AFTER A WAIT OF 36 YEARS, THE SMILES FROM DONEGAL LADIES WHICH SAYS ‘YES WE DID IT’

first_imgBY FRED AICKEN: IT HAS been a long long way of 36 years but tonight Donegal Ladies Bowls Team finally cracked it when they brought the McIlroy Cup back to the county.They were up against the mighty Armagh and this was a rerun of last year’s final, when the Orchard ladies beat our ladies by  an overwhelming margin of 28 shots.Armagh ladies have lifted the trophy six times and, on current form, the pundits considered it would be a major upset  if they failed to add to the total. The Armagh side was laden with talent including five-time ladies single champion, Pauline Beattie, her mother, May Cassells, Catherine McMillen and Flo McNally and Donegal faced a daunting task.Fortunately, Donegal did not read the script the pundits wrote and set off on the team coach with steely determination to write their own script.In the first half, on mat one,  D Montgomery, Ruby Graham, M McClintock and M Montgomery did not match their previous campaign form and went down by 13 shots to 4 shots to a very good rink skipped by Armagh’s  E Smyth.On mat three, S Bell, L O’Kane, P Eaton-Friel  and A Gilfillan had a tight battle with Armagh’s M Cassells and came out with a creditable win of 10 shots to 9 shots. However, the fireworks were occurring on mat two where P Lyttle, K Duggan, L Finlay and V Patterson were in overdrive against the unfortunate Armagh’s D Marshall running out 17 shots to 2 shots winners after the 10 ends.This left Donegal going into the second half with a 7 shots advantage but with uncomfortable feeling of the spectre of Pauline Beattie looming.However, M Beattie, R Hamilton, J Buchanan and Inishowen’s Elizabeth Doherty dug their heels in to ensure the Pauline was only one shot ahead after 8 ends.On mat two, T Jacob, S Finlay, I Duncan and R McDonnell were turning the screw on Armagh’s F McNally, building up an 18 shots to 3 shots lead and on mat one S Alexander, A McClintock, P Bustard and R Crawford were causing Armagh’s C McMillan all sorts of grief by winning 13 shots 3 shots.By winning by 67 shots to 36 shots with two ends unplayed, Donegal certainly gained revenge for last year’s rout and can now be proud of their efforts on behalf of the county. Just look at the smiles on those faces.It says it all.AFTER A WAIT OF 36 YEARS, THE SMILES FROM DONEGAL LADIES WHICH SAYS ‘YES WE DID IT’ was last modified: February 12th, 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 ladies bowls teammcilroy cup winners 2012last_img read more

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Eyes on the Prize: Science Sees Gold in Biomimetics

