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GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK


first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesGlenswilly 5kThe annual 5k takes place next Tuesday, June 23rd, starting at 7.30pm. A large crowd is expected at the event which has been a great success since it started in 2012. Those entering the run and walk will all be chipped and people can pre-register on Monday night next between 6-7pm or on the night of the race from 6pm. The cost is €8 for adults, €2 for U18s and €20 per family. Full details are available on the club’s Facebook page. Help for the 5KPlans are well underway for the club’s 5k but help is needed on the night. Anyone who can stewart at the event should contact Brendan Walsh. Also anyone who can provide refreshments including baked goods or sandwiches is asked to drop them down on the evening of the race from 6pm onwards.BingoBingo continues in the hall every Wednesday night with more than €2,000 in prize money up for grabs. The bingo starts at 9pm. Congrats to U14 girlsWarmest congratulations to the U14 girls team who beat St.Columba’s of Glencolmcille to book their place in the championship semi-final. The girls will face Downings in their quest to book their place in the final. Well done girls.U10 trainingThere will be no U10 training next Tuesday evening because of the staging of the 5k. Training will resume again the following week at 6.15pm.Tickets for Donegal game Anyone looking for tickets for the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Derry at Clones on Saturday week is asked to email their requests to club secretary Aisling McDaid at aislingmcdaid@hotmail.com before Thursday, Jun 18th at 10pm. Anyone who books a ticket is responsible for that ticket.Congrats to the Glenswilly foursome!A major congratulations to Gary McFadden, Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher (and mentor Gary McDaid!) after last Sunday’s terrific performance against Armagh. Well done to the four lads for representing their county and club with such honour.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 16th, 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)last_img read more


Jose Mourinho denies Woodward fall-out, refuses to discuss Pogba


first_img 2 There has been intense scrutiny on the manager, his relationship with star midfielder Paul Pogba and apparent tensions with vice-chairman Woodward over summer recruitment in the wake of Sunday’s embarrassing 3-2 defeat at Brighton.Mourinho offered little in the way of soundbites on Friday, though, answering only 13 questions.Put to him there had been a lot of background noise in the wake of the loss to Brighton, Mourinho retorted: “Yeah, but don’t ask me because I don’t read (it).“I don’t know 10 per cent of what is written, I don’t know 10 per cent of what is coming on the TV screens, so I’m not the right guy to answer to it.”Mourinho was then curt when asked about his relationship with Woodward.“Of course (our relationship is fine),” he said. “No (problem at all).” Jose Mourinho was in no mood to talk to the press on Friday There have been reports of tensions between Pogba and Mourinho 2 The Portuguese has made his frustration over the lack of extra summer signings clear, with the failure to improve in defence looking problematic at Brighton.That defeat has led to an uncomfortable week for all connected with United, who are understood to be backing Mourinho as odds on him leaving tumbled.A group of fans are said to be planning to have a plane fly over an upcoming match calling for the exit of Woodward, while questions also remain over the happiness of Pogba.Manchester United fans to fly ‘Ed Woodward out’ banner at Premier League clash with BurnleyThe France midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola took aim at United great Paul Scholes this week for questioning the France international’s leadership at Brighton.Pogba admitted his “attitude was not right enough” on the south coast, but Mourinho was distant when asked about it.“Paul told (that), Paul has to answer by his words,” the United boss said.“If you want any explanation about Paul’s words you must get him and ask him.” Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insisted his relationship with Ed Woodward is “fine” but was clearly in no mood to speak to the media on Friday.Mourinho turned up half an hour early for his press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Tottenham and gave only short answers before walking out after just eight minutes.last_img read more


Santa Cruz locals weigh in on bill to make surfing California’s official sport


first_imgSANTA CRUZ >> Surf’s up — for debate — in Sacramento as the state Senate considers a proposal that would make surfing the Golden State’s official sport.Assembly Bill 1782 is in the lineup to be heard on the Senate floor as soon as this week, after which it would head to the governor’s desk. It passed through the Assembly in May with little opposition.Reaction to the proposal in surf-obsessed Santa Cruz has been predictably positive. Famous for its laid-back surf culture and world-class breaks …last_img


Our top 10 candidates to become the next SF Giants general manager (including a clear favorite)


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The search for Bruce Bochy’s replacement will garner significant attention this offseason, but the manager position is not the only high-profile job the San Francisco Giants are attempting to fill.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is also interviewing candidates to become the Giants’ next general manager.In previous years, the general manager position belonged to the Giants’ top baseball executive, but CEO Larry Baer’s decision to hire Zaidi last fall and install …last_img


