ONE of the highlights of tomorrow’s 16th staging of the Reggae Marathon will be the participation of Japan’s Tottori Prefecture Marathon winner Kata Taniguchi.Taniguchi won the event in 2 hours 29.29 seconds, and he will line up at the start of the event at 5:15 a.m. in Long Bay, Negril. The Japanese athlete is here as part of a twinning agreement between the Westmoreland and the Tottori Prefecture.As part of the agreement, this year’s Reggae Marathon winner will run at the Tottori Marathon in March next year.Race director, Alfred “Franno” Francis is expecting a big turnout for tomorrow’s event.”We are expecting a minimum of 2,500 participants from more than 35 countries,” Francis said. There will be a victory beach party and awards ceremony, dubbed “Finish Line Beach Bash” at Long Bay Beach from 7 a.m. to noon. This will feature Digicel Rising Stars and reggae performers Kelissa and Keznamdi.The International Association of Athletics Federations and USA Track and Field have re-certified the three race courses for the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K.”This is a requirement every five years. This also means that the course is a qualifier for the World Championships, the Olympics and the setting of a world record,” Francis said.- Raymond Graham
FILE – In this May 27, 2018, file photo, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts after drawing an offensive foul by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, in Boston. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Smart signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Celtics. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, July 19, 2018, because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract. Smart returned from thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs and provided the defensive presence that was instrumental in the Celtics taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics re-signed guard Marcus Smart on Thursday, bringing him back for four more years after he found the market for a restricted free agent defensive specialist wasn’t as lucrative as he’d hoped.A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Smart will be paid $52 million over the next four years. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.ADVERTISEMENT Those intangibles aside, Smart entered the summer in limbo with Boston remaining mostly quiet as free agency began. The Celtics quickly agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with veteran big man Aron Baynes. The slow movement on Smart left open the possibility they might let him test the market and then decide whether to match any offers.General manager Danny Ainge said immediately after the season that fears of a luxury tax bill wouldn’t factor into the team’s decision of whether to bring back players. But as the roster currently stands, Boston will be on the hook to be taxed next season.Finances will continue to be an issue with Gordon Hayward signed to a four-year, $128 million deal, Kyrie Irving set to become a free agent after next season and several salary-friendly rookie contracts set to expire over the next few seasons.Still, for now, the core of the team that won 55 games and was the surprise of the East even with Hayward sidelined last season is intact to try to make another run.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Celtics scheduled an availability with Smart after announcing the deal, then canceled it an hour later, saying he had flu-like symptoms and was being treated at a hospital with IV fluids.Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. He returned from thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs and provided the defensive presence that was instrumental in the Celtics taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’LeBron James called Smart’s creativity on the court “uncanny” during their matchup and coach Brad Stevens said Smart was “as tough as tough as they come,” making hustle plays on offense being disruptive on defense.He also has been a locker-room favorite among his teammates for the past four seasons, bringing a needed edge and in-your-face style on the court. LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team DeMarcus Cousins relishing fresh start in Golden State Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments
Jose Mourinho indirectly praised Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio after his dazzling display against Chelsea, saying he “spoilt” the Blues’ night as they secured 1-0 victory in their Champions League clash.It was a dominant performance from the Premier League side, who should have walked away with the game by half-time with a series of clear chances to score.A lonely goal from Nemanja Matic in the first-half was all they needed to secure three points in the end, but the Chelsea players were left frustrated by a combination of their own poor finishing and the Portuguese stopper’s last-man heroics.Chelsea were repeatedly thwarted by Rui Patricio, who saved a handful on one-one-one opportunities from Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Oscar, and Mourinho was coy in his praise for his compatriot’s performance.The manager made a point of approaching the goalkeeper at the final whistle, but refused to disclose their conversation.“I’m not going to repeat the words, because they would be censored,” Mourinho said.“It had to do with something with spoiling the evening, spoiling the night.“Games like this can end up 4-0 or 5-0, but it ended up 1-0 and a well managed goal.“We had to make sure we closed all avenues for them to come back into the game and claim a draw, and that’s what we did.”Mourinho preferred to focus on three points gained rather than numerous goals squandered, after Chelsea’s win saw them seize control of Group G.The Blues top the group after Schalke and Maribor’s draw in the night’s other game and next play the Slovenian side twice, seeking two wins and a place in the knockout stages.“This is not knockout where goals are fundamental. This is points. We lost two points at home, we recovered that,” the boss added.“Because of the other draw, we put ourselves not in a comfortable position, but in one where we can control our destiny.“We play two games against Maribor. If we manage six points, that would be ten and job done.“Now we have just to focus on beating Maribor, which I believe is not easy. To draw in Germany means something.” 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulates Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio on his performance
