Star halves justify their hefty salaries

first_imgSt George Illawarra Dragons prop James Graham claimed not to “understand the halfback position that well”, but he summed up the reason NRL playmakers now command long-term contracts and big money as well as anyone during the opening weekend of the Telstra Premiership.With record offseason movement of players and 14 of the 16 NRL teams fielding a different halves pairing than they did in last season’s first round, the spotlight was always going to be on the performances of the playmakers – and most of them delivered in impressive style.Ben Hunt turned the game for the Dragons, Mitchell Pearce was the match-winner for Newcastle Knights, Johnathan Thurston and Ash Taylor produced the decisive plays in wins by North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, Blake Green starred for New Zealand Warriors and Nathan Cleary steered Penrith Panthers to victory.Even in a losing team, Cooper Cronk came up with a late 40-20 kick that presented the Sydney Roosters with a chance to deliver a knock-out blow but a handling error let Wests Tigers off the hook and Corey Thompson scored at the other end.”Junior did what he got brought here to do, put the polish on the end of the game,” Knights coach Nathan Brown said after Pearce’s extra-time field goal in the 19-18 defeat of Manly Warringah Sea Eagles on Friday night.But it is not just the winning plays that make the playmakers worth the $1 million-plus contracts that many of them now earn, it is the impact they have on the players around them – and particularly those in other key positions.With Green taking on the decision make role for the Warriors, Shaun Johnson was free to do what he does best and the star halfback had a hand in four of his team’s tries in their 32-20 defeat of South Sydney Rabbitohs, while hooker Issac Luke had arguably his best game for the club.The difference in the Knights with Pearce at the helm was obvious. The wooden spooners of the past three seasons would have almost certainly lost to the Sea Eagles during that period.However, Pearce steadied his side and directed team-mates where to run to give him the opportunity to kick the 88th-minute field goal, while hooker Slade Griffin and rookie fullback Kalyn Ponga were revelations in their first games alongside the premiership-winning halfback.For the Dragons, Hunt not only came up with an intercept try to give his side ascendency in their 34-12 defeat of Brisbane Broncos but his organisational skills and kicking enabled Gareth Widdop to play more of a running game.”Gareth has got bottomless talent and he likes to play instinctive footy, whereas if you were the No.7 you have got to execute the game plan,” Dragons coach Paul McGregor said.Hunt had been identified as the playmaker who could convert the narrow losses of last season into narrow wins for the Dragons, but he has the potential to blow those games wide open through the opportunities he will create for the likes of Tyson Frizell, Jason Nightingale and the other players around him.Remarkably, Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said last week that the club couldn’t afford to match the Dragons reported $6 million, five-year offer to Hunt but they could be regretting that decision after just one game.With playmakers having such an impact on the success of their teams, long-term deals have become the standard and Hunt, Taylor, Michael Morgan (Cowboys) and Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles) are all signed until the end of the 2022 season, while Pearce is committed to the Knights until 2021.After such a frenzy of off-season trading, which also saw Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Matt Moylan and Panthers’ James Maloney swap clubs, Kieran Foran leave the Warriors for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and Josh Reynolds move from Belmore to the Tigers, clubs seeking a new playmaker in 2019 have few options.Among the leading playmakers off contract at the end of this season are the Canberra Raiders duo of Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin, Titans five-eighth Kane Elgey and Sharks veteran Trent Hodkinson, who moved from Newcastle after the arrival of Pearce.Most clubs are likely to wait until the following season, when Cleary, Johnson, Tigers halfback Luke Brooks and the Parramatta Eels pairing of Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman come on to the market.Download the Telstra Premiership draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Premiership (NSW) draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Cup (Qld) draw to your calendarDownload the State of Origin draw to your calendarlast_img read more

