Improper disposal of foetus due to negligence – Health Ministry

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry has said in a released statement on Friday that the foetus which was dismembered by a stray dog at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC), on the East Bank of Demerara, was due to the carelessness of the hospital’s medical team.According to the release, the administration of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre contacted the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Public Health Ministry, Shamdeo Persaud, to confirm the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in such a circumstance. It was relayed to them that the correct procedure would be to transport the foetus to the Georgetown Public Hospital to be disposed of properly, since the Georgetown Hospital has the recommended facilities to dispose of biohazardous waste. However, it was reported that there was a lack of compliance in the execution of that SOP.Guyana Times had reported earlier in the week that a 26-year-old woman who delivered a 22-weeks-old foetus, which would have been her fifth child, wanted nothing to do with the dead child’s remains and left the dead infant’s disposal as the Hospital’s responsibility. However, the foetus was poorly disposed of by the medical personnel and this went unnoticed until a stray dog brusquely dragged the body of the dead premature baby out of a dump heap and into the compound of the public hospital, dismembering it.An investigation was launched by the Public Health Ministry into the matter to determine the officials responsible for this gross act of negligence.According to Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, strict action will be taken against the culprit(s) to ensure that incidents of this nature do not reoccur.last_img read more

UP Exposes Ambiguity in Supreme Court Decision

first_imgA complaint filed by the ruling Unity Party (UP) against the National Elections Commission (NEC) for scheduling the December 26 runoff presidential elections has exposed many ambiguities in the Supreme Court opinion, on which the electoral body relied to set the date.In their case against the December 26 date set for the runoff, the party argued that the opinion (judgment) ordering a runoff election should be held in accordance with the “Constitution and Election Law,” which “did not state when the election shall be held.”“All that it said was that before a runoff election is held, the Final Registration Roll (FRR) should be cleaned and sanitized and published in hard copies at the offices of the election magistrates and at each polling place,” the UP said.“But, when exactly after the clearing and sanitizing of the FRR and its publication at the offices of election magistrates and polling places prior to the runoff should (the runoff) be held?” the complaint wondered.The lawsuit also emphasized that “the court did not say, the maximum period between the publication of the sanitized FRR and the conduct of the run-off election should be 30 days since this is the period before an election within which the FRR may not be altered.”“The opinion inadvertently failed to pass on this issue, and so it appeared to (be) the NEC’s discretion as to when to order the run-off election as mandated by the court, but this certainly was not the court’s intention,” UP said.More importantly, UP said, “NEC cannot and should not unilaterally set the run-off election date, they should request for a joint resolution of both the House of Representative and the Senate, which set the actual date for the run-off.”“It is necessary for the court to state particularly and specificity the time frame within which the activities mandated specifically for the cleaning-up of the FRR and its publication should take place otherwise, the NEC might capriciously and whimsically set a date for the run-off election as it has done, which does not give voters sufficient time to inspect the cleaned, sanitized and publicized FRR before the run-off election takes place,” the UP argued.The UP complaint also said, “We pray the court that the run-off shall not take place less than 40 days after the cleaned sanitized FRR has been fully published all around the country. 15 days shall be for the time period for public challenges to the cleaned, sanitized FRR and 30 days shall be the legal time immediately before an election that its FRR is altered.”“The mandate of the court to the NEC to conduct the run-off in accordance with the Constitution and Election Law and at the same time to comply with the mandate prior to conducting the run-off is instructive and it appears that the NEC did not fully understand the instruction, which simply means that for the Legislature to set the date for the run-off election,” UP contends.The court on November 7 lifted its stay order that was placed on the NEC’s earlier decision to hold the runoff on November 10 and subsequently mandated the electoral process to proceed in accordance with the Constitution and Elections Law.The stay order resulted from a complaint filed to the court by Liberty Party (LP) claiming that the October 10 presidential and legislative elections were characterized by irregularities and fraud opting for a rerun of the entire exercise.Meanwhile, the UP has rejected assertions by NEC that it has, in agreement with the parties, developed a five-count proposal containing steps to be taken to clean up the FRR. According to NEC, the agreement was reached during a meeting held with the parties late last week. Mr. Cole Bangalu, a UP representative to the talks, told the Daily Observer that contrary to the NEC statement, the ECOWAS unveiled what it considered steps to be taken in the clean up of the FRR.He observed that the ECOWAS team noted that it did not fix any timeline to the completion of the clean-up task since it had not yet determined the full extent of the work needed to be done.Mr. Bangalu said it was premature for the NEC to have announced a runoff date when the magnitude and scope of work had not been determined, a development which raises questions whether the ECOWAS can accomplish the task given the very tight time constraints  imposed by NEC’s arbitrary setting of a run-off date.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Haas records victory