first_imgA fly eye made the cover of Science this week.1  It’s not that the compound eye is interesting to entomologists; MSNBC News picked up on the real message: “Animal eyes inspire new technology – Researchers learn optics lessons from biology.”  The cover story is about biomimetics, or reverse-engineering nature.  Scientists are looking for ways to imitate the energy-efficient, densely-packed, space-saving technologies exhibited in animal eyes to improve artificial sensors, microscopes and cameras.  The authors of the cover story explained their mission:Observing systems in nature has inspired humans to create technological tools that allow us to better understand and imitate biology.  Biomimetics, in particular, owes much of its current development to advances in materials science and creative optical system designs.  New investigational tools, such as those for microscopic imaging and chemical analyses, have added to our understanding of biological optics.  Biologically inspired optical science has become the emerging topic among researchers and scientists.From the ten kinds of visual systems featured among living animals, scientists will have to start easy.  They won’t attempt to model the complex retinal eyes of mammals or cephalopods, but will start with the prism-like compound eyes of insects.    In the article, the eyes of various animals are described, as well as properties of our own human variety.  Lobster eyes might help us build better X-ray telescopes.  Brittlestars might help us focus light with liquids.  Beetles might help us build better infrared sensors.  The possibilities seem endless; improvements in cameras and sensing devices are just some examples of benefits to be gained from searching “nature’s wisdom.”  The authors conclude that the time is ripe for a creative synergy between man and beast:Imitating nature is a complex endeavor, and a blind biomimetic approach is not the best methodology.  Instead, molecular-level studies of the biological development of natural vision systems are key.  For example, current infrared sensors can distinguish more than what human eyes can see, but they require a sophisticated cooling system to work.  Somehow, insects have this same ability without the limitation of temperature control. This is but one example of how it is primarily nature’s designs that are superior to man-made equivalents.  However, if we are able to decode the designs, then the combination of our creativity in materials and nature’s wisdom is [a] synergistic one with incredible potential.In another article in the same issue,2 George Mayer (U of Washington) discussed efforts to mimic the rigid composite materials found in molluscs and sponges.  The biological materials are enviable because of their viscoelastic properties, ability to resist the propagation of cracks, and ability to sustain loads without strain.  Mimicking those properties are challenging enough, but living systems have abilities far more interesting.  Mayer ended: “Of immense significance, too, are features that have been observed, but researchers have thus far been unable to replicate in synthetic systems, such as the ability for self-repair and the exceptional tenacity at interfaces.”1Luke P. Lee and Robert Szema, “Inspirations from Biological Optics for Advanced Photonic Systems,” Science, 18 November 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5751, pp. 1148 – 1150; DOI: 10.1126/science.1115248.2George Mayer, “Rigid Biological Systems as Models for Synthetic Composites,” Science, 18 November 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5751, pp. 1144 – 1147, DOI: 10.1126/science.1116994.There was no mention of evolution in thess papers; not even of natural selection, Darwin, or millions of years.  Who needs it?  This is the cutting-edge of science and technology for the 21st century: a design-inspired approach to science that not only will bring exciting new benefits to society but will help us “understand and imitate biology.”  This is exactly the kind of “methodological engineering” that William Dembski predicted in The Design Revolution (IVP, 2004, p. 312) would show that ID has the power to generate fruitful research.    If you are a tired Darwinist reading this, here is your way out.  Kick the Charlie habit and get in on the leading edge of biomimetics.  No more need for storytelling or fantasizing – just real-world research with “incredible potential” – and it looks incredibly fun, too.  It will push technology to the limit.  Field biologists can still go out and collect species for study, but now with a new vision instead of force-fitting everything into imaginary phylogenetic trees.  Lab technicians can devise new ways to measure and study phenomena.  Profs and grad students can stay gainfully busy.  It’s the cure for overspecialization: think of the new interdisciplinary labs that could be built (10/29/2005).  Dollars and research papers will flow.  The government would love to fund this kind of research.  If you can propose spin-offs for the military, antiterrorism, medicine, or “green” technology, your future is secure.  It will take the pressure off the origins battle.  Politicians, theologians, teachers and the public will love you for it.  It’s a complete win-win situation for science and for humankind, while old worries about Darwinism, like dead autumn leaves, will simply drop off and wither away for historians to sweep up.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brand South Africa salutes Cowen High School for winning the Umhlobo Wenene FM debate competition

