A Donegal-based brewing company, who travelled to Philadelphia last week to showcase their award-winning craft products to key influencers in the US drinks industry, have hailed the trip a huge success.Niall McColgan from The Muff Liquor Company has encouraged other local companies to avail of forthcoming opportunities to take part in export market programmes being organised by the two local council authorities in Donegal and Derry and Strabane.Niall was part of an Ireland Northwest delegation with Donegal County Council to attend a prestigious Craft Drinks event entitled ‘In Good Spirits’, where they were given an insight into the US beverage industry and received advice and assistance on how to bring their produce to market in the United States. McColgan said the visit was particularly useful in providing an overview of how to enter the market in terms of financial support, insurance and legal considerations and branding.He said: “Philadelphia is a great place to start as it is close to both Boston and New York and provides us with a cost-effective base from which to explore other US markets.”The visit comes just weeks ahead of a call out to local businesses to sign up for Ireland Northwest’s ‘Gateway to Growth International Export Programme’, which is financed by The Executive Office and the Irish Government.“Being part of the Ireland North West delegation was a great way to make contacts and learn more about the market first-hand,” McColgan continued. “It provided us with a forum to showcase our products and highlight the quality of the food and beverage offering which is coming from the North West of Ireland.“Irish spirits are very much on trend now and this was a great opportunity for us to put our products in front of a new market.”Workshops will be held on Tuesday 4th June, 9am -2pm @ Strahans Road Civic Amenity Site Strabane and Wednesday 12th June, 9am – 2pm @ Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Bishop Street, Derry.Donegal-based brewing company say trade misson key to tapping into US markets was last modified: May 29th, 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)
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Klay Thompson announced he’s signing a max contract to stay with the Warriors in the most Klay Thompson way on Monday.Thompson posted a raucous clip on his Instagram account from “The Wolf of Wall Street” to confirm reports he’s taking a five-year, $190 million deal. The clip he posted shows actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s character defiantly claiming he isn’t going anywhere.
Embryos frozen in stone in the act of cell division were reported in Science.1 According to a press release from Virginia Tech, there are millions of fossilized embryos in the Doushantuo formation in south China, estimated to be 551 million years old, but “later stages of these animals are rare.” The EurekAlert version of this press release contains images of the embryos. A press release from Indiana University says some of the embryos have 1000 cells or more. With X-ray computed tomography, the researchers were able to get past taphonomic artifacts and image the actual cells. The embryos show asynchronous cell division, which means that the embryos were differentiating into more complex organisms than bacteria in strata said to be 10 million years prior to the Cambrian explosion. The original paper in Science puts the find into an evolutionary context: “Asynchronous cell division is common in modern embryos, implying that sophisticated mechanisms for differential cell division timing and embryonic cell lineage differentiation evolved before 551 million years ago.” None of the larger embryos in the 162-sample set showed differentiation into epithelial tissues, however, an observation they call “striking.” “Many of these features are compatible with metazoans, but the absence of epithelialization is consistent only with a stem-metazoan affinity for Doushantuo embryos…. Epithelialization, by whatever mechanism of gastrulation, should be underway in modern embryos with >100 cells.” Thus, they imply these represent pre-animal experiments in cell division. “The absence of this 3D hallmark of sponge- and higher-grade metazoans may indicate that they did not yet exist… the combined observations suggest that the Doushantuo embryos are probably stem-group metazoans”; i.e., organisms on the way to evolving into full-fledged multicellular animals. It’s hard to be sure, though, because specimens in later stages of development are lacking. Even so, these embryos have characteristics of the embryos of advanced Cambrian animals:Despite hypotheses that Doushantuo embryos are unusual in comparison to most known metazoans, the patterns of cleavage and cell topology are compatible with a range of animal groups. For instance, in embryos composed of eight or more cells, the offset arrangement of successive tiers of cells, strong cell cohesion, and a stereoblastic cell topology are comparable to early cleavage embryos of many arthropod groups. Stereoblastulae are also particularly common among sponges and scyphozoan cnidarians. Doushantuo embryos composed of many hundreds of cells resemble the purported gastrulae of demosponges, before the development of parenchymella larvae, although at this stage demosponges exhibit evidence of gastrulation, with a differentiated superficial layer of micromeres surrounding a core of macromeres.If juvenile and adult forms of these organisms appeared in the strata, would they resemble the Cambrian animals? Or do these embryos represent experiments in cell division that would later explode into the diversity of Cambrian forms? Take your pick: the Indiana U press release says, “Either these embryos are primitive and don’t have a clear blastocoel, or a blastocoel existed but didn’t survive the preservation process.” See also a story posted on the UK Telegraph.1Hagadorn et al, “Cellular and Subcellular Structure of Neoproterozoic Animal Embryos,” Science, 13 October 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5797, pp. 291-294, DOI: 10.1126/science.1133129.If all the Darwinian assumptions (biological, paleontological and geological) were purged out of this story, you would only have some advanced-looking embryos in a certain layer of Chinese rocks. They are incapable of interpreting themselves. The simplest explanation is that complexity exists from the very beginning of the fossil record, whenever that was.