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Inishowen Spraoi & Spórt centre receives €5,000 grant

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed €5,000 funding for the Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre in Inishowen.“From an idea of a parent and toddler group, Spraoi agus Spórt has grown into to a truly valuable local community group in Carndonagh,” Minister McHugh said.“They offer hundreds of places for families every week and are doing tremendous work on a social enterprise front. “The community is at the heart of this idea and it’s at the heart of everything they do. It is great to see the Government supporting their work and long may that continue.”The €5,000 grant was sanctioned through the Department of Justice and Equality under the 2019 Communities Integration Fund.Minister McHugh added: “Volunteers are key to all the projects that are being supported by this fund and I hope that it provides Spraoi & Spórt with a little bit of a boost in their good community work.“One aspect of the Communities Integration Fund is to support the integration of migrant and host communities. It’s a real sense of inclusion and it’s community spirit at its best, with groups having to show how they will involve both migrant and host communities in their activities.” Inishowen Spraoi & Spórt centre receives €5,000 grant was last modified: July 12th, 2019 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

How having one more pitch helped change Frankie Montas’ career

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s hard to overstate how much having a split-finger fastball at his disposal changed the trajectory of Frankie Montas’ professional career.Thought perhaps to fit into a long relief role — if that —  for the A’s at the start of Cactus League play, Montas used his splitter effectively all spring and will instead will start the season as the fourth starter in Oakland’s rotation, manager Bob Melvin said Monday.Arriving in Arizona last month looking to win a big league job, …last_img

Flying Physics

first_img(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the world of flying animals, stories of remarkable physical engineering come to light.Flight mass: The bigger the animal, the harder the liftoff. That’s what Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone says in The Conversation: the biggest pterosaurs—the largest flying animals in history—pulled a feat that baffles engineers. “We’d expect an animal the size of a large pterosaur to be too big to fly.” Look at the graphic of an Arambourgiania pterosaur standing as tall as a giraffe to see why; nobody would expect a giraffe to launch itself into the air. How did the big pterosaurs do it? Their whole bodies were designed for flight: thin membranes, hollow bones, and “a highly specialised respiratory system, similar to that of birds, with air sacs in addition to their lungs,” even though they are not related to birds by any evolutionary scheme. They even had air sacs in their necks, trunk and wings.Scientists used to believe the large pterosaurs leaped off cliffs to get airborne, but now they think they were able to launch themselves from a standing position, even though new estimates show them heavier than previously thought. This only adds to the puzzle. Martin-Silverstone, who makes CT scans of pterosaur bones to create 3-D models, ends her article:Palaeontologists still have many questions about giant pterosaur flight. We don’t fully understand how they took off or what kind of flyers they were once in the air. Did they flap or soar? How long could they fly for? How did they land? In fact, some people still believe these giraffe-sized animals were too heavy to fly at all. But then what did they do with their wings? These are all questions that new techniques and fossil finds are starting to answer.Flight light: National Geographic posted an article about fireflies, including two video clips. Reporter Liz Langley focuses on the sexual attraction of the lights rather than their design, which she attributes to blind evolution: “The firefly gene that codes for luciferase is very similar to a common fatty acid-making gene,” she relates from her expert Sara Lewis, author of a book on fireflies. “It’s likely a duplicate of that gene acquired a mutation that caused it to produce a tiny bit of light in a distant firefly ancestor.” Similarity, however, does not prove ancestry, as the pterosaur entry above shows. What Lewis and Langley omit to describe is the highly-organized structure of the light organs in fireflies, which are arranged in magnificent ranks (see Oxford Journal illustrations) that generate light while protecting the insect from damaging oxygen radicals. Langley does point out, however, that the luciferase gene has opened up new light in medical research, allowing scientists to monitor cellular processes by making them light up.Flight wings: Does migration make butterfly wings larger? Science Daily reports a new study on Monarch butterflies that asked whether migrating Monarchs have larger wings than sedentary Monarchs. The answer appears to be yes. Earlier work didn’t correct for Bergmann’s Rule, a biological principle that says equatorial animals tend to be smaller than those at higher latitudes. Correcting for Bergmann’s Rule still showed the migrators to be larger. Why? “It seems that the long-distance journey acts to weed out smaller monarchs each year, leaving only the biggest ones, which then go on to reproduce,” the article says. “In monarch populations that are sedentary, this selection does not happen.” The selection answer doesn’t explain how Monarchs got their wings in the first place. If it did, why does wing size stop where it does? Why doesn’t selection create wings as large as pterosaur wings? It also doesn’t explain the smaller Bogong moth that also undertakes long-distance migration (Evolution News & Views). Besides, there’s more than size involved in wing dynamics. Consider the shapes of jet wings compared to stunt biplane wings. Monarch wings are not much different in shape than those of other species, yet they succeed in flying much longer distances.Rumble bees: We end with a quote from PhysOrg: “Look up the word ‘bumble,’ and the definition may read something like ‘To move or act in a confused, awkward or clumsy manner.’ But the bumble bee, a member of the genus Bombus, is anything but clumsy. In fact, the insects are expert aviators, alighting with precision inside flowers and vigorously shaking pollen loose from their stamens.”“Expert aviators.” Whether as small as a fruit fly or as large as a giraffe-height pterosaur, flying animals show mastery of physics. Is it credible to think evolution hit on powered flight four times? (insects, bats, birds and pterosaurs). Watch Flight: The Genius of Birds, the beautiful documentary on flight from Illustra Media. It explains why powered flight requires seeing a distant goal, and arranging multiple independent systems for the purpose of overcoming gravity. Specialized lungs, muscles, bones, digestive systems, excretory systems, circulatory systems, reproductive systems, nervous systems, instincts and everything else have to contribute to the goal, simultaneously and effectively. To think that could happen even once by blind processes is folly. Four times? Folly to the 4th power! Aviation expertise showcases intelligent design, in the smallest firefly to the largest pterosaur, and in everything between. Give honor to whom honor is due.last_img read more