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A man who pleaded guilty to theft on two separate occasions at Dunnes Stores, Oldtown, Letterkenny has been given 40 hours of community service. Paul O’Brien, 44, of Isleway House, Larkin’s Lane, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning.The court heard how O’Brien was arrested on the 26th of September outside Dunnes Stores, Oldtown, Letterkenny. The defendant had stolen a 1 litre bottle of Smirnoff Vodka and a packet of Wilkinson razor blades.Gardaí quickly identified that Mr O’Brien had also carried out a similar theft which was reported on August 16th 2015.On that occasion he had stolen a bottle of vodka, a two-litre bottle of Coca-Cola and some ham.He pleaded guilty to both offences and admitted to being extremely intoxicated.Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian said his client was originally from England, but had been living in Ireland since he was n his 20s.He was a butcher by trade, but has been unemployed for quite some time.Mr Dorrian stressed that during his period of unemployment he became addicted to alcohol and that alcohol was the determining factor in him carrying out the thefts.Mr Dorrian also added that he completely penniless and lived on his own and lead a quiet life.He had a pervious conviction for larceny dating back to 1999.Judge Paul Kelly imposed a community service order for 40 hours in lieu of two months imprisonment.FORMER BUTCHER GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE AFTER THEFT OF VODKA, COCA-COLA AND HAM was last modified: October 19th, 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:courtsnews
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YET another gorse fire is burning through the Donegal countryside this afternoon.The fire – whipped by strong winds – has destroyed hundreds of acres of land near Ballyare, Ramelton.A thick plume of smoke can be seen from as far away as Letterkenny. More updates later:BREAKING NEWS: HUGE GORSE FIRE GALLOPS THROUGH RAMELTON COUNTRYSIDE was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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)
(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Things in nature we consider nasty are sometimes good systems that have broken.Allergic shock: Our immune systems can sometimes turn on us and trigger a violent reaction like asthma or allergic shock. The culprit is a powerful antibody called IgE that is usually present in small quantities—100,000 times less than similar antibodies in the immunoglobulin family. Science Daily describes how IgE is regulated under normal conditions:During evolution, our bodies have thus developed several self-restriction mechanisms around one of their most powerful immune “weapons,” IgE. Because a cell carrying IgE can no longer move, it can only survive for a brief period — just long enough to play a short-lived protective role against parasites, toxins and poisons. It then self-destructs by committing a sort of “hara-kiri” which strongly reduces IgE production and hence the triggering of allergies.When this tightly-regulated defense weapon proliferates due to the breakdown of regulatory mechanisms, the condition “can trigger extremely violent allergic reactions.”Friendly fire: The gut has a large population of mercenaries (gut bacteria) that aid in digestion. Certain types are normally beneficial—but when they multiply out of control, they become “too much of a good thing,” PhysOrg says. Most insects have Wolbachia in their digestive tracts. Normally, these microbes form a cooperative partnership, but “a single genomic change can turn beneficial bacteria into pathogenic bacteria, by boosting bacterial density inside the host.” How many human pathogens started out that way?Derailed development: Birth defects are a tragic experience for many parents. Development from embryo to adult is a carefully-orchestrated process, but sometimes things can go wrong. Science Daily discusses how cells communicate when forming into tissues. They send signal molecules, such as Wnt, through protrusions in the membrane called filipodia. A researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology describes what can happen when these communication pathways are disrupted: “Distribution of these signal molecules has to be controlled precisely,” Dr. Steffen Scholpp, head of a research group of the KIT Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG), explains. “Smallest changes of the concentration or the transport direction may cause severe damage, such as massive malformations during embryonal development or formation of cancer.”Alligator defense: The possibilities for avoiding infection in filthy environments can be appreciated by studying alligators. “Alligators live in bacteria-filled environments and dine on carrion,” Science Daily says, “Yet this ancient reptile rarely falls ill.” Researchers at George Mason University want to find out why. They know that alligators produce antibacterial peptides that respond before the immune system can generate antibodies. Humans generate these, too; it’s part of “your generalized immune response to the world.” Monique van Hoek wants to see if we can develop treatments by understanding the alligator’s heightened protection from bacteria:“The reason why we’re so interested in them: they are part of nature’s way of dealing with the onslaught of bacteria and viruses that we face every day. Every breath that you take, every thing that you eat, you’re constantly exposed to bacteria and your body needs to fend them off in some way.”The article claims that “These reptiles have evolved with a formidable defense against bacterial infections,” but perhaps the main difference is in the activity level of innate systems that serve all animals, depending on their environment.Friendly