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Radio and TV personality Shado Twala addresses gathered community members while humanitarian Gerri Elsdon looks on during the Play Your Part Soweto Dialogue in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 OctoberIf you are not a change maker, what are you? This was one of the points participants were asked to ponder during the Cape Town leg of the Play Your Part Sowetan Dialogues, held in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 October.The dialogues are hosted by the Sowetan newspaper in partnership with Brand South Africa, through its Play Your Part initiative. The dialogues focus on how to build excellence in communities. The purpose is to encourage an active citizenry to drive change.The five panellists included humanitarian Gerry Elsdon and local entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani. Radio and television personality Shado Twala hosted the event, and residents shared their experiences and concerns.Elsdon said making good choices was fundamental to achieving community excellence. She stressed the importance of family and moral values in guiding any quest for excellence. She also highlighted personal responsibility. “In order to play your part positively and in order to build a community of excellence, you must want to be better. You cannot expect the best the world has to offer and then be the same one who is stealing the television from the house next door.”Excellence, she said, “begins with each and every one of us … If I do not live a good life or improve my circumstances, how can I expect the best?” She also asked: “If you are not a change maker, what are you?”Education was also crucial. Panellist Laurine Platzky, head of strategic programmes for the Western Cape premier’s office, said one of the most important lessons she had learned was “to educate yourself, so that you can serve others”.“For me, when I look at young people, I see some of them sitting at home, expecting a job to come to them,” she said. “I know it is not easy but you have to put yourself out there, you have to present yourself as somebody confident, somebody who can do something.” It was important, she added, to become a role model through hard work and education.FOCUS ON YOUR PASSIONThat is exactly what 76-year-old Langa resident Nozukile Mkunqwana is doing: she passed her matric last year, after returning to school in 1994. “Instead of sitting at home doing nothing I did my matric,” she said. Now, she said, to audience applause, all she wanted to do was “teach old ladies how to read and write”, she said to applause. Twala saluted her, and Rani said he would try to help Mkunqwana with a bursary to study at Unisa.Playing your part was about focusing on your passion, Rani added. During question time a community member asked for tips for success in business. “There are no straight answers; just do the basics,” Rani said. These basics were to “Love what you do – do not just look for money” and “Dream big, but start with small steps.”Another panellist, author Vangile Makwakwa, said she saw every person playing their part in just “deciding to be the greatest you can be”. Using her six-step strategy for excellence, she asked the audience to create a vision for themselves, to take action based on lived values, to have faith and believe in themselves.Audience member Mzwaki Mpoma raised the community’s financial problems, such as debt and loan sharks, and suggested a workshop on better money management. Twala and Makwakwa, to the delight of the audience, agreed to help set up the workshop if the community mobilised for it.
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in the top half of the field at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. Running in South Bend, Ind., the men placed 12th out of 26 teams in the 8K race and the women took 13th place in a 28-team field 5K race on Sept. 30. While both team’s coaches said they are happy with their teams’ performances, they believe the results could have been better. The men, led by junior Donny Roys, who finished 24th with a time of 24:44, saw their top runner, senior Jake Edwards, not finish. Edwards had a hamstring spasm and dropped around the four-mile mark of a five-mile race. “We were really high up there through three miles. And then Jake dropped out. That’s a 70, 75-point swing,” men’s coach Robert Gary said. “You know, I’m a little disappointed, but it shows that we’re a pretty solid team.” The men finished with a total score of 326, ahead of Penn State who had 343 points in 14th place. When Edwards dropped out, he was in the top 30 of 175 runners. OSU’s fifth runner, senior Adam Green, ran a 25:28 and finished 96th. Senior Jordan Jennewine finished first for the women in 37th with a 17:42. The women had a total score of 366, behind Big Ten foe Penn State who finished in fourth place. Women’s assistant coach Chris Neal said he thought the team ran well at the beginning of the race but didn’t have a strong second mile. “The big thing for us was getting out fast and I think through the mile, we had six girls in the top forty. After that we kind of fell apart,” Neal said. “We just have to clean up the middle of our effort and we’ll be where we want to be.” Both teams were running against highly ranked competition. The No.25-ranked men’s team ran against seven top-30 opponents, including No. 3 Stanford and No. 10 Florida State. The women competed against six top-30 teams. The Big Ten championship meet on Oct. 30 is now less than a month away. Jennewine, the women’s number one runner, said her team needs to run well as a pack. “I’d say as a team our strength has been that we can all bunch together and finish close with a short spread,” Jennewine said. “I think we need to just move the pack up.” A top-three finish is in sight for both teams at the Big Ten championship meet. “I think Wisconsin and Indiana are probably a step ahead of the rest of the conference,” Gary said. “I think there are probably three or four schools, Minnesota, Penn State, who we beat today, and probably Illinois. I think those three teams plus ourselves are fighting for third place.” Neal said Michigan is the team to beat in the women’s conference, but believes a top-three finish is in reach for the Buckeyes. “I think with Penn State, us, Minnesota and Iowa, it’s just going to be one of those years where on a good day you can be third but on a bad day you’re sitting in eighth,” Neal said. Both teams are confident heading into the thick of the season. “I think we’re right on track to get into the top three at the Big Ten championships,” Roys said of the men. “We’re stronger than last year so we’re getting out. I think we’re right on pace right now.” Jennewine likes how her team is improving as the season goes on. “I think we’re definitely moving forward and getting better each week,” she said. The men and women will take a week off from competition and then travel to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14.
