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December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDONEGAL will play Mayo in the All-Ireland final as the men from the West saw off a startling Dublin comeback to win an incredible match at Croke Park.The Mayo men finally saw off the All-Ireland champions by 0-19 to 0-16 in today’s semi-final. The referee played an extra seven minutes of the match; two more than had been called as the Dubs went for goal.It was a pulsating game – and a sometimes violent match – as repeated Dublin fouls on Mayo players left one of them in hospital and another with blood pouring from a head wound.Mayo had gone in at half-time leading 0-12 to 0-06.And they stormed ahead in the second half, leading at one stage by ten points. But Dublin staged one of the great comebacks in front of 81,364 at Croke Park reducing the deficit to just three points.And then Bernard Brogan went for goal, only to see his shot saved brilliantly saved by Clarke.Within a minute O’Connor missed a sitter for Mayo – putting a goal chance wide.The Connacht champions held on to set up a first ever All-Ireland final clash with Donegal.TV pundit and 1993 All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly said the Mayo win was “a victory for Donegal” saying the Ulster Champions will fancy their chances in a final against Mayo rather than Dublin.Brolly – who will be at O’Donnell Park on September 14th – also poked fun at Pat Spillane after the game. The Kerry legend said that teams like Donegal and Mayo had been too nice in the past.“The Donegal fans weren’t too nice to you last week Spillane – and quite right too after what you said,” said the Derryman.DONEGAL TO PLAY MAYO IN FINAL AFTER DUBS BEATEN AT CROKER was last modified: September 2nd, 2012 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:DONEGAL TO PLAY MAYO IN FINAL AFTER DUBS BEATEN AT CROKERlast_img read more

December 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEven in chalenge games, they give it their all in the Glen. PICS BY GERALDINE DIVER.It was the Married Men against the Single Men in Glenswilly this week for the annual challenge match.A great crowd turned out for the game which managed to raise €500 for the Underage Development Fund at the club.Paddy McGinty sports the latest fashion accessory from GAA headquarters!Paddy Devine showed he still has some fine touches (he touched the ball twice!), Paul Gallagher showed he can still solo (he sang unaccompanied in McClaffertys after the game!) and Gerard McGrenra showed he still has plenty to offer outfield after a season spent between the posts. But the real question on everyone’s lips was where was Manus Kelly or even Carl Kelly for that matter!Many thanks to Geraldine Diver the fabulous photos as always.Gary McDaid was hoping Rory Gallagher was watching in the chance of getting a dual role with the county squad. The brave married and single men who lined out to boost the underage development fund at Glenswilly this week.  STILL PLENTY OF LIFE IN THE MARRIED MEN OF GLENSWILLY YET! was last modified: December 29th, 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:donegalGlenswilly GAAlast_img read more

December 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA researcher in New York obtained women’s eggs and conducted experiments on them that could lead to human cloning.  While done in the name of regenerative medicine, the experiments on embryonic stem cells involved the destruction of a human embryo.  This kind of experimentation raises multiple ethical concerns, but the researcher went ahead anyway, and scientific journals are hailing the advance, albeit with a palpable twinge of conscience about ethics. Dieter Egli had to move his practice from Massachusetts to New York to get around his home state’s laws against compensating women for egg donations.  Using private funds, and paying women $8,000 for their eggs, he used a new method of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) that overcame a barrier other researchers have encountered.  By leaving the egg nucleus intact, and transferring in a nucleus from skin cells, he was able to get the cells to grow past the point where previous attempts stalled.  Embryonic stem cells from his blastula stages showed ability to generate three types of tissues – a sign of pluripotency.  The results were published in Nature.1 It’s doubtful his cells would be useful, though, because they contain three sets of chromosomes instead of the usual two.  Observers are treating this not as a breakthrough, or a process likely to lead to regenerative medicine, but just as an incremental step in understanding stem cells. 1. Noggle, Eglie et al., “Human oocytes reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state,” Nature 478 (06 October 2011), pages 70–75, doi:10.1038/nature10397. Egli’s result raises ethical concerns in at least three ways (see Family Research Council outline on human cloning).  First, paying women for their egg cells could tempt poor women to undergo a risky procedure.  Second, the technique involves the destruction of a human embryo, which many believe to be a human life.  Third, it advances the possibility of cloning humans and producing human-animal chimeras. Finally, the method is unnecessary.  Stem cells with all the regenerative power needed can be obtained from adult cells, without ethical concerns, via the induced pluripotent stem cell process (iPSC).  There is no actual, tangible result from Egli’s work that shows a path to treatment for degenerative disease; all that is being claimed is the ability to compare embryonic stem cells with iPSCs. The title of a recent PNAS commentary announces: “Induced Pluripotency Leapfrogs Ahead.”  No one has shown conclusively that embryonic stem cells are better than iPSCs.  Meanwhile, exciting advances continue to pour forth on adult stem cells, as shown by a recent Science Daily article.  And PhysOrg just reported that induced reprogramming is safer than previously thought, undermining claims that they are more subject to mutations.  