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National Older Persons Convention hosted in Donegal

first_imgOver 160 older people from all over the island of Ireland visited Donegal last week for the two-day National Older Persons Convention. The gathering learned more about the innovative work being done by Donegal’s Older Persons Council in making Donegal a better place to grow old in.The Convention, which took place in Donegal Town, was an opportunity for Older Peoples Council’s to meet, share ideas and experiences and identify key issues facing older people. Delegates had an opportunity to see first-hand the work being done by Donegal’s Older Persons Council and Donegal County Council over the last number of years under the auspices of the Donegal Age Friendly Strategy highlighting initiatives such as Ceol le Chéile intergenerational choir, age-friendly public spaces, improving public transport and an audit of Letterkenny University Hospital which in turn has resulted in it becoming more age-friendly.Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chair of the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance spoke of Donegal’s journey over the last few years in implementing their first Age Friendly Strategy and acknowledged the drive and commitment of the Older Persons Council in implementing this strategy.He said “the first Donegal Age Friendly Strategy was about implementing real change in an imaginative and cost-effective way and I think this has been achieved.“This programme is going from strength to strength in Donegal and it is firmly embedded in the culture of Donegal County Council. “The next phase of this journey is about building on this success and implementing the 73 actions across the eight World Health Organisation themes contained in the new Donegal Age Friendly Strategy.”Catherine McGuigan Chief Officer with Age Friendly Ireland commended Donegal County Council and Donegal Age Friendly Alliance on their success in completing their first age-friendly strategy and committed to continuing to provide the required support and technical guidance.Delegates also heard from Mary Cronin, Chair of National Older Persons Council and Chair of Limerick OPC and Alan Byrne Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.  A number of themes including rural and community development, transport, safeguarding older people and multi-generational homes and planning were explored with keynote speakers.National Older Persons Convention hosted in Donegal was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

The 49ers’ embarrassing loss to the Rams raises serious questions

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Under normal circumstances, 49ers second-year head coach Kyle Shanahan would be on the hot seat after his team was embarrassed by the Rams Sunday.Under normal circumstances, quarterback C.J. Beathard — a player Shanahan hand-picked and has backed up, full-throat, time and time again — wouldn’t start next week’s game, either.Under normal circumstances, there would be plenty of outspoken concern about …last_img read more

Draymond Green’s mother rips Warriors, jabs at Kevin Durant after historic collapse

first_imgDes Bieler | The Washington Post Draymond Green and Kevin Durant declined to speak with reporters after the Golden State Warriors were stunned Monday by a 31-point comeback by the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their playoff series, but Green’s mother was eager to share her thoughts on the loss. Mary Babers-Green used her Twitter account to rip Golden State – and liked and retweeted a number of other comments critical of Durant’s performance.Babers-Green, who clearly had something to do …last_img read more

Fitness Costs What?  Say That Again?

first_imgGood news: evolution has figured out how to make your wounds heal faster.  Bad news: the required mutation makes you go deaf.    Believe it or not, that is the story told on [email protected]  “Deafness gene has health benefit,” wrote Alison Abbott.  “Protein from genetic mutation helps wounds to heal.”  The article treats this as a good thing, the way evolution works:A high frequency of mutation in any gene implies that there may be an evolutionary benefit for carriers.  “It is well known that various genetic mutations that cause sickness in particular geographical areas sometimes also protect against local diseases, so there is a trade-off,” says [David] Kelsell.The article compared this with another oft-cited “beneficial” mutation – another good-news, bad-news joke, that if you get the mutation for sickle-cell anemia, you become more resistant to malaria.  Pick your poison.    Kelsell says ”it’s speculation, but maybe the Cx26 deafness mutations have been selected owing to their beneficial effects on wounds.”  But then, how could the deaf winners tell each other the good news?Darwinists, come back when you can figure out how to get the benefits without the trade-offs.  Your price is too high.  We’ll take the slower healing and keep the ears.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA produces more GM crops

