May 25

Visitors inside Northern Ireland households banned from today

first_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Visitors inside Northern Ireland households will be banned from this evening.New restrictions come into place at 6pm to tackle a recent rise in Covid-19 cases – more than 1,000 have been confirmed in the past week.Different households will not be allowed to mix with each other indoors and no more than six people from two households can socialise in a garden.Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, says it’s important everyone follows the rules:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Previous articleRestaurants call for 72 hour restrictions warningNext articleDonegal ‘on the brink’ of more restrictions News Highland By News Highland – September 22, 2020 Google+ Facebook Visitors inside Northern Ireland households banned from today Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

December 30

Transylvania Epic Recap

first_imgThanks to Vince for this great shot!Well, it’s been about a week and a half since TSE ended and I’ve put blogging low on the list of priorities simply because when you miss a week or work, there’s a ton of catch up!Here is a recap of my feelings for the week that I wrote for Dirt Rag Magazine last week.Stage 4 was my toughest physical day. The trail was super fun at Raystown. I detonated early on and was feeling the deleterious effects from cracking on the road stage the day before! It was 98 and humid that day. The trail was like a roller coaster with a bunch of woops. It was awesome and I didn’t care that I felt slow and tired on my bike. Well, I did care, but it helped to be on an awesome trail. I’d highly recommend checking out that trail if you are ever in the area!Stage 4a was a wheelie contest that I somehow won. It was awesome!! I have never been great at riding wheelies, but 10′ was all I needed to win the jersey!243302_10100277944713463_10223676_53452814_5128665_ophotoThat would be the super-d jersey and my friend’s son, Tanner. He is only 11 years old and rode about half the stages. Look out for this guy in the future of mountain biking!Stage 5 was fun. It was super d stage race! We did 4 different super-Ds. I had fun on all the techy trails and it was surprisingly refreshing to do some all out 15 minute efforts and some balls-out descending!Stage 6 was the toughest day mentally for me. It was the only day I had good legs, but luck was not on my side. My leg suffered a blow from a hidden tree branch sticking out early on in the race. It’s doing much better, but still swollen and little bit painful. I kept shoving ice into my sock during the race to try to keep the swelling down. I also rode 5 miles off course losing about 30 min and I broke my derailleur. That was the toughest day to swallow. I was thankful to have good legs, but it was a bummer to lose so much time on a day where I could have made some headway on my GC placing. 1 2last_img read more

August 13

The Premier League’s longest winning streaks

first_imgSpurs ended Chelsea’s runLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea fell short of becoming the first team to win 14 consecutive matches within the same English top-flight season after losing 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.Here are the longest winning streaks since England’s top division was relaunched as the Premier League in 1992:11 wins: Chelsea (April-September 2009)The 2008-09 season was a tumultuous one for Chelsea, with Luiz Felipe Scolari sacked as manager in February after only seven months in charge. But the team recovered form under interim manager Guus Hiddink and finished the season with a run of five successive wins. Scolari’s permanent successor, Carlo Ancelotti, picked up where Hiddink had left off, overseeing six straight wins at the start of a season that would end with a free-scoring Chelsea team crowned league champions and FA Cup winners.11 wins: Manchester United (December 2008-March 2009)Beginning with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City on Boxing Day, Alex Ferguson’s United went on a run of 11 consecutive wins that shot them to the top of the table. They kept clean sheets in the first nine games, won six matches 1-0 and only conceded two goals over the entire run. The sequence came to a juddering halt in a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool, which was followed by a 2-0 loss at Fulham. But a burst of seven wins carried Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates to a third consecutive title.11 wins: Liverpool (February-April 2014)Liverpool’s 24-year wait for the league title appeared destined to come to an end as a team spearheaded by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge rattled off a series of thrilling victories in the English spring of 2014. Their victims included Arsenal (5-1), Manchester United (0-3) and title rivals Manchester City (3-2). But Brendan Rodgers’s side were to come unstuck in a 2-0 home defeat against Chelsea, Steven Gerrard’s unfortunate slip gifting Demba Ba a goal that opened the door for City to claim the title.11 wins: Manchester City (April-September 2015)City lost their title to Chelsea the following season, but they finished that campaign like a train, winning their last six fixtures. Manuel Pellegrini’s men began the subsequent campaign in equally impressive fashion, winning their first five games without conceding a goal, but would ultimately finish fourth. 13 wins: Chelsea (September 2016-January 2017)The seeds for Chelsea’s storming run of wins were sown during a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in late September, when new manager Antonio Conte switched to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. It proved the catalyst for a stunning winning streak, with Chelsea notably beating Tottenham Hotspur (2-1), Manchester United (4-0) and Manchester City (1-3) before their run came to an end in a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday.14 wins: Arsenal (February-August 2002)Arsenal set a record for the most wins within a single Premier League season (13) — since matched by Chelsea — and the most successive wins in the history of the English top flight (14) as they romped to a second league and FA Cup double under Arsene Wenger. Fourth in the table in early February, Arsenal tore to the front with a run of 11 wins on the spin before securing the title with a 1-0 success at the home of title rivals Manchester United. They finished the season by beating Everton 4-3 at Highbury and opened their title defence with a 2-0 win over Birmingham City before drawing 2-2 at West Ham.Share on: WhatsApp 12 wins: Manchester United (March-August 2000)United roared to the finish line in the 1999-2000 title race, winning their final 11 games and ending the campaign with a record 18-point advantage over nearest rivals Arsenal. They scored 37 goals in the process, including seven in a 7-1 demolition of West Ham United in which Paul Scholes claimed a hat-trick. The following season began with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United and would once again end with United top of the pile.last_img read more