first_imgHe had just one bogey for the tournament: the par-3, No. 8. But if there was any breakdown in his game, Haas turned it aside. He birdied No. 9 to make the turn at two under, then added three straight birdies on the back nine and gained a cushion that no one else would touch. “I don’t want to say I was comfortable,” Haas said. “But with a three- to four-shot lead, I didn’t want to do anything stupid.” The $247,500 victory was his first of the season and his fourth top 10 in six events. The 50-and-older tour seems to suit Haas quite well. He has won seven Champions titles in just more than three years. He won nine titles in 29 years on the PGA Tour. Eaks fired a final-round of 65, too, but it didn’t seem to matter much. He said he knew he was playing for second place after the 12th hole. “Every time I made a birdie, he made one on top of me,” Eaks said. “It really was something to watch. It’s such a pleasure to play with him because he makes you play better.” – Mark Reinhiller Calcavecchia wins PGA event: Mark Calcavecchia, ready to leave Innisbrook after opening with a 75, survived a wild swing in emotions and won the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., when Heath Slocum missed a 4-foot par putt on the final hole. Calcavecchia closed with a 1-under 70 and never lost the lead, but his stomach was churning the whole way around. He had a two-shot lead and stood over a 4-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole that he missed, then had to hang on for dear life. Ahead by one shot, ‘s 8-iron came up short of the 18th green, and he missed a 7-foot par putt. Slocum needed only to make par from 4 feet to force a playoff. The putt dipped in and out of the cup on the left side. Calcavecchia won for the 13th time in his career, and with $954,000 went over $20 million for his career. He finished at 10-under 274. Atwal allegedly involved in fatal crash: PGA Tour player Arjun Atwal is under investigation after police said what appeared to be a high-speed street race ended in a fatal crash near Orlando, Fla. Atwal was not injured in the accident Saturday at about 5:30p.m. The other driver, John Noah Park, 48, died at a hospital, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kim Miller said. No charges have been filed against Atwal, the first player from India on the PGA Tour. Hayes hospitalized: J.P. Hayes withdrew from the PODS Championship and was taken to a hospital after complaining of minor chest pains and some dizziness. LPGA: Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 2-under 70 in the second round to pull within a stroke of leader Meaghan Francella in the MasterCard Classic, the rain-plagued LPGA Tour event set to finish today in Huixquilucan, Mexico. Calcavecchia European/Asian PGA: China’s Liang Wenchong won the Singapore Masters, beating Malaysia’s Iain Steel on the first playoff hole for his first title on the European or Asian tours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s hard playing with the lead,” said Haas, who broke the tournament record of 17-under- par set by Hale Irwin in 2002. “It’s hard to be aggressive.” Haas shared the lead with fiveothers after Friday’s first round, and then gained a one-shot lead over Peter Jacobsen at 13under entering the final round. center_img Once Jay Haas earned a share of the Toshiba Classic lead after the opening round, it was apparent he enjoyed the view from the top. Haas put on an exhibition on how to play with a lead, going on to win the Champions Tour event Sunday in Newport Beach in record fashion with a 6-under 65 to finish 19-under 194, twoshots ahead of R.W. Eaks. last_img read more


first_imgA massive march in memory of tragic teenager Erin Gallagher and against bullying is to be held next week.The Erin Gallagher Memorial Walk is to take place around the Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar on November 8th next – what would have been Erin’s 14th birthday.Hundreds of people have already committed to the walk in honour of the second year Finn Valley College pupil. Erin was found dead at her home in Ballybofey on Saturday last amidst claims that she was being bullied.More than 6,000 people have already signed up to a Facebook page ‘RIP Erin Gallagher’ in honour of the young girl.Many of her school-friends and family members are also believed to have signed up for the touching walk.Arrangements for the walk are expected to be released on the Facebook page in the coming days. Meanwhile the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty has called for proper legislation to be drawn up in relation to cyber-bullying.Hundreds of people are expected to attend Erin’s funeral tomorrow at St.Mary’s Church in Stranorlar. MASSIVE MARCH ORGANISED TO REMEMBER ERIN AND TO HIGHLIGHT BULLYING was last modified: October 30th, 2012 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:bullyingErinErin GallagherFacebookRIP Erin Gallaghertwin townsWALKlast_img read more


