Law on “extremism” criminalizes independent journalism

first_imgNews News May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned about recent legislation’s impact on freedom of information in Belarus. A law on “combatting extremism” that took effect in 2007 has opened the way to new forms of censorship and self-censorship that are restricting the media’s already very limited freedom even more.“Either by means of convictions or, more indirectly, by imposing a climate of mistrust leading to self-censorship, the Belarusian authorities are achieving their goal of suppressing critical journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We point out that freedom of information is a fundamental right and that governments must guarantee it and ensure that it is respected. We urge the Belarusian authorities to reconsider their attitude towards independent media.”At the end of last month, the printing company Karandash refused an order from the local office of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the grounds that it was an “extremist” news organization, although there was nothing controversial about the subject of the order.As part of the celebration of a national holiday, RFE/RL wanted Karandash to print maps of a Minsk cemetery showing the locations of the graves of leading figures in Belarusian history. Karandash nonetheless suspected that the maps were designed to promote anti-government unrest.The case confirms the success of the measures taken by the government with the aim promoting mistrust and fear about independent journalism. The charge of extremism has often been used in recent years with serious consequences for media and publishing houses.The conviction of the organizers of the Belarus Press Photo competition and the publisher of its books of photos is a particularly striking example. On 18 April, a district court in Ashmyany, in the western region of Hrodna, ruled that a book containing the 2011 prizewinning photos was “extremist.”As a result, the court ordered 41 copies of the book destroyed and imposed fines of 217,500 roubles (20 euros) on the competition’s organizers – photographers Yulya Darashkevich and Vadim Zamirovski – and on the photographer who won the top prize, Alexander Vasyukovich.And finally, the Lohvinau Publishing House, which produced the 2011 Belarus Press Photo book of photos, was stripped of its licence by the judicial authorities at the information ministry’s request on October.The law on “combatting extremism,” which the House of Representatives passed on 14 December 2006 and President Alexander Lukashenko signed into law just three weeks later, on 4 January 2007, makes no bones about the fact that it is meant to be used for political and authoritarian ends.Organizing, preparing and carrying out activities that belittle the country’s honour and dignity, and activities inciting hooliganism and vandalism for political or ideological motives, are all defined as “extremist” by article 1 of the law.Articles 11 and 12 empower the prosecutor general to suspend activities he regards as extremist and then ask the supreme court to recognize their extremist nature, ban them and close the offices of the organization responsible. Article 14 bans the media from disseminating extremist material and provides for its destruction. All these articles have provided the authorities with a legislative weapon that they can use to pursue their goal of suppressing independent journalism with greater effect. to go further Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says (Photo : Belarusian Association of Journalists) November 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Law on “extremism” criminalizes independent journalism News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Press release: £9m awarded to breakthrough digital health technologies

