NBA: New York Knicks ace Porzingis eases injury fears

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Porzingis, who left Thursday’s win over the Nets in the third quarter, is listed as questionable to face the Thunder on Saturday.Porzingis told reporters on Thursday he had left the game after his knee began to feel unstable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there, so it’s more about being cautious,” Porzingis said.“I had a little shock pain there, and that’s it.” Petron, F2 duel one last time Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season.Michael Beasley is expected to start if the 7ft 4in (2.23m) Latvian is ruled out.Porzingis meanwhile said he believes fans will give former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony a generous reception when he returns to Madison Square Garden with the Thunder on Saturday for the first time since leaving earlier this year.“I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don’t see why they would not receive him with love,” Porzingis said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — New York Knicks ace Kristaps Porzingis escaped a serious knee injury when he limped off against the Brooklyn Nets but remains doubtful for this weekend’s clash against Oklahoma City, the team said Friday.An MRI scan revealed no structural damage, with the towering forward diagnosed with a twisted left knee.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Djokovic falters, Cecchinato soars in French Open stunner

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic served for the fourth set at 5-3 — “I thought,” Cecchinato would say, “my Roland Garros was about to end” — but the 2016 French Open champion got broken. Djokovic then held three set points in the tiebreaker — “I saw ghosts,” Cecchinato would joke — but couldn’t convert.“A pity,” Djokovic said.At 7-6 in the closing tiebreaker, he pushed a backhand long. At 8-7, Cecchinato ended a 20-stroke exchange with a swinging volley winner. At 9-8, Djokovic flubbed a forehand, knelt and clasped his hands together as if praying, then raised an index finger as if to plea, “Let me have ONE of these!”“I had a lot of courage, especially toward the end of the tiebreaker,” Cecchinato said. “I was cool. Clear-headed. My heart was beating 1,000 mph. It wasn’t easy. My hand was even shaking a little.”Cecchinato (it’s pronounced cheh-key-NAH’-toe) came through on his fourth match point, looping in a backhand return winner as Djokovic tried to surprise him with a serve-and-volley attempt.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Djokovic, bothered by neck and leg problems, went from two sets down to the verge of forcing a fifth, but he frittered away good chances and in the end was beaten by the 72nd-ranked Cecchinato 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11) in a rollicking match filled with engaging exchanges and plenty of drama.“A hard one to swallow,” a glum Djokovic acknowledged during a brief news conference, in which he delivered clipped answers and said he might not play during the upcoming grass-court season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCecchinato is the lowest-ranked French Open semifinalist in 19 years and the first Italian man to make it that far at any major in 40 years.“The best moment of my life,” Cecchinato said. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wipes his face as he plays Italy’s Marco Cecchinato during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — It was difficult to discern which was less likely: that 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic would falter in his French Open quarterfinal or that Marco Cecchinato, who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once faced a possible ban for losing on purpose, would rise to the occasion.Either way, Tuesday’s outcome was stunning. To both men. And to anyone watching.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The 25-year-old Cecchinato dropped onto his back on the clay, then sat in his sideline chair, bowed his head and cried.Told in an on-court interview that he wasn’t dreaming, Cecchinato responded: “Are you sure?”Consider that Cecchinato has never won a tour-level match on a surface other than red clay; as it is, he entered this season with a career record of 4-23 and entered this tournament with a Grand Slam record of 0-4.Then there’s this: The 25-year-old from Sicily was suspended for 18 months and fined 40,000 euros (about $45,000) by his national federation in July 2016 for allegedly fixing a match by losing at a lower-tier Challenger event in Morocco a year earlier. Cecchinato appealed and, eventually, the Italian Olympic Committee announced that the sanctions were dropped on a technicality.He has declined to discuss the case in Paris.On Friday, Cecchinato will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria, who made it to his third consecutive French Open semifinal by beating No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. As the score indicates, that was far less compelling, in part because Zverev felt pain in his left hamstring 10 minutes into the match and wound up having his leg taped by a trainer.Zverev was coming off a trio of wins that went five sets and, while still just 21, could not will his body to another comeback.“He’s one of the fittest guys on tour,” Thiem said, “and even for him, it’s maybe even a little bit too tough to play three five-setters.”In the women’s quarterfinals, No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3, 6-1, and No. 13 Madison Keys eliminated unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-4. Stephens beat Keys in the U.S. Open final last September, and Thursday’s rematch will be the first all-American women’s semifinal at the French Open since Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati in 2002.That Cecchinato would be a semifinal participant was far harder to predict. Prostitute scandal jolts Mexico World Cup squad Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In the first round at Roland Garros, he dropped the first two sets against Marius Copil, a player ranked 94th, before coming all the way back to win 10-8 in the fifth.“Seems like a month ago,” Cecchinato said with a laugh Tuesday, when he answered reporters’ questions in Italian, Spanish and English.Since then, employing a smooth one-handed backhand, he has beaten players seeded No. 8 (David Goffin) and No. 10 (Pablo Carreno Busta), before adding Djokovic to his list.Djokovic, who missed the last half of 2017 with right elbow trouble and had surgery in February, is clearly not at the height of his power. Indeed, his seeding of No. 20 was his lowest at any Grand Slam tournament in a dozen years.Djokovic, Cecchinato said, “seemed unsure of himself at the beginning.”By the end, though, points were tight and taught, one even lasting 30 strokes. Djokovic actually won more total points, 144-140.Somehow, Cecchinato won the one that mattered most, the last.“I had to push. I knew I had to take risks,” Cecchinato said. “Because if I played just to stay in points, I could never beat Novak.”last_img read more

