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first_imgIt’s official Canadians will head to the polls May 2 for the fourth election in even years.Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the date at Rideau Hall this morning, minutes after Gov. Gen. David Johnston agreed to dissolve Parliament.The move follows a historic vote in the House of Commons on Friday.- Advertisement -MPs voted in favour of a Liberal motion expressing non-confidence and citing the Harper government for contempt of Parliament _ a first for a national government anywhere in the Commonwealth.Harper immediately launched into an attack on the opposition “coalition,” calling it a danger to the economy and the country.However, minutes earlier, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff moved to blunt that line of attack, vowing not to form any coalition with the NDP or Bloc Quebecois. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgEven as 36 young Guyanese swimmers prepare to compete at the Goodwill Games this weekend, the country’s leading power supplier has made the dreams of 15-year-old Joseph Matthews come a little bit closer to reality.Joseph MatthewsIn a simple ceremony at the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) head office in Duke Street, Kingston, a cheque for an undisclosed sum was handed over to the young swimmer in the presence of his mother and coach.GPL Assistant Public Relations Officer Natalie Pindar noted that the company was aware that there were times when it needed to exercise its corporate responsibility.“This is in keeping with our corporate social responsibility. We have a special interest in youth, development and sport as well, so we’ve taken interest in Joseph’s performance over the years and we’re to be a part of such a venture. We’re happy to help Joseph,” Pindar stated.She later went on to disclose that the entity has been very involved in sponsorship over the years. More recently, the power company threw its support behind the Guyana Police Force (GPF) sports.Joseph, who only began swimming just over a year and a half ago, expressed gratitude and elation at GPL’s gesture.“It feels very exciting actually. This is my first sponsorship and my first regional competition in Barbados,” he stated.When questioned about his preparation, the teenaged swimmer disclosed that he would be in the pool every day until his departure for Barbados on Thursday. “I’m training hard and I want the win more than anybody else,” he said.Matthews will be participating in four out of ten events in his 13-15 age group, inclusive of the 150 metres butterfly, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.His coach, Haresh Bhagwan of Silver Sharks Speed Club disclosed that this decision was made given Matthews’ prowess in the pool. “The only reason he did not get the opportunity to swim the other events is because after distributing the events, three swimmers per event, Joseph has shown consistently that he is the fastest in the four as opposed to the others and we need him well rested to perform his utmost best,” Bhagwan said, highlighting that Matthews’ four events were the toughest in the competition.Guyana’s 36 swimmers will depart for Barbados on Thursday along with five coaches. Last year, the local team surprised their opponents, placing third for the first time in decades. As such, the Guyanese team are looking to repeat the feat or even do better this time around.last_img read more


first_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes had one of his players used an elbow in the same way Robin van Persie did at West Ham last Sunday he would have been banned.The Chelsea boss was fined £25,000 last month for saying there was a “clear campaign” against Chelsea on the day Diego Costa was charged for treading on Liverpool’s Emre Can.Striker Costa was banned for three matches and serves the final game of his suspension when the Premier League leaders play Everton on Wednesday night.Mourinho’s mood has lightened since opting out of media duties surrounding the draw with Manchester City on January 31 and that he was happy in last Friday’s return in front of the cameras.But the Blues boss suggested he still thinks the Football Association’s disciplinary department is not being consistent.“I was in a good mood the other day,” Mourinho said.“I needed a little bit more time to forget why my player (Costa) was suspended.“I need a little bit more time to understand why some people are punished, others aren’t. I need a little bit of time to process that.“The same people (the FA) that suspended my player didn’t want to suspend a player this weekend. This weekend he could.”When asked which player he was referring to, Mourinho gestured with an elbow in a clear reference to Van Persie’s challenge on James Tomkins.“I know that if it was one of mine, I know,” Mourinho added.“Last season happened the same thing, when Ramires was suspended.“It was exactly the same thing. And one week later a Manchester City player kicked a player on the floor at Norwich and nothing happened.”That was a reference to Yaya Toure’s challenge on Ricky van Wolswinkel, which went unpunished.Mourinho refused to comment on the fact Leicester boss Nigel Pearson avoided sanction for appearing to grab Crystal Palace’s James McArthur by the throat.“I have only thoughts about myself,” Mourinho said.Asked if he would have been charged had he done what Pearson did, Mourinho said: “No comments. You know.”Midfielder John Obi Mikel (knee) is the only definite absentee for Wednesday’s match, but Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) is fit again.The Everton contest sees the return of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge after the Belgium forward struggled to break through into Mourinho’s plans and was allowed to leave the club.The Portuguese manager said: “He proves every weekend that he’s a good player. Nobody has doubts at Chelsea that he’s a good player.“We know Romelu is a good player. (Andre) Schurrle is a good player, (Kevin) de Bruyne is a good player, (Juan) Mata is a good player.“They are good. We don’t sell garbage. We sell top players.“We sell top players, we get top fees. (Without) top fees we don’t sell them, we keep them.“That’s football, that’s life, that’s market. The player wishes sometimes to be in clubs where they become clearly the first option. That’s football, that’s life.“If he’s happy, that’s good. He wanted to play all the time.” 1last_img read more