first_img Kent-based Mind over Matter MedTech is working with Wessex Academic Health Science Network to trial novel, low-cost and portable brain imaging technology. This aims to test patients personalised risk for developing dementia in a non-invasive manner, and at least a decade before any clinical symptoms would appear. This could help reduce the chance of a cycle of irreversible neuronal death Red Star Consulting Ltd is leading a Glasgow-based project applying machine learning to analyse clinical notes recorded in the electronic health record of diabetes patients. The machine learning models predict, based on patient’s clinical notes, the risk of different clinical endpoints such as heart attack or death and present this information to the clinician as a score or alert. Clinicians can use this to tailor consultations, identify high-risk patients, and target specific clinical outcomes Rugby-based OpusVL, has developed eObs, which allows clinicians to observe patients digitally through hand-held devices. The device can then send an automatic alert to specialists or consultants if patients are identified as ‘at risk’. This can shorten length of stay, reduce transfers within hospitals, and reduce ICU referrals. The system also gives ward managers and bed managers a view of the workload across their area of responsibility, so that they can deploy the right people on the right ward, at the right time The UK is a world leader in health innovation and the projects for which we have announced funding today showcase the very best of British knowhow. Using breakthrough technologies such as AI and machine learning and deploying apps and hand-held devices, outcomes for patients can be immeasurably improved. Supporting these innovations is a key element of the government’s Industrial Strategy and will create the industries and jobs of tomorrow. From using AI-driven voice technology to assess patient’s health before seeing a doctor, to hand-held devices which observe health status and alert clinicians to treat high-risk patients, we are taking steps to ensure people are healthier for longer while saving the NHS money. These advances in technology, across the UK, demonstrate our modern Industrial Strategy in action by harnessing the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society, and creating the high skilled jobs of the future. Projects which received funding today include: Leicester-based Snoozeal, working with the University of Loughborough, Snoozeal Limited has developed a device to treat obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition where the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse, blocking the airways for 10 seconds or more during sleep, which can cause long-term health problems. The device contracts muscle at the rear of the tongue through a 20-minute daily toning regime of mild electric pulses. The Snoozeal device aims to be connected to an intelligent platform to collect biosensor data of tongue tone, which will be classified by machine learning and AI-based to deliver personalised treatment regimes Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years.The DHTC is an important element of the government’s plans to implement the Accelerated Access Review. It aims to address some of the challenges that the review identified around the development of digital health innovations, and to help grow the digital health sector. DHTC funding is targeted at SMEs to promote a vibrant and varied industry of innovative technologies with the potential to significantly change care pathways and to improve patient outcomes and create NHS efficiencies. Working with the University of Oxford, Ufonia will deploy AI-driven voice technology to call patients and have a fully autonomous, natural conversation, to assess their health status against specified criteria. In live clinical use, the technology will assess the health of nearly 1000 patients who have had cataract surgery at a large NHS hospital Trust over 6 months Innovative digital technology projects to address key challenges in health care have received a £9m funding boost through the government’s Digital Health Technology Catalyst it was announced today.The catalyst, delivered by UK Research and Innovation, aims to accelerate the development of digital health innovation, under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to ensure the UK remains at the leading-edge of innovative healthcare.Wide-ranging applicationsRecipients are using a host of new technologies to address the most pressing healthcare priorities. From the use of machine learning and hand-held devices to improve the targeting of clinical interventions to the use of portable brain imaging technology to help identify patients personalised risk of developing dementia.Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore said: Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK, for UK Research and Innovation, said:last_img read more

Dinagyang ‘Pamukaw’ on Dec. 14

first_img* Iloilo Dinagyang Art Festival –Jan. 18 to 25 Dinagyang has been voted the “besttourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – by the Associationof Tourism Officers in the Philippines. Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN “Pamukaw” is Hiligaynon for “wakeupcall.” From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. participatingDinagyang ati tribes competitioncontingents would gather at various public plazas and simultaneously play theirdrums and perhaps give a sneak peek of their Jan. 26 performance. * religious sadsad – Jan. 25 In previous years, the “Pamukaw” was aparade of the tribes. Not this time, according to the Iloilo FestivalsFoundation, Inc. (IFFI) that the city government has tapped to organize the2020 edition of Dinagyang. * Festive Parade Sponsors MardiGras – Jan. 25 * fireworks display – Jan. 24 * Dinagyang sa Calle Real – Jan.25 This Dinagyang Festival 2020 “Pamukaw”aims to kick-start the festive mood as Ilonggos prepare for the annualfestivity next month. * Floats Parade of Lights – Jan.24 The highlight of the festival is onJan. 26, 2020 – the tribes competition. Dinagyang Festival started in1967. A replica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Josede Placer Church. The image was enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos whodanced on the streets of Iloilo City./PN * fluvial and solemn footprocession – Jan. 24 * Miss Iloilo 2020 – Jan. 24 The venues are Arevalo plaza,Mandurriao plaza, Molo plaza, Jaro plaza, La Paz plaza, Plaza Libertad,Sunburst Park, and SM City Iloilo. * Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika –Jan. 24 ILOILO City – For an hour on Dec. 14,this city would be rumbling with drums. The IFFI has lined up the followingDinagyang 2020 activities: Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word forrevelry or merrymaking. The festival is known for its participants’ impressivechoreography and striking costumes that reflect Ilonggo ingenuity,craftsmanship and artistry. In Arevalo plaza the tribe assigned isMolave; it’s Familia Sagrada at Mandurriao plaza; Tribu Parianon at Molo plaza;Tribu Kanyao at Jaro plaza; Tribu Aninipay at La Paz plaza; Tribu Hamili andTribu Sagasa at Plaza Libertad; Tribu Panaad at Sunburst Park; and Tribu Angolaat SM City City. * Ilonggo Food Festival – Jan. 23to 26 * Dinagyang 360° – Jan. 26 Participants in the “Dagyang sa Calle”slated on Jan. 25 will also be joining the “Pamukaw”.last_img read more

