DISAPPOINTED RADIO CONSORTIUM BOSS WISHES HIGHLAND WELL

first_imgThe Chairman of DLFM, Paddy Simpson expressed his disappointment at the decision of the BAI to award Highland Radio the broadcasting contract for North Donegal. “I and my fellow shareholders in DLFM are very disappointed with today’s decision by the BAI. DLFM put forward very strong proposals for a world class radio station which would have served the people of Donegal very well,” said Mr Simpson.“Our proposals were very inclusive of all the communities in Donegal and would have seen a new studio in Carndonagh as well as a studio in Letterkenny. We had exciting plans for new programme formats and new voices which regrettably will not now be brought to air. “I want to thank the DLFM team for their hard work and commitment and while equally disappointed, I know they will join with me in congratulating Highland Radio and wishing the station continued success.”DLFM was led by a consortium of experienced and successful Donegal business people. In addition to Paddy Simpson and Charlie Collins, shareholders in DLFM included Philip O’Doherty of E&I Engineering, Letterkenny businessmen Enda Nicholls of Arena 7 and Mark McCloskey of Evolve Menswear as well as Glenties man Brian McGill of the Harcourt Hotel; the Falcarragh-born publican Danny Doohan; former Mayor of Letterkenny and digital media expert Damien Blake and his wife Mary G. Blake, a teacher from Ballybofey. DISAPPOINTED RADIO CONSORTIUM BOSS WISHES HIGHLAND WELL was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghDLFMHighlandletterkennypaddy simpsonradiolast_img read more

Half-time: Hull 1 Fulham 0

first_imgFulham trailed at the break at the KC Stadium and had to substitute both goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Matt Smith just before half-time.Ahmed Elmohamady broke the deadlock on 34 minutes when he nodded in from Andy Robertson’s cross to give Hull the lead.The Egyptian then headed just wide from another Robertson delivery as Hull upped the tempo, and shortly afterwards Bettinelli and Smith collided as they both tried to reach a loose ball.The two team-mates had to be taken off, replaced by Andy Lonergan and Moussa Dembele.Smith had had Fulham’s only shot on goal in the first period, a low effort from distance in the 38th minute which was comfortably fielded by City keeper Allan McGregor.Kit Symons selected an unchanged team from the one which lost 2-1 to Brighton at the weekend, while former Brentford full-back Moses Odubajo was named in the Hull side.Hull City: McGregor; Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Aluko; Akpom, Hernandez. Subs: Jakupovic, Taylor, Clucas, Maguire, Jelavic, Hayden, Luer.Fulham: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Voser; Cairney, Christensen, O’Hara, Pringle; McCormack, Smith. Subs: Lonergan, Burn, Kavanagh, Tunnicliffe, Kacaniklic, Woodrow, Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Derby County 0

first_imgBrentford goalkeeper David Button made four key saves in the first half to keep his team level going into the break.Derby were on top in the first 15 minutes and Button had to make a double save to deny Jeff Hendrick after the midfielder had broken into the penalty area.Button also blocked a Darren Bent shot while Bradley Johnson sent a long-range effort just over the crossbar.Brentford took a little while to settle into their 4-1-4-1 formation but did eventually generate enough pressure to force a succession of three corners.The last one found its way to Alan Judge on the edge of the box and his curling effort was well held by diving Derby keeper Scott Carson.Jack OConnell – back in the Bees side for the suspended Yoann Barbet – sent a thumping header just beyond the far post from a Judge free-kick.But Derby continued to carry the greatest threat, with Button again bailing out his defence by blocking from Johnny Russell.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, O’Connell, Bidwell; Yennaris; Kerschbaumer, Judge, McEachran,Woods; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Clarke, Saunders, Swift, Canos, Hofmann, Djuricin.Derby: Carson; Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Olsson; Hanson, Hendrick, Butterfield; Russell, Bent, Johnson.Subs: Grant, Bryson, Buxton, Martin, Camara, Blackman, Ince.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fans on Twitter react to QPR cup defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBen Gladwin has attracted criticism from fans since his arrival at QPR – and many on Twitter were far from impressed with his display against Blackburn.Gladwin was substituted in the second half at Loftus Road, where Rangers made an immediate exit from the FA Cup by losing 2-1 against Blackburn.The man who paid money for Ben Gladwin should be shot. #QPR— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) January 7, 2017The #QPR January Transfer Window wish list:1. Decent right back. 2. No. 10 playmaker.3. A proven goalscorer. 4. Taxi for Gladwin.— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) January 7, 2017I don’t know what Ollie sees in training but how Gladwin gets in the team before Shodipo only god & Ollie knows #QPR— mick (@qprmicky) January 7, 2017Ben Gladwin makes Michael Meaker look like Lionel Messi. #justsaying #QPR— Galen Urso (@spqpr1973) January 7, 2017Cousin’s, Yeni and Gladwin. Nine of them good enough. None of them fit to wear our beloved Hoops.#QPR— Chris Taylor (@superhoopchris) January 7, 2017Ben Gladwin reminds me of Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘Catch Me If You Can.’ Looks the part, but has no idea how to play football. #QPR pic.twitter.com/R1BkFtA909— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) January 7, 2017Gladwin…..he must have something on the chairman….#QPR— Christian Harber (@QPR1980) January 7, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Created Designs for Good Health