August 13

Uganda Cranes wins awards

first_img****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Since the National Team Uganda Cranes beat Comoros last year to qualify for the African Cup of Nations set to take place in Gabon, they have been making success after success. Goal Keeper Denis Masinde Onyango was recognized as the African player of the year 2016 based in Africa category beating off competition from Zambia and Zimbabwe at the Glo CAF awards. At the same event, the Uganda Cranes was crowned the National Team of the Year at the Abuja International Conference Center. The recent achievements by the Cranes are cited as a motivation that will inspire players to work harder to achieve greater heights especially the upcoming 2018 FIFA world cup set to take place in Russia. At parliament, speaker Kadaga said each MP will contribute Shs500,000 to support the team.last_img read more

August 2


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12.Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied on April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.–30–last_img read more

January 14

UBA-Liberia Partners with Lonestar MTN in Mobile Money Services

first_imgThe United Bank for Africa (UBA)-Liberia has announced a partnership deal with Lonestar Cell MTN to provide mobile based financial services (Mobile Money) to its customers. The head of marketing at UBA-Liberia, Mrs. Jefyne Togba, told journalists yesterday at the bank’s headquarters on Snapper Hill (Broad Street) that the launch of mobile money at UBA-Liberia is aimed at providing financial services to the “unbanked” population. She indicated that the banking sector is globally shifting towards digital banking and UBA prides itself in being the leader of digital/electronic banking in Liberia. “Adding mobile money into the bank’s portfolio of services is the next step in easing access to banking services and pushing Liberia forward in the digital banking sector globally,” Mrs. Togba said. “Mobile money transactions can now be processed at any UBA branch or cash center with ease.”Madam Joyce Maltaldi, 46, a UBA-Liberia customer, said it’s a welcoming initiative, while Mr. Dickson Jackson, 37, said he is happy with the bank’s services, including mobile money. Mobile Money was initially launched by Lonestar Cell MTN and Ecobank Liberia in 2012 as a financial service operated via mobile phones. Mobile Money customers are able to send and receive money, pay bills, buy airtime, and more through the service. It may be recalled that recently UBA launched the ATM Gallery to help make banking services easy in Liberia. The launch of the Gallery marked the introduction of the Liberian dollar ATM Visa cards, a unique program in the banking sector that brings a better way of doing business in Liberia, bank officials said.Madam Chioma Mang, CEO of UBA Liberia said: “What we have introduced to the market in Liberia is to show people a better way of doing banking. It shows that you can have access to your money even after banking hours. We are the first bank to bring ATM to Liberia and we are the only bank with Liberian dollar ATM card.”According to the UBA boss the bank’s decision to open the ATM Gallery is to serve customers at all times (24 hours). “People can come in any time to collect money without interfering with anybody. Today we are opening the ATM Gallery to serve the wonderful people of Liberia and make banking easy,” she said.The bank’s CEO disclosed that the bank also offers a Visa Debit Card that is linked to a UBA Account in US Dollar or Liberian Dollar denominations and can be used anywhere in the world where Visa card is accepted.The U-Direct program also gives customers access to their UBA accounts online to make transfers, view statements, order checks and many more, she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 21

Friday’s QPR quiz: The Cardiff City connection

first_imgCardiff City’s recent play-off defeat means QPR will not be facing the Bluebirds in the league next season. See how much you know about the recent history between the two clubs by answering these five questions.[wp-simple-survey-16]Does Joey Barton deserve to be sacked by QPR? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

December 20

Warriors share their favorite memories at Oracle Arena

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The memories will stay vivid for the rest of their lives. And how can it not? Those moments marked the times the Warriors felt their ears popped.That experience will happen again when the Warriors (55-24) play the Los Angeles Clippers (47-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena. Not only do …last_img read more

