first_imgDempsey Mc Guigan the 20 year old Finn Valley athlete is off to the Univ Of Mississippi tomorrow Monday to begin an athletics scholarship at the Southern American academic institute.Dempsey McGuiganHe is clearly looking forward to the challenge and continuing to progress his career as an interrnational hammer thrower .His personal best of 63.60m from Watford in June 2013 in the event is the Donegal and Finn Valley record and for this young man from an athletic family. His brother Fellan travelled to represent Ireland in the hammer at the world youth champs in Ukraine in 2013 while his brother Dalton is a national steeple age group champion and Mum Kate and sister Ashlee are runners .Dempsey has represented Ireland at under 20 and at the world youth olympics all a reward for a life dedicated to improvement .Dempsey will be amongst a group of Finn Valley athletes based in U S . Pauric Mc Laughlin and Sarah Collins currently on scholarship there. Tori Pena the olympian and the Irish record holder at pole vault currently about to open her 2014 season before heading to Australia to compete .Best wishes are extended to Dempsey and no doubt we will be updated as he initially settles in and begins to compete and of course study . DONEGAL ATHLETE OFF TO MISSISSIPPI ON SCHOLARSHIP was last modified: January 12th, 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:Dempsey McGuigandonegalfinn valleylast_img read more

Was Baby Lucy Someone Else’s Kid?

first_imgJeffrey Schwartz (U of Pittsburgh) thinks the “child” skeleton nicknamed “Lucy’s baby” celebrated in the news media last month (09/20/2006) was probably not the same species as Lucy.  In fact, he’s not sure if anyone knows what species the skeleton found in Hadar, Ethiopia is.  According to a press release on EurekAlert, without exposed teeth surfaces for comparison, “one cannot tell whether the Dikika child really is the first specimen of Ethiopian A. afarensis or, if not, whether it compares favorably with one of the hominids from Hadar or it represents a different taxon altogether.”  The doubt over taxons underscores the difficulty of drawing distinctions when the only material to work with is bone (05/24/2004).    One problem with classifying this juvenile individual with Lucy is that all the previous Australopithecus afarensis specimens were from Laetoli, Tanzania, thousands of kilometers to the south.  Did they actually extend all over Africa, or were the Ethiopian specimens a distinct population?  Schwartz, co-author of a four-volume work on the human fossil record, said that all the Laetoli fossils differ in detail from those in Hadar.  “This means, of course, that no Hadar specimen is A. afarensis.”It’s kind of fun watching the Planet of the Apes actors fight each other (e.g., 12/21/2004, 09/23/2004).  You saw this latest dispute coming, of course.  After awhile, each new episode looks like a rerun (for the plot line, see 06/11/2003 commentary).  We know it’s all fiction anyway (see 12/30/2004, 11/19/2004, 02/19/2004).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Young Kroonstad train tragedy heroes nominated for National Order