first_img28 February 2008Since the adoption of “biotech” crops in 1996, the amount of genetically modified (GM) maize, soya bean and cotton planted in South Africa, in terms of area planted, has increased to 1.8-million hectares.“White GM maize totalled 1.04-million hectares, an increase of 48% over 2006/07, representing a market share of 62%,” Agri-SA president Lourie Bosman said on Wednesday. “Yellow maize increased from 528 000 hectares to 567 000 hectares, up 7%.”He said the figures were indicative of the increasing confidence thousands of South Africans and emerging farmers had in crop biotechnology, with just over half of the maize produced in South Africa being genetically modified.GM crops are engineered to withstand environmental factors such as drought, with a dominant trait having been seeds with herbicide tolerance, allowing farmers to make use of herbicides without harming their crops.South Africa produces GM crops, non-GM crops and organic crops. However, the choice of what type of crop to plant is still in the hands of the farmer.“Agri-SA is positive about genetically modified agricultural crops and is enthusiastic about the contribution they can make in the future towards increased production,” Bosman said.The cumulative value of GM maize at farmer’s price totalled R21.63-billion, he said, adding that cumulative GM maize produced was 14.67-million metric tons, with the added benefit from a 10.6% yield increase over nine years amounting to an estimated R2-billion‘No adverse effects’“This maize has been consumed, in one way or another, every year by 40-million South Africans without any substantial medical or scientific adverse effects to humans, animals or the environment,” Bosman said.The most popular GM trait in South Africa was Bt insect resistant maize, with 1.1-million hectares planted, followed by RR herbicide tolerant maize, with 373 000 hectares planted. Stacked traits Bt+RR sales commenced in 2007 and 80 000 hectares have been planted to date.Field trials of drought-resistant maize varieties – a trait that has since been incorporated into other crops as well – are already under way in South Africa, and the technology is expected to be commercially viable by 2011.According to International Service of the Acquisition for Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) chairman Clive James, the global adoption of biotech crops recorded an impressive 12% growth in 2007.Some 12-million farmers in 23 countries on six continents planted 114.3-million hectares of GM crops, with about 90% or 11-million of these farmers being resource-poor farmers in 12 developing countries.Bosman said he was satisfied that GM crops were helping emerging farmers to farm in difficult circumstances around the world, anticipating that the number of countries adopting the use of biotech crops would double by 2015, with use by over 100-million farmers.In addition, Burkina Faso, Egypt and Vietnam most likely to approve biotech crops in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Serbian fan uses World Cup to propose

first_img“And we managed to tie that up with Nikola’s love for his girlfriend – so the love is all around today.” ‘It’ll definitely be a yes’ “After Serbia’s win today, who could say no? I think it’ll definitely be a yes,” said Fenjac. As Serbian hearts soared following their historic 1-0 victory over Germany at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, one Serbian fan was especially feeling the love. Nikola Fenjac used the special occasion to not only celebrate victory, but to propose on Serbian television to his girlfriend in Novi Sad, just north of Belgrade. 21 June 2010 “I had this idea in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know if I could pull it off,” said Fenjac. “Then the Serbian national broadcaster pulled some strings and filmed me in the crowd with the ring. “I just mouthed the words ‘I love you and want to marry you’,” said the 30-year-old software developer. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee “I live in America and we haven’t seen each other in two years, so we decided six months ago to come to the World Cup to see each other and share our mutual love of football,” said Paunic, 33. Fenjac still has no idea if his would-be fiance saw the footage, and the beautiful ring, but said he would soon find out after the game. Fenjac and his cousin Aleksander Paunic planned the proposal when they arrived in South Africa on 12 June. Port Elizabeth amazing“I’ve never been to Port Elizabeth before and it’s amazing, I’m in love with the stadium. I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience.” His brother Aleksander, a semi-professional football player, said this was the best stadium he had seen so far. “It’s the perfect soccer stadium – and it’s even more perfect now that we beat Germany.” In one of the most exciting matches yet in Nelson Mandela Bay, Serbia, after a 1-0 loss to Ghana in their first game, shocked the Germans, who had swamped Australia 4-0 in their first outing. Other Serbian supporters were revelling in the top performance of their team. “We got here minutes before kick-off and since then the excitement has rocketed,” said Vladimir Kocic who travelled 20 hours on a bus from Pretoria to get to the game. last_img read more