first_imgScience keeps finding that good health is built into the Master Plan.The Outdoors Is Our EnvironmentSpending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing (Nature Scientific Reports). Civilization has been a long process of insulating us from the outdoors. Much of it is for good reason, understandably (during blizzards and heat waves, for instance), but on good days, why bury your face in a computer screen or smartphone? Researchers monitored the well-being of almost 20,000 participants in the UK and found a peak value of about 2-3 hours per week of outdoor exposure was a significant contributing factor:Creation Safaris and other outdoor ministries help people escape to reality.Weekly contact was categorised using 60 min blocks. Analyses controlled for residential greenspace and other neighbourhood and individual factors. Compared to no nature contact last week, the likelihood of reporting good health or high well-being became significantly greater with contact ≥120 mins…. Positive associations peaked between 200–300 mins per week with no further gain. The pattern was consistent across key groups including older adults and those with long-term health issues. It did not matter how 120 mins of contact a week was achieved (e.g. one long vs. several shorter visits/week). Prospective longitudinal and intervention studies are a critical next step in developing possible weekly nature exposure guidelines comparable to those for physical activity.Our bodies are well designed for interaction with the environment. It’s a shame to deprive them of what they were made for. At The Conversation, lead author Matthew White stresses that the benefits are free to all. “Access to most parks and green spaces is free, so even the poorest, and often the least healthy, members of communities have equal access for their health and well-being, he says. “We hope that evidence such as ours will help keep them that way.”Sleep Is Vital to Our Mental HealthSleep increases chromosome dynamics to enable reduction of accumulating DNA damage in single neurons (Zada et al, Nature Communications). This technical paper answers a simple question: Why do we need to sleep? Everyone has probably wondered about that. It’s not just because of the dark at night, because many work late shifts. No, the answer is much more interesting and important: brain activity in waking hours puts a lot of strain on our neurons, and the sleep shift gives the repair crews time to work. Mourrain and Wang explain in a commentary on this paper in Current Biology:While most of our body cells are renewed during the course of our lives, we die with much of the neuronal cells we are born with. Thus, in contrast to a skin, blood or liver cells, which live from days to months, a neuron may need to preserve its integrity while maintaining its capacity to connect to other neurons in an ever-changing environment across decades. While it is unclear how neuronal tissues achieve such a feat, a recurring period of our lives may be critical for the survival and maintenance of our brain cells, including their genome — sleep. A recent study from Zada et al. shows at the single cell level that sleep increases chromosome dynamics in neuronal nuclei to repair DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) accumulated in the genome during wake.Double-stranded breaks are among the most dangerous of DNA injuries. They can lead to cell death or cancer. Complex molecular machines have to grab both loose ends and stitch them back together. The scientists found that genes for DSB repair proteins are up-regulated during sleep. As you lie down in sleep, think about those teams going to work to save your brain!Lack of sleep takes a severe toll on the body and mind. Another study reported by Medical Xpress showed that sleep-deprived firefighters risk exhaustion and mental health problems. About half of firefighters are affected, the study says; most fire stations require 24-hour shifts, sometimes for days in a row, and alarms can go off at any time. Researchers in Australia “suggest that reducing sleep and mental health disturbances should be a focus of fire departments’ occupational health screening programs, along with trialling interventions designed to maximise sleep.”Without enough sleep, the brain can also accumulate damaging molecules. Science Daily reported on another paper in the Journal of Neuroscience that found an association between lack of sleep and accumulation of beta-amyloid and tau proteins, the molecules that are diagnostic of Alzheimer’s Disease. For your protection in your old age, be sure you get enough sleep. Sleeping on your side is best, says Medical Xpress. That posture not only helps your repair machinery eliminate “brain waste” most efficiently, it also helps prevent neck and back strain.Your life will be richer if you live in harmony with the way your body and brain were designed. The Creator thought of everything. Even though the world is fallen from its original perfection, we have ample testimony of God’s design for our joy, peace and health, if we will learn from God’s word and obey it. Learn to love what is good for you, and be grateful. Gratitude increases as we learn about God’s designs, such as DNA repair during sleep and the benefits of natural environments for our eyes and minds. Our greatest need, however, is not bodily health. We need to be “born again” to have spiritual health and a proper relationship with our Maker. Even the most disabled person can have that greatest need fulfilled in his or her spirit. See our Site Map for trail markers on how to get on the straight and narrow path to the joy of the Lord.(Visited 245 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Viva l’Italia!