How Identical Are Identical Twins?


first_imgIdentical twins look identical, and the assumption is that their genes are, too.  Not necessarily, found a team of European scientists publishing in PNAS.1  Their studies of genes from identical twins found that even when indistinguishable at birth, divergence over time in the expression of genes became evidence due to epigenetic (above-gene) factors:MZ [monozygotic] twins constitute an excellent example of how genetically identical individuals can exhibit differences and therefore provide a unique model to study the contribution/role of epigenetic modifications in the establishment of the phenotype [i.e., physical appearance].  What does make MZ twins differ?  By using whole-genome and locus-specific approaches, we found that approximately one-third of MZ twins harbored epigenetic differences in DNA methylation and histone modification.  These differential markers between twins are distributed throughout their genomes, affecting repeat DNA sequences and single-copy genes, and have an important impact on gene expression.  We also established that these epigenetic markers were more distinct in MZ twins who were older, had different lifestyles, and had spent less of their lives together, underlining the significant role of environmental factors in translating a common genotype into a different phenotype.  Our findings also support the role of epigenetic differences in the discordant frequency/onset of diseases in MZ twins.The differences could be due to drift over time by chance, or lifestyle choices, or differences in environment.  Their results, they concluded, did not prove heredity or environment were the decisive factors: “Our comparison of MZ twins suggests that external and/or internal factors can have an impact in the phenotype by altering the pattern of epigenetic modifications and thus modulating the genetic information.”1Fraga et al., “Epigenetic differences arise during the lifetime of monozygotic twins,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print July 11, 2005, 10.1073/pnas.0500398102.Philosophers have argued about heredity and environment for a long time.  These studies carry the debate down to the molecular level of DNA and gene expression.  No conclusions are drawn in this commentary, except the caution that creationists and evolutionists both need to take epigenetic factors into account before propounding simple explanations of stasis or evolution.  Genes are not the only things in control; a host of epigenetic factors contributes to the way a plant, animal, or human looks and acts.  Staging the debate as heredity vs environment begs the question of whether those are the only explanations for why identical twins diverge over their lifetimes.  It would seem that personal choices and unseen mental, moral or spiritual factors cannot be ruled out as significant agents of change that can extend down to the genes and influence their expression.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Ohio’s overall economic outlook is positive


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The overall economic outlook for 2016 is promising although some challenges might still be ahead, says an expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.“We are entering our 79th month of economic expansion in the U.S., which is the fifth longest period on record,” said Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy in the college. “I remain optimistic on national growth.“Back to back, 2015 and 2016 look to be the best years of the 21st century yet.”Partridge, who specializes in analyzing regional growth patterns, said the U.S. stands out among advanced economies as one of the most consistent in the past few years in regard to economic growth.“As of the October employment report released in November, 2015 U.S. job growth is on track to be good by post-2000 standards, but not as good as 2014, which was the best since 1999,” he said.However, Partridge noted that though 2016 looks to be another good year, there are numerous risks that could easily slow growth. Some of the risks, he said, include the stalled U.S. Congress, which did not have agreement to enact any kind of fiscal policy for the country.“Additionally, policy institutions such as the International Monetary Fund have also highlighted the need for the U.S. to make large investments in infrastructure as a long-term growth strategy, which is not currently underway,” Partridge said. “These same institutions have also raised the alarm on the possible impact of climate change and the risks of not investing in climate change management strategies.”Finally, with growth in China slowing down, there is a broader trade slowdown on the horizon, which will impact the global economy, he said.“Ohio is trailing the U.S. as it historically does, but 2015 was a good year, and the state seems poised to prosper in 2016,” Partridge said.Statewide, manufacturing is growing at three times the national rate, he said.“Ohio’s main weakness is stagnant population growth. We lose young and more-educated workers,” Partridge said. “This is the key reason for why the state’s job growth lags the nation, however it explains Ohio’s low unemployment rate.”Partridge also highlighted some surprising trends that reflect the larger economic picture.“Today, 25 percent of young adults live with their parents,” he said. “This is a big change in recent years. In 1980, this figure was only 5 percent.“These young people are also not married, either, which again is a major shift. Data shows that married men tend to be much more productive. These unmarried young adults are also choosing not to buy houses, they are instead living in apartments.”last_img read more


LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated


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It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


