Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rugby Club have had to postpone their ‘Tackling Muckish’ fundraising challenge due to bad weather.The Senior Team had set out to build a rally car on one of Donegal’s highest mountains today, but the lack of visibility made it too dangerous to attempt the climb.Deciding that it’s better safe than sorry, the challenge was put on hold. The team have set the provisional date of 31st August to try again.The Tackling Muckish challenge will be no easy task for the group, as they will carry car parts up the mountain and assemble the car on top. The challenge will raise money for Pieta House and the rugby club and is kindly sponsored by McCafferty’s Bar Letterkenny.You can still support the fundraiser now by donating to the GoFundMe page or contacting members of the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBtackling muckishlast_img read more

Methuselah Seed Now a Tree

first_imgThe world’s oldest viable seed is now a tree 8 feet tall.  The Methuselah palm, discovered in the 1960s as a seed at the Judean fortress of Masada, sprouted in 2005 under controlled conditions.  It is the oldest seed verified by radiocarbon dating to be 2,000 years old – from the time the Romans were besieging the mountain fortress built by Herod the Great. The Jerusalem Post1 reported that the palm tree, now 2.5 meters tall, has been transplanted to a kibbutz in the Arava (Jordan rift) in southern Israel, where botanists will analyze its genetic lineage for clues.  They expect the tree (the first of several that sprouted) will produce edible fruit and perhaps medicinal compounds, which were valued in ancient times.  Modern date palms from the region are genetically different from the ones known to the ancients, which disappeared from the land in the time of the Crusaders.  These trees are depicted on Roman coins from the period.  “The species was known then to have therapeutic qualities and a delicious taste,” the Jerusalem Post said. Wikipedia considers this the oldest viable seed directly dated by radiocarbon.  Other contenders are claimed anecdotally to be 3,000 or 4,000 years old, but proof is lacking. 1. Hat tip to Bible Places Blog for this lead. Could humans create a car that could still drive after 2,000 years?  This is truly amazing.  A seed – a tiny package of life, containing molecular machines and a library of code – still worked, despite millennia of cosmic rays and other mutagens.  This means that DNA repair mechanisms must have still been at work inside this dormant package.   Don’t underestimate the wonder of seeds.  It would be historic to taste a date shake from the Methuselah tree.  Just hope they don’t start a new line of Christmas fruitcakes with it. So that we don’t end on a bad taste, here’s a joke, or shall we say, j-oak.  Q: What does an acorn say when it grows up?  A: Geometry.(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bouncing Back with Laughter

first_imgBy Mary Marczak“I decided I am going to be a prostitute!”This declaration never failed to evoke a big belly laugh from my parents because it’s part of my very devout Catholic mom’s favorite joke: A daughter is telling her parents that she wants to be a prostitute. Her parents mishear and almost have a heart attack. After clarifying that she did indeed say “prostitute,” the punch line goes, “Oh, thank goodness — we thought you said ‘Protestant’!”Humor and positive thinking has never been more important to your health than now. No matter who you are, collectively we are bruised from this brutal, negative election year.Barbara Fredrickson, principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has developed a “broaden-and-build” theory of positive emotions. Her research has shown that a person’s body reacts to negative emotions by heightening activity in the sympathetic nervous system (that is, the system that activates our fight or flight response), which has the result of narrowing our behavior options to, basically, attack or escape.Positive emotions, on the other hand, quell autonomic arousal and “broaden one’s attention, thinking, and behavioral repertoires.” This theory suggests that positive emotions lead to actions that are novel, expansive, or exploratory, i.e. broadening, and that, over time, these actions build meaningful, long-term resources such as social relationships. In 2005, the National Institute of Health (NIH) re-published an article by Fredrickson and her colleagues on the connections between positive emotions, positive thinking, resilience, and health: Psychological Resilience and Positive Emotional Granularity: Examining the Benefits of Positive Emotions on Coping and Health. In this article, she and her colleagues lay out the accumulating evidence of benefits of staying positive:Laughter and humor increases positive emotion, which in turn positively influence our immune system. Those who cope using humor show increases in levels of a vital immune system protein, body’s first line of defense against illnesses.Interventions that promote positive emotions are beneficial to health. One study had participants assigned to three groups: 1) count your blessings, 2) list daily hassles, or 3) control. After 10 weeks, people who “counted their blessings” reported broad-range of positive health outcomes including fewer physical complains, more time exercising, more hours of sleep, and better sleep quality.Laughter and positive emotions have been shown to benefit individuals who are already sick. For example, a study following people who were admitted to a hospital for cardiovascular-related disease showed that those who report positive emotions 90 days after hospital release had lower readmission rates. Positive emotions predicted readmission rates over above other factors like health status at release.The benefits of positive emotion may last a lifetime. Research that followed people who used positive writing and humorously positioning their earlier life trauma (which the authors call positive emotional disclosure) showed greater longevity.Positive emotions help coping and adjustments to acute and chronic stress and help to buffer against stress and depressed mood.So let’s find humor in our everyday life, share our laughter, and be positive. It’s good for our health!Mary Marczak, works at the University of Minnesota Extension, as the Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation.last_img read more