first_imgThe staff of Safetech.The ten businesses to have been short-listed for the finals of this year’s prestigious Donegal Business of the Year awards showcase the range and diversity within the business community in the county, according to the Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.The awards are hosted by Donegal Local Enterprise Office for businesses across the county who employ less than 50 employees and the entrants went through a rigorous process that included pitching their business to a team of judges, before they were whittled down the final ten.Larissa Feeney“As a county our economy is dominated by small and micro businesses. These businesses and the important role they play in providing employment and contributing to the sustainability to local communities throughout the county are very often forgotten about, or their contribution taken for granted. The Enterprising Donegal Business Awards celebrate the diversity and strength of the small business community in Donegal and the role they play in our local community,” Mr Michael Tunney added. Among the finalists this year is Letterkenny-based firm Safetech Consulting and Training Ltd. Founded in 2003 by Maria Sweeney who has a Masters in Health and Safety, the business offers a comprehensive service in all areas of environmental health and safety management systems.It is the first organisation in the Republic of Ireland to be approved for the delivery of accredited UK Health and Safety training for the construction sector there. Recent growth in the business has led to the opening of a new office and training facility in Wicklow.The inclusion of St. Johnston-based online business also demonstrates the diversity among this year’s finalists.In 2012 Larissa Feeney founded Ireland’s first online accountancy website a business that serves all sectors preparing accounts, tax returns, VAT, and payroll for sole traders and companies. The service also provides advice and offers solutions in all areas of business in real time.“A key objective for the county and for the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal County Council is to work with these and other businesses within the county to develop a critical mass of growth-oriented businesses seeking to succeed in markets outside of Ireland. We in the Local Enterprise Office of Donegal County Council, along with our sister enterprise organization, Enterprise Ireland, are keen to work with owner mangers that have the ambition to achieve this objective,” said Mr. Tunney.The other finalists this year are Fairytales Day Care, Milford; Kinnegar Brewing, Rathmullan; Gillespie Precision Engineering/Gillespie Polytunnels, Killygordon; Portsalon Luxury Camping, Portsalon; Donegal English Language School, Bundoran; Carnaween Clothing Ltd, Glencolmcille; 3Dom Filaments Ltd, Moville and DaiGon Ltd, Clonmany.There are prizes in four different categories – Excellence in design, Business in operation less than 18 months (Start-Up); Business in operation more than 18 months (Business Expansion) and Export business – while there will also be an Overall Donegal Business of the Year.“There are consultancy prizes of up to €1,500 for category winners and €2,500 for the overall winner to assist the owner in developing the business,” Mr Tunney added. The winners in each category, and the overall winner will be presented with their awards at a special lunchtime ceremony at the end of Enterprising Donegal Business Week on March 27thTEN FIRMS REACH FINAL OF DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: March 20th, 2015 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


first_imgMOVILLE’S impressive Minors are through to the Ulster A Championship final after another incredible win on the road on Sunday.The Foylesiders travelled to Belfast to take on Antrim champions St Paul’s – and cruised into an historic Ulster final.They won the Ulster Semi Final by a score of 5-19 to 0-10, an astonishing 24-point winning margin. Moville had led at half-time by 2-09 to 0-07, but really stepped up their attack after the break with Nicole McLaughlin in goal-scoring form. LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINORS BLAST THEIR WAY INTO ULSTER FINAL was last modified: November 24th, 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:LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINORS BLAST THEIR WAY INTO ULSTER FINALlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS SATURDAYDowntown Cup Group AGlenea United Reserves 1 Cranford United Reserves 0 Glenea kept their unbeaten run in the Downtown Cup going with this hard earned victory over Cranford. In cool conditions it was the home side that started the brightest and took the lead on 15 minutes from the penalty spot. Martin Maguire’s initial effort was well saved by the keeper but Maguire reacted quickest to knock home the rebound. Glenea continues to press for another goal but were unable to create any clear cut chances. In the 2nd half Cranford came more into the game and started to press the home defence but were finding it difficult to create any openings themselves and it was the home side that looked more likely to score on the break with Martin Maguire and Lee O’Brien going close. Cranford came close on 85 minutes when Anthony Kelly’s effort from the edge of the box came back off the post. Team efforts from both sides.Downtown Cup Group BDonegal Town Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1Donegal Town finished off their Downtown Cup group stage fixtures with a hard fought victory over Keadue Rovers at the Hospital Field. Keadue were much the stronger in the first half but failed to capitalise on early chances the best of which was a Donal Rodgers header on eight minutes. Donegal did well to go in level at the break and were a completely different side after the restart. Joe McIntyre capitalised on the early pressure when he broke through on the left hand side to fire the ball home from just inside the area. Donegal doubled their lead shortly after when Ryan Gallagher broke out of defence and slipped it through to Ciarán O’Reilly who turned just outside the area to fire the ball home into the far corner. Keadue got back into the game after they worked