Author pens oral history of 40 years of USC football

first_imgTo write a book on the history of USC football is certainly ambitious, but Steve Delsohn’s Cardinal and Gold: The Oral History of USC Trojans Football offers a fast-paced, yet extensive look at the ups-and-downs of one the most traditional college football programs in the country. The 300-plus-page book begins by describing John Robinson replacing the departing John McKay as head coach in 1976 and ends with USC losing in the Holiday Bowl to Wisconsin last year. In between, Delsohn weaves the tale of 40 years of drama and storylines, from Larry Smith butting heads with Todd Marinovich to the complicated portrait of Pete Carroll’s legacy.Younger fans who have only lived through the aftermath of the heavy sanctions imposed on the school in 2010 may find a fresh, intriguing read on the history of many Rose Bowl appearances and old stories of just how USC became USC.“Here’s a program with a great history and yet the last seven years have been borderline chaos,” Delsohn said following a book signing at the USC bookstore earlier this month. “So, I thought from a storyline perspective, USC was a good choice.”Delsohn, who works for ESPN’s Outside the Lines and has also written books on the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Notre Dame football program, said he likes writing about iconic institutions. The book, which was released earlier this year, features 125 voices — players, coaches, athletic directors, etc. — who generally come across as candid in describing their time at USC.“When these guys are in college, they can’t really tell you too much about what’s going on behind the scenes,” Delsohn said. “When you talk to these guys years later, they can tell you what was actually going on.”Delsohn, who said he spent two years doing research and about another year writing the book, noted that Marinovich, Robinson, Keyshawn Johnson, LenDale White and Keith Van Horne were among the most intriguing interviews. An oral history, the book is presented mostly as one quote after another to piece together each era of the football program.“I like the form for certain subjects because it brings a sense of intimacy,” Delsohn said. “It’s almost like you’re sitting around having a beer or a cup of coffee with a player.”Delsohn believes his subjects’ quotes are more important than what he has to say. The style creates a page-turning feel with juicy statements piled one after another, especially when Delsohn describes controversy-filled events such as a brawl breaking out at halftime of a game between USC and Notre Dame in 1989 when Fighting Irish players blocked the Trojans’ entrance to the tunnel or the aftermath of Carroll’s stunning departure in the midst of the sanctions. The Carroll saga is one of the highlights of the book, according to Delsohn, who starts a chapter titled “NCAA versus USC” with the sentence, “How do you replace Elvis once he leaves the building?”“With controversies, I try to have different perspectives,” Delsohn said. “Like how much did Pete Carroll know about the NCAA sanctions when he left for Seattle? I try to have the whole spectrum of opinions and perspectives on that and let the reader decide.”It’s hard to point to definite commonalities considering the roller coaster ride the program has endured over 40 years, but Delsohn pointed to USC’s propensity to hire from within and promote the ideal of the “Trojan Family” as an omnipresent theme throughout its history.“They don’t seem like they like to hire outside the family too much,” Delsohn said. “The boosters have always been influential at USC. That hasn’t changed. It’s not going to change.”Clay Helton, the man currently at the helm of the program, is another case of USC hiring its own. But Delsohn, who has dedicated countless hours over the last few years to piecing together the complex puzzle that is USC football, thinks the Trojans are on the upswing again.“I think USC’s on the right track,” Delsohn said prior to USC’s win over Oregon on Nov. 5. “I really do. I think they did a nice job of not panicking when they were 1-3. They did a nice job of keeping it together.”The hardcover version of the book is available on Amazon for $22.18.last_img read more