World Bank: African economy growing

first_imgThe rest of the continent is catching up with South Africa’s established mining sector.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Africa’s economy is on track and could make a speedier recovery from the recession than the US. This is according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2011. The report, released in mid-January, projected that sub-Saharan Africa would increase its gross domestic product (GDP) from 4.7% in 2010 to 5.3% for this year. That figure would be bumped up to 5.5% in 2012.The report specifically stated that prices in metals, minerals and oil, as well as greater investment in manufacturing and telecommunications companies, have contributed to the growth.According to Phumelele Mbiyo, Standard Bank’s Senior Africa Strategist for Global Market Research, the figures indicate that economic activity, especially in terms of mining and construction, is expanding in the region.“The reason for such an increase is because prices for commodities are pretty high and they have attracted investment, especially from emerging markets such as China,” he said.Mbiyo believes the average person would benefit from these positive projections, as companies are looking to employ locals.“There is already employment of locals in the mining and construction industries. There is going to be a lot of employment in future, especially by European and American based companies who have invested heavily in mining in Africa.”High continental growthHowever, the report indicated that the best growth rates were not to come out of South Africa, the region’s traditional economic hub. Instead, the highest figures came from countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.South Africa was projected at 3.5% for 2011 whereas other countries in the rest of the region were said to grow at an average of 6.4% for the same year.Mbiyo explained that this is not because South Africa’s growth is slowing, but rather because the other countries are starting new industries now and from a low base whereas South Africa had already established the same industries years ago.“Angola is set to grow by 7% on average whereas Ghana will average 13% in the next two years. It is because the latter is starting to produce oil,” said Mbiyo.He added that Africa should now focus on sustaining growth as the continent still lags behind other major developing and developed economies.last_img read more

Selling foods at the farm: When do you need a license?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many producers may be considering selling produce, meats, cottage foods and baked goods directly to consumers at the farm property. A question we often hear from farmers thinking about these types of farm food sales is, “do I need some type of license or inspection to sell food from the farm?” The answer to this question depends upon the type of food offered for sale:Sales of foods such as fresh produce or cottage foods do not require a license.Sales of certain types of baked goods require a home bakery license.Sales of multiple types of foods or higher risk foods require a farm market registration or a retail food establishment (RFE) license.The home bakery license, farm market registration, and RFE license involve inspections of the production or sales area.It is important for a producer to carefully assess the food sales situation and comply with the appropriate licensing or registration requirements. To do so, a producer should identify the type and number of food products he or she will sell and whether the food poses low or high food safety risk.Our new Law Bulletin, Selling Foods at the Farm: When Do You Need a License? will help producers assess their situations and determine their needs for appropriate licensing, registration, or inspections.  Read the bulletin on http://farmoffice.osu.edu, here.last_img read more

Survival Games

first_imgView comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Maybe it’s in the way NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio has his wards thinking nowadays.“I told [the players] to make a name for themselves,” he said, when asked about the team’s spectacular showing in a 109-83 rout of TNT that knocked the KaTropa out of contention for a twice-to-beat playoff privilege.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThen, unearthing his battle cry when he coached a severely underdog University of Santo Tomas squad to an improbable UAAP title in 2006, Jarencio added; “‘Yung ‘pride, puso, palaban,’ doon na lalabas ‘yan (The pride, heart and fighting spirit will eventually come out).”NorthPort’s victory over TNT, indeed, caught Compton’s attention. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Batangas, Zamboanga advance to semis Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Sean Anthony (with the ball) has been very steady for NorthPort all conference long. —RICHARD A. REYESAlaska coach Alex Compton thinks NorthPort is “pretty darned good” and that the Batang Pier’s record is a poor reflection of their true worth.“[T]heir record is so deceiving,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “We’ve been here at the bottom. We’re just trying to get to playing right,” Compton added.Meralco is also looking at fanning its flickering playoff plans to life against a Barangay Ginebra squad at 7 p.m.But the Bolts need a lot of things to go their way to stay alive.The Gin Kings (6-3) have little at stake in the game as they are already in the playoffs—but out of the race for the playoff bonus.Meanwhile, with the league to celebrate its 44th anniversary on April 9, prices of tickets for the whole of next month will be slashed by 44 percent in select sections of the venues.Forty-four prizes will be raffled off, and the first 44 government employees who can show their IDs will be given free admission to the venues every game day for the whole month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I don’t know if you watched [their game against TNT] but they’re pretty darned good,” he said.But that’s not the reason Compton is wary of Jarencio’s boys when they clash in a survival battle at 4:30 p.m.“I was at their game with Phoenix, their game with Meralco,” Compton said, noting the Batang Pier’s narrow losses earlier in the conference.Compton saw how NorthPort could have easily won both save for key breaks that went against it. Had the Batang Pier gotten those breaks to go their way, Compton would have been facing a 6-4 squad.And Alaska (4-6), which is coming off a 114-96 beating at the hands of San Miguel last Sunday,  won’t treat NorthPort as a fellow sub-.500 squad as it shoots for a victory that could nudge the Aces into seventh place—good enough for a spot in the quarterfinal round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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