the ball well from a throw in and a superb near post finish from Darragh Hanlon put them right back in it. Keadue pushed on in search of the equaliser and Donegal remained threatening on the counter attack. The key moment of the match was a Donal Rodgers penalty five minutes from time which was superbly saved by Donegal stopper Eamonn McGinley. Good team performances from both sides.Downtown Cup Group CRamelton Mariners 4 Gweedore United Reserves 1Glenree United Reserves 1 Downtown United 3 On a perfect day for a match the homeside started the game much the brighter with some great passages of play and where just left wanting when they got near the opposition penalty area. Downtown were finding it difficult to get going and were offering very little in attack. The teams went in all square at half time with the homeside feeling that a lead would have been deserved. The away team came out for the second half more lively and started to create a few half chances but nothing to worry the home keeper. The first goal came on the hour mark when a corner was swung in and Charlie Sheen rose highest to score for the Downtown. Their lead did not last long though as from another corner, Karl Mc Elhinney got in well ahead of the keeper with a bullet header. Both teams were now probing with the home side coming close twice with the keeper flapping and lucky to see the ball go over the bar. With ten minutes left a free kick was awarded on the edge of the box which and Mickey Freeman stepped up to put Downtown ahead for the second time in the match. The home side decided to go for the equaliser and when on the attack got caught on the break, Ciaran Lafferty having an easy tap in for the third and decisive goal. Team performances from both Glenree and Downtown. Referee: Denis O’DonnellDowntown Cup Group DGlencar Celtic 2 Mulroy Celtic 4SUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 4 Lifford Celtic 0Rathmullan Celtic sent out a message of their clear intentions to claim a remarkable League treble with a scintillating four goals victory over table-toppers Lifford Celtic from the county’s capital as Mark Curran’s charges made it three wins on the bounce in 2013 scoring 14 goals and conceding none.The table-toppers could not cope with the formidable attacking prowess of Curran’s Hoops and went behind to an early goal after five minutes when Paddy Sheridan scored from an in swinging corner to set the tone for the afternoon ahead.Lifford shot-stopper Lee White was in sensational form denying talismanic striker Eamonn Sheridan, former Harps star Oisin McMenamin and Dara Patton to keep the score at the minimum for the opening half.In the second period Patton set up Eoin Sheridan on the edge of the area on 55 minutes and the midfield dynamo scored with an outrageous chip from 20 yards to a cacophony of cheer from the Hoops faithful. McMenamin put the game beyond doubt on 65 minutes with a stunning free kick into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Doherty earned the Seasiders a penalty with two minutes remaining which was dispatched with class from the very impressive Sheridan as the Hoops rounded off a five star performance with four goals and yet another clean sheet.Best for Lifford was Lee White while the entire Hoops side quite simply are progressing with confidence, playing the beautiful game with aplomb and entertaining the masses with significant ease.Referee: Ed MooreGlenea United 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1In bitter conditions it was the away side that went away with all three points. The home side started well and Michael Barry went close in the opening moments. The home side continued to push for the opening goal and went close on a number of occasions through efforts from Kevin Mulhern, Sean McBride and Denis Boyle. Kilmacrennan were finding it tough to create any chances against the home defence and the 1st half finished scoreless. Glenea started the 2nd half still pushing for the lead goal, but found themselves one down on 50 minutes when Raymond Shields headed home a corner with Kilmacrennan’s first effort on goal. Glenea kept going forward looking for an equaliser but the Kilmacrennan goal led a charmed life as a series of goal bound efforts were blocked by the away defence. Kilmacrennan’s Sean Sandilands had his free kick well saved by Sean Mc Clafferty. Best for Glena were Padraig McGee and Denis Boyle, while Kieran Gorman was best for Kilmacrennan.Referee: Joe McHugh.Milford United 2 St. Catherines 1Milford fought back from one behind at half time to clinch an important victory at home to the Killybegs side. Milford fully deserved their victory after finding themselves unlucky to be behind at the break as Paddy Peoples put in late challenge in the box leaving Con McLaughlin no choice in pointing to the penalty spot. Jason Noctor scored the penalty to the keeper’s right. In the second half Milford upped the tempo and played good football especially on the right with Pauric Curley, Ciaran McGinley and PJ Hagan creating loads of opportunities, the best falling to Mark Flood whose header from 3 yards went over the bar. Flood made amends five minutes later when he volleyed Hagan’s Cross home from 18 yards. The winner came five minutes from time. After a series of corners Flood again got on the end of a David Curley cross to seal the victory. St. Catherines pushed for an equalizer causing a few anxious moments in the Milford defence, but the home side held on for victory. Best for St. Catherine’s were David Cromwell and Gareth Concarr, great team performance by Milford in the second half with sub Anthony Mc Paul impressing on his second game back at the club. Referee: Con McLaughlin.Lagan Harps 2 Dunkineely Celtic 1This game was reversed to Darney Park but Dunkineely failed to take advantage and fell to a disappointing