There are cold streaks and then there’s what happened to the Ohio State men’s basketball team Saturday against Kansas. Trailing by two at halftime, the Buckeyes shot just 25 percent from the field and 11 percent from the 3-point line in the second half, including a stretch of more than 10 minutes in which they didn’t make a field goal. The Buckeyes made four of their first 25 shots in the second half, allowing No. 9 Kansas to pull away for a 74-66 victory against No. 7 OSU. The frigidity of the Buckeyes shooting did not affect Kansas’ Ben McLemore, who many project to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Jayhawks’ star redshirt freshman scored 22 points and was one of four Jayhawks to reach double figures. When junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. finally ended another dry spell for the Buckeyes with a jump shot with 2:18 left in the game, the sold-out crowd at the Schottenstein Center let out a sarcastic cheer that was more a release of frustration than a celebration. The Buckeyes, behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas and sophomore guard Shannon Scott put up a battle, but their 16 and 15 points, respectively, weren’t enough for OSU to earn its first quality win of the season. Kansas took control from the opening tip, flustering OSU with full court pressure in the early going. Two 3-pointers from sophomore guard Sam Thompson kept OSU in it, but Kansas overpowered the Buckeyes inside to jump out to an 11-6 lead with 14:37 remaining in the first half. That’s when Scott entered the game and he made his presence immediately felt. After a 3-pointer from Thomas, the sophomore guard drove to his right past two defenders and laid in a tough shot off the glass. He then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled going to the rim, making one of two free throws. Later in the half, Scott scored seven points in a 14-0 run by the Buckeyes that saw the home team take its first lead of the game, 31-23. But McLemore proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, though. Kansas’ leading scorer hit three 3-pointers in the first half and scored five straight points in the period’s final minute to help give his team a, 37-35 lead at intermission. McLemore led all scorers at half with 13 points, while Scott chipped in 10 and also dished out three assists. Kansas had their way with OSU inside doubling up the Buckeyes, 20-10, on points from the paint in the first half. OSU fought their way back in the second half, though. Thomas, as he’s been known to do, went on a scoring binge, putting in eight points in the second half’s first seven minutes to help knot up the score at 45 with 13:31 left in the game. The crowd rose to its feet, but that’s when the Buckeyes, who shot 46 percent from behind the arc in the first half started their half-long shooting hibernation. OSU missed eight of their first nine 3-point shots in the second half and Kansas jumped out to a 53-48 lead. When sophomore forward Amir Williams banked in a layup with 8:14 remaining to cut the lead to three, it was OSU’s first made field goal in more than 10 minutes and the Jayhawk lead continued to grow. Down double digits with more under two minutes remaining, OSU was forced to foul, but Kansas’ free throw shooting was enough to put the game away. The loss drops the Buckeyes record to 9-2 as Kansas leaves Columbus 10-1. OSU next plays Chicago State next Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving defends Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr during a game on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the era of Ohio State men’s basketball under coach Thad Matta, the last game of the regular season has almost always had significance. From Matt Sylvester’s game-winning 3 against No. 1 Illinois in Matta’s first season, to clinching Big Ten championships, Matta has done his job in sending seniors out in the correct fashion.On Sunday, when the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) battle the Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11 Big Ten), senior forward Marc Loving will be honored as the lone senior in the 2017 class.“(Senior Days are) a little bit emotional, but you’re happy for the individual and I think in Marc’s case, I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Just from the growth that he’s made — he’s had some ups and down throughout his career, but I see it every day.”Loving came to OSU as one of the most revered players to ever come from the competitive Toledo, Ohio, area. He was ranked as the 61st best player in the class of 2013, but many feel he never reached his full potential. Loving was asked to become a leader as a junior because of the lack of seniority on the team. His shooting percentage has gone down significantly since his sophomore season, yet remains one of OSU’s best scoring options at 12.5 points per game.Loving said he’s not one to be emotional, but can look back on his career and know how far he has grown in the program.