Hetmyer misses century

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Shimron Hetmyer fell agonisingly short of a hundred as he led a solid West Indies A reply on the second day of the final four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday. The Caribbean side closed the day on 183 for four at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, with Hetmyer top-scoring with an aggressive 94 and captain Shamarh Brooks unbeaten on 43. Sri Lanka A had earlier converted their overnight 272 for seven into 318 all out, as left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson helped polish off the tail to finish with four for 65. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed three for 93, while leg-spinner Damion Jacobs picked up two for 64. Roshen Silva added just nine to his overnight 40, while number 10 Kasun Madushanka slammed five fours in an eight-ball 20. West Indies A were quickly in trouble, however, when openers Rajendra Chandrika (11) and left-hander Kieran Powell (8) departed cheaply to leave the visitors stumbling on 35 for two. THIRD WICKET STAND Hetmyer and Brooks then came together to rescue the innings in an enterprising 104-run, third wicket stand. The left-handed Hetmyer was dominant throughout in a better than run-a-ball innings, carving out 17 boundaries off just 93 deliveries. Brooks, a right-hander, has faced 79 deliveries and struck five fours. When Hetmyer fell, the in-form Vishaul Singh joined Brooks to add a further 34 for the fourth wicket, before perishing 15 minutes before the close for 15, lbw to seamer Lahiru Gamage. The three-game series is tied 1-1 after the hosts won the opener in Colombo by seven wickets and West Indies A pulled of a massive 333-run victory in the second contest in Pallekele.last_img read more

BRAC Liberia Gets Outstanding NGO 2013-2014 Award

first_imgRoyal Communications Incorporated has awarded BRAC Liberia for what they termed “Outstanding contributions in helping the Government of Liberia in buttressing its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).”BRAC is a non-governmental organization (NGO), engaged in providing microfinance/micro-loans to vulnerable Liberians as well as helping to boost the agriculture sector.According to the director of news and program at Royal Communications Incorporated, Francis Pelenah, the award came about following intensive discussions among editors and a survey of views among Liberians and non-Liberians. After much deliberations, they came up with BRAC as the outstanding NGO of the year 2013.Upon receiving the award, BRAC’s Country Representative, Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam, thanked the RCI for their efforts to award his organization (BRAC) as the year’s outstanding NGO for its commitment to the people of Liberia.He said building the capacity of local groups is a priority for the organization and that they need to support them by encouraging them to do more to reduce the poverty rate in the country.Mr. Salam also said that his organization is aimed at building the agriculture sector and supporting the poor for economic development.“We are working with poor people in five counties in Liberia by giving out micro-loans to women in order to help them develop themselves.”He further stated that his organization would continue to provide loans for the underprivileged; adding: “Giving loans to women will also help them engage in farming and other kind of businesses, which will help to  boost the overall economy of Liberia.”He disclosed that his organization is also working on health programs to reduce maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy reduction in the country.“BRAC is a very smooth running organization that doesn’t take long to give loans to its customers,” he boasted.Other members of the BRAC organization like, Dr.Mahmud Hossain, the Program Manager and Sadhan Dey, the Managing Director of BRAC Microfinance, expressed satisfaction about the award given to them. They promised to work tirelessly to improve the lives of most Liberians and the economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

