straight for Isner ATLANTA (AP): John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 yesterday at Atlantic Station. The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles. Baghdatis, who appeared to suffer a right-leg injury late in the first set of his 12th ATP final and first since 2011, scored just two points against 18 Isner serves in the second set. The 6-foot-10 Isner ripped 13 aces to push his four-match total to 90. He won 27 of 28 points on his first serves and nine of 11 points on his second serves. Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final for their record 107th title, beating Gilles Muller and Colin Fleming 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-3.last_img read more

Silver Cloud wins Ronron Trophy

first_img Looking to the immediate future, DaCosta is hoping his luck will change in this Saturday’s rich and prestigious Burger King Superstakes, over 2000 metres, the only major race that has eluded him in a long and distinguished career. “I will run three horses in the Superstakes – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, HOVER CRAFT, and ROYAL VIBES,” he disclosed. “I think I have a really good chance of finally breaking the ice with the 2013 derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who has done everything asked of him coming into the race,” he added. Halledeen again has the ride aboard the recent Gold Cup hero. The grey colt SILVER CLOUD, running at odds of 7-2 with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, upstaged the front-running 6-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT to win the inaugural running of the Ronron Trophy over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The race was run in honour of the crack imported filly RONRON, who won a string of grade one races for owner Kenval Wallace and trainer Gary Subratie five or so years ago. RONRON won 10 races from 16 starts for Subratie in 2010 and 2011. This, however, was a fitting win for DaCosta as RONRON ended her career with the 14-time champion after a brief stint with him. SILVER cloud, who was notching his second consecutive win with Halledeen in the saddle, bided his time in third, passing the half mile as ROYAL ASSAULT, with star apprentice Linton Steadman, led under pressure from the well-backed ROAD WI SEH (9-5) until disposing of him on entering the straight. But SILVER CLOUD, who was always in touch, soon found his best strides and closed smoothly on the rails to overhaul ROYAL ASSAULT midway the last furlong, going on to beat him by 2 1/2 lengths in the good time of 1:12.0 behind splits of 22.3, 45.4 for the first half-mile. The 34-1 outsider, DREAMCOMETRUE, closed rapidly for third in a field of 12 native-bred three-year-olds. Owned by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth DaCosta, SILVER CLOUD is by He’stherealthing out of the Royal Minister mare Preach Preacher and bred by the trainer. DaCosta said he was pleased by his progress and is looking forward to further successes in the months ahead. superstakeslast_img read more

CARPHA records 303 confirmed cases of dengue in Guyana

first_imgThe Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has recorded 303 confirmed cases of dengue in Guyana, as of the first week of August.According to a report released by the Agency, the laboratory confirmed 303 cases – which is a long climb from 142 probable cases in 2015. Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) had published a Zika-Epidemiological Report on Guyana and had reported the rise in dengue cases.However, that report indicated that there were 303 probable cases of the disease which had not yet been confirmed. According to the report, there was an incident rate of 37.5 cases per 100,000 of the Guyanese population.Of recent, dengue has been eclipsed by the emergence of Chikungunya and Zika, all of which are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The symptoms of all three of the viruses are identical, making it difficult to differentiate them. The symptoms include fever, rash, headache, and muscle and joint pain.Although, the Public Health Ministry has embarked on an intense fogging exercise and donation of treated mosquito nets, critics are calling on the institution to set up a strong education and awareness programme against the spread of the virus and its agent.Also, while the CARPHA has trained two Guyanese medical technologists from the National Public Health Reference Laboratory to test for the three vector-borne diseases, Guyana continues to send samples to the Agency in Trinidad and Tobago for testing.The laboratory in Guyana was selected to be the principal testing site, since the cases of mosquito-borne diseases in the country were on the rise. So far, there have been 5375 reported cases of Chikungunya, with 264 confirmed cases and 35 confirmed cases of Zika in Guyana.The Ministry has urged persons to get rid of breeding sites for mosquitoes by disposing of old tyres and containers in their yards that have stagnant water. They were also urged to keep their drains and waterways clean and dispose of their garbage properly.last_img read more