‘Make Immunization Strategies Practical Nationwide’

first_imgA prominent Liberian epidemiologist has urged civil society groups to make immunization strategies practical nationwide.Mr. Raymond Toupiley, Data Manager of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) gave the caution last Tuesday at the first General Assembly of the Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP) in Monrovia.The LIP is an organization comprising 22 civil society groups, championing the mass immunization of children and child-bearing mothers nationwide.EPI’s Data Manager Toupiley also urged the LIP leadership to push for inclusion in the World Health Organization, in order for the entity to exhibit swift responses to the immunization program of the country.He said that Liberia’s southeastern counties have exhibited poor performance in terms of immunization coverage owing to enormous factors.Mr. Toupiley intimated that some of the factors associated with poor immunization coverage are due to bad road conditions and also because people are not taking the initiative to spearhead vital medical programs.He reminded the LIP staff that it is one of the responsibilities of civil society groups to ensure that community dwellers take part in immunization programs of children and child-bearing mothers in the country.Mr. Toupiley acknowledged, however, that the entity since 2008 has been able to achieve at least 88% of immunization coverage.He however said that owing to the current spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia, such achievements have suffered setbacks, declining in several parts of the country.Mr. Toupiley disclosed that Liberia is at 70% immunization coverage and that three of Liberia’s rural counties are far below the performance radar, in terms of immunization of children and child-bearing mothers.“After the Ebola virus crisis in Liberia, LIP has a greater role and responsibility and we don’t want the staff to sit in these offices but go out into the field to work,” Mr. Toupiley said.“Work out your immunization plans and we’re ready to share all the great and good information with you in order to vaccinate all our children wherever they are in our war-affected country,” Mr. Toupiley emphasized.He further admonished LIP and its members to not take sides in immunization initiatives, saying that immunization is aimed at rendering services to the future generation of Liberian children.Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Liberia’s Senior Advisor Raymond Studer described the first LIP General Assembly as a significant event, saying that he was happy that over 25 Liberian civil society groups had come together to work out plans.“Frankly, I wish to let you all know that you people are doing what I’m doing as a local partner in the immunization process of Liberia,” Mr. Studer asserted.He explained that the CRS is principally interested in empowering communities in Liberia, especially in the vital and all-important health sector of the nation.In remarks, the United States Agency for International Development’s (UASID) Representative on immunization, Mr. Stephen Sizi, thanked LIP staff for considering USAID in the immunization program.Mr. Sizi told the audience and staff of LIP that working on child survivor issues is indeed a challenge and such endeavors should be approached with concerted efforts and a sense of collective endeavor, regardless of which country you are from.Mr. Sizi stressed that the participation of grassroots organizations is important and that LIP must place itself in a cardinal role to fulfill this need nationwide.For her part a Commissioner of the National Aid Commission (NAC), Mrs. Juineta Ramertz, noted that she regrets the huge impact the Ebola virus Disease (EVD) has had on the HIV-Aids program of the country.“We will systematically assess all the sectors and communities the deadly Ebola virus has impacted across the country,” Commissioner Ramertz said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coalition has work cut out to regain constituencies – Dr Hinds