Warner Bros. Brings Movie Rentals to Facebook, Starting with “The Dark Knight”

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook’s position as the destination site on the web and the tab you keep open in your browser all day long may have got a little stronger last night when Warner Bros announced last night that it was becoming the first Hollywood Studio to offer its movies for sale or rental via Facebook.You’ll be able to use Facebook Credits to buy or rent movies, without leaving the Facebook page.The first film available is Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” The cost to rent this blockbuster is 30 Facebook Credits, or $3. You’ll get access to the film for 48 hours, giving you an opportunity to play and pause – and of course still post to Facebook – during the rental period. Additional titles will be made available over the coming months, but the offer is restricted to consumers within the U.S.“Facebook has become a daily destination for hundreds of millions of people,” says Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “Making our films available through Facebook is a natural extension of our digital distribution efforts. It gives consumers a simple, convenient way to access and enjoy our films through the world’s largest social network.”Facebook isn’t simply the world’s largest social network; it’s one of the largest video sites on the web as well. This should make video distribution an interesting – and likely quite a successful – move on the part of Warner Bros. Here, they sidestep the Hulus and Netflixes and iTunes of the world and deliver films to a large, captive and very social audience. Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Ricky Ponting starts World Cup preparations

first_imgAustralia captain Ricky Ponting has started his preparations for the upcoming World Cup after being on the sidelines for nearly a month due to a broken finger.Australia captain Ricky Ponting. APPonting is still feeling pain but insisted that he was on track to lead Australia’s defence of the World Cup later this month.The captain batted in the nets for the first time on Wednesday in four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured little finger but did not face the fast bowlers.Ponting faced a series of throw-downs from batting coach Justin Langer and emerged drenched in sweat after the session.”I’m not too bad, probably better than expected to tell you the truth. It’s the first time I’ve hit any balls for close to a month,” he said.”I started off with soft balls and plastic balls to get the feel of the bat back in my hand again, and the only ones that hurt a lot were where the bat was twisting in my hand a bit. But I’m pretty happy with how the day went,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.Ponting doesn’t see himself playing in the last two matches of the ongoing ODI series against England but harbours hopes of being fit to play in one of Australia’s two practice games on the subcontinent ahead of the side’s opening World Cup match, against Zimbabwe on February 21.”I think Perth is unlikely. Today was my first hit, and I don’t think Don Bradman could go into a game having a month off with only one or two training sessions under his belt,” Ponting said.advertisement”I think I’m going to have that (pain) for a while to tell you the truth,” Ponting said.”I don’t think it’s going to be one of those things that goes away altogether.”Injury has been a cause for worry for the Australians with Shaun Marsh being the latest casualty.Considered the likely replacement for Ponting, Marsh was on Wednesday ruled out of the final two matches of the one-day series against England.Scans yesterday revealed that Marsh, who has played the last four matches against England after replacing Michael Hussey, received a “low grade” right hamstring injury while batting at the Gabba on Sunday.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Some hearts still beat for hockey here