NEW CARDIOLOGY CLINIC TO AID DONEGAL PATIENTS

first_imgPatients in Letterkenny and across Donegal can benefit from easier access to leading cardiology care after the opening of a new clinic.Dr Aaron PeaceThe Clinic, officially opened this month, will be based on Scally Place on Justice Walsh Road and will be attended by Dr Aaron Peace.The Cardiology Clinic will provide GPs and patients with local consultation and diagnostics. Any resulting procedures will take place at UPMC Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin, which is easily accessed from Letterkenny via the M1 in just over 3 hours.Dr Peace is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. He was awarded a PhD in 2009 for work in the area of Platelet Function in Cardiovascular Disease, funded by the Health Research Board Clinical Research and the Irish Heart Foundation.In addition to his commitment to UPMC Beacon, Aaron is a Consultant Cardiologist in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) operates the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, Waterford and satellite centres in Wexford, Drogheda, Clane and Mullingar. NEW CARDIOLOGY CLINIC TO AID DONEGAL PATIENTS was last modified: August 28th, 2013 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:cardiologyDr Aaron Peaceletterkennylast_img read more

STUDENTS GET THEIR TEETH INTO UNIQUE ‘SHARK CAMP’

first_imgStudents at the Shark Camp!Secondary school students from around Inishowen are taking part in a two week ‘Shark Camp’ internship with the Irish Basking Shark Study Group.The unique camp is designed to let students experience what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a shark biologist.This Inishowen Development Partnership funded initiative not only provides hands on training in marine sciences and shark biology, it also encourages young people to think about potential careers in the marine field. The 10 lucky interns of the summer camp are gaining knowledge about their marine heritage and coastal fisheries.One of the key tasks for the Interns in the camp is to undertake training in shark and fish survey methods at sea, and amazingly their first survey trip resulted in an encounter with over 10 basking sharks North of Malin Head.Throughout the duration of the camp the group will also be tracking the movements of a Basking Shark tagged off Malin Head, via the ARGOS satellite system- the worldwide wildlife satellite tracking network.Interns will be encouraged to learn and explore more of their local marine environment and what sharks can teach us about the health of our oceans. By the end of the two weeks the interns will produce a message about what they think the future might hold for Ireland’s marine resources and small coastal communities.Education facilitator Rosemary Mc Closkey said ‘The camp is not just about sharks, it’s about getting young people who have an interest or family connection with the sea to think about ocean citizenship.“Sharks provide a great example of why we need to manage our oceans sustainably because if these apex predators are overfished and mismanaged it can upset the balance of the ocean food web.”To find out more you can log onto www.baskingshark.ie   STUDENTS GET THEIR TEETH INTO UNIQUE ‘SHARK CAMP’ was last modified: July 31st, 2013 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:InishowenShark Camplast_img read more

10% OF TEACHERS HAVE NOT COMPLETED JUNIOR CYCLE REFORM TRAINING – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue has expressed concern that 10% of English teachers have not completed training programmes ahead of the roll out of new Junior Cert reforms, due to begin this September.Charlie McConalogue TDThe Donegal North East Deputy says this further highlights the need for the start date of the reforms to be delayed for a year.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The appointment of Jan O’Sullivan as Education Minister signals a fresh start for the Department, and offers the opportunity to make a break from the policies of her predecessor. One of the main priorities for her tenure will be addressing the issue of Junior Cert reform, and while I strongly support Junior Cycle reform, it needs to start in an environment where outstanding issues have been resolved and proper training has been completed by teachers. “Former Minister Ruairi Quinn damaged the reform process by choosing to ignore the advice of the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment as well as the concerns of teachers and parents with regard to maintaining independent assessment of the written exam in the new Junior Cycle Student Award. This decision created a significant divide between the Minister and secondary teachers resulting in industrial action by the main unions.“Yesterday, during a topical issue debate which I raised in the Dáil, it emerged that 10% of teachers have not completed the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) training programme. In my view, it is simply unacceptable to introduce a new curriculum in September when 10% of the teachers due to deliver it have not completed the required training. This is not the standard of reform we should be standing over in our education system.”He said the “dictatorial approach” adopted by former Minister Ruairi Quinn to this essential reform has led to conflict with teachers rather than the type of partnership necessary to deliver the reforms successfully.“Teacher unions have already adopted a policy of non-participation in meetings or further training relating to the new system. “I believe it is now important for Minister O’Sullivan to take a new approach to the delivery of the reform programme in order to see the new Junior Cert successfully delivered. She should delay the introduction of the new English syllabus by twelve months and instead bring it in alongside the planned introduction of the new science curriculum in September 2015.“This would see no delay in the completion time for reforms but would give the necessary space to ensure all teachers complete the required training, and allow a new partnership approach to be undertaken between the Minister and teachers to allow effective and agreed reform of the Junior Cert”, concluded Deputy McConalogue. 10% OF TEACHERS HAVE NOT COMPLETED JUNIOR CYCLE REFORM TRAINING – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 16th, 2014 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalJunior Cycleteacherslast_img read more