first_imgElections in 3 months…says governing party has to rebuild coalition from withinFriday’s historic passage of the no-confidence motion against the Government has come as no surprise to political analyst Dr David Hinds, who believes that this is a wakeup call for the governing party to rebuild its crumbling coalition and reconnect with its constituencies.In an interview with Guyana Times following the outcome of the vote, Hinds noted that in three years the coalition Government had morphed into something akin to a one-party government – specifically the People’s National Congress (PNC) component.“I’m not surprised that this happened. I’m disappointed as someone who supports the Government. But in some respects I saw it coming,” Hinds said. “And the reason for that is I have been saying that relations within the parties in the coalition were not good, despite the fact that the leaders of the Government were saying the coalition was strong.“I think that was the major reason this happened, as (parliamentarian Charrandass Persaud) said, though he belonged to one of the parties in the coalition, he did not have a voice. And it has been one of the problems. He’s not singular with that. All the parties in the coalition, their members will tell you they did not have a voice. The parties were systematically shut out.”Hinds acknowledged that party members who were part of Cabinet did have a say in certain matters. But he noted that in Persaud’s case, he was not afforded this privilege since he was a non-Cabinet member and as such, he effectively did not have a voice.“If you have a coalition, you have to treat all members with respect. You need to involve all the parties in crucial decision-making. You cannot confine decision-making to one organ, the Cabinet. You have to have consultations outside of Cabinet. Failure to do so, the coalition will break down. And this is what happened.”Moving forwardAccording to Hinds, who is a Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member, the PNC will have to reach out and rebuild the coalition from within. He also noted the importance of walking the walk, as they would have to convince voters that they have learnt and were genuinely committed to coalition politics.“I can tell you that the executive of the APNU has not met for a year,” Hinds said. “This has been one of the problems. So, they will have to rebuild the coalition from within, very quickly. They will have to assure coalition members that should they win again, there would be no repeat of marginalisation and alienation.“They need to rally the confidence of their supporters and the wider country. People voted for the coalition. They did not vote for PNC or AFC. And within three years, the Government became a sort of PNC Government. And I think that turned off a lot of independent supporters.”ElectionsWhen it comes to the General and Regional Elections that now have to be called within 90 days, Dr Hinds believes that this will be anyone’s game. He noted that none of the parties were guaranteed a victory and they would have to work hard to get the necessary votes.“The major problem for the coalition will be to get its base out to the polls. I think that will be the challenge. The Local Government Elections showed they were unable to energise their supporters to go to the polls.”“The PPP (People’s Progressive Party), their big challenge will be to get the crossover votes that they need in order to push them over the line… I think the PPP itself will have to make its case to the wider population why it should be returned to power,” Hinds added.On Friday evening, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/Civic – against the Government succeeded when Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 Members of Parliament (MPs) had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.While Persaud’s former coalition colleagues have complained about being betrayed by the vote, the parliamentary Opposition has thrown its support behind the MP’s right to vote in whichever direction his conscience leads him. Persaud has since left the country.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo.last_img read more

