HALF-LENGTH LEAD Maragh broke the Graham Motion-trained chestnut colt nicely, to stalk from four-wide through the first quarter, as Battalion Runner eked out a half-length lead on True Timber, with Mo Town sitting third. Passing the quarter-mile marker, Maragh moved Irish War Cry up into third and he was just off the flank of the leader Battalion Runner at the half-mile run in 47.34 seconds. The pair were level at the three-eighths pole but Maragh pushed Irish War Cry’s head in front as the race swung for home. Battalion Runner initially put up a fight but gave way mid-stretch allowing Maragh to romp to the wire unchallenged by 31/2 lengths. Having breezed the colt in recent weeks, Maragh said he had no issues with getting him to settle. “He was sharp into the first turn. There was a little pace in front of him, which is what we were hoping for to get in a good tracking position,” he explained. “He was always in a smooth rhythm. He relaxed real easily. He did everything I wanted him to do without a lot of effort. He did it all in rhythm. He wasn’t rank at all. He settled beautifully. “By getting on him in the mornings, I didn’t think I’d have a hard time getting him to settle, because he goes so easy and comfortable. We ran good together …” For Irish War Cry, it was his fourth win in five starts, stretching his earnings to nearly $700,000. Motion also praised the way Maragh handled the colt. “I think Rajiv must have felt like he had a lot of horse, because he moved to the leaders so confidently,” Motion noted. “He probably could have waited a little longer if he had needed to. It seemed like he had a lot of horse.” QUEENS, New York ( CMC): Jamaican jockey Rajiv Maragh says dreams of winning events like last weekend’s US$750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes were what served as motivation during his recent difficult 16-month injury layoff. The 31-year-old captured the Grade II event at Aqueduct on Saturday, producing a superb ride aboard 3-1 chance Irish War Cry to beat the three-year-olds over a mile and eighth in a time of one minute, 50.91 seconds. For Maragh, it was his biggest triumph since returning to action last November, after recovering from a punctured lung, a broken rib and several broken vertebrae, in a fall at Belmont Park in July, 2015. “When I was down and out, these are the days I dreamed about,” said Maragh, who won the 2014 running of the event with the outstanding Wicked Strong. “These are the days that made me feel I wanted to ride. You never know if you’ll get them again after being off so long. I can’t be more thankful for everyone who has been there for my recovery and supporting me now that I’m back. “I’ve never been so emotional after a race in my life.”
After more than six hours of tense closed-door dialogue at the Capitol Building Wednesday, February 19, there are clear indications that the health impasse that grappled the nation two days ago may have been resolved.Emerging from the seven-hour long meeting, Senate Pro-Temp, Gbehzohngar M. Findley, told journalists, who had been tirelessly waiting, that the leadership of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL) had agreed to stop their strike action.He added, however, that a detailed communication would be issued later today outlining what was agreed upon in the meeting. He disclosed that some of the health workers’ demands were dropped but that they would be paid, one their key demands.NAHWAL’s leadership was probably advised not to speak to the press, as they were very tight lipped and refused to take questions from reporters, let alone engage in any conversations.Our senior Legislative reporter, Mr. Burgess Carter, said the Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, had earlier written an excuse but later showed up apparently due to the national implications of the strike, which paralyzed all of the public health facilities around the country. Public health facilities cater for more than 75 percent of people who visit health facilities in the country.Among the key demands of the health workers was the reimbursement of their US$55 that was deducted by authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the resignation of the Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, along with two of his principle deputies, including Dr. Bernice Dahn, Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer, R/L and Cllr. Vivian Cherue, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare.The leadership had resolved that if these three do not resign, they would not enter into any negotiations with the Government.However, Sen. Finley said Minister Gwenigale’s resignation is yet to be discussed at the meeting.“It is very important to firstly address the workers ending the strike around the country to ensure that people do not die from the lack of doctors and nurses,” he added.The Finance Minister and other stakeholders, including the lawmakers and health workers’ leadership, are expected to form part of the meeting today, to finalize the issues of the health workers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has signed a five-year deal with Borussia Dortmund Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has joined Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal.The Bundesliga runners-up have been busy reconstructing their squad following the sale of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United.And Schurrle, 25, is the latest through the door after agreeing a deal with Wolfsburg reported to be worth around £25millionThe Germany international only joined Wolfsburg in February 2015 when he arrived from Chelsea for £22m. He has since played 43 times in the Bundesliga, scoring ten goals, and had three years left on his initial contract with the club.Schurrle, who made 44 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, told Dortmund’s official website: “Borussia Dortmund are one of the top European clubs with a strong and extremely exciting squad.“From my own experience I know how much power BVB can develop with their fans and I am already looking forward to witness it not as wide-eyed opponent but as a part of it.“I want to achieve great things with Borussia in the years to come and can’t wait to start training and convince the people it was a good move to sign me.”