England eye World Cup final with holders USA in their path

first_imgThe United States are defending the trophy they won in 2015, their third triumph in seven editions. England are in their third consecutive semi-final at a major tournament but fell at this hurdle four years ago, and again at Euro 2017.That sets them apart from their opponents on Tuesday, but also from the other semi-finalists, European champions the Netherlands and 2016 Olympic finalists Sweden.“These are three teams who have reached finals in recent years, so we probably have that edge, we’re maybe more destined to go to a final in that respect,” insisted Bronze, who is back in her adopted home, having joined Lyon from Manchester City in 2017.Megan Rapinoe has scored all four USA goals in their knockout phase wins against Spain and France © AFP / FRANCK FIFEThe right-back has won successive Champions League titles since joining the French side, and can’t wait to run out onto the pitch at their 59,000-seat home she knows so well.“It brings out the best in the teams that I have played for — I know that the players I play with for England, we live for these big games,” said the 27-year-old, a stand-out performer in an England team whose performances have attracted record television audiences back home.– ‘Warrior’ Rapinoe –Right-back Bronze will be in direct opposition to Rapinoe, the pink-haired American co-captain who has five goals so far at the World Cup, including two in the quarter-final defeat of hosts France after her two penalties against Spain in the last 16.Rapinoe has unquestionably been one of the stars of the tournament while also dominating headlines off the field due to her spat with Donald Trump, the US President not taking kindly to her comments that she would boycott any post-tournament team visit to the White House.The coaches going head to head: English-born Jill Ellis of the US, and Phil Neville of England © AFP / Franck FIFE“She’s a warrior on the field, she’s a very special player and she always has been. She’s always been very unique in her style and flair, and then off the field she is also a warrior,” said her teammate Christen Press.While Alex Morgan has looked below full fitness since scoring five times against Thailand, and Carli Lloyd has been a bit-part player, Rapinoe has stepped up in the biggest games.“She is one of the players who thinks the ball is going to bounce her way, and so then she is in the right spot when it does,” said Press.England coach Phil Neville questioned the US team’s “etiquette” as it was revealed American officials had been spotted at the Lionesses team hotel in Lyon at the weekend.Regardless of their motivations, that has added spice to this contest, the first meeting of the nations at the World Cup since a 3-0 USA win in the 2007 quarter-finals.The teams have regularly faced each other at the annual SheBelieves Cup tournament in the States in recent years and a 2-2 draw contributed to England winning the most recent edition.Tuesday’s winners will go through to Sunday’s final against either Sweden or the Netherlands, who clash on Wednesday.The Dutch are enjoying their first run to this stage of a World Cup off the back of winning the Euros on home soil, but Barcelona winger Lieke Martens is an injury concern for the match. Sweden stunned Germany in the quarter-finals to get to this stage.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lucy Bronze and England are dreaming of reaching a first major tournament final © AFP/File / Damien MEYERLYON, France, Jul 2 – England star Lucy Bronze believes the time has come for the Lionesses to make it to the final of the women’s World Cup as they head into Tuesday’s huge last-four showdown with holders the United States, led by the outspoken Megan Rapinoe.It is another headline match-up as this landmark tournament shifts to Lyon, the home of Europe’s top club side, for its final week, with the country that is so proud of having given the world the game taking on the dominant nation in women’s football.last_img read more

GOLF: ROSAPENNA WIN DONEGAL LEAGUE

first_imgRosapenna Golf Club have won the 2011 Donegal League beatinglocal rivals Portsalon in the final yesterday.This is the first time in the competitions 52 year history that Rosapenna have claimed the trophy.Rosapenna were only in the final once before, in 1982 and lostout to Strabane on the last hole.Leading 4-1 (10 holes up) from the home leg the first pairing of Frank Casey Jnr and Enda Kennedy over came Johnny Shields & Pascal Cullen 3&2 andwith three of the other four matches up and one match all square the match waseffectively over and everyone was called in.To reach the final Rosapenna beat North West, Falcarragh, Bundoran& Buncrana. Well done to the team Captains Francie Boyce & Pete McBride andall the players who competed all season for the golf club.GOLF: ROSAPENNA WIN DONEGAL LEAGUE was last modified: October 3rd, 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:ROSAPENNAlast_img read more

Donal Reid to hold book signing in Letterkenny on Saturday

first_imgDonal Reid’s signing sessions of his autobiography continue in Eason’s Bookshop in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre this Saturday, December 2nd.The author of ‘Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer’ will be in thestore from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday to sign copies of the book whichhas been receiving glowing reviews.Such has been the huge demand for the book that a second print had tobe organised. “Nearly all copies from the first batch printed have been sold. Andwith the busy shopping period still to kick in, a second print hasbeen organised and will be ready for distribution before the weekend,” 1992 All-Ireland winner Reid said.“I’ve had signing sessions in Letterkenny and Carndonagh and I must say I’ve really enjoyed meeting people and having the craic with them.“The feedback has been great and it’s nice to get positive reaction tothe book.“There’s a demand from all over for the book. Copies have been sent toAustralia, New Zealand, South Africa, America and Argentina. “I’ve also had a bookshop in Cork looking for copies, while a box has just beendispatched to a bookstore in Cookstown that had a lot of enquiriesabout the book.”Other signings have been organised for Macs Bookshop, Buncrana onFriday, December 16th from 11 am to 1 pm; Supervalu, Ballybofey onThursday, December 22nd between 10 am and 2 pm and Bradley’s Shop, TheCross, Friday, December 23rd from 10 am to 1 pm.A Dublin launch of the book has been arranged for Cassidy’s on CamdenStreet on Thursday, December 8th at 6.30 pm.The publication was launched in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, inOctober, with all proceeds going to Pieta House.Donal Reid to hold book signing in Letterkenny on Saturday was last modified: November 30th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DONAL REIDlast_img read more