Up to date list of road closures in the Peace

first_imgHighway 97 in Pine Pass Between Mackenzie junction and Chetwynd Chetwynd Washout, Debris flow Closed. Approximate date of opening to managed crossings July 6th. TO BE CONFIRMEDSouth PeaceHwy 29 N between Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope Cameron Lake Washout OPEN to single lane alternating trafficRoad 208- Dangerous Goods Route Dawson Creek Washout Closed. Planned opening to Single Lane late afternoon July 3: TO BE CONFIRMEDAdvertisement DeValarolla Rd 229 Cecil Lake Washout Closed- alternate route available Crews are still working to restore Highway 97 between Chetwynd and MacKenzie.Ministry engineers have completed initial assessments of the major sites.  Crews and heavy equipment have been mobilized with priority on reconnecting severed routes while Maintenance Contractor crews and equipment are at work responding to erosion, flooding and washouts throughout the Peace Region.- Advertisement -At the moment 75 pieces of heavy equipment are working to fix various roads in the Peace region.Out of 100 sites on more than 80 roads, crews have been able to fix 80 sites and either bring them into full operation or at least single-lane alternating traffic.Below is a complete list of current road conditions in the Peace. Boucher Road (access to Saulteau FN) Moberly Lake Washout Closed- alternate route available209 S (Krauskoph Bridge) Dawson Creek Flooded Closed- alternate route availableNorth PeacePeaceview Road 105 Taylor Washout Closed- alternate route availableKearns 258A Montenay Washout Closed- alternate route availableAdvertisementcenter_img Pine PassAdvertisement 255 Rd Progress Flooded Closed- alternate route availableLandry Rd (10.5 km fr AB border) Rolla Land slide Closed- alternate route available223 Rd Rolla/Dawson Creek Washout Closed- alternate route availableBig Bam Rd Taylor Washout ClosedEight Road 217 between 216 and #6 Sweetwater Dawson Creek Washout ClosedAdvertisementlast_img read more

Insider Trading: Kagawa and Hernandez heading for Man United exit door?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man in the know discusses the likelihood of Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa leaving Manchester United, and reacts to reports in Spain that Andre Schurrle could leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid.There’s also an update on Gary Medel’s proposed move to Inter Milan.Latest transfer news and rumours on talkSPORT.com:Atletico Madrid eyeing move for Manchester United’s KagawaCavani keen to welcome Man United target to PSGRC Lens line up move for Cardiff defenderMan United striker admits he’s interested in Inter Milan moveWest Ham prepare bid for Sampdoria midfielderHellas Verona close in on Aston Villa defenderJuventus emerge as rivals to Liverpool for PSG forwardlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY WOMAN CHARGED WITH RUNNING A BROTHEL

first_imgTWO YOUNG women – one of them from Letterkenny – have appeared in court charged with brothelkeeping at a Drogheda apartment block on September 2nd.Florian Ciocan, ( 18), whose address was given as 7, Cameron Gate, Main Street, Longford and Andree Roman, (22) ,2 Fairleigh House, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal are accused of brothel keeping at apartment 10, Malt House, Drogheda earlier this month. After Ciocan told Judge Flann Brennan that she wanted an earlier court date because she had to go home to ‘go to school’, the court adjourned both their cases until September 23rd.LETTERKENNY WOMAN CHARGED WITH RUNNING A BROTHEL was last modified: September 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:brothelletterkennylast_img read more