fungi: Think of fungus and you may picture moldy bread. Actually, a friendly fungus can help barley plants grow stronger with better yield. PhysOrg reports on good prospects for improving harvests of barley, the fourth leading cereal crop:Botanists from Trinity College Dublin have made a breakthrough discovery that could save barley farmers sleepless nights and millions of Euro each year: naturally occurring plant-friendly fungi prevent crop-ravishing diseases from spreading, and also aid plant survival in testing environmental conditions.Importantly, these amazing little organisms cause no harm to the plant roots in which they take up their abode. However, their gift of immunity against common seed diseases greatly reduces the need for farmers to spray environmentally damaging chemicals, which can affect ecosystems in a plethora of negative ways.Cancer tipping point: One single DNA base mutation can cause chaos leading to cancer, Medical Xpress reports. This “cancer-specific mutation…has an unexpectedly deep and broad impact on the phenotypic properties of the cell.” Another article on Medical Xpress links melanoma metastasis to a breakdown in RNA editing of a certain enzyme.What to do about cannabis? Mention marijuana, and you are likely to get a highly polarized reaction. We mention it here only because of increased scientific study reported in the news recently. Certainly, most decent citizens would not want to increase the density of lethargic, hallucinating pot-heads in society, but at some level, we should be curious about this plant. After all, it is just a plant. No plant is “evil” in itself. It can be used for bad or good; after all, humans produce cannabinoid compounds in the brain as part of the endocannibinoid system, “which is involved in appetite, mood, memory, and pain sensation.” The more we learn about cannabis dispassionately and scientifically, the better; but, surprisingly, after so many decades of controversy, there’s still not much known. A study from McGill University mentioned on Science Daily didn’t find the brain damage usually assumed to occur. Science Magazine published an article on “Everything you wanted to know about medical marijuana, but were too afraid to ask.” Obviously, good policy has to start with accurate information. There have been few clinical trials to date because of hurdles with law enforcement and problems with funding. If some applications in the future are found to be safe and effective, though, they probably will not involve smoking the stuff at parties.Update 2/18/15: The BBC News expresses “cautious optimism” about upcoming new treatments with cannabis. While warning of the “promise, risk and controversy” about medical marijuana, the article describes a derivative compound that cured a girl suffering from acute epilepsy in 15 minutes.We in no way support unrestricted marijuana use by that last article. We believe people should be in full control of their faculties; Medical Xpress reported that users of cannibis have 5 times the risk of psychosis. We can see, however, an application for the terminally ill; as stated in Proverbs 31:4-7. Leaders, lest they pervert justice, should not let any substance tamper with their alertness and judgment, the writer says, but “Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” In cases like that, alleviation of pain is an act of mercy. We do it with medicines derived from other drug plants (opium), so it remains to be seen if marijuana processed for medical use is any better (or worse) in effectiveness. It wouldn’t hurt to know. Just make sure the ones doing the clinical trials do not have an agenda. As usual, follow the money. There have also been anecdotal reports of miracle cures from cannabis for certain rare conditions, like certain seizures; these deserve careful medical testing.These articles show once again that “natural evil” needs some nuanced thinking. We tend to think of germs and bacteria as evil marauders out to cause pain and harm. But when God put a curse on creation as described in Genesis 3, it may not have required creation of new forms of pain. Part of it may have been a relaxation of controls. As these news articles show, many processes in nature involve pushes and pulls, forces and counterbalances, that are finely tuned. Living things are poised on a knife-edge of breakdown. Think of it this way: we have police, fire departments, and medics always at the ready, but what if a king, out of frustration for constant grumbling and disobedience, said, “Fine. Have it your way. No more free protection.” How long would it take for the townspeople to repent out of the suffering that would result, and scramble to find ways to protect themselves with bucket brigades and neighborhood watch programs?God owes rebels no favors. Considering how blatantly immoral and defiant so many humans are these days, it’s amazing that God still sends rains, sunsets, and beauty at all. As Dr. Joseph Henson often remarked, considering the remarkable fine-tuning in the human body and the whole biosphere, “The amazing thing is not that we get sick. The amazing thing is that we are ever well.” Peter warned against taking the good things we have for granted. The Lord “is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistThe sun is almost shining at my office as I write this edition of C.O.R.N to go. That hasn’t happened much in the past eight or 10 weeks, or heck even since last October. I did finally get four days in the field last week. As I look at my rain gage numbers in Union County since April 1, I see 38 days with measurable precipitation out of 73 total days. With a total 12.5 inches of rain – it actually doesn’t sound that terrible but it’s the fact that there was so little drying in between the showers. By comparison in 2011, another rain delayed start to the season I had 16.6 inches of rain by this date. My rainfall records are available on the CoCoRaHS network, I also encourage you to get a gage and participate too: www.cocorahs.org/.Regarding 2011, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Annual Report crop planting progress for 2011 for corn was at 25% at the end of May and 89% on June 10. For 2019, we are 