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Young Sasindran represents PNG in karting circuit

first_imgSasindran is the son of West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.Young Sasindran was very proud of his achievement and to represent PNG at this international race.Governor Muthuvel posted on his Facebook page about his son’s achievement and thanked Lord Krishna for his protection on his son.“Proud of you my son Shyam Sasindran, though participated for the first time, you came within first 5 in the race in Singapore and got an award, thank you for flying our flag high and representing PNG.“Hope the sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko recognises your effort to represent PNG.“Congratulations son,” Muthuvel posted on his Facebook page.KF1 is the top level of karting. It is open to the best drivers aged 15 and up.This class used to be called Formula A and has changed since January 2007 when CIK-FIA decided to replace the 100 cc water-cooled two-stroke engines with 125 cc Touch-and-Go (TaG) water-cooled two-stroke engines (KF type).As the Formula One of karting, KF1 has very high costs.It is needed to finance a lot of practice, training and testing, team costs, chassis and engines, tires and parts, and quite a lot of traveling.Most teams in this category are factory teams or financed by chassis or engine manufacturers.Drivers typically compete in national competitions, then move into international racing in the KF3 or KF2 classes where they must finish in the top 34 to qualify to compete in KF1.Once in KF1, drivers either stay for a few years to improve their skills before moving on to car racing, or they become professional kart racers and race in KF1 until they retire.Many successful racing drivers and all current F1 drivers started their careers in karts.(Pictures by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel)last_img read more

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Albert Riera has the Galatasaray door open

first_imgFatih Terim has determined to vary his teaching employees. One in all his assistant Hasan Sas, a former Turkish worldwide Galatasaray, He left the membership this Monday with an announcement on social networks. One other helper is predicted Umit Davala, from the identical technology of Sas in Galatasaray and in the Turkey group, can even go away the membership in the coming days. Since then Terim has just one assistant left, Levent Sahin. In line with inside sources of the Turkish membership to ACETerim plans to create a stronger teaching employees along with his former gamers Albert Riera and Johan elmander for the subsequent marketing campaign. After deciding to finish his profession as an expert soccer participant, Riera started the teaching course. The Balearic by no means hid his will to return to work at Galatasaray the place he has had superb instances. The previous Spanish worldwide informed ACE than “he needs to work with Terim at Galatasaray”.“To start with, you need to present respect to the coaches at Galatasaray, Hasan Sas and Umit Davala. They’re superb individuals and nice professionals. After I was a footballer, they have been additionally in the teaching employees at the membership and now we have had a number of successes collectively. I’ve heard one thing, however up to now I’ve not spoken to anybody at Galatasaray. I’m clear that I might very very like to work at Galatasaray as a coach. It might be an excellent step for my profession. I do know someday I’ll return to work at Galatasaray, however I don’t know when it could possibly be “he defined Albert Riera.Albert Riera performed at Galatasaray between 2011-2014 and gained two Turkish league titles, two Tremendous Cups and a Turkish Cup with the lions.last_img read more

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US$27.3M for RIA Rehab

first_imgLiberia has secured US$27.3 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to speedily embark on a rigorous upgrade of its only international airport, a statement from EIB said.Roberts International Airport (RIA), particularly its runway, has serious safety problems, forcing international carriers like Air France and others to pullout of Liberia.To help upgrade and restore safety at RIA, the international organization approved the funds yesterday. Rehabilitation work on the runway will include improvements to the drainage and lighting which are in a deplorable state.According to a press statement posted on the organization’s website yesterday, EIB stressed the urgent need to secure the long-term loan to commence “urgent work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport in the capital, Monrovia.”EIB said the agreement came following discussions between Liberia’s then Finance Minister, now Minister for Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh and Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, following an agreement signed in Washington D.C. the United States.“The twenty year loan for RIA was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank, International Monitoring Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Minister Konneh and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones.“The occasion also allowed for detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB engagement in West Africa,” the statement said.The post quoted the Bank’s vice president Pim van Ballekom as saying that EIB stands side by side with Liberia at this time of need and will continue her engagement with Liberian officials, partner institutions and European Union Delegations in the region and will ensure that any support the EU can provide will be of best use.“Upgrading Monrovia’s airport is essential for Liberia and we are pleased to share experience from similar projects elsewhere in Africa.” said Pim van Ballekom.When completed, the document noted, RIA will be in compliance with international civil aviation standards.Minister Konneh maintained that “the EIB has always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership,” he asserted.This is the first EIB operation with the Liberian Airports Authority and follows recent support for improving electricity generation in Liberia through backing for rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.Liberia’s project is being co-financed by the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, EIB asserted.RIA rehabilitation has over the years under the President Johnson regime become an issue of national concern with serious controversy erupting from the management of the airport.Of late, former airport manager Ellen Corkrum accused the Unity Party led government of doing nothing to address such major concerns and even “misapplying resources intended for rehabilitating the facility with no regard to safety,” a claim government has repeatedly denied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Small-scale miners need supportive mechanisms, land – PSC