December 19

Face Up: We Are Less than Neanderthals

first_imgThe facial differences between us and Neanderthals amount to a slight matter of bone resorption during development.Neanderthal faces look a bit weird to us, but they could brag (were they here to weigh in on the discussion) that they are better built. There’s only a slight morphological process that separates our faces, Science Daily says. During development, we moderns have more osteoclasts (bone-absorbing cells) that resorb bone that was laid down. Neanderthals, by contrast, keep more of their facial bone. That’s why it looks a bit protruding to us. The only way we moderns could argue ours are better is by claiming, “less is more.” That’s pure subjective opinion.The paper in Nature Communications that talks about this indicates that the processes that lead to these variations are very slight, and even appear among modern humans. In “Ontogeny of the maxilla in Neanderthals and their ancestors,” Lacruz et al. state this about earlier studies:Differences in skull form among hominoids have been shown to arise prenatally and to be variably accentuated throughout postnatal life by divergences and differences in magnitudes among subsequent ontogenetic shape trajectories. With regard to Neanderthals and modern humans, most studies have used 3-D landmark analysis to represent ontogenetic growth. These allow vectors of ontogenetic changes in size and shape to be compared, but differences in vectors do not necessarily relate to differences in bone growth remodelling. Indeed it is possible that similar vectors could be achieved through quite different underlying bone growth activities and rates. Morphometric studies report the consequence of underlying growth processes rather than inform what these processes are. Such studies concluded that the postnatal trajectories of ontogenetic change in face shape do not differ among Neanderthal and modern humans skulls, but that there are differences in the rate of shape change. These findings are difficult to reconcile with the known differences among geographic groups of modern humans in cranial ontogenetic shape trajectories in that if modern humans differ among geographic groups, then at least some of these must also differ from Neanderthals. Another study found evidence that postnatal ontogenetic divergence exists between Neanderthal and modern human faces and this finding has been supported by a further study that compared modern human and Neanderthal mandibular ontogenetic trajectories. Thus, while the initial ontogenetic studies suggested no difference in craniofacial growth vectors of Neanderthals and modern humans, more recent works have indicated that these two groups differ and that significant differences are also found among living groups of modern humans.The authors conclude that there are enough differences in facial development between Neanderthals and moderns to classify them separately. The differences, however, appear to result from a slight shift in the activity of osteoblasts (bone-constructing cells) and osteoclasts (bone-absorbing cells) in the facial bones during a stage of development. Since both cells exist in both varieties of humans, it amounts to a bit of regulatory change in the ratio of the cells’ activities, not something improving fitness or survival.If anything, Neanderthals probably could chew better and sniff better than we moderns can. (Note: SH refers to specimens found in the Sima de los Huesos cave in Spain.)The finding of similar facial bone growth remodelling activity states in the growing and developing faces of Neanderthals and SH hominins has broader implications. The SH sample and Neanderthals share a constellation of derived midfacial, dental, mandibular and glenoid cavity features that participate in a functional masticatory complex. Both groups also share large floors of the nasal cavity and large palatal roofs. To generate the expanded nasal cavity in the SH hominins and Neanderthals, the nasal capsule is vertically expanded and an increased rate of remodelling of the nasal and oral components of the palate (greater resorption on the nasal floor and increased deposition on the oral lamina of the palate) likely increases downward and forward drift of this structure, resulting in larger nasopharyngeal airways earlier in development relative to H. sapiens. The forwardly placed mid face and nasal aperture coupled with an antero-inferior growth vector of the face may well have resulted in relatively more anterior positioning of prosthion and the tooth row en bloc with respect to the maxillary tuberosity, thus also generating the retromolar space characteristic of Neanderthals.Is this a possible explanation for the trouble moderns have with third molars (wisdom teeth)? Maybe the roomier Neanderthal jaw required fewer visits to the orthodontist.Darwin skeptics may take note that the authors stated as their aim, “Findings from this analysis are interpreted within developmental and evolutionary contexts.”  Lacruz drops hints in Science Daily about his bias to want to classify Neanderthals as “different” from us, but then admits moderns have a lot of variety, too:“We always considered Neanderthals to be a very different category of hominin,” said Lacruz. “But in fact they share with older African hominins a similar facial growth pattern. It’s actually humans who are developmentally derived, meaning that humans deviated from the ancestral pattern. In that sense, the face that is unique is the modern human face, and the next phase of research is to identify how and when modern humans acquired their facial-growth development plan.”Moreover, Lacruz says, understanding the process of facial ontogeny can help explain the variation in facial size and shape among modern humans.The extra bone in their faces probably would have made Neanderthals more resistant to injury in their boxing matches.Evolutionists are straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel here. Neanderthals were strong, tall, brainy, intelligent, and skillful. They were probably the Corvettes of their day instead of the Yugos like us. The differences are so slight as to be meaningless in Darwinian terms. What’s more fit, the crow or the raven? Both are equally good. Good grief, evolutionists: stop the historical racism and tell us where the important things came from: osteoblasts, osteoclasts, the skeleton, the heart, the kidneys, the lungs, the liver, the pancreas, ATP synthase, digestion, sex, the nervous system, the immune system, the neuroendocrine system, muscles, hands, arms, upright posture, the brain, intelligence, language, aesthetics, the soul …ad infinitum.Notice, too, that evolutionists believe Neanderthals were successful for over 200,000 years independently, yet when encountering modern humans after all that time, were able to intermarry and have fertile offspring. Does that make any sense? It’s a tall tale, a whopper! It’s almost as bad as the one about fully human people inhabiting earth for half a million years but never learning to ride a horse. Why aren’t we laughing about this? This isn’t science; it’s a cult. Looking at the world’s leading “science” journal giving this respectable coverage, you see what happens when a cult gains power over reasonable people. (Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more