John Patton’s Parole following his capture at Vicksburg in 1863BY DAMIEN SHIELS: Taken from his book The Irish In the American Civil War and reproduced on Donegal Daily with his permission.Surviving the American Civil War was no guarantee of a long and healthy life. Donegal native John Patton had served with distinction throughout the four years of conflict, first with the New Orleans Crescent Rifles and subsequently in the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery.Despite all the hazards he had endured, death came for him at the age of only 33, in 1872. He had been in the United States for a total of fifteen years, but in that time he had become firmly embedded in the New Orleans community. He was also a dedicated member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, a group that accorded him every honour on his death. One of his fellow masons was also a journalist, who penned a heartfelt tribute to his friend in a local newspaper, ending his tribute with the quintessentially masonic phrase ‘So Mote it Be.’ Born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal in 1838, John Patton emigrated to New Orleans in 1854 at the age of sixteen. It is probable he was a member of Quitman Lodge No. 76 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons prior to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.Serving initially in Company A of the New Orleans Crescent Rifles, he joined Company I of the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery in Yazoo City on 3rd May 1862, signing on for ‘three years or the war.’It would appear his service with the Mississippi Light almost ended as soon as it began, as he quickly found himself confined sick in hospital, where he would remain for a number of weeks in the late summer and early autumn.Eventually returning to his command, he and Company I became part of the force tasked with the defence of Vicksburg, the ‘Gibraltar of the Confederacy.’ He fought at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou in late December 1862, helping to defeat the first Federal efforts to gain control of the vital strategic city. During the siege of Vicksburg the following year John played a central role in his company’s activities, particularly after his commanding officer Lieutenant Bowman fell ill. When the city eventually surrendered to Ulysses Grant and the Union on 4th July 1863 John, now a First Sergeant, became a prisoner for the first time.He gave his parole and was eventually exchanged, and after a period as an Orderly Sergeant at Camp Cahaba in Alabama he rejoined his unit in the defences around Mobile. That August his commanding officer, recognising his organisational capabilities, recommended the Ramelton man for the position of Lieutenant and Adjutant, and he was duly appointed in November, 1864.He still held this position in April 1865, when the he was captured for a second time in what was his final action of the war, the campaign against Fort Blakely in April 1865. He was imprisoned for a time on Ship Island before returning to civilian life, having survived the trials of war. When illness eventually took him in 1872, his friends sought to make sure the Irish immigrant would not be forgotten.Here is John Patton’s obituary as it appeared in 1872:Death of Capt. John Patton. In our last issue the following notice appeared: DIED: In New Orleans on Friday morning, April 12, 1872, at 11 o’clock, of congestion of the brain, JOHN PATTON, aged 33 years 11 months and 8 days, a native of Ireland, and for the last fifteen years a resident of this city.It was not our intention to pass with so brief a mention the death of a worthy citizen and personal friend, but the lateness of the hour at which the melancholy intelligence was received precluded, until this issue, our paying to his memory an appropriate tribute.John Patton is dead. We are not often called upon to chronicle the passing away of so bright and noble a spirit as his. In his life there was a much for young men to emulate, much that added beauty to the world’s life. By his death a chord in the great and many toned lyre of nature has been broken. A bud has blossomed forth, and withered, and gone from among us to shine, let us trust, like a star upon the tree of immortal life. A good citizen in time of war and peace, a true friend, a loving brother, a devoted son, a faithful and affectionate husband has been taken from those he loved, and who loved him.He will meet with them around the family circle on this earth no more forever.Mr. Patton was an Irishman. He was born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal, on