defeat. The first half was a pretty dull affair with neither side creating any great chances. The best fell to Andrew Mackey but his header, from a Colin Mc Nicholas cross, hit the crossbar.The second half saw more direct attacking play from both sides. Dunkineely had a great chance to take the lead on 55 minutes when Adrian Nesbitt crossed for Andrew Mackey but he shot wide from close range. Lagan took the lead on the hour when Shane Browne finished from close range after a good break on the left wing. Dunkineely equalised on 70 minutes when Aaron Byrne picked up a clearance 30 yards from goal and beat one player before firing a great shot to the corner of the net. Instead of building on this Dunkineely conceded two minutes later when a Brian Kelly shot from 20 yards took a wicked deflection and ended up in the net. Dunkineely piled on the pressure after this but could not find the equaliser. Lagan on the break had a number of chances to kill off the game but failed to take them. Referee: Ronan Floyd.Castlefin Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 2Castlefin’s run of bad luck continued into 2013 when Gweedore came to Castlefin and claimed all three points in Parkview on Sunday. Castlefin started the brighter and took the lead through Damien Mc Glinchey after good work from Barry Tourish with seven minutes played. Gweedore upped the tempo and were awarded a penalty after a handball in the home defence but Castlefin keeper Paul Logue saved Tomas Diver’s spot kick. In the second half both sides pushed in search of goals and in the 60th minute Gweedore got their equaliser after a scramble in the home defence the ball fell to David Mc Ghee who poked home. Castlefin pressed for the winner spurned great chances through Barry and Ronan Tourish and Kieran Brennan. In the 92nd minute Gweedore got the winner when a Dan Curran shot bulleted into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Two decent team performances. Referee: Patrick MartinWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 Ballybofey United 0Arranmore and Ballybofey played out a scoreless draw on the island with the away team going close twice with deflected free kicks from the edge of the box. Arranmore threatened occasionally with Mark Ward going close with a header at the back post and Conor Proctor going close with a half volley. Arranmore dominated the 2nd half with the aid of the wind but again failed to punish the away side with Danny Rodgers going close with a header just over from 5yards. In the final minutes Arranmore threw everyone forward to try to get the much needed three points but the away side coped well with the pressure. Team performances from both sides with Conor Proctor and Michael Mc Hugh the standout performers for the home side. Referee: John Mc GlanagheyKeadue Rovers 1 Eany Celtic 1Keadue and Eany ended level at Central Park on a bitterly cold afternoon. Despite the tough conditions it was a very enjoyable encounter played at a good pace throughout. It was Keadue who were much quicker out of the blocks and had a couple of decent chances in the opening twenty minutes with brothers Paul ‘Yank’ Boyle and Sean ‘Yank’ Boyle going close with a couple of efforts. The home side’s movement up front was excellent as well. However Eany started to get a grip by the twenty fifth minute of the first half, creating a shooting chance on the half hour and were the stronger outfit coming up to the half time. Into the second half and the first chance of the half fell to Gerard Walsh who blasted over the bar on fifty minutes. A few minutes later Keadue had another good close range chance with a header going wide. Eany took the lead on fifty seven minutes, against the run of play, when winger Martin Shovlin took advantage of a defensive slip to shoot to the corner of the net for a good goal. It was the spark that Eany needed as they took control of possession after that knocking it about well and looking more composed. Five minutes after it should have been two when Eany had a shot on goal after a defensive back pass had gone wrong. The home team still battled away and were getting more possession in the final twenty minutes and were forcing a few free kicks. Finally their pressure paid off on eighty minutes when Mark Boyle’s ball through found Doalty Boyle who just beat the keeper to the ball slotting home to the corner.Despite staying on top for the remaining ten minutes Eany defended well and a draw was a fair result overall.Best for Eany were Mark Ward and Eddie Gallagher whilst best for Keadue were Doalty Boyle and Hugh ‘Yank’ Boyle. Referee: Liam Farren.Curragh Athletic 1 Cappry Rovers 0A goal inside the first minute ended up to be the winning goal in a very close derby match played in Killygordon. A move involving Kevin Rafferty and Paddy Collins ended up with Shane Barclay sliding the ball past the stranded Brendan O’ Meara. Although this looked to be a perfect start for the home side it was Cappry who produced the best efforts for the remainder of the half. The first real chance after the goal came on twenty one minutes when Roy Duffy tipped a shot over the bar from Benny Mc Laughlin. The resulting corner saw Paddy Collins clear off the line before Michael Mc Glynn again shot over when well placed. Curragh’s best chance came when it looked a certain goal on thirty eight minutes, but somehow the ball ended up on top of the net. Although Cappry had a lot of the play a strong home defence, marshalled well by Mickey O’ Brien, meant that they found it very hard to penetrate. The second half saw the home side begin to show why they are top with Ryan Carlin and Shane Barclay ever dangerous up front. In fact the home side produced the best chance of the second half when a Ryan Carlin shot was parried by O’ Meara but Paddy Collins just could not convert the