Injured Sushil Kumar to skip Asiad

first_imgWorld champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sushil Kumar will be missing next month’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Sushil has opted out of the Asiad because of a shoulder injury. The wrestler had won the gold medal in the 66 kg freestyle wrestling category at the Commonwealth Games that concluded on Thursday.  Having earlier won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and the world championships in Moscow, much was expected from Sushil during the Asian Games.last_img

10 days agoSouthend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new boss

first_imgSouthend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new bossby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson will not be the new manager of League One strugglers Southend United.The 48 year old had been in talks with the Shrimpers to take charge with former Celtic team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson as assistants.But Johnson, who would have been head of recruitment, has accepted an alternative offer and discussions with all three have ended.Chairman Ron Martin said all three were set to sign contracts at Roots Hall on Wednesday before Johnson pulled out. TagsFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Sky and Current TV executive James Baker is

first_imgFormer Sky and Current TV executive James Baker is to take over as president and chief operating officer of ProSiebenSat.1-owned Red Arrow Studios following the departure of current chairman and CEO Jan David Frouman.James BakerBaker will take over from Frouman, who is leaving ProSiebenSat.1 after 15 years, in February. Baker, who is currently chief operating officer of the German media outfit’s studio arm, will report direct to ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze.In his new role, Baker will manage the 20 production companies that are part of Red Arrow Studios’ global network, take responsibility for Red Arrow’s strategic expansion initiatives and work closely with Wolfgang Link, chief content and channel officer, and Henrik Pabst, chief commercial officer as of January, at ProSiebenSat.1’s Entertainment segment.Bo Stehmeier, who will become president of Red Arrow Studios International as of January, will report to Baker and oversee TV distributor Red Arrow Studios International and US independent film distributor Gravitas Ventures.Reza Izad, CEO of digital unit Studio71, will continue to lead the global multi-platform company and report directly to Conze. Baker and Izad will cooperate closely to further increase collaboration between Studio71 and Red Arrow’s production companies, and develop and scale the global digital video business, according to ProSiebenSat.1.Werner Brandt, supervisory board chairman of ProSiebenSat.1, said: “I would like to thank Jan Frouman sincerely for his outstanding work during the last 15 years. He has built Red Arrow from scratch into a leading independent production group, and always advanced the company’s content production footprint with passion and dedication. We all wish him the best of luck in his new endeavours.”Frouman said: “My time with ProSiebenSat.1 was a defining life experience. Professionally. Culturally. Socially. I have worked with talented colleagues around the world. My decision to leave wasn’t made lightly. But I’m simply ready for a new chapter. James has been a part of the success story since the early days. Red Arrow is in very good hands.”last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet Murder victim Darren McGurk who died on Sunday after assault last weekA 32–year-old man was remanded in custody today charged with murdering Darren McGurk in Limavady.Karl Mark John Watson, of Glenview Drive in Limavady, faced Coleraine Magistrates Court today, Monday, March 25, accused of murdering the 23-year-old last week. He is also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by allegedly trying to interfere with a witness.Police had received a report last Thursday that Mr McGurk had sustained a serious head injury following an assault at a house in the Glenbeg Walk area of the town on the previous evening.He had been taken to hospital where he died on Sunday.The accused had been arrested on Friday and had been originally charged with grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Following Mr McGurk’s death he was further arrested and charged with murder.The defendant appeared in the dock in handcuffs on Monday.A detective from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team said she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.A prosecutor said she was asking for a remand in custody.A defence solicitor said he had been “specifically instructed” not to make a bail application.He told the court: “My client’s family have asked on their behalf to extend their sincere condolences to the McGurk family on this tragic situation.“It is a close-knit community.”District Judge Peter King remanded the defendant in custody to appear back at the same court via video link on April 15.Karl Watson remanded in custody over murder of Darren McGurk was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: COLERAINE MAGISTRATES’ COURTGlenbeg CourtKarl Watson remanded in custody over murder of Darren McGurklimavadyPSNIlast_img read more