FRONTLINE STAFF SAVED HOSPITAL AFTER RUNNING FOR SANDBAGS TO BLOCK FLOOD

first_imgThe flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital last night.Frontline staff prevented another flooding on the scale of last year’s disaster after they rushed for sandbags to seal up Letterkenny General Hospital, Donegal Daily can reveal.A hospital insider has revealed how hospital management were reluctant to call the fire service during last night’s heavy downpours.However, in an amazing act of passion, one worker grabbed a phone from a member of management and demanded the fire service come to the hospital. The scene last night in the car park at the Emergency Department donegaldaily.comOther members of frontline staff rushed to gather sandbags and placed them at the doors of the Accident and Emergency.The acts of defiance almost certainly saved the hospital from suffering anther heavy flood disaster which occurred exactly one year and one week ago.The hospital insider was on duty as torrential downpours sent thousands of gallons of water gushing into the car park of the hospital in front of the A&E Department.He said “There was a lot of uncertainly about whether to call the fire services or not. In the end this guy grabbed the phone and demanded they come up. “It was amazing to watch it. A decision needed to be made and it was. God knows what might have happened if it was left any longer.“A number of staff also rushed to get sandbags and sealed up the two entrances – the public entrance and the ambulance entrance.“Some water did get in and there was a mess for a while but it took about three hours to clean it up.“It could have been a repeat of last year but for some quick-thinking and getting the sandbags up against the doors.”A number of public representatives including Deputies Padraig MacLochlainn, Charlie McConalogue and Cllr Ciaran Brogan visited the hospital last night. Despite initially diverting patients to Sligo and Derry, the hospital re-opened to the public last night.There have been calls for Health Minister Leo Varadkar to visit the hospital today amidst other calls for a full public inquiry into the planning process for the hospital.FRONTLINE STAFF SAVED HOSPITAL AFTER RUNNING FOR SANDBAGS TO BLOCK FLOOD was last modified: August 6th, 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:floodGardaiLetterkenny General HospitalManagementStafflast_img read more

Ciszewski Of Drake Men’s Soccer Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – Drake men’s soccer redshirt freshman Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for his performance during the period of Nov. 9-15, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday. Ciszewski scored his first career goal in the 78th minute 2015 MVC Championship match Sunday to lift Drake past SIUE, 1-0. Ciszewski came through with his biggest career shot, blasting a ball from 35 yards out that found the back of the net to send the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Germantown, Wis., native is a double major in finance and mathematics with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average. This is the first career MVC Scholar-Athlete award for Ciszewski. To qualify for MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Drake plays at Kentucky Thursday at 6 p.m. CST in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal children’s group plead with HSE to take common sense steps

first_imgRepresentatives from Donegal charity group Our Children’s Voice said they hope meetings with the HSE will lead to positive, common sense decisions.The group attended the Regional HSE Forum meeting to highlight the problems within services provided by the HSE to children with life limiting and complex medical needs and to those under palliative care across Co Donegal.A spokesperson for the group said they felt that the highly emotive, lengthy meeting provided a most welcome opportunity to address two main areas of concern. These are the provision of home care packages (nursing respite) and how they are administered and also end of life nursing care provided within the home.After prolonged discussions, with input from all political representatives and HSE Senior Management, it was agreed, that the draconian new 30 minute rule which was recently enforced on all families who were in receipt of extensive home care packages, is to be removed and reformed ‘as soon as possible’.“This is a most welcome outcome and one which we know will be a huge relief to families across Donegal who are in receipt of these nursing hours.“All political representatives in attendance at the meeting were grateful for the opportunity to hear our presentation of how the way in which services are being delivered, the reality of how this affects families on a day to day basis and the glaringly obvious gaps in Pediatric Pallative Care within the County. They said that it was an enlightening experience for each and every one of them. They were fully supportive of our initiatives and the overwhelming response was that we must unite as a collective, regardless of political persuasion to draw a line in the sand and implement some practical and achieveable solutions to enhance the short but valuable lives of these very sick children,” said spokespeople Aisling Nibbs and Gina Grant.The group emphasised this is first step in a lengthy process which hopefully will yield positive changes in the way in which we deliver care to the sickest children in our County and ultimately provided a better quality of life for both them and their families.“We are acutely aware that there are several other key areas of concern which we have been assured will be addressed and we will reconvene at a later date to receive an update from the HSE as to the progress they have made in these matters.“We look forward to our next meeting with the HSE Forum which we trust will yield positive, common sense decisions to many of the problems which have highlighted on behalf of the families we represent across County Donegal,” said a spokesperson.Donegal children’s group plead with HSE to take common sense steps was last modified: October 8th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Genetics “Central Dogma” Is Dead