Raphoe Notes: Monreagh Heritage Centre to celebrate industries of yesteryear

first_imgRaphoe notes:Monreagh Heritage CentreCelebrating Our Industrial Past on Saturday 26th AugustFlax and Linen were major industries in Counties Donegal and Tyrone, and other parts of Ireland, up until the 1950s. With the introduction of synthetic materials such as nylon, the linen industry virtually collapsed. Nowadays, very few people know how flax and linen was produced and processed. With that in mind, we’re hosting a Heritage Afternoon on Saturday 26th August from 2pm to 5pm, with an opportunity to witness a little bit of our industrial past being brought back to life. Everyone is welcome! Local man, Colm ‘the flax man’ Clarke, who worked at linen as a young lad, will be on hand to pull and ‘stutch’ the flax into linen. Tommy ‘the miller’ will demonstrate how a farmer’s fiddle was made. Maureen will spin the linen into thread. Mary will be in the cottage baking bread over an open fire; the same recipe that was handed down from generations past. Roy will be feeling the heat as he pounds away in the forge.Local man Thompson Graham will be talking about the local dairies and displaying his huge collection of vintage milk bottles. Mervyn will be turning wood into art and demonstrating his craft. We will also have a collection of classic and vintage vehicles on display on the grounds of the Monreagh Centre During 2016 (from May to September) we filmed the whole process of sowing, pulling and processing flax. We will be showing this short film from 3:00pm to 3:30pm.From 3:30pm we will be joined by Highland and Country dancers, Ken and Linda, Followed by live bluegrass music. It will be an afternoon of interest to young and old alike.We hope to see you there and admission is free. Raphoe Family Resource Centre Afterschool and Homework Club 2017/18Registration for the Afterschool/Homework Club will take place on Tuesday 5th September 2017 from 3pm – 6pm at the Resource Centre, The Volt House, The Diamond, Raphoe. Reg Fee €7. For more information please contact: 074 9145796 or 0873641503Donegal Youth Service Community Employment ProjectVacancy: Youth Support WorkerLocation: Raphoe Family Resource Centre19.5 hours per weekApplicants must be eligible for Community Employment (terms / conditions apply – General rule 21 years old and 1 year unemployed). Contact your local Intreo/DSP Office for confirmation.For further details or Application form Contact:Lee Stephenson 074 – 91 29630 or send C.V. (with PPS Number and Date of Birth.) to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Email; leestephenson@donegalyouthservice.ie or call in to Raphoe Family ResourceCentre, Volt House, The Diamond, Raphoe. Tel: 0749145796Donegal YMCA STEP 2017-18 Programme RecruitmentYMCA’s Support, Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP) in Letterkenny is currently recruiting for their September 2017 to June 2018 programme. The 47 week full-time programme offers a full FETAC/QQI Level 4 major award in Employment Skills. There are components in Communications, Work Experience, Career Planning, Customer Service, Information Technology, Computer Applications, Functional Maths, Understanding Interculturalism and Team Working.There are also two work placement components totalling 6 weeks within the course. The aim of the programme is to support participants in gaining employment or accessing further education. The programme is primarily aimed at early school leavers who are unemployed and between the ages of 17-25 years, having left school at least 6 months previously. Participants receive the equivalent of SOLAS training allowances and also receive a transport & meal allowance. The course is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund.For further information and application forms please contact Stewart on 0868395954 or phone the centre 074-9161485. You can also email us at stewart@ymca-ireland.net.Do you want to give the Gift of Sight?Niamh Coyle will be collecting glasses to donate to Lion’s Club International who will send them to people who desperately need them in developing countries such as Africa, India and Eastern Europe. There are collection boxes in Coyle’s Centra Raphoe, Louise Masterson’s Opticians Raphoe and Raphoe Pharmacy. Niamh is working towards her Chief Scout Award and An Gaisce. The spectacles must be in good condition for people to wear and you don’t need to send the case. Your glasses will make a difference. Thank you!!St Columba’s Conference SVP RaphoeWould you like to bake or donate cakes, scones, pastries etc for a Coffee morning & Cake Sale later this year probably around Halloween in aid of our local SVP Conference? If you can help please give your name to Catherine Laird 0877629686 or Bernadette Gallagher 0876819148. Please help us to help others. Thank You.  Raphoe SVP Conference.Raphoe Tidy Towns VacanciesThe Tidy towns will have the following vacancies for the next C.E Project due to commence in September. 4 General Environmental workers, 1 Caretaker/cleaner & 1 Secretarial/ Accounts Administrator. For an application form please contact the Supervisor on 0879473527 or 9145692.  Vacancies open to male and female applicants. DSP eligibility criteria for community employment applies for all posts.  Thank You. Raphoe Tidy Towns Local History ProjectHave you any old photos of Raphoe & District? We are particularly interested in photos of community or church events, farming, local people & characters, schooldays, sports days or indeed any other photographs of interest. All original photos will be scanned or copied and the original returned. All those donating photos will be acknowledged. Donations may be left for the attention of Martin or Hilary in the Tidy Towns office at the Volt House. Tel 9145692.50-50 Bonus BallThere was no winner of the Bonus Ball this week. The jackpot will roll over to next week!! To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Thank You.Raphoe Notes: Monreagh Heritage Centre to celebrate industries of yesteryear was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:monreagh heritage centreNotesRaphoelast_img read more