the 4th of May, 1838. Fortune did not smile upon his birth, but careing nothing for her frowns he immigrated when sixteen years of age, in 1854, and at the instance of the lamented John McFarland, who sacrificed his life with unselfish devotion upon the altar of Southern independence, John Patton cast his lot with the people of the South. He had qualities that eminently fitted him to hew his pathway through the rocks of life. He was just and true to all with whom he came in contact, and by his integrity, his independence, his manliness and his sterling business qualities, he soon won in his adopted country the confidence of those who knew him. With hundreds of friends he probably had not a single enemy. When the tocsin of war resounded throughout the length and breadth of the land, he was among the first to volunteer, and upon the 4th of April, 1861, marched as a private soldier with Company A, New Orleans Crescent Rifles, to the battle fields of Virginia. His term of service having expired, he re-enlisted in the 1st Mississippi Artillery Regiment, with which command he participated in the battle of Chickasaw Bayou and the siege of Vicksburg. Being made prisoner, he was for a time in the Federal military prison on Ship Island. After he was exchanged he participated in the desperate and bloody engagement at Blakely, Alabama, just before the surrender of Mobile, and laid down his arms at the general surrender. For his zealous attachment to the Confederate cause and his known gallantry he was promoted through all the non-commissioned grades; and during the last years of service held the rank of Captain and Adjutant of his regiment. No native son of the South put forth his energies in her defence with more earnestness. None gave his service with less thought of personal sacrifice. In all ages Erin has boasted of the bravery of her children; she has cause to be prouder of none more than him. The war being over, he returned to New Orleans with but little more of this world’s goods than were his when, eleven years before, as an immigrant Irish boy, he placed his foot upon American soil. His native energies had not deserted him, and he soon, by his unsurpassed business qualifications, occupied a position among the merchants of that city of which a much older man might well be proud.On Friday last, the 12th inst., he closed his eyes in that long sleep that knows no earthly waking, and on the succeeding day his remains were escorted to their final resting place by Quitman Lodge, No. 76, A., F. and A. M. (La.), and interred with all the honors and mystic rites of that most honorable and ancient order, there to remain until the general resurrection of the just. With them may we permitted to say: “The will of God is accomplished. So mote it be.” (1)References & Further ReadingJohn Patton Civil War Service Record, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery.The Semi-Weekly Citizen (Jackson) 19th April 1872. Death of Capt. John Patton.Company I, First Mississippi Light Artillery Marker at the Vicksburg BattlefieldCivil War Trust Battle of Vicksburg PageCivil War Trust Battle of Fort Blakely PageVicksburg National Military ParkHistoric Blakely State ParkThe letter recommending that John Patton be promoted to Adjutant of the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery, August, 1864SO MOTE IT BE: A RAMELTON MAN IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR was last modified: September 28th, 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:Confederate ArmyDamian ShieldsJohn PattonRamelton
Callaghan’s of ChurchillA well-known Donegal bar has reached the final of a Paint My Pub competition.Callaghan’s of Churchill always looks and spic and span.But the bar could be about to get a complete makeover.Would appreciate it if you could spread the word that Callaghans Bar Churchill have reached the final of the Crown Paints Ireland #PaintMyPub competition.By going to the Crown Paints Ireland Facebook page and clicking on the image of Callaghans, then you might just increase their chances.Se the page here https://www.facebook.com/CrownPaintsIreland and remember to ‘like’ Callaghans.DONEGAL BAR REACHES FINAL OF ‘PAINT MY PUB’ COMPETITION! was last modified: May 24th, 2015 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:Callaghan’s of ChurchillCrown paintsdonegal
The road close to the ‘Cup and Saucer’ at Ramelton has re-opened after a car smash this morning.Gardai and the emergency services attended the scene and two people were removed to hospital.However, it is not understood their injuries are serious. RAMELTON ROAD TO RE-OPEN AFTER CAR ACCIDENT was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 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:car crashGardaiRamelton
