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Restoration work to begin on Swan Park this August

first_imgRestoration work is to begin on the much-loved Swan Park in Buncrana this August, it has been confirmed. The community park was destroyed in the Inishowen flooding of August 2017.Since then, community campaigners have worked to source money for repair works. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was presented with an open letter signed by nine local groups calling for funds during his visit last September.Now, Donegal County Council has confirmed to Donegal Daily that the €1.7M works will begin later this summer.Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray said the news was a huge triumph for the people of Buncrana and surrounding areas.“We have had the money secured since last November and at last work will begin on the park later this summer, which is fantastic news for the community in Buncrana. “People were delighted when the funding was announced, but they were frustrated with the delay and thankfully now we have overcome every hurdle and this much-loved local amenity will be restored to its former glory,” he added.“You cannot overstate how beloved Swan Park is to the local community and everybody who uses it.“It was a big issue for tourism when it was first destroyed and I would often receive calls from around Inishowen and even Derry on its closure.So, it will be great for tourism again because it is one of the biggest attractions in Buncrana.”Restoration work to begin on Swan Park this August was last modified: July 12th, 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)last_img read more

Humboldt State softball returns home, sweeps doubleheader against Dominguez Hills

first_imgMcKinleyville >> With a Cal State Dominguez Hills team and its California Collegiate Athletic Association-worst ERA rolling into town, there was plenty of potential for the potent Humboldt State offense to do some serious damage.That was certainly the case in the Jacks’ first game back within Humboldt County lines.Led by senior Breonna Bejaran’s two-home run day, the No. 1-nationally ranked Jacks exploded for 15 hits as the top of the Humboldt order did major damage from the first inning …last_img

Live NFL draft updates: Who will Raiders, 49ers take in 1st round?

first_imgWill the 49ers and Raiders pull off any stunning moves in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night? Follow our live feed for the latest rumors, news and analysis from our reporters and NFL insiders across the country as the draft begins at 5 p.m.If a trade is in the works or a player appears headed to the Bay Area, there’s a good chance you’ll read about it here first.Coming off identical 4-12 seasons, it will be crucial for both the 49ers and Raiders to come away from this year’s …last_img

It’s a Long (Roundabout) Way from Amphioxus

first_img“Every solution breeds new problems” laments a Murphyism, and Henry Gee feels the pain.  In Nature this week,1 he delved into the growing quandary about where to put the common ancestor of starfish, sea squirts and chordates, including the vertebrates and us human beings.  His challenge is to prove the idiot’s sanity:So, if lancelets really are close relatives of echinoderms, what are the implications for our picture of deuterostome evolution?  The short answer is that the textbook scheme is turned on its head.  Rather than the steady acquisition of progressively more chordate-like (and, by implication, human-like) features from an ancestor with nothing much to recommend it, the story becomes one of persistent loss.  The last common ancestor of extant deuterostomes would have been a free-living, bilaterally symmetrical creature with a distinct throat region perforated by gill slits, segmented body-wall musculature and possibly a reasonably sophisticated brain and central nervous system.  In a sentence, the ancestor would have looked like a cross between an amphioxus and a larger, brainier, tunicate tadpole larva.  Crazy? Possibly. But possibly not. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Reporting on phylogenetic study by Delsuc et al. from fossils and genetics in the same issue,2 the senior editor at Nature tried to be upbeat about the latest proposal, but called it another exercise in humility.  “Time and again,” he preached, “further work has exposed our prejudices for the parochial conceits that they are.” A quote from the paper by Delsuc et al. shares this view, and demonstrates the revolutionary nature of the proposed new phylogeny:The monophyly of Olfactores invalidates the traditional textbook representation of chordate, and even deuterostome, evolution as a steady increase towards complexity culminating in the highly specialized brain of vertebrates.  This anthropocentric interpretation is perhaps best reflected by the terms ‘Euchordata’ (that is, ‘true chordates’) or ‘chordates with a brain’, which are used to designate the grouping of cephalochordates and vertebrates.  Tunicates should therefore no longer be considered as ‘primitive’ but rather as derived chordates with highly specialized lifestyles and developmental modes.    Meanwhile, over in Science Now, Elizabeth Pennisi quoted some other evolutionists not quite ready to accept the new phylogenetic tree.  Calling the tunicate an “ugly sister,” Pennisi quoted experts saying the proposal will turn some heads, and the jury is still out.  She said they said, “Tunicates and larvaceans evolve rapidly and have gained and lost so many genes that it’s very hard to position them properly in an evolutionary tree.”1Henry Gee, “Evolution: Careful with that amphioxus,” Nature 439, 923-924 (23 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439923a.2Delsuc et al., “Tunicates and not cephalochordates are the closest living relatives of vertebrates,” Nature 439, 965-968 (23 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04336.Evolutionists could use a lot more humility.  They should quit the parochial school of Pope Charlie that is producing a class of lemmings who cling to crazy ideas.  What Gee is saying contradicts evolution.  This new story line puts the advanced muscles, nervous system and mobility of Amphioxus before organisms that were assumed more primitive (in the old “progressive” evolution picture), and describes subsequent evolution as a story of persistent loss.    Meanwhile, Eugenie Scott and Alan Gishlick sit on a Grand Canyon beach trying to whoop up enthusiasm for their evening song service: “It’s a long way from amphioxus / It’s a long way to us. / It’s a long way from amphioxus to the meanest human cuss. / Goodbye fins and gill slits / Hello lungs and hair! / It’s a long, long way from amphioxus, / But we come from there” (10/06/2005 commentary).  It’s even longer when you’re going backwards.  Gee’s story gives them more food for cuss.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Philippines win Women’s Golf WC