Bellinger lifts Dodgers over Brewers 2-1 in 13 to tie NLCS

first_imgThe slumping Bellinger, who … By BETH HARRISLOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time Manny Machado rounded third base, the Los Angeles Dodgers had already started streaming out of the dugout.After more than five hours of tension-filled baseball, they were certainly eager to celebrate.Cody Bellinger singled home the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning Tuesday night to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that tied the NL Championship Series at two games apiece.last_img read more

Evolution Is Not a Goddess

first_img(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A reporter wonders what evolution was thinking when it gave us allergies.The upshot of an article in Current Biology is that nobody knows how or why allergies evolved.Researchers increasingly ask themselves what kinds of challenges in nature may have produced this remarkable and at times dangerous response….It is plausible to assume that children growing up in virtually sterile settings may end up with an immune system that is less educated and mature than it should be. But what specific processes could go wrong in this scenario and how that might cause allergy remains to be elucidated.As could be predicted, the perhapsimaybecouldness index of the article is high.  In getting to his ending confession of ignorance, reporter Michael Gross plays fast and loose with Darwinism, attributing foresight and cognition to the impersonal processes of Darwinism. He starts right with his headline: “Why did evolution give us allergies?” Evolution’s gender is not clear, so he calls it an “it”—Investigations into how we — and our tireless representatives, the lab mice — interact with our environment at interfaces like skin, lungs and guts, and how we sometimes become allergic to compounds from that environment, have overwhelmingly led to one conclusion: it’s complicated.The phenomena discussed here include both genetic and environmental factors, both innate and adaptive immunity, and a confusing plethora of immune cells and molecules. In our evolution, these responses of the mammalian immune system have been shaped by interactions with organisms from other phyla, ranging from nematodes and arthropods through to poisonous snakes.Thus, more interdisciplinary work linking immunology to areas like ecology and toxicology may be required to improve our understanding of allergies, and immunologists will have to try to communicate their ideas to colleagues from other departments without the notoriously dense thicket of acronyms that tends to thrive in their publications. Better communication and joined-up thinking may lead us to understand what evolution was thinking when it gave us allergic responses, and from there we could go on to stop them from happening.Since Evolution’s “thinking” is inscrutable, maybe it’s time for thinking scientists to stop personifying “It” and think of alternative approaches.Michael’s imaginary friend is letting him down.  He should be content with Evolution’s impersonal, unguided catch-all hypothesis: the Stuff Happens Law. That’s what provides insight to a secularist. That’s what provides understanding. Yours is not to reason why. Yours is but to do or die, repeating “It evolved” until troubles pass you by. “Why did evolution give us allergies?” Stuff happens, man. Q.E.D.last_img read more