rebound. Kevin Rafferty did have the ball in the net on seventy one minutes but it was ruled out for offside. Curragh also has Michael O’ Brien injured and replaced during the second half. For Cappry this was a good team performance with O’ Meara outstanding in goals and they played some very attractive football. For Curragh this win takes them clear at the top with an away game in Clonmany next week in the Ulster Junior Cup. Man of the match was Mickey O’ Brien but Curragh were also sell served by Gareth Gallagher and Ryan Carlin.CT Ball Division TwoGweedore United 3 Kerrykeel’71 F.C. 2This game played on a cold day at Carrickboyle provided the spectators with great entertainment in what was a cracking game. Both sides started well with the game at a frantic pace for the first 20 minutes. In the 19th minute Seimí Coshia Friel hit a great shot from 20 yards but it came off the post. The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes when a well delivered corner from Mark Friel was tapped past Liam Mc Fadden by Fergal Friel from 2 yards to make it 1-0. United pulled one back two minutes later when an excellent pass from Niall Friel was slotted home by Michael Connolly to make it 1-1.The home side then took the lead in the 34th minute when Connolly turned provider with a good pass to Ciaran Mc Fadden who neatly beat Mark Mc Conigley to make it 2-1 at half time. The second half started with Kerrykeel going in search of an equaliser however they were well matched by a good home defence. The home side went 3-1 up in the 68th minute when good play once again from Michael Connolly was excellently capitalised on by Ciaran Mc Fadden. Kerrykeel pushed hard during the last 20 minutes however the home defence marshalled by Brian Gallagher and Frank Mc Gee stood firm. The visitors pulled one back in the 88th minute when Mark “Sparky” Friel finished well after a goal mouth scramble. Seimí Coshia Friel and Benny Callaghan played well for Kerrykeel and it was an excellent team performance from United with Michael Connolly and Niall Friel outstanding on the day.Referee: Gerry Rodden.Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Drumbar United 1The cold air left Letterbarrow frozen on their feet at the start. Drumbar capitalised and took an early lead within two minutes. A well worked move finished off by Ray Boulgan. Letterbarrow responded well and scored before the break when Christopher Burke capitalised from a corner with a cheaky flick. Both teams went all guns blazing in the second half but couldn’t be separated. Letterbarrow came closest towards the end after Barry Griffin’s strike was tipped away by the keeper. Best for Letterbarrow was John Kenny with Frank “the tank” Mc Mullen best for the away team. Referee: Mick Lagan.Glenree United 2 Whitestrand United 0Glenree United got back to winning ways again as they beat their fellow seasiders.The cold weather hampered Whitestrand’s assault on the home side and their engine room failed to heat up as Glenree created attack after attack.Glenree went ahead when Andy Logue chipped a delightful ball over the defence and Damien Nelis lobbed the out-coming keeper on 35minutes.After the half time Bovril the men in red got motoring again and it was the midfield maestro again, Andy Logue, who was the creator when he slid the perfect pass to Damien Coyle and he struck to make it two nil on 50minutes.The visitors had two penalties saved by an in-form home keeper and failed to reply to Glenree’s two strikes.Paul Lynch was best for Whitestrand and a good team performance by Glenree. Referee: Gerry GallagherCopany Rovers 0 Bonagee United 3Bonagee left it very late to get the better of Copany, with three goals in the last five minutes to keep their place at the top of the table.The first half was an even and keenly contested affair, with both teams working hard on a heavy and difficult surface. Ross Hanlon fired straight at Stephen Doherty on 15 minutes for Bonagee, with Glenn Rainey firing over when leaving his center half berth five minutes later. For the home side, Daryl Duncan fired just past the post on 32 minutes following good work on the flank by Darragh Brogan.Copany took the game to the visitors at the beginning of the second half with Darragh Brogan causing all sorts of problems to the Bonagee defence, however, the youngster did not have his shooting boots on today and despite having another excellent game for the Cobras missed three great chances when getting the better of the Bonagee defence. It was Brogan again who caused danger on 58 minutes when he broke the offside trap and rounded the ‘keeper in the box, only to be fouled by the ‘keeper, who was very fortunate to somehow remain on the pitch. Daryl Duncan’s spot kick cannoned off the post and this turned out to be the catalyst for a Bonagee revival.The Letterkenny men went close from a couple of set pieces and also had a couple of chances expertly saved by an in-form Stephen Doherty. However on 85 minutes Ross Hanlon was fed through by Shane Kelly, after a terrific run from the right back, and Hanlon fired to the corner of the net to the jubilation of the visiting party.After putting in a huge effort Copany let their heads drop and two minutes later Darren Coyle’s effort squirmed under Doherty to make it two on 87 minutes. On 88 minutes Kevin Dolan scored the pick of the three with a fine finish from the edge of the box.Team effort from the home side who will feel unfortunate not to get something from the game, with Shane Kelly best for the visitors.Dunlewy Celtic 4 Convoy Arsenal 1With the hills of Dunlewey covered in snow this game had a winter feeling about it. The game started brightly for the visitors but it was the home side who took the lead. They were two ahead by the interval. The second half was only a few minutes gone when Daniel Cannon made it three when he scored from a tight angle. The visitors never gave up and got one back mid-way through the second half and they also had a shoot saved on the goal-line which alerted the home side that the game wasn’t over. It was nip and tuck but the victory was sealed for the home side when Christy Cannon was brought down in the box and he stepped up to power home his hat-trick and secure the three points for the home side.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – REPORTS FROM ALL THE WEEKEND’S GAMES was last modified: January 20th, 2013 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:Donegal Junior League reportslast_img read more