first_img“The gene is dead… long live the gene,” announced subtitles to an article in Science News this week.1  Geneticists have come to a striking conclusion over the last few years: genes are not the most important things in DNA, if they even exist as a concept.    The “central dogma” of genetics, since Watson and Crick determined the structure of DNA, is that genetic information flows one-way – from the gene to the protein.  In the textbooks, a gene was supposed to be a finite stretch of DNA that, when read by the translation process, produced a messenger RNA, which recruited transfer RNAs to assemble the amino acids for one protein.    As Patrick Barry described in his article “Genome 2.0,”1 the situation in real cells is much messier.  “Mountains of new data are challenging old views,” his subtitle announced, including the “modern orthodoxy” that only genes are important.Researchers slowly realized, however, that genes occupy only about 1.5 percent of the genome.  The other 98.5 percent, dubbed “junk DNA,“ was regarded as useless scraps left over from billions of years of random genetic mutations.  As geneticists’ knowledge progressed, this basic picture remained largely unquestioned….    Closer examination of the full human genome is now causing scientists to return to some questions they thought they had settled.  For one, they’re revisiting the very notion of what a gene is.Some of the findings in the genomic era include:The human genome has far fewer genes than expected.Some lower animals have as many genes as humans (e.g., 05/01/2007).Most of the human genome does not code for genes.The code for proteins can be split between distant parts of the genome – even on different chromosomes.2The non-coding DNA, once considered evolutionary junk (06/15/2007), is actually heavily involved in gene regulation (04/24/2007).Genetic information processing acts more like a network than a static library of genes.RNA transcripts vastly outnumber gene transcripts: some 74 to 93% of the genome.RNA is much more than a messenger in the cell. Numerous small and micro RNA transcripts are heavily involved in “fine tuning” the production of protein.Gene regulation appears more important than the genes themselves.Scientists “are finding disease-associated mutations in regions of the genome formerly regarded as junk.”Some genes overlap with codes for micro-RNAs or regulatory elements.Genes can be read in multiple ways that can yield far more than one protein (alternative splicing; see 05/20/2007)).Messenger-RNA transcripts undergo significant modification and regulation in the nucleus.The translation process can even yield transcripts from the opposing strand.3It remains indisputable that DNA codes for proteins via messenger RNA, and that proteins perform the major structural and functional operations of the cell.  But as Hui Ge of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts said, “What we thought was important before was really just the tip of the iceberg.”  Barry used a homey analogy to illustrate how gene regulation can be more important than genes themselves:Consider the difference between a one-bedroom bungalow and an ornate, three-story McMansion.  Both are made from roughly the same materials—lumber, drywall, wiring, plumbing—and are put together with the same tools—hammers, saws, nails, and screws.  What makes the mansion more complex is the way that its construction is orchestrated by rules that specify when and where each tool and material must be used.    In cells, regulation controls when and where proteins spring into action.  If the traditional genome is a set of blueprints for an organism, RNA regulatory networks are the assembly instructions. In fact, some scientists think that these additional layers of complexity in genome regulation could be the answer to a long-standing puzzle……that puzzle being the unexpected low number of genes in the human genome.  It might explain the physical differences between humans and roundworms, which both have similar numbers of protein-coding genes.    Barry’s article provides a good summary of numerous papers that have been casting serious doubt on the Central Dogma, and even the concept of a gene itself:More fundamentally, it muddies scientists’ conception of just what constitutes a gene.  In the established definition, a gene is a discrete region of DNA that produces a single, identifiable protein in a cell.  But the functioning of a protein often depends on a host of RNAs that control its activity.  If a stretch of DNA known to be a protein-coding gene also produces regulatory RNAs essential for several other genes, is it somehow a part of all those other genes as well?Some scientists are advocating changing our focus from genes to “functional RNA transcripts.”  But that seems to just relocate the problem.  If DNA is a passive code, what codes for its activity?  If gene regulation by a network of transcripts is now more important than genes, what regulates the regulators?  Come back for Genome 3.0.Update 09/24/2007:  Colin Nickerson wrote an article for the Boston News that captures the drama of these discoveries:The science of life is undergoing changes so jolting that even its top researchers are feeling something akin to shell-shock.  Just four years after scientists finished mapping the human genome – the full sequence of 3 billion DNA “letters” folded within every cell – they find themselves confronted by a biological jungle deeper, denser, and more difficult to penetrate than anyone imagined….    ….the picture now emerging is more complicated, one in which illness, health, and evolutionary change appear to be the work of almost fantastical coordination between genes and swaths of DNA previously written off as junk.Nickerson quotes Isodore Rigoutsos, geneticist, saying “The picture that’s emerging is so immensely more complicated than anyone imagined, it’s almost depressing.”1Patrick Barry, “Genome 2.0,” Science News, Week of Sept. 8, 2007; Vol. 172, No. 10 , p. 154.2“The ENCODE project revealed that about 90 percent of protein-coding genes possessed previously unknown coding fragments that were located far from the main gene, sometimes on other chromosomes.”3“According to the ENCODE project results, up to 72 percent of known genes have transcripts on the facing DNA strand as well as the main strand.”Many previous entries have dealt with these subjects (e.g., 06/15/2007, 12/29/2006 bullet 2, 11/09/2006, 07/06/2006).  This is a classic case of a paradigm change in science occurring before our eyes.  Even what we mean by an intuitively-obvious word like gene is being questioned: is there such a thing?  Does it have physical reality, or is it a mental picture humans have imposed on a much more subtle reality?  The new buzzword is network, but is that an accurate characterization?  Networking is concerned more with the interactions of entities than with the entities themselves; this means that the rules of the game are more important than the nodes of the network.  How could that fit within a materialistic world view?    Whatever comes in the days ahead, it appears that there is far more information processing occurring in the cell than even Watson and Crick imagined – and that was startling and elegant enough.  Barry states that the raw genetic information transcribed in DNA now appears to be 62 times what genes alone would produce.  The fundamental operational unit of life may, therefore, be nonphysical: information, not molecules.  These are exciting times for science – troubling times for Darwinists.  Don’t expect them to have any remorse over leading mankind into a “modern orthodoxy” that was mistaken.(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Standard ‘best Africa investment bank’

