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first_imgCrowds gathered in Inishowen on Saturday last to unveil a memorial to the HMS Laurentic in Fort Dunree.The HMS Laurentic sank off the coast of Fanad Head when it was struck by a mine, leading to the loss of over 350 seamen on January 25, 1917.Following two years of fundraising, The Ulster Canada Initiative welcomed the descendants of the men who died and members of the public to the unveiling and dedication of the Laurentic Monument. The monument, created by Mark Hill and Mandy Blinco of LUXE, involved a variety of local artists and tradesmen including Artlink, Martha McCulloch, Harry Kerr, Matthew Porter, Signs and Designs, Devlin Memorials and many others.The artists felt it was essential that the monument relates to the landscape at Dunree.32 family members made the journey to Donegal for the unveiling, from Arklow, Cork, Tipperary, Liverpool, Staffordshire, Kent, Sussex, Devon and as far away as Australia.The Canadian Government was represented by Commander Corey Bursey, Canadian Naval Attaché to the High Commission in London, while Petty Officer Stephen Doherty represented the Irish Naval Service.Commander Corey BurseyIn his speech, Chairman of the Ulster Canada Initiative, Don McNeill, said: “This is a very proud moment for me personally to achieve what we have from a humble beginning in 2006 when myself, John McCarter and seven other like-minded people chipped in and brought a wreath and held a small, simple but poignant commemoration for the over 350 men who perished on the sinking of the Laurentic on January 25, 1917, at the mouth of Lough Swilly.“But today is not about me! It is about remembering these men from the four corners of the world who died on our shores 102 years ago and their relatives who travelled from far and wide to be here with us today.“This is your day.” Advertisement Laurentic memorial unveiled in Fort Dunree – Picture Special was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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


first_imgBALTIMORE — The impact of Sean Manaea’s shoulder injury appears to be worse than anybody could have imagined.Manaea will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neil ElAttrache on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles. Not only does the surgery end his season, Manaea is also expected to miss the entire 2019 season.There were red flags with Manaea since the beginning of the season as his fastball was topping out around 90-92 mph after throwing upwards of 96-97 as recently as 2017. The …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_imgSenior Aam Aadmi Party leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly H.S. Phoolka decided to step down from his position on Sunday after the Bar Council of Delhi disallowed his resuming his private practice, holding that he held an “office of profit.” “I have conveyed my decision to the party supremo Arvind Kejriwal… I want to represent and appear for my clients, victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. As my position as the Leader of the Opposition is being considered an office of profit, I’m giving it up,” Mr. Phoolka told The Hindu. Suggests three names“It’s for the party high command to choose a new leader for the AAP legislature party. I have suggested three names, Kanwar Sandhu, Sukhpal Khaira and Aman Arora,” he said.The Bar Council of Delhi had last week barred Advocate Phoolka from resuming practice, arguing that he held the rank of a Cabinet Minister with salary and perks.Suspended practiceMr. Phoolka had suspended his practice on March 30, 2017, after becoming the Leader of the Opposition. Recently, however, he had asked the BCD to permit him to fight the cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.Meanwhile, Haryana-based advocate Hemant Kumar has written to the Bar Council of India under the Right to Information Act, asking if the Advocate-General appointed in Punjab and Haryana, who enjoyed Cabinet rank with pay and perks, was entitled to practice.last_img read more