Concerns about SoCal ties to NFC title game officials raised, report says

first_imgLeague circles reportedly are “concerned” that four of the referees who called the controversial NFC championship game have ties to Southern California.According to ESPN, the fact that four referees are from the same area around Los Angeles, where the Rams are located, gives the league a bad look. The call could have set the Saints up for a touchdown to essentially win the game. Instead, New Orleans had to settle for a field goal and the game went into overtime. The Rams won, 26-23.”I haven’t heard anybody say the game was fixed; I have heard people say the crew F’ed up,” one high-level league source told ESPN. “But the optic is bad. It’s a legit issue and they should have figured that out.”According to the report, Bill Vinovich, who led the game’s officiating crew, lives in Newport Beach, Calif. Down judge Patrick Turner lives in Lakewood, Calif., side judge Gary Cavaletto lives in Santa Barbara and back judge Todd Prukop lives in Mission Viejo, Calif. “The NFL put [itself] in a bad situation,” one officiating source told ESPN. “This is stuff that has to be taken care of prior to the game. It’s just guys not thinking of what’s going on, nobody doing their checks and balances. The league is usually pretty much on top of it. This is one that slipped through the cracks.”The game has gained widespread criticism after officials missed a blatant pass-interference call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who was covering Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis late in regulation. Related News NFL referee from controversial Saints-Rams game heckled while officiating college basketball matchup All four men were located near the controversial no-call, either on the sideline or in the end zone.”Officiating assignments are based on performance and not geographic location,” the NFL said in a statement Sunday.Some league officials are now saying that referees with ties to a team’s hometown should not call that team’s games. The issue likely will bring up discussion during the NFL owners meetings in March.last_img read more

ARROGATE NAMED ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_imgMiller, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer, Jockey Horse of Meet: ArrogateSprinter: DrefongOlder Horse: California Chrome                             Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: NextdoorneighborGrass Horse: Highland ReelGrass Filly/Mare: Queen’s Trust3-Year-Old: Arrogate 3-Year-Old Filly: SongbirdTrainer: Peter MillerJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Austin SolisRace: Breeders’ Cup DistaffOwner: Spendthrift Farm, LLCAchievement: Baffert 3rd Classic Win ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016) – Up and coming three-year-old star Arrogate, winner of five straight races including the Grade I Travers Stakes by 13 ½ lengths and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Saturday, was named Horse of the Meet in the annual Autumn Meet media poll.The gray son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Bob Baffert for owner Juddmonte Farms, Inc. outfinished favored California Chrome in deep stretch in the mile and a quarter Classic to win by a half-length under Mike Smith.“When Chrome was out there cruising (on the lead) I thought no way he’s going to catch him,” said Baffert, who was winning his third straight Breeders’ Cup Classic. “. . . Then all of a sudden, Mike’s riding and he’s catching up little by little with that big stride kicking in . . . I never thought he would be able to catch Chrome.”Arrogate also was named Outstanding Three-Year-Old male, while Baffert’s third straight Breeders’ Cup Classic victory was named Achievement of the Meet. Five-year-old California Chrome, who captured the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Oct. 1, was named Outstanding Older Horse.Breeders’ Cup winners understandably dominated the categories.Distaff winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare, thanks to her pulsating nose victory in the race over previously undefeated 2015 Two-Year-Old filly champion Songbird, who incurred her first loss after 11 straight easy victories.Songbird was named the Meet’s Outstanding Three-Year-Old filly and the Distaff was named Race of the Meet.Peter Miller led the trainers’ race from start to finish throughout the 23-day meet and outlasted runners-up Baffert and Doug O’Neill to capture the training title, 18-16, while perennial Southern California riding kingpin Rafael Bejarano withstood several challenges to take yet another crown, 23-20, over runner-up Kent Desormeaux. This was Bejarano’s 32nd title overall, his 27th in the Golden State and his 15th at Santa Anita.Honored in other categories were Champagne Room, $69.20 upset winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Peter Eurton, Outstanding Two-Year-Old filly; Queen’s Trust, nose winner of the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare; Sprint winner Drefong for Baffert, Outstanding Sprinter; and Highland Reel, victor in the $4 million Turf for trainer Aidan O’Brien, Outstanding Grass Horse.Also, Classic Empire, winner of the Juvenile for trainer Mark Casse, Outstanding Two-Year-Old male; Austin Solis, 24-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, Outstanding Apprentice; B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift Farm, owner of Beholder, Owner of the Meet by virtue of $1,431,890 in purse earnings.Nextdoorneighbor, who posted a 2 ¼-length victory against $8,000 claiming horses on Oct. 30, was named Claiming Horse of the Meet. Despite winning his second straight race at the bottom level, the popular nine-year-old Florida-bred gelding that was trained by Peter Miller is a virtual win machine, having registered his 13th career victory from 51 starts. The bay son of Lido Palace also has 11 seconds and seven thirds for earnings of $333,869. ARROGATE ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL 2016 Santa Anita Autumn Media Polllast_img read more