Hepatitis Cinfected thoracic organs can be safely transplanted study finds

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 4 2019Infectious diseases experts and transplant physicians and surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have blocked the transmission of hepatitis C from infected organ donors to recipients in need of hearts or lungs. The DONATE HCV Trial Team reports that hepatitis C-infected thoracic organs can be safely transplanted, detecting no signs of the disease and good outcomes for the transplanted organs in all patients treated with a preemptive, short course of antivirals. In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the team describes a four-week antiviral treatment regimen started within hours of organ transplantation surgery, preventing establishment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in all patients, and, in so doing, expanding the pool of eligible heart and lung donor organs.”There was a 100 percent success rate in terms of HCV treatment and six-month graft survival,” said corresponding author Ann Woolley, MD, MPH, of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Brigham. “Direct acting antivirals have revolutionized the field of hepatitis C treatment and have also created an opportunity to transplant organs from hepatitis C positive donors. While transplants from hepatitis C positive donors have previously been done, the best approach to doing this — when to initiate treatment and how long to treat patients after transplant — as well as the outcomes for heart and lung transplant recipients have not previously been systematically studied. This is the largest clinical trial to date for HCV thoracic organ transplantation and provides clear evidence that this shortened regimen, initiated within hours of transplant, can prevent the establishment of hepatitis C in the recipients and lead to excellent outcomes for patients.”In their paper, the researchers present data on the 35 patients who had enrolled in the study by February 2018. Each of those 35 patients met the trial’s primary endpoints — all had undetectable hepatitis C viral loads and functioning transplanted organs six months or more after transplant surgery. Given the study’s successful outcomes, enrollment continues and the team has now enrolled a total of 69 participants to date.The team found that nearly all of the patients who received organs from HCV viral load positive donors had evidence of HCV virus immediately post-transplantation. However, very early preemptive treatment prevented HCV from establishing infection, despite the fact that patients were taking high-dose, induction immunosuppressive medications as part of the transplant process. All recipients cleared the virus by about two weeks and hepatitis C viral loads remained undetectable thereafter.”It was critically important to us to determine that this treatment not only prevented transmission of hepatitis C but also didn’t worsen outcomes for our transplant patients,” said co-author Steve Singh, MD, former surgical director of the Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support in the Department of Cardiac Surgery. “Our short-term findings to date suggest that graft survival is just as excellent in patients who were transplanted with thoracic organs from hepatitis C positive donors as it was in those who received thoracic organs from non-hepatitis C positive donors during the same period.”Related StoriesResearchers identify new subtypes of motor neurons and microglia present in ALS patientsUIC researchers aim to find how mining dusts contribute to black lung diseaseOrlando Health ORMC offers new lung valve treatment for patients with severe emphysemaAlthough the number of organ transplants in the U.S. has increased over the last five years, it is estimated that about 1,000 patients die every year waiting for a lung or heart transplant. Drug intoxication deaths have led to a rise in available organs for transplantation, but donor hepatitis C viral infection has been a leading reason that otherwise medically suitable organs are deemed ineligible for transplantation.Direct-acting antivirals, such as sofosbuvir/velpatasvir, are used to treat patients infected with hepatitis C. Standard treatment for people who are chronically infected with hepatitis C is typically 8-to-12 weeks, depending on the treatment regimen used. Other studies have found that it is feasible to treat kidney and liver transplant patients with these drugs early after transplantation, and such treatments are beginning to be used to treat heart and lung transplant recipients. Woolley and colleagues set out to treat a much larger cohort of patients with a shortened course of therapy and collected data on outcomes over a longer period of time.The authors noted the importance of a shorter duration of antiviral treatment leading to successful outcomes for patients.”HCV infection has been a long-standing reason to decline donation of suitable organs,” said co-author Lindsey Baden, MD, director of Clinical Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Brigham. “What the data show is that transmission does occur, but a short, four-week course of antiviral therapy led to rapid HCV clearance. These data demonstrate how preemptive therapy can stop transmission thus decreasing medication burden, drug interactions, and cost.”The team also analyzed safety outcomes, finding that there were no hepatitis C-attributable adverse events. The researchers reported a numerical increase in acute cellular rejection among lung transplant patients, but this trend was not statistically significant.”This study provided a unique opportunity to explore the utilization of thoracic organs from hepatitis C positive donors for transplantation, which to date have been underutilized despite being relatively common in the current donor population,” said co-author Hilary Goldberg, MD, MPH, the medical director of the Lung Transplant Program and the former lead for the Solid Organ Transplant Quality Assurance and Process Improvement Program at the Brigham. “I am very encouraged by the results so far, and the potential that this study may allow us to provide transplantation successfully to the many recipients who might otherwise never have access to it.” Source:https://www.brighamandwomens.orglast_img read more