first_imgIn the agriculturally-rich Hanumangarh district of northern Rajasthan, the seepage of water from the Indira Gandhi Canal into about 30 villages of Pilibanga and Rawatsar blocks is set to decide the depth of support to different political parties in the Assembly election. Two generations of farmers, facing the problem for 40 years, have felt betrayed by politicians here.Turned into wastelandOver 4,370 hectares of fertile land in the region has become wasteland with the canal waters flooding the agricultural land as well as houses. The water seeps into the fields, but is unable to go deep because of the underground gypsum layer. As a result, the salted water floods and destroys the land.Neither any compensation nor the assistance for rejuvenation of land has been given to the farmers, leading to resentment in the agricultural community. Farmers have now taken a pledge to support only that party which helps them raise their living standards. Many farmers, who were once rich, have been driven to penury with their land becoming infertile.Dhanna Ram Godara, bio-farming head of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in the district, who has led an agitation on the issue for more than a year, told The Hindu that the drainage of water through pipelines had turned out to be impractical. “Some farmers were relocated and allotted land elsewhere in 1992. The problem persists because of insensitivity of the successive governments. It has affected 26,000 families,” he said.After signing an agreement with the agitating farmers in October 2017, the BJP government pursued the matter with the Centre. A comprehensive plan with the Central allocation for a project to remove water from the fields was still awaited, Jakhdawali-based activist Bhajan Lal pointed out. However, lining of the Indira Gandhi Canal’s distributaries by adding an impermeable layer at the edges has been taken up at some places.State Water Resources Minister Ram Pratap, who was instrumental in making Hanumangarh a district in 1994, is contesting the election as a BJP candidate again from the constituency. As the farmers in the seepage-affected areas expect him to do something to help them out, he is facing anti-incumbency in his constituency.Elsewhere in the district, elections to the irrigation water utilisers’ associations — under the Bhakra irrigation system’s second division — have been delayed because of the model code of conduct being enforced for the Assembly polls. At present, the Irrigation Department’s officials are running the 49 canal distributaries in the system, supplying water to 277 villages in Ghaggar, Khara and Pilibanga blocks.Right to manage Farmers have been given the right to manage the affairs of canals under the Rajasthan Farmers’ Participation in Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000. The election of chairpersons of water utilisation associations enables them to control the works such as delineation of areas, fixing the turn of fields to get irrigation waters, sanctioning the construction of new heads and maintenance and cleanliness of the distributaries.With the ruling BJP having represented all the five Assembly constituencies in the district in 2013, the voters in the city, situated near Ghaggar river, as well as in the rural areas are still waiting for resolution of the issues of lack of agro-based industries, poor infrastructure for civic amenities and closure of the local spinning mill.CPI(M) candidate from Bhadra Balwan Singh Poonia, who had lost to the BJP’s Sanjeev Kumar in the 2013 election, expects to turn the tide this time and get farmers’ support while campaigning for more water for irrigation and better minimum support prices for agricultural produce.Interestingly, the district administration here has launched an intensive campaign to ensure a good turnout of voters during the December 7 polling. The initiatives for releasing posters of a “Votu” mascot and playing of jingles in the local dialect have attracted the people. A mobile app to enable the people to take a pledge to cast their votes, after which they get a signed certificate, had especially generated a “sense of participation” among the electorate, said Collector Dinesh Chandra Jain.last_img read more


first_imgThe arrival of Jorginho from Napoli has equipped Chelsea with one of the best midfields around, according to Alvaro Morata.The Brazilian-born Italy international moved to Stamford Bridge last month, having been heavily linked with Premier League champions Manchester City. He has been joined in west London by his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Morata feels Jorginho will prove to be a key acquisition as the Blues, champions in 2016-17, seek to improve on a disappointing fifth-place finish in the league last season. “We are lucky,” he told the Mirror.”We’ve made a very good signing, because he’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy and because Manchester City wanted him! It would have been very bad for us if City has taken him.”He was one of the best signings of the last year for Chelsea because now, when we have the ball, he is the key.”Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas with the ball are two of the best midfielders around.”There are not too many midfields with this level with the ball – for the strikers it is fantastic.”Morata has also been wowed by teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been tipped to break into Chelsea’s first team during the campaign ahead. “I have never seen a player like him,” the Spain international said.”Ethan Ampadu and him, when you see them playing, it is like they are 25 and 26 years old – and they are 17! They work so hard.”Callum is lucky with Eden [Hazard], with Willian and all the strikers because they are good people and if he listens and watches Willian, he can be the best for the future.”last_img read more