first_imgThe Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources raised its concerns over diminishing land and the need for more support to be given to small-scale miners, to the Natural Resources Ministers.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanAt its regular meeting at Parliament Building, Committee Chairman, Opposition Member of Parliament Odinga Lumumba told Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Minister within the Ministry, Simona Broomes on Wednesday that “One of the considerations that we have to look at is not only establishing giving them land, but the supportive mechanism to make sure they exist,” Lumumba said.Lumumba contended that the definition of small-scale miners has to be re-evaluated, even as he highlighted the excessive cost of mining in the gold industry. He pointed out that short-term financing and access to equipment are essential if the small-scale miner is to survive.Minister Broomes, acknowledging the struggle of small-scale miners, explained that she has addressed these concerns with Minister Trotman. “I agree it is something that needs to be looked at. I will agree with you that there are categories of miners who really need this support in terms of equipment, financing, and not only access to land,” Broomes told the Committee members.The Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry told Lumumba that the Ministry would welcome working with the committee “to fashion something” to address the situation.Meanwhile, Minister Trotman told the Committee members that the recently re-constituted committee on land reclamation is seeking to address the issue of available land for mining.last_img read more

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“Don’t let this be another training”– business training graduates advised

first_imgThe Youth Empowerment Unit within the Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport Department of the Ministry of the Presidency, on Saturday held another graduation as the seventh batch of participants graduated from the Ministry’s financial literacy and small business training programme.The programme lasted for six weeks and covered budgeting, marketing, financial literacy and preparation of business proposals.According to the Senior Economic Empowerment Officer of the Youth Empowerment Unit, Samuel Saul, a total of 27 persons were registered on commencement of the programme, but only 17 participants successfully completed the programme.Saul, in his remarks, urged the future business leaders to put what they have learnt into practice, noting that the programme was conceptionalised and embarked upon back in 2016.“Don’t let this be another training; don’t let this be another certificate that you are receiving, make use of your training, launch out into your trades, it only takes one step, the Government of Guyana has the task of being comGraduates pose with members of the Youth Empowerment Unit and Basic Need Trust Fund Project Manager Dikedemma O Utohmitted to empowering our youths and will continue to do so …. and may you put what you have learnt into practice,” he advised the graduates.Meanwhile, the guest speaker, Basic Needs Trust Fund Office (Guyana) Project Manager Dikedemma O Utoh, in brief remarks, admonished the students to keep moving forward and to be an inspiration. He also shared the five simple steps that most people follow to be successful.“As you prepare to go off into a new chapter of your respective lives, remember these five rules: trust yourself, don’t be afraid to fail, don’t listen to the naysayers, work hard and remember give back to something, by graduating this afternoon you have shown others that achievement is not out of reach …. You are inspirations to your family, to your family and other loved ones. I will leave you with this quote by Eddie Robinson “the will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential; these are the keys that will unlock personal excellence”,” he said.last_img read more