first_imgThe story of two brave young Free State boys rescuing passengers during the recent Shosholoza Meyl train tragedy, has struck a chord with South Africans. The two have been nominated to receive official recognition for their bravery.Young South African heroes Mokoni Chaka and Evert du Preez are lifelong friends who instinctively stepped up to help rescue passengers during the January 2018 Hennenman–Kroonstad train accident. (Image: eNCA YouTube)CD AndersonFollowing a recent interview on the actuality programme Carte Blanche with Mokoni Chaka and Evert du Preez, there has been growing support for the boys to receive the National Order of Mendi for Bravery. The two friends were among the first people to arrive at the accident scene and rescue victims of the Hennenman–Kroonstad train tragedy on 4 January 2018. The crash claimed the lives of 21 passengers, with more than 250 injured.Evert is the son of farmer Willie du Preez, and Mokoni is the son of the  Du Preez farm’s foreman, Tshepo Chaka. The two have been lifelong friends on the Free State farm, with Evert’s mother describing the two 12-year-olds as “inseparable from a young age”.This bond was exemplified in the frantic English-Afrikaans-Sesotho linguistic shorthand the two used when describing the accident in an on-the-scene interview with eNCA News. The interview turned them into a much-needed feelgood viral hit.In the more recent Carte Blanche interview, the boys calmly describe – still in their fluid mix of languages – seeing the initial crash and instinctively joining adults in racing to the scene to help rescue efforts. The boys helped to move several small children and women through broken train windows and later helped by supplying water and food to survivors and rescue crew.The story struck a chord with many South Africans, including Renier Schoeman, the commissioner for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities. Closely following the story of the boys in the news, Schoeman, who was deputy minister of education from 1994 to 1996, promptly put their names forward for this year’s National Orders. Support for the nomination is growing on social media.Tweets about evert mokoni “I served in the first cabinet of President Nelson Mandela [in 1994],” Schoeman told Carte Blanche, “and I saw how committed he had been to not only the children of South Africa, but also the idea of reconciliation between South Africans.”He believed that the strong bond of friendship between the two boys demonstrated that Madiba ideal and, vitally, inspired their shared act of bravery. The two, he said, should be recognised not only for their actions in the aftermath of the crash, but for also representing what South Africans could do together through friendship and understanding.Evert told Carte Blanche that he and Mokoni were proud about what they had done. “We hope we have set an example for the people of South Africa to not only think about themselves, but also [about] the people next to them.”Schoeman said bravery was always an act of instinct and selflessness. “These boys could have just walked away from the crisis, but together they decided to help… It is that sort of can-do and positive attitude that gives South Africans reasons to be optimistic about the future of the country.”Watch the full Carte Blanche insert here.Read more about the country’s National Order awards: South Africa’s National Orders2017 National Orders recipients2016 National Orders recipientsSource: eNCA, Carte BlancheWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.” last_img read more

Unifor calls on Compass to halt layoffs at Goderich mine ahead of

first_imgGODERICH, Ont. – Unifor is calling on Compass Minerals to pause job cuts at its salt mine in Goderich, Ont. ahead of collective bargaining talks.The union says the company gave lay-off notices to about 48 workers last week, while the Local 16-O union has given notice to bargain for March 5 and has filed for conciliation.Unifor says that laying off 10 per cent of the mine’s workforce two weeks before bargaining is a very aggressive move and that the company is “acting like an employer itching for major job action.”The union says it also has serious concerns over how Compass has acted, accusing the company of encouraging workers to take severance packages that would cancel their right to be recalled if production at the mine increases.The Kansas-based company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Unifor’s accusations, but said previously that the cuts are part of a years-long restructuring that includes a shift to a mining method that is safer and requires fewer employees.Compass, which bought the Goderich mine in 1990, says the operation located 550 metres under Lake Huron is the largest underground salt mine in the world with the product being mostly used for winter road maintenance.last_img read more

Meeting with PM wont stop BCs opposition to pipeline Horgan

first_imgHe said Notley and the prime minister should at least consider building more oil refineries in Canada.Horgan, who has often suggested building more refineries, said he will raise the issue in Sunday’s meeting.“If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be investing in refining capacity so that we Canadians can benefit from the jobs and we Canadians can benefit from this natural resource rather than sending it in raw form to another jurisdiction,” he said.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESS Trudeau summoned Horgan and Notley for the meeting over the escalating dispute. The prime minister is attending the Summit of the Americas in Peru, but will return to Canada for the meeting before heading to Europe on a trade mission.Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s operator, turned up the heat last week announcing it is stopping essential spending on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion because of opposition and delays in B.C. The company established a May 31 deadline for action.“I’m happy to hear what the prime minister and perhaps Rachel Notley has to say,” Horgan said. “I don’t feel there’s any need for sabre-rattling or provocation, nor for threats.”Notley said her New Democrat government is preparing to introduce legislation that could reduce the flow of oil to B.C., which is likely to cause gas prices to spike in the Vancouver area, where motorists are already paying more than $1.50 per litre.On Thursday in Edmonton, Notley didn’t appear to soften her stand ahead of the meeting.“There is one and only one solution, and that solution is that the pipeline gets built without delay.” Trudeau was in Vancouver and Victoria last week where he was met by protests, but reiterated the federal government approved the pipeline project in November 2016 and will ensure it is built. The federal cabinet held an emergency meeting this week and has since voiced its support for the project.Horgan said B.C. intends to pursue court action that involves seeking a constitutional reference case to determine who has the jurisdiction to permit the pipeline to cross B.C.“We are in court following the rule of law. We’re developing a question with respect to jurisdiction that will be referred to a court in short order and as far as I’m concerned we are issuing (project) permits as requested by the proponent.”Green Party leader Andrew Weaver said the federal and Alberta governments are missing an opportunity to bring Canada’s economy into the 21st century by supporting the expansion project.center_img VICTORIA, B.C. — A defiant British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he won’t back down from his government’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline project when he meets Sunday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Horgan said Thursday he will go to Ottawa to hear what the prime minister and Alberta premier have to say, but if they expect him to drop B.C.’s court actions or its advocacy for protection from oil spills, they are mistaken.“I will defend to the end the rights of B.C. to stand up and defend our coast,” Horgan said during an outdoor news conference near a legislature flower garden. “This is a serious issue for British Columbians and I’ll do my level best to make sure the premier of Alberta and the prime minister understand that.”last_img read more

Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme an extraordinary step Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.last_img read more

Online bullying leads to poor sleep depression in teenagers

first_imgParents, please take note. Teenagers who experience cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep and depression, warns a study. In one of the few studies to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality, a research team examined the relationship between online bullying and depression among over 800 adolescents. “Cyber victimisation on the Internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimisation and an emerging mental health concern among teenagers who are digital natives,” said the reearchers. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or even suicide. According to the US Office of Adolescent Health, nearly one third of teenagers have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal. The study was scheduled to be presented at “SLEEP 2019” conference in Texas from June 8-12.last_img read more

Egypt police arrest AlJazeera journalists ministry

first_imgCairo – Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said.Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a “Muslim Brotherhood member” and the other an Australian. Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.The raid came after authorities listed the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as a “terrorist organisation”, making membership in Islamist group or even possession of its literature a crime.The journalists “broadcast live news harming domestic security,” the interior ministry said, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications”.Greste, a former BBC journalist, won the prestigious Peabody award in 2011 for a documentary on Somalia. Fahmy, who formerly worked with CNN, is a well-known journalist in Cairo with no known links to the Brotherhood.Egypt’s military-installed government cracked down on Al-Jazeera’s affiliates following the overthrow of Morsi in July, accusing the broadcaster of pro-Brotherhood coverage.Several Al-Jazeera reporters remain in detention, including Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the Arab language station arrested on August 14 when police dispersed an Islamist protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation last week after a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters killed 15 people.It blamed the attack on the Islamists, although an Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Brotherhood condemned it.last_img read more

Mens soccer takes seventh shutout on season

After losing three of its last four games, the Buckeye men’s soccer team broke through with a much-needed 2-0 win over Oakland (Mich.) University Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State scored its first goal midway through the first half, which allowed them to play with more confidence than they had during the recent downturn. “That’s one of our first goals we’ve scored in the first half this year,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “Early goals makes things so much more comfortable. To get that goal was awesome.” The opening goal came in the 18th minute on a corner kick from Scales that found the forehead of the team’s leading scorer, Konrad Warzycha, for his sixth goal of the season. Scales said that he had been working on driving the ball in from the corner instead of bending it in like he had previously. “Konrad’s a big old guy,” Scales said. “It’s pretty easy to find him in there.” OSU coach John Bluem said he thought the game was a little flat, but was ultimately happy his players were able to get a win after a tumultuous stretch. “I hope that we can build from this game,” Bluem said. “It wasn’t our best performance of the year, but the second half early goal like that sure took a lot of the pressure off and made it easy for us.” During the week, Bluem said the main symptom of his team’s struggles came from the lack of scoring up front by the forwards. After not being in the starting lineup, forward Chris Hegngi netted the team’s second goal 21 seconds into the second half. “It’s good for his confidence,” Bluem said. “He didn’t start tonight and maybe that was the fire from him that we needed.” “I hadn’t scored in a few games. You knew it was important to get the second goal, and it was awesome to get that second goal,” Hegngi said. OSU is down to its final stage of the season as it hosts Wisconsin and Big Ten-leading Indiana to wind things down. The Buckeyes came into Wednesday’s game ranked No. 6 in the conference standings and needed the win against Oakland to get back on track heading into such a critical portion of the season. “We need to be better than we are right now if we expect to win games as we get going down the stretch,” Bluem said. “The games get harder and harder at the end of the season and we have to accept that, work harder and push ourselves harder and be ready, mentally and physically for these games.” read more