Another article on Medical Xpress announced a workable treatment for sickle cell anemia using a patient’s own adult stem cells. Even the articles celebrating Egli’s announcement are aware of the ethical concerns.  In the same issue of Nature, Insoo Hyun and Paul Tesar from Case Western Reserve University wrote that “Cloning advance calls for careful regulation.”  Also in Nature, Jan Helge Solbakk of the Centre for Medical Ethics questioned the practice of paying women for their eggs.  In Science the next day, Gretchen Vogel acknowledged the “ethical questions about obtaining oocytes from young, fertile women” and the “the ethical, legal, and practical hurdles that complicate his [Egli’s] work”.  The BBC News acknowledge that work with iPCSs is “seen as more ethical”.  Science Daily claimed that “The study was funded solely with private funding and adhered to ethical guidelines adopted” by various organizations, one of them being the American Society for Reproductive Medicine — but a quick look at some of their documents shows their “guidelines” to be wishy-washy statements with no teeth.  If Egli has indeed tampered with human embryos and destroyed them unnecessarily, the ethical qualms will remain. What worldview sees humans as objects, things, entities that can be used like guinea pigs?  What worldview, by contrast, puts high value on the sanctity of human life?  What kinds of practices lie down the road from those pathways?  Remember that horrors can start innocently in small stages.  One must look beyond these few cells Egli played with, and see a scientific community filled with avaricious individuals with eyes on a Nobel prize.  Some of them will do whatever they can simply because they can.  Treating diseases can be cover for other motivations; if they want the fast track to regenerative medicine, without ethical concerns, let them work with iPSCs.  Human embryos are not playthings.  You were one yourself once, too.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPatterns did not follow assumptionsResearchers photographed 55 buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens over a three-month period in 2012. The properties included 18 commercial and 37 residential buildings. With more than 100 photos in hand, researchers then measured the fraction of each window covered by blinds or shades.Here are some of their findings:More than three-quarters of the buildings had more than half of their window area covered by blinds or shades.Tenants don’t seem to use blinds and shades to block strong morning and afternoon sun. That is, in the morning, slightly more window area on the western side of the buildings was covered, and in the afternoon, slightly more east-facing windows were covered — exactly the opposite of what might be expected.Patterns seemed roughly the same no matter which direction the windows faced, and there was “no appreciable difference” between commercial and residential buildings.The use of blinds and shades didn’t seem to increase at night.“This suggests glare may not be the reason blinds are widely in use,” the council says. “Perhaps it’s privacy, the inconvenience of raising them once they are lowered, or some other cause.” Environmental price tag is very highIf the only downside was the amount of money tenants waste by not taking advantage of the views they pay for, there might not be much to squawk about. It is, after all, their money.But walls of glass are extremely poor thermal insulators, leading to a variety of ill effects on society as a whole, the Urban Green Council says. Among them: higher energy costs, increased power requirements, more carbon pollution that contributes to global climate change, and more air pollution. Because windows last 50 years or more, those problems are extremely long lasting.“Tenants also experience drawbacks from large windows,” the report concludes, “including less privacy, more noise, and an increased risk of dangerous indoor temperatures during a blackout.”The Council made two suggestions. First, professional who design buildings should collaborate on ways to maintain great views while solving energy and comfort issues. Using fiberglass frames, for example, rather than more conductive aluminum would save energy. Insulating the lower two or three feet of outside walls would still provide plenty of natural light but also cut down on energy losses.Second, the council said brokers should make sure that tenants understand the “full implications” of living in a building with lots of glass. “That way,” the council says, “prospective tenants can make decisions with a clear understanding of what’s in store before they move in.” Apartment and condo dwellers in New York City pay extra for great views, with rents typically rising just as quickly as the elevator. But a study by the Urban Green Council in New York reveals that most of this high-price glass is usually covered up.Night and day, residential or commercial building, and regardless of the window’s orientation, well over half the total window area is obscured.“While the environmental downside of all-glass buildings is well documented in the green building community, we set out to answer a different question: what is the behavior of tenants in NYC who live and work in the all-glass residences and offices with those breathtaking views?” says the council’s report. “We looked at dozens of all-glass buildings and found that on average, blinds or shades covered about 59% of the window area. Tenants are moving into these rooms with a view, but more often than not, can’t see out the windows.”last_img read more