Sherwin Williams to decide on women’s sponsorship next year

first_imgManaging director of Sherwin Williams Limited, Ian Forbes, says his company is committed to women’s football in Jamaica, but are undecided on whether they will be back as sponsors of the Sherwin Williams Women’s League next season.Sherwin Williams has been involved as sponsors for the past 14 years. However, speaking at the awards ceremony yesterday at the JFF’s offices in New Kingston, Forbes said the paint company will make an announcement by late February.”Resources are not unlimited, so one has to look at the organisation and see what can be done. We are going through the process of evaluation, and then (we will) make a decision by late February (2016),” Forbes told The Gleaner.Meanwhile, Barbican FC walked away with the majority of the awards at yesterday’s ceremony. Barbican won the Sherwin Williams League for the eighth consecutive year and the Colourscape Knockout for the third straight year.The Charles Edward-coached team won $400,000 for the league; while beaten finalists Waterhouse received $250,000; G.C. Foster earned $140,000 for third place; and Los Perfectos took home $100,000 for fourth spot.Rochelle Bryan of Barbican was voted the Most Valuable Player for the season, while her teammate, Tasheka Small, was MVP for the final. The top goalscorer award was shared by Venecia Reid of G.C. Foster, Rashana Palache (Los Perfectos) and Kenesha Reid of Barbican, with 17 goals each.Top goalkeeper was Abbigayle Palmer of Barbican, while Charles Edwards was voted coach of the year. All awardees collected cash prizes and trophies.In the Colourscape KO, Barbican collected the winning trophy and $100,000; Waterhouse won $60,000 for second place; Los Perfectos received $40,000 for third; while G.C. Foster earned $20,000 for fourth spot. Barbican’s Kenesha Reid was the top goalscorer and MVP of the final.last_img read more