first_imgJacob DlaminiIt was not until an American friend pointed it out to me that I realised that South Africans are obsessed with Italy and all things Italian. Why is it, asked the friend during a visit to South Africa last year, that everything that is meant to be something in South Africa has either an Italian name or Italian as an adjective? It is true. Think of all the “Tuscan-style villas”, which are in reality ugly townhouse complexes made off the same basic plan, that dot every major city and town in the country. What about the Bella Donnas and the Via-this and Via-that you find everywhere you care to look?Then there are the “Italian” tiles, taps, marble and everything in between, including the kitchen sink, that cost a couple of grands extra because they are, well, Italian. What is up with that? Whence comes this fixation, this obsession with Italy and all its things? There is none of the colonial connection between South Africa and Italy that marks the latter’s history with Ethiopia and Eritrea, for example. I am told by an Ethiopian friend that even with that history, Ethiopians have none of the mania about Italy that South Africans have. Eritreans might play on their Italian history every now and again, my Ethiopian friend says, but even they have none of the complex and passion we South Africans have.The biggest addiction of all is in the area of clothes. Who can forget all the shops that used to line the streets of downtown Johannesburg and other cities and towns, shops with original names like Real Italian Fashion Store and Italian-Style Clothing Store? Then there were and still are places that specialise in “real Italian leather”, “genuine Italian shoes” and “real Italian fashions”. How many of these goods are actually Italian or imports from Italy? How many of them can be said to be the genuine article? You know, real leather from a genuine Italian cow? How many of them have a genuine Italian provenance?I remember a time in the 1980s when Gauteng townships were hit by an Italian craze. Everywhere you went, hip men and women would be dressed in “Matariana-style”, complete with Superga, the Italian tennis shoe that resembles the more popular Converse All-Star in its look. Sometimes, people dressed Matariana-style would wear shirts called Georgettes. I could never tell whether Georgette referred to the fabric or the design of the shirt. The shirts looked like men’s blouses to me. Expensive blouses. But hip people rocked those shirts like they were going out of fashion, which they thankfully did before the 1980s were out.Then there was, of course, the Lacoste polo T-shirt. Everyone wanted one of these T-shirts. The bolder the colour, the better. I remember the colour red being especially popular. Folks would have wardrobes full of those T-shirts.But it did not take long for some to start noticing that the crocodile on the front logo on the Lacoste T-shirts of many of those who favoured Matariana-style was not quite the genuine article. The mouth of this crocodile was opened particularly wide and was, shall we say, more boisterous than the crocodile you see on the genuine article. It was not long before townships sprouted Lacoste “experts”, people who claimed they could tell the real McCoy stuff from a mile away. It was mostly bunkum, of course. Most of these Matariana-style clothes were sourced from the same textile factories somewhere to the west of Johannesburg.South Africans are not unique in obsessing over other nations. Remember the German philosopher who complained about the French making the revolutions the Germans had thought about first? Speaking of the French, how often do we hear people extolling the virtues of the French as if they and only they know how to live. Joie de vivre and all of that je ne sais quoi malarkey! Then there are nations constantly going on about what a better world this would be if we all could keep time like the Germans. Was it not, after all, one of the fascist justifications for Benito Mussolini’s reign in early 20th century Italy that while he might have been a crap ruler, he at least got the trains to run on time? Like the Germans, presumably.The Brits may have, as some historians maintain, founded their empire in a fit of absentmindedness but we cannot ignore the fact that they may also have been driven by their pining for the sunshine enjoyed by others. Methinks the fact that the whole cheap flight business first took off in the UK is precisely because the Brits are still hankering after the sunshine of others. They cannot wait to get out of their own island.With regard to South Africa’s obsession with Italy, one must assume that the existence of so many Bella Vistas and Bella Donnas and “Italian restaurants” is not yet the problem I think it is. After all, one would expect the Post Office and Telkom to have insisted that the owners of these places come up with something more creative and original for names. Don’t get me wrong, I have no beef with South Africa’s obsession with Italy. I just wish someone would explain it to me, though.Jacob Dlamini is a PhD student in History at Yale University, a columnist for The Weekender, and former political editor of Business Day.last_img read more