first_imgCowen High School Deputy Principal, Mr Clay, Cowen High School debate team leader Asanda Mphako, Cowen High School Principal, Mr T Dolley and Ms Thoko Modise, Manager: Civil Society Brand South Africa.Johannesburg, Tuesday 18 August 2015 – On Friday 14 August, Brand South Africa handed over prizes worth R50 000 to Cowen High School in Port Elizabeth. Cowen High School were the victors in the school debate competition hosted by Umhlobo Wenene and Brand South Africa on 16 June.• Download press release• Download press imageThrough its Play Your Part programme, Brand South Africa aims to encourage South Africans to contribute actively and positively to the development of their communities. Brand South Africa therefore recognises Cowen High School’s achievement in positively contributing to the education of their learners.In order to continuously develop the country’s competitiveness, it’s imperative that the youth are equipped with skills and education. Cowen High School has demonstrated how they are actively contributing to addressing the goals set out in the National Development Plan (NDP). It is for this reason that Brand South Africa takes its hat off to Cowen High School. One of the many goals set out in the NDP is to improve the school system by increasing the number of learners achieving above 50% in literacy and mathematics as well as increasing student retention rates to 90%.Brand South Africa awarded Cowen High School with R50 000 worth of prizes comprising a public address (PA) system and six laptops. The school’s principal Mr T Dolley says: “The PA system will help educators communicate more clearly and effectively with students during assembly”. He adds that the laptops will assist the learners to further develop their information technology skills.As part of Brand South Africa’s Constitution Mondays campaign, learners were asked to recite the preamble of the constitution at assembly. The Constitution Mondays campaign asks all schools, on the first day of every month, to hoist the flag, read the preamble to the Constitution and sing the national anthem. This campaign, aims to see school learners and civil society groups throughout the country participate in constitutional awareness.Thoko Modise, Manager: Civil Society at Brand South Africa says: “My proudest moment was watching the school choir singing the Freedom Charter Song and reciting the preamble of the constitution. This is what we are striving for as Brand South Africa, that all learners realise the importance of the constitution and what it stands for.”last_img read more

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Bizweni gets classroom boost

first_imgA child with a mental disability reads at the official opening. (Image: SA Goodnews)A new skills development wing at the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, in Somerset West, will serve those at the school who need specialised care and stimulation.The new unit will cater for 30 children between the ages of 12 and 18. It was officially opened in March 2016.“Ideally, we want to keep stimulating these children with social, educational and physical learning opportunities as they grow up so that they are able to improve in all areas and ultimately enjoy the best possible quality of life,” said Vicky Hinrichsen, the centre’s project manager.CLASSROOMSThe new unit consists of two large classrooms, toilets with wheelchair access, a patio for outdoor activities and a new office.An extension to the existing building, it cost more than R2-million was completed by Rotary Club of Helderberg in partnership with Peninsula Beverages, the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in Western and Northern Cape; Rotary Club of Newlands; and several large and small sponsors.“Rotary International president Ravi Ravindran, at the beginning of his tenure, asked Rotarians to be a ‘Gift to the World’ and to ensure the gifts they provide are not just given as hand-outs, but are offered with love and respect,” Geraldine Nicol, the district governor of Rotary District 9350, said at the official opening.“Today we celebrate the opening of the extension to the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, a gift given with much love and respect by the Rotary Club of Helderberg together with our grateful thanks to the donors, which include individuals, sister Rotary Clubs, certain charitable trusts and Peninsula Beverages, all of whom helped turn the impossible dream into a reality.”At the centre, children learn basic computer skills, gardening, cooking and cleaning skills as well as how to write.BIZWENIBizweni has been running for 18 years and has 56 children, all of whom have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.Most of them come from homes where services such as individualised occupational, speech and remedial therapy are increasingly difficult to obtain. For many of the children, placement at the appropriate special needs schools is not a possibility.The physical well-being of children at Bizweni is also critical and they are encouraged to develop their muscle strength and mobility under the guidance of carers.“The staff at Bizweni are true heroes for bringing such joy into the lives of these children each day,” said John Joubert, the Peninsular Beverages commercial director. “We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Bizweni and Rotary Club of Helderberg to complete our 28th brick and mortar project which will ultimately ensure more children with disabilities are able to flourish.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Haider abandons Pak cricket team, seeks refuge in London