Future millimeter wave networks set to deliver the best features of high

first_img More information: Pablo Jimenez Mateo et al. A Comprehensive Study of Low Frequency and High Frequency Channel Correlation In: International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC 2019), 18-21 February 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Fig. 1. Angle of arrival (AoA) estimation at Low Frequency (2.45GHz). The set-up includes an antenna array of 4 elements. We use the algorithm MUSIC in order to estimate the AoA of the signal received. Credit: © IMDEA Networks Institute Explore further Provided by IMDEA Networks Institute Dr. Joerg Widmer, the Principal Investigator on the project and Research Director at IMDEA Networks, describes the challenge his group tackled. “A signal’s path loss increases significantly with its frequency. So, High Frequency (HF) communications, like millimeter wave systems which offer the speed and capacity that 5G and 802.11ad-standard Wi-Fi networks require, demand directional antennas in order to overcome the resulting attenuation. This results in high signaling overheads, since both ends of the communication have to continuously update their antenna steering as nodes move and blockages interrupt the line-of-sight path. These problems are avoided in low frequency (LF) networks, with their rich multi-path environment and much lower attenuation rates.””We’ve explored how to use low frequency bands to infer the channel characteristics of high frequency millimeter-wave bands and to support the network in terms of beam tracking, angle of arrival estimation, and location information. By studying this approach and other LF-HF channel correlations that may enable LF to assist HF, we’ve been able to develop techniques that improve performance in the millimeter-wave band and reduce the control overhead required to operate the network. We demonstrated that the mechanisms and algorithms we developed work not only in theory but also in real-world wireless networking environments during the experimental evaluation phase of the project.”Widmer is clear about the significance of the project. “To my knowledge, this was the first time that these two systems have been studied together, in depth. Our team of experts achieved some really interesting results, developing techniques that will enable operators to improve their performance in the millimeter-wave band and thereby reduce the control overhead they require to operate their present and future networks. Our work has already resulted in two patent applications, with a third currently being evaluated for viability.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fig. 2. Angle profile correlation depending on the number of antennas used (16 antennas in this figure). Credit: © IMDEA Networks Institute Fig. 3. Angle profiles for LF and HF. The graph shows the intensity of signal received depending of the angle for each point. Also, it is included the correlation between the angle profiles at the two frequency bands under study. Credit: © IMDEA Networks Institutecenter_img “One of the most important challenges was to study the channel correlation that may enable LF to assist HF,” continues Widmer. “We had to consider a lot of variables in this study, such as the scenarios, power, and delay of the signal, number of paths, and the number of antennas of each system. The IMDEA Networks team was comprised of researchers with backgrounds in math, programming languages, material physics, radio frequency propagation and communication standards. The application of this diversity of expert knowledge, with the wealth of technical resources at our disposal, all helped to ensure our success in achieving our goals for this project.” Project delivers low-cost future network architecture for mobile operators Fig. 2. Angle profile correlation depending on the number of antennas used (16 antennas in this figure). Credit: © IMDEA Networks Institute Fig. 3. Angle profiles for LF and HF. The graph shows the intensity of signal received depending of the angle for each point. Also, it is included the correlation between the angle profiles at the two frequency bands under study. Credit: © IMDEA Networks Institute Citation: Future millimeter wave networks set to deliver the best features of high and low frequencies (2019, April 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Future high-speed communication networks based on millimeter-wave (30-300GHz) technology will be more robust and efficient in delivering extremely high speed, high quality video, and multimedia content and services thanks to the results of a ground-breaking research project. The recently-concluded project was a collaboration between Huawei Technologies and IMDEA Networks Institute, the Madrid-based research body pioneering many technologies that are being deployed in the new 5G landscape.last_img read more

3 labourers from Rajasthan run over by train near Surat

first_img Next 3 labourers from Rajasthan run over by train near SuratThe victims got down from a train between Surat and Udhna stations and were crossing the tracks when they were hit by the Karnavati Express.advertisement Press Trust of India SuratJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:06 IST Image used for representation.Three persons were killed after being hit by a speeding train near Surat railway station Saturday morning, railway police said.The victims got down from a train between Surat and Udhna stations and were crossing the tracks when they were hit by the Karnavati Express.They were part of a group of six labourers from Rajasthan who were heading for Valsad for a job. One of them died on the spot, while the other two succumbed to injuries at the civil hospital here.The deceased were identified as Kuldip Kulsingh (18), Pravin Narayan Singh (19) and Pravin Dheer Singh (19).The group had travelled to Surat by the Ajmer Puri Express and took another train to go to Valsad.When some passengers told them that the train did not halt at Valsad, they got down before Udhna station as the train slowed down, police said.Also Read | Two labourers enter borewell without safety aids in Noida, dieAlso Watch | One dead, two missing after being swept away while working on a Delhi Jal Board projectFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more