first_imgThe former FÁS/SOLAS training centres in Letterkenny and Gweedore which are now part of the Donegal Education and Training Board will be offering a range of ‘evening classes’ in both centres and outlying areas in early February and March 2014. A wide range of courses will be available from Book-keeping and Accounts, Payroll, Information Technology ranging from Introductory Computer Classes to higher level including Web Design and Digital Imaging.Beauty including Hairdressing, Make-up and Manicure and Pedicure, Business Enterprise, Training and Development, Supervisory Management, First Aid and Security Guarding Skills. All of the evening programmes are certified and aligned on the national framework of qualifications at levels 3-6. Typically each course or programme will be 10-15 nights in duration between the hours of 6-10pm or 7-10pm from Monday to Thursday evenings.Why not think about investing in your future in 2015 by learning a new skill and gaining a qualification that will enhance your prospects in the jobs market or help you progress within your current career path.For further information on these courses please contact the centre in Ballyraine, Letterkenny at 0749120556 and leave a message or visit the former FÁS website at and search under training for evening courses in Donegal.For further information on the Donegal Education and Training Board why not visit and find out about the range of services which the ETB has on offer for education and training in the county.    DONEGAL ETB TRAINING CENTRES LAUNCH EVENING COURSES FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH was last modified: January 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDonegal Training CentresETBnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Warning: Do NOT Mutate This Protein Complex

first_imgIn each cell of your body there is a complex of 8 or more proteins bound together called the BBSome.  This protein complex, discovered in 2007, should not be disturbed.  Here’s what happens when it mutates: “A homozygous mutation in any BBSome subunit (except BBIP10) will make you blind, obese and deaf, will obliterate your sense of smell, will make you grow extra digits and toes and cause your kidneys to fail.”    Children born with Bardet-Beidl syndrome (1 in 100,000 live births) have mutations to one of 14 proteins in this class (and others remain to be identified).  How can one mutation affect so many diverse functions?  Scientists believe that the BBSome is a key component of protein trafficking to the primary cilium, reported Hua Jin and Maxense V. Nachury in Current Biology.1  Primary cilia, they said, are “microtubule-based projections found on many cell types that act like tiny antennae receiving signaling inputs for the cell.”  Functions like sight, smell, and limb patterning rely on signals from primary cilia.  Scientists theorize that the BBSome is involved in providing parts to the intraflagellar transport system (IFT), which delivers construction parts from the base of the cilium or flagellum to the tip.    The authors said that the BBSome is “highly conserved” (i.e., unevolved) in all ciliated organisms from single-celled green algae to humans, though absent in plants and fungi.  “This pattern of conservation is a signature for proteins that perform fundamental functions in primary cilium assembly,” they explained.  Only chordates have an additional four BBS proteins.    The activity of the BBSome is an ongoing area of research.  When asked what remains to be explored about it, the authors responded, “Nearly everything!”1.  Hua Jin and Maxense V. Nachury, “Quick Guide: The BBSome,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 12, 23 June 2009, Pages R472-R473.This story underscores the precision and specificity of proteins.  The sequence of amino acids that leads to a protein’s folded shape is absolutely critical to its function.  Proteins are often hundreds of amino acid links long.  The authors said that mutations to even one of the eight members of the BBSome complex result in death or severe disability.  If the origin of one protein is beyond the reach of chance (see online book), how much more a complex of 8 or more proteins working together?  This does to chemical evolution theory what another H-bomb would do after global nuclear devastation: it just makes the rubble bounce.    The answer evolutionists give that some genes are “highly conserved” because they “perform fundamental functions” is a form of the dodge explanation that says, in effect, “if it were not that way, we wouldn’t be here” (see next entry commentary).  It fails to explain where the design came from.  If the origin of a complex system is beyond the reach of chance, what are the alternatives?  Natural law or design.  Natural law, however, produces predictable, repetitive patterns on a simple level – not complex specified information.  That leaves design as the most plausible explanation.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Titan’s Methane Lakes Shallow, Dynamic