El Rancho struggles in loss

first_img On the Lancers next possession, they drove 26 yards in four plays with Seneca scoring on a 7-yard run to boost the score to 21-0. Early in the second quarter, El Ranchos Marco Riperto’s 44-yard punt was downed on the Lancer 1 by A.J. Toscano and Mike Perez. On the Lancers’ first play, Robert O’Campo tackled the Lancers ball carrier for a safety. On the first possession of the second half, the Dons drove 50 yards on the running of Perez and Toscano and the passes from Toscano to Gary Rico and to Ezekiel Hernandez before a 44-yard field goal was kicked wide. BREA — Three touchdowns in the first quarter helped the Orange Lutheran High School football team celebrate a festive homecoming by defeating visiting El Rancho High School 42-2 at Brea Olinda High School on Friday night. In the first quarter, the Lancers scored on their first two possessions and on the Dons’ first possession. The Lancers added one touchdown in each of the final three quarters. On the game’s opening drive, the Lancers drove 64 yards in nine plays with Tyson Seneca scoring the touchdown on a 5-yard run. On El Rancho’s subsequent possession, the Dons attempted a punt. Lancer Allen Cadreau blocked the punt and Kyle Cordova returned the block punt 18 yards for a touchdown. center_img 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

Boot’s annual Night-Walk to take place next week

first_imgBoots annual Night-Walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will take place on August 22 at 7pm outside their store at Letterkenny Retail Park.The aim of the walk is to raise money for night nurses so they can provide the correct care for the people who need it most.In 2016 and 2017 there was enough money raised to provide 170 nights of care to 45 patients in Donegal alone. Boots, who run the annual event, are not asking people for a specific donation but instead to call in-store and buy a special tag for €2.These tags can be used to write the names of loved ones, who are currently suffering or has suffered from the disease.Boots have the idea that people can then tie all these tags together and they can walk a metre in honour of each person a tag has been written for. Boot’s annual Night-Walk to take place next week was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:letterkennynewslast_img read more

Plants Use Electrical Sunscreen

first_imgPerhaps only a scientist, or a kid, would worry about how a plant doesn’t get sunburn, but it took elaborate scientific work for six months to find the answer.  EurekAlert told about research at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State that found how plants get rid of excess solar energy.  They use carotenoids, molecules responsible for the yellow color of fruits and vegetables, like electrical wires to convey excess electrons safely away from their light-harvesting machines: “Carotenoids act as ‘wires’ to carry away the extra sunlight energy in the form of unwanted electrons, somehow wicking away the extra electrons across long distances from locations that could damage plant tissues and photosynthesis.”    It’s no wonder these wires were not found earlier.  They are a “miniscule 2.8 nanometers long and less than a single nanometer thick, or about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.”  Carotenoids are not particularly conductive, but exceed the specifications required by the plant.  The surprise was that these molecules are able to shuttle the electrons across their surfaces without becoming oxidized themselves.  The new work sheds light on the process of photoprotection, “an intricate internal defense mechanism, … which acts like sunscreen to ward off the sun’s harmful rays.”  See also our 01/24/2005 entry on photoprotection, “one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.”Do a word search in this article for anything about evolution.  We got “word not found.”  The research was not motivated by or benefited by evolutionary speculation.  The scientists just wanted “to more fully understand how photosynthesis works.”  Students use similar motivation in auto shop without assuming car engines evolved from rocks.    Notice where this research came from: the Biodesign Research Institute at U of A, whose starting point is “exploring the remarkable structure and function of living systems…. Inspired by nature and powered by collaboration, our bold new approach ensures that discoveries are rapidly translated into real-world benefits.”  (We left out the sentence in the middle that made no sense: “From microbes to man, these systems have been honed by thousands of years of natural selection.”  At least thousands is down from millions, and the sentence could be interpreted to mean that the systems were already present.)  Anyway, good research is flowing from another of the popular new interdisciplinary academic centers seeking to understand and apply biological design (05/13/2006, 06/25/2005).  The Darwin Party has nothing to offer this new trend in biodesign research and should get out of the way.  This is intelligent design science at work: stimulating and productive.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more