first_img21 January 2008The Philippines, second in the 2005 Women’s World Cup of Golf, made a single but massive step forward in the 2008 edition of the event at Sun City on Sunday when they held off South Korea to win the title by two strokes.The two countries entered the final round tied for the lead but, after the Koreans had moved one ahead after 14 holes, the Philippines finished strongly, ending on 18-under-par 198, with South Korea completing the competition on 16-under 200.Dorothy Delasin, playing alongside Jennifer Rosales, was outstanding under pressure; she birdied the final four holes to lift the pair to a final round of seven-under-par 65 in the final day’s betterball competition.Shredded the courseThe South Koreans excelled on the opening day, also played in the betterball format, shredding the normally unforgiving Gary Player Country Club course with a superb 11-under-par 61 to lead by one shot from France, three from Canada, and four from the Philippines, pre-tournament favourites Sweden, and the USA.Hosts South Africa managed a four-under-par 68, leaving the pair of Ashleigh Simon and Laurette Maritz tied for thirteenth, seven shots off the pace.The second day featured foursomes and the Philippines made their move up the leaderboard by posting a four-under-par 68, the best round of the day.Taiwan carded a three-under 69, with Wales the only other nation to finish under par, with a one-under 71. South Africa was one of three teams to go around in level-par 72, along with South Korea and Japan.Triple-bogeyThe Koreans were cruising along, heading for another sub-par round when it all went wrong for them on the 17th as they carded a nasty triple-bogey, thus allowing the Philippines to move up to challenge for the title.The fancied Swedes and Americans struggled and both tumbled down the standings as they limped around the course with rounds of 76 and 77 respectively.Heading into the final day, it was the Philippines and South Korea in the lead on 11-under-par 133, followed by Taiwan, two shots back. Canada, after a round of one-over 73 was alone in fourth on seven-under 137, followed by France, Wales, and Japan on six-under. Home favourites’ South Africa were on four-under-par 140.While the Philippines finished in style to capture the title, the Japanese matched their effort with a final round of 65 to make up three shots on Taiwan and tie for third on 13-under-par 203.Excellent South African effortSouth Africa turned in the third best effort of the day with a six-under 66 which propelled the hosts into a share of sixth, along with Canada and Wales, on 10-under-par 206. France sneaked in ahead of the trio by one shot after posting a five-under 65.It was an encouraging showing by the home country as Simon and Maritz achieved their best finish yet in the tournament. Their sixth-place result put them ahead of defending champions Paraguay (ninth), the USA (10th), and the favourites Sweden (14th).Final Leaderboard 1. Philippines 198, -182. South Korea 200, -163. Japan 203, -133. Taiwan 203, -135. France 205, -116. South Africa 206, -106. Canada 206, -106. Wales 206, -109. Paraguay 207, -910. Scotland 208, -810. United States 208, -812. Brazil 210, -612. China 210, -614. Sweden 212, -415. England 213, -316. Italy 217, +116. Spain 217, +118. Australia 218, +218. Germany 218, +220. India 229, +13 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more