ATHLETICS RESULTS: FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETING

first_imgOn a cold yet dry crisp evening Finn Valley delivered an excellent track and field meeting in less than two hours last night (Wednesday).It was a well supported by 11 neighbouring clubs and the club will be back again on Feb 22nd with an even age programme.Last night 269 athletes registered and the following clubs turned out Finn Valley, Tirconnail, Sliabh Liagh, Strabane , St Cecilia’s, City Of Derry , Lifford, Cranford, Letterkennny, Rosses and Killybegs . A cold but dry evening and a particularly brilliant performance from Karl Griffin Tirconnaill  in 400m a sub  50 400mHere are all the resultsFINN VALLEY A.C. FLOODLIT OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING1st February  Under 11 Girls 60m1.         Lauren Callaghan, Finn Valley2.         Michaela Byrne, Killybegs3.         Kate Smyth, Lifford Under 11 Boys 60m1. Donal McBride, Rosses2. Eoin McMenamin, Finn Valley3. Gary McClafferty, Finn Valley  Under 13 Girls 60m 1. Sommer Lecky, Finn Valley2. Orla Coughlan, Tir Chonaill3. Amy Boyle Carr, Killybegs Under 13 Boys 60m1. Thomas Mullen, Lifford2. Aaron McGlynn, Finn Valley3. Pauric Harrold, Finn Valley Under 15 Girls 60m1. Janine Boyle, Finn Valley2. Chloe Massterson, Tirchonaill3. Niamh Farrell, Letterkenny Under 15 Boys 60m1. Adam Lynch, Finn Valley2. Calvin O’Brien, Finn Valley3. Alan McGinley, Lifford Over 15 Girls 60m 1. Ciara Armstrong, City of Derry2. Kelly McGroary, Tirchonaill3. Jenny O’Brien, City of Derry Over 15 Boys 60m1. Ryan McParland, City of Derry2. Jack McCloskey, City of Derry3. Ruaidhra O’Neill, City of Derry Under 11 Boys 600m1. Wilson Craig, Lifford2. Dylan Woods, Finn  Valley3. Eoghan DeBurca, Rosses  Under 15 Girls 800m1. Arlene Crossan, Letterkenny, 2.34.182. Ciara Finnegan, Letterkenny, 2.39.203. Amy Crossan, Finn Valley, 2.45.08 Under 15 Boys 800m1. Stefan McCrossan, Letterkenny, 2.26.822. Pauric Patton, Finn Valley, 2.27.973. Shane Thompson, Finn Valley, 2.37.62 Over 15 Girls 800m1. Amy McDaid, St. Cecelias, 2.34.502. Shannon McLaughlin, Finn Valley, 2.38.33 Over 15 Boys 800m1. Dominic Gallagher, Sliagh Liagh, 2.15.28 Over 15 Boys 400m1. Karl Griffin, Tirchonaill, 49.782. Shaun Woods, Finn Valley, 52.333. Ruaidhri O’Neill, City Of Derry 55.59 Over 15 Girls 400m1. Emma McCay, St. Cecelias, 67.69 Over 15 Girls 300m1. Jenny O’Brien, City of Derry 44.462. Natasha McArdle, Letterkenny 46.343. Ciara Armstrong, St. Cecelias 46.82 Under 11 Girls 600m1. Danielle Jansen, Finn Valley 2.12.692. Kelsey Doherty, Finn Valley 2.20.683. Cara McConnell, Finn Valley 2.31.25 Under 13 Boys 600m1. Aaron McGlynn, Finn Valley, 1.47.232. Samuel McClintock, Finn Valley, 1.55.793. Ronan Frain, Letterkenny 1.57.68 Under 13 Girls 600m1. Laura Crossan, Letterkenny2. Ciara Bonnar, Letterkenny3. Anna McFadden, Cranford 1000m Walk Girls1. Lisa Bradley, St. Cecelias, 5.52.932. Grace Carr, Letterkenny 5.57.203. Katie Toal, Letterkenny, 16.12.84 1000m Walk Boys1. Dylan Kearns, Killybegs 6.12.49 Senior Men 1000m Walk1.         