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Today’s blue-plate specials

first_imgred Camaro convertible to film a segment for his show, which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. “These diners, drive-ins and dives are places from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that people remember going to,” says Fieri. “Family-owned, community- supported restaurants, these food establishments have endured time and lived through changes and transitions. We are there to highlight the specialties.” Although much of the food served is American, there are no ethnic barriers. “The paint may be peeling off the wall, and the linoleum worn out, but they have to have good food – and that means a quality product made correctly,” Fieri says. A roadhouse you may have passed many times on Pacific Coast Highway but never stopped at, a coffee shop at the end of Ventura Boulevard where they line up for breakfast on the weekends, a Cajun place with the friendly name of Uncle Darrow’s. We call them dives in the most affectionate way – meaning they feature good, inexpensive food, have a history of pleasing customers and may be undiscovered, except by regulars in their own neighborhoods. But they won’t be undiscovered for long. A Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” hosted by restaurateur Guy Fieri, is shining a spotlight on these American treasures. He recently cruised down Pacific Coast Highway to Patrick’s Roadhouse in Santa Monica in his ’67 fire-engine- “Guy has a larger-than-life personality, and we wanted to give him a show that would allow him to interact with a wide variety of people,” said Bob Tuschman, senior vice president of the Food Network’s programming and production. “We think he will bring out the appreciation for food and Americana that we all have for this food and these places.” “There are so many emotions about this show, stories behind (the places), people living their passion,” said Fieri, adding that the show was an outgrowth of a popular, extremely well-received one-hour special he did last year on the same topic. For this series, Fieri generally interviews the owner for a couple of hours, then spends four or five hours cooking and talking to customers for what is boiled down to an eight-minute segment. “The shows are not scripted; we don’t write anything ahead,” he added, noting that they showcase his style. “They allowed me creative flexibility – it was a pretty real-deal production.” You may recognize Fieri, the owner of four restaurants in Northern California. He won the Next Food Network Star contest in 2006 and is in his second season hosting “Guy’s Big Bite,” which airs at 10 a.m. Sundays. We followed Fieri in his food travels and discovered some favorite dives of our own. Here are just a few. Natalie Haughton, (818) 713-3692 natalie.haughton@dailynews.com PATRICK’S ROADHOUSE / 106 Entrada Drive / Santa Monica / (310) 459-4544 When Guy Fieri popped into Patrick’s Roadhouse on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica last month to film a segment for his Food Network show, “It was a weird feeling for me,” noted Silvio Moreira, the restaurant’s current owner. “He said, `Hi, my name is Guy – what’s up with this place?”‘ They cooked an incredible Getty Burger together, and some other items, and then Fieri bit into the burger. “You should have seen Fieri’s face. He absolutely didn’t like it because it contained caviar. It’s one of those comic moments – and the camera is running.” It probably won’t make the cut on the show. The Roadhouse began its life in the early 1900s as a Red Line train depot, said Moreira. It then went on to become a hotel and, allegedly, a brothel and eventually housed a hotdog stand called Roy’s. In 1974, while Bill Fischler was walking on the beach with his kids, he walked across the street, bought a hotdog at Roy’s that was the worst hotdog he’d ever had and bought Roy out on the spot. “Bill was cooking the next day,” said Moreira. He renamed the place Patrick’s Roadhouse after his youngest son, who’s an actor now (in movies such as “The Black Dahlia” and “Muholland Dr.”). “Today the dining room with antique furniture looks like a poor man’s Getty Museum,” Moreira said. After Bill died 10 years ago, his daughter, Tracey, took over, but four years ago Moreira became the owner/manager, with the family still involved. “Although Bill is gone, I still feel his presence around here. Bill gave me my first job (as a waiter 17 years ago) in the United States – I’m from Lisbon, Portugal – while I was studying at Santa Monica College,” Moreira said. The restaurant has endeared itself to many over the years due to the “personality of the owners, the quality of the food, the ambience and the view,” he said. “It’s a super-friendly place. It is like the set of `Cheers.’ Funny enough, we had Ted Danson in here recently. He ordered an egg-white vegetable omelet – and said, `It was spectacular,’ and he cleaned up the whole thing.” Arnold Schwarzenegger also frequents the place with wife Maria Shriver and their children – and his favorite dish is the Governator Special, a farmer’s breakfast with all kinds of meats, vegetables and potatoes scrambled together with eggs. BOBBY’S COFFEE SHOP / 22821 Ventura Blvd. / Woodland Hills / 818-225-1324 When it was opened in the late ’40s by the late Robert Perkins, a World War II vet, Bobby’s Coffee Shop was located on a dirt road on the far west end of Ventura Boulevard. Fifty-nine years later, it’s become a Valley institution. Warren Akop of Glendale, the current and third owner, attributes the restaurant’s longevity to its friendliness. “The environment is like a neighborhood place to hang out, and customers feel like it’s home,” he noted, adding that “about 60 percent of the clientele is 45 years or older. It’s nothing fancy – just plain American coffee-shop food that resonates with locals for breakfast and lunch seven days a week (6 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 364 days a year – Christmas Day is the one day of the year Bobby’s is closed. “Some regulars eat here five to six times a week,” Akop said. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, you’ll likely find a long line outside by about 10:30 a.m. “You might have to wait five to 10 minutes for one of the 100 seats” – 14 at the counter, the rest at tables. Breakfasts range from $4.99 (french toast with eggs) to $6.50 (vegetable omelets), but most popular is the $5.50 ranch breakfast (it used to be 99 cents in the ’50s) that includes two eggs, hash browns, three strips of bacon, toast and unlimited coffee, tea or iced tea. “A local television station (KTLA) has twice named Bobby’s as a best value breakfast (choice), noting you get your money’s worth here,” Akop noted. Richard Florczak of Agoura Hills, who has been frequenting Bobby’s for 20 years, said, “They have the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten.” “Steak-Cheese-Onion Philly Sandwiches are the most popular lunch item,” added Akop, along with the daily lunch specials. UNCLE DARROW’S CAJUN/CREOLE EATERY / 2560 S. Lincoln Blvd. / Marina del Rey / 310-306-4862 Uncle Darrow’s Cajun/Creole Eatery in Marina del Rey grew out of a wholesale pecan candy business that four cousins – Norwood J. Clark Jr., Ronald Washington, Ronald Smith and Samuel L. Small Jr. – started in Los Angeles in 1988. Packaged and sold under the Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Pecan Candy label, the product utilized a special recipe that had been in the family for generations, noted Clark, a Louisiana native. The quartet ended up in the restaurant business by default, parlaying their love of Cajun/Creole foods into a restaurant. It opened in Los Angeles in February 1994, shortly after the Northridge Earthquake. The tradition continued with a second location in Marina del Rey in 1999, a funky place with a large hand-painted mural of a bayou on the wall. You order at the counter, and the food is delivered to your table. The original location closed in 2002, after an eight-year run. “I think we’re popular, and have lasted, because we give you as authentic Cajun/Creole cuisine as you can get here in Southern California,” said Clark. “We also treat people with Southern hospitality. We don’t use any beef, pork or lard – because I lost a cousin at age 33 to a heart attack and another at 29 had a stroke.” Instead they opt for vegetable oil, chicken, turkey, farm-raised catfish, black tiger shrimp and oysters in their dishes. “When Guy Fieri filmed here last month,” said Clark, “he commented, `This is amazing. I’ve never seen a concept like this – Cajun/Creole fast-type dining.’ He loved the seafood boil – blue crab, crayfish and shrimp with red potatoes and corn on the cob.” To maintain consistency and flavor, the restaurant makes many of its signature creations, including red beans, jambalaya, gumbo and beignets in a 1,200-square-foot commissary in Los Angeles. Open for both lunch and dinner on weekdays (and breakfast on weekends), prices range from $5.95 to $23. Lunch (and breakfast) specials are also available and include items such as biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, catfish and cheese grits. LOCAL DIVES, DINERS AND DRIVE-INS TO CHECK OUT BEAR PIT BBQ / 10825 SEPULVEDA BLVD. / MISSION HILLS / (818) 365-2509 Since 1954. Lunch and dinner. Known for barbecued beef sandwiches on garlic toast, ribs and barbecued chicken. BOB’S BIG BOY / 4211 W. Riverside Drive / Burbank / (818) 843-9334 A classic ’50s coffee shop known for burgers and “silver goblet” milkshakes. They have a classic car show in the parking lot on weekends. CASA VEGA / 13301 Ventura Blvd. / Sherman Oaks / (818) 788-4868 A Valley institution for Mexican food. Be prepared to wait up to an hour or more if you arrive during busy prime dining times. CASA BIANCA / 1650 Colorado Blvd. / Eagle Rock / (323) 256-9617 Since 1955. Dinner. Inexpensive pizza and other Italian fare. Go early, or you’ll have a long wait. CHILI JOHN’S OF CALIFORNIA / 2018 W. Burbank Blvd. / Burbank / (818) 846-3611 Lunch and dinner. Horseshoe-shaped counter. Serves chicken, beef and veggie chilis; hot dogs and tamales. DARBY’S / 20901 Sherman Way / Canoga Park / (818) 347-0231 Breakfast and lunch. Traditional greasy-spoon-style diner. Breakfast specials are popular. DU PAR’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY / 12036 Ventura Blvd. / Studio City / (323) 877-5876 Open 24 hours. Also a location in the Farmers Market in Los Angeles (and Thousand Oaks, but not open 24 hours). Tried-and-true coffee shop fare; known for its pies (fruit and cream pies). The restaurant is now owned by Biff Naylor, and the menu has been upgraded to include items like homemade crab cakes, fresh vegetables and fresh-ground choice chuck burgers. LAMPLIGHTER RESTAURANT / 5043 Van Nuys Blvd. / Sherman Oaks / (818) 788-5110 Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Known for omelettes, waffles, turkey reuben, burgers and club sandwiches. GIAMELA’S LAMPLIGHTER RESTAURANT / 9110 De Soto Ave. / Chatsworth / (818) 882-1877 (No connection now to restaurant of same name in Sherman Oaks). Coffee shop fare. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials available. MEL’S DRIVE-IN / 14846 Ventura Blvd. / Sherman Oaks / (818) 990-6357 Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hamburgers and sandwiches are popular. PATY’S / 10001 Riverside Drive / Toluca Lake / (818) 761-0041 Around since 1949. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. A friendly neighborhood upscale diner with outdoor tables. Popular selections include scrabble (spinach, ground beef and onions mixed with eggs), fitness menu, patty melts and hamburgers (with ground chuck) and chocolate-chocolate cake. SITTON’S NORTH HOLLYWOOD DINER / 11329 Magnolia Blvd. / North Hollywood / (818) 761-3341 Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Popular are fried chicken, patty melts, chicken sandwiches, stuffed avocado shrimp salad, homemade soups, waffles, eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. WON’S COFFEE SHOP / 14440 Gilmore St. / Van Nuys / (818) 780-8859 Breakfast, lunch and dinner; a 1950s-style diner serving Chinese-American food. Chow mein, chop suey, fried rice, eggs rolls and won ton soup are popular. FOR MORE, CHECK OUT THE DINERS, DELIS AND DIVES GUIDE AT LA.COM.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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COMMUNITY ALERT: VICIOUS PENSIONER ATTACK GANG STRIKES AGAIN

