Members of the Standpipe community in Liguanea will be staging a 3-on-3 knockout basketball tournament entitled Standpipe Hoop Dreams Basketball Tournament at the Church of St Margaret community playground in the community this Sunday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.The competition is open to community teams, corporate teams and universities. Team members must be males aged 16 years and over.Former national player, Althea Byfield and coach, Nicholas Locke, are part of the organising committee.Standpipe resident, and tournament organiser, Lorna Livingstone, told The Gleaner that the idea behind the event was to reawaken interest in the local courts, which were built in 2003.”The sport of basketball is dying in the area. The space is now mainly used to play scrimmage and futsal or host all-night parties,” Livingstone said.”It’s got great flooring and good hoops and because of bad management and people not knowing how to take care of it, how to use it and people just not being able to get on, no organised sport gets played there,” she added.Local area business, Super Valu, recently repainted the court lines for the tournament, Livingstone said.HOME COURTShe noted that the Jamaica Amateur Basketball Association had intended for the court to be used as a home court for local league play when it was first built, but over time the original plan had been eroded.”The idea is to have an event to remind people that basketball can be played here. The tournament is for 12 teams and it is open so if you are over 16 anyone can play. We have some teams that are registering from the existing Open League which include BOJ, Central Village and in Standpipe, the 39ers and the Liguanea Lions,” Livingstone said.”Support from local businesses and sponsors has been excellent so we are really looking forward to an excellent day of basketball, fun, entertainment, prizes and surprises,” she added.Students of the University of Technology’s Faculty of Science & Sport will also be conducting research on the tournament to help make improvements for future projects.”We have learnt a lot from organising this event and we intend to use this knowledge to make subsequent events even better,” Livingstone said.Sponsors for the tournament include INSIGHT Marketing Strategies Ltd, Emkay Sports & Trophies, Liguanea Liquors & Beverage, Hi-Lyte, Livingstone’s Natural Juice, Super Valu, Sign Craft Ltd, KLAS ESPN, Yardie Sports and JayBones Designs.
Contractors are being sought to build 21 new residential homes in Buncrana following the issue of tender documents, it has emerged. The Donegal County Council seek to build the first council house estate in the Rockytown area for the first time in over a decade when Earlsfort in Cockhill was opened.Contractors have until August 30th to apply to build the new homes on the Inishowen site, with the new tender obliged to complete the project within 65 weeks from the contracts starting date. It is understood that out of the 21 dwellings, 11 of those will be three-bedroom/five-person homes, two four-bedroom/seven-person homes and eight two bedrooms/three-person apartments.Concerns have previously been raised over the sites potential flooding risk, but a council planner through a council planning report said fears over potential flooding to the development was ‘low’.However, that report was published in 2015, two years shy of the flash flooding that hit the peninsula in 2017.There were also concerns raised over the presence of Japanese Knotweed on the site, but engineers have since ordered the management and treatment of the damaging plant before any development gets underway. Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray, who was part of the council that passed the planning permission unanimously two years ago, said the development would help ease housing waiting list in the Inishowen town.Welcoming the news, he told Donegal Daily: “We have been waiting for a long time for this development to get this stage.“It was hoped that it would reach this stage a lot quicker.“But at last it has got this far and Buncrana is under serious pressure with the housing waiting list which is at a serious level now,” he added.“It is almost possible to find a rental property in Buncrana, so it will be great to see people get the keys to these houses that need them. “But it will also lift the pressure off what is already a very congestant rental market at the minute.”Housing boost for Buncrana welcomed as building tenders sought was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Your body is performing hi-tech processes all the time that (thank goodness) you never have to think about.The eye in your brain: Can the brain see without an eye? A long train of observations with cave fish and artificially blinded birds shows that animals can still respond to light-dark cycles without eyes. A paper in Current Biology explores the “non-visual photoreceptors” in certain parts of the brain. In humans, “The adult mammalian pineal is not photoreceptive although it contains opsin,” the paper states. Much work remains to be done to explore this phenomenon. “Non-visual photoreception is involved in several other partially overlapping functions: circadian entrainment, pupillary constriction, even (in mammals) fear conditioning,” the article ends. “Indeed, it is so widely present among the vertebrates that it constitutes a separate sensory modality distinct from vision.”Tear down this wall: Every time a cell divides, the cell has a massive demolition and reconstruction job on its hands. The cell nucleus, in particular, has to be dismantled, rebuilt and reorganized. Another paper in Current Biology, “Nuclear Envelope Breakdown: Actin’ Quick to Tear Down the Wall,” describes the latest findings about this process. “Nuclear envelope breakdown in metazoan cells is thought to be facilitated by microtubules, which pull on the nuclear membranes,” the authors say. “Unexpectedly, an F-actin meshwork helps to tear down the large nucleus … and to prevent chromosome