RED BULL GIVES TWO YOUNG DONEGAL MOTORCYCLISTS WINGS!

first_imgRichard Kerr, number 3, leads the way at Bishopscourt.Two young motorcyclist from Kilmacrennan have been given an opportunity to impress some of the most powerful people in his sport. Richard Kerr and Caolan Irwin have obtained spots on the prestigious Red Bull Rookies selection day in Spain in two weeks time.The lads were chosen for the shortlist of around 100 young riders from around the globe. It’s a great opportunity for the young riders to impress and maybe get a ride in the red bull rookies cup which runs at the Moto GP races around the world alongside the likes of Rossi and Marquez.It is a great achievement to get this far as over 3000 hopefuls from around the globe entered.Riders will get several days on the circuit to show their skills to a very expierenced panel of judges and ten hopefuls will make it through to the rookies cup.  RED BULL GIVES TWO YOUNG DONEGAL MOTORCYCLISTS WINGS! was last modified: September 30th, 2014 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:Caolan IrwindonegalkilmacrennanRed Bull Rookies teaRichard Kerrlast_img read more

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Killybegs Tourism College to get €1.8M investment

first_imgThe Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus.The funding is being provided under Project Ireland 2040 which commits to Exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in higher education infrastructure over the coming decade.Minister McHugh said he was delighted to announce the funding under Project Ireland 2040 for the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs. He said “This investment will enable significant upgrades to the existing structures, while the relocation and upgrade of the library space to the main campus building will provide a much needed focal point for students and staff.“In providing this funding, the Government is acknowledging the important role the School of Tourism has played, and continues to play, particularly as it celebrates 50 years on the go this year.“The funding also supports LYIT as a member of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, which continues to work towards Technological University status. Under Project Ireland 2040, major investment in new buildings for members of the Alliance are being advanced as part of the Higher Education Public Private Partnership Programme in Letterkenny and Galway, while significant upgrade and refurbishment works are targeted in Sligo and Castlebar.”The funding under Project Ireland will be provided through the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The €1.8m will facilitate the upgrade and modernisation of the Killybegs campus, including a new library and education facilities at the main building as well as administration offices. The investment will also improve the student experience as the campus is modernised.The upgrade work will help support LYIT’s ambition to attract new students to courses in tourism and hospitality at the Killybegs Campus and forms an essential part of the LYIT plan to double student numbers on the campus to around 400 in the coming years.Minister McHugh added: “Improving the higher education offerings at a regional level is a key plank of Project Ireland 2040. It will help to drive increased opportunities for students to study in Donegal and to promote local and regional education in the tourism industry. These skills are vital to the tourism market which are an important driver of growth in our rural economy.“LYIT has also been proactive in supporting a diversity of education provision including part-time, Springboard, lifelong learning and apprenticeships. I am pleased that the investment announced today will support LYIT to further develop and grow these offerings. Congratulations to everyone involved in LYIT and I look forward to seeing the success of this investment with LYIT president Paul Hannigan.”Killybegs Tourism College to get €1.8M investment was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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:grantJoe McHughKIllybegs Tourism CollegeLYITlast_img read more

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Leaves Don’t Fall; They’re Pushed