first_imgFirst half goals from Meddie Kagere and Bernard Ondiek sent K’Ogalo sailing, but a slump in the second half saw Batoto ba Mungu raise their tails wit substitute Ezekiel Okare scoring a late brace adding on to Kepha Aswani’s early first half goal.It seemed to be three points in the bag for Sofapaka, but Wafula slammed the ball in from close range after a poorly defended corner to hand Gor a reprieve.It was a game of two halves as the record 16-time champions utterly dominated the opening half while the 2009 champions were better in the second half dominating possession and creating most of the scoring chances.Gor boss Dylan Kerr made seven changes from the team that played USM Alger in a midweek CAF Confederation Cup Group D tie at Kasarani with skipper Harun Shakava Boniface Oluoch and Ephraim Guikan retaining their places.And the holders started the match with immense pace and within the first minute had the ball inside the net but Guikan’s finish off an Innocent Wafula cross was ruled out for offside.A minute later, the speedy Boniface Omondi tried his luck with a rasping shot from distance but it elevated a few inches off target.K’Ogalo were rewarded from their emphatic start to the match in the ninth minute when Willis Ouma’s clearance off a corner inside the box ricocheted off Meddie Kagere and bounced into an empty net.Batoto ba Mungu should have gone level just three minutes later but Ugandan import Umaru Kassumba missed a one on one chance. A mistake from Joachim Oluoch who was defending deep saw Kassumba win the ball and stride goalward with only the keeper to beat.However, Oluoch narrowed down the angle coming fast off his line forcing Kassumba to shoot and the effort sailed wide.Oluoch made a brilliant save on the quarter hour mark spreading his body nicely on the ground to block Kevin Kimani who had picked the ball unmarked from an Elli Asieche cross.Gor Mahia kept pounding keeping the fans in the stands heated despite the cold afternoon in Machakos and their hard work was once again gifted with a second goal in the 24th minute.Yussuf Mohammed’s effort at clearing the ball away ended up in the left back heading to the edge of the six yard box finding Ondiek unmarked, the midfielder doing the easy task of glancing the ball into the net beating Mathias Kigonya who was off is line.Three minutes after going down, Sofapaka almost scored an own goal when Mohammed’s effort at blocking a cross from Yussuf Mohammed ended up in a deflection towards his own goal but luckily the ball bounced off the upright for a corner.Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was pushed to initiate his first change after just 27 minutes, pulling out holding midfielder Humphrey Okoti and bringing in forward Stephen Waruru.Waruru almost got into the party immediately when he was picked out by a drop ball from Kigonya, but keeper Oluoch was faster off his line to clear the danger away.Sofapaka were also giving in much in attack despite the fact that Gor were faster off the blocks and they had a chance in the 33rd minute when Waruru’s cross found Kimani at the edge of the box but the pint sized winger’s shot went inches over.Kerr was forced into a change as the second half started, defender Charles Momanyi coming off clutching his thigh and was replaced by Joash Onyango.And it was the home side which had a better start to the second set of 45 minutes, pulling one back through Aswani six minutes after the restart. Kimani picked out his team mate with an incisive through pass and Aswani made the most of it rifling a left foot shot past Oluoch.Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar tackles Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 20, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAswani should have doubled his tally an brought his side back level six minutes later but he shot over from inside the box after being picked out by a cut back from Kassumba who had done well to outmuscle Onyango on the right.Sofapaka continued their upward trajectory and they came inches close on the hour mark when Waruru tried to chip the ball over Oluoch who was advanced off his line from a counter attack but the ball kissed the upside of the crossbar.Gor made their second change with goalscorer Ondiek who had become prone to losing the ball in the middle of the pack pulled out for the versatile Philemon Otieno.Gor gained a bit of stability and Sofapaka keeper Kigonya was forced into a brilliant double save to keep his side in contention.First, he poured his body out to deny Kagere one on one after the striker had raced to a through pass while his second was a beauty of a reflex, leaping to his left to parry away a diving header from Guikan off a Wesley Onguso cross.But Batoto ba Mungu kept on fighting to get at least a draw off the match.They were