first_img22 October 2013South Africa’s Standard Bank has been named the best investment bank on the continent for the sixth consecutive year in EMEA Finance’s 2013 Africa Banking awards.Standard Bank, Africa’s largest lender by assets, operates in 18 markets on the continent, and was part of a number of innovative transactions in 2012/12, including:South Africa’s first – and the world’s third – renewable energy bond for concentrated photovoltaic energy; The first non-extractive limited recourse financed by a Chinese bank in sub-Saharan Africa with no government guarantee, on behalf of Kenya’s Triumph Power Generating Company; and  The largest underwrite backed by the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, which was arranged for Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. “There are several good examples of Standard Bank’s unique capabilities in the submissions sent to us for evaluation,” EMEA Finance CEO Christopher Moore said in a statement on Friday.“The bank’s comprehensive support of the globally recognised renewable energy initiatives taking place in South Africa, and its work as the sole arranger mandated to support the Republic of Tanzania’s $600-million, seven-year, FRN – the first ever benchmark-sized placement of its kind by a sub-Saharan sovereign – are prime examples of the bank’s unrivalled understanding of the markets it operates in, and its broad range of capabilities and expertise.”Standard Bank was also recognized at the EMEA Finance 2013 Africa Banking awards as the best local investment bank in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.“Standard Bank remains at the forefront of investment banking in Africa thanks to the depth of expertise it can leverage across its extensive geographic footprint on the continent,” Moore said.“The bank’s consistent leadership and its ability to support its clients in ways that the overwhelming majority of banks operating in Africa are simple unable and unprepared to do, is an impressive competitive advantage.”Standard Bank was also named best investment bank in Africa in the 2013 Euromoney Awards of Exellence, and best trade bank in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2013 Trade Finance Awards for Excellence, and took four wins in The Banker Deals of the Year for Africa in 2013.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more