Etihad’s first Perth flight touches down

first_imgA330-200 Arrives A330-200 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today commenced daily, non-stop services between Perth and Abu Dhabi.  Dsepite todays inaugral flightbeing operated by an A340-600 , the Perth route will be serviced with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class.             Read: Etihad’s Economy and Business Class The inaugural flight – EY486 – touched down at Perth International Airport at 1.10pm where it was greeted by a water cannon salute and a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony by members of the local Indigenous community.  Perth is the fourth gateway to be served by Etihad in Australia alongside Brisbane, Melbourne and SydneyEtihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said Perth was a strategically important addition to Etihad Airways’ Australian and global network. “Today’s inaugural flight creates the first commercial air link between Perth and Abu Dhabi and marks the beginning of an exciting new era of partnership between the state of Western Australia and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi and Perth are each popular business travel and holiday destinations – attracting 2.8 million and 7.3 million visitors respectively in 2013 – and we are already seeing a strong commercial response to the new route from travellers in the UAE and Western Australia.”Mr Hogan also pointed to data which shows that Western Australia is the largest contributor to trade between the UAE and Australia, accounting for 57 per cent of the $A6.4 billion total in 2013. “With two-way trade between the UAE and Western Australia growing at an annual rate of between 25 to 30 per cent in recent years we are forecasting strong demand for our cargo business.” The new Perth flights offer an attractive and compelling proposition for travellers to and from the GCC countries, Middle East, Africa, Europe and USA with the convenience of one stop in Abu Dhabi. Cities such as Cairo, Dublin, London, Manchester, Doha, Jeddah, Beirut and New York will now be linked seamlessly with the Western Australian capital.  Mr Hogan noted interest in travel to Western Australia – particularly from the Middle East, UK, Ireland, Europe and east coast USA and pledged to work with the airline’s government and industry partners to develop these visitor markets.               Read: Etihad one of only 11 airlines in the world to be awarded the seven star double ratingBrad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Airport said: “We are very excited to welcome Etihad Airways to Perth today. We have been working with the airline for some time now and it is pleasing to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight. We believe there is a significant opportunity to contribute to the state’s economic success by offering international tourists convenient connections to Western Australia – in 2013 alone tourism contributed $A7.7 billion to the West Australian economy through visitor spend.”The commencement of Etihad Airways’ Perth operations will add approximately 190,000 annual seats from Perth to the Middle East.Mr Hogan said Etihad Airways’ partnership with Virgin Australia enabled it to offer connectivity to towns and cities outside the Perth metropolitan area and brought new competition to these markets. “When the construction of the Domestic Pier at Perth Airport’s Terminal 1 is complete, Etihad Airways and its codeshare partner Virgin Australia will be co-located in one terminal enabling easy connections to Virgin’s domestic network, as well as regional connections in the nearby Terminal 2. Our partnership with Virgin Australia enables us to offer codeshare flights from Perth to 13 regional airports throughout the state of Western Australia. Guests can now connect seamlessly between Virgin Australia’s regional network and Etihad Airways’ global network with the convenience of through-checked baggage, a single ticket purchase and convenient transfer times.”Travellers can connect to Etihad Airways’ international flights by flying with Virgin Australia from Albany, Broome, Busselton, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Ravensthorpe and Newman.Virgin Australia will also place its VA code on Etihad Airways’ Perth-Abu Dhabi flights. New Abu Dhabi-Perth schedule, effective immediately: Destination Abu Dhabi 22:10 Daily Perth                             Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local timeRead: Etihad’s Nanny Service Frequency Flight No. EY487 Abu Dhabi Perth Daily EY486 13:10+1 23:25 15:55 Aircraft Origin Departslast_img read more