ALAMEDA — Martavis Bryant is done for the season, placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury.Whether he ever wears a Raiders uniform again remains to be seen. If not, the Raiders burned a third-round draft pick for eight games, two starts, 19 receptions, 266 yards, no touchdowns and some headaches they knew were possible.It was an old Al Davis move. Get the talent in the building, then fix it. When the Raiders host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, the hope was Bryant …
The ways various news organizations cover the same news story – why swimmers’ fingers get wrinkled – provides a test case on whether evolutionary theory adds any value.It’s one of those things we all know from experience but only a scientist would want to explain: why do our fingers get wrinkled like prunes after about 5 minutes underwater? Recent studies show that the phenomenon is controlled by the autonomous nervous system. Tom Smulders, an evolutionary biologist at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, decided to run some experiments. Bottom line: the wrinkles may serve a purpose, helping us to grip things better underwater.We could leave it at that, but some news sources wanted to invoke evolutionary theory to explain it. Other sources, though secular and supportive of evolution, didn’t refer to it. Here’s the breakdown:Jonathan Amos at the BBC News gave evolution the most credit. Right off the bat, he said prune fingers “suggest our ancestors may have evolved the creases as they moved and foraged for food in wet conditions.” Finding that they are under nervous system control “led scientists into thinking there must be some deeper evolutionary justification for the ridges.” Smulders considered it “less of a leap to assume there must be a function for it, and that evolution has selected it. And evolution wouldn’t have selected it unless it conferred some sort of advantage.“Helen Thomson at New Scientist didn’t refer to evolution at all. “Why do our fingers do prune impressions when soaked? It could be an adaptation that gives us better grip underwater,” she said, referring only to the functional purpose of a better grip. A lot of her readers, though, got into evolution debates in the comments.Sid Perkins at Science Now invoked evolution three times. “Having something under the direct control of a nerve, even an involuntary one, suggests it serves an evolutionary purpose,” he said, adding later, “It’s also unclear whether wrinkles evolved to help us grasp underwater objects, or whether they’re simply a byproduct of a nervous system quirk. Weber says finding out whether such puckering occurs in other primates might shed light on the evolutionary origins of the phenomenon.“Becky Summers at Nature News brought in evolution only tangentially, mentioning that “In 2011, Mark Changizi, an evolutionary neurobiologist at 2AI Labs in Boise, Idaho, and his colleagues, suggested that wrinkling, being an active process, must have an evolutionary function.” But the next statement focused on the design, noting that wrinkling “appeared to be optimized for providing a drainage network that improved grip. But until now, there was no proof that wrinkly fingers did in fact offer an advantage.”Charles Choi at Live Science repeatedly gave evolution the credit, quoting Smulders that the “functional feature” has”very likely been selected for by evolution.” Looking for “a potential explanation of why this effect might have evolved,” he quoted Smulders speculating that “it could have helped with gathering food from wet vegetation or streams.” Smulders took more of a leap to assume, further, that the wrinkling on the toes might have helped our ancestors in the trees. It will take further research to “shed light on when and why it evolved.