first_imgRocks may fall (thus the need for warning signs on highways), but leaves are pushed off of trees by a genetic program.  The process, called abscission, has been mysterious for a long time.  A team from the University of Missouri has mapped out, for the first time, the abscission pathway in one plant.  Being this is the first day of fall, it would be worthwhile to think about the processes behind autumn’s colorful cascade of leaves.    The opening paragraph in PNAS1 shows why leaf fall doesn’t just happen.  Look at just a few of the processes involved:Abscission is a physiological process that involves the programmed separation of entire organs, such as leaves, petals, flowers, and fruit.  Abscission allows plants to discard nonfunctional or infected organs, and promotes dispersion of progeny.  At the cellular level, abscission is the hydrolysis of the middle lamella of an anatomically specialized cell layer, the abscission zone (AZ), by cell wall-modifying and hydrolyzing enzymes.  Thus, abscission requires both the formation of the AZ early in the development of a plant organ and the subsequent activation of the cell separation response.Gene knockout experiments showed that proteins missing from a signalling cascade formed plants deficient in abscission ability.  “A growing paradigm in signal transduction pathways,” they explained, “features receptor modules that perceive signals and modules such as MAPK cascades that relay and amplify this information to downstream effectors.”  Because little is known about this signalling process, they studied it in the common lab plant Arabidopsis (a European/Asian herb also called thale cress).    A press release about the study posted on PhysOrg was titled, “When leaves fall, more is occurring than a change of weather.”  That can be illustrated by the researchers’ ending paragraph.  It shows they uncovered the workings of only a small part of a very complex process:Multiple gene products, including potential signaling ligands, membrane receptors, protein kinase cascades, regulators of hormone responses, and transcription factors have been implicated in the regulation of abscission in plants.  We have demonstrated, by several different lines of evidence, that there is a signaling cascade (Fig. 5B), from putative ligand (IDA) to receptors (HAE HSL2) to cytoplasmic effectors (MKK4, MKK5, MPK3, and MPK6), which function together to control cell separation during abscission.  Additional gene products are also likely to play important roles in abscission and the relationships between them and the signaling pathway outlined here remain to be determined.  However, based on the genetic interactions between IDA, HAE, HSL2, MKK4, and MKK5, it seems that this core signaling cascade is an important regulator of floral abscission.All this for something we take for granted this time of year: colorful leaves drifting by the window.1.  Cho, Larue, Chevalier, Wang, Jinn, Zhang, and Walker, “Regulation of floral organ abscission in Arabidopsis thaliana,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 22, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0805539105.The autumn leaves drift by my window,The autumn leaves of red and gold;I dream of genes and MAPK modules,Of signal pathways yet scarcely told.When evolutionists continue to proclaim glib generalities about how plants evolved this and animals evolved that, it’s essential to look in detail at some of the structures and processes they’re talking about.  Even something as common as leaf fall is not simple.  The plant has to sense the time of year.  It has to signal the nucleus to translate genes and produce the right proteins in the right quantities.  These form a cascade of signals, with feedback loops, that instigate changes in cell adhesion.  The right cells have to start separating in the right order.  Simultaneously, the photosynthetic organs have to shut down.  The changes in pigments have to be expressed to provide plant protection (10/27/2007).  The stems have to weaken so the leaves will drop only when the plant has enough resources for the coming winter.  These are just a few considerations behind the programmed, coordinated, environmentally-responsive genetic program devoted just to this one operation.    The PhysOrg article tried to explain why leaves fall.  “Aged leaves, for example, may be shed to facilitate the recycling of nutrients, ripening fruits dropped to promote seed dispersal and infected or diseased floral organs discarded to prevent the spread of disease.”  Whoa… that’s teleology-talk.  Stop right there on that first suggestion.  How could a tree plan its own recycling program?  After the leaves have dropped, the nutrients are gone.  They’re lying on the ground.  it doesn’t make any sense to say that the plant facilitated a recycling program, nor that it was trying to promote its own seed dispersal, or trying to prevent the spread of disease.  The plant is a brainless machine programmed with these functions.  If you don’t believe computers can emerge and program themselves, then plants cannot do such things, either.  Such subtle personification fallacies are ubiquitous in evolutionary literature.  Plants do these things because they were programmed to do them.    Many questions remain.  How does the whole plant know to change color all at once?  Since abscission also relates to fruit and seed dispersal, how does the abscission program know when the seed ripening program has completed?  How do the stems on maple seeds loosen at precisely the time when the seeds, that work like marvelous propellers in the wind, are ready to fly?  Let’s teach our kids to see beyond the surface properties of nature into its marvelous secrets.  This is good inoculation against dogmas that would have them believe complex programmed operations just happen.    Suggested visual resources: Journey of Life and Wonders of God’s Creation from Moody Video, and Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution from Exploration Films.  Or, take a walk in the woods for a 360-degree, surround-sound demonstration.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Rapid growth syndrome in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.While scouting corn fields this spring, some farmers in the eastern Corn Belt may have noticed strange looking corn plants with new growth that was yellow and leaves that were wrinkled randomly spread throughout their field. This a phenomenon is referred to as “Rapid Growth Syndrome.” In many areas of our sales footprint weather conditions were such that our agronomists and sales staff observed plants affected by Rapid Growth Syndrome. Corn plants are usually affected by this issue is in the V5 to V6 stages of growth. This phenomenon is usually associated with an abrupt change in weather. Twisted whorls can appear when corn plants shift from a period of slow growth (in cool, cloudy weather) to more rapid growth (warm, sunny weather).Symptoms of Rapid Growth Syndrome include bent-over plants and tightly wrapped whorls that keep younger leaves from emerging. Once younger leaves emerge, they are often yellow but turn green after a few days. In one area Seed Consultants’ staff observed corn plants with leaves that were notched or shredded due to similar rapid growth conditions. This issue seemed more wide spread in 2016 because more areas were affected periods of cooler wet weather followed by warm weather that promoted rapid growth.The important question is, “Does Rapid Growth Syndrome diminish corn yields?” According to Bob Nielsen in his article Wrapped and Twisted Whorls in Corn, “Yield effects from periods of twisted growth caused by weather-related causes are minimal, if any.” Growers who observed twisted whorls and notched or wrinkled leaves in their corn fields this spring should keep in mind that plants will recover from this phenomenon and yields will not be significantly affected.last_img read more