“Coming into Ohio State, I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know how much playing time I was going to get. I wasn’t promised anything. You have to earn your spot.”Normally when OSU hosts the Hoosiers at the end of the season, the hype is palpable. Not too long ago, Indiana and the Buckeyes swung at each other for the conference crown, but injuries and other factors have led OSU and Indiana to the bottom of the Big Ten in 2016-17.However, that’s not to say the game isn’t significant. If OSU defeats the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes guarantee themselves a bye on Wednesday — the first day of the Big Ten tournament — and will be the 10 seed in the tournament.IndianaCoach Tom Crean’s squad is ranked No. 49 in Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, where OSU checks in at No. 66. The Hoosiers average 115.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 31st in the country.For any team in college basketball, especially those in major conferences like the Big Ten, it’s difficult to play without leading scorers. OSU has played without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop since the first conference game on Jan. 1. But when a team loses two of those players, it’s near impossible to overcome.Crean has desperately tried to keep his team afloat with senior forward Collin Hartman and sophomore guard OG Anunoby — a former candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year — sidelined for the season with injuries, but Indiana has been sliding as of late.Losers of six of their last seven games, the Hoosiers are also fighting to avoid the first day of the Big Ten tournament next week in Washington D.C. To do that, their top three scorers will need to do damage to the Buckeye defense in the halfcourt. Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson average 16.8 and 12.8 points per game, with sophomore center Thomas Bryant adding another 12.8.Johnson and Bryant were two players who were in foul trouble in the Hoosiers’ last game against Purdue, which ultimately crowned the Boilermakers as regular-season champs. OSU isn’t a great rebounding team, so staying out of foul trouble and owning the boards could be a vital piece to the puzzle for an Indiana victory.Another key for Indiana is if Johnson can end his shooting slump. Since Indiana started its skid on Feb. 5 at Wisconsin, Johnson is shooting 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field. But like the Hoosiers have as a team — sporting victories over No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 North Carolina — Johnson has shown ability to catch fire quickly.“They’re a tough matchup in terms of what they do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “Our defense has got to be at an all-time high tomorrow or we’re in trouble.”Indiana’s defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten, allowing over 77 points per game in conference play. OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is leading the conference in 3-point shooting at 51 percent in league games. Lyle is also coming off two of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points each in wins over Wisconsin and Penn State.Matta said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lyle and fellow sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson play 30 minutes apiece.Prediction: Ohio State – 74, Indiana – 69
Antoine Griezmann’s situation has been very unclear lately but the Frenchman insisted that he hasn’t held any talks with Barcelona but wants to decide before the World Cup over his future.The Atletico attacker has been heavily linked with a possible move to Barcelona but he denied that he has been holding talks with the Catalonian side – but he admitted that he may leave at the end of the season.The former Real Sociedad striker spoke about his future as he said, according to Goal:“I don’t know where you get this information, but it is false.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I want to be free and think only about the French team.”“I would like my future to be settled before the World Cup, otherwise, afterwards, we will have questions to the right and the left. I will continue as I am now, giving everything to the club.”“I had a difficult start to the season for several reasons. I expressed things wrongly and made mistakes.”
Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger received the League Managers Association Service to Football Award at the LMA President’s Dinner 2018.England manager who doubles as LMA President, Gareth Southgate, handed Wenger with a hand-crafted silver salver which was commissioned by Thomas Lyte, appointed Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen.LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson while talking about Arsene Wenger’s achievement, said as quoted by League Managers:“Arsène’s contribution to English football has been hugely important to the advancement of the national game since he arrived at Arsenal Football Club in 1996. It is our privilege to bestow upon him the LMA Service to Football Award in recognition of his magnificent achievements.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“On behalf of his peers in the LMA, I thank him for his dedication to the profession and hope he will continue to have an impact on the game for many years to come.”On the other hand, LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added:“The LMA is proud to recognise Arsène’s remarkable career in football management. The role of the football manager has changed beyond recognition since Arsène’s first match at Highbury in 1996, but his profound influence on the game over the past 22 years means he truly deserves the admiration of his fellow practitioners in football.”