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: A sick gang of burglars who terrorise pensioners by threatening them with knives has struck again.This is a general community alert for east and north Donegal – but the public in all areas should be vigilant and should look out for elderly neighbours.Gardaí in Letterkenny are already investigating two attacks at the homes of pensioners. Now officers are investigating a third incident at the home of an elderly man in St Johnston.The first incidents occurred at Drumoghill between 9pm and 9.30pm and at Knockbrack between 11pm to 11.30pm last Monday night.A vandalism incident at Royal and Prior school in Raphoe in the early hours of Tuesday could be linked to the same gang.The St Johnston attack took place last Thursday night; once again personal items were taken and once again a knife waved in the victim’s face. All three pensioners were left badly shaken.In all the cases men knocked on the door of the houses and forced their way in. The occupants were subdued while the houses were ransacked.A handbag taken from one of the homes was left discarded in the Lismongahan area of the town between 11.30pm on Monday and 2am on Tuesday.Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100. COMMUNITY ALERT: VICIOUS PENSIONER ATTACK GANG STRIKES AGAIN was last modified: February 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attacksburglardonegaldrumoghillletterkennypensionersSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT FUNERAL OF FARMER KILLED BY BULL

first_imgThe funeral takes place today of tragic Inishowen farmer Patrick Dowds.Mr Dowds, 65, was killed by a bull at his farm in Burt on Wednesday.Among the chief mourners at his funeral mass at St Aengus’ Church in Burt will be his twin brother George. George was also struck by the same bull but was helped out of the field at Toulette, close to Grianan of Aileach.Hundreds of mourners are expected to turn up from across Donegal for the funeral of a man who was dedicated to farming and who loved fun.The bull has since been destroyed and a full investigation has been launched into the death.HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT FUNERAL OF FARMER KILLED BY BULL was last modified: September 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bullfuneralPatrick Dowdslast_img read more

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Remarkable Cell Processes That Keep You Alive