December 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 4, 2013. By Barbara O’NeillHow will the Affordable Care Act apply to Veterans who sometimes use VA services?Veterans who qualify and receive VA benefits do not need to purchase coverage. VA benefits remain unchanged.Some may choose to sign up for coverage in individual state marketplaces to supplement their current VA coverage.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition seeking a probe by an independent agency into Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s alleged role in the 2007 Gorakhpur communal violence. He was the Gorakhpur MP then.A Division Bench of Justices Krishna Murari and Akhilesh Chandra Sharma said it did not find any discrepancies in the investigation or in the State government’s decision to refuse sanction to prosecute Mr. Adityanath. The petitioners, Gorakhpur-based activist Parvez Parwaz and lawyer Asad Hayat, alleged that the State machinery failed to carry out a fair probe. The case dates back to January 2007 when communal clashes broke out in Gorakhpur and adjoining areas after a Hindu youth was killed in a clash during a Moharram procession. Mr. Adityanath allegedly delivered a hate speech then, calling for revenge against the minority community.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The club launched a campaign, Equality FC, with a video stating, “How do you tell your daughter that even if she shows the same skills, the same commitment, trains just as hard and cares just as much, she’s always going to be valued less than her little brother?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to The Guardian, the club’s director Jacquie Agnew said, “By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the U.K. that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport.”“Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond,” she said in the report. PH women’s football team qualifies for Asian CupIncome inequality between Filipino women and men remains—WB studySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Image: Facebook/@LewesFCLewes FC, a semi-professional football club based in England, announced that it would pay both its men’s and women’s teams equally.The East Sussex club hopes to bridge the disparity that women face in sports by providing the same budget, equipment and facilities to both sides.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Women’s first-team manager John Donoghue said, “This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole U.K. football community that women’s football deserves an equal voice and support to men’s.”Lewes FC’s women’s team plays in the third level of the Football Association, the Premier League Southern Division.In the men’s English football league, the men’s team plays in the eighth level, the Isthmian League Division One South. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Women accuse US soccer federation of wage discriminationADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img #KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKorean managers of the Rs 16,000-crore LG Electronics, based in Greater Noida, routinely play nukkad cricket, baseball style, with their colleagues on the company’s premises. They do not understand the game but know that cricket is religion in India. That’s a fact that the company, one of the 10 on-ground sponsors of the 2011 World Cup, has come to realise. No wonder, it will spend close to Rs 100 crore on cricket-related activities this year.Rs 150 crore will come from ticket sales in the World Cup, Rs 700 crore from TV ads.The company’s association with the sport has not only boosted tv sales-at least 50-60 per cent during the cricket season-but also built stronger brand equity for India’s largest consumer durables manufacturer. LG isn’t alone. Any marketer, wanting a strong toehold in the subcontinent is targeting cricket, be it Reliance Communications, Hero Honda Motors, PepsiCo or even those companies which have earlier invested in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “When we up the ante on cricket, our brand scores show an upward swing,” says Anil Dua, senior vice-president (marketing and sales), Hero Honda Motors.And the stakes are just going up. Around Rs 1,500 crore will be spent on cricket-related activities on tv alone during the World Cup and IPL 4. Of this, Rs 700 crore will be spent on the World Cup, while Rs 800-900 crore will be riding on the IPL. Only half of this amount was spent during the last World Cup in 2007, when India crashed out ignominiously in the first round. Comparatively, advertisement volumes for IPL 2 grew 17 per cent over IPL1. IPL 3 saw a rise of 35 per cent since the inaugural IPL in 2007. Sponsors Hero Honda, LG and PepsiCo would be spending Rs 70-80 crore each, estimate agencies.advertisementHyundai, the official car partner of the 2011 World Cup, will spend Rs 200 crore on ICC-related events till 2015. Sony India is planning to spend Rs 100 crore this year. Reebok India is planning to hike its advertising spending by 25 per cent. Sixty per cent of its total marketing budget will be consumed by the cricketing season.Around 70 million Indian households will be watching the ICC World Cup 2011.Is IPL bigger than the World Cup when it comes to advertising revenue on tv? Samir Kale, managing director of CMCG, a sports marketing consultancy, thinks so. “It has three times the playing time of the World Cup and primetime viewership which makes it more attractive for advertisers.” While average tv advertising rates would be around Rs 1-1.5 lakh for a 10-second commercial, it could go up to Rs 3.5 lakh on broadcaster ESPN Star Sports during the World Cup. Compare that to Rs 5.5 lakh during IPL on Set Max. “IPL’s tv viewership could be much more than the World Cup that has only six guaranteed India matches in the first round of 42 matches, making advertising spend riskier,” says Hiren Pandit, managing partner, GroupM.That’s the reason why LG, despite being a ground sponsor, is not buying airtime on ESPN Star Sports. “If India doesn’t do well, or doesn’t make it to the quarter-finals, public interest will drop,” says L.K. Gupta, marketing head, LG India. IPL guarantees more bang for the buck. According to tam Media, the IPL has been generating average television ratings (TVR) of 4.2-4.7, with finals shooting up to as high as 10.5, while the 2007 World Cup had average TVRs of 2.1 with the finale touching only 4.5.For some sponsors, however, both are important. While the World Cup is all about nationalistic fervour, IPL is about being with it. So Hero Honda, which was one of the ground sponsors of IPL 3 and also sponsor of the Delhi Daredevils, is ICC’s global sponsor for World Cup too.last_img read more