rarded in the 84th minute when Okare who had just come on for Kassumba jumped higher than both Joachim Oluoch and harun Shakava to win a header and power it past Oluoch who was off his line.With their tails up, Sofapaka scored what looked like a possible winner when Kimani outjumped Shakava for the ball at the edge of the box feeding Okare who slammed the ball into the net with just two minutes of regular time left.However, Gor showed the true character of a champion fighting on till the final whistle and in the first minute of added time, Wafula slammed the ball home after it was initially cleared off the line from a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar and Elly Asieche PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, May 20- Innocent Wafula scored in the 90th minute to rescue Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia from the jaws of their first defeat of the season as they played to a 3-3 draw with Sofapaka in a high-octane fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday evening.Ezekiel Okare’s late brace seemed to have handed Batoto ba Mungu a huge win against direct title rivals, but Wafula struck two minutes after his side went down to rescue a point for K’Ogalo.last_img read more


first_img1 Slaven Bilic West Ham are NOT planning to replace manager Slaven Bilic this summer, talkSPORT understands.Bilic has found himself under pressure after a difficult second season in charge of the London club.The Hammers, who finished seventh in the Premier League in 2015/16, are set to finish in the bottom half of the table this time around.They have lost 16 of their 35 league games and are not yet mathematically safe from relegation.Reports have emerged this week that Bilic’s position is under review and he may be shown the door.But sources close to the club have told talkSPORT that the Croatian retains the backing of his West Ham bosses and they expect him to be in charge at the start of next season.There is acknowledgment in the boardroom that Bilic has had to manage in difficult circumstances this season.West Ham have had to adjust to life in a new stadium, while they were rocked by the departure of Dimitri Payet midway through the season and have also suffered a number of injuries.last_img read more


first_imgRESIDENTS in Convoy have vowed to prevent Traveller families with up to 18 caravans occupying a site in the town.The Green Fields site – about an acre in size – has been the subject of several stand-offs since last Friday, as reported first here on Donegal Daily.Gardai moved in last night to keep the peace and they were on duty again this morning as three caravans attempted to enter the site. This is despite bollards erected by Donegal County Council.The council has also issued tree preservation orders after it was claimed that a man in a caravan had vowed to chop down 200-year-old trees last week.No offences have been detected – it’s only if the caravans form a site that council bye-laws will be broken.Revenue officers are also taking an interest in the incident as all the cars towing the caravans over the past four days are northern-registered. “This is not an appropriate or official site and this cannot be allowed to go ahead,” said one local mother.“They won’t get in.”Cllr Patrick McGowan has been working on residents’ behalf over the past five days.The Traveller families claim they own the site; however this is disputed.“They’ve already made a roadway which is unauthorised and the council have issued a warning,” said Cllr McGowan. “Local people have been threatened.”WE WON’T LET TRAVELLER FAMILIES ONTO ILLEGAL SITE, WARN RESIDENTS was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:WARN RESIDENTSWE WON’T LET TRAVELLER FAMILIES ONTO ILLEGAL SITElast_img read more


first_imgThe CEO of Fáilte Ireland, Shaun Quinn, today emphasised that the tourism authority’s new ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ initiative has the potential to attract significant numbers of additional visitors into Donegal during 2014. This boost to the county follows a year of improving overseas visitor numbers and business growth in the local tourism industry.Speaking during a visit to the county, Mr Quinn said Donegal saw significant growth in visitor numbers last year and much of this can be attributed to all those local communities who seized on the possibilities offered by Fáilte Ireland’s ‘The Gathering’ initiative. “This year we have another card to play and another opportunity to grow local tourism – with ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ and I’m sure everyone with an interest in tourism will get behind this also.”Citing recent Fáilte Ireland research, Mr Quinn pointed out that visitor numbers for the North West region were up an estimated 10% last year and that almost two thirds (62%) of local firms in the region were recording significant overseas visitor growth.Much of this growth was driven by The Gathering with Donegal finishing in the top ten in terms of Gatherings across the country.Overall, there were 300 Gathering events in the North West with 195 events in county Donegal alone and the types of events included family, school, business and group reunions as well as cultural, activity and historical celebrations. Meanwhile, surveys of domestic and overseas holidaymakers, who visited the region between May and October 2013, showed that the friendliness and value to be found in the North West were stand-out features of a trip to the area.Key points of Fáilte Ireland’s Visitor Survey of the North West included:98% of visitors rated the friendliness of the North West people as good or very good;88% of