Bernie O’Callaghan 6.21.33     Under 11 Girls Shot Putt1. Kate Carlin, Finn Valley2. Sarah Crawford, Strabane   Under 11 Boys Shot Putt1. Ryan Stewart, 5.93m Lifford2. Wilson Craig, 5.75m Lifford3. Ciaran Thompson, 4.96m Finn Valley Under 13 Girls Shot Putt1. Sinead Doherty, 5.47m Finn Valley2. Christina Patten, 4.68m Finn Valley3. Aoife Doherty, 4.42m Finn Valley Under 13 Boys Shot Putt1. James Kelly, 12.47m Finn Valley2. Conor McGranaghan, 6.92m Finn Valley3. Luke Gavigan, 6.42m Finn Valley Under 15 Girls Shot Putt1. Molly Donavan, 8.44m Sliagh Liagh2. Niamh McGranaghan, 8.41m Finn Valley3. Bridget Mcdwyer, 8.26m Rosses Under 15 Boys Shot Putt1. James Kelly, 11.01m Finn Valley2. John Gibbons, 9.65m Slieve Liagh3. Shane Thompson, 9.20m Finn Valley Over 15 Girls, Shot Putt1. Jade Leeper, 10.26m Finn Valley2. Lisa Gibson, 9.65m Letterkenny3. Megan Colhoun, 8.14m Lifford Over 15 Boys Shot Putt1. Gavin McLaughlin, 9.69 Finn Valley2. Peadar Conroy,9.15m Slieve Liagh3. Darragh Crawford, 8.40 Strabane  Under 11 Girls Long Jump1. Michaela Byrne, 3.82m Killybegs2. Danielle Jansen, 3.40m Finn Valley3. Kate Smith, 3.35m Lifford Under 11 Boys Long Jump1. 74 – Rosses – 3.15m2. 112 – Lifford – 3.03m3. 359 – Killybegs – 2.94m Under 13 Boys Long Jump1. 62 – Finn Valley – 4.01m2. 28 – Finn Valley -3.56m3. 69 – Finn Valley – 3.45m Under 15 Boys Long Jump1. 486 – Lifford – 4.73m2. 381 – Finn Valley – 4.17m3. 102 – Slieve Liagh -3.70m Over 15 Girls Long Jump1. Kate McGowan, Tirchonaill, 4.60m2. Megan Colhoun, Lifford, 4.44m3. Caoimhe McMenamin, Finn Valley, 4.35m Over 15 Boys Long Jump1. 348 – Finn Valley – 5.18m2. 460 – Tirchonaill – 5.10m3. 109 – Lifford – 4.98m Under 13 Girls Long Jump1. Sommer Lecky – Finn Valley – 4.17m2. Orla Coughlan – Tirchonaill – 3.72m3. Laura Crossan, Letterkenny 3.68m Under 11 Girls High Jump1. Lauren Callaghan, Finn Valley – 1.10m2. Aine Wilkinson, Finn Valley – 1.07m3. Caitlin McGonagle, Finn Valley – 1.01m Under 11 Boys High Jump1. Ciaran Thompson, Finn Valley – 1.07m Under 13 Girls High Jump1. Shannen Conwell, Lifford, 1.20m2. Kathy Bannigan, Finn Valley, 1.15m3. Claudia Cuskelly, Lifford, 1.10m  Under 13 Boys High Jump1. Ronan O’Donnell, Finn Valley, 1.20m2. Tomas Mullen, Lifford, 1.20m3. Jason Gallagher, Finn Valley, 1.10m Under 15 Girls High Jump1. Karen Kelly, Finn Valley, 1.43m2. Sasha Byrne, Finn Valley, 1.30m3. Nicole Cuskelly, Lifford 1.30m Under 15 Boys High Jump1. Jack McGeehan, Finn Valley 1.46m2. Conor Lynch, Lifford, 1.43m3. John Gibbons, Sliagh Liagh, 1.40m Over 15 Boys High Jump1. Peter Fryer, City of Derry, 1.60m2. Dominic Gallagher, Sliah Liagh, 1.50m3. Alan Porter, Lifford, 1.45m Over 15 Girls High Jump1. Blaithnaid Patton, Finn Valley, 1.45m2. Shannon Bonnar, Sliagh Liagh, 1.30m3. Simone Crawford, FinnValley, 1.30m Under 15 Girls Long Jump1. Sasha Byrne, Finn Valley, 4.50m2. Janine Boyle, Finn Valley, 4.48m3. Arlene Crossan, Letterkenny, 4.17m   ATHLETICS RESULTS: FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETING was last modified: February 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:ATHLETICS RESULTS: FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETINGlast_img read more