first_imgAlready facing troubles over several match-fixing charges, Pakistan cricket now faces a new crisis after the team’s wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider abandoned his team in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and fled to London seeking refuge to evade a “threat” from the bookies. In a dramatic turn of events, Haider was reported missing on Sunday, on the eve of the deciding fifth one-day international (ODI) against South Africa. He did not arrive with the team at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Hours later, the player was filmed exiting Heathrow airport in London. The only indication of what led Haider to abandon his team was a cryptic status update on social networking site Facebook: “leaving pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game”. Haider was the hero for Pakistan in the previous match as he hit 19 crucial runs to take his side home and level the series 2-2. But his match-winning performance became a cause of concern for the young cricketer. He was fined after the match for flouting team curfew rules and was “threatened” for his on-field heroics. Initially the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) feigned ignorance about the entire matter, but later ordered an inquiry into the cricketer’s disappearance. Haider’s brother alleged that the PCB ignored the threats to him but remained ignorant. Now, until Haider himself comes forward, no one would know the real reason for his dramatic exit from the team. Haider’s act of vanishing comes on the heels of a corruption scandal that hit the Pakistan team in August 2009 when three of its players were accused of match-fixing following a newspaper investigation. Then captain Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir have been under suspension since then for allegedly accepting money via a middleman to bowl no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.advertisementlast_img read more

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Saskatchewan sets legal age for cannabis at 19 bans drugimpaired driving

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won’t end up with a criminal record.The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government’s priority when it set the age at 19.“We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going,” Morgan said.“It would have been a challenge to use 23 or 25 or a later age. We were afraid that it would make it easier for the black market to be established at the lower ages.”The proposed legislation bans anyone under 19 from possessing marijuana, but getting caught with less than five grams will not result in a criminal record. Rather, Morgan said, the pot would be confiscated and a fine imposed.“We have to recognize that these are young people and we didn’t want to be onerous to the point that we imposed a serious criminal record on somebody or something that was disproportionate to the responsibility that a young person should have. It was a balance.”It would be a criminal offence, however, for an older person to supply marijuana to a minor, Morgan said.Saskatchewan is also proposing a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired drivers and a ban on consuming cannabis in public spaces, including schools and daycares.“Treat it the same way you would open liquor,” Morgan said.The province plans to follow federal standards and limit a household to four homegrown plants.Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, said a price for cannabis is likely to be suggested by the Crown agency from time to time. That will be a delicate balancing act, he said.“You’ll want to find that spot where you want to get rid of the black market, but you don’t want to make it so cheap as to … make it that much more available, particularly to young people,” he said. “We don’t know at this point what the exact price will be.”Makowsky has already said the sale of legal cannabis will be handled by the private sector with government oversight. Some 51 retail cannabis permits are being made available in 32 communities.Retailers will have to pass a “good character” test similar to that required for alcohol sales. Makowsky said retailers will be allowed to purchase cannabis from out-of-province suppliers.last_img read more

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Hulk reiterates plan to play for Palmeiras

first_imgBrazilian forward Hulk insists he still plans to make the move to Palmeiras at some point in his future, despite being content in ChinaHulk currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League and is contracted at the club until June 2020.Since his arrival in 2016, Hulk has gone on to manage an impressive 51 goals and 43 assists in 87 appearances for Shanghai and captained the team to the CSL title this year.In regards to rumours that he will be leaving Shanghai for Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras next year, Hulk dismissed them all together.“There is always speculation about me and Palmeiras, precisely because of the affection I have for the team and I have made it clear I identify with Palmeiras,” said Hulk, according to Goal.Copa Libertadores: Battle for quarter final place George Patchias – July 31, 2019 The race is hotting up for a place in the last 8 of South America’s equivalent of the Champions League. With the first group…“It is a wish and desire of mine to return to play in Brazil, but it’s something that is a bit complicated to happen at the moment.“I have two more years of my contract to see out at my club and I’m happy in China.”After leaving Brazil in 2005, Hulk has since gone on to enjoy spells with the likes of Portuguese champions FC Porto and Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg.The 32-year-old has also played in Japan for Kawasaki Frontale, Consadole Sapporo and Tokyo Verdy.Aside from that, Hulk has represented Brazil at international with 11 goals in 47 appearances and featured at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Copa America.last_img read more