first_imgToday, the success of a sport seems to lie in attractive packaging and razzmatazz, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has shown. Even investors turn their backs on sports that are not glamorous enough. At least, that’s the case with Indian hockey.But a few dedicated people are burning midnight oil off the field to provide a ray of hope to Indian hockey followers, even as the Indian team leaves for Malaysia to defend the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which begins on May 5. Several hockey enthusiasts, including renowned coach Ajay Kumar Bansal, are doing research on various aspects of the beautiful game. From the tribal players of Chota Nagpur in Jharkhand to the bio-mechanics of drag flick, the scope of the research work is vast, varied and fascinating. In Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alone, four students are currently involved in research on hockey, says Prof. Ikram Hussain, chairman, Deptt. of Physical Health and Sports Education.Dronacharya Award winner Bansal, under whose guidance various Indian teams have won several titles, is just days away from completing his Ph. D. on the tribal players of Chota Nagpur, an area that has produce some of the best known players – from Jaipal Singh Munda, captain of the team that won the first Olympic gold in 1928, to Dilip Tirkey, an ex- India captain and a solid defender. In between, players like Michael Kindo and Manohar Topno emerged from this belt to become household names.Bansal’s love affair with the tribal players began during his posting in Sundargarh. ” I spent five years, from 1987 to 1992, there as a Sports Authority of India coach. They played without proper infrastructure then,” Bansal told M AIL T ODAY . ” I will soon submit my theses to Prof. Popinder Singh Kullar – brother of former India player Col. Balbir Singh – under whom I’ve done the research,” he says.advertisementPopinder is glad that people are doing research on a game that has now gone downhill. He comes from Sansarpur village that has produced many outstanding players. Little surprise then that his own research was titled ‘ Social cultural and educational ethos of sports: A case study of Sansarpur village in Punjab’. ” Sansarpur has produced 14 Olympians, 19 internationals who represented India and other countries, 110 nationallevel players who turned out for 20 states, and another 132 who represented various military teams,” says the professor with the Deptt. of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.In the quiet environs of Aligarh, the four students are earnestly engrossed in exploring different angles of the game, hoping that their work would one day help the game. AMU itself has produced the likes of wizard Dhayan Chand and Zafar Iqbal.Saleem Ahmad, a research fellow at AMU, is working on the drag flick that was made popular in India by Jugraj Singh and then by Sandeep Singh. Ahmad is currently collecting data for his work titled ‘ Bio- mechanical analysis of drag flick in field hockey’. ” I want to explore which technique is best suited for drag flick,” he said. ” I have received immense encouragment from coach Clarence Lobo. Once complete, I plan to give copies of my work to coaches to help the game.”last_img read more

Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics’ win over Sixers

first_imgBen Simmons’ two free throws with 2:15 left to put the Sixers up 114-112, but Philadelphia didn’t score again.Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime at 115-114, then after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left and Boston fans leaped to their feet and cheered louder than they had all night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston and Terry Rozier had 10 points.Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making 12 of 12 free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 24, JJ Redick had 17 points and Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was only the second game on Christmas Day since 2004 that went to overtime. Miami’s win over New Orleans in 2015 was the only other one.TIP-INS:76ers: Wilson Chandler returned after missing Saturday’s win over Toronto with a left quad contusion. He finished with 15 points . Philadelphia reserves did not score a point in the first half. . Redick got a technical after he was called for a foul with 7:32 left in the third. Irving made the free throw to put Boston up 70-63. . G Markelle Fultz traveled with the team but did not dress. Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has missed the last 15 games with thoracic outlet syndrome.Celtics: Irving had 16 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. . C Aron Baynes (broken finger) missed his third straight game. . Horford’s minutes restriction was increased from 20 to 25 minutes in his second game back since missing seven in a row with a sore left knee.UP NEXT:76ers: At Utah on Thursday night.Celtics: Visit Houston on Thursday night, the first of three straight on the road. Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.Irving, who forced the OT on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed 113-108 with 3:33 left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid 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 LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Celtics led 57-51 at halftime, but Philadelphia used a 15-2 run in the third while shooting 60 percent in the period and led 89-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 60 percent in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers, and led 89-86 entering the final quarter.It stayed tight through the end of the fourth. Chandler got open for a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and the Sixers led 108-106, then Irving pulled up for a 13-foot jumper to tie it at 108 with 20 seconds left.Redick missed a jumper just before the buzzer and the game went into OT.LACK OF OTs:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Looming standoff MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more