A Just-So Story Digest

first_imgFor your weekend reading entertainment, here is a collection of recent science stories that rely more on imagination than evidence, in the tradition of Kipling’s Just-So Stories for children.How the Brown Dwarf Sowed Planet Seeds:  Apai et al. in Science found magic crystals, hidden by the six brown dwarfs, that turn into planets over time.  “These results indicate that the onset of planet formation extends to disks around brown dwarfs,” they said, “suggesting that planet formation is a robust process occurring in most young circumstellar disks.”  Now in paperback at JPL.The Ancient Tunnel that Led to Life:  Scientists found a secret passageway into the ribosome where all of life’s proteins are made.  ScienceDaily said, “In developing the project, the team identified a corridor inside the ribosome that the transfer RNA must pass through for the decoding to occur, and it appears to be constructed almost entirely of universal bases, implying that it is evolutionarily ancient.”How the Animals Learned Fairness:  Nowak and Sigmund continued their long-running Game Theory Tales with the next sequel, published in Nature, on the “Evolution of direct reciprocity.”  Their attention-grabbing intro asked, “How can natural selection promote unselfish behaviour?”  It’s all in how you play the game called, “I help you and somebody else helps me,” they say.  The rest is human history: “The evolution of cooperation by indirect reciprocity leads to reputation building, morality judgement and complex social interactions with ever-increasing cognitive demands.”How the Shark Kept Warm During Workouts:  A cold-water shark with tuna-like muscles?  How could this be?  They belong to different evolutionary families.  The Knight of Convergent Evolution to the rescue: Bernal et al. writing in Nature 10/27 found that salmon sharks and tunas both independently discovered the secret to keeping their body temperatures elevated enough in cold water to power their strong muscles.How the Molecule Developed a Sweet Tooth:  Michael Yarus wrote a story about how an ancient RNA molecule learned the secret of the aldol reaction, essential for sugar metabolism.  “Could this be similar to an ancestral catalyst that existed billions of years ago?” he asked in Nature 11/03.  Watch for the next exciting episode.How the First Stars Lit Up the Sky:  We can’t see them, but they must have been there, because there is a faint infrared echo of the first stars in the universe.  Kashlinsky et al. followed the invisible light and the reporters told the world the glad tidings of their success (BBC, Space.com).How the Early Peoples Learned to Share:  “The question of the coexistence and potential interaction between the last Neanderthal and the earliest intrusive populations of anatomically modern humans in Europe has recently emerged as a topic of lively debate in the archaeological and anthropological literature,” said scientists in Nature.  In the darkness of the cave, radiocarbon light revealed a surprising mystery: “The implication is clear that the site shows either a directly interstratified sequence of Neanderthal and anatomically modern human occupations, or at least a very close contact and interaction between these two populations within this particular region of France.”How the Frog Women Decoded the Music:  New species of frogs arose in less than 8,000 years in Australia, which is lightning-fast, said the storyteller in UC Berkeley News.  The frog women learned to distinguish calls in the dark and split into various tribes by “reinforcement,” an evolutionary mechanism that “has been controversial since the time of Charles Darwin” and was considered “too complicated” and “unnecessary,” according to critics.  But ah, the frog women have free will, and free will is unpredictable.  “Because the frogs in the isolated contact area had a distinctively different call, and because they were effectively isolated from surrounding populations by mating preference, Hoskin and colleagues concluded that female choice led to this new species.”  It’s “kinda cool,” said one storyteller.  “It gives us a mechanism for very rapid speciation.”How the Stem Cells Lost Their Pedigree:  “Forgotten by evolution?” asked the Max Planck Society about stem cells.  Assigned to the slavish work of repairing organs, adult stem cells seemed destined for drudgery.  But scientists may have found their long-lost royal blood: “at least some adult stem cells could be the mere remnants of former embryonal differentiation processes, or, in other words, ‘footprints’ of evolution,” reported the short story.How the Play-Dough Gave Birth:  The womb of the earth mother lay deep in the ocean depths, with a placenta of clay.  Billions of years ago, this protective layer brought forth molecules destined for fins, wings, brains and philosophers.  Read this fascinating tale in [email protected], children.  No questions, now; just close your eyes, and sweet dreams.  Good-night, sleep tight, and don’t let the Creationist Monsters bite.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 months agoNapoli president De Laurentiis: Mourinho wanted to buy Koulibaly for £95M

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli president De Laurentiis: Mourinho wanted to buy Koulibaly for £95Mby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Kalidou Koulibaly for Manchester United.De Laurentiis says his side rejected a £95m bid from United for Koulibaly earlier this month.He told Corriere del Mezzogirono: “Mourinho wanted him, we rejected £95 million.“But now it’s impossible that he leaves Napoli.”Indeed, Koulibaly penned a new deal to 2023 with Napoli this week. last_img