loss in meiosis.” You wouldn’t want to lose chromosomes. That would be bad. The daughter cells each get a brand new nucleus, complete with fresh new copies of chromosomes and nuclear pore complexes (large “portals” in the nuclear membrane) that control traffic in and out.Error correction and prevention: One of the most striking evidences of intelligent design in genetics is the presence of factories of molecular machines in the nucleus devoted to correcting errors. This underscores the fact that genes constitute a coded language where accuracy is important. One of the repair robots that finds and corrects typos is named Srs2 helicase, described in this week’s Nature. Researchers from New York University School of Medicine and Yale “document a new, unexpected genome maintenance role” for this molecular machine. It’s actually a backup for another editing machine named RNase H2. When that machine is inactivated for any reason, Srs2 attaches to a nick produced by another machine at the typo site; there, it unwinds a stretch of DNA, calls in another machine to extract the error, leaving a gap in preparation for another machine to fill in the correct letter. It’s actually a lot more complicated, but this gives a hint of the care given to DNA to maintain genomic integrity.Your skin smells good: A friend’s nose might appreciate your clean skin, but our subtitle means something else: there are odor receptors in your skin. New Scientist describes how these odor receptors work: “How does your skin smell? Pretty well, as it turns out, thanks to receptors dotted all over you,” Bob Roehr begins the article. “What’s more, they could help you heal.” These olfactory receptors in the skin don’t send messages to the brain. Instead, they trigger cells to divide and migrate, signs of repair processes. These “finely-tuned” receptors, responding to specific chemicals, might explain why some skin care products can help heal wounds or make your skin smooth and younger-looking.New twist on vision: Many have heard that rhodopsin is the chemical in our rods and cones that responds to light. Most of us, though, had not heard that rhodopsin, like other things, has an optimal temperature range. PNAS published a paper about “unusual kinetics of thermal decay of dim-light photoreceptors in vertebrate vision.” Normally, the higher the temperature, the more the noise. Rhodopsin, however, has an unusual molecular response to higher temperature that allows it to maintain good vision in spite of the thermal noise problem.Dealing with distractions: In our busy culture, many of us have to multitask. Science Daily sets up a common problem: “You are trying to dial a phone number from memory … you have to concentrate … then someone starts shouting out other numbers nearby. In a situation like that, your brain must ignore the distraction as best it can so as not to lose vital information from its working memory.” Even though we must exercise will power to concentrate, the brain helps us. Experiments with rhesus monkeys having to recall dots on a screen found that two parts of the brain back each other up:Measurements of the electrical activity of nerve cells in two key areas of the brain showed a surprising result: nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex signaled the distraction while it was being presented, but immediately restored the remembered information (the number of dots) once the distraction was switched off. In contrast, nerve cells in the parietal cortex were unimpressed by the distraction and reliably transmitted the information about the correct number of dots.This implies that the brain includes a fall-back position to recall the desired information without completely ignoring the distracting information. “These findings provide important clues about the strategies and division of labor among different parts of the brain when it comes to using the working memory,” the article concluded, adding that “the researchers were surprised” by the discovery. “The memory-storage tasks and the strategies of each brain area are distributed differently from what we expected.”Memory champ: Nature just published a paper about a molecular machine in neurons that is important for many functions, especially memory. Called NMDA, its job is to open ion channels in the membrane after validating inputs. In a companion article in Nature, Stroebel and Paoletti say, “Two structures of almost complete receptors reveal the intricate complexity of these large, multi-domain molecular machines.” To bypass a lot of technical jargon, let’s just say that NMDA is very complex, and when it doesn’t work right, people can suffer from epilepsy, retardation or schizophrenia. If you aren’t suffering from those right now, be glad your NMDA’s are working just fine.These items are only the tip of a vast iceberg. Take any system in the body: circulatory, nervous, immune, whatever – it can be subdivided into subsystems, and those can be further subdivided all the way down to cells and molecules. At every level, we see incredibly intricate tuning, synchronization, and functional complexity. These are hallmarks of intelligent design. Volcanoes and landslides don’t have these characteristics. They may be “designed” at a very low level (as undirected outworkings of natural laws), but they lack the functional information that shows intentional, goal-directed planning for higher purposes than just obeying natural law. Moreover, this information functions at multiple hierarchical levels, like elements of a vast computer network. You can drop a computer and it will obey natural laws, but its true intelligent design is revealed in its fulfillment of its purpose: to perform information processing. A human body can also fall by gravity. That’s a real tragedy. A body is not just a rock in a landslide. It is meant to house a soul that can glorify its Creator by performing its intended purposes: to love God, love others, and do His will on earth as it is in heaven. Start by reading the Operations Manual.