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Power wins wild IndyCar race at Texas under caution

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Dodgers honor their past at Old-Timers’ Game MOST READ The final caution came when Takuma Sato, driving the same car he won the Indianapolis 500 in two weeks ago and pushing for another, got his left side slightly into the grass on the front stretch, with five laps to go. That sent him spinning, and also took out Scott Dixon.It was the 31st career victory for Power, and his second this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSimon Pagenaud was third, ahead of defending race champion Graham Rahal. Gabby Chaves finished fifth and Marco Andretti in sixth was the only other driver to finish all 248 laps at the 1 1/2-mile track. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Will Power (12), of Australia, speeds out of his stall after a pit stop past Mikhail Aleshin (7), of Russia, during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway. APFORT WORTH, Texas — Will Power won a wild IndyCar race under caution at the repaved and reconfigured Texas track with only eight of the 22-car field actually crossing the finish line Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Power finished ahead of Tony Kanaan, who other drivers blamed for an earlier nine-car crash that led to a nearly 31-minute red flag.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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World Cup semi-final against India was fixed, says former Pak cricketer Haider

first_imgAllegations of match fixing have once again clouded the Pakistani cricket team after former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who had fled to London alleging he had been threatened by bookies, demanded a formal probe into the team’s defeat to India in the ICC World Cup semi-final.Saying he was not surprised by Pakistan’s poor performance and defeat in Mohali on Wednesday, Haider questioned poor performances by several players including wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. He alleged that fixing has been part of the Pakistani cricket culture.He accused the Akmal brothers of controlling the way the national team functions and alleged that they did not allow any player to settle down in the team.Speaking to Pakistani channel Dunya News from London, Haider said he had run away from the team hotel in Dubai after being harassed by Kamran’s younger brother Umar Akmal. Haider questioned why Kamran was still in the Pakistani team despite dropping a number of catches.Haider had fled from the hotel in Dubai, where the Pakistani team was staying, alleging threat from a fixer in November 2010.He alleged that some national selectors took money from players to select them. He urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the assets of the selectors to get to the bottom of the truth.last_img read more

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