visitors rated the value for money aspect of their holiday as good or very good;Almost 6 out of ten visitors surveyed said they were extremely likely to recommend the North West as a holiday destination. Many visitors cited their main reason for visiting the area was beautiful scenery (26%) and history/culture (11%) and key locations visited included Glenveagh National Park (34%) Sliabh Liag (29%) and Inishowen (18%).The most popular activities while holidaying in the North West were:Hiking Walking (42%) – much higher than national average of 20%National Park (32%) – much higher than national average of 20% Traditional music and dance (24%) – higher than national average of 18%Water-based (10%) – much higher than national average of 3%Commenting on the latter findings, Mr Quinn said “Donegal has a lot to offer visitors. The good news is that, with its emphasis on landscapes, outdoor activities and an authentic interaction with Ireland’s western sea-board counties, the Wild Atlantic Way is tailor-made for local tourism.”The Wild Atlantic Way is a new major tourism initiative for the western seaboard is a long distance driving route from Donegal to West Cork with a total length of up to 1,300km showcasing Ireland’s coastline.The new route aims to create a corridor along the Atlantic coast which will link destinations and attractions together, creating a shopping isle of experiences and opening up access and possibilities in the visitor’s mind.It is intended that the Wild Atlantic Way will rival many of the well-known long distance driving routes around the world, such as the Great Ocean Road in Australia and the Garden Route in South Africa. Most importantly, it will provide a brand and product of sufficient scale and singularity to gain that all important visibility in our overseas markets.Failte Ireland is working with Donegal County Council in developing the Wild Atlantic Way locally. The route takes in the entire coastline of County Donegal and will be a magnificent selling point for the county. Local signature points along the way include Sliabh Liag, Fanad Lighthouse and Malin Head.Over the last few weeks the Councils Roads Division have been erecting signage along the Donegal branch of the route which stretches from Inishowen right through to Bundoran.The first signage has already appeared on the Inishowen roads and all signage will be erected in time for the start of the tourism season in March.In the meantime, Fáilte Ireland will be holding a number of community meetings along the Wild Atlantic Way (including Dunfanaghy, Ballyliffin and Killybegs in Donegal) to engage with local communities and more details of these will be available in the coming weeks.Mr Quinn added “We will be inviting everyone from the local communities to come along and hear about the Wild Atlantic Way and learn just how to take advantage of this opportunity. In 2013 The Gathering significantly boosted local tourism.“This year we will be heavily marketing the Wild Atlantic Way at home and abroad and this initiative offers us another vehicle to develop additional tourism visitors, revenue and jobs for the county.”WILD ATLANTIC WAY WILL ADD SIGNIFICANT TOURISM NUMBERS TO DONEGAL – FAILTE IRELAND was last modified: January 20th, 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:Failte IrelandShaun QuinnWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more


first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – It did not take long for Warriors coach Steve Kerr to analyze the footage. Following the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round matchup, Kerr rewatched the moments leading up to Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley receiving ejections. Kerr then reached this conclusion about official Ed Malloy.“I’m not sure anybody deserved …last_img


first_imgMore surprises about the body come to light, including the ability to regrow cartilage.Adult Humans Can Regenerate Cartilage (The Scientist). Many animals can regenerate their limbs: salamanders in particular. Some animals, like flatworms and hydras, can grow their entire body back from a few cells. Why can’t humans do that? We obviously can’t regrow a whole arm or leg. But actually, there’s more to tissue regeneration in our bodies than scientists had thought. We do have something in common with salamanders.Humans, unlike some lucky members of the animal kingdom, have a very limited ability to regrow damaged or missing body parts. But a study published yesterday (October 9) in Science Advances finds that we can generate new proteins in joint cartilage, and this ability is more pronounced in joints farther from the center of the body, such as the ankles, than in those nearer in, such as the hips. The mechanism for this ability resembles that used by animals such as salamanders and axolotls to regrow lost limbs.On a related subject, Phys.org reported new findings about limb regeneration in salamanders.Monkeys outperform humans when it comes to cognitive flexibility (Science Daily). The title of this article sounds like monkeys are better than humans. But really, upon reading further, monkeys appear more scatterbrained. That’s what they dub “cognitive flexibility.” If monkeys “outperformed” humans by thinking “outside the box” more, we would be hiring them as national security advisors. Humans do tend to stick to learned routines, scientists found, but sometimes wise reasoning in humans takes more time and deliberation. There are also other factors not considered, like the human tendency to doubt what a scientist is trying to make them do.Linking the need to sleep with synaptic function (Science). What’s