Action needed to reverse Canadas wildlife decline conservationists say

first_imgMONTREAL — Canada may be known for its wide-open spaces and wildlife, but the federal and provincial governments need to dramatically increase their efforts if they’re to save the country’s endangered species, conservationists say.A World Wildlife Fund report last month created alarm with its finding that global wildlife populations dropped 60 per cent over the last 40 years, and recent data shows the situation in Canada is not a lot better.A WWF report last year found that Canadian mammal populations dropped by 43 per cent, amphibian and reptile populations by 34 per cent and fish populations by 20 per cent over a similar time period. Some types of birds have lost between 43 and 69 per cent of their populations.Populations of species listed under the federal Species at Risk Act, or SARA, declined by an average of 28 per cent since the legislation was enacted in 2002.Margot Venton, a lawyer with the environmental law group Ecojustice, says part of the reason for the declines is that the regulatory framework is full of holes and is often ignored by governments.Venton notes that some provinces, such as British Columbia, don’t even have their own endangered species legislation, while others have appeared unwilling to take the steps to list new species or protect habitat.And while the federal government has the right to intervene if necessary, she says it generally hesitates to step into provincial jurisdiction.“That’s a real hole, and we need to fill that hole, and we need to fill it quickly, because of all the recent evidence we have about how rapidly the problem is accelerating,” she said in a phone interview.Last Wednesday, three environmental groups published a petition calling on the federal government to protect boreal caribou in northern Ontario, saying a decade of mismanagement by the province has put the animals increasingly at risk.But the Ontario case is part of a larger pattern of governments failing to protect Canada’s at-risk populations, according to a conservationist with the David Suzuki Foundation who has studied the animals.Rachel Plotkin says caribou herds across Canada are in decline, largely due to habitat loss and economic activities such as logging.She says governments have been reluctant to act, citing as an example the Quebec government’s decision this year to allow the small Val-d’Or herd to die off because it would be too expensive to save them.Instead of protecting habitat, she says, governments tend to favour “mitigation measures” such as building fences or culling predators.“It’s a failure to set limits for industrial resource extraction,” she said.Delay is another problem at both the federal and provincial levels, according to James Snider, the vice-president for science, research and innovation at World Wildlife Fund Canada.He notes that it can take years from the time a species is recommended for protection under SARA to it being added to the list.And even then, measures such as protecting critical habitat or creating recovery plans don’t necessarily follow, he said.Environment Canada counters that it has taken numerous steps to address the backlog of species waiting to be listed and to significantly boost funding for conservation.That includes a commitment to double the amount of nature protected across Canada and a $1.35 billion investment in conservation in its 2018 budget.“The protection and recovery of species at risk is an important responsibility shared by federal, provincial and territorial and Indigenous governments, requiring a collaborative approach across jurisdictions,” Samantha Bayard, a department spokeswoman, wrote in an email.In emails, the governments of Alberta and British Columbia also expressed their commitment to protecting endangered species. Quebec did not respond to an inquiry about its conservation efforts.The B.C. government is currently holding discussions with Indigenous nations and stakeholders and plans to introduce its own species-at-risk legislation at the conclusion of that process, an Environment Department spokesperson said.The three conservationists say the increased investments are welcome, but what’s really needed is a shift away from trying to protect individual species to an ecosystem-based approach that conserves vast expanses of habitat and addresses the needs of several species at once.While this approach will require placing greater limits on industrial activity, Plotkin believes the payoffs will be significant, given the role natural ecosytems play in cleaning the air, filtering groundwater and absorbing carbon dioxide.“Having healthy ecosystems is a lynchpin for all survival,” she said.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

60 million from federal carbon tax to go to green projects in

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is spending a portion of the proceeds of the carbon tax to fund green projects at schools in four provinces.The funding totals $60 million and will go to elementary and secondary schools in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says in Ottawa.Those four provinces are subject to the national carbon price because they do not have their own carbon-pricing systems that meet federal standards.The Liberals previously announced 90 per cent of the revenue from the carbon tax is going back to individuals through rebates on their income taxes.Ten per cent will go to schools, hospitals, small businesses and other institutions to help develop green projects.The schools are supposed to use the money for projects that reduce energy-related costs and greenhouse-gas emissions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more