San Francisco may ban police city from facial recognition use


first_imgSan Francisco: San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper’s facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportEfforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it’s far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel “1984.” “Face recognition is one of those technologies that people get how creepy it is,” said Alvaro Bedoya, who directs Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “It’s not like cookies on a browser. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere’s something about this technology that really sets the hairs on the back of people’s heads up.” Without regulations barring law enforcement from accessing driver’s license databases, people who have never been arrested could be part of virtual police line-ups without their knowledge, skeptics of the technology say. They worry people will one day not be able to go to a park, store or school without being identified and tracked. Already, a handful of big box stores across the U.S. are trying out cameras with facial recognition that can guess their customers’ age, gender or mood as they walk by, with the goal of showing them targeted, real-time ads on in-store video screens. If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers from both parties looking to curtail government surveillance and others hoping to restrict how businesses analyze the faces, emotions and gaits of an unsuspecting public. The California Legislature is considering a proposal prohibiting the use of facial ID technology on body cameras. A bipartisan bill in the US Senate would exempt police applications but set limits on businesses analyzing people’s faces without their consent. Legislation similar to San Francisco’s is pending in Oakland, California, and on Thursday another proposed ban was introduced in Somerville, Massachusetts. Bedoya said a ban in San Francisco, the “most technologically advanced city in our country,” would send a warning to other police departments thinking of trying out the imperfect technology. But Daniel Castro, vice president of the industry-backed Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said the ordinance is too extreme to serve as a model. “It might find success in San Francisco, but I will be surprised if it finds success in a lot of other cities,” he said. San Francisco is home to tech innovators such as Uber, Airbnb and Twitter, but the city’s relationship with the industry is testy. Some supervisors in City Hall are calling for a tax on stock-based compensation in response to a wave of San Francisco companies going public, including Lyft and Pinterest. At the same time, San Francisco is big on protecting immigrants, civil liberties and privacy. In November, nearly 60% of voters approved a proposition to strengthen data privacy guidelines.last_img read more


No such thing as a bad point for Columbus Blue Jackets


There’s no time to waste in the current NHL season – the Columbus Blue Jackets just need points. So far, they’re getting the job done. The Detroit Red Wings crashed the Blue Jackets’ Monday home opener by tying the game at three with 6:04 remaining in regulation before winning in a shootout, 4-3. The night wasn’t a total loss, though – players in the Columbus locker room found consolation in gaining a point by virtue of forcing overtime against the visitors. That valuable point in the standings gave the Blue Jackets three points through two games (the first two came in Saturday’s season-opening 4-3 shootout win at Nashville). It took the 2011-12 Blue Jackets nine games to make three points and claim their first win. So, while it’s true that the Blue Jackets were a mere 6:04 away from only the second 2-0 start to a season in franchise history, the team is taking a glass-half-full approach to the situation. “For us, (Monday’s game is) still a good point,” Blue Jackets wing Vinny Prospal said after the game. “I think, before the season, if anybody told us we’d have three points after the first two games, we would take it.” Prospal scored his first goal of the season – the would-have-been game winner – with 11:17 to play in the third period to put Columbus up, 3-2. Red Wings veteran center Pavel Datsyuk erased that lead when he jammed the game-tying goal past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from close range. After a scoreless overtime period, Detroit center Damien Brunner scored the only goal of the shootout to win the game. A single point isn’t to be taken lightly in the current lockout-shortened, 48-game season. Fewer games mean fewer chances to climb in the standings and a significantly narrowed margin for error when compared to the ample opportunities teams have to improve during the typical 82-game seasons. Another product of the condensed schedule is quick turnarounds – Columbus will play its third game in five days Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. If there was any lingering frustration about letting a win against Detroit slip away, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson compelled his teammates to quickly move beyond it. “You have to let it go,” Johnson said. “We have to get ready for Wednesday … win or lose, you have to put it behind you and get ready for the next one.” A win against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., would give the Blue Jackets five points – it took last year’s team 12 games to reach that plateau, and they were already fading from the playoff picture, having posted a 2-9-1 record during that span. So long as the team doesn’t fade into playoff oblivion again, when and how the points come probably isn’t of much consequence to the Columbus players. The goal, Johnson said, is to simply accumulate points every time out and stay in the hunt. “We’re trying to find a way to get a point in every single game,” Johnson said. “Because every point is so precious with only 48 games.” John Davidson, president of hockey operations for Columbus, agreed. “There’s no such thing as a bad point,” Davidson said. “Not this year.” The Blue Jackets’ Wednesday game at Phoenix is scheduled for an 10 p.m. start. read more