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) today announced the addition of 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) quarantine zone in Clermont County. The addition increases the total square miles regulated for the beetle to 62 square miles, up from 61 square miles. The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches within these regulated areas is prohibited.The quarantine expansion is the result of newly discovered infested trees found in late 2016 within the Williamsburg Township portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area, south of Clover Road. ODA and USDA APHIS tree inspection crews surveyed trees in the area, and infested and high-risk tree removals are occurring as part of the ALB eradication effort. A map of the regulated area can be found here.East Fork Wildlife Area consists of 2,705 acres that are managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for public hunting and fishing in southwestern Ohio. It is unlawful for any person to remove wood from a wildlife area without first obtaining approval.Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180416_RyanMartinHeavy rain is done in the west and central part of Ohio this morning, but we have rain holding on over the eastern third to quarter of the state. This rain will likely linger into midday before pushing east into PA. Cold air is rushing in on the backside of the moisture, driven by strong NW flow across the great lakes. Temps are shifting to well below normal levels, but honestly look to be a little bit better here than farther west in Indiana today. The northern half of Ohio will see temps in the 30s to low 40s, while the southern half of the state will push into the mid and upper 40s still. We likely see our coldest air overnight tonight. Adding insult will be strong NW winds, making it feel even colder. Light moisture holds over the state through the entire day, but there will be significant holes in the precipitation coverage. We are not looking at liquid equivalent being any more than a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth of an inch, but with temps being where they are, we have to allow for wet snow to fly over northern areas pretty much at will. And, we can see rain mix in too.Tomorrow seems colder over a larger part of the state and looks to have more moisture around, particularly up north. The map shows temps tomorrow afternoon as compared to normal. From I-70 northward, we would not be surprised to see a coating to an inch of wet snow from midnight tonight through tomorrow. There likely is nothing developing farther south tomorrow. But, the chilly air is not leaving anytime soon, and we see clouds reluctant to break up in the south.Dry weather is in for overnight tomorrow night through the bulk of Wednesday.Our first tweak of the forecast (from last week’s thoughts) is to push our midweek action back slightly. While we now see most of Wednesday dry, clouds build late in the afternoon. Scattered light rain showers then break out closer to overnight Wednesday night and then linger though most of Thursday. Rain totals still look to be from a few hundredths to .25”, but we are increasing coverage to 80% of the state. The best rains will be from US 30 northward.Dry Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is our next slight change in the forecast – the dry weekend. Temps stay cool for the end of the week and start of the weekend, as we continue to see mostly NW flow dominate the eastern Corn Belt. However, on Sunday, winds turn more S and SW ahead of our next system for early next week. This should allow temps to moderate back closer to normal. WE do not expect a big push above normal, but still, Sunday will likely end up bringing the warmest temps of the next 7 days.Clouds will slowly increase through the day Monday, but we should stay dry, while action develops off to the west. Our next system pushes into Ohio overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning. This low pressure circulation will be coming up from the SW. Scattered showers fall statewide through Tuesday and into early next Wednesday. Rain totals are expected to be around .25”-1” over 70% of the state. The heaviest action seems to set up through central Ohio, but this projection is nearly 10 days out…so a lot can happen between now and then.We should be dry for the start of by Wednesday evening, and strong Canadian high pressure slowly sinks off to the southeast. That keeps the region dry for the night of the 25th along with the 26th and 27th, which is another forecast change, also in our favor. This should bring impressive southwest flow up on the backside of the high for the 27th. That southwest flow will warm us to near normal temperature levels. A cold front works in from the northwest for the 28th and 29th. Rains with that front remain in the half to 1” range with coverage at 80% of the state. Behind that we look dry for the remainder of the month into early may. However, that dry forecast is rooted in yet another Canadian high, so that means we likely see a cold finish to April and start to May, with temps a good 5-15 degrees below normal.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Hunting PopularityOhio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The previous time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady opened a season at home against Kansas City in 2008, it ended with him limping off the field with a season-ending knee injury.Now nine years removed from the most significant injury of his career, Brady said it is the furthest thing from his mind as New England prepares to host the Chiefs on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul With minimal new film of Kansas City’s starters to dissect at this point, Brady is expecting to see plenty of wrinkles from what he called an “explosive” unit.One of the players he singled out was cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions during the 2015 regular season. He followed that up by tying for second in the league with six picks in 2016.Brady also is expecting to be challenged by safety Eric Berry and the active linebacker duo of Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston.“They have playmakers,” Brady said. “When they’re roaming around, you can’t just stare them down right where you want to throw the ball. It’s always a little cat and mouse with safeties and cornerbacks. … That’s why they force that many turnovers.”But Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said familiarity alone won’t be enough to get Brady off his game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Yeah, I didn’t think about that,” Brady said Monday. “Time flies.”What’s also a distant memory is the unfamiliar situation he found himself in last season when he was forced to sit out the first four games of 2016 after accepting his four-game “Deflategate” punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBrady brushed off that disappointment by capturing his fifth Super Bowl in February. Now he’s happy just to be thinking about football and how to get the best of a Kansas City team that was the AFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs last season.It’s a unique challenge for a Patriots offense that will have several new options for the 40-year-old quarterback to utilize as he tries to deal with a defense that ranked first in the NFL last season with 33 takeaways. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “I don’t know if it helps. You’re aware of how good he is,” Sutton said. “When you play (271) games, pass for 61,000 yards — or whatever he has — you’re playing against a football player, a quarterback that’s really talented, that has a great skillset — great command of his offense in all regards. It’s just a huge challenge.”But even at 40, Brady said opening a season in prime time still offers the same excitement as it did early in his career.“Everyone’s pretty amped up for this one,” he said. “It’s been waiting a long time for this. … It’s a big game and it’s an important one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Federer calls medical timeout ‘precaution’; del Potro next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
The Raptors got 32 points from Leonard as they dropped their second straight.The Rockets held a 7-point lead to start the fourth and pushed it to 10 before the Raptors scored five straight points, capped by a 3 from Norman Powell to get within 99-94 with about nine minutes left.Houston then used a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 108-94 about three minutes later. Rivers made a 3 late in that span before Tucker capped it by grabbing a steal and finishing with a layup.Toronto got within 10 after scoring four quick points later in the fourth, but a layup by Harden made it 117-105 with about 90 seconds left.Houston led by as many as 22 early, but Toronto used a 41-point second quarter to cut the lead to 70-61 at halftime. The Raptors opened the third quarter with a 9-4 run to get within 4, but Houston followed with a 18-4 spurt, with nine points each from Harden, to push it to 92-74 with about four minutes left in the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Petra Kvitova-Naomi Osaka: Australian Open final from different perspectives NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after teammate Gerald Green dunked in the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden scored 35 points for his 22nd straight game with 30 or more and the Houston Rockets never trailed and held off a late charge for a 121-119 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.After averaging 52.2 points over the last five games, capped by a franchise-record 61 in Wednesday’s win over the Knicks, Harden’s torrid scoring pace slowed a bit as all of Houston’s starters scored 10 points or more.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The Raptors got back on track after that, scoring the next 10 points, with two 3-pointers from Danny Green, to cut the lead to 92-84 with about a minute left in the third.TIP-INSRaptors: Jonas Valanciunas missed his 21st game with a dislocated left thumb. … Green and Pascal Siakam added 22 points each. … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds.Rockets: Brandon Knight missed his seventh straight game with a sore left knee, but is expected to return Sunday. … Houston made its first 20 free throws on Friday night before a miss by Faried with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter. The Rockets finished 29 of 33 from the line.UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Dallas on Sunday night.Rockets: Host Orlando on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Eric Gordon led that group with 24, Kenneth Faried had 21, P.J. Tucker added 18 and Austin Rivers scored 13. Faried also had a season-high 14 rebounds and blocked two shots in his third game since signing with the Rockets to fill in with Clint Capela recovering from thumb surgery.Houston led by 11 points after two free throws by Harden with 1:14 remaining before the Raptors made three straight 3-pointers to cut the lead to 121-119 with 27.3 remaining. Gordon missed a 3 to give the Raptors a chance, but Kawhi Leonard’s 3-point attempt was short.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt’s the 22nd straight game where Harden has led his team and Houston’s opponent in scoring, which moves him past Michael Jordan for the second-longest streak in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain, who did it in 40 in a row.Harden’s stretch of 30-point games is the fourth-longest in league history, behind three streaks by Chamberlain of 25, 31 and 65 games. Harden was 15 of 15 on free throws, but struggled from long-range, shooting just 2 of 13 on 3-point attempts. The strong play of Faried gave Harden some much-needed help Friday and The Beard will get another reinforcement Sunday night when Chris Paul is expected to return after missing 17 games with a strained left hamstring. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments