Rabada’s 7-112 sets up South Africa against England

first_imgCENTURION, South Africa (AP):Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s career-best 7-112 set South Africa up for a big lead over England in the fourth Test yesterday. Rabada rattled through England’s top and middle order as the tourists were bowled out for 342 after South Africa’s 475.South Africa stretched their lead to 175 when bad light stopped play on the third day at SuperSport Park, reaching 42-1 in their second innings.Rabada’s rich return, which included a burst of three wickets in two overs just before lunch, put South Africa in position for a desperately needed win to regain some lost pride.England have already clinched the four-match series with a 2-0 lead ahead of this last Test. South Africa haven’t won in their previous nine Tests, leaving newcomer Rabada without a victory in his young career.”I don’t think I’ve arrived yet,” he said. “There’s still lots of work to be done. (But) It felt good to take those seven wickets.”last_img read more

Protests Continue over Site C

first_imgPhoto: Site C Protestors gather outside the Uptown Grill – Garet Hindman/Energeticcity.caProtestors continued to voice their concerns with Site C and BC Hydro’s Consultations.- Advertisement -Approximately 30 protestors walked around Fort St. John protesting the proposed dam. The protestors interrupted Monday’s round of Phase 2 Consultations at the Quality Inn. They even broke into song to show their disapproval for the project.The protestors also tried to disrupt MLA Richard Neufeld’s dinner by protesting outside the Uptown Grill Monday night. However, a spokesperson for the MLA said that Neufeld was not even at the Uptown Grill that night.Advertisement Phase 2 Consultations on Site C will continue until November 30th, 2008. For more information visit www.bchydro.com/sitec or www.peacevalley.caPhoto: Protestors broke into song during Monday’s round 2 consultations – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.calast_img read more


first_imgA young Letterkenny man has been jailed for six years after lighting a fire which almost caused a massive explosion at a local pub.John Gibson, 22, stole a car which he set on fire outside the Ard Ri pub in the Killylastin area of Letterkenny on June 15th last year.The flaming car caught the side of a gas mains at the pub which caused more than €6,670 of damage. People living close to the pub had to be evacuated by the emergency services as it was feared the gas mains would explode.Gibson had earlier stolen a van and a car from Glenard Park and was captured on CCTV committing the robbery.The van, which belong to a local carpenter, Patrick McMenamin, had more than €7,000 worth of equipment in it.Gibson, who had 43 previous convictions, was found sleeping along with two others in an unoccupied house in the Sallaghraine area by Gardai.A Nintendo DS which was also stolen from the house in Glenard Park was found at the scene.Judge John O’Hagan said burglaries are one of the worst crimes as people feel like their homes have been raped after they have been burgled.He said break-ins to homes make the owners feel like their “castles” have been violated.“One of the most horrible things is for a person to have their house broken into.“It is an intrusion into his castle and leaves them feel as though their house has been raped.“That’ serious but that’s how they feel – that their personal goods and sense of privacy has been violated,” he said.Gibson wrote a letter to the judge saying how sorry he was for his actions.He said he had never had a relationship with his father and was going to be a father for the first time himself in five weeks time.“I want to be there for the first time when it walks and talks,” he said.However Judge O’Hagan said that he has tried to do his best for Gibson in the past.“I know Mr Gibson and he knows me. I have tried manfully to cope with him and give him as many chances as I can – I regret it has failed,” he said.He sentenced Gibson to a total of six years and suspended the last two years.And he warned that if he came before him again he would be facing a much longer jail sentence.PICTURE BY SEAN MCHUGHEndsLETTERKENNY MAN JAILED FOR SIX YEARS FOR ARSON ATTACK AND ROBBERIES was last modified: July 16th, 2011 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) Tags:ARD RI PUBJOHN GIBSONletterkennylast_img read more

Women’s Cross Country Season Ends At NCAA Midwest Regional

first_img Complete Results Fisher moved up through the field, making up six spots in the final 3,500 meters of the 10k race, to advance to next week’s NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 19. Fischer completed the 10k course, his first 10k competition of the year, in 30:29.8. Drake Individual Men’s Results10k – 194 runners7. Reed Fischer, 30:29.8134. Joshua Yeager, 32:47.0141. Chris Kaminski, 32:53.3150. Kyle Brandt, 33:09.8154. Kyle Cass, 33:20.5162. Matt Cozine, 33:32.1 IOWA CITY, Iowa –  Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) added to his impressive legacy on Friday afternoon by earning a spot in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Fischer, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champion, qualified for the NCAA field with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, Nov. 11. Story Links Of the 12 Bulldogs that competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional, nine were either freshman or sophomores and eight were competing in their first NCAA Regional competitions.   NCAA Midwest RegionalNov. 11, 2016 – Iowa City IowaAshton Cross Country Course As a team, the Drake men’s squad finished 20th out of the 33 teams that entered runners in the competition and ahead of the likes of DePaul, Creighton, SIU and UNI. The extremely young Drake women’s team, led again by Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) finished 32nd in the field of nearly 40 teams. Cofer finished in the top half of the competition in 114th place for the Bulldogs. “Both teams are very young and they competed well today,” Hostager added. “That will provide some great momentum, not just for next season, but for the upcoming track season. I’m very proud of how hard they’ve worked all fall and there weren’t too many MVC teams ahead of us today, which bodes well for our future.” “Reed ran an excellent tactical race,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “He’s put a lot of work into making it to NCAAs so it was great to see it happen against some of the nation’s best. There’s definitely more left to be done as his goal has always been to do well at NCAAs. So he won’t be satisfied just getting there and achieving this tremendous accomplishment in of itself.” Drake Individual Women’s Results6k – 235 runners114. Bailee Cofer, 22:06.5196. Olivia Rogers, 23:19.7203. Morgan Garcia, 23:25.5208. Mickey Cole, 23:33.2216. Meghan Kearney, 23:53.0220. Paige Nicholson, 24:01.4 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgAN Ardara man has pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis – at the Emergency Department of Letterkenny General Hospital.Donal Grace, who is 52 and from Edergole in the town, was arrested by Gardai at the hospital on November 20 last year.Staff had called officers to the hospital. Letterkenny District Court heard that Grace, who is originally from Dublin, suffered from a number illnesses including chronic back pain.He took cannabis to relieve this pain, his solicitor said.When Gardai arrested him he admitted possessing cannabis with a street value of €20 but insisted it was for his own use.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Grace to make a donation of €100 to the Ardara Senior Citizen’s Christmas Ball.ARDARA MAN HAD CANNABIS IN A&E OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: December 12th, 2013 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:Ardaracannabischargeletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

Cricket Cranes off to Qatar, Dubai

first_img Tags: sport top The team will play three T20s and two ODIs in a week. The first game will start this Thursday 8th February and the last on 13th.Sanjay Cricket Farm will host the team where they will play four limited overs games and two T20s. These will be against selected teams by the hosts, the first game is on February 16th and last on Thursday the 22nd.The team is going to be captained by Roger Mukasa and assisted by Brian Masaba.Steven Wabwose and Emmanuel Isaneez will also beef up the team for the Indian tour.The Players to travel.Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesaazi, Lloyd Patternot, Deus Muhumuza, Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Irfan Afridi, Riazat Shah, Fred Achelam, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Trevor Bukenya, Bilal Hassan.Some of the members of the Cricket Cranes at the flagging off today The Cricket Cranes team that has been flagged off at National Council of sports in LugogoUganda senior men’s Cricket team, the Cricket Cranes has intensified their preparations for the upcoming ICC WCL Division 4 in Malaysia later this year.In a bid to better the Cricket Cranes chances at the tournament which takes place in April, the Uganda Cricket Association has organised tour matches which will see the National team play in the fast-emerging Qatar nation and the number one ranked India.While flagging off the team, National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary, David Katende Ssemakula thanked Uganda Cricket Association for making the trip possible, he also added:“We set you to go out there and please make sure that our flag flys as high as possible. Said Ssemakula.“Don’t take this trip lightly and all i ask is you all play your hearts out.center_img Comments last_img read more

Harrison says he will answer critics

first_imgAudley Harrison insists he will answer his critics by seeing off Ali Adams and putting himself back in the frame for a major title.Wembley’s former Olympic champion faces the Iraq-born Adams, who lives in Chelsea, at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on May 26.It will be the 40-year-old Harrison’s first bout since he was beaten by David Haye in a one-sided world heavyweight title fight in November 2010.Harrison said: “I know it’s dangerous to look past an opponent, especially when they’re hungry and motivated like Ali Adams. But let’s be honest, I’m in a different league.“After I give Ali Adams a lesson in the sweet science, I’m looking for a challenge with one of the upcoming heavyweights. I’m throwing my name into the hat with David Price, Tyson Fury, Jonathan Banks or Seth Mitchell.”The much-maligned Harrison says he will retire if he loses to Adams, who has pledged to end his career.A victory could set up a clash with the likes of Price, who fights Sam Sexton for the British title this weekend.“I found a way to create some goodwill with my appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and I made my body heal,” Harrison added.“I’m ready to put in not one, but a succession of Olympic-type performances to finish my career on a high and go out as a British bad-boy-done-good, who turned his life around and did himself, his family and his country proud.“Through my trials and tribulations, people will come to understand the power of never ever giving up and rising up each time life knocks you down.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Without Curry, Green, is there even a chance?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device After winning their last three games at home, the Warriors (15-7) will start a five-game trip in Toronto (18-4). Do they stand a chance on the road against the best team in the league, still playing without two of their All-Stars?When/Where: Scotiabank Arena, 5 p.m. (NBCSBA, TNT)Projected Raptors starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green How the Raptors are doing: With …last_img read more

Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical Plants Are Green

first_imgIn environmental lingo, what could be greener than a tree?  And what is more despised by many environmentalists than chemical companies, especially the pharmaceutical and pesticide industries?  Maybe we should take a tip from plants.  They are not just environmentally friendly, they produce a myriad of complex compounds that are slowly finding their way into healthful products—and evolutionists have no idea how they do it. Low-hanging fruit.  We know the phrase, “going after the low-hanging fruit.”  It means doing the easy tasks first.  Why, then, did PhysOrg title an article, “Nature reaches for the high-hanging fruit”?  Consider this strange introductory paragraph that affirms evolution then turns around and denies evidence for it: In the first study of its kind, researchers have used tools of paleontology to gain new insights into the diversity of natural plant chemicals. They have shown that during the evolution of these compounds nature doesn’t settle for the ‘low-hanging fruit’ but favours rarer, harder to synthesise forms, giving pointers that will help in the search for potent new drugs. The study is the work by a team from four institutions that used “theoretical morphology” (the art of comparing mathematically-simulated forms to living forms, such as a conch shell) to the investigation of terpenes, a group of natural products produced by plants.  Terpenes have proven useful to man.  Examples include anti-cancer drugs like taxol, fragrances, and flavorings. “The big question is how plants have evolved to make these chemicals,” said Dr ÓMáille of the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research.  “Is there a physical explanation, based on the chemical reaction, for why certain terpenes are favoured? Are plants simply making the easy to synthesize low hanging fruit of the terpene chemical world?” The answer, in a nutshell, is no.  “We discovered a perplexing disparity between the predicted and natural abundance of terpenes,” said Dr ÓMáille, puzzled by the results.  “The common terpenes we see in nature are predicted to be quite rare, based on the chemistry. On the other hand, the terpene forms predicted to dominate are scarcely seen in nature.  Nature in fact reaches for the higher-hanging fruit, skewing chemical reactions to favour rarer chemicals.” Evolutionary theory survived this upset somehow: “This suggests an adaptive significance to the distribution of chemicals produced by plants,” he added.  Meanwhile, entrepreneurs could benefit by looking at plants for “natural products with potent bioactivities that could be used to help meet the ever-growing demand for new effective drugs.” Root marketplace.  Wall Street might take some cues from the underworld.  Another article on PhysOrg announced, “Study reveals nature’s marketplaces can parallel those of humans.”  The marketplaces are those in the underground ecology of plant roots and fungi, where symbiotic interactions are more complex than previously thought.  Like humans, plants have an uncanny ability to size up their trading partners.  “The biggest surprise was that plants can discriminate, even on a single length of their own root system, which fungi are cooperating and which fungi are not so cooperative,” Todd Palmer of the University of Florida said.  Fellow researcher Toby Kiers from Vrije University in the Netherlands quipped, “We were astounded by the bargaining power of the fungi.”  They likened the interactions to “biological markets” where cheaters are punished, cooperators rewarded, and stable relationships for mutual benefit are established. New Scientist took the trading-floor analogy even further, saying that plants work out “fair trade” agreements even on the individual level.  Roots and fungi develop two-way interactions, both sensing and rewarding (or punishing) what the other one does: “they know who the good and bad guys are,” one team member quipped.  Reporter Ferris Jabr was sure that the researchers “have shown that they have evolved ways to enforce fair trading,” but it is not clear if he could have said this without personification and circular reasoning. Drug store:  With such a wealth of compounds all around us in the botanical world, the hunt is on for green drugs – environmentally friendly, non-toxic compounds we can glean from plants.  Some toxicity can be good—if it kills cancer, for instance.  In a study by German and Cameroon scientists published by PLoS One,1 six medicinal compounds from Cameroonian plants were evaluated for their cytotoxicity (ability to destroy cancer cells).  The motivation is obvious: Natural products are well recognized as sources for drugs in several human ailments including cancers. Examples of natural pharmaceuticals from plants include vincristine, irinotecan, etoposide and paclitaxel. Despite the discovery of many drugs of natural origin, the search for new anticancer agents is still necessary, in order to increase the range available and to find less toxic and more effective drugs. It has been recommended that samples with pharmacological usage should be taken into account when selecting plants to treat cancer, as several ailments reflect disease states bearing relevance to cancer or cancer-like symptoms. Therefore, we designed the present work to investigate the cytotoxicity of six natural compounds available in our research group, with previously demonstrated pharmacological activities. Why synthesize complex organic molecules, in other words, when effective compounds are all around us?  These authors were on a treasure hunt, and did not seem to need Origin of Species for a map.  There was no mention of evolution in the paper. 1. Kuete, Wabo, Eyong et al., “Anticancer Activities of Six Selected Natural Compounds of Some Cameroonian Medicinal Plants,” Public Library of Science One, 6(8): e21762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021762. Darwinism is a thought drug that is useless and harmful.  Kick the habit by design.  Help your fellow man with scientific investigation of the designed wonders under your feet.  A weed in your garden could cure cancer.  Does anyone need Darwin to tell us where to look?  Don’t just grab the low hanging fruit of scientific explanation and make Darwine out of it.  Reach for quality and excellence, like plants do, by design.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa tackles racism

first_img4 February 2016“Twenty-two years into democracy, we have to reflect on the path we have travelled so far as a rainbow nation, how far have we gone and what the challenges are,” said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the launch of the inaugural Anti-Racism Week. The week will run from 14 to 21 March 2016. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa speaks about anti-racism at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 2 February 2016. (Image: Priya Pitamber)The initiative comes from the newly established Anti-Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) and is a mechanism to deal with racism in South Africa. Facilitated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the network was launched in November last year and is made up of approximately 80 civil society organisations and government institutions. Its aim is to tackle racism at a national level. Its slogan is simple and concise: Racism is wrong.The organisation held a press briefing to mark the launch of Anti-Racism Week at the Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Joburg on 2 February. The day coincided with the 26th anniversary of the announcement of the release of Mandela from prison.There are no more than a dozen organizations with a dedicated unit to tackle racism – @NeeshanB— ARNSA (@AntiRacismNet) February 2, 2016Causes and solutionsSouth Africa should adopt a multi-pronged approach, said the minister, to deal with racism. Mthethwa questioned what people could do if they went beyond their anger. He suggested mobilisation was the answer, and said Arnsa was an exciting initiative. “It’s one that we’ll support.”Nation-building was a project about which Mandela was passionate but we had not completed it, said the chief executive of the Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang. “Madiba helped us climb only one hill; we had to as a nation deal with our own wounds.” He said racism was entrenched in us from the times of colonialism and slavery.“While responses to racism are often seen as coming from government or corporates, there is a need to develop community responses,” Hatang noted. “One of our main goals is to uproot racism from families.“We also urge organisations to take the lead and introduce [an] Anti-Racism Week in the workplace; whether it’s staff training or a T-shirt campaign.“How wonderful it would be to go into banks or shops around the country and see employees wearing T-shirts that read: ‘Racism is wrong.’”Neeshan Balton of the Kathrada Foundation said eradicating racism was the responsibility of everyone, not only the government.We do not have dedicated material to deal with race/ racism in schools says @NeeshanB #ARNSA #AntiRacismWeek @AntiRacismNet @NelsonMandela— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) February 2, 2016“To tackle it effectively in South Africa requires consistent and sustainable anti-racism organisations and programmes nationally,” he said. “We approach this work with the realisation that it is not short-term work but must span across generations.”What you can do for Anti-Racism WeekArnsa convener Sean Moodley called on different sectors of civil society, such as faith-based organisations, municipalities, sports bodies and schools, to play a big role in the campaign by hosting activities and programmes that spoke of a non-racial South Africa.His first call to action was aimed at faith-based organisations, which, he said, already played a big role in fighting racism. “I strongly believe racism is a spiritual evil.“Over the weekend of Anti-Racism Week, from 18 to 20 March, we urge these organisations within the Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Christian communities, to put a huge effort into making this an Anti-Racism Weekend,” he said. “We believe you already have the infrastructure in place to extend your reach far and wide.”Moodley called on corporate South Africa to take the week seriously and “put their money where their mouth is”.The following activities will take place during Anti-Racism Week:There’ll be an art competition for schools, nationally;Dialogues on anti-racism will take place at places of worship – churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples;Sporting bodies will be asked to dedicate all major sporting events to stand against racism;Arnsa will launch an anti-racism pledge for all South Africans to undertake;The focus for Human Rights Day on 21 March will be on anti-racism;There’ll be a national dialogue on the role white people can play in addressing racism; and,A social and traditional media campaign will focus on “Why racism hurts”.“Madiba would have said our diversity was our strength,” concluded Mthethwa. “The road to social progress is always under construction.”“Our differences are our strength as a species & as a world community” #NelsonMandela #LivingTheLegacy #Diversity pic.twitter.com/4glmwC4sor— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) February 3, 2016last_img read more