first_imgWithin the factories of molecular machines that run living cells, including those in the human body, processes occur non-stop that are designed to meet every contingency.  Here are just a few examples.Parking garage:  Most of us have driven round and round in those multi-level parking garages looking for a spot.  We have something like that in our cells, too: helical ramps within an organelle called the endoplasmic reticulum, where proteins are given final assembly and checkups before being put into operation.  Science Daily has a diagram of the structure.  Nature News described how it works the same way as a parking garage, allowing “for dense, adjustable packing of material in the cell, boosting the surface available for protein production within a small volume.”Brain tune-up:  To perform in concert, neurons in the brain occasionally need to tune their signals, like orchestra players tune their instruments.  Science Daily described how they do it: NIH findings show that “brief bursts of chemical energy coming from rapidly moving power plants, called mitochondria, may tune brain cell communication.”  About a third of mitochondria move along tracks in the axon.  Their presence seems to provide a reference tone, like a tuning fork, for signals: “the presence of stationary power plants at synapses controls the stability of the nerve signal strength.”Cell division conductors: Speaking of orchestra players, there wouldn’t be music without an orchestrator.  Centrioles are tiny bundles of microtubules located at the foci of mitotic spindles, the structures that pull chromosomes apart during cell division (mitosis).  They are always found in pairs perpendicular to each other.  PhysOrg discussed their “manifold functions in the cell,” including “orchestrators of cell division,” a “tightly regulated process.”  European biochemists investigated the mysterious “pericentriolar material” (PCM) that binds them into the “centrosome” where, in a still mysterious way, they winch the chromosomes into the daughter cells.  “Our results show that the PCM still harbors many surprises,” one of the researchers said.Damage repair team spirit:  A paper in PNAS describes what happens when lesions form on DNA strands, triggering “excision repair” processes.  The title describes what happens: “Homologous recombination rescues ssDNA gaps generated by nucleotide excision repair and reduced translesion DNA synthesis…”  The study, performed on yeast cells, describes cooperation between translesion DNA synthesis (TLS), single-stranded DNA repair (ssDNA), and homologous recombination, which rebuilds a damaged strand from the intact strand.  “These findings suggest that ssDNA that might originate during the repair of closely opposed lesions or of ssDNA-containing lesions or from uncoupled replication may drive recombination directly in various species, including humans.”Checkpoint charlies:  A technical paper in Science Magazine described the interactions of multiple players that use checkpoints to ensure genomic integrity.  The teams include proteins, small interfering RNAs, and multi-part enzymes.  These players are all involved in “DNA Replication Origin Firing in Human Cells,” i.e., making sure that the all-important task of replicating the genome begins at the right spot.  Here’s a taste of the technical details: “We propose that MTBP acts with Treslin/TICRR to integrate signals from cell cycle and DNA damage response pathways to control the initiation of DNA replication in human cells.”Master regulator:  A paper in Nature uncovers more findings about mTOR kinase, which it calls “a master regulator of cell growth.”  The opening paragraph describes why this enzyme is important:Whether or not a cell grows is decided by a remarkable protein kinase enzyme called mTOR. As part of two complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2, mTOR integrates and interprets all sorts of factors that influence cell growth — including nutrients, stressors and the outputs of signal-transduction networks — by targeting a multitude of substrates that drive processes such as protein translation, metabolism and cell division. Research into mTOR-mediated signalling has taken on added urgency since it was discovered that most cancers contain mutations that inappropriately activate this protein.The newly-uncovered structure of mTOR, made up of 1,500 amino acids, shows that it has a “gatekeeper mechanism that controls substrate access to the active site.”You’re the boss:  As a functioning whole organism, you can tell your cells what to do.  An attention-getting paper in Nature states that “Attention enhances synaptic efficacy and the signal-to-noise ratio in neural circuits.”  In other words, when you focus your attention on a sight or sound, your neurons obey, all the way to the level of synapses between neurons.  “The results demonstrate that attention finely tunes neuronal communication at the synaptic level by selectively altering synaptic weights, enabling enhanced detection of salient events in the noisy sensory environment.”  Philosophers of free will, take note.Bricks that build:  Certain structural building blocks in the inner ear don’t just sit there.  They actually have a “starring role” to play, Science Daily reported in a surprise announcement.  “Researchers have found in mice that supporting cells in the inner ear, once thought to serve only a structural role, can actively help repair damaged sensory hair cells, the functional cells that turn vibrations into the electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound.”Sex cooperation: Science Daily reported a “shocker,” a “surprising finding” that the female X-chromosome participates in sperm production.  One would think men and women are actually part of the same species after all.Where do we stop?  We could go on and on.  Every week in the science literature, new findings are made about regulators, teams, quality controls (see 7/16/13), checkpoints, conductors, players with starring roles – Michael Denton wasn’t kidding when back in 1985 (Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, p. 328) he compared a cell to a large city, filled with “supreme technology and bewildering complexity.”  That was almost 30 years ago; more discoveries have poured forth since then, many of them of paramount importance to our understanding of how life works.  It’s almost as if God, in His shrewd wisdom, has allowed biochemists to peer into the machinery, bit by bit, just as they were concluding their “evolution is a fact” speeches through their megaphones in the press.  It’s hard to see how Darwinian evolution can survive this never-ending onslaught of Design, design, design! emanating from the living cell as, week after week, year after year, improving technology brings its perfections into sharper focus. 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