50% planted on corn as of June 9. But while we do not have the high rain amounts of 2011, we do have these persistent rains that hit us every other day. I have heard some say that usually we have three days each week across the corn belt to plant — we just haven’t had those days this year.Soybean planting progress for 2011 by June 10 was 69% and for 2019 it was 32% on June 9. So are we in a disaster? I am always optimistic but I do like to whine I will admit. I look for data, historical information, guidance, etc. on what situation we are likely to be in.First, I highly recommend you subscribe to the farmdocDaily newsletter. They took a look at yeields in 2011 to offer some perspective on that challenging planning season (Schnitkey, G. “2011 Corn and Soybean Yields in Perspective.” farmdoc daily (2):71, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 17, 2012). They said: “The eastern corn-belt had a difficult planting period in 2011. However, summer weather was conducive to good yields in Ohio and Michigan. These above average yields in Ohio and Michigan again confirm the importance of mid-summer weather in determining yields.” The weather women/men say we can expect continued rain the rest of the season — so if we get planted, those mid-summer rains will help us .What about grain drying? This is from the book Modern Corn and Soybean Production: “Corn planted May 1 was 3 to 4 percentage points lower in moisture at the usual harvest date than corn planted May 15 and over 10 percentage points lower than corn planted June 1.” We will need propane this fall.In 2017 we had delays and replanting for our crops — not quite like this year, but I had several folks ask me then what it would take to get soybeans growing again and recover some lost yield. I conducted a trial with several of their suggested treatments: add nitrogen – as urea at V5 and R5; add a fungicide or insecticide to relieve the stress of pests; spray Cobra to cause some stress so the plant could react and compensate; and spray foliar fertilizers to supply micros. Nothing helped to improve the yield. I did average 65 bushels per acre though. Let’s hope we can do that again.Corn got off to a very slow start this year but soybeans may have an even rougher way to go as we finish the planting season. I am reminded of Purdue University’s Bob Nielsen and his corn article of several years ago about the ugly duckling — ugly corn can turn into a lovely crop. This applies even more so to soybeans. Time after time I talk growers out of replanting a thin soybean field, to be told later how great the crop looks.We have had more than several calls this spring about discolored corn and soybean plants. Often the grower suspects a micronutrient deficiency but more often the problem may be related to pH and nutrient availability, as a result of limited root growth due to overly wet soil, or perhaps due to soil compaction.Get a copy of the new Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Forages Field Guide, Bulletin 827, from your local Extension office. We published this major update in late January in cooperation with PennState this year. There are pictures, tables, recommendations to manage weeds, insects, diseases and even nutrient deficiencies. Each crop has pictures of possible nutrient deficiencies — maybe you are short on something so look here first.Before you buy that “special sauce” to fix all your problems, do remember that most soils of Ohio supply adequate levels of the necessary plant nutrients. If you suspect a deficiency, take samples from a “good” area nearby and from the “bad” area of concern. Do this for both the soil and tissue. Send to your favorite lab for comparison.
Champions League drawcristiano ronaldolionel messiUCL First Published: August 30, 2019, 8:41 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Cristiano Ronaldo was all praise of the rivalry he and Lionel Messi have shared at the top of the footballing world and said he shared a ‘good relationship’ with the Argentinian.Ronaldo and Messi were in the running for the UEFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award but Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk took the award after a scintillating last season, where he led his club to the UEFA Champions League title. Ronaldo and Messi sat next to each other at the event and there were quite a few moments where the two were seen sharing pleasantries. During the award function, the presenter asked Ronaldo about his rivalry with Messi and the Portugal forward said it wasn’t easy to do what the two have done for so long.”We shared the stage for 15 years, me and him,” Ronaldo said at the Champions League draw. “I don’t know that it’s ever happened in football, the same two guys, the same stage, all the time. It’s not easy.”We have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope [we will] in the future,” he added.Ronaldo: “We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future!” @Cristiano & Messi at the #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/KOFY8680tU— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019Ronaldo, who played for Real Madrid in Spain for nine years before joining Juventus in the summer last season, was involved in a constant battle with FC Barcelona’s Messi and said that the two continuously pushed each other.”Of course I miss playing in Spain – we’ve had that battle the last 15 years, which is good. It pushed me and I pushed him as well.”It’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and of course he’s there as well.”Ronaldo was asked about the rumours of his retirement plans but he quashed them saying, his haters are still going to see him.”He’s (Messi) two years younger than me, but I think I look good for my age,” Ronaldo said. “I hope to be here next year and then in two years and three years. So the people that don’t like me, they’re going to see me here.”Messi matched Ronaldo’s praise of their rivalry and called their long-running battle a “beautiful” one.”With Cristiano, it was a beautiful rivalry,” he said.”It’s nice to score goals. The goal is always to try to do things to win, before scoring. But if you can win and score, then [it’s] better.”