first_imgStrange things are happening on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon: lakes are appearing and disappearing.  This can only mean that the lakes are shallow and the liquid hydrocarbons in them are moving around.    Lakes were discovered a few years ago in the northern regions of the Mercury-size moon.  They consist predominantly of methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6).  Another large lake called Ontario Lacus (Lake Ontario, because of its similarity to Earth’s counterpart) was discovered near the south pole.  Then, in Oct 2004, new dark areas appeared in Arrakis Planitia near the south after a presumed cloudburst of liquid methane (picture); the lakes in this area have also shrunk considerably in 44 months between observations.    A new paper in Icarus1 presented observations in visible light, infrared and radar covering the period 2004-2009.  They indicate that Ontario has been shrinking rapidly between 2005 and 2009 (picture).  The southwest shoreline has retreated by 9-11 kilometers (5.5 to 7 miles).2  Though estimates are difficult due to the distance and resolution of some measurements, the authors’ best guess is that “The observed retreat represents a decrease in area of ~500 km2 over almost 4 years.”    Estimating volume loss is more difficult.  While impossible to calculate Ontario’s volume loss directly, they estimated how much Arrakis gained and lost as a proxy.  Based on estimates of methane-carrying capacity of the 2004 cloud system (about a million square kilometers), the cloudburst must have dropped 2.4 to 14 cm of methane rain into the Arrakis basin (upper limit 4.2 m).  This yields estimates that between 24 to 140 km3 of liquid was lost at Arrakis in 4 years from a combination of evaporation and infiltration; probably similar amounts at Ontario.    There are clues that the lake bottoms might be impermeable.  The northern lakes are in Titan spring and have not shrunk between observations.  Earlier estimates expected one meter of seepage into the interior per year.  The rapid shrinkage at Arrakis and Ontario over a timescale of several months “strongly suggests either a shallow impermeable layer or that the local methane table lies close to the surface.”  It will be interesting to watch what the “methane cycle” does to the southern and northern lakes as the seasons change and more sunlight hits the north.    One other interesting observation was that the exposed lake bottom is not dark, as might be expected from sedimentation of hydrocarbons.  Either wave action cleansed the bottom as the shoreline retreated, or any sediments are light colored.  The authors favor the latter, saying that “bright organic condensates may be deposited within the lakes and exposed as the liquid level drops (Barnes et al., 2009).”  This view is strengthened by the fact that the Cassini orbiter’s cameras saw numerous dark features in the south in 2004-2005, but light material as Ontario retreated.  It is not possible to know from albedo (reflected brightness) alone the composition of the bright sediments.1.  E.P. Turtle, J.E. Perry, A.G. Hayes, A.S. McEwen, “Shoreline Retreat at Titan�s Ontario Lacus and Arrakis Planitia from Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem Observations” (accepted manuscript; final pending), Icarus, Feb 2011, S0019-1035(11)00054-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2011.02.005.2.  Highest resolution was possible at the southern parts of the lake; more uncertainty exists at the northern boundaries.  Radar altimetry suggests that the southwest shore has a gradual slope, while the eastern shore is steep.The study of Titan is a work in progress, so any conclusions drawn at this time are subject to revision as more data come in.  We can, however, step back and consider what planetary scientists expected to find and what they have found so far.  In the decades after the Voyager visits (1981), when scientists realized an irreversible erosion of atmospheric methane was precipitating hydrocarbons onto the surface (especially ethane, which has no way to get back into the atmosphere), scientists expected to find, over the course of 4.5 billion years, an accumulation of half a kilometer or more of liquid ethane in a global ocean.  That was a clear prediction that has been spectacularly falsified by Cassini observations (see list of previous articles).  In fact, the Huygens probe was designed to float on that ocean that failed to materialize.    Instead, we found Titan to have paltry accumulations of liquid in scattered lakes near the poles, while the equatorial regions are largely covered in icy sand dunes.  Now we are learning that the polar lakes are probably shallow, could have impermeable bottoms, and move around so rapidly that they don’t deposit sediment on the lake floors (or else they deposit bright sediments).  But if the sediments are bright, which would be surprising in itself, is there enough sediment to account for 4.5 billion years of deposition?  In addition, Titan, the largest moon with the greatest gravitational attraction, has few craters (three to five) after all that time.    You have to ask yourself whether it is credible these processes have been going on for billions of years.  Did 4.5 billion years ever exist?  Is it a fiction?  In order to save the blessed timescale so precious to planetary scientists (because Darwin depends on it), all kinds of evidence-free theory-rescue devices are being rigged: maybe the ethane seeped into the interior where no one can find it; maybe the interior has a methane reservoir that erupts through cryovolcanoes, replenishing the atmosphere; maybe this, maybe that.  If scientists stuck to the observations and drew reasonable conclusions from data alone, they would have to conclude that there are severe upper limits on how long Titan has been acting this way.  Let facts be submitted to a candid world.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more