“Science Magazine‘s feature “Random Samples” didn’t mention evolution at all in four paragraphs on the subject, other than to note that Tom Smulders is an evolutionary biologist. “The pale wrinkles that adorn fingertips after an extended soaking may be unsightly, but they serve a purpose: They help us get a stronger grip on slippery objects,” the article said, focusing on purpose.So while most reporters invoked evolution, a couple did not. Were they lacking anything for the omission? All of the articles noted that there appears to be a purpose for wrinkled fingers underwater, but none of them explained how a purposeless process could arrive at purpose.The only vestigial organ left in evolutionary theory is evolution itself. You can see how it was completely useless as an explanation for this simple phenomenon, a vestige of an outworn Victorian myth. The reporters either (1) cheat or (2) misunderstand evolution when they say that prune fingers “evolved to” or “evolved for” anything. Evolve is not an active verb; it’s passive. It’s a passive result of happenstance, not a force leading to a purposeful end. If wrinkly fingers appeared by happenstance, and they happened to have a function, evolution couldn’t care less. It’s especially hilarious to believe that the evolution made the autonomic nervous system fine-tune this adaptation, enabling it on fingers and toes but not on biceps or buttocks (don’t monkeys sit on rocks underwater?). When speaking of purpose, adaptation, and function, we should be thinking intelligent design – the only cause capable of achieving purposeful ends.Here are some new oxymorons provided by the reporters to add to your Darwin Funnies file: evolutionary justification, evolutionary purpose, evolutionary function. Think about that first one for awhile until you LOL.Evolution gets tacked onto these stories by human beings who innately understand purpose. They purposefully add evolution as an entertaining wrinkle on their story, but it doesn’t help scientific explanation get a grip. (Visited 85 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A five-member team of the vigilance department on Thursday carried out raids to arrest Vinod Kumar, senior IAS officer, who was convicted in a corruption case on Tuesday.Vigilance sleuths searched Mr. Kumar’s official residence at VIP Colony in Nayapalli on Thursday, but they had to return empty-handed. They had also raided his residence on Wednesday evening.Special vigilance court, Bhubaneswar, had issued non-bailable arrest warrants while convicting the 1989 batch IAS officer, who as managing director of the Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC) was involved in arbitrary loan disbursement in the rural housing development programme“We have so far conducted three rounds of searches. The officer is untraceable. It seems he is avoiding arrest. We are trying our best to find him out,” said Nirmal Mohanty, Deputy Superintendent of Police (vigilance).If the officer is not traced by Friday, process would be initiated to declare him a proclaimed absconder and attach his property, he said.
Greece’s Giorgos Samaras celebrates with his team after he scored on a penalty kick in the final minutes of the match. (AP Photo)Georgios Samaras scored an injury-time penalty to put Greece into the second round of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. Samaras was adjudged to have been tripped in the area by substitute Giovanni Sio, and calmly slotted in the spot kick for a win that puts Greece through to the knockout stage. Ivory Coast would have advanced with a draw. “This means so much to me, to us … Tonight we had energy,” Samaras said, dedicating the win to Greeks suffering through financial crisis. “We really hope we can make the people happy back home. We are a team. A team – that’s it.” The Greeks had taken the lead just before halftime through substitute Andreas Samaris, but substitute Wilfried Bony equalized for Ivory Coast in the 74th, beating goalkeeper Pangiotis Glykos from close range after being set up by Gervinho. That goal looked like it would put the Africans through until the late drama. Samaras met a cross in the area and went to shoot with his left leg, which got caught against the leg of Sio. Samaras’ foot then hit the ground and he fell to the turf, drawing a penalty. With his country’s hopes on the line, Samaras sent his spot kick past goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, who guessed the right way but couldn’t keep the ball out. Veteran striker Didier Drogba started for Ivory Coast along with Yaya and Kolo Toure despite the recent death of their brother Ibrahim. The Ivorians wore black armbands as a sign of mourning.advertisement Greece, which had failed to score in the previous two Group C matches, finished second in Group C with four points, behind winner Colombia with nine. Ivory Coast had three and Japan one. Greece had not scored in its first two games in Brazil, but missed a handful of scoring chances against Ivory Coast, hitting the crossbar twice with shots from distance. The Greeks were also forced to make two early substitutions after valuable midfielder Pangiotis Kone and goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis were injured in the first half.