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ExElleGirl Editors Launch ENewsletter

first_imgOnce a robust category in print, the titles serving teen girls have dwindled in recent years. Both Hachette’s ElleGirl and Time Inc.’s Teen People shuttered in 2006. Hearst’s CosmoGirl! folded last month. (Last week, Conde Nast shuttered Flip.com, its online social network and scrapbook creation site aimed at teen girls.)”During our years in print, we realized that magazine Web sites were often an afterthought, running repurposed magazine pieces, stories that were killed, or content that was deemed ‘not good enough’ for print,” Walker said.“From a user perspective, it’s nice to have your information delivered to your inbox, as opposed to having to go to the site every day,” Ichikawa told FOLIO:. “Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten a little lazy with the immediacy of the Internet and if you can even cut out 20 seconds of your surfing routine, you’ll take that option.”The pair plan to make content available on a variety of platforms, including RSS, mobile, widgets, social media syndication and a traditional Web site.Daily Candy, which launched in 2000, was acquired by Comcast for $125 million in August. A pair of former ElleGirl editors have launched an e-mail newsletter targeted at teenage girls.Anne Ichikawa and Melissa Walker say I Heart Daily, an e-newsletter and Web site modeled loosely after the older-skewing Daily Candy, will deliver entertainment, fashion, beauty and news content to the audience they used to edit for.“We’re focused on making I Heart Daily a staple in the lives of our audience,” said Walker. “As more and more content providers targeting the teen demographic have folded, we hope to fill that void in a unique way. And we’re both always up for a new adventure, so we want to grow the brand and go wherever the site takes us.”last_img read more

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Mercedes might pull CClass from Alabama to make room for SUVs report

first_img Post a comment 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Mercedes-Benz Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan: A sport sedan in search of balance Enlarge ImageThe C-Class is still mighty good, but its design and tech is now a generation behind. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Even as gas prices fluctuate, buyers continue to favor SUVs and crossovers in ever-greater numbers, pushing sedans by the wayside. It’s such a strong push that it might cause at least one automaker to move its sedan manufacturing outside US borders to make room for more utility vehicles.Despite its position as its best-selling sedan in the US, Mercedes-Benz might move C-Class production out of its Alabama plant, Automotive News reports, citing sources “familiar with the situation.” Mercedes-Benz declined to comment to AN. The C-Class came here in 2014, a five-year process that, according to the report, was met with much pearl-clutching from German unions.The reason for its departure is simple — even though it still sells well, other cars sell better. And by cars, I mean “light trucks,” which include SUVs and crossovers. According to AN’s report, Mercedes-Benz estimates that some 60 percent of its US sales next year will be high-sided vehicles. It’s also taking up space at an already busy plant: Operating at 93 percent capacity, the plant is also responsible for popular utes like the GLS-Class and GLE-Class, both of which are expected to see increased sales over the next few years. The C-Class has occupied an ever-shrinking slice of Mercedes’ US market production, so it seems like the right time to plan a move.But where will it go? AN’s report points out that Mercedes also builds the C-Class in Germany, South Africa and China. Production of US-spec C-Classes would likely move to South Africa, where there’s plenty of plant capacity. Alabama is also gearing up for a whole lot of electric vehicles. The plant is in the midst of a $1 billion upgrade that will add electric-vehicle production to the facility’s portfolio. AN’s report clams that two new EQ vehicles, positioned similarly to the GLE and GLS, will start production in Alabama in 2020 and 2022, respectively, although Mercedes-Benz has not announced those vehicles yet. Even without its bread-and-butter C-Class, the automaker’s production doesn’t sound like it’s slowing down any time soon. Tags 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 looks good, performs better 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its titlecenter_img More From Roadshow Share your voice 0 More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan Mercedes-Benz Sedans Car Industry 67 Photoslast_img read more

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