going on as we sleep? We know we need it, even though it would seem better not to give up a third of each day so we could get more work done. As we sleep, important work is being done:Although our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that track the need for sleep remains incomplete, a clear message from the studies of Noya et al. and Brüning et al. is that a good place to start looking is the synapse. This conclusion is supported by recent findings of a quantitative phosphoproteomic study performed in whole mouse brain. By using two different models of high sleep pressure, the average phosphorylation status of 80 proteins could track changes in sleep need; strikingly, most were synaptic proteins involved in neurotransmitter release and synaptic plasticity. Brüning et al. also found that most of these proteins had specific sites with increased phosphorylation at times of high sleep pressure. By looking across the entire 24-hour period, however, they could also identify many other sites with increased phosphorylation during sleep time.It’s not the skull shape that matters. It’s the contents.Changes in the brain occurred independently of braincase evolution (Phys.org). This article is 150 years too late. If early Darwinians had known that skull size is not related to intelligence, that knowledge might have prevented a great deal of Social Darwinist racism. It’s been far too long to have Darwinians clueless about what really goes on inside the skull.The human brain is about three times the size of the brains of great apes. This has to do, among other things, with the evolution of novel brain structures that enabled complex behaviors such as language and tool production. A study by anthropologists at the University of Zurich now shows that changes in the brain occurred independent of evolutionary rearrangements of the braincase.The human brain is like a fish in an aquarium, floating inside the liquid-filled braincase—but filling it out almost completely. The relationship between the brain and the braincase, and how they interacted during human evolution, has been occupying the minds of researchers for almost a century. They addressed this question by studying brain-braincase relationships in our own species, and in our closest living relatives, the great apes.Despite their undying optimism that their research is not for naught, they end by saying they have to start over after a century of going the wrong way.“The brain followed its own evolutionary path of neural innovation while freely floating in the braincase,” summarizes Alatorre Warren. “The position and size of braincase bones thus don’t enable us to draw conclusions about evolutionary changes in the size or rearrangement of adjacent brain regions.” Co-authors Marcia Ponce de León and Christoph Zollikofer believe their study’s data provide an important point of reference for future research: “Having answered the brain-braincase question for humans and great apes, we can now take a fresh look at the braincases of fossil hominids.”This implies that a lot of hominid research based on skull shape, size and capacity had nothing to do with the gray matter operating inside. The paper by Warren et al., “Evidence for independent brain and neurocranial reorganization during hominin evolution,” is published in PNAS.Men are harder competitors: study (Phys.org). Here’s just one more study showing that men and women are different. Men are naturally more competitive and apt to see threats. If that’s what evolution produced, who is a sociologist to train men out of their nature? Anyway, this article had nothing to say about transgenders and gender fluidity. And it’s doubtful that you can treat men and women in a limited sample like lab rats and speak for billions of others in different nations and cultures.Mitochondria work much like Tesla battery packs, study finds (Phys.org). Here’s another instance of “nature had it first” and “what they thought was wrong.” Mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles, do not pack their machines inefficiently.For years, scientists assumed that mitochondria—the energy-generating centers of living cells—worked much like household batteries, generating energy from a chemical reaction inside a single chamber or cell. Now, UCLA researchers have shown that mitochondria are instead made up of many individual bioelectric units that generate energy in an array, similar to a Tesla electric car battery that packs thousands of battery cells to manage energy safely and provide fast access to very high current.This is a case of anachronous biomimetics. The Tesla battery designers probably didn’t realize that the batteries in their own cells were arranged in a similar efficient manner that they thought they had invented.As usual, the Creator designed it first. Our designs are cheap imitations, mere echoes of His handiwork.Don’t pollute your office, though. An article on Science Daily asks, “How much are you polluting your office air just by existing?” Scientists measured volatile compounds in offices. Because of make-up, deodorant, hairspray and other “health” products, “Our preliminary results,” Purdue scientists said, “suggest that people are the dominant source of volatile organic compounds in a modern office environment.” With proper ventilation, that can be OK; but remember, B.O. and sweat are all natural… and, cleanliness is a virtue. (Visited 422 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgSource: Health Care Spending and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, RAND Corporation Report, 2013.This post is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img